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Squid Game’s Challenge makes one key mistake

When we last visited the Squid Game universe, 456 desperate souls battled to the death for the chance to win the 456 billion won cash prize.

Back then, the world wasn’t ready for the emotional ride that was Squid Game in which players were gunned down, slashed and fell to their deaths in their individualistic, self-serving attempts to escape their money troubles in the real world.

It has been two years since we last saw the signature green and white uniform of the players but fans are finally able to re-enter the games, albeit in a different way.

The reality show, Squid Game: The Challenge, borrowed heavily from its parent K-Drama to bring the real drama to life.

For those wondering, yes, many of the well-known games are back.

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The players tried their hands at ddakji, carefully licked and prized their appointed shape out of their dalgona/ppopgi (a Korean honeycomb toffee shaped like a cookie) and endured the trials and tribulations of the infamous Red Light, Green Light race. A task that caused a whole heap of controversy.

It isn’t quite the sequel fans had been pleading for since Squid Game‘s season one finale but it’s a worthy consolation prize as viewers patiently wait for season two.

Especially with the addition of the new, tense challenges as well as fresh new ways to eliminate players, giving the franchise some extra intrigue while deepening the suspense.

That said, the key social/moral conundrum remained the same: ‘what are you willing to do for the chance to win a life-changing sum of money?’

Squid Game posed this question and then watched their players turn from frightened to constant to rabid challengers willing to backstab, deceive and ruthlessly kill for their prize.

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Estonia men’s national football team manager on making the Euro 2024 play-offs | News

Estonia’s men’s national football team may have only ended up with one measly point at the end of its Euro 2024 qualification campaign, but by dint of a curious detail of regulations, the team can in theory still qualify for next summer’s finals in Germany, via the play-offs.

ERR’s Sport portal caught up with team manager Thomas Häberli, a Swiss national and former player, who has been at the helm since 2021.

The interview asked why Häberli is not worried about his own position despite the results, ways in which these results can be improved upon, and the need to remain focused on the play-off match fixture set for March, against either Poland or Croatia at the time the interview was conducted.

Aet Suvari: Our figures are pretty poor at the end of this qualification campaign – one point, last place in the group and a goal difference of minus20. What do you think are the main reasons we did so poorly this time?

Thomas Häberli: The question relates to expectations – what do we expect.  Are they that we beat stronger teams in the group, like Sweden, Austria or Belgium? Naturally what we cannot be satisfied with right now is finishing Azerbaijan. We really desired to be better than them, that is true.

But we need to accept that if we are missing so many key players, things will be very hard for us. September was particularly bad; unfortunately we couldn’t fight back and achieve anything historic. And I believe it would have been a historic thing if we had won one of those games. But we weren’t able to pull that off, and now we have to keep working and try to improve.

Suvari: For sure. One of the main issues is what you yourself have pointed out

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