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Qatar World Cup 2022 bid team accused of secret ‘black-ops’ campaign to sabotage rivals
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Buffon: ‘I’ve never been told I was number one’
Buffon is looking forward to a new challenge at PSG. — Reuters pic SINGAPORE, July 29 — Legendary Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon said he had never been guaranteed a spot as a first-choice goalkeeper throughout his playing career.Paris Saint-Germain’s new shot-stopper was responding to a question on whether he was guaranteed a starting spot at the Parisian club, with three other keepers vying for the starting spot between the posts – Germany’s Kevin Trapp and the French duo of Alphonse Areola and Sebastien Cibois.“I’ve never spoken to anyone on this matter but throughout my career I have never been told I was guaranteed to be a number one (a starting spot).“I trained hard and worked endlessly to get the spot,” the 40-year-old said.The former Italy captain praised his fellow goalkeepers and said he cannot wait to challenge them for the starting spot.“I have a great relationship with Kevin Trapp and he has qualities to be a top goalkeeper.“With regards to the other two, they have potential to be great players but it also depends on how they channel their mental strength and aura to be the best,” he told members of the media during a press conference at Singapore’s National Stadium.Buffon conceded three goals in yesterday’s 5-1 defeat to Arsenal in the 2018 International Champions Cup but went home with more positives than negatives.He impressed the crowd with four one-on-one saves before being replaced in the 73rd minute by Cibois.“The result yesterday is not the most important.“The important thing right now is that I’m happy to be here with the coach (Thomas Tuchel) and the team, and I’m ready to take on my new role at my new club.”Buffon spent 17 successful seasons at Turin, amassing a total of 656 appearances along with 11 Serie A titles.On July 6 he signed a one-year deal with an option for a second year at PSG.“It feels great to be part of this new club, a new team. I’m hungry for this challenge, and I relish this challenge.“At this point of my career I felt it was a good timing to make a switch to a new club and I’m still hungry as ever to win trophies,” he said. [...]
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PSG manager Thomas Tuchel says whatever he speaks with Neymar is a secret
Tuchel said he's been impressed with Neymar's abilities and believes the forward has so much more to offer to PSG. — Reuters pic SINGAPORE, July 29 — It’s a secret.That is what Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel had to say when asked on what he discusses with Brazil star Neymar, especially in relation to his 'playacting' tactics.“When I speak to him about something, we do it behind closed doors.“What I talk to him about is a secret I keep. I’m very sure I have a connection with him and I need a connection with these kind of big players,” he said.The 44-year-old German manager added there is a lot more room for improvement in the 26-year-old’s career.“Whenever I speak about Neymar I have to say there’s a lot of potential in him. He’s an outstanding player.“He knows how to handle big defeats and victories. I will always help him and talk to him,” Tuchel told members of the media at Singapore’s National Stadium earlier today.Neymar joined PSG before the start of last season and enjoyed a debut year in Paris with 28 goals in 30 matches.He missed the last two months of the Ligue 1 season due to a fractured foot but recovered in time for the 2018 World Cup.He scored twice but failed to impress during the quarterfinal battle against Belgium where Tite’s side went down 2-1.“In sport, you have challenges to bounce back. He will bounce back. He is a champion," Tuchel told members of the media during an earlier press conference on Friday.Neymar is one of the big names who did not make the trip to Singapore alongside Kylian Mbappe and Dani Alves.Singapore’s Straits Times however reported that Edinson Cavani, Thiago Silva and Marquinhos will be headed to the Lion City ahead of their clash against Atletico Madrid at 7.35pm tomorrow, while Neymar might meet up with the squad tomorrow just before they leave Singapore.Tuchel was forced to field a young and rather inexperienced side during yesterday’s 5-1 defeat to Arsenal but said it was a good learning opportunity for the youngsters.“It’s a big opportunity for the younger guys, everybody who knows me know I’m not afraid to let the young guys play especially if they are ready and they have proved to me that they can play.”Angel Di Maria is the latest star to join PSG’s 2018 International Champions Cup pre-season squad alongside Gianluigi Buffon, Lass Diarra, Adrien Rabiot and Julian Draxler.However, Tuchel said he would not rush any big names for playing time just because he needs a good result.“The big players are not here and I’m not too happy that they are not here. Let’s not worry about who arrives or not but focus on who is here now.“We should take care off today and not worry too much about tomorrow or next week.”Tuchel added: “We don’t want to put pressure on the players arriving to perform. As a fan I’d love to see Di Maria play but I have to take care of his health and cannot do things which are not reasonable.” [...]
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Olympic champ Biles victorious in return to gymnastics competition
Simone Biles won the senior all-around crown at the US Classic in Columbus, Ohio yesterday. — Reuters pic LOS ANGELES, July 29 ― Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles made a triumphant, if imperfect, return to competition yesterday, winning the senior all-around crown at the US Classic in Columbus, Ohio.Biles, who tied an Olympic record with five medals, four of them gold, at the Rio Games, hadn't competed since 2016 and she showed some signs of nerves with a fall and a few uncharacteristic wobbles.Nevertheless, Biles took the senior all-around title with a total of 58.700 points.Riley McCusker of Brielle, New Jersey, tallied 57.500 for second, with 2017 World all-around champion Morgan Hurd rounding out the top three at 56.350.Biles won two of the four event titles: balance beam and floor exercise as she qualified for the US championships next month with the World Championships coming up in October.“I feel pretty good with where I'm at in this time of the year, and even from Rio I feel like I've improved,” said Biles, who is already looking ahead toward the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. “I'm pretty proud of myself at this point.” ― AFP [...]
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Little cheer for Mourinho with Liverpool defeat, Matic news
(Reuters) - Good news was in short supply for Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho on Saturday as his side were thrashed 4-1 by Liverpool in the International Champions Cup and he confirmed Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic will miss the start of the season. [...]
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Chelsea transfer news: Eden Hazard to Real Madrid takes dramatic twist – EXCLUSIVE
EDEN HAZARD is set to stay at Chelsea after his move to Real Madrid collapsed over their refusal to pay a world-record £200million to lure him away from Stamford Bridge. [...]
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Man Utd 1 – Liverpool 4: Shaqiri impresses on debut as Reds thrash Mourinho's men
MANCHESTER UNITED were thumped by fierce rivals Liverpool 4-1 in the International Champions Cup. [...]
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'Even a rocket ship won't help us', McLaren’s Alonso airs frustration
McLaren's Fernando Alonso is seen during practice ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest July 27, 2018. ― Reuters pic BUDAPEST, July 29 ― Lewis Hamilton apart, Fernando Alonso may be the man most worth watching ― and listening to ― in today's Hungarian Grand Prix.The two-time world champion, who will start the race from 11th on the grid in his McLaren, will be celebrating his 37th birthday.Given that landmark, an advanced age for a top sportsman and well-matured for a Formula One driver, the absence of any clarity over his future and his current waspish mood, both his racing and his radio messages should be entertaining.This year's winner with Toyota at the Le Mans 24-Hours race is widely regarded as one of the greatest drivers of his era ― a pole-sitter at 21 and a winner at 22, in the same season, he was a record-breaker.Yet having won 30 Grands Prix before his 30th birthday and raced for two of the greatest teams in the sport ― Ferrari and McLaren ― he has been winless since 2012 and without a podium finish since 2014.The tag of “greatest of his time” may not hang heavily, but as his radio conversation revealed yesterday he seems content to have become an entertainer, not a winner.A frustrated, grumbling, but humorous sideshow.During the rain-hit session at the Hungaroring, his skill in the wet was clearly undimmed by the torrential rain as he performed with elan in an uneasy car.To those listening, it was remarkable that his car control was so near-perfect given that he could, at the same time, appear to be locked in amusing arguments about the next choice of tyres ― intermediates or wets — and watching the action on giant screens around the circuit.With only minutes remaining in Q2, it was of scant interest to Alonso even if the voice from McLaren's pit-wall was adamant that a choice was required.McLaren: “Fernando ― do you think we should do a new set of inters or wets? New inters or wets?”Alosno: “I think we should go to the garage and see the conditions. With the wets we can go out, but if we are 25 seconds slower then it is just running for nothing. We need to improve the P11.”McLaren: “Ok, Fernando. If we did that, we would just have time...it would be only for one timed lap at the end. It would be one at the end.”Alonso: “I don't know, mate. Put whatever tyre you want! The last sector is impossible so, even if you put on a rocket-ship, we will still be 11th.”All of which came after he had already produced another one-liner to remember when told “we've seen someone do a 28.7 in the final sector ― so there is a possibility.”“Yes and nine seconds lost in the second sector,” he responded. “I saw the TV as well.”Such an exchange has become typical of his radio chats with McLaren while racing at speeds of up to and beyond 250 kmh.Indeed, Alonso's radio channel is one of the most popular ― frequently chosen to be transmitted on the international television feed ― much to his clear annoyance.“I don't know what problem they have ― to put my radio always ― and I don't know what was not normal about the conversation, when the track is getting worse,” he complained.“You cannot improve any more the times. You chat about which tyres to put and if it's worth doing another run or not. It's their favourite hobby! So, good luck to them.”As to the actual driving, he said he was happy.“I think it was a lucky Saturday, a good qualifying, P11, close to the points, so I am happy. But we need something more on Sunday.” ― AFP [...]
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Shaqiri shines in debut as Liverpool rout United
Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates after scoring a goal against Manchester United during the International Champions Cup in Chicago July 28, 2018. ― Reuters pic CHICAGO, July 29 ― Liverpool scored three second half goals as they wrapped up their pre-season tour of America yesterday with a dominating 4-1 victory over Manchester United at Michigan Stadium.Xherdan Shaqiri put a stamp on his Liverpool debut with a spectacular bicycle-kick goal to round out the scoring in the International Champions Cup match in front of a crowd of 101,000.Shaqiri, of Switzerland, was one of five recent high profile signings which saw Liverpool shell out more than £200 million (RM1.06 billion) in an attempt to close the gap on Premier League champions Manchester City.It was a nice way for the Reds to finish up their US exhibition swing as they now travel back to Merseyside before continuing their preparations for the season with a training camp in France beginning next week.Sadio Mane converted a penalty to open the scoring for Liverpool in the 28th minute.Manchester United's 22-year-old midfielder Andreas Pereira tied the game 1-1 in the 31st minute off a free kick.But Juergen Klopp's Liverpool squad seized command in the second half, starting with Daniel Sturridge's 66th-minute strike.Shaqiri, 26, did the heavy lifting on the play, outmuscling a United defender and then slipping a pass back to Sturridge who made it 2-1.Sheyi Ojo then scored off a spot-kick in the 74th minute. That set the stage for Shaqiri to bring the packed stadium to its feet eight minutes later with his overhead kick from inside the box off a nice feed from Ben Woodburn. ― AFP [...]
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Guardiola's love helped me get through crisis, says Silva
David Silva has become a City favourite for the role he has played in eight years at the club in winning three Premier League titles, three League Cups and an FA Cup. ― Reuters pic LONDON, July 28 ― Pep Guardiola and Manchester City showed their human side in the sympathetic manner with which they treated David Silva over the premature birth of his son Mateo the Spanish star told The Daily Mirror.Silva ― who has become a City favourite for the role he has played in eight years at the club in winning three Premier League titles, three League Cups and an FA Cup ― said those months of flying back and forth between England and Spain to spend time with Mateo were the “toughest of his life”.Mateo was born extremely premature in December last year and Silva missed four games over the busy festive period as a result.“I have always been well treated by the club, but when Mateo was born prematurely I think it was the time when I realised just how much the club means to me,” said Silva.“It was Christmas. It was the busiest part of the season and I knew Pep needed me to play.“Yet Pep just said to me 'look, there is nothing more important than your family. Take all the time you need to look after your son, your family and also yourself'.“In the worst moment of my life, Pep and the people at City showed me the kind of love that you can only appreciate when you have been in that kind of crisis.”The 32-year-old forward, capped over 100 times and a member of two Euro winning sides in 2008/12 and the 2010 World Cup winning team, said it was draining watching his son battling to stay alive.“You just don't expect to see your baby fighting for his life,” said Silva.“Looking back you wonder how you coped. I relied on the strength of my girlfriend and my family ― and also my team-mates and my club.“Mateo was also a source of inspiration because of the way he fought.“I was flying from England to Spain, trying to be with my son, trying to train, going back to Manchester to play for City.“It goes without saying that the first few months after my son was born were the toughest of my life.”Silva, who says he will see out the remaining two years of his contract and then look to play elsewhere but not in England partly due to “the rain”, says his son is improving but it is too early to say if there is any long term damage. “It is too early to say all is well with Mateo, but the good news is that my son is getting stronger and stronger,” said Silva.“He has to continue with medical tests every now and then, but at least we can think a little about the future.” ― AFP [...]
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Hamilton dances in the rain to take pole in Mercedes lockout
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton (centre) celebrates after qualifying in pole position with second placed Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas (left) and third placed Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen (right), July 28, 2018. ― Reuters pic BUDAPEST, July 28 ― Lewis Hamilton danced in the rain on his way to a memorable pole today ahead of his team-mate Valtteri Bottas as Mercedes secured a front row lockout for the Hungarian Grand Prix.The championship leading Briton, who is battling with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel for a fifth drivers’ world title, delivered another master-class in wet-weather driving and perfect timing.He chose to go for his final flying lap in the dying seconds of the session and grabbed pole with a lap that produced his team’s fourth lockout of the season.Six days after his epic drive from 14th on the grid to win the rain-hit German Grand Prix last Sunday, he claimed his sixth pole in Hungary, his fifth this year and the 77th of his career.“Are we good?” Hamilton asked his team over the radio. “We're good,” came the reply.“It’s great for the team to have a one-two,” added Hamilton. “Jeez. We couldn’t have expected this. The heavens opened and it was fair game ”Hamilton was nearly three-tenths quicker than Bottas who was second ahead of fellow-Finn Kimi Raikkonen and his Ferrari team-mate Vettel, Carlos Sainz of Renault and Pierre Gasly of Toro Rosso.“When it was drier it was a bit like doing ballet and tip-toeing, trying to find a line,” added Hamilton.“It was give and take all the way around. We’ve got a great position so we’re going to do our best to keep the red guys behind us ”Bottas said: “I crossed the line on pole and then Lewis had a better lap He was quicker, but a one-two for the team ― it could have been worse! We are free to fight so I’m looking forward to it.”Thunder crackled Raikkonen reflected: “The weather was the most important thing today and the car was driveable and enjoyable. I was a bit unlucky with the tyres ”Max Verstappen was seventh for Red Bull ahead of New Zealander Brendon Hartley, who made the top ten for the first time in his Toro Rosso, Kevin Magnussen and his Haas team-mate Romain Grosjean.Ferrari had been clearly fastest in dry conditions, but after a sweltering morning with a track temperature touching 58 degrees Celsius, qualifying began in dramatically different conditions.This created tricky conditions, similar to those during the race in Germany a week earlier, and the use of “intermediate” tyres as thunder crackled and black clouds swirled.Ferrari and Mercedes were the last to switch to the ultra-soft slicks, leaving their drivers in danger of failing to clock a lap time before more rain fell. As Vettel led at the top, McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne, Charles Leclerc of Sauber, Esteban Ocon and his Force India team-mate Esteban Ocon, and Williams’ Russian rookie Sergey Sirotkin were eliminated.When Q2 began, Vettel went out on intermediates while the rest remained on slicks. Within seconds, it was clear that his decision was a wise one as rain swept in and the pack returned to change tyres.This all resulted in Fernando Alonso, Ricciardo, Nico Hulkenberg, Marcus Ericsson and Stroll missing the cut to the top-ten shootout which began with everyone on “full wet” tyres.In succession, Verstappen, Bottas and then Hamilton topped the times on their first runs with Vettel down in sixth, as a patch of blue sky appeared over the Turn 14 grandstand.With five minutes remaining, Hamilton led Bottas before Raikkonen went top by four-tenths ahead of the two Mercedes men.On new full wets, Vettel was unable to find much extra pace as, with two minutes remaining, Hamilton and Raikkonen rejoined on new rubber for their final ― and dramatic ― flying laps. ― AFP [...]
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Tuchel calls for later seasons after World Cups
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - New Paris St Germain coach Thomas Tuchel fielded a virtually unrecognisable side in a 5-1 pre-season friendly defeat against Arsenal on Saturday, forced to cope without a raft of players involved in the latter stages of the World Cup until next week. [...]
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