Germany hit by illness ahead of France clash

first_img Germany: Neuer; Hummels, Boateng, Mertesacker, Howedes; Schweinsteiger, Lahm, Kroos; Özil, Müller, Götze. CEST Germany’s preparations for their clash with France in the World Cup quarter-final have been hit by illness.  03/07/2014 By contrast, France should have Mamadou Sakho back from injury and he could step in for Laurent Koscielny.  Manager Jurgen Klopp wanted to play things down. He said: “It’s not that bad at the moment. I don’t want to over-dramatise it.” One other change Didier Deschamps is considering making is bringing back Antoine Griezmann into the starting line-up, at the expense of Olivier Giroud. “It’s understandable that the guys get a bit under the weather, and that it starts to spread.” Thomas Muller has also shown symptoms of flu.  France: Lloris; Debuchy, Varane, Sakho, Evra; Matuidi, Cabaye; Pogba; Valbuena, Benzema, Griezman.center_img Mats Hummels missed the game against Algeria while Cristoph Kramer had to skip a day of training. Sport EN Seven of the squad are said to be suffering from flu. Against Nigeria France looked a lot better when the Arsenal striker went off for the Sociedad wide man, with Karim Benzema moving into the middle. Possible teams Low said: “We’re constantly having to travel between different climate zones.  Upd. at 20:13 Referee: Nestor Pitana (Argentina).last_img read more

Espanyol 3-0 Almeria: Player ratings as Los Periquitos continue superb winning streak

first_img CET Felipe Caicedo 7Is in a goal glut and came up with another one just minutes after his introduction, showing great strength to hold off the defender and a cool head to tuck it home. Upd. at 21:09 Alex N/A Abraham 6Played some fine passes in the first half, but tired in the second and was replaced after an hour. Christian Stuani 7Consolidated his place as the top scoring Uruguayan in Barcelona this season with a quick-fire double towards the end of the first half. One a close-range header, the other a tap-in from a similar position. Kiko Casilla 6Dealt comfortably with everything Almeria had to throw at him, which wasn’t that much anyway.  Alvaro 6Has shown himself to be a reliable customer since arriving in the summer, and today was no different.  Hector Moreno 7A couple of dodgy clearances aside, was composed at the back, making a few good challenges.  JA Canas 6Not quite as accurate as usual but kept the ball moving and Espanyol ticking.  Rik Sharma Juan Fuentes 6Solid performance but must be wary that Duarte, who has performed impressively recently, doesn’t outshine him when given the chance. Handled Edgar Mendes well.  25/01/2015 Sergio Garica 8Created the first for Stuani with hard work down the right and played a large part in the second. Went close himself with a shot which hit the side netting.  Javi Lopez 7His manager will have no complaints, tidy and efficient. Doesn’t get forward a lot but isn’t asked to either.  SUBS Victor Sanchez 7His energy was needed after the break and in an impressive display he also created the third goal, playing in Caicedo. Helped out the defence too.  Lucas Vazquez 6Mis-hit the ball perfectly into Stuani’s path for Espanyol’s second goal. Has spark, but it needs to be channeled better than it was today.  Salva Sevilla 6Performed his midfield role well, although didn’t sparkle particularly.last_img read more

Dani Alves: “Neymar just plays football, it’s others who provoke him”

first_img Alves was clear that the controversy against Colombia, which ended with Neymar being sent off, was an example of the opposition side “entering the game with an objective that is not to play football.”  22/06/2015 Dani Alves also defended Neymar’s decision to leave the team after it was decided there would be no appeal against his ban.  It’s not just Neymar, but also Brazil who have been made to pay, Alves opined: “We have lost our reference,” continued the man who is having an excellent Copa America. “He is our leader and he can unbalance the other team. Football’s much better without these incidents. The beauty of this sport in the great plays, the great players and the fans don’t come for controversy.”  He also complained that the sanction dished out to Neymar is not fair. “It’s too much for what he has done,” he added. “With another player there would not have been the same repercussions. Everyone can draw their own conclusions, but the ban is exaggerated because it is [Neymar].”  Better on holiday Dani Alves has been by Neymar’s side during his most difficult moment of the season, following the four game ban which leaves him out of Brazil’s Copa America bid. “I’ve told him to be quite and to learn from his mistakes,” Alves said in Santiago, Chile. “Because, in the end, the injured one in this situation is him.” center_img Neymar has been a victim of being targetted on the pitch, Alves went onto say: “Ney only wants to play football, not to kick anyone,” the Barcelona right-back continued. “He does nothing, he’s a player who gets kicked around. Other players try to provoke him and in the end they managed it.”  Upd. on 22/11/2016 at 03:06 CET Joaquim Piera Thiago Silva agreed with Alves: “Neymar has to go on holiday and enjoy a rest. Life throws up these situations and you have to take them on.” “It would be selfish on our part to keep him in Chile without playing. We are all humans and we have feelings, even if people sometimes think that is not the case with football players,” the Barça defender said. “It’s better that he begins his holidays, relaxes in his head so that he can be our reference again in the future.” last_img read more

The Arsenal globetrotters

first_img Upd. on 29/07/2017 at 04:01 CEST 28/07/2017 El trotamundos Arsenal Brian Owen The clubs that complain most about fixture congestion and tiredness during the season don’t stop crisscrossing the globe. Arsenal is the winner of this curious competition, accumulating more than 25,000 kilometres in pre-season, as a result of the foreign tours that are now almost an obligation due to the money received from foreign TV rights.center_img @Brian__Owen IN SPORT.ES Of course, money can’t always get everything. Brighton rejected an offer of more than a million dollars to cross the Atlantic because the manager, Chris Hughton, said it would not be the best preparation for the club’s first season in the Premier League. That’s why Bruno Saltor et al will be playing in Palamos in a few days, and not in ‘Mickey Mouse football’ in the US.last_img read more

Alvaro Morata making Spain coach Julen Lopetegui’s life hard

first_img Julen Lopetegui’s Spain squad to face Germany and Argentina IN SPORT.ES Upd. at 14:23 Roger Mitats CET On Morata he said: “He’s almost always been with us but he’s had a serious of physical problems and inactivity. I’m sure he’ll have a good finish to the season with Chelsea, he still has his chances intact of coming to the World Cup.” On Marcos Alonso and Parejo: “We understood that this was the right moment for them to come, for their form and the situation and the context of the rest of the players in these positions. It’s a good moment to see them, train with them and get to know them more directly.” 16/03/2018 Álvaro Morata le complica la vida a Lopetegui RELATED STORIES Spain coach Julen Lopetegui published his squad list for the friendlies against Argentina anf Germany on Friday.last_img read more

Juanfran is a doubt for Barcelona clash after calf problem

first_imgAtletico Madrid defender Juanfran Torres may miss the clash with Barcelona on Saturday at the Wanda Metropolitano, after he was diagnosed with a small injury in his calf on Thursday. Diego Godin and Jose Maria Gimenez are also set to miss the game, but Lucas Hernandez will be fit. Correa and Griezmann return for Atletico ahead of Barça clash 22/11/2018 EFE/Sport EN IN SPORT.ES The right-back finished the training session with some pain and so he took a scan, which highlighted the problem. If Juanfran doesn’t make it then Santiago Arias will likely take his place. RELATED STORIES Juanfran es duda para el Barcelona por una lesión en el gemelo CET Upd. at 21:27 last_img read more

Jugones: “Brahim Díaz was a Barça fan and his idol was Messi”

first_img Although Real Madrid have snapped up the Spanish youngster, a video has emerged which shows that Diaz hasn’t been a Los Blancos supporter all his life. Brahim, in an interview he gave at the age of 12, admitted that his favourite team was FC Barcelona and that his footballing idol was Messi. It’s unknown whether the player still feels the same way about Madrid’s rivals now. What’s clear is the video is unlikely to sit well with the supporters at his new club. IN SPORT.ES 08/01/2019 Brahim Díaz was presented as a Real Madrid player yesterday after the club decided to pay Manchester City €17m – plus a further €7m in variables – for his services. The 19-year-old midfielder signed a six-and-a-half-year contract and has a buyout clause which is higher than both Isco’s and Asensio’s (€750m). Upd. on 09/01/2019 at 15:03 CET Jugones: “Brahim Díaz era del Barça y su ídolo era Messi” Juan Linares (@Jlinares91)last_img read more

Atletico Madrid eyeing move for Manchester City defender Otamendi

first_img For now, Otamendi has a deal at the Etihad Stadium until 2022, but Pep Guardiola’s admitted he’s not happy: “When he plays he’s happy, when he doesn’t, he’s not. But it’s not just Otamendi, it’s the same for all players. I don’t know what I can do. I am honest with myself and with my players.  03/05/2019 It will not be easy to bring Otamendi in from City, with a number of clubs keen on him and the Premier League side likely to demand a big fee.  Also keen on the City man are River Plate, West Ham and Valencia… Barça have even been linked in the past. It won’t be easy to get a deal done.  With Lucas Hernandez’s move to Bayern Munich confirmed and Diego Godin set to move to Inter, Atletico are obliged to move in the market.  IN SPORT.ES Another problem for Atletico is finances. City signed Otamendi for 45 million euros and when he renewed his deal in Manchester he became one of the best paid players in the Premier League. Atletico and the player would have to come to an agreement on his wages, therefore.  Lluís Bou El Atlético de Madrid se fija en Otamendi The first to arrive will be Felipe, the Porto centre-back who will cost 25 million euros. But despite that signing, the Rojiblanco will still need more bodies, which is where Otamendi, who previously played in Spain with Valencia, comes into the picture.  According to Diario AS, Andrea Berta, Atletico’s sporting director, has already began talks with the player’s agent, Jorge Mendes.  Upd. at 21:47 Atletico Madrid need to strengthen in defence and Diego Simeone has asked for the signing of Manchester City and Argentine centre-back Nicolas Otamendi.  CEST “Of course, when he doesn’t play he isn’t happy. But we know we can count on Nico at any moment and in any situation because he is an incredible professional and is always readyy. I am delighted with him. I understand him but I can’t say anything else.”last_img read more

Boxing: Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury targeted for December 1st in Los Angeles

first_imgAdvertisement ps29NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs8ivpf0Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E71uu( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) al2raWould you ever consider trying this?😱cxsCan your students do this? 🌚1909nRoller skating! Powered by Firework The heavyweight showdown between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder is potentially expected to land at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. This news was first reported by Lance Pugmire of LA Times.Advertisement This is the biggest heavyweight fight in American soil since Wladimir Klitschko took on Bryant Jennings in 2015 at the Madison Square Garden in New York, where the Ukrainian legend won the fight via unanimous decision.Advertisement Initially, it was expected that the fight will land in either New York or Las Vegas but Barclays Center in New York already has a Michelle Obama speech scheduled for that night, while T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas is hosting a Justin Timberlake concert.Deontay Wilder is coming off of an impressive win over Luis Ortiz, where Wilder survived an onslaught from Ortiz but ultimately displayed his uncanny power late in the bout when he knocked out Ortiz in the tenth round.Advertisement Meanwhile, Tyson Fury is coming off of a dull win over Francesco Pianeta on the undercard of Carl Frampton and Luke Jackson.The fight is scheduled to land on Showtime PPV in US and BT sports PPV in the United Kingdom.Also Read-KSI vs Logan Paul sold almost as many PPVs as Jones vs Cormier 2! Advertisementlast_img read more

Vikas Krishnan to make his professional debut against Steven Andrade on Jan 18 at…

first_imgAdvertisement sntosNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs1pwzcWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E54( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 8rpWould you ever consider trying this?😱1jaCan your students do this? 🌚2ci7djbnRoller skating! Powered by Firework One of the best amateur boxers in India, Vikas Krishnan Yadav announced last year that he was turning pro and has signed with Top Rank Promotions with the legendary promoter Bob Arum.Advertisement He will make his debut against American Steven Andrade at the Turning Stone Casino in New York on Jan 18 in a six-rounder. He will fight in the Junior middleweight division.Vikas Krishnan has a terrific amateur pedigree, he won a gold medal at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics. He also won a gold medal in the Asian Games which took place in the same year in China in the lightweight category.Advertisement He has won a Bronze Medal at the 2014 Asian Games held at Incheon, South Korea.  In Asian games 2018, he won bronze. He had to withdraw because of a serious eye injury. He is the first Indian to win 3 medals in Asian games.Advertisement His opponent has a record of 3 wins and 3 losses but has both reach and height advantage over Krishnan.Junior Middleweight division is a very deep division and has fighters like Jaime Munguia, Jarrett Hurd, Erislandy Lara etc.“I was an amateur for a very long time, and the time was finally right to turn pro,” Vikas had stated after turning professional, a move that he had been planning for since 2016.Vikas is being trained by Olympic Silver medalist Shakur Stevenson’s grandfather Wali Moses. His fight will be streamed live on ESPN+ in the United States, but Indian broadcasters information hasn’t been released yet.ALSO READ:Brendan Schaub says Mayweather vs Nasukawa was Fake!! Advertisementlast_img read more