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Interesting sports – A curious type of rugby

24 Aug

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by Pamela

Following my posts about weird sports, this time I’ll talk about an interesting version of Rugby. I found out about this sport last week, when a friend who plays in my old team shared it with the words “This the strangest rugby version I have ever heard about”. So I thought, why not..?

Have you ever imagined that someone would have the brilliant idea to play rugby inside a swimming pool? Well, somebody did. The Underwater Rugby was born on Germany, in 1960 and nowadays it is a recognized modality, part of The World Underwater Federation.

The sport is played inside a swimming pool with a depth of 3.5m to 5m and variable width and length. A blue and a white team, each with 6 players, play for 30 minutes, split in two times of 15 minutes each.

The teams score “goals” instead of “tries” and the ball’s shape is similar to a soccer one. Despite that facts, the name rugby suits the sport because of the huge amount of physical contact on it. The teams have to cross the pool with a ball fulfilled with saltwater, passing it in any direction but without letting it leave the water. The points are scored by putting the ball into the adversary goal (heavy metal buckets with a diameter of about 40 cm) at the bottom of the swimming pool.

On the first week of August, the X. CMAS UWR World Championships took place in Santiago De Cali, Columbia. The ladies from Germany have overcome Norway at the final, being the best among seven teams from all over the world. The men from Norway had more success, defeating Germany and winning the gold medal which was disputed by a total of 12 teams.

Neither England nor Brazil participated in the competitions.

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If you are interested, look for some videos and you will see it’s even funnier than you thought!

Cricket Time!

13 Aug

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by Danilo

Hello Everyone!

Danilo here to bring you the latest news on cricket.

England has regained the ashes! I repeat, England has regained the ashes!

If you’ve been following my posts, you must know the ashes are a series of 5 matches.
Last week England and Australia battled for the fourth time in the series at Trent Bridge, Nottinghamshire. England won the first and third matches and they needed a victory to regain the ashes and they didn’t disappointed. What a match!
I’ll tell a little bit about what happened.

England won the coin toss and decided to bowl first and something magical happened. Australia was dismissed for 60 runs in just 111 balls. It was the shortest innings in a Test match in history.
Stuart Broad took five wickets from 19 balls, the fastest five-for-in in history, he’s at the top with E. Toshack from Australia, 1947 at the Gabba.
Australia was out before lunch and England started batting. On day two, England declared on 391 runs for 9 wickets, it was time for Australia to bat again. With a target of 331 runs just to even the score, they had much (a lot of) work to be (get) done, but England bowled so well that they didn’t stand a chance. Australia second innings ended 253 all out and England beats Australia by an innings and 78 runs securing the ashes.

Here’s a link to a Recap of what happened – 3 min long.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02z3jhq

Highly recommended for people who wants to improve their listening skills 😉

Next and final match will be held at The Oval, London next Thursday, stay tuned.

See ya!

Cricket Time!

8 Jul

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by Danilo

Hello folks!

It’s summer in UK and that means: Cricket!
The cricket season started a few months ago, but this season is not just any season.

braceThat’s right, The Ashes started today at 7 am BR Time, the venue: Swalec Stadium, Cardiff city, Wales.
The last competition in 2013 went badly for England, ending in a 5-0 loss to Australia or a whitewash as it is called. Now, two years later, they’re playing again in England for the first series of 5 matches. The second and final series will be held in Australia during their (our) summer.
Will England get their revenge on last ashes whitewash? We’ll see.

More info on the topic on http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/cricket/
See you later folks!

P.S: If you know jack about cricket and didn’t understand a thing about this post, check this out: https://tribalingua.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/cricket/

Brazil’s Football Peculiarities

17 Jun

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by Nei

There is something that happens only in the football’s country “Brazil”.

There are some places in Brazil that suffer a lot during the summer with rain and flood. In some of these places, people were suffering from losing their houses, clothing and sometimes even food, but one thing hurt more (specially the children’s heart and hope): their football fields were flooded as well.

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But as they are smart guys and the life without football means nothing, they’ve decided to make a new football field, a floating one, so they can play independently of the water level.

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Would Cristiano Ronaldo or Messi play nicely in those pitches? Have you already seen any similar sport? If so, please leave your comment.

To conclude, remember, if the weather is not that good and it is raining, that is not an excuse to do not practice sports.

Formula 1 – It’s all about time

18 May

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by Hemerson

Hi everyone,

This is the first post of a series that I’m planning to present you, because definitely this is my favorite sport.

Are you ready? Fasten you seat belts and… 

“It’s lights out and away we go!”

[David Croft, Formula 1 commentator] 

Formula One or simply F1, had its first world drivers’ championship back on 13th of May, 1950. This format was planned in 1930 but it was shelved because of the World War II. One of the main goals of F1 at that time was to become a global sport, and since its beginning all the 7 rounds took place in some famous race tracks like Britain, Monaco, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Italy and the United States. 

It’s important to say that this was the beginning of considerable technological advances from the greatest car manufacturers that we know today, such as Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Maserati, Lotus, McLaren, Talbot (Peugeot), Lancia and Mercedes-Benz.

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I can also mention that great drivers have performed historical races and battles along all these years. The first important name was Juan Manuel Fangio and, believe me, he was an awesome Argentinian driver. Some nicknamed him as ‘El Maestro’ or ‘The Master’. He dominated the first decade of Formula 1 by winning 5 consecutive World Drivers’ Championships. 

I have a big list of names here that I’m going to discuss in the following blog posts. This list includes Giuseppe Farina (the first Formula 1 Champion), Enzo Ferrari, Alberto Ascari, Jack Brabham, Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart, Emerson Fittipaldi, Mario Andretti, Niki Lauda, Gilles Villeneuve, Nelson Piquet, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Gerhard Berger, Michael Schumacher, Damon Hill, Mika Häkkinen, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton.

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Over the years, F1 changed its format, always trying to maintain the competition on track. There were times where the cars looked something like the pre-World War II supercharged engines defined by engine capacity, after Mercedes introduced the front-engined cars and later the British brought the rear-mid engined revolution: no one was able to beat this engine. 

The engine evolution continues until today, F1 also had turbo-charged engines, aspirated engines, active suspension, V6, V8, V10 engines… Every year manufacturers try to build the best new engine according to F1 regulation in order to get a higher performance spending a lower amount of money. 

Safety was always one of the major issues in F1. Fourteen drivers died in just one decade. Along with engine power, safety is important and crucial in a race. The last death was 21 years ago and since then teams, drivers and track owners put safety in first place.

The race schedule 

The race show occurs on Sundays but all the preparations begin on Thursdays of the same week. The first two days are for practicing only, Saturday is the qualifying day and it’s when each driver runs for the best lap time in order to get the pole position (first place on the grid). 

Finally, we have the race day. All the drivers run for the win and, I can tell you, starting in first position does not mean that the driver can win the race easily. The same applies when the driver starts in last position. Every race is unique! 

Today we have the competition between drivers and constructors, where the teams compete for best engine focusing on car performance, sponsorship and, of course, money for the next season. At the end of every race, the ten fastest drivers score points for them and their teams. These points vary for each position and every single one is crucial until the end of the championship. 

In the next blog posts, I will present you some new vocabulary, drivers, teams, rules & regulations, race tracks and every nice curiosity that is worth to say and mention for all of you. 

For me, this video explains what is a Formula 1 race. I hope you enjoy 😉 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azvNdRwPbm0

Thank you all, have a great lap time and see you at the podium!

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Brazilian Surf For The Win

11 May

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by Mateus

“Brazilian storm” is how the newest generation of Brazilians that compete on the world tour have been called. They have been freaking out all gringos on the tour.

Brazilian storm

Brazilian storm

Last year (2014) was for sure the best year ever for Brazilian surf. For the first time, a Brazilian won the World Surf League. In December 2014 at the most famous and dangerous championship of the tour – Pipe Master – Gabriel Medina, at 21 years of age, even losing to Julian Wilson at a legendary final (Julian scores 19.63 against 19.20 from Medina), he achieved one of the biggest milestones in his life and stuck his name on the surf history.

World Champion Medina

World Champion Medina

About the final hit at Pipe Master, many fans, surfers and reporters believe the winner was Medina, who got a perfect 10 in a backside backdoor wave.

In 2015, the “Brazilian storm” are dominating the tour, with seven people in the contest: Gabriel Medina, Felipe Toledo, Adriano de Souza, Jadson André, Miguel  Pupo, Wigly Dantas and Italo Ferreira. The year could not start differently, two of the three first events played in Australia were won by Brazilians. Felipe Toledo won in Gold Cost and Adriano de Souza won in Margaret River. Also known as “Mineirinho”, Adriano de Souza is the ranking leader and Felipe holds the third place.

The next stage is upcoming, the time window is from 11th to 22nd May in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The fans are looking forward to this event and to support the “Brazilian Storm” to keep up their performance.

 

Football Positions Demystified – Defenders

8 May
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by Douglas
Playing from the backfield formation, defenders are the players focused on intercepting the final  moves from the opponents which are attacking forwards.
In general, they are taller than the other players and in some cases it is very common to see them showing limited skills when controlling the ball, despite some of them being skillful as midfielders.
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These guys have as their main characteristic the capacity of breaking a dribble, or changing pass to the other side, on an impressive accurate timing.
When they are really talented, capable to tackle most of the times, they are said to be safe harbor to the goal keepers, since they will probably share all the hard defensive work.
Nowadays, professional players from this position are bringing wonderful quality to the field, where it looks like they’ve evolved.
For sure it’s a concrete fact,  and as example to prove this we can take the 16th match of Champions League, Chelsea 2 vs  2 Paris SG, at the Stamford Bridge stadium. To summarize this draw, PSG defenders David Luiz and Thiago Silva basically saved the team scoring one goal each one in a very exciting battle.
Their posture in this game was really brave, stopping Chelsea attack with an absolute concentration level, covering all defensive field and putting an extra contribution doing the attack service on corner plays.
On the other hand, in the next round, PSG confronted Barcelona and the scenario changed completely. Thiago Silva was out because of an injury and David Luiz was still recovering from an injury and wasn’t in 100 percent conditions. As a consequence, Barcelona imposed the high level as usual this season, where Luiz Suarez scored 2 goals performing incredible nutmegs over David Luiz before strike on both.
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Of course there are uncountable well talented defenders around the world, we can name lots of them along the history. But the facts described above, in this specific situation, was a simple approach to showing how fast – sometimes unfairly – defenders are exposed to live days of heavens and hell.
They can be heroes in some moments but can the be found completely defeated in others. This is a fact completely understandable for the fans, as it’s part of the football magic. For this reason, good defenders will be always remembered for their glories as legends.
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P.S. Nutmegs / Tunnel (UK) = Caneta / Rolinho (BR)