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Barcelona dismisses Ernesto Valverde and signs Quique Setién at the front of the bench

first_img01/13/2020 – 20:24 | 23:24 – 01/13/20 The Ernesto Valverde era in Barcelona is already past. The club, after the debacle of the Super Cup and endless rumors, has announced the dismissal of Txingurri thus ending two and a half seasons leading the first team in which LaLiga has won twice, a Copa del Rey (lost another final) and another Spanish Super Cup, the competition that ended up being the last blow for Viandar de la Vera. His substitute, a Quique Setién who gets the great opportunity of his career after leading Las Palmas and Real Betis, among other groups, and who signs until 2022 with the elections to the Blaugrana presidency on the horizon.Four titles but the feeling that he never knew how to take over the reins of one of the most complicated costumes in the world. In the shade, due to the so-called Champions League disasters in Rome and Liverpool, the Valverde stage as coach of Barcelona closes with another failure in the fight for a championship, although after signing the 80 best minutes of the season in addition to be a leader in LaLiga and stand in the round of the top continental competition.Because against Atlético de Madrid, the culé team did not deserve to lose in the semifinals. But football is like that and a bad final straight match led to the rojiblancos going 2-1 (with two other goals voided in Barça) and that led to the last anger of the directive against his coach. That one that never gave the full confidence of Josep María Bartomeu and its surroundings and was only saved in June 2019 by the insistence of the strong block of the wardrobe, with Leo Messi in the lead. He leaves with four titles (two leagues, between them) after two and a half campaignsThe Cantabrian coach signs until 2022 with the elections on the horizonThis Tuesday will be presented at the Camp Nou and will debut before Granadacenter_img After tense days in Can Barça, trips to Qatar and clandestine meetings but telegraphed loudly, Bartomeu has met with Valverde on the return to training to communicate his dismissal. That has been a reality after the meeting with the Board of Directors this Monday, where the arrival until 2022 of Quique Setién has been closed and once it has also been announced, one that will be presented this Tuesday with the president, in order to explain everything that happened.In this way, Valverde leaves and the Cantabrian coach arrives (‘us’ from Xavi and Koeman through), to urgently take the culé box before his official debut in LaLiga (Sunday, at 9:00 p.m. against Granada). With the Camp Nou present, the culé fan will dictate his sentence: support for the team before the new stage or criticism for being participants of the goodbye of the Txingurri.Txingurri fell ‘the brown’ without NeymarAn Extremaduran coach who arrived in the summer of 2017 to take over from the successful, but short, stage of Luis Enrique in the dressing room. Already without Neymar from the beginning, due to his escape to PSG, Valverde had to reinvent himself (after losing his first Super Cup against Madrid) with the signings in extremis of Dembélé and Coutinho.Two players who never knew how to get the expected match and also largely blamed their method, as in the aforementioned debacles of the Olympic of Rome, Anfield, Cup against Valencia or the last of Jeddah, as well as the difficult coupling of Griezmann, irregularities with Arthur or the strange substitutions of Busquets.Conqueror of the two leagues he has faced, the first Cup and the second Super Cup, his triumphs were hidden under the technical superiority of Messi and company on the grass. Not the defeats, which weighed too much on the fans and were exhausting the patience of the board. That in his last year and a half in the club, there are elections in 2021, he has chosen Quique Setién as a relay until 2022, which suggests that he will be chosen for the bench of the continuity candidacy.Racing from Santander, Poli Ejido, Equatorial Guinea, Logroñés, Lugo, Las Palmas and Betis in his career as a coach, Setién comes up with a much bigger challenge. Get in front of a much superior club in everything that represents the previous ones and move forward with a season that has become entrenched by the lack of confidence in Valverde, which exploded after falling into the reformed Super Cup.last_img read more

Reinier joins Brazil pending the announcement of Madrid

first_imgThe Brazilian U23 National Team already has 22 of the 23 summoned in Colombian territory for the 2020 Pre-Olympic Tournament. The most recent to join the concentration in Armenia was Reinier Jesus Carvalho, who did not travel with the rest of the team after receiving permission from the Brazilian Football Confederation.The midfielder stayed one more time in his country to define the last details of his transfer to Real Madrid and his disengagement from Flamengo, a team with which he debuted as a professional in July of the previous year and became champion of the Copa Libertadores and Brasileirao. Reinier passed medical exams at Comary Farm, Place of concentration of the Brazilian National Team in Teresópolis, where staff from the Spanish club moved in order to expedite the process of transferring the 17-year-old player.Now the midfielder is focused on the Pre-Olympic with his sights set on Sunday, January 19, day of the debut against Peru in the Centenary of Armenia (20:30 local time) and also date on which he will turn 18. From that moment on, he can become official as a new Real Madrid player when the club considers it appropriate.In the Brazilian concentration, only Ricardo Graça, Vasco da Gama’s defense, was called at the last moment by André Jardine due to Walce’s injury that took him out of the Pre-Olympic.last_img read more

Ibaka’s ‘double-double’ guides a record Raptors

first_imgAt the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Canadians (38-14) continue to try to cut distances to Milwaukee Bucks (44-7), leaders of the Eastern Conference, and have added their thirteenth consecutive victory, increasing their historical mark.On this occasion, Ibaka was the top scorer by contributing 22 points -8 of 17 field shots, including 3 of 5 triples, and 1 of 2 from the personnel line- in 40 minutes, in which he also contributed 10 rebounds and 3 assistsMeanwhile, the Catalan center Marc Gasol was low for the fifth consecutive game because of his left thigh injury, which will foreseeably keep him off the court until after the All Star next week in Chicago.For their part, the Suns (21-31) ended a run of four straight losses at home against the Rockets, although the result is still not enough to reach the playoff positions in the West. The forward Kelly Oubre and the guard Devin Booker, with 39 and 33 each, led the attack of the Arizona.The Catalan base Ricky Rubio enjoyed 23 minutes on the track, in which he contributed 5 points, 2 rebounds and 10 assists, a figure that made him the reference of his in the most supportive facet of the game.– STATISTICS OF SPANISH PLAYERS.SERGE IBAKA: 22 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists.RICKY BLOND: 5 points, 2 rebounds and 10 assists.MARC GASOL: Injured. The Hispanic-Congolese power forward Serge Ibaka, with a ‘double-double’ of 22 points and 10 rebounds, has commanded Toronto Raptors this morning, who have linked their thirteenth consecutive victory, against Indiana Pacers (106-115), in an NBA day in which Ricky Rubio’s Phoenix Suns have overwhelmed Houston Rockets (127-91). Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors player. Image: Reuterscenter_img The Hispanic-Congolese scored 22 points and captured 10 reboundsThe pivot Marc Gasol was low for the fifth consecutive gamelast_img read more

WTA Tour: Schmiedlova beats Venus Williams in the first round

first_imgWith an correct service and toxic blows with its reverse crossed, Schmiedlova dominated and matched the duel with a 6-3 in your favor in the second set. The Slovak once more broke the service quickly. In the second sport particularly, in order that the seven-time event champion ‘Grand Slams’ lowered the energy of his punches and He met a rival with a great protection.Schmiedlova broke in the eighth sport and thus closed his first win on the circuit in 2020. “It’s one among the most essential victories of my profession; I got here from the ‘qualy’ and confronted an enormous one like Venus. Good factor this occurred in Monterrey, “stated the European.In different putting outcomes from the first round, the Swedish Rebecca Peterson, sixth sown, beat the Ukrainian Kateryna Kozlova 3-6, 7-6 (1), 6-4; the China Yafan Wang, eighth favourite, received 6-4, 6-Four Spanish Lara Arruabarrena, and the Czech Marie Buzková defeated Slovakia Kristina Kucova 6-4, 6-2. Slovak Ana Karolina Schmiedlova, 199 of the WTA rating, stunned at the Monterrey Tennis Open defeating the American Venus Williams, 5 occasions Wimbledon champion 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in 2 hours 29 minutes.Venus, racket 65 of the world, He began imposing circumstances together with his ‘drive’, putting balls at angles and, in this manner, He took the first sleeve 6-4. The eldest of the Williams sisters got here from shedding in the Acapulco Open in the first round and focused on going level by level in the direction of victory, however in the first sport of the second set suffered a service break and, from there, it got here underneath.last_img read more

United would pay Saúl’s termination clause: 150 million

first_imgLaLiga Santander* Data updated as of March 30, 2020 And according Daily star, that would be the number that the English club would be willing to reach in order to bring a footballer that the rojiblanco club does not want to sell. With 150 million, what would be the most expensive signing in the history of the team, they would only need the consent of the soccer player to get him out of there. That Manchester United is interested in Saúl Ñíguez is nothing new. From the offices of Old Trafford They have been closely following the footballer for a long time and although there have been approaches, nothing has ever materialized. The player, who renewed in the summer of 2017, agreed with Atlético de Madrid a termination clause of 150 million euros. 8 In any case, Saúl is not the only objective of the red devils, who have the player of the Birmingham, Jude Bellingham (to which they would yield after hiring him once he turns 18 in June), to the Dutch of Ajax, Donny van de Beek (closely related to the Real Madrid) and of course, to the great promise of England, Jadon Sancho (to the Borussia Dortmund offers will rain down on him.)Saúl has not stated at any time that he wants to leave and he is an important part of Diego Pablo Simeone’s team. So far this year, he has scored four goals in 37 games and has a long-term contract until 2026, so it will not be easy to get him out of the Spanish capital, much less if he wants to combine his transfer with that of Jadon Sancho. Meanwhile, the footballer is focused on his club, of which he said that they have not yet been told anything one hundred percent about a ERTE, and in the fight against the coronavirus, joining the initiative ‘We will go out together’. The idea of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is to join Saul with Bruno Fernandes to get rid of Paul Pogba once and for all, obtaining good money in exchange for the French it would be worth to cover a large part of the clause of the Spanish it represents Jonathan Barnett. Premier League* Data updated as of March 30, 2020last_img read more

Barça rectifies and saves the Youth from the salary cut

first_imgApart from the footballers, The technicians, assistants and other employees of Juvenil A also get rid of the salary reduction, which will affect the rest of the professional teams and sections. The footballers and employees of Juvenil B were already exempt from this reduction as they were considered ‘amateur’ for all intents and purposes.On the other hand, who maintains the ERTE in all its extension is the Blaugrana subsidiary, who will have to assume a significant reduction in his salary, both coaches and footballers. Cases like Ansu Fati, a subsidiary player but with absolute first team dynamics, will have to be dealt with individually.Remember that in principle, the Juvenile A had an ERTE of 30%, which was an important setback for a category that already has limited salaries. In any case, the managers of Barcelona have had sufficient sensitivity to rectify in time and thus show their support and trust for the youth team and the training football. Among all the athletes affected by the ERTE of FC Barcelona, ​​they were by far the most affected by the threat of a salary cut: Juvenil A players, kids between 15 to 16 years old, who They are not yet professionals, but they do not have amateur status either, and they have chips of around 45,000 euros gross. in the best case.Well, this Tuesday in the late afternoon, they received from the leaders of Youth A the official statement that their salary will not be affected despite the ERTE that the Blaugrana club will present in the next few hours. In your case, the employment regulation file will be presented, but it will be fully compensated by the compensatory help of the first team players and the entity itself, guaranteeing them 100% of the payroll.last_img read more

The Prosecutor’s Office reiterates the arrest warrant for the businesswoman related to Ronaldinho

first_imgThe Public Ministry also summoned the judge in the case to communicate an international arrest warrant to Interpol Paraguay so that López submits to the process to the open case for production and use of public documents with false content, among other facts investigated.Ronaldinho and his brother are accused by the Prosecutor’s Office for producing official documents with false content, a crime that carries up to five years in prison.The case dates back to March 4, when both entered Paraguay through the Asunción International Airport with manipulated Paraguayan passports.Ronaldinho planned to support a foundation with his image who organized a social assistance program for Paraguayan children and chaired by López, who received them at the airport.López’s lawyers assured that the businesswoman processed Paraguayan passports for Ronaldinho and his brother through a private agency and that he did not know that these were false.Ronaldinho’s defense then argued that both were interested in opening businesses in Paraguay and that they interpreted these passports as a kind of gift. The Prosecutor’s Office On Tuesday, he reiterated to the National Police a search and capture order against Dalia López, the Paraguayan businesswoman who was in charge of the charity project that brought Ronaldinho Gáucho to Paraguay, who is under house arrest for entering the country with a false passport.López is unaccounted for since the arrest a month ago of former Brazilian soccer player Ronaldo de Assis Moreira. and her brother Roberto, who a week ago was granted a house arrest by a judge, who they are serving at a hotel in Asunción.The judge granted that alternative measure after posting bail of $ 1.6 million.The Prosecutor’s Office recalled this Tuesday in a statement that on March 7 he issued a first arrest warrant and that when López failed to appear, he requested a guarantee court to declare her in default.last_img read more

Joan Alcaraz: from Villarreal to Guayaquil in search of happiness

first_imgAn endless parenthesisJoan Alcaraz’s story in Ecuador has only just begun and already has large doses of unexpected action. Shortly after arriving in the South American country, the Spanish witnessed how LDU Quito’s bar brava beat up a person who was reselling tickets to the final for the Super Cup. He also saw a robbery at gunpoint, that of a hooded motorist to the Guayaquil City doctor: “He pointed a gun at him and took everything he had on him”. Incidents that, unfortunately, are the order of the day in Ecuador. What nobody expects is the outbreak of a pandemic. Nor the death of a 20-year-old youth squad, Edwin Espinoza, shot to death after being mistaken for another person at the door of his house. “The last weeks are an endless nightmare,” discovers Alcaraz, who came to witness the burning of corpses in the middle of the street after the collapse of health by COVID-19. Nothing that has led him to question the decision he made almost six months ago. His search for happiness continues in South America. As he supposed since discovering the U-20 team of Independiente del Valle, Joan Alcaraz has found in Ecuador a source of inexhaustible talent: “It is not a minor country. It is under development and I think that, in three or four years, it will have a very important presence in South America. He does not have great financial resources, but at the talent level he is brutalAnd he is not the only Spaniard who bets on soccer in the country: Miguel Ramírez conquered the South American Cup with IDV, Ismael and Juan Rescalvo lead Emelec and Antonio Cordón, sports director of the Ecuadorian Soccer Federation, chose Jordi Cruyff as selector. “Being able to help in that construction process is what moves us all”, discovers Alcaraz.Joan Alcaraz ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Joan Alcaraz working at his home in Guayaquil, where he awaits the return of Ecuadorian football.Joan Alcaraz In the second most important city -after Quito- in Ecuador, Joan Alcaraz acts as Pool Gavilánez’s right hand man. “I do my own and rival analysis, I transmit my impressions during games and I see other footballers as possible additions. We are a young coaching staff and we do not take a step without agreeing everything. The coach is the one who makes the decisions, but we all feel important in all areas “, details the only Spaniard in Guayaquil City, a” selling “club that bases its football on ball possession:” The coach is smart and knows that if we want to expose and sell players, we cannot bet on first-round matches and He has a sensitivity for positional play, for dominating matches … If you add to that giving opportunities to young players in Primera, City is very similar to Villarreal “. “Villarreal offered me everything a professional can ask for, but I was not happy”center_img Joan Alcaraz, Spanish in Guayaquil City During his time at the Villarreal technical secretariat, Joan Alcaraz (Gandía, 1991) they commissioned him to analyze the sub-20 team of Independiente del Valle. His expectations were very low, but it only took him 90 minutes to fall in love with Ecuadorian soccer. He didn’t know, but somehow he was connecting with his future. Two years have not passed since then and Ecuador is already part of your logbook. Guayaquil City, a modest team that competes in the First Division of the South American country, is now his home. And there, more than 9,000 kilometers from his native Gandia, he has found what he was looking for.For any other soccer fan, being part of Villarreal’s technical secretariat at the age of 28 would have been enough. But Alcaraz “needed something new”: “It was very good, the club offered me everything a professional could ask for, but I was not happy. I did not feel completely full”. It was then that a visit changed his life: “The Guayaquil City coaching staff took a tour of Spain and they asked me to show them the facilities and tell them how we worked in Villarreal. We connected and, before leaving, the coach, Pool Gavilánez, he told me that he was looking for someone like me. “That was how Joan Alcaraz left an elite European club to join the ranks of a modest in South America. “Some people don’t understand it, but I needed to turn my life around and Ecuador is the ideal place to start a new path”, defends from his home in Samborondón, a 15-minute drive from downtown Guayaquil.last_img read more

Goalkeeper Knight comes up big in UWI win at Frome

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU: THANKS to goalkeeper Amal Knight, UWI FC won their first away game in the 2015 Red Stripe Premier League season, a commanding 3-1 victory over FC Reno at Frome Sports Complex yesterday. Knight was superb in goal for UWI, pulling off no less than five fantastic saves – without which the home team would easily have won the fixture. In between his spectacular performance, however, UWI grabbed the lead against the run of play when Patrick Brown toe-poked home his effort from the top of the area in the 15th minute for the opener. Forward Girvon Brown then took his chance to score his eighth goal of the season, making it 2-0 in the 40th minute from the penalty spot, before second-half debutant Anthony Grant netted in the 72nd minute. FC Reno replied through substitute Alburn Facey, who tucked in his effort after Knight had saved brilliantly off a sizzling free-kick from Roshane Sharpe. “I am really pleased with my performance and that of the team today. I think it was an excellent performance from the team on a whole,” said Knight. “We have been playing good football since we have settled in the League, and now we are looking towards greater things,” he said. Knight told The Gleaner he believes UWI can challenge for a place in the final four and that it is not beyond them to believe or show they can do so. “With the table congested the way it is, I believe we stand a great chance if we remain consistent,” he stated. FC Reno, meanwhile, are still searching for goalscoring answers after another sub-par performance. However, they could be in for some good news after club officials revealed that top striker and last season’s Golden Boot winner, Craig Foster, will be making his way back to the club. Coach Michael Graham said Foster’s return and some January signings will help rejuvenate the club, which has lost four of their last six matches.last_img read more

Stafanie Taylor – Cricket

first_imgFor her achievement in leading the West Indies to victories over Pakistan in both the Twenty20 and One-day Internationals. She topped tables in the ODI series with a batting average of 130.50 and was the most economical West Indies bowler while taking four wickets. Taylor, the West Indies Women’s captain, was also recently named the International Cricket Council’s Women’s T20 Cricketer of the Year.last_img