BREAKING NEWS: Laporta confirms Koeman to stay on as Barcelona coach

By Sports Desk June 03, 2021

Ronald Koeman will remain as Barcelona head coach for the 2021-22 season, president Joan Laporta confirmed on Thursday.

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    While poor all-around batting display was the order of the day in a lopsided loss against South Africa in the first Test, the West Indies, as has become customary, had another slow start at the top of the innings.

    The opening pair of captain Kraigg Brathwaite and recently recalled Shai Hope only managed to put 30 on the board in the first innings, with Brathwaite then partnering with another recalled batsman, Kieran Powell, to combine for 21 in the second innings.

    Prior to this series, however, Brathwaite and opening partner John Campbell has had an average stuck at around the 22 mark for the last several series played.  Campbell has been ruled out of the current series with an injury.

    On the back of the lopsided defeat to South Africa, Simmons insists it is an area the team is desperate to fix.

    “It’s one of the things we have been desperately trying to work on because if you look back, a lot of times when we win Test matches against top teams, we have good opening stands,” Simmons recently told members of the media.

    “It’s disappointing because when you look at the last 7 Test 100s scored by an opener, I think they were all scored by Kraigg.  So, it’s disappointing for us and we are trying to work very hard on that,” he added.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Morata to stay at Juventus for another season Morata to stay at Juventus for another season

    Alvaro Morata will spend another season with Juventus after the Serie A giants extended his loan until June 30, 2022.

    The striker has agreed to stay in Turin, where he spent 2020-21 on loan from Atletico Madrid.

    Morata scored 20 goals in all competitions last season, his best tally for a single campaign in his career, while also providing 11 assists.

    Juve said in a statement on Tuesday: "It goes without saying, Morata is in the right place, at the right time. And, of course, for another year!"

    Morata spent two years at Juve from 2014 to 2016 before returning to Real Madrid for the 2016-17 season.

    After a difficult spell at Chelsea, he moved to Atletico initially on loan in 2019 before signing a permanent deal a year later.

    In total, Morata has registered 47 goals and 27 assists in 79 starts for the Bianconeri in all competitions.

    Morata has faced criticism in recent days for his performances for Spain. The 28-year-old was booed by Spain fans for missing chances in the 0-0 friendly draw with Portugal and received similar focus after failing to score in the goalless draw with Sweden in La Roja's Euro 2020 opener on Monday.

  • Ronaldo surpasses Platini as European Championship's record goalscorer Ronaldo surpasses Platini as European Championship's record goalscorer

    Cristiano Ronaldo is now the all-time leading goalscorer in European Championship history after netting in Portugal's Euro 2020 opener against Hungary.

    Ronaldo went into the tournament level with France great Michel Platini but his penalty late on in Budapest to move his side 2-0 ahead put him out in front.

    The Juventus star was making his 22nd European Championship appearance. Platini needed just five games to reach his nine-goal haul, all of which came at Euro 84.

    Ronaldo has other records in his sights at this tournament as well.

    His spot-kick against Hungary has taken him to within two of Miroslav Klose's record (19) for the most goals scored by a European player at the World Cup and Euros.

    Though arguably even greater than that is the fact Ronaldo is now just four behind Ali Daei's world record of 109 international goals, the Iranian scoring those in a 13-year period from 1993.

     

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