Football Viewers’ Guide: Week 5

first_imgCentral Arkansas at Sam Houston State, Saturday, 3 p.m. CTOnline:ESPN3https://sland.social/UCAatSHSUESPN appsTalent:Randy McIlvoy, play-by-playShea Walker, analyst Lamar at Nicholls, Saturday, 2:30 p.m. CTNational Television:Eleven SportsDirecTV 623Channel finderRegional Television:Cox Sports TVLafourche Parish Charter 324/815Channel finderOnline:Southland Digital NetworkSouthland.org/liveSouthland Conference appsTalent:David Saltzman, play-by-playButch Alsandor, analystGerald Gruenig, reporter FRISCO, Texas – All 11 Southland Conference football teams are in action this weekend, with five league matchups and one non-conference affair. The Southland Game of the Week on ESPN3 pits two of the the conference’s four ranked teams, as #19 Sam Houston State hosts #12 Central Arkansas. Programming on ESPN+ includes hundreds of MLB, NHL and MLS games, thousands of college sports events (including football, basketball and multiple other sports from more than 15 conferences), exclusive Top Rank boxing, UFC (beginning in 2019), Grand Slam tennis, international and domestic rugby, cricket, new and exclusive documentary films and series, acclaimed studio shows and the full library of ESPN’s award-winning 30 for 30 films. Fans can subscribe to ESPN+ for $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year) and cancel at any time. Northwestern State at Southeastern Louisiana, Saturday, 7 p.m. CTRegional Television:Cox Sports TVNatchitoches Suddenlink 61Natchitoches CP-TEL 36Hammond Charter 324/815Channel finderOnline (Subject to blackout in Cox Sports TV territory):ESPN3https://sland.social/NSUatSLUESPN appsTalent:Lyn Rollins, play-by-playRene Nadeau, analystCarley McCord, reporter Incarnate Word at Abilene Christian, Saturday, 6 p.m. CTOnline:ESPN+https://sland.social/UIWatACU ESPN appsTalent:Grant Boone, play-by-playJim Reese, analyst ESPN+ is the premium multi-sport, direct-to-consumer video service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment in conjunction with ESPN. It offers fans thousands of additional live events, on-demand content and original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks. Stephen F. Austin at McNeese, Saturday, 6 p.m. CTOnline:Cowboy Insiderhttps://mcneesesports.com/watch/?Live=1649Talent:Tom Hoeffer, play-by-playJohnny Suydam, analystRon Hayes, reporter ESPN+ is an integrated part of the ESPN App, the leading sports app and the premier all-in-one digital sports platform for fans. The ESPN App is a showcase of the company’s culture of innovation, delivering a rich, personalized experience that curates all of ESPN’s incredible content around each fan’s individual tastes. ESPN+ is also available through ESPN.com. Houston Baptist at SMU, Saturday, 6 p.m. CTOnline:ESPN3https://sland.social/HBUatSMUESPN appsTalent:Drew Fellios, play-by-playForrest Conoly, analyst About ESPN+last_img read more


A STATEMENT FROM THE STRONACH GROUP

first_imgSTATEMENT FROM THE STRONACH GROUPOctober 19, 2019Satchel Paige, a three-year-old gelding, was humanely euthanized after the fifth race on Saturday, October 19th at Santa Anita Park.  After being pulled up at the 3/8th pole, Satchel Paige was immediately evaluated by a team of on-track veterinarians, led by Santa Anita Park veterinarian Dr. Dana Stead, and transported in the equine ambulance. Dr. Stead observed that the horse had suffered an open fracture of his left front ankle and made the decision to humanely euthanize the gelding.Jockey Ruben Fuentes was uninjured.“Satchel Paige will undergo a necropsy at the University of California – Davis’ School of Veterinary Medicine on behalf of the California Horse Racing Board, as is mandatory for all on-track accidents.  The accident and the necropsy report will be reviewed to learn what, if anything, could have been done to prevent the accident,” said Dr. Dionne Benson, Chief Veterinarian for The Stronach Group. “Santa Anita will work closely with the California Horse Racing Board to investigate this accident and will continue to brief our stakeholders and all of our constituents, including the public, as more facts come in.”Satchel Paige was racing for his breeder and owner Nick Alexander.  The thoughts of the team at The Stronach Group and Santa Anita go out to everyone who cared for the horse, including trainer Phil D’Amato and his staff.The Stronach Group and Santa Anita safety measures put horse and rider safety above all else.  Santa Anita and The Stronach Group remain committed to leading transformative change in this traditional sport.last_img read more


What every Prem team’s doing on first winter break as stars jet off

first_imgTHE inaugural Premier League winter break is upon us and the players are making the most of their short time off to jet away on holiday.Of the 20 top-flight teams, eight are in action this weekend including champions Manchester City.17 Callum Hudson-Odoi is one of a long list of footballers to head to Dubai during the first Premier League winter breakCredit: Instagram / @calteck1017 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang headed to Dubai with his family during his time offCredit: Instagram / @aubameyang97But for the rest, including Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and champions-elect Liverpool do not play in the league until the following weekend.And each side has made plans to give their players some well-earned rest after the hectic Christmas period and start to 2020.SunSport rounds up who is going where and what the clubs are doing during their time off…ArsenalThe players have been given a few days off but must be in Dubai on Friday to meet up for training. Mikel Arteta has encouraged the players to bring their families.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang took to Instagram to show pictures of him flying to Dubai and his kid playing in the sun.17 David Luiz dons a stunning hat as he tops up the tan in DubaiCredit: Instagram17 Lucas Torreira has returned to form with Arsenal but is relaxing during his time offCredit: Instagram17 Bernd Leno jetted off with fiance Sophie ChristinCredit: Instagram / @sophiechristin_17 The pair flew to Dubai where the stunning blonde posted snaps to her InstagramCredit: Instagram / @berndleno117 The couple shared initiate pics of their time awayCredit: Instagram / @sophiechristin_17 They even hit the gym together to stay in shapeCredit: Instagram / @sophiechristin_17 Nicolas Pepe (top left) also headed to Dubai with some pals View this post on Instagram 🇦🇪 ✈️ A post shared by Aubameyang Pierre-Emerick (@aubameyang97) on Feb 3, 2020 at 9:55pm PSTAston VillaDean Smith has given his players the week off and will continue training on Monday ahead of their match with Tottenham.17 Tyrone Mings and Jack Grealish have jetted off to sunnier climes togetherBournemouth*The Cherries play Sheffield United on Sunday then players will have a reduced workload with no warm-weather training.Brighton*Another of the teams involved this weekend but the squad are not given extra time off – instead they will train as usual throughout their two weeks off.BurnleyTo stop them travelling too far, Sean Dyche has got his lads in for training on Friday and Saturday but given them the rest of the week, including Sunday, off.ChelseaIt is good news for Chelsea – they have a good amount of time off before heading back to Cobham early next week.Fikayo Tomori has been with Leicester’s Demarai Gray and Tammy Abraham in Dubai, Reece James is soaking up the sun, as is Callum Hudson-Odoi who is in Dubai.Ross Barkley and Mason Mount, though, were among those to use the time off for some extra training.17 Fikayo was also spotted with Leicester star Demarai GrayCredit: Instagram / @fikayotomori17 Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori are away togetherCredit: Instagram / @tammyabraham117 Jorginho jetted back to Brazil to spend time with friends in the country of his birthCredit: Instagram17 No rest for Ross Barkley and Mason Mount who are working hard on the training groundCredit: Instagram / @rossbarkleyCrystal Palace*Palace travel to Everton on Saturday but then have some time off next week with no training abroad booked.Everton*The Toffees players will get a few days off after the Palace game but then will have some extended training.Leicester CityJames Maddison, Gray and Ben Chilwell are all away already, making the most of their time off with no formal squad trip.LiverpoolKlopp and his players skipped the FA Cup replay against Shrewsbury to ensure they got their winter break in full.Adam Lallana, Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold headed to the USA, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino both opted for the Maldives with their wives and Georginio Wijnaldum chose Dubai.Manchester City*The only one of the traditional ‘big six’ in action this weekend and then the players have four days off next week.Pep Guardiola considered a training camp but decided to give players more time with families.17 Gray and Ben Chilwell are close friends on and off the pitchCredit: Instagram / @demarai View this post on Instagram When she don’t reply to the dm… A post shared by James Maddison (@madders) on Feb 3, 2020 at 9:21am PST View this post on Instagram ❤️ A post shared by Rebeca Tavares (@rebecas.tavares) on Feb 3, 2020 at 9:43pm PST View this post on Instagram Eu te amo, COMO EU TE AMO! ❤️ A post shared by Lari Firmino (@larissa_peereira) on Feb 3, 2020 at 9:42pm PST View this post on Instagram Capture the moment, live to the fullest 🙏🏾 A post shared by Gini Wijnaldum (@gwijnaldum) on Feb 3, 2020 at 12:50pm PST Manchester UnitedOle Gunnar Solskjaer’s have 16 days between the Wolves draw and the trip to Chelsea so are off until Saturday.Then the Manchester United team head to Marbella for a week of training, with Qatar vetoed by the manager due to tensions in the Middle East.Fred took his wife Monique on a second honeymoon while Marcus Rashford got away early due to injury so he could attend the Super Bowl.Jesse Lingard meanwhile has been putting in the extra hard yards alongside Luke Shaw and Diogo Dalot.NewcastleAfter the Oxford FA Cup replay, the Magpies squad have been given five days off.NorwichFor the Prem’s bottom side, it is business as usual and training will carry on.Sheffield United*The Blades are heading away together for a few days after the Bournemouth game but details have been kept private.SouthamptonLike most, Southampton’s players will enjoy a few days off before attention switches to focus on Burnley.TottenhamThe players are set to be handed some time off after the Southampton FA Cup replay and are expected back in early next week.17 Jesse Lingard, Diogo Dalot and Luke Shaw are putting in the extra yardsCredit: Instagram / @jesselingard17 Fred and his wife Monique are enjoying some more down time in the MaldivesCredit: Instagram / @fred08oficial View this post on Instagram Probably one of the only Superbowls I could have seen live during my career and what an experience 🏈 Congrats @chiefs and @patrickmahomes ❤️ And congrats 🐐 on an amazing half time show! A post shared by Marcus Rashford (@marcusrashford) on Feb 2, 2020 at 7:12pm PSTLatest Premier League newsExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsLive BlogTOON LATESTNewcastle takeover LIVE: Follow all the latest updates in Saudi sagaLive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidHEAT IS OFFHeaton will miss Aston Villa’s 10-game relegation dogfight with knee injuryPASSED THE TESTHuge boost to Project Restart with ZERO positive results in new Covid testsWatford*Watford face Brighton on Saturday but then Nigel Pearson will let them enjoy a few days to themselves.West Ham*The Times report that, despite having two weeks off after facing Manchester City on Saturday, the Hammers’ plans still haven’t been finalised.WolvesThey headed to La Manga on Monday for warm-weather training and are due back on Friday.Nuno Espirito Santo will give them the weekend off but training will resume as normal next week.Jesse Lingard, Luke Shaw and Diogo Dalot head for Man Utd warm-weather training early and cut short winter breaklast_img read more


The Pokemon-chasing gamer has grown up.

first_imgWhile tattoos are nothing new in the NRL, McQueen is one of the more colourfully adorned athletes in the Telstra Premiership and in the off-season had five different Dragon Ball Z pieces of artwork added to his body.But when the squad assembled for a gruelling two-day Army camp a fortnight ago it was McQueen who announced himself as an emerging leader at the club and mentally ready to accept the responsibilities that come with it.”There’s a time and a place for everything,” McQueen told NRL.com.”When we’re off the clock I can still be the gamer and have some fun and be the joker but as soon as it’s time to go and time to train I think I can flick the switch and get serious pretty quickly.”It’s probably taken a couple of years because at the Rabbitohs there was a pretty strong senior playing group.”I came through at the time when we had Roy Asotasi, Michael Crocker, John Sutton was there the whole time I was there, we had Greg Inglis, we had the Burgess boys so I didn’t necessarily have to be that leader.”Coming back this year we’ve lost ‘Birdy’ (Greg Bird), we’ve lost ‘Friendy’ (Nathan Friend), we’ve lost Luke Douglas so being one of the older guys in the team and one of the more senior guys, that leadership role was something I was looking forward to and something that I really wanted.”When NRL.com caught up with McQueen it was 12 months to the day that he had begun with his new teammates after the return of Sam Burgess to Redfern forced the Rabbitohs to shed some excess stock.It caught McQueen off guard to a degree but he says now that he wanted to develop into a leader on the Gold Coast after he first earned the trust and respect of his fellow Titans.”It’s something that I knew when I first came up here but I still felt like I had to earn that respect and earn my stripes,” McQueen said of his leadership aspirations.”I had to do my time. I didn’t know a lot of the boys when I came up here so I had to earn that respect.”I think I started to be that leader late last year so coming back this year I knew that it was time to stand up and be that leader.”It’s only my second year here but compared to a lot of the younger guys that have come in I’ve been here longer than a few of those boys.”As a senior player and given that it’s my ninth year in first grade I think that sort of thing just happens naturally.”Although he perhaps took a few weeks to find his groove in the Titans team, the 29-year-old was just one of four Gold Coast players to appear in every game in 2016 and played a key role in their pursuit of a finals berth.The six-time Queensland representative got better with each game he played and will go into the Christmas break in perhaps the best condition both mentally and physically in his 141-game career.”The Gold Coast is a more relaxed lifestyle compared to Sydney and I just needed that change,” said McQueen.”I was in the South Sydney organisation for so long and I needed that change and it has refreshed me, helped to change my game a little bit and relaxed me.”There was a mix of apprehension and excitement and optimism [12 months ago]. The club’s obviously been through quite a few ups and downs over the last couple of years but last year and this year again we’ve added some quality players and some players who have got a lot of experience and can do some good things.”The excitement and the optimism outweighs everything else.”last_img read more


Crusaders unchanged for final

first_imgPhoto by: PHOTOSPORT Caption: No 8 Kieran Read, having been listed to start for the Crusaders against the Lions in Johannesburg on Sunday morning, is searching for his second Super Rugby title. Despite No 8 Read limping off with a knee injury with several minutes remaining in the 27-13 win over the Chiefs in the semifinal in Christchurch last weekend, and tighthead prop Franks having to be replaced at halftime by Mike Alaalatoa because of an Achilles tendon complaint, the two All Blacks have been confirmed as starters for the match in Johannesburg on Sunday morning.Crusaders assistant coach Brad Mooar noted Read and Franks had been carefully managed since the team arrived in South Africa, guaranteeing the same 23 will take the park for the third week running.”They have worked through the week, and have been good to go,” Mooar said. “We were confident when we got on the plane that it would be the case, and it turned out to be that.”Given the Crusaders were forced to travel within hours of beating the Chiefs, they know they have to be meticulous with their preparations if they are to achieve what the Hurricanes could not.Having watched the Canes blow a 22-3 lead and lose 44-29 at Ellis Park in the semi, the Crusaders accept they must play smart at 1700m above sea level.A monumental defensive effort against the Chiefs saved them at AMI Stadium; forced to make in excess of 200 tackles, the Crusaders were able to survive off scraps of possession and limited territory but it seems unlikely they could weather another savage beating like that in the rarified air on the high veldt.In addition to having to sack the Lions driving mauls before they can splinter their defensive line, they must be accurate with their tactical kicking; giving away the ball too easily, and being forced to chase the game in the final quarter, could mean their chances of bringing the silverware back to Christchurch could be remote.”They showed what they could do when they got their momentum going,” Mooar said in reference to the Lions comeback against the Hurricanes.”I think the Hurricanes had probably just blown their legs out a bit early, and certainly took their opportunities. But at the end of that first half that is when the game shifted in favour of the Lions.”We are confident we have got a plan to exert pressure on them, and relieve pressure on us. And we have got a group of guys that can do that.”Afternoon footy, under a clear sky and a hard ground, will be in stark contrast to what the Crusaders have had to grind their way through in the wet New Zealand winter.While eager to counter-attack, something that has enabled them to profit and chop through holes in opposition backlines this year, they must conserve their energy levels.”They (Lions) have got a really strong final quarter,” Mooar acknowledged. “It is obviously something they work towards and the ability to save your legs is really involved in how well we control the game. And if we get our game management right, we will probably find we will be running to where we want to – rather than chasing them around.”I am sure the Lions are going to have their moments. And we will have to take some pressure. How we rebound from that … is going to be critical.”CRUSADERS: David Havili, Israel Dagg, Jack Goodhue, Ryan Crotty, Seta Tamanivalu, Richie Mo’unga, Bryn Hall, Kieran Read, Matt Todd, Jordan Taufua, Sam Whitelock (captain), Scott Barrett, Owen Franks, Codie Taylor, Joe Moody. Reserves: Ben Funnell, Wyatt Crockett, Mike Alaalatoa, Luke Romano, Pete Samu, Mitchell Drummond, Mitchell Hunt, George Bridge.last_img read more


AFL PNG plans clinics for 90 schools in Moresby

first_imgThe clinic program is done annually nationwide and includes elementary right through to secondary schools and private schools as well.Part of the clinics is to have a very unique pathway that identifies talent and seek to provide opportunities to enhance and nurture this talent.The clinic teaches and introduce children age 5-17 years old the skills, drills, and fun games relating to the concept of AFL.Development officer Ian Karme said part of the clinic program is to focus on delivering lifestyle messages and advocating on healthy and responsible behaviour.“We believe in the ability we have to influence and educate our participants about the value of community and social responsibility and making informed decision in their lives,” he said. The program commenced at Ela Murray International School this week and will run for two weeks there with 47 kids participating so far.The development officers will also visit Bavaroko Primary School this Friday to run a one-day clinic.last_img read more


Australia/China book Rio 2016 spots as silver medallists

first_imgBoth sides cannot be ousted from the top two of the round robin – with just two Olympic spaces available – but their success means that hosts and London 2012 silver medallists Japan have made a shock exit and will not be in the Brazilian city in August.Australia made it four wins out of four in the six team tournament as they struck late on to beat North Korea 2-1 at Nagai Stadium in Osaka, which is hosting all the matches.Michelle Heyman put the Australians in front in the first half before Kim Su Gyong wiped out the advantage 12 minutes from time.A draw looked on the cards but Katrina Gorry struck in the 83rd minute to settle it for Australia, who will play in a first Olympics since Athens 2004.China made it three wins and a draw as Wang Shanshan’s strike saw them beat South Korea 1-0.With Australia on 12 points and the Chinese on 10, neither can be caught as third placed North Korea have just five with one round of games remaining.It means that Japan, also the World Cup runners-up, will miss Rio and that their 6-1 win over Vietnam counted for nothing.Mana Iwabuchi, Shinobu Ohno, Nahomi Kawasumi, Emi Nakajima, Kumi Yokoyama and Yuki Ogimi scored for the hosts with Huynh Nhu registering a penalty for the Vietnamese.China and Australia will meet each other in the final round robin fixtures on March 9, with South Korea playing Vietnam and Japan meeting North Korea.The Japanese team’s 2-1 defeat in their opener to Australia, and a later defeat by the same scoreline to China, proved to be key.AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, who was last month beaten in the FIFA Presidential election by Gianni Infantino, said: “I would like to offer my heartfelt congratulations to Australia and China for their outstanding performances throughout the tournament.”Representing Asia is an honour and I am confident that both Australia and China will do Asia proud.”last_img read more


“Real Madrid is the best thing that could happen to Reinier”

first_imgMauro Lucius Graça Parente Carvalho (Brazil, 1960), known as Mauro Brasília since his time as a futsal player, a discipline in which he became world champion in Spain in 1985, opens the doors of his home in Rio de Janeiro to ACE. In an upper-middle class urbanization, between ping-pong or soccer matches, it teaches this newspaper where Reinier Jesus grew up and lives, 17, the new signing of Real Madrid, with which AS was also in Rio ( see photo below). He is accompanied by his wife, Suzana, as kind and hospitable as he is: his home is that of AS during the three and a quarter hours that the meeting lasts. When were you aware of Real Madrid’s interest for the first time?In December. Before we did not believe that a club such as Madrid had an interest in Reinier. When the news came to us it was a party because I want a team as big as Real does not happen to anyone.Who first learned that the signing could be done, you or your child?I. The first thing we did was talk to Reinier, over the phone because he was on vacation at the beach, and at first he got a little scared, but then he understood that the Madrid project would be the best thing that could happen to him.Did they celebrate it?At home, with my wife, my daughter and friends. With a lot of peace of mind, we didn’t have a big party.Do you remember your son’s famous photo at the Bernabéu in March 2018? The twists and turns of life.I was with the Brazilian national team and they went to the stadium. What a coincidence, because today is one step away from stepping on the Bernabéu lawn!You were there too some time later.Yes, in February or March 2019. I was delighted with everything I saw. José Ángel Sánchez (General Director of Real Madrid) treated us very well. It was a wonderful experience. I hope you are closer to all that now.Did Madrid call you to receive them or did you propose it?Our agent invited us to know that. We were also in the training centers of PSG, Arsenal and Manchester City.Which left them the best feeling for infrastructure and treatment?All are very beautiful facilities, with high technology and with very trained people. Valdebebas is an impressive thing, like the City’s training center, which is a city. In the Arsenal they have many interesting, new things that we are beginning to know in Brazil. In Europe it is already on another step. What team in Europe was Reinier from?From Madrid, especially since the time of Cristiano. He also has Zidane as an important figure, especially because he looks a bit like his playing style and height, with a very classic football. Then Madrid was always the team he followed and always watched their games. Then there were others from Europe, such as Borussia de Dortmund, Bayern Munich, Juventus … The best Milan too, and now with (Lucas) Paquetá, who is our friend. But Real Madrid was always the team he liked most.Who wanted to be young?Kaka. There has always been much talk that they have a very similar style. I showed him videos of Zidane, Van Basten, Guti, which is also a phenomenon and I really liked what he did. Reinier had these Madrid players as a reference. From Brazil, to Ronaldo ‘The Phenomenon’, Ronaldinho, Kaka. And now, Flamengo teammates like De Arrascaeta, Bruno Henrique, Gabigol …How was he as a child?It started late, with eight years. It was not early. He was always a very smart player for his age. When all the children ran behind the ball, he positioned himself in such a way that it reached him and he was ready. I observed that very early in him. It is one of his best qualities: intelligence, positioning in the field, reading the game … As a child he taught him to improve the technique, sometimes he even cried saying that he did not want more exercises, but it has been very good.And as a person?He was very calm, very obedient to parents. He never gave much work at home. He watched TV, played with his friends in the street …Tell us some mischief or anecdote.When he was 11, in 2013, we arrived in Fluminense in 2013. He went to do his first training and, when he left the field, brought a folder. I asked him what it was and he replied that the documentation for the registration. I asked him what they were asking for, he took out the papers and began to read: “The birth record, the school certificate, the identity card and 3×4 photos”. Then I asked him how many photos were necessary and he answered me several times “3×4”, until at my insistence he said “Papai, you’re a donkey, I’m telling you 3×4!”. He was very young and did not know that 3×4 was the size of the photo.How would you explain to Madrid players the type of player your child is?It has always been an attacker. In the middle, not the bands. And more midfielder than forward.But in his appearances with the first team of Flamengo only Gabigol improves the scoring average. Does your evolution lead you to be more midpoint or second point?I see him more as a midfielder, a 10. With Jorge Jesús he has played out of his original position, always ahead, between the defenders, by the tip, which is not where he likes it most. He likes to come back, facing the rival defense.last_img read more


The Government of Italy proposes to close all stadiums for a month

first_imgThe scientific committee wanted by Prime Minister Conte will disseminate the advice to citizens in the next few hours, applicable to the whole territory and not only to the red zones, the sources of contagion: it is requested to keep a distance of two meters, avoid hugs, stay at home for people over 65 and for those who suffer from fever, and also cancel for a month “any type of demonstration, also sporting, that does not allow maintaining distances”.Most likely, according to ‘La Gazzetta dello Sport’, is that This measure leads to play all the matches of the football championship behind closed doors until April, in all fields of the country. With Juventus-Milan postponed and the debate on the new date of the six games postponed last day put on the table, Government recommendations on the coronavirus emergency could close the entire Bel Paese sport to the public for a month.last_img read more


Oyarzabal: “Soccer is not just about soccer players”

first_imgThe Eibarrés player advocates not playing behind closed doors, but he also points out that what they say from La Liga and the Federation will be followed. “I am not an expert in this, and the person who has made the decision is supposed to know more than the others. But my opinion is that if people do not come to the field, they will go to a bar to watch the game and they will continue contact, because No one has said to stay at home. But not because we are footballers, we must take our option more into account, there are people working on this and they know much more than we do, and their opinion must be respected. ” What is clear is that the Cup final, which seems to be postponed until May 30, cannot be played behind closed doors. “In the end, the fact of playing a final after so many years and that it is played without our people and that of Athletic, is not to the liking of anyone, much less the fans, who are the ones who feed this. Everyone he is with the idea of ​​playing with the public, “says Oyarzabal.The Real footballer also valued as very positive the victory in Ipurua, the first that Real had achieved in First at the home of Eibar, the native town of Oyarzabal. “In the end we knew where we were going, how Eibar plays and what it exposes, so we were serious at the back and did not give up chances, playing behind their back and being more direct.” And he recognized that it is a positive thing to have different styles and that all players know how to adapt. “We know that in the end, for the year to be a good one, there will be games in which you must change your style and your way of playing, and we have already done that because they are places where they press fast and seek to attack you after being asked.” La Real is fourth after this match day in Ipurua, that is to say that it is a very serious candidate for the positions of Champions League with eleven matchdays to go. “Now we are happy, it is always good to be on top, and the less there is left for the end of the year, the people are happy and the team is confident and believing in what it does, now the most important and complicated part of the season remains.” Real Sociedad got into Champions League positions with nocturnal and treachery. He did it after beating Eibar in Ipurua in the first game of La Liga behind closed doors as a preventive measure due to the coronavirus crisis. Mikel Oyarzabal, the captain of Real against the gunsmith team, talks about the option of playing without fans in the stands. “It was a very strange feeling, the fact of playing without an audience and without people, listening to everything that is said on the field, with two or three other people on the field, has been different and rare, and I personally do not like it , because football is not only for footballers, but for everything that surrounds it and the fans. I understand that whoever has decided has been for the good of the sport, but I don’t like it, “he said on Cadena SER .last_img read more