I still laugh to Korean coach, poor! :D
What a stupid thought, he said that he hates Iran and would beat Iran! :D :D
Thanks Gochi, thanks Carlos, thanks all team!
Iran qualifed to World Cup 2014 by a sweet victory over Korea! Korea coach said that he wouldn't allow Iran to qualify and would beat Iran 4-0! LOL :D :D What a stupid dream! :D :D
Group A Final Standing
Points Goal Average
1- Iran 16 6
2- Korea Republic 14 6
3- Uzbekistan 14 5
4- Qatar 7 -8
5- Lebanon 5 -9
'Brazil here we come,' Iran fans singMillions of joyous Iranians flooded the streets of Tehran on Tuesday after the Iranian national team beat Asia powerhouse Korea Republic 1-0 in Ulsan to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™."Brazil here we come," sang the fans in football-mad Iran. Footage aired on state television showed similar outpourings of joy around the country. In Tehran, residents waved the green-white-red national flag while motorists honked their horns and bikers sped through the capital to join the festivities.Some motorists were parked on the roadside with their radios turned up at full volume as passersby danced and cheered while policemen looked on.The win on Tuesday put Iran top of Asian qualifying Group A with 16 points followed by Korea Republic with 14 points. Both teams qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. It is the fourth time that Iran has clinched a berth at football's high feast.High praiseThe qualification was hailed by top officials. Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei thanked the team for bringing "happiness" to the people of Iran, state media reported. "The national football team's victory made the people and especially sports fans happy. I thank those who created this happiness," Khamenei said.Newly-elected President Hassan Rowhani was equally enthusiastic: "I am certain this victory is the prelude for major victories and the decisive presence of Islamic Iran in all fields," Rowhani said in remarks carried by the ISNA news agency.On Vali Asr Street in Tehran, young men jumped up and down to express their joy. "It was a big surprise. I could not have imagined that we could beat Korea in front of their supporters at home," said Mehran, 29.The sport ministry said it plans to hold a ceremony at Tehran's Azadi stadium on Wednesday to mark Iran reaching the finals. Iran made their FIFA World Cup final debut in Argentina in 1978, but failed to progress beyond the group stage.Twenty years later they qualified for the finals in France, where they scored a memorable victory against USA. Iran also made it to the Germany 2006 but again failed to make it beyond the group stage.
Asian giants Iran, Korea Republic and Australia reached the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ but Uzbekistan narrowly failed to automatically book their place on a dramatic night of action Tuesday.Australia left it late before substitute striker Josh Kennedy earned a 1-0 win over Iraq in Sydney with an 83rd minute strike, enough to take the Socceroos through to their third successive FIFA World Cup.Later, Iran edged a grudge match with Korea Republic 1-0 in Ulsan to qualify top of Group A, giving the hosts some nervous moments as they awaited news from Tashkent, where rivals Uzbekistan were playing Qatar.The Uzbeks smashed five second-half goals past the Qataris, but despite their 5-1 win they failed to reach their target of winning by seven goals and now go into a play-off series against either Jordan or Oman, who play round out the Asian qualifying matches later tonight.Iran, Korea Republic and Australia now join Japan, the Asian Cup-holders who booked their ticket a fortnight ago, at next year's FIFA World Cup as the only countries to have qualified alongside hosts Brazil. Although all four Asian qualifiers are familiar names at the FIFA World Cup, the year-long elimination process has been hard-fought and came down to the last week of the final group stage.Ex-Middlesbrough striker Lee Dong-Gook tested Iran goalkeeper Rahman Ahmadi with a stinging attempt from distance but despite dominating the first half, Korea Republic struggled to create clear chances. Iran started the second half with more ambition and on 60 minutes, they were suddenly in front thanks to a defensive blunder from Kim Young-Gwon and the alert thinking of Reza Ghoochannejhad.Defender Kim failed to clear the ball on the touchline and had his pocket picked by Ghoochannejhad, who scampered goalwards and bent a left-footed shot around Jung Sung-Ryong. Korea Republic pressed desperately for the equaliser and Kim Young-Gwon nearly made amends for his mistake when he put a free header wide near the end. Lee Keun-Ho also nearly headed the leveller in injury time.However the Taeguk Warriors clung on to Group B's second automatic qualifying spot and reached their ninth FIFA World Cup on goal difference, despite Uzbekistan's heroics in Tashkent.Five-star Uzbeks fall shortUzbekistan were the aggressors from the start and on 36 minutes, striker Alexander Geynrikh was just inches from putting the hosts ahead - before they fell behind to a sucker-punch seconds later.Trying to play the ball out of defence, a hard pass cannoned off the legs of Server Djeparov and into the path of Hasan Al Haydos, and the forward picked out Abdulqadir Ilyas who finished with aplomb to give Qatar a shock 1-0 lead.Qatar defender Ibrahim Abdulmajed nearly did Uzbekistan a favour when his header from a corner crashed against his own crossbar, and Jasur Khasanov tested the woodwork again with a sweeping volley from the edge of the box. Geynrikh had the ball in the net but was flagged offside, and in first-half injury time he wriggled through two defenders but saw his close-range shot denied by goalkeeper Abonora.Uzbekistan again took up residence in Qatari territory in the second half and they finally got their reward when Timur Kapadze floated in a long ball and Djeparov's quick cross was poked home by substitute striker Bahodir Nasimov on 60 minutes. Oleg Zoteev's dribble and shot put Uzbekistan in front on 72 minutes, and the massed fans at Bunyodkor Stadium dared to dream when Nasimov scored their third from close range two minutes later.Late strikes from Odil Ahmedov and Ulugbek Bakaev raised excitement to fever pitch but the clock quickly ticked through injury time and Uzbekistan were kept waiting for a first foray to football's biggest stage. Uzbekistan now await the winner between Jordan and Oman in a two-leg playoff on 6 and 10 September to determine who will face the fifth-place South American side in an intercontinental play-off for a Brazil 2014 berth.
Russia won the bid to host the 2018 World Cup in a tight race against England, Portugal and Spain (jointly), and Belgium and the Netherlands (jointly).
Russia will spend about 440 billion rubles ($13 billion) on the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the country’s finance minister said Thursday.
MOSCOW, June 29 (R-Sport) – Russia’s women’s rugby seven team edged a 17-15 win over England on Saturday to reach the quarterfinals of the World Cup in Moscow.
Russia top Pool D with two wins and a draw and will meet Canada in the quarterfinals, while England’s loss means they must face the feared New Zealand, who won all their games in Pool A.
“Boundless joy,” Russia’s Yekaterina Kazakova said, when asked how she was feeling, but warned against complacency.
“The competition’s not over … The game against Canada tomorrow’s very important. They’re no weaker than the English.”
The game was tense as Russia came back from 10-0 down to win, snatching victory thanks to Baizat Khamidova, who ran half the length of the pitch for the crucial try.
After the final whistle, the Russians ran a lap of honor, cheered by the jubilant crowd at the vast Luzhniki arena.
“They were the better side,” England’s Michaela Staniford said.
In the other quarterfinals, Pool B winners Australia meet Pool C runners-up Spain, while Pool C winners the United States take on Pool B’s second-placed Ireland.
Tour de France 2013.
The autorities do nothing to arrest Lance Armstrong. Lance Armstrong should be in prison for all the money he stole during many years...if he is not in prison so why do you keep other people in prison when they steal money...It is unfair...where is the democracy???? He should be an example for other thieves...
Lance Armstrong shows his arrogance:
Dartagnan: If it is impossible to win without taking drugs for you, give a chance to honest people to win it...Armstrong must be in prison...
The Texan, stripped of the record seven Tour titles he won between 1999 and 2005 after admitting to using performance-enhancing drugs, created a storm by giving an interview to French daily newspaper Le Monde and then claiming his comments were presented out of context.
A bold headline on the newspaper this morning read: "The Tour de France? Impossible to win without doping", with Le Monde reporting that, when asked whether it was possible to win without taking performance-enhancing drugs, Armstrong replied: "That depends on the races that you wanted to win.
"The Tour de France? No. Impossible to win without doping because the Tour is an endurance event where oxygen is decisive.
"To take one example, EPO (erythropoetin) will not help a sprinter to win a 100m but it will be decisive for a 10,000m runner. It's obvious."
However, Armstrong then took to Twitter to insist he had only answered questions relating to the years in which he was competing for the famous yellow jersey, while saying he was "hopeful" current riders could win by legitimate means.
For the sake of the thousands of innocent athletes around the world, and the purity of sport, Armstrong must now be handed the severest possible penalty for his worldwide confession that he used performance-enhancing drugs throughout the peak of his career.
Armstrong may have chosen the way he wanted to confess - in a plush leather chair in his own lounge room and in front of old mate Oprah Winfrey - but that is where his choices should end. There is now no place to hide from authorities who should be on his doorstep handcuffing him as I write these words.
Armstrong is in a much worse position than that other cheat, Marion Jones, who spent several years denying drug use, perjuring herself and being sent off to prison. Her drug use was not her ultimate undoing. She never returned a positive sample.
Like Armstrong, it was the perpetual lying, and then the confession, that cost Jones her personal freedom. Unlike Jones, though, Armstrong conned an entire generation of fans who not only admired his sporting prowess but bought his entire Livestrong philosophy after he beat testicular cancer.
His cancer awareness network (whatever that means) has been almost cult-like in its refusal to believe Armstrong's detractors and doubters. Millions of dollars have been raised in Armstrong's name.
He has such a large personality that even after the smell of a confession this week, talkback radio was inundated with those who remain steadfast in their support of the man.
Undoubtedly, the Winfrey confession will merely bring more of those supporters out of the woodwork.
It always astonishes me how people like Armstrong manage to keep a corner full of sycophants, hangers-on and conspiracy theorists.
His arrogance and his tendency to sue anyone who dared to utter the word cheat around him ensured that the "baddies" in the media paid dearly if they dared to report the evidence. Those in his corner still believe he has been vilified without justification.
British journalists have spent years chasing Armstrong and their allegations cost their bosses millions in defamation payouts. The money should now be paid back, along with the sponsorship dollars, appearance fees, the prizemoney and the donations.
That he has admitted to being a bully, to steamrolling those around him who were pointing the finger prove the man is as close to the devil as a human being can be.
The big challenge for authorities now is prosecuting their man, cleaning up his sport and repairing its damaged reputation on the Olympic front. Confessing to a talk show queen might be as much as he believes he needs to do, but the world of cycling needs a hell of a lot more before justice is served.
Cheats in cycling are still out there. In a sport where not cheating is seen as a rarity, the only solution to the long-term doping that has dogged it is to make an example of the bloke who held the cycling torch for more than a decade. Only a jail term will put the cheats who are out there on notice.
Armstrong was to cycling what Ali was to boxing. He transformed his sport from a mainly European pastime into a worldwide juggernaut. Armstrong's drug taking made it all right for an entire generation of competitors to think it was OK too. Seeing him get away with it meant everybody jumped on.
The sport had a level playing field.
That its leading light was a cheat for the best part of his career must surely mean the current bosses of cycling will be out on their ears. He says they didn't know. That is just about as bad as knowing and not acting. Track and road cycling remain dotted with cheats. Rumours swirl around the sport at Olympics and Tour de France time about doping and the pride some cyclists take in beating the testers. The dopers are still out there winning medals and fat contracts.
The United States drug agency will be having a quiet celebration today. They finally have a sniff of an arrest after years of chasing Armstrong. It will not be until he is behind bars, though, that cycling can start to rebuild. There is something about seeing someone as big as Armstrong in jail that jolts those still out there into reality.
Armstrong's confession after all these years means, quite simply, the world's most arrogant athlete has finally been trapped. I look forward to seeing him handcuffed.
Local heroine Aliya Mustafina delighted the Kazan crowd with a third gymnastics gold medal at the World University Games on Wednesday.
The London 2012 bronze medalist added a gold medal in the uneven bars to the all-around and team titles she won earlier in the competition.
Mustafina scored 15.200 points to lead a Russian one-two as teammate Tatyana Nabieva, a 2010 world champion, earned 14.525. The bronze when to Germany's Lisa-Katharina Hill, who scored 14.500.
Mustafina, who has ethnic Tatar roots, read the athletes' oaths at the opening ceremony on Saturday and her victories come all the more sweet because they take place in Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan.
Dartagnan: Skiing can be a dangerous sport during an avalanche. Many people lose life during avanlanches.
KAZAN, July 17 (R-Sport) - Russia won gold medals in women's water polo, men's volleyball and men's basketball on the penultimate day of the 2013 World University Games, running their already enormous total to 151 and 285 overall.
Tuesday's haul means the host nation has won 25 percent of the 1,138 medals awarded to date. Japan is second with 84 medals overall and Ukraine sits third with 77.
Russia capped the eleventh day of the Universiade with an 81-74 win over Australia in the men's basketball final in front of what appeared to be a sold-out crowd inside Kazan's Basket Hall. In the game prior, Serbia knocked off Canada 87-74 for the bronze medal.
In water polo, Russia defeated silver medalist Hungary 18-11 while Italy pulled off a tight 6-5 victory over Canada to hold down bronze. Men's volleyball saw sweeps across the board with Russia beating Poland 3-0. Japan pulled off the same score over Ukraine for the bronze medal.
Russian gymnast Margarita Mamun, a rising star and Russian national champion, won gold medals in the women's individual clubs, individual hoop and individual ribbon as part of the country's gold medal sweep in artistic gymnastics. Ukraine picked up five artistic gymnastic bronze medals on Tuesday as well as two silver.
At the Aquatics Center, Russian swimmer Vladimir Morozov struck gold in his signature category - the 50m freestyle - while countryman Andrey Grechin placed second and Ukraine's Andrii Govorov third.
Russia's women's 4x100 medley relay team set a Universiade record on Tuesday with a 3:58.05 finish, smoking silver medalist Italy by 4.57 seconds. The Americans finished 0.10 seconds back of Italy for bronze.
Meanwhile, in football, France beat Great Britain in a thrilling 3-2 gold-medal final after Fanch Weyders broke a tie in the second extra time. Japan shut out Russia 3-0 for an easy bronze.
The 27th Universiade ends on Wednesday with finals in men's and women's rugby sevens, shooting, open water swimming and men's water polo.
KAZAN, Russia, July 15 (R-Sport) - Russian tennis players Elena Vesnina and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova won gold in the women’s doubles at the World University Games on Monday.
The Russians won gold medals. Pavlyuchenkova had been competing with an injured left leg after falling down the stairs last month.
Vesnina has twice competed in Olympic doubles, reaching the quarterfinals on both occasions, and Pavlyuchenkova said she now wanted to play at the next Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
"Lena's been to the Olympics twice, and I haven't been once yet, but that's my dream and the Universiade is practice," she said.
Bronze medals went to the Polish pair of Barbara Sobaszkiewicz and Sylwia Zagorska, and the Belarusian duo of Darya Lebedesheva and Polina Pekhova.
The XXVII Summer Universiade in Kazan is the biggest ever, with 10,442 athletes from 162 countries competing in 27 sports. The Games run on July 6-17.
Russia added to its unprecedented medal tally on the last day of the 2013 World University Games on Wednesday, claiming seven more to bring its staggering final haul to 292, a Universiade record.
KAZAN/MOSCOW, July 18 (R-Sport/RIA Novosti) – Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev closed the curtain on the 27th World University Games late Wednesday, looking forward to the upcoming Sochi Olympics as an even "harder test" for Russia.
The event, also known as the World Student Games or Universiade, which ran July 6-17 in the Volga River city of Kazan, has been widely seen in Russia as practice for February's Winter Games, themselves a major point of international prestige for Moscow.
"Sochi is going to be a harder test still," Medvedev told a packed Kazan Arena.
International University Sports Federation president Claude-Louis Gallien declared the Universiade officially over at 12:09 a.m. Thursday.
Russian officials have touted the University Games, where Russia garnered a record 292 medals including 155 gold, as a major success.
MOSCOW, July 23 (R-Sport) - Two-time Olympic pole vault champion and world record holder Yelena Isinbayeva announced Tuesday that she would retire after the world championships in Moscow next month.
The 31-year-old made the statement immediately after winning the Russian nationals with a leap of 4 meters 75 centimeters.
“My career will finish 100 percent at the world championships,” Isinbayeva said. “For me it will be a nostalgic moment, I should get pleasure from this performance and I will try to show the best I can.”
She is competing for a seventh world gold medal next month in Moscow, where the championships will be held from August 10 through 18.
After winning bronze at last year's London Olympics, Isinbayeva said she would chase another Olympic medal in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, but first wanted to have a child.
She recounted on Tuesday a conversation she had had with her fellow pole vaulters on the topic.
"They said: 'How is this happening? You said you'd stay until Rio.' I answered: 'No, I'll be 10 years older than everyone there, so you do it yourselves. Continue my work."
Isinbayeva set her first world record in 2003 and has held the overall pole vault world record unbroken since 2004. She set the current record at a Diamond League event in Zurich in August 2009, jumping to 5 meters 6 centimeters.
Last year, she set her final record, an indoor world best of 5 meters 1 centimeter in Stockholm.
She won the Olympic Games in Athens 2004 and triumphed four years later in Beijing.
Russian Athletics Federation chief Valentin Balakhnichev told R-Sport that he would welcome Isinbayeva to join his team or even replace him as the country’s top athletics official.
“I think Lena Isinbayeva is such a great athlete that I’m eagerly waiting for her to work with us at any level,” Balakhnichev said. “If she wants to be the president, let her be the president, I will support her in this decision.”
FIBA Asia final match, Iran vs The Philippines
These two teams have already reached to Basketball World Cup 2014 at Spain, the third team that will reach to FIBA World Cup will be between Korea and Chinese Taipei
Korea vs Chinese Taipei 13:30 -Iran Time-
Iran vs The Philippines 16:00 -Iran Time-