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  • England Stadium Wembley's response a fitting tribute to Paris tragedy

     

     Football was united on Tuesday evening as both England and France supporters showed their solidarity in the wake of the terror attacks

    It was all about the occasion rather than the game, but that’s the way it was meant to be. From the England fans singing La Marseillaise before kick-off to the floral tributes which laid beside the pitch throughout the match, football’s response to the Paris terror attacks was a fitting one.With the grieving process continuing back home, the France national side came to Wembley not so much for a friendly international as to play their part in the first step on the road to recovery after the events of Friday night.


    For the past three days, the players and fans of Les Bleus had seen through the blue, white and red light displays on global landmarks that the world was uniting behind them. But tonight they felt it.

    From the minute French fans walked down Wembley Way it was clear to them this was going to be no ordinary night at the football. There they saw England fans waving the tricolour on their way into the stadium, while some matched St George’s cross hats with France shirts as their chosen attire.

    It was no different inside the stadium. A mosaic of the French flag was raised aloft by England supporters as 71,223 people joined together to sing La Marseillaise, then there was a moment of silence as impeccably observed as any in Wembley’s history. There followed the laying of flowers on the touchline by dignitaries from both nations as well as a touching team photograph in which the two sets of players linked arms with their adversaries.

    The show of solidarity continued long into the game. Every time the visiting supporters struck up a chorus of their national anthem during the pedestrian contest being served up on the pitch, the home contingent greeted them with applause. England fans even took to greeting each French pass with a cheer of ‘Ole’ at one stage, while every attempt by the visitors to begin a Mexican wave was joyfully backed up in the home end.

    As French substitutions were made there was applause, rather than barracking, from England supporters. And there were special receptions for the second-half introductions of Lassana Diarra and Antoine Griezmann following their decision to play on in the wake of family members being caught up in Friday’s attacks.

    If the atmosphere has been edgy rather than energetic at Wembley for recent England internationals, this one was altogether more surreal. Only when Wayne Rooney closed in on goal and fired just wide of Hugo Lloris’ post did the home fans really seem to have finally realised there was a game going on.

    Dele Alli’s wonderful strike in the closing moments of the first half prompted a slightly more natural feel about proceedings, but even after Rooney made it 2-0 there was no disguising that the night’s main objective had been achieved long before 8pm.

    he French players, clearly going through the motions as they continue to come to terms with the consequences of the attacks on their capital, will have taken something from the normality of playing a football match. A final spontaneous burst of La Marseillaise from their supporters shortly after full-time was rewarded with the recognition of both sets of players, while the England band played to the tune of their opponents' anthem.

    It was the right note on which to end.

    England won 2-0, but this was not about Alli and Rooney. It was about Liberté, égalité and fraternité.

    Source:www.goal.com

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  • በሴካፋ ዋንጫ የመክፈቻ ጨዋታ ኢትዮጵያ ከሩዋንዳ ጋር ትጫዎታለች

     

    [ Habesha2day] በኢትዮጵያ አስተናጋጀነት ለሚካሄደው የምስራቅና መካከለኛው አፍሪካ እግር ኳስ ዋንጫ (ሴካፋ) የኢትዮጵያ ብሄራዊ ቡድን ከሩዋንዳ አቻው በአዲስ አበባ የመጀመሪያ ጨዋታውን ያካሂዳል።

    ውድድሩ  ከህዳር 11 ቀን 2008 .ም ጀምሮ ለሁለት ሳምንት የሚካሄድ ሲሆን 12 አገራት በሶስት ምድብ ተከፋፍለው ይጫወታሉ።

    ጨዋታዎቹ በአዲስ አበባ፣ባህርዳርና ሀዋሳ ጨዋታዲየሞች የሚካሄዱ ይሆናል።

    መክፈቻውና ከሩብ ፍጻሜ ጀምሮ እስከ ዋንጫ የሚደረጉ ጨዋታዎች በአዲስ አበባ ስታዲየም ሲካሄዱ ቀሪዎቹ ሀዋሳና ባህርዳር ስታዲየም እንደሚካሄዱ የወጣው መርሃ ግብር ያመለክታል።

    በምድብ አንድ ኢትዮጵያ፣ ሩዋንዳ፣ሶማሊያና ታንዛኒያ ሲደለደሉ ኬኒያ፣ ኡጋንዳ፣ ቡሩንዲና ዛንዚባር በምድብ ሁለት ሱዳን፣ ደቡብ ሱዳን፣ ጅቡቲና ማላዊ ደግሞ በምድብ ሶስት ተደልድለዋል።

    ህዳር 12 ቀን 2008 .ም ሶማሊያ ከታንዛኒያ ከምድብ አንድ ሲገናኙ ኬኒያ ከኡጋንዳ ከምድብ ሁለት በአዲስ አበባ ስታዲየም የሚጫወቱ ይሆናል።

     

    በኢትዮጵያ አስተናጋጀነት ለሚካሄደው የምስራቅና መካከለኛው አፍሪካ እግር ኳስ ዋንጫ (ሴካፋ) የኢትዮጵያ ብሄራዊ ቡድን ከሩዋንዳ አቻው በአዲስ አበባ የመጀመሪያ ጨዋታውን ያካሂዳል።

    ውድድሩ  ከህዳር 11 ቀን 2008 ዓ.ም ጀምሮ ለሁለት ሳምንት የሚካሄድ ሲሆን 12 አገራት በሶስት ምድብ ተከፋፍለው ይጫወታሉ።

    ጨዋታዎቹ በአዲስ አበባ፣ባህርዳርና ሀዋሳ ጨዋታዲየሞች የሚካሄዱ ይሆናል።

    መክፈቻውና ከሩብ ፍጻሜ ጀምሮ እስከ ዋንጫ የሚደረጉ ጨዋታዎች በአዲስ አበባ ስታዲየም ሲካሄዱ ቀሪዎቹ ሀዋሳና ባህርዳር ስታዲየም እንደሚካሄዱ የወጣው መርሃ ግብር ያመለክታል።

    በምድብ አንድ ኢትዮጵያ፣ ሩዋንዳ፣ሶማሊያና ታንዛኒያ ሲደለደሉ ኬኒያ፣ ኡጋንዳ፣ ቡሩንዲና ዛንዚባር በምድብ ሁለት ሱዳን፣ ደቡብ ሱዳን፣ ጅቡቲና ማላዊ ደግሞ በምድብ ሶስት ተደልድለዋል።

    ህዳር 12 ቀን 2008 ዓ.ም ሶማሊያ ከታንዛኒያ ከምድብ አንድ ሲገናኙ ኬኒያ ከኡጋንዳ ከምድብ ሁለት በአዲስ አበባ ስታዲየም የሚጫወቱ ይሆናል።

    - See more at: http://www.ena.gov.et/index.php/sport/item/9130-2015-11-12-00-38-10#sthash.1YJ5avhL.dpuf
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  • ለጋዜጠኛ ሰለሞን ገብረ እግዚአብሔር ዕውቅና ተሰጠ

    ሦስተኛውን ዓመታዊ ጠቅላላ ጉባዔ በኢንተርኮንቲኔንታል ሆቴል ጥቅምት 26 ቀን 2008 ዓ.ም. ያከናወነው የኢትዮጵያ ስፖርት ጋዜጠኞች ማኅበር፣ ለአንጋፋው የስፖርት ጋዜጠኛ ሰለሞን ገብረ እግዚአብሔር ዕውቅናና የገንዘብ ሽልማት አበረከተ፡፡

    የኢትዮጵያ ስፖርት ጋዜጠኞች ማኅበር እንደ ሙያ ማኅበር ከተመሠረተ ዓመታትን ቢያስቆጥርም፣ ይህ ነው የሚባል እንቅስቃሴ ሳያደርግ መቆየቱ ይታወሳል፡፡ ከሦስት ዓመት በፊት እንደ አዲስ ተቋቁሞ እንቅስቃሴውን የጀመረው ይኼው ማኅበር፣ አሁንም በሁለት እግሩ ቆሞ መሄድ በሚያስችለው ሁኔታ ላይ አለመገኘቱ ጥቅምት 26 ቀን 2008 ዓ.ም. በዳሸን ቢራ ስፖንሰር አድራጊነት በኢንተርኮንቲኔንታል ሆቴል ለሦስተኛ ጊዜ በተከናወነው ጉባዔ ተመልክቷል፡፡

    ይሁንና ማኅበሩ ኢትዮጵያ መሥራች በሆነችበት የአፍሪካ እግር ኳስ ዋንጫ ለሦስተኛ ጊዜ በ1968 ዓ.ም. ካዘጋጀችው አሥረኛው የአፍሪካ ዋንጫ በኋላ ወደ መድረኩ ለመግባት የወሰደባትን ስድስት ዓመታት ሰብሮ፣ ምዕራብ አፍሪካዊቷ ጊኒን አሸንፎ ለስኬት የበቃው የአሠልጣኝ መንግሥቱ ወርቁ ቡድን ገድል በዕማኝነት ለታሪክ ካስቀሩት ጋዜጠኞች አንዱ ሰለሞን ገብረ እግዚአብሔር ነበር፡፡ በወቅቱ የኢትዮጵያ ቴሌቪዥን የስፖርት ጋዜጠኛ ሰለሞን የጋዜጠኝነት ሕይወቱን ከጀመረ ሦስተኛ ዓመቱ ላይ ይገኝ ነበር፡፡ ዘንድሮ 37ኛ ዓመቱ ላይ ሲደርስ ለአራት አሥርታት ግድም በአንጋፋነት ለቆየበትና ለወጣት ስፖርት ጋዜጠኝነት አርዓያነቱ፣ የኢትዮጵያ ስፖርት ጋዜጠኞች ማኅበር ዕውቅናና የ10,000 ብር የገንዘብ ሽልማት አበርክቶለታል፡፡

    ሰለሞን ብዙዎች ከሚያተኩሩበት እግር ኳስና አትሌቲክስ ባሻገር እምብዛም ቦታ ለማይሰጣቸው ስፖርቶች ትኩረት በመስጠት ረገድ ግንባር ቀደም ስለመሆኑም በርካቶች ይስማሙበታል፡፡ ሽልማቱ ከተሰጠው በኋላም ወጣቶቹ የስፖርት ጋዜጠኞች ለሌሎች ስፖርቶች ትኩረት እንዲሰጡ ጠይቋል፡፡

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