• Men against boys! Van Persie skills bamboozle kids

    By World of Sport (Original post by Eurosport can be found here.)

    We're used to watching Robin van Persie embarrassing Premier League defenders, but it really was men against boys when he took on some kids in Rotterdam.

    The Manchester United striker returned to his home town for a youth tournament, where he showed off his skills in an impromptu three-a-side game against some youngsters.

    Van Persie teamed up with Feyenoord star Tonny Vilhena and street footballer Sofiane Touzani and left the boys bamboozled with some incredible skills.

    Hard as the lads tried to win the ball, there was no stopping RVP and pals, who left the crowd gasping in appreciation of their technique.

    RVP bamboozles kids (Y! screen grab)

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  • Lim Teck Yin, chairman of the SEA Games organising committee's exco. (Yahoo Photo)Lim Teck Yin, chairman of the SEA Games organising committee's exco. (Yahoo Photo)

    Singapore will bring forward its hosting of the 2015 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games to earlier within the year to get good participation from citizens.

    The Singapore Southeast Asian Games Organising Committee (SINGSOC) on Wednesday announced the biennial event would be held from 5 to 16 June instead of November or December as has been tradition.

    Speaking at a press conference, SINGSOC executive committee chairman Lim Teck Yin also confirmed plans to transform the 28th edition of the regional multi-sports contest into a “12-day fiesta” with the key objective of involving as many Singaporeans as possible.

    The odd timing of the event, which was last hosted by Singapore in 1993, is to avoid conflict with “other major activities” in Singapore, Lim said.

    He cited the Muslim fasting period of Ramadan starting 18 June; National Day Parade in August; Formula One race in September; Women’s Tennis Association Championships in October plus “traditional monsoons” and local school examinations come

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  • Geoff Huegill: Mind over matter, gold-medallist style

    Huegill at the Australian International School Singapore last week
    How does one go from an elite athlete to severely out of shape and back? Well, Geoff Huegill knows.

    The 34 year-old Australian is a former 5-time world champion butterfly swimmer, 8-time world record holder, 2-time Olympian and a double 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist. Yet, his biggest accomplishment to date is probably be his comeback from a retirement that left him almost 50 kilograms overweight and mired in depression.

    He lost his way after competing in his second Olympics in 2004 and calling time on his swimming career 9 years ago.

    Huegill after letting himself go
    “I had no Plan B,” he said, while speaking to students at the Australian International School last Wednesday. He wore a smile as easy as the Polo-T-shirt and jeans he was dressed in. “I had a seven year plan to reach the 2000 Sydney Olympics and then the ‘04 Athens Games. Then I had no plan and I didn’t have a care.”

    But that wasn’t all. Huegill used to wake up at 4.15am to begin his training, swim some 5-7 km, go to school, and then swim again

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  • By World of Sport (original post from Yahoo! Eurosport can be found here)

    Everton fans have reacted with anger over the club's decision to redesign the Premier League side's crest.

    Fans quickly set up a a petition to complain to the Goodison Park chiefs, with thousands signing up within hours .

    As of Tuesday morning over 20,000 supporters of the club had added their names to the petition asking the club to scrap their new "modern and dynamic" crest - and the numbers are still rising.

    The new crest has abandoned two features of the 1938 design by club secretary Theo Kelly.

    No longer to be seen are the two laurel wreaths that represent the Olympian sign of success or the club's Latin motto "Nil Satis Nisi Optimum" (nothing but the best is good enough).

    The fans' petition reads: "Keep the wreaths and motto of Everton Football Club, don't change the badge.

    "This will not only be an embarrassing crest to represent the club but it will also make the club lose money on merchandise, due to no one

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  • Adam Swandi at his first Singapore national team training session. (Football Association of Singapore Photo)Adam Swandi at his first Singapore national team training session. (Football Association of Singapore Photo)

    Now that Adam Swandi has been called up to the national football squad for the first time, all eyes will be on the 17-year-old Singaporean who signed for French club FC Metz in February.

    But the skillful midfield whiz, who previously earned rave reviews at trials for major European clubs like Atlético Madrid and Newcastle United, isn’t bothered by the pressure.

    “Some fans expect me to do wonders,” Swandi told Yahoo! Singapore Tuesday night after his first training session with the Lions. “I just hope to play like how the team wants me to play. I don’t want to be an individualistic player. I want to be a team player.”

    But first, the shy and soft-spoken teenager, who is the youngest player in the Singapore squad, has his fingers crossed for some playing time in the friendly matches against Myanmar and Laos next week. “Even five minutes will be a good thing,” he said.

    Swandi is back in Singapore for a two-week holiday, and shared his mixed feelings upon learning that he will represent

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  • For the third time in the last five years, no award will be handed out for the Sportsman of the Year category of the Singapore Sports Awards (SSA).

    Following a meeting held by the SSA Selection Committee, none of the four male athletes nominated had made a significant enough achievement in 2012.

    The committee felt that last year’s World Pencak Silat Championship champion Muhd Shakir Juanda, table tennis player Gao Ning, sailor Colin Cheng and wushu exponent Seet Wee Key felt short of the mark.

    “The male athletes have done well, but (their results are) not in the same league as the rest,” said Chairman of this year’s SSA, Jessie Phua.

    “We want recipients to be truly deserving.  So if we don’t think anyone qualifies, we won’t do it for the sake of doing it.”

    The last recipient of the award was swimmer Joseph Schooling last year.  No nominees were also chosen for the Sportsman of the Year award in 2010 and 2001.

    There were no surprises in the Sportswoman of the Year award, with bowling World

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  • Simona de Silvestro at the Indy 500

    By Motorhead (Original post by Eurosport can be found here)

    While Formula One flirts with the idea of a female driver, girl power is already as much a part of the Indianapolis 500 as turbo-charged engines and the winner chugging cold milk in Victory Lane.

    Britain's Pippa Mann and Katherine Legge lined up in the Indy 500 on Sunday, and along with Switzerland's Simona de Silvestro and Brazil's Ana Beatriz they made up four women who took part in the 33-driver field at the famous Brickyard circuit for one of the most famous races in motosport.

    On this side of the Atlantic, however, in an equally famous race - the Monaco Grand Prix - the only women on the starting grid were the scantily-clad models holding placards with drivers names on them.

    So why is there still a gulf in opportunities for women drivers in Formula One? Guildford-born Legge, who finished 26th in the Indy 500, is baffled.

    "It doesn't matter if they are male or female, the car doesn't know the difference," Legge told Reuters. "I

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  • By Early Doors (original post from Yahoo! Eurosport can be found here)

    Neymar is coming to Europe. The hottest property in Brazilian football. The 21-year-old striker with the world at his feet. The man who, to quote Barcelona's official and somewhat over-excited website, 'is known for his exquisite technical skills which makes this free-scoring striker a nightmare for any defence'.

    But once Neymar arrives at the Nou Camp, will he actually be any good?

    Nobody has the answer. His star might burn as brightly as Ronaldinho's once did in Barcelona, or he might be the next Robinho, who has flitted through periods in Spain, England and Italy with only intermittent success.

    Early Doors is not going to predict Neymar's future. Suffice to say that being Leo Messi's strike partner is, historically, not quite as good as it sounds. Big-money signings like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, David Villa and Alexis Sanchez have found that Barcelona is the Argentine's world, and they're just living in it. If Neymar can

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  • Brilliant Bayern have no real weaknesses

    By Arsene Wenger (Original post by Eurosport can be found here)

    Bayern are known for their collective work, which is very important.

    It begins defensively. Then they move play very quickly, down either flank. You have Thomas Mueller, Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben.

    You can't forget what Philipp Lahm brings to the game as well with his vision, the quality of his runs.

    His wonderful collective action against Barcelona shows how Bayern recuperate, they win the ball and turn defence into attack so quickly - the transition is stunning.

    They are a really, really balanced team. They don't have a real weak point.

    There are some weaker points, but you can't really take advantage of them because the collective work of the team is so strong, you can simply never put their defence under pressure.

    The defence could be vulnerable, but the defensive work around it is immense.

    On the other side you have Dortmund, who are again based on very fast transitions and a very vertical game. They move the ball

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  • Brooklyn Beckham joins QPR academy

    By World of Sport (Original post by Europort can be found here.)

    Queens Park Rangers have been criticised for splashing the cash on expensive signings - but their latest capture has not cost a penny and comes with pretty good genes.

    The recently relegated club have snapped up Brooklyn Beckham for their academy side, according to the Daily Mail, as he looks to shoulder the family's football hopes after his father's retirement last weekend.

    It is quite a coup for Rangers, who may have expected the young Beckham to join a Premier League side.

    His dad, of course, will forever be associated with Manchester United in this country - while Brooklyn himself is said to be an Arsenal fan.

    Also, earlier this season it looked like the 14-year-old might be off to Chelsea when he had a trial at the club, while when he was just four he played for Tottenham.

    He was also in the LA Galaxy youth team when his father played in the MLS.

    However, it seems like good old geography has been the key factor in him

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