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Luis Rubiales took a call and listened

Luis Rubiales took a call and listened In shock to what he was told. He asked for more time, was turned down, so he hung up and hurriedly dialled Julen Lopetegui’s number. There was no answer and very soon it was too late. Reebok NHL Men's John Gibson Orange Third Premier Jersey - #36 Anaheim Ducks At 5.45pm Russia time on Tuesday, five minutes after the president of the Spanish Football Federation had been informed, everyone else knew too. Unforgivable, the president thought. Lopetegui, the Spain manager, had gone to see his players, to tell them what Real Madrid had just told Rubiales: that he was joining the club after the World Cup. At the same time, a statement went up on Real’s website. Black Daryl Williams Nike NFL : Backer #60 Carolina Panthers T-Shirt The fallout was nuclear. Taken by surprise, it took over an hour for the federation to respond with a short statement of its own. Rubiales was in Moscow at the Fifa congress but he left swiftly for the airport where he boarded the next available flight to Krasnodar, 1,196km to the south where Spain have their base. He was furious as he considered what to do. It was two days before the start of the World Cup. It was also only three weeks since Lopetegui had renewed his contract until 2020. “This is our project,” Rubiales had said then. Now that project had been broken the question was whether Spain’s effort to win the World Cup had been broken too, irreversibly damaged before it began. Would Lopetegui’s move to the Bernabéu prove an unwelcome distraction? Spain v Portugal would, Boomer Esiason Jersey at least in the press room, be something else. They could, and would, demand that questions be all about the game, but few would listen. Not long ago, Lucas Vázquez had been asked about Real’s search for a manager and the departure of Zinedine Zidane. After he gave an answer, Erik Gudbranson Womens Jersey the federation press officer reminded everyone they were there to talk about Spain. Lopetegui, sitting alongside, noted, “Bloody hell, it’s the World Cup,” like there could not be anything bigger. When those words are played back now they sound rather different, hollow. No one was seriously suggesting Lopetegui’s commitment to winning the tournament was reduced but that contradiction between words and deeds did not go unnoticed. And did his demand for focus become harder to digest now? How easy would it be to keep the focus – of the public, the players, the press – on the pitch? In practical terms, would he have to deal with signings for Real? Would he dedicate some of his time to planning for his club as well as his country? Would they be calling him? Would that matter? He would not be the first manager to coach a national team knowing his post-tournament destination but suggestions this is like Luis Aragonés heading to Fenerbahce Matt Calvert Jersey in 2008 or Louis van Gaal going to Manchester United in 2014 are a false equivalency. Equally, no one was seriously suggesting Spain’s players would have any less desire to win the World Cup because their manager was heading to Real Madrid – the idea Andrés Iniesta and his Barcelona club-mates might effectively down tools is of course absurd, or that decisions would be made to favour Real players now, but the relationship would be conditioned by the new scenario. Any doubt may be debilitating, however unfounded, and authority undermined. There is a phrase the Spanish are fond of: Caesar’s wife must not only be honest, she must appear honest. Did that really matter? Did any of it? Could they go on as if it had not happened? Rubiales ruminated on all this but there was something else: anger. Or to use his word, “valores”. Ethics. He barely slept. Instead, he spoke. He spoke to staff. He spoke to Lopetegui. He spoke to the players. Some told him to stick with Lopetegui but he could not escape that feeling and it ate at him.

Stanislav Cherchesov smiled when asked

Stanislav Cherchesov smiled when asked By a Danish journalist whether he had a message for the Russian people on the eve of the opening match of a World Cup finals that is taking place in the largest country on the planet.“You would be hard pushed to get around the labyrinth of the Russian soul,” the Russia coach replied. “I think Darren Daulton Youth jersey half the country will find out that we have a World Cup when the whistle blows. It takes a long time for us to start driving but I think when we press the foot on the pedal, we go all the way.” Limited Nike Olive/Gold Women's P.J. Hall Jersey - NFL #92 Oakland Raiders 2017 Salute to Service Russia, in other words, is not exactly gripped by World Cup fever in the way Brazil was four years ago, and the extent to which that mood shifts from apathy to excitement over the next couple of weeks is likely to hinge on whether the lowest-ranked team in the tournament can defy expectations and avoid the ignominy of being among the first to leave their own party. Men's Nike Chicago Bears #70 Bobby Massie Limited Black 2016 Salute to Service NFL Jersey Hopes are not high in that respect. The front page of the Moscow Times, 24 hours before Russia face Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium, provided a reasonable gauge of the mood in the country. “Ageing and inexperienced: why Russia is doomed to fail” ran the headline. “Destined for defeat” screamed the words above the article inside that lamented Russia’s failure to invest in a new youth programme once they were awarded the World Cup. The fact Cherchesov’s players are without a win in their past seven matches and have registered only one shot on target in 180 minutes has fuelled the inescapable sense of pessimism, with plenty of media commentators, as well as former players, describing the current generation as the worst Russia team ever. With all that in mind, Cherchesov could have been forgiven for walking into a packed media room in Moscow on Wednesday afternoon and looking like a rabbit staring into the headlights when the microphone was passed around the auditorium, yet nothing could have been further from the truth. The 54-year-old cracked jokes about James Derrick Henry Authentic Jersey Bond and moustaches, revealed that his players had been relaxing by playing Trivial Pursuit and generally gave the impression that pressure was the last thing he was feeling. “I can tell you I don’t read anything,” Cherchesov said, when quizzed about the negative backdrop in Russia. “Getting criticism is a natural thing in the world that we live in today. Brett Cecil Youth jersey But we never touch upon this topic at all. We have to do everything to earn praise and do everything we can to turn criticism into positive feedback.” That may be easier said than done, not least because there are clear signs that the Russia players are not as detached from the scathing media coverage as their manager.“I see all that is happening from the negative side and I want to ask the media, because you are broadcasting to the people, to be positive,” Artem Dzyuba, the Zenit St Petersburg striker, said. “The tournament has not started yet and [the media] are behaving aggressively.” In Saudi Arabia, the next-lowest-ranked team in the World Cup, Russia could not have asked for more obliging opponents for their first game in a group that also features Egypt and Uruguay, yet few within the host nation are taking victory for granted. Serious injuries to Viktor Vasin, Georgy Dzhikiya and Alexander Kokorin have robbed Russia of three nailed-on starters and raised the possibility of Sergei Ignashevich, who effectively retired from international football two years ago and turns 39 the day before the final, starting in central defence against Saudi Arabia.

Gareth Southgate will board the England

Gareth Southgate will board the England Flight to Russia on Tuesday with the increasingly firm conviction that his players have recovered from one of the lowest points in the team’s history.Southgate and his squad are due to fly to their base in Repino, on the Gulf of Finland, and the manager believes there is finally a new connection between his team and the English football public. Men's Nike Cincinnati Bengals #65 Clint Boling Black Team Color Vapor Untouchable Elite Player NFL Jersey That process has not been easy after the ignominy of losing against Iceland in the European Championship two years ago – a defeat that ended Roy Hodgson’s reign – and Southgate has also witnessed the fans’ disenchantment during his own reign, most notably in the form of mutinous chants and a mass walkout during the World Cup qualifier in Malta in September. Southgate, whose team take on Tunisia in their first World Cup game in Volgograd on Monday, believes that has now been consigned to the past on the back of England’s encouraging recent performances, including the victories against Costa Rica and Nigeria in their past two warm-up matches.“I’ve talked before about there being a disconnect between the supporters and the team,” Southgate said. “There are different ways to bridge that and the most important is the way you play, your performances and your results. We know everything else comes on the back of that. “We are seeing now that this is a team that is enjoying each other’s company, getting on well, very proud to represent their nation, that have some talent, a real desire and determination to play for England and are determined to play in a style that people are enjoying watching. We ask people Womens Tomas Hyka Jersey to pay a lot of money to watch football. In the end, we want to entertain where we possibly can.” Southgate added: “I think there was a shift in November when we brought in some of the younger players. There was a clear shift in the identity of the team, we went to a back three and people have been warmed by that, not only the young players in this squad, but the young players in the system and the success with the junior teams. The Under-17s’ World Cup win, in particular, came at a moment where the profile of our young players was really high. “We are just trying to improve every day we work together. We know we are not the finished article – in fact, we’re a long way from it – but I think people see signs of progress and enjoy watching us and the manner in which we try to play.”England have won only six matches in the knockout stages of major international tournaments since their World Cup triumph in 1966, the last victory of that kind being 12 years ago against Ecuador. As such, Southgate has been reluctant to be drawn into talking about England’s chances of winning the competition. “I keep being asked the question and I keep finding different ways to answer it. Our focus as a team has to be on the bits we can control: constantly trying to improve, playing in a style that we’ve used in the last year or so, and that people have warmed to.“If we do all of those things, play with a smile on our faces and enjoy our football, I think we will get results. Ultimately, we know we’ll be judged on results but we have to focus on the processes. We hope we can send people to work the following day having enjoyed those matches. I know what those tournament experiences can be like and we desperately want to bring that.“We’re all looking forward to getting on with the tournament now because there’s been such a long preparation. We’ve had weeks together with a really good training camp. I’m really pleased with the performances in the two games and we just want to get out to the Mitch Morse Jersey tournament now, get to Russia and experience all the feelings of being in a World Cup.” wholesale nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys cheap jerseys cheap nfl jerseys

Sebastian Vettel’s win at the Canadian

Sebastian Vettel’s win at the Canadian Grand Prix clearly meant a great deal to the driver and his team but, though he played down its significance in the world championship, it may prove to have been a turning point. Men's Colorado Avalanche #34 Carl Soderberg Reebok White Authentic 2016 Stadium Series NHL Jersey His victory was utterly dominant and of real import is the blow it dealt his rival Lewis Hamilton from which the British driver knows he faces a tough fightback.The win also highlighted Vettel’s ice-cold focus, as he brushed off a bizarre incident when the model Winnie Harlow waved the chequered flag a lap too early. Hamilton’s celebrity friend later tweeted she was told to do so but was glad “no one was hurt”. Women's Replica Majestic Jimmy Wynn Grey Road Jersey - #24 MLB Houston Astros 2017 World Series Champions Cool Base Hamilton’s fifth place, his lowest finish this season, was the nadir of what had been a difficult weekend from start to finish and ended with his title advantage over Vettel eradicated. The world champion had gone into the meeting in Montreal with a 14-point lead but leaves one point behind Vettel, a swing he would not have anticipated at one of his favourite circuits. He took it on the chin but after engines proved a major factor he also delivered a stinging criticism of the regulations limiting the number of power units. This is the third time the championship lead has changed hands in seven races but Hamilton had come to Montreal firmly on the front foot. He leaves with Vettel having delivered a reminder that Hamilton and Mercedes will have to be at the very top of their game Cameron Artis-Payne Jersey if the British driver is to be the one who adds to his four world titles. Vettel had not won since the second round in Bahrain and Ferrari had not won here since Michael Schumacher did so in 2004. His joyous response to the result was unsurprising then but scoring it at the circuit named after one of Enzo Ferrari’s favourites, Gilles Villeneuve, who took his first GP win here for the Scuderia in 1978, made it all the more special. “It means a lot to me,” he said. “A great weekend for us and 40 years after Gilles’ victory here to have Ferrari win again and for a long time since Michael. I would never have dreamt to be the first after him. But this year there are so many races to come, we enjoy the victory and take the points but there is a long way to go.” The win marks Vettel’s 50th career victory, with only Schumacher, Hamilton and Alain Prost having scored more. But the number that will matter to the German is the single-digit advantage with which he leaves Montreal. Having shown some formidable race pace in the opening rounds, the Ferrari had been on the back foot to Mercedes but they brought an engine upgrade to this race which has put them right back in contention. Mercedes were also due to bring a new engine but put it back to the next round in France and Hamilton’s, on its seventh race here, suffered from overheating. “I am so happy that I finished,” he said. “From the start I was down on power, the engine was over temperature and I thought it was going Henry Anderson Authentic Jersey to fail. I could have lost a lot more points today.” Teams are limited to three engines a season and Hamilton was concerned this could be decisive. “I hope we don’t go to two engines next year,” he said. “That is ridiculous. That a season could be swayed through reliability, no one wants to see that, no one wants to be cheated of that. The sport is going in the wrong direction.” The race was deservedly Vettel’s. Leading from the Alex McGough Jersey off, he proceeded to put in a series of exemplary laps to open up an immediate gap to Valtteri Bottas, who finished second. Even given the new engine, the German had the pace of the field and managed his superb one-stop race untroubled to the flag. Were any reminder needed that he is a fearsome talent with the right car, Canada was salutary evidence. wholesale jerseys wholesale jerseys wholesale jerseys wholesale jerseys wholesale jerseys wholesale jerseys wholesale jerseys

Gareth Southgate has admitted he

Gareth Southgate has admitted he Has “serious decisions” to make over his starting lineup for England’s opening group game at the World Cup, against Tunisia in 10 days’ time, after a much changed team impressed in the dismissal of Costa Rica. Women's Vancouver Canucks #15 Derek Dorsett Reebok White Away Authentic NHL Jersey Marcus Rashford and Ruben Loftus-Cheek caught the eye in the 2-0 success in Leeds to offer the manager food for thought before the squad’s departure for the tournament on Tuesday.“It’s more difficult, no question,” Southgate said. “There are some serious decisions to take, but in a really good way. If I was thinking I have no one to play in this position or in that position, it would be a very different situation. We asked the players to give us competition for places, and they’ve done that. We needed options. “Rashford played with a real swagger tonight. For me, at the end of the season, he cares so much you can see he was trying too hard [at Manchester United]. I said to all the team before the game, I expect to see mistakes tonight and, Cory James Authentic Jersey if I don’t, there might be a problem because we wouldn’t be being as attack-minded as we want to be. They are going to make errors, but by taking Trent Brown Authentic Jersey risks they show the glimpses of quality like Marcus’s opening goal. That was world-class, but he was also teasing defenders by the touchline. “His performance wasn’t perfect, but he was enjoying his football and that was good to see. I have 11 or 12 who are going to be difficult to leave out. There is genuine competition for places. It wasn’t the first-team versus Nigeria and a second-team tonight: we have quality across the two lineups. “Ruben is another super talent. It’s still early for him. He’s still learning the game really, even as an England international, as he has so few league appearances under his belt and is incredibly raw. But we believe in him.“We know the talent he has. You can see the ability he has to hold people off, his speed of feet and the strength when he is running with the ball. A super talent, and different to the other players we have.” England’s three stand-by players – Brad Hand Authentic Jersey Adam Lallana, Jake Livermore and Tom Heaton – will now depart the squad with the national team’s medical team confident the slight twinges felt by Harry Maguire and Kieran Trippier are not serious. “They’ve all said they’re there if needed, they’re ready, and wished everyone luck,” said Southgate, who will give his squad a few days off before their return to St George’s Park on Sunday. There was something heartening about seeing him play with such freedom so soon after the scolding he received on FA Cup final day. Gareth Southgate has been a significant positive influence. Say what you like about Southgate’s lack of what the great José will always refer to as “titles”. But he does know how to get the best out of Rashford. He was helped by the poverty of the opposition. Costa Rica were muscular and dogged here. That was about it. At the back Kendall Waston moved with all the limber athleticism of the cast‑bronze Don Revie statue outside Elland Road. But England will still move on with a little hope. There is a refreshing energy to the team and plenty of speed across the ground. The challenge, as ever, is to play above rather than below their capacities when the pressure bites. And to provide, as Rashford did here, just a little touch of beauty after those recent tournament scars. wholesale nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys from china wholesale nfl jerseys cheap jerseys from china wholesale jerseys

Two grand slam champions adorn

Two grand slam champions adorn The women’s semi-finals at Roland Garros – as well as the best player in the world, Simona Halep. The Romanian is playing well enough but, like Caroline Wozniacki did before her, she has to shake free the baggage of having no major on her CV while having a firm grip on the No 1 ranking. Elite Youth T.J. McDonald Aqua Green Home Jersey: NFL Nike Miami Dolphins #22 Vapor Untouchable On Thursday she plays the first semi-final against the only player to beat both Williams sisters in slam finals, Garbiñe Muguruza, the 2016 French champion and defending queen of Wimbledon who on Wednesday made short work of Maria Sharapova, shortly before Halep had a tougher time accounting for Angelique Albert McClellan Womens Jersey Kerber.The winner is guaranteed to play an American in the final, as Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens meet in the other semi-final, a rematch of their 2017 US Open final.“What a draw,” Muguruza said, and, with a nod towards Halep’s trophy-free status, “I think she’s right now probably the best player. Well, she’s No 1.” Limited Youth Jaleel Scott Purple Jersey: NFL Nike Baltimore Ravens #12 Rush Vapor Untouchable The Spaniard with the sharp shots and observations said of her easy win over Sharapova: “When you win against an old-time player with a lot of experience it gives you a lot of [confidence]. These matches are the way you need to travel to get to the end of the tournament.” Thanks for coming, Stepping Stone Maria. Muguruza, who normally gives little away during a tournament, did welcome the opportunity to get to grips with Halep as soon as possible, perhaps hoping to trade on her relative freshness. “I’m excited to play a good semi-final, and it’s good that it’s tomorrow [Thursday], yeah.”Earlier on Court Philippe-Chatrier, as forehands and backhands billowed the net or sailed beyond the lines, as her second serve fell to pieces and the court dwindled to the size of a matchbox, Sharapova had to content herself with winning the screaming contest. But there are no points on offer for aural irritation and the cheers that greeted Muguruza’s 6-2, 6-1 win after 70 minutes of an embarrassingly one-sided quarter-final were surely mingled with gratitude for an early conclusion. There was not a lot else to celebrate, apart from Muguruza’s clinical excellence. They shared, evenly, 20 winners but Sharapova’s 27 unforced errors, 12 more than the Spaniard, undermined her ambition, which remains considerable. Her run here at least has been enough to move her further away from the danger zone of the top 32 seeds going into Wimbledon; she moves from 30 to 25 now.How she would burn if she had been in danger of losing a place in the protected group of seeds there next month because of a complimentary seeding for Serena Williams. And she has the American to thank for a walkover to the final eight here. It’s tantalising to wonder if a fit Williams could have Brian Winters Youth jersey given Muguruza any better of a fight Derwin James Youth jersey than the Russian did. Muguruza – who beat Williams in the final here two years ago – was so in control of this match that when Sharapova stepped up to Brandon Bollig Womens Jersey serve for survival, she edged at least a yard inside the baseline to rifle a backhand return that reduced her opponent’s racket to the substance of blancmange.Not since Victoria Azarenka towelled her 6-3, 6-0 in the 2012 Australian Open final has Sharapova suffered so heavily – in numbers, at least – in a major. They exchanged cursory pleasantries at the net, Sharapova disappeared with a tempered version of her regal wave, and Muguruza moved on to a tougher assignment in the semi-finals against Halep. cheap nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys cheap jerseys cheap jerseys china cheap nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys from china wholesale nfl jerseys from china

Marco Cecchinato a man who has lived

Marco Cecchinato a man who has lived Under the cloud of match-fixing allegations for two years, emerged into the sunshine here on Tuesday when he produced the best tennis of his career to put Novak Djokovic out of the French Open – and possibly out of Wimbledon.Djokovic, struggling with an injury to his serving shoulder, was devastated on court and clearly upset afterwards. “I don’t know if I’m going to play on grass,” he said. “I don’t know what I’m going to do. I cannot give you any answer. I’m just not thinking about tennis at the moment.” Youth Elite Eric Weddle Purple Jersey: Vapor Untouchable Home #32 NFL Baltimore Ravens Nike He looked shattered by the experience – but the day belonged to Cecchinato, an underdog from central casting.The Sicilian created mayhem, drama and history when he outlasted the once inexhaustible, 12-majors champion 6-3, 7-6 (4), 1-6, 7-6 (11), in just under three and a half hours to reach the semi-finals. There he will meet the world No 8, Dominic Thiem, who earlier saw off an injured Alexander Zverev in straight sets. Cecchinato in 2016 was convicted of match-fixing but had the ruling overturned on a technicality and here has embraced the experience like an ingenu – as he should, having lost in the first round of his four previous major championships. “Maybe I’m sleeping,” he said courtside. “It’s amazing. It’s unbelievable to beat Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals at Roland Garros. I don’t understand nothing. I was so tired but I won the match and it’s amazing. For me it’s a first semi-final of a grand slam. Now I need some rest for recovery. I am very happy.”Djokovic, who memorably came from two sets down to beat a rampant Roger Federer in the 2011 US Open semi-finals, could not replicate those Cordrea Tankersley Authentic Jersey heroics against the world No 72. The Serb had his chances to force it to a fifth set, 4-1 up in the fourth, and three set-points in the tie-break – but two glaring errors cost him. He butchered Womens Kenley Jansen Jersey a simple volley on a set point that sailed into the stands – provoking a desperate castigation of the crowd – then, on the third match point, he allowed Cecchinato’s fine but gettable shot down the line to sail to safety past his impotent racket. It was a curiously downbeat end to a passage of tennis to rank with any of recent times. In the first two hours Cecchinato was inspired and in the final half or so he returned to those levels against probably the greatest survivor in modern tennis. He had won only one five-setter in his life – coming from two sets down to beat the unseeded Romanian Marius Copil here in the first round – while Djokovic had won 29 of 37 and four times had recovered from 2-0 down. When Cecchinato dumped a backhand on the way to going two games behind in the fourth, he roamed the baseline, ranting in Italian, “Lamentevole, Lamentevole … [everything’s lamentable … everything, everything]”. He would be smiling widely soon enough.Zverev, meanwhile, leaves Paris weary but unbowed after his resistance finally cracked. Thiem is in the semi-finals for the third year in a row. The German, though, must first inspect a strained hamstring that neutered his movement and power from the third game onwards. “I definitely thought about it,” Zverev said when asked if he considered quitting. “But I didn’t want to pull out for the first time of my career in a grand slam quarter-final. I could barely move. I couldn’t serve. I couldn’t really do anything.”It was Zverev’s twin misfortune to find his good friend strong and in near-perfect touch on a day when his own body finally gave up on him after dragging himself into the quarter-finals through three five-setters, two of which he had to win from two-sets-to-one down. Time finally ran out for him on a cool and cloudy afternoon, Thiem wrapping it up in an hour and 50 minutes, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1. wholesale nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys cheap jerseys from china cheap jerseys free shipping

It is a pity there is no third Test

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