Real Madrid confirm Solari as coach until June 2021

first_imgMadrid: Real Madrid confirmed Santiago Solari as their new permanent first team coach until the end of June 2021 following a successful fortnight in charge since replacing the sacked Julen Lopetegui on October 29.The 42-year-old Solari was promoted from the Real Madrid B-team (Real Madrid Castilla) on an interim basis and his four games in charge have led to four wins with 15 goals in favour and just two against, which is the best start any Real Madrid coach has ever enjoyed in the club’s 116 year history, reports Xinhua news agency.Spanish rules state a coach can only be in charge of a club on an interim basis for two weeks, so this Monday Real Madrid President Florentino Perez had to decide whether to confirm the Argentinean as coach on a permanent basis or to return him to Castilla. It had been reported in the Spanish press that Solari would be offered a deal until the end of June 2020, but finally the club has given him a contract for two and a half years as a sign of their confidence in him.A former Real Madrid player, Solari scored 10 goals in 131 league appearances for the club between 2000 and 2005 and after hanging up his boots, he returned to work in the Real Madrid youth system in 2013, being made Castilla coach in 2016.His numbers in just over two seasons with Castilla are decent but not spectacular, with 32 wins from 86 matches in charge with a team with the biggest budget in their league.There was even speculation he could be replaced last season as the side failed to make the playoffs from the Segunda B (third tier of the Spanish game) to the second division (Liga 123), but he retained his position for the current season and the team was just outside of the playoffs when he was called on to replace Lopetegui.A very amiable person, Solari is seen as a man who will be able to repeat the good relationship Zinedine Zidane enjoyed with the heavyweights in the Madrid dressing room, while also promoting young players he has worked with in Castilla.His next game in charge will be the always difficult trip to face Eibar on November 24. (IANS) Also Read: Sports Newslast_img read more


Gabriela Knutson and Miranda Ramirez lose in 2nd round of NCAA Tournament

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments No. 8 Gabriela Knutson and Miranda Ramirez ended their season on Friday with a second round defeat against Oklahoma State’s No. 14 Vladica Babic and Sofia Blanco, 4-6, 7-5, 8-10. In a match filled with nine deuce points, numerous errand shots and a healthy dose of I-formations, the Orange could not hold on after forcing a super tiebreak.SU’s first doubles pairing opened the match up with three errors to drop the first point of the game. Babic commanded the net in the first couple of games, but her partner started to falter during serves. Blanco hit the net five times in the third game and faulted twice to give the Orange its first game of the match.The conclusion of the first set centered around deuce points. With four of the last seven games of the set resulting in a 40-all score, SU could not capitalize. At 40-40 at 2-2 and 3-3, associate head coach Shelley George implored Ramirez to get closer to the net, but the sophomore was outshined by Blanco with her 5-foot-11-inch frame up close to take both points.At 4-4, with Ramirez serving, the Orange started to play the I-formation. After consecutive failed serves, Ramirez elected to change strategies for the moment. With one of the deciding games on the line, Knutson attempted to recover a net cord that ultimately led her to fall onto one knee to go down 4-5. Down 15-40, Babic placed a forehand winner directly in the back left hand corner past the outstretched arms of Knutson, taking the first set.SU opened the second set similarly to the first by getting swept to start. An airmailed shot from Ramirez, which left the Leighton Family Court parameters, topped off the early deficit for the Orange. After the changeover, SU recovered to go up 2-1 on a cross court volley from Ramirez to go up a break.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textKnutson clinched two straight games at 40-all to help SU level at 3-3 midway through the second set. As the set winded down, the Cowboys started to employ an I-formation of its own when Blanco served. Unlike the Orange, who only used it five times in the first 15 games of the match, OSU began to attempt it on almost every first serve. SU held strong though, fought off the tactics and forced a super tiebreak.Syracuse opened the super tiebreak firing, going up 5-1 at the first changeover. But it wouldn’t sustain. Eventually, OSU went on a run of its own to tie it at 6-6. After swapping the next four points, Babic ended SU’s season on two forehands to close out the match. Blanco and Babic screamed and embraced after the victory. Knutson and Ramirez walked off the court with their heads down in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.The loss ends the Orange’s season as it finished without a quarterfinals birth in all three NCAA tournaments — team, singles and doubles.center_img Published on May 25, 2018 at 4:30 pm Contact KJ: kjedelma@syr.edu | @KJEdelmanlast_img read more