Odisha FC appoint Rogerio Ramos as goalkeeping coach

first_imgBHUBANESWAR: Odisha FC on Thursday announced the signing of Rogerio Ramos as the new goalkeeping coach ahead of the seventh season of the Indian Super League (ISL).The former Indian national team goalkeeping coach joined the Bhubaneswar-based side on a two-year deal on Thursday. Apart from the Indian senior team and different national age group teams, the Brazilian was also the goalkeeping coach of the Sudan national team. The 46-year-old former professional goalkeeper was also active as a goalkeeping coach in various clubs like EC Santo Andre SP and EC Novo Hamburgo RS in Brazil, Mahindra United and Vasco Sports Club in India, Young In Academy in South Korea and NEA Salamina in Cyprus. IANS Also Watch: #NewsMakers: Exclusive chat with Jeevan B, DC, Lakhimpur with Oineetom Ojahlast_img read more

Gophers end Badgers’ Big Ten tourney run

first_imgSenior Marek Michalicka has an outside chance to make the NCAA singles individuals, but UW isn’t expecting to make the tournament as a team.[/media-credit]An emotional end to the Big Ten season leaves the Wisconsin men’s tennis team with little hope for a spot in the NCAA tournament.The Badgers started the weekend off looking very strong against No. 11 seed Penn State. They were able to knock them out in the first round with a 4-1 win. But their run ended with a 4-0 loss to third-seeded Minnesota Friday.The Gophers got off to an early lead by grabbing the doubles point. First to fall for UW was the No. 3 doubles pair of Ricardo Martin and Petr Satral. They were unable to withstand the aggressive play of the Gophers’ Tobias Wernet and Bendan Ruddock, as they lost 8-2. The Badgers’ top doubles team of Marek Michalicka and Billy Bertha brought things back to even with an 8-4 win over Phillip Arndt and Sebastian Gallego, but the fate of the doubles point was left up to freshman pair Rod Carey and Fredrik Ask. They were unable to get the win, giving the doubles point to Minnesota.“They are a team that jumps on you pretty quick,” Bertha said. “They scream and yell and have high energy. The hole we got in was too big, and we couldn’t dig out of it.”After the devastating doubles loss, the Badgers reconvened and decided not to go down without a fight.“Everyone was pretty upbeat after that, and we wanted to rally,” Bertha said.Unfortunately, the confidence boost wasn’t enough to stop the Gophers’ momentum. Five out of the six Badgers’ singles courts lost their first set, leaving Wisconsin with a huge deficit to make up. Carey was Wisconsin’s first singles loss, followed closely by Alex Robles, who lost 6-2, 6-4 to Julian Dehn. Bertha was the next Badger loss, which sealed the win for Minnesota and ended Wisconsin’s tournament run.“[Rok Bonin] played really well,” Bertha said. “He wasn’t missing many balls, and nothing I was doing was that effective.”Despite the loss, assistant coach Joe Bates was pleased with the team’s overall effort.“We were a little bit down and disappointed after doubles, but we raised our energy and we wanted to take that momentum into singles,” Bates said.Second-round play wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for a successful first round. To get to Minnesota, the Badgers had to make it past Penn State for a second time this season.Wisconsin jumped out to an early lead by winning the doubles point from the No. 1 and No. 2 positions. First to finish were Michalicka and Bertha, with an 8-6 win over Eddie Bourchier and Russell Bader. When Bertha struggled from the net, Michalicka stepped up like a true senior and took over the match. Despite the early struggles, Bertha was able to close out the match with a sweeping last serving game ending in an ace. Ask and Carey got the win that earned the doubles point in a close victory over Jason Lee and Christopher Haysn.“I almost thought we were going to let it slip away from us, but Fred did a good job of keeping me focused so I give him a lot of credit for that,” Carey said.The Badgers kept the momentum from the doubles win going throughout the majority of their singles matches. Michalicka was the first of the singles players off the court with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Penn State’s Eddie Bourchier.“I tried to stay focused because once you get four, everything stops,” Michalicka said. “You want to stay on the court and focus on every point.”After his win, Michalicka watched hopefully from the sidelines as Ask and Satral followed in his footsteps, securing the dual win for Wisconsin and sending them into the next round. Satral defeated Bader 6-4, 6-4, and Ask finished off the day with a 6-3, 7-6 victory over Bryan Welnetz.The season-ending loss to Minnesota leaves the Badgers with little hope for a spot in the NCAA tournament as a team. However, the coaching staff is keeping their fingers crossed for some individuals.“We probably won’t make the tournament, but hopefully Marek will make the singles individuals,” Bates said.last_img read more

Džeko might become Borussia Dortmund’s replacement for Lewandowski

first_imgAfter a frustrating time at Manchester City, Edin Džeko might finally cut his losses and seal a move to German giants Borussia Dortmud. While Džeko has been scoring plenty of goals this season, he has not been starting a lot of games.With Dortmund’s main striker Robert Lewandowski likely to seal a move to Bayern Munich or Manchester United in the summer, Džeko would be the perfect replacement. While he may not be as quick as Lewandowski, he is certainly a deadly finisher both in the air and with his feet.Despite being well off the pace in the league this season, Dortmund have been on an upward trajectory under manager Jurgen Klopp. They will not want to see Lewandowski‘s departure derail this good work. Signing Džeko would be the perfect move for them.The only snag to the move would be Džeko’s wages. If he is to get a move to Germany and get the first team football he wants, he will have to take a pay cut on his huge £120,000 a week salary. The transfer could cost Dortmund between 15 to 20 million EUR.last_img read more

Arsenal fans have Aliadiere to thank for Guendouzi transfer

first_img Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Matteo Guendouzi joined Arsenal from Lorient in the summer targets 2 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January It seems Arsenal have been lucky when it comes French club Lorient.They signed defender Laurent Koscielny from there in 2010 and appear to have plucked another gem Matteo Guendouzi.Last month the midfielder revealed talks with former Arsenal striker Jeremie Aliadiere – a Lorient team-mate – convinced him to snub the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund and sign for the Gunners. REVEALED possible standings silverware And Aliadiere, 35, has confirmed he did give his former club a glowing reference.“I knew when I first saw Matteo that he had something special and that a lot of clubs would be after him,” he said.“I said to him that for his development Arsenal would definitely be the right place for him. You can go to big clubs and never get a chance but Arsenal always give you a chance to their young players.”Aliadiere came through the Gunners’ academy, having joined at 16, before making his debut in the 2001/02 season. He never managed to nail down a regular first team spot, but has fond memories of the club he left for good in 2007. 2 The 19-year-old has played in all four Premier League games so far under manager Unai Emery and has excited Gooners.“It’s true there were a lot of clubs interested in me — I had talks with some of the biggest clubs in Europe,” Guendouzi revealed.“But as soon as I heard from Arsenal, the decision was very simple and I’m very happy to be here.“I did speak to Jeremie about Arsenal and he said it’s a place where I can progress and learn a great deal from the staff here.“He always spoke very positively and that made me feel very confident in the choice that I’d made. It’s the club of my heart.“There have been a lot of French players here and Thierry Henry is a symbol in France after his long career here. I used to watch Arsenal games with my father and it has a special place in my heart.” rookie error Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT center_img LATEST gameday cracker smart causal Aliadiere, who joined Arsenal as a 16-year-old, was in no doubt about Guendouzi’s quality Most popular Arsenal news BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won REVEALED What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Artetalast_img read more