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17
Nov
2019

With flags, song, pride, French celebrate unifying victory

first_img\R Paris, Jul 16 (AP) It was a victory for all of France and the home crowd did it justice, pouring into Paris’ Champs-Elysees Avenue by the tens of thousands to celebrate in an explosion of joy.France’s 4-2 win over Croatia in the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday marked the second time in 20 years that France has won the World Cup, and came at a time when the people feel needy.”It represents enormous things,” said Goffrey Hamsik, dressed in a hat resembling a rooster – the French national symbol – and a shirt with the No. 10 for Kylian Mpappe, the 19-year-old breakout star who hails from the Paris suburb of Bondy.”We’ve had lots of problems in France these past years,” he said, recalling deadly terror attacks. “This is good for the morale … Here, we are all united. We mix. There is no religion, there is nothing, and that’s what feels good.” People wrapped in flags and dressed in crazy hats, and one man spotted totally nude except for the tricolor, marched down the avenue where France displayed its military might a day earlier for Bastille Day.Revelers set off smoke bombs in the national colors – blue, white and red – obscuring Napoleon’s triumphal arch. People climbed atop every newspaper kiosk and bus stop in the area to wave flags and lead the crowds below in cheers. The national anthem, the Marseillaise, rang out, cars honked horns and cherry bombs cracks.A young man sprayed a fire extinguisher on the crowd on a late hot afternoon.Hundreds of police in riot gear were discretely lined up on side streets to monitor revelers.advertisementTypically, celebrations in France end up with some broken shop windows and other destruction, and Sunday was no exception. Tear gas was lobbed at one point on the Champs-Elysees. About 4,000 police watched over the fan zone – packed to its 90,000 capacity – during the match, then moved to the Champs-Elysees and neighboring streets.As night fell, The Eiffel Tower flashed 1998-2018 to mark France’s two World Cup titles.The Arc de Triomph was awash in the national colors, lit with the rooster, the faces of the winning team and the words “Proud to be Blue,” or French.The celebrations were spread across the nation.For all the crazy antics – and some revelers who got out of control – a sense of patriotism and unity was almost visceral.Antoine Griezmann, the France striker who scored one of the goal’s Sunday, told a news conference two days before the final, televised on BFM TV, that pride in country is in short supply.”We say it so little … We should be proud to be French,” Griezmann said.Mahmoud Bourassi was among those taking a longer-term view and he had some sobering thoughts about France’s run to the title and the festivities it has sparked.Bourassi runs a youth center in Bondy – Mbappe’s home that was among those scarred by riots in 2005 that exposed the fissures of France that have yet to heal – and he knows the teenage star of the tournament.”All this euphoria and effervescence, it’s positive but it’s emotional and ephemeral,” he said ahead of France’s win. Bourassi said sports is a “catalyst to bring people and nations together.” But, he added, it must be built on.”What we’re seeing is magic, exceptional. But what are we going to do with it tomorrow?” That is a question for President Emmanuel Macron, who was in Moscow celebrating with the team on victory night, and will receive the squad more formally on Monday at the presidential Elysee Palace.Revelers celebrated the moment.”We’re happy. It took 20 years … It’s the pride of the nation. It unites everyone. It federates,” Frederique Pourquet said as she and her friend left the Champs-Elysees.The win “shows that the French people are consolidated and the work of all France,” said Omar Bzi.Hajar Maghnaoui, of Asnieres, north of Paris, said “It’s a way to bring the French people together, and also the world.” (AP) APAAPAlast_img read more

16
Nov
2019

Oppo K1 India launch on February 6, expected to be cheapest phone with in-display fingerprint sensor

first_imgThe Oppo K1 is coming to India on Wednesday, February 6. Oppo has confirmed the launch of the first-ever smartphone in the K series, and Flipkart has also set up a dedicated page for the Oppo K1 which means the phone will be available on the e-commerce site. The biggest highlight of the upcoming Oppo phone is that it is one of the most affordable phones with an in-display fingerprint sensor.The Oppo K1 has been launched in China already, so pretty much everything is known about the device. It was announced with a starting price of CNY 1,599 (roughly Rs. 16,900) for the base model with 4GB of RAM, while the 6GB RAM variants costs CNY 1,799 (roughly Rs. 19,000). You can expect the India pricing of the Oppo K1 to fall in the sub-Rs 20,000 segment as well.Oppo’s upcoming mid-range smartphone will likely be the cheapest phone with an in-display fingerprint sensor. Apart from this, the phone also highlights a powerful mid-range Snapdragon 660 chipset and a waterdrop display and a 3D glass back.The Oppo K1 sports a 6.4-inch FHD+ (1080×2340) display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and over 90 per cent screen-to-body ratio. Teh Snapdragon 660 chipset is paired with up to 6GB of RAM and the phone is offered with 64GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card.The Oppo K1 houses a 3,600mAh battery and sports dual cameras on the back. The camera system includes a 16MP primary sensor and a 2MP secondary sensor. On the front, the Oppo K1 gets a typical 25MP selfie camera for crisp and detailed selfies. The Oppo K series is set to be online-only, which would be a first for the company. We will know more about the pricing and availability on February 6 at 12pm.advertisementALSO READ | Oppo finally finds a way to hide selfie camera in smartphone displayALSO READ | Oppo F11, F11 Pro and R17 Neo may launch in India soonlast_img read more

16
Nov
2019

Zico may soon port up in Belgium

first_imgKiatisuk Senamuang Belgium club open door for Kiatisuk to come aboard Ooi Kin Fai Last updated 2 years ago 07:00 4/10/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kiatisuk Senamuang - Thailand Goal Oud-Heverlee First Division B Transfers The former Thailand national team head coach lined up as possible assistant to Nigel Pearson at Belgium second division club Kiatisuk Senamuang (Zico) may be plying his trade in a European league soon.The former Thailand national team head coach who recently departed from Port FC could soon join the coaching ranks at Belgium First Division B club, Oud-Heverlee Leuven (OHL).  Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. OHL is another clubs owned by King Power Group, who also owns 2016-17 English Premier League champions, Leicester City Football Club. Former Leicester City FC manager, Nigel Pearson is the current head coach of the club in the second tier of Belgium league football and Zico is being earmarked to take over the assistant head coach role.”We actually talked about it before. He had been busy with coaching at Port FC and now he is preparing for the Pro Licence course. You have to ask Zico himself about what he thinks about this.””Of course we support young players and we think about coaches as well but we haven’t done it yet. We respect Zico and respect his opinion. If he is interested, then we can talk about it again.”If he is interested, the door is always open for every coach. Then we will see if he can fit the role. If he leaves the job to me, that is not the right thing to do. But we admit that we are interested,” said the Leicester City Vice President, Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha to Goal Thailand.Zico was very successful during his time with the national team, guiding them to AFF Suzuki Cup titles as well as taking Thailand to the the final group stage of the Asian Zone World Cup qualifiers.His recent appointment at Port didn’t go as well, managing to win only one match in the three months that he spent with the Thai League 1 club.last_img read more