Real Madrid can almost touch the La Liga title after a five year wait, needing only to avoid defeat to Malaga on Sunday to grab the trophy from the hands of arch rivals Barcelona.Real lead the standings on 90 points, three above Barcelona. Standing in the way of a first title since 2012 is a Malaga side with little at stake and who are coached by Michel, who spent 14 trophy laden seasons at the Bernabeu.Madrid famously squandered two consecutive titles in 1992 and 1993 away to Tenerife, then coached by another Real great, Jorge Valdano, handing the trophy to Barcelona on the final day.Michel stirred controversy in a radio interview last month when he declared “I’m a much bigger Madrid fan than Valdano”.However, Michel, who oversaw a surprise 2-0 win over Barca in April, has promised to treat the game like any other: “It’s my Madrid but also my Malaga. I have to respect the competition and always go out to win.”Barcelona host Eibar and coach Luis Enrique last month said his side’s hopes of stealing the league in the final match were as likely as pigs flying. In his last media appearance, though, he said Malaga had beaten Barca and could spring a surprise on Madrid too.Real opened up a three-point lead at the top with a 4-1 win over Celta Vigo on Wednesday, returning to the league’s summit for the first time since April 23 when they lost to Barca.They have been in rampant form since that defeat, hitting 20 goals in five games through 10 different scorers, demonstrating the devastating attacking power coach Zinedine Zidane has at his disposal.advertisementThe Frenchman’s rotation policy was criticised early in the season after four straight draws but has paid off with Real hitting their peak in the final run-in, having also reached the Champions League final in June against Juventus.”We’re all playing as we are thanks to the work of Zidane, thanks to his rotations we can now win the double,” midfielder Isco told reporters after a sensational display against Celta.”We won another crucial game and now we have to make the final push. Malaga will be as tough as this game but we’re very motivated. A point will be enough, but we’ll go out to win as we always do.”
Kolkata: East Bengal’s Spanish head coach Alejandro Menendez on Wednesday slammed the fixture list which sees the club in action twice in three days, against George Telegraph on July 31 in the Calcutta Football League (CFL) and Army Red on August 3 in the Durand Cup. East Bengal are likely to field a reserve team for the Durand Cup which is taking place in Kolkata for the first time. There are reports that investors Quess are at loggerheads with club officials over the same as the latter wants the first team to participate in the Durand Cup. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”It is not acceptable to play two matches in three days. It is an absolute disaster and no professional team must work like that,” said Menendez after landing in the city and taking charge of East Bengal’s practice session at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan. Menendez said the club’s target is to win the I-League and the Super Cup, hinting at his approval of fielding juniors for the Durand Cup. “The team we have will play all the tournaments. Our targets are the main leagues, I-League and Super Cup. We have to take care of all our players we have to take care of the development of our academy players as well. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”They are not only here for practice but to play. Our goals are to make the players better and improve our strategies and tactics. We have to keep them fit so that they can give their best. They have great motivation,” he said. Menendez also revealed that the club is close to roping in a striker after Jobby Justin was given the green signal by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) player status committee to join Indian Super League (ISL) outfit ATK. East Bengal’s first team has been training at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan practice ground under assistant coaches Bastab Roy and Josep Ferre, as well as physical trainer Carlos Nodar. East Bengal finished second in the I-League this season, just behind winners Chennai City FC.
BTIG, a global financial services firm specializing in institutional trading, investment banking and related brokerage services, announced today its growing list of celebrity participants for the 13th annual BTIG Commissions for Charity Day on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.Throughout the event, celebrity participants act as guest traders taking calls from clients on BTIG’s global trading floors alongside the firm’s institutional traders. While working with some of their favorite stars on Charity Day, clients raise funds for hundreds of charities, many of them supporting children in need worldwide. Commissions generated from the trades executed by BTIG on Charity Day are donated to charities nominated by BTIG clients and the firm’s celebrity guest traders.“Between the long-term commitment from many of our celebrity participants and the generosity of our clients, media partners and employees, BTIG Commissions for Charity Day has grown into a global initiative. As a firm, we are passionate about the success of our annual event and are committed to supporting meaningful causes,” said Steven Starker, Co-Founder of BTIG. Since the event’s inception in 2003, BTIG’s clients, celebrity partners and employees throughout its U.S., London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney offices, have raised more than US$30 million for hundreds of charitable organizations around the world, including over US$5 million from the May 2014 event last year.The list of celebrities who are expected to join BTIG this year so far includes Al Leiter, Allan Houston, AnnaLynne McCord, Beth Ostrosky, Bobby Valentine, CC Sabathia, Damaris Lewis, David Diehl, Eduardo Garcia, Eli Manning, Eric LeGrand, Hannah Davis, Hannah Storm, Jeremy Roenick, Joe Girardi, Joe Morgan, Joe Namath, Mariano Rivera, Mark Cuban, Mark Messier, Mark Teixeira, Nia Sanchez, Padma Lakshmi, Petra Nemcova, Phil Simms, Reggie Jackson, Ronnie Lott, Shaquille O’Neal, Steve Lavin, Tom Coughlin, Tony Gonzalez, Victor Cruz and Woody Johnson. Previous participants have included Michael J. Fox, Michael Strahan, John McEnroe, Carmelo Anthony, Bode Miller, Kelly Ripa, Rex Ryan, Bridget Moynahan, Matt Dillon and David Wright in New York; Marshawn Lynch and Vida Blue in San Francisco; Marcus Allen in Los Angeles; and Mike Gatting OBE, Chris Tarrant OBE, Brian Conley, Aled Jones MBE and Sinitta in London.“We are always impressed by the number of well deserving organizations that our clients and celebrity partners support and bring to our attention each year. It’s an honor to be a part of an event that makes such a significant impact on improving opportunities for children and others worldwide,” said Scott Kovalik, Co-Founder of BTIG.