Lizarazu adds gasoline to the fire: “Benzema expresses his frustration”

first_img🎙 @BixeLizarazu south @RTLFrance : «Karim Benzema expresses a frustration for rapport à l’équipe de France. Ce qu’il fait à Madrid est extraordinaire, et il ne peut pas le faire avec les Bleus. Mais Giroud en fait les frais, et il n’y est pour rien. »– RTLFoot (@RTLFoot) April 11, 2020The controversy between Benzema and Giroud is the last chapter in a convulsive relationship between the Real Madrid player and his team. Everything was broken with the Valbuena case, which involved the white striker in an alleged extortion case against his teammate and caused his departure from the bleus. Since then, two camps were created in France: the Benzemistas, who did not understand how a player of the category and the Madridista statistics were not with France, and antiBenzemistas, who did not share some of Karim’s attitudes and statements and strongly supported Deschamps in his decision not to summon him. The World Cup calmed the debate, but the division remains … The fire that generated the last friction between Benzema and Giroud does not go out in France. The fire was caused by statements by the Real Madrid striker on Instagram on March 30, in which he hinted at his former teammate on the French national team. Asked if the Chelsea player was better than him, Benzema shot metaphor: “We cannot confuse a Formula 1 with a kart. I am kind to him, but I am Formula 1… ”. A comparison that rekindled the wick of the controversy and forced Karim to post a video on his social networks: “I simply told the truth. But they did not remember what I said about his contribution to the French team. They remember when I said it was a Formula 1 and he practiced karting. But it’s the truth, that’s what I think. If you compare me to Ronaldo, the Brazilian, he is Formula 1 and I go karting.Well, almost two weeks later, this misunderstanding is still being talked about in France. This Saturday, Bixente Lizarazu, A former French international, he positioned himself in this matter pointing to Benzema. “Karim expresses his frustration at his relationship with the France team. What he does in Madrid is extraordinary, and he cannot do it with the Blues. Giroud is paying the price and has nothing to do with it …” he said on RTL .last_img read more

Peter Lim turns to Rodrigo’s sale

first_imgThe company of Peter Lim, Meriton Holdings, bought the rights to Rodrigo Moreno from Benfica in January 2014 for 30 million. It was one pure and simple investment. And today, in 2020, Lim continues to see her as such despite the fact that Rodrigo He was ‘transferred’ to the club that he bought months later, Valencia, and It has delivered remarkable sports performance, especially in recent years. Therefore, with the mediation of Jorge Mendes, Lim has put the Spanish international on the market in the latest transfer windows with a minimum sale price: 60 million euros. And Rodrigo has been close to packing and leaving Mestalla at the sweetest moment of his career. However, for some things or others, the sale never ended.Lim intended to put Rodrigo, at 29, back on the market this summer. But the economic situation of the clubs will be complicated, with what it seems difficult for any team to spend 60 million on a player, given the losses they will incur due to the crisis. Thebes already warned him the day before yesterday in a meeting with the clubs: “Forget about millionaire signings, go thinking about youth squads and play off on loan.” Jorge Mendes will try again this summer or when the next transfer window opens. Another thing is that there is a club that meets the economic aspirations of the Singapore magnate for Rodrigo.The big three touched RodrigoThe first time he was close to leaving Valencia was in 2018. With the arrival of Lopetegui to Madrid, the Hispanic-Brazilian became a number one white target. But in the end, Florentino did not fulfill the claims of his then new coach. Last summer he was even closer to leaving. Lim reached an agreement with Gil to go to Atlético for 60 million but before the rojiblancos had to place Correa, something that did not happen. Rodrigo came to say goodbye but in the end the operation was not closed. The last time was in January. Barça chose him as a substitute for Luis Suárez but he only wanted a loan without compulsory purchase and Lim did not swallow.last_img read more

Harris confirms JCA presidency bid

first_imgJamaica Cricket Association (JCA) secretary, Fritz Harris, has confirmed that he intends to run for the office of president of the organisation.A two-year, two-term secretary of the association, Harris is set to square-off with incumbent president, Billy Heaven.Harris was one of Heaven’s campaign directors when he was elected to office two years ago.”Yes, it’s true. I will be running for the position of president,” noted Harris.Harris was also the secretary of previous president, Lyndel Wright, who served one term.Heaven, head of the government-run Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education Fund, was criticised last year for not supporting the candidacy of the Jamaican, Dave Cameron, for the post of president of the West Indies Cricket Board.The JCA membership, at their annual general meeting, thereafter, subsequently rescinded the stance that was taken by Heaven and the board of directors.Heaven, among his list of accomplishments, has overseen the implementation of artificial lights at Sabina Park.The next JCA annual general meeting and election of officers is scheduled to be held by June this year.last_img read more

Confident Brathwaite aiming to become match-winner

first_imgDUBAI, UAE (CMC): All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite has his eyes fixed on being a match-winner for West Indies in the Twenty20 World Cup starting next week, and believes his skill set could be valuable in the team’s success. The 27-year-old has emerged as a strong attacking lower-order batsman and tidy seamer, and proved a revelation on the recent Test tour of Australia with a couple of half-centuries. Brathwaite said while his batting was currently ahead of his bowling, he was working hard to produce in both areas, to earn West Indies positive results in the March 8 to April 3 ICC event in India. “In T20, fortunately, I have the option of both [batting and bowling], but some days you go well with the ball … and some days it’s not so good with the ball, but then you have a chance to make up with the bat, so being an all-rounder is a plus,” Brathwaite said yesterday. “I’m striking the ball really nicely at the moment. My batting is probably just ahead of my bowling for the time being but hopefully, at least for one or two games in the World Cup, both of them come together nicely to win a game for West Indies.” TEST DEBUT On Test debut last December in Melbourne, Brathwaite struck an impressive 59 in the second Test batting at number eight, and then followed up with a whirlwind 69 off 66 balls in the final Test at Sydney. On the tour of Sri Lanka last October, the right-hander blasted 113 off 58 balls against the Sri Lanka President’s XI in a 50-over game. Brathwaite, a late call-up to the Windies T20 World Cup squad because of injury to Kieron Pollard, said he always backed his ability regardless of the result. “I’m pretty confident in my skills. I know once I go out there and execute the plans that I’ve set for myself and the targets that I’ve set, I’ll be successful,” he pointed out. While Brathwaite’s batting has been coming along well, he also remains a threat with the ball and picked up three wickets in the second unofficial warm-up T20 against Zimbabwe in Sharjah last Monday. He said one of his aims on the current tour was to lift his bowling. “I’m trying a few things in the nets. I’m trying to bowl a bit quicker. It’s been working thus far and long may it continue,” he explained. “The situation of the [Zimbabwe] game was more suited to my style of bowling – more containment rather than attacking – and I was just fortunate and lucky to get the three wickets which I was happy about.”last_img read more

Sammy wants to seal semi-final spot by beating SA

first_imgCRICKET: ICC Twenty20 World Cup NAGPUR, India (AP) – West Indies captain Darren Sammy will be confidently aiming for a semi-final spot at the World Twenty20 when the 2012 champions take on South Africa in a Group 1 match today (9 a.m. Jamaica time). West Indies have recorded convincing victories against England and Sri Lanka on contrasting pitches in Mumbai and Bangalore and Sammy believes his side can maintain its momentum. Victory would assure West Indies of a place in the semi-finals, even before their fourth and last group game against Afghanistan on Sunday at the same venue. “We have six steps to the cup, we’ve taken two, tomorrow is about taking one more step toward our goal and that step is South Africa,” he said. “Hopefully we could entertain like we’ve been doing since the inception of T20 cricket and at the end of the day we’ll be celebrating a place in the semi-finals.” Mystery surrounds how the wicket will behave as it has been covered for the last two days under baking sun in Nagpur. If the wicket suits spinners like it did when New Zealand shocked hosts India in a low-scoring Group 2 opening match, Sammy has Samuel Badree and Sulieman Benn to pose challenges for the strong South Africa side. West Indies didn’t feel the absence of the destructive Chris Gayle against Sri Lanka after Andre Fletcher stepped up and made a rapid unbeaten 84 off 64 balls. Gayle, who scored a 47-ball century against England, couldn’t bat at Bangalore because of a hamstring injury he sustained while fielding, but he has regained fitness for today’s game. And Sammy hinted Fletcher could get the nod ahead of Johnson Charles as Gayle’s opening partner. “It’s a good headache to have whether we let Fletcher or Charles open the batting with Chris,” he said. “The good thing is Fletcher has played really well … we have a fair idea who will open tomorrow.” Despite the absence of their two key Twenty20 players Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine, West Indies twice successfully chased down the targets with ease. So much is the dominance of West Indies’ regular bowlers that Sammy and even Gayle are yet to bowl in the tournament. “That’s the beauty of our team,” Sammy said. “It’s not about egos and stuff like that, it’s about me as a captain doing what’s necessary at the time on the field for the best interest of the team.” South Africa lost to England before beating Afghanistan and are in a must-win situation as another defeat could put them in danger of making an early exit from the tournament. The Proteas scored over 200 runs against England and Afghanistan, but their bowlers went for plenty — especially in the first six overs of batting powerplay in both games at Mumbai. Joe Root’s epic 83-run knock helped England chase down World T20’s highest ever total of 230-8 while Afghanistan’s bulky opener Mohammad Shahzad whacked a rapid 41 to give South Africa an early scare. “As a team we’ve been possibly going at about 60-70 percent now for a while and I’m hoping that we’ll step up the gear when it comes to crunch time for us in the tournament,” said South Africa captain Faf du Plessis. “There’s a few mistakes we made, but I do think that bowling will be a little bit different in these conditions.” A hamstring injury to all-rounder JP Duminy during the Afghanistan match has also made South Africa consider bringing on Aaron Phangiso to supplement the legspin of Imran Tahir.last_img read more

Phoenix, Doyen partner for state of the art academy

first_imgOfficials of one of the world’s foremost sports investment agencies, Doyen Sports Group, and Arsenal Football Club are expected to sign an agreement with the Phoenix All-Star Academy this afternoon in Kingston.The deal, which is being hailed by Phoenix co-founder Craig Butler as a major development for Jamaican football, will see the agency, which, among other ventures, manages the certain affairs for some of the planet’s leading footballers, partner with Phoenix in the establishment of a state-of-the-art football academy just outside of Montego Bay, as well as prepare, market and place talent from the club into the European market.Doyen’s website lists names such as Neymar, Radamel Falcao, Mangala, Alvaro Morata, Alvaro Negredo, and Marcos Rojo, but does not outline the nature of their involvement with the players.The group is considered to be an investment-based organisation that facilitates player transfers.Phoenix already has several players on overseas contracts, with Belgium-based Leon Bailey, who is already in the Genk first team, and Kyle Butler, both doing well. But Craig Butler is confident that this partnership will create opportunities for more players and open another avenue to the international markets.”This partnership between Phoenix Academy and Doyen has many positives. They will partner with us in the building of an academy in Trelawny, as well as the marketing and placement of players in Europe,” Butler told The Gleaner ahead of today’s signing, which is scheduled to take place at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston.”Phoenix have done extremely well over the years in terms of our standard of developing players in technical, tactical and personal development. We are creating players that are ready for the European market,” Butler added, while referring to Arsenal’s interest.”Leon (Bailey), at 18 years old, is already one of the best players in Belgium, and is already in the first team there. Kyle is also doing well and should be in the first team soon.”Arsenal have taken note of that and want to come and take a look and see what our other players are about,” added Butler.”This is huge for the country. I still believe that with development, Jamaica can become one of the teams that challenge for World Cups, not just strive to participate and make up numbers,” Butler said.Butler also underlined that a 14-acre property has already been secured by Phoenix All-Star Academy and will be developed to accommodate a full academy, in collaboration with Doyen Sports.last_img read more

Windward Road win third straight Jnr High champs

first_imgDespite ending Day Two tied on points with main challengers John Mills, defending champions Windward Road Junior High turned up the heat on yesterday’s third and final day at Stadium East to win the 2016 INSPORTS Junior High School Track and Field Championship by more than 100 points.The Oral Whilby-coached team accumulated 562.50 points to finish ahead of John Mills on 457.50 points. New Dayfinished third with 190; Melrose claimed fourth spot with 183.50; and Louise Bennett Coverley came in fifth with 169.Windward Road also topped the male and female categories with 289.50 and 264 points, respectively, in front of John Mills, which was second in both sections.Surprised by large marginWhilby, however, admitted that he never expected his team to win by such a large margin and was more than elated with the outcome.”We won by over a hundred points. I was confident of the victory, but I had no idea the team would perform this well,” he said. He also warned that his team has the foundation to continue this winning streak.”We should retain this championship. A lot of our points came from the lower grades, and they will be stepping up in class. John Mills did their thing in the past, but this new era has Windward Road written all over it, so we are looking forward to next year,” he added.Meanwhile, seven athletes shared the overall champion boy prize and six shared the female honours.In the male section, the award was shared by Jaheim Gilmore, Nemoy Cockett, and Kevin Wilson of John Mills, Amontae Wray of Windward Road; Shelton Britton of Louise Bennett; Mickel Wilson of Braeton; and Lennox Barrett of Melrose, who all contributed 18 points each to their schools.For the females, Gregory Park’s Leanna Lewis and Shantonique McCalla shared the award with Kamesha Graham of New Day; Shaniece Benjamin of John Mills, Ashley Johnson of Melrose; and Janealia Brown of Windward Road, who all scored 18 points.John Mills coach Ransford Spalding says the lower classes was their downfall but says they intend to improve on this area for next year.”Where we went wrong is in the primary division. We only scored 12 points and Windward Road score 140 points, but we have to congratulate them (Windward Road) because they have a team and John Mills don’t have a structured team,” he said.last_img read more

Four for honours at Bell-Ziadie Memorial

first_imgFour football personalities will be honourees at the 30th staging of the Bell-Ziadie Memorial matches on Heroes Day (Monday, October 17) at Winchester Park, St George’s College. Among this year’s honourees are former FIFA referee Peter Prendergast, former schoolboy and national star, Kenneth ‘Bop’ Campbell, and posthumously former national goalkeeper Orville Edwards and former St George’s College and national player, Leighton Hue. “This year, we will honour four persons who contributed to the development of football in Jamaica,” chief organiser Clive ‘Busy’ Campbell disclosed during the launch of the Masters and Celebrities-promoted event at Cuddy’z Restaurant and Grill in New Kingston on Tuesday. Campbell also said it is time for Jamaica to get “back to basics” in the development of football in Jamaica. “We are all saddened that we failed in our bid to advance to World Cup 2018. We all can say we could have, we should have, but that is now history,” Campbell said. “We need to get back to basics, nurturing our youngsters and putting in place structured programmes as a start. We can do better,” said the former Jamaica Football Federation league director, during the time when Rene Simoes came to Jamaica. He added: “I appeal to the coaches of the various football clubs to ensure that they nurture the young talent that is in their care by guiding them, talk to them about the basic principles of football. The coaches need to explain to them why being disciplined is important, explain to them why education is important as one must be intelligent to play football. Explain to them why team work is important. Once they get that, I think we should be well on our way.” He further said: “Coaches should do it for the love of the game, do it for Jamaica, do it because of the passion you feel. Do it for the talented young men who are hungry for any opportunity and not for the fame and fortune that may just come your way.” Former FIFA referee, Prendergast, called for the development of proper surfaces in order for the improvement of the game in Jamaica. “We must have proper playing fields to move forward. We cannot continue to play on those surfaces that is affecting the game,” Prendergast said. The Bell-Ziadie matches are scheduled to start at 2 p.m., with three teams participating. The teams include St George’s College Invitational, Chris Martin Invitational and Masters and Celebrities. Among the names are former World Cup players Walter Boyd, Ricardo Gardner, Ian Goodison, as well as Shavar Thomas, Usain Bolt, Jermaine Gonzales, Nicholas Ziadie and others. Winthorpe ‘Jackie’ Bell and Dennis Ziadie died in an accident during the 1986 FIFA World Cup Finals in Mexico City, Mexico. Since then, ‘Busy’ Campbell has organised the game to honour both men, who contributed significantly to local football. MESSAGE TO COACHESlast_img read more

Mixed support for franchise system

first_imgAlmost three years after a proposed local franchise system, the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) is yet to make a move, with club officials expressing mixed views on the plan.The board of directors of the Jamaica Football Federation went into a strategic planning retreat on May 3-4 in 2014 to chart the way forward for Jamaica’s football in general and the JFF in particular.This franchise system was originally scheduled to be rolled out for the 2015-16 season but was pushed back by a season.However, there remains mixed reactions to the proposals with a number of top local football administrators expressing conflicting views.WAY FORWARD”I have been saying that a franchise system is the way forward. It has been talked, about but nothing done,” said Orville Powell president of reigning Red Stripe Premier League champions Montego Bay United.”We (MBU) have not heard nothing yet. There is a Premier League that could be easily turned into a franchise system. But, the clubs must have a proper structure. It seems to be a dream,” Powell added.Chairman of Tivoli Gardens Edward Seaga is not in support of a franchise system because he believes that it is a way for the JFF to take back control of the club system.”I am absolutely not in support. It’s a way for the JFF to take back the contribution that goes with it. The PLCA would be wiped out,” noted Seaga, who is also chairman of the Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA) and Professional Football Association of Jamaica (PFAJ).Clyde Jureidini, general manager of Harbour View, added that it could work if properly managed.”It could be a step in the right direction. Proper funding must be in place for it to last 10-15 years in the first instance,” Jureidini said.There is still no indication from the JFF on what is causing the delays.A Franchise Committee, which is chaired by Gary Sinclair, was established and tasked with the responsibility of piloting the transition; including the finalisations of criteria for the franchises.However, Sinclair could not be reached for updates with several calls and messages to his mobile phone over the past few months going unanswered.last_img read more

Brathwaite, Hope dominate Jaguars

first_img For Hope, it was his third hundred in seven games, following his back-to-back efforts in the semi-final and final of the Regional Super50 last month. Brathwaite combined with Alleyne to add 45 for the first wicket and safely navigate the first hour for the hosts. However, Alleyne seemingly lost concentration following the drinks break and fell to the second delivery, wafting at a short ball from left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer and nicking a catch behind to wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich. Any hopes Jaguars had of slicing through Pride’s top order were then dashed, however, as Brathwaite and Hope combined to keep the visitors wicket-less for the remainder of the session and the entirety of the post-lunch period. BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): Test batsman Kraigg Brathwaite carved out his 18th first-class hundred to surpass 7,000 first-class runs as Barbados Pride dominated leaders Guyana Jaguars on the opening day of their eighth round game here yesterday. He was joined by West Indies teammate Shai Hope, who gathered his fifth first-class hundred as Pride, choosing to bat first at Kensington Oval, ended the day on 293 for two. Brathwaite struck 143 while Hope entertained with an unbeaten 118, the pair putting on 205 for the second wicket in a partnership that pulled the hosts around from 45 for one after left-hander Anthony Alleyne perished cheaply for eight in the first session. Playing only his second game of this season’s regional four-day championship, the 24-year-old Brathwaite immediately made his presence felt. All told, he struck 17 fours in an innings lasting 236 balls and just over 43/4 hours, passing the 7,000-run landmark when he reached 36. Hope, meanwhile, extended his rich vein of recent form, counting 15 fours and two sixes in a knock spanning 257 deliveries and just under five hours at the crease. THIRD HUNDREDlast_img read more