Fifty days to go until the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019™: tickets to watch the stars of tomorrow now available

Sep 10, 2019


With only 50 days to go until hosts Brazil take on Canada in the opening match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup™ on 26 October in Brasília’s Estádio Bezerrão, Visa cardholders still have an exclusive opportunity to secure tickets with a 50% discount until Monday, 9 September 2019 at 12:00 (midday) Brasília time.Tickets for the first-ever FIFA U-17 World Cup to be hosted by Brazil start at five Brazilian real and will be available in two categories, both of which will provide access to the two matches played in the respective double-header.Public sales start on 9 September at 12:00 (midday) Brasília timeAs of 9 September at 12:00 (midday) and until the day of the final on 17 November, all fans will be able to apply for tickets on a first-come, first-served basis via FIFA.com/tickets. All tickets purchased by 27 September will benefit from early-bird prices.While the only official platform on which to secure tickets will be FIFA.com/tickets, fans will also be able to apply for tickets over the counter, in the host stadiums from 23 October until 17 November.“Every kid dreams of playing for their country at a World Cup. It’s a unique opportunity and they have to enjoy it, but they also have to be focused and do a good job because not everyone gets to be a world champion,” commented Brazil’s goalkeeping great and FIFA Legend Júlio César, one of the football icons that the world first became aware of at the FIFA U-17 World Cup along with Ronaldinho, Neymar, Toni Kroos, Celestine Babayaro and Cesc Fàbregas, among many others.“I can only encourage Brazilian and international fans to secure their tickets and support a new generation of football stars.”Besides the Estádio Bezerrão in Brasília, Goiânia’s Estádio da Serrinha and Estádio Olímpico as well as Vitória’s (Cariacica) Estádio Kléber Andrade will stage the youth showpiece.Further details on the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019™ are available here on FIFA.com.
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Unbeaten Heavyweight Contender Agit Kabayel Signs Promotional Deal with Top Rank

Sep 5, 2019

(Sept. 4, 2019) —European heavyweight kingpin Agit Kabayel is coming to America.

Kabayel (19-0, 13 KOs) has signed a promotional contract with Top Rank, which will co-promote his bouts with SES Boxing. He is ranked No. 4 by the IBF and No. 9 by both the WBO and WBC.

Kabayel made three defenses of the European heavyweight title before vacating the crown to pursue opportunities stateside. He will make his Top Rank debut on an ESPN platform in either late 2019 or early 2020.

“My American Dream has come true,” Kabayel said. “I can’t wait to showcase my skills in the U.S. and on ESPN. As the European champion, the time is now to go all in and achieve my lifetime goal of becoming the first German world heavyweight champion since the great Max Schmeling.”

“We are delighted to join forces with Bob Arum and Top Rank to present Agit Kabayel on ESPN, the biggest sports platform in the world,” said SES Boxing President Benedikt Poelchau. 

“Agit is ready for the world’s best heavyweights, and at only 26 years of age, the best is yet to come. Like all great fighters, Agit wants to make his mark in America,” said Ulf Steinforth, founder of SES Boxing. 

Kabayel, who was born in Germany to Kurdish parents, has fought 14 of his 19 pro bouts in his home country. An eight-year pro, Kabayel won the vacant European crown in February 2017 with a 12-round unanimous decision over Herve Hubeaux. Nine months later, he scored his most high-profile victory, a majority decision over perennial contender Derek Chisora. A seasoned veteran who has sparred lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and former unified champion Anthony Joshua, Kabayel opened his 2019 campaign March 2 with an impressive unanimous decision over Andriy Rudenko in Magdeburg, Germany.

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55 names revealed for FIFA FIFPro Women’s World11 2019

Sep 5, 2019
55 names in the running for FIFA FIFPro Women’s World11 2019First time that FIFA and FIFPro have combined for Women’s World11Thousands of professional players voted around the globeHistory has been made today as the 55 names for the inaugural FIFA FIFPro Women’s World11 have been revealed. The World11 is decided by the players, for the players and involves votes from thousands of professional footballers from across the globe, with each player selecting one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three Forwards.The 55 players represent 16 nationalities across four confederations, with the USA (14) the most-represented nation, ahead of England, Netherlands (seven each) and France (six). The candidates ply their trade at a remarkable 24 different club sides, with an incredible 13 current Olympique Lyonnais players in the running to make the final World11.FIFPro and its national affiliates are responsible for gathering votes from professional footballers worldwide. The rules of allocation explain the voting procedure, with the World11 votes based on the players’ performances between 16 July 2018 and 19 July 2019 inclusive.The 55 players selected *Goalkeepers (5)Sarah Bouhaddi (FRA) – Olympique Lyonnais
Christiane Endler (CHI) – Paris Saint-Germain
Hedvig Lindahl (SWE) – Chelsea / VfL Wolfsburg
Alyssa Naeher (USA) – Chicago Red Stars
Sari van Veenendaal (NED) – Arsenal / Atletico MadridDefenders (20)Millie Bright (ENG) – Chelsea
Lucy Bronze (ENG) – Olympique Lyonnais
Kadeisha Buchanan (CAN) – Olympique Lyonnais
Abby Dahlkemper (USA) – North Carolina Courage
Crystal Dunn (USA) – North Carolina Courage
Nilla Fischer (SWE) – Linkopings
Sara Gama (ITA) – Juventus
Alex Greenwood (ENG) – Manchester United / Olympique Lyonnais
Steph Houghton (ENG) – Manchester City
Ali Krieger (USA) – Orlando Pride
Saki Kumagai (JPN) – Olympique Lyonnais
Amel Majri (FRA) – Olympique Lyonnais
Griedge Mbock (FRA) – Olympique Lyonnais
Maren Mjelde (NOR) – Chelsea
Kelley O’Hara (USA) – Utah Royals
Wendie Renard (FRA) – Olympique Lyonnais
Michelle Romero (VEN) – Deportivo La Coruna
Camila Saez (CHI) – Rayo Vallecano
Becky Sauerbrunn (USA) – Utah Royals
Stefanie van der Gragt (NED) – FC BarcelonaMidfielders (15)Andressa Alves (BRA) – AS Roma
Kosovare Asllani (SWE) – CD Tacon
Sara Daebritz (GER) – Paris Saint-Germain
Julie Ertz (USA) – Chicago Red Stars
Formiga (BRA) – Paris Saint-Germain
Jackie Groenen (NED) – FFC Frankfurt / Manchester United
Amandine Henry (FRA) – Olympique Lyonnais
Lindsey Horan (USA) – Portland Thorns
Rose Lavelle (USA) – Washington Spirit
Carli Lloyd (USA) – Sky Blue
Dzsenifer Marozsan (GER) – Olympique Lyonnais
Samantha Mewis (USA) – North Carolina Courage
Sherida Spitse (NED) – Valerenga
Danielle van de Donk (NED) – Arsenal
Keira Walsh (ENG) – Manchester CityForwards (15)Oriana Altuve (VEN) – Rayo Vallecano
Caroline Graham Hansen (NOR) – FC Barcelona
Pernille Harder (DEN) – VfL Wolfsburg
Tobin Heath (USA) – Portland Thorns
Ada Hegerberg (NOR) – Olympique Lyonnais
Jennifer Hermoso (ESP) – Atletico Madrid / FC Barcelona
Sam Kerr (AUS) – Chicago Red Stars
Eugenie Le Sommer (FRA) – Olympique Lyonnais
Marta (BRA) – Orlando Pride
Lieke Martens (NED) – FC Barcelona
Vivianne Miedema (NED) – Arsenal
Alex Morgan (USA) – Orlando Pride
Nikita Parris (ENG) – Manchester City / Olympique Lyonnais
Megan Rapinoe (USA) – Reign FC 
Ellen White (ENG) – Birmingham City / Manchester CityThe final FIFA FIFPro Women’s World11 2019 will be announced at The Best FIFA Football Awards™ ceremony at the Teatro alla Scala on Monday 23 September. During the ceremony, the FIFA FIFPro Men’s World11, The Best FIFA Men’s Player and Coach, The Best FIFA Women’s Player and Coach, The Best FIFA Men’s and Women’s Goalkeeper, the FIFA Puskás Award, the FIFA Fan Award and the FIFA Fair Play Award for 2019 will all also be presented.You can keep up to date with the latest news on The Best FIFA Football Awards™ on the FIFA Football Awards Facebook page and join the discussion about who you think should claim this year’s prizes by using #TheBest.
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SÚPER CLÁSICO RETURNS TO CHICAGO AFTER MORE THAN A DECADE

Sep 5, 2019

Additional details are announced ahead of the match between Chivas de Guadalajara and Club América

LOS ANGELES (Tuesday, September 3, 2019) – PRIMETIME Sports announced today that all is ready for the upcoming match between Chivas de Guadalajara and Club América as part of the Súper Clásico in Chicago, IL on Sunday, September 8, at 5:30 p.m. CST at Soldier Field.  The Mexican Clásico has not been played in the windy city in over a decade. It will be a rivalry weekend as the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers take the field a couple of days prior to the Súper Clásico. Before the match there will be a Fiesta Futbolera outside the stadium starting at 1:00 p.m. CST where fans will be able to take a picture with a championship trophy and enjoy the official mascots, live music, food and interactive sponsorship activations.  In addition, there will be an autograph session by former Chivas de Guadalajara player, Omar Bravo, as well as former Club América player, Iván Zamorano. 

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Presentado el emblema oficial de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA Catar 2022™

Sep 5, 2019

Hoy se ha dado a conocer el emblema oficial de la 22.ª edición de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA™. La FIFA y Catar, el país organizador, marcan así un nuevo hito en el camino que lleva al mayor espectáculo futbolístico del mundo.

El emblema se presentó en Doha, capital de Catar, a las 20:22 h local (19:22 CET) ante miles de espectadores que disfrutaron de la proyección sincronizada del logotipo sobre la fachada de los edificios más representativos del país, entre ellos, la Torre Doha, el anfiteatro de Katara, el zoco de Souq Waqif o el fuerte de Al Zubarah, Patrimonio de la Humanidad de la UNESCO.

Algunas de las ciudades más importantes del mundo participaron en la presentación proyectando también el emblema sobre algunos edificios emblemáticos o sobre grandes pantallas dispuestas en destacados espacios públicos. En las redes sociales, algunos de los futbolistas más famosos convertidos en leyendas mundialistas también apoyaron la presentación del emblema y lo compartieron con (los) millones de seguidores.

El diseño del emblema capta la esencia de un espectáculo que conecta e implica al mundo entero; además, incluye elementos íntimamente ligados a la cultura árabe local y regional y, cómo no, alusiones al deporte rey.

Las sinuosas curvas del emblema representan las onduladas dunas del desierto y el bucle es una referencia tanto al número ocho —la cifra de espectaculares estadios que acogerán el torneo— y al símbolo del infinito, que refleja la naturaleza interconectada del evento. Además de reproducir las formas del clásico trofeo de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA, la silueta de este emblema se inspira en el tradicional echarpe de lana. Durante los meses de invierno, estos chales son muy habituales en muchas partes del mundo, en especial en las regiones árabes y en el golfo pérsico. Sus estilos y usuarios son de lo más variado.

Los complejos bordados que suelen adornar estos echarpes en el mundo árabe se representan en cierto sentido diversas culturas de Asia. De este modo, se hace referencia al segundo Mundial celebrado en este continente y a la diversidad del pueblo catarí. Esta prenda invernal dotada de elementos regionales alude igualmente tanto a las fechas de disputa de este torneo como al hecho de que será el primer Mundial que se disputará en noviembre y diciembre.

La nueva tipografía que acompaña al emblema se inspira en la caligrafía árabe tradicional con una fuente original que fusiona la tradición y la modernidad presentes en la región y en toda Asia.

El emblema es tan solo un ejemplo del atrevido y vanguardista diseño corporativo de este Mundial, que verá la luz poco antes del inicio del campeonato. En mayo de este año acogió su primer partido el espléndido Estadio Al Janoub, que recuerda a los «dhow», las típicas embarcaciones de la zona. Es el segundo coliseo catarí completado y, además, es un vivo ejemplo del gusto del país por los grandes diseños arquitectónicos. La conclusión de los seis estadios restantes está prevista para finales de este año. Entre ellos, destaca el Estadio Lusail, con sus aberturas inspiradas en unos faroles tradicionales de la zona. En él se disputará el partido inaugural el 21 de noviembre y la final, el 18 de diciembre.

En el enlace que encontrarán a continuación, todos aquellos representantes de la prensa que así lo deseen pueden descargar una serie de imágenes y vídeos relativos al emblema de este Mundial.

Al descargar a estos archivos o acceder a ellos, se acepta que:

(i)   en el caso de las imágenes estáticas, solo podrá hacerse uso de estas con fines editoriales y no comerciales; y

 (ii)  en el caso de hacer uso de los vídeos, se aceptan los siguientes términos y condiciones de uso.

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FIFA U-20 World Cup TSG report: ten rising stars the world should follow

Sep 5, 2019
The FIFA Technical Study Group (TSG) has presented its main conclusions from the FIFA U‑20 World Cup Poland 2019 in a 136-page report, which is now available on FIFA.com.The document includes a tournament technical summary highlighting, among others, how ball possession was not key to success as confirmed by the fact that champions Ukraine had an average of 44%, a trend that was also identified at the 2018 FIFA World Cup™.The report also contains in-depth interviews with the coaches of the semi‑finalists, exclusive tactical footage, detailed performance metrics, and a list of ten players who, according to the TSG experts, particularly caught the eye in Poland: Lee Kangin (Korea Republic – winner of the adidas Golden Ball award), Chris Richards (USA), Andriy Lunin (Ukraine – winner of the adidas Golden Glove award), Alessandro Plizarri (Italy), Serhii Buletsa (Ukraine – winner of the adidas Silver Ball award), Sékou Koïta (Mali), Yukhym Konoplia (Ukraine), Valerii Bondar (Ukraine), Gonzalo Plata (Ecuador – winner of the adidas Bronze Ball award) and Amadou Sagna (Senegal – winner of the adidas Bronze Boot).“The FIFA U-20 World Cup was very impressive in terms of both individual and collective quality. In fact, the efficiency-driven approach exhibited by the majority of teams was only possible due to the presence of players who were able to trigger quick transitions by playing clinical balls in behind the defence. There was a lot of tactical awareness too, which confirms that we are talking about very mature players that can make an impression at the highest level,” says Branimir Ujevic, FIFA’s Head of Coaching & Player Development.Led by Ujevic, the TSG team for the U-20 World Cup in Poland featured Portugal legend Fernando Couto and Croatian coach Ivo Šušak, supported by FIFA’s Goalkeeping Specialist Pascal Zuberbuhler, Performance & Game Analyst Chris Loxston and TSG Coordinator and former Swiss women’s national team captain Prisca Steinegger.FIFA Technical Study Group Report
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U.S. MNT Head Coach Gregg Berhalter to Discuss September Roster on Wednesday

Aug 27, 2019

U.S. MNT HEAD COACH GREGG BERHALTER TO DISCUSS ROSTER FOR UPCOMING SEPTEMBER MATCHES ON MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL AT 12 P.M. ET ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28

USMNT Faces Mexico on Sept. 6 in East Rutherford, N.J. and Uruguay on Sept. 10 in St. Louis

CHICAGO (Aug. 27, 2019) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Gregg Berhalter will discuss his roster for September’s friendly matches against Mexico and Uruguay via a media teleconference at 12 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 28

The roster will be officially unveiled earlier in the day on Wednesday, Aug. 28.

The U.S. Men’s National Team rekindles its regional rivalry with Mexico on Friday, Sept. 6 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (8:30 p.m. ET; FS1, Univision, TUDN). Four days later, the U.S. MNT returns to the soccer hotbed of St. Louis to take on No. 5-ranked Uruguay on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at Busch Stadium (8 p.m. ET; FS1, Univision, TUDN).

Members of the media wishing to participate should dial 1 (888) 424-8151 or 1 (847) 585-4422 a few minutes before 12 p.m. ET. Please use the pass code: 9197816#. The moderator will be U.S. MNT press officer Michael Kammarman.

U.S. Soccer Federation Teleconference Call Information

WHO: U.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach Gregg Berhalter

WHAT: U.S Men’s National Team September Roster

WHEN: Wednesday, Aug. 27; 12 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. CT / 10 a.m. MT / 9 a.m. PT

HOW: Call 1 (888) 424-8151 or 1 (847) 585-4422 a few minutes before 12 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 28. The pass code is 9197816#. The conference call moderator will be Michael Kammarman.

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CLUB TIJUANA 1-0 PUMAS

Aug 12, 2019

 El Club Tijuana logró su primer triunfo en el Estadio Caliente en el presente Apertura 2019 de la LIGA MX, tras superar 1-0 a Pumas de la UNAM en el partido correspondiente a la jornada 4 del certamen disputado este viernes en el Estadio Caliente.

Camilo Sanvezzo anotó el solitario y valioso gol del encuentro, para enmarcar así su tercer partido consecutivo anotando con la camiseta Xoloitzcuintle. El gol que le dió el triunfo a los Canes Aztecas llegó tras una hilada de pases que culminó con un centro de Miller Bolaños al que Sanvezzo sólo necesito empujar el balón al fondo de las redes.

Un partido muy disputado en el medio campo que vio muchas faltas para ambos equipos, pero los Xoloitzcuintles pudieron llevarse la victoria y conseguir los primeros 3 puntos del dentro del Mictlán, y llegar de esta forma a siete unidades en la tabla general.

Los Xoloitzcuintles tendrán una pausa en la jornada 5 por lo que no verán acción, regresarán a la actividad para la jornada 6 del Apertura 2019 de la LIGA MX cuando visiten al Toluca el 25 de Agosto a las 10 horas (hora del Pacífico) en el Estadio Nemesio Diez.

CORTESIA: CLUB TIJUANA

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Sosa KOs Rhodes and Ramirez Stunned in Debut

Aug 12, 2019

(Photo Credit: Mikey Williams.Top Rank)


PHILADELPHIA (Aug. 10, 2019) — The road back to a world title just got clearer for Jason Sosa. The Camden, New Jersey native and former super featherweight world champion stopped Lydell Rhodes in seven rounds to win his third in a row in front of 1,723 fans at the Liacouras Center.

Sosa scored three knockdowns in all, with Rhodes’ corner indicating their fighter had enough.

Sosa (23-3-4, 16 KOs) lost back-to-back bouts to Vasiliy Lomachenko and Yuriorkis Gamboa in 2017, but with the dominating win over longtime contender Rhodes, he thrust himself back into the world title conversation.

“It was pretty satisfying. I think we did everything we were supposed to do tonight,” Sosa said. “There’s room for improvement, but we’re a top contender now once again. We never left. I need a title. I want to call out {Miguel} Berchelt and get that WBC belt.

“Don’t forget about me. I’m here. I ain’t going nowhere. I’m a warrior, baby. I come to fight. I put on good fights. The fans see me and appreciate me. I come out every night and do it for them.”

Ramirez Stunned in Pro Debut

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez lost a four-round split decision to Adan Gonzales in one of the biggest upsets in recent boxing history. Gonzales (5-2-2, 2 KOs) knocked down Ramirez in the opening seconds of the first round to propel him to the win.

“When they announced a split decision, I knew I better have won that fight or something would have seriously been wrong,” Gonzales said. “I attacked him from the start, and I got the win. You ain’t seen the last of me.”

Said Ramirez: “I feel like I won that fight. He may have been throwing more, but I was the one landing the cleaner punches. This is a setback, but trust me, I will be back.”

KO King Berlanga Continues to Shine
 Middleweight sensation Edgar Berlanga (12-0, 12 KOs) made it 12 first-round knockouts in as many fights, stopping the usually durable Frenchman Gregory Trenel (11-5-2, 3 KOs) in 2:24. Trenel had never been knocked out in 17 previous professional fights.

“We went over the tape in the gym. It’s just repetition. We go over the same things, and each time we fight, we execute. He was a tough opponent. He took a good shot. He didn’t go down. He didn’t want to go down. 

“I felt the love from the crowd and my friend Fat Joe walked me to the ring. It was a great night. I’m proud to represent my Puerto Rican people.”
— South Philadelphia heavyweight prospect Sonny “The Bronco” Conto (4-0, 3 KOs) went the distance for the first time as a pro, shutting out Guillermo Del Rio (2-3-1, 2 KOs) over four rounds. Conto knocked down Del Rio in the fourth round and prevailed by identical scores of 40-35.

“You can’t load up on every punch in there,” Conto said. “This fight showed me how to be patient and work on the things that are going to get me to the next level.

“I’m used to being in there with guys who don’t go anywhere. I’ve sparred great fighters like Tyson Fury. That prepared me for a fight like this.”

— In a spirited battle of unbeaten welterweights, Paul Kroll (5-0, 4 KOs) defeated Shinard Bunch (2-1, 2 KOs) by unanimous decision (58-56 2X and 59-55). 

— Philadelphia native and featherweight prospect (10-0, 6 KOs) cruised to a six-round unanimous decision over Raheem Abdullah (3-3, 0 KOs) by scores of 60-52 and 59-53 2x.

— Jeremy “Magic Hands” Adorno improved to 2-0 with a third-round knockout over Fernando Robles (2-2, 0 KOs) in a super bantamweight contest. Adorno, a southpaw, scored the KO with a left hand to the body.

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LA Galaxy adquiere Fondos de Adquisición de parte del D.C. United y Orlando City SC

Aug 7, 2019

Galaxy intercambia a Emmanuel Boateng al D.C. United en cambio por $250,000 en Fondos de Adquisición Específicos;

Galaxy también adquiere $136,220 en Fondos de Adquisición Específicos de parte del Orlando City SC en intercambio por $200,000 en Fondos de Adquisición Generales

LOS ANGELES (Miércoles, 7 de agosto, 2019) – LA Galaxy anunció hoy que el club ha adquirido Fondos de Adquisición Específicos (TAM) de parte del D.C. United y Orlando City SC en intercambios separados. LA Galaxy adquirió $250,000 en Fondos de Adquisición Específicos de parte del D.C. United en intercambio por el mediocampista Emmanuel Boateng. Además, LA Galaxy adquirió $136,220 en Fondos de Adquisición Específicos de parte del Orlando City SC en intercambio por $200,000 en Fondos de Adquisición Generales (GAM).

“Queremos agradecer a Emmanuel por sus contribuciones al LA Galaxy durante su tiempo con el club”, dijo el Gerente General del LA Galaxy, Dennis te Kloese. “Le deseamos la mejor de las suertes en su futuro”.

Boateng, de 25 años de edad, se unió al LA Galaxy antes del arranque de la temporada 2016 y paso a jugar 168 partidos con LA Galaxy, 68 de esos partidos como titular. Durante ese tiempo, el mediocampista anotó nueve goles y registró 13 asistencias.

LA Galaxy regresa a la acción este fin de semana cuando el equipo viaje para enfrentar a D.C. United este domingo, 11 de agosto en el Audi Field (4:30 p.m. PT) en vivo por FS1 y FOX Deportes.

Transacción: LA Galaxy adquiere $250,000 en Fondos de Adquisición Específicos de parte de D.C. United en intercambio por el mediocampista Emmanuel Boateng.

Transacción: LA Galaxy adquiere $136,220 en Fondos de Adquisición Específicos de parte de Orlando City SC en intercambio por $200,000 en Fondos de Adquisición Generales (GAM).

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