Professional soccer in Portugal, in the air until you see the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic

first_imgThe president of the Portuguese Football Federation, Fernando Gomes, and the leaders of the First and Second professional clubs met this Wednesday electronically to analyze the situation and concluded that, if the evolution of the pandemic allows it, they could end the League.The president of the Maritime, Carlos Pereira, advanced this Wednesday to EFE that the most evident conclusion after the meeting is that “until the peak of the pandemic -in Portugal- is known, the future of the competitions will not be defined”. In this sense, the Government of Portugal peak of pandemic expected to be reached in late May, although it would last a few weeks. If there are conditions, “the option of concluding the championship will be considered,” Pereira said, although he insisted that nothing materialized, not even if the matches could be played behind closed doors. The president of the insular club of Funchal insisted to EFE that “everything is subject to what the World Health Organization (WHO) marks.”“Football today is not worth it, since we are not going to applaud the stadiums while thousands of people die”he stressed.During the meeting on Wednesday, there was also no discussion of the economic situation of the Portuguese football clubs, since, at the moment, they have not availed themselves of any temporary employment regulations.The meeting also served to share UEFA’s advanced measures in the last hours, which has raised the possibility of resuming the season in late June or early July, which could extend it until August.last_img read more

“Odegaard gathers more things than Xabi Alonso”

first_imgAnd, in addition, he makes a comparison that illustrates the growth of the Norwegian: “I am not going to say that it reminds me of Xabi Alonso, that in his day impacted us for other different things, but he was also in the midfield with those long shots that caught our attention. Of course, he gathers many more things and I do not know if he will go as far as Xabi. “ Odegaard depends … “I think his head is furnished and he knows why he came here: to be seen, to show that he has a lot of football and also that he is waiting for the position in Madrid to be free. Although they are lucubrations, in a year it will be when Modric leaves him. Possibly, that approach is being made and, as he often repeats, he has been here for two years. Another thing is that then they leave him, because it is due to the club that pays him, which is not only Real, but Madrid above all “, López Ufarte has analyzed. Roberto López Ufarte, one of the most legendary players ever in the Real society, has talked to Gipuzkoa News on Martin Odegaard (21 years old). The left-hander has praised the Real Madrid player, who, as AS said, has a place at Real Madrid next season. The decision will be yours.center_img The former player has also appreciated Odegaar’s powerful breakthrough in Spanish football. “It has surprised not only the fans of Real and the technicians, but also the people of Madrid and all of Spain. If you ask which player is more important in the Real, everyone will say that Odegaard, Isak, Oyarzabal, but Odegaard is always put first. He has almost all the qualities required to play in the midfield. We are no longer going to talk only about his technique, which is exquisite, and he knows at all times what he has to do and when to hit the ball, he also stands out in the facet of recoveries and pressure. Because the first one who pressed and pressed the centrals was him. “López Ufarte has pointed out where Odegaard could improve: “At some point, to find him some, but maybe he drives the ball too much, But it was at specific times when he thought that maybe driving gave enough pause for others to distance themselves. But at all times he is a talented player, he knows what is best for him and for the team above all. “last_img read more

Benzema: “I would like to return to Lyon, but not for now”

first_imgKarim Benzema appeared this afternoon on the ‘OL Night System’, a program organized by Olympique de Lyon during the coronavirus crisis, and which aims to interview old glories of the whole of the Rhone. The Real Madrid forward was sincere and declared that his career at Lyon is likely to end.. In addition, Benzema highlighted that Juninho was the player he liked the most to play in France: “I loved playing with Juninho Pernambucano, also with Wiltord“The Brazilian is currently the sporting director of the Rhône team, and has already stated on several occasions that his desire is to bring Benzema to Lyon. “I am currently what I am thanks to Lyon. Regarding going back, not at the moment, I want to continue making history in Real Madrid, which is the best team in the world. Afterwards, you never know. End my career at Lyon, why not?“said the French international, who added after that Lyon is the club he has at heart.last_img read more

Cesc Fábregas reveals that his great-grandmother suffers from coronavirus

first_imgCesc Fabregas, Spanish midfielder from Monaco announced that his great-grandmother suffers from coronavirus at the age of 95 and they discovered it by doing the transfer of the elderly of the residence with which he collaborates financially in his hometown, Arenys de Mar (Barcelona), to a hotel.“She is 95 years old and the poor thing has taken the coronavirus unfortunately. There were many people who had not taken it at the residence and we wanted to transfer to a hotel. They tested everyone and 70% tested positive, including my great-grandmother “, unveiled in La Sexta.Cesc stay in Monaco with your partner and your children, with the helplessness of not being able to move: “This Thursday we made a video call with her and the truth is that she looks good and it’s lively. The worst thing is that you can’t be with her and give her a hug. Hopefully I can get through it even though we know it can be difficult. “last_img read more

Gayle has been humbled – Beckles

first_imgVice-chancellor of the University of the West Indies, Sir Hilary Beckles, believes that Chris Gayle has been humbled by the consequences of his recent actions in the Australian Big Bash and said that the Jamaican cricketer needs the support of the Caribbean people. Gayle drew the ire sports fans and administrators alike two weeks ago over comments he made to Australian female sports journalist Mel McLaughlin during a post-match interview. While the cricketer later apologised and was fined almost US$10,000 by his Melbourne Renegades, there were calls by some for him to be banned from cricket. Beckles, who said that in his judgement, Gayle is the best cricketer in the world and that he prayed every day for his return to the West Indies fold, added that the player was guilty of a lack of diplomacy. “I take his words for what he said, that he meant no offence. I take his word for that. I think he has given his apology,” Sir Hilary, who was guest speaker at Friday evening’s RJR Sports Foundation Awards ceremony, told The Gleaner. ‘Dust’ it off “We have to give him the support that he needs. Lots of sportsmen and women from time to time might not say the diplomatically pleasing thing, but in most cases, the environment of sport, comments are sometimes taken in the wrong way, and I just want to see Chris dust off all of this,” he added. The Barbadian educator was himself at the heart of a controversy involving Gayle in 2011, when during the Sir Frank Worrell Lecture on the rise and fall of West Indies cricket, he referred to Gayle as the “don” of the contemporary West Indies team. “All of us who are educators – and I am first and foremost an educator – I have seen how all of us can sometimes make statements that are not ideal under the circumstances. But he is a cricketer, and he is a sportsman; and like every sportsman, you make mistakes on the field and off the field. “When you make mistakes on the field, you go to your coach and you correct them. When you make mistakes off the field, you go to your support team and you correct them. And when you correct them, you come out and demonstrate that you are much better and much bigger,” Sir Hilary said. While adding that he wished to leave his own controversy in the past, Sir Hilary also said that he believed Gayle to have learnt from the experience, adding that he believes the Jamaican has a role to play in the future of the Caribbean sport. “This event has humbled Chris, and I want to big him up to get back. I have known him for many years, and I wish him all the best, and I say to him, ‘Come back and fulfill your destiny, and your destiny is in the heart of West Indies cricket’,” he said.last_img read more

Excelsior’s Love targets Champs record

first_imgExcelsior High School’s girls’ team captain, Shanice Love, showed off her good form at the Digicel/PUMA Youngster Goldsmith Classic held last Saturday inside the National Stadium. Competing in her backyard, the 18-year-old threw a meet record 51.92 metres to win the girls Class One discus. She came into the showpiece in good form and improved on the 49.49 metres – which had also been good for gold – at the Queens/Grace Jackson meet a week earlier inside the National Stadium. Love, no doubt, will give some inspiration to her Excelsior charges ahead of next month’s ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships at the same venue, just a stone’s throw from their Mountain-View-based school. “I feel good to get the meet record, it’s the start of the season so this is a good start. I have to lead from the front as captain and set the example and be a role model to my younger teammates,” the Excelsior ‘Lady Eagles’ captain shared with The Gleaner, following her win on Saturday. This year, the discus Class One girls Championships record of 51.32 metres will no doubt be under threat from Love, who will be hoping to finish her Girls’ Champs career in fine style. “My coach has been working closely with me throughout the season and it has been great so far. I will go for Champs gold and the record and also to push my personal best to its furthest,” she outlined. “I want to set the record so that it can stand for years and years to come,” she continued, adding that she will then move on to tertiary studies. Love is also a big academic winner, having copped the Scotiabank-sponsored Howard Aris Scholarship, awarded to the Jamaican student-athlete with the top grade point average at the JAAA’s annual Golden Cleats Awards, recently. The value is $250,000. She finished second at Champs last year behind Hydel High’s Shadae Lawrence, who took gold in 48.66m. Love’s 48.01m seems now a distant stepping stone, as she seeks to round off her final year in style, with the World Juniors also on the agenda.last_img read more

Anthony Patrick still at Waterhouse

first_imgAnthony Patrick is still at Waterhouse despite being relieved as head coach of the struggling Premier League team. He remains at the club as assistant coach and is also in charge of the youth programme. Patrick returned to Waterhouse as interim coach of the Red Stripe Premier League outfit following the resignation of Calvert Fitzgerald, who started the season in charge. Poor results led to Fitzgerald stepping aside. Patrick took over. However, the team continued to struggle. It was rumoured that Paul Young would have taken over some two months ago, but the deal was finalised last week and Young took charge on Friday. When contacted yesterday, Patrick explained his role at the club. “I was playing an interim role until Paul Young came in. Now he is at the club, so I am his assistant and also in charge of the youth programme,” Patrick told The Gleaner. Young, who also had a stint at Waterhouse in 2009, a 2-2 draw against Tivoli Gardens last Sunday at Waterhouse Stadium. Although Waterhouse are at the foot of the table, on 14 points from 17 games, Patrick remains hopeful they will start winning soon. “It will take self-discipline from players. He (Young) is stressing on that, as it is important in moving forward. “We are trying to get the players to concentrate for the entire game. We have to be hopeful that the team can start winning. With five games remaining in the second round, the aim is to win those games then enter the third and final preliminary round in an improved position and take it from there. “We still have a chance of making the last four for the championship play-off,” Patrick said. Waterhouse next play Cavalier SC at Stadium East this Sunday, starting at 5 p.m.last_img read more

Gayle smashes T20 record fifty off 12 balls

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):Mercurial Chris Gayle equalled the fastest ever half-century in Twenty20s with an extraordinary knock as he brought the curtain down on his controversial – and perhaps final – campaign in the Australia Big Bash here yesterday.With Melbourne Renegades needing to overhaul Adelaide Strikers’ 170 in order to have a chance at a semi-final spot, opener Gayle blasted a top score of 56 off 17 deliveries, but wickets fell steadily around him and the hosts came up short at 143 all out in the 16th over to lose by 27 runs.Gayle, who will perhaps best be remembered in this tournament for his controversial ‘Don’t blush, Baby’ remarks to Channel Ten reporter Mel McLaughlin a fortnight ago, set the stage for the run chase by racing to his 50 in record pace.He smashed two fours and seven sixes en route as he equalled the previous record set by Indian left-hander Yuvraj Singh nine years ago against England in Durban during the Twenty20 World Cup.Gayle plundered 26 runs from the first over of the innings sent down by 21-year-old rookie seamer Greg West, which cost 27 runs.After starting with a wide, West watched as Gayle collected a couple to mid-wicket. The left-handed Jamaican blocked the second delivery but then burst to life, clearing the ropes with the remaining four deliveries of the over.The first six was a savage pull over mid-wicket; the second was an even bigger hit into the same area; while the third sailed over backward square leg. Gayle ended the over by depositing a full toss over long on.In the third over from seamer Ben Laughlin, Gayle belted sixes over long off and then over mid-wicket to move into the 40s before punching the right-armer to the long-off boundary.Off the first ball of the next over, he drew level with Yuvraj when he cleared the ropes at long on with off-spinner Travis Head.CAUGHTBEHINDDisappointingly, Gayle fell in Head’s next over, the sixth of the innings, top-edging a catch behind – the last of the bowler’s first three wickets.The half-century was Gayle’s first in eight innings in the Big Bash this season.Despite his fireworks, Renegades capitulated with opener Tom Cooper and West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo suffering the indignity of first-ball ‘ducks’ and captain Cameron White managing just six.Earlier, Tim Ludeman hit 49 and Jono Dean, 48, in an opening stand of 85 off 64 deliveries, which gave Strikers a flying start.At the end, captain Brad Hodge stroked a cameo, unbeaten 37 off just 21 deliveries in a 55-run, fifth-wicket stand off 31 balls with Jake Lehmann (24).Bravo claimed one for 36 from his four overs of medium pace.Renegades’ defeat ensured that AndrÈ Russell’s Sydney Thunder booked their first spot in the BBL semi-finals.last_img read more

Gatlin vows to beat Bolt in Rio

first_imgNEW YORK, (CMC): Two-time doper and controversial American sprinter Justin Gatlin has vowed to defeat the World’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, at the Rio Olympics later this year. Gatlin is seeking revenge after Bolt put a troubled build-up behind him to beat the American and retain his world 100m and 200m titles in Beijing last year. The prospect of another clash between Bolt and Gatlin sets the tone for an epic 100m showdown during the summer Olympics in Brazil from the 5th to the 21st of August. “I’m going to win. We are bringing it (gold medal) back to the USA. We are going to bring it back to the USA, to LA to New York,” declared Gatlin in an interview with TMZ sports. “We are going on a tour around the country with it around my neck like a gold chain.” Although Gatlin came into the final in Beijing last year on a 28-race unbeaten run, Bolt beat him at the death to snatch victory by one hundredth of a second. Gatlin says he considers himself the closest threat Bolt has ever had and he is working hard to be even better. “It’s my duty to beat the biggest rival possible to make it one of the most epic races in Olympic history, so I got to stand up to the duty. So I am working very hard around the clock,” said Gatlin. “Last year was a nail-biter to the finish line at the world championships. He won over me by a hundredth of a second, so I am the closest threat he has ever had. So right now, I am working to be better than that.”last_img read more

JOA hails GraceKennedy for Rio 2016 support

first_imgKINGSTON: The Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) has described the support of the GraceKennedy Group for the athletes as unparalleled and essential. This is according to Mike Fennell, president of the JOA, who spoke at a special luncheon hosted at The Jamaica Pegasus on Thursday to thank the GraceKennedy Group for its support of the 63-member Jamaican contingent at the Rio Olympics. “This is our way of saying thank you for your unparalleled support, especially for the recent Olympics Games in Rio. You have provided assistance through products and essential nutritional advice, which assisted us in maintaining our world-leading performances, and for that, we are grateful,” said Fennell. Representing GraceKennedy were Andrea Coy, CEO of GraceKennedy Foods, Jamaica (Domestic); and Angeline Gillings, chief global category officer, GraceKennedy Foods. Also present was chef Karl Thomas, who was contracted by GK Foods to oversee the preparation of meals for the Jamaican Olympians. In response, Mrs Coy said, “We are elated that you chose us to come on board for yet another Olympics, and we are proud to know that with our support, the team demonstrated a winning spirit and delivered such spectacular performances.” Chef Karl Thomas, who was also the lead chef for GraceKennedy Foods at the 2012 Olympics, said he was happy to have served the team and the country for the second consecutive Olympics. “It’s a thrilling feeling to be a part of this exceptional contingent, and it was an honour to prepare our athletes to take on the world, and to see them deliver so well,” he said. As a token of its appreciation, the JOA presented the trio with gift packages of official Jamaican team gear. As the official food and nutrition sponsor of the 2016 Jamaican Olympic team, GraceKennedy Foods, a part of the GraceKennedy Group, provided food products and other nutritional support for the contingent at the pre-Olympics training camp in Rio.last_img read more