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Former Secretary General who Reinvented UN, Kofi Annan Departs At 80 in Switzerland

Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary General and Nobel Peace Laureate, has died. He was 80. A statement posted on his Twitter account said, Kofi Annan died after a short illness. “It is with immense sadness that the Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation announce that Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Laureate, passed away peacefully on Saturday 18th August after a short illness,” the foundation said in a statement.

News agency Reuters says Kofi Annan died at a hospital in Bern, Switzerland, in the early hours of Saturday.

Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary-general who won the Nobel Peace Prize for humanitarian work has died at the age of 80

The Nations League draw is complete

England will face Spain and Croatia in the UEFA Nations League following Wednesday’s draw. The Three Lions are bidding to win the group and progress to the Final Four showpiece in the summer of 2019. Wales will play Denmark and the Republic of Ireland in League B while Northern Ireland takes on Bosnia and Herzegovina and Austria.

In League C, Scotland takes on Israel and Albania.

The tournament provides teams another route into Euro 2020 running alongside qualifying.

What’s the format and how will it work?

A total of 55 nations will be divided up into four mini-leagues (A, B, C, D). League allocation will be determined by each country’s UEFA ranking in November 2017. The leagues will be tiered with the highest ranking nations in League A, the next highest in League B and so on.

Each league will then be split into groups, made up of three or four teams. At the end of each round of fixtures, four teams will be relegated to the league below and four teams will be promoted to the league above. They will play at their new league level in the next version of the competition, which will start in 2020.

The winners from each of the four groups in League A will compete in the Final Four in the summer of 2019.

Euro 2016 .. Underdogs overshadow

It was a tournament oppressed with fear. Terrorist apprehensions overshadowed the build-up and the ongoing reality of hooliganism kept much of the focus off the field in the first week. But even on it there had long been criticisms over the format with issues of quantity and quality much discussed.

Change of Rule

However, a number of keenly fought contests so far at Euro 2016 have allayed the worries that the group stages could be short on drama. As many as 32 of the 36 group games were in the balance into the closing stages. Any suggestion that the tournament would see a series of processions has proven to be unfounded.

Greizman from France remained top scorer. Both teams showed exceptional show in 90 minutes. Clash of Ronaldo and Messi remained under limelight but Renaldo manages to pull the team up in final which was not much expected. Besides these two, Ramsey (Wales) remained outstanding. Wales were considered underdog and with a huge effort after a stretch of 58 years they did qualify for semi’s which was quite impressive by beating one of the top favorite team of euro by 3-1. They also remained on top in a group against their rivals England. Spot on Germany remained certainly disappointed because of their deprived performance, not a substantial win against Italy in a quarter and lost against Portuguese in semi’s marked huge question mark on the timeline. Belgium thwarted their followers was expected to produce some quality show but surrender against underdogs Wales. De Bryne (ManCity) and Hazard (Chelsea) fetch Wales in up line against some top teams. Spot on Iceland labeled underdog grabbed the convincing win over England in a quarter final.

Some amazing facts:

This summer 24 nations descend on France to battle it out for the coveted title of European Champions.

Wales: Wales qualified for the 1958 World Cup after beating Israel, whom a number of Asian and African teams had refused to play

Hungary: Hungary’s 10-1 win over El Salvador in the 1982 competition was the biggest in World Cup finals history.

Slovakia: The Slovakian national football team is often known as “The Fighting Jondas”, although the legitimacy of the nickname is heavily disputed.

Romania: The entire Romanian team bleached their hair blond prior to their 1998 World Cup group match against Tunisia

Austria: Austria’s surprise quarter-final defeat to Peru in the 1936 Olympics was annulled by Adolf Hitler, and they went on to reach the final

Switzerland: In 2006, Switzerland became the first team to exit a World Cup after failing to score a single goal in a penalty shoot-out.

Belgium: Belgium changed their kit to all-white in the 1970s to improve their visibility in evening matches

Germany has a 100% losing record against Egypt, having lost their only meeting (as West Germany) in 1958.

Spain: Spain’s biggest win is a 13-0 victory over Bulgaria in a friendly in 1933.

France: To avoid a color clash, France were forced to wear green and white striped shirts borrowed from a local club in their 1978 World Cup match with Hungary.

Spot on Euro 2016

  • David Guetta did perform
  • There’s a cute little mascot
  • Some of the ticket proceeds has gone to charity
  • The French president has created a special committee
  • Matches had been played in state-of-the-art stadiums
  • Thousands of free match tickets have gone to young adults
  • Fans and locals did help in organizing the event
  • Stadiums were completely smoke-free
  • Gibraltar took part in the qualifying stages for the first time
  • It did leave a positive legacy for the future