Monday, 10 February 2014 6:45 PM
Western Sydney Wanderers v Brisbane Roar.
Friday 7 February Pirtek Stadium
The competition’s top two teams kicked off Play Football round on Friday night and the spectacle certainly lived up to its billing as one of the games of the season.
Besart Berisha showed once again why he was in red hot demand with a sublime piece of skill early on to open the scoring. The Albanian striker managed to wrong-foot a couple of defenders with the Roar’s first foray into the box and tucked the ball away to shock the home fans at Pirtek Stadium.
The Wanderers eventually settled into the match and dominated possession but found it difficult to carve out any clear cut chances against a resolute Roar defence. Youssouf Hersi looked the man most likely, creating several chances but it took the combination of Aaron Mooy and Labinot Haliti to square the ledger.
Mooy put in a pin-point cross with five minutes remaining that Haliti was able to latch onto sending the home crowd into raptures. It was the 28-year-old’s first goal of the season on a night that Harvey Norman Friday night football made its maiden appearance on SBS One.
Proceedings finished all square, leaving Roar as firm favourites to take the Premiership title away from their opponents. However similar to their performance in this match, Western Sydney will surely take up the fight until season’s end.
Central Coast v Melbourne Victory
Saturday 8 February Central Coast Stadium
Melbourne Victory returned to winning ways in dominant fashion, joining the Mariners on 27 competition points with a come-from-behind win over Phil Moss’ men.
Central Coast opened the scoring early on through Bernie Ibini, after Nathan Coe was only able to parry a shot from Josh Rose in his direction. However a brace from James Troisi combined with Archie Thompson notching his first ever goal against the Mariners settled the points for the Victory.
The Mariners had only conceded three goals at Central Coast Stadium all season but matched that figure in the 90-minutes. Their cause not helped the fact their squad underwent major upheavals during the January transfer window and they had strong claims for a penalty turned down when trailing by a goal.
Kevin Muscat’s side now only trail the Mariners on goal difference but have played an extra match in lieu of their Asian Champions League qualifier. The Victory will host Thailand’s Muangthong United this Saturday night in Geelong for a place in the Group Stage of the competition.
Sydney FC v Adelaide United
Saturday 8 February Allianz Stadium
The Reds heaped more pressure on the Sky Blues after a dominant first half display at Allianz Stadium all but ensured the three points were banked by the break.
Goals from Bruce Djite and Fabio Ferreira gave Adelaide a deserved lead inside the half-hour mark. The pair showing composure and applying neat finishes to make last week’s loss look like merely a blip in their impressive winning run.
While Frank Farina’s men tried to get themselves back in the contest in the second stanza, they could not find a way past captain Eugene Galekovic. A second-ever goal away from Cooper Stadium for Jeronimo ensuring there was no way back for Sydney FC.
The victory pushed Josep Gombau’s side to within one win of third place, while Sydney FC will have to do some more soul searching this week after recording their third straight loss at home.
Melbourne Heart v Perth Glory
Sunday 9 February Lavington Sports Ground
Melbourne Heart continued their impressive season recovery when they welcomed Perth Glory to Albury. The match kicked off two hours after the scheduled start time due to extreme heat and it was the Heart who were able to make the most of their chances.
Another thumbing header from defender Patrick Kisnorbo from a set-piece gave Heart the lead following a scoreless first half. His effort was cancelled out by Steven McGarry just after the hour mark much to the delight of Kenny Lowe.
However David Williams was the match-winner for the newly acquired Heart for the second week in a row, after he came off the bench to net the decisive goal. Williams became the club’s equal joint highest scorer in the process with his twelfth.
John van’t Schip’s side have now recorded three wins from their last four games and are unbeaten in the last month. Meanwhile Glory lost their place in the top six and will have a huge clash against Sydney FC this weekend to keep in touch of the competition’s leaders.
Newcastle Jets v Wellington Phoenix
Sunday 9 February Hunter Stadium
Wellington Phoenix defied the heat and continued their remarkable run with a see-sawing 3-2 win over the Newcastle Jets at Hunter Stadium.
Carlos Hernandez found his name on the scoresheet again only for Craig Goodwin to equalise for the hosts. Belgian frontman Stein Huysegems put the Phoenix back in front, only for Goodwin to notch a brace early in the second half.
Source : Football Federation Australia
Monday, 10 February 2014 7:50 PM
Brisbane Roar’s Elise Kellond-Knight has long been one of the Westfield W-League class acts and this week the midfielder played a pivotal role as the two-time champions earned a confidence-boosting 1-0 win over Melbourne Victory to end the regular season.
The Roar have endured an erratic season by their own lofty standards, but the indications are they are hitting their straps at the right end of the campaign.
Gold Coast-based Kellond-Knight is again set to feature prominently when the Roar travel to Canberra United on Saturday for a potentially epic semi-final.
It seemed a very tight and tough match against Melbourne Victory on Sunday. How did you see it?
Elise Kellond-Knight: It was a very intense game. It was certainly indicative of a top-four clash. Every time we come up against any of the top four teams there is an extra level of intensity and I’m definitely feeling sore.
An impressive showing from yourself. Were you happy with your form?
To get player of the match individually is great recognition for myself. But in terms of the team, it was a great team performance. We have been trying to find our form all season, and it is starting to come together at the end of the season. Plus we had a bit of luck given Melbourne Victory had probably had the worst miss I have ever seen with Jess Fishlock on the goalline (laughs).
It has been an up and down season for Brisbane. Is there any particular reason you can put that down to?
If I knew the reason we would have fixed it. It is probably a multitude of things. We are finding form in time for finals football. It is similar to last season where we were up and down but then found our stride at the end. It felt on Sunday that things are starting to click on the field. Maybe with such a short season in the W-League, you have to be completely ready come Round One.
Are you feeling confident for the finals?
Yeah, coming off a win we go into the semi with confidence. Even though we have lost our captain we have plenty of depth so that is not a concern and we are looking forward to the challenge on Saturday.
Matches for Australia are on the radar immediately after the W-League. Is that in the back of your mind?
Personally I have tried to drop Matildas from my mind. I haven’t even thought about it, and just tried to perform well for Brisbane and hopefully that earns me a spot. But definitely all happening over the coming weeks so exciting times.
It seems the quality and depth of the Westfield W-League has improved significantly. Is that the case from your on-field perspective?
Definitely. The depth of the league has increased massively. Compared to the first season the depth has improved phenomenally. We always had a tough time against Sydney and maybe Canberra. Now teams like Melbourne Victory, Perth and Adelaide have all stepped up and that is fantastic. Every game you go into is a challenge and the league will continue to grow.
And do you have a hardest opponent?
Hmm, that is a tough one. In terms of midfield battles I would say Canberra is pretty much right up there. Lori Lindsey and Kendall Fletcher are very experienced and play smart, so Saturday should be a good game.
Tacking a different tact, who would you say is your coolest team-mate?
None of them, ha! I would say my best friend Tameka (Butt). We good along pretty well and have played together for over ten years.
Ok, what about the uncoolest team-mate
Nadine Angerer, she is an absolute dag (laughs!) She lives on another planet but is always entertaining and is good value.
Source : Football Federarion Australia
SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 9 (Yonhap) — Three South Korean speed skaters finished well out of contention in the women’s 3,000 meters on Sunday at the Sochi Winter Olympics.
Kim Bo-reum, Noh Seon-yeong and Yang Shin-young fell short of the medalists at Adler Arena Skating Center, as South Korea had another futile day on the oval.
On Saturday, Lee Seung-hoon, silver medalist in the men’s 5,000ｍ at the previous Olympics, finished a disappointing 12th in the same event.
Kim salvaged her day, however, by finishing in 13th place, the highest-ever rank by a South Korean woman in the 3,000ｍ. Her time was 4:12.08.
Noh Seon-yeong had held the previous record, with consecutive 19th-place finishes at the 2006 and the 2010 Winter Games. On Sunday, Noh ended in 25th place with 4:19.02.
Noh is the older sister of former short track men’s world champion Noh Jin-kyu, who is currently battling bone cancer that prevented him from racing in his first Winter Games.
Yang finished last in 27th place at 4:23.67. From the field of 28 skaters, Katarzyna Bachleda-Curus of Poland was disqualified.
Ireen Wust of the Netherlands claimed the gold medal with 4:00.34, returning to the top of the podium after winning the gold in 2006. The 2010 Olympic champ, Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic, settled for silver this time at 4:01.95. Olga Graf of Russia got the bronze in 4:03.47.
The South Korean speed skating squad will hope for better results on Monday, when Mo Tae-bum will try to defend his Olympic gold medal in the men’s 500ｍ.
Elsewhere in Sochi on Sunday, cross-country skier Hwang Jun-ho finished last in 68th in the men’s skiathlon 15㎞ classic + 15㎞ free event. Mun Ji-hee ranked 74th among 84 competitors in the women’s 7.5㎞ sprint in biathlon.
In the men’s luge singles, Kim Dong-hyeon finished 35th in his Olympic debut.
In the men’s ski jumping, none of the three South Koreans who passed the first qualification stage made it to the medal round in the normall hill competition. Of the 50 qualifiers, ski jumpers needed to rank inside the top 30 to vie for medals. Choi Seo-u came the closest for South Korea at 33rd, while Kim Hyun-ki and Choi Heung-chul finished 41st and 42nd.
By Kim Eun-jung
SEOUL, Feb. 10 (Yonhap) — South Korea and the United States will begin their annual joint drills in late February as planned to improve their joint combat readiness, the Combined Forces Command (CFC) said Monday, a move that could affect upcoming cross-border events aimed at improving ties with North Korea.
The allies will hold the computer-based command post exercise, called Key Resolve, from Feb. 24 to March 6, involving about 10,000 South Korean and 5,200 American forces, with 1,100 coming from overseas U.S. bases.
“Key Resolve is a vital exercise to strengthen readiness of the Republic of Korea and U.S. Alliance. I look forward to training with all of our ROK, U.S. and sending state participants,” Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, CFC commander, said in a release. “The scenarios are realistic, enabling us to train on our essential tasks and respond to any crisis which may arise.”
On Sunday, the United Nations Command informed the North of the exercise dates and the non-provocative nature of the trainings through the mission at the truce village of Panmunjom, the CFC said. Observers from other nations will ensure that they do not break the armistice agreement signed at the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.
The announcement comes at a crucial time when the two Koreas are in talks to arrange reunions of families separated in the Korean War at North Korea’s Mount Kumgang resort Feb. 20-25, dates that partly overlap those of the planned military exercises.
After offering the family reunion event as part of its peace gesture, Pyongyang has repeatedly called on Seoul and Washington to cancel their planned joint drills that could raise tensions. Last week, it lashed out at the U.S. for flying a B-52 bomber over the peninsula last week when the Koreas reached a deal on the family reunions.
But Seoul and Washington have said they would press ahead, calling their military maneuvers defensive exercises.
The two allies also plan to hold combined field training exercises, called Foal Eagle, which involve a set of ground, air, naval, expeditionary and special operations from Feb. 24 to April 18.
The field training involves about 200,000 Korean and 7,500 U.S. American troops, with 5,100 of them coming from abroad, the CFC said, without elaborating details of military assets taking part in the drills.
Last year, the U.S. mobilized a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, F-22 stealth fighters and B-52 nuclear bombers to the peninsula, which drew angry response from the communist state and sharply stoke regional tension.
By Lee Chi-dong
WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 (Yonhap) — North Korea has again revoked its invitation for a U.S. special envoy to visit Pyongyang for talks on Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American man detained there, a U.S. official confirmed Sunday.
Amb. Robert King, special envoy for North Korean human rights issues, had planned to travel to the reclusive nation within the month.
“This is the second time (this has happened) … We are deeply disappointed,” the official told Yonhap News Agency over the phone.
The State Department official, speaking on background, did not specify a reason for North Korea’s abrupt cancellation of a decision to allow King’s trip.
But he indicated it might be related with the North’s displeasure with the annual joint military drills between the U.S. and South Korea.
Over the weekend the militaries of the allies informed North Korea of their plans for the exercises set to begin in late February.
The exercises, which are “transparent, regularly scheduled and defense-oriented,” are “in no way linked to Mr. Bae’s case,” added the official.
He said per its “standing offer,” the U.S. is still prepared to send Ambassador King to North Korea.
The North’s move, meanwhile, dashed hopes that the 45-year-old will be freed in the near future despite the Barack Obama administration’s stated full efforts.
Speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington last week, Obama said his government would do everything in its power for his release.
It was the first time that the president mentioned the Bae case in public.
However, Pyongyang was found to have sent Bae, who is reportedly in poor health, back to a labor camp after his recent press conference at a Pyongyang hospital.
Jen Psaki, the State Department’s spokeswoman, described it as a “development with which we are deeply concerned.”
“We also remain gravely concerned about Mr. Bae’s health, and we continue to urge DPRK (North Korea) authorities to grant Mr. Bae special amnesty and immediate release on humanitarian grounds,” she said in a statement.
Bae’s family expressed shock at the news of his return to a labor camp.
“It’s just devastating,” his sister Terri Chung told CNN. She said the whole family “will not rest easy until his feet touch U.S. soil.”
In August, the North rescinded its invitation to King, who attempted to visit Pyongyang to resolve the Bae issue.
Bae, a Christian missionary, was arrested by North Korean authorities in November 2012, after entering the socialist nation on a tourist visit.
The North later announced that he was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for a crime against the state.
Camisa do Ceará se transformou em um século. Preta, branca, cinza e roxa: foram várias as combinações
Um dos símbolos mais marcantes para um torcedor de um time de futebol é a camisa de seu clube. As cores que representam uma paixão visceral, sincera e acima de tudo, fiel. Mais do que bandeiras, escudo ou a torcida, a camisa de um time é o passo inicial para se torcer.
E cada torcedor do Ceará, ao longo de cem anos de amor ao clube, cultivou carinho e respeito ao manto preto e branco. Em cada geração, em cada conquista, a camisa é imortalizada junto com os heróis que a vestiram. Heróis que, dentro ou fora de campo, honram a tradição e escrevem com seu próprio traço novas páginas na história.
O que hoje é preto e branco, nem sempre foi assim. O Ceará Sporting Club – fundado em dois de junho de 1914 sob o nome de “Rio Branco Foot-Ball Club” – tinha a cor roxa, nas camisas, e branco, nos calções. Somente em 1915 o nome Ceará foi introduzido, e a cor lilás alterada para o branco com listras pretas.
Reza a lenda que, como o material esportivo tinha de ser importado, e era muito caro, era melhor consegui-lo preto, já que o lilás desbotava com facilidade, reduzindo a vida útil dos uniformes. Com o tempo, as camisas foram sendo trabalhadas.
Se um Walter Barroso, Carneiro ou Gildo fossem utilizar as camisas que hoje vestem Michel, Ricardinho e Magno Alves, certamente sentiriam a diferença. O algodão bruto deu lugar ao poliéster. O peso, literal, foi substituído por elasticidade e liberdade de movimentos. Com o tempo, até as listras sumiram, em alguns momentos. O Ceará já teve, além da camisa lilás e da atual número dois, que é toda branca, um modelo de camisa cinza, e outra preta com dourado, só para citar dois exemplos.
As mudanças das cores das camisas, entretanto, nem sempre agradam a todos. O compositor, arquiteto e torcedor do Alvinegro, Fausto Nilo, por exemplo, já criticou a camisa cinza. No prólogo do livro “Ceará Sporting Club: um Retrato em Branco e Preto (2004)”, Fausto admitiu seu descontentamento com o uniforme. “Confesso que não gosto da camisa cor de cinza com que a modernização vestiu meu alvinegro atual”, citou.
A paixão pelo manto extrapola o convencional e se torna vício de quem não abre mão de se vestir sempre com a camisa do time que ama. É o caso do comerciário João Paulo Silva. Torcedor fanático do Ceará, João conta que não abre mão de comprar a camisa do Ceará, sempre que uma nova é lançada.
“Meus finais de semana, quando não estou trabalhando, estou sempre com a camisa do Ceará. Sempre uso, me identifico. Mostro sempre essa paixão”, diz. O torcedor conta que o encantamento começou há quase 30 anos, em sua primeira ida ao Estádio Presidente Vargas (PV).
“A paixão pelo Ceará começou em 1986, na primeira vez que fui ao estádio e assisti Ceará e Tiradentes, quando o Ceará ganhou por 2 a 0. Me encantou, eu tinha 7 anos de idade, foi quando começou a paixão”, relembra. Dez anos depois, o menino apaixonado pelo Vovô crescera e começava a trabalhar.
Com dinheiro no bolso, não havia camisa que o jovem João Paulo não possuísse. “Quando comecei a trabalhar passei a ir ainda mais ao estádio e toda vida que lançam uma camisa eu compro”, revela. E o que fazer com tantas camisas? Usá-las para converter torcedores indecisos é uma opção. “Quando vejo alguém que não tem time para torcer, dou uma camisa. Isso com certeza ajuda a pessoa a gostar do Ceará”, adverte.
João avalia que, hoje, os modelos de camisa favorecem a vários gostos. “O departamento de marketing vem lançando camisas bonitas, e hoje percebo que se vendem muitas camisas de passeio. Não é mais aquela coisa só de futebol, são camisas de passeio, com o símbolo do Ceará e percebo que tem uma saída muito grande no mercado”.
Para o centenário, as camisas principais de jogo já foram apresentadas. A coleção de Paulo já possui um cabide livre, à espera do manto histórico que virá.
LEVI DE FREITAS
Diário do Nordeste – Jogada – 09/02/2014
The Sochi Winter Olympics opened on Saturday. Did you notice?
If you watched the 6 o’clock news on TV3 like I did, it was briefly mentioned in the story about how one of the Olympic rings in the opening ceremony didn’t open properly and was quickly followed by the phrase “the most expensive Olympics ever”.
The next item on the bulletin was about the amount of security at the Games.
Oddly, it started with the news that the Games were the most expensive in history and went on to tell us about how the terrorist threats and unfinished hotels must be embarrassing to Vladimir Putin as he, spending $30 billion let us not forget, tries to show off his country to the world.
This is pretty much the same story I’ve seen on the news every day for the past two weeks.
Sometimes they will add a story about Russia being anti-gay, occasionally there will be footage of Putin doing something embarrassing, but usually it’s the unfinished hotels and security threats.
Seldom will there be anything good said about the Sochi Olympics.
I’m not overly fussed about the Winter Olympics. I hope our athletes do well obviously but it’s not really my thing.
That said, I do appreciate and respect the effort the athletes have to put in to get there.
For most it would be a lifelong dream and I think they would be pretty insulted that something so important to them is being used mainly as Russia-bashing for a lot of the media.
This isn’t new of course, the 2008 Beijing Olympics had CGI fireworks, lip-syncing and censorship. The Rio de Janeiro Olympics are two years away but there have already been multiple stories on building issues, gang issues and dealing with the homeless population.
I’m not saying these aren’t issues worthy of raising and I’m not naive enough to expect there to be no politics involved in such a global event. But it does seem the assignment given to reporters these days is go to the Games and find dirt rather than something inspirational.
Maybe that’s a sad indictment of how the media works today, or worse, maybe it’s a sad indictment of what people want to see on the news these days.
The Games started in earnest on Sunday so let’s hope the focus changes.
Let’s hope dreams are made.
Let’s hope New Zealand does well, but above all, let’s hope the $30 billion was money well spent – they are the most expensive Games of all time you know.
Rebecca Torr waves to the crowd after her run in the snowboard slopestyle semi-finals .
Little did Kiwi snowboarder Rebecca Torr know when she made a few humorous tweets about trying to find love that it would escalate into an international news story.
But such is the intense media glare at the Sochi Olympics that when she took to Twitter to say she was looking for love on Tinder, it made international headlines.
Tinder is a location-based matchmaking app for smartphones, which is used by many to meet with people for one-night stands, but also to try and find an appropriate love match.
The first tweet from Torr was on January 31, when she tweeted: “Can’t wait to tinder in the Olympic village in Sochi”.
But the tweet which really garnered attention was this one two days later: “It seems so far that not many Olympians use tinder…. Just wanna match with the Jamaican bobsled team”.
She told Breakfast this morning the joke had really got out of hand.
“A lot of the things I say on twitter aren’t serious.
“I was trying to be funny but I think people took it seriously.
“I guess any press is good press.”
She even had a Russian athlete question how seriously she was taking the Olympics if all she was here to do was find love, she said.
She also joked a potential sponsorship deal with Tinder was in the offing.
“I’m always up for a laugh but I’m hoping Tinder might want to do a sponsorship deal with me.”
It seems there could be a small chance of this with the Tinder twitter account tweeting Torr this morning: @possumtorr How many matches did you get in #Sochi so far? 🙂 Keep Tindering! xx”
Whether or not Torr’s love pursuit was actually real, romantic encounters are nothing new in Olympic Villages.
The Daily Mail reported the 2012 London Village was “a hotbed of sexual activity, with athletes from every discipline and every nationality making the most of their time together”.
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Christy Prior Getty Images GOOD EFFORT: World number seven Christy Prior was forced to pull out prior to the slopestyle semifinal after a nasty crash in practice.
The Winter Olympics of New Zealand’s “Awesome Foursome” is over, after none of the Kiwi quartet in the women’s snowboard slopestyle semifinal managed to qualify for the final in Sochi yesterday.
New Zealand lost its first competitor before the semifinal even began, with Christy Prior withdrawn after a crash in practice yesterday at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.
The remaining Kiwi boarders, Shelly Gotlieb, Rebecca “Possum” Torr and Stefi Luxton, then failed to finish in the top four in the semifinal, missing out on a spot in the final.
Luxton said the late withdrawal of Prior, who was ranked seventh in the world coming into the Olympics and seen as the top New Zealand chance of a podium finish, was a shock to her fellow Kiwi competitors
“I feel so bad for Christy,” the Wanaka-based snowboarder said.
“I definitely goes into the back of your mind, but you have to carry on and try and focus on the competition again.
“If we have one less girl riding, we obviously had one less chance at reaching the final.
“We were representing her and New Zealand – trying to do everyone proud.”
Prior’s accident came during her second run in training pre-competition yesterday, when she was performing a backside 360 and didn’t land the jump cleanly.
New Zealand winter high performance manager Ashley Light described the incident as “a pretty nasty crash” and said that Prior has been placed under observation for a potential concussion.
“We’re just looking after Christy at the moment – but it’s unfortunate news for Christy after all that hard work,” he said.
Even though the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park has drawn criticism for the challenging nature of the course, Light said the Prior’s accident was simply the “nature of the sport” of snowboard slopestyle.
“I think all the girls here have got comfortable with the course,” he said.
“It’s just the nature of the sport. [Prior] is certainly not the only girl to pull out.
“Before comp, in the preliminaries, we had two other girls pull out from other nations.
” Unfortunately, it’s just the nature of the event.”
Gotlieb was the best placed Kiwi, finishing seventh in the semifinal with a best run of 63.25. Luxton finished eighth with a best run of 60.25, and Torr tenth with a top run of 32.50.
The semifinal was a messy one, with the majority of boarders experiencing a fall on one, if not both, their runs.
“I felt quite a lot of pressure going into my second run, because I fell on my first,” she said.
“My main goal at the whole Olympics was to be styely and clean with my runs. That’s what I tried to do, and I think I did.”
Sarka Pancochova of the Czech Republic, Sina Candrian of Switzerland, Jenny Jones of Great Britain and Norwegian Silje Norendal qualified for the final, joining the eight who qualified directly on Friday morning.
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