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Copa America Centenario 2016 Draw

[EDITED] Groups draw result added

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To celebrate 100 years since the competition’s inception, Copa America Centenario has been arranged out of sync with the usual four-year cycle. Chile won the Copa for the first time ever last summer on home soil and are one of 16 teams set to take part in the United States, the only time in its existence the competition has been staged outside of South America.

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The Copa America Centenario Executive Committee announced the procedures for the 2016 Copa America Centenario Official Draw, set to take place on Sunday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m. ET, at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. The draw, which will determine the groups and full schedule for tournament, will be televised live on Univision in the United States and will feature former stars of the world’s game from around the hemisphere.

You can check the full procedure here: Procedures for the 2016 Copa America Centenario Official Draw

As for the date and time, it will be on 21 February at 19:30 ET which converts to:

  • 04:30 am, on the morning of 22 February, 2016, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • 00:30 am GMT, on the morning of 22 February, 2016

The “great” beIN Sports did not make it easy on viewers to find out if they can watch it live on any of their channels in MENA region. Yet, my guess is that they will broadcast it on their news channel.

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Maradona Wants Napoli to Win the Scudetto

Last time Napoli won the league title of Italy’s Serie A was when Maradona plied his trade for them.

This season, it seems they have the best chance to win it once more. They will face Juventus in what many see a defining moment in their title race.

Maradona is cheering for Napoli and wants them to win, even if that means his achievements will never be unique anymore.

He also hosted Pepe Reina’s family at his house in Dubai, UAE and was filmed singing for the glory of Napoli.

 

 

 

I would love to see Napoli wining Serie A, for a change. I would love to see Juventus finishing second or less. It is always good news to see a happy Maradona.

But here is the one concern that will give you second thoughts:

Do you really want to see Gonzalo Higuain winning an impossible title? Do you want him to be remembered as a legend? Do you actually want his goals to be the reason why Napoli’s dream is more achievable?

Sunderland Football Club in Dubai

Manager Sam Allardyce is planning to take his Sunderland squad to Dubai in February  2016.

Big Sam has done the same thing with teams he managed earlier, and he thinks it is useful for his players to have a short break under the sun before going back and fighting relegation.

If you are a Black Cats supporter then make sure to be in Dubai starting from the second week of February.

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Bayern’s Behind the Factory of Chairs

A football banter? A media stunt? A joke?

Well, whatever it was meant to be, the video posted by Bayern Munich’s official Facebook page, addressing the Arab fans, is a major fail.

The video refers to a “viral” banter, and an old incident, and many cultural things. However, it should not have been used by the club or the players.

Maybe, just maybe, someone should have actually sat down with the decision making people at the German club, and explained what “Behind the Factory of Chairs” is.

 

 

England to Make Semi-Finals of Russia 2018

This is not a hoax. England will make it to the quarter-finals, and more probably to the semi-finals of Russia 2018.

The one factor or condition to see that happening is Guardiola joining the Premier League for the 2016-2017 season, whether he does with Manchester City or any other team.

The likelihood of both events is high and it would be great to finally see the England achievement of Italy 1990 .

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England’s Enhancement is Guardiola’s Achievement [photo: skysports.com]

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