The Germans tore apart Brazil’s porous defense time and time again Tuesday, routing the hosts 7-1 in the World Cup semifinals, the largest margin of defeat at this stage in the history of the tournament. Nobody ever expected this.
“We wanted to make the people happy . . . unfortunately we couldn’t,” said Brazil defender David Luiz, who had scored in each of the last two matches. “We apologize to all Brazilians.”
Germany will face either Argentina or the Netherlands on Sunday at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro with a chance to win for the fourth time. The atmosphere at the start of the match was spine-tingling, but the euphoria of the yellow-shirted thousands soon turned to tears as the Germans scored five goals in the first 30 minutes — four of them in a seven-minute span.
“I expected Brazil to struggle to score goals without Neymar, but losing Thiago Silva, their captain, I think it hurt them a lot more than what people thought and what they imagined.”
- This is the first time a team have scored seven goals in a World Cup semi-final.
- No team had previously conceded five or more goals by half-time in a World Cup semi-final.
- Germany scored two more goals in this game, 7, than England did in their past two World Cups combined.
- This is the first World Cup game with eight or more goals since Saudi Arabia v Germany in 2002 (0-8).
- This is Brazil’s biggest defeat in World Cup finals history, surpassing their 3-0 loss to France in the final in 1998.
- Brazil’s first shot on target was in the 51st minute.
- It was the biggest ever winning margin in a World Cup semi-final or final.
- Germany reached a World Cup final for a record 8th time.
- Thomas Müller’s goal was Germany’s 2,000th in the history of their national team.
- The match was the most discussed sports game ever on Twitter with over 35 million tweets.
Explosions hit two metro stations and a courthouse in Cairo on Wednesday, injuring at least four people, state media reported.
The first explosion in the metro was caused by an improvised bomb at Shubra station, Al-Ahram reported, citing Interior Ministry spokesman Abdel-Fattah Othman. The second blast came from a “sonic explosive” in a trash can at Ghamra station, it said.
Authorities quickly accused the Muslim Brotherhood of orchestrating the attacks, describing them as “desperate attempts” to disrupt the “prevailing state of stability.” The group, to which the ousted President Mohammed Morsi belonged, has denied involvement in any violence. But even some Islamists warn that young Brotherhood supporters could turn to attacks under pressure of a fierce crackdown on the group for nearly a year.
Security officials said the attacks were carried out on Ghamra metro station in central Cairo, as well as on Hadayek al-Kobba in the city’s north. Shubra El-Kheyma and Ezbet al-Nakhl located in the outskirts of Cairo were also struck.
Much of the violence is focused in the north of the mainly desert Sinai Peninsula, but militants have extended their reach to Cairo and the Nile Delta, carrying out a series of high-profile assaults in the heart of the capital.
The government says the militants have killed about 500 people, most of them security personnel, in the attacks.
FIFA has officially charged Uruguay’s Luis Suarez with biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in the teams’ World Cup match, a process that could lead to a suspension for Uruguay’s best offensive player. If the panel finds Suarez guilty of assaulting an opponent, FIFA rules call for a ban of at least two matches up to a maximum of 24 months.
The scene was surreal: The referee — a Mexican named Marco Rodríguez, whose nickname is Dracula because of his resemblance to a version of that character on Mexican television — did not notice and paid no mind to Chiellini’s attempts to pull his collar aside to show what appeared to be bite marks on the back of his left shoulder.
Suárez denied biting him, despite photographs of Chiellini’s shoulder circulating publicly and seeming to indicate otherwise. “I had contact with his shoulder, nothing more,” he said.
He was allegedly called as “Uruguayan footballer and vampire” on his Wikipedia profile but later removed.
Suárez controversial sports history
This isn’t the first time Suarez has been at the center of controversy at the World Cup. Four years ago, he committed a handball on the goal line to keep Ghana from scoring. He
was given a red card, but Uruguay won the game to go to the semifinals.
He was also guilty of biting during his time in the Netherlands with Ajax where he was banned for seven games after leaving a scar on the collarbone of Otman Bakkal.
The following year after his move to Liverpool, Suarez was found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra.
He was fined $63,000 and banned for eight matches.
Microsoft has unveiled its first phone after completing its takeover of Nokia’s handset division – and the device is powered by Android.
The only current combination of hardware and software that makes sense for this low-budget race to the bottom is Android. The Nokia X2 is focused on bringing users into Microsoft’s cloud and Microsoft’s world.
One expert said the alternative would have been leaving “money on the table”.
“I still find it astounding that Microsoft is making Android phones, but there seems to be a steely determination to take a more open approach for the greater good of the whole company rather than just the Windows Phone platform,” said Ben Wood, from the telecoms consultancy CCS Insight.
Nokia X2 features:
- a slightly bigger 4.3in (11cm) screen
- 1GB of RAM – double the amount of memory previously included
- a more powerful battery
- the addition of a front-facing camera for selfies
It will cost 99 euro ($135; £80) when released in July.
Microsoft’s video chat app Skype, its Outlook email service and its OneDrive internet storage apps all come pre-loaded.
The Nokia X2 can run the bigger library of Android apps, but unless users hack the device they can only browse available software via the Nokia Store – which excludes some programs – rather than the more fully-stocked Google Play.
Prince William, who is second in line to the English throne, celebrates his 32nd birthday on June 21, 2014, and it’s about time he got some appreciation.
According to E! News reports that William received a quite extravagant gift from his grandmother, the Queen, who is said to have leased him a $13.6 million 2008 Agusta Westland A109S Grand helicopter. The luxury aircraft is equipped to carry seven people (each with his or her own leather seat), and can remain in the sky for four and a half hours, traveling up to speeds of 180 miles per hour. Sky News claims the ‘copter will go by the name Heirforce One. (We would have advocated for Where There’s a Will, There’s a (Run)Way.) There is some controversy as to the intent of the gift, however. Us Weekly cites a Buckingham Palace spokesman who says the helicopter has been leased for many royal family members to use, as an “alternative to chartering a number of different helicopters,” and is not for William specifically. (E! does note that the Queen intended for “other members of the royal family [to] be able to borrow it.”) But maybe this is like when you were younger and your parents gave you a video-game console that you really wanted for your birthday, and then, to be nice and keep the peace, they gave a speech to your siblings about how even though it’s your console, for your birthday, they’ll be able to play it, too, if they want. And then, the next week, when you come across one of them playing it, you make a whole production of kicking them off—“This was my birthday gift!”—just like, we’re sure, William will do if he spots Harry climbing aboard Heirforce One anytime soon.
William’s full title is His Royal Highness Prince William Arthur Philip Louis, Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn, Baron Carrickfergus, Royal Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.
NATO has seen a “new Russian military buildup” near the border with Ukraine, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Thursday, a development that may alarm Kiev and the West.
Even as President Petro Poroshenko and his team prepared to unveil their blueprint for ending more than two months of rebellion, government forces, using artillery and heavy armour, said they were tightening the noose on separatists near Krasny Liman, north of the main regional hub of Donetsk.
Both Ukrainian government and rebel accounts of the fighting suggested a major battle involving armored vehicles including tanks.
One military source said 4,000 separatists were involved, while rebel sources in Donetsk said Ukrainian infantry supported by 20 tanks and many other armored vehicles were storming the village of Yampil, about 12 km (7 miles) east of Krasny Liman.
“We issued an ultimatum to the terrorists overnight to surrender their weapons. We guarantee their safety and investigation in line with Ukrainian law … They refused,” said government forces spokesman Vladyslav Seleznyov.
“There is an ongoing active phase of the ATO (anti-terrorist operation) in the region of Krasny Liman,” said government forces spokesman Vladyslav Seleznyov.
On the other hand, The new president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, has said he will sign a controversial association agreement with the EU on 27 June.
Yes, FIFA world cup 2010 Champion team is out of the game to qualify 2014 world cup, this is an embarrassing moment for Spanish fans. Spanish team performance was outclass in recent years, they won the European Championships of 2008 and 2012, and the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
“You cannot consider that this generation is finished,” said Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso ahead of its crunch game against Chile. “On the contrary, we are still alive.”
Spain beaten 2-0 by Chile in Rio de Janeiro.
“I think this team is good but we have to take a decision about what is good for Spanish football and that applies to myself as well.”
“We cannot complain we did not deserve to go out, they were better than us,” Spain coach Vicente del Bosque told Spanish TV.
Other European teams faces same kind of bad luck like: France were embarrassed in 2002 and Italy barely competed four years ago as it exited with a whimper.
Amazon has launched it’s own smartphone that will be more Amazon-friendly to the products and services they offer, there’s also an ability to render images in 3D.
The Amazon newbie smartphone Fire phone plunged into market very late where Apple and Samsung already captured the consumers by more than 60%. Amazon’s new smartphone will make it easier than ever for people to buy Amazon products.
As the phone was announced in Seattle, Amazon’s stock rose $8.82, or 3 pe rcent, to $334.44 in afternoon trading.
Amazon’s Fire phone features:
- With a new Firefly feature, snap a photo of a book title, and it’ll show you where to buy it. Listen to a song playing in the background, and it’ll direct you to that tune on Amazon. It can even direct you to knowledge, such as pulling up a Wikipedia entry on a painting you snapped. The feature will also let you snap bar codes, phone numbers and more.
- The phone is smaller than leading Android phone, but larger than Apple’s iPhone. CEO Jeff Bezos calls the screen, measuring 4.7 inches diagonally, ideal for one-handed use.
- Bezos touts the camera on the new phone. He says it has image stabilization to counteract shaking as people take shots. Amazon is offering unlimited free storage on its Cloud Drive service.
- The phone will come with earbuds that have flat cords and magnets to clasp them together, so tangled cords will be history.
- Bezos says images are typically flat — and Amazon wants to change that. You can rotate the phone around and get a different view depending on your angle of vision. He says the phone is basically redrawing the image 60 times per second. Bezos calls this “dynamic perspective.”
- To make that happen, the phone has four front-facing infrared cameras to tell where your head is, even if your fingers happen to cover two of them.
- There’s an auto-scroll feature that lets you scroll down by tilting the phone. Samsung’s Galaxy phones have that, too.
Amazon’s Kindle tablets run a highly modified version of Google’s Android system, and it’s likely an Amazon phone would do the same. That means apps for the phone would be limited to what’s available through Amazon’s own app store. The store has grown to include more than 240,000 apps, but there’s much more for Android and Apple devices.
While playing very slow in the arena of modern browsers and HTML5 game, IE left seriously behind all other competitors like: Mozilla FireFox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari and Opera.
Some months ago, Microsoft Internet Explorer was flagged by US Homeland Security as not to use for web browsing because of some critical glitches found, Microsoft introduced many security patches but still doesn’t get the trust of users.
Now Microsoft attempt to launch Developer Channel for Internet Explorer programmers like Google Chrome and Mozilla FireFox which they already captured most of the market from their browsers to act as a native PC browser.
Internet Explorer (IE) team working hard to include most of the features of HTML5 in it’s developer channel on prototype release but the big thing: IE is not open source, being an HTML5 developer I feel myself not comfortable using IE.
According to IE Blog:
Just a few weeks ago, we talked about creating a more open dialog between the IE team and the Web development community. Today we’re excited to announce the release of the Internet Explorer Developer Channel, a fully functioning browser designed to give Web developers and early adopters a sneak peek at the Web platform features we’re working on. The Developer Channel is available for download today for both Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SP1 customers running Internet Explorer 11.