Arrival of Courtois ignites fight in Real Madrid goal

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Despite often being criticized, Navas hasn’t had to seriously compete for the starting position in goal since taking over from club idol Iker Casillas, who was the team’s main ‘keeper for more than a decade until leaving for Porto in 2015.The last time the position was competitive came after Casillas got injured in 2013 and lost his position to Diego Lopez, who remained as the starter for some time after Casillas recovered.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’The 26-year-old Courtois arrived from Chelsea touted as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, finishing third with Belgium at the World Cup where he won the Golden Glove award as the tournament’s best goalkeeper.But Courtois isn’t getting over-confident. Greek teen Tsitsipas upsets Djokovic in Toronto LATEST STORIES 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 ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “I’ve met Keylor, we’ve had a little chat,” Courtois said in a news conference at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. “From what people have told me, he’s a really great guy, and from a professional point of view, I consider him a fantastic goalkeeper as well. I come in with absolute respect and to compete at the top level.”Coach Julen Lopetegui, making his debut with Madrid this season, will make his first decision about the starting goalkeeper when Madrid faces Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday.Courtois, who played three years with Atletico, said he still isn’t in top form following the World Cup, but will be ready to play in the Super Cup if needed.“I feel great, we’ll have to wait and see,” Courtois said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “Nobody has given me any guarantees about being the starter,” Courtois said at his presentation with Madrid on Thursday. “It would be a mistake for the club to do that. I’ll have to show I deserve to be the starter during the training sessions. That’s how it should be. I was never given guarantees in any of the clubs where I played. I arrived at Chelsea when (Petr) Cech was there and I ended playing. I arrive to give my best, then the coach will decide who will be the starter.”Navas has succeeded with Madrid but the club has been linked with a new goalkeeper in nearly every transfer window since he became the first choice in 2015.Madrid tried to sign David De Gea from Manchester United after Casillas left but it missed a deadline and the deal didn’t go through. Last season, the club reportedly also tried to sign Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, the Spain international who has joined Chelsea as Courtois’ replacement. Madrid was also linked to Brazil goalkeeper Alisson, who ended transferring from Roma to Liverpool.Kiko Casillas was Navas’ reserve last season, and Luca Zidane, son of the team’s former player and coach Zinedine Zidane, has been included in the squad this season. Madrid earlier this year also signed 19-year-old Ukrainian goalkeeper Andriy Lunin.According to Spanish media, Navas said he is not worried about Courtois’ arrival, while the Belgian is welcoming the competition.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View comments MOST READ Belgian new Real Madrid soccer player Thibaut Courtois poses for the media during his official presentation for Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. Chelsea has sold a player — goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois — to Real Madrid. The Belgian was replaced by Kepa Arrizabalaga after Chelsea met the goalkeeper’s 80 million euro ($93 million) buyout clause from Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Andrea Comas)MADRID — Real Madrid will start the season with something it hasn’t had in years: Competition over who will start in goal.Thibaut Courtois was introduced by Madrid on Thursday, setting up a rivalry with Keylor Navas, the Spanish team’s goalkeeper when it won the last three Champions League titles.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Up-and-coming rock band to play gig in Donegal before European tour

first_imgElevation Falls are a young Irish Classic Rock/Blues Band, fronted by the powerful and unique young singer, 21 year old singer/songwriter Hazel Jade, their warrior queen, who featured with her cover of ‘Imagine’ on TV3 when she was a mere 16 years old.Having formed the band in late 2012, her band Elevation Falls have performed at many festivals from Ireland to Croatia including Electric Picnic and Sunflower Festival in Northern Ireland. They’ve appeared on local radio stations such as Radio Nova, Spin 1038 and many, many more worldwide.They have performed at a number of Irish festivals such as Electric Picnic and Knockanstockan, Vantastival, UFO Festival in Croatia, and Sunflower Festival in Northern Ireland. This summer they will tour throughout Ireland, the UK, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden and Germany. Their songs have gathered huge attention from rock fans, with over 105,413 views on their Youtube channel.With the Gary Moore influenced duelling guitarist Chris & Darragh, alongside a pumping rhythm section provided by the drumming protege Korey, & the multi-talented instrumentalist Gabriel, they create foot stomping beats alongside soulful epic drama, sweeping audiences along with them on a musical journey. Their last major video release ‘Watching Over You’ included a cameo appearance for one of their long term supporters, Philomena Lynott.They do a lot of charity work as a band, and have supported (homeless and displaced charity worldwide) with a Christmas Charity Single and many other charities, in particular those to do with homelessness such as Focus Ireland, Simon Community, Oxfam and many more. T hey’ve just become part of a recent Northern Ireland charity initiative called ‘Chronically Fabulous’, which is a photography and touring music campaign about body positivity and chronic illness and challenging perceptions.Hazel Jade (lead singer) who has been bullied online about her weight and personal style for a number of years, is also very supportive of any charities that help young people in these circumstance, she has been on radio discussing her experiences and how she copes, and also supports charities concerned with suicide prevention.They will be appearing at Molly’s Bar & Entertainment Complex in Dunfanaghy at 10pm on April 1st.Up-and-coming rock band to play gig in Donegal before European tour was last modified: March 25th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:banddonegaldublinelevation fallslast_img read more