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World Rejoices at Sepp Blatter Retirement

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Sepp Blatter has stunned the world, resigning his post as FIFA President only days after winning his re-election.

He is currently under immense scrutiny and an FBI investigation for corruption.

Blatter said he felt ‘compelled’ to stand for re-election, but has since realised the football governing body requires a ‘profound overhaul.’ One, we can only assume, that includes him.

And while the President was elected with a mandate from the members he realises he has lost support of the people who play, watch, and love the game. Without this support, he believes his actions and motives will forever be questioned.

Blatter will stay on as President until the next elective congress.

That was due to be in Mexico City on the 13th of May 2016. However, Blatter has asked the Executive Committee to organise an Extraordinary Congress to elect a successor at the earliest opportunity.

Blatter depicted himself as the hero of FIFA. He said he has always fought for the betterment of the game, but has been blocked by detractors with their own axes to grind.

In a parting shot Blatter has seconded Domenico Scala to oversee the introduction of far-reaching measures that will limit the powers of the next President and the executive council.

Measures, in other words, that should have limited what Blatter himself was able to do.

Jordan’s Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, who lost a narrow vote to Blatter last Friday said, “I think that it is the right move from Sepp Blatter and I think we have to look to the future … I am at the disposal of all the national associations who want a change, including all of those who were  afraid to make a change.”

President of the European soccer federation UEFA, Michael Platini said, “It was a difficult decision, a brave decision, and the right decision.”

In fact, it’s difficult to find anyone who is not openly enthusiastic at the news of Sepp Blatter’s stepping-down.

Prince Ali seems to have the support of the whole world.

Chess Champion Upset by Six Year-Old


Six year-old chess prodigy Lykke-Merlot Helliesen has stunned the chess world.

In a recent simultaneous-exhibition she upset the seven-time chess champion Simen Agdestein.

Agdestein was playing blitz games against nine girls simultaneously. No one was considered to pose him any threats. But Agdestei admits he was simply outplayed by Helliesen.

“She played splendidly,” said Agdestein. “She is much better than Carlsen (the grandchampion) was when he was six years old.

And Agdestein should know, having been Carlsen’s coach.

The game between the two ran out of time. But in the dying seconds of the game Lykke-Merlot was able to queen one of her pawns and thereby end the game in a superior position to her opponent.

What has stunned the world is that Lykke-Merlot has only been playing chess at club level for six months. Her family, however, have told reporters their daughter has shown a prodigious intellect from an early age, and she took to the game with ease.

“She is fascinated by the game,” said her mother, May-Brit Park Helliesen, to The Local media. “She is fond of playingchess and has never been pressured.”

How to Make your Child Feel Like a Sporting Legend

The final battle is here. The crowd is roaring around you. Half roar for you and half roar against you. The grass at your feet is glistening and fresh. Soon it will be mud. Your teammates surround you on the field. Only one thought remains in your synchronised minds: we must win. You have bled for this moment. You have dreamt of this moment. You will cherish this moment.

The 38 centimetre trophy sits on the side of the field. 4.5 kg of silver gilded in gold is staring at you, beckoning you to claim it on the world stage. On one handle, there is a head satyr and on the other, there is the head of a nymph. Generations have come and gone. Only the best in the world have held that cup in their hands. And now, it’s within your grasp.

This will be the tale of the rugby union team that makes it to the finals in the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England, vying for the magnificent Web Ellis cup.

web-ellis-cupIf this story teaches you anything, it’s that trophies have a symbolic significance in the sporting world.

But chances are your kid is still in school and has no plans to take on the world stage of rugby union. They might not be stars on a professional sporting level but it’s still nice to make them feel like stars in their little league matches.

Rewarding hard work with positive reinforcement is a great way to build confidence during those crucial, formative years of a child’s life. If anything, you do not want to be like Marshall Eriksen in How I Met Your Mother.

There’s a fine line between encouraging kids to win versus telling kids that winning is everything. Trophies are a great, positive way to reward kids for their hard work. Even though they might not be getting a gold plated Web Ellis cup made in 1906, getting any trophy can be a big deal to them. Having their glass trophies sitting on the mantelpiece or in the trophy cabinet make them feel proud of their achievements. child-trophy

They also help to mark different moments in a child’s life, much like a photo album. One trophy might remind you of the time your kid copped a basketball in the face right after scoring a three pointer. Another might remind you of the soccer match when your kid scored an own goal and got so wonderfully excited before realising the error of their ways. Or another might actually remind you of the time your kid won the swimming carnival race after months of practicing.

Whether it’s a trophy for winning or for participation or ‘most improved’, every golden cup serves as a reminder of how much your child has achieved throughout their schooling years; how they’ve learnt of hard work, perseverance and team work. We might not all win a rugby world cup but at least we can be recognized for the little victories that mark our childhood lives.

This article was brought to you by Noble Awards, the masterminds behind trophy creation.


What kids’ soccer matches teach us about teamwork

If you’ve ever watched a kids’ soccer match, it’s understandable if you found it hard to follow.


As soon as the ball comes into play, all the little legs rush towards it in a clumsy wolf pack, leaving every other part of the field exposed. There’s always the kid who loses his or her configuration and accidentally scores a goal for the other team only to have the ecstatic excitement shatter into red-faced embarrassment. And no matter how loud the frantic coach on the sideline shouts, the young team just can’t seem to comprehend what “stay in your position” means.

Shamefully, as adults, we’re often not much better. Whether it’s in a sports team or a workplace, we often forget to step back and look at the bigger picture.

One of the most important things in team sports in to communicate. Kirstyn Haywood, a team-building expert from People for Success, recently said: “In a team, it’s essential to listen to those around you.” “It’s impossible to organise all the elements in a team when everyone is doing their own thing”, Haywood said.

She’s right. Every person in a team has something different to offer and the best way for all the pieces to complement each other is by speaking and listening to one another.

By placing teammates in different parts of the field, each gains a different vantage point that can be shared with the others. Often, it’s the defending back line who is best positioned to tell the striker when the opposition is creeping up

When we are connected, we can work seamlessly in sync like a well-oiled machine. When we see the whole field, we can create and implement the most effective strategy.

For any team, growth comes from training and setting goals. Getting your team together regularly to train and practice executing well-planned tactics is a great way to build teamwork. In addition, fostering an environment of ambition, determination and clear goal setting is essential for motivating your team. When they can visualise success, they can reach it.

A little disorganisation is fine when it’s a bunch of five-year-olds running around in the mud on a Sunday afternoon. But when the stakes are higher and the trophy is waiting to be won, actively promoting teamwork and solid communication is the best way to win the match.