The flame lighting ceremony is scheduled to take place in Ancient Olympia, home of the ancient Games in Greece, on March 12 when a high priestess will ignite the Olympic flame using the sun's rays and a parabolic mirror.
A similar story to Leeds in flying too close to the sun. The Black Cats were third in 1999-2000 when Santa called but they have been anything but lucky since. Their travails have been best summed up by the Netflix documentary Sunderland Till I Die. Currently in League One.
A large-scale safety operation will be deployed around the match involving 3,000 security personnel while both teams have been instructed to travel to the stadium from the same hotel.
The side who won the European Cup twice in a row under Brian Clough impressed with a fourth-place Christmas finish in 1994-95, but they have been some distance from the top of the tree ever since. Now the club finds themselves in the middle of the Championship where they have been for much of the last decade.
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The Sussexes and baby Archie spent the recent Christmas holidays in Canada with Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland.
"This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity," they wrote.
Organizers hope to use the Tokyo 2020 Games to showcase the Fukushima area's recovery after the "triple disaster" that struck on March 11, 2011.
Last season PSV finished second in the Eredivisie, trailing three points behind Amsterdam powerhouse Ajax.
The side had a great run after promotion to the Premier League that saw them fourth at Christmas of the 1993-94 season, third at the same point in 1994-95. They were even top when at the height of the festive season in 1995-96 and in 2001-02 but hat did not carry on to the end of either season. They have also been back to the second tier and fears are they may be again under Steve Bruce after losing Benitez.
Whatever happens this weekend Liverpool find themselves top of the table at the festive season, a place where they have been before. The deja vu is fresh as they were top of the table under Juergen Klopp this time last year.
Tottenham Hotspur, beaten 2-0 by Liverpool in last season's final in Spain, will lock horns with Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig, who are through to the knockout stage for the first time. Spurs can count on the experience of new coach Jose Mourinho - a two-time winner of the competition, with Porto in 2004 and Inter Milan in 2010.