Some new event ambassadors of FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™

We just knows from UTfifa15coins that FIFA have released two new event ambassadors of Canada 2015, including Joining Kara Lang, Honourable Rona Ambrose, Kirstine Stewart and Hayley Wickenheiser, who are both excellent women in their area.

Stewart is one of Canada’s most highly-respected business women, with a career spanning over 25 years. Universally admired, she has led some of Canada’s largest television production and media companies, including CBC English Language Services.

She now serves as Twitter’s North American lead for television, sports, music, talent, entertainment, news and government partnerships. In addition to her inspirational career, Stewart brings a love of sport and an optimism that will inspire generations to come.

Wickenheiser earned international recognition as an Olympian in both the Winter and Summer Olympic Games. She represents the success of Canadian athletes on the international stage and the pride which their success brings to our country, embodying the official slogan for Canada 2015 – To a Greater Goal™.

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An Officer of the Order of Canada, she has been recognised for her contributions to sport and charity. Recently in December 2014, she served as a draw assistant for the Official Draw of the Women’s World Cup.

“We are thrilled Hayley and Kirstine have joined Minister Ambrose and Kara Lang as tournament ambassadors,” said Peter Montopoli, Chief Executive Officer for the National Organising Committee of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015. “All four of Canada’s FIFA Women’s World Cup event ambassadors are enthusiastic, driven and creative leaders who understand the hard work and dedication that is required to be at the top of one’s game.

“Above all, these ambassadors are proud Canadians who want to help leave a legacy for women and sport in Canada that will result from the hosting of the largest women’s sporting event in the world.”

A game changer for the sport in Canada, the Women’s World Cup provides an opportunity to engage Canadians from all corners of the vast nation, creating opportunities for lifelong sport and establishing a new era in the women’s game. The participation of Minister Ambrose, Kirstine Stewart, Hayley Wickenheiser, and Kara Lang are helping to engage Canadians across the country as Canada hosts the largest event in women’s sport, from coast-to-coast.

“It’s an honour to be named as an ambassador for the FIFA Women’s World Cup, an event that will unite some of the most hard-working, talented athletes in the world,” said Stewart. “As a Canadian and passionate sports fan, I’m truly looking forward to experiencing the performances that will inspire female athletes not only in Canada, but across the world.”

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The FIFA Women’s World Cup sets the stage for the world’s best players and performances, but it is much more than just a soccer competition. It is a showcase of the best in women’s sport – on and off the field. The Women’s World Cup will be the first truly coast-to-coast event across Canada.

“Women’s sport is a very current topic and one that is very obviously close to my heart. It is a real privilege for us to have such elite female athletes from all over the world congregate here on Canadian soil,” said Wickenheiser. “The FIFA Women’s World Cup™ is more than just about the sport of soccer: this FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada will encourage all women and girls to not only participate in sport, but to excel.”

Individual tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online at Tickets start as low as $20.15. Canada open the competition in Edmonton on 6 June 2015 when they take on China PR in the Opening Match.

FIFA is ‘inefficient’ on match-fixing claims, says Mbalula

Mbalula is always looking down upon FIFA because it’s “very inefficient” in match-fixing investigations, who is the minister of South African sports. FIFA is not an eligible world-wide football organization, it not deserve, in the opinion of Fikile Mbalula.

In an interview with, sports minister Fikile Mbalula criticized the failure of FIFA to complete an investigation into whether 2010 World Cup warm-up matches were fixed.

FIFA found strong evidence of match-fixing in games involving South Africa in the weeks before the World Cup, with accusations that referees manipulated the games for illegal Asian betting syndicates.

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FIFA agreed in April 2013 to allow the South African government to set up an inquiry. But the lack of progress led FIFA’s ethics committee to start investigating the matter later in the year.

“It has not damaged us (the delay) … it has actually damaged FIFA’s image as a very inefficient and very relaxed to allegations of corruption and not dealing with them decisively,” Mbalula told the AP during a visit to London. “It has affected their image. So to rid of that image, they need to deal decisively with this allegation and put it in abeyance.

“That image that FIFA is a corrupt body still stands out in the world among ordinary people,” he added.

The FIFA ethics committee investigatory chamber is being run by former prosecutor Cornel Borbely after lead prosecutor Michael Garcia resigned in protest in December over the investigation into World Cup bidding corruption.

In response to South Africa’s complaints about the match-fixing investigation, Borbely’s office said it “cannot confirm whether or not there is any investigation pending regarding the subject.”

Mbalula said he is expecting pressure from South African legislators over the status of the investigation when he appears in front of a parliamentary committee later this month.

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“It is a matter that we need to bring closure to – the question of the match-fixing that is alleged and FIFA must bring the report to South Africa and close the matter,” Mbalula said. “It’s a pain on us. It’s like an albatross that we are unable to take off our neck. But we will put pressure in the next coming weeks.”

Some of the South African warm-up games under scrutiny are believed to have been manipulated by referees working for the Singapore-based betting syndicate of Wilson Raj Perumal and Dan Tan, who is accused of coordinating a global crime syndicate that made millions of dollars betting on rigged matches.

No players have been implicated in match-fixing. But corrupt referees and possibly South African Football Association officials may have helped to manipulate games under the direction of convicted match-fixer Perumal. Perumal’s bogus football agency was allowed to appoint referees for some of the games, and SAFA has conceded there was evidence that it was “infiltrated” by match-fixers before the World Cup.

The exact matches under suspicion haven’t been identified, but South Africa’s 5-0 win over Guatemala and 2-1 win over Colombia in late May 2010 have long been under suspicion.

Three penalties for handball were awarded by Nigerien referee Ibrahim Chaibou in the Guatemala game. All three goals in the Colombia friendly, which was refereed by Kenyan official Samuel Langat, came from penalty kicks.

Chaibou and Langat have denied being involved in match-fixing.

In April 2013, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said it was vital the investigation “is concluded soon, with the culprits to be sanctioned in accordance with the zero tolerance policy.”

FIFA-style: the 2019 Cricket World Cup

There are performances of at least three of the associate countries, which is one of the highlights before the World Cup coming. The world Cup is the most excited football tourment for all the football fans, and they have been waiting that for a long time and can’t wait anymore!

Ireland beat the West Indies and then after being in real trouble just pipped a gallant UAE. They chased down a competitive 278 in the final over to remain undefeated in group B.

UAE was terrific against Ireland and had the Irish on the back foot, but a lack of experience saw them just miss out, but it was a mighty fine effort.


Then there was the battle between World Cup first timers, Afghanistan and Scotland in Dunedin.

Afghanistan have come on in leaps and bounds in recent years to actually qualify for cricket’s biggest tournament, while Scotland – despite losing – had been competitive in their first two games so far.

The match, between the two lowest-ranked nations in group A, was still very competitive. As they say, a close game is a good game.
The Afghans, chasing 211, just got over the line in the closest contest of the tournament so far.

They found a way to win when it looked forlorn at certain stages. They were 7 for 97 and then 8 for 132, but Samuilah Shenwari held the lower innings together to make 96.

He got out with 19 still needed, but the number 10 Hassan continued to show wonderful steel with the last man standing, Zdran and the Afghans were able to celebrate.

Their cricket had improved so much in such a short space of time that they were virtually on an equal footing with Scotland, who might have plateaued or even gone backwards slightly like fellow associates Canada, Kenya and the Netherlands, who have been regular participants in recent world cups.

That leaves us then with a conundrum regarding the plan to have just the ten Test playing nations be eligible for the 2019 World Cup event, hosted by England.


It seems very unfair on the associates, who add so much to this event and just keep increasing the profile and popularity of the game across the world.

Considering Afghanistan has been such a war torn country over the years, their involvement in this world cup is what dreams are made of. It would be a pity to not allow these countries without Test status on their biggest stage.

The more they all play the better they will be, reducing the number of one-sided games – a factor which has plagued previous world cups.

If they want a shorter condensed tournament and 49 games is probably too many, why not have a qualification system similar to the FIFA World Cup.

For example maybe 15 months out from the tournament, assess the ODI world rankings and allow the top six direct entry, along with the reigning champs and the host team.

While there’s still much to be played in this world cup, there’s a very good chance that the winner will be ranked in the top six – even though it’s three years away and England should be there as well.

If by a miracle, they are both outside, you have a tournament where two spots are up for grabs instead of four.

This system in my opinion would ensure the one dayers hold more weight and that might make the administrators consider reducing the number of ODI series and matches.


If there were four spots that needed to be filled from the qualification tournament, it should be an eight-team tournament, with the countries rated 7 to 10 in the rankings and the highest ranked associates getting a chance to play.

Two groups of four would suffice and they play each other once, with the top two qualifying for the semis and most importantly the cup. If the Test playing nations get there by this method, it just means they are better – simple as that.

In the case of only two having to qualify, the tournament would be played the same way, but only the finalists make the 2019 world cup.

The main problem with this idea is the scheduling as there is so much cricket to be played. That could create headaches, however considering how much ground they have made up, it seems ludicrous to stifle the development of the associates, by not considering them for future world cups.

Like Australia in the football world cup, making it to that sport’s biggest event has to be a given every time now. The same should be said for the Irelands and Afghanistans of the world.

It would be a great tournament – particularly if it was held on neutral territory. You can get more information about this tournament on

Rafael Marquez: the legend defender of Mexico

Rafael Marquez is a well-know footballer in Mexico, who has a lot of fans and be regarded as a nation hero. Mang people think that he is Mexico’s best defender and maybe the most talented footballer in the history of Mexico football.

He debuted with Liga MX club Atlas when he was just 17 years old. His toughness and hunger secured him a spot with the national team in 1997, and his performance with El Tri took him all the way to Europe.

During his time with Barcelona, Marquez won it all. He also used his experience to lead El Tri in some of the most important competitions in the world.

Marquez is still in shape and proving his worth on the pitch. No wonder why Serie A side Verona acquired his services after the 2014 World Cup.

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On his 36th birthday, here are 15 great moments in the Mexico legend’s career.

Rafael Marquez spent three years with Atlas before leaving to Europe. His performance with the Mexican club wasn’t the main reason why he left the country.

Actually, the center back caught the attention of Monaco during the 1999 Copa America.

The Red and Whites’ scouts traveled to Paraguay to see Pablo Contreras. However, they were dazzled with the Mexican, who joined the club in 1999 (Monaco signed both players).

Marquez made his debut on August 14, 1999, against Bastia.

He won the Ligue 1 title in his debut season, the Champions’ Trophy (2000) and French League Cup (2002-2003) in his four-year stint with the club.
In 1999, Mexico hosted the Confederations Cup, becoming the first country other than Saudi Arabia to organize the competition.

Rafael Marquez, who had already signed with Monaco but hadn’t made his debut, was an undisputed starter in Manuel Lapuente’s XI.

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Showing his skills in the defensive line, Marquez stopped some of the most lethal strikers of the time, such as Ronaldinho and Alex, and helped El Tri secure the title.

It was the first time the national team hoisted a FIFA trophy, and they did it with one of the most brilliant generations, which included Luis Hernandez, Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Ramon Ramirez, Pavel Pardo, Claudio Suarez, to name a few.

At age 35, Marquez was the only member of the squad that represented Mexico in the 2014 World Cup that secured a contract overseas during the summer transfer window.

Great progress: Socceroos move up 37 places on FIFA rankings

It’s amazing that Socceroos climb 37 places to No.63 on FIFA rankings after they become the winner of Asian Cup, which really make fans of Socceroos so excited. They are a not very famous football team before, but they are well-know now because of their rapid progress.

The significant move up the rankings comes after the team dropped only one match throughout the tournament, when they lost in the group stage to South Korea, the team they would ultimately vanquish in the final.

The 37-position climb was not the biggest in the latest addition of the rankings though.

African minnows Equatorial Guinea jumped a huge 69 places to be ranked 49 in the world on the back of their African Cup of Nations performance, where they finished fourth when losing a penalty shootout to DR Congo.

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While there wasn’t much action at the pointy end, the Asian Cup saw plenty of movement among the AFC.

Iran moved up 10 places to be the top Asian team at 41, while South Korea jumped up 15 spots to 54.

Despite a shock quarter-final loss to the UAE, Japan only dropped one place to 55, the biggest losers being Qatar who dropped 17 spots to 109.

At the top, Germany maintained their No.1 ranking ahead of Argentina, Colombia, Belgium and the Netherlands and there were no new entries into the top 10.

Ivory Coast did not come into top 20 of the list, despite they move up eight place in the world game’s 20th-best side.

Mario Balotelli helps Liverpool beat Tottenham

Mario Balotelli becomes a hero after he help his team to win the match in English Premier League game, beating Tottenham 3-2. Many footballers regard him as one of the best Liverpool footballers ever, do not agree? Watch this match on, you will be a fan of him after seeing his perfect performance.

Balotelli grabbed his first goal in the top-flight of English football since scoring for Manchester City against Wigan in November 2012 but it guaranteed him centre stage on a night when England strikers Daniel Sturridge and Harry Kane went head-to-head and were the focus of attention. Kane was duly on the scoresheet again with a 12th goal in his last 15 games cancelling out Lazar Markovic’s opener before half-time, but Liverpool led again through Steven Gerrard’s 53rd-minute penalty after Danny Rose had tripped Sturridge.

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Spurs levelled for a second time when Mousa Dembele finished from close range just after the hour mark but Balotelli swept home Adam Lallana’s cross seven minutes from time for Liverpool to move within a point of Tottenham.

Arsenal moved above Manchester United into fourth and the final UEFA Champions League spot with a 2-1 home victory over bottom-placed Leicester. Laurent Koscielny swept home a 27th-minute corner to hand Arsenal the lead before Mesut Ozil managed another assist when setting up Theo Walcott’s third goal in four games four minutes before the break.

Andrej Kramaric pulled one back after 61 minutes to register his first goal in English football following his £9.5m move from Croatian club Rijeka, but it did little to lift the gloom on embattled Leicester manager Nigel Pearson.

QPR claimed their first points on the road in the Premier League at the 12th attempt courtesy of a 2-0 win at Sunderland to move out of the relegation zone. Rangers had lost all 11 previous away games but there was finally some cheer for the Londoners as Leroy Fer and Bobby Zamora struck before half-time to stop Sunderland’s mini-revival.

Rangers chairman Tony Fernandes said before the game he believes he has got his “dream manager” to replace Harry Redknapp but director of football Les Ferdinand and academy coach Chris Ramsey provided the perfect pick-me-up at the Stadium of Light. Fer put QPR ahead for the first time in an away game all season with a firm downward header after 17 minutes and Zamora doubled the lead with a stunning strike on the stroke of half-time. The only downside for QPR saw midfielder Joey Barton set a new Premier League record with a seventh consecutive booking.

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Hull also moved out of the relegation zone with a 2-0 win over Aston Villa who dropped into the bottom three in their place. Nikica Jelavic’s deflected 22nd-minute shot gave Hull the lead before new signing Dame N’Doye settled matters after 74 minutes with his first goal since completing a £3m move from Lokomotiv Moscow.

It was Hull’s first win since New Year’s Day as goal-shy Villa drew yet another blank in front of goal – the seventh time in eight games that Paul Lambert’s side have failed to find the net.