Diego Costa, goal of Roma

first_imgSo if it is true the saying that “the third one is defeated”, this summer Rome will try what it did not come out in 2013 or 2018: the signing of Diego Costa. The one of Lagarto, who does not live his best moments in Atlético, with two long injuries in the last two years that have forced him to undergo surgery and They have eroded their performance to unthinkable numbers at the LaLiga Costa of the Year, just seven goals in 40 games. That 2013-14 there were 36 in 51. An abyss of difference. Still, as they point most strongly from Italy, Roma looking for a partner for Dzeko (15 goals in 32 games this season), after the signing of Kalinic ‘frog came out’ (they will not exercise the right to purchase the loan: they will return it to Atlético) and on Gianluca’s agenda Petrachi, sports director, the name underlined and in bold, is that of Diego Costa. Fundamental to Simeone, always his bulwarkBecause of that fury and that force that infects others, especially in bad times, the crisis caused by the coronavirus could lengthen his stay at Atlético. The rojiblanco club, drowned by the economy (it is one of the clubs that has declared an ERTE) he will not undertake many signings in summer (Andrea Berta, his sports director, already recognized him the other day in statements to Tuttosport, “it would be best if there were no market”) and, although Atlético is looking for a ‘9’, Costa could continue. Last season in the winter market there was a significant offer from China that he rejected. Also of interest in Qatar, Brazil …With contract until June 2021, his market value has dropped to 18 million euros, according to the last update of the specialized page Transfermarkt. The Rome, as also reported by the Italian press, does not know still the price that he Athletic can ask you to undertake the signing of the Spanish-Brazilian striker who in August will be 32 years old. Although girlfriends are not lacking. Also from Italy, Naples follows, in addition to clubs from Qatar and Brazil. He more interested, however it is the Rome, waiting for that other saying not to be fulfilled this summer: “there are not two without three”.last_img read more

Fernando: “Ferran should have been renovated a year ago”

first_img-What effort are you referring to?-I was referring to the fact that if there are difficulties in reaching an agreement on the economic issue, then the player, as he is from here and as I did in his day, still makes a little effort. And he says “I don’t charge the same as I would charge elsewhere but I am at Valencia and I continue playing on my team”. But I don’t know how Ferran feels, I know what I felt and did.-What reasons convinced you to reject important club offers to stay at Valencia?– Paradoxically when people talk about the player Fernando says: “Yes, yes, very good but he did not win any title.” And that’s precisely why I stayed at Valencia. First, because I wanted to play in my team all my sports career; and second and foremost because I wanted to win a title at Valencia. And yet I did not succeed. I didn’t win any title that I could have won at another club … and on top of that I earned less money (laughs). People can criticize me because I did not win any title, but precisely I stayed for that.-You once held Villa or Silva. How they did it?– they are not similar cases to the one of Ferran. Villa and Silva were settled and had very important experiences. They were very influential in the team game. The moment of these two players, in his day, is not comparable with that of Ferran. But it did go a long way to keep them one more season. Finally, Llorente sold them.– the one to return some day to Valencia has discarded it?-It’s not up to me. I don’t think much about Valencia. There have been many occasions when you could have thought of me and it has not been done. I have zero hope of returning to this Valencia. -How have you seen Valencia in this strange season?-The time to do without Marcellin was not the most indicated, although I understood the reasons why it was done. From there, with Celades, the team entered the knockout stages of the Champions League, something they did not do last season; the team has more points than last season at the time LaLiga stopped; The team concedes more goals than it conceded the previous year but remains a team just as difficult to defeat as last season. What will happen from here to the end? I do not know. It is true that this year there are more competitors for the Champions League. There is Atlético, Sevilla, Getafe, Real Sociedad … Valencia is not far from the goal despite the sensations and results of the last matches. In Granada, in the Cup, it was not a badly played game … And the Atalanta tie did taste bad because the team conceded too many goals. This means that things were done wrong. It is also true that presenting an average of eight or nine losses per game is an important handicap for any team.-How do you see the situation of Ferran Torres as difficult?-It is a serious mistake by previous sports managers. That player should have been renewed a year ago. It would have cost you half and right now you wouldn’t have the problem you have to cope with. The player has exploded before starting negotiations to renew. And as it has exploited, it seems normal to me to try to take advantage of its new status at an economic level. It is also true that I, as a Valencian player, would know very badly that this could finally be broken by the economic issue being a player of the house. I think that the player must make a certain effort if he really wants to continue playing in his club. But it is normal that he tries to take advantage of his position because he has become one of the most important players in the team and with the greatest future in Europe. You sure have huge deals on strong teams. I would not agree that he was one of the highest paid players, although he would reach those levels depending on a certain individual and collective performance. I would approach it this way. -Can you think of any solution to end the seasons?-I do not know how it will end because it will depend on the date on which it can be resumed. But if it can’t be resumed, the season has to end with some results. Because next season there will be European competitions, promotions, descents … I speak of First and Second. Already from Second B, Third, Preferred … there if the season cannot end, there being so many teams that can ascend and descend, I think that in those categories we would have to take the English example: to end the season the year without final results. That is, the same teams that started this season, start next season. For First and Second, the fairest thing would be to consider the classification of the first round good, because they would all have played once against them. It is fairer than ending the season as it is now.-Today the players continue to train at home and with careful food. What would this have been like in your time?– It would have been similar but without the technical advances of now. Now there are programs in which you have all the players on a screen and you direct them to what they have to do. In my time there was a phone and I suppose they would have sent us everything on paper, like when they gave you the preseason exercises.-How do you think this will affect the next market?-I can’t find a direct relationship regarding how much players are going to be worth in this market. Neither in the aspect of the decision. I don’t think a player was going to be signed because of what you would have seen in these remaining games. If you, by now, are already clear about the footballers you want to incorporate, it will depend on the negotiations. It can be advanced via email or telephone. If the season ends in any way, the new season will begin. I don’t understand why players have to be worth more or less. Perhaps not so high expenditures will be made but I do not think that it influences much in the value of the purchase and sale of the soccer players.center_img -How do you see this crisis?-It seems like this is going to last longer than we thought. It is possible that the increase in infected people is stabilizing, but more than 600 deaths every day is outrageous. This does not look like a sudden fix. However, you always look at the horizon with optimism and think that by the end of April, the beginning of May, we can start this return to normality. This would be a consequence of an improvement in the numbers of infected and deceased.-And football, how important is it in this situation?-Football has been one of the most influenced sectors because there are thousands of people who go to stadiums to see the show. And that had to be avoided. First some games were played behind closed doors but being a non-essential sector, it was normal to go into this inactivity waiting for things to return to their course. First it will be the footballers who can return to their training and, little by little, I suppose we will return to play, surely behind closed doors, and then, perhaps for the next League, we can go to the stadiums. Like everything, football will return to normal.Do you think that the footballer is more or less committed to society today?-The athletes who earn a significant amount of money are almost always in solidarity and are with society in any problems that may arise. We are talking about very high wages. Footballers with lower wages are more difficult to show solidarity. It is normal for a soccer player who has not had an ERTE to accept the possibility of collecting a percentage of their salary, to benefit the club and to ensure the salary of the rest of the entity’s employees.– In your time there would have been problems for the players to lower their salaries in such a situation?– In our time, the dialogue with the club would have been maintained and the best solution would have been reached. We would have agreed to a reduction of some percent.-There is talk of soccer players downloading payrolls that charge millions of euros. And those of Second B and Third who live almost daily?-Those guys can’t make the sacrifice that people who charge a lot more money can do. There are some who are married and with children, in Segunda B, earning 2,000 euros a month or 1,500, living away from home … In this case, the clubs will not be able to have so much trouble paying their salary because the ticket offices will be a minimum percentage of club income.last_img read more

“Tomorrow Mbappé will cost € 40M”

first_imgThere are many voices predicting that there will be a before and after in football finances after this economic crisis derived from the coronavirus pandemic. Real Madrid itself fears a technical bankruptcy of the industry if it is not possible to play this season or if the next one begins behind closed doors and the box office money is lost. Roures, in Spain, spoke of the farewell to the “transfers of one hundred million”. In France it has been the MEP Daniel Cohn-Bendit, well known in his country, who has raised the alarm about Mbappé, star of the PSG: “Tomorrow, after the coronavirus crisis, it will not be worth more than 35 or 40 million in 200 “place. “And who can buy it?” Continues the politician in a column in Ouest France, which predicts: “This crisis will clean up the irrationality of professional sports. It is as if there had been a nuclear attack and had to be rebuilt, but at other bases. There will be a de facto regulation. It would be necessary to go even further with a salary cap. It is a reorganization that passes not only for the salaries of the players, but also for the right to image and advertising. We have to break the system of managers, of those who do exorbitant business in soccer. I don’t think soccer players do it worse because they are paid less. In the future, in football television contracts, it will have to be determined that a percentage goes to the Olympic sport and another to the amateur sport, for example ”. The truth is that Daniel Cohn-Bendit puts his finger on the sore of a situation that keeps all the greats of Europe in a tense standby. Real Madrid itself does not have the certainty that large operations will be carried out this summer. At least, in the roadmap marked to sign Mbappé, events keep him safe. He was going to undertake his signing in the summer of 2021, when the star had only one contract left. And the idea remains. By then, the situation will be clear. “What would have been a disaster,” they admit within Real Madrid, “is that we would have entered into an astronomical operation for Mbappé and then the economic disaster would have come.”last_img read more

Jamaica-based Namibian competing in Oregon

first_img Herunga believes training in Jamaica will help push her to her best. “I think they are people who can push me because, back home, I just train alone, and here, there’s Stephenie (McPherson) and a lot of them and competition-wise, Jamaica always has athletes who can push me to my limit,” she said. Life in Jamaica is different, but Herunga admits to loving the Jamaican cuisine. “The weather is different because we have summer, we have winter, we have spring, but the weather is not that bad. It’s humid. I like the food too. It is different. I love the ackee. That’s one thing that I would take back home, and the training facilities. We don’t have the best training facility, but what we have, it’s enough to take us to Rio.” JAMAICAN TRAINING A PLUS PORTLAND, USA: It isn’t only Jamaicans who train in Jamaica who have been participating at the International Association of Athletics Federations World Indoor Championships at the Oregon Convention Centre this weekend. On Thursday, Tjipekapora Herunga of Namibia competed in the women’s 400m heats. Herunga is a student in the Faculty of Science and Sport at the University of Technology (UTech) and trains with the UTech-based MVP Track and Field Club. The Namibian was hoping to improve on her 55.40-second indoor personal best, but was unfortunately disqualified. “I came out today to run the 400m. It’s kind of hard. It was my second 400m and I came here saying I’m going out there to give my best,” she told The Gleaner. Herunga explained how she ended up in Jamaica from Windhoek, Namibia. “We watch athletics and we see most of the best world-class athletes in Jamaica,” she said. “In Namibia, we have talented people, but I don’t think we have people who can help the athletes go forward, so then our government and UTech came together and decided to give people 50 per cent of our scholarship, and that’s how we end up there and with MVP.”last_img read more

Leicester City fairytale complete!

first_imgLONDON (AP):Leicester City completed one of the greatest-ever sporting achievements yesterday when the 5,000-1 underdogs won the English Premier League for the first time.Leicester players were crowded around a television inside top-scorer Jamie Vardy’s house as they were handed the title by closest challengers Tottenham being held to a 2-2 draw by deposed champions Chelsea.With an insurmountable seven-point lead over Tottenham with two games remaining, Leicester are champions of England for the first time in their 132-year history.”Championes! Championes! Ole! Ole! Ole!” the jubilant Leicester players sang as they jumped up and down with their arms on each other’s shoulders inside Vardy’s house.”Nobody believed we could do it, but here we are Premier League champions and deservedly so,” Leicester captain Wes Morgan said. “I’ve never known a spirit like the one between these boys, we’re like brothers.”FIRST JAMAICA TITLE-HOLDERMorgan is the first Jamaican international to win the English Premier League.Just two years ago, Vardy and many of his teammates were playing in the second tier and then came close to instantly dropping out of the Premier League. They started this season as among the favourites to be relegated again. But last night, fans – who never dreamed their modest club in a city with a population of 330,000 would conquer wealthier rivals – descended on Leicester’s King Power Stadium to party into the night.”People saw it last season when everyone expected us to be relegated, but we fought back to prove people wrong,” Morgan said. “This season’s been a continuation of that. We’ve built on the momentum, but I don’t think anyone believed it would come to this.”Leicester, who will collect the trophy on Saturday when they host Everton at home, had not even finished higher than second since 1929.English soccer have not had a first-time champion of the top flight since Nottingham Forest in 1978. And for the last 20 years, the Premier League trophy has never left London or Manchester, with Arsenal, Chelsea, United and City sharing the trophy among them.Unlike that title-winning quartet or 1995 champion Blackburn, Leicester have achieved their success without lavish spending on their squad.Chelsea’s draw also ensured Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri became a league title winner for the first time in his career, 12 years after the 64-year-old Italian was fired by the Blues.”Let’s do it for Ranieri,” read one Chelsea fan’s banner during yesterday’s game at Stamford Bridge, where the trophy was presented to Chelsea last May.”It’s the greatest achievement in the history of English football and it was led by an Italian,” Matteo Renzi, the Italian prime minister, tweeted.Leicester missed a chance to seal the title on Sunday when they were held to a draw by Manchester United, but Chelsea ensured that the party wasn’t delayed any longer.Tottenham had to win at Chelsea to keep their bid for a first title since 1961 alive and led 2-0 thanks to goals from striker Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, before Chelsea staged a second-half fight back to draw in a fiery London derby, where tempers frayed and tackles flew in from everywhere.”What a game,” Leicester defender Robert Huth tweeted. “Makes me look like an angel! CHAMPIONS!!!”Centre half Gary Cahill pulled a goal back for Chelsea early in the second half and with Tottenham clinging on, the equalising goal was scored by Eden Hazard.Ranieri called Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink to thank him for Chelsea’s part in delivering the title to Leicester, which is owned by Thai retail giant King Power.”(Ranieri said) five times ‘Thanks’, because of the emotion,” Hiddink said. “I didn’t see any tears because it was not a Facetime conversation, but his voice was trembling a bit.”One bookmaker, Sky Bet, said it paid out £4.6 million (US$6.8 million) to punters who backed Leicester to win the title, with 128 putting money on the team at 5,000-1.No sports team has defied such odds to triumph, and Leicester’s improbablesuccess has provided a feel-good story for a country divided as they prepare to vote on whether to remain in the European Union.”Many congratulations to Leicester,” British Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted. “An extraordinary, thoroughly deserved, Premier League title.”last_img read more

Powered by ‘Tuffy’ – Anderson’s brace gives Waterhouse first RSPL win

first_img – Rivoli 3-4 Boys’ Town – Tivoli Gardens 2-0 Harbour View – Montego Bay 1-1 Humble Lion – Portmore 1-0 Cavalier Today’s Game: Waterhouse registered their first win of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) season after scoring a convincing 3-0 win over the University of the West Indies (UWI) at the Drewsland mini-stadium yesterday. Jermaine ‘Tuffy’ Anderson (38th and 81st) led the way with a goal in each half, sandwich by another strike from captain Damarley Samuels (45+2). However, the game ended on a sour note for the hosts as midfielder Romario Campbell was shown the red card in time added. Although not satisfied with the performance, Waterhouse coach Calvert Fitzgerald said the players showed they wanted the ‘monkey off their back’. “I am feeling good (for win) … but I am not pleased with how the team performed. We were a bit lazy, and the coordination wasn’t what I want. “But I credit them for endeavour. They wanted to win, and they showed the ambition to get the monkey off their back, so I am happy for that but not totally happy with how the team performed,” he insisted. The home team took a while to control a spirited UWI team and get the game under their control. They almost took the lead on the half-hour, but Evan Taylor, who had a Man of the Match performance, saw his shot hit the post and roll across the face of the goal. Anderson also came close but Amal Knight was equal to his low strike moments later. They eventually broke the deadlock when Anderson’s header squeezed through Knight’s legs and over the line. The home team continued to dominate, and Samuels made it 2-0 in added time with a low, fierce drive from 20 yards. Waterhouse were again the better team after the break, and they sealed the win nine minutes from time when Anderson got on to the end of Kemar Seivwright’s cross and fired under Knight to make it 3-0. In added time, Campbell was shown the red card for a retaliatory tackle on a UWI player. UWI’s coach, Marcel Gayle, was making his first return as an opposing coach to the club where he coached for more than 15 years. Yesterday’s Results 8:30 p.m. – Arnett Gardens vs Reno at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.last_img read more

Barbados Pride pile up runs against Scorpions

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Barbados Pride, sent in by Jamaica Scorpions, were 262 for two at the close on the opening day of their first-round match in the Regional First-Class Championship at Kensington Oval here yesterday.Scores: PRIDE 262 for two (Kraigg Brathwaite 111 not out, Shamarh Brooks 49 not out, Shai Hope 77; John Campbell 1-36).AT WARNER PARK: Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, sent in by Leeward Islands Hurricanes, were 155 for three at the close on an abbreviated opening day.Scores: RED FORCE 155 for three (Evin Lewis 66, Narsingh Deonarine 43 not out, Yannick Cariah 28 not out; Gavin Tonge 2-38).AT GUYANA NATIONAL STADIUM: Guyana Jaguars, opting to bat first against Windward Islands Volcanoes, reached 287 for four at the close.Scores: JAGUARS 287 for four (Rajindra Chandrika 140 not out, Vishaul Singh 48, Shiv Chanderpaul 34, Leon Johnson 29; Shane Shillingford 3-87).last_img read more

TOBA yearling sale, inaugural dinner this weekend

first_imgA total of 158 lots will be offered in the annual Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association of Jamaica (TOBA) yearling sale to be held in the official car park at Caymanas Park on Sunday, November 15, starting at 10 a.m.Lots are available for inspection at 8 a.m., and the accepted opening bid for any lot shall not be less than J$100,000.Prompted by TOBA for the umpteenth year, the sale usually attracts a significant number of buyers from the Eastern Caribbean, notably Trinidad and Tobago.In the past decade, the Trinidadians have been responsible for a number of record-priced yearlings with a view to racing them in Trinidad. Some have become champions, notably two-time ‘T & T Horse of the Year’ BIGMAN IN TOWN, who raced here early in his three-year-old career before he was shipped off to Trinidad by his high-profile owner, Baskaran Basswah. The rest is history.Yearlings from some of the island’s leading stud farms and from private breeders will be on show. They include leading stud farms such as HAM Stables Limited, Everglades Farms Limited, Orange Valley Estates, Lakeland Farms, Spring Park Stud Farm, Y.S. (1955) Limited, New Blue, and Argyll Farms.record priceLast year, a chestnut colt by Performing Magic out of Sea Treaty, bred by Everglades and purchased by noted Trinidadian owner Vishan Ali, fetched the record price of $4 million, surpassing the previous record of $3.8 million paid for BALLON D’OR in 2013.Meanwhile, TOBA and the Breeders Association of Jamaica, in association with Driveline Enterprises, has joined hands to host the inaugural pre-yearling sale awards dinner tonight at Jade Gardens, Sovereign Centre, starting at 7 p.m. Contribution is $5,000.- O.C.last_img read more

Grange endorses Guardian 5K Night Runs

first_imgKINGSTON: Minister of Culture, Gender Affairs, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange has lauded the work being done by the Guardian Group through its Keep It Alive 5K Night Runs, which takes place in Kingston and Montego Bay on November 5 and 12, respectively. “I am very impressed with what you’ve been able to achieve with these races. Since 2014, you’ve raised 22 million dollars to assist health care in our country, particularly hospitals. I commend you for providing this opportunity for our people to participate in a fulfilling, enjoyable and healthy event,” said Grange at yesterday’s launch at Guardian Life’s headquarters in New Kingston. According to the minister, the races fit into the ministry’s programme to increase the number of Jamaicans participating in sports as part of efforts to encourage a culture of physical fitness. “We want to see more people, at every age, playing sports. The more active we are, the healthier we will be,” the minister added. According to Grange, the ministry and Guardian Group have been “working well together in the implementation of the Jamaica Athletes’ Insurance Plan”. More than 1,200 of the country’s athletes across various disciplines are covered under the plan.last_img read more

Woozencroft stars as MBU defeat Reno in Red Stripe Premier League football

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:Jermaine Woozencroft scored one goal and assisted in the other as Red Stripe Premier League champions Montego Bay United (MBU) outlasted FC Reno 2-0 in their western derby at Frome Sports Ground yesterday afternoon.The midfielder entered play in the 79th minute and immediately looked the part as his calm presence on the ball and his eye for spectacular passes meant that MBU, who, up to that point, were lucky to be in the game, began to stamp their class.Allan Ottey benefited from a Woozencroft corner kick in the 81st minute to score with an easy tap in.Woozencroft then scored his team’s second. The FC Reno defenders again were slow to shut the MoBay attackers down and Woozencroft capitalised with a simple pass into the goal, with Dennis Taylor, the Reno goalkeeper, wrong-footed.The champions took a step up the standings on nine points, while Reno remain on seven points, following their first loss of the season.Dino Williams’ spectacular overhead effort in the 75th minute was the closest the striker got, while at the other end, Afiba Chambers watched his close-range header as it skipped off the crossbar for Reno’s best effort.Montego Bay United gave a start to Serbian defender Zvezdan Dordilovic, and he had a fine outing in tandem with Ronaldo Rodney and central defender Ladale Richie.TEAM COHESIONDillon Thelwell, MBU’s assistant coach, believes the team is beginning to gel at the right time.”The team is looking good right now. I think we are beginning to gel, and that’s bad news for the opposition and good news for us as we go about defending our title,” said Thelwell.”Woozencroft was not looking too good in training, so we decided not to start him today (yesterday). I think that was a wake-up call for him and he came out here when he got his chance and put on a show as usual,” noted Thelwell.Reno’s technical director, Wendell Downswell, said his team’s failure to get a point from the fixture was as a result of two lapses.”We will rebound, though. We never had much luck either way today, but we are looking for three points against Portmore in our next match,” said Downswell.last_img read more