Cristiano Ronaldo sure seems to be on a winning streak when it comes to taking home awards. The Portuguese footballer took home the award for European Player of the Year last night.
As you may remember, Ronaldo is also the recipient of this year’s prestigious Balon d’Or award – beating out the likes of Lionel Messie and Franck Ribery.
The european Player of the Year is a journalists poll where 54 journalists from across Europe get to vote for whomever they feel is the best European player of the year. Ronaldo smashed records in the previous season scoring a record 17 goals in Real Madrid’s Champions League campaign last season and effectively helped his team win their tenth Champions League title. (more…)
Cameroonian soccer star, Samuel Eto’o, has announced that he is hanging up his international football boots after representing his country for more than 15 years.
Eto’o made the announcement on his official Facebook page yesterday. He thanked his team mates and fans for supporting him over the years and being there for even step in his illustrious career:
I wish to inform you that I hereby put a definitive end to my international career…[sic] on this occasion, I wish to thank all Africans in particular and all my fans around the world for their love and unconditional support. Find here the expression of my deep gratitude.”
Eto’o's international career has been seriously successful. He is undoubtedly one of the best African players in the world and has done a lot to put other African soccer players in the map. (more…)
By now, you must’ve heard of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that has taken social media by storm. And as we know, our Springboks are never ones to shy away from a challenge, so when the team got nominated to take the challenge and donate to ALS research they (obviously) gladly accepted.
The Boks were nominated by former Springbok payer and legendary rugby player, Joost van der Westhuizen. As most of you might also know, Joost is suffering from Motor Neuron Disease – a disease very similar to ALS. So the Ice Bucket Challenge naturally means a lot to him personally.
While the Boks were in Salta this past weekend where they narrowly beat the Pumas, the recorded a video of themselves taking the Ice Bucket Challenge.
After explaining that Joost is a hero to everyone in the team, the also announced that they will be donating R15 000 to Joost’s J9 Foundation – a charity organization that funds research into MS, ALS and associated neurodegenerative diseases.
With coach Heyneke Meyer sitting firmly in between his players, the Springboks’ Ice Bucket Challenge sure is one special one. The Boks also extended the challenge to the Springbok 7′s and all other unions in South Africa.
Check it out below:
Saturday’s match against Argentina wasn’t the best of game’s for the Springboks – even though the boys managed to pull off a win, it wash;t a win that dreams were made of. In fact, it was far from it.
The Springboks looked seriously out of place on Saturday in Salta. The Argentinian team – obviously eager for a win on home ground – seemed to plough through the South African defense and was first on the scoreboard. However, it wasn’t necessarily the Boks’ poor defense that rocked the boat, but the major issue was clear with the scrum.
Time after time the Pumas’ scrum was just way better than the Boks. They failed to support and didn’t gain any momentum. A serious problem that coach Heyneke Meyer will have to give a lot of attention to before the Boks take on the Wallabies in Perth on 6 September. (more…)
The Springboks have left to take on the Pumas on their own turf in Buenos Aires, Argentina, but they are doing so without the help of star player Victor Matfield.
Matfield will not be accompanying his team mates to Buenos Aires, where they will take on the Pumas for a second time, after he is still recovering from a cartilage tear in his knee.
The very same injury caused the Bulls player to is out on last Saturday’s game against the Puma’s at Loftus Versfeld.
While the Boks did go on to win the game 13 – 6, their line out’s did not seem to be the same without Matfield. However, Lood de Jager, Bakkies Botha and Eben Etzebeth did make up for him. (more…)
The US Open’s reigning men’s champ, Rafael Nadal, will unfortunately not be able to defend his title at this year’s event, much to the dismay of fans and fellow players.
Nadal announced yesterday that eh won’t be taking part in this year’s tournament due to a injury on his right wrist, that has plagued him for the last month. The injury also kept the world number two from taking part in the Toronto Masters and the recent Cincinnati Open, that Roger Federer went on to win this past weekend.
The injury occurred during training last month. (more…)
Roger Federer is back with a bang and proved that he is still a tennis star after he won the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati yesterday.
After what seemed like a tough match to start of for the Swiss player against a determined David Ferrer, quickly turned to his favour after he seems to find his momentum. Federer, who has never lost a match to Ferrer, went on to beat the Spaniard 6-3, 1-6, 6-2.
This is 16th time Federer and Ferrer have met each other in their careers and the 16th time Federer has beat Ferrer – no doubt that is a record he is proud to hold.
For Federer, the win was extra special as it was his first Masters title in two years. The previous time he won a Masters title was also at the Cinicinnati Open back in 2012.
And it almost didn’t happen. (more…)