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Photo: MATT KING/GETTY IMAGES Caption: Jerome Kaino is set to return to rugby for Auckland in their Mitre 10 Cup match against Taranaki at Eden Park on Saturday evening. The All Blacks have advised that Kaino will assemble with the Auckland team ahead of their Mitre 10 Cup match against Taranaki on Saturday night.Kaino was not included in the match day squad for the All Blacks for their Bledisloe Cup test against Australia in Sydney on August 19 and returned home to deal with a personal matter following the publication of a story in the Australian media on the morning of the match. The Daily Telegraph in Sydney alleged he had had an affair with a model named Tara Pokarier. Liam Squire played a blinder for the All Blacks in Kaino’s customary blindside flanker position in the test.Kaino was not considered for selection for the return match in Dunedin on August 26 or the test this Saturday in New Plymouth against Argentina.
With days counting down before the start of the NSL season, Bob Morris, the longtime coach for Besta United and former Madang Fox coach, has been appointed to coach the Madang side with his assistant Amos Romo who is also not new to the job.The team will be managed by Max Kitao, a respected businessman in Madang and manager for City Guard Security Firm.Madang Soccer Association long time representative Condrad Wadunah says the management has made the decision to bring in Bob Morris to coach the boys, and the new manager will guide the boys with tough discipline and attitude on and off the field.Wadunah said the appointment of the coaches and manager came with merit and experience as the boys aim to go another step higher from where they left off last year.He sad that the team is yet to be finalized, but confirmed that Max Sengum, Samuel Kini and Sammy Hiob will still play with Madang FC and strongly believed that Neill Hans will stay and play with the boys.“The final team is yet to be named, but this afternoon there will be a trial match in Laiwaden Oval to see the potential players and for the selection committee to look into recruiting some,” Wadunah said.He said for the Besta Cup second leg MSA management had appointed Alfred Reu as head coach and he will be assisted by David Geladia. Wadunah said the major sponsor for the Madang FC is Madang Provincial Government under the leadership of Governor Jim Kas.
How are you? “In a very good moment of my career. Every day younger in that aspect, the physicist. I want to maintain a good level and to respect my injuries. Contribute to maintain a defensive balance.”Five midfielders What do you give the team? “It is different. Possessions are greater, with more strikers the game is more vertical. With more technical players who have the ball, we have more control of the game. I do not know if it is better or worse, the important thing is to have the variant to be able to do it depending on how to hurt the rival. The coach is doing great. “What has Madrid changed since that triumph in Istanbul? “Keep putting what you have in service and we are the same. By that time no team was at its best. When we have been filming we have found ourselves better. Today there is a different vision for that. It is not surprising for us.”Less goals of the League. “It is one of those matches where small details penalize and can cost you the title. We want to keep the balance so that they can be harmed. There are ways to harm them.”Zidane looks better coach. “I have always thought that I was going to be a great coach. From the first day he arrived. When they are having that face to face with the costumes they are improving. I try to do it and they do the same.”The 3-7 in the United States of the summer. Do you want revenge now with a title in play? “No, nothing. The motivation of the title is enough to go thinking about a preseason game.”After the press conference, he also spoke on Real Madrid TV:How do you face this final?Super motivated to conquer another title. The team was very good against Valencia, has worked well to get here and the opponent will not make it easy for us. Hopefully we can keep that winning streak in the finals against them.What Athletic is expected?We know Atlético very well, until Zizou does not give eleven we will not see how we are going to play, the other day the coach took out a lot of media and it worked very well, but Atleti is different, we will see what approach we do. We are waiting for that moment and give the maximum to return with the cup home.What message is given to the team as captain in such a match?Above all, that we be ourselves and that we keep the concentration from 1 ’to 90’. That makes you make few mistakes, everything can happen in football, but we leave the soul. How a final is faced. “One of the most important things is the ambition, not to get tired of winning, that Madrid has always had. Thanks to the effort to play a new final. Make a serious game, without errors, in order to take the title.”New format. “The format does not depend on us. It is the Federation. It is a good form, it recovers a little more value. It benefits us this year because we are in quotes the guests. But maybe next year it will also touch us. It does not alter the calendar and the treatment has been unbeatable. If it serves to benefit our clubs, then we must not look at it as something negative. “The number one enemy of the Athlete. “The word enemy is ugly. You can have an enemy if they have done something personal to you. But speaking of football, it is ugly. It is a direct rival and that makes it more satisfying to beat them than others.”Five midfielders He disrespected himself for saying he was an aligner. “No. Journalists and people are there to give their opinions. He has a very difficult task. For tastes, colors. If anyone knows this costume well, it’s Zizou. We come from a very good run. We want to be successful.”Finals against Atlético. “I keep the winning percentage. He is an awkward opponent. They have a great coach and they fight until the last moment that gives them hope. We are going to death.”We end the year with the debate on the goal. Few strikers mark. Is it sustainable or do you need dynamite above? “We are going to the front with what you have and with what there is. We adapt and we get the results. I don’t know if until the end it will be valid, but we will try to mark the one that plays. There is no problem of goal, maybe of success, hopefully not we remember that. “ Sergio Ramos appeared at a press conference in the pre-final of the Spanish Super Cup that will face Real Madrid and Atlético in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) this Sunday. The white captain responded to the media, as usual in the white team finals, being the first captain.
Bad news for Simeone for the Bernabéu match. The Argentine coach will not be able to count on João Félix for the clash against Real Madrid, since the Portuguese striker has been injured. João Félix did not train on Tuesday’s session and also on Wednesday, so he is ruled out for the game. Atlético issued a medical report in which it indicated that it suffers a muscle injury in the right leg, although did not specify anything else. The party claims that the Atlético player was injured in the match against Leganés. It doesn’t seem like a serious injury, but there is not much time until Saturday and therefore it seems impossible that it could be against Madrid. Simeone rehearsed at Tuesday’s work session with Correa, Vitolo, Lemar and Morata in the attacking part. That is, with what he has, since Simeone does not have many more troops in attack.This is the full medical statement: “João Félix suffers a muscular injury in the right leg produced in the match against the Leganés Sports Club. Before the persistence of discomfort after the day of rest the medical services have performed tests detecting the lesion and remaining pending evolution“.
The current streak it is Similary to another of beginning of the season, when Madrid conceded seven goals in the sum of the matches before Villarreal (2), Levante (2) and PSG (3). That bad moment cost Madrid two points in the League and a bad start in the Champions League that generated many doubts. This time the Madrid has left others two points and It has been seen out of the Copa del Rey.Weakness Passages that blur one almost immaculate trajectory Of theReal Madrid effense this campaign. Carries 16 goals against, matching their best records in the league on day 24, dating from the 1964-65, 1971-72, 1972-73 and 1987-88 seasons. And Courtois (13 goals in 21 games) route to him first Zamora of a Real Madrid goalkeeper since the one who got Boxes in 2007-2008.Vulnerable momentsSmolov scored in the 7 ‘and Santi Mina in the 85’. The two goals conceded for Madrid against him Celtic occurred in two of the match sections in which the white set manifests more vulnerable in league. Those of Zidane have received five goals in the first quarter of an hour of the game, another five in the fourth quarter of the final hour and also five between 61 and 75 minutes. However, alone they have marked him one in the first 15 minutes after the break and has managed to remain impassable in the half hour prior to the intermission. In those more than two months, in addition to the two goals he received from the Parisian team only the Alaves, the Witches, the Valencia by double game (one in the League and one in the Super Cup), the Seville Y Unionists they managed to drill the goal of Courtois. In that period of lock in the Madrid goal, the white rear managed to connect two streaks of three games without scoring. The Real Madrid he stumbles on his old flaws when they already seemed forgotten. White team has conceded seven goals in their last three official matches: four from Real Sociedad in Copa and one from Osasuna and two from Celta in Liga. As many as in the previous fifteen games, which comprise from the November 26 from 2019 (PSG visit to the Bernabéu) until the derby against Atlético (February 1, 2020).
Interventions that have changed the sign of a matchLeganés 0- Osasuna 1 (Without VAR, 1-1)Alberola Rojas went to the monitor to review Braithwaite’s goal, which ended up being canceled because Rosales had a hand. Without the VAR, the Leganés would have added a point.Villarreal 2- Real Madrid 2 (1-2)Gerard Moreno’s goal was canceled out of play, but from the VAR they said it was legal and went up to the scoreboard.Betis 1 – Eibar 1 (0-1)The lineman annulled the goal to Loren out of play, but the VAR ruled that he was online.Celtic 1 – Athletic 0 (0-0)Celta’s only goal had been voided for offside, but the VAR conceded the Aspas goal by considering that there was no anti-regulatory position.Atlético 1 – Valencia 1 (0-1)The VAR awarded a penalty to Atletico for a hand of Cheryshev within the area. Diego Costa transformed the maximum penalty and gave a point to the rojiblanco team.Sevilla 1 – Atlético 1 (1-2)The VAR annulled a goal to Diego Costa for Correa’s previous offside.Real Madrid 0 – Betis 0 (1-0)Madrid left his locker in wax after the VAR annulled a goal to Hazard for being in an illegal position.Valladolid 0 – Sevilla 1 (0-0)From the VAR they warn that the penalty that Masip had stopped Banega should be repeated because the goalkeeper was ahead at the time of launch. The Argentine scored the second. Athletic 0- Eibar 0 (1-0)Rober Correa’s own goal that is canceled by a previous offside by Ander Capa.Celta 2 – Mallorca 2 (2-1)The referee went to the monitor to point out an Aidoo penalty for Budimir. Salva Sevilla transformed the penalty.Mallorca – Seville 0-2 (1-1)The VAR intervened in this match twice. In the first, Budimir’s goal was canceled out of play. In the second part, Gil Manzano went to consult the monitor and ended up pointing out Baba’s penalty on Jordan. Banega scored from eleven meters.Valladolid 1 – Valencia 1 (0-1)Sergi Guardiola’s foul shot that Doménech takes, but the repetition shows that if he enters. The VAR grants it.Real Sociedad 1 – Villarreal 2 (1-1)The linier annulled the second goal of Villarreal out of the game of Cazorla, but from the VAR they indicated that he was in legal position and raised the goal.Real Madrid 2 – Seville 1 (2-2)Luuk De Jong scored a goal, but they warned the referee from the VOR to review a foul on Militao on the monitor. The referee decided not to grant it.Getafe 1 – Betis 0 (0-0)Hand of Álex Moreno that the referee does not see, but from the VOR they warn him and recommend him to go to the monitor. Prieto Iglesias, after reviewing the action, noted the maximum penalty and Angel would transform it.Mallorca 0 – Valladolid 1 (1-1)Goal of Dani Rodríguez that cancels the VAR because Lumor had left the ball by baseline before assisting.Eibar 1 – Betis 1 (1-2)Goal annulled to Borja Iglesias for previous offside.Valladolid 1 – Villarreal 1 (1-0)Goal of Gerard Moreno that the referee had annulled, but after consulting the monitor he granted it and Villarreal managed to tie in Zorrilla.Barcelona 2 – Getafe 1 (2-2)Nyom’s goal was canceled due to a previous foul on Umtiti.Seville 2 – Espanyol 2 (2-1)The referee sees no fault, but from the VAR they tell him to go for a possible red action. Finish pointing foul and yellow. Embarba scored with its launch. Real Madrid remains the leader of LaLiga Santander, but its advantage over Barcelona is reduced. The Catalans stay a point away thanks to their victory over Getafe, in which the VAR was decisive in canceling a goal against Nyom for a previous foul. Video arbitration was also decisive in Sevilla-Espanyol, where he pointed out a foul in favor of the parakeets that Embarba transformed. He also annulled a goal to Cucho and reviewed one of Antonio Puertas.
Ferran TorresFerran is today the jewel in the crown of the black and white project, a diamond still to be renewed, but that is another story. In any case, it is no secret that their six goals, seven assists and countless dribbles They have served him so that the national technical body has followed him in recent months, in fact, sHe speculated that he was “the plane” that Luis Enrique defined in a video recorded by the Federation.Torres can now see the glass half full, since it has more time to convince Luis Enrique and show him that his good performance is not the flower of a day. Or you can see it half empty, because on merit and regardless of what you do next season, he had earned, at a minimum, being in the fight for a position in the national team. Question of perspectives. Cristiano PicciniItalian is one of the most benefited from this whole situation. Having played 75 minutes so far this season and with only eleven days remaining, Piccini had very difficult to be in the call for Roberto Mancini.Football player he had carved out a niche for himself in recent encounters with his country to the detriment of Florenzi and the Eurocup it was an obsession that he did not give up despite the difficulties. Now Piccini save time and he has more than 365 days to fight for a position with Azzurra. Gabriel PaulistaThe one still selectable by Brazil is at the best moment of his career. With or without Garay at his side he has evolved with the ball at his feet maintaining his fighting character that defines him so much, not in vain He has only been a substitute in two games this season, the other three that have been lost have been, either due to injuries or due to sanction.The problem with Gabriel lies, more than in his performance, in that The documents necessary to obtain the Spanish passport have not yet been arranged. and be thus summoned by Luis Enrique. With the change in the calendar the player save time, not only to arrange the papers but to convince the coach in any call for friendlies next year, something that he could hardly have done in the meetings that were held this March. Daniel WassAfter almost two years, the Danish returned to an internationality last June and has been part of the soccer players block that have taken the Scandinavian team to the final phase of the Eurocup. Wass will face tournament in 2021 with 32 years and although he has never been a fixture with Denmark, to maintain his usual regularity (this season he has played 35 of 39 matches with Valencia), it is difficult for Åge Hareide to summon him. Yesterday it became official, the Euro Cup that was going to be played this summer will finally be played in June and July 2021. The coronavirus has caused many changes in the sports calendar, this being one of the most relevant, but with the main objective that all competitions on the old continent can be concluded, both national and international.The Valencia squad had and has more than one footballer likely to be selected that with the postponement of the tournament they see their modified possibilities. And beyond the players who, with maintaining their level, have almost guaranteed their participation, such as Gayà, which has been present in all calls since September 2018, or Rodrigo, which since October 2017 has always been called. Or of the Cheryshev, Guedes and Cillessen who are already fixed in their countries, there are other Valencianists whose future is not so clear. Dani ParejoDespite not being one of the captain’s best seasons, he is still the team’s leader on and off the field of play and his numbers confirm this. (top scorer of the team with 10 goals and 6 assists). However, in the last calls had been left out and his participation in the Euro was in serious doubt.It was Luis Enrique who recruited him for the first time a year ago today and from that moment he went to the two subsequent calls, including the first of Robert Moreno. But with the former coach he fell into ostracism and he stayed in Valencia on the following calls. The Luis Enrique’s return benefits him since it was the Asturian who bet on him, which gives him more revenue, but on the other hand, it is true that when the 2021 Euro Cup is played the midfielder will already have 32 years.
LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of March 25, 2020 Betis looked for more stuck with his arrival in summer after a past campaign in which he lacked effectiveness against the rival goal. Fate, however, became estranged regarding what was expected: Borja Iglesias, the strongest bet to solve that problem, hardly left flashes and their numbers they are not at the moment a reflection of that financial effort of the club, while Juanmi, which cost eight million euros, could not enjoy of no regularity due to his ailments. The scene of the attack reopens for next summer, with Loren as the only weapon that he did exploit his qualities so far this year. Juanmi Jiménez arrived at Betis on last summer like one of the firm club bets for reinforcing their attack and so far the physical problems were a lethal conditioning in his eagerness to render in Heliopolis. Malaga striker only played 75 minutes verdiblanco officers and hopes this forced stop of the championship allows you to have options return on time for the final league sprint. Their spur discomfort He was not even allowed to be discharged yet, and now he continues with a particular training program aimed at preparing him for the hypothetical return of football in a few weeks. Rubi improvised solutions in your team since the end of September Juanmi fell from his deck. More than six months have passed since he played his last minutes before Osasuna (September 20 of last year) and now a new panorama opens so that your campaign does not end here. The ex Malaga and Real Sociedad I had added regularity in their teams previous and wanted to give a qualitative leap to his career at the hands of the Verdiblanco team, although for the moment his growth has been slowed down under these physical conditions.
Luis Enrique: “I called him Harry Potter. You are Harry Potter with the wand, I would tell him. You are going to do what you want when you want and how you want. The luck in the World Cup final is that the ball fell to Harry Potter. No He had two eyes but four. Two behind and two in front. He knew who was behind and from which side he was going to come. “Buffon: “He is an illusionist. He played a different game than the rest. He had an elegance in victory, this normality, this simplicity, which makes you say, it is fair that he win another thousand games because he deserves it.”Xavi: “He is the greatest Spanish talent I have ever seen. That relationship for time when the player waits and dribbles is wonderful. He waits for you until the end. These are the footballers who make the difference. In the World Cup final we are risking our lives and he does a heel in the 116th minute. Imagine what Andrés is like. Well, hey. A heel. He is like that. “Neymar: “Iniesta is a magician. He did different things. There will be no other like him. It was very easy to have Andrés there. I knew that if the ball passed him he could make a move towards goal because he was going to receive the ball.”Ursicinio López, Iniesta coach in the lower categories of Barça: “This does not need an instruction book. Will only”.Ter Stegen: “When you finish your career with the whole stadium on your feet this already means that you are a very big person.”Paco Seirul.lo, Barcelona physical trainer: “Dance tap dance and dance modern, fine and hard”.Santiago Segurola, journalist. “For me he is a dancer, the best soccer dancer I have ever seen.” Andrés Iniesta’s football is different from the others. Coaches, teammates and rivals agree on this and this is also shown The unexpected hero, the documentary that Rakuten TV premieres today on the figure of the footballer from Fuentealbilla. A tape that has the seal in the construction of the story of the journalist Marcos López, who in February advanced to AS who had managed to surprise Iniesta himself.The unexpected hero, who recounts his journey from Albacete to his new life in Japan and deepens the depression of Iniesta in 2009 after the Iniestazo at Stamford Bridge and the death of his friend Dani Jarque, It also shows the particular vision that footballers have of him and his way of interpreting the game..Here are some of the most outstanding definitions of Andrés Iniesta and his football.Eto’o: “You can put the ball as you want Iniesta to do the control he wants. It was amazing! Even the great Ronaldinho sometimes you could see him fail, but the very bastard Andrés makes you control with any ball. I asked him. Baby, how do you do it?Pep Guardiola: “As a player I skied. He did not touch the ball, he was accompanying him. That feeling is unique. “Messi: “He is a very normal person who always goes straight and that makes him so dear. A special person as a player and as a person. How lucky Andrés is that he has to make these goals at the most desired moments! Unique. Every player would like to make the goals he made. “