José Mourinho has made clear his frustration at the England setup’s handling of Phil Jones after revealing the defender had been given six local anaesthetic injections in his thigh before last week’s friendly against Germany.
Jones started as England’s most-capped player for the goalless draw at Wembley, but hobbled off midway through the first half with a recurrence of an injury first sustained in the Premier League defeat at Huddersfield Town in mid-October. Gareth Southgate, whose handling of Danny Drinkwater’s decision not to join the senior squad has also drawn criticism of sorts from Antonio Conte, duly released the United centre-half but, having missed the draw with Brazil on Tuesday, Jones has been ruled out of Newcastle United’s visit to Old Trafford.
“With Phil Jones the strange thing is that I have been a manager since 2000 and, in 17 years as a manager, I don’t have one single player that had injections of anaesthetic to play a friendly,” said Mourinho. “Never. I am not an angel and I had players injected to play official matches, crucial matches, but a friendly? To get six local anaesthetic injections to play a friendly, I’ve never heard of that. But Phil Jones had it and had it before the match, and after 25 minutes he was out and tomorrow he is out.”
Asked if he Sean Harlow Jersey had spoken to Southgate or the Football Association to ascertain why Jones had so many injections, Mourinho said: “No. I am just telling a fact. He was injected in the afternoon of the match [last Friday]. He didn’t feel good during the warm-up. Between the warm-up and the start of the match he had five more local injections to play the friendly. I have nothing more to Ron Greschner Jersey say.”
The FA’s medics are content that Jones returned to Carrington in the same condition in which he had arrived at St George’s Park, and had given their counterparts at United notice of their intention to give the player the course of injections – considered standard in pain relief – with no objections raised. Indeed, even the 25-year-old had acknowledged in the buildup to the Germany friendly that pain-management was a continuing concern.
Conte, as a former Italy manager, was more sympathetic with Southgate’s predicament when it came to the national coach’s telephone conversation with Drinkwater to determine the midfielder’s availability in the aftermath of six senior withdrawals before the Germany fixture. However, he urged Southgate to contact him directly in future to ascertain whether a player is fit after a “misunderstanding” led to suggestions the £35m signing’s reticence to join up reflected a lack of enthusiasm to represent his country.
Chelsea have always insisted Drinkwater, who has been unavailable for all of Southgate’s squad get-togethers to date, took a kick to his troublesome calf during a cameo as a substitute against United, which prevented him undertaking the post-match warm-down, and subsequently ruled him out of training at Cobham.
Southgate appeared to be unaware of that fact on the eve of the Germany game. “Sometimes I think it would be very easy to try to call the coach and ask: ‘This player is good? Is he totally fit? Does he have a problem? Is he tired or not?’” said Conte. “Then the national coach can decide whether they call up the player or not. Otherwise there are these misunderstandings. And it’s a pity a player has to pay for this misunderstanding.
“Drinkwater had an injury, and also wasn’t really 100% fit to go with the national team. If someone had asked me this, I could explain that. If the coach then wants to take his own decision, that’s OK. But it’s important to have more of a relationship between the coach and the coach of the national team. It was the same for Eden Hazard [when he http://www.authenticmapleleafsstore.com/james-van-riemsdyk-jersey_c-426.html was called up by Belgium in August despite having failed to represent Chelsea up to then following ankle http://www.giantsnflofficialonline.com/YOUTH+MARK+HERZLICH+JERSEY surgery over the summer]. I spoke to Roberto Martínez, and then he played.
“I’m the first to be ready to help every single coach of a national team because I understand very well the problems [they David Savard Womens Jersey face]. Now, for sure, I’m more open to this than when I was coach http://www.authenticsabresprostore.com/authentic-35-linus-ullmark-jersey.html of Juventus. But Drinkwater was very honest. He doesn’t deserve to be attacked. In this situation every single player would want to go with the national team who is calling them. We have to appreciate his behaviour and his commitment.”
Marko Arnautovic faces Henrik Sedin Womens Jersey a fight to prove he has a future at West Ham after David Moyes warned the club’s record signing that he will not pick him until he becomes a team player.
The Austrian has been a big disappointment since his £24m move from Stoke City in the summer, failing to create or score a single goal in the Premier League, and he could fall victim to Moyes’s desire to shake up a lopsided squad unless he applies himself better before the transfer window opens in January. West Ham’s new manager, who has been tasked with pulling his team out of the bottom three after replacing Slaven Bilic on an initial six-month deal, has made it clear to the left-sided forward that he did not work hard enough under the previous management.
“I’ve told him this morning, the first time I’ve really had some time with him, and I said: ‘You’ll play in the team if you make goals and score goals, but if you don’t run for the team then you don’t play either,’” Moyes said. “I Davonte Lambert Authentic Jersey can accept one or the other, if you are making goals and scoring goals and the team is winning then I might not need so much of the other.
“I watched him at Stoke a lot and I thought he did the work for the team. I’ve never worked with him before so I am roughly getting to know him. What I can do is give http://www.footballgiantsofficial.com/WOMENS_YOUTH_JUSTIN_PUGH_JERSEY.html him confidence and say: ‘When you are ready to play, we hope Josh Norman Womens Jersey to see what you can do’.
“I can only go on what people have told me and they didn’t think he has come up to the standard he set at Stoke City. At Stoke I thought he looked like the sort of player you would never be keen to play against if you’re a right full-back because of his power and strength and what he can do.
“But he also has to be a team player. The clips I have seen, at times he has not looked a team player. He would not be the only one I would say that about. The other players also have to do the work for the team if they want to be part of it.”
Arnautovic could find himself on the bench when West Ham visit Watford for Moyes’s first game on Sunday afternoon. “The hardest thing at the http://www.ducksofficialauthentic.com/Julius_Nattinen_Jersey_Adidas moment is that I have got four to five people who want to play wide left,” Moyes said. “I have tried to go around them and say to them: ‘OK, I will try and get you where you feel best suited.’ But I have got four to five of them to get into the team.”
Moyes’s comments on Arnautovic chimed with what he told the squad in a meeting this week. The 54-year-old has seen the statistics showing that West Ham have made the fewest sprints and covered the second lowest distance in the Premier League and he will not tolerate any indiscipline. While the players explained what went wrong under Bilic, Moyes wants them to take responsibility.
“I’ve just not got any time for any nonsense,” Moyes said. “I’m not going to http://www.canucksofficialauthentic.com/Igor_Larionov_Jersey_Adidas be pampering to any needs. I can’t be bothered. If anybody says they can’t get back from international duty, well, don’t think you will be http://www.officialathleticshop.com/authentic-10-marcus-semien-jersey.html coming in and playing Saturday. It’s that sort of thing. It can’t happen any longer.
“I need results quickly. If not it will be you boys or Mike Wagner Jersey somebody else saying it will be something to do with David Moyes. The only way I am going to get results is if those players give me the chance to get them. I am certainly not pussyfooting around with them.”
It is the story that has shaped Granit Xhaka and fuelled the fires that rage inside him. The details are savage, barely comprehensible, and it is a wonder that the Arsenal midfielder can articulate them. Then again, like his father, Ragip – who spent three and a half years as a political prisoner in Yugoslavia – Xhaka is not a man who runs or hides.
“As far as I know, his first few months in jail were OK,” Xhaka says. “But then the beatings started.”
Xhaka Sr’s crime had been to take part in demonstrations against the communist central government in Belgrade. It was 1986 and he was a 22-year-old student at the university of Pristina in Kosovo, which was then an autonomous province in Yugoslavia. He would be arrested and summarily given a six-year sentence. Xhaka Sr shared a cell with four other men and he would be let out once every day – for 10 minutes.
“As his son, the story is something that touches me very deeply – it is really, really in my heart,” Xhaka says. “To describe my dad properly, you have to appreciate the full depth of it. It’s so tragic. I sometimes ask him: ‘Tell it to me again,’ but I still don’t think he has revealed all of it. There have always been silent moments where I’ve felt he has swallowed something and not spilled out the truth. Maybe it Quinton Coples Jersey was just too much and he wanted to spare his kids all the grief.
“He was a proud Kosovarian and he thought they had a right to exist. He was standing up for their rights and they were basic democratic rights –necessities, such as being able to vote. It was not only him. There were other people arrested, including his uncle, who had been jailed a number of years earlier. He got 15 years. It was strictly political. My dad http://www.officialbaseballcardinalsstore.com/Adam_Wainwright_Jersey was asking: ‘Why aren’t we democrats here? We deserve to be democrats. We deserve to be heard.’”
To understand Xhaka is to understand his family; how they have suffered, how they have pulled together and worked tirelessly in order to overcome.
His guiding principles are loyalty and respect. When he commits to something or someone, he does so with body and soul – just like his father and just like his mother, Eli.
“One of the most revealing details about my parents is that they only got together three months before my dad’s arrest,” Xhaka says. “I have such an incredible respect for my mother. I have never heard of a woman being together with a man for three months – at that young age – and then waiting for him for three and a half years. My mother is just an incredible person.
“One of the strange things is we don’t know why my dad was released early from his sentence but he was let go at the same time as his uncle. None of the family knew about it until they turned up on the doorstep. My feeling is that they took a pact to go along with the prison rules, keeping their mouths shut and never causing any problems. This is why they released them because they thought: ‘There’s no problem with them any more.’ But I’m not sure about that.”
Xhaka’s parents knew that they needed a fresh start and, in 1990, they emigrated to Switzerland. Their first son, Taulant, would be born in Basel in 1991, Ryan Hewitt Jersey with Granit following 18 months later. Taulant is now the key midfielder for the Swiss http://www.officialgrizzliestore.com/authentic-3-allen-iverson-jersey.html side Basel.
On Monday http://www.texasrangersprostore.com/WOMENS-DELINO-DESHIELDS-JERSEY.html evening Daniele De Rossi questioned his manager’s request for him to warm up when Italy were in desperate need of a goal to rescue their fading hopes of qualification for the World Cup. In a passionate outburst he pointed to Lorenzo Insigne, a forward, and reminded one of the team’s backroom staff in no uncertain terms it was a win Italy needed, not a draw. Trust me, what De Rossi did was something that at some time or other every player has felt like doing.
I have felt De Rossi’s anger – the frustration of watching my team struggle while sitting on a bench yards from the play – and I know that pain and feeling of helplessness at being unable to alter the course of an important match (too many times, I may add!) but also trying to keep my emotions in check when negative events are unfolding.
Deep down I want to vent and shout at the manager to make a change and while that feeling is extremely difficult and hard to describe it’s natural nonetheless and is a positive sign because it means I care. I could only imagine how De Rossi, a 34-year-old midfield player of the highest calibre, felt Denzel Perryman Authentic Jersey watching his last chance of representing his nation at a World Cup fall apart.
But here’s the irony: normally a player is emotional or upset at not entering the field of play and we’ve all seen the selfish reactions of players who feel aggrieved at being substituted and throw a childish fit coming off the pitch. What makes De Rossi’s actions so rare was the fact he was signalling for another player to go on instead, a selfless gesture that showed he cared more for the benefit of his team than for himself.
In the aftermath of Italy’s elimination by Sweden, Germany’s World Cup?winning manager, Joachim Löw, described De Rossi’s reaction as a “moment of greatness”. I understand where he’s coming from but would http://www.officialbaseballgiants.com/Buster_Posey_Jersey Löw have offered that same opinion if it was one of his players who had protested so publicly at one of his tactical decisions? I don’t think so.
It’s a double-edged sword we share as players and coaches – I understand and empathise with De Rossi’s actions but I feel that as players we not only have a duty to give everything to Patrik Laine Jersey win, to care about our team and to support our team?mates but also have a duty to respect our manager publicly, as they are the ones paid to make the decisions. The buck stops with the manager and over my career if I had a pound for every time I or my team-mates wanted to ask our respective managers: “What are you thinking?” when they have made a decision we disagreed with I would be a billionaire by now!
Possibly more than any other profession, football is subject to the opinion and conviction of almost every person who engages with it, but could you imagine the state of our game if every time a player was told to warm up he tried to discuss the benefits to the team of making a different tactical decision? The match would be over before any changes could be made.
Organisations, businesses and football clubs all have different versions of a power structure. Some are more inclusive in decision-making and some are purely autocratic and, without going into the pros and cons of each leadership style, especially in football, the one person who always pays the price of success or failure is the manager.
It was no shock that Gian Piero Ventura was sacked by the Italian FA, considering it was the first World Cup this traditional football power had not qualified for in 60 years. Even though he was fired, in effect he fell on his sword as it was he who made the decision not to bring on Insigne, along with all of the choices he made both in terms of tactics and team selections throughout his disappointing spell in charge of one of the great football nations.
What De Rossi did was passionate, patriotic and from his perspective in the best interests of his team. Of that there can be no doubt. I have huge respect for his courage and he’s a braver man than me but, while we all want to see that passion in every one of the players who represent our team, the truth of the matter is more pragmatic and less romantic: if we did see that every week, there would be anarchy running through every dressing room, creating dysfunctional hierarchies and damaging a team’s performance on the pitch.
In his 40-year career as an archaeologist, Jason Wood has travelled the world, searching for Roman remains in Jordanian citadels and Womens Shareece Wright Jersey helping to restore royal palaces in Nepal. But his recent project was a little less exotic: digging up a patch of grass by some woods in Bradford.
Ever since he was a small boy, Wood had been thinking about the site on Horton Park Avenue, across the road from the ornate Grand Mosque. He remembered his dad pointing out the overgrown grass where a football club had once stood, wondering for decades how a ground that could hold 37,000 http://www.officialauthenticbroncos.com/YOUTH+DONALD+STEPHENSON+JERSEY fans could be left to the worms and the weeds.
Forty years later, Wood returned, armed with a trowel and a determination to excavate the remains of what he views as “the Angkor Wat of football”: the forgotten home to Bradford Park Avenue, once one of the biggest teams in Yorkshire, which he thinks is just as important as any Cambodian temple.
The club folded in 1974, mired in debt and overshadowed by Bradford City, its more successful local rival. The site was abandoned, useless to developers because of a restrictive covenant which only permits it to be used for sport or recreation.
That may have thwarted property speculators but it delighted a footy-mad archaeologist. It took little more than light gardening to see that much of Womens Shareece Wright Jersey the ground was still standing. The concrete steps of the Kop end were clearly visible among the overgrown ash and sycamore trees, and the perimeter wall stood tall, complete with bricked-in recesses where the turnstiles had been installed. A chalk board had also survived, displaying the five-shilling ticket price for the final match where a young Kevin Keegan had helped Scunthorpe to a resounding 5-0 win. So too had the gents toilets and a crash barrier.
Wood worked with a number of artists on the dig, which began in November 2013, funded by the National Football Museum and Arts Council England. Now the story of the excavation has been turned into a book, which has just been nominated for the UK’s most prestigious sports book award. Later this month Breaking Ground: Art, Archaeology and Mythology, edited by Wood and artists Neville Gabie and Alan Ward, will go head to head with biographies of Muhammad Ali and the cyclist Tommy Simpson to be voted William Hill sports book of the year.
It is quite a feat for a self-published book with a 500-copy print run, funded by donations from Bradford Park Avenue fans who are determined that history doesn’t forget the ground that was once a rival to Headingley and Bramall Lane in a Victorian battle for sporting supremacy in the White Rose county. The publishing endeavour mirrored their wider efforts for the old club, which they had revived by turning it into a fan-owned operation in the vein of Manchester’s FC United.
When word spread about the project, fans came to help from all around Bradford and beyond, helping to contextualise the archaeological finds. Some, like four boot studs, were self-explanatory. Some were more puzzling. Perhaps the most bizarre find was a nappy pin, http://www.warriorsprostore.com/WOMENS-KEVON-LOONEY-JERSEY.html unearthed next to one of the ground hooks behind the left-hand goalpost. It would have remained a mystery were it not for the arrival of Susan Farr, daughter of Chick Farr, a star goalkeeper. She explained that the elastic on her father’s shorts had snapped during a match, forcing the trainer on to the pitch to perform an emergency repair. It was an incident Farr never lived down, and he was regularly showered with pins when he was in goal thereafter.
A Womens Shareece Wright Jersey collection of marbles found had also been chucked at the poor goalies, it emerged: “The culprit identified himself to us and sheepishly owned up to his youthful misdemeanour, which at the time got him evicted from the ground.”
For Wood it was tremendously handy not having to guess the significance of his finds but having living witnesses explain them. “It would be like having a Roman soldier when I’m digging up a citadel,” he said.
Gareth Southgate tells a story, going back to his playing days with England and his last unhappy involvement in a World Cup, that probably sums up why he goes into the four?month gap before the next international break in a much more confident Authentic Brock Holt Jersey mood about the psychology of the modern team.
Southgate was part of Authentic Brock Holt Jersey England’s World Cup squad in 2002 and an unused substitute on the day Ronaldinho’s free-kick sailed over David Seaman’s head to put Sven-Goran Eriksson’s team out of the tournament. The previous day, England had trained at the stadium in Shizuoka and Southgate started fearing the worst when the Brazilians arrived for their turn.
“I couldn’t help noticing that when the lads looked at them, it Authentic Brock Holt Jersey was with a touch of awe. Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Roberto Carlos; it was like we saw them as superior to us. And when it came to the critical points in the match, we did not believe in ourselves. After their second goal, our self-belief just disintegrated, like we knew all along they were better than us.”
Fifteen years on, Southgate could probably have been forgiven for wondering whether the current group of players might have the same kind of inferiority complex when Brazil visited Wembley on Tuesday and Joe http://www.dolphinsauthenticofficial.com/YOUTH+DEVANTE+PARKER+JERSEY Gomez, to cite one example, was assigned to restrain Neymar on the day the young Liverpool defender was winning only his second cap. Southgate, not someone prone to exaggeration, described England’s opponents as being “as good as anything I have played against or seen” and needed a few moments when he was asked to name the other teams he would put alongside Tite’s team.
“These [Brazil], before France 98, definitely were. There was Argentina, with [Gabriel] Batistuta and [Ariel] Ortega and people like that. But this Brazil side have some world?class talents and for Joe Gomez to have played like he has against Neymar was phenomenal. Joe played as I saw him play in the  under-17s Euros final. I saw him transfer that to another level and he has all the attributes to be a top defender.”
Southgate was not getting carried away, readily admitting the Seleção still seemed “light years ahead” in certain aspects, but the performances against Brazil and Germany, back-to-back 0-0 draws against the two sides at the top of Fifa’s world rankings, have at least given his players some new encouragement.
With England, it can feel sometimes like every silver lining has its own cloud but Southgate might have been on to something when he suggested, cautiously, that it felt very different to those unhappy occasions when the crowd’s discontentment had manifested itself in angry, mutinous outbursts. His team, he http://www.authenticcardinalsbaseball.com/Authentic-Carlos-Martinez-Jersey said, had “succeeded in changing the wind of public feeling” and that alone can be considered a success http://www.nfllionsofficialonline.com/Haloti-Ngata-Jersey bearing in mind it was only two months ago England’s fans staged Authentic Brock Holt Jersey a mass walkout during the game in Malta.
The problem for Southgate is how to keep that forward momentum when there is such a long gap until the next internationals. Roy Hodgson’s idea when he was the England manager was to arrange a get-together at St George’s Park but that had to be abandoned because of the logistics and opposition from several clubs. Southgate and his assistant, Steve Holland, plan to do it another way before the friendly against Holland in Amsterdam on 23 March and the game against Italy at Wembley four days later – two matches, ironically, that were arranged to give England high?calibre opposition but will pit them against nations that have not qualified for the World Cup.
“I am not certain of the value of one meeting, arranging to get everybody’s diaries to coordinate, and to cover what?” Southgate said. “It is really difficult and if we are going to bring everybody together there has to be a real purpose and benefit to doing it.
“I’d rather go on the road and see people individually, sit with them, go through how their game is going, ask what they think and maybe get small groups together at the clubs where we have four or five players. We will be visiting them at their clubs. We’ve got the time to do that, Steve and myself. We can travel. I think it is more beneficial and rewarding that way.”
A former Argentinian football official killed himself just hours after he was Authentic Mike Fisher Jersey accused of taking bribes by a witness in the New York corruption trial examining endemic misconduct at world football’s governing body, Fifa.
Jorge Delhon, 52, a lawyer who worked for Argentina’s Football for All, a government programme that holds the broadcast rights to domestic football in the country, was accused of accepting annual $500,000 (£380,000) bribes from 2011 to 2014.
The sworn allegations were made by Alejandro Burzaco, an influential former sports marketing executive, who has already pleaded guilty to corruption charges and has been assisting US authorities in the sprawling investigation into Fifa.
Burzaco claimed to have agreed the bribes with Delhon and another Argentinian Authentic Mike Fisher Jersey official to receive broadcast rights to domestic club competitions. Shortly after he made the allegations in court on Tuesday, police in Buenos Aires announced that Delhon had killed himself.
The trial of three former South American football executives continued on Wednesday. As Burzaco prepared to give a second day of testimony, he broke down in tears on the witness stand and was escorted from the courtroom.
Lawyers for Juan Ángel Napout, the Paraguayan former president of South American football’s governing body Conmebol, accused someone in the courtroom of “staring down” the former executive.
Napout, Manuel Burga, the former head of the Peruvian football association, and José Maria Marin, the head of Brazil’s football confederation, all deny multiple counts of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering.
As Wednesday’s proceedings commenced, Burzaco http://www.officialhawkstore.com/Ersan_Ilyasova_Jersey continued to give details of how he orchestrated multi-million dollar bribe payments to obtain the exclusive marketing rights to the Copa America tournament for http://www.steelersnflofficialproshop.com/WOMENS_YOUTH_JACK_HAM_JERSEY.html a company, Datisa, created to house a group of rival sports marketing corporations, including Burzaco’s own Torneos y Competencias.
Burzaco said he had agreed Authentic Mike Fisher Jersey to pay $16.5m to a group of senior Conmebol officials to secure the rights. The deal allowed Datisa the rights to the 2015 tournament and the next two editions of the event. The $16.5m bribe payment would be repeated for the next two Copa Americas, and the contract would allow Datisa first refusal for rights in the future.
The Argentinian national, who turned himself in Authentic Mike Fisher Jersey to authorities weeks after a May 2015 morning raid on a hotel in Zurich unveiled the federal investigation into Fifa, said the Copa America contract was finalised during a trip to London in May 2013.
Burzaco said he had travelled to the UK for the Champions League final, which was held at Wembley Stadium, and met with a number of Conmebol officials at venues including the Waldorf Hilton hotel and a restaurant in Mayfair, in an attempt to get their signatures for the new contract.
Burzaco recalled the details of one meeting at the Waldorf with Marin and http://www.authenticblackhawksite.com/david-rundblad-jersey_c-486.html Marco Polo Del Nero, a Fifa executive and now the current president of the Brazilian football confederation. The pair, who were due to receive $3m in bribes for the first Copa America, were angry they had not yet been paid a separate $2m annual bribe for the rights to another South American club tournament, the Copa Libertadores. The bribes, Burzaco said were “normally paid in the first six months of the year” but had not yet reached the two officials.
Some of the world’s largest broadcasters, including Fox Sports, were involved in bribe payments to Fifa officials in order to secure the broadcast rights to major South American football tournaments, a key witness in the investigation into corruption at football’s governing body has told a federal court in New York City.
Alejandro Burzaco, the former CEO of Jermey Parnell Womens Jersey Torneos y Competencias, a major sports marketing company based in Argentina, testified that five other companies he had partnered with, including Brazilian network Globo and the Mexican network Grupo Televisa, had bribed Fifa officials during his tenure.
Burzaco gave evidence on the second day of the trial of three former South American football administrators, charged with accepting millions of dollars in bribes. The hearing is part of a sprawling federal investigation into endemic corruption at Fifa resulting in over 40 criminal charges filed against football and marketing executives implicated in the global conspiracy.
Burzaco has already pleaded guilty to racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies after he was indicted in 2015, and has since been assisting US authorities. He is one of 23 people to have pleaded guilty already.
The court heard how Burzaco had paid regular bribes, often six-figure sums, primarily to six senior officials of the South American football governing body, Conmebol, in exchange for the broadcast rights to the Copa Libertadores, South America’s premier international club competition.
Prosecutors homed in on the activities of T&T, a sports marketing company that has, since 2002, been jointly owned by Torneos y Competencias and http://www.chargersofficialauthenticstore.com/Brandon-Mebane-Jersey Fox Pan American Sports and held the rights to the tournament.
The court was presented http://www.officialnewyorkislanders.com/Adidas-Thomas-Greiss-Jersey with a series of contracts between Conmebol and T&T, relating to the extension of broadcast rights for the tournament in 2008. Burzaco told the court he had paid senior officials, including the Argentinian football executive and former senior Fifa vice-president Julio Grondona and the former Conmebol president Nicolás Leoz, a range of “special bribes” ranging between $500,000 to $1m to secure the extension. The money was in addition to annual bribes, between $300,000 to $1.3m, that the six senior Conmebol officials were already receiving from T&T for the rights to tournament.
T&T, Burzaco said, had created a sham company to pay out the one off cash sums. The court saw a contract between T&T and an entity named Somerton for $3.7m.
“It’s not a real contract, sir,” Burzaco conceded as he told the court all the money had gone to pay off the officials. Burzaco noted one of the contract’s signatories was the former Fox Pan American Sports chief operating officer James Ganley. Burzaco had earlier told the court that Fox had become the majority owner of T&T in 2005.
On Tuesday evening, Fox responded to the allegations in court. “Any suggestion that Fox Sports knew of or approved of any bribes is emphatically false,” read a statement. “Fox Sports had no operational control of the entity which Burzaco ran. The entity run by Burzaco was a subsidiary of Fox Pan American Sports, which in 2008, at the time of the contract in question, was majority owned by a private equity firm and under their Jermey Parnell Womens Jersey operational and management control.”
And lo, the spirit and awkwardness of Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland were not enough. Those qualities took them to within touching distance of their first World Cup in 16 years, but no further. Denmark, far superior in this play-off, will go instead. In Christian Eriksen they have a player who belongs among the elite, a point he expressed beautifully in Dublin with an exquisite hat-trick.
Fleetingly Ireland had Russia within their reach, as Shane Duffy headed them into an early lead. But by half-time the Danes had wrenched the World Cup Cody Bellinger Authentic Jersey ticket off the home side and they never gave it back. Age Hareide’s side scored the away goal the Irish had dreaded when Andreas Christensen’s ugly shot found the net via a post and Cyrus Christie’s leg in the 29th minute. Then came Eriksen’s trio of beauties. It seemed like an unnecessary insult when Nicklas Bendtner added another from a late penalty.
And yet this could have been worse for Ireland. When challenged to be more enterprising they became more ragged. Perhaps lack of attacking practice had made them rusty. Several of Denmark’s goals had their origins in Irish blunders. But Darren Randolph made several good saves to prevent a heavier toll. The Danes were a match for Ireland physically and a class above Cody Bellinger Authentic Jersey them in terms of skill, fluency and ambition.
While Eriksen sparkled, the closest player that Ireland have to someone of that calibre, Wes Hoolahan, began on the bench again. O’Neill made only one alteration to the line-up that had shut out the Danes in Copenhagen on Saturday, with David Meyler replacing Callum O’Dowda. If Ireland were to attack more adroitly than they did on Saturday, then that change would have to come from the same personnel, http://www.officialsanjosesharks.com/Adidas-Tomas-Hertl-Jersey with loud verbal cues from a rambunctious crowd.
It took six minutes for that crowd’s wish to be granted. The goal owed nothing to new-found intricacy but no one cared about aesthetics when Nicolai Jorgensen’s attempt to clear a long free-kick by Robbie Brady resulted in the striker looping the ball backwards in his own box, inviting Duffy to soar high and nod the ball past the advancing Kasper Schmeichel and into the net from eight yards.
Duffy had scored a similar goal in Georgia in the group stages, after which Ireland had become so passive they almost enticed the opponents to equalise, which Georgia eventually did. There would be serious jeopardy in doing the same http://www.officialphiladelphiaflyers.com/Adidas-Jori-Lehtera-Jersey here. But soon, whether by Ireland’s choice or the duress applied by Denmark, the home side began backpedaling.
They were fortunate in the 10th minute that Jens Stryger Larsen failed to connect properly with the ball after Simon Kjaer caught the Irish defence out with a long diagonal pass. Then they were grateful to Randolph for diving to his left and tipping away a drive from 20 yards by William Kvist. Two minutes later the goalkeeper came to the rescue again, parrying a blast by Pione Sisto.
In an increasingly frenetic game it was not one-way traffic. Daryl Murphy almost doubled Ireland’s lead with a dainty flick at http://www.authenticslightningstore.com/steven-stamkos-jersey_c-438.html the near post from a cross by Christie, his shot missing the target by inches. Moments later James McClean stormed down the left and into the box before firing a yard past the far post.
Despite those raids, it was not looking like Ireland would last 90 minutes without conceding. As it turned out, they did not even get past 29. There was ingenuity and cruelty in the way they were infiltrated. After a short corner Sisto nutmegged Harry Arter and skittered into the box before sending a low cross to Christensen. The defender scuffed his shot but it hit a post and rebounded in off Christie. As an away goal, the equaliser put Denmark in front.
Three minutes later the visiting side took a conventional lead, Eriksen sweeping the ball regally into the net from 20 Cody Bellinger Authentic Jersey yards via the underside of the crossbar following a move that began when Stephen Ward was dispossessed on the left.
Arsène Wenger has spoken of the possibility of a move into international football and being involved at the 2022 World Cup. The Arsenal manager, who according to some reports was the Football Association’s first choice for the England manager’s post after the departure of Roy Hodgson in 2016, has 18 months to run on his contract at the Emirates but says the idea of managing at a World Cup is a tempting prospect.
When asked about the possibility of moving into international management, Wenger told beIN Sports: “Maybe, yes, I will do it at some stage but until now I like to be involved every day in the life of a club because the real test is there. Four or five weeks is a different experience, it’s more concentrated, but I believe the real experience of managing Ian Kinsler Authentic Jersey a team is on a daily basis.
“But I will not always have the physical strength to do that so maybe I will move into [international coaching]. It’s a fact my life is linked with football, in what way will be linked to my physical state.”
The Frenchman added: “I will [always] be Ian Kinsler Authentic Jersey in football. I don’t know [if] as a director, as a manager – as long as possible as a manager. But one day that will stop. But I will stay in football, of course.” Asked whether he could be on the bench at the World Cup in Qatar, he said: “Maybe, you never know.”
Wenger, who has also been linked with the France national team, commented on the speculation about his taking the England post last year when he said: “My priority is to do well here [at Arsenal]. If I am free one day why not, http://www.officialsramsprostore.com/Gerald_Everett_Jersey_Cheap but at the moment my focus is on my job.”
Petr Cech, meanwhile, has dismissed suggestions that Arsenal should measure their season on whether they finish above Tottenham as they prepare for Saturday’s north London http://www.authentickingstore.com/-26-nic-dowd-jersey_c-477.html derby.
“There is always one odd year where things can Ian Kinsler Authentic Jersey change, but the most important thing for us is competing against the other teams for the Premier League title and for the glory,” the goalkeeper told Sky Sports. “We are not competing against Tottenham Hotspur. Two years ago when we finished above them we were disappointed because we didn’t win the title [and Leicester did]. Our target is to win the title and be successful during the season, not necessarily looking at what Tottenham are doing.”
Despite their progress under Mauricio Pochettino, Spurs have failed to win a trophy since the League Cup in 2008 and Cech believes http://www.authenticnetstore.com/Allen_Crabbe_Jersey only silverware will satisfy the Tottenham supporters. “There was always something missing. They’ve been there in the last few years so now I think they have to make sure they win something to show the progression.”
Roy Keane said last week the key to Martin O’Neill’s celebrated motivational acumen boils down to a knack for saying the right thing at the right time. So it was intriguing, on the eve of Tuesday’s second leg of the tautly wound World Cup play?off between the Republic of Ireland and Denmark, to hear O’Neill tease his captain, David Meyler, about missing penalties in training.
There is a real possibility of the match here ending in the same 0-0 scoreline as the first leg on Saturday and, therefore, of a penalty shootout being required. That would determine who advances to the World Cup finals, and who is Jeff Keppinger Youth jersey left to survey the rubble of a 14-month qualification campaign. When asked about that scenario, Meyler declared his confidence he would score from the spot if called.
Not many managers would have chosen that moment to bring their http://www.authenticclippersshop.com/authentic-3-chris-paul-jersey.html player’s training-ground failures to public attention but O’Neill did so with a deadpan interjection. Everyone in the room laughed, except Meyler, who, after being taken by surprise, looked playfully exasperated. O’Neill had succeeded in introducing levity into what could have been a heavy preview – but in a pointed way. He defused the tension around the occasion while reminding his player talk is cheap. Deeds are sport’s true currency.
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“We will try to be that bit more expansive if we can and deal with the ball a wee bit better,” O’Neill said. Wes Hoolahan often delivers the ideal mixture but usually begins on the bench, where he stayed in the first leg. O’Neill did not say whether the Norwich City schemer would start on Tuesday.
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O’Neill hailed his team’s fighting qualities but said: “It should not be everything in our side because eventually, as well as spirit, you Jeff Keppinger Youth jersey have to be able to play.”
Meyler reckoned Ireland’s spirit will give them the edge: “Denmark don’t have the character, heart and desire we have.” The opposing manager, Age Hareide, retorted: “He doesn’t know us.”
O’Neill referred to his team’s record of rising somehow to grand occasions. “We are going to try to win the game and will try to find a way to win it,” he said. “These players have been able to do that in the last couple of years.”
Teams of similar or higher standing to Denmark can vouch for that, including Germany, Italy, Bosnia?Herzegovina, Austria and Wales – all beaten by Ireland in high-stakes showdowns.
Given one last chance to seize a place at the World Cup Italy pressed, they pushed, but they could not prevail, and as a result next summer’s tournament will take place without them. It is their first such failure in six decades, the Azzurri joining Holland as Europe’s most notable qualifying failures. Both of them were eliminated by Sweden, whose route to Russia has been far from straightforward.
Jakob Johansson’s goal in the first leg ultimately decided the tie in the Swedes’ favour. Here his side’s only ambition was to repel at any cost the waves of attacks rolling towards them, a job they http://www.officialwildteamonline.com/Jared_Spurgeon_Jersey did heroically if not entirely nervelessly.
Carlo Tavecchio, the president of the Italian FA, famously said in September that “not qualifying would be an apocalypse”. That day has arrived, with Gianluigi Buffon tearfully admitting his 175th cap would be his last and Daniele De Rossi – a substitute who when asked to warm up in the second half refused because “I wanted them to bring on attacking players” – also announcing his international retirement. Meanwhile Giampiero Ventura’s tenure as coach is surely over, even if he said after the game he was yet to resign.
His side had 75% of possession and 23 shots to their rivals’ four but there was no way past the visitors’ determined rearguard, the four Norsemen of the apocalypse. “We had no weapons left. We just had to sit there and hope we could hang on,” said the Sweden coach, Jan Andersson. “We couldn’t do it in any other way, they are so skilful.”
De Rossi described “a funereal atmosphere” after the final whistle. “It’s a dark moment for our football,” he said. “Beyond everything that was wrong tactically, technically and physically, we just did not deserve to qualify.”
Amid the disappointment there will also be anger. Ventura had demanded “we get at the San Siro what they got in Stockholm” after criticising the performance of Cuneyt Cakir, the Turkish referee, in the first leg. They did not: both sides had penalty appeals turned down by Antonio Mateu Lahoz, the Spanish official who took charge Womens Damien Wilson Jersey of this game. Italy will be particularly puzzled that a 47th-minute incident in which Matteo Darmian was kneed in the stomach by Mikael Lustig inside the penalty area resulted in Sweden being awarded a free-kick for handball, particularly as the ball seemed to strike the Manchester United defender on the thigh.
The particular irony here was that Mateu http://www.titansnflofficialproshop.com/Authentic-Corey-Davis-Jersey Lahoz had been unable to spot even the most blatant handballs in the first half, when Darmian and Barzagli might have been punished. Before both of those incidents, with just nine minutes played, Andreas Granqvist seemed to trip Marco Parolo from behind. Had the video officials who review key decisions in every Serie A game also been used in this match, it would have been completely different.
Italy were not good enough to find a way through Sweden’s defence but this was still a marked improvement on the first leg. Much of the credit for this must go to Jorginho, the Napoli midfielder who Ventura had never previously considered worthy of so much as a place in his squad. As he did last season, the 25-year-old has played more passes per game than any player not just in Serie A but any of Europe’s major leagues, but the coach had dismissed him in a specialist in “a role that does not exist” in his side. This will be remembered as one of his many mistakes.
He was Italy’s most creative player, and though he faded in the second half he alone threatened to carve a way through the centre of Sweden’s defence. In the 27th minute he lifted a perfectly-judged pass over the visitors’ Damien Wilson Authentic Jersey rearguard and into the path of Manolo Gabbiadini, whose low cross zipped through a crowded six-yard box before being battered over the bar by Antonio Candreva. Then in the 40th minute he picked out Ciro Immobile, whose shot hit the onrushing Robin Olsen but continued on its path goalwards until Granqvist booted clear.
Other than the penalty appeals Sweden never threatened. They were not helped by a serious injury to Johansson, who was stretching for a bouncing ball in an otherwise empty centre circle in the 17th minute when his knee buckled, and left the field on a stretcher. They were content to crowd the central areas, allowing Candreva and the disappointing Darmian space on the flanks, relying on their ability to reach any cross first, and booting any ball they got within touching distance of upfield.
When Brazil emerge from the Wembley tunnel to face England on Tuesday evening most eyes will be on Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and the array of dazzling talent wrapped in canary yellow. Back in Brazil, the focus will be elsewhere. Adenor Leonardo Bacchi, better known as Tite – pronounced “Cheechee” – is revered in his homeland. The 56-year-old has restored the country’s pride in its national side and that counts for a lot in image?conscious Brazil.
“Tite is a great coach, one of the best in the world. He just doesn’t have the status of [Pep] Guardiola and [José] Mourinho because he’s not in Europe. But he’s as good as these guys,” says the former Brazil international Neto, a pundit for the broadcaster Bandeirantes.
Tite took charge in June last year after Brazil went out of the Copa América and were floundering in sixth place in the South America qualifiers. He engineered a remarkable turnaround: in March, Brazil became the first team to qualify for Russia. The Seleção’s old swagger is back, but now it is underpinned by a sizable chunk of pragmatism.
Brazil are still in the process of reinventing themselves after their 7-1 humiliation against Germany at the 2014 World Cup was followed by two years of torpor under Dunga. Tite once said: “A coach has to know his machine … how much it can take, the way it works, know which parts you can be harder on.” Brazil are changing and, in Tite, have a man who has morphed from mechanic to magus.
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Fine words, but make no mistake, Tite is cut from the Derrick Coleman Authentic Jersey same cloth as his predecessors Dunga and, Tite’s mentor, Luiz Felipe Scolari. Today’s Brazil are a far cry from the futebol arte of the 80s.
Tite is from Caxias do Sul in the south of Brazil. Down to earth and conservative, his critics argue that his pronouncements on football – and life – are somewhat preachy, but he makes light of the puritanical image he has helped create. The overall impression is that Tite is a good man, someone you can trust, a man you would want to play for. He is loyal to his players, but a lack of ruthlessness cost him in the past and could do so again in Russia.
His playing career was cut short due to injury and the former defensive midfielder started his first coaching position in 1990 for Guarany de Garibaldi. Eleven years later, he got a crack at the big time with Grêmio and won the Copa do Brasil. There followed a series of jobs patching up struggling teams, saving them from the drop, before inevitably getting the sack. His Mr Fix http://www.authenticbluesjerseys.com/Authentic-Ty-Rattie-Jersey It image changed after he won the Copa Sudamericana with Internacional in 2008. However, the real turning point came two years later when he joined Corinthians for a second Derrick Coleman Authentic Jersey time.
Tite rebuilt the side from the back and they went on to win the league, conceding just 36 goals in 38 games. Seven months later they beat Boca Juniors in the Libertadores final, and in the same year saw off Chelsea in the Fifa Club World Cup.
But in 2013, Corinthians stagnated and clocked up a staggering 13 goalless draws over the season. In November, the club told the coach he was out. The problem, according to Neto, was clear. “One of his weaknesses is making difficult changes, like dropping players he trusts. He struggled with this after winning the Club World Cup. It needed [his successor] Mano Menezes to do a clear-out.”
Not for the first time in recent weeks, Neymar felt suffocated and affronted. It is part and parcel of being a marked man, an unwanted by-product of his lavish gifts. And he reacted. Towards the end of last month, it had been in http://www.redskinsfootballproshoponline.com/WOMENS_YOUTH_DEXTER_MANLEY_JERSEY.html club colours http://www.officialauthenticbroncosshop.com/WOMENS-MENELIK-WATSON-JERSEY.html for Paris Saint-Germain in le classique at Marseille and the result was a red card in the 87th minute. On this occasion, it was in the yellow of Brazil and, once again, there would be a sanction, if not as severe. The weird thing was that when Neymar chased a ball forward in the 55th minute of the friendly against Japan in Lille on Friday, his team were 3-0 up and the atmosphere at a half-empty Stade Pierre Mauroy was hardly the bear pit of the Devin Funchess Womens Jersey Vélodrome.
Coincidentally – or perhaps not – his adversary was the defender Hiroki Sakai, who plays for Marseille and had been on the Vélodrome pitch when Neymar felt the red mist come down. In that game, having been involved in niggle throughout, Neymar reacted to a trip by the winger Lucas Ocampos by squaring Devin Funchess Womens Jersey up to him. He would receive a second yellow card.
In Lille, he grappled and tussled with Sakai, who refused to let him wriggle clear and then Neymar aimed his dig. It was part-cuff, part-slap and it caught Sakai across the back of his head. It surely did not hurt that much but Sakai reached his hand up to feel where it had landed. He did so with a flourish.
There followed a video assistant referee interlude, of the type we may have to get used to. The on-field official, Benoît Bastien, retreated to study a monitor behind an advertising board on halfway and when he returned he made the outline of a television set before showing the yellow card to Neymar. The Brazilian could not believe it. How dare Bastien. Neymar smiled, as he did after his dismissal in Marseille, and he made it plain that this was not the sort of thing that ought to happen to football royalty.
Neymar’s cockiness is a part of his appeal and, in many ways, it underpins his tricks and body swerves and all of the rest. But the world’s most expensive player has shown signs of late that he is in danger of crossing the line into petulance and entitlement.
Against Japan, which finished in a 3-1 Brazil win, he looked at Bastien whenever there was the slightest contact from an opponent and he fully expected to be given the free-kick. Sometimes, he was; sometimes, he wasn’t but it felt as though he was yet another assistant referee.
The countdown to the World Cup finals has started and every Brazil player can sense the scrutiny of his temperament. The mission has long been signposted: to avenge the 7-1 humiliation against Germany from the semi-finals of their World Cup in 2014. But with Neymar, who lives his life under the most brilliant of glares, it is more pronounced.
Tite, the Brazil manager, knows that he can ill-afford a lapse of discipline from Neymar in Russia and when he discussed the pressures on him it was revealing that he offered both sympathy and a reminder of his responsibilities.
“Neymar has made some mistakes with his reactions and Devin Funchess Womens Jersey he knows that this is wrong,” said Tite, who is now preparing for the friendly against England at Wembley on Tuesday. “I will talk about the last red card he got [for PSG]. He took a tackle and another one seconds later. Everyone is trying to stop him with fouls but he cannot react to this. I have talked with him about this. I tell him: ‘Just go to the halfway line.’
“The referee was right when he gave Neymar the yellow card against Japan. But the use of video technology will be a good thing because it will make for a fairer game.
“When we talk about players like Neymar, Willian, Philippe Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus, they are really fast and this is how defenders stop them. Against Japan, there was a sequence of fouls on Gabriel but I told him: ‘Go to halfway. Just play.’ This is the thing.”
If Brazil play like they have done under Tite, it will be easy to fancy them at the finals. When the former Corinthians manager succeeded Dunga in June 2016, the team had taken nine points from their first six World Cup qualifiers. They lagged sixth in the South American standings and, this being Brazil, there was hysteria that they might not qualify.
England’s football team might be put through a mock penalty shootout in front of a Wembley crowd as Gareth Southgate sets about trying to make sure his team will be fully prepared from 12 yards in the World Cup.
Southgate resisted the temptation to arrange a practice shootout against Germany, the team famous for their penalty prowess, after the goalless draw at Wembley on Friday but England’s manager is considering putting one in place for one of the Wembley friendlies closer to the tournament.
England have gone out of six major tournaments – three World Cups and three European Championships – since Chris Waddle skied his penalty in Italia 90 and have only one success to their name against Spain in Euro 96. Taking into account the King Hassan II International Cup in Morocco, pre-France 98, when Rob Lee and Les Ferdinand were the guilty men, England’s overall record stands at seven failures out of eight.
Sven-Goran Eriksson considered putting on a dress rehearsal when England played Jamaica at Old Trafford before the World Cup in 2006. The Swede never went through with it, however, and three of England’s penalty-takers, Frank Lampard, http://www.officialraptorstore.com/Bruno_Caboclo_Jersey Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher, went on to miss in the quarter-final shootout against Portugal.
As anyone who can remember the pizza advert will be able to testify, Southgate also has first-hand experience from Euro 96 about what it is like to take, and miss, a decisive penalty in a major competition and the England manager is determined the modern team will be ready in next summer’s World Cup.
“It’s something that we are considering – how we prepare best for penalty shootouts,” Southgate said. “Whether that’s something on the training ground, whether that’s in sessions we do away from the training ground, or something we do in some sort of match scenario. We’ve not finalised http://www.nygiantsofficialstore.com/bobby-hart-jersey-for-sale-c-70.html that yet but clearly that [match situation] is an option.”
England have another friendly lined up against Italy at Wembley on 27 March, with a game against Holland in Amsterdam four days earlier, and will then arrange two more fixtures before the squad fly to their World Cup base in Repino, outside St Petersburg.
In the meantime Southgate is warning Joe Hart, the goalkeeper he insists is still his recognised No1, that he is facing increased competition after Jordan Pickford’s impressive debut against Germany.
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“Jordan had an excellent game. It was a good experience for him, we can wrap him up now, assess him in the next period with his club and it’s good that he goes away with a really positive experience. Now’s an opportunity for Joe to have experience against top opposition as well and we’re all aware there’s really good competition in that area of the pitch.
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