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A central problem for Setién

first_imgOne of the Achilles heels of Barcelona de Valverde has been this season the defense. The Catalan team has conceded in the first round 23 goals in 19 games played, more than one per game (1,2). A performance that leaves the Blaugrana team away from the records of its most direct competitors for the League title. For example, Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid have fitted almost half of the Blaugrana (12 goals against both teams) while Sevilla has received 18. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of January 17, 2020 These records are even more surprising and worrying when compared to those of the same team in the previous two seasons in which Barcelona reached the equator of the competition with only 9 goals conceded in the 17-18 season, the first of Valverde, and 20 in the 18-19. One of the most urgent challenges that Quique Setién must face in his stages in Barcelona is to solve the defensive problem of the Blaugrana team. And it must do so with a shortage of troops, because after the march of Jean Clair-Todibo as assigned to Schalke 04, the technician will only have three centrals in the first template: Gerard Piqué, Clément Lenglet and Samuel Umtiti.center_img Considering that defense is not one of the great virtues of Setien’s teams, The technician is faced with a key challenge that he will have to face with effective counting, especially as regards central defenses. Piqué and Lenglet point out as an almost immovable starting couple, as it has been throughout the season, but with the peculiarity that competition has decreased. Todibo left on loan to Schalke almost at the same time that Setien landed and Umtiti remains unreliable after his physical problems as evidenced in the Spain Supercup disputed in Arabia.The resource that Setien has left is to look at the subsidiary and reel Araujo, This season already debuted with the first team.In any case, a difficult ballot and that seems to prevent the implementation of new systems, such as three centrals unless a player from the center of the field becomes a central one.last_img read more

St James High keeper turns heads at Cayman tourney

first_img “He definitely could one day be in goal at the national youth and senior levels, certainly if he progresses as we suspect he will,” said Davis. “What we saw of him in Cayman – his athleticism, skill and composure in goal – was phenomenal! He was a calming influence for Academy SC. And remember, he was really headhunted to replace their injured goalie,” added Davis. Indications are that he is in line to be issued another invite for a youth tournament scheduled for next month in the Cayman Islands. This Under-14 invitational tournament will include English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and local clubs Cavalier SC and Harbour View FC. Western Bureau: If Amal Bell continues along the path he is currently on, he could one day become Jamaica’s top goalkeeper, at least that is the view of scouts at the recently held Cayman Island Youth Football Tournament. The 14-year-old St James High School youth player turned out for the Academy SC Club of Cayman, standing in between the posts for their injured regular goaltender and by all accounts looked a quality prospect. “His performances must be viewed in context because while he did let in a soft goal in his first match, it is instrumental to know that he had little time to prepare for the game as he was a late call-up for the tournament,” said youth coach Tony Davis. Bell was watched by scouts from several English clubs, including from the acclaimed Manchester City Youth Academy and Swindon Town FC, two of the participating clubs. The Cuban Under-15 team and Jamaica’s Cavalier FC also took part. Bell was the starting goalkeeper in all of his team’s three matches and by all accounts acquitted himself well. According to Davis, Bell could one day be in line to represent Jamaica, joining the country’s long list of brilliant goalkeepers such as Warren Barrett, Clive ‘Spider’ Wedderburn, Aaron Lawrence, Andre Blake, and Donovan Ricketts. CALMING INFLUENCElast_img read more

Lady Eagles brace for tougher 2nd round battle

first_imgView comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history After breakthrough wins, Nierva confident Lady Bulldogs can play better in 2nd round Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES The Lady Eagles soared to a 6-1 record with all those wins coming in successive order, but they know the Lady Eagles are in for a tougher fight once the second half of the tournament starts.“It’s about to get harder but our mindset is we know that the first round is over so now we have to work doubly harder,” said Bea De Leon after their 23-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-17 win over National University Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAteneo’s lone loss of the season came in the hands of defending champion De La Salle, 25-14, 25-17, 16-25, 25-19, before racking six straight wins to end the first round.Tolentino said the other teams in the league would come out swinging in the second round and the only thing they can do is perform better than what they did in the first half of the tournament. “I think the second round will be harder because of the adjustments of the teams and I know that the first round was really a team effort,” said Tolentino who had 10 points against the Lady Bulldogs.“We earned this by working together and following the system and we have to continue that while also adjusting because the other teams will come out stronger,” added Tolentino.“Whatever we did in the first round we have to double that,” said De Leon, who finished with 13 points against NU. “The other teams are about to peak and the teams are going to fight harder. We have to focus on what needs to be done.”ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ MANILA, Philippines—Ateneo has secured its spot after the first round of Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament with no tribulations.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Jagdeo highlights two-faced stance by coalition Govt

first_img… questions Green’s PM pension, benefitsFormer President and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo was flabbergasted that the very politicians who previously cried about the “raping of the Treasury” to fund pensions, salaries and benefits of past government officials are now moving to the Parliament to grant former Mayor Hamilton Green a Prime Minister’s pension package.Former President and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo“Suddenly, from not being able to afford for Jagdeo, they cut our benefits and increase benefits for 27 Ministers, three Vice Presidents, a Prime Minister and a President when they got into Office,” he expressing during a news conference on Thursday at Freedom House, in Robb Street, Georgetown.Jagdeo charged that Government must demonstrate what contributions Green has made to Guyana to deserve the pension and other benefits of a former Prime Minister.“I don’t understand, so the City Hall has been given all these benefits and they don’t see anything wrong with this at the time when the City is looking for money from the Government, Hamilton Green enjoys all these benefits that are way above what I will probably get and now the Government has taken this over. Is this not duplicitous,” he outlined.Jagdeo pointed out that he has no problem with persons who have served the country enjoying certain benefits post-retirement, but he opined that the duplicity of the government is what bothers him.He reminded that during the campaign trails, the A Partnership for National Unity and the Alliance For Change both made noise about the pension he was earning, which was seven-eighths of his salary.He noted too that the then Opposition decried the Ministers’ salaries, complaining that it was too exorbitant.In fact, it was Moses Nagamootoo who coined the term “fat cat salaries” and accused the then Government members of living a “Cadillac lifestyle in a donkey cart economy”.But upon assumption to Office, Nagamootoo who is now Prime Minister, admitted to pushing for Government Ministers to earn a 50 per cent increase in salary.This was subsequent to the Government moving to the National Assembly to slash the benefits enjoyed by past Presidents of Guyana.Jagdeo pointed out that now Nagamootoo rakes up about $11.2 million from the coffers monthly and for someone who once frowned upon Government Ministers travelling first-class, has been doing an awful lot of first-rate travels.“It’s just duplicitous,” the former President expressed.Asked whether he will support the Bill for Green to be granted the PM benefits, Jagdeo said he will first have to discuss the matter with his MPs.However, he did promise an interesting debate when the Bill is presented at the next sitting on November 21.The Finance Ministry is preparing to approve a legislative package to give to Hamilton Green the pension, benefits and other amenities afforded to a former Prime Minister.Green already enjoys the luxury of a service security paid for by the Georgetown Mayor and City Council.Green served as Guyana’s Prime Minister under the People’s National Congress (PNC) Desmond Hoyte’s Administration, from August 6, 1985, to October 9, 1992.However in March 1993, Green sued the PNC for violation of his constitutional rights when that party at its Congress voted to expel him from the party.Green was successfully re-admitted to the PNC during the mid-2000s after a successful petition by the party’s New York Branch.He now serves at the helm of the Central Housing and Planning Authority – a position he was appointed to following the May 2015 Elections.last_img read more

International Rugby Day this Saturday in Fort St John

first_imgFor more information, or if you are interested in volunteering, you can email FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – City of Fort St. John Recreation will be celebrating International Rugby Day this Saturday, March 23.In partnership with Engage Sport North, youth between the ages of 6 to 12 will have a chance to learn the basics of rugby for free.According to Recreation, a coach will be on site to teach basic skills and drills of rugby.- Advertisement -If enough players show up, there will be a game of non-contact rugby.It is to note that indoor/clean shoes and a water bottle are required. All other equipment is provided.International Rugby Day is taking place this Saturday, March 23, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kids Arena Fieldhouse.Advertisementlast_img

Neymar ‘discusses’ Man United move, swapping Messi and Suarez for Young and Rooney

first_img*DISCLAIMER: Like a picture of Liverpool celebrating with the Premier League trophy, the subtitles on the video above are pure fiction.Shock! It appears Neymar will not join Man United before the transfer window closes.And now we’ve found footage of a press conference featuring the Brazilian, helpfully translated by someone with no knowledge of Portuguese, but a firm grasp of humour.Take a look at the clip, above, of the Barcelona superstar ‘discussing’ the idea of swapping Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez for Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young.Check out for more sports entertainment, like this…VIDEO: 10 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT NEYMARAnd this…last_img

Santa delivers for letter-writers

first_imgWHITTIER – Santa came to town a little early for more than 400 children, and he was bearing gifts they had requested in letters written to the jolly old elf.The “Letters to Santa” program both promotes literacy and letter-writing skills and gives gifts to kids on Christmas.“What’s really sad is they are asking for blankets, food and sometimes they don’t even ask for toys,” said Martha Carreon, program coordinator and a 20-year veteran volunteer with the nonprofit Eastern Group Foundation, a Los Angeles-based group which grants yuletide wishes.This year one child made a difficult request. He wanted “to keep his family together.” Carreon didn’t know of any store that sold that type of present, but she did what she could to make sure the child at least got a gift from Santa.The group is helped significantly by Rio Hondo College students, who pore over the letters to St. Nick, catalog requests and make a list – before checking it twice.Then they start shopping based on the children’s requests.At the giveaway event Saturday, Santa gave each child who wrote a letter the gift they requested – or at least as close as possible.As in many years past, Santa was played by Perry Sites, professor of theater arts at Rio Hondo. “He really does look and sound just like Santa. The kids love him,” Carreon said.This year’s event was at Preferred Plush, another long-term donor, and co-sponsored by W Radio 690.“It’s not only the toys, it’s the attention the children and families enjoy too,” said Jonathan Sanchez, president of the Eastern Group 698-0955, Ext. 3015160Want 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_imgTHE ANNELIES ILENA Pic: marinetraffic.comA massive fishing trawler has been detained off the coast of Tory Island on suspicion of irregular fishing.Killybegs HarbourThe Dutch-registered factory ship, believed to be one of the biggest in the world, was boarded earlier this morning.It is being guided into Killybegs Harbour by the LE Roisin at present where it will be boarded and a full inspection carried out. The Annelies Ilena is a 14,000-tonne vessel that can hold vast quantities of fish.It is the 13th fishing vessel detained in Irish waters this year. FACTORY FISHING SHIP DETAINED OFF COAST OF TORY ISLAND was last modified: November 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:detainedfishing trawlerKillybegs Harbourlast_img read more


first_imgTHE Lifford/Letterkenny Road is closed after a road traffic collision involving up to four vehicles this morning.Gardai are at the scene of the incident near Tully’s Tyres/Motorists are being diverted whilst an investigation continues.  ROAD CLOSED AFTER CRASH was last modified: April 4th, 2014 by John2Share 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

Why the omens look so good for City against QPR

first_imgAs if Manchester City weren’t strong enough favourites for Sunday’s game, the omens look very good for them given that QPR and end-of-season celebrations seem to go hand in hand. If there’s a team you want to be playing when chasing glory, it’s Rangers.Liverpool and Everton both clinched championships against them in past decades, and in recent years promotions and titles have tended to be decided when the R’s are around. In fact, this could be the FIFTH year in a row in which champions have been crowned following a QPR match…2003Two clubs celebrate against QPR. A goalless draw at Loftus Road means Crewe are promoted to the second tier as they cannot be caught by Rangers, who go into the play-offs and lose to Cardiff – in Cardiff – in the final.2004Final-day drama and this time it’s Rangers who celebrate as they win at Sheffield Wednesday to clinch automatic promotion. But not before Plymouth, who finish as champions, beat QPR at Home Park to seal their place in the Championship two weeks earlier.2008Silverware is paraded in front of QPR again as West Brom lift the Championship trophy following a 2-0 victory at Loftus Road on the last day of the campaign.2009This time it’s Wolves’ party Rangers are caught up in. Mick McCarthy’s men beat them in a tense game at Molineux to secure their promotion to the top flight.2010More celebrations at QPR, this time as Newcastle sign off as champions on the final day of the season at Loftus Road.2011Yet again a trophy is lifted at Loftus Road – but it’s QPR’s. After it’s confirmed they will not be docked points for breaches of rules in the signing of Alejandro Faurlin, the final-day match against Leeds becomes an emotional celebration.2012?Once again QPR are involved in end-of-season drama. Will it be glory for City or can Rangers spoil the party and do Manchester United a favour?Will QPR get a point at Man City? Click here to voteClick here for Thursday’s QPR quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more