Lionel Messi: Barcelona, Real Madrid & Chelsea are favourites to win the Champions League

first_imgLionel Messi believes that Barcelona are the favourites for the Champions League along with Real Madrid and Chelsea.The Spanish champions face Shakhtar Donetsk in the quarter-finals of Europe’s premier competition, while Madrid take on Tottenham Hotspur with Chelsea facing Manchester United for a place in the last-four.Barcelona are considered the favourites to win the Champions League this season and Messi thinks as much, although he has also underlined the potential of their Spanish rivals Madrid as well as reigning Premier League champions Chelsea.“Ourselves, Madrid and Chelsea are the favourites for this year,” the 23-year-old is quoted as saying by ESPNSoccernet.Speaking on the Blaugrana’s team ethic, he said, “Here, everyone knows their role and we complement each other.“All of us make each other better. It’s the greatness of this team.” Inter, Tottenham, Schalke, and Manchester United are the other teams left in the high-profile tournament.Source: Goal.comlast_img read more

Conte ‘only just started’ at Chelsea

first_imgChelsea can keep improving after winning the Premier League title and will try to retain their best players, says manager Antonio Conte.The Blues became champions of England for a sixth time with a 1-0 victory over West Brom on Friday.Conte, 47, has been linked with the vacant Inter Milan job, while there is speculation over the future of striker Diego Costa and playmaker Eden Hazard.”If you can continue with these players you can improve a lot,” said Conte.The former Juventus and Italy boss led Chelsea, who finished 10th last year, to the title in his first season in charge.Reports in Italy suggest Chinese-backed Serie A club Inter are prepared to offer Conte £250,000 a week if he leaves Stamford Bridge one season into a three-year deal. The Italian said he and his squad had only “started to do our work”.”Now they know my idea, I know them, the characteristics of my players, and we can improve,” he added.Belgium international Hazard, 26, has been linked with Real Madrid, while Spain forward Costa, 28, was left out of a game at Leicester in January after a disagreement with a fitness coach, amid widespread reports of interest from Chinese clubs.”The club want to fight to win every competition – we have the same ambition,” said Conte.”For this reason we try to keep the best players.” Chelsea have two Premier League fixtures remaining – against Watford and Sunderland – before facing Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley on 27 May.Conte’s speculation ‘more rumours than reality’Guus Hiddink took interim charge of Chelsea last season, with the club 16th in the Premier League and one point above the relegation zone following the departure of manger Jose Mourinho.The Dutchman, who led the side to a 10th-place finish, met with Conte at the end of that season.Hiddink described the Italian as “a man who had already achieved a lot before he came to Chelsea” and that winning the title was a “confirmation of his attitude, professionalism and energy”.On speculation linking Conte with a move to Italy, Hiddink told BBC Radio 5 live’s Sportsweek: “There are always rumours coming up but I think the club is very stable. It is a huge club to work for, perfect circumstances and very ambitious people everywhere. “It’s more rumour than reality.”Former England and Arsenal striker Ian Wright: “The way he has got players playing, Victor Moses, Willian etc is incredible – he’s kept the whole squad happy.”There’s been no red cards, discipline has been very good, and the amount of consistency through not changing players so often has kept the players together.”Conte has also got that assured calmness – not so much on the pitch but behind the scenes.”Former England and Newcastle striker Alan Shearer: “Antonio Conte’s passion and enthusiasm has filtered down to all his players all season. “The big change was the shift in the system after they lost to Liverpool and were beaten 3-0 by Arsenal at the Emirates. They were playing four at the back and it wasn’t working at all so he had to do something.”They went to a back three, changed a couple of players, and then won 13 games on the spin, which was an incredible turnaround for a team that had struggled.”They’ve certainly benefited without being in Europe by making only 38 line-up changes, the fewest in the league, so they’ve used that to their advantage.”There is a case for mentioning all their players but I’ve got to pick out Cesar Azpilicueta, who has played every minute of every league game and turned in an eight or nine out of 10 performance every time.”last_img read more

BiH Team in Sitting Volleyball in the Semifinals of Paralympic Games!

first_imgNational team of BiH in sitting volleyball won against the selection of China with the score 3: 0 (25:14, 25:22, 25:19) in the final, third round of group stage of the competition at the 15th Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.With the second victory in the group stage, our representatives led by selector Mirza Hrustemovic won the second place in the group and thus qualified for the semifinals.Representatives of BiH will play against the winner of Group A, selection of Egypt, in the match for qualifications for the finals on the 16th of September. In the other semi-final match will meet Iran and Brazil.The results of the third round:Group B:Bosnia and Herzegovina – China 3: 0Iran – Ukraine 3: 0Table:Iran 3 3 0 9:0 6BiH 3 2 1 6:3 4Ukraine 3 1 2 3:8 2China 3 0 3 2:9 0(Source: Radiosarajevo.ba)last_img read more

Joyce Long, 86, Wichita: August 3, 1929 – Sept. 26, 2015

first_imgJoyce LongJoyce Long, age 86, of Wichita, died Sept. 25, 2015 at her home.  She was a homemaker.Joyce (Gallagher) Long was born on August 3, 1929 in Wellington.On May 25, 1946, she married Glenn C. Long in Wellington, KS.  He preceded her in death on November 11, 2010.  Joyce and Glenn had resided in Salina, KS for 40 years where they owned and operated Long’s Clothing Store before moving to Wichita in 2004.She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and camping. She was a member of Eastern Star, Round Table Club, and was a volunteer in the gift shop at Salina Regional Hospital.She is preceded in death by her husband, Glenn; infant son, David Glenn Long; two grandsons, Jeremy King and Ross Griffin; and infant granddaughter, Katherine Long.Survivors include; one son, Dennis Long and his wife Sue of Salina, KS; three daughters, Glenna Weir and her husband John of Wichita, KS, Janna Long of Wichita, KS and Patricia Temple and her husband Chris of Bennington, KS; 14 grandchildren; and 21 great grandchildren.Graveside Services will be held on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 11:30 A.M. at Bethany Cemetery in Perth, KS.  The Reverend Tom Welk will officiate.Cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation.A memorial has been established with the Wichita Humane Society.  Contributions can be left at or mailed to Frank Funeral Home, 417 N. Washington Ave., Wellington, KS 67152.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.netlast_img read more