10 months agoAtletico Madrid chief Berta: Lucas wants to stay

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Atletico Madrid chief Berta: Lucas wants to stayby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid chief Andrea Berta insists Lucas Hernandez won’t be leaving next month.The defender is a target for Bayern Munich.And Marca claimed that the German club would pay the defender’s €80m release clause next month. But Berta says: “I can’t say anything, you will have to ask [Karl-Heinz] Rummenigge [about Bayern’s interest]. “Lucas told me he wants to stay with Atletico. Lucas is a very good player. He’s an important player.” last_img

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9 months agoWolves boss Nuno: We’ll learn from Man City defeat

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves boss Nuno: We’ll learn from Man City defeatby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves boss Nuno insists there’s no reason for concern after their 3-0 defeat at Manchester City.The visitors were outclassed – especially after the dismissal of Willy Boly in the 19th minute.But Nuno reasoned, “We showed character, we were brave to stay in the game, always working hard, but we can’t stop all the chances for Man City.“We tried to have speed and to maintain the organisation, then play clearly on the counter attack.“You have to stay compact, knowing the result is going to be difficult. You have to work yourself until the end and my boys did it, so we must look ahead to the next challenge at home.”He continued: “We are learning every day, since last season. What we try is to concentrate on ourselves. We know that we must do better to compete against such a big and fantastic team.“There’s always a challenge for us. We can’t erase the game from our memories, but we’ll try because what is important is the next one.” last_img read more

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a month agoMan City boss Guardiola: Otamendi and Fernandinho too old for regular football

first_imgMan City boss Guardiola: Otamendi and Fernandinho too old for regular footballby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says Fernandinho and Nicolas Otamendi are too old to play every game.Otamendi is the only healthy natural centre-back in the squad meaning Fernandinho, a regular midfielder, started in Wednesday’s 3-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk.But Guardiola says because of their age he will have to call upon Kyle Walker and Rodri to play minutes at centre-back.”I didn’t have doubts [Fernandinho] could do it,” Guardiola said after City’s win on Wednesday. “Nico is 31, Fernandinho is 34 and the next alternative (Eric Garcia) is 18. For three or four months I don’t know what will happen.”Both were incredible tonight. Nico showed incredible personality after what happened in the previous game.”We need another solution — Rodri or Kyle Walker maybe — because they cannot play every game at their age.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Matuidi ‘really happy’ at Juventus

first_imgBlaise Matuidi declared himself “really happy” at Juventus and confirmed talks over a new deal are ongoing with the Italian champions.The France international, used 42 times in all competitions by Juve last season, has entered the final 12 months of his existing contract.Matuidi has been a key player for the Turin giants since joining from Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 and they are keen to tie him down to new terms. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Agent Mino Raiola has been left in charge of talks with Juventus, despite being handed a three-month ban by FIFA, and Matuidi has suggested he is willing to stay on beyond next season. “I am really happy at Juve. We never know what can happen in football but in the meantime, I am happy – my family, too,” he said at a news conference on Thursday ahead of France’s Euro 2020 qualifier with Turkey. “Regarding my contract, I let my agent deal with it. So far, he has always done well. I do not know why it would suddenly change. I am not worried.”I talk to [Raiola] and everything is going well. Regarding the rest he will talk when the time is right. He’s the one who can talk about [his suspension]. It doesn’t prevent us from talking together. We’ll find the best solution.”Matuidi is coming off the back of a largely underwhelming campaign for Juventus, with the Serie A giants retaining their league crown but falling well short in the Coppa Italia and Champions League.But the 32-year-old, who started four times for France in last year’s World Cup-winning campaign in Russia, is keen to take the positives out of 2018-19.”It was a season that was quite positive even if we wanted to go further in the Champions League,” he said. “It went quite well for me.”I played almost every game. I didn’t have any big injuries so I’m quite happy with my season. Obviously there were some ups and down but overall it was a good season.”France are currently top of their European qualifying group with two wins from their opening matches. After Saturday’s game with Turkey they travel to European minnows Andorra on Tuesday.last_img read more

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How many foreign players are La Liga teams allowed?

first_imgSouth American talents such as Luis Suarez and Marcelo have been La Liga mainstays for Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively, but the fact that they are even playing in Spain at all is seen as fortunate.La Liga have strict rules about how many non-EU players are allowed to play for each side, which obviously affects the way a club handles their transfer business if they are looking to coup players who do not hail from Europe.So what is the rule, why is it enforced and how do players and clubs manage to work around it? Goal takes a look. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? What is the non-EU players rule?In La Liga, each club is allowed five non-EU players, but are only allowed to name three non-EU players in each matchday squad.The term ‘non-EU’ refers to a player whose country of citizenship is outside of the European Union.Countries currently in the EU include: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom (at the time of writing).The figure drops to two non-EU players in Segunda Division (Second Division).Can non-EU players claim other citizenship?In La Liga, players can claim citizenship from a nation that their ancestors are from. Brazil international Philippe Coutinho was able to be granted Portuguese citizenship through his wife after he left Liverpool for Barcelona in in January 2018.At the time, Barcelona had reached their cap of the number of foreign players in their squad. Three of their January transfer window signings in Arthur Melo, Malcom and Arturo Vidal counted as non-EU players.However, since Coutinho had been married to Portuguese wife Aine for more than two years, he was able to meet the criteria to apply for Portuguese documentation. Doing so allowed him to play in the Spanish league as a Portuguese citizen rather than a Brazilian.Philippe Coutinho Barcelona 2019Suarez went a similar route when he himself joined Barcelona from Liverpool. The Uruguay forward applied for Italian citizenship through his wife Sofia Balbi in 2014.Non-EU players can also, after five years of playing in Spain, claim Spanish citizenship, as was the case of Marcelo.Additionally, players who hail from ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific Group) nations that are signatories to the Cotonou Agreement are not considered as non-EU due to the Kolpak ruling.What is the punishment for signing more than three non-EU players?Should clubs not comply with the rule, they could be punished with a fine or a transfer ban.How have other clubs dealt with the rule?Real Madrid had exceeded the foreign player quota ahead of the 2019-20 season, with an initial five non-EU players included in their squad.Eder Militao, Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo will be registered as the three non-EU players, while Fede Valverde – originally Uruguayan – has claimed Spanish citizenship. Eighteen-year-old Takefusa Kubo, however, will have to wait to have a place vacated, and has been entered into Real Madrid’s reserve team Real Madrid Castilla.Last year, Vinicius Jr was registered in Castilla. This is allowed as according to Liga rules, U-23 players – or U-25 players with a professional contract – can switch between senior and reserve teams.Why does La Liga have the non-EU players rule?Much like the Premier League’s Home Grown Player Rule, where eight players in a 25-man squad must be ‘homegrown’, the non-EU players rule encourages clubs to nurture domestic European talent instead of constantly relying on the purchase of overseas talents.In the Premier League, however, the term ‘Home Grown’ simply means that a player must have been on the books of a club affiliated with the Football Association for at least three years before they turn 21. It does not mean that they have to be English.last_img read more

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Crazy Photo Shows Why Scott Frost’s Nebraska Debut Was Cancelled

first_imgNebraska fans with sign welcoming Scott Frost.LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 24: Fans of the Nebraska Cornhuskers sit behind a sign in support of coaching prospect Scott Frost (not shown) during the game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Memorial Stadium on November 24, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska had one of the most disappointing opening weekends in the country, but not because they lost. They didn’t even get a chance to play.Lightning and rain wound up cancelling the Huskers’ opening game against Akron. The program could schedule another opponent later in the season to fill the void in the schedule.In the meantime, Nebraska fans will have to wait one more week for Scott Frost’s anticipated debut. The Huskers will play their first game of the season against Colorado this Saturday.In the wake of Saturday’s cancellation, a photo has been going viral showing just why the game had to be called off.Just look at this lightning.For those who were wondering why the Akron vs. Nebraska game was cancelled … (via @jeffbeavers13) pic.twitter.com/rBmyAl2Fmn— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) September 2, 2018No way Nebraska and Akron could have played under those conditions.The Huskers will hope for better weather when they play Colorado this weekend. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET.ABC will broadcast the contest.last_img read more

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Kirk Herbstreit Has A Message For The NCAA’s Latest Committee

first_imgkirk herbstreit looking very tan at the nfl draftYesterday, the NCAA announced it was forming a group to examine the organization’s “position on name, image and likeness benefits and potentially propose rule modifications tethered to education.” Potentially, the committee’s findings could institute a policy change that would enable student-athletes to profit from their name, image and likeness.If that happens, there’s a chance the beloved NCAA Football video game franchise will come back. If it does, expect rejoicing from college football fans across the country.Kirk Herbstreit is certainly rooting for the game to return. He sent a message to Ohio State AD Gene Smith, who is co-chairing the NCAA committee.“So @OSU_AD if all goes well is there a chance we get our NCAA Football video game back?!? Just asking for a few 100k friends that have missed the game desperately for 5 years—including former and current players. Haha!! Be a hero!” Herbstreit wrote on Twitter. So @OSU_AD if all goes well is there a chance we get our NCAA Football video game back?!? Just asking for a few 100k friends that have missed the game desperately for 5 years—including former and current players. Haha!! Be a hero! https://t.co/TE988flpax— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) May 14, 2019Count us among those who would be happy with a return of NCAA Football. It has been way too long.More importantly, while Smith made it clear that paying student-athletes isn’t being considered, allowing them to profit from their name and likeness is a step in the right direction.Hopefully changes are coming.last_img read more

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Honor View 20 will be available via Reliance Digital and My Jio stores from February 6

first_imgHonor View 20 will be available via Reliance Digital and My Jio stores from February 6Honor has announced an exclusive tie-up with Reliance Digital to sell the View 20 offline across India starting February 6. There will be no price difference between offline and online channelsadvertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiJanuary 31, 2019UPDATED: February 1, 2019 10:34 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe View 20 will be available in Reliance Digital and My Jio stores across IndiaThe View 20 will go on sale via offline channels starting February 6The View 20 is already available on Amazon India starting Rs 37,999Honor launched the Honor View 20 flagship smartphone in India earlier this week. During the launch, the company announced that the View 20 will be available online Amazon India and Honor’s website, and will also go on sale offline in February. The View 20 is available for purchase online now, but customers who want to buy the flagship offline will have to wait until February 6. Honor has announced an exclusive tie-up with Reliance Digital to sell the View 20 offline.The company announced on Thursday that it has entered into an exclusive offline partnership with Reliance Digital for the View 20. Starting Wednesday, February 6, the View 20 will be available in Reliance Digital and My Jio stores across India. Additionally, the company also announced that there will be no price difference between offline and online channels. This means the View 20 will be available at Rs 37,999 for the base model and Rs 45,999 for the top-end variant via offline stores.”At Honor, we are committed to delivering the best of technologies to our customers at affordable price points. In line with our commitment, the partnership with Reliance enables us to reach a larger audience. Further, this partnership allows the end-customer to experience firsthand the Honor View 20 smartphone at Reliance Digital and My Jio stores across India and enables them to make an informed choice. We are confident that the end-customer will benefit from this tie-up,” said Suhail Tariq, CMO – Huawei Consumer Business Group. The Honor View 20 is the company’s first smartphone to come with a hole-punch display. The hole in the display houses a 25MP camera and allows for a large screen real estate. The View 20 sports a 6.4-inch FHD+ (2310×1080) AllView display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by an octa-core Kirin 980 chipset which is based on a 7nm process and comes with Dual NPU and GPU Turbo 2.0.advertisementHonor is offering the View 20 in two variants – 6GB + 128GB and 8GB + 256GB. This is also the world’s first smartphone with a 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor on the back. The Kirin 980 chipset will offer a 48MP AI HDR mode to offer high definition images. There is a secondary ToF (Time of Flight) camera on board that can be used to obtain depth information.The View 20 houses a 4,000mAh battery with support for 40W Huawei Super Charge technology. The flagship ships with Android Pie with Magic UI 2.0 on top. You can read our review of the Honor View 20 to find out whether the phone has what it takes to take on the OnePlus 6T in this price segment.ALSO READ | Honor View 20 review: The flagship Honor is a hole lot of funGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow HonorFollow Honor View 20Follow Mobileslast_img read more

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5 talented IPL debutants to watch out for this year

first_img5 talented IPL debutants to watch out for this yearSam Curran, Mitchell Santner, Shimron Hetmyer, Varun Chakravarthy and Ashton Turner will the debutants watch out for in the 2019 Indian Premier Leagueadvertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiMarch 19, 2019UPDATED: March 19, 2019 17:29 IST Sam Curran will be making his debut in the Indian Premier League (Reuters Photo)The Indian Premier League (IPL) that features a host of top stars has thrown up several promising youngsters.Let us take a look at some of the emerging youngsters, scheduled to make their IPL debut this season.Sam CurranAt Rs 7.2 crore, England all-rounder Sam Curran is one of the most expensive foreigners in this IPL. The 20-year-old was in a good form during India’s tour of England, scoring 272 runs. Beside being handy with the bat, Curran also has the ability to strike with the ball.He was pocketed by Kings XI Punjab and the bowling all-rounder is expected to play a key role for the Ravichandran Ashwin-led side.Mitchell SantnerNew Zealand’s Santner is another foreigner who is expected to perform well in the IPL. The Kiwi star will make his debut for Chennai Super Kings this year.The left-arm spinner, retained by the defending champions for Rs 50 lakh, missed the 2018 season due to an injury. Santner could play a crucial role for Chennai if skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni decides to utilise his services.Shimron HetmyerRoyal Challenger Bangalore (RCB) have a promising foreigner in West Indies batsman Shimron Hetmyer. Picked up by the Virat Kohli-led side for Rs 4.20 crore following a good show during West Indies’ 1-3 series loss to India, the left-hander is expected to add to his team’s explosive batting line-up, which also includes Kohli and AB de Villiers.Hetmyer had a good outing in India. He accumulated 259 runs from five games with a terrific strike rate of 140.advertisementVarun ChakravarthyKings XI Punjab leg-spinner Varun Chakravarthy grabbed attenton at the IPL auction this year by becaming the joint-most expensive buy along with left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat at Rs 8.40 crore.The 27-year-old Karnataka spinner has claimed 22 wickets in nine List A matches. It remains to be seen how he fares in the IPL.Termed as mystery spinner, Chakravarthy shot into limelight in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) 2018, scalping nine wickets from 10 matches, with an economy rate of 4.7. Looking at his record, he is expected to give batsmen a difficult time.Ashton TurnerLast but not the least, hard-hitter Ashton Turner is also be one of the cricketers to watch out for in his debut IPL season. Turner was bagged by Rajasthan Royals for Rs 50 lakh. In the Australian Big-Bash League (BBL), Turner amassed 378 runs from 14 games for Perth Scorchers.Royal’s skipper Ajinkya Rahane will certainly expect him to replicate his BBL show in India.Also Read | IPL 2019 full schedules for 56 league matches from March 23 to May 5Also Read | Indian Premier League: List of winners from 2008-2018Also Read | 2019 Indian Premier League squads: Full listFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow IPL debutantsFollow Sam CurranFollow Mitchell SantnerFollow Shimron HetmyerFollow Varun ChakravarthyFollow Ashton Turnerlast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Rain washes out Pakistan vs Sri Lanka match in Bristol

first_img India Today Web Desk BristolJune 7, 2019UPDATED: June 7, 2019 23:40 IST Pakistan vs Sri Lanka World Cup 2019 match called off. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan vs Sri Lanka World Cup 2019 was washed out on FridayPak and SL have lost one and won one match in World Cup 2019 so farSri Lanka and Pakistan now have 3 points from 3 matchesThe World Cup 2019 match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Bristol was washed out on Friday without a ball being bowled. Both Pakistan and Sri Lanka have lost one and won one match in the tournament so far.It was a crucial game for both teams. Pakistan had been blown away by West Indies in their opening game last week before they bounced back to shock hosts England in a high-scoring game.Meanwhile, Sri Lanka defeated Afghanistan in a thriller after losing to New Zealand in their tournament opener.Disappointing news from Bristol. #PAKvSL has been abandoned both sides have been awarded a point. #WeHaveWeWill #LionsRoar #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/VyZlS6RVGx Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 7, 2019Sri Lanka and Pakistan now have 3 points from 3 matches.Sri Lanka will next take on Bangladesh on June 11 while Pakistan face Australia on June 12.On Saturday, hosts England will play Bangladesh and Afghanistan will play New Zealand in Taunton.Also Read | Pakistan players wanted retaliatory celebration against India, PCB says noAlso Read | AB de Villiers backs battered South Africa to bounce back in World Cup 2019Also SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Next World Cup 2019: Rain washes out Pakistan vs Sri Lanka match in BristolWorld Cup 2019: The Pakistan vs Sri Lanka was called off without a ball being bowled due to heavy rain in Bristol. Both Pakistan and Sri Lanka now have 3 points each from 3 matches.advertisementlast_img read more

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