Jose Mourinho has heaped praise on Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez, labelling his masterminding of an unlikely Magpies win over Manchester United as ‘beautiful.’
Mourinho left the game at St. James’ Park without a win yet again, and his side remain a huge 16 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City.
It was another hugely disappointing away performance from the second-placed side, who were wasteful with their opportunities and slack at the back.
Some expected Mourinho to have shown his anger at full-time with such a limp display, but he instead opted to reveal his happiness for Benitez.
As quoted by The Guardian, he said: “Newcastle United’s players and, of course, their staff gave what they have and what they don’t have and I think that’s a beautiful thing in football.
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“I think they came to fight for a point but found themselves 1-0 up and, from that point, went beyond all the limits. They showed everything a manager likes to see in this game. I can imagine that Benítez is more than pleased with the effort. Were they lucky? Yes, they were but sometimes you make your own luck with your state of mind. The way they fought for every last thing is a beautiful thing.
“After a few defeats Sir Bobby [Robson] once told me: ‘Don’t feel so sad, think about the happiness of the other team’. I know Benítez loves football and I know he’s very, very happy.
“Obviously I’m very disappointed with the defending on the goal; we missed the challenge in the air. I remember the Newcastle player jumping and two of my players standing and looking at him.”
With Liverpool winning the day’s late game with Southampton, the Red Devils are now just two points ahead of them in the table.
Nigeria Proposes To Host 2022 Youth Olympics
Nigeria has officially made a proposal to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to host the 2022 Youth Olympic Games in Abuja.
At a video presentation held in Abuja on Sunday, the Nigerian delegation comprising the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, the Permanent Secretary Adesola Olusade, the Nigeria Olympic Committee President Habu Gumel, officials of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, and the Federal Capital Territory, Dalung assured the visiting members of the IOC that Abuja will be ready to host the games if Nigeria gets the nod.
In his remarks, the minister commended the IOC for considering an African host for the event.
“I want to commend the IOC for developing a mechanism for Africa to be taken along through the changes introduced in the organisation of the Youth Olympics. I want to assure you that the capacity of the country to deliver is not in doubt. We will ensure that we package a brand of the Youth Games which after 2022, will set an agenda for the IOC to emulate.
” Abuja is ready to host because we have hosted international competitions in the past. Moreover, the IOC has emphasised that countries seeking to host the games should not build new structures but improve on their existing ones or make use of temporary facilities which will be dismantled after the games. We have the organisational capacity, the experience and the technical know-how to host.
“Abuja as a city has most of the requirements as enumerated to us by the IOC in a video presentation.
“We hope that at the end of the day, Nigeria will be chosen to host the 2022 Games for Africa,” Dalung said.
Earlier, the IOC members led by Associate Director for the Youth Olympic Games, Antoine Goetschy, stated in their video presentation that the process of securing the bid to host the games will cost nothing to enable weaker countries with the potentials to host the event.
“We are here to see what you have to propose and to show you an overview of what we want in a host city. The objective of our visit is for the proposing host nation to understand the strategic alignment and stakeholders engagement and the potential operational footprint”
Other criteria for hosting the games as presented in the video include demonstration of existing international and youth strategies, prior experience in hosting major events, motivation of the relevant authorities and stakeholders for hosting the Youth Games, dedicated and permanent fields of play, potential accommodation solutions for NOC team delegations, existing indoor multipurpose arenas, potential sites for outdoor festival space and discussions on how hosting the YOG 2022 can act as a catalyst for further development.
The members comprising Gilbert Felli, Senior Adviser, Melina Simm, Advisor and Mathieu Pouret, YOG Manager undertook an inspection tour of the Abuja National Stadium and other facilities yesterday while discussions to select the host country continue.
Neymar Makes Brazil World Cup Squad
Neymar, who hasn’t played a game since breaking his foot in February, was named on Monday as the star of the Brazilian national team which will seek a record sixth World Cup out in Russia, AFP reports.
Coach Tite announced the team list at a press conference in Rio de Janeiro. Neymar’s returning form will be a key factor for the team, which lost influential right-back Dani Alves to a knee injury last week.
Tite’s 23-man squad, which was without major surprises, sees Alves replaced by Danilo (Manchester City) and Fagner, whom Tite knows from his time at the helm of Corinthians’ 2015 national championship-winning team.
Fagner is currently carrying an injury of his own but has been cleared by team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar to play in Russia.
After sweeping aside South American opponents in the World Cup qualifiers, Brazil are seen as one of the favourites at the World Cup. Their campaign begins against Switzerland on June 17.
Source : the18
Neymar Named France’s Player Of The Year
Neymar was named as France’s player of the year at an awards ceremony in Paris on Sunday, despite the Paris Saint-Germain superstar missing the last three months of the season due to injury.
The Brazilian, the world’s most expensive player, scored 19 goals in just 20 league games for PSG before suffering a foot injury in February that required surgery.
His PSG teammates Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe were also nominees, along with Marseille’s Florian Thauvin.
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