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Euro 2016: Iceland celebrate biggest victory with win over England

first_imgAron Gunnarsson, every inch the bearded Viking, ran shirtless toward the Iceland fans and led them in their victory chants.Beating England at the European Championship was more than just Iceland’s greatest sporting success. Monday was a moment of national triumph in a country where the team’s improbable progress from the group stage had already outshone coverage of Saturday’s presidential election.The Scandinavian nation of just 330,000 people, by the far the smallest country to qualify for a European Championship, inflicted a shattering 2-1 defeat on England – the country that has been the model for Icelandic football for decades.Defender Ragnar Sigurdsson, who scored Iceland’s first goal and made an outstanding last-ditch tackle to deny Jamie Vardy a potential equalizer, said he had “dreamt … a long time ago” of playing England.But he sounded a little disappointed with what he’d found.”We didn’t feel that they created any chances,” he said. “(Harry) Kane had a header opportunity and headed straight to the goalkeeper, there’s a lot that we were just heading away and long shots from distance.” (Roy Hodgson quits)4-4-2 FORMATION PAID OFFIt was a victory built on smart positioning in defense, English-style physical play and many, many individual errors from England’s players.Iceland’s rock-solid 4-4-2 formation was a ghost from the past of England coach Roy Hodgson, who along with Bob Houghton introduced it to Sweden when they coached there in the 1970s and 1980s. One of their disciples was Lars Lagerback, now Iceland’s co-coach. (British media call Iceland loss worst in English history)advertisement”I learned a lot from them, they changed the training methods and the coaching education in the long run in Sweden and I was really, really benefiting from that,” Lagerback said, minutes after Hodgson resigned from the England job. “Respect to a really, really good coach.”Lagerback took Hodgson’s gifts and turned them against his old master with devastating effect. In seven games against England with Sweden and now Iceland, Lagerback’s teams have never been defeated. In Nice on Monday, Iceland neutralized the English Premier League’s top two scorers, Kane and Vardy, with tight marking, positional forethought and superb awareness of where the rest of the team was at all times. (Twitter mocks second Brexit in a week)England’s left winger Raheem Sterling won the penalty that gave England the lead early on. But he was then kept quiet by right-back Birkir Saevarsson. On the right, Daniel Sturridge had a little more success but found few targets for his often-wayward crosses.GAMEPLAN WASN’T ALL NEGATIVEIceland’s gameplan was built around shutting down England’s stars, but it wasn’t all negative. On the break, the Icelanders created the best chances of the game and could have scored another when Gunnarsson turned Jack Wilshere but saw his shot saved by Joe Hart.All through the game, the vastly outnumbered contingent of Icelanders sang more than England’s supporters, who were left in stunned silence for long periods.As England’s players slumped onto the grass and the final whistle, Iceland’s substitutes and backroom staff charged onto the pitch as if they’d won the final.”We are a little bit colored by our love for the English football, so probably this game means a little bit more to us, who have been watching English football since we were born,” Lagerback’s co-coach Heimir Hallgrimsson said.As for playing host nation France in a quarterfinal on Sunday, Hallgrimsson added: “I will take it.”Fresh from beating England, tiny Iceland now feels it can take on the world.”We didn’t have so much problems defending (against) the English, and also in ball possession we created a lot of good chances,” Hallgrimsson said. “If the players play with the same attitude, we can beat anyone.”last_img read more

Royal Challengers Bangalore hurt by KL Rahul absence: Ricky Ponting

first_imgFormer Australian skipper Ricky Ponting has analysed that the shoulder injury to KL Rahul has played an underappreciated role in Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) horror campaign in the ongoing tenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).Predicting how RCB have gone from 2016 finalists to 2017 cellar-dwellers in the IPL, Ponting said although poor form of key players like Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle can be the obvious reason behind the team’s downfall, he insisted that the absence of Rahul could not be avoided.The 42-year-old, who was in charge of Mumbai Indians in 2015-16, pointed out that Rahul and Kohli were a pretty formidable opening pair last year and, therefore, the absence of one of them is a massive loss for the RCB.”KL Rahul is a massive loss for them. He had a terrific back-end to last season. He did some amazing things last year, so him not being at the top has been a big loss,” cricket.com.au quoted Ponting as saying.”He and Virat were a pretty formidable opening pair last year. You couldn’t argue with what they did last year and they’ve played a bit of cricket with each other in the Indian Test team for the few months leading in to the IPL. So they would have had a good dynamic there at the top of the order and unfortunately that’s been missing for them,” he added.Rahul, who averaged 44 in last year’s IPL, was ruled out of the ongoing IPL season as well as from the Champions Trophy after sustaining the shoulder injury during the four-match Test series against Australia in March.advertisementThe right-handed batsman opened the batting in six matches for the RCB last season, having scored more than 35 on four occasions, behind also impressing batting at No.4 spot when West Indies swashbuckling batsman Gayle returned to the side to open.ALSO WATCH:last_img read more

MySpace reportedly loses 50 million songs uploaded over 12 years

first_img Now playing: Watch this: 5:30 Internet Services Music MySpace may have lost 12 years of music in a “server migration project.” Lionel Bonaventure / AFP/Getty Images MySpace may have lost your digital memories in a server migration.”As a result of a server migration project, any photos, videos, and audio files you uploaded more than three years ago may no longer be available on or from Myspace,” it said in a note at the top of the site.”We apologize for the inconvenience. If you would like more information, please contact our Data Protection Officer at DPO@myspace.com.” Tags 5center_img Comments Share your voice Andy Baio, one of the people behind Kickstarter, tweeted that it could mean millions of songs uploaded between the site’s Aug. 1, 2003 launch and 2015 are gone for good.”Myspace accidentally lost all the music uploaded from its first 12 years in a server migration, losing over 50 million songs from 14 million artists,” he wrote Sunday.”I’m deeply skeptical this was an accident. Flagrant incompetence may be bad PR, but it still sounds better than ‘we can’t be bothered with the effort and cost of migrating and hosting 50 million old MP3s,’ ” Baio noted.MySpace didn’t immediately respond to a request for further comment.It might seem like a dim and distant memory now, but MySpace was an essential springboard for musicians like Arctic Monkeys in 2005 and the most popular site in the US in 2006. It was got a makeover back in 2013, when it was refurbished and rebranded as a cool place to share music and video.First published at 5:07 a.m. PT.Updated at 9:44 a.m. PT: Adds background detail. MySpace is still alive but it’s nothing like it was 15…last_img read more

Telecom Spectrum Auction Modi Govts Gain is Subscribers Loss Idea Cellular Hikes

first_imgThe Modi government’s coffers may have become richer from the aggressive bidding for spectrum auctioned in March, but it has already had its domino effect on subscribers, as predicted by analysts.Idea Cellular has raised tariffs for mobile data plans by as much as 100 percent for pre-paid users in the NCR region. India’s third largest telecom carrier has doubled the tariff for few 2G data plans, while increasing charges for 3G by nearly 33 percent. The revised tariffs are effective from 3 June.The company has also cut down the validity period for some data plans.It is also expected to hike data tariffs in other circles in the coming days, Livemint said, quoting industry sources. Idea is the first telecom operator to announce tariff hike after the fierce bidding by telecom companies in March during the spectrum auction that saw the Centre receiving bids for ₹1.10 lakh crore. Idea had successfully renewed its spectrum licences in the nine telecom circles where it was operating. The company also emerged as the top bidder committing about ₹30,300 crore.After the auction, the carriers were required to pay about 33 percent of the final bidding amount to the government within 10 days. The companies have the option to pay the remaining amount in 10 annual instalments beginning from 2017.”The auctions will increase the debt burden of the industry by 70-80% of the spectrum price paid,” Hemant Joshi of Delloitte Haskins and Sells, had told The Economic Times in March.Some analysts had estimated a minimum increase of 10 percent in tariffs, while others expected them to go up by 15 percent.Experts believe that with the increase in spectrum costs, companies may seriously consider passing on the cost to consumers, despite the intense competition.last_img read more

Bangladesh appoints new Ambassador to China

first_imgMahbub Uz Zaman. Photo: UNBThe government has decided to appoint Mahbub Uz Zaman, currently serving as the secretary (Asia and Pacific) at the foreign ministry, as the new Bangladesh Ambassador to China, reports BSS.Mahbub Uz Zaman, a career foreign service officer, belongs to the 1985 batch of Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) foreign affairs cadre.In his distinguished diplomatic career of over 30 years, Mahbub served as the High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Singapore and Sri Lanka, a foreign ministry press release said.He also worked in various capacities in Bangladesh Permanent Missions in Geneva, New York as well as Bangladesh Missions in Tokyo, Ottawa and New Delhi. At headquarters, from December 2016, he has been serving as the secretary (Asia and Pacific).Zaman obtained his Bachelor (Honours) and Master degrees in Economics from Dhaka University. He also obtained a diploma in French language and International Relations from Belgium.last_img read more