Lionel Messi ‘Messi is the decisive factor’ – Simeone doubts late La Liga title challenge Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 09:21 4/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Lionel Messi Atlético Madrid Atlético Madrid v Deportivo La Coruña Sevilla v Barcelona Deportivo La Coruña Sevilla Barcelona Primera División The Argentine star makes the chances of hauling in Barcelona pretty slim, according to the Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone does not appear convinced by Atletico Madrid’s La Liga title chances because of the form of Barcelona star Lionel Messi.Atleti closed to within nine points of the league leaders with eight games left to play thanks to Sunday’s 1-0 win over Deportivo La Coruna.Barca had looked set to lose their first top-flight match of the season 24 hours earlier, only for Lionel Messi to come off the bench and inspire his side to rally from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Sevilla. 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 And Simeone thinks his compatriot is the key difference between the top two teams.”We’re having a very important league campaign. We’ve already seen what happened at Sevilla,” he told a news conference.”Without Messi, Sevilla would have won 2-0. With Messi on the pitch, Barca won 2-0, although the final score was 2-2.”Messi is the decisive factor. We want to keep improving our numbers from last season.”Atleti, who were missing the suspended Antoine Griezmann, claimed a relatively comfortable three points over struggling Deportivo thanks to Kevin Gameiro’s first-half penalty.Simeone felt his players allowed their level to drop in the second half but was pleased with the result, especially in the wake of a busy international break.”We had the difficulty of the suspended players, but we responded with a result that we needed,” he said. “A lot of players left for their national teams and played two games.”The first half was better than the second, we got the goal and we had another chance. “We faced a team in need of results. Deportivo played an intense game, with danger, they never wanted to give up the game, and we couldn’t finish it off.”
Very cool helmets for Senior Day!! #osufbequipmentcrew pic.twitter.com/Em8Gjt3JvA— Robert Allen (@RAllenGoPokes) November 12, 2016• Tim Brando was more concerned about Mahomes getting to 4,000 yards than I was about my children speaking their first words.• I felt like Tech had 25 third and ones in the first half.• Three straight drives of 75 yards that resulted in TDs. Impressive.• The Jalen McCleskey fumble was almost a back-breaker. It let Tech tie the game at 28 at the end of the first half. Games like these with big boy offense mean that single turnovers can completely flip games. OSU flipped it back when Vincent Taylor picked up a loose ball in the fourth quarter thankfully, but it’s strange that McCleskey (of all people!) could have provided the mistake that cost you as a two-TD favorite at home.• Oklahoma State’s 605 yards were the fifth-most a team has gained on Tech this year. Fifth!• For how disciplined Kliff seems to be, his team seem pretty undisciplined. They get an average of 68 penalty yards per game, but were only clipped for 15 yards on Saturday. Of course OSU had 80 penalty yards.• We got the full Gundy tonight.Gundy looks incredible right now. The full mullet flow. The old throwback sweatshirt. Big 12 title on the line. pic.twitter.com/pHfMDE5Pde— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 12, 2016• Tech’s receivers had a lot of drops. Kliff must love that.• Justice Hill was in 5th grade the last time Tech won. He was four years old the last time Tech won in Stillwater (also, Kliff was the QB the last time Tech won in Stillwater).• Tim Brandon calling Texas Tech “bush league” for not including a player who switched numbers on its numerical roster was pretty humorous to me.• Vincent Taylor could have run through that hole Rennie Childs ran through in the second half. Mah gosh.• Tech finished 11/20 on third and fourth down. I wouldn’t expect anything less from Tech, but that was pretty frustrating to watch.• From our Slack chat: How much does Patty Mahomes look like Yeah Yeah from Sandlot?!• OSU didn’t close like I would have thought in the fourth quarter. I really thought the depth was going to shine through late, but Tech scored on its final three drives.• Jordan Sterns had a tremendous final game at BPS. Eight tackles and two TFLs. Gonna miss that dude.• Tre Flowers going with the Carolina blue mouthpiece was interesting.• Vincent Taylor has better hands than Rashaun Woods (probably).• I thoroughly enjoyed the play where Pat Mahomes would step forward towards his center and hit a quick-slanting WR over the middle. I wish Oklahoma State would implement that.• Wut?Pretty insane number here for The President. pic.twitter.com/FqwfNUw7Z3— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 13, 2016• I still think Gundy needs to hire an end-of-game clock manager. You could pay him $500,000, and he would have already made you money this season!• This was tremendous.Awesome look at the #okstate band honoring the military with a purple heart at halftime. pic.twitter.com/QNujlSyAt8— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 12, 2016 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. I pounded out my 10 thoughts on the Oklahoma State-Texas Tech game here, but we need to get to the notebook. Tons to talk about. Mason Rudolph, James Washington, Chris Lacy, Chris Carson. All the Chris’. All the storylines. Let’s get to work.• My first note was: “How many stops do you need against Texas Tech?” The answer is apparently six as long as they miss the extra point at the end. OSU’s defense faced 13 Tech drives. It got six stops and gave up six TDs and a FG.• Pat Mahomes looked like he was running around on Seth Russell’s leg. What was up with that? If he’s playing with an injury as severe as it appeared, he’s even more of a gamer than I thought (and I already thought he was a massive gamer).• Three straight three-and-outs for Tech to start the game against OSU in the same week Donald Trump was elected president. What a time to be alive. OSU took advantage (sort of), but it really felt like you needed three TDs on those three drives. They only got two.• I like the bandana print on the arm sleeves and socks. I don’t like it on the helmets.• I wish I was as good at anything as Mason Rudolph is at throwing comeback sideline routes.• One of the announcers referred to James Washington as “a high hip guy.” I have no idea what this means, but I feel extremely confident that I am not a “high hip guy.”• Definitely was said.”I own you, Kliff. And I know you want my hair.” pic.twitter.com/93BXu043hH— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 13, 2016• It has to be so difficult for things to not go your way when you aren’t Iowa State or Kansas bad, but it feels like every 50/50 ball turns against you. I want Kliff to succeed because he seems like a hard-working dude, but it has to be brutal to be a Tech fan right now.• Tech’s first first down was Mahomes running for it on 4th down on its fourth drive. Little panicky early, eh? What was the last time Tech started a game with four straight three and outs?• Tech had 35 first downs. That’s the most OSU has given up since the TCU game last season when it gave up 36. Also, Tech ran 96 plays to OSU’s 66. That’s insane.• Why doesn’t Tech go full Kingsbury? Go for two after every TD, onside kick every time and never punt on a fourth down. This makes sense, doesn’t it?• It seems unfathomable that one unit in one conference could be as bad as Tech’s defense is.• A game like this seems so mentally draining on offense because of how much you have to grind and feel the pressure to score on every possession. I thought OSU did a good job of staying engaged on offense. It probably helps that you know you’re going to put up video game numbers if you’re even remotely involved.• The helmets look better like this than they did on the field.
Blake Jarwin the TE from #OklahomaState has accepted his E/W Shrine Game Invite— NFL Draft Diamonds (@DraftDiamonds) November 28, 2016 The 6-6, 335 lb senior from Huntsville, AL, transferred to the Cowboys from the now defunct (but soon-to-be again) UAB football program. Salako has since started for two straight seasons at left tackle and has been a part of the Cowboys’ best offensive line in years.As for Jarwin, he has been one of the most productive tight ends during the Gundy era since Brandon Pettigrew. Since OSU has re-kindled a focus to get the Cowboy back involved in the offense again, Jarwin has been integral to that transition, earning All Big 12 first team honors a season ago. As a former walk-on, he’ll have a shot in the game to showcase his skills in front of scouts in attendance during practices and the game.The East-West Shrine Game is one of the country’s premier collegiate all-star games. It will be held in St. Petersburg, Florida, on Jan. 21, 2017.James Castleman was the last OSU player to participate in this game back in 2015. It was announced on Monday that Oklahoma State offensive tackle Victor Salako will play in the East-West Shrine Game this upcoming January.Victor Salako the OT from #OklahomaState has accepted his E/W Shrine Game Invite— NFL Draft Diamonds (@DraftDiamonds) November 28, 2016 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.
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. According to a report from Scout, OSU offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich is staying put with the Cowboys after being contacted by Alabama head coach Nick Saban earlier this week for the same position.Here’s Robert Allen with the reported details:Multiple sources told Go Pokes that Mike Yurcich was contacted on Monday by Alabama head coach Nick Saban to either determine his interest in the offensive coordinator job or outright offer him the position with the Crimson Tide.The dust cleared on Tuesday and our sources indicate that much like he decided when in “final two” contention for the Auburn offensive coordinator position, Yurcich has decided to stay in Stillwater coaching quarterbacks and calling plays for Oklahoma State.Nick Saban’s former offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian spent one game calling plays (a loss in the national title game to Clemson), before bolting to the NFL to take the same job with the Atlanta Falcons.This report shouldn’t come as a surprise. Yurcich was reported as a candidate for an offensive coordinator job at Auburn after Rhett Lashlee abandoned his post, but nobly pulled out of the running to stay with OSU.Yurcich’s interest from Alabama comes at an interesting time. After the regular season ended, Mike Gundy was reportedly flirting with the Baylor job before staying put at OSU, and this makes the second report of other schools’ interest in Yurcich.It is believed that Mike Gundy has still not come to a contract agreement with OSU, which could potentially entail disagreements with coaching assistant salaries. Gundy has always been a big proponent of getting his assistants paid. Whether the interest from Alabama is legitimate or not, one has to wonder if and how this will be used by Gundy to gain leverage in the negotiation process with Oklahoma State.
Manchester City Guardiola to risk touchline ban by defying FA and wearing yellow ribbon at Wembley Sam Lee Last updated 1 year ago 06:30 25/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester City Guardiola Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Raheem Sterling Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero Premier League The Manchester City boss has been charged by the governing body for “wearing a political message” and he will do so again on Sunday Pep Guardiola will risk a touchline ban by defying the Football Association and wearing a yellow ribbon at Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Arsenal.The Manchester City boss was charged by the governing body on Friday for “wearing a political message, specifically a yellow ribbon, in breach of the FA’s kit and advertising regulations.”The FA has written to Guardiola on two occasions in recent months to tell him to stop wearing the ribbon, though he has ignored those warnings and sources close to the Catalan have told Goal that he will do so again by wearing it at Wembley on Sunday. 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 It is believed Guardiola can continue to wear the ribbon for pre- and post-match media commitments, but not during matches.Guardiola is likely to be fined by the FA for wearing the ribbon up until this point but any future breaches, including on Sunday, could lead to a touchline ban.A number of City supporters have vowed to wear a yellow ribbon themselves in support of their manager.Guardiola has worn the ribbon since October as a show of solitary for Catalunya’s political prisoners.The City boss is a supporter of the independence movement and has ties to those imprisoned by the Spanish government; “Los Jordis” – Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart – and Oriol Junqueras.Guardiola casts a vote in 2014 (Getty)Guardiola stands with the now imprisoned Oriol Junqueras (left), ousted Catalan leader Carles Puidgemont (right, centre) and Carme Forcadel (right) in June 2017 (Getty)Guardiola speaking at a referendum rally in June 2017 (Getty)Guardiola wears the yellow ribbon for a press conference (Getty)Guardiola spoke about the subject in December, insisting he would continue to wear the ribbon despite any potential disciplinary action.“I do that because in Spain two specific people who defend something like the vote, something the people in command do not agree with, are in prison. It’s unfair. To make a rebellion on something like that, you have to be something tough to be in prison. And they are still there. So, while they are not out, always here [points to ribbon] will be shared with me.“OK, they can suspend me for doing that, but the other people are in jail. If they want to suspend me — Uefa, Premier League, Fifa — it’s OK.”
The response to our PFB+ post on Friday was so good, I thought it would be fun to up the ante. We’re having a Sunday-only flash sale on PFB+. Remember: If we get to 700 subscribers (which we’re close to!) by Oct. 31, we’re giving away season basketball tickets for two to one of our subscribers.If you purchase our yearly plan right here today and use the code AMEN, you’ll get $50 off for the year. This sale will end at midnight on Sunday evening/Monday morning.That’s a total price of $30 for 12 months of ad-free browsing, PFB+ forums (all the recruiting nuggets!), giveaways, discounts to our store, custom backgrounds and more. This is essentially stealing. You picking us off like we’re Brock Purdy and you’re OSU’s defense.Again, that’s eight pennies a day for the best OSU news and community.So come join us. Our gameday thread on Saturday was 🔥🔥🔥, and the ad-free browsing is worth the price of admission. Plus a shot a free hoops tickets for the season. TomBradyletsgo.gif!That’s AMEN right here on our yearly plan. Thank you as always for reading, listening and following along as we navigate this weird, inane world together. 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.
Smart organizations don’t only have conversations with their audiences — they also act on what their audiences say. American Express is doing it. So is Hillary Clinton. Are you?Our colleagues at the Case Foundation did it today. They have launched a grant program that lets the public decide who should receive their funds. The New York Times covered this unusually open approach today. If you’ve got a good idea, please consider applying. And think about how you can involve your audiences in your work. If you’re not sure they should set your direction, at least let them help you make your marketing choices. The moral of the story: if you are still talking at your supporters, you’re going to lose them. Kind of like this:
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Once upon a time, I worked at a small newspaper as a night editor and there was one task that always scared the heck out of me. It was the hardest part of the job: trying to write a snappy six word headline summarizing a complex political situation or critical news development at 2 a.m. The stakes were high. Because on average, 8 out of 10 people will read headline copy, but only 2 out of 10 will read the rest (source: Copyblogger). I’d say the same goes for your email subject lines and the first line of every communication you send. What you say first is so critical, because it may be all that gets absorbed. If you do a really good job, people will have to keep going. What can you say that creates curiosity that will carry through to the next sentence and the next and the next?I remember rewriting the first line of Robin Hood Marketing a million times because I was worrying about hitting that standard. I ended up with this: “We all have moments in life when we happen upon our calling, and mine was when I encountered a giant, smiling condom in Cambodia.” At least you want to read on – I hope.Do me a favor. Go look at the first line (and ONLY the first line) of everything you’re using to raise money or change people’s behavior. Does it seize you by the synapses and leave you longing for more? If it doesn’t, read on – perhaps you’ve buried your lead, as journalists say. Find the sentence somewhere that will arrest your audience, and put it at the top. If you don’t have one, make one. Write that first line as if you were Scheherezade, and your life depended on it. Then see what happens to those messages and click throughs—they may just earn a lasting look.
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At the recent Nonprofit Technology Conference, I was asked about donor or fundraising premiums — those return address labels, mugs, etc. given to people in exchange for making a donation. From the research I’ve seen, fundraising premiums can work to boost giving in the short term but also create some problems long term, especially if the premiums are positioned as a quid pro quo for a gift and have limited resonance with the cause. (For more on the deleterious effects of premiums, read the Agitator.) So I’m not a huge fan, because the evidence suggests these trinkets crowd out a deeper, lasting and emotional connection with a cause.So what approach might be better? The Agitator post has ideas. Here’s another one, from Mercy Corps. This nonprofit chose to surprise donors with a gift tightly aligned with their cause, AFTER the donors gave. It was rooted in social, not market norms. The gift delighted donors without crowding out their emotional connection to Mercy Corps. It’s an example of excellent cultivation.Annalise Briggs shares the story: “I ordered handmade rams from a beneficiary in Kyrgyzstan named Batina. Batina struggled to feed and support her family, and so Mercy Corps gave her a microcredit loan that allowed her to turn her hobby of sewing into a small business. She can now support her family and send her children to school. I mail the notecard with her story and the below photo and one of the little rams she sews to monthly donors within the first 90 days to help with retention (no ask, no BRE). The response has been overwhelming! We have sustainers writing and calling us all the time to thank us for the wonderful gift. Below is just one of the emails we’ve received:“Thank you for the little wool ram & note card about Batina. It has greatly personalized my sterile, monthly donation made through my credit card… and to remind me of why I’m making a monthly donation. The world just became a little smaller.”As you know, it’s so important to connect supporters with the mission and this is so much better than any random premium or swag. It directly relates to the field work we are doing. With our mission of working in other countries around the world, this connection is even more critical.”This is a great example of what we should do far better in our sector — thank donors and give them a vivid sense of the impact they have on real lives.Pictured: Batina and the ram she sewed. Photos are courtesy of Mercy Corps.
Posted on May 9, 2013March 8, 2017By: Sarah Blake, MHTF consultantClick 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 Wilson Center Comparative Urban Studies Project is hosting an discussion on May 14 to mark the launch of Girls on the Move: Adolescent Girls and Migration in the Developing World, the latest edition of the Population Council’s Girls Count report series.From our colleagues at the Wilson Center:Girls on the Move illuminates the experiences of girls who relocate to urban areas to pursue work, education, and social opportunities unavailable to them in their natal homes. The report explores how migrant girls who successfully connect to urban resources and opportunities can be powerful agents of change, making them an important group for policy and programmatic attention. At this event, Population Council researchers will highlight findings from the report, and a panel of experts will examine how new evidence on migrant adolescent girls can be used to increase their visibility, reduce their vulnerability, and support them to reach their full potential.The event will be held from 3:00-5:00pm on May 14 at the Wilson Center in Washington, DC. To attend in person, RSVP to email@example.com and indicate “May 14” in the subject line of your message. In addition, if you are not able to attend in person, video of the event will be webcast live on the Wilson Center website. For more information on how to attend in person or by video, visit the Wilson Center event page.The Girls Count report series is part of the Girls Count initiative of the Coalition for Adolescent Girls sponsored by the Nike Foundation and the UN Foundation, and previous reports in the series are posted on the Coalition for Adolescent Girls website.For more information on the Girls on the Move report, visit the report announcement, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The report will be available for download on May 14.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
What does marketing have to do with the donor experience? Everything.If you’re not a born marketer—and who is?—self-promotion may feel like boasting. It’s not. Sharing the mission and vision of your nonprofit, the need you fill, and the stories of the community you serve are all topics your supporters want to hear about. Creating an inviting, enjoyable donor experience keeps your donors engaged and boosts retention.Promoting a positive image of your nonprofit is vital to attracting new donors and retaining existing ones. It peaks people’s interest in your nonprofit, shares information about your great work, builds trust with your community, and gives your donors the confidence that keeps them engaged.Your image is created by the work you do and interactions you have with your supporters and partners. It’s reinforced and sustained through marketing.For donors and prospects, marketing tells them who you are, what you do, and how they can get involved. The best marketing campaigns combine your messaging, images, and call to action. Whether you’re advertising an event, promoting community programs, or reminding donors of how they can give, marketing introduces your nonprofit to new groups and reinforces your reputation with existing contacts. It’s the story you tell and how you share it.Building and strengthening relationships with prospects and donors between appeals creates an inviting, inclusive donor experience. Marketing motivates volunteers, program participants, and others to donate.Top Marketing Channels for Donor ExperienceThe best marketing methods for creating a better donor experience are your website, social media, and email blasts. How you engage your customers digitally will directly impact how they feel about you in person. It’s an ongoing way for them to get to know you better. And vice versa. Each option calls for a different voice, but you can easily adapt the same material for different mediums and create an integrated marketing campaign.WebsiteYour donors are online, and you need to be there, too. Use your website to create a digital donor experience that is an extension of how you want them to feel about your organization. An enjoyable online experience includes easy navigation, relevant content, powerful images, and an easy-to-find donation button. Online giving has grown steadily year over year, with 54 percent of donors worldwide saying they prefer to give online. Harness the power of search engine optimization (SEO) to improve your positioning in search engine results, which will allow your website to capture active donors and increase awareness of your mission.Social MediaMore and more people are getting their information from social media these days. Next to your website, it’s the first place people look for updates. It can even outpace your website for immediate engagement. Provide a creative, fun experience with relevant updates. Post a few times a week (or even every day) to stay engaged. Share images, events, programs, and testimonials. Don’t forget to post your donation page and encourage followers to support you with a fundraiser of their own.Email BlastsSending email blasts (“eblasts”) are a quick, attractive way to communicate with your contacts. Don’t worry about being a graphic designer. With an all-in-one donor management system like Network for Good’s you’ll have designed templates at your fingertips. Send newsletters, thank you letters, event invitations, and appeals in just a few easy steps. Segment your donors to tailor each message to a specific audience.Once you get these basics down, you can replicate and expand on your success. Test out different messaging on different channels and develop a voice that’s distinctly yours. For more tips to become an expert nonprofit marketer, check out our popular White Paper, How Marketing Drives Donor Engagement.Read more on The Nonprofit Blog
Eintracht Frankfurt board member Axel Hellmann wants last season’s semi-finalists to be drawn against Manchester United in the Europa League group stage.Bundesliga side Eintracht advanced to the group stage for the second successive season thanks to Thursday’s entertaining 3-0 win at home to Strasbourg.Eintracht lost the first leg 1-0 but the German outfit rallied to complete a 3-1 aggregate triumph in Frankfurt, where both teams were reduced to 10 men. 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? Led by Luka Jovic and Sebastien Haller – who have since left for Real Madrid and West Ham – Eintracht reached the semi-finals last season before losing to Chelsea on penalties.Premier League giants and 2017 Europa League champions United are in pot one for Friday’s draw, while Eintracht are in pot two.”We saw a drama-filled spectacle today,” Hellmann said.”The atmosphere here is something special and it gives the players a second wind. It’s hard to compare it to the Bundesliga.”I’d like us to be drawn against Manchester United in the group stage. That would be a dream, just like playing Chelsea last season was.”An own goal from Strasbourg’s Stefan Mitrovic in the 26th minute levelled the play-off tie on aggregate at Commerzbank-Arena.Eintracht were dealt a blow on the stroke of half-time when star Ante Rebic was sent off, but the hosts still managed to prevail thanks to Filip Kostic’s stunning free-kick and a Danny da Costa strike after Dimitri Lienard saw red for Strasbourg.”It’s important for Eintracht Frankfurt to be in the draw,” Eintracht head coach Adi Hutter said.”The sense of unity between the fans, the coaching staff and the players is what got us through.”Filip played brilliantly and showed just how valuable he is. Ante also had a very good game. Daichi [Kamada] deserves praise too.” After finishing seventh in the Bundesliga last season, Eintracht lost their most recent league game against Red Bull Leipzig 2-1 to currently sit 10th in the league.
After all, Iowa was deep in its own territory and a turnover would’ve been costly. But the offense took a risk as quarterback Nate Stanley aired one out to his receiver for a first down.Joel Klatt just went anti-Romo on that 3rd and 22. Called for a draw and Iowa puts it up, gets a guy in 1 on 1 coverage downfield and converts.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) October 5, 2019But the third down conversion has been one of the only successful deep shots for Iowa so far on Saturday. Stanley has thrown two costly interceptions. The Michigan defense is confusing the Hawkeyes QB into throwing the deep ball despite tight coverage.It’s a close game in Ann Arbor at the half. The Wolverines are up 10-3. If Stanley can convert more big plays, this game might go down to the wire. ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN – OCTOBER 05: Geno Stone #9 of the Iowa Hawkeyes celebrates his first quarter interception against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on October 05, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Iowa has always fielded a conservative offense. The Hawkeyes’ ground-and-pound offensive attack still manages to give opposing defenses trouble each and every week. It’s rare when Iowa takes risks or even shots down the field.But on Saturday, the Hawkeyes aired out a deep pass on 3rd-and-22. It resulted in a first down. Check out the play below.3rd and 22…SEND IT! 🔥@HawkeyeFootball keeps the drive alive: pic.twitter.com/MSHoooeHkN— Iowa On BTN (@IowaOnBTN) October 5, 2019Naturally, the Internet couldn’t believe it. Prior to the play, Michigan’s fans turned up the crowd noise making life difficult for the Iowa offense. Even Fox Sports announcer Joel Klatt suggested the Hawkeyes offense go conservative, suggesting a draw or screen play.
The proposed site for Inter Miami’s MLS stadium is far more toxic than previously expected, according to a recent study, with worse-than-expected arsenic contamination and contaminated soil samples that present a “physical hazard”.A recent study has revealed the extent of environmental issues at the proposed location of the MLS stadium as part of a $1 billion commercial complex.The club and city are negotiating terms of a 99-year lease that would allow Inter Miami to build a complex that would include the club’s 25,000-seat stadium as well as a hotel, office, shopping center, and soccer fields on the roof of a parking facility. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream The site, Miami’s only city-owned golf course, is littered with pollution underneath the grass according to the club’s analysis with testing revealing that contamination levels are at twice the allowable limit for arsenic while also exceeding the legal limits of barium and lead.The site, once was a dumping site for incinerator ash, was also tested by the county Department of Environmental Resources Management (DERM), which found high concentrations of lead in the soil.“This obviously causes great concerns,” said Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, according to the Miami Herald. “We’re glad this event has caused us to test the site.”He added: “Basically, the site has significantly more contamination than what is commercially reasonable.”Inter Miami officials previously estimated that a site cleanup would cost roughly $35 million, but Suarez says that team officials have recently revised that number to somewhere exceeding $50 million.Club owner Jorge Mas has stated that the team will pay for the full cleanup of the area should the cost come within the range of a $35 million budget, although attorneys for Inter Miami said the final price will depend on what DERM ends up approving for a plan to fix up the proposed site.Commissioner Ken Russell, the chairman of Miami’s commission, said that Inter Miami is continuing to insist that the club will pay for the site cleanup.“From the initial briefing I received today, however, we know what we are dealing with, and it must be remediated to a level that is safe for kids to play,” he said.Inter Miami will begin play in 2020, playing at a temporary home in Fort Lauderdale until the expected completion of their stadium in 2022.The club has signed three players ahead of its inaugural season: forward Julian Carranza, midfielder Matias Pellegrini and defender Christian Makoun.
Arsenal have to consider offloading Mesut Ozil because the costs of keeping him outweigh what he is currently offering to the club, says former forward Paul Mariner.The World Cup-winning playmaker has seen just 71 minutes of action in the 2019-20 campaign.There have been mitigating circumstances, with Ozil and Sead Kolasinac having been the subjects of an attempted car-jacking which raised serious concerns over their safety. 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 Unai Emery was, however, reluctant to use the German midfielder at times last season and does not appear to be in any rush to hand the 30-year-old a prominent role this term.With that in mind, and with Ozil tied to a lucrative contract, Mariner believes a sale must come into the equation because it makes no sense to keep a fringe player at the Emirates on big money.The former Gunners striker told ESPN FC: “If there’s interest, let him go and have someone else pay his wages.“[If he doesn’t go], you’ve got to get him back in the fold. It’s as simple as that. You’ve got to get in a room with him, talk to him, get him into being that Arsenal player [he can be].“They can’t find anyone at the moment who wants to take him off their books, so you’ve got to get him back in your ranks.“It’s very difficult, if a player isn’t switched on, it’s very difficult to get into him.“At the present moment if he’s going to perform the way he is, you’ve got to find other players to perform instead of him.“Find the players that are committed, and find a system that fits those players.”Ozil’s only outing this season came in a Premier League clash with Watford.He started that contest, but was hauled off as the Gunners threw away a two-goal lead to be held 2-2 at Vicarage Road.No opportunity was presented to him to find full match sharpness during a Europa League group stage opener against Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday.Emery took the decision to leave Ozil out of his squad for a trip to Germany, with youngsters such as Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka going on to star in a 3-0 win.
Once upon a time, Fabio Coentrao was the third-most expensive defender in football history and the sidekick of Cristiano Ronaldo, winning trophies with Real Madrid and starring for Portugal on the international stage.Now at the age of 31, the left-back has found his career decline sharply in recent times. He has not played for his country for over two years and is currently without a club after being discarded by Portuguese side Rio Ave.At his peak, Coentrao was a relentless attacking full-back. He forged a formidable duo with Ronaldo for both club and country, with the current Juventus superstar often occupying the left-hand side of the pitch, also. 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 “One-on-one in training. Happy to play against one of the world’s toughest defenders. My brother Coentrao,” Ronaldo wrote on Instagram about his team-mate back in 2017, emphasising the bond shared between the two.Alongside Ronaldo, Coentrao played an important role in several Blancos triumphs, despite often having to fight Brazilian full-back Marcelo for a position in the starting XI.He joined Real Madrid under his countryman Jose Mourinho as a 23-year-old in the summer of 2011, signing a six-year contract from Benfica for a fee of €30 million (£26m/$33m).At that time, the fee paid by Madrid put Coentrao third in the list of the most expensive defenders in history, behind Rio Ferdinand’s transfer from Leeds to Manchester United and Dani Alves’ move from Sevilla to Barcelona.In his first season in the Spanish capital, Coentrao made 20 appearances as Real Madrid wrestled the 2011-12 La Liga title away from Pep Guardiola’s legendary Barcelona side.Although he struggled with injuries and form during the 2012-13 season, Coentrao’s best football caught the eye of incoming Manchester United manager David Moyes, who wanted to sign him on loan as an alternative option to the ageing Patrice Evra.But his move to Old Trafford collapsed in the dying stages of the transfer window as Real Madrid backed out of the deal after failing to sign Guilherme Siqueira, who, rather ironically, joined Benfica instead.Putting aside his disappointment, Coentrao stepped up the following campaign to play a crucial role as Real Madrid won the Copa del Rey and the Champions League.The famous Gareth Bale solo goal that secured the Copa del Rey title against Barcelona was started with a pass from Coentrao. Five years on, this is still the last time Madrid have won the Spanish Cup.Despite not making an appearance at all throughout the 2013-14 Champions League group stage, Coentrao was preferred to Marcelo as the starting left-back for the last six knockout matches as Real Madrid finally claimed La Decima. Defeating city rivals Atletico Madrid in the final, it was their first European title since 2002.But this is where the decline ultimately started for Coentrao at Real Madrid. The following season – partly due to injury troubles – he lost the battle against Marcelo as the club’s first choice left-back.He was sent out on loan to Ligue 1 side Monaco before a slew of hamstring and knee injuries restricted him to only 19 appearances during the 2015-16 season.There was no sympathy from Madrid’s supporters as the end drew closer. His relationship with fans had been strained at times, ever since photos were released of him smoking during his first season in the Spanish capital.From that moment onwards, Coentrao was seen by some fans to be receiving preferential treatment because he shared the same agent, Jorge Mendes, with Mourinho and Ronaldo.Zinedine Zidane’s appointment in January 2016 sounded the death knell for Coentrao’s Real Madrid career, as the Frenchman made it crystal clear that Marcelo was an indispensable member of the first team.Even Coentrao himself admitted that while he wanted to stay at the Bernabeu, he wasn’t in good enough shape to play for the club and that a return to his home country could kick-start his career.”I’m in no condition to play for Real Madrid,” Coentrao told Marca as the 2016-17 season winded down. “I want to return to my best next season.”I have a contract with Real Madrid until 2019, so if they continue to count on me, perfect – if not I’ll choose my own path.”Maybe returning to Portugal would help me recover the level of play I once had. We should all admit our limitations at some point in our lives and I feel that, right now, this club demands a level of play I’m not at.”But Coentrao failed to impress during a loan spell at Sporting during the 2017-18 season and then extraordinarily asked Portugal coach Fernando Santos not to pick him for the 2018 World Cup because he’d had a “very tiring” season .”Last week, after a lot of consideration, I told the national team that – after a very tiring season – I feel I am not in the condition required to represent the Seleccao at the World Cup,” Coentrao said.”I will never turn my back on my country, and hope to be able to represent our national team more often in the future.”But Coentrao has not received a call for his country since – and a return looks unlikely after a difficult last 12 months. His contract at Madrid was mutually terminated in the summer of 2018 and he joined his boyhood club Rio Ave for the 2018-19 campaign.However, he once again struggled and had a number of disciplinary problems. He was booked 11 times in 21 appearances and was sent off twice. As a result, he did not do enough to extend his stay at the club and was released at the end of the season.Still only 31, Coentrao is currently unemployed – despite rumoured interest from Serie A side Parma and Championship club Bristol City.As his great friend and former sidekick Ronaldo continues to light up the sport, Coentrao will be content with simply finding another club. It has been some decline for a player who was once the world’s most expensive left-back.
Cristiano Ronaldo continues to keep everyone guessing when it comes to his future, with the Juventus superstar dropping another cryptic hint at his retirement plans.At 34 years of age, any normal footballer would be expected to be approaching the end of their playing career.Ronaldo is not your average player, though, and has worked tirelessly to keep himself in the best shape possible and at the very top of the global game. 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 He has shown no sign of slowing down and has previously suggested that he could have many years left in him, with it possible that he could emulate the likes of Ryan Giggs and Paolo Maldini by playing past his 40th birthday.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is, however, starting to take on more projects away from the field, with his ever-growing list of companies now including the ‘Play It Cool’ fragrance line.With his attention beginning to drift towards life after hanging up his boots, Ronaldo concedes that he cannot predict when the day will come to walk away.He told SPORTbible when quizzed on his future: “I still love football. I love to entertain the fans and the people who love Cristiano. It doesn’t matter the age, it’s all about mentality.”The last five years I start to enjoy this process of seeing me outside of football, so who knows what will happen in the next year or two?” Ronaldo has never been one to shy away from a challenge and admits he is as committed to maintaining his commercial value away from football as he is continuing to thrive as an all-time great.He added: “I do not want to imitate anybody.”You have to be yourself all the time, but you can always pick up small details and take something from good examples, not only in football but in other sports as well – Formula 1, NBA, golf, UFC, whatever. The best athletes have a similar work ethic.”Even the CEOs of great companies are always motivated and they have to work hard to achieve good things.”You have to trust in yourself. In football, I have more control. I know what I can do. In business, it’s more difficult, you depend on other people, but I have a good team. It will be a challenge.”Being the best is all that matters to a man who has taken in memorable spells at Sporting, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus.He intends to be the best at whatever he sets his mind to, with top spot all that interests him.”It has taken many years of hard work, dedication and passion to achieve what I have in football,” said Ronaldo.”Outside of football I’m not there yet, but I’m a competitive guy and I don’t like to be the number two or number three. I always want to be number one. I will do it, 100 per cent.”For now, football remains Ronaldo’s main focus, with the Portuguese chasing down more major honours at home and abroad with Juve while also looking to help his country towards the defence of a European Championship crown in 2020.