Iniesta to win 100th cap against Australia

first_img The 30-year-old, whose crowning moment for Spain was the winning goal at the 2010 World Cup final, will become the eighth man to reach that milestone for la Roja – the first to do so was Barca’s current sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta.  Adam Taggart may take his place as the side’s lone forward. Australia will be without Tim Cahill, the scorer of two of their three goals in Brazil, due to the yellow cards he picked up against Holland and Chile. Possible teams Vicente del Bosque has already confirmed that Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta will pick up his 100th international cap by playing against Australia on monday. Raul Gonzalez, Iker Casillas, Xavi, Xabi Alonso, Fernando Torres, Carles Puyol and Sergio Ramos complete the distinguished list. Spain: Reina; Juanfran, Sergio Ramos, Albiol, Jordi Alba; Mata, Xabi Alonso, Koke, Iniesta, Cazorla; Villa.  Upd. at 20:04 Del Bosque is expected to make changes for his side’s final match at the World Cup, with nothing but pride and third place in the group left to play for. Casillas, with 156, is the most capped Spanish player. Australia: Ryan; McGowan, Wilkinson, Spiranovic, Davidson; McKay, Jedinak: Leckie, Bresciano, Oar; Taggart Sam Marsden 22/06/2014 Juanfran, Raul Albiol and Juan Mata are among those tipped to be given starts. He has already confirmed that Pepe Reina will play in goal and that Xavi is unavailable because he “had a small problem in training.” CEST Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)last_img read more

Loic Remy’s not at Chelsea to watch Costa and Drogba play

first_img Upd. on 09/09/2014 at 18:30 CEST 08/09/2014 Several other French players have featured for Chelsea over the years, including Nicolas Anelka, Marcel Desailly and Frank Leboeuf, who Remy hopes to emulate. Rik Sharma The latest edition of Chelsea magazine is on sale now – you can download a digital version to view on your tablet HERE. “So, for me, the pressure is there, but now I will just try to do my best and not put too much pressure on myself because I know what I can do and what we can do as a team. The French striker, who put Spain to the sword last week with a well-taken goal, admits he must play at a “very high level” to beat off the challenges of the former Atletico Madrid man and the Blues legend. center_img After signing from Queens Park Rangers for £10.5million, Remy said: “They are two big strikers, so that is another thing that will help me switch on, because I have to be at that level. Loic Remy is ready to battle Diego Costa and Didier Drogba for a starting place in the Chelsea team.  “I think it’s normal when you play for a big team like Chelsea to have many good opportunities as an attacking player. We have two great strikers here already and, if I want to be in the team, I have to play at a very high level.” “I’m very proud and I’m going to try to follow these French guys. There have been so many famous French players at Chelsea who have done really well and I’m going to do my best.  “I think the supporters are going to enjoy watching me and we can have some good moments together.” last_img read more

Txiki Begiristain says that “Manchester City are better than last season”

first_imgManchester City’s director of football, Txiki Begiristain, says the English club are much better than they were when they played Barcelona last season. 15/12/2014 He may be Basque, but Begiristain spent many years in Barcelona as both a player and then as director of football. A return to Catalonia will bring back plenty of feelings for him. “We have improved our squad from last season and we have some real quality up front.” City looked like they wouldn’t make it this far, eventually scraping through courtesy of wins against Bayern Munich and Roma.  Begiristain, who held the same role at Barça under Joan Laporta, also pointed out that City’s Champions League draw has been almost identical to the one they were handed last season.  “It’s unbelievable – we don’t need to come next year,” he told Sky Sports after the draw in Switzerland on Monday.  Sport ENcenter_img Upd. at 18:33 Begiristain says those results have lifted everyone at the club. “We have plenty of confidence with the way we qualified beating Bayern Munich at home and Roma away, so the players will be working hard to get fit and arrive in confidence for [the Barcelona] games,” he continued. CET “Every tie in that draw is the same [they also played Bayern and CSKA last season in the group stage]. But it’s fantastic, so we’re looking forward to it.” “It will be emotional, and difficult as well, but is also a chance to visit family and friends,” he concluded.last_img read more

Preview: Atletico Madrid looking to bounce back against Benfica

first_img Simeone said, ahead of the clash on Wednesday night, 8.45pm CET: “It will be a tough game, against an opponent who are used to winning. They won their league, they have pace on the wings, with Goncalo Guedes, with Nicolas Gaitan as the star of the team.  Nicolas Gaitan and Kostas Mitroglou did the damage for Rui Vitoria’s men, who have been in fine form. They are top scorers in the Portuguese top flight, scoring 16 goals and conceding just four.  Rik Sharma This match is the first of two crucial clashes, with the second at the Vicente Calderon as well, on Sunday night, against Real Madrid.  Koke misses the game through injury for Atletico, while Benfica have nobody absent, bar long-term casualty Eduardo Salvio. Simeone’s side have a 15-0 record at home since then, with Barcelona, Chelsea, Juventus, Real Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, Malmo and Olmypiacos the teams to try – and fail. If Atletico keep another clean sheet, it would be eight in a row, a new home Champions League record. A win for either side would put them three points clear at the top of the group. 30/09/2015 Both sides will see some familiar faces during the game, with Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak having been signed from Benfica after their league and cup double in 2013-14.  This means it will be a tough test in Group C for the hosts, although they boast a fearsome record at home in Europe.  No visitors in the Champions League have scored in the Calderon sincce Kaka in Atletico’s 4-1 victory in March 2014, the season they got to the final of the competition. CEST Upd. at 20:24 “They score goals, counter well, I like their right-back Nelson Semedo. They are a competitive team. The game asks for great intensity, and an ability to quickly take the game to the place we want.” Atletico beat Galatasaray 2-0 to get off to a good start in Europe, while the visitors were also triumphant, seeing off FC Astana by the same scoreline at home.  Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid are looking to bounce back from a 1-0 defeat by Villarreal at the weekend against Benfica in the Champions League. Tiago is also a former Benfica star, while Raul Jimenez, Pizzi and Silvio all played at Atletico before heading to Benfica.last_img read more

Halilovic thinking about scoring and beating Barcelona

first_img Upd. at 20:46 Sport EN Despite the injuries at the Catalan club, Halilovic says he’s not thought that leaving on loan was a mistake. “I’ve not thought for one second that now, because of the injuries, I would have had more minutes at Barça if I had decided to stay. I think about Sporting Gijon and this [loan] is the best thing I could have done.”  CEST Croatian midfielder Alen Halilovic, currently on loan at Sporting Gijon from Barcelona, told Esports Cope he hopes to get the better of his parent club when he returns to play at Camp Nou.  Halilovic confirmed his desire to continue in the Spanish league, explaining that the relationship between Luis Enrique and Sporting coach was key to his switch. “The relation between them was vital in me ending up here. The Spanish league is really attractive to me and they thought it would be best for me [to stay in Spain]. I like the system here [at Sporting], we train a lot, play one-touch touch football… I am happy here.” center_img Alen wants to triumph at Barça eventually, though, although that won’t see him lose focus on the present. “I want to be a success at Barcelona, but I’m not thinking about that at the moment, I’m thinking about Sporting, about learning more, about each game, working well… When it comes to facing Barça, I will think about scoring and winning,” he warned.  On his experience at Sporting, Halilovic revealed he feels really happy and loved by the fans. “I am really happy. I spoke with my family and they made me see that the people there really love me and support me. I have to score goals and keep doing all I can.”  Finally, he defended Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who has been criticised this season. “I follow Barça still and I think they’re the best team in the world. As for Marc, We can all have bad games, some of the goals he has conceded have been bad luck.” 09/10/2015last_img read more

Mourinho, Ancelotti, Benitez & Pellegrini started better than Zidane

first_img According to data in Diario AS, Zidane is statistically the worst of Madrid’s last five managers through their opening 10 official games in charge.  Upd. at 14:30 04/03/2016 Theoretical points from first 10 games:  Despite the fact the Real Madrid players celebrated his arrival as the club’s new boss and his first few games in charge provoked a lot of hope and expectation in the Spanish capital, the reality is that Zinedine Zidane has not got off to a good start as the Madrid manager.  CET 1. Mourinho – 262. Ancelotti – 253. Benitez – 243. Pellegrini – 245. Zidane – 23 Carlo Ancelotti is second, with eight wins, a draw and a loss. Rafa Benitez and Manuel Pellegrini follow with 24 theoretical points, although in a slightly different manner: Benitez won seven games and drew three, while Pellegrini won eight and lost two.  Sport EN Of Madrid’s last five managers, the best start goes to lose Mourinho, who obtained eight wins and two draws in his first 10 games in charge at the start of the 2010-11 season.  The French coach has recored seven wins (Deportivo, Sporting, Espanyol, Granada, Athletic, Roma and Levante) in his 10 games, but has drawn twice (Real Betis and Malaga) and lost one game (Atletico Madrid). In total, he has allowed seven points to slip away in La Liga. last_img read more

Jordi Alba attacks press for treatment of Spain at Euro 2016

first_imgJordi Alba gave a press conference from Spain’s Isla de Re base on Saturday as they prepare of their last 16 game against Italy at Euro 2016.  “I’m in total agreement with Vicente, the bad feeling has been created by you [the press],” he said.  “We are team-mates, friends and we have not had any problems. Ever. There’s nothing else to say.” 25/06/2016 Jordi Gil, Alfonso Callejas Spain boss Vicente del Bosque has already shown his disappointment with the media’s treatment of La Roja – “lie after lie” – and Alba has sided with him.  Upd. at 19:36 “You’re the ones that are creating the stories. We are relaxed. The problem is when people believe the press ahead of us.” center_img “The team is still exactly the same with him. In the end, you [the press] create the controversy, nothing else.  Then asked about Pedro’s quotes about his uneasiness at not playing more, Alba insisted: “You [the press] do the stories, I’m not talking about all the press, but the majority cause trouble.  CEST “Pedro gave his opinion, and when he said [what he said] no-one was against him.  “It’s not to do with us. You can ask any of us and we’ll tell you the atmosphere is phenomenal.  The Barcelona left-back spoke about the controversies surrounding the national team during the tournament. last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo tries to do a Michael Phelps… but almost drowns

first_imgReal Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo keeps posting videos of his domestic activity after he gets home from the club’s training. Until now he has ‘entertained’ us with work in his gym, but this time he headed to the pool for a few lengths.  Watch his video: Upd. at 16:32 He has a large swimming pool in his house and he made good use of it on this video. Perhaps he was inspired by Michael Phelps, the star of the Olympic Games in Rio. However, Cristiano showed that despite his physique, his swimming stamina is not high. After just a couple of lengths he already seemed out of breath.  Sport ENcenter_img CEST Ronalo is currently trying to recover from a knee injury he sustained in the Euro 2016 final. 05/09/2016last_img read more

Chelsea and Man City target Dortmund’s Pierre Emerick Aubameyang

first_img Dortmund, however, aren’t keen on selling, having lost several heavyweights in the squad, including Henrik Mkhitaryan to Man United and Mats Hummels to Bayern Munich.  Brian Owen Chelsea and Manchester City share a transfer target as they look to reinforce their squads for next season. The Gabonese forward at Borussia Dortmund, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang is in their sights, per The Mirror.  Chelsea y Manchester City: objetivo Aubameyang These sides are willing to offer 78 million euros (£65m) for the striker according to the same source. Auba is 27 and has scored 87 goals in 152 games with the club, where he has a contract until June 2020. He was close to signing for Real Madrid this summer. PSG have shown interest in Auba too, who previously played for four French sides, Dijon, Lille, Mónaco and Saint-Étienne. Although his preference is a move to Madrid, Auba could be tempted by the Premier League too.center_img IN SPORT.ES Upd. at 17:59 08/10/2016 CESTlast_img read more

Bayern Munich’s spiky statement in response to Lahm’s retirement

first_img “Uli Hoeness and I have held open, intensive and constructive talks with Philipp in recent months about a possible position as sporting director of our club.  Lahm had previously revealed: “I told the officials that I will stop playing football at the end of the season. I think this is the right point in time to leave. 08/02/2017 at 12:42 “Until yesterday we assumed that there would be a joint announcement on this decision by Philipp Lahm and FC Bayern Munich.  Bayern Munich have given a spiky response to Philipp Lahm’s decision to announce his retirement from football.  German champions Bayern were seemingly unaware of the player’s intentions and have expressed their “surprise” at Tuesday’s events.  CET Lahm revealed on Tuesday that this would be his last season with the club saying, at 33, he wants to go out at the highest level.  A statement signed by chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge read: “FC Bayern Munich is surprised by the approach of Philipp Lahm and his adviser.  Sport EN “At the end of last week, he informed us that he is currently not available for such a position and that he would like an early termination of his player contract, which runs until June 2018, at the end of the current season. “We would like to make clear that the door will always remain open for Philipp at FC Bayern Munich .”  “I see my leadership style as giving everything, every day. Every training session, every game. I’m capable of this until the end of the season. But not beyond it. That’s why I decided to stop.”last_img read more