Mullins has big National team

first_imgWillie Mullins has eight of the 115 entries for the first £1million Crabbie’s Grand National at Aintree on April 5. Press Association Successful with Hedgehunter in 2005, the champion trainer’s team includes the Graham Wylie-owned trio of On His Own, Prince De Beauchene and Boston Bob. The other members of the County Carlow handler’s squad are Paddy Power Chase winner Rockyaboya, Up The Beat, Vesper Bell, last season’s Irish Grand National runner-up Away We Go and Quel Esprit. center_img Martin Brassil struck with Numbersixvalverde in 2006 and could be represented in this year’s showpiece by Double Seven, who was last seen completing a five-timer at Wexford in October. Leading hunter chaser Mossey Joe, now trained by Enda Bolger, has been entered after being purchased by Barry Connell. Ted Walsh, successful with Papillon in 2000, could be represented by Colbert Station and Seabass, who was third in 2012. Only two of the first six home last year have entries this time – the third Teaforthree, trained by Rebecca Curtis, and the sixth, David Pipe’s Swing Bill, owned by Halewood International, parent company of Crabbie’s. With last year’s 66-1 winner Auroras Encore retired through injury, trainer Sue Smith relies on Mr Moonshine and Vintage Star. Paul Nicholls secured his first National with Neptune Collonges in 2012 and has seven entries this year, headed by the 13-year-old Tidal Bay. The Ditcheat trainer is also responsible for Welsh Grand National runner-up Hawkes Point, There’s No Panic, Rocky Creek, Kauto Stone, Mon Parrain and Sire Collonges. Jonjo O’Neill, successful with Don’t Push It for principal patron JP McManus in 2010, has also made seven entries, headed by the same owner’s Sunnyhillboy, beaten a nose by Neptune Collonges in 2012, Alfie Sherrin, Merry King, Burton Port, Lost Glory, Storm Survivor and Twirling Magnet. Pipe, who sent out Comply Or Die to win in 2008, has six engaged, with Swing Bill joined by Standing Ovation, Our Father, Goulanes, Junior and The Package. Last season’s Welsh Grand National winner Monbeg Dude, trained by Michael Scudamore, and Hennessy Gold Cup victor Triolo D’Alene are among the ante-post market leaders. Triolo D’Alene, winner of last year’s Topham Chase over the famous fences, is with UK champion trainer Nicky Henderson, who has yet to win the race. The Lambourn handler has also entered 2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Long Run, Hunt Ball, Shakalakaboomboom and Quantitativeeasing. Other notable entries include Scottish Grand National scorer Godsmejudge from the Alan King yard and Kim Muir Challenge Cup winner Same Difference, trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies. The latter has been on the roll of honour twice, with Earth Summit (1998) and Bindaree (2002). last_img read more

Eunate Arraiza: “Deafness forces me to try three times”

first_imgThe agreement is very positive, to be able to secure a contract. Despite the fact that in Athletic we have a very good situation, the footballers also study and train in other areas. We know that we cannot live from soccer like the boys. And our priority, apart from soccer, are studies because we don’t know what tomorrow will bring us.What are you studying now?I am studying sign language, I am taking the levels of Sign Language.It is an example for many after reaching the elite with deafness, how was that fight?It is true that deafness forces me to work with triple the effort of others in any field, including soccer. I always have to try much harder.How was your deafness diagnosed?My parents realized that I was not listening well when I was two or three years old. They took me to doctors and they started treating me deafness. At the age of eight, I had surgery on my left ear and an implant. The device I have is called a Cochlear Implant and with it I play soccer. It doesn’t bother me at all and I wear it normally.What advice would you give someone with such a problem?May I never throw in the towel. I have overcome many obstacles on my way. We must not stop fighting for dreams. With work, sacrifice and effort, everything is possible. My case is an example of this. I always dreamed of being a footballer and I have succeeded. Deafness has taught me many things in life. One of those things is that you have to work hard.How do you remember women’s football when you were little?Women’s football did not exist in the media when I was little. No players were seen on television. I never imagined we would come to this. I had no references because the players of that time did not appear anywhere. Now we are a reference for girls and boys and, therefore, we must work to give more visibility to women’s football.Who are your references now?In men’s soccer, my reference is Messi (Barça) and, in women’s soccer, Irene Paredes (PSG).How do you see your future?I have two more years of contract in Athletic. We will see what will happen then. As I am mentally and physically, I will decide what to do. Eunate Roots has shown that there are no barriers in life to get a dream. Navarra, which suffers from severe deafness, is an example of improvement in football. Based on work and sacrifice, the Biurrun footballer has managed to become a place in the soccer elite female. With a League in his record, Eunate has competed at the highest level, including Champions, with Athletic, at the same time that it has been international with Spain or has been recognized by UEFA for its sacrifice.Behind is a young woman from Navarra who started kicking a ball when she was seven and that he took his first steps as a footballer at Lagunak, where he debuted in Primera at the age of 14 and from which He made the leap at 21 to Athletic. In the midst of this quarantine, the footballer attends AS to talk about her career and how she feels at be an example in sport and in life itself.How are you doing the quarantine?Well. I am with my family in Biurrun and I try to evade myself a bit so that it does not get hard.Is it difficult to train at a high level from home?At first it seemed very strange to me. Now I get along very well. We train very hard every day, we even do a double session some days, as if we were going to return the next day.Would you like to end the season?There are so many rumors that you don’t even know what to think. I believe that the first thing is health. Many people are dying and the situation is serious. Soccer is secondary.Psychologically, how is it affecting the team?This situation has come at a time when the team was in very good dynamics. It’s a shame because we had just qualified for the Cup semi-finals and we had very good feelings.What does it mean to wear the Athletic shirt?When I signed for Athletic I knew I had to take this opportunity and I am delighted with the result. In Athletic I have achieved many dreams that I had as a little girl.How do you assess the arrival of the agreement?last_img read more

Brazil’s scouts search for future Neymars

first_img0Shares0000Scout Jorge Athayde selects players during a trial in which they play under the watch of scouts from one of Brazil’s biggest football clubs, Vasco da Gama, in northern Rio de Janeiro © AFP / Mauro PIMENTELRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Nov 17 – At a trial for youngsters at Rio de Janeiro’s Vasco da Gama football club, Vanessa Dias pushed through the bushes to glimpse her 12-year-old son Caua, nervously hoping that he’d just taken his first step to the big time.About 200 other children aged nine to 17 were taking part in the trial on a basic football pitch in northern Rio under the watch of scouts from the club, one of Brazil’s biggest. Parents weren’t allowed in, but some climbed a hill through undergrowth to try to see the field anyway.“I’m ready to make any sacrifice. I’m unemployed and sometimes I don’t have enough to pay for transport, but I always get by with a loan here and there,” Dias, 33, said.Her son actually supports Vasco’s big rivals Flamengo, but he’s trying to play a bigger game now than mere fandom: getting a shot at becoming a future star himself.Becoming the next Neymar is the dream of many in Brazil, a country mad about football and with no shortage of talented youngsters from poor backgrounds hungry for a chance © AFP / Mauro PIMENTELBecoming the next Neymar is the dream of many in a country mad about football and with no shortage of talented youngsters from poor backgrounds hungry for a chance.But there’s nothing easy about getting there.Vasco’s head scout Uerner Leonardo Passos said even in this first set of trials, “only 10 percent of the boys will pass before going to a new series of tests at the club headquarters.”Trials last three days and take place every month, divided into age groups where children get an opportunity to show off their skills in 20-minute games.Ronaldo Faria, a Vasco scout, has a good idea of what he’s looking for: his brother is World Cup winner Romario, the club’s biggest ever find.“The secret of Brazilian football is the favelas, with kids playing on the streets and on rough pitches,” he said, referring to the hard-scrabble, often violent neighborhoods where many Brazilians grow up with little more than dreams of getting out.– Eyes peeled –Vasco puts a big emphasis on scouring those favelas for talent.“Our scouts often go to the favelas and they keep a network of contacts who will tell them if there’s a kid showing potential,” said Luiz Rangel, from Vasco’s talent spotting department.Scout Jorge Athayde (R) speaks to a boy during a trial in which youngsters play under the watch of scouts from one of Brazil’s biggest football clubs, Vasco da Gama, in northern Rio de Janeiro © AFP / Mauro PIMENTELJacy Oliveira, who lives in Rio’s Piedade neighborhood, brought four local boys along to the trial.“Many good players don’t even get a chance for a trial because they don’t have the money for transport,” said Oliveira, who uses his own money in the hope of finding a new talent to boost his own scouting career.“For now, I’ve had nothing but expenses but I’m sure that I’ll come across a shining star,” he said.Among the boys playing that day, just one really stood out for Ronaldo Faria — a nine-year-old called Felipe who dribbled past older and bigger opponents with ease.His twin brother Fernando, however, looked so nervous that he was having trouble performing at all.“Don’t be afraid,” one of the trial organizers told him. “Just be normal, play as if you were in the street with your brother.”– ‘Pre-programmed’ –What scouts want to see are players with talent but able to play in a team without too much individualism. They have another problem, though, and that’s the lack of freedom in children already trying to copy adult systems.“The children are pre-programmed,there are fewer and fewer who play in a spontaneous way,” Luiz Rangel said.Parents who weren’t allowed in climb a hill through undergrow to catch a glimpse of their children while they take part in a trial under the watch of scouts from one of Brazil’s biggest football clubs, Vasco da Gama, in northern Rio de Janeiro © AFP / Mauro PIMENTEL“What we’re looking for is a series of characteristics: ease with the ball, field position, the way they communicate with the other players on the team. Everything has an influence.”Caio Rodrigues, 15, said it was important not to show off.“If you try and stand out you end up making a mistake. They want us to play simply and to pass the ball,” he said.Pedro Henrique, 13, has been watching his heroes, Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar and Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba, on video for inspiration.“When I am big I want to play with them, with Neymar, on the national team,” the boy said shyly.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more