Southland Announces 2018 Preseason All-Conference Football Teams

first_img LB BJ Blunt McNeese Sr. New Orleans, La. Highlighted by junior quarterback Chase Fourcade, the Colonels earned four selections to the first team offense, six to the first team defense and four second team offense picks. Fourcade passed for 2,316 yards with 14 touchdowns in 2017, helping lead Nicholls to its first FCS playoffs appearance since 2005. DB Trenton Gordon Stephen F. Austin So. Rowlett, Texas WR Nathan Stewart* Sam Houston State Jr. Dallas, Texas P Alex Kjellsten McNeese Sr. Lake Charles, La. TE/HB Lawayne Ross* McNeese Jr. Richwood, Texas OL Eric David* Sam Houston State Jr. Richmond, Texas PK Lorran Fonseca* Nicholls Sr. Hercules, Calif. The 2018 preseason poll will be revealed next Thursday, July 19, to kick off Southland Football Media Day at the Hilton Houston Post Oak in Houston. Pos. Name School Class Hometown Pos. Name School Class Hometown DL Chris Stewart* Sam Houston State Sr. Petal, Miss. WR Kody Edwards UIW Sr. Mesquite, Texas AP Davion Davis* Sam Houston State Sr. Hutto, Texas OL Hunter Watts Central Arkansas Jr. San Antonio, Texas OL Grant Burguillos McNeese Jr. Mandeville, La. DB Alize Ward* Stephen F. Austin Jr. San Diego, Calif. LB Raphael Garner Central Arkansas Sr. Thomasville, Ala. DB Ahmani Martin* Nicholls Sr. Reserve, La. PR Zae Giles Lamar Jr. Austin, Texas OL Chandler Arceneaux* Nicholls Sr. Bourg, La. OL Eddie Houston Nicholls Sr. Newton, Miss. LB Ryan Woods Stephen F. Austin Sr. Pearland, Texas PR Davion Davis* Sam Houston State Sr. Hutto, Texas PK Gunnar Raborn* McNeese Sr. Lafayette, La. LB Hezekiah White Nicholls Sr. Boutte, La. WR Davion Davis* Sam Houston State Sr. Hutto, Texas OL Mitchell Watanabe* Sam Houston State Sr. San Antonio, Texas * Automatic selection; returning all-conference player DL Cardell Best Central Arkansas Sr. Little Elm, Texas DL Sully Laiche* Nicholls Jr. Gramercy, La. QB James Tabary McNeese Sr. New Orleans, La. WR Damion Jeanpiere* Nicholls Sr. Kenner, La. DB Darion Dunn McNeese So. Oakdale, La. DL Eric Jackson* Central Arkansas Sr. Apopka, Fla. Second Team All-Conference Defense KR Cedric Battle Central Arkansas Sr. Wichita Falls, Texas TE/HB Josh Nix Central Arkansas So. Tuscumbia, Ala. DB Raphael Lewis* Houston Baptist Sr. Elk Grove, Calif.center_img LB Allen Pittman* Nicholls Jr. St. Rose, La. P Caleb Lewallen Stephen F. Austin Sr. Kingwood, Texas Central Arkansas and McNeese are the other two conference teams with double-digits selections, garnering 11 and 10 spots, respectively. RB Kyran Irvin* Nicholls Jr. Darrow, La. McNeese returns with standout senior quarterback James Tabary who was named to the second team. The Cowboys earned four total spots on the first team offense. Tabary racked up 2,511 passing yards with 21 touchdowns last season. DL Kenny Dotson* Nicholls Sr. Plaquemine, La. OL Tristan Wendt Sam Houston State Sr. Schulenberg, Texas DB Colby Burton McNeese Jr. League City, Texas DB Corey Abraham* Nicholls Sr. Breaux Bridge, La. RB Marcus Cooper Southeastern Louisiana So. Altair, Texas DL Nathan Grant Central Arkansas So. Carrollton, Texas WR Dai’jean Dixon Nicholls So. New Orleans, La. Second Team All-Conference Offense RB Carlos Blackman* Central Arkansas Jr. Gosnell, Ark. OL Alfred Beverly Southeastern Louisiana Jr. Beaumont, Texas DL Chris Livings McNeese Jr. Lake Charles, La. WR Tamrick Pace* Stephen F. Austin Jr. Brownsboro, Texas AP Alize Ward Stephen F. Austin Jr. San Diego, Calif. RB David Hamm* McNeese Sr. Klein, Texas KR Juwan Petit-Frere* Southeastern Louisiana Jr. Orlando, Fla. DB Juan Jackson* Central Arkansas Jr. Gardendale, Ala. LB Tamarcus Russell Southeastern Louisiana Sr. Dadeville, Ala. First Team All-Conference Offense FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference announced the 2018 Football Preseason All-Conference Teams on Thursday, with Nicholls leading the league with 14 total selections. Pos. Name School Class Hometown QB Chase Fourcade Nicholls Jr. Metairie, La. Pos. Name School Class Hometown Though the Bears must replace 2017 Player of the Year Hayden Hildebrand at quarterback, the team returns a strong group on the other side of the ball with three first team and four second team defensive picks. First Team All-Conference Defense DB Zyon McCollum Sam Houston State So. Galveston, Texas DL Chris Terrell* Central Arkansas Jr. Pensacola, Fla. OL Adrian Harris Central Arkansas So. Tyler, Texas Returning all-conference selections from the previous season are automatically named to the preseason all-conference teams and may advance to higher team slots if they are vacated by non-returning players. Open positions are nominated and voted upon by the league’s head coaches. DB Bolu Onifade Abilene Christian So. Oklahoma City, Okla. Sam Houston State tallied nine total preseason all-conference honorees, led by the returning core of a high-scoring Bearkat offense. Although two-time Walter Payton Award winner Jeremiah Briscoe has graduated, wide receivers Davion Davis and Nathan Stewart headline six first team offense picks. The pair combined for 2,854 receiving yards and 31 touchdowns last season. OL Ryan Hanley* Nicholls Sr. Metaire, La. Stephen F. Austin garnered six preseason all-conference selections while Southeastern Louisiana earned four. Abilene Christian, Houston Baptist, UIW and Lamar all collected one spot each.last_img read more

Southland Cross Country Opens 2019 Season

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – The 2019 Southland Conference cross country season begins Friday with nine conference programs on the course for opening weekend. Eight schools are slated to compete Friday night, while Abilene Christian will serve as the lone school running on Saturday.Southeastern Louisiana will be in attendance for McNeese’s Season Opener in Lake Charles, La., on Friday. Both the men’s and women’s races will be held at Enos Derbonne Multi-Sport Complex, with the women’s 3k event leading off the evening at 6 p.m. CT. The men’s 6k competition will take off shortly after the conclusion of the women’s race.Nicholls and New Orleans are in action together Friday at the New Orleans Cross Country Opener. The UNO hosted event will be held at Lake Oaks Park, with the women’s 4k race set for a 6 p.m. start. The men’s 5k race will follow at 6:45 p.m.Stephen F. Austin will host the Lumberjack Opener Friday evening, where Northwestern State will also be competing. The women’s race will begin at 7:10 p.m., while the men will hit the starting line at 7:30 p.m. Both races will be held at Pecan Acres Park in Nacogdoches, Texas.In the final meet on Friday, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will join UIW in San Antonio, Texas, for the UIW Opener. The women’s 4k race is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m., while the men are set to take off at 8:50 in a 6k event. Both races will take place at Classic Elites Soccer Complex in McAllister Park.Abilene Christian will host the lone meet on Saturday, as the Wildcats host the ACU Naimadu Classic. Start time for the men’s 6k race is slated for 8:30 a.m., while the women’s 4k is set for 9 a.m. at the ACU Cross Country Course.Central Arkansas will kick off their season next Saturday (Sept. 7) at home in the UCA XC Challenge. Houston Baptist, Lamar and Sam Houston State will open up the following weekend (Sept. 13) at the Rice Invitational in Houston, Texas.All 13 league schools have their eyes set on the 2019 Southland Conference Championships in Conway, Ark., on Friday, Nov. 1. Central Arkansas’ men will have the opportunity to defend their 2018 championship on their home course. Meanwhile, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s women will seek to retain their conference title from last season.Opening Weekend ScheduleFriday, Aug. 30UIW – UIW Opener, San Antonio, TexasMcNeese – McNeese Season Opener, Lake Charles, La.New Orleans – New Orleans XC Opener, New Orleans, La.Nicholls – New Orleans XC Opener, New Orleans, La.Northwestern State – SFA Lumberjack Opener, Nacogdoches, TexasSoutheastern Louisiana – McNeese Season Opener, Lake Charles, La.Stephen F. Austin – SFA Lumberjack Opener, Nacogdoches, TexasTexas A&M-Corpus Christi – UIW Opener, San Antonio, Texas Saturday, Aug. 31Abilene Christian – ACU Naimadu Classic, Abilene, Texaslast_img read more

Oil Can Knight Springs Major Upset In Taking $51, 000 Santa Anita Allowance Feature

first_imgOIL CAN KNIGHT SPRINGS MAJOR UPSET IN TAKING $51,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY A HEAD UNDER MALDONADO; TRAINED BY KNAPP, HE GETS 5 ½ FURLONGS IN 1:03.42ARCADIA, Calif. (May 15, 2020)–With heavily favored Tale of the Union a non-factor, trainer Steve Knapp’s Oil Can Knight was more than happy to spring a surprise at 20-1, as he sat close to the early pace and engaged for the lead turning for home en route to a gutty head victory in Friday’s $51,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita.  Ridden by Edwin Maldonado, the 4-year-old gelding by Can the Man got 5 ½ furlongs in 1:03.42.“Wow, I’m tired!” said Maldonado, reflecting a sentiment shared by many of his fellow riders as there has been no racing at Santa Anita since March 27.  “I’m very happy, especially now, that I have a new agent, Tony Matos.  Tony’s had some of the greatest riders of all-time and I’m very optimistic about our chances.“We had five horses to ride on the first Sunday that was cancelled (March 29), so it’s great to be back.  Steve told me we had a good shot with this horse today.  He said to just put him in the race and it worked out.”Four deep while a close third mid-way around the far turn, Oil Can Knight kept to his task the length of the stretch and prevailed in a three-way photo over longshot Kneedeepinsnow and second choice Galilean.Idle since winning a 6 ½ furlong starter allowance on Jan. 31 and ridden for the first time by Maldonado, Oil Can Knight paid $42.60, $13.00 and $5.60.Owned by Zolotas, Zolotas and Sabina Romo, Oil Can Knight, who is out of the El Corredor mare Makeitagame, picked up $30,600 for the win, increasing his earnings to $160,136.  Claimed four starts back on Nov. 14, he now has six wins from 13 starts.Second nearly the entire trip, Kneedeepinsnow was game right to the wire, prevailing by a neck for the place.  Ridden by Ruben Fuentes, he was off at 24-1 and paid $17.40 and $7.60.Galilean, a three-time stakes winner who was third in the Grade II Rebel Stakes three starts back in April, 2019, made his second start of the year today and tired a bit late after going head and head for the lead throughout.  Ridden by Flavien Prat, he was off at 9-5 and paid $2.40 to show.Idle since he was a dazzling eight length first-out maiden winner going 5 ½ furlongs on Aug. 26, 2018, Tale of the Union was never a factor at 3-5 and finished next to last, beaten nearly 14 lengths.Fractions on the race were 21.95, 45.10 and 57.03.last_img read more

BT beat ITV & Sky to Champions League and Europa in £1.2BILLION deal

first_imgBT SPORT have won the right to broadcast the Champions League and Europa League on British screens until 2024 for a ten-figure fee.Uefa have been tendering the TV rights for three years from 2021.1 Liverpool’s win in the all-English final with Spurs was a major tele event of the yearCredit: ReutersBT have won the race and will pay the same as their existing £1.2billion, three-year deal, with the rights costing £400million-a-year.It means the pay-for television channel has once again held off competition from ITV and Sky to show Europe’s premier club competition.The deadline for proposals was set at Monday morning after free-to-air channel ITV submitted several non-exclusive rights packages to bring the tournament back to free-to-air tele.Streaming service DAZN were also thought to be keen to show games while Sky made their own bid to Uefa.Amazon, however, did not produce a proposal despite recently winning a selection of Premier League matches that will air in December.The corporation are waiting to see the success of those broadcasts before deciding their next move in the game.Fans will fear a subscription price hike with BT spending so much to secure the rights for another three years.Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s consumer division, said: “We’re delighted to remain the home of UEFA Champions League in the UK.BT Sport leads the way when it comes to UEFA Champions League coverage, and we’re very excited to continue to bring our world class coverage to one of the most exciting football competitions in the world – whether that’s broadcasting 12 games simultaneously or delivering industry leading images in 4K UHD.“With increasingly more ways to watch our content, with more games on show than ever before, and alongside our excellent line up of other competitions and sports, BT Sport is going from strength to strength.”latest sports newsSILVA’S GOLDEN GIRLModel Ines Tomaz has been helping Bernardo Silva through quarantineGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitExclusiveMARK MY WORDSJennings reveals life story from adoption to drug abuse and suicide attemptsNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by Celtic Chief executive Philip Jansen had previously told investors that BT will be “very disciplined” in how it approaches the new tender.That is especially with the Premier League domestic rights market experiencing a dip in value at its last broadcast auction.But with the telecoms company planning to up its roll-out of fibre broadband while trying to keep shareholders happy, industry analysts felt this bid could prove a turning point in their battle with Sky.Champions League TableSee More Tables See Full TableKyle Walker forced in goal for Man City as Ederson injured and Bravo sent off against Atalantalast_img read more

New boy Bergwijn scores stunner before Son strikes against ten men

first_imgSTEVEN BERGWIJN immediately endeared himself to the Tottenham fans as he netted on his debut in a feisty affair.The goal came just three minutes after Oleksandr Zinchenko had been sent off for Man City, but Pep Guardiola’s men failed to put away their chances – including a penalty.And it got worse for the visitors, as Son Heung-min doubled Spurs’ lead as they saw out a huge 2-0 win over the Premier League champions.Tottenham 2 Man City 0 FTTV/ live stream: Sky Sports Premier League and Main EventFor those without a Sky TV subscription – grab a NOW TV pass from £9.99Follow ALL of the latest updates below…Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 6:32 pmSO a 2-0 win for Spurs this Sunday evening.Pep Guardiola’s clashes with Jose Mourinho may not be the title bellweathers they once were – yet some things never change.Three shots, 32 per cent possession, less than half the passes, but…Two more goals and three vital points.Jose Mourinho, ladies and gentlemen.Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 6:29 pmMANY fans waiting around to show their appreciation of the scorers.And they get their chance with seemingly hundreds of South Korea flags for Son.Bergwijn picks up the tele’s man of the match award.Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 6:27 pmBIRTHDAY boy Harry Winks leads the celebrations in front of the home fans.A big cheer too for Hugo Lloris after he saved Ilkay Gundogan’s spot-kick in the first-half.Both Steve Bergwijn and Son Heung-min are delaying their celebrations due to TV interview duties.I suspect it will be a huge roar for the white side of North London’s newest hero…Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 6:26 pmPEP GUARDIOLA angrily throws down the controller and restarts the game.How did they lose that one?!Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 6:24 pmTottenham 2-0 Man City90+’ Full time!Spurs go fifth as the visitors’ ten men fail to make chances, and a penalty kick, pay.What a moment for matchwinner Bergwijn!Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 6:23 pmTottenham 2-0 Man City90+’ Booking for Rodrigo for barging over the advancing Lamela.Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 6:23 pmTottenham 2-0 Man City90+’ And that won’t be it. De Bruyne’s cross is headed into Lloris’ arms.Just 90 seconds left.City hit the bar with their last kick – just for fun.Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 6:22 pmTottenham 2-0 Man City90+’ Gundogan flashes a low ball across the box that Lloris tips into a dangerous – but vacant – area.City need a goal now.Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 6:21 pmTottenham 2-0 Man City90+’ Ndombele sends Rodrigo for an ice cream with a delightful piece of skill, the ball making its way to Son who fires in Spurs’ first shot of the game that doesn’t hit the net.Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 6:19 pmTottenham 2-0 Man City90+’ Five minutes added on.Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 6:18 pmTottenham 2-0 Man City89′ Another save!Silva is denied by Dier before De Bruyne attempts a looping cross/shot towards the back stick, tipped over well.The keeper now has a leg knock but appears okay to defend the corner.Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 6:17 pmTottenham 2-0 Man City87′ Ambitious high ball lobbed into the box from Fernandinho, City needing to try something different now.But Lloris continues his excellent game by collecting the ball from Jesus’ head.A good candidate for man of the match?Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 6:14 pmTottenham 2-0 Man City85′ Ndombele writhes in agony after bumping into Fernandinho.Spurs want a possible elbow checked but Mike Dean is satisfied it was an innocent coming together – and the replays seem to agree.Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 6:12 pmTottenham 2-0 Man City83′ Into the final ten minutes, Tottenham don’t quite know what to do when on the ball.Luckily for them, City aren’t able to do much with it either as De Bruyne fires a cross into Lloris’ arms.Dier replaces Moura and Sterling is off for Bernardo Silva.Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 6:09 pmTottenham 2-0 Man City79′ Somehow the visitors don’t force another opening…Cancelo races down the left and has De Bruyne wide open on the 18-yard line, but his precision is off and the balls runs out of the Belgian’s reach.Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 6:06 pmTottenham 2-0 Man City77′ Fernandinho drills an effort into a crowded box and wins a corner…Nothing doing.What can Guardiola’s (ten) men magic up now?Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 6:04 pmTottenham 2-0 Man City75′ The shot from Son did take a slight nick off Fernandinho as it flew in at the near-post.But it was a ferocious strike and indicative of City’s defensive disorganisation – a simple straight pass forward and the damage was done.So much for a flat back-four, you could have drawn that backline with a styrograph.Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 6:01 pmTottenham 2-0 Man City72′ Well well well.Gabriel Jesus now comes on with this game suddenly having gotten away from the visitors. Mahrez off.Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 6:00 pmTottenham 2-0 Man City71′ That might be that! The Korean takes the ball in the box, turns, shoots and scores!Emphatic finish and he is straight to Mourinho to celebrate.Otamendi went walkabout for that one.Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 6:00 pmTottenham 2-0 Man City71′ GGGOOOAALLLLL!!! Son!Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 5:59 pmTottenham 1-0 Man City70′ Ndombele and Lamela will come on for the hosts.Bergwijn’s night is over with Alli off too.Huge cheer for the debutant as he is taken off and parades across the Spurs home end en route to the bench.Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 5:58 pmTottenham 1-0 Man City68′ That Aguero substitution looking very interesting now for City.Sterling is going through the middle with Gundogan just off him, Cancelo a left-back and left-winger all in one.De Bruyne, down the right, wins a corner but there will be a break as Bergwijn has cramp.Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 5:55 pmTottenham 1-0 Man City66′ Yellow card now for Lo Celso as he makes a very dodgy lunge on Walker.A solid 61,022 in attendance today, it is confirmed.Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 5:54 pmTottenham 1-0 Man City65′ Tottenham Stadium is rocking with the score 1-0.It’s also 1-14 on shots, but who counts that?Marc Mayo3 Feb 2020, 5:54 pmTottenham 1-0 Man City63′ Aguero off and Cancelo on for City – a curious change but not the Argentine’s day.Not any of the Citizens’ day to be fair.A man down and now a goal down having had buckets of chances…Load more entries…last_img read more

Meninga push for league success

first_imgRugby league development in Papua New Guinea is a challenge because it hasn’t been happening over the past years, says living league legend Mal Meninga.For PNG to perform on the international stage, the younger generation of players needs to be educated.That’s what  Team Kumul head coach Mal Meninga  says. He is also heading the Team Kumul program.Meninga, who visits  PNG on a monthly basis, said the only way to educate the kids better is through getting formal accreditation to all the coaches, referees, trainers and everybody associated with the game.He said we also need to educate the development officers because they are the educators of rugby league.“We need to train them up to a level where any person that’s involved with rugby league will have the necessary skills to educate the younger players.’’Meninga said the better prepared kids, the better opportunities and greater pathways, the more likely they were going to reach their potential.“We have to create a pathway for the children to play in the national rugby league and the national team, and if we are doing that then that means we are very competitive on the world stage.“We need to educate our educators who are the coaches, referees, trainers and development officers which is already taking place but this must be constant.“I’m sure it will become a sustainable program over the years as we aim to improve rugby league in PNG taking small steps at the moment,” he said.Meninga said that the Hunters program was  a bonus for us to be able to play the ‘week in week out’ rugby league but we shouldn’t get too carried away with that because it’s a second tier competition in Australia.He said PNG will be playing the Australian Kangaroos in the Prime Minister’s 13 and also the four nations challenge and we still have a long way to go in order to win these competitions.“We are heading in the right direction which is fantastic with the development programs.“If we keep our development programs going and educate everybody about the game, there’s a greater chance of us someday beating Australia in the World Cup,” Meninga said.PNGRFL’s four development programs include the 6 to 12 years (PNGRFL in partnership with Australian NRL/AusAID, 13 to 18 years (Schoolboys), and 19 to A Grade.These junior level programs will help develop players to enter the Digicel Cup, PNG Hunters and the Kumuls/International Fixtures.last_img read more

Marum: Team stuck to game plan to win

first_img“We got off to a slow start but the boys just stayed focused on the game plan and stuck together in the last 40 minutes to win,” said Marum.He said there was still a lot of work to do before the finals with plenty of negatives and positives taken from this afternoon’s game.“Our completion rates were not that good which we will work on.“But our forwards like Willie Minoga led the way and everyone else just followed through. The backline too did their jobs and so overall a good team effort,” said Marum.last_img

Buyo: “At this level, Courtois is among the three best in the world”

first_imgMadrid started badly in defense, but it has improved very fast. What is the password?If you have great defenses and the rest of the team is supportive, everyone works and helps, there is the reason; The teams are assembled from behind. It is also the second year of Courtois, the controversy with Keylor is already far and that tranquility has been very good for the team, the defense and himself.Has it freed you a lot to leave Keylor?In Madrid you are never guaranteed the site, you must always press. Keylor is gone, but there’s Areola, you can’t sleep. Madrid has always had great players, that’s why it is the most successful team, that’s why it has won everything it has won.The Bernabéu came to whistle and in Getafe saved the team. Did he go unfair with him?Madrid has always had great goalkeepers who earned points. He made three fantastic stops. The first, that of Arambarri, is the best. It is a quick and very powerful shot, it was very fast reflexes, it was fantastic. On the pitos, everything coincided: the team was not at its best, neither was it … The first year when you change and team, and more if you arrive at a club like Real Madrid, so demanding, you are under a lot of pressure, you need A period of adaptation. The second year is the year of consecration, when you have to prove. If Courtois continues at this level, it is among the three best goalkeepers in the world, for sure.Is he the best goalkeeper in the league right now? Luckily we have three great references, Oblak, Ter Stegen and Courtois. It is a blessing to have goalkeepers of this level, not forgetting other greats. Spain and Madrid, if they have been characterized by something, is for having high-level goalkeepers.Do you see him winning the Zamora?Madrid is a team that starts with a bit of disadvantage in this regard, the attack prevails more than the defense, not as in other teams that play not to fit and then see if they can do any. We have always had a disadvantage compared to other teams in that aspect, but I see Madrid very aware that it should defend better, be supportive. On Saturday without Ramos, Varane took a step forward, Militao demonstrated his potential, just like Mendy … The important thing for Madrid: that the generational relay in defense is assured.The last white Zamora was Casillas, 12 years ago …Madrid sometimes does not care to fit as long as it gets two, three goals more than the rival. It has always been characterized by clearly playing the attack, among other reasons because the Bernabéu’s own public does not allow you to play backwards, to spare it, to play with the goalkeeper … That he does not like attacks in that stadium.More merit for you, who won the award twice.Two and one who owe me, which I have to claim, they just gave them to Jorge D’Alessandro (those from 1974-75 and 1976-77) and for the same reason I have the one from 1992-93 (I Liaño and Cañizares won, with an average of 0.83 goals per game; Buyo averaged 0.73, but only played 26 games). If they have given it to other colleagues, I deserve it too. It is one thing in which there are already two or three precedents, it is justice. I will claim it.Returning to Madrid 1987-88: that team fit very little and also scored many goals, no less than 95.We defended well, but we attacked better. We played by heart, it was a great team: Quinta del Vulture, Hugo Sánchez. We played football very well, we had a lot of merit.And now Madrid is missing that goal that was then left over?He has fewer goals than he has generated: clubs, rival goalkeepers with outstanding performances … He could perfectly carry ten more goals, but that is what he has. The scorer deficit is there, we will not deny it, but there are other players who must step forward. Benzema has already given it, hopefully Bale, Hazard, Rodrygo or Vinicius do it too. If they do, Madrid will be in safe champion numbers.Do you see league champion?Yes, it is the team that, joining defense and attack, I see more solvent. A team that has grown a lot compared to last year, which was a transition, a bad year in all aspects. Now I see him very solid and mentalized, he will continue to grow and can fight the League; Nor would he rule out for the Champions League, in fact the first goal is already, the Super Cup.Does the Super Cup come to Madrid at a good time?Yes, sorry for Hazard’s injury, a very important casualty. But despite that, Madrid has the potential to conquer the title, sure. Madrid have conceded 12 goals after 19 league games, it didn’t happen since the 1987-88 season, with Quinta del Vulture on the field and you in the goal.I remember we were a great team, we dominated the League, we won five straight. We were a very difficult team to beat, we defended well and attacked better. That team had a lot of merit, and with only three foreigners in addition.center_img Precisely this Madrid what does not dominate is the League.No, but in return he has dominated in Europe. Even so, we are the team with the most leagues. Barça is a great team, with great players, it is normal for me to win titles. It has lost ground with them, but it has also expanded in Champions, I do not know what will be better … Surely for the Real Madrid is a pride.last_img read more

Gil Marín met with the team

first_imgMiguel Ángel Gil, CEO of Atlético, met with the staff and coaching staff of Atlético at the Majadahonda facilities. The rojiblanco leader usually meets them in the middle of each season to assess what has been done so far and also to join forces in the face of what lies ahead. Gil Marín thanked the most veteran for the support they have given to the new, since it is a campaign in which the staff has been renewed and there are many new players on the squad. The newcomers made them see that he is very happy with them for the adaptation they are having in the team and also had words towards the coaching staff. Atlético is third and is meeting the objectives set at the beginning of the season. In addition, the team overcame the group stage of the Champions League, another challenge marked at the beginning of each year. Gil Marín and the squad understand that Atlético let out some points that could have placed the team much higher on the table but they remembered that the Spanish Super Cup is at stake shortly and the leader pointed out that it is an important title for the entity . At Atlético’s locker room there was talk of how important it would be for the international expansion of the club to win the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia and the morale it would mean for the team. The Champions League, with the tie that will be played against Liverpool, is marked in red on the Atlético calendar. Gil Marín, finally, wished all the members of the rojiblanco team a happy year.last_img read more

First afternoons at Johan Cruyff

first_imgQuique Setién is carrying out an accelerated course of adaptation to the Barcelona environment with his team of collaborators. On Tuesday he trained in the morning, at noon he was introduced and re-directed session in the afternoon. He suspended the day off for players to exercise yesterday morning and afternoon He showed up with his entire coaching staff at the Estadi Johan Cruyff to watch the match between the Blaugrana subsidiary and the Badalona.They did not do it alone. There was entrance in the noble zone of the new stadium. Setién, Sarabia, Pascua and Soto were accompanied by the deputy to the sports management, Ramon Planes as well as Guillermo Amor, José Mari Bakero, Joan Barbará, Álex García and Jordi Roura in a box with the presence of former Barça Víctor Muñoz soccer players and Pichi Alonso. A match against Badalona in which García Pimienta’s team, who for hours was a very serious candidate to train the first team, could not count on Riqui Puig, who aims to enter the first team’s list on Saturday to face Granada in the debut of Setién because of the withdrawal of De Jong by sanction, the cession of Aleñá and the physical state of Arthur.last_img read more