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Madrid fear ‘really bad news’ on Marcelo

first_imgReal Madrid Real Madrid fear ‘really bad news’ on Marcelo after injury against Betis Goal Last updated 1 year ago 06:48 2/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Marcelo Real Madrid Getty Images Real Madrid Marcelo Real Betis v Real Madrid Real Betis Primera División The Brazilian was withdrawn after just 30 minutes against Real Betis and the club now face a wait to find out the extent of the injury Real Madrid fear “really bad news” on the Marcelo injury front after the Brazilian defender picked up a knock 30 minutes into Sunday’s 5-3 win over Betis.The Brazil international started again for Madrid after scoring midweek against Paris Saint-Germain. But just before the half-hour mark he attempted to play his way out of a tight spot deep in his own half and went down holding his right hamstring without being touched by a Betis player.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Marcelo originally tried to continue but looked to be in severe discomfort on the pitch as it became clear he would not be able to play on. Now the club face a nervous wait, with director of institutional relations Emilio Butragueno fearing “really bad news.””We need to wait and see what the doctors say,” he told AS after the match. “He’s had to leave the pitch and it’s really, really bad news. In 48 hours we’ll know the exact extent of the injury.”The injury comes at a tough time for Madrid, who face four La Liga matches between now and March 6, when the club will travel to Paris to take on PSG in the second leg of their round of 16 Champions League clash. Manager Zinedine Zidane is hopeful that the injury won’t be anything major moving forward. “Hopefully it’s something small,” he said. “Tomorrow we’ll see. (Marcelo) said that the sensation is that it is small, but we will see in a few days.”Madrid hold a 3-1 lead over the French outfit after the first leg and sit fourth in La Liga, 17 points back of leaders Barcelona.Marcelo has scored three goals over 28 matches in all competitions this season.last_img read more

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Goal hero Balotelli can do ‘much better’, Mancini warns

first_imgItaly ‘Balotellli can do much better’ – Mancini wants more from Super Mario Patric Ridge 07:25 5/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mario Balotelli - cropped Getty Images Italy Mario Balotelli Italy v Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Friendlies Finding the net against Saudi Arabia has only partially impressed the new national team coach, who wants more from the Nice attacker Mario Balotelli must improve to be sure of his place in Italy’s starting XI, according to new Azzurri coach Roberto Mancini.Former Inter and Manchester City boss Mancini got his Italy tenure off to a winning start on Monday, as goals from Balotelli and substitute Andrea Belotti secured a 2-1 friendly win over Saudi Arabia.With no World Cup campaign to prepare for, Mancini has named a relatively inexperienced squad for his first batch of fixtures at the helm, with Balotelli returning from the international wilderness to make his first appearance since 2014. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now But despite Balotelli’s scoring return, Mancini insists the 27-year-old, who is out of contract with Nice at the end of June, can offer more to his side.”Balotelli can do better, much better, but I thought he did pretty well in the first half,” Mancini said.”He scored a goal, which is important for a striker, but of course he can do more.”We all know what a player he is, he has made a great goal. Mario is an extraordinary player who can give us a great hand.”Balotelli’s superb strike put Italy ahead and, after Domenico Criscito had hit the woodwork, Torino striker Belotti added in the second half.Saudi Arabia pulled one back through Yahya Al Shehri though, with a fine save from Gianluigi Donnarumma late on ensuring the victory, and Mancini emphasised there were improvements to be made all over the pitch, with friendlies against France and the Netherlands next up.”The first half went well, as we had 16 shots on goal and 11 corners, but then as fatigue emerged later on, we lost intensity,” he added.”It’s always good to win, especially after such a long time. When you play against a stronger side, the performance will probably be higher, but our problem against France will be maintaining intensity over 90 minutes.”We’ll use other players against France, probably younger ones, and I think it’ll be a very important learning experience for them.”It was my first game, so important to win. Saudi Arabia are a long way behind us in the ranking, but they are preparing for the World Cup right now and that’s not to be taken for granted.”A victory keeps confidence high, we now prepare for France. It’s the end of the season, our players are all tired.”last_img read more

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2010 NYC Dates

first_imgGames will be from Wednesday, 15 until Saturday, 18 September 2010 inclusive. The NYC will be held in Caloundra. Further details are available in the attachment.Related Filesmemo_-_nyc__20-11-2009_-pdflast_img

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Participation Meeting A Success

first_imgLeaders of the sport of Touch Football came together on Friday to address participation opportunities to grow the sport. Staff members from Touch Football Australia (TFA), New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) and Queensland Touch Association (QTA) met in Canberra to discuss ideas on participation and growth in Touch Football. TFA Chief Executive Officer, Colm Maguire said the meeting was a success and that he looks forward to the implementation of the ideas discussed. “At the beginning of this year we identified key areas of focus, one of which was participation and the need to address participation opportunities for people within our sport but also addressing the important area of growth. “All bodies in Touch Football are looking to grow the sport and present more opportunities for people to participate. The meeting was a key opportunity to get together representatives from across Australia in terms of New South Wales, Queensland and some of the other states as well as the key staff at Touch Football Australia charged with the responsibility of delivering products to support growth and we honed in on some key areas we think can solve that. “I was truly energised by some of the ideas that actually came out of today and I really believe with a unified and collaborative approach to the delivery of the various things that we put on the table, we should realise a lot of the growth outcomes that we’ve set for ourselves as a long term strategic goal. Our Participation Plan is the map that will guide any of the strategies that we put in place but the meeting really resulted in people having buy in to some of those outcomes and saying that we will commit to the delivery of various elements over the next 12 to 18 months and see what the outcomes are.“To have the people in the room contributing the way that they did, I truly believe that we have the right people and the right ideas, now it’s about turning it into action and the coming months will see us develop an action plan from the initiatives we’ve talked about today and hopefully the sport is the beneficiary,” Maguire said. NSWTA General Manager, Dean Russell said that the meeting was positive and he looks forward to seeing the outcomes achieved from the items discussed. “The NSWTA is looking to work with both TFA and all the states to come up with initiatives to both grow the sport and participation. The outcomes from the meeting have been a positive first step in achieving this goal. We look forward to further developments for the betterment of all our current and also future members,” Russell said. QTA General Manager, Gary Madders, also took lots of positives from the meeting.  “There are definitely positives signs in the four areas we’ve targeted to focus on for the sport, there will certainly be a lot of work done in those areas in the coming months and into next year in particular to try to regrow the sport around Australia,” Madders said. TFA General Manager, Sport Operations, Marianne Maguire said that there are some exciting opportunities ahead in the area of participation.“TFA remains committed to our strategic objective to ‘substantially increasing participation’ and achieving results within our Participation Plan.  The meeting continues to build on the strategies and outcomes identified in the Plan in a collaborative and consultative manner with our key partners.“There are some exciting opportunities to diversify our participation models and revenue sources, which will help the sport adjust with today’s changing sporting environment.  We look forward to building on these with the ASC and the rest of the unified states at a proposed meeting in June,” Maguire said.  TFA Participation Manager, Adam Raptis, said that the meeting was a ‘fantastic opportunity’ to work together and develop ideas. “The main focus of my role is to develop initiatives and programs that are geared towards achieving the major outcomes of our Participation Plan; those being the increase of our participant base and the development of support mechanisms to provide a quality experience for our members. The meeting provided a fantastic opportunity to brainstorm and further develop some of these ideas with staff members from our partnering states in New South Wales and Queensland,” Raptis said. TFA General Manager, Regional Operations, Matt Bamford, was also pleased with how the meeting went. “The meeting presented an opportunity to bring together a range of ideas and initiatives for the future of Touch Football in Australia.  The scope for innovative and diverse participation ideas beyond the traditional is an area of real opportunity for the game, and one we need to embrace and move forward with,” Bamford said.The Australian Government provides Touch Football Australia with funding on an annual basis. This support continues to assist Touch Football to obtain the growth objectives set in conjunction with the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) through the TFA Participation Plan.  Related LinksParticipation Meetinglast_img read more

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