Valencia's Premiership bow set to be tough affair

By September 13, 2018

Valencia, after earning promotion to the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Premiership Division, they immediately have their backs pushed against the wall with a battle against the ball-playing San Juan North Secondary. Can they hold their own?

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at SportsMax.tv. He comes to the role with almost 20 years of experience as journalist. That experience includes all facets of media. He began as a sports Journalist in 2001, quickly moving into radio, where he was an editor before becoming a news editor and then an entertainment editor with one of the biggest media houses in the Caribbean.

Related items

  • Brazil's Tite encouraged by Neymar captaincy Brazil's Tite encouraged by Neymar captaincy

    Brazil coach Tite believes Neymar is thriving in his role as the national team's captain.

    Tite notably rotated the captaincy during the World Cup, where Neymar was widely criticised for simulation.

    However, according to the Brazilian boss, the world's most expensive player is developing into a leader.

    "This (the captaincy) is not a prize, it is a responsibility. I wanted him to be more open with the press and grow. I am happy with how things have turned out," Tite said.

    "In the dressing room he is a character, on the field he is a leader. The other day when he did his press conference he came with his son. That wasn't forced, it was to show he has a human side.

    "That's important. When you are captain, how to project yourself. I think it's certainly been a success so far."

    Meanwhile, ahead of Brazil's friendly against Cameroon, Tite confirmed Roberto Firmino will keep his starting spot ahead of Gabriel Jesus.

    Despite starting in last Friday's win over Uruguay, Firmino has largely been the back-up striking option, with 17 of his 28 appearances for the Selecao coming off the bench.

    With Copa America approaching, however, the 27-year-old appears set to play a bigger role.

    "Roberto Firmino is still a new player in the national team and so it's only fair to give him his chance to get used to that position and to create his understanding with the players around him," Tite said.

  • Dier encourages English youngsters to follow Sancho's lead Dier encourages English youngsters to follow Sancho's lead

    Eric Dier would like to see more English youngsters follow teenager Jadon Sancho's example and play their club football abroad.

    Sancho has already won three caps at senior level with England despite being just 18 having made a major impression with Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund this season.

    The teenage winger, who left Manchester City to move to Germany in 2017, has six assists - the most in the division - and has also chipped in with four goals despite starting just five league games.

    Fellow 18-year-old Reiss Nelson, who is on loan with Hoffenheim from Arsenal, has scored six Bundesliga goals himself and Dier can see the value in English youngsters moving abroad, as he did when he played in Portugal at youth level.

    "I hope players continue to do what Jadon is doing," he told reporters.

    "That's so important for their development. Not just as a footballer but as a man.

    "He's out of his comfort zone and he's living by himself in a foreign country. Those experiences are important for you to grow as a person."

    Tottenham's Dier developed through the Sporting CP academy and lived in Portugal from the age of seven.

    He will return to the country next June with England after they booked their place in the Nations League Finals in dramatic fashion with a come-from-behind win over Croatia at Wembley on Sunday.

    "It will be the first time I go back and play there since I left - it will be very special," Dier added.

    "It's my home so I am very happy to go back."

  • What are the Windies' chances against Australia? What are the Windies' chances against Australia?

    The Windies go into the semi-finals of the Women's World T20 against an Australia team who should start favourites, however, can the Windies pull off two upsets to successfully defend their world title?

SportsMax Zone

Latest Tweets

#Dybala of #Juventus greets a child in a wheelchair in a heartwarming moment. #ChampionsLeague ⚽ action continues… https://t.co/CtKtgibPsE
Join the discussion! What are the Windies' chances against Australia?  Watch video here: https://t.co/ckhNhxpAkx… https://t.co/MRLXyZ414W
#LeBron racked up 51 points for the #Lakers in their victory against the #Heat; while #RudyGay made an impressive d… https://t.co/yLACFxqVY8
Follow SportsMax on Twitter
© 2018 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.