The Tajik adventure of Manuel Bleda

first_imgManuel Bleda, on his stage in Istiklol Belarus and Tajikistan – with the permission of Nicaragua and Burundi – have become the last haven of hope for soccer fans around the world. There, nothing more and nothing less than in two of the few countries whose sport challenges COVID-19, played Manuel Bleda (Sagunto, 1990) between 2014 and 2016. The Valencia striker, now in the Kitchee in Hong Kong, remembers his time at Belshina and Istiklol. An adventure full of coincidences that led him to record his name in the history of the most important club in Tajikistan. Everything could change, yes, a year earlier, when his departure to the Belaz Torpedo ended up being interrupted for financial reasons: “I signed and did a preseason month in Antalya, but when I was in Spain finalizing the move they told me that they could not pay my training fees and they proposed to wait a year“Bleda, disappointed after seeing his first attempt to play abroad fail, ended up in Dani Pons’ Alzira, “a coach who has always brought out the best in me”. The Valencian striker lived one of the best seasons he remembers there. And in March siren songs came again from Belarus: “They called me back, but I was no longer the Torpedo“It was Belshina, against whom he had played a friendly match months before, the team that launched fully into Bleda:” It cost me because Alzira had become my family. People said that where he was going, that he was crazy, but I was very clear and I left. “And there, in Babruisk, a city of 230,000 inhabitants 340 kilometers from the border with Russia, he spent six months” full of good moments “:”The coach welcomed me like a son because he was the only one from the non-Russian speaking club. The only bad thing is that he did not charge“Manuel Bleda points out:” From time to time they gave something, 15 or 20%. We lived in a hotel and we hardly had any expenses, but it is difficult to endure such a long time. I had to leave, but when I left we had already saved the category, which was the main objective of the club “.To Tajikistan by chanceFrom Babruisk to Tajikistan to play for FC Istiklol. 3,600 kilometers that Manuel Bleda traveled by chance: “Mubin Ergashev, coach who combined the Tajik team with Istiklol, traveled to Belarus to visit the BATE stadium before playing a friendly there. We had to visit them and he saw me play. I did well and he was waiting for me when he left. He gave me his card and we met the next day. The conditions were very good and I came for five months without charge, so we agreed, “recalls Manuel Bleda from Hong Kong:” I was very happy there. We won all the local titles at stake and reached the final of the AFC Cup -Competition equivalent to the Europa League in Asia- “. Istiklol fell to Johor FC, which does not detract from the role he played in what was his first participation in the continental championship. “I didn’t realize I had scored the 500th goal until I got to the locker room. The president came down to congratulate me.”center_img “Istiklol is a very powerful club. The owner is the nephew of the country’s president and practically all the national team players have ever played there. When I was there it showed that he played for a big club, “recalls Bleda, who defines the Tajik player as” technically good but tactically scarce. “” The country’s president is investing a lot of money in improving infrastructure and I am sure that little by little they will increase their prestige in Asia. They have already grown a lot lately, although there is still a lot of distance between the top finishers and the rest, “adds the Valencia striker.During his stay in Dushanbe, the capital and largest city of Tajikistan, Manuel Bleda left his name engraved in the history of the Istiklol. He did it after signing the goal 500 In the history of the Tajik club in local competitions, something that he did not realize until the end of the match against Khujand FC: “I had no idea. I realized when, with the game over, everyone started congratulating me. Also the president, who went down to the locker room. ” In what was his first adventure in Asia, the Spaniard got used to playing in extreme temperatures and taking advantage of the altitude: “We played at 3,000 meters, something that we could get a lot of out of. The fields were filled from start to finish and I still have contact with some of the players I met. I have very good memories and I wish I could visit them one day“A bus as a locker roomManuel Bleda has fond memories of his adventure in Tajikistan, but nothing like the day his team, Istiklol, had to use the bus as a dressing room: “We were playing the Cup against a small team and when we got to the field we realized there was nothing else. No bleachers, no toilets … The funny thing came when the driver got on the bus with the suitcases and said that we had to change there. Suddenly people began to appear. We were in balls and everyone watching! It was cold and it was raining a lot, but it was very funny. There were no showers either, and we had to go home sweaty. It was three hours … Good thing the club paid for a hotel so we could wash up halfway. “last_img read more

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Serena’s coach, like Nadal: five-week tournament

first_img“UTS merely pretends to be an alternative choice to what already exists”, Tournament co-founder Mouratoglou, who trains the 23-time Williams singles grand slam champion, amongst others, stated within the assertion. “It’s a platform created to showcase the unimaginable expertise, athletics and personalities of the wide selection of gamers. “It gives a brand new and revolutionary strategy, geared toward a youthful tennis viewers, and proposes a unique solution to distribute cash amongst gamers.”The tournament will begin from Might 16 to 17 and 10 video games shall be held each weekend for 5 weeks, representing a complete of 50 matches throughout Might and June. Australian Alexei Popyrin will face world quantity 10 David Goffin within the opening match. The total roster of gamers shall be introduced shortly, organizers stated. Followers will be capable to hearken to conversations between gamers and coaches and the code of conduct for gamers shall be mild to encourage them to precise their feelings extra freely. Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou He says his tennis academy will host a five-week tournament beginning in Might that can give gamers the chance to return to the courtroom through the COVID-19 pandemic.The inaugural version of Final Tennis Showdown (UTS), which goals to fill the hole within the tennis calendar created by the well being disaster, shall be held with out followers on the facility in southern France, and shall be broadcast stay Organizers stated in a press release Saturday. The occasion will adjust to the native necessities for bodily distance to make sure the protection of gamers, coaches and a restricted variety of UTS personnel on-site, the assertion added. The tennis season was suspended in March as a result of coronavirus outbreak, which has contaminated greater than 2.26 million folks worldwide, inflicting greater than 154,000 deaths.last_img read more

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21st century cracks: Oyón follows in the wake of Villa

first_imgAlex Oyón (Gijón, 2003) is one of those footballers who are almost from their cradle. “My mother with four years he pointed me to play in the Ronces so that he would stop breaking figures in the living room of my house ”, tells this young Asturian who with only 17 years old has become one of the great promises of Sporting.He has always had two soccer passions: Sporting, the first, the club of his heart. And then, admiration for the Barcelona game. With these references, his goal is to emulate his two idols: David Villa and Messi. At the moment, he follows with firm step the path that the first one made. Sporting, aware that many greats follow him, has renewed him until 2022. He arrived at Mareo in 2011-12, in Benjamin B, and in no case do they want him to leave for another team before winning first with the red and white jersey.He is a technical striker, who is unbalanced and makes very good marks when he has room behind the center backs. In Gijón they have great faith that in the medium term he will be an important player in the first team. In fact, next year should already debut if it maintains its current progression. With the economic crisis that will hit football after the coronavirus, teams with strong quarries, such as Mareo, must exploit their resources to have a competitive advantage over other rivals. And in Gijón they have a jewel with Álex Oyón…last_img read more

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