French-Algerian bodybuilder dedicates tournament win to homeland, Arab world

Djoudi beat out Riccardo Croci of Italy (second place) and fellow French competitor Dias Lubamba (third place) to the top spot in the Men’s Physique category. (Instagram: @youcefdjoudi_anava_ifbbpro)
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Updated 16 October 2020

French-Algerian bodybuilder dedicates tournament win to homeland, Arab world

  • Djoudi, who lives in France and was competing as a representative of France, is originally from Biskra province in Algeria

LONDON: French-Algerian bodybuilder Youcef Djoudi dedicated his latest triumph in the Europa Pro Championship 2020 to his homeland and the wider Arab world.

Djoudi, who lives in France and was competing as a representative of France, is originally from Biskra province in Algeria.

He claimed first place in the Men’s Physique Award at the event in Las Vegas last week, which also won him a place at the prestigious Mr. Olympia event due to be held later this year in December.

“First place…this is for all of you, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Mauritania, Egypt and all Arab countries from the Middle East to North Africa,” Djoudi said in a video posted to his social media channels after the win.

“We won't go (to Olympia) to lose but to be in the top three, and even win first place.

“I was able to get the qualification for Algeria, it took 30 years for Algeria to get it, this a gift to you all.

“This Youcef has never failed and praise be to God. I have tried very hard for this and I attained it, I am a positive person, this is a life lesson,” he added.

Djoudi beat out Riccardo Croci of Italy (second place) and fellow French competitor Dias Lubamba (third place) to the top spot in the Men’s Physique category.

With many bodybuilding events cancelled this year due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Europa Pro Championship was one of the last chances for bodybuilders to earn a spot at the Mr. Olympia event in Las Vegas.


Arsenal, Roma open Europa League with comeback wins

Updated 22 October 2020

Arsenal, Roma open Europa League with comeback wins

Arsenal opened its fourth straight Europa League campaign with a 2-1 come-from-behind win at Rapid Vienna on Thursday in an opening round of games affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Star striker Pierre­ Emerick Aubameyang came off the bench to score the winning goal in the 74th for Arsenal, which won its group in its previous three campaigns in the second-tier European competition.
Roma also came from a goal down to win 2-1 at Young Boys, as did Granada to upset PSV Eindhoven away.
Rangers’ Kemar Roofe scored the goal of the night in a 2-0 victory at Standard Liege, dribbling his way through three opponents inside his own half and then launching a shot from the halfway line that caught the goalkeeper off guard and looped into the net.
Dutch team AZ Alkmaar overcame a slew of coronavirus cases to upset Napoli 1-0.
Tottenham, AC Milan were among teams playing later Thursday.
Arsenal went behind when goalkeeper Bernd Leno played a poor pass that fell to Rapid forward Taxiarchis Fountas, who slotted in a low shot from a tough angle in the 51st minute.
Arteta sent on Aubameyang and Héctor Bellerín in the 61st, and the substitutes helped spark the comeback.
After David Luiz headed in a free kick from Nicolas Pépé to level the score, Mohamed Elneny freed Bellerín down the right to cross for Aubameyang to complete the comeback from close range.
In the other Group B game, Molde also came from behind to win 2-1 at Dundalk.
AZ Alkmaar flew into Naples with 13 players sidelined with coronavirus infections. Napoli, meanwhile, was coming off a 4-1 win over high-scoring Atalanta 4-1 this past weekend. But the Dutch staved off the hosts’ pressure before Dani de Wit scored the winner in the 57th. Real Sociedad won 1-0 at Rijeka the other Group F game.
With Roma resting striker Edin Džeko, Bruno Peres and Marash Kumbulla led the rally with the second-half goals for the Italian side.
Jean ­Pierre Nsame had given Young Boys the lead by converting a penalty kick in the 14th.
It was the first home loss for Young Boys to an Italian opponent in European competitions after beating Udinese, Napoli and Juventus.
Also in Group A, Romania’s Cluj won 2-0 at Bulgaria’s CSKA Sofia.
In Group C, Bayer Leverkusen produced the biggest win of the early games by beating Nice 6-2. Nadiem Amiri and Lucas Alario scored early first-half goals five minutes apart for Leverkusen, while substitute Karim Bellarabi netted two and 17-year-old forward Florian Wirtz came off the bench to complete the rout.
In a game between teams from two countries whose domestic leagues have been interrupted due to high levels of coronavirus infections, Israel’s Hapoel Beer-Sheva beat Czech Republic’s Slavia Prague 3-1.
James Tavernier gave Celtic the lead from the penalty spot in the 19th before Roofe added his spectacular second goal in injury time. Benfica won 4-2 at Lech Poznan in the other Group D game.
In Group E, German forward Mario Götze put PSV ahead in first-half injury time before Jorge Molina and Darwin Machis scored for Granada in the second half. Omonoia drew with PAOK 1-1.