Daily Archives: March 25, 2016

Aritz Aduriz earns debut international goal at age 35

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Aritz Aduriz earns debut international goal at age 35

35-year-old Aritz Aduriz has earned his first international goal in the friendly match between European Champions Spain and Italy to hold out for a fortunate 1-1 draw.

The Azurri led as Napoli winger and substitute Lorenzo Insigne made a clinical finish from a counter attack, diverting Emanuele Giacchirini’s low cross past David de Gea and ending Spain’s run of six clean sheets 67 minutes after play.

However, Aduriz, who made his only previous appearance for Spain six years ago, replied with Spain’s first shot on target.

It was a testament to his prolific form with Athletic Bilbao this season, which incidentally was also the reason he was recalled on to the international stage on this occasion.

Cesc Fabregas floated a free kick into the Italy area, and Gianluigi Buffon failed to hold on Alvaro Morata’s header. Pouncing on the loose ball, Aduritz buried it into the roof of the net amidst defenders who swarmed him.

But Spain could hardly cherish such a result; their seven wins streak had been brought to a halt. In fact, they would have lost without a stellar performance from keeper David De Gea.

Insigne would have thought that he scored the winner for Italy following a chip over De Gea, but the Manchester United goalkeeper managed to keep it out by tipping the ball over the bar.

Both national teams would prepare for the Euro 2016 finals, but the hosts who played in a 3-4-3 formation played livelier by far. Spain will travel to Romania next, as Italy travels to face World Champions Germany.

Holland-France game will halt in Johan Cruyff

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Holland-France game will halt in Johan Cruyff

The Netherlands’ friendly match against France will be halted at 14 minutes after play for a minute to remember the life of European football great, Johan Cruyff.

“On Friday, the Dutch national team will face France in Amsterdam. Because of the great contribution of Johan Cruyff to national and international football in the 14th minute, the match will be shut down for a minute’s silence,” the Dutch FA’s website announced.

The reason for Cruyff’s legacy to be remembered in the number 14 was that it was both his number for club and country. He scored 33 goals in 48 appearances for Holland between 1966 and 1977 including in the World Cup against Brazil.

He was also famous for inventing the “The Cruyff turn”. He faced Sweden defender Jan Olsson and experienced a moment that of football brilliance that was combined with instinct, quick thinking, athleticism and natural ability.

Dragging the ball behind his standing leg with the inside of his foot, Cruyff feinted one way and twisted to the other. Bamboozled, then 32-year-old Olsson stumbled backwards and was left staring into space.

He was also arguably the man who would made Barcelona into the great team today, a pioneer who had embellishing his game with purist principles he espoused from the dug-out, which transcended everything else.

“Playing football is very simple, but playing simple football is the hardest thing there is,” Cruyff told his players in one early message.

After playing for the Spanish giants from 1973 to 1978, he returned to Barcelona as coach in 1988, transforming twice a club that had lost its way and giving them a sense of identity that also makes him the founding father of the modern-day club.

“Cruyff painted the chapel, and Barcelona coaches since merely restore and improve it,” said Pep Guardiola, a known prodigy of the first European football star.

Giants gaming keep the LCS dream going

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Giants gaming keep the LCS dream going

Giants gaming had kept their LCS dream going albeit by a threat, whereas their rivals and opponents, Copenhagen Wolves will be packing their bags for home.

It was D-day for the bottom ranking teams to decide who will stay in the tournament, and as the battle heats up both sides fought up to the fifth and final map.

But it was the Copenhagen Wolves who took the lead first, leading 2-1 and needing just one more to seal the deal. But the Giants fought back with a vengeance, and with two wins in a row they retain a chance to play in the LCS.

And they do not have the time to rest their battle-weary spirits. This weekend, they will be facing Splyce, and the winner will retain their LCS spot while the loser will go into a deciding match. Roccat and Team Huma, sitting on the other side of the bracket will fight for the same stakes.

Some would say that the Giants’ success came after the huge changes they have made to their roster just weeks before the end of the regular season. They swapped out four of their five starting players, with only Isaac “xPepii” Flores remained on the starting lineup.

Korean players Kim “Wisdom” Tae-wan and Son “Sonstar” Seung-ik joined in the jungle and AD carry position, while former Dignitas starter Lennart “SmittyJ” Warkus came in to the top lane and Morgan “Hustlin” Granberg was a surprise addition to support.