Rafa Benitez should be given a nice contract at Real Madrid, says Napoli president

first_img Although the Spanish coach has not spoken about his future – other than that he is leaving the Italian side – it is clear he is heading to the Spanish capital.  Sport EN “I would also recommend him to Florentino. I hope that Rafa, if this is his decision, is handed a good contract. I hope Florentino prepares a good contract.” CEST It is thought that Benitez will be announced as the new manager of Real Madrid next week. 28/05/2015 Upd. at 20:44 Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentis says he hopes Rafa Benitez is given a good contract at Real Madrid. “If Rafa ends up at Real Madrid, this confirms that I was right to choose him,” said Napoli’s chief. last_img read more

Argentina 0-0 Colombia (5-4p): Messi and co. struggle against Ospina

first_imgAfter being asked to press high and play at a high intensity, Argentina flew out of the blocks against Jose Pekerman’s Colombia. With Los Cafeteros missing key midfielders Carlos Sanchez and Edwin Valencia, La Albiceleste were able to relentlessly press forward in search of a breakthrough goal, which became the theme of the entire 90 minutes in Vina del Mar. 27/06/2015 Argentina head into the final four in Chile, but Martino will be concerned with regards to his team’s clear lack of cutting edge. Pekerman’s side were unable to deal with plenty of mazy runs from star opponent Lionel Messi, with Pekerman’s side needing to turn to petulant fouling to try ensure that the Barcelona forward’s impact on the game was as minimal as they could make it. Upd. on 22/11/2016 at 03:06 CET David Ospina was called into inspirational action in the 26th minute to make a phenomenal double save, with the former Nice goalkeeper denying a close-range effort by Sergio Aguero, before springing back to his feet to somehow push away a Messi header. The Colombia goalkeeper was again present to deny both Javier Pastore and Angel Di Maria in one-on-one situations either side of the break, with Pekerman’s side unable to do little but try and cope with Argentina – as shown by their first-half decision to replace forward Teo Gutierrez with midfielder Edwin Cardona. Sport EN With Argentina unable to make their dominance count, it was to be penalties. Zuniga, Marcos Rojo and then Murillo continued the chain of misses, with each as dismal as the last, leaving substitute and new Boca Juniors striker Tevez to fire home the winning penalty. Carlos Tevez and Ever Banega were thrown into the fray by Tata Martino during the final 20 minutes, with the latter able to dip a 79th minute effort onto the crossbar from long range, but it would continue to be Ospina who stole the show. Despite dominating games in terms of possession and chances, Messi and company need to start putting the ball in the back of the net and taking firm control of their own Copa America destiny. With only nine minutes left of normal time on the clock, Nicolas Otamendi rose well to power a header towards goal from one of Argentina’s many set-piece opportunities. The Arsenal shot-stopper, however, showed his excellent reflexes to scramble down to his left-hand side to turn the Valencia defender’s attempt onto the inside of the post, with Camilo Zuniga hoofing away the rebound. With Cardona tucking a finish somehow underneath the diving Romero, it was up to Lucas Biglia to send La Albiceleste into the semi finals, but the Lazio midfielder stroked his penalty attempt well wide of the right-hand post. Substitute Tevez was then set away into the clear on 88 minutes, but defender Cristian Zapata was able to compete well with the Argentine forward. The Milan centre-back, however, could only lift his attempted clearance over his own goalkeeper, with Jeison Murillo called into action to make a sliding goal-line clearance in order to deny Ezequiel Lavezzi. James Rodriguez, Radamel Falcao and Juan Cuadrado had no problems from the spot for Colombia, with Messi, Ezequiel Garay and Banega tucking away confident finishes for Argentina. It was to be substitute Luis Muriel who would miss the first penalty, sending the ball into orbit – with Lavezzi able to punish his opponent’s mistake by kissing the next spot-kick off the post and in.last_img read more

Eyes of the world turn to Barcelona for the Clasico against Madrid

first_img It’s not strang, that with these stats, the press of the world has their eyes on the game. Marca show an image of Zidane and Luis Enrique when they were players, with the headline “You never forget a Clasico”. AS have called it a “Question of honour” and put a picture of the ‘figureheads’ of both teams, Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.  “A Clasico for the whole world” reads the headline of La Prensa Grafica, a newspaper in El Salvador. Interest reaches as far as this central American country, as Barcelona prepare to host Real Madrid at 8.30pm CET on Saturday night. It will be a game followed all over the world with an audience of more than 600 million spectators, shown in 184 countries. El Tiempo in Colombia use the same headline and similar pictures, while El Grafico in Argentina put Suarez on the front, as he has given them an interview. L’Equipe put Zidane on the front with the phrase “Zidane plays the big one”. Upd. at 20:18 Sport EN 02/04/2016 CESTlast_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo angry after Danilo nutmegs him in a rondo

first_img 08/04/2016 Cristiano Ronaldo deos not know how to lose. The Portuguese forward showed it again in training on Friday, when he was humiliated by Danilo nutmegging him in the rondo. Far from accepting the incident in good humour, like one usually does, Ronaldo told off the defender and then tried to lunge at him in the next move. Danilo was one of the players criticised in Madrid’s 2-0 defeat by Wolfsburg in the Champions League in midweek.  Watch the video yourself here: Their next game is at home, at the Santiago Bernabeu, against Eibar on Saturday afternoon, before the return of the Wolfsburg clash.center_img Sport EN Upd. at 19:05 CESTlast_img read more

Iniesta: Two points have got away and it’s a bad feeling

first_imgAndres Iniesta says the draw against Real Madrid leaves a bad feeling after Barcelona failed to kill the game off at Camp Nou.  ON IMPROVING There are always things to improve. During the course of a season you have to improve. The distance at the top is still the same. You just have to take it game by game, improving. Aside from the sensation left by the game, I think the feeling should be that the team did enough to win.  ON THE DRAW Madrid are a dangerous team but I think we played well. Normally you’re left with what you see last, which is the Madrid equaliser, but I think that it’s a shame we didn’t add to the 1-0. The sensation is that two points have got away, but we have to continue moving forward, win games and hope Madrid slip up.  03/12/2016 Upd. at 21:09 Sport EN Iniesta: “La sensación es mala” The midfielder returned from a six week injury absence in the game, coming on as a second half substitute to replace Ivan Rakitic. center_img Here’s what he said after the game…  ON NOT STARTINGThe manager decides [who plays]. I felt good while I was in the pitch but [the result] is a shame. Two points have escaped.  You always want to play. We talk with the manager about a lot of things and it’s about the team. A player doesn’t change a team. You have to keep training, nothing more. The team did enough to win.  ON THE LATE GOALMadrid are dangerous [from set plays], they take advantage and we weren’t able to correct this subject. CET IN SPORT.ESlast_img read more

Jeje pitches for Mohun Bagan and East Bengal to be part of ISL

first_imgAdvertisement h2vwNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsaod9Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E69o( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 45zlWould you ever consider trying this?😱aqmmfCan your students do this? 🌚mg4vRoller skating! Powered by Firework Indian international striker Jeje Lalpekhlua recently spoke to the media houses at the sidelines of the two-day national camp in New Delhi ahead of India’s next international friendly against China.Advertisement Jeje has some interesting takes on Mohun Bagan and East Bengal being included in the ISLWhen the reporters asked his opinion on the prospect of the merger of ISL and I-League, he chimed that it should occur in the near future.“Yes, of course, I hope [merger of ISL and I-League] because East Bengal and Mohun Bagan are huge. In Indian football, you can’t proceed without these two clubs. Yes, of course, if these two are coming than it’s going to be good for Indian football and for ISL. Yes, I have enjoyed a lot [in Mohun Bagan], three years I have played in Kolkata. I miss Mohun Bagan a lot. And I hope they can come up for ISL. Right now I have a contract with Chennai [so nothing about joining Bagan]. In the future, I don’t know, let’s see.”Advertisement East Bengal and Mohun Bagan are two of the biggest clubs in Asia, if not in the world. The author recollects a quote from the current head of Youth Development of ATK Sanjoy Sen which says, “East Bengal and Mohun Bagan have been around for a hundred years and will be there for more 1000 years.”It is inconceivable to think of India’s top league without the two Kolkata giants. Let’s hope that the clubs can either find sponsors and chunk in the money to participate at ISL, or both the leagues are merged in the near future.Advertisement    Advertisementlast_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo puts his former Real Madrid teammates on blast; says Juve is better

first_imgAdvertisement 1NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2x3iWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ahaWould you ever consider trying this?😱bpyCan your students do this? 🌚crwwzRoller skating! Powered by Firework Juventus’ star footballer Cristiano Ronaldo already took a swipe on his former club Real Madrid after moving to Juventus in the summer transfer window just few months ago. Cristiano Ronaldo started his career at Sporting Lisbon. After that, he moved to Old Trafford; however Cristiano Ronaldo’s best days were with Real Madrid till date in his career. Advertisement In a recent interview with Gazza Dello Sport, Cristiano Ronaldo told, Advertisement  “It is not fair to only mention some, but I can say that this is the best group that I have played with,” “Here we are a team. In other places some feel bigger than the rest, but here they are all on the same level, they are humble and they want to win. “If (Paulo) Dybala or (Mario) Mandzukic don’t score, they are still happy and they smile. It’s really nice and I can see the difference. “In Madrid they are humble, but here I feel they are more so. It is very different from Madrid; this is a family.”Advertisement  According to the star Portuguese footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo is now feeling much comfortable to play in Italy as his current club Juventus are more like a family. He also stated that, Real Madrid players were good; but they were never a family. Cristiano Ronaldo scored 11 goals and assisted in other seven goals till date for Juventus in all competitions. Advertisementlast_img read more

Porto defender Eder Militao becomes Zidane’s first Real signing

first_imgAdvertisement u19NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vspoq7Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E2eqb( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 8osyWould you ever consider trying this?😱7ml3uoCan your students do this? 🌚avlcRoller skating! Powered by Firework La Liga giants Real Madrid reappointed former player and manager Zinedine Zidane in the late hours of Monday this week after sacking Santiago Solari. The Frenchman was tasked with bringing glory to Real once again, and Zidane is already on his way as Porto defender Eder Militao signed a long term deal with the club. Advertisement Militao impressed in Porto’s qualification to the Champions League’s quarter finals after putting on commanding displays against a resurgent AS Roma side, as the Portuguese side beat the Italian side 3-1 last week.Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has vowed to make an overhaul in the club, and Zidane, who guided Real to three consecutive Champions League titles prior to this season, was tasked with guiding his former club to glory once again.Advertisement Militao’s signing was officially announced by the European champions today, and it was revealed that the 21-year centre-back will be staying in the Spanish capital for the next six years after the present campaign comes to an end. The Los Blancos triggered his €50m buyout clause to bring him to Spain in the summer.It is understood well that the young defender will have to spend the first few seasons in the reserves, and following that period, Militao will be vying with Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane for the centre-back spot in the first team.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Battle royal for survival…

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Seagulls get lazy

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