A word that Son Heung-min left when he left Tottenham, the “irreplaceable captain.”

Son Heung-min led the team to a 3-1 victory at home against Bournemouth in the 20th round of the English Premier League (EPL) at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on the 31st of last month, along with his 12th goal in the league.

As the team’s top scorer and captain, he proved his unwavering determination by firing a congratulatory speech on the last game of 2023, Korean time, and New Year’s Day. Immediately after the goal, Tottenham fans and experts expressed despair over the absence of Son Heung-min, who has to miss up to a month and six games due to his participation in the Qatar Asian Cup. Concerns grew even more as Pape Sarr and Velez were injured in the match.

However, Son expressed his absolute faith in his teammates ahead of a brief breakup. When he was away, he hoped that his teammates would play a role, and that he would challenge himself toward a higher position with more goals.

His Brazilian teammate Hishalisson, who has regained his form significantly since his recent surgery, has scored five goals in the last five games. He also cheered in the match against Bournemouth by scoring his third goal. Son Heung-min sincerely hoped that his strikers’ teammates, including Hishalisson, Dejan Kulusevski and Brennan Johnson, would score more goals through new opportunities, just as he did when Harry Kane was away.

“I really hope so. Most of all, they are my family and teammates,” Son said. “I hope they score as many goals as possible.”

“When Kane missed a few games due to injury, I think I felt I needed to take a step further over the past few years. I hope our players also feel that we have to take another step forward in this situation. We can grow as both a player and a human being under such circumstances,” Son said. “Hisalisson is playing fantastic, and I hope Kulusevski and Johnson crave more goals. I hope all the players in the offensive position score as many goals as possible so that we can get to a better position,” Son said, stressing that “I hope more than anything else.”

Tottenham, which secured a 3-1 victory at Bournemouth in 2023, is rapidly adapting to manager Ange Postecoglou and displaying aggressive team play this season. They have made tremendous progress in a short period of time.

“There have been a lot of changes 100 percent, but all the players feel a great responsibility. It’s a big achievement compared to the past few years,” Son said. “The players are playing really hard and they are not talking about their current positions or points. That’s a good sign. We are focusing on every game and just want to win every game,” he said. “We also made mistakes and learned that winning 38 Premier League games is very difficult. We will have to focus on ourselves and wait and see what happens,” he said, making it clear that he will not focus on the victory in the remaining games.

How close will Tottenham be to the lead now that they have played 20 out of 38 rounds? “Everyone is very close to winning the title. We still have 20 games left and we don’t want to talk about it now because there are many important players missing,” Son said. “We will focus on ourselves and do our best in each game. We will try to build better soccer and better mental strength, not focus on other teams, and wait and see what happens at the end of the season.”

Meanwhile, Korea`s national team coach Klinsmann, who is aiming for his first win in 64 years at the Qatar Asian Cup, departed for Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, shortly after the kickoff ceremony on Tuesday. “I am going to Qatar with full energy and faith. I will do my best to lift the trophy in front of the public in 64 years. I will meet you again with good results in six weeks,” Klinsmann said at the kickoff ceremony. The headquarters of the team will arrive in Dubai at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday local time and travel to Abu Dhabi by bus. Other overseas players, including Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain), will join the team in the morning, and the team will hold a final warm-up match with Iraq at the Abu Dhabi Stadium in New York University at 10 p.m. on Sunday, before moving to Qatar, the final showdown, where the team will face Bahrain (86th) on Tuesday, Jordan (87th) on Tuesday, and Malaysia (130th) on Wednesday.

BY: 토토사이트


‘Mental breakdown’ Kim Min-jae asked for advice from Park Ji-sung, ‘Korea’s best legend’… ‘I think I found an answer’ Light smile

The Korea Football Association (KFA) hosted the “2023 KFA Awards” at the Mayfield Hotel in Seoul at 5 p.m. on Tuesday. More than 200 people, including soccer officials and national team players, attended the ceremony. The KFA presented the direction of Korean football and held award ceremonies for major categories including “Player of the Year.”

The “Player of the Year” is an award given to Korean male and female soccer players who have performed the best in the national team and their teams throughout the year. Since 2010, KFA has commissioned experts and soccer reporters to select winners.

Kim Min-jae (28, Bayern Munich), who has emerged as the world’s best defender, has been named the Men’s Player of the Year. Kim Min-jae ranked first with a total of 137 points in voting. He ranked second in 2021 and 2022 behind Son Heung-min (32, Tottenham Hotspur), but 2023 was different.

“It’s such an honor. I know it’s a message to do better in the future. It’s obvious, but I’ll try harder in the future,” Kim said.

Kim Min-jae, who led SSC Napoli to the league title for the first time in 33 years in 2023, moved to Bayern Munich, Germany’s “giant” in the 2023-2024 season, and immediately took the main spot. Kim Min-jae also had difficult moments.

After the match against Uruguay on March 28 last year, Kim Min-jae’s mixed-zone interview burned down among fans.

During the interview, Kim told reporters, “I’m tired. My mentality is very broken. For the time being, I’m going to focus only on my team. I just want to pay more attention to my team than to the national team because it’s hard to play soccer.”

In an interview that can also be seen as a “retirement of the national team,” Kim Min-jae later said, “I felt a lot of pressure from the growing weight of the national team, which was only fun. I wanted to tell you that the mental breakdown was difficult, such as the pressure I felt on the field, the responsibility to do well all the time, and the disappointment when I lost a point.”

“I felt a lot of pressure because I thought playing for the national team was a position where I should be responsible that much, and I felt honored. However, I have never been to the field in a relaxed manner while playing for the national team,” Kim added.

Realizing a heavy responsibility as a central defender of the national team, Kim Min-jae asked Park Ji-sung, the best legend of the Korean national team, for advice.

Kim Min-jae, who met with reporters after the ceremony on the 2nd, said, “There were so many things I wanted to ask Park Ji-sung,” adding that he had many answers he wanted to hear from the senior member of the national team.

“I was asked how to increase the pressure and how to do well in international competitions. I think I have found some answers,” Kim said with a pale smile.

What kind of advice did Park give to Kim Min-jae? “I was touched by his saying, ‘If you don’t try to do well and focus on your own play, you will be able to show good performance,’ and I think that’s the answer,” Kim said.

Meanwhile, Kim Min-jae, who became the “2023 Player of the Year” in a step up, left for Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), with his teammates at Incheon International Airport on the night of the 2nd.

The team will arrive in Dubai on Thursday local time and head to Abu Dhabi. The main squad will arrive at their lodging facility on Thursday morning, while overseas players including Son Heung-min, excluding Lee Kang-in, will join the Abu Dhabi headquarters on Tuesday morning. They will attend their first training session in the afternoon.

Lee Kang-in is scheduled to join the team on the 4th after playing his team’s game, and the national team will start its final warm-up match against Iraq on the 6th. The national team, which is trying to win its first championship since 1960, will start competing in Group E with Jordan, Bahrain and Malaysia.

BY: 토토사이트


Clash at Daebang Construction Cup Champions Cup

‘Senior vs. Female Driver’ Clash at Daebang Construction Cup Champions Cup on the 15th

Legend League winning team vs. Women’s League winning team… 3 matches, 2 wins, pride battle

Who will win if senior drivers who are past their prime and active female professional drivers face off against each other?

The ‘Senior vs. Female Knight’ match, one of the favorites of Baduk fans, opens for the sixth time. 파워볼게임

Yes Moon-kyung, the winner of the 2023 Sawfalcosanol Legend (Senior) League, and H2 DREAM Samcheok, who won the 2023 NH Nonghyup Bank Women’s Baduk League, won the ‘2024 Daebang Construction Cup Champions Cup’ at the Korea Kiwon Baduk TV Studio in Majang-ro, Seongdong-gu on the 15th.

A battle of pride unfolds.

Yes Mungyeong, comprised of 7th dan Kim Chan-woo, 9th dan Kim Il-hwan, 9th dan Kang Hoon, and 9th dan Naoyuki Nakane, achieved a 2-1 comeback victory over Uijeongbu Happy Special City in the Legend League championship game held in December last year and won the overall championship in its first year of existence.

Against this, H2 DREAM Samcheok is a strong team that won the NH Nonghyup Bank Women’s Baduk League for the first time twice.

H2 DREAM Samcheok, led by 8th dan Kim Chae-young, 9th dan Cho Hye-yeon, 6th dan Kim Eun-seon, and 6th dan Kim Su-jin, is the strongest team in the women’s league, winning the combined championship last year following the 2021 season.

The Champions Cup, where the two teams face each other, determines the winner through a best-of-three series.

The 1st and 2nd countries will be played simultaneously, and if the score is tied at 1-1, the winning team will be decided by the final 3 countries.

There have been various predictions about the match between senior knights and female knights, but the women’s league champion team has won the championship by defeating the legend league team for the past five consecutive years.

Attention is being paid to whether the senior knights will be able to successfully seek revenge in this match.

The prize money for the Daebang Construction Cup Champions Cup winner is 7 million won, and the runner-up prize is 3 million won.


SSG, Live Pitching with Advance Experience of Automatic Ball Judgment

SSG, Live Pitching with Advance Experience of Automatic Ball Judgment and Pitch Clock

Professional baseball SSG Landers performed live pitching in an environment where they could experience the automatic ball judging system (ABS) and pitch clock in advance.

SSG said on the 14th, “On the 13th local time, the pitchers held their first live pitching at the Biro Beach Spring Camp in Florida, USA.”

They added, “We experienced the pitch clock in advance by installing timers behind the catcher and on the center fence in the outfield. 바카라사이트

“While checking the tracking data, I also felt the difference between the strike zone judged by humans and the zone judged by machines.”

Korean professional baseball will introduce ABS from the opening game of this season, and the pitch clock will be piloted in the first half of the year.

SSG In order for players to quickly adapt, an ‘environment suitable for the new regulations’ was established.

On this day, Seung-won Moon, Min-ho Park, Seung-geon Baek, Byeong-hyun Jo, Sang-jun Seo, Min-jun Choi, Doo-sol Han, and Geon-wook Lee took the mound.

Seung-won Moon threw 20 balls and recorded a maximum fastball speed of 143 km/h.

He said, “It was fun to pitch in a situation where there was a batter after a long time.

“I’m not very satisfied, but it wasn’t a bad pitch, and it’s going smoothly in the direction I aimed for,” he said.

“I focused on control rather than velocity and checked by throwing all possible pitches at a 70-80% level.”

The pitcher who pitched live that day Seo Sang-jun, who threw the fastest ball at 149 km/h, said, “I prepared a lot from last year to this camp, but I felt lacking in this pitching.

He pitched with the idea of ​​throwing my own ball, and said, “I want to throw more elaborately next time,” and added, “The coaching staff gave me various advices during the camp, and I was happy that it worked in this pitching.”

Pitching coach Bae Young-soo said, “This time, I checked the preparations the players had made during the camp.

Today, they set up a set position and threw, and they showed good performance in quick pitch and slide step.”

Coach Bae specifically evaluated, “Moon Seung-won is improving his technical skills during the camp, and as much as he puts in effort, things are going in the desired direction.

He tried various things, such as throwing a high ball, and showed a good performance.”


Lee Seung-woo Calls for the Abolition of the K-League Victory

Lee Seung-woo Calls for the Abolition of the K-League Victory Allowance Limit… “Nowhere else in the World”

Lee Seung-woo, the leading striker of professional soccer K-League 1 Suwon FC, publicly stated that the win allowance cap system should be abolished.

On the 14th, Seung-Woo Lee argued through the Korea Professional Footballers’ Association (Players’ Association) that restrictions on victory allowances should be removed at the league level and left to an ‘autonomous area.’ 온라인카지노

Seungwoo Lee said, “For players and support staff with low salaries and less seniority, the victory allowance is an important reward,” and added, “Rather than setting a cap, I think it would be better for each club and the players to discuss and decide freely.”

He then added, “There is no place in the world that sets winning allowances uniformly,” and added, “I hope this will be made public for the sake of the players’ rights.”

According to the Players’ Association, the upper limit of victory allowance for K League 1 is 1 million won and for K League 2 is 500,000 won.

The players’ association believes that these restrictions are particularly detrimental to low-income players.

The players’ association said that not only Lee Seung-woo but also many players wanted to improve the system, and voiced that it should be changed to a form in which each club pays autonomously according to the situation.

The Korea Professional Football League set an upper limit on victory allowances through the board of directors in December 2020 with the aim of reducing the club’s financial burden due to the novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19).

Previously, most K-League clubs paid a win-conditional allowance of up to 5 million won to as little as 2 million won per game in addition to basic salary and appearance allowance.

There was also a practice of paying win-conditional bonuses for each important game that were not specified in the contract.

At the time, the board of directors established disciplinary regulations, such as imposing a fine of up to 1 billion won on K League 1 clubs and up to 500 million won on K League 2 clubs that violate the cap regulations.

In March of last year, Lee Seung-woo also argued through social media that the K League’s mandatory participation rule for players under the age of 22 (U-22) was unreasonable.

Lee Seung-woo, a member of Spain’s prestigious FC Barcelona youth team, said in Spanish, “I will never understand the ‘U-22 rule’ in Korea.

Why is there no ‘over 35 rule’? What country in the world has this rule? “He wrote.

Lee Seung-woo, who had always played only in Europe and entered the K-League by joining Suwon FC in 2022, was given the vice-captain position ahead of the 2024 season.


Ryu Hyun-jin, Who is at Risk of Injury, Should Sign a One-Year Contract

Former MLB General Manager: “Ryu Hyun-jin, Who is at Risk of Injury, Should Sign a One-Year Contract”

“You can try to trade from a weak team… Resources to strengthen rotation for a strong team as well.”

There has been advice that Ryu Hyun-jin (36), who is considering his destination for the 2024 season, should sign a short-term one-year contract with an American professional baseball (MLB) club.

Although Ryu Hyun-jin returned from an elbow injury in August of last year and proved his competitiveness, he cannot yet completely erase concerns about his durability. 카지노사이트

Ryu Hyun-jin pitched 52 innings in 11 games in the 2023 season, recording 3 wins, 3 losses, and an average ERA of 3.46.

Jim Borden, who served as general manager of the Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals, predicted the destinations of the top 10 free agents (FA) in a column for The Athletics on the 14th (Korean time).

Borden ranked Ryu Hyun-jin 8th among all unsigned free agents.

Borden said, “Hyun-Jin Ryu left a deep impression by giving up 3 or less runs in 9 of the 11 games he started after returning,” adding, “He went 5 innings in 6 games and went 6 innings once.”

He went on to explain, “The speed of the fastball was 87 to 89 miles per hour, and the hitting percentages of the changeup and cut fastball were 0.276 and 0.238, respectively.”

Borden said, “Ryu Hyun-jin looks healthy,” but predicted, “Due to the risk of injury, he will have to accept a one-year contract.”

At the same time, he analyzed, “It may be wise to sign with a team that has little chance of winning,” and “If he shows the same pitching as last year in the first half of the 2024 season, he may be traded to another team.”

Candidate destinations mentioned were the Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Nationals, and Los Angeles Angels, where Bae Ji-hwan is located.

If Ryu Hyun-jin fully utilizes his value as a trade item, he can change into a strong team uniform in the second half of the season.

In addition, Borden said, “Even among teams with a high probability of winning, if multiple starting pitchers suffer from injuries, age, or skill issues, the rotation can be strengthened by recruiting Ryu Hyun-jin,” citing the New York Yankees, Milwaukee Brewers, and St. Louis Cardinals as examples.

Meanwhile, Blake Snell and Jordan Montgomery, who are considered higher-ranking free agents than Ryu Hyun-jin, are likely to head to the Yankees and Texas Rangers, respectively, Borden analyzed.


Lee Jae-sung’s Mainz Appoints New Head Coach Henriksen

Lee Jae-sung’s Mainz Appoints New Head Coach Henriksen to Escape Relegation

Mainz, only 1 win in the Bundesliga this season… 17th place out of 18 teams

Mainz (Germany), the team of national team midfielder Lee Jae-seong, who is in danger of relegation, has appointed coach Bo Henriksen (Denmark) as the new head coach.

On the 13th (local time), Mainz said, “I have entrusted the baton to coach Henriksen.

“The contract period runs until 2026,” he announced. 바카라사이트

Coach Henriksen began his career as a coach at Bronshoi (Denmark), a member of the Danish 3rd division, in 2006, and promoted the team to the 2nd division in 2010. In 2014, he led the team to

AC, a member of the Danish 2nd division.

He took charge of Horsens and achieved promotion to the first division in 2016.

In 2021, he took charge of Midtjylland and achieved notable results, including winning the Danish Cup, and from 2022, he led FC Zurich (Switzerland).

The club said, “We analyzed what type of coach and style of soccer would be suitable in a difficult team situation,” and added, “We recruited coach Henriksen, who has a keen eye for building a team.

Coach Henriksen, who has a clear philosophy of his own, will fit well with Mainz.” I expected that.

Coach Henriksen said, “I have never been relegated before,” and pledged, “If you expect to lose, you will lose.

I will eliminate fear and instill a winning mentality.”

He continued, “Mainz had talent, but they seemed to lack trust.

“We have to show everyone what we can do,” he added.

Mainz, whose coach Bo Svensson resigned in November last year due to poor performance, has been led by coach Jan Siebert, who led the under-23 team.

Mainz (12 points) ) is ranked 17th out of 18 teams in the Bundesliga this season with 1 win, 9 draws, and 11 losses. They

are worried about relegation for the first time since being promoted to the first division in the 2009-2010 season.

Coach Henriksen said Mainz will face Augsburg on the 17th.

He will be making his debut as a commander.


It’s right in front of the goal, but it’s not going in! … Tottenham Hill’s hardship continues

Tottenham Hotspur beat Bournemouth 3-1 in the 20th round of the 2023-24 Premier League held at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, the U.K., at 11 p.m. on Saturday (Korea time). Tottenham ranked fifth in the league with 39 points.

Tottenham scored the first goal. In the 9th minute of the first half, Rodrigo Bentancur cut the pass of goalkeeper Netu Murara. Pape Sarr caught the ball through Giovanni Lo Celso. Sarr shook the net with a bold shot. The first half ended with Tottenham leading 1-0.

Tottenham scored an additional goal. It was Son Heung-min. In the 25th minute of the second half, Lo Celso stabbed it forward with a left-footed out-front pass, and Son Heung-min penetrated quickly. Entering the penalty box, Son Heung-min shot a left-footed shot into the net.

Tottenham sealed the game. In the 34th minute of the second half, Brennan Johnson’s cross from the right side was scored by Hishalisson with his foot. Bournemouth recovered a goal. James Tavernier crossed in the 38th minute of the second half and Alex Scott solved it. In the end, the game ended with Tottenham’s 3-1 victory.

Hill played as a substitute on the day. According to soccer statistics magazine “Sopa Score,” Hill played for eight minutes, recording one shot that missed the goal post, one missed big chance, 13 touched balls, 100 percent success rate (successful five times out of five) and two cleared balls. His rating was 6.1.

Hill was disappointed. Pierre-Emile Hoivier scored a cross after receiving a pass from Son Heung-min at the 42nd minute of the second half. Hill hit the ball on the head right in front of the net, but hit the crossbar. Hill was active throughout the game, but lacked in the closing process including shooting and passing.

Hill was once considered a rising star of Tottenham, but failed to secure a position at Tottenham, and left for Valencia and Sevilla. He returned to Tottenham ahead of this season. As Son remains strong and hired new wingers including Manor Solomon and Johnson, Hill’s position was limited. He took the opportunity as a substitute, but has failed to display competitive edge.

BY: 토토사이트


L&W to exceed EBITDA target, land-based gaming key: JPM

Brokerage JP Morgan Securities expects that gaming equipment and content provider Light & Wonder Inc will “exceed” by 2025 a US$1.4-billion target for annual earnings, before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA). The goal had been set in 2022 by the company’s management.

“Light & Wonder will exceed its 2025 EBITDA target of US$1.4 billion,” said the institution in a Tuesday note, adding that its estimates reflect a 2 percent to 5 percent upside to consensus for the firm’s financial years 2023 to 2025.

Light & Wonder’s EBITDA result for 2025 is anticipated “largely on the back of strong performance from the land-based gaming division,” wrote analysts Don Carducci, Michael James, and Joseph Greff.

JP Morgan initiated coverage of Light & Wonder on Tuesday, with an “overweight” recommendation.

Light & Wonder reported revenue of US$731 million for the third quarter of 2023, up 12.8 percent from the prior-year period. The company’s third-quarter consolidated adjusted EBITDA were US$286 million, up 21.7 percent year-on-year.

Light & Wonder completed in May last year a secondary listing on the Australian Securities Exchange. The firm’s primary listing remains on Nasdaq in the United States.

In an interview with GGRAsia in September, Matt Wilson, president and chief executive of Light & Wonder, said the land-based casino market in Asia was “strategically very important” for the group, with plans to increase its presence in the region. “We’re in the process of expanding our facilities in the Philippines,” he stated.

Mr Wilson also noted that Light & Wonder was comfortably on the way to achieving annual EBITDA of US$1.4 billion by 2025.

According to JP Morgan, the land-based gaming division will be the “key driver” for Light & Wonder’s EBITDA growth.

“Early performance from the new Dragon Train family of games [in Australia] demonstrates good early execution,” stated the brokerage.

Light & Wonder launched in August the “Dragon Train” title, which it said was “developed specifically with the Australian player and customer in mind”.

“The recently launched family of games in Australia gives us confidence in the direction of travel for the company to achieve similar growth in the much larger U.S. profit pool,” said the JP Morgan analysts.

“This family of games has lifted Light & Wonder’s average turnover ratio from 0.55 to 0.76 in New South Wales, and 0.82 to 1.00 in Queensland,” they added. “Dragon Train will reach 8,000 games installed across” the two Australian states “by financial year 2025,” from over 1,700 in fourth-quarter 2023, “presenting over US$100 million of incremental gaming revenue in New South Wales and Queensland alone”.

JP Morgan also expects Light & Wonder’s free cash flow (FCF) generation to “inflect higher” following “divestment and de-gearing” of the group’s balance sheet, after the sale of the company’s lottery and sports-betting operations.

The group exited the lottery business in 2022 and sold a sports betting business in 2021.

“Third-quarter 2023 was the first quarter Light & Wonder hit its FCF/EBITDA conversion target; we expect further improvement from here,” stated the analysts.

BY: 우리카지노탑


Martial arts add punch to Grand Ho Tram casino resort: CEO

The Grand Ho Tram, a Vietnam resort with foreigner-only casino, is using high-profile events to help drive its gaming and hotel business. That is according to Walt Power (pictured), chief executive of The Grand Ho Tram Resort and Casino, speaking in an interview with GGRAsia.

A latest example was the “Fight Mania” night on Saturday, by the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Asia Pacific, with a six-bout card featuring some of the brightest talent from the region, and including fighters from South Korea, an important target market for The Grand Ho Tram, according to its CEO. The event was held in the property’s 1,254-square-metres (13,498 sq. feet) ballroom, and broadcast on Vietnamese television, to an audience said by the ring announcer to be in the “millions”.

Such events are “critical” to the property’s success, explained Mr Power, in helping to attract the likes of martial arts fans and others to make the two-and-a-half hour road trip from Ho Chi Minh City, to Ho Tram on Vietnam’s southern coast. The executive, a veteran of Macau casino operations, has been in his current role for four years, and said he immediately recognised the value of expanding his property’s events roster to drive its trade.

While The Grand Ho Tram’s casino (pictured below) is not currently authorised to serve locals, Mr Power says expatriates from South Korea, Taiwan and elsewhere, with business interests in Vietnam and based in cosmopolitan Ho Chi Minh City, a metropolis of more than nine million, are an important component of its clientele.

Mr Power stated: “When we have these special events, whether it’s boxing, MMA [mixed martial arts], casino VIP events – we’ve had horse racing on the beach recently – the casino performance goes way up. The numbers speak for themselves.”

Combat sports events “have the highest [casino] drop for a weekend period,” he added.

The major investor in The Grand Ho Tram is private equity firm Warburg Pincus LLC, and so the property does not make public specific operating numbers in the manner of publicly-listed casino companies. Vietnam-focused investment manager VinaCapital is also a backer.

BY: 슬롯머신