Nasser Al Khelaifi: “Barça’s front line is worth €550million, the big clubs spend as well”

first_img “If we calculate the price of their attackers: [Lionel] Messi is worth €250million (his release clause), Neymar €150m and [Luis] Suarez €150m. That’s a total of €550m. Frederic Martin Upd. at 18:11 CEST “We want to go as far as possible. We’re not lamenting anything that has happened during this season because we have gained a lot of experience.” Speaking to Le Parisien, he said: He added that his intention is not to end the cycle of the current side, “but we must work on regenerating the side. We have five of six players for the future and we won’t change all 11. center_img “That is more than we have spent in four years. Everyone says we invest a lot, but the big clubs do the same.  “We want to add players with exprience.” 29/04/2015 “We have reflected on the errors we made. We knocked out Chelsea, with a historic elimination of Jose Mourinho. And we lost against a side as big as Barcelona.  Nasser Al Khelaifi compared the investment made by Barcelona to that made by Paris Saint-Germain as the French champions prepare to spend more money in the summer.last_img read more

Valverde jokes about signing Barça’s Lionel Messi for Athletic Club

first_img For Athletic to be able to sign Messi, he would have to be from the Basque Country, which is the context to Valverde’s comment.  CEST Upd. at 18:11 02/07/2015 Athletic Club boss Ernesto Valverde joked about the possibility of signing Lionel Messi for the Basque club.  Asked about the chances of bringing in Arsenal full-back Nacho Monreal, Valverde gave a chirpy response.  The Basque side only sign and play players with Basque heritage. center_img Sport EN They will compete in the Europa League during the 2015-16 season. Athletic finished seventh in the league last season and reached the Copa del Rey final, where a fantastic Messi performance saw them lose to Barcelona.  “I want to have the best players in the world at Athletic,” he began. “I hope that they find out that Messi is from Arrigorriaga and we can bring him here.” last_img read more

Bartra “mature and ready” as he waits for his Spain chance at Euro 2016

first_img “I’ve spent months preparing for when the national team needs me. I feel secure, relaxed and mature to deal with the situation if the coach needs me. I’ve spent these last few weeks of preparation feeling good with my team-mates, with the team, and we’re all training hard to be able to help the team. I feel good.”  Spain defender Marc Bartra said on Sunday that he’s spent “many months preparing” for when the team “needs” him and that he feels “relaxed, mature and ready” if Vicente del Bosque calls on him.  CEST “The manager is the one who’s in charge, he knows what he has to do and we know that [the tournament] is long. There are many games. The team’s in form – those that are playing, but those that haven’t had so many minutes, too. We respect the manager’s decision. And if we get a chance, I feel good and will take advantage of it,” the centre-back said, who has still not featured at Euro 2016.  Upd. at 21:59 center_img 19/06/2016 EFE He also spoke about the possibility of there being a change in goal against Croatia, with Iker Casillas tipped to come in for David de Gea: “I have a lot of faith in David, Iker and Sergio Rico, so if it is Iker we will be relaxed, the same as with David, as he’s a great goalkeeper.”last_img read more

Griezmann: I’d only leave Atletico Madrid if Simeone left

first_imgDespite being one of the best players in Europe last season with Atletico Madrid and having a fine Euro 2016 with France, Antoine Griezmann was not on the move in the summer. The forward has remained loyal to the Rojiblanco cause amid links to Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United. There’s one reason why: Diego Simeone.  Upd. at 19:59 “I am happy in Spain and I still have many things to learn,” added the French international, who wants to win a title with Atletico before leaving the Spanish league one day, not that he’s thinking of leaving yet. “It’s not my aim to join PSG at the moment,” he concluded.  04/09/2016 “The only thing I wanted to know was if Simeone could leave for PSG. He’s a really important person for me and that’s why I rang him before renewing. He told me he was staying and that was enough. I would only leave if Simeone left,” Griezmann declared in an interview with French channel Telefoot, giving evidence of the great influence the Argentine coach has over the Atletico dressing room. center_img CEST Miki Soria With a new contract signed earlier this summer which runs until 2019 and features a 100 million euro release clause, it seems Atletico fans don’t have to be too worried about Griezmann’s immediate future. At least not while ‘Cholo’ remains in the dugout at the Vicente Calderon.last_img read more

Real Madrid 2-1 Malaga: Ramos’ offside goal wins it for Madrid

first_img 21/01/2017 Marcelo went off injured in the 25th minute which was a blow, but Los Blancos took the lead when Sergio Ramos powerfully headed home from a corner for his fifth league goal of the season.  Real Madrid did not play well in the first half, with Cristiano Ronaldo missing one of their few clear chances, played in by Toni Kroos, with the Portuguese firing straight at Carlos Kameni. CET Sport EN There was fortune though, as replayes indicated Ramos was fractionally offside before netting. They triumphed in the end and remain top of the league at the halfway point of the season, with Sevilla and Barcelona to play on Sunday.center_img Malaga fought back in the second half, with Juanpi netting the rebound after Keylor Navas saved from Juankar. They nearly equalised immediately after when Navas fisted away Chory’s shot. Upd. at 18:26 There was nearly a third for Madrid before the break when Villanueva turned Benzema’s cross onto his own bar, but it bounced to safety. Madrid tried to extend their lead with Ronaldo cracking an effort off the post, while Kameni nearly made a horrendous error as he let the ball roll past him, but he made amends by running back, scything it off the line and then saving the follow-up from Ronaldo. His sixth didn’t take long to follow, with Ramos prodding home after another expert Toni Kroos cross from a free-kick. Ramos’ eye for goal with the German’s laser-point accuracy is a deadly weapon for Madrid.last_img read more

Xavi Hernández was sent off during the Qatar Cup final

first_img The players and coaches on the sidelines for Al-Sadd, including Xavi, did not agree with the decision and exploded with rage at the referee, who sent off the former Barça midfielder and  coach Jesualdo Ferreira. Upd. at 22:32 Former Granada player Youssef El Arabi took the crucial penalty and scored to win Al-Duhail the Cup, completing a domestic double. Former Barcelona captain Xavi Hernández was not able to retain the Qatar Cup after his side Al-Saad lost 2-1 against Al-Duhail, who also won the Qatar league title. IN SPORT.ES طرد تشافي لاعب السد في نهاية مباراة الدحيل بنهائي كأس قطر بسبب احتجاجاته القوية على الحكم— قناة الكأس (@alkasschannel) 27 de abril de 2018center_img 28/04/2018 CEST Xavi Hernández acaba expulsado en la final de la Catar Cup The game was poised at 1-1 when in the 95th minute the referee decided to give a penalty against Xavi’s team Al Sadd after using VAR technology  to review the action. It is the first time Xavi has been sent off in Qater. He was sent off twice for Barcelona, both times for earning two yellow cards.last_img read more

Luis Enrique aiming to continue Lopetegui work with Spain

first_img “At Barcelona it was the same, the idea is to evolve. Now we have to take a lot of decisions and decide what is best for the national team.” Luis Enrique was presented as the national coach of Spain on Thursday. The former Barca boss spoke to the media in Madrid. CEST “They worked very well and I thank them for everything I will receive. But football is continuous evolution and it gets increasingly hard to win trophies. 19/07/2018 Lucho wants to continue the work done by Julen Lopetegui, who was sacked just before the World Cup. “I know what it means to be a coach and a national team coach, because I’ve had the fortunate of living for many years in this home, a home new and renewed, I’m impressed with what I’ve seen here in the last few days.center_img Sport EN “I thank the president and the sporting director for their confidence,” said Luis Enrique in an opening speech. Upd. at 14:01 “I am very excited to take on this challenge and have a crack at the national team. We have big challenges and huge objectives, let’s go for them.” “We have analysed the things that have happened recently and what we want is to reinforce the work of Lopetegui and Hierro,” added Lucho.last_img read more

Wilshere would still have been an Arsenal player…if only Arsene Wenger hadn’t left

first_imgAdvertisement 7i9eNBA Finals | Brooklyn VspWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Euyy( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) cka02zWould you ever consider trying this?😱v10Can your students do this? 🌚b4vzRoller skating! Powered by Firework Jack Wilshere could have been still an Arsenal player if Arsene Wenger stayed as the manager of the Gunners. According to the Englishman, the departure of Arsene Wenger was the main reason behind his decision to leave Arsenal after 17 years of staying at the Emirates. Advertisement In a recent interview, Jack Wilshere told,Advertisement  “If Arsene had stayed I would have stayed because of the influence he had in my career and the trust he had in me,”Advertisement  “He gave me the armband and respected me a lot. So, I had pretty much agreed to stay. And then he left and that changed things. “Arsene had said to me previously ‘stay and fight your way back into the team’. Because I knew Arsene and knew he had trust in me, I knew I could do that and fight my way into the team. “I knew that if I got myself fit and was training well that Arsene would put me in – and he did. “But things were changing at the club and they were going into a new era and maybe it was time for me to leave as well.” The 26 year old Englishman sensed that his position at the Emirates would not be the same under the management of the new manager Unai Emery. So, he decided to move to West Ham United in this summer transfer window as a free agent. The injuries have affected the career of Jack Wilshere badly. The English midfielder was only able to start in 12 Premier League matches in the previous season for the Gunners. So, naturally he was not in the World Cup squad of England.  Under the management of Manuel Pellegrini, Jack Wilshere wished to have more gametime in this season. But the things are not going in his way in this season too as the midfielder is again suffering from an injury problem. Advertisementlast_img read more

Athletic Bilbao romp to a 4-1 win at Real Valldolid

first_img The referee booked Hatem Ben Arfa from Valladolid, while for Athletic Bilbao Unai Lopez and Raul Garcia saw a yellow card as well. Athletic on a 1-4 win against Valladolid on Sunday at the José Zorrilla. Real Valladolid faced the match with a desire to make up their league after losing 1-0 against Real Sociedad while Athletic Bilbao won 1-0 the last league match against Villarreal. Following today’s result, Real Valladolid and Athletic Bilbao occupy position 15th (29 points) and 9th (37 points) respectively after playing a total of 27 matches. CET Athletic Bilbao started well in the first half, with a good early goal from Unai Lopez in the 4th minute. Later, Athletic Bilbao scored again and increased their lead 0-2 thanks to a goal from Raul Garcia 24 minutes in the game, which saw the first half to a 0-2. Upd. at 18:55 SPORT.escenter_img Real Valladolid boosted the game in the second half, thanks to a goal from Sandro Ramirez 76 minutes in the game. However, Athletic Bilbao increased their advantage 1-3 thanks to a goal from Inaki Williams 87 minutes in the game. Later, Athletic Bilbao scored once more and increased their lead 1-4 thanks to a goal from Inigo Cordoba in the 90th minute just before the end of the second half, which saw the second half to a 1-4. 08/03/2020 As for substitutions, both coaches used full substitutions. For Real Valladolid Pablo Hervias, Toni Villa and Hatem Ben Arfa came on for Michel Herrero, Ruben Alcaraz and Oscar Plano, while Athletic brought on Mikel Vesga, Iker Muniain and Aritz Aduriz to replace Unai Lopez, Oihan Sancet and Inaki Williams. Real Valladolid with their next fixture against Leganés at away stadium, while Athletic Bilbao will face Atlético Madrid at home stadium.last_img read more

Trio of basketball powerhouses team up

first_imgBy Russell Bennett The Casey, Pakenham, and Sandringham basketball associations have partnered up to bring the local basketball community the…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img