Zidane: “I’m glad for Isco, he has always shown that he has personality and that it doesn’t weigh him”

first_imgZinedine Zidane appeared first in the flash interview to analyze the great Real Madrid match against Valencia. The whites imposed themselves with authority (1-3) and the white coach was satisfied although it was prudent: “It is a semifinal and we still have the final.”Message: “It is a victory. We play to win. We put all the ingredients in the game to win and it is a deserved victory, very worked and happy for the result.”Sweet Moment: “We are working well. We are emotionally good. All the players are involved. We have all the ingredients to make good matches. That is what we did against Valencia, against a rival who are very good. In the end we got it. Now we have to rest because it’s only a semifinal. “He has applauded his players: “I do not know, it has been a good game from the beginning. We have pressed very well up, the second part was much more vertical and happy because it is not easy against a very good team, who knows how to play well. We can be happy. It is a semifinal, we are in the final and now we have to rest and think about Sunday. “Half satisfied: “Therefore, happy for the game but we know what is missing.”Are the five midfielders the result of the need for injuries or a possibility for the future ?: “Yes, more for that because in the end there was Vinicius on the bench and Rodrygo, but today the option was to put Isco and Modric inside to have more travel on the sides. They are all very good. It was the option today. I could play with band players, but we did it the other way around, with more interior players and using the bands with our sides, it has worked for us, we have many resources and it has been seen with some genius: with the goal of Toni, the goal of Modric … We played a very serious game. “How much merit does Zidane have?: “I don’t know, I’m here with them. We prepare the games very well, we interpret very well. We are all together. In the end it is the players who play, they give everything on the field. Everyone. They are all involved. And that is seen “.How Mariano? “Like everyone.” Isco marked and expands the list of scorers: “It means a lot. We have had two or three important players who are out. The others when they play do well and try. The team when there are changes does not change the dynamics much. That is essential for us. It is a step forward , but there is one game left. “Later, Zidane spoke with the media in the press room.Five midfielders: “You could play with extremes, but we chose that option to have Modric and Isco inside. It was an offensive option, but the important thing was in the opposite field, to press up. We played football well, which is what we want. second part we were even more vertical. “How the team improves: “I will not explain much. It is to maintain our possession because we know that the opponent does not like to run after the opponent. This match was like that but in others it may be different. We interpret it well. I would say that even having five midfielders was not seen a lot”.Bale, will he be in the final? “I don’t know, at the moment it is not in condition. It has not been trained all week. We will see what we are going to do. We will talk to the doctors.”Jovic barely intervened. Very lonely? “My feeling is that he played a good game. He did not score, he had a chance, but he worked hard. It is not easy when you have not played for a long time, the difference in level is noticeable. He would like to have scored, but it is not the most important thing. He gave everything. He did his job. “Isco, of being almost out at a spectacular level. Merit of the coach? “Nothing, they work to be fine. The good thing is the dynamics that we are showing. Every game you have to prove it. We had to give our best version, I don’t know if it’s the best, but we can be happy about this match. Isco … I I’m glad, because he has always shown that he has personality and that it does not weigh him at all. “The greatest satisfaction is that there have been many players at a good level? “It’s hard to choose one. I’m glad for Isco’s goal, maybe he needed that. The genius of Kroos. That of Modric, that only he has … I’m glad everyone is fine. But we haven’t won anything yet. We are going to enjoy it but to prepare and the final “.last_img read more

Who is Éder Sarabia, Setién’s second coach?

first_imgEder Sarabia will remain the right hand of Quique Setién in this adventure in Barcelona. Son of Manu Sarabia, Athletic is passionate but the Dream Team marked his way of understanding football. The Basque has demonstrated his talent for the trade on his own account but recognizes that his father was decisive in the arrival at the benches. Manu, his father, played in Logronés with Quique Setién who, at the time, met Éder when he was just a child. Although their paths separated in the daily deal they never lost contact. All spinning on the ball. Always, the ball.Sarabia joined the Quique Setién staff in Las Palmas at the invitation of the Cantabrian himself, followed him on his adventure in Heliopolis and now, he will travel with him to Barcelona. Although they understand football in the same way, the matches live them in different ways. Quique is more leisurely while Éder is pure nerve. That intensity has led him to several crossings with the referees in First that have resulted in numerous expulsions and penalties. Quite a few compared to his guild mates. But he has not only had clashes with the referees. Jose Luis Gayà said after the semifinals of Copa del Rey between Betis and Valencia that Sarabia tried to “destabilize him during the match.” “He spends the whole game shouting at me, telling me to stop throwing myself and trying to get me out of my boxes,” said the side, which accused Sarabia of recidivism. “It is not the first time he does. In Seville and last year he did the same, “said the Valencian side. “Now we have to wait for a good place to do important things,” Sarabia acknowledged at Cadena SER Bilbao at the beginning of the season in a quasi-premonitory way after leaving a Betis that marked them and in which he left his personal imprint. Intensity in the 90 minutes, believer and practically of the Cruyffismo and recognized admirer of the game of Leo Messi, Sarabia will return to accompany Setién to try to replicate successfully the football that fell in love with the little Éder (and a more veteran Quique) several decades ago. Being a first coach, one of your desires, can still wait.Active in networks and sports centerÉder Sarabia is one of the few people in the world of football who uses social networks naturally and without the feeling of giving a prefabricated message. The Basque, very active in his Twitter account, has acknowledged being an admirer of the game of Leo Messi, which he will now have at his command, and while he has been free he does not hesitate to comment on what was happening in the successive days of the League. But not everything is football. Sarabia is a big fan of cycling, who follows fervently and also practices regularly and in his header photo has Rafa Nadal. It will do well to imitate the resilience of the manacorí on the track to complete its next challenge satisfactorily. Can Barça wait.last_img read more

Heritage Month Interfaith Service marred by controversial presentation

first_imgBy Devina SamarooIt was high drama on Wednesday evening when a Pandit made some startling remarks at the Heritage Month Interfaith Service, prompting the Adviser to the Indigenous Affairs Minister, Mervyn Williams to walk out, completely offended.The Interfaith Prayer Service, which was held at the Amerindian Heritage Village in Sophia, is an annual event that ushers in the celebrations of Amerindian Heritage Month.Pandit Deodatt TillackBut this year’s event was far from traditional after Pandit Deodatt Tillack of the Shri Samayapuram Mariamma Temple took to the stage to offer his contributions to the service.In examining this year’s theme “Our Culture, Earth’s Future – Save the Environment, Live the Indigenous Way”, Pandit Tillack declared to the amusement of sections of the audience that US oil giant ExxonMobil was here to rob the environment and that persons must beware.Most shocking, however, was when he declared that the indigenous way is characterised by paedophilia.“I was reliably informed that in Amerindians’ tradition and culture, and please I stand to be correct, that a girl as soon as she enters puberty, she must be equipped with these fundamental knowledge: she must know how to make the pepper-pot, the cassava bread and she must also know how to warm the bed…,” he stated.At this point, a visibly upset Williams rose from his seat up in front and walked out of the benab.Perhaps oblivious to the alarmed expressions on the faces of the audience, the Pandit went on to highlight that these practices were against the laws of the country.“While they seem it is okay for you to get married at 12, or a 17-year-old boy to marry a 12-year-old girl; our Constitution speaks against that…and according to the criterion that meets the criteria of paedophilia is that the person has to be five years older than the victim,” he stated.In wrapping up his speech, the Pandit charged that good qualities were the best garment, and urged everyone to decorate themselves with them.InappropriateThe Ministerial Adviser was standing outside the benab trying to comprehend what had just transpired when the media exited.Approached for a comment on the matter, he told media operatives that the presentation was utterly inappropriate for the prayer service.“I was extremely uncomfortable, because I believe this to be a very sacred occasion. It is invoking the blessings of God Almighty under whatever name you call him on this activity and I think there was a misconception of some issues, and I believe that those issues, having been misconceived, lead to an inappropriate presentation,” Williams explained.He posited that the Pandit should have sought clarity ahead of the presentation.“I think it was perhaps misinformation and perhaps the absence of some clarification led to this inappropriateness. I believe if one is going to speak to an issue, I believe it is in one’s best interest to seek clarification on all the details one requires before making the presentation,” he stated.Moreover, Williams indicated that he strongly disagreed that the culture to which the Pandit alluded did not exist.Respecting opinionsIndigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock, when approached for a comment on the situation, simply noted that everyone has their own opinions.“Everybody has an opinion and that’s their opinion. For me personally, these things do happen. It’s a multiracial society and this is just one of those things to encourage dialogue,” he stated.President’s takePrompted for his position on the situation, President David Granger expressed that the indigenous people should speak for themselves regarding their cultural practices.“I think every ethnic group has its own cultural and religious customs and rituals. It is my view that the best people to speak about their own cultures are the people themselves. Sometimes when we go outside of our cultural boundaries there be some practices which we won’t comprehend. I agree that it is common that we are one people and that we should understand each other better. But in the particular matter that you refer to, I would prefer that the indigenous people speak for themselves,” the President stated.Generally, Granger also urged that individuals should broaden their knowledge and learn to understand and appreciate the country’s diverse cultures, especially before speaking definitively on them.PrayersThe controversy aside, the Interfaith Service was marked by prayers and cultural presentations from a number of Amerindian groups and religious organisations.Prayers were offered by the Hallejuah Group Tasserene, the Baha’i community, the Anglican Church, the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha, the Muslim community, and the Guyana Rastafarian Council.Various groups also presented Arecuna, Akawaio, Patamona, Makushi, Wapishana and WaiWai prayers.last_img read more

Guyana Balance of Payment deficit widens

first_imgEconomic report shows– deficit moves from US$53M to US$69MBy Jarryl BryanWith the release of the 2017 macro-economic report, the 2.1 per cent growth rate is not the only thing of concern. The report shows that the deficit in Guyana’s balance of payments, an important economic indicator, is on the rise.The Balance of Payments report contains statistical data on a country’s fiscal transactions, including imports and exports. To record a deficit, Guyana would therefore have had to spend more on imports, among other things, that it derived from exports.According to the report, Guyana’s overall balance of payment in the 2017 fiscal year showed a deficit of US$69.5 million. This is a hike when compared to US$53.3 million the previous year. A breakdown of the figures shows stunning disparities.On the one hand, the current account shows a deficit of US$287.4 million for the year 2017. But in the previous fiscal year, the report notes, this was just US$12.4 million. The report admits that this is because of a negative balance on the merchandise trade account.“The further weakening was due to the negative balance on the merchandise trade account. Merchandise exports were slightly lower than projected, mainly on account of lower export earnings of gold and other exports in the last two months of the year.”When Finance Minister Winston Jordan presented the 2018 budget last year, he had announced that merchandise imports were estimated to grow by 9.6 per cent. This had been attributed to increased imports of mining machinery, chemicals, fuel and lubricants. According to the report, imports exceeded the Government’s projections.“Imports were slightly more than the US$1.59 billion projected at the time of the presentation of the 2018 budget. As a result, the merchandise trade deficit of US$196.2 million was considerably higher than the projected deficit of US$147.2 million.“Notwithstanding, the deficit on the services account was lower than estimated. The improvement in the services account more than offsets the weaker balances on both the non-factor services and unrequited transfers accounts,” the report states.Capital accountWhile the Current Account is nothing to boast about, the Capital Account improved. The report notes that it showed a surplus of US$228 million, an increase from a deficit of US$13.2 million in 2016. It also exceeded a projected surplus of US$181.8 million.This publication had recently done an article on the state of Guyana’s net foreign reserves. A recent report from the Central Bank had indicated that Guyana’s net foreign reserves, held by the bank in foreign currency notes, have fallen to their lowest point since 2008. The reserves went from a high point of US$825 million in 2012 to US$498.5 million as at March 2018.A perusal of the Bank of Guyana’s statistical abstract shows that the reserves started dropping in 2013, going from $751.2 million in that year to $652.2 million in 2014. It is in 2017 that the reserves plunged well into the US$500 million range.By November of last year, the reserves were recorded at US$562 million. And as at March 2018, for the first time since 2008, the net foreign reserves fell to below the US$500 million benchmark. Interestingly enough, the end-of-year report details that US$12.1 million was drawn down from the reserves to finance the balance of payments.“The 2017 balance of payments deficit was financed by exceptional financing of US$1.9 million in debt relief and US$55.6 million in debt forgiveness, along with a drawdown of US$12.1 million in net foreign assets of the Bank of Guyana,” the report states.“Additionally, gross revenues of the Bank of Guyana were equal to about 3.1 months of import cover at the end of 2017; slightly above the three-month minimum benchmark for reserve adequacy.”The Parliamentary Opposition had previously expressed concern over the increasing deficit in the country’s balance of payments, which it had said would continue to have serious implications for the local economy.last_img read more

This was the hardest game of my life- Oliech

first_img“This was the most difficult match of my life. Not even the numerous Harambee Stars games,” Oliech told Capital Sport just after the game against Mathare.He added; “This was my first match and the most important thing for me was the impact I was to make. People were expecting a lot and that made it more difficult. The competitive feeling is coming back slowly and I think I am building up nicely.”“Coming off the bench, from experience is very tough. But, I expect to start on Wednesday against Posta Rangers.”Oliech, still panting form the rigorous warm down he was put through as well as the other substitutes who played under half an hour said he was delighted to make his debut for Gor and furthermore mark a return to the Kenyan Premier League.Dennis Oliech dribbles towards goal during his debut during a Kenyan Premier League match against Mathare United on January 6, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya“It was nice. I remember when I was starting off as a 17-year old, I used to play 10, 15 minutes and I slowly built on that. It is the same now,” a delighted Oliech stated.Coming on, Oliech caused some jitters to the Mathare United backline and coach Francis Kimanzi admitted as much, that he had to guide his young backline to contain the mental fist-fights that came with the striker’s entrance.“It was a psychological thing which tried to disturb my boys but we had prepared well mentally for it, that we don’t care who plays but they play against Mathare United,” said the tactician.With a target of scoring more than 20 goals, Oliech says his biggest ambition is to help Gor retain the KPL title and personally for him to win a title after a long time in his career.“My focus now is on helping Gor Mahia win the league. Personally, I want to win a trophy because it has been so long since that happened. The last time I won a title was in 2010 when we won the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in Mwanza with Harambee Stars. I want that feeling all over again,” he noted.Dennis Oliech moves around the pitch closely guarded by Mathare United defender Andrew Juma when he made his debut during a Kenyan Premier League match on January 6, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaCommenting on whether or not he will be ready to step into the national team for an opportunity to play at the Cup of Nations, Oliech says that will only count as a bonus as it is not on his mind.Oliech scored the all-important goal against Cape Verde that took Kenya to it’s last ever African Cup of Nations in 2004 and was also on the score sheet netting the second goal as Kenya beat Burkina Faso 3-0 for its only win in the tournament staged in Tunisia.“For me, I am not thinking about that very much now. My focus is on Gor Mahia and helping the team do well in the league and continentally. That will come later,” he further stated.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Dennis Oliech points out tactics to his teammates when he made his debut during a Kenyan Premier League match against Mathare United on January 6, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 6 – Having made his debut for Gor Mahia on Sunday evening in a 1-1 draw against Mathare United at the Kasarani Stadium, Harambee Stars legend Dennis Oliech has described it as the hardest game in his life, especially having stayed for close to two years without club football.Oliech came in for Nicholas Kipkurui after 67 minutes and had some flushes of brilliance and should have twice had a goal on his debut, first as he dived in to a Boniface Omondi cross while in the second opportunity, a forest of Mathare defenders blocked his view as he went for a shot from close range.last_img read more


first_imgAlmost 2,000 fans gathered in Ballyshannon to watch Donegal beat Mayo to take the Sam Maguire back home after 20 years.A large screen was erected in the town’s square and fans cheered every score as JIm McGuinness and the boys claimed a second All Ireland. Many thanks to our friends in Wallace Media for the video footage.Simply CLICK to play for all of today’s events. DDTV – BACK IN DONEGAL THE FANS ARE GOING NUTS! was last modified: September 23rd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgWintery conditions awaited the brave souls who ventured out in the scramble last Sunday in search of the elusive festive bird, with a few participants questioning their sanity, and others inquiring how much did a turkey cost, because 18 holes on a day like that just seemed like a high price to pay, especially for those of us that got no reward at the end ! But as usual, it turned out not to be as bad as it looked at first, and for three hardened soldiers, the battle with the elements was worth it. The winning team of Dan Canning, Shaun Sweeney and Noel Kiernan returned a very impressive score of nine under par to blow the rest of the field away and claim the prize. With Dan’s big tee shots and Shaun’s accurate approach shots, they defeated the elements and secured the turkey for Christmas day for the three of them. Everyone else will have to just keep trying, starting again this Sunday at Otway, with names in to the clubhouse by 11.45 for a 12 noon tee-off ! GOLF NEWS: OTWAY CLUB NOTES was last modified: October 31st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:OTWAY GOLF CLUB NOTESlast_img read more


first_imgArlene Crossan, centre, grabs more goldAthlone IT is a Mecca nowadays for our track and field athletes – a new state of the art facility to international standard.And last weekend that’s where the journey that is a weekly remit in athletics began.Topping Finn Valley AC’s medal tally was Arlene Crossan who took gold in the 400m with a personal best time of 57.6! She also landed gold in the long jump – with a few centimetres to spare.Said Patsy McGonagle: “You are always observing year on year to ascertain if the talented youth athlete of the previous years are progressing and yes Arlene had and she would be aware she can build on this – there is progress.”Progress also from another star from 2015 Janine Boyle a new pb and indeed a Donegal senior 60m record 7.54 silver behind a girl that posted a new Irish youth record 7.42. Molly Scott.Janine had earlier medalled long jump and was just about to edge ahead in the 200m final when she lost her balance so in true grit style she dusted herself down and is ready to prove her worth over 100/200 outdoors. The other aspect of a championship is to check if there should be a new kid on the block and again its a yes – as a young lad who attends Sessiaghoneill NS Joseph Gillespie early Saturday went clear all the way to 1.56m – setting a new Irish U13 high jump record – and taking gold!The previous record of 1.51m had been set in 2003.Then later he was to get up on the final round of the long jump and took bronze.But Joseph wasn’t finished there.Overnight time on Saturday to consider the challenge of the hurdles on the Sunday. He won his heat and late in the afternoon whizzed out of the blocks to return a 9.72 winning run for another gold on a weekend he will never forget.Other medal performances include a silver in 600m for Hannah Murray having finished 4th 60m on the Saturday.Danny Browne took a bronze in the 200m and Aine Kerr a bronze in the long jump..Other interesting aspects were 3 Valley athletes in top 6 u 14 long jump – Michaela Byrne, Lauren Callaghan and Cate Smyth. Valley had an interest in sprints, middle distance,shot,walks,jumps,hurdles but with the final aspect of the programme next Saturday again back in the Midlands thoughts will turn to the challenge of outdoor competition, progress, qualification and success at nationals and youth international appearances in many cases. Coaches, parents and athletes take a bow!ARLENE AND JOSEPH ON THE GOLD DOUBLE FOR FINN VALLEY was last modified: March 15th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Arlene CrossanFinn Valley ACJoseph Gillespielast_img read more


first_imgDonegal lad Carl McHugh has had many highs in his career to date.But his switch to SPL side Motherwell is a huge step for the 23 year old. He reveals what the move means for himself and his family and how he plans to make the most of it.Simply click on the video to view.DDTV SPORT: DONEGAL’S CARL McHUGH SAYS HE CAN’T WAIT TO PLAY FOR MOTHERWELL was last modified: July 6th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Carl McHughdonegalmotherwelllast_img read more


first_imgOne of Donegal’s best-known and most-respected businessmen has been ordered to pay back a staggering €12 million to the banks.Letterkenny man Brendan Gildea has been battling with National Irish Bank for a number of months in the courts.However the commercial court yesterday granted a summary order for almost €12 million against the developer to National Irish Bank. Another order for approximately €6 million was granted against Mr Gildea’s wife Tessie arising from the couple’s personal guarantee of the debts of their property company.There was no appearance by or on behalf of Mr Gildea, his wife Tessie and their company, Brendan Gildea Ltd (in receivership), all with addresses at Brookside Villas, Magherennan, Letterkenny, when the bank’s proceedings came before Mr Justice Peter Kelly at the Commercial Court yesterdayMr Gildea has been very ill for some time and could not appear at previous court cases because of his condition.He had been in business across Co Donegal for more than 30 years and built some of the most highly-regarded projects and housing states in recent years.EndsDONEGAL BUSINESSMAN ORDERED TO PAY BANKS MASSIVE €12M! was last modified: October 18th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BRENDAN GILDEANational Irish Banklast_img read more