India’s football exports up 15% in 2017-18

first_imgNew Delhi, July 17 (PTI) India’s football exports grew by over 15 per cent to USD 10.33 million (about 70.5 crore) in 2017-18 on account of growing demand in the markets of South America and Europe.”Around 60 countries from across the globe imported India-made footballs in 2017-18. The potential is much higher with the country’s craftsmen manufacturing footballs of global quality,” the department of commerce said in a tweet.It said inflatable balls, particularly football, are the top exported items in the sports goods and toys sector from India.The top 10 export destinations for Indian footballs were the UK, Australia, Germany, Ireland, UAE, Argentina, Spain, France, the US and Chile.The exports in 2016-17 stood at USD 8.93 million, as against USD 12.8 million in 2015-16. PTI RR SA SAlast_img read more

Inter ahead of Sevilla in Sturridge chase

first_imgTransfers Inter make ‘serious’ push for Sturridge as Sevilla consider offer for Liverpool striker Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 19:30 1/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Daniel Sturridge Getty/Goal Transfers Internazionale Liverpool Sevilla Premier League Serie A Primera División The Serie A side have made a proposal to secure the forward until the end of the season, with their Spanish rivals for his signature playing catch up Inter are in pole position to recruit Daniel Sturridge on loan this month, but the striker is hoping Sevilla will also present a solid formal offer to Liverpool.The Liga side are the England international’s first-choice option, but have only put in a check over his availability.Inter, however, have submitted a “serious” proposal to sign the 28-year-old until the end of the season, which includes a substantial loan fee, the full assumption of his salary and a path to making the deal permanent. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Serie A outfit have made it quite clear in their professional handling of matters that they are resolute in securing Sturridge’s services, which has encouraged the forward.Sevilla’s interest in Sturridge is further complicated by their pursuit of Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea .The 24-year-old had seemed certain to switch to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan for the rest of the campaign, but the London club’s difficulty in the transfer market is hampering that move.Blues boss Antonio Conte wanted to bring in Andy Carroll before letting the Belgium international, who is also on Borussia Dortmund’s radar, leave Stamford Bridge.But the West Ham target man has suffered an ankle injury, which has left Chelsea scrambling and Sevilla frustrated.Vincenzo Montella’s side, who have conceded more than they have scored in La Liga this season, are now considering making an official submission to Liverpool for Sturridge’s services.They have been made aware it would need to match what Inter have put on the table.Daniel Sturridge LiverpoolSturridge, who has previously revealed his fascination with Spanish and the intention to increase his vocabulary in the language, was an unused substitute during the 3-3 Champions League draw at Sevilla in November.He has been handed just five starts for Liverpool this season, and following a muscle issue, as well as illness which he has shaken off, he has not featured in a matchday squad since the 7-0 victory over Spartak Moscow on December 6.The former Chelsea and Manchester City man is desperate to secure regular minutes in order to make England’s World Cup squad, with West Ham and Southampton also monitoring his situation.Liverpool were initially unwilling to countenance a loan move for Sturridge, placing a £30 million valuation on the marksman.However, having only received approaches over a temporary arrangement thus far, the Merseysiders are looking to settle on the best deal for the club and player before the window closes.last_img read more

League Wide: Cool It With the Playoff Woes

first_imgLet’s take a look at some news from around the league over the last week or two.Take A Chill PillCommissioner Bob Bowlsby says to not worry about the Big 12 not being a playoff fixture over its first three years.“That’s a really short window,” Bowlsby said. “It get a little tiresome, because I know we play at a very high level, and I know that, top to bottom, we’re the best in the country in terms of balance. And I know that the method by which we conduct our championships and conduct our regular season is the most difficult.” [ESPN]AdChoices广告To Bowlsby’s point, the Big 12 is really close to three for three (getting in):And the Big 12 hasn’t played well in big non-conference games. Last season, OU probably would have made the playoff had it beaten either Houston or Ohio State; instead, the Sooners lost both. In 2014, Baylor probably would have made the playoff had it played a representative non-conference schedule; instead, the Bears played SMU, Northwestern State of Louisiana and Buffalo, and the playoff committee elevated Ohio State past Baylor. [NewsOK]Which leads us to the last piece, just win.We’ve debated for years the Big 12’s value. That debate needs to end. Ask not what your conference can do for you, ask what you can do for your conference. And the answer is, OU can beat Ohio State. West Virginia can beat Virginia Tech. OSU can beat Pittsburgh. TCU can beat Arkansas. Texas can beat Southern Cal (well, you know what I mean). And if a team makes the playoff, win once it gets there. [NewsOK]Buy Low on BillPick the K-State Wildcats to finish in the middle of the pack at your own peril.His Wildcats have returned a full-time starting quarterback six times in the past 20 years. In those six seasons, his teams have won 11 games five times and nine on one occasion. He won 11 games with Michael Bishop in 1998, 11 in 2000 with Jonathan Beasley, 11 in 2002 and ’03 with Ell Roberson and 11 in 2012 with Collin Klein. The latter two included Big 12 titles and BCS bowl bids, too. In 2014, Snyder won nine games with Jake Waters. Add it up and you’ll find that Snyder’s teams have gone 64-17 since 1998 when returning a full-time starting quarterback. [SportsOnEarth]Given health concerns and age, you could see the Wildcats striving to send a legend out on top.”You could make a great case for Bill Snyder being 1 of the 10 best college coaches of all-time” – @JBradEdwards— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) July 24, 2017 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. Keeping Up with the JonesBerry Tramel made the trip to West Virginia and was surprised by what he found.What is the most fascinating or interesting information you learned about West Virginia’s athletics department during your recent visit?How West Virginia is really not in the arms race. The Mountaineers have solid facilities and are constantly upgrading, but they’re not trying to build the palaces you see in Lubbock and Stillwater and Waco and Norman and Fort Worth and Austin. WVU is not recruiting against Texas A&M and Alabama. WVU is largely recruiting against Pitt and Maryland and the like. [NewsOK]West Virginia’s isolation must really put them in a different place from a recruiting perspective. Looking at their classes, Ohio River Valley and Florida are honey holes they dip into and the expectations must be different for the football-rich Texas players the rest live off of.In defense of the Mountaineers, they are trying.The new video board is coming along nicely at Milan Puskar Stadium. (P.S. Only 6️⃣6️⃣ days until @WVUfootball is back!)— Anjelica Trinone (@AnjelicaTrinone) June 29, 2017 Quick HittersFox analyst Joel Klatt says Texas killed the Big 12OSU at Tech and Bedlam made this list for the Ultimate Big 12 Road TripBig 12 players want to expand and add Houston (per a survey at media days)An unnamed Texas Tech football player allegedly beat up handful of people at a barBarry, Kevin Williams and Leslie O’Neal made this Big 12’s best in the NFL teamKU will be younger in the frontcourt with a grad transfer leavingFrank Mason shared Big 12 male athlete of the year with a Texas swimmer.Tech joins the arms race with this pretty fly indoor facility.New Carpet – (Indoor) Sports Performance Center, Texas Tech Football ?— Dal Watson (@DalDubya) July 24, 2017 Kool KliffFacing one of college football’s hottest seats, Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury was cool at Media Days.Never mind the questions about Kingsbury’s job status at Texas Tech, or the 16-21 record the past three seasons, or a defense that has been dreadful even graded on the Big 12 curve.Kingsbury still looked the part of the next-generation coach, one just as comfortable on TMZ as ESPN.Three days’ worth of stubble? Yep.A funky gray suit and brownish tie combo that few coaches could pull off? You bet.A relaxed attitude? Definitely. [SportsDay]Kingsbury is probably under more pressure (to save his job) than any Big 12 coach. He cites a third-year defensive coordinator and convincing his team to be confident as his motives in being cool. But have we ever really seen a hot seat coach behaving neurotically?He is comfortable talking about some things.Texas Tech HC Kliff Kingsbury’s still got it ? @TTUKingsbury @TexasTechFB— The Will Cain Show (@WillCainShow) July 20, 2017last_img read more

WATCH: Mourinho hugs reporter for avoiding Pogba subject

first_imgManchester United VIDEO: Grateful Mourinho hugs reporter for avoiding Pogba questions Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 07:05 22/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Paul Pogba Jose Mourinho Manchester United Getty Images Manchester United UEFA Champions League Sevilla v Manchester United Sevilla José Mourinho Paul Pogba Videos The Manchester United manager could not hide his joy after being asked about Scott McTominay’s performance against Sevilla Jose Mourinho hugged a reporter for asking about the performance of Scott McTominay instead of Paul Pogba after Manchester United’s 0-0 draw with Sevilla, before going on to shower the young midfielder with praise.Pogba’s status in the United squad has been a hot topic of late, with the Frenchman dropped at the start of the month against Huddersfield Town in the Premier League.Reports then began to circulate claiming Pogba and Mourinho had fallen out, before the midfielder was left out of the FA Cup win over Huddersfield at the weekend due to illness. 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 Mourinho has constantly insisted McTominay deserved his initial chance after replacing Pogba, becoming frustrated in news conferences when quizzed on the former Juventus star rather than the United youth product.But that changed on Wednesday, with Mourinho asked about the performance of McTominay, not Pogba, who only featured because of a 17th-minute injury to Ander Herrera.And, in response, Mourinho said to BT Sport : “Can I hug you?”That’s a [good] question, because when I went to the press conference all the questions were about Paul.”I think the questions should be about the kid [McTominay]. I think he was fantastic. He did everything well.”He put pressure on [Ever] Banega which was important to stop their playmaker playing. He was always comfortable, simple, saving in possession – he was brilliant.”But I also think, in my opinion, the midfield started well before Herrera had to go out, and then Pogba made a big effort to go into that dynamic, the dynamic we needed and he gave a positive performance.”FT – Sevilla 0 #MUFC 0.It ends all square in southern Spain. — Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 21, 2018 “Scott McTominay played very well…””Can I hug you?! Thank you, thank you!””No more Pogba questions!” @DesKellyBTS and José Mourinho hug it out after the match — Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) 21 de febrero de 2018 The result in the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan leaves the tie wide open ahead of the return leg at Old Trafford and Mourinho has called upon supporters to create an atmosphere similar to the one Sevilla fans produced on Wednesday.”It’s a match in our house,” he said. “I believe Old Trafford misses a big European night.”Of course last season we had the Europa League, but that has a different meaning. The year before we had no Champions League, so I think OT needs and they can create a similar atmosphere as here and push us to win a difficult match.”last_img read more

Super Salah scores again in Liverpool win

first_imgLiverpool 2 Newcastle United 0: Salah scores again to send Reds second Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 03:23 4/3/2018 Sadio Mane with Mohamed Salah Getty Images Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool scored the 200th PL goal of his reign in a 2-0 defeat of Newcastle United, Mohamed Salah on target again. Mohamed Salah scored his 24th Premier League goal of the season as Liverpool moved up to second place with a 2-0 home win against former manager Rafael Benitez’s Newcastle United.Salah struck the opener, finding the net for his seventh appearance in a row for the Reds, maintaining a stunning run of goalscoring since arriving at Anfield from Roma.Newcastle deployed a packed defence but Salah found a way through before half-time, finishing off Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s pass to put Liverpool on track for a solid win ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League visit of Porto. Article continues below 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 And when Liverpool cut Newcastle open again, Sadio Mane finishing off a fine team move to score the 200th league goal of Jurgen Klopp’s reign, the game was effectively over as a contest.Benitez’s men rarely looked like scoring, with Newcastle left 16th in the table and just two points above the relegation zone, with captain Jamaal Lascelles seemingly fortunate not to see red in stoppage time for a push on the clean-through Salah.Liverpool climb above Manchester United into second and Klopp’s men have built a seven-point cushion from fifth-placed Chelsea in the race to secure Champions League qualification, with Antonio Conte’s side in action at the Premier League’s runaway leaders Manchester City on Sunday.200 – Sadio Mané’s goal was the 200th that Liverpool have scored in the Premier League under Jürgen Klopp. Since he was appointed, only Man City (214) have scored more often in the competition. Exciting. — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 3, 2018 Mane’s heavy touch denied the winger a sight of goal in the early minutes, while Salah sent a volley into the side-netting, but both attackers would find the target later.Florian Lejeune’s ambitious long-range free-kick posed no problems for Loris Karius, Martin Dubravka showing sharp reflexes to keep out a Dejan Lovren header at the other end.Newcastle’s determined defending was denying Liverpool space, but Salah dallied when he could have fired at goal, Lejeune recovering to make a block.Salah did not waste his next opportunity, though, breaking the deadlock in the 40th minute to score his 32nd goal of the season in all competitions.No player within the big five European leagues has scored in more competitive club games than Mo Salah (26 games) this season. — Liverpool FC (@LFC) March 3, 2018 A ricochet in midfield fell to Oxlade-Chamberlain, who fed Salah for the Egypt international to take a sharp touch out of his feet and hit a crisp finish through the legs of Dubravka.Karius made a brilliant save high to his right to palm over a looping Mohamed Diame strike after Mikel Merino’s backheel teed up a first-time drive.Salah wanted a penalty for handball early in the second half when Lascelles blocked his shot in the box, but referee Graham Scott waved his appeals away.Liverpool doubled their lead in the 55th minute, though, with Mane on target for the third game in a row in all competitions.Beautiful passing combinations and superb movement led to Roberto Firmino setting up Mane, with the Senegal forward – involved earlier in the sweeping attack – beating Dubravka with a super curling strike.The intensity dropped from Klopp’s men thereafter, their energy levels protected ahead of Tuesday, but there was never any sign of a Magpies fightback and Lascelles somehow avoided punishment when he brought down Salah on the edge of the box with the last action of the game.Newcastle have not won at Anfield since 1994 and they were largely toothless here, Benitez’s side slipping closer to the relegation zone after a tame defeat, but Liverpool continue to thrive following the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona. Key Opta Stats:- Liverpool are now unbeaten in 22 successive home league games against Newcastle United (W18 D4 L0).- The Reds have scored more Premier League goals against Newcastle than they have versus any other side in the competition.- Salah has scored in each of his last seven games for Liverpool in all competitions – the last player to do so in more successive matches was Daniel Sturridge in February 2014 (8). read morelast_img read more

Clune’s Chasing Championship

first_imgAfter losing to Queensland in the final of the event last year, twins Matt and Adam Clune are back for one last shot at the School Sport Australia 15’s Boys title at the championships in Canberra.At just 15 the twins are what you could call veterans of the game, having played the sport for close to ten years, including making their representative debut at the New South Wales Junior State Cup at the age of six, competing in the under 10’s division. And there has been no turning back from there, having represented New South Wales in Years 5 and 6 as well as in Years 8 and 9. Their side has impressed at this year’s tournament, winning the majority of their games so far, only losing to arch rivals Queensland on Tuesday. “It’s going pretty good even though we just lost to Queensland but hopefully we can get them in the final,” Matt said. “Hopefully we can get to the grand final and win on Friday,” Adam said.  The Clune’s representative Touch Football journey has seen the twins always play in the same teams, something that is of great benefit to each other. “It’s good fun playing with Adam, I never get bored. It’s good to know he’s always there, and it’s heaps good playing with him, I love it,” Matt said.“It’s always good playing with my brother. We’ve got good combinations, that helps a bit because I know what he’s going to do,” Adam said. Playing for New South Wales has given the Clune’s an opportunity to play with one of their old teammates, Andrew Heffernan. The Clune’s currently attend Illawarra Sports High School but grew up in Junee, where they first began playing Touch Football for Ducks Butchery. The twin’s parents, John and Denise, have been involved in Touch Football for many years and have been great supporters of their children’s playing careers.Their Ducks Butchery team had a great record, having a lot of success over the years. “I think we didn’t lose a game for about five years,” Matt said. “I think the only game they lost was when we forfeited a game,” John said. John is extremely proud of what the boys have achieved, as well as their approach to the game.  “I’m always proud of them, they always do their best that’s all you ever ask of them and they do that every game they play and you can’t be prouder than that when they do their best.”“They’ve won a few Junior State Cups under various coaches over the years, they’ve been fortunate in that respect. They’ve had a lot of success at every level, they’ve won the big games but they’ve also lost the big games. It’s always a great lesson in life, you’ve got to accept the good with the bad. Win with style, lose with grace,” John said. The boys hope to continue playing in the future, but if one thing is certain, it’s that they’ll stick together. “My goal is hopefully to make the Australian 18’s team, that would be heaps good,” Matt said. “I’m just going to keep playing Touch and see what happens. I love Touch it’s a good sport,” Adam said.last_img read more

Mbappe names boss he hopes to play for

first_imgKylian Mbappé Mbappe reveals identity of coach he ‘dreams’ of playing for Chris Burton 19:03 6/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kylian Mbappe France USA Friendly 09062018 Gettyimages Kylian Mbappé Arsène Wenger France v Australia France Australia PSG Arsenal World Cup Ligue 1 Premier League The France international has admitted to being a big fan of former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who has been linked with a role at Parc des Princes Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe has named former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger as the manager he would most like to work with.The experienced Frenchman was heavily linked with a move to Parc des Princes after announcing the end of his iconic 22-year tenure in north London.PSG eventually opted to hand their reins to ex-Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel, but Wenger continues to see a possible directorial role in the French capital talked up. 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 Such a position would at least give Mbappe the opportunity to sound out the 68-year-old on ways that he could improve his game, with the 19-year-old a big fan of the three-time Premier League title winner.Asked by C8TV to name any manager he would like to play under in the future, the France international said: “I dream of being managed by Arsene Wenger.“He is French, he’s had a great career and now he is free because he has left Arsenal.”While hoping that he will get the chance to work with Wenger at some stage, Mbappe has already shunned one opportunity to make that dream a reality.Having become one of the most sought-after talents in world football on the back of a Ligue 1 title-winning campaign at Monaco in 2016-17, the exciting youngster had several options to consider.He eventually decided to link up with PSG on an initial loan agreement which will become a €180 million (£166m/$214m) transfer this summer, but only after turning down the chance to join Arsenal.Mbappe told reporters in September 2017: “Yes, I met with Arsene Wenger, who is a great coach. He has a great reputation here in France, he’s well-respected and knows how to develop young players.”This was a real option for me. But, of course, Paris Saint-Germain was the main option. We weighed up the advantages and disadvantages of all the clubs but my family told me it had to be my decision and one I needed to make.”It also had to be a long-term decision. So it was up to me and I decided to come here in order to develop.”Mbappe netted 21 times for PSG across all competitions in his debut campaign and is now chasing down World Cup glory with France at Russia 2018.Les Bleus are set to open their quest for global glory against Australia on Saturday.last_img read more

The top 10 World Cup handballs

first_imgWorld Cup Maradona, Henry and the top 10 World Cup handballs Lewis Oldham 20:29 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Diego Maradona Carlos Sanchez Handballs Split Getty Composite World Cup Luis Suárez Brazil Argentina Germany Scotland Uruguay France Both in the qualifiers and the finals tournament, there have been numerous infamous handballs. Here, Goal takes a look at the top 10last_img

Salah retirement talk lies – Egypt FA member

first_imgWorld Cup Salah retirement claim is a ‘big lie’, says Egypt FA member Ahmed Atta Last updated 1 year ago 03:44 6/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mohamed Salah Egypt Russia World Cup 19062018 Getty World Cup Mohamed Salah Egypt Liverpool African All Stars It has been reported that the Liverpool star wants to cut ties with the national team after the World Cup but the governing body denied such talk Mohamed Salah is not considering retiring from international football, according to Egyptian FA board member Essam Abdel Fattah.It was reported by CNN on Sunday that the forward is unhappy with the way the governing body has treated him and used his image around the World Cup.Egypt will not proceed beyond the first round after losing their first two games, with Liverpool hero Salah missing the first because of an injury and scoring a penalty in the 3-1 defeat to Russia in their second fixture. 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 Nevertheless, he has been a big focus in the early stages of the competition, but little of it has been down to his exploits on the field.Salah was pictured alongside Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who was installed as the republic’s president by Vladimir Putin and has been accused of a large number of human rights violations.Kadyrov even announced Salah as an honorary citizen of Chechnya, holding a celebratory event for him and his Egypt team-mates.Having already battled with the governing body over their use of his face on the team’s plane, he is said to be thinking about his future already, but Abdel Fattah insists there are no issues.“This is a big lie,” he told Goal when asked about claims Salah could quit. “Nothing like this is true and I wonder how CNN are reporting these things.”When asked for his thoughts on the controversy surrounding meetings with Kadyrov, he added: “I don’t understand this. We’re guests in this men’s land and he invited us for a dinner. We can’t refuse something like that and this is very normal.”[Critics] are mixing politics and sports? We’re a sports team and nothing can involve us in politics.”I’m sick of all these rumours around our team. Today it was also said that an EFA member’s son was selling a ticket illegally…these are silly things and still lies.”Salah has played 58 times for Egypt since his debut in September 2011 and has scored 34 times, putting him fourth in their all-time top scorer list.last_img read more

Spain exit proves best teams can’t coach themselves

first_imgWorld Cup Spain World Cup failure shows even the best need the right coach Ben Hayward 19:36 7/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Isco Gerard Pique Spain 2018 Getty Images World Cup Spain v Russia Russia Spain Fernando Hierro took charge two days before the tournament, but his lack of experience left La Roja with few ideas as they crashed out on Sunday When Spain sacked Julen Lopetegui two days before the start of the World Cup following the announcement that he would be joining Real Madrid at the end of the tournament, many suggested that the team could coach itself.After all, Spain’s players know each other well and the side’s style has been honed – with a few tweaks – over more than a decade. So RFEF president Luis Rubiales promoted sporting director Fernando Hierro to oversee the culmination of a two-year process under Lopetegui.Hierro, a former Spain and Real Madrid great, revealed he would be sticking to the blueprint which had seen Spain go unbeaten in 20 games under Lopetegui. “We are not going to deviate one iota from our footballing concepts and what we’ve been doing for a long time now,” he said. 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 That seemed sensible, even if the sacking of Lopetegui had brought a mixed reaction. Certainly, Real Madrid’s behaviour in appointing the national coach and announcing the move just before a World Cup had been arrogant to the extreme, while the Basque boss should have been fully focused on the national team – especially after signing a new contract on May 22.Lopetegui, subsequently unveiled by Real Madrid on the very day the World Cup started following his Spain sacking, described the dismissal as the “saddest day of my life”, but backed Hierro to triumph and bring back the World Cup on July 15.Hierro’s coaching experience was limited to a year alongside Carlo Ancelotti as assistant at Real Madrid in 2014-15 and a single season at Oviedo in 2016-17, leading the Asturian side to an underwhelming eighth-placed finish in Spain’s second tier.Nevertheless, he had the support and backing of the players, even though they had wanted Lopetegui to stay, and many – including former Netherlands defender Frank de Boer – insisted that Spain’s side could coach itself.This tournament, however, has debunked that myth. Spain played well in their 3-3 draw against Portugal in their opener, yet they also made mistakes as a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick denied them victory. After that, they needed a fluke Diego Costa goal to edge out Iran and almost lost to Morocco in an uncoinvincing group victory.Jordi Alba Sergio Ramos Koke Fernando Hierro Spain Russia World Cup 07/01/18Safely through to the last 16, they were drawn against Russia, ranked 70 in the world by FIFA – the lowest of any team at the World Cup. The hosts had lost their final group game 3-0 to Uruguay and Spain were not expected to have too much trouble in reaching the last 16.Before kick-off, Hierro hugged Russia boss Stanislav Cherchesov in what looked like a meeting of old friends. There is nothing wrong with such warmth, of course, but it did not look like the body language of a successful coach.The 50-year-old left out Andres Iniesta in a decision that has been hugely criticised, yet his biggest faling was his inability to transmit to his players an idea as the team passed the ball around more than 1,000 times but needed an own-goal to score at all and eventually crashed out of the competition in a penalty shootout.Two weeks before the final, Spain are heading home at the same stage as Argentina, a team they thrashed 6-1 in March under Lopetegui, with all their tremendous potential unfulfilled. Even the very best teams cannot coach themselves.last_img read more

The Secret to Effectively Marketing Your Fundraising Event

first_imgBecause a fundraising event can be expensive, it’s important to maximize your investment with a targeted outreach strategy. Your goals should be to increase ticket sales, improve word of mouth buzz, create more invested supporters, and ultimately raise more money. But if you focus on just one more thing, your marketing can be exponentially more effective.When planning an event, it’s important to ask: “Why will people attend?” Event360 suggests guests come because of an …1. Affinity to ParticipantsThis is especially true for fundraising events like marathons, where attendees might come to cheer someone on, or if there will be a guest speaker or entertainment, a guest might attend for that speaker or performance.2. Affinity to an ActivityIf you have an activity such as a golf tournament or a wine tasting, someone who loves the links or is deeply interested in wine collecting might attend for the activity.3. Affinity to a Third-Party GroupGuests whose employers have a relationship with your nonprofit or a relationship with a corporate sponsor might attend to support them.4. Affinity to a CauseYour guest might be passionate about the beneficiary of your event, such as animals or the environment.5. Affinity to an OrganizationIf someone is a dedicated fan of your organization, he is more likely to attend your event.Remember, people might have one or more reasons to attend your fundraising event. It can be challenging to address each type of attendee, but it can also be a great opportunity to gain new supporters. Start with your invitations and registration pages, which should answer:1. Why them? What’s in it for your guest? Do you mention the activity or sponsor they might be interested in? Why are they receiving your invitation, and why should it matter to them?2. What for?What’s the impact of the event, and what’s going to happen as a result of it? Do you clearly state what will happen to the proceeds you raise?3. Who says?Do you make it clear who the invitation is coming from? If your guest has an affinity to a participant or an activity, are you interesting them with a quote from a sponsor, a celebrity, someone who attended last year, or someone who benefitted from the event?4. Why now? Is there a date sensitive element you can include to encourage participation, such as early bird pricing of a limited number of VIP tickets?When crafting your marketing strategy, think about your different types of guests so that you can market to everyone and maximize your donations. Network for Good’s Event Ticketing and Registration software can help you communicate your message to attendees and raise more money for your mission.last_img read more

Best Practices in Donor Thank Yous: Q&A with Pursuant’s Rachel Muir

first_imgIn a recent Nonprofit 911 webinar, Rachel Muir shared strategies to help nonprofits transform their year-end donors into year-round supporters through research, strategy, and plain old hard work.In this post, Rachel takes on another fundraising challenge: thanking donors. She shares her answers to questions from fundraising professionals about how they can make the most of this valuable donor communication.If you include a donation envelope in a thank you letter, is that considered asking for another donation? Rachel Muir: My advice is let the thank you letter express meaningful and heartfelt gratitude only. This letter is not the place to risk offending donors with a donation request. Check out this article for tips on making the most of this donor communication.How donors define over-solicitation?RM: According to Penelope Burk’s research, donors define over-solicitation as being asked to give before they were told their first gift made an impact.If you have a big fundraising event (like a donor lunch) and people donate money, how do you thank them all? Is it ok to do a form letter after a big event with a handwritten signature?RM: Thanking donors isn’t optional, it’s essential. Make sure you plan ahead so that you have enough help thanking donors properly after the event. Most people just want to take a few days off after a big event, but if you crafted a great experience, your donors may be basking in the glow of feeling great about your organization. Do what you need to do to make this last!Yes, your thank you can be a letter you personally sign. Copy will be key here. Your letter can also be a card on stationary with your logo. Digital printing makes these inexpensive to produce.My board is not involved in fundraising at all. My boss appears to have limited interest in getting them engaged. Do you have any advice on making the case for their involvement in fundraising? RM: You aren’t alone! Many fundraisers share your dilemma. Having board members thank donors is the perfect way to introduce them to fundraising for your organization. While they may not reach most donors directly, the ones that they do will be overjoyed to be thanked personally by a board member!  Prepare the board members with a thank you script and a couple of discovery questions. Take five minutes at your monthly board meeting to hand out donor names and scripts and let them make the calls. Don’t forget to ask them to report back their results too!To start, download this great webinar on getting your board members engaged in fundraising to get started.  If you want more Board resources, review this guide with more than 50 tips to develop your board.We are just starting to be more systematic in making phone calls to solicit annual appeal donations. What do you think is the most important part of phone solicitations?  RM: No doubt you are realizing how much persistence it requires to get a donor on the phone! To start, train staff members making calls by rehearsing call scenarios. Empower them with good discovery details on the donors or give them time to research the donors before they make their calls.  Make sure they are prepared with great discovery questions and next steps, such as inviting the donors to events like a behind the scenes tour, a reception for program recipients, or a breakfast with leadership. Even if they never come, the invitation is the cultivation.My organization has different “tiers” of donors according to their giving. Should we be thanking them differently, like a cocktail party for the higher-end givers and just cards for those who give less? RM: Donors do not know what kind of love and attention is waiting for them at higher gift amounts. You do, but they don’t. Most organizations use gift amounts to determine if a donor gets into a major gift portfolio when they should also be examining behavioral indicators and wealth screening to make those decisions.What is best way to reconnect with lapsed donors?RM: One of donors’ biggest pet peeves is not knowing that their gift made a difference. That’s why it’s invaluable for you to reconnect with them. While you may be tempted to talk at them about all the great things you are doing, what they want to hear is that you remember and value them (and their gifts!). Mention what you achieved with their gift as well as a highlight of a program that’s of interest to them. This will help reinforce that they made the right decision to support you!BONUS:  Want to spend some more time with Rachel?  Join her for Fundraising Bootcamp in Dallas, Texas!This one-day training will be loaded with tips and tools to transform your fundraising.  All Network for Good readers receive a $100 discount when they type FRIEND at check out!  As a special bonus, the first 10 guests will get one night free hotel when they sign up for the training. Rachel Muir, CFRE. is Vice President of Training at Pursuant, where she transforms individuals into confident, successful fundraisers through classroom, custom, and online training.  When she was just 26, Rachel Muir launched Girlstart, a non-profit organization to empower girls in math, science, engineering and technology in the living room of her apartment with $500 and a credit card.  Several years later, she had raised more than 10 million dollars and was featured on Oprah, CNN, and the Today show.last_img read more

Klopp sees positives in Alisson’s recovery

first_imgAlisson is “not that close” to returning to action at Liverpool, admits Jurgen Klopp, but the Brazilian goalkeeper is progressing well in his recovery from a calf injury.The South American shot-stopper has been sidelined since picking up an untimely knock on the opening day of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.He was laid low during a meeting with Norwich and has been forced to pass the gloves at Anfield to Adrian in his absence. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks 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? It was quickly identified that Alisson would only be missing for a matter of weeks, rather than a number of months, but Liverpool are still eager to avoid taking any unnecessary risks.With that in mind, Klopp is not expecting to have the 26-year-old back at his disposal any time soon. Based in the UK? Grab a Sky Sports Day Pass for just £8.99!He told reporters when asked for an update on Alisson:  “Not that close. Nobody told me that I have to consider him.“I had lunch with him today, so at least he can eat. He’s in good shape, a good mood. It will take time. I don’t know exactly. No date in my mind, or nobody has told me.“We want to give him the time he needs but it looks good.“He was on crutches, they are not there anymore. He walks normal and can really train now completely different from a week now. From now it should go quick, but how quickly I don’t know.”Jurgen Klopp Liverpool 2019-20Klopp reported no fresh injury setbacks for Liverpool ahead of their home date with Arsenal on Saturday, with long-term absentees such as Naby Keita the only ones unavailable.He refused to be drawn on whether there could be further movement out of his squad before transfer windows slam shut across Europe.Dejan Lovren has been linked with a move elsewhere, but his current boss is reluctant to be drawn into a debate on speculation.Klopp was, however, prepared to admit that he would like to see the Premier League tweak their schedule once again so that clubs in the English top-flight are not left in a situation again where the market is closed to them but still open for others.The German said: “I don’t care when it closes but I think it should be at the same time. England should have said it was for all or nobody.“What’s the benefit for the Premier League? We don’t really have a problem but other teams have key players on the market and anything can happen. You want to focus on the future but that’s not possible when a door is open.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Fati, bloody hell! Forget Neymar, Barca, trust in La Masia

first_imgWith Barcelona’s bid to bring Neymar back from Paris Saint-Germain stalling on Friday, two young talents from La Masia showed in a 2-2 draw at Osasuna the following day why the club should instead place their trust in their own youth system.Ansu Fati and Carles Perez played key roles at El Sadar, in a game that offered welcome relief from the seemingly endless speculation over the potential return of the prodigal son.Perhaps all of the Neymar transfer talk put Barcelona off their stride because, in the first half, they offered nothing positive going forward. 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 Coach Ernesto Valverde selected the same side which thrashed Real Betis 5-2 last weekend, but they got short shrift from their enthusiastic – and sometimes agricultural – hosts in Pamplona.Roberto Torres broke the deadlock after seven minutes, emphatically lashing past Marc-Andre ter Stegen, with the Barcelona defence utterly shapeless.The visitors failed to get their act together before the break, unable to muster a single shot either on or off target.But things changed when Valverde brought on Fati, who became the club’s second-youngest debutant last weekend with a cameo against Betis.With Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez or Ousmane Dembele all once again available due to their respective injury issues, young guns like Fati and Perez had a chance to shine.And shine they did, with Perez crossing for Fari to power home a header six minutes into the second half.“Hostia!” Fati to himself after celebrating becoming the youngest goalscorer in Barca history. “Bloody hell!” indeed.He could not believe it. Few could. In netting in Pamplona, Fati had also become the third-youngest player ever to score in La Liga at 16 years and 304 days, behind only Fabrice Olinga (16 years 98 days) and Iker Muniain (16 years 289 days).Fati, who received a big hug from Messi after his debut last weekend, will doubtless get an even bigger embrace from the club captain for what was a perfect header. It was a notable one, too, with Ansu’s goal the first Osasuna have conceded at El Sadar since April.Ansu Fati Barcelona 2019-20It was reward not just for Fati and La Masia, but for Valverde too.Barcelona’s coach is often maligned – sometimes fairly, sometimes not – but it was at the least brave to give Fati 45 minutes at one of the league’s toughest grounds to visit.Indeed, Barcelona always struggle here; Pep Guardiola didn’t even manage one victory at Osasuna.In that context, other coaches might have thrown Fati on in the final 10 minutes, hoping blindly for some kind of last gasp contribution.But Valverde adjusted his tactics to find room for Fati, resisting the understandable temptation to just swap him with the other youngster in the attack – Perez.Instead it was Nelson Semedo who made way for Fati at half-time, with Sergi Roberto shifted back into defence and the newcomer deployed on the left of the attack, with Rafinha dropping into midfield.Perez – allowed to stay on more for his determination and willingness to run at the defence than for any quality he showed in the first half – delivered the perfect ball for Fati to head home.The 21-year-old winger also teed up Arthur for Barcelona’s second goal, nudging the ball on to the Brazilian, who calmly worked some space for himself before finishing with aplomb.That was further reward for Valverde, who also introduced Arthur early in the second half as he looked for more control. Two substitutions, two goals – not too shabby.Of course, with such inexperienced players in the side, there will always be moments of naivety.Perez certainly took the wrong option in the final stages when he might have earned Barcelona the win.After Torres had levelled from the spot, a sensational through ball from Arthur put Perez clean through. However, instead of finishing or finding the supporting Antoine Griezmann, the youngster suffered a loss of composure and the ball inched away from him, allowing Osasuna goalkeeper Ruben Martinez to intervene.It cost Barcelona two points, but giving players coming through the youth system a platform could end up saving the club millions.About €220m, to be precise…last_img read more

Feel Good Friday- Jed & Marne

first_imgWe are serious shorts lovers here at The Manual. We know some style mavens shudder at shorts in the city, but when it’s 90 degrees your legs need to breathe. Period. And there are some regions in the States where guys can sport shorts nearly year round so variety is key.One brand we recently discovered is Jed & Marne. The brother sister duo were looking to create their own line of shorts and handmade was top of their intentions. After a hardy search they were truly impressed by the construction and composition of the weaving they found in Guatemala. All the fabrics are dyed by hand and hand woven on foot looms by local craftsmen who have been doing this for years.We are sure you know where this is leading to – the feel good part – with each purchase you are providing livable wages, ensuring humane working conditions and helping save a great cultural tradition. They are also founding members of Comida Vida, a non-profit organization that promotes health education for women and children.The brand has two lengths of shorts, ( a 19 inch and a 16 inch) as well as a line of damn cute kids wear called Neen Yo selling shorts and tiny dresses.We have been rocking out Jed & Marne’s all summer and they get a thumbs up. The fabric is lightweight and very breathable and great for beach time, paddle boarding, lunching and lounging. We also are a fan of the two side pockets so we can stash keys and a credit card when heading out. And of course the wide variety of weaves has us hankering for more. These definitely set you apart from the mall shorts herds, and of course, you are helping support an amazing community of crafts people. Order some up for your last days of summer (plus some are on sale!) or stock up for next season. When to Take Your Suit in for a Cleaning, According to the Experts How Does a Vasectomy Work: Your No-Frills Guide to Getting Snipped The Best Wetsuits to Keep You in the Water All Year Long Editors’ Recommendations All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked How to Pair Oysters with Martinis last_img read more

Lampard: Chelsea aspire to reach Liverpool’s level

first_imgChelsea must “aspire” to be like Liverpool following their 2-1 loss to the Premier League leaders, Frank Lampard has said.Liverpool made it six wins from six at the start of the 2019-20 season thanks to two first-half goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino.Lampard’s Blues, for whom N’Golo Kante scored a brilliant effort after the break, are already 10 points behind Jurgen Klopp’s side having failed to win any of their home games so far this term. 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 While conceding that run is troubling, Lampard stressed his team need to find a way to win frequently even when not at their best, just like their opponents on Sunday. “It’s definitely a concern and we want to win at home,” Lampard said in his news conference.”Against Liverpool you know can lose, they are a strong team and that can happen and I expect the home win to come soon.”The difference between us and Liverpool, as we have shown clearly today that we can compete with them, is that we aren’t consistently as good as them and Manchester City week in, week out – and a lot of teams can say the same.”To work towards those levels is hard. It’s a daily, daily thing and that’s where we need to go now.”The home win will come, hopefully it comes very soon and it will bring confidence to everybody, but we need to aspire to a level like Liverpool – when they probably don’t play their best but they win the game.”If Chelsea are to improve, they will need to address their defensive issues.Only bottom-of-the-table Watford and Norwich City have conceded more goals than Chelsea’s 13 this term.”We need to work, we need to look at it in training,” Lampard added.”Set pieces are a different animal to other types of goals. I will always look at the team in every element of goals, and there are times when we have not defended well as a team when we have conceded, and there are times when with a set piece we work on all week and then we switch off in the game.”So we have to work consistently to do that because it is very hard to replicate exact moments in a game but we have to do that in training.”Our clean sheet will come for us and its obviously important, because we can’t out-score everybody every week, particularly teams like Liverpool.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Christensen escapes serious injury, Emerson facing long layoff

first_imgFrank Lampard had mixed news on the injury front as Andreas Christensen and Emerson Palmieri are set to miss Chelsea’s Carabao Cup match against Grimsby Town on Wednesday.Christensen’s injury is described as ‘not too severe’, however, and Goal understands that he is hoping to return to face Brighton at the weekend after being given the all-clear by club doctors.Unfortunately, Lampard isn’t expecting Emerson back until mid-October after he suffered a thigh injury – a recurrence of a previous issue that had been aggravated due to returning to the pitch too soon. 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 left-back was cleared to face Liverpool on Sunday but had to be substituted in the 15th minute. And Lampard issued an update on the defensive duo ahead of the third round cup match on Wednesday evening.”Andreas is not too severe,” the manager said. “Hopefully he won’t be out for too long but I can’t give a time frame.”Emerson now won’t be back until the other side of the (mid-October) international break. It will be a few weeks because it is the recurrence of an injury, so we have to be a bit careful with it.”Kurt Zouma replaced Christensen in the 42nd minute on Sunday and it leaves just the Frenchman and Fikayo Tomori as fit senior centre-backs against the League Two side.Lampard will also promote Marc Guehi, who is in line to start and make his debut in the upcoming match at Stamford Bridge, as Antonio Rudiger continues to suffer from a groin problem.Ian Maatsen has been training with the first team in recent weeks, too, due to injury concerns with Emerson.The 17-year-old could start to keep Marcos Alonso fresh ahead of an important week, with a Premier League test followed by a key Champions League away clash with Lille.Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James are set to return from Achilles and ankle problems, respectively, after prolonged periods out.The duo played in the last two Chelsea Under-23 matches in preparation for their return to senior action. The match will be a debut for James after a successful spell on loan at Wigan Athletic and Lampard is keen to add his versatility.”He can play in different positions,” Lampard said of James. “His favourite is position is right-back or right wing-back and he played there a lot in our successful youth teams. He can also play in holding midfield as he showed at Wigan.”He is strong, has really good quality on the ball in terms of the delivery he can put in from the sides. He is good in the tackle as he is a powerful boy. “I was really impressed with him as a young player before he went to Wigan and also from how he responded to the Championship, so it up to him now to try to make an impact on the squad here.”last_img read more

‘Martial can still have an incredible career’

first_imgAnthony Martial may be struggling for form and fitness at Manchester United, but Juan Mata is backing the France international to enjoy an “incredible career”.Big things were expected of the talented forward when he was snapped up from Monaco at just 19 years of age.There have been flashes of brilliance from the versatile frontman, but he has contributed only 36 goals in 116 Premier League appearances. 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 Martial has faced criticism when it comes to consistency, while steering clear of the treatment table has been an issue of late.He is, however, still only 23 and is considered to boast the potential which will allow him to grace the very top of the game.World Cup winner Mata, who has been a team-mate of Martial throughout his time in England, told Sky Sports: “I hope it’s really big. He is an incredibly talented player.”You can see that since the moment he arrived to the club in his first game against Liverpool.”In every training session, the way he treats the ball, the way he takes on people, the way he can win a game by himself.”Anthony Martial Man UtdMartial has made just three appearances for United this season, with a hamstring problem having kept him out of action since August.The hope is that he will soon be ready for a recall, with Mata eager to see match-winning ability back at the disposal of under-fire boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The Spanish midfielder said: “I love this kind of player with such big talent and I love to play with them.”He is a very, very good player. He is still young and hopefully he has an incredible career ahead of him.”Martial managed two goals and an assist through his early outings in 2019-20, so has shown that he is capable of making an important contribution.It could be that he becomes the man to lead the line for United, with Marcus Rashford yet to convince in a central striking role since the summer departure of Romelu Lukaku to Serie A giants Inter. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more