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Donegal public encouraged to wrap up in Culture Night!

first_imgOn Friday September 20th, hundreds of thousands of people across Ireland are once again invited to experience an explosion of creativity as the country comes alive for Culture Night, Ireland’s annual nocturnal cultural extravaganza.This will be Letterkenny’s 11th occasion to take part in Culture Night with over 50 diverse events in 27 venues.Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Nicholas Crossan is encouraging everyone to try and get along to one event at least. He said “This is a terrific opportunity for families to sample aspects of Irish culture and heritage and it is great to see people of all ages come together and enjoying a totally unique evening of accessible, family-friendly events and all completely free of charge”.Mayor of Letterkenny, Cllr John O’Donnell said “Donegal County Council Cultural Services is presenting another packed programme for this major national celebration.“Culture Night has become an iconic event. It is about inviting the community to come along and wrap up in culture and create unique shared experiences and memories and it is all for free. There is something for everyone to enjoy from generations of families experiencing new night-time adventures to groups of friends enjoying cultural genres they might never have before”.Event highlights: The largest outdoor event Cybertribe will take place in the Letterkenny Town Park and is an absolute favourite every year. This night time extravaganza of sculpture, performance and art installation is inspired by comic book visions of the future and real-life emerging cyber technologies. Presented by Inishowen Carnival and featuring local performers from Fusion Events (Letterkenny), Zona Dance (Letterkenny), Aisling Dance Academy (Ballybofey) along with fire performance from In Your Space Circus (Derry).Other much-anticipated happenings include the guided tours at Letterkenny Courthouse along with a very special reading from the 2019 Culture Night ambassador poet Annemarie Ní Churreáin. From Cloch Cheann Fhaola in North West Donegal, she has been awarded several literary fellowships and is the 2019-20 Writer-In-Residence at NUI Maynooth. Drawing inspiration from the very rich and ancient relationship in Ireland between poetry and law, Ní Churreáin will read from her books Bloodroot (Doire Press 2017) and Town (The Salvage Press 2018), looking closely at the themes of landscape, roots, and the power of the human voice to excavate the past.Film and ExhibitionsVisual arts and films are strongly featured this year with a selection of exhibitions available at the Donegal County Museum including the Letterkenny Folk Festival featuring photographs, posters and leaflets from the collections of Sally Blake and Billy Watson to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the festival. And ‘All Aboard the Donegal Railways!’ where visitors can also watch footage from the heyday of the trains and share memories of the railways of Donegal.Down the road, the team at the Regional Cultural Centre once again offer something special for all ages and interests with visual art, film and family workshops including ‘When I Was a Child’, a group exhibition curated by Peadar Mc Daid, featuring 50 artists presenting work that reflects something from their childhood.Over at Century Cinemas the Donegal Intercultural Platform, Donegal Travellers Project, Building Intercultural Communities (BIC) presents the launch of the Donegal Intercultural Arts Research Project Report and the screening of Garry Keane and Andrew McConnell’s film Gaza and Sai Sankar’s, Sakura Pooka, followed by Q&A with guest speakers. Children and FamiliesThis year the Central Library will once again present a fantastic programme of history and heritage for Culture Night with exhibitions, tours and the Jessica Harkin Family Magic Show kicking off proceedings with a magical sleight of hand show that promises to get Culture Night off to a magical start.Something a little bit different..!An Grianán Theatre presents Waiting Tables For Godot, by Mockingbird Theatre Group with Ronan Carr and Anne Gallagher. Performed in the theatre’s cafe bar with soup served in bowler hats for the customers, this show is about a pair of conjoined twins who are serving tables and waiting for Godot to come through the front door. The nearby Bus Éireann Bus Station presents a Donegal County Museum offsite exhibition as well as unique performance with Little John Nee who is Waiting On a Train. In this special Culture Night event he will present a series of songs and spoken word interludes on a theme of trains and railways.Full programme and information This, however, is only a wee taste of what’s on offer. To get the full story pick up a copy of the Culture Night Programme or download from www.donegalcoco.ie and follow @CultureNightDonegal on Facebook. For more visit www.culturenight.ie .Culture Night is brought to you by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Affairs in partnership with Donegal County Council.Donegal public encouraged to wrap up in Culture Night! was last modified: September 17th, 2019 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:councilCulture Nightdonegalletterkennylast_img read more

Takeaways: On dreary night at the Tank, Sharks “got what we deserved”

first_imgSAN JOSE — The Sharks knew they were going to face a hungry Columbus team at SAP Center on Thursday, particularly after the Blue Jackets were beaten on home ice by the struggling Detroit Red Wings earlier this week.But the Sharks — even though they were coming off their own forgettable loss — didn’t match the Blue Jackets’ desperation level, or their work ethic, until it was too late.That’s a bit concerning.One would have figured the Sharks would have come out harder than they did to start …last_img

2010 and the fall of the Berlin Wall

first_img13 November 2009This week marked the 20th anniversary of the unification of Germany, an event that symbolises some extraordinary parallels between the hosts of the 2006 and 2010 editions of the World Cup.When Germany and South Africa slugged it out for the rights to host the tournament in 2006, they both used two of the most momentous events of the 20th century – the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of apartheid – as campaigning tools. And these two momentous events are inextricably interlinked. While East Germany provided military training and weapons to liberation movements in southern Africa, West Germany had established extensive trade ties in the region. The fall of the Berlin Wall, which ended the Cold War and East-West rivalries, also played a significant role in the collapse of apartheid.Less than three months after the wall fell, former President FW De Klerk announced the lifting of a state of emergency and the unbanning of the ANC, SA Communist Party and other bodies which paved the way for the release of Nelson Mandela.Both countries had undergone extraordinary revolutions and both countries staked their claim to hosting the biggest single-code sporting event on the planet.Closest vote in Fifa historyThese were issues that no doubt played on the minds of Fifa’s executive committee members when they voted in Zurich on July 7, 2000. It was the closest ballot in the governing body’s history with one (disputed) vote costing post-apartheid South Africa the rights to host the tournament.Acknowledging that without the fall of the Berlin Wall and reunification a year later the tournament would not have taken place in Germany, the organising committee announced that the 2006 Final Draw would be held in Leipzig, a city in eastern Germany which was part of the old communist bloc.“We want to demonstrate that the 2006 World Cup is taking place in a different country from the 1974 World Cup,” said legendary German player, coach and administrator Franz Beckenbauer.Land of IdeasIt marked the start of an extraordinary social revolution that saw the country transformed by one mega sporting event. The “Germany – Land of Ideas” initiative used the opportunity to improve the economy, attract international investment and produce a safe, profitable and spectacular tournament.The hosts may not have made it to the final but, at the end of the day, it didn’t seem to matter. Images of millions of football-loving supporters, draped in black, red and gold were flashed around the world. Germany, it seemed, had momentarily transcended its troubled legacy and liberated itself.The bitter controversy over the disputed vote for the rights to host 2006 was now long forgotten. As part of their peace offerings, the victors of that battle pledged to assist South Africa with its preparations for 2010.As a result, some of the world’s finest stadium designers, structural engineers, security experts and other authorities set their sights on modifying and improving Germany’s 2006 model.Lesssons of 2006As South Africa, prepares to host the word in just seven months, it would do well to heed the lessons of 2006. As the country continues to grapple with its post-apartheid social problems, it cannot lose sight of the enormous hurdles it has already cleared.This week, 2010 Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan told tourist leaders in London that winning the rights to host the 2010 World Cup might have been a bigger moment than the end of apartheid: “I think it was almost a second liberation for us, it was a huge moment of joy … the second affirmation of the worth of our country.”Either way, the 2010 World Cup presents us with our best chance of creating a model of unification to resolve many of the social problems facing us.Urquhart is a former Fifa World Cup media officer and the current editor of Project 2010last_img read more

8 days agoCarlos Vela: I’m happy again with LAFC

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Carlos Vela: I’m happy again with LAFCby Ansser Sadiq8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCarlos Vela has stated that he is happy with his present circumstances at Los Angeles FC.Vela was in a difficult place in his career when he came to Los Angeles, as he struggled for game time in his final season in Spain with Real Sociedad.But the past two MLS campaigns have seen him return to his best form, especially this season.It appears the 30-year-old is pleased with how the team is progressing as they look set to mount their playoff campaign.”I’m really happy, first of all, to be part of this team because it returned to me the happiness I was seeking. I maybe didn’t have as much excitement about playing like I have now, and after that I have to thank my teammates,” Vela told TUDN.”It’s an individual achievement, but it’s a full-team job. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to have all the goals I have or everything I was able to do.”I think it’s a success we’ve created because we started from nothing with this team, so I feel like I really participated in everything we’re getting. I’m thankful for everything that’s happening.” last_img read more

How Many Digits Of Pi You Have To Have Memorized To Be

3.1415926535 3.141526 If you can get to the first 3 after the decimal point, you’re in the top 5 percent of pi memorizers. I asked the people who got that far to keep going, and most tapped out shortly after.The biggest drop came after “3.14,” as respondents who got that far made it to “3.141” only about 52 percent of the time.And that’s fine!NASA employees can probably get away with knowing only the first six digits after the decimal point. Also, we have calculators for when we need a few more digits, TI-89s for when those calculators are insufficient and Wolfram Alpha for when we reduce those calculators to a smoking, melted mess.Maybe after the highly anticipated apocalypse, the guys at the Large Hadron Collider will be happy to have that dude who memorized tens of thousands of pi digits around, but for now, he’s just got a weird hobby. Knowing pi is strictly a performative act, like people who readily volunteer their SAT score or high school completion percentage.But, uh, happy holidays. Today is Pi Day — the day each year, March 14, that follows the first three digits of pi (3.14). And this year’s Pi Day is a special one: Since — in the U.S. — the date is represented as 3/14/15, we have the first five digits of pi on the calendar.That’s news for some people. When it comes to how many digits of pi people know by heart, the majority only know 3.14. Which is fine! Unless you’re building a bridge, that’s the most you will really need to know.I asked SurveyMonkey Audience to put out a poll to see how far people could get reciting the infinite digits of pi. Of 941 respondents, 836 attempted to name the digits after the decimal point. This is how far they got: 3.173 3.1415919 3.14133 3.141592610 3.141592657 3.14159212 LEVEL OF PRECISIONPERCENTAGE OF RESPONDENTS 3.1464 read more

Our 6 Takeaways From The Opening Weekend Of The NBA Playoffs

Check out our latest NBA predictions. The first weekend of the NBA playoffs had a bit of something for everyone. Yes, there was a snoozefest or two. But between eight basketball games, Tiger Woods winning the Masters and “Game of Thrones” coming back, maybe a nap was necessary anyway. (Even a couple of the blowouts featured some extracurriculars.) A few games came down to the final seconds, with three lower seeds stepping up and landing statement victories in their series openers. All in all, not a bad start.Let’s take a deeper look at the six playoff series that we expect to be the most interesting going forward. (Sorry to the Clippers-Warriors and Pistons-Bucks.)The young Nets looked sure of themselves. The Sixers looked confused.There were, and maybe are, fair questions to be raised about the Brooklyn Nets. They have very little depth on the inside, which could spell trouble against a dominant big like Joel Embiid. And their offense can be too heavily reliant on All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell.But at least Brooklyn knows what it is, which was more than you could say for the Sixers at times this weekend.For starters, Embiid’s status was known only minutes before the game began Saturday because of his bothersome knee — an availability question that would have required a number of changes to the game plan had he not been able to go. But beyond that, there’s also the issue of cohesion, which the Nets have and the Sixers simply do not.Before Saturday, Philly’s starting five — talented as it might be — had logged just 10 games together since acquiring Tobias Harris in a trade with the Clippers. And honestly, it looked that way for most of Game 1. Embiid, who missed five of the last seven regular-season games, started launching jumpers (which Brooklyn gladly gave him) after drawing a number of fouls on the Nets inside. Ben Simmons and J.J. Redick struggled badly on offense. Jimmy Butler opted to take matters into his own hands (Sixers coach Brett Brown called him “the adult in the room”) and scored a game-high 36 points. All this while Harris looked invisible and uninvolved, scoring just 4 points in 40 minutes of work.Meanwhile, the Nets’ guards had no such questions about their place in the pecking order. Russell struggled early but kept shooting and caught fire in the third period. Spencer Dinwiddie had a very quick first step and repeatedly found his way into the lane — again doing some of his best work this season against Philadelphia. And Caris LeVert continues to look more and more like his old self after returning from his injury in February. Both Dinwiddie and LeVert were integral to a franchise-record 59-point effort from the bench, which the Sixers had no answer for.Keep an eye on this series. The Sixers went all in with a pair of huge trades earlier this season. But that may be the reason that, as we’re midway through April, their opponent has a clearer sense of identity and the upper hand one game into their playoff matchup.Utah’s defense of Harden won’t work — at least not like thisIt was just one game, but very early on — before halftime, even — it seemed clear that Utah was going to have to rethink its defensive strategy for reigning MVP James Harden.The Jazz used a scheme that gave the left-handed Harden an open driving path on the right. The idea here: to take away the dominant hand of perhaps the NBA’s best offensive player, but also to take away his stepback 3-point jumper, maybe his greatest offensive weapon.They weren’t the first team to try this. The top-ranked Milwaukee Bucks’ defense found a ton of success with the idea late last month, by standing far to Harden’s left and slightly behind him.It was a different story for the second-ranked Utah defense, though, which Houston diced to pieces. Why did it work for the Bucks and not the Jazz? One reason was that Milwaukee’s rim protector, Brook Lopez, generally had the discipline to stay tethered to the baseline so that Clint Capela wouldn’t get an easy lob, like he often did on Sunday night, when Jazz center Rudy Gobert stepped up too far.But the other key to Milwaukee’s success was the athleticism and length of the Bucks’ primary and help defenders. Eric Bledsoe and Giannis Antetokounmpo are simply more imposing than Ricky Rubio and Donovan Mitchell or Joe Ingles, giving Harden less confidence that he can either get back to his left hand at the rim or sneak a pass to a teammate standing in the corner.Frankly, Utah wasn’t taking anything away early. By leaving Harden far too much space to navigate, the Jazz had no way of positioning their help defenders in the right spots, allowing The Beard to carve them up by finding both Capela for dunks and P.J. Tucker in the corner. (Tucker shoots almost 40 percent from there.)Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Harden.mp400:0000:0001:15Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Rubio told reporters after the game that the Jazz are committed to playing Harden the same way throughout the series. But regardless of how much they improve on that front, they’ll need to be far better — and faster — on offense to have a chance in this series.Excluding a half-court attempt at the end of the third period, Utah scored on seven of its nine transition plays. Getting earlier looks would make life easier, especially for Mitchell, who shot 36 percent against Houston in last year’s series before shooting just 39 percent Sunday, with five turnovers and no assists. In Game 1, the Jazz logged a dismal 25 percent effective field-goal rate when they got inside the last 5 seconds of the clock.Can the poor-shooting Thunder find their range?The post-game excuse “We just missed shots” is usually annoying. It can be read as not giving credit to the opponent for earning a hard-fought victory, and it can also serve as a way to avoid addressing what adjustments might need to be made in the next contest.But in Oklahoma City’s case, there would have been some truth to that claim. The Thunder missed 10 of their 13 wide-open attempts from the arc during their Game 1 loss in Portland.Yet while a lot of teams could use a stat like that to express confidence in simply performing better the next time, it’s worth noting that Oklahoma City … isn’t exactly a team of marksmen. When the Thunder shoot poorly, it’s hard to know whether that’s a sign that things will get better for them or if it’s just Oklahoma City struggling with what it’s seemingly always struggled with.Making matters worse, Paul George — their best shooter and co-star alongside Russell Westbrook — is playing with a troublesome left shoulder, meaning his shot could be affected for the remainder of the playoffs.If there was a bright side offensively, it was that the Thunder eventually found daylight by attacking Portland’s Enes Kanter with a steady diet of pick and rolls — something they can likely go back to in Game 2. But OKC would also be wise to occasionally locate Kanter as he’s going for offensive boards. He killed his former team for 20 points and 18 rebounds, which more than made up for his defensive struggles in the narrow victory.Were the Nuggets simply nervous?Similar to Oklahoma City are the Denver Nuggets, who many — our FiveThirtyEight projection model included — remain skeptical of. A lot of that is rooted in Denver’s inexperience: This is the team’s first trip to the playoffs with this core, which is suddenly facing high expectations as the No. 2 seed in the West.Saturday’s loss, like OKC’s on Sunday, saw Denver miss several open looks when the Nuggets were in striking distance of the Spurs. The teams were neck-and-neck down the stretch, yet Denver somehow missed all eight of its attempts in the second half when taking a shot that would have either tied the game or given the Nuggets the lead. And Jamal Murray, the team’s 22-year-old starting point guard, had an incredibly rough final minute or so in the Game 1 loss.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Murray.mp400:0000:0000:49Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.All of that could have been mere coincidence or simply the result of missing shots the team normally makes. But because of noise about the team’s inexperience — especially as Denver is playing perennial playoff club San Antonio — it’s only natural that the questions about nerves will be there.Whatever the case may be, one thing clearly needs to change going forward: Denver star Nikola Jokic cannot finish playoff games with just nine shot attempts. Yes, he managed a triple-double anyway. But when the team’s jumpshots simply aren’t falling, he’s too efficient a scorer not to take matters into his own hands.The Pacers need offensive counters — but even that may not be enoughOutside of the Pistons and Clippers, I feel most pessimistic about the Pacers after Game 1 of their series with Boston. I went in thinking it would be really tough for them to find enough scoring to win a series, and Saturday’s 74-point showing gave me even more doubts.My real concern now, after watching leading scorer Bojan Bogdanovic struggle against the Celtics again — when he did this all regular season, too — is the lack of counters the Pacers seem to have in their arsenal once Boston has snuffed out the initial action.Indiana got next to nothing out of its handoffs to Bogdanovic, which produced just 0.14 points per time they utilized the play, according to Second Spectrum. Jaylen Brown was generally quick enough to recover and get by the screener, and in the instances when he wasn’t, Al Horford was swarming Bogdanovic, often forcing him to give up the ball to a teammate who wasn’t necessarily in a great position to score, either.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Bojan.mp400:0000:0002:31Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Similarly, the team — which scored just 8 points in the third quarter — found itself at a disadvantage when it sought to make hay with Wes Matthews post-ups, something we knew would likely be a losing strategy from what we’d seen prior to Saturday (particularly if there’s no secondary action that comes of it). Statistically, Matthews has been one of the NBA’s five least efficient post-up options since he joined the team in February.1Among those with at least 30 regular-season post-ups since Feb. 11. Indiana averaged just 0.71 points per Matthews post-up, per Second Spectrum data.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Wes.mp400:0000:0000:44Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The Celtics deserve credit for playing as well as they did at that end of the floor, particularly without defensive stud Marcus Smart. But if the Pacers can’t develop better second and third options on these plays when they try them, it could be an ugly series for Indiana, which has been putting too much pressure on its defense for a while now.Lowry struggled again, but Orlando’s win was anything but magicThe most surprising win of the weekend to many was the Magic’s road triumph over Toronto, which Orlando sealed with a game-winning triple from D.J. Augustin.In that sequence — before which coach Steve Clifford elected not to call timeout — Augustin called for a screen and roll, knowing he’d get Marc Gasol on a switch. Though Augustin had hit 3 of 4 from the arc for 22 points, Gasol didn’t come out far enough. The shot left the Toronto crowd stunned, which takes a lot at this point, given what they’ve been through for years now.Aside from nailing that play, the Magic did a ton of things right to put themselves in good position beforehand. They bottled up Pascal Siakam in the first half, and while Kawhi Leonard2Who played only 33 minutes. Expect that to change in Game 2. was efficient, Aaron Gordon played pretty solid defense on him, making him work for contested shots. Orlando was nearly perfect from the line and drilled almost half of its triples on the day. This was a young Magic club that had the same 15-8 second-half record that Toronto did, while ranking inside the Top 10 on both sides of the floor over that span of time. If you hadn’t watched Orlando play, you might not have seen this coming — but it wasn’t a fluke.And neither was Kyle Lowry’s scoreless, 0-for-7 showing. Aside from the fact that Lowry had several low-scoring games this season — including a four-game streak of single-digit performances — Lowry has also struggled in the first games of playoff series. He’s scored just 33 points combined in playoff-opening Game 1s the past five years.There’s not necessarily anything for the Raptors to panic about yet. They’ve seen this before, even if they had hoped they were past having to witness the early round struggles cropping up again. read more

TBDPITL Ep 24 Can Ohio State win a game in the NCAA

Wyatt Crosher and Colin Gay discuss Ohio State men’s basketball’s 90-70 win against No. 22 Iowa, and if the Buckeyes can continue momentum into the rest of the season. They also talk about men’s hockey and its win of the Big Ten title in the regular season, and if women’s basketball has a slim chance to make the tournament as well. Also, what you’ve all been waiting for, updates on their intramural sports teams.

Football Dwayne Haskins shines in Ohio State Pro Day

Former Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins throws at Ohio State Pro Day on March 20. Credit: Cori Wade | Lantern PhotographerDwayne Haskins didn’t really have anything he needed to prove heading into Ohio State’s Pro Day.Already considered a top-two quarterback by many in this year’s NFL Draft class, Haskins could have sat out Pro Day completely and not much would have changed.Instead, at about 1:25 p.m., after a lack of any real excitement earlier in the day due to the absence of defensive end Nick Bosa in the drills, Haskins took the field and showed everyone exactly why he has been so highly ranked to this point.Haskins threw 50 passes from the 50-yard line and completed 45 of them, including each of his throws of 40 or more yards.Four of his incompletions were well thrown, but dropped by the receiver. In his throws inside the red zone, Haskins completed 13-of-14 passes.When you ask Haskins about his performance, he could wrap it up in one word.“Solid,” Haskins said. “I missed two of them. It pisses me off still, but I thought I did pretty well.” This type of performance doesn’t come as much of a surprise. When in full pads against actual defenses, Haskins completed 70 percent of his passes and tied for the fourth most touchdown passes in NCAA history.But on Wednesday, when none of those stats mattered, Haskins still found a way to impress with the accuracy of his arm and surprising mobility in the pocket.“I thought it looked natural; it didn’t look forced,” head coach Ryan Day said. “I think sometimes when you watch a quarterback, you’re like, ‘How is he going to throw?’ Dwayne threw the way Dwayne throws.”For the quarterback who only spent one season behind center for Ohio State, his final return to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center before heading to the pros was a bittersweet one.But Haskins knows what is now important, and he’s known what’s important before he even got his chance to start in 2018.His performance at Pro Day only pushed him closer to the same end goal he’s had since he was in grade school.“I’ve been ready for the NFL. I’ve been preparing for it for all my life, and I knew I was ready to play in the NFL before the season even started,” Haskins said. “To have an opportunity to be an early draft pick is a dream of mine since I was a little kid, and I’m just giving it all I got, every opportunity that I get.”Haskins described college pass openings as “windows” and NFL ones as “keyholes” to describe the increased difficulty he is ready to face.For Day, he said he is proud of everything Haskins did for Ohio State over the past season. He said his development will show recruits just how much can be accomplished in the program.There are about five weeks separating Haskins from his future NFL team. He leaves Ohio State with quite possibly the most impressive statistical season by any quarterback in program history.But that was not the goal for Haskins all his life, and that’s not what his Pro Day was meant to show the world.All of that is set toward the future, and for a team to have as much confidence in Haskins as he has for himself.“I feel like I’m the best player in the draft,” Haskins said. read more

Valverdes options to replace Coutinho at Barcelona

first_imgNow that we know Philippe Coutinho will be out for three weeks at Barcelona, we give you the options that Valverde has to replace him against Betis.The bad news of Brazilian Philippe Coutinho suffering a nasty femoral muscle injury this week, have brought forward a brand new dilemma for manager Ernesto Valverde during the next three weeks.The Brazilian midfielder was already established as one of the club’s most essential players during the last few weeks, especially after Lionel Messi fell injured when he fractured his arm against Sevilla.When he first arrived in the club last season, it was believed that Philippe Coutinho would be the one who replaced Andres Iniesta as an interior midfielder but he quickly made everybody realize that his skills were better suited for a winger position and he started delivering stellar performances in all competitions.Sadly for everybody, the Brazilian suffered a muscular injury that will set him back for at least three weeks and the manager is already breaking his head as he tries to find the best replacement for him on the club’s upcoming Sunday match against Real Betis.We will give you three alternatives that Ernesto Valverde has to replace Coutinho.🔝 When you score in the @ChampionsLeague just two minutes after coming on! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/lUEcwAhhag— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 6, 2018MalcomThe also Brazilian player is fresh out of a good performance in FC Barcelona’s Champions League draw against Internazionale Milano, a match in which he scored his first-ever goal for the Catalan club and celebrated by shedding a few tears of joy.Throughout the week in the wake of Coutinho’s injury, Malcom has already expressed his excitement for possibly being that player who can perform in the same position that the former Liverpool forward left vacant for the next few weeks.On paper, Malcom is actually the most obvious choice to replace Coutinho on the left wing and the manager could show him that he trusts him after responding in great fashion against Inter a few days ago.But Valverde’s options are quite a few, let’s talk about two more.Barça Players Called For International Duty (5/5)🇫🇷 @DembouzFriday, November 16Netherlands v FranceRotterdam, Netherlands8.45pm CETUEFA Nations LeagueTuesday, November 20France v UruguaySaint-Denis, France9.00pm CETFriendly pic.twitter.com/mbNIU5lWt5David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 9, 2018Ousmane DembeleThe French youngster has also been performing well during the last couple of matches, as he has scored some goals and also provided a few assists.The problem with this player is that he usually doesn’t play on the left wing, he is more used to roaming through the right side of the field and making a change of position would be a bit odd.In fact, Dembele is actually likely to play against Betis no matter what but Valverde might end up using him on the left wing to create some discomfort on the opponent’s plans.With two sensitive injuries such as Coutinho and Lionel Messi, manager Quique Setien really has no idea how the Barcelona boss will react and which players will start the match upfront apart from Luis Suarez who has a secured spot as the main striker.⚽💪 All smiles as the hard work continues!🔵🔴 #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/tIBZAh4SPw— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 8, 2018MessiThe ace under his sleeve without question, Ernesto Valverde has his hands tied with Philippe Coutinho’s injury and he knows that the upcoming match against Real Betis should be taken very seriously.There are very few options of Messi actually playing this game and Valverde might end up using Rafinha as his replacement as he’s been doing lately, but Argentine has been itching to play due to the way he’s been practicing during the week and he may push the manager for some minutes in this match.Knowing that Betis usually isn’t a violent opponent, maybe using Messi for a few minutes is not such a bad idea and we could see that early comeback from the injury before the international break after all.If Messi plays this match, the manager would use Lionel on the right and place either Malcom or Dembele on the left wing to replace Coutinho’s absence.Another one joins Messi.Coutinho suffers a thigh injury and he will be out for up to 3 weeks. It’s good as he will be ready after the international break.Such injury may be good for Malcom. Valverde may rely on Dembélé and Malcom as wingers to play alongside Suàrez (4-3-3). pic.twitter.com/rQJEe8A2Ys— Ahmed Bahgat (@AhmedBahgat28) November 8, 2018Which of these alternatives do you like the most for Barcelona’s upcoming match against Real Betis? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more