Javier Mascherano still sad after losing World Cup final

first_img He said: “It is difficult to feed off the past in a country that lives off the present. Mascherano and Argentina, led by former Barça boss Tata Martino, are aiming to win the summer tournament in Chile.  Rik Sharma Upd. on 22/11/2016 at 03:06 CET 28/03/2015center_img The Barcelona midfielder was speaking ahead of Argentina’s friendly against El Salvador, which Lionel Messi seems set to miss with a sore foot.  Javier Mascherano says he will always be sad about Argentina’s World Cup final defeat to Germany, but now he is focused on the Copa America. “The sadness at losing the final of the World Cup will be always with me. We have aims in the national team and with our clubs. We feed off short-term goals and now we need to win the Copa America.”last_img read more

Full Sepp Blatter statement as he announces decision to quit FIFA role

first_imgI have been reflecting deeply about my presidency and about the 40 years in which my life has been inextricably bound to Fifa and the great sport of football. I cherish Fifa more than anything and I want to do only what is best for Fifa and for football. Since I shall not be a candidate, and am therefore now free from the constraints that elections inevitably impose, I shall be able to focus on driving far-reaching, fundamental reforms that transcend our previous efforts. Upd. on 22/11/2016 at 03:06 CET While I have a mandate from the membership of Fifa, I do not feel that I have a mandate from the entire world of football – the fans, the players, the clubs, the people who live, breathe and love football as much as we all do at Fifa. Sport EN It is my deep care for Fifa and its interests, which I hold very dear, that has led me to take this decision. I would like to thank those who have always supported me in a constructive and loyal manner as President of Fifa and who have done so much for the game that we all love. What matters to me more than anything is that when all of this is over, football is the winner. Therefore, I have decided to lay down my mandate at an extraordinary elective Congress. I will continue to exercise my functions as Fifa President until that election. I felt compelled to stand for re-election, as I believed that this was the best thing for the organisation. That election is over but Fifa’s challenges are not. Fifa needs a profound overhaul. This time, I will succeed. I cannot do this alone. I have asked Domenico Scala to oversee the introduction and implementation of these and other measures. Mr Scala is the Independent Chairman of our Audit and Compliance Committee elected by the Fifa Congress. He is also the Chairman of the ad hoc Electoral Committee and, as such, he will oversee the election of my successor. Mr Scala enjoys the confidence of a wide range of constituents within and outside of Fifa and has all the knowledge and experience necessary to help tackle these major reforms. 02/06/2015 The size of the Executive Committee must be reduced and its members should be elected through the Fifa Congress. The integrity checks for all Executive Committee members must be organised centrally through Fifa and not through the confederations. We need term limits not only for the president but for all members of the Executive Committee. I have fought for these changes before and, as everyone knows, my efforts have been blocked. The next ordinary Fifa Congress will take place on 13 May 2016 in Mexico City. This would create unnecessary delay and I will urge the Executive Committee to organise an Extraordinary Congress for the election of my successor at the earliest opportunity. This will need to be done in line with Fifa’s statutes and we must allow enough time for the best candidates to present themselves and to campaign. Live Sepp Blatter to resign as Fifa president – live updatesAfter 17 years as president of Fifa, Sepp Blatter is standing down from his position For years, we have worked hard to put in place administrative reforms, but it is plain to me that while these must continue, they are not enough. The Executive Committee includes representatives of confederations over whom we have no control, but for whose actions Fifa is held responsible. We need deep-rooted structural change.last_img read more

Lazio president Claudio Lotito confirms the signing of Barça B’s Patric

first_imgLazio confirmed the signing of Barça B’s Patric on Monday morning. The Italian club’s president, Claudio Lotito, speaking in a press conference evaluating the team’s season, which saw them qualify for the Champions League, revealed the news.  CEST Upd. at 19:37 Sport EN 08/06/2015 Lotto admitted that he was happy with how the campaign had gone, before expanding on the future. “The season has ended with a great deal of satisfaction,” he explained. “After Juventus we have been the team that has got the most out of our work. We reached the final of the Copa, qualified for the Champions League and still have to play in the Super Cup. “The group now is competitive, but it has to keep growing. For that reason, we have the new signings [Ravel] Morrison, [Wesley] Hoedt and Patric, who will strengthen the squad more. We want to go to the top.”last_img read more

Lionel Messi scores twice as Argentina hammer Bolivia in America

first_img Sport EN 05/09/2015 Upd. on 22/11/2016 at 03:06 CETcenter_img Barcelona’s Lionel Messi scored twice as Argentina thumped Bolivia 7-0 on Friday night in America, with Ezequiel Lavezzi and Sergio Aguero also helping themselves to braces. Atletico Madrid’s Angel Correa added the seventh inside the final 10 minutes.  Messi had to bide his time on this occasion for his goals — he wasn’t brought off the bench by Tata Martino until the 64th minutes.  Once he’d replaced Nicolas Gaitan, though, with the score already 4-0, he set about getting involved in the action.  Within two minutes he’d scored his first goal — a header — and within 10 minutes he had another.  A quick-fire hat-trick did not follow, but didn’t take the shine off an impressive cameo. The crowd in Houston, who gave him a standing ovation when he came on, were certainly happy with the Barça No.10’s input to a resounding Argetina win. last_img read more

Real Madrid keeping Ronaldo wrapped in cotton wool

first_img On Friday, the Portuguese forward did not come out on to the training pitch, as revealed by Diario AS. According to the Madrid newspaper, the Portuguese international sat out the session as part of a planned break as he still recovers from an injury. However, the shadow of a possible relapse of the thigh problem which ruled him out of three matches at the end of the season remains.  Sport EN 21/05/2016 CEST Cristiano Ronaldo’s fitness has become Zinedine Zidane’s main concern ahead of next weekend’s Champions League final against Atletico in Milan. center_img And so his absence on Friday was reportedly due to fatigue in the previously injured muscle, due to the accumulation of so many games throughout the campaign. In the case that he doesn’t rest, he is at risk of a relapse, which is why Madrid are taking no risks at Valdebebas as they prepare to take on their city rivals next Saturday. Ronaldo picked up the injury at the end of the win over Villarreal and went on to miss games against Rayo Vallecano, Manchester City and Real Sociedad, before returning for the second leg of the Champions League semi-final against Manuel Pellegrini’s City.  Upd. at 13:36 last_img read more

Pep ties down Man City’s crown jewel Kevin De Bruyne

first_img RELATED STORIES Guardiola: De Bruyne the world’s best? The best is just one… Sport EN “He has shown this season how important he is to the team and has been integral in everything we’ve done so far.” City’s Director of Football Txiki Begiristain added: “Kevin’s new deal is great news for our club. “I am really happy to have signed this new deal,” De Bruyne said. 22/01/2018 Upd. at 21:42 De Bruyne, ‘citizen’ hasta el 2023 “As I’ve said previously, my intention has always been to stay here at City, where I’ve felt at home from day one. CET “Not only are we winning – we are playing great football. It’s a pleasure to be a part of and I’m really excited about what we can achieve in the coming years.” IN SPORT.ES Man City announced on Monday Kevin De Bruyne’s contract renewal for five and a half more season, until June 2023. The 26 year old is the most expensive signing in the club’s history – 55 million euros – from Wolfsburg, and arguably Pep Guardiola’s best player.last_img read more

Luis Enrique’s first signing for Spain is a Premier League man

first_img During his presentation, Luis Enrique confirmed most places in his coaching and technical team: Roberto Moreno (assistant manager), Jesús Casas (coach), Rafa Pol (physio) and Joaquín Valdés (psychologist). He also confirmed that José Manuel Ochotorena would continue as the goalkeeping coach. Isidre is a coach and analyst and has worked alongside Luis Enrique since he took charge of Barça B side. He followed him to Roma, Celta Vigo and Barcelona until ‘Lucho’ decided to take a year’s break. This is when Isidre was offered a job at Watford. Upd. at 14:47 Luis Enrique Martínez will add Isidre Ramon to his coaching staff for the Spanish national team. The coach and analyst, who has worked with Luis Enrique at his previous clubs, will leave Watford to join up with Spain. Tomàs Andreu However, as soon as Luis Enrique offered the man a chance to rejoin his team with the national team, Isidre didn’t need to be asked twice and accepted the role. This means that Luis Enrique’s main task is finalising the team he is going to work with. The coach has said he will work alongside his usual coaching team and he’s now brought in Isidre Ramon from Watford, where he was working as an analyst. El fichaje de Luis Enrique para la Selección The former Barcelona coach has been in charge of Spain since Fernando Hierro was sacked following the country’s poor showing at the World Cup. He’s putting together his coaching staff and team ahead of the matches against England and Croatia which take place on the 8th and 11th September in UEFA’s Nations League. CEST 26/07/2018 @tomasandreu68 IN SPORT.ESlast_img read more

Aus vs Ind- 1st T20I Preview: In-sync India look to seek early advantage over…

first_imgAdvertisement orxeNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsxWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ea72( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1z9Would you ever consider trying this?😱6iyyCan your students do this? 🌚6o9nduRoller skating! Powered by Firework Image Courtesy: Live HindustanAdvertisement The Men In Blue executed a fairy-tail clean sweep in the T20I’s over the Australians in their own backyard the last time. With Cricket Australia keen to repair the growing cracks that have been exposed as a result of recurring defeats, the Blues will look to expose them wide open.Advertisement The side lead by Aaron Finch will be without the flair of the explosive opener David Warner and the leadership of Steve Smith, who are still serving their respective bans. While India will look this with a silver lining to be potentially the best time to tour the country and gain significant momentum ahead of the 4-match test series.The Gabba in Brisbane will kick-start the proceedings between the two nations that are no strangers to playing fire with fire. With India being in red-hot form across all departments and coming off an impressive clean sweep over the defending T20 Champions West Indies, the hosts have a lot to fear ahead of the first fixture.Advertisement When: Wednesday, 21 November at 5:50 PM local time (1:20 PM IST)Venue: The Gabba, BrisbaneHow to watch: Ten Sports Network, Sony LIVPredicted XIIndia: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Khaleel AhmedAustralia:  Aaron Finch (c), Chris Lynn, D’Arcy Short, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ben McDermott, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff, Billy StanlakeRead Also:Fair decision from Cricket Australia to hold bans on Smith, Warner and Bancroft?India could lose their ICC T20 ranking with this scoreline against Australia.. – see details  Advertisementlast_img read more

Twitteratis slam KL Rahul for yet another batting failure

first_imgAdvertisement bltqjnNBA Finals | Brooklyn VssubnWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ea5( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) xpnWould you ever consider trying this?😱x9zazCan your students do this? 🌚409Roller skating! Powered by Firework KL Rahul is undoubtedly one of the most skilled talents out there amongst Indian batsmen. He had a significant hype behind him when he started out in International cricket. The fans, cricket board were convinced he was the next batting star of Indian cricket team.Advertisement But things haven’t been going great for the Indian top order since the South African tour. Rahul is averaging just 24 in 18 Test innings he has played in 2018. Not only has been his performance declined in the test, but he has also performed horribly in T20s too.Advertisement In recent Australian tour, he has averaged a meagre 13.50 while his strike rate is also under 100. Today in the third T20 match, Rahul scored 14 runs in 20 balls before getting out to Glenn Maxwell.Former Captain of the Indian cricket team also criticised the team’s decision to send KL Rahul ahead of Kohli in the past two T20 matches against Australia in the ongoing tour.Advertisement “I don’t think Kohli should have batted at No.4. In the first match of the tour, you want to bat on the position you generally bat on. It is only when you have won a series, you take such chances,” Gavaskar said after the match.Cricket fans slammed KL Rahul for his repeated failures in scoring runs for his team.KL Rahul should listen to the captain.— SK (@marceloholic) November 25, 2018Also Read-Captain Virat Kohli ‘champions’ Rishab Pant’s cause ahead of Aussie series  Advertisementlast_img read more

Romelu Lukaku admits to putting on too much muscle, looking to lean out

first_imgAdvertisement hNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs42budWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9glyj( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1h2Would you ever consider trying this?😱vin7Can your students do this? 🌚5i9xqRoller skating! Powered by Firework Romelu Lukaku says he is more focused on his Manchester United role after speaking with Jose Mourinho and believes that he will emerge from his post-World Cup slump.Advertisement The 25-year old recently ended his goal drought for United at Southampton last weekend and then scored at Old Trafford for the first time since March in Saturday’s 4-1 win against Fulham – their first win in five league games.Advertisement Lukaku also looks forward to leaning out as he admits that he has gained more than required muscle at this year’s World Cup where he scored four goals to help Belgium finish third.“(I added) a little bit of muscle,” he added. “It was at the World Cup. I just felt great and I think I played great over there, and then when I came back it is a different type of style.Advertisement “When you are in the Premier League, I cannot play with the same amount of muscle as international football here in the Premier League. That was something that when I came back I knew straightaway ‘I cannot play in this style like this’.He added: “After the World Cup, I think I really was a bit tired.“But, you know, I had the same thing in 2014 after the World Cup when I came back to Everton I was really in a slump after the World Cup.“So, now I think I am in a decent level again and ready to go again.” Advertisementlast_img read more