West Ham’s win over Liverpool not down to Dejan Lovren, says Slaven Bilic | Football

It was a mistake but a lot of Liverpool players made mistakes.. How it was merited.

Sometimes at Anfield if its 0-0 after 20 minutes and you get a throw-in youre happy. Defenders in claret and blue excelled but this was a victory built on an accomplished, composed team performance. And he didnt have space to breathe.

Coutinho collected yellow cards for dissent and a needless foul on Payet while Noble was harshly dismissed for a tackle on the Liverpool substitute Danny Ings. Liverpool looked lost in comparison.

Manuel was fantastic and not only because he scored a goal, the visiting manager said of the former River Plate winger. In front, just in front, Noble and Pedro Obiang worked tirelessly to stifle any dangerous possession while the summer arrivals Lanzini and Dimitri Payet put the Brazilian pair of Coutinho and Roberto Firmino in the shade with their skill and accuracy on the break. The Argentina midfielder, signed on a season-long loan from Al Jazira in July, also capitalised on Lovrens lapse to help create the second for Noble before Sakho gained personal reward with a fine finish into the bottom corner in stoppage time. He slaughtered them with his pace and the amount of running he did. When he came in some of the people who were not for him and were for other players were slagging him off and they said he looks more like a jockey than a football player. When you force things you make mistakes, in life, not just in football. We were 2-0 up and from keeping the ball we suddenly found ourselves one on one with their goalkeeper. Philippe Coutinhos one-match ban for a needless dismissal, to be served when Liverpool meet Manchester United after the international break, capped a deflating day for a home crowd that booed their team off at half-time and applauded their opponents at full-time. West Ham are expected to appeal once the rare euphoria from a trip to Anfield has abated.

Man of the match Winston Reid (West Ham United)

A travelling supporter would have to be in his or her 60s to recall the last time West Ham won at this ground. He was great. Defensively he not only covered the left-back, Gomez, but he cut inside on Coutinho and Milner when he went outside. The follow-up arrived at the 43rd attempt and was founded on the principles that confounded Arsenal on the opening day and partially explain the scarcity of home wins throughout the Premier League this season.

No invention, no delivery to the front man and, despite working on exploiting the space down the sides in training all week according to their manager, no width: Liverpool took an unexpected step back to the worrying form that characterised the tail-end of last season. But we were not forcing. Maybe, but he rides the challenges.

Lovren then returned to the distracted defender of last season to enable Mark Noble to steer West Ham into the comfort zone. I know I can organise a team with my staff. Youre forcing it. For 45 minutes Liverpool tried to get in front of our keeper with one ball but it was impossible.

West Ham United defended everything en route to a first win at Anfield for 52 years so it was fitting that their manager stepped in where few dared to tread afterwards and offered qualified backing for Dejan Lovren.

Not for the first time on Saturday, and worryingly for Brendan Rodgers, Bilic called it correctly. In the same situation at home against a not so big club you get that throw-in and youre rushing it. By then both teams were down to 10 men as a result of stringent refereeing from Kevin Friend.

If you are telling me Liverpool lost because of Dejan Lovren then no, no, no, no, no, said Slaven Bilic of the Croatia defender to whom he gave an international debut in 2009 and whose hapless error led to the visitors second goal in a momentous triumph. Rodgers also reverted to the default setting of a three-man defence after 45 minutes with his best-laid plans going awry. Im not modest. I can organise. The defensive resilience behind Liverpools encouraging start to a defining campaign dissolved inside three minutes when Martin Skrtel and Joe Gomez both erred for Manuel Lanzinis opener.

James Tomkins, Winston Reid, Angelo Ogbonna and Aaron Cresswell formed an impenetrable barrier a week after Bilics team conceded four at home to Bournemouth. What happened here is so logical, explained Bilic, bouncing on his toes as he did in the technical area throughout the game. But there was more to Liverpools first defeat of the season than a howler from a 20m signing who Rodgers claimed would be a top-class defender and a different player 24 hours earlier.

Lanzini converted Cresswells cross to shatter Liverpools aim of a fourth consecutive clean sheet. This game was perfect for [Diafra] Sakho

Facts about the Battle of Stalingrad

Women were trained to become snipers and played a crucial role in gunning down individual targets.

The Beginning of The Battle of Stalingrad

On 25th July, the Germans sent its formidable air command Luftflotte 4, which under the command of Generaloberst Wolfram von Richthofen, bombarded the city as well as the Volga. Whereas, the 6th Army was to enter Stalingrad from the West. Soon the northern flank of Stalingrad was captured from the defending Romanian 3rd Army and the very next day, the Red Army successfully captured the southern flank of the city from the Romanian 4th Army Corps as well.

By the end of July 1942, the 6th Army had reached the outskirts of the city of Stalingrad, and the 4th Army was on its way to provide reinforcement to help occupy the city.

During this time, Stalin stationed armies to defend Stalingrad. Pavlov destroyed close to 12 tanks by mounting a PTRS-41 anti-tank rifle on the roof of the building.

Since, Hitler greatly desired to control the oil fields of Baku in the Caucasus, he made the invasion of Stalingrad a part of this conquest. The Germans were being pushed towards the Volga and had very few functional tanks to execute a strong enough attack.

The Soviets tried to bargain with General Friedrich Paulus, so as to make him surrender. Back then, The Motherland Calls was the tallest sculpture in the world. The final objective was for both the contingents of Group B to reunite in Stalingrad and entrap the 62nd and 64th Armies of the Soviet forces.

Since the Russians were short of trained military personnel, Stalin had ordered that anyone fit enough to hold a rifle would be sent to fight the war.

German Surrender and Red Army’s Victory

Why was Stalingrad Attacked?

Many of these women worked as telephone operators who had to control the signal posts under heavy gunfire. The Mamayev Kurgan hill has 200 steps leading to the statue, which symbolize the number of days of the Battle of Stalingrad.

It came as a major shock to Joseph Stalin when Hitler invaded Russia. It was sculpted by Yevgeny Vuchetich and engineered by Nikolai Nikitin. This would have served as dual-edged sword that could be used as a means of supremacy propaganda by the Germans.

His second objective was to wrest control of the Volga River, which was a major route for commercial trade and transport between northern Russia and the Caspian Sea. Even though several tanks were almost instantaneously destroyed by the German forces, the Stalingrad Tractor Factory kept producing as many tanks as possible in order to compensate for the lack of skilled military manpower and offensive strategy.

Almost everyday, the Soviets would have to sneak out of the building in order to push down the pile of enemy corpses, so that the Soviet anti-tank gunners had a clearer view for firing.

Stalingrad Tractor Factory

This attack on Stalingrad Tractor Factory led to the emergency deployment of the 1077th Anti-aircraft Regiment which consisted entirely of volunteer women pilots.

With no training on how to tackle ground targets and no other support units, the women pilots faced the incoming Germans head-on. On 27th January, the southern pocket was defeated and Paulus was captured. However, many did manage to escape via the Volga.

One of the crucial battles of World War II was fought for the control of Stalingrad, a city located in southwestern Soviet Union (now Russia). These women showed extraordinary courage in the line of fire. Paulus was promoted to the rank of General Field Marshal on 30th January and was expected not to surrender until, either he was killed or committed suicide. On 22nd January 1943, his request to surrender was struck down by Hitler.

As a result, the entire entourage and their planned advance was delayed by an entire week. The attempts by the Russian army to establish defense lines were foiled twice, as they found themselves outflanked each time. The sloppiness of the situation made Hitler rethink his earlier decision and he ordered the 4th Panzer Army to revert to its original plan of attacking Stalingrad.

The hill of Mamayev Kurgan in Stalingrad witnessed some of the heaviest fighting during the war. Reinforcements were not sent to the German 6th Army, which by then was running low on fuel, food, supplies, and patience.

Stalin’s Reaction

While the city of Stalingrad was being attacked, its citizens were not allowed to leave, since their presence ensured greater resistance against the Germans from the Red Army as well as civilians. This blocking of route would also ensure that commodities being delivered from Russia and the Allied forces would be severed.

Operation Uranus and Little Saturn

On 28th June 1942, the German Group A attacked the southern parts of Russia through the vast stretch of steppes. By 1955, only around 6,000 prisoners returned to Germany, while the others died while serving their sentence. Women nurses not only helped in treating the injured but also helped in evacuating the wounded from the enemy lines.

At the same time, more volunteers from all across Russia and Siberia were being rushed to Stalingrad in order to lend a helping hand in the ensuring battle. He was assured that all prisoners would be provided medical aid and given the option of repatriation. Even though this hill was a burial ground for Tartars, the German 6th Army captured this hillock on 13th September 1942.

On 16th December 1942, the Soviets launched their second successful counterattack, Operation Little Saturn, which intended to separate German Army Group A, from the rest of the Axis forces. This Buzzle article endeavors to present a few startling facts about the Battle of Stalingrad.

Hitler wanted to attack Stalingrad because he wanted to destroy the industries in and around the city and seize the city that was named after the leader of Soviet Russia. Women and children were also made to work, and helped in building trenches and bunkers for the Soviet forces.

The factory was a key target during the ensuring battle. However, the Soviets sent their 13th Guards Rifle Division, on 14th September, to carry out an immediate counterattack. Mines were planted all around the building which made its extremely risky for the Germans to advance with their tanks. The Soviet forces attacked Italian, Ravenna, and Cosseria pockets, which led to their withdrawal from certain areas. When Germany attacked Russia in June of 1941, Stalin took over the office of Defense Commissar.

On 28th July 1942, the Soviet forces had been issued the Order No. The Germans and their allies invaded Stalingrad (city was later renamed Volgograd) on 23rd August 1942. The tanks were usually manned by the very workers who had volunteered to assemble them at the workshop.

Most often, these tanks were used without paint and sometimes even lacking gun sights. that when the Germans used wire nets to secure their windows against grenades, the Soviets cleverly attached fishhooks on their grenades, which effectively clung to the enemy nets!

The Red Army’s Operation Uranus was launched on 19th November 1942 by Georgy Zhukov and A. Under the command of Alexander Rodimtsev, the 13th Guards showed great tactical skills and were successful at recapturing the hill on 16th September.

By 26th January, the Germans had stationed their men at the northern and southern pockets of Stalingrad, which were under the command of General Walter Heitz and Paulus respectively. Under this order, the commanders were not allowed to retreat without permission, and those who defied this rule would be liable to face a military tribunal.

Bravery of Russian Women Pilots and Soldiers

During this time, the Red Army executed a counterstrike which resulted in the entrapment of the 4th Panzer Army. These tanks played a pivotal role in defending the city against the German forces. By 2nd February the northern pocket also surrendered. Group A had successfully destroyed two important Russian pockets in the northeast sector of Kharkov and Rostov Oblast by 2nd July 1942.

Pavlov’s House

On the other hand the onslaught of the 6th Army was tremendously successful and caused Hitler to order the 4th Panzer Army to join Group A. This four-story house oversaw the city’s 9th January Square and was situated near the Volga river. The Germans were shocked to recover the bodies of women from crash sites.

The destruction of the Pitomnik German airfield and Gumrak between 16-22 January 1943, ensured that the Germans could no longer count on delivery of supplies and airlifting of the injured. This women’s contingent attacked the Germans by firing at lowest possible elevations and managed to destroy 14 aircraft, 3 infantry battalions and 15 vehicles, and no less than 83 tanks before they were all gunned down midair. He along with Commissar Nikita Krushchev formed the 62nd Army, which was solely responsible for safeguarding the city of Stalingrad.

Hitler devised a two-pronged attack through the Army Group South, which was to capture the oil fields in Baku as well as the city of Stalingrad, via the Volga and Don rivers. German Army Group South

Approximately, 91,000 soldiers were made Prisoners of War (POW). 1 incessantly. He believed that if the city of Stalingrad was captured it would be easier to seize the northern and western territories around it.

The Stalingrad Tractor Factory had been converted into a makeshift factory for making and assembling T-34 tanks. The Germans were also forced to withdraw and move back 250 km away from Stalingrad. The Germans captured this building in September 1942, however, the13th Guards Rifle Division’s platoon recaptured the building on 25th September and defended it until 25th November 1942.

Sergeant Yakov Pavlov ordered that the building be protected with four layers of barbed wire. Most of the city was turned to dust and several factories were completely destroyed. 227 of ‘Not a Step Back!’ by Joseph Stalin, which was to become the slogan of resistance among the comrades. The defeat of the German forces in this war led to their inevitable retreat from the city.

The Germans, initially began their attack by bombing and annihilating large part of the city’s infrastructure and people. Nonetheless, Paulus did not heed this offer. On 5th July, the 4th Panzer Army under the command of Hermann Hoth, captured the western bank of Don River, which back then was only 64 km apart from the Volga River.

After the successful completion of operation Uranus, the Red Army captured and encircled over 265,000 enemy troops including 40,000 German Hiwi volunteers or Soviet traitors from all around Stalingrad.

The Motherland Calls monument was erected in 1967 on Mamayev Kurgan. M. The ensuing battle led to the death of approximately 1,798,619 individuals which included civilian and military casualties from both sides. On 1st August 1942, Marshall Andrei Yeremenko was appointed to command the Southeastern Front. The army was split into Group A and B.

The Group A was commanded by General Field Marshal Wilhelm List, who was to march the 17th Army, 1st Panzer Army, and his own contingent towards the Caucasus.

Both armies kept losing their grip over Mamayev Kurgan over the next one year, and part of the slope was occupied by the Germans until 26th January 1943 after which they were defeated by the Soviets.

Group B was also split into two, wherein 4th Panzer Army was to invade from the South through Voronezh, occupy Don river and enter Stalingrad. It is 279 feet tall from the tip of the sword to the foot of the statue. On 12th December 1942, the Germans took the Soviets by surprise and captured the areas around Verkhne-Kumskiy.

Whereas, Group B was commanded by Field Marshal Fedor von Bock who along with General Friedrich Paulus’s 6th Army and General Hermann Hoth’s 4th Panzer Army were ordered to seize the Volga flanks and the city.

Simultaneously, Group B’s 4th Panzer Army and Hungarian 2nd Army had launched ‘The Battle of Voronezh’ on 28th June 1942. The Battle of Stalingrad (23rd August 1942 – 2nd February 1943) proved to be the turning point of the ongoing war in Europe. The estimated casualties suffered by both sides culminated to between 1.7-2 million and thus recorded the Battle of Stalingrad was indeed one of the bloodiest battles to have been waged during World War II.

Thereafter, the Germans attacked the Railway Station No. Nikolay Vatutin to carry out the mission. The attack came from the northern sector of the city, one that was least expected by the Soviets.

During this time, the remaining Axis soldiers from the 6th Army, 4th Panzer, and Romanian 4th Army had regrouped to form the short-lived Army Group Don.

The Pavlov’s House was named in honor of Russian Sergeant Yakov Pavlov, under whose command the building was defended by his platoon during the Battle of Stalingrad. Some went head-on into the battlefield as machine gunners, scouts, and mortar handlers. On 23rd August 1942, the German 16th Panzer Division destroyed the factory and put an indefinite end to the manufacture of tanks for the Red Army. However, this decision led to a major traffic jam wherein both the 4th and the 6th Army could not find sufficient roads and space to transport their men, machines, and material.

Hitler also wanted to ensure that the material being delivered under America’s ‘Lend-Lease’ or ‘An Act to Further Promote the Defense of the United States’ to Russia would not be allowed to pass through the Persian Corridor.

Operation Winter Storm was a failed attempt by the German 4th Panzer Army to free the German 6th Army which had been encircled by the Soviets after Operation Uranus. The infantry division of the Army Group South had to be sent specifically to Voronezh in order to free the 4th Panzer Army and thus, delayed the plan to occupy the Stalingrad-facing right bank of Don river by two crucial days.. Ferries and Soviet ships were also sunk.

Did you know…… Vasilevsky, who assigned Gen. The Germans had finally surrendered and the Soviets had won the Battle of Stalingrad.

Mamayev Kurgan and Railway Station No.1

Approximately 75,000 women and young girls were recruited from Stalingrad for military training. This operation was named Fall Blau or Case Blue and later renamed as Operation Braunschweig. During this time, Stalin fell into massive depression because of being betrayed by someone who he believed was an ally. General Field Marshal Erich von Manstein was assigned the task of breaching the encirclement and making an opening towards the captive German 6th Army. The Russian forces stuck to their guns and ensured that the German army was eventually cornered and outnumbered

Spain defeats Bolivia in World Cup tune up – National Spain Football

But it would take another brilliant Iniesta foray from his side of the pitch into the opposition’s to add to the score line.

From this performance, it would seem his roster, made up mostly of players who are well known to one another, is working well together. Brilliant saves from Quinonez kept the teams at 0-0 for what seemed an absurdly long time given the offensive output the Spaniards crafted.

At the post-game press conference del Bosque said: “We are pleased with our results. Ironically, this is precisely what he will be attempting to do all World Cup long with a team counting many members who had to play late into this month and several stars who are into their thirties and whose playing minutes will have to be counted carefully.

The noteworthy aspects of what soon turned into a training exercise were the Red Fury’s possession and fluidity on attack, their still brittle defense, particularly in the absence of Casillas, Ramos, Pique, and Alba, and their masterly midfield.

The eventual opening score, a penalty by Torres, was the product of the umpteenth foray into the Bolivian box and a push on the back that the linesman, not the ref, called. Pretty close to the team the contested for qualification from CONMEBOL.. The game’s result was never in doubt, not so much because the opposition was weak, which it was, but because still in first gear, and obviously with several tired legs, the Spaniards were a sight to behold.

The World Cup tune up was an opportunity for Spain’s coach, Vicente del Bosque, to see how his team is shedding the recently concluded La Liga and Champions League seasons, and begins the arduous road to rekindling their competitive fire and sustaining that extra stamina needed to complete the five week tournament still ahead in Brazil.

They controlled the game with a steady tiki-taka that changed gears into a swift vertical thrust into their opponent’s box with any number of opportunities created. We are trying to allow our Champions League participants a chance to heal from their bumps while keeping those whose seasons ended earlier in rhythm.”

Resting a number of players who will probably be starters and using a long series of substitutions and tactical schemes, del Bosque started out with Reina; Azpilicueta, Pique, Martinez, Moreno; Iturraspe, Xavi; Cazorla, Mata, Pedro; and Torres and slowly substituted most over the course of the game. Bolivia countered with Quinonez; Raldes, Gutierrez, Eguino, Marvin; Bejarano, Melean, Mojica, Chumacero; Arce, and Martins. Torres stroked the ball down the middle of the goal, fooling the goalkeeper and putting the hosts ahead at the 51st minute.

Friday’s friendly match between the Spanish National Football team and its opposite from Bolivia, at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, in Sevilla, ended 2-0 in favor of Spain.

The goal seemed to spur the Spaniards on instead of the Bolivians and more opportunities came the red-shirted team’s way. It would be interesting to see them turn their machine into a higher gear ahead of their opening match against the Dutch in June, if only to confirm what at this point seems obvious–Spain, with a well managed rotation, is ready to defend their title.

The Barcelona star glided rather than ran down the heart of the Bolivian defense until the opening he had spotted when he started his run became too tempting not to exploit. The 2-0 score seemed meager and could easily have been larger but del Bosque was intent on simply oiling the gears while resting a number of key players who nevertheless were up to training prior to the match. Chances at the 32st for Azpilicueta and at the 45th for Torres should have opened the score but it was not until the second half that we saw the first goal. The shot from outside the box, kissed the far right post of the goal on the way in and for once Quinonez had nothing to do but look behind him as the ball nestled in the nets.

Star turn after star turn from Iniesta, Fabregas, Silva, Xavi, and Busquets underlined why this team is a champion and a true contender to lift the FIFA trophy at the end of the World Cup 2014 competition

Champions League: Real Madrid crushes Liverpool

Speed, technique; you can see why they are champions.

“The second and third goals are from set-pieces again, it’s an issue for us and we have to be better than that.”

The defeat leaves Liverpool on three points, level with Bulgarian side Ludogorets and Swiss club Basel.

Ludogorets claimed its first ever Champions League victory with a 1-0 win over Basel.

Juventus beaten

Elsewhere, Juventus suffered a shock 1-0 defeat away at Olympiakos.

The Italian side, top of Serie A, was beaten by a Pajtim Kasami strike as the Greeks made it two home wins out of two.

Atletico Madrid, which was beaten on its visit to Greece, eased to a 5-0 victory over Swedish club Malmo.

Atletico, beaten in last season’s final, scored all five goals in the second half.

In Group D, Borussia Dortmund made it three wins out of three with an emphatic 4-0 thrashing of Galatasaray.

Arsenal sits second after scoring twice in the final two minutes to steal a 2-1 win at Anderlecht.

In Group C, Bayer Leverkusen overcame Zenit St Petersburg 2-0, while Monaco and Benfica finished goalless.

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(CNN) — Booed and jeered upon his entrance, cheered upon his exit — perhaps even the most bitter of rivals are finally ready to submit to the mercurial talents of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Few former Manchester United players have been given the ovation which Ronaldo received from an Anfield crowd, but then again, this is not just any player.

Ronaldo had never scored at Anfield during his time with United — it was a statistic which took just 23 minutes to become history.

A 3-0 victory over Liverpool, inspired by Ronaldo, ensured Real Madrid made it nine points out of nine in Group B.

A 70th Champions League strike means he is just one behind the all-time leading scorer, Raul, the man so revered by all at Real.

The record will soon fall, Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who has 69, will set records which few would have ever imagined possible.

For Real, a club record seventh consecutive European victory was assured courtesy of Ronaldo’s breathtaking strike and Karim Benzema’s double.

For all the pre-match hype of another ‘special European night’ at Anfield, it was all pretty routine.

Liverpool, the five-time winner, was blown away by the pace and power of Real as Ronaldo took center stage.

“It was special, my first goal at Anfield and I am very happy — amazing,” Ronaldo told Sky Sports

“We knew that Anfield is a difficult place, but we were fantastic in the first 45 minutes and we deserved to win.

“I’m not worried about the Champions League goalscoring record. 4






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“You can see Real’s quality. We defended poorly but I can’t ask any more.



<. Second half we played for pride and we were outstanding, the players kept going, they didn’t stop. I know I will beat it. Me and Lionel Messi are very close.

“The best thing is that the team has nine points.

“Can we retain the cup? Why not? We are taking it step-by-step but we are going to try.

“We know it will be tough but we are positive and it is possible.”

No team has ever managed to retain the Champions League title since it was revamped into its current format in 1992, but Real will certainly go close in it attempt to record an unprecedented 11th triumph.

A day after Bayern Munich had ransacked Rome by scoring seven, Real arrived at another of European football’s most famous fortresses and blew it to smithereens.








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This was a result that most would have anticipated given Liverpool’s stuttering start to the season but the way in which Real scythed through its opponents was nothing short of exquisite.

Deprived of Gareth Bale, who remained in the Spanish capital nursing an injury, Real was able to call on its hosts of stars as it taught Liverpool a lesson in the art of attacking football.

In James Rodriguez, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Isco, Real boasted a midfield which most teams could only dream of.

While Liverpool, so inconsistent following the success of last season and the departure of Luis Suarez, has struggled in recent weeks, Real has been on cruise control.

Seven consecutive victories which have yielded 32 goals meant Real arrived as favorites at a stadium where it had never managed to win before.

And yet, any doubts over its ability to break its three-game losing streak against Liverpool were soon extinguished.

The breakthrough came after 23 minutes — and it was worth waiting for.

Ronaldo, who appeared to induce panic each and every time he as much as breathed, laid the ball off to James Rodriguez, who in turn produced a quite sumptuous pass over the top of the Liverpool defense.

With those in red caught watching the flight of the ball, Ronaldo ran in behind and produced a finish which belied belief, flicking the ball into the far corner with unerring accuracy.

That strike, the forward’s 20th in 13 games this season, seemed to leave Liverpool winded — a blow from which it never recovered.

Seven minutes later, the contest was all but over as Benzema pulled away at the far post to send a looping header into the opposite corner following rather questionable Liverpool defending.

In the three previous meetings between the two sides, Real had never managed a goal, let alone a victory.

Defeated 4-0 on its last visit to Anfield five years ago, Real appeared determined to exorcize its demons.

A third goal followed just before the interval, Benzema once again the grateful recipient of some more woeful home defending.

To its credit, Liverpool refused to give up after falling three goals behind and only the post denied Philippe Coutinho from dragging his side back into the contest.

The second half was a rather tame affair as Liverpool briefly attempted to launch a response, though without the disappointing Mario Balotelli, who was withdrawn at the interval.

With the first Clasico of the season on Saturday, Real took its foot off the gas, though more goals should have been forthcoming.

Ronaldo should have added a fourth midway through the second half after the visiting side had cut through the Liverpool defense with embarrassing ease, but for once, the Portuguese forward was unable to find a way past goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

In the end, Ronaldo had to settle for a solitary strike and an early exit as he was replaced with 15 minutes remaining as Carlo Ancelotti, the Real Madrid coach, began to look towards Saturday’s clash with Barcelona.

“It was the best we have played all season,” said Ancelotti.

“We were fantastic in the first half and then controlled the game. I had to say nothing to the players, they played really well.

“I am lucky to manage this group of players.”

Liverpool will face Real once more in a fortnight’s time in the return game but it’s chances of qualification remain in the balance.

“The first 22 minutes of the game we were excellent but from the first goal to halftime, Real Madrid showed their real quality,” Brendan Rodgers, the Liverpool manager, told Sky Sports.

“They were terrific

Cristiano Ronaldo Biography by Niv Orlian

The best part is that with each passing year Cristiano Ronaldo improves his game even further, so don’t be surprised if in a couple of years he steps up to become the greatest footballer in activity.

This Cristiano Ronaldo biography will try to take you through his career and although it’s a rare case that a player who is still in his early 20s receives a biography, I’m sure you’ll agree that a Cristiano Ronaldo profile is in order, considering his huge talent and fame.

Cristiano Ronaldo Biography Foreword

There aren’t a lot of soccer players in the world today that can honestly state they are more popular than Cristiano Ronaldo. .

In his following seasons at Manchester, with more and more trust coming from Sir Alex Ferguson and the team’s fans, Cristiano Ronaldo developed into an extraordinary player that is now feared by even the sturdiest defenders out there. Cristiano Ronaldo Biography Youth Clubs

Bringing an 18-year old Portuguese player to replace an international super-star like Beckham didn’t seem like a good idea at first, but from his first season Cristiano Ronaldo’s goals proved decisive and he quickly gained the love of the Red Devils’ fans. Despite this short coming, he was taken in to various levels of the Portugal national youth squad, finally getting his big break at the UEFA under 17 Championship in 2001.

The young player fit right in at Sporting and started scoring regularly, although he was way too fond on his dribble at that point. Although he didn’t play regularly, the few moments that he did get on the pitch were greeted with cheers from the Sporting fans, who loved Cristiano Ronaldo’s soccer tricks. In 2 seasons with Sporting’s senior squad, Ronaldo got to play 28 matches, scoring 3 times before he was picked up by Manchester United’s scouts, at age 18.

His great performance there drew the eyes of Liverpool’s scouts, but Ronaldo was just 16 years old and the Liverpool officials decided he needs more time in the Portuguese league before they sign him.

Cristiano Ronaldo Biography Sporting Lisbon

Despite the fact that he is just 22 years of age right now, Cristiano Ronaldo already has 208 professional matches and 53 goals (190 matches and 50 goals for Manchester, the others for Sporting) and 46 caps in the national squad, with a tally of 17 goals for Portugal.

Cristiano Ronaldo Biography Manchester United

Being taken in the senior squad of Sporting meant the young player’s first contact with professional football.

Cristiano was 8 when he joined Andorinha and by the time he was 10, he already sparked the curiosity of some of Portugal’s biggest clubs.

Sir Alex Ferguson, manager and coach of Manchester United desperately needed a quality right midfielder in 2003, as David Beckham had just left the club for Real Madrid.

Born in Madeira to a family where soccer was cherished, Cristiano Ronaldo started playing for a local amateur youth team called Andorinha, where his father handled the equipment and acted as a kit man. Except for a few already established super stars such as Ronaldinho or David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo is probably the most popular rising star on the pitch. Impressive stats for such a youngster.

After just 1 year at Nacional, he was offered a youth contract by bigwigs Sporting Lisbon, who are internationally renowned for having one of the best youth training facilities in the World. This led him to sign for the local first-division team CD Nacional, where he would join the youth club and immediately make an impact, helping his team win the youth championship the following year.

His good looks combined with his awesome repertoire of Cristiano Ronaldo soccer tricks and a hint of trademarked Cristiano Ronaldo goals made him reach the level of fame on which he is basking in the spotlight sun today

Chilean soccer star Arturo Vidal booked for DUI after crash

“Hello, today I had a car accident was not my fault, I’m fine, my family is fine, and thanks for everything,” he said.

Chilean soccer star Arturo Vidal was booked for DUI following his involvement in a two-car accident that ended with his wrecked Ferrari 458 Italia hanging over the edge of a ditch, the Associated Press reports.

The midfielder for Italian champions Juventus and his wife were returning from a casino Tuesday evening when the incident occurred in the city of Buin, Chile. All of those involved suffered only minor injuries in the crash.

Chile is currently hosting the Copa America soccer tournament, and Vidal is a key player on the national team. Its next game is on Friday against Bolivia. Despite his condition, Vidal posted messages on Twitter and Facebook insisting that he did not cause the accident.

. It’s not yet known if his legal issues will prevent him from taking the field.

Police say Vidal was driving under the influence of alcohol, and he was brought before a judge on Wednesday who suspended his license

Soothing Techniques For Self-Care

Sometimes unpleasant memories or negative self-talk will spark conflict in your heart. Just leaning against it and breathing deeply was enough to move her into an emotionally healthy place and into being a much more appreciated member of the family.

Self-Awareness Quiz

Is it art, a special chair, a clean kitchen, the color on the wall or a rock in your pocket? What helps you relax when you are distressed and stressed out? Perhaps you need to invite in new ways to calm your troubled heart and soul.

Develop Your Self-Care Techniques

When you are feeling overwhelmed and stressed you can more easily relax by finding ways to be kind and gentle to comfort yourself.

Five Senses in Self-Care


Warm bath

Playing with your pet

Seeing a funny movie

Reading a good book

Looking at pictures of loved ones



What can you do to calm yourself when you are in stressful situations?

Which of the five senses- touch, taste, smell, sight, or sound, is the most self-soothing and calming for you?

Do you try to do some calming exercises or techniques daily?

Smelling lavender or vanilla

Deeply breathing in fresh air

Smelling the flowers and smells of nature

When you are upset, you also need to have an arsenal of effective ways to calm yourself down and improving your mood. You knew what worked and what would just make the child more upset.

Coping With Stress

Sipping herbal tea or flavored water

A small helping of a comfort food. If you have been a parent, you will remember the methods you developed to sooth a fretful baby or toddler. Sound

Listening to music

Repeating positive affirmations out loud

Singing or humming a favorite song to yourself

When I was a young mother trying to do way too much for way too many people, I found rejuvenation and relaxation by smelling the essential oil of lavender. One client, Pat, found that she could calm down by touching a tree in her yard. Wright, Artichoke Press, LLC

As an empowerment coach and life educator, I teach families about the importance of self-soothing rituals and calming techniques for each member of the family. What makes you feel better? What techniques have you developed to calm and soothe yourself? Are they beneficial or harmful?



By Judy H. You may feel your heart racing, breathing becoming shallow and your stomach churning.

By utilizing the five senses of feel, taste, touch, smell and hearing you can build an arsenal of empowering experiences

Champions League Final Preview (with LOP’s Maverick)

This will be his very last game in the famous red and blue stripes; at his advanced age, it is likely that he will start the match on the bench, but you can bet that Luis Enrique will insert him into proceedings the moment he feels the need to assert some control on possession. In the quarter finals of Euro 2012, he singlehandedly passed England off the park in one of the greatest individual performances I have ever seen; Roy Hodgson’s side had no answer to the deep lying playmaker’s vision and passing range. It has been a true pleasure and a privilege to have spent my entire career by his side.” Amen to that.

We will not see the likes of Xavi and Pirlo again; it saddens me that this will be their last hurrah on the grand stage, but really this is a night to celebrate two of the greatest players of the era. Unlike Xavi, he will still be a key man on Saturday night, but like Xavi, this is his last game at the top level of club football, as he is due to move to New York City F.C. But you can. But my goodness, there’s going to be more to this game than that people. Pirlo is perhaps the ultimate hipster footballer, with his award winning wine vineyards, propensity to read philosophy and the portentous post-match interviews. Any discerning fan, if asked which footballer they would most like to be, would say Pirlo.. Unlike one club man Xavi, Pirlo actually left his beloved Milan in 2011 after being deemed surplus to requirements due to his age. Messi, I’m going to focus on the narrative that is closest to my heart; the respective swansongs of the magnificent Xavi (who has spent the last decade supplying Messi’s ammunition) and the peerless Andrea Pirlo of Juventus.

These two midfield maestros have redefined what it is to play the position through the course of their careers. That is outrageous. It is football boiled down to its simplest tenet. The years, the success, the feelings, the way he did things … That, to me, is what this final is all about.

Cult: People do know there are more players than Lionel Messi on the pitch today right? To echo the sentiment of what Mav said a moment ago, it’s almost ridiculous how much press Messi is getting, as if he’s become the LeBron James of football. So, with apologies to Mr. Truthfully, I find the whole “magic of Messi” narrative incredibly tiresome. Barcelona is loaded with talented players from top to bottom. As the heartbeat of the great Spain side that won Euro 2008, World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012 consecutively, Xavi showed the world that possession is everything in modern football. Xavi was the conductor of the orchestra, dictating tempo, tone, and volume.

Maverick: If you read certain sections of the sporting press, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Lionel Messi is going to be the only player on the pitch in Berlin on Saturday night. He became symbolic of the Barcelona way and in turn, the Spanish way, the style of football we came to know so well as tiki taka. At his best, he often had a pass completion rate in the high nineties. No disrespect to Messi at all, but he’s simply getting way too much play here. With the bearded wonder pulling the strings, Juve have won four Serie A titles in a row. Typically though, Pirlo has graciously accepted the Italian national team’s plea to continue bossing their midfield in their efforts to qualify for Euro 2016. They couldn’t get near him. Afterwards, Pirlo said that Hart’s energetic behaviour on the goal line, designed to put the penalty taker off, had made his mind up for him “now you get the spoon”, Pirlo had said to himself. Whether he’s the best player I’ve ever seen in football or not is up for debate, but there’s no doubt he’s an otherworld talent and he may just be the best player alive right now. He is a unique player who will never be repeated, fundamental for club and country. Look, Messi is absolutely great. England somehow managed to cling on through extra time to take the game to penalty kicks, but Pirlo had the last laugh, putting an outrageous “Panenka” penalty past Joe Hart, dinking the ball in a slow loop into the empty space Hart had dived from. Juventus, not quite believing their luck, stepped in and took the great man on a free transfer. Encouraged by his mentor Pep Guardiola, Xavi’s technical qualities- the close control, the vision, the obsessive perfectionism- defined an entire era of the game. I cannot find words that reach his level as a player and a person. If the other side does not have the ball, they can’t score. Is he a unique, once in a generation talent? Undoubtedly. But amidst all the highlight reels of Messi goals, assists and moments of genius, it is often forgotten that he has played his entire career surrounded by a supporting cast of world class footballers, without whom his brilliance would not be possible. Andres Iniesta, his partner in midfield during those halcyon days in the late 2000s, said the following about him: “I have run out of eulogies. At Juve, Pirlo showed that, far from declining, he had actually aged like one of his fine wines. Juventus are no slouches either, as seen by the fact that they toppled the ultra talented Real Madrid to get here. Is it just Mav and I who are noticing it?

While Xavi the pass master was known as much for his modesty and his unassuming attitude to his gifts, Andrea Pirlo is a different character altogether, a charismatic figure who seems to have stepped straight out of a nineteenth century romance with his flowing hair and rugged beard, a cool head in a footballing nation known for volatile and temperamental maniacs. next season for handsome financial reward. all of that is beyond words. Their goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon, described it as “the signing of the century”

El precio para decirle adiós a Steven Gerrard en el Anfield es de ’19.000 dólares’

“He estado temiendo este momento porque lo extraar mucho, pero el plan es tratar de no perder la cabeza y evitar las lgrimas, aunque no hay nada malo en ponerse emotivo”.

El precio de la entrada ms barata para el citado juego en el sitio ticketbis.com era de 296 dlares, mientras que las entradas en http://www.stubhub.co.uk se haban agotado. el ltimo partido en casa del capitn del Liverpool antes de partir para el LA Galaxy.. “Despus de toda la atencin que les he robado a los Bluenose (la jerga para referirse a los aficionados del Everton)”.

“Realmente no soy alguien que deba recibir la atencin y lo siento un poco por mis compaeros de equipo. Todo lo que puedo hacer es pedir disculpas si me he robado un poco la atencin”.

El mes pasado el Liverpool anunci que congelara los precios de los boletos de temporada para adultos durante la prxima temporada y ofreci un descuento del 10% en los boletos de la temporada junior.

Esta temporada los aficionados del Liverpool han protestado por los precios de las entradas de la liga de ftbol ingls y cientos han boicoteado un partido de visitante en el Hull City mientras que el club amenazado con ser relegado tena previsto cobrarles 79 dlares por boleto.

La hazaa ya ha sido apodada como “El milagro de Estambul”.

(CNN) – Si eres un aficionado del Liverpool y buscas una entrada para ver el ltimo partido que Steven Gerrard jugar en el Anfield te costar mucho dinero… Ya veremos”, brome Gerrard. Por lo general, no soy alguien que se ponga a llorar cuando se emociona, normalmente lo controlo, pero veremos que sucede”.

Al final de la conferencia de prensa, el pronunci algunas palabras emotivas para el exentrenador Gerard Houllier, quien le dio la oportunidad para debutar en el club en 1998.

“Le debo mucho a Gerard Houllier”, dijo. El Liverpool normalmente les cobrara 77 dlares a los aficionados por este juego, el cual se considera un encuentro de categora C.

A pesar de que estar siendo transferido a Estados Unidos a finales de la temporada, Gerrard revel que actualmente se lleva sus insignias de entrenamiento de la UEFA y ha dicho en varias ocasiones que le complacera regresar al Liverpool algn da.

“Yo no soy como l, yo no soy de piedra. El Liverpool perda 3-0 en el primer tiempo, pero se recuper para ganar despus de una tanda de penaltis.

“Espero que no”, respondi. “l fue como un padre para m”.

El excompaero de equipo de Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, ahora comentarista de la cadena britnica Sky Sports, dijo que esperaba que no hubiera lgrimas por el acontecimiento, pero que incluso Gerrard no podra asegurarlo.

En el transcurso de una brillante carrera, Gerrard ha disfrutado de muchos momentos memorables frente a su aficin, pero tiene claro cul fue su momento favorito.

En su ltima conferencia de prensa antes de su penltimo partido para el club, le preguntaron a Gerrard: “Vas a llorar?”

No existen premios por adivinar qu fue lo que dijo Gerrard cuando se refiri a su momento favorito usando la famosa camiseta roja del Liverpool.

“Mi juego favorito en Anfield podra ser cuando marqu un triplete ante el Everton”, dijo. “Quedar en la historia como la mejor final de la Liga de Campeones”.

En 2005, l inspir al equipo a una victoria improbable ante el AC Milan en la final de la Liga de Campeones. Pero en realidad no era as.

“Fue la mejor noche de mi vida”, record. la increble cantidad de 19.000 dlares.

“Solamente vine aqu para hablar sobre cmo venceremos al Crystal Palace”, brome el jugador de 34 aos de edad.

Ese fue el precio ms alto de las entradas que estn a la venta en el sitio web http://www.ticketbis.com para aquellos hinchas desesperados por ver a uno de los jugadores fundamentales del club en el partido del sbado con el Crystal Palace..

Andres Iniesta: Louis van Gaal “will always be special to me” | Squawka News

He gambled on me as a player when there were some really big-name players in front of me and thats why he will always be special to me.

Louis van Gaal will always be special to Andres Iniesta having given him his first-team debut at Barcelona,he told Diario Sport (viaDaily Mail).

The midfielder will go down in history as one of the greatest players of his generation, and his legacy all started from when he was a fresh-faced youngster that Van Gaal gave a chance.. Van Gaal is now, of course, manager of Manchester United and stirring opinion with his upright attitude and abrupt nature.

Iniesta also won four Champions League medals in 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2015, plus many more pieces of silverware collected in La Liga and from the Copa del Rey.

Van Gaal reveals happiness at Xavi and Andres Iniestas success

Iniesta, though, respects him for his decision to hand him an opportunity at the Nou Camp when there were already world class players ahead of him in the side like Pep Guardiola.

Andres Iniesta has completed four out of six take-ons in La Liga this season.

The Spain international has won two European Championships and he scored the winning goal in the World Cup final in 2010.

The 31-year-old is one of the greatest players in the Catalan clubs rich history and is also one of the most decorated players in the game.

For that reason, Iniesta will always hold a special place in his thoughts for the Dutchman.

Iniesta said: He has been a fundamental person in my career and a key coach in my development