Three Southland Teams Headed to FCS Playoffs

first_imgNCAA Release | BracketFRISCO, Texas – For just the sixth time in Southland Conference history, three teams have earned bids to the FCS Playoffs. League champion Central Arkansas, Sam Houston State and Nicholls secured spots in the bracket following the conclusion of the regular season. The Bears and Bearkats enter as the No. 4 and No. 6 seeds, respectively, and have first-round byes. Nicholls, the third at-large bid, hosts South Dakota in the first round. No. 4 Central Arkansas (10-1, 9-0 SLC) completed an undefeated Southland season with a 34-0 win over Abilene Christian in its regular season finale. The Bears, owners of their first national postseason ranking, will host the winner of the first-round matchup between New Hampshire and Central Connecticut State on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. UCA has won 10 consecutive games after a season-opening loss at Kansas State. It is the fourth straight 10-win season for Sam Houston and the 11th appearance in the FCS Playoffs in school history. The team is 14-6 in that span, a mark only bettered by North Dakota State, who has won five of the last six national crowns. No. 6 Sam Houston State (10-1, 8-1 SLC) completed the regular season on Saturday with a 53-33 win over Houston Baptist behind five touchdown passes from quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe. The Bearkats enter the playoffs with the nation’s top offense once again after racking up more than 600 yards of offense for the sixth time this season.center_img The Bears have never played New Hampshire, a member of the Colonial Athletic Association, or Central Connecticut State, from the Northeast Conference. New Hampshire (7-4, 5-3) tied for fourth place in the CAA while CCSU (8-3, 6-0) won the NEC title. Nicholls (8-3, 7-2 SLC) earned the third Southland bid and hosts its first-round matchup with South Dakota. The Colonels are making their fourth appearance in the playoffs and are hosting a game for the first time. The Coyotes (7-4, 4-4 Missouri Valley) is making its first-ever playoff appearance. The winner will advance to face Sam Houston State in Huntsville in the second round.last_img read more

Morris Takes Reigns of UIW Football Program

first_imgMorris helped Tech to three bowl appearances, including a Birmingham Bowl bid in 2017. The Red Raiders ranked 10th in passing offense and 16th in total offense that season, racking up 474.6 yards per game, including 333.7 through the air.In 2016, Tech led the nation with an average of 566.6 yards of total offense, including 463 passing yards per game. Morris produced one of the most high-scoring offenses in the country, guiding Tech to annual top 20 rankings in total offense and top 10 rankings in passing offense.The Red Raiders averaged over 30 points per game during Morris’ tenure and set the single-season school record with 45.1 points per game in 2015. Morris comes to UIW from Texas Tech, where he spent the previous five seasons as offensive coordinator for the prolific Red Raiders offense. SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Eric Morris has been chosen as the third head coach of the University of the Incarnate Word football program, Director of Athletics Dr. Brian Wickstrom announced Saturday. Following a solid 2015 offensive campaign, the Red Raiders made an appearance in the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl and finished the season with a No. 2 national ranking in total offense, scoring offense and passing offense.In 2014, Morris’ first season as the lone offensive coordinator, Tech finished with a No. 10 national ranking in total offense. “I’m excited about the vision and the leadership that Dr. Evans and Dr. Wickstrom have established for UIW athletics,” Morris said. “They’ve been awesome throughout this process. To have what I see as a power-five conference president and a power-five conference athletic director to help generate the resources we need to get the program where it needs to go is exciting.center_img “San Antonio is a great place for my wife and I to raise our family. It’s also a football-rich city with a lot of untapped resources and recruits. There’s a bunch of new blood at UIW and the future is very bright. We’re going to have wholesale change in a lot of ways. It’s something I’m excited to be a part of.” “Eric Morris has been a very successful student, football player and coach,” Wickstrom said. “Since UIW Athletics has moved to the highest level of Division I competition, I am excited to have a coach of Eric’s caliber be the one to help turn our program into a nationally competitive program. I am excited for our student-athletes and our campus community to be a part of the next steps of UIW Athletics.” Morris shared offensive coordinator responsibilities during his debut season in 2013. He helped guide the Red Raiders to a pair of top 10 rankings in passing attack and total offense and an appearance in the National University Holiday Bowl, where the Red Raiders pulled off a stunning 37-23 victory over No. 16 Arizona State.Morris, a native of Shallowater, Texas, spent the 2012 season as the inside receivers coach for former Tech Head Coach Mike Leach at Washington State.Prior to heading to Pullman, Morris spent two years on Kevin Sumlin’s staff at the University of Houston, first as an offensive graduate assistant in 2010 and then as the offensive quality control assistant in 2011. Morris coached the Cougars alongside current Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury.Before joining the coaching ranks, Morris played in the Canadian Football League for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2009.Morris played for Texas Tech for four seasons where he caught 184 passes for 1,965 yards and 19 touchdowns. Morris arrived at Tech after a stellar prep career at Shallowater High School.Morris received his bachelor’s degree in Communications Studies from Texas Tech in 2008. He and his wife, Maggie, have a son, Jack. A formal press conference will be scheduled when the university officially reopens after Christmas break.last_img read more


first_imgLAW ABIDIN CITIZEN RALLIES TO WIN GRADE III, $100,000 SAN SIMEON STAKES BY ONE LENGTH UNDER PEREIRA; TRAINED BY GLATT, HE GETS 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF COURSE IN 1:11.21 ARCADIA, Calif. (March 31, 2019)–Unhurried early, Law Abidin Citizen rallied to win Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 San Simeon Stakes by one length under Tiago Pereira.  Trained by Mark Glatt, the 5-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Twirling Candy got 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:11.21.Idle since fifth in a one mile turf classified allowance here on Jan. 13, Law Abidin Citizen was off at 6-1 in a field of seven older horses and paid $15.80, $7.40 and $7.20.Owned by Dan Agnew, Gerry Schneider and John Xitco, Law Abidin Citizen, who picked up his fourth win from seven hillside starts, notched his first graded stakes victory today while improving his overall mark to 19-5-2-4.  With the winner’s share of $60,000, he increased his earnings to $298,665.Off at 9-1, Cistron who was attentive to the pace under Rafael Bejarano while second a quarter mile out, held the place by 2 ½ lengths over Mesut and paid $9.20 and $9.20.Last after the first half mile, Mesut, who was ridden by Geovanni Franco, was off at 14-1 and paid $10.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 20.72, 42.50 and 1:05.06.last_img read more


first_img2 $660,354 UNBEATEN SPEED PASS SEEKS THIRD IN A ROW 8 Jeff Bonde9 (Current Through Monday, Jan. 20) 6 1st 11 Doug O’Neill42 4 17% $250,271 Abel Cedillo94 Peter Miller29 $333,177 13% $698,040 $220,151 8 Geovanni Franco32 16 Victor Espinoza19 18% 13% 2 $791,342 25% 6 11% 25% 19% 3 14 Flavien Prat59 9 $371,682 6 32% 2 5 1 4 $212,481 46% $88,671 11% 12 9 Brice Blanc22 7 0 2 24% $392,665 Umberto Rispoli37 40% Richard Mandella18 ITM% 16% 16 46% 4 Mario Gutierrez35 Tiago Pereira38 6 $228,391 Brian Koriner18 3 Edwin Maldonado21 3 Mike Puype16 59% 33% 56% $427,856 38% 6 41% 21% Richard Baltas46 6 $661,582 Steve Knapp16 1 Jorge Velez56 50% 42% 32% 43% AX MAN MAKES HIS DEBUT ON GRASS SUNDAY 4 2 5 34% $92,575 10 5 Andrew Lerner12 2 1 62% 5 52% 14% $145,732 6 $211,180 3rd 38% Mike Smith25 0 10% 1 1 16%center_img 15% 56% 9 3 3 3 2 2 11 19% 12 5 $1,062,672 16 17% $282,521 $789,040 1st 3 3 1 $551,122 13% Bob Baffert31 Win% Drayden Van Dyke52 2 5 2nd 10 50% $71,002 20% 1 1 24% 4 4 9 HIGHER POWER, MUCHO GUSTO HEAD PEGASUS WORLD CUPWith the 11th-hour defection of Santa Anita-based Omaha Beach from Saturday’s Grade I, $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park, two other locally based stalwarts have assumed the roles of likely favorites, the John Sadler-trained Higher Power and Mucho Gusto, conditioned by Bob Baffert.Omaha Beach, the pre-race favorite for the Kentucky Derby last May 4, was declared out of that Triple Crown classic with a throat ailment the week of the race, and just yesterday, the star-crossed son of War Front trained by Richard Mandella was scratched from the Pegasus due to an issue with his right hind fetlock.That leaves Higher Power and Mucho Gusto in prime pouncing position to win the mile and an eighth Pegasus, now down to 10 entrants. Not to worry, says private clocker and bloodstock agent Gary Young.“Both those horses worked as good as a horse could work here before they left for Florida,” Young said. “Higher Power’s last work (five furlongs in 59:60 on Jan. 18) was as good as the one he had before he won the Pacific Classic (Aug. 17), and I bet on him that day.“He worked good for his other races, but his work for the Pegasus was lights out, and the last time I saw him do that was before the Pacific Classic and we know what he did that day (a 5 ¼-length victory).“Mucho Gusto breezed from the gate here (six furlongs on Jan. 16 in 1:11.60) and ironically (Flavien) Prat (who rides Higher Power in the Pegasus) worked him that day for Baffert, and it was terrific move. I texted Flavien after the work and he agreed with me. He said the work was unbelievable.”So, as the sun sinks slowly in the west, racing bids a fond farewell to future stallion Omaha Beach, who at times conjured memories of an equine version of Joe Btfsplk, a character in the satirical comic strip of yesteryear Li’l Abner written by Al Capp.Btfsplk was described as well-meaning but the world’s worst jinx, bringing misfortune to everyone around him. A small, dark rain cloud perpetually hovered over his head to symbolize his bad luck.In reality, however, Omaha Beach’s unfulfilled greatness on the track will remain an impressively speculative apparition, his legend embellished with the passing of time.Pundits will ponder “What might have been?” savor his memories and look to the future of his progeny, for, as the great statesman Winston Churchill said, “Now is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”The Pegasus will be televised on NBC Sports and TVG with a scheduled post time of 2:34 p.m. Pacific. The field: True Timber, Joe Bravo; Tax, Jose Ortiz; Diamond Oops, Julien Leparoux; Seeking the Soul, John Velazquez; Higher Power, Flavien Prat; War Story, Joel Rosario; Mr Freeze, Luis Saez; Mucho Gusto, Irad Ortiz Jr.; Tenfold, Tyler Gaffalione; and Bodexpress, Emisael Jaramillo.Omaha Beach and Spun to Run were scratched.First post time for Santa Anita’s nine race program Saturday is 12 noon.AX MAN MAKES TURF DEBUT IN SUNDAY’S CLOCKERS’ CORNER     Ax Man, a five-year-old gelded son of 2010 Santa Anita Handicap winner Misremembered, makes his turf debut Sunday in the $70,000 Clockers’ Corner Stakes for four-year-olds and up at 5 ½ furlongs.Owned by Patti and Hal Earnhardt and bred by the latter, Ax Man will be making his first start in 10 months, having finished fifth in the Grade II San Carlos Stakes last March 30.“We’ll see if he likes the grass,” said Bob Baffert, who also trained Misremembered for his wife, Jill, and George Jacobs. “His father ran on the grass one time and liked it.”Ax Man has been favored in eight of his nine career starts, five times at odds-on. He also was entered in Saturday’s Grade II Palos Verdes Stakes on the main track.The Clockers’ Corner, race seven of eight with a 12:30 p.m. first post time: Oiseau de Guerre, Rafael Bejarano, 12-1; Ghoul, Joel Rosario, 7-2; Lil Milo, Ruben Fuentes, 6-1; Ax Man, Drayden Van Dyke, 4-1; What’sontheagenda, Tiago Periera, 4-1; Double Touch, Victor Espinoza, 3-1; and Bay Muzik, Abel Cedillo, 4-1.Addressing the participation of Speed Pass, who will be ridden once again by apprentice J.C. Diaz Jr. in the Palos Verdes, Baffert said, “I wish the race was at Los Alamitos. He’s a fast horse and Diaz rides him well.” Represented by agent Tony Matos, Diaz loses his five-pound apprentice allowance on Feb. 10.Speed Pass is undefeated in two starts, both coming at Los Alamitos where the four-year-old gelded son of Bodemeister won by a combined margin of nearly nine lengths.The Palos Verdes, goes as race eight: Ax Man, Drayden Van Dyke, 5-2; Captain Scotty, Abel Cedillo, 8-1; Flagstaff, Victor Espinoza, 2-1; Grinning Tiger, Umberto Rispoli, 15-1; St. Joe Bay, Rafael Bejarano, 7-2; and Speed Pass, J.C. Diaz Jr., 5-2.     FINISH LINES: Trivia from the current issue of Midwest Gaming Magazine: How much money is wagered annually on the Super Bowl, and how many Americans wager on the Super Bowl each year? . . . Trainer Ed Moger Jr. is a man on the move today at Golden Gate Fields where has six horses entered in the eight races . . . He’s No. One: Taco Waco makes his fourth start in today’s eighth race, each time breaking from the inside post . . . On Jan. 11, Ohio won the Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile at Turf Paradise for the second year in a row. “One more,” says trainer Michael McCarthy, “and he retires the Cup.” Ohio could make his next start here in either the Grade III Thunder Road Stakes on Feb. 8 or the Grade I Kilroe Mile on March 7, a race he won by a nose last year at 9-1 . . . TGIF: Santa Anita offers $2 beer and $6 specialty cocktails each Friday at designated locations throughout the track. Specialty cocktails include a Baldwin Buck, Margarita and other selected cocktails. There is also free Club House (including Santa Anita’s Sports Book) and General Admission each Friday . . . Trivia answers: $6 billion and 23 million.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES: XBTV Friday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on January 24th, 2020Stronach 5 All-Star Ticket for January 24th, 2020John Sadler is Confident Higher Power Will Handle Gulfstream Park’s Surface in the Pegasus World CupBob Baffert Talks About Mucho Gusto Ahead of the Pegasus World CupWORKOUTS:Gingham (Outside) and Golden Principal  (Baffert) 1-24-20Sothalis (D’Amato) 1-24-20McKinzie (Outside) and McKale (Baffert) 1-24-20Bolo (Outside) and Blues Rapper (Gaines) 1-23-20Succeedandsurpass (Baltas) 1-23-20Railman (Outside) and Platinum Nights (Eurton) 1-23-20Roadster (Outside) (Baffert) 1-20-20 4 3 $306,679 Money Won $397,508 29% Win% 4 Joel Rosario66 3 $334,507 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 4 $171,022 4 Ruben Fuentes31 0 CALIFORNIA STILL DREAMIN’ IN RICH PEGASUS $274,910 38% 14% J.C. Diaz, Jr.35 7 3 56% 47% 21% Philip D’Amato37 3rd 2 TrainerSts 46% 2 2nd 3 4 Craig Anthony Lewis16 7 31% 28% 3 Money Won ITM% Michael McCarthy14 6 41% $695,149 $101,715 40% 1 $135,560 7 1 JockeyMts 36% 1 $178,342 3 74% 6 33% 1 21% 14% 4 28% 4 Agapito Delgadillo29 32% 3 6 9% Assael Espinoza19 31%last_img read more

Whiteley to captain Springboks

first_imgWhiteley takes over from hooker Adriaan Strauss, who retired from international rugby at the end of last season, and will be the 58th player to lead the Springboks in tests.”He (Whiteley) is respected by his team mates and opposition alike and has a lot of experience when it comes to captaincy, having led the Lions with great authority for many seasons. He is resilient, copes well under pressure and makes good decisions,” Coetzee said.Returning to the squad are number eight Duane Vermeulen and utility back Frans Steyn as the Boks look to put behind them a disastrous 2016, the worst in the country’s test history, in which they won only four of their 12 matches.Steyn, a member of the 2007 Rugby World Cup-winning squad, last played for the side in 2012 and can cover at flyhalf, centre or fullback.Coetzee has also spread his net wide with the call-up of eight uncapped players’ centre Lukhanyo Am, fullback Andries Coetzee, scrumhalf Ross Cronje, utility back Dillyn Leyds, wingers Raymond Rhule and Courtnall Skosan, and props Ruan Dreyer and Lizo Gqoboka.Coetzee found himself under immense pressure last year, his first in charge of the team, after a dismal run of results that included a first ever loss to Italy and a record 57-15 home hammering by New Zealand.”A lot of hard work has been done since the start of the season to make sure we improve as a team,” Coetzee said.The Boks host France on June 10 in Pretoria followed by tests in Durban and Johannesburg. South Africa squad: Forwards: Lood de Jager, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Ruan Dreyer, Eben Etzebeth, Steven Kitshoff, Siya Kolisi, Jaco Kriel, Frans Malherbe, Malcolm Marx, Bongi Mbonambi, Oupa Mohoje, Franco Mostert, Tendai Mtawarira, Lizo Gqoboka, Coenie Oosthuizen, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Duane Vermeulen, Warren Whiteley. Backs: Lukhanyo Am, Andries Coetzee, Ross Cronje, Damian de Allende, Francois Hougaard, Elton Jantjies, Jesse Kriel, Dillyn Leyds, Rudy Paige, Raymond Rhule, Jan Serfontein, Courtnall Skosan, Frans Steyn. Photo: PHOTOSPORT Lions captain Warren Whiteley.last_img read more

Snax Tigers down Kemele Hela

first_imgSecond rower David Loko and halfback Charlie Simon were standouts for the Tigers.The match was a one-sided affair in the second stanza after a strong display of footy by both sides in the first half with scores tied at 6-4 in favour of the Tigers. Loko (pictured), a former PNG Hunters man, unleashed a man-of-the-match performance, showing much experience and leadership with hit ups, speed and offloads.Simon scored two tries and booted all conversions and penalties.Wigmen put up a strong performance in the first 40 minutes with an unconverted try however some unfortunate second half errors allowed the Tigers to capitalize with clean runaway tries.Wigmen will travel to Kokopo this week to play the Agmark Gurias on Sunday while Tigers will hit the highlands highway to meet the Mendi Muruks.last_img read more

Hunters forward Timothy Lomai suspended

first_imgThe news was announced in a statement today by CEO of the PNG Rugby Football League (PNGRFL), Bob Cutmore.Cutmore explained that Lomai was suspended due to his failure to maintain the values expected of the SP Hunters team.He said Lomai will not train with the team during his suspension.“ The suspension may and can be lifted dependent on Timothy’s ongoing commitment and dedication to the stated values of the SP Hunters and his willingness to show his fellow players and SP Hunters staff that he is determined to do his best for the team. “No further comment will be made in respect to the suspension but it is hoped that Timothy, through the actions he now takes, will re-join the squad,” said Cutmore.last_img read more

Zidane sentences Bale

first_imgAfter a week of tranquility after having proclaimed champion of the Supercup, the waters became cloudy again in the bosom of Real Madrid. Zinedine Zidane decided not to summon Gareth Bale, absent in the Saudi supercopero tournament suffering from respiratory tract infection, for the match against Sevilla (this Saturday, 4:00 pm, Movistar LaLiga). The Welshman, who had trained all week, falls again from a white call. AS has asked the club and he said that Bale had nothing physical. There is no medical part of Madrid at this time, so everything confirms that it is a purely technical decision. It seems that Zidane has sentenced him. Like Bale, Zidane did not mention Sergio Ramos, James and Mariano. The first is recovering from a sprained ankle, while the last two are also by technical decision.Although the workforce was in Arabia, both Bale and Benzema went to the white facilities to continue their recovery. This week, the Welshman exercised normally. On the club’s website there are images of Welsh these days working normally. Even on Friday morning, in the last session of the week, the white 11 worked at the same pace as the rest of the squad. Now, and before a match like Sevilla, the Welshman will see him again from the box of players. Bet that he will leave before the end of it, as he has been doing throughout this season.It is true that Bale has been counting on minutes throughout the campaign despite not having the love of Zidane. His phrase in Kiev, after the Champions League final against Liverpool (“I need to play every weekend, something that has not happened this season. I was injured 5 weeks and I have not had regularity. Obviously I have to sit down with my representative to speak”), fell like a bomb in the bosom of the board … and Zidane, who felt attacked. Zizou, a formidable group manager who values ​​the group above all the elements, saw its habitat attacked. He ended up leaving for differences with the directive. Upon his return, he assured that they would “change things”, but the Bale case not only does not change. It just keeps spinning. The Welshman (charges 17 million euros, another handicap for possible sale and with contract until 2022) started well, despite the intentions of the preseason technician (“He is negotiating his departure; if he leaves tomorrow, the better”). He left as a starter in Vigo, assisted Benzema in the goal that opened the League for whites, made a double on the third day in Villarreal and … there stopped the Welsh scoring nose, which adds 140 days without seeing the door.Gradually, what seemed like a problem that was being solved gradually, turned 180 degrees. A successful measure of Zidane (he did not summon him for the first meeting of Madrid in the Champions League in the first meeting of the whites in the Bernabéu in this competition against the Bruges to give him rest) left him out of place. He arrived late at the stadium: the game started at 6:55 p.m. and he arrived at 6:59 p.m. (it is true that there was hellish traffic around the stadium on that day). That same month of October he left with his team and returned injured. He did not play in a month and left again with the Welsh team.There and after qualifying to play the final phase of the 2020 Eurocup, he refilled the spotlights after a controversial celebration: Bale jumped happily with a banner that said “Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order “), something that unnerved white fans. It is worth mentioning the loud sound he received when he jumped into the field on November 23, in the match that Madrid won against Real Sociedad (3-1).His relationship with the stands is like a roller coaster: after starting listening to applause, the white fans seem to have tired of him because of his continuous gestures: simulating golf shots during training (he even received a stick at the Christmas dinner held by the team at the beginning of December), playing on the bench of Mestalla before jumping to the pitch … the Welshman seems to be absent from everything surrounding the white team. And Zidane, who continues to ensure that he has all the players, has already grown tired of the Welsh attitude (unable, for example, to smile at the delivery of vehicles to the players).last_img read more

With Setién on the bench, there are no parties that are worth

first_imgOnly those who are not called for the Cup match on Wednesday could have a rest day if finally the master considers that they do not have to go in the morning to the Sports City.In any case, the first two weeks of Setién at the head of Barcelona are a true declaration of principles on his way of working: 13 workouts and no holiday. What is popularly said: put the batteries. It is clear that Quique Setién has been motivated to the bench of Barcelona and wanting to do it well. Perhaps excessively motivated will think more than one in there. And is that since the Cantabrian coach took the reins of the team, what The staff has not yet enjoyed a day of rest. In fact, the previous coach, Ernesto Valverde had planned a holiday for Wednesday, January 15, but was recalled by the current coach. And not only that: the day before the team had only one morning training session, but Setien doubled it in two. That is, they not only took a holiday from them but also doubled their work. And to top it all, on the day of the match he also organized a training to work strategy with the ball stopped.For this week there is no holiday in its planning. Evidently when there are two games in the week it seems more difficult to find a place. In any case, this Monday the team exercised at 12 noon in the Ciutat Esportiva – because of the storm the afternoon training in football was canceled -, a session is scheduled for Tuesday at 6 pm, while on Wednesday the team will play against Ibiza in Cup (19 hours). The day after the game there is a training planned at 11 am, while Friday will be at 3.30 pm. On Saturday Barcelona will play in Valencia (16 hours) Y Sunday has a recovery session in the Sports City at 11 am. Monday has also prepared a training At 11 o’clock. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of January 20, 2020last_img read more

Galletti: “I had a lot of faith in that final; I don’t even know why”

first_imgThe game was played in a rare environment, just six days after the attacks of Atocha on 11-M, in Madrid.I remember. It was a strange week, he threatened not to play it, people were sad about what had happened. In my case, my brother had arrived two days before in Spain and had passed through Atocha. It was strange, maybe that’s why there were no big celebrations either. But I remember the joy it meant for us, how the fans accompanied us from Zaragoza, waking up and seeing the crowded square, singing … It was a beautiful experience.His father, who was also a player, was taken to Boca Juniors by Alfredo di Stéfano.My first official match in Zaragoza was against Madrid (in August 2001), in the Spanish Super Cup. The first leg was in our house (1-1), I remember that I changed the shirt with Raul, without a doubt a reference and an idol for us. And on the way back at the Bernabéu (3-0), after finishing the game, a delegate came to the locker room to tell me they wanted to meet me. When I asked who, he said Di Stefano. And I thought: Alfredo di Stéfano wants to meet me? I could’nt believe it. He remembered how he took my dad to Boca, my father started playing late, with 20 years. They are things that remain forever, that reach your soul. A person like him, who has the respect and affection to come to introduce himself, to greet and send a hug to my father … It was very, very exciting. I was angry at losing the final, but he told me the story just as my father had told me before. It was a great joy.Returning to the game: there is an extension and you appear, with that whip from the front. Do I remember it well, crisp?As soon as I receive the ball, I am clear that I will finish. We knew that ball moved a little if you hit your instep. It was a time when the game was back and forth, there were few minutes left and I had a lot of faith that I was going to make a goal. I don’t even know why, but as soon as I received I had decided that I was going to look for the goal. I hit him, I see how the ball moves, it just entered … It was amazing. At first it seemed that he was going outside, then he made the curve and César did not expect it, he was surprised. I had dreamed it, we had all done it. And it was happening. When the ball came in, imagine what I felt, with all the people shouting, I didn’t even know what to do, I took off my shirt … The joy was immense because the game was very difficult and I was being very disputed. Madrid stalking more, we more looking for the cons. And everyone’s dream was fulfilled.That became known as Galacticide. That Madrid was thrown for all the titles and ended up disfigured, falling in Champions quarters and giving up a League that had won. What does Galletti do today?I am a player representative, I am with Ascacíbar (a midfielder who plays for Hertha in Berlin) and with other players in Argentina. Traveling a lot, always on the side of football, since I have reason I have been related to it. My father was a player, I was a player and I have always been linked to football.Didn’t he call being a technician?Not much, no. I didn’t want routine after so long, I wasn’t interested. While I did the first year of the coach course, I preferred not to continue because I did not want to continue with the life of going to train every day. A friend and I went to representatives and we are very happy, working hard and traveling, traveling the world.What do you remember about that Copa del Rey final in 2004?It seems like yesterday, but many years passed. If you think about it, you can’t believe it. The memories are great, that Zaragoza was a young, talented team, very hungry and several selection players. It was something very important, for all of us and for the club.That was the Galactic Madrid, his favoritism was evident. Did it motivate the locker room that, that Zaragoza be killed before playing?Undoubtedly, Madrid was a favorite, he had all the figures, he was a leader in LaLiga, he didn’t lose a match … But we knew we had a chance, a single match, that we had to make a perfect, or almost perfect, match, and Madrid not so much . We mentalized, the preparation was good, but it is true that we had it very difficult. We made a spectacular game, the level of all players was very regular. And I do not forget how the field was, how he encouraged the fans of Zaragoza, it was impressive how he accompanied us. It was a very big push. As much as we have won titles in other teams, it is a match that, for the quality of the rival, will always remain in our memories.Carlos Mira ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Galletti, at Real Madrid-Zaragoza.Carlos Mira It was an important blow for them, and for us too, we were fighting in the lower area of ​​the table and that triumph returned our confidence, we were able to save ourselves quickly and the next course we played the Super Cup against Valencia, which we also won. A very hungry, young and winning group had formed. They were the last two titles of the club. Very important moments for everyone and that they also threw us, we were young, we had the selection in the head and that strengthened us.That Zaragoza was fighting for the titles, now he is in Second Division.I follow the team quite a bit, this year it is firmer, it feels important. Hopefully it will continue like this until the end of the season to return to Primera because it is a team that, by hobby, by quality of players, must be there. I have a lot of love, hopefully it will be the Zaragoza we all expect.Does that goal open the doors to sign a year later for Atlético?We talked with Atleti in the summer of 2004, but we decided, for how the team and I were, to continue another year. But without a doubt that goal and that victory against Madrid accelerated everything a bit, also for the people. I received a lot of messages from Atlético fans telling me to go, to play there. In 2005 I already felt mature to make the leap, it was important for my career.How do you remember that passage through the Calderón?The team was being assembled, Bianchi arrived on the bench and I had the illusion of playing because I was the World Cup the following year. I had a pubalgia, I was until December playing almost nothing. Then I started to play something else, but I had no chance to go to the World Cup, I had lost six months. The following year, with Aguirre on the bench, I felt better and played a lot. But I did not feel the player who had been in Zaragoza and when the opportunity came to go to Olympiacos, to play Champions with a team that was putting together very well, I made the decision. It was a change in my career.He met three coaches in two years at Atleti, the first year just finished tenth and the second, seventh. Are you surprised to see the jump made by the club with Simeone?That was a very unstable Atleti, it didn’t go well for us. The first year was difficult, more in a large team. I already knew that Cholo, because he had already demonstrated it in Estudiantes de La Plata, is a very hardworking person, he organizes not only the costumes, but also the club. I knew that with his help the Atleti was going to make a great quality leap, now it’s another team and it fills me with pride. I follow all my exequipos, I want them to always win, more for Cholo, with whom I shared a match in the national team.In his second year at Atleti he met Agüero, with whom he joins a good friendship.I just was with him in Manchester. He is an incredible person, very humble, he maintains that humility with which he came very small to Atlético. You could tell what conditions he had, as a young man. I needed to adapt, I was young. I was convinced that, where I played, I was going to take a magnificent level. In Atleti he played very well, in Manchester he has finished training and in the Argentine national team he has been a star. He is demonstrating everything he hinted as a young man.He leaves Atleti and leaves for Greece, where his game was most stable.They were impressive years for me, I have a beautiful memory for how people treated me, for how I gave up, for the team that assembled, for the titles won … They were three spectacular years, I found the football that I wanted and with the love of the people, they adopted me and until I had kidney problems, I was being my best year, the most regular.He had kidney failure (the result of a bacterium that had entered his body more than a decade earlier, on a trip to Mexico) and was stopped for three years, his father’s kidney was transplanted and he was afraid he would not play again. Are those six games that you could enjoy with the Crete OFI your biggest success, after all that had happened to you?Yes, the disease surprised me when I was better, I was happy and had renewed four more years of contract. It was a very hard blow, but I am quite strong in the head and I overcame it, with the help of family and friends. I wanted to play at least one more game, retire on a court. Greece reappeared, two or three teams called me and in Crete I was going to play a couple of games, but when I did I felt very good and decided to continue. Until the day we visited the Olympiakos court, there were my family and my friends. They received me in a spectacular way and I felt it was the perfect ending. It was a very nice closing, I needed to end up like this. I felt later that I no longer wanted to play, I haven’t missed him. It was the best thing that could happen to me, because I didn’t feel it before.A forecast for tonight’s game?Uff … I wish Zaragoza wins, I hope it’s a good game and that people enjoy. And if you can win the team for a mood boost, the better.And the weekend, the derby.I will see it too. That I won the Atleti and see if that is how the team gets up.last_img read more