F. Football: Zizou’s volley is the most beautiful goal in the Champions League

first_imgAccording France Football, that Zidane goal, marked just before the break (and that blew up the final) gathers “balance, delicacy, power … It has everything”. But not only Zidane’s goal appears within the top ten. The third on the list is theformidable Chilean that Cristiano Ronaldo scored in Turin for Juventus. It happened in the spring of 2018, when a Carvajal center It was topped acrobatic by the Portuguese striker. For France Football, Christian reached “his moment of maximum glory: the one to see a stadium and rival supporters bowing to such a genius “. Between the volley of Zidane and the Chilean of Cristiano, the pyrotechnic auction with which Mauro Bressan (Fiorentina) scored against Barcelona in November 1999.Too the Chilean appears with which Gareth Bale on track last conquest of the Real Madrid Champions League. The formidable hit of the Welsh in the Kiev final against Liverpool it occupies the sixth position, behind the Stankovic goal (Inter Milan) from midfield to Schalke in April 2011, fourth place, and from the Mexes semi-volley (Milan) to Anderlecht in November 2012, fifth. Curiously, in the position 35 appears the Raúl’s second goal to Manchester United in 2000, but it does not appear for the same in itself, but for the play of Redondo, in which, with a heel, he got rid of the Norwegian defender Henning Berg before attending Madrid so that beat Van der Gouw. France Football has elaborated a ranking to choose the best goal that has been scored at the time of the Champions League, that is, from 1992 to 2020. In this way, the prestigious French magazine has indicated the top 50 goals of the competition that have been marked so far. And for said medium, the best goal which has been marked on these almost 30 years competition is the volley with which Zidane made Madrid win the Ninth European Cup in its history. Something that is about to reach coming of age (It will meet them next Friday, May 15), and that it served for the current coach Real Madrid inscribed his name in gold letters on the record of the highest European competition, after missing two finals (against Borussia Dortmund in 1997 and against Real Madrid himself a year later, in 1998.last_img read more

Bayern head to AEK buoyed by ‘liberating’ victory

first_img0Shares0000Lewandowski netted twice at the weekend to end a five-game winless streak © AFP/File / John MACDOUGALLBERLIN, Germany, Oct 22 – Bayern Munich travel to Greece to face AEK Athens in the Champions League on Tuesday boosted by a Bundesliga win that “felt like a liberation” after their miserable run of form and a stormy week behind the scenes.The pressure was mounting on the German champions and new coach Niko Kovac during a four-match winless run to the extent that senior club figures including Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Uli Hoeness launched a stunning attack on the media. But Saturday’s 3-1 win over Wolfsburg, in which Robert Lewandowski scored twice to end a five-game goal drought, is being hailed as a potential turning point for Bayern’s season.“That felt like a liberation,” said centre-back Mats Hummels, while sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic was equally relieved, saying: “We have shown character in a difficult phase.”The tension had been ratcheted up on Friday when Rummenigge, Hoeness and Salihamidzic slammed the press for “disgusting and respectless” reporting of Bayern’s poor performances in recent weeks, singling out German journalists to scold.Saturday’s three points provided some calm at the Allianz Arena, but the pressure is still on Kovac heading to Athens, after a 1-1 home draw with Ajax last time out in Europe left Bayern’s Group E hopes in the balance.Kovac was cautious about thoughts that Bayern will now rediscover the form which saw them romp to six straight German titles, describing the win at Wolfsburg as “just a small and first step in the right direction”.But James Rodriguez, who scored a fantastic goal at the weekend, was more bullish, saying that Bayern are back in business.“In a long season, these things always happen,” said James, referring to the recent shock defeats by Hertha Berlin and Borussia Moenchengladbach that has left them fourth in the Bundesliga table.“There are bad games, there are good games. This bad phase has already gone. Now comes something good.”Left-back David Alaba was Bayern’s only injury concern from Wolfsburg after the Austrian was taken off at half-time as a precautionary measure with a thigh strain.Feel-good factor: Thiago Alcantara, Javi Martinez, Mats Hummels and Niklas Suele celebrate after Saturday’s win at Wolfsburg © AFP/File / John MACDOUGALLThe AEK match marks the start of a busy few weeks for Bayern who face midweek games from now up until the November international break — culminating with a crunch clash at Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund on November 10.“We will be playing every three days, but the rhythm is good and I hope we’ll go from win to win,” said Lewandowski.After crashing to a 3-0 defeat at Ajax, then losing 3-2 at home to Benfica, AEK are chasing their first points in the group against Bayern, who have never lost a Champions League game in Greece with three wins and a draw.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Businesses And Individuals Grapple With Decisions About Coverage Penalties

first_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. News organizations preview what’s to come in 2013 as provisions of the Affordable Care Act are put in place.Kaiser Health News: Health Care Predictions For A New Year (Video)KHN reporters preview some of the big issues coming this year: The fight over controlling spending and what it means for Medicare; state decisions on health law implementation; and changing how hospitals and doctors are paid (1/1). Politico Pro: The Year Ahead In Health Care: What To Watch In 2013This year, the Obama administration will have to guide the states through set-up of the exchanges — or, in many states, set them up entirely on its own. The law will have to withstand at least some level of rate shock as insurers adjust to new coverage requirements. And with deficit reduction sure to be a hot topic this year, the health law may have to withstand new attempts to dip into its funding (Haberkorn, 1/2).NPR: What The Health Law Will Bring In 2013 Most of the really big changes made by the 2010 health law don’t start for another year. … But Jan. 1, 2013, will nevertheless mark some major changes. One of those changes that will affect everyone with private health insurance actually took effect last September. But most people won’t see it until they renew or apply for new health insurance. It’s called a summary of benefits and coverage. The idea is to help people actually understand what’s in their insurance policies (Rovner, 1/1).McClatchy: New Year Means Tax Increases To Pay For Health Care LawFive new tax increases take effect on Jan. 1 to help pay for the nation’s health care overhaul. New provisions of the Affordable Care Act require affluent taxpayers to pay more for Medicare and, for the first time, have their investment income subject to Medicare taxes as well. Also, people who use flexible spending accounts for health care expenses will pay higher taxes. And taxpayers who spend a lot out of pocket on their health care will find it harder to deduct those expenses from their taxable income (Pugh, 12/31).The Wall Street Journal: Companies Prepare For Health LawOne of the biggest decisions for many companies this year will be what to do about their health benefits. They have just 12 months before the major provisions of the federal overhaul law take effect on Jan. 1, 2014, reshaping health coverage in the U.S. Employers with at least 50 workers will owe penalties if they don’t cover full-time employees. Most Americans will face a parallel “individual mandate” to obtain insurance. And new online marketplaces called exchanges will sell insurance plans in each state, paired with federal subsidies for lower-income people (Mathews, 1/1).The Wall Street Journal: Under Health Law, Employers Must Insure Workers’ Dependents Large employers who are subject to the health overhaul law’s requirement to provide insurance or pay a fee must also extend coverage to their workers’ dependent children, according to federal regulations released Friday. The 144-page proposed regulation that the Obama administration unveiled late Friday offered new details for how employers will have to comply with the health overhaul law (Adamy, 12/28).CBS (Video): Businesses Begin Bracing For The Affordable Care ActThe new legislation will require businesses with 50 or more workers to provide affordable health care for their employees starting in 2014 or pay a penalty of up to $2,000 per worker. Businesses with fewer than 50 employees — that’s 96 percent of all companies, will be exempt. They won’t have to do anything. Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, a health policy advisor to the White House who helped develop the new plan, said the cost to businesses is a “real concern” (Mason, 1/1). Businesses And Individuals Grapple With Decisions About Coverage, Penaltieslast_img read more