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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Diego Forlan: a bequest for Uruguayan soccer

If there was one issue lacking from Diego Forlan’s stellar performance here at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ it absolutely was a chunk of tableware, notably once the deadly striker simply skipped over on clinching the adidas Golden Shoe for the competition’s high scorer. No matter, the sacred Uruguayan No10 instead created off with the in demand adidas Golden Ball – awarded to the best player at this year’s finals on South African soil.
Forlan therefore becomes the fourth South yank to say the prize, following within the footsteps of Argentina’s Diego Maradona (1986) and Brazilian pair Romario (1994) and Ronaldo (1998). Simply minutes once learning of his award, the Atletico Madrid triggerman spoke completely to 2010 FIFA WORLD

Diego, however wills it feel to own won the Golden Ball?
Diego Forlan: It’s as nice because it is surprising. I ne’er do not do not even unreal one thing like this, nor did I even have my sights attack it. As I’m a striker, I maybe might have seen myself chasing the Golden Shoe, and actually I came shut. That may are additional traditional. However to travel from that to winning the prize for the most effective player... I’m enjoying it and I’m delighted, however I’m terribly aware that it’s the results of the spectacular tournament the team has had. It’s another reward for this positive amount for Uruguayan soccer.

How did you discover out you’d won?
To be honest, once i used to be appointive  i made a decision to attend and see what happened, particularly as there have been rumors’ that i would win however no one was revealing something. Then I got a message from a devotee in Buenos Aires that aforesaid 'Congratulations, you’ve won the Golden Ball’. Then my agent known as Maine and confirmed it. I started obtaining additional calls and suddenly all my squad-mates had charged into my space, and before I knew it they’d chucked Maine into the edifice swimming pool!

And however you’re dedicating it to the people that did that to you...
It was unimaginable however all of them came to my space to congratulate Maine. the actual fact that my team-mates and lots of individuals back range in Uruguay stapled their hopes on Maine, and that i was able to repay that religion out on the pitch whereas being simply another member of the team, makes Maine feel terribly happy. I’d additionally prefer to highlight those lads UN agency didn’t play a lot of or didn’t feature in any respect. Those guys structure the backbone of the squad and this award is for them too.

Do you ever worry receiving this type of recognition can move to your head?
I’ve won alternative awards throughout my career and I’m terribly grateful, however I don’t allow them to stop my feet from staying on the bottom. I’ve got folks UN agency instructed Maine key values and brothers and sisters UN agency facilitate Maine remain the correct path. Everything is that the results of labor, thus I’ll keep operating to do and improve.

Does this prize facilitate structure for Uruguay not finishing on the podium?
I’m terribly happy regarding this award and also the goals I scored, however to be honest I’m heading home slightly unhappy as a result of, having watched the ultimate, it hit Maine however shut we have a tendency to were to enjoying in it. Losing the semi-final was a very cruel blow that took Maine one or two of days to induce over and that I still notice onerous to swallow.

Are you trying forward to having the Golden Ball in your hands?
I’ve not had a lot of time to seek out this; however I gather that they’ll offer Maine it in urban center. i need to admit that I’d have likable to own flown back to Uruguay with it. There’s little question it might are the icing on the cake at the party they’re waiting to throw for United States back in our country.
If you retain finding out awards, you’ll find yourself with no space on your chimneypiece shortly...
It’ll positively look smart next to my 2 Pichichi awards for high marking within the Spanish league! (Laughs) We’ll notice an honest place for it, I’m positive of that.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Ronaldo expects to mark inventive Real deal

Lisbon: Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is sure he will reach a deal to renew his agreement with the La Liga club.The Portugal captain arrived at Real Madrid from Manchester United in 2009 for a world record cost of more than 90 million euros and sustained his goalscoring spree in Spain. But, Real's failure to come first major silverware last period and information of division in the dressing room have incited rumor Ronaldo, whose agreement runs until June 2015, may be in search of a move away from the Spanish capital.

"I am well, calm and not worried about it. I know we will reach a deal," Ronaldo told reporters on Friday.

Club president Florentino Perez has described Ronaldo as "priceless" and said he would stay and help Real win the 10th European circlet they have been chasing because their last continental success in 2002.The 28-year-old helped Portugal beat Russia 1-0 on Friday to revive their 2014 World Cup qualification campaign. Ronaldo declined to comment when questioned about coach Jose Mourinho's remarks that he did not cope well with criticism.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Terry would like to lift the FA Cup

During a restricted meeting, Chelsea's John Terry discussion about his side's chances in the FA Cup, EPL and Europa League:

QUESTION) Finishing in the top four and qualifying for next year's Champions League is obviously Chelsea's priority, John. But you've got an FA Cup semi-final against Man City this weekend; what does that mean to you?

ANSWER) "I think everyone knows what the FA Cup means to this club. Over the years we've had an incredible record in it; it’s in our blood. We have one aim in the FA Cup this year and that is to win it. Nothing less. I think we've won the cup four times in the last 10 years, which is an unbelievable record. But we want to do it again. We are the holders and we don't want to give the trophy back. We know Manchester City are a good side but we've shown before what we can do at Wimble in big games so we're ready."

QUESTION) Was beating Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-final replay a big moment in your season then?

ANSWER) "It was a great win, there's no doubt about that. But the most important thing was that it gave us another semi-final at Wembley. We've got Manchester City now and we're playing to be in the final. We want to lift the trophy."

QUESTION ) It might have been different if Petr Cech hadn't made an incredible save that some people are describing as the save of the year!

ANSWER) "Don't forget there was an amazing goal from Demba Ba too! But, yes, when he was needed Big Pete was strong. He came and caught crosses and his save from Javier Hernandez's header was incredible. Pete has had another great year - for Chelsea and for his country. He got his 100th cap for the Czech Republic recently, which was another great milestone - and I'm sure there are many more to come."

QUESTION) It's all rather hectic at Stamford Bridge at the moment - FA Cup ties, Europa League ties, the Premier League-in..

ANSWER) "Yes, it's a really hectic fixture list. But I love that. This is where the strength and depth of our squad will come into play. We as players have to be prepared for what's coming up. But we are used to competing on several fronts at this stage of the season - and if results go well it can be fantastic for building momentum."

QUESTION) Do you feel things are finally on the up for Chelsea then after a rather difficult season?

ANSWER) "I think we've said before we've not always been playing well this season. We've had spells up and also down. But we know we've got another level to go to. If we can put on a good run and some good form and get some points then we can finish strongly. And that is the target - to make the Champions League next year which is a must for this club. But I'm not just talking about fourth place; we haven't given up on third or even second. It's up to us."

QUESTION ) It shows amazing mental grit that the players have come through so much controversy this season - the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo, the controversial appointment of Rafa Benitez and all the anger in the crowd - to end the season positively?

ANSWER) "One thing you say about the club and the players here is we're mentally very strong. We've dealt with ups and downs throughout our time, season after season here. And we'll always remain together. You talk about togetherness but when you go 2-0 down at Man United - as we did in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup in the first tie - then you see the real team spirit. Nine times out of ten other teams would throw the towel in; we went the other way and kicked on and really went for it. Now we've beaten them in the replay and we want to finish the job at Wembley."

QUESTION) It seems a bit strange at Chelsea with Rafa Benitez appointed only as an interim manager - everyone knows he's leaving in June. Has that made it weird or difficult for the players?

ANSWER) "No. We knew that from the start. The manager said that from the start as well. We'll work hard under him and we'll fight for this football club. Managers will come and go, players will come and go; but the one thing that will always remain is the fans. We need to cement what Chelsea Football Club is about year after year; and when we sign new players we need to show them that winning trophies is a must year after year. Whether there are managers or players coming in, that's the characteristic of this football club. That's why this FA Cup run is so important too. It's what Chelsea is about."

QUESTION) You are Chelsea through and through; do you feel an extra responsibility to make sure club wins something this year?

ANSWER) "One hundred per cent. I will do anything for this football club. We all want to win things. Managers will come and go, players will come and go; and we must give these fans something to cheer and fight for. We've still in the Europa League, we're still in the FA Cup. The league realistically we don't have a chance of winning but we have to fight for a Champions League spot because we know how much it means to the owner and the fans; and they are the most important thing to me."