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söndag, juli 15, 2018


France, Finally Showing Its Class, Wears World Cup Crown

La France championne du monde : suivez en direct les réactions et célébrations partout en France

Final i dag


Kroatien (kroatiska: Hrvatska), formellt Republiken Kroatien(Republika Hrvatska), är en republik i centrala/sydöstra Europa. Kroatien gränsar till Bosnien och Hercegovina och Serbien i öster, Slovenien i norr, Ungern i nordöst och Montenegro i söder. I väst och sydväst utgör Adriatiska havet en maritim statsgräns mot Italien. Kroatiens huvudstad och regeringssäte Zagreb är landets akademiska och vetenskapliga centrum samt en betydande trafikknutpunkt. Kroatien är medlem i Världshandelsorganisationen sedan år 2000, försvarsalliansen Nato sedan år 2009 och Europeiska unionen sedan år 2013.



Finalen är här - världen stannar 



Domare idag

<-- Néstor Fabián Pitana, född 17 juni 1975 i Corpus, Misiones är en argentinsk fotbollsdomare. Pitana dömde sin första match i Primera División de Argentina 2007, och blev internationell Fifa-domare /Wikipedia

Ass. domareHernán Maidana (Argentina) & Juan Pablo Belatti (Argentina)
Fjärdedomare: Björn Kuipers (Nederländerna)

Croatia and its fans hope to have one more celebration before they leave Russia /NYT

Whether Croatia or France wins, the 2018 World Cup final will have brought us viewers together in unexpected community. It will have given us joy. It will have taught us about one another and about the world. And for all of that, I am utterly thankful. May the best team win.

Luka Modric



Route to the final

Route to the final

lördag, juli 14, 2018


... tack Hazard för strålande  underhållning.

torsdag, juli 12, 2018

Good Bye England


onsdag, juli 11, 2018

Domaren: Zschäpe kommer aldrig få tidsbestämt straff

Livstidsstraff brukar i vanliga fall innebära 15 år i fängelse om den intagna sköter sig, enligt tysk praxis. Men nynazisten Beate Zschäpe (bilderna) kommer aldrig att få sitt straff tidsbestämt. Det sa domaren Manfred Götzl i samband med att domen mot Zschäpe och ytterligare fyra medåtalade lästes upp på onsdagen, rapporterar flera medier. 
Enligt Götzl döms Zschäpe till lagens strängaste straff på grund av brottens ”exceptionella” grymhet, skriver AFP. Domstolen förklarade henne skyldig till sammanlagt tio mord som NSU genomförde under 2000-talet.

Frankrike och Belgien VM-slutspelets två bästa lag (?)

Mondial: la France en finale

tisdag, juli 10, 2018

Why Does Every Soccer Player Do This?

We’ve seen it a hundred times in the World Cup: A player misses a shot and his hands immediately go to the top of his head. Why? Psychology has the answer.

We’ve seen it a hundred times in the World Cup: A player misses a shot and his hands immediately go to the top of his head. Why? Psychology has the answer.

By David Gendelman
July 10, 2018

Goals in soccer games can be few and far between, which helps explain the delirious nature of most scoring celebrations. Some players yank off their jerseys or drop to their knees and glide across the turf in glee. They all often end up at the bottom of a pile of jubilant teammates.

Then there are the players who are presented with a goal-scoring opportunity and, for whatever reason, fail. When this happens, they all do the same thing: raise their hands and place them on their heads — apparently the universal gesture to signify, How in the world did I miss that?

If you’ve followed the World Cup this summer, you’ve most likely seen it dozens of times, by players from every position and every country.

Lionel Messi has done it, and so has Cristiano Ronaldo. France, Belgium, England and Croatia have all advanced to the semifinals, but their players, too, have struck the disappointed pose. It has nothing to do with soccer and everything to do with the human psyche, according to zoologists, psychologists and others who study such things.

The gesture signifies that “you know you messed up,” said Jessica Tracy, a professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia. “It’s going to tell others, ‘I get it and I’m sorry, therefore you don’t have to kick me out of the group, you don’t have to kill me.’”

It’s not limited to the shooter, either. In one of the most replayed soccer blunders of all time, from the 2010 World Cup, Yakubu Aiyegbeni of Nigeria missed an empty net from about 10 feet away. Though Aiyegbeni hardly moved afterward, nearly every one of his teammates and coaches made the gesture in immediate and unrehearsed synchronization.
In his seminal 1981 study of the sport, “The Soccer Tribe,” the zoologist Desmond Morris included the gesture in his catalog of 12 player reactions to defeat. He noted its function of self-comfort, which he described as “a form of auto-contact, a widespread device used when the individual feels in need of a reassuring embrace, but has no one immediately available to offer one.” It’s seen among nonhuman primates as well.

In 2008, Tracy published an influential study with her colleague David Matsumoto, in which they studied the gestures of both victory and defeat made by sighted and congenitally blind Olympic athletes. They found evidence to suggest that the display behaviors of pride and shame were innate and universal.

“You have the head in the hands — that’s shame,” Tracy said. “You have the constriction of the body, in the way that the player is moving his arms around his head, almost to make himself smaller. Those are very classical shame display elements.”

No one knows better than the players when they mess up. Cobi Jones, who had a long career with the United States men’s national team and now works as a TV analyst, said in a telephone interview that a blatant miss triggers, along with the gesture, a sense of disbelief and embarrassment. “That’s what we train for, day in and day out, to put that ball in the net,” he said. “And that’s a simple one. It’s one that you shouldn’t miss.”

The gesture is also commonly made after a goalkeeper makes a spectacular save to prevent what otherwise would be a sure goal. One of the most famous examples came in the 2006 World Cup final. Late in extra time of a tie game, the French star Zinedine Zidane snapped a header that he thought was destined to win the tournament, only to see the Italian goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon, nudge the ball over the crossbar with his fingertips. Zidane’s hands went straight to the top of his balding head.

Whether the ball misses the net because of a gaffe by the shooter or a spectacular save by the goalkeeper, the response by the rejected players remains nearly identical. “It’s exactly the same statistical reality,” the British soccer historian David Goldblatt said. “You have your chance. You miss it, a goalkeeper saves it, whatever. The mechanism by which you get to that point is neither here nor there.”

Jones described the offensive player’s experience in both cases as “shock.”

“When people get startled unexpectedly, their hand will sort of move up to their head almost in a protective motion,” said Dacher Keltner, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. “The oldest kind of behavioral intention in that class of behaviors is to protect your head from blows.”

In 1996, Keltner published a study of people’s emotional reactions to sudden blasts of noise. The subjects of that study had reaction similar to that of soccer players after a near miss. “You hear a really loud sound and that’s in the world correlative that something might hit your head, and you defend your head, which is vulnerable and critical,” Keltner said. “Any kind of action like the near miss, the source of psychic pain will produce those head protective movements.”

The basic gesture might be accompanied by subtle add-ons. Players might cover their faces with their hands or jersey, another typical shame display. Or they might tilt their head upward to the sky in what Goldblatt sees as “asking for the miss to be interpreted as a consequence of the fates rather than their own mistake.”
“When people feel awe-struck, they look up,” said Keltner, who has spent time with the Golden State Warriors’ coaching staff discussing his work on compassion. Something he observed from that experience was that “serious athletes recognize chance more so than fans.” The look to the sky, he said, could be the player’s “recognition of something beyond human agency.”
The hands-to-the-head gesture is also performed by fans at the same moments as the players. Since they are observers rather than participants, their motivations could differ. Philip Furley, a lecturer in sports psychology at the German Sports University, in Cologne, has studied players’ behavior during penalty kicks, when the gesture is common.

Among the spectators, Furley said, “what you often find is this sort of contagion going on. If it’s a team you support, then if this player you’re supporting in this moment shows something you might be infected by his nonverbal behavior.”
No matter the cause, the near absolute predictability of the gesture has become its most defining trait. “It’s like punch lines, catchphrases that comedians use,” Goldblatt said. “People start laughing before you say them. A lot of comics work on that.”

In this case, soccer players and fans don’t need to work on the gesture. It seems to come naturally.


Våld har inget inom idrotten att göra. Bra att det hålles koll på råkusarna inom ishockeyn

Riksåklagaren Kerstin Skarp är nöjd med att Högsta domstolen dömer ishockeyspelaren Jakob Lilja till villkorlig dom för misshandel. 
– Jag kan konstatera att de gått på samma linje som tingsrätten och hovrätten. Att detta är utanför spelet och att det ska ses som en vanlig misshandel. Jag tycker att det är en bra dom, säger hon till TT.
Även Jakob Liljas advokat Mats Tornéus tycker att domen är en framgång.
– Han döms för brott, men får ett lindrigare straff. Sedan är också den fleråriga rättsprocessen över, och Jakob Lilja kan nu koncentrera sig på sin framgångsrika karriär som ishockeyspelare i stället, säger han till TT.
Det var i mars 2015 som Jakob Lilja, som då spelade i Rögle, crosscheckade (misshandlade!) en Malmöspelare i nacken. Både tingsrätt och hovrätt har dömt honom till villkorligt straff och dagsböter för misshandel. Men HD anser inte att böter är nödvändigt, då spelaren redan fått ett disciplinstraff inom ishockeyn.


Idag kl 20.00

Mästerverk av slakthandlar-sonen Antonín (Dvořák) framfört av Milada Šubrtován från samma del av vår rymdspillra som Dvořák

Never Mind the Summer Heat: Earth Is at Its Greatest Distance From the Sun

Sweltering temperatures on the surface of Earth’s northern hemisphere notwithstanding, the sun and Earth are currently three million miles farther from each other than when they’re closest

On Friday, Earth will swing toward the outermost point in its orbit, known as aphelion. You, me and everyone on the planet will be three million miles farther from the sun than when we are closest to it.
The change occurs because our planet’s orbit is not perfectly circular. Instead, it is squashed into an ellipse with the sun offset from the center — an effect that causes Earth to orbit to its farthest point every July and its innermost point, or perihelion, every January (the exact dates vary slightly from year to year).
So, while record-breaking temperatures and raging wildfires in the Northern Hemisphere might lead you to believe the sun is punishingly close right now, remember that it is just the opposite. In fact, the extra distance causes the amount of received sunlight to drop by 7 percent compared to January.

måndag, juli 09, 2018

Allez Les Bleus

De flesta finlirarna är tyvärr borta från VM. Bara Frankrike utav semifinallagen
kan vara riktig godis för fotbollsälskaren.
Vi hoppas rättvisan segrar. Att Frankrike kniper VM-titeln.

Unge Kylian Mbappé, en av artisterna i det franska landslaget.

Sverige vill ha EU-stöd för torkan

Det varma och regnfattiga vädret i Sverige har slagit hårt mot jordbruket. Sverige hoppas nu få krisstöd från EU, säger landsbygdsminister Sven-Erik Bucht vid en pressträff.
Ja, vi skall väl inte bara behöva betala TILL EU.


Semifinal 1: Frankrike–Belgien i S:t Petersburg i morgon (SVT1/SVT Play kl 20.00)
Semifinal 2: England–Kroatien/Ryssland i Moskva på onsdag (TV4 kl 20.00).
Bronsmatchen spelas i S:t Petersburg på lördag (TV4 kl 16)
{ Finalen } spelas på Luzjnikistadion [bilden] i Moskva på söndag (SVT1/SVT Play kl 17.00).

söndag, juli 08, 2018


Fin VM-bild


VM 10 juli

Frankrike – Belgien


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