Gerard Deulofeu on hand to help Sevilla continue impressive start

first_img Well, in less than seven days he’s taken two medium sized steps. Sam Marsden 25/09/2014 “He needs to improve things; he is working well but he has to grow more,” Emery had said previously, suggesting Deulofeu needed to prove himself and earn his minutes. Emery, it seems, was saving him for the Sociedad match as Sevilla continued a run of three league fixtures in seven days. Upd. at 01:38 And judging by his performance against the San Sebastian side, it seems he’s doing just that. The 20-year-old was on hand at the far post to expertly volley his new side into a first half lead thanks to Benoit Trémoulinas’ cross.  It takes the Andalusian club onto 13 points from their five matches, level at the top of the table with Barcelona. However, this was, bar a 17 minute appearance off the bench against Espanyol, the first time Deulofeu was able to contribute. Gerard Deulofeu scored for Sevilla as Unai Emery’s men continued their impressive start to the season with a 1-0 win against Real Sociedad on Wednesday evening. CEST The Barça loanee was handed a start against Feyenoord in Europa League last week and impressed with two assists in a man of the match performance. He was back on the bench for Sevilla’s win against Cordoba, though, and didn’t come off it. “You have to take it little by little,” Deulofeu said after last week’s 2-0 win over Feyenoord.last_img read more

Steven Gerrard’s Liverpool goodbye spoilt by Crystal Palace

first_imgSteven Gerrard’s farewell to Liverpool fans at Anfield was ruined by Crystal Palace beating his side 3-1. 16/05/2015 The midfielder took in applause after the game, on a lap of honour, with his team-mates all wearing “Gerrard” shirts. CEST Liverpool took the lead through Adam Lallana but Palace leveled when Jason Puncheon found the net with a free kick.  During the game itself, however, Gerrard was ineffective and could offer little as his team went down to Alan Pardew’s side.center_img Wilfried Zaha then sent his team ahead and Glenn Murray fired home a rebound after Simon Mignolet saved his effort from the penalty spot. Upd. at 21:09 The midfielder played his last home game at the stadium and although fans created a “tifo” with the word “captain” on.  Sport ENlast_img read more

Argentina look to Leo Messi to propel them to Copa America semi-final against Colombia

first_img TATA’S TEAM  Upd. on 22/11/2016 at 03:06 CET In Chile, they expect the best version of La Pulga to emerge, now with 100 caps to his name with the Albiceleste and dreaming of winning his first Copa America. It is a title which would complete an incredible season. The ’10’ will be the main man in a side which is expected to be without surprises.  It seems Tata has found his 11, with a mix of strong players like Mascherano and Biglia alongside artists like Pastore, who has made himself a regular in the side. Up front, Aguero, recovered from a pain in his shoulder, will start with Di Maria and Messi, who will be tasked with making the difference. Curiously, Colombia come into the match with similar problems to Argentina: a lack of effectiveness up front. Players like Falcao are not at their best and Pekerman’s side, who beat Brazil, are without two midfielders: Valencia, injured, and Sanchez, suspended.  Argentina hope to have the best Lionel Messi late on Friday night as they look secure their passage into the semi-finals of the Copa America.  Against the Colombia of James, Falcao and Cuadrado, all eyes will once again be on Barcelona’s No.10. That’s not rare, though, because Messi is the thermometer of this Albiceleste side.  Veronica Brunati 26/06/2015 The expectations that the country can win the tournament are high. And they hope that Messi can take a step forward from the group stages, where despite 17 shots on goal, he only scored from the penalty spot.  Martino has expressed his worry over his side’s lack of success in the final third. Argentina have only scored four times until now, despite generating a lot of chances in each and every game. Martino is also wary of Colombia’s tactics. He consideres players like James have got away with things so far in this tournament, a trend he hopes changes against Argentina.  Gerardo Martino does not want an end-to-end game against Colombia and has asked his players to control the game. The objective is for a match which sees Argentina dominating possession.  COLOMBIA’S MOMENT  Their main rival will be Messi, who turned 28 this week. “He is from another world. He is a unique football player. You can’t speak about a battle between James and Messi because it would be unfair on him,” James Rodriguez said.  Everyone expects the Messi that turns up for the biggest occasions will show his face.last_img read more

English supporter fighting for his life after violence in Marseille

first_img Two other English supporters are in serious condition and two dozen people had to receive medical attention. Upd. at 15:51 So far in the European Championship, 200 foreign agents have been involved in controlling the violence of fans with the French police. CEST “Things degenerated for an hour and a half” in which security agents “were confronted with violent (…) and, in some cases drunk individuals,” according to Laurent Nunez, prefect of Marseille’s police force. One of the fights that ensued saw an Englishman, about 50-years-old, beaten in the face with metal bars by a group of Russians. If the past few days had seen English hooligans involved in brawls with the security forces in areas and pubs across the city, the arrival of Russian fans in the vicinity of the Vieux Port only further escalated tensions. Revived at first by a security agent, the man was rushed to Timone Hospital and, according to some media sources, is in a state of cardio-respiratory resuscitation – his prognosis is unknown.center_img In the hours leading up to England’s Group B opener against Russia at the Stade Velodrome on Saturday, supporters of both teams clashed once again in Marseille, leading to the game being declared as high risk and one man in critical condition in hospital. That, however, has not prevented the incidents that have taken place in a country that since the jihadist attacks on November 13, 2015, is in a state of emergency and has had extreme security measures in place since. EFE 12/06/2016 French authorities have asked their British counterparts to retain the passports of 3,000 English hooligans to prevent them from crossing the English Channel. In addition, reinforcements were sent to Marseille for the England-Russia game on Saturday night.last_img read more

Neither Barça nor Real Madrid: Who are the possession kings in Europe?

first_img A study by the CIES Football Observatory has credited Ernesto Valverde’s side with 64.1 percent possession this season, an average completion of 612 passes per game, which places them seventh, level with Steaua Bucharest. Other Spanish sides are Real Madrid (61.1) and Celta Vigo (59.4), while Rayo Vallecano lead the way in Spain’s second tier (57.5) Valverde wants even more signings before the end of August Upd. at 21:24 First place belongs to Celtic. The Scottish side are averaging 70.8 percent possession in each of their league games and are making 659 passes per match.  @sport_jcoves IN SPORT.ES Ni del Barça ni del Madrid, ¿de quién es la posesión en Europa? 26/09/2017center_img Josep Coves FC Barcelona are no longer the possession kings of European football. One of the team’s strongest signs of identity since the Pep Guardiola years has been their domination of the ball, led by Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and, previously, Xavi Hernandez, on the pitch.  If Celtic at the top surprises, it may also surpsise that Borussia Dortmund are second (70.2 percent). Paris Saint-Germain (67.7), Shakhtar (67.6), el Manchester City (67.1), Hapoel Beer Sheva (66.3)are all ahead of Barça, too.  CEST The CIES analysed the possession in 35 European leagues from the beginning of the season and reached some surprising conclusions.  RELATED STORIES EUROPEAN POSSESSION Team Percent 1. Celtic 70,8 2. Borussia Dortmund 70,2 3. PSG 67,7 4. Shakhtar 67,6 5. Manchester City 67,1 6. Hapoel Beer Sheva 65,3 7. FC Barcelona 64,1     Steaua 64,1 9. Salzburg 64     PAOK 64     Bayern Múnich 64 12. Olympiacos 63,8 13. Panathinaikos 63,3 … 23. Real Madrid 61,1 29. Milan 60,4 33. Juventus 59,8 38. Celta 59,4 54. Rayo Vallecano 57,5 60. Sevilla 57 last_img read more

Edinson Cavani dismisses doubts about his PSG future

first_imgEdinson Cavani has batted away rumours about a  possible departure from PSG. It seems like the club’s owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi also wants Cavani to stay. He congratulated Cavani on his record. The Uruguayan striker is under contract until 2020 and on Sunday he became the club’s top scorer in Ligue 1, his 115 goals overtaking former teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the club’s top marksman. Upd. at 12:37 30/04/2018 IN SPORT.ES Cavani saved PSG from ridicule on Sunday, scoring two goals to force a draw against Guingamp. PSG are already Ligue 1 champions but need to stay concentrated to ensure they don’t damage the title which is already in their pockets.center_img “I have a contract with PSG and I’m very happy here. Sometimes it’s not up to the player but the club. But I’m happy here, I want to keep winning things with this team and this shirt,” said Cavani. Although he has admitted that his continuity at the club does not depend on him, he firmly expressed his desire to stay at PSG. Roger Mitats Cavani despeja dudas sobre su futuro en el PSG CESTlast_img read more

Juventus’ plan: to add Pogba and Marcelo to Cristiano Ronaldo

first_img El plan de la Juve: juntar a Pogba y Marcelo con Cristiano Ronaldo In addition, Juve also want to sign Real Madrid left-back Marcelo, although whether they can actually land the Brazilian is another story — he has said in recent days that he’s really happy at the Santiago Bernabeu.  Juventus want to keep making their mark on the transfer market. After signing Cristiano Ronaldo, the Italians now have a plan to further satisfy the Portuguese forward by surrounding him with great players. According to Tuttosport on Monday, the Old Lady hope to sign Paul Pogba and Marcelo to further improve their team.  CEST Pogba, also a target for Barcelona, has already played in Turin, which is in Juve’s favour. The midfielder, according to the reports in Italy, would be delighted to return, but the operation is complicated due to Manchester United’s economic demands — something which also put Barça off this summer. center_img Upd. at 11:35 IN SPORT.ES Meanwhile, the Serie A champions will also do everything they can to keep hold of Paulo Dybala. If they can do everything they plan to do, the Italians will have a team packed with quality. They would be one of the favourites for the Champions League. Just what Cristiano Ronaldo has asked of them. 10/09/2018last_img read more

Four signings Zinedine Zidane wants if he signs for Man United

first_img RELATED STORIES 09/09/2018 Sport EN Zinedine Zidane’s name has been linked as a possible replacement and the Mirror have published a list of of the four players the former Real Madrid coach wants brought in if he joins the club. Upd. at 16:12 Inglaterra: El sorprendente póker de fichajes de Zidane si firma por el United Toni Kroos recently signed a new contract, until 2020, and has a 300 million euro release clause.  IN SPORT.EScenter_img James’ inclusion is a surprise given that Zidane sent him out on loan to Munich after failing to find a place for him in the team. Rumours are circling over Jose Mourinho’s future as Manchester United manager for bad results and bad play with the Red Devils. Some of the names are surprising. Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos, Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara, PSG forward Edinson Cavani and James Rodriguez, on loan at Bayern Munich from Madrid. CEST L’Equipe: Zidane wants to take over at Manchester United Eric Cantona: Mourinho is not good for Man United, Pep is greatlast_img read more

Barcelona B reach deal to sign Pedri from Las Palmas

first_img RELATED STORIES Jordi Delgado Pedri will arrive in Barcelona’s squad on July 1, 2020, staying at Las Palmas until that date.  Las Palmas retain 15% of the money obtained by Barcelona in any future sale. Upd. on 03/09/2019 at 00:51 CEST The player has played in the first team for Las Palmas in the opening weeks of the season. Barcelona have signed him on a two year deal with the possibility of two more, and a release clause of 400m euros. Barcelona B signed another player before the end of the window, a second division forward known as Pedri from Las Palmas, for five million euros. IN SPORT.ES OFICIAL: El Barça B llega a un acuerdo para fichar a Pedri 02/09/2019 Griezmann, Umtiti and Lenglet, with the French national teamlast_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Players to watch – Cristiano Ronaldo

first_imgKAZAN, RUSSIA – JUNE 28: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal in action during the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 Semi-Final between Portugal and Chile at Kazan Arena on June 28, 2017 in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images)Advertisement 9dmxkwNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs4e6wWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E71m1( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7ky2mWould you ever consider trying this?😱14rltCan your students do this? 🌚9r9hwRoller skating! Powered by Firework (Photo credits : Google Images)Advertisement Often referred to as an all time great footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, or CR7 is a Portuguese forward who plays for Spanish Giants Real Madrid. Ronaldo made his senior team debut in 2003 after having played at all levels for Portugal from the U-15 to the U-23 level. He led Portugal to their first ever international triumph when they won the Euro 2016 in france.Advertisement Capped 150 times, Ronaldo is Portugal’s most capped player and his 81 goals make him the all time leading goal scorer for his country. Having won a record-equaling five Ballon D’ors and an astonishing four European golden shoes, Ronaldo will look to take Portugal to greater heights in this world cup. Aged 33, Ronaldo has had the best start to a calendar year in his career. He surely doesn’t look like slowing down anytime soon. His physique and hard-work is second to none. Portugal will yet again look up to their talismanic forward to lead their team to world cup glory. Having had to limp out of the pitch in the Euro 2016 final, Ronaldo will look to go big in this year’s World cup.Advertisement Catch all of Ronaldo’s goals for Portugal here :  Read also :Football: Costa Rica Boss Doesn’t Know Who Eden Hazard IsFIFA World Cup 2018: 10 Players that are likely to set the tournament alight Advertisementlast_img read more