21st Century Cracks: Éric García, Pep’s Right Eye

21st Century Cracks: Éric García, Pep’s Right Eye

first_imgIn addition, although he is still in U19 age, he has become a fixture for Luis de la Fuente in U21 (he has played five games). The coach trusts him so much that even He enters the pools to be on the list of 18 of the Olympic Games. In 2020 he had few options, but in 2021, a more mature year, things will change.Beyond its quality, another of its secrets lies in its environment. His agent is Iván de la Peña and after each meeting they have long phone calls to analyze each move. This helps him grow football and, incidentally, keep his feet on the ground. Because if there is something that characterizes Éric, in addition to his talent, it is his humility … His adaptation to the club, at only 16 years old, surprised even those who had bet so much on him. In his first year he became the captain of the U18 team in the League and U19 in the Youth League. A new language, another country … but the same leadership as always when he stepped on the grass. This year has been his definitive explosion: he has played eleven matches with the first team (six from the Premier, three from the Carabao Cup, one from the Champions and another from the FA CUP). In seven of them he has been a starter. Éric García (Barcelona, ​​2001) is one of the cases that has prickled the most in La Masia in recent years. Central with Barça DNA, raised in the club and leader of the respective teams in all categories. In addition to his enormous abilities as a soccer player, he is an applied boy, educated and a good student (he is finishing high school). One of those cases called to be the example of what Barcelona is looking for in its academy of young talents. However, in 2017 everything was truncated. Manchester City came for him and Éric accepted the offer. A risky bet for a 16-year-old boy that added to the flight of talents that the Blaugrana have been experiencing in their quarry in recent years. He is a central defender with hierarchy, with a vision inappropriate for his age and very reliable in all actions.Time has proved the footballer right, because City made the determined bet that he would have liked Barcelona to make. He signed a five-year contract (until 2022) and, above all, gave him opportunities to grow athletically. Guardiola, for whom Éric has become a ‘right eye’, wants to polish him to make him a central defender top. That is why he made his debut with only 17 years old in the first team, in the Carabao Cup against Leicester. “Play as someone 25,” Pep said after that game. Whenever he is asked about the young Spaniard, he praises him…last_img read more

Toni Nadal: “June will be key in the future of the season”

first_img(Rafa Nadal gained his first ATP match in Mallorca in 2002 at the age of 15. That championship had 5 editions after which went to Valencia. Now, it’s a new event). Till now we had Spaniards like Feliciano López and Fernando Verdasco, amongst others. We had been in contact with high-level gamers, however the cancellation of Indian Wells (scheduled for March 12 to 22, it was the first event suspended by the coronavirus) simply arrived and all the things stopped. In the event you relocate at the finish of the 12 months, I think about that gamers will need to be in the most doable tournaments.What’s the key date to know if there will be a event in 2020?I might say that June will be a key month in the future of the season. Though the ITF suspension is till July 13, tournaments like Roland Garros (moved to September) and the US Open aren’t mounted in two days and should know this in advance. We’re ruled by the ATP, we can not make date modifications on our personal.Do you assume this marketing campaign will be resumed?Properly, for this I’ve two concepts. I perceive that it will be troublesome, as a result of tennis is a sport with lots of mobility, journey, totally different borders and it will not be straightforward. On the different hand, I additionally assume that nations will attempt to revive their economies when all that is over and return to normality as quickly as doable. Champions League, LaLiga … will resume the competitions so far as doable.How does quarantine occur?It’s onerous to see day by day the quantity of new entrants and deaths that happen in our nation. In my case fortunately all the things is ok and thank God the folks in my household are in good situation. Let’s hope that as the days go by, a inexperienced sprout will emerge that will make us see the gentle at the finish of the tunnel. Now at residence I dedicate myself to studying, entertaining myself (performs Parcheesi on-line along with his nephew Rafa), watch historical past documentaries and outdated tennis and golf occasions. The Mallorca Championships, of the ATP 250 class, was to be held from June 20 to 27, being the third ATP event in Spain, after Madrid (1,000) and Barcelona (500) however with the peculiarity of being the first in historical past on grass on Spanish soil. After the cancellation of Wimbledon, the Worldwide Federation introduced that there will be no competitions till July 13, leaving the Balearic event undated. Toni Nadal (59 years outdated) talks about new potentialities.Is the event suspended or is it only a postponement?It’s momentarily canceled. We’ve got to see how society is progressing proper now. In the event you can play all through the season, we will attempt to relocate.Did you anticipate this postponement to happen?Sure. Already with the passing of the days it was apparent that on the scheduled dates it was not going to be in a position to rejoice. We had been in contact with the organizers of Wimbledon to see what was taking place with the event, and as soon as it was discovered that this 12 months it was not performed it was apparent that the relaxation of the grass season was not both.Wimbledon determined on to focus his efforts on the 2021 version.It’s apparent, a event like Wimbledon you can not set up it in October for instance. The climate, the schedule … in Mallorca we’re fortunate that the climate situations are higher and there’s a wider vary.After 4 feminine editions, this 12 months the event premiered in the males’s class. Have been there any confirmed gamers?last_img read more

Dani Ceballos, Betis dream

first_imgDani Ceballos’ words of love to Betis in El Chiringuito, as well as his resounding refusal to play in the eternal rival Sevilla, have sat very well within the Verdiblanco club, where the possibility of recovering the footballer from Utrera in the not too distant future is seen with some hope. If possible, next summer even if it is through an assignment by Real Madrid, where today it is not certain that it will have a place.Betis have probed their loan in all the transfer windows since the summer of 2018. A few months ago they were also interested in Dani Sevilla, although both have ended up denying that approach because it could not be specified. “I am very betic. In Seville he could only play at Betis. I didn’t get to speak to Lopetegui ”, affirmed the protagonist. The one who was closest to getting him in LaLiga, in this case removing him from the Emirates during the last winter market, was Valencia. Ceballos even spoke with the now technical coach, Albert Celades, along with the one who was in the Spanish Under-21 team. This has been recognized by the utrerano: “My agent told me about the interest of teams and I did not play because I was coming back from injury. I knew about Valencia’s interest ”.Real Madrid paid 16 million euros three seasons ago, something more than the termination clause that Dani Ceballos had at Betis. The utrerano, who had already won the European Under-19 in 2015, played 22 games in his first season as a white and 34 last year, but after a few months with Lopetegui Zinedine Zidane returned to the bench, and the midfielder left in August to Arsenal on loan for a campaign and with no purchase option. After a brilliant start as a gunner, an injury took him out of the box and despite the change of coach (Arteta for Emery) he has never been the same.In August, Dani will be 24 years old. The fact that the Eurocup, which was going to have something more difficult to attend due to its imminent role at Arsenal, has been postponed until 2021, will cause you to want to find a team that will ensure ownership. Heliopolis, where he surrendered like nowhere until his march to the Bernabéu arrived, is willing to give you the minutes you need to finally put him among the best players on the continent, that luxury to which he continues to aspire. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of April 2, 2020last_img read more

Today marks the 96th anniversary of the first soccer game played by Alavés in Mendizorroza

first_imgThe Sport’s Friends (predecessor of Deportivo Alavés himself) had already played matches in the same location but the terrain was practically a wheat field. Vitoria it had barely 30,000 inhabitants and the land was owned by Manuel Cobo. The benefactors of the project to create a soccer field in good condition were Felix Alfaro, José Gabriel Guinea and Federico del Campo, in charge of looking for patrons to put the idea on its feet. The works started in 1923 and closed a few months later. The celebrations of San Prudencio they served as the perfect setting for two historic games.And is that Alavés played his first commitment, as a club, on April 28 and faced the Cuenca-27 Infantry Regiment, who was stationed in the city and who had helped since the early 20s to condition the area. That eleven alavesista was formed by Martinez in goal, Millán and Fives behind Castresana, Juanin and Baroja as means and Valero, Abellán, Pérez Muga, Juan and Bridge in the front. The albiazules won 3-1 and laid the first stone in their stadium to then star in a glorious journey. Pérez Muga got two goals and Juanín the third. Alavés’ last match at Mendi was on March 6 against Valencia. Then the break came. San Prudencio (holy meon as tradition says because it always rains) is celebrated with a pilgrimage every April 28. It is customary to eat snails with perretxikos and the saint is venerated days before doing the same with the provincial patron saint in his sanctuary, that of the Virgin of Estíbaliz. This Monday would have been the day of the retreta, the tamborrada, the dinners in the societies and the longest night of the year along with that of the Bajada de Celedón and the txupinazo of all the days of August 4.Waiting for what happens then – the Sanfermines have already been postponed – the San Prudencio 2020 will be lived from the confinement. But also remembering important ephemeris like 96 years of celebrating Alavés’ first game as a team in Mendizorroza. On the 27th the inauguration itself had taken place with the blessing of the priest of San Miguel, Faustino Mendieta, a foot race, a cycling race and a collision between a team from the province (with some players from the Alaves) and the Tomatoes from Deusto. The final result was 2-0 favorable for the local team.last_img read more

On July 4 the final of the German Cup will be played

first_imgNonetheless alive in the competitors Bayern Munich, Eintracht Frankfurt, Bayer Leverkusen and the modest Saarbruecken fourth division. The Bavarians will face the Hessians in the reissue of the final of 2018 and the Leverkusen will attempt to not skate in the duel with the nice revelation of the Pokal. As in the Bundesliga, the three remaining clashes in the cup competitors will be behind closed doorways they usually will observe a strict well being plan that the federation has already introduced to the authorities. Merkel can also be anticipated to present her the go-ahead. The Pokal final is already dated. As introduced by the German soccer federation on Monday, the plan is to place the of entirety on the season in Germany on July 4.. The conflict would happen at the Berin Olympics, as is customary in the German cup competitors. The semifinals would be played on June 9 and 10, however planning will depend on the sure of the German authorities round Angela Merkel who already gave the inexperienced gentle to the resumption of the Bundesliga per week in the past.last_img read more

Points standing

first_imgP W D L GF GA GD Pts1. Arsenal 19 12 3 4 33 18 15 392. Leicester City 19 11 6 2 37 25 12 393. Manchester City 19 11 3 5 37 20 17 364. Tottenham 19 9 8 2 33 15 18 355. Crystal Palace 19 9 4 6 23 16 7 316. Man United 19 8 6 5 22 16 6 307. Liverpool 19 8 6 5 22 22 0 308. West Ham 19 7 8 4 28 23 5 299. Watford 19 8 5 6 24 20 4 2910. Stoke City 19 8 5 6 20 19 1 2911. Everton 19 6 8 5 35 28 7 2612. Southampton 19 6 6 7 26 23 3 2413. West Brom 19 6 5 8 18 24 -6 2314. Chelsea 19 5 5 9 23 29 -6 2015. Norwich City 19 5 5 9 22 32 -10 2016. Bournemouth 19 5 5 9 22 34 -12 2017. Swansea City 19 4 7 8 16 24 -8 1918. Newcastle 19 4 5 10 19 34 -15 1719. Sunderland 19 3 3 13 19 38 -19 1220. Aston Villa 19 1 5 13 15 34 -19 8last_img read more

Wellington steps up for TG in Red Stripe Premier League

first_imgTivoli Gardens scored another massive victory to pull further away from the relegation zone, scoring a 1-0 win over Portmore United at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex yesterday.Rodico Wellington netted the game’s only goal from the penalty spot on 24 minutes to lift the West Kingston team to 32 points.Portmore ended the game with 10 players as Omar Daley was red-carded at the 41st minute.The goal was Wellington’s third of the season and the former Denham Town High School Manning Cup player, who is in his third Premier League season, says he is looking to fill the boots of Junior Flemmings, the club’s leading scorer this season, who left the island for an overseas contract recently.”I have taken over from Junior Flemmings because he has gone away on contract, so I told myself that I have to come out and do it for him. This is my third season and I feel I have found my footing (in league). My aim was 10 (goals) at the start of the season and right now I am at three, but I still think I can reach that amount,” he told The Gleaner.”Mr Bailey (coach Glendon) has given us more fitness and a mentality when we go into games to not lose. He has built my confidence a lot and that gives me the courage to go out and work hard and execute and we can make the top four. We just have to work hard and have the mindset to make the top four,” he said.FIRST-HALF PENALTYThe home team was better in the first half, and 24 minutes into the contest, Tivoli were awarded a penalty and Wellington fired past Shaven Sean Paul to give the hosts the lead.Portmore’s troubles were made worse four minutes before the break when captain Omar Daley received a second yellow card for insulting and verbally abusing the match referee.The defeat was the fourth in six games for Portmore, which is of some concern for assistant coach Jeffrey Hewitt, with the play-offs fast approaching.”This (defeat) will have a psychological impact. Our form is of some concern and we are trying to work on it. We thought the poor run was gone after four points from two games. But, today, we lost and we had to get the result and we didn’t get it,” he said.Tivoli’s assistant coach Damian Gordon said they are not out of the woods as yet.”We have to take it on a game-by-game situation. We have to look at the teams below us, so we have to keep on winning points,” he said.Yesterday’s ResultsTivoli 1 Portmore 0UWI FC 1 MoBay United 1Reno FC 1 Humble Lion 1Cavalier 0 Boys’ Town 0Today’s game9 p.m. Harbour View vs Rivoli United at Harbour View Mini Stadiumlast_img read more

Fraser-Pryce welcomes Schippers, Thompson threats

first_imgJamaica sprint queen Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce says this will likely be her final Olympic Games, However, the 29 year old is very excited about the prospect of becoming the first female to win a historic three Olympic 100m gold medals.She is also looking forward to facing the new sensation Daphne Schippers of the Netherlands and other rising stars of the sport.Schippers, the world 200m champion and 100m silver medalist and the fastest woman over 60m this year, has been phenomenal since switching from the heptathlon to the sprints and many are projecting her to be the biggest threat to Shelly’s legacy.However, the Jamaican insists she is not worried about her opponents and even welcomes the challenge, which she anticipates will be her toughest of her three Olympic Games appearance.”Each year, you have persons coming to the forefront, person who will rise and that’s what happened to me (earlier in career). Daphne is a heptathlete, so she is very strong. But I don’t subscribe to reading about my opponents, I don’t follow them to be honest. I keep my head in my training and focus on that,” she told The Gleaner at a luncheon at GraceKennedy yesterday.ADDEDCOMPETITIONFraser-Pryce is expecting the added competition from Schippers as well as her club-mate and World Championships 200m silver medal winner Elaine Thompson among others will bring female sprinting into the limelight this year.”I am really excited about where female sprinting is right now, the bar has been set, no longer people will sit around waiting on (Justin) Gatlin and (Usain) Bolt. They will look for us and I am looking forward to the challenge. Elaine has done times that not even I have done and it’s exciting just to train with her and that has helped me to know I can do it.”But 2016 is going to be an incredible year for female sprinting and I would love to be a part of that. It will not only be good for them but it’s good for me to have that,” she added.” … I believe this is a testing year, where I will have to more than rise to the occasion. I love those challenges, as I have been Olympic champion twice and three times world champion and that’s a big feat,” said Fraser-Pryce.”So when 2016 comes and everybody ask if I am worried, I am not worried. Challenges make us and if I am to create history by just walking on the track without challenges it wouldn’t be satisfying,” she added.last_img read more

Post to Post for April 9 Guineas classics

first_imgThe season’s first classics, the 1000 and 2000 Guineas for native-bred three-year-old fillies and colts, respectively, will be run over a mile at Caymanas Park on Saturday, April 9 and for the second consecutive year Post to Post Betting are title sponsors.Plans for the 42nd annual Guineas Day were outlined by representatives of the sponsors and Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) at yesterday’s launch on the front lawns of Caymanas Park. Each race offers a purse of $3.25 million.According to Mikey Bell, sports betting manager, Post to Post Betting (P2P), the company has donated $4 million towards the day’s activities, including $1 million towards the purses of each Guineas, another million to support the remaining races on the card and a further million to promote the race.CTL’s racing secretary Denzil Miller Jr., said the two races, which represent the first legs of the Triple Crown series, are eagerly anticipated by racing fans.”They provide a real test for the three-year-olds for the Jamaica Derby two months later and is part of $17 million in total purses for the Triple Crown series this year,” noted Miller.He added that both races should be keenly contested, with last Saturday’s impressive Thornbird Stakes winner, the obvious ante-post favourite for the 1000 Guineas in whichothers such as SORRENTINO’S STAR, SIMPLY THE BEST, BIRD CATCHER, BUBBLING KITTEN and CLASSY AVIATOR should carry the fight to the Gary Subratie-trained filly.In the 2000 Guineas, Miller singled out CHACE THE GREAT, winner of last Saturday’s Prince Consort Stakes, along with the runner-up ORPEHUS. But he disclosed that ante-post favourite, FUTURE KING, winner of the $4.2 million Supreme Ventures Jamaica 2-Y-O Stakes over a mile last Boxing Day, is a doubtful starter.”The Wayne DaCosta-trained colt was a late scratch from the overnight allowance race last Saturday owing to a foot injury and it will be a race against time for him to recover. But as we all know, the welfare of the horse comes first and we are hoping for the best,” added the racing secretary.REACH AND ENGAGEBell said: “From our involvement last year we noted that this calendar event attracts a mixture of horse racing and sports enthusiasts, affording P2P the opportunity to reach and engage a wider cross-section of target groups with our growing product offerings, as we continue to deliver our promises that customers always ‘Get the most with Post to Post’,” he said.”Trading as P2P Betting & Gaming Entertainment, our mainstay remains primarily wagering in horse racing. Following the 2015 rebranding exercise, our horse racing product P2P AnyHorse is the lead brand in the sponsorship. And P2P AnyBet engages customers in a variety of international sports,” he added.Also speaking was Cedric Stewart, CEO of Caymanas Track Limited, while among those present were executives of Post to Post Betting, including the CEO, Sandra Donaldson, operations manager Carl Gowdie and board chairman Amber Stewart.last_img read more

Sports Briefs

first_imgReggae Marathon: Early-birdregistration closes July 31As the early-bird registration period to participate in this year’s Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K draws close to its July 31 deadline, runners from Saudia Arabia have registered for the first time, joining others from such countries as United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium and Poland. To date, there has been a 29 per cent increase in registration at this time, compared to last year.According to Alfred ‘Frano’ Francis, race director for the event, there has been a significant increase in traffic on the event’s updated website, and most of the promotion of the event is being done through several social-media channels.Francis has encouraged local schools, corporate teams and individuals to register on line and take advantage of the discounted rates up to the end of this month.”At the close of the early-bird offer, the prices will increase for both local and international participants, with a further hike in the fees when purchased on site at the event,” he said. The registration site is: http://www.reggaemarathon.com.Guyana Amazon Warriors defeat T&T Red SteelPROVIDENCE, Guyana (CMC):A brilliant half-century from Lendl Simmons catapulted Guyana Amazon Warriors to a seven-wicket victory over Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel in the 30th game of the Caribbean Premier League here on Tuesday.Simmons towered above challenging batting conditions with an outstanding unbeaten 65 as Warriors prevented Red Steel from topping the table and securing a direct entry to the finals of the competition.South African pacer Marchant de Lange shattered the Red Steel top order with a destructive four-wicket haul while Sunil Narine and Devendra Bishoo choked the visitors in the middle overs.Brad Hodge contributed a responsible 33 as Warriors secured victory with 18 balls remaining after restricting Red Steel to 117 for eight in 20 overs at the Providence stadium.The match signalled the end of the league stage of the 2015 CPL season with Amazon Warriors finishing second while Red Steel, who needed a win to finish as leaders with an automatic path to the finals, took third place.The Barbados Tridents have advanced straight to Sunday’s Final, while the Amazon Warriors go through to the Qualifier and the Red Steel must settle for a place in the Eliminator today against the Jamaica Tallawahs.last_img read more