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Ethiopia is most well known for its success in athletics, especially in running. Football is also a popular sport in the country. The national football team of Ethiopia won the 1962 African Cup of Nations. Basketball is played by a large number of Ethiopians. Stick fighting is one of the most popular traditional Ethiopian games.

FARAH TAKES ON ETHIOPIAN GIANTS BEKELE AND GEBRSELASSIE AT GREAT NORTH RUN

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in the past two years Great Britain’s Mo Farah was among those who gave the starting signal for events associated with the Bupa Great North Run. He will do this again next weekend but this year the double Olympic and World champion will finally be running the famous Half Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on Sunday.

In a unique constellation, Farah will be competing against the Ethiopian superstars Kenenisa Bekele and Haile Gebrselassie in the point-to-point race which goes from Newcastle to South Shields.

Together, the trio have won all the Olympic 10,000m gold medals available since Atlanta 1996 but it will be the first time they have competed in one race.

Bekele, of course, still holds the World records at 5000m and 10,000m, which he took from Gebrselassie. Farah is the European record holder at 10,000m.

At the age of 40, Haile Gebrselassie naturally lacks some speed compared to his former years so it is unlikely that the former World Half Marathon record holder will be able to challenge for victory on Sunday.

Nevertheless, he said: “I can still compete at the highest level and I look forward to giving both of them a run for their money. This is something special for everyone. It’s going to be a tough contest for all of us which I am sure will result in an exciting race.”

Meanwhile Bekele, who was not included in Ethiopia’s World Championships team, will be eager to show that he can be a force on the roads in the future.

Now 31, he will be making his Half-marathon debut on Sunday and, so far, he has not raced farther than 15km on the road.

“I am looking forward to my Half-marathon debut. It’s not going to be easy for me as the others have more experience over the distance and yes, I am the newcomer just starting to pursue a serious road running career,” commented Bekele.
Farah, by contrast, has run two Half-marathons so far, discounting his effort to halfway during this year’s London Marathon, winning both of them. He ran 1:00:23 in New York in 2011 and then 1:00:59 in New Orleans this February.

The 30-year-old has also raced twice against Bekele over 10,000m on the track and despite losses over other distances, he is unbeaten against the World record-holder.

In the 2011 World Championships 10,000m final, Bekele dropped out and Farah took the silver medal while at the London 2012 Games Olympics Farah won gold and the Ethiopian finished fourth.

“I have experience on the roads but this will be only my third Half-marathon race. I hope to make it a third win in the North East,” said Farah. Two more non-African runners could also feature prominently on Sunday: Italy’s Daniele Meucci and Australia’s Collis Birmingham.

Defar v Dibaba again

The women’s race will not be overshadowed though as, for the first time, the Ethiopian female giants of long distance running, Tirunesh Dibaba and Meseret Defar, will meet in the Half-marathon.

After running separate events in the World Championships – Dibaba won the 10,000m and Defar took the 5000m – the two Ethiopians ran against each other in the 5000m at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Zurich at the end of last month.

Here Defar beat Dibaba, but Dibaba showed she still is in top form when she clocked an Ethiopian record over 10km on the roads in the Dutch city of Tilburg, clocking 30:30 just a few days later.

Dibaba, now 27, will also return to the Great North Run as the defending champion. A year ago she clocked 1:07:35, one of the fastest Half-marathon debut times, and Sunday’s race will just be her second tilt at this distance.

Defar, who is two years older, has run two Half-marathons so far. She won on her debut in Philadelphia 2010 with 1:07:45, then she improved winning in 1:07:25 in New Orleans this past February.

However, there is one runner on the start list who might potentially steal the show from the Ethiopian pair, Kenya’s Priscah Jeptoo. She improved to 1:06:11 this year, when she was second in the RAK Half Marathon and she then went on to win the London Marathon.

Behind the three Africans, there are three Europeans who could do well: Portugal’s Jessica Augusto, Croatia’s Lisa Stublic and Great Britain’s Gemma Steel.

As a prelude to the Great North Run, there are the Great North City Games on Saturday, which will be staged alongside the banks of the River Tyne in Newcastle.

Oliver and Pearson in action

Four 2013 World champions from Moscow plus three 2012 Olympic Games gold medal winners will be present.

In the men’s 110m Hurdles, 2013 World Championships winner David Oliver takes on his compatriot Aries Merritt, who is the Olympic champion and the World record-holder while another US athlete, Moscow silver medallist Ryan Wilson, is in the race as well.

The women’s 100m Hurdles will see Australia’s 2012 Olympic champion Sally Pearson race against the USA’s 2008 Olympic gold medallist and 2013 Diamond Race winner Dawn Harper-Nelson and Great Britain’s Tiffany Porter, who was third in Moscow.

Another gold medallist from last summer’s Olympics is the USA’s Christian Taylor. The Olympic Triple Jump champion will compete in the Long Jump. Spectators will also be eager to see Great Britain’s World 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu, who will compete over 150m.

Kenya’s 2013 World 1500m champion Asbel Kiprop will run a Mile race along the Tyne while his compatriot Milcah Chemos, the 3000m Steeplechase winner in Moscow and the 2013 Diamond Race winner over the barriers, will compete at this distance as well.

Jörg Wenig for the IAAF

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Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Ethiopia advance in African qualifiers

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(AP) — Cameroon beat Libya 1-0 Sunday to clinch the last place in Africa’s World Cup playoffs, finally ending the conflict-racked country’s qualifying campaign as seven of 10 groups were decided in the last round of games.

Defender Aurelien Chedjou’s goal three minutes before halftime settled Group I and saw the four-time African champion through to the 10-team playoffs. Libya needed to win to produce a major shock and progress instead.

Cameroon, which had slumped to miss the last two African Cups, joined top-ranked African team Ivory Coast, Egypt, Algeria, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Burkina Faso and surprise packages Ethiopia and Cape Verde Islands in the crucial playoffs, which start next month.

Five countries will ultimately qualify from those two-legged ties to represent Africa at Brazil 2014.

Nigeria, Senegal and Ethiopia reached the playoffs Saturday, while Tunisia crashed out after being shocked at home by Cape Verde. The North Africans’ World Cup dream disappeared at the very end of the main qualifying competition with a painful 2-0 loss in Rades, and the Cape Verdeans continued their breakthrough year after playing in their first African Cup.

Burkina Faso also kept its hopes of playing in Brazil alive by beating Gabon and overtaking Republic of Congo on the final matchday. Ivory Coast, Egypt and Algeria had already won their groups before the weekend’s games. Ghana progressed on Friday.

The top five teams in FIFA’s rankings on Sept. 12 will be seeded in the draw for the playoff ties and can’t meet. Ivory Coast, Ghana, Algeria, Nigeria and Cape Verde are currently the highest ranked countries in the playoffs.

African champion Nigeria saw off Malawi 2-0 through goals from Europe-based forwards Emmanuel Emenike and Victor Moses.

“We are truly delighted to be in the final round, and we believe the Super Eagles will do the nation proud by picking one of the five tickets to represent Africa at next year’s FIFA World Cup,” Nigeria Football Federation general secretary Musa Amadu said.

Ethiopia came from behind with two second-half goals to win 2-1 over Central African Republic in neutral Republic of Congo and qualify from Group A, eliminating 2010 World Cup host South Africa, which beat Botswana 4-1 in vain. Ethiopia’s winner came, ironically, from Minyahile Beyene, the player whose presence in an earlier qualifier while suspended led to Ethiopia forfeiting a game and having its progression put on hold.

The victory in Brazzaville sparked wild celebrations back home in Ethiopia, which has never played at the World Cup despite being one of the founding members of African football. The football-mad East African nation is now one tie away from the biggest stage.

Tunisia led Group B and was overwhelming favorite to qualify, needing just a draw at home to Cape Verde. But the islanders scored twice in the first half and the Tunisians couldn’t come back, resulting in coach Nabil Maaloul saying he would resign after his team was booed by its own fans for the final 10 minutes.

“We were out of it,” a dejected Maaloul said. “The players weren’t able to respond to the Cape Verde team, which was better than us. This was my final game as national coach.”

Senegal avoided a surprise loss to Uganda in neutral Marrakech to qualify, and clinched a 1-0 victory late on with Sadio Mane’s 84th-minute winner.

Like Cape Verde, African Cup runner-up Burkina Faso leapfrogged Republic of Congo with a precious Prejuce Nakoulma strike to beat Gabon 1-0. Republic of Congo’s 2-2 draw with Niger in Niamey proved costly as it surrendered the lead and qualifying position from Group E by a single point to the Burkinabes, who now have a chance at the World Cup after playing in African football’s biggest game this year.

Ivory Coast was already through before a 1-1 draw with Morocco in Abidjan, where Didier Drogba hit an 83rd-minute penalty to scrape a draw for the Ivorians. Ghana qualified by edging out Zambia, while Egypt and Algeria play their final group games Tuesday.

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Nigeria, surprising Ethiopia reach final World Cup playoffs in Africa

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By Associated Press, Published: September 7

African champion Nigeria and surprising Ethiopia reached the final playoffs for the World Cup after winning last-round African group games on Saturday.Burkina Faso also kept its World Cup hopes alive by beating Gabon and overtaking Republic of Congo in the race to make the 10-team matches starting next month. Five teams will eventually emerge from the playoffs in October and November to represent Africa in Brazil next year.Top-ranked African team Ivory Coast, Egypt and Algeria had already qualified for the playoffs. Tunisia, Cameroon and Senegal are favorites to claim other places.

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Ethiopia’s 800 Meters Hero Wins Samsung Diamond League

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Ethiopia’s 800 meters here, Mohammed Aman,successfully defended his 2012 crown last night at the final Samsung Diamond League competition of the 2013 season in Bruxelles.

His victory is a testament to his discipline, hunger, and dedication to exceed and succeed. Although he entered the race already having clinched the 2013 Diamond Race (800m) by a significant margin;  he set a new Ethiopian National Record,  the 2013 World Leading time, and became the 9th fastest runner of all-time (1:42.37). The Agence France – Presse effectively summed up the race with the following words:

“…Arguably the performance of the night, however came from Ethiopian Mohammed Aman, who lit up the 800m…”

In only his second professional season, Mohammed Aman has accomplished what many athletes hope to accomplish in a full career: back-to-back Samsung Diamond League Champion (800m), IAAF World Indoor Champion (800m), IAAF World Outdoor Champion (800m).

Mohammed Aman has ended the 2013 season with many, in Ethiopia and around the world, eagerly anticipating what he will accomplish next season. With youth (19 years old) on his side, his ambitions to step up to the 1500m next season, and his long-term goals set on an Olympic gold medal and the 800m World Record: it is no surprise many regard him as the bearer of the hopes of a nation where athletics is more than just a sport, but a way of life.

Ethiopia advance in World Cup, South Africa out

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JOHANNESBURG (AFP) –  Minnows Ethiopia eliminated South Africa from the World Cup Africa zone qualifying competition Saturday by fighting back to defeat Central African Republic 2-1 in Congo.

The ‘Walias Antelopes’ topped Group A with 13 points, two more than 2010 World Cup hosts South Africa, whose 4-1 home win over Botswana in Durban proved futile.

Ethiopia, the bottom seeds in a mini-league expected to be dominated by South Africa, join Algeria, Egypt, Ghana and Ivory Coast in the two-leg play-offs.

Another four group winners will emerge later Saturday with Congo Brazzaville needing an away win and Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia home draws to ensure progression.

Cameroon host Libya Sunday and a win for either country would take them through to the final round with the draw scheduled for September 16 in Cairo.

Minyahel Teshome was an ironic match-winner for Ethiopia just past the hour mark in a match switched from Bangui to Brazzaville because of post-C.A.R. coup security concerns.

Teshome played in an away win over Botswana when suspended, resulting in Ethiopia being docked three points and having their qualification put on hold.

Central African Republic, out of the reckoning after four losses in a row, took the lead midway through the opening half in the Congolese capital when Salif Keita scored.

After both goalkeepers made outstanding late first-half saves, Salahdin Ahmed levelled three minutes into the second half and Teshome struck on 61 minutes.

South Africa outplayed Botswana for long periods and deserved to lead by more than 2-0 at half-time with Botswana goalkeeper Kabelo Dambe making several excellent saves.

Kermit Erasmus put Bafana Bafana (The Boys) in front on 28 minutes with a far-post header and Dean Furman added a second with a close-range shot in stoppage time.

A powerful Jerome Ramatlhakwane header 18 minutes from time offered Botswana hope only for Bernard Parker to bag a late brace, with one goal coming off a penalty.

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Getaneh Kebede injured on Training

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Ethiopia suffered an injury scare on Friday when striker Getaneh Kebede got injured in training.

The player who has been in great form scoring four goals in the World Cup qualifying campaign twisted his ankle at the Stade Massamba Debut in Congo Brazaville.

However coach Sewnet Bishaw was hopeful that the player would recover before the Satuday clash, “we hope it’s not a serious injury and our doctors will have to take a close look and monitor his progress before Saturday.”

Getaneh who plies his trade for Bidvest Wits in the South African PSL stayed out of the rest of training as his leg was partially bandaged.

He left the training all smiles saying he hoped from what he referred as a small knock, “I was feeling pain after twisting by ankle but I hope to recover in time “he told supersport.com.

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Gedion Zelalem named in Arsenal’s UEFA Champions League squad

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Arsenal’s record signing Mesut Ozil has been named in Arsenal’s Champions League squad for the group stages.

The £42.5million signing from Real Madrid has been joined in the Gunners’ squad alongside fellow new signings Emiliano Viviano, Mathieu Flamini and Yaya Sanogo.

Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner has als

o been selected after failing to land a deadline day move to Crystal Palace when Arsenal were unable to sign Demba Ba on loan from Chelsea.

There is also room for Lukas Podolski, who has been ruled out for ten weeks with a hamstring injury.

Goalkeepers

Wojciech Szczesny
Emiliano Viviano
Lukasz Fabianski
Damian Martinez

Defenders

Bacary Sagna
Per Mertesacker
Thomas Vermaelen
Laurent Koscielny
Nacho Monreal
Carl Jenkinson
Kieran Gibbs
Midfielders

Tomáš Rosický
Mikel Arteta
Jack Wilshere
Mesut Özil
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Aaron Ramsey
Santi Cazorla
Mathieu Flamini
Emmanuel Frimpong
Ryo Miyaichi
Thomas Eisfeld
Serge Gnabry
Gedion Zelalem
Forwards

Lukas Podolski
Olivier Giroud
Theo Walcott
Yaya Sanogo
Nicklas Bendtner
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FIFA World Cup Qualifying Preview: Ethiopia’s Next Game Could Be Decisive

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South Africa coach Gordon Igesund has urged his side to seize their second chance to keep their hopes of qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ alive.

The Bafana Bafana must win their final group A game on Saturday against Botswana in Durban and hope group leaders Ethiopia fail to beat the Central African Republic in neutral Brazzaville. Ethiopia thought they had sealed their place in the play-off round in June after a 2-1 win over South Africa, but they subsequently saw their previous victor over Botswana overturned for fielding an ineligible player.

Igesund said: “We want Ethiopia to draw or lose, but we cannot worry about what happens in Brazzaville. All we can do is go out and win.”

Ethiopia coach Sewnet Bishaw has described his side’s final game as “do or die” as they seek to maintain their hopes of qualifying for their first FIFA World Cup finals.

” We want Ethiopia to draw or lose, but we cannot worry about what happens in Brazzaville. All we can do is go out and win. ”
South Africa coach Gordon Igesund

The winners will take all in Kumasi where Group D leaders Ghana defend a one-point lead over second-placed Zambia in Friday’s only match. Ghana, quarter-finalists at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, have midfielders Andre Ayew, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Michael Essien all available again.

Nigeria will book their place in the play-off rounds from Group F if Stephen Keshi’s men beat Malawi in Calabar. Keshi has Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel available again after he missed last month’s friendly win in South Africa. Only a win will be enough for Malawi to progress at the Super Eagles’ expense.

Group B leaders Tunisia only need a point at home to Cape Verde to progress from Group B, while a draw will also be good enough for Group I leaders Cameroon at home to Libya, and Group J leaders Senegal who face Uganda in neutral Marrakech.

Congo will progress from Group E providing they win at bottom-placed Niger, but anything less could let in Burkina Faso or Gabon, who meet in Ougadougou.

Côte d’Ivoire, who face Morocco, plus Egypt and Algeria have already qualified from Groups C, G and H respectively for the play-offs, the draw for which will be made in Cairo later this month.
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Ethiopia : Coach Sewnet Bishaw confident of victory against CAR

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by Collins Okinyo

Source: Super Sport

Ethiopian Coach Sewnet Bishaw is beaming with confidence ahead of their crucial match against the Central Africa Republic.

Speaking after arrival in Congo Brazaville, Bishaw said he was confident of getting the result needed to move to the final round of the 2014 world cup qualifiers.

“I have come for nothing short of a win in Brazzaville. I am sure about this and personally I think it will be an easy match for us.”

“We know the style of play by the CAR players and we have come to Brazzaville prepared knowing very well we will be celebrating after the 90 minutes,” a buoyant Bishaw told supersport.com at the Olympic Palace Hotel in Brazzaville.

“I have no injury worries as all the players have confidence and everyone is rearing to go against CAR. We have to accomplish our mission and my mind now is already settled in the play-off so whoever is dreaming and hoping for an Ethiopian loss must continue dreaming but we know our strategy on Saturday,” he added.

Bishaw has called up seven more players to the team that include Umed Okwury,Fasika Asfaw, Salahadin Bargecho, Medihane Taddese, Gebremariam Yacob, Dereje Alemu and Samson Asefa.

Ethiopia lead group A with ten points after Fifa docked them 3 points for fielding an ineligible player Minyahil Teshome against Botswana.

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Ethiopia’s Meseret Defar wins gold in 5000m in Moscow

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By Mitch Phillips

MOSCOW | Sat Aug 17, 2013

Meseret Defar of Ethiopia celebrates her victory in the women’s 5000 metres final of the IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow August 17, 2013.
Credit: Reuters/Lucy Nicholson
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(Reuters) – Meseret Defar added yet another global 5,000 metres gold to her bulging collection when she won the world title with a textbook performance on Saturday, aided by her Ethiopian team mates.

Defar, twice Olympic champion and now double world champion, also has a world silver and three global bronzes in the event after an extraordinarily consistent run over the past nine years and she was never threatened in her latest assault.

A pedestrian first half of the race briefly suggested some of the fast-finishers might be able to make a fight of it but with four laps to go Defar’s team mate Almaz Ayana put her foot down and immediately spread the field.

By the bell it was just the two Ethiopians and Kenya’s Mercy Cherono and Ayana played her role of domestique to perfection, towing Defar to the 200m mark when the favourite blasted clear to win with ease in 14 minutes 50.19 seconds

Cherono came on to take silver in 14.51.22 ahead of Ayana (14.51.33).

Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba won the 10,000 metres earlier in the week.

(Editing by Justin Palmer)

Aman becomes 800m World Champ – Universal Sports

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Could Arsenal’s teenage Gedion Zelalem phenom play for U.S.?

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Over the next few days, weeks, months, probably years, you are going to hear a lot about Gedion Zelalem.

He is the 16-year-old Arsenal central midfielder who, while playing for the English club’s first team in preseason, mesmerized unsuspecting observers with his vision, touch and distribution. Without pause, he drew comparisons to Cesc Fabregas, a Spanish innovator with corresponding characteristics who debuted for the Gunners’ senior squad at the same age 10 years ago.
From Pele to Lionel Messi, teenage phenoms have tickled the soccer world for decades.
Zelalem is different from most because:
– He was not nurtured in a prominent academy.
– Until this past spring, his name was largely unknown, even in Arsenal circles.
– He was raised in Germany but draws from family roots in Ethiopia, a nation of 91 million that adores the sport but has never qualified for the World Cup and reached the African Cup on Nations once in the past 20 years. Already, he is inspiring young Ethiopians.
There is something else unique about Zelalem: He sharpened his skills between ages 9 and 15 in the Washington suburbs, playing for an elite club team, Olney Rangers. He also served on Walter Johnson High School’s varsity squad as a freshman in the fall of 2011, earning honorable mention All-Met honors after the Wildcats advanced to the Maryland state final.

A year ago, he was hanging out with friends at Montgomery Mall. Today, he is traveling the world with Arsenal star Theo Walcott and creating a buzz in north London.
Highlights of his spring debut with Arsenal’s under-21 team have been viewed more than 90,000 times and compilations of his preseason performances, such as this one, have gained large audiences.
With Zelalem’s American ties, curiosity about possible U.S. eligibility is beginning to simmer. He carries a German passport and, from all indications, is not a U.S. citizen. While in high school, he lived here as a permanent resident. His father, a medical technician during his time here, is also a green card holder. It’s unclear whether his mother, also of Ethiopian descent, is a naturalized citizen.
Gedion’s best bet is the Child Citizenship Act of 2000, which clears the way for a foreign-born minor to naturalize as soon as a parent becomes a citizen.
Has the father, Zelalem Woldyes, filed for citizenship? He did not respond to messages seeking comment. Multiple sources, however, said Woldyes did take initial steps for naturalization about 18 months ago.
Gedion moved to London last fall, just ahead of his 16th birthday — the threshold for an EU resident to join a professional club full-time. His family moved overseas as well. The father, however, continues to spend time in the United States. (He was in California this past weekend.) Gedion visited friends and family in the area this summer and attended a soccer anti-racism campaign at Miami Beach.
Even if Gedion were eligible to play for the United States, would he? He has deep roots in Germany, his birthplace. Before moving to America, he belonged to Hertha Berlin’s youth system. He has featured in Germany’s under-15 and under-16 squads. Most recently, he played for the German U-16s against France in April.
Gedion is very much on the U.S. Soccer Federation’s radar, too. He trained with the U.S. under-15s two years ago and was invited — but declined because of other demands — a call-up to the U-17s. Although ineligible to play in official matches without a passport, he was free to train with American squads.
Those who know him said he seemed more comfortable with the U.S. squad than the German teams because he knew many of his teenage contemporaries. With Germany, they said, he was an outsider.
With Gedion’s profile rising and Germany sure to tighten its grip on him, the USSF would appear to be facing an uphill battle to secure his services.
If he does not receive citizenship before turning 18 in January 2015, Gedion would still be eligible for a passport as an adult. Under complicated guidelines, time spent as a permanent resident in the United States would count toward citizenship. The fact that he now lives overseas, however, would not help his case.
Another wrinkle: Applying for U.S. citizenship could impact his German standing, and consequently, his EU passport, which is needed to avoid work-permit issues in England, experts say. Germany allows for dual citizenship but requires a minor legal procedure.
One source familiar with the situation said Juergen Klinsmann, the German-born coach of the U.S. senior national team, has reached out to Gedion. Klinsmann has persuaded several German-Americans to commit to the U.S. program the past two years, but in all of those cases, the players were eligible by virtue of an American-born father. Those who had previously suited up for Germany, such as Schalke midfielder Jermaine Jones, had to apply to FIFA, the sport’s world governing body, to change allegiance.
Could Gedion gain dual citizenship, continue playing for Germany and then have a change of heart years from now? Yes, but only if he were a citizen of both countries at the time he played for one or the other. FIFA allows one permanent switch.
Through ancestry, Gedion is also eligible to represent Ethiopia. However, he has never lived there and the Ethiopian program is far behind the German and American systems. The Ethiopian league employs almost all of the national team players. Forward Saladin Said is the most accomplished player abroad, moving from Egypt’s Wadi Degla to Lierse in Belgium this year.
Arsenal, meantime, would prefer to block out the distractions and allow Gedion to develop at the club’s intended pace. Still, Coach Arsene Wenger has not kept him under lock and key. During the Asian tour, Gedion entered at the start of the second half against Indonesian and Vietnamese select teams and Japanese club Nagoya Grampus. He played the last 25 minutes against Urawa Red Diamonds in Japan.
Back in London for the recent Emirates Cup, he was on the active roster against Napoli but did not play. He then received 29 minutes against Turkish side Galatasaray. Over the weekend, he entered in the 73rd minute of a 3-1 victory over Manchester City in Helsinki.
This season, he is likely to spend the bulk of his time with Arsenal’s youth and reserve squads. If the past six months are any measure, though, Zelalem might not remain in the shadows for very much longer.

Source: washingtonpost.com

Meseret Defar Speaks from Moscow

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Google honors Abebe Bikila with doodle

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The 81st birthday of Abebe Bikila, Ethiopian marathon runner and the first Sub-Saharan African to winan Olympic gold medal, is being celebrated with Google Doodle.

Bikila, born on 7 August 1932, sprinted to success when he beat competitors in the 1960 Summer Olympics marathon, barefoot – the way he had trained for the race. He won in record time, finishing 25 seconds ahead of race rival, Rhadi.

Abebe-Bikila-doodle
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In 1964, Bikila made history again, breaking the world record for the marathon, coming in at 4 minutes and 8 seconds in front of the silver medallist. He was the first athlete in history to win the Olympic marathon twice.

“I wanted the world to know that my country, Ethiopia, has always won with determination”, said the athlete. Abebe Bikila passed away at the age of 41 in 1973, and was proclaimed an Ethiopian national hero.

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(ወርልድ ስፖርት) በደቡብ አፍሪካ አስተናጋጅነት በሚካሄው 3ኛው የቻን ውድድር ተሣታፊ የሚያደርገውን ትኬት ለመቁረጥ የመጨረሻው ምእራፍ ላይ የደረሰው የኢትዮጵያ ብሔራዊ ቡድን የፊታችን ቅዳሚ ለሚደርገው ወሣኝ ጨዋታ ነገ ወደ ኪጋሊ ይጓዛል፡፡ አሠልጣኝ ሰውነት ቢሻው ለዚህ ጨዋታ ስኳዳቸውን ይፋ ያደረጉ ሲሆን ባለፉት ሁለት ጨዋታዎች ከቡድኑ ተቀንሶ የነበረው ኡመድ ኡክሪ ለክለቡ ተሰልፎ በተጫወተባቸው ጨዋታዎች ያሣየውን ድንቅ አቋም ከግምት ውስጥ በማስገባት ወደ ብሔራዊ ቡድኑ ጠርተውታል፡፡ አሠልጣኝ ሰውነት ቢሻው ለሩዋንዳው ወሣኝ ጨዋታ የመረጧቸው ተጨዋቾች የሚከተሉት ናቸው፡፡
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ጀማል ጣሰው፤ ሲሳይ ባንጫና ሳምሶን አሰፋ
ተከላካዮች
ደጉ ደበበ ፤አይናለም ሀይለ ፤አበባው ቡጣቆ ፤ስዩም ተስፋዬ ፤ብርሀኑ ቦጋለ ፤ቶክ ጀምስ ፤ሳላዲን በርጊቾ ፤ሞገስ ታደለ
አማካዮች
አዲስ ህንፃ፤ተስፋዬ አለባቸው፤ሽመልስ በቀለ፤ምንያህል ተሾመ፤በሀይሉ አሰፋ
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Saint George wins Stadi Mali 2:0 in Confederation Cup

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The Saint George football team won their confederation cup game against Stadi Mali two null in Addis Ababa on 21 July 2013.
The Saint George’s got their first goal from a side play that Omed Ukri turned into a goal with a beautiful header.

The first half came to an end with no further goal from both sides despite good game by both teams.

In the second half the Malian team lost a very good chance at the 68th minute to score a goal as the Saint George’s goal keeper matched the header that could very much be a goal.

In the second half the Malian team was the better side as they pressed on for goal. The Saint George team appeared to prefer to defend deep in their pitch to keep their goal advantage.

At the 83rd minute, Fitsum Gebremariam scored a goal muscling the ball out from the foot of the Malian defender. Fitsum came into the game substituting Umed Ukri who scored the first goal.

The teams made two substitutes and two players of the Malian team saw yellow cards.

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One Ethiopia Under One Game

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By Ruth Lema,

Editor’s note: the write of this Critical Essay, Ruth Lema (picture) is an Ethiopian-born girl who came to the united states at the age of 2 and has never returned to her native country. Ruth is now 16 year old. She wrote the piece exclusively for EMF.
There have been known tensions between people of different religious as well as ethnic groups among the Ethiopian community in North America, nonetheless however one is characterized in a milky way of worlds, one thing is universal: a love for soccer.

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ESAT Sport – By Fesseha Tegegn (Video)

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