Klopp, restless: “I hope Atlético doesn’t sign Cavani”

first_imgIn the middle of next February, Atletico Madrid will face Liverpool for a ticket in the quarterfinals of the Champions League. Although it still remains for its confrontation, Jurgen Klopp He already speaks in the press room about his rival’s threats and, moreover, about his possible movements in the winter transfer market. In particular, the possible incorporation of Edinson Cavani.The Liverpool coach praised the current lead, although he positioned himself in front of his preference in the transfer belt: “I think Morata and João Félix are dangerous enough by themselves. I think Diego Costa will not be in the first leg, but maybe in the return … Atlético is good enough now, I hope they don’t sign Cavani although if they don’t they will be a very complicated opponent anyway. “ Anyway, Klopp confirmed that he had not yet begun to analyze Atlético de Madrid in depth, but it is a team he has seen many times. “We will see what happens, if we have to face Edinson Cavani or not“he said. Anyway, in the absence of a month for the confrontation, everything can happen.Klopp: “The Africa Cup in January is a catastrophe”In addition to talking about Atlético and his weekend game, Klopp gave his vision on the change of the Africa Cup date from 2021 to the month of January. The ‘red’ coach showed his outrage at what the new programming would have on his team: “We must think like a club and make decisions. Knowing that for four weeks we won’t be able to count on them doesn’t help“.“I can’t respect the Africa Cup anymore. It is a very interesting tournament, but playing mid-season is a problem that is evident. Changing it to January is a catastrophe for Liverpool“Klopp claimed that he could lose capital players like Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mané. Also to Keita.last_img read more

Tiu: Clarkson playing for PH in Asian Games ‘really a long shot’ to begin with

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas made a last-minute push but failed to tap the services of Jordan Clarkson for the Asian Games. Veteran guard Chris Tiu, however, admitted having the Fil-American guard to play for the Philippines in Indonesia was a “long shot” in the first place.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Tiu, who is one of five Rain or Shine players part of the national team, said there’s just one too many hurdles to go through before Clarkson gets the green light to finally don the Philippines’ colors.“To begin with we never really expected him to be available anyway because it’s really a long shot,” said Tiu, who was also an original member of the Gilas program formed in 2009.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“Having the Olympic Committee, the Asian Games Committee, the NBA, his management team and his mother team all allow him I think it’s really a long shot.”On Sunday, the NBA released a statement saying that it did not allow Clarkson, who plays a key role for the Cleveland Cavaliers, to suit up for the Philippines in the Asian Games. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Clarkson not allowed to play for PH in Asian Games, says NBA DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Nationals need to win at least one game to advance to the next round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 33-year-old Tiu still commended the SBP’s efforts to get Clarkson, who was included in the final lineup.“But of course, we still appreciate and laud the effort of the basketball officials here in the Philippines who tried to make it happen,” he said.“But for the team, we never really kind of banked on that possibility so we’re just gonna compete with whatever we have and hopefully, it will be sufficient to propel us to win against Kazakhstan and China and whoever we will face.”The Philippine team flies to Jakarta, Indonesia Sunday night.The Filipinos open their campaign on Thursday against Kazakhstan before clashing with China on August 21.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal MOST READlast_img read more

With Liberia in Medical and Economic Crisis, Wrong Time to Sell Oil Blocks

first_imgThe Liberian people, still reeling (staggering) amidst one of the most desperate and tragic moments in their history–the Ebola crisis—in which people are dropping dead around the country, awoke Monday morning to some most shocking and unbelievable news. Their government has suddenly decided to auction off some of the nation’s most treasured assets–four oil blocks.Oil, or petroleum, is a new resource which the good Lord has granted this beleaguered country, Liberia. This is in addition being already richly endowed with so many other resources, including rich agricultural land, abundant rainfall, many rainforests, the capacity for all kinds of tree crops, 350 miles of coastline and beautiful beaches, lagoons and lakes, plus iron ore, gold and diamond. Despite all of these enviable resources, Liberia has failed to develop.The problem has been mainly national leadership, which over a long period has failed to inspire, motivate and train our people to take full control of their economy. The Liberian economy is totally in the hands of foreigners who, with very few exception, are the only ones with money in their pockets and therefore calling the shots in every direction–financial, political and even judicial. These foreign businesspeople everyday spew out (discharge, spit) in the faces of the miserable, luckless Liberians–oppressed and downtrodden in their own country–the contemptible (disgraceful, shameful, humiliating) boast: “Take me anywhere, and NOTHING will come out of it!”The Daily Observer has, throughout our 33-year existence, consistently and passionately appealed to the government to do everything possible to empower Liberians in business. Okay, they say Liberians are “not entrepreneurial,” meaning they don’t like or know how to create businesses. But even if this were true–and most of it is not–it does not have to remain that way. That is the purpose of parental upbringing and education, to fill the child’s “tabula rasa.” Philosophers throughout the centuries, probably beginning with Aristotle, have long argued that the child is born with a blank mind–”blank slate.” The English philosopher and physician John Locke, an Enlightenment thinker, more than anyone else popularized this philosophical principle, that human beings are born with blank minds, and begin to acquire knowledge and experience as they grow and develop.So it is with every one of us. We have the capacity to learn anything. It all depends upon exposure and opportunity. So one cannot dismiss a whole nation of people because they have not been given the opportunity and encouragement to pursue and excel in a particular vocation. Success is within anyone’s grasp, depending on the available exposure and opportunity.That is what parents are for, to give their children proper upbringing and help them develop their God-given talents. That is what governments are for–to build schools, colleges, universities, to help the students develop their latent creative energies and expose them to new vistas of learning and opportunity; to gauge (estimate) the needs of society, for example, how many teachers, nurses, doctors, engineers, businesspeople a country needs at a particular time, and produce them to fulfill the national need.This newspaper is opposed to the auction of the four oil blocks. A time of national emergency, when we are all consumed with the deadly Ebola crisis, is NOT the time to auction our treasured national assets. Three reasons: first, the nation and people are right now too vulnerable; and foreign enterprises knowing that would take undue advantage of us. We would be short-changing (cheating) ourselves.Secondly, this is not something on Liberians’ mind right now. All our faculties are consumed by Ebola, and how to stop our people from dropping dead.Thirdly, because of this Ebola preoccupation, its deadly consequences and the headache and heartache in dealing with our pitiful dead and our overwhelming sorrow, how many of us are prepared to step forward to bid on these blocks? And with most Liberians, since the war and throughout this administration, left out of the moneymaking mainstream, who has the money to participate in these auctions? This, therefore, means is that all the blocks will go to foreigners, further empowering them take control of the little that is left in Liberia.Do the President and her team contemplate the consequences of handing over all the nation’s assets to foreigners? There are primarily three consequences: first, further surrendering control of the economy to foreigners; second, leaving Liberians perpetually poor, miserable and powerless; and third, totally unnecessarily threatening our fragile peace.Madam President, please defer the oil block auctions. A more appropriate time will come.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sports briefs

first_imgSmith, the 2005 NFL coach of the year, led the Bears to a 15-4 record and their first NFC championship in more than two decades last season, where they lost to Indianapolis in the Super Bowl. Henin advances to quarterfinals DOHA, Qatar – Justine Henin reached the quarterfinals of the Qatar Open after beating Alicia Molik of Australia 6-2, 7-6 (9). The second-ranked Henin, who won the Dubai Open last week, saved two set points in the tiebreaker and wasted four match points. Man sentenced in Jackson case INDIANAPOLIS – A man who hit former Indiana Pacers guard Stephen Jackson with a car during a fight outside a strip club last fall was sentenced to two years in prison. Deon Willford was convicted Feb. 12 of felony battery and a misdemeanor charge of failure to stop at the scene of an accident. LAKE FOREST, Ill. – The Chicago Bears signed coach Lovie Smith to a four-year contract extension through the 2011 season on Wednesday night. They also signed general manager Jerry Angelo to a contract extension through the 2013 season. DOHA, Qatar – Justine Henin reached the quarterfinals of the Qatar Open after beating Alicia Molik of Australia 6-2, 7-6 (9). The second-ranked Henin, who won the Dubai Open last week, saved two set points in the tiebreaker and wasted four match points. Man sentenced in Jackson case INDIANAPOLIS – A man who hit former Indiana Pacers guard Stephen Jackson with a car during a fight outside a strip club last fall was sentenced to two years in prison. Deon Willford was convicted Feb. 12 of felony battery and a misdemeanor charge of failure to stop at the scene of an accident. Smith, the 2005 NFL coach of the year, led the Bears to a 15-4 record and their first NFC championship in more than two decades last season, where they lost to Indianapolis in the Super Bowl. Henin advances to quarterfinals Dawson reunited with his father SEOUL, South Korea – More than two decades after he was lost in a South Korean market and eventually adopted in the United States, Olympics skier Toby Dawson was reunited with his father on Wednesday. They embraced, and Dawson said a Korean phrase he had learned for the meeting – “I’ve been waiting a long time, father.” Hugging his son at a hotel, Kim Jae-su teared up. Chicken toss out at Kansas State MANHATTAN, Kan. – The chicken toss has been declared off limits at Kansas State. For years, Kansas State students have smuggled live chickens into basketball games against Kansas, then thrown them onto the court – mocking their rival’s Jayhawk mascot. But an animal rights group objected to the mistreatment of chickens, and the school issued an open letter to fans this week calling for an end to the practice. Szczerbiak out for the season BOSTON – Celtics forward Wally Szczerbiak will have season-ending ankle surgery next week. Szczerbiak has missed significant time four of the last five seasons because of injuries. Federer triumphs again in Dubai DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Roger Federer extended his career-best winning streak to 38 matches, defeating Daniele Bracciali 7-5, 6-3 Wednesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Dubai Open. The top-seeded Federer will next face seventh-seeded Novak Djokovic, who beat Rainer Schuettler 7-6 (5), 6-3. Defending champion Rafael Nadal edged Igor Andreev 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (2). Next for Nadal is Mikhail Youzhny, who topped No. 6 Tomas Berdych 7-6 (6), 6-3. – From wire reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!,LAKE FOREST, Ill. – The Chicago Bears signed coach Lovie Smith to a four-year contract extension through the 2011 season on Wednesday night. They also signed general manager Jerry Angelo to a contract extension through the 2013 season. Dawson reunited with his father SEOUL, South Korea – More than two decades after he was lost in a South Korean market and eventually adopted in the United States, Olympics skier Toby Dawson was reunited with his father on Wednesday. They embraced, and Dawson said a Korean phrase he had learned for the meeting – “I’ve been waiting a long time, father.” Hugging his son at a hotel, Kim Jae-su teared up. Chicken toss out at Kansas State MANHATTAN, Kan. – The chicken toss has been declared off limits at Kansas State. For years, Kansas State students have smuggled live chickens into basketball games against Kansas, then thrown them onto the court – mocking their rival’s Jayhawk mascot. But an animal rights group objected to the mistreatment of chickens, and the school issued an open letter to fans this week calling for an end to the practice. Szczerbiak out for the season BOSTON – Celtics forward Wally Szczerbiak will have season-ending ankle surgery next week. Szczerbiak has missed significant time four of the last five seasons because of injuries. Federer triumphs again in Dubai DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Roger Federer extended his career-best winning streak to 38 matches, defeating Daniele Bracciali 7-5, 6-3 Wednesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Dubai Open. The top-seeded Federer will next face seventh-seeded Novak Djokovic, who beat Rainer Schuettler 7-6 (5), 6-3. Defending champion Rafael Nadal edged Igor Andreev 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (2). Next for Nadal is Mikhail Youzhny, who topped No. 6 Tomas Berdych 7-6 (6), 6-3. – From wire reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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Volunteer effort grows

first_img“When we started this, it was with the slogan of `Everyone helps, everyone wins,”‘ said David Levinson, a screenwriter who launched the program. “Since that, it has grown organically, where people get involved through their church or synagogue and tell people about it at their work or learn about it at work and bring it elsewhere. “We think it has become a go-to-L.A. event, like the Oscars or the marathon.” More than 32,000 volunteers signed up last year, when Villaraiogsa threw his support behind the program, combining it with a Day of Service effort he had launched in his district when he served on the City Council. Volunteers from city agencies and the Los Angeles Unified School District are joining this year’s effort. “This is about bringing communities together to get involved in cleaning up our city, in getting involved,” Councilwoman Wendy Greuel said. For information on the program, go to www.bigsunday.org or call (323) 936-1419. rick.orlov@dailynews.com 213-978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Setting an ambitious goal of drawing 50,000 volunteers, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and supporters announced plans Tuesday to broaden the annual Big Sunday community-service program into a two-day effort. “This is about the city – making the city believe in itself,” Villaraigosa said at a City Hall news conference. “There is only so much that we as elected officials can do. It takes people getting involved to make a difference.” The program, which began in 1999 at Temple Israel of Hollywood with 300 volunteers, will be held this year on April 28 and 29. Project locations range from Ventura County to Fontana, and volunteers will do everything from cleaning up graffiti to planting trees or from mentoring youth to visiting the elderly. last_img

Empathy pivotal to Mourinho’s next destination

first_img0Shares0000Mourinho had a bruising final few months at Manchester United and he wants his next club to have internal empathy © AFP / JOSE JORDANLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 26 – Jose Mourinho wants his next club to be one where “internal empathy” exists and not “internal conflict” he told the Daily Telegraph on Tuesday.The 56-year-old Portuguese — sacked by Manchester United on December 18 after a series of bust-ups with senior players and poor results — said the club where he had felt this the most was Serie A side Inter Milan. He guided them to a Champions League, two league titles and an Italian Cup in two seasons there from 2008-10.Mourinho said money is not the priority admitting since he left United he had turned down a lucrative offer from an unnamed club because “I want high-level football and ambitions at the highest level”.However, he says that comes second on his list of ingredients for taking a job.“I don’t want an internal conflict,” said Mourinho, who has down the years earned a reputation for confronting senior players at clubs he has managed.“I want internal empathy. And then your conflict is on Sunday on the pitch when you play against somebody who wants to steal your three points.“That’s the moment of the conflict.”Mourinho, who enjoyed a good first season with United landing the Europa League and League Cup before things turned sour winning nothing last year, says structural empathy is obligatory for him.“I don’t know if it is a bad translation from Portuguese to English but focus on these two words, ‘structure’ and ’empathy’,” said Mourinho.“I want to work with structural empathy. A club is a structure, a complex structure where the manager is an important part of that structure but he is not the structure.“I want to work with people that I love.“People I want to work with, that I am happy to work with, with whom I share the same ideas.“It was what I had at Inter. There are clubs like this. Normally, that is a very important part of a successful club.”Mourinho, who says he does not want to work where there is “permanent contradiction (conflict)”, said he is a natural winner but concedes going 18 months without a trophy has taught him things.“People used to say that you learn more with defeat,” he said.“Maybe there is some truth in it. I feel my natural habitat is winning.“This is the first time when I didn’t win any trophy for 18 months.“Some guys don’t win any trophies for 18 years. I didn’t win any trophy for 18 months.”Mourinho, who stunned many when he paid a warm tribute to long-time bitter rival Arsene Wenger at an awards ceremony last week, said aside from some football punditry he has spent the time since being sacked by United to prepare for his next job.“Now I have time for thinking, reflection, trying to understand everything and trying to be more ready for the next one that is coming,” said Mourinho.“I know it is coming. It hasn’t come yet because what has come along, I didn’t want.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

For Honda float, future and ‘wow’ factor unfold

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonThe animated 22-ton float will spectacularly rise 30 feet into the air in a sea of mist powered by an 11,000-watt Honda generator. “It’s going to look like it’s blasting off from the float bed,” said Erik Wedin, community relations director of Torrance-based American Honda. “We wanted something that will make the crowd watching along the parade route say, `Wow.”‘ The wow factor will come into play as the truck’s hood folds forward to become an aircraft cockpit, the doors and sides unfold to become wings, the wheels tuck under the body and the truck’s bed transforms into an aircraft tail and engines. “Piloting” the craft will be a replica of ASIMO, Honda’s advanced humanoid robot. The transformation takes 90 seconds to complete, and Honda plans to perform the metamorphosis as many times as possible along the 51/2-mile parade route. Photo Gallery of South Bay Rose Parade floats There was only one direction American Honda Motor Co. could go to top the 207-foot-long train it entered in the 2005 Rose Parade or its fire breathing dragon this year – up. Its 2008 parade entry is a high-tech Honda Ridgeline- inspired truck that morphs into a rocket ship complete with flaming engines. The float is called “Passport to the Future,” a riff on the 119th parade’s theme this year, “Passport to the World’s Celebrations.” “American Honda is committed to creating products that give people mobility – on both two and four wheels, and soon, in the skies,” said Assistant Vice President Steve Morikawa, referring to the company’s HondaJet that will enter production in 2010. “This year’s float takes a fun and imaginative look at what the future of mobility might hold.” Presumably in real life that future won’t include the yellow strawflower with accents of red carnation petals and silverleaf “chrome” that make up the truck’s body. The float also uses flowers including red chrysanthemums and roses, and also black seaweed and crushed walnut shells. American Honda, which entered its first Rose Parade float in 1977, has won major awards in 12 of the past 13 years. The company moved in 1990 to its sprawling Torrance headquarters at Torrance Boulevard and Van Ness Avenue. By 2005 it had more than 1,600 employees in Torrance, making it the city’s second- largest private employer. The company also provides 166 Metropolitan scooters that will be ridden along the parade route by white-suited volunteers, another 115 vehicles and a dozen generators. However, one thing Honda hasn’t made are the twin V8 engines that power the float. “We started out with a Honda engine, but when you get up to 22 tons, it’s a little beyond even our engine power,” Wedin said. nick.green@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

GAA RESULTS: DONEGAL SOUTH

first_imgMinor Div 2 Championship Play offDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment18-Sep-2011 Four Masters 1 – 9 1 – 8 Naomh Columba Killybegs Minor Div 1 ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment18-Sep-2011 Naomh Conaill 3 – 16 5 – 8 Kilcar Ardara semi finalU-13 Div 1 League Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment17-Sep-2011 Dungloe 1 0 Killybegs Dungloe17-Sep-2011 Naomh Mhuire 1 – 5 8 – 12 Ardara Naomh MhuireU-13 Div 2 LeagueDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 17-Sep-2011 Kilcar 5 – 11 1 – 10 Naomh Ultan KilcarMinor Div 1 ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment16-Sep-2011 St Johns 0 0 – 1 Naomh Conaill R Emmetts Donegal Gaeltacht Og Sport FinalDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment16-Sep-2011 Na Rossa 1 – 7 1 – 5 Gweedore FalcarraghGAA RESULTS: DONEGAL SOUTH was last modified: September 18th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DONEGAL GAA results southlast_img read more

FINN HARPS OFFICIAL PLEADS WITH SOCCER FANS IN DONEGAL TO COME OUT AND SUPPORT THE CLUB

first_imgJohn Campbell has pleaded to soccer fans in Donegal to come out and support Finn Harps as they face a challenging chapter financially in their season.Finn Harps secretary John Campbell has issued a plea to soccer fans all over Donegal to come out and support Finn Harps as they embark on the final chapter of their season.Harps have been handed an exciting opportunity to progress to the semi-finals of the FAI Ford Cup after they defeated Wexford Youths on Friday evening.Harps were drawn to face non-league opposition in the last eight of the most prestigious cup competition in Irish soccer. Ollie Horgan’s side will face either Avondale or St.Michael’s away from home in the next round, while the draw offers a great chance to progress, the trip logistically and financially is a nightmare for Harps.Harps face Cobh Ramblers in Cork the week before they travel again to either Cork or to Tipperary the following week.After the FAI cup match, Harps then face another away trip this time to Terryland Park, in Galway.With no home matches in three weeks to provide income, Harps will pay out in excess of €10,000 on the away matches. Secretary John Campbell issued a statement pleading for financial support.“The FAI cup draw offers Harps a exciting opportunity in the competition, but there a few things that people should be aware of to keep it in perspective.We’ll face either the current Junior or Intermediate cup champions, and an away tie will be an extremely difficult fixture, however it does represent an exciting opportunity for the club.“But I’d ask all soccer supporters in Donegal, and the sporting public in general to ask themselves how they can help the club.“Inside a fortnight, we face away trips to Cobh in the league, possibly Cork again or Tipperary in the FAI cup and then Galway in the league. “As people can see that it is going to be a extremely expensive period for the team with outgoings of well over €10,000 and NO home matches to generate income.“We need YOUR support, we NEED your financial help, just as the Donegal Senior County Team do to maintain their fantastic challenge for the All-Ireland title.“So I’m asking people to reflect on the above and I’m asking both individuals and local businesses to support Ollie and the team financially.“You can start supporting the club by coming along to the league fixture between Finn Harps and Shamrock Rovers B this Friday at Finn Park, 8pm Kick-off. FINN HARPS OFFICIAL PLEADS WITH SOCCER FANS IN DONEGAL TO COME OUT AND SUPPORT THE CLUB was last modified: August 27th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ChallengingFinanciallyFinn Harps FCHome-page SportJohn Campbellnewslast_img read more

Lionel Messi reveals the art of taking the perfect free-kick

first_imgAlmost everything Lionel Messi does looks effortless but the Barcelona forward insists a lot of practice goes into trying to perfect the free-kicks which have contributed a sizeable chunk of his goals this season.The 28-year-old Argentine has scored seven goals from direct free-kicks in this year’s La Liga, the latest in Sunday’s 5-0 triumph over Espanyol.Messi equals Ronald Koeman’s recordMessi now has 23 goals from free-kicks in his career at the club, equalling the previous record of former Barcelona star Ronald Koeman.”Yes, the truth is that we train for this,” he said in an interview with ESPN.”We work on how to move so that the ball goes to the right place and also you learn things over the course of your career.”Messi scored his first free-kick in 2008 Messi had to wait until the 2008-09 campaign to take his first attempt from a direct free-kick for Barca, where Ronaldinho, Thierry Henry and Xavi Hernandez used to take set pieces.Koeman’s thunderous right-footed free-kick gave Barcelona a win over Sampdoria for their first European title in 1992 but while the Dutchman focused on power, Messi is more about accuracy.”To be honest, I like to hit the ball over the players’ wall but from time to time I like to mix it up a little bit so that the goalkeeper doesn’t know where I’m going and I want to keep him confused until I kick,” Messi said.”I think for that reason, I like to keep the goalkeeper in doubt.”advertisementMessi has scored 37 goals in 43 games in all competitions this season for Barca and the tally can further swell.La Liga leaders Barca will attempt to clinch the title on Saturday at Granada and will then play in the Copa del Rey final against Sevilla on May 22.last_img read more