Aleñá could have financed the signing of Eric García (Xavi Hernández Navarro)

Unlike Riqui Puig, who has preferred to bet on Barça, Carles Aleñá instructed his agent, Iván de la Peña, to look for a team in the winter market. Kind of not getting into Ronald Koeman’s plans, the Mataró midfielder ended up agreeing to leave on loan to Getafe, where one of his best friends, Marc Cucurella, plays. But, as ARA has learned, this was the alternative to his first choice, which was to be transferred to Wolverhampton Wanderers. The British offered seven million euros to keep it owned.

The same club that helped clean up Barça’s accounts a few months ago by signing Nélson Semedo for 40 million – in an operation led by Jorge Mendes – tried to go fishing again at the Camp Nou with Aleñá, who was looking forward to trying his luck in English football. , where he would have met Adama Traoré, also trained at La Masia. However, the Barça manager did not see the operation clearly: seven million is just half the market value of the footballer. Carles Tusquets rejected the proposal and, in return, the possibility of depositing money that the entity has now been unable to pay to advance the signing of Eric García, an express request from Koeman and Ramon Planes since Piqué was injured.

“If the club says it is not possible [fer fitxatges d’hivern] for an economic issue, we will continue with what we have until the end of the season “, explained the coach in yesterday’s press conference, hours before seeing the faces in the Barça offices with Tusquets and the three aspirants to the Koeman made a last-ditch attempt to repatriate Garcia in the short term despite the institution’s financial difficulties in considering any investment, the power vacuum that exists in the absence of elections, and the debate among the candidates. on whether or not it is appropriate to make an effort for a footballer whose contract expires on June 30. The Dutchman’s will was thwarted by a lack of consensus.

Joan Laporta, who always tries not to make judgments about Koeman, is not in favor of spending now and is betting on the free arrival of García in the summer window. The former president is in tune with Toni Freixa. Víctor Font, on the other hand, had a terrible day. “Eric is a unique case. The sports structure insists on the need to arrive now and it must be a possible investment, as there are no transition seasons at Barça,” said the candidate, who proposed to satisfy the ‘coach with a formula to pay for the modest transfer of Garcia – five million fixed – in installments. On the other hand, the footballer was pressing to be able to leave City now, as he has to play the European Championship between the eyebrows.

Rotations against the Cornellà

Beyond this debate, Koeman wants his Barça to take flight in the Copa del Rey after Sunday’s painful defeat in the Super Cup. Barça visit Cornellà in a single match with the casualties of Leo Messi due to suspension and Sergiño Dest due to injury in connection with the match against Athletic. “We know there can be surprises. It will be complicated, because they will play the game of the year and we are not used to artificial turf, for example. We will have to face the appointment with seriousness and mentality,” said the Dutchman. which has summoned more players from the subsidiary than usual and will make rotations that will reward the less usual ones, such as Junior, Trincao or Pjanic. Especially the lane, Jordi Alba’s substitute, still has options to leave in January. Several Spanish clubs have been interested in taking it on loan.


CHAN special broadcast in Cameroon

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Contents of this Monday: the 6th CHAN in Cameroon! And we in Douala, for a program devoted to this continental competition, the first in times of pandemic. Where the public is still allowed in the stands. One year away from the CAN, how is Cameroon organized?

The local Indomitable Lions offered a victory to their nation, enough to start their competition. Likewise for Mali and the DRC. Who is this CHAN’s favorite?

Our guests of the day around Annie Gasnier and Eric Mamruth: the former Lion, native of Douala, former of Saint-Etienne and Manchester City, Lucien Mettomo; the president of the Federation of Niger, Colonel Pelé; and Leopards coach Florent Ibengé.

In preparation David Fintzel, Laurent Salerno in technical production, and Dominique Fiant / Benjamin Avayou in video production.


World 2021: Luc Abalo exasperated by the questions of a journalist

Asked about BeIN Sport just after the difficult success over Algeria (29-26) on Wednesday evening, the winger of the France handball team did not hide his annoyance, before leaving.

On Wednesday evening, the France team won a fourth success in as many matches played during the 2021 World Cup in Egypt, dominating Algeria (29-26). “A narrow success”, by the admission of the coach of the Blues, Guillaume Gille, due to insufficient collective performance of the French. What feed a certain disappointment, despite the favorable result. What did the BeInN Sport journalist Mary Patrux wish to express by interviewing Luc Abalo live just after the meeting, perhaps a little unhappy: “We did not spend a very good evening in front of France? -Algeria. I imagine that the France team did not have a lot of fun during this meeting either. ” Face closed, the right winger answers tit for tat: “Oh yes, why did not you have a good evening?”

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Having started on the wrong foot, the discussion then continued, in a climate of mistrust and hostility. “You were put in difficulty by a team from Algeria that you are, for me, able to dominate more easily”, replied the journalist of the pay channel. “Actually, how do you say we could dominate them easily?” Abalo snarled a little more. Before backing up his point. “Our team is new. There are a lot of players who don’t necessarily have experience of this competition, and for them it’s a difficult game. Algeria is a big team. They defend differently, very hard, very high, so we knew we were going to have some tough challenges to overcome. ” One way for the winger to defend his troops. But from defensive, his speech then went on the offensive …

Thus, Abalo highlighted the way of approaching this meeting, and this Algerian opponent, from the media. “Before the match, psychologically, we said to ourselves that we had no right to play badly against this team. As if we don’t respect them enough. It is a problem. Whether it was Switzerland two days ago or Algeria, they are two good teams (…) You (the journalists), in your questions, you imply that we have no right to lose and to play badly . Except that in this team, there are young players and they say to themselves that they have no right to play badly. However, it doesn’t matter if you miss something, you just have to fight in defense… ”And the winger to assert, just before leaving:“ We are no longer the great French team there. is ten years old. We are going to make mistakes and this is normal because we have to rebuild ourselves (… We are not going to dominate all the matches. ”


Ligue 1: OM bows against Lens and plunges into crisis – Fil info – Ligue 1

The crisis is indeed there on the side of Marseille. André Villas-Boas’ players bowed to Lens (0-1) on Wednesday, during a late match of the ninth day of Ligue 1. It is Simon Banza, scorer in the 59th minute, who precipitated the fall of OM, beaten for the second time in a row at the Vélodrome and who have won only one of their last seven matches. Note that the Marseille club also lost Valentin Rongier to injury at the end of the first period. When it doesn’t want… In the standings, OM (one game late) remains sixth and is still four points behind Rennes, fifth. Lens is seventh, one point behind Marseille.


Dan Campbell receives six-year contract with Detroit Lions

The Lions officially announced the hiring of Dan Campbell as head coach on Wednesday

The new head coach of the Detroit Lions, Dan Campbell, received a six-season contract team, sources told Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.

The Lions officially announced the hiring of Campbell on Wednesday, but the terms were not disclosed. The team will present it at a press conference on Thursday.

“With more than 20 years of experience as a coach and player in the National Football League, And he knows the rigors of professional football and what it takes to be successful. It will help promote the culture we wish to establish throughout our organization, while bringing with it high energy, respect for the game, and an identity that everyone can align with, “said the principal owner of the Lions, Sheila Ford Hamp, it’s a statement.

Campbell, who came from being an assistant head coach / tight ends coach for the New Orleans Saints, replaces Matt Patricia, who was fired in November after less than three full seasons with the Lions and a record of 13-29-1. Detroit Now it will try to hit the reset button after finishing last in the NFC North in the last three seasons.

Campbell he hopes to bring the assistant with him with the Saints, Aaron Glenn, as defensive coordinator. Glenn has some other interested, but Detroit he’s the favorite, a source told Fowler.

Campbell, 44, who has never been a coordinator at the NFL, is considered a motivator and someone who can bring the team together, rather than a guru of the “Xs and Os” on the board. The Lions They had been looking for people they considered unifying, when they identified the qualities they scored as important to building a winner in a franchise that has won a playoff game in the era of Super Bowl, and that he last won his division in 1993.

Campbell does not have much experience as a head coach – only 12 games as interim for the Miami Dolphins— but the Lions they clearly saw enough in him to pair him up with the newly hired general manager, Brad Holmes. No experience sending plays to either side of the ball, the people you choose Campbell as coordinators they will be key to your success.

During the press conference to present Holmes Tuesday, the Lions They said that the trio made up of Holmes, Campbell and the vice president of sports administration Mike Disner, will report to the team president Rod Wood, creating a balanced structure. When asked if Holmes O Campbell they would have the final word regarding the 53-man squad, Wood He noted that it would be a collaborative effort.

“The passion of And for this opportunity was evident throughout our interview process, “he said Wood it’s a statement. “When we began the search process for a head coach, it was imperative to find the right leader who values ​​our commitment to building a winning culture based on organizational alignment and collaboration. Leadership that And he has exemplified throughout his football career has prepared him for this next pass, and we are excited to support him as our next head coach. “

The Lions they had conducted their searches by Holmes and Campbell simultaneously, often asking candidates if they had someone in mind for the other position, and would like to work with. After what Holmes was hired last week, Ford Hamp said Holmes spoke with some of the remaining candidates.

Campbell played 10 years in the NFL, including the final three years of his career with the Lions.

Information from Michael Rothstein was used in the writing of this note.


Who is the bearded trumpeter who pulled Messi out of his thumbs?

After the disappointing defeat in the Spanish Super Cup, Barça will also regret not being able to count on Leo Messi for the sanction he has lost due to the red card he saw in La Cartuja, a punishment he had never received in the his career. The Argentine will eventually have to serve a two-match suspension, a minor injury considering he was exposed to four games away. However, the club will write an appeal today with documentary evidence to reduce the penalty and try to make the striker only lose the commitment of Thursday’s Cup against Cornellà.

Gil Manzano will go down in history as the first referee to take Messi out of a match. And Asier Villalibre, as the person responsible for kicking the 10-yarder with the ball in play. Known as the Buffalo of Gernika, the Athletic Club striker is a unique character. In unrefined forms on the green, outside the playing fields he expresses himself by singing and playing the trumpet. Yes, the same metal wind instrument he pulled out to liven up Marcelino’s team celebration. A party that he made possible first by scoring a goal that led the game to extra time, then causing the expulsion of the main danger of Barça and, finally, encouraging his teammates for lack of public in the stands. This 23-year-old bearded man will never forget Sunday night at La Cartuja.

Villalibre, at present substitute of Iñaki Williams and Raul Garci’a, arrived at Lezama, the quarry of the Athletic, in cadet age. It was his first coach in grassroots football for the Basque club who gave him the nickname. “As a child I was more of a boss than my teammates. The coach said that he attacked them as if nothing had happened, he started telling me Buffalo and that’s how I stayed,” explained the footballer in an interview during the confinement. training in Lezama, it has not been easy for him to settle in San Mamés Gaizka Garitano, coach of the Biscayans, decided to stay in the squad after three transfers to Numancia, Valladolid and Llorca, accumulating eight goals in 41 appearances. with the first team.

Fito Cabrales and Aritz Aduriz

But Villalibre, as a good team player, does not play alone. He is accompanied by a group called Orsai, made up of five members of the Athletic dressing room who also disconnect with the music: Lekue, Vesga, De Marcos, Balenziaga and Dani García. “We even have a teacher who teaches us technique once a week. It’s a very nice hobby. We vote for the songs we like best and then we play them,” says the striker, who admits that the most versioned set in rehearsals is Fito and Fitipaldis.

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If Fito Cabrales is one of Villalibre’s references when it comes to a microphone, his preferences are also clear on the pitch. To check this just look at the number he wears in his first season in the first team of Athletic. Gernika had no doubts or fear of pressure when he decided to inherit the 20 of Aritz Aduriz, one of the best strikers who have passed through San Mamés. Villalibre still has a lot to do if it wants to get closer to the legacy of the Gipuzkoan exariet. Now, after the glory, it’s his turn to catch his breath and not miss a single note.


the League launches a “consultation” until February 1 for its TV rights

The TV rights of French professional football have been officially on the market since Wednesday, January 20. Through this consultation, the Professional Football League (LFP) is awaiting offers at the 1is February for the purchase of matches abandoned by its now ex-broadcaster Mediapro.

→ CONTEXT. Football: TV rights, the League terminates the contract with Mediapro

The epilogue is approaching for French football and its clubs, in great financial difficulty because of the health crisis and that of TV rights. After terminating in December the contract binding it to the Sino-Spanish group Mediapro, unable to honor its promise of a windfall exceeding 800 million euros per year, the League has resolved to publicly appeal to others broadcasters, via two procedures, one for Ligue 1 and the other for Ligue 2.

A period of ten days

Interested operators, Canal + in the lead, therefore now have only ten days to put together a quantified offer on the lots of meetings involved, which run from February 5, 2021 until the end of the planned cycle, i.e. until ‘to June 2024. The lots are close to those of the initial call for tenders of 2018, with in particular a “premium” lot composed of the Sunday evening posters, including the ten best of the season.

These four prizes for Ligue 1 and two prizes for Ligue 2 correspond only to the matches initially obtained by Mediapro, i.e. 80% of the matches of the two championships. Contrary to the wishes of the encrypted channel, they do not include the famous “lot n ° 3”, currently broadcast by Canal + for 330 million euros annually and composed of 20% of Ligue 1 matches, including the poster. Saturday evening (9 p.m.).

What position for Canal +?

The boss of the Vivendi group’s channel, Maxime Saada, had indeed positioned himself last week in favor of a real global call for tenders, and not of a consultation of this type, announcing in the columns of Figaro that ‘he counted “Return” its share of meetings, which Canal + broadcasts via a sub-license agreement signed with its partner BeIN Sports.

→ READ. Football: Canal + wants a call for tenders for TV rights

But the League has a different analysis and does not intend to put these matches in competition, which raises fears of a Canal + challenge in court and new legal battles in the coming weeks. Under these conditions, will Canal + be inclined to apply during this consultation? To date, it is the only one to have publicly expressed its interest in buying the TV rights to French football, even if other operators are sometimes cited by some observers.


Lisandro López to sign at Atlanta / Argentina / Racing Club /

An Argentinian in Georgia.

Lisandro “Licha” Lopez announced on Tuesday evening that he is leaving Racing Club, Argentina champion in 2019, reports The new one. At 37, the Argentine will join MLS and Atlanta, where he will reunite with compatriot Gabriel Heinze, the current coach, for what should be his last experience before hanging up. Lisandro has scored 48 goals in 139 games for Racing.

For a final handful of dollars.



Koeman’s resignation

Do you remember when Barça for the little ones did not concede fouls at home because they knew what their vulnerability was? Pep Guardiola had a lot to do with it, obsessive like no other to take care of small details. Against Athletic, the players fell on all fours over and over again, until Asier Villalibre ended up scoring the agonizing draw.


Sarah Thomas to become first woman to officiate Super Bowl

Sarah Thomas will be the first woman to officiate at the Super Bowl, the annual high mass of North American sport, as announced by the National American Football League (NFL). In 2015, the same Sarah Thomas had already become the first full-time female referee in the NFL, before becoming in 2019 the first woman to officiate in a playoff game. “Sarah Thomas is making history again,” said Troy Vincent Sr., a senior NFL official, who touts her “elite performance” and “commitment to excellence” in a statement.

The 55th Super Bowl will be held in Tampa, Florida on February 7. Defending champions the Kansas City Chiefs are running for their own succession, and will face the Buffalo Bills in the conference final on Sunday for a Super Bowl spot. In the other conference final, the Green Bay Packers will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers led by superstar quarterback Tom Brady.