Celebrating Freedom Month 2016

first_imgApril in South Africa is Freedom Month, to mark 27 April 1994, the day all citizens won the right to vote in democratic elections and choose their own leaders for the very first time. In 2016 we celebrate 22 years of this freedom. Study finds South Africans are proud and patriotic ahead of Freedom MonthComing ahead of the country’s annual commemoration of Freedom Month, Brand South Africa’s Domestic Perceptions Research shows that being South African is a significant element of individual and national identity. Over 80% of 2 536 respondents say they are extremely proud to be South African. READ MORE > South Africa’s Constitution: youth weigh inAlmost 100 young South Africans aged between 19 and 22 were asked by the Nelson Mandela Foundation how the Constitution and Bill of Rights affected their lives. Their answers are on display at the foundation in an exhibition entitled “My Constitution”. READ MORE > Quiz: 2016 local electionsWith the local election date officially announced as 3 August, South Africans will have the opportunity to vote for the leaders that will run their wards for the next five years. But how much do you know about local elections? Take our quiz and find out. READ MORE > Freedom is … your rights. A people’s guide to the Bill of RightsAs South Africa celebrates 22 years of democracy during Freedom Month, we bring you a plain language version of the country’s globally admired Bill of Rights – our guarantee of freedom. Get to know your rights, and protect the rights of others. READ MORE > 22 memories of martyrs for our freedomFreedom Month celebrates the time South Africans voted in the country’s first free elections. This April, with local elections to be held in a few months, it’s important for all South Africans to remember the freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for our right to vote. READ MORE > Vuk’uzenzele! How to start your own small business in South AfricaYou have a great business idea, but how do you make it a reality? As part of our Vuk’uzenzele! series on economic freedom, we will look at how ordinary South Africans can play their part and use their entrepreneurial skills to not only better their lives, but also the lives of people around them. Our infographic guides you through the process of starting your own small business. READ MORE > 22 monuments for 22 years of freedomMonuments to peace and freedom are found across South Africa – not surprising, given our country’s long history of struggle against oppression. With April marking the 22nd anniversary of South Africa’s freedom, we showcase 22 monuments that pay homage to the heroes who made this country great. READ MORE > Joburg honours struggle iconsThe City of Joburg on Wednesday gave its highest honour, the Freedom of the City, to two struggle icons: George Bizos and Andrew Mlangeni. READ MORE > Freedom Park marks monuments daySouth Africa’s Freedom Park joined the world in commemorating International Day of Monuments and Sites on 18 April. READ MORE > South African local elections date setThe next local government elections will take place on 3 August 2016. The minister of cooperative governance and traditional affairs will follow the necessary legal procedure to proclaim the date and fulfil other requirements needed, the Presidency said yesterday in announcing the date. READ MORE >last_img read more

Ford spends billions to meet ambitious self-driving goal

first_imgRelated Posts For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… Tags:#AI#Argo AI#artificial intelligence#autonomous cars#Bryan Salesky#Carnegie Mellon University#driverless#featured#Ford#Google#Peter Rander#robotics#Self-Driving#top#Uber#Waymo Ford has announced it will spend $1 billion to acquire Argo AI, a Pittsburgh robotics startup, in the hopes the expertise will advance its self-driving program.Argo AI was created a few months ago by Bryan Salesky and Peter Rander, two experts in the field of artificial intelligence, robotics, and automation. Salesky previously worked for Google’s self-driving division, recently renamed Waymo, while Rander was one of the lead voices on Uber’s self-driving program.See Also: Ford rolls out gas- and driver-less fleet of tomorrowThe acquisition is an admission of sorts that Ford is behind in the self-driving race. Mark Fields, the CEO, said the company wants to have self-driving cars on the road by 2021.Argo AI planned to hire hundreds of employees in the next year, to build a “virtual driver” that is capable of controlling all the car functionality. Ford has not said if the hiring spree will continue post-acquisition.A self-driving bubble?Even though Salesky and Rander are big names in the automation world, the move may be seen as the start of the self-driving bubble. General Motors spent $581 million to acquire Cruise Automation, a 40-person startup based in California. Uber spent $680 million to acquire Otto, a self-driving truck startup.This is the first billion dollar acquisition, but don’t expect it to be the last. As automakers start to realise self-driving is the future, more will start searching for startups to ensure that they don’t get swallowed whole.Others, we suspect, will look towards Google, Uber or even Amazon for collaboration, as Volvo and Fiat Chrysler are already doing.center_img David Curry Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…last_img read more

Oklahoma State’s 2018 Recruiting Class Ranked Above Alabama, Michigan, UCLA

first_imgPoint of emphasis moving forwardAs loyal reader Shane Hatfield requested this week, let’s take a look at what OSU needs to do moving forward. I won’t get to scholarship count (because that’s a much more fluid count in football than basketball), but he brought up an interesting point about what positions they might target with the dead period in effect and the staff regrouping for the summer.By position, this is how many commitments OSU has… Oklahoma State’s 2018 class got off to a fast start this spring with a flurry of commitments in April and May from the likes of C.J. Moore, Kanion Williams, Bryce Bray and Tyrese Williams. While that momentum typically slows as signing day approaches, the coaching staff is still full steam ahead entering the dead period and the thick of the summer coming off a five-commitment June that addressed major needs in the class.With 17 commitments, OSU holds more verbal pledges than all but three teams—Miami (18), LSU (22) and Minnesota (19)—all of which are ranked inside the top 25.Where does OSU rank nationally?AdChoices广告National rankings are fluid and change as frequently as recruits change their mind, but the Cowboys rank No. 14 nationally as of June 27. The Pokes hold a slight edge over Michigan (No. 15), and sit just behind Texas A&M, which claims its spot at No. 13. For the first time since I can remember covering recruiting, Alabama’s class—which has finished No. 1 in the final 247Sports rankings every year since 2011—is ranked 59th nationally with just 5 commitments. That’s a mark good for 13th in the SEC.Mike Gundy has a mullet and is outrecruiting Nick Saban (even if Saban has just a third as many commitments). What a world we live in!Here’s the link to the full 247Sports rankings for 2018.Where does OSU’s class rank in the Big 12?For quite some time, OSU held the top spot in the Big 12 rankings. I wrote at that time that the advantage in the rankings was quantity over quality and that it wouldn’t hold through signing day, and thus far it’s played out as I projected. Texas is recruiting like Texas is wont to do, and under Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma appears to be on a level it hasn’t operated on in years.That’s why the rankings are where they are now. Oklahoma and Texas are 1-2 at the top of the Big 12 and top-10 nationally, followed by OSU, Baylor, TCU, Kansas, Iowa State, Texas Tech, West Virginia and K-State. By process of elimination, that leaves running back and defensive tackle among the most important positions just based on total commitments (and especially DT when you look at the defensive depth chart for the future). I believe both of these spots are where priorities lie right now, especially after missing out on running back targets Lyn-J Dixon, Tae Provens and Keaontay Ingram already in this cycle.At running back, I expect OSU to continue targeting Fitzgerald (Georgia) running back James Graham. In the meantime, running backs coach John Wozniak is doing his best to gauge whether SMU pledge Jahmyl Jeter (what a name) is interested in flipping to OSU after a recent offer.Defensive tackle is slightly more murky, but right now target No. 1 is junior college defensive tackle Tayland Humphrey. He appears intent on playing college ball with his younger brother, a high school senior offensive lineman from Klein Oak, and OSU jumped in the mix for him by offering a scholarship on a recent visit. The staff is hoping to package a deal for the brothers.Past Humphrey, OKC area defensive tackle Israel Antwine remains an interesting option at defensive tackle. The Millwood product committed to Ole Miss over OSU early in the recruitment process in May, but the opportunity to play in Oxford where the NCAA is sniffing around following a foul odor over the last few years, might not be appealing for a player surely hoping to play for something more than a school likely to be hit with sanctions. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.center_img QBRBWROLTESCBLBDTDE 1025123201last_img read more

OSU Offers 2019 LSU Running Back Pledge Tyrion Davis

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State’s biggest need in its 2018 recruiting class is running back, but the staff isn’t dwelling on its inability to land a commitment in this cycle and is already looking to the 2019 class with a new offer on Wednesday to University Lab High School (Louisiana) standout Tyrion Davis.Davis is a 6-foot-1, 215-pound standout from Baton Rouge — the heart of LSU country — so it should come as no surprise that he’s already pledged his loyalty to the Tigers with a verbal commitment back in June.AdChoices广告Already with offers from Alabama, LSU, Florida, Arizona State and others, Davis is a consensus four-star talent and ranked by 247Sports as the No. 14 running back in the 2019 class.“Tyrion Davis is a high-major running back prospect and one of top overall 2019 prospects in Louisiana,” Scout analyst Gabe Brooks said of the new OSU target. “He combines good size with impressive balance and cutback ability. He’s a vertical runner, but flashes impressive run-finishing strength as he lowers his pads for contact. He shows good top-end speed, especially for his size. Davis owns the size and athleticism to become a strong in blitz pickup and receiving out of the backfield with more opportunities to develop those skills.”Davis seems pretty set on staying in-state, announcing he was “100% committed” to “#RBU” in his initial commitment to LSU. But as we’ve seen many times with recruits, minds can change and different situations can be enticing — especially if there’s early playing time available. But pulling a player of Davis’ caliber out of the heart of Baton Rouge would be a pretty significant feat for running backs coach John Wozniak.last_img read more

100 Days of Summer: Get to Know No. 17 Dillon Stoner

first_imgThe next subject of our summer-long countdown may not be the first or second — or fifth — player you think of when someone mentions OSU’s dominant receiver corps. But I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s a household name by October.How he got to OSUDillon Stoner committed early in the 2016 recruiting cycle and held up his end despite offers from Washington State, Texas Tech and others and a strong late push from Arkansas. He played all over the field at Jenks High School, lining up as a wide receiver, a defensive back, a kick returner and even as a punter. He was a big part of Jenks’ four state titles during his career.What he’s done in StillwaterStoner impressed coaches and teammates alike during preseason fall camp as a true freshman, showing of his athleticism and even outrunning James Washington in a couple of drills. He made a big enough impression to see playing time in the season opener.His athleticism and football IQ were something the coaching staff recognized from Day 1. They even used him all over the field, just like his days at Jenks. He lined up at wide receiver and contributed on special teams. Stoner even took snaps in two of his four games.Unfortunately, an early injury ended his season. But Stoner was apparently able to redshirt last season based on his designation as a redshirt freshman by OSU.Role in 2017Even with all the depth and talent the Cowboys have at wide receiver, Stoner is going to have role in this offense. The coaching staff has made it pretty apparent that they want to get him on the field.Mike Gundy showed just how much trust he had in his true freshman in the second game of the season. With the Cowboys down 4 to Central Michigan in the fourth quarter — and on fourth down — he put the ball in Stoner’s hands. Even if just for a split second.Here’s another look.Who knows? Maybe Stoner is the wildcat QB of Mike Gundy’s dreams. Don’t be shocked to see him take more snaps this fall.Noteworthy Stats and HighlightsEven with a shortened season, we got a little glimpse of what Stoner can provide as a receiver. Here’s a look from the Cowboys’ season opener against Southeastern Louisiana. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

How Sanchez signing is distorting Man Utd’s attack

first_imgManchester United How Alexis Sanchez signing is disrupting – not helping – Man Utd’s attack Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent 17:09 25/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Alexis Sanchez Manchester United Sevilla Champions League TF-Images Manchester United Premier League A. Sánchez Paul Pogba Marcus Rashford Anthony Martial José Mourinho Sevilla v Manchester United Manchester United v Chelsea Chelsea UEFA Champions League The Chilean’s signing was meant to take United forward but instead it has added to Jose Mourinho’s issues The arrival of Alexis Sanchez in January was meant to be a catalyst for better things ahead for Manchester United.The Chilean arrived at a club that had gone seven games unbeaten, including four straight wins, and built an eight-point buffer between themselves and those teams left chasing Champions League positions.With Paul Pogba beginning to show flashes of his previous Juventus form, Jesse Lingard turning in career-best performances week-on-week, Anthony Martial enjoying his greatest goal-scoring run in two years and Marcus Rashford on the verge of breaking his personal record for goals in a season with four months to spare, Sanchez’s addition looked set to complement a well-oiled attacking machine with the added bit of flair which would make them feared once more in both England and Europe. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them 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 But six games on there are suddenly question marks relating to every one of the players Sanchez was meant to take the pressure away from. Far from providing the perfect balance to Jose Mourinho’s side, the 29-year-old’s biggest impact has been in upsetting what cohesion there was in United’s starting line-up.“What he does for us is add competition for places, which any manager would tell you is fantastic,” United great Lou Macari told Goal earlier this month. “It sort of livens up one or two others, and in our case it gives us a better chance in Europe.”And while Macari’s words reflected a common belief among the United fan base, the reality has been quite different in the early days of Sanchez’s career with the club. As Chelsea arrive at Old Trafford on Sunday, they do so knowing that United are at a low ebb.Wednesday’s dismal performance in the 0-0 draw at Sevilla was just the latest setback, and the sideshow caused by concerns over the relationship between Mourinho and Pogba is threatening to undermine their season.Being the club’s record £89.5 million signing and most outgoing presence, Pogba has caught the greatest headlines in his recent run which has seen him fail to complete 90 minutes since Sanchez’s arrival. But Martial’s three-game scoring streak prior to Sanchez taking his favoured spot on the left has also given way to a run of five matches without a goal.Paul Pogba, Jose Mourinho, Tottenham vs Man Utd, 17/18Add in Lingard’s gradual decline over the same period and Rashford’s injury-affected stretch of five games without a start – his second-longest such stint in the professional ranks – and United have seen four of their most influential players lose their way over the course of Sanchez’s Old Trafford career so far.While Rashford has been in and out all season thanks to his tussle for a shirt with Martial, and Lingard’s run of exemplary form was always likely to hit the buffers at some point, the travails of Pogba and Martial could well be apportioned in huge part to Sanchez’s deployment on the left-hand side of the attack.As United look to develop attacks Sanchez often finds himself dropping deep to collect possession, drifting right into the sort of areas which Pogba loves to attack with the ball. It was notable also that the French midfielder had been used more to the right of the midfield two in recent months in order to allow the left-footed Nemanja Matic to play towards the left. But the two moves have combined to shift Pogba out of his favoured role, and even when playing on the left of the midfield three after coming on against Sevilla in midweek he was largely ineffectual as an attacking force.It is surely Martial who has been most adversely affected by Sanchez though, with the 22-year-old having been shifted from his most effective position just when he was enjoying a significant upturn in form. When playing off the left Martial provides a real attacking threat, with his ability to shift onto his right foot at any moment causing all sorts of worries for back-pedalling defenders.Man Utd pre-since SanchezYet when switched to the right he becomes a completely different player. Instead of being a threat on goal he basically becomes a right-winger, and that just isn’t his game. When on the right his best hope is to get outside a man, but from there it is all about the sort of delivery a natural right-sided player would have. It is not as simple as Martial changing flanks, deploying the Frenchman on the right alters his workload completely.One answer might be to use Sanchez on the right of attack, but Mourinho has used him exclusively on the left to this point. While the occasional switch of the wide men has given Martial a tantalising taste of what he is missing, it has never been more than a temporary change of angles.If Mourinho is to continue with Sanchez on the left then there are a multitude of questions to ask. Where will he play Martial? How does he give Pogba the space into which he can attack? How many minutes can Rashford expect to play? Can Lingard thrive inside of Sanchez if the Chilean is given licence to roam his way?In the six games prior to the swap deal which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan head for Arsenal, Pogba, Martial, Rashford and Lingard had combined for 16 starts and seven goals. In the six matches since they have collected seven starts and two goals – Rashford and Lingard scoring away to Yeovil Town in the FA Cup.Sanchez’s signing was always likely to upset someone, but so far it appears to have compromised more players than might have been expected even by the most pessimistic of United fans. While Mourinho keeps having to field queries regarding Pogba, it may well be his most-recent high-profile capture which is causing him the most headaches right now. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Is Messi now the coach? Inside Argentina’s dressing room

first_imgWorld Cup Is Messi now the coach of Argentina? How chaos turned to calm inside Sampaoli’s dressing room Sam Lee In Saint Petersburg Last updated 1 year ago 15:00 6/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(11) Lionel Messi Jorge Sampaoli Argentina World Cup 2018 Getty Images World Cup Lionel Messi Sergio Agüero Argentina African All Stars Argentina find themselves in a far from enviable position, with their coach effectively powerless, but one which is a huge improvement upon last week Poor Jorge Sampaoli. It looks to all the world that Argentina are through to the World Cup knock-outs despite their forlorn coach, who is now taking orders from his own players.“This team is more Messi’s than mine,” said Sampaoli back in March. He was talking about Messi’s ability to get the best out of his team-mates, but now, three games into a chaotic campaign in Russia, we may as well think about Argentina’s No.10 as their player-coach.There is some dispute as to whether Messi actually made the decision to bring on Sergio Aguero during Tuesday’s match with Nigeria; did he tell Sampaoli it was happening, did Sampaoli ask Messi what to do, or did the coach merely make the decision himself and relay it to the captain, as has since been claimed in the Argentine press? Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar It almost doesn’t matter. The public has made its mind up and in this post-truth age, the damage has been done for Sampaoli.His touchline outfit against Croatia did him no favours in that sense and in all honesty the video footage from Tuesday certainly looks incriminating – he appeared completely lost, and it’s easy to see why so many people believe he’s asking Messi for instructions.Even more so when his post-match comments are taken into account. “When Leo came and hugged me, I felt very proud and happy,” Sampaoli said, as he sat a matter of yards from Messi.“He knows I am very passionate, passionate every single day. I have had the possibility to travel with him, and share many moments with him before the World Cup.”He knows me, and he knows me well. He knows we have this common dream of coming to Russia, and doing something important for Argentina.”Jorge Sampaoli ArgentinaJorge Sampaoli ArgentinaJorge Sampaoli ArgentinaJorge Sampaoli ArgentinaHaving already said Argentina’s defeat against Croatia was everybody else’s problem, not Messi’s, it’s quickly got to the stage that Sampaoli is talking about his star man with more reverence than Real Madrid coaches are forced to talk about Cristiano Ronaldo.And Messi is now clearly giving the team-talks, too. His coaches at previous World Cups have said that he has always been more of a leader by example, with Javier Mascherano providing the more vocal duties, but on Tuesday night in Saint Petersburg it was Messi down in the tunnel, just before the second half started, barking out orders. Come full-time it was Messi leading the celebrations.Messi, as man of the match, sat at the same table as Sampaoli to conduct the post-match press conference and it looked like the Barcelona man was merely flanked by his assistant.And, again, even with that now effectively the case, it almost doesn’t matter.Victory over Nigeria seems to have unified the camp in a way that was unimaginable amid the chaos following the Croatia game. From Aguero’s clear display of disgust aimed at Sampaoli in the post-match mixed zone, to the rumoured punch-up between Mascherano and Cristian Pavon, to the fact that the players clearly had a say in the starting line-up for their final group game, Argentina’s campaign was threatening to end in shambles.It still might, given many of their on-pitch problems were still evident against Nigeria, but off the pitch things seem to have changed for the better in the past 48 hours.Sampaoli graphicOn the bus back from the stadium to the team hotel on Tuesday night, the players raucously sang the same songs that their fans have been singing all over Russia, with Lucas Biglia on drums and Aguero, his discontent seemingly behind him, involved just as much as anybody else.Mascherano, his unexplained black-eye having now disappeared, later posted a picture of his lakeside view at the team’s training base on Instagram, highlighting that he was in ‘peace’.And that does genuinely seem to be the mood inside the camp right now. It is a complete reversal from this time last week, when a group of players had called for Sampaoli to be despatched before they had even had time to sleep on the 3-0 humbling in Nizhny Novgorod.They effectively got their wish; Sampaoli is still there in body, but he has lost almost all of his power. The result is a happier group, with Messi and Mascherano, emboldened by Tuesday’s victory, now calling the shots.How far this will take them remains to be seen. They will play France next, a team who themselves have struggled to get going on the pitch, and if Messi picks the right team and then stars in it, a quarter-final appearance is not beyond Argentina.But Tuesday’s win may merely have provided them with a stay of execution, and you get the feeling that if it does go wrong for them this summer, it will be every bit as shambolic as the Croatia defeat and the hours immediately afterwards.At least this remarkable situation does at least give Argentina a chance to keep fighting – alongside each other – this summer, even if Sampaoli is as much of a spectator as the rest of us.last_img read more

Suarez: Uruguay must give everything against Portugal

first_imgWorld Cup Suarez says ‘fully motivated’ Uruguay must give everything against Portugal Jamie Smith 05:54 6/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Luis Suarez Uruguay World Cup 2018 Getty World Cup Uruguay v Portugal Luis Suárez Uruguay Portugal After overcoming a slow start at Russia 2018, the Barcelona star says he still thinks he can still improve his showings at the World Cup Luis Suarez says he is a “perfectionist” but the Uruguay forward believes his form is on an upward curve ahead of a World Cup last-16 showdown with Portugal.Suarez had a tough start to Russia 2018, drawing a blank in a flat performance as Oscar Tabarez’s men edged past Egypt 1-0 in their opening Group A game. Yet the Barcelona striker bounced back by hitting the winner to down Saudi Arabia before finding the net again in a 3-0 win over Russia, as Uruguay headed into the knockout rounds with maximum points. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar “I am a lot better than in the first game,” Suarez told reporters ahead of facing Portugal on Saturday. “On a personal level, I am very much a perfectionist.”After games I always look back at what happened, talk to my team-mates, with the coach.”I know what we are playing for tomorrow, the last 16 of the World Cup against the European champions.”We are fully motivated and we have to be calm knowing that if it goes wrong then we have given everything.”Topping Group A ahead of hosts Russia means Uruguay have avoided a clash with 2010 champions Spain, where Suarez could have gone up against club colleagues including Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba.5 – All five of Uruguay’s goals at the 2018 World Cup have been scored from set-pieces (3 from corners, 1 from direct free-kick and 1 from indirect free-kick). Planning. #WorldCup #PORURU #URU pic.twitter.com/5XzZjvTXnF — OptaJoao (@OptaJoao) June 29, 2018 “Our mentality is always to win,” Suarez said. “During the group stage there was talk of what [place in the group] would be best but we didn’t do that, we always wanted to finish first.”Although Uruguay’s success has been built on defensive resilience encapsulated by captain Diego Godin, the combination of Suarez and Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani is one of the World Cup’s most dangerous forward pairings in the competition.”We have known each other for a long time and have played together for over 10 years in the national team,” Suarez said of Cavani.”We are fighting for the same country and doing the best for the team, so we try and help each other as much as possible.”We are not aiming for personal objectives but for the national team to get as far as possible.”last_img read more

Layun: If Neymar wants to lie down he should go to bed!

first_imgWorld Cup ‘If he wants to lie down, he should go to bed!’ – Mexico’s Layun slams Neymar theatrics Goal 04:30 7/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Neymar Brazil 2018 Getty Images World Cup Brazil Brazil v Mexico Mexico Neymar The Brazil star earned the wrath of El Tri after appearing to exaggerate contact in a second-half incident on the sideline Mexico defender Miguel Layun has slammed Neymar for his antics during Brazil’s 2-0 win over Mexico on Monday. Layun was involved in one particularly controversial incident with Neymar in the second half of the World Cup last-16 encounter.The Mexico defender appeared to stand on the Brazil star’s ankle when he was already down on the sideline, causing him to roll around in agony.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Though there was contact, suspicions that Neymar was making a meal of the challenge were given credence when he appeared to be uninjured just minutes later. Layun in particular was far from impressed with Neymar’s display. “This is football. If he does not want to be touched he should try doing something else,” the defender fired when asked about his clash with Neymar. “He is more concerned about being on the floor. If he wants to lie down, he should go home and sleep.”He was down and I touched him looking for the ball, I know all about his talents but I also know his tricks.””We know Neymar and he likes to be the protagonist on and off the field. It’s obvious,” Layun said.  “Anyone who has seen the game knows exactly what I’m referring to. He’s like that. His personality is like that. You have to leave that aside and wish him the best like always.”I think he’s a player with a lot of talent who hopefully one day dedicates himself to playing a little more. The truth is he be more spectacular if he dedicated himself more to playing football instead of … doing other things.”Ultimately, I think that’s what’s important. I think maybe he was a bit worried and that was his way of getting rid of the stress he had.”last_img read more

Kompany: Belgium will look Brazil in the eye

first_imgWorld Cup Kompany: Belgium not losing sleep over Brazil’s individual talent Patric Ridge Last updated 1 year ago 09:14 7/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neymar Brazil 2018 Getty Images World Cup Brazil v Belgium Brazil Belgium Despite the South American side’s individual qualities, the Manchester City defender is not losing any sleep over facing the Selecao Vincent Kompany insists Belgium are losing no sleep over Brazil’s qualities ahead of the World Cup quarter-final clash on Friday.While Brazil overcame Mexico in comfortable fashion , Roberto Martinez’s side needed Nacer Chadli’s 94th-minute strike to progress past Japan .In the aftermath of Belgium’s dramatic victory on Monday, Martinez claimed the Red Devils had nothing to fear heading into the clash with Brazil, adding that it would suit his side not to be considered favourites. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar And Kompany, who made his first start of the tournament against Japan after recovering from injury, echoed his manager’s thoughts.”Individually, Brazil are the strongest team in this World Cup,” he told reporters.”That is a compliment but it doesn’t affect our chances against them. None of us are going to sleep at night thinking we have already lost to Brazil.”Defensively they are solid, they win all their defensive duels and in attack, they are not scared to take people on one on one. They always have a key to unlock any situation.”We are going to look them in the eye. But if we make this a match of individuals, then we’ll lose.”If it becomes a match of individual performances we’ve got no chance. If we play as a team, if we fight for each other, we can do it and that’s what matters to me.”What a fight, what a game! Team spirit got us through today’s challenge! Belgium, keep going and keep on dreaming! Friday we take on Brazil! #Belgium #Japan #WorldCup #Russia #Brazil #REDTOGETHER pic.twitter.com/JyZe8KQbVq — Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) July 2, 2018 Under Martinez, Belgium have looked to develop a possession-based style, with the former Everton boss often preferring a 3-4-3 system to incorporate the Red Devils’ array of attacking talent.And Kompany affirmed that, despite some shaky defensive displays – as exhibited against Japan – Belgium’s players have full belief in the Spaniard’s approach.”We have developed an attractive style of football, we have scored a lot of goals and showed our good side,” said Kompany.”We’re constantly improving. We just have to step up to another level against Brazil. At least I hope we can.”last_img read more