Valverde, who will be officially unveiled on Thursday, played for Barcelona as a forward between 1988 and 1990 under Johan Cruyff and is one of numerous Dutchman's former pupils to have turned to coaching upon retiring from playing. He has had two spells as coach at both Athletic Club Bilbao and Greek team Olympiacos as well as having coached at Espanyol, Villarreal and Valencia.
The winning team went almost two full periods without a shot. So that was what they chatted about in the locker room. "I'm sure they'll hear the noise and the energy in the building", Subban said of the Penguins. That score held for two periods in a game that was heavily dominated by penalties, significantly more for both sides than in Game 1 . "He's another one of those players we have on our roster that seems to make big plays at key times when the stakes are high on a big stage".
This time there's a chance to achieve something yet to be achieved in 25 seasons of the competition. They have lost their last four Champions League finals and six overall in the European Cup/Champions League. No wonder Buffon, aged 39, looks like he could play forever, such is the strength of the defence Juve manager Massimiliano Allegri has erected and which Barcelona's Gerard Pique described as a "mountain" after their quarter-final loss.
Yet, those familiar with the history of Champions League know how the "Old Lady" of Turin have come perilously close to winning that ultimate prize of European football numerous times, only to fall at the final hurdle six times, four of them in the Champions League format - the last as recent as 2015.
Per Mertesacker is likely to make his first start of the season and could play alongside Rob Holding and Nacho Monreal if Wenger sticks with a back three. "I am here to serve the club and the best way to do that is by winning the next game". "Because I think that stability that a manager like Arsene Wenger has brought to Arsenal , Brian Clough at Forest, myself at United...
Mercy, Don went bold with his prediction . 2K Sports today released the results of its annual NBA Finals simulation using NBA 2K17 , and it's the Warriors who come out on top this year, defeating the Cavs in a thrilling seven-game series .
For a decade, that record has been held by Paolo Maldini, a victor with AC Milan at age 38. " I know that reporters have to write reports about these things because it's your job, but as far as I'm concerned, I'm not that conceited ", he said.
The club captain's father had played in the last Real team to have won the European Champions' Club Cup for a sixth time 32 years earlier, while the defender had suffered the heartbreak of those three previous semi-final defeats. And none more so than Mr Real Madrid himself, Manolo Sanchis. "I'm enjoying it all", Zidane said. Security concerns also mean the roof of the Principality Stadium will be closed, making it the first final in the competition's history to be played in indoor ...
India is clubbed with Pakistan , Sri Lanka and South Africa in Group B. "If we want to boycott cricket with Pakistan then there should not be any business ties, no other sport should be played, there must be complete shut down", he said.The England and Wales Cricket Board, which will apply for an injury replacement, confirmed on Friday morning that the key seamer will play no further part in the two-and-a-half week tournament .
Former India leg-spinner Kumble has overseen five Test series wins since his appointment in June past year. Exuding confidence, Khan said the team has the potential to lift the trophy. Laxman will start looking for new names in London itself. Pride and honour will be at stake when the entire cricketing world will witness the "mother of all clashes" - India vs Pakistan .
How do I watch the Real Madrid and Juventus match live? But in the Champions League, Buffon has only two runners-up medals to his name - losing to AC Milan on penalties in Manchester in 2003 and against Barcelona in Berlin two years ago.
Pittsburgh has shown flashes of dominance during this series including a 7-0 win in Game 5 of this series , but Ottawa's stingy defense and goaltending has shut down the dynamic Pittsburgh Penguin offense throughout most of this series .
He has a far superior horoscope that shows that he has it in him to be the first coach to win consecutive Champions League trophies. "Dani has already won this competition and he has four or five years ahead in his career". It would be a surprise if more than one goal separates these two sides and perhaps Gareth Bale , likely to come off the bench in his home city, will have the chance to decide it.
Described as "soulful and encouraging" in a post on the official Facebook page of the company he founded, Mr O'Neill was remembered for his passions as a "surfer, ocean lover, boating enthusiast, wetsuit pioneer, [and] balloonist". I'd work downtown in San Francisco and I'd get all screwed up, and I'd go out and I'd jump in the ocean and everything would be all right again". "I was thinking I was going to have a surf shop down at the beach and have a few friends".
Ozil played alongside Ronaldo at Real between 2010 and 2013 and was impressed by the professionalism of the Portugal global. "It's the opposite. He always wants to be more successful - he wants to defend titles and I admired that". "We've got no problem whether Juventus play with three at the back or four". Dealing with the pressure of chasing history is no burden for Zidane and his players.
The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors collide in Game 2 of the NBA Finals at the Oracle Arena. The Cavs also dropped the first two games at Oracle a year ago, but came back to win in seven games for their first title.
Last year, the Penguins lost in overtime to the San Jose Sharks in Game 3 , then took Game 4 handily on their way to winning the series in six games, securing the franchise's fourth Stanley Cup . "There's a stretch they're able to gain some momentum, able to capitalize and be opportunistic and that swung two games in their favor", he said. He has allowed eight goals on 34 shots in two games; the Predators had 38 shots on goal in Game 2 alone.
Everything the singer did while she watched the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Golden State Warriors was given play-by-play coverage. I think we know who really won this game. But even though the Warriors won fewer games this season, and even went undefeated without him in the starting lineup, the Warriors are still somehow a better team with him than they were previous year.
Either way, it will mark the 10th different number one since the rankings were created in 2006, after Annika Sorenstam, Lorena Ochoa, Shin Ji-yai, Ai Miyazato, Cristie Kerr, Yani Tseng, Stacy Lewis, Park In-bee and Ko. Ryu also leads every important statistical category on tour, ranking first in Rolex Player of the Year points, money-winnings, Race to the CME points and scoring average.
Still, the Predators are getting chances - they outshot the Penguins 26-12 in Game 1 and 38-27 in Game 2 - something that the team believes will eventually lead to more offence. Already missing Kris Letang for the playoffs, the team could also be without centre Nick Bonino who arrived to Nashville on crutches and with his left foot in a walking boot.
Again Lyon triumphed, again they won 7-6 over spot-kicks. It is a time for celebration for head coach Gerard Precheur and his side. I think she is the best goalkeeper in the world, but she is definitely the best goalkeeper with her feet.
Lewis Hamilton was left pleased with his fightback from 13th on the grid to finish Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix in seventh place, going some way to limit the damage of Formula 1 title rival Sebastian Vettel's victory for Ferrari . "They are pushing everything to make sure Sebastian will maximise on all of his weekends", the Briton continued. The Dutchman was decidedly unimpressed, launching an expletive-laden response over team radio and was further frustrated by spending the rest of ...
It sucks, but this is how the reaction will go if Kevin Durant and the Warriors win the NBA Finals: Well what did you expect? From a local stand point, the All Star Game got taken from Charlotte. The two teams have steamrolled through the postseason, going a collective 24-1 in the playoffs. Kerr, who said Monday that his status is "up in the air", led the Warriors in practice this week for the first time since he took a leave of absence to see a back specialist at Duke, where he ...
They have won a bunch of games , shot a ton of threes, and are staring down Lebron James' Cavaliers on their quest to win their second title in three years. The speedy Warriors' fast break proved more than Cleveland could handle. "I think you'll see a lot better showing in game 2", said Cavs forward Kevin Love .
Twenty four-time Grand Slam victor Margaret Court believes a "conspiracy" by the "U.S. gay lobby" is aiming to strip her name from one of the courts at Melbourne Park, the venue of the Australian Open. "I don't see why anyone has a problem with two people who love each other getting married". "And look, I think if it continues down this road, then maybe there may be no other option but to do that [rename the venue], but we'll see".
After two periods of Game 2 on Wednesday night, the Predators should've felt confident about their chances of evening their Stanley Cup final series against Pittsburgh . But including his time in the American Hockey League to start the year, his time with the big club in the regular season and the playoffs to this point he has now scored 49 goals in 94 games this season.
The Red Devils' scouts have watched Lindelof in action many times this season, and were said to have been left impressed by the Swede. Record claim the Sweden global is set to sign a long-term contract after his current club Benfica agreed a transfer fee with the Red Devils.
A head coach for only 17 months, the former France playmaker can become the first manager to win back-to-back European Cups since AC Milan's Arrigo Sacchi in 1989 and 1990 and the first in the Champions League era. The final could prove a glorious homecoming for Madrid's Cardiff native Gareth Bale , although the Wales star is expected to start on the bench due to a calf injury.
The Lions have to be up to speed once the all-important first test comes along because they have a chance. "I don't think anybody is going out there just to take part". The Maori beat the Lions 19-13 in a physical encounter in Hamilton in 2005 to hand the tourists their only loss outside the tests. It is simply, "the greatest series" and for once the claim is hardly marketing hyperbole.
Here, they encountered it in the flesh, the desperation of the tackling by the home side to deny both Anthony Watson and Stuart Hogg what appeared to be certain first-half tries must have exasperated and impressed opposition coach Gatland in equal measure.
It took Real Madrid less than two minutes to make the breakthrough at La Rosaleda, with Cristiano Ronaldo racing onto an excellent through pass from Isco before rounding Carlos Kameni and finding the back of the net. "That is, if he wants to, because if he carries on being successful with Real Madrid then he won't take the job even if the seat is free". We did enough to win what is, for me, the best league in the world and the hardest to win.
The Serb's new coach Andre Agassi arrived midway through the second set and apparently inspired him to the win. "So I'm glad that I have some positives to take from today's match ". "And it's going to take a lot of work if I want to play on center court and play a good match against him". " Perfection? I don't know about that ", said Nadal, who turns 31 tomorrow.
This tough stretch will be a good indicator in determining if the Marlins are set to turn things around this season or if 2017 will be another selling season for a team who has not qualified for the postseason since winning the World Series in 2003.
San Antonio Spurs veteran Manu Ginobili walked off the AT&T Center Monday evening to a standing ovation, signalling the possible end to an illustrious career that last 14 years. His presence has given the Warriors a deep and talented roster headlined by four All-Stars in Durant, Curry, Thompson and Green. Head coach Gregg Popovich said he started him out of respect and did not want to miss the opportunity for fans to honor everything Ginobili has done for the franchise.
ET). Rinne has ooked shaky in yielding eight goals on 36 shots, but he got the Predators this far and Saros has never started a playoff game. The '91 Pens went into Game 5 tied 2-2 before scoring 14 goals in its next two games to clinch the team's first Stanley Cup .