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There can be no doubt about it: Germany are the best footballing nation in the world. Two days after their under-21 squad Chris Wormley Youth Jersey won the European Championship, a weakened senior team – eight of whom are eligible for the youth side – beat Chile in a thrilling game to lift the Confederations Cup.When Joachim Löw travelled to Russia without Marco Reus, Thomas Müller, Mesut Özil, Sami Khedira, Mats Hummels and Jérôme Boateng, the German manager was heavily criticised. “I feel vindicated,” he said before the match. Following his team’s performance in Saint Petersburg Löw has every right to gloat. Twelve months out from the 2018 World Cup the reigning champions are strong favourites to become only the third side in history to defend their title successfully.Fifa’s controversial video assistant referee (VAR) technology was once again under the spotlight after Chile’s Gonzalo Jara remained on the pitch despite landing an elbow in Timo Werner’s face during a http://www.baltimoreravensauthorizedstore.com/crockett-gillmore-jersey-elite second-half challenge. The foul was brought to the attention of the Serbian referee, Milorad Mazic, who reviewed the footage from the touchline but only cautioned Jara.Löw diplomatically suggested it “could have been worthy of a red card” while the Chile manager, Juan Antonio Pizzi, refused to comment. The incident will fuel debate about the potential use of VAR at next year’s World Cup, with Fifa’s president, Gianni Infantino, recently backing the technology.Murray’s situation is of the most obvious interest to the home audience and the flaring of an old hip problem has spread understandable misgivings about his chances. He has had a wretched time of it since usurping Djokovic as world No1 last November: shingles in Australia, flu in the US, a tender serving Authentic Cameron Wake Youth Jersey elbow in Miami, another heavy cold in Paris and, generally, a lack of conviction on court. Where once he overcame adversity, he has faltered.Murray has won 21 matches this year and lost nine, but six of those have been to players outside the top 10: Jordan Thompson (90), Fabio Fognini (29), Borna Coric (59), Albert Ramos Viñolas (29), Vasek Pospisil (129) and Mischa Zverev (50), who began the slide in the first week of the Australian Open.In all of 2016 he lost nine times, winning 78 matches, nine titles, with a second Wimbledon his crowning glory before a third BBC Sports Personality of the Year award and a knighthood.So, back to reality, which is where Murray prefers to reside. “You never http://www.miamidolphinsauthorizedstore.com/charles-harris-jersey know,” he said on Sunday, referring to the lingering hip problem. “I haven’t been in that sort of position too often, like only a few days before a slam, and not felt good at all. Hasn’t really happened to me much.“Obviously this is an extremely important tournament, so you worry a little bit. It’s a little bit stressful if you can’t practise for a few days. You want to be preparing, training as much as you can to get ready and make yourself feel better, especially when you hadn’t had any matches. But [I have] just tried to think positively. I tried to make the best decisions along with my team to give myself the best chance to feel good on Monday. I feel like I’ve done that.”
Of the many words Andy Murray spoke on Sunday to assert he Authentic Adidas Laurent Brossoit Womens Jersey is fit to defend his Wimbledon title over the full course of the next fortnight, three stood out, “You never know.”Once, we did know. We knew Murray and Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic were so far ahead of their peers that in 49 slams during the previous 12 years, they allowed only three interlopers to intrude on their dominance. This is the 50th major since Marat Safin won the Australian Open in 2005 and it may yet mark a significant turning point in the history of the modern game.Stan Wawrinka was – and remains – the most dangerous of the so-called outsiders to interrupt the four-pronged hegemony, yet the three-slam champion perversely refuses to be numbered alongside them; Marin Cilic, who emerged from a thinned out field to prevail at Flushing Meadows in 2014, is enjoying an encouraging renaissance; and Juan Martín del Potro, the amiable Argentinian who first http://www.authenticedmontonoilers.com/authentic-leon-draisaitl-jersey flitted across the tennis firmament to interrupt Federer’s reign at the US Open eight years ago, is, it seems, in a state of permanent comeback.The final began with a surreal all-singing, all-dancing closing ceremony, which paid homage to Russian history, past Confederations Cup winners and the 6,000-strong army of tournament volunteers. As fans filed into the controversial Saint Petersburg Stadium in glorious afternoon sunlight, a giant Mexican sombrero, the former Brazil striker Ronaldo and Russian pop stars graced the field. Despite both nations playing five games in 14 days neither manager made concessions to fatigue; South America’s champions, Chile, named an unchanged line-up http://www.authenticnewjerseydevils.com/authentic-travis-zajac-jersey and Germany replaced one defender.Chile had the better of the opening encounters, Alexis Sánchez threatening as he floated between the three-man German defence. By his standards the Arsenal forward has been quiet in Russia while rumours swirl of a transfer to Manchester City. But Sánchez displayed dangerous movement and creative link-up play with Arturo Vidal early on.Chile had a golden opportunity in the 19th minute when the Barcelona goalkeeper, Marc-André ter Stegen, parried a long-range Vidal effort towards an onrushing Chilean forward line. But the two-times Copa América champions failed to convert and Germany launched a rapid counter-attack. Although Chile initially neutralised the move, a terrible Adidas Taylor Hall Youth Jersey mistake by Marcelo Díaz allowed Werner to collect the ball just inside the penalty area. He passed across an empty goalmouth to Lars Stindl, who tapped in for his third goal in four games.“It is just outstanding: players with so little international experience, with so few caps in other final matches, have been playing at the top level of quality.”The first half continued in a similar vein. Chile looked the better team but were unable to capitalise on chances while Germany created real danger on their occasional forays forward. Julian Draxler shot wide in the 40th minute while Leon Goretzka should have doubled the advantage before the interval.Soon we will know if Murray and his team have got it right or are putting an optimistic gloss on a situation that is more problematic than they are letting on.
Sam Warburton is backing the British & Irish Lions to storm back into the series and ask physical questions of New Zealand Charley Taylor Authentic Jersey in Saturday’s second Test. The recalled Warburton rates the game as “the biggest challenge of my career” and predicts a furious response to the defeat at Eden Park.Warburton is advising the All Blacks to brace themselves for an intense examination. “We know it’s all or nothing now,” said Warburton, restored as captain in place of Peter O’Mahony. “When you have been physically outplayed, which we were, that does hurt you as a playing group. The http://www.washingtonredskinsauthorizedstore.com/charley-taylor-jersey boys are looking to put that right on Saturday.“In rugby it’s very much a case of 99 times out of 100 the more physical team wins. People might not like to hear that but it is the truth. Being physical doesn’t mean beating up people. It means your scrum is dominant, your lineout maul is dominant and your breakdown is dominant. That’s the majority of the game, apart from the kicking side. That has to improve this weekend.”Warren Gatland has reshuffled his starting XV, with Warburton, Maro Itoje and Johnny Sexton promoted from the bench, with the aim of putting the All Blacks under greater strain in Wellington. The players still regard New Zealand as eminently beatable. “The guys around me are guys who have the mentality which I want from them,” Warburton said. “They don’t care who they’re playing against. They’re all human beings and anybody can get put under pressure. It’s about making sure we can do that on Saturday.”Warburton is Authentic Antwon Blake Youth Jersey determined to square the series: “It’s going to be the biggest highlight of my career leading the boys out on Saturday. We all accept last weekend was probably the first game on tour we were beaten in the battle at the breakdown from a physicality point of view. That’s just going to fuel the fire.I’m addicted to winning, which people say is a positive in football, but certainly not when it extends to gambling He recognises his football ability as “a gift but also a curse”. It took him from Sunday League at 15 into the Premier League four years later, to the 2012 Olympics with Great Britain and into Roy Hodgson’s England side for a friendly in Sweden later that year. His talent has convinced some of the most respected managers he is worth pursuing. Yet, while http://www.tennesseetitansauthorizedstore.com/avery-williamson-jersey he could still “get away with it” on the pitch, he lived in denial. It was more than six years into his career before he accepted he needed help. “You always think you can rein it back in again and the money provides a false sense of security. But at Southampton I realised, mentally, I was gone. I wasn’t playing, my career was going nowhere and I had to reach out to someone. The doctor there tried to help me but others were just telling me to go out on the pitch and ‘express myself’.“There was no understanding as to what was happening in my head. I know they’d brought me in to do a job and they weren’t there to be babysitters. Just like at QPR, I needed to justify the money they were paying me but I was in a state and, at some point, there has to be a duty of care. Football does not deal well with mental illness. Maybe it’s changing but the support mechanisms are so often not there. I’ve spoken to so many players who have been told to go to the Sporting Chance clinic and they’ve refused because they know, if they take time off, they’ll lose their place in the team. Someone steps in and does well, so you’re gone. That dissuades people from getting help. You feel obliged to get on with things.“I would urge lads to speak to the PFA, to speak to their manager, and not be scared about being dropped if they are feeling like I did. Be brave enough to say you need help before it’s too late. The anxiety … I’d always needed something to take the edge off. Football was my escape as a kid but that changed when I was chucked into the first team as a teenager and suddenly football came with pressure. My way of dealing with it, even in the early stages of my career, was gambling. I’m an addict. I’m addicted to winning, which people say is a positive in football but certainly not when it extends to gambling. I was addicted to trying to beat the system, because you convince yourself there is a system to it and you can beat it. You can never get your head around why you aren’t.”
port lies down the list of concerns after President Trump’s attempted travel ban against six Muslim-majority countries, but soccer has not emerged untouched. An MLS club is reported to have missed out on a Muslim player in part because of the ban, while Columbus Crew forward Justin Jaden Schwartz Jersey Meram pulled out of the Iraq national team squad for reasons related to the ban.None of the six countries under the proposed ban are renowned soccer powers, but many immigrants from Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya and Yemen have used the sport to help integrate themselves into their new home. We spoke to players from each of the six countries about how the current climate has affected their lives.Hussein is a soccer hero in Somalia, an international midfielder of some standing in his home country. But the precariousness of life in Somalia prompted him to flee his homeland for eventual asylum in the US. He has just passed the one-year anniversary of his arrival in the US, and maintains hopes of US citizenship and a return to pro soccer from his base in St Louis.“When I came to the US, I was excited – very happy to be in this country: to be free and away from Somalia’s troubles. I am very appreciative. I am not playing right now but I train and hope to play. I was 23 when I arrived, an established player in Somalia, but the level is higher here so I’m still working out and hopeful of being recruited soon.“When I was in Kenya, where I first fled and awaited asylum, I thought of the US as a country that accepted everyone, welcomed everyone, regardless of race, religion and beliefs. And I still see the country this way even though there has been a minor setback recently. I still believe the US is the country for all. The first thing that came to my mind [after the travel ban was http://www.officialbluesauthentic.com/authentic-17-jaden-schwartz-jersey.html discussed] was my family who want one day to join me here. Will they be safe, will we be separated? That’s what I’m always worried about. All of the other people, too, who are always running away from the extremists in Somalia.Sa’ad Hussein during his playing days in Somalia. Photograph: PR“Al-Shabaab arrested me and then tortured me for listening to music on my phone. They lashed me 38 times. The public lashing I was given happened a month before a World Cup qualifier I played in against Ethiopia. I played for my country many times, the first time when I was 17. I played club football for the local club Elman FC. When the lashing happened, I was already in a camp with the national team but I left for a weekend in my hometown. The Somali football federation got treatment for me in Djibouti where we played the match.“Later, I decided to take part in a documentary about the situation in Somalia and talk about my story. That’s why I left for Kenya. Now that the movie [Men in the Arena] is coming out, I am worried about my family’s safety. That’s the whole reason I am here. Because if I was in Somalia and Al-Shabaab saw that documentary, they would kill me and my family. In the meantime, I’m still worried about my family.”Opportunity brought Eldrasi to the United States after a long playing career in the Libyan Mario Chalmers Womens Jersey Premier League. He left his homeland shortly before the fall of the Gaddafi regime, later gained green-card status in the US and currently works to get his wife and two sons out of his home city of Benghazi. He coaches the next generation of youth soccer in the Austin area.“I came to the United States in 2011 before the war broke out. I came like anyone. I have a dream. I want to study English. I want to open an academy because I love soccer. When my playing career was over, I decided to come here, finish my education, and pursue my passion. It has not been easy. I got a work permit after four years, then a green card after five. I’ve struggled. I’m still studying, I work as a distributor, and I still play amateur football. I also coach, mostly American and Latino kids.“I was a professional for 16 years in Libya. When I was 18 I started in an academy in Benghazi, the professional club Al-Tahaddi. I also played for other clubs in the Libyan league, including Al Ahli in Tripoli and Al-Nasr, also in Benghazi. I played against Gaddafi’s son, Al-Saadi, many times when he played for Al-Ahli. I once had a chance to go to Turkey and Egypt but I couldn’t because [the Libyan FA] didn’t want me to go. That happened a lot – not just to me but to other players as well. It was really tough but now it’s more tough. It’s unsafe right now in my country. Go look at Benghazi now.“Isis caught my brother. We don’t know about his body, we don’t know if he is alive. He always talked about Isis, that they are not good people, that they are killing people, they are not Islam. I have two sons and my wife over there. Right now they are in Benghazi. They always cry about wanting to come here but it’s not in my hands. They are waiting for a visa right now. Everything is tough. My kids say, ‘Dad, what’s going on?’”Mayen was five when he arrived in the US as a refugee from Sudan. He maintains hopes of one day making it as a pro as he currently works on his game as a striker at Carlow University in Pittsburgh. Soccer http://www.officialheatauthentic.com/authentic-15-mario-chalmers-jersey.html is in his blood.“I fled my hometown of Khartoum in Sudan with my family in 1998. At that time, if you were Muslim you would be killed; if you were Christian you would be killed. My parents decided to flee for our freedom. We relocated to Lebanon and then in 2000 we moved to Syracuse in New York. In Sudan, my dad owned a semi-pro team named Wau Nar, so I was always around soccer from when I was really young. My dad always wanted his sons to be around what he had built from the ground up, which he had to give away when we left.“I’ve played three years of college soccer now. When I first came to the US I met a kid named Dylan, and he and his family helped me out a lot because they knew my love for the game. Rides, money, food, equipment, cleats. Over the years I grew to play with teams around the area. I’m trying to refine my skills and my touch so that when the next college season comes I can play at the best of my ability.“The ban shocked my family more than anything. The United States is a place where people like my family can come for a better life. When the ban was put in place, it almost seemed like – not a slap in the face – but rejection, almost. It’s hard to explain. Everywhere around the world everyone speaks so highly of the US, so it was confusing to see them not be the big brother but turn the cold shoulder. I’m a permanent resident now, though 95% of my family are citizens by now. Right now, say the national team for Sudan wanted to call me to play, I’m really not sure if I’d be comfortable traveling to play in case there were problems coming back.”in 2006 Shawish left southeastern Yemen behind, starting a new life with his family in upstate New York.
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Luis Enrique rested several of his regular starters, including Luis Suárez, Andrés Iniesta and Jordi Alba – an understandable move following gruelling matches against Juventus and Real Madrid and before the weekend’s derby at Espanyol.It seemed it would not matter much after Lionel Messi struck early and André Gomes extended the lead before half-time.Former Real Madrid B striker Joselu - on loan from Stoke - pulled another goal back for Deportivo but the visitors always had another in them and that http://www.officiallaramsauthentic.com/Jamon-Brown-Jersey.html honour fell to Casemiro.Earlier Barcelona blitzed Osasuna with four goals in 10 second-half minutes. Luis Enrique rested several of his regular starters, including Luis Suárez, Andrés Iniesta and Jordi Alba – an understandable move following gruelling matches against Juventus and Real Madrid and before the weekend’s derby at Espanyol.It seemed it would not matter much after Lionel Messi struck early and André Gomes extended the lead before half-time.However, the decision might have been briefly questioned when Roberto Torres pulled a goal back at the start of the second half. But Gomes and Messi both got their second goals of the evening either side of the hour to put the game to bed and Paco Alcacer and Javier Mascherano, the latter from the penalty spot, quickly added gloss to the scoreline with 67 minutes on the clock. Alcacer became the third player to score a double with four minutes remaining.The 3ft (90cm) continental giant rabbit, which was 10 months old and named Simon, died while travelling from London Heathrow to O’Hare airport in Chicago.The airline revealed it had offered the customer compensation and, contrary to previous reports, clarified that the animal was alive when it was taken off the flight.United’s spokesman Charles Hobart said the animal had appeared healthy and shown no signs of distress upon landing.
Jürgen Klopp has said he expects Liverpool’s England contingent will be involved in friendly in Australia three days after the end of their Premier League season and less than a month before the national team face Scotland in Authentic Mario Chalmer Womens Jersey a World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park.Liverpool will play Sydney FC in a lucrative match at the ANZ Stadium on 24 May after closing their domestic campaign at home to Middlesbrough and have announced that Steve Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Daniel Agger and Steve McManaman will feature in the game.Manchester United show ‘concrete interest’ in £85m Antoine Griezmann Despite calling up four former players Klopp insists Liverpool’s England players and other internationals will travel halfway around the world for a fixture that forms part of the club’s 125th anniversary celebrations. England face Scotland on 10 June, with the squad expected to report for training five days earlier, before playing a friendly against France in Paris on 13 June.Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne and Daniel Sturridge would all normally feature in the Australia trip and the England games, but fitness problems may dictate otherwise. Henderson is on crutches after being told by Liverpool’s medical department to take the weight off a foot injury that has sidelined the Liverpool captain since 11 February. Klopp has admitted the midfielder suffered a setback in his recovery and it is not known when Henderson will return.Liverpool must also play a waiting game on Sturridge’s recovery from another hip injury but Lallana is expected back from a thigh problem for Monday’s trip to Watford. Injuries permitting, Klopp expects to take a strong squad to Sydney after the Middlesbrough finale.The Liverpool manager said: “We will go with pretty much everybody. They will all go there even if they don’t play. They will be involved with other things. We are not sure, there are one or two [who could miss the trip] but that involves other things and not international call-ups. We will show the best and nicest faces of LFC.“There is no final decision at this moment. What we can say is 100% yes – we want to present Liverpool as good as possible and it makes sense to import these legends. They’re really happy about http://www.officialheatauthentic.com/authentic-15-mario-chalmers-jersey.html it.”Manchester United have shown “concrete interest” in signing the Atlético Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann, who has an buyout clause of £85m, the France international’s agent Eric Olhats has claimed.United, who are fifth in the Premier League, have scored the least number of goals among the top six sides and are aiming to strengthen their attack with Griezmann, who has scored 25 goals for Atlético this season.“We’re at the stage of gathering information from clubs who have a concrete interest,” Olhats told the French TV programme Téléfoot. “There is an unavoidable €100m clause so that restricts the number of candidates. You have United, [Manchester] City, Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid. United were the first to come and see us and the most concrete in their wishes.“United’s attacking options are limited with their top goalscorer, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, ruled out for a lengthy period after Authentic Carlos Ruiz Womens Jersey sustaining a knee injury in their Europa League tie against Anderlecht.The injured midfielder Juan Mata is the next highest scorer this season with six goals, while the 19-year-old striker Marcus Rashford has five. United face City at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday with both teams striving to secure a Champions League berth.If Maria Sharapova, with neither ranking nor regrets for the actions that led to her absence, can advance to the second round of this tournament by beating the 2015 US Open finalist Roberta Vinci in what is sure to be a packed and awed Centre Court, she will make as many people furious as delirious.Serena Williams accuses Ilie Nastase of racially abusing her and unborn child At stake is not a mere result, nor even temporary glory for a bread-and-butter tournament the leading players use to tune up for the slams. Sharapova, a triple-champion who is here courtesy of a wildcard http://www.authenticphillieshop.com/authentic-26-chase-utley-jersey.html 24 hours after the end of her drugs ban, is playing for vindication and an excuse for another, more important invitation: to the French Open next month. Tennis also desperately needs Her Blondeness back.Sharapova will qualify for the preliminary tournament at Roland Garros by right if she reaches Sunday’s final in Germany. While that is unlikely, there will be many gormless cheerleaders willing her to do so. If she loses before then, she will have to rely on the whim of the French federation president, Bernard Giudicelli, who gives the impression of being immune to her charms, and gets a chance to prove his steel when he hands down a decision on 15 May.Giudicelli knows that Sharapova is perfectly placed to fill the giant vacuum in the schedule recently created by the world No1 Serena Williams, who is inconveniently absent for the rest of the year while awaiting the arrival of her first child. Tommy Cooper did not have better timing.There is an argument to say that a former champion should be welcomed back in the main draw of a tournament ahead of more deserving hopefuls – although not a very convincing one, in these circumstances. Which is why Giudicelli could use the qualifying tournament as a convenient route back to the majors for her. Wimbledon will have this discussion in coming weeks, too.
On 14 April 2012 Sheffield United beat Leyton Orient 3-1 at Bramall Lane, their sixth successive league win. The victory kept them in the second automatic Andre Burakovsky Womens Jersey promotion spot in League One, four points clear of their neighbour Sheffield Wednesday, with three games to play. The third goal that day was scored by Ched Evans. It was his 35th goal of a prolific season.Six days later Evans was found guilty of rape, a verdict since quashed, and handed a five-year jail sentence. A reeling United took two points from their final three games and missed out on automatic promotion to Wednesday, then limped through the play-offs before losing dismally to Huddersfield on penalties at Wembley.Evans was released on licence in October 2014. United, having lost again in the play-offs in 2012-13 and missed out altogether in 2013-14, were bumbling through another season of general mediocrity in the third tier. There had been murmurings of an attempt to re-sign Evans, whose contract had expired at the end of the 2011-12 season, more or less from the start of his incarceration so there was little surprise when, on his release, he was invited to train with the club.A petition against Evans rejoining the club gathered 165,000 signatures, several prominent people quit their roles as club patrons, sponsors threatened to withdraw funding, while Jessica Ennis-Hill said she would ask for her name to be removed from the Bramall Lane end of the ground if they offered Evans a contract. The http://www.authenticcapitalshop.com/authentic-70-braden-holtby-jersey.html fan base was utterly split.United begrudgingly gave up the attempt to sign the striker. Jim Phipps, co-chairman at the time, cited “mob-like behaviour” and “direct attacks on the club” as forcing the decision. “I’m upset we are not able to do what we wanted to do,” he added. The irritation was clear.Evans was gone but certainly not forgotten. At a fans forum in May 2016, less than a fortnight after his conviction was quashed, the chairman and co-owner, Kevin McCabe, in his introduction before answering the usual questions on player sales and transfer targets after another failed attempt to get out of the third tier, was revealing about the psyche of the club.“We should undoubtedly have escaped League One back in 2012, the slam dunk automatic promotion we were robbed of because of the unfortunate incident of Ched Evans.“No other club get these extraordinary events that hit you at exactly the wrong time of the season. I do talk about it when I’m around football supporters from other clubs and they begin to talk about some of their incidents: they’re nothing like ours. They don’t have a Ched Evans issue, they don’t have a Carlos Tevez affair [who kept West Ham in the Premier League at United’s expense in 2006-7].”Self-pitying claptrap, yes, but also an Jamon Brown Jersey insight into a club who have never really got over losing out to Wednesday in the immediate aftermath of Evans’ conviction. A month after those comments Evans joined Chesterfield and in October he was found not guilty in a retrial. When Evans was substituted just after the hour on his former team’s visit to the Proact Stadium he was applauded by a large proportion of the Blades fans present.Evans’ name had hung around United like a bad smell for more than four years. But since that November day at Chesterfield, the miasma has lifted, blown away by Chris Wilder’s superb, title-winning team. With one game to play they are one win away from reaching 100 points for the first time in the club’s history. The visitors to Bramall Lane on the final day of the season? Chesterfield.Which makes the news this week that United are set to re-sign Evans an interesting bit of timing. It could be seen as serendipitous – the “wronged hero” finally coming home just as United tie the bow on the promotion that they missed in 2012. Or unfortunate: Evans, despite being cleared, remains a hugely divisive issue: his potential return has been far from universally welcomed.That is in no small part due to footballing questions about his re-signing for a fee that could rise to £500,000. United are the leading scorers among the 92 league clubs. Billy Sharp, with http://www.officiallaramsauthentic.com/Cory-Harkey-Jersey.html 29 goals, is the top scorer in all four leagues. Leon Clarke has had a storming end to the season with six goals in his last five games. James Hanson was a significant signing from Bradford City in January.Evans, meanwhile, who was part of the United side relegated from the Championship in 2010-11 and scored only 13 goals in 67 games for the club at that level, has hardly had an outstanding return – five league goals all season, a persistent ankle injury and another relegation on his CV are all he has to show for it.Perhaps Wilder feels he can reinvigorate the striker as he has done with several members of a previously underachieving squad this season. Personally, though, it is hard to escape the sense that this smacks of a settling of scores well beyond the dugout.John Ashdown is a life-long Sheffield United supporter
For Serie A’s 20 clubs, the finish line is in sight. The two representing the city of Milan, however, might be starting to wonder what race they have even Authentic Anthony Tolliver Youth Jersey been running. They had presumed for many months to be part of that elite group chasing after a Champions League berth. Instead, at the end of this gruelling marathon, they find themselves contesting a prize that hardly seems worth winning.Sixth place is just about all that Inter or Milan can aspire to, after a weekend in which they each hit new depths of calamity. Their prize (barring an implausible collapse from Coppa Italia finalists Lazio, which would offer fresh opportunities to climb higher in any case) would be a spot in the Europa League’s third qualifying round.To frame that another way: the winners of this race can look forward to having their holidays shortened for a season that begins in July. Might players prefer to lose now than endure such a dubious reward? It is a scandalous suggestion, but one that found its way into several Monday papers as reporters strived to comprehend Inter’s 5-4 defeat at Fiorentina, and Milan’s 2-1 loss at home to Empoli.The former result might not seem so shocking at a glance. Fiorentina, despite indifferent http://www.officialbasketballkingstore.com/Arron_Afflalo_Jersey form, have still only lost one league game this season at the Stadio Artemio Franchi. And yet it was the manner of this defeat, rather than the fact of it, that left Inter’s supporters bewildered.With an hour gone, they were 2-1 up and pulling out the party tricks. By the 79th, they trailed 5-2. Fiorentina deserve credit for the way they shifted through the gears – Borja Valero and Matías Vecino exploiting the gaps between Inter’s midfield lines and Khouma Babacar taking the first of his two goals especially coolly. All, though, were enabled by opponents whose defensive inattentiveness has become an institutional trait.Stefano Pioli will carry the can for this collapse, and was reported by some outlets to have attempted to resign afterward. Inter have taken only two points from their past five games, and he looked every bit the defeated man as he reflected that they had “stopped being a team”.He will be replaced in the summer, but Inter’s capacity for capitulation has now transcended a multitude of different managers, players and ownership groups in the past half-decade. Even the shortest attention spans cannot have forgotten how this club sat top at Christmas last season under Roberto Mancini, yet finished David Perron Womens Jersey 13 points off a Champions League place.What will it take to fix this team? The Chinese owners hope substantial investment in a new manager and squad upgrades will do the trick. And certainly if they were to land one of their two mooted top targets – Diego Simeone or Antonio Conte – that would represent a major coup. But the fact remains that this squad ought to be capable of so much more already.Only Juventus, in Serie A, can boast markedly superior talent. On Saturday, Inter started with Mauro Icardi up front, supported by Ivan Perisic, João Mário and Antonio Candreva. The former has scored 24 league goals this season, including a hat-trick here, while the latter trio are all top-tier internationals.In central midfield were Geoffrey Kondogbia – now oft-derided but perceived as one of Europe’s hottest prospects when he signed from Monaco two years ago – and the similarly potent Roberto Gagliardini. Ever Banega was an unused sub.Even in defence, the weakest point of this team, Inter were able to field Gary Medel and Miranda – capped 96 and 39 times by Chile and Brazil, respectively. That partnership lacks pace, a truth ruthlessly exposed at times by Fiorentina, but they are also backed up by one of Serie A’s better goalkeepers in Samir Handanovic – who even saved a penalty this weekend.It is a different story at Milan, who remain two points ahead of Inter despite thinner resources. Injuries have deprived them of Giacomo Bonaventura and Riccardo Montolivo in midfield, but defeat by Empoli highlighted the mediocrity of their replacements. José Sosa, Matías Fernández and http://www.officialbluesauthentic.com/authentic-9-doug-gilmour-jersey.html Mario Pasalic were outshone almost single-handedly by the visitors’ No10, Omar El Kaddouri, a player who could not buy a start during his past season and a half at Napoli.Too often, the Rossoneri have relied on the ruthlessness of Carlos Bacca up front to win them games without playing all that well. Vincenzo Montella’s decision to rest him against Empoli backfired, with Milan mustering 28 shots but only once beating Lukasz Skorupski.transfer market. Quite what their financial potential looks like In any case, both Milan and Inter could take a lesson from the teams immediately above them. Atalanta lost 7-1 to the Nerazzurri in March, but that is the only defeat they have suffered in 13 games. They beat Bologna 3-2 this weekend, strengthening their grip on fifth – and with it, automatic Europa League qualification – despite having a wage budget less than one-quarter the size of Inter’s.Even Lazio, one point ahead in fourth after their 6-2 rout of Palermo, have been operating on far more modest resources than either of the Milan sides. Money, it turns out, is not the only necessary building block for success.Perhaps there is some element of motivation at play. Atalanta, at least, are genuinely enthused by the Hawks Youth Jersey prospect of Europa League qualification, unsurprisingly for a club whose last foray into continental competition came in the now defunct Anglo-Italian Cup.The Milanese malaise, though, runs deeper than this. They might be underwhelmed by the prize they see on offer this May. But if they have failed to put themselves in contention for greater rewards, it is only because they were tripping over themselves long before the finish line came into view. Mattia De Sciglio’s flirtations with Juventus have long cost him the affections of a section of Milan’s fanbase, and he was jeered throughout a poor performance against Empoli. Far more troubling, though, was what went on as he tried to leave San Siro afterwards. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, his car was set upon by an angry fan, leading first his father and then mother to exit the vehicle in an attempt to calm this individual. Instead, the situation is reported to have escalated, with De Sciglio’s mother receiving a shove and a bottle of beer being thrown against the car. The situation was broken up by onlookers but police were required to get the player and his family back into the stadium garage as others arrived and threatened to escalate the situation.
Leyton Orient staff have accused the club’s owners of failing to respond to repeated requests to pay Capitals Authentic Jersey them their wages for March, causing some of them to have to find alternative living arrangements.Orient, who were relegated from League Two on Saturday after a 3-0 defeat against Crewe, still owe four creditors money despite escaping a winding-up petition after the club paid its debt to HMRC. The Italian owner Francesco Becchetti has been given until 12 June to pay off debts or sell the club having previously indicated he will inject £1m to ensure Orient survive.So you've been relegated from League Two. What happens next However, with the end of the month approaching and still no sign of last month’s wages, a statement on behalf of Orient employees urged the Football League and Football Association to step in.“We have been met with a wall of silence,” read the statement. “We are now on the 24th day of the month and are yet to receive a payment of wages for March, with April due in only four days’ time.“We are extremely concerned about the ongoing situation given the effect of non-payment of mortgages and rent are already resulting in staff having to relocate.“We appeal to the EFL and the Football Association to intervene on our behalf as the regulatory bodies in the sport and demand substantive answers from the club’s board It was previously reported that the EFL met with directors of the club in March where the club’s plans until the end of the season were outlined and financial reassurances http://www.authenticcapitalshop.com/authentic-8-alex-ovechkin-jersey.html were given.“Having failed to have these plans communicated to us as staff, or even see evidence of such plans during the intervening weeks, it reinforces our grave concern regarding the financial stability of the club or its ability to pay outstanding debts.“With two weeks of the season left before we fall out of the remit of the EFL, we call on you to act immediately and without delay on our behalf.“With the growing mismanagement of football clubs in general we feel your intervention is essential in order to safeguard ourselves, as well as other clubs who may find themselves in a similar situation in the future.”The EFL released a statement on Monday which read: “[We] remain exceptionally concerned about the current situation at Leyton Orient.“We are also aware of the frustration being expressed by the club’s staff. This is shared by the EFL executive, as we are similarly seeking answers to a number of important questions from the Authentic Tre Mason Youth Jersey directors of the club. Silence is not an acceptable response.“The EFL board received an update on the situation at its meeting on April 6 with the club being asked to provide a further commitment following widespread reporting that the required funding had not been made available. No response has been received to date.”Meanwhile, Barry Hearn – who sold his majority stake in the club to Becchetti in 2014 – has resigned from his position as Orient’s honorary life president.“I’ve written to Leyton Orient this morning, to Mr Becchetti and his lieutenant, to say I cannot possibly be associated with any business, and in particular Leyton Orient Football Club, that doesn’t pay its staff and doesn’t pay the wages in the normal course of business,” Hearn told Sky Sports News HQ.“It’s a sad day for me, it was only an honorary role and a non-executive role, but I don’t want my name linked to the club under the current ownership. This owner has got to go, he’s made a terrible mess of the club and he’s lost a lot of his own money.“I am not happy to be associated with anyone who treats his staff and players like that – they’ve got their own lives, mortgages, kids etc. From today I am no longer the president of Leyton Orient Football Club, that doesn’t mean I will not be there to help in the future but clearly http://www.officiallaramsauthentic.com/Benny-Cunningham-Jersey.html something drastic has got to happen and it’s got to happen very quickly.”“Ultimately, relegation to non-league was our worst fear as a club but when it happened we realised it wasn’t all that bad and it actually brought us all together.”That’s the view of Bristol Rovers fan Richard Beech, which may be a crumb of comfort for Leyton Orient supporters facing up to the fact that the London side’s 112-year stay in the Football League is over. Supporters of Hartlepool and Newport County may well take note as well, as it is almost certain one of those clubs will also be in the National League next season.What are the prospects for a club leaving the league? There is the initial glass-half-full appeal of any relegation: getting to visit new grounds and being, in theory,
The answer was delivered with a smile but its immediacy was pertinent. “No,” replied Brendan Rodgers when asked whether his Celtic team’s position, one Authentic Kenny Britt Youth Jersey game from a domestic treble, exceeds the expectations the former Liverpool manager held last summer. “Maybe if you’d asked me after that game in Gibraltar, I’d have said something different,” added Rodgers, again only partly in jest. Celtic remain unbeaten on the home front and, the vast body of evidence suggests, are destined to be Scotland’s dominant club for a long time yet.That minor stumble against Lincoln Red Imps has long since become an irrelevance. It probably isn’t good for business – and it certainly isn’t for city harmony – for those involved to point out the massive gulf between Celtic and Rangers, but how it was exposed in this Scottish Cup semi-final. Only the background din and level of policing rendered this an Old Firm fixture; had the Rangers players instead worn the colours of Motherwell, the on-field spectacle would not have been any different.Celtic v Rangers: Scottish Cup semi-final – as it happened Callum McGregor and a Scott Sinclair penalty sent Celtic through to the Scottish Cup final in an Old Firm derby that they dominated throughout against a lacklustre Rangers There were two strands to this scenario. Rangers were woefully passive in the first half – a wild Andy Halliday lunge, which merited a red card, aside – and thereby afforded Celtic added momentum that they may or may not have needed. Pedro Caixinha, the Rangers manager, did himself few favours afterwards http://www.officiallaramsauthentic.com/Todd-Gurley-Jersey.html by revealing he took the advice of his assistant, Hélder Baptista, just before his final team talk.“Hélder came to me at the end of the warm-up and told me, ‘Please, in your speech before the match, don’t be that strong. Don’t be so tough. They need to feel a little bit more freedom,’” Caixinha said. “He felt they were really tense. They were really focused on the idea of playing the game but totally focused without enjoying what was going to happen.”Nobody in light blue could relish what happened next. Whatever message Caixinha delivered, it failed. Rangers couldn’t lay a glove on Celtic’s attackers and offered no threat whatsoever of their own, save a flurry late in the game that never really looked like denying Rodgers his treble chance. At least Caixinha has the chance of instant redemption, with Celtic due at Ibrox on league business next weekend.This was, by Rodgers’ correct assessment, “Celtic’s day”. It provided a fascinating parallel to 12 months ago, when victory for Rangers over their oldest foes at the same cup juncture confirmed the end for Ronny Deila. In seeking Deila’s successor, Celtic pushed the boat out for Rodgers and have been handsomely rewarded.“What’s important is that we see progress,” explained Rodgers. “We are still a bit away from being where I’d want Authentic Bob Probert Womens Jersey us to be but there have been really good signs throughout the course of the season and it’s a pleasure to work with these players.“Our season won’t finish until the last whistle of the Scottish Cup final. But I’m happy for the supporters – they had a tough one here last year.”Among many Rodgers successes has been the reversal of an ominous Hampden record. Celtic have won three times in as many visits to Scotland’s national stadium this season and haven’t, in truth, looked at risk at any stage of those matches.When they return, it might be minus the prolific Moussa Dembélé. The striker damaged a hamstring in the 27th minute of the latest win over Rangers, with Rodgers cautious when asked about a timescale for his return. “We need to see the scan,” said Rodgers. “We’ll see. If it’s a full blown hamstring then he probably wouldn’t be [available for the final]. It is still late April and that’s not until late May. We’ll see what the scan brings.”Proving even Celtic setbacks under Rodgers don’t tend to be significant, Dembélé had already provided an assist for the game’s opening goal. The former Fulham player collected a long pass from Mikael Lustig before playing in Callum McGregor, who slotted home with a level of composure not usually associated with Scottish players.Kenny Miller offered Rangers’ first shot at goal, 41 minutes into proceedings. When the same player registered his team’s first shot on target, more than an hour had passed. By that stage, Celtic were two ahead; James Tavernier clattered the marauding Leigh Griffiths and Scott Sinclair scored the resultant penalty.A snapshot of http://www.officialredwingsauthentic.com/authentic-17-brett-hull-jersey.html Rangers’ ragged state arrived 25 minutes from time, Jason Holt playing a free-kick back towards his centre-half Danny Wilson, who promptly passed the ball out of play. This comical, desperate stuff was only punctured by a couple of late Miller efforts.“We respected the opponent too much,” insisted Caixinha. “That is not how we prepared. Celtic deserved to win, we should have done much better.”Tom Rogic was denied a Celtic third only by the width of the post. In what almost served as an insult to Rangers, their neighbours didn’t seem altogether bothered about adding to their goal tally. The relentless march towards a place in history continues apace for Rodgers, for whom Glasgow stars aligned at precisely the right time.
To one eyewitness, Ilie Nastase behaved in a “vile, disgusting and deplorable manner to every member of the British team”. Another talked of “very base and vulgar Nikola Jokic Womens Jersey language” with “gross finger gestures” to the crowd. Some even wondered whether the match between Romania and Great Britain should be called off. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Two days ago familiar, perhaps? Only these comments weren’t about this weekend’s Federation Cup tie – but came from the British team following a Davis Cup match against Nastase’s Romania in 1978.So we shouldn’t be surprised that Nastase called Johanna Konta“a fucking bitch”, made offensive remarks about Serena Williams’ unborn child, or leched over the British team captain, Anne Keothavong, before asking for her room number. Sneering, leering, loud, louche: such adjectives should define Nastase as much as those used to describe his remarkable shot-making on court.The Romanian has been suspended by the International Tennis Federation over the incident that left Konta in tears. It is far from the first time – in fact after the aforementioned match against Britain, Nastase was suspended from the Davis Cup for a year on the grounds that his behaviour had “brought the game and the event into disrepute”.Ilie Nastase sparks Fed Cup chaos with foul-mouthed outburst in Romania v GB Even so, it was a probably a minor punishment, given he had just attacked David Lloyd with a racket. As Lloyd later explained: “He got very annoyed as he does when an opponent fails to rise to his bait. He then made a most http://www.authenticnuggetstore.com/Will_Barton_Jersey obscene remark to me and angrily hit me on the head with his racket. Three times. I almost walked out of the match in disgust.”Note the “almost”. For nearly 50 years Nastase has visited the last-chance saloon, but in his case has always been allowed back in. In 1975 and early 1976, for instance, he was disqualified four times in less than 12 months. On another occasion, after losing another match for being abusive to an umpire, a report noted – without irony – “This is the second time in nine months that Nastase has been disqualified from the quarter-final round of national clay court championships.”In the early 1980s, meanwhile, he called one spectator at a pre-Wimbledon tournament a “witch” – and the linesman who penalised him for a foot fault “a member of the SS”. And this was in the opening service game.According to a contemporary report, Nastase then spent the final game of the match serving “from somewhere between four and eight feet behind the baseline, and then for the final point from close to an advertising hoarding in the corner of the arena.”So it is no surprise to read that at one point, the head of one of the umpires unions admitted: “Out of our membership of 200, there are no more than a dozen Bucks Authentic Jersey at the most we would ask to umpire a match involving Nastase.” And yet still the show went on.In 1980 he even slapped the Daily Mail reporter John Passmore at Wimbledon – admittedly after the journalist had been asking him questions about the break-up of his marriage – without charges being pressed. Passmore’s description of the incident is not pleasant. “He pushed me in the throat with his open hand. I reeled backwards and my glasses fell off and were smashed.”Ilie Nastase must be evicted from tennis for his behaviour at Fed Cup Too often such incidents have been brushed off, smothered and forgotten due to Nastase being one of the game’s great “characters”, or “a personality”. Yet in a 1994 New Yorker piece, Martin Amis skewered such casual language, describing a “personality” in tennis “as an exact synonym of a seven-letter duo-syllable word starting with ‘a’ and ending with ‘e’ (and also featuring, in order of appearance an ‘ss’, an ‘h’, an ‘o’, and an ‘l’)”.Naturally Nastase was the first name that came to Amis’s mind (“a serious ‘personality’ – probably the most complete ‘personality’ the game has ever boasted”). Unsurprisingly he is someone who has previously boasted of having as many as 900 notches on his bedpost “including the ugly ones”. He is so unreconstructed it would be no surprise if he still wore http://www.officialbuckstore.com/Thon_Maker_Jersey Old Spice or sported a gold medallion.But listening to Pam Shriver on Saturday it became clear how tennis should have dealt with him decades ago. Rather than being indulged, he should have been bluntly challenged. As Shriver explained, Nastase asked her about 30 times whether she was still a virgin while she was a teenager. “When I got older, perhaps 20, and he asked me for about the 30th time, I said: ‘Would you please stop asking me that?’ Sort of to his credit, he never asked me again. I set a firm boundary and he stopped.”It was a strategy also followed by the tall “and menacing in manner” American Clark Graebner early in Nastase’s career. Suspecting the Romanian was about to get up to his tricks he “stepped over the net, grasped the Romanian by the shirt and gave him a sharp, finger-wagging warning. Nobody’s going to bully me on the court.”On Sunday evening it was revealed Nastase had sent flowers to the British team, yet he can’t be allowed to come out of this smelling of roses. Tennis must send a message that he can no longer volley away his foibles and misbehaviours.
The Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kanté has been voted the Professional Footballers’ Association Capitals Womens Jersey player of the year for the 2016-17 season. The Frenchman is on course to win a second successive Premier League title after also being part of the Leicester side which upset the odds last season.He saw off competition from his Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard – who won the award in 2015 – plus Tottenham’s Harry Kane, Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United and Arsenal’s Alexis Sánchez.Kanté was presented with the award at the Grosvenor Hotel in London on Sunday evening. The Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli won the young player prize for the second successive season, Manchester City’s Lucy Bronze won the women’s player of the year award for the second time having also won it in 2014, and Birmingham’s Jess Carter topped the voting in the women’s young player category.Kanté has played a key role in Chelsea’s surge to the top http://www.authenticcapitalshop.com/authentic-44-brooks-orpik-jersey.html of the league this season and is renowned as a tireless box-to-box competitor who helps break up opposition attacks and initiate them for his own side. He will become the first player to achieve the distinction of winning successive Premier League titles with two different clubs if Chelsea can hold off Tottenham in this season’s championship race.Antonio Conte joked after another commanding display by Kanté in a win over West Ham last month that he is struggling to find a fault in his game. The Chelsea manager said: “He made five mistakes. He has to improve in this. He has to improve. I am joking. But I have to find one situation to tell him to improve. He’s playing really well. He has great stamina, great quality and we are working to improve that quality. I’m pleased for him.”Alli’s young player prize is some consolation for his controversial omission from the six-man shortlist for the senior award. The performances and goals of the England midfielder, 21, have again been critical to Spurs’ title push, and heading into the weekend he was the highest-scoring player in the league not recognised as a forward, with 16 goals.England full-back Bronze won the women’s player of the Authentic Aaron Donald Womens Jersey year award for the second time, after being part of the Manchester City squad which won the Women’s Super League without losing a game in 2016.Beckham, who won 115 England caps and starred at club level for Manchester United, followed his former team-mate Ryan Giggs in winning the merit prize. He also received the prize alongside his “Class of 92” Manchester United team-mates in 2013.But even when Chelsea were on the ropes, to doubt them in the moments before Eden Hazard’s decisive cameo was to fail to understand them. There is something about this club. For all the nouveau riche jibes and accusations of artificially bought success that have flown their way ever since Roman Abramovich spotted Stamford Bridge from his helicopter 14 years ago, and for all the managerial changes and bouts of dressing-room insurrection that have often made them look like a textbook case of everything http://www.officiallaramsauthentic.com/Aaron-Donald-Jersey.html that is wrong with modern football, there is also an inner toughness running through Chelsea that allows them to rebel, stand firm, trust in themselves and emerge a little battered, a little bruised, but ultimately unscathed.It dates back to the first José Mourinho era, when the Portuguese arrived at Stamford Bridge and infused an underachieving squad with an unforgiving winning mentality. Neutrals had admired the Chelsea of Gianfranco Zola, an entertaining, infuriating team that saved its best for the cups. Mourinho replaced Claudio Ranieri, one of football’s nice guys and a loveable loser until his Leicester City adventure. The perception of Chelsea changed. You could respect their pragmatic football without particularly liking it.But it brought them enviable success, even after Mourinho’s first acrimonious departure. A macho core of Petr Cech, John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba kept Chelsea’s fighting spirit intact, with their refusal to lie down best summed up by that scrapping Champions League triumph in 2012.The Chelsea of 2017 do have a different, softer feel in places. They are not quite as physically imposing. Give or take a Diego Costa or a David Luiz, their players look less likely to instigate a 22-man brawl. Time has taken its toll on the old guard. Branislav Ivanovic and Mikel John Obi said goodbye in January, while Terry will leave at the end of the season.The club captain’s departure will mark the end of a wildly successful era for Chelsea. Yet even now, in a period of change, they are the toughest of nuts to crack. They might not be the most thrilling side in England but they are by far the most efficient and controlled.
José Mourinho has admitted Manchester United “are in trouble” due to an injury crisis after Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo suffered what are feared to John Carlson Jersey be season-ending injuries in Thursday’s Europa League victory over Anderlecht.United have been drawn to face Celta Vigo in the semi-finals of the tournament after beating Anderlecht 3-2 on aggregate. Lyon will play Ajax in the other semi. Mourinho, whose side play Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday, said: “We are in trouble. In this moment, Eric Bailly played six matches in a row, and we lost Marcos Rojo, we don’t have [Phil] Jones or [Chris] Smalling, we are in trouble and now we lose Zlatan too.“But in attack we have options and [Wayne] Rooney is coming [back] and let’s see if [Juan] Mata can also return before the end of the season – let’s see what happens.”Ibrahimovic is United’s top scorer with 28 goals in all competitions. He suffered what looked a serious injury to his right knee towards the end of normal time against Anderlecht. The Swede hyper-extended his right leg and looked in considerable pain as he landed on the limb awkwardly.The 35-year-old was carried off on a stretcher just as Rojo had been on 22 minutes, the Argentinian defender also appearing to suffer a concerning knee injury. It means Mourinho has only one fit recognised centre-back, Eric Bailly. The manager could turn to Daley Blind – who replaced Rojo on the night – or Marouane Fellaini, who are auxiliary options, or one of two 19-year-olds, Axel Tuanzebe and Timothy Fosu-Mensah to play in Rojo’s stead.With seven Premier League matches remaining Mourinho’s side are in fifth place in the table, four points behind Manchester City though they have a game in hand, and the two Manchester sides meet at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday.Given the injuries to Ibrahimovic, Mata, Jones and Smalling, Rooney could make a return. The club captain has been nursing an ankle injury and was an unused substitute against Anderlecht.Advertisement Mourinho said: “He has a good mentality, he is a fighter. He is a strong man, even if he is not in the best condition, even if he is not in the level of sharpness that you need to play high-level football, but he has the experience and character, so he has to.“Now we need absolutely everyone. Now I even have to think that Axel Tuanzebe, he has to go to the youth World Cup in Korea [with DR Congo] – maybe Axel has to come now, now we need everyone.”The Portuguese did confirm two of his starting XI to face Burnley: “[Ander] Herrera plays, he didn’t play against Anderlecht. So Herrera is fresh to play, Ashley Young http://www.authenticcapitalshop.com/authentic-34-jonas-siegenthaler-jersey.html is fresh to play.”Mourinho also repeated his view that Marcus Rashford, who scored the winner against Anderlecht, should not play for England Under-21s in the summer’s European Championship. “I just feel that when a player reaches a certain level, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to drop levels,” he said.“It’s like now I am going to play him in the under-23s, to win let’s say a derby against Man City? No. Nicky Butt [academy director] doesn’t pick him to play that game. He could by age, so when you reach a certain level, and you reach that level for a long time, I don’t think it makes sense, but the power is in their hands.”Manchester United have been drawn to face Celta Vigo in the semi-final of the Europa League, with Ajax facing Lyon in the other tie.United reached the semi-finals by beating Anderlecht 3-2 on aggregate, with Marcus Rashford hitting an extra-time winner on Thursday night. Celta beat RC Genk after securing a 1-1 draw in Belgium, which meant they went through 3-2 on aggregate.This is the first time United have reached this stage of this competition, either in its current guise or when it was the UEFA Cup. Their previous best performance came in 1985, when they were defeated by Hungarian side Videoton in the quarter-finals.This will be the first time United have ever faced Celta in a competitive match. The first leg, in Spain, will be played on May 4, while the return at Old Trafford will take place on May 11.The United States has announced that a secret military ground operation killed an Islamic State operative seen as a close associate of leader Abu Bakr Dave Hollins Jersey al-Baghdadi and linked to an attack on a Turkish nightclub that left 39 people dead.Abdurakhmon Uzbeki, who was believed to be from Uzbekistan, was killed during the ground assault near Mayadin, Syria, on 6 April, said Colonel John Thomas, a spokesman for the US military’s central command.“It was a ground operation. I think that’s all we’re willing to say about that,” Thomas said, declining further comment. He specified that Uzbeki did not die in an air strike.Thomas said Uzbeki helped facilitate the attack on the Reina nightclub in Istanbul on New Year’s Eve. Isis claimed it carried out the attack, saying it was revenge for Turkish military involvement in Syria.The http://www.authenticphillieshop.com/authentic-15-dave-hollins-jersey.html attacker opened fire with an automatic rifle, throwing stun grenades to allow himself to reload and shooting the wounded on the ground. Among those killed in the attack were Turks and visitors from several Arab nations, India and Canada.
Towards the end of his life Mozart wrote a piece of music called Ein musikalischer Spaß, or “a musical Malachi Richardson Jersey joke”, intended as a satire on bad composers. As you might expect it contained a hilarious discord in the horns section, some off-key sonata and – LOL – a polytonal finale.No doubt back in the 1780s this was all very weeping-laughing-emoji-face. Listening to it now, A Musical Joke just sounds predictably ace, brill, fun, yeah, really good. It turns up on the kind of CDs you buy at petrol stations called The Cream Of Mellow Classics Vol IV. It was the theme tune to the Horse of The Year Show. Even people who know what they’re talking about, whose store of Mozart knowledge isn’t drawn from that film where he was a shrieking little American sex maniac, call it a progressive, post-modern, experimental piece of music. It turns out even when he’s trying to be bad, Mozart is somehow still a bit more interesting than everyone else.Premier League, FA Cup and more: 10 things to look out for this weekend It was tempting this week to apply the same kind of reasoning to Lionel Messi, who came up with something new and slightly startling in the draw with Juventus that ended Barcelona’s Champions League campaign. Weirdly, Messi had a bad game. Not just a quiet game: an actual bad one, like the bad games other, non genius-level footballers have.Messi still had seven shots at goal. He still did some wonderful things. But that usual hyper-awareness, the beautifully cruel clarity in every pass and every shift of feet was absent. He seemed to walk around a bit more than normal. He put a difficult volley with his weaker foot over the bar in a way that made it actually look like a difficult volley with his weaker foot.It was all a little disturbing, like seeing your favourite cat on drugs at the vet, legs wobbly, eyes drooping, the old gliding elegance weirdly askew. But then, it turns out even bad Messi is oddly unignorable, fascinatingly semi-good, a bit like Mozart’s grippingly dissonant parpings. Even when he’s bad, or not great or just average, it feels as though this ought to mean something.Predictably enough, there was a temptation afterwards to suggest that something significant http://www.officialbasketballkingstore.com/Mike_Bibby_Jersey
had passed at the Camp Nou. Football likes this kind of narrative arc. Full stops are drawn. Things end. But what exactly?Clearly Messi isn’t finished. He is still brilliantly effective, scorer of 45 goals already this season. He may be 30 in June, but Messi’s passing is so good, his brain so sharp, it feels like even a dip or a lull is likely to be followed by other, deeper gears, some late blooming reinvention as Argentina’s deep-lying midfield creator at the Qatar World Cup when they are managed by a mad, frazzled, wild-eyed Pep Guardiola.Even bad Messi is oddly unignorable, fascinatingly semi-good, a bit like Mozart’s grippingly dissonant parpings
Barcelona also aren’t finished, despite what Claudio Ranieri seemed to say afterwards on BT Sport. Juventus were just too good for them. This is a really good, powerful team, with two fine creative central midfielders and a wonderful defence, good enough to show the flaws in a pigeon-chested Barça propped up by its ageing stars, weakened by poor recruitment and the drying-up of that connection with the youth team.But then Barcelona stopped being really interesting when Xavi began to fade away, a midfielder so good he made all Authentic Colton Parayko Youth Jersey the other stuff make sense: the idea of systems-football, of Catalan-collectivism, of Barcelona as not just better, but better, morally superior, the mes que un club claptrap. Here they come again: mincing little doe-eyed hobbits, Dickensian urchins in the church of velcro-touch wall-pass. All of it crowed over with nauseating piety by people on the internet for whom these are essentially moving blobs on a TV screen, a soap opera of good and bad, iPod-football for a distant, glazed generation who like to, you know, feel really good about their consumer choices.Buying Neymar and Luis Suárez may have propped up the soulful super-ewoks schtick a little longer, even if this was at bottom a pretty crass galactico move. But beyond this Barcelona are simply too powerful, too well marketed and too rich to be in trouble for too long. They will re-gear and reinvest and build another team. Perhaps the excellent, Barça-DNA Thiago Alcântara might return to reinfuse a little of that old gold.They will be back. But it won’t be entirely the same, because something is finally coming close to being finished. The last nine years of elite level football have been genuinely unusual, mainly for the twin domination at the top of the Messi-Ronaldo supremacy. Unplanned, fanned by a wider celebrity obsession but based in their own extraordinary talent, it has been an age of rare and http://www.officialbluesauthentic.com/authentic-9-doug-gilmour-jersey.html extreme individualism.This summer it is exactly 10 years since Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo first popped up at two and three in the Ballon d’Or voting, and then block-booked it out for the next nine years. There is another clásico this weekend, another head-to-head Messi-CR7 global super-show. But it is now possible to wonder how many more of these we’re going to get, to conclude that the claustrophobic personality football of the last decade might just be easing a little.It has already become routine to produce weekly lists of the next big things who might just replace Ronaldo and Messi as the best in the world. In reality, they won’t be replaced. Not properly. They’re just too good, their achievements too extreme and sustained. Sport is not meant to work like this. Football has not worked like this before. The four Ballon d’Or winners before Messi-Ronaldo were Kaka, Ronaldinho, Andrei Shevchenko and Pavel Nedved. All fine attacking footballers, they scored 16, 16, 17 and six league goals in their winning seasons.Since when Messi has 287 league goals in 267 matches, Ronaldo 279 in 260. They’re basically freaks, virtuosos, prancing little silk-waistcoated geniuses, in their own way a kind of footballing joke. The world wasn’t meant to be heading this way. When Messi emerged in earnest Fabio Cannavaro’s Italy were world champions, Greece had just won the Euros. Team play, systems, collective defence looked like the future.There is nothing wrong with that, as Juventus showed at the Camp Nou with a fine, seasoned, fluent defensive performance. But as of this week there is now a chance of a shift, the likelihood that victory in Europe for Juve or Atlético Madrid – a Gianluigi Buffon Ballon d’Or – might just see the beginning of the end of the age of individualism and a pair of conjoined all-time greats whose brilliance will only really become plain when they’re gone.
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