Mendes arm wrestling with Madrid over several transfer deals

first_img CEST It should be pointed out that Mendes was key in Angel Di Maria’s exit from Madrid. The Argentine winger ended up leaving for Manchester United, before then joining Paris Saint-Germain last year.  Now the situation could repeat itself with Varane and James, who have both asked for a bigger role in recent times. 18/05/2016 Mendes is looking for other teams where they would play more regularly, but Los Blancos are not on the same page as they consider them two important squad players for next season – although James’ role is less clear.  This time, a breakdown in the relationship has been caused by the treatment of French defender Raphael Varane and Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez, two players who are not happy with their situations at the club. center_img Upd. at 17:57 But there is more: Mendes is putting pressure on them to renew Pepe’s terms, which end in 2017, while he’s also trying to move Mexican left-back Miguel Layun to the Santiago Bernabeu.  The relationship between Jorge Mendes and Real Madrid is not going through its best moment. The days when Florentino Perez and the Portuguese agent worked hand in hand seem a long time ago.   Sport ENlast_img read more

Nastic and Girona go into play-offs as Leganes seal La Liga promotion

first_imgGimnastic de Tarragona missed out on automatic promotion on the final day of the season as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Segunda Division champions Alaves.  05/06/2016 4. Girona 66  Nastic’s hopes of back-to-back promotions aren’t dead yet. They will have a second chance when they take on Osasuna in the play-offs, with the first leg in Pamplona on June 8 and the second leg in Tarragona on June 11.  However, even a win wouldn’t have served Nastic, who were also reliant on Leganes slipping up against Numancia. That didn’t happen, though, with the Madrid side securing a 1-0 win away from home and confirming their place in the top flight.  5. Cordoba 65 After relegations for Rayo Vallecano and Getafe, it’s a small boost for the community of Madrid, who will have three sides in La Liga next season.  3. Nastic 71  And they’re not the only Catalan club hoping to join Barcelona and Espanyol in the Primera. Girona, for the second season running, are also in the play-offs, where they will face Cordoba. The first leg is in Cordoba on June 9 and the return leg takes place in Girona on June 12.  Sport ENcenter_img Upd. at 12:47 2. Leganes 74 AUTOMATIC:  PLAY-OFFS: CEST 1. Alaves 75  6. Osasuna 64  Elsewhere, Mallorca secured their status as a second division club with a final day win away at Valladolid. That meant relegation was confirmed, if not already, for Bilbao Athletic, Albacete, Llagostera and Ponferradina.last_img read more

Ronaldinho, one of the main stars in the Indian indoor football league

first_img The six teams, Chennai, Bombay, Calcutta, Goa, Bangalore and Cochin will face each other until July 24, for the first title of this semi-professional tournament. 15/07/2016 Upd. on 22/11/2016 at 03:06 CET EFE These footballing legends and other veterans, such as Argentine Hernan Crespo, came together for the start in Chennai, in the south of the Asian country. India also formed a football Super League two seasons ago, which contains several former European and South American stars. It was created by a group of private promotors, looking to promote the sport in a country where the most popular sport is cricket. The ‘Premier Futsal India’ is an indoor football league promoted in India by Luis Figo, and which began its campaign with former glories such as Ronaldinho and Ryan Giggs. The competition can also boast of Spaniard Michel Salagdo, Englishman Paul Scholes and Brazilian Alessandro Rosa Vieira ‘Falcao’, a legend in the sport of ‘Futsal’.last_img read more

PSG boosted by Marco Verratti return ahead of Barca clash

first_img “Verratti is in the squad. If all goes well, he’s ready for tomorrow ,” explained PSG coach Unai Emery.  Sport EN Upd. at 20:18 They travel to Bordeaux on Friday in Ligue 1 and he is likely to feature at some point in that game, with a view to starting against Barcelona next week. CETcenter_img 09/02/2017 PSG have been boosted by the return of Marco Verratti from injury ahead of the team’s clash with Barcelona in the Champions League. “He has the opportunity to start or return. We’ll see with the doctor to make the best decision for him and the team.”last_img

Atletico’s Halloween hangover leaves them needing a Champions League miracle

first_img After a very public falling out with his former boss Antonio Conte, Costa now faces the ignominy of playing in the Europa League after Christmas, whilst Chelsea progress. 01/11/2017 Kieran Canning (AFP) – Griezmann to go? – Los Rojiblancos won the Europa League in the Argentine’s first year and reached two Champions League finals, a semi-final and a quarter-final in the past four seasons. Upd. at 13:55 For years Atletico have punched above their weight. According to Deloitte’s Football Money League, they had only the 12th highest income of clubs across Europe in 2016 of 228.6 million euros ($266 million). “If between now and January we continue with this run of results, the arrival of Diego Costa won’t mean a thing,” said Atletico captain Gabi. Playing against 10 men of Qarabag for the final half-hour on Tuesday, Atletico had the most attempts on goal of any side in the Champions League this season (32) for the reward of a solitary goal. “We have to try to beat Roma and then destiny will decide if we deserve to continue or are eliminated.” “I believe you get what you deserve,” said Simeone. “Our calling card was to not concede goals and score the few chances we had. That has turned completely around,” added Gabi. Griezmann did the honourable thing by staying when Atletico lost their appeal against the transfer ban in June, but is unlikely to do so again should his 100-million-euro buyout clause be met by a host of interested suitors, including Manchester United and Barcelona. Atletico Madrid woke up with a Halloween hangover on Wednesday needing a “miracle” to make it beyond the Champions League group stage after failing to beat Azerbaijani debutants Qarabag for the second time in two weeks. “More than a miracle needed,” read the front page of Madrid sports daily Marca alongside a picture of the off-form Antoine Griezmann with his head in his hands. Despite a FIFA ban on registering new players until January, Atletico still splashed out over 90 million euros on Diego Costa’s return to the club and Spanish international Vitolo in recent months. Once dominant from set-pieces, Atletico again conceded from a corner against Qarabag, as they had in drawing 1-1 at home to Villarreal at the weekend. The Frenchman has scored just three times this season and, whilst his poor form has played its part, it is trying to muddle through until the new year without Costa that has proved Atletico’s downfall. “Right now I would say the Europa League is rubbish, even though it has given me a lot.” The Spanish giants have taken just three points from their four Champions League games, but had big chances to win all of them. Something that even Gabi, a Europa League winner in 2012, is struggling to stomach. CET Simeone, though, was left praying that “destiny” will favour his side, who need to beat Roma and Chelsea in their final two Group C games and hope Qarabag can do them a favour by adding another draw to their impressive first appearance in the group phase. Since the arrival of Diego Simeone six years ago, Atletico have been transformed into a European powerhouse. Yet, in UEFA’s coefficient to judge European performance over the past five years they sit third – behind only cross-city rivals and perennial scourge in the Champions League, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich. Indeed, seven of the 10 goals they have conceded this season have come from headers. Meanwhile, they also spent big in the summer on new long-term contracts for Simeone and key players like Griezmann, Koke and Saul Niguez. Three years after his departure, Costa was bought back to recreate the spine of Atletico’s 2013/14 La Liga title-winning side, but the other core elements of that team are starting to crumble. Atletico now face the cost of failure having just moved into their new 68,000 capacity Wanda Metropolitano home at a cost of 310 million euros.last_img read more

What Ernesto Valverde can do to stop Vinicius Junior

first_img Sergi Roberto jugó de interior derecho el miércoles If Arthur comes back in, Barca will have more possession and give Vinicius less chances to run at the defence. Another form of limiting the Brazilian’s participation is keeping the ball more. He needs the ball a lot for what he’s best at. 01/03/2019 Madrid did damage too because Reguilon, Kroos and Vinicius thrived on that side of the pitch. The game will worry Valverde ahead of the second Clasico. Las opciones de Valverde para frenar a Vinicius The good thing about using him would be making Vinicius work harder in defence. Roberto being put there would have a domino effect, with Barca looking for a new right interior midfielder. @didacpeyret In this sense Gerard Pique is important, because he is on that side and can help keep Vinicius quiet. Vinicius’s game against Barcelona on Wednesday was impressive. At just 18 he was capable of leading a Madrid team in the Clasico and the semi-finals of the cup. He did not score but he produced Madrid’s best moments, leaving the aroma of a special player. IN SPORT.ES The right-back was exposed one-on-one multiple times. Vinicius tried again and again to beat him and managed it, Barca found no solutions. That would be Ivan Rakitic, back in his natural position – with Valverde reverting to a 4-3-3. One option would be to play Roberto there, but he is not exactly a defensive specialist. Dídac Peyret In any case, Madrid are likely to have superiority on that side. Because Leo Messi starts there but doesn’t take part in the defensive effort. Now even doubling up – with Sergi Roberto helping – was sufficient. Barca suffered and, above all, Nelson Semedo did. Despite his aggressive marking he was beaten many times by the Brazilian, especially over the first few metres. Upd. on 04/03/2019 at 12:57 CETlast_img read more

Cristiano: “Barça isn’t for me. I get the impression they don’t like me”

first_img Sport EN Surprisingly Cristiano didn’t rule out a possible career as a coach in the future. “I wouldn’t rule it out.” Although he’s constantly insisted he could play until he was 40 so it might be a while yet. Upd. at 14:24 “Barcelona isn’t for me. I’ve been there once or twice I got the impression they didn’t like Cristiano that much. That’s normal though because we were rivals. It isn’t a problem,” is how Cristiano Ronaldo responded to a question about whether he could see himself living in Barcelona in the future. 03/05/2019 IN SPORT.EScenter_img Cristiano: “Barcelona no es para mí. Sentí que no les gusto mucho” CEST Cristiano admits that he sometimes gets frustrated by people demanding more from him despite his incredible goal return. “You have to understand that there are people waiting for Cris to miss a penalty or fail in a crucial match. But that is part of life and you have to be prepared for that. I’ve been preparing myself for a long time now.” In an interview with ‘ICON’ magazine the Portuguese star, now at Juventus, is happy in Turin and believes he has adapted well to his new surroundings. “When I came they said I was past it. It’s Cristiano and he is what he is because he looks after himself. One thing is talking, another is doing it. Why have I won five Ballon d’Ors and five Champions Leagues?”last_img read more

Ousmane Dembele’s disciplinary problems come to the fore again as Barcelona exit looms

first_imgAdvertisement 55tiNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsfbl1aWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Escif( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) owbtWould you ever consider trying this?😱80nskCan your students do this? 🌚c7lRoller skating! Powered by Firework Advertisement It seems ‘Ousmane Dembele’ and ‘discipline’ do not sit well in the same sentence. Some of Barcelona’s top stars have raised their concern over Dembele amid reports he turned up 25 minutes late for the team’s UEFA Champions League clash with Inter Milan on Wednesday.According to Spanish sports newspaper Mundo Deportivo, the “disciplinary problems” being regularly showcased by Dembele have worried some of the dressing room “heavyweights” at  Camp Nou.Advertisement As relayed by Ullal, in Barcelona’s previous La Liga fixture against Sevilla, Dembele is said to have taken 10 minutes to get himself ready to enter the match following Lionel Messi’s injury, leaving his team to play with 10 men for that time.Albert Aubach of Sport reported that Dembele arrived late for the game against Inter. The players are said to be told to arrive two hours before kick-off, but Dembele did not make it to the Camp Nou for the 6 p.m. (BST) cutoff.Advertisement However, in an Instagram post by BarcaTimes, Ousmane Dembele himself seemingly dismissed those reports:The 21-year-old Frenchman became Barcelona’s record signing in the summer of 2017 following Neymar’s departure to Paris Saint-Germain.Although there’s no questioning the talent the winger possesses, his time in Barcelona has been far from straightforward. An injury prevented him from gathering momentum last season and since then he’s not been able to find consistency on the field.Given, that Dembele is a young player and still in his early days in his footballing career, he has gone through tribulations and with his current scenario at Barcelona it may become difficult for manager Valverde to keep him at the club. Advertisementlast_img read more

Kepa Arrizabalaga’s future seems to be far from Chelsea

first_img The Spanish goalkeeper could leave in the summer and Valencia are one of the interested clubs. IN SPORT.ES Sport EN Kepa Arrizabalaga is living though a year to forget at Chelsea. Despite his big bucks arrival in London two years ago, Frank Lampard later dropped him for Willy Caballero after shaky form. Chiellini: I admire Suarez, I’m a son of a bitch too Upd. at 20:40 El futuro de Kepa parece estar lejos del Chelseacenter_img Kepa was involved in an incident last season with then Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri, where he refused to be substituted late in the league cup final. Jasper Cillessen is likely to leave and Kepa has been linked with Los Che, who also may sign Neto, their former keeper who joined Barca last summer. 21/05/2020 RELATED STORIES CESTlast_img read more

VFL preview for season 2010

first_imgBy Paul PickeringA FORTNIGHT ago, Casey Scorpions coach Brad Gotch had every right to be buoyant about his side’s prospects…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img