Tales of a wanderer

first_img“Travel is a big part of who I am”Sania Mirza, tennis playerI started travelling at the early age of seven or eight while playing for state tournaments. Most of these competitions would be within India and my family and I would drive down to participate in them as we couldn’t,”Travel is a big part of who I am” Sania Mirza, tennis playerI started travelling at the early age of seven or eight while playing for state tournaments. Most of these competitions would be within India and my family and I would drive down to participate in them as we couldn’t afford to take the train or fly. But these road trips were still an amazing experience as they allowed us to spend time together as a family and bond. The first ever place I travelled to was Bangalore, to play in the under-10 tournament. Since then, my tryst with travel has been really unending, as I now spend about 30 weeks in a year travelling.I feel that when one travels, one’s mind opens up to learning. Having said that, travel is also a major part of what I do and who I am. If I don’t play tennis then I don’t travel. I feel that travelling is an important part of any sportspersons life – it instills discipline and literally takes you places. Sania Mirza.One of the fondest memories I have is of a road trip that my family took from Mumbai to Tiruvananthapuram. It took us almost 24 hours because the car we were driving wasn’t in the best shape so we had to stop and check it every couple of hours. We were joined by some family friends and it turned out to be more of a vacation than a sports tournament. It was an incredible journey. For me, travelling rarely means a luxurious hotel -its more about what I learn from the experience.I’ve ticked off most of the destinations on my wish list, except a couple. New York is one of those places that I love going back to. Bora Bora and Maldives are next on my list. Most of my travel ends up being hectic and I look forward to the opportunity to unplug and unwind when I can.advertisement(As told to Jahnavi Chakravarty) Nilima Sheikh.”Kashmir helped me develop my visual language” Nilima Sheikh, artistI could possibly ask how does travel not affect my work? There is so much in travel that affects the making of art, certainly of my art. Travel takes you across histories, not only across geographies.During my childhood, travels with my parents took me to different corners of the country at least twice a year. We went down south or to Orissa in winter and to the Himalayan region in summer. Our extensive travels in Kashmir, it would be no exaggeration to say, were fundamental to the forming of my visual language. Many years later, this experience of travelling, very often walking across land, gave me the means to attempt to paint the complexities of the land in a series of works, notably large canvas scrolls which collectively were called Each night put Kashmir in your dreams (a line from poet Agha Shahid Ali). The first of these scrolls which I titled Valley (2003) was indeed an attempt to retrace the travels and treks of my young days into a map, which I layered with revisits in successive works. Kashmir was a major influence in Nilima Sheikh’s work. Photo: ShutterstockI have also travelled with my artist and art historian husband Gulam Mohammed Sheikh over the years to sites of historical art and to museums across the world. These travels have been prompted by the desire to see in the real cherished art works and to discover new ones as well. Two consecutive visits to the painted grottos in Dunhuang in Central Asian China were some of my most inspiring encounters with art. I have often tried to bring traces of this experience into my work; I am still trying. Some of the works in which the inspiration comes considerably from Dunhuang are Travel Routes (2007), Traffic on the India China Highway (2007), What happened that day 1 (2008) Another chronicle of loss (2008) The beautiful village of Pachigam still exists 2 (2009-10) and Overland (2010).If I were to choose to reproduce any of these works I would select The beautiful village of Pachigam still exists 2 (2009-10) because it includes inspiration from Kashmir as well as Dunhuang/Central Asia).(As told to Chinki Sinha) Payal Singhal, fashion designer.”I don’t have to travel far for inspiration” Payal Singhal, fashion designerEvery time you travel, you get inspired in some way by the landscape, art and culture. For me, it is the art and architecture of a place that draws me instantly. While I do travel abroad, as a designer, it is Indian art and architecture that draws me the most-the temples, mosques and monuments and the history behind each of them. I study the era and explore the journey and progression of a particular form of architecture which gives me a diverse perspective and varied ideas. I don’t have to travel too far for inspiration. The palaces of Jaipur, Udaipur and other areas of Rajasthan, the Taj Mahal and the monuments in Delhi have so much inspiration to offer each time I visit them.advertisementThe Palace of Mirrors collection that I presented a few years ago was inspired by the shimmer and the intricate mirror mosaic work of the Sheesh Mahal at the Amer Fort in Rajasthan. Similarly, I have drawn inspiration from other palaces as well. I often observe the monuments that were built during the Mughal era in India. When I studied the history of Mughal art and the way it evolved as it travelled from Uzbekistan to India through Persia, Afghanistan and Pakistan, I could see how the art picked up local elements from artisans and developed a whole new form. Mughal art as we see it today in India is a confluence of various cultures. Islamic art traditionally doesn’t use animal or bird motifs whereas Indian art has a lot of flora and fauna. So, when the two met and mixed, we got a new version. This can be seen in my latest collection Qo’shillish, which means confluence in Uzbek, which I launched last month. In another collection, I have also explored the Turkish and Persian carpet motifs and prints that I have seen during my travels.(As told to Aditi Pai) Cooking on the White Continent was an inspirational experience for chef Atul Kocchar.”Antarctica left me speechless” Atul Kocchar, ChefWhen I was younger my father wanted me to become a doctor or an engineer, however I opted for a prestigious chef apprenticeship with the Oberoi group of hotels in India. This opened my eyes to new and exciting destination and the world of travel and culture, as my apprenticeship took me to Orissa and then later onto New Delhi. My love affair with travel started here.Travel is incredibly inspiring; different sights, smells and sounds all enlighten your senses in new ways, and I always channel this into my cooking. I really enjoy adapting to new ways of cooking and it’s always very rewarding working with local produce and recreating culturally revered dishes in my signature style.Of all the places I have travelled to, I have exceptionally fond memories of Venice, Italy. There is something special about travelling around a destination by boat. We spent our days exploring Gothic and Renaissance palaces, and sampling beautiful seafood risotto and sweet pastry fritole. I am hoping a visit to Cambodia that is on the cards will re-awaken my taste buds.Travel has played a key role in my journey as a chef and more recently I embarked on a journey that transformed me in many ways. In December 2018, I embarked on a second mission to Antarctica with The Q Experiences, to cook for a very special group of guests. Words cannot describe the emotions I underwent while curating a dining experience on ‘The White Continent.’ It was truly an experience of a lifetime.advertisementI think it’s very important that you respect and take inspiration from the environment you’re cooking in and as this was second visit, I knew what to expect. Fish played a key role in my dishes, all of which were designed to be comforting and warm. Also my culinary curation focused on guest preferences and since half the group was vegetarian, I curated a special menu to satisfy the Indian palate. I am all set for a hat trick visit to Antarctica this December with The Q Experiences.After conquering the south, this June, I will be going on another rare journey to explore the Arctic summer. We will be travelling to the region of Svalbard, which is very close to the North Pole. After these trips, who knows what will be next, but I am sure there will be another voyage of discovery.(As told to Prachi Bhuchar)last_img read more

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Chief Ministers of India: Here’s a complete list of current CMs of the country

first_imgAfter the recent Assembly Elections 2018, the Indian National Congress (INC) on Saturday has announced that it has captured the power in three vital states of India—Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Chhattisgarh.With the rounds of discussions and top-level meetings, the Congress has appointed new Chief Ministers in these states after their major victory.Who is a Chief Minister in India?According to the Indian Constitution, a Chief Minister is the elected head of the council of ministers in a stateIn simpler words, the one who controls, rules or handles the functions of a particular stateThe candidate who becomes Chief Minister oversees the day-to-day functioning of the state governmentA CM is assisted by the council of ministers, which consists of cabinet ministers and deputy ministers — among othersWith the help of media, the CM is responsible for communicating all policies and decisions to the people of the stateDifference between Chief Minister and Governor The Chief Minister is vested with the ‘de facto’ executive powers and Governor is the official ‘head of the state’The CM is appointed, and sworn in, by the Governor of the stateHere’s a list of current Chief Ministers in India1. Nara Chandrababu Naidu – Andhra Pradesh Andhra Pradesh’s CM, Nara Chandrababu Naidu.Nara Chandrababu Naidu was born on April 20, 1950, Naravaripalli, near Tirupati, IndiaHe is an Indian politician who was the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh from 1995 to 2004 before he was again appointed as CM in 20142. Pema Khandu – Arunachal Pradesh Arunachal Pradesh’s CM, Pema KhanduPema Khandu is an Arunachalese politician and the Chief Minister of Arunachal PradeshHe is a graduate from Hindu College, Delhi University, and is the youngest CM of Indiaadvertisement3. Sarbanda Sonowal – Assam Assam’s CM, Sarbananda SonowalSarbananda Sonowal is the 14th Chief Minister of AssamHe is a BJP member and represents Majuli constituency in Assam’s state legislative assemblyHe was Union Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs under Narendra Modi-led NDA government from 2014 to 20164. Nitish Kumar – Bihar Bihar’s CM, Nitish Kumar (Image: Getty)Nitish Kumar is a senior Indian politician and is the current Chief Minister of BiharHe has held the position since 2005He has successfully appointed more than one lakh school teachers during his tenure as Chief Minister of Bihar5. Bhupesh Baghel – Chhattisgarh Chattisgarh’s CM, Bhupesh BaghelBorn in 1961, Bhupesh Baghel has become the third Chief Minister of the state according to Doordarshan NewsBaghel managed to pip other three contenders — TS Singh Deo, Tamradhwaj Sahu and Charan Das Mahant for the top post of the state in the Assembly Elections 2018He has taken over the position of Raman Singh who served Chattisgarh as CM from December 7, 2003, to December 11, 2018Congress has ended the 15-year-old regime of Raman Singh by appointing Baghel as a new CM6. Vacant (under Governor’s rule) – Jammu and Kashmir Former CM Mehbooba Mufti with current Governor of Jammu and Kashmir NN Vohra. (Image: PTI)Mehbooba Mufti served as the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir from April 4, 2016, but later resigned on June 19, 2018She sent her resignation to NN Vohra, the current governor of the state because BJP withdrew its support from the People’s Democratic PartyCurrently, the seat of CM in the state is vacant. However, now Jammu and Kashmir have Kavinder Gupta as a new deputy CM, replacing BJP’s Nirmal Singh.7. Manohar Parrikar – Goa Goa’s CM, Manohar Gopalkrishna Prabhu ParrikarManohar Gopalkrishna Prabhu Parrikar was Chief Minister of Goa from March 14, 2017 till March 17, 2019 when he passed away from pancreatic cancerHe is a leader of Bharatiya Janata PartyHe was earlier a member of the Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh but resigned after the 2017 Goa Legislative Assembly election to become Chief Minister of Goa8. Vijaybhai R Rupani – Gujarat Gujarat’s CM, Vijaybhai R RupaniVijaybhai R Rupani is currently the Chief Minister of GujaratHe represents Rajkot West Assembly constituency in Gujarat’s state legislative assemblyHe is a Bachelor of Arts degree-holderHe is the only minister in the present cabinet of Gujarat who was arrested during the Emergency era9. Manohar Lal Khattar – Haryana Haryana’s CM, ML Khattar (Image: Getty)Manohar Lal Khattar is the current Chief Minister of Haryana and belongs to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)Khattar started his political career in 1977 by joining the RSS at the young age of 24 yearsAlso read: Health ministry finally implements HIV/AIDS Act 2017: All you need to know10. Jairam Thakur – Himachal Pradesh Himachal Pradesh’s CM, Jai Ram ThakurJai Ram Thakur is the current Chief Minister of Himachal PradeshOn December 24, he became a BJP legislative party leader after defeating Prem Kumar DhumalOn December 27, 2017, he became the 13th CM of the stateadvertisement11. Raghubar Das – Jharkhand Jharkhand’s CM, Raghubar Das. (Image: Getty)Raghubar Das is the 10th Chief Minister of JharkhandHe is the first non-tribal chief minister in the state’s 14-year historyHe was sworn in as the Jharkhand’s Chief Minister on December 28, 201412. HD Kumaraswamy – Karnataka Karnataka’s CM, HD Kumaraswamy. (Image: Getty)HD Kumaraswamy is the current CM of KarnatakaHe was elected to the Karnataka Assembly from Channapatna and Ramanagara Assembly ConstituencyHD Kumaraswamy is the son of former Prime Minister of India HD Deve Gowda and Chennamma13. Pinarayi Vijayan – Kerala Kerala’s CM, Pinarayi Vijayan (Image: Getty)Pinarayi Vijayan is the current Chief Minister of KeralaHe was sworn-in as the 12th Chief Minister of Kerala on May 25, 2016He got elected to the Kerala Legislative Assembly in 1970, 1977, 1991 and 199614. Kamal Nath- Madhya Pradesh Madhya Pradesh’s CM, Kamal NathBorn on November 18, 1946, in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, Kamal Nath has taken the oath as the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh on December 17, 2018He completed his graduation in B Com from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, West BengalIn the Assembly Elections 2018, Kamal Nath has taken over the position of Shivraj Singh Chouhan who belongs to the Bharatiya Janata Party15. Devendra Fadnavis – Maharashtra Maharashtra’s CM, Devendra Gangadhar Fadnavis. (Image: Getty)Devendra Gangadhar Fadnavis took an oath of office on October 31, 2014, at Wankhede Stadium in MumbaiHe became the second youngest Chief Minister of the state at the age of 44He was also awarded the Best Parliamentarian Award by Commonwealth Parliamentary Association in 2002-0316: N Biren Singh – Manipur Manipur’s CM, Nongthombam Biren Singh (Image: Getty)Nongthombam Biren Singh was born on January 1, 1961Apart from being a politician, he is also a former footballer and journalistHe is the present Chief Minister of ManipurIn March 2017, he was elected as the leader of the BJP Legislatures Party of Manipur and was sworn in as Chief Minister of Manipur on March 15, 2017.17. Conrad Kongkal Sangma – Meghalaya CM of Meghalaya, Conrad Kongkal Sangma.Conrad Kongkal Sangma is the current Chief Minister of MeghalayaHe was declared the Chief Minister by swearing in on March 6, 2018He also presented his first budget within 10 days of being the CM of Meghalaya18. Pu Zoramthanga- Mizoram Mizoram’s CM, ZoramthangaBorn on July 13, 1944, Pu Zoramthanga, the new Chief Minister of Mizoram is the leader of Mizo National FrontEarlier, Zoramthanga has served this position from December 4, 1998, to December 9, 2008, for two consecutive termsHe was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor K Rajasekharan during a ceremony at Raj Bhavan in AizawlAt 74, he has dethroned Pu Lalthanhawla, the former Chief Minister of Mizoram who held this post for 10 years starting from December 2008 to December 201819. Neiphiu Rio – Nagaland Nagaland’s CM, Neiphiu Rio (Image: Getty)Neiphiu Rio is Nagaland’s current Chief MinisterHe previously also served as CM of the state for three consecutive terms during 2003-08, 2008-13 and 2013-14In 1989, he got elected to Nagaland Assembly from Northern Angami-II constituency as a Congress candidateadvertisement20. Naveen Patnaik – Odisha Odisha’s CM, Naveen Patnaik.Naveen Patnaik is the 14th and incumbent Chief Minister of OdishaHe is the founding chief of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD)Naveen Patnaik was honored by the United Nations (UN) for evacuating nearly a million people ahead of the tropical storm Cyclone Phailin that hit coastal Odisha in October 2013.21. Amarinder Singh – Punjab Punjab’s CM, Captain Amarinder Singh. (Image: Getty)Captain Amarinder Singh is the 26th Chief Minister of PunjabPrior to this, he served as Chief Minister of Punjab from 2002-2007Amarinder Singh was introduced to Congress by Rajiv Gandhi and was first elected to the Lok Sabha in 198022. Ashok Gehlot – Rajasthan Rajasthan’s CM, Ashok GehlotAshok Gehlot was born on May 3, 1951, and his educational qualifications are BSc, M.A. (Economics), LLBEarlier, he has served as Chief Minister of this state from December 1, 1998, to December 8, 2003, and then again from December 13, 2008, to December 13, 2013Before Assembly Elections 2018, Vasundhara Raje was the Chief Minister of Rajasthan23. Pawan Kumar Chamling – Sikkim Sikkim’s CM, Pawan Kumar Chamling.Pawan Kumar Chamling is the fifth CM of SikkimChamling was continuously engaged in political activities since 1973 and was actively involved in people’s revolution in the same year.He was born on September 22, 1950In 1985, he was elected as a member of Sikkim Legislative Assembly24. Thiru Edappadi K Palaniswami – Tamil Nadu Tamil Nadu’s CM, Thiru Edappadi K Palaniswami.Thiru Edappadi K Palaniswami is the current CM of Tamil NaduHe is an Indian politician and assumed office on February 16, 2017His party is known as ‘All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’25. K Chandrashekhar Rao – Telangana Telangana’s CM, Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao. (Image: Getty)Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao is the first Chief Minister of Telangana stateHe is also the founder of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) party formed for the cause of a separate state of TelanganaHe was born on February 17, 1954, in Siddipet, Medak district of Hyderabad state26. Biplab Kumar Deb – Tripura Tripura’s CM, Biplab Kumar Deb.Biplab Kumar Deb is the current and 10th Chief Minister of TripuraHe has been the state president of Tripura BJP since early 2016He took his oath as CM on March 9, 201827. Yogi Adityanath – Uttar Pradesh Uttar Pradesh’s CM, Yogi Adityanath. (Image: Getty)The current CM of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath’s real name is Ajay Singh BishtIn 1998, he became the youngest member to be elected to the 12th Lok Sabha at 26 years of ageHe was born on June 5, 197228. Trivendra Singh Rawat – Uttarakhand Uttarakhand’s CM, Trivendra Singh Rawat. (Image: Getty)Trivendra Singh Rawat is the current Chief Minister of UttarakhandHe was appointed as CM of the state in 2017 after winning the Assembly electionsRawat was an active member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh during the period of 1979 to 200229. Mamata Banerjee – West Bengal West Bengal’s CM, Mamata Banerjee . (Image: Getty)Mamata Banerjee is the ninth Chief Minister of West BengalShe is the first lady to hold the Chief Minister’s office in the stateShe is the only woman CM to win two consecutive termsChief Ministers of Territories of India1. Arvind Kejriwal- Delhi (NCT) Delhi’s CM, Arvind Kejriwal. (Image: Getty)Arvind Kejriwal is the present CM of DelhiHis party (AAP) got a clear majority by winning 67 out of 70 seats in Delhi assembly elections in the year 2015A former Indian Revenue Service officer, he is famously known for his key role in drafting the Jan Lokpal BillDelhi: Governed by multiple authorities including Chief MinisterAfter the Constitution (69th Amendment) Act, 1991 came into force, followed by the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi Act, 1991, the Union Territory of Delhi officially became the National Capital Territory of Delhi.The Act gave Delhi its own legislative assembly and directed that the administrator thereof appointed shall be designated as the Lieutenant Governor (LG).At present, Delhi is governed by multiple authorities including the CM.2. V Narayanasamy- Puducherry (UT) CM of Puducherry, V Narayanasamy.V Narayanasamy is the current CM of PuducherryHe was born on May 30, 1947He is associated with the Indian National CongressHe is the 10th Chief Minister of the Union Territory of Puducherry since June 2016Note: According to a Government website, no other union territories have Chief Ministers.Also read: Smartgram projects in Haryana inaugurated by Pranab Mukherjee: Know all about the schemeInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

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LE MARS STADIUM PROJECT RECEIVES $2 MILLION DONATION

first_imgThe Le Mars community school district has received $2 million dollars from an anonymous donor to renovate their high school stadium and sports complex.School board member Pat Murphy says he has met with the donor:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/LEMARS.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….facility here. ;16The Le Mars Community School Foundation will use the money to replace the grass on the football field with turf, install a new track and replace the bleachers and locker rooms.The money will also upgrade the press box, lighting, visitor’s bleachers and fencing.The total project is estimated to cost almost $5 million dollars.last_img

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Man Utd’s unlikely Plan B is working wonders

first_imgManchester United 492 minutes and counting: Man Utd answer defensive poser with unlikely Plan B Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 15:05 9/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(10) Phil Jones Manchester United 2017 Getty Images Manchester United Premier League The Red Devils may have spent big on Victor Lindelof, but it is Phil Jones and Eric Bailly setting the standard in the midst of an impressive sequence COMMENT Jose Mourinho has shown himself to be more than a little tactically astute down the years – you do not piece together the CV he boasts without knowing a thing or two about what you are doing.Sometimes, though, even the best bosses in the business can be forced into a corner and end up stumbling across a solution which they may not previously have considered.Man Utd 11/2 to beat Stoke 1-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? 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Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina In Manchester United’s case, their summer transfer business suggested that they would be lining up with a new-look defensive unit in 2017-18.Before the window had even officially opened the Red Devils had put a £40 million deal in place for Victor Lindelof – making him the most expensive defender in the club’s illustrious history .Logic at that stage dictated that the 23-year-old would be drafted immediately into the fold, with such excessive fees rarely shelled out on squad players.Pre-season struggles, though, left Mourinho facing something of a quandary – persevere with Lindelof and throw him in at the Premier League deep end or hold him back and give the highly-rated centre-half more time in which to fully adjust to new surroundings.Eric Bailly Manchester United 17 18 AugustIn the end, the Portuguese favoured the latter of those two options, with the decision taken to open the new campaign with those already fully versed in the demands of English top-flight competition.This, as mentioned previously, is unlikely to have been the grand plan laid out back in June.United have, however, rolled with the punches and arguably found themselves in a stronger position for having had to tinker and adopt a different approach to that originally intended.With Lindelof kept out of the firing line, much like Henrikh Mkhitaryan was upon his arrival from Borussia Dortmund in 2016 , Mourinho has put his faith in Eric Bailly and Phil Jones as his go-to centre-half partnership.He has been rewarded with a faultless opening to 2017-18, with United collecting nine points, 10 goals and three clean sheets from their three fixtures to date.Eric Bailly Phil Jones Manchester United mins without concedingAbly supported by Antonio Valencia, Daley Blind and David de Gea, Bailly and Jones have helped to make the Red Devils watertight, with their Spanish goalkeeper forced into just five saves in 270 minutes of Premier League competition.United, it would appear, have found an answer to a long-standing poser – and have done almost by accident.Bailly and Jones have certainly done enough during the first month of the season to have earned the right to retain their places after the international break – providing they stay healthy.That has been a problem for Jones in recent times, and Mourinho recently revealed that the 25-year-old is not 100 per cent fit at present – while talking up his potential to be “everything” he wants from a defender .The United boss said: “For years and years and years he was injury prone and he has a problem now. He’s complaining about an ankle problem, so he’s the kind of player where we need to have him always in our hands with a lot of care from the medical department, from the fitness coach, from my assistants, in the gym working always on prevention, on recovering. If we manage to have him safe, protected from injuries, I think potentially he is everything I like in a central defender.”Phil Jones Manchester United 17 18 AugustIt is easy to see why Mourinho is hoping to keep Jones clear of the treatment table, as his efforts so far this term place him among the most in-form performers in the English top-flight – with his passing figures particularly impressive as part of a side which is now looking to play its way to success.A man with 22 international caps to his name has bettered Bailly across the board in a number of important departments – and by some distance – with confidence clearly having returned to a performer who has seen his value to the collective cause questioned at times.That belief is now benefitting United, with an understanding in a vital area of the field only set to improve with the more minutes said partnership get in competitive action.Jones and Bailly may not have been what Mourinho expected to go with, but they have now gone 492 minutes without conceding a goal when on the field together – a run stretching back to a meeting with Tottenham at White Hart Lane on May 14. Clean sheets have been collected against Southampton and Crystal Palace from last season to add to this campaign’s tally to make it five in succession (Bailly was banned and Jones benched for the Europa League final while both were suspended for the UEFA Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid).Lindelof, then, can only watch and admire for now, with it up to him to ensure that when his time does come, Mourinho is reminded that Plan A can be as profitable for United as Plan B. 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Madrid’s goal streak comes to shocking end

first_imgReal Madrid Real Madrid’s goal streak comes to shocking end in loss to Real Betis Mike Slane Last updated 2 years ago 06:24 21/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(11) Gareth Bale Real Madrid Getty Images Real Madrid Primera División Real Madrid v Real Betis Real Betis Los Blancos failed to score for the first time in nearly two years, while failing to win in their last three home matches Real Madrid failed to score a goal for the first time in 512 days after Real Betis handed Zinedine Zidane’s side a 1-0 loss in La Liga on Wednesday night.Los Blancos were previously held scoreless back on April 26, 2016, by Manchester City during a 0-0 draw in the Champions League.Real 7/2 to win CL with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing 512 – Real Madrid have failed to score in a game for the first time since 26th April 2016 (0-0 vs City in CL), 512 days ago. 0. pic.twitter.com/yISp9wNojb— OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 20, 2017Antonio Sanabria scored the match-winning goal for Real Betis in the 94th minute to shock the hosts, marking their first Liga win at the Bernabeu since 1998.Betis were also the first team other than Barcelona and Atletico Madrid to win at the Bernabeu since Gijon back in 2011.Real Madrid have failed to win in their last three La Liga home matches, which is their worst stretch since April 2011.3 – Real Madrid have failed to win in their last three La Liga home games (D2 L1), their worst run since April 2011 (D2 L1). Correction. pic.twitter.com/gpyqyMZ8TB— OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 20, 2017Madrid will look to bounce back when they visit Alaves on Saturday.last_img read more

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How Norton changed the core of India U17 team

first_imgU17 World Cup Under-17 World Cup: How Luis Norton changed the core of the India team in seven months Rahul Bali Last updated 2 years ago 07:30 29/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Luis Norton Matos Head Coach Indian U-17 World Cup Squad AIFF Media U17 World Cup India U17 The former Benfica coach has made some important changes to the India U-17 squad since taking charge in March this year… Luis Norton de Matos was appointed as the head coach of the India Under-17 team in March after the All India Football Federation (AIFF) parted ways with Nicolai Adam.After making his way to Goa to have a first look at the squad, the Portuguese coach expressed his surprise with the heights of certain players in select positions. It is reliably learnt that he, along with AIFF Director of Scouting, Abhishek Yadav invited at least 50 players for trials.Practice matches were being played with Norton mixing the set of players to see what could possibly be the best combination and gave a good look at the players. They also played against Minerva FC, the reigning I-League Under-16 champions, and lost 1-0 to them. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. One look at the final squad of 21 members and it’s not too difficult to look at the areas in which he has changed the make-up of the team.Almost 50 per cent of the team has been altered in the last six months.Prabhusukhan Gill was the fourth goalkeeper in the squad and was struggling to get playing time under Adam. At times he was also used as a makeshift centre-back and the Punjab custodian was almost on his way out. However, since Norton took charge, the goalkeeper has played in several key friendlies such as the 0-0 draw against Macedonia in June.After the disastrous 2017 Granatkin Cup in Russia, right-back Hendry Antolay was to be released. Thereafter, Adam was released from his duties which gave a second life tothe Bangalore-based defender. He managed to impress Norton and thereby, maintained his place in the squad.Namit Deshpande, who had first auditioned under Adam in Brazil, was all set to miss the Under-17 World Cup as the German coach wanted the Mumbai-born defender to join his squad earlier. Deshpande didn’t wish to drop out of high school and mentioned of his desire to be a part of the team only in 2017 which didn’t go down well with Adam. The Portuguese coach was flexible in his approach as he was keen on the player to be a part of his squad which allowed Namit enough time to focus on his academics.Goalkeeper Sunny Dhaliwal came down to Goa in April to be a part of the trials and Norton was convinced of his quality. He only joined the team in Mexico on August 1st this year, less than three months before the World Cup was to kick-off.Rahul Kannoly Praveen was relegated to the ‘B’ team last year and later was asked to train with the Under-19 squad. Same was the case with striker Rahim Ali who was in the ‘B’ team and trained with Floyd Pinto of India Under-19.Nongdamba Naorem, Jackson Singh, Mohammed Shahjahan and Anwar Ali were picked up from Minerva FC.Norton de Matos GFXWhat’s notable is the fact two of the three goalkeepers are new in the squad with both being close to six feet tall. The two centre-backs, namely Anwar and Namit have towering physiques. Hendry too is among the taller members in the squad.In the midfield apart from Amarjit Singh, the only other tall players are Jeakson Singh who was roped in only six months before by Norton and Lalengmawia. Upfront Rahim Ali is amongst the strongest players in the squad with a good physique and height.Apart from Shahjahan, Naorem and to an extent Rahul, rest of the seven included in the squad by Norton are tall.Norton has changed the core of the squad to his liking with height being an important factor. The full-backs and wingers so to say are positions in which Norton hasn’t tinkered much as he is of the opinion that height isn’t a crucial factor in those areas.last_img read more

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Alexis to Man City? Bayern rule out move

first_imgTransfers Alexis to Man City? Rummenigge rules Bayern out of race for Arsenal star Oli Platt 05:26 11/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alexis Sanchez Arsenal Getty Images Transfers A. Sánchez Borussia Dortmund v Bayern München Manchester City v Arsenal Bayern München Arsenal Manchester City Premier League Bundesliga The president of the Bavarian club appeared to confirm that the Chilean has his heart set on linking up with Pep Guardiola as soon as possible Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has hinted that Alexis Sanchez has decided to join Manchester City after ruling Bayern Munich out of the race for the Arsenal star.Alexis is out of contract at the end of the season and will be able to leave the Gunners on a free transfer.Speculation has suggested the north London club could sell him during the January transfer window, though, in order to ensure he does not leave for free. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Man City aggressively pursued the Chilean during the summer but Arsenal refused to sell due to their inability to sign their preferred replacement: Monaco star Thomas Lemar.But Rummenigge has hinted that Alexis’ heart is set on a switch to the Etihad Stadium by indicating that he is no longer a Bayern target.”I think Sanchez has already decided which club [to join], so I suppose that the door will be closed in January,” he told Sky Germany.”That’s not an issue, and he is no direct substitute for Robert Lewandowski as he is not a real centre forward.”Bayern have little depth up front beyond Lewandowski, with reserve-team forward Kwasi Okyere Wriedt on the bench against Borussia Dortmund due to Thomas Muller’s injury.Rummenigge, though, is not expecting the Bavarians to make a splash in the January transfer market to bolster Jupp Heynckes’ options.”The possibilities will be limited,” he added. “If you have a good player, you will not give him up – or only for a huge amount of money.”We will not be ready to spend horrendous money on a transfer. But maybe there is a good candidate who does not cost a lot of money and makes sense.”Lewandowski scored the second goal in Bayern’s 3-1 win over rivals Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.The result leaves Heynckes’ men four points clear of RB Leipzig at the top of the Bundesliga.The 72-year-old coach has enjoyed a near-perfect record since taking over from Carlo Ancelotti, winning six matches out of six in normal time and a seventh on penalties against Leipzig in the DFB-Pokal.last_img read more

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Tottenham’s Harry Kane sets sights on second century after joining 100 club

first_imgHarry Kane Liverpool Tottenham Hotspur Share via Email news After accepting applause and a specially commissioned pair of boots from his Tottenham team-mates at Anfield, Kane immediately turned his focus to 200 league goals for his boyhood club. And he is confident his goal-scoring rate will increase over the coming seasons. Kane said: “200 goals has to be the aim and hopefully quicker than I got to 100. It is nice, I am going to enjoy the moment, but let’s see how many I can get this year and go from there. Hopefully I can get better and better. I am 24 years old, that’s not young but it’s not old so I’ve still got a lot of learning to do. I feel I am getting more experience year by year and I feel I am getting stronger and more physical and hopefully that continues. I will always keep trying to work hard and to get better.” Newcastle United erected a statue outside at St James’ Park in recognition of Shearer’s exploits. Kane may not be immortalised at Tottenham yet – “I’m not thinking about a statue, I’m just thinking about what’s best for the team,” he insisted – but the striker admits he is driven by the challenge of remaining the league’s highest goalscorer. “I’ve said that from the very first time I got put on the scene,” he added. “That is what separates good players from great players: can you do it consistently year after year? Can you get better and better when people don’t expect you to? That’s what I’ve done so far and that is what I will continue to strive to do. That is always my mindset to never let up. It is a short career and I’ll try to do as much as I can in it.” Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk accused Kane of diving for the first of two disputed penalties at Anfield, one that he missed, but the England international was adamant he was fouled by goalkeeper Loris Karius. He explained: “He has dived, he has got in the way and I’m a player, I’m not going to jump out of the way because it’s football. I’ve definitely felt contact and I’ve gone down. [Erik] Lamela’s one I thought the linesman showed amazing character to give that because a lot happened for the first one with the linesman so to give that penalty was massive and it was a penalty.” Read more Harry Kane has switched his sights towards scoring 200 Premier League goals and believes he can get there faster than his century for Tottenham Hotspur. The Spurs striker claimed his 100th top flight goal with a 95th minute penalty in Sunday’s dramatic 2-2 draw against Liverpool. Kane is the second fastest player to reach the milestone, doing so in 141 Premier League goals. Alan Shearer holds the record with 100 goals in 124 matches while Sergio Agüero in third took 147 games to hit a hundred. Share on Facebook Ademola Lookman slips and slides from Everton into Leipzig’s affections Share on Messenger Topics Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Yoga, tackles and timekeeping: how Javi Gracia has transformed Watford

first_imgThis week Troy Deeney let slip details of the system of fines introduced by Javi Gracia this season. “They used to be done by the players,” he said. “This year the gaffer took charge and he’s made it so all the fines are very steep and nobody’s messing about. I think everybody likes their money too much.” By way of example he said that latecomers to training are now penalised at the eyebrow-raising rate – even if it still is not the stiffest such penalty in the division – of £100 a minute.“I think the group needs discipline,” says Gracia, who has alsoramped up fines for a variety ofoffences including missing physiotherapy appointments and not turning up for yoga. “For me it’s most important to convince the players we don’t need the rules. If we have good behaviour, if all of you are thinking in the same way, we don’t need the rules. Then it’s perfect. But you need to show them the way and they have to respect that. If one of them makes a mistake then they pay, but the objective is not to take away money. The objective is they respect the rules.” Read more Twitter Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Share via Email features Javi Gracia poses with his coaching staff after winning the Premier League manager of the month award for August. Photograph: Tony Marshall/Getty Images for Premier League Read more Watford have won all four of theirleague games, using a team composed almost exclusively of players who wereat the club a year ago, and with the same manager who oversaw the final 15 games of the last campaign without great success. But it is a squad, and a manager, in many waystransformed, utilising a different formation, pressing higher and faster, more disciplined off the pitch and on it.“Last year was a little bit strange because when he came in we were in a difficult position,” says Abdoulaye Doucouré, the midfield linchpin. “This season he started with all the team, he had the pre-season, he can make all the changes he wants. The manager is very [focused on] the details. So he made this shape, 4-4-2, and I think it is the best shape for Watford, and of course we’ve conceded less goals than last year. This year we’re concentrating on being very close together [on the pitch], to be more clinical on the counterattack, to score more goals and concede less.”Gracia was appointed in January with the team in freefall as Marco Silva’s spell unravelled ignominiously, and was thrown into the pell-mell pandemonium of the English mid-season, one he faced with the added complication of an injury crisis. “When I arrived for my first training session, I remember there were 15 players injured or out of the team,” he says. “And it’s not easy to manage that situation. Back then I can’t say I prefer to play this way or the other way. The most important was to see the players I have. And with these players, what can I do? We needed points, and I tried to look for the way.” Paul Pogba is a show-off but a nice guy too, says Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucouré The Spaniard experimented with a variety of formations and permutations. His team played with three at the back and with four, with Tom Cleverley in the middle or on the left, with Richarlison on the left or in the middle, with Troy Deeney as the lone striker or with Andre Gray. On one occasion, just for an hour, he tried both strikers together. This season the starting XI has not changed, with Roberto Pereyra and Will Hughes deployed, curious as the concept sounds, as narrow wide midfielders, and Deeney and Gray in partnership.“Time is the most important thing,” Gracia says. “When I arrived we only had three or four days to prepare for the next game. Pre-season was very good for the players, for me, to know each other more and to prepare for the competition. Time together is the key, because training is the only time when you can improve the level of the players, the level of the team.”Statistics demonstrate the scale of the transformation wrought by Gracia’s coaching. Their attacking threat is largely unchanged: they have, on average, had less possession than during Gracia’s spell in charge last season, played fewer passes, made the same number of clear chances and had a near-identical number of shots (only 18% of them went in last season, a figure currently at an unsustainable 48%). His key changes have come in defence: they make more tackles, have hugely increased the number of interceptions, allow around half as many shots on target and concede about half as many goals. Their pressing is excellently organised and in certain situations, such as when opponents have throw-ins in their own half, extremely aggressive.“We have a different squad,” Gracia says. “Maybe I am a different coach, because I try to change day by day. I don’t want to waste time waiting to see what happens. I want to look for something, to look for a way to improve, a way to do better today than yesterday.”With Saturday’s visit of Manchester United and a trip to Arsenal sandwiching a visit to Fulham, Watford’s 100% record is unlikely to survive a second month. “I’m sure there will be a moment when we lose and then it will be important for us to have got points before,” Gracia says. “To focus only on the next game is the best mentality for me, for the players and the club. To think only about the present is the way to achieve a better future as well.” Watford Reuse this content Share on Twitter Watford v Manchester United: match preview Share on WhatsApp Topics Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Facebook Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

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Owen Farrell dismisses ‘hothead’ claims before Dublin Six Nations opener

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Owen Farrell Read more Support The Guardian Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news England braced for bruising epic as they seek to storm Ireland’s citadel Since you’re here… Coming away from major venues in Ireland with a victory, even so, has not been an English speciality lately at Test or provincial level and Farrell accepts the visitors will have to keep cool. “It’s a passionate place with a passionate crowd and they’re a passionate team. You’ve seen from those big Munster nights and the big Leinster nights in Dublin how tough those places are to go. That probably says you need to get your start right, stick in the fight and take it to them. They’re a tough team and it’ll be a tough game but we can’t wait to play them.”At least those English players who have previously worked under Farrell Sr have a fair idea of what is coming. Their Australian backs coach, Scott Wisemantel, has revealed the visitors have “tapped into” the experience of Steve Borthwick, who coached alongside Farrell on the 2017 Lions tour, but England’s backs also believe attack could be their best form of defence. “We want to come and fire some shots,” said the winger Jonny May. “We’ve been practising our gameplan for 10 days and we know what we want to do. Do we want to have a go at them? Of course we do.” Share on Messenger Rugby union Reuse this content Six Nations 2019 England rugby union team Owen Farrell is a man of many talents according to his teammate Mako Vunipola. In addition to leading England and being a world-class goal-kicker it now emerges he is good at barbecues. “He loves them,” Vunipola said. “He’s got a very nice one with a lot of compartments and you can control the temperature via his phone. Instead of being out there in the rain he can do it from inside.”Sadly this clever technology is not yet on offer to international fly-halves on Saturday afternoons; if Farrell wishes to turn up the heat on Ireland at the Aviva Stadium he must do so in person. This fixture would be seriously difficult even if his father, Andy, was not the Irish defence coach. Given the family dimension and the ongoing scrutiny of his tackling technique, a major test of character awaits.center_img Ireland rugby union team Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Read more Share on Facebook The Irish back row, in particular, will be less concerned about his favourite grilled meats – “He’s cooked me a beef brisket which was very nice,” reported Vunipola – than getting under his skin. This week the former Irish scrum-half Peter Stringer suggested Farrell was a “hothead” who would be targeted by the home team.“I’ve played with him and he loves that physical side of things but you can get under his skin, you can rattle him,” Stringer said. “He is a guy they’ll be looking to get after.”It remains one of rugby’s more striking contradictions that the man with the steadiest of assassin’s temperaments as a kicker can be found raging about some perceived injustice barely 30 seconds later. No one is suggesting the 27-year-old should take a monastic vow of silence but of late he has rubbed up more than one referee the wrong way.On the eve of such an intense fixture, nevertheless, Farrell insists Stringer’s perception of him is slightly outdated. “I don’t know how long ago it is I played with Strings; it seems like a long time ago. I don’t know if he thinks I’ve not changed. He’s entitled to his opinion. I’m competitive, I’ll look to do my job on the field and that’s all that matters.”If he was ever a hothead, in other words, the red mist is less frequent nowadays. “I can’t remember that person and I don’t need to. Everyone has changed, haven’t they? Everyone tries to get better, everyone tries to grow. I’m happy with how I am and the way things are going.” He is equally keen to emphasise that Celtic teams do not have a monopoly on passion. “It’s always a balance … being clear-headed but being aggressive and as combative as you need to be.” … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. 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‘You can feel this surge’: how France has caught Women’s World Cup fever

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Significantly, twice as many viewers watched France’s 4-0 win against South Korea in the tournament’s opening match than tuned in for the men’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Andorra the night before.According to Mediamétrie analysts, 54% of French TV viewers of Les Bleues’ fixtures are men under 50. Many of them are praising the “superior quality” of the game. A large amount of families are watching on TV, as well as going to watch the teams in stadiums, where young boys can be seen in the special kits being sold in support of the women’s team. Facebook Women’s football Read more Share on Facebook Players such as the France captain, Amandine Henry, the star striker Eugénie Le Sommer and the defender Wendie Renard have become household names and the team are regularly on the front pages – an increased visibility that has led commentators to predict an increased interest from sponsors.The crowds turning up to France’s training sessions have swelled, with children calling out to players by their first names for autographs. The France manager, Corinne Diacre, has also swiftly become a household name for using dead-pan humour in response to being portrayed by media as overly strict and severe.The number of hotel bookings in towns hosting matches is said by tourism groups to be unexpectedly high, although for most matches not involving France the stadiums have been far from full. Bars screening the matches report a good turnout. “There have been a steady number of people watching it live,” said a staff member at Au Metro, a Paris bar known for screening sport. Facebook France’s second match, a 2-1 win against Norway in Nice, played to a packed stadium, despite women’s football in the city previously seeing much smaller audiences in recent months.“You can feel this surge of momentum behind the sport – the TV viewing figures are staggering,” said Virginie Bachelier, a sports correspondent for Ouest France, France’s biggest-selling regional paper, which is devoting a large amount of coverage to the event. “Six months ago, if a women’s football match got one million TV viewers, that would be considered good. But now 10 million viewers are tuning in on the basis of the team’s skill and performance. People want to watch them because they are world-class players. And in football, you have to get into people’s living rooms for it to count.” France has seen a huge surge in enthusiasm for women’s football, with TV viewing figures for the World Cup double what was predicted, national-team games packing stadiums, France shirts selling fast and players swiftly becoming household names.As France prepare to face Nigeria on Monday in Rennes, sponsors and TV commentators have revelled in the increased interest. More than 10 million French TV viewers have tuned in for each of France’s matches. The top TV channel TF1, the main broadcaster of the tournament, had expected up to five million viewers for the first match. It got around double. Amandine Henry, captain of the France team, talks to Emmanuel Macron, the country’s president, after the 4-0 win in the opening game of the tournament against South Korea. Photograph: Joosep Martinson/Fifa via Getty Images Pinterest Women’s World Cup 2019: talking points from the first week of action Twitter Bachelier said she was hoping for a substantial leap in support for the women’s game in the way that France transformed into a football nation when the men’s team won the World Cup in 1998. She said of the France-Norway match: “I thought the crowd might be largely made up of women or women footballers but not at all; it was people of all ages, lots of families, young boys, pensioners and groups of guys. I met a group of five young men who’d come from Toulon. They said: ‘We’re here because we’re looking forward to watching a good game.’”The turnout in Rennes on Monday is predicted to be large – Brittany already has a strong tradition of supporting women’s sport. The France and Norway teams shake hands before kick-off in front of packed stands in Nice. Photograph: Bagu Blanco/BPI/Rex/Shutterstock France Share on WhatsApp Women’s World Cup Bondy’s search for a female Kylian Mbappé hots up in suburbs of Paris features Although France are considered potential favourites to win the tournament – the hosts want to build on the men’s team’s win in 2018 to become the first country to hold both World Cups at the same time – the country is typically wary of building up too much bravado. But many are hoping the growing interest in the women’s game – with sponsors sensing the potential for higher returns – could help redress the pay imbalance in the sport.Vikash Dhorasoo, a former France men’s international, has started a petition against “sexist and salary discrimination” in football, where the women earn far less than their French male counterparts.The satirical French weekly Charlie Hebdo – which has long derided all types of football – ran a cover this week mocking the women’s World Cup by showing a football on a woman’s genitals. It sparked criticism, with the French tennis player Lucas Pouille slamming it as “shameful” on Twitter before deleting his tweet. Women’s World Cup 2019 Topics Read more Twitter The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share via Email Pinterest Share on Pinterest Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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FIFA 18 Ultimate Team of the Week

first_imgeSports FIFA 18 Ultimate Team of the Week: Suarez and Son star in TOTW 18 Goal Last updated 1 year ago 00:27 1/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Luis Suarez Barcelona Celta Vigo Lluis Gene eSports Luis Suárez Primera División Ligue 1 Serie A Bundesliga Premier League The Barcelona star was pivotal in their recovery against Real Sociedad to secure his name in the latest XI Luis Suarez and Son Heung-min lead the latest EA Sports FIFA Team of the Week after sublime displays at the weekend.Suarez scored two and set up another as Barcelona overturned a deficit to beat Real Sociedad 4-2, while Son’s strong performance included a goal and an assist in a 4-0 win over Everton.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is also in the team after opening the scoring as Liverpool inflicted a first Premier League defeat of the season on Manchester City. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player With City and Arsenal chasing his signature, Jonny Evans showed why he is in-demand in the January transfer window with a decisive role for West Brom as they beat Brighton. Meanwhile, Bayern Munich’s James Rodriguez makes an appearance and his fellow Bundesliga star Timo Werner adds to the attack.FIFA TOTW week 18The Team of the Week is available from 1800 GMT on Wednesday, January 17. STARTING XIGK – Sergio Asenjo – Villarreal – 84>86CB – Evans – West Brom –  79>82CB – Baysse – Bordeaux – 78>82CB – Hinterreger – Augsburg – 77>81CM – Rodriguez – Bayern Munich –  86>87CM – Oxlade-Chamberlain – Liverpool –  80>83 LM – Son – Tottenham Hotspur- 82>87LM – Goncalo Guedes – Valencia – 74>83ST – Luis Suarez – Barcelona – 92>94ST – Werner – RB Leipzig – 82>84ST – Lanzini – West Ham – 81>84BENCHGK – Schmeichel – Leicester City – 83>85CM – Sorensen – Koln – 77>81RM – Ward-Prowse – Southampton – 78>82LM – Cervi – Benfica – 78>82CM – Manu Garcia – Deportivo Alaves – 75>81ST – Wilson – Bournemouth. – 75>84ST – Fullkrug – Hannover 86 – 79>82RESERVESGK – Moulin – Saint-Etienne – 68>76LM – Bouanga – Lorient – 70>78LM – Murilo Freitas – CD Tondela – 64>74ST – Araujo – AEK Athens – 74>80ST – Mora – Deportivo Cruz Azul – 75>81last_img read more

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The Graduates – Edrick Lee

first_imgIn the fifth edition of The Graduates, austouch.com.au caught up with former Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) player, Edrick Lee, who played for the Brisbane City Cobras at the 2010 NYC.  After playing in his first National Youth Championships with QSST in 2009, Edrick Lee couldn’t wait to be a part of the Brisbane City Cobras 18’s Boys side in his last year at the event.“It felt good to be playing for our region,” Lee said. Lee’s first National Youth Championships saw his QSST side make the final but finish second to New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges. And while it was disappointing to lose the final, Lee enjoyed his time representing QSST. “It was a mad buzz, at the Youth Champs everyone knows who Queensland is, the reputation they have and the intensity that they bring to the game.”“It was a real big eye opener, because I had heard people could make the Queensland side and when I made it, it was just unreal.”Lee and his Cobras teammates had the chance to play his former side on day three of the NYC, and while they were unable to beat the eventual 18’s Boys winners, it was a good chance for the Cobras to test themselves out against the QSST side. In the lead up to the game, Lee said it would be ‘intimidating’ but he ‘couldn’t wait to play’ against his former team. Playing for the Cobras was made even more enjoyable for Lee due to the fact that he had one of his former teammates, Oscar Sanft, in the side. The two were part of last year’s QSST team, and Lee enjoyed having Sanft in his team as they both played in their last NYC. “Last year I looked up to Oscar and now that I’m playing with him again, it’s real mad fun.”Touch Football was initially a hobby for Lee, who began playing the sport four years ago, but he will miss coming to the National Youth Championships, with many memories from his two years at the event. “It’s just the friendships you can have with other team mates. There are a lot of people who are friendly in Touch and I’ve met people from the Northern Territory and New South Wales, it’s really fun.”last_img read more

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In The Spotlight – Matt Prowse

first_imgIn the forty-first edition of In The Spotlight, Australian Men’s Open player, Matt Prowse, speaks about what it means to be playing in the 2011 World Cup, and the biggest influences on his Touch Football career. Name: Matt ProwseNickname: Prowsey, RexAge: 28Affiliate: BulldogsOccupation: DoctorPosition: WingDebut for Australia: 2009 Men’s Trans Tasman in WollongongCareer highlights so far: 2010 Men’s Open Trans Tasman win, Sydney Champs/State Cup double in 2007 with the Bulldogs.How you got involved in Touch Football: Started playing in my dad’s team when I was 10.Favourite player: Stu BriertyWhat does it mean to you to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup: There is nothing more inspiring and exhilarating than pulling on an Australian jersey and to do that against 15 other teams on the opposite side of the world will be an amazing experience.Biggest influence on your Touch Football career: My parents, Pete Forrester and Daniel Walsh.Favourite sporting moment: Steve Larkham’s drop goal to win the 2003 rugby world cup semi-final against South Africa.What do you know about Scotland: William Wallace still gets around on a large monster at Loch Ness spilling scotch and haggis all over a large man-skirt. Any superstitions: Yet to find a good one.Funniest Australian teammate: No one tells a bad joke like Stevie Roberts or Jamie Stowe.Favourite quote: “It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up,” – Vince LombardiAny travel plans for after World Cup: Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France.With less than two weeks left until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyauslast_img read more

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Australian Camp Diary – Dean Springfield

first_imgAustralian Mixed Open squad member, Dean Springfield tells www.touchfootball.com.au about how the weekend’s training camp went, how much he is looking forward to the fast approaching 2016 Trans Tasman Series and his love of ice baths! Day One  World Cup done now, new beginnings, new faces, new goals and some new changes in the coaching staff. This is what I was looking forward to as I made my way out to the Mixed Open camp. Having the pleasure of training with the Men’s Open the week before, I knew what I was in for. The day started at 8.30am with coach Micheal Lovett giving the run down on what he expects from everyone and what he wants to achieve in the next couple years. Five hours later we finally hit the fields!Kidding! First session we split up into our positions and did some skill work with the help of Dave Nolan and Tony Trad. Micheal Lovett was looking good in his pink boots that’s for sure. A bit of morning tea after that and then we got stuck into some trial games against each other. Being as the field was a heavy nine everyone’s legs were pretty tight and sore after the 4 X 20 minute games. We lost Josh Rozairo a few times in the grass. After the games we treated ourselves to some lunch and watched a bit of the Auckland 9’s while we had the chance (congrats Grunter, good to see the Eels win something). After lunch we got straight into our rucking patterns for the next hour or so. Closing in on the day, everyone was pretty exhausted. Our final session was a bit of line defence/attack against each other. Was good to see us older heads getting the little victory over the young pups (can’t buy experience). Finally day one was finished. A few of the other boys and I were psyched to jump in the ice baths! Day TwoA bit tired and sore, the day started at 8.30am again. I went straight to my second home ‘the physio bed ‘ and got a bit of work done before we started our trial games against Rebels Mixed Open. 4 X 20mins games. I felt sorry for Rebels as they had only a few reserves. After the games we had a short break before we headed back out there to do some more line attack/defence focusing on a few key plays. Lovett wasn’t wearing his pink boots anymore, told me he had severe blisters. That’s what you get for wearing pink boots Mick!After lunch our final session was another game against each other. Last chance for everyone to impress and push for a position. 3 X 15 mins of hard work and that was it. After that it was time for the best part of the day again. Ice baths! And to say goodbye to everyone. Overall a successful weekend with plenty of new faces for Mick to look at. A chance for some of the youth players to step up and show they can match it with the Opens and a chance for the older heads to prove they still belong there. Personally there is nothing better than throwing on that Aussie jersey and I cannot wait for the Trans Tasman. A big thank you to the organisers of the venue, the physios, Grunter and anyone else I may have missed, Cathy for the food and hospitality, great as always. Bring on the next camp!Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information in the lead up to the 2016 Trans Tasman Series in the following ways: Website – www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia Related LinksAussie Camp Diarylast_img read more

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10 months agoTottenham striker Kane adamant: We’re title contenders!

first_imgTottenham striker Kane adamant: We’re title contenders!by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham striker Harry Kane insists they deserve to be considered title contenders after victory at Everton.Kane struck twice for the resounding 6-2 win.He told Sky Sports: “Everybody is talking about Liverpool and Man City, we are just kind of doing what we normally do.”There is still a long way to go. We are in a busy period.”Tottenham were buoyed by their midweek victory over rivals Arsenal in the Carabao Cup and Kane wants to push on even further. Kane said: “We have had a great week and it is important we carry it on. We have got games coming up thick and fast, but they are ones we can definitely win.”We just have to have a strong December, January, February, all the way through and pretty much see where we are come April time.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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