Real trouble: Zidane’s job hangs on PSG tie

first_imgReal Madrid ‘Real’s worst season ever?’ – Zidane’s job now hangs on PSG clash Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 18:30 1/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(11) Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid Getty Real Madrid UEFA Champions League Zinédine Zidane Real Madrid v Leganés Leganés PSG Copa del Rey Primera División Opinion After Wednesday night’s embarrassing Copa del Rey exit at home to Leganes, the Blancos boss knows that only Champions League glory can save him How quickly things can change. Real Madrid were on cloud nine after beating Gremio to claim the Club World Cup in mid-December, as they ended 2017 with a club record five trophies. Just a few weeks later, however, their season hangs very much in the balance.Wednesday night’s 2-1 loss to Leganes in the Copa del Rey saw Zinedine Zidane’s side crash out of the Copa del Rey on away goals at the quarter-final stage and represents the latest embarrassment in an increasingly calamitous campaign.Already 19 points behind fierce rivals Barcelona in La Liga, the cup competition was considered a priority by Los Blancos, but it is over before some senior players (such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo) had even made an appearance. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player All Madrid needed to do was to avoid defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday, after Marco Asensio’s late winner at Butarque last week, but even that proved too much to ask as goals from Javier Eraso and Gabriel cancelled out Karim Benzema’s equaliser.So, the thrill of those five trophies in 2017 has rapidly evaporated and, after the match, Zidane was asked if this was the worst season in Real Madrid’s history. “I don’t know if this is the worst,” he replied. “It doesn’t matter to me. I have to be positive. It’s a very hard blow for us, but the season is not over for us.”It is not, but it could be soon. All that is left now for Zidane’s side to play for in terms of silverware is the Champions League and although Los Blancos have won that competition for the past two seasons, this time they face the might of Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16.The free-scoring French side have already netted over 100 times this term in all competitions and although they lost to Lyon in Ligue 1 last weekend, they still lead the championship by eight points. Furthermore, in Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe, they possess Europe’s most exciting attack.Asked if he will be fighting for his future in the two-legged tie (on February 14 in Madrid and March 6 in Paris), Zidane said: “That is clear. I’m the one who is responsible for this and I’m the one who has to find solutions.” Madrid GFXThere are plenty of problem areas and Madrid’s disjointed displays at the Bernabeu in 2017-18 will be a concern. Real have now lost at home this season to Betis, Barcelona, Villarreal and Leganes, as well as failing to beat Valencia, Levante, Tottenham, Numancia and Fuenlabrada at their famous fortress.Defensively, Zidane’s side has shipped far too many goals in the current campaign as well, with 34 conceded already in their 36 fixtures in 2017-18. Even with Sergio Ramos back in the team on Wednesday, there was no improvement in that area.Further forward, Ronaldo has been struggling in La Liga and Zidane will hope the Portuguese can continue his better form in Europe after he hit nine in the side’s six group games earlier this season – especially now that Gareth Bale and Benzema are back to full fitness.LeganesNereo Champagne Real Madrid LeganesThose three will be playing for their Madrid futures against PSG, along with Zidane, as they come up against Neymar and Mbappe, two players previously coveted by Real for their forward line.A trip to Valencia comes before that in La Liga and with Villarreal and Sevilla just behind Los Blancos in the table, Zidane’s side face a fight to finish in the top four this season.That is a measure of how far this team has fallen after winning a Liga and Champions League double in 2016-17 and with the Copa del Rey now gone, Madrid now need to improve on their league position and start preparing for a what is a season-defining tie against PSG.Fail to win it and their season will be effectively over on March 6 and surely even Zidane would not be able to survive such a disastrous outcome to what was expected to be an all-conquering campaign for Los Blancos.last_img read more

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18’s Girls lead the way

first_imgThe 18’s Girls team have got Australia off to the perfect start, winning their opening game against New Zealand.After an opening of which both teams showed early nerves, New Zealand crossed first after repeat sets on Australia’s line.The Peter Bell coached team showed maturity beyond their years to hit back and cross for five unanswered touchdowns to have a formidable 5-1 half time lead.New Zealand showed areas of brilliance but overall it was Australia who had the solid all round game with the 18’s Girls winning 11-4.For more information, please visit the Youth World Challenge website – http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=1-6458-0-0-0last_img read more

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Great Barrier Reef Masters Games

first_imgWith temperatures plummeting and winter now in full force, many a Touch Footballer dreams of a holiday to the warmer climates. Cairns will play host to the Great Barrier Reef Masters Games from Thursday, 13 August until Sunday, 16 August 2015, providing the perfect escape to the paradise that is tropical North Queensland. Close to 2,000 masters-aged men and women from Australia, Oceania and South East Asia will take part in the event, with the Touch Football component running over the whole four days. The daily sporting program will be complemented by a nightly entertainment program, giving an opportunity for participants to socialise and see everything Cairns has to offer. Touch Football will have two divisions in the tournament, Men’s 30+ and Women’s 30+. Entries close on Friday, 31 July and further information can be found by clicking on the link below: http://www.gbrmg.com/#/sports/sport?id=18Related LinksGBR Masters Gameslast_img read more

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2017 Harvey Norman National Youth Championships & Alliance Cup Referee Coach Positions

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is seeking suitable individuals to undertake the role of Referee Coach for 2017 Harvey Norman National Youth Championships (NYC) and Alliance Cup to be held at Sunshine Coast Stadium, Kawana, QLD, from Wednesday 13th – Saturday 16th September 2017.Suitable individuals include those with experience or a focused interest in development or youth referees to support the needs of the referees expected to attend.TFA will be seeking referee nominations for the event to drive the number of referee coaches and development referee coaches to service the predominately Youth focused and/or development Referees who will be officiating, as well as providing an opportunity for development toward to the 2019 Youth Trans-Tasman and 2019 World Cup, as such Australian Referee Squad Coach, Ian Matthew and Emerging Referee Squad Coach, David Field will be in attendance for the duration of the event.NTL Referee Coordinator Chris Dolahenty, will be conducting duties relating to the Masters Trans-Tasman Test Series also being held at this event.Roles and responsibilities of these positions have been outlined further in this document. This group and the Referees will be supported by the TFA Referee Managers as well as Medical Support Staff.TFA Sport Services Coordinator, Beth Taylor, will oversee all elements of the Referees for the NYC, including various pre-and post event logistics and management. Beth will work closely with the appointed Referee Coordinator, on all requirements for the Referee Coaches and Support Staff in the lead in to and throughout the event.Expressions of Interest are to be provided to Tara Steel on tara.steel@touchfootball.com.au by COB Monday 1 7th July 2017 and are to include:• Applicant Name and Contact Details• Qualifications and Current accreditations• Current (last 12 months) involvement at affiliate, regional, state or national level• Working with Children Check or equivalent for State location• In one page or less outline your experience, key philosophies as a referee coach, and reasons for wanting to be involved in the 2017 Harvey Norman National Youth Championships/Alliance Cuplast_img read more

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