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first_imgMORE SPURS STORIESHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this yearOne supporter wrote: “Come on @SpursOfficial no motivation. No clue. Negative football.”Jose’s time has gone. We will only go backwards under him. #JoseOut #levyout”.Another said: “@SpursOfficial petition should start to get this fraud out of our club #JoseOut”.A third simply added: “#PochIn #JoseOut”.Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho says he was a lazy football player in his youth JOSE MOURINHO is now in the midst of the worst winless run of his ENTIRE career – with furious Tottenham fans quickly getting #JoseOut trending on Twitter.The Spurs boss, 57, has now failed to win in his last six matches, losing four and drawing twice in that run.2 Jose Mourinho is now on the worst winless run of his careerCredit: Rex Features2 Spurs were dumped out of the Champions League by RB LeipzigCredit: ReutersOne of those draws even ended in a penalty shootout defeat – in the FA Cup defeat against Norwich.In fact, Spurs have now failed to win since their 3-2 victory over Aston Villa on February 16.In the latest horror result, Mourinho saw his side slump to a 3-0 defeat at RB Leipzig on Tuesday night as Spurs crashed out of the Champions League 4-0 on aggregate.The result was Mourinho’s heaviest defeat in the competition – level with his 4-1 loss against Borussia Dortmund in 2013 while in charge of Real Madrid.Mourinho’s previous worst winless run as a manager came in 2007, when he led Chelsea to four draws and one loss in five games.Just hours before the crunch match in Germany, the “Special One” insisted he would lead Tottenham to silverware, having won trophies at every other club he’s managed in his career.MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesMourinho claimed: “I believe Spurs is not going to be my only club without silverware.”I’ve won it at every club and I believe I am going to do it also with Tottenham.”But Spurs are now out of Europe, out of the FA Cup, failed to win the Carabao Cup and sit EIGHTH in the Premier League, a staggering 41 points behind leaders Liverpool.There is no doubt Tottenham will NOT be winning a trophy this year – and at this rate he may not make it to next season to have another crack.Fans quickly took to Twitter following the drubbing in Leipzig to demand “#JoseOut”.Mourinho’s winless runFeb 19 – RB Leipzig (0-2) – CLFeb 22 – Chelsea (1-2) – PLMar 1 – Wolves (2-3) – PLMar 4 – Norwich (1-1, 2-3 on pens) – FAMar 7 – Burnley (1-1) – PLMar 10 – RB Leipzig (0-3) – CLlast_img read more

first_imgTwo months may be enough to run for the next Ballon d’Or. With the competitions suspended, it may be that definitively, and without the European Championship until 2021, the fight to win the Best Player in European football award from the magazine France Football is conditional on what was demonstrated in January and February and what happens to from September.These are the big five favorites:Messi (Barcelona, ​​Argentine)In the search for his seventh Ballon d’Or, Messi is the top scorer in LaLiga, who leads with Barcelona, ​​with 19 goals. So far in 2020, the Argentinean has scored nine goals and has distributed seven assists. Against him, the lack of regularity and his numbers away from the Camp Nou.Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus, Portuguese)Although the season started badly, Cristiano got the sixth speed from December. He chained eleven consecutive Serie A matches scoring (he has 21 goals in the championship) and has become in the last two months the most decisive player in calcium. In 2020 he accumulates 13 goals and two assists. The break comes at its best. Neymar (PSG, Brazilian)Another to which the break comes at its best. After two years of comings and goings, Neymar had finally taken the step forward that was required of him at PSG. He led the Parisians to the Champions League quarterfinals with two goals against Dortmund after two years falling in the eighth e He started 2020 with nine goals and four assists, but above all, showing that he is a player capable of throwing a team behind him.Mbappé (PSG, French)The youngest of the favorites. Although Neymar has stolen the spotlight from him a little, the Frenchman has emerged as the leader of PSG when the Brazilian was injured, sanctioned or simply in poor shape. Together they form without a doubt the best offensive society in football today. Top scorer in Ligue 1, with 18 goals, leads the French league with PSG and has qualified for the country’s two cup final. His 2020 numbers speak for themselves: 13 goals and nine assists.Lewandowski (Bayern, Polish)If Bayern started the course on a roller coaster, Lewandowski acted as a safety bar so that the German team did not jump into the air. The Pole kept the Bavarians in the Bundesliga fight on goal basis (he scored in 15 consecutive games) and they are now Bundesliga leaders. Top scorer in the Champions League (11 goals) and the German league (25) in these two months Lewy has achieved nine goals and three assists, but above all, a performance to remember at Stamford Bridge in the first leg of the last 16 of the Champions League, where Bayern won 0-3.last_img read more

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew SEA Games: Agatha Wong looking forward to rest after double gold conquest PLAY LIST 01:34SEA Games: Agatha Wong looking forward to rest after double gold conquest00:50Trending Articles08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Bong Quinto unloaded 13 markers, four boards, and two assists, while Jerrick Balanza came off the bench and poured in 12 points on top of three rebounds, and two dimes for Wangs-Letran, which improved to 3-2.“We just made sure that we correct the mistakes we had in our last two games. Luckily, it gave us a good result and that’s why we got the win,” said coach Jeff Napa.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Couriers slowly broke the game wide open, taking a 32-25 halftime lead which extended to as high as 22, 60-38 late in the third period behind Quinto, who had eight of his team’s 28 points in the frame.Wangs-Letran garnered a huge boost from its bench mob, outscoring JRU, 46-22. Americans over-promise, under-deliver in SKorea Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer PBA IMAGESWangs Basketball-Letran capitalized on its 18-day rest and pounded Jose Rizal University, 73-55, to halt its two-game losing skid Monday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.Christian Fajarito had his best game to date, scattering 15 points and seven rebounds for the Couriers.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed MOST READ Aaron De Guzman led the skidding Heavy Bombers, who suffered their fifth straight defeat, in scoring with 12 points and four rebounds, while Jeckster Apinan had 10 markers and 14 rebounds.The scores:WANGS BASKETBALL-LETRAN 73 — Fajarito 15, Quinto 13, Balanza 12, Batiller 7, Mandreza 6, Ambohot 5, Balagasay 4, Publico 4, Taladua 3, Calvo 2, Yu 2, Trinidad 0, Vacaro 0.JRU 55 — De Guzman 12, Apinan 10, Grospe 10, Mendoza 6, Esguerra 5, Dela Virgen 3, Pontejos 3, Bordon 2, Porter 2, Sawat 2, Ramos 0, Silvarez 0, Yu 0.Quarters: 15-14, 32-25, 60-41, 73-55.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City View commentslast_img read more

first_imgSouth Africa’s Hekkie Budler (R) punches Japan’s Ryoichi Taguchi during their IBF, WBA world light flyweight unification title boxing bout in Tokyo on May 20, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Kazuhiro NOGIRyoichi Taguchi’s bid to become the first Japanese boxer to successfully defend a unified world title was dashed by junior lightweight rival Hekkie Budler on Sunday.The South African challenger relieved Taguchi of his WBA and IBF belts as he won a unanimous points decision in Tokyo.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Creamline gets share of top spot, turns back Pocari Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trialcenter_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taguchi slipped to 27 wins against three defeats and two draws.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ All three judges scored the bout 114-113 in favour of Budler, himself previously a WBA title holder. The South African, dubbed the “Hexecutioner”, improved to 32 wins, 10 by knockout, against three losses.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownTaguchi, who was defending his WBA title for the eighth time and the IBF crown for the first time, found himself trailing on points after a furious start from the taller challenger.The Japanese fighter bravely poured on the pressure over the final rounds, sending Budler to the canvas, but it was not enough make up the deficit. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,On Thursday, March 15, 2018, there was an exchange of gunfire between the Police and suspected bandits at the Georgetown seawall. Three persons, including two who were on the Police radar, died. There have since been conflicting reports in the media and elsewhere as to what actually took place. Some relatives of the dead men are perturbed over the whole issue, and are seeking justice outside of the Police environment.The debate on the use of force, including deadly force, rages. I am not au fait with all the facts in relation to the shooting, therefore I cannot say if the action of the Police was justified or not. Let me be pellucid: I hold no brief for anyone.As a retired senior Police officer, I am aware that the work of the Police is a dangerous one, and can be unthankful at times. Sometimes the Police are left in a quandary — damned if they do, and damned if they don’t.The International Association of Chiefs of Police sets the following guidelines for Police officers: “A Police officer will never employ unnecessary force or violence, and will only use such force in the discharge of duty as is reasonable in all circumstances. Force should be used only with the greatest restraint, and only after discussion, negotiation and persuasion have been found to be inappropriate or ineffective. While the use of force is occasionally unavoidable, every Police officer will refrain from applying the necessary inflection of pain and suffering, and will never engage in cruel, degrading, or inhuman treatment to any person.“The job of the Police is not an easy one. Death lurks around the next corner. I can recall, during 1996, chairing the closing session of a course for Police sergeants, at Police Headquarters. The then Commissioner of Police, Laurie Lewis, delivered the closing address. Among the things he mentioned was that when a Policeman leaves his home to go on duty, he does not know if he will return home alive. Six hours later, bandits riddled Constable 16418 Adrian Williams, called “Big Six”, with bullets not far from the East La Penitence Police Outpost. He died on the spot. He was the only child of his mother.I subsequently asked Commissioner Lewis not to utter those words again.During the last crime wave, 2002-2008, which was described as ‘The Troubles’, a total of 26 Policemen were killed. The then Top Cop, Floyd Mc Donald, had the sad task of constantly attending funerals and paying tributes to his fallen heroes, rather than giving out awards.The use of excessive force has always been difficult. The use of force, including deadly force, is sometimes a necessary part of the job, but determining what is reasonable is highly subjective. In the landmark case in relation to the use of force, Graham vs Conner (1989), the Court held that the calculus of reasonableness must allow for the fact that the Police are often forced to make split-second judgments about the amount of force that is necessary in a particular situation in circumstances that are tense, uncertain, and are rapidly evolving.According to Nowicki, “The standard according to this decision is the ‘reasonable objective officer’.Nowicki, who is a “use-of-force” expert, posits, “There are three rules relating to the use of force by any officer. Rule number one is that you go home the same way as when you went to work: ALIVE. Rule number two is that you don’t go to prison. Rule number three is that you keep your job. If your use of force is reasonable, you protect yourself, your agency, the community, and even your assailant. But when in doubt, always remember rule number one.”Yours faithfully,Clinton ConwayAssistant Commissioner of Police (Retired)last_img read more

first_img…bodies found bound, torturedPolice are searching for clues as they investigate the discovery of two bodies at a resort on Number 63 Beach, Berbice.Dead is 71-year-old Vivekanand Narpatty, who was discovered on the floor in a part of the main building of the Sun Splash Hotel and Resort.Vivekanand Narpatty in his younger daysPolice, in a release, said the businessman owned and resided at Sun Splash Holiday Beach Resort, which is located at Lot 110 Number 63 Village, Corentyne. The body of the other man found was unidentified and is believed to be that of one of his employees. According to Police, the duo was murdered sometime between December 19 and 27.On Friday at about 11:20h, the bodies of the two men were discovered on the second flat in the balcony area. This newspaper was told that relatives visited the resort after several telephone calls to the overseas-based Guyanese went unanswered. According to a relative, upon arrival, persons realised a stench was coming from the building and this prompted them to call the police. Narpatty arrived in Guyana on December 16.Narpatty’s body was found with two toes from his left foot severed and the unidentified male was found with both hands tied behind his back onto a post on the balcony and the left foot completely severed from the ankle.Following the discovery, the bodies, which were found in an advanced state of decomposition, were taken to Bailey’s Funeral Home awaiting a post-mortem examination.Investigators believe that the men were tortured before being killed. The two bodies were found in close proximity.In May Narapatty had reported that he had been robbed on several occasions when he came to Guyana. He had reported that he was robbed at knifepoint on more than one occasion while in Guyana.Over fifteen years ago Narapatty opened the Sun Splash Hotel and Resort but the business never did well. He subsequently closed operations and went to Canada but returns frequently. While here he usually opens the place for business.Previously, he had reported that he was robbed more than ten times while visiting Guyana over the past four years. This newspaper was told that the businessman and his relatives were in court for a property dispute. This most recent visit, this newspaper was told, was to renovate the resort.last_img read more

first_imgLA CA?ADA FLINTRIDGE – Accept a call from Janna Gosselin and there’s a good chance she will ask you for a check. The president of the La Ca ada Flintridge Educational Foundation has more than $1.26 million dollars to raise for her public school district just to match last year’s tally – a portion of which went to hiring more ninth-grade math and English teachers at La Ca ada High School. Volunteering for the foundation, which also controls a $3 million endowment, means not always being popular with your friends and neighbors. “We’re not above begging if need be,” said Gosselin, who heads up a volunteer fundraising army comprised of 50 directors, all ready to accept donations around the well-heeled community. While public school fundraising groups once picked up the tab for a few zoo field trips and classroom supplies, many have evolved into sophisticated nonprofits that routinely fund everything from summer school programs and computer labs to music teachers and class size reductions. Almost every West San Gabriel Valley school district has an educational foundation, bringing in anywhere from $100,000 to more than $2 million in annual cash donations – not including endowments and grants. Organizers agree that their success has a lot to do with their structure. While raising money for the schools, foundations aren’t run by the school district and are usually staffed by parents. They remain free of the distrust and dissatisfaction many parents feel for the education system. “They are seen often as somewhat of an honest broker – a friend of the school district but they are of the community,” said Susan Sweeney, executive director of the California Consortium of Education Foundations. Free from the stigma of government, foundations appear to be more financial accountable to the public, she said. “These are seen as local people solving local problems.” And the shape of the modern foundation is no mistake, said David Menefee-Libey, professor of politics and coordinator of the Public Policy Analysis Program at Pomona College. Foundations began appearing shortly after a series of 1970s court decisions struck down local funding for school districts, which had relied heavily on levying higher and higher property taxes. California was moving toward a state funding model that the government said would equalize the gap between rich and poor districts. Then the passage of Proposition 13 cut property taxes across the state, and district budgets were cut drastically as a result. While some districts tried to raise funds through mandatory fees, for books, lockers, they were soon deemed illegal. Fundraising groups that could supply the district with money, were not. “It was a way for education supporters to get around it and find a loophole by raising money voluntarily,” he said. There are now more than 600 foundations operating throughout California’s 1,000 school districts, according to the California Consortium of Education Foundations. And while these organizations are responsible for giving many schools the extras the state does not provide – some watchdogs have criticized educational foundations as another way to ensure wealthier districts get the best, while the rest are left behind. Foundations in wealthier suburban areas with low student populations, such as La Ca ada and San Marino, are able to raise more than a million dollars each year from mostly resident donations. Economically diverse districts – such as Monrovia, Duarte and San Gabriel – can’t compete on equal footing. The Duarte Educational Foundation raises about $100,000 a year, a sizable contribution but only a fraction of that raised in more affluent cities. It’s members aren’t slacking off. On Friday afternoon DEF president and City Council member Margaret Finlay was preparing to host a fundraising dinner for 60. The foundation is always at local carnivals and parades looking for volunteers and funds. Next weekend they plan on giving out $30,000 during the city’s hero tribute celebration. Each year, DEF also awards a $5,000 college scholarship, gives out $10,000 in teacher grants, and sponsors talent shows and spelling bees. “That’s just some of the many things we do here,” she said, adding that almost all of the money DEF raises comes from within Duarte. Sweeney said she often hears concerns about inequities in foundations. She acknowledges that wealthier cities will always have an edge over those in the middle class. Foundations in urban and poor districts, however, can be more successful that their middle- and upper-class counterparts. Instead of relying on donations from residents, these districts are prime candidates for grants and endowments money from businesses, government agencies and charitable trusts. The Pasadena Unified School District serves a city with both wealthy and poor residents. But its schools are largely filled with minority and low-income students, many of whom under perform their wealthier counterparts in state testing. Districts like these are prime candidates for grant money, she said, and Pasadena Educational Foundation has worked the system to its fullest. PEF executive director Joan Fauvre said applying for grants is one of the biggest jobs her foundation takes on. Last year, PEF raised more than $2 million in donations. But it was able to secure more than $5 million in grants for everything from new science labs at Pasadena High School to new playgrounds at the elementary schools. Without PEF supplied grants, “they would have to go without new playground equipment – or at least have to wait 10 years for it.” Along with the leaders of other foundations, Fauvre said PEF receives requests from the district, schools and teachers, then chooses what they would like to fund among the list. She said PEF has never given money to a project with out district approval. “We have no power over anything the school district does. We aren’t involved in any source of policy,” she said. “We only give money to a program they feel is already needed.” But any organization that supplies millions to a government agency is bound to raise some eyebrows among gadflies, who worry about foundations setting the agenda for the district. In Pasadena, critics have called for newly-elected school board member Bob Harrison to step down from PEF, claiming the agency already holds too much influence over the board. According to Menefee-Libey at Pomona College, it makes sense to keep a close watch on foundations. Some foundations become come very influential over school boards,” he said. “Donors prefer to have some control over how that money is spent.” In La Ca ada, Gosselin describes her foundation’s relationship with the school district as a harmonious one. While she said they do not have the authority to make hiring decisions or implement new programs, “they listen to us,” she said. “They like us giving them the money we have.” cortney.fielding@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4494160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgRosses ACLast Sunday the cross country action was for the Uneven Age groups and Novice races in Castlefinn.First up was the womens race with Marie Timoney leading her team home closely followed by Ann Harkin, Sinead Boyle, Leigh McGeever, Sonia Lynch, Kelly O’Donnell and Lorna Green. In the mens race Ciaran Mc Gonagle ran a superb race in a big field to win the Donegal Novice Cross Country race. Ciaran becomes the second Rosses athlete to win this race after Kevin O Donnell, Ranafast won it in 1986. He was backed up by strong runs from Noel Diver, Edward Harkin, Eamonn o’Donnell, Darrell Dunleavy and Michael McElroy. Our juveniles put in great performances and huge thanks to all parents and coaches who travelled and supported in good numbers. Fiona Mc Ginley competed and ran a strong race in the Paris 20K on Sunday last also. Big thanks to Teresa Mc Daid, Letterkenny AC who came in to An Chúirt Hotel on Monday last to talk about goal setting, training programmes, nutrition and recovery as well as Q & A. Teresa is the Athletics Ireland National Endurance Event Co-Ordinator. There was good support for the event and hopefully we will get Teresa to come back to do a specific coaching clinic.Some upcoming events are: this Saturday October 18, 2014 New Mills 10k – Letterkenny @ 11:00 am. October 27, 2014 @ 9:00 am – AAI Marathon Champioships – Dublin City Marathon. 25th October 12pm – Ulster Juvenile Even Ages – Jordanstown. Sunday 2nd November – Donegal Senior – Stranorlar. 9th November 12pm – Ulster Juvenile Unven Ages & Novice – Killinkere, Co. Cavan.Sportshall Athletics will start in the gym at RCS, Dungloe after the Halloween break on Monday 3rd November at 6.45 pm for children born 2007 and older.Cross country training continues for all adults in Mullaghderg every Wednesday and Friday at 6. Club captain Michael Mc Elroy in charge. Senior Ladies training with coach Helen Mc Cready in Mullaghderg Wednesday evenings at 6. There is a group of athletes training in Gweedore each week which are focus mainly on marathon training towards Dublin but open to anybody in getting some distance training done. This group are meeting Wednesday and Fridays at 7pm at Euroflex, Gweedore Industrial Estate. There are different distances and paces to suit all. Anyone training for a Half Marathon or Marathon is welcome to come along. ATHLETICS NEWS: ROSSES AC ATHLETES DO WELL IN CASTLEFIN was last modified: October 14th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalROSSES AClast_img read more

first_img 4 Atletico Madrid’s new hero Borja Garcés. 4 Just last week Garcés was playing in the third division against Unionistas FC at a ground that holds 4,000 people.More than ten times as many watched him save Atleti at the Wanda. He had only made it onto the bench against Eibar because back-up striker Nikola Kalinić, signed for €15m from AC Milan, is injured.Fans booed when Simeone withdrew midfielder Rodrigo for the forward in the 70th minute, a highly unusual reaction to their sacred coach.They weren’t booing come the final whistle. “Borja came on because the coach knows he’s a natural goalscorer, and that’s sacred in football,” Simeone beamed after the game. The calm with which the teen had scored in an unfamiliar, ultra high-pressure situation on Saturday suggests the manager’s evaluation is on the money.The player’s own post-match comments will have further endeared him to his coach: “It’s a bittersweet debut because I would have liked to win. I’m not happy”. It would have been easy to get carried away with the goal, but focusing on the bigger picture rather than individual glory is exactly what Cholo demands from his players. Borja Garcés takes on Paulo Oliveira. Borja Garcés is congratulated by Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone. Born across the Mediterranean in Spanish North African city Melilla, Garcés has been at Atlético since 2016, signed from C.F. Rusadir Melilla at the age of 16. A brilliant season in the Spanish youth championship as well as with the local autonomous community’s youth team caught Atleti’s eye, and after following him for a few games they decided to offer a trial before anyone else noticed. The striker passed, and was added to the ranks of the club’s Juvenil A (under-19) team.An interview in a local Melilla newspaper after signing for the Spanish giants paints the picture of a kid with a level head. “What’s important in football is day-to-day sacrifice and a lot of effort, and though you also have to have luck,everything can be achieved with hard work,” Garcés mused. “Making it to the first team would be the highest achievement,” he added, unknowingly foreshadowing that exact turn of events only two years later.Simeone has been aware of the 19-year-old’s ability for some time. Last season, goals from Garcés helped Atleti’s Juvenil A to win the domestic treble, and he was subsequently promoted to the B team for the current campaign.The Atlético boss even gave the striker a run-out with the first team while still an U19 player in May, when he took the field alongside club legend Fernando Torres in a friendly against Nigeria. Both scored: Garcés scored the winner, with one commentator initially confusing him for Torres. It wasn’t the last time the two players would be linked. “Borja Garcés, the new Niño making a case for a spot in Simeone’s team,” AS reacted to that winner in May. Saturday’s equalizer against Eibar sparked further comparisons: in 2001 a teenage Torres scored his first goal in the red and white shirt after coming off the bench against Albacete, while his last official goal for the club also came against Eibar. “Another Niño to keep a hold of,” mused Marca, fanning the flames. “The new ‘Niño’ prevents catastrophe against Eibar,” added Mundo Deportivo.center_img 4 With three minutes left to play, Sergi Enrich snuck in to take advantage of Godin’s mistake in the box and prodded home what looked like the winner for Eibar. Four matches played, one win, one draw, and two defeats – not what was expected from the most expensive Atleti squad ever assembled.Then something remarkable happened.In the last minute of stoppage time, an Ángel Correa cross broke in the box to a skinny, unfamiliar body in a red and white shirt with the number 32 on the back. Control, look up, and thump – into the back of the net to salvage a draw with the final kick of the game.Borja Garcés wheeled away, arms in the air. Borja who? The 19-year-old academy player was making his league debut with the first team, and has already ensured that fans will remember his name. So too will Simeone. 4 Hailed as the ‘new Niño’, 19-year-old academy player Borja Garcés marked a dream debut by coming off the bench to save a draw for Atlético Madrid against Eibar. But the striker refuses to get carried away with the Fernando Torres comparisons.With 87 minutes on the clock at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday, Diego Simeone was staring into the abyss. Antoine Griezmann, Saúl, Diego Godin, and Diego Costa: all had shot on Eibar’s goal – eight times in total – but goalkeeper Marko Dmitrović was playing a blinder. Club legend Fernando Torres applauds Atletico Madrid fans. It’s far too early to make those comparisons of course, but Garcés certainly has talent. Aware of that, Atleti secured a new contract for him in the summer. Equally important is that he appears to have the right mentality. Asked aboutthe Niño chat in July, his response was sensible and suggests the hype won’t make an impression. “Hopefully I can achieve even a quarter of what Fernando Torres has managed in football,” he concluded.last_img read more

first_img29 June 2009 The 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup drew to a close at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday night in a ceremony filled with music, colour, light and dance. But the passion reflected in the photos of fans, beamed onto a giant sphere floating above the pitch, was not staged. The photographs, of the fans that filled South Africa’s four host stadiums during Fifa’s “Festival of Continental Champions”, reflected a nation that came together in a tournament that has given the country many reasons to smile. As Nelson Mandela watched his great-granddaughter Zenani bringing the Fifa Confederations Cup trophy out onto the pitch following a thrilling final between Brazil and the USA, no doubt he was smiling too. For over the past two weeks South Africa has shown the world, once again, what it is capable of. It has also shown that the opportunity South Africa has been given to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup is about more than stadiums, pitches, roads and airports. It’s about people, and working together for a common goal. It is about reasons to smile and cry and make some very loud noise. It is about the joy that comes from being part of 14 days of thrilling football. “I have loved this tournament,” said 12-year-old Zenani, granddaughter of Nelson Mandela’s youngest daughter, Zindzi. “It has been so much fun – and Bafana Bafana have been playing, like, wow!” As the stadium went dark on Sunday night, and the vuvuzelas went quiet, the melodic sounds of Africa filled the air. The voices of 150 choir members and the beats of 150 drummers bid the fans and the watching world goodbye. But for the country, and the continent, this was just the beginning. In less than a year’s time, South Africa and Africa will welcome 32 teams, hundreds of thousands of fans and millions of television viewers back for the big one, the 2010 Fifa World Cup – and the drama, and the celebrations, will begin in earnest!Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more