Sem receber nenhum cartão no Ceará, Eduardo mira títulos no Vovô

Com disciplina, meio-campista alvinegro quer manter boa fase do time. Jogador esteve em campo pelo Vovô em 25 partidas desde que chegou, em 13 de abril

Eduardo, meio-campista do Ceará (Foto: Divulgação/Cearasc.com)

Eduardo, meia do Ceará, ainda não recebeu nenhum cartão (Foto: Divulgação/Cearasc.com)

Desde que foi contratado por empréstimo pelo Ceará, junto ao Fluminense, em 13 de abril, o meia Eduardo não recebeu nenhum cartão vermelho e muito menos um amarelo, nas 25 partidas em que atuou com a camisa alvinegra. Enquanto ele esteve em campo, o Ceará venceu 15 partidas, empatou quatro e perdeu apenas quatro. E é focado neste bom retrospecto que o camisa 7 enfrentará o Botafogo, em casa, pela Copa do Brasil, nesta quarta-feira (3), pelas oitavas de final do torneio. No jogo de ida, o Vovô derrotou o Fogão, por 2 a 1.

– Fico muito feliz com essa marca. Ficar 25 jogos sem receber nenhum cartão é muito complicado, principalmente para quem atua no setor de meio-campo, como eu. Mas isso é normal para mim. Desde criança, eu aprendi a jogar limpo. É possível desarmar e até chegar firme sem ser desleal ou desrespeitar o adversário. Eu cresci com isso na cabeça e acho que é saudável manter esse estilo de jogo – pontuou.

Na última partida pela Série B do Campeonato Brasileiro, o Ceará venceu o Luverdense e retomou a liderança, sagrando-se campeão simbólico do 1º turno. Antes, na quarta-feira, o clube surpreendeu o Botafogo, no Maracanã, com vitória por 2 a 1. E um dos gols foi de Eduardo. Essa foi a quarta vez consecutiva que o Alvinegro de Porangabuçu venceu o primeiro jogo dos confrontos da Copa do Brasil jogando fora de casa. Além do Botafogo, o Ceará derrotou o Internacional, em Porto Alegre, e a Chapecoense, em Chapecó, pelo mesmo placar.

– Não importa onde vamos jogar e nem contra quem, temos de pensar sempre em buscar a vitória. Contra a Chapecoense, foi assim, contra o Inter, que é um dos líderes da Série A, também, então não tinha porque a gente mudar isso. Na quarta-feira, o nosso time entrou com o mesmo espírito de jogo. Respeitamos o Botafogo, mas entramos totalmente ligados e acreditando na vitória. Vencemos por 2 a 1, mas poderíamos ter feito até mais, tudo isso pela persistência em buscar um bom resultado. Sabemos que ainda não há nada garantido, mas vamos jogar em casa, com o apoio da torcida, e vamos lutar até o final – disse.

A partida de volta contra o Botafogo será nesta quarta-feira (3), às 22 horas. O Ceará pode até mesmo perder por 1 a 0 que ainda assim se classifica. Caso avance de fase, o Vovô enfrenta o vencedor de Grêmio x Santos.

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Por renda, Bota jogará contra Flamengo e Corinthians na Arena Amazônia

Em nota oficial, clube pede “compreensão” dos torcedores cariocas devido ao retorno financeiro que as partidas a serem realizadas em Manaus terão

Arena Amazônia Honduras x Suíça (Foto: Silvio Lima)

Arena Amazônia sediou partidas da Copa do Mundo e receberá jogos do Bota (Foto: Silvio Lima)

O Botafogo mandará suas partidas contra Corinthians e Flamengo, pelas 28ª e 31ª rodada do Brasileirão, respectivamente, em Manaus, na Arena Amazônia. A justificativa do clube para a troca de mando de campo, do Rio de Janeiro para o Amazonas, é o retorno financeiro que as partidas poderão ter. Em nota oficial divulgada em seu site, o Botafogo afirma que a renda será utilizada para o pagamento de salários dos jogadores, que estão atrasados no clube.

Confira a nota completa:

“O Botafogo FR informa que os jogos contra o Corinthians, válido pela 28ª rodada do Campeonato Brasileiro, e Flamengo, pela 31ª rodada, ambos sob o mando de campo do clube, serão realizados na Arena Amazônia, em Manaus.

O clube pede a compreensão dos torcedores do Rio de Janeiro para a importância do retorno financeiro dessas partidas, destacando o compromisso com os jogadores de utilizar a renda para o pagamento dos salários”.

 

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Mat Ryan out to cement No.1 Socceroos spot

September 3, 2014 – 9:00AM

Mat Ryan.

Mat Ryan. Photo: Peter Rae

LIEGE, Belgium Feeling his position in the Socceroos goal is far from safe, gloveman Mat Ryan plans to put the harsh lessons learned at the World Cup into practice against Belgium.

Ryan conceded nine goals in three games in Brazil but is set to retain his spot as first-choice keeper in Thursday’s friendly in Liege, Australia’s first post-World Cup outing.

However with nearest rival Mitch Langerak getting game time recently at Borussia Dortmund and the likes of Adam Federici back playing regularly with English Championship side Reading, Ryan says there’s pressure to perform.

“There’s pressure in every position in the national team and if you’re complacent at any level really, another player is going to step up and take that spot off you,” said Ryan, who plays in Belgium with Club Brugge.

“In a national team environment, you’ve got to be picked on your form and it’s good for (Langerak) and guys like Federici, who have been getting regular game time again.

“It creates good depth for the position.”

Ryan performed well in Brazil but spent plenty of time picking the ball out of the back of the net as Australia’s defence struggled against the attacking might of Spain, the Netherlands and Chile.

The former Central Coast goalkeeper admits it wasn’t a dream tournament but looks back on it as a priceless learning experience.

“I’d foreseen going there to have gone a bit better and hopefully kept a clean sheet and not conceded so many goals,” Ryan said.

“But in hindsight, it was my first time competing at that level.

“You can sit there on your TV and watching those games being played in the English Premier League and those bigger leagues but I think international is even another step further than that.

“The likes of who we played against, we’re not going to come across too much better in the future.

“So hopefully these games coming up, if I get the nod I can show what I learned from over there and hopefully put in some better performances.”

Ryan was named goalkeeper of the year in Belgium last season and has made a strong start in the new campaign for Brugge, who sit sixth in the league and recently clinched Europa League qualification.

In his second year in Belgium, Thursday’s match is a home friendly of sorts for Ryan but he said the build-up to the game had been muted following the European nation’s quarter-final exit at the World Cup.

“Speaking to the public and a few guys on my team, I think it’s a bit of a split perception of how they did,” Ryan said.

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Source : The Sydney Morning Herald

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou seeks wins not compliments

September 3, 2014 – 10:40AM

The Socceroos have won respect, now they’re out to start winning games again.

Australia’s build-up to next year’s Asian Cup begins with Friday morning’s friendly against Belgium in Liege, both sides’ first outing since the World Cup.

Despite losing all three group games, Ange Postecoglou and his side earned plaudits for a spirited showing in Brazil.

Readying the troops: Ange Postecoglou speaks to his players during a training session in Angleur.Readying the troops: Ange Postecoglou speaks to his players during a training session in Angleur. Photo: Getty Images

But the compliments mean little to a coach whose record in charge reads an underwhelming one win, one draw and five losses.

“It’s always about results,” Postecoglou said.

“If people think I’m happy with people saying we’ve done well after three losses, they don’t know me too well.

“We want to be a side that other teams fear.

“We don’t want to always be the lower-ranked side and underdog going into tournaments. And those sort of things can only get fixed by results.”

Beginning Asian Cup preparations against a star-studded Belgium side which reached the quarter-finals in Brazil hardly looms as the most winnable challenge for Australia, though they face an easier assignment against Saudi Arabia in London four days later.

Postecoglou says his side has nothing to fear, regardless of the opponent, after the World Cup.

“Playing them (Belgium) here is going to be a tough challenge, exactly what we want,” Postecoglou said.

“But is going to be any tougher than facing the Dutch, or Chileans, or Spain at a World Cup? I don’t think so.

“From our perspective, whoever we play from now on, we can’t be too worried about it or fearful because we’ve already stared down the biggest monster and showed we can compete.”

With the Socceroos targeting Asian Cup glory on home soil in January, increasing the squad depth is a key focus for Postecoglou going forward.

Uncapped Trent Sainsbury, Brad Smith, Chris Herd and Bailey Wright, along with rising A-League striker Tomi Juric, have all been called up for the friendly matches and are likely to get chances at some stage.

Dutch-based defender Sainsbury could get a starting debut in central defence against Belgium while Chris Herd and Josh Brillante are possible options at right back with World Cup players Matthew Spiranovic, Ivan Franjic and Ryan McGowan missing.

Postecoglou won’t be willing to experiment too much, however, with the core of the World Cup team including Tim Cahill, Mile Jedinak and Mathew Leckie set to start as Australia target a first win since beating Costa Rica 1-0 in November last year.

“These two games, we want to have a look at (the new faces) but we’ll never take away from the fact we want to put our strongest team out there and try to win a game of football,” Postecoglou said.

Star attacker Robbie Kruse returns after almost nine months out with a knee injury but is likely to be used sparingly as he regains match fitness.

Belgium will be without attacking stars Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini but their squad still boasts a heap of Premier League talent including Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany, Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj.

THE LOWDOWN: 

Thursday September 4, 8.45pm (0445 Friday AEST)

Stade Maurice Dufrasne, Liege

Head to head: First meeting

Odds: Belgium $1.33, Draw $5, Australia $9

Possible line-ups

Australia: Mat Ryan (gk), Jason Davidson, Alex Wilkinson, Trent Sainsbury, Josh Brillante, Mile Jedinak (capt), Mark Milligan, Mark Bresciano, Tommy Oar, Mathew Leckie, Tim Cahill.

Belgium: Thibaut Courtois (gk), Jan Vertonghen, Vincent Kompany (capt), Nicolas Lombaerts, Toby Alderweireld, Axel Witsel, Moussa Dembele, Kevin De Bruyne, Kevin Mirallas, Nacer Chadli, Divock Origi.

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Source : The Sydney Morning Herald

Mr Fluffy campaigner Brianna Heseltine could stand for Australian Capital Territory Liberal Party

September 3, 2014 – 10:00AM

Tom McIlroy

LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY REPORTER AT THE CANBERRA TIMES

Brianna Heseltine, with her baby Marcus, outside the ACT Legislative Assembly with fellow Mr Fluffy home owners, family, and friends.

Brianna Heseltine, with her baby Marcus, outside the ACT Legislative Assembly with fellow Mr Fluffy home owners, family, and friends. Photo: Rohan Thomson

Canberra asbestos campaigner Brianna Heseltine has joined the Labor Party and could contest the 2016 ACT election.

The high-profile Fluffy Owners and Residents’ Action Group founder confirmed to The Canberra Times on Tuesday that she had joined the ALP and was considering a role in politics.

In a statement Ms Heseltine said she was examining her options as she continued her work for the more than 1000 households caught up in the “Mr Fluffy” asbestos crisis.

“Over the past months I have been approached by numerous people on whether I intend to attempt to run in the 2016 election,” she said.

“When this was first put to me, I was astounded that something that has brought my family so much devastation could possibly lead to a future in public life.

“Politics is a brutal arena. I’ve always despaired at the low end of it – the behaviour of tearing people down instead of championing issues with merit and getting results. During these times of deep uncertainty and strain, I ask for privacy about any possible future plans in politics which may or may not materialise depending on my own decisions, and party processes.”

Joining the ALP could complicate Ms Heseltine’s advocacy for asbestos-affected households, which has won bipartisan political and community support.

Criticising Labor’s “political games” in signing up Ms Heseltine, Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson said on Tuesday that affected homeowners would feel “misled and let down”.

The 39-year-old-public servant has been the face and driving force of the campaign for territory and federal assistance.

She has had regular meetings with Mr Hanson, Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and the government asbestos taskforce.

Her new political affiliation comes as the ACT Legislative Assembly prepares to expand to 25 members, prompting broad candidate recruitment from all parties.

In revealing her political ambitions on social media, Ms Heseltine asked friends and family  on July 30 to keep secret her party membership to avoid jeopardising advocacy for families with loose-fill asbestos in their homes.

“ACT Election 2016 here I come,” she wrote, suggesting Labor Senator Kate Lundy had proposed Ms Heseltine could “replace her”.

The post revealed she had also considered running for federal Parliament or joining the ACT bar.

In her statement released on Tuesday following inquiries from The Canberra Times, Ms Heseltine said the past five months had brought turmoil to her family but that the media and public focus should remain on other families facing anxiety and financial strain.

“Any Australian citizen has the right to be a member of a political party, and I confirm that I have exercised that right,” she said.

She had been “working across the political divide towards a constructive solution for all affected”.

“The politics on Mr Fluffy have and must remain a matter for our politicians,”  Ms Heseltine said.

The territory and Commonwealth governments will announce in coming weeks a formal plan to deal with the homes, missed in previous clean up efforts.

In NSW, councils and the state governments are considering how to remove Mr Fluffy’s toxic footprint.

Senator Lundy, the immediate past president of the ACT Labor Party, denied she had suggested Ms Heseltine could take over her role as ACT Senator.

She defended Ms Heseltine’s decision not to disclose the membership while representing the group to the ACT government and the media.

“I didn’t have that conversation with Brianna,” Senator Lundy said. “It didn’t happen.”

“It was clear that she was getting approaches by political parties, as you would expect. I certainly took the opportunity to make sure that the ALP was there as an option for her.”

Senator Lundy praised the mother-of-two as a passionate advocate with potential to represent the community in the Assembly.

Mr Hanson said he was disappointed Ms Heseltine had not disclosed her ALP membership sooner.

He denied approaching her about a possible run for the Liberal Party at the 2016 election, and said she had raised the prospect during an informal meeting the pair had on July 17.

“In light of this revelation, this now calls into question Ms Heseltine’s recent statements in defence of Katy Gallagher’s past inaction on this issue,” Mr Hanson said in a statement.

“More importantly the 1000 affected homeowners will feel misled and let down. Regardless of political games being played by the Labor Party, I remain committed to finding a bipartisan solution for all the Mr Fluffy families and continue to offer the opposition’s ongoing support for a timely, fair and permanent solution.”

Source : The Canberra Times