November 2019

‘Lewandowski can match my World Cup record’

first_imgWorld Cup ‘Lewandowski can match my World Cup record’ – former Russia striker Salenko Naim Beneddra 16:07 6/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Robert Lewandowski Poland World Cup 2018 home kit Nike World Cup England Russia Poland Uruguay Argentina Portugal Robert Lewandowski Harry Kane Luis Suárez Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo The 48-year-old scored five times against Cameroon in 1994 but feels few players are capable of repeating his feat Poland striker Robert Lewandowski has the ability to match Oleg Salenko’s World Cup record, according to the former Russia international.Salenko created history in 1994 when scoring the most goals in a single World Cup game, netting five for Russia in a group-stage fixture against Cameroon.The 48-year-old is proud of his place in football folklore, and he is also the only player to win the Golden Boot at both the U20 World Cup and the senior World Cup. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Ahead of this summer’s tournament in Russia, Salenko feels there are few players who have the potential to match his World Cup feat, with the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo candidates to finish as top scorer.“Today, and this was the case at the time, there are very few,” Salenko told Goal when asked if there is a striker capable of scoring five goals in a single World Cup match.“Maybe Lewandowski. But, he doesn’t play for a strong team. Poland is not a very big team and that is why it will be very difficult to accomplish this feat.”Nowadays, the strikers who shine for their clubs benefit especially from the good work of their midfielders. This is particularly the case with Harry Kane and Luis Suarez.”For Suarez, when you look at the Uruguay squad, it’s hard to know what he’s going to do. With Barcelona, he can just stay in the box to exploit the good delivery. I’m not sure that’s the case with his national team.”But, otherwise, those who can score the most goals during this World Cup are mostly offensive midfielders like Messi or Ronaldo. In fact, these two are the most prolific today.” Oleg Salenko GFXSalenko, who played for the likes of Dynamo Kiev, Valencia and Rangers during his career, would not be disappointed if his record was broken.He added: “It will mean that there was this desire to offer something spectacular. Today, in football, many nations play cautiously, taking few risks.“At that time, in that famous game, if we did not have the desire to win by the highest possible score, we might have scored just three and the managed our lead quietly.”Despite Salenko’s five goals against Cameroon, Russia failed to progress past the group stage in the United States in 1994 and he admits he would have happily swapped his individual achievement for collective success.“I would exchange it immediately, without hesitation,” he said. “When we came back from the World Cup, it’s like I’m on a pedestal, and the rest of the team has been ignored. I would have preferred that the whole collective was put forward.”last_img read more

Revealed: Why Ibrahimovic missed World Cup

first_imgWorld Cup Henrik Larsson reveals why Ibrahimovic wasn’t picked for Sweden at World Cup Chris Burton 20:17 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Zlatan Ibrahimovic Sweden Euro 2016 Getty Images World Cup Zlatan Ibrahimović Sweden v South Korea South Korea Sweden LA Galaxy MLS The Celtic legend claims a fellow countryman was overlooked for Russia 2018 duty as he never requested to come out of international retirement Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed out on a place in Sweden’s World Cup 2018 squad because he never requested to come out of international retirement, claims Henrik Larsson.The enigmatic frontman hinted on a regular basis during the build-up to this summer’s showpiece in Russia that he would step back into the fold for the first time since Euro 2016.At 36 years of age, an iconic figure was considered to still have plenty to offer his country on the grandest of global stages. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Ibrahimovic was, however, overlooked when Janne Andersson settled on a 23-man party, with the former Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United striker denied the opportunity to add to his haul of 116 caps.Celtic legend and former Sweden striker Larsson says the national hero is responsible for his own absence at another major finals, telling ITV Sport: “He never called the coach. That’s what the coach said when he took over.“Zlatan announced his retirement and he said ‘if he wants to come back, he has to give me a call’.“He never called him and that’s why he’s not here.”Ibrahimovic has suggested the Swedish media are responsible for his snub, with the finger of blame pointed in the direction of those who questioned a possible return in a public forum.He said: “I think it’s the biggest party in football, playing the World Cup.”All the best players are there. Zlatan is not there, so… He should be there, but he’s not there.”The media says they [Sweden’s team] are better without me, so that’s why I believe in them.”This is the Swedish media mentality. I don’t have a typical Swedish name. I’m not the typical Swedish attitude, behaviour and that, but still I have the [goal-scoring] record in the national team.”Still I won what I won; still I played in Ajax, Juventus, Inter, Barcelona, [AC] Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and now LA Galaxy.”So, if you don’t know how to do it collectively, why did you play in the biggest teams in the world, and you won? So, I know how to win, trust me. And I do it good.”last_img read more


first_imgAnother snap shot of happenings from around Australia… · A 3400km round trip is on the cards for teams from Kununurra as they head to the North West Touch Championships in Port Hedland on 5th – 6th June. Teams will also travel from Broome, Derby, Karratha, Tom Price, Newman and Paraburdoo. · The TouchWest 18s State squads have met in Perth to begin preparations for the 2004 18 years & Under National Touch Championships and South Australia held their 18 years & Under trials on May 29-30. · 3 weeks today until the Australian Senior teams venture to South Africa, England and Jersey! · Victoria touch have released their new website, looks good! · The Queensland teams for the 2004 State of Origin have been released on the Queensland Touch website; check it out if you’re an interested Queenslander or just a NSW spy. · Queensland will be holding their 2004 Galvin’s Landscaping Junior State Cup in the beautiful Glasshouse Mountains. The tournament will be held from July 9-11, with boys and girls divisions in 11 years and under, 13 years and under, 15 years and under, 17 years and under. · Incidentally, a quick Internet tourism search on the Glasshouse Mountains found that according to Aboriginal legend the mountains form a family, with Tibrogargan being the father at 364 metres and Beerwah being the mother at 555 metres. They had many children – Coonowrin (the eldest), Beerburrum, the Tunbubudla twins, Coochin, Ngungun, Tibberoowuccum, Miketeebumulgrai and Elimbah. Check out the full story on · Central Coast and Newcastle Uni claimed the Mens and Womens Open titles at the 2004 NSW Country Championships, while the Hunter Western Hornets were named Champion Permit and Newcastle City were the Club Champions. Check out the full story or go to the NSW website for more details. · Congratulations to all the `Player of the Final’ recipients at the 2004 NSW Country Championships: Mens Open: Dean Wilbow (Central Coast) Womens Open: Linda Poolman (Newcastle Uni) Womens 18’s: Leica Le Brocq (Tamworth) Mens 18’s: Patrick Smith (Kempsey) Womens 23’s: Rebecca Lang (Wallsend) Mens 23’s: Jason Scott (Wallsend) Mixed Open: Cherie & Darren Marsh (Kiama) Womens O/30’s: Renae Sealey (Wollongong) Mens O/30’s: Nathan Warren (Peninsula) Womens O/35’s: Lyn Eason (Forster) Men’s O/35’s: Robbie McCormack (Newcastle City) Womens O/40’s: Cherie Green (Newcastle City) Mens O/40’s: Mark Koch (Forster Toncurry) Mens O/45’s: Rodney Byrne (Wagga) Men’s O/50’s: Michael Gallagher (Newcastle City) · The Uni of Canberra are continuing their strong touch tradition, leading both the Mens and Womens Premier League competition in ACT touch. All results can be found on the ACT touch website. · Tassie touch will be holding their selection trials for the 2004 Australia Cup; they will be Sunday 13th June in Launceston and Sunday 20th June in Hobart. Contact Tasmania touch for more info. By Rachel Moyle,