Supporting the New Climate Agreement: A Checklist for Business

first_imgI was “on location” last week in Paris at the Business & Climate Summit, where leaders from business and climate policy came together. At the opening plenary, I heard from the CEOs of Statoil and Carrefour, from UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christina Figueres, from President Francois Hollande and many others.I was struck by the tone of the discussion and sense of urgency. I am proud that the conversations from participants inside of the UNESCO building were almost as activist as the tone of the demonstrators just outside. Business and government leaders alike spoke publicly of the need to get beyond greenwash, characterizing the new international climate agreement being negotiated this year as a revolution, a transformation, a matter of life and death.So how can businesses contribute to and support this process?There are four main elements, which will be finalized at the COP 21 climate summit in Paris later this year:Preparing and presenting national contributions (INDCs) from all countries;Negotiating the text of the agreement;Advancing the financial aspect, which should enable funding of the transition toward low-carbon economies; andPromoting an “Action Agenda,” which was launched late last year to catalyze climate action from both state and non-state actors.Businesses can help move all these elements forward through both direct interventions in their own operations and by creating a “surround sound” of support. Having come from a company myself recently, I know that companies need to distill this down into a to-do list. Here, I present my five-point checklist to help you and your colleagues get started.Demonstrate your company’s leadership by agreeing to set ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets and join others making bold climate commitments. Coalitions like We Mean Business, representing multiple NGOs and business leaders, have established a core set of actions that will define corporate leadership on climate change. It includes pledges to set GHG reduction targets in line with climate science. Other actions from We Mean Business include putting a price on carbon, purchasing 100 percent renewable energy, eliminating deforestation from supply chains and more. Sign up to as many as you are able of these climate leadership goals.Ensure that your company’s climate actions are formally recognized. Confirm that your commitments and initiatives are included on the NAZCA Climate Action platform. This online platform formally recognizes the climate contributions of non-state actors, while encouraging countries to create and support ambitious INDCs. Show business and government leaders alike that ambitious climate action is achievable.Connect members of your company’s board and C-suite with heads of state and other global leaders to urge climate action. In the coming months, there will be increasing attention on climate change and the role of business. Provide your company’s leadership with the talking points and platforms to voice your organization’s climate positions publicly, on the international or national stage, in the media, or in your own events and publications.Lobby responsibly for effective climate policies. The political influence of business will take on additional importance and receive additional scrutiny in the coming months. Do you have a climate policy position? Do you know how your trade groups are representing you on the issue? Take a proactive and responsible approach, and ensure that your company’s direct conversations with government, together with the trade associations that represent you, demonstrate your commitment to progress on climate change.Join working groups with others seeking to create and commercialize low-carbon solutions. Business leaders from across the globe recognize that they’ll need to work together to scale technologies that support energy efficiency in buildings, climate-smart agriculture and more. Participate in one of the Low-Carbon Technology Partnerships initiative’s working groups and contribute to outcomes that will be presented in Paris in December as part of the Action Agenda.Any further delay to the transition to a low-carbon economy means higher costs and increasing risks and disruptions. I encourage all business leaders to complete the above checklist over the coming months.You will find a helping hand among a number of NGOs who are working in close collaboration to advance these initiatives. WRI is involved in many of them. Learn more about the specific areas where we and partners are helping companies take action.last_img read more

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IOA chief Narinder Batra reveals boycotting 2022 Commonwealth Games is an option

first_imgAce shooter Heena Sidhu had recently said that India should even consider pulling out of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham after shooting was excluded from the games. And she has found a backer in Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Narinder Batra. The chief has sent a mail to the Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and made it clear that discussions on these lines have been had informally by IOA members.In the mail, accessed by IANS, Batra writes: “This is with reference to the press statement of Secretary-General IOA in the month of May 2019 regarding the intention of IOA to most probably not participate in CWG 2022. The issues have also been informally discussed by IOA amongst some of the colleagues in IOA and they also agree with the views expressed by IOA Secretary-General (Rajeev Mehta).”Earlier, speaking to IANS, National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) Secretary Rajiv Bhatia had said that there was nothing that it could do since the organizing committee had taken a final call on the matter.”We tried out everything but now that the organizing committee have taken a final call on it, nothing can be done. It’s over now,” he had said.It was revealed in June that the Executive Board of the CGF had decided to exclude shooting from 2022 Games to be held in Birmingham. It is the first time since 1970 that shooting won’t be seen at the Commonwealth Games and only the second since its first inclusion in 1966.The move comes as a blow to India which won 16 medals, including seven gold in the event at the 2018 CWG at Gold Coast, Australia. NRAI president Raninder Singh had said in 2018 that it would want the Indian government to boycott the 2022 Games if shooting was dropped from the program.advertisementSidhu had said: “I think it has happened before. We have backed out in the past. India is a big nation and we can throw our weight behind this.”Also Read | We need to focus more on Olympic sports to make India sporting powerhouse: Sports Minister Kiren RijijuAlso Read | Why Neeraj Chopra is among India’s biggest medal hopefuls in Tokyo Olympicslast_img read more

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Normal services resume after 11 innings: Wasim Jaffer on Virat Kohli’s 42nd ODI hundred

first_imgFormer India batsmen Wasim Jaffer backed skipper Virat Kohli to score “75-80″ hundreds in ODI cricket.Kohli scored his first century in 11 innings on Sunday in India’s second ODI against West Indies and that took his career tally to 42. The record for most centuries in ODI cricket lies with Sachin Tendulkar who scored 49.”Normal services resumes after a break of 11 innings!!” said Jaffer before predicting Kohli would score 75-80 ODI tons.Kohli scored 120 off 125 balls as India beat West Indies by 59 runs in the second ODI. In that innings, Kohli surpassed Sourav Ganguly as India’s second highest run scorer in ODI cricket. Ganguly scored 11,221 runs in 297 innings while Kohli took 229 innings to go past the former skipper.Soon after Kohli broke his record, Ganguly tweeted: “Virat kohli another master class in one day cricket @imVkohli @BCCI .. what a player.”Thirty-year-old Kohli is now only behind Sachin Tendulkar, who has a whopping 18,426 runs to his name which he accumulated over 452 innings. Kohli is now the seventh highest run scorer in ODIs overall behind Jacques Kallis, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mahela Jayawardene, Sanath Jayasuriya, Ricky Ponting, Kumar Sangakkara and Tendulkar.During the course of his knock, Kohli also surpassed Javed Miandad’s tally of 1,930 runs to become the highest run-scorer in ODIs against the West Indies.Also Read | BCCI shortlists six candidates for India head coach positionAlso Read | From Virat Kohli’s expression you know he badly wanted to score a hundred: Bhuvneshwar KumarAlso Read | Feels good to get a hundred when the team wanted me to get one: Virat Kohliadvertisementlast_img read more

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SIOUX CITY COUNCIL TO DISCUSS RIVERFRONT PARK PROPOSAL

first_imgON MONDAY THE SIOUX CITY COUNCIL WILL HEAR A PRESENTATION ON PLANS TO DEVELOP THE RIVERFRONT AREA ALONG CHRIS LARSEN PARK.CITY SPOKESPERSON ANNE WESTRA SAYS PARKS DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR MATT SALVATORE WILL PRESENT THE PROJECT PROPOSAL:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/RIVFRONT.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..CAN BEGIN. ;18THE PARKS PROPOSAL IS THE LAST ITEM ON MONDAY’S COUNCIL AGENDA.last_img

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SCHUMACHER NAMED TO IOWA COURT OF APPEALS

first_imgA northwest Iowa judge has been appointed to the state’s Court of Appeals.Governor Kim Reynolds has named Julie Schumacher to the Iowa Appeals Court.Schumacher, who is from Schleswig, currently serves as a district court judge in Judicial District 3B.She has previously served as a district associate judge, an assistant county attorney for Crawford County, and an assistant city attorney for Denison.She had a private law practice in Denison for nearly twenty years prior to that.Schumacher received her undergraduate degree from the University of South Dakota and her law degree from Creighton.She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Iowa Court of Appeals Chief Judge Gayle Nelson Vogel of Spirit Lake.last_img read more

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Slew of NFL Scouts In Attendance for Saturday’s Game in Waco

first_imgBetween the two teams who took the field at McLane Stadium on Saturday night was a plethora of up-and-coming talent who will have a future beyond the collegiate level. So on Saturday night several NFL scouts made their way to watch and scout some of that talent with representatives from eight NFL teams on hand.NFL Scouts in attendance for #OSUvsBAY–GiantsPackersSaintsBrownsJetsPanthers 49ersChargers— Jessica Morrey (@JessicaMorrey) September 24, 2016Which makes sense, because Cleveland needs to know wh0 they’re getting as their No. 1 pick for the 2018 draft. #TankForRudolphIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Messi’s brother involved in car crash in Argentina

first_imgLionel Messi Messi’s brother involved in car crash in Argentina 17:55 8/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Matias Messi choque Olé Lionel Messi Barcelona Deportivo Alavés v Barcelona Deportivo Alavés Primera División WTF Matias Messi was caught in a collision in Rosario, though thankfully there were so serious injuries Lionel Messi’s brother was involved in a car accident in Pueblo Esther, Rosario, in the early hours of Saturday morning, it has emerged.Matias collided with a heavy goods vehicle during bad weather, giving brother Lionel a scare before the latter took to the pitch for Barcelona against Alaves.Matias was unhurt in the ordeal, but the shocking images show the extent of the damage sustained by his black Audi. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Matias Messi choqueMatias Messi choqueMatias Messi choqueWith his brother walking away from the wreckage unscathed, Messi went on to score a second-half double to secure Barcelona’s second victory in two La Liga matches.last_img read more

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Conte: Azpilicueta one of world’s best

first_imgAzpilicueta Conte: Azpilicueta one of world’s best centre-backs Dejan Kalinic Last updated 2 years ago 15:17 13/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Cesar Azpilicueta Chelsea Qarabag Getty Chelsea Chelsea v Qarabağ Premier League UEFA Champions League Antonio Conte The Spain international remains a pivotal part of the Blues side and even scored on their Champions League return, earning praise from his coach Cesar Azpilicueta is one of the best central defenders in the world, according to Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte.The Spain international has become a crucial part of Conte’s back three, and even got on the scoresheet in a 6-0 Champions League thrashing of Qarabag on Tuesday.Chelsea 16/1 to win CL Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? 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 Azpilicueta, 28, played every minute of his side’s successful Premier League campaign last season and has been a regular since joining Chelsea from Marseille in 2012.Conte was full of praise for the defender after his side’s latest win, saying Azpilicueta deserved to be considered among the world’s best.”Last season Azpi was one of the most important players for us,” the Italian said.”In this position as a central defender he is one of the best in the world. He is very good with and without the ball.A perfect night:Return to @ChampionsLeague WinClean SheetGreat atmosphere at the BridgeAnd a too #cfc pic.twitter.com/atiXXiF3E2 — César Azpilicueta (@CesarAzpi) September 12, 2017 “He’s a fantastic guy, he’s always positive, and during the training sessions he works in a fantastic way.”For a coach to have him is a dream.”Chelsea have won three of their opening four Premier League games and host Arsenal on Sunday.last_img read more

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Brighton sign Krul permanently

first_imgTransfers Brighton seal permanent signing of Newcastle goalkeeper Krul Matthew Scott Last updated 2 years ago 23:26 20/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Krul - cropped Getty Images Transfers Premier League Brighton & Hove Albion Newcastle United The Dutch shot-stopper has penned a permanent contract with the Seagulls and could face his former club on Sunday Brighton and Hove Albion have confirmed the permanent signing of Tim Krul, who had been on loan from Newcastle United.Krul moved to the Amex Stadium on a season-long loan deal on deadline day and made his Seagulls debut in Tuesday’s extra-time defeat to Bournemouth in the EFL Cup.Brighton 11/10 for the drop Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? 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 Though the Dutchman has had to play second fiddle to Mathew Ryan thus far, he has penned a permanent deal until the end of the season.And Newcastle’s statement hinted that the timing of the move may have come in order to get around Premier League regulations which prevent loan players from facing their parent clubs, with Rafael Benitez’s side visiting Brighton on Sunday.It read: “Krul… could now feature for his new club when they take on United in Sunday’s Premier League clash.”Everyone at Newcastle United would like to thank Tim for his long service to the club, and wish him and his family well for the future.”The Netherlands goalkeeper has featured sparsely since suffering a serious knee injury on international duty, but made 18 appearances for AZ in the Eredivisie last season.last_img read more

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Napoli fear more surgery for Milik

first_imgSerie A Napoli fear more knee surgery for Milik Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 18:48 24/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) ArkadiuszMilik - cropped Getty Images Serie A Napoli SPAL v Napoli SPAL The striker suffered cruciate ligament damage last term and the club say surgery is an option for the Poland star after another setback Napoli forward Arkadiusz Milik could face knee surgery for a second consecutive season.The Poland international limped off during the closing stages of Saturday’s 3-2 win at SPAL, where Maurizio Sarri’s men extended their 100 per cent start in Serie A.4/1 for Inter and Genoa to draw Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? 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 Milik’s debut campaign in Naples was hindered by cruciate ligament damage sustained on international duty last October and, although he told reporters after the match his latest setback is “not like last time”, the club refused to rule out the surgical route after initial tests on the 23-year-old.”On the basis of today’s [Sunday] exams at Pineta Grande clinic, the possibility of a surgical solution for Milik emerged,” read a statement tweeted by Napoli.”Milik will be evaluated tomorrow [Monday] at Villa Stuart [a clinic in Rome] by Professor [Pier Paolo] Mariani.”Milik has scored three times in seven appearances for club and country this season.last_img read more

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Klopp: ‘Dynamite’ Ox will be a success

first_imgLiverpool Klopp: ‘Dynamite’ Oxlade-Chamberlain will be a big success Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 21:49 11/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) chambo-cropped Getty Images Liverpool UEFA Champions League Liverpool v Maribor Maribor Premier League Jürgen Klopp The Liverpool midfielder has been criticised since leaving Arsenal, but his manager has no doubts Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been “dynamite” for Liverpool and has shown nothing to suggest that he will not be a “big success” at the club, according to manager Jurgen Klopp.Chamberlain 6/4 to score v MariborThe England international left Arsenal for Liverpool during the transfer window in something of a surprise move, with the Southampton youth product reportedly expecting to play in a central role. 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 But since his move, the 24-year-old has not made a start in the Premier League and Klopp swiftly came to the conclusion that Oxlade-Chamberlain was not ready to play centrally.With the midfielder disappointing many in his substitute appearances, he has received significant criticism from fans and pundits.But Klopp is not concerned and claims Oxlade-Chamberlain has made big impact so far.”I do want to specifically mention Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain,” he wrote in This is Anfield ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Maribor.”He has shown his class each and every time he has had the opportunity on the pitch and the weekend [against Huddersfield] was another example of this.”He is like dynamite when he comes on; aggressive in the most positive way. Front foot always, looking to attack and create.”These performances come because of how good his attitude is in training at Melwood. He has the highest quality in everything he does; sometimes I think he is the last to realise this.”I am sure he is greedy for more starting selections and of course that opportunity will come. He is very much in the infancy of his Liverpool life, but the ‘world’ in 2017 doesn’t always allow for patience.”He is doing everything right in this moment and because of this I know he will be a big success for us.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Report: Juventus 2 Benevento 1

first_imgJuventus 2 Benevento 1: Second-half comeback saves champions’ blushes Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 23:59 11/5/17 GonzaloHiguain - cropped Getty Images Goals from Gonzalo Higuain and Juan Cuadrado earned Juventus the points after Benevento led for almost an hour in Turin. Juventus survived a scare with an underwhelming 2-1 home win over Serie A’s bottom side Benevento sending them up to second on Sunday.The reigning champions took their opportunity to leapfrog Inter, who drew 1-1 with Torino earlier in the day, as Gonzalo Higuain and Juan Cuadrado denied the determined visitors their first top-flight points.Benevento have now lost all 12 of their league games this season, but can take heart from giving the Bianconeri real difficulties at Allianz Stadium. 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 Roberto De Zerbi’s side even took an unlikely first-half lead when Amato Ciciretti’s free-kick left Wojciech Szczesny, in for the rested Gianluigi Buffon, rooted to the spot.Although that was the visitors’ only shot of the opening period, it took Massimiliano Allegri’s men – wearing a special 120th anniversary kit – until the 57th minute to forge a breakthrough as Higuain coolly dispatched his fifth goal in four matches in all competitions.Cuadrado then clinched the points with a close-range header to the relief of the home supporters, Juve now trailing Serie A leaders Napoli by only a point after their 0-0 draw at Chievo.FULL TIME! Three points for the ! #JuveBenevento #FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/5rGDnKlvQe— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) November 5, 2017A dazzling early Douglas Costa dash down the left flank almost led to the opener as his low cross was parried awkwardly against the near post by Alberto Brignoli.And Costa soon came close again – this time without the aid of the goalkeeper – rattling a left-footed strike against the angle of the upright and crossbar.But the goal instead came at the other end. Benevento captain Ciciretti curled a free-kick around the wall and beyond the idle Szczesny, celebrating maniacally as the Allianz Stadium fell to a stunned silence.Cuadrado should have drawn Juventus level when he ran through from Paulo Dybala’s pass, but the Colombian blazed his effort over the top.Brignoli then brilliantly stood tall to block from Dybala after he shimmied through the visiting back line, before the same man somehow shot wide when Higuain teed up a clear opening.0 – Benevento made no touches in the opp box in the first half against Juventus. Surprise. #JuventusBenevento pic.twitter.com/F3QcTOkTiZ — OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) November 5, 2017 The keeper saved again from a Costa free-kick as Benevento incredibly survived the onslaught to take their lead into half-time, with Juve initially continuing to struggle after the restart.However, the first big opportunity of the second half fell Higuain’s way and he made no mistake, sweeping a pinpoint finish into the top-right corner from Blaise Matuidi’s knockdown.Brignoli persisted with his brave resistance as he denied Cuadrado’s effort and then scrambled across his goal line to dive on Higuain’s trundling rebound, before Matuidi nodded over.But the turnaround was complete in the 65th minute, with Cuadrado meeting Alex Sandro’s deep cross with a firm downward header that bounced up past Brignoli.Danilo Cataldi’s wonderful dipping effort almost restored parity, but that represented the extent of Benevento’s attacking intent as only a smart Brignoli stop kept Dybala’s replacement Rodrigo Bentancur from adding a late third. Key Opta stats:- Juventus have collected at least 30 points in the first 12 games for the fifth time in the last six Serie A seasons.- Benevento equalled the worst start to a season in the top five European leagues – 12 defeats in a row, like the Manchester United 1930-31.- Juventus trailed at half-time in a home Serie A match for the first time since September 2015 (vs Chievo). read morelast_img read more

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McKennie, Sargent headline young USMNT roster

first_imgUnited States McKennie, Sargent headline young USMNT squad for Portugal friendly Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 2 years ago 23:04 11/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Weston McKennie Schalke United States Portugal v United States Portugal Friendlies Teenage standouts Weston McKennie and Josh Sargent were among the new faces called in, while Christian Pulisic was left off the U.S. roster. The U.S. national team’s youth movement in the wake of missing out on the 2018 World Cup is officially underway.Schalke midfielder Weston McKennie, U.S. Under-17 and Under-20 standout Josh Sargent, and New York Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams headline a group of nine players 22 and younger called in as part of the 21-man U.S. squad that will face Portugal in a friendly on Nov. 14 in Leiria, Portugal.Caretaker U.S. coach Dave Sarachan has called in an inexperienced group that includes just six players who were on the squad for the team’s World Cup qualifying loss to Trinidad & Tobago in October, a defeat that cost the United States a place at the 2018 World Cup. The group total of 12 players with five or fewer national team caps, including Vitesse defender Matt Miazga and Sheffield United defender Cameron Carter-Vickers. 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 One young player not included in the squad is Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic, who is being rested after a taxing 2017 for club and country.“Christian has had a very long year, not only with the National Team but finding his way with Borussia Dortmund,” Sarachan said. “Between his contributions for the National Team and his club, he has probably played more total games than almost anyone in our pool this year, and in doing that Christian has really pushed the limits mentally and physically. With those things in mind, this was an opportunity for Christian to get a break and recharge for the rest of an important campaign with Dortmund.”The teenage trio of McKennie, Sargent and Adams will garner the most attention as they each take part in their first senior national team camp. McKennie has turned heads since breaking into Schalke’s lineup, while Sargent is capping a year that saw him star at both the U.S. Under-20 and Under-17 World Cups. Adams just finished his first full season as a starter for the New York Red Bulls, emerging as one of the best young players in MLS.Sargent, 17, is the youngest player on the squad and the only player who isn’t yet officially a professional. He is set to sign a contract with German Bundesliga side Werder Bremen when he turns 18 in February.Josh Sargent USA Under-17“With this particular roster and the availability of players, it was a great opportunity to bring Josh,” Sarachan said. “He’s in good form coming off his time with the U-17s and is someone who will be able to handle the fitness level we’re looking for in this camp. He’s obviously impressed at both youth World Cups this year and so this camp gives us a chance to give a first look to a young player we think will have a bright future in the National Team program.” One player not included is Monterrey midfielder Jonathan Gonzalez. The 18-year-old central midfielder is in the midst of a breakout season as a starter for the Rayados, drawing interest from the Mexican national team, but reports have suggested Gonzalez would prefer to play for the USMNT. He is currently taking part in the Liga MX playoffs.The U.S. squad does have some veterans to help lead the group, including Alejandro Bedoya and Tim Ream, a pair of 30-year-olds who are the oldest players on the squad. 2014 World Cup veterans John Brooks and DeAndre Yedlin are also in the squad, with Brooks having recovered from the leg injury that forced him to miss the U.S. team’s recent World Cup qualifiers.As expected, the U.S. squad doesn’t include any players still taking part in the MLS playoffs, including Toronto FC stars Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore, Columbus Crew standouts Zack Steffen and Wil Trapp, and Seattle’s Clint Dempsey and Cristian Roldan.Injuries kept out some players expected to be part of the squad, including Paul Arriola, who recently underwent a minor procedure, and Bobby Wood, who has been battling lingering knee issues.Gold Cup group stage standouts Dom Dwyer and Kelyn Rowe are back in the fold after impressing this summer, while Danny Williams makes his return to the team for the first time in a year, having earned his way back as a regular for English Premier League side Huddersfield Town.Here is the full U.S. squad that will face Portugal:GOALKEEPERS : Jesse Gonzalez, Bill Hamid, Ethan HorvathDEFENDERS : John Brooks, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Eric Lichaj, Matt Miazga, Tim Ream, Jorge Villafana, DeAndre YedlinMIDFIELDERS : Kellyn Acosta, Tyler Adams, Alejandro Bedoya, Lynden Gooch, Weston McKennie, Kelyn Rowe, Danny WilliamsFORWARDS : Juan Agudelo, Dom Dwyer, C.J. 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Top 20 players of the past decade

first_imgGoal 50 Ronaldo, Messi & the top 20 players of the past decade Mark Doyle Deputy Features Editor 17:00 11/16/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(28) Lionel Messi Goal 50 Nou Camp Goal/FCB Goal 50 Lionel Messi Real Madrid Barcelona Bayern München PSG Manchester United Juventus Tottenham Hotspur Manchester City Arsenal Ligue 1 Bundesliga Serie A Premier League Primera División Luis Suárez Cristiano Ronaldo Zlatan Ibrahimović Neymar Sergio Ramos Robert Lewandowski Gareth Bale Sergio Agüero Mesut Özil Which superstar has racked up the most votes since the Goal 50 first started ranking the finest players in the world in 2008? Cristiano Ronaldo has just claimed top spot in the 10th edition of the Goal 50, which has been ranking the best players in the world since 2008.It is a record fifth triumph for the Real Madrid forward, who had been previously level on four with Lionel Messi, but has the Portuguese superstar been the most consistent performer on the planet for the past decade?Below, Goal runs through the players who have racked up the most votes since we first started polling editors and correspondents from across our 37 editions… 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 20. GONZALO HIGUAIN (138 VOTES)Gonzalo Higuain Juventus Olympiacos Champions LeagueGonzalo Higuain has featured in the Goal 50 five times and for three different clubs: Real Madrid, Napoli and now Juventus. The Argentine’s best ever showing came in 2016, when he finished ninth, after breaking the single-season goalscoring record in Serie A by netting 36 times for the Partenopei.:19. PHILIPP LAHM (142 VOTES)Lahm Bayern Munich Freiburg Despite having retired at the end of last season, Philipp Lahm makes our top 20 thanks to five previous appearances in the Goal 50. The versatile full-back, who was converted into a defensive midfielder by former Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola during the tail end of his career, claimed fourth place in 2014, after leading Germany to World Cup glory in Brazil.18. DANI ALVES (150 VOTES)HD Dani Alves PSGDani Alves may now be 34 but the Brazilian right-back has just racked up his sixth Goal 50 appearance, having won a domestic double with Juventus before making an impressive start to his Paris Saint-Germain career.Of course, the defender played his very best football at Barcelona and he finished sixth in 2009 due to the key role he played in the Catalans winning a treble at the end of what was his first year at Camp Nou.17. MANUEL NEUER (157 VOTES)Manuel Neuer Bayern Munich 2017 The man credited with revolutionising the role of the goalkeeper as a make-shift sweeper, Manuel Neuer has featured six times in the Goal 50. Despite an injury-interrupted year, he even made the 2017 list, in 33rd place, but his best-ever finish came two years ago, when he ranked 15th.16.  WAYNE ROONEY (160 VOTES)Wayne Rooney EvertonHaving returned to boyhood club Everton during the summer, Wayne Rooney’s best days may be behind him but the 32-year-old forward earns inclusion courtesy of five previous appearances in the Goal 50.Indeed, England and Manchester United’s all-time record goalscorer ranked 10th in 2009, after helping the Old Trafford outfit win the Premier League title, and reach the final of the Champions League.15. GIANLUIGI BUFFON (162 VOTES)Buffon Juventus Cagliari Gianluigi Buffon has already expressed his intention to retire at the end of the season, bringing to a close an illustrious career.However, the goalkeeping icon is still playing as well as ever, as underlined by the fact that he finished second in this year’s Goal 50 – his highest-ever placing in four previous appearances.14. SERGIO AGUERO (166 VOTES)Sergio Aguero Manchester CityThere was no room for Sergio Aguero in this year’s Goal 50 but the Argentine has made five previous appearances.Indeed, the Manchester City striker has previously ranked as high as 10th place, although that was back in 2008, when Aguero was a 20-year-old plying his trade at Atletico Madrid.13. GARETH BALE (175 VOTES)Bale goal DortmundGareth Bale failed to get a single vote for this year’s Goal 50 but when fully fit, the Welshman remains a force of nature.Indeed, he has featured on five previous occasions, with his most recent outing coming only last year, when he finished sixth after helping Wales reach the semi-finals of Euro 2016.12. ARTURO VIDAL (176 VOTES)arturo vidal bayern münchen champions league 030717One of the most dominant midfielders over the past decade, Arturo Vidal has won league titles in both Italy and Germany, with Juventus and Bayern Munich respectively, as well as two Copa America titles with Chile.The 30-year-old failed to make the cut this year but he has finished as high as seventh (2015) in previous seasons.11. ARJEN ROBBEN (177 VOTES)Arjen Robben Bayern MunichArjen Robben’s stock may have fallen over the past 12 months – hence his exclusion from the 2017 Goal 50 – but he has made five previous appearances.The Dutchman won the Champions League for Bayern Munich in 2013 but, according to our voters, he was at his very best the following year, when he starred for Netherlands at the World Cup in Brazil.10. THOMAS MULLER (199 VOTES)HD Thomas Muller Bayern MunichThomas Muller has suffered a dramatic dip in form over the past 18 months but the 28-year-old claims a place in the top 10 because of his prominent role in the recent success of both Bayern Munich and Germany.Indeed, the forward featured five times in the Goal 50 between 2010 and 2016, with his highest ranking, fourth place, coming in 2013, after he’d helped his Bavarian employers win a treble.9.  ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI (205 VOTES)Robert Lewandowski Bayern 2017While many of Robert Lewandowski’s Bayern Munich team-mates struggled under former boss Carlo Ancelotti, the Pole remained as prolific as ever.Although the striker failed to better his eighth-place finish from last year, Lewandowski still made the top 20, ranking 19th in his sixth appearance in the Goal 50.8. SERGIO RAMOS (228 VOTES)Sergio Ramos Real Madrid Borussia DortmundSergio Ramos’ discipline may leave a lot to be desired but nobody can dispute his impeccable sense of timing, at both ends of the field.The free-scoring centre-back has featured seven times in the Goal 50 and this year racked up his highest-ever ranking by finishing fifth, after leading Real Madrid to a Primera Division and Champions League double.7.  NEYMAR (231 VOTES)Neymar PSG Paris Saint-GermainBarcelona fans were understandably devastated by Neymar’s shock departure to Paris Saint-Germain, given the Brazilian has long since proved himself one of the best players in the world.Indeed, the forward has featured seven times in the Goal 50, for Santos, Barca and now PSG, and even finished fourth in 2015, after teaming up with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez to fire the Blaugrana to the treble.6. XAVI (234 VOTES)Xavi BarcelonaXavi is now plying his trade in Qatar with Al Sadd and hasn’t featured in the Goal 50 since 2012.In spite of the fact, the legendary Barcelona and Spain playmaker ranks sixth in the overall rankings because he never finished outside the top seven between 2008 and 2012, a run which included three consecutive third-placed finishes (2009-2011).5.  LUIS SUAREZ (262 VOTES)Luis Suarez BarcelonaOne of the great goalscorers of the modern era, Luis Suarez has appeared in six of the past seven Goal 50 lists.The man who very nearly carried Liverpool to Premier League glory in 2014 may have slipped to 20th this year but he achieved his highest ever ranking of second place just 12 months ago.4. ANDRES INIESTA (295 VOTES)Manuel Arana Andres IniestaAndres Iniesta may have missed out on inclusion in this year’s Goal 50 but the 33-year-old magician made the cut on eight previous occasions.The Barcelona legend even finished second in 2009, after the Catalan club’s treble triumph, while he ranked fourth in both 2011 and 2012.3. ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC (329 VOTES)Zlatan IbrahimovicOf course, Zlatan Ibrahimovic would be the first to tell you that he’s been one of the best players in the world for the past decade but it really is borne out by the Goal 50 voting.The Swedish striker has featured in all but one edition, never finished outside the top 25, made the top 10 three times and claimed fifth place in 2009.2. CRISTIANO RONALDO (485 VOTES)Cristiano Ronaldo, Real MadridThe greatest goalscorer the game has ever seen, Cristiano Ronaldo has been a model of consistency for over a decade now with Manchester United, Real Madrid and Portugal.The 32-year-old superstar, who has fired his current club to three Champions Leagues in four years and led his country to European Championship glory in 2016, has appeared in every edition of the Goal 50.Ronaldo has only finished outside the top four once (ninth, in 2010) and has won the award a record five times, successfully retaining his title this year.1. LIONEL MESSI (488 VOTES)Lionel Messi Barcelona Catalan flags 2017Fourth for the past two years yet, remarkably, Lionel Messi has never finished any lower in the Goal 50.Prior to last year, the man many believe to be the greatest player of all time had never failed to make the podium, winning the award four times in total.Indeed, such has been Messi’s level of consistency that he amassed a staggering 488 points from a possible 500 when all the votes from our 10 editions were added together.last_img read more

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Cole chooses between Invincibles and City

first_imgArsenal Arsenal’s Invincibles or Man City’s unbeatables? Cole picks his winner Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 06:39 11/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ashley Cole Getty Arsenal Manchester City Chelsea Premier League The former Gunners defender, who formed part of a title-winning squad in 2003-04, believes that team was better than Pep Guardiola’s crop of 2017-18 Ashley Cole has suggested that Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ would beat Manchester City’s all-conquering class of 2017-18.The ex-England international formed part of the Gunners squad that made history while sweeping to the Premier League title in 2003-04.Chelsea 9/2 to beat Swansea 2-0 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 Arsene Wenger’s side went an entire campaign without coming unstuck, with their unbeaten run eventually stretching to 49 games.Pep Guardiola is hoping to emulate that achievement this season, having negotiated 13 Premier League games unscathed so far, but Cole doubts they will match Arsenal’s heroic effort.He told ESPN FC: “I’m not sure about the similarities.“But so far they have the zero for losses, so you can compare on that front. They’ve clicked and connected.“But it’s tough to go 38 games unbeaten. Can they do it? Who knows but it’s looking good for them so far.”Arsenal 03-04 v Manchester City 17-18Pressed on who would win if Arsenal past met City present, Cole added: “I think the ‘Invincibles’ would win. No bias.”While casting doubt over City’s ability to go an entire season unbeaten in the league, Cole has also questioned whether Guardiola’s side will get their hands on the crown at all.“The title race is not over,” said the 36-year-old full-back, who is now on the books of the LA Galaxy.“Man City are on fire, playing well and seem to have come together. But as players you never give up.“So with Chelsea the current holders of the cup [title], I don’t think they will give it up too easy. Hopefully they can retain this beautiful trophy.”The former Chelsea man added on the hopes of Antonio Conte’s side in 2017-18: “As players you never make one trophy a priority.“They still have a chance to regain the league, so that’ll be in the back of the mind of course, to make history and win the Champions League again.“On all fronts, Chelsea are fighting for a lot of trophies.”last_img read more

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Talking Horses: Rich Ricci dismisses ‘got at’ fears over Faugheen flop

first_imgToday’s best bets, by Chris CookRich Ricci has dismissed fears that Faugheen may have been ‘got at’, or doped to underperform by some malign influence, when he ran so disappointingly at Leopardstown over Christmas. There was some loose chat at the time that the dismal efforts by both Faugheen and Sizing John (from another stable) that week were so bad as to be a cause for concern but Ricci says he has total faith in the security systems put in place by Faugheen’s trainer, Willie Mullins. “I know Willie and he comes from an era that was different in racing,” Faugheen’s owner said at Cheltenham on Saturday, where he was attending the launch of the Betbright Cup. “He does worry about it and he takes security very seriously. “I never thought the horses were got at, I think it’s difficult in this day and age. He takes it so seriously, he really does, not just at his own barns but also when he’s travelling them and it’s a good precaution to have but I don’t think they were got at.” Share on Messenger Thank you for your feedback. Share on WhatsApp Was this helpful? Ricci prefers to take the view that disappointing efforts that week were caused by the yard having an uncharacteristic “flat” period. “Maybe they were just flat, for once. Maybe it’s just one of those things. Everybody has a patch like that and he hasn’t had one for a long time. I’m hopeful that’s what it is but his security is so good, I don’t worry they can be got at.” Faugheen is the even-money favourite to bounce back with a win in Saturday’s Irish Champion Hurdle. Now a veteran at 10, he was pulled up two from home in Leopardstown’s Ryanair Hurdle last time, having been sent off at odds of 2-11.Turning to today’s action, a couple of runners appeal to me at Hereford, starting with Rambling Rector (1.40) at 9-2 in the opener. This is an Irish points winner who ran below expectations in quite a decent bumper at Warwick in March. I’m prepared to forgive that, on the basis he was always likely to improve for time and obstacles, and he’s interesting on this hurdles debut, especially with Warren Greatrex’s horses faring so well. The favourite, Tossapenny, went close at Southwell last month but comes from the Evan Williams yard that has since gone off the boil. Another Venture (3.40) looks a good favourite for an interesting handicap chase later on the card. He’s got a decent record in soft-ground handicaps, following his success at Chepstow recently, and still looks fairly treated. Odds of 9-4 are fine, in view of the lack of threat posed by rivals. Spookydooky has had a wind op which might revive his fortunes but Jonjo O’Neill’s runners have generally been below par. Latest trainer form table Since you’re here… Show Donald McCain 42% (24) Nick Williams 33% (12) Warren Greatrex 29% (24) Nicky Henderson 27% (30) Harry Fry 25% (16) Paul Nicholls 23% (13) Neil Mulholland 21% (24) Sue Smith 21% (24) Kim Bailey 21% (14) David Pipe 21% (14) Emma Lavelle 20% (15) Tim Vaughan 19% (16) Oliver Sherwood 18% (11) Ian Williams 16% (19) Dan Skelton 14% (35) Lucinda Russell 14% (29) Gary Moore 14% (28) Alan King 14% (21) Kerry Lee 14% (7) Brian Ellison 13% (16) Rebecca Curtis 13% (8) Dr Richard Newland 13% (8) Colin Tizzard 12% (17) Venetia Williams 8% (24) Nicky Richards 8% (13) Tom George 7% (15) Charlie Longsdon 5% (21) Jonjo O’Neill 4% (25) Nigel Twiston-Davies 4% (25) Evan Williams 0% (18) Philip Hobbs 0% (14) Peter Bowen 0% (9) Fergal O’Brien 0% (9) Ben Pauling 0% (7) Malcolm Jefferson 0% (6)Each Monday through the core jumps season, we’re monitoring the relative success of 35 major jumps stables. The percentage figure is their win strike-rate for the last fortnight, while their total number of runners in that time is in brackets. Was this helpful? Talking Horses A £2 maximum stake for betting-shop machines will be boost for racing Horse racing Share on Twitter Hide Donald McCain has been one of the most profitable trainers to follow since I’ve been doing this list and he’s well worth his place at the top this week. The Cheshire trainer has had 10 winners in the past fortnight and only needs one more to match his total for the whole of last season. Nick Williams had a big Saturday, thanks to Agrapart, and Warren Greatrex also continues to do well. Paul Nicholls is on the way back after a slow start and came within a head of a big handicap chase double on Saturday, Warrior’s Tale being narrowly beaten in the Great Yorkshire. Tim Vaughan and Oliver Sherwood have both climbed the table. At the other end, something seems amiss in the Cotswold area, as neighbours Nigel Twiston-Davies and Fergal O’Brien are very short of winners. Ben Pauling and Jonjo O’Neill, who also train in the area, are also finding winners hard to come by. It’s a pity to see Philip Hobbs back down at the bottom after a mini-revival at the start of the month. He’s only had five runners in the past week and would surely have had more if his horses were all healthy again. Share on Facebook Topicscenter_img Quick guide The standings … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Hereford 1.40 Rambling Rector 2.10 Report To Base 2.40 Jaune Et Bleue 3.10 Becauseshesaidso 3.40 Another Venture 4.10 Arthur Mac 4.40 Toby LeronePlumpton 1.55 Weebill 2.25 Le Coeur Net 2.55 My Dance (nb) 3.25 Jully Les Buxy (nap) 3.55 Leo Luna 4.25 Be DaringWolverhampton 4.50 Dalness Express 5.25 Mr Potter 6.00 Montague 6.30 Pattie 7.00 Technological 7.30 Abe Lincoln 8.00 Daring Guest Horse racing tips Quick guide Monday’s tips by John O’Hara Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian features Hide Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images Europe Share on LinkedIn Show Share via Email Read more Thank you for your feedback. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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‘I love football because it’s the opposite of science: contradictory, primitive, emotional’

first_imgWorld Cup Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on Messenger Ten things we learned from the final round of World Cup group games Share on Facebook Topics World Cup 2018 Share on Pinterest Anyway, let’s continue. For some time now, a silent battle has been fought between those who know about football because they played it and that taught them endless things – lots of ex-players don’t even know all that they know – and those who, while they know less, explain it better because university gave them knowledge and the tools of persuasion.When football club directors are in a bind all they want is someone to lie to them offering a version of events that is optimistic and irrefutable, based on “scientific” evidence. (Speech marks are vitally important every time the word science is used applied to football.) The battle is being won by the educated. But a word of warning: we are underestimating, and risk losing, the huge amount of wisdom that exists on the side of those who don’t even know all that they know.Johan Cruyff understood that well and always mistrusted intruders. I’m not talking about coaches who never played – there are too many brilliant cases for that – but the army of people getting close to the game with sophisticated ideas that appear to have the solution to every problem. Some are obsessed with the mind, others the body, still more with tactics. They forget that players are people who play. It’s very useful to integrate every element, but the main one continues to reside somewhere in their instinct. Read more An example: there are “revolutionary” advances (more speech marks) like using drones to film and analyse training sessions, allowing you to see what is happening from above. Daft and pointless, whichever way you look at it. But, careful, here’s the thing: the coach that doesn’t have a drone gets labelled old-fashioned even by the players themselves and that’s terrible if they want to stay in a job. We know a lot. Like the fact that a player ran 12.345 kilometres. It’s an admirable figure, in athletic terms. But, did he run to help? To get in the way? To give the ball to a team-mate? Or to an opponent? To bring order? Chaos? As he ran, did he think? We need the context. If not, let’s leave the numbers for something else.As I always liked this game when the ball is at a player’s feet, let’s analyse another stat: the one that says a player touched the ball 100 times and did so with a 95% success rate. Javier Mascherano was the player who touched the ball more times in a single game than anyone else in the group phase – more than 140 touches against Iceland. Did Mascherano play well? That’s another story. Because the players with the second- and third-most touches in that game were Argentina’s two centre-backs, a sign that the passes were routine, inoffensive, without purpose. They didn’t threaten the opponent, they didn’t break through lines. They didn’t fulfil the first rule of any attacking move: eliminate opponents. But analysing football through numbers rather than letters seems to comfort specialists, as if it offered incontestable evidence and thus certainty. There are players who are unmarked but keep running, presumably so that the kilometre count doesn’t make them look bad. Football tactics Jorge Valdano Read morecenter_img Let’s not allow the uncertainty of results, the patriotic feeling football provokes or the increasing money generated by this fantastic industry to distract us from the evolution of the game itself, the play. Regressive tactics advance at greater speed than creative ones and the obsession with statistics contributes to that.At this World Cup, more than ever before, we want to know everything with mathematical precision, even though football is beautiful when two and two don’t make four. Or when South Korea beat Germany, say. Share via Email Reuse this content And where do the players stand in this evolution of the game? With every step, they become just another piece in the machinery. That requires discipline, responsibility, solidarity, sacrifice – all virtues found in a good citizen. As we continue on this path, intensity defeats the ability to pause, to slow down; passing defeats dribbling; predictability defeats trickery … and on it goes. The coach wants control and that’s easier to achieve without the ball than with it, working on defensive movements rather than offensive ones, the ball stopped rather than in motion. As Antoine Griezmann said after the sad draw between France and Denmark: this is just the way it is. The big problem is that with every step we take towards “scientific certainties”, players lose a little more freedom Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn We want calculations to be proven correct before the game has even started. Big data and mathematical projections are making their way on to the field of play to tell us things I don’t want to know. We love football for its imprecision, its moments of genius and its mistakes, when the ball bounces badly and the left-back plays terribly because he’s had a fight with his girlfriend before the game. And there’s no equation that can explain that.Of course the data helps but in the world of play, like in art, we have to put a limit on it because these are realms of freedom. The big problem is that with every step we take towards “scientific certainties”, players lose a little more freedom. Freedom for what? To think. There’s a reason they’re the protagonists.It’s worth clarifying, so that you know who’s talking to you here, that I love football more than I love a team, that I admire any given player more than the greatest manager, that the ball fascinates me as much as the “science” of the game. In fact, I think football is the opposite of technology precisely because of its exaggeratedly human condition: contradictory, primitive, emotional. So you’ll understand that I see VAR as an aberration, for example. If we want justice, let’s fight for it – but in real life, not on a football pitch. Football is a child of its time, of a moment, and that identity as a primitive game exempts it from the need to be all modern and cutting edge. Yes, I know: it’s a losing battle. comment Share on WhatsApp What’s wrong with Argentina? We now value ‘balls’ more than talent World Cuplast_img read more

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Chelsea launch legal campaign to crack down on ticket touts at Stamford Bridge

first_imgChelsea Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Chelsea have launched a groundbreaking legal campaign to stamp out ticket touting, the Guardian can reveal, in a move expected to herald a wider crackdown by Premier League football clubs.At a high court hearing on Monday, lawyers for Chelsea secured injunctions against two men who admitted reselling match tickets, which is illegal under English law.The men, one of whom claimed to be a “tiny, weeny cog” in a much larger machine promised not to do so in future and were warned they could face fines or even prison if they disobey the court order.Lawyers for Chelsea have also obtained temporary injunctions against at least five other men after senior figures at the club responded to complaints from fans about the number of professional touts openly operating outside the ground.It comes a year after a Guardian investigation exposed resale platforms and the touts who use them, one of whom claimed on film to have hundreds of tickets to every Tottenham Hotspur home game.Security agents working for Chelsea are understood to have used similar tactics, posing as customers in an effort to identify touts and catch them in the act in what the club described as a long-term undercover operation.John Bourke and co-defendant Gary Shepherd admitted resale of a ticket and accepted a court order preventing them from doing so in future. The two men were ordered to pay £14,655 of the club’s legal fees and undertook not to loiter within 400 yards of Stamford Bridge or 200 yards of Fulham Broadway underground station.They were warned that any breach of the court order could see them fined or even imprisoned, while their assets could be seized.Edward Rowntree of Hardwicke Chambers, representing Chelsea, said: “This is part of a campaign by the club to drive touting away from Stamford Bridge. We hope it won’t be necessary to take this to trial.”Bourke, who gave his age as 63, said: “I’m a tiny, weeny cog in the running of it. A tiny cog in the biggest clock in the world.”Shepherd told the court: “I can’t see how you can sell one ticket and get fined nearly 10 grand each.”Both men were also ordered to hand over to Chelsea any tickets they might still have, as well as any details of sales they had made for past or future games.The judge, Mr Justice Stewart, said this would help Chelsea track down season ticket holders or members responsible for making their tickets available to touts.Both men said they did not have any tickets in their possession and did not have any details of any other transactions to hand over.As well as Shepherd and Bourke, Chelsea are seeking injunctions against three other men.Sources told the Guardian that Premier League clubs have agreed at high level meetings that more must be done to stop the practice, which has escalated thanks to the ease of selling tickets via the internet. But Chelsea is understood to be the first club to resort to legal means.A spokesperson for Arsenal said the London club had made it much easier for fans to resell tickets legally via its own exchange platform.“Last season 3,105 people had their Arsenal memberships cancelled for selling on tickets,” said a spokesperson.But ticketing expert Reg Walker, of the Iridium Consultancy, questioned the commitment of Manchester City given that the club has a commercial partnership with resale platform Viagogo, which has been repeatedly criticised over its alliances with powerful touts.The Guardian revealed last year that the website had also resold tickets for at least one game in England.Walker said: “Whilst Chelsea’s action on secondary ticketing must be welcomed, other clubs need to sever ties with the secondary ticket market and terminate relationships with websites such as Viagogo who simply provide an outlet for tickets mass harvested by touts.”Viagogo has said it provides a useful service that allows fans to sell on tickets they cannot use and offers a guarantee to customers. Share via Emailcenter_img Topics news Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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