UCA Names Brown Head Football Coach

first_imgCONWAY, Ark. – The greatest quarterback in University of Central Arkansas history is now the head football coach at the University of Central Arkansas.Nathan Brown, the former UCA offensive coordinator, was named head football coach on Saturday by Dr. Brad Teague, UCA director of athletics.Brown, who starred for the Bears from 2005-08, will be formally announced at a noon press conference Monday in the board room at Wingo Hall on the UCA campus. He was introduced at halftime of Saturday night’s basketball game between the Bears and Little Rock Trojans at the Farris Center.Brown, a Russellville native, passed for a state record 10,558 yards and 100 touchdowns in his UCA career from 2005-08. He was inducted into the UCA Sports Hall of Fame in the Class of 2016, his first year of eligibility. Brown has been the Bears’ offensive coordinator for the past four years under former head coach Steve Campbell, and coached the UCA quarterbacks prior to that. He has a wife Jessica, also a UCA graduate, a daughter Rylee and a son Luke.last_img read more


first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES     MIKE SMITH MIRTH, WINNER: (On riding Mirth for the first time): “I’ve watched her, and she’s been running dynamite. It looked like she wasn’t far from pulling one of these off, so I knew it was in her. It was just a matter of whether I could get a little brave and start marching a little early. She doesn’t really have a turn of foot; she just seems to keep staying and keep going. I felt like I had gotten away with that at the half-mile pole, so going into the turn I started marching on where I was going to lengthen everybody’s kick instead of trying to make an explosive move. It worked today. It might not work next time, but it worked today.”TRAINER QUOTES   PHIL D’AMATO, MIRTH, WINNER: “She was kind of a late entry into the race. We were the lone speed and Mike (Smith) just kind of doled it out the right way and had plenty left.”   BILLY KOCH, LITTLE RED FEATHER RACING: “When she turned for home she kept going at the same pace and I didn’t see anybody coming . . . It was really great.”               NOTES: The winning owner is Little Red Feather Racing.last_img read more

Jose vows to ‘sleep in Spurs pyjamas’ and dreams of Prem glory NEXT year

first_imgLATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summer“Now it’s about Spurs. I can be really happy here, make people happy. We cannot win the Premier League this season. But we can – I’m not saying we will do – we can win it next season.“And now there’s not a bigger Spurs fan in the world than me, nobody who wants Spurs to win and be successful more than I do.“Chelsea is the past, a great past, two periods, two periods with titles. But it’s the past. Now this is my club, these are my fans.” PELL DIG AT OLD RIVAL STYLEBy Andrew DillonMANUEL PELLEGRINI believes Jose Mourinho’s trophy haul has come at a cost.West Ham’s manager and the new Tottenham boss share neither  football philosophy nor personality.Pellegrini is rebooting his tactics to face a more industrial Spurs in tomorrow’s lunchtime clash following Mourinho’s surprise appointment.And he said: “In Italy, in Spain, here in England, he is a manager who has a lot of titles behind him, so he will also be a manager who is good for football.“After that you must think of what kind of football you want.“Everyone has his options to play football in the way they want, to say what they want to say.“I have my way, style of my life or style of being. Maybe he has another one. You cannot expect everybody will think exactly the same as you. We have different ways of thinking.“I was surprised Mauricio Pochettino was sacked, but you saw what happened with Chelsea when Mour-inho was manager. They won the title then the next season he was sacked.“After that, Leicester… exactly the same, Claudio Ranieri was sacked.”Mourinho has won league titles in four different European countries — but his abrasive character invariably sparks controversy.He even mispronounced Pellegrini’s surname as Pellegrino to try to wind up the ice-cool Chilean.In a head-to-head comparison, Mourinho comes out on top in the 14 games in which they have faced each other, with the Portuguese winning seven and drawing three.Pell added: “We are rivals because we are at different teams.“I was in Malaga, he was at Real Madrid. I was at Manchester City, he was in Chelsea.“He is not my friend but he is not my enemy.“As entertainment, it is good  he is back because he says controversial things. That is good for the media.”Hammers keeper Roberto is in pole position to keep the gloves against Spurs tomorrow despite his blunders against Burnley and performance against Newcastle, although Pellegrini is not expected to make his final selection decision until tonight.Jose Mourinho shows he still has great comic timing in first press conference for Tottenham JOSE MOURINHO promised to live, breathe and even SLEEP Spurs as he claimed: We can win the title next year.Mourinho wants to demonstrate to fans his total commitment after succeeding Mauricio Pochettino as boss.4 Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has joked he will be wearing Tottenham pyjamas to bed4And the ex-Chelsea and Manchester United chief insisted he is ready to “sleep in Tottenham pyjamas” to show his dedication to the cause.Mourinho said: “Every club I go to, I wear the pyjamas of the club and I even sleep with the pyjamas.“If the fans see me as Mr Chelsea they also have to see me as Mr Inter, Mr Real Madrid, Mr Porto. They have to see me as Mr Club.“I work in the tracksuit and I sleep in the pyjamas. That’s the way I am. I am a club man, but a many club man.”Mourinho declared during his second spell at Stamford Bridge that he would NEVER consider taking charge at Spurs out of respect to the Blues fans.4 Mourinho’s first game in charge of the North London club is against West Ham on SaturdayCredit: Getty – Contributor4 Spurs have failed to win any of their last five Premier League gamesCredit: Getty – ContributorReminded of that, he swiftly responded: “That was before I was sacked! It’s modern football.“I have always felt the Premier League is my natural habitat. It’s the football country and league that is the best and most enjoyable and where I am really happy.“But three years ago when I went to United, if I’d stayed in England only for Chelsea, I would have to be waiting for a third opportunity.“Probably another Premier League won because every time I go there I win the Premier League but I went to United with a free mind and a free heart.RUDY WAY TO BEHAVELILLE coach Rudi Garcia took a swipe at Jose Mourinho — for poaching his backroom staff.After being named as Tottenham’s new boss on Wednesday, Mourinho announced the arrivals of Joao Sacramento as his assistant and Nuno Santos as goalkeeping coach.And Garcia suggested Jose was unclassy in his approach for his former colleagues.Speaking sarcastically, Garcia said: “Everyone has their own way of doing things. But it’s really classy. Really classy to act like that.”last_img read more

Graham Lowe confirmed in Kiwi takeover of Bradford rugby league club

first_imgThe Rugby Football League made the announcement on Wednesday (NZ time).Chalmers is a former New Zealand Rugby League chairman while Lowe, a former Kiwis coach, has vast experience in the English scene after coaching Wigan.The new club will retain the Bulls’ place in the second-tier Championship division, with a 12-point deduction.The first move has been to remove head coach Rohan Smith who has left by mutual consent after less than year into a three-year deal.”We appreciate all he did for the Bradford Bulls and the support he has given the playing group,” Lowe said.”We are focused on bringing in a new proven and experienced coach as soon as possible and the recruitment process is underway.”The Guardian reported that former Kiwis and Bradford star Henry Paul was the preferred choice to take over as coach.Chalmers, a former director at Super League club Salford, registered the name Bradford Bulls 2017 at Companies House.In announcing the deal, RFL director of operations and legal, Karen Moorhouse, said: “The RFL is confident that the consortium selected to run a new club in Bradford will provide an exciting and stable future for rugby league in the city.”Lowe and Chalmers, who arrived in the UK early Tuesday (NZ time) now need to get a competitive playing squad together to do justice to the famous league stronghold.”I am delighted that we have been given the opportunity to create what we hope will be a strong and stable club in Bradford,” Chalmers told the Telegraph & Argus.”The history and tradition of rugby league in this great city is something we are both very aware of. We are under no illusion of the enormity of the task that is ahead of us and that it is our job to win the trust of supporters and deliver a club that they are proud of. We are both really excited about the strength of the high performance academy and the long term pathway opportunities that flow from this.”With several players already having moved on, Lowe said they were under pressure.”We do not see this as a quick fix and we will work through the immediate issue of offering full-time playing contracts to the team,” Lowe said.”Following that, we will look at bolstering the playing squad as necessary to replace those players who have secured contracts elsewhere.”The group almost got the Bulls out of administration prior to Christmas when their bid was approved by the RL before being rejected by the administrator. But they have now satisfied everyone they can get the recovery job done.Judith Cummins, MP for Bradford South, told the Telegraph & Argus it was “brilliant news” the club could now move forward. “I look forward to sitting down with the new owners to discuss their future plans to take the Bulls forward, back to their rightful position at the top of rugby league,” she said.Paul Butterworth, chairman of the Bradford Bulls Supporters Trust, praised the players and the new owners’ commitment to the Bulls’ academy.”I hope talks with staff and players can be resolved as soon as possible, because they have been through hell. We’re just looking forward to seeing a Bradford team out on the pitch, and I urge all fans to get behind the team and enjoy the day,” he said. – Stufflast_img read more

Hansen: Rules should be simpler

first_imgAfter Owen Farrell had levelled the score at 15-15 with a 78th-minute penalty, the All Blacks looked set to be given a chance to claim victory when referee Poite awarded a penalty to the hosts from the restart.However, after consulting the television match official and his touch judges, Poite ultimately decided that Lions hooker Ken Owens was accidentally offside when collecting a knock-on from full-back Liam Williams, meaning New Zealand were only granted a scrum rather than the opportunity to kick at goal.”It’s a tough game to ref. We all know what happened and what should have happened,” said Hansen in his post-match news conference.”But as little kids you are told to take the good with the bad. We are accepting over decisions that are made. It is a decision the ref has made and we will live with it.”Hansen added: “They used the video and had a pow-wow. The ref’s initial instincts were that it was a penalty, then he spoke to his team of three and one suggested it was accidental. It is what is.”There’s too many avenues that you can go down, but that’s not the ref’s fault, that’s the rulebook. People that are running the game need to ask themselves do we need to make it simpler. My answer to that would be yes. Tomorrow would be great.”In an apparent reference to New Zealand spurning several excellent opportunities to add to Ngani Laumape and Jordie Barrett’s first-half scores, Hansen said: “If we had scored another try ourselves it wouldn’t have been such a problem. We can’t control the refs.”On the drawn series, he added: “We’ve ended up with a hand on the trophy each, which is a little bit like kissing your sister. There’s not a lot in it for anybody.”last_img read more

Pandia brothers out to win v Hunters

first_imgIt was against the Hunters in Round 12 that the defending premiers ended their early-season losing streak and begin the find their form.With the different style of footy the Walker Brothers coach, it is set to be an entertaining game.Ipswich – who lost to the Burleigh Bears last weekend – will aim to cause an upset against the in-form Hunters, however with the inclusion of Pandia brothers might gain them some local support.Older brother Sebastian (who joined Ipswich this season) is a Port Moresby junior playing in the local leagues before leading the Port Moresby Vipers to the grand final victory in 2013. He was then drafted to the inaugural Hunters side and spent two seasons there.In an interview earlier this year, Sebastian described his new club as “family oriented and the best club ever”. Sebastian is renowned for his work ethic in the field with regards to his defence and hit-ups.His younger brother Richard made a name for himself having won an Intrust Super Cup premiership and the State Premiership with Ipswich.He has drawn comparisons to PNG and Melbourne Storm legend Marcus Bai by his co-coach Shane Walker, with the younger Pandia is also a star in making with his dynamic running style.However, the PNG Hunters haven’t lost a match at home and will be full of confidence with the crowd behind their team.The Ipswich Jets have a good relationship with rugby league in Papua New Guinea and allowed the 2010 PNG Kumuls to train at the club’s facilities. They also gave current Digicel Cup coach of the Lae Snax Tigers Stanley Tepend to study the club’s training routines last year. No wonder they are leading the competition this year.Also PNG born players and former Internationals like Desmond Mok, Trevor Exton and Rod Griffin have had stints with the club.last_img read more

TDS: Community sports clubs must be run like a business

first_imgDirectors Terry Dillon and Chris Connolly were on a three-day mission to share their insights on sport administration, coaching and media and marketing opportunities.Connolly, a qualified teacher, was an AFL player who became a senior AFL coach and senior AFL club administrator.Dillon, is a Certified Practising Accountant and holds a Master’s in Business Administration,  played sport at community level while making a business career that saw him taking senior administrative roles at three AFL clubs, as Chief Finance Officer (Hawthorn and Collingwood), Chief Operating Officer (Hawthorn and St Kilda) and acting Chief Executive Officer roles (Hawthorn and St Kilda).Their catch phrase ‘Successful community clubs share the load’ was the main message embedded in the minds of participants who realised that getting a successful community club up and going was for every community member to share the load. “There is a way of asking and a member of the community should be given that responsibility.“Each person has a certain gift and that person should be the one sent to seek sponsors from corporate companies.“We all know that one person in the community who no matter who he talks with is always successful in getting the right answer,” said Dillon.The three-day course taught participants that making a team successful is everyone’s business and not only one or two.Dillon said that when other members of the community see how hard one person works to lift the profile of the club they shy away from assigned duties because they don’t want to work too hard.He was unnerved when he learnt that local clubs in PNG are not run like small businesses and instead survive on one off corporate sponsorships.He said community sports clubs must be run like a business so it can make funds for itself.last_img read more

Milan thinks about selling to Suso

first_imgThe arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic has changed plans and hierarchies in the front of Milan. Apparently, one of the victims will be Suso, who in the next few weeks could close his rossonera stage, started in 2015 (with a break in Genoa in 2016). The coach Pioli, against Cagliari, has used a 4-4-2 betting on Castillejo on the right wing and the Leao-Ibrahimovic couple up, leaving the Cadiz on the bench throughout the game. His new representative, Mino Raiola, is working at this time to find a new destination: the option of Seville, as AS may know, is ruled out, but Milan has more offers in LaLiga and one in Leipzig, in Germany. In recent hours, the candidacy of Rome has been strengthened, which with Zaniolo’s serious injury could seek a signing to replace him. Last summer, Milan asked for around 30 million euros for its services, but now in Italy they argue that the price could have dropped considerably. Suso’s first season was complicated, like almost every season rossoneri: He barely scored a goal (foul, against SPAL) and was very questioned by the fans. At 26, a change of air could favor him in a fundamental phase of his career.last_img read more

Gil Marín traveled to Paris, but the arrival of Cavani is difficult

first_imgGil Marín has traveled to Paris on Tuesday for a meeting of European clubs (ECA), an association in which the rojiblanco leader is on the Executive Committee. In that meeting there are also other important European clubs: Juventus, the English … and PSG itself. Gil Marín spoke with representatives of the French club, although from the gala they have been clear. Cavani does not move.Atlético knows that it has fifteen days left before the closing of the transfer market and, nonetheless, will accelerate due to the Uruguayan signing. Cavani wants to come to Atlético. With him there is no problem. The player himself is the one who is most pressing to get to the Wanda Metropolitano, but it is not easy to get such a player out of a club like the Parisian. Sources close to the negotiation indicate that we must move forward day by day, step by step. In January of last year Morata reached almost the end of the term.There are two weeks left to continue advancing in this signing. Atlético also has several fronts open for the departure of a player from its squad. Cavani is the only one who could strengthen the team. In the club they understand that only players like this can really increase the performance of the squad. And with Diego Costa on the horizon, because at the end of February the Spanish-Brazilian striker plans to return to the team. The negotiations have been carried out for a long time by the sports director of the Madrid club, Berta, who is in permanent dialogue with Leonardo, who holds the same position in the PSG. The dispute of the Spanish Super Cup in Jeddah has been a parenthesis in this regard, but Atlético remains immersed in the negotiations. Simeone has been clear about it. Cavani or Cavani. There’s no more. The PSG striker is Cholo’s great request for this winter market. For many weeks now Simeone asked for a forward (AS informed at the time) and the chosen one was the Uruguayan tip. But Atletico has the big problem of the salary limit of its staff and it is not easy to undertake a signing like this.last_img read more

Pablo Alfaro: “It has helped Quique to have the label of cruyffista”

first_img“Pablo Alfaro, is our leader”, continues to rumble in the stands of Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán every day that there is a derby since that of 2000 … With 50 years and despite his successful career as an elite player, Pablo threw himself on the road because he wants to succeed on the benches. He has already directed Pontevedra, Recreativo, Leganés, Huesca, Marbella, Mirandés; and now it’s in Ibiza, where he arrived seduced by the ambitious project of Amadeo Salvo. Life gives you a gift this Wednesday. He will play against Barça, a team he belonged to in 1992 and in which he had the honor of being led by Cruyff; and to cross with Setién, with whom he lived three years of wine and roses in Santander. Pablo attended As in Ibiza. Doctor Pablo Alfaro, what brings you to Ibiza?(laughs) What brings me here? Well, it brought me a call from the president, Amadeo Salvo, and the sports director, Fernando Soriano. The two people who convinced me to come here. After my stage at Mirandés, in which we managed to make a promotion playoff in a beautiful campaign, because we were a few months more relaxed, collaborating with media, television, radio … And I was attracted above all the margin of growth that the club had. Especially for who directed it. We are an author club, I think we all have that clear. A club whose alma-mater is Amadeo Salvo, which the great sports management does not scare. He acquired the club five seasons ago and it was put to him to take him to professional football. So, with slow but solid steps, this is our ambition. Rub shoulders with those closest to professional football.The conclusion that one draws when he is in the club’s offices for a while is that this Ibiza breaks with the topics. Neither parties in Pacha nor humble complex. Organization, professionalization and ambition. This is serious and here the players do not come to stick spree. Do you agree?Clear. Keep in mind that, for us, this gift that football has given us to face Barça helps us to inform Spain of sport that Ibiza in winter is also alive and that it is not only a seasonal and holiday island, that It is also true because it is a paradise; but that can also have industrial, business and sports projects. We are very clear about the soccer player’s human profile that can come here and the one that can never come, unless it is in summer for vacations. Because there are temptations that do not exist in other places. We have ruled out more than five and six players for those doubts. If there are doubts, one cannot come to this island. Do you prefer to ascend to Segunda than beat Barcelona? In principle, that is the club’s project.This Barça is a blessed distraction. We embarked on this project to try to bring Ibiza closer to professional football. The Cup takes you to prizes like this and a party with international repercussion. And we will enjoy this. What we cannot do is commit the sin of not enjoying it. And the island is crazy. The field is a hotbed. Tickets were sold a week ago. It is a sporting event that has not occurred on the island and we will enjoy it.What moves you Pablo to continue in this circus? He has played elite football, has won titles in big clubs. And now he trains more middle-level clubs like Leganés, Huesca, Fuenlabrada, Mirandés, Ibiza … Is it the essence of the player or is it the passion to lead?It is the essence of this sport. When, due to age imperatives, you cannot continue playing, and that I was very long-lived because until I was 38 I was waging war, if you continue to be passionate about this world I have always thought that you have two areas: offices and benches. And in my case, the lion is still strong enough to be close to the players and in what one believes. And enjoy. It is a way to enjoy different but also congratulates a lot.I remember a day when he explained his first training under Cruyff. The rounds, the training systems. You totally neglected and didn’t know where he was. Have you been able to apply some of what Johan taught his teams?They can be applied. Do you know what happens with Johan? That Johan was a brave football, very brave. We can say that we were under his charge. His great virtue was courage because he did not invent a game system, that already brought him from Ajax. But it brought him to a more competitive football. And he had the personality to make it work. From that matrix, others have evolved, such as Barça years later, and others have copied. Our Super Champion Team had many automatisms of that team and modern football has many of those mechanisms. I knew that many years ago. That model has evolved, but they can be applied and in fact they are applied. GORKA LEIZA & nbsp; (DAILY AS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Pablo Alfaro talks with AS in the previous Cup qualifier against Barcelona.GORKA LEIZA (DAILY AS) You have been in a large team locker room. And getting into a locker room with Messi or Piqué, who are great players, great winners, and also veterans, shouldn’t be easy. There are many things there. Do you think that Quique can convince those players that a great Barça is still possible?The egos in these clubs are great, but sometimes we think that costumes are more complicated than they really are. Possibly the key is to reach the boy who played football and everyone has inside. Being able to connect with that child who plays football, even if they have had vicissitudes, have matured, and have companies behind because we do not forget that these players are already companies with a lot of turnover, is key.If someone is told in July that Setién is going to train Barça, he almost laughs. What has happened motivates coaches of average teams to think that one day they can reach a great one, taking into account as in their case that they have even played in them?If true. But it will depend on who answers. In the election of Quique, there have also been conversations with other technicians, who have declined. That has helped him to be a Barça coach. But football accommodates you. You don’t have to have been a great footballer to be a coach. That has an added value, yes. But Robert Moreno has been a national coach when his curriculum was always to be Luis Enrique’s assistant. And now he is in Monaco. And with the National Team he has done very well. I had a coach who is Joaquín Caparrós, who was not a great footballer either. And Bordalás. It is not synonymous with ‘de’. You have to win over players, managers, hobby …Do you have something original to say about Messi?Yes. I have something original to say about Messi. I am one of those who wants me to come and, in addition, it is very worthwhile to bring Messi to Ibiza in winter (finally it was not part of the call of Setién). And I think my players have succeeded, if it finally comes. Because we see Messi in summer in restaurants, on yachts and in the coves of Ibiza, but if Quique considers it appropriate we will do it in winter. And that is a merit. At the football level what am I going to say. You have done chronicles and a thousand analyzes of Quique’s debut match. But if someone who does not understand football sees what happened, they will summarize it easily: Barça wins it and Messi. And then, analyze it however you want. Is the best. So, play or not play, hopefully come to enjoy it. If we want to enjoy this as a party, may Messi be in it.You got to match him on the grass.I remember her long hair, that more childish face. I remember that at that time, when he left, there was another footballer who came out as Bojan, and there were bets on Can Barça to see who would come out better. It is impossible to endure the rhythm of Messi. Bojan has been very good, international, with a great career. But they are incomparable.You have been part of that ocean liner that is Barça. And as central. In what can get wet, do you think that Barça has a problem in defense?It’s another pretty debate, like the one about possession. In Can Barça, the position in which it is least repaired is that of central, and it is true that there are few by number. I remember that when I was there that, at some point I was cabreadillo, I declared that in Barça you remember the centrals as health, when it is not. When health is good, nobody thinks you’re healthy. It is a risky position in Barça, but for me those who have are world class. Piqué and Umtiti are world and Lenglet champions. That they can think of incorporating someone else, because they will know what to do. “This Wednesday there is no VAR, because it is not implemented until the next round. I wanted to know your opinion about the tool. Is this really doing something good to football? I ask because the other day the fat guy touched one of the teams inside, Sevilla.It was close, very close … I am not going to say anything because it entitles me. Let’s see, the VAR has come to stay. You can’t put brakes on technology.Do you think you have no real reverse?I think not. In very few orders of life, in any business, industrial or entertainment field, if you withdraw a technological advance it sounds like a resounding failure. It has to stay, but you have to improve it a lot. You have to unify the criteria, have them clear and that is so that all are equal. The VAR has come to do justice and so that, although we know that the controversy will always exist, it is minimized. We are at a time when the controversy is being amplified. Before the arbitral trio was wrong. Ahoar can be wrong who is cold, sweating, and those who are hot in the VOR room with coffee. We have to improve and I think everyone is aware of them. I think it’s a year of adaptation.I will not get the headline, but tell me how many friends in Seville wrote on Saturday indignant at what happened at the Bernabéu.Enough, enough, enough … Pablo Alfaro Pablo Alfaro, before the list Now we go to Quique, but it is interesting to ask him before about the debate that has started after the first Barça match with Setién. You who have lived between the cruyffismo and the bilardismo of Caparrós in Seville, in which point of the debate is located? Do you like a team that gives 1,005 touches and only throws six times at the door?(laughs) In the end, it is a statistic and is an indicator. The most important statistic in our sport, the one we all look for, is that of the scoreboard. I think that is impeccable. And for her we all work, one way or another. Following one model or another. That you have the ball … You can be a very defensive team having the ball. It is a way of defending. You can be more offensive while on the rival field. But they are broad, relative, nuanced terms. But if you have the ball more than the opponent, in the opposite field and having chances, you are attacking. If you are in your field, you combine, you never progress, and you generate nothing, defend with the ball. It is important to breathe with a balloon and then provide another mechanism. I know that it is a debate that you like very much, that it is recurrent and very good. Not because I say so, but if you start to pull statistics and data from the last World Cups or Champions, the teams that have been winning, have been reducing the ball possession data. Because when they have had it they have been effective. It is a beautiful and football debate. But the best statistic is that of the scoreboard.How would you say your Ibiza plays?We are aware that Barça is very powerful and favorite. But we are a team that wants to be the protagonist. At least in our category. We start from behind, we like to have the ball. And have the ball with a clear objective, have the ball. On a defensive level, we like to be an aggressive team and play far from the goal. And, above all, a team that transmits. “In my case, the lion is still strong” “Cruyff’s great virtue was bravery because he didn’t invent a game system” Pablo Alfaro The hype and dismissal of Valverde have left an Ibiza-Barça in which it will be measured with Setién. Memories of Cantabria, three years together. Who was Setién in Santander?We keep beautiful memories of that Racing. I was very happy and Santander is a city that I adore. It was a Racing that beat Barcelona and Madrid … Humble but that gave war in First. Quique, as the Italians say, was the metronome, the team’s fantasist. He had arrival, game vision. I watched football like that. He was a veteran, captain and darling. And it has always been wet by Racing. It’s funny, because I spent three years in Santander on loan from Barça. We share many moments, a lot of relationship. Tertulias at home, in mine. I am very happy that Barça signed it and I hope it goes well since Wednesday night.And that label that he has always placed as a radical cruiserie already had it as a player?He liked it, logically. But we are seeing it with the perspective of time. These were the times when Barça de Cruyff had triumphed. Johan’s beginnings in Barça were not simple but that model consolidated and Quique liked it because he was ideal as a footballer. And when he has been a coach, he has been modeling and perfecting his idea. He does not have a Barca past and as a coach but in these circumstances.But do you think that label has helped you?It has helped, of course, it is clear. And now that he is there, he has the chance to succeed. “It is worthwhile to bring Messi to Ibiza in winter”last_img read more

Ángel: “I’m calm, Barcelona’s interest is just rumors”

first_imgLaLiga Santander* Data updated as of February 12, 2020 “When the news is from a great club like Barcelona, ​​the impact is greater, but since they are only rumors, I am very calm. If they got with me I will have time to think things over. I have several markets with Getafe and there is always talk that I will leave. That means I do things well, “he said.Barcelona is precisely the rival of Getafe the next day, in a match that will be played at the Camp Nou.“We face one of the best team in the world and above in their field. It will be very difficult, but we have to continue at this level to get all three points and make a good game“he pointed out.Ángel received a commemorative plaque from his president, Ángel Torres, on Wednesday in a restaurant in Madrid, for overcoming 100 games as a Getafe player in official competition.“I am very happy to reach one hundred games with Getafe. We are in a good dynamic being third, but there is a lot of season,” he concluded. Angel Rodriguez, Getafe striker, denied Wednesday that Barcelona has transferred an offer and said he is “calm” because the news about the alleged interest of the Barca club is “only rumors.”After Luis Suarez’s injury, Barcelona is looking for a center forward to reinforce its squad until the end of the season. One of the names that has come to the fore is Angel, who has scored 13 goals this season and in his two and a half seasons with Getafe he has 39 goals.center_img “What I know is what has come out in the press. There is nothing at the moment. I am calm and focused on Getafe. I’m leaving the skin for this club and in principle there is nothing“, said Angel, still flattered by that supposed interest of Barcelona.last_img read more

Heading for the League

first_imgReal Madrid goes head-to-head for the League. Literally: five of the 12 goals he has scored in the domestic championship in 2020 were after headers, nothing less. This is how Varane scored against Getafe, twice; Casemiro the second of his two goals against Sevilla at the Bernabéu; Nacho against Valladolid in Pucela; and Ramos in El Sadar against Osasuna, on the last day of the League. Heads that have served Madrid to sign so far a full in LaLiga so far in 2020: five games, five wins, 15 points for whites, solo leaders with three points of advantage over Barcelona.To those five top goals in 2020 must be added the one that Nacho scored against Real Sociedad in Copa del Rey, which did not serve to finally reach the match against Donostiarras in the quarterfinals of the KO tournament. In the overall of the campaign, Madrid have scored 14 head goals among all competitions, out of the total of 71 they have scored so far. It is 19.7%, a percentage similar to that signed last year: 21 head goals over 108, 19.4%. Up to seven white players have scored headlining this season: Benzema, Jovic, Ramos, Varane, Casemiro, Nacho and Rodrygo. The leaders are Benzema and Ramos, with three heads of testarazo each, followed by Nacho, Casemiro and Varane, all three with two goals. Jovic and Rodrygo close the list with one. Also seven have been the assistants in those 14 goals, with Kroos at the top of the list. The German, the player with the most accurate hit of the white team, has served four goals for his teammates, followed by Carvajal, with three; Benzema and Marcelo have given two assists and with one remain Casemiro, Mendy and Lucas Vázquez.last_img read more

Benítez: “It is impossible to defend Liverpool for 90 minutes”

first_imgThe big question is how to beat Klopp and his boys. Rafa Benítez, a coach who will lead the big net in 2005 to win the Champions League in that unforgettable final in Istanbul and now at the helm of the Chinese Dalian Yifang, was asked about it by The Athletic. The Spanish coach is clear. “When we played against them with Newcastle we realized that our fastest players were not faster than them, so the only thing you have left is to appeal to solidity, to be really solid to get something,” he says. Liverpool arrives at the Metropolitan with a certain halo of superiority, pointed out by European experts as the most fit team and the most resourceful. Atlético’s rival has many virtues and this season they have only lost a match in the Champions League against Napoli de Ancelotti (which curiously also beat him last season). In addition, he lost in the Carabao Cup against Aston Villa (5-0) with a team full of youth and on the first date of the season he fell against City in the penalty shootout of the Community Shield. But Benitez believes that seclusion is not a good idea. Liverpool subject the teams to moments of overwhelming pressure and the Spanish coach bets to break them by being bold and returning the blow with decision. “The problem is that you cannot keep the solidity before them if they are overwhelming you all the time,” he emphasizes. “Defending Liverpool for 90 minutes is impossible, so you have to try to create something to the backlash, threaten them, give them some scare to make them more worried”, analyzes thinking about how to get rid of the pressure that Liverpool can exert in the rival area. Simeone is clear. In the press conference on Monday he showed his opponent very well and knows about the problem he can generate in your own field, even without the ball. Pressure after loss is a powerful exercise that Klopp has mechanized. “You have to escape from it. To win teams like Liverpool or City you have to be fast and technical moving the ball, It’s not about passing it by. You’re not going to be better than them in that, generally they will be faster and stronger than you. “last_img read more

Setién’s assistant: “He does nothing to do …”

first_imgMovistar’s cameras captured Sarabia’s activity, frantic and, at times, irritated, almost angry. The first moment that rescues the video of Vamos seems that it points to an error in own field, in the exit of ball, in which Setién asks head of form vehemently. From behind, a Sarabia sitting on the bench addresses another assistant in a more fiery way, with fuss, to sentence: “It is not a pass to Busi, it is a pass to the interiors! There!” Afterwards, the second coach laments Griezmann’s mistake, which he receives and finishes high on one of the best chances of the first half: “Gol, put it on Antoine (Griezmann), I shit on my fucking mother.” Setién fitted the error by frowning and turning to the bench. “Soft, soft!” Sarabia continued to lament over the Frenchman’s mistake. The next step was to ask for more specificity in the face of goal, Setién’s second coach watched as his team arrived, but did not prove Courtois due. “But throw a goal! I shit on God! ”, They capture Movistar’s cameras from the technician’s lips.Let’s go ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Sarabia addresses Setién during a moment of the Classic.Come on Then, the thing warms up and Sarabia, with an impassive Setien, turns to another assistant in a wrathful way: “He does nothing to do …!” The complaints go to a specific player who did not read the game in the way that the coaches of Barcelona had prepared. “He suddenly starts playing and throwing, when he has to play the ball! Pussy! ”Eder Sarabia shouts angrily, waving his arms to refer to the movement of the ball. The video of Vamos continues with a moment in which Setién and Sarabia exchange opinions. The assistant exposes him, this time in a more leisurely way, that the team is standing too long, with the defense very involved in its area and Real Madrid is taking advantage of it. “We cannot have the defensive line so far behind, because they stretch us and then Benzema comes, receives and creates much superiority. We have to reduce space much more, ”Sarabia warns with a receptive Setien. The first coach of Barcelona wanted to put hot cloths at the end of the game, calling to see the glass half full: “Our party was in the first part and we did things quite well and we generated chances, even with one before they scored, we have the ability to recover. There are positive things to rescue and we will analyze what we have not done well.”Setién-Sarabia, a contrasting duo.Eder Sarabia has been with Setién since his time in Las Palmas. It has always been characterized by an agitated behavior in the technical area, something that has caused the occasional suspension, often by some crossing with the referees. He has always declared himself a Messi fan, whom he now has at his command. His aspirations, publicly recognized, were those of, along with Setién, reaching a place like the one they now occupy to develop their idea of ​​football. At the moment, its Barcelona is irregular and the Classic has not served to set the course. The volcanic personality of the son of Manu Sarabia, an international former leader, in the Barcelona band contrasts even more with the previous tenant in mind. Neither Valverde nor his team were so expressive. It remains to be seen how the costumes of Barcelona will take that Sarabia proceeding on the bench. The Quique Setién-Eder Sarabia duo directed their first Classic last Sunday. The result did not favor his interests and Barcelona left the leadership at the Bernabéu. It is not the first couple – first and second coach – that contrasts in terms of their procedure in the technical area. You often see duos formed by a restrained personality accompanied by a more volcanic one, as if it were necessary to balance forces or play that good cop bad cop. In the case of the current bench of Barcelona that maximum is met and Eder Sarabia, the second of Setién, expressed himself fully during the Classic.last_img read more

Setién has to stop Sarabia in front of the locker room for “intense”

first_img“It’s not a pass to Busi, it’s a pass to the interiors! There!”, “Gol, put it Antoine (Griezmann), I shit on my fucking mother”, “But throw a goal! I shit on God ! ” These three expressions came out of the mouth of Eder Sarabia, second of Setién, who lived his first Classic on the bench of Barcelona in a very intense way, as they captured the cameras of #Vamos.Setién’s assistant has always lived the matches with great momentum since joining the staff of the Cantabrian on his arrival at the Las Palmas Sports Union. Nor did he change in his way through Betis, where he had his more and less with some rivals such as José Luis Gayá and angry discrepancies with the referees, which has earned him several expulsions and penalties. Intensity in your work is one of your hallmarks but Quique is trying to reassure Sarabia on her arrival in Barcelona, aware of the difficult management of the culé costumes.As AS has learned, Setién has had to calm Sarabia by “his intensity” intuiting that it is not a feature that dazzles the culé squad, used to assimilate the concepts in a more relaxed way. The quiet combination of Setien in front of the agitated Sarabia seems to still have to adjust to what the costumes in Can Barça demand.last_img read more

“The draw is good because in front was Valencia”

first_imgVíctor Laguardia is one of the keys to the great season that Alavés is doing. He is the head of the albiazul defense and, against Valencia, he played a great game. “I know that there was much talk in summer about my possible departure to Valencia but I think it’s because of my relationship with Marcelino, with whom I was in Zaragoza. I hope to retire in Alavés “he assured. About the tie with Celades team, said “It is a great result because in front was Valencia. In the first part they scored a goal but then we were able to tie. As they usually sing in the stands, this team never gives up. One more point and increasingly closer to the goal of permanence. “ Magallán did not appear in the call since he had gastroenteritis. On Thursday night he suffered diarrhea and remained empty. The Argentine central made it known to Asier Garitano that, in time, he was able to summon Ishmael when it was not planned. Rodrigo Ely, Thus, was the complement of Laguardia in the axis of the defensewell escorted in the bands by Ximo Navarro and Rubén Duarte.last_img read more

Sheriff: “The most fair result would have been a draw”

first_imgWhy has defended the lack of Messi?We have a staff that is dedicated to work and we had prepared during the trainings their way of executing the faults and it worked out well.How have you seen Messi?With desire. When you have the day it is very difficult to stop. It has been bright at specific times.Why do you think the tie was the fairest result?They have had their chances, but so have we. If a team is better than us, I recognize it. Today the fair result was a draw.Is this the roof of the Real?We still have a lot to improve and grow. The team is young. We have ten or twelve players who were four years ago competing with me in Second B. That says a lot how the Real works the quarry issue.How have they stopped the ball out of Barça?We had it prepared. We knew that we could harm them also in transitions and positional play. What rating do you make of the match?We have deserved for the boldness and what my team has done in the field for at least one draw.What do you think of the penalty?I respect the referees to the fullest, sometimes they benefit and harm. If he has called it, it is because he has seen it.Were they tired because of the Cup match?We had made a great effort, but we proved to be in a good moment and we had a very competitive team. We have faced a Barcelona in the Camp Nou.What do you think of Barcelona?It has been our merit. I have great respect for the rival team and colleagues. We have done a great job and if Barcelona has not been at a great level it is because we have done many things well.Have you missed more success in the last meter?You are right. Look we make goals, but this time we have missed the last pass or the last shot. But the ball did not want to enter. There are times when you get hurt, but in this defeat I am happy, proud and satisfied.last_img read more

Roland Garros, to September due to the coronavirus crisis

first_img(PREVIEW) Roland Garros, the Grand Slam on land that takes place in Paris, has introduced that it’s altering its dates and can happen from September 20 to October 6. The match, which was scheduled to begin on Might 24, had already superior that it didn’t ponder a celebration behind closed doorways and this identical Tuesday it had paralyzed the works. The change causes a bomb for the ATP and WTA calendar.last_img

Sevilla values ​​concentrating on the Andalusian coast

first_img“There is various phases of the protocol, and in the latter they force you to be confinedconcentrates we we could not in our sports city, for many things, and we are looking for alternatives. We have seen some alternative In sevilla capital but also in Cádiz, Malaga, Huelva… but we’ll see“Monchi said in a recent interview with Canal Sur Radio.The mid-season rallies have been quite usual in Sevilla in recent years. Mainly, when you have found yourself involved in the qualifying dispute or Europa League finals, given the circumstance that they also coincided in time with the celebration of the April Fair. Logically, these concentrations were of much less time and with other parameters radically opposed to those that currently surround the world of soccer. Be that as it may, the Seville already has part of their advanced duties for when LaLiga receives the green light for its resumption. Although the information on how will it be back to work of the different teams in order to resume the season even not fully defined, the Seville already works so that there is no circumstance that catches it with the changed foot. And between those circumstances is the possibility that the teams make a concentration before the competition starts. In case it was approved, Sevilla already handles various options in the Huelva coast, from Cádiz and Malaga for carry out that kind of spring preseason.last_img read more