FIFA vice president ponders calendar year season in Europe

first_imgFIFA Vice President Victor Montagliani has said that moving the European soccer season to the calendar year is a “possibility to be discussed” in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.The pandemic has brought football to a standstill around the world. In an interview with Italy’s Radio Sportiva, Montagliani, who was seen as a close ally of FIFA President Gianni Infantino, said the move would fit in with the 2022 World Cup being played in Qatar in November and December.The head of world soccer’s governing body himself had said that football would be totally different when restarted, and that the current stoppage could be a good chance to overhaul the overloaded calendar due to run until 2024.“We have the opportunity because the World Cup in Qatar in 2022 will be played in November/December and that could be the idea,” said Montagliani, who is president of the CONCACAF Confederation.He added: “Here in the Americas, the season is already played according to the calendar year.“Perhaps, it is a solution that can also be used in Europe and Africa, it is a possibility to be discussed at national and continental levels. “It is not an idea to be discarded, it can be a solution in view of the next two years and this winter World Cup.”A number of European leagues, including Italy, Germany and England, still hope to finish their seasons but doing so can force the start of the 2020-21 campaign to be pushed back.UEFA also wants to finish the Champions League and Europa League.“We have already started thinking about how to set a new calendar from 2024, now with this crisis, we need immediate answers,” added Montagliani.The idea of a calendar-year season had been put forward before including by Karl-Heinz Rummenigge when he was Chairman of the European Club Association. “Everywhere, be it Germany, France or England, summer is the best period of the year. And that is the season we don’t play,” he had told France Football magazine in a 2013 interview.“In deepest winter, when it is very cold and snowing, we play nearly all the time in conditions that are disagreeable for both players and spectators.It is not logical.”Reuters/NAN.RelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 I was in best of forms before Tokyo Paralympics was postponed — Powerlifter Ejike Tags: Calender YearCoronavirusEuropean Soccer SeasonFIFAVice President Victor Montaglianilast_img read more

The Latest: Ferrari says it has developed a ventilator

first_imgThe players at French rugby club Toulouse have offered to take a pay cut amid the coronavirus pandemic.The players at the 20-time French champions say they told club president Bernard Lemaitre they are willing to accept “a significant decrease” in earnings. They did not give any figures regarding the amount of the proposed decrease.Lemaitre praised his players for their “spontaneous and unanimous” offer amid challenging economic times.He says it “further reinforces our motivation and our desire to meet the challenges of tomorrow.”The French league was canceled after the government called it off late last month. The semifinals of the Top 14 league will not be played. The Latest: Ferrari says it has developed a ventilator Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Ferrari says it has developed a ventilator for hospitals dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. The Formula One team says it created a device that is easy to use and assemble in conjunction with the Italian Institute of Technology. Ferrari says it was designed in only five weeks and can be produced using easily available materials at a lower cost than normal ventilators.The ventilator has been designed to meet the typical demands of medium intensive care and the technical specifications are available as an open source project.___Players from Spanish soccer club Elche have not practiced as a protest against reduced salaries.The players for the second-division club were supposed to practice at the team’s stadium but decided to keep training at home to show their discontentment with the team’s decision not to lift the furloughs that had been put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic. May 13, 2020 ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Portuguese soccer league says it will delay its restart until June 4.The league was expected to resume at the end of May but will wait another week so there is time to “rigorously inspect stadiums and conduct medical tests on all professionals involved” in the matches.The league says it hopes to serve as an example of “good practices” for the rest of the Portuguese society during the coronavirus pandemic.The league was stopped with Porto leading Benfica by one point with 10 rounds to go.___ Players want to resume earning full salaries now that they are back to training.The players practiced normally on Tuesday. The club says it is negotiating with them.The club used government furloughs to reduce its labor costs during the pandemic. Players had their salaries and working hours reduced by 70%.Elche was sixth in the 22-team second-division standings when the competition was suspended after 31 matches.___ Associated Press last_img read more

Chelsea Confirms Conte as New Coach

first_imgConte, who won the Serie A title in each of his three years as Juventus boss, is the fifth Italian to manage Chelsea, following Gianluca Vialli, Claudio Ranieri, Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto di Matteo.“We are very pleased to have recruited one of the most highly regarded managers in world football,” said club director Marina Granovskaia.“We are equally pleased to do so before the end of the current season. This aids our future planning.”Conte has the task of rebuilding a side that won the Premier League title last season before imploding this term.Mourinho’s second spell came to an end on December 17 after a miserable start to the season and what Chelsea Technical Director, Michael Emenalo, described as “palpable discord” between the Portuguese and his players.Hiddink restored stability in his second interim spell as boss – the Blues are 10th with seven games to go – but Chelsea will fail to win a trophy and are set to miss out on Champions League football next season.Former Juventus player Andrea Pirlo wrote this in his autobiography: “Even when we’re winning, Conte comes in and hurls against the wall (and thus my little corner).“Anything he can lay his hands on… almost always full bottles of water. Fizzy water. Very fizzy water.”When Conte speaks “his words assault you”, says Pirlo, adding: “They crash through the doors of your mind, often quite violently, and settle deep within you.”Conte may have “some problems” adjusting to English football but his appointment will prove to be a “good decision”, says former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini.“It is difficult when a manager changes championships,” Mancini, now in charge at Inter Milan, told BBC Sport.“It is important that he knows the league very well and very quickly. Probably he could have some problems at the start of his job.”Conte is a former Italy midfielder who made more than 400 appearances for Juventus, winning five league titles and a Champions League.He won 20 caps for his country and was part of the squad beaten by France in the final of Euro 2000.After spells coaching Arezzo, Bari, Atalanta and Siena, Conte returned to Juve in 2011, guiding them to the Serie A title at the first attempt.However, he was then charged with failing to report attempted match-fixing during his time as coach of Siena.Conte pleaded his innocence but was banned for 10 months – a sentence that was reduced to a four-month touchline suspension.Juventus retained their title despite Conte’s absence and won their third in succession the following season before his exit in 2014 to take over as Italy boss.Despite serving that touchline ban, the issue remains an ongoing concern for the soon-to-be Chelsea manager.Conte faces criminal proceedings after being accused of “sporting fraud”, with a trial due to start in Italy this week.Conte, who has always denied wrongdoing, is among 104 defendants.He is likely to be fined if found guilty, according to his lawyer Leonardo Cammarata, who added Conte’s reputation would be “seriously damaged”.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram English Premiership club, Chelsea, has confirmed the appointment of Italy boss, Antonio Conte, as its new first-team head coach, starting from this summer.The 46-year-old former Juventus boss will begin a three-year contract after his country takes part in Euro 2016.“I am proud to be the coach of the national team of my country and only a role as attractive as manager of Chelsea could follow that,” he said.Guus Hiddink, who replaced the sacked Jose Mourinho, will remain in charge of the Blues until the end of the season. The final of Euro 2016 takes begins on July 10.last_img read more