Brazil Chapecoense football team in Colombia plane crash

Police say five people survived the crash but the rest of those on board died.

The chartered aircraft, flying from Brazil via Bolivia, was carrying members of the Chapecoense team.

The team was due to play in the final of the Copa Sudamericana, against Medellin team Atletico National.

The first leg of the final of the cup, South America’s second most important club competition, was scheduled for Wednesday, but has now been suspended.

The match was seen as the biggest in the history of the relatively small club, which entered Brazil’s top division for the first time in 2014.

The South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) said it was suspending “all activities”.

Chapecoense issued a brief statement saying: “May God be with our athletes, officials, journalists and other guests travelling with our delegation.”

It said it would refrain from any further statements until it had assessed the extent of the crash.

Later the team’s vice-president, Ivan Tozzo, told cable channel SporTV: “There are a lot of people crying in our city. We could never imagine this. Chapecoense is the biggest reason for joy here.”

One of the survivors was confirmed as Chapecoense defender Alan Ruschel.

Reports suggest that at least two other footballers – goalkeepers Jackson Follman and Marcos Danilo – may have survived.

Originally six survivors were reported, but police later said one of those rescued had died.

 

New York Marathon Results

In the most anticipated race of the year, Kenya’s local Mary Keitany made it her third consecutive win in the New York City Marathon that took place on Sunday, 10th November 2016. Keitany won by quite a margin, leaving the runner-ups out of sight of track, as she made it to the finishing line in just 2 hours 24 minutes and 26 seconds. She covered almost half of the track alone as she pulled ahead of her competitors before the 10 mile mark and then never looked back.

As for the men’s race, the trophy went to Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, a 20-year-old Eritrean. He is now the youngest winner in the history of the marathon. Ghirmay managed to pull away from a tight pack of three at 20 miles and covered rest of the track alone in just 2 hours 7 minutes and 51 seconds.

Following Ghebreslassie were Lucas Rotich of Kenya, Abdi Abdirahman – Somali-born American who is based in Arizona. The two finished the marathon at 2:08:53 and 2:11:23 respectively.

Keitany;s astonishing win with a huge margin made the race quite interesting as the runner ups strived for the second and third positions on the podium. Sally Kipyego – 2012 Olympic silver medalist and Molly Huddle – making her debut in marathon from United States finished at 2:28:01 and 2:28:13 respectively.

Keitany is the second woman to make a record for the most consecutive wins. The biggest record holder is Grete Waitz who won for five consecutive times from 1982 to 1986.

Keitany made it very clear to her rivals and all the bystanders that she was there to run as she crossed five boroughs by running alone. She is Kenya’s record holder with 2:18:37 and second-fastest runner in the history of marathon. However, Kenya dropped her this year from Olympics as she bumped into Jemima Sumgong in London Marathon at about five miles to the finish line and eventually failed to win. This mishap gave her much time to prepare for her fall race,

Ghebreslassie, who won the world championship in Beijing in 2015 at age 19, finished in fourth place at the Rio Olympics this year. He is the first Eritrean citizen to win the New York City Marathon; the Eritrean-born Meb Keflezighi has also won, but as an American citizen.

Gwen Jorgensen, who won gold in the triathlon at the Rio Olympics, finished in 14th in the women’s race, in 2:41:01.

Success of Cristiano Ronaldo Lies Behind The Goal War Between Real Madrid And Barcelona

Well the debate is never ending about Real Madrid and Barcelona goal fight, as it is difficult to distinguish who is a better player, Real Madrid’s Ronaldo or Barcelona’s Messi. Having two different styles of soccer players gives you a highly new experience of watching football leagues. This rivalry has not only seen in Spain but throughout the world for their phenomenal goal-scoring achievements. Ronaldo the famous captain of Portugal netted 54 times since the campaign has started in August beating his own score of 50 goals and achieving a new milestone of his Third World Player of the year award in the beginning of the year 2015. On the other side Barcelona’s famous player Messi, won the Ballon d’Or’s award four times, keeping his own pace in the competition, he stands in the completion with Cristiano with 53 goals.

For the second time in a row this year Cristiano Ronaldo is ranked No. 1 on the list of world’s highest paid soccer players. The reason behind the success of highest paid soccer club is due to the enormous worth of $3.26 billion, which contributes in the total of salary, bonus and endorsements that are aimed since last year. Ronaldo is the King of Real Madrid capturing his award for FIFA player of the year which made him the most famous athlete across the globe. Not only on screen Real Madrid is one of the most famous football clubs on social media as well with over 102 Facebook fans and 35 Million followers on Twitter as per the record.  However Messi’s record breaking four time FIFA player of the year award makes him a beneficiary of $70.5 million bringing him to the second number as the World’s highest paid players in soccer.

Cristiano is considered to be the fastest player of Real Madrid to reach 200 official goals against Malaga in 2013. He also scored most of the hat-tricks in the history of Real Madrid, in 2015.

The success of Ronaldo does not only ends on Real Madrid’s platform, but he is one of the most signed endorsers of different renowned, yet expensive brands worldwide; like Nike, Emporio Armani, Coca-Cola, Castrol, Motorola, Tag Heuer, Fly Emirates and the list is never ending. He has also been honored by the Madam Tussauds London that represents his wax statue.