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Saudi Arabia to host all AFC Champions League QF, SF, and F games as single legs for the 24/25 and 25/26 seasons... and provisionally the following three seasons Saudi Arabia to host AFC Champions League Elite – Final Stage

Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has today confirmed the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) as the Host Association for the AFC Champions League Elite – Final Stage for the 2024/25 and 2025/26 seasons.

Saudi Arabia to host AFC Champions League Elite – Final Stage

This is absolutely nuts - getting one country to host all final-stage games of the champions league for 5 years in a row? I can understand using neutral venues during a pandemic, but why scrap the normal home/away format? There's going to be no East Asian fans at least in attendance.

YSK: Social media platforms attach trackers to the end of share URLs (which you can and should delete)
  • You can also let an add-on take care of this, e.g. ClearURLs or the "AdGuard URL Tracking Protection" filter in ublock

    Edit: actually not much use if you are creating links to share from apps. It only strips the tracking from the URL in the address bar

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    Typical price drop of flagship Samsung S2x after a year?
  • I got it in H2 2016, so I've done a full 7 years. I have considered other options/brands, but... I don't know, it's not necessarily logical, that's just what I'm set on now. Though if I do wait another 6 months, something else might have caught my eye.

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    Typical price drop of flagship Samsung S2x after a year?
  • I've got an S7 now, and I can probably stretch it another 6 months or so, but I'll have to upgrade eventually. The S7 was a great phone for me, but I'm not sure the S24 (however much it is) will be worth the price just to have the latest and an extra year of updates.

    The .eu site just shows German stuff for me too - it show a gradual decrease of about €50 when the S23 was released, so not that much. Thanks for the advice.

  • Typical price drop of flagship Samsung S2x after a year?

    Considering getting an S23 256GB (live in UK).

    Current price is £899, but there's a deal on right now where they give £100 cashback, galaxy buds FE (worth ~£100), and a year Disney+ subscription if you buy it from one of their big list of retailers (it's basically any legit retailer, but excludes, say random Amazon sellers). So I think I get one for ~£810; factor in the £100 cashback, and I'd be paying ~£710 for an S23 and buds.

    Looking at Amazon (, it looks like the S22 dropped £100 when the S23 came out. Does that sound about right to people? In which case, is there any point waiting another few months to wait for a price drop when the S24 comes out?

    R****t is still very relevant to watch highlights.
  • Generating clips is a huge amount of work, even getting links and posting them to Lemmy is a fair amount of work. Sounds like a job for a bot, but if that happened then this community would probably be goal clips and almost nothing else.

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    R****t is still very relevant to watch highlights.
  • Oh yeah, I know the source is reddit, but I use sofascore to track all the games I'm interested in, so it just makes it really easy to watch the goals I'm interested in (via via reddit).

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    Solar cell prices plunge to all-time low
  • Well, from the article:

    Due to the acute lack of downstream demand, cell makers have been engaged in a price war; they have to compete to cut prices in order to encourage demand and increase sales volume

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    East Asian wrap
  • I imagine winters are mild enough in Hong Kong that it makes sense to avoid the summer heat. Northern China, South Korea, and parts of Japan are crazy cold in winter, so although summer is hot and humid, it's still preferred to playing and making fans attend in winter. Though Thailand plays as a winter league, but Vietnam and Malaysia play summer leagues... so it's not so black and white based on latitude.

    The ACL changed this season to run across the winter instead of summer as before, meaning Japan/Korea/China are now misaligned with the continental season. There was some talk about Japan considering changing, but a lot of people think it's just not practical.

  • East Asian wrap

    We're at the business end of the season for the East Asian "big three" leagues (Japan, South Korea, and China), which all run with the calendar year.

    Next season will also herald a major change in the AFC Champions League (ACL) format, as it splits into the ACL Elite and the ACL 2. ACL Elite will be pretty elite - only 24 teams in the group stage, down from the current 40. Each nation will only be sending 3 teams to ACL Elite at most (or possibly 4 if they win the current ACL).

    Here's the winners and what's still at stake:

    🇯🇵 Japan

    The League is still being contested with three matchdays left. Vissel Kobe (Rakuten owned, typically signs ex-Barca players) sit on 62 points. Yokohama F Marinos (CFG in Japan...) sit on 60. Both these teams are effectively qualified to ACL Elite barring total catastrophe, but obviously winning the league is the main goal.

    The Emperor Cup final (Japan's FA Cup) will be next month - Kawasaki vs Kashiwa - and the winner will enter ACL Elite.

    The League Cup was won this weekend by relative underdogs Avispa Fukuoka against Urawa Reds. No entry to Asian competitions, but it's still silverware.

    🇰🇷 South Korea

    Ulsan won the league last weekend with a few games to spare. Despite having a charactersitically pretty poor end to the season, the chasing pack were performing even worse. This is their fourth ever league win.

    This weekend, Pohang Steelers beat Jeonbuk in the FA Cup final. They will join Ulsan in the ACL Elite group stage.

    Still to play for is the last ACL Elite spot (in a playoff) and entry to ACL 2. Three matchdays remain. Currently in line for that last ACL Elite spot are newly promoted Gwangju on 57 points, followed by diminishing powerhouse Jeonbuk on 53 points, or possibly Incheon on 52 points.

    🇨🇳 China

    Shanghai Port won the league last weekend as they faced off directly against second-placed Shandong Taishan. The game finished in a draw, but with 4 red cards.

    The league finished this weekend, with Zhejiang securing third place after overcoming fourth-placed Shanghai Shenhua and a place in ACL 2. However, if Shandong win the CFA Cup, their place will be upgraded to a shot at ACL Elite.

    The CFA Cup final will be contested by Shandong and whoever wins the other semifinal (Qingdao or Shanghai Shenhua). The winner, again, will go direct to the ACL Elite group stage.

    Is Son one of the best finishers EVER? Let's look at some data. 👇
  • The specifics of each company's algorithm is secret, but the premise of xG itself is well-understood and relatively straightforward: when taking a shot in a certain situation, what is the probability that an average player would score a goal?

    The xG that a player racks up during a game is dependent on other players, but this analysis is about xG performance, i.e. how much better they are at scoring goals than that hypothetical average player. By comparing against a common statistical average player, the external factors about teammates are irrelevant.

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    Is Son one of the best finishers EVER? Let's look at some data. 👇
  • A player's xG performance should be independent of their own team (if they play for a bad team, that would probably lead to them having less/worse chances, but it won't affect the stats as presented here because they're normalised as a percentage overperformance). What could affect it is quality of opposition goalkeepers - for example, say Allison as a top keeper, should reduce a player's goal-to-xG ratio because he saves shots that might have resulted in a goal against a worse keeper.

  • AFC Champions League standings after matchday 3 (East Region only)

    Group winners and three best runners-up proceed to knockouts. Don't know how to format tables on Lemmy, so I've done my best.

    Group F

    1. 🇹🇭 Bangkok United | GD +3 | 9 pts
    2. 🇰🇷 Jeonbuk | +3 | 6
    3. 🇸🇬 LCS | -3 | 3
    4. 🇭🇰 Kitchee | -3 | 0

    Group G

    1. 🇨🇳 Shandong | GD +3 | 6 pts
    2. 🇰🇷 Incheon | +4 | 6
    3. 🇯🇵 Yokohama FM | +1 | 6
    4. 🇵🇭 Kaya | -9 | 0

    Group H

    1. 🇦🇺 Melbourne City | GD +3 | 7 pts
    2. 🇯🇵 Venforet Kofu | -1 | 4
    3. 🇹🇭 Buriram | 0 | 3
    4. 🇨🇳 Zhejiang | -2 | 3

    Group I

    1. 🇯🇵 Kawasaki | GD +4 | 9 pts
    2. 🇰🇷 Ulsan | +3 | 6
    3. 🇲🇾 JDT | -1 | 3
    4. 🇹🇭 BGPU | -6 | 0

    Group J

    1. 🇰🇷 Pohang | GD +6 | 9 pts
    2. 🇯🇵 Urawa | +4 | 4
    3. 🇨🇳 Wuhan | -1 | 4
    4. 🇻🇳 Hanoi | -9 | 0

    Runners-up ranking

    1. 🇰🇷 Incheon | GD +4 | 6 pts
    2. 🇰🇷 Jeonbuk | +3 | 6
    3. 🇰🇷 Ulsan | +3 | 6 ---
    4. 🇯🇵 Urawa | +4 | 4
    5. 🇯🇵 Venforet Kofu | -1 | 4
    BBC Confirm Policy Change On Describing Hamas In Meeting With Jewish Leaders
  • They were being put under pressure because it has always been their policy to never refer to them (anyone) directly as terrorists, only using that term when quoting someone else calling them terrorists. "Proscribed terrorist organisation" is kind of the same thing, though - someone else has proscribed them as such.

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  • I think for me this highlights how massive these boats are than anything. 400 m? What the hell? That's almost half a kilometre. I've never actually seen one unless from very distant, so I can't envisage how big it is. I know how big a bus is, but "80 buses" isn't a very useful comparison either.

  • South Korea beat Japan in the Asian Games final, also winning the players exemption from military service https:// /en/results/football/results-men-fnl-000100-.htm

    Squad is U24 plus three overage players (just like in Olympics). Better-known players include Lee Kang-in (PSG) and Jeong Woo-yeong (Stuttgart).

    There are two ways for Korean football players to "win" military service exemption - a medal in the Olympics or gold in the Asian Games.

    How many people live in their own property?
  • They don't have Slovakia, which is an EU member, so it seems to be more of a "what can I be bothered to include" map rather than an EU map

    Edit: also Turkey, not in the EU

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    Game wikis just aren't as popular anymore?
  • If you scroll to the bottom of bulbapedia, they have a "Nintendo Independent Wiki Alliance" with links to other games' wikis. Though for Zelda, I always find to be the most useful

  • AFC Champions League group stage draw results

    Split into East and West. The 5 group winners and 3 best runners up from each region progress.

    Is anyone here reading The Breaker (part 3)?

    For background the original ran from 2007-2010, and Breaker: New Waves (part 2) ran from 2010-2015. Both were in the classic black and white manga format. I honestly didn't think it would ever come back, but it did - in 2022 in a webtoon format (link).

    I had the time this weekend, so I re-read the last bunch of chapters from both part 1 and part 2 to jog my memory and binged the 50-odd chapters officially released in English. The webtoon format is obviously great for reading on mobile, and the colour artwork is fine (and sometimes great). But the artist sometimes throws in a black and white panel that makes me long for the old art style (e.g., Chapter 54).

    At the moment, I wouldn't say it's reached the heights of the previous parts (my expectations are maybe too high), but the nostalgia is driving me along and I've still been enjoying it. Just curious if anyone has tried it, either fresh or someone who read the previous parts.

    What extensions are you using for privacy/tracking protection?

    I essentially have only been using ublock origin for years as the only extension I bother with, but recently I've felt I should be doing more, so had a look at things like privacy badger and ghostery... but I know firefox has tracking protection on by default, so do those extensions even do anything?

    What extensions do use to avoid overlapping functionality?