Chosen best midfielder of Europe by UEFA last August and ranked seventh in the The best that took Leo Messi, in Barcelona nobody doubts the entity as a footballer of Frenkie de Jong (12-5-1997). The arrival of Setien, coach who gives high priority to the midfielder, is a new and exciting start for the Dutchman. But also a start. De Jong chose Barcelona for its sports stability instead of the economic temptations of PSG or the City and, 17 years later, the club dismissed a coach. De Jong, an investment of 86 million euros from Barça, is a huge player, but he needs a stir. 2. 3 LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of January 22, 2020 The beginning of De Jong has been gaseous. After a promising start, with excellent preseason games and exhibitions against him Valencia or in Eibar, went off to get into a small crisis. De Jong disappointed in the Classic, where he Madrid dominated in the center of the field and his figure waned while others, like that of Fede Valverde, grew up in the rival. Maybe because I needed a break, the year ended on the bench. He was substitute before the Alaves. The beginning of 2020 was even worse. In Cornellá He lived his first black night. He was expelled in the derby before the Spanish for two absurd offenses, the second one after an innocent loss. And the thing did not improve in the Arabia Super Cup. De Jong came out in the picture of the last goals of the Athletic. De Jong is not a player of making numbers, but he also craves a goal and two assists in 26 games for a player with that price. The cache with which he was incorporated into Barça forces him to something else. Maybe Setién knows how to play new keys in the former player of the Ajax. Critics with Valverde reproached him that the center of the field had lost prominence. Although that remains to be seen, it is clear that the arrival of the Cantabrian coach strengthens the figure of the midfielder. De Jong also has to take a step forward and begin to justify the expectations with which he arrived at Barça. Being Europe’s best midfielder for UEFA, like its natural talent, demands much more.
VALENCIA – College of the Canyons is offering a spring semester anthropology class that looks at the first settlers of the Southwest in a class called “Indians of the Southwestern United States.” The course will focus on the culture and history of the Southwest and the environmental adaptations, archaeology, history and ethnography of the American Indian people. Anthropology 215, offered from 7 to 9:50 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Feb. 8 on the Valencia campus, will be taught by Michael Mauer, whose work with the Gene Autry and Southwest museums makes him an expert on the Southwest. “My mother’s family were Arizona `pioneers,’ arriving in the territory in 1868, pretty early for Anglos. I spent a lot of time in the desert when I was a kid, and have always loved that country, its history and its people,” Mauer said. “I find that the more I learn about the Southwest, the less I know, and the more interesting it becomes.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Mauer remains involved with the Southwest Museum in its docent-training program, giving lectures and other presentations on American Indians of the Southwest. Topics discussed in the class will include the archaeological background of the Phoenix and Tucson areas and their elaborate irrigation systems, the prehistoric cities of Chaco Canyon, N.M., and the Pueblo, Navajo and Apache cultures. The class also covers the historical relations of American Indians to the Spanish, Mexican and Anglo cultures and explores the impacts they had on one another. “What is so great about this class is that it allows students to have an intimate and hands-on experience with Southwestern Indian art and technology – culture and history become tangible,” Mauer said. The three-unit course is transferable to both the University of California and the California State University systems, and meets the diversity requirement for an associate degree at College of the Canyons. For information about this class and how to register, visit the college’s Web site at www.canyons.edu or call (661) 259-7800.