Days, 7 Good News: Football's bravest men and a sport's struggle for existence

LISTICLE | 11/24/2022
7 days, 7 good news stories: a heroic victory in the Tour-de-France, a head wash for the bathing cap ignoramuses and a football club taking a stand against racism.
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We think so: Good news is needed every now and then. Especially from the world of sports. In our Good News we serve you seven news items every week that make our - and hopefully your - sports heart beat faster. Because the news is fun. Because they are trend-setting. Because they show new trends. Because they sprinkle a pinch of absurdity in a much too serious world. Or because they simply bring joy. The main thing is to be in a good mood - that's our motto in this news format. And we'll get right to work with what we hope will be a golden rough draft, the bravest men in soccer, world-class tennis in a spa town and the struggle for existence of a sport.


ISPO Munich in your living room

We can't bring the booth parties home to you after an action-packed day at the trade show - but on our social channels you'll be closer to the most important event of the sports industry than anywhere else! Our live reporter will take you along to ISPO Munich, test the latest products for you, show you the leaders of the sports business on stage and spotlight star guests for you. We'll tell you what to expect on our social channels during ISPO Munich!


Gold rough concept

This rough concept is supposed to bring gold: The German Federal Ministry of the Interior and the German Olympic Sports Confederation have now presented initial plans on how they intend to better support top athletes in Germany. To this end, an agency for competitive sports is to be established to provide targeted support for athletes. At the same time, a sports promotion law is to secure long-term funding. After the low point in the medal haul at the Tokyo 2021 Olympics, we hope that the rough concept will now be fine-tuned.


The bravest

These men are already the bravest of the World Cup: Iran's soccer players' failure to sing their country's anthem before the game against England could earn them suspensions and pay cuts after the World Cup at the latest, and perhaps even more consequential sanctions. We bow before this gesture of solidarity with the critics of the Iranian regime. And we cringe in shame, thinking of the European teams' despondent handling of the ban by Fifa's One Love captain's armband.


Bad Homburg World Class Tennis

Until now, we thought of Bad Homburg as a somewhat old-fashioned spa concert, but far from it: the small town near Frankfurt am Main is preparing to become a real factor in world-class tennis. For next year, the women's world number one Iga Swiatek has now confirmed her participation in the Bad Homburg Open, which is a real hammer. This means that the WTA grass-court tournament, which takes place shortly before Wimbledon, is already at a high point in its third edition.


A selfie with Alexander Zverev

Another highlight from the ISPO Munich universe: Meet Alexander Zverev and many other athletes and listen to their talks, toast with them and take a selfie with them. From the dream team Alexander "Sascha" Zverev and his brother Mischa will give you exciting insights into innovative training technologies such as virtual reality on the first day of the trade show. In addition, the two will present the ISPO Cup,


Late, but hopefully not too late

This reflection comes very late, but hopefully not too late: The Nordic Combined athletes are now finally vigorously looking for ways to make their sport more attractive. This includes, for example, that the five top nations Germany, Austria, Norway, Finland and Japan enter into cooperations with other countries that have had no chance so far and let them share their knowledge of the sport. This must bring quick results: After all, the sport, which has been represented at the Olympics without interruption since the first Winter Olympics in 1924, is already threatened with elimination for the 2030 Games.

The Olympic rings in front of the new National Stadium in Tokyo - one of the sports venues of the Olympic Games.
The Olympic rings in front of the new National Stadium in Tokyo - one of the sports venues of the Olympic Games.

With 1000 games to the Ironman

The man is as hard as iron. Phil Kessel has set a new Ironman record with 1,000 consecutive games in the National Hockey League NHL. Since his first game in November 2009 for the Toronto Maple Leafs, the 35-year-old American, who now plays for the Golden Knights, has not missed a single game. Along the way, he also just scored his 400th career goal. Keith Yandle, who previously held the record, bowed in a message to Kessel: "To play in just one NHL game is a remarkable achievement, but to play in every game for the last 13 years requires incredible talent to stay in the lineup day in and day out, tremendous determination to play through aches and pains, and a whole lot of luck.

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