José Galán: “In Arabia they are crazy football players and they also know”

first_imgAnd he ate it?Yes. For a sign of respect. For them it is ugly to reject it. It wasn’t as bad as I thought, really. It has a strong taste of lamb and liver.DAILY AS ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>DAILY AS What is the strangest thing that happened to you there?On weekends I could not enter the mall with my teammate: if you go with friends you cannot. It is only for families, couples. In fact there are many stores in which Family Only puts, and a man alone cannot enter. Underwear, women, colognes. I was once kicked out of a mall for going in shorts, after training. They told me what I was doing, what I was exhibiting.Seriously?And again, in a cafeteria where I always went in the mornings, in Hail, a woman approached me to ask me where I was from, because she saw that I was a foreigner, and suddenly a man appeared shouting at me in Arabic. I hardly knew Arabic and did not understand what was happening. Those in the cafeteria, who knew me, intervened. They told him that he was a regular customer, that nothing was wrong. They were young and the young people there have another mentality. What the man was incredible, they explained to me, was that I was talking to that woman. “Do you know her? You can’t talk to women if you don’t know them.”So much? Really?In restaurants and almost everywhere there are two entrances, two areas separated by a partition: one for families and one for men. Coffee shops are separated with screens. And the trains. It is in case women want to uncover. There they can. It is private.How is life there?They open everything very late, they make life at night. Because they are more acclimatized when Ramadan arrives, they eat at night. The last prayer is at 05:30. There are five a day and they are sacred, but truly sacred. I became locked in Carrefour with the purchase! Because he caught my prayer and closed everything. They lower the traps, nobody attends to you, the whole city stays still until it ends. Once in the afternoon I agreed to train, with a game, and even the ball stopped. You can’t touch it until the prayer is over. You have to wait.And when did he make the purchase?I went from 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., but sometimes I didn’t realize the time and caught myself inside. Many stores throw you out. Or they leave you inside. You can’t do anything while it lasts. Others pray there. All shopping centers have an area dedicated to it. Everything revolves around prayer.Alcohol, you know, nothing. And smoking?There it is prohibited. Until the shishas. They are left in a kind of jaimas surrounded by dates, and they drink tea, and coffee. And watch football. At all hours. As in Spain, but always only men.As they are?Very hospitable You eat with the right hand, doing it with the left is disrespectful. And there almost everything is always eaten with the hands. When I arrived, I received the Al Jabalain directive and invited me to eat a very rich lamb, and they offered me the testicle of the lamb, which for them is the best part, as a present that you could not refuse. Do you follow football a lot?A lot. And incredibly local football. The Saudi is the highest level in the Middle East, with its own Madrid-Barça, Al Hilal-Al Nassr. For LaLiga there is madness, more than for the Premier. They asked you about Villarreal players even!Yes?And from Espanyol. They know everyone. And they know football, too. They have enough history. It caught my attention a lot.He is not surprised then the Super Cup there.No. It will be a sure success. Arabia has good hobbies, they encourage a lot. That the woman can enter will also help. It is an important step for football and for the opening of the country.Do they like football?I do not know. I did not speak with any. For my sake … Of course, what men know is crazy.To recognize and stop on the street?Look, on my day off I always took the car and went with the camera to see places, to do things. Once I went to Al Jubbah, a city with some Neolithic cave paintings. There they saw me and recognized me as a football player of Al Jabalain. And there was a man in a car workshop who knew that I had played the Austrian Cup final against Mané, Liverpool, and had seen me in a photo on Twitter, or Instagram, with Jonathan Soriano who, like me, in January he had signed for the best team in the country, Al Hilal …And what happened?That they opened the doors of their houses, they introduced me to the mayor, they took me to take pictures. They didn’t know what to give me! Xenon headlights for the car, tweezers, lights … Whatever it was, to show me your hospitality. It occurred to me to say that I liked dates, that there are incredible, and they told me: “Open the car.” And they brought me four full bags, ten kilos. Arabia is one of the most hospitable countries in which I have played.Do you speak english?Very little. Almost no one speaks it. I would tell you two percent. And traffic in cities is very difficult. I never saw people driving crazier. You saw many accidents every day.How is football in the stadiums?There was no woman. And that shocked you a lot. You see all men dressed in white robes. With percussion drums and many flares, which they like very much. They light many, I do not know if they are prohibited but they do look a lot in the stadiums. But women, none. Look, my mother, when I was in Qatar and Jordan, she did come to see me, it was less complicated to be visited than in Arabia, for the visa, and surely she was the only woman in the stadium.Yes?In no Muslim country in the Middle East do women usually go to the countryside that I know of. Neither in Qatar nor in Jordan nor in Arabia. In Indonesia, however, also Muslim, yes. My wife, Paloma, when she visited me was in the break and did not enter either. But, look, these Super Cup matches are going to be very good to open the doors of soccer to women in the Middle East, that there is a presence of Western women in them, working. For, little by little and from time to time, as with driving, the country opens up and they gain rights. Arabia is the purest country with Islam and the strictest with women.And how does a foreign soccer player live Ramadan there?Phew. It is hard for them. They cannot eat during the day. Nor drink. Only when the sun goes down. But we, a Brazilian, a Romanian and the other Spanish, served us food at the hotel before the game. A story happened to Hugo López and Ramadan … (laughs).Count, count.As it turns out we had a bus trip, from 08:00, many hours. And neither I nor the other Spanish soccer player of the team drank water out of respect, for solidarity with the rest, which they couldn’t. You see that they are KO and that they endure, because you are the same. But we were thirsty … Terrible! Then, the bus stopped to take a break, everyone ran off … And they started to eat and drink! Hugo and I looked at each other, we went behind, shouting at them. “But what do you do? That you are all sinning!” We get scared to see them … But, if you are traveling in Ramadan, you can eat. The Koran says so. I imagine it will be because of how the trips should have been before, on camels, through the desert. Only then you have to get it back. And we: “Well, you could have said it before, we haven’t been drinking water for six hours for you!”Tremendous.“It is best to make the life they do,” Hugo López told me when Ramadan began. And it’s true. You train at night all month, between 00:00 and 02:30, and in the end you end up with the changed dream. You have to acclimatize. But I already tell you that, in Ramadan, they behaved very well with us. They offered us food even if it was hidden. I never had a problem in Arabia. Of course, another curious thing. On the street they used to ask me, when they saw me, if I was Spanish. “Yes”. “We had Al Andalus there …” they said. “And are you a Muslim?” “Unchristian”. “Ah okay”. As long as you don’t say an atheist …center_img He is the Spanish who has played in more foreign countries, 13. Among them, Arabia …Yes (smile). Last year. From the end of January to June.And how did it get there?After going through the Atlético quarry (from 2005 to 2007) I played at Almería B (until 2010), where I coincided with Hugo López. We have kept in touch all these years. And he signed for Al Jabalain just before, with a Romanian coach, Motroc Florin, who had trained Shabab Al Ordon, my team in Jordan (2015), and he knew me too. I was cuddly …By?Because then I played in Al Shamal SC of Qatar, a country that has a blockade with Arabia. They were so tense that they almost went to war over their relationship with Iran. In fact, Arabia does not let them fly over its territory, you cannot do it directly from one country to another. From Madrid to Doha it takes another hour because you must fly above and not through Arabia.And you were leaving Qatar, of course.Well, look, thanks to the fact that I knew a Spanish boy who was in the Federation and helped me with all the paperwork. I was able to play after three days. It was to pass the physical tests and debut.Did you notice much contrast?Something that struck me as soon as I landed is that all women are in black. Absolutely all covered. The most you can see is the eyes. With a niqab that covers their heads and a black dress called abaya. Some even wear gloves, so they don’t see their hands. That shocks you a lot. It gives you enough respect. On the plane you can’t sit with a woman next to you. If there is one, they change you.How about playing the Spanish Super Cup there?Arabia is a country that is trying to open a lot. With the new prince, Mohamed Bin Salmán, more liberal. It is the first time they have opened to tourism. Before you could not go without a special visa, if you were not invited by the Government or a work visa.How is Jeddah, the city that will host it?I lived in Hail, 900 kilometers away, but Jeddah is the most open city in Saudi Arabia, rather than the capital, Riyadh. This helps foreigners go well.And the women?Well, look, when I was there, Paloma, my wife, would not have been able to visit me if we had not been married. The first thing they asked me at the club was: “Are you married?” If not, he could not come to see me. How to drive. They couldn’t until 2018! Paloma, when he came to Arabia, went with the abaya and a hijab (handkerchief that covers the hair). And, even, to bring the face in the open, they already looked differently down the street. Men, yes, but women even more.DAILY AS ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>DAILY ASlast_img read more

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Samu Saiz: “We must make good the point against Albacete”

first_imgGirona missed a golden opportunity last Sunday to place third in the table and continue to shorten the distance with the second classified, Zaragoza. In spite of this, the rojiblanco costumes are satisfied with the point harvested before the Mirandés in Anduva (1-1) because it allows them to continue with the good dynamics (they already accumulate six games without falling) and outside they have found more regularity because It is necessary to go back until January 19 to see the last setback at home, on day 24 against Tenerife (1-0). The sensations are good and morale increases in the face of an end of course that seems exciting.Pep Lluís Martí is satisfied with the response of the team in Anduva because he disrupted his starting block to give the alternative to players with less prominence in the last duels and although not all responded in the best way, in general they complied. And it is important to highlight Samu Saiz and Jonás Ramalho. Occupied the posts of Borja García, substitute, and Alcalá, sanctioned, respectively, and left good feelings. Saiz was happy for the work done, but could not hide that “we left annoyed because with the 0-1 I think we had the game on track. But we must continue working, be calm and make good point against Albacete in Montilivi. team is prepared and looking forward to doing so, “he started and then explained that “The wind, especially in the first part, did not let play. Although we endure well, strong.” Of course, it was not enough to maintain the result because in the second half, “in an isolated play they tied us.” The two goals of the match came from the penalty spot and the fact of not having managed to endure the 0-1 also left some bitter feeling in Ramalho: “I think we had the game under control and it was a shame that we missed two points. Although it is always positive to add visitors. We thought that the team that scored first was going to take all three points, but it wasn’t like that and now it’s time to prepare the duel against Albacete. “ Girona enjoys a rest day on Monday and it will not be until Tuesday when it returns to work, in La Vinya, to start preparing the game against Albacete. Martí will recover Pedro Alcalá for the axis of the defense, but he will not be able to count on Pablo Maffeo, That will cycle. Montilivi must remain a fortress (in 2020, Girona has not lost at home) to continue dreaming of direct ascent.last_img read more

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Watford confirms that Deulofeu will go through the operating room

first_imgJürgen Klopp’s men conceded their first defeat so far in the league, receiving a blunt 3-0 against a Watford who got three important points in order to achieve permanence. The ‘reds’ were frustrated thus the possibility of finishing the season undefeated in the league and match the Arsenal deed, which in the 2003/04 campaign he became the only team to get it. Gerard Deulofeu must undergo surgery on his right knee after being injured last Saturday in the match against Liverpool. In his official Twitter account, Watford has confirmed that the attacker undergoes a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament and a tear in the meniscus. Therefore, and as Pearson announced in the post-match press conference, the Spanish will miss the rest of the season.The action in which Deulofeu was injured occurred during the first part of the game that Watford on Vicarage Road against the Premier League leader, Liverpool. At half an hour of play, the Catalan end collided with the Dutch central Virgil Van Dijk, producing a sharp turn in his right knee. The player of the ‘hornets’ could not get up and had to leave the field on a stretcher and with oxygen.last_img read more

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The ‘war of 2021’, another conflict between UEFA and FIFA

first_imgThe world soccer calendar was not prepared for an alteration such as that caused by the coronavirus. The wars that UEFA and FIFA have been leading for years to dominate the world scene will culminate in 2021. The postponement of the European Championship clashes head-on with the idea of ​​FIFA to launch at full speed its new and expanded Club World Cup. The date for this World Cup with the best teams in the world was scheduled for June and July 2021. The change from what was originally planned and its dispute in 2022, in principle, involves very serious problems. FIFA had signed a multi-million dollar contract with China to host it, and while it will remain, it delays payments and paralyzes trade deals. Important changes in the calendar In addition to the purely economic and egos conflict, there is also a much larger one: the footballers. Players are not machines, they have been in charge of remembering from unions in all countries. However, this narrowing of the calendar will be mainly affected by them. Major league footballers will end the current season very late (there is even talk of stepping on July), but they will barely have time to rest thinking about the next course. Being Eurocopa season, they should start as soon as possible in August and thus end with enough time to prepare for the continental tournament. They will hardly have vacations or rest. Some competitions will join them with others.The same will be repeated in 2022 with those who play the Club World Cup, which will prevent them from having a free summer once again.. It must be remembered that in November of that same year the Qatar World Cup will be held. That is, it may be the case that some footballers link three consecutive summers without resting and having to face international tournaments before facing the first World Cup in history. A calendar overload that once again highlights the battle of FIFA and UEFA to dominate it. There is no room for another tournament; nor, far from it, a crisis like this one of the coronavirus.last_img read more

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Pjanic’s last train

first_imgThe Argentine wants players who are at the zenith to help them in the final stretch of their career. That is the case of Pjanic, who with just turned 30 years is a mature player but still in full swing. Positional player, intelligent and capable of moving his team at a leisurely pace as Messi soccer now requires, He has an exquisite touch and a spectacular hit in the direct free kick, although at Barça he would not have too many opportunities to show off with Messi out there.Pjanic was already close to Barça. Luis Enrique wanted to incorporate it in 2016. I knew him from Rome, where they arrived together. In the 2011-12 season, Pjanic had already played 30 Serie A games in which he had scored three goals and had nine assists. Luis Enrique continued his evolution with the giallorossi, but Juventus finally anticipated Barça, who signed André Gomes with the result already known. Barça has approached Pjanic a couple of times (Mundo Deportivo published last week that it came to tell Jordi Mestre, former sports vice president, that wearing Barça was “a dream”, but by then it was untouchable at Juventus This summer things can change.Juventus is interested in Arthur and his sports policy has always prioritized the incorporation of younger players who reach their maximum market price in Juventus, and the departure of footballers who can start the downward curve. Juventus and Barça’s interests could converge. Pjanic likes and is willing to say yes to Barça. Surely, you know it is your last train. As Ace learned, Miralem Pjanic (2-4-1990), a Bosnian midfielder from Juventus Turin, likes Barcelona coaches a lot, who seriously think of him as one of the reinforcements for next season. Logically, for that option to be viable, Operation Arthur would have to move forward. For now, the Brazilian said in a statement that he wants to continue at Barça, but the Barça club has hung the transfer poster and Sarri considers him a talented footballer with more professional career than the former player of Roma and Olympique de Lyon. If Arthur opens up to negotiate with Juventus, the Pjanic option wins integers.The Bosnian, who has played 32 games this season at Juventus (three goals and four assists) has not only been an old dream for Barça. He is considered an elite footballer, reliable and who would offer immediate performance, a fundamental aspect in this Barça that is in the throes of the Messi era.last_img read more

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ON THIS WEEKEND

first_imgDIGICEL SPORTSMAX2:12 A.M.: STOKE CITY VS CRYSTAL PALACE5 A.M.: WEST BROM VS BOURNEMOUTH8:30 A.M.: WATFORD VS LIVERPOOL11 A.M.: SWANSEA VS WEST HAM DIGICEL SPORTSMAX2:10 A.M: EVERTON VS LEICESTER CITY12:30 A.M.: NEWCASTLE VS ASTON VILLA10 P.M.: MAN UNITED VS NORWICHDIGICEL SPORTSMAX:5 P.M.: CHELSEA VS SOUTHAMPTONSUNDAY, DECEMBER 20 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19last_img

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#JaVotes2016: No cooking gas, no vote

first_img Various party affiliates have, however, been making the rounds in vehicles in an effort to mobilise voters. One resident, who was offered a lift to the polling station told The Gleaner that she refused, as she has no reason to vote. Seventy – five year – old Mercelin Bennett says she will be willing to vote if she was provided with cooking gas. Bennett says she has voted in past elections, but will not yield unless her immediate needs are met, which at this time is gas to prepare her next meal. Voting in the community of Danvers Pen in the St Thomas West constituency is off to a slow start. Most of the persons at the Prospect Primary School polling station in the district are in fact election day workers, with actual voters few and far between.last_img

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Dr Paul Wright: Life ban for drug cheats

first_imgThe news that Liverpool footballer Mamadou Sakho has tested positive for a banned substance comes as a shock to football lovers, and indeed, fans of sport around the world. Sakho tested positive after a Europa League match in which he played the full 90 minutes against Manchester United, helping his side to earn a draw, thus qualifying them for the next round. The banned substance has not been officially released, but information suggests that it is a ‘fat burner’ similar to the drug used by his friend and teammate Kolo Toure, who tested positive in 2011 and received a six-month ban. While Sakho is not banned by the administrative body controlling the Europa League (UEFA), he has been provisionally banned by his club, who now awaits the B sample result and the mandatory investigation. This blot on the integrity of sports is another in the spate of positives from icons in a variety of sports. In December last year, Pakistani leg spinner Yasir Shah tested positive for a banned substance (a diuretic and masking agent) after playing in a one-day international (ODI) against England in Abu Dhabi. Maria Sharapova, a tennis superstar, has admitted to using the banned drug Melindronate (Meldonium) “for years”. And the list seems to be endless. Everybody is looking for an edge. Elite athletes seem to be especially vulnerable to “expert” advice from confidants and medical acquaintances who promise a “boost” that is necessary to compete consistently at the highest level. It seems as if the standard advice from anti-doping agencies that you don’t need dope to cope is falling on deaf ears. The lure of these supplements seems to lie in the promise of “extra energy”, not weight loss as the name suggests. They work by increasing your heart rate and metabolism so that you feel less tired, and in the case of an elite footballer, these drugs allow you to play at a high level of output for 90 minutes. However, taken as supplements, these substances can have devastating effects. DMMA, (DimethoxyNmethylamphetamine and methylhexanamine) have been implicated in the death of a marathon runner in the 2012 London Marathon. I have noticed the spirited attempt at defending athletes who bought a supplement that supposedly guaranteed them faster sprint times but was found to contain methylhexanamine. These athletes were appropriately sanctioned, mainly in the hope of sending a message that would resonate in the local athletic community. One athlete, unfortunately, never competed again, but if memory serves me right, none of the other athletes affected in that sordid episode tested positive again. Message learnt! Sport fans around the world are very wary of some of the astounding performances that we see from time to time. Drug testers are under keen scrutiny as laboratories are being accused of reporting negative results on samples that contain banned substances, while one lab simply threw away the samples. Administrators, doctors, doping control officers, and chemists have all been named and implicated in protecting cheaters. But the fight for clean sport continues. Money seems to be the driving force in the continued effort to win at all costs. I do believe, however, that once anti-doping agencies are given the requisite funding and an appointment to these positions is no longer in the hands of politicians, the fight can be won. Clean sport is possible. Those who are caught cheating have no business in sports. Life bans, after investigation and hearings, must be the new international order.last_img read more

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FIFA suspends Blatter’s right-hand man Valcke

first_imgGENEVA (AP): FIFA suspended president Sepp Blatter’s right-hand man Jerome Valcke yesterday and ordered an investigation into alleged unethical conduct, throwing world football’s scandal-scarred governing body into further turmoil. Valcke, FIFA’s secretary general for the past eight years under the embattled Blatter, was hours earlier the subject of allegations over a deal for black market sales of tickets to 2014 World Cup matches. “FIFA today announced that its secretary general, Jerome Valcke, has been put on leave and released from his duties effective immediately until further notice,” the governing body said in a brief statement, which did not specify details. “Further, FIFA has been made aware of a series of allegations involving the secretary general and has requested a formal investigation by the FIFA Ethics Committee.” A call to Valcke’s mobile phone was not answered late yesterday. It was unclear if he was already in Russia, where the 1,000-day countdown to the 2018 World Cup kick-off is being marked today in Red Square, Moscow. The 55-year-old Frenchman’s main duty is overseeing organisation of the world’s most-watched sports event, which earned FIFA around US$5 billion for the 2014 tournament in Brazil. An alleged deal linked to that World Cup threatens to end Valcke’s FIFA career months early. The former television journalist and sports marketing executive has been scheduled to exit on February 26 with Blatter amid American and Swiss investigations of corruption. Earlier yesterday, a former FIFA ticketing partner made allegations about Valcke supplying top-category tickets to matches in Brazil, which were sold at three times face value. The marketing executive, Benny Alon, also made an unproven allegation that Valcke had been prepared to profit personally from the deal. Alon circulated a contract, seen by The Associated Press, to receive 8,750 tickets in the best seats for each World Cup from 2010 to 2018. The Israeli-American showed journalists copies of email correspondence, also seen by the AP, which appeared to show Valcke referring to potential ticket sales as “my pension fund”.last_img read more

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Work on KC track to begin on Monday

first_img GRATEFUL FOR TRACK Kingston College is following in the path of history by breaking ground for its new synthetic running track at the Melbourne campus on Elletson Road yesterday. They will become the second local high school to do so in one year following in the footstep of Calabar High, which opened its track last January. The new track is being facilitated by Bachelor’s family-headed RuJohn Foundation, which has contributed 75 per cent of the US$400,000 estimated cost of construction. Yesterday’s ceremony was well attended by past and current students, as well as political representatives. Work on the track will begin on Monday and is expected to be completed in late February. Byron Bachelor handed over the initial contribution to Byron Ingleton of Pavecom, the company responsible to start the early work on the project. The track will have a full 100m straight, but will measure 350m in complete length, along with international standard curves. This is not the first contribution from the Bachelors, who a year ago helped in building one of two new basketball courts for the North Street-based institution and Byron, along with wife Ingrid and daughter Christine, were all present yesterday. Byron, who represented Kingston College at the Boys Athletics Championships as a part of the successful medley relay team in 1979, where he ran in the preliminary round spoke about his love for Kingston College and giving back. “While at Kingston College, I was encouraged by George Thompson, then coach, that once you give, you will receive and it is not only when you are wealthy you are to give, as whatever you can give early in your life, it will add up big time after a while; and because of my love for the institution I had no problem to give back,” said Byron, who stated that his daughter, Christina played a great part as she had a secret meeting with Principal Dave Myrie, making it known that she wanted to help. The young Bachelor was very ecstatic about her family’s contribution. “I think this is a great project, and it gives us an opportunity from the RuJohn Foundation to touch a lot of lives. I think there is so much talent in Jamaica in track and field and this gives the kids the proper tools to be able to excel to their full potential,” she said. Myrie was thankful in his address. “I must thank RuJohn Foundation for its major role here, along with all others who have contributed. Special thanks to the Florida Old Boys Chapter, led by Audley Hewitt and all the other Old boys locally and overseas. This will definitely go a far way with the preparation of the track team, as this will guarantee less injuries and definitely will result in optimum performance.” he said Also present yesterday were JAAA president Dr Warren Blake; Juliet Campbell representing Puma; Denzil Wilks – chairman of the Sports Development Foundation; and Michael Vaccianna, board chairman of Kingston College.last_img read more

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