On-loan Barça winger Cristian Tello named Portugal’s best player for month of March

first_imgPorto’s on-loan Barcelona winger Cristian Tello has been named as the best player in the Portgueuse league for March.  He is at Porto for two seasons, but both Tello and the club would like to make that a permanent deal as soon possible.  Sport EN Tello has played a key role in Julen Lopetegui’s side since joining from Barça last summer.  “Thanks to all my teammates and those that are with me every day. Without them, it would not have been possible!!!” “Proud to receive the prize for being the best player in the Portuguese league in March,” he wrote.center_img Upd. on 22/11/2016 at 03:06 CET 19/04/2015 Tello picked up the award on Saturday and later posted a message of his Instagram account.  The 23-year-old has scored eight goals and created 11 more in his 36 appearances this season.last_img read more

Espanyol’s long-shot at getting into the Europa League fails

first_img If Espanyol had won, they would have needed Athletic to lose, Malaga to drop points and Rayo to have beaten La Real. They wouldn’t have edged Athletic on a head-to-head basis, but would have won a mini-league with Athletic and Rayo. 24/05/2015 The city of Barcelona will only have one team in Europe next season after all after Espanyol’s long-shot at a Europa League spot didn’t come off on the final day of the season. CEST Sam Marsden Athletic Club, who began the day in seventh place, thumped Villarreal 4-0, with Aritz Aduriz scoring a brace to take his tally for the season to 17. Not that a win would have helped them hit their target. They twice led against 10-man Celta Vigo, with the goals coming from Sergio Garcia and Christian Stuani, but eventually succumbed to a disappointing 3-2 defeat. Malaga’s loss to Sevilla ruled them out of the running, while Rayo Vallecano’s 4-2 defeat to Real Sociedad ended their very slim hopes of snatching a Europa League spot. Upd. at 01:49 Sergio Gonzalez’s side will go again next season.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo injury: His mum says he’s at 80%

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo’s mother Dolores Aveiro says the Real Madrid star is “80 per cent” of the way to fitness. 27/04/2016 Ronaldo went to Manchester but was not even able to sit on the bench for the 0-0 draw. She presented her autobiography Mother Courage and spoke about the chances of her son playing in the second leg of the Champions League final against Manchester City.  CEST “He’s ok, he’s not 100 per cent but he’s at 80 per cent. I think he’ll be there next week,” she said.  Upd. at 17:29 At the event she also said that Ronaldo “wants to finish his career at Real Madrid”. Sport ENlast_img

Barça and Real Madrid train for final time ahead of the Clasico

first_imgThe first Clasico of the sewason takes place at Camp Nou on Sunday when Barcelona host Real Madrid.  En este clásico hasta 15 jugadores de ambos equipos pueden debutar. Aquí os explicamos quiénes son y sus ‘antecedentes’ con el rival: En directo, la previa del clásico FC Barcelona – Real Madrid de la Liga 2018/19 Juan Manuel Díaz 11:09 11:28 Después de las sesiones preparatorias, Ernesto Valverde y Julen Lopetegui atenderán a los medios de comunicación. También  se spera con atención las listas de convocados de Barça y Real Madrid. 11:47 Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui, a former Barca goalkeeper, goes into the game under pressure and a defeat could cost him his job.  A lo largo de esta mañana estermos muy pendientes de la actividad en la Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper y en la Ciudad Deportiva de Valdebebas, los ‘cuarteles’ generales de Barça y Real Madrid. Ernesto Valverde was without injured trio Lionel Messi, Samuel Umtiti and Thomas Vermaelen, so continued to used Barça B defender Chumi.  El Camp Nou se vestirá igualmente de gala. El FC Barcelona ha preparado un mosaico excepcional que debe dar mayor color y realce a los minutos previos del partido. Y que además, tiene un mensaje especial: El clásico siempre tiene sus detalles especiales y sus novedades. La edición del Camp Nou de esta Jornada 10 se jugará con el balón de invierno de la temporada 2018/19, que de hecho ya se estrenó en el duelo entre el Real Valladolid y el Espanyol del viernes: 11:10 Upd. on 28/10/2018 at 14:32 CET Más opiniones de exjugadores, Martín Vázquez y Albert Ferrer: It’s the first Clasico without either Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo (now at Juventus) in over a decade, which could see Barça bet on their identity and pick a midfield-heavy side in a bid to keep the ball and win the game.  IN SPORT.ES 10:53 11:50 11:38 11:22 Madrid will train later in the day, with both coaches speaking to the press after their respective training sessions.  @JuanmaDiaz65 11:14 La expectación es enorme en las instalaciones blaugrana, como nos explican nuestros compañeros Jordi Gil y Javi Ferrándiz. Hay 719 periodistas acreditados para asistir en directo en el Camp Nou al partido.Prena en la previa del clásico | SPORT.es El Barça está ofreciendo estos primeros minutos de entreno en directo a través de sus medios: 27/10/2018 Both teams are training on Saturday for the final time before the game, with Barça’s session already wrapped up.  En cambio, están ausentes Leo Messi, Samuel Umtiti y Thomas Vermaelen, lesionados. En la Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, los jugadores del Barça ya saltan al césped del Camp Tito Vilanova encabezados por Sergi Roberto y Sergio Busquets. También está Chumi, que apunta que podría estar de nuevo en la lista de convocados. 10:55 Como sabéis, será el primer Barça-Madrid sin Leo Messi y Cristiano Ronaldo en una década. En el caso blaugrana, dos o tres jugadores pueden quedar fuera de la lista en función de si, como decíamos Chumi entra en la lista o no.  11:20 UPDATE +0 Barca go into the game at the top of the table, with 18 points from their nine games. Madrid, meanwhile, are out of the European places with 14 points.  Load morelast_img read more

The reasons why Luis Enrique recalled Jordi Alba to Spain’s squad

first_img “I don’t need to make choices just because that’s what people want. That isn’t to say I don’t value other people’s opinions, but because I can’t let others influence my choices. I don’t remember the exact moment I made the decision. Nothing has changed in regards to previous lists. There weren’t any phonecalls. I don’t have problems with anyone. And on a professional level there’s nobody who knows Jordi Alba better than me and my staff.” The inclusion of Jordi Alba in Spain’s squad was the main focus of Luis Enrique’s press conference. Practically all of the questions directed at the coach were about the Barcelona left back and he even touched upon Alba perhaps being captain in one of the games. RELATED STORIES “There are factors which are important, not only on an individual level but for the collective. If they are in form, offer competition, have what we’ve looking for – there are loads of factors which come into play. The sum of all that is what allows me to make the decision. Other people might think differently, but we’re the ones who make the list,” insisted Luis Enrique. aLBA AS CAPTAIN? IN SPORT.ES “It’s possible. He’ll definitely be the third captain because Jordi Alba has 66 caps. But it’s normal and it won’t change my decision. I don’t decide why someone is a captain or not,” said Luis Enrique before he asked for questions which weren’t related to the Barça star. Sport EN 08/11/2018 Upd. on 09/11/2018 at 12:38 CET Luis Enrique corrects his mistake and recalls Jordi Alba Luis Enrique to name Spain squad for Croatia and Bosnia on Thursday Las razones por las que Luis Enrique ha convocado a Jordi Albalast_img read more

‘Barça promised De Jong an important player would leave the club’

first_img 25/01/2019 One of De Jong’s demands was getting regular playing time and it appears Barça reacted by putting three midfielders for sale. Although the identity of those players wasn’t revealed by his source, Quim claims it’ll be Ivan Rakitic, Denis Suarez and Rafinha who leave the club. In respect to Denis Suarez, his departure is all but confirmed. Denis has made no secret of his desire to leave and is desperately searching for a new team which is able to match Barça’s asking price and promise him the playing time he isn’t getting at the Camp Nou. According to Quim Domènech on ‘El Chiringuito’, FC Barcelona convinced Frenkie De Jong to sign for them after confirming at least three central midfielders would be leaving the club in the summer. It appears there’s an ongoing debate over Rakitic’s future. Ernesto Valverde is a huge fan of the player the Rakitic himself loves the club. However in the sporting department and boardroom they feel it’s time to cash in on the tireless midfielder whilst he still has a few good years left at the highest level. CETcenter_img Juan Linares (@Jlinares91) El Barça le prometió a De Jong la salida de un jugador importante, segun ‘El Chiringuito’ IN SPORT.ES Upd. at 11:26 last_img read more

Rabiot’s mother hits out at Paris Saint-Germain’s treatment of her son

first_img “At PSG, there are players who are six minutes late because they were napping [Rabiot was dropped against Marseille in Ligue 1 for missing a prematch team talk], while others can go and party on the other side of the world at the Rio carnival when they are injured,” she said. Jordi Delgado “I am not crying and looking for sympathy, nor trying to weaken Adrien further by saying that he is not coping well, but his human side is under attac. I will simply say that he is taking all of this very badly since the start.”  RELATED STORIES 20/03/2019 Veronique Rabiot, the mother and agent of Adrien Rabiot, has hit out at Paris Saint-Germain’s treatment of her son.  “It is easier for PSG to speak about us and make stories up about Adrien than to face facts and find solutions for this club to become efficient and effective on the pitch.” Adrien Rabiot, Zinedine Zidane’s secret signing? Veronique added that “Adrien [has been] training since he was suspended, but I will not tell you where, with whom and how. In a sensational interview with L’Equipe, Veronique claimed:  CETcenter_img Upd. at 18:47 The decision came after he was seen out partying on the night PSG lost to Manchester United in the Champions League. He had not been involved in that game.  Rabiot had already been sidelined from playing for the first team because he won’t sign a new contract when the club took the decision to suspend him last week.  She said: “Adrien is a prisoner — a PSG hostage. Soon it will be dry bread, water and the dungeon for him — it is a cruel environment! IN SPORT.ES Her son is a “prisoner” in Paris PSG have made stories up about him  Neymar receives special treatment And that there’s no agreement to join any club when his deal expires in June La rajada de la madre de Rabiot, al completo Rabiot was also punished by the club for tunring up late once but Veronique says there are double standards when it comes to Neymar, without directly naming the Brazilian.  Veronique Rabiot: Adrien is a prisoner at PSGlast_img read more

Leganes shock Barcelona in their first ever win over the Catalans

first_imgAdvertisement 0gNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs9rmWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ez9( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) c4amWould you ever consider trying this?😱8la6Can your students do this? 🌚cmvmRoller skating! Powered by Firework Defending Spanish champions FC Barcelona slumped to a a 2-1 loss to lowly Leganes yesterday courtesy of goals from Nabil El Zhar and Oscar Rodriguez in the second half. This loss came as a shock to the entire footballing world but this was not the first time that Leganes had shocked one of the ‘big boys’ of La Liga.Advertisement Phillipe Coutinho gave Barcelona the lead in the 12th minute with an attempt deserving of a Puskas nomination, a venomous volley that flew right into the bottom corner of the Leganes goal. Barcelona dominated the first half after a demoralised Leganes tried to keep them at bay, creating several opportunities but failing to convert them into goals.Advertisement The second half saw something almost entirely different as Leganes took it to Barcelona and scored twice in two minutes to take the lead. The first was a point blank header from Nabil El Zhar in the 52nd minute that levelled the game up, followed by a powerful strike by Real Madrid loanee Oscar Rodriguez in the 53rd minute that gave Leganes the victory.Despite having 78% possession, it was Leganes that had more shots and shots on target in the match, while the only other stat where Barca were ahead was offsides, with 5 compared to Leganes’ 1. It just wasn’t meant to be for the Catalans.Advertisement Watch match highlights here :  Read also :Football: Twitter reacts to Eden Hazard’s wondergoal against LiverpoolHazard turns on the magic as Chelsea edge out Liverpool  Advertisementlast_img read more

James Harden puts on the style as he sinks in 9 3-pointers in warm…

first_imgAdvertisement 6s1NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3hgWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E5pvb6( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4aikhflWould you ever consider trying this?😱b4mCan your students do this? 🌚ppoRoller skating! Powered by Firework The Houston Rockets routed the Shanghai Sharks 128-86, and James Harden starred in the win. Harden had 37 points in 30 minutes in a shooting masterclass.Advertisement He was 13 of 18 from the field, including 9 of 14 from beyond the arc. To go with his scoring exploits, Harden moved the ball pretty well as well, recording 9 assists.Advertisement The Rockets were deadly from three-point range, making 28 fall from 66 attempts. PJ Tucker scored 22 points, which included 6 three-pointers.Former NBA player Jimmer Fredette led the way for the Sharks, and he finished with 41 points on 16 of 40 shooting. He contributed nine rebounds and three assists as well. Luis Scola, a former Rocket finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds.Advertisement The above basket from Harden caused quite a debate about whether it was a trave or not, but he won’t care.The Rockets dominated in the first half and scored 73 points due to their three-point prowess. They drained 17 three-pointers in the first half. Gary Clark scored 16 points, and both James Ennis III and Gerald Green had 15.Marc D’Antoni’s men will play their final preseason game against the Memphis Grizzlies tomorrow.     Advertisementlast_img read more

Viv Richards defends Virat Kohli’s aggressive behavior

first_imgAdvertisement 48vslNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs7q2bWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9gkmm6( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 49m0Would you ever consider trying this?😱fgcvCan your students do this? 🌚c8614Roller skating! Powered by Firework West Indies great Vivian Richards on Friday revealed that despite facing huge defeat in Perth test, Indian skipper Virat Kohli will drag his team to a series win against Australia. Team India lost the 2nd Test by 146-run at the hands of hosts Australia. Richards also defended Indian Cricket Team’s aggression and said that India under Virat Kohli has learnt to give it back. Viv Richards is happy that the current Indian team has come a long way in terms of aggressive attitude from the teams that he played against and credit should go to skipper Virat Kohli for infusing positive attitude.Advertisement Viv Richards. “India were not like this years back (70’s, 80’s and 90’s). But it’s nice to have someone like Virat. I love it (aggression), why not? They now love to give it back. That’s what cricket is all about. I love Virat’s captaincy,” Richards said during a promotional event.Advertisement “He competes hard. He expects results. A lot of people have said he’s too aggressive… I don’t think so. When you have a guy who can lead from the front, it can only rub off on the individuals who are following him. As you can see, the Indian team today is the team to beat in world cricket” Richards also spoke on the ongoing Test series in Australia, saying that India have the best chance to beat Australia for the first time.Advertisement “It’s going to be a great series in Australia. Aussies have fought back well after India won the opening Test in Adelaide. Even though this Indian team are the number one, you should never underestimate Australia. They are fighters.”“With the series 1-1 now, it would be a very good one. But I would say India have the perfect chance to win a series in Australia under the aggressive captaincy of Kohli.” “I remember the days when we came here for the first time in 1970s, they had the best spinners in the world. And now they have a great pace attack as well. I think that’s the plus point.” For Richards, Sunil Gavaskar is the ‘godfather’ of Indian batting. The bulk of Gavaskar’s 34 Test hundreds have come against the fearsome West Indies pace attack of 70’s and early 80’s. “I would say this for sure that he’s the godfather of Indian batsmanship. He is not playing anymore. He passed down the mantle to Sachin; and now we see Virat. India should be very proud to have so many talented people, who are up there in world cricket” Delving on the plight of West Indies cricket, Richards hoped they were half as good as Indians. “We have gone through a bad phase, but in sport you never say never. So long we believe that we are going to turn it around at some phase, it’s just a matter of time. It may be taking longer than normal. But at some point, we will be back at our best again,” he said.The third Test of the series starts from December 26 and will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Advertisementlast_img read more