first_imgON the night Spurs paid tribute to their greatest striker, they saw how badly they need one.Tottenham celebrated Jimmy Greaves’ 80th birthday as Leipzig celebrated victory in this Champions League last 16 first leg tie.5 Timo Werner’s penalty handed RB Leipzig a 1-0 win over SpursCredit: AFPTimo Werner’s second half spot kick means last season’s beaten finalists have another mountain to climb if they are to reach the latter stages again this time.And without a striker they will have to climb it with effectively both hands behind their backs.Still it could have been worse. Much worse.One goal was scant reward for Leipzig’s dominance and with his main frontmen Harry Kane and Son Heung-min sidelined with long-term injuries, it is difficult to see how Spurs boss Jose Mourinho canturn this tie around in Germany in three weeks’ time.How Tottenham could do with a Greavesy right now.The Lilywhites’ legendary marksman netted 266 goals in 379 appearances in just over eight years for the club between December 1961 and March 1970.He also played for Chelsea and West Ham and his final total of 357 goals is more top-flight strikes than any other player.5 The Liverpool target netted to leave Spurs scrambling for a place in the quarter finalsCredit: EPAHis family attended the game last night – where Kane presented them with a gift before kick-off.Quite what the old master would have made of it is anybody’s guess.For Mourinho, his players and Tottenham it was worrying as their lack of cutting edge prevented them from getting a real foothold in the match.Still, at least Tottenham fans were treated to a new light-show inside the stadium before kick-off.It must be comforting for Spurs followers to know that while their club failed to land an out-and-out striker in the January, they did manage to sign an electrician.Furious Dele Alli Slams His Boots Down after being subbed off for Tottenham against RB LeipzigYou could not help but wonder if Spurs stars were dazzled by the bright lights as they made a trance-like start.And they were lucky not to fall behind as Leipzig created four excellent chances in the opening NINETY SECONDS.First, Czech striker Patrik Schick drilled a shot wide from the edge of the area.Then after Timo Werner had seen his close range effort cannon off Spurs defender Davinson Sanchez, former Manchester City loanee Angelino’s shot ricocheted off Hugo Lloris’ leg and onto the post – not that the Spurs keeper knew much about it.And when the Germans switched play to the other flank, Werner’s shot was smothered by Lloris at his near post.Shell shocked Spurs struggled to get out of their own half in the opening stages.5 Lucas Moura led the line but was unable to find a way throughCredit: AFPWhen they did finally manage to get into Leipzig’s box, Steven Bergwijn’s shot was parried by keeper Peter Gulasci, whose only first-team appearances in a previous five-year stint at Liverpool came on loan spells at Hereford, Tranmere and Hull.It proved to be only a brief respite as Leipzig went close again before the break when Schick headed wide from a corner and Werner had another shot saved by Lloris.The game was halted at the start of the second half when Leipzig fans threw toilet rolls onto the pitch.This was not in response to Tottenham’s first-half display – but a protest against rising ticket prices.Spurs then created their best chance of the night so far when Serge Aurier’s cross into the box was flicked towards goal by Lucas Moura.Gulacsi got down well to keep it out and unfortunately for Mourinho, Bergwijn skewed the rebound wide.Tottenham were looking stronger than they did before the break, but they fell behind when Ben Davies sent Konrad Laimer crashing to the ground as he tried to intercept Werner’s ball into the box.Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir pointed to spot and Werner netted the resulting penalty to give Leipzig the edge in the 57th minute.It was no more than the visitors deserved and they could have had a second moments later when Werner brilliantly dummied Angelino’s ball inside, but Schick’s shot was turned away by Lloris.5 The likes of Giovani Lo Celso were left frustratedCredit: Getty ImagesMost Read In SportTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’Mourinho took action by subbing Gedson Fernandes and Dele Alli with Tanguy Ndombele and Erik Lamela.Dele looked far from happy as he stormed past his manager – who did not even glance at him – to the dugout where the player took his frustrations out on a water bottle and then one of his boots as he threw each to the ground in fury.Back on the pitch, Giovani Lo Celso was proving to be Tottenham’s biggest goal threat as he went close with a long-range shot and then a free kick, which Gulacsi did well to tip onto the post and away for a corner.5 Jose Mourinho knows his side must score at least once in GermanyCredit: Getty ImagesWhy are RB Leipzig players wearing different coloured sponsors on their shirts against Tottenham in Champions League?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_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Williams, who became a mother on Sept. 1, has not played an official match since winning the Australian Open in January 2017 for her 23rd Grand Slam singles title, setting a record for most in the professional era. She later revealed she was pregnant during that tournament.Joining Williams on U.S. captain Kathy Rinaldi’s roster will be older sister Venus, a seven-time major champion. The siblings have not played on the Fed Cup team together in three years. Serena last played in April 2015; Venus in February 2016.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAlso on the team that will face the Netherlands on an indoor hard court: CoCo Vandeweghe, a semifinalist at the Australian Open and U.S. Open last year. A fourth member of the U.S. squad will be announced next week.The U.S. won last year’s Fed Cup, the country’s record 18th title but first since 2000. LATEST STORIES Serena Williams told Vogue magazine that she dealt with a medical scare, developing several small blood clots in her lungs, right after Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. was born.She played in an exhibition match on Dec. 30 to test her game, but then decided to pull out of this month’s Australian Open.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Yearcenter_img Drama club: Cavaliers hold meeting to vent frustration MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track FILE – In this Jan. 28. 2017, file photo, United States’ Serena Williams follows through on a backhand return to her sister Venus during the women’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia. The U.S. Tennis Association says Williams will return to competition for the first time in more than a year at the country’s Fed Cup matches against the Netherlands next month. Williams has not played an official match since winning the Australian Open in January 2017 for her 23rd Grand Slam singles title. She was pregnant during that tournament and gave birth to a daughter on Sept. 1. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung. File)WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. —Serena Williams is ready to return to competition for the first time in more than a year, a little more than five months after giving birth.The U.S. Tennis Association announced Tuesday that Williams will represent the country in its first-round Fed Cup matches against the Netherlands in Asheville, North Carolina, on Feb. 10-11.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View commentslast_img read more

first_imgBAGHDAD, Iraq – Prime Minister Nouri Kamal al-Maliki on Sunday said he was ordering a halt to construction of a controversial wall that would isolate a Sunni neighborhood in Baghdad from other areas, saying it reminded people of “other walls.” The announcement, which al-Maliki made in Cairo, Egypt, while on a state visit, appeared designed to allay mounting criticism from both Sunni Arab and Shiite parties about the project. “I oppose the building of the wall, and its construction will stop,” al-Maliki told reporters during a joint news conference with the secretary-general of the Arab League, Amr Moussa. “There are other methods to protect neighborhoods.” A spokesman for the U.S. military, Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, said the military would remain “in a dialogue” with the Iraqi government about how best to protect citizens. The military did not say whether the wall’s construction would be halted. Opposition to the wall has gathered steam since the news release was issued, and on Sunday Sunni Arab and Shiite groups sharply criticized the idea. The Sunni Arab Iraqi Islamic Party and the Shiite group linked to the anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr both announced that they opposed dividing Baghdad by sect. In sharp statements they said the wall would increase sectarian hatred and fuel efforts to partition the country. “Surrounding areas of the capital with barbed wire and concrete blocks would harm these areas economically and socially,” the Islamic Party said in an e-mail message to news organizations. “In addition it will enhance sectarian feelings.” Abu Firas al-Mutairi, a representative of the Sadr movement in Najaf, which has supported al-Maliki, said: “The Sadr movement considers building a wall around al-Adhamiya as a way to lay siege to the Iraqi people and to separate them into cantons. It is like the Berlin Wall that divided Germany.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Al-Maliki did not specify in his remarks what other walls he referred to. However, the separation barrier in the West Bank being erected by Israel, which Israel says is for protection but greatly angers Palestinians, is a particularly delicate issue among Arabs. In Baghdad, the wall would surround the Adhamiya neighborhood, a Sunni Arab enclave bordered by Shiite areas. Adhamiya often comes under mortar attack and suffers incursions from those neighborhoods. However, it has also been a stronghold of militant Sunni Arab groups, and the wall would have helped the Iraqi security forces control their movements. Earlier, the spokesman for the U.S. military in Iraq sought to allay criticism of the project and explain its intent by saying that was meant to be only a temporary barrier to improve security. The military does not have a new strategy of building walls or creating “gated communities,” the spokesman, Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, said in a written statement. He described it as a tactic being used only in a handful of neighborhoods and not an effort to divide the city, much less the country. However, U.S. military officials said last week in a statement that the Adhamiya wall was “one of the centerpieces of a new strategy.” They also said that the wall was aimed at separating Sunni Arabs in Adhamiya from Shiites to the east. last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Michael Olunga in action for his new club Girona during their friendly match against CF Ripoll winning 8-0. Photo/CourtesyNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 1- Despite struggling to find his footing in club football with Chinese side Guizhou Zhicheng and now Spanish club Girona, Harambee Stars forward Michael Olunga has been shortlisted for the CAF African Player of the year award.Olunga was named in the final shortlist of 30 players released on Wednesday evening by the continental football body with Stars skipper Victor Wanyama missing, having been a consistent figure in the final shortlist over the past few years. The 23-year old former Gor Mahia, Tusker FC and Thika United marksman had a brilliant season last year with Swedish side Djugardens, scoring 14 goals in 39 appearances.However, once he moved to China with top tier side Zhicheng, he failed to replicate his goal-scoring form and the new foreign quota introduced by the Chinese league managers meant he fell out of favor with the coaches.The forward has since joined Girona in the Spanish La Liga on loan and has featured in three matches so far though he is yet to open his goals account.On the national team, Olunga has been a different player altogether and has scored both of Harambee Stars’ goals in the last four matches. He scored in the 2-1 defeat to Sierra Leone in an African Cup of Nations Qualifier, then found the back of a net in a similar defeat to Iraq in a friendly match.Michael Olunga celebrates after scoring against Zambia in an African Cup of Nations Qualifier in 2015. PHOTO/RAYMOND MAKHAYAOverall, the goal scoring machine, who helped Gor Mahia to win the Kenyan Premier League title unbeaten in 2015, has scored 15 goals for the national team in 29 appearances, averaging one goal every two matches.Olunga will contest for the top award with Liverpool and Egyptian wizard Mohammed Salah who looks to be the favorite having performed superbly for club and country.Salah has not only been instrumental for his club Liverpool since he joined in the summer from Roma but scored the goal that took Egypt to their first World Cup since 1990. Salah was also instrumental in Egypt’s run to the African Cup of Nations final early this year.Other notable names in the final shortlist of 30 include Gaborn’s Pierre Emerick Aubameyang who plays for Borussia Dortmund in Germany, Manchester United’s Ivorian defender Erick Bailly and Egyptian legendary keeper Essam El Hadary who plays his club football in Saudi Arabia.Mamelodi Sundown’s Percy Tau and Tunisia’s Ali Maaloul are the only two African based players nominated for the top award. They have also been shortlisted for the African Player of the Year based in Africa award.Ugandan keeper and captain Dennis Onyango who won the gong last year has been nominated once again. Other Eastern Africans nominated include Onyango’s national teammate Geoffrey Sserenkuma of KCCA, Sudan duo of Elsamani Saadeldin (Al Mereikh) and Nasr Eldin Ahmed (Al Hilal Obeid), and Ethiopia’s Saladin Said who plays for St. George.The winner will be decided by votes from the Head Coaches/Technical Directors of the National Associations affiliated to CAF, members of the CAF Technical and Development Committee and a panel of Media Experts.The Awards Gala will be held on January 4 next year in Accra, Ghana.African Player of the YearAli Maaloul (Tunisia & Al Ahly), 2. Bertrand Traore (Burkina Faso & Lyon), 3. Cedric Bakambu (DR Congo & Villareal), 4. Christian Atsu (Ghana & Newcastle), 5. Christian Bassogog (Cameroon & Henan Jianye), 6. Denis Onyango (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns), 7. Eric Bailly (Cote d’Ivoire & Manchester United), 8. Essam El Hadary (Egypt & Al Taawoun), 9. Fabrice Ondoa (Cameroon & Sevilla), 10. Fackson Kapumbu (Zambia & Zesco), 11. Jean Michel Seri (Cote d’Ivoire & Nice), 12. Junior Kabananga (DR Congo & Astana), 13. Karim El Ahmadi (Morocco & Feyenoord), 14. Keita Balde (Senegal & Monaco), 15. Khalid Boutaib (Morocco & Yeni Malatyaspor), 16. Mbwana Samata (Tanzania & Genk), 17. Michael Olunga (Kenya & Girona), 18. Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Liverpool), 19. Moussa Marega (Mali & Porto), 20. Naby Keita (Guinea & RB Leipzig), 21. Percy Tau (South Africa & Mamelodi Sundowns), 22. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon & Borussia Dortmund), 23. Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool), 24. Thomas Partey (Ghana & Atletico Madrid), 25. Victor Moses (Nigeria & Chelsea), 26. Vincent Aboubakar (Cameroon & Porto), 27. William Troost-Ekong (Nigeria & Bursaspor), 28. Yacine Brahimi (Algeria & Porto), 29. Youssef Msakni (Tunisia & Al Duhail), 30. Yves Bissouma (Mali & Lille).  African Player of the Year – Based in AfricaAchraf Bencharki (Morocco & Wydad Athletic Club), 2. Ahmed Fathi (Egypt & Al Ahly), 3. Alkhaly Bangoura (Guinea & Etoile du Sahel), 4. Ali Maaloul (Tunisia & Al Ahly), 5. Aristide Bance (Burkina Faso & Al Masry), 6. Ayman Majid (Morocco & FUS Rabat), 7. Aymen Mathlouthi (Tunisia & Etoile du Sahel), 8. Ben Malango (DR Congo & TP Mazembe), 9. Dean Furman (South Africa & Supersport United), 10. Denis Onyango (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns), 11. Elsamani Saadeldin (Sudan & Al Merreikh), 12. Fackson Kapumbu (Zambia & Zesco), 13. Fawzi Chaouchi (Algeria & MC Alger), 14. Geoffrey Serunkuma (Uganda & KCCA), 15. Jeremy Brockie (New Zealand & Supersport), 16. Junior Ajayi (Nigeria & Al Ahly), 17. Karim Aouadhi (Tunisia & CS Sfaxien), 18. Mohamed Meftah (Algeria & USM Alger), 19. Mohamed Ounnajem (Morocco & Wydad Athletic Club), 20. Muaid Ellafi (Libya & Ahly Tripoli), 21. Nasr Eldin Ahmed (Sudan & Hilal Obeid), 22. Oussama Darfalou (Algeria & USM Alger), 23. Percy Tau (South Africa & Mamelodi Sundowns), 24. Sabelo Ndzinisa (Swaziland & Mbabane Swallows), 25. Saber Khalifa (Tunisia & Club Africain), 26. Saladin Said (Ethiopia & Saint George), 27. Sylvain Gbohouo (Cote d’Ivoire & TP Mazembe), 28. Tady Etekiama (DR Congo & AS Vita), 29. Taha Yassine Khenissi (Tunisia & Esperance), 30. Tarek Hamed (Egypt & Zamalek).0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgArsenal are keeping close tabs on Anderlecht sensation Youri Tielemans, according to reports.Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is eyeing a £14m January swoop for the teenager, who has risen through the ranks at the Belgian giants since making his debut as a 16-year-old.Having not added an outfield player to his Emirates squad over the summer, Wenger is keen to move quickly for Tielemans given the other interest in his signature.It has been revealed by Italian news outlet Calcio Mercato that the Premier League side are leading the race for the midfield star but Anderlecht are unwilling to sell their academy star on the cheap.Tielemans, 18, is being tipped to break his way into the Belgium squad ahead of Euro 2016 after starring at youth levels for his country. Youri Tielemans in action against Arsenal 1last_img read more

first_imgKarl Lacey faces a fitness battle to make Donegal’s Ulster SFC semi-final against Down on 23 June in Cavan after undergoing knee surgery on Thursday.Lacey, who missed the league campaign after having a hip operation in December, made his first appearance of the year for Donegal in the win over Tyrone.The reigning Footballer of the Year featured in Four Masters Donegal Club Championship victory against Ardara last Sunday, but missed out on today’s encounter against Sean MacCumhaill’s. Four Masters won the game by a point.Frank McGlynn, David Walsh, and Neil Gallagher are also believed to be nursing minor injuries ahead of Donrgal’s clash with Down. KARL LACEY MISSES FOUR MASTERS CLUB GAME AS HE FACES FITNESS BATTLE FOR DOWN was last modified: June 9th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:KARL LACEY MISSES FOUR MASTERS CLUB GAME AS HE FACES FITNESS BATTLE FOR DOWNlast_img read more

first_img How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? gameday possible xi 2 “It’s really bad,” he said. “Really sad. It is not good for him, for me, for the team but there is no one to blame.“The club is making the effort, I have to respect the U.S. authorities in their process of visas but hopefully he joins us later because could be important to work with [Anthony] Martial and [Juan] Mata, which is the players we have in attack for start of the season.“No Lukaku, [Jesse] Lingard, no [Marcus] Rashford, so it will be very bad.” The United boss talks with his threadbare squad in LA Mourinho was addressing the media at a press conference at UCLA Latest Premier League news who plays? Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence Jose Mourinho has admitted he is worried about the start of the upcoming Premier League season, because he is missing so many key players.The Manchester United manager has only been able to bring a threadbare squad with him to Los Angeles, where the Red Devils have got their two week pre-season training camp underway. How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures NEW ERA A number of players are on holiday after their exertions at the World Cup, while Alexis Sanchez is currently awaiting permission to travel to the USA.After the five-game tour of the U.S. and a friendly against Bayern Munich in Germany, United kick-off the new campaign against Leicester City at Old Trafford on Aug. 9.“I’m worried because I’m not training and then I go to the Premier League without lots of players, but it is what it is and we have to try and make the best out of it with the players we have here,” Mourinho told a news conference at UCLA.“I’m not worried about playing Liverpool here or Real Madrid or Milan, I’m not worried if we lose badly. smart causal predicted ALTERED 2 “The pre-season is very bad, the positive thing of the pre-season is only for the young boys that have fantastic opportunity to train with us.”With seven players making the World Cup semi-finals, Mourinho knew he would be without several key men for his preparations.However, what he did not envisage was star forward Sanchez encountering visa problems.The Chilean international is currently serving a suspended jail sentence for tax offences in Spain during his time as a Barcelona player.After a poor start to his United career, Mourinho would have been hoping to give the 29-year-old a full pre-season, but revealed the situation was pretty dire. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade possible standings How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener last_img read more

first_imgShay Given has given his first extensive interview since his decision on Monday to end his international career.The Aston Villa goalkeeper told RTÉ Radio that a World Cup qualifying campaign and the upcoming Premier League season under new boss Paul Lambert would be too much at this stage in his career.He said on Sport at 7: “It wasn’t just a spur of the moment thing. I was thinking about it for two months and I just felt the timing was right. For me, my head says play forever but my body is telling me different things. “It is important I am totally fit for the Premier League season and for Aston Villa. I felt it would be a big ask to go again for another campaign and to be playing in the Premier League week every week as well.“Maybe it was a bit too much. I looked at other goalkeepers like Brad Friedel who retired from international duty at 35 and Edwin van der Saar retired at 36 and that prolonged their careers in the Premier League.“It definitely helps if you are not travelling around the world when international weeks are on. If you can recuperate and get over little niggles and knocks it is going to be better for your club form I think.“I’ll miss putting on the jersey. It was a huge honour and a privilege to play for Ireland. I was one of the lucky ones because I was a fan myself and used to go and up and support the team. To make my debut and pull the jersey on was an unbelievable feeling. “It will be with me forever and the memories I have of playing with Ireland are very special ones. It was a huge honour to play for 16 years and it hard to believe when I say it because it is a long time.”Given said that the Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni said he would support any choice the Lifford man made.“I have great memories, one I will always cherish. I spoke to the manager yesterday, he was okay with it and I don’t know what his thoughts were. He just basically said it is my decision of course. I just felt it was the right thing to do.“Speaking with the new manager Paul Lambert at Villa, we had a good long chat about things. I spoke with a few different people like Richard Dunne and bounced ideas off a few others and I just came to the conclusion that it was probably the best to leave now.“There are very good goalkeepers there now, they’ll be fighting for the position and they’ll do the country proud as well.” SHAY: WHY I DECIDED TO RETIRE FROM IRELAND SQUAD was last modified: August 15th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:SHAY: WHY I DECIDED TO RETIRE FROM IRELAND SQUADlast_img read more

first_imgPicture taken in the famous townland of Mullaghduff three days before the All-Ireland in 1992…..Declan, Paul, Elaine and Kevin (The Yank) Boyle decked out in Donegal gear.None of them made it to Croker that weekend in ’92 but all four are hoping to get there for this one with Elaine flying in from Rio de Janeiro where she lives and works.  COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – PICTURE OF THE DAY (AND A TRIP FROM RIO!) was last modified: September 8th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – PICTURE OF THE DAY (AND A TRIP FROM RIO!)last_img read more