first_img“This competition means a lot to me,” he says.”We get to play against most of the best players in the Pacific. It’s always a good challenge and I look forward to playing in this competition.”Since winning the competition in 2010 and representing Oceania at the FIFA Club World Cup, the side has been undergoing a rebuilding period.This year after winning their first two matches at QBE Stadium in Auckland, Hekari United looked on track to make the semi-finals for the first time in a long time.However a 4-0 loss in their final match to Team Wellington effectively ended campaign to the great disappointment of Muta and his teammates.Now, the 28-year-old is turning his attention to the upcoming OFC Nations Cup where he will finally have an opportunity to play in front of home fans after missing out on last year’s XV Pacific Games.In the past the Pacific Games was a senior competition, but in 2015 it was played between U-23 men which ruled Muta out of contention.”I was really disappointed. I had been looking forward to it as it was our home ground in Papua New Guinea.”Although he wasn’t taking to the field, Muta still donned team colours after taking up the unofficial role of fan coordinator – a position he relished as a proud Papua New Guinea native.”Since I couldn’t play I decided that maybe I should go and support all teh teams, the men and women at the same time. I want to show the young boys especially that I’m a senior player but I was always there for them.”The home support paid dividends for both sides as the women successfully defended their gold medal while the boys picked up an historic bronze.”I was proud and happy that we took something home in the football. For many years we, the senior players, were playing in this competition and we weren’t getting any medals.”But they were the ones to break the record and get a medal and I was so happy and pleased for them.”Muta will be playing alongside some of those players come the Nations Cup, and national team coach Flemming Serritslev believes his experience and leadership will be key to those young players integrating into the squad.”David Muta is a fantastic, committed player and he is really the finest representation for Papua New Guinea that you can imagine,” enthuses Serritslev.”The way he plays, his behaviour on the pitch and outside the pitch. I know because when we were in Solomon Islands recently he was still the captain even if he didn’t take part in training or matches.”The national team will have a strong base from both Hekari United and Lae City Dwellers and Serritslev has spent just over a week in New Zealand checking out his players, and potential opponents.He says what he has seen of Muta during the competition has been impressive, but he believes his captain can do better.”To be honest, he can play even better. Not that he has been playing bad but it’s very easy to see that he is still suffering from the injury that prevented him from playing against the Solomon Islands.”Muta is looking forward to the challenge ahead and truly believes that Papua New Guinea will experience success in Port Moresby.”I am ready and looking forward for that competition,” he says.”No matter what I am trying my best and training hard and I can’t wait for it to get started.”As for his new coach, Papua New Guinea’s fourth in as many years, Muta says Serritslev offers something new and different which is what the team needs.”Flemming is such a great coach,” he says.”He’s so humble and he really loves to work with the boys. He’s a little bit funny, and he’s a good fellow. We all respect him and he’s a good coach.”From Serritslev’s end the feeling is mutal.”It’s very important that you have a leader on the pitch but also in my opinion, outside the pitch,” Serritslev says.”He’s an idol in his way of living, in his way of performing when he’s able to train and when he’s able to play.”I’m very satisfied with David and actually, I didn’t expect to find such a perosn in PNG who actually has the experience to be a top player.”A top player for me isn’t just a good footballer – it’s also a very good person.”Both Papua New Guinea clubs are out of the running at the 2016 OFC Champions League and attention will now turn to the 2016 OFC Nations Cup.The host nation has been grouped alongside Tahiti, New Caledonia and Samoa for the competition which runs from 28 May to 11 June in Port Moresby.last_img read more

first_imgLaLiga Santander* Data updated as of January 10, 2020 The Madrid derby will capitalize attention in Jeddah on Sunday but it is not yet guaranteed that King Abdullah Stadium will be filled to see who, Real Madrid or Atlético, is the first winner of this new Super Cup four and in Arabic soil.According to information provided by the Spanish Federation, by mid-afternoon this Friday 6,017 locations were still available for the grand final. Less than ten percent of the total capacity (62,345) and the attendance is expected to be similar to the semifinal between Atlético and Barcelona, ​​which brought together 58,410 fans and amateurs, this important nuance in this controversial Spanish Super Cup on Saudi soil. Saudi Arabia has run out of an official Classic but will have a derby. The absence of Messi, the big star of the tournament, remains tugged (Atlético-Barça beat Valencia-Real Madrid by 18,000 spectators) but the schedule will be more benign for the Saudis, at 9:00 p.m. local time and the Zidane duel- Simeone has gone on to take the leading role of the final as a great claim. The stars, this time, are the technicians.center_img LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of January 10, 2020last_img read more

first_imgToday in the Virgen del Camino vs match @SDAlmazanoficia one of his players (known throughout the category for his anti-sportsmanship) has spent the entire game telling me, “fucking black”, “fucking black”, “how disgusting you give me.”@rfef @FCyLF and the problem is that there is never a penalty .. New racist episode in Spanish football. At least, that has denounced Oedipus Rodriguez, player of Almazan. According to his version, not stated in the arbitration record, one of the centrals of his rival, the Virgin of the Way, was throughout the game uttering insults like “fucking black“or”fucking black“and expressions like”how disgusting you give me“. – Oedipus A. Rodriguez (@ Oedipus27) January 19, 2020He did it through Twitter, claiming the Royal Spanish Football Federation and the Federation of Castile and Leon that act accordingly. His club, also with the social network as a platform, expressed his outrage at what happened. Further, Oedipus cataloged the player as “known throughout the category for his unsportsmanlike”, although he did not want to name it. Oedipus also argued that they had told the collegiate, but that he had not responded to their requests for action. The Virgin of the Way, for the moment, has not ruled on this matter. Nor by the elbow with which the other central hit the attacker of Almazan without a ball in the middle. The referee did act though only with yellow cardboard, despite the wound that can be glimpsed in the face of the affected.last_img read more

first_imgThe outcomes present me that what I’m doing is working. It’s clear that beginning the 12 months with a final and with the arrogance that you just have received good video games in opposition to good folks is a good begin.What facets of your sport within the final would you have preferred to appropriate?I might have preferred to get higher. I feel I did not discover my serve and I used to be in a scenario of fixed menace as a result of I performed a lot with seconds. I feel within the rallies she managed properly and made many winners. He put many balls in play as a result of he ran a lot.How do you clarify the double faults at such decisive moments?I bought mistaken. There are days when one feels higher with the serve and others through which you do not discover your rhythm. Making double faults has brought about me to do much more in some unspecified time in the future. I didn’t count on my serve to be so out right this moment.What optimistic issues do you get from these weeks?That I overcame troublesome moments feeling unhealthy, that I managed to win video games in opposition to good gamers, some top-10, that I discovered myself higher with my tennis and I used to be in a position, though it’s arduous, to be concentrated 24 hours … Many issues.Are you in a position to keep this regularity within the subsequent tournaments?Regularity has by no means been my forte. I have all the time been a participant of doing nice tournaments, though not all the time 25 a 12 months if not unexpectedly. I nonetheless work on that, however very troublesome, as a result of I’m an aggressive participant and I take a threat. Nicely, I have a persona like that too … anyway. It’s arduous.What does Conchita Martínez say?We talked little as a result of I used to be offended. It is extremely troublesome to begin the 12 months with a new group and attain the final of a Grand Slam. What reveals that’s that my resolution has been proper. She has understood me as a participant, daily and in feelings. Garbiñe Muguruza, who got here to the Australian Open as 32nd on the planet and without being seeded after a very unhealthy final season, he could not full his ascension in opposition to Sofia Kenin within the final, earlier than which she misplaced 4-6, 6-2 and 6-2. “That is very thrilling,” he mentioned shrunk as quickly as he picked up his runner-up trophy., releasing all the stress. “Sofia has performed an unbelievable match and match, I hope we may be in additional finals collectively, “he praised his rival. Muguruza, who performed his fourth Grand Slam final, had phrases for his renewed group, with which he has returned to battle for a giant trophy. “That is a person sport, however I could not be right here without them, without my group (he quoted all of them). Thanks for serving to me meet once more in a Grand Slam final once more, Conchita, “ acknowledged. Then, sorry however paradoxically extra smiling than different days, chatted for a jiffy with the Spanish media After giving a press convention in English.How do you are feeling bodily and emotionally?Bodily drained. It has been two intense weeks, video games in opposition to troublesome opponents and it has been a very long time since I performed so many in a row … Usually, the logic is that all the things hurts. Emotionally, now badly, as a result of it’s a defeat in an vital match. It’s a unhappy second, however it would occur to me after I notice that you just have been a good match.Do you assume that his efficiency, what he has achieved in Melbourne, can pave the remainder of the season?last_img read more

first_imgPhoto: EFE Real Madrid put an end to their bad streak at home after defeating Kirolbet Baskonia (70-69) in a very close game that was decided in the last seconds thanks to the contribution of Facundo Campazzo and Trey Thompkins, who led the demanding victory on day 23 of the Euroleague.The team of Pablo Laso did not want more concessions before his audience after the 31 consecutive victories until his first setback a couple of weeks ago and he put on the overalls to end a Baskonia that sold the defeat very expensive. The Vitorians sent in many phases of the meeting and only an incomprehensible action of Stauskas allowed to break the balance in the electronic two seconds from the end.The meringues made Efes and Joventut forget a lot of work although they were far from the brightness and the fuss. Campazzo – with 10 points and 11 assists – was the leader of a triumph he had in Thompkins for his best ally. The American, very inspired, left until 20 units, in addition to participating with six rebounds.On the other hand, the whole of Dusko Ivanovic followed the pattern that led him to win in the capital on January 19. Indoor balls, strength in the rebound and a success of almost 40% in three shots. The formula paid off at startup (14-19, min.11) and also a few seconds after the break (30-36). Real Madrid wins in a tight win after three losses at homecenter_img However, there was born the response of Real Madrid – who abandoned his efforts from the perimeter – to get a better circulation of ball and baskets in the paint. Gabriel Deck perfectly understood what Laso asked for and the capitalist team managed its first advantages three minutes after the resumption (43-42). All of them did not exceed five margin points, something that became clear shortly after.Baskonia went further and Shields (14 points) and Shengelia (12) did not give up despite the onslaught of a Palace not as full as usual. Janning also exceeded ten points (11) and the score began to move like an accordion that did not quite stretch until that final minute where everything could have happened.Dragic missed a free kick that left Madrid ahead (66-65) and there came two unsuccessful actions for the home, but the rebound – for Ivanovic’s despair – was white. Campazzo put land in between and Shengelia replied in just two seconds to bring her life to life. Thompkins scored and then Shields (69-69), but Stauskas spoiled the entire plan with an unexplained foul within two seconds.Campazzo scored the first free throw and missed the second so Baskonia didn’t have time to put together a play. Real Madrid took a hard-earned victory and regains the good path in a match that allows it to maintain second place in the regular Euroleague league and complicates the existence of the Basque team.DATA SHEET.–OUTCOME: REAL MADRID, 70 – KIROLBET BASKONIA, 69.–EQUIPMENT.REAL MADRID: Campazzo (10), Causeur (5), Taylor (7), Randolph (6) and Tavares (8) – initial quintet–; Llull (-), Mickey (4), Rudy Fernández (-), Deck (10), Thompkins (20).KIROLBET BASKONIA: Christon (6), Janning (11), Shields (14), Shengelia (12) and Eric (8) – initial quintet–; Stauskas (-), García (5), Fall (2), Diop (-), Polonara (2) and Dragic (9).–PARTIALS: 14-19, 23-19, 16-11, 17-20.– ARBITRATORS: Pukl, Mogulkoc and Mantyla.–PAVILION: WiZink Center 8,465 spectatorslast_img read more

first_imgThe first season at the professional level of Mohammed Salisu (Accra, 1999) It is attracting the attention of clubs across Europe. The Ghanaian central Valladolid, only 20 years old, is being a key player in the Pucelano team, which is fighting not to descend especially because of its lack of forcefulness in attack (only 19 goals in 23 games), but which is showing great defensive solvency : With 25 goals received, it is the sixth team that has scored the least in LaLiga. Salisu is fundamental in Sergio’s system, despite being his first campaign at the highest level: he has played 97% of the minutes of the domestic championship. It has clearly imposed on Javi Sánchez, Real Madrid player assigned in Pucela that has not yet debuted in LaLiga, punished for problems in his left ankle. One of the teams that has set its sights on Salisu is Real Madrid, interested in its conditions, its youth and an affordable price: its clause is 12 million euros, with a contract that joins Valladolid until 2022. At the moment the white club studies the option from a distance, although the relations between Madrid and Valladolid are excellent, thanks above all to the friendship that unites his two presidents, Florentino Pérez and Ronaldo Nazario. The incorporation of Salisu would fit into the policy of signings that Madrid has been promoting in recent years: young players at affordable prices with the intention that their final hatching arrives wearing the white shirt, but without ruling out assignments that encourage their progression. Thus came Asensio, Ceballos, Lunin, Odegaard, Kubo …In fact, the first example of this policy was another central, Raphael Varane, signed on the recommendation of Zidane in exchange for 10 million from the Lens in the summer of 2011. Salisu would be part of the renewal of the defense center, which It already has two men in their thirties: Ramos (33) and Nacho (30). But Madrid already knows that it will have competition if it decides to launch for its signing next summer. Atlético has already established contacts, as the player fits the profile of the defender that Simeone wants: blunt above thanks to its 187 centimeters and very competent in tight spaces. This season he has won 61% of the duels in which he has participated, has recovered 101 balls for Valladolid and has won 60 aerial duels. And he has done everything without hardly incurring disciplinary actions: he has only committed 17 offenses, one every 118 minutes. Atleti, in addition, would provide facilities to Valladolid, allowing the player to remain a year assigned in Pucela so that your training can take its course without interruptions.center_img In the Premier League there are several teams with Salisu on the agenda, with Manchester United leading of all of them. Next summer aims to be an intense bid by the Ghanaian defender, who has won the spotlight in just half a season in professional football.Valencia and Getafe triedSalisu has had the opportunity to change clubs recently, as two of the top-ranked teams have asked Valladolid for him. The first was Valencia, who studied his signing as a replacement for Garay, operated earlier this week due to rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of his right knee. Being a long-term injury, the ché team has an extra period to cover the Argentine central square, although the winter market is already closed.And the other interested club has been Getafe, which has suffered the loss of Cabrera, signed by Espanyol in exchange for the nine million of its termination clause. In both cases, Salisu has decided to remain in Valladolid to fight for permanence, aware that he will not lack opportunities in the summer of 2020.last_img read more

first_imgVinicius claim: “I always say, you have to play in this stadium, you have to play against Barcelona and being young. It always causes uncertainty in the opponent and relief. He has closed his game so decisive in his game of attack with that goal and hopefully it is a release for him. Permanently generates scoring chances in all matches and that is not easy. What doubt is that it is great news that has marked. “Moment of the season: “The squad is very complete and everyone is available. Zidane chooses. It’s great news that Mariano has scored because we are going to need everyone. Every game is a final, we are at the critical moment of the season. Everyone has to help and Mariano has done so decisively. Happy for the players. These weeks we have had adverse results, many without deserving them. We have to be united until the last game. “ The Director of Institutional Relations of Real Madrid attended the cameras of Movistar after the game: Is Mariano now ahead of Jovic and Bale?: “Overall the second part has been sensational. Mariano was the first ball he played and is phenomenal for him and for us. Zizou he says that everyone is important and has been proven once again. “First saving part of Courtois: “Barça is a very dangerous team and when they are in three quarters, they accelerate. There, Courtois has been brilliant on a couple of occasions. It should also be mentioned that in the second part he has barely intervened, which says a lot about the team”last_img read more

first_img“Mourinho gets older “As for the situation of Tottenham, who experienced a new defeat in Premier, Berbatov sees no danger in the future of José Mourinho. “Mourinho is already being questioned but in my opinion you have to be with him. The club has not signed him but believes he can reverse the situation“The Bulgarian also emphasizes that age now influences the forms of Mourinho:” It reminds me of the last stage of Ferguson that I lived, is calmer in the field, we all grow older and change, is where Mourinho is now“.“I wouldn’t be surprised if they soon pay 200 million euros for Haaland”Berbatov, who was one of the best strikers of the 2000s Premier, highlights the future of fashion player Erling Haaland. “It has the potential to fill the gap left by Ronaldo and Messi. It is fair to say that may be the successor of Messi and Cristiano, not only him, also Mbappé“says the Betfair ambassador.Regarding the future of the Dortmund forward, Berbatov is clear that he should not leave Germany right now. “He is in the right place and is improving, marking and giving passes. Would you do the same in Madrid or United? It is where it has to be. It would be a mistake to leave. You have to let him play although it is also true that I would not be surprised if they soon pay 200 million for it and sell it, “he says. Resign Berbatov, Manchester United and Tottenham legend spoke to Betfair of one of the most shocking images of the season. The player of his former team, Eric Dier, jumped into the stands to defend a relative and, supposedly, try to attack some fans who had insulted his relatives. For Berbatov the scene, which may have a historical sanction, is understandable: “The players are also human. Dier does not react like this if everything is calm“points.The Bulgarian highlights the tension that players have to endure on the pitch. “It’s very easy to say: ‘Fuck, I could do better’, but believe me it’s not easy. I respect what he did because if it was me, he would probably do the same, although we have to avoid things like this because people can take advantage of your emotions, “says the Betfair ambassador.Berbatov is clear that “if someone goes to your family you have to protect them but it shouldn’t happen. People should control their emotions with the players and especially with their families.“The English federation now investigates the facts and will make a decision in the next few days.last_img read more

first_imgThe Premier League has managed to create a round product. Teams with history, new applicants, more contenders than in the rest of Europe, atmosphere and, above all, stars. The English league appears as an attractive destination for the cracks that stand out in search of making a jump to a great for their stadiums, a fast game and several destinations that aspire to titles in addition to being able to offer good wages.The next transfer market, England will be a more difficult destination. Brexit will hinder the arrival of foreigners by increasing the number of players considered to be non-EU, and in addition, the FA wants to apply protectionist measures to English players, while the Premier continues with the intention of facilitating the arrival of international talent.Still, and with no apparent direct relationship to this matter, several players considered among the best in the Premier League are considering their future in England, who fears a flight of talent from his league.Paul Pogba’s LabyrinthPaul Pogba is a classic from the last summers. The Frenchman has not become the great star he was expecting in Manchester and this year, he has barely stepped on the field due to various injuries, thus stirring transfer rumors. Juventus is considering the return and Real Madrid the coming of one of Zidane’s favorites. The market, which they hope is devalued, catches the whites with the finances ready for a great operation of a star that has not worn everything that was expected in the Premier. Harry Kane, the wantedHarry had to pass through Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich and Leicester until settling in Tottenham where, under Pochettino, he became one of the best nines in English football. After putting the club in the top-5 for several seasons and even reaching a Champions League final, he is now looking for something “more top”. The suitors are both in England and abroad with Manchester United being the main candidate. With a market value of 150 million euros according to Transfermarkt, the striker could be one of the most expensive transfers in the history of English football. 6 10 Arsenal: possible goodbye to the Auba-Laca society and ÖzilArsenal have to face a tough rebuilding process and in this, their two main stars, Aubameyang and Lacazette, could fall. The Gabonese striker had several problems at the beginning of the year and now Conte is thinking of him to complement Inter’s lead against a possible departure from Lautaro Martínez. The forward knows Italian football, having been at Milan from 2008 to 2011.Lacazette sounds for the next star of Atlético de Madrid and Mesut Özil could try Turkish football. The Frenchman would come to reinforce a front that has Morata and Joao Felix as main bulwarks in addition to Diego Costa.Uncertainty about SanéThe German was going to return to the Bundesliga to be one of the pillars of Bayern but a serious injury to the crusader has left him in the dry dock throughout the season. From Bavaria, the information that comes is that the agreement seems more distant than months ago but the end does not rule out the option of going to the set trained by Flick. Rummenige did not rule out the signing but a possible exchange between Alaba, who was a regular starter at Bayern de Pep, and Sané, with whom he has less in Manchester City. “This is not a bazaar,” he said of Bayern’s transfer ‘market’.last_img read more

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – The West Indies Cricket Board has branded the CARICOM Governance Review Panel’s main recommendation for it to be dissolved as an “unnecessary and intrusive demand”, and has flat out rejected the controversial proposal. In a strongly-worded reply to the CARICOM Governance Review Panel’s report in which it also defended its stewardship, the board dismissed the recommendation as “impractical” and said the panel would have been better served focusing on “the need for growing private-public partnerships at the local and regional levels in the interest of West Indies cricket development going forward.” The panel was commissioned by CARICOM’S Prime Ministerial Committee on Cricket and chaired by UWI Cave Hill Campus principal, Professor Eudine Barriteau. It also comprised Sir Dennis Byron, president of the Caribbean Court of Justice; West Indies cricket legend Deryck Murray; Warren Smith, president of the Caribbean Development Bank; and Dwain Gill, president of the Grenada Cricket Association. The major recommendation of the report called for the “immediate dissolution” of the WICB and the appointment of an interim board “whose structure and composition will be radically different from the now proven, obsolete governance framework” However, the WICB criticised the panel’s investigations as “limited in scope” and said this had “triggered findings and recommendations … which are not supported by the facts.” “The presidents of the Territorial Boards expressed concern that neither they, nor members of their respective Boards were interviewed or consulted by the Panel,” the WICB report said. “Additionally, none of the independent directors were interviewed by the Panel. This failure to consult with a representative variety of local cricket administrators and operators meant, or had the consequence of denying the Panel a full opportunity of ascertaining the key facts. “This has caused or triggered findings and recommendations by the panel which are not supported by the facts.” The Board also contended that its dissolution was also not legally viable and such an action also carried with it major financial ramifications. “The dissolution of the Board is simply not a viable legal or practical option and carries a major financial risk which the panel either ignored or was unaware of,” the WICB stressed.last_img read more