Dembele arrives with potential to step into Neymar’s shoes

first_imgLOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games “He didn’t choose to be in one of the biggest transfers in the history of football, but I think that he is strong enough mentally to bear this burden,” Stephan said. “We will continue to follow his evolution with great attention and pleasure.” “He is a player who generates a lot of excitement and a lot of expectations,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. “We expect a lot from him.”Dembele has already shown signs that he has the potential to shine and one day reach the same heights of someone like Neymar.He scored the winner when France defeated England 3-2 in a friendly back in June, in what was his seventh appearance with the French national team. One dazzling moment in that game gave fans a glimpse of Dembele’s talent. Early in the second half, he picked up a loose ball on defense and flicked it past England defender Kyle Walker — one of the quickest in the Premier League — and left him trailing on a pulsating 60-meter run toward the goal.Although slight in build, Dembele has huge upper-body strength, enabling him to ride heavy challenges and use his body to hold off opponents running alongside him. He is a constant threat with his assists, and can play well on both flanks of the field and through the middle.“You can’t tell if he’s right-footed or left-footed, he can strike with both feet,” Julien Stephan, Dembele’s coach in Rennes’ reserve team, said in an interview on the club’s website. “He’s a great competitor and he is not bothered by the pressure. He plays naturally whether it’s in front of 3,000, 30,000 or 100,000 people.”ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dortmund’s French midfielder Ousmane Dembele walks over the pitch during a press event of German first division Bundesliga football club Borussia Dortmund on August 9, 2017 in Dortmund, western Germany. / AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZMADRID, Spain—Only two years ago, Ousmane Dembele was playing in France’s lower divisions with modest club Rennes.On Friday, he became the second-most expensive player in soccer history when Barcelona picked him to replace Neymar in a deal that could reach 147 million euros ($173 million).ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding It’s been a rapid rise for the lean forward since he was first spotted by a Rennes scout as an 8-year-old in the northern city of Evreux. The club monitored him closely and brought him to its youth academy by the time he was 13.Coaches were quickly impressed, and he was promoted to Rennes’ reserve team in the beginning of the 2014-15 season.“Everyone was talking to me about another player his age, but I only saw him,” said Armand Djire, the Rennes recruiter who got a first look at Dembele. “We brought the family to Rennes and took care of their professional and personal needs. We did everything possible so Ousmane could arrive at (main team) in the best possible conditions.”By the time he was 17, Dembele had already made his first-team debut in the French league, scoring his first goal as a professional in a match against Girondins only two weeks after his debut.In his two seasons as a professional in with the club from northern France, Dembele played 78 matches, scoring 22 goals and setting up 25 others.He became a top prospect for European clubs, and Borussia Dortmund signed him last year in a transfer worth 15 million euros (about $16.7 at the time). He scored six goals and set up 13 others in 32 Bundesliga games, turning into Barcelona’s top target the moment Neymar left for Paris Saint-Germain in a deal worth more than 220 million euros ($260 million).Neymar had arrived as a possible successor to Messi, and when he left, the club had to find someone else to take on that difficult desk.Dembele, who will wear Neymar’s former No. 11 jersey, became Barcelona’s most expensive transfer ever, costing 105 million euros ($124 million) plus possible add-ons that could increase the value up to 40 percent of the original fee. Rennes will be entitled to about 40 million euros ($47.2 million) of the amount paid to Dortmund, meaning he’s also the club’s biggest transfer all-time.“The market has been shooting up in the last few days. It seems that every club will be signing their most expensive player from now on. The prices have gone up a lot since Neymar’s buyout clause was paid,” Valverde said, adding that he hopes Dembele “will be prepared” to handle the pressure that comes with a move of this magnitude.Dembele, whose mother is from Mauritania and his father is from Mali, was making his professional debut only 21 months ago, and now all eyes will be on him every time he steps on the field. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gamescenter_img View comments MOST READ The talented 20-year-old French forward suddenly turned into a star by joining the Spanish powerhouse in a transfer surpassed only by the Brazilian star’s recent move to Paris Saint-Germain.Now the pressure is on Dembele to prove his worth and show that Barcelona did the right thing by choosing him to play alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBarcelona is hoping to re-establish its successful attacking trio, so it’s probably no coincidence that there is a lot of Neymar in the young Dembele — from the quickness to the nifty skills to the audacity to the ability to dazzle.Barcelona is already calling him the “prince of the dribble,” someone who can amaze fans with his “sublime skill and gutsy flair.” The club boasted Dembele as one of the “most promising young stars in European football,” a player who has a “golden future.” And it praised him as being “versatile, spectacular and efficient,” someone “almost impossible” to be stopped by the rival defenses. 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Seniors Dennison, Trinidad grateful to Racela for Season 80

first_imgDennison had been the unquestioned emotional leader of the Tamaraws for Season 80 as he put up his best statistical year in his five seasons with FEU averaging 11.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.3 steals per game.And if Dennison stayed primarily as one of FEU’s main contributors, the same cannot be said for Trinidad. The Fil-Am guard was initially a starter for Racela but then fell out of the rotation midway through the season before regaining his spot in the starting five near the tail end of the eliminations.Racela even apologized to Trinidad for the way he bounced around the lineup, but the graduating Tamaraw was just happy Racela trusted him in every sense of the word.“He said I went through a lot, that he should be sorry, but I trusted him,” said Trinidad who had six points and two boards in his exit game. “I didn’t expect anything this season, I was just ready and because he’s our coach I knew I could trust him.”ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Read Next Racela apologizes to seniors Dennison, Trinidad for FEU’s Final 4 exit Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8002:49La Salle, FEU put ugly offseason brawl behind: ‘Let’s forget what happened’03:16UAAP Season 80 Preview: Ateneo Blue Eagles01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES “I would really like to give a big ‘thank you’ to coach Olsen [Racela] because he gave Jojo and I this kind of a season,” said Dennison in Filipino Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.READ: Racela apologizes to Dennison, Trinidad for FEU’s Final 4 exitFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFEU finished the elimination round with a 7-7 record and as the No. 4 team in the league and Dennison couldn’t be more grateful at what the Tamaraws had accomplished as they came just a shot away from making the championship round.“Even though our team went through ups and downs, the guys still trusted Jojo and I,” said Dennison, who finished with four points, three rebounds, and four assists in his final game.  Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRon Dennison and Jojo Trinidad celebrated a championship for Far Eastern University in Season 78, but the two couldn’t win another one before they ended their UAAP careers.The Tamaraws lost to the top-seeded Ateneo Blue Eagles, 88-84, in their Final Four rubber match in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament, but both Dennison and Trinidad would rather remember the good memories during their stay at FEU.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Australian Open: Nadal-Cilic among 4 quarterfinals Tuesday

first_img2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman in their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)MELBOURNE, Australia  — Quarterfinal play begins at the Australian Open on Tuesday, with top-seeded Rafael Nadal continuing his quest for a second Australian title and 17th Grand Slam championship overall, and Caroline Wozniacki looking for her first anywhere.Nadal will play the opening night match on Rod Laver Arena against Marin Cilic, who has lost five of six matches against the Spanish lefthander.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH The second-seeded Wozniacki, who could return to the No. 1 ranking with a win here, plays Carla Suarez Navarro.First up is a quarterfinal between No. 4 Elina Svitolina and Elise Mertens, who is on a nine-match winning streak.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThat will be followed by the other men’s quarterfinal Tuesday: Grigor Dimitrov against Kyle Edmund, the only British male in the draw after Andy Murray withdrew to have hip surgery. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Guiao fined; players next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

Pasaol: UE yet to meet new coach

first_imgView comments Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. UAAP Season 81: Racela says he’ll be ‘surprised’ if Ateneo loses a game in elims PLAY LIST 01:32UAAP Season 81: Racela says he’ll be ‘surprised’ if Ateneo loses a game in elims01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Regardless of the coaching situation, Pasaol said UE is just doing whatever it can to be in peak form.“Our mindset is preparing for the season because we know that whoever the coach is, the goal for us is to make it to the Final Four,” he said. LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESAs much as Alvin Pasaol is sharpening his game in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup, the super scorer insisted on how important it is for University of the East to formally name its new head coach.“The team is preparing and training hard, but we need to have a coach who will guide us because we’re playing in so many preseason leagues,” Pasaol said.ADVERTISEMENT Pasaol, who made it to the Mythical Five this past UAAP Season 80, is making headway in his game with this stint in the developmental league, averaging 6.3 points, 4 rebounds, and 1.3 assists so far for the Skippers.But the same couldn’t be said for the rest of the Red Warriors, who have yet to find a new father figure following the departure of Derrick Pumaren.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutReports over the past week have named current NU Bullpups head tactician Goldwin Monteverde as the likely successor to the post.“The management said that we’ll meet the new coach by Monday. But I think the team wasn’t able to meet anyone earlier. Though, we’re hearing news from the management, we still don’t know if it’s really coach Goldwin,” he shared. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Gilas’ Tratter shows up for D-League team ahead of Australia trip 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoiseslast_img read more

Ancajas: Next Manny Pacquiao hasn’t been born yet

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. While the soft-spoken boxer is flattered to be mentioned in the same breath as the eight-division world champion, he knows that no one can compare to Pacquiao.“I don’t mind the comparisons because it’s an honor to be compared to him,” said Ancajas in Filipino. “But no one in the Philippines and in the world can match to what sir Manny has accomplished,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAncajas, who is fresh from his stunning defense of the belt last month in Texas, even went to as far as saying that “the next Manny Pacquiao has not been born yet.”The IBF superflyweight titlist was one of the three sportsmen honored by the Philippine Sportswriters Association as the Athlete of the Year, something which Pacquiao has won four times, on Tuesday. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH For the southpaw from Panabo, Davao del Norte, the award bestowed by the sportswriters is just the feather in his cap after what had been an amazing year for him.“I can’t describe what happened to me this year. I’m so lucky,” the 26-year-old said. “I didn’t expect that I’ll be an Athlete of the Year. It has been my dream because so many Filipino athletes are hoping to be awarded by the PSA. It’s an added inspiration for me to continue what I’ve already accomplished.”Ancajas, who is set to fight again this year, is raring help to aspiring boxers reach greater heights like he tried to do.“I want that one day, whatever I learned in boxing, I can share to my fellow boxers. I hope to be an inspiration and be of help to anyone I can help,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT With his recent success, Jerwin Ancajas has not been able to escape comparisons to boxing great Manny Pacquiao.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img View comments MOST READ Former scribe Piñol urges sports officials to focus on grassroots Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Read Next Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

Glass House

first_imgCBI’s Dark Horse Rides AgainThe CBI is to get a new director by the end of November when present incumbent and 10 Janpath nominee Ashwini Kumar retires. There are three strong contenders. S.K. Raut, DG Intelligence (Maharashtra cadre), Ranjit Sinha, DG, RPF, and CBI insider A.P. Singh, Special Director. But never forget the,CBI’s Dark Horse Rides AgainThe CBI is to get a new director by the end of November when present incumbent and 10 Janpath nominee Ashwini Kumar retires. There are three strong contenders. S.K. Raut, DG Intelligence (Maharashtra cadre), Ranjit Sinha, DG, RPF, and CBI insider A.P. Singh, Special Director. But never forget the dark horse. Ashwini was a last-minute choice after M.L. Sharma was thought of as certain.This time, the dark horse is a lady officer from the south who has a good equation with Number 10. Punters, get ready.IAS DespairFinance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has begun to induct domain specialists, even if that means irking his ias babus. Venu Rajamony, an ifs officer who has done stints in Washington and Dubai, has been given the coveted post of joint secretary, multilateral institutions, in the Department of Economic Affairs. Rajamony replaces Anup Pujari, an officer from the Indian Administrative Service. Rajamony, who was handling energy diplomacy in the foreign office, has the relevant experience for a job that deals with negotiating loans from multilateral institutions like the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. But of course, this does not calm the wounded egos of IAS babus, who see lots of foreign travel disappearing from their custody with this post. by Saurabh ShuklaA Rosaiah By Another NameThe star of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony was not the Prince of Wales, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, upa Chairperson Sonia Gandhi or Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. It was Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Konijeti Rosaiah. His face constantly kept popping up in the CWG coverage, interrupting the visuals on the local Doordarshan channel, advertising his government’s yojanas like Indiramma Housing Project, Rajiv Aarogyasri and Women’s Empowerment, forcing viewers to reach for their remotes. If any politician has found a better way of promoting himself, do let us know. Meanwhile bete noire Jagan Reddy’s walkathon and other activities in Andhra Pradesh are being projected endlessly on the Sakshi channel that he owns.advertisementPostscript: Media and pickle baron Ramoji Rao is pissed off with old friend Chandrababu Naidu. Is it because of the TDP’s massive ad campaigns in Eenadu’s rival paper Andhra Jyothi?Kalmadi Can’t Stomach It!India’s latest hate figure Suresh Kalmadi is traumatised by the booing he got during the CWG kickoff. He should’ve got used to the idea. But it was only a follow-up. Last Saturday at 8.30 p.m. when Kalmadi and two friends walked into the Taman Gang restaurant in the DLF Promenade Mall, Vasant Kunj, Delhi, a group of young men at a nearby table walked up to his table and surrounded him. They accused him of being a cheat, dining on stolen taxpayer money and asked him to get out. A frightened Kalmadi (out of rage or fear, we don’t know) summoned his security officer inside. At this, all the diners surrounded him, saying, “You are corrupt and now you want us to shut up.” Kalmadi left his meal unfinished. Taman Gang refuses to tell us whether he paid the bill.Who is Behenji Afraid of?What is Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati afraid of? She prefers to be surrounded only by babus and policemen these days. Even BSP workers have no entry into her space. She leaves her house through the back door and gets into the private elevator which deposits her directly at the doorstep of her much talked about ‘pancham tal’ office doorstep in the Lucknow Secretariat. The reason? The state police chanced upon documents planning an attempt on her life during a sweep-and-comb operation in Allahabad district which lasted two months.No Thought for FoodIt looks like some minority leaders close to L.K. Advani don’t like BJP Chief Nitin Gadkari’s biryani. Both Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Shahnawaz Hussain bunked Gadkari’s iftar party, protesting he was ignoring them. The iftar was held at the BJP’s Ashoka Road office, allegedly with the help of a media baron who is also a doctor and an rss worker. Hussain texted Gadkari that he is giving the kebabs and korma a miss while Naqvi sulked inside the office, pretending to be busy. No food for thought?The Chief Minister’s WifeMadhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is travelling so much that wife Sadhana Singh, according to bureaucrats who refuse to be named, clears all files on mine projects, construction work, road repair, purchases of vehicles and many others. She investigates, certifies and, when necessary, even puts decisions on hold for her better half to return. Office is where the heart is?advertisementFancy FlightsThe Government has discreetly warned its ministers against using private aircraft belonging to industrial houses for personal visits. An aircraft is the coolest way to a mantri’s heart for an industrialist with a file to clean. Recently, a powerful minister from Maharashtra took off to Johannesburg, South Africa, on a Mumbai industrialist’s private jet to catch a sporting event.Postscript: The BJP leaders are no exception. Top leaders, including Rajnath Singh, flew to attend Arjun Munda’s swearing-in ceremony at Ranchi in another Mumbai industrialist’s fancy airplane.SMS of the WeekMahatma Gandhi’s last words: “Hey Ram.” Ricky Ponting’s last words: “Hey Laxman.”last_img read more

London Olympics 2012: Saina Nehwal marches into quarters

first_imgOn a day when the badminton world was shrouded with controversy, it was business as usual for India’s Saina Nehwal as she cruised into the quarterfinals of the women’s badminton singles at the London Olympics here Wednesday.Eight women badminton players were disqualified from the doubles event for throwing matches to get a favourable opponent.Saina, who will be making her second quarterfinal appearance in the Olympics, though didn’t let any of this distract her as she disposed off Jie Yao of the Netherlands 21-14, 21-16.The Indian, seeded fourth, was in top form and sent a warning to her opponents with her full array of shots that demolished the eleventh seed.The first game was easy for the Indian, as she opened a 10-4 lead. Saina made her opponent run all over the court with her trademark disguised drop shots in full show.The second was a tighter affair, the Indian took a 5-2 lead initially but was pegged back by some dogged play by the Dutch player, who then managed to take a 8-5 lead.Saina’s reply came swiftly as she lifted her game to wipe off the deficit and then take a 13-9 lead. Some bad judgement calls by the Indian allowed the 11th seed to crawl back into the game but the writing was on the wall for the Dutch shuttler as Saina finally closed the game 21-16.Earlier in the day, Parupalli Kashyap created history by becoming the first Indian male player to enter the singles quarterfinals at Olympics, defeating Sri Lankan Niluka Karunaratne in three games.advertisementKashyap won a tough match 21-14, 15-21, 21-9, in one hour and six minutes at the Wembley Arena. The previous best performance was by Dipankar Bhattarcharjee in the 1992 Barcelona Games where he lost the third round match to Chinese Zhao Jianhua.last_img read more