Getafe’s Djene open to future Barca move, sources claim

first_imgGetafe defender Djene Dakonam is yet to receive any offer from Barcelona for his services, but the Togo international remains a target for those in charge at Camp Nou. The Catalans have made no secret of their wish to reinforce their defence in January, with Samuel Umtiti and Thomas Vermaelen both struggling with injury over the course of the 2018-19 season. And with Umtiti still struggling with a knee problem despite returning to first-team action, they are keen to pick up further cover at centre-back once the transfer window re-opens.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Djene, 26, has emerged as a candidate for Barca due to his fine start to the current campaign with Getafe, with reports from the Spanish press asserting that he is being watched from Camp Nou. Indeed, it was Ramon Planes, currently working under Eric Abidal in the club’s technical team, who recommended the Togo star to Getafe during his time with the Madrid outfit. Sources from Djene’s inner circle, however, have told Goal that no approach has been made for the defender. “There are only rumours, Djene pays no attention to rumours,” those sources insisted when asked on Barca’s interest, adding that the player is focused solely on his form at Getafe and that there has been no contact from Barca. But those closest to Djene also left the door ajar for a possible transfer down the line. “It is still early”, Goal heard, with the prospect that today’s rumours could yet become something more concrete. Djene, who came to Getafe from Belgium’s Sint-Truidense in the summer of 2017, currently has more than four years left on his contract, which is due to expire in June 2023. Barca are far from being the only club linked to his services, moreover: Real Madrid and Sevilla have both been mentioned as potential suitors in Spain, while West Ham and Leicester City head up reported interest from the Premier League. A veteran of 27 games for his nation, Djene currently has a release clause of €35 million (£31m/$39m), a figure any interested club would have to match or at least get close to in order to tempt Getafe into a sale.He has played all but one of Getafe’s 13 Liga outings to date in 2018-19, helping the Madrid side to a mid-table placing.  And with just 11 goals conceded they boast a stronger defence than both Barca or Real Madrid so far this season, with only Atletico, Valencia and Valladolid leaking fewer at this stage.last_img read more

Martinez thrilled to add MLS champion to list of accolades

first_imgRecord-breaker. MVP. Golden Boot winner. Josef Martinez sure earned a lot of accolades in 2018. But one is more important to the Venezuelan star than all of the others: MLS Cup champion. Martinez did what he does best in Saturday night’s MLS Cup final at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, scoring the opening goal of a 2-0 win over the Portland Timbers. The goal helped Martinez earn the MLS Cup final MVP, another honor on the long list amassed this season.  Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! There’s the MLS goal-scoring record, one which he smashed before the calendar even turned to fall. There was the regular season MVP trophy, which he won in a landslide with teammate Miguel Almiron finishing second. There was the All-Star game selection, the Best XI recognition and the consistent discussion of his place among the all-time greats. But it’s the title of MLS Cup champion he takes the most pride in. “I’m most happy with the cup,” Martinez said. “I think this team has had an incredible year. We have to appreciate the work of everyone this season, the players, the coaching staff, we’ve had some ups and downs as a team. “Everyone on this team contributed something and had sacrifices. This is a win that we want to celebrate because it’s been a long year.” The word “celebrate” was a key one for Martinez on Saturday night. As he fielded questions following his MVP performance, the forward joked that he was simply waiting for the press conference to end and for the true celebration to begin. Josef Martinez Atlanta United MLS Cup 2018Saturday night’s coronation was, in many ways, built upon a foundation that began many months ago. From the moment Martinez arrived in MLS from Torino it was apparent that he was ready to become one of the top scorers to ever play in the league. Year one was dominant, but abbreviated. Martinez tore through the league with 19 goals in just 17 starts, but that proved to be only a taste. In 2018, the forward smashed the MLS single-season goalscoring mark by August en route to finishing with 31 regular season goals. He added four more in the postseason. The fourth and final came at the most opportune time on Saturday as a Michael Parkhurst tackle pushed the ball through the lines and to Martinez’s feet. He rounded Jeff Attinella and finished from close range, sending the crowd of over 70,000 into a craze. The sequence has been repeated time and time again. Shoot, score, crowd goes wild. And it’s a sequence his teammates saw from the moment he stepped foot in Atlanta.  “From the first practice when I got to Atlanta from January camp, we were just doing crossing and finishing,” defender Greg Garza recalled. “I crossed the ball to Josef Martinez and he biked it from the top of the 18, upper 90. “I just thought, ‘Jesus this guy’s a killer’. I think, in my personal opinion, he should have been MVP last year as well. He played half the games he did this year. He’s an amazing player.” An amazing player on amazing team that just rounded out an amazing season, one that will certainly be remembered fondly over the course of time. Martinez has found a home in Atlanta, and Atlanta has found a star in Martinez who helped provide a championship moment. “It’s great because I was feeling a lot of pressure before this game,” he said. “My neighbors were putting flags all around my house and pushing notes under my door. “I had a lot of pressure to deal with, but I wanted to thank everyone. The fans. They deserve it. It’s a great feeling to win this here.”last_img read more

Report: Girona 1 Atletico Madrid 1

first_imgAntoine Griezmann continued his goalscoring streak as Atletico Madrid drew 1-1 at Girona to edge them towards the last eight of the Copa del Rey.Diego Simeone’s side have not beaten Girona since they were promoted to LaLiga in 2017, but the visitors looked prime to end that run when Griezmann fortuitously put Atletico into the lead after nine minutes with his seventh goal in eight games.However, the hosts hit back 25 minutes later as Anthony Lozano netted only his second goal of the season on a night when he was a thorn in Atletico’s side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Simeone will fancy his chances of guiding Atletico to a seventh consecutive appearance in the quarter-finals given they are unbeaten at home this season, but Girona will stand a chance in the second leg if they put in the kind of spirited display that saw them fight back to earn a draw.The hosts’ good start turned sour when Griezmann met Nikola Kalinic’s neat pass with a side-footed first-time shot from just inside the box that went in off goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz.Girona hit back when Aleix Garcia’s clever ball picked out Lozano, who took a touch and stroked a dipping shot towards goal that Antonio Adan could only help into the net with a punch that lacked the strength to push it over the crossbar.Lozano then crashed a header onto the underside of the bar, only to see it bounce back out as Atletico ended the half fortunate to be level.Kalinic missed two chances early in the second half, heading straight at Iraizoz with the first before turning the Girona defence and blazing over the target from 12 yards with the second.Seydou Doumbia had plenty to aim at when the ball fell to him on the edge of the six-yard box but he scuffed his shot in what proved to be Girona’s last clear-cut chance of the evening, leaving them needing to spring a surprise in Madrid next week.93′ | 1-1 |  The game ends at Montilivi! All to play for at the Wanda @Metropolitano!#AúpaAtleti #CopaDelRey #GironaAtleti— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) January 9, 2019What does it mean? Atletico still short of their bestAfter a disappointing draw at Sevilla in LaLiga on Sunday, Atletico looked set for a morale-boosting win after Griezmann’s opener but they were peggedIraizoz atones for early errorGirona’s goalkeeper should have done better with Griezmann’s goal but he kept his side in the tie with a string of saves, none better than a one-handed block over his head to prevent Vitolo’s close-range thunderbolt.Godin struggles to cope with LozanoLozano found himself with time and space inside the Atletico box twice inside the first half hour as Diego Godin and the Atletico defenders lacked their customary composure.What’s next?Atletico are in action in LaLiga on Sunday morning when mid-table Levante are the visitors to the Wanda Metropolitano, while Girona will hope to end their five-game LaLiga winless streak at home against Deportivo Alaves a day earlier. read morelast_img read more

Captaining in all three formats surreal: Virat Kohli

first_imgIndia skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday said captaining in all three formats of cricket is quite “surreal” and he never thought that this day would come in his life. (Virat Kohli eyes top spot in ICC ODI rankings)”It is quite surreal. I never thought this day is going to come to my life. When I came to the team, I was always looking to perform, get more opportunities and build solid consistent career and contribute to the team in winning games,” said the prolific right-handed batsman.Kohli, who was leading the Test side, was appointed as the ODI and T20 skipper last week, after country’s most successful captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni stepped down from the position. (Consistent fire in Virat Kohli has made him a very good captain: Yuvraj)The Delhi batsman spoke to Mandira Bedi during a talk show after inaugurating Nitesh Hub Mall in Pune.EVERYTHING IS GOD SENTThe star player, while answering a question on how does it feel to be the skipper in all the three formats, said he never thought the path is going to lead this way.”I feel everything is God sent. Anything happens to you, happens for a reason and happens at a right time in your life,” he added.It was under Kohli’s leadership that the India U-19 team had clinched the colts World Cup in 2008. (Kohli is a natural successor to Dhoni: Eoin Morgan)The Delhi player said he has always been the captain to the team that played in junior levels.advertisement”But being captain of India is whole different ball game all together. As they mention it, it is the hot seat in all different ways such as the attention, the praise, criticisms, all these things come along with it.”But one thing comes along with this is the responsibility and that makes me a better cricketer and a better person as I learn about life through this experiences, so I take it as an opportunity,” he explained. (Dhoni saved me from getting dropped many times: Kohli)Asked did captaincy come as a surprise, Kohli opined that he will not call it as a surprise and said as a player, he always wanted to give his inputs on the field and was constantly thinking about the game.Kohli said it is a privilege that he was found worthy of taking the legacy forward and having the responsibility to lead the team in all three formats.He also said captaining in all three formats is not a situation of too much pressure and this is an opportunity to make the difference to the team’s fortune.’NOT A STRESSFUL JOB’Asked him about the pressure of captaining India, Kohli said, “I won’t say it is not a stressful job, however, it is fun”.Kohli also said captaincy is all about understanding the strengths and weaknesses of people around you.”The way I came up in my career is similar. I knew my strengths and weaknesses but people did not like me as such. They were not too pleased with the way I presented myself, the way I was.”My mistakes were not acceptable. That always gave me a mindset of doing things my way and finding a way to make it work, as there is no one way to do anything. You can have different ways, you can have different style till your intent is good,” said Kohli, who has played 176 ODIs so far.When asked is it hard for him to captain a side having senior players, Kohli said it is a privilege and there is a lot of mutual respect in the change (dressing) room.Asked him about is he excited to lead in the World Cup, he said it is too far ahead.Kohli also said he gets goose bumps thinking of captaining India in World Cup.”Because, it is an honour to be a captain in the World Cup if I still (remain) captain of the team that time,” he quipped.What was the best cricketing advice he got so far in his life, he said he got it from his hero Sachin Tendulkar.last_img read more

SEE PICS: Grand Masti actor Bruna Abdullah’s hot bikini pictures are sultry and svelte

first_imgOn the work front, Bruna Abdullah has acted in the film Udanchoo alongside Rajneesh Duggal. The film was scheduled to release in 2016 but did not due to certain difficulties on the producers’ side.ALSO READ: I am nerdy in real life, says Mastizaade star Sunny LeoneALSO SEE: Housefull 3’s Pyaar Ki Maa Ki to Great Grand Masti title track, the worst songs of 2016WATCH: Sunny Leone’s sexy moves Bruna Abdullah raised quite a storm with her million dollar looks in films like Desi Boyz, Grand Masti and Mastizaade.But you have never seen her being this hot… Bruna Abdullah is presently vacationing by the beach-side in Brazil and her recent pictures from the same which she has uploaded on Instagram are going viral!Sporting colourful bikinis atop her slender, graceful figure, Bruna is surely raising the temperatures in the room and how!Grab a look at the pictures here:last_img read more

Twitter reactions: Virender Sehwag calls Steve Smith ‘tubelight’, Cheteshwar Pujara ‘inverter’

first_imgThe cricket fraternity showered praises on Team India after the home side annihilated Australia by eight wickets in the fourth and final Test to reclaim the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2-1. (Kohli ecstatic after historic triumph: ‘Our best series win so far’)Lokesh Rahul hit a half-century and guided the hosts to victory along with stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane after the early departure of Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara. (Great win, great summer for India: Ganguly to India Today)Watch: Biggest takeaways from India vs Australia Test seriesRahul remained undefeated on 51 while Rahane was not out on 38. (SCORECARD | HIGHLIGHTS)Fittingly, it was Rahul who hit the winning runs, guiding a delivery from left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe to the on-side. (Rahane’s captaincy draws high praise from Clarke, Ganguly)Needing 106 runs for the win, the Indians reached the target around 90 minutes and 17.5 overs into the first session of the fourth day.Proud to be a part of this group. Outstanding effort to win this game & the series. Jai Hind ???? Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) March 28, 2017THAT was the knockout punch!!! What a series win. ????CONGRATULATIONS #TeamIndia @BCCI @anilkumble1074 @imVkohli- Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) 28 March 2017The home season comes to an end and it’s time for #ViruGhareluAwardsPujara- InverterJadeja-TulluPumpStabilizer- L RahulSmith- Tubelight Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) 28 March 2017Grinners #TeamIndia #INDvAUS BCCI (@BCCI) 28 March 2017It’s been a incredible season!Grateful to be part of such a magnificent team @anilkumble1074 @ImSanjayBangar @BCCI R SRIDHAR (@coach_rsridhar) 28 March 2017Do what’s right, the right way and at the right time and Team India did that beautifully throughout this season. Brilliant work lads @Bcci- Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) 28 March 2017Well played #TeamIndia ! Congratulations on the series win!#INDvAUS #DharamsalaTest @BCCI- R P Singh (@RpSingh99) 28 March 2017True champions let their game do all the talking! Congratulations #TeamIndia on sealing a deserved series win! #IndvAus Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) 28 March 2017Great character shown by this Indian team especially after losing the first test ?????? well deserve series win @BCCI #INDvAUS #TeamIndia- Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) 28 March 2017Well done #TeamIndia! Great win. Congratulations on the series win! #IndvAus- Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) 28 March 2017Indiaaa Indiaaa ????????? Indiaaa Indiaaa!!!! #IndVAus sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) 28 March 2017Super series and great result for team India…@BCCI- parthiv patel (@parthiv9) 28 March 2017#INDvAUS many many congratulations to #TeamIndia for a great end to a phenomenal season @BCCI @imVkohli @anilkumble1074- Rahul Johri (@RJohri) 28 March 2017Amazing guys @BCCI . One of the sweetest victories ever. A great series and a complete team effort.Just amazing!! @anilkumble1074 @imVkohli- Robin Aiyuda Uthappa (@robbieuthappa) 28 March 2017Been a great season, thanks for all your support and love. The journey was a steep learning curve, loads of memories to cherish @ the end.??? Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) 28 March 2017Congrats on the series win India. Well played ????? Well fought throughout series Aus. A great series to watch ????? #INDvAUS #fire #passion- Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) 28 March 2017Congrats to India on a wonderful series win, it was a great series to watch. Well done to the Inexpierienced Aussies too who fought hard !- Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) 28 March 2017Ps India is the hardest place to win, only 2 bad sessions cost the young inexperienced Aussie team the series. Congrats again India ???- Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) 28 March 2017Congratulations India. It’s been a wonderful series. Aussies have played some very good cricket also. ???? just to good in this final Test. ???- Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) 28 March 2017last_img read more

Sundar prepares to fill in Ashwins boots

first_imgChennai, Apr 6 (PTI) Picked as a replacement for injured Ravichandran Ashwin in Rising Pune Supergiant, all-rounder Washington Sundar says he is gearing up to fill in the big boots of the “legend” whenever he gets a chance to play. Sundar, who bats left-handed and bowls right-arm off-spin, was picked following a trial by the franchise a few days ago after Ashwin was ruled out of IPL-10 to help him recover from a sports hernia. “I am very happy to be picked to replace Ashwin, who is a legend. Im also excited to get the opportunity to be part of the IPL. I dont have any expectations going into the tournament. I will have to be ready if I get a chance to play,” Sundar told PTI. 17-year-old Sundar, a top-order batsman, began bowling more on the advice of Indian Under-19 coach Rahul Dravid and played a key role in his state team, Tamil Nadus Vijay Hazare Trophy and Deodhar Trophy victories this season. Sundar, who was picked over experienced Jammu & Kashmir all-rounder Parvez Rasool in the trials, said he had a chance to bowl at various batsmen in the nets including RPS captain Steve Smith, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and IPLs highest paid foreign player Ben Stokes. Having dismissed Smith in the nets, Sundar said: “It felt good to dismiss Smith and keep things tidy against the aggressive Stokes. “I bowled to Dhoni for a long time in the nets. He gave me some tips and appreciated me on occasions.” Sundar is looking forward to linking up with the RPS spin unit that includes Imran Tahir, Adam Zampa, Ankit Sharma and state-mate Baba Aparajith. Sundar, who was a key member of the Indian team that reached the Under-19 World Cup final in Bangladesh last year, said Tamil Nadu coach Hrishikesh Kanitkar, also one of the assistant coaches with the RPS outfit, had a calming influence on him and the squad. “Kanitkar sir is very calm and supportive and has played a big role in Tamil Nadus performances in the 2016-17 season. The bowling and fielding have been crucial to the success while Dinesh Karthik was the standout performer with the bat,” said Sundar. PTI SS CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

4 questions to get to giving

first_imgI just finished reading Getting to Giving by Howard Stevenson, and he identifies four questions you must answer for donors:1. Are you doing important work?2. Are you well managed?3. Will my gift make a difference?4. Will the experience be satisfying to me?This is a very interesting list. Two questions – the first half of the list – are about the organization. The other two are about the donor. That is the art of fundraising – not just making an ask but creating an experience.I think this is right on. In fundraising, I think we tend to do a decent job in answering the first two questions, a so-so job on the third question and a terrible job on the fourth question. If you want to have a great fundraising season, put some serious effort into #3 and #4.last_img read more

A Picture’s Worth: A Success Story on Getting More Facebook Attention

first_imgTwo likes, 83 views. No shares or comments. Typical for us.Today I read Guy Kawasaki’s tip on your blog about using graphics or video. I created a graphic using a photo of the author and the same quote. It wasposted about 4 hours ago:42 likes, 27 shares, and over 2,700 views. One of the shares was from a national organization–Healthy Families America. Yow!Thanks for sharing Guy’s tips. I’ve subscribed to your blog and plan to direct my volunteers there as well.MaryThanks for sharing, Mary! We’re so glad that these tips are working for you and we hope that our other blog readers are experiencing the same great results! We love hearing your success stories; let us know in the comments if you’ve tried other tips we’ve shared on the blog. Photos and video allow you to create a more immediate, emotional connection with your supporters than just words alone. In March, we shared Guy Kawasaki’s top ten social media tips for nonprofits , one of which is, “Add Bling: On every post, include a picture or video (that is properly credited to the person who created it). Visuals matter.”Mary Armstrong-Smith, the community partners director for Prevent Child Abuse Indiana took Guy’s advice and immediately saw a response. She writes:Earlier this month I posted a quote on PCA Indiana’s Facebook page. It was shared directly from the author’s FB page, and was simply text:last_img read more

Mata calm about United contact situation

first_imgJuan Mata is calm about his contract situation with Manchester United and is uncertain whether he will ever return to Spain in the future.The Manchester United winger’s contract isset to expire next summer and no new deal has been offered, despite the fact he could leave for free at the end of the season.Thursday, Mata was in Madrid to be recognized with an award honoring his work setting up the Common Goal charity, presented by Queen Sofia of Spain. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! And after, he was asked about his future by AS, specifically about whether a return to Spain could happen.”I don’t know,” Mata told AS. “I’ve been in England for a good while, in a league that I’m well accustomed to and where I’ve adapted well, but it’s true that at times you miss home, your family, your friends.”But I don’t know if I’ll return to Spain in the near future.””I’m calm [about the situation at United]. I’m at the fantastic club that is Manchester United, one of the biggest in the world.”I have to think about the short term and do well from now on.”While Mata might be in the last six months of his United tenure, the attacker is focused on the rest of the season as the club try to recover from their poor start which saw manager Jose Mourinho sacked.That goal for the Red Devils is to reach the top four according to Mata.”We’ve picked up some good results,” he said. “We’re trying to play as well as possible to win for the club.”We were going through a difficult time and we’re focused on finishing the season as well as possible and reaching our goal of a place in the Champions League. We would like to have other objectives but that is the reality.”Mourinho’s sacking saw Mata’s second spell under the manager come to an end. That first, at Chelsea, did not end harmoniously after Mourinho refused to play Mata, but the former World Cup winner says he has no ill will toward the Portuguese after their time together at Old Trafford.”I’ve played under him on two occasions, at Chelsea and Manchester United,” Mata explained. “This year things were difficult, we weren’t getting results, but I’m sure – as he has said himself – he will return to football soon and I wish him all the best.”United have been rejuvenated under interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with five straight wins, four of which came in the Premier League.Mata doesn’t believe much has changed aside from Solskjaer giving the players confidence, but he warns that there will be difficulties despite the early success the team has enjoyed under the Norwegian.”Nothing has changed in particular,” Mata said. .”A coach came in who is a club legend and has given us confidence. I think it was important to start well and we got a good result away from home and from then on everything has gone well.”I’m sure that there will be difficult times under this manager between now and the end of the season but we’ll give our all.”last_img read more

Young players should avoid the PL, says ex-Arsenal coach

first_imgFormer Arsenal academy director Andries Jonker has said he would advise younger players to avoid the Gunners and the Premier League’s other sides.Several of England’s best young talents have struggled to break into senior sides in recent season and instead, moved to the continent for more first-team opportunities.Most notable in the group is Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, who failed to force his way into Pep Guardiola’s plans at Manchester City, but is now a regular at the Bundesliga club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Another example is Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, who grew so frustrated at his lack of opportunities at Old Trafford that he left in 2012, only to be bought back four years later for a then world-record fee.Jonker spent two and half years at the Emirates before joining Wolfsburg in 2017 and experienced similar problems when trying to promote his youth players at Arsenal.“When I was at Arsenal, manager Arsene Wenger sometimes called up a few youth players for a couple of games in the League Cup,” Jonker told the Mirror.“But when Arsenal had a league game a couple of days later, those boys were never in the squad. And in the next 50 games, Wenger would not pick them, either.”So I have serious doubts if young talent are making the right step if they go to England at this moment. I would advise them not to go, but to play 100 games in first-team football on the continent first.”Players such as Reiss Nelson and Donyell Malen have been forced to leave Arsenal in recent seasons in search of more first-team opportunities.The former is impressing on a season-long at Hoffenheim, while Malen moved to PSV in 2017.“Take Donyell Malen,” added Jonker.  “At Arsenal, he was a big talent, but he left the club just in time. He realised he was going to end up in what I call no-man’s land.“Young players in England, who have huge talent, will only go and play in an Under-18 team, and when they are improving, they then only go the Under-23 team. So, Jadon Sancho went from Man City to Borussia Dortmund – and he is a sensation there. Reiss Nelson, of Arsenal, is choosing the same route. He is getting plenty of chances and minutes at Hoffenheim.”last_img read more

4 Villains of the freelance life

first_imgSet up alerts from online job boards to receive gigs in your inbox based on certain keywords. Pick only the job boards that seem worth your time (normally industry-specific boards). This ensures that you keep browsing and querying on a regular timetable.Subscribe to Meetup networking groups to get notified of their events.Send an email to clients as the project ends — every time. Thank them. Then every 6 months or so, send them a follow-up reminder about who you are. Get creative about it — here are some tips.UnderlingUnlike most villains, this one is not very confident or bossy. In order to achieve their gig goals, they’re willing to backslide, negotiate down prices, and bow to most client whims. Rather than setting clear boundaries and managing client expectations, this villain expects to do everything — and ends up almost killing themselves.How to defeat Underling:Know how much you’re worth. Know what you’re willing to negotiate in terms of price and conditions before you go in to the meeting.Stop undercharging for your work. If possible, attend networking events where other freelancers are or ask a freelancer friend if they’re willing to be open about what they charge.Manage the client process, from first meeting to final sign-off. It’s your responsibility to be the professional and to set expectations for the kind of relationship you have with your clients. Make sure they understand that you are a professional, not a technician, and that your concepts matter. Learn more about managing client process here.Get the right contract. Include all the right contract terms — especially ones about kill fees and the appropriate number of revisions.The TakerThe Taker believes that it’s a dog-eat-dog world out there, and in order to own your own business, you need to keep everything close to the chest: your clients, advice about freelancing, your contacts, your best practices. This villain is happy receiving such advice from other people, but doesn’t take the time to give back.How to defeat The Taker:Give back to your local economy. Support local food and local businesses.Keep a file of other freelancers names that you’ve met in business or at networking events, just in case your client is looking for someone.Help other freelancers. (Here are 16 ways you can do that.)Start a Love Bank. It also happens to be the best thing you can do to expand your business.Understand what a 360 Freelancer is — and how to get there.What “bad” forces prevent you from being your full heroic freelance self? Let us know in comments! (Evil cackles welcome.) I think all of us have a hero and a villain in us.-Anson MountIn a dark, secret lair, there’s a group of villains who use subterfuge and guile to try to ruin great freelance careers across the country. They’re bad, they’re crooked, they’re — dun dun dun — The Freelance Supervillians!All joking aside, it is (famously) true that our worst enemies are ourselves. Here are just a few forces that prevent us from being entrepreneurial heroes in our own lives:The IsolatorA dastardly foe common to almost every freelance hero, The Isolator locks us up in our own little world, avoids human interaction, and works on projects after sundown when we should really be seeing other people.How to defeat The Isolator:Attend a networking event once a month or more. Check out ours or ones on Meetup.Set an established day (once a month, “the third friday of every month”) that you set aside to go on a date with your significant other or friends group. Set it aside. Make it sacred.Don’t work for 8 hours a day without talking to someone. Call your mom. Take your dog out for a walk. Take yourself out for a walk. Watching Netflix does not count.Take a lunch break. But don’t take it in your house — it’s nice weather, so at the very least you should go to a local park (where there are other people), at a coffee shop (where you can people watch), or take a 9-5 friend out to lunch.Go to a local board game or card night. Who doesn’t love board games? There are board game Meetup groups across the country, and in my experience, they’re some of the most welcoming. Bring your friend if you’re nervous.Marketer Schmarketor“You can wait until the end of your project to start marketing again!” “You can build a website when you get more portfolio pieces!” This is what Marketer Schmarketor says (with a scoff). This villain makes you vulnerable to dry spells.How to defeat Marketer Schmarketor:Sit down right now (turn away from this computer screen) and write down your goals for May in terms of social media marketing. Make them stupid-easy, include a deadline and the amount of time you think it’ll take.“I will set up a Twitter account and tweet 2 times a week in May — on Monday mornings and Saturday mornings. It’ll take me 25 minutes to set it up and 3 minutes for each tweet.”“I will update my LinkedIn profile with my latest gigs in May. It will take me around 30 minutes.”last_img read more

Play devil’s advocate to your own ideas

first_imgAs makers, creators, doers, builders, we focus almost entirely on those things we produce. Especially in the beginning, because that’s how we’re wired.What I’ve learned, though—through launching companies, books, albums, courses, products, podcasts, etc. (holy shit do I launch a lot of different things)—is that the most important part of taking idea and turning it into something that launches is the “step back.”The step back should happen right after your next biggest and greatest idea to build something. If you wait too long, you’ll already be too invested (mentally, financially, timewise).What is the step back?It’s what happens when you remove yourself from the idea for a while, to see if it makes sense. The step back puts yourself in the shoes of the folks you’re making this thing for. The step back raises questions. Not to kill ideas or shut things down, but rather to be the devil’s advocate for a second to see if the idea is worth going all in.The CTO of Amazon, Werner Vogels, calls the step back “Working Backwards” at his company. Anyone at Amazon who wants to build a new product or service has to start by writing a press release (a physical manifestation of a step back, if you will). Before any prototypes, they have to think of how to sell it. This process places the customer at the centre of developing the idea. What does the customer care about, what pains do they have that the product/service can solve, and what motivates them to spend money on something?When thinking about your own next great idea, some of the bigger step back questions might be:What’s the headline here? Beyond what it is you want to build and launch, think about how it would be pitched. The angle. The story. The juicy bits.What would anyone else talk about? You’ll talk about it because it’s your baby and you’ve put a ton of work into it. Figure out if others would talk about it as well, and what the reason would be. Why would the press talk about it? Why would early adopters talk about it? Why would it be the subject at a dinner party, networking event, or online forum?What’s the strategy to take it to your audience? You can’t just build it and they will come (unless you’re Kevin Costner, and even then…). How are you going to define your audience? How can you show them that it exists beyond telling them to buy your stuff? How are you going to continue to remind them it exists without annoying or pestering them?Join the nation’s largest group representing the new workforce (it’s free!)Become a memberGetting more granular with stepping back, you can start to think about:Who will be your early adopters? Why will they adopt it?How will they find out about it?What makes what you’re going to build particularly enticing to them right now?Why is what you’re going to make indispensable to them?Once they decide to buy, what about what you’re going to create will make them enjoy it so much that they want to share the experience with others? What will encourage them to tell or invite others?How willing will you be to change what you’re doing based on feedback and behaviour patterns in early adopters?What kind of crazy, interesting, totally unique thing are you prepared to do to get the attention of your audience?How will you be tracking the success or failure?What will be the markers of success or failure?You can’t leave those things to chance or have a marketing strategy of, “I’ll tweet about it a few times.” There has to be a reason that an initial volley of people (your core audience) are going to want to give you money and moreover, be so happy with the transaction that they tell others to do the same (their audience).Marketing and launch can’t be thought of right at the end, once what you’ve created is ready. Making something your audience will like and want has to be baked in, right from the start. This is done by stepping back to consider your audience.And most of all, don’t worry if launch doesn’t go as planned. Because no launch ever does. The good thing with launches is that there doesn’t have to be just one. You can launch, test, refine, improve, and try again. Starting small with your core audience, your biggest fans, your early adopters—and making sure they’re happy—will do wonders once your work is released to a larger group.When an idea strikes it’s hard not to get swept away in the excitement of making something new. But take time to step back and consider things from the perspective of your intended audience—you’ll be rewarded by them greatly if your considerations are correct.last_img read more

FIFA U-17 World Cup official song launched

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 4 (PTI) With a month to go for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup, the Local Organising Committee (LOC) and Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) formally launched the official song of the tournament Kar Ke Dikhla De Goal. Written by lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya and composed by Pritam, the song features a host of well-known music artists, including Sunidhi Chauhan, Neeti Mohan, Babul Supriyo, Shaan, Papon, Mika along with a rap performance by actor Abhishek Bachchan. The song showcases the vibrancy and uniqueness of India while resonating with a global audience simultaneously. The music video of the song celebrates diversity, showcases how the nation is waiting in anticipation for FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, and features stars like Bhaichung Bhutia, Ngangom Bala Devi, Shaan, Papon and the cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar amongst others. The music video of the song will be broadcast on SPNs on-air and digital platforms across genres. Rajesh Kaul, President Distribution and Sports Business, Sony Pictures Networks India, said, “We are ecstatic to be the first broadcasters in history to collaborate with FIFA to co- create an Official Song for a FIFA tournament. From the very beginning of this association, we have worked closely with the LOC/FIFA to ensure that FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 is a monumental success.? AIFF President and LOC Chairman Praful Patel said, “We are doing everything in our capacity to make this the biggest sporting event in India and I am sure the Official Song will help increase and broaden the appeal of the first ever FIFA tournament in India.” The U-17 World Cup, the first FIFA tournament to be held in India, will be played across six venues from October 6-28. Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN), the official broadcasters of the tournament, will telecast the matches live and exclusively on their sports channels and live stream it on their digital platform, SonyLIV. PTI PDS CMadvertisementlast_img read more

Uruguay cancel all matches on Sunday after referees attacked

first_imgThe Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) cancelled all scheduled matches on Sunday after the country’s referees decided they would refuse to officiate further due to increasing violence.”Given the resolution by the Uruguayan Association of Football Referees to not take charge of games, the AUF has suspended all activities for this Sunday (24/9) in all disciplines and categories,” the AUF said in a statement.The decision means the cancellation of five first division matches as well as others at lower levels.The decision came after two officials, one of them a woman, were attacked by spectators on Saturday during an under-19 game between Platense and Basanez.last_img read more

FIFA U17 WC: Hyundai to provide transport to players, official

first_imgMumbai, Oct 3 (PTI) South Korean car maker Hyundai Motor today said it has got the mandate to provide transportation facilities to the players and officials during the FIFA U17 World Cup, starting in India this week.Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) has got the exclusive rights to provide transportation through its premium cars to the FIFA officials during the mega sporting event, the company said.The FIFA U17 World Cup is being hosted by India for the first time. It will commence from October 6 with matches in New Delhi and Navi Mumbai.The other four venues for the World Cup are – Guwahati, Kochi, Delhi and Kolkata. There are 24 teams which are participating in the mega tournament.As part of the mandate, Hyundai has deployed a fleet of 63 premium cars including the next gen Verna, Tucson, Elite i20 and a few coaches across six cities for the movement of the players and the FIFA management during the mega sports event, it said.HMIL managing director and chief executive officer Y K Koo officially handed over these cars to Martin Nussbaumer, marketing operations group leader of FIFA and Javier Ceppi, tournament director, local organising committee at a ceremony held at New Delhis Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium today, the release said.”Hyundai is proud to partner with The FIFA U17 World Cup being hosted for the first time in India. At Hyundai, we understand the passion of the Indian football fans and want to keep the excitement around Hyundai brand alive by engaging with our customers at every point,” Koo said.advertisementHyundai has also planned a number of interactive engagement with the young footballs fans in the country through various digital campaigns, it said. PTI IAS NRBlast_img read more

Wrestling Kavita Devi would be amazing, WWE star Sasha Banks tells India Today

first_imgWorld Wrestling Entertainment star Sasha Banks, in an exclusive interview to, said she was excited to visit India for the first time.Banks said would not get much time to roam around during WWE’s two-day tour of India but added she would love to visit some places and wants her fans over in India to tell her where to go.WWE will visit India for two live shows on December 8 and 9 at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, New Delhi.Banks will take on Alexa Bliss for the RAW women’s title on December 8. On December 9, she will partner Kalisto in a mixed tag-team match against Enzo Amore and Alexa Bliss.The 25-year-old however looked more focussed on her Survivor Series stint as a part of the RAW brand against SmackDown. She will be a part of the RAW team in a 5-women tag-team match against the Blue brand.Banks along with Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch and Bayley or the Four Horsewomen as they were called, brought in a revolution in the women’s division coming in from NXT. Talking about that, she said that she is proud of that and hopes that this goes on in the future.The four-time RAW women’s champion also had some advice for aspiring WWE wrestlers. She asked them to never give up and keep following their dreams and their time will come.WWE Photo Here are a few excerpts from the exclusive interview:  You will be travelling to India in December for the Live event in Delhi. Will you get time to see India?advertisementI am so excited to come to India. It will be my first time. When I was told I get to come, I was very excited. Getting to see the world, is the best thing about the WWE, but the sad thing is that we don’t get time. I am just hoping to get an opportunity, to see things. My Indian fans can tweet me, and tell me where to go, it will be awesome and I will be really appreciative.  I plan on being the RAW women’s champion when I wrestle Alexa Bliss in India.You will be representing team RAW in the Survivor Series. Your plans? I plan to win the Survivor Series and show that RAW is the better division. I think all the women are great, but right now at RAW we are killing it. We have such incredible women we have in the company at the moment. We have Alexa Bliss, Nia Jax, myself and Bailey, Alicia Fox, even though she is a crazy captain. I don’t think SmackDown has seen a team quite as dominant as us. So, come Survivor Series we plan to take on all, not only the women’s division, but the whole RAW brand.  .@SashaBanksWWE is ready to represent Team #Raw at #SurvivorSeries! WWE (@WWE) November 8, 2017You were one of the proponents to usher in the Women’s revolution in WWE. How do you see the change in the coming years?Since my time in NXT till now it has been such an amazing growth. To come from a place where we (female stars) used to be called Divas, now we are known as superstars just like the men. To have so much history, being involved in so many first-time matches. It is exciting to be a part of such a big women’s division and I hope for the future to come, we just keep on dominating and showing the world that women’s wrestlers is where it is at and we are doing great things.  Kavita Devi recently became the first female superstar from India. Have you met her? I have not met her yet, but I live in Orlando and I plan to come to the performance center and hope to meet and wrestler her one day. That will be an amazing opportunity. Team RAW #SurvivorSeries $asha Banks (@SashaBanksWWE) November 7, 2017What will be your advice to Kavita Devi or women wrestlers from India, who want make it big.My advice to her and all women who want to be in the WWE, would be never give up, keep following your dreams . We have shown here that anything is possible, we are making history and we  making people care about women’s wrestling. We used to see a lot of little boys in the audience, but now we can see a lot of women and little girls come out and see them dressed up as their favourite wrestlers. They come dressed as Bailey or like me. It is crazy to see the growth of how many little girls to WWE shows and how excited they are every time we make our entrance.advertisementYou had been a successful heel back on NXT, but have been a face predominantly on the main roster. Your thoughts.I just feel that I am just being myself. Even if I am a ‘baby face’ or a heel (wrestling terminology for the good and bad characters respectively), I am still Sasha Banks. I am go out there and do my best like I always do. I don’t need to put a title on it, if am being a bad guy or a good guy, I am just going to be Sasha Banks. I am going to put on great matches, and I am going to make history and I am going to be the face of the company. That’s what I was doing down in NXT, that’s what I am doing on the main roster.last_img read more

Wales manager soothes Arsenal fears over Aaron Ramsey

first_imgWales manager Chris Coleman has eased concerns over the fitness of Aaron Ramsey ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday after the midfielder withdrew from the national squad for their friendly against Panama.The 26-year-old, who played the full 90 minutes of Wales’ 2-0 defeat by France on Friday, was always scheduled to withdraw from Tuesday’s game, Coleman said.”Coming into the camp we knew we were only going to have him for France,” Coleman told reporters on Monday. “No matter how he felt afterwards we decided it would be one game for Aaron Ramsey.”I think coming into the camp because of what’s been happening with him at Arsenal in terms of his fitness we thought one game would be better than two.”That was the thinking, he’s gone back to Arsenal. He will be available for them at the weekend.”last_img read more

Dominic Thiem gets first win at ATP Finals

first_imgAustria’s Dominic Thiem edged Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 for his first victory of this year’s ATP Finals.Thiem can now book a spot in the semi-finals of this elite year-end event with a victory Friday over Belgium’s David Goffin, while Carreno Busta, who replaced injured world number 1 and countryman Rafael Nadal, has been eliminated from the tournament after losing his opening match.The fourth-ranked Thiem came into this Pete Sampras Group contest at the O2 Arena in London on Wednesday with a 4-0 career record against Carreno Busta, the world number 10, and appeared headed for a routine victory when he broke serve twice en route to an easy first-set win, Efe news reported.The Spaniard hurt his cause with 11 backhand unforced errors in the opening set, but he came alive with his return game in the second to break Thiem once for a 2-1 lead and a second time to force a decider.The two players traded breaks of serve over the first six games of the third set, but Thiem got a critical break in the ninth game and then finished off the match thanks to some big first serves.Both players have been mired in a slump since the US Open, with Carreno Busta having only won one match since reaching the semi-finals in New York and Thiem having won just three (not including Davis Cup).Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov, who also is in the Pete Sampras Group, has already booked a spot in the last four of this indoor hard-court tournament, while Swiss world number 2 and six-time champion Roger Federer has advanced out of the Boris Becker Group.advertisementRound-robin play continues Thursday in the Boris Becker Group when Federer takes on Croatia’s Marin Cilic (already eliminated) and American Jack Sock plays off against German world number 3 Alexander Zverev for a spot in the semi-finals.last_img read more