Figo: “Raúl was a winner and had a little bit of everything”

first_imgThe Portuguese Luis Figo reviewed his career with the Italian Fabio Cannavaro in a live Instagram, and they talked about great players with whom they shared a team like Ronaldo Nazario or Zinedine Zidane, but he stayed with Raúl González, “a winner”.“In my career I have played with great footballers. It would be easier to choose one by demarcation than to stay with just one. I played with Ronaldo, Zidane, Rivaldo, Stoichkov, Guardiola, Hierro, Verón and with whom I was always prepared to score, Raúl “, assured the Portuguese.“Raúl was a winner, because of his mentality he has conquered so much in his career. He always knew how to define and how to move in the field. If you talk about Ronaldo his characteristics are speed and power but with Raúl it is difficult to decide the best, but it had a little bit of everything. He always scored a goal and made a difference “, added.Recalling his change from Barcelona to Real Madrid, in the first elections won by Florentino Pérez, Figo admitted that a key point to take the step was that He did not feel valued at the Catalan club. “It was an important and difficult decision, because I changed from a city that gave me a lot and where it was good; But when you don’t feel that you are recognized for what you are doing, if you have a proposal from another club, you think about it. But I needed the recognition of those who managed Barcelona: when you don’t receive it, if you have another proposal, think about it. All started like this. The president told me “bring the money and go”: if you say so, you get angry, especially if you try to give it your all. That summer I was also able to go to Lazio, which was strong and had the money: they wanted to pay my clause. I chose well, I was looking for a team that had great objectives: it didn’t go wrong, “he admitted.“The great clubs of the world are similar, the main difference is the people who form society, because I came to Madrid with a major change in the presidency and at the beginning it was not easy. It was all new to me, but the integration was good and with the help of everyone I adapted quite well, “he added.Cannavaro sees Figo as the next UEFA president and the Portuguese, although he did not rule it out, assured that he is happy with his current work and being an ambassador for Euro 2020. “At the moment I’m fine with the work I’m doing, I am learning a lot and in the future it will be seen “.last_img read more

ERTE Masterclass from Manu García to Sergio Ramos at AFE

first_imgVideo chat. The Affiliation of Spanish Soccer Gamers (AFE) has organized a number of telematic conferences with the captains of First to cope with the incidence of the pandemic in elite soccer, from ERTE in eight groups of the best class to doubts concerning the protocol created by the The league and the CSD and accepted by the Ministry of Well being that, regardless of the union’s complaints, all skilled footballers have been disciplined, and in lots of instances even fortunately. This collection of conferences started with a name for David Aganzo to clarify the Short-term Employment Regulation Information (ERTE). But it surely seems that he was not the president of the AFE nor the union legal professionals who took the lead, however was the captain of the Alavés, Manu García, who gave a grasp class on Labor Legislation who amazed his bracelet companions, amongst them Sergio Ramos and Busquets, captains of Madrid and the Barca respectively. Authorized and ethical. There’s debate about whether or not it’s authorized for golf equipment which have entered an ERTE to signal gamers or not. The State It has warned LaLiga that it is going to be vigilant within the face of what could cause sensitivity and social unrest. Barça’s argument that insists on signing Lautaro as a result of he hasn’t Proceedings in its first template it doesn’t maintain, nor in Property not in Job. Barça has requested an ERTE to assist the payrolls of 350 workers and can profit from some 600,000 euros of public assist. One query: is it extra authorized than amoral to spend 65 million in Lautaro while you go to state assist to pay the membership’s phone operator? The start of authorities It’s the similar for everybody, not just for Barça: those that have requested and obtained a single public euro are topic to the Labor inspection and the tax audit. It doesn’t matter that the assistance has been requested for the hockey part that for the ladies’s group. A membership is a membership.The query. Who’s the excellent coach who has created a gaggle of wasap (a phrase written in accordance to the advice made by the type e book of the RAE) for the remainder of his colleagues from First, group by the way in which by which it isn’t but Zidane, which has turn into a suggestion field for processing earlier than the Federation and The league?last_img read more

Phillips, Knight top JN Open

first_imgFour new champions were crowned as the curtains came down on a compact and intriguing Jamaica National (JN) Open Tennis Championship at Liguanea Club in New Kingston last Saturday evening. For the sport, the event closed out the year in fine style following hours of intense rivalries and competitive action, which began at 3:00 p.m. and lasted way into the night. Rowland ‘Randy’ Phillips, who went into the final seeded as number one, beat defending champion Damion Johnson 6-2, 6-7, 7-5 to take home $200,000. Runner-up Johnson, the many-time local champion, received $100,000 in cash prize. Phillips’ performance was superb from the start of an edge-of-the-seat finale. He was the aggressor from the first set, with some powerful serving, which resulted in several aces. His powerful smashing and exquisite placement saw him take the contest in a ruthless, but clinical way. GREAT FEELING “It feels great to win. I think this is my biggest win so far. I am so happy I could come out on top. It was a really tough match. It’s always tough playing Damion,” Phillips, who has now won his last three tournaments, told The Gleaner. He is currently Jamaica’s top-ranked player. Meanwhile, women’s champion, 25-year-old Shaneka Knight, held her composure and showed experience to get by 13-year-old Micheala Stephens 7-5, 6-2 for her first JN Open championship title. “It was a really good challenge. She is really good for her age, and I had to fight and find the win after finding out her weakness,” Knight said. She earned $60,000, while the talented teen, who was playing in her first final, received $30,000 for the runner-up spot and plaudits from the crowd for her outstanding performance. Earlier, Stephen Shirley stopped long-time rival, top seeded Leighton Burton, 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 for the men’s Class Two, while Scott Jones rallied to beat Jermaine Case 6-4, 2-6 and 6-2 in Class Three. The JN-sponsored event was having its sixth renewal, with increased prize monies from $150,000 to $200,000, while the women’s prize money moved from $50,000 to $60,000. Total prize money amounted to more than $600,000. There were also improvements in the quality and quantity of competitors.last_img read more

Ja’s Russell, Taylor in Big Bash finals

first_imgADELAIDE, Australia, CMC – West Indies and Jamaica stars Andre Russell and Stafanie Taylor played minor roles but their Sydney Thunder franchises still did enough to secure spots in the men’s and women’s finals of the Big Bash League here yesterday.Playing at Adelaide Oval, the Thunder men’s side trounced hosts Adelaide Strikers by 54 runs while at the same venue, the Thunder’s women eked out an eight-run victory over Perth Scorchers.Both the men’s and women’s side will know their opponents in Sunday’s final following the second semi-finals in Melbourne today.In the men’s, Melbourne Stars clash with Perth Scorchers while on the women’s side, Hobart Hurricanes featuring teenaged West Indies opener Hayley Matthews, take on Sydney Sixers.Opting to bat first in the men’s semi-final, Strikers reached 159 for seven off 20 overs with Alex Ross top-scoring with 47 off 38 deliveries.Seamer Clint McKay finished with three for 44 while Russell managed a single wicket for 31 runs from four overs of pace.Left-handed opener Usman Khawaja then blasted a superb 104 off 59 balls as Thunder sped to their target in the 18th over.Meanwhile, Taylor struck 24 as Thunder Women, opting to bat first, rallied to 118 for six off their 20 overs.She put on 30 for the first wicket with Rachael Haynes who made 15 and a further 21 for the second wicket with captain Alex Blackwell who top-scored with 39.In reply, Scorchers were restricted to 110 for nine off their 20 overs, with opener Elyse Villani getting a breezy 23 from ten balls.last_img read more

Gold medallist Hamilton shoulders heavy burden for KC

first_imgKingston College’s Yashawn Hamilton was always confident he would be on the medal podium for the long jump Class Two event this year.Hamilton, a second year Class Two athlete, had to contest to 200 metres preliminaries at the same time he was competing in the long jump final. He will also be participate in the 100 metres.However, the youngster, who won the event with a leap of 7.01 metres ahead of Excelsior High’s Joel Morgan and Calabar High’s Kristoffe Clifford, said he has to be mentally strong to perform and deliver the points he is expected to contribute to his school, who are depending heavily on his points to reclaim the Champs trophy.”I wasn’t surprised I won. I know I was a finalist last year so I just came out, did my best and ensure that I was on the medal podium,” he said. “But I have to be mentally strong because I have a lot of events, so I didn’t get to do the rest of my jumps. I don’t know what would happen after those jumps because I had the 200 just after the third round (long jump).”I have the 100 metres too, so I carry a lot of points for my team and I have to ensure that we win the Champs. I was expected to come third (long jump), but I went out and did my best and got gold. I was looking at 7.3 the least, so the jump wasn’t my best, but I listened to my coach and did my best,” he added.last_img read more

Royal Vibes fancied

first_img (2) TWILIGHT ROCKET/OMEGA (2) CHACE THE GREAT/AIR MARSHALL (3) EDISON/LADY SHANKARI (4) UNBREAKABLE/PERSIAN BELLE (5) ROYAL VIBES (6) FREE RANGE/ABOGADO – O.C. Thanks to a 38-1 upset by BROWN GIRL in the eighth race, the Pick-9 had no takers at Caymanas Park on Wednesday and the carryover to tomorrow stands at $1.39 million. Both Super-6s were caught and start anew with guaranteed minimums of $750,000 each. The Pick-9 will embrace races two to 10, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the late Super-6 from race five to 10. Although proving expensive to follow, the Anthony Nunes-trained TWILIGHT ROCKET with leading jockey Shane Ellis retaining the ride, should rebound in the opening race for maiden 4-y-os and up over 1500. His twin dangers in the seven-horse field are OMEGA and MY FAVOURITE DANCER, both of whom had him behind when second and third, respectively, to SMOKIN PRINCESS over 1300 metres on November 7. FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIESlast_img read more

‘We lost our minds’ – Liverpool manager reacts to thumping at Watfo

first_imgLONDON (AP): Liverpool slumped to a 3-0 defeat at Watford in the Premier League yesterday, while managerless Swansea drew 0-0 at home to West Ham at the Liberty Stadium. Liverpool now trail the Champions League places by five points after their latest loss, while Swansea stayed in the relegation zone after taking a point. Watford took the lead at Vicarage Road after only three minutes. Nathan Ake poking in after stand-in Liverpool goalkeeper Adam Bogdan, replacing the injured Simon Mignolet, dropped a corner. Odion Ighalo then netted twice, with a composed finish in the 15th, before heading in unmarked in the 85th as Liverpool were punished for a stagnant and unimaginative performance. Manager Jurgen Klopp felt his side’s reaction to conceding early contributed to the rest of their display. “We lost our minds after the first goal; we lost our compact formation,” Klopp said. “The reaction has to be better. We came here to do something really different than what you saw. Hopefully, it is the most disappointing moment in my whole Liverpool FC life from now on.” NO WORRY FOR WATFORD Liverpool failed to offer anything in attack that worried Watford, which played at a higher tempo and with more attacking intent throughout the encounter. The victory is their fourth in a row in the Premier League and leaves them only a point behind Tottenham in fourth, on 28. “We are fighting a lot; we are very competitive,” Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores said. “I feel completely happy with the performance and the players. We are playing against amazing teams, but we control the matches.” In Wales, Swansea missed some good chances in the first half against West Ham as theyfailed to claim the victory that would have lifted them out of the relegation zone. Andre Ayew, Ki Sung-yueng and Jack Cork failed to convert opportunities as Swansea stayed in the bottom three, two points adrift of safety. West Ham substitute Enner Valencia almost won it for the visitors late on, but his strike was tipped over the bar by Lukasz Fabianski as Slaven Bilic’s side settled for their third straight goalless draw. Swansea caretaker manager Alan Curtis challenged his team to be more ruthless in attack. “We can all see that we are lacking a cutting edge,” Curtis said. “At least we looked like a Swansea City team again, but we need to find something in the final third.”last_img read more

Carroll hat-trick wrecks Arsenal dream

first_imgLONDON (AP):Arsenal needed a flawless finish to the English Premier League season to stand a realistic chance of reeling in surprise leaders Leicester City.Thanks to West Ham striker Andy Carroll, that won’t be happening.Carroll scored an eighth-minute hat-trick as West Ham came from two goals behind and drew 3-3 with Arsenal in a wild match at Upton Park that summed up the visitors’ season a strong start, a collapse and then a recovery that was too little, too late.Surely, only second-placed Tottenham can stop Leicester now.Arsenal are 10 points behind the leaders and three adrift of Spurs, with the top two in action today.Arsenal are not yet assured of securing a top-four place and Champions League football for next season, with Manchester City only two points back in fourth after rallying to a 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion, thanks to Samir Nasri’s second-half winner. City played a weakened team ahead of the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Paris Saint-Germain, which is tied 2-2 after the first leg on Wednesday.Manchester United are four points behind City, with their game in hand coming against Tottenham today.Confirmation of Aston Villa’s inevitable relegation was delayed at least another week, despite the last-place team losing 2-1 at home to Bournemouth for a 23rd defeat in 33 league matches this season. Fourth-to-last Norwich could have relegated Villa by picking up a point at Crystal Palace, but lost 1-0.It was Palace’s first win since December 19, virtually preserving their Premier League status for another season.Newcastle look likely to be joining Villa in the second tier after losing 3-1 at Southampton to stay six points behind Norwich, with only six matches left.”It’s important that everybody continues to believe,” said Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez, who is still to earn a victory in four matches since taking over. “The anxiety is killing us sometimes.”Swansea beat Chelsea 1-0 thanks to Gylfi Sigurdsson’s 25th-minute goal, while Watford and Everton drew 1-1 in a match between two FA Cup semi-finalists.Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez put Arsenal 2-0 ahead against West Ham, both scoring off passes from young Nigerian Alex Iwobi, before Carroll single-handedly brought the home side back into the game.POWERFUL HEADERStaking his claim for a place in England’s squad for the European Championship, the tall striker planted home a powerful header in the 44th, equalised with a deflected volley in first-half injury time, then rose above Arsenal’s defence to complete his hat-trick in the 52nd.Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny scored a 70th-minute equaliser, but a point isn’t enough at this stage in the title race.”We’ve made it far more difficult for ourselves to have a chance to win the championship,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. “We have to keep going and hope. You never know what can happen.”City trimmed the gap to Arsenal after recovering from going behind to Stephane Sessegnon’s goal in the sixth minute.Sessegnon then brought down Aleksandar Kolarov to allow Sergio Aguero to score from a penalty and Nasri scored the winner for City from close range in the 66th.last_img read more

More Sports In Brief

first_img US Open champion is pregnant Past US Open champion Flavia Pennetta is expecting her first child. Pennetta, who announced her 2015 retirement from tennis during the trophy presentation after her lone Grand Slam title, and her husband, touring pro Fabio Fognini, issued matching statements yesterday on Twitter about the pregnancy. “Baby Fognetta is coming,” they wrote. When she beat childhood friend Roberta Vinci at Flushing Meadows in an all-Italian 2015 final, Pennetta became, at age 33, the oldest woman in the Open era to win her first major title. In June, she married Fognini, who was ranked as high as 13th in 2014 and finished this season at No. 49. Barcelona to extend Suarez contract MADRID, Spain (AP): Barcelona have reached a deal to extend the contract of Uruguay striker Luis Suarez to June 2021, securing another piece of their powerful attack for four more seasons. The club recently also extended Neymar’s contract until 2021, and now it will try to seal a deal with Lionel Messi to keep together their formidable trio. Barcelona said that Suarez’s new contract – which has a buyout clause of US $210 million – will be signed today. His previous deal was due to expire in 2019. “I’m incredibly happy for being where I want to be,” Suarez said. “It was a decision that I wanted and that the club wanted. We have a good relationship.” Jones taking snub in stride PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC): Kenwyne Jones said he had no ill will towards new Trinidad & Tobago Soca Warriors head coach Tom Saintfiet after his shocking omission from a 28-member squad to prepare for two international friendlies at the end of the month. Saintfiet stunned the T&T football community when he failed to name Jones, the incumbent national captain, in a training squad ahead of matches against Nicaragua on December 27 and 30 in Managua. “I wish the team all the best,” the 32-year-old striker told the T&T Newsday. “It is nothing surprising to me. I had a meeting with the coach, and obviously, that is not a squad that he picked, so at the end of the day, I wish the team all the best and I hope that they come out successful in the games coming up.” Jones, who played for Southampton, Sunderland, Stoke City and Cardiff City in the World-renowned English Premier League, said he still harboured the desire to play for the Soca Warriors again.last_img read more

Lorne Targets Best Chess In 2017

first_imgBuoyed by his impressive joint second place in the Sub Zonal Chess Tournament last year, National representative, Malaku Lorne is targeting more consistency and improvements to attain his best game, in 2017.The tournament is part of the World Championships qualification cycle and the Jamaican will line up against competitors at this year’s Zonal which is expected to be held in El Salvador in March.”This year, I am trying to do a lot better and be more consistent, I have represented Jamaica on three occasions now,” he explained.The former Chess Master scored seven points from his nine games to place joint second (third on tie-break), in the 2.3.5 Sub-Zonal Chess Tournament held in Barbados from April 28 to May 2, last year.Courtesy of that performance, he earned the title International FIDE Master (FM).”To the best of my knowledge, I am only the second Jamaican to qualify for this stage of the zonal, so I want to do really well at this one,” Lorne said.Lorne has represented Jamaica at three Olympiads so far; 2004, 2014 and 2016, and will be looking to do so again in 2018.His career spans 24 years, and Lorne considers himself a professional player according to Jamaican standards.He received the Chess Sportsman of the year award at the RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year ceremony, recently.”To be honest, I wasn’t aiming to win this accolade. I was just aiming to do my best throughout the year, and surprised to win it,” he told The Gleaner.”It will definitely help with marketing. One of my problems was sponsorship, and winning this award will help me get more sponsorship,” he said.Lorne said that preparations are in full swing to lift his game.”I can get a lot better, based on some performance I have put in I will do a lot better, I just want more consistency,” he observed.last_img read more