world youth championships

gelya-melnikova  asked:

top 5 most likely to make the japan national team :))

Yesterday we all went a little bit emotional with this national team headcanon, and I actually thought about this top 5…a lot. It’s probably one of the hardest because in our eyes most of them are really skilled enough to reach the top and be a part of the national team.

I decided to make this with characters we all know, leaving out people introduced just in the manga. I hope I can stay objective with this one, but I can’t guarantee you that…

1. Ushijima. Let’s face it, this boy is already with one foot there, since he’s the only player selected to participate in the Youth World Championship as Japan’s under 18/19 volleyball representative. It would literally surprise nobody to see him being the first one wearing the red and black jersey. 

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2. Oikawa. He’s the setter™ and he honestly just deserves this place more than anyone else. Also imagine for the dramatics of it all, being finally in team with Ushijima…I’d pay to see it, but at the same time I’m more than sure that they’ll manage to work really really well together. After all, among everyone else, Ushijima chose him, this is a testament that there are no other setters as good as him around. 

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3. Kageyama. Speaking of people almost there, our wonderful blueberry has been chosen to train at the all Japan youth training camp, sign that they already got an eye on him and, seeing how immensely skilled and versatile he is, it’s almost obvious that he’s gonna become part of Japan’s national volleyball team in the future. 

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(Oikawa would have a blast being in the same team as Ushijima and Kageyama)

4. Tsukishima. Now that he’s “hooked on volleyball” I bet no one could stop him. He’s an incredible middle blocker, his abilities are recognized by everyone (that’s why a certain thing happened short after the Shiratorizawa match) and also he has still A LOT to grow. By the time he’s ready, every team would fight to have him and watch me being in the crowd yelling TSUKKIIIIIII until I have no air left in my lungs

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5. Bokuto. He might not be the best ace of the country (yet), he’s not a stable player at all, but the national team needs him even just for the effect he has on people. Despite everything, he naturally draws people to him, he inspires and guide them, his power is so mesmerizing he doesn’t just motivate his own team, he motivates the opponents too. There may be spikers stronger than him (not so many tbh), but no one would have the same human impact on a team like he would have. 

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- Bonus: listen you have no idea how mad I am about the fact that no one ever acknowledges how hella good Nishinoya is as a libero. He’s perfect and the national team needs a guardian deity so if it’s not happening I’m gonna personally put him in a box and mail him there ok really he deserves it SO MUCH!!!! 

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Geno’s interview for Maxim (April 2017). 

Big thanks to @atsomnambulist for the help with the translation! 😇

-You live in the United States ten months in a year. What do you miss most about Russia?

- It used to be difficult, my parents did not visit that much. And now I’m comfortable, all who are close and dear to me often visit Pittsburgh. I don’t worry about food, I’m not fussy. What I miss the most is the Russian banya (sauna). Whenever I arrive in Moscow, I immediately go to “Sanduny”. I like to hang out with friends, sometimes in nightclubs too. You get tired of a year of matches and flights across the America, so you need some time to relax.

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Valentina Golubenko (b. 1990) is an Estonian chess Woman grandmaster. She obtained this title in 2007, when she was 17 years old. She is the first and only World youth chess champion from her native country.

She participated in numerous tournaments growing up, and had a perfect 100% winning rate in six of these. She has won the Estonian championship in multiple categories, and the gold medal at the World Youth Chess Championship in 2008.


Greats Of The Game - Claudio Taffarel, Goalkeeper

Across an 18-year career Taffarel played for 5 different clubs and received over 100 caps for his country Brazil. Taffarel helped the national team win the 1994 World Cup, also appearing in other eight major international tournaments over the course of one full decade.



  • Coppa Italia: 2001–02
  • UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup: 1992–93


  • Süper Lig: 1998–99, 1999–2000
  • Turkish Cup: 1998–99, 1999–2000
  • UEFA Cup: 1999–2000
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2000

Atlético Mineiro

  • Campeonato Mineiro: 1995
  • Copa CONMEBOL: 1997



  • FIFA World Cup: 1994; Runner-up 1998
  • Copa América: 1989, 1997; Runner-up 1991, 1995
  • Summer Olympic Games: Silver medal 1988
  • FIFA World Youth Championship: 1985


  • Bola de Ouro: 1988
  • Bola de Prata: 1988
  • IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper: Bronze ball 1991, 1994
  • FIFA XI: 1998
  • Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame

Compilation of Jackson’s pre-debut interviews as a fencing athlete

Jackson: My name is Jackson. I am a fencing athlete. I will participate in Sabre fencing in the Youth Olympic Games. I am currently in the 11th grade of American International School.
Jackson: I started practicing fencing when I was 10. I first represented Hong Kong in 2008 at Italy’s World Youth Championships.
Jackson: I competed this April in Asia’s World Youth Championships. I placed first in Asia. That’s why I’m able to go to the Youth Olympic Games. I have a lot of confidence I will be able to enter the top 8. But my main goal is to enter the top 4 and receive a medal.
Jackson: The most memorable competition was this year’s World Youth Championships. Knowing that I achieved my goal and I’m able to go to the Youth Olympic Games, and that I was the first from Hong Kong’s southern district to enter the top 10 in the Youth Championships.
Jackson: My hobbies are playing basketball, swimming, and dancing. My favourite movie is ‘The Hangover’.

Jackson: Hi everyone. I am sabre fencer Jackson Wang. 2010 Singapore Youth Olympics Games exclusively on Young Post,

Nicholas: So we’re at Singapore airport right now. The very moment we qualified during the Asia Championships, Jackson hugged me and started talking already about what it’ll be like in Singapore / what we’ll do. Now we’re finally here.
Jackson: We’re finally here.
Nicholas: We’re extremely nervous right now, extremely excited. Hong Kong, fighting!
Both: Fighting!

Camerawoman: Okay, begin.
Nicholas: I’m afraid it won’t be pretty.
Jackson: That doesn’t matter for this. Let’s do it together on the count of three. 1, 2, 3, open!
Nicholas: Wow it’s so pretty!
Jackson: Wah~~
Nicholas: Let me see if it fits.
Jackson: Why’s it like this?
Jackson: It looks like it’s good quality. Oh my god. It’s really okay. It’s really okay. Where’s Youth Olympics?
Nicholas: It doesn’t have it. This is our Youth Olympics /holds up shoe box/
Nicholas: These pants.
Jackson: Pants, pants, pants, pants!

Jackson: (ending part) Mom I’m on TV! /blows kiss/



16) Your bias confesses through text message while sitting next to you

Prompt list can be found here

Member: Got7′s Jackson x Y/N x (ft. Jinyoung)

Type: fluff

“Your move,” I hummed, clasping my hands below my chin. 

Jinyoung lowered his stance to be at eye level with the chess board as he stared at each piece carefully. As he exhaled, his breath hissed between his teeth, an audible note of how stressed he was. His eyes darted back and forth as his brain scrambled to find a way out of the trap I had set for his king. 

“Jinyoung-ah,” Jackson whispered, lowering his head along with his member. 

Jinyoung closed his eyes and slowly began reopening them, not saying a word to Jackson. A few more moments of silence passed before Jackson began to whisper again. 


“What?” he spat, giving a quick side eye to his member before returning his focus on the chess board. 

“I think you should move the little horse one to the left,” Jackson nodded confidently. 

“It can’t move to the left, it can only go in an L-shape and we’ve discussed this,” Jinyoung grumbled, trying to concentrate. 

“Well can’t you-” Jackson huffed. 

“Can’t you be quiet?” Jinyoung said, his eyes growing wide as he lifted his shoulders with an annoyed shake. 

I gave Jackson a sad smile as he leaned back and set his chin on his palm, beginning to pout. 

“Yah, Y/N,” Jackson began leaning toward me. 

“Jackson, I swear on everything that is holy if you do not shut up,” Jinyoung hissed, his eyes ablaze. 

“Jees, who burnt your rice this morning,” Jackson muttered moodily. He pulled out his cell phone and began to tap against the screen. “Chess is stupid anyway.”

“Shh,” Jinyoung shushed, finally placing his fingers on his queen before readjusting on a different piece. 

My phone vibrated near my hand and I looked down to see Jackson’s contact information lighting up my screen. 

“How can you play a game with someone like him?”

I giggled as I picked up my phone, receiving a death glare from Jinyoung. 

“Sorry,” I mouthed, beginning to tap at my phone as quietly as possible. 

“He’s the best challenger out of the seven of you. It’s his life mission at this point to beat me.”

“Doesn’t he think he’s the one who taught you?”

“Precisely why it’s his life mission to now beat me”

Jackson giggled, causing Jinyoung to wince as he gripped another piece. 

“I thought you said you had been playing chess for awhile?” Jackson’s text replied. 

“Don’t tell Jinyoung, but my dad taught me how to play chess when I was four. When I was twelve I was in the running to win the World Youth Chess Championship”

“So you’ve been scamming him this whole time?”

“Someone has to remind him he’s not as smart as he likes to put on”

Jackson shook with silent laughter as he plopped backward onto the couch. Jinyoung sighed as he leaned back, removing his hands from the chess board. 

“I can’t do this if you two are going to act like children while I’m trying to concentrate!” he pouted, furrowing his brows. 

“Alright, alright, I’m sorry,” I said quickly, placing my phone back on the table. 

“I’m not!” Jackson chirped, still not moving from where he plopped over. 

I rolled my eyes and chuckled lightly as JInyoung’s shoulders relaxed and he pursed his lips, not even bothering to look at Jackson. 


*vibrate vibrate*

I tried to internalize my groan as I looked over at my screen to see Jackson’s name once again. 

“Y/N, pay attention to me…

this is boring

how have you not died yet?

omg of boredom. i should’ve specified. i wasn’t asking the question in general. it’s not like your old or diseased and i expected you to die.”

I looked over to see Jackson just as concentrated on his phone as Jinyoung was with the chess board. 

“Y/N, don’t be mad because you think I think you’re old…

i think you’re not old. you aren’t even a noona to me. you’re really young actually….

but not like so young where you’re like a child. i don’t see you as a child. i see you as an equal.

have i mentioned you’re pretty?

please reply.”

I had to bite my lip as hard as I could without drawing blood to stifle the laugh trying to escape my lips. I looked to Jackson who was staring at me intently, motioning from my phone to my face with his eyes, a silent plea for me to reply. 

I shook my head with a grin as I picked up the phone. Jackson was exhausting sometimes, but he was by far one of my favorite people the universe had created. 

“You think i’m pretty?”

Jackson exhaled and a smirk appeared on his once worried face. 

“all of that and that was the takeaway…

but yes, you’re very pretty.”

I felt my face grow hot at the sudden affirmation and I refused to look up at Jackson even though I could feel his stare directed my way. 

“look at me”

I winced as I turned my head slowly and his eyes met mine. He gave me one of the most genuine smiles I had ever seen before he looked down at his screen again. 

“I know this is a weird time to mention this…but is it a bad time to confess?”

“jackson, with your life, when is it not a weird time? lol”

“you’re right. Y/N, i can’t stop thinking about you. i know i’m foolish, and i joke too much, and i talk to often, but my heart is pure and it’s what i have to give if you’ll accept it.” 

I smiled, slowly nodding as I read over Jackson’s words over and over again. I looked up just as my phone vibrated in my hands again. 

“…so? will you have me?”

“THERE!” Jinyoung shouted, scaring Jackson and I both. 

“What? Oh my god Jinyoung,” I gasped, clutching my chest. Jackson looked around wide eyed, ready to escape if necessary. 

“I moved. I think I got it, your turn,” Jinyoung nodded smugly. 

I rolled my eyes and with one swift motion moved my queen to take his king. “Checkmate.”

“Wait - what, how? That’s an illegal move, you can’t-” Jinyoung stuttered, his face falling into his hands. Jackson watched on with a proud smile. I set my hand lightly on his and gave it a gentle squeeze. 

“Of course I will,” I cooed, standing and pulling him up into my arms. 

“You guess you will what?” Jinyoung gasped, exasperated as he continued to look at the chess board. “Wait, where are you going, guys? Guys?”

Jackson and I continued arm and arm down the hallway. “You lost Jinyoung-ah,” he called over his shoulder. “Oh yeah, also you lost to my girlfriend.”

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For the love of the jersey, Lionel Messi chose the Argentina national team. If he had buckled under pressure and chose Spain, he would have already been a World Champion.

For the love of the jersey, he left Barça’s youth training ground La Masia for Argentina’s Ezeiza youth team, even though he knew nothing about the city.

For the love of the jersey, he chose to compete in the 2005 South American U20 Championship in Colombia and the FIFA World Youth Championship in the Netherlands, and won us our fifth World Champions title.

For the love of the jersey, when Pekerman had benched him for the crucial match against Germany in the 2006 World Cup, he behaved like a complete gentleman, even though the whole world was looking forward to his performance.

For the love of the jersey, he got along well with Riquelme during Alfio Basile’s time in charge.

For the love of the jersey, he went against Barcelona and his coach Guardiola*, attending the 2008 Beijing Olympics and eventually winning the gold medal.

For the love of the jersey, whenever the Argentina national team calls him up, he goes no matter what.

For the love of the jersey, he flew miles to Qatar, Saudi Arabia, India, Bangladesh, Australia, Japan, Russia, Guatemala and Costa Rica, playing friendly after friendly for the national team.

For the love of the jersey, he travelled all over Europe and America during international friendlies.

For the love of the jersey, he travelled to and from South America 36 times in between hectic Champions League schedules, just for the qualifiers.

For the love of the jersey, he covered 468,000 kilometres for a chance to win the recent 3 World Cups with his national team.

For the love of the jersey, he chose to stay when Maradona coached the national team, although many others made the easiest choice of rejection.

For the love of the jersey, he obediently sat on the bench despite being the recipient of the FIFA Golden Ball, because in the eyes of Maradona, Argentina was “Mascherano and ten others”.

For the love of the jersey, he swallowed the pain of not being acknowledged in his homeland.

For the love of the jersey, he bore all the criticism that he was cold-blooded.

For the love of the jersey, when he was harshly criticised for not singing the national anthem, he grew stronger.

For the love of the jersey, he calmly faced the truth: Carlos Tevez was a national icon in the eyes of Argentines, but he, the world’s best player, was embroiled in controversy.

For the love of the jersey, he was kept in the national team by Maradona and attended the World Cup in South Africa, even though after the Munich friendly, he had thought of leaving.

For the love of the jersey, he endured the coach comparing him to Gutiérrez.

For the love of the jersey, he was always politically correct, and would rather remain silent a thousand times than get into a scandal.

For the love of the jersey, because of his desire to become world champion, he did not mind that Maradona was the protagonist on Mandela’s soil, with all the spotlights on him.

For the love of the jersey, after the humiliation of the 2011 Copa America in Argentina, he still chose the blue and white stripes.

For the love of the jersey, in the face of adversity, he received the captain’s armband from Alejandro Sabella with determination.

For the love of the jersey, he finally became a prolific goalscorer for the national team, breaking records along with it.

For the love of the jersey, he turned whistles into applause, metamorphosing into a global idol.

For the love of the jersey, he desperately wants to win a World Cup, becoming a worthy prophet on his soil.

For the love of the jersey, in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, he will work hard, shedding every last drop of sweat.


translated from Messi por amor a la camiseta by Juan Carlos Pasman 

*t/n: Guardiola actually helped to convince Barça to let Messi go to the Olympics

12-year-old Jennifer Yu is the first American girl in 27 years to win a title at the World Youth Chess Championship after going undefeated in 11 matches.

Susan Polgar, who was the first woman to earn a men’s grandmaster title, has been pushing for more females to succeed in chess. “We’re getting there, slowly but surely,” she stated after Yu won the title. 

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“#hellomynameis Kai Lightner (@kailightner) and I am a 16-year-old climber from North Carolina. I first began climbing at the age of 6 — I always got in trouble for climbing things I shouldn’t have, and rock climbing was a solution for me to release energy. When I climb, I’m able to just release everything from my mind — I feel in control of everything that’s happening around me.

Since I’ve started climbing, I’ve won nine national youth titles, a youth world championship title and the 2015 adult national championship, but I hope to become an adult world champion. It’s really exciting and a privilege to be a role model for people that are younger than me.

In my community, it’s not very common to like rock climbing — the fact that I’m excelling at it, I feel, is really different. But it could be inspiring to other people. I think it’s okay to be different, and we shouldn’t associate different with uncool.”

Australian Jake Stein wins Octathlon at World Youth Championships with new record

Stein dominates Octathlon with All-time best

Jake Stein, after two days of sweat and toil in conditions which ranged from showers to sunshine and sometimes strong winds, was deservedly crowned Octagon gold medallist and did it in the best possible style.

The 17-year-old Australian posted a score of 6491 points the best ever performance by a Youth and bettered the 6482 tally which won Cuba’s Yordani Garcia the 2005 title in Marrakech.

Behind him Fredrick Ekholm of Sweden and Felipe Dos Santos from Brazil took the silver and bronze medals moving into third and fourth places in the 2011 world lists with tallies and PBs of 6127 and 5966pts.

Stein whose marvellous consistency saw him lead the competition from the third of the eight disciplines finished the final two with another brace of solid displays.

Indeed in the first the Javelin Throw Stein was in rampant form when raising his lifetime javelin personal best by over nine metres to 57.56m with his first attempt then with his third and last, to an exceptional 59.65m.

That saw the Aussie put himself with a score of 5756 points into a huge 399 point lead ahead of Ekholm whose throw of 45.31m took his tally to 5357 with third placed Evgeniy Likhanov of Russia with an effort of 49.39m raising his to 5189.

In the final event the 1000m with black clouds shrouding the stadium and rain imminent, he like every other competitor in his group set a PB to round off the action with a time of 2:52.93.

Likhanov was denied third place by 43 points when Dos Santos running a very quick 2:44.38 moved up from seventh position.