‘I’ll give my life to PSG,’ says Neymar

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first_img“There are things that have been said, but we have always had a relationship based on honesty and admiration,” said Mbappe.The last time Mbappe and Neymar had appeared together was in the French Cup final last April, a match which ended in defeat.As Bordeaux pressed, Mbappe and PSG began to carve open the home defence.He burst through on his own, but goalkeeper Benoit Costil anticipated the chip.Then Costil again reacted quickly, diving at Angel Di Maria’s feet as the Argentine ran onto Mbappe’s angled through ball.PSG, who had suffered a shock 2-0 loss to Reims on Wednesday, survived a late video review for a potential Bordeaux penalty to recapture first place.Angers are second in the table after a 1-1 draw with Amiens.Nantes, also two points off the pace, had briefly moved to the top when they won 1-0 win at Lyon earlier in the day.Lyon had the best of the chances but conceded the only goal in freakish fashion just before the hour.As Samuel Moutoussamy broke into the home area, left-back Fernando Marcal slid in and attempted to poke the ball out for a corner. Instead, it struck his other leg and looped over goalkeeper Anthony Lopes and into the goal.As the home fans whistled their team, the Lyon players appeared increasingly lost, although the brilliance of Nantes goalkeeper Alban Lafont was a major factor in their failure.For Nantes, it was a first win at Lyon since December 1996.Monaco’s revival continued when a 4-1 home win over Brest allowed them to move into 12th spot.Monaco have now taken seven points from their last three league games.Share on: WhatsApp Neymar’s goal secures win for PSG. Paris, France | AFP | Brazilian superstar Neymar pledged Saturday to “give my life to PSG” after his goal kept the French giants top of Ligue 1 with a 1-0 win at Bordeaux.Neymar, the world’s most expensive footballer, had been strongly linked to a return to Barcelona over a tumultuous summer.However, in an attempt to win over PSG fans, many of whom have become unconvinced by the player’s attachment to the French capital, Neymar has looked a rejuvenated figure, scoring for a third time this season.“I’m very happy to be able to help PSG, it’s better with the fans,” he said.“It’s like with your girlfriend, one moment you’re bad, but with hugs and a lot of love, it’s better.“I am here to give my life to PSG. They are my team, my goal is to help my club, to continue to score goals.”On Saturday, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar played together for the first time this season and combined for the only goal in Bordeaux.Mbappe, who had been out injured since August 25, started on the bench but, with PSG struggling for a breakthrough, came on after an hour.The Parisian attack immediately gained a more menacing edge.Both Mbappe, with a shot, and Neymar, with a header, went close before combining to open the scoring for the game’s only goal in the 70th minute.Mbappe outpaced the Bordeaux defence on the right. His precise low cross presented Neymar with a tap in at the far post.“The most important thing is that these goals are decisive, in tight matches, that’s why I’m here,” added Neymar.“It’s obviously a pleasure to link up with Kylian again. He came back with his smile and with his football talent,” he added.– Mbappe’s Neymar ‘admiration’ –French World Cup winner Mbappe said he was delighted to link-up again with Neymar although he admits their partnership remains a work in progress.last_img read more

Half-Dozen Rumson-Fair Haven Students Display Art Work in ‘6’

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first_imgRUMSON – Those looking for a welcoming place that features fabulous original artwork may find that “6” is the number to keep in mind.The Guild of Creative Art in Shrewsbury is featuring the artwork of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School students through April 30 in an exhibition titled “6.”RFH seniors Elise Dixon and Maggie Oberle at the opening of the “6” art exhibit.The six showcased students, all RFH seniors who participated in the Advanced Placement Studio Art Class, are: Elise Dixon, Charlotte Eisenstadt, Jack Lawler, Sophie Litwin, Emily MacCloud, and Maggie Oberle.A majority of the students’ creations, including paintings, prints, drawings, ceramic sculpture and jewelry, will be available for purchase.“These students are great creative thinkers and I love to see what is, for them, the culmination of years of arts education,” said RFH art teacher Kate Okeson, who has been instructing many of the students since their freshman year. “Their work demonstrates not just technical skill, but individual perspectives and concepts that are the result of hard work and dedication.”The exhibition is open to the public and free of charge.The Guild of Creative Art is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the visual arts. The gallery is at 620 Broad St. in Shrewsbury and is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays, and from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays.For more information, call 732-741-1441 or visit www.guildofcreativeart.com.last_img read more

St. John Vianney Wins Final With Stunning Comeback

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first_imgTOMS RIVER -St. John Vianney has won 16 NJSIAA Non-Public A girls basketball championships since it first became a state power in the early 1990s, but none could match Saturday’s stirring comeback.Trailing defending champion Immaculate Heart Academy by 16 points late in the first half, the Lady Lancers staged a stunning second-half comeback to grab a 50-46 victory for its first state title in three years.The win also avenged a two-point setback to IHA in last year’s Non-Public A finals, but Saturday was a different story.“We looked at films of last year’s game the other day,” said SJV’s Tina Lebron, who had the biggest basket of the game, a three-pointer that gave the Lady Lancers their first lead of the game with 2:17 left in the contest. “We picked it apart because we knew that we played badly in that game.”“This was my ninth state title either as a coach or player,” said SJV coach Dawn Karpell, a standout for the Lady Lancers in the 1990s. “This title was special because it was the first state championship for this group of kids.”After Lebron’s basket put SJV ahead, the Lady Lancers never lost the advantage as Kelly Campbell sealed the win with five of six free throws.“It felt good when the ball left my hand,” said Lebron. “When you are that open, you have to do it for your team.“I was a so happy when I made it,” she said, “We’re like a family. We’re so close that it was awesome.”Campbell was named Most Valuable player with 12 points, five steals and seven rebounds, along with a standout performance on defense.“We had some doubt at halftime,” Campbell admitted, “but we knew that we would come back in the second half. We did it with defense. I shoot about 100 free throws in practice each day.”It was all IHA in the first half when it jumped out to a 33-17 lead behind Caitlin Roche, who dropped in four three pointers.SJV came out in the second half looking like a different team, however, as it tightened its defense and shot much better.“We shot only 22 percent in the first half while they shot over 50 percent, ” said Lebron. “We did much better in the second half.”SJV started its comeback quickly in the third quarter, closing the gap to 33-26 on a pair of baskets by Campbell and a three-pointer from Kellie Crouch.“We wanted to get the lead down to eight points by the end of the quarter and play better defense,” said Karpell.SJV actually narrowed it to 35-31, on two free throws by Vanessa Pinho, but IHA appeared to recover and had what looked like a safe 43-35 lead with 4:17 remaining.It was here that SJV finally put everything together as it scored 13 straight points, including Lebron’s key three-pointer and five free throws by Campbell.IHA’s Jordan Wilmoth gave her team some hope with a three-pointer with 32 seconds left, but foul shots by Campbell and Zoe Pero clinched it.“We just decided to play better in the second half,” said Karpell.“We also put Campbell on Roche and she did a great job by holding her scoreless.“Once we got the lead, we caught momentum and it was another level for us,” she said. “The kids began to believe.”–By Jim Hintelmannlast_img read more

Digging Up History on Sandy Hook

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first_imgBy Allison PerrineSANDY HOOK – With the noonday sun beating down on them, a group of students from Monmouth University (MU) scraped the earth at the foot of the Sandy Hook lighthouse with mini-shovels and brushes. They were digging holes in an effort to discover evidence of Revolutionary War history.The program held June 18, 25 and 26 was a project by the university and the National Park Service to introduce archaeology to students and community volunteers. What they found intrigued them. Musket balls, pottery, bottles and more.Rumson resident and MU graduate student Nicky Kelly got a chance to handle the century-old artifacts. “It helps to tell the whole story,” she said.Richard Veit, the archaeology professor at MU who helped orchestrate the event, said, “It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn about one of New Jersey’s historic sites and it’s cool to have artifacts from the Revolution that gave insight into the people’s lives from that time.”The site was roped off into five units and later broke ground for a sixth. The first unit, called “excavation unit one,” is believed to have been part of the lighthouse keeper’s home, according to MU student Elliott Wilson, 22, of Cranbury. “We think it’s the corner of the cellar, which likely would have stored cold items for the lightkeeper,” Wilson said.Monmouth University students work on excavation unit five to uncover Revolutionary War artifacts.Unit two appears to be the former curb-line of the road, a theory supported by the possible trail that lead to the old horse carriage house. Artifacts found in the unit included a hand-blown wine bottle, a pin, shell-edge pottery and stoneware. “This is definitely evidence of human activity,” said MU graduate student Mike Brennan of Fair Haven.On the top of the hill Marilyn Scherfen, of Atlantic Highlands, and Marjorie Charlton, of Somerset County, worked on unit three as volunteers. “What’s beautiful is that you find everyday items (such as a Château-Lafite bottle), but also things like musket balls,” Scherfen said.At unit five, recent MU graduate/volunteer Mark Schulze, 22, of Belford, speculated on what wall they were unearthing. “We’re trying to expose a corner of a wall and see where it leads,” he said. “We’ll dig down a foot or two and see if we can get to the bottom of it.”After artifacts were discovered, the team labeled and placed them carefully in bags to bring to the artifact washing station. There, findings were delicately washed several times with a toothbrush so that nothing was damaged. Kelly and Samantha Muller, 41, from Rutgers University, worked at this station.Students seemed to have enjoyed the experience.Nicky Kelly worked the artifact-washing station and showedtwo pieces of pottery that were found during the excavation.“I loved it,” said MU student John Brown, 21, of Wildwood Crest. “You learn so much more in the field than you ever could in a classroom. You hear about what to do all the time in class – but to actually have the opportunity to do it is valuable,” Brown said.last_img read more

Historic Speakeasy Prepares for 100th Anniversary of Prohibition

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first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |RUMSON – Murphy’s Tavern on Ward Lane, which came to life as a secluded gin-mill speakeasy, is preparing to mark 100 years since Prohibition.The saloon, located at the end of a driveway in a residential neighborhood, is a link to a nefarious moment in the Two River area’s past when smugglers and rumrunners navigated the twists and turns of the Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers using the cover of darkness to drop shipments of “wet goods” during the dry times of Prohibition-era America.“Where this place is situated and the surrounding geography of the area is a huge part of why it was able to endure,” said Robb McMahon, who owns the bar with friend and business partner Heather Vena Racioppi.They believe the underground speakeasy began illegally serving booze to law-breaking locals shortly after the 18th Amendment was ratified by a Utah in 1919. The business partners are planning a celebration to recognize the anniversary in the New Year.The story of the once secret, subterranean saloon makes for good conversation and, during a Nov. 27 interview with The Two River Times, McMahon is enjoying the storytelling from behind an oak bar.McMahon says if the surrounding residences weren’t blocking his shot, he’s fairly certain he could chuck a rock from the entrance of Murphy’s to the nearby riverfront. Or at least he could have back in his Little League days.The entrance to what is now the borough’s public boat launch sits about 200 feet from the bar’s location, which is designated with a sign on the home’s cream colored siding reading “Murphy’s – Since Prohibition.”In the basement of a Ward Lane residence near the Navesink River is Murphy’s Tavern, a former speakeasy. Photo by Chris RotoloThe boat launch overlooks a naturally formed cove, with a marsh-covered island situated between the Rumson riverfront and a patch of Hartshorne Woods that includes a portion of Mount Mitchill’s scenic overlook.“The coverage from the woods was key. The water access was key. Just look at what we have today in the Seastreak (Ferry). You’re in and out of New York City much quicker over the water than by rail. And when you’re doing something illegal, it’s a lot safer traveling by water,” McMahon added.In November 1918, the U.S. Congress passed a temporary Wartime Prohibition Act, banning the sale of beverages with an alcohol content greater than 1.28 percent. It was an attempt to preserve grain supplies for troops battling in World War I.In December 1918 the U.S. Senate proposed the 18th Amendment, effectively establishing the prohibition of intoxicating liquors, followed by Congress passing the Volstead Act in October 1919, which defined those liquors and the penalties against those who produced and sold them.By the time the country officially went dry Jan. 17, 1920, Murphy’s was well established near the banks of the Navesink.The Ward Lane establishment was also a mere seven-minute stroll from the police station, then located on Center Street.“Let’s just say, back then, the owners were only worried about the federal government knocking on their door and this was small potatoes compared to the likes Al Capone, Tommy Lucchese and Dutch Schultz. They weren’t really worried about the Murphy’s,” McMahon said. “But this wasn’t the only place to have an operation.”In 1923 one man was shot and killed, six others were hospitalized and seven more were jailed following a gun fight on the streets of Atlantic Highlands between a band of bootleggers and a gang of highjacking rum pirates.In 1924 George F. Grause was arrested in a raid with 20 other men for selling illegal spirits in the hidden backroom of a Red Bank haunt. Later that year the U.S. Coast Guard launched a sting operation off the coast of Monmouth Beach and seized a million dollars’ worth of product from a British vessel named the Frederick B.Holmdel resident James Maher stored a whiskey still in his attic, accessed by a staircase behind a removable panel in the closet of his daughter’s bedroom at their Hop Brook Farm home. In 1923 he designed a process to transform cider from his family’s lush orchards into apple jack and laid out a drive-through pathway for locals to purchase a bottle at his backdoor and motor off without detection. The still was discovered in 1933, the year Prohibition was repealed.Vena-Racioppi said structurally and cosmetically the tavern has changed, but the partners have never wanted to create a caricature of the era. “The last cosmetic redo we did, we made sure not to make a Prohibition them park out of it like so many others in the area have. We didn’t have to do that,” she added.Vena-Racioppi said originally the bar top ran along a wall where a 1950s shuffle board table now rests. The room itself was completely open back in the 1920s, with just a couple of booths located on the opposite wall.The new bar top is an L-shape, opening much of the room up to patrons. Photos from the 1940s hang around the room, as does a jackelope head, a couple of dart boards and modern jukebox.“This is a room that’s been around for about a century now. There wasn’t much we had to do, because it’s already from the Prohibition era. It’s already authentic. We just had to acknowledge the history and make it a little more accommodating in the process. People have responded really well,” Vena-Racioppi added.The tavern serves handcrafted cocktails, wine by the glass and bottle, and both bottled and draft beer. They also have a small snack menu with pizza, bar items like pigs in a blanket, and specialty French fries, including the quintessentially New Jersey Pork Roll Fries, crispy strips of Taylor Ham served with ketchup and cheese sauce.Murphy’s Tavern is open seven days a week from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. and features Friday happy hours from 6 to 8 p.m. with live music. They will be hosting a New Year’s Eve party Dec. 31 from 4 to 8 p.m. to coincide with the New Year in Dublin.For more information on the New Year’s Eve party and other special events visit murphystavernrumson.com. The bar is located at 17 Ward Lane.This article was first published in the Nov. 29 – Dec. 5, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Reported closings fought

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first_img Ford Chairman and CEO Bill Ford has said the company is working on a restructuring plan and will reveal details in January. Bill Ford said in October the plan will include “significant” job cuts and plant closures. Ford is only using around 86 percent of its North American assembly plant capacity, compared to 107 percent at rival Toyota Motor Corp. Ford has 23 assembly plants in North America. “Obviously, we’ve indicated we will address our excess capacity,” Ford spokesman Oscar Suris told The Associated Press on Friday. “We’ve been pretty consistent in saying we’ll share these plans in more detail in January. Nothing is finalized.” The United Auto Workers refused to comment on the report, saying it is speculation. At the Ford plant in Cuautitlan, just north of Mexico City, said rumors about downsizing have been floating around for some time, and the 750 workers there are willing to discuss labor changes to keep the plant open. “We believe that we represent a good business opportunity for Ford,” said Juan Jose Sosa, the national representative for the Ford workers union in Mexico. “We are open to considering reasonable alternatives … and a better use of labor,” he said. Danny Sparks, head of the local union at the Ford plant in Hapeville, Ga., near Atlanta, said the report of a possible closure came as a surprise. “We’re one of the most efficient plants Ford has. The Atlanta employees have a long history of stepping up to the task at hand,” Sparks said. Chuck Moore, director of the Detroit-area restructuring firm Conway, MacKenzie and Dunleavy, said the plants are the subject of speculation in part because of the products they make. The Atlanta plant makes the Ford Taurus sedan, which is scheduled to be phased out next year. The St. Louis plant makes the Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer, two vehicles that have been struggling. Explorer sales were down 30 percent in the first 11 months of this year despite an extensive redesign, according to Autodata Corp. The St. Paul plant makes the Ford Ranger pickup, which also saw sales fall nearly 25 percent between January and November, and the Cuautitlan plant makes the F-150 and Super-Duty trucks that could be consolidated elsewhere, Moore said. Ford has four other plants that make the F-150. GM’s announcement got little reaction from Wall Street, in part because many of the changes won’t take place until after GM and the UAW negotiate a new contract in 2007. Moore said Ford could get the same reaction unless its restructuring plan takes effect sooner, although Ford also is locked into a UAW contract that won’t be negotiated until 2007. Moore said Ford also has to make clear how it plans to stem its market share losses. Ford’s U.S. market share fell to 17.4 percent in the first 11 months of the year, down from 18.4 percent the year before. “Without stabilization of the market share, it’s just going to require additional cost cuts and additional closures,” Moore said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DETROIT – Ford Motor Co. workers and local officials said Friday they’ll do everything in their power to keep plants open after a report suggested Ford is considering closing five North American plants as part of a major restructuring. Lawmakers and union officials said they would pile on tax breaks or change plant work rules to encourage Ford to stay. In Minnesota, House Speaker Steve Sviggum, the Legislature’s top Republican, said he wouldn’t rule out pushing for a special session to consider incentives for keeping a plant in St. Paul. “We’re not going to let this go without a fight,” he said. “We’re going to give every incentive we can to make sure these jobs are maintained.” The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that the nation’s second biggest automaker is likely to close assembly plants in St. Louis, Atlanta and St. Paul under a still-evolving restructuring plan. It cited two unidentified people familiar with the automaker’s product plans. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The newspaper said an engine-parts plant in Windsor, Ontario, and a truck-assembly plant in Cuautitlan, Mexico, also are slated for closure. If Ford closes the plants, it would deal another blow to U.S. autoworkers, already reeling from a plan announced last month by General Motors Corp. to close 12 North American facilities and cut 30,000 jobs. The nation’s car manufacturers are suffering from declining sales, especially of sport utility vehicles, even as the cost of labor and health care rises. Ford shares rose 5 cents to close at $8.15 on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday. Together, the Ford plants cited in Friday’s report employ around 7,000 people, according to Ford’s Web site. Ford had a total of 122,877 North American employees at the end of last year. The Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker has around 324,000 employees worldwide. Ford has been struggling with declining U.S. market share, high labor costs and excess plant capacity. The company reported a $1.2 billion pretax loss in its North American automotive operations in the third quarter. last_img read more

Niners backfield concern: MRI set for Coleman; team vets possible fill-ins

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first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.TAMPA, Fla. — An ankle injury to Tevin Coleman means the 49ers need a new starting running back, and although they likely will turn to Matt Breida, coach Kyle Shanahan said they will weigh outside options.Promoting Jeffrey Wilson Jr. from the practice squad for a second straight year is also a scenario Shanahan mentioned.“We love Jeff, who’s on the practice squad. Jeff’s a great player. We’ll see what’s up with Tevin …last_img

FIR against makers of national award film ‘Hellaro’

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first_imgMakers of the Gujarati film Hellaro, which bagged the National Award for Best Feature Film at the 66th National Film Awards, were booked for the alleged use of a “derogatory term” in a dialogue to refer to a Scheduled Caste character, the police said on Tuesday. Hellaro (The Outburst) was released in theatres on November 8.“An FIR was registered against the director, producers and dialogue writer of Hellaro over the utterance of word ‘Harijan’ by one of its characters, considered derogatory by members of Scheduled Caste to which it referred,” an official of Kagdapith police station here said.The FIR was registered on Monday evening after a complaint was filed by Congress corporator Jamnaben Vegda, who claimed she was agitated after hearing the word uttered by one of the characters in the film a few minutes post-interval.Director Abhishek Shah, and producers Ashish Patel, Aayush Patel, Mit Jani, Pratik Gupta, and dialogue writer Saumya Joshi have been booked under Sections 3 (1) and 5, among others, of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, the police official said.last_img read more

Ronaldo takes on Ibrahimovic in European playoffs

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first_imgTwo of world football’s biggest names will meet Friday in the playoffs to determine Europe’s final four World Cup qualifiers.Ever since last month’s draw pitted Portugal against Sweden, the matchup has been billed as a head-to-head between Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.It will take something special to budge them from the spotlight, but Iceland is attempting to do just that.A Nordic nation better known for fishing and freezing temperatures than football, Iceland would become the least populous nation to play at a World Cup if it can get past Croatia.“This is the most important game in the history of the Icelandic men’s team,” Iceland midfielder Olafur Ingi Skulason said.In the other two-leg matches, it’s Ukraine against France and Greece vs. Romania. The second legs take place on Tuesday, when the 13 qualifiers from Europe will be finalized.Owning two of the biggest egos in football, Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic have dominated the build-up to the most anticipated of the four playoffs.Both players are in supreme form, with Ronaldo having scored 16 goals in 13 league games for Real Madrid this season and Ibrahimovic netting a string of brilliant goals for Paris Saint-Germain in the French league and Champions League.They both belong on world football’s biggest stage, but one will not be making the trip to Brazil.“With the squad and the individuals they have, Portugal is naturally the favorite,” Ibrahimovic said in an interview with Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport. “But we finished second in a group with Germany, which I consider the strongest squad in Europe, while they finished second in a group they should have won.“So I think we deserve to go to Brazil more than they do.”In Sweden, local media have republished the famous picture of Ronaldo crying after Portugal’s loss to Greece in the 2004 European Championship final, suggesting he might shed more tears next week.“Let’s hope he looks like that after Nov. 19,” said Sweden defender Mikael Lustig, who will be tasked with marking a forward he describes as the “best football player in the world right now.”Portugal is at home for the first leg.In Iceland, excitement is rising. Other sports organizations have changed their schedules to avoid clashing with one of biggest occasions in the history of Icelandic sport.It has been a logistical slog to get the field prepared at the Laugardalsvollur national stadium, which has never hosted a match so late in the year, because of Iceland’s unique climate.Preparations started last week to get the field as game-ready as possible, with a special fabric placed over the grass with hot air blowing under the cloth. The forecast for Friday is 0 degrees C (32 degrees F) with sleet and snow, and referee Alberto Unidiano Mallenco will arrive a day earlier than planned to determine whether the field is playable due to the weather.Win or lose on Friday, Icelanders will celebrate.“I cannot say that we have been successful yet, but we’ve done pretty well, and it is great to go into two playoff games and have a chance to get to Brazil,” said Iceland coach Lars Lagerback, who led Sweden and Nigeria at previous World Cups.Trinidad and Tobago, with about 1.2 million inhabitants, is currently the least populous nation to qualify for the World Cup, in 2006. Iceland has about 320,000.The Iceland match will mark the coaching debut of Croatia’s 42-year-old Niko Kovac, who stepped up from the under-21 team after Igor Stimac was following the national team’s failure to qualify directly for the World Cup.France, which has reached two of the last four World Cup finals, has the highest profile of the eight countries remaining but must qualify from the playoffs for the second straight campaign.Four years ago, the French got past Ireland because of an infamous handball by Thierry Henry in extra time, earning the striker and his team the ire of world football. They will be hoping for a more straightforward passage to the final tournament this time around, against a team it has never lost to in seven meetings.For Franck Ribery, a contender for this year’s world player of the year award and in the form of his life for Bayern Munich and France, missing the World Cup doesn’t bare thinking about.“You don’t ask yourself that question. I don’t want to think about it,” Ribery said. “I want us to win and to qualify. After all, it’s Brazil. It’s the land of a football.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

9 months agoSagnol urges PSG to go for Liverpool midfielder Keita

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first_imgSagnol urges PSG to go for Liverpool midfielder Keitaby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Bordeaux coach Willy Sagnol believes PSG should move for Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita.PSG are in the market for a new midfield signing as a replacement for wantaway Adrien Rabiot.And Sagnol says: “With (Marco) Verratti, you have a player who is very good technically, able to organise the game from deep. But he needs a player with a large volume of play at his side. “Naby Keita (Liverpool) is a player who knows how to do everything, who recovers balls, can also project with and without the ball. Verratti and Keita could form a beautiful duet if we assume that (Thomas) Tuchel retains his defence with three men behind.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more