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Tennis legend Becker says English Premier League better than German Bundesliga

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Tennis legend Becker says English Premier League better than German Bundesliga

Tennis legend Boris Becker says the English Premier League (EPL) has left its German counterpart the Bundesliga far behind.

“As sorry as I am for the Bundesliga, the best and most exciting league is the Premier League,” said the 55-year-old football fan on the sidelines of a media event in Munich.

He also placed the English clubs “in a different category” with regard to their investment opportunities.

When the Premier League kicks off the new season at the weekend, Becker is particularly excited about Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool.

“With Fabinho and Jordan Henderson, who have left for Saudi Arabia, they have lost their midfield,” Becker said.

He added that the team would have to find proper replacements for them, adding that he hoped Klopp would still do well.

Becker predicted a tight Premier League title race and revealed himself as a big fan of ex-Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola.

“How he manages to motivate and inspire the team every time and also to buy the right players impresses me,” Becker said of the Spanish coach of UEFA Champions League winners Manchester City.

The tennis legend also gave Arsenal, who signed German international Kai Havertz in the summer, a chance in the title race.

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16th INAC: Indian instructor educates Nigerians on benefits of Yoga

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The Indian High Commission in Nigeria on Friday in Abuja urged Nigerians to embrace Yoga as a means of exercise for their overall well-being..

Diptiranjan Mohanty, Teacher of Indian Culture, High Commission of India in Abuja, gave the advice during the 16th International Arts and Craft Expo (INAC).

Mohanty, who demonstrated the exercise , said that Yoga is an aspect of Indian culture known to reduce stress, anxiety as well as improve brain function.
He said that practicing Yoga also improves cardiovascular function, quality of sleep, bone health and reduces inflammation.

“Yoga is part of our culture, we want our Nigerian friends and people across the globe to practise it as a lifestyle.
“It improves body flexibility and balance.

“Yoga is known to harmonise the mind, body and soul, and it is a method to detoxify theo body and make a healthy mind and a happy soul,” he said.

Mohanty said that Nigerians who were interested in learning how to practice yoga could attend free classes for the execise at the Indian High Commission in Abuja.

According to him, this is held Monday to Friday, from 4.00p.m. to 7.00p.
He said that India was at the expo to showcase its arts and crafts like Saree fabric, Masala Chai (indian tea), locally prepared to reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol.

In the course of the expo, delegates from Taraba, Kaduna, Borno, Katsina, Ogun and Rivers states presented colourful dance performances.

Ogun and Rivers as well as Cuba presented cuisines peculiar to their culture, which delegates from other nations savoured.

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UEFA to raise payments for clubs not in European competition

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Clubs that fail to qualify for UEFA’s competitions are set to receive a greater share of revenue from the European governing body from next season.
The arrangement is under a new distribution model announced on Wednesday by UEFA.
UEFA and the European Club Association (ECA) signed a renewed working agreement until 2030 which will “bolster long-term stability and sustainable growth in European club football,” the governing body said in a statement.

The change will be effective from the start of the 2024-25 season, coinciding with a new format in UEFA’s Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League.

Under the new model for the 2024-2027 cycle, seven per cent of the revenue UEFA earns from the three competitions will be distributed to clubs not competing in them, up from four per cent.

The European Leagues Association, which represents professional soccer leagues in Europe, said the change would result in 308 million euros ($330.02 million) being shared among non-participating clubs, up from the current 175 million euros.

“Today’s announcement … will help all clubs across Europe to safeguard their competitiveness on and off the pitch while keeping investing in youth and talent development,” it said in a statement.

UEFA said further details of the new system would be unveiled at a later date.

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