EURO 08 Semakin Panas

Sudah lengkap keputusan Suku Akhir dengan kemanangan Sepanyol menewaskan Itali melalui sepakan penalti 4-2.

Pertandingan semakin sampai ke kemuncak dengan perlawanan Separuh Akhir.

German – Turki
Russia- Sepanyol

Manakah dua pasukan yang akan mara seterusnya.

Kadang-kadang……..pasukan yang tidak dijangka boleh mencipta kejutan. Lihat apa yang Greece lakukan dalam Euro yang lalu dengan menewaskan tuan rumah?

Bolehkah Turki melakukan kejutan?

Apa pun bola itu bulat.

Memanglah…….. kalau bujur tu bola ragbi.

Cakap Bola

Bulan ini apabila bersembang pastinya topiknya berkisar tentang Euro 2008. Kini pusingan suku akhir sudah hampir selesai dengan tinggal satu lagi perlawanan malam ini antara Sepanyol dan Itali. Sepanyol adalah Juara Kumpulan D sementara Itali Naib Juara Kumpulan C. Ada sesuatu yang menarik untuk diperhatikan. Sehingga Suku Akhir ketiga nampaknya semua juara kumpulan telah tewas dan Nib Juar Kumpulan mara ke pusingan Separuh Akhir. Adakah Itali akan menang dalam perlawanan Sukur Akhir keempat malam ini (pagi esok)?. Jika Itali mara bermakna menjuari kumpulan bukanlah tiket untuk kejayaan seterusnya.
Malam tadi Kedah sekali lagi mencipta kemenangan dengan meraih piala keduanya untuk musim ini iaitu Piala FA. Pasukan Kenari itu telah merangkul Piala Juara Liga Super yang juga dimenangi mereka pada musim lalu. Kini dalam perjalanan seterusnya mereka ada satu lagi piala untuk diraih iaitu Piala Malaysia. Jika pasukan pimpinan Mohammad Azrai Khor berjaya merangkul Piala Malaysia pada tahun ini, bermakna mereka mencipta satu lagi sejarah iaitu memenangi tiga piala berprestij bolasepak di Malaysia dan ia akan menjadi satu rekod yang sukar untuk diatasi. Selangor merupakan pasukan pertama menjuarai tiga pila dalam semusim dan Kedah memadamkan rekod itu dengan malakukannya pada musim lalu. Kini mereka dalam misi memburu piala ketiga yang akan memartabatkan negeri Jelapang padi itu sebagai satu lagi gergasi bolasepak negara.

Sesungguhnya kehebatan itu bukan satu perjalanan yang dekat. Ianya bermula sejak tahun 80an lagi apabila mereka mengujudkan skuad hijau kuning yang pada masa itu orang kuatnya ialah Datuk Paduka Mohd Asri bin Akil. Di samping itu satu lagi nama yang tidak boleh dilupakan dalam sejarah pembangunan bolasepak di negeri Kedah ialah Cikgu Kassim Saad dan Tuan Haji Ahmad Shafie.

Kredit gambar: Berita Harian online.

TAHNIAH KEDAH DARULAMAN
kerana berjaya merangkul Piala FA 2008

Kuala Lumpur Tawau – Jun 08

16th June 2008
Destination Tawau

This is my fourth trip to Tawau on official duty. My first trip was way back in 1979 when I was a teacher at SMK Kota Marudu, on the northern part of Sabah West Coast. That was when I was a coach for Pantai Barat Utara and the journey was from Kota Marudu – Kota Belud – Ranau – Sandakan – Lahad Datu – Tawau by land. However due to the bad condition of the road I took a flight back to Kota Kinalabu after the MSSS meet. Then again I came back to Tawau in 2006 to conduct a course for the Navy at Tanjung Batu Navy Base. Followed by another course in the same year at Institut Perguruan Tawau. This year I come back to Tawau for the same reason.

My flight was at 9.20 and I left my house at 7.00 in the morning. I did not expect that there were many passengers because it was the first day of the week. Upon arrival at KLIA, I saw there were quite a queue at the self check in machine. All but one the terminals had a line of at least 6 person. So does that mean Malaysian Airport should install more machines since MAS is promoting the self check-in.

To make things easier I think Malaysian Airports and MAS should install more machines not only at the airport but maybe at the Petronas Petrol Station after the KLIA Toll. With the availability, passengers can self check-in at the station before reaching KLIA and that gives more alternatives to passengers instead of crowding at the KLIA terminal.

Compared to the normal check-in, using this self check-in passenger have to queue up two times. Firat to check-in and get the boarding pass. Then have to queue again to check-in the baggage. I saw there are two baggage check-in counters. I took about 45 minutes from the time I arrive at self check-in machine and checked-in my baggage.

The picture below tells another story. This is the first time there is a long queue before passengers can enter the Departure lounge. Usually the line is just less than 10 metres or no line at all. The picture below shows how far I was before reaching the security check to enter the departure. Found out that there is only one security personnel checking the boarding pass of passengers before being allowed into the Departure Lounge.

After about 10 metres away a group of ladies just walk up to the gate beating the queues and I think they reach the scanning machine without any check by security personnel. Reason? Only one security personnel, a lady, and she is busy with the long line before her. Even though there is no security problem arise, it should send a message to the airport authority that security is a bit slacking.

This is the new look inside the cabin. Well, maybe it has been there for sometimes, but its the first time I saw this brightly coloured seat casing. It is more vibrant compared to the normal seat covers.

I think this The Natuna Islands. I was on 27 F, the Starboard seat, which is my favourite seat from Kuala Lumpur. But if you fly from Kota Kinabalu to Kuala Lumpur, then take the portside seat to be alble to see the island.

A close-up picture of the island showing signs of inhabitant and the presence of a landing strip.

Below: This Departure Information Board display the wrong gate for my flight to Tawau at first. It show flight MH 2173 to Tawau as Gate A4. I saw the passengers waiting at A4. However when I asked the personnel manning the counter, his answer did not show MH (Malaysian Hospitality). There is not a smile and did not even bother to see the inquirer. If there are many passenger ask the same question, then he as a staff should be alert that the departure information board bust give the wring information. This happens at the new wing that was completed at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport. Urghhhh…….Malaysian Hospitality. Or is it because all the passengers are locals, they does not need Malaysian Hospitality.

The new wing that has been completed.

Above: Tawau Airport seen from the air.

Tawau Airport. Ahh……landed safely.

EURO 2008 – Switzerland/Austria

Just for the record

The website.
The History.
The Teams.
The Tournament and Results.

The Mascots (pic adapted from Euro08 website)


The Heny Delauney Trophy

The new UEFA European Championship trophy is 18cm higher and 2kg heavier than the original designed by Arthus Bertrand in 1960 and named after Henri Delaunay, the former president of the French Football Federation. The upper part of the trophy is based on the original and is also made out of sterling silver. The new trophy, created by Asprey London, has retained its historical name. It has been brought up to date to reflect the scale and size of Europe’s most prestigious international tournament. – From eufa website. Read more HERE.

Who is Henry Delauney?

Born in Paris on 19 November 1883, Delaunay was chosen in 1906 – at the age of 23 – as general secretary of the newly-founded French Interfederal Committee, which became the French Football Federation in 1919. Delaunay was an undisputed football expert. He was a referee, and began his international career in 1920 when FIFA asked him to sit on its new consultative committee for the Laws of the Game. Read more HERE.

The Champions

1960 USSR bt Yugoslavia 2-1 in France
1964 Spain bt USSR 2-1 in Italy
1968 Italy bt Yugoslavia 1-1 (Replay 2-0) in Italy
1972 West Germany bt USSR in Belgium
1976 Czechoslovakia bt West Germany 2-2 (Penalty 5-3) in Yugoslavia
1980 West Germany bt Belgium 2-1 in Italy
1984 France bt Spain 2-0 in France
1988 Netherlands bt USSR 2-0 in Germany
1992 Denmark bt Germany 2-0 in Sweden
1996 Germany bt Czech Rep 2-1 in England
2000 France bt Italy 2-1 in Netherlands/Belgium
2004 Greece bt Portugal 1-0 in Portugal
2008 ?

Golden boots Winner

2004 – Milan Baros CZE 5 goals
2000 – Patrick Kluivert NED 5 goals
2000 – Savo Milosevic YUG 5 goals
1996 – Shearer ENG 5 goals
1992 – Henrik Larsen DEN 3 goals
1992 – Karl-Heinz Riedle GER 3 goals
1992 – Dennis Bergkamp NED 3 goals
1992 – Thomas Brolin SWE 3 goals
1988 – Van Basten NED 5 goals
1984 – Michel Platini FRA 9 goals
1980 – Klaus allofs GER 4 goals
1976 – Gerd Muller GER 4 goals
1972 – Gerd Muller GER 4 goals
1968 – Dragan Dzajic YUG 2 goals
1964 – Jesus Maria Pereda SPA 2 goals
1964 – Ferenc Bene HUN 2 goals
1964 – Dezso Novak HUN 2 goals
1960 – Francios Heutte FRA 2 goals
1960 – Valentin Ivanov USSR 2 goals
1960 – Viktor Ponedeinik USSR 2 goals
1960 – Milan Galic YUG 2 goals
1960 – Jerkovic YUG 2 goals
1960 – Vincent FRA