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Isco & Asensio concern Spain boss

November 14, 2019 | lpjxbyhj | No Comments

first_imgReal Madrid Isco & Asensio concern Spain boss after struggling for Real Madrid minutes Jamie Smith 20:02 1/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Marco Asensio and Isco Getty Images Real Madrid World Cup Isco Spain Primera División The Blancos duo have been warned that they are not seeing enough game time as plans are pieced together for this summer’s World Cup finals Spain coach Julen Lopetegui is worried Isco and Marco Asensio will not play enough for Real Madrid as he steps up his preparation for the World Cup.Isco has started 14 La Liga games for Zinedine Zidane’s side this season but was absent for Saturday’s 4-1 win at Valencia due to a hip injury.The victory at Mestalla was the first match of the season Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo started together and the return of the ‘BBC’ strikeforce could limit Isco’s involvement over the second half of the campaign. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Asensio may also be pushed down the pecking order even though he has scored four La Liga goals – double Benzema’s haul despite starting three league matches fewer.While Isco and Asensio’s game time is a concern for Lopetegui with the World Cup approaching, the form of Diego Costa at Atletico Madrid is a positive, the Brazil-born forward having scored three goals in his five appearances since returning from Chelsea.”I’m sure they will play again, but I’m worried that Marco and Isco play little,” Lopetegui told reporters at the Spanish Sports Press Awards.”Diego Costa has not surprised me and he can be in the next squad.”Royal Spanish Football Federation president Juan Luis Larrea, also speaking at the event, confirmed Lopetegui is set to sign a new Spain contract.”The renewal of Julen is underway,” Larrea said.”And it is very likely that it will be closed soon.”last_img read more

first_imgItaly Ranieri: I’d quit Nantes to become Italy coach Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 13:17 2/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Claudio Ranieri Italy Ligue 1 Nantes Nantes v Αμιάν The former Leicester City master coach has revealed his desire to manage the Azzurri Premier League-winning boss Claudio Ranieri said he would ask to be released by Nantes if he was offered the Italy job.Ranieri, 66, has been linked with the vacant Italy post after Gian Piero Ventura departed following the country’s failure to qualify for the World Cup in Russia.AdChoices广告Former head coach Antonio Conte, Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Mancini have also emerged as possible replacements for Ventura, who presided over Italy’s shock 1-0 aggregate play-off defeat to Sweden last year as the Azzurri failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And Ranieri has once again thrown his hand up to fill the void within the national team, despite only joining Ligue 1 outfit Nantes this season.”Any Italian coach would love to be in charge of the Nazionale,” Ranieri, who guided Leicester City to a remarkable Premier League title in 2015-16, told Sky Sport Italia.”I have a contract with Nantes for two years and I have not received any messages, so I can’t say anything.”But if I were to be contacted for the Italy job, I’d go to the Nantes president and ask to be released.”Nantes are fifth in Ligue 1 this term, 10 points adrift of Lyon, who occupy the fourth and final European qualifying spot.last_img read more

first_imgUruguay Uruguay won’t change World Cup preparations for Salah – Godin Josh Challies 01:40 6/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Godin cropped Getty Images Uruguay World Cup Mohamed Salah Egypt v Uruguay Egypt The Liverpool star is expected to be passed fit for Egypt’s opener, but his involvement will not change any of Uruguay’s plans, Diego Godin says Uruguay defender Diego Godin says his nation’s plans for the World Cup clash with Egypt on Friday will not change depending on Mohamed Salah’s involvement.The Liverpool star is expected to be passed fit for Egypt’s first World Cup game in 28 years, after sustaining an injury in his club’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid following a tussle with Sergio Ramos.Salah’s likely return hands a huge boost to Egypt ahead of the game in Ekaterinburg, but Uruguay – fourth-place finishers in 2010 – feel they are ready for whatever comes their way. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “We have been preparing a long time ago to play the World Cup and it does not depend on a player,” Godin told a news conference on Thursday.”[Salah] is a big, decisive player and we prepare ourselves in the same way whether he is [available] or not.”We are at the maximum concentration, we prepare ourselves conscientiously considering Egypt , but we prepare in the same way.”The opening Day 2 match at the 2018 #WorldCup looms in Ekaterinburg on FridayGet the lowdown on Egypt  Uruguay , including expert analysis from our Team Reporters— FIFA World Cup  (@FIFAWorldCup) June 14, 2018Salah has not played since Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid and Los Blancos defender Ramos faced criticism from certain quarters in the aftermath of the match.However, Godin believes there were no bad intentions from Ramos regarding the incident that resulted in Salah being hurt.”I honestly do not believe in anyone’s bad intentions, I saw the play, it was one of the many in football and it can happen,” he added.After their clash with Egypt, Uruguay face Saudi Arabia and host nation Russia in Group A.last_img read more

first_imgSouth Korea ‘Europeans can’t tell between Asians’ – South Korea reveal number trick to confuse Sweden Joe Wright 23:02 6/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() South Korea World Cup Getty South Korea World Cup Sweden v South Korea Sweden Shin Tae-yong hopes his side’s first World Cup opponents will be hampered by not being able to distinguish between several of his players South Korea hope to have kept their tactics against Sweden a surprise by swapping shirt numbers in recent training sessions and matches, coach Shin Tae-yong has said.Shin’s men kick off their World Cup campaign in Nizhny Novgorod on Monday in what has been described as a must-win match, with Mexico and Germany the other opponents in Group F.Players have been seen wearing different numbers during preparations for the finals in Russia and Shin says it was a deliberate ploy to confuse any Sweden scouts ahead of the match. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “In my opinion, I think when the Europeans look at us Asians, I think it could be one of the reasons,” he told a news conference. “I think we wanted to confuse the Swedish team. That’s why we did that.”Asked to elaborate, he said: “We swapped them around because we didn’t want to show our opponents anything. Ki Sung-yueng is probably known, as is Son Heung-min, but for the other players it might be a little bit confusing.”It’s very difficult for Westerners to distinguish between Asians and that’s why we did that.”The build-up to the match has already seen allegations of spying levelled against each side, with Sweden having been accused of sending a scout to a closed training session after complaining that their own base camp was too easy to infiltrate.Shin, however, thinks any detailed level of analysis is to be expected ahead of a big game.”I think all coaches probably feel that way, that the other team is spying on them,” he said. “We have to analyse the other team and we do what we can to win the match, so I think it’s perfectly natural for us to try to understand the other team.”[스웨덴전 프리뷰] 첫 경기를 마지막처럼!기사보기 https :// @FIFAWorldCupKOR #러시아월드컵 #스웨덴전 #프리뷰 — 대한축구협회(KFA) (@theKFA) June 15, 2018 Sweden are without Zlatan Ibrahimovic at a major tournament for the first time since Euro 2000, their record goalscorer now retired from international football, but Shin does not feel they will be any weaker in attack.”If he had been part of the team, they probably would have been able to score a lot of goals, but they managed to get through the qualifiers without him,” Shin added.”Without Ibrahimovic, they were able to work stronger as a team.”last_img read more

Brazil demand VAR explanation from FIFA

November 9, 2019 | xppcyhzz | No Comments

first_imgBrazil Brazil demand explanation from FIFA for VAR controversy with Switzerland Josh Challies 22:24 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Neymar ref cropped Getty Images Brazil World Cup Switzerland Following two contentious incidents in the 1-1 draw with Switzerland, Brazil have written to FIFA to ask for explanation on VAR usage The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has sent an official letter to FIFA questioning the decision not to use VAR during their 1-1 draw with Switzerland.Brazil were left angered by Steven Zuber’s equalising goal in Rostov-On-Don, arguing that Miranda was pushed, and also believed they should have had a second-half penalty for a challenge on Gabriel Jesus by Manuel Akanji.In a letter addressed to FIFA President Gianni Infantino, the CBF questions the ‘conduct of referee Mr. Cesar Ramos and the video assistant referee Mr. Paolo Valeri’. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Addressing Zuber’s equaliser in the 50th minute, which proved to be decisive as Brazil failed to win their opening match at the World Cup for the first time in 40 years, a statement read: “It is evident that the Brazilian player Miranda, while on the act of defending, was clearly pushed and moved away by the goal-scorer Zuber.”Zuber deliberately pushes Miranda on two different occasions with two hands, the second occasion being much clearer, because the bodies of both players were more distant.”The action characterises a clear foul, which resulted in an undisputable advantage for Mr. Zuber, since Mr. Miranda was unable to defend and play the ball. The referee did not mark the foul and Mr. Zuber scored a decisive goal.”Arguing two ‘clear errors’ of the referee, the CBF also argued that Gabriel Jesus was fouled in the 74th minute and a penalty should have been awarded.”Gabriel Jesus, who was controlling the ball in the Swiss penalty area with a clear opportunity to score a goal, was held, also with both hands, by Mr. Akanji, who knocked him down and thus committed an evident penalty. The referee, however, did not intervene and let the action continue,” the statement added.Brazil meet Costa Rica on Friday, before finishing their Group E fixtures against Serbia.last_img read more

Passo a Passo

November 7, 2019 | pelzfibj | No Comments

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 5, 2010June 20, 2017By: Julianne Parker, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Julianne Parker, one of the sixteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.Fourteen-year old Ingrid, in recovery from a crippling crack addiction at the Lua Nova residency in Araçoiaba, Brazil, found out that she is pregnant this past week. Two days after the news broke she ran away. The weight and terror of such an unknown future was simply too much to bear, and she, along with many other girls at Lua Nova, imagine that fleeing is the only solution. Facing up to the challenges at hand, rising slowly above them to create a new life is a wrenching process that takes active dedication.The good news is that Ingrid was quickly found and returned to the shelter to begin this process of change and empowerment.When Ashoka Fellow Raquel Barros started this organization ten years ago, she wanted to create a haven for girls like Ingrid. Girls that no other organization or government initiative was helping. Girls who had been chewed up and spit out by society, who were forgotten and alienated, and yet have such incredible potential to transform themselves and their communities, breaking cycles of abuse and poverty.The last two months working through Raquel’s vision have been both inspiring and frustrating. The core mission of Lua Nova is revolutionary and powerful: motherhood is not a problem, it is a gift. Young girls who have been forced into motherhood are capable and intelligent. If just given the proper tools, they can succeed in building a new life without drugs, without prostitution and trafficking and abuse, with their children. As mothers.And yet in the day to day execution of such a vision, I continue to feel thwarted by huge obstacles. How do you combat a lifetime of bad examples, of systematic neglect and abuse? How do you reverse such norms? My belief in Raquel’s vision nevertheless inspires me to pick up and keep going, passo a passo, step by step, in this journey to instill in these new mothers the capacity for real social change.The truth is that I am such a small part in this organization and its mission. I am conducting motherhood education courses and working with the girls in regular group and individual therapy sessions that attempt to help them recover from past abuse and regain confidence in themselves and in their potential as mothers. This process has been incredibly gradual, as the girls have very slowly learned to open themselves up to me. They’ve been abandoned by so many people in their lives, it is only natural that they would wait six weeks to see if I was actually sticking around to trust me.But changes are happening, if ever so slowly. I am starting a new income-generating project with the girls in the next month, and am looking forward to its potential in involving a more global audience to Lua Nova and its work. Stay tuned and learn more at!Share this:last_img read more

Basic Rules of Touch video

November 7, 2019 | mfhfzdun | No Comments

first_imgThe Basic Rules of Touch video is now available for free via the TFA YouTube channel.The video, produced by the Federation of International Touch (FIT), is a great tool to assist beginner players, coaches and referees to the rules of the sport. We recommend you check it out by clicking on the following link –  There are more online videos and resources available via our Resources page at  Related LinksBasic Rules of Touchlast_img

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Zola: Chelsea players respect Sarri for his honestyby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea assistant boss Gianfranco Zola says that players are behind manager Maurizio Sarri.Zola was the one who took media duties ahead of the Carabao Cup quarter final against Bournemouth.And he suggests the players like working with Sarri, because he is an honest and likeable person.”He likes to chat and have a glass of wine,” Zola said of Sarri during the press conference.”At the same time he wants to be serious on the pitch. “He has spent 30 years in low leagues to build up and he wants to take the chance and do well. “The players are not stupid, they understand when someone is honest.” last_img read more

first_img​Mariappa insists Watford deserve more pointsby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAdrian Mariappa feels that Watford should have more points in the Premier League.The Hornets are in 9th place with 28 points, only a point off 7th position.But Mariappa believes they have been even better than their position suggests. And he believes there is more to come in the second half of the season.He said to the Watford Observer: “I think there’s been a real togetherness this season and we’ve had some good team performances and I think we can still improve which is always a good sign.”There’s plenty of games we’ve played well in and haven’t got the points we should have done. And, likewise, we’ve come back from losing positions in games to draw and win which shows good character as well.”To come away from some games disappointed to not have as many points as we could have done is, I think, a good sign at this stage of the season considering where we are.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgArsenal legend Keown: Ramsey debacle shows our levelby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal legend Martin Keown has slammed the club for not offering Aaron Ramsey a new contract.The midfielder has been allowed to leave the club at the end of the season, with Juventus reported to be his likely destination.And Keown told the Daily Mail: “If Arsenal are admitting they are only able to sign loan players, then it is staggering that they are happy to let one of their prized assets leave for nothing.”Juventus looks the most likely destination for Aaron Ramsey when his contract runs out at the end of the season. The Italian champions must be rubbing their hands together.”Ramsey has conducted himself with great dignity this season but it is astonishing that Arsenal, a powerhouse in the English game, could not put together a package to keep him.”The team are still formidable going forward. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are good enough to grace any team in the Premier League’s top six.”But the £100 million spent to sign those players last season and hefty wages given to other star players has led to this situation.”Unai Emery must look at his back line – where they are short at centre half – and wish he could bring in reinforcements. After all, Arsenal are only three points off the top four.”Emery is finding that decisions made before he arrived have left him with his hands tied.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgFree agent Rossi impressing Man Utd coaches (including Sir Alex)by Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGuiseppe Rossi has been turning heads at Manchester United’s training sessions – including that of Sir Alex Ferguson.The Italian, 31, has been invited to train with United after being released by Genoa at the end of last season. Rossi graduated from United’s academy before leaving the club for more first-team opportunities in 2007.Caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said yesterday that a deal for Rossi was unlikely. However, Sky Sports report that Rossi has been impressing the United staff with his finishing in recent training sessions. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves chief Thelwell rules out loan move for Gibbs-Whiteby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves sporting director Kevin Thelwell has ruled out a loan move for Morgan Gibbs-White.Speaking at the recent fans parliament Thelwell says that while other development squad starlets could gain January loan moves, Gibbs-White would remain at Molineux.He is quoted by Express & Star, saying: “We see him as a very, young player who will add more game time this season with us in Europe. “I don’t think he has stalled at all. He’s in the right place with Nuno. “He’s a top talent and going to be a fantastic player.” last_img

first_imgTexas athletic director Steve Patterson in the tunnel.It doesn’t look good for Rick Barnes. Texas fell to Butler in the NCAA Tournament’s Second Round Thursday afternoon, 56-48, capping a fairly disappointing year for the Longhorns, who were at one point this season ranked in the top 10. It’s the seventh straight year that Barnes’ team has failed to reach the Sweet 16. Following the game, Texas athletic director Steve Patterson was asked if Barnes will be back next season. His response seems to be a dooming one. When I asked #Texas AD Steve Patterson if Rick Barnes would be back next season, he said, “I’m not talking.”— Chip Brown (@ChipBrownHD) March 19, 2015That’s, obviously, not a good sign for Barnes’ job security. The Texas coach has been at the school since 1998, winning 402 games and making the NCAA Tournament 16 times.last_img read more

first_imgCollege Spun week 11 staff picks for the 2011 CFB spun staff picks week 11Last week, a number of upsets shook up the College Football Playoff field. Michigan State fell to Nebraska in the final minute. Oklahoma State shocked TCU to take control of the Big 12 race. Arkansas ended Ole Miss’ dreams of winning the SEC. And Alabama knocked LSU from the ranks of the unbeaten.This week, we’ve got another great slate of games. Oklahoma and Baylor will try to keep pace with the aforementioned Cowboys. Alabama travels to Mississippi State for a big SEC West showdown. And Georgia and Auburn renew what’s known as the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry.Matt Hladik is up a few games on the rest of us. Will he hold us off another week?week 11 staff picks 1week 11 staff picks 2week 11 staff picks 3Who do you have?last_img

Dortmund hint at Werner & Hazard future calls

October 27, 2019 | isuyyvzl | No Comments

first_imgBorussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has ruled out a double-transfer swoop for Timo Werner and Thorgan Hazard in the January window, indicating that one of them has already sealed a move elsewhere.Werner, currently plying his trade as a striker for RB Leipzig, has been in prolific form in Germany this season, scoring 11 goals in 17 matches to earn the attention of a number of European clubs.Bayern Munich has been mooted as a possible next destination for the 22-year-old and he admitted in December that he would consider a switch to the Allianz Arena. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Hazard meanwhile, has been in similarly impressive form for Borussia Monchengladbach, contributing nine goals and six assists over the first half of the season.Liverpool and Bayern have been touted as potential suitors for the Belgian, while it remains unclear as to whether Chelsea have the option to take up a buy-back clause in his current contract.Dortmund have also been linked with the Bundesliga pair, but club chief Watzke has insisted that they are only in the hunt for one of them.”At least I have the impression that one of the two players has already regulated his future and it is not with us,” Watzke stated.BVB are currently top of the league in Germany, six points clear of arch-rivals and reigning champions Bayern.Leipzig and Monchengladbach both still have an outside chance of challenging for the title too, with the former 11 points behind in fourth and the latter two points ahead of them in third.With three weeks of the January transfer window still to come, Hazard and Werner are free to negotiate with other clubs, but it remains to be seen whether or not their current employers will do business at this stage of the season.The Bundesliga resumes after the winter break on January 18, with Bayern re-starting the action away to Hoffenheim.last_img read more

first_imgCarlo Ancelotti expects negotiations with Real Madrid to bring James Rodriguez to Napoli will take “a very long time”. Ancelotti, who worked with James, 28, at both Madrid and Bayern Munich, is keen to sign the Colombia international. But Partenopei president Aurelio De Laurentiis has told Madrid they will have to lower their demands for the attacker, who is surplus to requirements at the Santiago Bernabeu.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? De Laurentiis is confident a deal can be struck, however, having already claimed that the player wants to make the move to play under his old boss once more.  Ancelotti is also keen and has already been in contact with the playmaker, though he doesn’t see his side as being desperate for the signing as the new season approaches.  “James can play in many positions behind the centre-forward,” Ancelotti told TV Luna on Saturday after a pre-season loss to Benevento. “He is a number 10 used to playing behind the striker or as a winger, with the tendency to cut inside. “I sent him a happy birthday message this week.  “There are negotiations in progress. It’s going to take a very long time, but we aren’t desperate or anything. “If it doesn’t work out, we’ll still be a strong team and might go for a different target.” Napoli have also been linked with Mauro Icardi, who has been told he can leave Inter, but Ancelotti indicated he is satisfied with options in attack that include Lorenzo Insigne and Dries Mertens. “As for the striker, a modern centre-forward can’t just be a finisher now, which is why Arkadiusz Milik is very important for us,” the Italian said. Napoli finished a distant second to Juventus is Serie A last season, falling 11 point short of the champions.  But the club did earn second spot in the table and have Champions League football to look forward to again next season.  A tough draw saw the Italian club bounced at the group stage last term, when they finished third in Group C behind Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool.  Napoli were then dropped into the knockout stages of the Europa League, only to lose out to Arsenal in the quarter-finals.last_img read more

first_imgWhen your father is a professional footballer, you quickly get used to moving from one place to the next and having to make new friends time and time again.  It was no different for Bayern Munich star Thiago Alcantara. The Spain international was born in Italy while his father Mazinho played for Lecce, before his dad returned to Brazil at Palmeiras, and then moved to Spain for spells with Valencia and Celta Vigo.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? It’s then quite convenient to have a little brother to keep you company regardless of the city you find yourself living in.  “I have a collection of great memories from my childhood because I was with my brother all the time,” Thiago told Goal. “We are very close and the difference in age was less than two years. He was my shadow and it was awesome.  “We had different great moments, playing in all the cities where my dad played after the games, at school playing with friends.” It was in Vigo that Thiago took playing football with friends to the next level. The 28-year-old was one of the standout performers in the ED Val Minor Nigran team that that saw off several of Spain’s biggest clubs. His performances did not go unnoticed elsewhere and he eventually ended up joining Barcelona at the tender age of 14, snubbing Real Madrid in the process. “I was playing in a team in my hometown of Vigo. My mom didn’t allow me to play on my dad’s former team because my dad had some issues when he was a player. My mom didn’t allow me or my brother to go there,” Thiago added. “So we played in a team and my friends from school were there. We had a great season. We beat Real Madrid. We beat Celta. We beat Deportivo. We beat all the teams in Spain.  “One game when we played Barcelona, after the game, my dad said, ‘Thiago, I didn’t want to tell you before but they want you to be part of Barcelona next year. So what do you think?’  “At that moment, you get shocked because Barcelona was a great team. Also at that time, he told me about Madrid and other great clubs. But my decision was very precise.” Gai AssulinHis move to Barcelona saw him team up with some of the best players around in his age category, but there was one youngster in particular that stood out. “At that time, it was a guy from Israel who impressed me the most, Gai Assulin,” Thiago continued. “He was my age and he was one step quicker than me, all the time. He reached the second team but then he didn’t reach the first team, and he was not consistent in the first division. At the end, he was playing in the second and third division in Spain.  “But he was the biggest talent that I saw at La Masia.” After impressing at Barcelona’s famed academy, Thiago eventually made the step up to the first team and he loved learning from his more experienced team-mates. “As a professional, I’m not a guy who could get impressed with players, but I have a lot of respect for them,” the midfielder went on. “The amount of respect at that moment was, ‘Wow!’ You are excited to play against them, to learn with them, to fight with them. This is very exciting.  “But I always look at their behaviour, how they are on the field, how they are in the locker room. For me, that was more important. I have respect for a guy because of how he is, not because he’s a football player.” The Spain international made his official first-team debut at Barcelona in 2009 at the tender age of 18, but he eventually opted to leave Camp Nou for Bayern Munich in 2013 in search of greater first-team opportunities. He has since gone on to make close to 200 appearances in all competitions, winning six Bundesliga titles and two DFB Pokals in the process.  With players such as Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben having left the club, Thiago is now one of the more experienced heads at Bayern and he is looking forward to taking on the extra responsibility that comes with it. “The players we have now have to take this role. Before, those legends were there. Very young people are coming, people with experience but also who are younger than us,” the former Barcelona midfielder went on.  “We have to lead them in some way and, also, learn from them. It will be a great mix and we are very excited about it.”  Both Robben and Ribery completed a full decade at Bayern, but Thiago does not know just yet whether he could achieve the same. “I’m just trying to enjoy this job, this passion that I have, to leave with this feeling every morning when I wake up,” he concluded.  “You have to keep going that way. In three years, you never know. I don’t want to make plans. I hate plans. Let’s live today and live tomorrow.”last_img read more

Zidane: Doctor advised Bale not to travel

October 26, 2019 | aazfmwrl | No Comments

first_imgGareth Bale did not travel for Real Madrid’s participation in the Audi Cup on doctor’s advice, according to head coach Zinedine Zidane.Madrid suffered their third defeat in four winless pre-season outings at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday, with Harry Kane giving Tottenham a 1-0 triumph that would have been far more comfortable but for the heroics of goalkeeper Keylor Navas.Bale is not part of the squad taking part in the exhibition tournament but looks increasingly likely to remain under Zidane’s charge after a prospective move to Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning collapsed over the weekend. Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “Bale did not travel as he was not feeling good,” the Madrid head coach told reporters afterwards.”Speaking with the doctors it was better to stay in Madrid and train there. That’s it. It’s a decision taken together, speaking with him. That’s it.”Bale was on target in the 2-2 draw against Arsenal that remains Los Blancos’ only positive result in their preparations for the 2019-20 campaign – though he missed his spot-kick in the 3-2 penalty shoot-out victory that followed.Zidane was also unwilling to offer any clarity on James Rodriguez’s future – another player apparently surplus to requirements under the Frenchman – but is unperturbed by the poor form of those who are part of his plans.”I always think positively,” he said. “I know it is difficult, we are coming off a tough season and Madridistas might not think it but we have a great team.”We are not ready yet but we will pick up confidence and play and come out of this. We just need to win a game.”Navas’ performance was one of few highlights for Madrid as he made a string of excellent saves either side of Kane’s goal in the first half.Thibaut Courtois suffered a sprained ankle as he shipped five first-half goals in the 7-3 loss to Atletico Madrid in New Jersey.The Belgium international’s previously expressed certainty that it was “clear” who the Madrid number one would be this term no longer looks so well placed.”Keylor played a great game, that’s it,” Zidane added. “What Thibaut said [about being number one] we’d have to see.”There are no automatic starters here. We’re all in the same team, and all must be prepared.”last_img read more

first_imgDabo Swinney speaks on the sideline.ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 22: Head Coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers calls a play against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on September 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Clemson and Alabama are off to a hot start in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Both teams have found the end zone twice in the first 10 minutes.Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney is staying busy on the sideline. Sometimes that includes giving an official an earful.The ESPN cameras caught Swinney providing the sideline official with a piece of his mind during Alabama’s second touchdown drive.It’s not clear what Dabo was upset about, but you can see him telling the official to “Do your job.”Dabo tells sideline official “Do your job!”— Kevin McGuire (@KevinOnCFB) January 8, 2019As long as this game remains close, you can expect both head coaches to be working the refs.Clemson leads Alabama 14-13 late in the first quarter. The Tigers still lead by one because of a missed extra point.You can catch the game on ESPN.last_img read more