first_imgThe 2020 season in the Major League Soccer (MLS) will start this weekend with a special flavor. The highest football competition in North America turns 25 and will celebrate it with “extraordinary events, robust content, innovative programming, unique experiences and a commemorative shield”. Two new institutions, Inter Miami CF and Nashville SC, will join a tournament that will feature eight Spanish soccer players at their silver wedding: Pozuelo (Toronto), Bojan (Montreal), Rosell (Orlando), Carles Gil (NE Revolution), Fontàs and Ilie (Sporting KC) and newcomers Álvaro Medrán (Chicago Fire) and Miguel Berry (Columbus Crew).Medrán, whose signing for Chicago Fire became official at the end of 2019, landed at MLS in search of the regularity that it did not find in Spain. After passing through the Real Madrid quarry and wearing the shirts of Getafe, Valencia, Alavés and Rayo Vallecano, the Cordoba midfielder arrived in Chicago as express request of Veljko Paunovic. The Serbian, however, left the bench of the ‘Red Machine’ in November and Raphael Wicky was chosen as his substitute. It remains to be seen, therefore, if Álvaro Medrán is able to earn a position with the new technician. Miguel Berry’s story is also remarkable. The Columbus Crew forward, of a Cuban father and an American mother, was born in Barcelona but moved to San Diego when he was only eight years old. After going through college football, where he managed 38 goals and 16 assists in the last three seasons, was selected in the SuperDraft by Columbus Crew, with whom he finally signed a contract after an outstanding preseason. “His hard work did not go unnoticed by anyone. We are delighted that he officially joins Crew SC,” said Tim Bezbatchenko, president of the Ohio-based franchise.Medrán and Berry, 25 and 23 years old, respectively, have been the last Spanish players to reach a competition in which they will meet six other compatriots: Alejandro Pozuelo, who faces his second year in MLS after scoring 14 goals and giving 10 assists in the season of his debut with Toronto FC; Bojan Krkic, who will seek to continue increasing his record in North America after winning the Canadian Cup with Montreal Impact; Carles Gil (New England Revolution), winner of the ‘Newcomer of the Year’ last year; Oriol Rosell, midfielder from Orlando City; and Ilie Sánchez and Andreu Fontàs, who will continue wearing the Sporting Kansas City shirt.Spanish accent in the standsPozuelo, Bojan, Rosell, Gil, Fontàs, Ilie, Medrán and Berry will not be the only Spaniards to participate in the 25th edition of Major League Soccer. Álex Covelo will do it as the methodology director of San José Earthquakes, Albert Rudé will be the right hand of Diego Alonso in Inter Miami, Jorge García will be part of the Seattle Sounders group of analysts and Borja de Matías will do the same in Chicago Fire. In total, the Spanish accent will be present in 10 of the 26 teams of the MLS 2020.last_img read more

first_imgJust five days after the Champions League second leg against Dortmund, PSG’s main objective is to recover Neymar for the cause. The brazilian He has been questioned about his fitness in recent games (there has been talk of overweight), and all preceded by the injury he suffered in the ribs against Montpellier on February 1.In the first leg of the eighth European Cup played in Dortmund, Neymar criticized the management of his injury by Tuchel and the PSG medical staff. The lack of pace with which he came to the appointment was one of the triggers so he could not perform at the highest level, and that marked the only goal of the Parisians. Four days later, he would see the expulsion against Bordeaux, losing another match and unable to recover sensations. As L’Equipe confirms, Neymar feels disappointed and regrets that he couldn’t play more in the last month. Since the injury he suffered in the ribs against Montpellier, he has only been able to play three games, that of Dortmund, 4-3 against Bordeaux (he saw the expulsion), and 1-5 against Lyon, match in which he returned to leave enough doubts, despite the goal he scored as a penalty.However, from Paris they trust that Neymar reaches 100% of Wednesday’s match against Dortmund. One of the keys for Tuchel to move on to the next round will be that of the Brazilian, that in the last two years he had lost the knockout stages due to injury, and that has between eyebrow and eyebrow lift the maximum continental competition in the French capital.last_img read more

first_imgAtlético de Madrid’s triumph on Wednesday against Liverpool at Anfield returned the Atletico team to the Champions League quarterfinals three years later, once it did not reach such an instance of the maximum European competition from the 2016-17 academic year, when he was eliminated in the semifinals of the competition by Real Madrid at Vicente Calderón, on May 10, 2017.Until then, he had always reached at least the quarterfinals under the command of Argentine coach Diego Simeone. In 2013-14 and 2015-16 he reached the final, when he was defeated in the decisive duel by Real Madrid; in 2016-17 until the mentioned semifinals; and in 2014-15 up to the quarters. And since then he had not succeeded in either of the two previous campaigns. It did not do so in 2017-18, the first year of existence of the Wanda Metropolitano. Not even passed the group stageBecause he only won one of his six games (2-0 against Roma at the Madrid stadium). Of the rest he only lost one (1-2 with Chelsea), but tied four (0-0 and 1-1 with Qarabag, 0-0 with Roma and 1-1 with Chelsea); an unacceptable deficit to finish between the first two, especially when two of those tied were against the modest team of Azerbaijan, one of them before their audience. Then, months later, he won the Europa League.He also did not reach the quarters last year, in 2018-19. Second in his group, behind Borussia Dortmund, because he was unable to beat Bruges on the last date (0-0), the rojiblanco team multiplied the complexity of their round of 16 matchup when facing Juventus. Although he won 2-0 at the Metropolitano, in Turin he fell flat against Cristiano Ronaldo with a sonorous 3-0. One swipe.This Wednesday he broke that barrier again, with a 2-3 win in overtime at Anfield against Liverpool, as he has already done on four of the six previous occasions of the Diego Simeone era. With the Argentine coach, who took office in late 2011, Atlético did not miss that appointment in his first four appearances under the command of ‘Cholo’. Neither in 2013-14 nor in 2015-16, when he reached the final and was runner-up, nor in 2016-17, when he reached the semifinals, nor in 2014-15, when he was eliminated in the quarters. Real Madrid beat him in all four.Atlético has played the quarterfinals of the European Cup or the Champions League nine times – ten with which it will play this season – throughout its fifteen participations in the tournament, including the current one, in its history.Of these, in six he advanced to at least the semifinals. In three he even went further, to the final, in 1973-74, 2013-14 and 2015-16. He was runner-up in all three, in the first in the tiebreaker game against Bayern Munich and in the following two in overtime and penalties, respectively, against Real Madrid. And in three others, he passed fourths and stayed in the penultimate round: in 2016-17 and 1958-59, against Real Madrid, and in 1970-71 against Ajax.Instead, in the remaining three he was eliminated in the quarterfinals: in 2014-15, by Real Madrid; in 1996-97, by Ajax, and in 1977-78, by Bruges.– Atlético’s record in the European Cup:2019-20:?2018-19: Round of 16. Eliminated by Juventus.2017-18: Group stage. Third of his quartet.2016-17: Semifinals. Eliminated by Real Madrid.2015-16: Runner-up. Eliminated by Real Madrid.2014-15: Quarterfinals. Eliminated by Real Madrid.2013-14: Runner-up. Eliminated by Real Madrid.2009-10: Group stage. Third of his quartet.2008-09: Round of 16. Eliminated by Porto.1996-97: Quarterfinals. Eliminated by Ajax.1977-78: Quarterfinals. Eliminated by the Witches.1973-74: Runner-up. Eliminated by Bayern Munich.1970-71: Semifinals. Eliminated by Ajax.1966-67: Round of 16. Eliminated by the Vojvodina.1958-59: Semifinals. Eliminated by Real Madrid.last_img read more

first_imgThe coach of Manchester City, Pep Guardiola, donated a million euros on Tuesday for medical supplies in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, as he has learned EFE.The money destined for the one who was also a coach of FC Barcelona It is addressed to the Ángel Soler Daniel Foundation, which manages the Barcelona College of Physicians, and it is for the purchase and production of sanitary material and equipment in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.The contribution is in addition to the donation campaign promoted by the Barcelona College of Physicians, which aims to collect medical supplies for the purchase of medical supplies and equipment. The donation of the Spanish technician will also serve to finance the alternative production (through 3D printing and others) of respirators and other protection elements for healthcare personnel.The million euros contributed by Guardiola adds to the 33,000 euros that the medical college has collected, in a campaign that began on March 21. The material will be distributed to health centers throughout Catalonia, according to needs and emergencies, and in coordination with the Generalitat’s Health Department.On the other hand, and as you have been able to know EFE, Josep Guardiola has also been involved in research projects to obtain medicines that prevent the transmission of COVID-19, as well as the vaccine against this coronavirus, in which the Doctor Bonaventura Clotet and the researcher Oriol Mitjà.last_img read more

first_img“João Félix will be one of the great players in Europe“The blessing comes from the mouth of Jorge Jesús, today at Flamengo, a former Benfica coach, a legend. He told Zico, in an interview on his YouTube channel. And it couldn’t be clearer. The future belongs to the rojiblanco . “He is still a boy, 20 years old. Portugal has the ability to highlight young people very easily. The Portuguese championship is a showcase for Europe. Players are among the cheapest in Europe, those who earn less, so the big teams go there and hire … But now it is not like that, now they have to pay 50, 70 million … 127 million paid for Joao Félix. 127 million! “He argued.The stoppage due to the coronavirus stopped him when he showed again his best minutes of the season with Atlético, the best since the summer. The Portuguese had returned strong from his injury, leaving not only flashes, pipes, impossible plays, but participating in the game, creating, with a goal against Villarreal (3-1) and special brilliance against Sevilla (2-2), last and third to last of the matches played in the League by the rojiblancos before the forced pause due to the health and social crisis that Spain is experiencing right now. Futre, Almeida …João Félix has received many compliments from Portugal since he became the most expensive signing in Atlético’s history in July. The first of a legend here and there, Paulo Futre. “João Félix can be a Ballon d’Or in two or three years“he said in Idols. “The kid is going to come out very cheap” on social networks. He also received them from Almeida, captain of Benfica, a club where last season he burst from the quarry like a gale. “The most horrifying thing in João Félix is ​​that everything is normal …”, he stated before adding: “We are among a great talent, he has the potential to be one of the best players in the world.” Jorge Jesús himself had already blessed him before. “From what little I know, there is a talent, he will be a star. He is a balanced boy, if he has a coach who can develop his talent,” he said a few months ago, in an interview with CMTV.last_img read more

first_imgHow do you carry the confinement ?: “With enough uncertainty of knowing how long all this is going to be. Eager for it to pass quickly and to return to normality. As they say: ‘one more day, less is missing’. I try to do things with the children and train with what the club sends to do “.Favorite goal: “The most special one is that of Elche because it is the first one I do with the club, but because the match and the stadium were as it was, the one with the most beautiful memories I have is that of Juventus. It was an important match.”How do you feel when you wear the Atlético shirt ?: “A lot of responsibility. It is a club with a lot of history. I know that when I put it on I have to leave everything on the court, since it is the club’s tooth: the claw and the heart. It is something that one is used to since I come from a soccer that is similar, that of South America. An immense joy since we are fighting important things and it is one of the biggest clubs in the world. “ José María Giménez is one of the captains of the Atlético de Madrid He wanted to answer some questions asked by fans. In the campaign #LaPreguntaMahou This month, the Uruguayan has responded to the questions received through social networks. Transfer to Atlético: “I travel to Spain without knowing anything. When I arrive in Madrid they tell me that Atleti wanted to sign me. So, I have mixed feelings. More joy than sadness but sadness because I was away from my family and joy because I knew it was one of the great clubs of the world. I will never forget it, like the titles or the first game I played. “Reaction after the first title: “I was lucky that when I arrived just playing a game we won the League. It was difficult to participate in that joy because I was hardly called but I knew it was special. I knew it was a title valued by people. It made me generate enormous joy. Then I had to win the other titles and they were different. I already had more time and more minutes at the club “Captain work: “Assuming responsibility and with joy, enthusiasm and pride.”Most important moment of the race: “When I realized that I wanted to dedicate myself to soccer. I had a hard time on Danube when I was 17 or 18 years old when I did not have an easy life experience in the family and I was about to leave soccer. But my representatives and friends made me understand that I could dedicate myself to soccer. It was the most important day and that I wanted to fulfill my dream and I understood that dreams come true. By dedicating effort, sacrifice, good and not so good things will come. “Hobbies: “I do not have hobbies, I warm up well, I activate well and I do what any athlete does. I do kiss a photo with my wife and children and I think about the family before going to play.”Message to the fans: “A lot of patience and it is a difficult moment worldwide.”last_img read more