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a good reason to remember Munich

Each time a significant anniversary of the Munich air disaster comes round those of us lucky enough to be in a position to write about football and its attendant matters are assailed by the same nagging doubts. Is it only football that makes this particular loss of life so resonant? Why the grim fascination with a 60-year-old accident when every day brings fresh news of equally terrible events? Nike Men's Ramon Humber Elite Green Jersey - Buffalo Bills NFL #50 Salute to ServiceThere have been worse air crashes involving football teams before and since Munich, yet the tragedy that struck Manchester United on a wintry night in Bavaria is always perceived as the most poignant. While this may not be entirely fair, just like the resentment felt in some quarters as Matt Busby’s recovering team monopolised national sympathy and gained many new supporters following their ghastly ordeal, the overriding lesson of February 1958 was that life is not fair. The distinguishing feature of Munich was possibly not football anyway, though sport will Authentic Kent Tekulve Jersey always magnify the sense of loss when youthful promise is cut cruelly short. Because this was a take-off failure rather than a fall from the sky there were survivors, rare in an aviation disaster. The handy headline that a team had died told only half of the truth. The harsher fact is that the other half of the team lived, and then had to face the gruesome task of picking up and playing on as if nothing had really happened. One photograph in Old Trafford’s Munich tunnel demonstrates this effectively, if rather eerily. A black-and-white team picture has the shirts of the players who did not return picked out in crimson. A team shot that makes grotesque mockery of what it means to be a team and a haunting memento mori, yet the half of the side that lived had to deal with the reality, and in public. Footballers of the 1950s did not live in a bubble of fabulous wealth, television celebrity or agent-led aloofness either. Supporters regarded them as friends, local boys made good, people one might see – and sometimes did – on the bus. In a real sense the mourning after Munich was so keen because the loss seemed so close. To understand exactly why United were so nearly and dearly loved one would have to go back to the grey austerity of the post-war period and appreciate how brightly Busby’s charismatic band of emerging but already forceful talents illuminated Saturday afternoons. Beyond Old Trafford the visionary Busby was at odds with the ever insular Football Association over the merits of the newly dreamed-up European Cup. English football wanted no part of it, Busby felt it was the future and eventually got his way, only to pay a terrible personal cost. That aspect of the story, along with the emotional scenes at Wembley in 1968 when Busby’s quest came to a successful conclusion, is just one of the reasons Munich remains relevant. United were on the right side of history after all, yet back in the 1950s European glamour was as remote from most people’s lives as the space race. When Busby paid Barnsley £29,999 for Tommy Taylor in 1953 it was a huge fee, not far short of the English record. Busby withheld the last pound – allegedly he gave it to an Oakwell tea lady – because he did not want Taylor burdened by the status Womens Rob Havenstein Jersey of being a £30,000 footballer. Four years later Internazionale of Italy offered £65,000 for the strapping centre forward who grew up with Harold “Dickie” Bird practising headers on Yorkshire waste ground, and Busby turned them down. Taylor was 26 when he died at Munich and, though by that time he had won 19 England caps, the world never got to see whether he would live up to his billing as the new Nat Lofthouse. Duncan Edwards, http://www.49ersauthenticofficialonlines.com/perrish-cox-jersey_c-326.html by some distance the most evocative name on the list of fatalities, was five years younger, yet at 21 had already made 151 United appearances and won two league titles. In the seemingly arbitrary scale of damage from the wreckage Bobby Charlton was relatively unharmed, physically at least. Busby was in hospital for two months but pulled through in the end. Edwards fought for life for 15 http://www.officialauthenticdolphinstore.com/Nike-Mike-Hull-Jersey.html days, surprising doctors who knew the extent of his internal injuries and briefly offering false hope to those praying he might be spared. Recuperating in Northumberland, Charlton can vividly recall hearing the dreadful news from his mother: “Big Duncan has gone.” wholesale jerseys cheap jerseys nfl nfl jerseys authenticwholesale jerseys paypal

Jürgen Klopp blasts officials over

Jürgen Klopp said he would be hit with “the biggest fine in world football” for his true thoughts on Tottenham Hotspur’s dramatic late equaliser at Anfield but insisted the match officials cost Liverpool a crucial victory in their pursuit of Champions League qualification. Adidas NHL Youth Troy Stecher Green Authentic Jersey - #51 Vancouver Canucks Salute to ServiceHarry Kane equalised with a 95th-minute penalty against Liverpool – his 100th Premier League goal – after the assistant referee Edward Smart penalised Virgil van Dijk for a kick on the Spurs substitute Érik Lamela. Jon Moss had waved play on before Smart’s intervention and had also consulted http://www.cardinalsofficialonlinestore.com/T_J_Logan_Jerseythe assistant over another penalty for the visitors 10 minutes earlier. That spot-kick was missed by Kane, who was offside when Dele Alli played the ball forwards via a deflection off Dejan Lovren. The Liverpool manager claimed both decisions were poor mistakes that overshadowed another stunning display by Mohamed Salah. The Egypt international struck his 20th and 21st league goals of the campaign, the second in the 91st minute, becoming the quickest Liverpool player to reach that total in the Premier League era while van Dijk accused Kane of diving and denied he had fouled Lamela. “It’s not a penalty,” Klopp said. “I’ve heard Lamela was offside with one leg, running into Virgil van Dijk. Virgil sees him at the last moment, stops the movement but still touches him. Lamela is already on the way down. The referee says keep on going and the linesman makes the decision. That’s what everybody saw. “It was obviously not his day. The first penalty, it was one of the clearest offside situations I have seen. Unless there’s a new rule. Is there? http://www.officialauthenticsteelershop.com/WOMENS-MIKE-MITCHELL-JERSEY.html When the ball left the foot of the Tottenham player, Harry Kane is offside. This situation has never changed. Dejan touched it. My defence put Kane offside, that’s good defending. I don’t know what they discussed this time, I would be really interested what the referee and assistant were saying.” Alli was booked for diving in the second half and Klopp claimed Spurs were “wanting to go down”. He added: “It was not a dive of Lamela. He jumped in the situation, he wanted the contact. He didn’t look back in the situation; he didn’t even look at the ball. “I am angry but I can’t change anything. What’s my job now – to create headlines? To be punished? To pay a fine? If I say what I think, I would pay the biggest fine in world football. That makes absolutely no sense. I have no problem with people making mistakes Womens Trevor Lewis Jerseybut, if you don’t see the situation, step aside. At the end I’ve learned something new and now people will think I know nothing about football because I thought it was offside. But the Lorenzo Mauldin Jersey second one, it’s not about who is where. In the 93rd minute you whistle a penalty when you are 100% sure. There were no other incidents in the box apart from the Alli situation. It’s clear in these situations the opposition wants to go down, wants to cause these type of problems.” Mauricio Pochettino congratulated Moss on his performance, saying the match officials “were right in every single decision. Sometimes you complain but, when they are right and show character, I think it is important to recognise and congratulate them, because they have a difficult job.” wholesale jerseys all wholesale nfl jerseys free shipping nfl jerseys nike nike nfl jerseys

Kevin De Bruyne ready for mini break

The glory will surely come for Manchester City. First, however, for the pain. Kevin De Bruyne caused plenty of it, making opponents ache with his relentless running and smart with his considerable quality. It may be a consolation to his many victims that the Belgian is hurting, too. Women's Limited Christine Michael Sr Royal Blue Jersey: Vapor Untouchable Home #38 NFL Indianapolis Colts Nike“I was feeling it from the first minute,” he said, bringing the directness he can show on the pitch when asked if he was tiring in the second half of Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Burnley. “You feel great for 10 games, then you feel OK for 10 games and then the rest you feel like shit.” This, for the record, was De Bruyne’s 42nd match, 36 of them in a City shirt, in a personal campaign that, with progress and prowess in the Champions League and World Cup, could stretch towards 70 appearances and last another five months. He has allied craft with graft, registering the most assists, crosses and through balls in the division, and already covering more ground than many players do in a season. If City are pacesetters, De Bruyne has become their long-distance runner. He has completed 2,975 minutes in their colours, more than anyone else. His workload has been increased by David Silva’s personal circumstances and the marginalisation of Yaya Touré, who has been limited to 89 minutes of Premier League football. If De Bruyne is indefatigable, he is also indispensable. “We’ve only got 15 or 16 players available at the moment, so Authentic Noah Syndergaard Jersey we need to get through it,” De Bruyne added. Pep Guardiola underlined the impression that a team without seven injured players and a club who failed to sign Riyad Mahrez are short-staffed by naming only six substitutes, three of them youngsters. If it had the feel of a gesture, designed to rebut suggestions City are buying the title by stockpiling players, his managerial peers are unlikely to show much sympathy. His uncomplaining Burnley counterpart, Sean Dyche, filled the seventh spot on his bench with Aiden O’Neill, the teenager who was on loan at Fleetwood five weeks ago. With O’Neill remaining unused, Burnley finished the stronger. “We probably ran out of steam a little bit,” Vincent Kompany said. De Bruyne concurred: “We haven’t got any players left, so maybe we feel a little bit of tiredness, which makes it a little bit more difficult.” City invariably outpass opponents but they were outrun by three kilometres. Burnley’s stand-in captain, Ben Mee, said: “We don’t show teams too much respect.” It is a policy that Denzel Perryman Authentic Jerseyhas brought them points against each of the top five. Yet while De Bruyne and Kompany used the word “exceptional” to describe some of City’s play, the adjective applied to the open goal Raheem Sterling, a scorer 19 times this season, missed and to the result: this was an exception, only the fourth time in 26 league games they did not win. Another anomaly beckons. “We have a week now [between games] and it http://www.officialmagicstoreonline.com/Nikola_Vucevic_Jerseycouldn’t come at a better time,” Kompany said. Guardiola marked it by giving everyone three days off. “I’m going away; it doesn’t matter where,” De Bruyne said. If he could return refreshed, his manager’s words, unlike his team sheet, suggested he is refusing to rue the ones who got away. Guardiola looked forward as he contemplated his injured attackers. “January is the past,” he rationalised. “Gabriel [Jesus] is coming back. Leroy [Sané] is coming back.” Perhaps there is an incongruous element to City’s injury crisis. While others are sidelined, the usually luckless Kompany is fit. If one of City’s Belgians has been overworked, there was a school of thought that the other could be underused after Aymeric Laporte’s £57.2m move. Instead, the captain returned at the expense of the club-record signing. If Guardiola’s passing principles are set in stone, he is no inflexible ideologue. He compromised because of his surroundings. He changed his back four to incorporate the more defensive Danilo, reaping an unexpected dividend when the Brazilian scored in http://www.officialauthentics49ersshop.com/authentic-earl-mitchell-jersey.html spectacular fashion, and Kompany to combat “the most British of teams” in Burnley. “Vincent in these kind of games is a top, top player,” Guardiola said. Kompany made a solitary error, culminating in Aaron Lennon hitting the post, but otherwise coped well with Burnley’s aerial attack. A defender passed a physical test. A passer, creator and scorer has done, too. Now City must hope De Bruyne is not running on empty in the run-in. nba jerseys wholesale cheap nfl jerseys nfl jerseys free shipping wholesale nfl jerseys china

Agents’ runaway gravy train

The January transfer window closed with a blizzard of late moves, delivering £50m as the new normal fee for players – £142m for one of Semyon Varlamov Jersey the best, Philippe Coutinho – and undisclosed bumper paydays for agents. Men's Nike Los Angeles Chargers #23 Dexter McCoil Elite White NFL JerseySupporters are not told how much money agents make on deals or what work they did to secure it but http://www.authenticsabresstore.com/-89-alexander-mogilny-jersey_c-442.html there is a growing recognition among clubs and governing bodies that the role of agents is out of control. Fifa surrendered governance of agents in 2015 but its president, Gianni Infantino, now says the resulting free-for-all is intolerable. Agents are unlicensed “intermediaries” and can be paid by two or even three parties in a transfer. In forthright remarks Infantino, who has set up a Fifa working party to examine how the intermediary and transfer systems can be reformed, said: “I am very concerned about the huge amount of money flowing out of the football industry. “The commissions paid to intermediaries continue to rise while at the same time the money redistributed through the game and spent on training young players is falling. These increasingly larger Gary Carter Womens Jersey transactions are often not done in a clean, open manner and raise a lot of questions about potential misuse of funds. We have to tackle this issue.” Uefa, which has calculated that more than €3bn was paid to agents by Europe’s top clubs between 2013 and 2017, is on the working party. The Uefa president, Aleksander Ceferin, voiced his concerns last week and acknowledged clubs’ long-standing complaint that agents are no longer working on behalf of players to negotiate the best salary but are intermediaries, who have to be paid by clubs for bringing the players to them. Ceferin said clubs tell him the approach Captain Munnerlyn Jersey of some agents is: “Look, you will pay me 50% of the transfer or the player goes somewhere else.” Uefa has its own group examining reforms under the auspices of the European Union, including a cap on agents’ fees, importantly in partnership with the top clubs in the European Club Association; the European Professional Football Leagues – of which the Premier League, which is doing its own work on agents, is a member – and the international players’ union, FIFPro. In a firm joint resolution they committed to reforms, stating agents are “disproportionately well-remunerated for their services”. There is no transparency for the money banked by intermediaries, nor for the role they play in transfers. Of the noted deals in January, the agency Wasserman has denied reports it was paid £7m for handling Ross Barkley’s injury-delayed move from Everton for Chelsea. Alexis Sánchez’s agent, Fernando Felicevich, declined to comment when asked if it was true he was asking for a £15m fee himself for the forward to agree a move. Kia Joorabchian, when asked what his fee was for work on Coutinho’s move to Barcelona from Liverpool, and for his views on the criticisms of agents made by Uefa’s joint resolution, replied via his lawyer his fee was confidential and threatened legal action if he was associated with those criticisms. It was only owing to leaked contract documents that light was shone on the still barely believable £41m made by the agent Mino Raiola from all three sides, Juventus, Manchester United and http://www.officialcowboysnflstore.com/WOMENS_YOUTH_LARRY_ALLEN_JERSEY.htmlPaul Pogba, when the player moved to Old Trafford for £89m in 2016. Yet the clubs, football associations and governing bodies do possess all the information about the staggering fees and modern transfer practices, and are finally talking seriously about reimposing regulations.http://123igfaq.com/topic/30346827/1/

Ignore the noise

Ignore the noise. If you were one of the millions tuning in to television, radio or social media on transfer Aqib Talib Jerseydeadline day this week then I expect you would have found it impossible to escape the hype and hullabaloo of the mega money‑go‑round we call the transfer window. Even we players (and coaches and clubs) get caught up in the excitement of the comings and goings but I wonder if, in all the millions being thrown http://www.officialauthenticsaintstore.com/womens_thomas_morstead_jerseyabout, we are losing sight of what’s Justin Bethel Jerseyreally important in football. Women's Nike Oakland Raiders #12 Kenny Stabler Limited Olive/Gold 2017 Salute to Service NFL JerseyThe legendary New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick could never be accused of lacking Trumaine Johnson Youth jerseyfocus and “ignore the noise” is the statement that has become synonymous with him – it’s plastered all over the Patriots’ training ground, stadium and locker rooms. On Sunday, Belichick and his quarterback Tom Brady will attempt to write another chapter in their already stellar NFL story when they face the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl. They’re the most successful coach/quarterback combination in the history of the sport and their way of working is something that we as players, coaches and supporters can take, learn from and apply to our thinking in terms of our outlook on our football – especially in terms of recruitment and not being influenced by external pressures while concentrating on the most important elements of sport: how to affect what is happening on the field of play. Ignore the noise is a way of reminding everyone working for the organisation to focus on the fundamentals, to improve their basics every single day http://www.authenticspanthersshop.com/jonathan-huberdeau-jersey_c-443.html in order to achieve long-term, consistent success and not to lose focus. Belichick is the NFL’s equivalent of Sir Alex Ferguson in the Premier League, building and rebuilding his roster without fuss and in turn having long-term consistent success, culminating in his eighth Super Bowl appearance, the most by a head coach. Ferguson famously responded to winning trophies by telling his players the next day they should forget about the medals and celebrations and focus on the next challenge. At Manchester United he created a legacy famous for finding, developing and coaching the Class of ‘92 – a group of young players no one had heard of – and turning them into multiple champions. So did Belichick with Brady, who is the undisputed biggest name in the sport but was an unwanted, unheralded and unknown player when drafted by New England. Brady is a fantastic example that doing all of the ugly stuff – improving technically in training, watching and studying film and working in the gym – is the best way of guaranteeing a consistent level of performance in any sport as opposed to how much money is spent on a high-profile signing. The more I watch elements of the game analysed, discussed and commentated on by our media, especially the ever-increasing hype, razzmatazz and over-analysis surrounding the transfer window, the more I wonder if we are forgetting the most important influence on the outcomes of football matches. With the incredible amount of money flowing into the game and the huge numbers being quoted for players in terms of transfer fees and wages, there seems to be a growing pressure for clubs to show their ambition, which apparently can be gauged only by the amount of money they spend on a big-name transfer while following up with the most elaborate player introductions possible on official social media accounts or cleverly designed videos on websites. I realise the need for every club to improve the personnel within their squads and I understand the excitement when a signing comes in who can reinvigorate the belief that this will be the time when the club could progress to a whole new level. But http://www.officiallightningproshop.com/Vladislav_Namestnikov_Jerseythe cynical and unromantic view is that it is what happens in the less glamorous aspects of our game at our training grounds, in the gym and in analysis rooms that can really make all the difference between winning and losing on a Saturday afternoon week after week. The reality is that you can break the transfer record or pay a player the highest salary in the history of the sport but if you don’t do things correctly at the base level then you’re going to find achieving success difficult. Sometimes the noise created by a marquee signing can have a negative effect in the dressing room or on the collective and you only have to look at the stories of discontent at Paris Saint-Germain following Neymar’s signing as an example. cheap hockey jerseyswholesale jerseys usa hockey jerseys cheap new nike nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys nfl cheap jerseys nfl

Burnley take point

A super blue moon lightened Tyneside’s night sky but, by the final whistle, clouds were once again crowding in on Newcastle United. As Rafael Benítez’s relegation fears intensified it was crystal clear that Islam Slimani’s loan signing from Leicester City http://www.seahawksofficialsproshop.com/Patrick-Kerney-Jersey has not come a moment Cody Wichmann Authentic Jersey too soon. Men's Nike Game Dalvin Cook Minnesota Vikings Purple Jersey: NFL #33 HomeWith another loanee, Chelsea’s Kenedy, shining on his debut, Benítez should have celebrated a first home Premier League victory since October but instead Burnley’s Sean Dyche was the manager smiling broadly at the end after the substitute Sam Vokes forced Karl Darlow into an equalising own goal. “We had to win but we couldn’t do it,” said Newcastle’s manager, who is angry with the club’s owner, Mike Ashley, for not completing more transfer business much earlier on a night Aleksandar Mitrović left to join Fulham on loan and Slovakian goalkeeper Martin Dubravka arrived from Sparta Prague, also on loan. “We knew that bringing in players early was important for us, especially with games like Swansea [also drawn] and Burnley here this month.” This was a night Newcastle’s Womens Patrick Omameh Jersey supporters also made clear their feelings about Ashley. Prior to kick-off, a huge banner was unfurled in the Gallowgate End that read: “He is only one man, we are a city.” Kenedy had created the opening goal for Jamaal Lascelles, the breakthrough arriving shortly after news filtered through that Slimani had finally joined. As Slimani completed his medical, Kenedy announced his arrival with a ferocious shot which, much to the Gallowgate End’s disappointment, was tipped on to a post by Nick Pope. Although Christian Atsu met the rebound, the winger’s follow up http://www.officialtorontomapleleafs.com/Adidas-Mitchell-Marner-Jersey shot was weak and easily saved by Dyche’s goalkeeper. Significantly Mo Diamé had been heavily involved in the preamble and, operating in his preferred holding role, the Senegal midfielder enjoyed a decent game. Diamé helped ensure Newcastle dominated possession but Burnley are nothing if not resilient and they took perverse delight in weathering the Geordie storm before gradually highlighting vulnerabilities in Benítez’s defence. Lascelles has so often proved the cornerstone of that unit but he seemed shaky in the face of Ashley Barnes’s manoeuvres, regressing to bad old habits at times. Across at left-back, Paul Dummett might have conceded a penalty Andy Pettitte Jersey after fouling Jack Cork, while Barnes had the ball in the back of the net only for that ‘goal’ to be disallowed for his perceived push on Lascelles. Disagreeing, Dyche thought it was a mere hand on the back and the defender had collapsed too easily. Newcastle should have taken the lead from the penalty spot after Kenedy was felled by Phil Bardsley. Joselu took the kick but never looked confident ahead of a poor attempt which the diving Pope saved easily. Earlier Ciaran Clark had missed a highly inviting headed chance which felt strangely emblematic of the numerous opportunities Benítez’s players have created but failed to convert in recent month. Slimani’s penalty area presence is much craved. The bad news for Dyche is that he must cope without Steven Defour for at least two months after Burnley’s star creator underwent knee surgery this week. All the early indications are that, further http://www.canucksofficialauthenticshop.com/Kirk_Mclean_Jersey_Adidasnorth and east, Kenedy can provide a similar sort of catalytic spark, not to mention helpfully join the dots between midfield and attack. http://drvr.de/index.php?forum-showposts-9385

Resurgent Swansea make Petr Cech

Arsène Wenger had better hope that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a man of his word because this was the sort of listless performance that could easily prompt a rethink. Arsenal, as has been the case so Boone Jenner Jersey often this season away from home, delivered a meek and spineless display that suggested it will take much more than a club-record signing up front to address their problems. Youth Nike San Francisco 49ers #44 Kyle Juszczyk Limited Black Rush Vapor Untouchable NFL JerseyJust about everything that could go wrong did go wrong for Arsenal on a sobering night for their manager and players. They conceded within 60 seconds of taking the lead, Petr Cech then presented Swansea with their second goal when his awful miscue landed at the feet of the indefatigable Jordan Ayew and Arsenal’s ignominy was complete when Sam Clucas scored his second of the evening in the closing minutes. Swansea, bottom of the league at the start of the day, deserve huge credit for ruthlessly exposing Arsenal’s weaknesses. They are now out of the relegation zone for the first time since the beginning of November and the turnaround since Carlos Carvalhal took over as manager from Paul Clement is truly remarkable. The sight of Clucas, who was a maligned figure six weeks ago, leaving the pitch to a standing ovation from the home supporters when he was withdrawn late on feels emblematic of just how much life has changed in these parts following the arrival of their Portuguese manager. Swansea have picked up 10 points from five games under Carvalhal, won back-to-back league matches for the first time this season – against Liverpool and Arsenal – and look totally unrecognisable from the team that were sleepwalking towards the Championship barely a month ago. That Carvalhal has not added a single player to his squad in that time makes the transformation all the more impressive. “We are very happy,” the Swansea manager said. “To win against Arsenal after beating Liverpool means I’m proud of my players. They deserve all the credit. I told the players we are ready to do something different and I said Mike Schmidt Youth jersey after the win at Watford we are not dead, we are breathing. We have a chance of staying up. We are not in intensive care but we are not far away from the doctor saying we can go home.” Arsenal, as things stand, are far more in need of emergency treatment. Wenger was left bemoaning “huge and massive mistakes” as Arsenal played into the hands of a Swansea side that were set up to sit deep, frustrate and strike on the counterattack. That was Carvalhal’s game-plan and Swansea executed it perfectly in the second half in particular. The opening 45 minutes was a different story as Swansea accepted Arsenal’s invitation to attack them and created a succession of early chances. It was half an hour before Arsenal fashioned an opportunity of note, when Alex Iwobi broke free on the edge of the area to drill a left-foot shot that Lukasz Fabianski turned behind. That rare attack proved to be a warning because three minutes later Wenger’s side took the lead. Mesut Özil was the architect, the German given far too much time and space to look up and deliver a Womens Vontae Davis Jersey perfectly weighted inswinging cross from the right that picked out the run of Nacho Monreal, who ghosted in behind Kyle Naughton to score. Swansea’s response was instant and from Arsenal’s point of view it was a desperately poor goal to concede. Özil was guilty of losing possession too easily to Martin Olsson deep inside his own half and questions will also be asked about Granit Xhaka’s failure to track Clucas’s run as the midfielder burst on to Alfie Mawson’s threaded pass. Clucas made the next bit look remarkably easy as he took a touch to take the ball away from Laurent Koscielny before steering a fine left-foot http://www.officialauthenticcardinalsstore.com/womens_corey_peters_jerseyshot inside Cech’s near post. Although that equaliser was the least Swansea deserved on the balance of play in the first half, Arsenal dominated the opening 15 minutes after the interval. Chances, however, were few and far between as the home side defended resolutely and made it hard for Arsenal to play http://www.philadelphiaeagles.us.com/WOMENS-BRENT-CELEK-JERSEY.html through them, prompting Wenger to introduce Henrikh Mkhitaryan.http://forum.polwars.pl/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=37598

confusion over Michy Batshuayi loan

Antonio Conte has admitted his preparations for Wednesday’s visit of Bournemouth have been severely disrupted by the uncertainty surrounding Michy Batshuayi’s future at Chelsea, with the club apparently no closer to securing a replacement for the Belgium international. Vikings Official Jersey Batshuayi is one link in a complex chain involving Olivier Giroud and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ahead of transfer deadline day. The Belgian will be permitted to leave if Chelsea secure a replacement, potentially Giroud, and is wanted by Borussia Dortmund, who Authentic Julius Randle Jersey have allowed Aubameyang to travel to England ahead of a move to Arsenal. There remains the possibility that all three deals are Beau Bennett Jersey scuppered by one of the prospective transfers stalling. Chelsea had also enquired about Fernando Llorente at Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City’s Islam Slimani, but Giroud - another sounded out by Dortmund - seems their likeliest option. Talks appeared to have reached an impasse on Monday night, but have resumed since over a potential £17m deal. Yet, while that situation remains unresolved ahead of Wednesday’s deadline, Conte trained on Tuesday with Batshuayi as his central striker in the absence of the injured Álvaro Morata and Willian. The head coach is painfully aware that the player could be withdrawn at the last, with the German transfer deadline at 5pm on Wednesday, if there is movement in negotiations. That would force him to field Eden Hazard as his No9 and thrust another midfielder, most likely Ross Barkley, into one of the wider positions up front. “It’s not simple, this situation with Batshuayi,” said Conte. “There is only one day left in the transfer market, and the player knows very well the situation. Today he trained well and I prepared the game with him. But you don’t know what will happen tonight or tomorrow. We must be ready to face every situation. It’s not the best situation to face, but we have to. “For sure, in this type of situation, http://www.officialshopknights.com/authentic-adidas-14-nicolas-hague-jersey the coach has to speak with the player involved. For now he’s a Chelsea player. For this reason, he’s in contention for tomorrow’s game. Also because I have Morata injured and I don’t have other options, especially as Willian is also injured. Hazard can play No9, so I’d need to find another No10. It’s not easy to prepare.” Conte, who confirmed Edin Dzeko’s proposed move to Chelsea had collapsed, will welcome the Roma wing-back Emerson Palmieri to the club for an initial Womens Rick Martin Jersey £17m, subject to a stringent medical given the player suffered an anterior cruciate knee ligament injury on the final day of last season. Yet the head coach, who has made clear he has limited input into Chelsea’s transfer policy, suggested he had http://www.saintsshopfootballofficial.com/saints+marshon+lattimore+jerseynot personally recommended the player to the recruitment department. “I don’t remember Palmieri [from his time in Italy] because he only came to Italy last season [actually 2015], when he had an important season for Rome,” added Conte. “Then he had a bad injury. He broke his ligaments. Now he’s recovering. I don’t know if he’s ready to play. I know that he played only one game in the Italian Cup against Torino. But we are talking about a player of another team in this moment.” wholesale nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys free shipping wholesale nfl jerseys free shipping wholesale nfl jerseys cheap nhl jerseys wholesale

Kevin-Prince Boateng the catalyst

It was short, but oh so sweet. For 19 hours following their 2-0 win over Borussia Mönchengladbach on Friday, Eintracht Frankfurt were second in the Bundesliga, with just Bayern Munich ahead of them. It wouldn’t last, of course, with Bayer Leverkusen, Schalke and the other riders in a sub-champion field still to play, but Die Adler were determined to make the most of their “one-night stand”, as sporting director Fredi Bobic put it after. Nike NFL Whitney Mercilus Navy Blue Jersey Youth Limited: #59 Houston Texans Home Vapor Untouchable “I said before the game,” Bobic continued, “that if we win, we have to take a picture and frame it.” Maybe, in a season where no credible challenger to Bayern has emerged – Jupp Heynckes’s side remain 16 points clear after their 5-2 win over Hoffenheim – that photo might quickly become superfluous. While Leverkusen and Schalke’s burgeoning resurrections under new coaches have been widely celebrated in rare seasons without the distraction of European competition, Niko Kovac has quietly compiled a very competitive side who, it appears after Friday’s win, have no intention of repeating last season’s mistakes. Eintracht needed to prove a point in this game, and they did just that. Last week’s win at Wolfsburg had been stylish and entertaining – even if the internet boiled the match down to Max Arnold’s mind-bending free-kick for the home side – but didn’t tell us much about them that we didn’t know. On the road, only Bayern have collected more points (22 to Eintracht’s 21), but conversely only the bottom three have taken fewer on home turf than Kovac’s side. This was a good start to redressing the balance. They had their luck too against Gladbach. Kevin-Prince Boateng, to some extent representative of Bobic and Kovac’s make-do-and-mend transfer policy, had a central role, tucking in the opener from the excellent Timothy Chandler’s cross and then conceding a second-half penalty, fairly unluckily, for a challenge on Lars Stindl. Boateng and company were reprieved when Thorgan Hazard, in his 100th Bundesliga appearance, rattled his kick off the crossbar. It felt pivotal, though. This post-winter break restart to the season is exactly what Eintracht needed to rebuff their doubters. After all, they were fourth at Christmas last year, http://www.officialdallasstars.com/Adidas-Jamie-Benn-Jerseyonly to plummet in the second half of http://jetsshopfootball.com/jeff-cumberland-jersey_c-425.html the campaign. Even if they were clearly distracted by their run in the DfB Pokal, eventually losing the final to Borussia Dortmund after a gallant display, that couldn’t completely explain away Kovac’s team compiling the lowest point total of any team in 2016-17’s Rückrunde (13 in the last 17 games). Had Kovac carried that much into this campaign, Adrian Peterson Jersey then he would probably have been looking for a new job and Eintracht would have been looking more like Cologne than Cologne, the last few weeks’ improvement at Effzeh notwithstanding. Things didn’t look too clever at the beginning of the season, with one point taken from (and no goals scored in) the opening two games. Call 30-year-old Boateng what you want – an opportunist signing, a loose cannon who is working out for now, or a heaven-sent slice of luck – but after suddenly leaving Las Palmas and finding a space in Frankfurt after the pivotal Marco Fabián’s injury had left Eintracht in the mire, he has been a major catalyst for the upswing, involved and positive. It was his winner at Gladbach in the reverse fixture in the third game of the season that got the ball rolling for the team. What Eintracht have developed into since is something with the potential to be pretty special. Kovac employs a 3-5-2 with unlikely heroes all over the pitch, from the veteran Makoto Hasebe in the back three to wing-backs Marius Wolf – a standout this season – and the fit-again Chandler. Up front, the summer signing Sébastien Haller is steadily proving wrong those back home in France who doubted his pedigree. It’s a system shot through with dynamism and stamina. There are few harder-working teams in the Bundesliga, and young Luka Jovic’s neatly-finished clincher was the fifth time that Eintracht have scored Mike Piazza Youth jersey in the last five minutes of a game this season to decisive effect.http://bestdamnnerdshow.com/forums/showthread.php?tid=12120

football’s technology quandary

Joe Bennett’s challenge on Leroy Sané has left the winger injured for up to a month. It was late and it was deliberate, an attempt to stop the Germany international from giving Manchester City a three-goal lead before half-time in their FA Cup tie with Cardiff. It is the sort of tackle that looks worse the more you see it and would always have provoked a debate. On this occasion, however, it has provoked more than one. Youth Majestic Milwaukee Brewers #13 Glenn Robinson Replica Grey Road Cool Base MLB JerseyThe first was started by Pep Guardiola, who used his post-match remarks to make a philosophical point. Players such as those on his team, the Manchester City manager http://www.dolphinsshopfootballonline.com/Charles-Harris-Jersey said, were “artists” who needed “protection” in order to play the style of football so many viewers enjoy. Cardiff’s Neil Warnock, meanwhile, insisted such challenges were part of the game. He was more concerned with a second tackle from Bennett that got the player sent off. In Warnock’s opinion it was the latter challenge Authentic Patrick Onwuasor Jersey that was unprofessional, as it incurred a suspension and was therefore “disrespectful” to Bennett’s team-mates. This is an interesting argument that articulates conflicting ideas of modern football. The first describes a form of entertainment that needs strong rules in order to flourish, the second a more traditional idea of sport as competition with the most important (perhaps only) objective being victory. For the record, it has been observed that Guardiola is capable of practising the latter while arguing the former. The Bennett incident also tapped into another current debate. VAR technology was trialled during another FA Cup match this weekend; the Latavius Murray Youth jersey tie between Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion at Anfield. Referee Craig Pawson’s use of video replays caused controversy as, while apparently ensuring correct decisions were made, they disrupted the flow of the match and even denied West Brom fans the chance to properly celebrate a goal. For some, this was too much technology. For others, however, it was not enough. VAR can decide whether Jake Livermore fouled Mo Salah in the area for a penalty. Why can’t it decide whether Bennett was guilty of serious foul play in tackling Sané (and thus deserving of a straight red card)? The consensus after the Cardiff match was that Bennett should indeed have been sent off. A retrospective ban is impossible under the current laws of the game, however, as referee Lee Mason saw the incident at the time and ruled on it. Players cannot be punished twice for the same foul, though exceptions are not without precedent. Ben Thatcher’s 2006 elbow on Pedro Mendes was adjudged to http://www.officialbroncosfootball.com/WOMENS_YOUTH_GARETT_BOLLES_JERSEY.htmlbe so far beyond the pale that a separate charge was brought after the then-Manchester City player had been booked. VAR Britton Colquitt Jersey could conceivably eliminate (inevitable) oversight on the part of officials. It might help to minimise dangerous tackles within the game. Extending video technology to acts where the consequences could be substantial (the image of Sané’s leg bending under Bennett’s challenge is eye-watering) seems logical. But it also goes against one of the founding principles of VAR: namely that it is used for decisions not subject to interpretation. A player is either onside or off in scoring a disputed goal; the referee has booked the wrong http://www.seahawksofficialfootballonline.com/WOMENS_YOUTH_NAZAIR_JONES_JERSEY.htmlplayer or has not. Already, as with the case of penalty-box fouls, there is a grey area – Livermore’s tug on Salah was real but was it enough for the Egyptian to lose his footing? Trying to rule on whether a foul involves “excessive force or brutality” is surely also subjective and, what is more, highly emotive. It is the stuff that not only angers coaches but fans in the stands. Research conducted during VAR trials has found that referees are more likely to deem a tackle dangerous if they have seen it replayed in slow motion. Should the technology be extended, controversy and confusion would seem inevitable. A clamour for just such an extension would seem inevitable too, however, simply because the technology exists. A game in which dangerous tackles are less frequent is possible. The differing views of Guardiola and Warnock show there is an argument whether such a goal is desirable. But even if it were, the outcome would likely add further complication to a game whose beauty lies in simplicity. As football embraces technology, it is a quandary we will have to become used to. jerseys from china wholesale nfl jerseys nikecheap jerseys free shipping jerseys wholesale cheap nfl jerseys usa mlb jerseys china

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