WORLD CUP: Haunted by inconsistency, Serbia gambles on youth

first_imgLATEST STORIES MOST READ A former national team defender and Bundesliga veteran, Mladen Krstajic is closely aligned with the federation’s wishes for the faster integration of the players who won the Under-20 World Cup in 2015.He was first brought in as a caretaker after Muslin’s dismissal, despite having never held a previous coaching position. But he has yet to calm the national anxiety after delivering highs and lows on the road to Russia. The latest setback was a 1-0 loss to Chile in a friendly.Unapologetic, Krstajic said the results of friendly matches were meaningless because they were only about preparation.“You would expect experienced players to have better form, but younger players have more potential — that’s a fact. We have both,” he said. “Testing younger players in the game (against Chile) was a conscious decision, to see how they would combine with the players who got us qualification.”GOALKEEPERSADVERTISEMENT Serbia’s talent in midfield also includes attack-minded Luka Milivojevic, a regular scorer at Crystal Palace.FORWARDSKrstajic likes to field a 4-2-3-1 formation to exploit the goal-scoring talents of his midfield.Aleksandar Mitrovic remains the preferred lone striker and he produced six goals in qualification. While his finishes often look unspectacular, the 23-year-old forward who plays at Fulham on loan has perfected close-range finishes.Krstajic added some young forwards to his roster, including 20-year-old Benfica player Luka Jovic, who is on loan to Eintracht Frankfurt.Fire-power may also come from Aleksandar Prijovic, the top scorer in the Greek league at PAOK Thessaloniki and hero at home for producing the winning goal against Georgia that sent Serbia through.GROUP GAMESSerbia will open against Costa Rica on Sunday in Samara. The team will then face Switzerland in Kaliningrad on June 22 before traveling to Moscow to face Brazil on June 27.SQUADGoalkeepers: Vladimir Stojkovic (Partizan), Marko Dmitrovic (SD Eibar), Predrag Rajkovic (Maccabi Tel Aviv) FILE – In this Monday, Oct. 9, 2017 filer, Serbian players pose for a team photo prior to the World Cup Group D qualifying soccer match between Serbia and Georgia at the Rajko Mitic stadium in Belgrade, Serbia. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)With a mandate to integrate the country’s promising young players into the squad, Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic was hired after the national team had already qualified for the World Cup.He has abandoned some of the caution shown by predecessor Slavoljub Muslin, whose conservative selections helped Serbia win its European qualifying group after failing to reach the 2014 tournament.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls 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 The towering Vladimir Stojkovic was first choice during the qualification campaign, which exposed the team’s irregular form.The Serbs conceded 10 goals in as many matches. The 34-year-old Stojkovic has bounced around half-a-dozen European leagues, making the rare switch from Red Star Belgrade to city rival Partizan.Predrag Rajkovic, a 22-year-old former national youth team standout, made his senior debut at 18 and has put in another six appearances.DEFENSEBranislav Ivanovic has long been a defensive rock, playing more than 100 times for his country while winning trophies with Chelsea.The center back seemed a natural choice to remain captain when Krstajic took over. Instead, he picked Roma left back Aleksandar Kolarov, a seven-year Manchester City veteran admired by English fans for his reliable form and viral online Christmas videos.MIDFIELDERSMuslin’s departure was blamed largely on his reluctance to use Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, the tall, fast and versatile Lazio central midfielder.It was little surprise that the 23-year-old Milinkovic-Savic, called “the sergeant” in Italy for his commanding style, was included.The country’s second highly bankable star is another midfielder, Nemanja Matic, who has so impressed Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho that he’s a potential captain for next season. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The late shift in philosophy, however, has raised fears that Serbia’s consistent results could unravel.One of seven national teams created after the breakup of Yugoslavia, Serbia has never made it past the group stage at a World Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownHere’s a closer look at the Serbia team:COACH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Defenders: Antonio Rukavina (Villarreal), Aleksandar Kolarov (Roma), Milan Rodic (Red Star Belgrade), Branislav Ivanovic (Zenit St. Petersburg), Uros Spajic (Anderlecht), Dusko Tosic (Guangzhou), Milos Veljkovic (Werder Bremen), Nikola Milenkovic (Fiorentina)Midfielders: Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace), Nemanja Matic (Manchester United), Marko Grujic (Liverpool), Adem Ljajic (Torino), Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio), Dusan Tadic (Southampton), Filip Kostic (Hamburg), Andrija Zivkovic (Benfica), Nemanja Radonjic (Red Star Belgrade)Forwards: Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle), Aleksandar Prijovic (PAOK Thessaloniki), Luka Jovic (Benfica)Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Gilas last Filoil game leaves Uichico disappointed: ‘We didn’t play hard enough’last_img read more

Napolitano tours Pico Rivera

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventDuring the visit, she told the librarian that she would get her staff to send out books on government and listened while city staff pointed out the lack of space in the 1961 library. At City Hall, City Manager Chuck Fuentes hosted a slide show featuring plans for a new, bigger library at Smith Park. The anticipated funding estimates are $7 million from the city, $8 million from Los Angeles County with the help of Supervisor Gloria Molina and $5 million from private capital campaign funds also assisted by Molina, he said. He explained, too, the crucial needs for a grade separation project at the Passons Boulevard railroad crossing and road work at the intersection of Slauson Avenue and Rosemead Boulevard. He said there had been several deaths at the Passons Boulevard railroad crossing, including that of a 14-year-old El Rancho High School student last year. He also showed how the neighborhood surrounding the rail crossing, including stores, houses and an apartment building, would be impacted by a grade separation at that location. The road work where Slauson meets Rosemead is greatly needed because the intersection is now in dire need of repair and upgrading, he said. Napolitano and her staff members also walked through the Pico Rivera Senior Center where they saw an existing small fitness room and learned about plans for a bigger fitness area at the center. “This is a really, really big thing for us for Grace to come here to our obsolete library, which has pretty much been obsolete since it was built, and other facilities and see how great our needs are,” said Mayor Pete Ramirez. By late afternoon, the group was on its way to Norwalk City Hall. Napolitano and her staff members will also visit Montebello, East Los Angeles and Pomona during the week-long tour. “It’s a chance for all her staffers in Santa Fe Springs and Washington D.C. to see everything \ she is advocating,” said Daniel Chao, Napolitano’s chief of staff. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – City officials Monday stressed the need for a bigger city library to Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Santa Fe Springs, during her visit to the 6,000-square-foot library. Napolitano and her entourage from Washington, D.C. and Santa Fe Springs offices visited the Pico Rivera Library and other city facilities during a whirlwind tour of the Southern California cities the congresswoman represents. The goal of the tour, titled Staff Retreat 2006, is to introduce the congresswoman’s staff in Washington, D.C. to the community projects considered to have the highest priorities. “Every community of mine has a wish list, but there is less and less funding available all the time,” said Napolitano. “So this helps the staff be hands-on and see the projects that need to be funded, for example, a new library.” last_img read more

SINN FEIN SUPPORT GROWS AS GOVERNMENT PARTIES BATTERED IN LATEST POLL

first_imgTHE Government parties take a battering in the latest opinion poll to be published in the Sunday Times this weekend as the result of the Budget sinks in.Support for Taoiseach Enda Kenny is down – with Gerry Adams the most popular political leader.Just 26% of people are satisfied with the government, down 1o% on the last poll two months ago. Fine Gael support is down seven points to 30%, while Labour loses four points to 11%.Sinn Fein is the second most popular party in the country with 21% support – up two points in last time.Fianna Fáil support is up five to 20% with independents and others up four points, to 18%.Satisfaction with Enda Kenny is down 14 points to 44%; Eamon Gilmore drops 11 to 35%; Micheál Martin is up four to 40%; while Gerry Adams is down two to 48% – still the highest satisfaction rate for any party leader.  SINN FEIN SUPPORT GROWS AS GOVERNMENT PARTIES BATTERED IN LATEST POLL was last modified: December 17th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:donegaldaily.comsunday times opinion polllast_img read more