Ceferin threatens to kick Belgian clubs out of Europe

first_imgUEFA President, Aleksander Ceferin, has expressed his discontent with Belgian football for terminating the Jupiler Pro League, in the absence of a day for the end of the competition, he pointed out that the European entity could sanction him and does not rule out his exclusion next season from continental competitions.In an interview for German television ZDF, Ceferin attacked Belgian football for deciding to end the season, stopped for a time by the coronavirus outbreak, prematurely and without ending the league and leaving the cup competition pending.“I don’t think it’s the right move. Solidarity is not a one-way road. You can’t ask for help and then decide for yourself what is best for you. And I must say; Belgians and whatever they are considering doing the same now risk not participating in European competitions next year, “the UEFA official warned. At the moment, Belgian football has chosen to declare Bruges as the League champion, in the absence of a game, for being the leader with a 15 point advantage over KAA Gent, although later a title playoff is disputed. A decision that, in the absence of being confirmed, has turned against UEFA, the Association of European Clubs (ECA) and the rest of the leagues in Europe, who chose to request that the competitions not be canceled early.Despite the fact that most of the ‘Old Continent’ leagues are suspended for seasons, until the end of April in most cases, the season is still being considered, either by lengthening the calendar or resuming closed-door competitions to combat the spread of COVID-19.As for the Champions League and the Europa League, which are in the round of 16, Ceferin commented that they could be completed behind closed doors and once the national competitions are finished on June 30, but he ruled out playing them in the fall.“Football is not at all the same without fans. But it’s definitely better to play football with no supporters in the stands and have it back on TV than to have nothing at all. That is what people want, that returns positive energy to their homes. It is probably July or August. We cannot develop it in September or October, “he said.last_img read more

Espanyol, on the wire at 26 years in a row in the First

first_imgWas the April 23, 1994, in the middle of the Diada de Sant Jordi, when Espanyol claimed their last promotion, with a 4-0 against Cádiz in Sarrià. Since then, it adds 26 uninterrupted years in First, a feat that they have only emulated Real Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Athletic Club and Valencia, since the rest of the teams have dropped at least once in this long quarter of a century. But the parakeets’ milestone is in danger as ever (with permission from Coro’s goal). With Raúl I hold maximum icon of this long stage on the field of play, in the offices the situation is fortunately very different from what was experienced in 1994, with internal fights and a trainers dance even higher than in the following decades, with only 18,000 members (approximately 50 percent less than now) and with a debt in absolute terms very similar to the one that will remain after the current capital increase, about 30 million euros, but that for the value of the time led to the sale of Sarrià and is now considered as an acceptable quantity. The key is not to descend, of course.And while Espanyol accessed Europe three times through its classification (two others were for having conquered the King’s Cup), such as last year or the extraordinary fourth place of the 1995-96 season, until seven times he really suffered to save the category: 1996-97, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2005-06, 2008-09, 2012-13 and 2015-16. Some, needless to say, saved by the bell. The big question that all parakeets are asking right now, in a long uncertainty due to the coronavirus, is if they can blow out the candles of the 27 years uninterrupted in First. DAILY AS & nbsp; (DAILY AS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Camacho and Abelardo, first and last technicians of Espanyol in these 26 years, when they were coach and player.DAILY AS (DAILY AS)center_img Their twentieth position in the table, awaiting the outcome, makes them “transit the cornice”, an expression popularized by Miguel Ángel Brindisi, one of the 23 coaches that Espanyol have had in this period, almost one per year, and some in two stages: José Antonio Camacho, Pepe Carcelén, Vicente Miera, Paco Flores, Marcelo Bielsa, Brindisi, Juande Ramos, Ramon Moya, Javier Clemente, Luis Fernández, Miguel Ángel Lotina, Ernesto Valverde, Bartolomé ‘Tintín’ Márquez, José Manuel Esnal ‘Mané’, Mauricio Pochettino (the one who has led the most days at this time, 146), Javier Aguirre, Sergio González, Constantin Galca, Quique Sánchez Flores, David Gallego, Joan Francesc Ferrer ‘Rubi’ , Pablo Machín and Abelardo Fernández.To balance the balance, in this period five presidents have passed through the club –Francesc Perelló Picci, Dani Sánchez Llibre, Ramon Condal, Joan Collet and Chen Yansheng–, although it is true that four have happened in the last decade. In these 26 years, the parakeet has disputed 985 games in LaLiga since that last promotion, with 332 wins, 271 draws and 382 losses. Or what is the same, 1,253 points. And in three stadiums different.last_img read more

Bordalás’ latest weekly teleworking plan

first_imgAmong the Azulona squad, the general desire is to return, although with great caution. From an extraordinary season the best was left and the getafenses do not want to miss it, although as he acknowledges Jaime Mata: “If we return without an audience, it will not be the same, but at least it will be the fairest.” Each Sunday since the competition was suspended and the confinement began, José Bordalás sends a comprehensive work plan to his own. Bicycle exercises, running and some other instructions that each player must strictly follow. In fact, the technician forces them to send their daily weight and in some cases requires photography of the day. Everything under control with a lot of demand and also enough jokes among the group.This Sunday is no different and Bordalás together with Javier Vidal have scheduled the weekly work of their footballers thinking that the competition will return. This time it was special, because among the wishes and comments of the Azulones players is that this is the last plan to work at home. The desire to return to the Sports City is great, because as some Geta soccer players remember, they do not have “houses with kilometric gardens” and their means of work are more limited.last_img read more

WI Women, India in crucial clash

first_imgMOHALI, India (CMC): West Indies Women will seek to banish the disappointment of their defeat to England Women last week when they take on hosts India Women in a virtual must-win game in the Women’s Twenty20 World Cup here today. After starting the tournament with two straight wins to top Group B, they stumbled in a heart-wrenching last ball defeat on Thursday, to tumble into second spot alongside Pakistan Women on four points. West Indies Women must now ensure they beat India Women and hope England also defeat the Pakistanis in order to clinch a semi-final spot outright. nerve-racking scenario Even if they win but England lose, the Caribbean side will finish in a three-way tie with England and Pakistan Women on six points, with net run rate deciding the two semi-finalists. This nerve-racking scenario is one captain Stafanie Taylor is desperately hoping to avoid. “I think we are very much confident. We know what we need to improve on. We worked really hard at training today and I think the girls are ready,” she said yesterday. “We just have to try and outsmart the Indians because we know they are going to come with spinners, so we just have to be ready.” West Indies Women have been let down by their batting in the tournament. In the last game against England in Dharamsala, they could only muster 108 for four off their 20 overs, but they bowled and fielded magnificently to almost successfully defend the total. Taylor, her side’s most dependable batsman, said a bigger effort was needed from the batsmen today. “We need to see some positives in the batting. The bowlers have been doing so well and I think we need to help out the bowlers. We need to put some runs on the board so the bowlers can have something to bowl at,” she urged. Taylor admitted that the narrow defeat to England Women had hurt. She said that after reducing England from 59 without loss in the ninth over to come within a wicket and one delivery of victory, missing out had been difficult to absorb.last_img read more

Horn wants Pacquiao rematch to settle rules row

first_imgPacquiao fights on: ‘I love this sport’ Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer ‘A bit heartbreaking’“I was shocked at Teddy Atlas when he said straightaway after I won that he didn’t think I’d won,” Horn said. “I was like, ‘Thanks. Biggest fight of my life and you reckon I lost.’“That was a bit heartbreaking, especially because I felt like I won. Inside my heart I felt I won, but when you hear people like Teddy say it to my face was a little bit heartbreaking.“I lost a little bit of respect for Teddy after that.”Pacquiao, who has an option for a rematch, has indicated he plans to continue his boxing career but has not said yet signaled his intentions to veteran promoter Bob Arum.Arum told AFP he believed Pacquiao would be reluctant to retire after a loss.READ: Pacquiao: Bob Arum hasn’t paid me and Freddie Roach“I went in after the fight when he was being stitched up and I told him don’t make any decisions for a couple of weeks,” Arum said. “I would think he would probably not want to retire on a defeat.”The legendary promoter said any rematch in Australia would likely be held in November, with the Docklands Stadium in Melbourne the likeliest venue.A return to Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium, the venue of the first Horn-Pacquiao fight, was unlikely because of the possibility of rain.“If it was Brisbane you couldn’t do it in Suncorp because of the risk of rain,” Arum said. “You’d have to do it in a 14,000-seat arena. LATEST STORIES “But in Melbourne, you have a place that’s bigger than Suncorp, which has a retractable roof so we don’t have to worry about intense heat or rain.” CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer The World Boxing Organization moved to quell the controversy by re-scoring the fight with a different set of judges — who found that Horn was the winner by seven rounds to five.READ: WBO review rules Horn beat PacquiaoFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Horn, 29, told reporters in Los Angeles he welcomed the verdict of the WBO’s review — even if he had been certain in his own mind of victory.“If it had come back and they’d said I hadn’t won, I would have still felt like I had won,” the former schoolteacher said. “But to have them say to everyone else that had doubted it that I definitely won the fight gives me a sense of relief. “I feel like I’ve defended the title already and I’ve only had it for a week.”However, Horn acknowledged that the only way for the controversy to be resolved definitively was by climbing back into the ring with Pacquiao.“I kind of feel it has been put to bed and that I definitely won the fight because it has been rescored,” he told AFP.“But people are always going to have their opinions and you’re not going to be able to change those. So I guess the only way you’re going to be able to do it is to have a rematch. And I think I would do better a second time.”Horn, meanwhile, said he had been stung by the criticism from veteran trainer and boxing broadcaster Teddy Atlas. In a post-fight interview shortly after Horn clambered out of the ring in Brisbane, Atlas told the Aussie he believed he had been wrongly awarded the fight.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanocenter_img Jeff Horn of Australia celebrates after beating Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines during their WBO World welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. APLOS ANGELES, United States — Australian Jeff Horn has no doubt that he was a deserving conqueror of Manny Pacquiao but believes only a rematch with the Filipino star will settle the controversy once and for all.Horn stunned the boxing world with a unanimous 12-round decision over Pacquiao in Brisbane on July 2, a hotly contested result that triggered an outcry in the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Malacañang open to creating Taal Commissionlast_img read more

Immigration views not easy to pinpoint

first_img‘THOSE comments are disturbing to many of us,” said Arnoldo Torres, who worked in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s re-election campaign last year. Torres was referring to the governor’s private remarks on immigration and Mexicans, remarks that were recently made public. The comments, part of a recording that included Schwarzenegger and his staff discussing issues, were recorded and temporarily stored in the governor’s Web site before eventually making their way to the press. Some of Schwarzenegger’s comments are obviously offensive, not just to Latinos but also to every Californian. In one instance, the governor says that Mexicans make no effort to assimilate. When he was in a shopping mall in Lynwood, he says he felt he was in Mexico since everyone spoke Spanish. Mexicans re-create “Mexico in California,” he says. The tapes include comments that reiterate some of Schwarzenegger’s past public statements on immigration. For instance, he once came out in support of the Minuteman Project, a group that President George W. Bush called vigilantes. Schwarzenegger also once called for the border with Mexico to be “closed.” He later said he meant “secured,” not closed, blaming his faulty English. But until recently Schwarzenegger has been able to switch and soften his positions on immigration. He came out against the U.S. government’s plan to build a 700-mile fence along the Mexican border, saying that people could find a way to get in. He has also come out in favor of a guest-worker program, saying he supports the concept of earned legalization. In more recent public statements, Schwarzenegger seems to reflect a certain humanity and understanding of the complex issue. He has said that since some undocumented workers have kids who are American citizens, it would be impossible to send them back because you can’t “split” those families. Schwarzenegger’s proposal of health care for all Californians makes no distinction between legal and illegal residents. In fact, he was quoted as saying that “children are children” and deserve medical care regardless of the parents’ legal status. The same would, in all likelihood, apply to parents. Only healthy parents can take care of their kids. Schwarzenegger’s positions on immigration are complex and may reflect the challenges inherent in the issue. All Californians, and all Americans, struggle with the matter because, like Schwarzenegger, everyone is an immigrant. Schwarzenegger is probably trying to come to grips with a divisive issue. Schwarzenegger’s views on immigration are not easy to pinpoint because, like a very good politician, he changes and adapts. Although he has made some statements that were music to the right wing of the GOP, he has also realized that he can get quite a bit of mileage by being sensitive to immigrants and viewing them as human beings instead of criminals. The Latino vote represents 14 percent of the total California electorate. In the last election for governor, Schwarzenegger received 40 percent of the Latino vote, which for a Republican is great. His strategy indicates that politicians who want to win elections need to continue to deal with the needs and concerns of this group. Domenico Maceri teaches foreign languages at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria. Contact him through his Web site, languageblogger.blogspot.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

United given a ‘reality check’, admits Solskjaer

first_imgUnited also had France star Paul Pogba sent off in the final moments, ruling him out of the second leg in Paris next month.It was a dispiriting evening for Solskjaer, who had sparked such enthusiasm among United’s players and fans since replacing the sacked Jose Mourinho in December.Solskjaer conceded United, who managed only one shot on target in a tame display, had fallen short of the quality required against top sides like the French champions.“Today is a reality check for us on the level of top teams. They had the momentum after the first goal and controlled the game,” Solskjaer said.“You could see that we hadn’t played at this level for a while and we will have to learn.“It was an experience that can go either way, it’s not going to be a season-defining one, it’s one we have to learn from.”Pogba’s dismissal was the culmination of a surprisingly subdued performance from the man who had been so influential in United’s revival under Solskjaer.But Solskjaer claimed Pogba did not deserve to get a second booking for his challenge on Dani Alves.“Paul is trying to get his body across and Dani Alves is clever enough to put his foot in there. Paul wants to shield the ball, he’s unlucky,” he said.United’s cause was not helped by injuries to Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial and Solskjaer admitted the loss of that duo’s pace was a blow.“We had quality players to come on but Lingard and Martial give us something and let’s hope they are not too serious,” he said.“They are muscle injuries, we have to wait a couple of days.”United now face a huge task to reach the quarter-finals and Solskjaer called on his stars to produce a vastly improved display in the French capital.“Mountains are there to be climbed aren’t they? You can’t lay down and say this is over,” he said.“We will go there, play our game and improve from today.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was beaten for the first time as Manchester United boss © AFP / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Feb 13 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted Manchester United had been handed a reality check after Paris Saint-Germain cruised to a 2-0 win in the Champions League last-16 first leg.Solskjaer was beaten for the first time in 12 matches as United’s interim manager as second-half goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe rocked Old Trafford.last_img read more

Playgroup children pack over 100 boxes for Christmas Shoebox Appeal

first_imgChildren from Newtowncunningham Community Playgroup, Co Donegal and Rainbow Child and Family Centre, Derry have been getting into the Christmas spirit by taking part in the Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal. The two playgroups have been working together to create the gifts for children in poverty as part of the Sharing From The Start programme.The ‘Sharing From The Start’ programme is supported by the European Union’s Peace IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body. It involves early years settings throughout Northern Ireland and the Southern Border counties forming cross-community partnerships, and the children taking part in joint curricular classes, improving educational outcomes and promoting good relations. Carrie Tracey from Rainbow Child and Family Centre said “Our two settings see so many benefits in partnering together. The children are making new friendships, we are making new community links and we’re able to take part in projects like this. We thought the shoebox appeal would be nice to do together, teaching children from a young age the joy of giving and the importance of helping those less fortunate.”Almost 100 shoeboxes, thanks to the generosity of the playgroups’ children and their families, will be sent to those affected by poverty and conflict in Africa and Eastern Europe, spreading joy and excitement to children in difficult situations. Before making up their boxes, the children had a chance to watch a video showing where their gifts will go and the difference it will make for children who normally would never get a shoebox, or a present at any time of the year.Theresa McGrath from Newtowncunningham Community Playgroup added “This is our third year taking part in Sharing From The Start. As a cross border partnership we learn a lot from each other and the different ways of doing things. From visiting each other we’ve been able to share ideas for the development of our outdoor spaces.  So there are wider benefits, not only for the children but the staff and parents as well. We’re all very much looking forward to taking part in many more educational activities this year.” Administered by Early Years, working in collaboration with the Fermanagh Trust and National Childhood Network, the Sharing From The Start project aims to engage almost 10,000 pre-school children in shared activities on an ongoing and sustained basis by 2022. Together these three organisations have a strong track record and over twenty years experience of working for the benefit of children and community relations.Playgroup children pack over 100 boxes for Christmas Shoebox Appeal was last modified: November 14th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click 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 share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Dani Alves: Greatest ever free signing and best full-back in the modern game?

first_img1 After Dani Alves bagged the opener in Juventus’ Coppa Italia final win over Lazio, many took to Twitter to rightly dub the experienced full-back the greatest ever free signing.The Brazilian moved to Turin last summer after he was bizarrely allowed to leave the Blaugrana for free following eight successful years at Camp Nou, and it’s fair to say that Barcelona are far worse off without him, even at 34 years of age. Juventus are on the cusp of a historic treble in part courtesy of Alves. He provided two crucial assists against Monaco for a Gonzalo Higuain brace in France, before rattling in a first-half volley against the recently crowned Ligue 1 champions in the return leg.Having set Juventus on their way to domestic glory on Wednesday night, Alves now has 32 major winners’ medals to his name – and there is a very real chance he will add 33 and 34 before the month is out. The Old Lady is just two wins away from Serie A and Champions League success following the 2-0 win at the Stadio Olimpico in midweek, and with it comes the possibility of writing themselves into the history books.Without Alves, though, this would likely have not been possible. When the deal was announced to bring the right-back to Italy, it was in a position where Juventus perhaps did not need to strengthen. Stephen Lichtsteiner is hardly the worst player in the position, while Juan Cuadrado had already been at the club for a year on loan. Yet, in Alves, Juventus landed arguably the best in his position in the modern game. Granted, many may suggest Philipp Lahm for the honour, but Alves is undoubtedly the prime example of the modern day full-back.“He is the best full-back in the world. It is very difficult nowadays to find someone else like him,” Lionel Messi said of Alves back in 2015. Two years later and you’d be hard pressed to find better. It’s no wonder Messi widely praised Alves two years ago, with the latter registering 55 assists between August 2009 and the season he left. 24 of those were for Messi, with the partnership between the pair crucial in Barcelona’s success of the period Alves was there.This does little but highlight Alves’ immense attacking ability. Granted, a team of Barcelona’s stature was rarely going to be troubled, but their sheer dominance allowed Alves to act almost as though he was an auxiliary winger, rather than a full-back. In the process, Barcelona overawed opponents on the right, with Messi cutting infield and Alves exploiting the space left behind. Max Allegri has since looked to maximise the Brazilian’s attacking credentials, which he is doing so excellently.On a number of occasions this season, Alves has been deployed as a wing-back or on the right wing in order to help hurt opponents. This has been best exhibited in the Champions League, where Alves (30) is second to Toni Kroos (31) for key passes and top for accurate crosses from open play (21). Yet, when required, Alves is one to carry out the necessary defensive duties, as 32 tackles in Europe’s elite club competition – one of the highest returns in the Champions League – shows.What’s more is that 3.1 tackles per 90 ranks highly of players to make 15 or more appearances in Serie A this season, with Alves’ athleticism shining through time and time again. While a number of right-backs have impressed over time, Alves has been playing consistently at the top of his game for the best part of a decade. As far as archetypal right-backs go in the current state of football, any fan would struggle to find better than Alves, if we’re being perfectly candid.While once a player who was prone to mistakes, there is no denying that Alves has rounded his game to the ideal level that will see him go down as one of – if not the – best in his position. A Serie A and Champions League winners’ medal in the coming weeks would do little but to further solidify his placing among the elite. Juventus’ Dani Alves last_img read more


first_imgREPORT FROM MILFORD: CLG BnaG 1-8 Fanad Gaels 2-8The U16s picked up their first defeat of the season, after they were defeated by a late goal in an ill-tempered local derby on Friday night.The game was marred by a number of unsavoury incidents with both sides to blame, and the boys suffered for over-indulging in the physical aspect of the game, which did not suit their style of football. Na Galloglaigh got off to an impressive start and found themselves two points up after 15 minutes, with Duncan Patterson and Kane Barrett both scoring two points. The forwards were causing trouble for the Fanad defence, but just couldn’t get enough possession into them. Barrett exchanged frees with Eoin Carr, but a late score from Fanad reduced the deficit to one point at half-time.A poor start to the second half proved to be the side’s downfall, with Fanad scoring 1-3 within two minutes of the restart. Na Galloglaigh improved after this spell and dominated the remainder of the game.However, they could only add 1-3 to their tally. Connor Gormley scored a wonderful goal, while Barrett contributed three frees.Fanad scored a point, and then late in the game, struck for the winning goal. Milford found themselves short at the back, and despite a valiant effort from the full-back line, the ball trickled over the line from the boot of Fanad’s corner-back. The boys tried desperately to get an equalising goal, but they could not find the breakthrough. The defeat is a blow, but there is still much to play for in the league campaign.Team: Gavin McFadden, Patrick Ferry, Kieran Sheridan, Odhran Coll, Conor McHugh, Shay Durning, Ronan Docherty, Luke Trearty, Cormac Toland, Jason Scullion, Connor Gormley (1-0), Shane McNamee, Duncan Patterson, Kane Barrett, Gavin Grier. Subs: Adam Serrinha, Daire Crossan, Dane Dunworth. GAA NEWS: FANAD EDGE MILFORD IN U-16 BOYS CLASH was last modified: July 20th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click 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 share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA NEWS: FANAD EDGE MILFORD IN U-16 BOYS CLASHlast_img read more