failure in China
Despite leaving for China with the intention of winning the world title, the Romanian women’s national handball team obtained only a disappointing 8th place in the World Championship, losing its last game against Germany at an unlikely goal difference (final score 25-35). Despite having a good start in the tournament by scoring a promising win against Hungary, Romania went on to register three consecutive defeats in its decisive games against Norway, Spain and Germany.
Eight Italian fans
arrested in Sofia
Eight AS Roma fans have been arrested on Wednesday evening in Sofia after they clashed with Bulgarian fans ahead of the game that the Italian team played against TSKA Sofia, a game counting for the last leg of the Europa League, the BTA Agency informs, being quoted by Agerpres. The Italian fans were part of a group of 60 people that rampaged through a cafe located in downtown Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. The group also damaged several cars parked nearby. After their arrest the other Italian fans were escorted to the ‘Vasil Levski’ stadium where they watched their team thrash TSKA, score 3-0. Bogdan Lobont was on AS Roma’s official roster.
High level chess
Former chess champions Boris Spaski and Viktor Korcinoi are taking part in the ‘Clash of titans’ from December 17 to December 27 in Elista, the capital of Kalmukia, the organizing committee announced, being quoted by the Interfax agency. The game will consist of 8 matches with each lasting one hour and a half, the aforementioned source informs. Boris Spaskim, a former Soviet and now a French citizen, was a world chess champion from 1969 to 1972. Despite not being a world champion, Viktor Korcinoi was nevertheless the USSR’s champion for 4 times. He currently holds the Swiss citizenship. Kalmukia, a republic that is part of the Russian Federation, was chosen because its President Kirsan Iliumjinov is also the President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE).
Football: Agreement between German and Israeli Federations
The Football Federations of Germany and Israel have signed a cooperation agreement in view of training head coaches, referees and young players, the German Federation informed in a communiqué quoted by Agerpres. This agreement, set to last for two years, shows ‘our common hope that football is becoming a means of promoting good international relations,’ Theo Zwanziger, the president of the German Federation, stated. Among the projects scheduled for next year a representative of the German Federation will hold a seminar on training goalkeeper coaches, with the Israeli referees set to referee games within Germany’s third tier, while their German colleagues will referee games in Israel’s first league.