Archivo de ‘Soccer’

Falcao optimistic about making full recovery

Lunes, enero 27th, 2014

In a press conference, Colombian soccer player Radamel Falcao,  along with Portuguese surgeon Dr. Jose Carlos Noronha and the physician for the Colombian national soccer selection, Dr. Carlos Ulloa, the athlete said he is very optimistic about the possibility of making a full recovery in time to participate in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Falcao suffered a serious injury to his right knee during a game last Wednesday; he underwent surgery on Saturday.

“I am very willing to do everything in my power,” Falcao said, making it clear that from this point forward he is trying to beat the clock but he won’t force his recovery either.

The athlete has been in constant contact with the head coach of Colombia’s selection, Jose Pekerman, who was understandably upset with the situation but knows that the number one priority is Falcao’s health. According to Dr. Noronha, it’s too soon to say whether or not the athlete will be able to play in Brazil but he’s giving him a 50 % chance. Falcao’s injury will be evaluated again in three months.

Dr. Noronha did, however, reject statements made by other doctors who claim than an injury of this type requires a minimum of six months for full recovery. “The studies were all conducted before the technology we have today existed…Falcao is a great athlete and his physical condition will help his recovery tremendously.”

A heartbroken Falcao isn’t ruling out recovery in time for Brazil

Jueves, enero 23rd, 2014

For the first time since his injury during the game against Chasselay in the French Cup on Wednesday, Colombian Radamel Falcao (Monaco forward) spoke out after learning that it’s likely he will remain on the sidelines for at least six months, crushing hopes of participating in the World Cup in Brazil this summer.

“I am not going to hide my sadness, which is tremendous, my heart is broken, but I have a tiny grain of hope that I am holding on to,” the athlete said in his statement, making it clear that he is not ruling out a possible recovery in time to play for Colombia in Brazil.

On his Twitter account, Falcao posted heartfelt thanks to supporters and fans who showered him with messages of support and encouragement. Teammates from Atlético Madrid, Falcao’s previous team, ran onto the soccer field before their game against Athletic sporting “Fuerza Tigre” (Strength Tiger) on their jerseys, a gesture the Colombian striker appreciated and thanked them wholeheartedly for.

Meanwhile Soner Ertek, the athlete responsible for Falcao’s injuries, claims he is being verbally attacked on social media and that he received threats. Falcao is scheduled to undergo surgery on Saturday in Portugal.

Pino refuses to get tested for alcohol

Martes, octubre 29th, 2013

Fans of Independiente Medellín were thrilled to hear that Juan Pablo Pino was returning, considering he is one of the best soccer players to be on the team in recent years.

However, the athlete may not be taking his return as seriously as fans would have hoped and is again making headlines for refusing to allow his blood alcohol to be tested, after rumors circulated that he had been around town drinking.

On Monday Pino walked off the field during practice and was also absent from Tuesday’s training. Coach Pedro Sarmiento said the athlete has made his own choices. “The president (of the club) will comment on this. The athlete can figure out how to solve the problem, if he’s not at practice it’s because something happened and I doubt it’s anything good, otherwise he’d be a starter.” Sarmiento said that Pino is simply not meeting the disciplinary standards of the institution he represents and he has “to protect it above anything else.”

Nacional, successful away from home

Lunes, julio 15th, 2013

Atlético Nacional was unable to beat Santa Fé in the first game of the Postobón League finals, and now the team will have to fight for that 12th star as the visiting team.

Considering how successful other games away from home have been this season, however, experts and athletes feel confident it can be done. Of twelve games played as visitors, Nacional only lost two, and the points it racked up as a visitor are the ones that got it into the finals.

Nacional waits for answers as it plans for next year

Viernes, diciembre 21st, 2012

Yesterday, the executives at the head of Atlético Nacional were waiting for answers from one goalkeeper, one midfielder and a forward in their attempt to build a strong and competitive team that is prepared to take on the challenges of the 2013 season, when expectations will be high not just for local tournaments but also for the South American Cup.

Farid Diaz’ contract renewal was being finalized yesterday, and the decision to sign Alejandro Bernal was also announced; in the case of John Valoy, the player was given the freedom to choose his future with either Nacional, Alianza Petrolera or a club in Bogotá, but odds are he will choose to stay where he is.

Jackson Martínez makes history with Porto

Miércoles, octubre 24th, 2012

Chocó-native Jackson Martínez made history yesterday by scoring two goals in Porto’s game against Dinamo Kiev in Europe’s Champions League; the game ended in a 3-2 victory for Porto.

In addition, the first goal scored by the striker was made with an assist from fellow countryman James Rodríguez, which makes it a 100% Colombian accomplishment.

A Colombian soccer player had not achieved anything similar in the League since Faustino Asprilla’s hat-trick for Newcastle against Barcelona more than a decade ago.

Sunday will be about soccer and music

Jueves, octubre 18th, 2012

On Sunday fans can head to the Atanasio Girardot stadium to watch Atlético Nacional battle Equidad, of course, but also for entertainment in honor of Fan Day.

J. Balvin, one of Colombia’s top reggaetton performers, will be putting on a show to help fans celebrate and cheer their team on. Nacional also has contests planned and will give away a car.

Locals ready to resume Postobón II League

Jueves, septiembre 13th, 2012

Antioquia’s soccer teams are facing different realities at a time when the Postobón With the Postobón II League about to start, Antioquia’s soccer teams are facing very different realities.

Nacional will begin by welcoming Quindío, a team coach Juan Carlos Osorio referred to as a team that “runs a lot and has a lot of internal game. We’ll try to impose the conditions.”

Deportivo Independiente Medellín, led by Bolillo Gómez, will head to Manizales and face off with Once Caldas and attempt to earn those three points despite the key athletes it’s missing.

Itagui will welcome the tournament leader, Millonarios, and aim for a victory that would put it back in second place. Meanwhile, after a disappointing start to the tournament, Envigado will head to Neiva knowing that winning is the only option to stay alive.

Colombia no longer the underdog against Chile

Martes, septiembre 11th, 2012

With a 3-1 victory over Chile in the South American qualifying tournament, Colombia is one step closer to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. For the first time in 12 years, Colombia beat Chile in the qualifiers on its turf, in a stadium packed with 45,000 fans, most of them dressed in red.

Colombia’s head coach Jose Pekerman acknowledged, “There were difficult moments, as there will surely be moving forward in the qualifiers, but winning gives a boost of confidence and these victories are very important to our aspirations.”

He also said he was forced to take risks, “but we were determined against a rival that had only two clear opportunities despite its strength (…)”.  James Rodríguez, Falcao García and Teófilo Gutierrez scored Colombia’s three goals.

Game is crucial for teams; security measures strict for fans

Viernes, agosto 31st, 2012

For both Atlético Nacional and Independiente Medellín, the first of the two ‘classics’ they will play in the Postobón II League is crucial and players and coaches from both sides are well aware of this. The green team is trailing behind DIM on the leaderboard and enthusiasm is low because of Jeferson Duque’s injury; Medellín is in fourth place and a victory over Nacional would bump it up to second place right behind Millonarios.

The local government announced severe measures to ensure safety for fans and athletes before, during and after the game scheduled for 7:45 p.m. at the Atanasio Girardot Stadium in Medellín. Doors will open at 4:45 p.m. and authorities recommend arriving with plenty of time to get past three security checkpoints.

Children under the age of 14 will not be allowed in the north and south sections of the stadium; anyone above the age of 7 can enter sections east and west with a ticket and a photo id. Glass bottles are prohibited, as are belts with metal buckles. Authorities are also suggesting the use of public transportation as parking will be severely restricted close to the stadium. They are urging all citizens to display sportsmanlike conduct.

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