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Zidane’s poker for 2020

first_imgSpain SupercupCurves begin soon for Zidane and his Real Madrid, because after measuring with Getafe this Saturday at the Alfonso Pérez Coliseum (4:00 pm, Movistar LaLiga) he will travel to Saudi Arabia to play the new Spanish Super Cup conceived by Luis Rubiales, president of the RFEF. Wednesday, January 8 (8:00 p.m., Movistar Champions League) Valencia is waiting for him in Jeddah, who was unable to beat Mestalla on December 15; in fact, Benzema started a draw on the last play. If he exceeds the semifinal, he will wait in the final on Sunday 12 (7:00 p.m.) to the winner of Barcelona-Atlético that will take place on Thursday 9.Nor has Madrid been able to win either of them this year, although the luck is that it has not lost either: it ended both duels with a goalless draw and on December 18 he left excellent sensations in his visit to Camp Nou. Zidane also knows what it is to win a Super Cup at Barcelona: he did it in the summer of 2017, winning both in Barcelona (1-3) and in Madrid (2-0).Copa del ReyIt is the only tournament that resists Zidane, it is not among the nine he has raised as a Real Madrid coach (three Champions, two Club World Cups, two European Super Cups, a League and a Spanish Super Cup). And it is, in fact, the tournament that has caused the most dislikes to the Frenchman, the one that precipitated his march after raising the Champions League in Kiev, at the end of the 2017-18 campaign. The white elimination in the quarterfinals against Leganés, who assaulted the Bernabéu (1-2), frustrated Zizou in such a way that he began to stiffen the decision. 2020 has started for everyone at Real Madrid, also for Zidane, that sees in the new year the opportunity to complete a poker of titles that returns to the white team the prestige lost after the disastrous 2018-19 season. A huge challenge, although the white coach already knows how to do it: in 2017 he raised up to five trophies (League, Champions, European Super Cup, Spanish Super Cup and Club World Cup). “For me it is a failure, I am very disappointed. It’s a very hard stick, I take responsibility, ”he said after the defeat; “There are moments that make you think and do not forget,” he recalled at the press conference of his farewell. A year earlier, Celta had also deprived him of raising the Cup winning at the Bernabéu (1-2); Balaids 2-2 was not enough. Madrid will meet its rival in the fight for this new Copa del Rey (a single game except the semifinals) on Tuesday, January 14 and will be measured with him the following week.LeagueAlthough he has raised up to five Champions League with Madrid (three as first coach, another as Ancelotti’s second and another as a player, La Novena), Zidane always reiterates that he has occasion that the tournament that fills him as a coach is LaLiga . “It’s the happiest day of my football life, when the season starts you only think about LaLiga’s day to day. I have no words, I would even like to dance. Inside I am very, very happy. LaLiga is the most complicated competition, it is demonstrated day by day, ”he said, exultant, after taking the 2016-17 title at La Rosaleda, on the last day.Madrid is now second in the table, two points behind Barcelona after 18 games; he even has the options to finish the first round as a winter champion, although he must win in Getafe and expect a defeat of Barcelona in Cornellà-El Prat against Espanyol (Saturday 4 at 9:00 p.m.). A situation very different from the last two leagues, in which Madrid reached at this point virtually eliminated from the fight for the title: Last year I was ten points behind Barça; and in 2017-18, the last of Zidane’s first stage, at 13. That carelessness in the regularity tournament was another reason that led him to leave at the end of the course.Champions LeagueAs paradoxical as it may seem, it is the least priority tournament for Madrid at the moment, as it has taken four of the last six editions. Also for Zidane, who nevertheless does not know what it is to lose a tie in the Champions League: he has won 12 consecutive, between crosses and finals. But in the club it is the most coveted tournament, by history (13 titles, more than anyone) and by the preference of President Florentino Pérez, who usually refers to the Champions League as the tournament that places you in the world of football. After an injured group stage, Madrid is waiting for the City in the round of 16: on February 26 at 9:00 p.m., the first leg at the Bernabéu; and on March 17, also at 9:00 p.m., the return at the Etihad Stadiumd in Manchester.last_img read more

Tottenham want Ligue 1 striker to give Harry Kane competition

first_imgAs a result, speculation about him leaving France has only intensified.According to The Sun, Plea is seen as the man to provide Harry Kane with stiff competition for next season.Mauricio Pochettino wants to make another assault on the Champions League, and sources say the north Londoners have tabled an opening bid of £23 million.Despite trying to lure striker Anthony Martial away from Manchester United, it is understood Plea is the man they want. 2 Alassane Plea and Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a move for Nice striker Alassane Plea, who is seen as the ideal man to provide competition for Harry Kane.The France Under-21 international scored 21 times in 48 games in Ligue 1 last season. Plea scored 21 goals in all competitions last season 2 Nice president Jean-Pierre Riviere has given a green light to any potential deal, after the young striker revealed he wanted to move this summer.Having been capped by France all the way up from Under-18 to Under-21 levels, he narrowly missed out on a place at the World Cup this summer.Borussia Monchengladbach have already made a serious offer for Plea, but Spurs hope to steal a march on the Bundesliga side by offering him Champions League football.last_img read more

Another quality centre-back Man United failed to land in the summer

first_img 3 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Most popular Man United news Bonucci has a wealth of experience and was on Mourinho’s summer shortlist 3 Bayern Munich star Jerome Boateng almost signed for Manchester United in the summer possible standings deals It is believed United were prepared to spend big on shoring up the defence during the transfer window, but would only part with the cash for the right player.It is understood they were willing to pay £100m for Raphael Varane, but Real Madrid were not willing to sell.Jerome Boateng, meanwhile, revealed he spoke to Mourinho during the summer.I had enquiries from PSG and Manchester United,” the Bayern Munich ace said.“I did not want just to get away from Bayern, but I was thrilled to try a new challenge. ‘I feel well at Bayern. It’s one of the biggest clubs in the world.“I called Jose Mourinho, I told him that his interest was an honour for me and thanked him for trying so hard for me.“I explained to Jose that it’s difficult to leave Bayern, and if I do, everything has to be in place to top this club.” United also looked into the possibility of signing Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin, who decided to stay in Spain.In the end the only arrivals were Diogo Dalot, Lee Grant and Fred. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade IN DEMAND Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade REVEALED Bonucci spent last season at Milan following a big money move from Juventus and ended up rejoining the Italian champions in a swap deal worth £31million, which saw Gonzalo Higuain and Mattia Caldara move the other way.He won six consecutive Serie A titles with Juve, has played for Italy 81 times and is seen as one of the world’s best centre-backs. silverware REVEALED Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January It was reported that United were keen to sign Alderweireld from Tottenham England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won RANKED gameday cracker Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? smart causal Leonardo Bonucci was one of the defenders Jose Mourinho wanted at Manchester United in the summer.The manager was keen to shake up his back line and, along with the Italian, his shortlist of stoppers is said to have included Toby Alderweireld and Harry Maguire.The club have lost two of their four Premier League games this season and following the 3-0 home defeat against Tottenham in August, Mourinho admitted he didn’t know what his best defence was.United, though, felt 31-year-old Bonucci did not offer value for money, The Sun report. 3 boost Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielderlast_img read more

Charges dropped in recent slaying

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “The investigation just took them down a different path,” Zacky said. Blackburn’s attorney, Michael Medicis, declined to comment on the dismissal. Hennen was shot on a Quartz Hill street, but drove away and later died. The victim attempted to drive himself to the hospital but crashed his vehicle, investigators said. There was a confrontation that led to the shooting, but detectives declined to comment on what the confrontation was about. The shooting occurred in the 6300 block of West Avenue L-4. Blackburn was arrested about three-quarters of a mile away, after Hennen crashed. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! QUARTZ HILL – Murder, kidnapping and attempted robbery charges have been dismissed against a Quartz Hill man arrested in the slaying of another man. Domnic Blackburn, 21, was charged in the Oct. 27 slaying of 20-year-old Ian Hennen, but the case was dismissed Nov. 16. “There were some questions from the D.A.’s Office and it will require further investigation,” sheriff’s homicide Lt. Dave Smith said. “It was dismissed for further investigation.” Deputy District Attorney Hayden Zacky said detectives were redirecting their investigation. last_img read more


first_imgIn this forth article on the Donegal great outdoors, hidden gem series Ian Miller visited Umphin, a little known and rarely visited uninhabited island living far off the Gweedore coastline in Western Donegal.Umphin Island FilmLiving a shade over 3 kilometres out into the Atlantic Ocean from mainland Donegal and 1.5 kilometres from the seaward side of Inismeaine, Umphin Island sits in a very exposed nautical location just to the north of the much larger and better known, Gola Island. Umphin Island is approx. 250 square meters in size and 42 meters high above sea level at its highest point, running though the eastern flank of the island is a deep tidal channel.This channel separates Umphin mainland from the smaller outlaying Tornacolpagh Island.This tidal channel provides the only sheltered landing spot on the island at the superb raised shingle beach on the Umphin side of the sea way.Getting to the island is by far best savoured by sea kayak with Port Arthur providing the nearest public slip and easiest launch point. Sea conditions need to be uber calm with minimal westerly motion as the mass of Umphin Island is not large enough to provide enough lee for a safe sea passage.Another excellent and perhaps safer way for the less nautically minded to visit the island is by RiB (Rigid inflatable Boat) with Selkie Sailings providing island tours by RiB during the summer months.Landing on Umphin and simply walking to its highest point is like making a visit to the land time forgot.With no human inhabitants and with the western side of the island a carpet of over 1000 ground nesting sea birds it is a truly surreal experience to be in the company of such a rare glimpse of remaining wilderness.A walk around the cliff tops on the seaward side of the island takes you around, over and through many of the islands sea sculptured blowholes, sea caves, cliffs and stacks. The western side of the island is sheer with a continual band of 20 meter high granite sea cliffs protecting the rest of the island from the huge winter westerly seas.It is on the tops of these sea cliffs that the hardier Guillemots and Gannets have made their homes.Perhaps one of the more unusual sea birds calling the island home is the common Fulmar, get too close to its nest and it will spit a huge amount of semi-digested fish at you as its form of defence.With this in mind it is probably not the best time to visit the Island during the nesting season. STUNNING PICTURE SPECIAL: IAN MILLER’S GREAT OUTDOORS: UMPHIN ISLAND was last modified: November 26th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:FeaturesGreat OutdoorsIan Millernewslast_img read more


first_imgA fundraising initiative has been launched to help a little boy who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer at just TEN weeks old.The family of baby Caolan Melaugh were given the devastating prognosis from medics that their little boy was fighting a highly aggressive form of childhood cancer. Caolan is the son of well-known Curragh Athletic soccer player Gerard and his wife Stacey.A massive fundraising drive is underway in the Finn Valley area and beyond to try and provide Caolan with the treatment he needs to give him the best chance of beating this cruel disease.Among the events this week are cake sales, wash and blow drys at Farahs in Ballybofey and a dance with David Craig in Castlefin.Down the line Gerards army colleagues are running a fight night amongst other things.Links to whats on and how you can contribute can be got here Advertisement you could do to help would be very much appreciated.FUNDRAISING INITIATIVE LAUNCHED FOR BRAVE LITTLE BATTLER CAOLAN MELAUGH was last modified: May 27th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Baby Caolan MelaughcancerFeaturesFundraising initiativeHome-page NewsTen weeks-oldlast_img read more

Kevin Durant appreciates Warriors’ even shot distribution among the stars

first_imgSubscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table bookOAKLAND – The Warriors have three lethal shooters and only one ball. So how do they make sure Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson get their touches without making the other two feel jealous?Quite well, actually. The Warriors (19-9) enter Wednesday’s game against the Toronto Raptors (22-7) with Curry, Durant and Thompson all averaging 19.7 shot attempts per game. …last_img read more

South Africa congratulates Obama

first_img7 November 2012 South African President Jacob Zuma has congratulated Barack Obama on his re-election as president of the United States of America. “We value our relations with the United States and look forward to strengthening bilateral cooperation in the years to come,” Zuma said in a statement shortly after Obama addressed the US early on Wednesday morning following confirmation of his victory at the polls. Zuma said that the US had an important role to play in Africa’s development. “South Africa is confident that the United States will continue to play a positive role in this regard,” he said. Obama beat a strong challenge from Republican Mitt Romney to win a second term at the White House. In a tweet to supporters, Obama said: “This happened because of you. Thank you,” as crowds cheered outside the Democrats’ Chicago headquarters ahead of his victory address. Obama was projected to have won several key swing states, including Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nevada and New Hampshire, with Romney winning only North Carolina. Florida and Virginia remained too close to call. The relentless battle for the swing states gave Obama at least 290 electoral votes, while Romney had just 201 shortly after midnight. Obama easily grabbed a host of “deep blue” states, including California, Illinois and New Jersey, while Romney prevailed in the “deep red” states of Texas, Kentucky and Georgia. While Obama supporters had already started celebrations of his re-election, Romney conceded defeat. In addition to the massive task of tackling US$1-trillion annual deficits and reducing a US$16-trillion national debt, Obama will have to deal with a divided US Congress that is likely to maintain the same partisan makeup in his second term in the White House. Source: read more

Just Start Again

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now This post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program, which provides midsize businesses with the tools, expertise and solutions they need to become engines of a smarter planet.You have good intentions. You want to keep your daily disciplines. You want to do what’s necessary to produce better results. And sometimes you do a brilliant job working your plan. But there are times when your intentions aren’t enough.Sometimes it’s difficult to follow your plan. It can be difficult to will yourself to do the work that you need to do. You get distracted. Your brain seeks variety. You get hooked on some new novelty. Just like that you’re off your plan and wasting time.And then you’re stressed out because you’re off plan. Stressed out isn’t a resourceful or productive state.Relax, it happens to everyone! In fact, it happens to some of the most productive people in the world. Really smart people, like Tony Schwartz, recommend you work only for 90 minutes and then take a break so to refresh the psychic energy it takes to focus on the work you really need to do.It takes energy, discipline, and focus to stay on your plan to do what you need to do. But when you fall off plan, don’t fret about it. Don’t agonize over having lost a few hours–or even a few days. The emotional energy you waste feeling bad about having lost the time does nothing to help get you back on plan.Accept that you fell off your plan. Accept that you could’ve done better. Forgive yourself for your all-too-human failings. Just start over. Today is a clean slate. There’s nothing you can do about anything that happened in the past, but you can do something about what you’re doing right now in this moment. And that’s where to focus your attention.You can start over today. You could start over right now. You could start this instant.QuestionsWhat causes you to lose focus?What distracts you and knocks you off your plan?How do you forgive yourself when you get off plan?What do you to get back on plan?last_img read more

Birdwatchers flock to Odisha’s Chilika lake

first_imgOrnithologists, bird lovers and photographers from all over the country assembled at the scenic Mangalajodi, on the banks of Chilika lake in Odisha, on Sunday to celebrate the annual congregation of migratory birds. Bird lovers went by boats in the sprawling waters of Chilika and watched birds that had migrated to the famous wintering ground after flying thousands of miles.Photo exhibitions and seminars on birds are the main feature of the two-day National Chilika Bird Festival inaugurated by the State Tourism Minister Ashok Panda on Sunday. Participants are scheduled to visit the Nalbana Bird Sanctuary on Monday. Key role“We are extremely happy to have participants from all over the country. This year we have around one million migratory birds present in Chilika. We are recognising the efforts by the locals in preserving the Chilika Lake and want to empower them by helping them with livelihood in the form of sustainable tourism. Every participant of bird festival is an ambassador of this place and we hope the message spreads,” State Forest and Environment Secretary Suresh Mohapatra said.The National Chilika Bird Festival Award was awarded to Mangalajodi Ecotourism Group for their active involvement in bird protection.“This year Chilika has received record number of birds as a result of removal of illegal gheries [prawn-rearing enclosures] from the lake by the forest department,” said Susanta Nanda, chief executive of the Chilika Development Authority (CDA).Bird count this year in Chilika was 10,47,968 with 181 species (10,21,563 waterfowl of 105 species and 26,405 water dependent birds of 76 species). Last year, it was 8,93,390 of 147 species (8,67,834 waterfowl of 95 species and 25,556 water dependent of 52 species).The CDA also released its book Fish and Shellfish Diversity and its Sustainable Management in Chilika Lake. Around 145 bird watchers from all over India are in attendance for the event.Andrew Sebastian, co-founder of Asian Bird Fair, spoke about the importance of preserving birds and praised the efforts made to organise the bird festival, one of its kind in the country.Major avian stopoverChilika, which lies in the Central Asian Flyway for birds, is a major stopover site for migratory birds from the Arctic and Sub-Arctic regions during their onward and return migration along the east coast. Habitats such as mudflats, floating and submerged vegetation, reed beds, open waters with varying depth and salinity attract a variety of migratory and resident bird species.Chilika Lake has been recognised as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.last_img read more