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Yuzuru Hanyu, the two-time Olympic champion, said on Tuesday that he would no longer participate in competitions, and the landscape of the sport of figure skating will never be the same.

To get an idea of how much he has meant to his sport for the past dozen years, consider some of the fans who watched him compete at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.

In one corner of the arena, three generations of Hanyu fans — a teenage boy, his middle-aged mother and his gray-haired grandmother — sat on the edge of their seats, straining for a glimpse of him. They wore fuzzy Winnie the Pooh hats that made them look as though they had strapped giant stuffed Pooh bears to their heads, and they all clutched Pooh bears they planned to throw on the ice after his performance.

Dotting the stands were hundreds of fans just like those three, all wearing Pooh gear and on a paparazzi-like mission to follow Hanyu’s every move. In skating circles, those fans are called Fan-yus, and the bears they throw onto the ice are Yuzu-Poohs, cute and snappy evidence that the cult of Yuzuru Hanyu took figure-skating fandom to a level never seen before.


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There’s a reason fans have been obsessed with Hanyu, 27, and began wearing Pooh-themed gear after they first saw him with a Pooh-themed tissue box at the rink in 2010, the year he became junior world champion and started his march to the top of the sport.

With his lucky Pooh bear perched somewhere in the rink, Hanyu performed with a rare combination of grace and power, skating across the ice as smoothly as a gently flowing river before rocketing into technically difficult jumps that made his competitors gasp in admiration.

He was equal parts Evgeni Plushenko (known for his jumping) and Johnny Weir (a master of artistry). Emulating two of his skating heroes made Hanyu arguably the most well-rounded skater in the sport’s history. His goal was to appeal to all people, not just die-hard skating fans or fans from his home country of Japan, and he succeeded.

Hanyu pushed the sport forward with moves and accomplishments that challenged convention. When he won the gold medal in 2014 at the Sochi Olympics, he became the first Asian man to win an Olympic gold medal in figure skating and, at 19, was the youngest winner since the American Dick Button won gold in 1948. In Japan, he became one of the most famous athletes and has remained a superstar and cultural icon there.

Four years later, at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games, when Hanyu won his second Olympic gold medal, he became the first male skater to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals in 66 years, after Button’s second Olympic win in 1952. Though the American Nathan Chen was supposed to be Hanyu’s toughest rival at those Olympics, that head-to-head battle disappeared after Chen stumbled in the short program. Hanyu was the clear winner, and Chen continues to acknowledge that.

“It’s been the honor of a lifetime to have been able to stand on the same ice as Yuzuru Hanyu,” Chen said Tuesday on social media. “Thank you for everything you have done for the sport, and everything you will undoubtedly continue to do for it.”

Hanyu’s résumé is stellar, including breaking world record after world record for points, winning seven medals at the world championships and becoming the first man to land a quadruple loop in competition. But his fans gravitated to him for his intangibles, too. He didn’t just skate to win. He skated because he loved it, and his passion for the sport came through.

On Tuesday, looking calm and professing that he was not sad at all, Hanyu announced at a news conference that he would no longer compete because he doesn’t need to “seek those kinds of evaluations.” He proved that at the 2022 Beijing Games.


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After rotating only once in his first quadruple jump in his short program at that Olympics, Hanyu was in eighth place. While he could have played it safe in the free skate to try to win a medal, he did the opposite by attempting to become the first person to land a quadruple axel in competition. He came close to landing that axel but did not — and the fans gasped in unison when he fell. He finished fourth overall and, for the first time in three Olympics, left empty-handed.

Hanyu’s competitive career is over, but don’t assume that he’s retiring from the sport. In his news conference on Tuesday, he was careful not to use the word retirement, explaining that he simply doesn’t like the sound of it. He promised to keep skating and striving to perfect new skills.

“I want to keep challenging,” he said. “I want to land the quadruple axel in front of everybody.”

And if he does land that elusive jump, finally, there’s a good chance that an army of fans will be poised to witness it.

To celebrate, they will rain Pooh bears onto the ice, as they always have. And just as they did when he won his Olympic medals, those bears will turn the rink’s glassy white surface into a field of fuzzy gold Yuzu-Poohs to honor one of the best skaters ever.


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Title: Oh, Pooh. We May Never See Another Skater Like This One.
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Here are the nominees for the 38th Golden Disc Awards

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The Golden Disc Awards have announced the full list of nominees for its upcoming ceremony in January 2024 – view the full list below.

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On December 4, the annual South Korean music awards ceremony released a list of nominees across its three main categories – namely Best Digital Song, Best Album and Rookie Artist of the Year – for its upcoming ceremony. The winners for these categories will be decided through 60% streaming/sales numbers and 40% expert evaluations.

In addition to the three main awards, the Golden Disc Awards also gives out multiple honours, including the Popular Vote Award, which is decided based on 100% global fan votes. Details regarding voting can be found on Golden Disc’s official website.

The ceremony also normally gives out honours for several special awards – including genre categories, best group, solo and performance awards and more – though Golden Disc has not revealed these categories nor their nominees.

The 38th Golden Disc Awards will take place on Saturday, January 6 at the Jakarta International Stadium in Jakarta at 9pm KST, and will be aired on JTBC in South Korean. The event will be hosted by singer Sung Si-hyung and idol-actor Cha Eun-woo of boyband ASTRO.

See the list of nominees for the 38th Golden Disc Awards below:

Best Digital Song
(G)I-DLE – ‘Queencard’
aespa – ‘Spicy’
AKMU – ‘Love Lee’
DK – ‘심(心)’
H1-KEY – ‘Rose Blossom’
IVE – ‘I Am’
LE SSERAFIM – ‘Unforgiven’ featuring Nile Rodgers
NCT Dream – ‘Candy’
NewJeans – ‘Ditto’
STAYC – ‘Teddy Bear’
Parc Jae-jung – ‘Let’s Say Goodbye’
SEVENTEEN BSS – ‘Fighting’ featuring Lee Young-ji
Woody – ‘Say I Love You’
Lim Young-woong – ‘London Boy’
Jungkook – ‘Seven’ featuring Latto
Jimin – ‘Like Crazy’
Jisoo – ‘Flower’
Taeyang – ‘VIBE’ featuring Jimin of BTS

Best Album
(G)I-DLE – ‘I Feel’
aespa – ‘MY WORLD’
Agust D – ‘D-Day’
ATEEZ – ‘The World EP.2: Outlaw’
ENHYPEN – ‘Dark Blood’
EXO – ‘Exist’
ITZY – ‘Kill My Doubt’
IVE – ‘I’ve Mine’
LE SSERAFIM – ‘Unforgiven’
NCT – ‘Golden Age’
NCT 127 – ‘Fact Check’
NCT Dream – ‘ISTJ’
NMIXX – ‘expérgo’
Stray Kids – ‘5-Star’
TREASURE – ‘Reboot’
TWICE – ‘Ready To Be’
ZEROBASEONE – ‘Youth in the Shade’
Jungkook – ‘Golden’
Tomorrow X Together – ‘The Name Chapter: Freefall’

Rookie Artist of the Year
Hwang Yeong-woong

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FIFA Men’s World Rankings December 2023: Top 20 Nations

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On November 30, FIFA published the final men’s world rankings for 2023. The governing body of soccer has taken the 2024 UEFA EURO qualifiers, 2026 World Cup qualifiers, and friendly fixtures into account to update its list of the top 200 soccer-playing nations on the planet.

Below, we will check out the 20-best-ranked teams on the planet, figuring out which teams lost and gained the most points since the last FIFA rankings in October. Now, without further ado, let’s begin!

#20 Senegal – 1594.31 Points

Senegal Are The 20th Best Team In The World
Senegal Beat South Sudan 4-0 And Drew 0-0 Win Togo In November

With 1594.31 points on the board, Sadio Mane’s Senegal are officially the 20th-best team in the world. They have lost 6.51 points since FIFA evaluated them last in October.

Senegal played two 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in November. They beat South Sudan 4-0 on November 18 before playing out a goalless draw with Togo on November 21.

#19 Denmark – 1601.31 Points

Denmark Are 19th In FIFA Rankings
Denmark Beat Slovenia But Lost To Northern Ireland In November

In 19th sit Denmark with a point total of 1601.31. Christian Eriksen’s side have lost 10.84 points owing to their sub-par performances in November.

On November 17, Denmark clinched a 2-1 victory over Slovenia in the 2024 European Championship qualifiers. Three days later, they were thoroughly outclassed by Norther Ireland, succumbing to a 2-0 defeat away from home.

#18 Switzerland – 1613.44 Points

Switzerland Are 18th In FIFA Rankings
Switzerland Drew With Kosovo Before Losing To Romania

Switzerland have lost the most points among the top 20 teams in the November FIFA rankings. Losing 31.94 points, they have brought their total to 1613.44, slipping from 14th to 18th place in the rankings in only a month.

The Swiss endured a disappointing end to their 2024 European Championship qualification journey. On November 18, they drew 1-1 against underdogs Kosovo before losing 1-0 to Romania on November 21.

#17 Japan – 1620.19 Points

Japan Are 17th In FIFA Men's World Rankings
Takefusa Kubo’s Japan Beat Myanmar & Syria In November

The only Asian team in the top 20, Japan have 1620.19 points to their name. Gaining 7.20 points in November, they have climbed up a place to book the 17th spot.

Japan participated in two 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in November. On November 16, they claimed a 5-0 victory over Myanmar before beating Syria by the same scoreline on November 21.

#16 Germany – 1631.22 Points

Germany Are In 16th Place In FIFA Rankings
Germany Lost To Turkey & Austria In November

One of the best teams in the history of soccer, Germany lost 12.27 points in November. With 1631.22 points to their name, Germany are in 16th place in the FIFA men’s world rankings.

Germany lost both of their friendly outings in November. On November 18, Germany lost 3-2 to Turkey before succumbing to a 2-0 defeat against Austria. Julian Nagelsmann will need to pull up his socks if he wants to avoid embarrassment at home in the 2024 European Championship.

#15 Colombia – 1651.2 Points

Colombia Are 15th In FIFA Rankings
Colombia Beat Brazil And Paraguay in November

Colombia have gained a whopping 24.60 points since the last FIFA rankings in October, pushing their total to 1651.2 points and emerging as the 15th-best national team on the planet.

Their splendid performance in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers was the reason behind their resurgence. They spectacularly beat Brazil 2-1 in the qualifiers on November 16 before beating Paraguay 1-0 on November 21.

#14 Mexico – 1655.21 Points

Mexico Are 14th In The FIFA Rankings
Edson Alvarez Celebrating After Scoring For Mexico

Losing 8.73 points and two places since October, Mexico have slipped to 14th place in the FIFA men’s world rankings.

Mexico went up against Honduras in the CONCACAF Nations League quarter-finals. They lost 2-0 to them in the first leg before beating them 2-0 in the reverse fixture. The game was ultimately settled on penalties, with El Aguila Real clinching a 4-2 win in the shootout.

#13 Morocco – 1661.69 Points

Morocco Are Ranked 13Th In FIFA Standings
Morocco Beat Tanzania In November

Last World Cup’s surprise package Morocco are 13th in FIFA’s rankings, having accumulated 1661.69 points so far. The Atlas Lions have gained 3.20 points owing to their performance in November.

Morocco’s 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier with Eritrea was canceled on November 16 but the game against Tanzania went ahead as scheduled. The north African powerhouse claimed a 2-0 victory away from home in that fixture.

#12 USA – 1665.27 Points

USA Are Ranked 12 On FIFA's List
Pulisic’s USA Won Once And Lost Once To Trinidad and Tobago

The United States Men’s Nation Team (USMNT) have lost 10.62 points since the FIFA rankings in October. With 1665.27 points on the board, the USA are 12th-best national soccer team on the planet.

The USA played two CONCACAF Nations League games in November. They beat Trinidad and Tobago 3-0 in their first game on November 16 before losing 2-1 in the reverse fixture.

#11 Uruguay – 1665.99 Points

Uruguay Are 11th In FIFA Rankings
Uruguay Beat Argentina And Bolivia In November

South American powerhouse Uruguay have been the second-highest gainers on this list behind Colombia, with them adding 22.27 points to their name to take their total to 1665.99 points. Such massive gains have allowed them to jump four places and land on 11th in the standings.

Uruguay secured two big wins in November. On November 16, they snagged a 2-0 win over reigning world champions Argentina away from home. Five days later, they secured a 3-0 win over Bolivia at home.

#10 Croatia – 1717.57 Points

Croatia Are The 10th Team On FIFA Rankings
Croatia Beat Latvia And Armenia In October

Gaining 5.69 points since FIFA’s rankings in October, Croatia have taken their total to 1717.57 points. Luka Modric and Co. enjoyed a comfortable November, clinching two wins with clean sheets in the 2024 UEFA EURO qualifiers.

Croatia first beat Latvia 2-0 in their backyard before nicking a 1-0 victory over Armenia at home, ensuring top spot in their qualifying group.

#9 Italy -1718.82 Points

Italy Are 9th In FIFA Rankings
Italy Beat North Macedonia And Drew With Ukraine In November

Reigning European champions Italy have claimed the ninth spot, amassing a total of 1718.82 points. Italy won one game and drew another in November, and as a result, gained only 1.01 points since the rankings in October.

Italy first took on North Macedonia in the European Championship qualifiers on November 17, coming away with a comfortable 5-2 win. Three days later, they squared off against Ukraine, but could not find a way through. The game ended goalless at BayArena in Leverkusen, Germany.

#8 Spain – 1732.64 Points

Spain Are 8th In FIFA Men's World Rankings
La Roja beat Cyprus & Georgia In November

Two-time European Championship winners Spain have remained steady in eighth place in FIFA rankings. Gaining 6.67 points in November, La Roja now have 1732.64 points to their name.

Spain recorded identical 3-1 victories in their 2024 UEFA EURO qualifiers in November. They first beat Cyprus on November 15 before beating Georgia by the same 3-1 scoreline at home.

#7 Portugal – 1745.06 Points

Portugal Are 7th In FIFA Men's Rankings
Cristiano Ronaldo Scored Against Liechtenstein

In seventh place sit Cristiano Ronaldo’s formidable Portugal with a total of 1745.06 points. Despite winning both their games in November, Os Navegadores have lost a position in the rankings.

Portugal first went to Liechtenstein for their 2024 European Championship qualifier on November 16. Goals from Ronaldo and Joao Cancelo propelled them to a 2-0 victory. They clinched another 2-0 victory on November 19, this time at home against Iceland. Owning to the two wins, Portugal gained 5.23 points since October.

#6 Netherlands – 1745.48 Points

Netherlands Are 6th In FIFA Rankings
Netherlands Won Against Ireland And Gibraltar In November.

The Netherlands will end 2023 in sixth place in the FIFA men’s world rankings, with their current point total standing at 1745.48. Owing to their impressive performances in November, they have gained 6.22 points and leapfrogged Portugal in the rankings.

The Dutch played two 2024 European championship qualifiers in November. They first claimed a slender 1-0 victory over Ireland before bagging a 6-0 win away in Gibraltar.

#5 Brazil – 1784.09 Points

Brazil Are The 5th Team On FIFA Rankings
Brazil Lost Against Colombia And Argentina.

Five-time world champions Brazil have lost the most points in the top 10. Losing 28.11 points since the rankings in October, Brazil have slipped to fifth place in FIFA men’s world rankings.

Brazil lost both their 2026 World Cup qualifiers in November. They lost 2-1 to Colombia on November 16 before losing 1-0 to bitter rivals Argentina on November 21. They have not won a CONCACAF qualifier since the slender 1-0 victory over Peru on September 12.

#4 Belgium – 1798.46 Points

Belgium Are 4th In FIFA Men's World Rankings
Romelu Lukaku Scored 4 Goals Against Azerbaijan

In fourth place, we have Belgium, who have gained 4.75 points since the October rankings to take their total to 1798.46 points. The Belgian Red Devils’ successes in November have helped them climb up a place and land in fourth.

Belgium first secured a 1-0 win over Serbia in a friendly on November 15. They returned to 2024 European Championship qualifiers on November 18, claiming a 5-0 victory over Azerbaijan.

#3 England – 1800.05 Points

England Are In 3rd Place In FIFA Men's World Rankings
Harry Kane’s England Won Against Malta But Drew With North Macedonia

Gareth Southgate’s England have climbed up to third place in FIFA rankings, primarily thanks to Brazil’s abysmal showing in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers. The Three Lions, who now have 1800.05 points, were below their best in the 2024 UEFA EURO qualifiers in November, winning one game and drawing the other.

England failed to impress in their meeting with Malta on November 17 but managed to secure a 2-0 win. However, North Macedonia put up a stronger resistance and held them to a 1-1 draw on November 20.

#2 France – 1845.44 Points

France Are In 2nd Spot In FIFA World Rankings
Kylian Mbappe Scored A Hat-Trick Against Gibraltar

With 1845.44 points to their name, France are the second-highest-ranked team on the current FIFA men’s world rankings. Les Bleus have lost 7.67 points since FIFA’s last rankings in October.

France recorded a record 14-0 win over Gibraltar in their 2024 European Championship qualifier on November 18, with Kylian Mbappe starring by scoring thrice and providing three assists. The 2018 FIFA World Cup winners, however, drew 2-2 with Greece three days later.

#1 Argentina – 1855.2 Points

Argentina Are The Top Ranked Nation In FIFA Rankings For December
Argentina Beat Brazil and Lost To Uruguay In November

World champions Argentina remain at the summit of the FIFA rankings, having put up 1855.2 points on the board. Lionel Messi and Co., however, were not at their best during the November international break. As a result, they have lost 6.09 points since the rankings in October.

La Albiceleste lost 2-0 to Uruguay in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers on November 16. They, nevertheless, swiftly recovered from the setback, claiming a 1-0 win over arch-rivals Brazil on November 21. They currently sit at the top of the CONCACAF rankings with a two-point lead over second-placed Uruguay.

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Geoff Keighley invites you to The Game Awards 2023. Watch the impressive trailer for the event

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The Gaming Awards have grown in recent years to become the largest and most important event in the industry that no one who is passionate about gaming and is waiting for the latest information about it can miss. As he does every year, Jeff Keighley presents a trailer for his event.

Like every year for almost a decade, now at the beginning of December, we will witness the next “Oscars”, which brings up more and more emotions. This year, not only do we not have a single certainty about the Game of the Year award, but we can also look forward to a slew of great announcements, including some truly next-gen products.

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The trailer below doesn’t reveal much about what might be revealed, but during the roughly 3-hour live show, there will be about 20-30 material from current projects that are still secret? Is it really worth the wait? Here is the initial list of shows consistent with the rumors and first teasers:

  • Sega is set to reveal its big secret game
  • Microsoft confirmed its presence at the exhibition
  • The authors of The Inscryption will present a new game
  • We will see the first DLC material for Warframe
  • Epic Games will feature Rocket Racing
  • There are rumors about some games from the Xbox Live Arcade library being remastered
  • Must see Death Stranding 2
  • Elden Ring DLC ​​release date
  • Data premieres on the 20th anniversary of Beyond Good & Evil
  • Sony may reveal additional content for God of War: Ragnarok


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Title: Geoff Keighley invites you to The Game Awards 2023. Watch the impressive trailer for the event
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