Zlatan on the mind for wistful World Cup Swedes

first_img0Shares0000Zlatan Ibrahimovic was a giant figure in Swedish football © AFP/File / MARTIN BUREAUYEKATERINBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 25 – Zlatan Ibrahimovic retired from international football two years ago but Sweden’s former talisman looms over their World Cup campaign like only he can.It is only too tempting for Sweden fans to wonder what might have been had the former Paris Saint-Germain player been in the side for Saturday’s match against Germany, which ended in a painful last-gasp defeat. Or allow themselves to imagine what impact Ibrahimovic could have had this Wednesday, when Sweden face Mexico in a make-or-break final group game in Yekaterinburg.Now 36 and in the twilight of his career at LA Galaxy, the giant forward hit 62 goals in 116 games for Sweden before quitting the international scene in 2016.There was speculation in the build-up to the World Cup that he might make a dramatic return and the much-travelled Ibrahimovic, who also played for Manchester United and Barcelona, mischievously dropped numerous hints.But Sweden coach Janne Andersson did not court him — “Zlatan is very welcome to call me” — and Ibrahimovic ended up being in Russia only for commercial reasons.Zlatan Ibrahimovic attends the World Cup Group F match between Germany and Mexico in Moscow © AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVSwedish fans began trickling into Yekaterinburg, the most eastern city at the World Cup, on Monday and mention of the swaggering Ibrahimovic brought wistful smiles.“Everyone misses Zlatan, but he does not fit into our new team,” said Maria Bronk.Companion Ditte Helwig, sporting a yellow hat, yellow shirt and blue leggings with the word SWEDEN, disagreed.“I think he fits, but I think he’s had enough of it. He’s not too old, but I think he does not want to be here. It is he who said ‘no’.”Helwig and Bronk are such big Ibrahimovic fans that they will travel to the United States in September to see him in action.Helwig, playing the Pokemon Go game on her smartphone as she ambled in the sunshine, said Sweden would have at least drawn with Germany had Ibrahimovic been on the pitch.“I think so because he’s the best scorer in Sweden of all time so it would have been a better result with Zlatan.”Peter Jonsson, freshly arrived from watching the agonising loss to Germany in Sochi, said it was time to move on.“We have a new team with a new spirit. Zlatan of course is a unique player but he was always the spearhead, which meant it was not always easy for the other players.“We need to build now with younger players,” said the 53-year-old from the city of Uppsala, outside Stockholm. “But unfortunately, there is not another Zlatan coming through.”– ‘The best’ –Philip Henriksen, with his parents and sister to see their first game at the World Cup, is adamant.“He should be here, he is our best striker,” said the 18-year-old. “The score would have been different against Germany because he did not just score goals, he was our leader as well.”There may never be another Ibrahimovic, but many Sweden fans hope that winger Emil Forsberg can be the closest to it.The 26-year-old has been linked with an array of top Premier League sides after another stellar year in Germany with Leipzig.But he lacks the dominant personality of Ibrahimovic and is yet to set the World Cup alight.“I love Zlatan and I would welcome him back for the Mexico game,” said Philip’s mother Eleni, 50.“He would not need to run, he could let the young players run and give him the ball, and he can just score the goals.”0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Inter’s Chinese boss ‘likes’ Mourinho jibe

first_imgMourinho responded in typically controversial fashion as the United manager marched onto the pitch at the final whistle with his hand cupped to one ear.“They insulted me for 90 minutes,” said Mourinho. “I just made a gesture that I wanted to hear them louder. I probably shouldn’t have done it, with a cool head I wouldn’t have.”And Zhang — always very active on social media — saw the photos on Instagram and immediately placed a “like” to the post on FcInter1908, a partner of Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, triggering further comments.Former Manchester United star Paul Scholes had slammed Mourinho’s gesture. “This is everywhere he goes. You need to win with a bit of class,” said Scholes, 43.“I don’t think there’s any need for it but that’s the way he is.”Mourinho’s treble with Inter Milan in 2010 — which included his second Champions League triumph after also winning it with Porto — provided an enormous boost to the Portuguese’s reputation as a top-class manager.Zhang, 26, is currently in Shanghai with club vice-president Javier Zanetti for the China International Import Expo with the goal of widening the boundaries of the Inter brand.Mourinho spoke in Turin of being part of the “Inter family” and the 55-year-old’s mocking of rivals Juventus pleased fans of the club who had snatched a 1-1 draw against Barcelona on Tuesday with a late Mauro Icardi goal.The Spaniards qualified for the knockout round with Inter second in Group B, three points ahead of Tottenham with two games left to play.For the first time since the 2002-03 season Italian clubs could see all four teams going through to the last 16.Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli are top of Group C ahead of last year’s finalists Liverpool despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Paris Saint-Germain in midweek.Roma are level with champions Real Madrid at the top of Group G on nine points, following a 2-1 victory at CSKA Moscow.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jose Mourinho led Inter Milan to the treble in 2010 © AFP / Marco BERTORELLOMILAN, Italy, Nov 8 – Jose Mourinho may have enraged Juventus fans by taunting them after Manchester United’s dramatic 2-1 win in Turin on Wednesday but Inter Milan’s Chinese president Steven Zhang was impressed by his attitude.Mourinho’s side snatched a vital Champions League victory in Turin thanks to Juan Mata’s free-kick and a Leonardo Bonucci own goal in the last four minutes.last_img read more

Reservations needed for Romney talk

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ORANGE – Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney will hold a public forum at Chapman University in Orange this weekend, but those who want to attend need to reserve a spot, university officials said. “Ask Mitt Anything” will be held at 2:15 p.m. Sunday in the Chapman theater. For reservations to hear the former Massachusetts governor speak, call (857) 288-2667, or e-mail california@mittromney.com. last_img

Transfer rumours and paper review – Friday, June 12

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Liverpool are attempting to hijack Chelsea’s move for former Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao. (Daily Star)Ed Woodward is ready to lock horns with football’s ultimate negotiator Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy in what would be an audacious move for Harry Kane. (Manchester Evening News)Arsenal and Manchester United target Jackson Martinez is on the verge of completing a £25.5million move to a big European club, according to the player’s agent. (Daily Mail)Real Madrid want to drive through a deal for Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea before Rafael Benítez’s squad fly to Australia for a pre-season training camp next month. (Daily Telegraph)Chelsea defender Filipe Luis has said the Blues will decide if he moves on this summer amid speculation he could return to Atletico Madrid. (Evening Standard)Micah Richards is on the verge of becoming Tim Sherwood’s first signing as Aston Villa manager. (Daily Mail)Charlie Austin will become Newcastle’s first summer signing in the next week – and England Under-21 striker Saido Berahino is also on their radar. (Daily Mirror)The new Magpies boss also wants former St James’ Park favourite Andy Carroll to re-join the north east side. (Newcastle Chronicle)West Ham United are in talks about re-signing Alex Song on a £5 million permanent deal and have also shown an interest in Marseille playmaker Dimitri Payet. (Daily Telegraph)Liverpool FC are expected to complete the signing of Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan in the coming days – and the deal could be finalised as soon as the next 24 hours. (Liverpool Echo)Ravel Morrison is set to quit Lazio before he has even kicked a ball in Serie A. The former West Ham and Manchester United starlet has been linked with a move to QPR. (Daily Mirror)Nacer Chadli is desperate for Belgium team-mate Christian Benteke to join him at Tottenham. Liverpool and Spurs are competing for the signature of the striker, who has a £32.5million buy-out clause in his Aston Villa contract. (The Sun)Younès Kaboul has been priced at £5m by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, leaving potential suitors bewildered. (The Guardian)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com transfer tales…Micah Richards on course to become Aston Villa’s first summer signingManchester United ‘agree fee’ for Brazilian star Roberto Firmino, talkSPORT understandsBoost for Arsenal! Porto star has not agreed AC Milan switch, claims agentAtletico Madrid frontrunners for Filipe Luis but Chelsea holding out for big feeEverton set sights on former Man City defenderRoberto Mancini plots raid on Chelsea for young midfielderArsenal transfer news: Martinez joins Gunners and all the latest rumoursBoost for Arsenal and Man United? Stoke admit Asmir Begovic’s future is up in the airReal Sociedad and Villarreal enter race for wantaway Aston Villa starJuventus chief keen to keep Andrea Pirlo but confirms Carlos Tevez could goWest Ham preparing bid for Besiktas winger‘If I can help Falcao reach his level again, I will do it’ – Mourinho hints at Chelsea deal for hitmanReports – West Ham close to deal for Chelsea striker Loic RemyArsenal and Liverpool target ‘seriously considering’ Bordeaux returnValencia close on Chelsea and Tottenham targetLiverpool flop Fabio Borini not given an opportunity to shine, claims agentExclusive –‘He’s not proven!’ Former defender warns Man City about Liverpool’s Raheem Sterlinglast_img read more

Arsenal ready January approach for top Serie A defender

first_img1 Arsenal are ready to make a January move for Juventus defender Daniele Rugani, according to reports in Italy.The Italian is struggling to break into the first-team at the moment and is reportedly growing frustrated.Arsenal have scouted the 21-year-old on several occasions and have been impressed by what they have seen.And now, according to Calciomercato, Arsene Wenger is preparing to launch a move for Rugani during the January transfer window.Arsenal are reportedly willing to shell out £13m for the centre-back, who spent last season on loan at Empoli. Daniele Rugani last_img

$500,000 in damage in Pasadena fire

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A fire caused more than $500,000 in damages at a Pasadena shopping center, authorities said today. The fire at 3841 Sierra Madre Boulevard, near Michillinda Avenue, was reported about 8:45 p.m. yesterday, authorities said. “The roof did collapse on the Laundromat there,” said Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian. “The adjacent business, Pasadena Home Health Care, was severely damaged. Three other businesses sustained heavy smoke and water damage.” Damages were estimated at $400,000 to structures and $150,000 to contents, Derderian said today. About 50 firefighters from the Pasadena, Arcadia and Glendale fire departments extinguished the fire before 10 p.m, Derderian said. About 30 customers and employees at a nearby Albertsons grocery store were evacuated, she said. A heavy wall between the burning businesses and the grocery store prevented the fire from spreading, Derderian told the Pasadena Star-News. The grocery store was the only one of the affected businesses that was occupied at the time.last_img read more


first_imgWHO says there’s no going back?Well Carndonagh athlete Garett Doherty returned to his Inishowen roots today – and ran the Ballyliffin Coastal Challenge 10-mile race….backwards.Of course Garret is actually a world champion at Retro Racing as it’s called. And today he was able to show off his incredible athleticism on the route of the world’s most spectacular race.This traditional Easter Saturday event on the Inishowen peninsula was once again a credit to the local organising committee.With 670 starters in the main event walking /running and a further 120 youngsters participating in the Childrens 1k Beach Run adding to the family element of the event it goes from strength to strength with many participating for the charity of their choice.This year’s race winner was Derry man Pius McIntyre from local man John Harkin, the race winner two years ago. There was also an impressive women’s winner in Karen Alexander of Sperrin Harriers.Full results within the next few hours here on Donegal Daily.   ATHLETE RUNS BALLYLIFFIN COASTAL CHALLENGE 10-MILE RACE – BACKWARDS! was last modified: March 31st, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:ATHLETE RUNS BALLYLIFFIN COASTAL CHALLENGE 10-MILE RACE – BACKWARDS!BallylffinCarndonaghlast_img read more

The greatest ever players to wear each shirt number from 1 to 45

first_img REVEALED 26 BEST OF 13. Michael Ballack and Maicon 26 MONEY huge blow RANKED shining Steven Gerrard, meanwhile, became a Liverpool icon in the no.8 jersey during a glittering career that saw him win the Champions League in 2005 among his many other honours.At the start of the season, Naby Keita inherited Gerrard’s old number – but he’s done nowhere near enough to live up to the iconic shirt. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 26 6. Franco Baresi, Aldair, Xavi and Bobby Moore 26 26 26 7. Eric Cantona, Raul, Luis Figo, Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham and Kenny Dalglish 16. Roy Keane 26 3. Roberto Carlos, Ashley Cole and Paolo Maldini Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Latest Football News Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 26 5. Carlos Puyol, Fabio Cannavaro and Franz Beckenbauer Another big change before the start of the season was Mesut Ozil being given Arsenal’s iconic no.10 following Jack Wilshere’s exit. This has been worn by Dennis Bergkamp, meaning Ozil has big shoes to fill after a rather mixed Gunners career to date.But who are the best players to don each squad number in football?Here, talkSPORT.com has taken a look at the greatest players to wear each shirt number, starting from 1 to 45. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ 26 19. Mario Gotze and Dwight Yorke 2. Cafu, Gary Neville and Ivan Cordoba 21. David Silva and Philipp Lahm 45. Mario Balotelli Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 26 26 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 15. Nemanja Vidic Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED center_img 26 REPLY 20. Gonzalo Higuain 26 9. Alfredo Di Stefano, Marco van Basten, Ronaldo, Alan Shearer and Hugo Sanchez 26 26 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 10. Lionel Messi, Pele, Diego Maradona, Francesco Totti, Roberto Baggio and Rivaldo (Part 2) 26 11. Ryan Giggs, Didier Drogba, Romario and Francisco Gento 26 14. Johan Cruyff and Thierry Henry 26 26 26 10. Alessandro Del Piero, Zico, Dennis Bergkamp, Zinedine Zidane, Lothar Matthaus and Ronaldinho (Part 1) no dice 8. Steven Gerrard, Dunga, Andres Iniesta, Socrates and Frank Lampard 26 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 26 1. Iker Casillas, Oliver Khan and Gianluigi Buffon Shirt numbers are a big thing in football.Lionel Messi has made history wearing no.10 for Barcelona, while Cristiano Ronaldo is often referred to by his legions of fans as ‘CR7’ – wearing the number for Manchester United, Real Madrid and now Juventus. 26 ADVICE 26. John Terry 4. Jurgen Kohler, Patrick Vieira and Sergio Ramos Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 26 23. Jamie Carragher 26 42. Yaya Toure 26 Messi has become just as known for the number 10 as Diego Maradona was before him 17. Pedro, Alexis Sanchez and David Trezeguet 18. Paul Scholes last_img read more

USOC to battle to keep softball

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week After the vote, IOC president Jacques Rogge said softball needed to increase its global appeal. The United States has won all three gold medals since softball became an Olympic sport in 1996. It also was hurt by its perceived ties to baseball. “Baseball deserves to be in the Olympic Games,” Ueberroth said. “I think there’s some reorganization that needs to be done internationally and domestically. But softball is and was ready to be in the Olympic Games.” Softball wasn’t supposed to be able to apply for reinstatement until 2009, but IOC members can request a new vote at their session in February before the Winter Games in Turin, Italy. At least one-third of the 115 members would need to submit the motion. If it passed, softball would require a majority in favor to win reinstatement. Serbia, Bosnia meet A bloody civil war that left 250,000 dead and caused deep ethnic divisions can’t possibly be ignored when Serbia and Bosnia meet Wednesday in a key World Cup qualifier. Serbia-Montenegro hosts Bosnia-Herzegovina at Belgrade’s Red Star stadium, locally known as little “Maracana,” has been designated a high risk area by police who fear riots and excessive displays of nationalism even though the war ended a decade ago. Spectators will be banned from carrying banners and firecrackers. Rival fans will be separated and guarded by riot police. Bosnian fans will receive a police escort to and from the border. Serbia-Montenegro leads European Group 7 with 19 points, followed by Spain with 17 and 16 for Bosnia-Herzegovina. Serbia-Montenegro will win the group and a place in the World Cup with a victory, but Bosnia-Herzegovina can also win the group if it wins and Spain does not. Spain has a chance to win the group if it beats San Marino and Serbia-Montenegro loses or ties. The team finishing in second place will enter the playoffs next month for a place in next year’s tournament in Germany. U.S. to play Panama There will be nothing at stake Wednesday night when the United States faces Panama in its final 2006 World Cup qualifying match at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. The U.S. team (6-2-1) has already earned its passage to Germany next June with a second-place finish in the CONCACAF region, while winless Panama (0-7-2) cannot advance. But after a win and a loss in its last two matches, U.S. coach Bruce Arena has no intention of going through the motions in the finale. “The results in Guatemala (0-0) and Costa Rica (3-0 defeat) were not as critical to me,” Arena says. “This one is. We want to end the year on a high note.” The USA clinched its berth with a victory vs. Mexico in early September, and Arena has tweaked his lineup in the two matches since, sending European-based players back to their clubs and filling their spots with Major League Soccer standouts trying to catch on with the national team. That formula will continue Wednesday. “We want to give some promising players some opportunities and start to formulate some strategies for 2006,” Arena says. “There is no easy way to establish a player at the international level. The easiest way is to get them on the field.” Phillies fire GM Ed Wade turned the Philadelphia Phillies into a winner. He couldn’t make them a champion. Wade was fired as general manager Monday after failing to get the Phillies into the playoffs during eight years on the job. Philadelphia went 88-74 this season and finished one game behind NL wild-card winner Houston. It was the Phillies’ third consecutive winning season and fourth in five years, but they missed the playoffs for the 12th consecutive year and 21st time in 22 seasons. “The expectation is that you need to make the playoffs, and we didn’t live up to those expectations,” Wade said. “I’ve seen it happen in other places. There’s never a good time for something like this, but that’s not my decision to make.” Wade was unpopular in Philadelphia, especially after he hired Charlie Manuel as manager to replace Larry Bowa. He was heavily criticized for his reluctance to make significant moves before the trade deadline, and for giving big-money, long-term contracts to players who have underachieved. News on O’s Jim Beattie won’t return in 2006 as executive vice president of the Baltimore Orioles, a move that could signify the beginning of wide-ranging shakeup in the wake of the team’s eighth consecutive losing season. Beattie told people Monday at a charity golf outing in the Baltimore area that he would not be back. His contract expires at the end of this month. There was no word on the status of vice president Mike Flanagan, who worked with Beattie in the Orioles’ front office. It was also uncertain whether the Orioles would retain interim manager Sam Perlozzo, who took over for manager Lee Mazzilli on Aug. 4. Briefly Bobby Wallace is leaving Temple in the same shape he found it. The Owls have one of the worst programs in college football. In the wake of an 0-6 start this season, he’s ready to let someone else try to bring Temple some respectability. After eight losing seasons during which he never won more than four games and the program’s future was always uncertain, Wallace said Monday he will leave at the end of the year when his contract expires. The case of a heavyweight boxer fighting to get back in the ring has been reassigned to different judge at his lawyers’ request. Joe Mesi filed suit against the Nevada State Athletic Commission in June, after the commission ruled him unfit for competition because he had suffered bleeding on his brain. The native of Buffalo, N.Y., insists he is healthy and ready to fight again. U.S. District Court Judge Valerie Adair initially was assigned to hear Mesi’s case. But the boxer’s lawyers filed a “preemptory challenge’ Friday, requesting another judge be chosen at random. U.S. District Court Judge Douglas Herndon was assigned Monday. A hearing has not been scheduled. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The USOC is dedicated to see to it that women’s softball does not miss its turn in 2012,” Ueberroth said at the 2006 U.S. Olympic team media summit. “We’re hopeful and, in a humble way, hope to try and influence people to reconsider a decision that was a bad decision to eliminate a women’s sport.” All 28 existing sports were put to a simple “in or out’ vote at the International Olympic Committee meeting in July. Softball needed a majority of 53 votes to stay on the Olympic program, and the final vote was 52 in favor and 52 against, with one abstention. center_img Softball has a friend in the U.S. Olympic Committee. The USOC is campaigning for softball to be reinstated for the 2012 Games, chairman Peter Ueberroth said Monday. Softball and baseball were dropped from the Olympic program after 2008 in July. last_img read more