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At the end of a stress-free victory for Antonio Conte’s men, Chelsea had safely navigated a passage into the FA Cup fifth round for the 18th time in 20 seasons and the crowd were standing to acclaim their manager after one of those intermittent periods – such is modern life at Stamford Bridge – when he has come under scrutiny for the apparent crime of not having the Premier League sewn up. Men's Nike New York Jets #26 Marcus Maye Limited Black 2016 Salute to Service NFL JerseyChelsea’s supporters must know the drill by now, after all these years of Abramovich rule, but this was about as comfortable as it gets for Conte’s men and another reminder, perhaps, about the chasm that exists between the teams near the top of the Premier League and those towards the other end. Newcastle were obliging opponents and, if anything, it was a surprise Chelsea did not add more goals to go with the two Michy Batshuayi scored before half-time and Marcos Alonso’s expertly taken free-kick during a second half when the away team displayed a startling lack of self-belief. For Newcastle, that makes it 12 years since they last reached the fifth round and they will have left Stamford Bridge knowing that the next time they play in this competition it will have been half a century since their ribbons fluttered from a trophy of any description. Not too many Newcastle fans remember the 1969 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and their dissatisfaction could be heard in the form of several mutinous chants calling for an end to Mike Ashley’s ownership of the club. Those chants have become the soundtrack to Newcastle’s season Jeff Bagwell Youth jerseyand the unusually large expanse of empty seats in the away end told its own story. The early kick-off will not have helped travel arrangements but, in happier times for Newcastle, it would have been almost impossible to imagine this kind of diminished following for an FA Cup tie against the reigning league champions. The ones who did make it still managed to make a fair old racket but it was a tepid performance from Newcastle and the game followed a familiar narrative bearing in mind Rafael Benítez’s team have managed only one point out of a possible 33 from Cory Spangenberg Jersey their league encounters against top-10 sides this season. It felt like deja vu but it was particularly disappointing bearing in mind their inability to find out for themselves why Chelsea have found it such heavy going recently. Conte’s men had won only two of their previous seven fixtures since the turn of the year and one of those was in a penalty shootout against Norwich City in the previous round. Yet this was a breeze for the home side and Newcastle did not have the wit or gumption to do anything about it. Instead, there was an air of inevitability once Batshuayi had followed up his first goal by letting fly just before half-time Authentic Lavonte David Jersey and finding his luck was in as the ball spun off Jamaal Lascelles to arch over the goalkeeper Karl Darlow and drop into the exposed net. Lascelles was unfortunate after throwing himself at the ball to block the shot but it must have been alarming for Benítez to see how easily his team had been opened up and the disruption in his back four. At least there was a touch of refinement about the buildup to the first goal and, specifically, the curling through-ball that Pedro put behind Newcastle’s defence to leave Eden Hazard with the chance to run, one‑on‑one, at Chancel Mbemba. Hazard flicked the ball inside him to Alonso and the next touch fell invitingly for Batshuayi, six yards out, to fire in from the centre of goal. Batshuayi, the subject of a possible loan move to Seville, could be on his way out of Chelsea if Edin Dzeko joins from Roma. With that deal looking unlikely given that the former Manchester City striker has yet to agree personal terms, Conte, however, has indicated that he would prefer Batshuayi to stay. Benítez spent just as long in the post-match press conference talking about his own potential transfer business – “Our fans are very clever, they know’s going on,” he said – as he did the match itself, and Newcastle could certainly do with some more talented players. cheap nfl jerseys cheap nfl jerseys paypal wholesale nfl jerseys supply wholesale nfl jerseys china nfl jerseys nike
xiaolan Feb 12 · Tags: jersey
Michael Peter Hadad left Trinidad & Tobago on 13 October for London to watch Chelsea and his idol, Thibaut Courtois, play for the first time. The day before the flight he had packed all the Chelsea- and Courtois-related items he owned into his Chelsea bag, together with a Sharpie marker pen. In his childhood innocence he believed that he would meet Courtois and get him to sign every item. Reebok NHL Men's Dale Weise Black Premier Jersey - #22 Philadelphia Flyers 2017 Stadium Series“We just smiled,” recalls his mum, Kathryn. “Not letting him know that we thought that his dreams were too big and perhaps just a bit unrealistic. My son turned 10 last February and told me that the only thing he wanted for his birthday was to see Chelsea and Courtois in person.” Women's Scott Simonson Limited White/Pink Nike Jersey: NFL Carolina Panthers #80 Rush FashionThey had been to London once before. They visited Stamford Bridge in 2015 and after touring the dressing rooms Michael Peter bought his first Courtois Womens T.J. Ward Jersey kit. “He wore it every single day to training and for going out,” Kathryn says. “People used to ask me if he had any more clothes. He became a fan of Thibaut because he says that he saw how he gave shirts to fans and he did nice gestures. He says that he likes his mindset and how he makes saves. He has been goalkeeping for about three years in his Courtois kit – he’s on to his third kit now. Many people who watch him playing games call him Courtois.” The 10-year old goalkeeper from the QPR Academy in Trinidad flipped his Chelsea calendar to October before leaving his bedroom on the 13th, and there was Thibaut Courtois. “It is a sign, I told him; something is going to happen,” Kathryn says. They arrived at Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park the next day with a banner. It was Kathryn’s idea. The photo of her son on the banner was taken in December 2015 as a Christmas present for her husband. In 2016 Michael Peter was searching the internet for photos of Courtois’ best saves and was startled to see one of Chelsea’s goalkeeper in an almost identical pose, diving into a corner. The banner featured both pictures and declared: “Flew 4,417 miles to see Courtois.” “I decided that I was going to try to do whatever I could to help him meet Courtois,” Kathryn says. “So when we made arrangements to fly up for Dwight Gooden Authentic Jerseythe games, I got the idea to make a large sign to increase our chances of being seen. I played around with the idea of what we should write Mattias Ekholm Jersey on in to attract Thibaut’s attention and after thinking long and hard, and getting feedback and suggestions from friends, we decided on the 4,417 miles bit … It worked. A little imagination and creativity went a long way in helping a little boy’s dream come true.” While warming up at Selhurst Park Courtois spotted the banner. He walked towards the fans to greet the family. They asked him for a picture with Michael Peter and got one. “Honestly, I was speechless and moved to tears. It was such a beautiful moment,” Kathryn says. “Never, ever had I expected that to happen. He was gracious and absolutely lovely and we were all very moved that he would make the effort to come across to Michael Peter and pose for a photo. “He then told us that he would come back after the game to give my son his shirt. This was unbelievable. When Chelsea lost that game, my son was worried that he wouldn’t come back, but he did.” It was a heartwarming for their son, too. He had had a tough year. Michael Peter had Cam Ward Authentic Jersey moved schools, which made him very unhappy, and there had been two deaths in the family. The moment and gift could not have come at a better time. “He often goes back to that memory and still can’t believe that it happened,” Kathryn says. “That evening after the game when we got back to the hotel, he hugged the shirt so tightly, kissed it, and hung it from the TV in the hotel room.” Michael Peter hopes that one day he can go to Cobham to watch Courtois train and train with him. The dream may come true. “I always try to do things for kids,” Courtois says. “It’s not always possible of course, but I know what it feels like to be appreciated by one of your idols. I used to be a ball boy before, with Genk and with the national team. I was a boy who asked for autographs, shirts and gloves too. I can place myself in their minds. new nike nfl jerseys jerseys for cheapwholesale nfl jerseys cheap nhl hockey jerseys
xiaolan Feb 9 · Tags: jersey
Each time a significant anniversary of the Munich air disaster comes round those of us lucky enough to be in a position to write about football and its attendant matters are assailed by the same nagging doubts. Is it only football that makes this particular loss of life so resonant? Why the grim fascination with a 60-year-old accident when every day brings fresh news of equally terrible events? Nike Men's Ramon Humber Elite Green Jersey - Buffalo Bills NFL #50 Salute to ServiceThere have been worse air crashes involving football teams before and since Munich, yet the tragedy that struck Manchester United on a wintry night in Bavaria is always perceived as the most poignant. While this may not be entirely fair, just like the resentment felt in some quarters as Matt Busby’s recovering team monopolised national sympathy and gained many new supporters following their ghastly ordeal, the overriding lesson of February 1958 was that life is not fair. The distinguishing feature of Munich was possibly not football anyway, though sport will Authentic Kent Tekulve Jersey always magnify the sense of loss when youthful promise is cut cruelly short. Because this was a take-off failure rather than a fall from the sky there were survivors, rare in an aviation disaster. The handy headline that a team had died told only half of the truth. The harsher fact is that the other half of the team lived, and then had to face the gruesome task of picking up and playing on as if nothing had really happened. One photograph in Old Trafford’s Munich tunnel demonstrates this effectively, if rather eerily. A black-and-white team picture has the shirts of the players who did not return picked out in crimson. A team shot that makes grotesque mockery of what it means to be a team and a haunting memento mori, yet the half of the side that lived had to deal with the reality, and in public. Footballers of the 1950s did not live in a bubble of fabulous wealth, television celebrity or agent-led aloofness either. Supporters regarded them as friends, local boys made good, people one might see – and sometimes did – on the bus. In a real sense the mourning after Munich was so keen because the loss seemed so close. To understand exactly why United were so nearly and dearly loved one would have to go back to the grey austerity of the post-war period and appreciate how brightly Busby’s charismatic band of emerging but already forceful talents illuminated Saturday afternoons. Beyond Old Trafford the visionary Busby was at odds with the ever insular Football Association over the merits of the newly dreamed-up European Cup. English football wanted no part of it, Busby felt it was the future and eventually got his way, only to pay a terrible personal cost. That aspect of the story, along with the emotional scenes at Wembley in 1968 when Busby’s quest came to a successful conclusion, is just one of the reasons Munich remains relevant. United were on the right side of history after all, yet back in the 1950s European glamour was as remote from most people’s lives as the space race. When Busby paid Barnsley £29,999 for Tommy Taylor in 1953 it was a huge fee, not far short of the English record. Busby withheld the last pound – allegedly he gave it to an Oakwell tea lady – because he did not want Taylor burdened by the status Womens Rob Havenstein Jersey of being a £30,000 footballer. Four years later Internazionale of Italy offered £65,000 for the strapping centre forward who grew up with Harold “Dickie” Bird practising headers on Yorkshire waste ground, and Busby turned them down. Taylor was 26 when he died at Munich and, though by that time he had won 19 England caps, the world never got to see whether he would live up to his billing as the new Nat Lofthouse. Duncan Edwards, by some distance the most evocative name on the list of fatalities, was five years younger, yet at 21 had already made 151 United appearances and won two league titles. In the seemingly arbitrary scale of damage from the wreckage Bobby Charlton was relatively unharmed, physically at least. Busby was in hospital for two months but pulled through in the end. Edwards fought for life for 15 days, surprising doctors who knew the extent of his internal injuries and briefly offering false hope to those praying he might be spared. Recuperating in Northumberland, Charlton can vividly recall hearing the dreadful news from his mother: “Big Duncan has gone.” wholesale jerseys cheap jerseys nfl nfl jerseys authenticwholesale jerseys paypal
xiaolan Feb 6 · Tags: jersey
The January transfer window closed with a blizzard of late moves, delivering £50m as the new normal fee for players – £142m for one of Semyon Varlamov Jersey the best, Philippe Coutinho – and undisclosed bumper paydays for agents. Men's Nike Los Angeles Chargers #23 Dexter McCoil Elite White NFL JerseySupporters are not told how much money agents make on deals or what work they did to secure it but there is a growing recognition among clubs and governing bodies that the role of agents is out of control. Fifa surrendered governance of agents in 2015 but its president, Gianni Infantino, now says the resulting free-for-all is intolerable. Agents are unlicensed “intermediaries” and can be paid by two or even three parties in a transfer. In forthright remarks Infantino, who has set up a Fifa working party to examine how the intermediary and transfer systems can be reformed, said: “I am very concerned about the huge amount of money flowing out of the football industry. “The commissions paid to intermediaries continue to rise while at the same time the money redistributed through the game and spent on training young players is falling. These increasingly larger Gary Carter Womens Jersey transactions are often not done in a clean, open manner and raise a lot of questions about potential misuse of funds. We have to tackle this issue.” Uefa, which has calculated that more than €3bn was paid to agents by Europe’s top clubs between 2013 and 2017, is on the working party. The Uefa president, Aleksander Ceferin, voiced his concerns last week and acknowledged clubs’ long-standing complaint that agents are no longer working on behalf of players to negotiate the best salary but are intermediaries, who have to be paid by clubs for bringing the players to them. Ceferin said clubs tell him the approach Captain Munnerlyn Jersey of some agents is: “Look, you will pay me 50% of the transfer or the player goes somewhere else.” Uefa has its own group examining reforms under the auspices of the European Union, including a cap on agents’ fees, importantly in partnership with the top clubs in the European Club Association; the European Professional Football Leagues – of which the Premier League, which is doing its own work on agents, is a member – and the international players’ union, FIFPro. In a firm joint resolution they committed to reforms, stating agents are “disproportionately well-remunerated for their services”. There is no transparency for the money banked by intermediaries, nor for the role they play in transfers. Of the noted deals in January, the agency Wasserman has denied reports it was paid £7m for handling Ross Barkley’s injury-delayed move from Everton for Chelsea. Alexis Sánchez’s agent, Fernando Felicevich, declined to comment when asked if it was true he was asking for a £15m fee himself for the forward to agree a move. Kia Joorabchian, when asked what his fee was for work on Coutinho’s move to Barcelona from Liverpool, and for his views on the criticisms of agents made by Uefa’s joint resolution, replied via his lawyer his fee was confidential and threatened legal action if he was associated with those criticisms. It was only owing to leaked contract documents that light was shone on the still barely believable £41m made by the agent Mino Raiola from all three sides, Juventus, Manchester United and Pogba, when the player moved to Old Trafford for £89m in 2016. Yet the clubs, football associations and governing bodies do possess all the information about the staggering fees and modern transfer practices, and are finally talking seriously about reimposing regulations.
xiaolan Feb 4 · Tags: jersey
A super blue moon lightened Tyneside’s night sky but, by the final whistle, clouds were once again crowding in on Newcastle United. As Rafael Benítez’s relegation fears intensified it was crystal clear that Islam Slimani’s loan signing from Leicester City has not come a moment Cody Wichmann Authentic Jersey too soon. Men's Nike Game Dalvin Cook Minnesota Vikings Purple Jersey: NFL #33 HomeWith another loanee, Chelsea’s Kenedy, shining on his debut, Benítez should have celebrated a first home Premier League victory since October but instead Burnley’s Sean Dyche was the manager smiling broadly at the end after the substitute Sam Vokes forced Karl Darlow into an equalising own goal. “We had to win but we couldn’t do it,” said Newcastle’s manager, who is angry with the club’s owner, Mike Ashley, for not completing more transfer business much earlier on a night Aleksandar Mitrović left to join Fulham on loan and Slovakian goalkeeper Martin Dubravka arrived from Sparta Prague, also on loan. “We knew that bringing in players early was important for us, especially with games like Swansea [also drawn] and Burnley here this month.” This was a night Newcastle’s Womens Patrick Omameh Jersey supporters also made clear their feelings about Ashley. Prior to kick-off, a huge banner was unfurled in the Gallowgate End that read: “He is only one man, we are a city.” Kenedy had created the opening goal for Jamaal Lascelles, the breakthrough arriving shortly after news filtered through that Slimani had finally joined. As Slimani completed his medical, Kenedy announced his arrival with a ferocious shot which, much to the Gallowgate End’s disappointment, was tipped on to a post by Nick Pope. Although Christian Atsu met the rebound, the winger’s follow up shot was weak and easily saved by Dyche’s goalkeeper. Significantly Mo Diamé had been heavily involved in the preamble and, operating in his preferred holding role, the Senegal midfielder enjoyed a decent game. Diamé helped ensure Newcastle dominated possession but Burnley are nothing if not resilient and they took perverse delight in weathering the Geordie storm before gradually highlighting vulnerabilities in Benítez’s defence. Lascelles has so often proved the cornerstone of that unit but he seemed shaky in the face of Ashley Barnes’s manoeuvres, regressing to bad old habits at times. Across at left-back, Paul Dummett might have conceded a penalty Andy Pettitte Jersey after fouling Jack Cork, while Barnes had the ball in the back of the net only for that ‘goal’ to be disallowed for his perceived push on Lascelles. Disagreeing, Dyche thought it was a mere hand on the back and the defender had collapsed too easily. Newcastle should have taken the lead from the penalty spot after Kenedy was felled by Phil Bardsley. Joselu took the kick but never looked confident ahead of a poor attempt which the diving Pope saved easily. Earlier Ciaran Clark had missed a highly inviting headed chance which felt strangely emblematic of the numerous opportunities Benítez’s players have created but failed to convert in recent month. Slimani’s penalty area presence is much craved. The bad news for Dyche is that he must cope without Steven Defour for at least two months after Burnley’s star creator underwent knee surgery this week. All the early indications are that, further and east, Kenedy can provide a similar sort of catalytic spark, not to mention helpfully join the dots between midfield and attack.
xiaolan Feb 1 · Tags: jersey
Arsène Wenger had better hope that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a man of his word because this was the sort of listless performance that could easily prompt a rethink. Arsenal, as has been the case so Boone Jenner Jersey often this season away from home, delivered a meek and spineless display that suggested it will take much more than a club-record signing up front to address their problems. Youth Nike San Francisco 49ers #44 Kyle Juszczyk Limited Black Rush Vapor Untouchable NFL JerseyJust about everything that could go wrong did go wrong for Arsenal on a sobering night for their manager and players. They conceded within 60 seconds of taking the lead, Petr Cech then presented Swansea with their second goal when his awful miscue landed at the feet of the indefatigable Jordan Ayew and Arsenal’s ignominy was complete when Sam Clucas scored his second of the evening in the closing minutes. Swansea, bottom of the league at the start of the day, deserve huge credit for ruthlessly exposing Arsenal’s weaknesses. They are now out of the relegation zone for the first time since the beginning of November and the turnaround since Carlos Carvalhal took over as manager from Paul Clement is truly remarkable. The sight of Clucas, who was a maligned figure six weeks ago, leaving the pitch to a standing ovation from the home supporters when he was withdrawn late on feels emblematic of just how much life has changed in these parts following the arrival of their Portuguese manager. Swansea have picked up 10 points from five games under Carvalhal, won back-to-back league matches for the first time this season – against Liverpool and Arsenal – and look totally unrecognisable from the team that were sleepwalking towards the Championship barely a month ago. That Carvalhal has not added a single player to his squad in that time makes the transformation all the more impressive. “We are very happy,” the Swansea manager said. “To win against Arsenal after beating Liverpool means I’m proud of my players. They deserve all the credit. I told the players we are ready to do something different and I said Mike Schmidt Youth jersey after the win at Watford we are not dead, we are breathing. We have a chance of staying up. We are not in intensive care but we are not far away from the doctor saying we can go home.” Arsenal, as things stand, are far more in need of emergency treatment. Wenger was left bemoaning “huge and massive mistakes” as Arsenal played into the hands of a Swansea side that were set up to sit deep, frustrate and strike on the counterattack. That was Carvalhal’s game-plan and Swansea executed it perfectly in the second half in particular. The opening 45 minutes was a different story as Swansea accepted Arsenal’s invitation to attack them and created a succession of early chances. It was half an hour before Arsenal fashioned an opportunity of note, when Alex Iwobi broke free on the edge of the area to drill a left-foot shot that Lukasz Fabianski turned behind. That rare attack proved to be a warning because three minutes later Wenger’s side took the lead. Mesut Özil was the architect, the German given far too much time and space to look up and deliver a Womens Vontae Davis Jersey perfectly weighted inswinging cross from the right that picked out the run of Nacho Monreal, who ghosted in behind Kyle Naughton to score. Swansea’s response was instant and from Arsenal’s point of view it was a desperately poor goal to concede. Özil was guilty of losing possession too easily to Martin Olsson deep inside his own half and questions will also be asked about Granit Xhaka’s failure to track Clucas’s run as the midfielder burst on to Alfie Mawson’s threaded pass. Clucas made the next bit look remarkably easy as he took a touch to take the ball away from Laurent Koscielny before steering a fine left-foot inside Cech’s near post. Although that equaliser was the least Swansea deserved on the balance of play in the first half, Arsenal dominated the opening 15 minutes after the interval. Chances, however, were few and far between as the home side defended resolutely and made it hard for Arsenal to play through them, prompting Wenger to introduce Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
xiaolan Feb 1 · Tags: jersey
In the end, as the flares billowed red smoke and those on the away terrace hollered their approval into the chill of the Somerset night, Manchester United’s passage into the fifth round proved a saunter. All the anxiety whipped up over the opening half hour, when Yeovil Town had threatened to the beat of the drummer in the crammed Thatcher’s Gold stand, had been forgotten. José Mourinho could look back on his 55th birthday with a sense of satisfaction. Men's Majestic Detroit Tigers #32 Michael Fulmer There was plenty to cheer the Portuguese here. He had surveyed the scene through much of the second period with his arms crossed and feet propped on the raised edge of the pitch, content that his team’s lead would not be eroded. There was a clap of hands with his high-profile debutant, Alexis Sánchez, who had set up United’s first two goals after bursts of pace and slipped passes to team-mates and survived the odd hefty challenge meted out on the highest paid player in the English game before retiring 18 minutes from time. Mourinho wondered whether the home side’s centre-half, Nathan Smith, might have been fortunate to escape more than the yellow card flashed for his crunch through the Chilean on the half-hour while the contest was still goalless. “I understand [the referee] Paul Tierney’s decision not to show the red card because this is a special day, and 10 against 11 in that moment of the match and it is ‘game over’,” he said. Sánchez may have departed with a hint of a limp from his first outing as United’s No7, bruised from a brush with League Two, but this was a tantalising first glimpse of his qualities at his new club. The early signs were promising, even if others showcased their qualities just as persuasively. Marcus Rashford, excellent throughout, had capitalised on the first hint of hesitation in Yeovil’s rearguard, exploiting confusion between Tom James and Smith as each waited for the other to shepherd the ball back to Artur Krysiak. The finish was dispatched crisply before either could react for a 10th goal of term, his anticipation a class apart. Yeovil never really came to terms with the pace at which he moved the ball. His interchanges with Sánchez and Juan Mata, in particular, were played out J. D. Martinez Womens Jersey at breakneck speed. Then there was Michael Carrick, on only his second appearance of the season, who oozed the calm authority of a player who was never likely to see the tail-end of his glittering career spoiled by a Cup upset. Once he had found his rhythm, United purred at their core. Angel Gomes, at 17, almost scored with his first touch. Throw in cameos from Jesse Lingard – a player whose involvement may actually be threatened by Sánchez’s arrival – and Romelu Lukaku, dispatching a volley into an unguarded net in stoppage time at the end, and Womens Jordan Berry Jersey there was gloss to this display. Yeovil’s energy had rather fizzled out once the adrenaline subsided and reality kicked in. This was a meeting between the side currently second in the Premier League and a team two points above the cut-off in League Two. If the gulf was bridged in the early stages, it gaped again at the end. Not that the locals could bemoan their team’s display. Yeovil were excellent while the tie was so frantic in the opening half-hour, tearing into their illustrious opponents with gusto almost from their prematch huddle. Jordan Green was a nuisance while Sam Surridge and Francois Zoko, booked inside the first Kevin Bieksa Youth jersey minute for a challenge on Marcos Rojo, snapped remorselessly at United’s rearguard. Had Omar Sowunmi met Jake Gray’s early free-kick with more conviction, or Green not scuffed an attempt straight at Sergio Romero, then the locals may have had their lead. “We caused them problems and gave it everything,” said Darren Way. “We lived the dream for 90 minutes and couldn’t have done any more. I just needed Sánchez in my team.” The Chilean’s class would tell, for all the close attentions afforded him by Yeovil’s defenders. It was his corner from which Mata, on the spin, looped a shot on to the top of the bar, and his sprint down-field after Yeovil’s first corner of the second half just after the hour which culminated in a slipped pass to Ander Herrera at his side. The Spaniard finished crisply beyond Krysiak – excellent earlier in denying Scott McTominay – and United’s lead was doubled. “I thought Sánchez was world-class,” added Way. “As hard as we tried to stop their best players, it’s very difficult.” The manager’s consolation was the green light to sign three players on the back of this run to the fourth round, of whom one, Alex Fisher, came off the bench near the end having driven down from Motherwell. Ryan Seager will complete a loan move from Southampton over the weekend, with another to follow. This tie could have far-reaching effects in their battle to avoid relegation from the Football League. For United it was merely another hurdle comfortably vaulted en route to the latter stages.
xiaolan Jan 28 · Tags: jersey
As a football fan living in the US, I’m amazed at how many games are available on TV these days. On any Saturday or Sunday, I can choose from at least 10 games on my basic cable package. Football fans in the US tend to focus their attentions on the Premier League, which has as much to do with the crispness of its presentation as the action on the pitch. The periphery is perfect: the stadiums are beautiful, modernised and full, and the the fans are present and loud. But, more than anything, the games are so watchable because of the commentary. Men's #2 Nike Limited Brian Hoyer Black NFL Jersey - San Francisco 49ers 2016 Salute to ServiceNBC, who show all 380 Premier League matches live in the US, do not put out the exact same broadcast as the one shown in the UK, but they do employ commentators with British presenters, which lends everything immediacy and authenticity. This is what sets the Premier League apart from the rest of the big European leagues. When we watch games from Spain, Germany, France or Italy, we are watching something in translation. I have followed Italian football intently for more than half of my life – especially during the three years I spent living there – but I increasingly find myself watching Serie A games without the sound as it almost feels like a contaminant. It’s not that the quality of the commentary in English is that bad – it is pretty bad, though – it’s more that the words used just don’t fit the game the way Italian commentary does. Rather than watching a Serie A game, I feel as if I’m listening to somebody else watching the game, Teemu Selanne Jersey with an added layer of detachment. It’s not just that the observations are more astute and the passion is more intense, but the Italian language manages to mesh perfectly with the action it describes. Italians even have their own name for the game: calcio, literally “kick”, preferring not to Latinise the word “football” as the Spanish (fútbol), French (le foot) and Portuguese (futebol) all do. In my very first Italian class, a student asked the teacher why Italians do not just use a simple variation, like in Spain, and the teacher replied, without even the hint of a smile: “Because we are much better at soccer than the Spanish.” Italian football is often criticised for being overly dramatic, with players spending too much time feigning injury, encircling the referee or dropping to the grass with their faces in their hands after they have missed opportunities. These criticisms carry weight but, given the language of the game in Italy, it is hard to see how the game could be any other way. An Italian match is more than just that; it is a performance in which the players are fighting not just to win Drew Stanton Jersey but to win over the audience. In Italian a player does not play a position (posizione), but rather their role (ruolo). Managers often speak in post-match interviews about how a player has “interpreted their role” or how the team has “interpreted the match” as a whole. The playmaker is called a regista, or “director”, while players who exchange passes are said to dialogare, literally “to dialogue”. A goal is not scored, but rather “authored” (l’autore del gol). A player who is often at the centre of the action becomes the game’s protagonista, with the potential to risolvere la partita, or “resolve the match”. A particularly creative player may also be praised for his fantasia, while a true legend of the game, such as Roberto Baggio, is a maestro. A team’s passing or possession may be referred to as its fraseggio, which means literally its “phrasing”, a term used to describe musical expression. A player’s individual move is a numero, his error or lapse in judgment is a pasticcio, or “pastiche”, while his shot on goal is a conclusione, which, should he miss, is considered fallita, or “failed”, the same word Italians use to describe bankruptcy. A ball is not won from the team, but conquistato, or “conquered”, and is not trapped but addomesticato, “domesticated”. A challenge from an opposing player is a contrasto, Mark Barron Jersey or “conflict”; a match-up is a duello; and a penalty-kick is a rigore, or “rigour”. All this drama plays out in front of the pubblico whose cori, or “choruses”, are as likely to be jeering the victorious team as celebrating them depending on the performance itself.
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Leganés were still on the Bernabéu pitch close to midnight, long Eric Kendricks Authentic Jersey after Real Madrid players and their fans had departed head down and in silence. There were a few hundred of the visiting supporters still in the stadium, joining them in celebration of reaching the Copa del Rey semi-final for the first time in their history – and against the European champions. Zinedine Zidane’s side, already 19 points behind Barcelona in the league, are out of the cup too. Pressure builds and Paris Saint Germain approach: all or nothing on Valentine’s Day. Men's Nike New York Giants #92 Michael Strahan Game Royal Blue Team Color NFL JerseyMarco Asensio had scored a last-minute winner at Butarque in the first leg which gave Madrid an advantage that it was difficult to imagine them relinquishing but a 2-1 defeat saw them knocked out on away goals. They were without Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, Zidane rotating as tends to be the case in the cup, but that was no consolation and no excuse either. Men's Adidas Los Angeles Clippers #10 Brice Johnson Swingman Red Road NBA JerseyIt will, though, serve to increase the tension. “It’s a bad night, we didn’t expect it – that’s the truth,” Real Authentic Udonis Haslem Jersey Madrid’s institutional director, Emilio Butragueño, said. Madrid’s players had left the pitch without a word. None stopped for the protocol pitch-side interview. Gabriel Pires, the Leganés midfielder, did. “I laughed, I was happy, you forget everything, I don’t really know what I thought,” he said. Javier Eraso curled in a wonderful opening goal and, although Karim Benzema equalised early in the second half, Pires’s towering header ultimately sent his team through. Leganés’s appropriately named goalkeeper Nereo Champagne described it as a “magical night, historic for us.” “We were not good enough,” Zidane said. “I feel responsible, very responsible. This is a failure – of course. But we’ll continue: there’s nothing else we Authentic Malcom Brown Jersey can do.” This result will damage a manager whose position, despite winning two successive Champions Leagues and the league title, has come under question. It was an amazing result – and yet in a sense, it was not; it was logical, in line with the season so far and Madrid’s cup run. This was Madrid’s sixth cup game; none have been impressive. For the third round in a row they conceded two at home. After a 2-0 win at second division B side Fuenlabrada, secured with two penalties, they were held 2-2 at the Bernabéu; after a 3-0 win at second division Numancia, when the first two goals were penalties, they were again held 2-2; and now, having performed poorly but won 1-0 at Leganés, they were beaten 2-1. They pushed for the goal that would have sent them through but there was little clarity, little imagination, just crosses swung into the area, and Champagne had to make only two saves. The home side had fewer shots than the visitors. “It hurts, we’re hurt,” said Dani Carvajal, one Real Madrid player who did speak. “We didn’t even get a draw with Leganés at home, so we don’t deserve to go through. Realistically all we have is the Champions League now.” wholesale jerseys china wholesale nfl jerseys nhl hockey jerseys basketball jerseys for sale jerseys china wholesale nba jerseys
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Joey Barton, whose football career was in effect ended early by his suspension last year for gambling, now says the ban on players betting is hypocritical given the game’s dependence on gambling sponsorship and that half of all players could be breaching the rule anyway. He sharply made that point at the time of his 18-month ban last April, later reduced to 13 months; pointing out the Football Association, which solemnly imposed the suspension on him, was sponsored by Ladbrokes. Men's Nike New England Patriots #33 Kevin Faulk Limited Olive 2017 Salute to Service NFL JerseyBarton argues the rule, which is aimed at preventing match-fixing, is too absolute, because players like him casually or even addictively gambling on matches are a world away from taking money to throw or fix games. But given huge wages and match-fixing’s existential danger, there will be no moves to relax the rules. The FA and leagues may see Barton’s protest as Authentic Josh McRoberts Jersey a sign the ban is hurting, so it must be working. Yet Barton has a much more urgently valid argument about the relentless marketing, advertising and sponsorship by betting companies. The use of clubs’ kits as billboards and the constant, shouty adverts during the broadcast of football matches and other sports (BT Sport’s coverage of Ashes cricket being a glaring example) has become a constant haranguing supporters to bet, a tendency which, as Barton says, was already “culturally ingrained”. Serial warnings are being sounded against this corporate campaign to convert fans into gamblers but the sports themselves are banking the money and not inclined to care. The Gambling Commission warned last year that British people lost £13bn gambling and that more than two million people had a problem or were at risk of addiction. That is a hideous trauma which can result in people losing relationships, homes and their mental health. Dr Sean Cowlishaw of Bristol university found that one in four men aged 18-24 – the prime target group for the bookies’ marketing – displayed signs of a gambling problem. The risks of excessive gambling were recognised for decades, the bookies Authentic Martavis Bryant Jersey restricted in their marketing, their high street windows frosted up, until the last Labour government ceded to their lobbying and relaxed the rules with the 2005 Gambling Act. In the deluge since then the betting companies, many registered in offshore tax havens, have worked ruthlessly to soak the urge to bet into the very experience of being a supporter. Skybet, the betting division of BSkyB which already makes fortunes from its exclusive buy-up of live TV rights, made that explicit with its endlessly repeated slogan: “It matters more when there is money on it.” That is a highly contestable claim – having a fiver on a game arguably makes it mean less than heartfelt involvement as a supporter – yet the English Football League in effect endorses this emotional manipulation by twinning the very name of its competition with SkyBet. In April 2016, when the FA unveiled its reported £4m per year sponsorship deal, the Ladbrokes chief executive, Jim Mullen, did not attempt to hide his central purpose. Describing football as “the holy grail of sporting sponsorship opportunities,” he said the company wanted to be “at the beating heart of the beautiful game,” and that his aim had been to “ramp up our marketing spend in those places where we know our customers are engaged. Being at the heart of football in this country is precisely what I had in mind.” Two months after its ban on Barton and his accusation of two-facedness, football’s governing body suddenly ended that four-year deal, announcing a policy not to “partner” with betting companies. The FA’s policy, its chairman, Greg Clarke, explained, was based on the need to uphold the rule against players betting, not to prevent the indoctrination of fans. The EFL, though, said brazenly at the time it was “of the firm belief there is no conflict in having a commercial relationship with the gaming industry”. The SkyBet Arian Foster Jerseypartnership will continue, as will the sponsorships of clubs by myriad gambling companies. Barton bitterly pointed out in his BBC interview that the Premier League is also drenched in betting sponsorship and advertising; its clubs, mostly owned by billionaires, feasting on the most lucrative TV deals ever, cannot be said to need the money. cheap jerseys from chinabaseball jerseys for sale cheap nfl jerseys nike mlb jerseys cheap mlb jerseys usa
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