Del Bosque gets angry with Fabregas in training

first_imgSpain’s penultimate training session in Brazil descended into a farce when Vicente del Bosque turned on Cesc Fabregas for displaying a bad attitude. CEST As it was an open training session, everything took place in front of the watching media. During the training session the line-up which had been selected to play on Monday were playing together, and the incident between Cesc and the Spain boss took everyone by surprise.  Del Bosque stripped him of his bib, which had signified the starters for the match against Australia, and gave it to Xabi Alonso instead. Asked in a press conference afterwards about the scene, Raul Albiol claimed he saw nothing out of place during the work out. “I haven’t seen anything strange,” the former Real Madrid defender said. Del Bosque grew tired of Cesc’s poor attitude and ordered him to take off his bib and instead put him on the team wearing black tops. Alonso received the Chelsea player’s bib. At this point some of his colleagues had to calm Fabregas down. Sport EN Upd. at 21:19 21/06/2014 “Obviously we were all desperate to qualify, Cesc as well, but I haven’t seen anything strange with regards to Cesc.” “I guess it is just frustration from the team that we have been eliminated, nothing more.last_img read more

Javier Zanetti talks about Inter Milan targets Paulo Dybala, Yaya Toure and Thiago Motta

first_imgJavier Zanetti, vice president of Inter Milan, spoke about the players the Italian club could sign this summer with Corriere dello Sport.  Sport EN The club legend then spoke about several names: “[Paulo] Dybala I know well and he would be a good partner for [Mauro] Icardi. “[Club president Erick] Thohir is working with the Moratti family to make this club great again,” Zanetti explained.  “We have to be patient, but Inter will compete for the Scudetto again.” CEST “Thiago Motta returning would be a good thing because he is very strong. He has demonstrated his value, both at Inter and at PSG. In football anything can happen. 08/05/2015 “[Roberto] Mancini knows Yaya Toure very well. It would be a good signing because he is a champion and he could help us with his personality.  Upd. at 18:58 “We all know about the problems Mancini and [Mario] Balotelli had, but he has a lot of qualities.”last_img read more

Clash of the tridents: How do the BBC and MSN match up?

first_imgThe clasico, Real Madrid vs FC Barcelona, is under a week away. On November 21 the teams clash at the Santiago Bernabeu and for Rafa Benitez and Luis Enrique Martinez it’s fundamental that their key players arrive in shape – the BBC and MSN. The last match between these teams took place on March 22 2015, with Barcelona winning 2-1 at the Camp Nou. Leo Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar Jr had 78 goals while Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo were on 77. Including the number of shots against the woodwork (9-10) they were equal, and they were valued practically the same too on Transfermarkt, 260m vs 250m.  Leo Messi is covering quickly, hoping to overcome his knee injury before the Clasico. He has scored 6 and provided 3 assists in 10 official games.  TODAY Juan Manuel Diaz CET Neymar, meanwhile, is returning from Brazil. He has shown he can be a reference point in the absence of Lionel Messi. However he is not likely to return to Barcelona training until Friday. He has 13 goals and 7 assists in 14 games.  Eight months later, the six protagonists duel in different circumstances. Barcelona’s attack is now worth 280m compared to Madrid’s 250m.  Gareth Bale is in his third season at Madrid and still suffering from physical difficulties. He was not picked for international duty to give him a rest and he arrives at the Clasico with 2 goals and 5 assists in 7 games.  LAST TIME OUTcenter_img Upd. at 18:09 30 games, 23 goals, 7 assists 41 games, 32 goals, 17 assists MADRID’S CRACKS? Karim Benzema is surrounded by controversy, for being implicated in the plot to blackmail Mathieu Valbuena, his France team-mate. His performance was exceptional until he got injured. He has 8 goals in 8 games. Cristiano Ronaldo has his usual spectacular statistics, but it has not been enough to ward off the debate about his game. His attitude on the pitch implies there are problems and he is not happy with Rafa Benitez, the coach. However, he has 13 goals and 2 assists in 15 games. 15/11/2015 Luis Suarez has benefitted, from Barcelona’s point of view, from his international suspension. He’s recharged his batteries during the breaks for FIFA fixtures and scored 13 goals with 7 assists in 17 games.last_img read more

Zidane: There is no debate over Morata or Benzema, they’re both important

first_img “He will have minutes [this season] but this is a marathon, there’s still a long way to go and he will play a part of it as will the rest of his team-mates Morata returned from Juventus in the summer and has scored some important goals already, but Benzema is still Zidane’s preferred front man.  “They [Morata and Benzema] are two great players, two great strikers. And there is also Mariano. Zinedine Zidane has backed Alvaro Morata to play an important role this season despite finding himself as second choice to Karim Benzema.  “So for me there is no debate over Morata or Benzema, they’re both important. Sport EN CEST 22/10/2016 “[Morata] contributes a lot and is an important player,” Zidane said in a press conference.  Upd. at 16:09 “What I say to Alvaro is that it’s a very long [season] and he’s going to be part of the team’s success.  However, speaking ahead of Sunday’s game against Athletic Club, the Real Madrid coach pointed out there will be chances for all his players throughout the course of a long season.  “So we have cover up front. We play with Karim as a sole striker and he’s an important player. I don’t think there is a debate, I think all three are important.”last_img read more

Daily Mirror: Luis Enrique will not replace Wenger at Arsenal

first_img Upd. at 12:10 Arsenal are hopeful of naming a new coach before the World Cup, with New York City FC’s Patrick Vieira, Mikel Arteta (Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City), Juventus’ Massimiliano Allegri, Germany’s Joachim Löw, Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsmann and Monaco’s Leonardo Jardim the remaining candidates. Mirror: Luis Enrique no entrenará al Arsenal 10/05/2018 Former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique will not coach Arsenal next season, according to a number of reports in England on Thursday. Luis Enrique was among the front runners to replace Arsene Wenger this summer, but the Daily Mirror were among the newspapers to report the deal is now off the table.  CEST According to the Mirror, the Gunners have ruled the Spanish coach out becuase of his elevated wage demands. With the club out of the Champions League again next season, they’re not prepared to pay so much.  Former Arsenal player Lauren, though, would have gone for Luis Enrique: “I would choose him for various reasons, for his style of player, his killer instinct and his personality.” IN SPORT.ESlast_img read more

Iniesta officially retires from international football

first_img Iniesta isn’t the only player who will announce his retirement from international football. “They are replacements. There are good players and it’s important we return to the way which gave us so much success. Winning isn’t easy, it’s a lot more complicated than it looks, but the national team will march on forwards because it has a lot of good players.” Opinion on the national team 01/07/2018 Andres was relegated to the bench for the match against Russia but he didn’t feel “singled out” for Spain’s poor displays. “The coach makes the decisions and from that some agree and others don’t. He looks for what’s best for the team and he felt it needed to be this eleven. It’s a shame we didn’t get past this match – and penalties are particularly cruel.” Andrés Iniesta confirmed that following Spain’s elimination from the World Cup at the hands of Russia, he would be hanging up his boots on the international stage. Upd. on 02/07/2018 at 19:30 CEST Iniesta pone fin a su etapa en la selección Iniesta insisted that it’s difficult to accept criticism but those comments are the least important right now. “We weren’t good enough when we needed to be.” And while the loss will leave a bad taste in his mouth, it doesn’t change his plans. “It’s a difficult moment, one we’ve experienced before but we weren’t capable of that little bit extra.” “It’s true that this was my last match with the national team. On an individual level it brings an end to a marvellous chapter of my life,” the iconic midfielder said. accepting responsibility for the exit @afabregues IN SPORT.ES He didn’t feel singled out “My personal cycle ends here after a long time (playing for Spain) but everything has it’s beginning and end. It isn’t the farewell I dreamt about but football and life can be like that,” recognised Iniesta. Àngels Fàbregues The midfielder didn’t want to listen to who was or who wasn’t to blame for Spain’s failure. “The main people to blame are the players and from there, everyone has their own responsibilities. We were the ones out on the pitch and we have to accept the responsibility lies with us,” concluded Iniesta.last_img read more

De Ligt explains why he chose Juventus and not Barcelona

first_img De Ligt explica por qué eligió a la Juve y no al Barça Upd. on 19/07/2019 at 12:05 CEST De Ligt’s 150 million release clause at Juve not active until 2022 18/07/2019 RELATED STORIES Asked about his decision, the Dutchman confirmed that “it was a difficult decision. I had several options and you always have to see which one is the best. Matthijs de Ligt is now a Juventus player after turning down offers from Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain. He has spoken about his decision.  De Ligt, 19, added that it was emotional to leave Ajax, a club where he has spent 10 years progressing from the youth academy to the first team. “I will miss everyone in Amsterdam,” he added, “but I had to take a step forward.”  “I love the way the Italians defend and I made a decision based on that. Many of my models and past references are Italian: Baresi, Maldini, Nesta, Cannavaro, Scirea… And I could go on,” he told Ajax TV.  “There are a lot of factors involved. It’s important to know how much I’ll play and how much the club trusts me, that’s why I picked Juventus because they told me they really wanted me”.   IN SPORT.ES Turn on De Ligt: Juventus announce signing of Ajax starlast_img read more

VVS Laxman predicts on who will win the ICC 2019 Cricket World Cup

first_imgAdvertisement z2iNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs65oa9Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Efx( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) d8z3Would you ever consider trying this?😱a1yb27Can your students do this? 🌚r5Roller skating! Powered by Firework (Photo Courtesy: The Indian Express)Advertisement The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup is just around the corner. The 10 team tournament sees each team play every other with the top 4 go through to the next round.Advertisement The mega event hosted by England and Wales is already the talk of the town with the expectations rising up every second. As teams prepare themselves in the build-up for the event, former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman has revealed his favourites, on who could lift the World Cup in the summer of 2019.Laxman feels that it’ll be either India or England who could go all the way in the tournament. Also when asked about whether he is going to remove his shirt at the Lord’s if India win the World Cup, he laughed it off by saying that it is a challenge from Sourav Ganguly to Virat Kohli and he is happy to leave it to them.Advertisement “India and England favourites. Being an Indian, I want India to win. I am not going to remove my shirt at Lord’s. That’s a challenge posed by Sourav to Virat. Happy to leave it to them. I don’t have six packs like Sourav had or at least he had the confidence of removing his shirt [at the Lord’s balcony],” Laxman said at the India Today Conclave South.Laxman’s predictions can eventually pay off as both England and India are currently in red hot form when it comes to ODI cricket. England are currently top of the standings, while India are second in the charts. England will look to use the advantage of home conditions to their favor while India will bank on their previous tour experiences in a bid to lift world cup next year.Also Read:Viv Richards defends Virat Kohli’s aggressive behavior  Advertisementlast_img read more

Twitter reacts to Floyd Mayweather’s ONE sided beating of Tenshin Nasukawa

first_imgAdvertisement 4zvwNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs9gc1Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ed5jn( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) d1yWould you ever consider trying this?😱9i4r9Can your students do this? 🌚2f9pRoller skating! Powered by Firework Floyd Mayweather dropped Japanese teen kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa three times in the opening round as the Japanese’s corner threw in the towel and Floyd won the fight via TKO.Advertisement Floyd started the fight just tossing his arms in the air and then Tenshin threw a left hand that kind of clipped him. Floyd then just destroyed him. Walked through his punches andjust knocked him down repeatedly until Nasukawa’s corner saw enough to throw in the towel.Advertisement Nasukawa was in tears in his corner after defeat, but Mayweather praised his efforts in a humble post-fight interview.Here are the best Twitter reactions:Advertisement Floyd Mayweather wins his exhibition bout against Nasukawa in the first round— Boxing Breaking (@BoxingBreaking) December 31, 2018I need more Floyd freakshows ASAP. I didn’t appreciate him enough when he was around.— Sor Juanmasai (@cgowler83) December 31, 2018Bruh Floyd toyed with Tenshin 😂😂😂— Dom (@ASAPFurgal) December 31, 2018#MayweatherNasukawa ends in the 1st round after multiple knockdowns by Floyd Mayweather. A ridiculous mismatch.— EditinKing Boxing 🥊 (@EditinKing) December 31, 2018I don’t know who the best 122 pound Gréco Roman wrestler is in Greece but he just got put on notice. Floyd will punch that passport.— Sor Juanmasai (@cgowler83) December 31, 2018Floyd Mayweather knocks out Tenshin Nasukawa in the first round.Nasukawa knocked down three times in 2 minutes and his corner threw in the towel. #RIZIN14— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) December 31, 2018ALSO READ:Boxing: Manny Pacquiao vs Adrien Broner targeted for January Advertisementlast_img read more

Hockey: Varun Kumar and Simranjeet Singh’s heroics earn India a win over Japan in…

first_imgAdvertisement 6aNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs1zlpmWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Emx( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 99v59Would you ever consider trying this?😱awijCan your students do this? 🌚58dfeRoller skating! Powered by Firework The Indian men’s hockey team embarked their Sultan Azlan Shah Cup tourney sojourn in Malaysia with a bang as they trounced Japan 2-0 in their opener on Saturday. Goals from Varun Kumar and Simranjeet Singh did the trick for India, who is the only team in the competition without a permanent head coach.Advertisement India fought off Asian Games gold medallist Japan’s challenge in the Azlan Shah CupThe first quarter of the India-Japan match was an insipid one as neither side could break the defense and the scoreline remained as it started. But, eight minutes into the second quarter, India found themselves on the front foot as Varun Kumar drag-flicked the ball home after winning a penalty corner.The Men in Blue could have doubled the lead in the second quarter itself had Mandeep Singh’s shot gone in after Sumit Kumar Jr. set him up with just four minutes remaining on the clock. In the 33rd minute of the game, Japan won their first penalty corner but goalkeeper PR Sreejesh dived full-stretch to deny them the equalizer.Advertisement Japan didn’t slow down their urgency to find a goal and took out their goalkeeper in the 55th minute to have an extra man in the outfield. However, the idea backfired as Simranjeet Singh made them pay in the dying embers of the match.India will next face South Korea on Sunday in their second group fixture, which also involves Malaysia, Canada, and Poland. The top two teams in the pool will square off against each other in the grand finale on 30th March.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more