Diego Lopez could take Victor Valdes’ Monaco place

first_img 18/07/2014 Lopez has a contract until 2017 but is considering leaving the Santiago Bernabeu.  Upd. at 19:27 CEST Navas’ arrival makes things more difficult for both Lopez and Casillas. J.M.D. His destination could be Monaco, which is where Victor Valdes was going to go before he suffered his injury last season. center_img Casillas played in and won the Champions League and Copa del Rey last season, with Lopez on the bench. That could be solved by Diego Lopez heading to the exit and moving to Monaco, as part of the deal for James Rodriguez. Lopez has been the first choice goalkeeper over Iker Casillas in La Liga games, even though the latter is an institution. The imminent arrival of Keylor Navas at Real Madrid means there are now too many goalkeepers in Carlo Ancelotti’s dressing room. Real Madrid are determined to sign Rodriguez, the young Colombian who took the football world by storm at the World Cup.last_img read more

Real Madrid target Porto left-back Miguel Layun for next season

first_imgOne of Real Madrid’s priorities for next season is to sign a left-back. Rafa Benitez requested the signing of one last season, as the squad only has Marcelo, but Florentino Perez refused to bring in a back-up.  31/03/2016 Both Portuguese and Mexican media have reported that the club are interested in signing Mexican international Miguel Layun, a Watford full-back who is having an excellent season on loan at Porto. He has scored three goals and laid on 18 assists, demonstrating his excellent attacking ability.  Layun belongs to Premier League club Watford, but Porto have an option to buy him for six million euros in the summer. They could sign him, though, and then sell him to Real Madrid, making an immediate profit.  Lluis Miguelsanz Wolfburg’s Ricardo Rodriguez has been ruled out, though, as the German club are asking for 25 million euros. Layun is a much more affordable option.center_img Real Madrid scouts have followed his evolution at Porto and his matches with Mexico and the reports are good. Los Blancos see him as an affordable option for the summer, even though the negotiations may be complicated. Madrid also have Bayer Leverkusen’s Wendell on their list of targets, who would cost 20 million euros.  Upd. at 13:13 CESTlast_img read more

Koeman explains how Cruyff made him look after Pep Guardiola

first_img He was asked to be room-mates with Pep and agreed, finding out that the young Guardiola was a down to earth chap.  “If the player was a talent and a good kid, I would help him. So he told me that from now on I was going to look after a boy called Pep. He told me I was going to be his tutor, help him develop and make sure he learns the Dutch style of playing. I then spent several years with Pep in hotel rooms before every game, every trip, in preseason, in Europe, you name it. “According to Cruyff this boy was very bright, he had a quick brain and he needed a more experienced player to look after him. I told him it was fine [to be room-mates]. El encargo de Cruyff a Koeman sobre Guardiola que cambió la historia 10/10/2016 Upd. on 27/10/2016 at 17:52 CEST “Pep was a fantastic guy. He was eager to learn, he wanted to know everything. Pep wanted to know about the Dutch school of football. More than any other player he wanted to know about one-touch football, about positional play, one touch in small spaces. He loved the way Cruyff wanted to play with Barcelona.center_img Alfonso Callejas Ronald Koeman told a story about himself and Pep Guardiola while they were at Barcelona, per The Mirror. IN SPORT.ES Koeman said: “Cruyff [Johan, then Barcelona manager] had seen this young player in the academy, seen him develop into a decent player in the reserves and he thought the time was there to draft him into the first-team squad. “But what struck me with Pep was that he was a very ordinary, down-to-earth guy. He never had arrogant streaks. He did not behave like a star because he was playing for Barcelona, he was driving a second-hand Golf when he came in the squad and after three years in the first team, he was still driving the same car.”last_img read more

Star: Hector Bellerin prefers a Man City move to Barcelona

first_img 27/02/2017 There are two teams following him extremely closely – FC Barcelona and Manchester City. And according to the report, Bellerin has told those close to him that he would prefer to move to Manchester City than his former side. He is happy in the Premier League, and moving to Barcelona would bring much more pressure – he would have to avoid being another Cesc case.  IN SPORT.ES He recently renewed his contract until 2023, becoming one of the five best paid players in the squad. He left Barcelona at 16 to start his adventure in the Premier League, becoming a highly valued player in England. Despite his youth, he’s 21, he’s considered one of the best right-backs in Europe.  Sport EN Upd. at 17:42 Hector Bellerin, the impossible dream that escaped FC Barcelonacenter_img RELATED STORIES Daily Star: Bellerín prefiere el Manchester City al Barça CET After playing five years at Arsenal under Arsene Wenger, defendr Hector Bellerin is thinking about changing scene, per the Daily Star. Official: Hector Bellerin signs contract renewal with Arsenallast_img read more

World Cup: Qatar to use foreign police officers during 2022

first_img This has led to concerns that such scenes will be repeated at future tournaments. 05/11/2017 at 13:13 CET “We are the only country in the world who have 10 years to prepare for the World Cup.” “We are working with a lot of national, regional and international organisations, countries, agencies,” he said. Major Ali Mohammed Al-Ali, deputy executive director for security with the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, the body overseeing the tournament, also predicted that Qatar would deliver “the safest World Cup in the world”. Police officers from different countries will be on Qatar’s streets during the 2022 World Cup in an effort to prevent hooliganism, a senior security officer for the tournament has said. The security situation in the region added to current diplomatic tensions in the Gulf, which has seen Qatar politically isolated by neighbouring countries for the past five months, has also raised fears. However, Ali, speaking ahead of a “Major Events Security Conference” in Doha this week, said organisers were ready to provide a benchmark tournament. Asked if international police officers with experience of dealing with crowd trouble would be in Qatar to help with any potential problems, he told AFP: “For sure.” But Ali said he was hopeful that would not be the case in 2022. Fears about hooliganism at major tournaments have increased following trouble between English and Russian fans at the 2016 Euros in France. Officers will be drawn from those countries “that qualify” for 2022, added Ali. Qatar has previously said it will restrict the sale of alcohol during the World Cup and convene special courts for fans arrested during the tournament. Some 1.3 million fans are expected to visit Qatar — the first World Cup to be held in the Middle East — equivalent to half the country’s population. It will also be the most compact in the modern era with the majority of fans likely to stay in just one city, Doha, which could also present security problems. “We have prepared for everything and we are ready and it will be the most safe and secure World Cup,” he said.last_img read more

Valverde, Umtiti and Cillessen, guests of honour at the Mini Estadi

first_img Valverde and Umtiti said they would do what they could to make it to the game and followed through on that. The caoch back in the day helped set up the Athletic Bilbao womens’ team. Umtiti, meanwhile, was interested in the women’s team while at Lyon and watched his compatriots in action. They and Cillessen watched in the presidential box with Josep Maria Martomeu.  Barcelona’s womens’ team had three big names watching on from the stand as they faced Olympic Lyon – Ernesto Valverde, Samuel Umtiti and Jasper Cillessen. The coach and two first team players watched the second leg of the women’s Champions League and showed that the womens side of the game is being backed increasingly by the club. Upd. at 21:52 RECORD ATTENDANCE Miki Soria CEST Miki Soria @mikisoria 28/03/2018 @mikisoria IN SPORT.ES Umtiti coincidió en el palco del Mini con Bartomeu There were 12.178 fans at the game, which was a new record for a womens match, beating the 10,352 last season for Barca-PSG in the semi-finals. However although tickets were free, the Mini was not filled up to see Barca face the best womens’ team in Europe.last_img read more

Coutinho’s strike not enough for Brazil to see off Switzerland

first_img Sommer, Lichtsteiner,Schär, Akanji, Rodríguez; Behrami (Zakaria, 71′) , Džemaili, Zuber, Shaqiri, Xhaka; Seferovic (Embolo 80′). Árbitro Upd. on 18/06/2018 at 22:00 CEST However there was no sense of urgency from Brazil to try and increase their lead and as such, kill off Switzerland’s hopes of a comeback. El obús de Coutinho, demasiado poco para superar a Suiza Suiza 1-1 Brasil MATCH FACTS Mundial. Grupo E 17/06/2018 Incidencias Brazil finally took the lead through the man which replaced Neymar at Barcelona, Philippe Coutinho. Cutting in from the left hand side and with yards of space in front of him, we all knew what was coming. Coutinho has become a master of producing powerful, curling efforts which leave the goalkeeper stranded and this was no difference. Sommer had no chance of stopping it. Brazil were finally ahead. The tempo dropped after that opening period but Brazil were still the most dangerous looking team. Similar to Lionel Messi with Argentina, it was clear that Brazil were constantly looking to find Neymar and let the PSG wide man terrorise the poor soul in charge of keeping him quiet. Unfortunately for the floppy-haired superstar, Switzerland knew exactly how to deal with his wizardry: kick him. Brasil It takes a special kind of character to respond after a 7-1 humiliation in front of your home fans at the last tournament, so that was probably why Brazil came flying out of the blocks against Switzerland. The opening ten minutes or so was a blur of yellow shirts swarming over their opponents, refusing to let them breathe let alone touch the ball. The Swiss probably thought it was going to be a long, long night.center_img 1-0 M. 20 Philippe Coutinho; 1-1 M. 50 Zuber. In the dying moments chances fell Brazil’s way. One effort was spurned by Coutinho as he couldn’t direct his volley on target. The other, perhaps the best of the night, fell to Miranda but the defender could only look on in horror as his effort took a slight deflection and rolled wide of the post. Goles César Ramos (México). T.A.; Casemiro (47′) / Lichtsteiner (30′), Schaer (65), Behrami (68′) IN SPORT.ES After a fantastic qualifying campaign the World was told to watch out for Brazil in Russia, but in the end there wasn’t anything special on show as the Samba boys could only draw with Switzerland. Alisson, Danilo, Miranda, Thiago Silva, Marcelo; Casemiro (Fernandinho 60′), Paulinho (Renato Augusto 67), Philippe Coutinho; Willian, Neymar Jr., Gabriel Jesus (Firmino 79′). That calmness followed Brazil out at the start of the second half. The Swiss were ready to have a go themselves and earned a corner. It was floated into the box by Xherdan Shaqiri and up rose Steven Zuber like a salmon to nod home the equaliser. The marking was extremely slack but on second view, there was a slight push by Zuber on Joao Miranda which escaped the official’s view. They didn’t call for VAR and the goal stood and Brazil had it all to do again. The tempo picked up again but Brazil were finding Switzerland tough to break down. Valon Behrami was doing a fantastic job at shutting down Neymar’s influence on proceedings. This saw Brazil’s star man reduced to largely looking for freekicks and yellow cards for his opponents rather than threatening to score himself. At one point he was wincing after taking a whack on his ankle but he managed to shake it off. Suiza With Switzerland being forced back it was allowing Brazil lots of time to work space around the penalty area. Phillipe Coutinho and Neymar combined down the left hand side before the latter’s cross was sent fizzing into the box. An unfortunate ricochet saw the ball land at Paulinho’s feet and from five yards it appeared to be a certain goal. Instead Yann Sommer got a hand on it to deflect the effort wide. A let off for the Swiss. Brazil join the likes of Argentina and Germany by having an underwhelming start to the competition. At this stage, nothing is unsalvageable, but improvement is needed if they have aspirations of winning the greatest prize in world football. Rostov Arena (Rostov). 43.109 espectadoreslast_img read more

Valverde is a candidate for ‘The Best’ Coach 2018

first_img Valverde, candidato al The Best 2018 Barcelona’s first team coach Ernesto Valverde has been named as one of candidates in FIFA’s ‘The Best’ Coach category. Last season Barça won a LaLiga and the Copa del Rey double. He’s joined on the shortlist alongside Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone and former Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane. RELATED STORIES CEST efe Upd. at 16:51 Alongside those three on the list are World Cup winning coach Didier Deshamps, Croatia’s Zlatko Dalic, Russia’s Stanislav Cherchesov, England’s Gareth Southgate and Belgium’s Roberto Martínez. They all make it after impressive campaigns for their respective nations at the World Cup. Pep Guardiola (Manchester City), Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus) and Jürgen Klopp (Liverpool) round off the choices. The 10 candidates for ‘The Best 2018’ will be revealed tomorrow From those eleven names, selected by a panel of experts, three finalists will be picked. Fans, journalists, national team coaches and national team captains will vote for who they believe was the best coach last year. The top three will appear at a show in London on the 24th September where the winner will receive his award. IN SPORT.ES 24/07/2018last_img read more

Ronaldo tries to recruit De Ligt after Nations League Final victory

first_imgAdvertisement 97a3NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsoy2fyWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eara( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3s5zWould you ever consider trying this?😱yuCan your students do this? 🌚0isRoller skating! Powered by Firework Cristiano Ronaldo added to his dazzling collection of silverwares, the UEFA Nations League trophy on Sunday where he captained Portugal 1-0 victory over Netherlands in the final. Thats not the only important piece of work the superstar footballer put in that night. He gave Dutch defender and hot prospect De Ligt an advice to join Juventus.Advertisement De Ligt is the hottest footballing property in Europe and there isn’t one club who can afford him that haven’t tried to secure his services. While Juventus clearly aren’t favourites with Barcelona and Man United are going all out in the financial battle to sign the promising Dutch defender.Advertisement Mattjhis De Ligt told reporters after the game : “Cristiano Ronaldo asked me to join Juventus. I was slightly shocked by the question, this is why I was laughing. I hadn’t understood what he said originally. I was still thinking about the loss”De Ligt’s final decision should be unraveled in a few days time. His teammate Frenkie De Jong has been signed by Barcelona for 75M and De Ligt’s transfer is definitely set to make a global impact.Advertisement   Advertisementlast_img read more

Thomas Partey’s dad confirms Arsenal interest in Atletico midfielder

first_img IN SPORT.ES Óscar Cubero “I called my son after hearing the rumours and he told me that the rumours are true,” he told Tru FM’s ‘Sports World Show’. Arsenal’s interest in Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey is real, the player’s father has confirmed, with the two clubs in talks over a deal.  22/04/2020 Thomas has been linked with a move to the Premier League in recent months and his dad, Jacob, has now revealed there is some truth to the speculation.  El padre de Thomas admite contactos con el Arsenalcenter_img Thomas, 26, has a contract with Atletico until 2023 and his release clause is €50 million, which is affordable for most of the big Premier League sides. Upd. at 22:37 CEST “What they are discussing now is how Atletico will release him.” “He told me they are holding talks between him and Arsenal. It all depends on the offer Atletico are demanding. If he goes to Arsenal fine, they have a lot of supporters in Ghana. I will be happy if he decides to move to Arsenal.last_img read more