Celtic majority shareholder Dermot Desmond predicts creation of a British league

first_img Press Association But Desmond believes individual clubs will soon wield more power. The Irishman told STV: “Our concentration is to win the Scottish Premier League. As far as developing other leagues, I think technology is going to change and evolve how football is sold in the future. “Before it was a monopoly with either terrestrial TV or satellite TV, now everybody has the ability to broadcast their results and performances. “In the future I think there will be different types of negotiations between teams and leagues that will evolve into more competitive leagues in the British Isles. “I’m taking a 10-year view, what we see in the English Premiership today I don’t think will be around in 10 years’ time, I think there will be a British Premiership. “In Italy and in Spain you have the bigger clubs like Barcelona and Real Madrid who negotiate their own football contracts, because they are more advantageous to them. “I think that will happen in the UK with Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal and then I think they will institute a change in the structure of the league.” Ronny Deila believes Celtic should have the chance to play in a British league. Changes in broadcasting technology will lead to a British league, according to Celtic majority shareholder Dermot Desmond. The Hoops boss, speaking ahead of the Parkhead club’s Europa League home clash with Fenerbahce on Thursday night, said: “I think that (British league) could be possible. But it is not easy to do things very quickly in Britain. “It takes time but Celtic is a team that should have the opportunity to play in the best league. “Hopefully in the end we can get into the Premiership or a league that is more a British thing.” Talk of Celtic and Rangers moving into the English league has long been mooted but has never come close to happening, but Desmond claims top clubs south of the border will eventually engineer change. The Barclays Premier League has a £5.1billion television deal in place for the next three seasons while the Scottish league’s current deal is worth around £15million a year. last_img read more

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“Please calm down, keep supporting the team”- Karela United management to fans

first_imgThe management of Karela United has pleaded with the team’s fans for more calm and more support in the midst of a poor spell in the Ghana Premier League.The call comes after fans went to the team’s training grounds on Monday to demand the sacking of head coach, Enos Adepa, after their 1-0 loss Kotoko in Week 13 of the Ghana Premier League.Karerla fc supporters chase Head Coach Enos Adepa from training ground on the following reasons‘Adepa has no luck ‘‘Players dont have confidence in him’‘He doesn’t know how to write reports’‘Not on good terms with the players ‘says Karela supporters PRO -Isaac Mensah pic.twitter.com/31zDSACAAE— Sikka Sports (@SikkaSports895) March 9, 2020The loss was the 4th in their last 6 league matches.In that stretch, they scored only two goals which came from their 2-1 loss to Dwarfs and their 1-1 draw with Medeama.In addition to the poor results, the fans also complained that playing home matches away from the Cosby Awuah Memorial Park in Aiyinase was seriously affecting the fortunes of the team.Karela’s management addressed the issues laid out by the fans in a statement released on Monday.In the 14 weeks played so far, Karela have won two, drawn four and lost 7 and they are 17th on the Ghana Premier League table.They face Dreams (away), AshGold (home) and Aduana Stars (away) in their last three matches of the first round of the league.last_img read more

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NBA All-Star: Clippers’ J.J. Redick preparing for 3-point contest in a unique way

first_img“Last year I grabbed the balls from the wrong side, so I feel like I’m already ahead of where I was last year,” Redick said. “I’ll try to maintain somewhat of a routine that I would have if I was playing a game.”When Redick plays in a game, that usually means one thing: He will make outside shots with deadly accuracy. Redick has averaged a career-high 47.6 percent clip from 3-point range to help the Clippers (35-18) go 18-5 without Blake Griffin, who has an injured quadriceps and broken right hand, the latter ailment happening after punching team assistant equipment manager Matias Testi at a local restaurant here. But Redick could not stop Golden State’s Stephen Curry from winning last season’s contest for reasons beyond Curry seemingly making every shot he takes.Redick did not advance out of the first round amid two startling developments: A few of Redick’s shots did not count since he could not keep his feet behind the 3-point line.“I shot a lot of long twos last year,” Redick joked. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Redick also struggled transitioning from catch-and-shoot opportunities toward hoisting 3-pointers after grabbing the ball from the rack. “I didn’t really have an issue with the timing last year, it was more the rhythm,” Redick said. “Depending on which side of the rack you grab the ball from, your footwork is a little different.“Not that shooting 3s off a rack is an exact science or anything. Ultimately the ball just needs to go through the net.”And they need to go into the net more than Curry, Golden State’s Klay Thompson, Houston’s James Harden, Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton, Phoenix’s Devin Booker and Portland’s CJ McCollum will also be in the contest. Redick predicted Curry and Thompson will “shoot the ball really well and be relaxed.” Redick also considered Booker a “darkhorse.”“My stomach will be tight,” said Clippers guard Chris Paul, who will make his 10th All-Star appearance in Sunday’s game as a Western Conference reserve. “I’m going to be nervous for him. What makes J.J. such a great player is how competitive he is. He’s like me. We don’t just do anything for fun.”Hence, Redick’s in-depth preparation on how the rack and moneyballs could affect his performance. “The good thing about the three-point contest is no one’s guarding you,” Redick said. “So if I can kind of control the ball going through the basket and make close to 90 percent, I feel like I have a good chance.”Looking aheadRedick considered it a top priority for the Clippers to finish at least with the Western Conference’s fourth-best record. Then, the Clippers could have home-court advantage in the first round before possibly facing Golden State (48-4), San Antonio (45-8) or Oklahoma City (40-14) in the conference semifinals. “To beat any of those teams, you have to play pretty much mistake-free,” Redick said, “(Coach) Doc (Rivers) talks all the time about being the team that cares the most about the most possessions will win in the playoffs.”Redick and Paul also consider the Warriors that team. After winning last year’s NBA title, the Warriors could eclipse the Chicago Bulls’ league-record 72-win season set in 1995-96.“There’s no hangover. A lot of times, a team can kind of relax and not come out of the gates as hungry. They came out hungrier,” Redick said. “I don’t see a reason why they wouldn’t be able to match that record.”To clarifyThe night should have brought nostalgia for Clippers forward Paul Pierce. On Wednesday, he played his last game in Boston after finishing with a 15-year NBA career year that included winning an NBA championship (2008). But with the Clippers throwing fake punches at Pierce during lineup introductions, some publications saw parallels to Pierce’s stabbing at a Boston nightclub in 2000.“We’ve done that every game since the first preseason game, so it’s just a way for us to get excited. The only reason that Paul was kind of scrummed more than anyone else was because it was Boston and he was coming back to Boston,” Redick said. “It certainly didn’t have anything to do with Paul’s unfortunate incident over a decade ago.”center_img TORONTO >> The rack will just represent the mechanism that holds the basketballs J.J. Redick will shoot. The money balls will just represent the extra points the Clippers’ guard hopes to accumulate.But when Redick participates in the NBA’s 3-point contest as part of All-Star festivities on Saturday at Air Canada Centre, the rack and moneyballs will also represent something else. It will mark the key part of Redick’s preparation in hopes to rectify last season’s finish, in which he did not advance out of the contest’s first round. So, Redick completed shooting workouts on Thursday and Friday that included using racks and moneyballs in his routine. Redick sounded optimistic that could help him win, which would prompt him to celebrate Saturday evening enjoying a bottle of Pinot Noir. last_img read more

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MLB wrap: Blue Jays top Rays with walkoff home run from Teoscar Hernandez

first_imgTE-ALL THE WAY BACK! @TeoscarH | #LetsGoBlueJays pic.twitter.com/GYevhEan9T— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) July 27, 2019The 26-year-old outfielder went 2 for 6 at the plate and notched two home runs on the day. He has 14 on the year and helped Toronto end a two-game losing streak.Tampa Bay’s Travis d’Arnaud also had a good day, and went 2 for 5 notching a home run of his own, as well as three RBIs. Related News MLB trade rumors: Dodgers considering pursuit of Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman The Blue Jays are fourth in the American League East standings with a 40-66 record — 18 1/2 games back from the Rays. But they certainly came to play at the Rogers Centre.Studs of the NightClayton Kershaw struck out nine Nationals batters in six innings in a 9-3 Dodgers win.Steven Matz pitched a complete game and helped the Mets shut out the Pirates 3-0.Yoan Moncada went 3 for 4 and tallied a home run and two RBIs as the White Sox beat the Twins 5-1.Duds of the NightNicholas Castellanos went 0 for 4 in the Tigers’ 8-1 loss to the Mariners.Jordan Yamamoto gave up six earned runs in four innings as Miami fell to Arizona 9-2. MLB trade news: Twins acquire reliever Sergio Romo from Marlinscenter_img Toronto topped Tampa Bay on Saturday in dramatic fashion.The Blue Jays trailed the Rays by four runs entering the ninth inning, but rallied to score four and extend play. Teoscar Hernandez secured an impressive 10-9 comeback victory by blasting a walkoff home run in the 12th inning. Aaron Judge was hitless in five at-bats in the Yankees’ 9-5 loss to the Red Sox.HighlightHouston’s Carlos Correa notched his first career grand slam against the Cardinals. The Astros won 8-2..@TeamCJCorrea is BACK.(MLB x @PapaJohns) pic.twitter.com/1sZY84PaQA— MLB (@MLB) July 28, 2019What’s Next?Pirates (46-58) at Mets (49-55) 1:10 p.m. ET — New York has won three straight and is looking to catch up to the Phillies in the National League East. It has a chance to get on a roll against the team at the bottom of the National League Central in Pittsburgh.last_img read more

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Bears vs. Lions final score: Mitchell Trubisky leads late go-ahead drive, Bears topple Lions on Turkey Day

first_imgThe Bears overcame a late deficit — and the inconsistency of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky — en route to a 24-20 win in Detroit over the Lions.VIDEO: Bears-Lions game highlightsTrubisky had three touchdown passes on the day, including a late strike with just over two minutes left to David Montgomery that gave Chicago (6-6) the lead for good. Still, tt was a mixed-bag day for Trubisky, who head-scratchingly avoided a first down on a run late in the second quarter and threw a bad interception. He put up 338 yards on 29-of-38 passing.MORE: Blough reflects on ‘special’ NFL debutIt was a good showing for Lions rookie QB David Blough, who started in place of injured backup Jeff Driskel (starter Matthew Stafford was also out injured). Blough performed well in his NFL debut vs. a stout Bears defense, but it just wasn’t enough. Blough finished with 22-for-38 passing for 280 yards, two touchdowns and a game-ending interception as Detroit fell to 3-8-1.VIDEO: David Blough’s WOW throws from his first NFL startSporting News covered all things Thanksgiving between the Bears and Lions below.(All times Eastern.)Bears vs. Lions score for Thanksgiving 2019FINALBears: 24Lions: 20 Q1Q2Q3Q4FBears737724Lions1430320Bears vs. Lions updates, highlights3:56 p.m.: Eddie Jackson intercepts a David Blough pass and the Bears will beat the Lions in their second straight Thanksgiving meeting.Eddie Jackson seals the deal with a BIG-TIME PICK! 🚨That’s how you close out a Turkey Day victory! @BoJack39 #Bears100📺: #CHIvsDET on FOX📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/QeumWCLyaU pic.twitter.com/jVazuPiOiF— NFL (@NFL) November 28, 20193:55 p.m.: Roquan Smith with a huge third-down sack with 36 seconds left in the game.3:49 p.m.: David Blough is leading the Lions down the field and almost throws an interception. 59 seconds left in this one.3:37 p.m. CHICAGO SCORING PLAY: And the Bears have taken the lead on a Mitchell Trubisky TD pass to David Montgomery. Bears up 24-20 with 2:17 left in the game.The @ChicagoBears gobble up the lead! 🦃Mitchell Trubisky finds David Montgomery for the late fourth quarter TD. @Mtrubisky10 @MontgomerDavid #Bears100📺: #CHIvsDET on FOX📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/QeumWCLyaU pic.twitter.com/bBVIAL8pLv— NFL (@NFL) November 28, 20193:29 p.m.: Bears are driving with five minutes left in the game, and Trubisky connects with Anthony Miller to put Chicago into Lions territory.3:12 p.m. DETROIT SCORING PLAY: Matt Prater hits a 24-yard kick after a failed third-and-1 rush, and the Lions take the lead again. Detroit up 20-17 in the fourth.3:07 p.m.: The Lions are inside the red zone again. First-and-10 at the 14-yard line.3:03 p.m.: We head to the fourth quarter and the game is still tied at 17 apiece.2:53 p.m. CHICAGO SCORING PLAY: Trubisky connects with Jesse Horstead, who makes an acrobatic catch, for six points. Bears tie it up at 17.2:42 p.m.: Darius Slay picks off Mitchell Trubisky, who threw the ball behind Robinson. Bad throw, good play by Slay.2:32 p.m.: And we’re back. Lions get the ball at the 25 to start the half.2:10 p.m. END OF HALF:  Lions take a 17-7 lead into the locker room in a game that’s had its ups and downs. Lions get ball to start the second.2:06 p.m. CHICAGO SCORING PLAY: A pretty good drive by the bears and Trubisky and Piñeiro hits a 30-yarder to cut the deficit to 7. 22 seconds left in the half, Lions up 17-10.1:53 p.m. DETROIT SCORING PLAY: Prater puts the ball through the uprights for three more points. Lions up 17-7 in the second.1:46 p.m.: David Blough is letting it fly. He connects with Kenny Golladay on another deep shot on the outside. Lions threatening to score again.1:39 p.m.: Bears going for it on fourth-and-6 and they don’t convert. Detroit takes over. 1:30 p.m.: The ruling is reversed and it’s an incomplete pass instead. Refs missed a clear roughing the passer call on Trubisky.1:27 p.m.: Trubisky hits Anthony Miller for a short gain, but Miller can’t gather it. The ruling on the field is a catch and fumble, and we’re going to replay.1:20 p.m.: Lions punt the ball back away and pin the Bears inside their 10-yard line.1:17 p.m.:  Bears can’t seem to get anything going on offense, as they punt away once again.1:09 p.m.: On the ensuing kickoff, Matt Prater smokes a squib kick off of a Bears player, and the Lions recover. That’s something special. 1:05 p.m. DETROIT SCORING PLAY: Blough hits Marvin Jones Jr. for a short TD pass. Blough has 131 pass yards already on the game. Lions up 14-7.1:04 p.m.: Blough and Golladay have a pretty good connection early, converting on a third-and-9.1:01 p.m.: Lions are driving and just crossed the 50-yard line into Bears territory. 12:56 p.m.: Trubisky and the Bears follow up their first drive with a 3-and-out.12:49 p.m. DETROIT SCORING PLAY: Well, that didn’t take long. Blough hits Kenny Golladay for a 75-yard TD score to give Detroit six. Game is tied 7-7.David Blough’s first career NFL completion?Just a 75-yard TD to Kenny Golladay. 😱 @david_blough10 @kgxix #OnePride📺: #CHIvsDET on FOX📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/QeumWCLyaU pic.twitter.com/VeIt8eKtez— NFL (@NFL) November 28, 201912:43 p.m. CHICAGO SCORING PLAY: Mitchell Trubisky hits Allen Robinson on a quick strike for the touchdown. Bears up early 7-0.The @ChicagoBears eat first on Thanksgiving! 🍴 @Mtrubisky10 ➡️ @AllenRobinson for 6! #Bears100📺: #CHIvsDET on FOX📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/QeumWCLyaU pic.twitter.com/s7dfF6jL8o— NFL (@NFL) November 28, 201912:42 p.m.: Bears are at the 10-yard line after run from David Montgomery. It’s a happy Thanksgiving for Bears fans.MORE: Watch NFL games live with fuboTV (7-day free trial) 12:39 p.m.: Well, we re-kick, and Cordarrelle Patterson brings a ball about seven yards deep 57 yards to the 50. Good field position for the Bears.12:36 p.m.: And the Bears take the opening kickoff and there are two flags down already on the field. 12:23 p.m.: Good news: Jeff Driskel is active, but not starting. Whether that qualifies as good news is debatable.last_img read more

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Kiprotich finishes 7th in Toronto Marathon

first_imgKiprotich, now 29, became a Ugandan national hero when he won the 2012 Olympic marathon, becoming only that country’s second Olympic champion in history. A year later he won the 2013 IAAF World Championship marathon in Moscow’s searing heat.But for all his outstanding performances he has so far failed to match his personal best time (2:06:33).“I have the two medals but also I want to run a faster time than 2:05,” he told IAAF. “Most of the people they look at my times and they ask me how did you win these two medals in poor times? So it is my hope to run a good time before I retire.” Kiprotich (left) chases the leaders in Toronto on Sunday. ? @RunCRSBenson Kipruto ?? 2:07:24.0Augustino Sulle ?? 2:07:45.9Felix Kandie ?? 2:08:29.5Cameron Levins ?? 2:09:24.9Jake Robertson ?? 2:09:51.2Daniel Teklebrhan ?? 2:10:02.4Stephen Kiprotich ?? 2:11:06.0Anthony Maritim ?? 2:13:06.5Philemon Rono ?? 2:13:36.6Top Prizes 1st — $30,0002nd — $15,0003rd — $10,0004th — $6,0005th — $4,0006th — $2,000Toronto, Canada | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda’s former Olympic and world marathon champion Stephen Kiprotich finished 7th as the Toronto marathon got a new winner, Kenyan Benson Kipruto.Kipruto, 27 surprised the strong field of Kenyans and Kiprotich, by winning in 2:07:24 to bag the top prize of Canadian $30,000 ($23,000).It was his first international marathon win but his time was far from last year’s winning and record of 2:06:52 set by fellow countryman Philemon Rono.“I tried to push, and when I pushed, I saw the guys were not there. I saw that I could win,” Kipruto said after the race.Second place went to 21-year-old Augustine Sulle from Tanzania with two-time champion Rono managing 9th.The women’s race was won in a new record time. Bahrain’s Mimi Belete finished in 2:22:26. Share on: WhatsAppcenter_img Kiprotich, the first Olympic champion to compete in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, clocked 2:11:06. which was far outside his personal best of 2:06:33 set in Tokyo in 2015.Kiprotich came 5th in 2:07:57, in his most recent race, the 2018 Haspa Hamburg Marathon in Germany in April.last_img read more

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ESPN3 Game of the Week Package Opens with Quadruple-header

first_imgAbilene Christian at Central Arkansas / Saturday / ESPN3Women’s Basketball: 1 pm CTMen’s Basketball: 3:30 pm CTOnline:Women – http://sland.social/ACUUCAWMen – http://sland.social/ACUUCAMWatchESPN and ESPN appsTalent:Jeff Brightwell play-by-playStan Humphries, analyst FRISCO, Texas – The Southland ESPN3 Game of the Week package debuts with a special edition quadruple-header Saturday. First up, Abilene Christian at Central Arkansas women (1 o’clock) and men (3:30). Later, you’ll see UIW at New Orleans women (4 o’clock) and men (6:30). All games are available via WatchESPN.com and the ESPN apps. UIW at New Orleans / Saturday / ESPN3Women’s Basketball: 4 pm CTMen’s Basketball: 6:30 pm CTOnline:Women – http://sland.social/UIWUNOWMen – http://sland.social/UIWUNOMWatchESPN and ESPN appsTalent:Lyn Rollins, play-by-playJordy Hultberg, analystlast_img read more

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Lugo fans choose Cantero as the best of January

first_img13 One of the best news for him CD Lugo in this complicated season it has certainly been Ander Cantero. The goalkeeper, on loan from the Villarreal, has established itself in the goal albivermella and, although it began being substitute of Varo, it has earned itself to be one of the fixed alignments of both Eloy Jimenez as now of Curro Torres. The Navarrese goal has proven to be in an excellent state of form and their performances have not gone unnoticed, being in several matches the best of their own despite the delicate situation of the Lugo. The hobby has been able to recognize both in it Anxo Cart as through the best player votes of the month of January. Ander Cantero was chosen for this award voted by albivermellos fans ahead of Gerard Valentín and Cristian Herrera, in addition to appearing in the eleven of the Smartbank League of the last day made by As. Precisely in the delivery of the prize, sponsored by Galicia star, Stonecutter He said that “it is a pride that my work is valued in this way and it is another incentive to continue contributing the most to the team.”last_img read more

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Millennial revolution

first_imgEVA ALONSOVALLECANO RAY17 OKEKEMADRID CFF19 JULVESPANISH19 URIARTEATHLETIC19 MARÍA MÉNDEZSPORTS18 PATRI LÓPEZSPORTS19 JANETSPANISH19 ATHENEA DEL CASTILLOSPORTS19 GIO QUEIROZMADRID CFF16 EVA NAVARROI RAISED19 VANEGASSPANISH19 CARLOTSPORTS18 SILVIA RUBIOMADRID CFF19 LAURA VÁZQUEZSPORTStwenty TERESA ABEILLERASPORTStwenty VALDEZATEATHLETIC19 LORENA NAVARROHEEL19 LEGLOGROÑOtwenty NEREA SNOWYATHLETIC18 NANCLARESREAL SOCIETY17 The ‘millennials’ OGUIZAATHLETICtwenty AINHOA MARTÍNSPANISH19 ROSA MÁRQUEZBETIS19 TASTING COLLSEVILLE18 ASANTEWAALOGROÑO19 MARÍA JIMÉNEZVALENCIA19 NEREA EIZAGUIRREREAL SOCIETYtwenty LAIA CODINABARCELONAtwenty IRENE LÓPEZMADRID CFF18 CANDELA ANDÚJARBARCELONA19 PLAYEREQUIPMENTAGE LUCÍA SUÁREZHEEL18 ATETXEATHLETICfifteen ALMUDENASEVILLE18 ALEIXANDRIATHLETIC19 PORTOLÉSHEEL17 XENIASPANISH18 ROSA OTERMÍNBETIS19 SARA RODAREAL SOCIETY18 ANNA TORRODÀSPANISHtwenty CLAUDIA PINABARCELONA18 LAURA TERUELMADRID CFF19 ASUN MARTÍNEZVALENCIA18 ANA TEJADAREAL SOCIETY17 ALE SERRANOVALENCIA19 ENITHVALENCIA18 ANA TERESAI RAISED18 OLGA CARMONASEVILLE19 VILAMALABARCELONA17 MARÍA URÍAREAL SOCIETY17 BERTA PUJADASVALENCIA19 CECILYREAL SOCIETY18 EFITHSPORTING HUELVA19 CHEESESPANISH18 The millennials they have conquered the First Iberdrola. Up to 54 players born in the 21st century have already played this season in the highest category of Spanish women’s football. The revolution of this new generation that already has leaders in important teams.The bottom club Espanyol is the team that has made the youngest play this season. Up to seven footballers born since 2000 have had minutes. Although not all have been important. Only Julve and Torrodà have played more than a thousand minutes this course. Six millennials They have played in Athletic, Real Sociedad and Deportivo. Villacampa has had to give the alternative to several youth teams in the face of the many casualties suffered but only Oihane is being habitual. As in the txuri-urdin set where only Nerea Eizaguirre exceeds a thousand minutes on the field, Although the great explosion was Cecilia, the team’s fourth top scorer with three goals in just 61 minutes played. The opposite in Depor where three of his millennials they are pillars for Manu Sánchez. María Méndez, Athenea and Teresa Abeilleira they have played practically everything. At the opposite pole are Atlético, Rayo Vallecano and Sporting Huelva, with only one player from this century. Aleixandri is a rojiblanco defensive bastion, Eva Alonso, at 17 years old, is essential in the midfielder and the Nigerian Efih exceeds a thousand minutes. Precisely the Sporting midfielder is one of the five foreigners millennials What is in the First Iberdrola together with his compatriot Okeke, from Madrid CFF, the two players from Logroño and the only ones born from 2000, Asantewaa from Ghana and Pierina from Peru and the Colombian from Espanyol Vanegas. However, none of them are being important, only Okeke was a starter (and absolute international) but the crusader broke.Atetxe, at fifteen, is the youngest player to debut this season in the ranks of Athletic. He has played 44 minutes but spread over four games. The 16-year-old Madrid CFF player Gio Queiroz follows, although the Madrid player has played 13 matches, nine of them as a starter. In total they are eight minors who have already played in the top flight this year.The bulk of the U19 team is already in First Division and they are important in their teams. ANDNavarro, Cata Coll, Olga Carmona, Rosa Márquez and Silvia Rubio are all very important. Of course, only Eva Navarro has already been under Vilda’s orders. OIHANEATHLETIC19last_img read more

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Madrid already have the permits to play at Di Stéfano

first_imgReal Madrid already has the necessary permits to play in Valdebebas if football returns behind closed doors, but the Club will not move a piece until the Government authorizes it officially, beyond the calendars prepared by both LaLiga and the Federation (RFEF). At the moment, Real Madrid sticks to the words of the Minister of HealthSalvador Illa, who has said that “it would be reckless to say whether football will be able to return before the summer.”It has been the RFEF that has processed the permits, since is the intermediary entity before UEFA. Madrid must only carry out minor works to improve artificial light of the Alfredo di Stéfano stadium since there are VAR facilities that are mobile and can be rented in a technical package, which was the other problem to solve. According to Real Madrid sources “it is still too early to decide anything, because everything is talking about not keeping quiet“. The Club awaits the decision of the Government according to the advice of the Committee of Experts that advises on the pandemic. But what Madrid has decided, if LaLiga plans to restart training in May and competition in June are met, always with the formal authorization of the Government, is to play at the Alfredo Di Stéfano stadium, where the team would also be concentrated during the de-escalation phase provided for in the protocol sent to Health. The decision to play in Valdebebas is firm as long as it is behind closed doors, since no harm would be caused to its partners and the entity would benefit from having enormous economic savings and in terms of execution of the works of the Bernabéu.The players of Real Madrid are in line with the Club, which is not to put anything above health. They will only return if the Club demands them, but that will only be if Madrid has the government’s permission to do so, beyond the wishes of LaLiga or the Federation.last_img read more

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