Del Bosque on Pique, Bartra, Diego Costa and Busquets

first_img “To bring Nacho and Bartra, we knew it would be a decision that was going to be questioned, but we have tried to keep our idea,” he said.  “Surprisingly, three or four days later he played another game because it was Chelsea’s last opportunity to achieve something. The [Chelsea] doctors told us that he was better and improving but we opted not to bring him. 22/03/2016 Sport EN Del Bosque also defended his call up of Marc Bartra and Nacho despite how few games they have played at club level.  Vicente del Bosque says Sergio Busquets’ hand is causing him problems but he may not leave the Spain camp. Upd. on 22/11/2016 at 03:06 CET He also added: “I don’t think there have been a lot of whistles for Pique. He’s been in the national team squad for years and he’s delighted to come.”  “I don’t think it was that disagreeable and it’s not to defend Costa at all costs, but I don’t think it was that serious.” He replied: “No. I don’t think so because it was not the reaction towards Barry but rather the fact that on March 9 [in the Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain] he got injured and had a muscular problem in his quadriceps. Of Diego Costa not being called up, Del Bosque was asked if it was because of the incident with Gareth Barry in Chelsea’s FA Cup defeat by Everton.  “This hand doesn’t let him function well,” said the coach on COPE.  “He’s willing to continue with us and we will evaluate him with the Barcelona medics. He wants to stay, play, and feature in games, and neither is it a big effort. It’s only a week here.”last_img read more


Thomas Vermaelen: Belgium substitute against Japan

first_img The centre-back took a blow against England and Vincent Kompany starts ahead of him with Vertonghen and Alderweireld in the back-line. Alba López Japan: Kawashima; Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo; Hasebe, Shibasaki; Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui; Osako. Upd. at 19:33 IN SPORT.ES CEST Vermaelen, suplente con Bélgica ante Japón FIFA have published the line ups for Belgium’s clash with Japan in Rostov and Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen is not in the Red Devils’ side. Roberto Martinez has brought back his star players in Lukaku, Hazard, Mertens and De Bruyne. Japan have also picked their strongest side after resting six players against Poland. Belgium: Courtois; Meunier, Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen, Carrasco; Witsel, De Bruyne; Mertens, Hazard; Lukaku. 02/07/2018last_img read more


Boxing: Billy Joe Saunders vs. Demetrius Andrade set for October 20th in Boston

first_imgAdvertisement ulsaNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsc2j3Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ew( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) a2wjWould you ever consider trying this?😱y961aCan your students do this? 🌚plhRoller skating! Powered by Firework The world title fight between Billy Joe Saunders and Demetrius Andrade for Saunders’ WBO middleweight world title has now formally been confirmed with a date and venue by promoter Eddie Hearn.Advertisement Initially, some thought the fight was heading to California as part of Hearn’s Matchroom USA new venture with the DAZN app in the States, but not the case.Advertisement Speaking to AB Boxing News today, Hearn confirmed:“Boston. October 20th. TD Arena which is where the Celtics play, so I’m very excited. Again, another big city that hasn’t had the big fights that it should.”Advertisement He has a point.Boston used to be one of the hotbeds of boxing in America for years until the last couple of decades or so where Vegas, New York, and California have dominated the US boxing landscape.The middleweight title showdown will also have another storyline attached to it outside the ring too.In that Hearn will go up against his arch-nemesis and long-time London rival Frank Warren – where the two promoters will likely meet in person for the first time ever at a press conference.That, despite operating in the same space for a number of years now in the UK.The years of verbal jibes in the media towards one another will finally see the two promoters meet face to face.More importantly, the headline fight itself is a solid one too of course.One between two very technical operators that should ensure an interesting clash for the purists and those who love the sweet science with the winner standing to have a very real chance of the winner of Golovkin vs Canelo II next month.Also Read-Boxing: Adrien Broner vs Sergey Lipinets possible for later this year Advertisementlast_img read more


Juventus eyeing to make a move for Dwight McNeil this summer

first_imgAdvertisement pty2uNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs4sq2Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ecr0o( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) vt3Would you ever consider trying this?😱zlzgCan your students do this? 🌚m22Roller skating! Powered by Firework Accoding to the reports in England, the club management of Juventus are eyeing to make a move for Dwight McNeil in this summer transfer window. Dwight McNeil was enjoying a good season at Burnley. In the second half of the season, the English footballer played an important part in Burnley’s campaign in the Premier League. They got out of the relegation zone and the contribution of McNeil should be praised.Advertisement The current manager of Juventus, Maurizio Sarri was the manager of Chelsea FC in the previous season. The experienced Italian manager watched his progress closely. With his opinion, the club management of Juventus are looking to make a bid for McNeil in this summer transfer window. The young English footballer is certainly promising and he has the potential to play in a top European club in the next season.Advertisement Juventus already have good quality attacking players in their squad. So, the addition of Dwight McNeil will only just strengthen their bench strength which is important to win big trophies. Tottenham Hotspur are also interested to bring in the young English footballer. Burnley have asked 30 million pounds to release their star player. Now we have to wait and watch which club want to pay that transfer fee to get McNeil in their squad. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more


Espanyol 1-1 Athletic Club

first_img The referee booked Victor Sanchez, Marc Roca and Bernardo Espinosa from Espanyol, while for Athletic Mikel Vesga saw a yellow card as well. Espanyol and Athletic draw 1-1 on Saturday at Rcde Stadium. Espanyol arrived with the intention of increasing their league score after winning away by a 1-2 victory against Villarreal while Athletic had to settle for a draw in the last match played of the competition. As of today, Espanyol and Athletic occupy position 20th (14 points) and 8th (30 points) respectively after playing a total of 21 matches. Upd. at 18:52 CET Excellent start from Athletic, with a goal from Asier Villalibre 12 minutes in the game, which saw the first half to a 0-1. Espanyol with their next fixture against Granada at away stadium, while Athletic will face Getafe at home stadium.center_img 25/01/2020 Espanyol took the lead in the second half, thanks to a goal from Raul De Tomas in the 63rd minute, finalising the game with a 1-1. As for substitutions, both coaches used full substitutions. For Espanyol, Adri Embarba, Lluis Lopez and Wu Lei came on for Oscar Melendo, Victor Sanchez and Jonathan Calleri, while Athletic substituted Raul Garcia, Benat Etxebarria and Kenan Kodro with Inaki Williams, Iker Muniain and Asier Villalibre. SPORT.eslast_img read more


Cannavaro: People in Europe don’t understand that they must stay at home

first_imgFabio Cannavaro, the coach of Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande, spoke with Iker Casillas on Instagram Live over the weekend.  23/03/2020 Upd. at 13:07 IN SPORT.ES The coach spoke about how it’s been in China: “Imagine a city with 30 million people completely empty. It was like a film, but it’s the only way to stop the virus.”  “The bad thing we have in Europe is that people do not understand that they must stay at home,” the World Cup-winning defender told Casillas.  Cannavaro: “La gente en Europa no entiende que debe quedarse en casa” RELATED STORIES He also spoke about the situation in Italy, the centre of the European outbreak: “It’s really bad. I see people out on the streets. The problem is the hospitals, there are too many people and not enough beds for everyone.”   CET Cannavaro also complained about how some countries have managed the crisis: “They had the chance to close countries, to close cities and they haven’t done it. It’s a shame for Europe. They should have closed everything.”  Antonio Tuachi The Italian spoke with the ex-Spain goalkeeper about his feelings regarding coronavirus, which he has experienced in China and is now seeing the pandemic spread across the world.  Cannavaro was especially critical with the attitude of some people in Europe, who have not done their bit to help stop or at least slow the spread of Covid-19.  CORONAVIRUS LIVE: Follow the latest impact on the sports worldlast_img read more


Casey Cardinia league review – round 3

first_imgBy Mark GullickKEYSBOROUGH remains undefeated following a hard-fought 15-point win over Hampton Park at Rowley Allen Reserve. A strong wind…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img


‘We’re dead if we go back’

first_imgBy sports editor Russell Bennett Dalyston Football Netball Club president Andy Thomas said it’s “common sense” to assume his club is among the West Gippsland Football Netball Competition outfits linked to a move back to the Alberton league in the newly-released ‘G25’ interim report.But, with his trademark, cut-through honesty, he said: “We’re not worried about the report, because there’s no scope to it all – it’s very limited with the amount of thought they’ve put in”.Thomas said he thinks the 86-page report is “a bit over-hyped, underwhelming, and just a bunch of words thrown together”, adding he’s “disappointed” at the scope of it when it came to neighbouring leagues, including the Gippsland League.“I think Korumburra Bena, Kilcunda Bass, and Inverloch Kongwak are probably in the gun as well,” he said.“To be honest, I just don’t think the report makes sense. We’re going to have to tell all these kids they can’t play for us if we’re moved back to Alberton because they don’t have the sides for us to play against. Since the last review, that league has basically fallen to pieces. They know it, and we know it.”Along with moving two West Gippsland clubs back to the current six-club Alberton league – based on both geographical proximity and competitive balance, according to the report – a second proposed option is to create a two-division, merged competition featuring the Ellinbank and West Gippsland leagues.As part of that structure, current Gippsland League club Wonthaggi Power would be transferred into Division 1 of the merged competition.But Thomas said neither of these options felt adequately “thought through”.A third option proposed in the report would see four of the six current Alberton clubs moved to Mid Gippsland, and two to West Gippsland. To avoid West Gippsland then becoming a 14-club competition, two of its clubs would then be shifted to Ellinbank to bring each to 12 clubs. The report states that: “Moving one or two of the Mid Gippsland League clubs to North Gippsland will then create a more sustainable long-term future for football in that region”.A fourth option, like option three, would move four Alberton clubs to Mid Gippsland, with one club shifting from Mid Gippsland to North Gippsland. Two Alberton clubs would then move to the WGFNC, based on “competitive strength”. From there, the WGFNC and Ellinbank league would merge and create a two-division competition that the report states “could remain competitively balanced as demographic changes occur in that portion of the region”. In this structure, the Wonthaggi Power would join from the Gippsland League.Thomas said options three and four had the most merit of all of those put forward, but added: “In West Gippsland, everyone seems happy. We look at our club and we’re growing; we’ve got new facilities – change rooms and social rooms – and next year we’ll have new netball courts, and we’re already talking about new change rooms for the netballers too. We’re getting the off-field and off-court right.”Again, Thomas stressed he wasn’t concerned by the interim report’s potential restructure options because he doubted many of them could actually come to fruition.“Things have changed a lot since the last review and town hall meetings – Alberton has fallen to pieces,” he said.“What league would they force us into? They’re basically saying we may as well fold if we had to go back, really.“There are too many things that don’t make sense – it’s like they’ve looked at a map and looked to move the two closest to Alberton.“This is all way too focused on Wonthaggi, and the Alberton competition.“Every bit of traffic where we are heads towards Melbourne. My son goes to uni at Swinburne, so for him traveling down the freeway to Garfield or Bunyip is no issue, and that’s the beauty of the West Gippsland league.“We understand we’re down on the ladder when it comes to our football sides, but we’re growing and getting better, first off the ground, and then on the ground will follow.“The combined strengths of Wonthaggi and Inverloch if we weren’t around is really something for the West Gippsland clubs to think about”.Thomas said clubs further into the south-east growth corridor would also be monitoring Gippsland if a multi-division, promotion-relegation competition became a reality.The stark reality is that the Dalyston pub has shut down, meaning the football and netball club has become the town’s central meeting place.“There’s 250 blocks that’ve been sold in Dalyston and there are houses being built there,” Thomas said.“There are blocks being built on and sold right around Kilcunda too.“Our whole area is growing, so to chuck us back into Alberton – where there’s no growth – doesn’t make sense.”While Dalyston is making steady strides forward on-field, it’s on the netball court that the club has been a real leader of the pack for years now.It truly is a Gippsland benchmark in that regard.Thomas said the report had given little to no regard to netball, and added: “This is one of the key reasons why we’re so against going back there – we know it’ll be the end of any club that does it.“With all of these Gippsland reviews we’ve been subjected to, it’s like they’ve just looked at a map and said this is what we want you to do.“How much money has been wasted on this one?”Former AFL Gippsland commissioner John White was one of the interested onlookers at Wednesday night’s AFL Gippsland AGM.But he told the Gazette that when he first arrived, he was asked to leave.“The approach was the on the basis that I was not a club member – which is untrue, I’m a member of both Garfield and Cora Lynn,” he said.“I was asked to depart the room, and I indicated I would only do that if the police were present, because I had every right to be there.“The meeting commenced, without my departure, but they informed the room that they wouldn’t answer – or recognise – any of my questions.”After being unceremoniously dumped from the AFL Gippsland commission – along with John Brookes OAM, Cayte Hoppner, John Schelling, Greg Maidment, and Paul Buckley – White started a Change.org petition to have Victorian state sports minister Martin Pakula appoint an independent body to review the relationship between AFL Victoria and rural or community football and netball clubs.To this stage it has over 2000 signatures.When asked by the Gazette about the G25 interim report, White simply said it repeated previous reviews.“I acknowledge there are some good points in the document – such as the consideration of junior football, which is the lifeline of our game – but in my view it focused on two aspects which have been done to death; one being the saviour of the Alberton League, an issue which has been ongoing for several years; and the other being the lack of support for the RAC,” he said.“Leagues in the Gippsland region simply don’t recognise, or support the (RAC) model”.White said he was surprised about the inclusion of the term ‘reset’ when it came to the current AFL Gippsland commission.“My read on that is that the commission has no authority over the RAC, which reports to AFL Victoria – therefore making the new, incoming commission a toothless tiger,” he said.As the Gazette first reported on Tuesday, many volunteers, committee members, players, clubs, and even whole leagues throughout Gippsland have felt like sitting ducks as they’ve readied themselves for the long-awaited unveiling of the Gippsland 2025 Strategic Plan.The ‘G25’ interim report was prepared by independent body ColganBauer, who was engaged by AFL Victoria to conduct a review into how to best structure local football and netball in the region moving forward.The report is structured into three key areas: ‘playing the game’, ‘growing the game’, and ‘running the game’.The first covers competition structures (among other facets), the second covers issues such as trends in the player base of Gippsland football, and the third covers the administration model in Gippsland.Other key proposals in the report include aligning the junior age bracket structure in central and eastern Gippsland to under-14s and under-17s; reducing salary caps across the region; reviewing the player points system (PPS) to incentivise junior retention and development; having AFL Victoria devise a women’s football strategy for Gippsland; having AFL Victoria take greater accountability for the development of grassroots footy in the region; and implementing a ‘club improvement program’ (CIP), which would theoretically lead to a bigger investment by AFL Victoria.Crucially, the first two ‘running the game’ recommendations are for “AFL Victoria to establish a timeline for implementation of G25 strategy within six weeks of the release of the final report”, and to “develop a working group made up of a mix of AFL Victoria, AFL Gippsland, leagues and clubs to be responsible for the implementation of the recommendations”.As White mentioned, it’s also proposed that the AFL Gippsland commission would be “reset, and a recruitment process conducted to identify new commissioners”.The report acknowledges that “the current members of the Gippsland commission are not local community members.“In order to have a commission that can make the most informed decisions based on understanding of local issues, the AFL Gippsland commission should be reset”.Fascinatingly though, there’s also a proposal for the Regional Administration Centre (RAC) to report to AFL Victoria’s “country football team” – not the AFL Gippsland commission.The interim report’s release now leads directly to a consultation process including formal, written submissions and four ‘town hall’ style meetings taking place throughout the region.Submissions are invited from AFL Victoria, AFL Gippsland, and Gippsland clubs, leagues and individuals who wish to formally respond to the report and its recommendations.The rapidly-approaching cut-off date for written submissions is 10 April, and they should be sent in a document format to aflgippsland@colganbauer.comA final report is to be prepared by ColganBauer and submitted to AFL Victoria by 30 April.last_img read more