Former midfielder Ivan Hašek returns to coach the Czech Republic for the European Championship, replacing Jaroslav Šilhavý who resigned in 2024.
The European Union has imposed sanctions on Alrosa, the largest diamond mining company, and its CEO as part of the ongoing support for Ukraine against Russia. This move will freeze Alrosa’s assets in Europe and ban EU citizens and companies from providing funds to the company.
Newcastle’s goalkeeper Nick Pope will undergo surgery and miss around 4 months after dislocating his shoulder. Manager Eddie Howe dispels rumors of pursuing David de Gea.
Gregorian Bivolaru, a spiritual leader in tantra yoga, has been arrested in Paris on charges of sexual abuse and exploitation, ending a six-year manhunt involving Interpol. The group’s ‘ashrams’ were allegedly used for sexual exploitation under the guise of spiritual practices.
Japanese figure skater Kao Miura won his first figure skating Grand Prix title, securing a spot in the next month’s finals. Miura edged past his teammate Shun Sato with a total of 274.56 points.
Belgium’s soccer friendly against Serbia has been relocated from Brussels to Leuven’s Den Dreef Stadium due to unplayable field conditions caused by heavy rain. No fans will be allowed at the match.
The final rounds of European Championship qualifiers see Italy, Albania, and Slovenia aiming to secure advancement to Euro 2024. Albania and Slovenia are surprising group leaders, while Italy seeks to clinch a spot at the tournament.