MALENY OPENS THE DOOR FOR AUSTRALIAN OPEN MIXED TEAM

first_imgThe Maleny Touch Association at Witta was full to overflowing on Friday 24 November 2006 as the Sunshine Coast Affiliate played host to the 2007 Federation of International Touch World Cup Australian Open Mixed Team.The reigning World Cup Champions traveled from their 3-day training camp base in Brisbane to play an exhibition game against a Maleny President’s 14 team on Friday evening.The small country locality turned on the hospitality and out in force to greet the Australian Team who captivated the locals with their fleet of foot and sleight of hand in a slick performance that had the crowd on their feet.400 spectators lined the sidelines to see Touch Football at its best with the Australian Open Mixed Team turning on a sharp display against a local outfit led by Senior Men’s Queensland ‘A’ representative and Maleny President, Tim Evans.Evans led a host of enthusiastic young guns that relished the opportunity to play against the best the sport has to offer in this Country at Mixed Open level.Local Sunshine Coast Australian Mixed Open products Ben Roberts and Hayley Rogerson received big cheers, whilst Australian Mixed Co-Captain Tony Eltakchi held court as the “King of the Kids” and was equally popular amongst the mum’s who clamored for an autograph.The Australian Coaches spoke to the crowd and introduced the teams, provided commentary, explained the finer points of Mixed, and aspects of the 2007 Australian World Cup campaign. The biggest cheer of the night was reserved for the Maleny team who scored the town’s sole touchdown right on full time.The Aussie players were pleasantly besieged by a sea of kids requesting their autographs and one young lady, Nicole Sommer aged 12, who found herself without a pen and paper, was given the game ball signed by the Australian Mixed Open team.Nicole’s mother Maree, whose three children all play touch, was full of praise for the Australian Mixed Team and the game.“She loves touch, she has been playing it since she was four, and she has been looking forward to the Aussie Team coming for days. She is on cloud nine, and can’t believe her luck to be given the ball. I will probably have to pries the ball out of her hands when she falls asleep, she is that proud, it’s such a great gesture. The whole town is rapt to have you all here and we will be monitoring the World Cup results in January” Maree said.Australian Co-Captains Tony Eltakchi and Mary Steele were both interviewed after the game and spoke to the crowd about how impressed they were with the response from the locals.“This is excellent, thank-you all so much for coming out and showing your support. We have a tough job ahead of us to retain the World Title, but night’s like tonight make you appreciate the responsibility you have been given to represent your Country and your sport – it’s definitely been worth the travel and we hope to come back again one day.” Eltakchi said.Mary Steele was equally pleased by the town’s response.“Definitely unexpected, everyone has been great and the Maleny team fought hard and gave us a good run, you never know, we might see some of these youngsters in the green and gold in the future! It’s a great boost knowing that you have people in the sport behind you and willing you to do well. Let’s hope we can do the job for everyone.” Steele said.The “Little Big Men” of the Aussie Mixed team, Brad “BJ” Holden and Ben “Boozer” Mc Cullen were clear favourites with the crowd.Whilst standing on the sideline next to the “Tall Timber” of Ben Roberts and Matt Tope, Boozer and BJ drew an interesting comment from a diminutive young fan to his father: “Dad, those two ‘little boys’ there can play real good, there not much bigger than me, I could do that.”Thanks to “B1 and B2” The young man now has his heart set on playing in the Maleny Junior Touch competition… but no one had the heart to tell him that whilst Boozer and BJ might have been around his height, they were just a little too old to play in his age division!Maleny Junior Touch Coordinator Tony Yorkston, who was instrumental in bringing the Australian Team to Maleny, organized a post game dinner for the players and was delighted with the response from locals.“It has been wonderful, people from all the areas up this way are here tonight. We have never had a team of this calibre here before and it is a real privilege. The standard was something of an eye opener for us, and the Aussie team have been excellent ambassadors for the sport – we’d love to do this again in the future. It really brings grass-root level touch and the elite level together. Kids can see people like Hayley and Ben, people they see around the traps, get to this level and it doesn’t seem so far away. It’s just fantastic.”Yorkston said.The Australian Mixed Open Team’s foray to the country has opened the door for the possibility of taking National camps to affiliates across Australia in the future.The Australian Men’s Open camp will be conducted in Rockhampton in Central Queensland on 15-17 December and this is another opportunity for the game to showcase the sport at the highest level, but bring the excitement and build up to the World Cup to our affiliated members and raise the profile of the game in the general community.last_img read more

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10 months agoHasenhuttl warns Southampton over Lemina future

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Hasenhuttl warns Southampton over Lemina futureby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl insists he doesn’t want to lose Mario Lemina.Lemina has been linked with a move to Paris Saint-German ahead of the January market.But Hasenhuttl insisted: “Lemina is a very important player for us and, though he’s not 100 per cent fit, I need him.”Meanwhile the Austrian is still worried about getting his message across. “Speaking in English in front of my players is getting better and better every day, but I want to improve this,” he admitted. last_img read more

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Photo: Someone Sprayed #BringBackBruce On Tennessee’s Famous Rock

first_imgTennessee rock spray painted with "Bring Back Bruce."The Rock is one of the major landmarks at the University of Tennessee. According to the UT Athletics website, for decades, students have painted the rock with messages ranging from “birth announcements to memorials, break-up messages to marriage proposals, protests of war to messages of peace, celebration of Vol victories to expressions of, shall we say, disappointment.”Apparently , at least one Tennessee student decided to use The Rock as a personal billboard to advocate the return of former men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl. Pearl enjoyed a successful six-year tenure in Knoxville from 2006-11, before being fired for numerous NCAA infractions. He is currently the head coach of Auburn University. The Vols are in the market for a new head coach after Donnie Tyndall was fired this week for…NCAA violations. Our amateur artist feels Pearl’s track record (at least the positive parts of it) make him the perfect replacement for Tyndall.#BringBackBruce on the rock @coachbrucepearl #VFL pic.twitter.com/QhYzgObwxb— Brandon Carpenter (@bcarp49) March 28, 2015last_img read more

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Health Canada provides food safety tips when shopping at farmers markets

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the summer well underway, Health Canada is reminding Canadians of how to keep safe and healthy when purchasing fresh, local foods from farmers’ markets.According to Health Canada, fresh produce can become contaminated in the field through contact with soil, contaminated water, wild or domestic animals, or improperly composted manure.To avoid illness, Health Canada advises that you should store fresh produce in the refrigerator, and before consumption, you should always thoroughly rinse fruits and vegetables in cool water. When it comes to buying meats, you should choose properly chilled meat and place packages of raw meat in separate shopping bags to keep meat juices from leaking onto other foods.Health Canada also says that it is a good idea to wash bags and bins after each use to avoid the spread of foodborne illnesses.More food safety tips can be found on Health Canada’s website.last_img read more

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AAP representing Purvanchalis since day one says Dilip Pandey

first_imgFrom the promise of standing beside the self-respect of the Purvanchali community to the dream of transforming the Yamuna Paar area. From stardom vs common man goals to the issue of full statehood, AAP North East Delhi candidate Dilip Pandey talks exclusively to Sayantan Ghosh. North East Delhi has a large Purvanchali population and from the day 1, AAP alleged that BJP has deleted many such voters name from the list, what is the ground situation of this constituency? Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderTo understand the ground politics of this constituency you have to look at the history of Purvanchalis in Delhi. Before AAP came to power in Delhi there was no political party which prioritised the Purvanchalis. When we started our work from day one we started representing these people. When I became the state convenor, I started sitting with the community people regularly to find out the issues they face. Later, BJP brought MP Manoj Tiwari who however hardly represented the Purvanchalis of Delhi. Then a time came when Purvanchalis were beaten up mercilessly by the BJP. We protested and held many local rallies. I also wrote to the BJP MPs on the issue but no one really did anything. Lastly, they came down to cut voters names from the list and we unmasked that too. Recently, if you see the Purvanchali turn out at Manoj Tiwari’s rally at Ramleela Maidan, you will see that there was very less Purvanchali presence. This shows that in the ground BJP has no support of these people. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings Current MP from this area is not only the state BJP chief but also one of the biggest stars of Bhojpuri film industry, how difficult for you to fight his stardom? He is a very big man and a star. But my fight is not against the stardom but for the people of North East Delhi. This part has been underdeveloped for years and that is what my top focus is. People of this area has always voted for big names some times for stars, sometimes for great politicians but this time I want people to vote for a person who stays with them. I can not fight the money power of BJP but I have the willpower hence here is the fight between money vs willpower. If you become the MP then what are the key things you would be working? If you ever ask a person of North East Delhi who is travelling to Central Delhi that where is he or she going, then you will get the answer that he or she is going to Delhi. The people here still find them as people of “Yamuna Paar” and my key focus is to change this notion. I will make this as developed as Delhi. The work has already started and the kickstart was the inauguration of Signature Bridge. Thereafter metro Pink Line also work also completed and many key projects of making roads are on the pipeline. When so many development works are needed for this area then how are you communicating the party’s key agenda of full statehood demand to the people? It is not a tough job as a major section of this are is the direct beneficiary of the Delhi government schemes. When I talk about full statehood I also say that on the full statehood can make Delhi safer and also help me to finish the pending works for. For an underdeveloped are like this constituency safety, housing, education and jobs have high demand. I am telling them that only if we get the full-statehood we would be able to deliver as required else everything would be delayed. I think the people of Delhi have witnessed the good work of AAP-government and empathise with the fact that the Center always obstruct the work.last_img read more

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Khurshid faces stiff challenge from Modi factor UP gathbandhan in Farrukhabad

first_imgFarrukhabad (UP): Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid is locked in a three-way electoral contest from his traditional constituency of Farrukhabad where he is facing the challenge of overcoming the “Modi factor” and outsmarting the SP-BSP-RLD coalition in capturing the anti-BJP vote. The opponents of Khurshid, a former Union minister who has held portfolios of external affairs, law and minorities, may not be political heavyweights, but BJP’s sitting MP Mukesh Rajput and BSP’s Manoj Agarwal are tough opponents on a seat which is not dominated by a single caste, religion or social group. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Muslims, though a little over 14 per cent in this constituency, could still decide the fate of this Lok Sabha seat along with the Yadavs. Muslims are facing the same dilemma here that they have been confronted with in several seats in Uttar Pradesh — whether to go for a Muslim face fielded by the Congress or go for the UP’s ‘gathbandhan’ candidate. They seem to be weighing options for the strongest candidate to take on the BJP. A division of Muslim votes will benefit the BJP big time, while a united vote for Khurshid or Agarwal could put them in pole position. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen Lodhs and Dalits are also in substantial numbers and are in a position to make a deep impact on the result. Khurshid’s campaign saw him taking on the BJP and the gathbandhan aggressively, even borrowing a few lines from a blockbuster Hindi movie. While campaigning, Khurshid used the dialogue from Amitabh Bachchan-starter Shehenshah to call himself UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s “baap” and challenged him to a debate on the 2008 Batla House encounter. He also lashed out at the UP gathbandhan, reportedly saying anyone who gets in the way of his fight with the BJP or tries to stop him, “whether they’re from the gathbandhan (alliance) or the BSP, I will smash them to bits”. How much his aggressive posturing has helped him win votes, will be known on May 23, the day of the Lok Sabha results. The constituency votes on Monday. The Congress and gathbandhan has been duelling over the support of Muslims and Yadavs in this constituency, while the BJP is relying on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity. “Muslims aren’t in a dominant number, but can make an impact if they vote together. The Congress in the general election seems to be a better option. But let’s see, a split in votes would be really bad for us as the BJP will win comfortably,” Mohmmad Ataullah, a battery-operated rickshaw driver said. Shaukeen Khan, an auto driver, was more clear that his vote would go to the gathbandhan as he asserted that there was a wave for the alliance in the state. Mujeeb Khan, a security guard, said the Congress could be a good option, but his friends and family will take a decision on the basis of which candidate can garner more support from other communities. Another key factor in the election is which way will the Yadavs go. Khurshid has been trying hard to garner their support as their preference for the gathbandhan seems to be in doubt with a BSP candidate in fray here. Many of them also seem to be headed the BJP’s way, citing Modi as the reason. However, Anirudh Yadav, a small trader, said he would vote for the BSP as “no development work” has been done in the last five years in the constituency. Ram Chandra Yadav, a paint-shop owner, immediately countered him saying no one had done anything for the constituency, but he would go for Modi at the Centre for another five years. “I suffered big time due to GST, but Modi is good for the country,” he said. Narendra Singh, sitting at Yadav’s shop, said, “Modi was responsible for demonetisation. We suffered hardships. Gathbandhan seems to be a good option.” At a mobile shop in Kaimganj, one of the assembly segments in the Farrukhabad constituency, three youngsters said “the Modi factor” is what clicked for them and they would vote not for the candidate, but the prime minister. Interestingly, most people rued the lack of development and neglect, but gave reasons other than development for their support to various candidates. Issues that do strike a chord with the common people in this constituency are potato production, zardozi work and education. Talking about the issue of potato processing, Khurshid said a breakthrough was needed by getting one company and bringing in major investment to this industry. Education, high incidence of cancer, and modern facility for zardozi and printing are also high on the agenda here, he told PTI. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Mukesh Rajput bagged over 4 lakh votes and defeated SP candidate Rameshwar Singh Yadav by over 1.5 lakh votes. The BSP was third, while Khurshid finished fourth. Khurshid last won the seat in 2009 and before that in 1991, while his father Khurshid Alam Khan had been victorious from the seat in 1984. The campaign ended Saturday on a high note for Khurshid as Congress leader and Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu held a roadshow in his support.last_img read more

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5 howlers that put spotlight on umpires in IPL 2019

first_imgNew Delhi: One of the raging debates of the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was the deteriorating standard of umpiring. Throughout the 12th edition of the IPL, fans witnessed many incidents where questions were raised about the umpires’ efficiency. IANS takes a look at the glaring umpiring mistakes that had people saying pull up the umpires in the cash-rich league: ‘Wide-ball’ not called (MI vs CSK final): Kieron Pollard was fined 25 per cent of his match fee after he showed dissent at the umpire’s decision in the final of the IPL 2019 between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju Pollard was visibly unhappy with a decision made by umpire Nitin Menon in the final over of Mumbai’s innings at the summit clash on Sunday which MI won by one run to clinch their fourth IPL trophy. Pollard was irked with the umpire’s decision to not adjudge a delivery by Dwayne Bravo as wide. Mocking the decision, the West Indian all-rounder went on to take strike well away from the stumps and near the ‘wide-line’ before pulling away as Bravo ran in. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters Malinga escapes after delivering no-ball (RCB vs MI group game): One of the most glaring mistakes by an umpire was made in RCB’s clash against MI at home. RCB needed seven runs off the last ball but Lasith Malinga conceded just one to win the contest for his side. However, after the match was over, cameras revealed Malinga had overstepped, which was not spotted by umpire Sundaram Ravi. “We are playing at the IPL level and not playing club cricket. The umpires should have their eyes open. That is a ridiculous call at the last ball,” Virat Kohli had said after the match. “If it is a game of margins, I don’t know what is happening. They should have been more sharp and careful out there.” Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma had also said such mistakes were “not good for the game”. Umesh called despite not crossing bowling crease (RCB vs SRH group game): RCB was at the receiving end of yet another umpiring mistake in their final league game against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Umesh Yadav was bowling the final over when the fifth delivery was adjudged to be a front-foot no ball by Nigel Llong. However, the replays showed his foot was inches behind the crease. Rohit adjudged LBW (MI vs KKR group game): Another umpiring mistake came during a match between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Mumbai Indians when Rohit Sharma was adjudged LBW while his side was chasing a massive 233. The incident happened in the fourth over of the second innings when Rohit was given out to an attempted hoick that he missed off Harry Gurney. Replays showed that the ball was just clipping leg stump as the Mumbai Indians skipper reviewed the decision. The decision could have gone either way but since the umpire’s original decision was that of ‘out’, the third umpire stayed with the on-field umpire’s call. Rohit was displeased with the decision and after having a couple of words with the umpire, he broke the stumps with his bat. Following the incident, the MI skipper was also fined 15 per cent of his match fee. Dhoni losses calm over ‘no-ball’ u-turn (CSK vs RR group game): CSK skipper MS Dhoni, who is known as ‘Captain Cool’, too suffered a meltdown and stormed from his dugout to confront the umpires after a no-ball call for a high full toss was reversed against Rajasthan Royals in an IPL 2019 game. The incident happened when CSK needed 18 runs from the final over. The fourth delivery of the over bowled by Ben Stokes to Mitchell Santner was first called a no-ball by umpire Ulhas Gandhe but the decision was changed after he consulted with square-leg umpire Bruce Oxenford. At this point Dhoni – who was in the dugout – stormed into the field and confronted both the umpires, asking them of the reason for reversing the decision. Quite a few Rajasthan players also got involved in what seemed to be a heated discussion. Ultimately, the delivery was deemed legal but replays suggested it was a waist high no-ball. Dhoni was fined 50 per cent of his match fee for his behaviour, which many former cricketers termed as a “light punishment” for the wicketkeeper-batsman.last_img read more

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How UMBC Did The Unthinkable — And The Inevitable

After a relatively sedate start to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, the most shocking result in tourney history was saved for one of the last games in the round of 64. Late Friday, Maryland-Baltimore County did the unthinkable, pulling off the victory that college fans have been waiting decades to see: The Retrievers became the first No. 16 seed in the history of the men’s tournament to knock off a No. 1 when they beat Virginia 74-54.1The women’s tournament beat the men to the punch by 20 years, of course, when No. 16 Harvard beat No. 1 Stanford in 1998.(Look, we did say a No. 16 seed could beat a No. 1 this year — never mind which No. 16, and which No. 1…)No, instead of the obvious pick, it was the obscure one. UMBC went into the game ranked 188th in Ken Pomeroy’s power ratings; Virginia ranked first. Our predictive model gave the Cavaliers a 98 percent probability of winning. Nothing about the two teams’ track records suggested that number was too high. (If anything, facing a Retrievers team that lost by 40-plus points to the likes of Albany, UVA seemed like it might be the safest No. 1 seed in the first round.)Instead, the Cavs were on the wrong side of history.Besides the novelty of a No. 16 beating a No. 1 seed — let alone the tournament’s No. 1 overall team — the magnitude of the upset would have been shocking in any context. According to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, it was tied for the worst loss by an Associated Press No. 1 team to an unranked team at any point in the season, let alone the tournament.2Undefeated No. 1 St. Joseph’s lost to Xavier by 20 in the 2003-04 season. And from a bettor’s standpoint, UMBC joined Santa Clara in 1993 and Norfolk State in 2012 — a pair of No. 15 seeds that won — as the only teams to win a game outright in the men’s tourney despite being an underdog of 20 or more points.Virginia can place some of the blame on losing forward De’Andre Hunter right before the tournament. Sidelined with a wrist injury, Hunter was UVA’s best player on a rate basis,3Excluding those with low playing time. according to Sports-Reference.com’s Win Shares per 40 minutes. The Cavs no doubt missed his efficient play at both ends of the court against the Retrievers.But this loss cannot be pinned completely on Hunter’s absence. Against UMBC, Virginia played just about the worst game it possibly could. What had been one of the top offensive teams in the country during the regular season shot just 41 percent from the floor — including 18 percent from 3-point range (to go with a 50 percent showing from the foul line). More shockingly, the nation’s best defense looked completely lost, particularly in the game’s second half.The Retrievers played their best possible game as well. They shot a stunning 54 percent from the field against the Cavaliers, nailing 12 of 24 attempts from beyond the arc. Going into the game, Virginia hadn’t allowed an opponent to shoot better than 50 percent from the field all season, against a schedule that consisted of many difficult opponents. Though no major-conference school could solve the UVA defense, UMBC — led by an audacious 28-point performance from electrifying guard Jairus Lyles — was the team that finally broke through. Virginia was holding opponents to 53.4 points per game, the lowest in the country. Lyles and the Retrievers got 53 in the second half alone.In terms of blame, there’s plenty of finger-pointing left for Virginia coach Tony Bennett’s deliberately low-possession brand of basketball. The Cavs were easily the nation’s slowest team all season, and they basically never had to accelerate the pace to make a comeback push all year. As TV analyst Kenny Smith pointed out in the postgame coverage, UVA was unable to adjust once UMBC forced the Cavs to play from behind.This topic deserves more research, but there is some evidence that slow favorites generally disappoint in March. It makes sense: Unlike underdogs, who should want more variance — and therefore fewer possessions in a game — favorites should theoretically be trying to reduce the randomness and give variance a smaller role in a game’s outcome. So it could be that Virginia-style favorites are inadvertently doing their opponents a big favor by slowing the pace down to a crawl, essentially giving away some of their talent advantage by allowing more randomness to seep into the game. (Whether this works in practice, though, is up for debate.)Whatever the reason behind it, UMBC’s win was an upset for the ages. On the one hand, it was surprising that no 16 seed had ever beaten a No. 1 before Friday — according to our Elo model, we’d calculate the chances as 1-in-27 (or 3.7 percent) that a No. 16 wouldn’t have broken through in 134 tries. But this was also the victory that just seemed like it might never happen. Now that it has, there are no gimme games in the bracket anymore. Just when you thought it wasn’t possible, March Madness somehow got an extra dimension of madness. And it all comes courtesy of the UMBC Retrievers and their long-awaited underdog victory. read more

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Brighton manager says he expects a very quiet transfer window

first_imgFor Chris Hughton, the January transfer window for Brighton and Hove Albion will not see many players come, but some might leave on loanBrighton and Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton is sure the January transfer window will be a quiet one.The English Premier League club does not expect any new players, but there is a possibility of some players leaving on loan.“At this moment I don’t see us doing much business, if anything at all,” he told Sky Sports.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Where we are at the moment, we are fortunate that players we brought in during other windows perhaps haven’t played as much and are starting to now.”“(Florin) Andone came in during the summer, (Jurgen) Locadia who is in good form at the moment on the back of a couple of goals – he came this time last year. Bernardo is in the team at the moment,” he explained.“We’ve got players that have taken a while for whatever reason, not their endeavor but because of the form of the team.”“At this moment, the squad is in a good place in regard of numbers. Possibly there won’t be any business but if there is it will be minimal. You can never say no,” he commented.last_img read more

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Solari speaks ahead of Espanyol match

first_imgThe Real Madrid manager has responded, once again, about the Isco situation, while talking about two other players.Real Madrid and Espanyol will face off on Sunday night in a Spanish La Liga new fixture.And just ahead of the important match, the Los Blancos manager Santiago Solari has spoken to the press about what’s coming for the team.“The only battle that exists is that of the next match,” Solari told Marca after being asked about Isco.“Benzema is in great form. He’s having a great year. I always say that he is very generous.”“He is playing the vast majority of matches and he is one of the players with the highest minutes [accumulated],” he added.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“He’s generous because he’s playing with pain. He’s one of the best strikers in the world.”“Vinicius is football and we are in a game that has his characteristics,” he said about the 18-year-old.“His adaptation has been very fast. He is 18 years old and his adaptation has been very good.”“We’ll see who is playing tomorrow and in the next few weeks,” Solari continued.“The players who are recovering, we want them to be ready as soon as possible. Gareth is important for us because he is a fantastic footballer.”last_img read more

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