first_imgNEW YORK, USA (Reuters) – World number one Rafael Nadal dismissed Dusan Lajovic 7-6(6), 6-2, 6-2 to ease into the US Open second round yesterday, setting the Spaniard on a collision course for a long overdue Flushing Meadows showdown with Roger Federer.While the year’s final grand slam is just underway tennis fans have circled September 8 when, if all goes to form, Nadal and Federer would meet to decide a place in the final.One of the great rivalries in sport, Federer, a five-time US Open winner and Nadal, twice champion, have clashed 37 times over the years but never have they stood across the net on Flushing Meadows’ hard courts.On French Open clay, Wimbledon’s manicured lawns and in Australian heat, the elegant Swiss maestro and muscular Spaniard have played for titles and while no trophy would be on the line a New York meeting would still have the Big Apple buzzing.Federer was due to follow Nadal on to Arthur Ashe Stadium later yesterday looking to hold up his end against American Frances Tiafoe.After a sluggish run-up to the US Open that included a shock round-of-16 loss to Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov in Montreal and another to Australian Nick Kyrgios in the Cincinnati quarter-finals, Nadal needed a few games to find his range against the 85th-ranked Serb.The 21-year-old, chasing a first US Open win, showed no sign of nerves, using his stylish groundstrokes to grab the early break on the way to a 4-2 lead, the four games as many as he won in his only other meeting with Nadal, a round-of-16 loss at the 2014 French Open.But a steely Nadal found his comfort zone, breaking back at 5-5 to force the opener to a tiebreak that he took 8-6.A ruthless Nadal delivered the young Serb another tennis lesson, breaking his opponent at the first opportunity in both the second and third sets to improve his record in first round US Open matches to 13-0.last_img read more

first_imgWITH the seventh annual COURTS 10K and 3K athletic road races set for tomorrow around Georgetown, local beverage giant Banks DIH Limited has renewed its partnership with COURTS Guyana Inc. for the one-day event.The partnership was sealed yesterday when the business entity handed over the sponsorship cheque for the event at a simple presentation ceremony, held at Banks DIH Limited headquarters at Thirst Park.The event will be sponsored under the Rain Forest Waters brand.The presentation was made by Clive Pellew, Water Beverage Brand Manager, to Pernell Cummings, COURTS Marketing Manager in the presence of Aubrey Hutson, Amateur Athletics of Guyana (AAG) president; Race Coordinator James Cole and Banks DIH Outdoor Events Manager Mortimer Stewart.During brief remarks, Cummings thanked Banks DIH Limited for supporting the programme once again, as the two companies continue their partnership to foster the development of sport in Guyana.The 10K race is expected to attract the country’s leading male and female distance runners.Employees of the Company will compete in the 3K race while there will also be a Golden mile (1500 metres) for children between 10 and 16 years old. Over $2M in cash and other incentives will be up for grabs.The races, which get underway at 06:00hrs, will start and end at COURTS on Main Street, Georgetown.last_img read more

first_imgFranz Zhao, a Thornton student majoring in piano performance, strives for perfection as the principal cellist in the USC Thornton Concert Orchestra’s performance in Bovard Auditorium on Wednesday. Professor Michael Christ Power conducted the concert.Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojanlast_img

first_imgLuis Suarez said he had missed linking up with his insatiable strike partners Neymar and Lionel Messi after Barcelona’s ‘MSN’ attack scored six goals in their 7-0 record rout of Celtic on Tuesday night.Messi scored a record sixth European Cup hat-trick while Neymar became the first player in Champions League history to provide four assists and score in a game, curling in the third from a free-kick.Uruguay international Suarez added the final two strikes to complete Barca’s biggest ever European Cup win and Celtic’s worst defeat in the competition. “It’s ages since the three of us were able to play together from the off – we’ve missed that ability to enjoy ourselves,” Suarez told reporters on Tuesday.Suarez and Messi started Saturday’s shock defeat to Alaves on the bench, while Neymar missed the start of the season due to his participation in the Olympics, where he fired Brazil to a first ever Gold medal in soccer.The three South Americans lined up together against Celtic for the first time since last season’s King’s Cup final.As Neymar teed Messi up to smash home the opening goal after three minutes and laid on the pass for the Argentine’s second strike later in the first half, however, there was no sign the feted trio had lost any of their almost telepathic understanding.“The summer break, the Olympics and then Neymar’s holidays got in the way. Today we really enjoyed being back in tandem,” added Suarez.Messi’s hat-trick was his 40th professional treble in club and international football, while his sixth European Cup treble saw him move ahead of Real Madrid greats Alfredo di Stefano and Ferenc Puskas.Barca captain Andres Iniesta, who lashed home Barca’s fourth on the volley following another precise cross from Neymar, also paid tribute to Barca’s deadly trident.“They are the three players in the world who are the best in their position and one of them is unique,” he said.“Leo just keeps proving that in football terms he’s unique. As a team we play and work to make sure the three of them are happy, that they get chances. All we can hope is that they keep scoring like that.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgGhana’s Bantam weight champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko has declared war on Abner Mares ahead of the most anticipated final of the Bantam weight tournament.King Kong whipped Yohnny Perez in the semi-final; whilst Mares downed Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan to set up an uncompromising prize fight finale on April 23, 2011 in Los Angeles, US.On his media workout at John’s Boxing Gym in Bronx, N.Y. captured on, Joseph Agbeko made his intentions clear on a bout set only for the best of the division.“The fight with Vic was the only war that Mares has been through. I’ve been in a couple of wars, as far as boxing is concerned. No disrespect to [Mares] but I think I’m the better fighter. Against him, I’ve got better skills. There’s [no] way that he can go through me,” he said.“The winner of this fight is the best bantamweight in the world, of course! Ya know, this tournament was open to everybody – all the greatest fighters at bantamweight. The tough fought. We were brave enough to make the decision to fight in the tournament and that shows that we are the best fighters at bantamweight. So the winner of this tournament becomes the best bantamweight in the world”Agbeko minced no words in touting his credentials as a boxer, a gifted one at that- one destined to be king in the ring and whose name-Joseph King Kong Agbeko-bares testimony. “Joseph King Kong Agbeko is not my nickname. It’s an original name. It’s my birth name. I think my dad had a vision of something. My dad gave me the name “King Kong” as I was born. It’s my real name. It’s on my passport and everything,” he said.“I’m thinking of moving up to featherweight to take on the big guys. I’m thinking of Gamboa, Lopez and I’m thinking of being in the league with them. After this fight, if I don’t get any good competition then I’m going to move to featherweight. I want to fight them. I want to prove to the world that I’m the best,” he added.Story by Nathan Gadugah/ read more

first_img JJ Redick declines Team USA invitation for World Cup “(Team Australia is a) huge, huge threat,” Popovich told reporters Tuesday, via the Associated Press. “They are one of the teams that can win the whole thing, without a doubt. I’m not saying that because I’m here. It’s just a fact.”They’ve been close for several years, and they are hungry. They are talented. They have the toughness and physicality to go with it. I think they are one of the top contenders without a doubt.” Related News Team USA is combatting dwindling numbers as at least two dozen stars have opted out of participating in the World Cup due to injury, citing a need to focus on the upcoming NBA season or declining an invitation.P.J. Tucker is one of the latest players to drop out. He joined teammates James Harden and Eric Gordon in withdrawing from the team.Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Julius Randle, Marvin Bagley III, Trae Young, Bradley Beal, Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Tobias Harris, Paul Millsap, JJ Redick, Kevin Love, Andre Drummond and Montrezl Harrell have all either pulled out or declined an invite.Kemba Walker, one of the most seasoned players on Team USA and one of just two players on the roster who has made an All-Star team, says the team isn’t focused on who isn’t there.”We don’t care. We want to be here and are putting in the time to be here and we definitely take that as motivation,” Walker said Wednesday. “We have a bunch of guys who don’t mind being the underdogs. We are hungry, and we are going to go out there to try and win a gold medal.”  Meanwhile, Australia will try to improve on the world stage.The team reached the semifinals of the 2016 Summer Olympics and won the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup championship. But Australia has yet to achieve the same success at the World Cup. In the past three tournaments, it has placed no higher than 10th.Team Australia is in Group H alongside Canada, Lithuania and Senegal. It will begin World Cup play Sept. 1 against the Canadians. Team USA is getting ready to face one of its biggest threats, according to coach Gregg Popovich.After defeating Spain in the team’s first exhibition game before the 2019 FIBA World Cup, the United States is preparing to face Australia for two exhibition contests in Melbourne. Team USA’s Gregg Popovich: Colin Kaepernick did ‘a very patriotic thing’center_img FIBA World Cup 2019: De’Aaron Fox leaves Team USA to focus on making NBA playoffs Team USA will start play in Group E against the Czech Republic on Sept. 1.Japan and Turkey are also in the group. FIBA World Cup 2019: Team USA down yet another player as P.J. Tucker withdraws with injurylast_img read more

first_imgJake McNichol, a spokesman for the state EDA, said that to date, the authority has approved close to $3.2 million grants for 942 businesses through the initial $5 million Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program and distributed some $3 million to 892 of those businesses. In addition, it has approved another $1 million and distributed most of that to small businesses in Atlantic County with funding from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority. The other bill (A-3959) would create a new no-interest loan program to small hospitality businesses impacted by the pandemic. To qualify, a business could have no more than $2 million in annual revenue if open for more than a year, or less than $1 million in annual revenue if open for a shorter time. Loans could be used to cover immediate, unavoidable expenses, with payments deferred for the first nine months after the start date. Story reprinted with permission from NJ Spotlight. Visit for more statewide news updates. In addition to allowing bars and brewers to deliver up to 16-ounce mixed drinks in a sealed container to residents, the Assembly Appropriations Committee voted to create two loan programs for small bars, restaurants and craft alcohol producers, among the numerous businesses that have been struggling through the seven-week shutdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Legislators also backexpanding and creatingnew loans for small bars,restaurants, craft alcoholproducers Alcohol takeout, delivery allowed for six months A bill (A-3966) sponsored by Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester), who chairs the committee, seeks to codify the sale of beverages made by the state’s brewers, wineries, cideries, and distilleries and go a bit further. It would permit any business with a retail consumption license or distillery to sell mixed drinks in pint containers and other alcoholic beverages in containers of any size for takeout or delivery, with that permission extended for six months after the end of the current required closure of these businesses. Since Gov. Phil Murphy began shutting down businesses on March 16, including all bars and restaurants except for takeout orders, the state has made exceptions for alcohol. For instance, when he closed virtually all businesses on March 21, Murphy classified liquor stores as an “essential business,” allowing them to remain open. The governor also allowed for takeout and delivery of beer from the dozens of craft breweries around the state. More seriously, the bill would exempt from the state’s alcohol excise tax of $5.50 per gallon any alcohol used by distilleries to make hand sanitizer. Several have switched production to help compensate for the shortage of sanitizer, often donating it to first responders. By Colleen O’Dea – NJ Spotlight “The NJEDA’s perfor- mance, in my opinion, has been very disappointing to date,” said Assemblyman Brian Bergen (R-Morris). “I would just like to see us as a body, as a Legislature, as a committee, to put some pressure on the EDA … to deliver to these small businesses in need in a time of crisis and put the money in their hands and put the money in their hands now and not delay these programs any further.” Webber and other Republican members of the committee also supported two bills that would open additional no-or low-in-terest loan programs for craft brewers and those in the hospitality industry, although they complained that the state Economic Development Authority (EDA), which would provide these loans, has not been moving fast enough to give out money under existing programs. “I think that’s the least we can do for very civic-minded small business owners who are doing their part to try to keep people safe,” said Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-Morris), who voted for the bill. No-or low-interest loans for hospitality business Virtually all of the bills the state Legislature has passed since it stopped meeting in person in the State House due to concerns over the virus were done as emergency measures. Legislative leaders had said they wanted to resume the deliberative process that happens in committees. While Monday’s hearing was quick, there was at least some limited input from the public and lobbyists on a few of the measures and some of the bills, which had been recently introduced, were amended. center_img The article originally appeared in the May 7th – May 13th, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. Monday marked the first legislative committee hearing ever to take place remotely, via teleconference. The committee considered eight bills dealing with issues related to the pandemic, all of which passed without opposition and only a few hiccups due to the technology. EDA is still analyzing3,500 loan applications ithas received requestingmore than $250 millionfrom the Small BusinessEmergency AssistanceLoan Program and plansto distribute that money assoon as possible. “Due to the nature of the loan program, the review is more complex and will take longer to complete than for the grant program,” McNichol said. “The loan program review requires financial analysis to determine the ability to repay the loan under the program eligibility and terms. We are committed to providing businesses with much needed support while completing a thorough review that upholds our commitments to fiscal responsibility and accountability.” Helping small alcoholproducers One of the two new loan programs the committee approved in A-3965 would expand an existing EDA loan program to small alcoholic beverage producers those with no more than 10 employees for operating expenses during a state of emergency. Currently, vineyards and wineries are eligible but not other small craft brewers or distillers. These loans would carry an interest rate of up to three percentage points above the prime rate. This permission is needed because the state has strict laws about who can sell alcohol and how it is sold. Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-Hudson), sponsor of the bill, said it is important to assist restaurants and hotels that have been “devastated” by the pandemic and the current limitations on their operations. A 2018 article by Total Food Service reported that the state had, at the time, more than 27,000 restaurants and 1,130 hotels employing more than 400,000. “If we want our vibrant hospitality industry and its many employees to make it through this crisis, we must give these small businesses the tools they need to weather the pandemic until we can safely come together to once again enjoy all they have to offer,” he said. The measures still need approval by the full Assembly and Senate before being sent to Murphy for his consideration. New Jerseyans who have been missing that signature martini, sangria or other cocktail could soon be able to not only get spirits with their takeout order, but even have drinks delivered under one of three bills an Assembly committee cleared Monday that are aimed at helping the state’s hospitality industry. It was the last bill the committee considered, prompting Burzichelli to joke, “In the motion picture business, the last shot of the day is called the martini shot. This is the martini bill. How appropriate it is that it involves cocktails.” last_img read more

first_imgIt was precisely against his previous team that he was injured for the penultimate time, on November 27 at the Camp Nou. The player left desolate of the field, covering the face with the shirt by an injury (muscular break in the right thigh) in a moment, one more, that seemed its consolidation and definitive takeoff.To his misfortune, and that of Barcelona, this mishap in the Champions League was not going to be the last of the course, since it began with one in the field of Athletic Club and concludes with that of Tuesday, a complete rupture of the proximal tendon of the biceps femoris of the right leg that already definitely condemns ostracism this season.In addition to these three episodes, Dembélé’s physical condition set off alarms on September 28, when he fell from the starting team before the game in the field of Getafe (0-2), to be ruled out by some muscular discomfort in the left thigh, which did not go further.PAUL HANNA & nbsp; (REUTERS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Dembélé started badly in Barcelona: in Getafe he suffered his first injury in his second game, first as a starter, with the Barça team at 29 minutes.PAUL HANNA (REUTERS) Dembélé lives in a continuous nightmare, the nightmare of a young player of 22 years who also suffers from Barcelona since the Catalan club made one of the most important disbursements in its history (145 million euros), when he was active in Borussia de Dortmund, and has not been able to enjoy it regularly.This Tuesday, Barcelona reported that, for the eighth time since two and a half years of Barça, Ousmane Dembélé was returning to the starting point, to a new long recovery period due to a new muscle injury, after yesterday Monday already pointed out that something was not going well in the recovery that was in its last phase. Regarding his care, before last summer he was the chef of the player, Mickael Naya, he explained in the newspaper ‘Le Parisien’ the poorly controlled life that an elite athlete like Dembélé had when he sentenced: “(Ousmane) He does not respect rest times at all, there is no high-level structure in his environment.”The reality for Barcelona is that The physical trajectory of the player is something that is unparalleled in his history as a professional, since neither in the Rennes nor in Borussia de Dortmund, his two previous teams, had any significant mishap, the days of casualty that happened in the German team due to a problem in the hip flexor. Four.2018-19Ankle injury1/21/2018185 No.SeasonAffected partDateDays offLow matches In the past winter market, Barcelona sought the signing of a ‘9’ to cover the loss of Luis Suarez, but despite not curdling, he did not despair at the imminent recovery of Dembélé, which led to the club even getting rid of two players of the subsidiary (Abel Ruiz and Carles Pérez) assuming that the Frenchman would be ready shortly, when the second of the subsidiary’s footballers had already proved his worth for the first team. Dembélé de azulgrana’s trajectory -he arrived in the 2017-18 season- is linked to a medical part explaining his nth injury, since Since you saw Barcelona, ​​two and a half years ago, the Frenchman has spent almost one whole (342 days) on leave, a figure that speaks for itself of the sports and economic impact of the investment made by Barça with the French international footballer. The medical history of the French Ousmane Dembélé does not seem to have an end and since since arriving in the summer of 2017 to Barcelona accumulates ten injuries, has been 342 days off and has lost 63 games. 10.2019-20Muscle injury2/2/2020?? Barcelona is currently in a state of shock because it no longer knows how to deal with the Dembélé case, as it has for the player all kinds of care (he put a cook to order the food that was thought messy) and in the last recovery it was decided that there would be a phase in Qatar.Dembéle’s injury history, according to Transfermarktcenter_img 9.2019-20Muscle injury11/28/20197717 6.2018-19Thigh injury5/5/2019424 7.2019-20Thigh injury8/19/20193. 45 5.2018-19Muscle strain2/14/2019264 8.2019-20Muscle discomfort9/27/20193one 3.2017-18Muscle strain1/15/2018267 one.2016-17Hip flexor1/9/201710– two.2017-18Thigh injury9/17/2017106twentylast_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) (/ embed)last_img read more

first_imgFlyers President Paul Van Nostrand says the decision on whether to play AA or AAA in part has to do with players possibly retiring from the team. If they do retire, it puts a strain on the team to compete at the AAA level as it is expensive to recruit high level players from elsewhere.The organization expects to make a decision on the team’s status in the next two or three weeks.- Advertisement –last_img