Juan Mata says Louis Van Gaal ordered squad to only speak English

first_img 26/07/2014 Upd. at 22:30 “He has a lot of experience, he has won trophies in previous teams too, so it’s a good chance for me to learn from him and for us to improve as a team. “He is very good on and off the pitch. He is a good man and a great manager. “We (the squad) only speak in English,” Mata said. “He (Van Gaal) says we have to speak in English.” CEST Juan Mata is pleased with new Man United boss Louis van Gaal, even though he has demanded all the players speak in English. Sport EN “He is demanding. He is very honest, straight, speaks with everyone to his face. I think this is good, a perfect way to do it, saying what you think about the players in front of them.”last_img read more

Odegaard could choose Saints, ignoring Barça, Bayern and Madrid

first_img Sport EN Southampton are also a club with a good success rate of brining teenagers through. Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all successful graduates from their academy, while last summer they sold Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and Calum Chambers. From Barcelona to Bayern Munich, via Real Madrid, Manchester United and Arsenal. The biggest teams in Europe have shown an interest in young star Martin Odegaard, a 16-year-old tipped to be football’s next big thing. But the Stromsgodset player may have already decided on his destination. Koeman’s way of working is also something that Martin Odegaard likes; he believes the Dutch coach is good at brining youngsters on. It’s a surprise selection as well, according to various Norwegian newspapers. They suggest Odegaard has chosen to move to Southampton to link up with Ronald Koeman.  31/12/2014 The Odegaard family have opted for a team just below the elite because they consider he can, this way, contiue his progression away from the spotlight that some of the continents bigger clubs generate. CET Upd. at 15:28 last_img read more

Controversy as Floyd Mayweather defeats Manny Pacquiao on points

first_imgThe judges of the Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao called the fight in favour of the American, 118-110, 116-112 and 116-112. There was controversy over the final call at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, because the scores didn’t totally correspond to what had taken place during the 12 rounds.  Upd. at 12:15 David Rubio CEST Mayweather was active in the first round, but let the Phillipino take over in the next three, connecting with a few punches and in search of “Money”. Mayweather struck back in the fifth with a strong left, but returned to let Pacquiao take over in the sixth.  But this is all rubbish; the judges determined that this writer has no idea about boxing – just the same as the majority of commentators who analysed the fight on TV. That said, 118-110, 116-112 and 116-112 means congratulations must go to Floyd Mayweather, who has unified all world welterweight belts – WBA, WBO and WBC. And now he is only one victory away from Rocky Marciano’s record, who retired unbeaten with 49 triumphs. The next two were fairly even, though the judges gave them to “Pretty Boy” Floyd, before nine and ten were equal again. In the 11th round, we finally got from Mayweather what we were waiting for. Good hands, a couple of combinations and some action which had been hitherto unforthcoming. However, the Phillipino returned the fire in the final round.  03/05/2015 Mayweather continued unbeaten; he now has 48 victories from 48 fights. He took no risks, keeping a low profile during the fight, but emerged victorious. Pacquiao had been the better in the first half, and in the second, it’s true, he receeded somewhat, but not by enough to lose by eight points as one of the judges had it. last_img read more

Juventus hope to land Mario Mandzukic as they prepare for Carlos Tevez exit

first_img CEST Upd. at 18:23 Tevez rejected an offer to extend his contract with the club a while ago. It expires in 2016 and Boca Junior’s president, Daniel Angelici, hopes to do a deal once the Argentina’s involvement in the Copa America finishes.  Atletico Madrid striker Mario Mandzukic is inching closer to a move to Juventus. With the idea that Carlos Tevez will leave the club, Juve are thinking about signing Mandzukic, according to Tuttosport, who say personal terms have already been agreed.  Sport ENcenter_img 16/06/2015 “We are talking with Carlos about his future, but now we have to be calm because he is playing in the Copa America,” Angelici said to TyC sports. “After ,we will talk with his club and decide how he will continue his career, but we are sure that if it is not this year, it will be next year [that he comes to Boca].” They say the Croatian striker will earn four million euros per season, but the Turin club now have to finalise a fee with Atletico, with around 22 million euros anticipated to be the final cost of the operation.last_img read more

Could Champions League games be played at weekends?

first_imgUEFA are considering moving Champions League fixtures to weekends. Nothing would be changed until 2021 because of broadcasting cycles. A spokesman said, per the BBC: “We are in constant dialogue with all stakeholders and any decisions will be taken in agreement with them. Sport EN 07/05/2016 Upd. on 22/11/2016 at 03:06 CET The competition has been played during the week since 1968 although in 2010 the final was moved to a Saturday. “It is far too early to speculate about changes to the formats of our club competitions.” The European football governing body are considering that as one of a list of ideas to expand interest in the competition.last_img read more

PSG cleared of FFP breach but still need to sell players

first_img “The CFCB Investigatory Chamber further decided to close the investigation into Paris Saint-Germain. Such decision follows a detailed review of transfer contracts and an analysis of the related management accounts which confirmed that such transactions were in line with the UEFA Club Licensing & Financial Fair Play Regulations. Furthermore, the chamber concluded that after significant fair value adjustments of several club sponsorship contracts – on the basis of evaluations performed by independent third party assessors – the break-even result of the club remains within acceptable deviation for the financial years ending in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The financial impact of transfer activities as from the 2017 summer – up to and including the upcoming transfer window – and compliance with the break-even requirement for the 2018 financial year will remain under close scrutiny and will be thoroughly looked at in the coming weeks.” After looking into PSG’s accounts for nine months, UEFA’s Club Financial Control Commission (ICFC) have decided not to punish the Paris club, who have been firmly under an FFP spotlight throughout the entire year.  Full UEFA statement:  Upd. at 21:03 SPORT.es CEST According to L’Equipe, though, PSG must now sell players with a value of upto 60 million euros before June 30 (following the signings of Mbappe for 145 million + 35 million in add-ons and Neymar for 222 million) to keep within the rules for the current financial year. In addition, UEFA said they had to revise the value of a number of PSG’s commerical deals, with companies such as Qatar National Bank, Ooredoo, BeIN Sports, Qatar Tourism Authority and Aspetar said to be paying above the market rate.  During the investigation, UEFA have decided that the management of the club’s finances in the last three years is correct, although they say they will keep a close eye on them, especially in the transfer market. center_img Following five days of intense debate, UEFA have publised their decision not to santion Paris Saint-Germain after agreeing that the French club have not breached Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.  13/06/2018 The report says that while the club is not breaking even, it is within the acceptable deviation.  Guardiola: Neymar? Leaving Paris Saint-Germain’s not easy IN SPORT.ES RELATED STORIES El PSG se libra de la sanción de la UEFAlast_img read more

OFFICIAL: La Liga postpone Rayo Vallecano vs Athletic Club

first_img IN SPORT.ES After a meeting this afternoon between the Madrid Community, LaLiga and Rayo Vallecano it was confirmed that the Vallecas stadium would be closed until the work was finished. The date this will be revised is the 15th October. 27/08/2018 CEST LaLiga Santander is working to find a solution for Rayo’s next few home matches while their stadium is unavailable. Rayo Vallecano’s Vallecas stadium will be closed until the 15th October Sport ENcenter_img Oficial: La Liga aplaza el Rayo Vallecano – Athletic Club La Liga have announced that the match scheduled to take place this weekend between Rayo Vallecano and Athletic Club has been postponed. Upd. at 20:32 RELATED STORIES Because of the stadium closure, LaLiga Santander have announced that Rayo’s home match against Athletic has been postponed with no new date given as of yet.last_img read more

Ousmane Dembele takes the slaps in Barcelona training

first_imgBarcelona trained on Saturday morning in the final session ahead of the Clasico clash with Real Madrid. Ernesto Valverde’s men worked with media watching on for the first 15 minutes.  27/10/2018 IN SPORT.ES SPORT.es CEST B teamer Chumi was included in the session and another protagonist was Ousmane Dembele. Both were the players who spent more time in the middle of the rondos at the start and that always has a punishment.center_img El vestuario del Barça se ceba con Dembélé Upd. at 13:38 At the end of training all the team-mates stood in two lines that Dembele and Chumi had to pass through. They were smacked on the back of the neck as a punishment, in a typically jokey way. All of this comes after a controversial week for Dembele after he did not play against Inter Milan and was late to the game. He is not expected to play from the off against Real Madrid either.last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Stats of the Day – Day 22

first_imgAdvertisement 3qNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsaxggWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Easc( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1u7yWould you ever consider trying this?😱6f2aCan your students do this? 🌚fdbxoRoller skating! Powered by Firework The Azures celebrating after winning the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Photo Credits: Associated PressGreetings folks! We are back again with today’s edition of FIFA’s “Stats of the Day” feature. Read about all the interesting trivia associated with your favourite footballers and teams right here.Advertisement Here is an excerpt of FIFA’s “Stats of the Day”: 1950 – The second and final round of the FIFA World Cup begins in Brazil. The second part of the competition adopts a four-team round-robin format and does not include a final; the 1950 edition is still the only FIFA World Cup tournament without a final. On this day, hosts Brazil defeat Sweden 7-1 while the eventual champions Uruguay draw 2-2 with Spain. The competition winners would subsequently be determined by a decisive game between Uruguay and Brazil (2-1).2006 – In Berlin, Italy win their fourth FIFA World Cup by defeating France 5-3 on penalties following a 1-1 extra-time draw in the final. Both goals are scored in the first half of regular time, a penalty by Zinedine Zidane and a header by Marco Materazzi.To read more click here: FIFA Stats of the Day: July 9 Advertisement  Read also: Advertisement Football: Fernando Hierro steps down after World Cup exit Advertisementlast_img read more

Hockey World Cup 2018: Full fixture list, dates of all match ups and TV…

first_imgAdvertisement vayfNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsuaWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9i4( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4x7faWould you ever consider trying this?😱6ulv0Can your students do this? 🌚eyRoller skating! Powered by Firework The 14th edition of Hockey World Cup is back in India and is all set to take place in Bhubaneshwar, Odhisa. The hockey world cup will start from today and will last till 16th December and will take place at the Kalinga Stadium. A total of 16 countries are participating in this event.Advertisement Team India is placed in Group C alongside Belgium, Canada and South Africa and the host nation will begin their match competing against South Africa on the first day of the tournament. Manpreet Singh will lead the Indian side in the tournament, while Chinglensana Singh will be the vice-captain. Harendra Singh has been named as the coach of the Indian hockey team.Advertisement The Indian Squad consists of the following players:PR Sreejesh, Krishna Bahadur Pathak, Harmanpreet Singh, Birendra Lakra, Varun Kumar, Kothajit Singh Khadangbam, Surender Kumar, Amit Rohidas, Manpreet Singh (C), Chinglensana Singh Kangujam, Nilakanta Sharma, Hardik Singh, Sumit, Akashdeep Singh, Mandeep Singh, Dilpreet Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay and Simranjeet Singh.Advertisement Hockey World Cup 2018 Full Schedule GROUP STAGES: November 28, 2018 17:00 PM Belgium VS Canada (Pool C) 19:00 PM India VS South Africa (Pool C)November 29, 2018 17:00 PM Argentina VS Spain (Pool A) 19:00 PM New Zealand VS France (Pool A)November 30, 2018 17:00 PM Australia VS Ireland (Pool B) 19:00 PM England VS China (Pool B)December 1, 2018 17:00 PM Netherlands VS Malaysia (Pool D) 19:00 PM Germany VS Pakistan (Pool D)December 2, 2018 17:00 PM Canada VS South Africa (Pool B) 19:00 PM India VS Belgium (Pool B)December 3, 2018 17:00 PM Spain VS France (Pool A) 19:00 PM New Zealand VS Argentina (Pool A)December 4, 2018 17:00 PM England VS Australia (Pool C) 19:00 PM Ireland VS China (Pool C)December 5, 2018 17:00 PM Germany VS Netherlands (Pool D) 19:00 PM Malaysia VS Pakistan (Pool D)December 6, 2018 17:00 PM Spain VS New Zealand (Pool A) 19:00 PM Argentina VS France (Pool A)December 7, 2018 17:00 PM Australia VS China (Pool B) 19:00 PM Ireland VS England (Pool B)December 8, 2018 17:00 PM Belgium VS South Africa (Pool C) 19:00 PM Canada VS India (Pool C)December 9, 2018 17:00 PM Malaysia VS Germany (Pool D) 19:00 PM Netherlands VS Pakistan (Pool D)CROSS-OVER STAGES: December 10, 2018 16:45 PM 2nd Pool A VS 3rd Pool B (25) 19:00 PM 2nd Pool B VS 3rd Pool A (26)December 11, 2018 16:45 PM 2nd Pool C VS 3rd Pool B (27) 19:00 PM 2nd Pool B VS 3rd Pool A (28)QUARTERFINALS STAGE December 12, 2018 16:45 PM 1st Pool A VS Winner 26 (29) 19:00 PM 1st Pool B VS Winner 25 (30)December 13, 2018 16:45 PM 1st Pool C VS Winner 28 (31) 19:00 PM 1st Pool D VS Winner 27 (32)SEMIFINALS STAGE: December 15, 2018 16:00 PM Winner 29 VS Winner 32 (33) 18:39 PM Winner 30 VS Winner 31 (34)FINALS: December 16, 2018 16:30 PM Bronze Medal match Loser 33 VS Loser 34 19:00 PM Gold Medal Match Winner 33 VS Winner 34Where to watch?Star Sports Network has the broadcasting rights for the Hockey World Cup 2018. The live streaming of the event will be available on Hotstar as well as live TV platforms like Jio TV and Airtel TV.The Hockey world cup will also be broadcasted to 194 countries worldwide and will be shown by over 30 broadcasters.A full list of broadcaster for the event is available here.Also Read-Indian hockey team announce their 18-member squad for World Cup  Advertisementlast_img read more