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Draxler, an old desire of Seville that reappears

first_imgSevilla intends to strengthen its lead in January and the club is reassessed trying to sign an attacker who was already on the club’s radar seasons ago. This is the German Julian Draxler, currently in the ranks of a PSG in which his role this season is being more than scarce. The possibilities of Sevilla go through an assignment, since both the player’s record and the state of the accounts after a summer of large investments and greater difficulties to place discards do not allow another formula. In fact, the club intends to repeat the modus operandi that led Jovetic to play in Nervión in the second round of the 16/17 season. Draxler plays little in the PSG.Draxler accumulates this course just over 500 minutes in eight games between Ligue 1 and the Champions League. The player wants to be in the next European Championship with Germany and a hypothetical arrival in Seville would make his chances of being cited by his team increase exponentially.last_img read more

Dismay, disbelief as Italy miss World Cup for first time since 1958

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rome resident Enrico Doddi insisted Italy‘s players were good enough to have overcome Sweden.“They’re playing miserably at the moment but Italy still has a good set of players in my opinion,” he said. “It is all down to mentality.“You cannot have a good World Cup without Italy.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Italy’s supporters react at the end of the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Italy and Sweden, on November 13, 2017 in a pub of Milan.Italy failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958 on Monday as they were held to a 0-0 draw in the second leg of their play-off at the San Siro by Sweden, who qualified with a 1-0 aggregate victory. AFP PHOTO / Piero CRUCIATTIItaly‘s failure to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years was greeted by a mixture of disbelief, dismay and resigned disappointment by fans across the country.In Rome’s trendy San Lorenzo district, the Le Mura bar, which showed Monday night’s playoff crunch with Sweden on a big screen, emptied at the final whistle after a goalless stalemate which condemned the Azzurri to a 1-0 aggregate defeat.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnycenter_img READ: Italy miss out on World Cup as Sweden qualify“It is really very sad because watching the World Cup was something that really brought us together as Italians,” said recent graduate Stefania Pusateri, heading for the exit.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“But what is sure is that the shock will be even worse for my father. He is 54 years old and he has never had to go through something like this.”Sitting alongside Pusateri, friend Davide Penna concurred. “I still can’t believe it has happened,” he said. “We have never experienced anything like this. It’s over.” Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ “Tomorrow I will wake up and my life will go on but this summer I will do something else.”Another added: “The disappointment is a double one –- first because we are not good, but second because we were beaten by a team that is even worse than us.”‘Completely unthinkable’Back in the Rome bar, the view that Italy deserved to be on the plane to Russia was disputed by journalism student Christian Dalenz.“The reality is they were not good enough, they haven’t earned the right to be at the World Cup. This is a very weak squad. It just does not have enough world-class players who can make the difference.”The extent of the shock that non-qualification represents for Italian football was underlined by the pre-match confidence of most fans that Gigi Buffon and co. would pull through.“It is not as if Sweden are that strong a team,” Fabio Votano, a Roman who was only a toddler when Italylast missed out on a World Cup finals, had told AFPTV hours before kick-off.“Not winning is completely unthinkable, basically something that has never happened before. For Italy, getting to the World Cup finals is almost a duty.”Italy ended up in the playoffs as a result of finishing second in their qualifying group behind Spain.They then put in a sluggish performance in the first leg in Sweden, when the home side edged a scrappy, physical affair thanks to substitute Jakob Johansson’s deflected shot just after the hour mark. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Royals’ Yost: ‘Glad to be alive’ after injury on farm Similar sentiments were voiced by fans coming out of the San Siro stadium in Milan after Monday’s 0-0 draw.“I am disappointed with the whole football system in Italy,” said Mirko Palmieri. “It is the umpteenth failure of our country. Even here (at the San Siro), we can’t get the job done.”Italy not being at the World Cup will be a new experience for most of the country’s fans, and few of them are looking forward to the experience of watching from the sidelines.The four-time champions opted not to play at the first World Cup in 1930 but they have been present at every other edition apart from 1958, when they also failed to qualify.“I was born with Italy being a part of the World Cup, and it has always been like that,” one supporter told AFP on his way out of the Milan stadium.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more