Monthly Archives: November 2019

Ox & Kane headline Team of the Week

first_imgPremier League Premier League Team of the Week: Kane breaks another record as Ox shines Harry Sherlock 05:50 1/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Liverpool celebrate Premier League Harry Kane Leicester City West Bromwich Albion Liverpool West Ham United Southampton Tottenham Hotspur AFC Bournemouth The Tottenham striker became his club’s all-time leading Premier League goalscorer, while the Liverpool winger dazzled against Manchester Citylast_img read more

Otamendi signs new Man City deal

first_imgTransfers Otamendi signs new Man City deal to 2022 Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 Last updated 1 year ago 22:09 1/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Nicolas Otamendi Manchester City Matthew Lewis Transfers Manchester City Premier League The Argentine centre-back has inked a new contract to extend his stay at the Etihad Stadium Manchester City have signed Argentine centre-back Nicolas Otamendi to a new deal that runs until 2022.The 29-year-old has made 118 appearances since joining the club in a reported reported £32 million move from Valencia in 2015. His original contract expired in 2020, with Wednesday’s announcement adding two years to his stay at the Etihad Stadium.Goal reported the extension in December, with City locking down Otamendi ahead of the World Cup in an effort to ward off interest from Europe’s top clubs. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Otamendi has started 22 of 23 Premier League matches for City this season as Pep Guardiola’s men have taken a 12-point lead at the top of the table while conceding just 17 goals.He has made five further appearances in the Champions League for City, who face Basel in a last-16 clash next month..@Notamendi30 commits to City until 2022! #mancity https://t.co/ht6IcXozFF— Manchester City (@ManCity) January 17, 2018Otamendi has rallied from an inconsistent start to life in Manchester and adapted to the possession style demanded by manager Pep Guardiola, leading the Premier League in completed passes.The 5-foot-10 defender also has proven to be a threat at the other end this season, scoring five goals in all competitions — including the winner as City defeated rivals Manchester United 2-1 at Old Trafford last month amid a record-breaking run of 18 successive league victories.”At the club I’m really enjoying my experience since the first day I got here,” Otamendi told CityTV. “I’m very happy to be staying here a couple more years.”I think that nowadays, for the way I have improved, I’m in a really good moment. But I can still improve.”The players keep learning day by day, and I try to be a better player after every single game.”Otamendi began his career with Argentine side Velez Sarsfield before signing with Porto in 2010. He also played for Atletico Mineiro in Brazil during a loan from Valencia in 2014.Capped 51 times by Argentina — including appearances at the 2010 World Cup and 2015 and 2016 Copa America tournaments — Otamendi figures to be a key piece for his national team next summer in Russia.last_img read more

Bayern goalkeeper Neuer holidays to aid injury recovery

first_imgBayern München Bayern goalkeeper Neuer holidays to aid injury recovery Jamie Smith 09:38 2/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Manuel Neuer Bongarts Bayern München Bundesliga The Germany international has been granted leave as he continues his rehab from an injury that has kept him out for most of the season Manuel Neuer is going on holiday in a bid to boost his recovery from injury, Bayern Munich have confirmed.Foot injuries have plagued Neuer and the Germany international has been restricted to three Bundesliga appearances this season.The last of those was in September, with Neuer targeting a return in time for the World Cup at the end of the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And Bayern confirmed on Friday that the club captain has been granted a period of leave as he recovers from a fractured metatarsal.”For the first time this season coach Jupp Heynckes faces tough selection decisions this weekend,” Bayern said in a statement.”Apart from Manuel Neuer, who is recovering from a broken metatarsal, [coach Jupp] Heynckes has all 19 outfield players and three goalkeepers at his disposal.”The 22 players are preparing for the next home match against Schalke 04, but captain Neuer will instead take a short holiday after consulting the German record champions’ medical unit.”The 31-year-old will spend his time in warmer climes until 18 February. Neuer has been assigned individual training plans to continue his rehab on a daily basis.”last_img read more

The long, sad story of Balotelli & racial abuse

first_imgLigue 1 The long, sad story of Balotelli and racial abuse Mark Doyle Deputy Features Editor 17:00 2/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Mario Balotelli Dijon Nice Getty Ligue 1 Mario Balotelli Dijon v Nice Nice Dijon Milan Internazionale Serie A Opinion The Nice striker was booked for complaining about racist abuse last week, underlining the total failure of the game’s attempts to tackle the issue On August 13, 2008, the day after he had turned 18, Mario Balotelli was belatedly granted citizenship by the country in which he had been born.”I’m Italian,” the Inter striker proudly declared. “I feel Italian. I will always play for the Italian national team.”This is even more exciting than making my debut in Serie A. The best birthday present I could receive now would be a call to join the Italy squad, although I’d be happy to play for the Under-21 team.” Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Balotelli’s secondary wish was promptly granted and, the following summer, he was selected to represent his country at the European Under-21 Championship. Just before the team’s departure from Rome for the tournament in Denmark, coach Pierluigi Casiraghi allowed his Azzurrini some down time. During a stroll around ‘The Eternal City’, Balotelli and some of his team-mates were approached by a group of Roma supporters. They racially abused Balotelli and threw bananas at him before fleeing when the carabinieri were called. In the face of such contemptible provocation, Balotelli remained calm. “Mario behaved exceptionally,” Casiraghi said afterwards. The 18-year-old declined the offer to file a complaint, dismissing the incident as “nothing”. And it was nothing to him. He had already seen and heard it all before. Even at that age, Balotelli had grown accustomed to being targeted by the most ignorant members of society.His mere presence in the Azzurrini squad had already provoked fury among contributors to forums on right-wing sites such as Stormfront and White Front. The sight of a player born to Ghanaian parents but adopted by an Italian family was apparently too much for them to take. Sadly, they weren’t alone in that regard.In April 2009, Balotelli was racially abused by Juventus fans throughout Inter’s 1-1 draw with the Bianconeri in Turin. “There are no black Italians,” they sang. Inter president Massimo Moratti was among those outraged by the chants.“If I had been at the stadium, at a certain point I would have left my seat in the stand, I would have gone onto the pitch and I would have taken the team off,” he told the Gazzetta dello Sport. “They seemed proud and happy to sing those things. This is terrible.”The authorities, unsurprisingly, didn’t deem such conduct quite so offensive, with Juve merely ordered to partially close a section of their stadium for one game.Then-president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli issued a public apology to Balotelli and called for an end to such behaviour, but his words carried no weight. In Juve’s very next game, away to Chievo, the supporters continued their campaign of hate against Balotelli.”If you jump up and down, Balotelli will die,” they defiantly roared.By Euro 2012, Balotelli was no longer willing to ignore the insults. “I will not accept racism at all,” he declared in Poland. “It’s unacceptable. If someone throws a banana at me in the street, I will go to jail, because I will kill them.”But let’s see what happens at the Euros. I hope it will pass without a problem.”Mario Balotelli PSIt didn’t. Balotelli was racially abused by both Croatia and Spain fans. The US-based website Stormfront was also shut down in Italy after saying of Balotelli: “He’s black and Jewish. He should play for Israel not Italy.”The following year, AC Milan’s Serie A game against Roma was suspended for a minute and a half because of racist chants against Balotelli. Even then, he defended his compatriots, arguing that the small minority abusing him were more ignorant or jealous, rather than racist or prejudiced.”Racist people are few and you can do nothing against [to change] them,” he told Time Magazine. “You can talk, you can do what you want, but you can’t do anything because they are just stupid people.”When I wasn’t famous, I had a lot of friends, almost all of them Italian. The racism only started when I started to play football.”Unfortunately, it’s never stopped, no matter where he’s played. He was racially abused while playing for Manchester City in Portugal and he has been racially abused while playing for Nice in France.Last year, he was subjected to monkey chants during a game against Bastia, which resulted in the Corsicans being ordered to play three games behind closed doors. Last week he was booked after complaining to the referee about the abuse he was receiving from Djion supporters. It is the victim that is now being punished – not the culprit, meaning things have changed, just not for the better.Balotelli was once asked how the incessant racist abuse made him feel. He replied, “A little bit alone.” Depressingly, that remains as true today as it was a decade ago.last_img read more

CONIFA inspiring football’s unseen

first_imgConIFA World Football Cup Blind’s vision: CONIFA inspiring football’s great unseen Goal Last updated 1 year ago 18:00 2/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy CONIFA World Football Cup 2016 CONIFA/Beslan Lagulaa ConIFA World Football Cup Founded to provide a stage for the stateless, the CONIFA World Football Cup arrives in London in June 2018 Former referee Per-Anders Blind now enjoys the quiet life, following in the footsteps of his father as he spends much of his time tending to his herd of reindeer in the Sápmi region of Northern Scandinavia. At least, that’s what he’s doing when not serving as President of a global football association – one that’s fighting endlessly to help the game’s most marginalised realise dreams they hardly even dared to imagine.The Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA) was Blind’s vision, founded from the embers of the N.F.-Board (New Football Federations-Board) that previously governed non-FIFA international football.  Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And it was founded to provide a platform for those who went unseen. A stage for the stateless.“When that organisation collapsed in 2013 I was asked to help create something new, something better,” says Blind. “I spent several months writing a new constitution, based on democracy and transparency, which was run and governed by the members rather than the board.”CONIFA 2014From having a grand total of zero members in 2013, 45 constituent IFAs now fall under the umbrella of Blind’s confederation. CONIFA has grown rapidly, yet has, so far, managed to avoid compromising the basic tenets and spirit of that original constitution.“We want the board to serve the members, not vice versa,” says Blind. “When it comes to voting, members have the highest number of votes – a normal CONIFA member, an IFA, has 10 votes, but as president I have one vote. So, the president and board are always in a minority.”CONIFA certainly isn’t your average football association. Blind and his board strive to act only as facilitators.“We are more open, and give ethnicities and indigenous people from around the globe the opportunity to present themselves to the world for the first time.“Often, these groups have been bullied or abused by their governments and other regions or peoples, and consequently lack self-esteem. CONIFA allows them to have pride and find strength in their identity.”CONIFA 2014Blind’s own Sami people, who compete within CONIFA under the banner of FA Sápmi, are one such example. They have endured persecution and an ongoing battle with the Swedish government over hunting, herding and fishing rights, eventually resulting in some landmark court judgements in their favour during this decade. Consequently, for Blind, CONIFA’s message is one close to home. He, like many of the confederation’s higher-ups from similarly marginalised cultures and regions, has reason to put faith in its power to educate and unite.“For me, lack of knowledge is very dangerous. It creates fear,” Blind explains. “People on the outside looking at CONIFA often have preconceptions about certain groups or ethnicities – but now we can show them the real thing, that these groups are not scary. In my mind, we have a vision to show everyone that we are one people on this planet, even though we have different traditions.”CONIFA 2014Sponsorship has been hard to come by, yet CONIFA remains focused on the still-untapped potential of its identity-based approach: with an estimated 5,500 recognised ethnicities dotted around the globe, they have merely scratched the surface. There’s plenty of room for growth, but Blind has a typically balanced perspective on the organisation’s direction.“We will continue to grow, but we are not chasing members as we were before. We need to take care of the ones we currently have. We don’t have a headquarters, but we’re trying to build up representative offices around the world. It’s important to have a presence on each continent. Even if you’re global, you need to act local.”Teams, fixtures and everything you need to know about the CONIFA 2018 World Football Cuplast_img read more

Alisson wants future resolved before World Cup

first_imgTransfers Alisson wants future resolved before World Cup Dejan Kalinic 14:26 6/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alisson-cropped Getty Images Transfers Serie A Brazil Roma World Cup Said to be a transfer target for Liverpool, the shot-stopper wants clarity on where he will spend the 2018-19 season Brazil and Roma goalkeeper Alisson hopes his club future is decided before the start of the World Cup.Alisson, 25, has been linked to the likes of Real Madrid and Liverpool, as well as Chelsea.The shot-stopper, who is contracted until 2021, believes his future will be known before the showpiece event begins in Russia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “I believe and I hope that everything will be resolved before the start of the World Cup,” Alisson said after Brazil’s 3-0 friendly win over Austria on Sunday.”To be honest, I left everything in the hands of my agents.”If it’s not resolved before the World Cup, then it will be discussed after it because my head will be focused only on Brazil [during the tournament].”Alisson would not be drawn into potential destinations, saying Roma would also be respected.”There are possibilities on which we are working, but always together with Roma and with respect to my club,” he said.”We will see what will happen this week.”last_img read more

Maternal Undernutrition and Adolescent Girls

first_imgPosted on December 22, 2010June 20, 2017By: Emily Puckart, Program Associate, MHTFClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)During the recent Woodrow Wilson International Center policy dialogue on maternal undernutrition both speakers highlighted the importance of including adolescent girls as targets and beneficiaries of maternal nutrition programs. After all, around the world girls under the age of 18 may be married as well as mothers. If they are not mothers already, reaching out to adolescent girls ensures that they will have necessary nutrition information and tools they need before they even become pregnant.Bhavishya Alliance is a Mumbai based multi-sector partnership with a focus on reducing undernutrition in Maharashtra, India. The Girls Gaining Ground (GGG) program is Bhavishya Alliance’s pilot nutrition and health intervention which focuses on adolescent girls as future mothers. GGG combines a strong focus on maternal nutrition and health along with a girl’s empowerment component, benefiting groups of girls in some of the most underserved tribal communities in Maharashtra state.The program itself focuses heavily on nutrition and health information, as well as giving girls the knowledge to access government health services. This includes information in accessing services such as iron supplements and access to facilities when giving birth. The groups take part in community mapping exercises which identify health and nutrition services near their communities.Local women serve as role-models and facilitators for each of the GGG groups, leading the curriculum on reproductive and sexual health, the importance of iron supplements, dispelling myths relating to foods during pregnancy, and the importance of delayed marriage and pregnancy for health. Storytelling, local songs and myths are emphasized in order for the curriculum to make an impact in the lives of the girls. For example, girls may enact plays, where the lead character, an adolescent girl, dies in childbirth after an early marriage and a difficult, unattended pregnancy.There is a special emphasis in the program on preparing girls nutritionally to become mothers. Facilitators chart hemoglobin levels and iron supplement intake and girls enrolled in the program use food diaries to record and discuss their daily intake of food. Where illiteracy is a challenge, facilitators use the girls’ verbal history to take down the diary. Along with a focus on quantity, facilitators use the colors of the Indian flag (green, orange and white) to ask girls and their families to diversify their food intake using locally available food sources. Some NGOs have supplemented the GGG program with seed distribution for families to start agricultural plots for food to be consumed within the family, rather than exported for sale outside the community.This innovative and exciting program may provide a model for other maternal nutrition programs that recognize the importance of including adolescent girls as beneficiaries of maternal nutrition programs.This is the third post by Emily Puckart on “Maternal Undernutrion: Evidence, Links, and Solutions.” Read the first and second.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

GRANTS FOR WOMEN IN SPORTS LEADERSHIP

first_imgThe Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and the Australian Government Office for Women have distributed the following information regarding the 2005 Sport Leadership Grants for Women. The program is aimed at providing women with an opportunity to undertake certified sport leadership training. This program builds on the grants program offered in 2004, opening the grants out to all areas of Australia, with an additional category for women in high performance coaching and officiating. However, the grants will maintain a selection priority to women in rural and remote communities. The program offers grants in five key areas: * High Performance coaching and officiating; * Indigenous women in rural and remote communities; * Women in disability sport; * Women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; * Women in general sports leadership, eg: coaching, officiating, club development and management, board and committee skills and sports medicine. The Program provides successful applicants with a one-off grant of up to $5,000 for individuals (applications must be through an incorporated organisation) and up to $10,000 for incorporated organisations. The types of projects eligible for funding include: * Industry qualifications/ statement of attainment as part of a nationally accredited course, eg: accreditation through the National Coaching or Officiating Accreditation Scheme * Conducting and attending sport specific leadership courses Applications for the grants close on Friday 28 January 2005. The ASC’s information booklet and application form are available to be downloaded here: WOMEN IN SPORT LEADERSHIP- GRANTS INFORMATION/APPLICATION FORM If you require any further information about the grants please call (02) 6214 1103 or email: leadershipgrants@ausport.gov.au.last_img read more

Set of Six – Day Two!

first_imgThe Haka sets the scene nicely for day twoA stirring rendition of the Haka from the invitational New Zealand Under 16’s side set the tone and scene for day two nicely. Up against the strong Central Queensland (B) team, the Kiwis delivered also on the scoreboard with an outstanding 8-7 victory in the dying stages against their Queensland and older counterparts.The young Kiwis will be buoyed by that success following some lopsided results on the opening day. The NZ girls 16’s team showed great composure earlier in the day against the SW-Qld Swans, only to go down 4-8. The 2017 Trans-Tasman at the Sunshine Coast a little early for these future stars to bloom, but certainly showing some promise for the future and perhaps a preview to the Youth Trans-Tasman in Auckland next January.Pool A and B blockbusters in the boys – Pool A match one to behold!Going into this Pool B leaders’ match both NSWCCC and Central Queensland (A) team were almost level pegging with tries for and against with a near thirty-point differential apiece such was the closeness between both sides.And the match of the day at that point played out accordingly with not a struck match between both sides for most of the game. At the half-time break the rain tumbled down and seemingly so too though NSWCCC’s chances in this match, eventually going down 4-10 to the stubborn and sublime Bulls outfit.  While stopping short of a clinic it was certainly clinical by the Bulls.For those tuning in via live streaming or at the packed Sunshine Coast grandstand across in Pool A, they certainly got full value for what they witnessed. It was the NSW Development team who started and finished well against the Pool leaders, North Queensland Cyclones, and seemingly took a bit of wind out of the Cyclones’ hitherto dominant force, while also turbo charging their own claims to the title.In one of the best matches of the tournament and of the highest quality, the ‘NSW Dev’ showed true grit to somehow pull back the game from the mire and a late NQ lead to secure the win, 7-6. For team mentor and TFA-BLK Ambassador, Sam Brisby, it was a very pleasing and entertaining win: “The boys really dug deep and hung in till the end. I actually got up the boys a bit at half-time and it was good to see them respond (and to the Coaches) and hang in, keep to the structures and especially at that age.” The match was notable too for the officiating by SA’s Amanda Sheeky who controlled the match with aplomb along with her male colleagues.The CHS boys jostling for position wellIn Pool C, NSW CHS boys asserted their dominance and credentials for the title outclassing the South Queensland Sharks, 6-4 in another game of the day. The NSW CHS boys survived an earlier scare against the South-West Queensland Swans pipping them at the post 5-4, ahead of their encounter against the Sharks mid-afternoon.For the NSW CHS boys Assistant Coach and Australian Men’s Open star and stalwart, Scott Buckley the side is quietly confident of their chances, despite the close scorelines today. “We have a lot of boys from the country in this team and only one from the city, so it has been a bit of a challenge to get the group together but they’re going great,” he said. “They’re a great bunch of boys here and while we are led well by a couple of key players, including Jesse Curtis and Jack Flanagan, we are really forging ahead as one and building in confidence this week with everyone contributing. The key is there is no one star or stars though; it’s a real team effort but Jesse is leading well from the front and organising the boys on the field equally so.”Quality with a Capital Q-SSTBoth QSST boys and girls teams again sent a reminder and served notice to all competitors. The girls saluted first with a 6-1 victory over the strong South Queensland Sharks to go along with the 10-0 QSST victory over the Sunshine Coast boys to close out the morning’s proceedings. The boys then followed up with a 14-3 win over SA while the girls got their finals campaign purring early with a win over South-West Queensland Swans late in the day. With both sides sitting comfortably atop respective ladders, they won’t be looking into the rear view mirror from here, rather, straight ahead to finals day.Cobras girls close–out Catholic CollegesBrisbane Cobras and NSWCCC girls played out an epic under lights in the day’s penultimate match. Three tries apiece with three minutes to go, it was the spilt chance at one end by NSWCCC that gave Cobras the ascendancy and ultimately the win via an outstretched dive with a minute to play. Australian Women’s player, Emma Sykes was instrumental along with a number of her Cobras team-mates in the win. Fair to say though the NSW CCC side were very impressive against a highly fancied Cobras outfit and both look finals’ ready on top of their Pool B ladder.‘Dev’ downs CHSIn what shaped as an intra-state special to close out the day, it was the NSW development girls’ team that staked its claim for the game against CHS and for later honours, going into the break 4-1 and finishing the job strongly running out 6-3 victors. The top of the table clash in Pool C was willing with both teams fighting hard for territory in the rain with the handling very good considering the conditions. NSW Dev Team mentor, Danni Davis joined her co-coaches in celebrating the win, post-match. “They played absolutely outstanding, I’m really really proud of them. Credit to NSWCHS they didn’t give it to us easy, it was a grinding game, but we got up and it was a really good game.”To view more highlights from Day 2 of 2016 NYC, visit the NYC website. Related Filesss-packages-pdfss-packages_01-pdfRelated LinksWrap up of day 2last_img read more