Zidane hunts talent

first_imgDAILY AS Fede ValverdeThe signing of Fede Valverde by Real Madrid, when he was a player project in Peñarol (17 years old), for only 5 million euros, it is not necessary to point it out to Zidane. But in his chest there will be the medal of having dared with him, making him a starter at Real Madrid with only 21 years old and in a midfield with Kroos, Modric, and Casemiro. Valverde has been a player who has always filled Zidane’s eye. So when the coach returned to Chamartín last year nine months after his fright, he had no doubts. “You are not on trial. I like the player you are “, he said in a private conversation. That instilled confidence in a Bird that has mutated into an octopus, ubiquitous in the field and a balance insurance for the team. At just 21 years old, he has been screwed into the Bernabéu average. Another Zidane hit. HazardHazard signed this summer for Real Madrid. The white club paid 100 million to Chelsea although the Belgian could arrive at the Bernabéu much earlier, and cheaper thanks to the smell of Zizou. Since 2009, when he returned to the club to initially serve as Florentino Pérez’s advisor, the person from Marseille has not stopped sending continuous messages to the club advising the hiring of the Belgian. “I would take Hazard to Madrid with my eyes closed,” he declared in 2009. But it would not be until 2010 when he officially recommended Florentino to take over the talented attacker. At the time, the player was 19 years old and dazzled at Lille. The council did not have the expected result by Zizou and Hazard, after being chosen twice the best player in France, ended up at Chelsea (2012).Seven years and a multitude of winks later (“After Cristiano and Messi, Eden is the one I like the most. It is spectacular to see him play,” said Zidane in 2015), the Belgian, in the prime of his career, landed at the Bernabéu. Injuries have embittered his first season in white, but nobody at the club (and Zidane least) doubts that he will turn the Bernabéu upside down.VaraneVarane was undoubtedly one of the great discoveries of the ‘scout’ Zidane. He was the one who put Madrid on the track of a very young central defender from Lens (he was 18 years old) and proposed to Florentino his signing. At that time, the French acted as adviser to the president in the club. “He has the mettle of Blanc, it is not easy to find,” said Zidane days before Madrid made the signing official for only 10 million euros. The recommendation turned out to be a complete success. In nine years at Real Madrid, Varane has gone from project to non-negotiable (not without passing uncertain stages with his future): He has become a pillar in the defense, along with Sergio Ramos, and one of the most respected voices in the dressing room. Zidane smells the talent. He has a nose to detect it and put Madrid on the track. His last recommendation was Eduardo Camavinga, a crack project that with only 17 years old is marveling at the French league. Rennes midfielder, with whom he has a contract until 2021, has already debuted with the French national team and his name is already circulating at the Bernabéu. But before he already warned about Mbappé, Varane or Hazard … In addition, he dared to bet on Fede Valverde (21 years old), whom he hugged and gave him the keys to Madrid’s midfield. Zidane was not only uncovered as one of the best coaches in the history of Madrid but also as an excellent scout. And it doesn’t usually fail …MbappéMbappé is now 21 years old and is the wish of Florentino Pérez. All signs are directed at him, although the coronavirus crisis leaves the final assault to sign the PSG crack for next year. The operation will make him scratch Madrid’s pocket, although Zidane already warned that this boy who was a militant in the Monaco quarry had something special. The coach has spent more than seven years cooking the arrival of the Frenchman at the Bernabéu.In 2012, Zizou He recommended Madrid to tie him up. Son of a soccer coach and a handball player, that young man of only 13 years old was visiting Valdebebas. There are even images of him posing with Cristiano Ronaldo as one more fan. But in the end there was no agreement and Kylian joined the lower categories of Monaco. “I did not join Real Madrid because I wanted to continue in my country, I did not want to leave so early. I chose Monaco and I think I made a good choice”, the player confessed last October. It took five years for Zidane, already as Real Madrid’s head coach, to reinforce the club again to undertake the hiring of Mbappé. It was in 2017, when the French pearl, then only 18 years old, became a success in Europe with her performances in Monaco and in the Champions League. The Chamartín club opened negotiations with the player and his family, but the non-departure of Bale, for whom Mourinho sighed, made Mbappé look out of place and preferred to leave PSG for 180 million. In three seasons his figure has acquired star dimensions, he has fattened his record (two leagues, a Cup, a Super Cup and a League Cup) and has settled in the selection, with which he has won a World Cup. The challenge of taking a bigger leap appears on its horizon and Madrid appears there … DAILY AS (DAILY AS)last_img read more

Sports Briefs

first_imgJimenez’s late goal keeps Benfica top in Portugal LISBON, Portugal (AP): Raul Jimenez scored a late goal to ensure that Benfica reclaimed the lead of Portuguese league with a 1-0 win at Rio Avenue on Sunday. Jimenez went on as a substitute in the 67th and the Mexican forward found the net in the 73rd when he headed in a ball that had been cleared onto the bar. The defending champions restored their two-point lead over Sporting Lisbon at the top of the table with three rounds left. Elsewhere, Joao Pica scored four minutes from time to give bottom side Tondela a 1-0 win at Setubal, boosting its hopes of avoiding relegation. On a good night for visiting sides, Arouca also won 2-1 at Maritimo, Moreirense won 1-0 at Nacional, and Estoril drew 1-1 at Guimaraes. Title within reach for Juventus ROME (AP): Gianluigi Buffon saved a late penalty and Juventus took a big step towards a fifth consecutive Serie A title with a 2-1 win at Fiorentina yesterday. If Napoli fail to win at Roma today, Juventus will have sealed the Italian league championship with three matches to spare. If Napoli win, Juventus need only one more point to seal it. Substitute Alvaro Morata scored the winner seconds after Nikola Kalinic had equalised for Fiorentina late in the second half. Buffon then stopped Kalinic’s spot kick in the 90th. “We’re not cheering for anyone,” Morata said of today’s game. “If we win (the league), it’s because we deserve to.” Last month, Buffon broke a 22-year-old Serie A record by not conceding a goal for 974 consecutive minutes. Levante, Getafe concede late goals BARCELONA, Spain (AP): Levante and Getafe both conceded late goals in disappointing draws at home on Sunday that hurt their chances of avoiding relegation from the Spanish league. Levante couldn’t stop Athletic Bilbao from scoring twice in the final minutes to finish 2-2 and remains at the bottom of the standings with only three rounds remaining. Getafe stayed immediately above Levante after seeing their fightback frustrated when Valencia scored for a 2-2 stalemate. Villarreal, Liverpool’s opponents in the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday, drew 0-0 with Real Sociedad in a lacklustre home match as it stayed in fourth place. Sevilla beat Real Betis 2-0 in a derby for their first win in six rounds to warm up for a Europa League semi-final against Shakhtar Donetsk, also on Thursday.last_img read more

Cartoon: December 8, 2014

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Peaceful rally against Site C held outside public hearings

first_imgTribal Chief Liz Logan told the crowd that 85 per cent of the residents some of the Treaty 8 First Nations have surveyed are opposed to the project. She’s working off that mandate, and maintains that the four groups she’s speaking on behalf of are not in negotiations with B.C. Hydro. “Our treaty rights are not for sale.” The Peace Valley Environment Association has been working with Treaty 8, and Coordinator Andrea Morison argues that they’ve been building strong support in their fight against the dam. – Advertisement -“We’ve stopped it twice before, and we’re going to stop it again once and for all,” she says. “It’s amazing the resources that we’ve pulled together to battle against this mammoth project. All the while, B.C. Hydro has access to millions of dollars, millions of our dollars, and they’re working so hard against us, and yet, as I listen, it’s clear that we’re winning this battle already.” Dr. Faisal Moola of the David Suzuki Foundation, who will be speaking at the public hearing today, brought greetings from David Suzuki, who is too sick to attend himself. From his scientific research, he says there’s no question the land in the Peace Valley is sacred, as First Nation elders have said. Advertisement “We now know that the land not only provides homes and habitat for wildlife like caribou and deer and moose, but it literally forms the life support systems of our families and our communities,” he explains. “But if this Site C dam is built, it is unprecedented in terms of the impacts that it will have on wildlife. It is unprecedented in terms of the impacts it will have on farmland, not to mention the chaos that it will bring to working farm families and Aboriginal communities in the Peace Region.” The Site C public hearings continue Wednesday and Thursday in Fort St. John with general sessions, featuring affected landowners Arlene and Ken Boon, the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association. PRRD Area B Director Karen Goodings replaces Steve Thorlakson and Senator Richard Neufeld, who have been taken off Wednesday’s list.last_img read more

Beatton Airport Road Fire now 40 per cent contained

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — As of Thursday morning, the BC Wildfire Service has confirmed that the Beatton Airport Road fire is now 40 per cent contained.The fire is still within the same reported perimetres of 7,035 hectares.Combating the fire, there are 9 IMT members, 32 BC Wildfire fire fighters, 40 contract fire fighters, BC Hydro personnel, 2 pieces of heavy equipment on standby and 3 helicopters.- Advertisement -The cause of the fire is still under investigation.last_img


first_imgMembers of Carndonagh Boxing Club.A well-known boxing club may now be unable to move into its new clubhouse after vandals caused up to €3,000 of damage.Windows were smashed and doors kicked in during the attack at Carndonagh Boxing Club on Sunday night last.The premises, at Barrack Hill, has been a labour of love for workers at the club with a total of €150,000 already spent on the building. John Lynch, a committee member of Carndonagh ABC, told Donegal Daily that they are disgusted by the attack.“We have rented a premises for the past 30 years at Chapel Street and this was our dream building.“All the money was raised through fundraising and now these vandals come along and attack the building for no reason other than thuggery.“We are very annoyed and we don’t know when we will be able to move into the premises now,” he said. The club, which has up to 60 members, boasts a number of All-Ireland champions.John added “The aim of the club has always been to give kids some direction in their lives.“Now other kids have come along and done this. It’s just so frustrating and we don’t have the money to carry out these repairs at the moment.”  BOXING CLUB ON ROPES AFTER DISGUSTING VANDALISM ATTACK was last modified: June 17th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Carndonagh Boxing Clubdonegalvandalism attacklast_img read more


first_imgGolfing star Paul McGinley has revealed how he would ‘die’ for Donegal manager Jim McGuinness.The Dubliner, whose mum and dad come from Dunfanaghy and Rathmullan, is a huge GAA fan and was tipped to have a bright future in the game.However he broke his kneecap at just 19 and was told he would never play at a higher standard. The married father of three, 45, who says his ultimate ambition was to play for Dublin, met with he Donegal boss this week.And McGinley revealed “I would die for him. That’s the way he leaves you. His outlook is inspirational. I have met a lot of people but he is certainly up there at the top.”Paul, who spent all his summers in Donegal growing up, says he still regrets getting injured but revealed it was this unlucky break which led to his career in golf.“I was playing senior football at just 16 and I was quite good and I would have loved to play for Dublin and I might have but for I broke my knee-cap. “I am still a mad GAA fan and I try to watch it no matter where in the world I am. If I had a choice of any sport to watch, it would be GAA. I just love its passion,” he said.McGinley revealed although he has made a great living out of playing golf, he rarely watches it.“I don’t enjoy watching golf, in fact I don’t watch a lot of it. I get bored watching it,” he said.McGinley admits there is a danger of becoming caught up in the celebrity lifestyle which he finds himself.He revealed how he recently was invited to play golf with the King of Ghana and has also played with the King of Malaysia and the King of Morocco. He says he loves coming home to Ireland to help him bring himself and his family back down to earth.“You do expect a lot but that’s not a good trait. It’s great to come home to Ireland and even to go back to Donegal where my mother and father are from.“I often think ‘how am I going to talk my kids into going back to Donegal?’ because they see and do so much.“But we always try to teach them that manners are so important. I make a point of being grateful to people when they help me out. I respect people no matter what level of life they are at,” he said. The Dubliner is a big Celtic fan, uses a Celtic towel when playing and often wears the colours of the Scottish club.He admits he has paid for his devotion to the Glasgow side.“The Rangers fans are not very fond of me even though that with ninety nine per cent of them it’s juts a bit of banter.“I have had a few incidents in Scotland. The nastiest moments have been with the kids. They would often ask me for an autograph and then they would tear it up in front of me and call me a Fenian so and so.“That’s just the way things are but you just get on with it,” he said.GOLF STAR MCGINLEY SAYS HE WOULD ‘DIE’ FOR INPSIRATIONAL DONEGAL BOSS MCGUINNESS was last modified: January 6th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CelticdonegalPaul McGinleyRangerslast_img read more

Cold feet

first_imgWhat do the folks at Apollo Real Estate Advisers know that Los Angeles city leaders don’t? Apollo officials have gotten cold feet about sinking $60 million into the construction of a new Convention Center hotel in downtown Los Angeles, and have withdrawn from negotiations. But city leaders, on the other hand, have happily committed $270 million in public subsidies to the same project. Clearly Apollo’s officials are reluctant to gamble their own money on such a questionable venture as part of the massive l.a. live entertainment-sports-condominium complex near Staples Center and the Convention Center. City leaders, however, aren’t cautious – after all, it’s only taxpayers’ money they’re playing with. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Apollo’s exit from the deal suggests that city leaders haven’t done their due diligence. They bought into a vision that seems increasingly untenable. So what was once billed as a done deal now waits in limbo. The hotel project will go through only if AEG, developers of the adjoining l.a. live complex, can find someone else willing to shoulder what was supposed to be Apollo’s $60 million investment. Meanwhile, taxpayers have all the more reason to question their city leaders’ economic vision. All along, the rationale for a Convention Center hotel subsidy has been dubious. If the hotel were the winner that its backers say it is, it wouldn’t need a subsidy at all. Private businesses would readily pick up the bill in anticipation of huge profits, just as AEG is gladly putting up $1 billion for its potentially lucrative project. But there’s a reason why private companies have been skeptical of the Convention Center hotel, and that’s the Convention Center itself. For years, this white elephant has been a drain on the public treasury, losing $1 million a year just in operating costs, plus $30 million in annual debt financing for the initial construction. Why throw good money after bad? The nationwide convention market is simply oversaturated, and downtown L.A. faces tough competition from nearby locations that offer better attractions for conventioneers, such as Las Vegas and Anaheim. And while the new l.a. live complex will no doubt make Los Angeles a more desirable convention site, will it be enough to fill a brand new, 56-story, 1,100-room hotel? Apparently Apollo didn’t think so. Not even the promise of a $270 million subsidy was enough to make the company’s officials confident in the project. That ought to give all Angelenos cold feet – especially the city’s elected leaders.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Del Norte girls advance to title round

first_imgThe No. 2 Del Norte girls basketball team came away from the schools first every North Coast Section Division IV semifinal game with a hard-fought 47-42 victory over No. 6 Lick-Wilmerding to punch its ticked to Saturday’s championship game.“I’m super excited because this has never happened,” said Del Norte senior Kaleya Sanchez. “It feels really good. I am so proud of my team. We have been making history already and we just keep progressing and making more history. That is exciting.”The …last_img read more

Article: David Berlinski on the Origin of Life

first_imgDavid Berlinski has written a survey of the origin of life field in the Feb. 2006 issue of Commentary magazine.  He critiques whether origin-of-life research qualifies as an entry into “the model for what science should be.”This is a good article to gain background on a topic often discussed here at CEH.  You can also learn some basic organic chemistry and biochemistry, including how DNA transcription and translation work (but, alas, without illustrations; try NHC Image Library).  Berlinski is well informed of the many problems in the field.  He writes somewhat charitably about the principal characters, but with a ready wit that is entertaining as well as enlightening.(Visited 41 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more