Brazil haven’t failed to top their World Cup group since 1978. Which seems a good time to revisit Pelé’s quote that an African nation would win the World Cup by 2000. Quick Guide Qatar: beyond the football Show This is a World Cup like no other. We are all focused on the national team and the World Cup,” said his now former Old Trafford teammate Bruno Fernandes. DTTalking pointsA compact World Cup might help playersThere’s not a lot to be said for hosting a World Cup in Qatar – you know why.
The family of an Australian woman killed in a Halloween crowd crush in South Korea has paid tribute to the 23-year-old, describing her as the life of the party. Sydney film production assistant Grace Rached was killed in the Itaewon district of Seoul on Saturday night when more than 150 people died. Rached’s family said she was a talented film producer who was passionate about making a difference. Rached was working as a production assistant at Singapore-based film and media company ElectricLime, according to her LinkedIn profile. “Our sincere condolences and deepest sympathies go to the student’s family and the broader school community,” a spokesperson said.1 month ago The Guardian
Jinseon Korean BBQ Restaurant, Unit 5 Priory Place, Fairfax Street, Coventry CV1 5SQ. Whereas the steel cauldron of glowing coals, brought to our table at Jinseon Korean BBQ Restaurant in Coventry, is the very stuff of legend. It’s clear that Jinseon is here to serve that customer base with as much unalloyed enthusiasm as possible. The menu begins with various takes on Korean fried chicken, that double-fried wonder doused in enough gochujang-fuelled sauce to paint the entire town centre red. She worried, when I invited her to join me, that it wouldn’t be as good as other Korean restaurants I’ve tried.1 month ago The Guardian
There was deep silence in the air around the site where, the night before, 153 people had died in a crowd crush in one of Seoul’s most popular nightlife districts. The crowd crush is one of the worst disasters the country has seen in years. The accident happened on a narrow side street near Itaewon station that connects to a slew of bars and clubs from the main road. The exact cause of the crowd crush is still unknown, but many onlookers behind police lines were eager to share their theories. Kim Ye-ji, a young woman from Seoul, arrived to place flowers near an exit of Itaewon station.1 month ago The Guardian
In an overcrowded diplomatic nuclear space, the last thing the west needed to hear was that North Korea was back in business. It was the first time since the 1945 division of the peninsula that North Korea weapons had landed so close to South Korea, 26km beyond the northern limit line. These exercises, designed to deter North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, involve 240 warplanes - including advanced F-35 stealth fighters - conducting about 1,600 sorties. The other school says this underplays the extent to which North Korea’s leaders are driven by fear of domestic economic failure. So Washington is waiting to see if North Korea will revive its nuclear test programme, and has only limited options if it does.1 month ago The Guardian
The main eventWe should know by now to fill in World Cup wallcharts with pencil rather than pen. Quick Guide Qatar: beyond the football Show This is a World Cup like no other. Spain hammered Costa Rica 7-0 in the most 1958 scoreline of this World Cup so far. An underdog role may suit Hajime Moriyasu’s side – and a point will be enough if Germany and Costa Rica draw. Costa Rica are, in a way, the most efficient team at the World Cup: one shot on target and one goal.2 days ago The Guardian
The Uruguay coach, Diego Alonso, blamed the penalty given to Portugal in their second group game for his side’s exit from the World Cup. There was penalty controversy – again – in the game against Ghana, with two strong Uruguay appeals ruled out by the German official, Daniel Siebert, in the second half. Afterwards, though, Alonso was more exercised about an incident in the previous game, which Uruguay lost 2-0 to Portugal. Faghani gave the penalty from which Fernandes made it 2-0; had that game finished 1-0, Uruguay would have gone through. “We are out because of the penalty for Portugal and what it did to the goal difference,” Alonso said.11 hours ago The Guardian
Top newsSydney production assistant Grace Rached, 23, was one of the victims from the crowd crush in South Korea. Photograph: FacebookAustralian identified in Seoul deaths | The Australian who was killed during a crowd crush at Halloween festivities in South Korea has been identified as 23-year-old Sydney woman Grace Rached. Candidate Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva gestures to supporters after being elected president of Brazil. What they said …“We will fight for zero deforestation in the Amazon … Brazil and the planet need the Amazon alive.” – Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Brazil’s president-elect. After four years of far-right rule, Lula da Silva said his priorities are poverty, housing and the Amazon.1 month ago The Guardian