Dani Olmo arrived at Leipzig last winter market for more than 30 million euros. It was the star signing of the Germans, who were ahead of many of the greats of Europe who followed the absolute Spanish international (Barcelona, Bayern, Atlético …). It was a bet from Nagelsmann, the team’s coach, who convinced him that he would be a key man. He started strongly despite the fact that he has hardly played in his area (he even made a goal), but in recent games he has not had minutes (he did not play against Tottenham in the first leg or in the return leg). A situation that has surprised a lot, starting with the player himself. Olmo attends to AS from Leipzig to explain in first person how he is living these first months in Germany. How is it going?I am very well acclimatized to the city. I live in Leipzig with my father and in my building there are five more teammates, that helps.How has your adaptation to Germany and Leipzig been?I feel good. To be honest I am having fewer minutes than I expected, I chose the club and the league that I thought was best for me, a project and a young team, in which I could have minutes, work and fight to go to the Euro Cup. I know I have just arrived and they ask me for patience, but I will never excuse myself in the adaptation period. I feel empowered and I will get more minutes, I am sure of that.How were your first games?Due to different circumstances, when I arrived I played four games in four different positions, on the back, on the pivot, on 9 and on the inside, and in none of them in the position that I can perform more and better for the team, I could only play on my site against Wolfsburg. Still I think I was at a good level, despite playing in different positions, I am always and will be available to the team and the coach. Then came three games without playing that caught me by surprise, but you have to respect it and keep working hard.Why did you choose Leipzig? They bet very strongly on me and, above all, I loved the project they sold me. The sports director came to Zagreb in person to explain it to me, and Julian Nagelsmann called me several times on the phone to tell me about my role in his project, that was decisive.How important was your idea of football in choosing Leipzig?That was fundamental for me, because he is the one who decides. It was the day after the sports director’s visit that Nagelsmann called me. He explained what I could contribute. He said he wanted me as a playmaker, the position where I am most comfortable. I have only played one game there, but the project was ideal for me and it convinced me, now I only hope that with the passing of the games I will begin to be that key player that he wants in the schemes, as he expected when signing me.How is it as a coach?It has many foundations. From game to game we always change the system a little, for the opponent it is very difficult to find out how we are going to play them. Nagelsmann has many talks with us. It is very clear, he knows what he wants from each player and transmits it to him, he makes his idea come to you very clearly so that you know what he expects of you on the field.What has surprised you most about the Bundesliga? Nor can I say that I was surprised, because I followed the league and had already played at this level in the Champions League, the Europa League, the U21 European Championship or the top team. But it is a very direct football, with a lot of back and forth. I knew the rhythm here was going to be like this and I feel good, ready to be important. I know they always talk about a time of adaptation, but when you arrive in winter, things are different. There you have to adapt from the first minute and I feel that I am, there are no excuses.Are the training methods in Germany different from those in Spain?In Leipzig everything is with the ball, although it is true that he also has a lot of physical demand. We do many contact exercises, two against two or three against two. You see yourself in training in many one-on-one situations, of overcoming lines. We try to make them look a lot like parties.You are the revelation of the Champions. Do you feel capable of winning it?We are a young team, without the experience of others, and although we are ambitious we only think about the next game. But if I came here it is to try to make history, to achieve great things with this club.With the Euro Cup postponed, how do you see the Games?I want to be there if the coach counts on me. It’s a dream, I’ve always said it. And without Eurocopa this summer, it is clear that it has become the great objective at the national team level. I know that it is difficult to be, that the competition is high and none of us have a guaranteed place, but I will fight to be among the 18 chosen.In 2021 it will be a more veteran year, more options to go to the European Championship.I prefer to focus on the present, on my club, and not think so long term. I wanted to make the jump to one of the big leagues because I wanted to be in that Euro Cup. It remains a target. Now I am in a great club, I know that everything I do will have more impact and if I perform at my level, I will have options to also go with the National Team.CoronavirusDani Olmo also explained how they are living the current situation in Germany, where the competition has been suspended but without taking such strict measures as those taking place in Spain. How is this situation being experienced in Germany?People do daily life, it is very different from what I read that is lived in Spain. I think that in sport we have noticed it more than in any other sector, because all competitions have been suspended. I hope that this will help people understand the gravity of what we are experiencing.What is it like for a footballer to have to stay at home?It is rare, although in Germany the situation is still different from what is experienced in Spain. We don’t train together, but there is no quarantine. They have put a work plan for us and I go running and you see that people lead a normal life, there is no alarm. I think that point has not yet been reached here.How do you keep fit? What type of exercises do you do?On the one hand, I carry out an interval race in a park at different rhythms. And at home a lot of strength work with what I have: sofa, chairs, stairs … Anything is good to do exercises that allow you to stay in good shape.What does your family tell you from Spain?That they don’t go outside. Only my mother can for that reason to walk our dog. All my friends and family are being very responsible, it is the best solution to make this happen quickly.What message would you send to the Spanish who are having a hard time?Let them stay home. Only together will we be able to get out of this. We must listen to the authorities and strictly comply with everything. I send much encouragement to all Spaniards, I follow with attention everything that happens and I hope that not only Spain and Germany, but also globally, we will get out of this situation.
Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college This photo provided by the California Highway Patrol, Oakland Division, shows the black Porsche driven by NBA Golden State Warriors basketball star Stephen Curry after two drivers hit his car on an Oakland, Calif., freeway Friday, Nov. 23, 2018. Authorities say that, first, the driver of a Lexus lost control and struck Curry’s car. After Curry stopped in the center median and waited for officers to arrive, another sedan lost control and rear-ended his Porsche. No one was injured or arrested and the CHP says that rain was a factor in the crash. (California Highway Patrol Oakland via AP)OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors said star Stephen Curry wasn’t injured after two drivers hit his car on a rain-slicked freeway on Friday.Curry was driving a black Porsche on State Route 24 in Oakland when the driver of a Lexus lost control and struck his car, the California Highway Patrol said.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew He was hurt Nov. 8 against the Bucks.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Bloodied Montalbo gave his all for La Salle Curry stopped in the center median, and as he waited for officers to arrive, another sedan lost control and rear-ended his Porsche, CHP Officer Herman Baza said.Baza said no one was injured or arrested and that rain was a factor in the crash.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Don’t need any reminders but All the Time God is Great and God is Great all the time,” Curry later tweeted.The two-time MVP is out with a strained left groin that’s set to be re-evaluated Saturday. Curry was scheduled to miss his eighth and ninth straight games when the Warriors play at home Friday and Saturday nights. LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments
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The essay competition targeted Liberian youths between the ages of 18 and 25. It started on November 10, 2015, under the theme, “Youth and Sustainable Development.”World Bank Liberia’s Chief Economist, Daniel Boakye, said 15 contestants were selected from the initial 150 entries following a meticulous review of their submissions.Mr. Boakye said following another tedious review of the 15 finalists’ essay entries, three participants were finally declared winners.In addition to the cash prizes, all three finalists will have the opportunity to work as interns with the World Bank and International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Liberia.In remarks, Deputy Education Minister for Administration, Aagon Tingban, reminded the World Bank Group and essay competitors that the contest speaks to the foundation of what the ministry is all about. He recalled that in the early 1980s, Liberian high schools participated in an academic competition called: “Meet the Challenge.”Minister Tingban underscored the significant role the Challenge played in their children attaining academic and moral excellence in the various high schools in the country.He lauded the World Bank Group for choosing the topic “Science and Technology” as it coincides with the clarion call for Liberians to develop interest in the sciences.Minister Tingban said technology is making the world “small and very powerful, and Liberians from all walks of life should take advantage and become technology conscious.”He spoke about developments in the microwave sector that will soon help to process food in supermarkets for immediate consumption.“Today, to our competitors who did not make it to the final, I want to admonish you not to feel discourage due to the fact that you are scientists in your own rights,” Minister Tingban said.He further disclosed that at the MOE, there are some scholarships available primarily intended for candidates who want to pursue studies in science and technology.Minister Tingban called on Liberian students to also pursue studies in medicine, agriculture, electrical engineering and other science courses because scholarships are available for them at the MOE.“We want to encourage other support partners, the private sector, corporate institutions to emulate the good initiative by the World Bank Group,” Minister Tingban stressed.He pledged the MOE’s support to the World Bank Group and thanked the financial institution for the successful conclusion of the essay contest.In a special statement, World Bank Group Country Manager, Inguna Dobraja, congratulated the participants for their performances.Manager Dobraja said the essay competition was another way the World Bank Group can understand the thinking of the young toward sustainable development in Liberia.In a vote of thanks, Communications Specialist, Michael Sahr, expressed gratitude to the contestants and the finalists for their courage to take part in the essay contest.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Worshipers at Philadelphia Central Church in Congo Town. The Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) continued its tax awareness at worship centers on Sunday, November 4 at the Philadelphia Central Church in Congo Town, making presentation to hundreds of worshipers, a release has said.According to the release, Assistant Commissioner for Real Estate Tax Division, Isaac B. Stevens, informed the congregation that paying taxes is a national obligation. He therefore called on members of the congregation to be fully compliant by paying their taxes.“The taxes you pay, will help to build our roads, hospitals, schools and provide other basic social services,” he said.Stevens wants members of the church to make taxpaying a key priority, which will help to develop the country.The events are being held under the auspices of the Real Estate Tax Division with presentation on various property tax kind that gave the worshipers a broader understanding on tax matters, and the procedures in tax payment as well.Some of the topics discussed highlighted Real Property Tax, with emphasis on commercial, residential and industrial properties as well as withholding on rents.Meanwhile, the Resident Pastor of the church, Reverend Abilio V. Balboa, encouraged members of the congregation to fully comply with the LRA by meeting their respective tax obligations.Balboa wants members of his church to set good examples by paying their fair share of lawful revenue to the state.He thanked the LRA for making the Philadelphia Central Church a part of its campaign agenda by educating its members on tax matters.The move by the LRA to educate worshipers at various churches across the country is aimed at expanding it tax base and to increase revenue generation in an effort to improve domestic resource mobilization.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
0Shares0000Polo-loving Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, 61, endeared himself forever to Leicester City fans by bringing the tiny club a title in 2016, their first since being created in 1884LEICESTER, United Kingdom, Oct 28 – Leicester City’s charismatic Thai boss was feared dead Sunday after a helicopter belonging to the billionaire crashed and burst into flames in the football stadium car park moments after taking off from the club’s pitch.Neither the police nor the club would confirm or deny whether Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, a regular at matches who flies to and from home games by helicopter, was on board the aircraft when it appeared to develop a mechanical problem in its rear propeller. The BBC, Sky News and several British papers quoted sources saying the 60-year-old and a group of others boarded the blue helicopter from the middle of the pitch once the stadium emptied after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with West Ham.Leicester City said only that it was assisting police with a “major incident” and Vichai’s King Power duty-free shopping empire was not commenting.Local police thanked fans for their “patience” in a tweet issued nearly 18 hours after the crash.“We are working with a number of other agencies to get an update out to the public and press,” the Leicestershire police force said in a tweet.Images showed orange balls of flame engulfing the wreckage in the car park at King Power Stadium.“Literally the engine stopped and I turned around, and it made a bit of a whirring noise. It turned silent, blades started spinning and then there was a big bang,” freelance photographer Ryan Brown told BBC Radio 5 Live.Thai businessman Vichai, who has poured millions into the club, often leaves the stadium in his helicopter when he attends a Leicester home gamePrayers and words of warm praise poured in from across Britain and beyond for the Thai boss who many credit with spurring Leicester’s against-all-odds Premier League title victory in 2016.A steady stream of grieving fans laid down football scarves and shirts outside the home fans’ entrance as aviation experts picked through the helicopter’s charred remains.Among the tributes was an image of Ganesh — a Hindu god also seen in Thai Buddhist temples.A minute of silence was observed before the whistle of Sunday’s two early Premier League matches.“He’s put Leicester on the map,” club supporter Cathy Dann, 55,told AFP.“He’s made us big.”– Prayers and disbelief –England legend Gary Lineker, a former Leicester player and host of the BBC’s Match of the Day, tweeted: “That was the most difficult @BBCMOTD I’ve ever hosted… A terrible tragedy. Heartbreaking.”Leicester stars Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire both tweeted emojis of hands held up in prayer.Sven-Goran Eriksson, who was manager of the team under Vichai, called his former boss a “very, very generous man” who “saw every game during my time”.And ordinary fans in central Bangkok said Vichai helped develop Thailand’s football as well, bringing the Southeast Asian country greater recognition in the sports world.Smoke rises from the wreckage of a helicopter that crashed in a car park outside Leicester City Football Club’s King Power Stadium on Saturday“He is an important person who has raised the bar of Thai football further,” Apichart Jitratkavee, a Leicester fan in the Thai capital, told AFP.Vichai bought Leicester City in 2010 and moved to chairman the following February, pouring millions into the team and becoming a beloved figure in the club and the city — a feat not always achieved by the Premier League’s foreign owners.– Miracle season –It was under Vichai’s ownership that Leicester crafted one of the biggest fairy-tales in English football history by winning the 2015/16 Premier League, having started the season as 5,000-1 outsiders for the title.Vichai’s major investments in the club helped return them to England’s Premier League from the second-tier Championship in 2014.They initially seemed outclassed by richer and more established clubs from London, Liverpool and Manchester, languishing at the very bottom of the table for most of the 2014/15 season.The Foxes, as the team are nicknamed, then engineered what fans now fondly refer to as the “Great Escape”, winning seven of their last nine matches.They ended up finishing 14th, securing another season in Europe’s richest league in 2015/16.But not even their most devout fans could have imagined what happened next.Vardy, signed from non-league Fleetwood Town, scored in 11 consecutive matches, propelling the men in blue to a title without parallel in Premier League history.The success also qualified them for the first time for the lucrative Champions League, the pinnacle of European football played by the continent’s most successful sides, including Barcelona and Real Madrid.There, Leicester City defied the odds yet again, winning their group before eventually losing their quarter-final 2-1 over two legs to Atletico Madrid.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Coral’s Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.With the first international break upon us, today’s chat is all about the weekend’s Euro 2016 qualifiers.England travel to San Marino on Saturday and the minnows are 100/1 to beat Roy Hodgson’s Three Lions, who knocked five goals past them in their previous meeting at Wembley. England are 100/1 on for victory and it’s 33/1 for a draw.San Marino have conceded 19 goals in six games and have still yet to find the net in their qualifying campaign and with the England’s goalscoring record in his sights, Wayne Rooney dominates the odds, with the captain 7/4 to score first, 6/1 on to score at anytime and only 9/2 to net a hat-trick.But the game that may attract the most bets is Poland’s clash with Germany, with Robert Lewandowski and co – who currently top Group D – 10-1 to claim victory against the World champions in Frankfurt.Meanwhile, following Gareth Bale’s winner against Cyprus, Wales are 5-2 on to win Group B.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
Aaron Ramsey turns home Arsenal’s third goal against Fulham Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are in great form for Arsenal 2 Aubameyang, who had also been introduced as a substitute in the second half, then got in on the act.The Gabon forward collected a pass into the box from Bellerin before spinning and arrowing a left-footed strike past the helpless Bettinelli.Ramsey then played in Aubameyang in stoppage time as he tucked away his second of the game to leave Fulham shellshocked and down in 17th spot with just a solitary league win. Having lost their opening two Premier League games under Unai Emery, Arsenal have now won six on the spin in the top-flight to move up to third in the table – above bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur on goal difference.Arsenal were kicking-off just 56 hours after landing back from their Europa League trip to Azerbaijan, but showed no signs of tiredness.Lacazette fired them into the lead on the half hour mark when he latched on to Nacho Monreal’s pull back, turned and drilled the ball past Marcus Bettinelli.Fulham drew level just before the break when Andre Schurrle coolly chipped over Bernd Leno – making his full league debut for Arsenal – after being sent clear.But Arsenal came out firing in the second half and were back ahead four minutes into it, when Lacazette fired home a second from distance after a flick from strike partner Danny Welbeck.Emery introduced Ramsey on 67 minutes and just moments later he made it 3-1 with a stunningly crafted strike.A quick break which started with the Welshman and involved numerous touches across the pitch ended with Ramsey superbly flicking home.It was a timely reminder of the midfielder’s talents, with his contract up at the end of the season and the offer of a new deal taken off the table by the club. Arsenal demolished Fulham in Sunday’s London derby at Craven Cottage to make it nine wins in a row in all competitions.Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang both scored twice, either side of a stunning Aaron Ramsey strike, to extend the Gunners’ superb run of form. 2
ST. LOUIS – They are members of the same division. They’re perennial playoff teams. And they’re meeting for the second year in a row with a trip to the World Series at stake. All right! Let’s have some fightin’ words between these obviously bitter rivals. “They run a classy organization over there,” said Lance Berkman of the Houston Astros. “We have a lot of respect for them.” Hmm, maybe we’ll fare better at stirring things up in the opposing clubhouse. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “They’re a good bunch of guys,” said David Eckstein of the St. Louis Cardinals. “It’s hard to dislike them.” Thud. Clearly, this isn’t Middle America’s version of Yankees-Red Sox. In fact, it’s not even close to being the best rivalry in the NL Central – that distinction belongs to the Cardinals-Cubs. “That’s at a different level because of the fans,” Eckstein conceded. “I don’t know that you’ll find a Cardinals fan who says he hates the Astros more than the Cubs.” But, when it comes to performance on the field, the Cardinals and Astros have risen to the top of the senior circuit. They’re back for the first NL championship series rematch in 13 years, which begins with Game 1 tonight at soon-to-be-demolished Busch Stadium (a new stadium, set to open in 2006, is rising next door). “It’s a classic from a baseball standpoint,” Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. “Maybe you don’t get as much passion from the fans during Cardinals-Astros as you do for Cardinals-Cubs. But we’re building a pretty good passion base for our fans and for each other because we play so much.” Indeed, there are many similarities between the teams. Both have deep starting rotations. Both have dominating closers. Both have versatile offenses that can go long or manufacture runs when the situation calls for it. And both are making a habit of playing in October. St. Louis has six playoff appearances over the past decade, reaching the NLCS four times and the World Series a year ago with a seven-game victory over the Astros – a memorable series that was overshadowed by Boston’s comeback win against the Yankees in the ALCS. The Cardinals stayed alive when Jim Edmonds hit a game-winning homer in the 12th inning of Game 6. St. Louis closed out the series by beating Roger Clemens in Game 7. Houston is making its sixth playoff appearance in nine years and looking to reach the World Series for the first time in franchise history. The Astros made a breakthrough last year by escaping the opening round, beating perennial nemesis Atlanta. They knocked off the Braves again this year, advancing with an 18-inning win Sunday – the longest game in postseason history. Now, even after meeting 16 times during the regular season and preparing for Astros-Cardinals II, both sides say it’s impossible to drum up the sort of hatred that signifies a truly passionate rivalry. For one, Houston still feels like a junior member instead of an equal partner. The Cardinals followed up last year’s NL pennant – the 16th in franchise history – by going 11-5 against the Astros this season on the way to 100 wins and a runaway victory in the Central Division. Houston finished 11 games back, but managed to pull out the wild card after falling 15 games under .500 early in the year. “It’s not really going to be a rivalry until we start beating the Cardinals a couple of times,” Astros manager Phil Garner said. “When they go home mad, then it will be a rivalry. Right now, it’s kind of one-sided.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Cloughaneely have completed one of the most remarkable feats in their history following a ‘dream’ weekend for the club. MIRACLE MEN: Cloughaneely have defied all the odds this afternoon, having defeated Castledawson in the Ulster Intermediate Championship just 24-hours after winning the Donegal Intermediate Championship.Less than twenty-four hours after winning the Donegal Intermediate Championship title, Cloughaneely were outrageously forced to play Derry champions Castledawson this afternoon.Cloughaneely defeated Buncrana yesterday at O’Donnell Park, the win also ensured that Joe McGarvey’s side will play in the Donegal SFC next season. However, there was no time to celebrate their victory, as they had to play in the Ulster Intermediate Championship this afternoon.Former Donegal GAA star Martin McHugh slammed the decision to force Cloughaneely to play the day after they won the Championship as ‘absolutely disgraceful’.McHugh was commentating on yesterday’s final when he made the comments, but the injustice felt by Cloughaneely spurred them on today as they recorded an incredible victory.Trailing by six-points at half-time, Cloughaneely remarkably fought back and led by one point with a minute to go, but Castledawson had the final score and forced extra-time with the sides levee 2-11 each. Cloughaneely showed no signs of fatigue, and the resilience heart and determination on show from Joe McGarvey’s troops was inspiring.You would’ve expected extra-time to be a bridge too far, but not for this Cloughaneely side.Superb goals in either half from John Fitzgerald and John McGarvey kept Cloughaneely in-touch having had a dreadful start to the game.After twenty minutes Cloughaneely trailed Castledawson by 2-04 to 0-02.By half-time they had managed to cut the deficit to six-points thanks to a goal from the brilliant John Fitzgerald. Cloughaneely kept plugging away in the second-half and refused to lie down, they had reduced the margin to two points and then a superb goal from the lively John McGarvey seen them lead by one point with one minute left.Castledawsonstruck back to bring the game into extra-time thanks to an excellent point from Aidan McElhone.Then in extra-time Cloughaneely took command, and remarkably showed unbelievable fitness, quality and character to get over the line.Denis Boyle was superb and points in extra-time from him and Declan McGarvey eased them into a three-point lead, and incredibly that’s how it finished, 2-14 to 2-11. They started yesterday morning hoping they’d have enough to beat Buncrana and win the Donegal Intermediate Championship.However, in just over 24 hours, they’ve defeated Buncrana and also Derry champions Castledawson.What an incredible win, well done Cloughaneely, absolutely outstanding stuff.MIRACLE MEN: HEROIC CLOUGHANEELY DEFEAT CASTLEDAWSON IN ULSTER INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: November 9th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)