MAURICIO POCHETTINO claims Son Heung-min would no longer be at Tottenham if he’d been prevented from playing in the Asian Games last season.The former Spurs boss reckons he stopped the South Korean superstar from military service – which could have resulted in him leaving the club – by letting him play for his country against their continental rivals.2 Son would have quit Spurs if club had banned him from Asian GamesSon captained his nation to the gold medal at the 2018 tournament in Indonesia – and as a result earned exemption from South Korea’s mandatory 21-month military service.The Asian Games are not part of Fifa’s official calendar, so Spurs had to agree to release Son, who had recently signed a new long-term contract.He missed three matches at the start of last season and then another chunk in January when he skippered South Korea at the Asian Cup.Pochettino, who was sacked by Tottenham in November, believes he deserves more credit for releasing patriotic Son and ultimately saving the star’s Spurs career.He said: “No one talks about this. Today, Sonny is at Tottenham because we allowed him to go and play two competitions that weren’t compulsory.”By not being selfish and saying, ‘No, Sonny needs to stay here because of the club.’”If not, two years and you would need to stop the contract with Son. No one says anything about that. It was our decision to provide him the time to go.”TOTTENHAM NEWS LIVE: FOLLOW LATEST SPURS UPDATESPochettino was axed after Tottenham’s poor start to this season.It was widely claimed he had lost his focus after their defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League Final last June.But Pochettino denied this and told the High Performance Podcast: “I was thinking to build again, because when you are so competitive and you are a winner, you are not stuck in the past.“You lose, but you want to win again tomorrow.“I wasn’t knocked because we didn’t win the final, we wanted to take a massive experience for us, learn and be ready again for the next season.2MORE SPURS STORIESHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this year“We were fighting for the top four at the same time we were fighting to be in the Champions League Final.“If you lift the trophy, you are very successful. But second is a failure, no? We are not thinking like this but, of course, that makes you sad.“Of course people recognise the job was fantastic, but to finish winning the Champions League would have been amazing.”Lucas Moura bursts into tears as Tottenham are dumped out of Champions League by RB Leipzig
Eliab will leave for England after he signed a one-year contract with the second tier London Broncos for the 2016 season.The co-captains will have several additional roles and responsibilities over and above those of regular players.Their additional roles include being second to the coach and an on field leader who has the ability to inspire the players and sometimes address umpires and the media.Coach Michael Marum will be appointing the co-captains and is yet to confirm how many he will be appointing.Marum said he has a few players in mind and they will be announced during the launch of the 2016 season on February 13, in Port Moresby.
Ireland staged the largest commemorative event in its history to mark the six-day revolt, when rebels seized buildings across the capital and declared an Irish republic on Easter Monday 1916.Members of the global Irish diaspora and descendents of the rebels were among those who turned out to watch a parade by almost 4,000 members of the armed forces and emergency services.President Michael D Higgins began the day’s events by laying a wreath at Kilmainham Gaol, where 14 of the 16 rebel leaders executed by the British were killed by firing squad.He later laid another wreath at the General Post Office (GPO), the rebel headquarters during the revolt, before leading a minute’s silence for all those who died.A military band played Danny Boy, and an army officer read out the 1916 proclamation declaring “the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland”.Thousands of Australians of Irish heritage travelled to join the commemorations, but not all took part in the official program.”Many people go back, buy t-shirts … but they’ve missed the whole point,” Patrick Cullen, who migrated to Australia from Ireland in 1989, told AM.”If you make a quiet visit to some of these areas, read the plaques, the sculptures, find the pain that these people went through.”They’re defending something that they never had.”Cullen said he would return to Ireland for the actual date of the Easter Uprising on April 24 but it would be “very private”.”I go back and put myself in these places, read the stories of what happened and see how I would have handled the situation, whether I would have fought,” he said.Patrick Morrison, a 72-year-old who travelled from the US state of Pennsylvania with his grandson for the commemorations, said: “It is quite emotional.”The Government has sought to stress the “inclusivity” of the events, highlighting the 250 civilians and 130 British armed forces who died alongside more than 60 rebels.”It is important that we bear witness this centenary year to all those who gave their lives during Easter 1916,” Prime Minister Enda Kenny said.The uprising began on April 24, 1916, when over 1,000 militants took over prominent buildings in the city centre.Britain sent reinforcements and began shelling the city, sparking days of fighting that ended when the rebels surrendered on April 29.Public opinion was initially against the rebels, but the arrests of thousands of people in the subsequent crackdown caused outrage and a surge in support for independence.Within six years, Britain had agreed to the creation of an independent nation, though without the north-eastern part of the island, which still remains part of the United Kingdom as Northern Ireland.The Rising “gave people the courage to believe we could achieve total independence,” Eamon O’Cuiv, deputy leader of political party Fianna Fail and grandson of 1916 rebel Eamon de Valera, said.The rebels were ahead of their time with their promise of equality and religious liberty, but Higgins noted that “in many respects we have not fully achieved the dreams and ideals for which our forebears gave so much”.Ireland currently has a caretaker government, after an election last month failed to give any single party a parliamentary majority, leading to deadlock. Picture: Irish President Michael D Higgins inspects the Guard of honour during the commemoration.Reuters: Clodagh Kilcoyne
7 Atlético and City, in red on the calendarHazard, very aware of the importance of minimizing the impact on his physical of the injury, He has worked both in Valdebebas and off-site for it. The plan now is continue accumulating sessions with the presence of the ball, the last step before joining the group and definitely reintegrating into the routine of the rest of his teammates. For Hazard they have been almost two months without what he likes most, have a ball nearby, train with your teammates and play games. From all that moved him away an entrance to the right ankle excessively hard and at the wrong time of Meunier, curiously his partner in Belgium, at the Madrid-PSG Champions, on November 26. During this time, Eden and the medical services of the club have directed their efforts so that the attacker lost his form as little as possible, which was excellent until misfortune occurred. Yesterday, 58 days later, Hazard touched the ball again. It was in Valdebebas and still outside the group, but the image of the Belgian with the ball deluded Real Madrid and made the player happy. Eden was already optimistic last week, when he confessed to his surroundings that it looked much better and positivity was the main protagonist in his feelings. Hazard has in mind two mentioned appointments, the derby of February 1 at the Bernabéu and the round of 16 of the Champions League, on the 26th of the same month. Against Atleti pretends to have minutes, even starting from the bench. For the Guardiola team visit he wants to be, as if nothing had happened, at the level he had when he had to visit the infirmary. The night of the City does not want to miss anyone.
Image: iStock On the calendar there are some more important days than others. Some festivities, such as Christmas or Valentine’s Day are some of the dates that stand out the most in the year, but in the personal calendar of each there are also other marked days that are very important as are the birthdays.Every year that passes we get older and when our birthday comes normally, we do something special to celebrate it. We generally count our age for years, since it is the simplest and easiest to understand worldwide. However, from time to time it is curious to know how many months, days or even hours have passed since our birth.This is what happened to the Twitter user and also youtuber Joaquín. This user, he was curious and used one of the services that Google has to know a fact about his age. In Google we can know how many days have passed from one date to another, and Joaquin used it to know days passed since his birth. An application that tells you the days you’ve livedYou can know the days that passed from one date to another How many days have you lived? pic.twitter.com/4wHznuzsj7– Joaquín (@ J0aquinPA) January 31, 2020The result he obtained, he published on his own Twitter account and in that same publication he encouraged people to put their age in days. As a result, his tweet was filled with comments from people uploading images with their results and has even come to have the response of the MediaMarkt Spain company or even the AuronPlay youtuber.7,368 days pic.twitter.com/Di6QeQ8upz– MediaMarkt Spain (@MediaMarkt_en) January 31, 20201 day in total pq every day by your side is like being born again bb– AuronPlay (@auronplay) January 31, 2020at 10,000 an achievement or something is unlocked? pic.twitter.com/fn4ilNMGxg– Xabi New York (@XabiNewYork) January 31, 2020If you are also curious about it and want to know how many days you have lived from birth to today you just have to ask Google.
I turn: He alternated spectacular paradones with avoidable errors in Real Madrid’s goals, especially the first and second. But when he had to appear to impose himself in his area, in the discount, he did so with an overwhelming solvency, aborting any tie option of the white set.Gorosabel: He had to dance with the ugliest and exceeded with note the demanding marking on Vinicius. Imanol gave him confidence and did not disappoint. There is lateral with projection. He focused on his defensive work, but also helped in attack, although without being deep.Aritz Elustondo: A jabato, a gladiator. He fought everything, prevailed on almost everything. Very complicated match that solved with great intensity, generosity and character. It has a leader’s soul. Captain without bracelet.Le Normand: Another neat and error-free performance of French. Only a bad ball out at the beginning that led him to see an avoidable yellow. But he knew how to play with that handicap and win the majority of duels in which he measured himself with Benzema. It goes to more.Monreal: He started suffering, being late for all the balls, but then he remade himself and ended up closing his band well. He must have been closer to avoid some lateral centers that created a lot of danger. You need to catch the tone of league principles.Zubeldia: He ate Valverde. Literally. Great physical deployment and tactical sense to balance the center of the field. He lost the place in the final stretch of the first part and Real noticed. Tremendous your work in the final minutes. Merino: It’s a player scandal. It is of selection without loss of time. The lighthouse of the Real at the time of playing the ball. A show going down long balls to help in the long start when he pressed Madrid. He did not get tired of giving support to his teammates, he waddled without a ball and shone with him, until he scored 1-4.Ødegaard: It was not an easy match for the Norwegian, with all the lights pointing in the same direction. At first he felt he was overwhelmed by the pressure, but he went from less to more, always with his ability to sacrifice as the main argument. He scored 0-1 that he did not want to celebrate, he received a tremendous foul from Marcelo that forced him to leave the game early. I have just touched and it is doubt for the derby. He played conditioned by the discomfort itself very right thigh.Oyarzabal: The flag of this Real. He did not participate in the goals, but was in almost all situations of realistic danger. Unstoppable work in defensive tasks.Januzaj: The surprise at eleven, he needed to be more incisive in the one on one and take advantage of his tremendous individual quality. The 1-0 was generated by his band. Substitute for rest.Guevara: Good minutes to help sustain the final arreon of Real Madrid.Barrenetxea: This guy’s thing is already insulting. At the age of 18, the Bernabéu went out for a snack, something he did with a scandal move, leaving Nacho sitting and serving Alex Isak 1-3.Aihen Muñoz: Another warrior for the suffering of the end, even if he was not in his position.
Villarreal is one of the few LaLiga teams that hold the type, and competes, to Cholo Simeone since he trains Atlético de Madrid. Since it is one of the few Spanish clubs with which Atlético de Madrid does not count its confrontations with more victories than defeats, something that it does with more than 80% of teams in the championship. So, Only Barcelona, Real Madrid and Villarreal itself maintain positive or balanced balances with Atlético, since this team is led by Cholo Simeone. Barcelona and Madrid have won more games than they have lost, with fifteen and eleven victories, by three and nine defeats.While Villarreal has added five wins and five losses, being the third team in the league that maintains a non-negative balance. It should be noted that the rest of the championship teams that have already faced the coach several times, all have lost more games than they have won in that balance. Therefore, we must see what happens this Sunday at Wanda, a game in which Villarreal will have nothing easy to win. While the team records as visitors and with Simeone in front, makes them the third team that has scored the most. And it is that as visitors the yellows throw a record of seven games, with two wins, two draws and three losses.Two visitor victories that in this League have only improved or achieved the two greats, with six victories from Barcelona and four from Real Madrid, there being no other LaLiga team that has been able to win two away matches for the Argentine coach. The Castellón team has played 15 LaLiga games, with five wins, five draws and five losses, which gives a fully balanced baggage.
Have you asked them about the club and the city?No, no, we haven’t talked about that. We talk about our clubs, about the life we have in the countries where we play, but they are normal conversations, of friends.Here we know little more about his more personal side. As described?I am a very quiet boy. I like to stay at home with my friends when they are in Manchester, also with my family. Everyone knows that I am very close to my mother and my brothers.What is left of the boy who left Palmeiras for Europe?I am still the same dreamer as when I was wearing the Palmeiras shirt, which wanted to conquer great things, achieve great goals. I am still very young, despite having already won important things in my career. I always want more and fly high.He was champion in Rio 2016, a milestone for Brazil, and also won the Copa América in 2019. For this summer, do you prefer the Games or the Copa América?They are two very big titles in my career and with different meanings. The Olympic Games have a special meaning because Brazil had not achieved it, so it was something that everyone in our country looked forward to. And last year’s Copa América was also very special for our fans for playing in Brazil. Both tournaments are very special. For this summer I like both. He has participated in 27 goals in 36 games this year, that is, scores or assists every 78.77 minutes. It seems he is at the best moment of his career. Do you feel at the level of the biggest?I feel very good and very confident. I’m on a good run, always giving my best level, and things are going like that for that. I am dialing and attending, helping the City. I feel good and looking to grow more and more to be at the best possible level.He has a contract until 2023, but he is very young. Would you like to play in a club like Madrid one day?I have a contract with the City and I am very happy with the season I am doing, being able to play, score goals and help my team. I am very happy with the year I am having and I do not think about these issues.In Madrid there are many Brazilians. Why do you think it is?I think that because of the history of Brazilians with the Madrid shirt. There have been many in the club and they have made history and shown the best of them: Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos, Sávio … I think the story that some made here helps that. “The red one to Ramos was another normal situation. I went to the goal and suffered a blow to the legs. It is one of the best defenses in history.” How would you describe your first visit to the Bernabéu, on one of those nights that have built Madrid history in the Champions League?I’m very happy. Wednesday was one of the most important and significant goals of my career. It was a very difficult game, we all know the importance and size of Real Madrid. That is why I say that I am very happy and sure I will always remember this great night. But now we have to focus on the turn. There is nothing done or resolved, we do not trust: it is Real Madrid. They have a lot of quality and we have to go very concentrated.Few gave him as headline. Did you expect it?We always say that the City has more than 11 headlines. All players who wear this shirt have to be prepared for these types of situations. People want to fight for all the titles, so we have to have a whole staff ready. I was ready and, when I learned that I was going to play, I knew I could do my best.He was impressed by his performance on Wednesday. What did you feel when you scored the goal that put the City in the tie?I’m very happy. We knew it was a very complicated game, but I felt very comfortable in one of the great temples of football. He had had several opportunities before and knew that the goal was close, he was confident. Good to have helped in this way! We are going to think now about the Carabao Cup and then again in the Champions League.There is talk of whether Ramos needed it in 1-1. How did he see it?It was a normal set, a natural dispute over the position. I was just looking at the ball, we fought for that space and when it arrived and I scored this very important goal. In the previous one he was seen on the bench and not only started, but also star. Gabriel Jesus (Brazil, 22 years old) drove mad to the defense of Madrid, made the 1-1 that put City fully into the game and forced the red to Ramos, that the return will be lost unless the Real Madrid resource thrives. Hours after showing off all over Europe looking at the Bernabéu, the paulista attended AS. 9 It also caused the captain’s red. What a night he gave …It was another normal situation. I went to the goal and suffered a blow to the legs. Party stuff. Sergio Ramos is one of the best defenses in history, I respect him and his career very much. I did my job and I am happy because we won.Did any Madrid player congratulate you on your match?Naturally, we all talk after the game. I have friends in Madrid, players I have met with in Brazil, like Casemiro and Marcelo, who were in the World Cup.And Guardiola or his companions? The normal. We congratulate everyone for the great game we did. It was a very mature performance because we suffered the first goal and managed to stay focused. It was a great performance by everyone.What percentage of chances do you give City and Madrid to pass now?You can’t talk about percentages when you face a team like Madrid, with so much history and quality. We made a great trip, with a good result, but we have to remain focused on the lap to give our best and ensure the classification.
LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of March 30, 2020 Betis has launched a campaign to accompany its oldest partners. The population most at risk during this coronavirus pandemic. Called ‘El Betis closer’ and in collaboration with its foundation, the Verdiblanco club have started calling the 236 members over 75 years old that the entity has and, progressively, it will be contacting subscribers from younger ages to 70. The objective is to reach 2,100 people.Club employees, including the president and vice president, as well as sports director Alexis Trujillo, have to make a number of calls to those members over the age of 70. Also footballers. He wonders if they are alone or accompanied and if they have their basic needs covered. If there is a problem, the case is reported to the Foundation, which contacts the public social services or the NGOs destined to solve the problems of the elderly. “It was time to be with our elders, a part of the population quite exposed in this crisis. Loneliness wreaks havoc and we can also detect if there is any serious problem “, Rafael Muela, manager of the Real Betis Foundation, points out. “It is very gratifying to make life better for these Betis veterans, who tell us how Betis became and what Betis means to them. Many are alone and having a hard time. A phone call has a great emotional impact. It makes the recipient happy and it’s also very rewarding for the one who does it. “
Pune, Rajkot get nod NEW DELHI, India (AP): The western cities of Pune and Rajkot will provide the franchises to fill in for the suspended Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League over the next two years. The Board of Control for Cricket in India said the new teams will be temporary replacements after the Super Kings and Royals were suspended this year by a Supreme Court-appointed committee over corruption and spot-fixing. New Rising Consortium-owned Pune and mobile phone manufacturer Intex-owned Rajkot were selected in a reverse-bidding process in which bidders were asked to discount their annual revenue share of US$6 million. New Rising gave up that revenue entirely and also committed to pay US$2.4 million per year to the BCCI. Intex will pay US$1.5 million per year. McCullum stands by evidence DUNEDIN, New Zealand (AP): New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum says he stands by the evidence he gave at the perjury trial of former teammate Chris Cairns, although Cairns’ acquittal has raised questions over whether he was believed by a jury in London. McCullum was the prosecution’s leading witness in the trial of Cairns, the former New Zealand allrounder who was alleged to have lied in a libel action against Indian Premier League chief Lalit Modi, who accused him of involvement in match-fixing. In evidence, McCullum said he was approached by Cairns in 2008 and encouraged to become involved in match-fixing. Cairns’ legal team sought to discredit McCullum’s evidence by pointing out he took three years to report the alleged approach, then changed elements of his story on later occasions. On the eve New Zealand’s first Test against Sri Lanka in Dunedin, McCullum faced the media yesterday for the first time since Cairns’ acquittal. Few questions at the conference related to the Test match; instead, McCullum was quizzed on his evidence and the fallout from the Cairns trial. Swansea sack Monk SWANSEA, Wales (AP): Swansea has fired manager Garry Monk after nearly two years in charge, following a dip in form that has seen the team win just one of their last eleven Premier League games. Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins says he made the decision because of “a drop of performance levels and run of results over the last three months.” Jenkins says “when you take into account the excellent campaign we had last season when we broke all club records in the Premier League, nobody foresaw the position we would be in at this moment in time.” Monk was with the club for more than 11 years, first as a defender and then manager since February 2014 when he replaced Michael Laudrup. Barcelona aiming for third Club World Cup title TOKYO, Japan (AP): Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez spearhead Barcelona’s attempt to win a third Club World Cup title when the European champions arrive in Japan next week. Luis Enrique’s squad will play their first game on December 17 in Yokohama, just five days after hosting Deportivo La Coruna in the Spanish league. The tournament begins on Thursday in Yokohama. Barcelona and Copa Libertadores winners River Plate are favourites to reach the December 20 final. Barcelona won the tournament in 2009 and 2011 and the Spanish league leaders are clear favourites to continue Europe’s domination. The tournament, which features the top clubs from FIFA’s six continental confederations plus the champion of the host country, returns to Japan for the first time since 2012. It was hosted in Morocco the previous two years.