Getafe will play against Valencia and Real Betis will face Espanyol in the other ties in the round. The first leg games will take place from Jan. 23, with the deciding fixtures being played from Jan. 30. * Formula One saw a rise in worldwide audience figures across television and digital platforms in 2018, the Liberty media-owned sport reported on Friday. The global cumulative television audience was put at 1.758 billion, of which 1.59 billion were in the top 20 markets - a rise of three percent compared to 2017 and the second consecutive year of growth. * Brazil will meet the Czech Republic in a March friendly as part of their preparations for the Copa America. The match will be played at Prague's Eden Arena on March 26, the Brazilian Football Confederation said on Friday. * Leon Goretzka's brace helped Bayern Munich down Hoffenheim 3-1 at the curtain raiser of the second half of the season on Friday. With the result, runners-up Bayern Munich reduced the arrears to Bundesliga front … [Read more...] about Barca handed Copa final re-match with Sevilla, Madrid to face Girona in quarters
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>>> A strategic vision needed for Vietnamese sports >>> Vietnam draw with DPRK 1-1 in int’l friendly The Asian Football Federation (AFC) has just announced the final list of 23 players submitted by the 24 teams to compete in the 2019 Asian Cup in the UAE early next year. Accordingly, teams are allowed to replace their players from the final list of 23 up to six hours before their first match, but overall, they are almost the official squads that the national teams across the continent will bring to the 2019 Asian Cup. According to the current list registered with the organisers, Vietnam have the youngest average age at only 23. Notably, in the squad of 23 Vietnamese players, there are 16 names from the U23 age group. In particular, the youngest player is defender Doan Van Hau (19). The Thai Binh native is also the third youngest player in the 2019 Asian Cup, behind Mohammed Al-Huthaifi of Yemen and Iraqi striker Mohanad Ali (both born in 2000). In the current … [Read more...] about What opportunities await Vietnam at 2019 Asian Cup?
Weak market sentiment may continue to weigh on investors, causing stocks to consolidate at current price levels this week, as increasing political and economic risks rattle global markets. The Vietnamese stock market underwent a quiet trading week with attention shifting to the US mid-term elections and the Fed meeting in the middle of last week. The two events did not have a significant impact on both global and local markets as they had been priced in earlier so that investors could avoid potential risks. On Tuesday, the Democrats took over the House of Representatives – the lower house of Congress – from the Republicans in the US mid-term elections under the presidency of Donald Trump and the latter retained control of the Senate – the upper house. The result of the election was considered a rebuke of the Trump administration and analysts expect the latest change would make it harder for president Trump to pass new policies, thus lowering the volatility of global … [Read more...] about Shares to consolidate at 900 points: experts
EVFTA to bring great benefits to both Vietnam and EUBy Lan Nhi Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh - PHOTO: VGP The European Union-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) is expected to be formally signed late this year, but there is a long way to go for the deal to take effect and enterprises of both sides to enjoy tariff incentives and investment protection. Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh has talked to the press about the issue, saying nearly all of Vietnam’s exports to the EU will enjoy zero tariff right after the signing, or just a short while after the signing. Excerpts: The Saigon Times: Vietnam and the EU concluded talks of the trade pact in December 2015, but the legal review preparing for the official signing had not wrapped up until recently. How does the prolonged process affect the EVFTA? Minister Tran Tuan Anh: With other trade agreements, it normally takes six months to one year to review all legal matters before the official signing. … [Read more...] about EVFTA to bring great benefits to both Vietnam and EU
Around $450 million was spent on Sochi's Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi AFP/Mladen ANTONOV ONE MILLION EXPECTED There won't be an "Oranje" army in Russia, because the Dutch failed to qualify, but there will still be the clapping Icelanders, the chanting English and the distinctive personalities of the supporters of the other 29 visiting countries. The differing languages, songs, flags and fan cultures of the world will energise the streets of Russia's host cities until the middle of July. The figure of one million seems to have been reached by a surprisingly unscientific manner. FIFA has deducted the number of tickets sold to Russians, 872,578, from the two million it says have been sold in total. The biggest demand, outside the host nation, has come from the United States, whose team failed to qualify, with 86,710 sold. Then comes Brazil (71,787), Colombia (64,231) and Germany (60,457). The English are not even in the top ten. Russia's objective, organising committee chief Alexei … [Read more...] about What sort of welcome will World Cup visitors get in Russia?