The Rio Olympics 2016 got underway on Wednesday with Women’s football and Germany made a huge statement if intent when they clobbered African minnows Zimbabwe 6-1. Other winners on the day were defending Olympic champions and World champions, USA, their North American neighbours Canada, France, Sweden and hosts Brazil who had a comprehensive 3-0 win over China.
Sweden got the ball rolling at the games with a narrow 1-0 win over South Africa courtesy of a strike from Nilla Fischer who capitalized on a goalkeeping error.
Photo: Fans gather on the field at the Stade de France (AP)
The Stade de France Stadium was sent into a frenzy on Friday night after the completion of the World Cup qualifier involving the home team France and Germany. The match ended 2-0 in favour of the French team over the World Champions.
As the fans and spectators make ready their way to exit the Stadium, loud explosions were heard sending the masses scampering for covers. Most of them took to the infield, huddling together after the final whistle, before being evacuated.
Just like stealing a car or robbing a store Germans athletes who have been convicted of doping offence could pay the penalty behind bars.
This after news broke via BBC sports that Germany is set to make doping in sport a crime for the first time, with jail terms of up to three years for athletes found guilty.
The draft is scheduled to be presented by ministers on Wednesday with the law going before parliament in spring 2015.
About 7,000 German professional athletes who are covered by the national testing program will be affected by the new law.
Photo: Philip Lahm (Getty Images)
In the aftermath of winning the World Cup in Brazil, Germany's captain Philipp Lahm has decided it is time to hang up his international boots. The diminutive full back turn midfielder, won over a hundred caps for his country in a decade having made his debut in the German shirt back in February 2004. Ten years on, the Bayern Munich captain is a Champions League winner, Bundesliga winner and World Champion.
Photo: Luiz Felipe Scolari (Getty Images)
After being the last man to carry Brazil to triumph in the FIFA World Cup in 2002, Luiz Felipe Scolari will probably be remembered as the man who failed miserably in the quest to lift the Cup on home soil.
Following the 7-1 thrashing to eventual winners German in the semi-final, Scolari resigned on Monday giving his country a chance to begin the rebuilding process immediately.
"Luiz Felipe Scolari and his fellow coaching staff surrendered their positions to the board," the CBF announced in a statement.
Photo: Messi and Muller (The Independent Sport)
Just a month ago the world turned its eye with great anticipation to the South American continent, specifically Brazil, as the FIFA World Cup got underway with 5 times champions Brazil taking on Croatia. Fast forward four weeks and the final two countries standing are hot pre-tournament favourites Germany and a usual suspect deemed slight outsiders Argentina. Both teams qualified for the tournament in impressive fashion and has reached the final without blemish having not lost a game in their 6 outings thus far.
Photo: Germany celebrate (Getty Images)
On a day when the history books were rewritten in many ways, the world looked on in shock and bewilderment as European heavyweights and three times World Champions Germany put Brazil to the sword in Belo Horizonte. The Germans showed no mercy as they hammered the Selecao 7-1 thanks to a brace each for Toni Kroos and Andre Schurlle as well as strikes from Thomas Muller, Sami Khedira and Miroslav Klose. It was Brazil's worse ever World Cup defeat and brought an end their 39 year competitive dominance on home soil.
Photo: David Luiz has been solid at the back while scoring two goals for Brazil so far. (Getty Images)
A battered and bruised Brazil team takes on a stretched but solid German team in the first of the two semi-finals at the FIFA World Cup. The dream of lifting the trophy is now within touching distance but still it could be far away for either team. The prize for winning such a huge encounter is a place in the final of the World Cup which will be played in the historic Maracana Stadium on Sunday July 13th.