STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 2019

first_img$247,558 46% 11 SANTA ANITA REMEMBERS SNOW CHIEF ON SATURDAY 14 7 7 JockeyMts $975,750 $785,675 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 1st Heriberto Figueroa44 12 17 8 28 20 Andrew Lerner14 $994,604 5 9% William Spawr21 Martin Garcia63 26 17% $207,350 $1,221,277 ITM% Philip D’Amato78 19 Jerry Hollendorfer50 7 9 17% 21 22 44% $194,167 15% 13 18% 50% 11 $584,580 17 6 49% (Current  from April 12 through Saturday, June 15) 64% 7 8 13 22% 2 $1,356,920 4 5 11 16 10 7 19 27 $1,152,025 $1,065,174 20% 7 58% 19% 42% 42% $166,653 6 5 Rafael Bejarano126 50% 10 $387,073 $258,075 22% 1st 14 24% Bob Baffert32 5 50% $352,313 $811,931 7 15 Joseph Talamo112 Kent Desormeaux64 52% Flavien Prat120 20% 22% $600,874 5 5 $259,604 47% TrainerMts 19 $644,478 TEAM PRAT NEARS SPRING TITLE AT SANTA ANITAWith four racing days remaining in the spring portion of Santa Anita’s meet, Flavien Prat holds a comfortable 27-21 lead over runner-up Rafael Bejarano in the jockeys’ race, but the 26-year-old Frenchman captured an even bigger prize Saturday.“Flavien was awarded his Kentucky Derby trophy yesterday at Churchill Downs and he’ll be receiving it by UPS in a day or two,” said his agent, Derek Lawson, Sunday morning where it was business as usual lining up mounts for the meet’s final two days.“It’s got his name on it, which is huge. It’s a beautiful trophy and something he’ll be able to cherish his entire life in his trophy case at home.“It was important to keep doing well coming off the winter meet. Losing one racing day hurt statistics overall, but otherwise things are going really well.“We’re way ahead of schedule in money won ($9,265,290 this year). Obviously, the Derby helped ($1,860,000 for Country House, who was moved into first via disqualification).”Prat finished second to Joel Rosario, 56-52, in the winter portion of the meet from Dec. 26 through April 7.HAPPIEST FATHER’S DAY FOR SOMEONE AT SANTA ANITA TODAYWith a mandatory payout in place, Santa Anita officials project today’s total 20 cent Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot pool could reach the $5 million mark by fourth race post time. And, with a live-money Jackpot carryover of $1,260,210 set to stoke Sunday’s pari-mutuel fires, anticipation is running high indeed as Santa Anita approaches the penultimate Sunday of its Winter/Spring Meet.A whopping $284,905 in “new” money was wagered Saturday, creating a total Jackpot pool of $1,479,890. Although there was no Single Ticket winner, there were 10 consolation tickets, each worth a tidy $15,219.Approximate post time for today’s fourth race, which starts the Jackpot, is at 2:55 p.m.HISPANIC STABLE EMPLOYEES TO MAKE INDUSTRY CASE ON THURSDAY      The legion of dedicated Hispanic workers on Santa Anita’s backstretch will make their voices heard Thursday in an effort to counter attacks in the media that threaten their love and care of horses, their livelihood and their financial survival.“The attacks against our jobs continue in the press and we must respond,” reads a flyer distributed to stable area workers. It goes on: “Our jobs are threatened if we don’t respond. The public needs to know about the care and love we have for our horses. We also want to strengthen protections for our horses and our jobs.“We are asking ALL stable area personnel, trainers and employees to gather in a display of unity before the media” on Thursday, June 20, 10:45 a.m. at Clockers’ Corner.Oscar de la Torre, spokesperson for the workers, will be on hand to facilitate the event and to coordinate media interviews.“I’ve been working with the backstretch employees to tell their story,” said de la Torre, who was born and raised in Santa Monica and whose parents immigrated from Jalisco, Mexico.“We understand that the closure of Santa Anita would be devastating to their livelihoods. People depend on the income they earn from their jobs here, and we also provide an onsite clinic for them and housing.“We already have 59,000 homeless people in the city of Los Angeles. We don’t want to contribute to that social problem. We want to make sure we protect the horses and the workers’ livelihood. They are the individuals who make this industry what it is.“It’s very important to understand that people cannot work here if they do not love horses, and also that closure of Santa Anita or impairment to this industry also impairs the livelihood of workers who depend on it for their well-being.“It would have more than an impact on the animals, but a human impact as well, which is why educating public officials is important and that hurting the industry hurts the individuals who have realized the American Dream.”Santa Anita’s current leading trainer, Doug O’Neill, has also been instrumental in helping to organize Thursday’s event, as has CTT Executive Director Alan Balch.“Our Hispanic employees are the hardest-working people back here and they’re people who do all the work, yet haven’t had a voice in any of this disaster,” said O’Neill. “This show of unity is just a baby step, but it gives them a chance to present the reality of what’s going on. I’m excited that our hard-working employees will have a voice.”SNOW CHIEF ENDED WHITTINGHAM’S TRIPLE CROWN HOPESSanta Anita highlights the final weekend of the spring portion of its current meet by showcasing seven stakes, one of which is Saturday’s $200,000 Snow Chief Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf for California-bred or sired three-year-olds.Named for the male three-year-old champion of 1986 trained by Mel Stute, son Gary, a trainer in his own right, recalls one nifty snippet from Snow Chief’s bid to capture that year’s Kentucky Derby, for which the California-bred son of Reflected Glory was favored at 2-1 but finished 11th behind Ferdinand, ridden by Bill Shoemaker and trained by Charlie Whittingham.“The day after Snow Chief disappointed in the Derby,” Gary said, “Mel had to catch an early flight to California. The groom was still in bed sleeping, so my Dad and one of his other owners, Dr. David Brown, brought the horse out of his stall and took the bandages off his legs.“Dr. Brown was holding Snow Chief who was trying to bite his hands, when who comes out of his barn but Whittingham, sees what’s happening and says, ‘Gimme that shank!’ He took the horse and told my Dad, ‘Mel, just throw out that race.“I ran a filly the day before in the Oaks I thought couldn’t lose and she didn’t hit the board. Some horses just don’t like this track.’“He actually talked Mel into running in the Preakness. Mel was going to go home. So when we won the Preakness and Ferdinand finished second, Charlie told him, ‘I ain’t too bright.“‘If I didn’t talk you into running, I’d be going for the Triple Crown.’”HALL OF FAME RIDERS HONOR PEERS AT JOCKEYS AND JEANS FUNDRAISERFifteen Hall of Fame riders are expected to attend the sixth annual Jockeys and Jeans Fundraiser benefitting the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund at Santa Anita on Saturday, June 22. They will be there to honor the seven permanently disabled riders who attend, mix and mingle with attendees, and sign autographs.Braulio Baeza, Steve Cauthen, Kent Desormeaux, Victor Espinoza, Pat Day, Earlie Fires, Sandy Hawley, Julie Krone, Chris McCarron, Donald Pierce, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Alex Solis, Mike Smith, Bobby Ussery and Jorge Velasquez are scheduled to be on hand.There will be a free autograph signing from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Paddock Gardens area and a free Silent Auction for all on-track fans from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. adjacent to the autograph signing area.Tickets starting at $65 are on sale at https://www.santaanita.com/events Walk-up tickets will be available. It includes a Chandelier Room party during the races featuring a buffet and a specialty drink.Fans can also participate in an on line auction for valuable memorabilia at this website link: www.32auctions.com.For more information contact Jockeys and Jeans VP Marketing Eddie Donnally at (818) 653-3711 edjockeysandjeansy@gmail.com or Alexis Garske, Santa Anita Media Relations at  Alexis.Garske@santaanita.com (626) 574-6413LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:Soi Phet works 5 furlongs. 6-16-19 (Powell)Just A Smidge works 4 furlongs. 6-16-19 (Baffert)Sneaking Out (Outside) and Sea’s Journey works 5 furlongs. 6-16-19 (Hollendorfer)Richard Mandella gives an update on Omaha Beach after returning to Santa Anita Park.Shedrow Stroll: Phil D’Amato’s Turf Sprinter Master Ryan. 6-13-19Shedrow Stroll: Phil D’Amato’s King Abner. 6-13-19Shedrow Stroll: Phil D’Amato’s Stakes Winner Lombo. 6-13-19Shedrow Stroll: Phil D’Amato’s Veteran Kenjisstorm. 6-13-19XBTV Sunday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on June 16th, 2019Quick Questions: With Trainer Dan Blacker. 6-13-19Oliver (Outside) and Seeking Refuge works 4 furlongs. 6-14-19 (O’Neill)Reedley (Outside) and Victory Element works 4 furlongs. 6-14-19 (Baffert)Emtech (Outside) and Rapport worked 4 furlongs. 6-14-19 (Callaghan) River Boyne works 4 furlongs. 6-15-19 (Mullins)Bellafina works 3 furlongs. 6-15-19 (Callaghan)Shoemaker Mile winner Bolo works 3 furlongs. 6-15-19 (Gaines)FINISH LINES: Bombard is scheduled to make his first start in 11 months Sunday in the Grade III American Stakes for three-year-olds and up at a mile on turf. “He’s doing real well,” said trainer Richard Mandella of the son of War Front, who also sired Omaha Beach. “Bombard had a chip taken out of a knee after running second (by a head) in the Wickerr last July 22.” Meanwhile, Mandella has Omaha Beach back jogging at Santa Anita after the pre-race favorite for the Kentucky Derby returned home Monday from the Blue Grass State following surgery for an entrapped epiglottis. “He’ll jog for a few more days,” Mandella said. Also set for the American is City of Hope Mile winner Sharp Samurai for Mark Glatt. Victor Espinoza has the mount . . . Congratulations to Rafael Bejarano on reaching the milestone of 4,000 career wins in North America Saturday by capturing the third race on Portal Creek by nearly four lengths for trainer Bob Hess Jr. . . . Santa Anita Oaks winner Bellafina breezed three furlongs Saturday in 38.40 in preparation for the Grade I Test Stakes for three-year-old fillies at Saratoga on Aug. 3 . . . Father’s Day hunch: the two-year-old colt Mickelson debuts in today’s second race for trainer Keith Desormeaux. Golfing star Phil Mickelson celebrates his 49th birthday today . . .The LA Angels’ 2018 American League Rookie of the Year Shohei Ohtani became the first Japanese-born major leaguer to hit for the cycle this past Thursday and his namesake, Ohtani, has a big look in today’s ninth race for trainer Bill Spawr, as he tries grass and two turns for the first time vs. maiden $50,000 claimers . . . Half-sisters Smiling Annieand Moonshine Annie compete against eachother in today’s first race. Both are trained by Mark Glatt for owners/breeders Al and Sandee Kirkwood. Smiling Annie’s sire is Smiling Tiger while Moonshine Annie’s is Discreetly Mine, while the dam of each is Bootleg Annie . . . Santa Anita is dark for live racing this Monday through Thursday. Live action resumes 1 p.m. Friday, June 21. Simulcast racing is offered Wednesday with free General Admission and free parking. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. Win% 4 Victor Espinoza54 Geovanni Franco89 48% 10 $622,271 DERBY WINNER PRAT NEARS THE SPRING RIDING TITLE 57% 12% 2nd 44% 6 18% 3 3rd 8 4 15 12% $1,185,038 18% Money Won 16 43% 50% 3rd 22% 16% 13 $303,859 Steven Miyadi25 21% Money Won 48% 17 13 23% 8 Mark Glatt72 18% 50% Martin Pedroza42 8 6 13 DEDICATED STABLE EMPLOYEES SPEAK OUT THURSDAY 14 44% 5 13 6 46% Edwin Maldonado70 5 Jorge Velez57 58% 5 8 24% 9 1 John Sadler64 1 Tiago Pereira124 8 TODAY’S MANDATORY JACKPOT MAY REACH $5 MILLION 7 24% 11 8 7 ITM% Win% Doug O’Neill98 50% 9 37% Steve Knapp33 37% 3 72% 14 $158,406 Aaron Gryder79 15 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.54 18% 2nd $601,297 $775,570 14 0 19% $519,553 50% 13 Drayden Van Dyke99 7 5 21 12 49% 1 5 22% $282,244 $1,995,173 20% 16% Richard Mandella28 John Shirreffs21 13% $739,487 6 16% 52% 15% J. Keith Desormeaux28 53% 3 Ruben Fuentes108 7 20 $212,456 14 5 52% George Papaprodromou25 $302,092 22 24% Leonard Powell24 2 3 4 11 $768,927 Mario Gutierrez69 3 54% 10 Richard Baltas70 6 Vladimir Cerin43 17 11% 57% 23% $1,126,128 $516,480 36% 10last_img read more

PALOS VERDES STAKE QUOTES-SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2020

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESABEL CEDILLO, CAPTAIN SCOTTY, WINNER:  “Pete (Miller) told me to try to go to the lead, when I saw the race was a two horse, two speed type of race I tried to slow it down. He was trying to run off, but I got him to relax pretty good, he finished pretty good.“(Captain Scotty) was fighting with Victor’s horse (Flagstaff), he was tough. I said we have to beat that horse.“It feels great to be here, I’m really happy, I thank God, trainers, owners and Santa Anita. They all help me a lot.” TRAINER QUOTESRUBEN ALVARADO, ASSISTANT TO PETER MILLER, CAPTIAN SCOTTY, WINNING TRAINER:  “We brought him back from Kentucky (after running third in a six furlong allowance on Nov. 28) and sent him to San Luis Rey Downs.  He came back in good shape and we decided to run him on the grass (a close fifth in the Grade II Joe Hernandez Stakes) and the horse that won that day, (stablemate) Texas Wedge, came back to win today at Gulfstream, so he got beat by a good horse.  He handled the grass okay, but not like the dirt, so we tried the main track today and we got lucky.”GARY BARBER, OWNER CAPTAIN SCOTTY, WINNER:  “The key with this horse is to keep him (running) short.  He didn’t run bad on the grass, but I think he’s a little better on dirt.  He’s a nice horse and he’s consistent all the time.  He’s proven he belongs in stakes.”NOTES: The winning owner is Gary Barber and Wachtel Stable.Captain Scotty and jockey Abel Cedillo win the Grade II $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA.© BENOIT PHOTOlast_img read more

The environmental impact of producing a loaf of bread

first_imgThe agriculture section is the one which emits essentially the most gases from all of the manufacturingThe phases of manufacturing a loaf of bread had been analyzed one after the other Liam Goucher, in cost of the research, factors out that “the fascinating factor is that 40% of that 66 is attributable solely to the use of ammonium nitrate fertilizers,” a enormous quantity, as said within the evaluation with which it seeks to cut back the impact surroundings within the manufacturing of bread. As well as, it emphasizes that half of these fertilizers find yourself in rivers or streams by way of leaks that develop air pollution. These chemical compounds expel dangerous gases from their manufacturing and are utilized by farmers in portions above these obligatory.Thus and to cut back the impact on the surroundings of bread manufacturing, specialists are dedicated to controlling fertilizers throughout cultivation, utilizing solely truthful quantities and at occasions of the yr which might be actually obligatory; the nitrogen that crops don’t use returns to the environment as nitrous oxide, a robust greenhouse gasoline, they level out. This concept is contributed by Navin Ramankutty, professor on the Institute of Assets, Atmosphere and Sustainability of the College of British Columbia (Vancouver), who’s dedicated to discovering a option to apply this research to the manufacturing of meals that’s most consumed and create a market of “sensible” merchandise and shoppers for the surroundings.One other doable utility of the research of researchers who’ve dissected the bread manufacturing course of to manage how a lot it contaminates every step till having a bar could be to assist cut back the dangerous results of it, from farmer consciousness to shoppers, who’re attempting to coach on sustainable consumption to cut back the environmental footprint. James Galloway, an skilled in nitrogen cycles on the College of Virginia, believes that this research will be the gateway to that consciousness utilized to different meals consumed above advisable, equivalent to proteins.The concepts left after the publication of the research are near the perfect of ecological markets that favor the acquisition of merchandise known as natural and organic and that, though they are often discovered extra simply, they haven’t but made a large gap in society as a result of of the excessive value for pockets. Picture: Pixabaycenter_img Making bread additionally impacts the surroundings. The manufacturing course of of one of essentially the most fundamental meals pours contaminants that find yourself favoring local weather change. From the sowing of the cereal till the packaging, the manufacture of a loaf of bread has been analyzed to confirm the injury that supposes.Nature Crops He has printed the research carried out by researchers from the College of Sheffield, United Kingdom, during which they level to the stage of agriculture because the one which emits essentially the most gases from all manufacturing.The phases of manufacture of a loaf of bread had been analyzed one after the other however it’s the first, from the therapy of the land for the sowing of the cereal that would be the base of essentially the most dangerous bread. That’s the time when fertilizers are used, probably polluting. Additionally the equipment used within the sowing and through the harvesting or the required one to grind the grain improve the impact within the first section; 66% of the emissions from all the course of happen presently, in keeping with the researchers.last_img read more

The left side, headache for Simeone

first_imgSaul is the multipurpose of Simeone, the boy who is worth for everything and in the same game can play in four different positions. Something that already happened in Saudi Arabia in the derby, where he started as left inside, he went to the center of the field when Vitolo entered for Herrera, to the side when he left Lodi replaced by Marcos Llorente and again to the center of the field with the replacement of João Félix by Arias. The midfielder suffers on the side. It can meet its physical power, air strength and adaptability, but He is not used to playing there, has positional deficiencies and loses his arrival to the rival area, his best quality (although playing as a side marked Osasuna). At the beginning of the course that option on the side was offered by Hermoso. The expulsion of Lodi on the first day of the League caused him to leave that position to Play the last 28 minutes against Getafe. In Leganés he formed a practically three central defense, moving to the left when the team defended and against Valencia played 54 minutes on that side. But Madrid is central and since the 2015-16 season when, played on loan at Valladolid, has not worked in that position. Manu Sánchez, the option of BFrom the second team Manu Sánchez’s option appears. The 19-year-old was a starter against Osasuna, where he left a great performance and easily coped with the burden of playing many minutes admonished. João Félix’s goal was about to come from a center, but Herrera avoided it with an extraordinary intervention. Those 63 minutes have been the only ones Manu Sánchez has played with the first team so far, although he has a great future ahead. Perhaps in Copa del Rey a new opportunity comes.If Thursday were the starter, it would be the third left side different in the last three games. Simeone doubts between giving continuity to Lodi in games of maximum difficulty or betting on Saul’s muscle. Liverpool and Salah land in Wanda Metropolitano in less than a month and before that the rojiblanco team visits Santiago Bernabéu where there will be another litmus test. The side worries, although there are still many hopes placed on the long-term growth of Lodi, the player called to dominate that position in the coming seasons. But those defensive deficiencies have led Cholo to look for alternatives in the template for the last matches. And since the left side is the only place that is not folded in the first template, those options go through convert Saul in the last matches how I know tried to do with Hermoso in the first days. The ‘8’ started in the side in Ipurua for the third time this season, after entering the eleven in that place against Espanyol and Barcelona previously. Nevertheless, in many occasions it moves to the side with the passage of the minutes when Lodi is replaced, something that happened in the two games of the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona in the semifinals and against Real Madrid in the final. TONI RODRIGUEZ & nbsp; (DAILY AS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Saúl and Lodi try to stop Fekir in the match against Betis.TONI RODRIGUEZ (DAILY AS) Atletico has been playing for several games, with very few alternatives in a template reduced by injuries (Giménez, Trippier, Koke, Lemar and Diego Costa they were low against Eibar) and where Simeone has few chances to rotate. However, there is a position in which Cholo does not find the key that best suits his style: the left side. A position that ruled Filipe Luis for eight seasons before leaving last summer for Flamengo, champion of the Copa Libertadores, although The Brazilian’s desire was to continue in the club. The club appealed to fellow countryman Renan Lodi, one of the most promising left-backs in the world with only 21 years. But from the preseason you could see that his great deficit was in the defensive aspect, something logical coming from the Brazilian league and taking into account his youth. Simeone and Mono Burgos worked with him during the American tour to make it clear how important his work was behind, since when the center of the field passes it is a canyon. It has a great center, good technique, a fantastic first ball control and a great physical display. last_img read more

Girona makes accounts for the playoff: make 28 of 51 points

first_imgThe theory seems clear and now it’s time to put it into practice. This Sunday, Pep Lluís Martí’s group visits Fuenlabrada and it is clear that he has a deficit of points at home. Of the 12 games played, he has only added eight points (two wins, two draws and eight losses). Only Racing, a second-place player, has signed fewer points (seven). To reach the playoff, take off. In Girona they have begun to make accounts. Sounds weird because it’s only in the month of January, but the current streak of the Girona team does not allow the trips to lengthen excessively over time. The goal is to reach the promotion playoff to Primera and currently, the sixth ranked, Elche, leads him one point. There are still 17 days left to play and there is time to maneuver. Yes, Girona is urged to chain a series of victories to calm the spirits between his fans and win in confidence.After 25 League games played, Girona is eighth, with 35 points, and to finish the course in playoff positions you must improve your records. There are still 51 points to play and last year, Depor needed to add 68 to get as the last team in the playoff. According to the average of the last seasons, the teams that want to play the qualifying rounds must exceed 63 points. So Girona would be required to complete a second round without cracks and reap more than half of the points that remain to be disputed. Of those 51, I should ensure 28.last_img read more

Huesca raises his voice after the Vallecas scandal

first_imgLaBiga SmartBank* Data updated as of February 24, 2020 The Sociedad Deportiva Huesca felt seriously affected by the arbitration of Ais Reig at the Estadio de Vallecas. The Valencian referee was the protagonist of the encounter between the Lightning and the Oscenses after deciding on two actions that marked the game, first with a goal annulled Okazaki, by a hand of the Japanese forward at the start of the play, and then by some alleged hands of Joshua Sa, which ended in the penalty and in the VAR It was shown that he was on his back. The CEO of the high-Aragonese entity, Manolo Torres, raised his voice after the controversial arbitration: “It is unusual for Huesca to appear to discuss arbitration in a match. But I speak from the indignation that we have felt in the Vallecas stadium to manifest with forcefulness that we have experienced a series of Kafkian situations, which we consider to have greatly conditioned the party. It is very easy to whistle to Huesca, since he has seen how seven goals were annulled to our center forward, but we have never questioned the operation of the Var, much less the performance of the arbitration. From minute 1 we have seen that the events of the game were conditioned. I believe that the efforts of professionals, the province and the club demand that we raise our voice. We have been very respectful, we are and these types of situations cannot happen again. We had a great team ahead, but the result has been tremendously conditioned by two occasions. “ The leader explained.Míchel Sánchez He also complained bitterly of the actions that had marked the defeat of his team: “We have been told that we were not going to ask for any missing favor and the truth is that we do not understand the double standards that the whole party has had. In Okazaki’s goal, I don’t know the protocol in this regard. If the Var considers that there is a previous hand, it seems to me that there may be some debate. But the penalty is not a penalty and in the two years of Var, I think there had been no such goal. My way of being is not to complain and support the referees, because at the end of the season they give you and take you away … but I think that today there is no controversy in the penalty play. I feel hurt today. “ The coach said.last_img read more

Ferlaino: “Only Messi would be worthy of the 10 in Naples”

first_imgIf I say Barcelona, ​​what do you think?In a magnificent city, which I love very much, with an exceptional team and a huge player named Messi.A city he met quite a lot in 1984.Well, I only stayed there one night: I arrived, signed the contract, and ran away. The rest was done by my collaborators. A waiter told me we were taking a package, a fat man. I still remember it.How was the negotiation for Maradona born?Núñez wanted to sell him because Diego had a very different character from that of the Catalans. He was a wonderful talent, but undisciplined. Corrado Ferlaino is the president who managed to realize the dreams of the Neapolitans: in 1984, with an infinite negotiation, he took Maradona del Barça and changed the history of football. The one who was the maximum president of the partenopei for 30 years, tells AS his desire: to see Messi with the azzurra shirt. There was a time when he changed his mind …Yes, but as soon as he did so, we launched ourselves for Madrid players. To avoid enriching his rival, he has already negotiated again.Can this Naples beat Barcelona?There are no unbeatable teams, and the Azzurri have more motivations in this type of games. We will see”.Finally Messi arrives at Fuorigrotta. The big question: is it better than Maradona?It is difficult to compare such different times. Of course, Diego won in Spain and was a legend in Naples and with Argentina. Leo is missing some triumph with the selection, or somewhere else …Do you know that this summer you can leave for free?That should tell the president of Naples, not me.What would you say to Leo to convince him?Anyone who comes from Spain, here is happy. He is also Argentine, the heir of Maradona … It would be like resuming a wonderful speech interrupted 30 years ago. And Leo could finally prove that he can be great outside Barça.But Naples no longer has a number 10 …I think the Azzurri fans would allow it to be removed only for Messi. He is the only one worth wearing that shirt after Diego. It’s very difficult, but why not dream …last_img read more

Felipe Melo: “In Brazil we rotated to kick Messi”

first_imgChildhood in the favela: “I was born and grew up in the worst favela in Rio de Janeiro. My mother was always at home with us and my father worked all day. Of course he had no comforts, but I didn’t lack anything. Since I was little I dreamed of playing soccer and if not … I don’t know what would have happened to my life. It was football or soccer. Sometimes I went to train and when I returned I found that one of my friends had been shot. 95% of my friends from the favela did not they exist, they are dead. They chose another path and they no longer exist. The 5% that remained, managed to get out, managed to work and make their lives. “Temptations in the favela: “I have seen incredible things in the favela that I don’t even talk about. I have had the opportunity but I never wanted to get into drugs or have weapons. I preferred the other way. I remember that the drug traffickers from the favela said to me ‘you You have a future, I don’t want to see you here anymore, if I see you here again I will shoot you in the head. ‘I preferred to work and not earn easy money. “ Felipe Melo Felipe Melo “I am a Boca fan, I always said so” Support Bolsonaro: “I came out to support him before the campaign, much earlier, I was the first. Because I loved the way he handled the situation. Politics is one thing and football is another, I don’t understand anything about politics but I saw that it was a boy who could improve the reality of my country. Today, thank God, I am friends with him, we talk whenever possible and he is a boy who did not change anything, he is still the same. I love how he does things. But if another candidate won, he would to want to change things in my country as well. What happens is that there are many people from Brazil who are stupid and then ‘if you are Bolsonaro you cannot play here or I attack you because you are Bolsonaro’. No, I am from Brazil. I love Bolsonaro very much because he is the one who gives me hope. “Love for Argentine soccer: “Yes, because of the way you play, of trying to leave your soul on the field. Brazilian soccer is different, it is samba, tiki-taka. That is why people say that I am almost an Argentine. But I am Brazilian and I love my country. I love how Argentines play and how they live soccer. And Argentines are not just kicks, the best player in history, who for me is Messi, does not kick. “center_img “95% of my friends from the favela are dead” Felipe Melo has granted an interview to the Clarín newspaper, in which he has spoken about the extreme hardness of his childhood and how football has helped him deal with the problems of his origins, to the point of admitting that, sometimes after training, he met friends of his who were shot. In addition, he praised Leo Messi, explained the strategy of the Brazilian team to stop him and spoke of the possible interest of Boca.Praise for Messi: “It is the best ever”.Comparison of Messi with Maradona and Pelé: “I cannot say anything about Pelé because I did not see him play. And I have the memory of the 90th World Cup when they beat Brazil with Caniggia’s goal. People in Brazil also say that Zico is better than everyone, but I The first time I saw him play was in his farewell, at the Maracana. I saw Messi play and he is incredible. More than Cristiano because he can score five goals for you, but Messi scores those five goals for you and he can also score goals for his teammates . It is more complete”.His confrontations with Messi: “He is a unique player. When we with the Brazilian team played against him we said ‘we have to kick him once each, we have to rotate’. If not, it is difficult, there is no way to mark such a player. And I’m not saying kicking him to break it, but a tactical fault, cutting his rhythm, bothering him. “ Future in Argentina?: “I think about the present. The only thing I know about the future is that I have little left to leave football. I don’t know if two, three, four years more, but it passes quickly. A long time ago, I was a child who had the dream of being soccer player and now, in a few years, I will be closing a beautiful career. Of course, Argentine soccer and the Argentine fans are impressive, I see it on television, I watch videos on YouTube. The Argentine fans make you want to cry. I played in Turkish football and the fans there are as crazy as the Argentines. “Were you close to Boca?: “I am a Boca fan, I always said it: I love the fans, everyone Boca, I have idols from Boca. But it is difficult to say if I am going to play in Boca or if I am going to leave Palmeiras. I have two more years of contract here, shortly I will reach 150 games and, if I continue like this, it will be the club I have played the most in my career. Nobody called me from Boca. I remember when we won with Palmeiras in the Bombonera began to talk that I had to play in Boca, which was for Boca, but I never spoke to anyone. “Arbitrations: “The referees break your eggs everywhere the same, here or in Europe. But they are different schools. In England you hit a kick, the fans say ‘ooooooh’ and the referee doesn’t blow anything. If you hit the same kick in Spain you They get the red one. In Brazil, there are judges who let you continue and others who expel you. That is why I love the Libertadores: there are some plays that if you have a Brazilian referee you can be red and with an Argentine it is not necessary. “What do you like about Boca?: “I like the goalkeeper very much, Andrada. Do you know who I like? A boy who in Brazil did not play like now, Wanchope. I love it. The Colombian also, who is very fast, I do not remember the name but he is fast, Quick”.last_img read more

Channels: “The ERTE of Barça? Many clubs live daily …”

first_imgSergio Canales remains confined like all Betis players. In Seville, from his home, he offered a curious vision of the ERTES that are being lived in some teams such as Barcelona: “What if I understand? No. But football and many of their clubs live daily and as soon as something fails they have a terrible time … and Barça must be one of them. I don’t go into those questions but I understand them, “he said in statements 20 minutes away.“We moved fast and with the decrease in our salaries we have been able to avoid ERTE for the moment. Of course we understand it and, furthermore, in Betis there are many workers whose families depend on their wages. That is why we did it, “added the Santander footballer, who, depending on the scenario in which LaLiga was left, could lower his annual emoluments by up to 15 percent. Canales has drawn a conclusion, above all from the consequences of this coronavirus pandemic: “We are very vulnerable. We must be more united than before and we must not believe that we control everything. Note that fifteen years ago, my friends and I we thought that in the year 2020 we would see cars fly and it turns out that we do not see them or roll down the road because we are all locked up at home. “ LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of April 9, 2020center_img The Cantabrian continues to advocate ending the campaign in any way: “Right now football is not important, but if, within the measures decreed by the authorities, it is possible for us to end the season, I think it would be important for us to finish it to give a final folder and, thus, be able to look at the next season in a different way. We must do everything possible, as long as it is safe for everyone, and, as some of my colleagues say, if we have to run out of vacations, then we run out of vacations because it would be very important to end the season. “last_img read more

Mata: “Hazard was the best in the Premier, his great level will be seen”

first_imgSubstitution: “It is not easy. Neither for the coach to make that decision. You feel happy when you play a lot and you are important for the team. That helps you to perform better. When you stay out, you face two challenges: facing the situation and not giving up and always being ready to play. When you’re not the first choice, it’s not always easy. “Best time with United: “My debut. It is something that I will always remember. Also the Europa League that we won in Sweden was a very special trophy for us.”Jokes: “There are all kinds. For example when we park our cars next to the locker room and someone leaves it open, we open it and put water bottles, balls, pillows, clothes … It is not very painful, is it? Others Sometimes we put people in an ice bath for something they said or for missing training games. “Best friend in the locker room: “He is from De Gea. We were friends before playing together here. Ander Herrera was a great friend and still is, but now from afar.”Do you miss playing with Ander Herrera?: “Yes. Both on the field, in the dressing room and outside of it. We lived in the same area and stayed after training sessions for lunch, dinner, watching football together … I am still in contact with him often, he is very happy in Paris. “ Juan Mata has given an interview in which he has praised the figure of Eden Hazard and wished him all the best during his time at Real Madrid. Curiously, the Spanish footballer has not hesitated to praise the former Chelsea player, despite the fact that the talk was with the website of his own club, Manchester United. The former Valencia player also spoke about his sports career and the great moments lived at Old Trafford. Who is the best player in the Premier?: “I loved playing with and against Eden Hazard. For me, for many years, he was the best footballer in the league. He could win games on his own. I trained with him and I know how good he can be. He has had very bad He was lucky in his time at Real Madrid due to injuries, but I am sure he will show his real level when he is able to do it and is not injured. Besides him, there have been many other players: Rooney, Giggs, Scholes, Lampard, Terry, Drogba … It’s hard to choose one. “last_img read more