national team – Soccer Superfly XP http://soccersuperflyxp.com/ Mon, 07 Mar 2022 03:58:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://soccersuperflyxp.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/favicon-14-150x150.png national team – Soccer Superfly XP http://soccersuperflyxp.com/ 32 32 Football news live: Premier League updates and the latest on Roman Abramovich’s push to sell Chelsea https://soccersuperflyxp.com/football-news-live-premier-league-updates-and-the-latest-on-roman-abramovichs-push-to-sell-chelsea/ Mon, 07 Mar 2022 03:00:00 +0000 https://soccersuperflyxp.com/football-news-live-premier-league-updates-and-the-latest-on-roman-abramovichs-push-to-sell-chelsea/ March 6, 2022 at 4:45 p.m. East Are Liverpool getting good at succession planning? A year ago this week, Liverpool were on their knees after a record sixth consecutive league defeat at the hands of lowly Fulham, leaving them eighth in the Premier League table. Now, supporters dream of a sweep. This is the second […]]]>

March 6, 2022 at 4:45 p.m. East

Are Liverpool getting good at succession planning?

A year ago this week, Liverpool were on their knees after a record sixth consecutive league defeat at the hands of lowly Fulham, leaving them eighth in the Premier League table. Now, supporters dream of a sweep. This is the second transformation Klopp has overseen during his reign at Anfield.

But what about the future of the man who so emphatically fulfilled his mission to turn skeptics into believers? Liverpool’s exciting resurgence hasn’t changed his plan to take a break from football when his current contract expires in the summer of 2024, shortly after his 57th birthday. He made this promise to his family.

Learn more about the reality of Liverpool, from Athleticism James Pearce.

Jacob Whitehead

GO FURTHER

Are Liverpool getting good at succession planning?

March 6, 2022 at 4:34 p.m. East

JUST IN: Ronaldo takes on Portugal in the Manchester derby

For the outside world, Cristiano Ronaldo was expected to lead the line against Manchester City. As it happens, he was not in the country at the time of the kick-off at the Etihad.

Ronaldo is believed to have flown to Portugal once his absence for the Manchester derby became apparent. He reported a recurrence of the hip flexor problem that troubled him earlier this year, which treatment could not alleviate, and then flew back to his homeland before Sunday.

Sources say the trip caused surprise in United’s dressing room given the importance of the game. Injured players are not obliged to attend games, but Ronaldo’s teammates are said to feel that his presence at the stadium, given his aura and contributions this campaign, could have been beneficial.

Full story below.

Laurie Whitwell

Laurie Whitwell·

Manchester United correspondent

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Ronaldo and a trip to Portugal that surprised Manchester United

March 6, 2022 at 4:06 p.m. East

Crystal Palace: Could this be their best PL season in recent memory?

Athleticism Matt Woosnam certainly thinks so after Palace’s brilliant 2-0 win over top-flight Wolves yesterday.

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

March 6, 2022 at 3:16 p.m. East

ICYMI: The painful lessons Manchester United can learn from City

David Moyes has already been chastised for suggesting United should aspire to be more like City – but these days it’s undeniably true.

From recruiting to executive hires, from academy to planning, these are the lessons, painful as they are, that United must learn.

After today’s 4-1 defeat, it’s more evident than ever.

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

GO FURTHER

The painful lessons Manchester United can learn from City

March 6, 2022 at 2:27 p.m. East

NEWS: Rest of Man United’s season is all about ‘growing the team’ – Rangnick after 4-1 loss

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

March 6, 2022 at 2:15 p.m. East

Arsenal: the four favorites

They are now one point clear of Manchester United with three games less.

Athleticism James McNicholas has written about how the combination of Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka will power their present and future.

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

March 6, 2022 at 1:47 p.m. East

Bowen takes no significant damage

He came off against Liverpool yesterday at the start of the second half.

A club statement said: “West Ham United can confirm that analysis has shown that Jarrod Bowen suffered no significant damage following the injury he picked up at Liverpool on Saturday night.

“The 25-year-old suffered an impact injury to his right heel during a challenge early in the second half at Anfield and, despite trying to continue, had to be substituted five minutes later.

‘Chief Medical Officer Richard Collinge said: ‘Jarrod underwent an MRI in London on Sunday morning and thankfully no significant injuries occurred. He will continue to be monitored by the medical team and will undergo further examination in the coming days. “

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

March 6, 2022 at 1:40 p.m. East

FT: City 4-1 United

Manchester City took a six-point lead over Liverpool after beating Manchester United 4-1 at the Etihad.

Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez scored twice apiece, with City producing a superb second-half performance to overwhelm United.

United, who started with Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba as false nines, contributed to an exciting and open first half. De Bruyne scored twice from close range either side of an elegant Jadon Sancho equalizer.

But the second half was all City – they had 14 shots to nil by United, and a third goal was long overdue when Mahrez scored with a delicious half-volley from De Bruyne’s corner.

Mahrez got his second in the 90th minute to end a humiliating afternoon for United, who fell under Arsenal earlier in the day. They struggle to make the top four; City only have eyes for another league title. The derby confirmed what we already knew: the two teams are poles apart.

Rob Smith

Rob Smith

March 6, 2022 at 12:55 p.m. East

64′: City 2-1 United

There is about half an hour left. De Bruyne’s double is currently the difference…

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

March 6, 2022 at 12:49 p.m. East

Chelsea youngster Fiabema returns to Norway

Young Chelsea striker Bryan Fiabema has joined Rosenborg on loan.

The 19-year-old moved to Chelsea from Tromso in 2020 but hasn’t made a first-team appearance in west London.

Luke Boscher

Luke Boscher·

Junior Editor, News

March 6, 2022 at 11:35 a.m. East

On the way to the Etihad!

Follow live updates here!

Luke Boscher

Luke Boscher·

Junior Editor, News

March 6, 2022 at 10:59 a.m. East

Ronaldo and Cavani are not part of the United squad…

The attacking duo, as reported by Athleticism earlier this afternoon, are not included in United’s squad for the derby.

In their absence, Ralf Rangnick said: “Edi trained well the last three days, but in the end he didn’t feel good enough to play. Cristiano had problems with his hip flexor on Friday and since then he has not played.”

You can follow City vs United live updates here.

Luke Boscher

Luke Boscher·

Junior Editor, News

March 6, 2022 at 10:37 a.m. East

City ‘definitely’ need a striker

According to their own manager, Pep Guardiola.

City top the Premier League and are the division’s second highest goalscorer with 64 goals in 27 appearances, an average of more than two per game.

And yet: “I think the club definitely needs a striker,” Guardiola said ahead of today’s Manchester derby.

More here from the boss of the city.

Luke Boscher

Luke Boscher·

Junior Editor, News

March 6, 2022 at 10:11 a.m. East

Second half underway at Vicarage Road

Luke Boscher

Luke Boscher·

Junior Editor, News

March 6, 2022 at 9.50 a.m. East

How do you prepare to face a new manager?

Leicester City did it yesterday, and they did it well as they won 1-0 against Leeds.

Here’s how it went.

Luke Boscher

Luke Boscher·

Junior Editor, News

March 6, 2022 at 8:56 East

Live coverage of Watford v Arsenal

Kick-off for today’s Premier League opener is imminent, and you can follow live updates here.

Luke Boscher

Luke Boscher·

Junior Editor, News

March 6, 2022 at 8:05 a.m. East

Squad news has just dropped for Arsenal’s trip to Watford

Luke Boscher

Luke Boscher·

Junior Editor, News

March 6, 2022 at 7:39 East

Odegaard admits he didn’t think about Arsenal captaincy

“No, you know what, I haven’t thought about it (the Arsenal captaincy), to be honest,” Odegaard admitted to Norwegian channel TV2.

“It’s not something I really think I want to achieve. Sure, if it ever happens, that’s cool and all that, but it doesn’t change much for me.

“I’m not going to change as a person if that happens. I don’t feel like I changed when I was captain of the national team. I do my thing, but it’s not important to me.

More here on this story.

(Photo: Getty Images)

Luke Boscher

Luke Boscher·

Junior Editor, News

March 6, 2022 at 6:42 a.m. East

Breaking: Ronaldo banned from Manchester derby

It is understood that both Ronaldo and Cavani are ruled out of today’s game through injury.

That leaves United caretaker boss Ralf Rangnick with the whole centre-forward conundrum.

Laurie Whitwell has the whole story.

Luke Boscher

Luke Boscher·

Junior Editor, News

March 6, 2022 at 6:08 a.m. East

Why has no English manager won the Premier League?

It’s an insane statistic and one the FA are trying to address.

Jay Harris went to St George’s Park to find out more.

Luke Boscher

Luke Boscher·

Junior Editor, News

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Football legend Pele congratulates the Saudis on their first international victory https://soccersuperflyxp.com/football-legend-pele-congratulates-the-saudis-on-their-first-international-victory/ Mon, 21 Feb 2022 06:54:26 +0000 https://soccersuperflyxp.com/football-legend-pele-congratulates-the-saudis-on-their-first-international-victory/ Pelé congratulated the Saudi Arabia women’s national football team after winning their first international match. The team, led by German coach Monika Staab, made their international debut on Sunday night in the Maldives, where they beat Seychelles 2-0 in a friendly in Male. Al Bandari Mubarak opened the scoring at the Maldives National Stadium to […]]]>

Pelé congratulated the Saudi Arabia women’s national football team after winning their first international match.

The team, led by German coach Monika Staab, made their international debut on Sunday night in the Maldives, where they beat Seychelles 2-0 in a friendly in Male.

Al Bandari Mubarak opened the scoring at the Maldives National Stadium to become the first international goalscorer in Saudi women’s football, with Maryam Al Tamimi doubling the lead from the penalty spot four minutes into the second half. The Saudis complete the brief tournament against hosts Maldives on Thursday.

Reacting to Sunday’s victory, the official Twitter account of three-time Men’s World Cup winner Pelé said: “I would like to congratulate the [Saudi Arabian Football Federation] and their women’s national football team for their first ever official Fifa match. Today is a historic day not only for you, but for everyone who loves football.”

In November, the kingdom established the 16-team Regional Football League, with eight teams then qualifying for the National Football Championship, which was contested last month.

Speaking ahead of the trip to the Maldives, Staab told the official website of the Saudi Football Federation: “Our goal is for the players to gain the necessary experience to play international matches, on top of that we are looking to join officially the FIFA rankings.

“Since last September, we have started looking for players through whom we can start the path of the national team and participate in its official and international competitions.

“The creation of the first official Saudi league through the league of regions and then the kingdom championship played a major role in the selection process, and helped us a lot as technical staff with players playing competitive matches. .. We hope the team will be fully prepared when they participate in their first official tournament.”

Updated: February 21, 2022, 6:52 a.m.

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Chicago Fire goaltender Gabriel Slonina remains calm under pressure https://soccersuperflyxp.com/chicago-fire-goaltender-gabriel-slonina-remains-calm-under-pressure/ Sat, 19 Feb 2022 14:00:00 +0000 https://soccersuperflyxp.com/chicago-fire-goaltender-gabriel-slonina-remains-calm-under-pressure/ The fire keeper Gabriel Slonina meditates every morning. He does this to block out potential distractions and make sure he’s present and focused so he can do his best athletically. With all the chatter swirling around him and the pressure on his shoulders, it’s a good thing Slonina is on this diet. Still 17, Slonina […]]]>

The fire keeper Gabriel Slonina meditates every morning. He does this to block out potential distractions and make sure he’s present and focused so he can do his best athletically.

With all the chatter swirling around him and the pressure on his shoulders, it’s a good thing Slonina is on this diet.

Still 17, Slonina was named the Fire’s starting goalie after a strong finish last season. Since the end of the 2021 campaign, the Addison native has emerged as a face of the Fire, been called up to the US men’s national team for the World Cup qualifiers and has been linked with transfer rumors linking him to European heavyweights. Oh, he’s also eligible to play for the Polish national team and might have to decide quite quickly whether to sign up for them or the United States, a choice that would dictate his path in major international competitions.

Yet when asked about a timeline for moving to Europe and also when he would choose the United States or Poland, Slonina displayed the kind of self-assurance that made him one of the guardians of most coveted goal in the world.

“I think I can answer those two questions in one,” Slonina said. “I think right now the focus is on this pre-season and finishing the pre-season strong. I’m not the kind of player who looks too much into the future. I want to be here, present now because that’s obviously what’s most important. But we never know what the future holds, so I think I’m going to keep giving it my all every day in training, trying to ensuring that I help guys on and off the pitch to have the most successful season we can have for this club.

Such stability is one of the reasons why the Fire – and apparently clubs in Europe – think so highly of Slonina, who will wear the No.1 shirt this season, which is synonymous with the first-choice goalkeeper of ‘a club. This budding reputation, and the expectations that come with it, could hurt many young players, especially those adjusting to their hometown team.

This does not appear to be the case for Slonina. Clearly, he’s found ways to insulate himself from outside noise and stay focused on the next move ahead, not which European team will sign him for a deal.

“And just all the routines I’ve established to make sure I keep my body fit, healthy, and doing everything to the best of my abilities,” Slonina said. “So yeah, I think the routine you set for yourself is how you can stay in the moment and just keep working and giving it your all because that will keep you humble and it will keep your ego down. . . . . I’m not going to think I’m too big a player and I’m not going to think I’m too little a player.

“I’m going to have that perfect balance between working and giving it my all every day.”

REMARK: The Fire and WGN-TV announced Friday that the channel will air 29 of the team’s 34 games this season. Tyler Terens will serve as the primary play-by-play voice and Tony Meola will be the analyst. Arlo White should call a number of games this summer.

Shooters have been streaming on WGN since 2020.

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Kuikka, Moultrie, Rodriguez called up to respective national teams https://soccersuperflyxp.com/kuikka-moultrie-rodriguez-called-up-to-respective-national-teams/ Wed, 16 Feb 2022 02:10:40 +0000 https://soccersuperflyxp.com/kuikka-moultrie-rodriguez-called-up-to-respective-national-teams/ Portland Thorns FC announced today that Natalia Kuikka, Olivia Moultrie and Rocky Rodriguez have been called up by their respective countries. Kuikka and Finland will play three matches in the Tournoi de France from February 16-22. Finland will face France on February 16 at 12:10 a.m. PT, the Netherlands on February 19 at 9:30 a.m. […]]]>

Portland Thorns FC announced today that Natalia Kuikka, Olivia Moultrie and Rocky Rodriguez have been called up by their respective countries.

Kuikka and Finland will play three matches in the Tournoi de France from February 16-22. Finland will face France on February 16 at 12:10 a.m. PT, the Netherlands on February 19 at 9:30 a.m. PT and Brazil on February 22 at 9:30 a.m. PT.

Moultrie has been called up to the United States Women’s U-20 National Team which will travel to the Dominican Republic for its 2022 Concacaf U-20 Championship. The tournament runs from February 25 to March 12. The United States are in Group A with hosts Puerto Rico and Nicaragua. The United States will face Nicaragua on February 25 at 12 a.m. PT before playing Puerto Rico on February 27 at noon as well. The United States will close group play against the Dominican Republic on March 1 at 3:00 p.m. PT. The first three of the four groups will advance to the round of 16 and will join the four teams already qualified for the round of 16. The teams will play in a knockout tournament with the two runners-up and the winner of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup third-place qualifier.

Rodriguez and Costa Rica start Concacaf W’s qualification for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 in the first round. Costa Rica will host St. Kitts and Nevis on February 17 at 5:00 p.m. PT. The Ticas will then travel and take on the U.S. Virgin Islands on February 20 at 4:00 p.m. PT. Costa Rica is part of a group with Guatemala, Saint Kitts and Nevis, the US Virgin Islands and Curaçao. Each team will play two home games and two road games. The top finisher in the group will advance to the Concacaf W Championship, joining the top two Concacaf nations, USA and Canada, who received a bye to the W Championship in July 2022.

The club’s full press release is available here.

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Chelsea v Palmeiras in the 2022 FIFA Club World Cup final on Saturday in Abu Dhabi https://soccersuperflyxp.com/chelsea-v-palmeiras-in-the-2022-fifa-club-world-cup-final-on-saturday-in-abu-dhabi/ Wed, 09 Feb 2022 18:29:43 +0000 https://soccersuperflyxp.com/chelsea-v-palmeiras-in-the-2022-fifa-club-world-cup-final-on-saturday-in-abu-dhabi/ The two top-ranked teams from the FIFA Club World Cup 2022 are set to face off in the final as Chelsea seek revenge against Brazilian club Palmeiras on Saturday in Abu Dhabi. Chelsea last reached the Club World Cup final in 2012 and fell to fellow Brazilian side Corinthians, leaving the Blues without that particular […]]]>

The two top-ranked teams from the FIFA Club World Cup 2022 are set to face off in the final as Chelsea seek revenge against Brazilian club Palmeiras on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.

Chelsea last reached the Club World Cup final in 2012 and fell to fellow Brazilian side Corinthians, leaving the Blues without that particular trophy in their case.

In fact, the Club World Cup is the only major trophy Chelsea haven’t won since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003.

MORE: Club World Cup standings and highlights

“It was my first season [with Chelsea]”Said Captain Cesar Azpilicueta during his pre-match press conference. Azpilicueta, now in its 10th year with the club and playing on a contract expiring this summer, would like to apologize for this match, as Chelsea lost 1-0 on a goal from Peruvian international Paolo Guerrero.

“We were in all the competitions, maybe it was easier than it is,” Azpilicueta said. “And then over time you realize how difficult it is, first to qualify in the Premier League for the Champions League, then to go all the way to win that, then to be here. .”

That 2012 loss marks the last time the European representative failed to win the Club World Cup title.

Presentation of Palmeiras and team news

Palmeiras is not a club to be taken lightly. The club, from Sao Paulo, have won the Copa Libertadores two years in a row and are fighting for a treble this year that only two other clubs in history have achieved.

They finished third in last season’s Brazilian Serie A table, a highly competitive league, and they are clearly in the top echelon of domestic clubs eight points clear of the fourth-placed team behind them.

MORE: Frank Lampard has a big job to do at Everton

The Brazilian club are also healthy at the moment, with the team currently preparing for the 2022 Serie A season. Only 19 Henry is missing, after suffering a horrific fracture of the tibia and fibula.

The rest of the squad are fit and ready to go, highlighted by the goalkeeper Weverton who played seven times for the Brazilian senior national team, now 34 and entering his fourth season with the club.

Palmeiras is captain of the Paraguayan international Gustave Gomez who spent two years at AC Milan before moving to Brazil in 2018. His centre-back partner is Brazil international Luan who logged over 3,300 minutes in all competitions last season as a member of Training.

26-year-old semi-final scorer Raphael Veiga, leads the offensive line and is a player who finished last season strong in net. He is supported by a prolific winger Dudu who scored the other semi-final goal for his club.

Palmeiras deployed a 4-2-3-1 formation against Al Ahly, as they have become accustomed to under Portuguese manager Abel Ferreira, who was in charge of Sporting, Braga and PAOK before moving to Palmeiras two years ago .

They held just 42 per cent possession in the semi-final victory and often foul Al Ahly, playing forward with long balls (attempting 81 of them) and hitting 49 per cent of them. they. Expect the same against the Blues

Chelsea preview and team news

Chelsea have spat over the past two months, struggling on multiple competitive fronts, which seemed to undermine the team from their best form. The Blues have won just twice in their last eight Premier League games as their title chase has all but evaporated.

MORE: Club World Cup prize breakdown

Still, Chelsea are in a good position to secure a place in the Champions League next season and remain alive in all other competitions this season, both at home and abroad. The Blues are set for an outing to Wembley at the end of the month in the EFL Cup final, they have progressed to the FA Cup round of 16 and they are eyeing a game against Lille in the Champions League round of 16. in addition to the Club World Cup final.

For a club with such fixture congestion, the team’s health is surprisingly strong. Reece James has yet to recover from his long hamstring injury, while Ben Chilwell stays away with his torn ACL. Ruben Loftus-Cheek also did not make it to Abu Dhabi, but the rest of the group is available to compete.

Romelu Lukaku has struggled for recent form but his clumsy goal in the semi-final win over Al Hilal will boost the Belgian’s confidence.

Kai Havertz struggled for time in Chelsea’s crowded attack but his performances made significant contributions. American Christian Pulisic has seen the bench in the semifinals and continues to struggle to break into the starting formation.

Manager Thomas Tuchel has recently switched between his usual three centre-back system and a more traditional four-back formation, but the team appear to be out of the recent valley and on their way back to their best in their preferred formation.

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Emirates News Agency – AJP Tour Abu Dhabi International Pro set to lift curtain on new Jiu Jitsu season https://soccersuperflyxp.com/emirates-news-agency-ajp-tour-abu-dhabi-international-pro-set-to-lift-curtain-on-new-jiu-jitsu-season/ Wed, 09 Feb 2022 10:10:00 +0000 https://soccersuperflyxp.com/emirates-news-agency-ajp-tour-abu-dhabi-international-pro-set-to-lift-curtain-on-new-jiu-jitsu-season/ Wed 02/09/2022 14:10 ABU DHABI, 9th February, 2022 (WAM) — The Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu Arena will lift the curtain on a new sports season next Saturday with the launch of the AJP Tour Abu Dhabi International Pro. The tournament, which is organized by the United Arab Emirates Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF) in cooperation with the AJP, […]]]>

ABU DHABI, 9th February, 2022 (WAM) — The Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu Arena will lift the curtain on a new sports season next Saturday with the launch of the AJP Tour Abu Dhabi International Pro.

The tournament, which is organized by the United Arab Emirates Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF) in cooperation with the AJP, will host hundreds of players from various clubs and academies across the UAE and the region, including a range of nationalities, skill levels and age groups. : from teenagers to adults, from professionals to masters.

Mohammed Salem Al Dhaheri, Vice President of the UAEJJF, congratulated the Jiu-Jitsu community on the launch of the new season and highlighted the high levels of registration for the championship, as this reflects the growing international confidence in the Federation and AJP tournaments.

“Starting the new season with such a prestigious and inclusive league will help our players – especially those who are members of the national team – to adapt quickly and improve the quality of their performances by competing against the best players and talents at the level international,” Al-Dhaheri said.

The tournament will take place on February 12 and 13, starting on Saturday with competitions for teenagers, youngsters and masters, while adults and professionals will face off the following day.

Tareq Al Bahri, General Manager of Abu Dhabi Jiu Jitsu Pro (AJP), added: “The championship represents a milestone for players, as it provides winners with 600 ranking points, ensuring a good start for those aiming for the podium at the end of the season.”

Mohammed Al Awlaki of Sharjah Self-Defence Sports Club expressed his happiness to compete on the mat again. “I look forward to the current season and aim to help my club gain the appreciation and recognition it deserves. I can’t wait to start this weekend.”

WAM/Tariq Alfaham/Lina Ibrahim

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Competitive ski mountaineering is growing in the Cascades ahead of its 2026 Olympics debut https://soccersuperflyxp.com/competitive-ski-mountaineering-is-growing-in-the-cascades-ahead-of-its-2026-olympics-debut/ Fri, 28 Jan 2022 14:00:00 +0000 https://soccersuperflyxp.com/competitive-ski-mountaineering-is-growing-in-the-cascades-ahead-of-its-2026-olympics-debut/ CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN – With light snowfall and temperatures in the mid-20s, I shivered as I waited in line one March morning last winter at the base of Crystal Mountain Resort. But I wasn’t in line for the first chair on the Chinook Express chairlift with big powder skis strapped to my feet and thick Gore-Tex […]]]>

CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN – With light snowfall and temperatures in the mid-20s, I shivered as I waited in line one March morning last winter at the base of Crystal Mountain Resort. But I wasn’t in line for the first chair on the Chinook Express chairlift with big powder skis strapped to my feet and thick Gore-Tex keeping me dry. I wore skintight spandex and was perched on impossibly skinny skis that I affectionately nicknamed “the toothpicks.” Instead of waiting to ride the chairlift, my quads were rolled up to spring into action once the race director gave the go-ahead for my wave of riders to take off uphill.

While this late winter Sunday was a perfect day to cruise around the resort, I and about 50 other people signed up to compete in the last SnowGoat skimo race of the season. We climbed from the bottom to the top of Crystal, including a steep section where we strapped our skis to our backpacks and climbed like mountaineers. On a ridge, we ripped off our climbing skins, stuffed them into the pockets of our racing suits, and descended as fast as we could without wiping out our light gear. Then we did it all again – for a total gain of 5,400 vertical feet.

Skimo, short for ski mountaineering, is an organized and competitive version of cross-country skiing or ski touring, the sport of human-powered travel through mountains on skis fitted with climbing skins. In short, it’s a race to see who can climb and descend the fastest. In 2026, the skimo will make its Olympic debut at the Winter Games in Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. You can taste the Cascades earlier than that.

Ski mountaineering – climbing mountains and skiing down them – has a long history in the Cascades, as does ski racing, from downhill races on Mount Rainier in the 1930s to ski jumping competitions dating back to the 1910s. But the modern competitive iteration of the winter sport is still nascent in the Pacific Northwest, at least compared to its wild popularity in the European Alps, where spectators cheer at the finish line during World Cup races. The sport also has a strong presence in the Rockies, where a racing circuit keeps skimo athletes busy throughout the winter.

Momentum is slowly building, however, as the enthusiastic race director behind SnowGoat creates an annual series and local athletes begin to compete on bigger stages, while local backcountry skiers and splitboarders increasingly appreciate the opportunity to push themselves in a controlled frame like a ski. area that presents less of a safety hazard than backcountry terrain.

The race director is Tacoma resident Richard Kresser, a 36-year-old firefighter who runs trail and mountain bike races as a summer job. Accustomed to self-inflicted suffering in the mountains, in 2018 he concocted “Dick’s RASH”, a week-long adventure to reach the summit solo and circle Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, Mount St. Helens and of Mount Hood.

The skimo bug bit Kresser in 2016 when he competed in the Mountaineers’ Patrol Race from Snoqualmie Pass to Meany Lodge, a 1930s race that local ski historian Lowell Skoog resurrected in 2014. I was blown away by this side of the sport,” Kresser said. As a regular in trail running and having recently taken up ski touring, he saw a marriage of his new sport with his old racing flame – and the potential to spark outside relationships with others. others. “Skiing is a very intimidating sport and trail running has allowed me to meet my best running partners.”

Kresser’s aspiration conveniently coincided with the Northwest Avalanche Center’s desire to contract Vertfest, an annual ski touring festival in the Alpental ski area that included a skimo race, to a dedicated racing company. Thus, SnowGoat Skimo was born in the winter of 2018-19 and will launch its fourth season on February 5 at the Loup Loup ski area near Twisp in partnership with local host Cascade Endurance.

Vertfest will take place on March 5 and the season will end at Crystal on April 3. (Oregon ski areas host three skimo races in February.) All SnowGoat races are spectator-friendly at the finish line or along the course if you’re skiing. or on horseback for the day. More than 15 volunteers with skiing experience are needed as guards, and eight others at the base who do not need to know how to ski.

At a SnowGoat Skimo race, you’re likely to see hardcore racers at the front of the pack with the lightest gear imaginable while more casual competitors move around in heavier gear or even lighten the mood with a costume. festive.

“We try to make room for everyone in the race,” Kresser said.

The fastest finishers can get Crystal up and down twice in about two hours. Christina Volken, 26, has consistently won the women’s division in SnowGoat’s first handful of races. She grew up in North Bend as the daughter of famous local mountain guide Martin Volken, which exposed her not only to the Cascadian ski culture, but also to the skimo scene of Volken’s native Swiss Alps.

“Skimo has always been in my consciousness as a serious sport that people dedicate their lives to,” she said. Back home, Christina Volken remembers saving the racers and holding the gates as a 10-year-old at Vertfest, the oldest skimo race west of the Rockies.

Volken moved to Colorado for nursing school in 2020 and was curious to test her mettle against more serious competition in a state where runners train at altitude with much easier access to training trails compared to Waterfalls. She entered the US Ski Mountaineering Association National Team Qualifying Race in December at Arapahoe Basin, Colorado.

Volken finished in the top five in every discipline and earned a spot on the United States Women’s National Team. She plans to compete at the US National Cup in Vail, Colorado in February and possibly the North American Championship in March in Kicking Horse, BC. But even though skimo is now an Olympic sport, there is no funding available to support the national team, and American competitors will likely pursue their European counterparts for years to come. This season, Cameron Smith became the first American racer to reach a podium in the International Ski Mountaineering Federation’s 20-year history of international competition.

This lack of support means potential Olympians like Volken are relegated to amateur status. For example, Volken will have to miss a World Cup competition in Spain because she has ER shifts at nursing school.

“If I were to go to the World Cup right now, I would be the last,” she said. “It’s not that I don’t think I have potential, but there’s a big gap between how I train and live and how these athletes train and live. These girls are professional athletes.

While SnowGoat sees its share of what Kresser calls “super-fast locals that can smash pretty hard,” he agrees with Volken that serious skimo racers are going to find better testing grounds in the Rockies or the Alps. Not that he doesn’t aspire to put Washington on the skimo map: This year’s Vertfest will be the first edition officially sanctioned by the US Ski Mountaineering Association.

His medium-term goal is for Vertfest to become the first National Cup race outside of the Rockies. In the long term, he dreams of a Northwest skimo marquee race on a volcano in the Cascades.

But even though North America’s most dedicated skimo racers might be aiming for an Olympic podium in 2026 and beyond, Kresser aims to continue raising a big tent for our local skimo scene.

“The skiing vibe in Washington has always been a bit more laid back than some national scenes,” he said. “We’re still going to have a costume contest at Vertfest.”

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With USMNT attention, Alan Soñora prepares for 2022 https://soccersuperflyxp.com/with-usmnt-attention-alan-sonora-prepares-for-2022/ Tue, 25 Jan 2022 15:15:06 +0000 https://soccersuperflyxp.com/with-usmnt-attention-alan-sonora-prepares-for-2022/ Alan Sonora has had a breakout year in 2021 with Independiente – historically one of Argentina’s biggest clubs. He will now look to build on his momentum in 2022 while pushing for his first-ever call-up to the United States at any level. Those hopes were boosted recently by a call from Gregg Berhalter. ASN Arch […]]]>

Alan Sonora has had a breakout year in 2021 with Independiente – historically one of Argentina’s biggest clubs. He will now look to build on his momentum in 2022 while pushing for his first-ever call-up to the United States at any level. Those hopes were boosted recently by a call from Gregg Berhalter. ASN Arch Bell reports.

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January 25, 2022

5:00 AM

WITH EACH Announcement of the US Men’s National Team roster leaves fans cringing and wondering why player X or Y wasn’t selected by head coach Gregg Berhalter.

Over the past six months, one of those players who has become a “What abouts?” is Alan Soñora, a 23-year-old silky left-handed midfielder with Argentine club Independiente.

New Jersey-born Soñora emerged as a starter for El Rojo last season in the Primera Division, scoring four goals in 19 games, while also lead all players in passing accuracy in the Argentine top flight with a 90.1% completion rate on 798 passes in total.

An official summons from Berhalter has yet to take place, but the player and US Soccer have now confirmed to ASN that there has been contact between the two.

“Yes, [Berhalter] called. I was talking with him, I was talking with several assistants, Nico Estevez, about the training camp in December and if I could go there, but I knew that I was still in my season with Independiente,” Soñora told ASN. .

“But still it’s great that the national team, the coach and his assistants call you and you know they’re watching you. I just need to keep improving and hope for the future. invitation.

“When he called, he spoke well of me. The downside was that I couldn’t go there because of the Independiente games. They also talked about if I could go to January camp, but it just stayed there.

“The fact that the coach calls you motivates you. It tells you that you are doing it right and so I have to keep doing it right to have a chance,” Soñora added.

Soñora also revealed that several MLS teams had kicked the tires to see if it was possible to lure the playmaker to play in his home country, but no formal offers were forthcoming. was ever made. It’s just as well for Soñora, who is firmly focused on what lies ahead in 2022 for Independiente.

“We have three competitions this season. Copa Sudamericana, Copa Argentina and the national championship. It’s wonderful to play the Copa Sudamericana again. International tournaments are very important for this club. Independiente is one of the biggest clubs in Argentina, with a lot of history and demands that you fight in all the competitions you play,” said Soñora.

Soñora’s breakout in the second half of 2021 came on the heels of which he barely received playing time under former boss Julio Cesar Falcioni in the first half. Still, injuries and absences opened the door for Soñora halfway through and he seized the opportunity with both hands. Soñora credits his former coach for keeping him ready when his chance presented itself.

“In the first half of last year I couldn’t play much, but I was lucky to be in a team with Falcioni there, who made me train, he m supported me a lot, because when a player doesn’t play, he’s difficult. I also had the support of my parents to continue, so I always trained and prepared myself whenever I had the chance. “opportunity to play, I would do it as best I could. Fortunately, Falcioni gave me a chance and I was able to play,” said Soñora.

Falcioni is now gone from Independiente, replaced by Eduardo Dominguez, a former Los Angeles Galaxy player who was lauded for guiding Colon to the most unlikely of crowns when he won the 2021 Copa Diego Armando Maradona, the first-ever title of the club.

Through three pre-season matches under Dominguez, Soñora appears in mid-season form, already scoring a goal in a 2-1 win over River Plate last Friday.

“We started with a new coach, we are still in pre-season, which is very difficult. Now that we are playing games, we are starting to relax more, find our football rhythm and to improve each time.

“When a new coach arrives, everyone starts from zero, we are all in the same place. My goal is to keep playing, to grow and to try to be in the starting XI.

“I think from Eduardo people can expect an Independiente team that is a protagonist in the games. Eduardo wants intense football, sometimes direct, sometimes positional depending on how the game is going. We have worked with him these two weeks, so we’ve only just started,” Soñora said.

Unfortunately for the Soñora family and USMNT fans, there will be no possibility of a “Clásico Soñora” in the 2022 regular season against older brother and Banfield striker Joel Soñora, who played in the FIFA World Cup. 2015 FIFA Under 20 with USA.

Independiente and Banfield find themselves in different groups for the 2022 season, so the highly anticipated brother-vs.-brother and first-ever American vs. American player in Argentina will have to wait.

“Banfield is in the other group, so we won’t be playing against them this year. I hope that one day it will happen because it would be wonderful,” concluded Soñora.

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CAN: A gigantic tournament – By: . . https://soccersuperflyxp.com/can-a-gigantic-tournament-by/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 06:10:09 +0000 https://soccersuperflyxp.com/can-a-gigantic-tournament-by/ By Abdulrazak Iliyasu Sansani I did not originally title this AFCON article the gigantic tournament. But I have done so now mainly to respond to the alleged contempt, misinformation or rather outright disrespect towards the most prestigious football tournament in Africa, which Jurgen Klopp, coach of the English team, Liverpool FC, comments on the Africa […]]]>

By Abdulrazak Iliyasu Sansani

I did not originally title this AFCON article the gigantic tournament. But I have done so now mainly to respond to the alleged contempt, misinformation or rather outright disrespect towards the most prestigious football tournament in Africa, which Jurgen Klopp, coach of the English team, Liverpool FC, comments on the Africa Cup of Nations. seems to convey, because less relevant.

I have huge respect for Klopp, one of the best tacticians in football. I certainly can’t say that he meant disrespect to the CAN, however, that doesn’t stop me from tackling what is gradually gaining credibility in Europe, blatantly or subtly: the disregard for the CAN.

The biggest event in African football kicked off on January 9 in Cameroon. The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, known as the Total Africa Cup of Nations 2021, is the 33rd edition of the tournament.

This edition has been moved to January/February instead of June/July.

This edition of the CAN has come with many challenges even before it started. Strong opposition came from many angles centering on his timing. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has returned to the traditional AFCON calendar, unlike the summer calendar used in major international competitions like the World Cup and the European football competition, although the former takes place in November from this year, unlike the previous one. editions.

Most of the opposition to the AFCON schedule has understandably come from European clubs, who have a lot to lose by bringing some of their key players into the tournament. This has caused many clubs to devise ways to keep their players against the players’ wishes or in conjunction with the players. Some of the clubs have gone out of their way to engage in unethical practices to prevent their players from playing for their country. We have heard ex-Super Eagles player John Ogu make startling revelations about his manager asking him to fake injuries in order to stop him playing for the Nigerian national team. “Not even surprised at the situation of foreign managers or clubs who don’t want their players to go and represent their country in tournaments,” Ogu tweeted.

“A certain manager in Portugal asked [that] I then told the Eagles coach that I was injured not to go to a friendly match. After I left and came back, he stopped playing with me, and that was before the upcoming World Cup that year. I mentioned it here and many here said I was lying and so on. Don’t you see how they are doing now?

You could see how far some of these clubs could go. It is absurd, gratuitous, unacceptable and a blatant disregard for African football and Africa in general.

The European Club Association (ECA) has written to FIFA, explaining why clubs might not release players for AFCON: health, player welfare and timing of the party. The ECA further accused African affiliated football associations of failing to “properly implement the protocols with worrying degrees of negligence”.

The ECA said clubs would only release African players for the upcoming 2021 Africa Cup of Nations when national football associations in Africa meet certain strict conditions.

During its meeting on December 2, 2021, the ECA, in an official letter to the Deputy Secretary General of FIFA, Matthias Grafstrom and the African Football Confederation (CAF), made known its position, in particular with the unleashed variant Omicron of COVID-19. . The ECA has mandated FIFA and CAF to ensure that the necessary precautions are in place to protect players and club interests ahead of the tournament.

I have to admit that there are vital issues to address in the CAN calendar and the ECA has the right to protect the interests of its members. The same goes for CAF and its member associations. CAF will be unfair to its affiliated associations if it remains adamant about the current schedule just to prove a point that it has sufficient grounds. However, all this does not give ECA justification to insult African football. Going forward, there should be clearly defined ways, concessions and important decisions need to be made by all stakeholders for a mutually beneficial solution.

I certainly know that if it were the other way around, the reaction from the European press, clubs and fans would have been deafening. A series of sanctions would have been in place on these FIFA clubs.

CAF, FIFA and all stakeholders should address this issue thoroughly with a view to finding a lasting solution that takes into account players, fans and everyone. Above all, a workable remedy that preserves the dignity of Africans and aids in the development of the beautiful game must be rigorously pursued.

Sansani wrote of Jalingo

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Saïd Benrahma: CAN is important to me https://soccersuperflyxp.com/said-benrahma-can-is-important-to-me/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 06:32:33 +0000 https://soccersuperflyxp.com/said-benrahma-can-is-important-to-me/ At any time Said Benrahma taking the field, whether for West Ham United or for his national team, he has millions of his fellow Algerians backing him. Since Benrahma’s arrival in east London in October 2020, the profile of the Hammers has grown in the North African country, where football is the most popular sport […]]]>

At any time Said Benrahma taking the field, whether for West Ham United or for his national team, he has millions of his fellow Algerians backing him.

Since Benrahma’s arrival in east London in October 2020, the profile of the Hammers has grown in the North African country, where football is the most popular sport and the Desert Warriors are a source of great pride.

The growing influence of the attacking midfielder on the West Ham squad and his impressive performances in the Premier League have led the 26-year-old to become an increasingly important member of the Algerian squad and to be called up for the 2022 CAF Africa Cup of Nations final, which kicked off in Cameroon last weekend.

Defending champions and two-time winners will be confident to defend their title – Betway ranks Algeria second among favorites behind Senegal – with an exciting and experienced squad led by Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez and also including former West Ham Galatasaray midfielder Sofiane Feghouli.

With eight goals and four assists under his belt in Claret and Blue this season, Benrahma will head to his first major tournament full of confidence, and hope to play his part in his country’s group stage matches with Sierra Leone, the Equatorial Guinea and Ivory Coast. , as he told West Ham TV before he left.

For all Algerians, football is very special, and even more so when it is the national team

Said Benrahma

“CAN is important to me, playing for your country is important,” confirmed the No.22, who missed out on winning the 2019 tournament with an injury. “I’m looking forward to my first international competition and hope to be able to play.

“First of all, we are a family, we have a good team and we all get along, so [winning] CAN has given us this strength and I hope it will remain so, because we have a bright future ahead of us.

“We must continue. We won one [AFCON], so why not a second now? But hey, we have to give everything, we have the right team, but we respect all the opponents. We know what we can do, so hopefully everything goes well.

“We want to win, we don’t go there to do numbers… we want to win! We want a third star, but then we have to respect all the teams.

“It’s a competition so anything can happen, but we have to keep our momentum, continue what we started and finish well. We will be ready, that’s for sure.

Algerian players and supporters celebrate 2019 CAF African Cup of Nations victory

While growing up in France and having spent his entire professional career in Europe, Benrahma is proud of his African heritage – he was born in the coastal town of Aïn Témouchent in northwestern Algeria – and is keen to make his compatriots proud at the delayed CAN, which was originally due to be played in January 2021 before being delayed for a year due to the COVID pandemic.

“For all Algerians, football is very special, and even more so when it is the national team,” he confirmed. “When the national team plays, all of Algeria talks about it. We have a passion for football that I can’t describe, it’s just like that …

“If you go to a cafe in Algeria, they only talk about football, not any other sport. It’s a real passion, and it’s just wonderful. It’s football, and it’s amazing.

Of course, Benrahma’s call means he will be away from West Ham for several weeks, but he asked the Claret and Blue Army to understand why the CAN is so important to him, his country and his continent, and to support him. and Algeria.

“I always wanted to be part of international competitions, I play football for that, so I ask them to support me and to support Algeria, even if I am not there,” he said.

“I have to answer the call and I really want to do it for the nation and the national team. I’m really proud of it, it will be a first for me.

“I hope they will support me and give me strength, because there are a lot of West Ham fans. The support is really huge, so I hope they give me all the strength they give me. if I was in West Ham.

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