Schneiderlin: Best is yet to come

first_img Press Association “This year I have had a good season, but next year I want to be even better. For me, next year is going to be the real thing. “I want to prove myself to everyone again, and to get even better. “In football, if you stop improving then you’ll automatically go backwards.” Despite all the attention, the young Frenchman intends to keep grounded. Schneiderlin added: “I am not going to lie and say that I am not happy that people are speaking about me and my games, but there is no point in me having a good season and then disappearing the year after. “The main thing for me is to keep this going and to be able to be better in every game I play. “I don’t like to judge myself – that is down to other people – but I know that I have the capacity to play in the Premier League and I want to spend the rest of my life playing here.” The 23-year-old Frenchman has impressed for the Saints as they battled to stay in the Barclays Premier League and has been linked with a big-money summer move to Arsenal. “I am happy because I have improved in every way, but I know that I still have steps to progress,” he said in an interview with the official Southampton matchday programme. center_img Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin maintains his best form is yet to come.last_img read more

Syracuse men’s soccer opponent preview: What to know about N.C. State

first_img Related Stories In just 6 years, Ian McIntyre has turned Syracuse men’s soccer aroundSyracuse men’s soccer is searching for midfielder consistencyChris Nanco improves finishing ability in senior seasonSyracuse men’s soccer takes down St. John’s, 3-2, on Jonathan Hagman’s overtime goal Facebook Twitter Google+ No. 6 Syracuse (4-0) plays its first away game of the 2016 season when it kicks off against North Carolina State (1-2) on Friday at 7 p.m. The Orange comes off a double-overtime win over St. John’s. The unranked Wolfpack surrendered a goal in the 77th-minute to fall to North Florida, 3-2 on Sunday. The contest is the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.If Syracuse wins, it’ll be the first year it won its first five games since 1984, when SU started 7-0. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Friday’s game.All-time series: Syracuse leads 3-2-1Last time they played: The Orange played the Wolfpack twice last year in a two-week span. On Oct. 23 at SU Soccer Stadium, a Louis Cross front-post header with less than five minutes left gave No.15 Syracuse the 2-1 win. In the first round of the ACC tournament on Nov. 4, the Orange shut out NC State 2-0 en route to its first ACC championship and College Cup appearance.The North Carolina State report: The Wolfpack is off to a somewhat slow start, coming off two losses to unranked nonconference opponents. Only three different Wolfpack players have scored a goal this year, whereas six SU players have already scored. But NC State has a strong team, Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre said. The Wolfpack went 2-3-3 last year vs. Top 25 teams. Two of those three losses came to Syracuse.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHow Syracuse beats North Carolina State: Continue to spread the wealth and maintain possession. Syracuse has dominated its first four opponents, and it’s shown on the scoreboard. But SU has dominated possession, too, and kept opponents’ playmakers silent. Limit Ade Taiwo, and Syracuse should come out on top in the first game of conference play.Stats to know: 667:36 — Minutes of gameplay Syracuse had gone without trailing, dating back to last year, until St. John’s took a 2-1 lead Sunday night.45 — Percent of Syracuse goals scored by either Johannes Pieles or Chris Nanco this season.3 — Number of goals the Orange has given up in four games this season. Syracuse has scored 11.Player to watch: Ade Taiwo, forward, No. 9Taiwo has taken just five shots on goal to score three times already. No other NC State player has scored more than once. Taiwo, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound redshirt sophomore, has overcome two ACL tears to become one of the conference’s best offensive players thus far this year. The 2012 North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year scored two goals last year. He’s already surpassed that total in three games.“I think what you’re seeing now is what he’s capable of,” Wolfpack head coach Kelly Findley said. Commentscenter_img Published on September 9, 2016 at 11:50 am Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21last_img read more

Veteran transfer Thiermann hoping to boost UW’s offense

first_imgA native of nearby Stoughton, Wis., Josh Thiermann admits that playing for the team he grew up rooting for factored into his decision to transfer to UW. In just his second game with the Badgers, the fifth-year senior transfer scored the winning goal in Friday night’s overtime victory against Virginia Tech.[/media-credit]From his decision to transfer to Wisconsin from a top-tier program to his offensive firepower and ability to elude defenders, everything about Josh Thiermann exudes confidence.A fifth-year senior forward/midfielder who joins the Badgers after suiting up for Notre Dame for three years, Thiermann is expected to be a standout player on Wisconsin’s offense. The Stoughton, Wis., native sat out all of last season due to injury, but the coaches are relying on Thiermann to make an immediate impact for the Badgers this year.“Good soccer teams have a protagonist – he’s our protagonist,” head coach John Trask said. “He’s relentless, his pace unsettles the other team, he unbalances them … and he just has the desire to go to goal which we hope amounts to a lot of goals.”Although it will be his first year on the field for Wisconsin, Thiermann has more experience than most of the players on what is a very young team. Playing in more than 10 games in each of his three years with the Fighting Irish, he has both the technical ability and leadership skills to take on a prominent role in his final year of collegiate soccer.Despite never appearing in a game for Wisconsin, Thiermann was named one of three senior captains earlier this year. Though he was surprised by the selection, his coaches and teammates see it as a sign of his natural leadership ability and how well he meshes with the rest of the Badgers’ roster.“He didn’t really let the fact that he was the new guy get to him, and instantly when he got on the field, players started to respect him,” fellow senior captain Colin Mani said. “He’s just a really good leader, and he’s got a great personality for this team and contributes a lot.”To the surprise of many, Thiermann left Notre Dame, a national soccer powerhouse where he saw significant playing time, after his junior year. While he points to the fact that he never felt comfortable in the Fighting Irish’s system, the senior captain admits that playing for the team he grew up rooting for was a major part of the decision.With several former childhood teammates already playing for Wisconsin, the senior forward believed playing his final year for the Badgers was the perfect way to end his career. “I’m very, very close to my family, so being closer to home, being back with these guys who I played club with, it all just seemed like a great fit, a good way to go out,” Thiermann said.While it’s still early in the year, the standout senior already made his presence felt in his first game as a Badger with a team-high five shots against Western Illinois.A relentless worker who is always working to improve his game, the fifth-year senior has impressed coaches and teammates alike. Described by those around him as an incredibly driven individual, Thiermann sets a strong example for a team full of younger players. “I’ve been coaching [over] 20 years now; I could only name one or two players that I ever worked with or played with that are putting in the amount of effort on and off the field to take care of himself, to be successful,” Trask said. “So he’s a great leader by example.”Thiermann is hoping that his work ethic will allow him to take his game to the next level, as he aspires to play soccer professionally. Thiermann felt that transferring to Wisconsin gave him the best opportunity to finish off his career with the type of standout season that could land him a spot on a pro team. In addition to the extra playing time Thiermann will see at Wisconsin, he believes the UW coaching staff will help him with the difficult transition to the next level.“It’s been a goal of mine ever since I can remember,” Thiermann said. “Every single day just with the ball, trying to get better and better.”“Absolutely, I think [the coaches] have prepared me [for the next level]. They’ve definitely turned me onto a different mindset toward the game, paying attention to the finer details.”While Thiermann is new to the UW men’s soccer team, his quick adjustment to a new program and the instant respect he has gained from teammates make him fit the mold of a veteran Badger. Finally ready to suit up for his hometown team, there’s no doubt that the senior will add a major threat to the Wisconsin offense. “I’m excited to be healthy personally, because it’s been a while, but I definitely think I can bring that experience, bring a little bit of a bite to our offense, and hopefully we have a great season.”last_img read more

Miralem Pjanic among the best Players in Champions League

first_imgFootballers of “Old Lady” made a great job last night on the first match of the Champions League semi-finals, when they won Monaco at a high of 0: 2 in Monte Carlo.With this result, they came a step towards the finals of the most elite football competition in Europe, and a brilliant match in Juventus was made by the Bosnian football player Miralem Pjanić.He was one of the best players in the ranks of the Old Lady, and played almost the entire match before being replaced by in 89th minute.At this match Pjanic was the player who ran the most, total of 10.87 kilometers, and the statistical parameters show that he had enormous efficiency.The glittering shape this player delights all fans of football in BiH, especially because he will most probably play the qualification matches in the national coat of arms.(Source: klix)last_img read more

Police called again as tensions over Belle Vue farmlands intensify

first_imgBy Shemuel FanfairIt was high drama again at Belle Vue, West Bank Demerara on Thursday when farmers blocked the Belle Vue Cane Farmers Marketing Co-op Society Chairman’s machinery from clearing farmlands they say has rightfully been theirs for more than 60 years. However, as the events unfolded, popular businessman Deodat Deokinandan, who has been chair of the society since 2013, denied ever threating the farmers as he accused them of squatting on the Society’s land.The intense emotions played out during the morning hours in a usually quiet community which lies near the defunct Wales Sugar Estate. Farmers were adamant that the Co-op Society and Deokinandan, called “Beard Man”, would not touch an inch of the farmland as they blocked an excavator from land clearing operations as they renewed claims of being bullied. This stemmed from an initial stand off from Sunday afternoon after the Society opted to fence sections of the lands and allow cows to graze in the fields which was incensed farmers over their loss of investment.Police ranks called in to settle tensions that erupted on Thursday“He bully us and take the number three section; now we got all this cultivation here and he bullying us for the number four section but we nah decide for this hymac go in one inch here; it got to come out because he taking advantage on us because he has money. He want walk pon all these poor people but this is the end of everything,” farmer Imraz Hassan declared as he stood in front of the hymac.He made his position clearly known when ranks from the Wales Police Station arrived on the scene in a bid to settle escalating tensions. When tensions were less animated on Sunday, one rank had spoken with the sparring farmers that he wanted to preserve law and order but Thursday’s face-off saw a more boisterous demonstration.“This hymac come here illegally. This is not “Beard Man’s” property; this is the Society’s property and this land belongs to the Government of Guyana. We are farmers’ children that lived here for 60-odd years,” Rampertab Rajpat told this newspaper as he told stood in front of the heavy-duty machine.After sugar operations ceased, descendants of Belle Vue farmers moved to plant diversified crops but the businessman, along with several of his central committee members, categorised the demonstrators as squatters.SquattingThe Society provided documents purporting to show that many of the farmers allegedly sold their shares to the society while others supposedly relinquished their lands for the society to operate.“I am never a bully and will never be a bully. These people come illegally and squat on the Society’s land and it is not the right thing to do and dem ah seh de President tell them to do that… I don’t know who is the real bully but these people already take compensation from the Society; some in 2011 and some in 2014,” Deokinandan explained.Aggrieved farmer Rampertab RajpatHe says the cows grazing in the lands fenced off are legally placed since this was passed during a general meeting of the Society. He also denied claims that he has been threatening the farmers at Belle Vue. Society Secretary Antoinette Manichand meanwhile said many of the farmers were errant members and were taken to arbitration for not paying their share of fees in land rentals to the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo). She observed that it would be unfair for the Society’s contributing members to offset the costs for those who were not paying their dues. It was earlier explained by members that the descendants were reportedly no longer interested in cultivating sugar cane.“The arbitrator gave them a month and a half to pay off their debts and they didn’t pay up so gradually we expelled them and we accepted new members but they going about reaching Government officials until the matter reached the Cabinet with Dr Roger Luncheon. We had a meeting with them and they agree to accept compensation,” she said.Another scene from the heated stand-off which left the hymac suspendedShe also claimed one such farmer was Francis Ferreira who was allegedly paid $290,000 in compensation; a cheque made out in the name of the businessman, while others were paid hundreds of thousands and some over a million dollars for their fields. She provided documents to this effect. Guyana Times spoke to an unmoved Ferreira who outright denied giving up his land rights.“I aint give up no rights; its three years after bullying that people accept money due to frustration… the Cabinet minutes said the farmers should be reinstated. I am prepared to go, this hymac is going to walk over me today!” expressed Ferreira.However, the machine was removed from the area just before lunchtime. Thereafter the farmers moved to protest the Co-Op Society in the afternoon. Nevertheless, the grazing cows and fences erected could remain in place as the society maintained that since farmers lost their rights it does not intend to pay compensation for the crops they have been planting since 2017. Deokinandan held out that he, nor his society, is obligated to pay any compensation owing to the farmers “squatting” on the land.The Co-op Society shows that Ganpat Rajpat was paid $1.5 million in compensationThe Belle Vue farmers are descendants of multiple sugar cane workers turned farmers who came from all across Guyana and were contracted with Bookers company to supply canes to Wales and live in the Belle Vue Pilot Scheme from 1956. Cane operations ended with Government’s closure of Wales Estate in December 2016.last_img read more