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Alexandre Lacazette has the numbers to press his case. Across eight seasons at Lyon the striker scored 100 goals in 203 Ligue 1 appearances and there were a further 29 in the cups and Europe. Andrej Nestrasil Authentic Jersey The supporters of his boyhood club will remember the spectacular ones, and there were a number of those, but each was marked by a particular brand of precision and ruthlessness.
They have led Lacazette to an extremely big number because never before have Arsenal paid so much for a player. The 26-year-old’s transfer fee could rise as high as €60m (£52.7m) if all of the add-ons are met.
Yet, as Lacazette prepares to step into the Emirates madhouse, it distills into a single issue for him. Can he make the difference for Arsenal in their quest for a first Premier League title since 2004? Or, to put it another way, does he have the world-class quality to do so?
It might seem like a black-and-white way of considering the principal aspect of his challenge but, then again, it has long been the championship or bust for Arsène Wenger in terms of vindicating the second part of his long tenure.
Arsenal have craved a top centre-forward for some time or, at least, since Robin van Persie left for Manchester United in 2012 and Olivier Giroud came in from Montpellier. http://www.officialcarolinahurricanes.com/Adidas-Bryan-Bickell-Jersey Yes, Alexis Sánchez is a world-class player and he played as the No9 for plenty of last season. But, by the end, Wenger had returned him to his roaming brief off the flank and the manager said that he preferred him there. It was Giroud who finished at the tip of the formation.
Giroud has been a lightning rod for the fans’ frustrations and the consensus on him is he is a very good centre-forward, who is capable of flashes of inspiration. His scorpion kick against Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day was one of the best goals of last season and there have been other crackers, including the sumptuous touch and finish against West Ham United in April 2014.
But Giroud is not world class and he has been damned by the perception he is not quite good enough; that he is not the player to help Arsenal become the best in England.
Can Lacazette be that man? Is he the upgrade on Giroud that even Wenger – through deeds rather than words – has indicated he has needed? Wenger tried and failed to sign Luis Suárez from Liverpool in 2013, following Giroud’s first season in north London and then there was the Sánchez experiment up front last season.
The curious thing is that Lacazette has been nowhere near Didier Deschamps’ starting France team whereas Giroud has come to be the manager’s preferred foil for Antoine Griezmann. When Deschamps introduced Lacazette as a 73rd-minute substitute against Paraguay on 2 June, it was his first international involvement since October 2015. He came on for Giroud, who had scored a hat-trick.
Deschamps gave Lacazette the first of his 11 caps against Uruguay in June 2013 but has started him in only three games and did not name him in his squad for the World Cup in 2014 or Euro 2016 – when Giroud was a key player.
Deschamps would say his preference for Giroud ought not to be taken as a slight to Lacazette. They are different types of No9 – Giroud the old-fashioned hold-up man; Lacazette the more mobile predator. For the balance of the team and the way Deschamps wants to play, he has considered Giroud to be the solution.
It might also be pointed out that Deschamps has an excess of riches up front, with his other choices including Kylian Mbappé, Kévin Gameiro, Andrew Hammond Authentic Jersey Kingsley Coman, Anthony Martial and Ousmane Dembélé. And that is before Karim Benzema is factored in. Benzema is technically available for selection having been dropped for Euro 2016 after he was questioned by police in connection to an alleged blackmail attempt against his then France team-mate Mathieu Valbuena. It seems unlikely that Benzema will return while Deschamps is in charge.
It has, nevertheless, been possible to feel Deschamps has not fully trusted Lacazette; that he has been sceptical about whether the player possesses the requisite class. There has also been the view that Lacazette may be more effective as an impact substitute for France, which can impact negatively on a player’s psyche.
Lacazette has been at the top of the game in Ligue 1 for the past three years and there are those in Lyon who think that the 2014-15 season was his best one, when he formed an irrepressible partnership with Nabil Fekir, a touch player, who shares certain qualities with Mesut Özil. Lacazette scored 27 league goals that season and 31 overall but most believe it was last season when he took his football to the next level and changed people’s perceptions.
The numbers were startling: 28 league goals in 30 appearances and 37 in 45 matches in all competitions. Previously, he had been criticised for going missing in the biggest games; now, he rose to them. http://www.officialottawasenators.com/Adidas-Bobby-Ryan-Jersey Wenger was convinced and the call-up from Deschamps for the end-of-season fixtures against Paraguay, Sweden and England was interpreted as a sign he had been won over. On the other hand, Deschamps had named a bigger squad than usual because of the number of matches and he did not use Lacazette against Sweden or England, when he once again started with Giroud.
There is no doubt which Premier League club have made the quickest start in the race to do business in the summer transfer window. Adidas Craig Smith Womens Jersey One might not go as far as Robbie Fowler, who believes Everton’s resolve and targeted investment are making the rest of the league look stupid, though there is plenty to admire in the way Ronald Koeman and his club backers go about their business.
Everton have made five major signings before most clubs are properly back from their holidays, although Henry Onyekuru will be going straight out to Anderlecht on loan. The others offer straight-down-the-middle solidity, almost literally since Koeman has brought in a goalkeeper, centre-half and striker. Everton set their transfer record when they signed Jordan Pickford for a fee that could rise to £30m, though the former Sunderland player has long been regarded the best English goalkeeping prospect around and if he fulfils his potential he will soon start to look a snip even at that price.
The club then paid roughly the same amount, £25m going on £30m, for the 24-year-old Michael Keane, another proven performer at the right age with no shortage of admirers and a promising future. By Everton standards this is a huge level of investment, http://www.authenticnashvillepredators.com/authentic-calle-jarnkrok-jersey particularly as the Holland midfielder Davy Klaassen has also been signed for around £24m, but as soon as someone meets Southampton’s asking price for Virgil van Dijk, or perhaps when Romelu Lukaku finally gets his inevitable move to a club in the Champions League bracket, Everton’s outlay is likely to be dwarfed.
It has not all been big spending either. Picking up Sandro Ramírez from Málaga for a fee of around £5m could be the sharpest piece of business of the summer so far, even if it is unlikely the former Barcelona striker on his own will be able to fill the hole Lukaku leaves. To an extent Everton have been rebuilding in the knowledge that they will have to react and reshape once their leading scorer departs, and to an extent they have been spending in the expectation of a large fee being received before the end of the window. They will probably need to recruit again once Lukaku goes. Koeman is still an admirer of Gylfi Sigurdsson and there are even reports of a move for Olivier Giroud, though regardless of what happens later in the summer it is never a bad idea to have your principal targets identified early and to bring them in with a minimum of fuss in time to take part in a full pre-season.
Were there a prize for this sort of thing, Everton would have just put themselves in pole position, with other clubs still dithering and debating at the back of the grid. Perhaps Everton also deserve some sort of industry award for having the foresight to recruit Steve Walsh from Leicester as football director and head of scouting. Football does not work quite like that, Authentic Cam Fowler Youth Jersey however, and one has to assume that the real prize Everton are after is a place in the top four. “It will be a big season for us,” Sandro said on arrival, possibly a little prematurely. “Everton have made some big signings, I’m excited about being able to compete here and win plenty of silverware. Hopefully we can achieve that aim of getting into the Champions League.”
Any player is entitled to be optimistic upon joining a new club for a considerable fee, and there is perhaps no harm in being unrealistically so, but were this an Alfred Hitchcock film the menacing music would now be building to a crescendo. Were it a Vic and Bob show there would be tumbleweed rolling across the set. Players do not generally move to Everton to win “plenty of silverware”. That has not been the case since the mid-80s, and even then the revival under Howard Kendall was a relatively short-lived affair, bookended by underachievement and far less distinguished managers. In the 21 years Sandro has been around Everton have not won a thing. Their last glimpse of silverware was the 1995 FA Cup, a couple of months before he was born.
Everton have a capable, go-ahead manager, it must be admitted, and a top-four finish seems an achievable ambition for a club of Everton’s stature and spending power, yet it cannot have gone unnoticed that Arsenal and Manchester United managed to miss out last season. http://www.officialsanaheimducks.com/Adidas-Andrew-Cogliano-Jersey That’s the Arsenal currently vying with Real Madrid to pay more than £100m for Kylian Mbappé, and the Manchester United who boast the world’s most expensive player in Paul Pogba and could well end up paying a similar amount for Lukaku.
It was put to Koeman when he arrived on Merseyside this time last year from Southampton that there seemed to be little anyone could do to elevate Everton beyond fourth-best team in the north-west. They would never be able to match the spending power of the Manchester clubs, and could hope to overtake Liverpool only on the few occasions when standards at Anfield slipped. The manager did not disagree, though Leicester had just won the league at the time so anything seemed possible.
Everton have completed the signing of Burnley’s Michael Keane for an initial fee of £25m plus another £6m in potential add-ons. The defender became Ronald Koeman’s sixth summer signingon Monday night after the Spanish Under 21 striker Sandro Ramírez had joined from Málaga for €6m (£5.3m) earlier in the day. Authentic Adidas Craig Smith Womens Jersey The two arrivals takes Everton’s spending this summer past the £85m mark.
Keane, who left Manchester United in January 2015, has signed a five-year deal with Everton. The 24-year-old has played twice for England and said that the opportunity to play for Ronald Koeman had played a big part in his decision to join the Merseyside club.
“I’m absolutely delighted to be at Everton, a fantastic football club with passionate fans and a great tradition and I can’t wait to come into training tomorrow to meet all the lads,” http://www.authenticnashvillepredators.com/authentic-calle-jarnkrok-jersey Keane said. “First and foremost, the manager was a big factor in me coming to the club. He played in my position when he was a world-class player for a great Barcelona side and a great Dutch side and the style of football he likes to play will suit me, I believe.
“I watched a lot of Everton last season and I believe I really suit how the team likes to play. I feel like this is a great place to come and continue my development as a player. He’s convinced me that he can still improve me in certain areas of my game. I’m only 24 which, for a centre-half in the Premier League, is relatively young. I’ve still got a long way to go and I know this and hopefully under his guidance I’ll keep improving.
“You always want to play for a manager who believes in you. I wanted to come somewhere I was wanted by the staff, players and fans as well. I feel like Everton is the perfect match.”
Sandro, meanwhile, who played for Barcelona before joining Málaga last year, Authentic Andrew Cogliano Youth Jersey was on international duty at the European Under-21 Championship in Poland and scored in Spain’s 3-1 win against Portugal last week. The 21-year-old had also been linked heavily with Atlético Madrid but their hopes were scuppered by a transfer ban. He has signed a four-year contract.
Sandro scored 16 goals in 31 games for Málaga last season. “Everton have made some big signings and we’re hoping we can put in a great season and hopefully then we can achieve that aim of getting in the Champions League,” he said. “It will be a big season for us.
“I was lucky enough to play with some of the best players in the world and managed to win the odd trophy but the important thing now is that I’m very happy to be signing for Everton.”
Sandro won La Liga with Barcelona in 2014-15 and 2015-16, making seven league appearance in the first season and 10 during the following campaign.
“I’m bringing a lot of youthful enthusiasm and a real desire to improve and work hard,” he said. “One of the things I’ve always had is a good work ethic and a real desire and strength of character to do well.
“My key strength is goalscoring. It’s always good to bring goals to a team and that’s what I’m hoping to do. My game is making runs off the ball, http://www.officialsanaheimducks.com/Adidas-Cam-Fowler-Jersey trying to find space, putting in a lot of effort and running hard. I think that’s an advantage in the Premier League.”
Everton have also signed the goalkeeper Jordan Pickford for an initial £25m, the midfielder Davy Klaassen for £23.7m, the forward Henry Onyekuru for £7m as well as Nathangelo Markelo for an undisclosed fee.
John Terry needed no reminding of the day when he was booed off by Aston Villa supporters while lying on a stretcher. It was 11 May 2013, Adidas Bryan Bickell Youth Jersey and has gone down in the history books as the game when Frank Lampard became Chelsea’s all?time leading goalscorer. For the visiting captain, however, it was a less enjoyable experience. “I think the [chant] was ‘let him die’,” Terry said, laughing while wearing his new Villa tracksuit.
Outside of Stamford Bridge, where Terry spent 22 years and racked up more than 700 appearances, there have been plenty of insults thrown at the central defender over the years. Villa Park, where Terry will be playing next season after signing a one-year contract with the Championship club, was no different in that respect. “Quite hostile” is how Terry described his memories of playing at the ground. “I’ve been on the receiving end of that [atmosphere] and thrived on it,” he added.
Both parties will take little time to patch up their differences, now that they are on the same side. That is how football generally works and on that same theme it was interesting to hear Terry’s answer to a question about whether after everything he has achieved in his career, http://www.authenticcarolinahurricanes.com/authentic-andrej-nestrasil-jersey including winning 15 major trophies at Chelsea, he feels fully appreciated in the game. “Maybe not. I don’t know,” he said. “I think that’s a decision for you guys [the media] to make, or the supporters. I’ve run out at Villa Park many times and given as good as I’ve been given and wound people up, and I understand that.
“But when I walk down the street, whether it be a Tottenham supporter or an Arsenal fan, they will say: ‘I don’t particularly like you but you’re a good footballer and I appreciate what you’ve done in the game.’ That’s the message. But what I do get a lot when you spend time and have photos with people’s kids is: ‘You’re actually a nice guy.’
“People see you in a way and put you in a bracket of ‘right, he’s an arsehole.’ Adidas Bob Probert Youth Jersey But that’s not me. You grow up over the years as well, and you live and learn as a human being, as a professional and a player. I’ve given as good as I’ve got over the years from supporters all over the country and at the end of the day when I retire, if they turn around and say, ‘He was a decent player,’ that will do me.”
By Terry’s own admission it will be a strange feeling to wear another club’s shirt and experience everything that comes with being the new boy. He flew out to Portugal with Steve Bruce, the Villa manager, on Monday afternoon to join the squad on their pre-season training camp, and was dreading the thought of having to sing in front of everyone as part of the sort of initiation ceremony that he has enjoyed laughing at over the years at Chelsea.
At the same time, Terry said that he was genuinely excited at the prospect of a move that “takes me out of my comfort zone”. There were no shortage of offers on the table for him, but Terry claimed that joining another Premier League club was out of the question, http://www.authenticdetroitredwings.com/authentic-alex-delvecchio-jersey because he was unable to contemplate playing against Chelsea next season. Teams in China and Major League Soccer also showed an interest, as did Villa’s bitter local rivals, Birmingham City.
There can be no doubt about it: Germany are the best footballing nation in the world. Two days after their under-21 squad 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, Anthony DeSclafani Youth Jersey 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 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.
The final began with a surreal all-singing, all-dancing closing ceremony, http://www.authenticcincinnatireds.com/Adam-Duvall-Jersey 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 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, Authentic Alex Gordon Youth Jersey 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 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.
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.
Chilean pressure grew in the second half and a German defence that had not managed a clean sheet all tournament was sorely tested. http://www.authentickansascityroyals.com/Alcides-Escobar-Jersey Sánchez continued his inconsistency, driving through Germany’s midfield one moment and looking petulant the next. In the 83rd minute the Chile substitutes Edson Puch and Ángelo Sagal combined, Puch brilliantly flicking a ball back from the byline only for Sagal to blaze over from close in with his first touch.
Steven Caulker has a tale to tell and, as hard as it is to hear, it is best simply to listen. Bartolo Colon Womens Jersey His stream of consciousness veers from scoring on his England debut less than five years ago and the thrill at potential being realised to the horrific mental health issues that have almost ended it all in the period since. A player who, from the outside, appeared blessed with talent and opportunity speaks of desperate anxiety and self-loathing.
He contemplated killing himself in his darkest moments with his path one of self-destruction. Attempts at escapism cost him hundreds of thousands of pounds, wages frittered away in casinos. Then came the drinking aimed at numbing the pain. The 25-year-old finds himself recalling the times spent in custody watching CCTV footage of his misdemeanours, his lawyer at his side, and not recognising the vile person on the screen.
Football is still coming to terms with mental illness and Caulker, an international and a last lingering reminder at Queens Park Rangers of financially misguided days as a Premier League club, http://www.authenticatlantabraves.com/Babe-Ruth-Jersey has been an easy target. He is not seeking to make excuses or win sympathy. These are details he finds painful to recount. “I’ve sat here for years hating myself and never understood why I couldn’t just be like everyone else,” he says. “This year was almost the end. I felt for large periods there was no light at the end of the tunnel.” And yet he has not placed a bet since December, or touched alcohol since early March. The healing process that can restore him to the top level is well under way, with this interview, one he sought out, potentially another step on the road to recovery.
A little under a year ago Caulker had spoken to the Guardian about a “life-changing” week spent in Sierra Leone, of humbling yet inspiring charity work with ActionAid that had provided him with a sense of perspective. Ameer Abdullah Womens Jersey He returned to be galvanised under Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink at Loftus Road and, having spent the previous season on loan at Southampton and Liverpool – unfulfilling stints which fuelled his latent insecurities – was ready to give his all. Early season performances against Leeds and Cardiff suggested confidence had been restored, reward for a summer of incessant fitness work.
The trigger that would send him spiralling to rock bottom would be injury. He tore his groin at Barnsley and played in pain for weeks, dreading a spell back in rehabilitation, before succumbing to an associated hip complaint. “I owed it to QPR to try,” he says, “but I was naive thinking I could still perform with the tear.” He has not played since last October, with the period marked by personal turmoil and, only of late, http://www.lionsshopnfljersey.com/authentic-ashawn-robinson-jersey.html revival. Talking publicly, he suggested, may point younger players towards seeking help if they find themselves treading the same route, or experiencing the same sense of desertion, in a brutal industry. The real hope is the exercise, as brave as it is, may ultimately prove more cathartic for Caulker himself.
We have definitely been here before. Southampton’s Nathan Redmond joined the long list of England penalty shootout villains as Germany progressed to Authentic Chandler Parsons Womens Jersey the final of the European Under-21 Championship after a thrilling encounter in which Aidy Boothroyd’s side were outplayed for large periods.
That they survived an extra-time onslaught from opposition who appeared to possess superior fitness despite having two days fewer to prepare is a testament to the spirit of the side. But that will not make it any easier to bear after they suffered the same fate as the teams of Bobby Robson and Terry Venables at the 1990 World Cup and Euro 96.
The shootout was in the balance when Yannick Gerhardt and Tammy Abraham both missed with the second spot-kicks. Lewis Baker, http://www.officialgrizzliestore.com/authentic-3-allen-iverson-jersey.html Ben Chilwell and James Ward?Prowse all slotted home, yet it fell to Redmond, who arrived in Poland as England’s most experienced player in his third tournament, to become the fall guy as his tame penalty was saved by Julian Pollersbeck to send Germany through.
“We are absolutely gutted,” said Boothroyd, who replaced Gareth Southgate in September after his promotion to the senior side. “It’s a mixture of being sick of losing on penalties after going so close, but also very pleased, that this is not just one game. A lot of hard work went into this tournament, a lot of players have given everything.
“With all the practice we have done, their goalkeeper made two very good saves. We learned lots of lessons from the past, and worked on penalties, but the fatigue, the energy expended and the fact we fancied ourselves means we are very disappointed.”
Pollersbeck, who revealed before the match he had not featured in a penalty shootout since his junior days, consulted scraps of paper stuffed down his socks in an attempt to outfox England’s players. Authentic Andrew Adams Womens Jersey The ploy worked as first Abraham and then Redmond appeared to be a bundle of nerves as they approached, with the Germany manager, Stefan Kuntz – England’s nemesis in the memorable Euro 96 semi-final at Wembley – admitting the goalkeeper had made specific plans for each taker.
“He told us he was going to study the shooters and if he believes a shooter is very self-confident he will pick a side and if he doesn’t, he will concentrate on the ball,” Kuntz said.
After the victory at the Under-20 World Cup in South Korea, this defeat was only the second England have endured in 21 matches at various youth levels this year, http://www.officialgiantsfootballs.com/Bobby-Rainey-Jersey-Cheap having suffered a similar fate in the Under-17 European Championship final against Spain last month. In truth, England were second best after Abraham had put them ahead early in the second half as they dropped deeper and deeper in an attempt to hang on to their lead. Having gone ahead in the first half through Davie Selke’s header before that was cancelled out by Demarai Gray, the substitute Felix Platte’s equaliser with 20 minutes to go took the game into extra time and there looked like being only one winner as Germany pressed forward.
The prospects of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups being hosted by Russia and Qatar have been strengthened after Fifa dramatically published in full the investigation by the US prosecutor Michael Garcia into the 2010 voting process.
Long thought to contain explosive revelations after Garcia resigned in 2014 protesting that a summary published by his fellow ethics committee chairman, Hans-Joachim Eckert, misrepresented it. Anthony Rendon #6 Youth Jersey His 349-page main report contained some startling detail on the “culture of entitlement” at Fifa, but his main findings largely tallied with the thrust of Eckert’s summary.
He did find evidence of serious alleged irregularities and recommended investigation and action against several senior members of Fifa’s executive committee, including the former German player and coach Franz Beckenbauer, but did not recommend that the vote be annulled.
Qatar were found to have employed tactics familiar now including the sponsorship of the Confederation of African Football conference in Angola and the famous 2010 lunch attended by the son http://www.officialnationalshop.com/authentic-34-bryce-harper-jersey.html of the country’s emir at the time with President Nicolas Sarkozy of France and the then Uefa president Michel Platini, but not to have bought votes.
Russia’s bid to host the 2018 World Cup was found not to have fully reported all its contacts with the executive committee members, as required by the rules, but were otherwise explicitly cleared of offering any excessive gifts or “undue influence.”
The publication of the report will prompt some embarrassment within the English FA whose chairman in 2014, Greg Dyke, protested that the Eckert summary was a whitewash. The Garcia report, as reported by Eckert’s summary, http://www.officialgiantsfootballs.com/Andrew-Adams-Jersey-Cheap" target="_new" rel="nofollow">Andrew Adams Youth Jersey found that the England bid had sought to “curry favour” in breach of the rules with some executive committee members, in particular the notorious Trinidadian executive committee member, Jack Warner, who is now banned from football for life.
Garcia included much more detail on the finding revealed by Eckert that England’s 2018 bid had found work, at Tottenham Hotspur and at Wembley, at Warner’s request, for a young man he described as “like his adopted son”. The FA has never commented officially on the criticisms made of its conduct by Eckert.
The most striking difference between the summary Eckert published in November 2014 and the full Garcia report was in Garcia’s criticisms of Fifa’s then president Sepp Blatter, which were absent from Eckert’s summary. Garcia found no case to answer that Blatter had breached any of Fifa’s ethics codes over the fraught and suspicion-laden process that led to Russia and Qatar claiming the next two World Cup finals tournaments.
However, Garcia said explicitly that holding a vote of Fifa’s then executive committee at the same time for two different bids was vulnerable to collusion. http://www.officialgiantsfootballs.com/Carl-Banks-Jersey-Cheap" target="_new" rel="nofollow"> http://www.officialgiantsfootballs.com/Carl-Banks-Jersey-Cheap He also found that Blatter was much more indulgent and generous towards the executive committee members than the disapproving statements of wrongdoing he made in public – even suggesting in November 2010 that they should each be paid a bonus of $200,000, including two members, Amos Adamu and Reynald Temarii, who were suspended at the time. After praising Blatter for introducing reforms, Garcia wrote: “As head of Fifa, however, President Blatter bears some responsibility for a flawed process that engendered deep public scepticism, and for presiding over an executive committee whose culture of entitlement contributed to many of the issues this report identified.”
Garcia concluded: “As the leader of Fifa, responsibility for these failings and for positive steps taken to reform the organisation resides with President Blatter.”
The ethics committee, whose “investigatory chamber” was chaired by Cornel Borbély after Garcia resigned and whose “adjudicatory chamber” was still chaired by Eckert, banned Blatter and Platini from football for malpractice in December 2015. Gianni Infantino was elected to succeed Blatter as president in February 2016 and in a statement Fifa said the new chairs of the ethics committee had decided to publish the Garcia report, as Infantino had called for, because the German magazine Bild had a leaked copy it was planning to reveal in stages. Infantino, who has said the World Cups in Russia and Qatar will go ahead, is unlikely to find the tournaments too troubled by the long-awaited publication.
For Aidy Boothroyd the frustration is still raw. Eleven months on from England’s semi-final defeat by Italy at the European Under-19 Championship, Authentic Anthony Sherman Youth Jersey the manager sacked by Northampton Town in December 2013 with his side rooted to the bottom of the Football League will watch his Under-21 team face Germany in the Silesian city of Tychy for a place in Europe’s most prestigious youth tournament.
Since that 2-1 loss in Mannheim last July England’s age-group sides have embarked on a remarkable run of 17 wins from the 20 matches they have played in tournaments, the only defeat coming in a shootout in the final of the European Under-17 Championship against Spain last month. That was followed just over a fortnight ago by a first global success since 1966 and all that when many of the players in Boothroyd’s charge last year became Under-20 world champions in South Korea by beating Venezuela after an inspirational comeback against Italy in the semi-final.
Now, with a meeting with England’s bête noire on the horizon, the man who watched the Euro 96 semi-final in Baildon Woodbottom working men’s club in Shipley while Stefan Kuntz, his opposite number in the dugout on Tuesday night, was scoring the equalising goal against Terry Venables’s team at Wembley, is desperate to make his own piece of history.
“If someone said to me after the match, if we’ve lost: ‘Well done for getting to the semi-final,’ I won’t like that,” Boothroyd said. http://www.chiefsofficialsauthentic.com/CHIEFS-BISHOP-SANKEY-JERSEY “This is the sort of issue that we have. In order for us to be better, we’ve got to go and win these games. You’ve got to make these opportunities count.”
He added: “The Germans, the Spanish, any team that has been successful, if you look at their track record, if you delve into their history, they have won these tournaments. The age groups, from 16 to 21, the teams winning those go on to win the senior tournaments – that’s a fact. The problem we have is that we get players to a certain ceiling and then they can’t get into Premier League teams because other players are bought. That’s a problem, but we can’t do too much about that.”
Of the semi-finalists here England’s squad accumulated half as many top-flight minutes for their respective clubs last season. Austin Romine Youth Jersey The Germany side who thrashed England 4-0 in the 2009 edition of this tournament contained six players who went on to win the World Cup in Brazil three years ago. In contrast Stuart Pearce’s side, containing Lee Cattermole and Adam Johnson, have since won a combined number of little more than 100 caps.
But, whisper it, a new breed of young English player appears to be emerging despite their lack of opportunities. No one epitomises that more than the Swansea defender Alfie Mawson who sat alongside Boothroyd at the pre-match press conference here and was not afraid to admit his ambition is to captain the senior side one day, despite never having represented his country until a few months ago.
“I want to be a player in five or six years’ time that young players can come to me and ask for advice,” he said. “That’s the image I want to give off.
“If I can instil that in people’s minds now, it will create better images when I get to be a captain one day. If that ever meant becoming a captain at national level, that would be a dream come true. http://www.authenticyankeeshop.com/authentic-13-alex-rodriguez-jersey.html At the moment I’ve got to try to get past the finish line in this competition and you don’t know what’s going to happen in a couple of years. I take it in my stride, keep going and keep going and hopefully at the end of the week we’ve got another title.”
Stefan Kuntz has good reason to look forward to another semi-final against England. Authentic Anthony Sherman Womens Jersey A day short of 21 years since he scored the equaliser and then converted the fifth penalty for Berti Vogts’s side in the Euro 96 shootout, the former striker will lead Germany into the European Under-21 Championship showdown with Aidy Boothroyd’s team on Tuesday night.
Perhaps understandably, Kuntz became something of a folk hero in England and in his homeland after his exploits at Wembley, with the reprisal of David Baddiel and Frank Skinner’s tournament anthem Three Lions before the World Cup two years later featuring the two comedians playing against a team of Germans all wearing shirts bearing his name.
“My mum asked me: ‘Why?’ I think it was one of the only situations that I lied to her,” he remembered after Germany’s 1-0 defeat by Italy on Saturday which set up the last-four showdown in Tychy. “Of course, http://www.chiefsofficialsauthentic.com/CHIEFS-ALBERT-WILSON-JERSEY I couldn’t tell her that Kuntz in German is ‘Kuntz’ but what it means in English! So I said: ‘Hey Mum, that’s because I scored the goal, I think!’ So don’t tell my Mum, please.”
The song was also adopted by the Germans after they returned home with the European Championship trophy in 1996, so much so that it was re-released in 2014 after their World Cup triumph in Brazil. More than two decades on from the infamous night when Gareth Southgate – Boothroyd’s predecessor in charge of the under-21s – missed the crucial spot-kick, the likable Kuntz is hoping for a special reunion with the manager of England’s senior side.
“I want to hug him because I think we shared the experience together,” he said. “Sometimes we win and sometimes they win. The most amazing memory in my head from that is my thought that England could not score penalties. I said to my coach: ‘I will take the fifth one,’ Alex Rodriguez Womens Jersey thinking that the English would never score all five penalties. I was wrong. Then I had to take the fifth one and you know where my heart was? Very deep in my pants. Of course it was the biggest victory for me.
“But the most impressive thing was that when we left the pitch the English supporters gave us a standing ovation. I had goose pimples. I’ve never felt this from opposition supporters. It was amazing. This was fair play at its best.”
Even though many of his squad were not even born then, Kuntz does not intend to show them any videos of that semi-final. Instead, he will be concentrating on getting past opponents who have grown into this tournament with successive victories against Slovakia and hosts Poland without a large contingent of Germany’s best young players. http://www.authenticyankeeshop.com/authentic-27-austin-romine-jersey.html Joachim Löw’s Confederations Cup squad contains seven members who would have been eligible to play in this tournament, and Kuntz has been unable to call on the Bayer Leverkusen defender Jonathan Tah after he withdrew with injury before their first match.
A 2-0 friendly victory against England in March should provide Germany with some confidence they can reach the final on Friday despite a lacklustre performance against Italy and Kuntz is aware that should it end up going to penalties once more, his team could have the edge despite the presence of a team psychologist in England’s camp this time.
“At Euro 96 I think we were very experienced players and maybe if you read every day that you cannot score penalties sometimes maybe you believe that a little bit,” the 54-year-old said. “But maybe we will lose some day? I don’t know.
“It’s very funny. Some of my players are asking me now because I think somebody told them. There are many parallels – the first game we played against Czech Republic and the third against Italy and now a semi-final against England. Of course, I have to tell them because they don’t remember.”
Of course there were denials. There are always denials. It is part of the dance, the fast?paced barynya, when it comes to Russia and doping allegations. No sooner had the Mail on Sunday revealed that the country’s entire 23-man squad for the 2014 World Cup was under investigation by Fifa for possible doping offences, Chandler Parsons Authentic Jersey than its deputy prime minister, and chairman of 2018 World Cup Russia, Vatily Mutko, put up the shutters. “There have never been and will never be any problems with doping in our football,” he said. “They have written some sort of nonsense.” He was similarly dismissive about allegations about doping in Russian athletics in 2013. So it goes.
This, of course, is the same Mutko that a World Anti-Doping Agency investigation found might have personally intervened to cover up a failed drug test by a banned foreign footballer, which meant the sample was never declared positive and he was free to keep playing. And the same Mutko who was Russia’s sports minister during the period when the Canadian law professor Richard McLaren found that more than 1,000 elite Russian athletes across 30 sports had benefited from a state-sponsored doping programme. Strangely it did not harm his political career. In fact he was promoted.
These latest revelations were a bombshell with a particularly long fuse. Last December McLaren told us that “the Russian team corrupted the London 2012 Olympic Games on an unprecedented scale”, http://www.authenticgrizzliestore.com/Brandan_Wright_Jersey and that the 2013 World Athletics Championships in Moscow and 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi were also perverted. He also revealed that over 30 Russian footballers were implicated but at the time appeared to be unclear who was involved. Now we see the picture in high definition. Yet it always felt strange to believe that football would be any less tainted than rowing, say, or athletics. Or that Russia would attempt to influence the Olympics but not the World Cup. The task, as always, has been proving it.
Yet while Mutko and co are again in the dock, there is only a slim chance of conviction. As the Mail on Sunday notes, the key difficulty for Fifa is that the widespread cover-up means not all the sportspeople implicated in McLaren’s report can be shown to have taken performance-enhancing drugs. Some may be innocent. Their clean urine might have been swapped by the authorities, say, for another clean sample without their knowledge.
That is why Fifa needs to throw everything at this. Of course it will be difficult to prove and prosecute. But one could say the same about previous investigations into Russian sports. Yet investigators such as Dick Pound and McLaren were able to find a way.
Given what McLaren unearthed about the behaviour of the Russian government, David Robinson Womens Jersey which has been accused of having cheated, lied and obfuscated when it comes to doping its sports stars from 2011-2015, there is surely enough evidence to take the World Cup away from Russia. One look at Fifa’s president, Gianni Infantino, laughing away with Vladimir Putin at the Confederations Cup, suggests the chance of it happening are between slim and none.
Still, these latest revelations leave Fifa with uncomfortable questions. And it is surely about time it started telling us what would it take to withdraw a World Cup from a host country. After all both Russia and Qatar remain under investigation by the Swiss attorney general, Michael Lauber, who is looking into 172 suspicious transactions which passed through Swiss banks in bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. What if he found that both bids were spectacularly corrupt? Common sense tells you it should change something. Fifa-sense tells you it wouldn’t.
Qatar has also been the subject of a damning report by Amnesty International into how it has treated migrant workers building World Cup stadiums. http://www.authenticspurstore.com/David_Lee_Jersey After noting that many of them were forced to live in squalid accommodation, had their wages withheld and passports confiscated, it called the abuse of migrant workers “a stain on the conscience of world football”. Few would question that – except perhaps the bit about football having a conscience.
Maybe it is also time that we are more sceptical about football’s lack of positive doping tests too. True, in the past prominent players have been found to have taken nandrolone, while the 211 blood bags of 36 former clients of Dr Fuentes are also said to include footballers. Yet the stink has been infrequent and never lingered. But would anyone be surprised if some of today’s top players were getting illegal pharmaceutical assistance? Especially as the game is so fast and unrelentingly furious?
Mauricio Pellegrino has expressed his excitement after being appointed Southampton’s new manager and the Argentinian is confident his way of working will help the club be successful.
Pellegrino has signed a three-year contract at St Mary’s having been confirmed as Claude Puel’s successor on Friday. Andrew MacDonald Authentic Jersey Puel was sacked after guiding Southampton to the EFL Cup final and eighth in the Premier League. Pellegrino chose to leave Alavés in May after a campaign with similarities to Southampton’s: he led the Spanish club to the Copa del Rey final and ninth place in his only season.
“I am really happy to become the new coach of Southampton Football Club. The club has a great reputation for having a strong and stable structure, competing in the Premier League and playing attractive football,” said the former Argentina centre-back, who has previously been in charge of Valencia, Independiente and Estudiantes, and coached under Rafael Benítez at Liverpool and, later, Internazionale.
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“I am excited and passionate about what the future holds for us and look forward to meeting the players and beginning our preparation for the new season.”
The 45-year-old was also under consideration by Crystal Palace before they offered the job to Frank de Boer, the Dutchman who is expected to be confirmed as Sam Allardyce’s successor at Selhurst Park next week.
Southampton’s vice-chairman Les Reed said: “We had an impressive list of candidates and went through a comprehensive interview process. Authentic Jose Barea Womens Jersey Mauricio impressed us throughout with his depth of knowledge, motivation and ability, communicating this in a professional and passionate way. He has an excellent understanding of the Southampton way, and his style of play and aspiration matches the philosophy, culture and ambition of the club.
“We firmly believe Mauricio is the right person to help us take the next steps. He knows our current players and believes we have a great squad that with some fine-tuning will be able to deliver continued success.
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Among Pellegrino’s challenges at Southampton will be to determine the future of the defender Virgil van Dijk, who is coveted by Chelsea and was targeted by Liverpool until they withdrew their interest amid tapping-up claims earlier this month.
In that regard it is perhaps noteworthy that as well as assisting Benítez at Liverpool, Pellegrino played under the Spaniard there during a brief spell in 2005. Given that link, officials at the Merseyside club may feel emboldened enough to approach Southampton about completing a move for Van Dijk.
England showed they are real contenders to win a second international tournament Authentic Bobby Clarke Womens Jersey of the summer after a clinical performance against the hosts booked a place in the semi-finals of the European Under-21 Championship for the first time since 2009.
Goals from Demarai Gray, Jacob Murphy and a late penalty from Lewis Baker capped an excellent display that means Aidy Boothroyd’s side have recovered from a slow start and ended up topping group A with seven points.
It was not supposed to be this easy but after the Under-20 side’s World Cup-winning exploits this month, http://www.officialflyersteamonline.com/Andrew_Macdonald_Jersey there is now a sense that anything is possible having seemed down and out at half-time of their second match, against Slovakia.
“It’s good to progress but the job’s not over, we are focused on the semi-finals,” said Gray, who capped a man-of-the-match performance with the assist for Murphy’s crucial second goal. “Can we go further? Why not? We will cause any team problems.”
The Young Lions will have to wait until Saturday night to discover who they will face after Slovakia beat Sweden 3-0 in the group’s other match, Devin Harris Womens Jersey with a meeting with Germany the most likely scenario. However, after the embarrassment of departing this tournament at the group stage for the last three editions, England will not be concerned by that just yet.
Boothroyd had opted to give Gray his first start in the tournament in attack alongside Nathan Redmond after deciding not to risk Tammy Abraham from the start. The comeback victory against Slovakia on Monday appeared to have breathed some confidence into the England ranks, with the defender Alfie Mawson admitting that a heated dressing-room argument at the interval had inspired the turnaround. There was certainly evidence of a renewed vigour as they pressed forward in the opening exchanges against a Poland side who scored within the first five minutes of their matches against Slovakia and Sweden yet only had a point to show for it.
Gray, who is believed to be considering his future at Leicester City after a season of limited opportunities, gave England the perfect start in the sixth minute. A surging run from his club-mate Ben Chilwell found the former Birmingham forward in acres of space 25 yards out and his shot took a deflection off Jaroslav Jach’s head to divert past the goalkeeper.
A groin injury to Nathaniel Chalobah then forced Boothroyd into a change, http://www.mavericksteamonline.com/Jason_Kidd_Jersey with Derby County’s Will Hughes replacing him as England switched to a three-man central midfield. The Chelsea midfielder may struggle to make the semi-final, given the way he limped away after the match, with doubts also over Redmond after he was substituted at the break by Murphy.
Roared on by a noisy home crowd, Poland had offered little threat going forward until the 69th minute but almost created an opportunity that would have handed them a lifeline. Within seconds, however, a quick break from Gray led to him setting up Murphy for the simplest of tap-ins and England were home and dry.
Baker’s late penalty after Abraham was brought down in the box and Jan Bednarek was shown a red card put the seal on a memorable night that means Boothroyd’s side now have four days to prepare for their semi-final.
Liverpool have completed the £36.9m signing of Mohamed Salah from Roma. The 25-year-old has been a long-term target, with Liverpool missing out on his signature three years ago when he joined Chelsea before embarking on an underwhelming spell in the Premier League.
However, after impressing in Serie A with 29 goals in 65 appearances for Roma, the Liverpool manager, Chris HeiseyWomens Jersey Jürgen Klopp, believes the winger has developed a more rounded game and his “incredible” pace will add depth to a squad which will be further tested this season with the challenge of a Champions League campaign.
Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com, Salah said: “I’m very excited to be here. I’m very happy. I will give 100% and give everything for the club. I really want to win something for this club.
“We have a great team and very good players. I was watching the games last year and everyone was giving 100% to win something. http://www.officialnationalstore.com/Adam_Lind_Jersey Everyone can see the coach gives everything. I hope to see that together we can give everything to win something for the club, for the supporters and for us.”
The fee, which could rise to a staggering £43.9m with add-ons according to Roma, is a record transfer fee for the club, eclipsing the £35m spent on Andy Carroll from Newcastle United back in January 2011. Chelsea are due to receive a percentage of the Egypt international’s latest transfer fee.
Klopp said of his new signing, who will wear the No11 shirt for Liverpool: “Mohamed has the perfect mix of experience and potential – this is a really exciting signing for us. Alexei Emelin Youth Jersey He knows the Premier League, he has pedigree in the Champions League and he is one of the most important players for his country.
“His record in Italy has been outstanding and he possesses qualities that will enhance our team and squad. His pace is incredible, he gives us more attacking threat and we are already strong in this area.
“Most important, though, for us, is that he is hungry, willing and eager to be even better and improve further. He believes in what we are trying to do here at Liverpool and is extremely keen to be part of it.
“He is very excited about performing for our wonderful supporters. He is an ambitious player who wants to win and win at the highest level; he knows he can fulfil those ambitions with Liverpool.”
Klopp has already signed England’s Under-20 World Cup winner Dominic Solanke after his contract expired with Chelsea, with a fee likely to be decided by a tribunal, but the plan is for him to start in the Under-23s side.
While Salah will be the second arrival of the summer at Anfield there are a number of players surplus to requirements and Liverpool have already turned down an £11m bid for the out-of-favour left-back Alberto Moreno from Napoli. http://www.officialcanadiensauthentic.com/Alexei_Kovalev_Jersey The Italian side are expected to return with an improved offer but face competition from two Premier League clubs and his former club Sevilla.
Aidy Boothroyd has urged his England players to rise to the challenge of facing the tournament hosts, Authentic Cliff Pennington Womens Jersey Poland, in their final group stage match at the European Under?21 Championship as they bid to reach the semi-finals for the first time in four attempts.
Despite being heavily outnumbered in the stands during their games against Sweden and Slovakia, England go into the game on top of Group A with four points and knowing victory on Thursday would secure a last-four place.
Several first-choice players including the captain, James Ward?Prowse, and the Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, http://www.officialangelsproshop.com/Cj_Wilson_Jersey who is poised to join Swansea City on loan next season, sat out training on Wednesday but Boothroyd insisted that was merely a precautionary measure.
“We were quite pleased with a point from our first game but it’s taken a bit of waking up to realise we had to win against Slovakia and we have to win this one, too,” he said. “We don’t want to put our future in anyone else’s hands.
“We’re here to go as far as we can and if we keep improving then why can’t we reach the semis and go beyond that? But first things first, what we definitely won’t do is get carried away and complacent.
“We’ve got a job to do against a really good team with 15,000 people behind them and against us. When we go out on the pitch we have to make sure that we deliver a performance that earns the respect of the crowd.”
England are expected to stick with the side who began the second half against Slovakia, when they battled back from a goal down to secure a 2-1 win. Clinton Portis Authentic Jersey That means Norwich City’s Jacob Murphy could once more be deployed in an unfamiliar right-back role, with Nathan Redmond continuing to partner Abraham up front as they go in search of another win, with only the group winners certain to reach the semi-finals.
“You’ve always got to give respect to your opponent and maybe tweak a few things,” Boothroyd said. “Anybody at this level is tough and in our group anyone can still go through so we can get all kinds of results. We’re in the driving seat and we’ve got to make sure we do our job professionally and don’t get caught up in all the Polish passion.”
Spain became the first side to reach the semi-final on Tuesday after beating Portugal 3-1, meaning that England will avoid the tournament favourites if they can get past Poland. http://www.footballredskinsprostore.com/Joe_Theismann_Jersey_Cheap Boothroyd appeared relaxed as he discussed his side’s prospects of challenging for a first title at this level since 1984, even revealing that he had invested in a loud new pair of brogues ahead of the tournament in an attempt to lighten the mood among the squad.
“I knew there would be a little bit of stress and a little bit of pressure so I thought I would buy a pair of shoes that might be talking point and take some off the heat off them,” he said. “As soon as I put them on Nathan Redmond looked at them and said: ‘Strange shoes, boss.’ So they are a nice little distraction.
“It’s pressure you want. You don’t want to not have pressure in your life. You need a bit of pressure, it keeps you healthy. It’s good in many ways and is important because it helps keep everyone calm.”
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