Daily Lessons from Life 13 June 2018 - Champions of Dignity!
"Football: Spain fire Lopetegui two days before World Cup debut, Hierro takes charge
KRASNODAR, Russia: Spain coach Julen Lopetegui was sensationally sacked on Wednesday (Jun 13), two days before their opening World Cup match, for failing to tell his federation about his move to Real Madrid after the tournament and replaced by Fernando Hierro.
Former Spain defender Hierro's only previous senior coaching role was one season with Oviedo in the Spanish second division, although he was also assistant to Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid before that.
The 50-year-old will have barely 48 hours to prepare his team for their opening World Cup match against neighbours and bitter rivals Portugal in Sochi on Friday.
Real unexpectedly announced on Tuesday that Lopetegui, who had only recently extended his contract with Spain and was unbeaten in his 20 games in charge, would take over next season.
In announcing one of the most extraordinary coach sackings in World Cup history, Spanish football federation (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales said he had found out about the move five minutes before it was announced by the Champions League winners.
"The coach, while he is a RFEF employee cannot do things in this way. I found out with a phone call five minutes before the official announcement. We feel obliged to take this decision," Rubiales told a news conference at the team base in Krasnodar.
"In the first reaction to the decision, former Spain forward Juanito said Rubiales' arguments had been impeccable.
"The values of the national team are above everything," he said on Twitter. "If we can't win the World Cup, the Spanish are now champions of dignity.""
An exercise in what is the right thing to do reflecting the professional ethical values of an organisation - charity or commercial or just a football club!!
For a nation with big ambition to win the 2nd World Cup, n the team to do so, to sack its manager/coach who had never been beaten since taking over the regime for more than 20 games is bold n decisive! Some fans will be upset that this may affect the team's performance negatively n they hv to wait another 4 long years to win the World Cup!!
Yet, for me this is abt doing the Right Things as ontjáye cannot condone the "Let me tell u what; I had a just found another job n will be starting soon!"
Indeed, being the Champions of Dignity is MORE PRECIOUS!!
I finished in 6hrs50mins in 2015 SCMS. Worst of the 8th attempts!
My 2016 Resolutions
1 Life Long Pursuit always: - at personal level, to be a good father, husband, son, friend and human being; - at work level, to be a professional; practising the 7e Way of leaders;
2 To continue the holistic healthy lifestyle of 'eating right and exercising regularly' so as to keep the weight at 70-71kg and off HBP medication;
3 To continue to find ways to promote the 7e Way of Leaders, to generate revenue from at least 3 sources, and to get article published in established publications;
4 To continue to contribute as Volunteer Probation Officer (VPO) with the Probation Services Branch; as Senior Health Ambassador (SHA) for Health Promotion Board (HPB); and some other Volunteer opportunities.
5 To invest wiser and trade wisely to profit from an extremely challenging 2016;
6 To complete the 2016 SCMS on 04 December 2016 under 6.5hrs and raise at least S$5.9k for Singapore Cancer Society!;
7 To always has space for the Unexpected.
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2010 Tour of Amsterdam/Brussels/Paris/Lucerne/Cologne
Family Outside Versailles Palace, France
2009 Dec Tawian Holidays
Four of my Most Important People
2008 Dec HkgMacauHolidays
HawNgee, ZJ and Jun in JAWs!
Lu's Marathon on 7 Dec 2014
I did it 6hr19sec for the 7th time!
Lu's Marathon on 1 Dec 2013
I did it in 6.16. Worst than 2012 of 6.05 and > Target of 6hrs. Still, I will take it! :-)
Lu's Marathon on 2 Dec 2012
5th Time 6.06 > Goal of 6hrs
Lu's Marathon on 4 Dec 2011
I did it again in 5hrs53min05sec!
Lu's Marathon 05 Dec 2010
I completed my 3rd Marathon - 6hrs 24mins
Lu's Marathon 06 Dec 2009
I Did It AGAIN at 6hr20mins!!
Lu's Marathon 07 Dec 2008
I Dit It! 42.195km in 5hr 53Min 34Sec. My 1st Marathon at 51+ Years Old