Real make unhappy Spurs boss Poch No1 target to replace under-fire Zidane

first_imgMAURICIO POCHETTINO remains a top target for Real Madrid as the La Liga giants consider Zinedine Zidane’s future.The Frenchman eased the pressure tap on his second stint at the Bernabeu with a win over Sevilla at the weekend but big concerns remain over his management.2 Pochettino has continually sent ambitious messages over Spurs’ spendingCredit: Getty – ContributorAnd, should Real dispense with Zidane, the Mirror claim Pochettino is their No1 preference to replace him.Although he is on a five-year, £8.5million contract in North London, the former defender has hardly cut the most joyous figure in recent months.The Champions League final saw him publicly question his own commitment to thrifty Spurs and he insinuated victory over Liverpool may have led to him calling it a day.Results in 2019/20 won’t have improved his mood much either with important leads against Arsenal, Olympiacos and Leicester surrendered in recent weeks.In fact, when questioned about whether he will ever take over Real while attending Monday night’s The Best FIFA Awards, Poch replied: “Maybe some year.”Madrid club president Florentino Perez is described as a big admirer of the Argentine and his connection to Barcelona’s local rivals Espanyol may sweeten the deal with the fans. Latest La Liga NewsGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaPicturedKING OF SWINGBale pulls golf pose at training in jibe at critical Real Madrid fansWALKING A FINE LINERonaldo vs Messi ‘not close’ says Lineker as he gushes over Barca iconSET IN HIS WAYSSetien moans that five subs will ruin Barcelona plan of wearing teams downGossip’DEAD’ PAULPogba’s proposed £15m-a-year Real transfer risks wage row after virus pay cutNEY-MBER TWONeymar is second best player in world ahead of Ronaldo, claims ex-Barca chiefTHAT OLD TRICKMessi could leave Barcelona on free via exit clause to allow Old Boys returnGossipNO BALE OUTGareth Bale’s Real Madrid future in limbo with NO firm transfer offers yetThe recent 1-0 win over Sevilla sent Los Blancos back towards the top of La Liga after only winning one of their opening three games.Zidane’s legacy at the club predominantly survives off his Champions League success though and the opening matchday defeat to Paris Saint-Germain set alarm bells ringing in the Spanish capital.Les Parisiens ran out 3-0 winners at Parc des Princes as Real put in a severely lacklustre display on their first European outing since falling to a shock last-16 exit at the hands of Ajax last season.2 Zidane received a boost on the weekend but questions remainCredit: AFP or licensorsMauricio Pochettino tells Spurs to change job title from manager to ‘coach’ in bizarre transfers outburstlast_img read more

Kavan, Rohan Make Scholar All-Region Team

first_imgRohan, a midfielder who was named to the All-MVC First Team in 2018 and 2019, recorded two goals and one assist this season. She scored the game-winning goal in Drake’s 1-0 victory over Valparaiso in the MVC Tournament, which helped earn her a spot on the MVC All-Tournament Team for the second year in a row. KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Two Drake University women’s soccer players – Cassie Rohan and Vanessa Kavan – earned places on the United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-Region teams, the organization announced Monday. Rohan received second-team distinction while Kavan was honored with third-team recognition. A senior from Palatine, Ill., Rohan maintains a 3.52 GPA as a marketing major and is scheduled to graduate in the spring. Kavan, a redshirt senior from Lincoln, Neb., recently graduated with a 3.98 GPA in marketing. She was recognized as a member of the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team for the second-consecutive year and was featured as the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week on Sept. 26. Kavan also collected Academic All-District honors this year and received the State Farm MVC Good Neighbor Award. On the field, Kavan contributed to seven shutouts as a defender. She was selected to the All-MVC First Team after registering two goals and a team-best three assists this season. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

The Man Behind Mr. Majestic

first_imgAuthor Zac O’Yeah, whose third and final book in the Majestic trilogy and travelogue A Walk Through Barygaza: The Ancient Greek Port Town of India, was published recently, has spent close to 25 years in India exploring its culture, country, people, and food. What brought him to India is a need to leave his “small and boring Scandinavian country” — Sweden — behind for more colorful shores.“I was immediately taken – it is such a rich country with a great heritage, and every new day is an adventure,” he tells Little India. “Also, I found the people I met in India so inspiring and enterprising that I married one of them.”The Majestic trilogy, first published in 2012, follows Hari, a detective and a hero for hire. The character is an “unofficial trouble-shooter of town, the Mr Fix-It, the person to go to with problems that cannot be solved by any other means,” says O’Yeah. While Hari wants to become a hero on the silver screen, his job as a detective takes him to shady lanes, motels, and the hustle-bustle of the Bengaluru city, which is a character in itself in the novel.“My books are comical detective novels written in the vein of Bollywood cinema,” O’Yeah says.Apart from the Majestic series, the Swedish author also writes and translates in his mother tongue. “Working in two languages may seem a lot, but actually anybody one meets in a city like Bengaluru, where I live, is conversant in so many languages that I feel quite inferior: most people speak English and Kannada and Hindi and often some other south Indian languages as well. I think it is this exposure to the linguistic riches of India that emboldened me to write in two languages as well.”His writing process has evolved since he began the vocation, and now he starts writing in English to show his Indian friends, who help him iron out the small details. O’Yeah finds writing for the Indian audience a liberating experience, since he doesn’t have to explain small details like masala dosa to them, something he has to constantly do for foreign readers.In his own way, he promotes India by translating interesting Indian books to Swedish so that “people there can get a better understanding of the country.” As a creative person who is fond of traveling, he loves the variety of landscapes that India has to offer.“There’s such a rich variation in cultures, for example food is so different depending on whether you travel to the north or the south or the east or the west. India is just an endless source of amazement, so I can never get bored here,” he says.Like his fictional hero, O’Yeah wants to make a name in the movie business in India, but as a writer and not on the screen.“Someday I might take the step into Bollywood cinema, or Sandalwood, or Tollywood, or Kollywood… In fact, I’m negotiating a new movie project as we speak,” he tells Little India. While he has a few movie projects on the cards, he says that it is much more difficult than writing a book.O’Yeah, when not working on books or movie scripts, is engaged in teaching a creative writing course at an arts institute called Shoonya, situated near the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens.“I’ve noticed that lots of people want to write books nowadays – whether it be novels or autobiographies or other types of writing – and so I thought that they might be helped by having a place where they can go and learn the tricks of the trade. So at the institute, some nine writers from the city teach everything from screenwriting to poetry as well as different forms of non-fiction,” he says. He teaches thriller writing and travelogues.The creative writing workshop has hosted writers such as Ramachandra Guha, Vivek Shanbhag, Sugata Srinivasaraju and Lavanya Sankaran as speakers, and will soon feature Maya Jayapal, Anita Nair and others. O’Yeah also enjoys the literary festivals in the country since writers are approachable here while in the West it is a very formal set-up. One has to stand in a queue for hours to just get an autograph from a favorite author, he complains.He is looking forward to get the autograph of a Swedish writer who is soon going to visit the Jaipur Literature Festival. Some Swedish authors that he recommends for Indian readers are John Ajvide Lindqvist, Johan Theorin and Kjell Eriksson — all thriller writers.“Sweden has produced a lot of great thrillers and spooky novels, there’s hardly a village in the country which hasn’t become the setting of some sort of fictional adventure. Actually, one of the things I try to teach in the creative writing workshops is that India is full of exciting locations for fiction writers – because currently most writers set their stories in Mumbai and other major cities, which is sort of getting overused and too familiar,” he says.The boom in thriller writing has led to an increase in tourism to smaller towns in Sweden. “So if a similar trend started in India, it could be very good for the economy.”O’Yeah has mostly good things to say about the country except the “bureaucracy around everything.” That he finds a bit mind-boggling and baffling. And “cute” in its own way. Related ItemsBengaluruSwedenlast_img read more