Month: August 2020

Look out Lucho! Valencia surge to top of La Liga after beating Cordoba

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first_img CEST Paco Alcacer continued his excellent goalscoring form with a brilliant header, before young full-back Jose Luis Gaya drilled home the second, low into the bottom left corner.  Upd. at 23:57 Valencia will be thrilled by their fine start to the season and with Alvaro Negredo still to be incorporated after injury, this could be a fine season for Los Che. They are tied with Barça and Sevilla on 13 points, with Atletico Madrid behind on 11 and Real Madrid fifth with nine. Having conceded two, they are level on Barça on a goal difference of 11, but have scored two more. Barcelona are no longer top of La Liga after Valencia beat Cordoba 3-0 at the Mestalla to surge to the summit on goals scored. Attacking midfielder Sofiane Feghouli notched the third, which was his side's 13th of the season.  25/09/2014 Sevilla, meanwhile, only have a goal difference of six.  Sport ENlast_img

Football Cliches book review: Will make a brilliant Christmas present for anybody who enjoys the beautiful game (pun intended)

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first_img From detailed breakdowns of the different stages players go through when moving from one club to another, through to definitions of each and every type of shot it's possible to make in football (the definition for "rammed" is particularly amusing), football is beautifully and lovingly sent up.  07/11/2014 Upd. on 09/11/2014 at 15:48 CET The author, Adam Hurrey, observes that some words are almost solely used in a footballing context; when was the last time you heard of anyone being beleaguered other than an under-pressure football manager? If you're a football fan - and if you're not, why are you on this website? - then you will recognise the many, many cliches highlighted in this book. center_img Cleanly and cleverly illustrated, Headline's nicely presented hardback will make an ideal Christmas gift (that time of year already...) for anyone who enjoys reading about or watching football. Rik Sharma Some of them you shall acknowledge with a knowing nod. Some a snigger. And on a handful of occasions you will laugh out loud, when it's clear that some of the phrases used about football on a daily basis go beyond trite and silly and belong firmly in a pile marked nonsense.last_img

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says the club wants “much more”

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first_img Sport EN Los Blancos were knocked out in the Champions League semi-final by Juventus, have virtually conceded La Liga to Barcelona, and are not in the Copa del Rey final. Florentino Perez says Real Madrid have had an uneven season and want "much more". Upd. at 17:58 CEST "We have to congratulate Juventus and also to thank the coaches and players for their effort -- and Madridismo as well.center_img 14/05/2015 "It has been an uneven season," said the Real Madrid president, speaking at a press conference to announce a legends match between Madrid and Liverpool.  "We started with a record run of 22 victories, the European Supercup and the Club World Cup but at this club we want much more. That is the legacy we have inherited and we will continue to fight for an 11th European Cup. "I know that today our fans will be low, but I want them to know that this will lead us to work even harder to become even stronger."last_img

Paco Jemez knew for two years that we could sign a Chinese player, says Rayo director

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first_img "Away from this, at this club we want to do everything to get our targets, because it is hard enough as it is with the budget we have. Paco has one way of airing his problems, which have become public, but I don't like that. I am a bit annoyed, not because I said those things, but rather because the information that has come out is incorrect." "My relationship with Paco Jemez is good. There are certain aspects that I don't like, but that's how it is. For me, what I don't like is that there are lies and he knows as well as I, because I have spoken with him, that for two years we could bring in a Chinese player. This is the reality," Minambres stated in a press conference. Upd. at 19:15 CEST The arrival of Zhang Chengdong, from Beijing Guoan, is a result of an agreement between Rayo with their Chinese shirt sponsor, with the Madrid-based club able to pick a Chinese player to have at the club. "Now, Zhang is one of the squad and it will be Paco's decision as to whether to use him or not. Nobody meddles in the managerial decisions. He chooses those who play and those that convince him." 04/08/2015center_img "In the first year, nobody came because we couldn't make a loan deal. I chose a player that I knew from watching him for three seasons in Portugal and I told the sponsor that I wanted him. From there, they made it possible for him to come, and if it hadn't been this player then it could have taken more years for a player to arrive." EFE "He (Paco Jemez) has one way of thinking about his problems and I have another. The things that I say here, stay here, they are not meant to be public. There situation is wrong and I don't know if it was him, or the journalist. What is certain, is that he has known for two years that we could bring in a Chinese player. I spoke with him and told him that this was the case." Felipe Minambres, sporting director of Rayo, has cleared up the controversy which has stemmed from the words of Paco Jemez. The coach said that they had been forced to sign a Chinese player, alluding to Zhang Chengdong, though Minambres has stated that "for two years" the Rayo boss had known that they could sign a player from the Asian country. "We have to clear things up and leave alone the topic of the player. It 's a known thing, from the first day that he arrived from China. It is a situation where I have chosen the player, the same as 97 or 98% of the other players who come in," Minambres revealing, sharing that he didn't have to sign Zhang Chengdong.last_img

Gary Neville insists Valencia fans deserve share of credit

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first_img "The fans were incredible tonight. Most incredible when we went 1-0 down - they stayed with every single player, and with me, and I am grateful for that.  14/02/2016 CET Sport EN Gary Neville insists Valencia fans deserve their share of the credit for the team's 2-1 win over Espanyol, his first in La Liga after 10 attempts. "The game turned into an emotional game, the fans were pushing us forward, throwing us forward," said the former Manchester United defender. Upd. at 10:28 "It was a tough moment, Espanyol were playing well, but we responded with the two goals. That is not just down to tactics, the coach, but also down to how the fans responded for their team." The coach was thrilled with the atmosphere they created at the Mestalla on Saturday night.last_img

The main reasons behind Argentina’s World Cup exit

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first_img RELATED STORIES CEST Upd. at 18:30 The four slip ups in the 'Sampaoli era', against Nigeria, Spain, Croatia and France has seen them concede 17 goals across those matches. In the face of adversity they crumble at an alarming rate. They conceded the last three goals, from Pavard's rocket (57 min) to Mbappe's double (64 and 68 mins), in the space of 11 minutes. Paris Saint-Germain's forward won a penalty and scored two goals to further establish himself as a superstar. From 4-2-3-1 in the World Cup debut against Iceland to the 4-3-3 against France, the coach used 3-5-2 and a 4-4-2 but none of them helped stem the erratic performances of the team. The 'Albiceleste' lost by a single goal in match which was played at two speeds, however all it did was convince those who had believed in the 2014 team that the squad needs rejuvenating. Against a young side barely out of their 20s, hungry for success with fearsome physiques, Argentina tried to impose a slow, containing style of football to avoid being left exposed during the transitions of play. 1. One match, two speeds They had the ball (59% possession), completed 547 pases, but they didn't move it at the speed they needed to. The more vigorous, stinging and incisive French side won thanks to Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann, Mbappe and Olivier Giroud. It was a similar case in the friendlies against Spain (1-6) and Nigeria (2-4) and the (0-3) loss against Croatia in the group stages. The Argentinian national team rode their luck until the Last 16 when Kylian Mbappe underlined his enormous talent as he scored a brace to knock out Lionel Messi and company. IN SPORT.ES 01/07/2018 Argentina went 1-0 down early in the contest but by the start of the second half they held the advantage and were 2-1 up. He's only 19 but Mbappe's display against the king of the last decade, Lionel Messi, looked like he was asking for a changing of the guard.center_img In fifteen matches Sampaoli used fifteen different formations until he decided to put Messi as the 'false nine' against France. Isolated and dissatisfied, Messi couldn't break his sequence of failing to score in the knockout stages of the World Cup (756 minutes and counting). He did provide two assists for Gabriel Mercado and Sergio Aguero but it wasn't enough. 3. Kante eclipsed Messi Lionel Messi leaves Kazan without revealing Argentina future The new idol in France football, compared with Ronaldo Nazario and Pele, claimed a place in football's history books. 5. The goals flow in their defeats 4. Poor management when they had the advantage EFE People are asking for change. The alternative will be using Giovani Lo Celso, Maximiliano Meza, Cristian Pavón and Paulo Dybala. His constant running minimised the time and space his opponents had on the ball and left them exposed. Marcos Rojo brought him down in the penalty area to hand France the lead in the 13th minute. 2. Mbappe, the young warrior Las claves de la eliminación de Argentina Jorge Sampaoli decided against fielding a striker and left Messi with the freedom to punish the space left between the midfield and the defence. Messi, however, rarely tested himself against Raphael Varane or Samuel Umtiti because N'Golo Kante and Blaise Matuidi shut him down. The goals from Angel Di Maria and Gabriel Mercado gave them hope but Argentina's own limitations prevented them from saving the match after France responded to going behind. 6. Sampaoli continues to search for a direction and system for this teamlast_img

Football: Clubs Placed On Alert As Barcelona Are Ready To Sell Their Star Player

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first_imgAdvertisement 90mkuNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs6k92Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9rw96a( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 5c30u84Would you ever consider trying this?😱vkuCan your students do this? 🌚bawbRoller skating! Powered by Firework (Image Courtesy: Barcelona)Advertisement Clubs all around the globe have been placed on red alert by the news that Barcelona want to sell Andre Gomes this summer.Advertisement Ever since club management approved the signing of Andre Gomes and Denis Suarez, the midfield has been overcrowded. Before it was just Rafinha Alcantara, Arda Turan and Sergio Roberto who were backing up the starting midfield trio of Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta.Denis Suarez has performed well whenever he was given a chance to by the manager, but that was not the case with Andre Gomes. Gomes, 24, has failed to sparkle for Barca and has been linked with a move away for the most part of the year.Advertisement Gomes has been linked with a move away from Camp Nou after struggling for game time at the club. Jose Mourinho was already keen to bring the midfielder to Old Trafford last summer, according to reports in Spanish outlet Don Balon. While, Tottenham and West Ham are also reported to have made enquiries for the Protuguese in the last twelve months.The midfielder has struggled to settle at the Camp Nou arriving from Valencia in the summer of 2016. He has struggled for game time during his time at Barcelona and now it looks like he has to got a route out of Spain.Also Read: Football: Sunil Chhetri On Japan, ‘Japan, you were brilliant tonight.’ Advertisementlast_img

Boxing: WBC removes Kell Brook from it’s rankings

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Boxing: Jose Ramirez to return on September 14 in Las Vegas

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first_imgAdvertisement bhji9NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs6uxgWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Emcde( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) urWould you ever consider trying this?😱vuwfCan your students do this? 🌚1jpRoller skating! Powered by Firework Ramirez’s first defense of his WBC title fell through after challenger Danny O’Connor had to withdraw from severe dehydration. Apparently, September 14 will be the new date with an opponent and venue to be announced.Advertisement A conflict may be in play with football season right around the corner. This hurts the chances of a homecoming bout taking place in September. Many suspect the new opponent will Be Silver Champion Josh Taylor. However, he has elected to enter the WBSS.Advertisement After Friday’s unfortunate events, Ramirez is eager to make his first defense.Ramirez released a statement Saturday morning: “Come out and support the event as we still have many great fighters and fights and the biggest platform in sports for our city. Come help me show how the Central Valley is united and not only supports boxing but its own.”At the Save Mart Center, he added, “Thank you all to my fans and sponsors who continued to support, who didn’t let this throw them off and will continue to be supporting moving forward.” Advertisementlast_img

Andy Murray Ends The Season… With Another Loss

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first_imgAdvertisement b5y1eNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs9ojmWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ebdgqnx( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) jmWould you ever consider trying this?😱7wn7kCan your students do this? 🌚v6ycRoller skating! Powered by Firework Three-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray was forced to end the season on a rather low note after crashing out of the Shenzhen Open in China in the quarterfinals of the tournament.Advertisement Andy Murray Ends The Season… With Another LossA 6-4 6-4 straight sets defeat at the hands of Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco will see the former World No. 1’s comeback hopes shattered as flashbacks of Verdasco beating Murray at the US Open earlier in August were relived again at the hardcourts in Shenzhen on Friday. This means that the Scot drops to 311 in the world rankings, and as reported by BBC, the slight ankle injury suffered by Murray surely seemed to work out for the Spanish fifth seed.In a remarkable display of class and grit, Verdasco cracked out 11 aces and 38 winners in the one hour – forty minute game to cement his place in the semi-finals against Japanese qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka, who beat yet another Briton Cameron Norrie 7-6(2) 6-2. The bout between Murray and Verdasco proved to be the consequence of what could be called an unexpected turn of events in China for Murray, 34, who had earlier bedazzled the world with two promising wins over David Goffin and Zhang Zhinzhen in the tournament’s Round of 16 and Round of 32 respectively, following a hip surgery in January. But Verdasco’s double knockout of Murray can be seen as only payback for all thee 8 times in 9 years, the latter handed out defeats to the former.Advertisement All things considered, Andy Murray now brings the season to a close in order to be in his best possible form for the Australian Open next year, come January.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img