João Mario: “You can’t expect João Félix to be the savior in an almost Italian team”

first_imgJoao Mario, international with the Portuguese team and player of the Moscow Lokomotiv, believes that the young star of Atlético de Madrid Joao Felix is ​​one of those “different” players That will end up succeeding. “It is obvious that he is someone who differs. The first time I trained with him, I noticed immediately; there are players that I really like to watch play and Joao Felix is ​​one of them“, he declares in an interview with Channel 11 of the Portuguese Football Federation.One of the factors that weigh on the figure of the young athletic is the amount that the Madrid club disbursed for him (126 million euros). “The value of the transfer that is paid by a player does not weigh us during the game. You try to abstract yourself as much as possible from that factor, but obviously you know the investment that was made and you want to correspond to it, so it ends up influencing in some way, “said Joao Mario. “Although the player is not” guilty “of the amount paid, he always ends up weighing. In Inter I did not feel it so much because the club had many problems,” he added. “In the case of Joao Félix, it is natural to speak and weigh, but If you buy a player for that amount when he is 19, you cannot expect the boy to be the salvation of all problems even more in a team that is almost Italian because of its enormous tactical component“he concluded.last_img read more

The Bernabéu is the judge

first_imgToday (21:00 hours, Movistar Champions League) appears the City of Guardiola, a huge challenge to gauge the strength of the second Zidane project. The English are presented with 101 goals in 41 games (2.46 on average) and with the Catalan technician used to make Concha Espina your home, with a single defeat in eight games in enemy territory. They are not very promising data for both the 1-X-2 and the Madrid goal of keeping the goal to zero, but also to put the white fans on alert and in tune. In 2019-20, Madrid has played 16 games at the Bernabéu, 12 League, 3 Champions and 1 Cup. His baggage in Europe is 2 draws and 1 win, which speaks of his need to improve local. In the league tournament, Chamartín has not been a trap for rivals either, with 8 wins and 4 draws. And his only copera appearance as host resulted in the elimination at the hands of the Real. Of all this results in 56% of victories. And against all that the team has to help the crowd this week. 9 victories in 16 games (56%) this year at the BernabéuThe second dish, four days later, also paints something indigestible. Barça has held three consecutive wins, A good example of how he has been driving on the stage where he has the most desire. And the classification, without drowning, squeezes Madrid, which has suddenly been seen two points below the leader.center_img This is a week of those for which Real Madrid subscribers have their card as gold cloth. They look at their agenda and look like vacations: there should be no plans for them above those of Wednesday and Sunday, the visits of Manchester City and Barcelona. Two nights that build history and condition the future, in which the Bernabéu will be the judge of this season.last_img read more

Kuru Kururu/Laluni Road

first_imgDear Editor,I wish to encourage the Chief Executive Officer of the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, the Regional Democratic Council and the Neighbourhood Democratic Council to pay a visit and inspect the road that passes Kuru Kururu to Laluni.This road was done just before the 2015 elections but is now impassable. I dare say it is much worse now than it was before. Can someone please make a visit and do an inspection?The new road that was done did not go all the way to Laluni but it did covered a significant amount of area. Not it is all holes and craters.Sincerely,Ignatius Raphaellast_img read more

Showcasing ‘Miss Monrovia’

first_imgSean Gibson believes he can look at you and design you a brand new outfit in less than ten minutes. That’s some real solid confidence for a 22 year-old fashion entrepreneur with only one 12-piece collection in his portfolio. But, given how quickly those first designs sold out — within 3 weeks via Facebook and Whatsapp — there is no doubt that he’s on to something. According to his friend and business partner Jazlyn Mason, Gibson’s designs are daring to say the least. “He’ll two different prints and make them work as though they were made for each other. So it’s that combination of risky and classy elegance,” she says, that defined his debut collection. This weekend, Gibson is showcasing his second and latest collection under the theme, ‘Miss Monrovia’, The show is expected to display high quality designs made of premium African prints such as Woodin and Vlisco.The show, which is set for Friday, June 5, at the Fuzion bar on 14th Street, Sinkor, is expected to begin at 7:30 pm. According to Sean Gibson, the fashion show is to promote his designs, reaching a wider audience in Liberia and beyond.He added that the new breed of Liberian women, aware of their body type and sexuality, have embarked on a quest for designs that reflect not only their physical beauty. “My designs are for independent women who are often in the driver’s seat because they tend to hold African designs in high esteem.”These new designs, he said, will range from formal to casual.Gibson says he began designing as a hobby for his female friends while attending high school in Ghana and pretty much discovered his talent then and there. “By just looking at people’s body types,” he said, “I can imagine the kinds of fashion that will fit them. And then I sketch it on paper and what turns up is often a new design.”He disclosed that making quality styles that stand for comfort, especially on women, is one of his top priorities. As Liberia’s fashion industry makes strieds, especially with new, audacious talents sprouting all around, Gibson remains hopeful of more support. “Actually, we are improving when it comes to business. But we’re hoping to achieve more after this fashion show,” he said with a smile. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Education, Health, Roads among Margibi Voters’ Priorities

first_imgBendu Buttoe, a resident of Valley-Ta in District Four, says she has been involved in rice and cassava farming since coming up with her family and now live on farming Residents in Margibi County say they are looking for candidates who will address their concerns about education, agriculture, health and bad roads.Sixty-two (62) candidates comprising 10 women and 42 men are vying for the county’s five electoral district seats. Margibi is the country’s fifth most inhabited county with a population of 199,689.On Oct. 10, the 63 aspirants will be asking Margibi’s 154,328 registered voters to elect them to a position that pays US$12,000 a month, plus vehicles, gasoline, housing and other amenities.Political pundits believe that voter turnout will be high in Margibi because of Speaker Emmanuel Nuquay, who is the running mate of Vice President Joseph Boakai of the ruling Unity Party.“Aspirants are coming now because of our votes, not to help address some of the challenges facing citizens, especially the issue of education,’’ said Lorpu Sayon, a farmer who lives in District 3. “I have four children that will not be in school this year because of the increment of fees in private schools.’’Lorpu Sayon, a farmer, who lives in District 3. “ I have four children that will not be in school this year, because of the increment of fees in private schoolsSayon said the Hill Town community where she lives needs a public school. She indicated that there is only one public school in the area, the W. Moore Public School, but it also has increased its fees, adding, “The school is so far from us that some of the children can’t afford to go there every day.”The community’s only private school charges L$2,000 to L$2,500 per year per child in kindergarten, which many parents cannot afford.Daniel F. Massaquoi, a former teacher and resident of Gbalimu Town in District 4, said education is the main concern for him. The district’s only public school runs from elementary to junior high. Students who finish junior high school either drop out or go to Kakata to complete high school.Massaquoi said he is not too keen on voting for incumbents because they continue to disappoint voters. They care more about their personal interests than citizens’ concerns, he said.“We want to see the time when lawmakers will work in the interest of the people by addressing their problems and not focusing on empowering themselves,’’ he said. “It’s unfortunate that you will be voting for someone who does not care or seek your interest.’’Patrick Dickey, a farmer and resident of Jannita Town in District 5 said he wants new local and national leaders to support small farmers, a move that will increase food production and security.“We need farming equipment that will help us to increase production,’’ he said. “Also the issue of roads to enable farmers to transport their produce to markets remains a serious challenge for farmers.’’According to him, making promises to voters, which are often unfulfilled, is becoming a normal thing in Liberia.Politicians don’t want to speak to the issues that affect citizens; since the campaign, only two of the nine candidates running for the District’s 5 seats have engaged voters, he said.Joseph Mulbah, a former employee of the Firestone and now a farmer, said aspirants and current lawmakers do not address agriculture, but would be important for them to see it as a way of addressing poverty in LiberiaJoseph Mulbah, a former Firestone employee who is now a farmer, said aspirants and current lawmakers do not address agriculture.Officials, he said, need to engage farmers to identify their challenges and provide them the support that will help to increase food production. Without government support, farmers cannot do large farming activities or huge production, he said.“We want government to identify places in the county or the various counties where all farmers will plant and can have someone playing the supervisory role and providing equipment that will reduce physical work,” Mulbah added.Bendu Buttoe, a resident of Valley-Ta in District #4, said 80 percent of the people in the area are cassava farmers. Gari or farina is a major produce in the area. Madam Buttoe indicated that she farms rice and cassava since she moved to the area with her family. “I only do the farming business for living and taking care of the children,” she stated.Farmers usually sell a 5 pound bucket of gari for L$120, but during the rainy season it sells for L$100. According to her, many of the candidates are yet to discuss any investment in the agriculture sector, which she noted is not really high on the platform of candidates.The lack of adequate drinking water is another issue facing residents in Valley–Ta. Residents use nearby creeks for drinking water and to bathe, cook and wash their clothes, Buttoe said. The town’s only hand pump is not functioning.Residents asked the only public school in town, Valley-Ta Public School, for permission to use their hand pump to get safe drinking water.“This is the only hand-pump that is helping us to get safe drinking water,” she said. “People have gotten ill on many occasions from drinking the water from the creek, and have to spend money that could be used for other things, on their health. We have informed our aspirants about these situations every time they come, but they continue to promise us that they will address these problems only when elected.’’Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cal Poly falls to Azusa Pacific

first_imgThe Cal Poly Pomona women return to action Saturday, hosting Cal State San Bernardino. The men will play Division III Occidental Friday. UCR MEN’S GOLF The UC Riverside men’s golf team is 12th of 18 teams after the first day of the Braveheart Classic at the Oak Valley Golf Club in Beaumont Monday. UCLA leads the event with a 308, four strokes better than Jacksonville University. UCR’s best showing was a 79 by Loma Linda product Nick Wilkins that was good for 22nd individually. Former Arroyo Valley standout Scott Clayton shot an 80. The Cal Poly Pomona tennis teams had a tough time against visiting Azusa Pacific, dropping both matches to the NAIA power. Azusa won the men’s match 9-0 and coasted in the women’s match 8-1. In the women’s match the Broncos lone victory came at No. 3 doubles where Ellyn Caprara and Erica Lin picked up an 8-3 win. CAL STATE BASEBALL Cal State Stanislaus climbed out of a 5-0 hole in the first inning, rallying for five runs in the ninth Sunday to win their first CCAA conference game of 2007, 10-8, over Cal State San Bernardino. With the win, the Warriors improved to 4-9 on the season and 1-7 in the CCAA while the Coyotes are now 12-7 overall and 8-4 in the conference. UCR BASEBALL The UC Riverside Highlanders lost a pair of games by one run Sunday at the University of San Diego Tournament, falling to Loyola Marymount, 3-2, and to Memphis, 1-0. UCR finished 2-2 at the tournament, having defeated the host Toreros on Saturday, 7-6, and beating UTEP, 6-4. BIG WEST BASKETBALL The 32nd annual Big West Men’s Basketball Tournament tips off on Wednesday and continues through Saturday at The Arena at the Anaheim Convention Center. Long Beach State enters as the No. 1 seed and looks to capture its first tournament title since 1996. Cal Poly claimed the No. 2 seed in its quest to win the first tournament championship in school history. By virtue of being the top two seeds, the 49ers and Mustangs earned coveted byes into Friday’s semifinals and need only win two games. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Five of the six singles matches were decided in two sets, the exception being No. 5 Kara Fisher who lost in three. The highlight on the men’sside was the showing of No. 5 Eric Carlstrom who won the first set 6-3 before dropping the next two. last_img read more

Better than Beckham? Tottenham hero v Man United legend

first_img Christian Eriksen has been hailed better than Beckham Christian Eriksen scored a stunning free-kick to help guide Tottenham through to the Capital One Cup final, but how good was it really?The Dane’s goal prompted many to compare him to Man United and England legend David Beckham, who spent pretty much his entire career nonchalently curling the ball in from all sorts of angles.But is Eriksen really in the same league as Goldenballs? Take a look at his effort and arguably Becks’ most famous free-kick below and let us know who comes out on top… 1last_img read more

Sarri relief as Chelsea book Europa final clash with Arsenal

first_imgChelsea took the lead in the semi-final second leg thanks to Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s first half strike at Stamford Bridge.But Luka Jovic equalised soon after the interval as a tense clash finished 1-1 after extra time and 2-2 on aggregate.Cesar Azpilicueta’s penalty was saved by Kevin Trapp in the shoot-out, but Kepa kept out Martin Hinteregger’s effort and then turned away Goncalo Paciencia before Eden Hazard slotted home the decisive kick to spark wild celebrations.It was a sweet moment of redemption for Kepa after he was widely criticised for his astonishing mutiny in the League Cup final against Manchester City when he refused to be substituted before the Blues lost on penalties.A relieved Sarri conceded Chelsea found it hard to control the game and needed some good fortune to avoid a shock exit.“We played a very good first half. Then in the first part of the second half, we went in trouble. We were passive in the defensive phase, so we conceded the goal, 10 minutes of panic,” he said.“In extra-time we were really tired. After 60 matches to play 120 minutes it’s really very difficult.“There is no preparation for penalties because you can kick very well in the training ground but then the pressure is different.“We have to recover energy because we are really very tired.”Hazard also relished his crucial contribution in what could be his last kick at the Bridge amid rumours of a close-season move to Real Madrid.“I am only thinking to win something for this club,” said Hazard when asked if the final will be his last game for the club.“If it is my last game I will try to do everything. In my mind I don’t know yet.”Having already qualified for next season’s Champions League when they guaranteed a top-four finish in the Premier League last weekend, Chelsea can bring an uplifting end to Sarri’s troubled first season by winning the Europa League.Former Napoli boss Sarri this week claimed Chelsea “deserve” to win a trophy this season and the Italian is now one victory away from the first major prize of his managerial career.However, Sarri is not happy that Chelsea will play a friendly in the United States against New England Revolution next week.“Now we need to rest. Unfortunately we have to go play in the United States because I think in this moment we need to rest then we have 10 days to prepare the final,” Sarri said.– Frankfurt flummoxed –Inevitably, Hazard was the catalyst for Chelsea’s 28th minute opener as he twisted and turned to find just enough space for a perfectly-weighted pass to Loftus-Cheek.Hazard’s vision and execution completely flummoxed the Frankfurt defence, leaving Loftus-Cheek with plenty of time to guide a cool low finish into the far corner for his 10th goal of the season.But Chelsea couldn’t turn their first half superiority into further goals and a fatal loss of concentration allowed Frankfurt to equalise in the 49th minute.Jovic had scored Frankfurt’s goal in the first leg and the 21-year-old Serb showed why he is being linked to Real Madrid with another predatory finish.Chesting the ball down to Mijat Gacinovic, Jovic easily eluded the dozing Luiz as he ran onto the return pass and calmly steered in his 10th Europa League goal this season.Still lacking any rhythm in extra-time, Chelsea needed an agile goalline clearance from Luiz to stop Sebastien Haller’s shot before the Frankfurt forward was denied again by Davide Zappacosta’s header off the line.Azpilicueta thought he’d won it for Chelsea in the closing minutes when he bundled home after Trapp dropped Hazard’s cross, but the goal was controversially disallowed for the Spaniard’s challenge on the keeper, setting the stage for Kepa and Hazard to see the Blues through to Baku.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea are through to the Europa League final thanks to Kepa Arrizabalaga’s penalty heroics. © AFP / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, May 10 – Maurizio Sarri admitted Chelsea rode their luck to reach the Europa League final as Kepa Arrizabalaga’s penalty heroics clinched a dramatic 4-3 shoot-out win against Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday.Sarri’s side will face London rivals Arsenal in an all-Premier League final in Baku on May 29 as for the first time all four finalists in the Champions and Europa League come from England.last_img read more

Video: Is this the best footballer on the planet?

first_imgDrivetime host Adrian Durham believes Barcelona star Andres Iniesta is the best footballer on the planet at the moment – do you agree?last_img

Insider Trading – Man United ‘close’ on defender deal, and one in one out at Man City?

first_imgtalkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Houghton, joins Hawksbee and Jacobs to round up all the latest transfer rumours and gossip.Get the latest on Manchester United’s reported interest in Barcelona right-back Dani Alves, with some news outlooks suggesting a deal has already been struck for the Brazilian defender.Meanwhile, the future of Manchester City outcast Stevan Jovetic is topical, particularly after Inter Milan’s director confirmed their interest in the player.And find out which £20m striker, Spanish playmaker and Belgian star City are also reportedly monitoring.Here’s some of the top transfer rumours from eye next summer bargain by edging closer to deal for goalkeeper Adam BogdanManchester United interest in Raheem Sterling could HELP Liverpool, talkSPORT toldTottenham transfer news: International midfielder linked but starlet could quit the clubManchester United transfer news: THREE players agree deals with Red Devils?Lazio weigh up audacious move for Manchester United strikerManchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley turns down Aston Villa and Southampton to join EvertonMonaco join Liverpool in race for France starRoma enter race for Arsenal and Liverpool target Lucas DigneArsenal face competition to land Brazil international Felipe MeloChelsea star Filipe Luis ‘desperate’ for Atletico Madrid returnFormer goalkeeper tells Manchester United: Target Manuel Neuer if David De Gea leavesMarcelo Bielsa ready to snub West Ham interest and extend stay at MarseilleArsenal facing defeat in race for Juventus starlet?AC Milan prepare bid for Manchester City defenderlast_img read more