Kangaroos name strong squad for Kiwis test

first_imgPhoto: Paul Kane (Cameron Smith will win his 50th cap when he leads Australia against the Kiwis next week). The match, which will take place at Canberra’s GIO Stadium on May 5, will be Australian skipper Cameron Smith’s 50th test match, as well as his 27th as captain.Smith will become just the second player to play 50 test matches for Australia, behind Darren Lockyer (59), while he will also join Clive Churchill as Australia’s second most capped captain.The 20-man squad contains five club captains (or co-captains) – Darius Boyd (Brisbane), Johnathan Thurston (North Queensland Cowboys), Aaron Woods (Wests Tigers), Cameron Smith (Melbourne Storm) and Boyd Cordner (Sydney Roosters).Canterbury forward David Klemmer has replaced injured prop Matt Scott in the starting line-up, while St George Illawarra star Josh Dugan comes into the side at centre for Greg Inglis.”This is an incredibly important game for us, coming in a World Cup year,” Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga said.”Any test match is important, but the fact this will be Cameron’s 50th test match certainly adds some extra significance.””Cameron’s incredible milestones will form a significant part of our week.”Meninga said that given the short preparation, he and Kangaroos selectors had looked to reward those who played in the successful Four Nations campaign in 2016.”Not only do these players have established combinations with each other, but they are also well aware of our values,” Meninga said.”However the State of Origin series and then the remainder of the NRL Premiership will be major considerations when we look to name our squad for the World Cup later this year.”The Kangaroos squad will assemble on Monday in Canberra.AT A GLANCEAustralia’s 2017 Anzac Test squad:1 Darius Boyd 2 Blake Ferguson 3 Josh Dugan 4 Will Chambers 5 Valentine Holmes 6 Johnathan Thurston 7 Cooper Cronk 8 Aaron Woods 9 Cameron Smith 10 David Klemmer 11 Boyd Cordner 12 Matt Gillett 13 Trent Merrin 14 Michael Morgan 15 Josh Papalii 16 Tyson Frizell 17 Sam Thaiday. 18th man Shannon Boyd, 19th man James Maloney, 20th man Justin O’Neill.last_img read more

Cook Islands take top spot

first_imgCook Islands position has been helped in part by rivals Tonga and Samoa playing out a 1-1 draw to claim just one of the three available points in their encounter.Following their opener on Monday Cook Islands coach Richard Anderson spoke of his team’s need to show their best selves on the pitch and he says today’s first half was reminiscent of that nervy first match.“I certainly wasn’t elated with the first half,” he says.“But it shows a sign of the boys that at the end of the game they’ve won 3-1 but they’ve all come up to me and apologised. They came here believing in a style of play that we were hoping to show. At the moment we haven’t shown it.“But I have to give them a lot of credit for their second half. We spent the whole of half-time going through what was required and they delivered that.”Cook Islands made a swift start to the game with William Napa and Geosah George showing the finer points of their skill-sets in an effort to take an early advantage. But with American Samoa having shuffled captain Gabriel Taumua into the backline and brought Joe Purcell into the middle they had a strong spine that made things difficult for their opponents.John Ugaitafa was called into action fairly frequently in the first half and his opposite Manaariki Pierre wasn’t without some scares of his own. American Samoa striker Takai Pouli looked threatening on a number of occasions causing trouble behind the backline with his pace.Conroy Tiputoa’s physical presence makes him a threat at the best of times but when he’s in front of goal he can be lethal as American Samoa found out the hard way.A poorly executed goal kick allowed Tiputoa to charge into the penalty area with the ball and tuck it past a helpless Ugaitafa to open the scoring. He followed that up less than five minutes later when he powered a header in, finishing off a perfectly delivered corner from Napa.The two goal advantage didn’t last as long as the Cook Islands were hoping when the ever-present Pouli finished off a brilliant piece of play from American Samoa to keep his side in the game going into the second half.A double change for Cook Islands at half-time gave the side some fresh legs to rely on and for a sustained period they looked like they would do some real damage to American Samoa but for some poor finishing.Some late brilliance from Kimiora Ngametua eventually made the victory clear as he wove his way into position to slot low under Ugaitafa with just a minute remaining before the final whistle.Anderson believes his side has the right mindset to continue their winning ways.“I can’t fault the boys attitude and the courage they’re showing to want to play. At the moment I think the occasion is starting to get to one or two of them, we saw that against Tonga where the first ten minutes were safe.“Today it started to go that way but we managed to avoid it.”American Samoa coach Fred Maiava says his side had chances but just didn’t have the finishing once again.“We had the opportunities but we just couldn’t get them in the goal. We were a little bit off for the first half especially.”In the evening match it was always going to be a physical demanding encounter for both sides with winning essential heading into the final match day on Friday.Samoa wasted no time in taking the advantage as Lotial Mano smashed a shot across the goal and into the back of the net just three minutes into the match.The match became very back-and-forth and at a very high intensity for much of the first half with the teams continuing in pursuit of their objectives. Poor touches plagued both sides which contributed to the constant turning over of possession.Samoa had captain Willie Sauiluma to thank for a lot with the midfielder covering the pitch well, dropping deep to collect and going on some dangerous attacks.To Tonga’s credit, they never put their heads down and continued pressing forward while their own captain Ofa Kite put in an outstanding 90 minutes at the centre of defence.Timote Moleni’s boys were finally rewarded for their persistency in the 73rd minute when Tevita Kau found the back of the net for the equaliser. That goal turned the heat up on Samoa who were in no way happy to take a draw but neither side was able to break down the other as the clock wound down.Moleni says it was a mid-level performance from his side but that wasn’t from a lack of effort.“I’m sort of happy, but as you say a draw is better than losing,” Timote says.“I think it’s like the first game, our main weakness is our finishing. I know the boys are doing their best, but finishing wasn’t good for any of our players.”For Faaiuaso, coming so close to victory and seeing it slip through their fingers late in the piece was disappointing.“I’m very disappointed but it’s a game,” he says.“I want to give credit to Tonga; they performed well through the whole 90 minutes. They really wanted to win, they played well.“There are just a few positive things from my side. The counter-attack was there but we didn’t score goals, and our keeper saved our team so many times so I’m happy with him and his performance tonight.”Cook Islands position has been helped in part by rivals Tonga and Samoa playing out a 1-1 draw to claim just one of the three available points in their encounter.Following their opener on Monday Cook Islands coach Richard Anderson spoke of his team’s need to show their best selves on the pitch and he says today’s first half was reminiscent of that nervy first match.“I certainly wasn’t elated with the first half,” he says.“But it shows a sign of the boys that at the end of the game they’ve won 3-1 but they’ve all come up to me and apologised. They came here believing in a style of play that we were hoping to show. At the moment we haven’t shown it.“But I have to give them a lot of credit for their second half. We spent the whole of half-time going through what was required and they delivered that.”Cook Islands made a swift start to the game with William Napa and Geosah George showing the finer points of their skill-sets in an effort to take an early advantage. But with American Samoa having shuffled captain Gabriel Taumua into the backline and brought Joe Purcell into the middle they had a strong spine that made things difficult for their opponents.John Ugaitafa was called into action fairly frequently in the first half and his opposite Manaariki Pierre wasn’t without some scares of his own. American Samoa striker Takai Pouli looked threatening on a number of occasions causing trouble behind the backline with his pace.Conroy Tiputoa’s physical presence makes him a threat at the best of times but when he’s in front of goal he can be lethal as American Samoa found out the hard way.A poorly executed goal kick allowed Tiputoa to charge into the penalty area with the ball and tuck it past a helpless Ugaitafa to open the scoring. He followed that up less than five minutes later when he powered a header in, finishing off a perfectly delivered corner from Napa.The two goal advantage didn’t last as long as the Cook Islands were hoping when the ever-present Pouli finished off a brilliant piece of play from American Samoa to keep his side in the game going into the second half.A double change for Cook Islands at half-time gave the side some fresh legs to rely on and for a sustained period they looked like they would do some real damage to American Samoa but for some poor finishing.Some late brilliance from Kimiora Ngametua eventually made the victory clear as he wove his way into position to slot low under Ugaitafa with just a minute remaining before the final whistle.Anderson believes his side has the right mindset to continue their winning ways.“I can’t fault the boys attitude and the courage they’re showing to want to play. At the moment I think the occasion is starting to get to one or two of them, we saw that against Tonga where the first ten minutes were safe.“Today it started to go that way but we managed to avoid it.”American Samoa coach Fred Maiava says his side had chances but just didn’t have the finishing once again.“We had the opportunities but we just couldn’t get them in the goal. We were a little bit off for the first half especially.”In the evening match it was always going to be a physical demanding encounter for both sides with winning essential heading into the final match day on Friday.Samoa wasted no time in taking the advantage as Lotial Mano smashed a shot across the goal and into the back of the net just three minutes into the match.The match became very back-and-forth and at a very high intensity for much of the first half with the teams continuing in pursuit of their objectives. Poor touches plagued both sides which contributed to the constant turning over of possession.Samoa had captain Willie Sauiluma to thank for a lot with the midfielder covering the pitch well, dropping deep to collect and going on some dangerous attacks.To Tonga’s credit, they never put their heads down and continued pressing forward while their own captain Ofa Kite put in an outstanding 90 minutes at the centre of defence.Timote Moleni’s boys were finally rewarded for their persistency in the 73rd minute when Tevita Kau found the back of the net for the equaliser. That goal turned the heat up on Samoa who were in no way happy to take a draw but neither side was able to break down the other as the clock wound down.Moleni says it was a mid-level performance from his side but that wasn’t from a lack of effort.“I’m sort of happy, but as you say a draw is better than losing,” Timote says.“I think it’s like the first game, our main weakness is our finishing. I know the boys are doing their best, but finishing wasn’t good for any of our players.”For Faaiuaso, coming so close to victory and seeing it slip through their fingers late in the piece was disappointing.“I’m very disappointed but it’s a game,” he says.“I want to give credit to Tonga; they performed well through the whole 90 minutes. They really wanted to win, they played well.“There are just a few positive things from my side. The counter-attack was there but we didn’t score goals, and our keeper saved our team so many times so I’m happy with him and his performance tonight.”last_img read more

The return of Dusko Ivanovic al Buesa returns the Baskonia character to defeat Barcelona

first_imgPhotograph: EFE Nonetheless, the Montenegrin recovered a ball with 76-74 and gave his group one final play that ended with triple failed by Oriola. He may win Barça, however his comeback was not accomplished and now they might lose the management prepare, though the picture given in the second half and in the final quarter (11-20) was good and inspiring in contrast to what was seen till that 52 -31.On the different hand, in Baskonia they already know what it’s to win with Ivanovic and so they additionally know that they will compete in opposition to anybody. They began as a shot, with Pierria Henry scoring up to 5 triples and reaching 20 factors, properly supported by the 14 Shavon Shields or the 13 Tornike Shengelia. The Baskonia knew how to be coral and, when the exterior success failed and the physique flopped, he knew how to endure till he smiled.Baskonia places an finish to its run of three consecutive defeats and takes 7-10 on the desk, to a recreation in the zone of entry to the ‘Play-offs’. That medium-high zone could be very shut, from which Barça remains to be distant regardless of this defeat. Now, they need to wait to see what Anadolu Efes Istanbul and Actual Madrid do to know if they’re nonetheless or not co-leaders.EL BARÇA, WITHOUT THE POWER OF HIGGINSThe Blaugranas would have finished properly to have the offensive success of Cory Higgins, the nice absence in the Buesa Enviornment. With out the American, low final minute, he couldn’t go to battle since the triple proposed by Baskonia on equal phrases. Solely Malcolm Delaney with 4/6 and Kyle Kuric with a 3/Three from the triple have been agency in the three-shot, with a 2/Eight for a Nikola Mirotic who should flip to this grey evening regardless of his 17 factors and his 19 evaluation, being the greatest Blaugrana regardless of its lack of success.DATA SHEET.– RESULT: KIROLBET BASKONIA, 76 – BARÇA, 74 (47-31, at relaxation).–EQUIPMENT.KIROLBET BASKONIA: Henry (20), Janning (8), Shields (14), Shengelia (13) and Eric (2) – preliminary five–; Diop (7), Garcia (3), Fall (-), Stauskas (6), Polonara (3).BARÇA: Hanga (4), Ribas (-), Claver (2), Mirotic (17) and Tomic (2) – preliminary five–; Davies (12), Oriola (7), Abrines (4), Delaney (13), Kuric (13).– PARTIALS: 21-15, 26-16, 18-23 and 11-20.– ARBITRATORS: Christodoulou, Difallah and Silva. Diop was eradicated in Baskonia.– PAVILION: Buesa Enviornment, 13,628 spectators. Baskonia received Barça on Thursday (76-74) at Buesa Enviornment, on day 17 of the Euroleague, in a match that got here to dominate by 21 factors and ended with a triple ultimate failed by Pierre Oriola that would have culminated the comeback of the Blaugranas, though the Baskonists managed to put an finish to their dangerous streak of defeats thanks to their preliminary success in the triple.He sewed the Baskonia to Barça primarily based on triples, with up to 16 pictures transformed from the distance. Thus, and with the depth that Dusko Ivanovic already places on his group, the Vitorians received 21 factors (52-31) and stuffed the stands of Buesa Enviornment with shouts of euphoria. Nevertheless, Barça improved in the second half and even matched the contest in order that the whole lot was determined at the final minute.Pierre Oriola transformed two free throws to put the 74-74 in the absence of 56.5 seconds. It was a partial of 3-9 and in Vitoria they thought that their group would puncture once more, however then the basic ‘Toko’ Shengelia appeared to smash the ball in a single hand, in an excellent mate earlier than a Nikola Mirotic that in the subsequent play was performed a triple and confirmed his dangerous evening at that distance.center_img The Vitorian group got here to win by 21 thrown by the success of threeNevertheless, Barça was regularly climbing and had a match ballThe Basques break their dangerous streak of 5 video games with out victorylast_img read more

Barça, Madrid and Atlético, victims of the final sprint of Cornellà

It is not new for Espanyol to knock down a big LaLiga in the last minutes. On this occasion, the goal of Wu Lei in the 88th minute after a great assistance from Matías Vargas did not help him to give the blue and white team three points against Barcelona, ​​but to rescue a point that can mean the push to escape from The drop zone. Before the greats, in the last three years, Espanyol has subscribed to the great joys before the end of the meetings.It all started in January 2018 in the first leg of the quarterfinals between Espanyol and Barcelona. A closed match in which everything pointed to 0-0 until Oscar Melendo appeared to mark, in minute 87, the 1-0 that marked the first victory in a derby since 2009. Somewhat baptized as Melendazo, which served to give a joy in a complicated but historical season, in which the parakeets managed to knock down the three clubs with more budget of the championship. Because a month before, in the last meeting of 2017 and with a Espanyol near the relegation zone, the parakeets knocked down Atlético de Madrid with a goal in minute 87 by Sergio García. A Bon Pastor striker also finished crossing the ball as Wu Lei a good collective play.Far from being the exception, Real Madrid also fell at RCDE Stadium, even more cruelly. In minute 92 of the match Gerard Moreno He caught an impressive volley in the area that meant the final 1-0 and one of the most remembered moments in the years that Espanyol has played in Cornellà-El Prat. When the parties agonize, the parakeets find miraculous goals. read more

Official: Uche Agbo is new Deportivo player

first_imgAt 24 years and 1.85 meters high, he is a player with great physical deployment that serves as a containment midfielder. Despite his youth, he has already gone through LaLiga, Premier, Calcio, Belgium and this same campaign has played in the Portuguese league. In Spain he militated in Granada and Rayo Vallecano. In the Andalusian team it was where he had more prominence. After passing through the subsidiary, he played a total of 31 games in First in the 2016-17 season.Fernando Vázquez has already shown that he does not shake his hand when it comes to pulling the new signings, no matter how little they take in the dynamics of the team. The midfielder will be at your service tomorrow and has options to play against Albacete. Of course, as long as the club manages to exit one of its players, since at this time it already has 25 chips covered, so you can not register Agbo for now. I had been in To Coruña He had even visited the Sports City of Abegondo and witnessed two live matches in Riazor, but it was not until Tuesday when Uche Agbo has officially become Deportivo player. The Nigerian midfielder, who arrives on loan from him Standard of Liège, sign until the end of the season, but with an option for the extension of that loan.last_img read more

Magallán: “You have to keep your head up and not lower your arms”

first_imgLaLiga Santander* Data updated as of February 12, 2020 It happens that, Every time he has played, Alavés has achieved good results. “After being away for a long time, that the results accompany is always good news. The last weeks have been difficult but you have to keep your head up and never lower your arms “he added.On Saturday’s clash against Mallorcanoted that “It will be very important for us since adding something to that clash can give us a lot of confidence. They are showing strength in their field and I think it will be a good match. It will be harder than in the first leg so we will have to stay focused. The points are increasingly decisive and the personality with which we are going to play will determine the side by which the final result is decided “. Lisandro Magallán has appeared this morning before the media. He took advantage of his appearance to ask about the possible interest of Barcelona in Lucas Pérez. “He is a very important player for us but right now he is here and you have to enjoy it. We must demand even more to bring us its quality. Right now he is doing it, “he observed.He took two weeks ago the absence of Rodrigo Ely in the initial eleven against Sevilla for five yellow and has chained two consecutive clashes as a starter. In that regard, he said that “This is football, we are many and only eleven play. What you have to do is work to be prepared. If the team needs us, we have to respond. “last_img read more

Guardiola: “This Madrid is different, it is much more aggressive”

first_imgPep Guardiola appeared before the media in the preliminary round of the round of 16 that Manchester City will play this Wednesday against Real Madrid (9:00 pm). The coach analyzed the tie.The visit of a Zidane in formation: “The honor was ours to come with other colleagues of the French Football Federation. We had talks and it was very good. At that time I started training, but especially for the player who had been, one of the greatest of all the times. It was an honor to visit us. Then he has done what he has felt and has not gone wrong. “Bernabeu: “It is a pleasure to return to this field, one of the biggest where I won and lost. Playing the Champions in this field, as in other great fields, is an honor and enjoy. There is no other. It’s very good”.Is Sterling 100 percent ready?: “Sterling is ready. His physical condition is incredible. I could have played the previous game, the doctor said we were careful because it was not yet a moment because those muscle aches take a long time to heal, but now he is ready. ”Do you want your players to feel that it is the last chance to win the Champions League? “Of course not, they will have more opportunities. It is a great opportunity. We know the challenge we face. When you are going to die there are no more opportunities, but when you are alive you do not know what will happen. We have prepared both games. Be ourselves and play a great game. There is no special motivation. The desire to win has to be there, it’s one more game. ”His last confrontation with Madrid: “I remember 0-4 in Munich, but I remember from the Bernabéu that we played a good game, especially in the first part, but they came once and Benzema scored. It was pretty even, I would say. Madrid is now quite different from when I played or when I trained before, it is much more aggressive, press forward. It is a thing that they didn’t have so much before. The game still has it, plays very well. We will try to harm them at the points where we can. ”Hazard’s discharge: “I know very badly that I am not there. I had the honor of enjoying it in part and suffering in England. When you see it near you say “Wow, which player!” He was convinced that Madrid had made a stratospheric signings, but unfortunately he has stopped due to injuries. I wish it were. Wishing you a speedy recovery, of course. I am convinced that the Bernabéu will enjoy it. ” Club irregularities: “For a long time it was suspected of us, but what I said is that we have the right to appeal. I trust the people in my club, they have given me explanations, they have taught me the tests and we will appeal. We are optimistic that finally, if we deserve it, we can be in the Chamions because we have earned it in the field. If not, we will accept it and continue with the people you want to follow. We already resorted to another ruling as a club, we will see what happens in the TAS ”.The influence of luck: “You have to play well, that first. You have to be strong, have quality and, yes, be lucky. At a certain moment you have to be lucky and control what we can, then we’ll see. In this competition we have seen it. Hopefully football is fair for both sides, I don’t like to win if it’s not fair. ”Müller’s words about his method: “I have the obligation to know as much as possible about my rival. I haven’t played with Madrid for five years and I have an obligation to prepare it. They can never say that I have not prepared a match. ”Zidane considers him the best: “I want to thank you for your words and I don’t want to contradict you, but I am not. I have never pretended to be the best in my profession, I have never understood who is the best when the artists are the soccer players. Not when I started did I think about trying to be. When you win you have more praise and when you lose they value you less. What Zidane has done in Europe is not going to be repeated, or it will be very difficult. Winning three Champions in a row in this football demonstrates the greatness of this team, of this club. I have not been here, but I imagine that those who are know the weight of their history. The player who comes here knows that not winning the Champions League is almost, almost a great failure. That shows that in this competition there is no one better than them and it is a great challenge for us. We are convinced that we want to play against them, to see if we can live up to this competition. ”His best and his worst memory at the Bernabéu: “As a player, I played here many times. I have good memories, but to have won the first League, not here itself, but the League. I remember many moments, but it is not more special than other parties and other stadiums. ”last_img read more

Raúl does not summon Rodrygo

first_imgIn front of Sanse, Rodrygo played Cicerone of his countryman Reinier, who debuted with the subsidiary, scored 2-0 and left on the way out after the goal to see the second yellow to understand the referee who faced the visiting goalkeeper, Xabi Irureta, in celebration of the goal. The penalty match that led to that penalty prevented him from playing last weekend with Castilla in Pontevedra and the Classic. Nor was he called for the Champions League game against Manchester City.Tomorrow I could re-enter the call for a League match six days later. The last occasion was against Valladolid on January 26. In Pucela he played the 90 minutes, the last ones he has added in First after 14 consecutive games called of which he was only unpublished in 11. “He will have the same role. Sometimes he will be out and sometimes he will be inside because there are 25 players, “Zidane said in the Classic’s preview of his plans with Rodrygo.Who will be on the list will be Reinier in a match in which Castilla will continue to squeeze his options to reach the playoff. The subsidiary is ranked eighth in Group I with 37 points, seven points from the fourth, the Peña Deportiva. The Coruxo is fifth with 41 leading the squad of applicants to unhook the team from Santa Fe from the last position that grants a ticket for the promotion phase.Raúl call for Castilla-CoruxoGoalkeepers: Altube and Lucas.Defenses: Sergio López, Fran García, Chust, Guillem, Javi Hernández and Gila.Midfielders: Martín, Ayoub, Fidalgo, Bravo, Blanco, Reinier, Marvin and Baeza.Forwards: Marc Gual and Pablo. Rodrygo has the door open to return this weekend to a list of Zidane. The regulation would not have prevented him from playing with Castilla and traveling on Sunday with the first team to Seville to face Betis. But once your penalty is completed, Raúl has not summoned him for the subsidiary’s commitment to Coruxo (Saturday 7, 19:00, Real Madrid TV) leaving the possibility of receiving the call of the French technician again. Zidane does not have the Brazilian, whose orders he has trained all this week, since last February 6, when he played the last 14 minutes of the Cup match against Real Sociedad. Given his absence in the previous three league games with the first team (Atlético, Osasuna and Celta), the weekend of Levante Raúl recovered five months later for Castilla.last_img read more

LaLiga informs the clubs that the competition is suspended

first_imgThe Professional Soccer League has informed the clubs that the next two days of the League will be postponed for at least two weeks. This has been sent to him through messages minutes after the summit that the employers, the Spanish Football Federation and the Association of Spanish Soccer Players in Las Rozas should maintain. LaLiga explained that as long as positives are not detected, they can continue training. It must be remembered that Real Madrid is in quarantine when a case is detected in the basketball section. This is the statement that LaLiga has issued after the meeting:“Given the circumstances known this morning, referring to the quarantine established at Real Madrid and the possible positives in players from other clubs, LaLiga considers that the circumstances are already in place to continue with the next phase of the protocol of action against COVID – 19. Consequently, in accordance with the measures established in Royal Decree 664/1997 of May 12, agrees to suspend at least the next two days. Said decision will be reevaluated after the completion of the quarantines decreed in the affected clubs and other possible situations that may arise.LaLiga, as organizer of the competition, has proceeded to notify the RFEF, the CSD and the Clubs. “The RFEF and AFE arrived at the meeting already convinced that the best thing is the postponement, since the World Health Organization (WHO) has already described the coronavirus as a “global pandemic”. LaLiga wanted to wait for the final council of the Ministry of Health, which also recommends the suspension.The next problem will be finding the dates to make up the lost days. At this point, sources from the RFEF itself do not rule out that UEFA, which in principle remains firm in its idea of ​​holding the Euro Cup next June, finally agrees to delay the tournament for one year, until June 2021, and seek Thus, the national championships can end up extending this season until the beginning of next July. The pressure of the coronavirus, in addition, recommends the postponement of the Euro, a tournament scheduled to take place in 12 European cities with the displacement of millions of people throughout the continent.last_img read more

This is how the COVID-19 crisis will affect clubs, transfers, television …

first_imgA: It makes sense that televisions do not pay. In Spain approximately 75% of the season has been disputed and LaLiga has collected between 85 and 90% of the total television rights. That is, it may be that not only do they not collect the remaining percentage, but they must return part of the money entered so far if the remaining games are not played. For this reason, this season must be ended in any way, surely behind closed doors and always with the appropriate sanitary conditions. The clubs generate more from television rights than from tickets.Q: Which clubs will suffer the most if the competition is not ended?A: Barça, for example, will suffer a lot. It has long been at the financial limit. It does not generate benefits despite the large volume of income it has. The last years have ended up saving the sales of players like Neymar.Q: And which clubs will suffer less?A: Eibar is a club with a very high profitability that is doing things very well in the economic sphere and that will allow it to pass this situation in a more comfortable way.Q: Espanyol made a large investment in the winter market (40 million euros) with the intention of saving the category. If LaLiga ended the competition without disputing the remaining games and the three teams that now occupy the last places (Mallorca, Leganés and Espanyol) descended, could the Blue and Whites’ club be in a very difficult financial situation?A: Espanyol was already in a very difficult situation before the coronavirus crisis. And descending is always a problem. Although LaLiga as an employer has a non-refundable compensation fund to help the clubs that descend to Segunda. Between the three, 50 million euros are distributed. Of these, Espanyol would correspond to approximately 25 if it went down together with Mallorca and Leganés.Q: Why isn’t it divided by three?A: Because the parameters set by LaLiga include aspects such as the seasons that a team has in First Division.Q: And how many millions of television rights would Espanyol stop entering if it descends?A: This season he has entered 30 million euros and in Second he would enter 6. But these 25 from the compensation fund would serve to balance the figures. What would be worrying for Espanyol would be not returning to Primera in one season. Then he would no longer have any help from LaLiga.Q: LaLiga, between direct and indirect jobs, employs almost 200,000 people. Are many of these jobs now in jeopardy?A: Indirect job calculations are imaginative and complicated to calculate. I suppose that, for example, they must count the employees of the bars that emit the parties, but calculating the beers that will be stopped serving is quite complex. In any case, for many of these 200,000 people what is happening will be a serious problem. The bars that have concessions within the stadiums have been billing zero for weeks. And they have some employees to pay their payroll and I don’t know if they continue to pay a royalty to the club in question or not. On the other hand, there are discontinuous jobs, such as those in charge of being on the stadium turnstiles. These people usually have other jobs and the involvement may be less. The economic consequences that the coronavirus crisis will have for the world of football are expected to be enormous.. There are multiple affectations that are already beginning to happen and, for the moment, uncertainty reigns.Will the clubs collect all the television rights if they don’t end up playing the remaining games? Will transfer prices decrease significantly? How many direct and indirect football-related jobs will be lost? These are some of the questions that are in the air and that the experts are already beginning to answer. One of them is David Valero, economist and soccer researcher, who in this interview with EFE sets out his point of view regarding many of the issues that are on the table of the king of sports right now.Question: Because of the coronavirus crisis, are member-owned clubs at risk?Answer: We must bear in mind that clubs that are not limited companies, such as Barça, Real Madrid, Athletic Bilbao and Osasuna in LaLiga, are an anomaly in the world of soccer. For this reason, they will receive pressure from the market to change their status. In this sense, the situation reminds me when savings banks, another anomaly at the time, were pressured to become banks before the 2008 economic crisis. The crisis was used to end all of them in one way or another. .Q: Will these clubs have a harder time recovering from losses than joint stock companies?A: A club that is a corporation can carry out a capital increase like any company, but the clubs that are owned by the members have to survive on the money that they generate. During this time at least they will receive ideological pressure from people who do not like this anomalous model.Q: There has been a lot of talk about a sharp price drop in the next transfer markets. Is it so? Is Neymar now worth much less than before the pandemic?A: The price of any asset is what someone is willing to pay for it. It is not a fixed thing. In the case of soccer players, the braking will be noticeable. If potential Neymar buyers have less money than before, the price changes. I find it hard to believe that the transactions will continue as is after the break. Another option is that the transfer prices do not fall and operations are not carried out directly because for the buying clubs it is no longer a priority to sign and the sellers do not want to sell below the price that they consider optimal. On the other hand, there is the issue of player write-downs.Q: What are the big signings that are not yet amortized?A: For example, at Barça Coutinho and Dembélé they are not yet amortized and selling them below the market price before the pandemic would mean losses in the club’s economic balance.Q: One of the most important sources of income for clubs is television rights. In France, BeIN Sports and Canal + France did not send the LFP the payment scheduled for April and reported that they will not make any until the football resumes. Do they have the right to do so?last_img read more