Nuno presented as Valencia’s new boss

first_img “Next year we have to br in the Champions League and I am convinced we will be there.” Nuno, a former goalkeeper, takes over after spending two years in charge of Rio Ave in Portugal. Upd. at 23:20 “Valencia have reached an agreement for the signing of Nuno Espirito Santo until June 30, 2015, with the possibility of a renewal subject to seasonal sporting achievements under the Portuguese coach.”  “We have to work. It isn’t easy but we have the conviction that we are going to achieve things. We all have the dream of fighting with the biggest clubs in Europe.  Valencia had previously confirmed the news via a statement on their website: “Our football will be organized, balanced and with fight. The fans will be proud.center_img Sport EN CEST 04/07/2014 After dispensing with the services of Juan Antonio Pizzi earlier in the week, Valencia presented their new manager Nuno Espírito Santo at the Ciudad Deportiva in Paterna on Friday. “It is an honour to be Valencia CF manager,” the 40-year-old admitted at his unveiling.last_img read more

Liverpool sign Manquillo from Atletico Madrid

first_imgLiverpool have completed the signing of Atletico Madrid’s exciting young right-back Javier Manquillo on a two-season loan. CEST The 20-year-old played understudy to Juanfran at the la Liga champions last season and will provide competition for Glen Johnson at Anfield. Sam Marsden Manquillo is Brendan Rodgers’ seventh summer signing, following Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Emre Can, Lazar Markovic, Dejan Lovren and Divock Origi to the Premier League club. “I’m very happy to have signed for Liverpool,” Manquillo, a Spain U-20 international, said.center_img Upd. at 20:48 “I think it’s one of the biggest clubs in Europe. Any footballer would want to come and play here.” 06/08/2014 He originally played for Real Madrid, before swapping clubs in the Spanish capital at the age of 13 – he made his debut for Atleti when he was just 17.last_img read more

Vicente del Bosque admits 2014 has been a year to forget for Spain

first_img On the calendar year: “We can’t claim 2014 has been a good year. But now we have to look ahead with more optimism. Considering what happened in Brazil [at the World Cup] we are far from happy with year, though.” Upd. at 00:11 On rotations: “The idea was not to mix up the whole team, so that is why Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos played – to keep some foundations in place for the game against Germany.” CET After Spain were toppled 1-0 in a wet Vigo by Germany, la Roja boss Vicente del Bosque appeared happy to leave behind a year which hasn’t been too kind to the Seleccion. 19/11/2014center_img On Germany loss: “It was a balanced game, I felt, which was decided by the late goal from Toni Kroos. I congratulate Germany for the win.”  Here are the key things the Spain boss had to say after the friendly defeat: On performances of his players: “I don’t like naming individuals. There have been some good things from everyone; we have players here with a big future. [Alvaro] Morata has done well and Nolito did what he does with his club.” Sport ENlast_img read more

Real Madrid’s lead over Barça down to two points after Villarreal hold Los Blancos

first_img Sam Marsden Gerard Moreno’s second half strike saw Villarreal come from behind to snatch a point against Real Madrid after Cristiano Ronaldo had scored from the penalty spot.  With a Copa del Rey semi-final to come against Barça at El Madrigal on Wednesday evening, Marcelino made seven changes to his Villarreal side, but it didn’t look like a weakened side which entered the pitch at the Bernabeu. 01/03/2015 They took the game to Madrid early on and Iker Casillas had to be alert to stop Moreno after the Villarreal forward cushioned down a Sergio Marcos shot and directed the ball goalwards. Moi Gomez thought he had turned the rebound home, only to be denied by a fantastic headed clearance off the line by Dani Carvajal.  Madrid’s ascendency in the game eventually converted into a goal after the break. Eric Bailly, a January signing from Espanyol, wrapped his arms around Ronaldo and Los Blancos were handed their 10th spot kick in the league this season. Ronaldo made no mistake from 12-yards, slamming home his 39th goal of the season, but his first at home in la Liga since the beginning of December.  The game spiralled into a fascinating finale and both sides had chances to win the three points. Asenjo fumbled a cross and will have been relieved to see Jese Rodriguez roll his shot wide; Casillas saved Vietto’s stooping header; and Javier Hernandez was denied a penalty when he went down under a challenge from Bailly. Upd. at 23:23 A win for Madrid would have moved them four points clear of Barcelona at the top of the table, but the draw means they end the weekend just two points clear of their closest rival with the Clasico looming at Camp Nou later this month.  Led by Ronaldo, Madrid drove forward looking to nudge in front again. However, the Portuguese international was denied on three occasions by the impressive Sergio Asenjo. At the other end, Vietto lost his footing when he was sent clean through. Rather than buckle, Villarreal, who have been one of the best side’s to watch in Spain this year, turned to the bench. On came Luciano Vietto and Manuel Trigueros and there was an immediate reaction. Vietto had already threatened once when his pass set the ball up for Moreno to drive the ball home from the edge of the area. Game on.  Carlo Ancelotti’s side did eventually grab control of the game, but their chances were limited. Gareth Bale headed wide and Raphael Varane off the post, before the former unintentionally bounced the ball off the bar with a cross.  CETlast_img read more

Derby County turn to Real Madrid assistant coach Paul Clement

first_img However, with Ancelotti’s future up in the air, Clement may feel now is the perfect time to go it alone.  He has spent the last two years in Madrid with the Italian and has never hid from the fact his eventual goal is to go into management.  Sport EN Upd. at 18:48 19/05/2015 According to La Sexta, Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant coach has decided next season is the right time to go off in his own direction.  “It’s a great experience to work at this level: it’s the pinnacle.” Clement has previously worked with Ancelotti at Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain. Paul Clement could be about to swap Real Madrid for Derby County.  “It’s an ambition [to be head coach] but I’ll stay here as long as I can,” he told The Guardian in 2013.  Derby just missed out on promotion to the Premier League this season and are thought to be looking for a replacement for former England manager Steve McLaren.  CEST London-based Queens Park Rangers would have been his first choice, but they renewed Chris Ramsey’s contract with the club on Tuesday.last_img read more

Jose Mourinho has created a toxic environment at Chelsea

first_img He is also said to be angry with Diego Costa, for partying too much at the end of last season and arriving back late after the squad was given a few days off. 14/09/2015 Jose Mourinho has created a toxic atmosphere at Chelsea according to the Daily Mail. CEST Upd. at 02:29 The English newspaper sugests that Roman Abramovich’s partner Dasha Zhukova, and some of the partners of the players, are especially upset with Mourinho’s treatment of Carneiro. Sport EN Staff don’t want to deal with him at the club, doing their best to avoid the Portuguese manager. Many feel he has treated doctor Eva Carneiro unfairly. Some players, including Oscar and Eden Hazard, also want the Blues to play with more style and flair.last_img read more

Bojan Krkic could move clubs in the January transfer window

first_imgLast season Bojan Krkic signed his second contract with Stoke City, which expires on June 30, 2020. It was a strategic renovation on the part of the English club, who secured in principle his services until he is 30 years old. But what happened off the pitch doesn’t seem to relate to what happens on it, with Mark Hughes still not making Bojan a regular starter. The Welsh coach later went for more physical players to try and change a dangerous dynamic and move up the table. Bojan played in the 4-1 at Crystal Palace on September 18 and then not again until November 5 against West Ham. Five games in the squad without playing a single minute. Against West Ham he scored the goal to pull his team level three minutes after stepping onto the pitch.  Last season he was the second top Spanish goalscorer in the Premier League (seven goals) behind Diego Costa and also the second top in his team behind Arnautovic. He combined the goals with good performances, like that against Manchester United, when he won the man of the match award. He also won it against Swansea. He started the season in the team but bad results ended up changing the coach’s strategy.  From England voices have started speaking about a possible move for the formr Barcelona forward this winter. In the Stoke Sentinel they published an article saying that Hughes is open to allowing the Catalan to leave in the winter window. However, perhaps not until the end of the month as he will lose players for the African Cup of Nations. Ivan San Antonio IN SPORT.EScenter_img Upd. on 30/11/2016 at 01:23 CET Bojan podría cambiar de aires en enero según la prensa inglesa 29/11/2016 We will have to see what happens in the coming weks but from England they are already thinking about a possible change of scene for him. It depends on the will of the player, Stoke City and also Mark Hughes.last_img read more

Gorka Villar, the “honourable” son of Angel Maria Villar

first_img A promoter of conferences on sports law and speaker at courses promoted by the RFEF, Gorka was named director general of Conmebol on 5 December 2014, thanks to the close relationship between his father and the then president of the Argentine Football Association (AFA), the late Julio Grondona. Gorka, a lawyer by trade specializing in labour law and sports law has also advised football federations in South America and was the director general of Conmebol. His capacity to influence has been taken advantage of by sporting directors in South America, especially the Paraguayan Nicolas Leoz and Uruguayan Ernesto Figueredo. Upd. on 19/07/2017 at 04:02 CEST The son of Grondona said, referring to Villar, that he “had spoken with the appropriate person” to lessen the punishment from Conmebol on Boca Juniors for the pepper spray attack on River Plate players during a Copa Libertadores clash. 18/07/2017 Sport EN Gorka (Bilbao, 1975) was the director of his father’s campaign in the last RFEF election and was responding to criticism made by candidate Jorge Perez about an electoral process that was overshadowed by corruption. RELATED STORIEScenter_img “I learnt to be honourable from my father,” Gorka Villar said in an interview with Cadena SER in May. IN SPORT.ES Gorka Villar, el hijo “honrado” He also interceded in a conflict between Uruguayan clubs Penarol and Nacional, both of whom wanted more money for TV rights to Libertadores games.  However in September 2015 the presidents of various football clubs accused Gorka of extortion. He was sacked in July 2016 without an explanation. His father is Angel Maria Villar, president of the RFEF, and both father and son were arrested on Tuesday as part of an anti-corruption operation ordered by Spain’s high court. Joan Gaspart’s opinion about Angel Maria Villar’s arrestlast_img read more

Wenger opens the door for Alexis Sanchez & Mesut Ozil to leave

first_imgArsenal have considered the sales of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in the winter transfer window, according to Arsene Wenger, who admitted the difficulties in renewing the deals of both players, who are out of contract in the summer.  Wenger abre la puerta de salida a Alexis y Özil Wenger is aware that Alexis will leave but he still maintains hope with Ozil. “As I understand it he wants [to stay],” expressed the French coach when asked about the German midfielder, with an agreement over new terms needed before the end of the season.  Arsenal coach Wenger remains confident of convincing Ozil to stay  Alexis, who is doubt for this weekend’s game against Watford as he returns from Chile duty, has rejected a new contract with the club and his eventual departure is consisdered a given.  Upd. at 13:00 “We don’t have a fixed date to decide,” Wenger added, who was reluctant to talk about the future of both players despite the constant questions.  Brian Owen CEST The former Barcelona forward has been the subject of interest from Manchester City, who tried to sign him in January, while he has also been linked in recent weeks with Paris Saint-Germain, too.  “It’s possible,” the Arsenal coach said about the chances of the duo being sold. “In our situation, we have considered every outcome,” he added, with little desire to expand on the subject.  IN SPORT.ES 12/10/2017 Alexis is likely to leave… maybe even in January In recent weeks, Ozil has been linked with a move to Manchester United, where he would be reunited with his former Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho, while Barcelona and Madrid have also been linked in passing.last_img read more

Cricket: Alastair Cook gets stunning welcome from Indians in his final test

first_imgAdvertisement grlNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsg4rpWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ebd( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 40muWould you ever consider trying this?😱8qCan your students do this? 🌚ntRoller skating! Powered by Firework (Photo Courtesy: The Times)Advertisement England test opener Alastair Cook who announced that he would retire from international cricket following the conclusion of the fifth test got a stunning guard of honour from the Indian players when he set out to bat today at Oval.Advertisement Earlier, the England skipper Joe Root who had won the toss chose to bat first. Cook was then given a standing ovation as he arrived at the crease and immediately looked comfortable on a slow pitch against a below-par India attack.Cook added 60 runs for the first wicket before his partner, Keton Jennings got out to Ravindra Jadeja. He then continued his flawless innings joining hands with the incoming Moeen Ali. Also in the course of his innings, Cook was awarded a life after he was dropped on 37 by Ajinkya Rahane in the gully region.Finally, he fell for 71 after Jasprit Bumrah cleaned his stumps. This knock of 71 marked the 89th time Cook crossed 50 or above in test matches.Cook, who holds the record for most appearances, runs and centuries for England, had already been presented with a commemorative cap by England director of cricket Andrew Strauss and England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Colin Graves before the start of the game.Post-retirement, Cook has stated that he would continue to play for his home side Essex in the County Championships.Also Read:Cricket: “We are also hurt like you guys are” says Shikhar Dhawan to his fans   Advertisementlast_img read more