Photo: Photosport Ryan Crotty. Crotty, who’s preparing to return from injury for the Crusaders’ Super Rugby quarter final match against the Highlanders on Saturday, has also signed on with Canterbury for another year.The 28-year-old has played 27 tests for the All Blacks, including the first test against the British and Irish Lions last month, and has played 119 Super Rugby games for the Crusaders.Crotty admitted he considered overseas options but chose to stay in New Zealand.”I like to take things one year at a time and when I thought about where I could picture myself in 2018, I just didn’t feel like my time here in New Zealand was up yet,” he said.”I still get a thrill each time I pull on the black or red and black jerseys and I feel really motivated to perform for those teams. I genuinely think I have my best rugby in me yet and I want to play that rugby for the teams I have grown up supporting and who I feel so honoured to play for now.”
Jones’ Feyenoord progressed to the next round of the KNVB Beker on Wednesday after a 5-1 drubbing of ADO Den Haag.The 34-year-old ex-Socceroos gloveman only conceded three minutes from time with his side already 5-0 up thanks to a hat-trick from Jones’ former Liverpool team-mate Dirk Kuyt.It capped a great day for the Australian, who was also named in the official UEFA Europa League Team of the Group Stage.Jones was named as the competition’s best goalkeeper despite Feyenoord failing to progress to the knockout phase.Elsewhere, Massimo Luongo’s 50th appearance for Queens Park Rangers ended in a narrow defeat in the Championship.Despite dominating for large periods of the match at Loftus Road, QPR were sunk by a late strike from Tom Ince to lose 1-0 against Derby County.There was better news for Bailey Wright’s Preston North End, who came away with a 1-1 draw from their trip to Nottingham Forest.The Socceroos defender played the full 90 minutes for Preston, who is now 11th in the Championship and just six points from the play-off places.
LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of January 8, 2020 The Espanyol can allow this disbursement for summer sales revenues, those coming from the Europa League and because, as a result, LaLiga extended the salary limit by 12 million of the club, from 68 to 80 million. And in this case, only compute for the parakeet club the tab that De Tomás will charge these months and the amortization part of his purchase that corresponds to this season (around four millions having signed for six and a half years). Reach the salvation, which stands at four points with the entire second round ahead, is the objective of this incorporation, in a Espanyol who has only scored 14 goals in 19 games, and with a Tomás that last year he scored only another 14 with Rayo Vallecano (and 24 more the previous season), precisely familiar with the challenge of preserving the category. Benfica will recover the 20 million paid to Real Madrid in summer, and will take other 2.5 by variables affordable: one million more if he plays ten games, another in case of salvation and 500,000 euros if he scores five goals. To all this it is possible to add the 20 percent of surplus value of a future transfer. It has taken weeks and weeks of negotiations, with Benfica and with the interested party, who chooses to go to the LaLiga colista before more attractive alternatives. But Raúl de Tomás is officially an Espanyol footballer. And not given, as intended in the beginning, but in property. That’s him bombing of the operation, which is settled between 20 and 22.5 million, which makes him the highest signing in parakeet history. The occasion requires it. Sign, in addition, a long contract: until 2026. Already has passed the medical review, so you will sign and this Thursday afternoon will be presented, at 16:30, at the RCDE Stadium. Regardless of the impending challenge of permanence, The great value of this signing is that it guarantees Espanyol to have a first level striker for next season, given that both Facundo Ferreyra and Jonathan Calleri are acting as loans, the first curiously also by Benfica, and with purchase options that are not very consistent with their performance.Despite the expense, Espanyol does not close its winter market, but rather keep on searching for reinforcements that satisfy Abelardo Fernández and that support the template, and that they should be customized in the central and extreme demarcationspreferably
Football lawmakers, IFAB, allow each competition to determine the level of accuracy of their VAR systems, because there is no specific law on the width of the offside lines.The Premier League will discuss the use of VAR, including offside decisions, at a club meeting next month.Towards a new ChampionsOn the other hand, Ceferin has confirmed that an agreement between European clubs on a new format of the Champions League is “very close”, after the talks held before the UEFA Congress in Amsterdam this week.The president of the highest European football body met Monday with the Premier League executive president, Richard Masters, and senior representatives of the five largest leagues in European football. “We have to stay together. We have to debate the future of European football. We will all have to give in to something, but in the end, the decision will be made by the UEFA Executive Committee. With debate, I think we will agree very soon because we know what are the principles of the European sports model and, especially, football. ” The European Club Association holds its 24th General Assembly in Budapest on March 30 and 31. UEFA will impose thicker lines for offside decisions reviewed by the VAR in the Champions League and the Europa League in an attempt to favor the scoring production next season, as announced by its president, Aleksander Ceferin, in a Sky Sports interview. In fact, the new lines could come into force in the Eurocup It starts in June. Aleksander Ceferin said he has been in talks with the arbitration officials of the presiding organization to implement the changes that ensure the teams are not “ruined” by a wrong decision. “An offside one centimeter is not out of play, because that is not the spirit of the rule. And it has to be a clear and manifest error for the VAR to intervene. Therefore, thicker lines are essential, because they are now drawn subjectively and are not exact. For a centimeter you can ruin a club’s season with a wrong decision. ““There is also the question of hands, which is poblematic, but I don’t know what to do exactly about. We are discussing a lot with our referees. “
This measure is said to the place taken by the Hungarian authorities on Wednesday, because it determined ban indoor sports activities occasions the place greater than 100 spectators will congregate. Hungary has declared a state of emergency after confirming a complete of 13 instances of individuals contaminated with coronavirus in the nation.It ought to be remembered that the Spanish crew led by Anabel Medina is certified for the closing section of the competitors and that the draw positioned the ladies of the Navy in the Group C along with the United States and Slovakia. As well as, this measure taken by the Hungarian authorities can transcend tennis, since the Italy spin (Might 9 to 31) is scheduled to depart its subsequent version from Budapest. The coronavirus continues to wobble the foundations of sport … The coronavirus slows a brand new tennis competitors. This Wednesday it’s as much as Fed Cup Finals, whose first version with this new format in the type of the Davis Cup was to be held in Budapest (Hungary) from April 14 to 19. For now we must wait, since the Worldwide Tennis Federation (ITF) has formally declared the postponement of stated closing section.This was confirmed by the Fed Cup itself by means of its web site: “The ITF has introduced the postponement of each the Fed Cup Finals and the Fed Cup Play-offs in response to well being issues for COVID-19. After cautious consideration and shut dialogue with the ITF Council, the Native Organizing Committee and in mild of the Right this moment’s announcement by the Hungarian authorities about indoor occasions, regrets that the ITF has introduced the postponement of the Fed Cup Finals, initially scheduled from April 14 to 19 at the Laszlo Papp Sport Area in Budapest. “
UEFA will shortly announce that the advance of the coronavirus forces it to stop the Champions League and the Europa League. Therefore, next week the matches that Real Madrid had to play against Manchester City will not be played, nor will that of Barça against Naples. UEFA, now yes, is very serious about postponing the Euro Cup until the summer of 2021, which would force the suspension of the League of Nations and the Club World Cup. The first five leagues in Europe (Spain, England, Italy, Germany and France) are currently holding a video conference with Giorgio Marchetti, UEFA competition director, to resolve the collapse that this implies for the calendar. Although Ceferin flatly refuses to acknowledge the only possible solution, the postponement of the European Championship, it is a matter of time before the president of UEFA gives in and the national team tournament passes next summer.
The Champions League tie between Atlético Madrid and Liverpool gave a lot to talk about. And weeks later it is still giving. One of those who most affected the issue was Jurgen Klopp. The coach of the Reds, who after the first leg at Wanda left some pearl about the style of the Cholo, said that “he does not understand his way of playing.” Kieran Trippier has come out in defense of his team’s game at Anfield, criticized for being too defensive. “We went with a plan and we did it.”“People have the perception that we are a defensive team, but I think they are getting carried away by the way we play against Liverpool. If you go there and face this team, you’re going to be knocked out 6-0. I don’t know what people expected. You see the experts complaining because we defend, but did they expect us to go and play attacking football, especially with Liverpool playing the way they are at the moment? “, he stated in Mirror. Trippier “We knew they would explode due to the amount of pressure they had applied and the amount of energy they had put into the game. We knew they would slow down. It took us over 100 minutes, but we won 3-2. People can complain as much as they want, but we thought it was necessary for that type of game. You need to go there with a plan and we did it. We had to defend, but the most important thing is that we got the victory “, sentenced the English defender. In the end, the criticism has taken a turn and the blame for the elimination of Liverpool from the Champions League lies with Klopp for not having known how to stand up to Atlético del Cholo. The German coach has an outstanding account … “You need to go there with a plan, we did it and we won”
CD Tenerife lives its seventh consecutive season in the Second Division since it returned to the silver category in the 13/14 season. During this period, up to nine technicians have been on the bench for Rodríguez López. The first on this list is Álvaro Cervera, who got the promotion in the 12/13 campaign. The Guinean coach led the island team in the Second Division the first season after the return and 23 days of the following year. In total he added 65 clashes to the front of the representative from Tenerife in which he had 21 victories, 15 tied and 29 defeats.If you have to highlight your own name among the last coaches, that is Josep Lluís Martí. The Balearic strategist arrived on the island in November 2015 to replace Raúl Agné. At that time Martí took a team in decline and was in a delicate situation. However, in his first experience at the head of a bench, the Mallorcan was able to redirect the situation and finish in 13th position. After the cold water jug due to frustrated ascent, the island team had to rearm its staff. Soccer players who had given a great performance like Amath, ´Choco´ Lozano or Gaku Shibasaki finished their contracts. Despite this, the entity was reinforced with renowned players such as Longo, Juan Villar or Malbasic to return to fight for the top of the table. The high expectations were not met and Martí was dismissed midway through the championship. The Balearic coach is, with 98 matches, the second coach who has led Tenerife the most times in the Smartbank league, only behind José Luis Oltra.Since the Majorcan’s departure, the Rodríguez López bench has been characterized by constant instability. Joseba Exteberria was in charge of supplying Martí. The Basque made a good end of the campaign and the island team was close to entering the Playoff. Last year the insulars suffered until the end to achieve permanence. Exteberría’s stay on the island was quite ephemeral, because after five clashes without adding a victory he was terminated. Later they went through the blue and white club with more pain than Gloria Oltra, in its second stage and Luis Cesar Sampedro.In the current season, López Garai, Sesé Rivero, as interim, and now Rubén Baraja complete the list of technicians. After 31 days played in the SmartBank League, the Blue and Whites occupy the twelfth place with 39 points in their locker. The islanders chain a total of ten wins, twelve losses and nine draws.On the offensive level, the team led by Baraja has 36 goals. As of today, the maximum producer is Dani Gómez, who has six goals. The striker on loan from Real Madrid had a difficult start, but has established himself as indisputable since the arrival of the coach from Valladolid.On the other hand, on the defensive side the Blue and Whites have conceded the same goals they have scored. Although in the last clashes the islanders have found the defensive solidity that has allowed them to move away from the bottom of the table. In fact, Adrián Ortolá has kept his goal to zero in three of the last four games played. With these numbers we will have to wait until the end of the season to find out if the Pucelano coach’s project has continuity. The 2016-2017 season is without a doubt the best of the last period in the silver division. In that course those of Martí returned to excite the fans and managed to enter the playoff, finishing fourth in the league. However, they could not certify the long-awaited promotion to the First Division after falling defeated in the final tie against Getafe (3-2).
The Association of Spanish Soccer Players has sent two letters to the Ministry of Health, Consumption and Social Welfare and the Higher Sports Council (CSD), in which they convey the feelings of the First and Second Division soccer players in the face of a hypothetical return to activity in relation to health.In these letters, sent to Salvador Illa (minister of Health, Consumption and Social Welfare) and Irene Lozano (president of the CSD), the soccer players make clear that “Health is the most important thing, not as an individual element, but as a sense of collective responsibility for all of us who participate” in the field of soccer, without forgetting “our families”. The collective asks that “The sports authority -CSD-, in coordination with the health authority, give us security regarding this de-escalation after the competition”, underlining that “As a group, we are concerned in a scenario of a pandemic that this process of incorporation into the competition routine is not marked with clear and determined rules from the Ministry of Health, which is what gives us full guarantee to avoid situations of undesirable infections, affecting a specific group “, influencing “the sequential forecasts regarding the different phases, among which are group training, and especially phase four, before the competition” and taking into account the precedent of last week that occurred with respect to Real Sociedad and the Fuenlabrada.In these writings, by responsibility It is requested that measures to prevent occupational hazards be specified, taking into account that this activity is within a group. And in relation to tests and other types of tests, footballers want to be certain of confirmation if they can be done by the health authorities, taking into account that there is a demand from society, and they are jointly responsible for this sense with what the authorities determine, being evidence that public administrations must know and authorize.
If there’s a beneficiary of the break in the world of soccer, that’s Robert Lewandowski. It must be remembered that the Bayern striker suffered a fracture of the tibial rim in the left knee joint throughout the 3-Zero victory towards Chelsea in late February. The report predicted a four-week drop. Simply two days later, the Bundesliga quickly suspended the competitors, permitting the Pole to get better with out haste throughout the break. He’s already in full situation and factors to the eleven of Bayern in his go to to the Berlin Union when the Bundesliga returns this Saturday. Whereas, the massive victims are Kylian Mbappé and Wissam Ben Yedder. The PSG star and the former Monaco Sevilla participant added 18 factors, respectively, however the suspension of Ligue 1 leaves them with none potentialities on the subject of approaching the figures of Motionless or Lewandowsi. Leo Messi continues to be in the struggle (19 targets), sure, so long as the leather-based returns to roll in Spain. Timo Werner and Erling Haaland, each in third place with Cristiano Ronaldo, can even have the ability to lower variations beginning subsequent Saturday. The Norwegian attacker from Borussia Dortmund indicators 25 targets, 4 greater than the Leipzig striker and the Juve star, however his 16 targets throughout the first spherical at RB Salzburg should not have the similar worth as the 9 he scored with the Borusser outfit in one among the 5 nice leagues in Europe. However The Bundesliga’s prime scorer with 25 targets in 25 video games has a further benefit in the struggle for the golden boot. Not like the different leagues in Europe, the Bundesliga can be the first competitors to return and Lewandowski, subsequently, the first to have the ability to increase his earnings. It is just two targets from the first place that, at the second, is the striker of Lazio Ciro Motionless. The return of Serie A, the place there are nonetheless 12 video games to be performed (three greater than in the Bundesliga), continues to be in the air.