The official draw for the Qatar 2020 FIFA Club World Cup takes place on 19 January
Former Switzerland goalkeeper Diego Benaglio will assist in the draw
Live streaming of the event will begin at 16:00 CET
Teams participating in the 2020 FIFA Club World Cup Qatar ™ will find their way to glory in the Middle East on Tuesday, 19 January with the official draw for the tournament being held at FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.
The draw will be presented by Jessica Libertz and conducted by FIFA Competition Deputy Director Jaime Yarza, who will be assisted by former Swiss international goalkeeper Diego Benaglio. The draw will reveal the fixtures of the six teams participating in the tournament, who will compete from February 4 to 11 for the coveted trophy.
Fans of this gorgeous game can catch the live event from Zurich here on FIFA.com with the video above and above FIFA YouTube channel, starting at 16:00 CET.
Graphics used by Sir Ian Taylor Animation Research’s company during a pre-Christmas racing broadcast.
Sir Russell Coutts’ sailing interests have warned that if the graphics used by Sir Ian Taylor’s Animation Research for the pre-Christmas races were used in broadcasting the 36th America’s Cup, the High Court alleges copyright infringement would be filed.
The warning shots fired by two companies led by Coutts – Oracle Racing and F50 League LLC traded as SailGP – had consequences for how the upcoming Prada Cup and America’s Cup were broadcast.
A legal notice alleging copyright infringement during a pre-Christmas race over the graphics used in what is known as the LiveLine system of the augmented reality broadcast was sent to Animation Research Limited (ARL) and two other parties on December 23.
Taylor – most recently knighted for his work including pioneering the development of the world’s leading real-time 3D visualization for major sports broadcasts starting with Virtual Eyes for the America’s Cup – said he was “deeply disappointed” that his New Zealand counterparts served his company in a way violates copyright notices that could “seriously impact coverage of the upcoming Prada Cup and the Copa America itself”.
In response to the Herald’s question, Sir Russell Coutts said, “We are only trying to protect IP [intellectual property] which we’ve invested millions of dollars in developing over the last decade.
“We prefer not to be forced to protect our rights through legal process, but like all copyrighted material, it must be licensed for use by commercial entities.
“We have asked that the current Copa America organizers avoid breaches by revising their charts, or paying a license fee accordingly.”
Taylor claims the two Coutts-led companies claim copyrights based on the ARL image created in 1992 and which has been used at every Copa America since then – including in 1995 when Coutts famously created the “Cup of America, Cup of New Zealand”.
“We have submitted the chart for events where he also raced against New Zealand, starting with him winning the Cup from New Zealand with Alinghi (Switzerland) in 2003 and then winning it from Alinghi for BMW Oracle (USA) in 2010,” said Taylor.
Oracle Racing and SailGP believe that the intellectual property associated with Animation Research’s graphics has been transferred to event organizers at previous America’s Cup regattas.
Oracle Racing and SailGP are at the center of rival high-tech screen series, spearheaded by billionaire Oracle founder Larry Ellison and Coutts, the most successful helmsman in America’s Cup history.
Their goal is to use the LiveLine graphics – whose copyright they claim – during the series.
Taylor confirmed to the Herald that he wrote to Coutts on December 7 last year detailing Animation Research technology that had been contracted to provide broadcasting of the 36th America’s Cup.
Taylor said he approached Coutts late last year offering to share the new technology ARL had developed. He said he didn’t hear back until shortly before the first pre-Christmas regatta began, during which Coutts advised he had some concerns about ARL’s plans, but didn’t share what those concerns were.
“Next we heard from him was an official letter arriving on December 23, just as we closed for Christmas, with a January 5 deadline for our response. It would be fair to say that made our plans a bit of a mess.”
Earlier, the record contender began talks with Coutts, asking about securing a license to use the LiveLine system in an upcoming American Cup series.
It was finally rejected by the challenger.
The Coutts-led company said that if Animation Research wants to continue using what it claims is a copied image, they are willing to discuss the appropriate license terms.
Taylor admits the LiveLine chart is a significant step forward.
Taylor claims what Coutts creates is based entirely on the universally acclaimed 3D ARL Virtual Eye graphic display as ultimately making sense for cruising.
“We were really surprised because it was one step forward in telling the story of the Copa America.”
Taylor said for the 36th America’s Cup, ARL is adapting its own package of augmented reality graphics that it uses in other sports, including golf and cricket, to bring the technology to screen as well.
“Technology has advanced significantly since 2017 in Bermuda.”
Taylor said the outcome of the action under threat was that ARL would now put forward the ideas they plan to launch around the Copa America defense and apply them to the Prada Cup, which takes place this weekend in Auckland.
“That means having to bring some of the team off their vacation but there is no way we want this Kiwi show in Waitematā to be compromised in any way,” said Taylor.
“My real hope is that we can forget about this and do something together that will benefit this sport that Russell has contributed so much to.”
Taylor and two others sent a lengthy response to Oracle Racing and SailGP on Friday evening after the original January 5 deadline was extended, but at this stage the matter has not been resolved.
What the Sir Russell Coutts company claims LiveLine is an augmented reality system in the scope of racing, which involves the use of a field graphic overlaid on live footage of racing action on water, complemented by real-time data obtained from multiple sources including onboard sensors. The system is protected by a US patent and the company led by Coutts has claimed copyright on a related graphics package that has the key elements: Off-track borders; ability to display written material within borders; a ladder or frame and a number placed under the parallel line to reflect the boat’s direction and distance to the next mark.
Sir Ian Taylor’s response The company led by Coutts claims copyright to the three elements we use in our Virtual Eye graphics pack. The first is a closed border, basically a playing field governed by the rules, the second is a grid of parallel lines showing where the boats are connected to each other and the buoy markers, and finally the sponsor’s name is lying on the water.
We’ve been doing most of this since 1992 and have done it at every Copa America since then. Due to this threat we had to take our staff on a day off to implement a new package to be used for the Games. [the America’s Cup defence], but now we will introduce it for the Prada Cup so that the fans are not harmed by this action.
If there is any reason to be wary of Ineos Team UK at America’s Cup 2021, it may be the presence of an understated 63 year old Australian.
Of the three challengers, the English team has was almost considered a serious threat, after their poor performance at the World Cup America’s Cup in December, which revealed problems with boat speed and maneuverability.
There’s more of a focus on Luna Rossa, with Jimmy Spithill’s presence and ongoing sparring with Team New Zealand, while American Magic has an obvious traction, with Dean Barker and the return of the New York Yacht Club.
But if the British – and that’s a big if – can solve their hardware problems, they have an all-star line-up, and chief executive Grant Simmer could be a complement.
Sir Ben Ainslie admits he paid a heavy price for Sydneysider’s services, as they continue Britain’s 169-year quest for Mug Auld. Perhaps no one in Auckland has more Cup experience than Simmer, starting his 11th campaign.
Simmer was also on the winning side against Team New Zealand in the Cup match three times, although he laughed when it was said he had become ‘kryptonite against the Kiwi’.
“No – far from it,” said Simmer. “It just tells you that I am lucky to be on the defender’s side. The Kiwis have always been the strongest challengers so they are very good.”
Maybe so, but the resume tells a story. “People like Grant know the game, they know the Cup very well,” said former New Zealand Team sailor Joey Allen, a veteran of six campaigns, from 1995 to 2013.
“He was part of a great calling in San Francisco, where they made some big, monumental decisions.”
“He knows the ins and outs of the campaign better than most people,” added former New Zealand Challenge sailor Peter Lester, now an expert commentator. “He’s a very good man to be on your side.”
The last time the Cup was staged in Auckland (2003) Simmer was a key part of Alinghi’s team in a smash-and-grab attack. Simmer was there again in Valencia in 2007, for the best Cup regatta on an IACC class ship, by the closest margin in history.
Dan Simmer arrived in 2013 as general manager of Oracle’s operations which managed to emerge from an 8-1 deficit.
Of all the characters involved in this edition of the Cup, only a few have a record like Simmer. His career began in the early 1980s, as navigator John Bertrand in Australia II, part of the legendary crew that beat Liberty 4-3 in 1983 to end 132 years of stranglehold on New York at the Cup.
Simmer has been involved with four different teams and won the Cup four times (two challenges and two defenses), in the United States, New Zealand and Europe.
He has won against Team New Zealand on three occasions – no individual has managed more – and marked the Grant Dalton syndicate as the ultimate benchmark.
What’s behind Team New Zealand’s enduring consistency? “There are three things,” said Simmer. “They are always innovative. They are good at focusing on priorities, because they are a bit difficult on the budget, so they must focus on priorities.
“And they have great seafaring depth. There’s Russell [Coutts], Brad [Butterworth], Warwick [Fleury], Simon [Daubney], Dean [Barker] and now Pete [Burling] and Blair [Tuke]… very strong. That’s a great recipe for a successful team. “
SImmer’s meeting with the New Zealand Team began in 2003, when he was head of design for Alinghi.
“It is a very controversial thing because we have Russell and Brad and a group of Kiwis of the 2000 winning crew who are the main sailors on our ship and also lead the campaign,” said Simmer.
“It was emulating what they have learned from the New Zealand Team and it is a strong challenge. We have a good boat, a good technical program and have gone through a series of pretty tough challengers, [so] we are better prepared than the New Zealanders. “
Team New Zealand’s fragile NZL82 isn’t well remembered from a 5-0 sweep, but Simmer said it wasn’t entirely straightforward.
“They have a very innovative design and they are probably the fastest boats we have come across,” said Simmer.
“It’s not clear to us from the start who will win. But our guys are sailing very well, and we are equal or a little better in speed and that will usually do it for you. And they broke their pole (fourth race) and the damage. [in the first race]. “
Simmer was Alinghi’s managing director when they defended the Cup in Valencia, averaging just 23 seconds difference in seven races.
“There was absolutely nothing between the teams,” said Simmer. “Maybe we have a little bit of an advantage against the wind, but it will start and who is seeded.”
After Oracle won the Cup in 2010, Coutts signed up for Simmer before the defense in San Francisco.
Oracle has put together an impressive roster, but they are all at sea in the first half of the Cup contest.
“We never thought we could win,” said Simmer. “We are struggling to keep up with the speed of the Kiwi [and] we lost a lot of races from the start. It was Larry Ellison, along with Russell who said, ‘our friends have to stop … we’re going to fall if we keep like this’. They are actually forcing us to make such radical changes. “
Simmer remembers being amazed at the New Zealand Team at the time, who were far ahead with their failing abilities.
“We just have to keep making changes,” said Simmer. “We were able to load the wings down a lot more, and we were able to knock against the wind and in the end we ended faster and that turned things around. Then it was a matter of recovering the points without breaking, but it’s hard to imagine we can win so many races in a row. “
But the New Zealand Team has learned a valuable lesson. “If you look at the Kiwis in Bermuda, they didn’t look like they were going to be winners when they first arrived, but they just kept getting better and better,” said Simmer.
“Then they were so dominant in the Cup. You never want to be quiet … you have to keep improving.”
WAs we speak, Simmer looks restless, but excited. The construction of the second British ship (Britannia) took longer than expected, which put pressure on their already compressed timeframe.
“It will always be difficult,” said Simmer. “We’re always fighting for time with these new ships and it’s a balance. You give yourself more design time and then try to minimize construction time so you can start sailing the ship as quickly as possible.
“But it’s a 75-foot long composite structure, so high-weight and light that the construction process took six to eight months and you can’t get any shorter than that.
“I am not happy that it took us longer to commission this ship than anticipated, but the systems on the ship are very complex.”
Simmer has been part of the journey from the 12 meter class to the AC75s, through the IACC class, the 2010 multihulls and the early foiling classes in 2013 (75 feet) and 2017 (50 feet).
He characterizes the AC75 as “exciting, moderately challenging, expensive and complex” in the “really bold” decisions of record defenders and challengers.
Like most, Simmer has concerns about potential disparities in races.
“I hoped we would see close range but they were going that fast so if one boat made the slightest mistake, like a less than ideal bending, the other team could go 50-60 meters straight away,” said Simmer.
“We may see a fairly large interval on the water, a considerable distance but as the boats mature as we get through the races to the final they will get closer and closer.”
The three 2021 challengers are all a ‘super team’, and the British syndicate has an outstanding cast. Ineos’ endorsement is believed to be the largest single sponsor in shipping history and Ainslie has pursued some of the biggest names, especially overseas.
As well as Simmer, he also signed long-standing contracts with New Zealand team design chief Nick Holroyd (1997-2015) and Dutchman Rolf Vrolijk, who helped create the successful Alinghi ship in 2003 and 2007.
Their craftsmanship has resulted in radical designs, including a huge frenzied keel that extends almost to the stern. “The shape of our hull is more radical because we are more aggressive with our aerodynamics,” said Simmer.
“There is some debate whether we are doing this radical, but we are pushing it and it will be fine.
“The hull’s contribution to the overall aerodynamics of performance is only partial. The lining, control system and screen control are a much bigger contributor to performance than the shape of the hull, so our hull shape will be fine.”
The English base is a frenzy of activity but Simmer remains calm. He’s been here many times before and knows the learning curve is usually exponential.
“We’re focused on sailing as much as possible and getting ready for the race.”
Born in Sydney to a Lebanese family, the 53-year-old is among 230,880 Australians with Middle Eastern ancestry, with around 66,000 Lebanese-born living in the Greater Sydney area alone.
Cheika’s parents emigrated in the 1950s, but many of them are tens of thousands of refugees who fled Lebanon during the country’s civil war that raged between 1975 and 1990. Out of the horror, however, emerged one of the more unpredictable rugby. league success story.
Next year’s World Cup in England will mark the 21st anniversary of the Cedars attending the sport’s global gathering, when a team of players based entirely in Australia provides the spark for the rugby league revolution.
This has shaped a sporting relationship between the Lebanese community in Australia and their homeland as well – and Danny Kazandjian, the man who pioneered the development of domestic sports in Lebanon in the early 2000s, knows how important it is.
“Academic papers have been written on the relationship between the Lebanese diaspora and the Lebanese rugby league project and how the two coexist to produce activity, visibility and longevity,” Kazandjian, now secretary general of the global governing body of sport of the International Rugby League, told Sky Sports.
“The emigration rate from Lebanon to Australia is lower than before, but there is still a very strong connection. There are many Lebanese I know in Australia, you would think you were in Lebanon.
“They speak Arabic, some of them don’t speak English very well, their home configuration is very Lebanese, they have Lebanese satellite TV and only watch Lebanese TV. Culturally, they have maintained links to their homeland even though they are separated by geography.”
The story of the Lebanese rugby league begins with John and George Elias forming the team for the 1997 World Seven Rugby League, graduating to full international matches the following year and qualifying for the 2000 World Cup with victories over Italy, Morocco and the US.
A 64-0 defeat to runners-up New Zealand in the rain at Gloucester’s Kingsholm was followed by a delightful display in a 24-22 defeat to Wales and a 22-22 draw with Cook Islands in the group stage.
Part of those granted permission to represent Lebanon was a gift to earn a rugby league in the country as well, with the British Kazandjian – whose ties to the nation stem from his parents who met while living there – seizing the opportunity to spearhead it in 2002 after made contact with Elias ahead of their first World Cup.
It was his work that led to a code of 13 people establishing a permanent presence in a country without the legacy of previous rugby league, starting with embedding it in university and spreading from there. On the international stage, it wasn’t until 2017 that Cedars qualified for the World Cup again.
Reaching the tournament’s quarter-finals in Australia ensures Lebanon automatically gets a place at next year’s World Cup and Cheika has seized the opportunity to coach the team after becoming one of their supporters three years ago.
“The tournament is an opportunity to show a little bit of Lebanese culture not only to Australians but to everyone watching on TV,” Cheika told Australia. Daily Telegraph.
This is a wonderful opportunity for me to do something that is representative of my parents’ homeland.
New Lebanon head coach Michael Cheika
“Sport has the ability to bring people together, it brings out the best in people. I watched the game, jumping around cheering and crying.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for me to do something that is representative of the land my parents come from.”
Cheika is not the first big name in Australia to lend its support behind the project, with NRL stars such as Hazem El Masri – formerly of the Canterbury Bulldogs, a club with a sizable support base among Sydney’s Lebanese community – and, more recently, Robbie Farah have worn the distinctive green and red uniform in the past.
The next step is to start integrating more players from Lebanon’s domestic competition into the national team rather than relying on legacy players based in Australia, something Cheika has indicated he wants to do.
The current arrangement sees the Lebanese Rugby League Federation (LRLF), bound by the country’s sports laws, overseeing national championships and state development programs, while at the same time mandating national teams to represent them and the states. Meanwhile, the expertise to run international campaigns mostly comes from Australia.
Kazandjian knows from his time running the LRLF and how relations between domestic regulatory agencies and the Australian arm have not always been smooth sailing, but added that tensions can be a force for good as well as the nation aims to build on relatively quickly. steps he has made over the past two decades.
“There is no point in any sport having a national team without a cultural identity, level of visibility or recognition at home and that’s something the Lebanese federation – as well as other countries with strong expatriate communities in Australia and Europe are fighting for,” said Kazandjian.
“The tension is always there, and there are advantages and disadvantages. The downside is that when tension becomes overly taught it can lead to enmity between the two bodies.
“When the two sides work together it can bring about very positive results as we have seen with the good news about Lebanon – most recently was Michael Chieka taking over as coach and his faith in the project. It’s a double edged sword and something. which they have to deal with in a calm manner. “