How ferocity of Kenyan lions inspire England’s football team in need of big cats’ pride instinct

How ferocity of Kenyan lions inspire England’s football team in need of big cats’ pride instinct

Throughout almost eight years in charge, Gareth Southgate has kept referencing the values and principles of a tribe; understanding what it represents historically and how the way players perform in the present will impact on the future of the tribe. “There is a longer history than just us, so we must have the humility to recognise where we are in that journey, but also to make the most of that moment and leave the team in a better place than we found it,” he said before this tournament began.

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Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon going for double gold in Paris Olympics is she stays free of injury

Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon going for double gold in Paris Olympics is she stays free of injury

The athletics competition at the Paris Olympics will take place from August 1-11 at the Stade de France.

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‘Whakapapa’ – the spirit of togetherness England national team hopes will subdue ‘tribal elders’, win it Euro 2024

‘Whakapapa’ – the spirit of togetherness England national team hopes will subdue ‘tribal elders’, win it Euro 2024

Beyond the soundbites and the management jargon that attracted derision in some quarters, there was an important message. It was about creating a different culture around the team and trying to restore that long-lost sense of identity.

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As Euro 2024 got off in Munich, Germany steamrolled Scotland in portend reminder the Bavarians’ ‘future is now’

As Euro 2024 got off in Munich, Germany steamrolled Scotland in portend reminder the Bavarians’ ‘future is now’

The Wednesday night before the tournament began, Roberto Rosetti, UEFA’s head of refereeing, gave a presentation in which he outlined what some of the officiating focus would be – player safety and punishing tackles like the one made by Ryan Porteous was among them.

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Red Devil on the cross: Beating Guardiola’s Man City with sure game plan ensured Ten Hag kept his Man United job

Red Devil on the cross: Beating Guardiola’s Man City with sure game plan ensured Ten Hag kept his Man United job

The manner of United’s 2-1 win over City shifted the fan sentiment around Ten Hag. There had been an even split among supporters on his retention, but beating Pep Guardiola’s team with a clear game plan sent his approval rating skywards, with 75 per cent backing Ten Hag in a poll conducted by The Athletic. Those numbers were replicated in other surveys.

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How in just two weeks Man United manager Ten Hag swung from a baddie awaiting the sack to a hero atop Red Devils

How in just two weeks Man United manager Ten Hag swung from a baddie awaiting the sack to a hero atop Red Devils

People briefed on the talks say the frank conversation, with humility on both sides, allowed for a genuine resolution and renewed energy to back Ten Hag with the improved environment Ratcliffe spoke about during his first media engagements after taking control. Sources spoken to for this article did so on condition of anonymity to protect relationships.

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In first-ever conviction, Spanish court sentences Valencia fans to nine months in jail for racially abusing Madrid’s Vinicius Jr

In first-ever conviction, Spanish court sentences Valencia fans to nine months in jail for racially abusing Madrid’s Vinicius Jr

Valencia fully cooperated with the investigations and had already banned the fans shortly after the incident at its stadium. But no one had ever gone to trial in Spain for racially abusing a player and many similar cases of abuse like the one faced by Vinícius had been shelved by prosecutors in the past.

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Corruption bug bites ANC after sports minister is arrested for bribery as party shops for political coalition

Corruption bug bites ANC after sports minister is arrested for bribery as party shops for political coalition

Government corruption was seen as one of the issues that prompted a majority of South Africans to turn away from the ANC in the election. It received 40 per cent of the vote to lose its parliamentary majority for the first time and now needs to form a coalition or agreement with others.

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Big hitters of football will be on show as African World Cup qualifiers resume this week

Big hitters of football will be on show as African World Cup qualifiers resume this week

African champions Ivory Coast host Gabon and then play away against Kenya in Group F where they have already won their opening two games. Sebastien Haller, who came on as a substitute for Borussia Dortmund in Saturday’s Champions League final loss to Real Madrid, is included.

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Kenya, 16 other African nations forced to host World Cup qualifiers on foreign soil as CAF cracks down on tardy stadia

Kenya, 16 other African nations forced to host World Cup qualifiers on foreign soil as CAF cracks down on tardy stadia

CAF have taken a firm line on tardy facilities over the past two years in an effort to force countries to improve pitch conditions and other facilities like changing rooms and stadium lights. While it spurred some into action and led to stadium renovations, other countries have moved slowly, or not at all, and with-it lost home advantage for competitive qualifiers.

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