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    • xiaolan has written a new blog article "Road Jersey" 05.27.2017

      Garry Monk’s Elland Road departure has sparked an early post-season scramble for his services after the former Swansea City manager resigned just two days after Andrea Radrizzani completed his takeover of Leeds United.
      Monk, who was appointed head coach on a rolling 12-month contract only last June, Anthony RendonYouth Jersey tendered his resignation before Leeds activated a clause allowing them to extend his stay until the end of next season. The 38-year-old quit with several Premier League clubs and newly relegated sides seeking a manager but his contractual situation at Elland Road is also understood to have influenced his decision.
      Monk is now scheduled to speak to Middlesbrough, who had been very close to appointing Nigel Pearson. However, with Crystal Palace, Watford and the recently relegated pair of Sunderland and Hull City also on the look-out for new managers, Monk will top many of those shortlists.
      The former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka is an early favourite for the Leeds post. Victor Orta, former head of recruitment at the Riverside under Karanka, has been targeted for a technical director’s role at Elland Road.
      Radrizzani, an Italian businessman, completed his buy-out of Massimo Cellino only on Tuesday. He immediately signalled his intention to activate the 12-month option in Monk’s rolling contract but the former Swansea City manager wanted a new, longer-term deal.
      In a statement, however, Leeds claimed Monk’s head had been turned before a meeting with Radrizzani on Wednesday and the new owner insisted a long-term contract was an option. Radrizzani tweeted: “Shocking news from GM. We were keen to do 3 years deal. We never receive any request from him and his agent. No regrets, we did our best.”
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      “Mr Radrizzani has met with Garry twice since taking over at Elland Road earlier this week and during the second meeting yesterday it became clear that Garry was considering life beyond Leeds United as at no time did Garry wish to discuss terms for a longer contract. Following that meeting yesterday Garry’s agent requested that the option was not exercised and his resignation was received this morning.”
      Monk brought a period of relative stability to Leeds amid the turbulence of the Cellino era and was the first head coach in three years to serve a full season at Elland Road. He led the team to their highest league finish since 2011 and spent most of the Championship campaign challenging for the play-offs until a poor late run ended their prospects of promotion. Alexander Radulov Womens Jersey Despite a sequence of one win in the final eight matches, Leeds’s new owner was keen to continue with Monk but must now begin the search for the club’s seventh managerial appointment in three years.
      Monk tweeted a statement which read: “My intention was always to remain at Leeds and I saw myself at this fantastic club for many years to come. However, http://www.officialcanadiensauthentic.com/Alex_Galchenyuk_Jersey ultimately, no agreement could be reached.” Monk, who spent 10 years as a player at Swansea before taking over as manager in February 2014, leaves Leeds without compensation and is available to take another job immediately. He won 48% of his league games in charge, the fifth-highest percentage in the club’s history.
      The Leeds statement added: “Whilst we are deeply saddened by Garry’s decision, there is no individual bigger than our club and we will now begin a process to identify and appoint a new head coach to take the club to the next level. We thank Garry for his contribution during his time at Leeds United, we are disappointed that we could not continue on this journey together.”
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    • xiaolan has written a new blog article "some jersey" 05.26.2017

      Wayne Rooney says he has made up his mind about whether to leave Manchester United and has “lots of offers” to consider after becoming such a peripheral figure at Old Trafford he has been excluded from Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad and is facing the end of his international career, comprising 119 caps and 53 goals.
      Rooney was a late substitute in the 2-0 win against Ajax in the Europa League final, enabling United’s all-time leading scorer to lift the trophy, but that could conceivably have been his last appearance if, as expected, the striker now tries to find a team where he can play more regularly.
      “There are lots of offers on the table, both in England and abroad, and that’s what I have to decide on,” Authentic Adidas Alex Womens Jersey Rooney said. “I’ve got some decisions to make now over the next few weeks so I will talk with my family and then I’ll decide. I think I have to make a decision in terms of a football decision, and that’s what I’ll do, I’ll do that the next few weeks with my family while I’m away and as soon as I know what’s going on I’m sure you will.”
      Rooney’s diminished position at Old Trafford has led to him being left out of Southgate’s last two squads, having been omitted from the 25-man party for the World Cup qualifier against Scotland in Glasgow on 10 June and the friendly against France in Paris three days later. Southgate also left him out of England’s games against Germany and Lithuania in March and, at the age of 31, Rooney’s 14-year international career could be over.
      “Listen, first of all I’ve always been a team player,” he said, to the question of whether a player of his stature had found it difficult adjusting to life on the sidelines. “This year, I’ve never once sulked or let my head drop. I’ve understood what was best for the team, I’ve tried to help when the manager’s played me.
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      Rooney was asked whether, deep down, he had already made up his mind. “More or less, yes,” he said. “I still believe I could [play every game]. If you’re asking me if I’m a better player now than I was 10 years ago then obviously I’m not but I still feel I’ve got other qualities that can help the team.”
      Ronald Koeman, the Everton manager, has talked about the possibility of the striker returning to the club where his career started and, though Rooney did not directly mention that option, he reiterated that he would not be tempted by any other English teams. “I’ve played for two Premier League clubs and they’re the only two Premier League clubs I’ll play for.”
      It is certainly hard to see a way back for Rooney on the international scene after Southgate’s squad decision placed him firmly behind Marcus Rashford, Jermain Defoe, Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy in the pecking order
      Southgate said: “We have a lot of players playing exceptionally well in the area of the pitch that Wayne plays. I said last time [in March] that he was a bit short of matches – he’s had some matches now but we’ve got players that have done really, really well for us in Adam Lallana and Dele Alli. I can’t dress it up any other way. Other players are in really good form and deserve to keep their place.”
      When asked what this meant for Rooney’s international future, Southgate added: “I’ve showed that, by selecting Jermain Defoe at 34, if players are playing well and the moment’s right then we will involve them in the squad. Adidas Calle Jarnkrok Youth Jersey You never write off a player of Wayne’s quality and I’m sure that, next season, he’ll be back to playing. He’s finished the season a bit better and I’m sure he’ll take that into next year.”
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    • xiaolan has written a new blog article "and Jersey" 05.26.2017

      It was actually David Luiz who had first volunteered the word “risk” in relation to his return to Chelsea. He was on the turf at Stamford Bridge last Sunday conducting a post-match interview in French with William Gallas, his team-mates’ title-winning celebrations crackling all around and a Premier League winner’s medal round his neck, when it cropped up in passing as he lingered, momentarily, on the life he had left behind at Paris Saint-Germain.
      The theme was revisited in a stuffy media tent at the champions’ Cobham training base on Thursday but whereas the Brazilian had addressed Gallas through a beaming smile, this time his response bordered on the prickly. Babe Ruth Womens Jersey Probably with good reason. Why did he consider his return to Chelsea to be a risk? “You know,” he snapped back, albeit through a smile that hinted at disbelief. “If you want me to be honest, be honest with me. Of course, you know. I was winning everything in Paris. I was there for two years and won all the titles in France. I had a great life, great credibility with the club … I had everything.
      “But then I took a risk to come back to the one country that was not that happy with me. Where they always criticised me a lot even after winning the Champions League, the Europa League or where I’d played all the games. That’s why it was a risk. And I love the risk. If you don’t take risks in your life – in your professional life but also in everyday life – you never feel anything new, so I [chose to] taste something new. I don’t like to stay always with the easy life but I’m happy now because I took the right decision.”
      There is no arguing with that. David Luiz is a natural born winner. Securing the Premier League means he has won the title in Portugal, France and England, to go with the Champions League and Europa League from that first three-and-a-half-year spell at Chelsea.
      He boasts an FA Cup winner’s medal from 2012, despite sitting out the victory over Liverpool with a hamstring injury picked up in the semi-final – he would play the European Cup final against Bayern Munich in considerable pain but still end victorious – and goes into Saturday’s showpiece with Arsenal hoping to win another while influencing matters on the pitch.
      The list of honours is startling and yet there had been incredulity when news filtered through late last August that the centre-half was returning from France. Therein lies the source of David Luiz’s frustration. http://www.authenticatlantabraves.com/Bartolo-Colon-Jersey Life at PSG may have been as comfortable as it was successful but the real risk was confronting the reception that was waiting back in England, where so many assumed he was the same entrancingly flamboyant but error-prone player who had departed for £48m in 2014. Antonio Conte had been scouring Serie A for solid, dependable types. The Brazilian’s reputation hardly fitted that mould.
      Yet his displays this season have proved the watching world wrong. Admittedly, he has benefited in the middle of a three-man defence, where he can be the ball player with more rugged and safety-first team-mates at his side, Adam Duvall Womens Jersey but the anticipated litany of blunders has simply not materialised. These days the mistakes are so rare – there was one difficult afternoon at Old Trafford, when Marcus Rashford was in the mood, but precious few others – that they feel exceptional, which would explain his bristling at the regular reminders of failings first time round. “I heard a lot of bad things when he arrived, that he was ‘not a defender’,” Conte said. “But we were sure we were signing a really good player we could lift up again to be one of the best defenders in Europe and, I hope, in the world. He has good technique, he’s strong, he starts our possession and has the personality to do this.”
      That spell in Paris did change him. The Brazilian was always highly motivated and competitive, and retains that joyful zest for life, but his game developed at PSG. He returned a more accomplished player and a more mature man, even if the wild celebrations of the past few days have brought flashes of the free-spirited David Luiz back into the public eye. Where once he tapped into a reputation as the joker in the dressing room, these days he considers himself one of the motivators; a leader. He has taken N’Golo Kanté under his wing, ensuring the quiet man in the Chelsea midfield is properly involved, part of the gang. They are an unlikely pair but the 30-year-old saw it as his responsibility to make the new man feel at home.
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    • xiaolan has written a new blog article "Mkhitaryan jersey" 05.25.2017

      There was a moment at the final whistle when José Mourinho went looking for someone. This match had come to mean so much to Manchester United that three of his injured players – Zlatan Ibrahimovic, [url= http://www.officialgiantsfootballs.com/A...ms-Jersey-Cheap]Authentic Andrew Adams Youth Jersey[/url] Luke Shaw and Eric Bailly – had just attempted to sprint to the centre-circle on crutches. Then Mourinho saw his son, the modestly named José Jr, and suddenly man and boy were rolling around the pitch.
      These were euphoric scenes and though it has been a harrowing few days, the celebrations at the end went a long way to answering the question about whether a football team from Manchester can consider this a happy ending to the season. Mourinho could even be seen kissing a trophy he once felt was beneath him.
      It completes the set for United, the only trophy they had never won before, and changes the complexion of how their season will be remembered. [url= http://www.officialgiantsfootballs.com/B...ey-Jersey-Cheap] http://www.officialgiantsfootballs.com/B...ey-Jersey-Cheap[/url] Mourinho has won 12 of his 14 finals as a manager and two in one season is more than some of United’s rivals have managed in the past decade. He even tried to make a case it was even more, telling his players not to forget the Community Shield and instructing them to hold up three fingers as they waited to lift their latest prize.
      It also means United will return to the Champions League next season but, more than anything perhaps, it also presented an opportunity to dedicate the prize to their city. Manchester will not be healed by the loud, defiant songs and, yes, it was supposed to be a minute’s silence before the match rather than another opportunity to applaud and sing. In its own small way, however, there was still something deeply moving, uplifting even, about those chants, over and again, in honour of the city. “Manchester, Manchester, Manchester,” they sang.
      The backdrop to this final had been difficult in the extreme but, as Mourinho had stated, United had a job to do and they went about it with all the qualities that would usually be associated with one of his teams.
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      It culminated with Wayne Rooney running on as a last-minute substitute so he was in place to lift the trophy that had come their way because of the goals from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. If this was Rooney’s goodbye it was a nice way to go and none of those players cavorting about the pitch will care that Bosz called it a “boring game”. Mourinho made his own point. “There are many poets in football,” he said. “But poets – they don’t win many titles.”
      The only downsides came with the conduct of the Ajax fans who tore up seats at the final whistle and Herrera’s attempt to get an opponent sent off by pretending he had been felled by a headbutt. That apart, United can reflect on a hugely satisfactory night and Mourinho can hardly be blamed for taking advantage of the fact he had the bigger players.
      United’s second goal was the case in point. Marouane Fellaini, such a difficult, awkward opponent, could not reach Juan Mata’s corner but his presence alone unsettled Ajax’s defenders. Chris Smalling was behind him to head the ball into the six-yard area and Mkhitaryan hooked in a clever, improvisational finish.
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    • xiaolan has written a new blog article "squad Jersey" 05.25.2017

      Marc Overmars knew he was watching something special when he first laid eyes on Kasper Dolberg. Jens Steffensen, a former Denmark international who has been Dolberg’s agent for more than four years, recalls: “After one day of his trial, he said to me: ‘We want to sign him.’ David Lee Youth Jersey We went inside to phone Kasper’s parents and discuss what to do – but it didn’t take long to decide because Ajax has such a long history of Danish players coming through the system; we chose them. It was a very good match. His personal trainer now is Dennis Bergkamp.”
      Little more than two years on, Ajax’s technical director has been proven right. Dolberg, a 19-year-old powerfully built forward from Silkeborg, has excelled in Peter Bosz’s thrilling young side, scoring 16 goals in the Eredivisie and another six from nine starts in the Europa League. An impudent finish in the 3-1 defeat by Lyon in the second leg of the semi-final, dinking the ball over the goalkeeper and top-spinning it into the net to elude the despairing defender’s lunge, proved vital as Ajax booked their place in Wednesday’s final against Manchester United with a 5-4 aggregate victory.
      Not for the first time this season, comparisons were made to a strapping teenager who made his mark in the famous red and white shirt 35 years earlier. http://www.authenticspurstore.com/David_Robinson_Jersey After Dolberg’s 18-minute hat-trick against NEC in November, consisting of two trademark strikes with his right foot and a clever angled header, even Dolberg’s father, Flemming Rasmussen – like Dolberg’s mother, Kirsten Dolberg, a former professional handball player in Denmark – could not resist.
      “I see many similarities with Marco van Basten,” he said, noting his son had just broken the 1988 European Championship winner’s hat-trick record by four minutes. “If he goes like him that’s very good of course. They are the same size, same speed and both have a good shot.”
      Dolberg was spotted playing for his local side GFG Voel when he was 12. Having alternated between handball and football as child, he settled on the latter and joined Silkeborg’s academy. Still painfully shy, however, he initially struggled to settle and returned to Voel. A year later he was persuaded to go back.
      “We signed Kasper when he was a 15-year-old boy,” says Steffensen, who owns the Scandinavian Soccer agency. “I played for six years in the Bundesliga and in the same Denmark team as Allan Simonsen and John Sivebaek, so I know a bit about talented players.
      “He already had nearly everything at that time. He had speed, a fantastic eye for the game, ability with both feet, free-kicks. His game in the air was not that good but when you have that speed you can learn how to jump properly.
      “But with young players, it always depends on what is inside his head.”
      In 2009 another young Danish striker also appeared to have the world at his feet. “Within five years I want to be the top scorer in the Premier League and I want to be known as a world-class striker,” Nicklas Bendtner, who now plays in Norway for Rosenborg, told the Guardian eight years ago. “And it will happen. Trust me, it will happen.”
      There appears little chance of Dolberg making the same mistakes as the former Arsenal striker. In an interview with the Danish national broadcasters DR in October, the softly spoken teenager said his preference was “to remain in the background” – a trait his father believes his son has inherited from him.
      “He can come across as indifferent, nonchalant or even cold but that can be deceptive,” Rasmussen said. “When he is on the pitch and facing competition he will think, deep down, that he will get the better of that opponent.”
      Steffensen says: “Kasper is a very quiet person and his feet are always one metre in the ground. It’s important to have that connection to earth.”
      After Dolberg made his debut for Silkeborg in May 2015 and starred for Denmark’s Under-19s, Wolfsburg contacted Steffensen that summer and arranged for him to attend a trial. John Steen Olsen, Ajax’s celebrated Scandinavian scout whose long list of discoveries includes Jan Molby, Authentic Allen Bailey Youth Jersey Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Christian Eriksen, had also spotted something and asked the agent not to make hasty decisions. It was the prospect of working with Bergkamp, who has been entrusted with bringing through young players to the first-team squad, that was the most persuasive argument.
      “Danish players have almost the same mentality as the Dutch people,” Steffensen says. “You can count on the fact that they are team players and also have very good technical ability when they are young. But because the domestic competition is not as strong as other countries you need to find the right place to step up to the next level.
      “When Kasper came to Ajax he was a left winger. But Marc Overmars told us that he thought he could be a fantastic No9. He put Bergkamp and Kasper together and we have seen the results ever since.”
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    • xiaolan has written a new blog article "were Jersey" 05.24.2017

      In happier times it was the Manchester Arena where Sir Alex Ferguson and his players ended up on that sunny day, 18 years ago this week, when they brought the European Cup back to the city for the first time since the 1960s.
      They reckon there were upwards of 750,000 people to welcome Manchester United back from Barcelona that day. They hung off lamp-posts and balconies and scaffolding and spires, and there has never been another homecoming quite like it on the city’s streets.
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      It’s a great football city, Manchester – a divided one, red and blue – and nobody should be taken in by the myth that United have forgotten where they are from. Yes, it’s become a global club, with Florida owners, a cosmopolitan team and all those camera-clicking tourists, but it is still a local one, too. The accents behind the scenes at Old Trafford, or Carrington on the other side of the M60, are still mostly Mancunian. It is still a club, just like Manchester City, with a deep affinity to its city and people.
      It certainly won’t be easy for United to adhere to the mantra of the new mayor, http://www.officialcanadiensauthentic.com/Alexander_Radulov_Jersey Andy Burnham, if going about their business as normal means clearing their minds of Monday’s horrors now the club’s players, staff and management, along with thousands of supporters, have arrived in Stockholm, a city recovering from its own recent devastation, for the Europa League final.
      The reminders of what happened in Sweden’s capital can still be seen in Drottninggatan, Stockholm’s main shopping street, in the huge display of thousands of different-coloured adhesive notes bearing messages of love and remembrance on the boarded-up windows of Ahlens, the department store where the hijacked lorry that careered down this street last month, killing five people and injuring many others, came to rest.
      Back in Manchester, there had not even been time to choreograph those kinds of tribute as the finalists left for Sweden and José Mourinho took the sensible decision to cancel his pre-match press conference, Authentic Bernie Parent Youth Jersey sparing us the possibility that someone might want the club’s manager to discuss trivialities such as injury news. Football suddenly feels very secondary when, at the time Mourinho was scheduled to speak, thousands of people were gathering for a vigil outside Manchester town hall and, one by one, we were learning more about the people who had died.
      By that stage, United’s players had already held their own minute’s silence, standing in a circle with their heads bowed, on the pitches at Carrington. Once they arrived in Stockholm they did visit the Friends Arena to have a look at the stadium where they will play Ajax, passing the place where a statue of Zlatan Ibrahimovic is going up and trying to fix their minds on the job in hand. But it will not be straightforward.
      The statement from Mourinho explained the decision to excuse himself from media obligations because of “the effect this has had on everyone here at the club and within our city”. Another release noted that pupils from some of the schools affiliated to the Manchester United Foundation were among the audience at that Ariana Grande concert.
      A lot of the players’ Twitter accounts are controlled by their own PR people. Not all of them, though. “Devastating,” was the word Wayne Rooney used. “Much rage, much pain,” David de Gea wrote.
      Perhaps Mourinho will try to lift his players by encouraging them to believe they can bring the trophy back to Manchester and dedicate it to the city. Over 90 minutes, http://www.officialflyersteamonline.com/Andrew_Macdonald_Jersey footballers tend to be pretty good at filtering out everything else and, ultimately, it is still a significant occasion in United’s recent history. Hence Mourinho’s comments that “we have a job to do and we will fly to Sweden to do that job”.
      Again, though, business as normal is easier said than done right now. The mind goes back to France’s visit to Wembley in November 2015, just a few days after the Paris attacks, and the sapping effect it had on their players. They lost 2-0 and nobody should have been surprised that England’s opponents found it so difficult.

    • xiaolan has written a new blog article "overall jersey" 05.23.2017

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      The Spaniard employed a different brand of negativity to the type favoured by Moyes, but it was no less damaging to his team’s survival hopes. The warning signs were already there for Middlesbrough, who were goal-shy even while winning automatic promotion from the Championship last season, and Karanka stubbornly failed to rectify concerns that a lack of verve would be their downfall in a tougher league. His focus on defence was too great and while Middlesbrough were stingy at the back, they failed to find the right balance between defence and attack. They were a chore to watch and their players often looked bored and uninspired. The division’s lowest scorers should have replaced Karanka long before his sacking in March.
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      Here is a goalkeeper who won two La Liga titles and seven major titles overall with Barcelona and who played a starring role for Chile in their Copa América triumphs in 2015 and 2016. He arrived in England with a reputation for being good with his feet, which seemed to make him the perfect fit for Pep Guardiola, who had decided that Joe Hart no longer had a part to play at Manchester City. Yet Bravo has struggled ever since his shaky debut in the Manchester derby, when his error led to a goal for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Chilean was sent off at Camp Nou in October and at one point even his shot-stopping abilities deserted him – Bravo failed to make a single save when City lost 4-0 at Everton in January. Guardiola’s intentions are possible to understand in theory, but it isn’t working.
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      The sun burned, Champions League hopes evaporated and all of a sudden the lightning rod for Arsenal supporters’ disillusionment moved away from the man in the dugout and out towards the Atlantic. The chant started in the North Bank and suddenly spread, growing in urgency as it coursed round the stadium: “Stan Kroenke – get out of our club.”
      The news that broke last week about Alisher Usmanov’s $1.3bn bid for the majority shareholding held by Arsenal’s American investor has broadened the conversation about the club’s status and ambitions. Adam Duvall Authentic Jersey While the disaffected have generally pointed their fingers at Arsène Wenger the club’s direction above and beyond the manager is now under scrutiny. Kroenke is expected in England next week before the FA Cup final. The microscope is not something he welcomes but the lens will inevitably focus in. The Kroenke model across his sports franchises tends not to reach for the stars and Arsenal’s fanbase want a say about that.
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      Wenger normally joins in the traditional lap of appreciation but this time he stayed on the sideline, watching from the edge of the pitch as his players waved and absorbed good wishes before Wembley. He thought it best to keep his distance just in case it was a bit of a distraction – and his players have had enough of that to deal with.
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      Wenger was candid in accepting responsibility. The storm clouds that accompanied the questions about his future were damaging. http://www.authentickansascityroyals.com/Alex-Gordon-Jersey He said the psychological environment the squad had to deal with at the darkest moments grew “horrendous”. (Which begs the obvious question as to why he and the club were not able to sort out the contract and alleviate some of that pressure.)
      Is a season outside the Champions League the end of the world? How critical is it in terms of keeping players whose contracts are winding down, like Alexis Sánchez and Mesut Özil, or attracting shiny new ones? Those conversations are on hold for another week, certainly until after the FA Cup final.
      They at least head into a rendezvous with the champions, Chelsea, on the back of some decent form – in beating an Everton side halfway to the beach they picked up a seventh win in eight games. But they have their worries, especially defensively. Laurent Koscielny will curse misjudging a challenge on Enner Valencia. He clattered clumsily through the Everton forward, was sent off and the chance to lead his team out at Wembley in the FA Cup final is scuppered. Gabriel Paulista then overstretched his knee and left the pitch visibly pained.

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      The Football Association has ratified the modest reforms proposed to its governing council and board, so mercifully drawing to a finish a torturous and long‑winded saga of internal reordering. Bryce Harper Youth Jersey The immediate consequence is that the FA’s structure and makeup of its board, which will have three women and seven men by next year, complies with the – also modest – requirements of the new official code for sports governance.
      This means that several unlikely threats made to the FA – and by the chairman, Greg Clarke, to resign if he did not deliver the reforms – will not be fulfilled. The FA will qualify for the £30m in lottery money it receives from Sport England for grassroots programmes, whose possible removal was dangled if it resisted reform. The sports minister, Tracey Crouch, will not be proceeding with the threat to knock the FA into shape by law, which she made a little reluctantly at a select committee hearing in December, and which seemed as unrealistic as all the previous government threats to legislate for football made over the last 20 years. A vote by 17 MPs in February for a motion of no-confidence in the FA’s ability to reform, proposed by the campaigning Conservative MP Damian Collins, will now be seen as premature. For a parliamentary statement which should have felt momentous, berating the 154‑year‑old founding body of the world’s most popular sport, it will be lucky to make the footnotes in a history of the game.
      The important question, though, is whether the reforms, and a slightly more 20th-century FA, will do much to address the concerns raised by the MPs who bothered to attend that debate. They reeled off the list familiar from supporters’ campaigns ever since the 1992 Premier League breakaway and the then government’s Football Task Force, http://www.officialnationalshop.com/authentic-ben-revere-jersey.html set up five years later. It and subsequent inquiries have criticised the glaring financial inequality driven between the Premier League and the rest of football, the comparison with dire public football facilities, governance failures, destructive or dodgy owners and the prices charged to supporters to loyally follow their team.
      The FA reforms, which were already passed by the council last month, are not really aimed at answering any of those fundamental questions about the soul or even direction of football. It was a matter of complying with the code, whose development was initiated by Crouch and is now overseen by Sport England as a condition of funding. One or two FA council members from the political-correctness-gone-mad tendency, indignant about supposed government interference, floated the idea that football is so rich it can do without the £30m, but they were cajoled, soothed and brought into line by Clarke and some other diplomacy.
      The code itself has been the subject of fierce criticism from Lord Herman Ouseley, chair of the anti-discrimination campaign Kick It Out, who derided it as “pathetic” and the FA’s reforms as a “sham” when they were unveiled. His issue is that while the code sets as a requirement “a minimum of 30% of each gender on its board”, [url= http://www.officialgiantsfootballs.com/B...ey-Jersey-Cheap]Bobby Rainey Authentic Jersey[/url] its standard for ethnic and other diversity is vague. Each sports governing body is only asked to “demonstrate a strong and public commitment to progressing towards achieving gender parity and greater diversity generally on its board, including, but not limited to, Black, Asian, minority ethnic (BAME) diversity, and disability”.
      So after the parliamentary excitements, renegade council members and Clarke’s potential offer of his chairmanship, the reforms amount essentially to three women out of 10 on the board, and 11 new members of the council, swelling its numbers to a not very wieldy looking 131.
      Among those new members will be one more football supporter representative, doubling their presence to two, and further BAME and disability representatives. The council will still be overwhelmingly white male pensioners, many of whom have given sterling service to football, and no anachronisms from the FA’s public school, [url= http://www.officialgiantsfootballs.com/C...ks-Jersey-Cheap] http://www.officialgiantsfootballs.com/C...ks-Jersey-Cheap[/url] Oxbridge history will lose their seats. Clarke himself acknowledged the limits of the changes, saying: “This is a good start but we don’t just want to be compliant with the Sport England code for sports governance – we want to go beyond that. Our aim is to make English football for all and a more inclusive and diverse game.”

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      Players who dive or feign injury could face two-match suspensions from the start of next season after the Football Association voted in favour of introducing retrospective bans.
      The new offence of “successful deception of a match official” is based on a law already used in Scotland and was approved at the FA’s annual general meeting at Wembley.
      Incidents will be reviewed by a panel comprising a former manager, an ex-player and former referee, who will watch the footage independently. If they are unanimous in believing a player deceived a match official, the sanction will be a two-match ban.
      This process is similar to the one already used for red-card offences which were missed at the time but caught on camera, and the cases will be fast-tracked.
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      There have been a number of notable cases of simulation this season, including Robert Snodgrass’s dive to earn a penalty for Hull City against Crystal Palace and other alleged incidents involving Leroy Sané, Dele Alli and Marcus Rashford.
      The Scottish Football Association introduced its “rule 201” in 2011 and spent several years trying to convince Fifa that it was not going too far in taking decision-making away from officials on the day – something world football’s governing body has traditionally been very reluctant to do.
      The reaction to the news was mainly positive, although Sam Allardyce described the decision as “utter rubbish”. The Crystal Palace manager said: “Bring technology in, let us look at it on the day, Authentic Danny Green Youth Jersey and then bring a sin-bin in so we can put him in that for 10 minutes and then put him back on. Stop paying all these people money to do rubbish situations in the game. That’s utter rubbish.”
      However, recent moves to introduce goalline technology and video assistant referees indicate that even Fifa realises match officials need more help and supporters want better decisions.
      With England and Scotland having permanent seats on Fifa’s law-making body, the International Football Association Board, bans for divers could soon become a worldwide policy.
      The retrospective punishment has not eradicated diving in Scotland since it was introduced in 2011 but it has occasionally provided some semblance of justice.
      The Rangers winger Sone Aluko, now at Fulham, became the first player to be punished in December 2011 after winning a penalty against Dunfermline but Ally McCoist, Rangers’ manager at the time, http://www.authenticspurstore.com/Bruce_Bowen_Jersey raged against the decision, saying: “The three gentlemen on the panel have effectively called my player a cheat and a liar, neither of which he is.”

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      Son Heung-min contributed to the rout here by scoring Tottenham’s other two goals. That amounted to six damaging blows to Craig Shakespeare’s prospects of landing the Leicester managerial job on a permanent basis. Ben Chilwell scored for the home team but that was no consolation to their caretaker manager. “There are no positives,” said Shakespeare. “We were totally second-best.”
      Shakespeare should not be judged too harshly on this performance, as the main cause of this thrashing was Tottenham’s exceptional slickness – and their encouraging bloodlust. http://www.officialnationalstore.com/Adam_Eaton_Jersey Mauricio Pochettino had demanded his team maintain their high standards despite the title being beyond them. They had faded at a similar stage last season once Leicester got beyond their reach so the Argentinian wanted to see evidence of a positive evolution since then. His wish was granted, and this time Leicester were left looking like a rabble.
      “Our attitude and internal motivation was good,” said Pochettino. “We have been talking a lot about why we finished so badly last season. This type of performance shows that the team is improving and has learned a lot from last season. This is fantastic.”
      Leicester made the better start but began to tremble as soon as Spurs bared their teeth. That was the beginning of a nightmare for Yohan Benalouane, in particular, as the centre-back was made to look ditzy by Spurs’ artful attackers. Especially Kane. The striker threatened to open the scoring a couple of times before he eventually did so in the 25th minute.
      Toby Alderweireld exposed flat-footedness in Leicester’s rejigged defence by dropping a long pass over them from deep inside his own half. Christian Fuchs, a makeshift centre-back, failed to cut it out and Benalouane undermined the offside scheme. Son took advantage, scampering on to the ball before playing a square pass to Kane, who scored from close range.
      Spurs began to run amok. They increased their lead 11 minutes later with a sumptuous goal, an intricate move culminating with Dele Alli scooping the ball over the head of Benalouane before Son swept a volley into the net from 10 yards.
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      Belief in a home comeback lasted four minutes. That is how long it took Spurs to re-establish their superiority. Alderweireld cantered down the right and floated a cross to the back post, where Victor Wanyama headed it back across to Kane, who nodded in from two yards. Eight minutes later Son struck again, ridiculing Wilfred Ndidi at the edge of the box before sweeping a low shot into the net. The uprising had been quashed with imperious style.
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      Real Madrid are close now. They have one league game left and a draw would be enough to take them to their first La Liga title in five years. Win the next match after that and they will claim a league and European Cup double for the first time in 59 years.
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      Zidane’s managing of Ronaldo’s minutes, his protection of the forward, had paid off once more. The coach has encouraged him to rest, rotating his squad and reserving his No7; Ronaldo has responded by accelerating to the finish line when once he struggled towards it. Of the last seven league away games, this was only his second appearance; he had not played on the road since 19 March. Now he had scored his 12th in eight games. Madrid’s substitutes ran to join the celebrations, conscious of its importance.
      This was in Madrid’s hands now although, driven by Iago Aspas, Celta responded. Pione Sisto struck over before Keylor Navas pushed away Daniel Wass’s free-kick. Aspas then had three efforts in four minutes and turned the ball into the path of John Guidetti with his chest, Bryant Reeves Youth Jersey but the Swede left it behind, which summed up much of the night. Next Celta appealed for a penalty when Raphaël Varane handled on the edge of the area as Jonny looked to go beyond him. He appeared to be outside but the handball was clear; the referee, though, gave nothing except a yellow card for Aspas’s protests.
      Madrid had completed fewer passes and taken fewer shots but were one up at the break. Virtually straight after it, it was two. Wass nodded down to Guidetti six yards out but he misjudged it, the control taking him away from goal. The chance went, possession was lost and suddenly Isco was running through the middle, riding challenges and slipping it to Ronaldo, who side-footed home off the post.
      Celta did not give up but the task soon got harder. Aspas received the ball in the area and Sergio Ramos ran into the back of him. If Aspas encouraged the contact and made the most of it, the foul was no invention. http://www.officialgrizzliestore.com/authentic-34-brandan-wright-jersey.html But across came the referee Juan Martínez Munuera holding yellow and red cards. Even with 10 men Celta attacked and Guidetti finally found a way through with a deflected shot, while the referee lost control sending Celta’s assistant coach walking off – across the pitch. Benzema turned in Marcelo’s pass to score the third from a yard.
      More should have followed, Madrid walking through now. Ronaldo had an opportunity to get a hat-trick but inexplicably put it wide from six yards. Balaídos burst into laughter. He had been close, after all. But ultimately it did not matter: Kroos scored a fourth and Madrid are closer still.

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      It isn’t difficult to understand why there are times when Real Madrid, with all their haughty self‑importance and the inescapable sense that they always seem to get their way, leave some of the other clubs at the higher end of the sport filled with moments of insecurity.
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      Ferguson, you might recall, was so incensed by Madrid’s pursuit of Ronaldo throughout the preceding year that he brought up the fascist dictatorship of General Franco to argue his point that one of the great sporting institutions was, in fact, http://www.authenticspurstore.com/Bruce_Bowen_Jersey morally bankrupt. Ferguson’s press conferences around that time presented the image of a man who refused to be cowed, leaning forward in his chair and promising he would “not sell a virus” to “that mob”. Ferguson, perhaps the greatest actor football has ever produced, struck a pose that day that Al Pacino would have been proud of. But it was all for show. Secretly, there was a gentleman’s agreement with Ronaldo, he just didn’t admit it until a few years later. “I knew full well that if they produced the £80m he would have to go. We could not block his fervent wish to return to Iberia and wear the famous white shirt of Di Stéfano or Zidane.” And Madrid, once again, got their man.
      This is the problem for United now the relevant people at the Bernabéu have realigned their sights on David de Gea, even if it is also true the goalkeeper spent his early football years at the Vicente Calderón, home of Atlético Madrid, where the tribuna lateral held up thousands of red and white cards before their latest encounter with Real to make its point in a huge, defiant mosaic: Orgulloso De No Ser Como Vosotros. Translation: Proud of not being like you.
      It was a nice put-down and that kaleidoscope of colour, with the Almudena cathedral on the skyline, was a wonderful reminder why the old place will be missed when Atlético upgrade this summer to their new stadium out by the airport.
      The bottom line, however, is that it was Zinedine Zidane’s players who finished the night doing knee-slides on the rain-soaked pitch. The club where Jorge Valdano once said you could never have too many stars even have a galáctico managing them now. They have won the European Cup 11 times, four more than Milan and six ahead of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Liverpool on the next rung down, Alex Smith Youth Jersey and los blancos could add another when they meet Juventus in Cardiff on 3 June. If so, it will be the third time in four years that Madrid’s ribbons have adorned that 17lb hulk of silver. Of course De Gea must be intrigued. Of course there are temptations. How, possibly, could anyone think there are not?
      That must be an alarming prospect for United if the club are serious about re-establishing themselves among the elite and Chelsea are probably entitled to a few concerns of their own when Madrid have also been fluttering their eyelashes in Eden Hazard’s direction.
      Madrid might be a chaotic place sometimes – six managers and more crises than they will probably care to remember during David Beckham’s four years at the Bernabéu – but this is still the nearest football has to the Harlem Globetrotters. Or as the headline in USA Today once put it: the Yankees of Soccer. It isn’t easy for any player to say no.
      There is, however, no rule in place that dictates other clubs must dance to their tune and it would be a pity if United and Chelsea do not have the will to stand up to Madrid at a time when the Premier League needs these kind of players and Match of the Day, http://www.chiefsofficialsauthentic.com/CHIEFS-ALLEN-BAILEY-JERSEY a show with natural urges to make the sport feel exciting, had a debate recently about whether England’s top division had lost its stardust.
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      The homecoming of champions can rarely have been this thrilling. An absurdly entertaining occasion littered with smartly taken goals, Al Montoya Youth Jersey bouts of cringe-worthy defending, some late snarl that left Watford depleted and bickering among themselves and a mischievous Diego Costa leaving the bench to pilfer some citrus fruit ended with Antonio Conte wearing a plastic crown on the pitch. The Italian conducted a delighted audience as the fireworks boomed and the tickertape fluttered down all around. If only every night in this arena was this giddy.
      It says much about the belief driving Chelsea on that they prevailed here with a virtual second string, decorated by a few senior regulars to ensure momentum is maintained before the FA Cup final later this month. Some in their number will feel scorched by it all. John Terry may have scored his 67th goal for the club, his first in 485 days, to register for the 17th season in succession but he was understandably ring-rusty and bypassed at times by Watford’s sprightlier performers. He ended up hinting Sunday’s visit of Sunderland could mark his retirement. Kurt Zouma, too, struggled to show his true capabilities in a makeshift back line. Expecting either to hit the ground running was unrealistic.
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      Perhaps he was still lingering in his celebrations when, 36 seconds later, Daryl Janmaat swung over an optimistic cross that Nathan Ake headed up and Terry, his radar awry, nodded up and obligingly towards Etienne Capoue. “If in doubt, get it out,” said Terry. “That’s what I should have done.” The Frenchman looped his own header over a stranded Asmir Begovic and the visitors, with their first real involvement of any note, were level. Terry’s Chelsea career, while glittering, has never been straightforward. That madcap minute rather summed it all up.
      Yet César Azpilicueta, drilling a low shot across Gomes from outside the area after Eden Hazard’s corner, would re-establish the lead before the break with Michy Batshuayi, on his first Premier League start, http://www.officialflyersteamonline.com/Bernie_Parent_Jersey tapping into an unguarded net after benefiting from Ake’s smart control of Kenedy’s deflected shot. That Watford recovered from that point must have encouraged Mazzarri, who suggested afterwards that he is already planning for next season, with Janmaat’s fine run and finish – exploiting Zouma’s poor touch – and the substitute Stefano Okaka, capitalising on yet more uncertainty at the heart of the hosts’ defence to thump a shot beyond Begovic, drawing the visitors briefly level.
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    • xiaolan has written a new blog article "Sydney Jersey" 05.17.2017

      Back in early October, when the world hung on two momentous decisions – the one soon to face American voters, the other tormenting a 10-year-old Sydney schoolboy named Yoshi – the 2016-17 A-League season bolted from the gates as if slapped on the rump.
      Boosted by an A-League record crowd of 61,880 at the Sydney derby, round one saw the highest single-round attendance (106,365) in A-League history and David Gallop was understandably delighted. Knowing a spruiking opportunity when he sees one, Authentic Bryant Reeves Womens Jersey Football Federation Australia’s CEO predicted the momentum would continue into round two with Tim Cahill’s long-awaited, much-discussed A-League debut for City in the Melbourne derby.
      And how it did. In front of 43,188 at Docklands, Cahill led City to a stunning 4-1 win over Victory after opening the scoring with a mantelpiece-worthy 35-metre half-volley of such timeliness that pundits speculated whether Cahill had, with one sweep of his right foot, justified – if not repaid – the $4m spent by FFA and City to secure his services as the league’s marquee player. If there was anyone happier than Cahill at Docklands that night it would have been Gallop. “We’ve got further talks with TV networks this week [about a new TV deal] and while it’s early days, a goal like that from Tim Cahill couldn’t come at a better time,” said Gallop who might well have left the stadium that night with a spring in his step as he fished in his pocket for his car keys.
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      Set against stagnating TV ratings and attendances across the league – even at Cahill’s Melbourne City, even at Sydney FC, where a baffled Graham Arnold issued a plea, in February, for more support from Sydneysiders – many opined that the A-League’s 10-team format has gone stale. Authentic Andrelton Simmons Womens Jersey New teams are desperately needed, they said, to shake things up if the A-League is to make the most of football’s massive participation rate at club level. Moreover, calls for “promotion and relegation” have become a kind of incantation from the progressives who want real change.
      Meanwhile, and most significantly, FFA came under pressure this season from world governing body Fifa to change its governance model and the makeup of its congress; a change that will potentially give the A-League clubs more decision-making powers. http://www.officialangelsproshop.com/Albert_Pujols_Jersey FFA has agreed to overhaul its congress but, as yet, despite a 31 March Fifa-imposed deadline, and despite a number of fractious meetings between FFA and key stakeholders – which include nine state and territory-based federations, the newly formed Association of Australian Football Clubs (the representative body of National Premier League clubs), and Professional Footballers Australia – consensus has yet to be achieved.
      Forget Jordy Buijs’ hairstyle, forget Ange Postecoglou’s vigorous sweat glands, the governance of the game in Australia has become the biggest issue in football and until it’s sorted out it’s hard to see football casting off its much-touted “sleeping giant” status to become, as has so often been predicted, the dominant professional sport in Australia.

    • xiaolan has written a new blog article "virtually Jersey" 05.16.2017

      Over by White Hart Lane’s East Stand, underneath the halfway line, lie the ashes of Bill Nicholson – the late, great Tottenham Hotspur player and manager who, more than anybody, left a lasting impression on the club.
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      It was a celebration from start to finish, albeit one that veered off script for about 20 minutes after the full-time whistle, when thousands of fans ignored the appeals to stay off the pitch and came yomping on. Maybe they simply could not help themselves.
      Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Jan Vertonghen were caught up in the crowds and had to fight their way through them to reach the sanctuary of the tunnel. When uniformed police officers massed in that area, it briefly threatened to turn into a spectacle that nobody wanted.
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      Almost providentially, the rain stopped and the most vivid of rainbows arched up over the stadium, as Mauricio Pochettino and his current squad joined the party for a lap of honour. It was impossible to imagine a more perfect scene.
      Every supporter could feel the pull of 118 years of history, the churn of their individual memories and Daniel Levy, the chairman, summed it up when he said they “should take a moment to look around and recognise the momentous and poignant occasion of which we are now part”.
      There were numerous lump-in-the-throat moments and it all kicked off when the teams walked out prior to kick-off and were greeted by white-and-blue flags waved from virtually every seat. The roar that went up set the tone and it was an afternoon of song from the home fans.
      Pochettino had predicted that he would struggle to hold back the tears and there was plenty of love for the manager of whom Nicholson would surely have approved. Andy Pettitte Womens Jersey The crowd serenaded him on more than one occasion with the song about him being magic and the thought occurred that precious few Tottenham managers in recent times have been feted in such a way.
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      That said, the expectation has always been that it would be the final campaign here and, according to Pochettino, the players have been intent on wringing every last drop out of it. This was a 17th consecutive victory for them here in all competitions. The dynamics have also been finessed by the simple fact that Tottenham will not actually leave the footprint of the existing site – apart from when they play next season at Wembley. They are not moving and the new pitch will overlap the old one.
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    • xiaolan has written a new blog article "really Jersey" 05.16.2017

      And, breathe again. After an extended, processional run-in that started as a head-down sprint away from the peloton and settled into an imperious push from the front, Chelsea are once again champions of the Premier League. Bernie Parent Womens Jersey Friday night’s crowning victory at The Hawthorns was the 25th in 30 league matches since Antonio Conte’s decisive re-gearing of his team in September, the tactical switches that have coaxed such a thrilling run from this team of bolt-ons and upcycled squad players, most notably Victor Moses, who was dredged out of the laundry bin in the autumn to become a key part of the title surge.
      This feels like a significant league title in more ways than one. It is now 14 years since Roman Abramovich emerged as an spendthrift presence in west London. Five titles and a Champions League win have now sealed Chelsea’s place as the dominant English club of that period. For all the glories of the Ferguson end-game, Manchester City’s rise and Arsenal’s unflinching desire to finish in the top four and occasionally win the FA Cup, this is now Chelsea’s mini-era.
      Not to mention confirmation if any were needed of elite English football’s main subtext since the turn of the century, the transformational dominance of overseas billionaire investment. http://www.officialflyersteamonline.com/Andrew_Macdonald_Jersey Just as significant in the long term, Chelsea were also granted permission this season for their new on-site mega-stadium, a 60,000-seat upgrade that will mean the current Stamford Bridge is razed and replaced by something that looks like a vast alien space yurt made of giant Martian redwood stems.
      It is another pointer toward Abramovich’s vast capital expenditure. But also a firm move towards the oft-promised sustainable future. Such talk chimes with the season just past and with Conte’s own kitchen-sink achievement in taking a team with net spend of £20m this season to a dominant league title.
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      Conte has broken the mould further with the suggestion he might escape the Abramovich cleaver, becoming the first of his line to leave by his own volition. Those recurrent noises in Italy about a move to Internazionale have resurfaced this week. It seems overwhelmingly likely Conte will stay, pay rise pending. But it is a feat of rare political skill to have made himself so unusually vital to the current success.
      How has he done it? Attention has focused on the much-celebrated switch to playing a back three after the defeats by Liverpool and Arsenal in September. http://www.mavericksteamonline.com/Harrison_Barnes_Jersey Chelsea were crunching about in reverse gear at the time. Reports have suggested senior management were underwhelmed by performances. Conte had arrived a week early despite spending his summer with Italy at the Euros. Exhausted, he went home during the international break to see his family and brood. On his return the team that faced Hull City had been reconfigured. Moses wasn’t overly drilled, just told he would be playing right wing-back, that Conte had seen enough to know.
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    • xiaolan has written a new blog article "likely Jersey" 05.15.2017

      Juventus wasted a chance to clinch a record sixth successive Serie A title with a 3-1 defeat at Roma on Sunday. Stephan El Shaarawy put Roma 2-1 ahead early in the second half with a long, Andrelton Simmons Youth Jersey low shot that was deflected by the Juventus full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner. Radja Nainggolan added another for the hosts to hand the Bianconeri their first league defeat since playing Fiorentina in January.
      Mario Lemina was set up by Gonzalo Higuaín to give Juventus the lead midway through the first half but Daniele De Rossi equalised for Roma four minutes later. With two rounds remaining Juventus’s lead over Roma was reduced to four points. Napoli are third, one point further back, after their 5-0 rout of Torino earlier.
      Juventus’s last two matches are against the relegation-threatened Crotone and Bologna. http://www.officialangelsproshop.com/Albert_Pujols_Jersey Since Serie A was founded in 1929 no club has won more than five successive titles. Set to face Lazio in the Italian Cup final on Wednesday and Real Madrid in the Champions League final next month, Juventus are aiming for a treble. Perhaps with those fixtures in mind the Juventus coach, Massimiliano Allegri, chose to rest their playmaker Paulo Dybala.
      After a strong start from Roma the Juventus full-back Kwadwo Asamoah hit the post seven minutes into a fast-paced first half. Higuaín met a long pass from Stefano Sturaro at the edge of the box with a volley that enabled Lemina to bang the ball in. Then De Rossi knocked in a close-range rebound from a header by Kostas Manolas.
      Gianluigi Buffon appeared confused by Lichtsteiner’s deflection when he was beaten by El Shaarawy’s shot, which deflected in off the far post. Authentic Sonny Jurgensen Womens Jersey Nainggolan, who had been a questionable starter due to a calf injury, then traded passes with Mohamed Salah before evading two defenders – including his former Roma team-mate Miralem Pjanic – to beat Buffon inside the near post.
      Allegri sent on Dybala after falling behind 3-1 and the Argentina international appeared to have earned a penalty in added time but the referee said to play on.
      Earlier José Callejón scored twice and Lorenzo Insigne, Dries Mertens and Piotr Zielinski added goals for Napoli, who extended their unbeaten streak to 10 matches with their victory over Torino.
      If Antonio Conte really does leave the newly crowned English Premier League champions, Chelsea, for Internazionale, he is going to be charged with pulling off quite a turnaround. Inter’s crisis deepened with a home defeat by Sassuolo that extended their winless sequence to eight matches and included a walkout by their most ardent supporters.
      Twenty minutes in with the score 0-0 during the lunchtime fixture, hard-core “ultra” fans unfurled a banner that read, “Since you don’t deserve our support, today we’re saluting you and going to eat.” The ultras then exited the San Siro stadium while the remaining fans applauded.
      Inter’s fourth successive defeat came in the first match since Stefano Pioli was fired and the youth team coach, Stefano Vecchi, was put in charge. http://www.footballredskinsprostore.com/Sonny_Jurgensen_Jersey_Cheap The Nerazzurri have not won since March. Pietro Iemmello scored twice for Sassuolo before the substitute Eder pulled one back for Inter. The defeat left Inter eighth and likely out of the Europa League places.
      “I understand the fans,” the Inter goalkeeper, Samir Handanovic, said. “I’ve been here for five years and I always see the same situations. They’re right. Inter shouldn’t be seventh or eighth like it’s been for five years. Patience can only last so long ... This is the worst moment since I’ve been here.”
      Inter have not finished better than fourth since their second place in 2011. Vecchi is Inter’s fourth coach since August, when Roberto Mancini surprisingly resigned weeks before the season started. Frank de Boer guided the club until November, when Pioli was hired.
      Conte is reportedly considering taking over Inter for next season.
      “Right now there’s a situation and environment of great negativity which can also be felt on the pitch,” Vecchi said. “It’s normal that there’s a protest like this. The squad shouldn’t be in eighth place so it’s normal that the fans express their disappointment.”
      Elsewhere Genoa, Empoli and Crotone are still fighting to avoid becoming the final relegated team. Crotone kept their hopes alive with a 1-0 win against Udinese while Genoa lost 1-0 at Palermo and Empoli were defeated 3-2 at Cagliari. With two rounds remaining, Genoa have 33 points, Empoli 32 and Crotone 31.
      Also Sampdoria and Chievo Verona drew 1-1 and Bologna beat last-placed Pescara 3-1. Palermo and Pescara have already been relegated.
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    • xiaolan has written a new blog article "football Jersey" 05.15.2017

      It isn’t difficult to understand why there are times when Real Madrid, with all their haughty self‑importance and the inescapable sense that they always seem to get their way, leave some of the other clubs at the higher end of the sport filled with moments of insecurity.
      There are plenty of other great clubs who regard European domination as a legitimate ambition. Andy Pettitte Youth Jersey Yet none, perhaps – not even Barcelona – have the same kind of magnetic attraction for the game’s superstars. None of the other superpowers seem so sure of themselves, bordering on a superiority complex, when it comes to luring their targets. No other club take more pleasure from flexing their muscles and reminding everyone about the order of merit that exists among the elite.
      “Madrid paid £80m in cash, and do you know why,” Sir Alex Ferguson writes of Cristiano Ronaldo in his last autobiography. “It was a way for Florentino Pérez, their president, to say to the world: ‘We are Real Madrid, we are the biggest of the lot.’ It was a clever move.”
      Ferguson, you might recall, was so incensed by Madrid’s pursuit of Ronaldo throughout the preceding year that he brought up the fascist dictatorship of General Franco to argue his point that one of the great sporting institutions was, in fact, morally bankrupt. http://www.authenticyankeeshop.com/authentic-andrew-miller-jersey.html Ferguson’s press conferences around that time presented the image of a man who refused to be cowed, leaning forward in his chair and promising he would “not sell a virus” to “that mob”. Ferguson, perhaps the greatest actor football has ever produced, struck a pose that day that Al Pacino would have been proud of. But it was all for show. Secretly, there was a gentleman’s agreement with Ronaldo, he just didn’t admit it until a few years later. “I knew full well that if they produced the £80m he would have to go. We could not block his fervent wish to return to Iberia and wear the famous white shirt of Di Stéfano or Zidane.” And Madrid, once again, got their man.
      This is the problem for United now the relevant people at the Bernabéu have realigned their sights on David de Gea, even if it is also true the goalkeeper spent his early football years at the Vicente Calderón, home of Atlético Madrid, where the tribuna lateral held up thousands of red and white cards before their latest encounter with Real to make its point in a huge, defiant mosaic: Orgulloso De No Ser Como Vosotros. Translation: Proud of not being like you.
      It was a nice put-down and that kaleidoscope of colour, with the Almudena cathedral on the skyline, was a wonderful reminder why the old place will be missed when Atlético upgrade this summer to their new stadium out by the airport.
      The bottom line, however, is that it was Zinedine Zidane’s players who finished the night doing knee-slides on the rain-soaked pitch. The club where Jorge Valdano once said you could never have too many stars even have a galáctico managing them now. Authentic Ben Revere Youth Jersey They have won the European Cup 11 times, four more than Milan and six ahead of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Liverpool on the next rung down, and los blancos could add another when they meet Juventus in Cardiff on 3 June. If so, it will be the third time in four years that Madrid’s ribbons have adorned that 17lb hulk of silver. Of course De Gea must be intrigued. Of course there are temptations. How, possibly, could anyone think there are not?
      That must be an alarming prospect for United if the club are serious about re-establishing themselves among the elite and Chelsea are probably entitled to a few concerns of their own when Madrid have also been fluttering their eyelashes in Eden Hazard’s direction.
      Madrid might be a chaotic place sometimes – six managers and more crises than they will probably care to remember during David Beckham’s four years at the Bernabéu – but this is still the nearest football has to the Harlem Globetrotters. http://www.officialnationalshop.com/authentic-14-chris-heisey-jersey.html Or as the headline in USA Today once put it: the Yankees of Soccer. It isn’t easy for any player to say no.

    • xiaolan has written a new blog article "game Jersey" 05.13.2017

      Welcome, then, to the Guardian’s third annual index of ineptitude, its inventory of incompetence, its hagiography of half-arsedness. As we near the end of each season it is traditional to round up the best moments of the league – best performances, Authentic Devin Harris Youth Jersey best goals, best players etc. All of which is all well and good but tends to brush over the fact that 95% of the Premier League matchday experience is huff, puff and dross.
      So this is our celebration of all the elite clubs who cannot take a throw-in without lobbing the ball directly to the opposition. Let’s raise a glass to goalkeeping howlers, teams that can’t score and players who get cautioned for taking off their shirts. Here’s a big thumbs up to those teams who can’t win from 2-0 up. Hats off, in short, to the bunglers, blunderers and bodgers.
      There is an element of science to this. The boffins at Opta have provided extensive stats which we have abused with the same sort of incompetence we are cheering. For each act of Premier League ineptitude, http://www.mavericksteamonline.com/Dirk_Nowitzki_Jersey we have awarded (a reasonably arbitrary, if we’re honest – but, hey, this won’t be the most serious analysis you’ve ever read) number of penalty points, which we’ve tallied into a rolling league table.
      QPR, Burnley and Everton were the 2014-15 top three; Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion and Norwich headed the list last season.
      The throw-in is a simple business. A player can literally throw the ball to a team-mate. Even better, the opposition must be at least two metres away. At its most base level, it should be absolutely impossible to concede possession from a throw-in. Authentic Chandler Parsons Womens Jersey Though there are cases to be made for teams hopefully throwing the ball long into the box, or hurling it optimistically into space for an onrushing attacker, there is simply no excuse for Leicester City to have thrown the ball to the opposition 297 times this season. That’s 8.5 times a game, or once every 10 minutes. What’s worse, is that they topped the list for this offence last year too, doing it 7.6 times a game, suggesting they have entirely failed to learn their lesson. They get 10 penalty points for not being able to throw a ball properly. Watford are next worst, having done it 263 times (eight-point penalty), West Brom did it 262 times (six points), Burnley 212 times (four points), Tottenham Hotspur 190 times (two points). Arsenal, who were the best at not throwing the ball directly to the opposition last year, retain their crown this year. They managed it only 71 times.
      Goalkeepers kicking long is a pretty long-established tactic. But is it effective? Not really. Leicester City have lost possession from a goalkeeper’s long clearance 229 times, with Hull City (207), http://www.authenticgrizzliestore.com/Jarell_Martin_Jersey Sunderland (196), Burnley and Watford (193 each) and West Bromwich Albion (192) next on the list. What’s interesting is the other end of the table. The best teams at keeping possession from a long clearance (or those who use the tactic more sparingly) are Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool – or the current top five in the Premier League table. It stands to reason, then, that hoofing it long is not your best path to success. That said, it’s not as big a crime as failing to throw the ball to a team-mate, so we’ll give five points to Leicester, four to Hull, three to Sunderland, two apiece to Burnley and Watford and one to West Brom.

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