Archive for June 17th, 2008
So yesterday we got the news that Britain have issued terrorism attacks warnings for their citizens in UAE. And I know many who just did not take this seriously, saying that USA still did not issue any warning of that sort. As if the USA is any better reliable source. Anyway, so now Washington replies by issuing the same warning of a possibility that there might be a terrorist attack in UAE. Australia is the third country to do the same.
At first and like many people I thought that this is just an attempt by both countries (UK and USA) to affect the economy and tourism in UAE. But after reading what Brown and Bush said yesterday and then how Iran have withdrew 75 Billion Dollars from Europe, all what I can hear is the drums of war.
For full info on the U.S. threat warning read Reuters Article.
Lets just hope that this passes safely and lets also pray that we see no more violence this summer in the Middle East.
June 17th, 2008
Both teams went in to this game not knowing whether they would go through or not. Germany would get through with a draw, but Austria needed a win. Germany went in to this game missing Schweinsteiger after he foolishly got sent off in the last game against Croatia.
Germany started well, the men in white pressing on to the Austrian goal, keeping possession well and creating a couple of good opportunities where if the delivery had been a bit better they might have scored. The problem seemed to be that they were playing down the middle too much, when they should have tried to spread the ball wide.
Austria took control of the game after about twenty minutes, putting Germany under pressure for what was pretty much the rest of the first half. They had a couple of opportunities, and, unlike the Germans, were using the width well.
Although both teams played reasonably in their spells, Austria seemed to be on top, but the first half was fairly uninspiring and neither team created any opportunities where they should have scored.
In the second half the game immediately livened up and Germany were playing much better football. It was just four minutes after the second half started that Germany got a free kick and Chelsea midfield star Michael Ballack smashed the ball home from distance, leaving Macho, the Austrian goal keeper, with no chance.
As the game progressed Germany started to look more and more likely to win, with Austria only really getting ‘half chances’ and they failed to utilize these. Germany should have added a couple more goals to their tally, after good opportunities fell to Klose and Neuville, as well as a goal disallowed for off side, when it clearly wasn’t.
Overall a pretty poor game from both teams, and co hosts Austria leave the competition empty handed, although Germany will be happy they’re through.
Austria 0 – 1 Germany
Watch the GOAL:
June 17th, 2008
After Croatia were already almost guaranteed first place, they were just playing for a one hundred percent win record in this game. However the Polish needed a win and the other result between Germany and Austria to go their way to get through to the next round, but it was never going to be easy against the Croatians who had won their two previous games convincingly.
Croatia started well, putting the Polish defense under constant pressure, forcing save after save from Poland goal keeper Artur Boruc who in full truth had a truly excellent game, keeping everything that came his way in the first half out of his goal.
Poland never really created much of a threat in the first half, and Croatian goal keeper Vedran Runje seemed fairly bored, but still commanded his defense well when called upon.
In the second half Croatia really came alive, putting Boruc and his defense under relentless pressure, with the Polish manager Beenhakker going crazy on the touch line.It was inevitable when Croatia scored the first goal of the game.
It came on the fifty second minute, Klasnic (who has had two kidney transplants) calmly converted the ball in to the back of the net after Danijel Pranjic pulled the ball back from a surging run down the wing.
The Polish looked increasingly beaten as the game went on, and could do nothing to stop the Croatians maintaining their unbeaten run.
Overall a good performance by Croatia, who have put Poland out of the tournament for good. Tonight’s results mean that Croatia top the group with nine points, the first team to do so so far in the competition, Germany follow with six points and Poland and Austria are knocked out of the competition.
Croatia 1 – 0 Poland
Watch the GOAL:
June 17th, 2008
I am not a pro political analyst, but just three headlines I read today made me believe that the Iran War is coming near and looks like its just matter of time. No one on this earth wants a war, except Israel I guess.
The first thing I heard was the announcement from the British Embassy that the risk of a terrorist attack in UAE is High. Then I saw Bush and Brown in a joint press conference where Bush said that although he hopes to settle Iran’s nuclear standoff through diplomacy he will not rule out the use of force. He said “I would like to say one thing about the Iranian demand for civilian nuclear power, it is a justifiable demand,” but he did repeatedly vow to keep the military option on the table by stating “consequences of a nuclear-armed Iran are such that military strikes are justified, whether a smoking gun is found or not”.
Brown echoed the same message, stating that an action will be taken against Iran, “Today Britain will urge Europe, and Europe will agree to take further sanctions against Iran, We will take action today that will freeze the overseas assets of the biggest bank in Iran, the Melli bank, and secondly action will start today for a new phase of sanctions on oil and gas”.
The third headline that made it so clear, crystal clear, its the news that Iran withdrew 75 Billion dollars from Europe yes I know how you feel . Basically Iran withdrew the 75 Billion dollars from Europe to prevent the assets getting blocked under the new sanctions.
I do not know what other news today or this week gave other clues, but those are the three news items that made me think this way. I might be mistaken, well actually I wish I am mistaken, we do not need more wars.
June 17th, 2008