Martino: If I was Messi I would have given up on Argentina

first_imgArgentina national team manager Tata Martino has returned to defend Lionel Messi once again against the criticism he has been subject to after their Copa America final defeat against Chile, saying that if he was in his place he would have left La Albiceleste. “If I was Messi, I would have already given up,” stated the ex-Barça coach, due to the treatment of his captain by the Argentine press. Upd. on 22/11/2016 at 03:06 CET Martino said that he did not know whether Leo will accept his call-up for the next friendly. “I will pick him, but I’m not sure. It would be very frustrating if Leo doesn’t come to the national team,” stated the coach during Fox Sports’ program ’90 minutos’. Veronica Brunati The manager went further to show his disappointment of the sentiment towards the Blaugrana star. “Nobody has said that Leo won’t play in the friendlies. They have posed this question, to know why, and now we have to go and explain something when there isn’t any news. The only thing that I know is that I have to pick a squad this Friday,” explained the coach about the possibility that Messi won’t play against Mexico in the United States of America on the 8th of September. Furthermore, the manager asked the press of his country to think about the defence of Leo Messi made by basketball star Manu Ginobili after Copa America. The Spurs player said only a few weeks ago that “it is strange that they are criticising the bravest star that Argentine sport has,” and that “at the end of the day, he is going to everyone more courage.” Martino stressed his agreement and explained that “Argentine journalism needs to reflect on what Ginobili said, because if not it seems as though everything has happened without consequences.” 05/08/2015last_img read more

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Real Madrid could be thrown out of Copa del Rey!

first_img Upd. on 03/12/2015 at 00:24 CET The consequences for Madrid could be very serious – Osasuna were thrown out of the competition for a very similar offence this season.  Real Madrid could have a big problem – they face being thrown out of the Copa del Rey after fielding an ineligible player in their round-of-32 first leg game against Cadiz on Wednesday.  02/12/2015 There’s been no word from Madrid about the incident, with Emilio Butragueno leaving his box inside the stadium at half-time without giving any explanations.  His third yellow card in the competition came in the semi-final against Barcelona. Albert Roge Denis Cheryshev, who opened the scoring in Andalusia, COPE have reported, apparently should have been suspended for the match. The Russian winger picked up three yellow cards during last season’s competition while on loan at Villarreal and an RFEF document from March suggests his ban carried into the current season.  Cheryshev was taken off at half time, while Cadiz announced they would hold a board meeting after the match to discuss a possible appeal. “If there is an ineligible player, Cadiz will make a claim,” Cadiz legal executive Fran Canal has told Canal Pluslast_img read more

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Shameful scenes during Italy’s tributes to Anne Frank

first_img “It is not new that Lazio fans have for many years been acting as a pro-Palestinian, anti-Israeli organisation and among the many fans, there are thousands who openly bear neo-Nazi symbols,” Regev said. Il Messaggero published a recording in which Lotito appeared to describe the visit to the synagogue as “theatrics we have to do”. Emotions were still running high in Italy, days after Lazio fans posted anti-semitic photos of Anne Frank in a Roma jersey as new incidents during Wednesday’s Serie A action overshadowed planned tributes. But a telephone recording made public on Wednesday cast doubt on the real intentions of the Lazio president. “It would be wrong for the team to be docked points as we’d become hostage to these people going to the stadium just to create chaos,” he told Radio Capital. Lotito denied uttering such words and Democratic Party politician Dario Ginefra, seated beside Lotito on a Monday night flight from Milan to Rome where he was alleged to have made the call, backed the Lazio president. Lazio players, as planned, warmed up prior to the game, which they won 2-1, wearing a jersey with an image of Frank alongside the words “No to anti-semitism”. Upd. at 15:58 – ’15 idiots’ – In a Tuesday letter to Luca Lotti, Miri Regev expressed her “horror” over the “despicable use” by Lazio football fans of Frank’s picture. CEST 26/10/2017 As Lazio’s ultras ‘Irriducibili’ fans announced they would not travel to Bologna for the team’s game, isolated supporters who had made the journey sang the Fascist song “Me ne frego” (“I Don’t Care”) in the stands of the Dall’Ara Stadium. On all pitches on Wednesday, rival captains and referees handed children copies of Italian Jewish writer Primo Levi’s memoir of deportation “If This Is A Man”. It is believed they were flung into the river by youngsters from the Jewish community angered by Lotito’s note “you have Jewish brothers”, according to Corriere della Sera newspaper. But by early Wednesday the blue and white flowers — the colours of the Rome club — had disappeared from the synagogue entrance. El fútbol italiano rindió homenaje a Ana Frank IN SPORT.ES RELATED STORIES But in Turin, where champions Juventus were playing SPAL, a section of the crowd turned their backs on the pitch and sang the Italian national anthem, while at Rome, where AS Roma met Crotone, some fans drowned out the reading with chants in favour of their team. Extracts were read from “The Diary of Anne Frank” before a minute of reflection on the Holocaust as requested by the Italian football federation, which quickly turned into a minute of applause in most stadiums. Meanwhile the Lazio president insisted it “would be wrong” to punish the club for “the behaviour of 15 idiots”. Lazio — who are fourth in the table just three points behind leaders Napoli — had already been given a two-match closure of the north end of the Stadio Olimpico for racist chanting. “It’s necessary to suppress and sanction the perpetrators. I hope what’s happened doesn’t impact on the team psychologically.” According to the Italian press, police examined video footage of Sunday night’s game and had identified 16 suspects, including three minors with one aged just 13. “There’s a vice-Rabbi? There is just the Rabbi? They are worthless. You see where we are? The Rabbi and vice-Rabbi in New York… Come on let’s do this theatrics,” a voice is heard saying. Israel’s sports minister, meanwhile, called on her Italian counterpart to deal with racism in sports. During his visit Lotito also announced that the club would take 200 young fans on an annual trip to Auschwitz — the Nazi concentration camp where Jewish teenager Frank was first deported before dying in Bergen-Belsen in 1945. Earlier Wednesday a wreath of flowers which Lazio president Claudio Lotito had presented to the Rome synagogue was found floating down the Tiber river which runs through the capital. AFP Sinisa Mihajlovic: Anne Frank? I don’t know who that islast_img read more

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Winless Werder Bremen sack coach Alexander Nouri

first_img 30/10/2017 Bremen’s 3-0 thumping at home to mid-table Augsburg on Sunday was the last straw for Werder’s board after cries of “Nouri out!” were heard by home fans after the final whistle. The defeat left Bremen 17th with just five points from five draws and as many defeats in Germany’s top flight. CET Florian Kohfeldt, the coach of the club’s Under-23 team, will take charge for Friday evening’s league match against Eintracht Frankfurt. IN SPORT.ES El Werder Bremen destituye al técnico Alexander Nouri Nouri is the third Bundesliga coach fired this season after Wolfsburg sacked Andries Jonker in September before league leaders Bayern Munich showed Carlo Ancelotti the door five weeks ago. Upd. at 12:10 center_img “Alex took over during a very difficult situation last year and successfully mastered it, for that we’d like to thank him,” said Bremen’s CEO Frank Baumann as Nouri bid farewell before Monday’s training session. The 38-year-old Nouri took charge in September 2016, taking them from the relegation places to challenge for a place in Europe before they eventually finished eighth last season. AFP Bremen qualified for the Champions League in 2010, but have struggled to stay out of the relegation places in recent seasons. Alexander Nouri on Monday became the third Bundesliga coach sacked this season when Werder Bremen fired him with the club second from bottom in the Bundesliga and winless this season. “We are convinced that this team of coaches can give a new impetus to the team in the coming days and solve the uncertainty,” added Baumann. He will be helped by ex-Germany international and Bremen midfielder Tim Borowski.last_img read more

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Andres Iniesta does not train with Barca ahead of his last Clasico

first_img Iniesta no participa en el primer entrenamiento del Barça para el clásico Andrés Iniesta, FC Barcelona captain was the main news from Barcelona’s training session on Thursday, with the captain not able to train with the group. Upd. at 15:35 The club said he worked by himself, while the other players operated under coach Ernesto Valverde’s command. With the league title in the bag, the work sessions have been lighter. This was the first time the players met up since the victory parade on Monday night.  03/05/2018 IN SPORT.ES The historic humiliation Barcelona want to inflict on Madridcenter_img Sport EN On Thursday night Barcelona players will attend a private dinner with their partners after vice-president Jordi Mestre invited them. RELATED STORIES Barcelona’s vice-president will buy the whole squad dinner CESTlast_img read more

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Ruud Gullit takes aim at Guardiola following Man City’s elimination

first_img Sport EN Upd. at 11:39 IN SPORT.ES CEST And ever since Guardiola left the Camp Nou he’s been unable to reclaim Europe’s top prize despite signing for elite teams. He failed to do it with Bayern and now with City. However it didn’t take long for Ruud Gullit to stick the knife in when it comes to the former Barça coach’s record in the Champions League since he left the Camp Nou. Guardiola was on the brink of reaching the Champions League semi-finals with Manchester City but an injury time winner was ruled out for offside by VAR. El dardo de Gullit a Guardiola tras la eliminación de Championscenter_img And not content with sticking the knife in there, Gullit also claims that Pep shouldn’t get all the credit for Messi’s rise to stardom either. “Of course when he was with Barcelona he had an unbelievable team inherited from Rijkaard, who Messi had already made his debut under. And then Messi became even more important. And Messi was vital in a lot of games for him when he was with Barcelona.” “And I know that Pep, this is what he wants. He wants the Champions League and I feel sorry for him.” The former Dutch superstar then suggested that what Guardiola wants can’t be purchased. “You can’t buy a team to do it (win the Champions League). That’s what it is. And I really feel for him. I see this passion and I see what motivates him, and this is a huge blow for this team.”  “It’s because he doesn’t have Messi,” is what Gullit told beIN SPORTS. “That makes a huge difference. He tried to do it with Bayern Munich. He was close every time, but he couldn’t do it. Winning the [Bundesliga] championship in Munich is not an achievement anymore because they win it almost every year.” 18/04/2019 RELATED STORIES Tottenham stun Manchester City to set up Champions League semifinal with Ajaxlast_img read more

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Juanfran will join Dani Alves at Brazilian club Sao Paulo

first_img 03/08/2019 The plan is for him to play at right-back and Alves to play ahead of him or in a more advanced position.  Juanfran acompañará a Alves en el Sao Paulo IN SPORT.ES CEST According to Globoesporte, the 34-year-old will join for free after his contract expired with Atletico. He will sign until 2020. The club are excited by the signing. Juanfran will become teammates with Dani Alves, who also joined the club this week, signing a new deal until 2022.  Spanish right-back Juanfran Torres, until now an Atletico Madrid player, has decided to move to the Brazilian league, accepting an offer to join Sao Paulo. Pablo Rivera Upd. at 22:16 Globoesporte reveal that Diego Lugano, good friends with Diego Godin, was key in the negotiations and recommended the deal to Sao Paulo and to Juanfran.last_img read more

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From plate to pitch – Chilean club O’Higgins F.C. debuts new French Fries inspired…

first_imgAdvertisement wqqs2NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs9ef0wWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E5icur( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2g06Would you ever consider trying this?😱5j3yl1Can your students do this? 🌚lt2yiRoller skating! Powered by Firework A Chilean club O’Higgins F.C. have recently debuted a new pink coloured away shirt which makes them stand out from the rest.Advertisement However, it is not the fuchsia colour alone that is garnering all the attention but rather the way in which the numbers are designed on the shirt’s back.Owing to a new deal that they have struck with McDonald’s – the biggest fast-food outlet in the world, the company has decided to sport their golden ‘M’ on the back rather than the front.Advertisement They’ve opted to make the squad numbers into the shape of french fries dipped in ketchup with the McDonald’s logo just below them.Advertisement Sadly, the donning of the new away shirts was not enough for them to secure the victory as they went down 2-1 at Huachipato.O’Higgins F.C. are one of the biggest clubs of Chile’s Premier Division(Campeonato Nacional).Founded in 1955, the club was named in honour of the country’s founding father and supreme director Bernardo O’Higgins, after the merger of the clubs O’Higgins Braden and América de Rancagua. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Is Nicolas Pepe on his way to the Emirates?

first_imgAdvertisement s9igmhNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2vlm4iWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9jy2( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) f2csWould you ever consider trying this?😱1sl5Can your students do this? 🌚a9oRoller skating! Powered by Firework Nicolas Pepe might be on his way to the Emirates in the next summer transfer window. According to the recent reports, the French club Lille are going to sell their star wide forward in the next summer transfer window.Advertisement When, the Sporting Director of Lille, Luis Campos was asked about the future of Nicolas Pepe, he told :Advertisement “We are not a rich club,”“It means that if a really good proposal comes in for Pepe, we have to sell him.”Advertisement The manager of the club Christophe Galtier stated,“He has to go to a Champions League club,”“In my opinion, an intermediate step is not necessary [for him] to go as high as possible.“I see him as good with a team that plays all in red and likes to put wingers on the side of their weaker feet.”Nicolas Pepe is in great form in this season for Lille. The star Ivory Coast centre forward scored 16 goals in 25 matches in Ligue 1 so far .The player also assisted in 8 goals for his side. The young player is a prime target of the top European clubs like Manchester United, Liverpool and Barcelona. So it will not be easy for the Gunners to land Nicolas Pepe in the next summer.Chelsea want £100 million for Eden Hazard if Real Madrid come knocking Advertisementlast_img read more

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Monchi could be sacked today; Arsenal on high alert

first_imgAdvertisement evjlNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsfgqwWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ebz1( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ghwkWould you ever consider trying this?😱4v58ufCan your students do this? 🌚7x5Roller skating! Powered by Firework AS Roma’s recent run of form has seen the Serie A side drop out of the Champions League and drop points in Italy. Manager Eusebio di Francesco was sacked immediately on Thursday, while footballing director Monchi prepares for the same. Arsenal, on the other hand, prepare their bid for a similar role at the Emirates. Advertisement Sven Mislintat was said to be the beacon to guide Arsenal in their post-Wenger era. However the German left the club last month just over a year after joining, and the north London side were left with an empty spot in the scout’s seat.Monchi was seen backing di Francesco after the Giallorossi crashed out of Europe’s elitemost contest, and later indulged in altercations with the fans.Advertisement The Spaniard fell out with Roma’s top brass prior and with the previously mentioned incidents, the Rome-based outfit are tipped to sack the 50-year old scout as early as today.Former Leicester and Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri is set to take over the reigns at the Stadio Olimpicos and with Monchi tipped for the axe, the Gunners, who are hungry for a director of football, could be present with one as soon as next week, as the club’s higher officials aim for an Emery-Monchi reunion at the Emirates, as had been at Sevilla 4 years ago.Advertisement Another prospect for the job remains Ajax’s current director of football and former Arsenal player Marc Overmars. However situations are such that the scale appears to be tipped in Monchi’s side.Read also:-Arsenal legend Marc Overmars lined up for high profile role at the EmiratesMesut Ozil’s departure could boost Matthijs de Ligt’s arrival at Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more

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