Barcelona land in Koln ahead of Champions League clash

first_img The team will be staying at the Hyatt Regency in Koln. They train at 7pm in the Bay Arena, after a press conference by Luis Enrique and Marc-Andre ter Stegen. The squad for the game in Germany is marked by the absences of Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique, who Luis Enrique Martinez gave rest to, ahead of the Club World Cup which starts next week.  Rafinah and Douglas are long-term injury problems, while Sergi Roberto and Jeremy Mathieu have not recovered from their minor issues. CET Sport EN Dani Alves also did not travel, because he is suspended. Instead, the squad featured some younger players, with Camara, Gumbau, Samper and Kaptoum – who the club registered at the last minute – taking the places of those unavailable or not picked. Barcelona landed in Koln on Tuesday around 12pm, ahead of their Champions League clash with Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday. It is the final group game and the Catalans have already qualified in first place. Upd. at 13:35 08/12/2015last_img read more

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Cristiano Ronaldo labelled “rude” after behaviour at tennis

first_img Hours later, on Estudio Estadio, a football programme on Teledeporte, the Madrid star was harshly criticised for his attitude. “He’s very rude” and “what he did was not natural” were some of the criticisms aimed at CR7 but also towards Kroos and Saul. It is a little odd, because after both teams reached the Champions League final, it would have been a good chance to send a message of optimism to their fans. 07/05/2016 Sport EN CEST On Friday Cristiano Ronaldo was at the Mutua Madrid Open to watch a tennis clash between Rafa Nadal and Joao Sousa. He is not the only Madrid player to have done so, with Toni Kroos and Alvaro Arbeloa also seen at La Caja Magica. Saul Niguez, meanwhile, has attended from Atletico Madrid.  In a moment during which play was stopped a TVE journalist went towards Cristiano Ronaldo to ask him a couple of questions in a relaxed tone, but the Portuguese, sternly, refused to answer the journalist. Kroos and Saul also didn’t want to talk, but Arbeloa did so.  Upd. at 13:34 last_img read more

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Pedro: “Pep will not have it easy in England”

first_img Finally Pedro talked of the good form being shown by former Barça team mate Andres Iniesta: “You can see Andres wants more, wants to create more, and add everything he can to the team. You can see that in every training session. He just wants to win. When a player is in that winning rhythm, he just wants to prolong it for as long as possible. We know that winning constantly is very tough, it is not permanent, and when you have a great team you want to keep doing it.” Upd. at 18:23 Sport EN 10/06/2016 Pedro accepts he felt some relief at his call up to the Spain Euro 2016 squad, after a poor season in England: “I knew it was a possibility (to miss out on the tournament). I was comfortable with the group of players in the squad and I did not want to think about missing out, but it was a possibility.” Regarding his departure from FC Barcelona he says: “I had few opportunities at Barça so my path was difficult, I wanted to go somewhere and play. In that sense, I have no regrets. CEST I had another idea over how I wanted to leave, but that’s football. Now it is all about having ambition and enthusiasm to return Chelsea to their rightful place.” Regarding the tough season he endured in the Premier League: “I had never experienced something like that, to be in a great team and see yourself almost in the relegation zone at Christmas, when the team had been champions the previous season. You get down about it, they fire a great manager… It has been difficult, very strange.” Pedro Rodriguez has given an interview to ‘Marca’ newspaper in which he discusses his move from Barcelona to Chelsea, his first season in England, and his thoughts on Pep Guardiola’s move to Manchester City. He then offered his thoughts on how Guardiola may fare in England: “We will see how he does. It is a tough league, a difficult one. It will be hard for him to implement his brand of football, but we know he is a great coach. It will not be easy for him.”last_img read more

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Celades calls up Denis Suarez for Spain U21s as Asensio returns

first_img CEST Upd. at 14:32 Denis Suarez is the one Barcelona representative in Albert Celades’ Spain U21 squad, with former Blaugrana players Alejandro Grimaldo, Hector Bellerin, Gerard Deulofeu and Munir (on loan at Valencia) also included.  The 20 players called up are:  Celades llama a Denis Suárez a la selección sub’21 MIDFIELDERSMikel Merino (Borussia Dortmund), Oliver Torres (Porto), Marcos Llorente (Alaves), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Denis Suarez (Barcelona), Dani Ceballos (Betis) Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio also returns to the squad for the games against San Marino (Oct. 5) and Estonia (Oct. 10), both of which are qualifiers for the European Championships. Asensio had been with the full squad last time.  IN SPORT.ES EFE 30/09/2016 GOALKEEPERSKepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Club), Alejandro Remiro (Levante), Ruben Blanco (Celta Vigo) DEFENDERSMere (Sporting Gijon), Jesus Vallejo (Eintracht Frankfurt), Grimaldo (Benfica), Gaya (Valencia), Jonny Castro (Celta Vigo), Bellerin (Arsenal) FORWARDSDeulofeu (Everton), Iñaki Williams (Athletic Club), Munir (Valencia), Borja Mayoral (Wolfsburg), Samuel Castillejo (Villarreal)last_img read more

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Usain Bolt’s football debut: Will the Speed King become Football King?

first_imgOlympic sprinter Usain Bolt, playing for A-League football club Central Coast Mariners, fights for the ball with a player from a a Central Coast amateur selection team during a pre-season practice football match in Gosford, New South Wales on August 31, 2018. – Sprint king Usain Bolt made his much-anticipated football debut on August 31, exciting fans but tiring quickly in a 20-minute cameo as his Central Coast Mariners hammered an amateur side 6-1 in a pre-season warm-up. (Photo by Andrew Murray / AFP) / — IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE –Advertisement 95j2vNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs7dgyWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Edrbdn( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) c7vzWould you ever consider trying this?😱50fCan your students do this? 🌚3Roller skating! Powered by Firework The fastest man in the world has always been expressing his affection towards the beautiful game of football. The Athletics sensation makes his first professional debut for Australia’s A-League side Central Coast Mariners against an amateur team at the club’s stadium in Gosford, 80km North of Sydney, in front of 12000 spectators.Advertisement He expressed in an interview that he was quite nervous while making his first appearance and that was displayed on the field as his very first touch of the game didn’t go as planned. The 32-year-old world champion is currently suffering from injuries and needs time to be completely fit and be back with his team. He feels very confident that he can perform well and win championships with the A-League side. Mike Mulvey, Central Coast Mariner’s coach said Bolt has “rudimentary skills” and was “doing ok” but would take some time “to adjust”.Advertisement The 8 times Olympic Gold Medalist made his appearance on the 71st minute when his team was already leading by a gigantic scoreline of 6 goals, where he played a total of 9 touches, completed a pass and missed his target once. The debut was competent for the 100-200m world record holder.Advertisement  Also Read:Like Father Like Son: Cristiano Ronaldo Jr. joins Juventus’ youth academy Advertisementlast_img read more

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Cricket: Andrew Symonds: Monkeygate led to heavy alcohol consumption

first_imgAdvertisement 69lNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3a6liWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ebvk( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 64dWould you ever consider trying this?😱2qdc7Can your students do this? 🌚3tuiRoller skating! Powered by Firework (Photo Courtesy: PressFrom)Advertisement Former Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds has revealed that the infamous “Monkeygate” scandal with India a decade ago drove him to drink as he opened up Friday on how his life started falling out of his control.Advertisement The big-hitting Australian accused spinner Harbhajan Singh of calling him a “monkey” in the 2008 New Year Test in Sydney. The test match which was marred by poor umpiring decisions, saw the hosts clinch the game on the final day.Harbhajan, who denied any wrongdoing, was suspended for three matches, but the ban was overturned when India threatened to quit the tour in what was a low point in India-Australia cricket relations.Advertisement Symonds, who felt that he was let down by a lack of support from Cricket Australia, after Harbhajan having called him “monkey” two to three times started drinking following the incident.“From that moment on that was my downhill slide,” he said. He said his guilt over the way the process played out took a heavy toll after his teammates were “dragged in” to back up his account of being racially abused.“I started to drink heavily as a result of it and my life was starting to dissolve around me. I felt the pressure and the weight of dragging those mates of mine into the cauldron of this cesspit that should never have got to this sort of point where we felt guilty. I was dealing with it the wrong way. I felt guilty that I’d dragged my mates into something I didn’t think they deserved to be involved in.”Symonds’ Cricket Australia contract was withdrawn in June 2009 after he was sent home from the World Twenty20 following the latest in a series of alcohol-related indiscretions. He claimed at the time he had been diagnosed as a binge-drinker, not an alcoholic.Symonds claimed Friday it was the not the first time Harbhajan had abused him.“I’d spoken to Harbhajan the series before in India, he’d called me a monkey before in India. I went into their dressing room and said, ‘Can I speak to Harbhajan for a minute outside please?’ So he came outside and I said, ‘Look, the name-calling’s got to stop or else it’s going to get out of hand.’”Despite the animosity the pair eventually made up and played together in the Indian Premier League.Also Read:Cricket: India win a whooping 75% of ODIs in 2018: end year as most successful ODI team Advertisementlast_img read more

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Asian Hockey Champions Trophy: India and Pakistan blame each other for backing out of…

first_imgAdvertisement tNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsqjb8Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Efgko2( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) c2wlWould you ever consider trying this?😱a1nx1Can your students do this? 🌚8r7Roller skating! Powered by Firework The Indian and Pakistan hockey team were declared as the joint winners of the 2018 Men’s Asian Hockey Champions Trophy in Muscat after the match officials consulted both the teams following heavy downpours. However, Pakistan coach Hasan Sardar and anonymous Hockey India official got locked up in a war of words over how the decision was reached.Advertisement India and Pakistan were declared the joint winners of the biennial extravaganza after heavy showers rendered the pitch unplayable“Our boys were pumped up for the final match. Even after the heavy rains, we told the organizers we will play if they wanted the final to go ahead. But the Indians refused because of the conditions,” Pakistan coach Hasan Sardar said.However, a Hockey India official on the grounds of anonymity rubbished the claims.Advertisement “It’s a blatant lie. It was Pakistan who didn’t want to play as they had a return flight at 3 am in the morning. Our flight was the next day so we had no problem in waiting,” the official told PTI.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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IPL: Dhoni, Raina at the forefront again as CSK announce retained player list

first_imgAdvertisement f7yxNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsbrguWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eh1( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) spcseWould you ever consider trying this?😱1z4Can your students do this? 🌚1nkuRoller skating! Powered by Firework Image Courtesy: The WeekAdvertisement Three-time IPL Champions Chennai Super Kings released their retained list of 22 players for the upcoming twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League. The list included captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and deputy Suresh Raina while England fast bowler Mark Wood and Indian uncapped duo of Kanishk Seth and Kshitiz Sharma failed to make the cut.Advertisement Wood represented the franchise for a single game while Seth and Sharma remained unused last season. The Yellow Army marked their return to the competition after a two-year suspension in style by going all the way to win the elite trophy.As per the tournament guidelines, the franchises are expected to submit the list of the retained and released players by November 15 in lieu of the IPL auction scheduled to take place next month.Advertisement CSK decided to go ahead with David Willey, who came in as a replacement for Kedar Jadhav who was injured in the very first match last season. The franchise also gave the green light to New Zealand all-rounder Mitchell Santner who missed the 2018 IPL as a result of an injury.This announcement means that the defending champions will have 8.5 Cr INR in their purse to splash at the auction. 2Cr INR would be added to the existing 6.5 Cr INR left over from the last auction.Read Also:Indians lead the charge as Kohli and Bumrah retain ODI top spots in latest ICC rankingsBCCI makes weird umpiring adjustments in Ranji trophy after frequent bad decisions  Advertisementlast_img read more

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CWC 2019- IND vs SL Review: Sharma special shatters record books as India finish…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Jan SattaAdvertisement 02srbNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs8daaWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ey0( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) k0Would you ever consider trying this?😱9jwsCan your students do this? 🌚603Roller skating! Powered by Firework Rohit Sharma etched his way into the record books after a record fifth century in this edition of the World Cup. The Men In Blue finished on top of the table courtesy of the win and will face the Kiwis in the first semi-final at Old Trafford.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Jan SattaLeeds hosted the replay of the 2011 World Cup finals, however, this time around there was not much at stake. Electing to bat first on a used surface, Dimuth Karunaratne recalled Thisara Perera back into the side.Meanwhile, Indian skipper Virat Kohli named two changes where Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav replaced Mohammad Shami and Yuzvendra Chahal. Jasprit Bumrah carried on his fine nick by running through the top order leaving the Lankans reeling at 56-4.Advertisement However, Angelo Mathews continued his love affair against India by notching up his third hundred against the neighbouring nation. The Indian bowlers managed to pull things back in the death overs to reduce Sri Lanka to a competitive total of 264-7.The in-form opening pair of KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma carried on from where the left things against Bangladesh. The duo stitched the highest ever opening partnership in the World Cup.Advertisement Hitman brought up his third consecutive hundred but perished soon while KL Rahul managed to get to the three-figure mark this time around. Virat Kohli played a handy knock to steer India clear with more than 6 overs to spare.Read Also:India to face New Zealand in semis after Australia lose in final group gameMS Dhoni gives a statement on his retirement plans  Advertisementlast_img read more

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This wheels on fire

first_imgST MARGARET’S and Berwick Grammar School cyclists tore around Casey Fields on Friday to earn some of regional cycling victories’…[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

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