Quique Setién-Simeone: a story full of disagreements

first_imgAnd is that Quique Setien was invited in The spar of the SER, questioned by Manu Carreño about luck in soccer. “Luck has a decisive influence on specific moments. We all know this,” Setién replied. “You can win the Champions, it is true that being lucky, but it is not normal perhaps in all matches. In all of you you will win but there is a specific moment that always if you are not allied with it that, surely if you have it against you, you will go away “, he continued before exemplifying with Atlético.” We saw Liverpool with Atlético and it is true that Atleti won both games. The first good. The second cost him a lot but he received 35-40 shots and the best was the goalkeeper. And this is so. Luck really influences. “ Crossing statementsA few years ago, Setien already confessed who had told Simeone that his way of playing did not go with him: “Atlético de Simeone, for example, plays like him. I told Simeone, I love what you do, the titles, what you have achieved, but I don’t like how your team plays“The last time they were found, the cameras of Goal They told it, the Cantabrian greeting to the Argentine was like a prayer: “Let’s see if I beat you today, it’s about time.” Did. For what will happen when they can finally face each other in this League, we will have to keep waiting. Only one thing is for sure: their blackboards will crash. “It is a little sad sometimes to think that you only see the result” In a parallel world, in which the coronavirus crisis did not exist, in eight days the two coaches they would meet again. Setién and Simeone. Two technicians from antagonistic style that, over the years, they haven’t stopped colliding. The first, now head of Barcelona, ​​would receive in the League matchday 33 (the one in that parallel world would be disputed the next day) Atlético at home with the purpose of leaving the results of the Catalans in the league against the rojiblancos unstained (in the Champions League it is another story …, with two deep injuries in the quarters of recent years). In his particular history, the results have always smiled on Cholo: nine matches, seven wins for the rojiblanco and two for the Cantabrian, one of them the last time they met (Betis-Atlético of the 2018-19, Channels’ goal), the other sterile, round of the eighths of the Copa del Rey 2016-17, when achieving 2-3 in the last minutes, Atlético was already classified. Now, in the reality that one lives, without football because of that global pandemic caused by the coronavirus crisis, the battle between the two coaches continues. center_img “So, did you get excited seeing Atlético against Liverpool?” Asked Manu Carreño. “Yes … well, no. The truth is that it seemed good to me,” Setién replied. “We already know football as it is. The one who gets it is the one who wins. The truth is that it’s a little sad sometimes to think that you can’t see more than the result. Because this game has a show component that we all like, some in one way and others in another. But, the one that I like, sometimes the result does not compensate me, “he finished. It is precisely the one of the style the curve in which the two coaches always collide. Setien, possession and offensive. Simeone, maximum exponent bilardista, with eleven footballers on the field defenses. Quique Setiénlast_img read more

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This is for dad – Cousins … Humble Lion star stays strong after father’s death

first_imgSunday April 10, 2016 is a day that will be etched in the memory of seven-time capped midfielder Ricardo Cousins. The player, who impressed with his quality as a schoolboy at Glenmuir High School was having one of his better days in recent memory. He had just scored the opening goal in his team’s 2-1 win over ‘League’ champions and his former club Portmore United in their first leg semi-final of the Red Stripe Premier League. It was wonderful time for him and the ‘poorer’ of the two ‘Clarendon’ clubs in the Red Stripe Premier League, Humble Lion(s). They had one foot in the final of the knock out stage of the competition, a first for them and their dream of going all the way was alive. Cousins was doubly happy, not just because of the major role he had played in the victory but also because his biggest fan and the one person who had been present at all his local games from schoolboy level upwards, was there to witness it. Things could not be better. So he thought. After all, he had left him, his father Conrad Cousins, at home taking a shower in preparation to attend the match and had no reason to believe that he was not present. He always was. “Normally at the matches I would glimpse him in the crowd but it was a big, big crowd so I didn’t see him and did not think anything of it,” explained the 28 year-old. When he got home cousins expected to see his father at home and he did. “When I reached home I figured that he had got back home. I switched on the television and called out to him but did not hear him. I checked the bathroom and saw him lying in the bath looking like he was relaxing and had probably dozed off. I called out to him but did not get a response,” the all action midfielder said. He Continued, “I touched him in the head twice and said to him, ‘how yuh tired so like is you play the match?’ but I did not get a response. I then realised that something was wrong.” Naturally, the realisation shocked him but Cousins, the only member of his immediate family still residing in Jamaica and who shared house with his 52 year-old father, said he had to gather himself and handle the situation. “I still can’t describe the feeling that went through me when I realised what had happened but I had to gather myself and be strong,” said the man who won two Premier League titles with Portmore United in 2008 and 2012. So strong was he that three days later he was back at training and witnessing his father’s autopsy. “I took two days off but went back to training on Wednesday and then went to witness the autopsy,” the Clarendon resident said. “Everyone is asking me if I can play the next leg tomorrow (today) and my thing is of course. When you have a job, any job you have to do what you have to do and with football for the time that you are out on the field it takes your mind away from everything so I will be there,” he said of the very important second leg semi-final set for the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex at 8:40pm. The added incentive of playing for his father is also a reason. “I can’t stop now. I have to finish what I started. It is not a choice. “I did pledge to win it (the title) for my people and he is a big part of that,” he said defiantly.last_img read more

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Laurie Foster: Race for Olympics heating up

first_imgThe traditional magic and mystique of Olympic year is once again raring its attractive head. With just about nine weeks to go for the National Championships (Trials), already, a few athletes are positioning themselves, drawing for their bow and taking aim. The bullseye is a seat on the plane to the widely acknowledged ultimate in sports participation, officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in the Brazilian city of Rio. For this blessed nation, with the eye-catching attraction of the sports’ world-governing body, the professional circuit, yet unfolded, promises of spectacular performances are rife. After missing two World Championships through troubling injury, Yohan Blake has stormed back. He has publicly dropped a name that identified him as a monstrous and despicable creature, which he is not. The former St Jago High School sprinter and current national under-20 record holder (10.11+1.2) blasted a then 100m world-leading 9.95 legal at the UTech-MVP Classic on April 16. It stands as arguably the most compelling boost of confidence and satisfaction levels for a country trying to put its best feet forward leading into the great spectacle in the South American continent this August. EARLY DAYS Downgrade the Blake impact a bit to Simone Facey’s 11.00 at the Tom Jones Memorial last weekend. This, too, must be a morale strengthener to an athlete who has been constantly flogged in more recent times by many she considered to be her inferior in junior track. The 2009 Berlin WC 4x100m gold medallist has sent an early indication of her path to Rio. The mark will earn her lanes at the very top of the competition ladder where there is no dodging by the world’s fastest as exists with the other gender. Yet, it is early days and one is not aware of the quality or sustainability of her programme. Suffice it to say, in the absence of this knowledge, to the fringe-based honours suspects at Trials: “Watch out, VCB, Sherone (Simpson), Kerron (Stewart) and company, Simone might have been sleeping, but is now fully awake.” The advance of the nation’s throwing programme cannot escape mention in a Rio context. Foster’s Fairplay will continue to carry the flag for coaches/pioneers of excellence in that traditionally ignored area. Julian Leonard Robinson and Michael Vassell have torched the consciences of the movers and shakers of the sport in the local arena. Their charges have been crashing parties in both genders. The new, and much appreciated by a few, wellness in discus and shot put is contagious. It has spread to the Edwin Allen and Petersfield High school models. Foster’s Fairplay, on that limited mention, is hearing legitimate calls reminiscent of the soul classic by the group Champagne – “How about us?” Yes, the template has extended to other camps. However, the point to be made is that the world scene has been invaded in these hitherto peripheral disciplines and the two coaches mentioned can take a proverbial bow. As MVP’s Paul Francis, himself part of a game-changing group, said on Facebook recently, words to the effect of: “Why stop at the World Junior level? Go for the Olympics.” Let us then see if the throwing contingent of (Odayne) Richards, (Jason) Morgan, (Federick) Dacres, (Traves) Smikle and company can inspire the new discus national Under-20 record holder and Vassell-conditioned Shanice Love to reach for Rio. With all that jockeying for team selection in store, the fans’ taste buds are already well moistened. The intensity of the Diamond League and all that it brings to the fore will only be more enticing and threatens to sweeten the competition brew even further. Looking at the pending action, on field and track, one learned critic, referring to the Jamaica Trials, opined: “It will be like a mini-Olympics. Another, speaking in less ornate terms, confided: “It nah guh normal.” Foster’s Fairplay believes that those predictions could fall short at crunch time, June 30 to July 3. For feedback: Email lauriefoster2012@gmail.comlast_img read more

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USAID-LEGIT Conducts Social Inclusion, Gender Awareness in Gbarnga

first_imgPartial view of the participants at the programin GbarngaAs part of its efforts to build the capacity of CSOs, CBOs, local authorities and other stakeholders to contribute to the provision of efficient services, USAID-LEGIT is conducting a two-day training of trainers workshop in Gbarnga, Bong County.The training of trainers workshop commenced on Thursday, May 25, at a resort in Gbarnga and brought together participants from the Governance Commission, the Ministries of Youth and Sports and Gender, Children and Social Protection, CSOs, CBOs, other stakeholders and representatives from Bong, Nimba, and Grand Gedeh counties.During the opening ceremony, the Mayor of Gbarnga, Viola R. Cooper, welcomed the participants and encouraged them to take advantage of the opportunity provided to them by USAID-LEGIT to put into practice social inclusion in service delivery.In remarks, Mr. K. Dadda Pay-Bayee, a representative from the Bong County superintendent’s office, also expressed appreciation to USAID-LEGIT for affording them the opportunity to gain knowledge on gender awareness and social inclusion.USAID-LEGIT Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Manager George Tee Forpoh provided an overview of the LEGIT Project. He said LEGIT seeks to strengthen the government’s policy on decentralization by promoting the tenets of transparency, effectiveness and accountability of government resources.He said that the LEGIT project has five components, which are: to work with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Governance Commission; to help strengthen the government’s decentralization program; to strengthen county governments in order to enhance their capacities in local governance; to strengthen city authorities in providing quality services for city residents; and to work with civil society and community based organizations for quality services from city and county authorities through the use of social auditing tools.Mr. Forpoh explained that LEGIT operates in three counties and cities, namely Bong (Gbarnga City), Nimba (Gompa City) and Grand Gedeh (Zwedru City). He also said the training specifically focuses on four components of the USAID-LEGIT project in LiberiaAt the first day of the training, facilitator Jenna Luche-Thayer took the participants to the training environment. The first presentation focused on ‘Social Inclusion & Gender Awareness & Appreciative Inquiry,’ while the last presentation concentrated on ‘The Introduction of Decentralization,’ with case studies.The training is to familiarize participants with the methods and approaches for social inclusion and gender mainstreaming and to also impart the necessary skills and practical aspects on social inclusion relative to the implementation of social inclusion tenets to the participants.The two-day training ends May 26, 2017.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Sports today

first_imgGOLF 11 a.m.Ladies European Tour: ANZ Masters (T) GOLF 4:30 a.m.European PGA: Jakarta Indonesia Open (T) GOLF SOCCER 6 p.m.America vs Jaguares de Chiapas Ch. 46 6:30 p.m.UNAM vs. Santos GALA 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 1:30 p.m.NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: Chevy HD 250 PracticeSPEED BASKETBALL 4 p.m.NCAA: Ohio State at Penn State ESPN 4 p.m.NCAA: Maryland at North Carolina State ESPN2 6 p.m.NCAA: Duke at Boston College ESPN 7 p.m.NCAA: Utah at Air ForceVS. 7:30 p.m.NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Clippers FSN/710 center_img TV/RADIOAUTO RACING 11 a.m.NASCAR Nextel Cup practice SPEED last_img read more

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Spurs can thrive without Kane, says Pochettino

first_img0Shares0000Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino (L) congratulates his striker Harry Kane for his hat-trick as he is substituted during the UEFA Champions League match against Apoel FC at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia on September 26, 2017LONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 27 – Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said on Friday his high-flying side do not need to prove they can win without Harry Kane as they head to Manchester United without the injured forward.Kane has already hit 13 goals for Spurs this season but was forced off late on in last weekend’s 4-1 win over Liverpool with a hamstring issue. The 24-year-old will not feature against United as Tottenham look to address a recent poor record at Old Trafford and leapfrog Jose Mourinho’s side in the Premier League table.Pochettino said he was not willing to take a risk by involving Kane, who hit a brace against Liverpool before his late injury, with other big games on the horizon.Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola recently labelled Tottenham as “the Harry Kane team” but Pochettino pointed to last term, when Spurs coped without Kane as he nursed an ankle injury, as proof they can be successful without their talisman.“We don’t need to prove ourselves, that we’re Tottenham,” said Pochettino, whose side lie third in the Premier League table with 20 points, trailing United only on goal difference.“Maybe people expect that but for us, no. I think last season, in the period he was injured, you can see the stats and the games we played — win and lose with Harry, win and lose without Harry.“I’m disappointed because he is our main striker and I think he is one of the best strikers in Europe, in the world, and always you are going to miss your best striker. I am not silly or stupid to talk in a different way.“You always want all the players available… We always believe in collective, the squad. During the season, problems happen and you must trust all the players, all the squad.”The club described Kane’s injury as a “minor strain to the left hamstring”, which has already been assessed.Pochettino said it was only a “small issue” but he did not want to exacerbate the problem by playing him against United.“We can’t take the risk,” the Argentine said. “The doctor and medical staff made the decision to not take the risk. There is no sense in taking that risk and making the problem bigger.“The players are not machines and it is so difficult to cope with international duty and playing every three days.“It is not a big problem, only a small issue, but he is not going to play (on Saturday).”Pochettino could hand summer signing Fernando Llorente his full Premier League debut in place of Kane, while using Son Heung-Min as an out-and-out striker is also a possibility.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Ozil, citing ‘racism’, quits Germany side after World Cup debacle

first_imgOzil, who has Turkish roots, had earlier defended his decision to pose for a controversial photograph with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in May which sparked questions about his loyalty to Germany’s squad ahead of the World Cup in Russia.In a three-part statement on Twitter sent over the course of the day, an angry Ozil saved his bombshell for the final salvo.In it, the Arsenal midfielder blamed the German Football Federation (DFB) for failing to defend him against his most strident critics.“Arguably the issue that has frustrated me the most over the past couple of months has been the mistreatment from the DFB, and in particular the DFB President Richard Grindel,” he said.He said that Grindel and Germany coach Joachim Loew had asked him to give a “joint statement to end all the talk and set the record straight” over the picture with Erdogan.“Whilst I attempted to explain to Grindel my heritage, ancestry and therefore reasoning behind the photo, he was far more interested in speaking about his own political views and belittling my opinion.”Ozil said he had been unfairly blamed in Germany for the side’s shock first-round defeat at the World Cup.“I will no longer stand for being a scapegoat for his (Grindel’s) incompetence and inability to do his job properly,” he said.Ozil said earlier that he was true to both his Turkish and German origins and insisted he did not intend to make a political statement by appearing with Erdogan.– ‘I have two hearts’ –“Like many people, my ancestry traces back to more than one country. Whilst I grew up in Germany, my family background has its roots firmly based in Turkey,” he said.“I have two hearts, one German and one Turkish.”Ozil, 29, said he had first met Erdogan in 2010 after the president and German Chancellor Angela Merkel watched a Germany-Turkey match together in Berlin.Ozil said that despite the timing of the picture with teammate Ilkay Gundogan and Erdogan — shortly before the president won re-election in a poll endowing him with sweeping new powers — “it wasn’t about politics or elections, it was about me respecting the highest office of my family’s country”.“My job is a football player and not a politician, and our meeting was not an endorsement of any policies,” Ozil added.Germany is home to more than three million people of Turkish origin.Ozil and Gundogan were booed by German fans in pre-World Cup friendlies after posing with Erdogan in London.Manchester City midfielder Gundogan presented him with a signed club shirt on which he had written “to my president”.After the tournament, Ozil came in for stinging criticism by DFB officials and German politicians across the spectrum.Team boss Oliver Bierhoff suggested after the debacle that Germany should have considered dropping Ozil after his failure to explain himself over the Erdogan picture.Bierhoff later backtracked, saying that he “was wrong” to put Ozil under undue pressure, but the picture continued to draw scorn from fans on social media.Meanwhile, former captain Lothar Matthaeus accused Ozil of no longer looking comfortable in the Germany shirt.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ozil has won 92 caps for the German national sideBERLIN, Germany, July 22 – Mesut Ozil said Sunday he was quitting the German national football team, citing “racism” in the criticism of him in the side’s World Cup debacle.“It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events, I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect,” he tweeted.last_img read more

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Report: Poor medical care kills inmates

first_imgThe report released by Robert Sillen, the court-appointed receiver in charge of California prison health care, reviewed 381 deaths. It found that 18 deaths were preventable and 48 were possibly preventable, for a total of about 17 percent. The report excluded suicides and executions. “There are just far too many horror stories that continue to occur,” Sillen said. Sillen took over the prisons’ medical system in April 2006, after a federal judge found that an average of one inmate a week was dying of neglect or malpractice. Inmates have continued dying preventable deaths, according to the report, even as Sillen has begun making changes, which have cost state taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. “I had no expectations the first year that there would be any change in the numbers, because there are no quick fixes,” Sillen said. “We’ve scratched the surface, but that’s all we’ve done.” PRISON: Of 381 deaths in California, 66 were found to be preventable. By Don Thompson THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SACRAMENTO – As many as 66 inmates died because of poor medical care last year, according to a report released Wednesday, including a man whose treatment for “constant and extreme” chest pain was delayed eight hours. Sillen said he expects it will take another year or even two before preventable deaths decline as better doctors and nurses take their place. Fifty-seven prison doctors and six nurses were fired, suspended or required to take remedial education classes between June 2005 and July 2007 as a result of poor medical decisions, according to the report. Attorneys for inmates and some lawmakers have criticized Sillen for not bringing results fast enough even as he has unilaterally increased medical provider wages and ordered new equipment and medical centers. “I’m hoping that actions can be taken that will more promptly minimize the risk, especially getting more doctors into the system,” said Steve Fama, an attorney with the nonprofit Prison Law Office. “They’re trying to provide medical care with one hand tied behind their back, and it doesn’t work.” Fama praised Sillen for releasing a study that he said “unfortunately confirms how bad it is in the prisons.” A lawsuit by Fama’s San Quentin-based organization led to the creation of Sillen’s office. The report found that six of the 18 preventable deaths, or one-third, were from asthma, including “a botched handoff” in which an asthmatic inmate wasn’t given his medication for two days after he arrived at prison from a county jail. “No one should die of asthma in California in 2006, and yet, in its prisons, that is the number one cause of preventable death,” Sillen wrote in a letter introducing the report. He said there will be a new emphasis on diagnosing and treating asthma, among steps that also include more cooperation among doctors in reviewing medical cases, as well as better tracking of patients and their medical tests. The report’s findings also included a case in which doctors at three different prisons botched the diagnosis of one inmate’s painful testicular cancer for two years, until it was too late to save his life. Another inmate’s death from a hernia was blamed on a five-week delay in getting him special treatment, the report said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Any surprises? Liverpool’s top 10 Premier League signings

first_img 3. Sami Hyypia – Click right to see Liverpool’s best signings of the Premier League era – A solid rock and firm foundation at the back for ten years, the Finnish giant was plucked from Holland for just £2.6million and became one of the club’s best Premier League centre-backs, perhaps rivalled only by home-grown legend Jamie Carragher. He won almost everything there was to win in a red shirt and it’s cruel a player of his talent ended his career without the Premier League title it truly deserved. 11 10. Javier Mascherano – Click right to see Liverpool’s best signings of the Premier League era – One of the most complicated deals of the decade, Mascherano was wrapped up in an ownership row at West Ham which saw him limited to making less than ten Premier League appearances at Upton Park. He was soon rejuvenated under Rafa Benitez’s stewardship at Liverpool, with the Argentine bulldog developing into one of the world’s finest holding midfielders. His partnership with Xabi Alonso in the centre of the park allowed Steven Gerrard to play in a more advanced role to support Fernando Torres, arguably one of the most free-scoring periods of the club’s recent history. He was famously sent off in his first game at Old Trafford, which only enhanced his reputation with Reds fans. He spent three seasons at Anfield before the big guns came along, with Mascherano going on to play a vital role at Barcelona for years to come. 5. Pepe Reina – Click right to see Liverpool’s best signings of the Premier League era – Simply the best goalkeeper Liverpool have had in recent seasons, winning FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Super Cup trophies. Known as a spectacular shot stopper with expert distribution, while he did commit a few blunders, he made up for it with a great passion for the red shirt. A shame he never had the chance to extend his career under Brendan Rodgers, he played his best years under Rafa Benitez, winning three Golden Glove awards. His departure last season was sad for fans, as well as the likable glovesman, but, as with many of his former team-mates, he will always have a special relationship with the club he served with distinction for nine years. 7. Luis Garcia – Click right to see Liverpool’s best signings of the Premier League era – Not one of the most effective players to have ever donned the shirt – he did have the tendency to lose the ball – but one of the best to watch. Joining in 2004, the tricky Spaniard left Anfield as a Kop hero after scoring the goal (it WAS in, Mourinho, of course it was) that took the side to the Champions League final in Istanbul – one of five he netted in the competition in his first season. He got fans on their feet with a number of spectacular strikes, most notably against Juventus and old enemy Chelsea, an exhibition of fancy footwork, and was one of the main attacking threats for Benitez’s side before eventually returning to his homeland with Atletico Madrid. 11 11 Liverpool have wasted little time getting down to business this summer, having recruited six players already, with more reportedly on their way.James Milner will hope to fill Steven Gerrard’s boots after arriving in a free transfer from Manchester City, and while Raheem Sterling is set to move the other way, his £50million price tag will only add to the funds at manager Brendan Rodgers’ disposal.The Reds may be well known for their transfer flops in recent years – the British record signing of Andy Carroll, misplaced faith in Mario Balotelli and who knows what they were thinking with El Hadji Diouf – but they’ve also uncovered some absolute gems in the transfer market.But who are their best signings in the Premier League era?Click the arrow above, right, to check out a list of Anfield heroes…Anyone we missed? Tells us who, and why you think they should make the list, in the comments below! 4. Xabi Alonso – Click right to see Liverpool’s best signings of the Premier League era – One of the central stars of Liverpool’s Spanish revolution under boss Rafa Benitez, the manager’s biggest mistake as Reds boss was to allow the classy midfielder to leave for Real Madrid, a loss which proved devastating to Liverpool’s form as they drifted away from title contention. Boasting the composure and skill to dictate the toughest of clashes, Alonso was part of a world-class trio with Javier Mascherano and Steven Gerrard which proved one of the world’s best midfield triumvirates. It’s a great compliment to the Reds that he went on to become one of the world’s leading central players, starring for not only Real but a Spain team which dominated international football over the course of three major championships. 11 6. Gary McAllister – Click right to see Liverpool’s best signings of the Premier League era – He may have only played two seasons on Merseyside, but the evergreen Scot rightly went down as a Anfield hero for the impact he had in his short spell at the club. A FREE transfer from Coventry at 35 years old – his arrival was not met by a lot of excitement by supporters but ‘Gary Mac’ soon won them over, with his experience playing a key role in Liverpool’s treble-winning 2000/01 campaign. Famed for his stunning 40-yard winner against derby rivals Everton, McAllister was also the best player on the field as the Reds collected the UEFA Cup, scoring a penalty and being involved in three of Liverpool’s other four goals in their 5-4 final victory over Spanish side Alaves. He spent a fine second season at Anfield before re-signing for Coventry as player-manager. 11 11 11 Click the arrow to check out our list of Liverpool’s best Premier League signings 11 11 9. Dietmar Hamann – Click right to see Liverpool’s best signings of the Premier League era – Two-time League Cup and FA Cup winner, UEFA Cup winner and Champions League winner. Need we say more? The German midfielder encapsulated everything his compatriots are famed for – cool-headed, efficient and effective. He was a key member of Gerard Houllier’s treble-winning side, starting all three cup finals, and also played a vital role when he came off the bench at half-time in Liverpool’s famous 2005 Champions League final victory, defying the pain of a broken toe to make a match-winning impact. His final appearance ended in more silverware, Hamann coolly scoring from the spot in the Reds’ dramatic FA Cup final shoot-out victory over West Ham. 2.Fernando Torres – Click right to see Liverpool’s best signings of the Premier League era – More widely known now as the £50m flop, it’s perhaps easy to forget how good Torres was before he swapped red for blue. The Spaniard was simply magnificent in a Liverpool shirt after joining from Atletico Madrid in a club record £20m deal. A natural finisher, he seemed able to stick the ball in the net from anywhere around the box. He and Steven Gerrard seemed to read each others’ minds as Torres terrorised defences with his scything runs and clinical strikes. His rampant goalscoring shot Liverpool to within four points of Premier League glory in the 2008/09 season, finishing runners-up to rivals Man United, and he became the first player since Robbie Fowler to net 20 league goals in a season in his first year with the club. He devastated fans, as well as captain Gerrard, by sealing a £50m move to Chelsea, but will always go down as one of Liverpool’s greatest goalscorers. 8. Philippe Coutinho – Click right to see Liverpool’s best signings of the Premier League era – The Brazilian’s arrival went under the radar as modern signings go, but after two brilliant seasons – he was named in last season’s PFA Team of the Year – Coutinho’s £8.5million move from Inter Milan is seen as one of the most shrewd signings in recent years. Not famed for his out-and-out goalscoring ability, the affectionately named ‘Little Magician’ has dazzled Anfield with outstanding vision and playmaking ability. That’s not to say he’s been a letdown in the goal department, with Coutinho netting a series of stunning long-range goals. He’s turned into a genuine match-winner in his short spell for the Reds, and there’s plenty of time for the 23-year-old to improve even more. Frightening. 11 11 1. Luis Suarez – The Maestro – There could only be one, couldn’t there? An inspired deadline day buy from King Kenny, Suarez was simply one of the brightest stars the Premier League has ever seen. Liverpool were closest to ending their wait for a top-flight title with Suarez spearheading their attack, though the Uruguayan didn’t come without his demons. Truly a box office player, the striker donned his manager’s famous with No.7 shirt with distinction, plundering 82 goals in 133 games for the club. His exit may not have been the most well handled, with a series of unsavoury incidents souring his time on Merseyside, but Liverpool are yet to replace him and are unlikely to find another frontman of his phenomenal talent for some time. He was so much better than anyone else in the league, that he truly deserved to move on, and winning the treble in his debut Barcelona season is testament to that.last_img read more

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Peninsula prevails in shootout

first_imgThat preceded a shootout of memorable proportions that wasn’t resolved until Kelly’s 2-point conversion pass to Personius fell incomplete with 55 seconds to play, allowing Peninsula to run out the clock. Mira Costa, plagued by mistakes again, finally got it together in the fourth quarter. Kelly engineered a 14-play, 80-yard drive that resulted in Chris Loatman’s 2-yard touchdown run with 9:13 to play. The touchdown cut Peninsula’s lead to 21-13, but T.J. Thormodsgaard’s extra-point attempt was blocked by Harry Sherwood. Solomon the raced for a 65-yard touchdown, giving Peninsula a 28-13 lead with 9:03 to play. Kelly went back to work, guiding an eight-play, 80-yard drive capped by Loatman’s 8-yard TD run to trim the Peninsula lead to 28-20 with 6:38 left. Mira Costa recovered an onside kick, preceding Kelly’s 35-yard touchdown pass to Personius, which reduced Peninsula’s lead to 28-26 with 4:30 to play. Peninsula recovered the next onside kick. Enter Solomon again. The senior sprinted for a 50-yard touchdown, building Peninsula’s lead to 35-26 with 2:28 left. Kelly then took Mira Costa 73 yards in six plays, completing his last three passes for gains of 17, 23 and 20 yards. Tight end Stephen Bateman’s 20-yard touchdown reception put Mira Costa (2-5-1, 0-2-1) within two points, 35-33, with 2:28 to play. With Peninsula taking over at its own 25-yard line, Solomon saved his best for last. His 75-yard touchdown run was his fifth sprint to the end zone in the game and gave Peninsula a 41-33 lead. But Peninsula’s extra-point attempt failed, leaving Mira Costa with one last chance to force a tie for the second time in the Bay League season. Taking over with 2:12 remaining at Mira Costa’s 20-yard line, Kelly completed four consecutive passes, covering 66 yards without calling a timeout. He threw at will to Personius, who made the first three receptions for gains of 24, 12 and 18 yards. At the Peninsula 13-yard line, Adrien Dotson carried on two consecutive plays, the second of which was a 1-yard touchdown run that pulled Mira Costa to within 41-39 with 55 seconds to play. It capped a strong effort for Dotson, who rushed for 194 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries. But Kelly’s pass to Personius fell short and Peninsula escaped. The teams combined for 998 yards of offense. john.klima@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Peninsula’s Ryan Solomon ran on all three of his team’s offensive plays in the fourth quarter, scoring touchdowns on runs of 65, 50 and 75 yards in the Panthers’ 41-39 Bay League victory at Peninsula. It finished an effort in which Solomon rushed for 334 yards and five touchdowns on 27 carries. Mira Costa began the fourth quarter trailing, 21-7, before quarterback Sean Kelly and receiver Jon-Mikal Personius began to pick apart Peninsula’s secondary. Kelly passed for 256 of his 286 yards in the fourth quarter and Personius finished with 10 receptions for 184 yards and two touchdowns. Peninsula (4-4, 2-1) executed a 14-play, 62-yard drive on its only possession of the third quarter, a drive that ended when Paul Stetson fumbled on the goal line. BAY LEAGUE: Panthers and Mira Costa combine for 52 fourth-quarter points, but Solomon is difference. By John Klima STAFF WRITER Mira Costa and Peninsula traded touchdowns in a 52-point fourth quarter Friday afternoon, but Mira Costa’s inability to stop the run proved more significant than Peninsula’s inability to defend the pass. last_img read more

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