West Ham want Chelsea forward, but face competition from Atletico and Dortmund

first_imgAlthough the report suggests Morata may not be a fan of this particular move, there are also several other interested parties.Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and the aforementioned Milan are all said to be interested in a temporary switch for Morata.Last season, he scored 11 Premier League goals but picked up seven yellow cards as frustration began to get the better of him and he lost the backing of the fans. LIVING THE DREAM LATEST Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Alvaro Morata has been linked with a stunning move from Chelsea to West Ham United in the January transfer window.The former Juventus and Real Madrid striker has failed to ignite the Premier League after a huge £58 million deal last summer. RANKED Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Latest Transfer News Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Morata celebrates scoring against Arsenal with Ross Barkley Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father But the 25-year-old could be given a chance to kickstart his Premier League career at another London rival.According to TransferMarketWeb, a temporary loan switch to the London Stadium in the New Year could be a distinct possibility. Although he was linked with a move back to Serie A with AC Milan reportedly interested, a move failed to materialise.As a result, he has started the season back at Stamford Bridge under Maurizio Sarri and managed to score against Arsenal. targets targets REVEALED Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 2 2 IN DEMAND moving on The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Chelsea fans remain unconvinced by Morata – this young fan reminds him at the Community Shield Final last_img read more

South African soccer in 2003

first_img19 December 2003Perhaps the most disappointing time for South African soccer in 2003 was the national team’s disastrous foray into north Africa in November.In games meant to prepare Bafana Bafana for the 2004 African Cup of Nations tournament in Tunisia in January, coach Shakes Mashaba’s charges showed little character or cohesion, losing to Egypt (2-1) and then to Tunisia (2-0) four days later.Mashaba argued that the losses gave him an idea of what was wrong with the squad. “I will have to work hard to restore confidence in the players,” he said. African Nations Cup: uphill for SA This lack of cohesion by the national team on the field is mainly due to administrative bungling and the ongoing club-versus-country saga.The South African Football Association’s (Safa) has a perennial inability to co-ordinate Bafana’s games (both official and friendlies) with the international football calendar.This has led to a fallout between the association and some overseas-based players over their availability. The overseas-based players argue that some of the call-ups, especially for friendlies and regional tournaments, are unnecessary and jeopardise their club careers.In most cases, those who respond to their call-up arrive two or three days before a game, giving the coach little time to work out a game plan and to mould the overseas and locally-based players into an organised unit.Another problem is that the squad that is selected almost always assembles for not more than a week before the particular game. This further complicates the coach’s job of integrating the individuals’ playing styles.The proper organisation of the national team needs urgent attention. Safa needs to put mechanisms in place to allow the national squad to assemble timeously in order to give the coach enough opportunity to experiment with different combinations.Moreover, it is important that the squad plays practice matches against organised formations such professional invitational teams, lower division teams and even high school teams.The scorecardIn 2003, Bafana played 11 matches – seven friendlies, two ACN qualifiers, one Cosafa qualifier and a Nelson Mandela Challenge match.Of the seven friendlies, they won three, lost three and drew one. The squad won the last two ACN qualifying games against Burundi and Ivory Coast, and beat Costa Rica to annex the Mandela Challenge cup. Bafana, however, came unstuck against Zimbabwe in the Cosafa Cup qualifier.Another disappointing development for Bafana was the loss of Shaun Bartlett to the squad due to the unresolved club-versus-country issue.Bartlett, who has been capped 64 times and has scored more than 20 times for South Africa, announced his retirement from international football to concentrate on his club career at Charlton Athletic in England.Lesley ManyathelaTragedy struck the soccer fraternity when striker Lesley Manyathela died in a car accident on his way home to Limpopo province in August.Manyathela, who played for Orlando Pirates, had also played for Bafana Bafana on five occasions. He made his debut on 20 March 2002 in an international friendly against Saudi Arabia. He then went on to feature against Georgia, Botswana, Swaziland and Senegal. Tributes pour in for Manyathela The good newsSome of the best news for soccer this year was the induction into the US National Soccer Hall of Fame of Pule “Ace” Ntsoelengoe, the midfield general of many fine Kaizer Chiefs teams of the mid-1970s to mid-1980s.Ntsoelengoe played in North America for 11 years and was voted in alongside seven other players, including Carlos Alberto, the captain of possibly the greatest team in history, Brazil’s 1970 World Cup winners. Ace enters Hall of Fame During his years in North America, Ntsoelengoe played for Miami Torros, Denver Dynamos, Minnesota Kicks and Toronto Blizzards in the North American Soccer League (NASL).Banyana come of ageThe women’s senior national squad, Banyana Banyana, performed exceptionally throughout the year.The main highlight for Banyana was advancing to the finals of the All Africa Games, hosted by Nigeria. Although they narrowly lost (1-0) to the hosts, their performance in the Games was inspired.The Nigerians had, in previous encounters, completely outclassed Banyana, defeating them by huge margins. This narrow defeat by Africa’s women’s soccer champions indicates a maturity on the part of Banyana who have come a long way since 1993 when they were first assembled as a national squad.Also, Banyana’s road to the Games finals was littered with dream performances. They brushed aside tough opponents such as Cameroon and Ghana.The women’s team, judging by this year’s performance, are maturing with time and their approach to the game is becoming more sophisticated.Banyana have conquered all their opponents in the southern African region. They have easily defeated neighbours Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Botswana, Swaziland, Namibia, and Mozambique with wide margins in recent encounters. SA’s soccer ‘girls’ growing up The maturity of their approach to the game was recognised when four of their best players were invited for trials by English premier league team, Arsenal. Veronica Phewa, Mpumi Nyandeni, Portia Modise and Antonio Carelse were subsequently signed after impressive performances, making the quartet the first South African women soccer players to play overseas.The Premier Soccer LeagueThe 16-team PSL kicked off the 2003/2004 season on a high with the teams that finished in the top eight bracket competing in the SA Airways-sponsored Supa 8. Exciting football was on display as the eight teams vied for the R1.2-million first prize.There were surprises aplenty as the big name teams were edged out, with the final being played between Jomo Cosmos and Moroka Swallows. Jomo Sono’s charges emerged victorious after defeating Swallows through a golden goal in extra time.The other lucrative competition, the Coca-Cola Cup, which is contested by all the 16 teams on a knockout basis, also produced skilful displays and some moments of brilliance.The R2-million tournament was eventually won by glamour team Kaizer Chiefs who walloped the much-improved Wits University 3-1 in the final.The league campaign, which kicked off in August, is producing mixed results as teams do battle to amass the goals and the points to stay in the hunt for the highest honour in the local game.Although the race for the championship is still wide open, five teams have emerged as favourites after playing 12 games thus far. Chiefs, Ajax Cape Town, Wits, Santos and Swallows are at the top end of the table after collecting at least 20 points each.Defending champions Orlando Pirates have had a bad start to the season. Currently lying sixth on the log, they have conceded 10 goals from just 13 games, an indication of a porous defence since the departure to England of captain and centre back Mbulelo Mabizela.Referees: the weak linkSince the beginning of the season, especially in the two cup competitions, the referees have been in the spotlight, albeit for all the wrong reasons.Rumblings about inconsistency, incompetence as well as downright favouritism were levelled against the men in the middle and their assistants throughout the Coca-Cola and Supa 8 tournaments, as well as in league matches.The league, however, has no power to act against the referees as they fall under the control of Safa. But the association has remained silent about these rumblings, and no action has been taken – at least not to the public’s knowledge.The coaches keep movingJob security for PSL coaches continues to be elusive. Before the season was three months old, eight teams had already changed coaches. Some were fired, others jumped, while some were demoted.The list includes veteran Austrian coach Walter Rautmann who was fired by Black Leopards after saving the team from relegation in the 2002/2003 season.Dutchman Clemens Westerhof of Cape Town-based strugglers Hellenic was also given the boot after a string of poor results.Pirates coach Roy Barreto was forced to quit after a bad start to the season. He failed to take the defending champions past the first round of the Supa 8. His charges were also knocked out in the initial stages of the Coca-Cola Cup.He jumped the Buccaneers ship after being pelted with missiles following the loss to Manning Rangers, who knocked them out of the Coca-Cola Cup. In an ironic twist, Barreto was named Rangers coach just three days later.Steve Komphela left Rangers to rejoin Dynamos as head coach. Komphela, before joining Rangers, had been assistant coach at Dynamos where he worked under Jacob Sakala.Komphela’s arrival at Dynamos was accompanied by an announcement that Sakala had been demoted to the team’s under-12 academy.Oscar Fullone of Sundowns was re-assigned as technical director, and the team brought in Khabo Zondo from Golden Arrows as coach.The Tsetse FliesThe national under-12 team – nicknamed the Tsetse Flies – achieved a great feat in September when they lifted the 2003 Danone Nations Cup tournament in Paris, beating Poland 2-0 in the finals.Graham Abrahams, spokesman for Sports Minister Ngconde Balfour, said the minister was “delighted at the feat attained by the Tsetse Flies. This a clear indication that the country’s soccer has a bright future in those youngsters,” said Abrahams. SA soccer boys conquer the world  Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Teen fencers deliver silver, bronze for PH

first_imgLOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catantan, a two-time MVP awardee in the UAAP fighting for University of the East, barged into the semis along with 16-year-old teammate Maxine Isabel Esteban.Esteban also bowed to Berthi, 15-9, in the semis en route to the Singaporean’s gold medal triumph.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCatantan bested Nicole Mae Wong Hui Shan also of SIngapore, 15-14, in the semis. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Samantha Kyle Catantan of the Philippines (R) competes with Singapore’s Amita Marie Nicolette Berthi during the women’s foil individual final of the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur on August 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Adek BERRYKUALA LUMPUR A pair of teenaged fencers gifted the Philippines a silver and bronze in the women’s fencing foil event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games Monday at MITEC Hall 6.Fifteen-year-old Samantha Kyle Catantan dropped a 15-7 decision to SIngapore’s Amita Marie Nicolette Berthi, 15-9, in the finals.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LATEST STORIES LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games View comments UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ Read Next PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PH salvages silver in women’s wushu eventlast_img read more

Eurotech: Everyware Cloud v. 5.1 with expanded integration and device management capabilities

first_img Continue Reading Previous A new dawn in the factory: OPC UA and TSN conquer the shop floorNext ROHM: CMOS op-amp delivers leading-class low noise Eurotech announces the availability of the 5.1 version of Everyware Cloud, its IoT Integration Platform. Everyware Cloud, one of the building blocks of Everyware IoT, Eurotech’s open, integrated and managed IoT end-to-end solution, provides all the services required for the management of IoT gateways and de-vices in the field, including configuration management, application life-cycle management and remote access. It also connects the data collected by field-deployed devices to enterprise applications and analytics leveraging reliable and open protocols.The new release 5.1 of EC is based on Eclipse Kapua, the open IoT cloud platform for device and data management, of which Eurotech is the original contributor. The new release supports on-premise de-ployment on the customer’s own data center or preferred private cloud, and expands the platform’s integration capabilities with Eurotech’s ecosystem partners, taking full advantage of Red Hat® OpenShift container platform and Elasticsearch search and analytics engine.Together with EC 5.1, another fundamental building block of Everyware IoT has been released, the new 5.2 version of Everyware Software Framework, the IoT Edge Framework for IoT app development. New features for the release include support for the ReliaIO 10-12 and ReliaLORA 10-12 expansion modules and an update of Wires, the innovative dataflow programming function that simplifies IoT application development on IoT Edge Gateways.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

TFA Anti-Doping Policy 2015

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) has recently reviewed and updated the TFA Anti-Doping Policy, in line with Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority standards.  It is a requirement by TFA that all state, regional and affiliate entities formally adopt the TFA Anti-Doping Policy 2015 version of this policy, under the TFA constitution. This policy will take effect from 1 January 2015 and will be made available via the TFA website. For more information, please click on the memo and policy attached below. Related Filesmemorandum_-_anti-doping_policy_2015_update-pdftfa_anti-doping_policy_2015-pdfRelated LinksAnti-Doping Policylast_img read more

19 days agoREVEALED: Why Dembele sent off in Barcelona win

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Why Dembele sent off in Barcelona winby Carlos Volcano19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRef Miguel Antonio Mateu Lahoz sent off Ousmane Dembele late on in Barcelona’s 4-0 victory over Sevilla.The Frenchman saw red for his reaction to Ronald Araujo’s own red card.The referee report has revealed what Dembele said to get himself his marching orders.”Very bad, you’re very bad,” is what the report claims the player said, while adding that he was making a gesture with his arms.While it’s a far cry from the insults allegedly uttered by Diego Costa last season to earn him an eight-match ban, there is precedent that could see Dembele banned for more than the one automatic match – including the El Clasico against Real Madrid. last_img read more

10 days agoFrench great Fernandez blasts PSG coach Tuchel: You’re no Klopp!

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say French great Fernandez blasts PSG coach Tuchel: You’re no Klopp!by Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrench great Luis Fernandez has used Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp to take aim at PSG coach Thomas Tuchel.Fernandez has praised Klopp for the way he improves his players.He said, “Thomas Tuchel p***ed me off with the kids. Just look at what another German coach, Jurgen Klopp, is doing. When you see Liverpool playing for two or three years, you say that this is a coach who has advanced his team. “With Tuchel I wait, he’s a coach who won the Championship, but neither the Coupe de France nor the Coupe de la Ligue. Ancelotti, Blanc and Emery, they won these competitions. I would like this coach to succeed with the squad he has. We look forward to it.” last_img read more

Ohio State mens ice hockey gearing up for 201415 campaign

Then-sophomore defender Craig Dalrymple (24) skates past a Bowling Green defender Oct. 29, 2013 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 5-3.Credit: Lantern file photoMore than six months after losing the Big Ten Championship in overtime, the Ohio State men’s hockey team is set for its first exhibition of the season on Saturday afternoon in Columbus.The Buckeyes’ exhibition against the University of Guelph will mark the first step in their quest for a NCAA tournament berth, something they’ve been denied for five straight years.Junior defenseman and alternate captain Sam Jardine said the sting of missing last season’s tournament was magnified for this year’s seniors — who have endured three years of postseason disappointment.Before last season’s 5-4 overtime loss to Wisconsin in Big Ten Championship, the Buckeyes failed to make the final round of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs in 2012 and 2013.“The veterans returning have a real bitter attitude toward the way things finished last year,” Jardine said. “It’s been good motivation.”While OSU has eight seniors on this season’s roster, coach Steve Rohlik said the departure of two upperclassmen has created questions for the Buckeyes’ offense.“We’re going to have to have a lot of guys score eight goals,” Rohlik said. “We’re going to have to score by committee and we’re going to have to be good at special teams.”Forwards Max McCormick and Ryan Dzingel, who combined for 24.5 percent of OSU’s scoring last season, both signed contracts with the Ottawa Senators during the offseason.Senior forward captain Tanner Fritz is the team’s top offensive returner. Fritz finished last season with the third-most points on the team (32) despite battling an injury that kept him out of the lineup for five games.Even with Fritz, OSU will have to get offensive contributions from all four lines to compensate for its losses, Jardine said.“The best teams do score by committee,” Jardine said. “I’m personally not worried about our team and the ability to score goals.”Freshmen gave the Buckeyes offensive support last season as first-years combined for 23 goals. Sophomore forward Nick Schilkey led OSU rookies in points with 13 goals and 13 assists.Saturday’s exhibition will give Rohlik his first opportunity to see this season’s seven freshmen compete against college-level competition.“I see a lot of guys playing because I think everyone on our roster can contribute right now,” Rohlik said.The Buckeyes’ returners have already had an opportunity to see the team’s new crop in practice. Fritz said he’s pleased with the class and has made special note of forwards Nicholas Jones and Matt Weis.“There’s two guys that have a ton of skills and read the game well,” Fritz said.Following a year where OSU had six different goalies on its roster, it will start the season with three goalies on its depth chart.Sophomore goalie Christian Frey joined Fritz, Schilkey and sophomore defenseman Drew Brevig on the Big Ten Preseason Players to Watch list. Frey joined OSU midway through last season after playing in the USHL, finishing with a 2.27 goals against average and .929 save percentage in 16 games.Rohlik noted that sophomore goalies Matt Tomkins and Logan Davis will also compete for the starting role.Rohlik said that senior defenseman Craig Dalrymple has not skated at 100 percent this season due to injury, but added the rest of OSU’s lineup is healthy.Fritz reported that he’d been felt an “aching feeling” in his leg during off-ice workouts, but said he underwent a precautionary MRI this week and the injury was not serious.The Buckeyes are scheduled to drop the puck at 4:30 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Football Greg Schiano staying with Ohio State despite NFL rumors

Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano speaks to the media on Dec. 27 prior to the 2017 Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State raked in its best statistical recruiting class under head coach Urban Meyer with two more commitments on National Signing Day, but that wasn’t the biggest news for the Buckeyes when looking at the 2018 season.After rumors circulating that defensive coordinator and safeties coach Greg Schiano was expected to take the vacant New England Patriots defensive coordinator position, Schiano apparently spoke with Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman to set the record straight that he was remaining at Ohio State next season.Greg Schiano tells me he is staying at #OhioState contrary to reports from Monday that he was leaving for the Patriots. Big day for the Buckeyes. Schiano played a key part in landing top OT Nick Petit-Frere out of Tampa.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) February 7, 2018It’s been a turbulent offseason for the Ohio State coaching staff with reports that quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator Ryan Day would leave to become the Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator — he eventually was promoted to offensive coordinator to stay with the Buckeyes — and cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs signing on to become the Titans cornerbacks coach. Coombs was one of Ohio State’s most integral recruiters and position coaches, having produced four first-round picks from his position group in the last four drafts, so losing Schiano would’ve been another blow to the defensive outlook of Ohio State, as well as its recruiting prowess.Schiano said he does have aspirations of becoming a head coach, but that doesn’t have to happen. Adds he loves what he’s doing right now.— Edward Sutelan (@EdwardSutelan) February 7, 2018 read more

Cristiano Ronaldos UEFA Records

Cristiano Ronaldos UEFA Records

first_imgThroughout his glittering career, Cristiano Ronaldo has broken a numerous amount of records and continues to aim for more at the age of 33 years old ahead of Real Madrid’s Champions League tie against JuventusThe Portuguese star made his debut in the Champions League on the 14 August 2002 in a 3rd round qualifying match against Inter Milan as a fresh-faced 17 year-old. The match ended in a goalless draw with Ronaldo later appearing the competition the following season for Manchester United.Since then, Ronaldo has gone on to win UEFA’s biggest club competition four times and is setting his sights on a fifth time with Real aiming to win the tournament for a third consecutive time.Ahead of their first leg against Juventus, the UEFA released a list of the records Ronaldo has broken since emerging back in 2002.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Club/individualMost UEFA club competition goals: 120Most UEFA Champions League goals: 117Most goals in a UEFA Champions League season: 17 (2013/14)Most UEFA Champions League final wins: 4 (joint with Andrés Iniesta and Clarence Seedorf)Only player to score in three UEFA Champions League finalsOnly player to score in all six games in a UEFA Champions League groupMost Real Madrid goals: 443Most ESM Golden Shoe awards: 4 (joint with Lionel Messi)Most UEFA Club Footballer/Best Player/Men’s Player awards: 4Most Ballon d’Or awards: 5 (joint with Lionel Messi)Most FIFA best player awards: 5 (joint with Lionel Messi)Most appearances in UEFA.com users’ Team of the Year: 12 (2004, 2007–2017)Ronaldo earned his cap for Portugal in a 1–0 victory over Kazakhstan on 20 August 2003 and has since gone on to score 81 goals at international level and captained the side to the Euro 2016 championship.National teamWatch all of his European Qualifiers goalsMost EURO finals appearances: 21Most EURO finals goals: 9 (level with Michel Platini)Most EURO final tournaments scored in: 4Only player to score three goals in multiple EUROsMost EURO goals including qualifying: 29Most goals in UEFA EURO and European FIFA World Cup qualifiers: 50Most Portugal caps: 149Most Portugal goals: 81 (fewer only than Ali Daei 109, Ferenc Puskás 84)The Real star sits above every other player as the top scorer in the history of the Champions League for men’s/women’s/club/national team/youth/futsal/amateurCristiano Ronaldo 155Raúl González 107Lionel Messi 103 (next non-European is Sergio Agüero on 53)Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 91Andriy Shevchenko 90Zlatan Ibrahimovic 87Filippo Inzaghi 86Margrét Lára Vidarsdóttir 84Thierry Henry 81Ricardinho (futsal) 79last_img read more