Four years of the historic A-League of the ‘Spanish trio’

first_imgIsaías Sánchez, former Adelaide United player “After four years, I look back and yes, it was the most special moment of my career.” Isaiah Sanchez, Sergio Candle and Paul Sanchez they remember in great detail one of the great exploits of world football in the last decade. A milestone in the form of a comeback in which they were the protagonists. Today, May 1, 2020, four years have passed since the A-League conquered by Adelaide United, a team led by Guillermo Amor who, after eight days played in the Australian championship, did not know the victory and was in last place on the leaderboard. “I remember a talk by Love when we were last. He told us: ‘You have to go match by match, because just as we are last, we can be champions. There was silence. We all think: ‘You can be optimistic, but not so much’“recalls Cirio, current Ibiza player.That team came from winning the first edition of the FFA Cup and reaching the A-League semifinals under the baton of Josep Gombau, who before the start of the 2015/16 season had to return to Spain for personal reasons. His position was occupied by Guillermo Amor, his assistant until then. “He changed some things and we had a hard time assimilating them,” recalls Isaías Sánchez. The fans had high hopes for that campaign, but after eight league games Adelaide United did not know the victory and was at the bottom of the table. “In Australia, clubs tend to be more patient with coaches. That streak in Spain would have cost Amor the job. But there was calm and that caused the good results to come, “recalls Sergio Cirio.”They said we were candidates to win it all, and starting so bad surprised everyone“adds Isaiah, now in the Al Wakrah of Qatar. Sergio Cirio, former Adelaide United player Everything changed on December 6, 2015. After five wins and three draws, Adelaide welcomed Perth with a variant in its eleven: Pablo Sánchez, who had been a substitute, started and only took two minutes to score the goal that turned him upside down. “I was not playing a leading role, but I was able to play and score. That victory was a turning point in our season,” recalls Sánchez himself. “My hair stands on end as I remember that victory“, discovers Isaías Sánchez,” it was a very important moment for us and we managed to take the three points. We remember it as the day we transformed. We thought, ‘Now we do.’ “After defeating Perth Glory, Adelaide United chained 14 games without losing that took him from the last to the second position in the table. An unprecedented streak that ended up giving him the lead in the last date, after beating Melbourne City and seeing how Brisbane Roar did not pass the tie against Victory. “City had a great team. There was Aaron Mooy, who now plays in the Premier League, or Sorensen, the goalkeeper of the Danish team for many years. But we were a very serious team and very sacrificed on the field. We won 0-2 at home “, details Isaías Sánchez. “We got together in a bar to watch the Brisbane game. The rival goalkeeper had a great game. They had plenty of chances, but were 0-0. When the referee whistled the end it was a party“recalls Cirio. “Going to Australia was the best decision of my life” Pablo Sánchez, former Adelaide United playercenter_img After the break WS Wanderers closed the gap. “There were moments of doubt, because in any stopped ball they can tie you, but Pablo’s entry ended up giving us the title“Sergio Cirio recalls. ‘Supersub’ Sánchez entered ’86 and ended up deciding the final in Adelaide’s favor:”During the whole week, when I went to sleep I thought: ‘Pablo, you are going to play little, but you are going to have one and you are going to put it in’. It was an exercise in self-conviction. Amor put me on the left wing, but everything was playing on the right and I went to the center. There was a clearance, the rival midfielder controlled poorly, I anticipated and stood in front of the goal. I had been dreaming about that moment for a week, so I hit him with the soul and he went inside. Marking a goal that gives you a title is something any footballer dreams of. I’ve seen it repeated over 500 times“, details the Andalusian.That was how Adelaide, a team sunk in the eighth day -the regular phase has 27 dates-, ended up conquering the first A-League in its history. A success founded on trust in Guillermo Amor, his coaching staff and the work of three Spanish footballers: the ‘Master’ Isaías Sánchez, the indisputable Sergio Cirio and ‘Supersub’ Sánchez. “I am clear that that was one of the great moments of my career,” recalls an ‘Isa’ who, after six years in the country, ended up becoming an Australian national. “I am very happy to have decided to go play in Australia. In Spain we players are the protagonists; there it is focused on the fans enjoying themselves,” Cirio analyzes. “I remember it as if it were yesterday. It was the great moment of my career with the promotion to Second with Sevilla Atlético”, completes Pablo Sánchez. Four years of the historic A-League of the ‘Spanish trio’. Finishing the regular season first allowed Adelaide to play the ‘play-off’ at home. The semifinals, against Melbourne City, were a walk. The ‘reds’ won 4-1 with a new goal from Pablo Sánchez, who earned the nickname ‘supersub’: “Nobody wants to be a super substitute. I wanted to start, but it was the role I had to play. That season I scored nine goals and made seven coming off the bench. Marking in the semifinals was incredible “, details the player from Cádiz months after hanging up his boots after three seasons in Segunda B with Llagostera and San Fernando.In the final he played Westers Sydney Wanderes, another team plagued by Spanish -Dimas Delgado, Andreu Gerao and Alberto Aguilar- that Adelaide had not been able to win during the regular season. “The city was so overturned that we played at Coopers, a 50,000-capacity stadium where Australian football matches are usually played,” recalls Sergio Cirio. Bruce Kamau opened the scoring in the 22nd minute and Isaías Sánchez, before the break, made it 2-0 from a direct free kick. “That season I scored five foul goals. At first there were other colleagues who asked me, but that day no one dared to approach. When I picked up the ball I knew I could fit it. He entered the entire squad, “recalls the Sabadell midfielder.” He went to celebrate on the bench, which was in our part of the field. I stayed in the central circle so that the rival did not serve, “adds Cirio. “During the whole week, when I went to sleep I thought: ‘Pablo, you are going to play little, but you are going to have one and you are going to put it in’” “That streak in Spain would have cost Amor the job”last_img read more

Performance of Liberians in Chinese Language Motivates Instructors

first_imgTwo instructors of the Confucius Institute (CI) have expressed their excitement over the achievements of Liberians undergoing Chinese Language and cultural learning in Monrovia and at the University of Liberia.“Chinese Language is altogether different and difficult. To get the students to understand, I design various activities to add to the students’ interest. By that, they are taking in the lesson,” Xiong Yuxian, one of the instructors said.Xiong said “Liberians are so talented and quick to take in, and just the few times spent with them have resulted in many of them reciting poems in Chinese, singing and dancing Chinese songs, and perform other cultural activities the instructors have taught them.”The CI is exclusively based at the University of Liberia and is engaged in teaching Chinese Language and Culture through which many students have proven their abilities in the lessons. Through their achievements some of the students have travelled to China and interacted with the Chinese through cultural exchange programs.The institute also provides lessons for other interested people who are not attending the UL. CI is also conducting a class for officers of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization and the Liberia National Police. The reason is to get those officers acquainted with the language since they are often assigned at the various ports of entry through which Chinese and other nationals enter the country.Xiong said both university and non university students were learning at the same pace in understanding the Chinese language and cultural activities.She added that from calls they received during their program on the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS), many more people continue to express interest in learning the language.Xiong, in line with her colleague Tang Xaowei said learning the language is important for building a bridge for China-Liberia relations, adding that the most important thing is for both countries to harmoniously coexist to seek their citizens’ welfare.In separate statements, Xiong and her colleague noted that members of the Chinese Cultural Troupe that visited Monrovia about a month ago were astonished by what they saw their Liberian counterparts doing.According to the instructors, the two groups mingled, ate and performed the rest of the activities together, beyond the expectations of the Chinese Cultural Troupe.Giving highlights of her work, Xiong said they are basically involved in teaching Chinese Language and Culture, and teach over a hundred students from diverse backgrounds.The lesson is taught at levels ranging from 1 to 4, and those who complete are awarded certificates of achievement.Xiong Yuxian was born in 1992 and came to Liberia in July 2015 as a volunteer teacher to teach Chinese at the Confucius Institute.Before coming to Liberia, she was doing her master’s degree program at the Changsha University of Science & Technology in Central China.She has been a volunteer teacher in China for years, teaching in some poor mountainous schools.For Tang Xiaowei when she heard information about the volunteer teacher program she quickly applied to be a guest lecturer.She was among the lucky ones selected for the work that entered Liberia on July 14, 2015.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Johnsonville Suffers ‘Worst Flooding’

first_imgBarely two weeks into the heavy downpour this year, residents of Pipeline and Johnsonville in Paynesville outside Monrovia, are starting to see something shocking. Now that the heavy rains have commenced, cars and residential areas are deeply submerged in flood waters along the route.“It was swooping in,” said a female resident only identified as Patricia, talking about the rain. “It was like it just ran in.”A resident, Fedesco Luogon, suffered the worst of the flood as his entire house has been submerged. He is not the only one who is so seriously affected by the heavy rains. Other nearby residents have complained of the flood water that has poured into their homes.As the result of the severe flooding in the area, several motorbikes plying the route are reportedly overcharging their passengers because the two government-owned (National Transit Authority (NTA) Feeder Road Buses assigned on the route have reportedly slowed commuting due to the bad condition of the road.One of the drivers told the Daily Observer yesterday on condition of anonymity that the road has become so flooded that if no intervention is forthcoming to remedy the situation before the rainy season reaches its peak, they would stop plying the route.Yesterday morning, several homes were under water to the extent that, “we were trying to get the family out of the home,” a community head, T. Emmanuel Cole said about his submerged house. According to Mr. Cole, since the heavy rains started about two weeks ago, residents along the route have experienced flooding because of the deplorable condition of the road.“When cars are speeding in, the water moves them over, and the drivers would often go into nearby ditches,” another resident explained angrily.Some of the worst affected communities are the New Israel, Lorma Quarter, Cook Spoon Hill near Whein Town, as well as the community connecting Logan Town with Kpelle Town Junction.Many of the residents have lived in the Whein Town and neighboring communities near Johnsonville for 20 years. They and their families are now stuck, thinking about what is standing between them and their water-filled homes.Mr. Luogon now needs a ‘boat’ to go through the community he has called home for so many years.The two weeks up to yesterday, “in all reality, it’s been a nightmare,” Mr. Luogon said.It is a nightmare no one seems to be able to wake-up from as residents continued battling the water up to noon, at which time the Daily Observer had to return to base.“Floods happen, but I have never had flood water come up so far that I have had to leave my house, and I have never had flood water come this early except this year,” one affected female lamented.She remembers going to bed last night with no water around her house but woke up yesterday seeing water everywhere.“It’s heartbreaking. Then, when you look around and the news, no one is here. I know everyone has the same problems we are going through,” she told our reporter with tears rolling down her cheeks.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Charter schools founder indicted

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN BERNARDINO – The founder of one of California’s largest charter school networks was indicted Tuesday on 113 felony counts of misappropriation of public funds, grand theft and tax evasion for allegedly siphoning millions in public school funds, San Bernardino County prosecutors said. C. Steven Cox, founder of the now-defunct California Charter Academy, was indicted on 56 counts of misappropriation of public funds and 56 counts of grand theft, said Michael Fermin, a supervising deputy district attorney. Cox was also accused of failing to file a state tax return, he said. Cox, 59, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment and was jailed with bail set at $1 million. The grand jury also indicted Tad Theron Honeycutt, a Hesperia city councilman, on 15 counts of misappropriation of funds, 15 counts of grand theft, three counts of failure to file a state tax return and one count of filing a false tax return. Honeycutt, 44, also entered a plea of not guilty to all charges and was jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail. San Bernardino County prosecutors began their investigation after the release of an 80-page state audit in 2004 that detailed serious problems with the finances and operations management at the Victorville-based network of schools. The audit charged that Cox routinely looted millions from public schools to enrich his friends and family, leading to the academy’s collapse. Auditors wrote that California Charter Academy and its private management firm, Educational Administrative Services Corp., spent millions on hefty executive salaries, perks and questionable contracts awarded to Cox’s friends and family.last_img read more

Men’s Tennis Downs GW and NIU To Open 2017 Season

first_img Drake 2-0 Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (1,4,6) 1. Gillespie, Vinny/MacGeoch, Calum (DU) def. Marbach, Eric/Lundkvist, Georg (NIU) 6-1 3. Chris Fletcher (GW) def. Stride, Ben (DU) 2-6, 7-6, 1-0 (10-6) 4. Thorold, Barnaby (DU) def. Hjertonsson, Tom (NIU) 6-3, 6-2 5. Clark, Ben (DU) def. William Tutecky (GW) 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (10-6) In Drake’s nightcap against NIU, the Bulldogs once again won the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead. Gillespie put together a dominating performance to beat Georg Lundkvist, 6-2, 6-3. Freshman Barny Thorold won his first collegiate career singles match, beating Tom Hjertonsson 6-3, 6-2 at No. 4, to give Drake a 3-0 lead. Clark clinched the Bulldog victory with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Louis-Philipp Hamel at No. 6 singles. 3. Stride, Ben (DU) vs. Schweiger Muzar, Bor (NIU) 7-5, 4-2, unfinished 3. Clark, Ben/Hands, Tom (DU) def. Chris Fletcher/Jakub Behun (GW) 6-3 Story Links 1. #73 Gillespie, Vinny (DU) def. Julius Tverijonas (GW) 6-3, 6-4 The Bulldogs worked quickly as Drake took care of the GW in just over two hours.Vinny Gillespie and Calum MacGeoch cruised to a 6-2 win, while Ben Clark and Tom Hands defeated Chris Fletcher and Jakub Behun, 6-3, to clinch the doubles point for the Bulldogs. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s tennis team opened the 2017 season with a pair of victories on Saturday as the Bulldogs defeated George Washington 6-1 and Northern Illinois 4-0 at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. Drake 6, George Washington 1Jan. 21, 2017 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center)  2. MacGeoch, Calum (DU) vs. Marbach, Eric (NIU) 6-7, 0-1, unfinished 6. Wood, Ben (DU) def. C. Hadjigeorgiou (GW) 6-0, 7-5 2. Fernando Sala/C. Hadjigeorgiou (GW) def. Stride, Ben/Thorold, Barnaby (DU) 7-6 (7-2) Drake 4, Northern Illinois 0Jan. 21, 2017 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center)  Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,6,1,5,2,3) 5. Hands, Tom (DU) vs. Manzanas, Carlos (NIU) 4-6, 4-3, unfinished Match Notes Singles competition Singles competition Box Score – vs. Northern Illinois Match Notes 1. Gillespie, Vinny/MacGeoch, Calum (DU) def. Julius Tverijonas/Chris Reynolds (GW) 6-2 1. Gillespie, Vinny (DU) def. Lundkvist, Georg (NIU) 6-2, 6-3 2. Stride, Ben/Wood, Ben (DU) def. Schweiger Muzar, Bor/Manzanas, Carlos (NIU) 6-4 Hands kept his momentum from doubles into single as he rolled past Dennis Afanasev, 6-2, 6-1 at No. 4 singles. At No. 6, Ben Wood won his first eight games enroute to a 6-0, 7-5 win, giving Drake a 3-0 lead. Gillespie, who is ranked 73rd nationally, sealed the win for the Bulldogs with strong 6-3, 6-4 victory. 3. Hamel, Louis-Philipp/Hjertonsson, Tom (NIU) def. Clark, Ben/Hands, Tom (DU) 5-4 6. Clark, Ben (DU) def. Hamel, Louis-Philipp (NIU) 6-3, 6-2 George Washington 0-1 Doubles competition The Bulldogs will head to the Lone Star State on Jan. 28 to take on host Texas in the first of two matches at the ITA Kick-off Weekend event. Drake will play either Rice or Oregon on Sunday, Jan. 29. 4. Hands, Tom (DU) def. Dennis Afanasev (GW) 6-2, 6-1 Box Score – vs. George Washington Drake 1-0 Doubles competition 2. MacGeoch, Calum (DU) def. Chris Reynolds (GW) 7-6, 2-6, 1-0 (10-7)  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Householders who have broadband with Vodafone are being hit with price hikes

first_imgThe telecoms giant is increasing prices by up to €84 a year and it is ending some of its older mobile phone plan deals.The company confirmed that broadband prices are rising by between €5 and €7 a month from November on wards.In a statement, the company said: “This adjustment is in response to increased operational costs, primarily due to the rise in wholesale prices.”It added that the price of its recently added TV, broadband, home and mobile package will not be affected by the increase.A spokesperson said: “Customers have the option of changing their plan and should contact a Vodafone customer service agent for details.”Vodafone is also ending some low-priced mobile phone plans.“A small number of customers who are currently on old, outdated plans are currently being moved to the new Vodafone Red 30 Day plan as Vodafone upgrades its internal systems,” a spokesperson said.“Vodafone has been in contact with affected customers to inform them of the move.”Managing director of price comparison site Switcher.ie, Eoin Clarke, said: “In June, Open Eir confirmed an increase of €3.50 a month in its fibre broadband prices for wholesale customers.“Now, we’re seeing Vodafone raise its prices by between €5 and €7 per month as a result of costs associated with this wholesale hike – although not all customers are affected.”He warned that we could see price increases from other broadband providers too.Sky, Eir and Virgin have already increased prices for their services this year. Householders who have broadband with Vodafone are being hit with price hikes was last modified: October 15th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rosebud Andrea dons her sash for Rose of Tralee!

first_img10-year-old Andrea Slevin from Knock, Ballybofey, has had an incredibly exciting week as she has been selected to be a Rosebud for the upcoming Rose of Tralee Festival!Each year, 64 of Ireland’s loveliest little ladies are chosen to participate alongside the Roses in Kerry.When Andrea and mum Anna put her name forward in April, they never dreamt that she would be selected. “It’s a dream come true. I am really looking forward to taking part in the parades and spending time with the Roses for the week,” beams Andrea.Andrea will accompany the Southern California Rose, Ms Claire McManamon during the week of the festival. Originally from Mayo, 24-year-old GAA fan Claire is working as an accountant in sunny Southern California with Glanbia.Andrea and her 63 Rosebud friends will be treated to VIP treatment throughout the week; they will get to don their very own sash, take part in the parade, and even attend a glitzy exclusive party with the Roses.The much anticipated Rose of Tralee Festival begins today, with Roses, Rosebuds, and Escorts having a jam-packed schedule until the crowning cabaret on Tuesday. Beginning in 2009, Rosebuds were selected to include the younger generation as they bloom into potential Roses.Excited for her week in Kerry, Andrea will be spending the week with mum and dad Anna and Drew, and little sister Leona.Andrea says she is also looking forward to meeting Donegal Rose, Amy Kate Callaghan, and wishes her all the best in the competition.Perhaps in another few years Andrea will don the Donegal sash!Rosebud Andrea dons her sash for Rose of Tralee! was last modified: August 16th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:andrew slevinBallybofeydonegalRose of Traleerosebudlast_img read more

Sliabh Liag tourism project to officially open on Monday

first_imgThe official opening of the Sliabh Liag Strategic Development Project will take place on Monday.Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh and Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Seamus Ó Domhnaill. are set to open one of the county’s anticipated tourism projects.The project will be officially open at 3pm. The opening of the visitor’s centre last month was aimed at attracting more people to the famous sea cliffs, where tourism has blossomed in recent years.Over 164,000 tourists visited the cliffs in 2017.Last month, Sliabh Liag Distillers in Ardara is to submit a planning application to build a new €6 million distillery, which would bring Irish whiskey production back to the county for the first time in 177 years.Sliabh Liag, which produces An Dúlamán Irish Maritime Gin and The Legendary Silkie Irish Whiskey, submit the application to Donegal County Council today. Subject to approval, the construction of the distillery in Ardara is expected to start later this year, with distilling operations beginning in 2020.Led by company directors James and Moria Doherty and James Keith, the site will employ at least 40 people and has received the support of the community.Sliabh Liag tourism project to officially open on Monday was last modified: May 12th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:sliabh liaglast_img read more

Fire damages property at Army camp near LoC

first_imgThe Army on Tuesday said a fire broke out in north Kashmir’s Machil Sector, resulting in the damage of infrastructure. An Army spokesman said the fire broke out at 2 p.m. and was brought under control. “Some damage to property took place,” said the spokesman, without divulging any details.Unofficial reports suggest an entire Army camp was taken over by the flames located close to the Line of Control in the Machil Sector in Kupwara. It housed the soldiers of the Army’s 44 Rashtriya Rifles headquartered at Hamar Gali in the Machil sector.The fire damaged large parts of the camp, which housed oil barrels and some ammunition. However, the Army has been silent over the details of the damage. “There was no loss of life. The cause of the fire is being ascertained,” said the Army spokesman.last_img read more

Neighbour held for rape

first_imgA 30-year-old has been arrested for raping his 7-year-old neighbour in Sahibabad, the police said on Wednesday. The accused will be produced in a city court on Thursday.A senior officer said the incident happened on November 11 in Sahibabad’s Shalimar Garden. The girl’s mother complained to the police on Wednesday night. The police lodged an FIR and sent the victim for medical examination. They also recorded her statement. The final medical report is awaited but the initial report has confirmed rape, the police said. The accused allegedly lured the victim to a room and threatened her with dire consequences after the rape. The girl revealed her ordeal to the mother recently.last_img