Valencia seal signing of former Barcelona target Rodrigo Caio

first_img Upd. at 21:33 Valencia have completed the signing of Rodrigo Caio from Sao Paulo for around 16.5 million euros.  The initial fee is reported to be in the region of 12.5m euros, with the other four million euros coming in potential add ons.  CEST Sport EN 13/06/2015center_img After completing the permanent signing of Benfica’s Andre Gomes earlier in the week, Los Che moved quickly to tie up Caio, a 21-year-old who is represented by Jorge Mendes.  Caio can play as a central defender or as a holding midfielder and was watched by Barcelona last summer. Barça’s then technical secretary Albert Valentin spent time in Brazil running the rule over Caio, but nothing ever came from his trip to South America.  Instead, the Catalan side banked on experience, moving for Jeremy Mathieu and Thomas Vermaelen instead.last_img read more

Zinedine Zidane aiming to buck trend in his first Clasico

first_img Upd. at 15:01 Jose MourinhoLost 5-0 in Barcelona on November 29, 2010 Carlo AncelottiLost 2-1 in Barcelona on October 26, 2013 No Real Madrid manager has won on their ‘Clasico debut’ for almost 10 years. Zinedine Zidane is looking to buck the trend, following in the footsteps of Bernd Schuster, who managed to do it in 2007. Here are the previous five attempts by Madrid managers to win their first Clasico:  Sport EN Manuel PellegriniLost 1-0 in Barcelona on November 29, 2009center_img CEST Juande RamosLost 2-0 in Barcelona on December 13, 2008 Rafa BenitezLost 4-0 in Madrid on November 21, 2015 02/04/2016last_img read more

Where Are The New Age Stars To Take Over From Federer, Nadal and Djokovic?

first_imgAdvertisement 2pNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsrf3y9Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ecfcsc( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 90nWould you ever consider trying this?😱d1oCan your students do this? 🌚wjg7Roller skating! Powered by Firework Marin Cilic, who turned 30 on Friday, makes history as he becomes the youngest Grand Slam champion still active in the men’s tennis circuit – the most unexpected, and improbable, phenomenon in the sport’s history. As of Sept. 28, no men’s tennis player under the age of 30 has won a major. This has never occurred before in the sport. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Juan Martin Del Potro, and now Cilic are all over 30.Advertisement According to data since 1930 from the ATP World Tour, male pros ages 30 and up own all the major singles titles won by currently active players. When one ponders upon this, it isn’t that difficult to visualize how unusual this fact is, both when thinking about individual players’ careers and also when thinking about the structural changes in the sport. Although advances in technology and healthcare have made it possible to play elite tennis for longer, those shifts alone cannot account for the severity of this over-30 situation. Men’s tennis never used to be this way. The winners have usually been young and dominant. From 1955 through 1966, men under age 30 won 48 consecutive major titles, the longest streak on record.The next longest streak of major titles won by 30-somethings happened back in 1969, when Rod Laver set it by himself, winning all four major titles at ages 30 and 31. Other than that, every season from 1925 through 2016 had at least two Slam winners under 30. Fast forward to recent times, the young still ruled after that, with Nadal, Djokovic and Murray winning most of the titles. But then a funny thing happened: Federer and his younger rivals, Nadal and Djokovic, kept thrashing opponents and winning majors, no matter their ages. All this could be very ominous for the men’s game, a sign the kids are hopeless.Advertisement Accepting that these present masters of the sport are gifted geniuses seems convincing enough just because millennials lack multiple things that those hard hitters didn’t, viz being motivated by their rivals’ achievements, using others’ wins as inspiration to improve their tactics, technique and conditioning. But whatever happens, the chance of any generation matching them in the future is slim – and perhaps impossible.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more