Morata ‘If you are at Real Madrid, you don’t leave’ – Morata paying for mistake, says Michel Chris Burton 21:05 5/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Getty Images Morata Chelsea Real Madrid Primera División Premier League The Chelsea striker endured a testing debut campaign in England after departing Spain, with his struggles ultimately costing him a World Cup spot Alvaro Morata has been told by Real Madrid legend Michel that his troubles at Chelsea and subsequent snubbing by Spain in their World Cup 2018 squad can be traced back to his departure from Santiago Bernabeu.Having struggled for regular starts over the course of two spells in the Spanish capital, the 25-year-old striker found himself looking for opportunities elsewhere.He found them at Juventus between 2014 and 2016, before completing a £70 million ($94m( switch to England in the summer of 2017. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Morata was, however, to endure a testing debut campaign at Stamford Bridge, which ultimately led to him being overlooked by his country, and Michel has pointed out that leaving Real Madrid is rarely a good idea.A man who won six La Liga titles during an iconic spell with the Blancos told Marca: “I don’t know why he left, if it was because he wanted to play more, if it was because he wanted a better contract and because he wanted to play in the English league.”At the end of the day he is in a similar situation as to when he was at Real Madrid, he will know personally why he took the decision.”I’m of those who think that if you’re at Real Madrid the best thing is to not leave but I don’t know what his thinking is.”Morata did manage 15 goals for Chelsea across all competitions in 2017-18, but found himself slipping out of favour once Olivier Giroud arrived from Arsenal in January and was unable to prove his worth to Spain boss Julen Lopetegui.”He’s playing less at Chelsea, Giroud is playing more,” added Michel.”The most informed one on this is the coach and he knows exactly why he took one decision of another. He’s a good player but any of them are too.”It’s a sensitive decision, if you made a list of 50 then number 51 and 52 would miss out too, you have to accept it, respect it and support it.”Morata will now be watching on from afar when 2010 champions Spain open their latest campaign against Portugal on June 15, before going on to face Iran and Morocco in Group B.
World Cup Kane and Unable: England must improve finishing to avoid further World Cup woe Tom Maston in Volgograd Last updated 1 year ago 04:12 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup Tunisia v England Tunisia England Opinion The Three Lions may have secured a late victory over Tunisia in their World Cup opener, but their talisman needs more support going forward in Russia Buzzing around where you least expect them, swarming to create more problems and causing havoc to those who oppose them. No, not the plague of flies that have taken over Volgograd in recent days but, somewhat remarkably, the England football team. Gareth Southgate has long promised a brave new dawn of exciting, aggressive, possession-based football from the Three Lions, and throughout his tenure the signs have certainly been there that he might just come good on his word. But this is a major tournament. England never produce in a major tournament. Certainly not since the turn of the millennium. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Here they were, though, at times during the first 35 minutes of their World Cup opener, tearing through the Tunisia defence with ease. That was, until, they realised they were, in fact, England. Though the penalty conceded by Kyle Walker was soft if not incorrectly awarded and Harry Kane twice should have earned his side a spot-kick having been unceremoniously wrestled to the floor while challenging from set-pieces, their performance was, in large parts, England in a nutshell. Wasteful in front of goal, nervy at the back and lacking any cutting edge once they had conceded – as opening games at a tournament go this iteration of the Three Lions had it almost down to a tee.Again, though, they managed to come up with something very un-England – a stoppage-time winner. But as ‘Three Lions’ kicked in over the tannoy at full-time it was difficult to shake the feeling that they had got away with it somewhat.No England team since those likely lads in 1966 had managed more than the six shots on target England mustered up in the first half here. Unfortunately, it was the numerous efforts from close range that they failed to hit the target with that almost cost them. Jesse Lingard, John Stones and Dele Alli were all guilty of missing the target when presented with opportunities from inside 10 yards. Raheem Sterling had an offside flag to thank for perhaps the worst miss of the lot; not that certain corners of the English media will likely let him forget it.This was an England team that very much felt like one with only 25 international goals between them prior to the tournament. Ashley Young’s contribution of seven only highlights the issue this young but improving team has in front of goal.They do, though, have Kane, who remains clinical. Though he may not have netted the hat-trick he joked he wanted to keep pace with Cristiano Ronaldo in the early running for the Golden Boot, his two goals were just as priceless.England must now ensure that, unlike Portugal and Ronaldo, they do not become dependent on their captain to dig them out when others are lacking the same bite of the winged pests that were here to greet them in their numbers over the past two days.Southgate now has five days to prepare his team for Panama on Sunday, with finishing practice set to be very high on the agenda in Repino after what was – on the 22nd anniversary of England’s uber-clinical 4-1 win over the Netherlands at Euro ’96 – very much a tale England supporters have been told far too often.Fortunately for them, this one had a twist ending they’d not seen before.
Now that the community touch season for Juniors draws to an end in many parts of Australia, it is time to consider planning for the next season, particularly if you are considering starting a junior competition, growing an existing one or allowing 5 – 8 year olds to be a part of your competition. It’s been four years since the introduction of the AusTouch program, and it continues to play a fundamental role in the development of touch football for juniors with success and growth all over the country.AusTouch is the basics of touch football in a fun and progressive program, which builds on the skills, concepts and rules over the sessions. If you local school or affiliate/club is not yet involved then this is the perfect opportunity to have a look at the program with Development Staff all over Australia starting to plan their activities for the upcoming months to roll into a bumper Summer Season. Please see the link below for an example for an implementation plan that has been previously been developed and executed. This can be used as a guide to starting your Centre; you can take this document and adjust it to suit your own requirements. Implementation PlanFor more information about AusTouch or running an AusTouch program please click on the AusTouch icon on the left hand side of the page. Small sections that maybe relevant are included below: What is AusTouch?Includes benefits, implementation and promotional footage of the program. http://www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=702Centre HighlightsAre practical applications of the program in a variety of models and methods.http://www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=773AusTouch in SchoolsHighlights the versatility of the program and its use as a Leadership Model in a school framework. http://www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=698 AusTouch Centre AdministrationSorts of information that can assist in the administration of a Centre and a sample of information contained on the AusTouch Leader Resource Kit.http://www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=695Don’t forget also that affiliates are able to purchase the AusTouch Leader Resource Kit, which is a DVD and CD Rom which can assist with ideas for junior coach’s in doing training sessions. This can be purchased through the Canberra Touch Football Australia Office by calling 02 6212 2800.
The Penrith Panthers Vawdon Cup Women’s Premier League Team will be sporting Pink headbands to raise awareness and funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) when they hit the field against 2006 State Cup finalists Wests at Bankstown at 7.00pm this Friday night 31 August, 2007.The youthful Penrith team will be wearing and selling the bright Pink headwear at Bankstown on Friday night.The fluro pink headbands are donated by AH Clothing, and the girls will be collecting cash donations from the touch fraternity in pink piggy money boxes courtesy of the ANZ Bank St. Mary’s Branch at Bankstown on Friday night before and after their game.The girls have also pledged to donate $50 for every touchdown they score against Wests, and the Penrith Touch Association are weighing in with a donation from the club.Penrith Women’s and Australian 18 Years Girls Assistant Coach Jacky Patrick and her young team were moved to do their bit to try to counter the insidious disease that affects so many families across the nation.More Women die of breast cancer than any other cancer.Over 13,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. That equates to 36 women a day, and of those, 7 will die.Jacky Patrick as a teacher and a Coach, is mindful of her young charges understanding the responsibility they have as representative players to contribute meaningfully to their friends, the touch fraternity, and the wider community, and believes this initiative is a great way to make a positive contribution to a situation that has the potential to affect so many.“Most of us have been touched in some way or another with relatives and friends who have been diagnosed with the illness. Raising funds for research into this terrible disease is a great way to show our support for the community in which we live. Our Assistant coach lost her Aunty to the disease a few years ago and one our founding players was diagnosed two years ago, so it’s close to home for us all,” Jacky said. The “Pink Panthers” join an impressive list of community conscious groups, affiliates, and individuals within our sport to pledge time, energy, money, and support generously and consistently in the fight against cancer and its various forms. Queensland affiliate Coomera Comets hold an Annual “Touched by Cancer” tournament to raise funds and awareness for Prostate Cancer, and the Redlands Touch Association’s 17 Years girls Team did the “Walk for Life” event in 2006 to do their bit for cancer research. In February the victorious 2007 Australian Women’s Open World Cup Touch Football Team proved themselves to be Gold medal citizens as well as Gold medal athletes with a healthy portion of their World Cup fundraising efforts being pledged to the McGrath Foundation Charity. In July NSW Level 2 Referee Francis Wood raised $1,500 when she cut her long hair off for the World’s Greatest Shave to raise funds for the fight against Leukemia.The Western Suburbs Magpies raised over $20,000 in a fundraiser earlier this month to carry on the work of the Millennium Foundation and the Westmead Children’s Hospital which were the charities of choice of their late Manager and team mate Matt Essey, who passed away from Cancer after a brave three year fight in May 2007.The Penrith Panthers would like to encourage all Touch Football players to make a donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.The NBCF can be contacted to pledge a contribution by phoning 02 92994090 and quoting the number 140028777. The challenge has now been set down by the Penrith girls for the rest of our Touch playing members across the nation to get involved with a worthwhile community initiative of their own.At Bankstown on Friday night show your support for the NBCF by purchasing a Pink Headband or making a cash donation when the girls do the rounds with their Pink Piggy moneyboxes during the night.With apologies to Wests supporters, let’s hope the ‘Pink Panthers’ cross the stripe for a few ‘meaties’ to raise as much money as possible for such a worthy cause.
Halpin is the coach of the Northern Eagles 18’s Girls team at the 2011 X-Blades National Youth Championships (NYC), the third year that she has coached the side at the event. It was only a year prior to this that Halpin was competing in the event, for the Northern Eagles in the 20’s Girls division at the 2008 NYC. Halpin got into coaching about four years ago at the Eagles level, and is thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to teach the next generation of Eagles players some of her skills. “Peter Vincent was a pretty big inspiration for me. I just coached at a local level at Tamworth and there was an opportunity to coach at Eagles and I thought it would be good to step up and learn a bit more and teach the girls what I have been learning in the Australian side,” Halpin said. “It’s good. It’s really rewarding, especially watching the girls develop over the years. It’s been really good for me as a player as well, getting that coaches perspective.”Someone that has helped her along the way is Australian Women’s Open captain, Louise Winchester, who coached Halpin in the New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges team while she was in school.Halpin has since progressed into the Australian Women’s Open team alongside Winchester, debuting for her country at the 2010 Trans Tasman Series against New Zealand. Being able to learn from Winchester whilst playing for NSWCCC is something Halpin describes as a ‘really great experience’. “Louise has done a lot for me in terms of inspiration, and learning the technical side of the game and just giving me those little pointers that I didn’t get off anyone else, she’s a really special coach and I admire her for what she’s done for me in the sport of Touch,” Halpin said. “She did for me what I’m trying to do for the girls, which is quite inspiring.”Halpin’s Eagles’ team sits in fourth place in their pool after the first day of the NYC. Halpin is hoping her young team can win a few games and grow in confidence throughout the tournament. She is enjoying her time coaching the side and hopes that she can continue to coach into the future. “The Eagles are developing now with a few really good players and they are learning to work well as a team so just coming away from it knowing that they’ve accomplished something is mainly what I am after. There are a lot of very young girls, most of them are 15 or 16 years old but they are all quite confident and definitely have the heart to push hard and win some games.”“It’s good to see the young talent coming through as well because I really aspire to coaching at a higher level once I’ve finished playing.”