MULTI-TALENTED FRANK MIRAHMADI BACK AT SANTA ANITA MICROPHONE FOR 23-DAY AUTUMN MEET, WHICH BEGINS FRIDAY, SEPT. 27ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 17, 2019)–As he nears completion of his first year as Santa Anita’s full-time announcer, the incredible Frank Mirahmadi, who also doubles as the voice of Monmouth Park in New Jersey, will be present, accountable and ready to ramble when Santa Anita’s 23-day Autumn Meet opens on Friday, Sept. 27.Growing up in Beverly Hills, Mirahmadi, who will turn 52 on Oct. 20, was introduced to racing as a small boy by his late father, who made frequent visits to Santa Anita and Hollywood Park throughout Frank’s youth, infusing in him a burning desire to one day call races at a major track.“I’m glad my dad, who passed away in 1997, knew I became an announcer,” said Mirahmadi on Monday. “And I’m so happy that my mom has visited me in the booths at Hialeah Park, the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton (CA), Monmouth Park, Oaklawn Park and Santa Anita Park.”And it’s safe to say that many thousands of racing fans are glad Mirahmadi, following a circuitous journey that has taken him to tracks throughout North America, is now firmly entrenched as the successor to legends such as Joe Hernandez, Dave Johnson and Trevor Denman.The following are questions posed to Mirahmadi, who in addition to being a talented race caller, is a world-class impressionist, comedian and highly sought after master of ceremonies: Q. How did you get interested in racing? A. I became interested in racing at a very young age, attending well before I would’ve even known where I was at. By age eight or nine, it became my favorite sport, by far. Q. Looking back, who are some of your favorite horses? A. Spectacular Bid, John Henry, It’s the One, Danebo, Champagne Bid, Precisionist, Best Pal, Farma Way, Del Mar Dennis, Old Trieste, Golden Pheasant, Kotashaan, Hacawind, Norbet, Track Robbery, Winning Colors, Bayakoa, Stormy But Valid Lit de Justice, Sir Beaufort and Heart of Joy. Note: “When Stormy But Valid tackled Bayakoa over a one-turn mile at Hollywood Park in 1990, I was in Australia on a business trip and called a friend to listen to Bill Garr’s call on KIEV. When I got the hotel bill, that call was eighty dollars!” Q. Favorite jockey? A. As a kid, it was Bill Shoemaker. Note: “I loved The Shoe and have vivid recollections of getting his autograph a few times at Santa Anita as well as Del Mar. I was also a big fan of Chris McCarron, and then later Gary Stevens took over as my favorite jockey. He used to win so many races around the far turn. And of course, he rode three of my all-time favorites–Golden Pheasant, Winning Colors and Farma Way. We had such an incredible jockey colony, with Shoe, Laffit, McCarron, Eddie Delahoussaye, Darrel McHargue, Sandy Hawley, Patrick Valenzuela and then Stevens and Kent Desormeaux joined.” Q. Favorite trainer? A. D. Wayne Lukas Note: “Watching him develop young horses made me a D. Wayne fan. What a legend. I wish I could’ve met Charlie Whittingham. I saw him and may have said hello for about two seconds, but never had a chance to talk to him. Ron McAnally trained Bayakoa and John Henry, and he trained for my first employer, John Brunetti (owner of Hialeah Park and Red Oak Stable). About eight or 10 years before I got the Oaklawn job in 2012, he told me one morning at Del Mar on the backstretch that he was close friends with Charles Cella, and that when their announcer Terry Wallace retired, he would get me that job. Sure enough, he put the call in for me and the day I first met Mr. Cella, he said ‘Ron told me you’re the best.’ And that was the end of the auditions.” Q. Favorite sports other than racing? A. Baseball for sure. My favorite gift for me as a kid was a Johnny Bench catcher’s mitt. That Reds team was phenomenal. I loved George Foster’s unique, powerful swing. Q. Favorite movies? A. Heaven Can Wait (Warren Beatty) is my favorite. Like everyone, I loved The Godfather, One and Two. Goodfellas is an all-time classic and who wouldn’t include Shawshank Redemption? More recently, the latest A Star is Born with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga easily made my all-time favorite list. Q. Favorite books? A. I have read an embarrassingly low number of books. My favorite is Betting on Myself by Steve Crist. Q. Favorite races called? A. Tiznow’s Super Derby win in 2000. He was a man among boys. It was my first Grade I call as well as my first on ESPN. I called him “a superstar in the making” and was then concerned that it may have been an over-the-top comment. A moment later, I saw the final time and felt good about what I said as he shattered the track record at Louisiana Downs.The 2015 Arkansas Derby, which was won by American Pharoah, was also a fun race to call. I received an email from Trevor Denman the next day as well as a simple text from Tom Durkin, “Good Call,” so it has to be one of my best calls ever.The 2015 Malibu Stakes ranks way up there, because the feeling of calling opening day at Santa Anita is impossible to describe. Runhappy, owned by my dear friend Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, was running. He asked me who should ride the horse and of course I said Gary Stevens immediately….How could anyone write a script where I get to call my favorite jockey to ride the overwhelming favorite for the Malibu–then call the race and he wins. My voice cracked…but I’m perfectly fine with it, because it came from genuine emotion and joy.In 2000, the late Luke Kruytbosch arranged to have me as part of All-Star Announcer’s Day at Churchill Downs. It was my first visit to Churchill and I called two races. The first one went well and the second one, the last race of the day, was the highlight of my race calling career. I loaded the horses into the gate as Sean Beirne and Vic Stauffer, then called the race, in order, as Luke, John Asher, Mike Battaglia, Tom Durkin, Trevor Denman and Dave Johnson. Trevor, my idol, stuck around for the last race, then came into the booth afterward and said to me: “You’re a magician, how do you do it?” I can’t ever top that moment. Q. Who’s the greatest horse of all-time and why? A. Spectacular Bid! I watched him win the Malibu. What a monster! And then, his world record performance in the 1980 Charles H. Strub Stakes at a mile and a quarter in that great race with Relaunch, Valdez and Flying Paster is a race I could watch 500 more times. Relaunch’s pedigree line shows up in so many great horses, and his best moment as a racehorse may have been setting up The Bid that day. Q. You’re obviously a good listener. At what age did you discover you could impersonate people and make people laugh? A. I started imitating things shortly after learning how to talk. By age four or five, I was imitating Tom Jones singing Delilah. I used to stand up on the coffee table and/or picnic tables and entertain my family and parents’ friends. My late father used to eat toast and sip coffee in a loud manner. I imitated him once and it didn’t go over too well.Harry Henson’s distinct voice was my first track announcer impression. When I called the first two races of my career at Hollywood Park on closing day, Dec. 24, 1992, it was an incredible honor on many levels, but being in that booth with Gary Henson, who was filling in for Trevor that day, was as good as it gets. Q. If you could have dinner with anyone, alive or dead, who would it be? A. A dinner for four with my mom and brother, along with my late father. We would have a lot of laughs as well as tears, catching up on things. Q. As a fan, what is your all-time favorite race call? A. Trevor Denman’s Preakness call at Pimlico in 1989. The epic battle between Sunday Silence and Easy Goer.
JURGEN KLOPP is preparing for Spurs, who he faced in his first match as Liverpool boss in 2015.Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino are still the bosses, and CHARLIE WYETT compares the team from that draw to the current crop.5 Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has only gone one way since arriving in the Prem four years ago with a draw against SpursCredit: Getty Images – Getty5 Mauricio Pochettino has seen Spurs splutter over the past 12 months and he has still failed to land a quality strike-partner for Harry KaneCredit: ReutersGOALKEEPEROne of the best decisions Klopp made was to bomb out Simon Mignolet and bring in Alisson for £67million from Roma.Spurs have stuck with Hugo Lloris, who has been inconsistent and is out until the end of this year with an elbow injury.DEFENCEKlopp used Nathaniel Clyne and Alberto Moreno as full-backs.While Clyne is still at Liverpool, sort of, they are history, and Reds duo Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson have emerged as the best pair of full-backs in the Prem. Klopp’s finest piece of work was to land Virgil van Dijk from Southampton for £75m.Kyle Walker and Danny Rose were Spurs’ full-backs that day.Walker has gone while Rose remains the key man on the left but he is not the player he was.Centre-backs Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, coming to the end of their deals, are still there and have been important.5 Liverpool spending £57mon Brazil keeper Alisson shocked many people but has proved value for moneyCredit: Getty – Contributor5 Holland defender is a contender to become world player of the year, justifying the £75m Jurgen Klopp paid SouthamptonCredit: Getty – ContributorMIDFIELDKlopp’s first midfield saw Emre Can and Lucas Leiva holding with Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana and James Milner pushed up.They have so many options now with a midfield three and Jordan Henderson leads by example.Poch started Moussa Dembele with Dele Alli, Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen and Nacer Chadli.Now Harry Winks is a bright spark and Moussa Sissoko, while unspectacular, has a part to play.Eriksen and Lamela are nearing the end at Spurs and it will probably be for the best when they go.5 Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane form an all-time great Liverpool frontline, firing them to the Premier League summitCredit: ReutersATTACKKlopp started with Divock Origi up front and he remains a cult hero for scoring important goals.But current trio Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane will go down in Anfield folklore as one of the club’s most potent attacks.Spurs talisman Harry Kane started four years ago and is still their best player.Son Heung-Min continues to improve and Lucas Moura has had a few big moments — but Spurs need another top striker.most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticVERDICTOn their day, Spurs can still beat Liverpool but ultimately the Reds have overtaken them in all departments thanks to good management and some successful expensive signings.If you were going to put money on one of these winning at least one trophy this season, it would be Liverpool.Tottenham, despite having reached the Champions League final last season, seem to be going backwards.Liverpool vs Tottenham – Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and betting odds for big Premier League clash
OLIVIER GIROUD sunk Spurs and made Frank Lampard look a bit foolish.The France frontman has been snubbed by his Chelsea boss for most of the season.2 Olivier Giroud opened the scoring for Chelsea.Credit: EPAEven when other Blues strikers were injured or misfiring, Giroud still could not get a look in.Well, it appears Lampard got it very badly wrong.The gaffer will be relieved a man after seeing his side claim their first Premier League win in five matches.He should also feel a bit sheepish as the victory was thanks largely to the man he has overlooked for so long.Indeed had Chelsea managed to sign a striker in January then Giroud would not even still be at the club.The Les Bleus ace had offers on the table from Inter Milan, Lazio and, ironically, Tottenham and Chelsea said he could leave if they brought in a replacement, which they did not.So Giroud was made to stay.To his credit he never once sulked or spoke out against his employer, despite his obvious frustration.And when he was handed just his fourth start of the season against Spurs he showed he is a class act on the field too.CHELSEA NEWS LIVE: Follow for all the latest on the BluesHe fired Chelsea ahead in the 15th minute with a stunning driven finish, which beat his France skipper Hugo Lloris at his near post by virtue of its power and precision.His tenacity in beating Toby Alderweireld to get his head to Cesar Azpilicueta’s thrown then led to Marcos Alonso scoring the hosts’ crucial second.And while most of the talk will be about Lampard getting one over his master Jose Mourinho, it was Giroud who actually made it happen.The signs were there when the forward came off the bench against Manchester United and scored a fantastic header which was ruled out by VAR.Not even technology could deny Giroud against Tottenham as replays showed he timed his run to perfection in the build up to his goal – his first in the Premier League for 325 days.2 Frank Lampard’s side are now four points clear of TottenhamCredit: AP:Associated PressMOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsHe rightly received a standing ovation when he was replaced by Tammy Abraham in the 71st minute.If there is any justice Giroud will keep his place in Lampard’s line-up for Tuesday’s Champions League last 16 first leg tie at home to Bayern Munich.Although on this evidence you have to wonder why he was left out of the Chelsea team in the first place.
The crowd is building slowly with American Samoa supporters out with their flags.It’s expected to be a close match with PNG ranked seventh while American Samoa never made the top eight at the last Games.PNG so far has lost to New Caledonia 74-77 last night.In previous results today, Guam defeated Samoa 79-72 while Solomon Islands lost to Tahiti 76-35.
Kicking off under lights at 7.45pm in Central, the game provided plenty of action with players from both sides eager to catch the eye of Team Manager of Hekari United FC, Vonnie Kapi Natto, who was there scouting for new talent.It was Gaidi who struck first after Jack Karo opened the scoring in the first half to give his side the lead, going into the break.Netta equalised minutes into the second half through the boot of Kila Polena, who powered one past the keeper.With the game right back in the balance and the clock ticking down, it was going to take something special to turn scoring opportunities into points to break the deadlock.This came for Gaidi in the middle of the second half when an unmarked Ryan Gerega pounced on a loose ball in Netta’s goalmouth. He slotted it into the nets to take back the lead.Gaidi put the result beyond doubt just minutes later when Gerega’s cousin Willie scored his side’s third goal.With all the momentum their way, Gaidi held their lead until the final whistle to win the match and make it a double celebration. This was after the Gaidi netball team won the netball grand final in the afternoon.Gaidi walked away with K500 in prize money with runners up Netta taking K200.The final team placings and prize money:1. Gaidi (K500), 2. Netta (K200), 3. Me2 (K100), 4. Nuavi (K50), 5. U19 (K50), 6. GoKam (K50).
BadalonaOne of the great surprises of the Cup. It comes from eliminating Getafe 2-0 and in the previous round he did the same with Real Oviedo (3-1). His success butcher contrasts with his precarious situation in the League: he is 16th in Group III with 20 points. His goalkeeper, José Luis Morales, is the most veteran active player in the first three categories of Spanish football. The goal turned 43 on December 26 and in April he will become the oldest player to play a match in the bronze division.Leonese CulturalA history of Spanish football that in recent years has become a classic of clashes against First teams in the KO tournament. in 16-17 Madrid already touched him (1-7 and 6-1) and last season he faced Barça and was about to scratch a draw in the Kingdom of León (0-1 and 4-1). In the 21st century he also received the Catalans again and twice the Atlético. The Aspire Academy project in Qatar is running second in group II with 38 points. He has eliminated Las Rozas (3-0) and Huesca (2-1). Dioni and Menudo form one of the most dangerous couples in attack.RecreationalThe Dean of Spanish football eliminated Hercules (0-1) and on penalties to Fuenlabrada (1-0). After being first of the group last season and falling in the playoff to the first of change, first precisely with Fuenla and then with Mirandés, he sails, with 24 points, in the middle of the group IV table.UD LogroñésThe leader of group II (has 41 points) is also in the hype after eliminating Marino de Luanco (2-1) and on penalties to Cádiz. It has become a regular Cup: since 2010 it has only missed two editions. It has on its staff César Caneda (41 years old), another veteran and historical of the category.Unionists of SalamancaIt is the sixth season in competition for this young team that was born to honor the Salamanca Sports Union. Last season he fell in the second round and this has eliminated Atlético Baleares (1-0) and penalties Deportivo (1-1). In League is antepenultimate of group II with 19 points. You can not play in the Helmántico because of its rivalry with the current Salamanca CF UDS, owner of the emblematic stadium. White’s rival will be one of eight survivors of Second B and Third. This is, The teams that may face Real Madrid in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey are: Ebro, Ibiza, Badajoz, Badalona, Cultural Leonesa, UD Logroñés and Unionistas de Salamanca. The crossing will be resolved in a single game away from the Bernabéu on January 21, 22 or 23.EbroThe Harlequin team plays its fifth consecutive season in the bronze category and this is their third participation in the KO tournament. Last season he already enjoyed the experience of facing a First Division team: in the round of 16 he received Valencia at La Romareda. He is ranked 13th in Group III of Second B with 24 points and has reached the draw after eliminating Langreo (2-3) and Ponferradina.IbizaThe Ibicencos are the ambitious project of Amadeo Salvo, former president of Valencia, to take elite football to the island. Last season he bought the vacancy left by Lorca in Segunda B and competed in Group IV with a media project of which the former Italian international Marco Borriello was part. He is trained by former Sevillista Pablo Alfaro and marches third in Group I with 37 points (he won 1-2 to Castilla on the 12th day). He has reached the 16th after eliminating Pontevedra (0-2) and penalties for Albacete (1-1). In their ranks is the Second B pichichi: Rodado (12 goals, the same as Gabarre and Rufo). In its subsidiary plays Gianluca Simeone, the son of Cholo.BadajozThe pacense team is another candidate for promotion, in this case in group IV: last year it was eliminated in the first round of the playoff against UD Logroñés. He has eliminated Amorebieta (0-1) and Las Palmas (2-1). His coach is Mehdi Nafti. Real Madrid already enters the Copa del Rey competition after being exempt from the first two qualifiers for playing the Spanish Super Cup. The Zidane team will begin their participation in the round of 16 and will meet their first opponent in the KO tournament next Tuesday, January 14, in the draw to be held at 1:00 p.m. in the Football City of Las Rozas, headquarters of the RFEF.
The Alavés coach believes that “the new ones could play. Ismael has had minutes at Betis but he is still a 19-year-old boy. And Camarasa started from the middle center when he started playing but then it gave more performance in another more advanced location. The club continues to work in the market to replace Pina ”, said. About the winter incorporation period commented that “It tends to distract players a bit and you have to take people who are more focused. It is what happens in all teams on these dates but you have to know how to adapt and act accordingly. ” About two weeks of work commented that “We would have liked not to have to rest because that would mean we were still in the Cup. But they have helped us to prepare things, play a friendly with the subsidiary and already, in recent days, return to normal. Now we are in the second round and the difficulty and tension increase. We have all played against everyone and we know what each team can aspire to. ” Regarding the rival, he said that “he has very dynamic people upstairs, fast, who can also play differently and have gone from less to more. They have a great coach and are a good team. When you attack you have to be careful that they do not harm you in the transition. They have players that come out fast through the bands and we have to prepare the game to counter that. I think we are prepared for it. ”Looking to the second round He noted that “Outside the home, in the first one, we have been irregular and have added few points. In Mendi it has been different but it is clear that we must improve in the displacements so as not to suffer ”.On the subject of Aleix Vidal, who criticized Garitano for the “amarrategui” approach to Betis (according to his criteria), said that “It is clear that I did not like it but then asked for forgiveness and that is something that usually costs to do and to which we must also give value. What he has to do from now on is to continue contributing as he has been doing until this moment of the season ”. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of January 17, 2020
Sergio Ramos has won two leagues with Real Madrid these last ten years. The defender has become the third highest scoring defender in all of LaLiga history, with a total of 66 goals.5. BusquetsSergio Busquets is the midfielder who has played the most minutes in the last decade in La Liga, adding 25,530 minutes. During these years, the player has scored 8 goals and made 25 league assists.FC Barcelona, club in which he has played since 2008, has managed to win six leagues in the last decade.6. EvenThe current Valencia player has played 25,041 minutes in LaLiga the last ten years. He started the 2010/11 season as a Getafe player, with whom he scored 3 goals and 5 assists in the league.In the 2011/12 season he signed for Valencia. Since then, the Valencia captain has scored 53 goals and 49 assists for the club.7. PiquéGerard Piqué has played the last decade with FC Barcelona, and adds 24,716 minutes. During these years, the player has become one of the best defenses in LaLiga.He has achieved 25 goals and 7 assists for the club in the league, and has raised 6 leagues with Barcelona in the last ten years.8. Cristiano RonaldoThe Portuguese striker became the best Real Madrid player of the last decade, for which he added 24,508 minutes disputed. During his career at Real Madrid the last ten years, he has managed two leagues and he has scored 285 league goals and achieved 85 league assists.With Real Madrid he won two leagues in 2013 and 2018. As for personal titles, has achieved four Golden Balls, three Golden Boots, three Pichichi Trophies of the Spanish League and a Player of the Year trophy for the League.Currently, the Portuguese striker plays for Juventus, the club for which he signed this season and with which he has 21 goals.9. GabiThe Spanish midfielder has played for the last decade 24,210 minutes in the league. In the 2010/11 season he played for Zaragoza in the first division, with which he scored 11 goals and achieved 5 assists.After finishing the season, he signed for Atlético de Madrid, with which he managed to win a league in 2014. During his time at Atlético, he has achieved 6 goals and 26 league assists.This season, Gabi signed for Al Sadd, with whom he has played ten games and managed one assist.10. IraizozGorka Iraizoz is the goalkeeper who has played the most minutes during the last decade in LaLiga, reaching the 23,655 minutes disputed.The decade began as an Athletic goalkeeper, with whom he has conceded 293 goals and managed to maintain the clean sheet in 64 games.In the 2017/2018 season, he signed for Girona and played 16 games. It is currently retired.11. KokeThe midfielder has played in the last ten years with Atlético de Madrid, and has added 23,159 minutes. Won their only Spanish league in the 2013/14 season.Koke has managed to score 31 goals and 78 league assists for the club over the past ten years. The Santander League is one of the most powerful and competent league competitions in the world. Many of the best players in history have played in Spain, such as Messi, Di Stéfano, Cristiano Ronaldo or Johan Cruyff. Despite the large number of players who have competed in La Liga, so only the best can stand out and have a long career.The Transfermarkt portal has carried out the eleven of the players who have played the most minutes during the last decade in the Santander League, an eleven that adds up 520 million euros market value. Of the eleven players that appear, seven continue to play in the Spanish league.FC Barcelona highlights, which has four players who currently play for the club at eleven. Atlético de Madrid, Real Madrid and Valencia have a player in eleven.This is the eleven players with the most minutes played in the last decade in LaLiga: 1. Leo MessiThe Barcelona player has played 28,850 minutes in La Liga the last 10 years, in which he has scored 349 goals and 139 assists. During this decade, FC Barcelona has won six leagues.As for the individual awards, the Argentine forward has won six gold boots, six Spanish League Pichichi trophies, six trophies for the best player of the season and six Golden Balls.2. GriezmannThe French striker has disputed 26,701 minutes in the last decade of La Liga. Antoine Grizmann has played on three teams in the last ten years: Real Sociedad, Atlético de Madrid and FC Barcelona.He debuted in the First Division with Real Sociedad in the 2010/11 season. He remained at the Basque club until the 2013/14 season. During these four years, Griezmann scored 47 league goals.In 2014 he signed for Atlético de Madrid, becoming one of the club’s top scorers. He played for five seasons in the Madrid team, with which he scored 114 goals in LaLiga.This last season he signed for FC Barcelona, with which he has 13 goals. This season Griezmann could win his first Spanish league.3. GodínDiego Godín has 26,028 minutes in La Liga since the 2010/11 season, in which he signed for Atlético de Madrid. The Uruguayan became a key defender in Atlético’s eleven. In the season 2013/14 won their only Spanish league. During his time at Atlético the last decade he achieved 17 goals and 10 assists in the league.The Uruguayan defender signed for Inter Milan this season, where he has played 17 games and has made one assist.4. Sergio RamosThe Real Madrid captain has played 25,713 minutes in the Spanish league since 2010. This last decade he has played in the Madrid club, and has become one of the best players in the club, adding 42 goals and 16 assists.
For the blucerchiato striker at Calcio there are many more affected by COVID-19 of those who came to light and, therefore, attacked the other teams in the championship: “La Sampdoria never hid anything, other teams did, and I don’t understand why. It was a lack of respect towards who was transparent and towards the people who were in contact with those infected. “Ramírez affirmed that Sampdoria lived the situation calmly: “The infected colleagues always reassured us about their conditions. Revealing the positives is not a crime, it is a matter of ethics. Does anyone seriously think that in Serie A, only our team has had five, six cases?“ In Italy there was much controversy about the management of the coronavirus emergency in football: in Serie A there are 16 infected and the team that has been hit the most has been Sampdoria, with seven. Gastón Ramírez spoke of the situation in an interview with the newspaper ‘Il Secolo XIX’: “They are very hard days, I feel a lot of sadness for the deceased and their families“
As for the season, Priscila hopes to finish playing it after overcoming this crisis. “I do not see ethical that the season ends thus. I do not even consider it. Without the World Cup and Absolute Europeans, it is viable for now to extend the League, which ends soon in May, and play in June or try to put two games per week. Nor do we have as many matches to play (nine, with the strike day included), “says the attacker, who dedicates his quarantine to staying in shape” to return in the best way “and studying the police opposition.” The most difficult is not to touch the ball, “he highlights.” This season I did not start very well physically either due to different circumstances and then I have reached a good level again. Now I am trying to stay home as best as possible and I am on the path of not losing shape. When I return, I hope to do it with more desire and more strength “, he maintains.“I compare Rosa Márquez with Iniesta”In addition, Priscila reviews the adversities she has overcome during her career. “I worked in a hotel in Sabadell, in a cafeteria in Badajoz or in a school and in a bakery in Madrid. It has not cost me, but it is true that I highly value not having to do it now to play soccer,” says the Betis striker, who never expected to be in the First Division for so long: “When I started playing I did not expect the results or spend so much time in the First Division. The League has changed a lot and has suffered from everything, format changes and bad streaks. Now at last it seems that everything is settling down, with the agreement and with perfectly regulated contracts. It is a joy to see how all this has changed. “AFE ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Priscila talks about the agreement during the players’ press conference at the AFE headquarters.AFE About the agreement he also expressed his opinion. Priscila believes that “it has taken a long time” and that the most important thing for her firm is to regulate the price and injuries. “LOr more importantly, the agreement is that if I have started working at the age of 20, I have been listed since then and not only for a few years. Me because I have been fortunate enough to contribute with the different jobs I have had, but another person would now be 35 years old with hardly having contributed for his retirement, “says Priscila, who also remembers the bad years she spent without collecting in Sabadell, the problems with the flat in Huelva or how he has had to sacrifice himself and be away from his family for fourteen years. “What I value most of all that is that I never lost hope. “ sentenced the Andalusian forward, who despite not having had many references points to the attacker Auxi Jiménez as her greatest example to follow and highlights the great talent of teammates like Rosa Márquez :. “I compare Rosa Márquez with Iniesta. She has a more than promising future and we will surely see her winning titles.” Priscila Borja is one of the veterans who lead the First Iberdrola. The Betis striker and top scorer, who has completed twenty seasons in the top flight, attended AS by telephone in the midst of the health crisis that the whole country has stopped to assess how this campaign has been, which he described as “roller coaster”. “I see everything positive and I believe that these adversities are going to make us grow both personally and athletically. I really want to see the faces of my teammates and embrace them. We have a very nice goal ahead and we must go for it”, exposes.At 35, Priscila remains at a great physical level, being the undisputed starter at Betis, and has not yet decided whether to hang up his boots or continue another year as a green-white. In the past season the same thing happened to him and the Seville ended up renewing for another course with the Heliópolis painting. “It was clear to me to retire this season and now between the strike, the agreement or the health crisis, among other things, I am rethinking everything. What I miss the most is playing football, “highlights Betica, which reveals the secret of being so well after two decades playing at the highest level:” There are several influencing criteria. One is work, both physical and mental, then there is a bit of genetics and luck plays an important role in terms of injuries and having the confidence of the coach. You also have to feel young. For example, I’m still very excited to play soccer. ““Pier gives us responsibility and freedom”For her part, the Andalusian attacker regrets that the break has come at the best time for the team. “This crisis has come when we were better, in a crescendo improvement of the team. But well the same is a new opportunity, “he highlights, shortly before evaluating Pier’s arrival on the verdiblanco bench:” All the changes are good and we came from a dynamic of not being comfortable with the game and the results. We were not having results. When Pier arrived we started to score some points and that encouraged us a lot“Of the former Betis player, Priscila states that he is a coach who gives you” responsibility and freedom. “” He always gives us freedom on the field and that implies responsibility. Play with that double-edged sword and the players have welcomed it very well. At the end he has been a player and he knows perfectly what the players feel“he assures. Betis’); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Priscila hugs Pier after a First Iberdrola match.Betis