first_img Juve are still in three competitions, although the league is nearly wrapped up, and Chiellini pointed out that can be tricky. “It is going to be difficult, that’s true,” Chiellini admitted.  Juventus defenders Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli recognised that Real Madrid is a tough draw, but both are adamant the Italian champions can beat them in their Champions League semi-final. CEST “We are going to play without fear. Anything can happen in a semi-final. It will be a great challenge.” Sport EN “Any rival would have been difficult,” he said.  “To play in three competitions is tough because there are a lot of challenges and a lot of energy is needed,” Chiellini continued.  Upd. at 22:15 “But we’ve managed it well so far and we hope we can continue doing so until the end [of the season].”  However, the Serie A side have managed it well until this point.  24/04/2015 “We have the chance to dream and to achieve something historic.  “Madrid have the Ballon d’Or winner and other players of an extraordinary level.  “We are against the current European champions, a team full of great players, but we can make things difficult for them. “We have a unique opportunity that we must approach with great enthusiasm, both the players and the fans.” Barzagli shared his teammate’s view on the draw, but added that Barcelona or Bayern Munich would not have been any easier.last_img read more

first_img “As soon as the ball landed at my feet, my first thought was to shoot. I was just concentrating on controlling the ball so I can strike it well towards goal. I knew that the keeper was off his line and I had to hit the ball cleanly.” “I can’t remember scoring one from that far out. I’ve scored a few goals, but not from that distance… It’s not that I intentionally try to. It’s not something which you go out to try and do. Sport EN 16/08/2015 at 20:05 Asked if he’d been watching his goal at home, the Basque defender replied: “A few times. People keep sending it to me! Every time someone sends me a link to the video, I’ll watch it.center_img He took advantage of a Marc-Andre ter Stegen error to rifle the ball back over the goalkeeper’s head and into the net, from the half-way line. Athletic Club defender Mikel San Jose has spoken about his outrageous long-range goal he scored against Barcelona in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup. CESTlast_img read more

first_imgSepp Blatter and Michel Platini have been banned from all football activities for eight years and been hit with fines by FIFA’s ethics chamber. They are being punished after Blatter signed off a payment of 2 million Swiss francs to Platini in 2011.   21/12/2015 Blatter was defiant and vowed to be back. He said: “I am really sorry. I am sorry that I am still somewhere a punching ball.  “I am sorry that as president of FIFA, I am this punching ball. I am sorry for football.” FIFA statement’s had read: “The adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee chaired by Mr Hans Joachim Eckert has banned Mr Joseph S. Blatter, President of FIFA, for eight years and Mr Michel Platini, Vice-President and member of the Executive Committee of FIFA and President of UEFA, for eight years from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) on a national and international level. The bans come into force immediately.center_img Sport EN “The proceedings against Mr Blatter primarily related to a payment of CHF 2,000,000 (£1.35m) transferred in February 2011 from FIFA to Mr Platini. Upd. on 22/11/2016 at 03:06 CET “Mr Blatter, in his position as President of FIFA, authorised the payment to Mr Platini which had no legal basis in the written agreement signed between both officials on 25 August 1999.”last_img read more

first_imgUnai Emery, speaking after the 2-1 loss to Barcelona, lamented the defeat, but was proud of his team’s performance over the 90 minutes.  29/02/2016 And he added: “We had a great chance to make it 2-2 and who knows what would have happened if we’d scored. But that wasn’t the case.”  “But, despite that, for as much as you can do, they can still get the better of you. It’s that they are really good… there’s no need to repeat it.” Ivan San Antonio “There are a lot of things to improve, but we’re on the right track.”  “When you lose a game you cannot, in any way, be satisfied,” he began.  “At the end of the day, what matters in football is the result and we leave Camp Nou empty handed. But I have arguments to say that this game has given me positive sensations.  On Barcelona, the Basque coach said that he has “now been on the bench against Barça many times. They are the best and, on each occasion, it’s about seeing what you can do to make things tough for them and to beat them.  “Firstly, for the tremendous effort put in by the team, who were solid and knew how to manage their strengths and compete with the league leader until the end.  “Secondly, because it’s been the third experience against Barcelona this season, so we’ve been able to get to know them a little more and we’ve improved some aspects which will help us draw new conclusions going into the Copa [del Rey] final [against Barça].  Upd. at 01:43 CETlast_img read more

first_img Upd. at 11:28 Sport EN 03/03/2016 CET It’s not the first time Ronaldo has indulged in violent conduct. Various times in recent weeks, including attacking David Simon against Las Palmas, Krychowiak against Sevilla, Alves against Barcelona, Nacho Cases versus Sporting Gijon and Molinero against Betis. Early on, he seemed to take a dislike to Lucas Orban, trying to hit him in the face as they jostled for a loose ball. Ronaldo only made a little contact and the referee didn’t see it, with De Burgos Bengoetxea not signalling a foul.  Once again, Cristiano Ronaldo showed his unsporting behaviour in an action without the ball during the game against Levante. last_img read more

first_img The 36-year-old Solo, her country’s standout goalkeeper, claimed Blatter pounced as she was about to present an award to her teammate Abby Wambach. La contundente respuesta de Blatter a la acusación de acoso sexual Upd. at 13:27 11/11/2017 The former head of world football Sepp Blatter said Saturday that claims by US women’s goalkeeper Hope Solo that he had grabbed her backside were “absurd”. However Blatter, 81, told AFP the accusations were “absurd and ridiculous”. After the corruption allegations emerged, FIFA banned Blatter from the sport for eight years, a term later reduced to six years after appeal. “Sepp Blatter grabbed my ass, it was a few years ago at the Ballon d’Or ceremony just before I got on stage,” Solo said. AFP Solo, a World Cup winner and two-time Olympic champion, made the allegations on the sidelines of the Web Summit being held in Lisbon. The Swiss official ran FIFA with an iron hand and oversaw a period in which football’s premier tournament was hosted in Asia for the first time and he paved the way for it to be held in Qatar in 2022.center_img IN SPORT.ES CET “It’s out of control, not just in Hollywood but everywhere,” she added in reference to the firestorm of sexual harassment allegations in entertainment, politics and sport since the scandal involving Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein unfolded. Blatter told AFP last month that he would attend next year’s World Cup finals in Russia at the invitation of President Vladimir Putin. She said that sexual harassment at the hands of male officials was a common problem in women’s football. Blatter was president of FIFA from 1998 to 2015 until he was banned for corruption. Solo made reference to the fact that female players sometimes married their US college coaches “which obviously a coach should not be doing, especially with a young player.” Solo told Portuguese newspaper Expresso that then-FIFA president Blatter had sexually harassed her at the 2013 Ballon d’Or ceremony. “I have seen this all of my career and I would like to see more athletes speak about their experiences,” said Solo.last_img read more

first_img Francesc de Haro Los dos fichajes que quiere Guardiola Upd. at 16:15 CEST Fernandinho is 33 and has a very physical role to balance out the team’s play, so he needs support. Pep Guardiola knows what he wants. The priority is to sign a defensive midfielder for Manchester City, as Fernandinho has no clear back-up. 25/05/2018center_img Less still with Yaya Toure leaving, although he played in a more advanced role in the games where he did feature for City.  Isco is not a target, despite recent stories. The English side are working on other options. City think that Isco’s agent leaked that story because Bale has had more protagonism recently. The other priority is to bring in a winger. Pep finished the season with a 4-1-4-1, after starting with a 3-5-2. In the winter window they were close to signing Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez but eventually Leicester pulled out of the deal. City may try again this summer. City already have players of that profile in midfield, Kevin de Bruyne, David Silva, Gundogan. IN SPORT.ESlast_img read more

first_img 09/06/2018 David Alaba is not moving from Munich. Reports have suggested he could leave German champions Bayern Munich for Spain this summer, be that Barcelona or Real Madrid, but he’s finally decided to stay put.  Upd. at 14:32 CEST IN SPORT.ES RELATED STORIES “I will stay at Bayern. I have a contract until 2021. I feel good here. There’s nothing more to say on the matter.”  “I feel really good in Munich,” he confessed to Bild on the back of the rumours that Europe’s biggest teams were keen to wrestle him away from Bayern.  Sport.es “All of our bosses at Bayern have shown over the past few years how much experience they have put together big teams that have also been successful in the Champions League.”  Alaba added: “With our squad, we have absolutely the potential to continue to get very far in the Champions League. Alaba cierra la puerta a Barça y Madrid Barça to go in for Bayern Munich’s David Alaba once again?last_img read more

first_img CET 12/03/2019 Simeone’s side didn’t seem to have a plan on the counter and as such invited Juventus to pile the pressure on. Just before the half hour mark Cristiano – who else? – popped up at the back post to outmuscle Juanfran and sent the fans in Turin wild. It wasn’t until the end of the first half that Atletico truly threatened Juventus’ goal. The chance to kill off the home side’s momentum fell to Alvaro Morata but he fluffed his lines. Sport No one expected to see anything other than Diego Simeone set out his side to defend deep and frustrate a desperate Juventus and that’s exactly how it began. However unlike in previous defensive masterclasses, that backline appeared vulnerable. The Italian champions thought they’d scored the opener just a few minutes in but Cristiano was judged to have fouled Jan Oblak. A lucky escape but a sign of what was to come. Atletico did improve after going 2-0 down but rarely looked like a side who believed they would grab that crucial away goal to give them much needed breathing space. Allegri threw on Dybala, desperate to avoid extra time, as well as Moise Kean. The youngster had a great chance to score but dragged his effort wide.center_img One of Simeone’s substitutes had an impact but not the one he had hoped for. Angel Correa brought down the impressive Bernardeschi in the penalty area and this handed the opportunity over to Cristiano Ronaldo to drag his side into the quarter finals. And, as we’ve come to expect, he didn’t fail from 12 yards. That would prove costly as Juventus – and Cristiano – doubled their lead less than five minutes into the second half. The cross was swung in by Joao Cancelo and his fellow countryman rose highest to beat Oblak. The keeper thought he’d made a world class save to deny Cristiano but goal-line technology confirmed it had crossed the line. Cristiano Ronaldo strengthened his grip on the Champions League goalscoring record with another crucial treble as Juventus knocked Atletico Madrid out of Europe’s premier competition. Upd. at 23:46 Juventus march onto the next round of the competition whilst Simeone and Atletico go back to the drawing board when it comes to finding that winning combination in Europe.last_img read more

first_imgIt was not to be. Nor did it ever look on. Lyon made it clear that Barcelona still have to improve if they want to win the Champions League as the French side won their fourth successive European crown with a 4-1 win. The result was predictable but it was tough how it arrived, in a lethal opening half an hour, but Barça will treat their first European final as a learning curve. You have to fall to pick yourself up.  Campo 18/05/2019 OLY Miki Soria The faces of the Barça players going out on to the pitch said everything: there were nerves. The 19,487 fans that filled the Ferencvaros Stadium, the trophy in the middle of the pitch, epic music… this was a Champions League final and Barça found that out from the start.  Upd. on 19/05/2019 at 01:49 CEST Goles Lyon smelt blood and they were too good for Barça, whose dream quickly became a cruel reality. Van de Sanden again was the provider for the second goal, setting up Hegerberg in the 14th minute to make it two. Shortly after, in the 19th minute, the Norwegian striker added here second and with half an hour gone she made it four, after a perfect cross from Lucy Bronze. A lesson in effectiveness, quality and rhythm had been served.  FCB El Olympique de Lyon despertó al Barça de su sueño en media hora @mikisoria MATCH FACTS UEFA Women’s Champions League Árbitracenter_img Paños; Torrejón, Pereira (Van der Gragt, 81′), Mapi León, Leila; Aitana Bonmatí (Andressa Alves, 69′), Vicky Losada, Alexia; Mariona, Duggan (Oshoala, 69′) y Lieke Martens FC Barcelona 1-0 M.5: Marozsan. 2-0 M.14: Hegerberg. 3-0 M.19: Hegerberg. 4-0 M.30: Hegerberg. 4-1 M.89: Oshoala Because after an early chance for Toni Duggan — the England forward dragged wide — Lyon killed the game. Van de Sanden, the surprise pick in the French side, found space on the right and set up home favourite Marozsan to turn home from the penalty spot with Sandra Paños out of position. And the French side didn’t stop there. From the mouth of ‘Daenerys’ Hegerberg came the words “Dracarys”and everything started to burn. 4-1 Ferencvaros Stadium (Budapest). 19.487 espectadores Anastasia Pustovoitova (Rusia). Amonestó a Hegerberg y Renard. Olympique Lyon Bouhaddi; Bronze, M’Bock, Renard, Majri; Henry, Fishlock (Kumagai, 72′); Van de Sanden (Cascarino, 63′), Marozsan, Le Sommer (Bacha, 83′) y Hegerberg IN SPORT.ES That said, true to their style, Barça tried to react. They were brave, wanting the ball, and Lluis Cortes’ side could have levelled before the break when Alexia headed over.  Barça had more ball after the break but the result, obviously, was never in doubt. Lyon knew they had the game wrapped up and the attitude of the two sides differed from the first half. There were chances for Lieke Martens and Vicky Losada and Barça posed more of a threat when Asisat Oshoala came on for Toni Duggan after an hour. With the minutes ticking down, the Nigerian grabbed a consolation goal for Barça after a good pass from Martens. It was the Catalan’s first goal in a Champions League final. And given what we have seen this season — despite this result against Lyon — it will not be the last.last_img read more

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