Beşiktaş forward, Kevin Prince-Boateng, has revealed that choosing Ghana over Germany was the best decision in his career.The former AC Milan attacker revealed this in a Puma interview with Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry.Boateng confirmed his nationality switch before the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and was part of the Black Stars team for that tournament and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.Overall, he played 15 times for Ghana.When asked by the former Gunner why he chose Ghana over Germany, the 33-year-old highlighted the fact that he was of a mixed race and was discovering himself as he grew up.“That’s a tricky one. But it is simple. If you were like me, like yourself, we are all mixed race. Two sides.When you are young, you do not really know who you are. So you always have a lot of questions, trying to figure out yourself.So I did not feel German 100%, neither did I feel Ghanaian 100%. Of course, I am both Ghanaian and German but a lot of mixed-race people born in Germany feel 100% German.Others also felt they were more Nigerian, Cameroonian, Ghanaian or whatever but I was always in the middle not knowing 100% what I was”.Boateng admitted he was willing to represent Germany at the national level but thought he did not have the right character to be able to make the jump to the first team of the national team.“So when football came in and offered me the chance to play for Germany, I was proud to play for them, to hear the national anthem and what have you.But as I grew older, and kept my brains where I was, I said what I think, I always wanted to prove my point, whatever. It was not so welcomed, let’s put it like that. I always said it’s like this and the coaches will be like ‘no, it is like that’. Obviously the coaches are right but I always wanted to prove my point.So there came a point when I thought that maybe I would not play for the first team of Germany. Because maybe it will not be about qualities. My character did not fit so I chose to play for Ghana and honestly, it is the best decision I have made in my career.Because to go home to see your roots, to see your people, different culture and I had the chance to play two World cups. It gave me a lot”.Boateng (first from bottom left) in a Black Stars team picture during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa
Arsenal strolled to a 7-1 victory on Wednesday over Vietnam’s national team in a match which saw the first English premier league club play in the Communist country.Olivier Giroud drove home the first goal just five minutes into the game to rapturous applause from the packed stadium. He secured a hat-trick just moments before the end of the first half.Action gathered pace in the second half, despite hot and humid temperatures, with Arsenal scoring another four goals. As the humidity turned to rain, Vietnam fought back with a goal close to full-time, but the two minutes of extra time wasn’t enough to save them.Arsene Wenger’s team will wrap up their pre-season tour in Japan with two more friendlies. They beat an Indonesian team 7-0 late Sunday.Premiership clubs are very popular in Vietnam – much to the detriment of local teams. Around 25 000 fans turned out to cheer Wenger and his players at My Dinh National Stadium during the training session Tuesday night.Devoted fans have been following the North London team since they arrived in the capital on Monday. But one fan made such a big impression that he was invited to lead Arsenal onto the pitch for the game on Wednesday, according to media reports.The fan, dubbed “Running Man” by the club, was filmed from the window as he ran alongside the team’s bus for several kilometres. He was eventually allowed onto the bus to get his shirt signed. Despite the team’s popularity, the Gunners’ historic trip doesn’t come without controversy. The team’s sponsor in Vietnam, business group Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL), was the subject of a report in May by Global Witness, a campaign group which highlights abuses related to the exploitation of natural resources.The group accused HAGL of acquiring vast amounts of land and contributing to environmental and human rights abuses at its rubber plantations in Laos and Cambodia. HAGL, which is run by one of Vietnam’s richest men, Doan Nguyen Duc, denied the accusations.“As a large listed company, we always abide by the laws and regulations of countries where we do business, and we meet all the environmental criteria of Laos and Cambodia,” he was quoted as saying in state-run newspaper Viet Nam News in May.
Waldman was joined in the pregame by recently retired Yankees hurler CC Sabathia, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Cole.After a beautiful rendition of the anthem by Suzyn Waldman, a slim CC Sabathia tosses the ceremonial 1st pitch to Gerrit Cole at Yankee Stadium. pic.twitter.com/VzNwkePMlB— Pete Caldera (@pcaldera) July 31, 2020Waldman is slated to be half of the Yankees’ broadcast booth through the end of the 2020 season.This article has been updated. That’s baseball, Suzyn.Long before Gerrit Cole put ink to paper and realized a boyhood dream, Yankees radio voice Suzyn Waldman made a promise to him: Sign with New York and you’ll get to hear me sing the national anthem. Well, prior to Friday night’s Yankees home opener, Waldman kept that promise: She sang the anthem for an audience of Cole and everyone else who was allowed in the building.Tonight’s National Anthem was performed by Suzyn Waldman. Suzyn was the very first voice ever heard on WFAN radio. She has been a beat reporter, TV analyst, play by play broadcaster, and is the first and only woman ever to have a full-time analyst job with a Major League team. pic.twitter.com/9IEmHzzv6D— New York Yankees (@Yankees) July 31, 2020A moment years in the making. pic.twitter.com/woxgETnTFX— New York Yankees (@Yankees) July 31, 2020MORE: Did Donald Trump lie about throwing out first pitch at Yankees game?It’s far from the first time Waldman used the mic for singing and not analyzing. The trailblazing, longtime analyst for the Yankees’ radio network has sung the national anthem not only at Yankee Stadium but other baseball stadiums many times in the past, including prior to Game 7 of the 1986 ALCS at Fenway Park. Suzyn Waldman is singing the National Anthem before tonight’s Yankees home openerShe can really do it all pic.twitter.com/uE1OueHjMa— Talkin’ Yanks (@TalkinYanks) July 31, 2020The 73-year-old Waldman was a stage actor in musicals long before heading up to the booth, where her pairing with play-by-play man John Sterling is in its 16th season for WFAN. And she’s no stranger to New York’s sports radio station, either: Her voice was the first heard on the station when it was launched in 1987.