The Istrian house and restaurant Le Petit Oignon with a rich offer of traditional Istrian dishes and autochthonous wines were officially opened in the shopping and business center of Brussels.The project arose from the idea of two young partners from Istria, Bojan Radetić and Roland Kristaj, that many and diverse residents of Brussels get acquainted with Istrian culture and gastronomy. “We want to offer something new to the people here. We realized that, outside of Croatia, almost nowhere else is there Istrian cuisine. We offer our guests traditional pasta dishes, fuži and pljukance, and Istrian boškarin meat. So far we have received only good comments from guests”, Says Radetic.The Mayor of Pula, Boris Miletić, congratulated the people of Pula on their courage to open the Istrian House “in the heart of Brussels” and offer our gastronomic specialties. “I believe that this will be a good promotion, not only for the city of Pula, but for the whole of Istria. I wish the hosts a lot of success in their further work “, said Miletic.The opening of the Istrian House is, says Ivan Jakovčić, “an excellent, courageous private initiative that will bring Brussels exactly what it lacks – indigenous cuisine and local products. Many people live here from Croatia, Slovenia and our neighboring countries who know very well what Istria is, both gastronomically and culturally. I will use this initiative for the political promotion of Istria in Brussels. I am sure that this will be a “win-win” situation for people who love Istria and for the hosts who had the courage to open this restaurant. “, concluded MEP Jakovčić.Bravo for this great initiative, because it directly animates and promotes Istria in Belgium as a gastro tourist destination. Various extensions should now be added to the whole story, both through the Tourist Board of Istria and the promotion of the interior of Istria. We have a great medium in the heart of Brussels. Let’s use it wisely.
Coutinho found the net with a brilliant long-range strike in the 86th minute as the Merseysiders snatched a 1-0 win on the Barclays Premier League’s opening weekend. It was a moment of quality barely in keeping with the rest of the game, and earned Liverpool three points they hardly deserved, but for Rodgers the manner of victory mattered little. Stoke boss Mark Hughes felt his side had been worthy of at least a point. Hughes said: “We are not disappointed with the performance, I thought we were very much in the game. I thought we were the better team in the first half, had good chances and should have had a penalty when (Ibrahim) Afellay had a goalbound shot and Clyne basically saved it with both his hands. “There are a lot of positives for a first outing. With 10-15 minutes to go, I thought both teams were happy to let the game peter out but the lad produced a moment of brilliance.” Hughes was surprised by a decision only to book Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren after an apparent elbow on Mame Biram Diouf. He said: “I don’t know, I haven’t seen it again, but if the referee felt it was worthy of a yellow card for an elbow he was fortunate not to get a red under those circumstances.” Rodgers defended his player, who otherwise had a solid game, saying: “As the ball is in flight, Dejan is looking like he is trying to get his ground. Arms are coming up and unfortunately he has hit him in the face. It was certainly not intentional. He is not that type of player.” Hughes also confirmed Stoke were back in the chase for Xherdan Shaqiri after the Inter Milan midfielder was pictured at the ground. Stoke were linked with the Swiss international earlier in the summer but a deal collapsed and Everton were more recently reported to be interested. Hughes said: “We are hopeful we can do something but until we see players standing in front of the training ground with a shirt in their arms then you never know.” Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers felt his side had exorcised the horrors of last season’s Stoke drubbing after Philippe Coutinho’s stunning campaign-opening winner at the Britannia Stadium. His side were hammered 6-1 at the same venue just 77 days previously, a result that brought a disappointing season to a humiliating end and prompted a summer of soul-searching at Anfield. Rodgers said: “To get a win and perform from where we were 11 weeks ago – I thought it was an outstanding collective performance. It certainly feels better than 11 weeks ago. “You can never guarantee you are going to win or lose a game but for me it was about ensuring the personality came out in the team. “Eleven weeks ago we were nowhere near that – it was embarrassing on the day. It was a one-off game, a unique game, but it still happened. I think that puts it to bed. “Today you have seen a team with the determination, will, and quality. I am happy to get the points but we have still got work to do.” Coutinho’s moment of brilliance actually came as Rodgers was considering substituting the Brazilian. He said: “I’m glad I kept him on but I can’t profess to be any sort of genius. It was fortunate he got the goal and he stayed on. “It was a great turn and he got away from the midfield player and then a wonderful strike. It was a great strike to win the game.” Press Association
We have to find a way to be better individually and try to be better collectively within our communities. Our guys on our team have done a great job giving back the last couple weeks. They’ve spoken to youth organizations and youth football teams, baseball teams, basically about what’s going on in society and about just everybody continuing to get better and keep their head down, to not be down about the times and just understand that this is a moment. And we have to be aware of the moment; we have to respect the moment; and we’re all fighting for a better cause and we need to all come out of this individually better. So it was our idea to really encourage the youth as well. To understand that you’re not going through this alone. We’re all going through this together. Fight this fight and Fight On, really. So I’ll end it on that. From the game standpoint, I think it’s a lot more spread out as far as style of play, whereas in the past it was a little bit more smashmouth football — downhill run, play action, stuff like that. Now, of course, there are teams that still do that and there’s still situations where you see that in games, but I think the ability to kind of play in space and make defenses defend every blade of grass that there is, I think that’s a big difference in today’s game. DR: How do you feel about the group that you have right now? David Ramirez: What do you think is the biggest difference between college football now and when you were playing? DR: Do you have a game day superstition? Anything that you have to do on a game day before a game? DR: I’m curious as to what approach you take when it comes to a game week. Are you the type of person that’s always trying to improve, always trying to make changes and little tweaks up until the very last moment or do you have a certain time where you’re like, “I’m just going to set it and forget it?” KC: Yeah, for me personally, I like to leave it. I like to get to a point of the game or the week where I just leave the player, leave the receivers alone and just let them play. At the end of the day, we do a lot of heavier preparation earlier in the week and then it kind of tails back. We scale it down a little bit, we refine it and then at the end of the day we recruit our guys because they’re talented football players and I don’t like to “over-coach.” Personally, I like to just give them the freedom to go out there and be who they are naturally and just trust that all that we’ve done in the week of preparation will be enough. KC: I just spoke about my frustration, our frustration as a group, our frustration as a team. I think it’s important to understand that there are bigger issues going on bigger than ourselves. I think recruiting is different. Partly because of social media, the ability to have access to a lot of different recruits for coaches. It makes it a lot easier to be seen and to be noticed if you’re a high school kid. Back in the day, if you wanted to be recruited, you’re sending out VHS tapes and coaches had to physically come and see you play — they’re not just sending an email or a text message with a Hudl link and stuff like that. So that makes recruiting kind of go a little more nationally in my opinion. DR: There’s a lot going on right now — public health, social justice, a lot of different things. If there’s anything going into this that you wanted to make sure you got off your chest, you want to make sure you had heard, I just wanted to give you that chance. At the end of the day, it is our duty as coaches to do what’s best and right for the team and hard decisions have to be made. The best players play. Sometimes it’s not that other players are not good players. It’s just that there might be a slightly better player in front of you at the time, but as long as guys trust the process, you just never know what happens. I mean, I’ve seen it. KC: When I walk up the tunnel at home games, I always touch all the wide receivers that are on the wall inside when you go through the tunnel. There’s pictures of all the great players, I touch all the wide receivers and then also touch my roommates Carson and Troy and some of the guys that I’ve played with that I’m really close to. It’s something that I’ve been doing since I played at USC. It’s something that continues all the way up until now every time I walk in the Coliseum. KC: Yeah, that’s probably the toughest part about coaching. Everybody works really hard during the week and everybody puts in a lot of time and effort into this game and the sport and the team. But not everybody’s results are the same. Keary Colbert: It’s a great question. I think the social media piece. It is a lot different, obviously. Especially with the name, image and likeness coming about in college football. I think college kids now have a larger platform to stand on. Their faces are out there a lot more. I mean, you don’t have to be the star player on the team to have a following or a fan base. I think that’s a big difference in college football today. Sports editor David Ramirez spoke to USC wide receivers coach Keary Colbert about his approach to recruiting, game planning and mentoring USC’s talented crop of pass-catchers. Colbert himself was a standout receiver at USC before being selected in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft. This interview was edited for length and clarity. That’s what I say about the group: They work really hard. They push each other, which is probably the best thing because when you have good players, the bar keeps rising. You can have good players that just kind of do their thing and you have other players down at the bottom, but when good players push one another and bring another person out of them, it raises the bar in the room. I’ll tell you, man, they’re special. I haven’t been around a collection of wide receivers like them. Keary Colbert was a standout receiver at USC for four years before being drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft. (John McGillen | USC Athletics) DR: As a fan it’s very easy to say “start this guy” and “bench this guy” because you don’t know them as human beings. You deal with these people on a daily basis, you know them much greater than what they are as athletes. How do you handle that weight knowing you’re dealing with people’s livelihoods? You’re making decisions, but at the same time it’s affecting people very deeply. KC: Honestly, I’m really sad about the season being postponed. I’m saying that because this is literally the best collection of wide receivers that I’ve ever been associated with — and I’m talking about from a playing standpoint to a coaching standpoint. I’m talking about top to bottom. I’ve been around some great wide receivers. As a group — from one to nine or one to however many is in the room — as a collection, this is one of the best groups that I’ve been a part of. Of course, on game day and during the game, I’m their set of eyes. We have other coaches that are their sets of eyes that can help them see things, process things, give answers to the test while we’re out there. So I don’t really like to take up too much of a player’s time because I didn’t really like that as a player. You know, I like to kind of prepare my own way, especially the day of a game or night before a game and stuff like that. Everybody has their own process now — of course, there’s guys that have questions and want to meet. We make that time available for them. I’m saying I’ll do whatever I have to to help somebody be as prepared as possible for a game. But for me, I like to just kind of cut them loose, man, trust the process and let them go play. I think if we can do that individually, then collectively, you have better communities, you have better society, etc. So I commend our guys for being available to elementary and junior high kids by way of Zoom. We’ve set up some Zoom meetings with some youth teams and it’s been really impactful. The kids loved it. I just hate that they’ve been working so hard; I hate that they don’t get to go out and show it. I mean, obviously, it was a good group last year, and I really think that we were in the process of taking another step up.