Striker Prancis, Andre-Pierre Gignac merayakan bersama rekan-rekannya setelah mencetak gol ke gawang Kep. Faroe di ajang kualifikasi PD 2010 di, 12 September 2009. AFP PHOTO/FRANCK FIFE
Liputan6.com, Meksiko City – Salah satu yang unik dari sepak bola adalah selebrasi pemain yang dilakukan usai mencetak gol. Tak jarang, para seniman lapangan hijau menunjukkan selebrasi yang aneh hingga punya nilai historis. Pecinta sepak bola mungkin masih ingat dengan selebrasi joget ala legenda Kamerun, Roger Milla. Atau yang terkini selebrasi lompat dan teriak sembari membelakangi tribun ala Cristiano Ronaldo.
Nah, kali ini, selebrasi unik datang dari striker asal Prancis, Andre Pierre Gignac saat membantu timnya, Tigres menang 4-1 mengalahkan America, di Liga Meksiko. Usai menyumbang gol, Gicnac menampilkan selebrasi jurus Kamehameha meniru tokoh Son Goku dalam komik legendaris Dragon Ball. Bagi Gignac, keputusan untuk merantau ke Meksiko memang terbukti tepat. Di musim pertamanya bersama Tigres, Gicnac sukses menyarangkan 20 gol dari 29 kali penampilan.
Dia pun membantu Tigres menjuarai Liga Apertura 2015.
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Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has aimed a not-so-subtle dig at former manager Jose Mourinho, praising interim manager Guus Hiddink for changing the atmosphere at the club as soon as he joined and expressing hope the Dutchman stays on past the end of the season. As reported by MailOnline s Sam Cunningham, he added the players feel more relaxed than they did before:
From day one, since Guus has come in, the atmosphere has changed. The players feel more relaxed, people know what their jobs are and people are getting on with their jobs in a more relaxed way. And a way they can perform very well. He has given responsibility to people and expects them to thrive on it and make sure they do it in way where they feel comfortable.
I think that is what the players are showing now. When you come into the training ground, the players are more relaxed, he doesn t get into people s business, he gets on with his own thing and players feel very comfortable and know exactly what to do so when he gets on the training pitch, he doesn t need to speak.
I want him to stay. It is the choice of the owner, the club and the board. They will have to decide. But if you speak to the players, 98 or 99 per cent of them want him to stay so I mean, we are very happy, we are performing well and let s hope this continues.
Per Cunningham, the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge during the final weeks of Mourinho s tenure was anything but pleasant, as the Special One routinely berated his players. He at one point described the defending of John Terry and Kurt Zouma as a betrayal and appeared to openly fall out with striker Diego Costa, who even launched a bib in his direction. The situation reached a boiling point following the 2-1 loss against Leicester City in December, per the Guardian s Stuart James. Mourinho went off on his own team, to the disbelief of former Liverpool star Dietmar Hamann:
Since he was sacked and Hiddink was appointed as a temporary replacement, the Blues have rediscovered their form, and several key players are suddenly playing up to their potential again. Costa, arguably the team s biggest flop of the first half of the season, is again scoring at an impressive rate, and his stats so far in the new year speak for themselves, per Squawka Football:
As reported by the Guardian s Alan Smith, Mikel doesn t think that s a coincidence: You can see Diego.
It takes a lot to get Diego in a good mood. Others have started hitting their stride as well. Midfielders Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic have performed much better of late, and even winger Eden Hazard seems like he s starting to turn the corner.
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While the Blues haven t been perfect they still sit just 12th in the Premier League standings they ve lost just a single match since Hiddink took control of the team. Mikel s claim 98 or 99 per cent of the players want him to stay is a bold one, and Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph couldn t help but have some fun with it:
But it s hard to deny the Blues look like a completely different team under the Dutchman, and after a disastrous first half of the season, the players have to relish the fact they can breathe easily once again and work with a manager who doesn t throw them under the bus at seemingly every turn. For now, Hiddink appears unlikely to stay at the club past the end of this season, but if he finds some unexpected success and maybe even some silverware, that could change in a hurry.
Matuidi outshines foreign imports of PSG
Zlatan Ibrahimovic one of his best games Knockout had , ngel Di Mar a the opportunity with the kind of delicate touch, rooms that ask Manchester United supporters will have left, where everything went wrong, Edinson Cavani took his chance to settle the first leg in Paris Saint-Germain favor1 with confidence, Lucas Moura caught the eye with his twinkle toes and Marco Verratti was typical velvety in midfield. But packaged in a team with star quality, one of the outstanding achievements came from Blaise Matuidi, who seems never to go near a bad game, overwhelming Chelsea to have with its impressive mix of strong running and clever passing. Matuidi has the Parc des Princes come during his five years many quality midfielders and go see and it is a rare thing at PSG, a French player who has survived the influx of foreign leagues, the challenge of feeding of the printing and development one of the best players in his position in Europe. He came from St. Etienne when PSG funded at the beginning of their Qatari developing as a European mega-power was at a time, Lille, Lyon and Marseille in France three representatives in the Champions League were and the dizzying amount of expenditure of the PSG on a-list talent means that it has not been a surprise, when opportunities for Matuidi had become scarce, considering how Yohan Cabaye worked for 18 months before after looking leaving regular starts for Crystal Palace. Adrien Rabiot, a product of the youth system has also asked if the grass is greener elsewhere would still Matuidi has flowered form with Verratti and Thiago Motta a crucial part of an impressive midfield trio. Others are in the headlines, but engage PSG hopes of successfully defending their 2-1 lead in the second leg at Stamford Bridge on 9 March and the last reached eight for the fourth consecutive year improved when Matuidi has other influential game. JS2
Zenit fail ground running
Perhaps it was understandable that Zenit St.
Petersburg a shadow da Luz were off color at the Est dio on Tuesday night, of Jonas succumbing to a late goal3 in their first competitive match since 9 January. The Russians need a little time to relax their limbs shake his head clear and rid any yet received rust after their summer break and the challenge for Andr Villas-Boas, to ensure that its players are physically and mentally ready for the second leg against Benfica in three weeks, when they tried to overtake a 1-0 deficit and reach their first Champions League quarter-finals. Zenit breezed through a weak group, winning five of their six games, but they were heavily against Benfica, deprived ideas being forced forward to play with 10 men when Domenico Criscito was sent for a second booking and punished when Jonas in Nicol s Gait n-kick in stoppage time passed. You have to play with more ambition in the second leg. Without an away goal to take back Russia, Zenit will be a Sucker Punch vulnerable, however, and it is imperative that they find the right balance between defense and attack. Benfica be carefully observed, looking for signs of despair, waiting for the perfect moment to pounce. JS4
freeze Gent on its biggest night but keep somehow alive bind
In terms of quality, it was terrible. In terms of entertainment it was brilliant. On the biggest night in the humble history of the club, it took 80 minutes Gent play against Wolfsburg to start, maybe if they believed that the tie was out of sight5 .
She coughed several cheap balls on in midfield and saw the opening hour nervous. When Max Kruse House of Bundesligist the third object hidden in an hour, and later hit a post a few minutes, it looked like the best Gent could hope would be a cricket score can be avoided. But the first Belgian side s Champions League first knockout round rallied to reach and made the most of error-strewn defending a Wolfsburg team bereft of confidence and with a boring second-choice goalkeeper between the posts the tie alive. dozens scouts were on Ghelamco Arena a view of the outsider against the throwing underachievers, but they were hardly take away a lot from him. Julian Draxler, the shooter of Wolfsburg s first two goals (the first move a delightful team, the second is a tremendous solo run looking to finish with a nutmeg and a cast finish) and previously to have been on the radar of Arsenal among others was the only first-class performer. Wolfsburg is felt despite scoring three away goals disappointed, but it would take a further surrender until they are knocked out. Based on the recent results first leg, they have a 96.9% chance of progressing. although not expected on this evidence, they trouble any of the big teams. A S6
Have we Totti the European swansong just seen?
Maybe it s time, happy to count us.
The Roma captain Francesco Totti, in oversized shorts, ran against Real Madrid for what his last Champions League could be swan song. The Italian, who has spent his entire 23-year career with the Giallorossi , resulted in the final three minutes of their 2-0 defeat to Real Madrid7 . Totti is preparing slowly for retirement, according to his wife Ilary Blasi. The time has come, she said last month. Francesco will be 40 next year.
Real Madrid not directly in the Gal ctico era more. Lucas V zquez and Jes came through the youth system Madrid, known as La F brica and full-back Dani Carvajal has been since the age of 10 years at the club, although all are light years away from down in club history. How nice it would be if a club the size of Madrid could be again propped up by their own local heroes. Ra l, Guti and Iker Casillas, among others, celebrated steer endless silverware in recent years to Madrid. Totti and Roma have some fun to share.
The bond between Totti and Roma is charming and perfectly synchronized. For now Totti is one of the few one-club men allowed to stand still, and we should cherish it, as long as it goes. BF8
Benfica Renato Sanches is in the minority of Zenit St Petersburg player.
A Benfica fan during their Champions League match against Zenit in Lisbon.
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- ^ to settle the first leg in Paris Saint-Germain favor (www.theguardian.com)
- ^ Champions League were (www.theguardian.com)
- ^ of Jonas succumbing to a late goal (www.theguardian.com)
- ^ Benfica (www.theguardian.com)
- ^ they believed that the tie was out of sight (www.theguardian.com)
- ^ Wolfsburg (www.theguardian.com)
- ^ their 2-0 defeat to Real Madrid (www.theguardian.com)
- ^ Real Madrid (www.theguardian.com)