What was former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola up to while in New York?

first_img The prestigious Dr Joan Massague, one of the leading authorities in cancer research, has revealed in the programe “El Convidat”, on TV3, that Guardiola was rgularly in his office at the Department of Cell Biology and Genetics at the Sloan-Kettering Memorial Cancer Centre in New York. Massague said that the former Blaugrana coach spent hours talking to him and was interested in many topics, beyond medicine. He became friends with not only the doctor himself but also many of his employees and hospital staff. Pep Guardiola, current coach of Bayern Munich, spent a year living in New York. He decided to take refuge in the city after a long, intense and successful period in charge of Barcelona. For him it was the best way to disconnect from the current club, keep a low profile, and avoid the certain comparisons that would be made between him and the new coach. Pep was accompanied by his family and led a normal life, oblivious to the all the pressure that he suffered in Barcelona. He has now made some things known which he did during his stay in the city. Upd. at 19:31 CET 19/01/2015last_img read more

Raheem Sterling outstrips Arda Turan as most expensive signing

first_img “He is a young player with outstanding ability, and I am sure the Manchester City fans will be very excited about seeing him in action for the team.” 14/07/2015 Upd. at 21:38 Raheem Sterling has completed a €70million move from Liverpool to Manchester City. The Liverpool winger has become the most expensive English player ever, and the costliest acquisition of the transfer window so far, outstripping Arda Turan. Sport ENcenter_img CEST Manager Manuel Pellegrini said: “Raheem Sterling is one of the best attacking players in world football, and I am very much looking forward to him joining our squad out in Australia later this week.  Real Madrid had been linked with Sterling in the past but the speculation died down before this summer.last_img read more

Del Bosque hails magnificent De Gea and says choosing 23 players will be tough

first_img “We have good players and from here our work is simpler, we are happy. It will be a problem to choose just 23 players for Euro 2016, but there’s still a long way to go until then.”  “I think Ukraine have a style and personality that not many teams have,” Del Bosque stated.  “The experience was a good one with all the changes we were able to make,” he said after the game.  Upd. on 13/10/2015 at 11:49 CEST “Ukraine played really well. David de Gea was great — so was Thiago.  12/10/2015 Del Bosque also added that he feels Ukraine, who will now face a two-legged play-off in November, deserve a spot at next summer’s European Championships with La Roja.center_img With La Roja already qualified, Del Bosque made a number of changes to his starting lineup. Vicente del Bosque has hailed the performance of David de Gea after the Manchester United stopper helped Spain beat Ukraine 1-0 on Monday.  Sport EN All of those who came in — including goal scored Mario Gaspar — performed well, but the Spain boss reserved particular praise for De Gea and Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara.   “I wish them the best in the play-offs and hope we see them in France.”last_img read more

Who is Real Madrid star Pepe’s toughest opponent?

When asked about who it was by Sky Sports, Pepe said:  Sport EN Pepe referred to two Madrid legends, saying: “I really liked Fernando Hierro. Roberto Carlos too, but as a centre-back, it was always about Fernando Hierro.” “Without doubt Diego Costa. He’s a striker who really battles and loves getting stuck in.” CEST Real Madrid centre-back Pepe has revealed his toughest opponent on the field is Chelsea striker Diego Costa, formerly of Atletico Madrid. Upd. at 20:28 Judging by how he acts when he faces Barcelona sometimes, you might have thought it would be Lionel Messi. On the other hand, he also spoke about his footballing inspirations.  01/05/2016 read more

Martino gives his reasons for quitting as Argentina manager

first_img The reasons stipulated are “the indefinition in the designation of new authorities by AFA, and the heavy inconveniences in forming a squad to represent the country in the upcoming Olympic Games.” In the South American World Cup qualifying group, Argentina are in third place with 11 points from 18, two points behind leaders Uruguay and Ecuador. 05/07/2016 The training camp ahead of the Olympics were planned for this Monday, July 4 but were postponed until July 11 as there were only nine confirmed players. These included the likes of Angel Correa, of Atletico Madrid, Geronimo Rulli, of Real Sociedad, and Leandro Paredes, of Empoli. Star Leo Messi announced his international retirement after the loss in this summer’s tournament, held in the United States. Sport EN Argentina have serious problems in gathering a group of players to participate in the Rio event, as the majority of clubs have refused to allow the players selected by Martino to attend. Upd. on 22/11/2016 at 03:06 CET In a statement, the Argentine Football Association (AFA) confirmed that “the technical staff of the national team have presented their resignations today.” Martino took over as Argentina boss from Alejandro Sabella in August 2014, soon after the World Cup final defeat to Germany. Under Martino, the Argentine national team lost on penalties in the Copa America finals of 2015 and 2016, both times to Chile. Following the earlier news on Tuesday, that ‘Tata’ Martino had resigned as Argentina head coach, the reasons behind his decision have now been made clear. Shortly before the decision by Martino was made public, the president of the Argentine Olympic Committee admitted there was a 50% chance that the country would decline to participate in Brazil. last_img read more

Record-breaking Cristiano Ronaldo equals Platini

first_img Cristiano Ronaldo helped to guide his team to the final of Euro 2004, when he scored the first of the two goals that Portugal netted to beat Holland in Lisbon. He is the first player since 1964 to score goals in two different semi-finals of the competition.  Back then, it was the Russian pair of Valentin Ivanov and Viktor Ponedelnik who scored against Denmark in a 3-0 win, as they had done four years earlier, in the first edition of the tournament, against Czechoslovakia in another 3-0 victory. Upd. on 22/11/2016 at 03:06 CET Cristiano Ronaldo, scorer of the first Portuguese goal against Wales in the Euro 2016 semi-final, equalled Michel Platini as the top goalscorer in the history of the European Championships, with nine strikes. The Real Madrid forward has also become the first player to contest three semi-finals (2004, 2012 and 2016).  EFE 06/07/2016 His goal against Wales 12 years later have earned him this distinction along with the aforementioned Russians. He also broke two other records. Portugal now awaits an opponent for the final on Sunday. They will face either host nation France, or world champions Germany.last_img read more

PSG interested in signing Real Madrid forward Jese Rodriguez

first_img PSG coach Unai Emery is looking for a player who can play out wide and also as the striker, and both Jese and Lacazette fit this profile. 29/07/2016 Sport EN The Canarian forward’s exit may come in the form of a transfer or a loan – it could end up being something like the deal that took Alvaro Morata to Juventus.  Jese’s future looks like it lies far from Real Madrid, after Zinedine Zidane told him he was not being counted on for the season ahead. His agent Gines Carvajal has got to work and lined up a couple of moves, with L’Equipe saying that Paris Saint-Germain are in for the forward, using him as Plan B if their attempted to sign Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon fails. CEST Upd. at 11:21 last_img read more

Carlos Kameni analyses Ter Stegen and Keylor Navas for SPORT

first_imgMarc-Andre ter Stegen and Keylor Navas represent two models of different types of goalkeeper. The style of the German has nothing to do with that of the Costa-Rican. However one thing unites them—they keep net for huge teams and are accustomed to play games in which they may only have to intervene four or five times.  29/11/2016 Upd. on 30/11/2016 at 04:01 CET Real Sociedad striker Carlos Vela’s dig at Barcelona’s MSN Of course Barcelona and Madrid always have two great goalkeepers defending their goals. Each one in their own way, but both of international quality. Both arrive at the Clasico after a season where they have ‘moved’ a bit. Ter Stegen has become the regular starter after Claudio Bravo left, while Keylor suffered an injury which kept him out for various weeks. But now they are incontestable in their sides.  Kameni analiza a los porteros del clásico: ter Stegen – Navas, dos estilos opuestos In contrast to Ter Stegen, Keylor is a goalkeeper with amazing reflexes. He has shown enormous agility between the sticks, capable of reacting in extreme situations. He is one of those goalkeepers who can save a shot in any moment with any part of his body.  TER STEGEN: MASTER WITH HIS FEET This is a detail that can pass unnoticed but in the end is very important. Players like Ter Stegen have to accustom themselves to going minutes without participating in the play at all and when they are involved it could be because of a clear threat on their goal. And this demands mental strength and sober mindedness, which is what he has shown. Keylor seems to have a slight advantage. Madrid are playing better and their defence is secure. Meanwhile Barcelona are not as firm as in other seasons and the team has let in more goals, and the defence has suffered various injury absences. But this counts for little in games like the Clasico. They are clashes that are decided by small details and the goalkeepers are key.  From my point of view what he needs to improve at is his aerial work. Ter Stegen does not dominate. However you have to take into account that currently, given the size of centre-backs, few goalkeepers do deal with the crosses and balls in. IN SPORT.ES Between the sticks he is what you would say is a sober goalkeeper, in that he does what he needs to to save the ball, without over-the-top moves. In terms of reflexes he is not especially gifted, he is not a cat with amazing reactions, using his hands and feet to make saves nobody thought he could make. But he is very solid in these aspects. KEYLOR NAVAS: AMAZING REFLEXES RELATED STORIES Navas is used to being well protected, knowing that few teams will have the opportunity to step foot in Madrid’s area, and in many cases will try their shots from some distance. It’s not easy to play against or get many shots against a Madrid goalkeeper. Keylor does not do as well when it comes from moving the ball out from the back. He’s not a goalkeeper who commits huge errors, imprecisions with passing, but he doesn’t do as well as Ter Stegen and prefers to hit the ball long instead of taking unnecessary risks. Carlos Kameni What you notice most at first is how easy it is for him to move the ball with his feet. He shows a security that you see very little in a goalkeeper. He has great precision that any other player on the pitch would like and with both feet too. The second grand virtue is his ability one on one. He knows how to bear the rival until the last moment, going to ground many times when the attacker has chosen his path and Ter Stegen can work out where the ball will go. This second more or less makes the difference, making the opponent nervous and the goal smaller, and himself bigger. last_img read more

Granada sack Lucas Alcaraz and replace him with Tony Adams

first_img “In his place, the club puts all its confidence in Tony Adams, vice-president of DDMC, as first-team coach of Granada until the end of the season.” 10/04/2017 Former Arsenal defender Adams had been working at the club for the last few months and has previously managed Wycome, Portsmouth and Gabala in Azerbaijan.  “After evaluating the situation that the team was in and the feeling around the team after the last few results, Granada has decided to end the reign of Lucas Alcaraz and his backroom staff,” Granada revealed in a statement on Monday.  Upd. at 20:17 IN SPORT.ES Granada have dismissed Lucas Alcaraz as their manager and appointed Tony Adams in his place until the end of the season.  “Our aim is that our squad will contain mostly Spanish players next year, whatever level the team is playing in next season. “We inherited 106 players, of whom only 44 actually belong to Granada CF. Our aim is to return Granada CF to Granada so the people here can identify fully with their team and their players.center_img Adams, speaking to the club’s official website last week, had said: “Every day I’m working with the coaching staff at Granada CF, looking to the future. Alcaraz began his second spell at the club earlier this season after replacing Paco Jemez, but leaves them 19th in the table, seven points from safety.  “I’m here to put the Spanish structure in place, with players who will belong to Granada CF and who will fight for Granada. EFE CEST “We want to be a mid-table team in La Liga with players who belong to Granada CF, with a world class academy developing local and Spanish players, with world class training facilities.” Se cargan a Lucas Alcaraz y le sustituye Tony Adamslast_img read more

Three-game ban for Atletico’s Diego Godin after referee criticism

first_img Match referee David Fernandez Borbalan wrote in his post-game report that “one dismissed and while still on the pitch, [Godin] said repeatedly to the fourth official: ‘You’re really bad.'” 10/05/2017 Upd. at 19:55 The Spanish Football Federation’s (RFEF) Competition Committee have hit Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin with a three-game ban. CEST One game is for the two yellow cards which led to his dismissal against Eibar and two games are for an infraction of Article 117 of the RFEF’s rules.  IN SPORT.ES Tres partidos de sanción a Godín tras decir “sois muy malos” a los árbitros EFE Godin also made a glasses gesture and suggested that the match officials needed glasses to help them make decisions.  The Uruguayan centre-back, therefore, will not play again this season as Atletico look to finish third and secure automatic qualification to the Champions League group stages next season.last_img read more