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    • May 25, 2018 3:17 AM EDT
    • Three hundred Liverpool shirts have been Sent to the small Senegalese village of Bambali in the buildup to the Champions League final, donated by Sadio Mané, its most famous son. On Saturday he aims to deliver on a promise to spare his childhood friend the despair and disbelief that accompanied Liverpool’s triumph in Istanbul. The gift set will be complete when he brings a European Cup winner’s medal back home. Men's Boston Bruins #68 Jaromir Jagr Adidas Black Premier 1917-2017 100th Anniversary NHL Jersey“I remember AC Milan v Liverpool in 2005,” Mané explains. “Three-nil down, then 3-3 and penalties. This was a big memory for me. I was watching in my village, Bambali. I remember being with my friend, a big friend of mine, and at 3-0 down he was completely out Jason Chimera Youth jersey of it. He stopped watching and ran like crazy to get John Hannah Youth jersey away. Then he came back at the end and he could not believe it. Even to this day he cannot believe it. He came back after the game when Liverpool had won.” Mané dissolves into laughter at the 13-year-old memory, half his lifetime ago. The Liverpool forward laughed at his friend’s antics at the time – “I was not supporting Liverpool then, I was a Barcelona fan,” he admits – but thoughts of the club’s eighth European Cup final appearance stir pride. “If you had said then I would be playing the final I would say it is something incredible in my life,” he says. “Hopefully we are going to win.” Bambali, bedecked in red, will be united behind the Senegal forward against Real Madrid in Kiev. Their pride in Mané’s rise to global stardom is not lost on the 26-year‑old, who remains in regular contact with family and friends back home, including the one who missed the comeback that secured Liverpool’s last Champions League triumph. “I spoke to him yesterday,” Mané says. “He is a big Liverpool fan. He is still in Senegal. His name is Youssouph Diatta. He asked me that this time do not be 3-0 down. “Nobody in the village will work this day. My family still live in the village. My mum and my uncle. They are all going to be watching. There are 2,000 in the village. I bought 300 Liverpool jerseys to send to the people in the village so the fans can wear them to watch the final. I will be going back in the summer after the World Cup and hopefully I will be showing everyone a winner’s medal.” Istanbul staged the most famous rapid-fire Liverpool performance of all, with three goals in six second‑half minutes stunning Milan en route to the club’s fifth European Cup. But devastating bursts of firepower have been such a feature of Liverpool’s Champions League campaign under Jürgen Klopp that not even a Real team pushing for a hat-trick of titles provoke fear. Liverpool scored three goals in 12 minutes in the play-off against Hoffenheim, three goals in 16 minutes and two in another five‑minute spell against Maribor, two in nine at Sevilla and three in 15 minutes plus two in four against Spartak Moscow at Anfield. And that was just the group stage. Porto, Manchester City and Roma were all in effect banished from the knockout phase before they could identify the threat and regroup. cheap nfl jerseys cheap jerseyswholesale nfl jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys

    • May 24, 2018 11:27 PM EDT
    • Fittingly Unai Emery’s overture as Arsenal’s head coach was high tempo and demanding. A whirlwind first day began on a transatlantic flight and flipped straight from the red eye into a burst of meeting, greeting and looking the part in the newly fitted club suit. For the Spaniard first impressions played a big part in his successful audition for the job and he set about making new ones as he introduced himself. The energy he likes to transmit was on show. Fanatics Branded Tim Heed Breakaway Women's Jersey - NHL San Jose Sharks #72 Teal Green HomeUpstairs in the directors’ box lounge at the Emirates Stadium he tried to expand on what makes him tick. It was evident that the way he will communicate with his players is full on. From the way he spoke – making a determined effort to explain himself in English in his clear, booming voice – to the way he amplified his points with expressive gestures, his eyes darting briskly around the room to try not to miss anything, Emery will be an altogether different kind of presence around the squad. Arsène Wenger tended to be more cerebral, more observant, more about guiding someone than pushing him.Emery’s brand of charisma comes across as animated, spirited and direct. Youth Nick Cousins Premier Green Adidas Jersey: NHL Arizona Coyotes #25 Salute to Service“I think the most important thing is to connect with people and have those personal relationships,” Emery said. “Heart to heart, head to head. The heart transmits emotion, the head transmits the intelligence. So it’s really important Kyle Rudolph Authentic Jersey to have that connection both on a personal and collective level. What you are looking for is a shared experience. It’s true that you get the famous egos in football but that is true of top players and players who are not so good. I’m a coach that has come from Ricardo Louis Authentic Jersey second division, gone through to the first division, coached at PSG and now at Arsenal. And really the essence of it all is people.” Emery has begun to study the personalities he will begin to work with over the summer. Arsenal are not overly represented at the World Cup, so he will soon be trying to make those connections with a large proportion of the squad, the vehicle through which he will introduce his philosophy. While paying due respect to the “love for possession” he saw as part of the club’s heritage, he also stresses how his football ideal is also about intensity and pressing. That is another departure from Wenger’s focus on expression with the ball and it will be interesting to see how quickly Emery can effect a stylistic transformation. “I like to win the ball back as quickly as possible,” he said. “It’s about two things: possession and pressing. “Football is a demanding and difficult sport. What we want to do Authentic Dante Fowler Jr Jersey is not fear any team, either here in the Premier League or in Europe, and our objective is to be among the best and to beat the best. I’m the type of coach who has always worked really hard – not because I do it better than anyone else but because that is what I believe the most important thing is.” He talked about “that desire to be better” like a kind of compulsion, adding: “I’ve never seen anything handed out for free in football.” The 46-year-old looked effortlessly relaxed and confident in himself. He had that air of being comfortable in his own skin that comes with having the balance of experience and motivation to feel sure he can do this job well. When Wenger started at Arsenal (at the same age Emery is now) he described himself as “full of hope, full of belief as well” and Emery Ken Griffey Womens Jersey emits the same vibes. For all the revolution that began when Arsenal last appointed a new manager 22 years ago, a rarity in bringing a foreign manager into the English game, this announcement was a snapshot of how the football landscape has changed. It was an entirely international affair. In London Arsenal were introduced to a man from the Basque country who had been interviewed by a panel of football executives from South Africa, Germany and Spain, having impressed an American owner, to be shown around a stadium named after a Middle Eastern airline on the day the club unveiled record-breaking shirt sleeve sponsors from Rwanda. Emery took it all in his steady stride. 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    • May 24, 2018 4:53 AM EDT
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      A Champions League final between the Merseyside club he so dramatically led to the trophy in 2005 and the side he grew up supporting before eventually coaching and managing, will inevitably prove highly evocative for the 58-year-old Spaniard. Benítez plans to watch events in Kiev on television at his long-established base on the Wirral. As the teams emerge, he may well reflect on the acute political tensions with, among others, Cristiano Ronaldo [url=]Cory Schneider Authentic Jersey[/url] which prefaced his sacking at the Bernabéu early in 2016. But he will surely also relive that glorious night in Turkey 13 years ago, when he choreographed the [url=][/url] “Miracle of Istanbul”.
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      Yet, if the Merseysiders are hardly underdogs, neither are they clear favourites against Zinedine Zidane’s side. “Liverpool’s intensity can hurt you but Real Madrid have the experience and quality to match them,” says Benítez, who grew up in the Spanish capital. “It’ll be interesting. You’ll see a team with lots of passion and intensity and a lot of pressing and crossing and fast counter-attacking against opponents who can manage this kind of situation.
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    • May 24, 2018 2:40 AM EDT
    • Memories of Dejan Lovren’s last Champions League encounter with Real Madrid and the similarities with Saturday’s final might once have caused him to wince. Today they inspire only belief. “If I see fear in a team-mate’s eyes I will slap him and say: ‘Come on,’” the Liverpool centre-half explains. “But when I look in their eyes now, the young lads and the experienced lads, they are full of confidence. We are not in the final without a reason.” Kiev is an opportunity for Real to see how far Liverpool have come. Youth T.J. Oshie Authentic Camo Adidas Jersey: NHL Washington Capitals #77 Veterans Day PracticeThe Spanish club were the European champions with a forward line of Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Dennis Rodman Jersey Benzema when they handed Lovren and Liverpool a lesson at Anfield in October 2014. The strikers, two of seven Real players that night who could start in Ukraine, both scored as Brendan Rodgers’ team trailed 3-0 by half-time. Liverpool stemmed that onslaught but it was a hugely underwhelming European campaign that is remembered Rodgers surrendering before the return at the Bernabéu, where he put Philippe Coutinho, Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling on the bench in readiness for a league game against Chelsea that also ended in defeat. “The only thing that is similar is the name, Liverpool,” says Lovren, who was omitted from the 1-0 defeat in Madrid. “When you look at the players and everything, we have changed a lot. I think me and [Jordan] Henderson are the only players left who started against them that night at Anfield [Alberto Moreno too]. I am so much more confident in the team now than I was then. I feel the team is ready to battle against every team in the world. We showed that against Man City. Man City showed all throughout this season that they are one of the best teams in the world but they came up against Liverpool. We are a totally different team and nobody played a Trevor Bauer Jersey team like us. Real Madrid didn’t play against us then like we play today. Maybe they are used to this team and they look at images from this game but we are totally different now.” Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool may have closed the gap in class with Madrid but, as four years ago, Lovren believes Real enter the final as favourites, though the Croatia defender offers the proviso that that mantle is based on recent history, not form. The 28-year-old says: “I prefer that we are the underdogs than the favourites. Even now, in this moment, I would say Real Madrid are the favourite because of their previous experience. You really need to respect a team that has reached the Champions League final three times in four years. We know how hard it is to get to the final – you need to beat everyone and all the best teams to get there and they are not there without a reason. “Do they deserve to be there or not? They won against Juve and they won against Bayern Munich with some decisions that you can talk about but in the end they are still in the final. As some of their players have said, they don’t care how they got there – the most important thing is they got to the final. You don’t need to play the most beautiful football in the final. You just need to win it. And this is how they are doing it.” Few would dispute that Liverpool have played the better and more beautiful football en route to this final. It may not guarantee victory on Saturday but it is why there will be no inferiority complex against a Real team bidding for a third consecutive European crown. “Definitely, definitely,” concurs Lovren when Liverpool’s superior European form is mentioned. “Maybe Bayern Munich against Real Madrid, they played some really nice football, but when you look at the competition in total we definitely deserve to be there. I hope it is our time because from day one up until the final we deserve to be there. Let’s make it beautiful until the end.” Klopp has lost his past five cup finals. “Of course you ask yourself: ‘Is it really possible to lose it again?’” Lovren says. “But in football you never know. When you look at all the teams Klopp has managed they are all really different. Maybe they have a similar style but they are different players. If you asked me a year ago or two years ago, then I would say Real Madrid really deserved to win the Champions League. But when I look at the situation now and look at who plays better, it is definitely Liverpool. Because of how we showed the quality in many games people talk like: ‘You will win it, you will win it.’ Of course it’s not easy to say that but I am really confident we will give everything in the final.”

    • May 23, 2018 9:05 PM EDT
    • While the Duchess of Sussex, Brighton’s newest celebrity fan, opted for a Givenchy wedding dress with boatneck neckline, long sleeves and an even longer train at Saturday’s Royal Wedding, belt and braces were very much in vogue at the day’s other aristocratic event some miles away at Wembley Stadium. Both José Mourinho and Antonio Conte went for an identical, monotonously predictable safety-first approach in Saturday’s FA Cup final, with the latter’s being heavily criticised by the former, who somehow managed to keep a straight face as he mournfully described Chelsea’s tactics as “so predictable”, announced that “I don’t think they deserve to win” and managed to imply Manchester United’s defeat was entirely down to the absence of a Belgian battering-ram in whose direction the ball could be hoofed, if only that battering-ram hadn’t selfishly decided to prioritise participating in the World Cup with his country over trying to win the FA Cup with his club. Men's Adidas Montreal Canadiens #13 Peter Holland Premier Green Salute to Service NHL JerseyIn a further boost to Belgium’s World Cup hopes, José picked Phil Jones ahead of Eric Bailly, having previously claimed he was resting the Ivorian so that other Manchester United players could stake their claim for World Cup starting spots. After performing his latest impression of an ageing shire horse locked in a spinning tumble-dryer while conceding the penalty that decided the match, The Fiver is struggling to shake the feeling that United’s manager might have done the defender more of a favour by picking somebody else instead. While José looks likely to be rewarded for Saturday’s failure with a £150m summer war-chest to buy some defenders of his own choosing, Antonio Conte’s prize for winning his second trophy in as many seasons for Chelsea may well come in the form of a P45, a hefty pay-out and a hobnailed boot towards the Stamford Bridge door marked “Do One”. Having said he has no control over what happens next while simultaneously conveying the impression that he’s not too fussed either, it was left to his players to discuss the Italian’s future. “What I can say is that the players do not have any impact on the situation,” chirped Gary Cahill, while Willian, a starter of just four full games for Chelsea this season under Conte, tried to prove otherwise courtesy of several – since-deleted – strategically placed emojis. “I once showed Vincent Kompany to his seat. Scotland played Belgium and I was told to show Kompany to his seat and give him a programme. He won’t remember it” – unassuming, Big Cup final-bound Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson gets his chat on with Donald McRae. Read. Yes, it’s our not-singing, not-dancing World Cup Fiver. Out every Thursday lunchtime BST, here’s the latest edition, on the flamin’ sacrosanct Socceroos. Despite some killjoy recently pointing out that if you put worms in a can you’d simply kill the worms [unless you’d provided them with a bespoke oxygen supply inside? – Fiver Ed], Football Weekly discusses José Mourinho opening said cans of said worms. And plenty more. Producing the Guardian’s thoughtful, in-depth journalism Detroit Pistons Authentic Jersey – the stuff not normally found in this email, obviously – is expensive, Authentic Brian Leetch Jersey but supporting us isn’t. If you value our journalism, please support us by making a one-off or recurring contribution. “Latest edition of The Fiver is highly objectionable. Written by a member of the leftist, luvvie elite, who clearly had nothing but contempt for millions of ordinary people who follow football and are interested in the royal marriage. He writes as if these are a crime against his version of decency. Appalling writing from a newspaper that should know better but I fear that Authentic Carl Yastrzemski Jersey like the Labour party, the Guardian has been taken over by the Islington elite. You’ve clearly forgotten your roots. Sad. In fact, worse than sad. I was right earlier. Appalling” – Stephen Edwards.

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    • May 22, 2018 11:31 PM EDT
    • Arsenal have moved to appoint Unai Emery as the successor to Arsène Wenger. The club have conducted a thorough recruitment process as they look to replace Wenger – their manager of almost 22 years – who departed at the end of the season and Mikel Arteta had been considered as the favourite for the past week or so. Limited Mark Gastineau Youth Road White Nike Jersey - #99 NFL New York Jets Vapor Untouchable However, the signs on Monday were that Emery, the former Paris St-Germain and Sevilla manager, was set Christian Covington Authentic Jersey to be chosen. The club have spoken to him and a decision is expected to be confirmed later in the week. Emery is a safer bet in terms of his experience and, in the end, it is this factor that has swayed the decision of Ivan Gazidis, the Arsenal chief executive, who has led the recruitment drive. Arteta, the former Arsenal player, who is now a member of Pep Guardiola’s coaching staff at Manchester City, has not yet managed a club whereas Emery has been in the business since 2005, when he cut his teeth at Lorca Deportiva in his native Spain. The 46-year-old has gone on to take charge at Almería, Valencia, Spartak Moscow, Sevilla and, most recently, PSG – clubs of mounting profile – and he has impressed Gazidis, even though he is not fluent in English. Emery is happy to work within the management structure that Gazidis has put in place at the Emirates Stadium – in which there are prominent recruitment roles for Raúl Sanllehí and Sven Mislintat. He O. J. Howard Authentic Jersey enjoyed eye-catching success at Sevilla, where he won three consecutive Europa Leagues, and he won the championship at PSG in this past season, although his relative failure in the Champions League, in the shape of a last-16 exit against Real Madrid, cost him his job. He has been replaced by Thomas Tuchel – the one-time Arsenal target. Arteta had a meeting with the Arsenal hierarchy last week and he was confident that Chris Harris Jr Authentic Jersey he would get the job. Guardiola had said he would not stand in Arteta’s way and talks had progressed to the point where the potential make-up of his backroom staff had been discussed. Arteta ticked plenty of boxes for Gazidis, who was looking for somebody to represent the club’s values, including giving youth a chance, and play fast and attractive football. Gazidis had made it clear he was not afraid to make a left-field appointment, noting on the day Wenger’s departure was confirmed that the Frenchman had not been “on many people’s radar screens” in 1996. But Emery, too, ticked the boxes and, crucially, he came to look like less of a gamble. It is understood that Arteta was told his lack of experience came to count against him. Gazidis is not a man synonymous with risk-taking. After careful consideration, analysing each argument from every conceivable angle, he has come to see Emery as the outstanding selection. The new manager is expected to have around £50m, plus money generated from sales, to spend on reshaping the squad, which is broadly in line with what Wenger was granted, annually, in recent seasons. It is not a lavish budget and it is clear that the new man’s coaching skills will have to be up to scratch from the outset. Santi Cazorla, the Arsenal midfielder, had been linked with a possible player-coach role under Arteta but he has now left the club upon the expiry of his contract. He has not played since he injured his achilles in October 2016, although he remains determined to carry on as a player.

    • May 22, 2018 3:32 AM EDT
    • The semi-final stage of the World Cup has, on balance, not been particularly kind to France. In 1958, the free-scoring team of Just Fontaine and Raymond Kopa were more than holding their own against Brazil until Vavá clattered into the captain Robert Jonquet; as the defender’s leg sailed in an arc across the Stockholm sky, France’s hopes and dreams, in those days before Authentic Michael Lorenzen Jerseysubstitutes, departed with it. In 1986, Les Bleus faced West Germany with star man Michel Platini only half-fit; the rest of the team failed to turn up until the last 10 minutes or so, by which time it was far too late. 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France were 33-1 outsiders at the start of the competition, and for a while it looked like the bookies knew exactly what they were talking about. Michel Hidalgo’s side could hardly have begun their campaign in a more abject fashion, falling a goal behind after 27 seconds to an England side which had only just scraped through qualifying and were notoriously goal-shy. That match was comprehensively lost 3-1, and France only scraped through the first group stage after beating the minnows of Kuwait 4-1, then drawing 1-1 with Czechoslovakia – the latter result only secured thanks to a last-minute clearance off the line by Manuel Amoros. (Czechoslovakia’s goal, incidentally, was scored by Antonin Panenka, in what would be his last international match. Could it have been anything other than a penalty?) 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    • May 21, 2018 9:20 PM EDT
    • The fitness of Romelu Lukaku is José Mourinho’s sole matter of concern as the Manchester United manager prepares for the FA Cup final against Chelsea in unusually serene mood. Women's Eric Kendricks Limited Pink Nike Jersey: NFL Minnesota Vikings #54 Rush FashionLukaku will be given until “the last moment” to prove his fitness, according to his coach, after the striker missed the last three games of the league season with an ankle injury. Mourinho also confirmed David de Gea will start in goal ahead of Sergio Romero in a break from the policy that meant the Argentinian started in Cup competitions. Mourinho will face off against his former club at Wembley after a season marked by vituperative exchanges between himself and his opposite number, Antonio Conte. But speaking from United’s FA Cup base in the Hertfordshire countryside, the Portuguese noted only that he was “curious” about Conte’s future. “Anthony Martial is fit and Lukaku – we will have to wait till the last moment,” Mourinho said of his injured players. “I don’t want to lie to you and say Lukaku doesn’t play, then he plays, or vice versa. We will have to wait on Lukaku. “De Gea starts. It’s not about my trust or confidence in Sergio. Sergio was injured for a long, long time. He didn’t play some matches that normally would be his matches, like his semi-final against Tottenham. He trained really only one week before the Watford match and that’s the reason. Last season I played the Europa League final with Sergio and that was a much more important match than this one because it gave us the possibility to play Champions League.” After finishing second behind Manchester City in the table United have guaranteed Champions League football next season. While winning the FA Cup would undoubtedly add lustre to a season that has met with mixed reviews Mourinho says it will not alter his own verdict of what his players have achieved. Chelsea come to Wembley in desperate need of a fillip after Richard Rodgers Womens Jersey finishing outside the top four. Conte is almost certain to depart in the summer and it is perhaps this disparity between their positions that left Mourinho able to be diplomatic. “I honestly still don’t know what Antonio’s situation is,” Mourinho said when asked if he had sympathy for his opposite number. “I didn’t read him saying that he was leaving, and for me that’s the most important thing. So I don’t know if it’s Antonio’s last match. “Of course, sometimes I read that somebody is coming, Luis Enrique is coming, the other is coming, but until it is official that Antonio leaves I don’t Ryane Clowe Womens Jersey know. I’m curious about it but whether tomorrow is his last match or not, it will not change his approach to the game and his desire to make it good.” On the subject of Chelsea’s fans, Mourinho praised their support of him during his two periods at Stamford Bridge. Chants of “Judas” were directed at Kevin Dodd Womens Jersey Mourinho at Stamford Bridge in last year’s FA Cup, a match United lost 1-0. But the 55-year-old insisted he had never had a bad word to say about Blues fans. You don’t have any quotes from me with negative words about Chelsea supporters, not one word‚“ Mourinho said. “The only thing I say in relation to them is that since my first day in 2004 until my last day when I was sacked a couple of years ago, they were with me unconditionally. They supported me every day. They supported me every match. I will never forget it because they did what I think great supporters do, which is to support their manager unconditionally until the last day.” cheap jerseys cheap jerseys free shipping wholesale jerseys cheap jerseys cheap nfl jerseys