India Team World Cup 2019 Schedule: Virat Kohli’s men start campaign on June 5

first_imgThe Indian cricket team has touched down in London for the upcoming 2019 World Cup where they will be fighting it out against 9 other teams for the most prestigious title in international cricket, a trophy which India has won twice in the past in 1983 and 2011.The Indian team will now begin its preparations for the World Cup with two practice matches against New Zealand (May 25) and Bangladesh (May 28) before they begin their campaign in the main tournament against South Africa on June 5.The format for the World Cup this year will follow a single group of 10 teams, with each team playing the other nine once, and the top four at the end of the group phase progressing to the semi-finals.#TeamIndia for @ICC #CWC19 #MenInBlue pic.twitter.com/rsz44vHpgeBCCI (@BCCI) April 15, 2019That means India will be playing 9 matches in the tournament to try and make it to the semi-finals which will begin from July 9. All of India’s matches will be day games and will start at 3pm IST.Touchdown London #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/mWihuGrnjwBCCI (@BCCI) May 22, 2019TEAM INDIA WORLD CUP 2019 SCHEDULE:India vs South Africa, Match 8 in Southampton on June 5 (3pm IST)Australia vs India, Match 14 in London on June 9 (3pm IST)India vs New Zealand, Match 18 in Nottingham on June 13 (3pm IST)India vs Pakistan, Match 22 in Manchester on June 16 (3pm IST)Afghanistan vs India, Match 28 in Southampton on June 22 (3pm IST)India vs West Indies, Match 34 in Manchester on June 27 (3pm IST)England vs India, Match 38 in Birmingham on June 30 (3pm IST)advertisementBangladesh vs India, Match 40 in Birmingham on July 2 (3pm IST)India vs Sri Lanka, Match 44 in Leeds on July 6 (3pm IST)Also Read | Team India’s PUBG love on full show as Virat Kohli and Co. leave for 2019 World CupAlso Read | World Cup 2019: No room for complacency, says Virat Kohli ahead of team departureAlso Read | Watch: Noise and good wishes galore as Virat Kohli and Co. take off for EnglandAlso Read | After nightmarish IPL 2019, Kuldeep Yadav ready to win World Cup for Indialast_img read more

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB BENEFITS FROM MRHD GRANT ASSISTANCE

first_imgSIOUX CITY’S BOYS AND GIRL’S CLUB WILL SOON BE GETTING A NEW ROOF.EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ELDEN BENSON SAYS THE REPAIRS ARE THANKS TO AN $86-THOUSAND DOLLAR GRANT FROM MISSOURI RIVER HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT THE CLUB RECEIVED WEDNESDAY:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/BCLUB.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..GET THAT SEALED UP. ;20THE CLUB PREVIOUSLY RECEIVED A $100-THOUSAND DOLLAR MRHD GRANT IN 2016 TO REPLACE THEIR KITCHEN AND IMPROVE THEIR MEALS PROGRAM:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/BCLUB2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..AS WELL. :12THE GRANTS ARE CRITICAL AS THE CLUB HAS A LOW MEMBERSHIP FEE FOR ITS MEMBERS, MANY WHO COME FROM LOW INCOME FAMILIES:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/BCLUB3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………LOT OF FUN TOO. :18THE BOYS AND GIRL’S CLUB IS LOCATED AT 823 PEARL STREET ON THE WEST EDGE OF DOWNTOWN.last_img read more

STATE TROOPERS KEPT BUSY RESPONDING TO BLIZZARD RELATED CRASHES

first_imgThe blizzard that struck southern Iowa and Nebraska Sunday kept state troopers busy.The Iowa State Patrol says they responded to 93 crashes and helped 131 motorists in an 18 hour period beginning at 6am Sunday.The National Weather Service says the storm dumped 17 inches on Oskaloosa in south-central Iowa.Flights out of O’Hare Airport in Chicago were cancelled this morning as two inches of snow fell per hour in the Windy City.That affected morning flights to Sioux City and Dallas.In Nebraska, the state patrol responded to 20 crashes and helped 70 other motorists whose vehicles slid off the road or became stranded.The heaviest Nebraska snow Sunday was in Tecumseh, where they had 9 inches.Photos by Nebraska State Patrollast_img read more

4TH GRADE HISTORY PROJECTS ON DISPLAY AT PUBLIC MUSEUM

first_imgModels and posters of local historic landmarks, people, and events made by elementary school students are now on display at the Sioux City Public Museum.Education Curator Theresa Weaver-Basye says they are part of the 28th annual 4th grade Sioux City History Projects exhibit:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/4TH.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………this year. :10She says it’s tough to come up with the final list of projects to be displayed:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/4TH2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..projects every year. :17Creations this year include the Warrior Hotel, Cathedral of the Epiphany, Evans Park, Stone Park Zoo, and the Sioux City Huskers baseball team.The exhibit will be on display through May 11th when students will be honored at a reception and awards ceremony.last_img read more

ARLEN KEYNOTES WOMEN’S POWER LUNCH

first_imgHundreds of women from the area gathered in South Sioux City today for the 19th annual United Way of Siouxland’s Women’s Power Lunch.Paralympic gold medalist and ESPN commentator Victoria Arlen keynoted the event.Arlen overcame physical adversity to achieve remarkable success.At age 11 she came down with a rare viral disease which she battled for five years – four of which she spent in a vegetative state.That disease left her without the use of her legs for almost a decade.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/ARLEN.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….a testimony. :11Having been a lifelong swimmer and athlete, Arlen never gave up hope of competing in the Olympics and in spring of 2012 she qualified for the London Paralympic Games.She won a Gold and three Silver Medals and later went on to perform on “Dancing With The Stars”:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/ARLEN1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….keep going. :15Heather Hennings of the Siouxland United Way says the Women’s Power Lunch also raises money for scholarships for single parents:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/ARLEN4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………bettering their futures. :14Around 1200 people attended the event at the Delta Hotels Center.last_img read more

Previewing Bedlam 2013

first_imgPhoto Attribution: USATSIPhoto Attribution: USATSII emailed back and forth with Matt Hofeld of Crimson and Cream Machine about the game this weekend. He had some interesting stuff to say about his Sooners and what should be a fascinating Bedlam game…my comments in the footnotes.1. Trevor Knight ____________ better than any QB in the Big 12.As a passer he’s certainly not anywhere near the top of the conference. However, he has shown marked improvement from the start of the season and confidence goes a long way when it comes to the quarterback position.As a playmaker he may be one of the better guys to watch in the Big 12 (averaging 7.7 yards per carry). He just has a knack for getting yards and moving the ball.I certainly wouldn’t dare to rank him as one of the top two quarterbacks in the conference but I would take him over anyone Iowa State, Kansas, West Virginia are throwing out there and maybe even the Kansas State quarterbacks.2. How confident are OU fans about Bob Stoops coaching in big-time games?Its funny how often I get asked this question. There isn’t a coach in the Big 12 who has been in more big games than Bob Stoops, and there certainly isn’t a coach anywhere in the country who has won every big game. Pretty sure that the Notre Dame game this year was a big one, and after Oklahoma’s second loss of the season every game has been big.Let’s not forget that many people were picking the Sooners to lose at Kansas State just a few weeks ago.Sure there have been losses in big games for Stoops (Texas and Baylor this year, Cotton Bowl last season, and many more) but there also have been some pretty big wins as well. No one won more Big 12 championship games than Stoops, nor has any conference coach been to more BCS games. You have to win some pretty big games in order to get to those.[1. I couldn’t agree more with this.]So, yeah, I’m pretty confident in Stoops coaching in big games and, while not all of the Sooner Nation will agree with me, the majority of Oklahoma fans feel the same way.3. What part of this OSU team are OU fans most worried about?All of it!This is a very good Oklahoma State team and they’re good in every aspect of the game. If you made me choose just one area though it would be the offense, specifically the passing game.I’m not sure why or how Walsh beat out Clint Chelf early in the season but he has clearly been the answer for the O-State offense since being inserted back into the lineup. Oklahoma’s secondary struggled against Texas, Baylor and Kansas State and now they are going up against one of the best playmakers in the in conference.OSU has 23 passing touchdowns this season and has only given up 10 sacks. I’m sure that I don’t have to tell you this but I will anyway, had Gundy not placed Walsh over Chelf the Cowboys would be playing this game with a potential BCS championship birth on the line.4. Who is the most important player on OU’s defense?I’m going to go with linebacker Eric Striker. He’s a pass rushing specialist who is second on the team in sacks (3.5). He’s extremely disruptive in the offensive backfield and absolutely must continue his stellar season on Saturday. Oklahoma can’t afford to give Chelf time in the pocket, nor can they afford to allow him to make big gains on the ground.Striker will play a huge role in OU’s success or failure in defending the Cowboys’ passing attack, and he’ll draw the extra responsibility of providing run support as well.5. Why is a 9-2 OU team a 11-point dog to Oklahoma State?Because of what the Sooners did (or didn’t do) against Texas and Baylor. To this point of the season Oklahoma has not proven that they deserve to be mentioned in the race for the conference championship.They have absolutely no chance of winning the Big 12, regardless of what happens in Stillwater, and their outings against the two best teams they’ve faced this season went terribly south.Couple that with injuries, questions at quarterback, and shaky offensive identity, you get a double-digit underdog on the road against what most perceive as the best team in the conference.6. Give me your prediction for Saturday.As much as a homer as I am, there’s just no way that I can pick Oklahoma to win this game. I think that they can keep it fairly close but in the end they lose 27-24 to a better Oklahoma State team.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Mike Gundy Trying To Join Six Other Coaches With 100 Wins At Current School

first_imgMike Gundy is trying for his 100th win at Oklahoma State this weekend. That number is mind-blowing. If you would have told any of us in 2005 that Gundy would be trying for No. 100 in just 12 years, we would have lost it.And yet here we are. Interestingly, only six other coaches have 100 or more wins with their current teams. Longevity plus success. This list is mighty impressive.198 – Bill Snyder, Kansas State (25th year)184 – Bob Stoops, Oklahoma  (18th year)147 – Gary Patterson, TCU (16th year)132 – Kirk Ferentz, Iowa (18th year)113 – Nick Saban, Alabama (10th year)102 – Kyle Whittingham, Utah (12th year)99 – Mike Gundy (12th year)Gundy is pretty blase about the whole thing even though the former best coach in OSU history (Pat Jones) only got to 62 wins before his tenure ended.“I don’t think [this motivates our team],” said Gundy on Monday. “These guys just live in a different world. You could ask them and I’d bet over half of them wouldn’t know.“I’m more concerned with them focusing on what they can do to have an impact on the game, more so than that side of it. I think that’s a nice mark for Oklahoma State football and for all of us in general, but they need to get tuned in to West Virginia.”That’s fine, but it doesn’t diminish what has been an incredible run for Gundy and OSU. The golden era of OSU football. According to this list, there are only 162 coaches who have ever won 100 games total. Ever. In college football history. Gundy is about to make it 163.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Hazard starts for Chelsea vs Man City

first_imgChelsea Chelsea team news: Hazard starts against Man City Last updated 2 years ago 23:45 30/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Eden Hazard Chelsea Getty Images Chelsea Manchester City Chelsea v Manchester City Premier League Antonio Conte has almost a full squad to choose for ahead of the visit of Pep Guardiola’s side, and has named the Belgium star in his first XI Eden Hazard will make his first Premier League start of the season as Chelsea line up against Manchester City on Saturday.The Belgian missed the first three league games due to an ankle injury but was brought into the starting XI for the midweek Champions League win over Atletico Madrid.Here is today’s team… #CHEMCI pic.twitter.com/UN68HS44NE— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 30, 2017Hazard returns for the headline encounter while Victor Moses drops to the bench. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Andreas Christensen, a substitute against Atletico, is on from the start against Pep Guardiola’s side.City call upon Gabriel Jesus to start up front in Sergio Aguero’s absence after the Argentine damaged a rib in a car accident in Amsterdam during the week.Here we go… The team is in!What do you make of our @HaysWorldwide line-up? #cfcvcity pic.twitter.com/EFC0Lv1kBc— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 30, 2017Fabian Delph keeps his place at left-back following Benjamin Mendy’s cruciate ligament tear, while Raheem Sterling is back in the first team after coming off the bench in the win over Shakhtar on Tuesday.City sit three points ahead of Chelsea ahead of the visit to Stamford Bridge and can go joint-top again with a win, having seen Manchester United move three points clear by beating Crystal Palace earlier in the day.Chelsea XI: Courtois; Rudiger, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Alonso; Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas; Hazard, Morata,Man City XI: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph;  Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Silva (C); Sterling, Jesus, Sanelast_img read more

Report: England 0 Brazil 0

first_imgEngland 0 Brazil 0: Gomez impresses as hosts stifle Neymar and company Rob Lancaster 06:01 11/15/17 EnglandvBrazil_cropped Clive Rose/Getty Images It was not the liveliest of encounters, but England can take heart from a goalless draw against Brazil. England followed up their stalemate against Germany with another impressive clean sheet as they held five-time world champions Brazil to a 0-0 draw at Wembley.Gareth Southgate’s injury-hit squad showed their dedication to defending with a stoic display on home soil, leading to the first scoreless encounter between the nations in 40 years.The always busy Neymar did his best to light up an otherwise dim spectacle but, despite dominating for long periods, Brazil struggled to cut open an England team that saw Joe Gomez impress as a centre-back in the new 3-5-2 system. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Southgate handed a debut to Gomez’s Liverpool team-mate Dominic Solanke off the bench in the second half, but a team minus Harry Kane barely threatened to cause an upset in the capital.When @MarcusRashford met @neymarjr… pic.twitter.com/TfM9FczIyH— England (@England) November 14, 2017England had given cause for optimism with their performance against Germany, and Southgate once again stuck with the three centre-back policy he had tested out last Friday.Gomez was handed a first start and Ruben Loftus-Cheek kept his place in the team, albeit his involvement was ended after only 35 minutes by a back injury.Brazil, who welcomed back Philippe Coutinho from a thigh injury, bossed possession in the first half without turning their dominance into clear-cut chances.Joe Hart was needed to make a save from a Gabriel Jesus header, but the tempo of the game struggled to match the occasional noise stemming from the samba band inside the stadium.75 – Joe Hart made his 75th appearance for England tonight, just the third goalkeeper to reach this total after David Seaman and Peter Shilton. Stalwart.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 14, 2017Marcus Rashford produced England’s brightest moment before the break, the striker – occupying the central role he has played for Manchester United recently – cleverly turning away from Casemiro before sending a firm drive straight at Alisson.While the chances failed to arrive early in the second half, yellow cards for Jake Livermore and Dani Alves at least showed there was a competitive edge to proceedings.Brazil saw Hart block Coutinho’s weak attempt after the Liverpool playmaker had outpaced team-mate Jesus to reach Neymar’s scooped throughball, only to then stumble and lose his balance at the point of contact.Tite utilised the Premier League pairing of Willian – who had captained his country in the 3-1 win over Japan in France – and Fernandinho off the bench in the hope of sparking his team into life.Both replacements had late opportunities to break the deadlock, with Fernandinho whistling a shot just wide of the target before Willian saw his goal-bound effort blocked by England substitute Ashley Young.Solanke made his introduction in the 73rd minute and had the chance to mark the occasion with a dramatic winner from Young’s cross in the closing stages.However, teed up by fellow sub Tammy Abraham, the striker waited a fraction too long to get his shot away, allowing the alert Alisson to make the block at the far post.While England could not quite nick it at the end, they could at least reflect on back-to-back shut-outs against the top-two ranked teams in the world.  read morelast_img read more

Report: Qarabag 0 Chelsea 4

first_imgQarabag 0 Chelsea 4: Hazard, Willian lead Blues into last 16 Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 02:48 11/23/17 Chelsea - cropped Getty Images Eden Hazard, Willian and Cesc Fabregas scored to send Chelsea into the knockout phase of the Champions League with a 4-0 win over Qarabag. Chelsea booked their place in the Champions League’s round of 16 with a comfortable 4-0 win over 10-man Qarabag on Wednesday.Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and a double from Willian sealed the three points for Antonio Conte’s side in Baku and ensure they will progress to the knockout phase of the competition.Qarabag, thrashed 6-0 in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge in September, started well in front of their noisy home support but were left facing a huge challenge when captain Rasad Sadiqov was sent off for bringing down Willian in the penalty area. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Hazard, starting as a false nine as Conte left Alvaro Morata on the bench, tucked home the spot-kick for his third goal in the group stage and produced a clever assist for Willian to make it 2-0 15 minutes later.The remainder of the match was played at a procession pace, as Chelsea looked to conserve energy for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Liverpool, but Fabregas added a third with 17 minutes left to play courtesy of another precise effort from 12 yards before Willian lashed home a fine fourth.The result sends the English champions through and puts them two points clear at the top of Group C ahead of Atletico Madrid’s clash with Roma, while Qarabag must hope for a favour from the Italians to preserve their hopes of snatching a Europa League spot on matchday six.1 – Eden Hazard has both scored and assisted in a single Champions League game for the first time in his career. Schemer. pic.twitter.com/6qVnSRP0NR — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 22, 2017 A lively start from Qarabag seemed to have Chelsea unsettled and they were fortunate not to be 1-0 down inside 13 minutes, with Michel rattling the crossbar from inside the penalty area after a one-two between Maksim Medvedev and Dino Ndlovu.The home fans were in fine spirits but their mood changed completely with 19 minutes played, when Sadiqov was adjudged to have deliberately pulled Willian down by his arm as he attempted to get free in the penalty area.The captain was duly given a straight red card and Hazard made no mistake from the penalty spot, rolling the ball into the bottom corner as goalkeeper Ibrahim Sehic went the wrong way.8 – @hazardeden10 scored his 8th Champions League goal, more than any other Belgian player. Devil. pic.twitter.com/lDeiUUxmam — OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) November 22, 2017 It might have been a controversial way to break the deadlock but there was nothing questionable about Chelsea’s second. Pedro, Willian and Hazard combined following a Cesc Fabregas ball forward, the move ending with Hazard backheeling into Willian’s path, and the Brazilian made no mistake with a low finish from just inside the area.Conte resisted the temptation to make changes at half-time but Chelsea looked keen to kill off the contest as soon as possible, with Sehic making a good save to deny Pedro one-on-one after a fine lofted pass from Fabregas.Hazard was then denied by a fine one-handed save before he departed to a rousing reception from the travelling Chelsea fans, as Conte opted to give Morata a 25-minute run-out.The Spain striker missed a great chance to get on the scoresheet, dragging a shot inches wide of the left-hand post from the edge of the six-yard box, and he was denied by the offside flag barely a minute later after tapping in Cesar Azpilicueta ‘s lay-off.Fabregas did manage to get Chelsea a third goal, though, to cap an efficient outing from Conte’s side.Referee Jorge Sousa adjudged Medvedev to have pulled Willian’s shirt into the penalty area, despite the full-back’s protests that contact stopped before they crossed the 18-yard line, allowing the former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder to sweep the ball into the bottom corner after his first effort was ruled out for encroachment.Willian completed a superb individual display with his second goal five minutes from the end of normal time, collecting Pedro’s pass before lashing beyond Sehic from 20 yards to send Chelsea through with a little bit of swagger. Key Opta facts: – Chelsea have booked their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League for the 14th time in their last 15 appearances in the competition.- Qarabag have now failed to win their last six consecutive European games (including qualifiers), their longest winless streak since July 2009 (8).- The Blues have kept four clean sheets in their last five games in all competitions, as many as in their previous 18.- On his 200th appearance for Chelsea in all competitions, Willian scored a brace in the Champions League for the first time since November 2012 for Shakhtar Donetsk v FC Nordsjælland.- Qarabag are only the third team to pick up a red card in three consecutive Champions League games (also Bordeaux in 2000 and Juventus in 2001).- Eden Hazard has scored three goals in his last three Champions League appearances, as many as in his previous 19 combined.- Hazard both scored and assisted in a Champions League game for the first time in his career.- Cesc Fabregas became the fourth Spanish player to hit the 20-goal mark in the Champions League (also Raul 71, Fernando Morientes 33, Fernando Torres 20). read morelast_img read more

PSV’s unique signing announcement

first_imgTransfers PSV use Football Manager to unveil signing of Arsenal target Romero Matt Dorman 04:27 12/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Football Manager 2018 footballmanager.com Transfers Eredivisie PSV v Vitesse Vitesse PSV The Eredivisie side employed a novel method to announce the addition of the Argentine teenager PSV put the challenge to rival clubs ahead of the January transfer window by utilising Football Manager to announce their latest signing.The Eredivisie leaders turned to the popular game to unveil the addition of teenage striker Maximiliano Romero from Velez Sarsfield.Borussia Dortmund were reportedly close to capturing the 18-year-old Argentine, while Arsenal were previously linked. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But Romero opted for a switch to Philips Stadion, inking a contract through to 2023.We’ve got news for you…#FM18 pic.twitter.com/vzZ2bXffka — PSV (@PSV) December 21, 2017 PSV boss Phillip Cocu says the club have done their homework beyond the in-game scouting report.”We have seen him in action several times and we think that he, as a number nine, has the ability to be a genuine goal threat in the Eredivisie,” Cocu said.”He is a physically strong, clinical striker and is comfortable dribbling and shooting with both feet.”He has great potential and we couldn’t waste the golden opportunity to sign him.”last_img read more

Unfazed England are fired up to retain Ashes, says Stuart Broad

first_imgShare on Messenger Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Australia sport Support The Guardian Read more England cricket team Cricket Share on Pinterest Australia cricket team Topics Stuart Broad Share on LinkedIn newscenter_img Read more The Ashes Reuse this content Share via Email Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up Share on Twitter A similar environment is expected this time around. “As an England player you’d be disappointed if you didn’t get stick there – that’s gone on for years,” Broad said. “But I love all that, as you’re in the battle straight away and it sort of helps me as a cricketer.“I was sledged by the West Indies 12th man [Raymon Reifer] at Lord’s last week when I came out to bat – that got me in the fight straight away and helped me get some runs. I seem to thrive off the extra spice. I thanked him for after the game. I don’t think I’ve had that before taking my guard, I took offence to the fact he wasn’t even playing.“The great thing about Australia is that generally they like competitors – they like giving stick but if someone comes back, they respect that.”Broad, who was due for a scan on a long-standing left heel problem on Tuesday but stated it was simply a check-up and he would be fit for a Test match starting next week, was untroubled by a summer of 20 wickets at 33 apiece – figures that might have flattered him more had 11 catches not gone down off his bowling across the two series.He added: “I know with me, I go through phases. I think I have seven five-fers in a spell and if I get one in my first 12 balls, I tend to get three or four in that spell. Those catches just didn’t stick. One does and then you have a spell that can win a Test. I’m hoping I’ve saved up my wickets for Australia.” Stuart Broad believes the current England team are primed to defend the Ashes this winter after declaring “this is our time” due to the growing experience of the emerging generation coupled with that of himself, Alastair Cook and Jimmy Anderson.“It’s hard not to be” was Broad’s response when asked about the confidence of Joe Root’s side, who after dispatching South Africa and West Indies during the summer can now talk openly about the much-anticipated series in Australia that starts at the Gabba on 23 November. The 31-year-old, speaking on Tuesday after playing cricket outside 10 Downing Street in support of the Chance to Shine charity, outlined the reasons for this, explaining how Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali and Root, who have between 39 and 60 Test caps, meaning that they are now unfazed by differing match situations.Broad said: “That is when you learn as a player how to get your team out of trouble or how to put your foot on the throat, so to speak. I think we’re in an exciting place but Australia are the same. I don’t think we know their team; they’ve had injuries but you know it will be a dangerous team.”Test defeats at Trent Bridge and Headingley, to go with a raft of dropped catches throughout the season that had the head coach, Trevor Bayliss, bristling, and newcomers in the batting lineup, serve as a reminder that England remain imperfect at present.But it was the response to the first of those losses in Nottingham – a 340-run defeat to South Africa that prompted a change in the balance of the side – and that they did not fold in Leeds when West Indies dominated the opening two days, that shows signs of development for Broad. “We’re close to having our team sorted for the Gabba,” he said.Australia have not lost at their Brisbane fortress since 1988 against West Indies and Broad knows all about the hostile environment England will face there, having been portrayed as public enemy No1 by the local Courier Mail in the lead-up to the first Test in the 2013‑14 whitewash defeat after controversially standing his ground at Trent Bridge in the previous English summer. 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World Cup: Argentinian FA sorry for guide on how to talk to Russian women

first_imgThere are more than a few concerns before next month’s World Cup in Russia: the threat of hooliganism, the country’s patchy record on LGBT rights, and the prospect of Russia playing Vladimir Putin at centre-forward. For officials at Argentina’s Football Association (AFA), however, the most pressing issue appears to be how to talk to women.On Tuesday, the AFA held a course for players, staff and journalists about what to expect when they travel to Russia. Among the materials was a manual entitled Russian Language and Culture, which included a chapter on “What to do to have a chance with a Russian girl”. Anyone wanting a chance with a Russian man was left to figure things out for themselves.Setting aside the obvious dubious morals of the whole exercise, it turns out that the manual’s author, Eduardo Pennisi, believes Russian women have the same standards as pretty much everyone else on Earth. Apparently, they like people who are “clean” and smell “good”. Topics Share on WhatsApp “The teacher in charge of the course chose information to give the assistants but regretfully at the moment of printing, because of an unforeseen error a text that was never part of the course was included. The administrative personnel of the department proceeded to remove it immediately. We regret that the error would have obscured the importance of the day’s lesson and the permanent educational activities given by AFA, and expressing our sincerest apologies to those affected by the publication, which in no way reflects the thoughts of the Argentine Football Association or its president Claudio Tapia or any of of his directions.”Pennisi does not offer any advice on whether or not Lionel Messi should play in the false nine role at the World Cup. In another stunning revelation, Russian women like to be treated as human beings. “Russian girls do not like to feel like objects,” reads a passage from the manual, translated into English by Deadspin. “Many men, because Russian women are beautiful, only want to take them to bed. Maybe they want it too, but they are people who want to feel important and unique. The advice is to treat the women who is in front of you with their own ideas and wishes. Pay attention to their values and personality. Don’t ask stupid questions about sex.”Additionally, Pennisi advises Argentinian men to avoid printing out their bank statement on a first date. “Maybe you try to impress her by talking about the money you have, that you know everything, that you are perfect and the others are poor stupid people,” reads the manual. “In the end, if the girl has a little sense, she will bounce you. Be real and talk about you in real terms, talk about your faults in a fun way and about your positive points.”The AFA soon realised they had made a mistake and issued a statement on Wednesday. “After an internal investigation in respect to yesterday’s events during the Russian Language and Culture course, it has been concluded that the materials distributed were incorrectly printed,” read the statement. World Cup 2018: complete guide to all 736 players Nacho Catullo (@nachocatullo)El curso fue hoy en la AFA. Tengo el cuaderno. Nos lo sacaron para cortar esa hoja pero yo la guardé cuando supuse lo que harían. pic.twitter.com/gBeG9xWsWZMay 15, 2018 Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content World Cup 2018 Argentina Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Share via Email news Share on Twitter World Cup Share on Pinterest Read morelast_img read more

Kelly Cates and Kenny Dalglish: a relationship forged in football

first_imgShare via Email Share on Messenger A pioneer for women in football, Cates has forged a hugely respected 20-year career in broadcasting. So much a part of the football media furniture, it is almost possible to forget she is the daughter of the Liverpool legend Sir Kenny Dalglish, but not quite.Growing up with a dad who never believed his daughters should have less of a place in the game because of their gender has been hugely positive for her. Well, apart from once. “Only when Kelly knocked herself out playing football in Spain,” Dalglish says. “She still talks about it to this day but I think time has run away with her imagination.”“I think obviously being surrounded by football helped build up a knowledge of the game and an insight that you might not get watching from afar,” Cates says. “My dad was always hugely supportive, as was my brother. We used to play three-and-in in the back garden and those are the memories that stick as much as the more famous games that we were fortunate to attend.”“Kelly has always been single-minded and determined,” Dalglish says. “But she also knows her football and that, above all, is the biggest factor in her success – her professional capabilities married with her knowledge of the subject matter. She grew up with it right enough and if you can keep Graeme Souness in line then you must be doing something right.”There was also never a time when Cates resented football for the way it dominated their lives: “It was always there but it never consumed us. In fact, I think it was easier then because it wasn’t wall-to-wall on television,” she says. “It would certainly be a lot harder to get away from football now.“On the day before a match we would go out and have an early dinner so we could spend time with my dad then he would go to bed early to rest for the game. That was just the routine. Obviously it would be inevitable that sometimes he would bring his work home and we could sense his disappointment but it was never about results – it was always about the performance with my dad.” • The WSL leaders, Arsenal, have been drawn against third-placed Birmingham in the quarter finals of the Continental League Cup. Manchester United have a home time against West Ham, who play a division above them. Chelsea host Reading and Manchester City welcome Brighton. The ties are due to be played on 9/10 January. Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane will host the final on 23 February, live on BT Sport.• Following the dismissal of John Donoghue, Lewes have announced Fran Alonso as their manager. The 42-year-old Spaniard is a former assistant coach of Ronald Koeman at Everton and Southampton, where he also worked under Mauricio Pochettino. Lewes sit ninth in the Championship, 15 points off of Manchester United at the top.• The Australian football federation has announced an international friendly tournament, the Cup of Nations, to aid World Cup preparations. Taking place at the end of February, it will see Argentina, South Korea and New Zealand join the hosts. Pinterest Share on Twitter Share on Facebook For Dalglish, who watched his four children absorb life lessons from football, the benefits are clear. “I’m proud of all of my kids and while not all of them have followed a career in football I think growing up in a football family taught them a lot about life, even subconsciously,” the three-times European Cup winner says. “As a family we have been through highs and extreme lows in football but I think the children all took something from the game, whether it was dedication and commitment, being ambitious and pursuing your dreams, or just the work ethic that I grew up with and which was a prerequisite for success in football and in life.”Football puts huge pressures on managers and their families. Dalglish has experienced the ups and downs symptomatic of management but has also had to deal with more, emotionally, than many. However, there was never a point when he thought he did not want his kids around it: “When you are a manager you can find yourself under pressure, or certainly under pressure in the media, and as much as you try not to take your work home it’s inevitable that your family sense when you are not yourself. Share on WhatsApp I have two daughters, seven and 10, and they are encouraged to be who they want to beKelly Cates “I’ve said this before but I’ve seen an entire community come together as one family, so I know how football can unite.”Cates and Dalglish have teamed up in support of the Uefa #WePlayStrong campaign ‘It All Starts Here’, which calls on football fan parents, and dads in particular, to encourage their daughters to play the sport. Rio Ferdinand, Alan Shearer, Egil Østenstad, Franco Baresi and many more have added their voices.For Cates, the reason for her involvement is simple: “I have two daughters, seven and 10, and they are encouraged to be who they want to be. They are obviously aware that football is a huge part of my life and career and the fact they can now watch the best women’s footballers on TV, from the Women’s Super League to the Women’s Champions League, is terrific.“I think We Play Strong is a great way of raising awareness of women’s football and in a way continuing to normalise it for young girls to take part.”The change in opportunities is noticeable to Dalglish: “We were never pushy parents and would never wish to put pressure on any of the kids to do anything that they didn’t feel passionately about.“The opportunity to play football was never the same during their childhood as it is now, and that’s a testament to the great work that the likes of Uefa are doing … Women’s football has grown rapidly in recent years and if even one girl takes up an interest in football because they see Kelly presenting on television, then that is good enough for me and makes all of us proud.”“I have also been pleased to see so many role models coming through,” Cates adds. “When I first started, the press box was still a largely male preserve but that’s changing now and with the likes of Alex Scott forging a successful broadcasting career after her playing career, it’s great to see women’s football achievement being recognised.”For Cates the benefits for women of being involved in football are clear: “I have met lifelong friends through football and that team ethos extends beyond the white lines … There are benefits to your mental health and your general wellbeing. It is a sport for life, whether you are a boy or a girl, a man or a woman.”Talking points Facebook “I can’t remember the first time I fell in love with football because it’s always been there. It’s a bit like asking when was the first time you fell in love with your mum and dad – you just always have.”Many would agree with Kelly Cates’s sentiment but few have had a life as close to the sport as she has. Pinterest Facebook center_img Twitter Arsenal and Birmingham, here in WSL action in November, have been drawn to face one another in the Continental League Cup. Photograph: TGSPhoto/Rex/Shutterstock features Kenny Dalglish Share on Pinterest Kenny Dalglish, pictured last year, says: ‘I know how football can unite.’ Photograph: Christopher Thomond/Guardian Share on LinkedIn Topics Women’s football Read more The 100 best female footballers in the world 2018 Twitter Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Sentencing Chelsea to a short period of mild inconvenience

first_img Twitter Pinterest Read more Pinterest Facebook Sports quiz of the week: losing, posing, dancing and talking trash Football Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger They will, to be specific, be unable to register new players for two transfer windows, have to “regularise the situation of the minor players concerned” and pay a £460,000 fine. Chelsea swiftly issued a statement of their own, insisting they “categorically refute the findings” and promising to “shortly be submitting its appeal”. Well, of course they will. Barcelona did the same when they were given a two-window ban for similar offences in 2014, and in the eight months it took for the appeal to wind its way gently through the system before being emphatically dismissed they gleefully replenished their player ranks, snaffling Luis Suárez, Ivan Rakitic and Marc-Andre ter Stegen among others and collecting an almighty haul of trophies.In all likelihood, Chelsea will have ample opportunity to add to their 25 senior players, the 60 Under-21 players they currently have registered with the Premier League, youngsters who emerge through their youth system over the next two years, and the 42 players they currently have out on loan before any ban comes into force. And they’ll still be able to sack their managers, so there’s no need to completely change the culture of the club. Like the family who returns from holiday to an empty fridge and is thus forced to raid their cupboards for supper, Chelsea might occasionally have to make do with what they’ve got. Though instead of tinned baked beans, dried chickpeas and a two-years-out-of-date packet of wholemeal fusilli they have Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Michy Batshuayi. And approximately 100 other footballers. In Chelsea’s case, it was the way they went about stocking the larder that might eventually force them to actually use it. Though by now it is so absurdly overburdened that however hard Fifa tries to induce a famine, at Stamford Bridge they will still be able to feast.LIVE ON BIG WEBSITEJoin Simon Burnton for pwopa nawty Friday night Lahn derby MBM coverage of West Ham 2-0 Fulham.QUOTE OF THE DAY“We had some land on our farm with maize to feed the pigs. My father made a small football pitch and me and my brothers would play there. People told my father he was crazy because he would lose a lot of corn. He said: ‘I’m doing it for my children.’ We were there all day” – Those pigs’ loss is now Wolves’ gain, as midfielder Leander Dendoncker tells Jacob Steinberg. Not that it’s top of their priorities at the moment, but Chelsea have been drawn against Dynamo Kyiv in the next round of the Europa League. Arsenal will play Rennes in what’s already being known as the Kaba Diawara derby.If you wanted to put pressure on a newish manager, would you compare him to his club’s greatest ever boss? Maybe. Apropos of not much, here’s Jürgen Klopp saying Ole Gunnar Solskjær is doing things Lord Ferg style. Ole has also been harking back to the past, saying beating Liverpool would be right up there in the annals of United’s history.Olé! La Liga is going free-to-air, with games on ITV4 every weekend until the end of the season, starting with Levante v Real Madrid this Sunday.The EFL have warned Coventry they might be expelled from the Football League if they don’t sort out where their home next season will be.And in a tribute to Gordon Banks, Stoke keeper Jack Butland will sport a special green nameless, sponsorless shirt in nets against Aston Villa tomorrow.STILL WANT MORE?Like football? Like nice round numbers? Like things? You’ll be delighted with our 10 things to watch out for in this weekend’s football, then.This whole Chelsea hoopla is bad news for everyone except Olivier Giroud, writes Dom Fifield. Well, sort of.Manchester City’s Demi Stokes has been out for eight months with a grim-sounding hip injury, but now she’s back for the Continental Cup final against Arsenal. Louise Taylor spoke to her.uiz…quiz…quiz…quiz…quiz…quiz…qFancy some box-fresh match previews? Step this way.Oh, and if it’s your thing … you can follow Big Website on Big Social FaceSpace. And INSTACHAT, TOO!THREE MORE SLEEPS The Fiver (BLUE IS) THE COLOUR OF MONEY“The protection of minors,” Fifa wrote in a statement issued today regarding Chelsea’s apparently repeated and flagrant flaunting of regulations concerning the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18, “is a key element in Fifa’s regulatory framework relating to the transfer of players and effective enforcement of these rules is paramount.” Chelsea, it appears, breached these rules not in one case, not in two cases, not in three cases, not in four cases, not in five cases, not in six cases, not in seven cases, not in eight cases, not in nine cases, not in 10 cases, not in 11 cases [skip to the end – Fiver Ed] but in 29 cases. Not only that, they also “committed several other infringements” which Fifa did not feel inclined to go into. This kind of shameless approach to wanton regulation-breaching, particularly in such a “paramount” corner of the Fifa regulatory framework, clearly merited swift and savage punishment, and on this occasion, as on so many others, football’s global governing body has not let us down. Today they delivered their bombshell verdict, sentencing Chelsea to a short period of mild inconvenience. Share on LinkedIn Wolf power! Photograph: Wolverhampton Wanderers FC/Getty Images features Twitter Chelsea Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email FIVER LETTERS“Chelsea fans will be devastated to hear about their transfer ban, which leaves them with nothing except an endless stream of managers, 25 first team players, 42 players that are currently out on loan and 22 U-23 players. To make things worse, Fifa have given them a £460,000 fine. First-world problems and all that…” – Noble Francis.“Continuing the theme of taking people to football (Fivers passim), on every trip to see my Bavaria-born wife’s family, my father-in-law has very generously procured me tickets to accompany him to Bayern Munich games. On one of their trips over to the UK, I returned the favour by taking him to see my beloved Wycombe. The game was played in driving rain and the ball barely touched the ground for 90 minutes. Needless to say, when I’ve offered him the opportunity of a return trip, he’s politely declined” – Ben Graham.“My wife’s first ever football match was the legendary Jimmy Glass game, when the goalkeeper scored in the last minute of injury time to keep Carlisle United in the Football League. My wife and my 67-year-old mother joined me in the immediate pitch invasion, and the whole place went absolutely crazy. ‘I love football, it’s amazing!’ cried my wife from the melee and she continued to say this for some time afterwards. The next game we got to was a 0-0 draw against Torquay in front of 2,000 fans. She hasn’t been to another game since” – Andy Park.“Yes, German fans do make a lot of noise as Peter Hehir has noted (Thursday’s Fiver). The reason being that, unlike British fans who rely on spontaneity, they have ‘conductors’: cheerleaders who stand at the front with their backs to the match, telling the crowd what to sing, which way to wave their hands and scarves, how fast to beat the drums etc. Kind of impressive, but also naff and slightly sinister” – John Caley.Send your letters to the.boss@theguardian.com. And you can always tweet The Fiver via @guardian_sport. Today’s winner of our letter o’the day is … Andy Park, who wins a copy of Football’s Flaws and Foibles by Richard Foster. Plenty more prizes to come.BITS AND BOBSThe 32-year-old Manchester City fan injured in an alleged assault in Gelsenkirchen has been placed in a medically induced coma. “Our thoughts and best wishes are with his family,” said Pep Guardiola.Chelsea have put England assistant Steve Holland at the top of their list of names to replace Maurizio Sarri, presumably written on a discarded packet of tabs. Share on Pinterest Topics Reuse this content Holland, you’re the one? Photograph: Mike Egerton/PAlast_img read more

Sanchez’s Man Utd FIFA 18 position & stats

first_imgeSports Alexis Sanchez for Man Utd on FIFA 18 – best position, stats and potential rating Ronan Murphy 00:05 1/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) FIFA 18 Alexis Man Utd EA Sports eSports Manchester United A. Sánchez Premier League The Chile international makes United’s attack much stronger in FIFA 18, giving Red Devils fans a lot more firepower in Online Seasons and Career Mode Alexis Sanchez has finally completed his transfer to Manchester United, meaning the Red Devils will now be much stronger in FIFA 18.As a result, more and more players will be likely to choose United in Online Seasons. They are already a five-star team, and have upgraded from 84-rated Henrikh Mkhitaryan to 88-rated Sanchez.The Chile international is equal or better to Mkhitaryan in the majority of his stats, aside from defending, but is unlikely to be utilised in a role that requires him to track back too often in FIFA 18. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Goal analyses how Sanchez will fit in at Manchester United and where to play him to get the best out of him in the game.Sanchez’s best position at Man Utd in FIFA 18By default, Manchester United’s tactical setup in FIFA emulates their real-life formation, utilising the 4-2-3-1 favoured by Jose Mourinho with three attacking midfielders supporting Romelu Lukaku.Although in tremendous form in real-life, Jesse Lingard is United’s weak link in attack in FIFA 18. He has an overall rating of 78, with a pace score of 83 and shooting and passing stats both in the 70s. Alexis will provide a huge upgrade on Lingard, and can be played anywhere across the attacking three with Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford.Mata’s excellent passing and dribbling should keep him in the team, but some FIFA gamers prefer to have more pace than his 67 statistic offers. As a result, Anthony Martial may be used with Rashford and Sanchez in the trio behind Lukaku.Alternatively, Sanchez could be used as the lone striker himself due to his excellent shooting, passing and dribbling ratings, or alongside Lukaku in a shift to a front two. This could work with a 4-4-2 or 4-1-2-1-2 approach, or even as part of a 3-5-2 thanks to the Red Devils having an abundance of strong, powerful centre-backs.Sanchez’s Man Utd stats in FIFA 18FIFA 18 Alexis Man UtdSanchez’s arrival makes him the third-quickest attacking player at Old Trafford in FIFA 18. Only Rashford and Martial have better pace than him, while he is also the club’s third-best finisher behind Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.His greater pace makes him a better option up front than Ibrahimovic, who lacks speed and stamina to be a proper asset for most gamers. The Swedish striker’s overall score of 88 comes in at one less than Sanchez’s initial FIFA 18 rating, which saw him receive an 89-overall score in Online Seasons and FIFA Ultimate Team.However, the Online Seasons database is constantly being updated with players receiving upgrades and downgrades to individual statistics and overall ratings. That saw Sanchez drop down to an 88-overall rating from December 21 onward.A strong second-half of the season could see the 29-year-old return to his initial score, or even get bumped up further ahead of the release of FIFA 19. Player Pace Shooting Passing Dribbling Alexis Sanchez 86 84 80 89 Romelu Lukaku 83 85 70 74 Zlatan Ibrahimovic 65 88 81 82 Marcus Rashford 92 76 70 81 Juan Mata 67 76 84 84 Anthony Martial 91 79 70 85 Ander Herrera 73 72 81 83 Anders Lingard 83 74 72 80 Sanchez’s Man Utd FIFA 18 potentialFIFA 18 AlexisAs Sanchez turned 29 in December, he is 28 at the beginning of career mode. This means that he has already reached his maximum score in FIFA 18 and his overall rating is the same as his potential rating. Rashford, on the other hand, is still a teenager and can develop from an 81-rated player into an 89-overall one during the process of a long career in the game.Paul Pogba has the highest potential of any outfield player at the Old Trafford club, at 92, while David De Gea can progress to a 93-rated goalkeeper. Lukaku is the only other player on United’s books with the potential to have a better in-game rating than Alexis. Sanchez signed a four-and-a-half year deal with United, keeping him at the club until 2022. Along with Lukaku, this is the longest contract of anyone at Old Trafford in FIFA 18, meaning that you will not have to think about finding a replacement for him for many years.last_img read more

Two ‘new Messis’ & Real Madrid’s top 10 teenagers

first_imgNxGn Vinicius Jr, Odegaard & the top 10 teenage stars to watch at Real Madrid Last updated 1 year ago 19:15 3/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Martin Odegaard Real Madrid NxGn Real Madrid Primera División As part of the NxGn series, Goal takes a look at the most promising young players waiting in the wings at the Santiago Bernabeulast_img

Koscielny reveals Nintendo remedy to WC pain

first_imgArsenal Koscielny reveals ‘television, crosswords and Nintendo’ to be remedy to ‘excruciating’ World Cup heartache Dom Farrell 20:54 5/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Laurent Koscielny Getty Images Arsenal France Atlético Madrid v Arsenal World Cup UEFA Europa League The Arsenal defender is on the mend after suffering an unfortunate Achilles injury which ruled him out of France’s bid for global glory in Russia. Laurent Koscielny was on course to play for France at World Cup 2018 until a ruptured Achilles tendon left him in agony, but the experienced defender already has a plan in place for coping with a period of enforced inactivity. The Arsenal centre-back suffered the injury during the Gunners’ Europa League semi-final defeat to Atletico Madrid and is not expected to be back in action until November, when Unai Emery’s first campaign in charge will be well under way.Koscielny’s recovery is progressing but, in an interview with France Football, he laid bare the moment he knew his Russia 2018 dream had died. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “I knew right away that my tendon had let go,” he said. “The pain was not usual, I felt a terrible break.”My first reaction was to say to myself, “It’s dead, my tendon has burst’. I screamed on the pitch… excruciating pain.”In terms of his rehabilitation programme, Koscielny acknowledged it is early days and his routine at the moment includes plenty of taking it easy.”My programme? Television, crosswords and Nintendo,” he said.”I am now wearing a boot, which allows me to walk on crutches.”In three months I hope to resume light jogging. In five months I could certainly retouch the ball.”last_img read more