Louis van Gaal rages about Brazil’s advantage

first_img “I will stick to the facts,” Van Gaal told a press conference. “We have one day less than Brazil,” Van Gaal added. “We have to get into shape in two-and-a-half days, which physically is hard.” “It was all about being number one so to lose this way is the most terrible way. “I would have rather lost 7-1 (as Brazil did against Germany).” Ref: Djamel Haimoudi (ALG) Possible teams:  Louis van Gaal says that Brazil have an advantage ahead of their third place play-off. “The question is why? I think Scolari should think about that if he wants to do that and is allowed to do that.” 11/07/2014 at 20:50 Speaking about Holland’s semi-final defeat by Argentina, Van Gaal said: “(It) was very, very sad.” “A dream has been broken and this dream is not going to come back. “The facts are that Brazil started first. And Brazil again has played first again and we played a day later. The Dutchman was angry that Brazil have been playing their games before everyone else at the tournament.  CEST Brazil: Julio Cesar, Maicon, Silva, Luiz, Marcelo, Fernandinho, Gustavo, Hulk, Oscar, Bernard, Jo.  “These are the facts. I am not going to beat around the bush. Then you know what the implications are if that is the case. Holland: Krul, Vrij, Veltman, Blind, Janmaat, Wijnaldum, Clasie, Kuyt, Sneijder, Robben, Huntelaar. last_img read more

Javier Tebas threatens crackdown on clubs collaborating with ultras

first_img “Those clubs that collaborate directly or indirectly with ‘Ultra’ groups, will face a financial sanction and this could even be a sporting sanction – a points deduction or even relegation,” Tebas told Cadena Cope. Upd. at 19:13 Rik Sharma “We will make an official list of the Ultra groups. We are preparing a list of measures to combat violence in football. We want to consolidate a strategy in order to eradicate the Ultras from our stadiums.” The LFP are working with the Spanish FA (RFEF) and Sports Council to prevent a repeat of the brutal scenes that left a Deportivo La Coruna supporter dead on Sunday morning, before they dook on Atletico at the Vicente Calderon. center_img CET Javier Tebas has warned football clubs in Spain that they may be hit with fines and point deductions if they do not help remove hooliganism from the Spanish game. 04/12/2014last_img read more

Javier Mascherano: Rafa Benitez pulled me out of a hole

first_img Sport EN Mascherano said: “I spoke to Rafa last year while he was at Napoli. Now we speak less, for obvious reasons. I have everything to thank him for. Upd. at 21:35 08/10/2015 The Barcelona player spoke to the magazine Panenka and was asked about his coach – now a clear rival – while at Liverpool.center_img Javier Mascherano has hailed his former manager Rafa Benitez, who is currently in charge of Real Madrid. “He rescued me from a deep, dark hole, 20 metres underground and helped me reach the very top. He’s a great person and a manager you can learn from, if you really want to.” CESTlast_img

Spain leave it late but Pique comes up with winner

first_img The quality of openings improved after the break, but the quality of finishing did not. Roman Hubnik almost scored an own goal, but was saved by the post, while David Silva wanted too many touches when released by Nolito.  13/06/2016 Vicente del Bosque’s side dominated their opening match in Toulouse, camping in their opposition’s half for the majority of the 90 minutes, but it looked like the breakthrough was not going to arrive.  CEST Sport EN Juventus’ Alvaro Morata missed two good chances in a goalless first half.  Spain are bidding to become the first side to win the tournament three times in a row – no other side has even won it twice in a row – and the pre-match debate focused around who would start in goal.  Minutes before that the Manchester City man had curled a great chance wide from the edge of the area, while substitute Aritz Aduriz’s acrobatic effort flashed inches wide of the post.  The Barcelona defender, who was booed by sections of La Roja’s support during qualifying for the finals, sprinted away to celebrate the dramatic winner in front of the travelling Spanish contingent. However, in the 87th minute, man of the match Andres Iniesta picked up a pass from Pedro, jinked inside and plonked the ball on Pique’s head.  Led by Iniesta, Spain dominated possession in their usual manner, but they were wasteful in front of goal – the lack of a quality striker is perhaps one of their biggest concerns.  Spain left it late but got their defence of the European Championships off to a winning start thanks to Gerard Pique’s late header against Czech Republic.  Del Bosque went for David de Gea over Iker Casillas in the end, despite the Manchester United stopper being implemented in a sexual assault case on Friday, something he denied, although, in truth, he could have played Sergio Rico and it wouldn’t have mattered.  Upd. at 23:40 Just when it seemed Spain’s time was running out, though, Iniesta provided the spark they’d been lacking and Pique delivered the finish.last_img read more

Modric wins the Golden Ball at the World Cup

first_img 15/07/2018 The Croatian midfielder Luka Modric, who also plays for Real Madrid, has won the Golden Ball after being chosen as the best player at the World Cup in Russia. Modric, like Lionel Messi in 2014, received the award despite his country losing the final to France (4-2). IN SPORT.ES His situation is similar to that of Leo Messi in 2014. He needed to collect the Golden Ball following Argentina’s loss to Germany, the same fate which bestowed Modric. Modric surpassed Dario Simic’s record for most appearances at the World Cup, a total of 12 matches in total, and finally gets an individual award for the high level of performances he’s produced over the last three years. Modric, Balón de Oro del Mundial The World Cup ended on a sad note for Modric who couldn’t conquer Russia because of the powerful French side standing in his way. RELATED STORIES Upd. on 17/07/2018 at 12:44 CEST France have too much quality for Croatia and win the World Cup Losing finals isn’t something Modric is used to as he’s won every single one he’s played in for Real Madrid. At 32, reaching the end of his career as a footballer and possibly competing in his last World Cup, he wasn’t able to lead Croatia to the ultimate glory despite his own personal achievements. EFElast_img read more

Lucas Moura hat-trick downs Ajax as Tottenham reach Champions League final

first_img IN SPORT.ES Lucas Moura scored a hat-trick, including one in the final minute of stoppage time, as Tottenham came from three goals down to beat Ajax and set up a Champions League final with Liverpool in Madrid.  Spurs still needed one more to progress via the away goals rule and the game opened up as they pushed. Ziyech came close to sealing it, hitting the post.  But Spurs, perhaps inspired by Liverpool’s comeback against Barcelona on Tuesday, roared back after the break to set up an all English final on June 1 at the Wanda Metropolitano.  Ajax won the first leg last week 1-0 in London and looked comfortable in the tie when Matthijs de Ligt and Hakim Ziyech moved them into a 2-0 lead on Wednesday night at the Johan Cruyff Arena.  It was the latest turnaround in what has been a crazy knockout stage in the competition. From Ajax against Real Madrid, Juventus against Atletico Madrid through to Manchester United against Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool against Barca.  Everything will come to an end in the Spanish capital next month and it will be an English side whose name is on the trophy: Liverpool or Tottenham.  Ajax looked set to hold on when Jan Vertonghen and Son missed good chances in the final stages of the game, but they were punished in the 95th minute when Moura completed his treble with a good finish inside the area.  Moura gave them home in the 55th minute and then drew them level on the night four minutes later.  Sport.es ¡Un hat trick de Lucas Moura mete al Tottenham en la final! CEST Upd. at 23:50 08/05/2019 It’s impossible to call given everything that’s happened in Europe this week. It may even be a better tactic to concede the first goal and play for the comeback…last_img read more

Cricket: Pace sensation Malinga accused of sexual assault as disturbing details emerge

first_imgAdvertisement lilNBA Finals | Brooklyn VstcaulWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4pvk( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 622Would you ever consider trying this?😱6mgzrCan your students do this? 🌚8gRoller skating! Powered by Firework Image Courtesy: DNA IndiaAdvertisement The existential crisis of Sri Lankan cricket is hit with yet another nail as veteran pacer Lasith Malinga is the next name to be accused of sexual assault.The incident was revealed by singer Chinmayi Sripaada, who claimed that the cricketer sexually assaulted a woman at a hotel in Mumbai during an IPL season.Advertisement Lasith Malinga has been a vital cog of the Mumbai Indians’ bowling setup over the years and has gone on to become the highest wicket-taker in the history of the competition with 154 scalps in 110 matches.Advertisement Further details have been shed on the alleged incident which are disturbing, to say the least. Sripaada took to Twitter to disclose the details behind the incident. You can check out the Tweet right below.This encounter only adds salt to the wounds in Sri Lankan cricket as recently, former Sri Lankan skipper Arjuna Ranatunga was accused of sexual assault as well by an Indian flight attendant.The flight attendant took to social media to reveal the incident where she mentions that the World Cup-winning captain harassed her sexually while also stating that the hotel reception personnel ignored her pleas when she asked for help.There has been a wholesome wake in the country with eye-opening cases of sexual harassment cases over the nation. #MeToo has made its first mark on the sport.Read Also:Nepal trump China in a second bizarre cricketing encounter in two daysIndia far from the finished article in Test Cricket, says Rahul Dravid Advertisementlast_img read more

NBA Recap, 25/4/19 – Clippers win Game 5 against the Warriors

first_imgApr 24, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; LA Clippers guard Patrick Beverley (21) gestures to officials during the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors in game five of the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY SportsAdvertisement v0ydNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs1q2cs3Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E7pr( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) c1y0Would you ever consider trying this?😱4qm3Can your students do this? 🌚cpb6r1Roller skating! Powered by Firework The Los Angeles Clippers are not backing down. If you thought that their Game 2 win was a fluke, think again. They beat the Warriors yet again, claiming a 129-121 win in Game 5 in Oakland. That result made the series 3-2, and the Warriors will head back to Los Angeles as they attempt to clinch the series.Advertisement Lou Williams was once again the catalyst for the Clippers, and he had 33 points and 10 assists off the bench. The likes Montrezl Harrell and Danilo Gallinari chipped in, as the Clippers claimed an impressive win. Kevin Durant had 45 points for the Warriors, but a poor defensive performance saw them lost the game.Advertisement The winner of this series will face the Houston Rockets, who won their series 4-1 with the Jazz. Houston won 100-93 in Game 5 after the Jazz won the last game in Utah. James Harden had 26 points, and the Rockets got the job done to progress to the conference semi-finals.The Jazz were poor, and could not generate enough offence to trouble the Rockets. The game was a low-scoring one, and it got a bit scrappy at times. That’s all the action from today, visit this space tomorrow for more of the same!Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Announced: Guillem Balague signs for SPORT

first_img Balague’s journalism career is well known and respected by everyone. He left Catalonia for England in 1991 where he worked for Don Balon, Marca and eventually Sky Sports, where he became a specialist in the United Kingdom on Spanish football.  21/02/2020 at 13:50 Diario SPORT is delighted to announce the appointment of a special new contributor in the form of the journalist Guillem Balague.  Now, he will form part of the history of SPORT after joining as a weekly contributor. He has since worked for a number of other publications and television channels and now runs his own Youtube channel, has his own podcast (Pure Football) and is also the president of English non-league club Biggleswade United.  IN SPORT.EScenter_img CET sport.es Balague will write an opinion article in the newspaper every Thursday and will also offer a number of exclusive interviews — starting with Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson.  Guillem Balagué ficha por SPORTlast_img read more

Nine Barça players on the radar of Premier League clubs this summer

first_img “They are open to offers for a huge number of players, with the exception being superstar Lionel Messi,” the article adds. CEST The report explains the effect the coronavirus pandemic is having on Barça and the club’s need to bring in funds to finance moves for other players.  Nueve jugadores del Barça en el radar de la Premier SPORT.es Ter Stegen “happy” at Barça but confirms renewal talks are on hold Manchester United could push for Griezmann, while Luis Suarez’s name is also mentioned along with Ousmane Dembele, Ivan Rakitic and Arturo Vidal.  IN SPORT.ES Coutinho is, of course, brought up as well. Bayern Munich will not take up their option to buy him and any number of Premier League clubs could be keen on him, including Chelsea, Tottenham, Everton and Newcastle. center_img Upd. at 12:22 RELATED STORIES Defender Samuel Umtiti also appears on the list (he’s been linked with United and Arsenal) and Nelson Semedo and Sergi Roberto are both mentioned, too.  Barcelona want to lighten the squad to push through with a move for Neymar or Lautaro Martinez and their openness to selling has not gone unnoticed in the Premier League.  Sancho’s unforgettable 2017, replacing Dembele & snubbing Madrid 03/05/2020 According to tabloid newspaper The Mirror, as many as nine players have been offered to English clubs, “including France star Antoine Griezmann and Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutino.” last_img read more