Published: October 25, 2018 1:59:30 pm
Former Manchester United and Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie on Thursday said that he is set to retire from football at the end of season. The 35-year-old Dutch forward, who scored 50 goals in 102 appearances for the Netherlands, said that it is time for him to hang up his boots. Speaking to Dutch publication AD, Persie said, “When I have to stop? That is probably at the end of this season. I will be 36 years old and will have been a professional for 18 years. From the age of five, I’ve only been involved in football.”
Persie, who is currently playing for his childhood club Feyenoord said that he started enjoying the game at the Dutch club. “I also do not believe that my return to Feyenoord has only been successful if we win the title. How is it successful? This is actually it, if you look at the whole picture. I had lost the fun. That’s not how I wanted to end, without pleasure. The fun has returned at Feyenoord,” he said.
He further added that he wanted to share his experiences with the youngsters. “I want to win as a football player and the cup win was nice, but that is not the measurement between whether it is successful or not. I wanted to give something back, share my experiences. I am trying to help my fellow players,” he said.
“I see it as broader than just winning a title or not. That is the goal, that is what the club also say, but whether or not we win a title is not decisive for me on whether my return is successful or not,” Persie added.
During his time in England, Van Persie won an FA Cup title with Arsenal before joining Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United in 2011. At Old Trafford, he led the Red Devils to the title in the 2012 season. In 86 appearances for the club, he scored 48 goals. In 2015, he joined Fenerbahce, before returning to Feyenoord in Januar 2018.
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Published: September 25, 2018 6:48:39 pm
Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk faces a fitness test to be ready for Wednesday’s League Cup clash with Chelsea, while fellow defender Dejan Lovren is available after shaking off a pelvic injury, manager Juergen Klopp said on Tuesday. Van Dijk sustained a knock to an earlier rib injury and was substituted in the second half of Liverpool’s 3-0 victory over Southampton on Saturday, a result that left the early Premier League pace-setters with six wins from as many games.
“He is much better. It’s still a bit painful, nothing else,” Klopp told reporters ahead of the League Cup third round clash at Anfield. “We will see how we deal with that. It’s not too serious, but it’s not nothing, so that needs to settle for sure. We will see how he is today and make a decision about him.”
If Van Dijk is ruled out, the experienced Lovren could fill in. The 29-year-old has not played this season after aggravating an earlier pelvic injury during Croatia’s march to the World Cup final in Russia in July.
“Dejan looks quite good. He trained completely normal now four times. He worked with the fitness guys before that for 10 days. He looks ready,” Klopp added. Klopp said first choice goalkeeper Alisson would be rested with Simon Mignolet taking his place. The German, however, said he would field a strong side against Maurizio Sarri’s team.
“It’s a competition we like… It’s a difficult draw for both teams. It’s not that you think the first two-three rounds you go through somehow, and from the semis on it starts getting exciting… It’s a home game against a very strong side, so it’ll be really interesting.”
Liverpool return to Premier League action on Saturday, when they face Chelsea for the second time this week, away at Stamford Bridge.
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Jamaica Tallawahs vs St Kitts and Nevis PatriotsA power-packed 84 by Rovman Powell proved insufficient for Jamaica Tallawahs as Chris Gayle (41 in 24) and Rassie van der Dussen (45 in 24) combined to take St Kitts and Nevis Patriots to a thrilling five-wicket win (DLS method) at Warner Park in Basseterre. The win helped Patriots move to nine points on the table and secure a spot in the CPL 2018 playoffs.
The victory though looked far-fetched at the halfway stage when the Tallawahs led by Powell’s 40-ball 84 amassed 206 for 6 in their 20 overs. With rain making frequent appearances the target was brought down to 118 from 11 overs which was chased down by the hosts with five balls to spare.
The Patriots, crucially, made an explosive start to their run-chase with Chris Gayle setting the tone with four fours in the first over. Despite losing Evin Lewis for a first-ball duck, the run-rate did not slip with Gayle joined by van der Dussen to take the score to 65/1 from 6.3 overs when the rain came.
That strong position meant that the DLS calculation gave Patriots a fighting chance when the innings was reduced to 11 overs after the rain cleared. A further 53 runs were required in 27 deliveries when play resumed. Gayle and van der Dussen forged a 53-run stand before the former fell for 41, Ben Cutting then was accounted for first ball and things started to become trickier for the hosts.
However, van der Dussen and Mahmudullah (28* in 11) staged a stunning partnership to take their side over the line in 10.1 overs.
Earlier, opting to field, Patriots struck early with Fabian Allen getting rid of Johnson Charles for 13. However, Glenn Phillips paced his inning beautifully with enroute a 29-ball 40 before falling to Alzarri Joseph.
Powell was the star with his highest T20 score of 84 and was ably supported by David Miller’s 32 from 20 in a partnership of 79 in seven overs. Powell struck 11 fours and four sixes during his knock while Miller was equally efficient hitting two fours and a six. However, it wasn’t enough in the end.
St Kitts & Nevis Patriots 118/3 (van der Russen 45*, Gayle 41, Mahmudullah 28*, Zampa 1/18) beat Jamaica Tallawahs 206/6 (Powell 84, Phillips 40, Miller 32, Cutting /29) by seven wickets (DLS method, Target: 118 from 11 overs).
Barbados Tridents vs St Lucia Stars
A superb all-round show by St Lucia Stars helped them record a crucial six-wicket win over Barbados Tridents at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown.
The Stars bowlers first restricted Tridents to a below-par 135 for 7 in their 20 overs, before Chandrapaul Hemraj (37), David Warner (42 not out) and Lendl Simmons (24 not out) all contributed in taking the visitors to the target in 17.3 overs.
Stars’ decision to field first was vindicated with Christopher Lamont and Kesrick Williams accounting for Dwayne Smith (16) and Martin Guptill (9) early. Hashim Amla scored a patient 34-ball 35 but with regular wickets falling the Tridents’ innings never managed to take flight.
Lamont, Williams and Obed McCoy all chipped in with two wickets each to restrict Tridents.
Stars lost Andre Fletcher (5) early in the chase to Mohammad Irfan who soon accounted for Rakheem Cornwall (18) as well. But, Hemraj and Warner forged an important 56-run stand for the third wicket to take the visitors closer.
Warner, in particular, curbed his natural instincts to score a 42 in 45 balls but was unbeaten till the end to shepherd his side to the target.
Barbados Tridents 135/7 in 20 overs (Hashim Amla 35; Christopher Lamont 2-21) lost to St Lucia Stars 136/4 in 17.3 overs (David Warner 42*, Chandrapaul Hemraj 37; Mohammad Irfan 2-22) by six wickets.
First Published: September 3, 2018, 11:44 AM IST
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