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Ukraine’s soccer team prepares for Europe championships amid war at home

Ukraine’s soccer team prepares for Europe championships amid war at home

[ad_1] You’re reading an excerpt from the WorldView newsletter. Sign up to get the rest free, including news from around the globe and interesting ideas and opinions to know, sent to your inbox on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Donbas Arena, a once-gleaming symbol of Ukraine’s rise, is a parable of the country’s ongoing tragedy. The 52,000-seat stadium in the eastern city of Donetsk opened in 2009 with a Beyoncé concert. It hosted the semifinal of the 2012 European soccer championships, the continent’s biggest tournament. And it was the home of Shakhtar Donetsk, Ukraine’s most-moneyed soccer club, whose team, replete with talented Brazilians and many of the nation’s best players, routinely humbled some of Europe’s more famous clubs. Shakhtar has not played a game at Donbas Arena for a decade. The 2014 Russia-engineered insurgency in eastern Ukraine saw pro-Kremlin forces eventually seize Donetsk and drive its top team to Lviv, in Ukraine’s west. In the wake of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022, Shakhtar’s existence turned all the more nomadic — the club has …

Team preview: Yamal, Rodri key to Spain championship charge at Euro 2024 | UEFA Euro 2024 News

Team preview: Yamal, Rodri key to Spain championship charge at Euro 2024 | UEFA Euro 2024 News

[ad_1] ⚽ Spain – Key Euros Stats ⚽ Euro appearances: 11Euro titles: 3Best finish: Winners (1964, 2008, 2012)Euros record: W21 D15 L10Goals scored: 68Biggest win: 5-0 (vs Slovakia at Euro 2020)Player to watch: Lamine YamalWorld ranking: 8thTeam nickname: La Roja (“The Red One”) Group fixtures: 15 June: Spain vs Croatia (Olympiastadion, Berlin, 6pm local/16:00 GMT) 20 June: Spain vs Italy (Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen, 9pm local/19:00 GMT) 24 June: Albania vs Spain (Dusseldorf Arena, Dusseldorf, 9pm local/19:00 GMT) How to follow our Euro 2024 coverage: UEFA Euro 2024 on Al Jazeera The meekness of Spain’s dramatic exit from the 2022 Qatar World Cup has overshadowed what’s been a relatively successful period for the star-studded team. Spain reached the semifinals of Euro 2020, where they were knocked out on penalties by eventual champions Italy. In June 2023, they won the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Nations League – their first title since the team’s memorable Euro 2012 triumph. The Nations League victory was significant for three main reasons. First, beating Croatia in the final on penalties …

Poland vs Netherlands: Euro 2024 prediction, kick-off time, TV, live stream, team news, h2h results, odds

Poland vs Netherlands: Euro 2024 prediction, kick-off time, TV, live stream, team news, h2h results, odds

[ad_1] Poland begin their Euro 2024 campaign against the Netherlands in what looks like one of the more competitive groups at the tournament. The two are in Group D alongside World Cup finalists France and a reborn Austria under the stewardship of Ralf Rangnick. The Dutch, meanwhile, arrive after a reasonably nervy qualification process of their own, only securing their entry by beating Republic of Ireland in the penultimate game. Here’s everything you need to know about the clash. Date, kick-off time and venue Poland vs Netherlands is scheduled for a 2pm BST kick-off time on Sunday 16 June, 2024. The Volksparkstadion in Hamburg will host. Where to watch Poland vs Netherlands TV channel: In the UK, the game will be broadcast on free-to-air coverage BBC One, with coverage starting at 1.35pm. Live stream: Fans can tune in via free online streams, on the app and website for BBC Sport and BBC iPlayer. Live blog: Follow all the action with Standard Sport’s dedicated match blog! Poland vs Netherlands team news Joshua Zirkzee and Ian Maatsen …

Euro 2024: how well will your team perform at the tournament? | Euro 2024

Euro 2024: how well will your team perform at the tournament? | Euro 2024

[ad_1] Are you feeling confident? Euro 2024 begins next Friday night, with Scotland taking on Germany in Munich. The hosts have struggled for consistency over the last few years but, come 14 July, who would be surprised to see them crowned champions of Europe for a record fourth time? Germany are not the favourites, though. That honour – or burden – belongs to England, with France, Spain and Portugal not too far behind. It’s going to be an intriguing and absorbing month of football. How well will your team perform at the tournament? What is the mood like at home? Which players should we look out for? Are you hopeful or preparing for heartbreak? Whether you’re supporting one of the favourites or cheering for an underdog, share your expectations with us by filling out the form below. Share your views You can tell us your Euro 2024 predictions for your team using this form.  Your responses, which can be anonymous, are secure as the form is encrypted and only the Guardian has access to your …

‘Joy and laughter’: the Leicester rugby team for children with Down’s syndrome | Down’s syndrome

‘Joy and laughter’: the Leicester rugby team for children with Down’s syndrome | Down’s syndrome

[ad_1] A rugby team set up for young people with Down’s syndrome has been described as a “lifeline” by parents who say there is a chronic lack of opportunities for their children. Leicester Tigers launched the team in October last year and now have more than 40 families signed up to their fortnightly training sessions. Kelly Towl, whose eight-year-old, Lucie-Ann, attends the sessions said the team had had a positive impact on her daughter. “There aren’t many sports aimed solely at children with Down’s syndrome, so for that to actually happen is positive,” she said. “Your children are not judged, we’re not judged … we’re all in the same boat.” Towl, a mother of three whose family are fans of Leicester Tigers and regularly attend matches, said she was very excited by the opportunity for her daughter to participate in the sport. “I think children with Down’s syndrome, they’re stereotyped … so this really is a lifeline, and other sports and other teams should really take note,” she said. “You’ve only got to see the …

‘I treated the birth like a mini-Olympics’: the Team GB mothers going for gold at the Paris Games | Parents and parenting

‘I treated the birth like a mini-Olympics’: the Team GB mothers going for gold at the Paris Games | Parents and parenting

[ad_1] ‘Weirdly, I came back in better shape. It was like a reset’ Nekoda Smythe-Davis is a Commonwealth gold medal-winning judoka (judo expert) who has won silver and bronze at the World Championships and represented Great Britain at the 2016 Olympics. Being an athlete mum feels like the hardest job in the world. It is such a juggle; a balancing act. You feel like you’re burning the candle at both ends and you are trying to give 100% to two different areas – in some ways you are splitting yourself in two – but it is rewarding when you get it right. And all the sacrifices that I make will set us up for life if things pan out the way I want them to. I’ve always had a nurturing side. When you speak to any of my teammates, I was the mother of the group, even before I had Ryia. Being around very strong, independent women – my mum and my judo coach, Jo Crowley, who has four kids – has definitely driven that. …

What local stories should our video team cover in the UK general election? | Politics

What local stories should our video team cover in the UK general election? | Politics

[ad_1] As the UK faces a momentous general election, which polls suggest could see the end of 14 years of Conservative party rule, the video team wants to hear from people who have a story to tell about their community. As video producers, we have spent the past four years working with community-based reporters across the UK to highlight the reality of what is happening in their areas, unearthing unique perspectives from people who are often overlooked in the story of modern Britain. We have worked with teams who have documented their struggles with the DWP, with people navigating the asylum system, those exposing terrible housing conditions on TikTok and others keeping their communities fed and warm through the cost of living crisis. Our lives in the UK asylum system: ‘the power of fear’ – video Get involved Is there a burning issue that you’d like to see covered in the run-up to the election? Is there an individual who is holding things together in your community you think we should profile? Do you have a …

Elon Musk says Tesla is spending 0 million on Superchargers this year after firing entire team

Elon Musk says Tesla is spending $500 million on Superchargers this year after firing entire team

[ad_1] Elon Musk says Tesla is going to spend over $500 million on expanding the Supercharger network this year after firing the entire charging team. It says a lot about the reason behind the firing. Last week, Elon Musk fired Tesla’s entire charging team amid broader layoffs at the company. We reported that the move resulted in Tesla backing out of leases on planned Supercharger stations and a lot of confusion amongst its partners in ongoing projects. This undoubtedly will result in Tesla’s slowing down its charging station deployment. Musk previously said that Tesla still plans to deploy Superchargers, but at a slower rate and with a focus on adding chargers to existing stations. Now, the CEO says that Tesla will spend more than $500 million on expanding the Supercharger network this year: Just to reiterate: Tesla will spend well over $500M expanding our Supercharger network to create thousands of NEW chargers this year. That’s just on new sites and expansions, not counting operations costs, which are much higher. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 10, 2024 Tesla has never released …

After Firing Entire Supercharger Team, Elon Musk Reverses Course and Says He’ll Be Spending 0 Million on Growing the Charging Network

After Firing Entire Supercharger Team, Elon Musk Reverses Course and Says He’ll Be Spending $500 Million on Growing the Charging Network

[ad_1] Good luck with that. Hard Charging After firing senior director of EV charging Rebecca Tinucci along with her entire 500-person team last month, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has reversed course, claiming the company is still committed to spending “well over” half a billion dollars to grow its flagship network of Superchargers. “That’s just on new sites and expansions, not counting operations costs, which are much higher,” he added. (He’d earlier said Tesla “still plans to grow the Supercharger network, just at a slower pace for new locations.”) As expected, Musk didn’t go into detail about his considerable change in tune. The mercurial CEO got major flack — including from some of his most ardent supporters — for tanking a facet of the company that greatly sets it apart from its competitors in the US. And should we really take him by his latest word? The company is in crisis mode and Musk is seemingly keen on controlling the narrative to reassure spooked investors. Damage Incorporated The EV maker’s operations were thrown into chaos last …