Archive | June 7, 2015

Wawrinka wins French Open….

Stan Wawrinka

Stanislas Wawrinka stunned Novak Djokovic to win his first French Open title and thwart the world number one’s career Grand Slam hopes. The Swiss eighth seed played magnificently in a 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-4 victory at Roland Garros. Wawrinka, 30, brought an end to Djokovic’s 28-match winning streak as he claimed his second Grand Slam title. Djokovic had been hoping to become the eighth man to complete the set of all four major titles. The 28-year-old Serb had been a strong favourite to finally get his hands on the Coupe des Mousquetaires after beating nine-time champion Rafael Nadal and third seed Andy Murray, but he was outplayed by Wawrinka. “It was an incredible atmosphere on court and I felt emotion like I never have before,” said Wawrinka. “I would like to thank my coach Magnus Norman. You played in the final without winning but this victory is yours as well as mine.” Djokovic was effusive in his praise for the new champion: “There are things that are more important in life than victories and that is character and respect – Stan you are a great champion with big heart.” The victory makes Wawrinka only the second Swiss to win at Roland Garros after Roger Federer, the man he beat in the quarter-finals.

Togo coach frustrated with Adebayor….

 

Emmanuel Adebayor

New Togo coach Tom Saintfiet has accused captain Emmanuel Adebayor of a lack of discipline after the Tottenham striker failed to join up with the squad on time ahead of their opening Africa Cup of Nations qualifier next weekend. “I saw him on Wednesday and Friday but he is not at the hotel,” Saintfiet told a news conference in Lome on Friday. The Belgian-born coach was speaking before they departed Togo for their friendly in Ghana on Monday. “He is among the important players for the team but I cannot work with them when they are not in the squad. They should have the same discipline as others.” Togo take on Liberia in Lome on Sunday 14 June in a Group A fixture that marks the start of their qualifying campaign for the 2017 Nations Cup finals. Adebayor’s club Tottenham Hotspur gave him compassionate leave twice last season to return to Africa to deal with a personal family feud that the striker has discussed on social media. Two other key Togo players, goalkeeper Kossi Agassa from French club Stade de Reims and midfielder Floyd Ayite from Bastia, had also not yet joined up with the squad for preparations, Saintfiet added. “To me, discipline is very important in life. And that’s what I am already trying to impregnate in the team. “Discipline is important both for the players, the staff, etc. Discipline is everything to me. All players must be proud to be selected and accept the rules. I want each player to know it’s special to be selected for his country. “I have no problem with any player. Already I do not know everyone yet so I cannot begin to know who is who and who does what. “Since we assembled on Sunday, I’m happy to have those who are there,” he added.

 

U-20 World Cup Round of 16 fixtures….

Nigeria 2-4 Brazil

Wednesday 10 June 2015:

Serbia vs Hungary 5am

Ghana vs Mali 5am

USA vs Columbia 8:30am

Ukraine vs Senegal 8:30am

Thursday 11 June 2015:

Austria vs Uzbekistan 5am

Germany vs Nigeria 8:30am

Brazil vs Uruguay 8:30am

Portugal vs New Zealand 8:30am

Barcelona win 5th Champions League trophy….

Barcelona celebrate

Barcelona won the Champions League trophy for the 5th time and also completed a treble with a 3-1 win over Juventus in the Champions League final. Barca, who had already won the Spanish title and the Copa Del Rey, won their second Treble in six years, becoming the first team to ever do it twice. Ivan Rakitic gave Barca the lead very early on only for Alvaro Morata to equalise against the run of play. But Barca were not to be denied as Luis Suarez put them back in front and Neymar scored the third with the last kick of the game. Andres Iniesta won the man of the match for the final game which was also the last game that club legend Xavi will be playing for Barca.