Nobody at Atalanta calls Josip Ilicic by his name anymore. They call him ‘Il Professore’ because he gives lessons in the art of football. Promoted Content14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowFrom Enemies To Friends: 10 TV Characters Who Became CloseTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayTop 10 Female Stars Everyone Had A Crush On In The 90sCelebs Who Are Turning 50 This Year6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone6 Stunning Bridges You’ll Want To See With Your Own EyesPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games? Loading… “I would instead immediately say, ‘You look good. You’re lively,’” the Atalanta boss told Sky Sport Italia. Ilicic’s demeanour did change in Bergamo, though, for very dramatic reasons. The Slovenian was deeply affected by the death of his former Fiorentina team-mate Davide Astori, who passed away at the age of just 31 on March 4, 2018 after suffering a cardiac arrest while he slept. Ilicic was not only devastated by the loss of a man he considered a great friend but also shocked by the suddenness of the defender’s death. “I wasn’t able to get any sleep, I was always thinking about him and I thought the same could happen to me too,” he confessed to the Corriere dello Sport. “I was scared and I was thinking: ‘What if the same happens to me? How can’t I see my daughter again? “There was a moment when I was afraid to go to sleep, it lasted until a few weeks ago.” Ilicic was worried sick. Then, he became sick. In the summer of 2018, he was hospitalised by a mystery illness. Doctors suspected a bacterial infection of the lymph nodes but were never able to exactly diagnose Illic’s condition. He eventually made a full recovery thanks to a programme of antibiotics but was in and out of hospital for two months. Ilicic later told Atalanta’s official website that during that time, he “realised football isn’t everything in life. “At times people get angry over nothing, but that illness changed me. We have to play with a smile; that’s the most important thing.” He’s certainly had plenty to smile about since returning to action. Last season, he played a pivotal role in Atalanta qualifying for the Champions League for the first time in their history by netting 12 times in 31 Serie A appearances. Read Also:2020 Ballon d’Or: Ronaldo leads Messi in early race for prestigious award This season, he has gone to another level. Never before had Ilicic scored more than 16 goals in all competitions across a single campaign. He already has 21 this term – and from just 29 outings. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 His latest came at Mestalla on Tuesday night, with Ilicic scoring all of Atalanta’s goals in a 4-3 win over Valencia that saw the Champions League debutants progress to the quarter-finals 8-4 on aggregate. It couldn’t have come at a better time for the people of Bergamo. They have suffered more than most because of the outbreak of the coronavirus in Italy. As the Gazzetta dello Sport read on Wednesday morning this was a “historic victory for Bergamo in its darkest hours.” Ilicic was all smiles afterwards. “The older I get, the better I play,” the 32-year-old told Sky Sport Italia. “I’m having a lot of fun.” Ilicic, though, hasn’t always had such a sunny disposition – which perhaps explains why only now is he making the most of his many gifts. Indeed, for a long time Ilicic was considered an maddeningly frustrating character, a player blessed with talent but cursed with a poor attitude. “He was something of a miserable moaner,” a coach who worked at Fiorentina during Vincenzo Montella’s first spell in charge tells Goal. “He looked unhappy. And he acted unhappy. He didn’t talk to many people. He didn’t even say hello to many people. “I always thought he was a bit like a sulkier version of your stereotypical Brazilian footballer, in that he needed to feel happy in order to make the most of his extraordinary natural ability. “Players like Ilicic sometimes need to feel important and he wasn’t one of the big stars at Fiorentina. “At the time, Mario Gomez had just arrived, Juan Cuadrado was still there, Beppe Rossi too, Massimo Ambrosini and Alberto Aquilani. “So, maybe that’s why there was no great consistency in his play. His performances fluctuated with his mood.” Josip Ilicic Fiorentina Monchengladbach Ilicic has always resented the idea – the myth as he sees it – that he didn’t deliver on a regular basis for Fiorentina. However, there’s no denying that he had a particular character. He brought it with him to Atalanta too. In Bergamo, he was quickly nicknamed ‘La Nonna’ (‘The grandmother’) because he was always complaining. Even coach Gian Piero Gasperini stopped courteously asking Ilicic how the attacker was feeling, as he would always reply, “Bad, bad.”
Nelson 2 Bantam House squad played well but lost all three games at the West Kootenay Championship Tournament this past weekend in the Heritage City. However, there’s more to Mallard’s Team of the Week selections than wins and losses. Integrity and sportsmanship matters a lot when selections are made, and Nelson 2 had it all and more.So staff and management at Mallard’s Source For Sports would like to salute Bantams with Team of the Week honours. The team includes, back row, L-R, coach Glenn Sutherland, trainer Dan Szabo, Will Tucker, Spencer Szabo, Jacob Timmermanns, Austin Meehan, Cole Sutherland and coach Bryan Carmichael. Front, Cosmo Rich, Justin Willness, Austin Kobayashi, Danny Marsden and Jason Carmichael.
Mornings at The Great Race Place really started to heat up this Friday as workouts resumed on the dirt track. Among the returning stars were Triple Crown Champion, American Pharoah and 2015 Pacific Classic winning mare, Beholder.Check out XpressBet TV’s coverage of these morning workouts, then get set for LIVE racing action at Santa Anita Park starting September 26th. CLICK HERE to visit our Events page for all we have in store for the Autumn meet.American PharoahBeholder
Touch Football Australia (TFA), as part of our Strategic Plan 2011-2015, has been reviewing requirements related to the registration of individual participants. TFA has a particular Strategic objective to ‘Substantially Increase Participation to 500 000 verifiable and contactable members’ by 2015.As the constituted national organisation for Touch Football, TFA has subsequent requirements for affiliated members as stipulated in the TFA Constitution. Clause 15 of the constitution outlines details about how an affiliate remains recognised by TFA and simple requirements to remain compliant. A copy of the full Constitution and Strategic Plan can be found on the TFA website – www.austouch.com.au. Relevant to this communication affiliated associations are obligated to keep a registration of all participants within the area or under its representation. The information of participants must be provided to TFA in a recognised national format on a regular basis.The constitution deems participants as a person who regularly participates, including but not only officials, coaches, players or referees in a Touch Football competition controlled, organised or sanctioned by the Association.In addition to constitutional requirements, TFA needs this information as part of covering affiliates and individuals with insurance through the National Insurance Scheme.Recently TFA have updated the membership declaration of the Member Registration Forms, to be current with federal and state legislation.For more information, please click on the memo attached below. Related Files1-_touch_football_australia_membership_registration_procedure_2012-pdfRelated LinksMembership Registration Procedure
A record 210 teams will take to the fields at Hervey Bay Sports Complex this weekend to compete in the 2015 Queensland Touch Football Junior State Cup. Teams across 10 divisions, from under 10’s through to under 18’s, will take part in the three day event, from Friday, 10 July through to Sunday, 12 July 2015. To keep up-to-date with all the latest news and information from the 2015 Queensland Junior State Cup, please visit the following website and social media pages:Website – www.qldtouch.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/qldtouch Twitter – www.twitter.com/queenslandtouchInstagram – www.instagram.com/qldtouch 2014 Queensland Junior State Cup results10’s BoysToowoomba White 3 defeated Gold Coast (A) 110’s GirlsGold Coast (A) 3 defeated BMTA Red 112’s BoysToowoomba White 3 defeated Palm Beach Blue 212’s GirlsBMTA Red 6 defeated Toowoomba White 214’s BoysGold Coast (A) 6 defeated BMTA Red 514’s GirlsGold Coast (1) 5 defeated BMTA Red 016’s BoysRockhampton 4 defeated Gold Coast (A) 316’s GirlsKawana 8 defeated BMTA 618’s BoysRedlands 5 defeated Rockhampton 318’s GirlsCaboolture 4 defeated Redlands 2Related Links2015 QLD JSC
Whoops! Sheffield Utd forward Oli McBurnie caught with owl hoodieby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United forward Oli McBurnie has deleted a picture of himself on social media wearing a Drake hoodie.The former Swansea striker uploaded the picture last night wearing a black hoodie with a huge owl across the front, reports The Star.The owl is the symbol of Candian rapper Drake’s ‘October’s Very Own’ (OVO) brand but bears a striking resemblance to Sheffield Wednesday’s badge. McBurnie was quick to delete the photo after both sets of fans were quick to make the unintentional connection between McBurnie’s hoodie and Sheffield Wednesday.Wednesday have been linked with the owl since 1912. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
BARCELONA, Spain – The crisis over Catalonia’s quest for independence escalated Thursday, as Spain’s central government prepared the unprecedented step of stripping the wealthy region of some of its self-governing powers after its leader refused to abandon secession.In his latest display of brinkmanship, Catalan President Carles Puigdemont sent a letter to Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy just minutes before a deadline set by Madrid for him to backtrack on his calls to secede.Puigdemont didn’t back down, however, and threatened to go ahead with a unilateral proclamation of independence if the government refuses to negotiate.“If the State Government persists in blocking dialogue and the repression continues, the Parliament of Catalonia will proceed, if deemed appropriate, to vote on the formal declaration of independence,” Puigdemont’s letter said in an English translation provided by the Catalan regional government.Spain’s government responded by calling a special Cabinet session for Saturday when it will set in motion Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution. That article allows for central authorities to take over all or some of the powers of any of the country’s 17 autonomous regions.Regarded as the “nuclear option,” such a punitive measure takes the standoff to another level. It probably will trigger outrage in Catalonia and could backfire by fostering sympathy for the independence movement, which polls suggest is supported only by about half of Catalans.With a mood of defiance hardening in the Catalan capital of Barcelona and the Madrid-based government adamant that the constitution doesn’t allow for the breakup of Spain, there seems to be no end in sight for one of Europe’s long-simmering disputes.The standoff has intensified since Oct. 1, when Catalan authorities held an independence referendum that Spain’s constitutional Court declared illegal. The national government sent thousands of police to enforce a court order disallowing the balloting, bringing violent clashes that further soured relations.The dispute is increasingly encroaching on the European Union’s political agenda. Catalonia wasn’t officially to be discussed at an EU summit starting Thursday in Brussels, but leaders offered their views. French President Emmanuel Macron reiterated his recent support for Rajoy, saying that the summit would be “marked by a message of unity around member states amid the crises they could face, unity around Spain.”European Council President Donald Tusk ruled out any EU role in the dispute, telling reporters on the sidelines of the summit that “there is no room, no space for any kind of mediation, or international initiatives or action.”While polls indicate that Catalonia’s 7.5 million residents are roughly divided over independence, an overwhelming majority wants to settle the issue in a binding legal referendum. Many Catalans have long stressed the region’s differences from the rest of Spain. The latest surge for independence began in 2010, when the constitutional Court struck down key parts of a groundbreaking charter that would have granted greater autonomy for Catalonia and recognized it as a nation within Spain.Article 155 has never been used in the four decades since democracy was restored after the dictatorship of Gen. Francisco Franco. The article leaves it up to the national government to decide what specific measures to take. Officials say Madrid will almost certainly seize control of Catalonia’s regional police to ensure law and order is maintained, along with tightening its grip on the region’s finances.Other measures being mulled are removing Puigdemont’s presidential powers, rescinding regional control over education and schools, calling fresh elections that would dissolve the regional parliament, and taking control of public media that are seen as mouthpieces for Catalonia’s pro-independence ruling coalition.Puigdemont claims the referendum gave him a mandate to declare independence. His government says more than 40 per cent of 5.5 million eligible voters cast ballots, with most favouring independence.So far, however, Puigdemont has only called for negotiations with Spain and international mediators.Andrew Dowling, an expert in Catalan history at Cardiff University in Wales, said any declaration of independence in the Catalan parliament would be merely symbolic without border and institutional controls.Such a unilateral declaration “will see (a) fracture between hard-liners and the pragmatic people in Catalonia, who are already seeing economic fallout,” Dowling said.Spain’s Association of Commercial Registers said Thursday that 971 companies, including Catalan banks, multinationals and midsized businesses, have moved their registered addresses out of the troubled region because of concerns about its future.___Giles reported from Madrid. Associated Press writers Frank Griffiths in London, Lorne Cook in Brussels and Angela Charlton in Paris contributed.
MADRID — Spanish prosecutors are charging pop music star Shakira with tax evasion, alleging she failed to pay more than 14.5 million euros ($16.3 million) between 2012 and 2014.The charges Friday allege Shakira listed the Bahamas as her official residence for tax purposes during those years but was in fact living in Spain with her partner, Spanish soccer player Gerard Pique.Prosecutors in Barcelona say her travel abroad was for short periods because of professional commitments, while most of the year she stayed in Spain. They want her to pay tax in Spain on her worldwide income.The Colombian singer officially moved to Spain for tax purposes in 2015.A magistrate will assess whether there is enough evidence to put Shakira on trial.Shakira’s representatives said they had no immediate comment.The Associated Press