Redondo, to AS: “My relationship with Real Madrid is eternal”

first_img-Modric has led the team in the last four Champions. Do you think your time in Madrid is coming to an end?-Modric is a different, unbalanced player. You have to take care of it because it is still very important for this Madrid.Do you see Sergio Ramos retiring at Real Madrid?-Sergio has a lot of football ahead of him. He is physically privileged and for his professionalism he will be the one to decide when to end his career. Logically it has to be in Madrid and should continue to be linked by everything he represents.Do you think that Benzema has taken a step forward with Cristiano’s march to Italy?-They are two players with very different characteristics. Yes, Benzema assumed more prominence, he demonstrated his scoring ability over time and his entire hierarchy. Round Round “On the day of the heel the whole audience at Old Trafford said goodbye standing up applauding” Today I know turn 20 of the ‘Round Heel’ at Old Trafford. That technical prodigy It went down in the history of football and Real Madrid, who won that Champions League. Fernando Carlos Redondo relive with AS his legendary heel.Redondo (50 years) attends us via telephone. It is ten at night in Buenos Aires (three in the morning in Madrid). The conversation flows like a game where everything comes out. “Your heel at Old Trafford is a legendary football action like The hand of God or Higuita’s scorpion“Fernando is laughing and repeats” 20 years, 20 years … of the Eighth! “.” That 20 years is nothing, “sings Carlos Gardel. Life is a tango. We started.-How are you experiencing the global crisis of COVID19?-It is very painful and complex what we have to live. I do it with uncertainty, with responsibility and at the same time with the hope that together as a society we can overcome it.-How do you see the situation in Spain, Italy and the rest of the world from Argentina?-The reality is that the situation is so similar at a global level, beyond statistics, that we are facing and going through it in the same way.-This deadly virus has taken thousands of people, including Lorenzo Sanz. What memories do you have of being your president in the Seventh and Eighth?-I was so sorry. I have great memories of him, of his human quality, of his closeness, of special shared moments, such as the two Champions that you refer to, particularly the Seventh, so special to us, after 32 years without Madrid I could win it, which meant a before and after. I also know from my father, who was present at my transfer negotiations, the special interest he put in so that it could take place and I could be a Madrid player. I will always be grateful to you. I am very fond of his family and with Fernando, his son, I have a great friendship. I look forward to the moment when we can come together and honor him accordingly.-Fernando Sanz was the one who signed you as LaLiga ambassador?-Yes, Fernando called me at the beginning of last year, he explained the project to me and it is an honor for me to represent and transmit my experience and the values ​​of LaLiga.-In his stage, Madrid won two Champions in three years and in the last stage he has won four Champions in five years, is that winning genetics on the Madrid shield?-Without a doubt. It is the Madridista DNA that is reflected throughout its history. It is one of the characteristics that differentiates this team and this club from the rest. Round -How is your relationship with the club currently?-My relationship with Real Madrid is eternal. I don’t play with veterans because of my knee injury anymore, but we’re still in touch. The times I go to the Bernabéu or Valdebebas they make me feel at home.-How does a soccer fan live without football?– At the moment the reality is the priority. But I still watch a lot of football, games of this season, old, World Cups. Hopefully soon we can say that we are going to see a match at a stadium, since it will mean that we have left this nightmare behind. My experience in soccer gives me the certainty that we can overcome it if we do it together, leaving selfishness aside, being truly supportive and aware of the problem we face.-Before the break, Zidane was being discussed again and there was speculation about his departure if he did not achieve any title. How do you see these criticisms?-All of us who were in Madrid, those of us who wore that shirt, know full well that the criticism is part of the requirement to which the history and importance of this club subject you. In this sense, the naturalness with which Zidane develops is remarkable, having already amply demonstrated the great coach he is.-Casemiro has been done with the equipment handle. Do you think you need a spare part to rotate and not be loaded with so many games?-In my case, the more I played the better I felt. He is young and has great physical power. I think that if necessary, the coach will know how to assess the moment, the competition schedule and the feelings of the player himself.-How do you analyze the stellar irruption of Fede Valverde?-As very important to the team. He is very young, has great dynamics and in this short time has shown a great personality. “Vinicius? The definition is working and has all the time ahead” -This Sunday April 19 marks the 20th anniversary of his legendary heel at Old Trafford. How do you remember that historical move, the true symbol of the Eighth?-I think it’s a lie that 20 years have passed. It will be that good memories keep you closer. Maybe also because we finished the season getting that eighth Champions. I remember well the play that begins in our own field, pressured by the Manchester players, I receive from Roberto Carlos, I play with Savio who returns me classy above Gary Neville’s head and I start forward, lying on the left wing. In one against one the heel was a technical resource, a moment of inspiration. He had not done it professionally before, but with some frequency in minor divisions when he played in Argentinos Juniors. For me it was important to raise my head and pause to see Raúl arrive at the far post and finish in goal. It was a great football match, back and forth. They had a very good team, they were the current champions and they had not lost their home in Champions for more than a year. Old Trafford is a fantastic setting. I remember perfectly that once the match was over, when we were leaving for the locker room, the whole audience said goodbye standing up applauding even though their team had been eliminated. I enjoyed that spirit of understanding this game.-After his heel, Ferguson declared: “What does that player have in his boots? Magnets?” And Collina said: “I will never forget Redondo’s heel, it was one of the most beautiful plays I ever saw on a soccer field.” The rival coach and the referee of the match …-Two huge details that are also part of that beautiful memory.-20 years have passed since that play and 22 of the Seventh, but Real Madrid has him in his Olympus, he remains an idol, they have not forgotten him. How does it feel to be a Real Madrid legend?-I don’t feel like a legend. But it is very rewarding for me every time I visit Madrid and receive the affection of people beyond the passing of time. It never ceases to amaze me. “It seems incredible to me that 20 years have passed since that move” -Vinicius, Rodrygo, Odegaard, Valverde, Jovic, Kubo … How do you see the club’s policy of investing in young talents called to be cracks in the future?-Successful. Madrid always believed and bet a lot on his youth team, not only with the signings. In fact, there are countless cases of players arising from it who have excelled in different top-level teams with the possibility of returning to the first team, knowing that adapting young players requires time and a logical process.Do you think Vinicius can improve the definition?-Surely. There are players who are born with that talent, those we call scorers have a different ability to solve, they are specialists. But the definition is worked on, it also depends on the technical capacity of the mentality, the confidence and the maturity that the player acquires through continuity. Vinicius has all the time ahead.-Your son, Fede (born in 2003), is breaking it in Argentinos Juniors and I know that they have come to sign him from England.-It is true. He is still very young, he has to continue maturing and completing the training process. It has the conditions, the rest depends on it.-When does Fernando Redondo intend to take the step to the bench? Do you want to start training?– I had two concrete proposals last year, but it was not the opportune moment. We did an interview when the UEFA Pro course was ending in the Spanish Federation, where we discussed the decision and the importance of training. I was scheduled to travel in late March to Spain, Italy and England to see and compare working methodologies. Logically we will have to wait for the situation, but the idea of ​​training is very clear to me.last_img read more

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Cavalier, Mountain View are KSAFA champions

first_imgCavalier and Mountain View are the Magnum-KSAFA Super League and Major League champions, respectively.In the finals played at the Constant Spring Sports Complex on Friday night, Cavalier clipped Santos 2-1 with the winners’ goals coming from rising star Alex Marshall in the fourth minute and Ryan Miller in the 90th. Santos got their consolation strike from Sheldon Jones deep into injury time.The Major League clash ended 0-0 after full and extra time and it took the dreaded penalty shoot-out to decide the winners. Mountain View won 5-4.The other sponsors for the league include Charles Chocolate, Pure Water, Delgado Health Services and Soccer Xpress.last_img read more

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Preparing for UNMIL’s Departure

first_imgThe United Nations Security Council has decided to pull UNMIL out of Liberia on June 16, 2016, roughly a year prior to the 2017 presidential and general elections that will mark a serious political transition.In her roundtable discussion with the Liberian media last Friday, Special UN Secretary General Representative of the (SRSG), Karen Landgren, said it was critical that the Liberian government and people prepare for UNMIL’s departure.  She challenged the media to do all they can to ensure that the government is ready to assume this highly significant, historic responsibility.One of the Liberian media’s  challenges, certainly, is to assess for themselves the efficacy (usefulness) of the  Security Council’s decision.  Was it arbitrarily taken? Is it realistic for UNMIL to pull out on the eve of these momentous (earth-shattering) 2017 elections? Why these questions?  The Daily Observer has long called for Liberians to assert their independence and self control, most especially in business.    Even though we submit that Liberians have not proven themselves to be highly entrepreneurial, that is no excuse for the continued foreign dominance of our economy.  It is the responsibility of the government and all of its institutions, if they are interested, sincere and determined, beginning with the schools and universities, and all the relevant players—the Ministries of Finance, Commerce, Justice and Labor—to help build the country’s entrepreneurial capacity.  For what are governments for, if not to see, identify and focus upon a dire need and DO something to fulfill that need and make a substantive (permanent, enduring) difference? If, however, the government is happy with the status quo, subjecting its own people to abject poverty and continuing to keep them as peons (people held in compulsory servitude) in their own country serving other people, especially foreigners, then nothing will change for us, and the rich especially foreigners and a very few Liberians, will continue to become richer and the majority poorer.That is a POLITICAL decision that neither the Security Council nor ANYBODY else can make for Liberia.  It is Liberians themselves who must change that status quo and make a permanent and enduring difference, that will assure all Liberians a stake in their own country, leading, empowering, compelling them to do what Edwin Barclay challenged them to do in The Lone Star Forever: “Defend the sacred heritage.”Without this radical change in the status quo, Liberia, we are afraid, will ALWAYS need an UNMIL or ECOMOG to protect Liberians from themselves.What are we saying here?  We are saying that so long as the government remains oblivious to the reality of poverty in this country, so long will we be at risk of political upheaval.  This government is fully aware of all the groups who have been calling for either regime change or an “interim government”—whatever that means.  The Daily Observer has consistently and vigorously resisted this, arguing that another interim government would do what all the others except Chairman Charles Gyude Bryant’s NTGL, did—pillaged and plundered the national coffers, then led us to more conflict. It seems to us that the current government is the best institution that has the capacity to make a difference, primarily and consummately because THIS is what it was elected to do—and promised it would do—seek the highest interest of the people.  That highest interest is to do everything to seize and retain the POWER that the Constitution has already given them in the first sentence of  Article 1: “ALL power is inherent in the people.”Without the people feeling powerful instead of powerLESS, those institutions on whom we depend to replace UNMIL, such as the Liberia National Police (LNP) and the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN)—but especially the LNP—will continue to be seen as enemies to the people, an LNP whom the people see as seizing every opportunity to extort from, harass, intimidate and humiliate them.Herein, then, lies the urgency of the cogent (sound) admonition which the Deputy Minister of Justice, Counselor Wheatonia Dixon Barnes, gave the BIN and the LNP last Friday.  If they should be prepared to take over from UNMIL come June 2016, she told them, they must become “accountable and transparent” in all their work.If they are prepared to behave in that fashion, then they may be ready; if not, they will not be ready.  But the GOL can help make them ready by using its remaining time in office to reduce poverty by helping Liberians get into business and having a greater say in their economy.Can this government bring itself to that?  That remains to be seen.   Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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‘Don’t Get Married on Sympathy’

first_imgDr. Best, the bride and groom and family members pose for photo-Apostle Senneh tells newly wedded couple The general overseer of the Liberty Chapel, Apostle Abraham Senneh, has called on newly wedded couples to love each other in their marriages, calling on them not to marry based on sympathy.Apostle Senneh spoke over the weekend during the wedding ceremony of Mr. and Mrs. Koiyan held at the Liberty Chapel in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.“It’s important to get married based on love or affection for each other and not for material things, money, or sympathy, which would create problems for any relationship, especially young people,” Apostle Senneh told the couple and congregation.“It is not the money, property, education, connection, dressing and old age that can keep any relationship, but love,” he added, and called on the couple to love each other and circumvent material things.Apostle Senneh spoke on the theme, “Things to avoid before marriage,” and warned women to stop spending on men before marriage, to stop loving men for money, and to stop sharing naked pictures of themselves with men, among others, which he said is hampering many relationships today.Alfred and Lovetta Koiyan, who spent over twelve years together, are today married with two children, a boy and a girl.He urged the couple to respect each other and to be strong to avoid some of the things that are easily responsible for the breakdown of marriages.“You people are glued together now and no one should engage into spending much time apart again, because it would create problems for anyone who engages into such. Each of you should be prepared now to put smiles on your faces,” he said.According to him, in the current dispensation, no lazy woman can survive, because beauty is no longer the order of the day but rather potential and contributions to the home.Before the war, he said, “We had ugly women in Liberia; but today, all the women are beautiful. Marriage is not based on how beautiful or colorful a woman is, because thousands of Liberian women are also beautiful, so always be a humble and good wife.”He said any woman who ‘fixes herself up’ to get a man will only be for a season, “because not all the men will marry you. There are women who are illiterate but married to well-educated and handsome men because of the grace that is upon them.”Meanwhile, Alfred D. Koiyan, a professional tailor, has expressed gratitude to family members, friends and Apostle Senneh for their contributions that led to a successful marriage.Also, the new Mrs. Lovetta B. Koiyan lauded, Dr. Kenneth Y. Best, who stood as father of the bride, and Mrs. Best for the pride and honor they instilled in her, and promised to be humble to her husband.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Mexico’s Independence celebrations in Guyana

first_imgGuyana and Mexico toasted to the prosperity of the longstanding bilateral relationship between the two countries on Thursday at the Marriott Hotel, Georgetown.In observance of the 206th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of Mexico, both President David Granger and Mexican Ambassador Ivan Sierra reflected on the strong cooperation of the countries over the years and they pledged to further enhance these relations.The Mexican Ambassador highlighted some of the areas where the two countries will continue to work to develop. He disclosed that the two states will definitely move ahead to make progress in security, climate change and food security.Meanwhile, President Granger expressed heartfelt congratulations to Mexico on the achievement of this important milestone. He noted that though the two countries are distinctly different, they share some common values that contribute to strong diplomatic relations.Granger further expressed that Guyana and Mexico have demonstrated that a small South American State and a large North American State are capable of finding common ground to enjoy mutual benefits in their relations.The Guyanese President went on to say that both countries share common values such as mutual respect for each other’s territory integrity and sovereignty, their foreign affairs; respect for treaties and international laws as well as the maintenance of international peace and security.Moreover, Granger admired the Spanish-speaking nation’s efforts in sustainable development especially in areas of renewable energy.In this regard, the Head of State said Guyana can benefit a lot from Mexico’s successful adaptations to renewable energy sources in its plan to achieve a green economy.Meanwhile, the auspicious event featured the symbolic cake-cutting between the Guyanese President and the Mexican Ambassador.Some of the dignitaries at the event included Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, Ministers Joseph Harmon, Catherine Hughes, David Patterson, Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase-Green, Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, among others, including the diplomatic community.last_img read more

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Labourer killed by speeding Policeman

first_imgA Police Officer is under close arrest following an accident on Old Year’s nightwhich resulted in the death of a Corentyne labourer and farmer.Dead is Naveneranauth Ragnandan, also called “RZ”, 37 of Bush Lot Village, Corentyne. According to reports, the man died moments after being hit.Guyana Times understands that the car, which was being driven by the Policeman attached to the Number 51 Police Station, was allegedly travelling east on the Corentyne Highway at a fast rate. Ragnandan, who had just ended a conversation with another farmer, Hemraj Latchman, was walking away when he was hit.According to Latchman, he and Ragnandan had just completed a discussion about his rice field, and shortly after he heard the impact.“When I spin around, I see “RZ” in the air…,” Latchman related, adding that the car stopped some 200 meters away.This publication was told that the man landed about 30 feet from where he was hit. “The man was speeding an he didn’t want the brakes impression to show how speed he was going, so he slow down till he stop; he stop till by that shop up the road,” Latchman said.Divisional Commander, Assistant Commissioner Ian Amsterdam told Guyana Times that a breathalyser test was administered and the officer was found not to be above the legal limit of alcohol consumption.The Commander added that the Police have obtained a statement from an eyewitness and would be preparing a file to send to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on the matter.Meanwhile, Ragnandan’s widow, Diawattie Bissember, also called “Kim”, speaking with this publication said she was at home when she heard the impact, but had no idea that her husband was involved. “Me sister-in-law dem run out and when me go fo run out them tell me na go, so me stay.”She then was informed of the tragic news, which she shared with relatives living nearby. “They go an see he but dem na carry me… When Ah see mi husband he did lie down on a stretcher at Port Mourant Hospital, and then dem take he and carry him to the funeral parlour,” the grieving widow explained.Bissember explained that on Monday she visited the Whim Police Station and was shown the suspect. The woman related that officers there told her that that they were unable to gather statements from anyone who witnessed the accident.However, Assistant Commissioner Amsterdam refuted that claim, saying that the Police were in receipt of a statement from an eyewitness. He assured that the Police were treating the matter as they would matters where civilians were the suspects.Bissember said her husband was an all-rounder who worked in the rice field, painted, and also worked as a carpenter. “He na get one regular job, anyway he can go an get a job,” she explained.Recounting the couple’s last moments together, Bissember said during the day (Old Year’s Day) her husband assisted with the cooking. “About 2’o clock time, he tell me say that he gon go and shy paddy and he go out an I ain’t seen him back.”She said they had planned to spend the last hours of the year together. “Ah tell he that I gon buy some beer and when he come back me an he gon sit down and drink it home, but I ain’t see he back…”Bissember is pleading with the Police for assistance. “Mi fus husband dead an mi second daughter drink poison and she dead, so me don’t have no savings fo do any burying.”The couple shared two children, aged 16 and nine.The Divisional Commander, who was out of the jurisdiction for the New Year’s weekend, explained that the family was not visited because most of the senior officers would have gone home for the weekend. He has promised to visit the family.Ragnandan leaves to mourn his children, wife and four siblings. A post-mortem examination is expected to be performed on his body today.last_img read more

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Community Awards postponed

first_imgThe Fort St. John Community Awards have been postponed. North Peace Leisure Pool Manager Karin Carlson, who is organizing the event, has confirmed the Awards have been delayed, largely because the deadline for nominations passed this week, with less submissions than anticipated. She says the committee decided to postpone the Awards Gala, originally scheduled for April 23rd, to a date yet to be determined.  – Advertisement -Carlson says she also heard from the public that the nomination process was too cumbersome, which is something the committee wants to remedy. [asset|aid=1238|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=4ab8a541f4734c1323f1ab53d3059231-Carlson-1_1_Pub.mp3] She says the committee might put the nomination form in the local papers, to get the word out to as many people as possible. [asset|aid=1239|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=4ab8a541f4734c1323f1ab53d3059231-Carlson-2_1_Pub.mp3] The new date for the Gala has been tentatively set for June 3rd, which will give the public another six weeks to submit nominations.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Klavan late show lifts Liverpool over Burnley

first_imgAfter a scrappy first half, Senegal winger Mane showed Liverpool can thrive without his star team-mates as he opened the scoring in the 61st minute.Mane collected Trent Alexander-Arnold’s pass and hammered home from the edge of the area for his eighth Liverpool goal this season.Burnley equalised with just three minutes left as Sam Vokes flicked on and Johann Gudmundsson pounced to slot home.But Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren headed on a free-kick four minutes into stoppage-time and Estonia defender Klavan poked home from close-range.Liverpool’s third successive win extended their unbeaten league run to 13 games as they cemented their place in the top four.The injuries to Coutinho and Salah are believed to be minor and the in-form pair are expected to have a chance of playing in Friday’s FA Cup third round tie against Merseyside rivals Everton.“A very difficult game, the weather made it so hard, windy, rainy,” Klopp said.“This is one of the toughest places to play all season. Did we deserve to win? I don’t care. We got the three points.“Six points in two days, I’ve never had that before!”At the bet365 Stadium, Stoke’s latest lacklustre display piled pressure on Hughes, whose gamble of fielding a weakened team in Saturday’s 5-0 thrashing at Chelsea proved an unwise move.Newcastle took a deserved lead in the 73rd minute when Ayoze Perez stabbed past Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland from close-range.That triggered chants for Hughes’s dismissal from Stoke fans, with a ‘Hughes out’ banner held aloft in the stands.Stoke have won once in their last six games and sit two points above the relegation zone.Asked if he feared the sack, the defiant Hughes said: “Who else is going to do it?“In terms of the knowledge of the group and the progress in my time here, I’m the best person to do it.“The players are frustrated, but that’s a consequence of the high standards I’ve set here.”– Silva arrives at last –Algeria duo Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani inspired Leicester’s 3-0 win over Huddersfield.Claude Puel’s side took the lead through Mahrez in the 53rd minute, the winger meeting Marc Albrighton’s cross with a well-taken volley for his eighth goal of the season.With Leicester striker Jamie Vardy sidelined by a groin injury, Islam Slimani who marked only his second league start this season with his first league goal since April — a chipped finish in the 60th minute.Leicester’s Adrien Silva came on late in the second half for his long-awaited first appearance.FIFA rejected the 28-year-old’s move from Sporting Lisbon in August when the paperwork arrived 14 seconds too late.The Portugal midfielder finally completed his move on Monday and was cheered to the rafters when he made his first appearance at the King Power Stadium.Albrighton’s 90th minute goal capped a good afternoon for Leicester, who ended a four-match winless run, while Huddersfield were beaten for the first time in five games.Callum Wilson’s second goal in three games earned Bournemouth a 2-2 draw at south coast rivals Brighton.Anthony Knockaert put Brighton ahead in the fifth minute before Steve Cook’s looping header had the visitors level in the 33rd minute.Glenn Murray restored Brighton’s lead three minutes into the second half.But Wilson rescued Bournemouth in the 79th minute with his fifth league goal of the campaign and Eddie Howe’s side are now unbeaten in their last three games.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Klavan struck at the death from close range to hand Liverpool three important points in their pursuit of the top four. Photo/COURTESYLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 1 – Ragnar Klavan’s last-gasp goal gave Liverpool a dramatic 2-1 win at Burnley, while Stoke manager Mark Hughes faced calls for his sacking after a 1-0 defeat against Newcastle on Monday.With Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah missing due to thigh and groin injuries respectively and Roberto Firmino left on the bench, Sadio Mane was the lone member of Liverpool’s ‘Fab Four’ to start at rain-lashed Turf Moor.last_img read more

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Arsenal transfer news: Who they are linked with and who they will sign!

first_img Linked with: Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan – Click the arrow to see who Arsenal will more likely end up with… – The heartbeat of Borussia Dortmund’s midfield, Ilkay Gundogan looks likely to be one of the most sought-after players in world football this summer, as he enters the final year of his contract. The German international would surely add the steel and drive that Arsenal’s pack have been craving for years. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been dealt a fresh injury blow, following confirmation that defender Mathieu Debuchy and midfielder Mikel Arteta will be out for three months with respective shoulder and ankle problems.The news has placed even more onus on the Frenchman to secure much-needed reinforcements this January, with Wenger commenting that he will work “day and night” to bring in new plays this month.But given Wenger’s recent patchy record in the market – barring the big money acquisitions of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil – paired with the reported budget of just £20m, who will the Gunners bring in?Arsenal have been linked with a raft of players already this month, but it is increasingly rare that the north Londoners actually manage to land those players, opting instead for alternative targets that certainly raise a few eyebrows.With that in mind, we look at the players that the Gunners have been tipped to move for and who they are more likely to end up with.Click the arrow above for more. Rather than Van Dijk, Arsenal will more likely sign a player like Belgian club Leuven’s Axel Frix! Now click the arrow to see a proven Prem defender the Gunners have been heavily linked with… – Always one to keep an eye on the future, although Arsenal are in need of a strong, experienced defender to help improve the club’s ranks, Wenger is more likely to snap up an impressive youngster like Axel Frix. The young Belgian full-back snubbed the opportunity of a trial at Tottenham last year, making him almost tailor-made for a move to Arsenal. 6 6 6 Arsenal are linked with West Ham’s Winston Reid… now click the arrow above, right, to find out who they are more likely to end up signing! – It seems almost certain that Winston Reid will leave West Ham, whether in January or at the end of the season. The Hammers’ centre-back is enjoying an impressive season and as such has been linked with a number of the Premier League’s big guns. Now in his fifth year at the Boleyn Ground, the New Zealand international boasts good experience in England’s top flight, suggesting he would be a good signing for a number of sides. Instead of Reid, Arsenal are probably end up with Ipswich’s Teddy Bishop – Now click the arrow to see a world class midfielder the Gunners have been linked with… – But why sign an experienced defender, when you could land one of English football’s most exciting young midfielders? Teddy Bishop fits that bill and is valued at around £10m. Wenger would surely be licking his lips at the prospect of building a young team that, in a few years, might be able to top the Premier League table at Christmas! Will probably end up with: Malcom Silva – On the other hand, who needs midfield steel, when you can land a £20-rated, 17-year-old Brazilian striker? We’ve seen how well young, South American talents perform at Arsenal, so don’t be surprised to see Wenger give the green light to snap another one up, before loaning him to a Spanish club after being rejected for a work permit. 6 6 6 Arsenal are linked with Celtic’s Virgil van Dijk… now click the arrow above, right, to find out who they are more likely to end up signing! – Given Arsenal’s defensive issues, Wenger would be best advised to recruit a defender in January. In reality, he should look no further than Celtic’s impressive stopper Virgil van Dijk, even if the player believes it would be difficult to coax the Celts into a deal, but you’d expect a club of Arsenal’s stature to have the means to make the move happen. Click the arrow above, right, to see who the Gunners are more likely to sign… last_img read more

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Germany expects turnaround in World Cup ‘final’ with Sweden

first_imgBut after a shock 1-0 defeat to Mexico, the four-time winners must beat the Swedes in Sochi to be sure of staying in the tournament.Suddenly, the sweet taste of victory in Rio de Janeiro four years ago seems a long time ago.“Everyone is aware that this is our first ‘final’, it’s annoying that it comes so early, but it’s self-inflicted,” team director Oliver Bierhoff said.An atrocious first-half display against Mexico stunned fans in football-mad Germany, who have grown used to regular success.The World Cup winners, accustomed to easy questions from their press and the backing of adoring fans, have been stung by a swarm of criticism.Former international players have toured TV studios, calling for under-performing players like Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira to be dropped.Behind the high walls of the team hotel outside Moscow, “frank words” were exchanged between the player.“There has never been such strong communication within the team before,” captain Manuel Neuer said.The uncomfortable situation has blown apart the myth of Germany being a “tournament team”, a phrase Toni Kroos used before the first game to describe a team that always raises its game when trophies are at stake.“Perhaps we took it a bit too lightly, (in thinking) that when the tournament started we would be fresh and have our usual strengths on the pitch,” admitted Thomas Mueller. “We were wrong to assume that.”– ‘Fight for our lives’ –The German public now demands wins over Sweden, then South Korea next Wednesday in Kazan, to push them up the Group F table, putting the squad under “enormous pressure”, added Mueller.The mind games have started.A Swedish tabloid reporter offered Sami Khedira a mocked-up ticket home for the German squad from Sochi, complete with an offer of free beer to drown their sorrows.Centre-back Jerome Boateng is one of Germany’s stars under pressure to get a win against Sweden on Saturday in Sochi at the World Cup to ensure the holders stay in the tournament. © AFP / Patrik STOLLARZ“I think we’ll only need that on July 16,” Khedira replied, laughing off the gag and suggesting the Germans still believe they can reach the final on July 15.The determination is make amends after the Mexico debacle is clear.“Everyone is ready to fight for their lives,” said 22-year-old striker Timo Werner, who was not part of the winning squad four years ago.Defender Mats Hummels promised “we will definitely shows a different face”.Germany promise that the acres of space they gave Mexico, who attacked at will in the opening half, will not be available to Sweden.“We have to play more intelligently, not like schoolboys,” said Khedira.“If the holes are as big as they were against Mexico, you need Usain Bolt and Carl Lewis to make up the space, which we aren’t.“We need the mentality of 11 fighters, which has always made Germany strong.”This is the first crisis facing head coach Joachim Loew after 12 success-filled years, which saw Germany always reach at least the semi-finals of every major tournament.The Mexico defeat dented Loew’s golden reputation after the triumphs of the 2014 World Cup and 2017 Confederations Cup, which was won despite resting his stars.“There has been much debate, much analysis and, of course, criticism in recent days,” said Loew.“There has been enough talk, what is important now is what happens on the pitch on Saturday.“I think we all have the common goal of having a successful World Cup after a disappointing start: the team, the fans, the clubs, the whole of German football stands together.”As Loew knows: Germany expects.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Germany’s midfielder Mesut Ozil is one of several 2014 World Cup winners under intense pressure to keep their place for Saturday’s crucial match against Sweden on Saturday in Group F which the Germans must win to be sure of staying in the tournament. © AFP / Patrik STOLLARZSOCHI, Russian Federation, Jun 22 – World Cup holders Germany face enormous pressure ahead of their second group match against Sweden, dubbed an “early final”, with Joachim Loew’s team knowing defeat on Saturday would effectively end their campaign.The pre-tournament talk in Germany focused on the bid to become the first team for 56 years to retain the World Cup.last_img read more

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