And they exude ego in their unapologetic, aggressive approach not just to the games themselves but in their interviews and their marketing, where they’re portrayed as paragons of virtue and inspiration. The reality is more complex – and more interesting. Like all of us, they are imperfect individuals. Unlike the rest of us, they are nearly perfect on the field, and they are worth celebrating on those terms. This team are winners. They are often where they deserve to be. On a podium. Not a pedestal. … [Read more...] about The US deserve to be on a podium at the World Cup, not a pedestal
England 2003 world cup squad
This enthusiasm and support relied little on the marketing clout of the green and gold. In fact opportunities were scarce for the national team to be seen when the stakes were high. In home seasons, their television presence was limited to some scattered bilateral matches sprinkled into gaps in the men’s program. There was one Ashes series in 2017, when CA’s website had to stream Ellyse Perry’s double-century because no station would screen a women’s Test. The major ICC tournaments were in India in 2013, Bangladesh in 2014, India in 2016, England in 2017, and the West Indies in 2018. Consigned to strange hours and obscure channels, not many people engaged with the results. Prestige will only take you so far when the tournament itself appears in the mind as a half-remembered dream, glimpsed on a phone update on a 4am bathroom sojourn. … [Read more...] about Opportunities abound for women’s cricket as T20 World Cup arrives
But an exclusive Guardian report has already found that USWNT players could only earn federation bonuses for winning a World Cup at 1/5th of what USMNT players could earn for doing the same. The men can earn bonuses for small successes at their World Cup, such as reaching the knockout round and for each point earned during the group stage. The women only get a bonus for finishing in the top three – and it’s a tiny bonus by comparison. In all likelihood, Ellis’s World Cup bonuses will follow a similar track. … [Read more...] about The USMNT coach almost earned World Cup winner Jill Ellis’s annual salary in a month. Why?
Valcke was banned from football for 12 years, later reduced to 10, by Fifa’s ethics committee in February last year for seven breaches of the organisation’s ethics code, including attempting to sell TV rights for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments for “far below their actual value”. The other allegations found by the committee to be proven included excessive use of private jets and involvement in an improper proposed World Cup ticket deal. … [Read more...] about PSG chairman Nasser al-Khelaifi accused of World Cup bribe by Swiss prosecutor
“Gloucester approached us a year ago and we have spent six months with them,” says Puddicombe. “They felt they had the ability but not the consistency and their approach has been to introduce mindfulness to the club rather than to individuals to create collective mental resilience. I will be visiting the club in May to speak to the coaches, players and medical staff and the feedback so far has been positive. … [Read more...] about Eddie Jones’ quest to give England head space is backed to succeed