Chambers earns Arsenal chance at Palace

first_imgCrystal Palace v Arsenal Arsenal team news: Chambers handed first Premier League start of the season at Palace Chris Wheatley Last updated 1 year ago 03:02 12/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mesut Ozil Arsenal Liverpool Getty Images Crystal Palace v Arsenal Arsenal Crystal Palace Premier League The Gunners are currently sixth in the Premier League table and will be seeking to keep pace with the top four in a crucial clash at Selhurst Park Calum Chambers has been handed his first Premier League start of the season as Arsenal take in a London derby with Crystal Palace.The 22-year-old comes in for the injured Nacho Monreal as Gunners boss Arsene Wenger reverts back to the 3-4-3 formation which had featured towards the back end of last season and much of the current campaign.Jack Wilshere and Granit Xhaka make up the central midfield partnership while the attacking triumvirate of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette continue upfront.Meanwhile, Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace side welcome back Christian Benteke from suspension to form another exciting attacking trio alongside Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend.Arsenal team: Cech, Koscielny, Mustafi, Chambers, Bellerin, Wilshere, Xhaka, Kolasinac, Ozil, Sanchez, Lacazette.Subs: Ospina, Walcott, Holding, Iwobi, Welbeck, Maitland-Niles, Coquelin.Crystal Palace team: Speroni, Kelly, Tomkins, Dann, Schlupp, Milivojevic, Cabaye, Loftus-Cheek, Townsend, Zaha, BentekeSubs: Hennessey, Van Aanholt, Fosu-Mensah, McArthur, Puncheon, Riedewald, Sako.ArsenalXIlast_img read more

Wenger makes controversial suicide remark

first_imgArsenal ‘I would have committed suicide’ – Wenger makes controversial claim after Chelsea draw Goal Last updated 1 year ago 06:58 1/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Arsene Wenger Arsenal Getty Images Arsenal Premier League Arsenal v Chelsea Chelsea Arsène Wenger The manager made the remark after sharing the points with Antonio Conte’s men in an extremely exciting finale to proceedings at the Emirates Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger controversially claimed that he would have killed himself had Davide Zappacosta’s late shot sealed three points for Chelsea on Wednesday. A sparkling second half of football at the Emirates Stadium ended in a 2-2 draw between the London rivals. The visitors hit back after Jack Wilshere’s first Premier League strike in over two years with goals via Eden Hazard and Marcos Alonso, before Hector Bellerin restored parity late on.  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 There was one more twist in the tale, however, when Zappacosta crashed a long-range shot against the bar. “I would have committed suicide,” Wenger told reporters after the final whistle when asked what he would have done if that effort went in. “It was a great football game, we have shown great mental resources, I knew the last 20 minutes would be tough.”The draw leaves Arsenal rooted in sixth place in the Premier League, outside the Champions League standings. But while Wenger is annoyed to see his side down the table, he believes that the Gunners’ play merits better fortunes. “It’s very frustrating. We have to look at ourselves as well,” he added.”Our performances have been top quality but we have not had the results we could have had. We have not been gifted luck.”The manager singled out goalscorer Wilshere for praise after opening the scoring with a fine finish. “He’s at the level now that not many people expected him to be. He has not played for England since 2016, that means everyone gave up on him,” he said.”But now it would not be a surprise if he gets a call up. He deserves great credit.”   Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Mike Gundy Takes Hilarious Shot At OU During Thursday Event

first_imgWhile 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. Mike Gundy unhinged is the greatest version of Mike Gundy ever. Gundy is clearly in “I’m gonna grow a mullet because I make almost $4 million a year to win ~9 games and I’m going to be here 4ever” mode these days.That played out a little on Thursday evening in Tulsa when he spoke at the Cowboy Caravan event. John Helsley wrote in the Oklahoman on Friday that Gundy and Larry Reece (who hosted the event) had a humorous back and forth presumably about OU.On the topic of the ever-expanding tailgating crowd in Stillwater, which Gundy estimated at 30,000-35,000: “On a Thursday night, we leave our facility and it looks like people have staked off for the land run,” Gundy said.Reece: “Legally staked off. We’d wait for the gun.”This interaction in one emoji: ?Then Gundy just said, “screw it, I’m all in.” Maybe it’s the mullet that has him cruising around not really caring about what he says.Here’s how he went in on OU and specifically its fanbase. Helsley again.And there were more laughs, too, with Gundy taking another jab at a certain state school. He talked about how OSU fans have ties to the university, whether as students or former students or family.“At some schools,” Gundy said, “they go fill up their tank at the gas station, buy a hat and go sit and watch a football game.”Wooooo boy. That’s the good stuff. Not sure I’d be Le Clos-ing a team that just beat me by 35 in my own house, but I’m not going to say Gundy shouldn’t do it either. Let the season start tomorrow.last_img read more

Notebook: West Virginia-Oklahoma State

first_imgI posted my 10 thoughts here before Carson and I hit up our live pod and the neon palms on Saturday night, but I wanted to empty my notebook before we move on to next week. It’s thick. Let’s dive in.• OSU has beaten a top 10 team in three of the last four years (Baylor in 2013, TCU in 2015 and WVU this year). That’s pretty crazy, right?• Tri-color on tri-color uniform matchup was as good as it gets for me. A throwback on both sides — WVU with its color combo and OSU with its helmets. Absolutely spectacular.• How?What a play here. Wow.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 29, 2016• Watching a Dana Holgorsen huddle is pretty disconcerting. It has to be like watching your son or daughter kiss their first significant other for the first time. Just like, “what is happening? WHERE DO I DO WITH MY HANDS?!”• A beautiful man.I love this man.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 29, 2016• We give the OSU crowds (and specifically the student section) a lot of flak. They deserve all the credit for showing out and staying until the end of a really important ballgame.• WVU with a great defense is actually sort of scary. Dana always seems to pull the right strings on offense. I know it didn’t work out because of• Literally every single thing about the helmet was great — the stickers honoring Homecoming and plane crash victims, the OKLA STATE on the underside in the back and the white chin straps. Perfection.• I wonder what the percentage of announcer mentions of Joe’s cheese fries is over the years. Has to be high. Like, 90 percent-ish in the Gundy era or something like that.• Ramon Richards completing a goal-line track star finish on a touchback is hilarious and perfect.• Yes.I wish MY would implement more of these shallow crossers.— Adam Lunt (@AdamLunt817) October 29, 2016• Well we are certainly proud of it.Oklahoma State has brought the ’45 title trophy onto the field for a video presentation.— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) October 29, 2016• OSU played with so much juice throughout the day. Where is that against Iowa State? Kansas? Why does it take a top 10 game on Homecoming to bring it out of them?• I thought Yurcich was dealing in the first quarter. Banging all the right buttons.• WVU plays per game by year:2014 — 84.42015 — 80.82016 — 77.5What is life?• Philly was straight cash, homie. Eight kicks, seven touchbacks. Gundy has to be doing dances in the special teams meeting rooms.• OSU legitimately could have forced four turnovers and absolutely blown the doors off of WVU if Ramon had caught that one in the first half.You get off the field on 3rd and 11 on your own 25 and catch an INT and it’s 6-0.— Adam Lunt (@AdamLunt817) October 29, 2016• Yes.should have explained why he didn’t have one before— BUM CHILLUPS (@edsbs) October 29, 2016• Hahaha! 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. Ramon Richards did push-ups on the sideline after that dropped INT. He had to accept Mike Gundy’s Farmville request after the WVU touchdown.— Andrew Gilman (@AndrewGilmanOK) October 29, 2016• More WVU offensive anomalies. In 2011-14 they were 55 percent pass, 45 percent rush. That flipped this season. They’re 45 percent pass and 55 percent rush. Weird.• The greatest nickname.• Vincent Taylor is a monster. That’s my only note on him. I literally did not write anything else. He’s just an answer.• Turnovers inside your own 20 are so difficult to recover from. I wrote that after WVU’s first one. They had two more. I bet if you go back and look at every game since 2000, teams that turned it over twice or more inside their own 20 lost 95 percent of the time.• Incredible.Gundy asked about overcoming two losses…”One loss right? Can someone get that fixed? With all the attorneys in the country?” #okstate— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) October 29, 2016• Are you ready to look at some home splits for Rudolph? He’s started 12 games at Boone Pickens Stadium.64 percent completion353 yards/game32 TDs3 INTsLol.• Chris Lacy is a monster too. Underused, undervalued. I loved what Mike Yurcich said about him on Saturday.“His plays were huge just as far as ‘money plays,’ as I call ‘em,” Yurcich told the O’Colly. “His ability to come through when we need him is awesome today. I’m so happy for the kid. He’s such a great person. He’s a tremendous young man. He’s squared-away. I’m a big fan of that kid, and he came through big time today.”• Tre Flowers had some monster hits on Saturday. He’s turned into a really big hitter over the latter part of his career.• Wave that wheat, baby!When you beat a top 10 team on Homecoming, you wave the wheat… #okstate— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) October 29, 2016• Defense given the following yardage-to-TD numbers in the last six quarters of football: 26, 1, 16, 8, 9 and 10.• Skyler has a surprisingly big arm for a dude his size. He threw one deep ball on Saturday, and my jaw dropped. Stunning something like that could come out of his hand.• OSU only had 358 yards on Saturday which is a pretty bizarre number when you consider how thoroughly it dominated the game.• I thought this many times in the first half.Is this what B1G 10 football feels like? #okstate— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) October 29, 2016• Rudolph was cash money over the middle. Holgorsen and Tony Gibson (WVU’s DC) said, “beat us with Rudolph.” OSU did.• Hill and Carson both ran patiently, got some really good, tough yards that don’t show up in the box score.• Wow.Today’s attendance of 59,584 is the third-largest in #okstate history.— Nathan Ruiz (@NathanSRuiz) October 29, 2016• The musket on the WVU helmet feels forced.• It was a tough day for Michael Wilson on Saturday. He had at least two (and I believe more) penalties on the offensive line. OSU misses Larry Williams.• This was pretty funny.Ramon Richards reacts to a dropped interception. #okstate— Kurt Steiss (@kurtsteiss) October 29, 2016• This was the average yardage to go on third down halfway through the third quarter: WVU (11.3), OSU (4.8). Stunning.• The long black mark for me on Saturday was the miscommunication between Rudolph and Chris Lacy at times.• Lol!”Best show on grass” – Perry Ellis, reminiscing about that ’45 national championship team— Blake Zimmerman (@bpzim) October 29, 2016• It took OSU 43 minutes to match the combined point output of TCU and Tech against WVU. How about that?• Gundy!#okstate Gundy approved— Sarah Phipps (@sarahcphipps) October 29, 2016• OSU had 93 percent chance to win going into the fourth quarter. Kyle Boone alerted all of us of that with 15 minutes left. We were aghast.• I have a deep affection for the McCleskey underneath route.• This was insane!This was crazy.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 29, 2016• Chris Lacy had a big boy third and eight catch in the fourth to set up his own TD to effectively seal the deal. He was impressive throughout.• He was immense.Terrific day for Mason Rudolph. Working all levels.Testing man coverage w/accuracy. Working progressions & finding leverage. Impressive game— Joe Marino (@TheJoeMarino) October 29, 2016• Gundy’s record when OSU wins the turnover battle 3-0: 15-1.• Brady Quinn started talking about OSU in the CFB Playoff. Can we get through KSU first?• This was great.This is how you get helmet stickers.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 29, 2016• My father-in-law got a painting of his dedicated after the game in the Spears School of Business suite at BPS. The painting was an OSU rider on Bullet with GIA in the background in front of a sweet sunset. It’s pretty awesome. Very proud of him.last_img read more

The Path to Playing Time for Offensive Pokes in NFL

first_imgWhile 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. Oklahoma State had two former players selected in last week’s NFL Draft and several more sign as undrafted free agents. Let’s take a quick look at each offensive player and what type of competition he’ll be facing when he arrives at training camp.Chris Carson – Seattle SeahawksCarson rode into Stillwater on somewhat unrealistic expectations. By the time he started adjusting to the D-I game, he got dinged up and was relegated to part of a running back by committee while OSU’s line tried to catch up. As a senior, he hit the ground running but experienced another injury — this time a broken thumb — that kept him out for four games. Once he got his chance, he made the most of it and finished his career running strong.Who’s ahead of him?Here’s where it gets a bit dicey. Carson has an uphill battle to playing time that would have to be paved over a slew of other tailbacks already ahead of him on the roster. Behind Thomas Rawls and Eddie Lacy, you have a half dozen or so NFL journeymen who want a spot just as bad as Carson. To stick in Seattle, he’ll have to show out in all facets of the game — and do it early.ProjectionHead coach Pete Carroll seems to like Carson’s running style and almost seems to view him as a pet project. If Carson can make a splash early, his best case scenario is a path similar to Thomas Rawls, who Carroll likened him to on Draft day. If not, that sentimental feeling will run out pretty quick.Blake Jarwin – Dallas CowboysJarwin went from a walk-on from Tuttle to an All-Big 12 selection and poster child for Mike Gundy’s hybrid “cowboy back” position. He has the size and the hands to have a shot as a next level tight end.Who’s ahead of him?Dallas has been looking for a replacement-in-waiting for future Hall-of Famer Jason Witten for some time. They have not had much luck, as of yet. Geoff Swaim tried to fill that role last year but has struggled to stay healthy and just underwent offseason foot surgery. Behind him is Rico Gathers — a college basketball player. It seems like the opportunity may be open for the former Tuttle Tiger.ProjectionIf Jarwin can improve his blocking technique and strength, he will have a shot to a sticking in Dallas. At some point, is Jerry going to have incorporate some orange into his team’s alternate unis?Jhajuan Seales – Chicago BearsSeales was a consistent playmaker throughout his time in Stillwater. His limited touches had more to do with who else was on the roster than anything Seales did or didn’t do. He has the size, skill and physical tools to play for several teams. The question will be that of fit and opportunity.Who’s ahead of him?The Bears have plenty of playmakers at receiver starting with Eddie Royal, Markus Wheaton and former All-Big 12 receiver Kevin White.  It comes down to Seales making plays when the time is right. He should be able to make up some ground on special teams, especially with his physicality and blocking ability.ProjectionI don’t know if it will be in Chicago but I have a feeling Seales makes it onto an NFL roster. His freak athleticism got his foot in the door, he’ll need to show he has the whole package (which he does) to find his way.Ben Grogan – New Orleans SaintsOklahoma State’s all-time leading scorer and one-upper of kicking icon Dan Bailey was reportedly offered an invite to training camp with the New Orleans Saints.Who’s ahead of him?Wil Lutz, a rookie last season, was ranked 21st among place kickers at 82.4 percent on field goal attempts. If Grogan can put on a good foot forward during training camp, he’s got a shot to earn a spot. Lutz is currently the only place kicker listed on the Saints’ roster.ProjectionI think Grogan will get shot in the bayou. He showed plenty of growth during his career at OSU, turning into a cold-blooded game-winner. Will he follow his predecessor, Dan Bailey, into the record books? That remains to be seen.last_img read more

Georgia Cornerback Donte Burton Names OSU in Top 6

first_imgGeorgia cornerback Donte Burton has 27 scholarship offers from the likes of Wisconsin, West Virginia and Oregon, among others, but he’s got six that are standing out — and OSU is in that group.Burton, a former North Carolina pledge, told The Tech Lunch Pail that OSU, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Missouri, Vanderbilt and Pittsburgh are the six schools leading in his recruitment at this juncture. OSU entered his recruitment just over a month ago after extending an offer, and has maintained a close relationship with Burton, a one-time North Carolina pledge who opened up his recruitment this spring.Although OSU has a commitment from athlete Jaelyn Nolan, who will likely play cornerback at OSU, the Cowboys don’t hold a commitment from a true cornerback in the Class of 2018. Burton fits that bill and then some as OSU looks to add youth to its secondary, which will lose super-senior Adrian Baker next season in addition to Malik Kearse, Ramon Richards, and Darius Curry. 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

Geubbels gives hope to Barca, Chelsea & Arsenal

first_imgTransfers Geubbels gives Barcelona, Chelsea & Arsenal hope by snubbing Lyon deal Julien Quelen Last updated 1 year ago 21:57 1/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Willem Geubbels Lyon Ajax 071817 Getty Images Transfers Olympique Lyonnais Manchester United Chelsea RB Leipzig Barcelona Bayern München Arsenal Ligue 1 Bundesliga Primera División Premier League The highly-rated 16-year-old is being monitored by leading sides across Europe and has opened the door to a move by snubbing a professional contract Willem Geubbels could be on his way out of Lyon after snubbing the offer of a professional contract at the Ligue 1 side, Goal can confirm.The 16-year-old forward has emerged as one of the most sought-after talents in Europe, with leading sides from across the continent now closely monitoring his situation.Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Arsenal and Barcelona are among those believed to be keen, with the youngster’s potential having been noted prior to his first-team introduction at Lyon. 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 Lyon had been hoping to get Geubbels to commit his long-term future to the club after providing the platform on which to build early progress.They have, however, seen a proposal knocked back by the teenager and his father, who has been working as an advisor.Jean-Michel Aulas had recently talked up a “big offer in terms of signing bonus and salary”, but the Lyon president has been unable to convince Geubbels with that offer.The talented forward is believed to have concerns regarding the sporting project at the Groupama Stadium and how his ongoing development fits into a bigger picture.He had been seeking assurances regarding his first-team involvement both on a short-term and medium-term basis, but has not got the responses he was looking for.Willem GeubbelsThat has led to a breakdown in contract discussions, with Geubbels now prepared to weigh up his options.Youth terms mean that he is tied to Lyon until 2019, but interest in his services is likely to be stepped up from this point, as teams from France, England, Spain and Germany wait in the wings.Geubbels’ uncle – former Charlton and Scunthorpe defender Kelly Youga – believes proposals will be welcomed from afar.He told 20 Minutes: “I gave my advice to his parents but his father wants Lyon to align with the sporting and financial projects of major European clubs. I doubt OL will do that for a 16-year-old.”Geubbels was handed his senior debut in September 2017, becoming the first player born in the 21st century to grace Ligue 1.He has since set the same record in Europa League competition, while also being promoted to the Under-18 fold on an international stage with France.last_img read more

Neville replies to Conte: Chelsea were disgusting!

first_imgAntonio Conte Neville replies to Conte’s ‘stupid’ punditry criticism: Chelsea’s display was disgusting! Goal Last updated 1 year ago 16:38 6/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gary Neville Antonio Conte Getty/Goal Antonio Conte Chelsea Manchester City v Chelsea Manchester City Premier League The Blues boss urged commentators to think more before they speak, but the former Manchester United defender feels he has bigger things on his mind Gary Neville has replied to Antonio Conte’s “stupid” punditry dig by insisting that Chelsea’s display at Manchester City on Sunday filled him with “disgust”.Conte had his tactics against City labelled a “crime against football” by Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp after they went down 1-0 through Bernardo Silva’s strike early in the second half, and the Italian defended himself by urging commentators to “use their head” and not to “speak in a stupid way” .But Neville believes the Italian should focus more on fixing his side’s performances after what he feels was a particularly damning display for the Blues. 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 “To be honest with you, it disgusts me,” he said on Sky Sports . “The first bit is a bit tactical for a bit of belief. I agree about not taking the ball, not getting on the half-turn as Man City are a great pressing side.”But I can’t relate to it, in any way shape or form for the best players and teams in the world.”City are the best team in the Premier League by a mile. When they give the ball away, they react. When they win the ball back, everything is quick and at top-speed. They won a cup final last Sunday and they came out on Thursday and they are at it again. There’s no rest.”These Chelsea players took a day off. They took a rest.”They chucked it in yesterday, those players. Antonio Conte has called us [pundits] stupid, I don’t know the exact quote, but he’ll have watched that back this morning.”I know the Juventus team that he played in and I was England coach against his Italy team. His teams work hard, they are aggressive, they are good defensively, they tackle and they know how to play. He will have been equally disgusted.”One thing I can guarantee you is the Chelsea boardroom will have watched that performance yesterday and will not accept it.”It was nowhere near good enough and it was unacceptable.”Despite winning the Premier League title in Conte’s first season at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea are now 25 points behind Pep Guardiola’s side and fifth in the English top flight.last_img read more

Doing good goes viral; use these ideas!

first_imgHere are two interesting campaigns for doing good, full of possibilities for imitation:1.) Modern Day Robin HoodHere’s an interesting campaign, complete with a wildly popular YouTube video of a cash giveaway, a home page where you can buy visibility like the Million Dollar Home Page, interactive voting, etc. 2.) Starbucks “Chain of Cheer”Check out their pay-it-forward type of goodwill campaign, which combines fun stuff online with guerrilla marketing giveaways like Robin Hood’s on the street.We’re entered the one month a year when people are most inclined to do something nice for someone. How can you capitalize on the holiday spirit to generate excitement and action for your cause, drawing on the social marketing mantra — make it fun, easy and popular? Remember, for the donor, it’s not just about doing good, it’s about feeling good.last_img

Barca-linked Lenglet yet to decide future

first_imgTransfers Barca target Lenglet yet to decide future Jack Davies Last updated 1 year ago 20:53 6/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) lenglet - CROPPED Getty Images Transfers Primera División Barcelona Sevilla The French centre-back has looked on the brink of a switch to Camp Nou for some time, but his representative insists nothing has been decided as yet Clement Lenglet is yet to make a decision regarding his future despite appearing on the verge of completing a move to Barcelona, his agent has said.Defender Lenglet has gained many admirers since joining Sevilla from Nancy in January 2017, quickly securing a first-team role under Jorge Sampaoli and remaining a key figure last season, playing 35 times – more than any of his team-mates – in La Liga.Reports of Barca’s interest were prominent for much of the campaign, especially in the wake of the 23-year-old’s stellar performance against Manchester United in the Champions League, and there have even been claims the Catalan club already have an agreement with the centre-back. 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 Goal revealed earlier in June that the Spanish champions were close to concluding a deal for Lenglet, however, but that nothing had been decided as yet.Sevilla head coach Pablo Machin and director of football Joaquin Caparros had even offered to make Frenchman the highest paid player on the team to fend off interest from Barca, but again no agreement could be reached between the parties.His exit from the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan has long since appeared almost certain, but agent Gregory Dakad told ABC: “I know you’re talking about a lot of things, but Lenglet has not yet made a decision.”He is listening, analysing… although I insist that it cannot be said that he will not be at Sevilla next season.”Speaking on Thursday, Caparros said the club had received no contact from Barcelona.”Nothing has come to us,” he commented. “Every time there has been interest from Barcelona in a player of ours, which has been many times in recent years, there has been a call from president to president, and a call regarding Lenglet has not occurred.”Behind the scenes, however, Goal understands that the Rojiblancos are looking for a replacement for Lenglet, with Florian Lejeune of Newcastle and Gianmarco Ferrari of Sampdoria on their shortlist.last_img read more

Odriozola: Spain ready to do something great

first_imgWorld Cup Odriozola: Spain ready to do something great and deliver on expectations Alberto Piñero 17:10 7/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alvaro Odriozola Spain Quality Sport Images World Cup Spain Spain v Russia Russia The 22-year-old Real Sociedad full-back is living the dream at World Cup 2018, with a meteoric rise having carried him from Segunda B to Russia He is one of the youngest players in the Spanish national team. When Andres Iniesta scored the goal which made La Roja world champions in South Africa, Alvaro Odriozola was barely in high school. He was only 14 years old. As was Marco Asensio. Kepa Arrizabalaga and Saul Niguez were not much older.But what makes Odriozola stand out from the rest of his team-mates is that barely a year-and-a-half ago he was playing in Segunda B. In the space of 18 months, he has risen to reach the World Cup in Russia covering a position for which there were seemingly more obvious candidates.Odriozola’s rise has been meteoric, but not all that surprising. When watching him play, it is easy to imagine that his time among the elite will be far from fleeting. That sense builds when listening to him speak. “I have not done anything in football,” he tells Goal from the Spanish training base on Russian soil. 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 Odriozola is a humble, honest young man who is determined to make the most of the opportunities put in front of him, both at the World Cup and across his footballing future in general. He has come this far and has every intention of going even further with club and country.Is the World Cup everything you imagined it would be?“It’s a dream to be here and experience a World Cup from within. A year-and-a-half ago I was playing in Segunda B, so you can imagine… It’s very nice. It is a special environment. You see that there is that pressure to fight for a title in a short space of time, in a tournament that is only played every four years.”What is your first memory of the World Cup? Because when Spain were champions in South Africa you were only 14 years old…”Well, the first one that came to mind was the final of Ronaldo against Germany [in 2002]. I used to go with my mother and my brother to breakfast and watch the World Cup matches in Korea.”But in 2002 you were only seven years old, right?“Yes! But I remember it perfectly. I also have a fond recollection of when Italy won the World Cup final [in 2006], because I was in a class with two Italian guys and we were at home watching the final and they were going crazy because they had won!”At that time you were just starting out in football – is it true that you cried the first time you played as a defender at Real Sociedad?”Yes! But it was not at Real Sociedad. It was the first time I did football training, in my school, in Aldapeta, the Marianistas school in San Sebastian. At school I played and scored goals, I gave assists… then that first training session they put me as a defender. And I started to cry, yes. What I wanted was to score goals. Now that I’m a defender, I think it was fate.”You will have to go back and thank that coach…”Yes! He is working at Real Sociedad now: Inigo Caminaur. We have talked about it before. Now I owe him part of my World Cup!”What do you make of your meteoric rise?”The key is to always want more, to improve, keep working. And never lose it, whatever you do. It is that drive that leads you to not get comfortable, to want to improve, to not believe that you have made it. Well, actually I have not done anything in football yet. You have to be humble and acknowledge that this is just a game. It’s football. You shouldn’t feel above everything, nor think you are better than others, just keep working. You have to have your feet on the ground. I have a privileged environment that helps me. It’s not easy, everyone puts you on a pedestal and they praise you, but you have to keep a calm head and keep working to fulfill your dreams.”The other day Saul told me something similar. That in football one day you are Ronaldo or Messi, and the next day you are nobody. Is it your family that helps you to stay grounded?“Yes. My environment is what helps me to digest successes and failures. It’s fundamental. In my family we are all very close, very close, and they know how to deal with me… And my friends. I have a very close circle that has always accompanied me and given me good advice. They put everything into perspective.”Odriozola SpainDo you keep the same crew as when you played in Segunda B?“Yes! Definitely! I see no reason to change friends or personality.”But do you notice that other people treat you differently?”Yes, yes. I notice it a lot. People want to approach you. They are more aware of you. Let’s say they love you more. That is a natural feeling of human beings, I guess. But I keep my group of friends. And football allows you to meet interesting people and they can bring nice things into your life, and you should not let that go. But without losing sight of your real friends, those who accompanied you when you were nobody.”Do you live in the centre of San Sebastian?“Yes. My mother has a restaurant in San Sebastian. I live with my family, with my mother, my grandmother and my brother. Although I also spend a lot of time with my father during the week.”Your grandmother is a big fan of Real Sociedad…“Yes! I have a family who loves football, and Real Sociedad! As a child, the whole family always came home to watch Real’s matches. We were all together, like 20 or 25 people, without exaggerating! She has always gone to Anoeta [RSO stadium]. And now with even more reasons when I play. There was a period that she got very nervous when I played, but it’s something very nice for her.”Have they been able to come to see you in Russia?“They came to Sochi and Kazan, and now they are coming to Moscow to watch the round of 16 against Russia. It’s great that they can come.”What do they say when they see you?“They are very happy to be able to come. It is a very cool plan. Not only visiting me, but also for experiencing the World Cup, which is something extraordinary. They are very happy and very excited.”Even being at a World Cup, is it hard to be away from the family for so long?“That’s true. You miss people. Even being with them for a little bit gives you life and strength to keep working hard.”How about the life in Krasnodar? How have you been welcomed in the group, being one of the youngest?“Great! I can only thank them for the welcome. As I am the youngest, I always have to be in the centre of the rondos [laughs]. But the people and the treatment is great. The way they are teaching me new skills. It’s amazing.”Do you feel you missed your chance to play at the World Cup against Portugal?“It is true that was the game in which I was most likely to play and it didn’t happen. It is also true that it was [Julen] Lopetegui who gave me the opportunity to come and who trusted me. Maybe with the change of coach… But being 22 years old at the World Cup is very good. We all want to play. But we are all here to row in the same direction and contribute when we can.”Julen Lopetegui SpainDo you think that if Lopetegui had been the coach you would have played against Portugal?“I don’t know. Nacho could have played as well. It wasn’t my turn to play and I have to deal with it and work more than ever to show [Fernando] Hierro that I am also capable of playing.”Everyone wants to play, but if you had been told before the World Cup that you wouldn’t, would you have come anyway?“Definitely! Definitely! You always want to play, but experiencing a World Cup is priceless. You do not know where you will be in four years. Of course I would have come!”A few weeks after the change on the bench, how is the team is dealing with the change?“You have to take it as normal now. It was a peculiar moment, sad for everyone. We all loved Julen. He was our coach during the qualifying round. There was a very good group and we had picked up good feelings. It was a bit difficult at the beginning, but you have to take it as it comes. Now we will be behind Hierro. He is a great coach. We are working very well. Everything will be fine.”This is your fourth coach in a few months: Eusebio, Imanol, Lopetegui and Hierro. Can that affect or confuse you when it comes to demands on the field?“Things didn’t change that much. The philosophy is very similar from Julen to Hierro, for example. There has been continuity.”Would you like to work with Lopetegui again in your career?“In football, you never know if one day I will meet Julen or not. The only thing that concerns me now is the World Cup. Being here at just 22 years of age means enjoying every second to the fullest. Neither my future nor anything else worries me.”Have you been looking at the World Cup draw? In principle, it seems that Spain are on the easiest side…“That may be the case, but at a World Cup nothing is easy. It is very complicated. In principle the other side of the draw could have been tougher, but we can’t look at things that way because nothing is easy. Now we have a unique opportunity to do something beautiful. We’re going to fight for everything.”If the Spain squad felt any doubts after the draw against Morocco, is it possible that the draw has now given you wings?“That’s true! We left Kaliningrad with few good feelings. But as the days go by we have talked about it: we have not lost for two years, we were top of our group, a lot has happened and the group has not broken down, we are as united as ever… We’re going to fly because everything we’ve been through has united us even more.”What is the biggest concern with Russia: their football or the fact that they are the hosts?“Many things. They will fight to the death, they are playing at home, in Moscow, but we have to isolate ourselves from everything and give 100 per cent. Follow our path. They have been with their coach for a long time, they are compact, they know what they are doing. They will make it difficult for us, but we have to go our way. We have come here to win the World Cup.”Spain Morocco World Cup 2018Complete the sentence: If Spain does not reach the quarter-finals…“It would be a shame! Yes, there would be the feeling that we have missed an opportunity. This is a very good team and I think we can do something great. We really want to do something big.”You’re a football fan, have you been able to watch many World Cup matches in the Spain camp?“Yes. We have watched almost all of them, because they have coincided with lunch and dinner times.”And which teams have impressed you most so far?“If I had to say just one, I like Brazil a lot. Maybe they have not been spectacular, but they have a very clear idea about what they do. There has not been any spectacular team, I think. But Brazil are very compact, robust and don’t concede often. And furthermore, look at the quality they have in the front line. And on the negative side, I think Germany disappointed everyone a little bit. It has been shown that there are no easy matches. Just a few games have been won with superiority.”Spain seem a bit up and down. Do you need changes to alter that pattern?“I’m not the one to say that, that’s what Hierro is for. And he’s a great coach. Of course, everybody knows the quality of the ‘ideal’ line-up that has started these games. Another thing is tiredness, or other issues. But that’s what the coaching team have to decide, they are very capable.”There is a lot of talk about David de Gea, and at Real Sociedad this year you suffered a lot of rotations with the goalkeepers. How does that instability impact on footballers, especially those who are defenders?“These are difficult times, when everyone doubts you. But I have full confidence in David. He is one of the best goalkeepers in the world for me, and for everyone, for what he has shown this season and in previous ones. We are all human and we can make mistakes. Now is when you have to trust him more than ever. The more support he feels, nothing else will matter to him. When the team, the coach trusts you, you keep moving forward. And David is going to do it. He is a great goalkeeper and great person.”And finally, at 22 years old and having broken so many barriers in such a short space of time, what is the next dream that needs to be fulfilled? Where is the next challenge?”The next thing is to win the World Cup!”last_img read more

14 Easy Ways to Grow Your Email List

first_imgPhoto source: Big Stock Photo Creating great content is only the first half of the battle for a successful email outreach strategy — you also need a list of people to receive and read it.How do you build your list? Put the tools and marketing channels you’re already using to work for you to successfully build a solid list over time. Here are 14 of our favorite ways to keep your email list growing:On Your WebsitePut your sign-up form in your website template, so it appears on every single page.Offer special downloads, like how-to guides. When they sign-up for the download, give them the opportunity to also sign up for your e-newsletter (see how Network for Good does it here).Sponsor a fun contest or drawing, and be clear that when people enter, they will also be signed up to receive your e-newsletter.Create a sign-up form with multiple topics, then let people segment themselves based on which topics they care about.In Your Email MessagesOffer great content! Nothing will build your list faster.Encourage supporters to update their email addresses themselves (if your system allows it – Constant Contact does).Ask readers to forward your e-newsletter to friends or share with their social networks and be sure to include a link to your sign-up form in each edition so those friends can sign-up directly.Respect all opt-outs. It’s better to lose a subscriber than to have that person tag you as a spammer!Put a link to your sign-up form in your personal email signature as well.Face to FaceAudit all of your paper forms and make sure you are asking for an email address anywhere you would ask for a phone number or mailing address.When people register for your events, invite them to receive your e-newsletter, too.Include a newsletter sign-up form at your reception desk.Collect business cards when you make presentations.Get in the habit of regularly entering those hand-collected addresses into your system so you can invite them to receive your e-newsletter.Kivi Leroux Miller is president of Nonprofit Marketing and author of The Nonprofit Email Marketing Guide.last_img read more

Why I want to thank you… tweet, tweet

first_imgI’m thankful for you – and not just because it’s thanksgiving.Thanks for working for a good cause.Thanks for making the world a better place.Thanks for trying to be more effective at both.Thanks for teaching me how all the above are done.In your honor, I just made a donation to Tweetsgiving. The donation will go to building a classroom, orphanage/boarding facility, cafeteria and library at a school in Tanzania! Happy Thanksgiving!This post was created as part of a global groundswell of gratitude called Tweetsgiving. The celebration, created by US nonprofit Epic Change, is an experiment in social innovation that seeks to change the world through the power of gratitude. Epic Change launched the original TweetsGiving celebration in November 2008 as a 48-hour celebration of gratitude and giving that successfully raised over $10,000 to build a classroom in Arusha, Tanzania.Here’s what happened in Tanzania:TweetsGiving 2009 from LittlePurpleCow Productions on Vimeo.last_img

New Post on Global Mama

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 31, 2011November 13, 2014Click 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)We have a new post up today on our Medscape blog, Global Mama on the relationship between family planning, maternal health and climate change. Be sure to check it out.Share this:last_img

Brooklyn to Tanzania: “Mama Creator”

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on February 24, 2011June 20, 2017By: Lisa Russell, Documentary Filmmaker and Co-Founder, MDGFive.comClick 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)As a documentary filmmaker who creates films with UN/NGO agencies, I get the luxury of walking in two distinct worlds. The socially conscious creative world and the humanitarian/development world. Both are infused with passionated, committed people, both strive for social progress and both experience the webs and flows that come with the success as well as the challenges in trying to make change in the world.As co-founder of I have been working to bridge these two worlds around the issue of maternal health. And this week, I have seen the power of that bridge during a workshop taking place in Dar es Salaam Tanzania and at the he Sauti za Busara festival (East Africa’s biggest music festival that occurs in Zanzibar each year and showcases more than four hundred African musicians over five days.)With the support of the UNFPA office in Tanzania, I brought Brooklyn based artists, Maya Azucena (an award winning singer and co-founder of and Okai (one of NYC’s most talented percussionists and emcees) to write and record a new song on maternal health in collaboration with some of Tanzania’s top musicians. This included “Mzungu Kichaa” (a Danish citizen who has lived in Tanzania for a large part of his life and speaks fluent Swahili), Lady JayDee (known as one of the most famous R&B singers in East Africa), Fid Q (a famous emcee and hip hop artist who works with NGOs such as EngenderHealth, FHI, USAID, and others) and Mrisho Mptoto (a well known TV personality and spoken word artist). The song was produced by Ambrose “Dungu” – known as Tanzania’s most prominent music producer.As part of our workshop, I screened my film “Not Yet Rain.” Afterward, the UNFPA Representative in Tanzania, Julitta Onabanjo, sat with all the artists and presented to us the challenges facing women in pregnancy and childbirth in Tanzania. She answered questions from the artists who then took pen to paper to start writing the lyrics. It was an inspiring process to witness, especially between artists who have such different cultural and lingual references but share similar professional and musical inclinations.After the workshop, the artists spoke about how interesting it was to be able to interact with an institution on such a unique level. We all agreed that having the sort of access and support that we received from the UNFPA Country Office enabled us to be more on point with lyrics that can touch on the important messages and ideas about maternal health.The song that resulted is called “Mama Creator” which is sung in Swahili and English. At nearly 4 minutes long, it is an uplifting song with a memorable chorus and strong lyrics. Many who have heard it in Tanzania believe it has the ability to become popular with local radio stations because it has so many famous musicians and is such a strong song. We also see its importance in the mission of in bringing it to an international level and engaging other artists around maternal health.The test will come when we release the song and music video on our website and through local Tanzania channels on International Women’s Day (March 8th). I’ll be editing a mini-documentary about the creative process and producing Advocacy Packets that provide guidelines to organizations on how to attract and retain the involvement of creative communities in the maternal health movement. We then hope to return to Zanzibar for the Zanzibar International Film Festival to do a live performance of “Mama Creator” with all participating artists, show the mini-doc and host film and music workshops with other artists attending the festival.My hope is that by bringing these two worlds together around the issue of maternal health, that we draw new audiences into the fight to make the world a better place for women.Share this:last_img read more

Amy Coen: A Remembrance

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on March 1, 2011November 13, 2014Click 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)The MHTF and the maternal health community lost a friend and champion with the death of Amy Coen this morning. She will be deeply missed by the MHTF and the field.From Population Action International:PAI celebrates the life of Amy Coen, who passed away this morning. Amy’s life was filled with extraordinary achievements and service to women around the world. From the domestic clinics of Planned Parenthood to the international policy hallways of the UN, to rural communities all around the world, Amy was intrepid, fearless, tireless and passionate. She had an indomitable spirit in life, and will be deeply missed in death.Share this:last_img read more

Priority Countries for Maternal Health Research

first_imgPosted on February 28, 2012November 13, 2014Click 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)We have a new post up on our Medscape blog, Global Mama, by Dr. Ana Langer that discusses the three priority countries for the MHTF: Ethiopia, India, and Nigeria:The three countries were chosen for a variety of reasons: potential for strong on-the-ground partnerships, consistent and persuasive political will, clear and compelling data, and most of all…the need. These three countries combined represented over one-third of the total global maternal deaths in 2011 according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). If real progress is to be made in eradicating preventable maternal mortality and morbidity, we must scale up efforts in Ethiopia, India and Nigeria as the briefs below indicate. Read the rest of the entry (free registration may be required).Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Economists, Government Officials, and Maternal Health Experts Gather to Discuss Financial Mechanisms for Maternal and Neonatal Health

first_imgPosted on April 24, 2012June 23, 2017Click 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)The US Government is currently (April 24th-25th) convening an Evidence Summit on Enhancing Provision and Use of Maternal Health Services through Financial Incentives in Washington DC. The Evidence Summit is part of a week of maternal health activities.  Economists, government officials, and maternal health specialists from the academic and development communities from around the world have gathered to take a closer look at the evidence on the impact of financial mechanisms on maternal and neonatal health outcomes.From our colleagues at USAID:While maternal mortality in low and middle-income countries remains high, maternal health services are greatly underutilized and often of poor quality. Financial barriers contribute to low use of maternal health services. Financial incentives have been shown to have a positive effect on the demand for health services by reducing or eliminating financial barriers to access and increasing household income, as well as on provision of essential interventions in maternity services. However, specific recommendations for use of financial incentives by governments for increasing and improving maternal health services are lacking.According to USAID, anticipated outcomes of the Evidence Summit include:initial policy and practice recommendations for LMIC governments and donors;identification of evidence gaps to inform a unified research agenda; andcreation of a community of practice linking the maternal health and economics communities to advance the evidence base together for sustainable effective use of financial incentives.Learn more about the summit  here.Check out the video of yesterday’s event, Learning From Success: Ministers of Health Discuss Accelerating Progress in Maternal Survival, here.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

3 Ways to Encourage Monthly Donors & Givings

first_imgWant to enable your donors to give more and stop consistently asking them for money? Working to convert annual donors into monthly donors is one of the smartest things you can do as a fundraiser. Imagine thanking people every month instead of hitting them up for a donation. (Sounds pretty great, right?) Plus, you could benefit from a dependable stream of contributions.The good news is you can easily set the stage to make donors more likely to commit to a monthly gift! Here’s how:1. Make It Easy for Monthly Donors:Many donors prefer to give online because it’s easy and convenient. Giving a recurring gift through your online donation form should also be easy for your donor—they select their donation amount and can automatically give throughout the year without coming back to make a new donation.Wherever you ask for donations on your website, try asking for a monthly contribution, instead of just a one-time gift. When a donor is deciding on a donation amount, ask, “Would you like to make this a monthly gift?” (Need an online donation processing service that offers recurring gifts? Find out more about Network for Good’s branded fundraising pages.)2. Frame Your Ask:When you ask donors for money, how are you phrasing the question? Instead of asking supporters to give just at year-end, recommend that they sign up to give every month next year. This is clearly a win for them because it’s convenient and it’s not one big hit to their pocketbooks at the end of the year. … And it’s also a win for you!  A steady stream support can lead to better budgeting and more help for other year-round. Bonus: In some cases, a donor may give more in total than they would as a onetime gift since it’s easier to spread it out over time.3. Offer an Appealing Package:Describe the good that you do in a way that relates to a monthly gift and shows a tangible tie to the idea of giving every month.  The Liz Logelin Foundation encourages donors to give “$7 on the 7th” to help widows and widowers with young families. With this campaign, the foundation help donors realize it’s possible to create a big impact for a small amount each month.Consider giving your recurring donors a special status. Give monthly donors a special name and recognize them in a unique way on your site. You can reserve special perks for these loyal supporters, such as a sneak peek to your newsletter, first dibs on event tickets, or invitations to an open house.All donors are important to nonprofits, but an increase in recurring, monthly gifts is a reliable blessing that many organizations would be thrilled to have.To do:Ensure your donation form allows for a monthly gift.Audit your appeals: make sure you ask donors to consider giving a monthly contribution.Think of creative ways to illustrate a monthly gift’s impact.Reward monthly donors with special recognition or perks.last_img read more

Standardizing Research and Practice for Fetal and Newborn Growth

first_imgPosted on December 19, 2013November 7, 2016By: Alison Chatfield, Project Manager, Maternal Health Task Force, Women and Health InitiativeClick 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)In 1993, the WHO undertook a comprehensive review of the references, charts and tools used to monitor and evaluate human growth across the world.  The conclusion of that review was that the biological and technical drawbacks of the growth resources available at that time were significant, and posed a huge constraint to clinical practice and research.  This led to a new and innovative approach to studying large cohorts of multiethnic populations – the Multicentre Growth Reference Study – to inform the world’s first internationally-applicable growth standards: the WHO Child Growth Standards.  These standards represent the first evidence-based definition of what normal growth and development for children is, without ethnic or sample size bias.  Unlike references of the past, these standards are as applicable in high-income countries as they are in low-income countries.  Their use in practice has provided clinicians with a methodologically-sound definition of what a child’s growth should be in order to achieve optimal health outcomes, and for researchers, has provided a common definition of child growth that has standardized investigation in this important area of health.The impact of the WHO Child Growth Standards on child health and nutrition has been substantial, leading to demands for growth standards throughout the lifecycle.  Given the small but growing body of evidence connecting fetal health to newborn, child and adult health outcomes, an international group of researchers have extended the logic of standardization into the perinatal period.  The International Fetal and Newborn Growth Consortium for the 21st Century (INTERGROWTH-21st) formed to study healthy pregnancies in multiple geographic locations in order to create evidence-based fetal growth, newborn size, and preterm growth standards for international use.The current lack of evidence-based growth standards for use during pregnancy and early infancy poses a constraint to practitioners and researchers alike.  A 2012 systematic review of methodologies that have been used to create fetal growth charts shows that while the quality of evidence on this topic has improved over time, there remains extreme heterogeneity in study methodology.  This diversity in research methods and findings has been subsequently used to inform diverse practical recommendations for fetal growth.  All the studies included in this analysis were at high risk for bias due to the lack of rigorous participant inclusion/exclusion criteria, an absence of quality control measures, and the limited evidence of adequate sample size calculations.  The authors concluded that international and evidence-based standards for fetal growth, accompanied by the right training and quality control resources, are needed to improve the current state of research and practice.The INTERGROWTH-21st studies were implemented in eight study sites to create a population-based, multiethnic cohort of 60,000+ pregnancies, with uniform entry criteria, clinical care, equipment, quality control measures, data collection, and methods for collecting anthropometric and ultrasound measurements in each site.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more