Solskjaer loads Pogba and does not bring him to Spain

Posted On May 14 2020 by

first_imgThe Frenchman had surgery on his ankle injury almost a month ago and is still working on his recovery. Solskjaer publicly estimated “three or four weeks off” but that of Lagny-sur-Marne has not appeared for a month and a half.Not being available to train with the rest of the first team, the Norwegian has decided to dispense with a Pogba that is practically unpublished this season. The United midfielder has played just eight games so far this season in which he has given two assists, both against Chelsea on the first day, and he has not completed a match since September 30, when he played 90 minutes against Arsenal. Paul seems to face his last season as a red devil with hardly any presence. The relationship between Paul Pogba and Manchester United is not going through its best moment. The great investment in Bruno Fernandes and the doubts that the Frenchman has been sowing about his future in Carrington have distanced the club from which he has been, objectively, his best player in recent years.According to the English press, the Frenchman would have already warned the dressing room that he will leave the club next summer and the Manchester entity also gives signs that invite him to think that it will be so. During the winter break, United will make a stage in Marbella to prepare the second half of the season for Solskjaer has decided that Paul Pogba does not come.last_img read more


X-ray of the coronavirus: this affects Spanish footballers in Asia

Posted On May 14 2020 by

first_imgSpaniards competing in the United Arab Emirates, up to 18, experience the coronavirus crisis with relative normality. There have only been 48 cases detected, but “colleges and universities remain closed until further notice”, reveals Beto Cabot, technical director of Al Ain grassroots: “In Emirates they have published a series of rules because the simple act of greeting implies a lot of contact“Football in lower categories has been canceled or is played behind closed doors. Like the UAE League (First Division). Without going any further, the Dubai derby between the Shabab Al Ahli by Pedro Conde and the Al Nasr by Álvaro Negredo It was played without an audience.The ‘normality’ they enjoy in the United Arab Emirates is what the Spaniards crave (11) competing in the First Division of Hong Kong, where although one of the cups has been disputed it has been done in training camps “because the Government closed the stadiums, “reveals Manuel Bleda, forward of the Kitchee. The city-state, which already suffered alterations in its football due to the diplomatic conflict with China, managed to halt the advance of the coronavirus – it borders China and only has 108 cases – and will resume the league in the next few hours. It will be done, yes, behind closed doors and with restrictions. “We will not be able to use the showers in the changing rooms”, discovers Kitchee captain Dani Cancela. Luisma Hernandez Playing if public, as in Hong Kong, is one of the options that the Malaysian Federation is considering, where the local competition has not yet been affected by COVID-19 despite the fact that 83 contagions have been made public. “A meeting is scheduled next week and everything indicates that they will suspend the Super League,” predicts Jorge Álvarez, physical trainer of Johor FC.China, South Korea and Iran, big bulbsAs the focus of the coronavirus, China was the first Asian country to paralyze its competition. Soccer there is nonexistent and even there are teams that gave vacations to their players. This is the case of the Qingdao Huanghai directed by Juan Manuel Lillo. “We do not know when we will train again,” reveals Yaki Yen. The Asian giant, however, has been able to stop the spread of the virus and it is planned that the Super League can start on April 12. Due to the veto that some countries imposed on Chinese citizens, only Jonathan Viera’s Beijing Guoan has been able to debut in the Champions League, a competition that has also suffered a lot of delays in recent weeks. Daegu, where almost 5,000 cases have been detected, is “everything is nerves and uncertainty”center_img The new coronavirus, COVID-19, has already infected more than 100,000 people worldwide and its threat is affecting football. Europe has got to work – Champions League, Europa League or Serie A matches will be played behind closed doors – but it is in Asia, a continent with greater deficits in organization and hygiene, where more measures are being taken to prevent the spread of the virus.Almost 300 Spaniards are dedicated to professional football in the most populous continent on Earth and there are few who are developing their profession with total normality these days. In Saudi Arabia, where so far only five cases of coronavirus have been detected, “everything is developing normally,” he reveals Josep Cifré, development director at Al Hilal, although “the possibility of playing matches behind closed doors is already being studied if the spread increases.” Nor has the First Division of Oman suffered any alteration, where four Spaniards compete. “At the airport they make you fill out a series of documents to know where you come from or where you are going. Life and football continue normally,” he discovers Carlos Jimenez, physical trainer of Al Orouba. In the country 16 cases of contagion have been made public.Similarly, the Qatar Stars League remains unchanged, where Xavi and Gabi’s Al Sadd is still seven points behind the lead in the absence of six days, and the Indian Super League, which is in full semifinals for the championship. “There is no social or media alarm here like in Europe. But it is a huge country, with a huge population and organizational and hygiene needs. Now there are only 31 cases, but I would not be surprised if the number of patients increased in the coming days“, values ​​the Catalan coach Carles Cuadrat, who struggles to win back the title with Bengaluru. Fran González, who competes in the I-League with Mohun Bagan, says that in India” they have enough to survive many other things to worry about coronavirus. “Nor is it expected that the planned date for the start of the First Division of the Philippines will suffer any change, where Bienve Marañón and Manu Herrera will defend the title with Ceres Negros. The Bangladeshi gold category, where the Vigo Oscar Bruzon directs Bashundara Kings, also persists smoothly. Like the C-League of Cambodia. There, as in Bangladesh, there are no active cases “because the population reacted and was very cautious from the start,” says Oriol Mohedano, coach of Angkor Tiger. “We do not rule out that the competition ends up being suspended because the surrounding countries have done so,” adds the Catalan. In Indonesia, on the other hand, “the suspension of some parties in which a high risk of contagion has been identified as the Persija Jakarta-Persebaya”, details Rafael Berges, coach of the Badak Lampung.The measures of the government of the Arab Emirates to prevent contagion The second country with the most cases of coronavirus, 7,000, is South Korea. 5,000 have been detected only in the city of Daegu, where the Luisma Hernandez He works as an analyst at Daegu FC, K-League (First Division), and coach of the reserve team. “The city has become a place of nerves and uncertainty,” discovers the canary, which only goes out “in specific cases.” “All the soccer in the country is paralyzed. Our team is being held at the club’s facilities, training both in the gym and in the field but with many precautions. We check the symptoms at each meal and try to empathize because it is a very stressful situation“adds Luisma.The third most affected country (about 5,000 cases) is Iran, where there are no Spanish soccer players but three technicians. Pepe Losada, physical trainer at Gol Gohar, says that the coronavirus “is wreaking havoc” in that territory. The Federation ordered to play the last day behind closed doors, but last Wednesday announced the suspension of the championship and its resumption next April. “We have given the players five days off and then we will resume training,” says Losada, who avoids leaving home unless it is “strictly necessary.”Japan, Kuwait or Thailand, in pauseThe J-League, where a coach and three Spanish soccer players compete this season, only managed to play one day before the suspension. Elite football is expected to return to Japan on March 15, although the matches will be played, almost certainly, behind closed doors. The Second Division was also interrupted. Juanma Delgado, forward of Avispa Fukuoka, believes that “there are many hoaxes and the coronavirus is being given too much hype” His team trains “normally” and disputes friendly “not to lose form.” Mila Martínez, coach of Suzuka Unlimited, Fourth Division, thinks that “everything will be paralyzed to prioritize the celebration of the Olympic Games“.Nor will there be football in March in Kuwait, where eight Spaniards compete and so far 58 cases of coronavirus have been detected. Xavi Torres, player of Al Arabi, reveals that the Federation Cup dispute is planned, where his team is one match away from reaching the semifinals. Pablo Franco, coach of Al Qadsia, discovers that both he and his Spanish coaching staff are living a normal life. “The disease is raging, but we are calm. We go outside, we train … We wash our hands more regularly, yes.” “There are options for the season to end after the contracts expire. Matches could also be played every two or three days, but neither the country nor the players are prepared for that. Above is Ramadan … The quilombo that is mounted is spectacular, “completes the Madrid.Soccer has also been suspended in Thailand, where there are only 50 cases but precautions have been taken. “A boy who had previous pathologies died. In Thailand everything is quite controlled. We continue to train, although without competing,” says David Rochela, captain of Port FC. More complicated is the situation in Lebanon, where the league has been paralyzed since last October due to internal problems in the country. “Since the first contagions were made public, several parents preferred that their children not do sports activities,” he discovers. Daniel Gimenez, Al Ahed analyst, current AFC Cup champion, and director of the Beirut Sports Club academy. “This week we received a ‘suggestion’ from the Ministry of Sports to suspend all sporting activity. Our next AFC Cup match has also been postponed,” he says.last_img read more


Tough Warays bare fangs

Posted On Jan 18 2020 by

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Soon to rise: World-class training complex Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Jovielyn Prado unloaded 18 points as Tacloban drubbed Adamson-Akari, 25-21, 25-12, 25-22, on Sunday for its second win in a row in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.Of her game-high output, the underrated smasher from NCAA champion team Arellano University spiked 15 and kill-blocked three, aside from making 10 excellent digs for the Fighting Warays.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Heather Guino-o and Mary Anne Esguerra added 13 and 10 points, respectively, for the Fighting Warays.Adamson put up a semblance of a fight late in the third when it led, 21-19, only to be met by Tacloban’s fiery 6-1 finish.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tacloban coach Nes Pamilar said the Fighting Warays are slowly getting used to his system.“We are practicing defense for the last two days, hopefully we continue to improve because our defensive lapses are our main concern,” said Pamilar.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissIndeed, Tacloban made things miserable for Adamson at the net, scoring 11 points off kill-blocks in the Lady Falcons’ maiden match of the conference.“Hopefully next time we fix our floor defense,” added Pamilar. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View commentslast_img read more


China, South Korea, Iran open Asian Cup with victories

Posted On Jan 18 2020 by

first_imgLATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college But five minutes into the second half, Kyrgyzstan goalkeeper Pavel Matiash jumped to handle what seemed to be an easy catch following a corner kick. He was under no pressure with two of his teammates around him, but the ball went into the net off his gloves.Yu Dabao then angled in a left-footer in the 78th minute to ensure the fourth straight victory for China in its Asian Cup opening game and improve its record against Kyrgyzstan to 3-0.A runner-up in 1984 and 2004, China faces the Philippines and South Korea in its remaining group games.In Dubai, the Philippines had only 18 percent possession against the 2015 Asian Cup runner-up but managed to hold firm until the 67th minute.With forward Son Heung-min absent, Hwang Ui-jo scored the lone goal for South Korea.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 The in-form Son is still with his Tottenham club for one more English Premier League match against Manchester United on Sunday before joining South Korea. He could be away for up to five of Tottenham’s matches in all competitions if South Korea reaches the final on Feb. 1 in Abu Dhabi.South Korea reached the final at the previous Asian Cup.In Abu Dhabi, two first-half goals from Mehdi Taremi helped Iran ease past Yemen.Iran is seeking a fourth title, with former Real Madrid and Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz in charge of Asia’s top-ranked team.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next South Korea’s forward Hwang Ui-Jo, center, celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the AFC Asian Cup group C soccer match between South Korea and Philippines at Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)AL AIN, United Arab Emirates — With coach Marcello Lippi in charge and the team needing a bit of help from an own-goal, China came from behind to beat Kyrgyzstan 2-1 at the Asian Cup on Monday.Lippi, who won the World Cup with Italy in 2006, is trying to win another title in what is likely to be his last major tournament. But it won’t be easy in the United Arab Emirates.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Another coaching heavyweight, Sven-Goran Eriksson, lost his opening match of the Asian Cup when South Korea defeated the Philippines 1-0 in Dubai in the other Group C game.In Group D, another favorite, Iran, routed Yemen 5-0.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissChina entered the Asian Cup with one win in seven games, including draws against Palestine, India, and Bahrain. It didn’t look much better at the start of Monday’s match.Akhlidin Israilov gave Kyrgyzstan the lead with a low left-foot shot from outside the box just before halftime. Time to move on: Chris Tiu retires from basketball Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historylast_img read more


Manny Pacquiao arrives at MGM Grand for welterweight title defense

Posted On Jan 18 2020 by

first_imgFilipinos winless in Pacquiao-Broner undercard as Jayar Inson drops split decision In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next .@mannypacquiao has arrived for fight night 👊 #PacBroner: https://t.co/nCQBGqUid3 pic.twitter.com/FxjlSaeaPQ— SHOWTIME SPORTS (@SHOsports) January 20, 2019Boxing’s only eight-division world champion arrived during the featherweight fight between Hugo Ruiz and Alberto Guevara. He is fighting in the US for the first time in two years.ADVERTISEMENT 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 .@mannypacquiao arrives for his return to Las Vegas for #PacBroner! pic.twitter.com/vlWxLDvPeS— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) January 20, 2019MANILA, Philippines—Manny Pacquiao has arrived at MGM Grand Las Vegas ahead of his title defense against American Adrien Broner Sunday (Manila time).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsPacquiao (60-7-2) will defend his WBA World welterweight title for the first time after he took the strap from Lucas Matthysse via seventh round technical knockout on July 15, 2018 in Kuala Lumpur.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Wife Jinkee accompanied Pacquiao to the venue.For #PacBroner updates, visit The Pacquiao Files.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more


Georgetown: “the City of dreamers”

Posted On Jan 17 2020 by

first_imgDear Editor,In the United States, the City of Philadelphia is known as ‘the City of Brotherly Love’ whilst in France, Paris is known as the ‘City of Lights’. Here in Guyana, Georgetown should probably be known as ‘the City of Dreamers’.Driving along North Road or Church Street, one is forced to view the abandoned and ill-advised Presidential Park and the area identified for a proposed ‘Petting Zoo’, both of which represent a wanton waste of the Georgetown municipality’s’ supposedly scarce financial resources.One can no doubt recall the grandiose plans by the now on leave Town Clerk for the construction of a modern and fancy three-storied shopping mall with special entertainment facilities at the new vendors mall and a similar edifice with parking facilities for farmers, wholesalers and other merchants at Bourda Green as part of wider plans to solve the vending crisis in Georgetown. Of course, just another ‘pie in the sky’ idea.Then they were the impressive plans to establish a municipal training academy, which we were told will offer training to all officers through the Human Resource Department of City Hall. It was supposed to aid in alleviating the lack of professionalism and build stronger departmental arrangements within the institution. Well one just has to look at the dilapidated and decrepit City Police Training Centre on Water Street (the former House Service Department Building) to understand where this grand plan is going. As they say, talk is cheap, there is no reward for impractical wishes.Quite recently, the Mayor launched a fund to restore the iconic but derelict City Hall building, which is supposed to cost almost a billion dollars and managed by a special civic committee and which should have included corporate leaders, investors and other stakeholders from civil society. Well the Mayor has less than a month more in office, chunks of the building continue to fall off, and we hear nothing more of this special fund in spite of a high-priced mayoral dinner being held recently for this purpose.The clock on Stabroek Market was to be restored and reactivated, the area in front of the Stabroek Market was to be transformed into a civic square to be used as a place of recreation for citizens, the Kitty Market which was to be completed more than two years ago was to have air conditioning units, extractor fans and other means of ventilation, the meat and fish section of the market was to have refrigeration facilities, so as to meet public health standards, all just a sick joke.Now we learn of a proposal by City Hall to introduce a 24-hour garbage collection system within the commercial district of the city. If they can’t pay the contractors for an eight-hour service, could someone say where they will get the cash from to pay them to work 24 hours a day?Sincerely,Anu Biharilast_img read more


Massaquoi Warns Violators of “Harsh Treatment” under State of Emergency

Posted On Jan 14 2020 by

first_imgPolice Inspector General Chris Massaquoi has warned the public of more rigid security measures on the part of the police in the wake of the declaration of a “State of Emergency.”Addressing a news conference in Monrovia on Monday, the police authority warned the public against staging protests and setting up road blocks in the streets.“The police will react differently in this period to deal with any persons wanting to cause problems in the streets. Protest on streets corners about bodies in the streets on Ebola-related matters must be stopped. Those caught in such practices, when arrested, will be dealt with harshly.“The President said in her address that certain rights will be suspended and we ask the public to take notice,” Director Massaquoi asserted.In recent times, the Police have received and responded to several reports of mob violence in and around Monrovia and elsewhere in the country. To date, the Police have rescued five accused persons from such incidents. In perpetrating this mob violence, roadblocks are erected, which obstruct the free flow of traffic, including ambulances taking Ebola suspects and other patients to the Hospital.In order to combat and contain the public menace, and in the face of the escalation of the Ebola causatives, the Police announced that it has developed a special operational plan codenamed “Operation Rescue 1 & 2,”  whose functions are: (a) to provide protection for health workers and ambulances going to collect patients and dead bodies; (b) to protect the Ministry of Health cremation team; and (c) Containment: to erect necessary barricades (roadblocks) and checkpoints restricting movements (human and vehicular) to communities declared Ebola-infected.Commenting on allegation of poisoning wells and other water sources in the country, Director Massaquoi stated that evidences gathered by the police established that there has been no case of poisoning in the four incidents investigated by police.Making a direct reference to a particular situation in Kpor Town, Margibi County,  Director Massaquoi indicated that Edwin Dagbe, aged 27,  was arrested and later transferred to the RIA Police detail for safety reasons. According to the police chief, water samples tested showed  that “it lacked information on the percentage of concentration of formaldehyde which would render the water either contaminated (poisoned) or not.It also showed that the water taken from this well had a pH of 6.52 at 24.4 degree centigrade, while normal water pH is reported to be between  6.5 to 8.5.”“The test further revealed that aldehyde (an element of formaldehyde) is usually found in water sources closer to swamps and sandy areas.“Also, the test results indicated that all water has its own chemical substances; these substances were,  however, not mentioned.Finally, the test results also mentioned a low concentration of aldehyde,  thereby rendering the water nonlethal and harmless for human consumption.”The Police Chief concluded,  “We did not have sufficient evidence to support the suspicion of the community dwellers that Mr. Dagbe attempted to poison or contaminate their well.”No mention was made, however, of the Schieffelin incident or the New Georgia incident or any others around the country. Besides, the fact that Mr. Dagbe did not succeed in poisoning the well does not mean he did not attempt it.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Some United players were hiding, says Lukaku

Posted On Jan 10 2020 by

first_imgUnited’s Belgian star was disappointed with the unexpected defeat at Old Trafford and made it clear he wasn’t impressed by the lack of conviction some of his teammates showed.“Something was wrong with some players, some players were hiding,” Lukaku told BT Sport.“I think we started the game well, but then we let them get a bit of control in the game. We had a few half-chances but we didn’t score.“Then they scored the first goal and from that moment on we tried to chase the game. Then they scored the second one which was a big blow. At the end we kept pushing, but it was not enough.“We should have done much better today because with the quality that we have in the team, I think we should have gone through. But we didn’t deserve it because we weren’t good enough.“We should have scored earlier, I think maybe in the first half with the half-chances that we created. The last pass today was not good enough – we always get in the right position but the last pass to each other was not good enough and I think that’s what killed us today.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000United’s Belgian star was disappointed with the unexpected defeat at Old Trafford and made it clear he wasn’t impressed by the lack of conviction some of his teammates showed.MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Mar 14 – Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku claims some of his teammates seemed to be hiding during the 2-1 UEFA Champions League defeat to Sevilla on Tuesday.The Red Devils were knocked out of the Champions League 2-1 on aggregate at the last-16 stage after a brace from Wissam Ben Yedder put the visitors two goals clear in the second leg, before a consolation goal from Lukaku.last_img read more


You won’t believe who is number one! The Premier League’s most accurate passers this season

Posted On Jan 3 2020 by

first_img 10 10 4. Martin Skrtel – 90.42 per-cent completion rate – Click the arrow to see who is number one – The heartbeat of Liverpool’s constantly shifting backline, Skrtel has been a constant for boss Brendan Rodgers and we can see why. Not only an experienced defender, Skrtel is perhaps better with the ball at his feet than people give him credit for – even if a lot of his passes are sideways. 10 9. John Terry – 89.44 per-cent completion rate – Click the arrow to see who is number one – The evergreen John Terry remains a calming influence at the heart of Chelsea’s defence and is a major reason for their solid backline. The Blues’ captain has also played a role in possession retention, completing over 89 per-cent of his passes. 10. Antonio Valencia – 89.30 per-cent completion rate – Click the arrow to see who is number one – To kick things off is Manchester United’s Antonio Valencia. The Ecuador international has become a regular fixture in the Red Devils’ starting XI, operating primarily as a full-back or wing-back. As such, he has seen a lot of the ball this season, resulting in a lot of passes. 6. Juan Mata – 89.65 per-cent completion rate – Click the arrow to see who is number one – The Spaniard is enjoying perhaps his best spell in a red shirt and with a pass completion rate of 89.65 per-cent, we can see why. 10 7. Ki Sung-yueng – 89.57 per-cent completion rate– Click the arrow to see who is number one – Arguably one of Swansea’s unsung heroes this season, Ki has certainly done a job for the Welsh club. A largely unassuming figure, he has played a role in chance creation and ball retention. 3. Fernando – 91.37 per-cent completion rate – Click the arrow to see who is number one – Fernando has faced criticism for his performances at times this season, but one area that cannot be brought into question is his ball retention. The Man City midfielder boasts a very good pass completion rate of over 91 per-cent. 10 10 8. Morgan Schneiderlin – 89.51 per-cent completion rate – Click the arrow to see who is number one – The Southampton star remains one of the most sought-after midfielders in the Premier League and with overall passing statistics of 89.51 per-cent completion rate it’s proof that he isn’t just a tough-tackling bruiser. 5. Samir Nasri – 90.09 per-cent completion rate – Click the arrow to see who is number one – It’s difficult to stand out in a team full of stars, so it says quite a bit about Samir Nasri’s ability and character that he features so prominently in this particular list. 2. John Stones – 91.55 per-cent completion rate – Click the arrow to see who is number one – Without a doubt one of the finest, young defenders in English football, it’s easy to see why so many people rave about John Stones. One facet of his game that stands out is his passing ability, with the Everton star successfully completing 91.55 per-cent of his passes this season. 10 10 You’ve got to have the ball to score goals, so ball retention is incredibly important to the modern game.But which Premier League players are the best at keeping it? We decided to find out by consulting Opta’s player performance index to pick out the 10 most accurate passers in the top flight this season.To ensure a fair result, we only include players to have made a minimum of 500 passes.Click the arrow to see who is number one… 10 10 1. Mathieu Flamini – 91.71 per-cent completion rate – Perhaps a huge surprise at number one in the shape of Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini. The Frenchman may have lost his place in the first team to Francis Coquelin, but as can be seen here, whenever he does feature, his passing is exemplary.last_img read more


HUNDREDS TAKING PART IN THE PRIMARY SCHOOLS SPORTS FINALS AT FINN VALLEY

Posted On Dec 25 2019 by

first_imgHUNDREDS of children will descend on the superb facilities at Finn Valley AC in Stranorlar today for the annual Primary School sports finals.It’s an 11 am sharp start and with a varied programme and it will no doubt attract a massive crowd to what has become an annual festival of athletics with running, jumping and throwing and with age range 7 to 12 a lot of action is assured.The event kicked off some 42 years ago at Mac Cumhaill Park Ballybofey and has become an intregal aspect of the Summer term in our schools from Malin to Bundoran. The majority of athletes that have achieved not only in athletics but in other sporting disciplines can trace their steps back to this event.“It’s about getting primary school children involved, giving them the opportunity to sample an aspect of the sport – an educational opportunity in reality every bit as important as many of the mainstream subjects at school from a learning, social and health perspective,” said Irish Olympic team manager Patsy McGonagle who in fact initiated this project all those years ago.All schools in Donegal have been communicated with and its anticipated that some 80/90 of them will respond.Good luck to everyone taking part. Order of Events 2012HeatsLong Jump60 metresBorn 20051Born 2000Pits (A&B)60 metresBorn 20042Born 2002Pits (A&B)80 metresBorn 20033Born 2001Pits (A&B)80 metresBorn 20024Born 2003Pits (A&B)100 metresBorn 2001100 metresBorn 2000High Jump100 metresBorn 19991Born 2003Girls100 metresBorn 20042Born 2003Boys3Born 2000BoysFinals of Above4Born 2000Girls5Born 2001Girls6Born 2001Boys300 metresBorn 20037Born 2002Girls600 metresBorn 20028Born 2002Boys600 metresBorn 2001800 metresBorn 2000Shot800 metresBorn 1999RelayBorn 2002/031Born 1999/2000BoysRelayBorn 2000/012Born 1999/2000Girls3Born 2001Boys4Born 2001GirlsThrowing Sliothar1Born 2000Boys2Born 2000Girls3Born 2001Boys4Born 2001Girls  HUNDREDS TAKING PART IN THE PRIMARY SCHOOLS SPORTS FINALS AT FINN VALLEY was last modified: May 30th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:HUNDREDS TAKING PART IN THE PRIMARY SCHOOLS SPORTS FINALS AT FINN VALLEYlast_img read more