Kroos is another

first_imgHis goals (4) and assists (6) have unblocked several games this season. Specifically they have been six points in the League and four in the Champions League. Ten in total. Its version is the same as always and not the last one, the worst of its target. This season has been four times more than the previous season.The fans love Kroos again, something that did not happen a few months ago. When last May the German renewed until 2023 (his previous contract ended in 2022) the fans did not understand (in a post-news survey 64% said they wanted his departure). He was ‘rewarded’ after his worst performance season. A decision that hid the blind faith that Zidane has in him. A confidence that the ‘8’ Real Madrid player is giving back to his coach on the grass … Kroos has recovered its best version and He is one of those responsible for the good moment that Madrid is going through. The German is the extension of Zidane in the field, untouchable for the French, as evidenced by the fact that one of the first decisions taken after Zizou’s return to the bench was his renovation until 2023.Against Valladolid, Kroos was once again the lighthouse of Madrid in a complicated encounter for midfielders due to the pressure of Valladolid. The German had a very high precision in all his shipments: 97.8% of success in your passes, the most of the whole encounter. Even greater merit if you consider that it was, by far, the one that passed most (90 in total and 88 of them good). The second that gave more was Modric and the Croatian distributed 19 less than Kroos (71). In addition, his ability in the lateral centers unblocked the encounter when it was more complicated for Zidane’s. The center was born from his right boot from the right that caused Nacho’s goal.last_img read more

Last bullet of Atleti by Cavani

first_imgJust 48 hours before the end of the winter market, Edinson Cavani still does not know where he will play the rest of the season. Despite the advances in recent days by the striker, the PSG has rejected the last offer of Atlético de Madrid by the player, which was 15 million euros. Cavani is still in absentia to leave the French capital, and proof of this is that he has not been summoned to the last five games with the PSG. However, the decision to play at Atlético does not depend on him, since the PSG is trying to get the most money for a player who ends the contract in June.Atletico will know tomorrow if he can sign Cavani. One of the most skeptical with the departure of the PSG player is Leonardo, who has tried to push the negotiation to the limit to try to despair of Atlético and stay with him for the remainder of the season. At this point in the market, the whole of the French capital would not have time to sign a substitute for what is today the top scorer in the history of the club. This Thursday you can be D-Day by the Uruguayan. As L’Equipe has informed, Atlético de Madrid will send the last offer to PSG by Cavani. And this will be significantly higher than the one rejected by the Parisians, since as the French newspaper has indicated, it will be 18 million euros more variable. However, In case of a negative response from Paris, Atlético will not raise the offer and the negotiations will be terminated.last_img read more

Joselu already averages one goal per game with Tenerife

first_imgUpon arrival on the island he was summoned to Girona, but he had no minutes. In Copa del Rey, he premiered as a blue and white scoring a goal that gave wings to a Tenerife that overcame the duel against Valladolid and went round. In the Las Palmas derby, he was only 23 minutes since he was replaced when the team was left with ten. Against Athletic he played the 120 of the tie, scored two of the island goals, but then in the penalty shootout, his failed. And against Sporting made another – the fourth – at the edge of the break“I really wanted to play and demonstrate. Confidence is giving me good results, helping the team, ”said the striker who already has 80 goals in his professional career. “I did not expect to start like this, I have come forward and hopefully continue the streak. It is true that this time I have not been very participatory in the game, I have noticed the tiredness of the Cup, but I have been able to help with a goal, ”he said. Joselu Moreno arrived in Tenerife with the goal in his suitcases. He came from a bad second season at Real Oviedo where things did not come out and opportunities were scarce. Víctor Moreno and Rubén Baraja convinced him and the Andalusian came to Tenerife to meet his best friend: the network. And he has made it big. He has four blue and white matches and four goals. There are already those who compare it with dear Nino. “It’s crazy to be compared to him,” he said. Is that it is a striker who “has made history in Tenerife, both in Second and First and is a reference for me. It’s a compliment that compares me to him, ”he admitted with some shyness. The truth is that the Almeria took nine games to reach the four goals that Joselu already has.last_img read more

Capello also in favor of Atleti at Anfield: “I loved it”

first_img“It was a surprise to see the Atlético beat Liverpool. Simeone planned a great party. You can’t point to anything. I liked your game so much … I could only do what he did, “said the Italian coach. your Liverpool? ” In this battle there have been many voices that have come out in favor of the Argentine coach of Atlético although there are also those who have defended Klopp himself, who already recognized him at the press conference after the Anfield match: “Nor am I a good loser. I am the worst person when I lose“ It was Berbatov. It was Willem van Hanegem. It was the same Trippier. Everyone, former soccer players and footballers, with words in the same direction: Klopp, the coach whose eternal smile froze ten days ago, against Atlético de Madrid. His invincible Liverpool fell, barely spotless, two defeats just before facing Atlético for the first time, in the knockout round of the Champions League. He lost first there, in Madrid, and then here, at his home, Anfield. And the bitterness could be felt in his words as soon as the game ended. Because there he was, in his direct criticism of the way Atlético played, his way of beating him. “I don’t understand Atlético but they are a fair winner.” The last criticism comes in the last hours: another compliment to Cholo and his game. From a partner. The former coach of Real Madrid or Milan, Fabio Capello, in this newspaper two days ago in which he spoke of the weeks without football during this confinement caused by the coronavirus health crisis. Owen’s defenseIn his favor these days there have also been statements like those of ex-Madrid Owen. “Pplease, Forgive me if I don’t share the inevitable nonsense that Simeone gave a master class. There is nothing great about putting 11 top-notch footballers behind the ball. Liverpool won completely“He assured in BT Sport, in line with the technician’s own words net, against the thought that his coach, Fabio Capello, was.last_img read more

Pablo Gállego, the only Spanish footballer who resists the coronavirus

first_imgIn the midst of the coronavirus pandemic that ruthlessly plagues the world of football, there is a championship that refuses to cease its activity. Although behind closed doors, the First League continues in Nicaragua, where the measures to prevent the spread of the virus are much more lax than in the rest of the planet. “I stay at home by my own decision, but everything remains normal. The government has launched a prevention campaign and each one must take their own measures,” he discovers from the Central American country. Pablo Gállego, the only Spanish footballer who continues to work.The Huesca forward belongs to Managua, one of the nine clubs that showed themselves in accordance with the decision to continue with the championship. Only the leader, Diriagén, expressed a discontent that his footballers showed in the preliminary stages of the match against Ocotal: the starting eleven posed with a mask, gloves and keeping the safety distance. “I do not know if the decision is correct or not, they are the responsibility of the Ministry of Health, but the situation seems controlled in Nicaragua and I don’t see the reason why we have to stop“Pablo Gállego evaluates. “It seems that the cases are controlled and they are still playing behind closed doors,” he details. pic.twitter.com/upmqOreTqY– Ball Migrants 🏠 (@migrantesbalon) March 24, 2020Some Nicaraguan media published that the First League footballers were forced to play under threats and extortion. Something that Gállego denies: “Not in Managua. We are going to continue competing because we want to fulfill our obligation and duty with the club. Yes, we will take the necessary hygiene prevention measures. “After the cancellations in Hong Kong and Australia, Nicaragua is the only foreign country with Spanish representation in which there is football.Pablo Gállego, who after 10 days He is the tournament’s top scorer with five goals, trusts that the situation will improve soon in Nicaragua, where so far only two coronavirus infections have been detected. Despite living relatively normally, the Huesca striker keeps an eye on what is happening in his native country: “There is always a fear. I confess that I am having trouble sleeping because I am very concerned about my family and the people of Spain, but I hope everything ends as soon as possible “. Thus relates @ PabloGallego7 How Nicaragua lives the coronavirus health crisis. last_img read more

Young Chanderpaul aiming to improve batting

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC):Former West Indies Under-19 opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul says he plans to use the upcoming first class season to improve his batting in the longer format of the game as a member of the Guyana Jaguars franchise.”Hopefully, if I get a knock, get some runs and do well for the team because we are the defending champions, and we have to retain that status,” said the 19-year-old left-hander.”After I finish training in the mornings here (with the team), I usually go home and practise my batting in the nets about an hour or so in the bowling machine.”Chanderpaul, who will be looking to follow in the footsteps of his father, Shivnarine, has a total of nine first-class matches, with an average of 20. At the Under-19 level last year, he was an outstanding performer at the top of the order for young West Indies, scoring 112 against India at the 2014 World Cup in Dubai.last_img read more

Agents against sale of Caymanas lands

first_imgTHE Jamaican Jockey Agents Association, led by President Donovan Wilson, has joined the jockeys, grooms and Jamaica Racehorse Trainers associations in dismissing claims of affiliation to either of the two bidders involved in the Government’s divestment of Caymanas Track Limited (CTL).The agents, who solicit rides on behalf of jockeys – liaising with trainers – are recognised and licensed by the Jamaica Racing Commission.In a press release signed by Wilson, the agents association said it “endorses the position taken by the racehorse trainers association, the grooms’ association and the Jamaica Jockey’s Association as specified in their press release regarding the neutrality of all associations in relation to the current bid for divestment”.”We also stand with them in their declared stance not to endorse or support any action that involves the sale of any asset or land owned by CTL,” the agents’ release stated.Over a week ago, the trainers, jockeys and grooms issued a joint press release declaring their neutrality in the process while stating they were “totally against” any proposed sale involving any of Caymanas Park’s 196 acres on which the horse-racing plant operates in Portmore, St Catherine.No long-term closureThe jockeys’ agents, in their release, further stated that the Government should include a clause to guard against any long-term closure of the racetrack.”We implore that a clause be placed within the divestment negotiations that guarantee that in the event that local racing ceases to be held at the CTL racetrack for a period of more than three months, that the lease of the property would be voided and the property reverted to the control of the Jamaican Government,” the release added.This clause, Wilson said, would safeguard his members’ livelihood.”My membership is involved in a very specific profession and they can only earn their living if local racing is functioning. This is similar to the other membership of the other unions, i.e., jockeys, racehorse trainers and grooms.”The Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) is in receipt of bids from two entities expressing interest in acquiring state-run horse-racing promoting company CTL.The bids were received from Caymanas Racing and Entertainment Limited and Supreme Ventures Limited, following the bid opening exercise at the DBJ on Friday, September 18.Caymanas Racing and Entertainment Limited comprises a number of stakeholders at Caymanas Park, including noted horsemen and investors Michael Bernard, Richard Lake and trainer Richard Azan.The DBJ and Caymanas Track Limited Enterprise Team (CTLET) are overseeing the privatisation process on behalf of the Ministry of Finance and Planning.It is anticipated that the evaluation will be completed this month, after which the preferred bidder will be recommended by CTLET to the Ministry of Finance and Planning and to the Cabinet for approval.last_img read more

Stakes win for Bridgmohan

first_imgNEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CMC):Jamaican jockey Shaun Bridgmohan made virtually all the running aboard favourite Cash Control to capture the US$60,000 Tiffany Lass Stakes at Fair Grounds here last Saturday.Cash Control grabbed the lead outside the five-eighths pole after fighting Bridgmohan made her running along the rails before easily fending off her challengers in the stretch to reach the wire 2-1/2 lengths clear in a time of one minute, 43.07 seconds. The victory was her third straight but first added money score.Bridgmohan said he realised the four-year-old bay filly wanted the lead from the break and he complied.”She was very determined wanting to go, so I dropped my hands and let her do her thing,” he said.Bridgmohan narrowly missed out on another stakes triumph when he finished second by a nose aboard favourite Twirling Cinnamon as 5-1 chance Taylors Angiel won the $60,000 Sugar Bowl Stakes.last_img read more

Oral Tracey: We cannot handle success

first_imgThe Caribbean people and the Jamaican people, in particular, must be among the most talented, most creative and most resilient people in the entire world. On the few occasions when we have managed to put our collective energies together, we have been unstoppable. We seem, however, to have some serious and crippling flaws in our character, which make it most challenging for us to actually unite consistently for any meaningful cause. One such cause, West Indies cricket, has long been a victim of this debilitating fractiousness. The recent and ongoing controversy raging across the region – ironically ignited by the recent success of the regional cricket teams – the direction the rhetoric is going, poignantly highlights some of these fundamental flaws. The term ‘crab in a barrel’ has often been used to describe people who tend to pull down the progressive ones in their midst instead of supporting and encouraging their success. That is exactly what’s been playing out since the recent success of the West Indies team – in the glorious moments when the Caribbean people should be enjoying the unprecedented success of our Under-19 team, our women’s T20 team and our men’s T20 team all simultaneously boasting the status of world champions. Instead of celebrating and appreciating these rare and precious moments, the rhetoric has been toxic and the energies concentrated in the cause of tearing down the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and getting rid of its Jamaican president, Mr Dave Cameron. It is nothing short of ironic that the catalyst for this ongoing bickering was indeed our success. The incessant calls for the blood of Cameron in the instant of the region’s most successful on-field run in close to three decades, I think, merits some in-depth sociological and anthropological research. So many among us seem so willing to subscribe to the fickle notion that winning these world titles was achieved in spite of the administrators, and not because of them, implying therefore that now is as good a time as any to launch the ‘anti-WICB attacks’. Pettiness, maliciousness It would be understandable if this attitude emanated from some lofty and noble pursuit of a higher standard of consistency of excellence from our players and administrators, but the inherent pettiness and tone of maliciousness in the attacks, specifically against the board president, implies a complex and inexplicable personal dislike which defies rational discourse. In what is supposed to be one of our proudest moments, we have degenerated to our divisive worst. Not long ago, I was way down the wicket, in terms of my personal resignation to the fatal demise of West Indies cricket as an institution, after repeatedly witnessing and living the embarrassment of some stinging recent defeats in Tests and one-day internationals. Then came T20 and the near-immediate compatibility of this new format with the natural athleticism, pace and power of the average Caribbean cricketer. Flames of hope were rekindled when the West Indies went on to win the world T20 in 2012. Then came the men’s team and then the women’s team of 2016 and the historic double, as the flames were now fully ablaze. But just for a fleeting moment. Instead of gratitude and satisfaction, bickering has become the order of the day with past and current players leading the way, with the proverbial angry mob behind them. Misinformation and half-truths have permeated the air, as personal agendas have taken charge. Lost in the quagmire is another potentially inspirational and motivational gem, transformed instead into another opportunity to self-destruct. Despite the obvious redemptive value of T20 to the region’s cricket, we appear destined to drop the catch, as apparently we cannot handle success.last_img read more

Franklyn Rose ordeal!

first_imgUpon return to Jamaica by way of deportation, former West Indies paceman, Franklyn Rose, is claiming racial injustice and wrongful deportation and recounted his story “for public information on racial profiling predominantly in a Caucasian environment”.Speaking in an interview via the West Indies Players Association (WIPA), the Jamaican shared: “I need to let people know what really happened. I am disappointed in the New Zealand immigration system. I am very disappointed,” he said of being locked up abroad and then deported.Rose’s attorney is currently pursuing the matter, and the former cricketer wants Jamaicans to understand he was not a lawbreaker.”I want people to understand my side of the story, to set the record straight,” Rose said.Rose entered a professional contract with New Zealand Cricket playing and coaching at the club level in 2010. He played two years at that level before his contract ended. Rose said he had high hopes of retaining a new contract, but it was not to be.He said that in 2012, he was victim of a traumatic racial assault.According to the Jamaican, four Caucasian men used racially discriminatory words while attacking him in an attempt to steal his car.THEY BEAT ME”They beat me down. One (guy) missed my head and chopped me on the hand,” said Rose, who was subsequently admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at hospital for three days before being released, according to him, prematurely.”The nurses kicked me out; (they) said they needed to care for other patients. After a day my friend had to take me back to the hospital. I was having some serious pains. The doctors told me I had a blood clot in my lungs and I had nerve damage in my hand,” said Rose.The former cricketer said there was no arrest related to his assault, even though the incident was reported to the police.”I reported the incident to the police, but because of the colour of my skin, they thought I was in a gang or something.”By the time he got kicked out of hospital, Rose’s cricket career was virtually over and he was on his own to pay the medical bills.”They thought that I was addicted to drugs or pain medication or something. They knew I was sick, though, that I had a blood clot. I ended up going to a private hospital instead,” he outlined, adding that he felt that his rejection was influenced by his race.Rose added that the private hospital fees were as high at US$1,500 per day, which he paid out of pocket. He was discharged after a week.He explained that the severity of his health condition and the fact that he had to be taking medication disallowed him from flying back home to Jamaica.Thus, he stayed in New Zealand for another two years while seeing various health specialists weekly to assist with his recovery.”I was prescribed very strong medication Warfarin. That’s a blood thinner. I also had internal bleeding in my brain; that meant more hospital fees and medication, and I was advised by the doctors that I could not travel by air,” he stressed.Rose admitted that it was depressing not being able to play cricket.”One morning, the police came knocking on my door. They questioned me about my immigration status and asked for my medical documents. I told them everything and gave them all my documents,” Rose said.”They put me on a reporting order. I had to report to the police station every Wednesday at 9 a.m. I did that religiously,” he said.Rose stressed that everything seemed well until eight weeks ago when the police came to his house at 6 a.m. and “dragged me out”.ALLEGED RAPERose said, to his dismay, he was told that he was under investigation for an alleged rape incident.”I was so confused. I know that it was a lie and they treated me like I was nothing.”Rose said he was advised that, irrespective of his medical condition, he would be deported because of his overstay.Rose added that while in court, the judge advised him there were no flights available for his deportation.”They threw me in prison for 10 days, among murderers, rapists and other convicts. It was crazy; I know I didn’t belong there.” Rose said.”I couldn’t get to use the shower. I couldn’t brush my teeth for 10 days and I didn’t even get my medication until after eight days of being locked up. I could have died in that cell. I was so depressed.”Rose recalled: “I was finally given shower privileges, but no one told me that each shower lasted for only five minutes. They cut off the water while I was soaped up. I had to wash off myself with the water from the toilet.”After spending 38 days in prison, he said he was taken out of his cell and escorted to the airport.”They put me in one of those prison trucks. They treated me like a criminal.”He was then seated at the back of the plane and placed under high security.He added that he is looking forward to full recovery, while enabling him to make a contribution to cricket.last_img read more