'Who is the Greatest?' Pele? Messi? Ronaldo?

By April 08, 2020
Paul-Andre Walker

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    Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Trinidad and Tobago Pro League has revealed its players are eager to get back out on the pitch but paying close attention to the country’s re-opening guidelines.

    With European football leagues set to resume next month, there is yet to be any indication as to when some of the Caribbean’s local leagues can resume play.

    “Contant sports have not been mentioned in any of the phases listed by the government in terms of when people can return to doing normal things.  We are hoping that at least by phase five we would be able to start getting ourselves ready to commence the league,” Baptiste told T&T’s 7pmNews.

    Baptiste revealed that the football governing body has already began putting things in place for a speedy re-opening if and when the government go-ahead of given.

    “I know the clubs are eager to resume training, because the time you start to prepare for actual matchday might be short.  Everyone wants to get into the thick of things,” she added.

    “Football means a lot to the players as it keeps them fit, as well as disciplined. It also allows them to get rid of their frustrations on the field.”

    Things in the 11-team league ground to a halt, due to concerns surrounding the virus in early March.  There were three more matchdays remaining in the 2019-2020 season.

  • Barcelona spell the worst year of my career, says Martino Barcelona spell the worst year of my career, says Martino

    Mexico head coach Gerardo Martino says his season in charge of Barcelona was the worst of his career.

    Martino took over at Camp Nou from Tito Vilanova in July 2013 and enjoyed a positive start, winning the Supercopa de Espana on away goals against Atletico Madrid.

    Barca started the LaLiga season with a 7-0 thrashing of Levante before winning his first Clasico 2-1 at home to Real Madrid in October.

    The season ended in disappointment, though, with Atletico pipping Barca to the title after holding them to a 1-1 draw at Camp Nou on the final day of the league season, having lost the Copa del Rey final to Real Madrid a month earlier.

    Martino, who stepped down after the Atletico draw, says it was trying to get the best out of the squad while attempting to embrace their stylistic traditions that made life difficult.

    "From the results side of things, it wasn't a bad year," he said, as quoted by Sport. "We won a trophy and we played in a final, but at Barcelona what matters is how many trophies you win.

    "However, I say it was my worst year because my contribution as coach started and finished with the management of the team.

    "There were concerns that my management had a short life and, for me, the Clasico against Real Madrid that we won 2-1 at home was key.

    "We scored the second goal running into space and if Barcelona ran into space, it was because something did not fit together.

    "But I understand that, if we could add anything to the team, it was not to deny the possibility of running.

    "Speed was going to make Barcelona more complete because when there were lapses in the dominance of the opposition, it was good to go back and move into space. That was carried out the following year, with Luis Enrique."

  • Coronavirus: Seville derby to relaunch LaLiga season on June 11 Coronavirus: Seville derby to relaunch LaLiga season on June 11

    LaLiga will return with the derby between Sevilla and Real Betis on Thursday, June 11, it has been confirmed.

    Spain's Higher Council of Sport (CSD) said it had agreed the resumption plans with the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and LaLiga.

    The CSD issued a statement that confirmed plans for the season to end on July 18-19.

    There are 11 rounds of games still to be played in LaLiga, with Barcelona two points clear of Real Madrid when the coronavirus pandemic forced football to be suspended in March.

    "The resumption of competition will take place during the weekend of June 13-14, with the first match on Thursday the 11th between Sevilla and Real Betis," the CSD statement said.

    "The last day will occur, provisionally and always depending on the evolution of the pandemic, on the weekend of July 18 and 19."

    The Segunda Division can also resume on June 13-14.

    LaLiga president Javier Tebas had been pushing for the June 11 derby date since Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez confirmed last Saturday that football could resume from June 8.

    Previous reports had suggested the first LaLiga match would be played on June 12, exactly three months after the suspension started; however, Tebas has got the outcome he wanted.

    All LaLiga games for the remainder of the 2019-20 season will be played behind closed doors.

    The CSD praised those who took part in the talks to structure the final weeks of the campaign amid the unprecedented circumstances, saying the same officials would meet on a monthly basis, or, where necessary, more often until the season is concluded.

    To fit in so many games in such a short period of time, the RFEF on Wednesday said it would allow matches to be played on Mondays and Fridays.

    The Seville derby is expected to kick off at 22:00 local time due to the intense heat in Andalusia's capital.

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