Why India U17 are at a disadvantage?

first_imgU17 World Cup U17 World Cup: Norton de Matos on why Team India are at a disadvantage against footballing bigwigs Rahul Bali Last updated 2 years ago 05:01 10/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Luis Norton de Matos India U17 Anselm Noronha/Goal U17 World Cup India U17 India U17 v United States U17 United States U17 While the team has been training together for a while, the India U17 World Cup team coach feels his wards lack what their competitors have aplenty… Intrigue, excitement and nervousness must be coursing through the veins of the majority of Indian football fans, given that the FIFA U17 World Cup is only hours away from kicking off. On October 6th, the India U17 team will create history as the first ever team from the country to play in a football World Cup across all age groups. They have been largely training together for around two years now but how ready are they to rub their noses amongst the best young talents from around the globe? Goal talked to India U17 coach Luis Norton de Matos to find out. The 63-year-old tactician hit the nail on the head by pointing out that what India lack is not high quality coaching or training but cognitive match experiences from regular competitive games.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. “I think the players are improving very well but there are some things that are difficult to progress without a competition,” he explained. “It is difficult for any coach in the world to give to the boys in a very short period of time the (feeling of a) real competition. “Even if we have had some very good results, it has been in friendly games.”The Portuguese coach went on to point out that the coaches of the bigger teams have been moulding the players in a competitive and professional environment for almost 10 years while the Indian team has largely played friendlies and have been training together for two years. “Even when we talk to other coaches in Mexico, the coaches of Chile and Colombia teams, they have 10 years of competitive football behind their teams. GFX Quote Luis Norton de Matos India U17“This changes everything because you can prepare very well in the mental, physical and tactical areas. But they have a match every week,” he said while pointing out the lack of regular age group leagues in India. “For example, in Portugal, there are the big teams like Benfica and Sporting (Clube de Portugal) who play competitive games from the age of seven or eight,” he continued in the same vein. “This is very important because there are some kinds of experience that you learn only in the game. “It’s completely different if you play for points every week and when you go into a real competition. A real competition gives you the problems (experience) that you don’t have in friendly games.”Judging by Norton de Matos’ words, a mix of caution and realism might serve the Indian fans when they turn up to cheer the home team who are about to face superior and skilled opponents.last_img read more

a month agoDawson says Watford revitalised under Sanchez Flores

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Dawson says Watford revitalised under Sanchez Floresby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCraig Dawson believes Watford are revitalised under new manager Quique Sanchez Flores.The Hornets came from two goals behind to draw with Arsenal in Sanchez Flores’ first game in charge last Sunday.”It’s obviously difficult when the manager departs,” Dawson said.”But the new manager’s come in now and had a great week on the training pitch and everybody’s working really hard – I think you could see that today, the fight, the belief, the passion was all there and hopefully we can just improve on today’s performance.”That’s modern football at the minute – as players you’ve just got to work as hard as you can for each manager. It’s a tough game coming up, but hopefully we can do well.”The manager believes we can win every single game and that’s the attitude we take into every game. It’s going to be a tough game, we know that – we’ll have to be at our best and hopefully we can be.” last_img read more

ESPN’s Updated Post-Spring College Football Top 25

first_imgESPN College Football National Championship in Tampa Bay logo.ESPN Top 25ESPN has updated its preseason top 25 for the 2016 college football season now that spring football is behind us. There is no new team at No. 1. Alabama has held onto the top spot. There are some changes to the top 25, though, which was last released post-National Signing Day. Among them: Clemson has moved up from No. 5 to No. 2; Florida has dropped out; Miami has moved in. Post-spring-updated Way Too Early Top 25: https://t.co/MCevh6uQcM— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) May 10, 2016Here’s the full top 25:  Nick Saban DabAlabama at No. 1.AlabamaClemsonMichiganFlorida StateOklahomaLSUBaylorStanfordNotre DameOhio StateTennesseeUSCGeorgiaOle MissOklahoma StateMichigan StateWashingtonHoustonUNCOregonTexas A&MUCLAIowaMiamiLouisvilleAlabama has also been ranked No. 1 in the top 25 from the Sporting News and FOX Sports.  Oklahoma is No. 1 in Sports Illustrated’s, though, and Florida State is No. 1 in ESPN’s FPI. [ESPN]last_img read more

Grain producers still pushing for improved rail service

first_imgThe Senate is being urged to pass Bill C-49, ensuring long term solutions to rail transportation, to improve farmers’ ability to get their grain to market.A group of farmers recently made a presentation to the Senate Standing Committee on Transport and Communications explaining the impact of rail service problems.They are not pleased with the ongoing situation and want to see the system fixed long-term.The passing of the bill, which will include reciprocal penalties, was delayed before Christmas.Alberta Wheat Director Warren Sekulic said the rail service has been poor and seems to be collapsing.“CN right now has only delivered on the last — the latest shipment — it’s only delivered on 17 per cent of their car orders,” he said.“So, what that means for farmers is that the grain is sitting in storage on farms, or in elevators and it’s not being moved to port.”Sekulic said they felt their concerns were met by a lot of sympathetic ears, although he said he still does not have a clear timeline on when it will be passed.last_img read more

Food safety training program on March 9

first_imgFoodborne illnessReceiving and storing foodPreparing foodServing foodCleaning and sanitizingThe cost of registration is $148.50, plus tax, per person.The food safety training program is taking place this Saturday, March 9, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the first-floor meeting room at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.To register, you can call 250-787-8178 or online at fortstjohn.ca/activenet. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John will be holding a food safety training program on March 9.This is a food handling, sanitation, and work safety course designed for food service establishment operators and front line food service workers.According to the City, this course will cover important food safety and worker safety information including:last_img

Be brave and shave Bluey Day

first_imgDonations from this event will be allocated to the Cancer Diagnostic and Treatment Fund. Donations to this fund are used to purchase equipment that helps to enhance comfort, diagnosis and treatment of patients with cancer.Monies the Foundation receives also ensures that both long term and emergent needs of the hospital are met as medical staff work on early diagnosis and treatment of patients with cancer at the hospital.The foundation’s desire is to have a complete set of equipment here in FSJ, so patients do not have to endure the extra stress of travel and allowing patients to stay close to home where they can receive the support of their friends and family.To view the FB Event Page; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The FSJ Hospital Foundation is hosting the Bluey Day Fundraiser where participants collect pledges from the community and then shave their heads.People wanting to show their support for cancer patients, survivors, or remember those lost to cancer can participate by visiting the FSJ Hospital Foundation or registering HERE Saturday, May 25th from 10 am to 2 pm, the FSJ Hospital Foundation welcomes the community to come and watch the family-friendly event as there will be henna and prizes.last_img read more

Indian shuttlers take on Malaysia eye knockout stage

first_imgNanning (China): India will start as favourites against a young Malaysian team sans legend Lee Chong Wei when they clash in a group 1D match of the Sudirman Cup here on Tuesday. India, who had reached the quarter-finals twice in the 2011 and 2017 editions, will have to overcome Malaysia, the 2009 semi-finalists, when they begin their campaign. Any hiccups against Malaysia will make their next clash against the mighty China a must-win battle. Malaysia were thrashed 0-5 by China in the opening match and a loss against India will see them bow out of the competition. The 13-member Indian team, seeded eighth this time, will look to draw inspiration from their sensational win over Malaysia en route to an unprecedented team gold at the Commonwealth Games 2018. India’s chances during the mixed team championship will depend on the quality singles players such as reigning BWF World Tour Finals winner PV Sindhu, 2019 Indonesia Masters champion Saina Nehwal, 2019 India Open finalist Kidambi Srikanth and BWF World Tour Finals semi-finalist Sameer Verma. Malaysia will be led by Goh Jin Wei and Soniia Cheah in women’s singles, while Lee Zii Jia will be entrusted with the responsibility in men’s singles in the absence of Chong Wei, who is still recovering from nose cancer. While India hold the edge in both, given the way Soniia stretched All England Championship Chen Yufei on Sunday, it will be interesting to see who India will select to field between World No. 5 Sindhu or Saina, ranked 9th. Srikanth has consistently reached the quarters but struggled to go beyond in 11 of his last 13 tournaments. He had a runner-up finish at the India Open and is expected to hold the edge against Zii Jia. Malaysia will need their doubles to put up a good performance to salvage hopes of making it to the knockout stage. Malaysia saw some promising performances this year from Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik and Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi in men’s doubles, Chow Mei Kuan and Lee Meng Yean in women’s doubles and Goh Soon Huat and Shevon Jemie Lai and Tan Kian Meng and Lai Pei Jing in mixed doubles. For India the return of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy after an injury gap will fuel India’s hopes in both men’s doubles and mixed doubles. Satwik, who recovered from a shoulder injury to make a title-winning comeback at the Brazil International Challenge recently, will form a formidable men’s doubles pair with Chirag Shetty, while pairing with the experienced Ashwini Ponnappa in mixed doubles. If India can quell the Malaysian challenge, they can go with a relaxed mind against the 10-time champions China on Wednesday.last_img read more

Ronaldo wins the 2013 FIFA Ballon Dor

first_imgRabat – During gala at the Kongresshaus in Zurich, Switzerland, Ronaldo was awarded the 2013 Ballon D’or. The Portuguese international has garnered more votes than his rivals, Frank Ribéry and Leo Messi, for the prestigious trophy. Real Madrid ace, thus, lifts the Ballon d’Or for the second time in his career after his first award in 2008. With this triumph, Ronaldo ended what has been the finest season of his professional career with 69 goals scored during 2013.On Sunday, Spanish newspaper Marca had revealed that the winner of this year’s edition would be Real Madrid’s Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo, adding that the 28-year-old has known he is the winner of the FIFA Ballon D’Or since last week. This explains why he said earlier that he would attend the gala and why he invited his close family members to see him crowned as the best player of the year. Ronaldo was joined by his girlfriend model Irina Shayak, his agent Jorge Mendes, as well as Florentino Pérez, Emilio Butragueno, Zinedine Zidane and Sergio Ramos, who was chosen in the FIFA 2013 dream team of the year, along with Brazilian Thiago Silva, Dani Alvez, Philip Lam, Frank Ribery, Anders Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez, Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ronaldo and Byaern Munich goal-keeper Manuel Neuer.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

From Tragedy Arises the Voices of Athletes Showing The

There is no bright side to unarmed Black men getting gunned down by police officers as whimsically as they would hail a cab. It’s all very dark and horrific, scary and sad. At the same time, it has been enlightening, and not just from learning how much hate and fear fills the heart when it comes to African-American males.It has also been enlightening to witness an era of complacent athletes grow up as we watch. The kids today have been docile and less involved in social or political issues, either afraid speaking out would hurt their brand or just not caring enough. Turns out, they care a lot.An athlete speaking out on an issue as huge as Ferguson and the other atrocities will not change the world. But the collective observation of the wrongs by professional athletes brings awareness and can make a difference by inspiring others, their fans, to get involved, too. And it speaks significantly about the level of people’s anger, disappointment, sadness and fatigue over the rash of unwarranted killings—and the injustice that the shooters are not held accountable.It’s truly a big deal when today’s athletes are fed up. They get it: It could be them shot in the street or strangled in a choke hold or it could be their kids or nephew shot at a playground. The examples of police killing Black males are so rampant and so frightening that they agree with much of the rest of the world—something has to be done.The same day NBA commissioner Adam Sliver said he wished players would not make political statements in their pre-game attire, the Los Angles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant and teammates wore “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts, at once honoring fallen Eric Garner, who gasped that expression as a Staten Island cop choked and eventually killed him.Why  would Silver call for the players to squash their emotions about the disheartening cases and their support for justice? He should actually be proud that the players get it and are not afraid of any misguided ramifications that could come from showing political and social awareness. This is Silver’s first misplay as commissioner.Here’s Bryant: “I think it’s us supporting that movement and supporting each other as well as athletes. I think the beauty of our country lies in its democracy. I think if we ever lose the courage to be able to speak up for the things that we believe in, I think we really lose the value that our country stands for.”Kobe added: “It’s important that we have our opinions. It’s important that we stand up for what we believe in and we all don’t have to agree with it and it’s completely fine. That’s what makes this a beautiful country.”The beauty of America is threatened when Black men’s lives are taken with such recklessness. That’s why it has been impressive to see the activism by high-profile athletes like Bryant, LeBron James, Derrick Rose, the five players from the St. Louis Rams who raised their hands in a “Don’t shoot” posture, reminiscent, some witnesses said, to that of Michael Brown before he was shot in Ferguson, Mo., by officer Darren Wilson.The sports world is a big world, and their inclusion in the rejection of the violence helps ignite the message.More from Bryant:“I think it would be a serious disservice to limit this to a race issue. It’s a justice issue. You’re kind of seeing a tipping point right now, in terms of social issues. It’s become now at the forefront right now as opposed to being a local issue. It’s really been something that has carried over and spilled into the mainstream, so when you turn on the TV and you watch the news or you follow things on social media, you don’t just see African-Americans out there protesting.“It’s become a thing where people are really standing up for their rights and really questioning the justice system and questioning the process of the legal system and those who have authority—and whether or not they’re abusing authority and what’s the threshold to use deadly force and so forth and so on. But that’s what our nation is founded on, man. We have the ability to question these things in a peaceful fashion. That’s what makes us a great country. We have the ability to voice up, we have the platform to speak up, and we have the platform to effect change.”And there you have it. Refreshing that such sentiments are coming from today’s spoiled and coddled athlete. Unlike Charles Barkley, they apparently are not living in a glass bubble. They see the world as it is. . . and are not afraid to say they don’t like what they see. Good for them. read more

Firefighters rescue man on inner tube

first_imgPortland firefighters rescued a man Tuesday evening who was clinging to an inner tube in the Columbia River near the Interstate 5 bridge. Around 6:50 p.m., Portland Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a boater in distress call near the bridge. Although the man had been sitting on his inner tube, he got out for some reason and couldn’t get back on it, said agency spokesman Ron Rouse. Firefighters got the man and his inner tube into Rescue Boat 17 and back to shore.This time of year, the rescue boat keeps busy, Rouse said. “We just want everyone to be smart on the water.” The man’s name, age and place of residence were not released.last_img