Dídac, untouchable a decade after its premiere

first_img“I did not expect to debut. The coach communicated it in the talk. The truth is that when I saw my name on the eleven, I got quite a lot of nerves, but once you go out to warm up, you go by and play as usual. Pochettino told me to do it as I know and that is what I tried, ”said the player in his day.Dídac has lived three stages in Espanyol, and curiously the most prolific is the latter, already in maturity. In his first section, from 2010 to 2012, he played 24 games and was transferred by four million to Milan. An amazing operation: he only played one match. He returned in 11-12 to play 37 parakeet games. Betis, Eibar and an adventure in Greece continued before in 2017 he returned to Espanyol. Since then he has played 59 matches and already accumulates 120 in LaLiga with the blue and white shirt. Last January 30 was a special day for Dídac Vilà, one of the protagonists of the last Espanyol match at the RCDE Stadium, with that driving of almost 50 meters that originated the goal of Raúl de Tomás. That day, the penultimate of the first month of the year, the side of Mataró commemorated ten years since its premiere in First with the perico club, a match against Athletic Club in Cornellà-El Prat that was resolved 1-0.last_img read more

Duel at a distance

first_imgNole, who has to beat the rooms within the emirate to retain the throne, met within the second spherical with Kohlschreiber after placidly surpassing Malek Jaziri’s debut yesterday (36 years, 260 of the ATP) for 6-1 and 6-2. The Tunisian entered the invitation match by and left a humorous second within the draw when his match with Djokovic was revealed: he broke out laughing at his dangerous luck. With the latter, there are already 14 consecutive victories up to now this season for Novak, after six within the ATP Cup and 7 in Australia.The premise that Nadal should fulfill if the Balkan fails is extra difficult, Effectively, it’s only value elevating his third title on the shores of the Pacific to entry the highest once more. The Balearic may have as a first stumbling block in that firm a compatriot, Pablo Andújar, 34 springs and the 54th on the planet rating. Federer, too distant in that desk and just lately operated on his proper knee (so he won’t go to Roland Garros this yr), doesn’t enter the struggle proper now.Since I fell in Australian quarters to Thiem, Nadal has performed a huge exhibition with the Swiss in South Africa and has ready at the Academy of Manacor. If he surpasses Andújar, he would possibly run into bones just like the Australian De Miñaur or the Swiss Wawrinka. Zverev and Kyrgios, his executioner final yr on this date, will keep away from even a hypothetical ultimate. “I come as a result of I like being right here. I really like the match and the group. I really feel at dwelling. It’s an necessary week for me. Let’s see how I really feel. I hope to be ready,” he mentioned earlier than the premiere. Since Andy Murray left him in August 2017, the primary is a non-public protect. Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are the one ones licensed to entry it. Three completely different gamers and bitter opponents on the observe, but additionally associated exterior it, as Djokovic’s latest confession as soon as once more demonstrates. The Serbian states that they share a WhatsApp group. And when one feedback one thing, the opposite two reply. It’s laborious to think about one thing like this occurring, say, between Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappé.However that of the ‘Huge Three’ is a particular rivalry, amongst different issues for lengthy and mutual respect. At 33, Nadal and 32 Djokovic, each proceed to struggle for world primary, in a tug of battle that has its nth chapter this week. They do it greater than 14,000 kilometers away. Those that separate Dubai, the place the Serbian competes, and Acapulco (Mexico), the place it’s going to accomplish that from early Tuesday to Wednesday (not earlier than 03:30, Movistar Sports activities) Rafa. Each tournaments are of the ATP 500 class.last_img read more

Atlético continues without winning as a visitor in 2020

first_imgAtlético is another when it moves away from the Wanda Metropolitano. The rojiblanco team continues to show reliability to your audience characteristic since Simeone arrived on the bench and is a real bone. Nevertheless, playing as a visitor his face is different, as it became clear again in the RCDE Stadium against Espanyol (1-1). Since December 22, Atleti does not win in the visiting field, 1-2 by Benito Villamarín before Betis. Going back even further, the Cholo they have only won one of the last 13 trips between Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions out, some bad results that have cost the team is out of the Championships in the home competition, to fall eliminated at the hands of Cultural Leonesa in the cupper tournament and that it ended in the second place of the maximum continental competition, something that supposed that the return of the eighth play it out and that on the way the Liverpool, current champion, has crossed. Regardless the Spanish Super Cup, tournament played in neutral field in Saudi Arabia, Atletico has won only four away matches in the entire course. Three from Liga, against Leganés, Mallorca and Betis and one in Champions against Lokomotiv. The bad streak is accentuated considering that the victory in Butarque was in the first exit of the course and that of Mallorca came in the third, corresponding to the sixth day of the League. That is to say, in the last 20 league days, 10 of them out, only Betis has won as a visitor. Since the triumph in Moscow against the LokomotivAtlético has played away from home against Valladolid (0-0), Alavés (1-1), Sevilla (1-1), Bayer Leverkusen (2-1), Granada (1-1), Juventus (1-0 ), Villarreal (0-0), Betis (1-2), Eibar (2-0), Cultural (2-1), Real Madrid (1-0), Valencia (2-2) and Espanyol (1-1 ). That is to say, a balance of one victory, seven draws and five losses. Atletico has little room for maneuver and should change the situation as soon as possible if he wants to meet the main objective of the season, finish in Champions positions. The rojiblanco team receives next week to Seville (Saturday, March 7 at 4:00 p.m.) in a key game for third place. But looking a little further, The next mattress exit is to Anfield, to visit Liverpool (March 11) in the round of the knockout stages of the Champions League with the 1-0 advantage achieved in the Wanda Metropolitano. It will be the first of three consecutive starts facing the Simeone team. After visiting England comes the turn of San Mamés, stadium that despite being good at Atlético (except 2-0 last season), is one of the biggest challenges of the course. And a week later it will be The Sadar who measures the rojiblanca visitor progression. Osasuna Stadium is also a fort with a very high difficulty.last_img read more

David Villa: “I remember all the goals of my career”

first_img INMA FLORES (DAILY AS) “I always took football home” By David Villa Sánchez (3-12-1981) has just retired from active football and has the honor under his arm of being the player who has scored the most goals (59) in the 100-year history of the national team. He still speaks in the present, as if he were playing and in the AC La Finca hotel, a few meters from his house, he takes stock.-Not a bad business card.-Well, for a child who dreamed one day simply to debut and defend my country’s shirt in my sport, it is not bad to have become the top scorer. It is something precious.-Decide to withdraw from football with his record hits just when 100 years of life of La Roja.-Yes, 100 years and with a centenary end with many successes, but also with a great story behind, great players, many battles of all those who have defended that shirt and see me there the first of the scorers is something fantastic.– Have you looked a lot in all this time the femur of his right leg that broke being a kid and another child fell on him?-I have never given much importance to that bone for two reasons. One because I was practically unaware of what happened to me. Was very small. The memories that come to me are flashes that my parents tell me. And the second because I never had sequels. I am not aware that this happened to me, so I have never given it much importance. – And how many times has he told Andres, doomed you scored the goal he had dreamed of all his life?-In that World Cup we were enlightened. Everything was given. If you do a survey before the game and ask who we wanted to make the goal, I think we would all have said Iniesta. For what it represents on and off the field. I would have liked to mark it on me, Cesc or Torres, but it was perfect for him to mark it. It was like saying this generation has won for what it has done, but also for how it has done it and in this sense Andrés was one of the best ambassadors of this style of play and the way of watching football.-Then comes the injury of the Mundialito and the Eurocopa 2012 that is lost in the lontananza.-There I suffer a lot. The first thing that comes to mind when I begin to be aware of the seriousness of the injury is the European Championship. Will I be able to arrive? He had never had a serious injury. And when they start talking to me about months, I start throwing my accounts. The doctors looked at me weird. Like saying, let’s try it but it’s complicated. I did everything I had to do to get there.I had a surgery on December 19, I left the clinic on 24 in the afternoon to spend the night with my family. On 25 I went to the clinic and 31 and 1… I couldn’t do more. I did not arrived. A great learning And I was lucky. It would have been much more hurt if the team had not won. I would have thought, I failed, but when I won half a lot of joy.-He had to throw many flats to call Del Bosque and tell him that he was not on time.-That day was one of the most complicated of my career. We talked almost every week with Vicente, with Miñano, Dr. Cota came to see me. All expectant. Vicente one day told me that although I was in an average situation, as if not to be an undisputed holder, he wanted to count on me because he had won it and it was important that he was on the team. One month left. I talked to everyone and said that it was best not to go. The first because I was not in a position and was not going to help the national team and I had to think about my club that wanted to have me to the top for the next preseason. That’s why I said no. I was sincere. He wanted to take me-World 2014. Diego Costa arrives and takes over the position. You do not play until the last match against Australia, with Spain already eliminated. It is when that phrase comes from the soul when it is replaced after having scored a beautiful heel goal. “No man no”.-That World was difficult for me. Good for everyone It was not as we all expected. The line between winning and not winning is very complicated but falling into the first phase did not enter the calculations. We had equipment to arrive later. I had to live a different role. It was no longer so important. Vicente bet on other players. It was hard not to play the first two games. I tried to live it in the best possible way. Being prepared in case one day he needed me as usual. In the end I was not needed until the last day already eliminated.-What did he mean by that phrase?-I had already announced that I was going to New York. I took the game like any other. I did not leave the selection. Now retired I do not leave the selection either. It does not come from my saying no to the national team, although I respect the decision of other players. I was aware that it was difficult for them to call me again. I was leaving the Spanish, European market. I was going to a League that is not one of the five best in the world. I thought maybe it could be my last game. I faced it with a huge illusion. That’s why I played a great game. I entered the field saying today is my World Cup final. It was the game that nobody wants to play. We were going home, but I didn’t care. When the change I was a little surprised. He had not played in the World Cup, he had made the goal, we were winning. I did not expect. The phrase is like saying don’t take me out man. More than anger it was a disappointment.-Who was going to tell him that three years and two months later, Lopetegui was going to re-fish him and he was going to wear the Red one again. At that time he said he expected more controversy, more noise, for his call.-Then I was 34-35, I had not gone for three years, I played in MLS and I always put myself in all situations, not just in good times. I was at a good level, but people didn’t see me. I expected people to criticize Julen more and it was the opposite. I took a huge joy. People received me with love. It was a shame that he injured me against Italy and I lost the Liechtenstein game, but the story ended well. It was a fantastic experience. Relive situations that had made me so happy.-But it stays two games of the Centenary.-I don’t see it as a thorn. As a child I dreamed of putting on my shirt one day. And I put it on 98. 100 is a number, something fetish, but 98 is a barbarity and not only the games but what we won. Make important goals. “The goal produces addiction … when it does not arrive” INMA FLORES (DAILY AS) “With goal you are born, but also macerated” INMA FLORES (DAILY AS) INMA FLORES (DAILY AS) Standing ballLuis Aragones. Our father and the beginning of everything.Vicente del Bosque. Continuity.Fernando Torres. My great partnerPepe Reina. My brother, my confessor, my help, my psychologist. Everything.A match. The final of the World Cup.A goal. Chile’s World Cup.A question I would like to answerr. It has made me all. -The goal produces addiction.-Yes. You have to know how to take it. Especially in the moment that does not arrive.-A striker without a goal is nobody, right?-All football players tend to be a bit selfish in a good way. Being selfish also thinking about the team is important. I always think about the goal. I enter a game and think about the goal. The first thing is that the team wins, whatever happens, but if you score, the team has more chances to win and that is what the team demands. The goalkeeper enters the field thinking that his team wins, but the most important thing for him is that they don’t score a goal. They prefer to win 1-0, than 5-3. It is something that goes in the blood. And I think the striker has to be like that. I am so…-Keep talking like a scorer …-So recently I have retired that I still feel like a footballer. Or so … Try to get along in the process when you lack the goal, to also try to enjoy football, not to go to the locker room and say it was not a complete game because I have not scored a goal. I’ve been fighting throughout my career with it, with those situations. When you have not scored, it is as if you had missed something when doing your job. –Time passes and we have not found the heirs of the two great strikers of that golden age of the three titles. Llorente, Soldier, Negredo, Diego Costa, Morata, Alcácer, Aspas, Rodrigo …-It’s complicated. That’s why it makes me feel more proud. During this time, and even in our time, there have been very important players who have lived through different stages because they have been without time. Fernando and I were practically always summoned if there was no penalty or injury. That is very complicated. Fernando and I have to feel proud. And Raul previously. Not only is it to reach the National Team, but also to keep us for such a long time at that great level. To be in the selection you need to do well in your club and then do better when you go to the selection. I value it a lot and surely Fernando too.– Or maybe you were better than you might think and time has put you in the right place?-Can be. Obviously something we must have to be so long, it has a great difficulty having done what we have done. We always understood each other very well, we always had that important relationship with the people who played behind us. It helped us a lot to have been born in the generation we were born and there is also a part of talent on our part, without it we would not have been able to stay so long.-You mixed well as strikers … They were a perfect match. He more to the spaces, you more in short props …-I always said that Fernando helped me a lot. I have shared front with other players in the National Team, but with him more than with any other. We complemented very well. What he had good, maybe I didn’t have it. My conditions made him better and yours than I was. We have helped each other a lot in the goals too. He has scored less than me, but some were very important. What he lacked, I had and we both had the ability to take advantage of the circumstances of the game.-Luis Aragonés and Del Bosque agreed to send you a little to the left wing. They moved away from the area, away from the goal, their natural habitat. Why did the two technicians agree on the same tactical variant?– In the 2008 Eurocup, when we played with two strikers, Luis always told me to separate, that he didn’t want me to hit the centrals, that Fernando was more the reference and that I would get closer to the crazy little ones Now seen, Over time, it was a very wise decision for both of us. There came a time when it was difficult to play with two strikers. It was necessary to incorporate midfielders, the Iniesta, Xavi, Silva, Cesc, Xabi, Busquets … It was difficult to connect everyone with two front strikers and both Luis and Vicente saw that I, due to my conditions, could fit more to the left than Fernando .Both gave me a lot of freedom of movement. I have played on the left in other teams and it was not the same as in the National Team. It is not the same for a forward to have total freedom to have to defend, follow the defense. The two told me we only move you to the left because we believe it can help us, but you are one more forward. That confidence helped me to feel left even better than fixed in the center. Participated more in the game, than being nine pure.– If I had to choose one of its main virtues, I would choose how well it mixed support uncheck and break uncheck.-Yes, it might be my best virtue. Especially in building the game. The patience I had to be open. Many times the game happened and I wanted to go to be closer to the goal, but since I was already playing with Xavi and with Andrés in Barcelona, ​​I understood that role that seemed not to participate in the game, but I was creating spaces for Andrés and Xavi They were comfortable and at the same time on second play they were going to make me play. We also had Xabi Alonso, Busquets or Piqué, who had a great change of orientation and that allowed me that being open could sting space, avoiding the offside and creating a goal chance. I felt very comfortable in the band.-In addition you were one of those who lived well with the offside, were friends of the soul.-I always lived in the offside line. I know there are statistics that say that I am one of the players with more gameplay in the history of the League. Really when you live as I did you have to fall, but when you do well you score many goals playing to the limit. He has given me more than he has taken from me. It was a good idyll. Not only are the goals you score directly but the spaces that you generate by setting the center and the side so that they do not come out.center_img “In the World Cup we were enlightened” -Not marking has come to produce insomnia.-I have always slept well, but give more turns to the bed, sure. Since I started until the last days. I am a person who always took football home. I am not of that type of people who when he leaves the locker closes the blind and until the next day. No. I kept thinking about football all day and analyzing both good and bad things.-He has scored 59 goals with the National Team. Which one is left with the first or the last?-With everyone. And if I had to choose one, I would not choose even the first against Slovakia, which was important, but we had the classification made, nor with the last one, which was nice but it did not help much because in that match we were already at home. I would keep the important ones and that they were the ones who gave us the passes both in the European Championship and in the World Cup.-The striker is more selfish than the midfielder or defender.-We are all and it is good if it is for the benefit of the team. The most important thing for everyone, take the glory one or the other, is that the team wins. Is a reality. If the team wins, we all live happily. If you lose, it doesn’t matter who scored the goal. In any job you have to be selfish. I have to enter the field thinking that I have to score a goal. The people who work with me, expect me to score a goal, do not expect the right side to score a goal. They expect him to defend the far left well, not to make centers. In my case, you need to score for the benefit of the team. That bit of selfishness of saying today I want to score, I need to score, I think it’s good.–I have been told that if I give him an afternoon he is able to tell us one by one how were the 59 goals with the Red …-And the 425 that I marked in my career, without any doubt. I would simply need to have some free time to give the mind and start thinking. It’s like a mailman who deals cards. It is my soccer abc. All I have achieved is to do many things, but above all to score goals. INMA FLORES (DAILY AS) “For me football was to see the National Team” -You have been almost the last Mohican, everyone left before: Casillas, Puyol, Piqué, Xavi, Xabi, Iniesta, Torres … Only Sergio Ramos remains.– Spend time flying for everyone. What you have to do is enjoy it as much as a player as now as a spectator. Seeing the difficulties we had, I feel very happy to have overcome them and belonged to that generation.– Fernando Hierro said a few days ago in As that we have not enjoyed enough of the three consecutive titles. Or have you enjoyed them?-Yes, but I agree with Fernando. It is because of the maelstrom, competitiveness. You enjoy today, but tomorrow you lose and everything collapses. It is something that is implanted in football. It’s hard to enjoy because the next day you have to compete again. It’s reality. And you start enjoying them more the moment you stop playing, to compete. You look back and realize that these are very important things that we could have celebrated more, but the maelstrom has not left us. –He has recognized feeling more than comfortable fallen to a band, but if Luis or Del Bosque had given him the choice of the position he liked best, what would he have chosen.-I had this conversation with Vicente. He told me I see you at ease in the band and asked me the same as now. And I replied that I was very comfortable. I participated much more, I had to fight much less with the centrals in the physical aspect and I was not a strong forward. I told him that I stayed there and there was a fairly long stage, especially in the National Team that preferred to play outside than inside.-Because of his 2012 injury, Del Bosque had to invent the figure of ‘false nine’ with Cesc, with Silva, even with Pedro.-I would have liked to enjoy that Eurocup from the inside, of course, but I enjoyed it from another field and we did a very good football, not only to win it. We had the ability to reinvent ourselves. I got injured, Fernando had not had a great year and Vicente reinvented himself with that figure and we knew how to get out of an adverse situation, such as my injury, with the entry of other players.– With which goal is born or the goal is macerated over low heat throughout the race?-Both. It is born, just like being a footballer. There is something you have for instinct, you take it inside and then in the end you work it in your training stage and later. I just retired, but until the last day I learned things. I have been gradually better players, better striker, better person. It’s the good thing about football that you can grow. But a part is born with her. Tomás Ondarra -Always talk about his first game as international as something unforgettable. And that was against San Marino … He didn’t score.-He had many boy dreams. Since I had reason I always wanted to play football and be a soccer player. And among dreams, the greatest of all was to play a game with the national team. It was from many teams. Of many players and the teams where those players were. It was very Luis Enrique … But the first shirt I had was that of the national team. For me football was to see the National Team. My father said, today plays the National Team. That day I fulfilled the dream of dreams. I had arrived where I had proposed.-World of Germany 2006. Bittersweet?-The process until the 2008 European Championship was difficult for everyone. Learning. Many of us were very young and inexperienced. Living that bad moment of the World Cup helped us to see how important and how beautiful it could be to change that situation that Spain never won anything, that the same thing always happened… They were bad moments but we knew to turn everything around.-Luis said that 2006 made them a man.-It was what I was trying to explain. Luis was more direct. It made us mature.–Eurocup 2008. All rolled. Semifinals against Russia. It occurs to him to throw a frank blow and is injured. The final against Germany is lost.-I don’t regret throwing it away. I never regretted anything I did. They asked me if I could not play the final was a thorn stuck and I thought it was a privilege that was on the bench in a final and on top had been protagonist until then. I enjoyed it very much. The disgust lasted a couple of hours, I was quickly aware of what it meant to be there, even though I was injured.-In the 2010 World Cup, all your goals serve to win games.-That is why they are the goals that I give more importance. The ones that I remember the most are always those who finish the game and we have won 1-0, 2-1 or 3-2 and have scored the victory goal. It’s what has always filled me up.-Without those goals we would not have a star.-They could have made another player, I had the confidence of the coaches and was the finalizer. I made the goals that the whole team worked for me to finish. David Villa and Enrique Ortego during the interview.INMA FLORES (DAILY AS) INMA FLORES (DAILY AS)last_img read more

The core of the 200 million

first_imgMadrid faces one of its best weeks after winning at Barça at the Bernabéu (2-0). One of the keys of the match was seen in the center of the white field: Kroos, Valverde and Casemiro. The core worked brilliantly: Kroos in organization, Valverde in mobility and Casemiro in balance.The three already make up the trident of LaLiga’s most valuable midfielders, since Transfermarkt the value has risen to the Uruguayan (from 50 to 60 million) and to the Brazilian (from 70 to 80). If we add to this the 60 million Kroos already add 200 kilos of market value. If we compare the different locks of the medullary of The league we find that Madrid is above Barcelona (Busquets (35 million), Vidal (14) and De Jong (90)) and Atlético (Thomas (50), Saúl (90) and Herrera (20)). Zidane has built a trident that also helps the team to fit less (17 goals in 26 games) when 31 goals had already been endorsed by the previous campaign. Hazard and Militao descend in value In the new updates of Transfermarkt, Hazard and Militao are the most touched players. The lack of minutes of the Brazilian and the injury of Eden cause both to dilute in value. The Belgian has gone from costing 120 million to 100. While the plant goes from 45 to 40 kilos of value.last_img read more

Harit skips confinement

first_imgIn fact, after the publication of this video on the club’s social networks, on the night of Thursday to Friday, Harit participated in a party, interrupted by the police, at a shisha bar in Essen. Confirming this information, the sports director of the German club Jochen Schneider did not hide the facts. “Admittedly, Amine was there with a friend. He admitted his mistake“said the director of Schalke.“I reminded him once again of the seriousness of the current situation. In this serious crisis, things that were normal yesterday can no longer be tolerated today. Amine is very sorry and it won’t happen again“he continued.If Schalke 04 was forgiving of the Moroccan, his image is tarnished after this incident. Like the Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount and Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic, who also failed to comply with the containment measuresHarit has been particularly criticized by the media, but also by Internet users on social media. To apologize for this event, the former Paris Saint-Germain player would have planned to make a gesture to help fight this epidemic. In this period of health crisis, soccer players, always very closely followed, give an example on social media to enforce containment rules to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Schalke 04 midfielder Amine Harit has also participated in an awareness campaign by the German club to encourage people to stay home. But, according to information from the French newspaper Maxifoot, the Moroccan himself did not respect this instruction.last_img read more

“With the UME on the street, it is not time to think about football”

first_img–Almost two years of intense mandate, but the dramatic thing has been this crisis of the Coronavirus.-It is not something that has touched me, but all the Spanish and almost the whole world. Right now our main concern is the health of soccer players, referees, coaches, employees and leaders of Spanish soccer. I am pleased that LaLiga has changed its criteria and that it has accepted the Federation’s thesis, which from the first day has been to suspend the Championship until the Government authorizes us to retake it. -Maybe from this crisis come peace between Thebes and Rubiales? Do you reach out to the LaLiga president? -You always have to reach out, dialogue and try to reach agreements like that of this indefinite suspension. It is important to be conciliatory and that Spanish football remains united, even more so at a time like today. It would be good, without a doubt.-You advocated from the first moment to suspend the competitions, was it because you quickly calculated the gravity of the situation? -We were very clear on how to act from the beginning and suspend all competitions that are the exclusive responsibility of the RFEF. Everyone’s health comes first. You cannot play with this. – Have you calculated the economic damage that this crisis will cause to football? -We are concerned about economic damage, and we are working hard on it, but second and behind health. Modest football has received a lot of income from the RFEF, which is still guaranteed, down to the last penny. I want to take the opportunity to thank the clubs that donated the coronavirus test tests that were provided by LaLiga to public health, these are the values ​​of football. There are many people who needed them most urgently. -Everyone calculates when to play again, Rubiales too? -From the RFEF we have it very clear. The most important thing was, is and always will be the health of all Spaniards. Competitions will resume only when everyone’s health is guaranteed and the integrity of the competition assured, never before. The idea of ​​playing again in four or five weeks was the idea of ​​others, not ours. Fortunately we all have the same opinion now. You can’t even think about playing again when the UME is on the street setting up field hospitals. -Then, when and how to resume the competition? -When the authorities indicate that we can resume the competition, we will assess, together with the AFE and LaLiga, the time soccer players need to regain their fitness and start the competition with full guarantees. -According to some opinions, when LaLiga is restarted, matches could be played every 48 hours. What do you think? -I have been a professional soccer player for many years and I know perfectly well that playing every 48 hours continuously is impossible because it goes against the health of athletes and this is contrary to the integrity of the competition. -Well, honestly, with this panorama many people put themselves on the stage of an unfinished League. Even if it costs you, it is not an impossible scenario. Do you admit the possibility that the championship cannot be resumed? If so, what will you do with the title, the promotions, the descents …? -The priority is health, but second is the integrity of the competition. When this nightmare passes we will return to normality. To shelve the competition and decree promotions, descents and champions, is something that I do not consider, because we have always defended that a competition that begins must end. The most reasonable thing is that, when health permits, the competitions are resumed, and the 20/21 season is adapted according to the time and calendar that we have left. Any other scenario is unfair. What institution should solve all these puzzles, the Federation or LaLiga? If you are ultimately responsible, will you ask UEFA for advice? -The Federation of course, but we will work, without imposing dates that pressure or impose measures contrary to health, so that the competition ends with all its days played. We will listen to everyone before making decisions. The organisms that govern Spanish football have to try to reach an agreement. From the RFEF, which is the home of all Spanish football, we always seek consensus in every decision. Regarding UEFA, he knows that I am vice president and communication with Ceferin is daily. I am very committed to the changes in good governance and transparency promoted by our President in Europe and satisfied to see how the priority is not to start as soon as possible, but to resume with all the guarantees of health and integrity, as it should be. That UEFA and RFEF think the same about this is comforting. -Do you know that the precedent in Europe for an unfinished league was in 1999 and that UEFA decided to give Partizán the title in Yugoslavia when the championship was suspended, ten days from the end, due to the Balkan War? What do you think? -It was a different situation. Nowadays it is, first of all, to beat the virus and be very disciplined in this. Second, it must be made clear that competitions are no exception and will only be played again when there are full guarantees and not before. Third, we must choose between finalizing a competition based on a deadline or giving continuity to this competition, extending the initial term that would be modified by an unsuccessful cause. At the RFEF we think that this last scenario is appropriate, due to its respect for what has been achieved to date by each team without ruling out what each team can achieve until the end of the competition, guaranteeing the participants the dispute of all matches. -With what criteria would the RFEF choose the two participants in the next Spanish Super Cup beyond the two teams that already have the right, Athletic and Real, in the event that the Championship did not end? -The only scenario contemplated by the Federation is that, once the normality that guarantees the health of the participants has been recovered one hundred percent, the competitions must be resumed until the end to ensure their integrity, but without imposing an inexplicable rush on ourselves. It will be the sporting merits that determine who will play this magnificent Super Cup. Thanks to it, now the modest Spanish Football breathes calmly in the economic field. We have done our job rigorously and the results are there. Modest clubs are guaranteed to the last euro of our grants thanks to initiatives such as this Super Cup. -When do you think the Copa del Rey can be played? Could it be in September, in Seville? -We wish with all our strength, for the Competition, for all the clubs that participated and for the clubs that have come this far, that it can be played with the La Cartuja Stadium to overflow and that this day is a great party. It would be imprudent for me to talk about dates, but I can assure you that, from the Federation, we are going to work so that it is with the public and is a success for the two finalist fans, Athletic Club and Real Sociedad. I am against pressing with the aim of starting as soon as possible, that is not our mood. We prefer to choose the path of safety and health.-Are you afraid that FIFA will occupy the dates for the next Spanish Super Cup? -I want to publicly show my gratitude to Gianni Infantino and Aleksander Ceferin because at the moment they have shown great sensitivity and social awareness looking for the best for the world of football. I know that they are going to make decisions, weighing the damages and listening to us at all times. -You were president of AFE, the players union. Do you fear ERTE in Spanish football? What will the RFEF do about it? -Look, the government has adopted extraordinary measures, some of them have to do with issues such as ERTEs, although at the same time global aid has been announced for the significant sum of two hundred billion euros. In reality, this issue is union and employer rather than federal. Still we have done things. We have guaranteed all grants to non-professional clubs. Everything, down to the last penny. In addition, we have designed a package of extraordinary measures in this regard that seeks to guarantee the viability of clubs and the salary of footballers. This week I will present it after meeting the Presidents of Territorial Federations. In relation to professional clubs, we trust that from LaLiga as many measures as necessary will be adopted, as we are doing in the RFEF, in order to guarantee immediate income for the clubs and the salaries of soccer players. We are convinced that, if thousands of Spanish SMEs and freelancers are going to face the crisis, with far fewer resources, adopting as many measures as necessary to maintain their workforce and face this extremely hard blow, an entity like LaLiga will be able to do well through lines of financing, or whatever measures are necessary, to ensure that professional clubs can keep all jobs.-Anyone who has studied law knows that there are misfortunes that cannot be guaranteed? – I am not going to enter controversies, and less in a moment like the present one. We take many complaints to the Federation by La Liga, and the courts are giving us the reason. This type of comment really won’t take away a minute of my time. The only thing I think about is how to help to get out of this situation, in the sick, in the deceased and in the family and in helping in what we can. LaLiga is communicating that they could lose hundreds of millions of euros, it is a terrible scenario and we must help each other. If you need help and we can add, we will be there. The world of football must demonstrate that it is up to the tough circumstances we are experiencing.-What do you plan to do with the elections in the RFEF? -As the country is, the least I can think of is thinking about the elections. Until Spain returns to normal, I will not call them. I think it is an act of responsibility and now we are only committed to the country getting ahead. The elections must be set aside. The important thing is that in the last two years a great job has been done in the Federation. -What is your assessment of your work in these two years as president? There are territories that did not support him when he arrived, such as Andalusia, the Basque Country, Galicia and Aragon, and which have now changed their minds. How have you convinced them? -Our territories are the heart of the Federation, and we have worked together. Now, in this crisis we are more than ever and I want to publicly acknowledge it to all presidents. We have revitalized competitions such as the Super Cup and the Federation Cup. The new Copa del Rey has been contested with the most successful format in the history of Spain. We have doubled our income from 170 to 340 million euros despite having no public subsidies. With this increase comes much more money to Second B and Third. It has also allowed more money to be injected into the First Iberdrola and Iberdrola Challenge. Indoor soccer is now integrated and attended. He is no longer the “eternal neglected” of yesteryear. For the first time, women’s futsal has been subsidized and men’s futsal has been equipped with more tools. For the first time, beach soccer has its own budget of three million euros per year. The Territorial Federations have become more professional with the financing of the RFEF and grassroots football has more attention and budgets than ever. There is still room for improvement and we will continue to do so, but we have done better than expected. This has been possible because the best ones surround me. We are a great team! Soccer people appreciate the great effort that has been made. But the most important thing, beyond everything else, has been to make the Selection Residence available to the Ministry of Health in the fight against the pandemic. I am especially proud of this, and also all the employees of the Federation and especially those who work in the Residence. -How do you think it is for Luis Enrique to postpone the Eurocup for one year? -Like all Spaniards, we would have been excited to play the Euro Cup in normal conditions this summer, but Luis Enrique is a man who always looks for the positive side. He will have more time to mature his project and will be able to recover some players who are injured and who have an important role in the National Team. But above all, what I assure you is that he, like all Spaniards, is concerned that we get ahead. He is a man with whom I have lived special moments that remain for him and for me, and that gives me a lot of security, the security of having a great man by my side, as a person and as a coach. -What message do you send to the football family at a time like this? -Fundamentally a message: I am proud of them. This question reminds me of my time as a footballer, when we were in a locker room going through a bad time and in front of these cases all the players were united. We will continue with our Administration, health, State Security Forces and Bodies and all those who join in such a complex moment. We will do so by showing our most caring and humane side. The message that I send to the whole of Spanish society is thankful for the awareness of the citizens and unity so that together we can overcome this virus.-How do you think this season will be remembered? -I don’t know how it will be remembered. I would like it to be remembered as a time when Spanish football was in solidarity with society. Hopefully over the years it will be remembered as the “season of solidarity”.last_img read more

The footballer’s plan: first play and then check the salaries

first_imgIn this telematic appointment, the day-to-day life of footballers was also discussed, in which no one has seen their working hours reduced in order to justify these cuts. The professionals, they allege, are working with the obsession to compete again, even if it is beyond June 30 and their vacations are reduced (they do not care). But they understand that postponement, which is what there is, is not the same as suspension. So you have to wait.In that LaLiga-AFE meeting, Tebas explained the employer’s position to help the clubs in coordinating the ERTE request. As Barça has done and the union calculates that they will do, in the worst case, 25% of the professional clubs in total (about 10 out of 42), although LaLiga believes that they will be quite a few more and even historical entities. But he also explained that, in general, they prefer to take other measures at the moment rather than dismiss. The State would not see fit to compensate millionaires now, while it will not be easy for clubs to justify that their measures are taken by “force majeure”. The appointment, by videoconference and without inviting footballers ON, comes a day after the employers met with the RFEF in the Follow-up Committee to which the AFE belongs but to which, this time, they were not asked to participate to stop all the competition sine die. Footballers have been the center of attention for two weeks with this break in competition. In the first place, because they have seen their professional activity, like so many others, slowed down by the appearance of the coronavirus. And secondly, because they are on everyone’s lips as a solution at hand to mitigate the effects that this crisis will have on professional football and on the population. UEFA, RFEF and LaLiga have already slipped their plans to reorder the schedule, and the clubs have also postulated their intentions to cut wages and apply for ERTEs. However, footballers in Spain, until now, had simply expected events. Until they have been shaken. If they have made something clear, in general, to their spokespersons, the captains, and their maximum defenders, the unions, it is that they will collaborate, as they already do with the one who needs it, and that se will lower wages if appropriate, but on one condition: all in due time.So far, all the measures that have been discussed have focused on agreeing on a salary readjustment for the most privileged, footballers (20% in Germany; 70% at Barça). They, the protagonists, propose the reverse path: first determine when the competition resumes, what day it ends and how, then assess the damage to the clubs and finally negotiate measures to keep the economy sustainable. They do not refuse to lower their payrolls. Unlike. They put their 14 monthly payments and the two extra, in which they charge a large part of their tab, at the service of their clubs to make numbers. What they request is that the steps be taken in a more orderly manner. They understand that if the remaining 11 days are ended and the European competitions and the Cup can be finished (the final remains), there will not be the same scenario as if the season is shortened or if it is not played again. Television earnings, which are the mother of everything, will set the pace. This is one of the things that David Aganzo, president of AFE, wanted to transmit yesterday to Javier Tebas in a meeting.last_img read more

Nadal shares his routine

first_imgAfter that, this Tuesday he revealed some photos by which he went out cooking. It took, however this Wednesday By his Instagram tales he revealed the tip consequence. This Wednesday he additionally wished to share one other a part of his each day throughout this era. He revealed three images by which he seems performing a useful coaching, and is that though as a result of restrictions he can’t practice tennis (the exercise within the ATP circuit is stopped till June 7), the Balearic Islands don’t cease their exercise. Rafael Nadal He is among the Spanish athletes with probably the most assist and the biggest variety of followers on social networks. After a number of days with out publishing something, the Balearic went viral with a video by which he primarily thanked the bathrooms and all of the individuals who enable the remainder of the residents to have their fundamental wants coated.last_img read more

UEFA’s plan with the leagues, the Champions League and the contracts

first_imgContracts: One of the problems with ending this season in August or even at the dates of the next, that is, in September, is that the duration of the contracts of the players and coaches should be extended beyond June 30, which that it is even more conflictive in the case of transfers. While FIFA is willing to adapt the rules to take account of this circumstance, the World Players Union (FIFpro) warns that if this is the case, it should be universal and reach all players, not just those that clubs want to retain. .Transfers: Another measure that would extend the season beyond June would be to extend the next transfer window, which would run from June to January, when the winter window should begin. With this measure, it would be easier to end the campaigns with a certain normality and to ease the transfer market at a time when nobody knows when the championships will be able to restart. This matter has also been agreed between FIFA and UEFA.Selections: The dates of the FIFA calendar for teams are affected by the collapse of the calendar. The Euro Cup has been postponed to next summer, but the June international friendlies have not yet been suspended. They will be shortly, among others the one scheduled for June 5 between Spain and Portugal in Madrid. The teams will give up their dates so that they can finish the European leagues and competitions, and if it is still necessary to restart with club football after the summer, the League of Nations will also undergo a modification, which should start on September 3 . Calendar: UEFA manages three possible dates to restart the Championships: mid-May, June and September. The closest one seems unlikely due to the uneven advance of the coronavirus in Europe, and the most distant one would mean having to readjust next season, probably with cuts in the number of teams in each league, in Cup competitions and the change in formats in European competitions. June is the key month, in which Ceferin is confident that he can play again, even if behind closed doors, to finish the domestic leagues. In Spain and Italy, where the virus attacked earlier, it is hoped that it can be restarted sooner. France, Germany and England pose more problems.Champions: UEFA competition secretary Giorgio Marchetti works as the best and fastest solution to the ‘final four’. The idea is to play the second leg matches that are pending in the round of 16 (City-Real Madrid, Bayer-Chelsea, Barça-Naples and Juve-Lyon) and from there play the quarterfinals to a single match and by pure draw to, to Then, play the two semifinals and the final in Istanbul the last weekend of June. If the pandemic reaches Turkey with force as it has in southern Europe, a change of venue would not be ruled out for reasons of greater force. The same plan is contemplated for the Europa League, but here the problem is that to finish the Champions League there are 17 games remaining and to finish the Europa League there are 27 missing. There is a problem with dates.last_img read more