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Eni Aluko is wearing a lime-green Hawaiian print shirt and is surprisingly sprightly after a week of celebrations to mark the end of her time as a Chelsea player. There was a champagne party bus home from the game in Bristol where the club won the title unbeaten, plus festivities that followed her scoring in her final match at Liverpool. Back in London, Aluko cooked paella for 20 friends at her home and David Luiz invited the squad to dine at his new Italian restaurant. Men's Replica Majestic Michael Jordan White Alternate Jersey - #45 MLB Chicago White Sox Cool Base“It had been an amazing week with women who have become good friends,” Aluko says. “Finishing this season in such a positive way wrapped up what started so negatively for me personally.” Womens Youth Redskins Jerseys Between the revelry, there were plenty of tears as the 31-year-old considered Jalen Richard">">Jalen Richard Womens Jersey reversing her decision. Aluko had grown frustrated at her bit-part role, concluding after five and a half years with Chelsea she would be more fulfilled elsewhere. She has signed with a club in Europe but won’t reveal where. “I’ve achieved pretty much everything I wanted to with Chelsea except maybe the Champions League, which I could still do somewhere else. I love to travel and sample new cultures; the opportunity to play in Europe and learn a language is a big one. But there have been a lot of tears. I was crying on the pitch in Bristol. I have such a strong bond with the people I work with and questioned whether I’m ever going to experience that Jimmie Ward Womens Jersey again with a new team, whether I’ll be that happy – the doubts start creeping in.” A forward with electrifying pace, Aluko has been one of the outstanding players in Britain for more than 15 years, since joining Birmingham City Ladies aged 15. Marcus Bignot, her coach at the time, called her the “Wayne Rooney of women’s football”. Her mum, Sileola, and dad, Daniel, a Dylan DeMelo Womens Jersey former MP in Nigeria, moved the family from Lagos to Birmingham when Aluko was six months old. She excelled at school and her parents encouraged her to continue her education even as it became apparent a top-flight football career was a possibility for her and her younger brother, Sone. Alongside playing she graduated with a first-class honours degree from Brunel University and worked as a lawyer. Aluko is adamant girls should not be forced to choose between a football Enrique Hernandez Womens Jersey career and academic studies, calling for clubs to offer the same opportunities as they do to their male counterparts. “My issue is young, talented players not having to compromise their education. If you look at the men’s academy setups, have partnerships with colleges or universities, whereas we don’t really have that with women’s football. You don’t want an 18-year-old girl who’s very talented thinking: ‘I want to play for the first team but I’ve got to give up my education to do so.’ That has happened a lot in the past. “Some of big men’s clubs like Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal have raised the bar in terms of salaries and professionalism of the women’s game. I think there needs to be continued increase in salaries to reflect the attention on the game and its commercial viability. The argument before was that nobody was watching but that’s not true nowadays.” The idea that 45,000 fans would attend a women’s FA Cup final, as they did this month at Wembley, was scarcely believable when Aluko was cutting her teeth in the Midlands. She has noticed more girls coming up to her in the street or at games but what she finds most heartening is the sight of more young boys at Women’s Super League matches. cheap jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys from china wholesale nfl jerseys wholesale nfl jerseyswholesale jerseys cheap nfl jerseys
Paul Warne was happy as Rotherham’s fitness coach in November 2016, when he was persuaded to take over as manager, already the third of the season, to oversee their inevitable relegation from the Championship with some dignity. Not only did he manage that but after reluctantly accepting the role permanently, he has now taken them back at the first attempt, beating Shrewsbury 2-1 in the League One play-off final. NHL Men's Boston Bruins Big & Tall Logo T-Shirt - White“I’ll struggle to get a job as a fitness coach now,” Warne said afterwards. Not that promotion has entirely convinced him of his own abilities. “It was tough last year. I questioned myself no end of times. The chairman convinced me that I have the attributes to be a good manager. I still try to convince myself that most days.” The unlikely figure of Richard Wood was Rotherham’s hero, the captain and central defender scoring from two set‑pieces. The winner came in extra time, required after Alex Rodman had equalised Wood’s first‑half opener, a cruel blow to Paul Hurst and his Shrewsbury side. Tipped for relegation by many before the season started, Shrewsbury spent 200 days in the automatic promotion places before running out of steam and finding themselves in the play-offs. Objectively speaking this has been a brilliant season, but Hurst’s emotions afterwards were split. “My stomach’s telling me disappointment, my head’s telling me pride,” he said. “We wanted that fairytale ending but we didn’t get it.” Hurst has been linked with other jobs, and played a straight bat to those questions afterwards. Predictably the game started with the frantic energy of a Kenny Golladay Jersey six-year-old allowed outside after being locked in the house all day with a bottle of Ribena. Rotherham were awarded a penalty in the eighth minute, when Omar Beckles discovered putting Wood in a headlock was against the rules. David Ball stepped up but Dean Henderson, on loan from Manchester United and Shrewsbury’s best player on the day, dived right and saved. Beckles was lucky not to concede a second penalty for a virtually identical foul on the same player moments later. Perhaps he should have tried it again in the 32nd minute when Wood gave Rotherham the lead, rising above Beckles with brilliant purpose to head a Joe Newell corner down into the ground then up into the roof of the net. “I saw my kids crying in the stands,” Wood said afterwards. “That’s what it’s all about.” A moment of excellence totally out of step with their general performance drew Shrewsbury level after half-time. Shaun Whalley played a short free-kick from the edge of the area to Matt Sadler, he sharply flicked it to Rodman who jabbed home from six yards. It was as brilliant and smart as it was unexpected. Rotherham, hitherto so sparky, seemed to lose their momentum, and Shrewsbury could not press home their advantage: thus, for the remainder of normal time, the teams circled each other like tired boxers waiting for the other to throw the next punch. As the clock ticked down, weary limbs and minds in the baking heat would only allow sporadic bursts of attacking. Hurst, while not trying to make excuses, said it was “a bit of a farce, almost” that a whole season could come down to two Grady Jarrett Jerseyshattered teams dragging themselves around Wembley. And it’s tough to argue with him. Both teams were so exhausted when extra time arrived that a mistake was inevitable, and it came in the 103rd minute. Newell skimmed a free-kick to the back post, and there was Wood again, entirely unmarked to toe-end the ball just – just – into the corner. “It’s the first time he’s scored twice in a week,” Warne said, when it was pointed out that Wood had never managed two before. “Including training. I call him ‘the wrecking ball’, because whenever the ball goes in the box he’s prepared to head people to get it in the goal.” The wrecking ball cleared a path for Rotherham to immediately return to the Championship, quite an achievement considering they went down last season with only 23 points. The reluctant manager will have to go on for a bit longer now. wholesale nfl jerseyswholesale jerseys cheap nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys
We are Real Madrid,” Marcelo said boldly after Real Madrid had – just – held off Juventus’s fightback in the quarter-final. The reference was clear: they were not Barcelona, not the sort of team to go giving away three-goal leads as their great rivals had against Roma the previous night, not the sort of side who countenanced failure. Whether that is arrogance or a necessary mindset for winning probably depends on perspective, but what is true of that Madrid is that their most obvious quality is simply that they win. Inexplicably at times, but remorselessly. NFL Calvin Ridley Men's Elite Red Jersey: #18 Atlanta Falcons Nike Rush Vapor UntouchableMadrid are only the fourth side to have been European champions three times in a row. Only they themselves, between 1956 and 1960, had a run of sustained success better than the four Champions Leagues they have won in the past five years. That Authentic Roberto Clemente Jersey suggests they are one of the greatest teams in history and yet it really doesn’t feel like it. Perhaps the issue is one of proximity, that being so close means their flaws stand out and time will provide the perspective that allows their achievements properly to be measured. And yet there was no such issue with Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona, whose 2011 triumph confirmed the greatness they had touched in 2009 and come so close to repeating in 2010. “In 10 years I don’t think anybody will speak about how we lost,” Jürgen Klopp said on Saturday night, and perhaps that is the real issue with perspective. There is an assumption that a club that keeps winning must be great and the precise details fade away. Saturday’s success, after all, was the result of a bizarre concatenation of freakish circumstance: a brilliant overhead kick, two hideous goalkeeping errors and an injury to the opposition’s best player. But what’s really bizarre is how frequently similar circumstances have occurred this season. Sven Ulreich’s mistake that ultimately settled semi-final against Bayern seemed like an error for the ages. A game and a half later, it was battling to stay on the podium for worst mistake made against Real Madrid by a goalkeeper in the Champions League this season. Add in penalties given and not given, against Juve and Bayern, and it’s pretty clear that a lot of key moments have fallen Madrid’s way this season. Whether you think that is a matter of luck or of the winning mentality of which Marcelo spoke probably depends on who you support. The dissonance comes when Madrid’s Champions League record is compared to their record in the domestic league. In those last five seasons they have won the domestic title only once. That makes little sense: how can a team that dominates in Europe not dominate at home? And yet none of those other sides who won three titles in a row also won their domestic league in each of those three seasons. Madrid’s five in-a-row champions of the late 50s won the league only twice in that spell. Ajax won only two between 1971 and 1973. Bayern won only one between 1974 and 1976 – and finished as low as 10th in the Bundesliga in 1975. Perhaps this is simply the smoothing effect of time: Bayern, certainly, could easily have lost the 1975 final against Leeds and the 1976 final against St-Étienne. In a sense, of course, this is, anyway, not comparing like with like. The competition is very different now to when those previous three three-time champions were contesting it. Then, limited to champions, it was harder to get into, but with only five rounds could be won with a couple of good performances. Now for the superclubs – with access to the last Authentic Rod Smith Jersey 16 and often the last eight all but guaranteed – the issue is peaking at the right time and having the decisiveness to win those key games in the spring. And greatness, anyway, perhaps is about more than mere trophies. As Arrigo Sacchi has always been very keen to point out, what matters in football, what is remembered, is not necessarily what is done, but what is done well. The Ajax of 1971-73, the Internazionale of 1964-65, the Barcelona of 2009-11, Sacchi’s Milan of 1989-90, they all took the game in new directions. They innovated, created new styles. They stood for something (and while that may have included a cynicism akin to Sergio Ramos’s, it certainly did not involve two of their biggest stars using their post-match interviews to agitate for moves).
It took the court just 10 minutes to declare Parma FC bankrupt in March 2015. The quick decision ended months of torment in which the club had been docked points on several occasions; players and staff had gone without their wages; games had been postponed because they could not pay stewards; the club had been sold – twice – for €1; and, having finished sixth in Serie A the season before, they had sunk to the bottom of the league. Men's Nike Atlanta Falcons 

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Jürgen Klopp knew we had met before but, at Liverpool’s training ground last month, he could not recall the exact setting of our first interview. The answer made him groan. Five years ago this month in Dortmund, 10 days before the 2013 Champions League final at Wembley, Klopp had been in a sparkling mood. As he prepared to lead Borussia Dortmund against Bayern Munich in an all-German battle for European football’s greatest prize, he offered engaging insights into his managerial style while urging the neutral fan to support his team. Men's Premier Adidas Ryan Carpenter Teal Green Home Jersey - #40 NHL San Jose Sharks“If you want the new story, the special story, it must be Dortmund,” Klopp said. “You have to be on our side.” Five years on, with neutrals enraptured again as Klopp inspires an often thrilling Liverpool to Saturday’s Champions League final Kiev against Real Madrid, his charisma was equally obvious. But before Klopp could engage with subjects ranging from football to A. J. Cann Authentic Jersey politics he remembered how Dortmund had conceded the winning goal in the 89th minute against Bayern. “It was too painful,” he said softly. “I’ve cancelled pretty much everything around that game and never watched it back.” He shook his head and repeated one word. “Never.” In that moment it was possible to sense the depth of Klopp’s desire to win the Champions League. He might be the most likable of interviewees but this quest for success drives him. It hurts to have won only one of the six cup finals in which his teams have played. In 2012, in his first, Dortmund beat Bayern 5-2 in the German Cup. He has since lost five in a row. That curious statistic is less interesting than the way in which he galvanises his teams. I also interviewed Marco Reus in 2013 and the Dortmund forward responded simply when asked how Klopp helped the team. “He makes us happy,” Reus said. In a more layered way Andy Robertson, the Liverpool left-back who has been a revelation since Klopp signed him from Hull 11 months ago, told me last week how “the gaffer uses humour very cleverly. If he feels the lads are uptight or things aren’t going our way he’ll relieve the tension. He’ll crack a joke or you’ll Brandon Moss Youth jersey hear his big laugh. He’s a fantastic manager who knows exactly what to do and when to do it. His personality is so good that when you see him on the touchline you just want to run for him. You want to tackle for him, you want to do well for him. But, most of all, he’s a calming influence.” Klopp’s calm in a one-to-one setting, even more than his humour or warmth, remains my clearest impression from our interviews. Rather than a joker or cheerleader, he is a bright thinker with an even deeper emotional intelligence which enables him to connect powerfully with people. He spoke so fondly of his players, I wondered if he felt like a father to some of them? “A stepfather,” he exclaimed before becoming more reflective. “Look, I am an absolutely normal guy and sometimes I want be their friend. Seattle Seahawks">">Seattle Seahawks Sometimes I have to be a teacher. It’s not so difficult to find a moment to be a friend or … well … [Klopp laughed] a North Korean dictator,” he exclaimed before becoming more reflective. “My biggest skill is common sense. It’s important they understand football is only one part of life. Coming into a Champions League final you tell James Harrison Youth jerseythem to appreciate this moment. Of course they are young and considered superstars. But in big moments they need help to find calm. It’s not important if you won or lost the last game, if you played well or kicked the ball like your grandmother. I need to help settle their heads and hearts before such a massive match.” In Dortmund Klopp had smiled when hearing Reus’s quote about happiness. “What they discover when they leave the club is that we have a very special dressing room. The secret of a manager like Alex Ferguson comes through when you hear what former players say about him. They can have had boots flying in their face like David Beckham but they still love the idea they were coached by him. That’s the biggest honour or accolade you can give to a coach.,102101,105841
Fittingly Unai Emery’s overture as Arsenal’s head coach was high tempo and demanding. A whirlwind first day began on a transatlantic flight and flipped straight from the red eye into a burst of meeting, greeting and looking the part in the newly fitted club suit. For the Spaniard first impressions played a big part in his successful audition for the job and he set about making new ones as he introduced himself. The energy he likes to transmit was on show. Fanatics Branded Tim Heed Breakaway Women's Jersey - NHL San Jose Sharks #72 Teal Green HomeUpstairs in the directors’ box lounge at the Emirates Stadium he tried to expand on what makes him tick. It was evident that the way he will communicate with his players is full on. From the way he spoke – making a determined effort to explain himself in English in his clear, booming voice – to the way he amplified his points with expressive gestures, his eyes darting briskly around the room to try not to miss anything, Emery will be an altogether different kind of presence around the squad. Arsène Wenger tended to be more cerebral, more observant, more about guiding someone than pushing him.Emery’s brand of charisma comes across as animated, spirited and direct. Youth Nick Cousins Premier Green Adidas Jersey: NHL Arizona Coyotes #25 Salute to Service“I think the most important thing is to connect with people and have those personal relationships,” Emery said. “Heart to heart, head to head. The heart transmits emotion, the head transmits the intelligence. So it’s really important Kyle Rudolph Authentic Jersey to have that connection both on a personal and collective level. What you are looking for is a shared experience. It’s true that you get the famous egos in football but that is true of top players and players who are not so good. I’m a coach that has come from Ricardo Louis Authentic Jersey second division, gone through to the first division, coached at PSG and now at Arsenal. And really the essence of it all is people.” Emery has begun to study the personalities he will begin to work with over the summer. Arsenal are not overly represented at the World Cup, so he will soon be trying to make those connections with a large proportion of the squad, the vehicle through which he will introduce his philosophy. While paying due respect to the “love for possession” he saw as part of the club’s heritage, he also stresses how his football ideal is also about intensity and pressing. That is another departure from Wenger’s focus on expression with the ball and it will be interesting to see how quickly Emery can effect a stylistic transformation. “I like to win the ball back as quickly as possible,” he said. “It’s about two things: possession and pressing. “Football is a demanding and difficult sport. What we want to do Authentic Dante Fowler Jr Jersey is not fear any team, either here in the Premier League or in Europe, and our objective is to be among the best and to beat the best. I’m the type of coach who has always worked really hard – not because I do it better than anyone else but because that is what I believe the most important thing is.” He talked about “that desire to be better” like a kind of compulsion, adding: “I’ve never seen anything handed out for free in football.” The 46-year-old looked effortlessly relaxed and confident in himself. He had that air of being comfortable in his own skin that comes with having the balance of experience and motivation to feel sure he can do this job well. When Wenger started at Arsenal (at the same age Emery is now) he described himself as “full of hope, full of belief as well” and Emery Ken Griffey Womens Jersey emits the same vibes. For all the revolution that began when Arsenal last appointed a new manager 22 years ago, a rarity in bringing a foreign manager into the English game, this announcement was a snapshot of how the football landscape has changed. It was an entirely international affair. In London Arsenal were introduced to a man from the Basque country who had been interviewed by a panel of football executives from South Africa, Germany and Spain, having impressed an American owner, to be shown around a stadium named after a Middle Eastern airline on the day the club unveiled record-breaking shirt sleeve sponsors from Rwanda. Emery took it all in his steady stride. He had been in contact with the Arsenal hierarchy while in charge of Paris Saint-Germain, attending the first interview two days after the French Cup final and with two Ligue 1 games remaining (nothing untoward as his departure from the Parc des Princes had been sealed and made public). The three big meetings he had with Arsenal went from strength to strength, making him the unanimous choice. His blend of personality and pedigree, and a willingness to work collaboratively with the head honchos, shone through. Emery has a load more meetings in the diary for the rest of this week where backroom staff and aims for the transfer window are on the agenda. wholesale jerseyscheap jerseys china wholesale nfl jerseys wholesale nfl jerseyscheap nfl jerseys cheap jerseys free shipping cheap nfl jerseyscheap jerseys from china
Memories of Dejan Lovren’s last Champions League encounter with Real Madrid and the similarities with Saturday’s final might once have caused him to wince. Today they inspire only belief. “If I see fear in a team-mate’s eyes I will slap him and say: ‘Come on,’” the Liverpool centre-half explains. “But when I look in their eyes now, the young lads and the experienced lads, they are full of confidence. We are not in the final without a reason.” Kiev is an opportunity for Real to see how far Liverpool have come. Youth T.J. Oshie Authentic Camo Adidas Jersey: NHL Washington Capitals #77 Veterans Day PracticeThe Spanish club were the European champions with a forward line of Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Dennis Rodman Jersey Benzema when they handed Lovren and Liverpool a lesson at Anfield in October 2014. The strikers, two of seven Real players that night who could start in Ukraine, both scored as Brendan Rodgers’ team trailed 3-0 by half-time. Liverpool stemmed that onslaught but it was a hugely underwhelming European campaign that is remembered Rodgers surrendering before the return at the Bernabéu, where he put Philippe Coutinho, Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling on the bench in readiness for a league game against Chelsea that also ended in defeat. “The only thing that is similar is the name, Liverpool,” says Lovren, who was omitted from the 1-0 defeat in Madrid. “When you look at the players and everything, we have changed a lot. I think me and [Jordan] Henderson are the only players left who started against them that night at Anfield [Alberto Moreno too]. I am so much more confident in the team now than I was then. I feel the team is ready to battle against every team in the world. We showed that against Man City. Man City showed all throughout this season that they are one of the best teams in the world but they came up against Liverpool. We are a totally different team and nobody played a Trevor Bauer Jersey team like us. Real Madrid didn’t play against us then like we play today. Maybe they are used to this team and they look at images from this game but we are totally different now.” Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool may have closed the gap in class with Madrid but, as four years ago, Lovren believes Real enter the final as favourites, though the Croatia defender offers the proviso that that mantle is based on recent history, not form. The 28-year-old says: “I prefer that we are the underdogs than the favourites. Even now, in this moment, I would say Real Madrid are the favourite because of their previous experience. You really need to respect a team that has reached the Champions League final three times in four years. We know how hard it is to get to the final – you need to beat everyone and all the best teams to get there and they are not there without a reason. “Do they deserve to be there or not? They won against Juve and they won against Bayern Munich with some decisions that you can talk about but in the end they are still in the final. As some of their players have said, they don’t care how they got there – the most important thing is they got to the final. You don’t need to play the most beautiful football in the final. You just need to win it. And this is how they are doing it.” Few would dispute that Liverpool have played the better and more beautiful football en route to this final. It may not guarantee victory on Saturday but it is why there will be no inferiority complex against a Real team bidding for a third consecutive European crown. “Definitely, definitely,” concurs Lovren when Liverpool’s superior European form is mentioned. “Maybe Bayern Munich against Real Madrid, they played some really nice football, but when you look at the competition in total we definitely deserve to be there. I hope it is our time because from day one up until the final we deserve to be there. Let’s make it beautiful until the end.” Klopp has lost his past five cup finals. “Of course you ask yourself: ‘Is it really possible to lose it again?’” Lovren says. “But in football you never know. When you look at all the teams Klopp has managed they are all really different. Maybe they have a similar style but they are different players. If you asked me a year ago or two years ago, then I would say Real Madrid really deserved to win the Champions League. But when I look at the situation now and look at who plays better, it is definitely Liverpool. Because of how we showed the quality in many games people talk like: ‘You will win it, you will win it.’ Of course it’s not easy to say that but I am really confident we will give everything in the final.”
While the Duchess of Sussex, Brighton’s newest celebrity fan, opted for a Givenchy wedding dress with boatneck neckline, long sleeves and an even longer train at Saturday’s Royal Wedding, belt and braces were very much in vogue at the day’s other aristocratic event some miles away at Wembley Stadium. Both José Mourinho and Antonio Conte went for an identical, monotonously predictable safety-first approach in Saturday’s FA Cup final, with the latter’s being heavily criticised by the former, who somehow managed to keep a straight face as he mournfully described Chelsea’s tactics as “so predictable”, announced that “I don’t think they deserve to win” and managed to imply Manchester United’s defeat was entirely down to the absence of a Belgian battering-ram in whose direction the ball could be hoofed, if only that battering-ram hadn’t selfishly decided to prioritise participating in the World Cup with his country over trying to win the FA Cup with his club. Men's Adidas Montreal Canadiens #13 Peter Holland Premier Green Salute to Service NHL JerseyIn a further boost to Belgium’s World Cup hopes, José picked Phil Jones ahead of Eric Bailly, having previously claimed he was resting the Ivorian so that other Manchester United players could stake their claim for World Cup starting spots. After performing his latest impression of an ageing shire horse locked in a spinning tumble-dryer while conceding the penalty that decided the match, The Fiver is struggling to shake the feeling that United’s manager might have done the defender more of a favour by picking somebody else instead. While José looks likely to be rewarded for Saturday’s failure with a £150m summer war-chest to buy some defenders of his own choosing, Antonio Conte’s prize for winning his second trophy in as many seasons for Chelsea may well come in the form of a P45, a hefty pay-out and a hobnailed boot towards the Stamford Bridge door marked “Do One”. Having said he has no control over what happens next while simultaneously conveying the impression that he’s not too fussed either, it was left to his players to discuss the Italian’s future. “What I can say is that the players do not have any impact on the situation,” chirped Gary Cahill, while Willian, a starter of just four full games for Chelsea this season under Conte, tried to prove otherwise courtesy of several – since-deleted – strategically placed emojis. “I once showed Vincent Kompany to his seat. Scotland played Belgium and I was told to show Kompany to his seat and give him a programme. He won’t remember it” – unassuming, Big Cup final-bound Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson gets his chat on with Donald McRae. Read. Yes, it’s our not-singing, not-dancing World Cup Fiver. Out every Thursday lunchtime BST, here’s the latest edition, on the flamin’ sacrosanct Socceroos. Despite some killjoy recently pointing out that if you put worms in a can you’d simply kill the worms [unless you’d provided them with a bespoke oxygen supply inside? – Fiver Ed], Football Weekly discusses José Mourinho opening said cans of said worms. And plenty more. Producing the Guardian’s thoughtful, in-depth journalism Detroit Pistons Authentic Jersey – the stuff not normally found in this email, obviously – is expensive, Authentic Brian Leetch Jersey but supporting us isn’t. If you value our journalism, please support us by making a one-off or recurring contribution. “Latest edition of The Fiver is highly objectionable. Written by a member of the leftist, luvvie elite, who clearly had nothing but contempt for millions of ordinary people who follow football and are interested in the royal marriage. He writes as if these are a crime against his version of decency. Appalling writing from a newspaper that should know better but I fear that Authentic Carl Yastrzemski Jersey like the Labour party, the Guardian has been taken over by the Islington elite. You’ve clearly forgotten your roots. Sad. In fact, worse than sad. I was right earlier. Appalling” – Stephen Edwards.
Arsenal have moved to appoint Unai Emery as the successor to Arsène Wenger. The club have conducted a thorough recruitment process as they look to replace Wenger – their manager of almost 22 years – who departed at the end of the season and Mikel Arteta had been considered as the favourite for the past week or so. Limited Mark Gastineau Youth Road White Nike Jersey - #99 NFL New York Jets Vapor UntouchableHowever, the signs on Monday were that Emery, the former Paris St-Germain and Sevilla manager, was set Christian Covington Authentic Jersey to be chosen. The club have spoken to him and a decision is expected to be confirmed later in the week. Emery is a safer bet in terms of his experience and, in the end, it is this factor that has swayed the decision of Ivan Gazidis, the Arsenal chief executive, who has led the recruitment drive. Arteta, the former Arsenal player, who is now a member of Pep Guardiola’s coaching staff at Manchester City, has not yet managed a club whereas Emery has been in the business since 2005, when he cut his teeth at Lorca Deportiva in his native Spain. The 46-year-old has gone on to take charge at Almería, Valencia, Spartak Moscow, Sevilla and, most recently, PSG – clubs of mounting profile – and he has impressed Gazidis, even though he is not fluent in English. Emery is happy to work within the management structure that Gazidis has put in place at the Emirates Stadium – in which there are prominent recruitment roles for Raúl Sanllehí and Sven Mislintat. He O. J. Howard Authentic Jersey enjoyed eye-catching success at Sevilla, where he won three consecutive Europa Leagues, and he won the championship at PSG in this past season, although his relative failure in the Champions League, in the shape of a last-16 exit against Real Madrid, cost him his job. He has been replaced by Thomas Tuchel – the one-time Arsenal target. Arteta had a meeting with the Arsenal hierarchy last week and he was confident that Chris Harris Jr Authentic Jersey he would get the job. Guardiola had said he would not stand in Arteta’s way and talks had progressed to the point where the potential make-up of his backroom staff had been discussed. Arteta ticked plenty of boxes for Gazidis, who was looking for somebody to represent the club’s values, including giving youth a chance, and play fast and attractive football. Gazidis had made it clear he was not afraid to make a left-field appointment, noting on the day Wenger’s departure was confirmed that the Frenchman had not been “on many people’s radar screens” in 1996. But Emery, too, ticked the boxes and, crucially, he came to look like less of a gamble. It is understood that Arteta was told his lack of experience came to count against him. Gazidis is not a man synonymous with risk-taking. After careful consideration, analysing each argument from every conceivable angle, he has come to see Emery as the outstanding selection. The new manager is expected to have around £50m, plus money generated from sales, to spend on reshaping the squad, which is broadly in line with what Wenger was granted, annually, in recent seasons. It is not a lavish budget and it is clear that the new man’s coaching skills will have to be up to scratch from the outset. Santi Cazorla, the Arsenal midfielder, had been linked with a possible player-coach role under Arteta but he has now left the club upon the expiry of his contract. He has not played since he injured his achilles in October 2016, although he remains determined to carry on as a player.
The semi-final stage of the World Cup has, on balance, not been particularly kind to France. In 1958, the free-scoring team of Just Fontaine and Raymond Kopa were more than holding their own against Brazil until Vavá clattered into the captain Robert Jonquet; as the defender’s leg sailed in an arc across the Stockholm sky, France’s hopes and dreams, in those days before Authentic Michael Lorenzen Jerseysubstitutes, departed with it. In 1986, Les Bleus faced West Germany with star man Michel Platini only half-fit; the rest of the team failed to turn up until the last 10 minutes or so, by which time it was far too late. Even when the French finally won a semi, against Croatia in 1998, the popular defensive lynchpin Laurent Blanc got himself suspended for the final – unluckily and yet foolishly – by needlessly waving his arms near the face of Slaven Bilic, asking for the trouble that would soon be delivered to him in spades. Authentic Men's Jim McMahon Navy Blue Home Jersey: NFL Mitchell and Ness Chicago Bears #9 Bear Patch ThrowbackBut nothing comes close to 1982. Nothing Authentic Earl Thomas Jersey will ever come close to 1982. The 1982 World Cup semi-final between France and West Germany at Sevilla’s Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán is remembered – not solely, but mainly – for the most outrageous and notorious foul in World Cup history. Forget Werner Liebrich on Ferenc Puskas, Mario David on Leonel Sánchez, Luís Pereira on Johan Neeskens, Benjamin Massing on Claudio Caniggia, Mauro Tassotti on Luis Enrique, or even Zinedine Zidane on Marco Materazzi. In the 57th minute of this match, French captain Platini noticed a sizable gap between the West German defenders Manni Kaltz and Uli Stielike, with Patrick Battiston racing into it, and stroked a pass of insouciant majesty into his team-mate’s path. Battiston, clear on goal with only the outrushing keeper Toni Schumacher to beat, was first to a ball that was sitting up almost perfectly. At which point … … well, more of that anon. Perhaps the most unfortunate aspect of what was about to unfold – though Battiston and his dental surgeon will doubtless disagree – is that an infamous act of brutal cynicism to this day casts a long, dark shadow across a match which really should be principally remembered as one of the greatest, most dramatic and entertaining World Cup encounters of all time. A back-and-forth, six-goal, bona fide thriller between two teams packed with top-drawer talent performing at full pelt, it’s right up there with a select bunch of Coupe du Monde classics: arguably only the 1950 Maracanaço “final”, the 1954 Hungary-Uruguay semi, and the sun-kissed stunner served up by Italy and Brazil in Barcelona a mere three days before this fixture have ever bettered it. And yet. “We had played one of the two best games in the tournament,” recalled the hugely likeable West German winger Pierre Littbarski long after the dust had settled, “and it was very good publicity for German football.” Cue deep sigh. “Or it would have been.” The way most of it panned out, it certainly should have been. Not that a story for the ages was guaranteed to be told. Easy to forget now, but neither team had particularly impressed en route to the semis. France were 33-1 outsiders at the start of the competition, and for a while it looked like the bookies knew exactly what they were talking about. Michel Hidalgo’s side could hardly have begun their campaign in a more abject fashion, falling a goal behind after 27 seconds to an England side which had only just scraped through qualifying and were notoriously goal-shy. That match was comprehensively lost 3-1, and France only scraped through the first group stage after beating the minnows of Kuwait 4-1, then drawing 1-1 with Czechoslovakia – the latter result only secured thanks to a last-minute clearance off the line by Manuel Amoros. (Czechoslovakia’s goal, incidentally, was scored by Antonin Panenka, in what would be his last international match. Could it have been anything other than a penalty?) France then found themselves in the easiest of the four second-round groups, lumped in with Austria and Northern Ireland, but even then the meal they made of progress would have put Auguste Escoffier to shame. Despite thoroughly dominating the Austrians, they could only win by a single goal, and while they rolled over the Northern Irish 4-1 to make the last four, things may have panned out differently had Martin O’Neill’s early strike not been preposterously disallowed. West Germany, second favourites from the outset behind Brazil, had somehow managed to be even worse. The first group stage was a heady cocktail of debacle and disgrace: Authentic Keith Kinkaid Jersey a hubristic defeat to Algeria after promising to dedicate “the seventh goal to our wives and the eighth to our dogs”, followed swiftly by the shameful and depressing “Anschluss” pact with Austria. German efforts in the second group stage didn’t particularly win over the crowds either: a goalless grind with England, then the clinical win over the hosts Spain. wholesale jerseys wholesale jerseys cheap nfl jerseys cheap jerseys from china wholesale jerseys from china wholesale jerseys
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