How to take free kicks on FIFA 19 on PS4 and Xbox One

first_imgThere’s nothing worse in FIFA 19 than to be clear through on goal only to be fouled by a late, last-ditch tackle. You get awarded a free kick, but are likely to blaze it over the crossbar or straight into the wall. Unless you know exactly how to take free kicks in FIFA 19!Once again, there are a variety of free kick styles in the game just like in real life. Some of the free kicks are much easier to score for beginners, while the more complicated ones can only be performed by the best players in the game – and the best players at home using their Playstation or Xbox controller.You can change the kick taker by pressing L2/LT, which will show set-piece attributes for each player in the corner of the screen: Foot, PWR (Power), FKA (Free Kick Accuracy), CRV (Curve) and PEN (Penalty Accuracy). Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The curved free kick and dipping free kick are the simplest to execute and the quickest to learn. They can be used in most situations near the box and from either side of the area. Left-footed players are best at curving the ball into the top-right corner of the goal and vice-versa on the other side of the pitch. Dipping free kicks can be performed by players with either dominant foot as long as they are the right distance from the goal.To perform a curved free kick, line the ball up with the inside edge of the wall and then when powering up, point the left stick in the other direction towards the top corner of the goal to curl the ball over and around the wall. A dipped free kick requires aiming at the corner of the goal and then holding the left stick upwards while you are powering up to get the ball to dip over the wall and below the crossbar.Driven free kicks are ones that go under the wall or low past the wall and into the net. These are performed similarly to a dipped free kick, but you need to hold L1/LB while powering up your shot to ensure the ball stays on the ground.FIFA 19 Free KicksSome of the trickier free kicks are trivela and knuckleball frees. The trivela works like a curved free kick, but you aim outside of the goal before curving it back in. A right-footed player should take trivela free kicks on the left side of the area, aim about one ball’s width outside of the left goalpost, power up your shot and then aim to the top-right to curl the ball into the net with the outside of your boot. The power curved free kick is similar to this, but you use a right-footed player on the right and then curl the ball back towards the goalkeeper, following the same method.The knuckleball free kick is a long-range strike where you initially aim away from the goalkeeper, power up your shot while holding L1/LB, and then point backwards in the direction of the goalkeeper. This is to counteract with the natural curve a player will put on the ball and guide the ball into the corner. It is possibly the most difficult free kick to perform and from a long-range distance it may be more effective to use the power dipped free kick or to cross the ball into the area.You can also dummy free kicks and decide to pass instead by calling a second team-mate with L2/LT or even a third team-mate with R1/RB, you can then perform the fake shot by pressing shoot and then immediately passing it to lay it off to one of the team-mates you have near the ball. Free Kick Distance Attributes Needed Dipped Short FKA Curved Short CRV,FKA Driven Short FKA,PWR Trivela Short CRV,FKA Long Dipped Medium-Long FKA,PWR Power Curved Medium-Long CRV,FKA,PWR Knuckleball Long FKA,PWRlast_img read more

Love driving in India, says Michael Schumacher’s son Mick

first_imgWhen he isn’t wearing a race helmet, Mick Schumacher is kept wrapped in cotton wool.A famous surname but more so the present circumstances has forced the 17-year-old to always stay in protective gear. So much so that in the age of social media and selfies, the young German politely refuses any fan who approaches him for a click.  That’s life for the junior Schumacher post December 29, 2013 – the fateful day when his seven-times Formula One champion father Michael suffered serious head injuries in a skiing accident.The burden of carrying forward the great Schumacher legacy – uncle Ralph was a champion racer too – has fallen more heavily upon the teenager than ever before.So, having strengthened his resolve, Mick hops from one continent to another these days, participating in racing events and winning them as well.The MRF Challenge triumph at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida is the latest trophy Mick will be taking back home.”It is definitely a lot different to Chennai which was my first time in India,” Mick Schumacher tells India Today on a sunny, but chilly afternoon at the Buddh F1 circuit.”I really liked driving here. The track was really good and a lot more technical. I enjoyed driving here. I am really looking forward to the F3 season, the batteries are fully charged and I am all excited,” he added.Standing atop the podium with Germany’s national anthem played to empty stands, Mick resembled so much like his famous father. For several years, one F1 race weekend after another, senior Schumacher created some everlasting memories for his fans.advertisement”He has done incredibly well to carry the Schumacher name. It is a big name to carry,” says Narain Karthikeyan, India’s first F1 race driver.Karthikeyan chatted with the youngster during the event and was left impressed with his attitude.  “Obviously, a lot of attention is on him (Mick Schumacher) and also pressure to perform I suppose. He has done well so far by finishing second in the German and Italian Formula 4 Championships in 2016. He is going to move to Formula 3 now and race with the big boys. Let’s see how he performs now. I chatted with him more like friends, talking about the track. He came very quickly to the grips of the circuit and the layout and did very well.”Helping him live a cocooned life, away from the flashbulbs, is Mick’s dedicated team. India was better but keeping the spotlight away from the young champ in Europe is a daunting task.”We are quite disciplined. We have de-briefs and other briefing sessions before every race. We talk a lot about the set up. He is very good with his data. It is that kind of preparation which makes a champion. He not only has the talent but the correct mindset and the education to make sure he makes most of the opportunity,” reveals Danny King, the race engineer for the challenge championship.Perhaps that’s the reason, and not just the surname, why Ferrari have offered Mick a seat in their driver’s programme this year. Michael Schumacher re-wrote sports’ history books by winning it all for Ferrari from 1996 to 2006.Maybe someone there in those pits believes that history can repeat itself and a Schumacher will be seen jumping on the F1 podium in next few years.last_img read more

Previewing the Schedule: How OSU Matches up Against a Rebuilding Pitt Defense

first_imgTulsa | S. AlabamaIn Week 3, the Cowboys head to the Steel City for the second leg of a home-and-home non-conference series with Pittsburgh. The Cowboys took care of business last year in Stillwater. Now let’s see how they do on the road.ParticularsWhen: Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. CDTWatch: ABC or ESPN2Where: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Capacity: 68,400)AdChoices广告Last meeting: September 17, 2016 — Oklahoma State won a weather-delayed battle in Stillwater 45-38. Last year’s meeting was the first between the two schools.OffensePitt welcomes a new offensive coordinator for the second-straight year. During the off season, Matt Canada was hired away by Ed Orgeron at LSU. Now it’s up to Shawn Watson, former QB coach and — at one point — acting OC under Charlie Strong at Texas. He has the task of replacing the production of starting quarterback Nathan Peterman and star running back James Conner.One of those needs looks to be filled by a west coast grad-transfer. Former USC starting quarterback Max Browne will play out the final year of his eligibility at Pitt. Browne won the Trojans’ starting job during fall camp 2016 but kept it for exactly three weeks before being supplanted by current Heisman favorite Sam Darnold. Browne was a five-star recruit and the No. 1 pro-style QB in the 2013 class according to 247 Sports.Browne does have some weapons like the nation’s top returning deep-threat, Jester Weah (24.2 yards per catch) and Quadree Henderson who racked up 164 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns in Stillwater last year.DefenseThe Panthers will be without seven starters from last year’s defense including defensive end Ejuan Price who led the ACC with 23.0 tackles for loss (No. 2 nationally) and led his team with 13.0 sacks in 2016 (two of those were of Mason Rudolph). Nine of the 12 leading tacklers at Pitt last year were seniors. But that 2016 team also ranked 106th in scoring defense, allowing 35.2 points per game and 109th allowing 2.9 points per drive. They were decent against the run and horrible against the pass.The 2016 Panthers ranked 127th out of 128 teams in opponent passing yardage allowed and allowed the most long passing plays from scrimmage in the nation (both plays of 10-plus and 20-plus yards). Its secondary will be without corner Ryan Lewis and safeties Terrish Webb and Reggie Mitchell, all seniors in 2016.Pitt does get some help in the form of junior strong safety and 2015 ACC Rookie of the Year, Jordan Whitehead, who missed the last three games of 2016 due to injury. Can Whitehead and some young corners help the Panther defense take a step forward? They’ll have to to keep up with the Pokes this year.Key MatchupPat Narduzzi, who is just in his third year at Pitt, has yet to assemble the talent to fit the type of defensive scheme he runs. The Panthers like to bring a ton of pressure up front, leaving their cover men on an island. We saw that last year and it produced record-setting performances from both Mason Rudolph and James Washington.Which looks something like this.ConclusionThis will be the stiffest competition the Cowboys will have faced to date and Pitt will be one week removed from their trip to University Park to visit rival Penn State. How much does that take out of the Panthers, and has their offense found its way under newcomer Max Browne? Can they stop anyone?As far as the Cowboys are concerned, they should be able to stretch the field against an unproven and isolated secondary. How does Oklahoma State’s own secondary match up against Pitt’s playmakers? How effective are the Cowboys at slowing down Pitt’s running game? These are questions we will likely get at least a few answers to in the first two weeks against Tulsa and South Alabama.Summer PredictionThe Pokes stay perfect and win one on the road in the neighborhood of 42-28. Pitt has too many question marks and too much to replace to keep up with the loaded Cowboys. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Goal Pressure Index Team of the Week

first_imgLeicester City v AFC Bournemouth Riyad Mahrez, Mo Salah and the Goal Pressure Index Team of the Week Goal 00:18 6/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Liverpool celebration Salah Mane Alexander Arnold Getty Images Leicester City v AFC Bournemouth Tottenham Hotspur v Huddersfield Town Liverpool v Newcastle United Manchester City v Chelsea Leicester City AFC Bournemouth Tottenham Hotspur Huddersfield Town Liverpool Newcastle United Manchester City Chelsea Premier League The Liverpool star found the net once again to inspire his side to another win, while the Leicester man struck a fabulous last-minute equaliser Mo Salah did it once again. This was the sort of match in which this counter-attacking Liverpool side were supposed to struggle – but Newcastle United’s deep block simply couldn’t contain the magnificent Egypt international.Pouncing to open the scoring in the Reds’ 2-0 win over Rafa Benitez’ side, Salah set another record as he sailed to the top of Europe’s top five leagues by scoring in his 26th separate competitive club match this season. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp His performance earned him a score of 90/100 on the Goal Pressure Index, presented by Sure and powered by Opta data, to make the Pressure Index Team of the Week.He is joined up front by Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez, who struck a sensational 97th-minute free-kick to earn his side a 1-1 draw against Bournemouth, and Tottenham’s Heung-Min Son, who netted his eighth and ninth PL goals at Wembley this season to secure Spurs’ 2-0 win over Huddersfield.Son’s South Korean compatriot Ki Sung-yueng leads the midfield after he scored and assisted in a Premier League game for the first time since January 2014 (against Fulham for Sunderland) to inspire Swansea to a 4-1 over West Ham. Ki leads the Pressure Index overall this week, with a score of 97/100 as he came up trumps for the relegation-threatened Swans.Watch the video above to discover the full team.The Goal Pressure Index is presented by Sure, Official Partner of Chelsea FC, Everton FC and Southampton FC. Join the conversation on Twitter @Sure.last_img read more

Position Preview: OSU’s Running Back Depth Goes Beyond the Chuba Show

first_imgWe’re in Week 2 of our position previews, and this week we’ll take a look at a group that gives OSU fans a lot to be excited about.Oklahoma State’s running backs have been a point of pride for the team of the past few seasons with the stable’s skill and depth. The group definitely has skill in Chuba Hubbard. There is a lot of potential behind him, but that potential is a bit unproven for now. Let’s get into it.QB previewThe RB RoomA running back unit that lost Justice Hill and J.D. King might be thought to be in rough shape, but John Wozniak’s group still looks solid. Apart from Chuba Hubbard and LD Brown, the group is untested at the D-I level, but there is depth there without a doubt.LD Brown (R-Jr.): One of two returning members of the four-headed beast that was OSU’s running back unit in 2018, LD Brown played in 10 games last season but had only 163 yards. Seventy-seven of those yards came on a touchdown run against Missouri State.Micah Cooper (R-Jr.): Micah Cooper is the latest in a long line of players to come to Stillwater from NEO. A walk-on, Cooper originally went to D-II Henderson State out of Madill High School.Deondrick Glass (Fr.): Deondrick Glass comes to OSU as the 2019 recruiting class’ 13th-ranked running back. At Katy High School (TX), Glass ran for 4,964 yards and 82 touchdowns in his final three seasons. In his senior season alone, he ran for 1,951 yards and 30 touchdowns. He comes to OSU after having offers from Alabama, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas, Georgia, LSU, Miami, USC and a lot of others.Chuba Hubbard (R-So.): Chuba Hubbard took over as OSU’s RB1 early in last season’s Bedlam game after Justice Hill went down with injury, and Hubbard was fantastic. In his first year of college football, he ran for 740 yards and seven touchdowns on 124 carries. In three of the Cowboys’ final four games, Hubbard surpassed the 100-yard mark. He is still an underclassman, but he has the hype of a junior or senior entering the 2019 season.Dezmon Jackson (Jr.): Last season at Hutchinson Community College, Dezmon Jackson ran for 1,216 yards and 13 touchdowns on 163 characters. He was the 15th-ranked running back in the 2019 juco class. Jackson is the cousin of Baltimore Ravens running back Kenneth Dixon.Jahmyl Jeter (R-Fr.): A power back, Jahmyl Jeter saw some special teams work in the Liberty Bowl, but he is still waiting for his first collegiate carry. Jeter ran for 4,008 yards and 48 touchdowns in his last three seasons at Brennan High School (TX), including a 1,033-yard, 16-touchdown senior season.Mbari Snoddy (R-Fr.): A walk-on who redshirted in 2018, Mbari Snoddy ran for 1,218 yards and scored 20 total touchdowns as a high school senior at Edmond Santa Fe in 2017.2019 ExpectationsThis season will be the first full year of the Chuba Hubbard Show.Hubbard is the undoubted starter heading into his redshirt sophomore season, but behind him is where things get interesting. It looks like LD Brown, Jahmyl Jeter, Dezmon Jackson and Deondrick Glass will all compete for reps behind Hubbard.Glass is probably the most intriguing of the group given how highly regarded he was as a recruit, but he has the least experience and the other three were all participating in spring practices. With that said, Mike Gundy hasn’t ruled the freshman out as a contributor, going against what some would see as his liberal use of the redshirt over the past few seasons.“If he’s in good shape, he’s got skill,” Gundy said this spring. “Three weeks in August is all about durability and ‘Can I pick up the system?’ His skill set says if he can pick the system up and if he’s durable to make it through, he could play a role, too. If he is, you play him. You don’t really redshirt guys like that much anymore.”Unless one guy stood out behind closed doors this spring, it’s tough to say who will get the majority of Hubbard’s leftover work. It’s probably something that will get worked out in the early parts of the season before Big 12 play.Position StrengthsChuba Hubbard is legit.The Canadian flash’s ceiling is being one of the top running backs in the country, and his floor looks like it’s averaging 100 yards a game, which is an awesome floor. Durability was an unknown for Hubbard last year, but he stayed solid through the four games he was the Cowboys’ featured back.He also looks to have a solid supporting cast. In a state of transfers in college athletics, OSU has done an excellent job maintaining a solid stable of backs, a stable that survived a junior turning pro and a transfer.Often running backs are only as good as their offensive lines, and luckily for Hubbard and Co., the Cowboys’ line also looks to be going forward.Position WeaknessesIt’s easy to think the group has solid depth, but it’s honestly an unknown until it’s seen in live action.Apart from Hubbard and Brown, no one in the position group has taken a Division-I handoff before. If everything turns out how it expected, the Cowboys will have a bit of an embarrassment of riches in the backfield, but we won’t know for sure until at least Aug. 30. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

What to Make of Another Big 12-Opening Loss for Gundy and OSU

first_imgYou can look at Oklahoma State’s 36-30 defeat to No. 12 Texas on Saturday through two lenses.The first, that of a pessimist. The woe is me crowd. The yeah, throw this season in the dumpster crowd.This crowd was not a fan of the play-calling against the Longhorns. This crowd took umbrage with that now-infamous fake field goal. This crowd … is calling for Dru Brown to see more reps.Full disclosure: this crowd might just be the worst.Then there’s the lens of an optimistic. This view may have a shade of orange in its prescription. In this crowd, some may be prepared to dub Spencer Sanders an all-timer. This crowd didn’t hate the fake field goal, despite the unusual circumstances. This crowd actually thinks Oklahoma State, a team that may have been an onside kick recovery away from a massive upset, might be a good football team.(OK, I give. This crowd is definitely me.)It’s incredible just how much a narrative can shift, isn’t it? Last year, against Iowa State, Oklahoma State was arguably a dropped Tylan Wallace deep ball — which he rarely ever does in any circumstance — from a Cyclones comeback. Instead, the sky began falling. And it kept falling.Last season was a cautionary tale that sometimes an early narrative can actually be right. It turned out, OSU last season was just an OK football team. Nothing special. Six regular season wins, six regular season losses. The definition of average.Is a loss to Texas the same warning sign? Despite that feeling in your gut you got when the clock read all zeroes on Saturday night, I don’t believe so. This much-maligned defense gave up only 36 points — two weeks removed from mighty LSU (heavily sarcastic air quotes) gave up 38. (LSU won, alas.) That questionable play-calling? It’s Mike Gundy and Sean Gleeson — two brilliant offense minds who uncharacteristically left points on the field. And oh, the talent level? On both sides of the ball, OSU has the horses to not only rebound and reclaim momentum in Big 12 play, but to reinforce that feeling you might have stashed away just below that Texas knot, that one that tells you that, perhaps, this team isn’t last year’s team. This team has moxie, spunk.And by golly, this team, despite a deflating Texas loss, is pretty stinkin’ good. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Muller rejects reports of Germany squad unrest

first_imgWorld Cup Germany unrest? Muller and Bierhoff dismiss reports of World Cup disharmony Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 23:33 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Thomas Muller Germany Mexico World Cup 2018 170618 Getty World Cup Germany Germany v Sweden The topic of disharmony was raised during Wednesday’s news conference but the Germany forward dismissed the claims. Germany star Thomas Muller and team manger Oliver Bierhoff both rejected speculation of a division within the squad following their shock loss to Mexico at the World Cup.The world champions have returned to the scene of their 2017 Confederations Cup triumph amid sweltering conditions in Sochi but are facing the heat on and off the pitch ahead of Saturday’s crucial showdown with Sweden.A 1-0 defeat to Mexico has put Germany under pressure and sparked reports of cliques in the team following the country’s underwhelming Group F opener. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar The topic of disharmony was inevitably raised during Wednesday’s news conference after training and Muller dismissed the claims.”Is that confirmed? Do you have a source? No? Ok,” Muller said when asked if there were factions within the team amid a strong Bayern Munich presence.”In 2012 we didn’t have great chemistry, but that’s not the case now.”Attempting to pinpoint what went wrong against the Mexicans, Muller highlighted Germany’s performances in the lead-up to the World Cup, which saw Joachim Low’s men scrape past Saudi Arabia having lost to Austria.”I think we took things a bit too lightly after the warm-up games,” Muller said. “Internally we made no bones about it, we were self-critical and said we need to do this, that and the other.”And in warm-up games we had just hoped that in a non-training camp context, without tough and lengthy training sessions, we hoped that when the World Cup came around we could raise our game. And we haven’t been able to. We need to get back to being prepared to walk that extra mile. That’s it.”What is important now is that we look ahead to the two major tasks lying ahead of us in this group. The heat is on.”All eyes on #GER today in Sochi after their shock loss to #MEX Muller and Reus to speak to the media after training. #WorldCup @OmnisportNews — Sacha Pisani (@Sachk0) June 20, 2018 Hirving Lozano Germany Mexico World Cup 2018 170618Muller spoke after Bierhoff fronted the media at Germany’s hotel amid questions over team unity.Responding to the reports, Bierhoff told reporters: “I can say that the speech did not become as loud as it would have in earlier years. It is another generation and we live in other times. But the speech was very fair and square.”It is important that we find – in terms of the atmosphere within the team and work – a good mixture between focus and tenseness in the next few days. The tenseness is there for sure. Everybody is aware that the match against Sweden is the first final for us. You know that these knockout matches are part of every tournament.”last_img read more

How Real Madrid dashed Di Maria’s WC dream

first_imgWorld Cup Di Maria reveals how Real Madrid stopped him from playing in 2014 World Cup final Chris Burton 00:14 6/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Angel Di Maria Argentina World Cup final 2014 Getty World Cup Argentina Nigeria v Argentina Nigeria Real Madrid Primera División The Argentina international had been hoping to face Germany in the biggest game of his career, but saw his club employers at the time dash that dream Angel Di Maria has revealed how Real Madrid handed him “the most difficult day of my life” as they dashed his World Cup dreams in 2014.The Argentina international had been hoping to grace a final showdown with Germany, in what would have been the biggest game of his distinguished career.Di Maria had, however, been nursing a knock en route to that showpiece event and those back in the Spanish capital were aware of the medical assistance getting him through games. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar With Madrid eager to move on a player they eventually sold to Manchester United, the distraught forward was pulled out of contention by his club as they sought to protect a saleable asset.Di Maria wrote in an emotional article for The Players’ Tribune: “I remember getting the letter from Real Madrid and tearing it up before I even opened it.”It was the morning of the 2014 World Cup Final, at exactly 11am and I was sitting on the trainer’s table about to get an injection in my leg.”I had torn my thigh muscle in the quarter-finals, but with painkillers, I could run without feeling anything.”I told our trainers these exact words: ‘If I break, then let me keep breaking. I don’t care. I just want to be able to play.'”So I was putting ice on my leg when our team doctor, Daniel Martínez, came into the room holding this envelope, and he said ‘Look, Ángel, this paper came from Real Madrid.’ I said ‘What are you talking about?’ He said ‘Well, they’re saying you’re not in any condition to play. So they are forcing us to not let you play today.'”I immediately knew what was happening. Everybody had heard the rumours that Real wanted to sign James Rodríguez after the World Cup, and I knew that they were going to sell me to make room for him.”So they didn’t want their asset to be damaged. It was that simple. That’s the business of football that people do not always see.”I told Daniel to give me the letter. I didn’t even open it. I just ripped it into pieces.Angel Di Maria Argentina Islandia Iceland World Cup 16062018“I had not slept much the night before. Part of the reason was that the Brazilian fans were setting off huge fireworks outside of our hotel all night long, but even if it had been completely quiet, I don’t think I would’ve been able to sleep.”It is impossible to explain the feeling you have on the night before a World Cup Final, when everything you ever dreamed about is right in front of your eyes.”I sincerely wanted to play that day even if it ended my career. But I also didn’t want to make things complicated for our team.”So I woke up early that morning and went to see our manager, Mr Sabella. We had a very close relationship, so if I told him that I wanted to start, I knew that he would feel the pressure to put me in. I told him sincerely, with my hand on my heart, that he should put in the player that he felt he had to put in.”I said ‘If it’s me, it’s me. If it’s another, then it’s another. I just want to win the World Cup. If you call on me, I will play until I break.'”And then I started crying. I couldn’t help it. The moment had overwhelmed me.”Di Maria did go on to put himself in a position to play if required, as he took matters into his own hands, but he ended up being an unused substitute on a frustrating day for Argentina which saw them concede an extra-time winner to Mario Gotze.”I treated myself with an injection before the match and again during the second half, so that I would be ready to play if I was called from the bench,” added a man now on the books at Paris Saint-Germain.”But the call never came. We lost the World Cup – and I couldn’t control anything. It was the most difficult day of my life.”Di Maria is currently back on a World Cup stage, but has faced more struggles with the Albiceleste as they ready themselves for a make-or-break meeting with Nigeria on Tuesday which will determine whether they progress to the last 16 or head home after a humbling early exit.last_img read more

FIFA asks exuberant Maradona to be respectful

first_imgWorld Cup FIFA backs ‘football great’ Maradona but urges World Cup star to be respectful Josh Challies 00:39 6/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Maradona cropped Getty Images World Cup The former Napoli and Barcelona star has been a colourful presence in the stands for his home nation, but his behaviour has attracted criticism Argentina icon Diego Maradona has been urged by FIFA to behave in a respectful manner after hitting the headlines during the group stages.The 1986 World Cup winner attracted widespread criticism for an offensive gesture during Argentina’s 2-1 victory over Nigeria, which saw Jorge Sampaoli’s side secure a last 16 clash with France.Maradona also left the game early with a health scare following a number of exuberant appearances in the stands around Russia, later slamming reports of his death and threatening legal action.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar FIFA has now commented on the situation by providing support for a player widely regarded to be one of the greatest ever, urged the 57-year-old – part of the FIFA Legends Program – to be respectful.”Diego Maradona is obviously one of the greatest footballers that has ever lived and is a part of that [FIFA Legends Program]. We are aware of what you are referring to in terms of previous matches,” FIFA’s chief competitions and events officer Colin Smith said on Friday.”We expect all players, former players, staff, fans and everyone to behave in a respectful manner, but having stars like Diego, [Carles] Puyol, [Javier] Zanetti, who have built up the fabric of football, and having them working with us on our goals is part of a much bigger picture.”As well as providing a colourful presence in the stands during Argentina’s games, Diego has been fronting a television programme on the Telesur network at the World Cup alongside legendary Uruguayan commentator Victor Hugo Morales. He has used the platform to voice strong criticisms of his national team, who were on the verge of elimination following a draw against Iceland and defeat to Croatia before sealing their place in the last 16. Of Sampaoli Maradona has said: “His game plan was a disgrace. I don’t blame the players. I blame a lack of preparation because there obviously hasn’t been any.”If he carries on like this, Sampaoli can’t come back to Argentina.”Lionel Messi, however, has won the backing of his predecessor at No. 10. “To Leo, I would like to talk to you and tell you that you are not guilty of anything, of absolutely nothing,” he said.”I love you as always, I respect you as always.”last_img read more

Lingard hails Southgate’s England revolution

first_imgWorld Cup England boosted by Southgate’s ‘new revolution’, says Lingard Dom Farrell 23:38 7/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) JesseLingard - cropped Getty Images World Cup England Colombia v England Colombia The Three Lions boss’ commitment to youth and a defined style of play his lifted England to new heights, according to the midfielder Jesse Lingard has credited England manager Gareth Southgate with overseeing a “revolution” that has brought a feel-good factor back to the national side.England face Colombia in the last 16 of the World Cup in Moscow on Tuesday, aiming to win their first knockout game at a major competition since 2006.Set up in Southgate’s bold 3-1-4-2 formation, the Three Lions scored eight goals over the course of group wins against Tunisia and Panama before a heavily rotated line-up were beaten 1-0 by Belgium. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Lingard’s superb long-range strike in the 6-1 thumping of Panama is the pick of England’s goals in Russia so far and the 25-year-old Manchester United midfield’s all-action approach makes him a vital cog in clearly defined playing style.”It feels like a new revolution. The manager has come in with great ideas and a great idea of how he wants us to play,” he told a news conference at England’s Repino base.”The formation suits us perfectly and as a group of lads, it’s a youthful squad but we’ve still got them experienced players in there and the team spirit is amazing at the moment – everyone has come together and really bonding. “We’re excited, we’re enjoying the World Cup and we have just got to keep going now.”Jesse Lingard scattering the pins #ENG #WorldCup @OmnisportNews @OmnisportWC— Dom Farrell (@DomFarrell1986) July 1, 2018Lingard’s status as a seemingly locked-in starter in England’s best XI might have seemed far fetched as recently as a year ago.However, his development under Jose Mourinho stands as one of the success stories of the Portuguese’s reign at Old Trafford and Lingard is grateful to his club manager.”He’s been great with me,” he said. “He’s put that trust and faith in me to play me in big matches and week in, week out. “It was only up to me then to repay that faith by playing well and putting in performances. “He’s played a massive part in my development and I can only thank him for that.”England are undertaking penalty practice in training, with the possibility of having to improve upon a dismal record of six defeats in seven tournament shoot-outs now on the horizon.Asked whether a preferred list of five penalty takers had been put together, Lingard replied: “Not at this current moment. Of course, we are practicing after training.”There’s not really a set five yet. Everyone is confident enough to be get and take one.”last_img read more

MalariaCare Webinar September 25: Getting to Universal Diagnosis and Treatment of Malaria

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 9, 2013August 15, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)MalariaCare is hosting a webinar on the theme Getting to universal diagnosis and treatment of malaria on September 25, from 9:00 am to 10:30 am (EDT). The webinar will be a great opportunity to continue exploring themes related to malaria in pregnancy, as an element of broader efforts to secure diagnosis and treatment for all who need it.From our colleagues at MalariaCare:Please join MalariaCare for an interactive discussion on how countries can make progress towards achieving universal diagnosis and treatment of malaria. Panelists will discuss challenges to scaling up effective malaria diagnosis and treatment and share successes and lessons learned from country programs. Malaria program managers and global health colleagues working on malaria and other illnesses are welcome to join the discussion.To take part in the webinar, click here to fill out the registration form.Share this:last_img read more

Call for Stories on What Didn’t Work in Maternal and Newborn Health

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on April 22, 2015October 26, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)By: Merck for MothersGlobal health researchers and donors are quick to report on program successes in conferences and publications but it is difficult to find documentation of what didn’t go as planned – programs or elements of programs that did not meet their objectives or had unintended negative consequences. As a result of a collective silence on what has not worked, we miss opportunities to learn from valuable experience, and ineffective approaches are often reinvented.At this year’s Global Maternal Neonatal Health Conference, Merck for Mothers is working with the Maternal Health Task Force to help to break the silence around projects that didn’t give the expected results, and we need your help!Do you have a story about a maternal health project that did not turn out as expected  that you would like to share? Send us a short story pitch (~200 words or <2 minute video) that outlines what didn’t work, what you learned (or failed to learn) from it, and whether/how you applied or are currently applying that lesson to course-correct the intervention or develop a future program.We will examine two types of projects, or elements of projects, that did not work: those that are easily traceable back to a clear mistake or bad decision, and those that arose more slowly from an unavoidable confluence of factors which may or may not have been under the control of the program team. Both present opportunities for learning and growth.As much as we love a good cliffhanger, we want to be sure that your story is a good fit with the others on the panel, so we will reach out to finalists to learn more.  Regardless of whether your story is chosen, we hope you can join us in Mexico City for an open discussion and analysis of “what didn’t work” in maternal and newborn health. Also, please submit only your own stories rather than highlighting the stories of others (no matter how good they are!).Please send all story submissions to Caitlin Williams at  no later than May 15, 2015.Share this:last_img read more

International Women’s Day: Ensuring the Universal Rights of All Childbearing Women

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on March 8, 2018March 8, 2018By: Staff, Maternal Health Task ForceClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Today on International Women’s Day—and every day—we must work to end preventable maternal mortality and protect the following universal rights of all childbearing women before, during and after childbirth:Every woman has the right to be free from harm and ill treatmentEvery woman has the right to information, informed consent and refusal and respect for her choices and preferences, including the right to her choice of companionship during maternity care, whenever possibleEvery woman has the right to privacy and confidentialityEvery woman has the right to be treated with dignity and respectEvery woman has the right to equality, freedom from discrimination and equitable careEvery woman has the right to health care and to the highest attainable level of healthEvery woman has the right to liberty, autonomy, self-determination and freedom from coercionContinued research, commitment and collaboration among the global community will help safeguard these rights for every woman, everywhere.—What is your organization doing to advance the universal rights of all childbearing women? We’d love to hear from you!Join the conversation on International Women’s Day by using #InternationalWomensDay and #IWD2018.Access the full Respectful Maternity Care Charter.Learn more about respectful maternity care and ending preventable maternal mortality.Read key highlights from the World Health Organization’s new guideline on intrapartum care.Share this:last_img read more

Preliminary Hearing For Nebraska RB Maurice Washington Has Been Delayed

first_img Despite the charges against him, head coach Scott Frost has played Washington in all of Nebraska’s seven games this year. When the accusations were brought to light earlier this season, Frost clarified that until the case was resolved, Washington would play.The NU head coach has stood by his stance on the matter. Washington has combined for 460 total yards and three touchdowns so far this season.This is the third time Washington’s preliminary hearing has been delayed. The charges were initially filed against him back in February.The preliminary hearing allows the judge to decide whether or not the case should proceed. Prosecutors will present the evidence they have against Washington during the hearing, and then the judge will come to a decision.The hearing will take place in California, now scheduled for Dec. 12. Nebraska running back Maurice Washington against Northern IllinoisLINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 14: Running back Maurice Washington #28 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers runs in the first half against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Memorial Stadium on September 14, 2019 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska running back Maurice Washington’s preliminary hearing has once again been delayed. The revised hearing will now take place on Dec. 12 of this year.Washington has been accused of sending a video of a 15-year old girl engaged in oral sex to his former girlfriend. California officials have made it clear Washington did not record the actual video and was not involved in the sexual act.Still, the Huskers RB faces one felony and two charges overall.Nebraska RB Maurice Washington’s preliminary hearing has been continued to Dec. 12, 2019.— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) October 17, 2019last_img read more

Deschamps set to discuss France penalties with Griezmann

first_imgFrance coach Didier Deschamps concedes he will talk to Antoine Griezmann about his duties from the penalty spot, but insists the forward still enjoys his full confidence for the time being.Griezmann missed a second penalty in as many games, failing to convert in a 3-0 win over Andorra in Euro 2020 qualifying on Tuesday.The 28-year-old also fluffed his lines from 12 yards during Les Bleus’ 4-1 win over Albania on Saturday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream The Barcelona striker was far more convincing at last year’s World Cup, converting three penalties during France’s run to the title.Those efforts have Deschamps upbeat about Griezmann from the spot, but the coach admitted he would hold talks with a talismanic figure.”Antoine, he doesn’t gamble. When he had to score them, he scored them,” he told a press conference after the match.”When they were decisive, he didn’t tremble. It remains two failures.”I will talk about it perhaps with him knowing, if there is another to shoot in October, he’ll be there.”FULL-TIME. A solid win for Les Bleus. 👍🇫🇷 #FiersdetreBleus #FRAAND #EURO2020— French Team ⭐⭐ (@FrenchTeam) September 10, 2019Griezmann became the first France player to miss two consecutive penalties over the past 10 seasons, having scored his first seven for his nation.France are top of Group H in qualifying after collecting 15 points from six games.Next up for Deschamps’ men is a clash with Iceland on October 11, before they host Turkey four days later.Griezmann will now return to Camp Nou ahead of Barcelona’s La Liga showdown with Valencia at the weekend.The former Atletico Madrid ace has contributed two goals and an assist in his first three appearances for the Spanish champions, following a £107 million ($132m) move from Wanda Metropolitano over the summer.last_img read more

FIFA 20 video: Stars come out for launch event

first_imgFIFA 20 release dates, prices, features & pre-order news FIFA 20 stadium list: All 119 venues in the new game FIFA 20 Ultimate Team: New features, icons & changes Which songs will be on the FIFA 20 soundtrack? FIFA 20 top 100 players rankedlast_img

Neymar: I messed up several times

first_imgNeymar has been known to have some explosive moments over the years, but the attacker has admitted he is trying to improve on that, while opening up on his own mental health issues. The Paris Saint-Germain star was caught up in a number of incidents last season , including a suspension for lashing out at referees following his side’s Champions League elimination against Manchester United and an incident that saw him attack a fan.However, the Brazilian is working on getting a better grasp of his temper and watching how he handles himself in times of adversity. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career “I’m not a talkative person,” he told the Mirror . “I’m a very reserved guy, I keep things to myself.“But it comes to a point where I end up frustrated, getting angry, exploding and not communicating in a correct way. I’m trying to improve on that.“Whenever I have to have a certain conversation with someone, I try to talk. And I think this is doing me good.“I think when you are mentally well things happen naturally. You are more likely to do the right things. If you are not so well, things will not happen the way you expect.“Sometimes it’s hard because you always have to be perfect and as a human being it is impossible.”He added: “I messed up several times and recovering all the confidence I had has a high price, but I think it’s normal for human beings to fail, it’s part of life and due to these errors you grow and learn.“My parents, my sister, my family and my friends – it’s for them I play football and train every day, as I know they are always on my side. They are the people who helped me when I had nothing, so they are my inspiration.”Neymar also said he is proud to be a role model for others.“When fame happens to you, it ends up being a little strange, but you get used to it. I feel proud and happy. I am very honoured to be a person who is an example to others. It’s a way of encouragement,” he said.“So if I can help somehow, I always try to do the right thing, playing football, taking a photo or giving a hug. I’m very happy with everyone’s support.”The forward also revealed he now does preventive workouts on his feet to avoid suffering more injuries.The forward has missed large chunks of the last two campaigns after breaking his metatarsal in both 2017-18 and 2018-19.As a result, Neymar has admitted he has been forced to adapt his training regime to reduce the chance of the problem reoccurring.“I do preventive workouts with my physical trainer and my physiotherapist,” the 27-year-old said.“It’s the worst time in any athlete’s career. I had two serious injuries in two years and it left me out of football for practically six months. I missed scoring goals.“But injuries are part of an athlete’s career and we try to prepare ourselves and prevent them from happening. If they do it’s so important to maintain good mental health while you recover.”last_img read more

Dortmund chief taunts Aubameyang for having to ‘watch UCL on TV’

first_imgBorussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has taken aim at Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, suggesting he only left the German club for money and taunting him over his lack of Champions League football. Aubameyang was prolific during a four-and-a-half-year spell with Dortmund, leaving the club in January 2018 to join up with the Gunners for a then-club-record fee of £56 million ($69m).The Gabon international has continued his free-scoring ways at the Emirates Stadium, netting 49 times in all competitions with the Gunners since making his debut. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Though he has been prolific in front of goal, Aubameyang has seen Arsenal finish outside of the top four in each of his first two seasons with the club. After a run of 20 straight seasons finishing in the top four, Arsenal finished in sixth place in 2017-18 and then finished fifth last term.That has meant that while Aubameyang’s former side Dortmund have been competing in the Champions League, the striker has had to settle for Europa League play instead. Watzke was not shy in highlighting this difference between Aubameyang’s past and current clubs, also suggesting the 30-year-old had money on his mind when he left Signal Iduna Park last year.”Of course it is hard to keep a player in the face of such sums,” Watzke told Suddeutsche Zeitung. “Some go to clubs because of this money, where they have not played Champions League for years.“Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who plays great at Arsenal, will probably be warm-hearted when he looks at his bank account, but on Wednesdays, will be saddened when he has to watch the Champions League on television.”Aubameyang has begun the 2019-20 season well, scoring seven times in seven league appearances thus far, with Arsenal currently in fourth place in the Premier League table. The Gunners will continue their Europa League campaign on Thursday when they host Standard Liege at the Emirates, before returning to league action on Sunday when they welcome Bournemouth. Dortmund, meanwhile are eighth in the Bundesliga table but only three points behind first-place Bayern Munich after finishing second behind the Bavarians last term.last_img read more

Yedlin and Pulisic in, Dest out of USMNT squad

first_imgChristian Pulisic and DeAndre Yedlin headline the U.S. men’s national team roster for the upcoming Nations League matches, although the biggest storyline surrounding the squad centers around one key absence.Sergino Dest was not included among the 26-man squad as the Ajax defender continues to be linked with a one-time switch to represent the Netherlands.The fullback, who was also not named to the Netherlands squad for their upcoming matches, would have been cap-tied to the U.S. had he featured against Cuba on October 11 or Canada on October 15. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career The two matches represent the start of the Nations League, Concacaf’s new competition, with the three sides making up Group A and the group winner advancing to a knockout stage.“This is competitive soccer. Anytime there is a trophy on the line is exciting, and in the inaugural Nations League we want to put ourselves in a position to win the tournament,” USMNT boss Gregg Berhalter said.“One thing that’s important is we continue to bring some of the younger guys along, integrate some new players into camp, but also have a familiar base. Most of the guys have been in camp before, understand how we want to play, and we think that continuity will help in our performance.”Pulisic and Yedlin are the team’s headliners, with Pulisic joining the squad having recently endured a rough spell at Chelsea.The winger has fallen out of favor with manager Frank Lampard in recent weeks, with Willian, Pedro, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Mason Mount all ahead of Pulisic at Stamford Bridge for the moment.DeAndre Yedlin, meanwhile, returns to the USMNT having recently overcome a groin injury as he rejoins the squad for the first time since March after recently returning to the field for Newcastle.The same can be said of Matt Miazga, who has also overcome a hamstring issue to rejoin the USMNT for the first time since the Gold Cup.Philadelphia Union midfielder Brenden Aaronson is the lone newcomer on the roster, with the 18-year-old having earned his spot with three goals and two assists throughout his rookie season in MLS.Full rosterGOALKEEPERS: Brad Guzan (Atlanta United), Sean Johnson (New York City FC), Zack Steffen (Fortuna Düsseldorf)DEFENDERS: Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas), Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls), Daniel Lovitz (Montreal Impact), Matt Miazga (Reading), Tim Ream (Fulham), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United), Walker Zimmerman (LAFC)MIDFIELDERS: Brenden Aaronson (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Weston McKennie (Schalke), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes)FORWARDS: Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Paul Arriola (D.C. United), Corey Baird (Real Salt Lake, Tyler Boyd (Besiktas), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew)last_img read more

Shaqiri ‘dissatisfied’ with Liverpool bench-warmer role

first_imgXherdan Shaqiri says he is ‘dissatisfied’ with his backup role at Liverpool, but insists he has no problem with manager Jurgen Klopp.The Swiss international, signed from relegated Stoke to provide competition in attack, has hardly featured so far this season and has only started one game since January.With Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane close to undroppable out wide and Divock Origi generally proving a useful understudy, Shaqiri’s prospects of playing more regularly seem bleak – but, at a club like Liverpool, the 27-year-old feels this is simply par for the course. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career “Of course I’m dissatisfied that I do not play more often,” Shaqiri told Schweizer Illustrierte.“If that is not the reaction of a pro, he’s in the wrong job. He (Klopp) cannot personally discuss the role of each player, that’s normal.“We have a big, talented squad, and many have to wait for their chance.”I have never had a problem with the coach. He knows that I am ready.”Injuries have played their part in hampering Shaqiri’s progress this season, and he did finish the last campaign with a respectable six goals and five assists in all competitions.There were memorable contributions along the way. A late brace from the bench in a 3-1 win over Manchester United sticks out, while his cross for Origi to level the scores in the 4-3 aggregate win over Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals was doubtless his most crucial touch of the season.Xherdan Shaqiri, Divock Origi, LiverpoolHaving played his part in that memorable European triumph, Shaqiri says he can look back at his time on Merseyside so far with satisfaction.“Not for a second have I regretted the move to Liverpool,” he insisted.“Many wrote me off in Stoke, but who can claim to have switched directly from a relegated side to a Champions League winner?“I was in the starting XI in the return leg of the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona, ​​which will go down in club history.“And because of my two goals to defeat everlasting rival Manchester United, they still often call me a legend.“Apart from the fact that I would like to play more, I’m happy in Liverpool. I have a certain status in the team because I am one of the more experienced players. I think I’m one of the leaders.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more