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

“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

Patriots, Falcons set for Super Bowl spectacle

first_img Mental toughness “This team showed a lot of mental toughness over the course of the year,” Brady said. The Falcons have never won the Super Bowl. This will be Atlanta’s second trip to the big game; they lost to Denver in 1999. The club’s never had a quarterback quite as good as Ryan, though. The guy nicknamed “Matty Ice” went 27 for 38 for 392 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions, while adding a rushing TD, to boot, leading Atlanta past Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers 44-21 in the NFC championship game. Brady tied Hall of Famer Joe Montana’s record with a ninth three-TD postseason game, helping the Patriots beat Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers 36-17 for the AFC championship. New England opened the season with a 3-1 record despite using two backup quarterbacks while playing those games without Brady after he went through a lengthy court battle in an unsuccessful bid to have his ban overturned for what became known as “Deflategate.” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Brady because the league said it determined the Patriots intentionally underinflated footballs used in an AFC championship game victory two years ago. A season that began with Tom Brady serving a four-game suspension will end with him in the Super Bowl, where his New England Patriots will take on Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons. While much of the attention has been focused on Brady vs. Ryan, the truly key matchup could be Atlanta’s score-at-will offence, which produced the most points during the regular season, against the unheralded defence of New England, which allowed the fewest. And these two teams are playing their best football at the most important time. AFC champions New England (16-2) have won nine consecutive games – and haven’t even trailed since Nov. 27. NFC champions Atlanta (13-5) have won their past six in a row, scoring at least 33 points in each. “We’ll enjoy this,” Ryan said. “But we’ve got some work to do.” Brady and coach Bill Belichick will be seeking their – and the Patriots’ – fifth Lombardi Trophy, and second in three years. This will be the franchise’s league-record ninth appearance in the Super Bowl, including titles in the 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2015 editions.last_img read more

Can we be consistent?

first_imgDear Editor,We’ve seen Chinese supermarkets opening all over Guyana, and many citizens have started to support them because they are selling cheaper than other supermarkets/shops. On closer investigation, I’ve discovered that the retail prices for beverages (alcohol/non-alcohol) are similar to the shop/agent’s wholesale prices, and that you get to take the bottles away from the Chinese supermarkets for the same price, whilst you have to pay for the bottle at the wholesale shops.I’ve also noticed that many people are now buying their rums/vodkas/whiskeys from these Chinese supermarkets because they are cheaper there. Such is competition, but I wonder how the Chinese are able to sell at such low prices, especially when the agents are selling at the prices recommended by their suppliers and the agents/wholesalers are claiming that to sell at anything lower would be selling at a loss for them.I’ve gone to make purchases at different supermarkets operated by Chinese, and I have come to the conclusion that if you don’t check whatever you are purchasing, when you are ready to use it, you would suffer tremendous losses. I purchased a sealed bag of rice, and when I opened it at home, it was infested with rice weevils.It should be noted that I’m in no way trying to discredit any particular place, because I’ve also experienced similar situations at local supermarkets operated and owned by Guyanese.And upon checking my other purchases, I discovered there were some bad onions, garlic and potatoes among the good ones.Editor, I’ve only recently observed that certain places were being raided, expired and spoilt items confiscated, and people were getting charged. Apart from the wholesale places, the Stabroek Market was also raided, and the next day, items similar to those seized were back on sale at the market. Many of these sellers claim ignorance of the condition of the items they put up for sale, but the truth of the matter is that they are fully aware of the condition of those items; however, opportunity exists for them to make a huge profit at the threat of people’s health, and they take the opportunity. Many of these items enter this country under the approval of the Customs, the Food and Drugs Administration and other relevant bodies responsible because someone ‘inside’ had taken a ‘small change’.As for weights and measurements, that culture of shortchanging people is very much prevalent all over the country to date. The last time the Bureau of Statistics raided the Stabroek Market, they found a tremendous amount of discrepancies. Many of these places would have the approved scales/weights but still shortchange you in your purchase; you are not getting what you paid for. That’s the culture of many Guyanese.Could that stop? No, because many of those sellers would have ‘contacts,’ and when a raid is about to take place, the contacts would tip-off the culprits. Many of these employees would ‘pass by’ and collect a small ‘change’ just to allow the lawlessness to continue. The ‘shakedown’ is very prevalent in Stabroek Market.Finally, Editor, I’ve also talked about our farmers lacing the vegetables with chemicals and putting them for sale. These chemicals are supposed to be used on the plants/vegetables at {based on the type} least seven to fifteen days before picking. I am almost 100% certain that this is not being practised by the farmers. As usual, most Guyanese would do their shopping for the coming week on weekends, and many would store their vegetables (or certain types) in a fridge. Many, including myself, would notice that these vegetables would start to melt, get ripe, or spoil two days after. This is a direct result of the chemicals being used and the way they were administered.Now, I’ve a friend on the FB list who works at NAREI, and I’ve asked her about the procedure and if there are any tools that could be used to visit the market and test the vegetables for traces of chemicals. To date, I am awaiting an answer. I’m of the view that raids should be conducted on the farmers when they are selling, and their produce should be tested, because majority of buyers are being shortchanged and the vegetables have chemicals which are dangerous to our health. We can’t use half of what we purchase three to four days after. Where are we heading, and what are we paying for?Sincerely,Sahadeo Bateslast_img read more

Lukaku in Man Utd spotlight as goals dry up

first_img0Shares0000Having scored 11 goals in his first 10 games following his £75mn transfer to Manchester United from Everton, Romelu Lukaku (L) has found the net only once in 12 matches since © IKIMAGES/AFP/File / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 4 – With Zlatan Ibrahimovic fit again and closely scrutinising his performances from the substitutes’ bench, Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku is under pressure to rediscover his goal-scoring touch.Having scored 11 goals in his first 10 games following his £75 million ($100.8 million, 85 million euros) switch from Everton, Lukaku has found the net only once in 12 matches since. Manager Jose Mourinho continues to profess satisfaction with Lukaku’s all-round displays, but the longer the Belgian striker’s difficulties continue, the bigger a point of concern it will become.“For a striker, it is all about your goals and unfortunately people will always measure him by that, but away from the goals his contribution has to be big,” says former United captain Gary Neville.“He’s had his struggles. That was always going to happen at some point after his blistering start, but this is a critical stage of the season where he has to deliver.”Question marks are hovering above Lukaku as United approach a potentially pivotal week in their season.They host CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Tuesday and face Premier League pace-setters Manchester City at Old Trafford on Sunday in a derby they must win if they are make up ground in the title race.Lukaku’s recent displays suggest if United are to get the results they need, their goals are unlikely to come from him.His frustrations appeared to tell during United’s 1-0 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion when he kicked out at Gaetan Bong in an incident caught on camera but for which he avoided retrospective punishment.He squandered three presentable chances during United’s 4-2 win at Watford last week, notably dallying for too long when presented with a clear sight of goal by Paul Pogba, enabling the home defence to block.But he also played an important role at Vicarage Road, setting up a goal for Anthony Martial, and produced a similarly valuable contribution in Saturday’s 3-1 success at Arsenal.– ‘Demons’ –Though he did not find the net at the Emirates Stadium, Lukaku’s pressing and direct running helped establish United’s tempo and he was involved in the move that led to Jesse Lingard scoring the visitors’ second goal.Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic made his return from a nine-month lay-off with a serious knee injury, as a late substitute in last month’s 4-1 win over Newcastle © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFMourinho joked after the win at Watford that Lukaku needed only to secure a new boot deal, but the United manager has been steadfast in his defence of the former Chelsea striker, who he has described as “untouchable”.While United’s other attacking players — Martial, Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Juan Mata — are regularly rotated, Lukaku has started every single game in the league and Champions League.“For me, the most important thing is teamwork and he’s second to none in terms of giving everything he has to the team,” Mourinho said.“If he scores or doesn’t score, that’s not a problem.”When Ibrahimovic made his return from a nine-month lay-off with a serious knee injury, as a late substitute in last month’s 4-1 win over Newcastle United, Lukaku was farmed out to the right wing to make way.But working in his favour is the fact his pace and mobility make him a much neater fit for United’s counter-attacking football than the sauntering Ibrahimovic.Lukaku’s lateral movement across the pitch serves to open up space for the likes of Pogba, Martial and Rashford, all of whom have benefited greatly from the Belgian’s ability to tie up opposition centre-backs.“I don’t see Zlatan Ibrahimovic as a threat to Lukaku at all, but as a supplement,” Neville wrote in a recent Sky Sports column.“The only way Ibrahimovic can become number one is if the aura of Zlatan gets to Lukaku.“Zlatan is confident, but Lukaku is number one, the fans and the manager believe in him and if he does have any demons then he needs to clear them from his mind.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Vick indicted on state dogfighting charges

first_imgVick, who already pleaded guilty in federal court to a dogfighting conspiracy charge and is awaiting sentencing on Dec. 10, was indicted for beating or killing or causing dogs to fight other dogs and engaging in or promoting dogfighting. The grand jury met for more than three hours. The charges are the first leveled against Vick in the county where he built a home on 15 acres that was the base of the dogfighting operation. Surry County Commonwealth’s Attorney Gerald G. Poindexter asked that the four be arraigned Oct. 3 and requested that each be released on a $50,000 personal recognizance bond. None of the defendants nor their lawyers were in court. By HANK KURZ Jr. AP Sports Writer SUSSEX, Va. – Michael Vick and three co-defendants were indicted by a grand jury Tuesday on state charges related to a dogfighting ring operated on Vick’s Virginia property. The grand jury passed on indicting the Atlanta Falcons quarterback and two of co-defendants on eight counts of animal cruelty, which would have exposed them to as many as 40 years in prison if convicted. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgA study of the air in Letterkenny by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Health Service Executive has shown alarming results.The study, undertaken over the past two years, shows unacceptable levels of dust particles known as PM10.Many of these particles are connected with the burning of coal. The results of the study has partially led to a ban on the burning, marketing, sale and distribution of “smoky coal” which will be introduced to Letterkenny and its environs from May 1st 2013.The purpose of this ban is to deliver cleaner air and to reduce air pollution in the larger towns and cities in Ireland. This has been done in many other towns and cities since 1990 when the ban was first introduced to Dublin.From 1st May, Coal Retailers and Coal Merchants will not be permitted to market, sell or distribute bituminous (smoky) coal to householders in Letterkenny and the wider environs. In addition to this, householders within Letterkenny and the wider environs will no longer be allowed to burn bituminous (smoky) coal from 1st May. A map of the ban area can be found at www.donegalcoco.ie.The sole purpose of the “Smoky Coal” ban is to deliver cleaner air to the Letterkenny area. The EPA, in conjunction with the HSE, has monitored the air quality in Letterkenny for the past 2 years and the results show an unacceptable number of exceedences of the air quality limits for PM10 which are very fine particles of dust or particulate matter (less than one-hundredth of a millimetre in size).In smaller urban centres such as Letterkenny, the main source of PM10 is the emissions resulting from the burning of smoky solid fuels.PM10 is harmful to health owing to its ability to penetrate into the lungs and is associated with cardiopulmonary and respiratory disorders. Put simply, less PM10 means better health and improved air quality.The “Smoky Coal” Ban has been in place in Dublin for the past 23 years and has had a dramatic impact on the air quality in the city.Research carried out by Professor Luke Clancy in 2002 has indicated that the smoky coal ban introduced in Dublin in 1990 resulted in major health benefits with up to 350 fewer deaths annually in the city. The Asthma Society has stated “that Ireland has the 4th highest prevalence of asthma worldwide with 470,000 people in Ireland suffering from Asthma. The research published in The Lancet also showed that poor air quality is directly linked to increased risk of death from respiratory and cardiovascular disease.”The Asthma Society state that “people who suffer from respiratory conditions, such as asthma, can be badly affected by exposure to harmful particles in the air which result from pollutants, including the burning of smoky coal.”The alternatives to burning “Smoky Coal” is to use Smokeless Fuels including,• Smokeless Coal – bags will be clearly labelled “Smokeless Fuel”, • Wood – kindling, firewood logs, firestarter logs• Turf – loose turf and baled briquettes.The new regulation will be enforced by Donegal County Council after an awareness raising campaign. Inspections will be carried out on retailers, coal merchants and coal delivery lorries. Inspections will also be carried out “out of hours” when coal deliveries are most frequent.Donegal County Council encourages members of the public to report instances of the flouting of the law, which will result in enforcement action being taken by Donegal County Council.STUDY OF LETTERKENNY AIR SHOWS SMOKY COAL BAN BADLY NEEDED was last modified: April 22nd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:letterkennysmoky coal banlast_img read more


first_imgThe Traveler group who had been staying in the carpark of ALDI in Dungloe have moved on.The caravans parked in Ballybofey before they moved on.The group of 20 camper vans moved on just after 1.30pm after a stand-off which lasted two days.The group had previously been located at the SuperValu carpark in Ballybofey. A clean-up operation is underway in the ALDI carpark after a number of items were left behind by the group.It is understood the group may now be heading to Falcarragh. RELIEF AS TRAVELER GROUP LEAVE DUNGLOE BUT WHERE TO NEXT? was last modified: August 6th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ALDIdungloeFalcarraghTRAVELERSlast_img read more

John Downey’s renewed bail application refused

first_imgDonegal man John Downey, who stands accused of the murder of two UDR soldiers, has been refused bail again. Downey appeared at Belfast Magistrates’ Court today for a renewed bail application, the Belfast Telegraph reports. However, the 67-year-old’s application was denied, despite an unprecedented amount of cash and realisable property being offered.Downey, who has an address in Creeslough Co. Donegal, is charged with murdering two British soldiers in an IRA bomb attack in Enniskillen in 1972. He was extradited to the UK after handing himself into gardaí in October.The bail application heard that £225,000 in cash and a further £500,000 in equity was proposed as sureties. Downey’s defence also said he proposed to live in a property in Belfast belonging to a Sinn Féin Councillor.The application was refused by District Judge Peter Magill.Read more at: https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/john-downey-bail-refused-despite-offer-to-live-with-sinn-fein-councillor-and-750k-surety-38716730.htmlJohn Downey’s renewed bail application refused was last modified: December 20th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more