first_imgDespite the obvious limitations, Both the coaches and the physical trainers of grassroots football have given him imagination and professionalism to overcome this enormous challenge. They are made daily sessions ‘on line’ so that the soccer players follow them while they are taught the exercise they have to do, videos are sent so that the kids follow the instructions, games are proposed to do the job less boring and even tactical aspects are worked on so that the youth squads do not forget the basics.Since most players do not have a gym, nor do they have dumbbells, much less gardens to carry out their work, the exercises that are proposed from the club are very dynamic, using body weight to carry out strength work and looking for aerobic activation in tight spaces.All grassroots football is aware of the need to maintain regularity in physical work, although tHe is also aware that in the case of formative football it could be altered in such a way that it might not even restart the season anymore. In some cases, like In soccer seven, the coaches have been even more radical, deciding to stop all physical activity, so the players have literally started their vacations. During these days of confinement, more than one player of the Barcelona first team has shown his day to day through social networks, exhibiting huge and complete gyms. inside houses with large and well-kept gardens, which in most cases have nothing to envy those of the Ciutat Esportiva.However, they are the exceptions to the footballing reality of the Blaugrana club. And is that the rest of the players – affiliate and grassroots football – work in much more humble and precarious conditions to carry out physical maintenance during the duration of the pandemic.To get started, only Barcelona B has a personalized plan for each player. The rest of the categories, from Youth to down, are structured through more generalized monitoring.last_img read more

first_imgFour days later, Messi was planted at the Bernabéu and gave him a victory over BarçGuardiola’s. That team seemed thrown toward the double. But Inter de Mourinho got into the middle. That poker was not enough to give Barça another Champions League, but nobody has erased it from his memory.DATA SHEETBarcelona: Valdés; Alves, Márquez, Milito, Abidal (Maxwell, m. 53); Xavi, Busquets; Messi; Pedro (Iniesta, m. 86), Bojan (Touré, m. 56) and Keita. Not used: Pinto; Fontás, Henry and Jeffren.Arsenal: Almunia; Sagna, Vermaelen, Silvestre (Eboué, m. 63), Clichy; Denilson, Diaby; Walcott, Nasri, Rosicky (Eduardo, m. 73); and Bendtner. Not used: Fabiansky; Traoré, Mérida, Campbell and Eastmond.Goals: 0-1. M. 18. Bendtner. 1-1. M. 21. Messi. 2-1. M. 37. Messi. 3-1. M. 42. Messi. 4-1. M. 88. Messi.Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany). He admonished Denilson, Rosicky and Eboué. This Monday are met ten years from one of the bigger parties of the Messi’s career and one of the individual exhibitions most impressive of the Argentine soccer player in his career, who has already had a few. A April 6, 2010, Messi destroyed Arsenal with four goals in the return of the quarterfinals of the Champions League. After the first leg tie (2-2), the Danish Bendtner was silent in the Camp Nou with the 0-1 that overtook the gunners in the knockoutto. Messi put things in their place with three goals before the breakThe first, with a tremendous lash from the balcony of the area; the second, with a magnificent irruption that he resolved with a right hand and, finally, with a very sweet ‘bite’ before Almunia. In the second part, closed the rout in the middle of the madness of the Camp Nou, that those days saw very close the dream of repeat Champions, no less than at the Bernabéu. Barça’s rival was going to be Inter, but that was another story. The praise for Messi came at the end of the match. Laporta spoke of a “stellar genius”. But the one who got out of the script was Arsene Wenger. It was the day in which the praise of “cartoon player” who used Valdano with Romario jumped into the video game footballer as defined the ‘boss’ of Arsenal: “Messi is a Playstation player”. Wenger was correct in one thing: “He is very young and can achieve great things. Makes impossible things possible. I do not know many players capable of scoring the fourth goal as he did. It can mark an era. “center_img It failed in one. “You still have to six or seven years dough great level“Ten years after that, Messi continues being able to score four goals in the same game, as he showed before the Eibar. In addition to four goals against Arsenal and the gunsmiths, he has scored four goals in the same game three more times: on February 19, 2012 against the Valencia in LaLiga (5-1); on May 5, 2012 in front of the Espanyol in a derby (4-0); Y against Osasuna on January 27, 2013. Also, Messi was able to do five goals to Leverkusen on March 8, 2012 in the knockout stages of the Champions League.last_img read more

first_imgHe Mutua Madrid Open won’t see the mild in this 2020 on the tracks of the Magic Field, Though as confirmed final week, the group of the event will accomplish that just about. In the first occasion, a luxurious poster was introduced with the presence of Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Lucas Pouille, Carla Suárez and Angelique Kerber, amongst others, to which we should add essential additions. The Masters 1,000 has introduced this Monday the participation in the virtual event of David Goffin, Kristina Mladenovic, Karen Khachanov and Eugene Bouchard, for sure, well-known figures of the racket that augur present at the controls of the competitors.It must be remembered that the event (from April 27 to 30) may have a donation of 150,000 euros in each tables (ATP and WTA), from which the winners will be capable of determine the quantity that they provide to the tennis gamers with the most financial issues at the second and, moreover, a complete of 50,000 euros that can go solely to scale back the social influence of the Covid-19 pandemic.last_img read more

first_imgBorussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke fears that the coronavirus will seriously jeopardize the 50 + 1 law in the Bundesliga. These regulations limit the power of investors in the highest German competition, preventing them from taking over 49 percent of a club’s shares and, with few exceptions, leaving the entity’s sovereignty in the hands of its members. Tireless advocate of such regulation, the worst is feared if the current season in the Bundesliga is finally suspended.“If the course is canceled, the time would come for all those who criticize 50 + 1”, the Borusser honcho explained in an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “They will do everything possible to build German football following the Anglo-Saxon example. You see it coming. There are people who have not stopped calling me for years, all of them willing to pay hundreds of millions if we repeal the 50 + 1 so that they can take power. At BVB, we discard it. Of course, the more clubs under pressure, the sooner it will happen, “he concluded. At the moment, the Bundesliga is stopped. The league federation DFL drew up a roadmap together with the 36 first and second clubs that foresees the resumption of the competition for May 9. There is a health plan with prevention measures, the matches would be played behind closed doors and the players would be forced to pass routine tests to avoid all kinds of infections, but the final decision is in the hands of the government. Chancellor Angela Merkel and prime ministers are expected to take it after the next meeting scheduled for Thursday.last_img read more

first_imgHeerenveen are looking for a striker after Odgaard, the starting striker this year, has to return to Sassuolo. JClub manager Johnny Jansen has made no secret that they would love to bring Huntelaar back. In a statement to Omrop Fryslan, the coach explained: “It would be wonderful. The Huntelaar name is always an option. Gerry Hamstra (Sports Director) will speak to him. Hopefully we could sign him.” Huntelaar’s situation in Ajax is still in the air. There is a law in the Netherlands that requires clubs to announce what they will do with players who end their contracts at the end of the season before April 1 and the Amsterdam club did not renew his contract. Although they could always reach an agreement in the coming months, it seems that he has finished his second stage at Ajax.“It would be nice to have a conversation with him. He is a good name for the Heerenveen, with his story … It would have a lot of value for us. But he has to want”Jansen acknowledged. The Hunter played sixty games between 2004 and January 2006 at Abe Lenstra Stadion, in which he scored 39 goals. After that year and a half he signed for Ajax.last_img read more

first_img“I felt rejected. I had the feeling that French football did not want me” Ladislao Lozano, former coach of Calais Ladislao Lozano (Valhermoso de la Fuente, 1952) answers the phone aware that his annual appointment with the past awaits him. The first thing he does is apologize for his Spanish, a language he has not practiced regularly since 1956, when his family emigrated to France fleeing the Franco dictatorship. He returned to Spain to try his luck as a footballer at Racing Santander, where he coincided with Santillana, but the fear of being called up for two years of military service in an army responsible for the shooting of several of his Republican relatives returned him to France. . There he began his career on the bench. A profession, that of coach, that would end up giving him a place in the history of French football. In 2000 he managed to lead the modest Calais RUFC, an amateur Fourth Division club, to the final of the Coupe de France. “It is and will be the greatest feat of amateur football in France”, boasts when two decades of that match against Nantes in Saint-Denis are celebrated. After working in Morocco, Qatar or Algeria, Lozano parked soccer without fulfilling the dream of training in the elite. “I think I would have done well,” he predicts.His relationship with France begins in 1957, when his family decides to flee the Franco dictatorship. How do you remember it?My family history is very complicated, but, at the same time, very simple. I am the son of a Spanish couple who had to flee to France to continue living. Life in Spain was already impossible for them, because my father, a Republican, could not lead a normal life. I arrived in France at the age of four and here I started a new life. At the beginning everything was very complicated, but little by little everything was sorted out. I married a French woman, I had French children and now I am one more French. We only go to Spain from time to time, on vacation.As a footballer he did try to make a career in Spain …People said that he had many qualities, but the French teams had limited places for foreign footballers. That made my sports career there complicated. My brother’s father-in-law lived in Santander and got me a test with Racing. I spent two weeks and ended up staying, but had administrative difficulties. The Federation did not approve my signing and I could not play, but I had the immense luck to train every day with Carlos Santillana and Ico Aguilar. Then there was talk of what I would have to do the military service and I returned to France. There I played in Second with Amiens and Abbeville, which was where I met my wife.As a coach, his greatest feat was reaching the French Cup final with Calais, who was then in the Fourth Division. Do you still remember?You might think that since 20 years have passed, the memories are blurred. But it’s not like that. I remember it like it was yesterday. It seems that everything is very close and I have everything very well arranged in my head. When I think of something specific from that time I can also remember it in detail. It also helped that the playoffs went to a single match.If the Cup were to be played in a double game we would not have passed the first phase. Some coaches said that Calais had been lucky to play many games at home, and that is false. As a small team, we played at home, but our field was not prepared to host a game of that level and we always had to play outside, even when we were local. The eighths we played in Boulogne, the quarters and the semifinals in Lens and the final in Paris. It is not fair that it is said that we played with the advantage of the locality.Despite falling they were considered moral winners and even the Cup was lifted by the two captains. Did you receive many congratulations?Many, not many. The President of the Republic said that there were two winners. That congratulation was very gratifying, but not the only one. A while ago, rummaging through my memories, I found two boxes in which I kept all the messages we received during that season. I no longer remembered that I had those boxes full of faxes, letters and postcards that people from France, Spain and all over the world sent us. For them it was an extraordinary achievement and they wanted to tell us. Many said that we had made them happy. I proposed to the mayor of Calais that he make an exhibition. Everything was prepared, but had to be paralyzed by the coronavirus. We will do it next year.Do you think that, after the feat of Calais, you had the opportunities you deserved?The truth is that my career did not go as I expected at the time. I do not know why. It is something that I cannot explain. I have the feeling that we gave French professional football a terrible blow. They did not like that a Fourth Division team managed to defeat First and Second teams. And instead of giving me opportunities to work I felt rejection. I had the feeling that French football did not like me. Nobody called me. Well, actually yes, the Reims. I took it in Third I raised it to Second. Then we had a good season, but they didn’t renew me. I had to go abroad out of necessity, to continue working. I was in Morocco, Qatar, Algeria, Kuwait … What I wanted was to work in France or in Spain, but the proposals that there were never came to fruition.Ladislao Lozano, on the balcony of the Calais town hall during the celebration of the runner-up in the French Cup. At what point did you realize that this team could achieve something great?It was in his thirties, against Lille. At that time he was playing in Second, but he was a leader with more than 10 points of advantage over the second. We prepare the game as if we were playing against a Primera and we managed to beat them on penalties. We had been removed the year before, so we took it as a rematch. After that game I knew that a great team had been born. I said it at the press conference: ‘Today a team was born’. I didn’t know that we would end up playing the final, but I did know that from that moment on it would be very difficult to win.But they did reach the final. Today it is still remembered as one of the great exploits of amateur football in Europe.It is and will be the greatest feat of amateur football in France. But it is true that in the final against Nantes we reached a physical and mental drop. With each passing day everything was much more difficult. We were fed up with the pressure of the journalists and the atmosphere that had been generated around the team. When we played the final we did not have as much strength as in the semifinals against Girondins de Bordeaux, which was the party in which the team was best. And still we lost 2-1 with a penalty goal in the last minute. A penalty that, 20 years later, I still think it was not. We lost, but we earned the respect of all French football. People believed that in the final they would put us four or five, but it was not. We finished with dignity and it was the maximum we could hope for, because we knew how difficult it was to win.Do you remember what you said to the footballers before the final?I didn’t give the talk before the final in the locker room. I gave it at the hotel the morning before the game. The players already knew the eleven from the previous day. I explained the meaning of the game we were going to play against Nantes. I told them it was a historic meeting and that they should be careful, because what they did they would remember the rest of their lives. I also told them that I would not remember the game, that I would remember them. And they did what was necessary so that we had a good memory of that day. Nothing else. To play a final it is not necessary to motivate the players. They already know where they are. It’s a final … They know what they have to do.They went to rest winning, remember what he said then?The break speech was particular, because we were winning 1-0 but I was not happy with what I was seeing. I was not liking it and I was very hard on the players. I tried to make them remember the basics of our game. Shortly after, in the 50 ‘, we conceded the 1-1, although the match was very balanced until the referee called a penalty in favor of Nantes in the 90’. I repeat: I think it was not a penalty. That decision of the referee killed us.PASCAL ROSSIGNOL & nbsp; (REUTERS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>The Calais fans gathered to congratulate the team the day after the final lost to Nantes.PASCAL ROSSIGNOL (REUTERS) Is it true that you prohibited footballers from giving interviews in the days leading up to the final?It wasn’t quite like that. I always believed that the press is part of the event. He does not participate, because the journalist does not take corners or shoot penalties, but he is part of everything that happens. We met with the board and agreed that no player would speak without consent. The goal was to take pressure off them. Almost a month passed between the semifinals and the final and the ball that was ridden was huge. It was too long. We wanted them to be focused and save their strength for the match against Nantes. We just wanted to protect them.center_img For a Fourth Division coach, playing in Saint-Denis in front of 80,000 people had to be impressive.That was impressive. Entering that field with almost 80,000 people in the stands and seeing how almost 70% of the stadium was cheering us on was incredible. It was all red and yellow, the team colors. Many fans came from Calais and the atmosphere was amazing, but when the ball started to roll, both the players and I forgot about the stands and focused on the game. I remember that we had to prepare footballers, not only to play before 80,000 people; also to listen to the Marseillaise or bear the pressure of playing against Jacques Chirac, President of the Republic. Those from Nantes were used to all that, we were not. So I asked the Federation to allow us three days before the final to visit the stadium. We went to Saint-Denis and the players were able to start connecting with the field.Would you change anything about that match against Nantes?No. What happened, happened, and there is no need to give it more thought. If I think about why I did not put this player or why I did not make such a change in such a minute I would not sleep. Everything I did I did because, at the time, I thought it was the right thing to do. Throughout the Cup it went well. On the day of the final we lost, but there is no need to look for a reason. It was like this.How did the 2000 Calais play?Sometimes I talk to people who hope that an amateur team like that one would reach the Cup final playing like the First. If I get to prepare Calais thinking that we could win in technique or tactics to Strasbourg or Bordeaux we don’t win a match. We wanted them not to be comfortable and we did it by pressing very hard from the front of our area to the center of the field. We physically prepared the team so that each player was able to press throughout the match, including in overtime. The idea was to reduce the actual playing time and the ability of each rival to think. It was difficult, but we did it and managed to recover balls and go out on the counterattack before the opponent could organize. This is how we managed to reach the Cup final with an amateur team. Ladislao Lozano, former coach of Calais “At halftime we were winning 1-0, but I was not happy with what I was seeing and I was pretty tough on the players” How would you define yourself as a coach?They say he had an iron fist and a silk glove. People saw me as a leader, a great group manager. He was tough, demanding, and always made the decisions he considered fair. And he was a hard worker, but I can’t speak more about myself because I don’t like him. If they had given me the opportunity to work in France or in Spain I would have achieved glory. I think I would have done well.What does Ladislao Lozano think about current football and the millions that are spent on transfers?Well, when I was training the money problem, I was already starting to have a leading role in soccer. And I say problem because, for my taste, these astronomical figures are. In France, PSG have millions and millions, and when they lack millions, they call Qatar and get more millions. It’s good for the club, but not for Ligue 1. The championship needs to have more balance, that other teams have a chance to win. The PSG, with the money it has, the only thing it can and should do is win, win, win and win. And that for French football is not a good thing.What team is Ladislao Lozano from?I don’t support any particular Ligue 1 team, but maybe it’s from the Stade de Reims. Because I trained them and because they were the first French team to reach a Champions League final. I have been separated from football for three or four years. Now, after a decade away from Calais, I have returned. Natacha Bouchart asked me to join his team of municipal councilors and I accepted.Have you met again with any of the heroes of 2000?I’ve only been in town for a short time and haven’t seen anyone yet. Only Réginald Becque, who was my left back. He was invited to two of the meetings we had to prepare the exposition of the letters written by the fans. I have not agreed with the others, but I hope to see them in the next few days, when we can finally leave home.Do you stop a lot on the street?Less than before, but they do stop me. There are still people who remember what we did. I hope that soon we can leave the house and more people stop me. Is very nice.(embed) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0MK6y4ih38 (/ embed)last_img read more

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – The West Indies Cricket Board yesterday urged top regional players to make themselves available for upcoming domestic tournaments, even as several of them prepared to turn out in Australia’s Big Bash League which runs alongside next month’s NAGICO Super50.Chief executive Michael Muirhead said the Super50 – the region’s premier one-day tournament – had been scheduled during a period to allow for maximum participation for the Caribbean’s leading players, and said their presence would be a fillip especially for West Indian fans.”There is an opportunity to have the best players compete for regional supremacy in the upcoming events,” Muirhead said.”The Board has looked at its tournament schedule and has placed each tournament at a time that allows our international players to participate in other competitions overseas.”We, however, value our competitions and we think the fans would want to see our best players compete against each other.”The Super50 bowls off from January 7-24 in Trinidad and Tobago and St Kitts, and features eight teams spread across two groups doing battle in a preliminary phase before climaxing with semi-finals and a grand Final.However, the Big Bash which started on Thursday, runs through to the New Year and is set to also wind up on January 24.Several West Indies players will be campaigning in the Big Bash with the likes of marquee opener Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Darren Sammy, Dwayne Bravo, Samuel Badree and Lendl Simmons all signed to various franchises.Players who fail to make themselves available for the Super50, will be ineligible for the Tri-Nations Series involving Australia and South Africa from June 6-26.Muirhead said with the packed schedule ahead next year, all players would also have the opportunity to develop further.”In the upcoming year, there are a number of tours in and out of the region and with that amount of cricket added, along with the phased roll out of the high performance program, the players will have a chance at better preparing themselves for producing at the highest level.”Following the Super50, the Regional First Class Championship will resume with the remaining five rounds on February 11.last_img read more

first_imgJamaica Scorpions coach Junior Bennett, has said that while he is concerned about the fortunes of the team in recent years, he is not too perturbed at the notion of losing his job. The former regional four-day and one-day championship-winning coach has for the past three years been prevailing over squads that have produced substandard outcomes. This lack of results has been evident in the regional first-class championship, where two years ago, the team finished fourth, and last year, fifth. The one-day team has not been firing on all cylinders either, with the team over the past three seasons having a record of two semi-final appearances, and a first-round exit. “If you are the coach of the side and they are not playing well, then you have to take responsibility for it,” Bennett told The Gleaner following the team’s eight-wicket defeat to Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the WICB First-Class Championship at Sabina Park earlier this week. “But, in life, just you just have to do what you have to do. That’s the way I see it. That’s the way I work. You are going to have good times and bad times.” The defeat by Jamaica was their fourth of the season in seven outings, with the others being victories. It followed a surprising 82-run defeat away to Leewards Hurricanes the previous week. This has placed them in third position on 60 points and with only a mathematical chance of surpassing leaders and defending champions Guyana Jaguars, who has 107. B’DOS IN SECOND PLACE The Barbados Pride, 90, are in second position with Red Force fourth on 56, Windwards Volcanoes fifth on 41 and the Leewards rounding off the standings with 36. “No, I am not worried,” Bennett said when asked if he was worried that the team’s lack of results could cost him his job. “Anytime you play cricket and dominate for a period of time, you are going to have a time when you just have to rebuild,” Bennett added. The Scorpions, who changed captain from Paul Palmer Jr to John Campbell last weekend in a bid to try and arrest their flagging fortunes, are scheduled to face the Pride at Sabina Park this weekend in the eighth round of the 10-round championship.last_img read more

first_imgWith three gold medals and one bronze, Jamaica currently sit ninth of 56 countries competing at this year’s Commonwealth Youth Games inside the Apia Sports Complex, located on the Pacific island of Samoa.Kevin Nedrick, who represented Jamaica at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Chile earlier this year, struck gold in the boys’ discus.He threw a personal best 20.12 metres and bettered his previous 19.00m standard.South Africans Werner Jakobus Visser and Burger Lambrechts finished second and third, respectively, with 19.78 and 19.31 metres.Prior to Nedrick’s shot put gold, Junelle Bromfield struck gold with an inspirational run in the girls 400 metres.She won in a time of 53.09 seconds, beating Jisna Mathew of India, 53.14, and Idamadudu Praise Oghenef of Nigeria, who clocked 53.20 for third.In a race where the lead dramatically changed three times in the last 80 metres, Bromfield made the decisive surge in her last few strides to win gold.Speaking at a press conference prior to the start of the Games, Bromfield said she would “be inspired by the recent successes of her senior athletes in Beijing in striving for a medal”.The Commonwealth Youth Games will end on Friday.- Shayne Fairmanlast_img read more

first_imgST JULIAN’S, Malta (AP):The hair is greyer, and the frame bulkier than in his footballing prime. But the player with the ball at his feet, standing in the late afternoon sun on a field near the Mediterranean Sea, hardly required ‘Platini’ emblazoned across his back for the selected onlookers at the private game to know it was the former France great in his comfort zone.In his third term as UEFA president, Michel Platini still seems to prefer to do much of his talking on the pitch, despite being the most powerful figure in European football and the favourite to be installed as Sepp Blatter’s FIFA successor in February.As FIFA was dragged further into the moral mire with the suspension of secretary general Jerome Valcke on Thursday, Platini maintained months of silence on the tumult as UEFA’s week-long gathering in Malta drew to a close yesterday. His renowned Gallic shrug met most questions about football politics when he emerged from the closed-door meetings.As Platini sat yesterday in a T-shirt and shorts sipping coffee with UEFA colleagues, shaded from the late summer heat near the hotel swimming pool, general secretary Gianni Infantino was left – once again – to be peppered with questions about beleaguered FIFA.”We played a football match here in Malta between the presidents and the secretary generals,” Infantino said at the media conference to close a week of meetings. “We agreed the one who loses the match should do the press conference.”For all the attempted quips, the Italian administrator did address the departure of his opposite number at FIFA.”We feel, of course, all very sad about the news coming on, almost on a daily basis (from FIFA),” Infantino said.The latest damaging episode unfolded Thursday after ticket sales agent Benny Alon, who has told journalists he had been a regular golf partner of Platini, alleged that Valcke had been prepared to profit personally from a deal for the black market trading of tickets to 2014 World Cup matches. Valcke denies having a deal or being offered money.last_img read more