U17 WC: India v USA Preview

first_img2017 FIFA U17 World Cup: India vs. USA preview – Intrepid hosts set to create history with World Cup bow Ashwin Muralidharan Last updated 2 years ago 14:52 10/5/17 Luis Norton de Matos India U17 training AIFF Media India is all geared up for a historic moment as the boys take on the USA in the FIFA World Cup opener… Neil Armstrong’s words after landing on the moon in 1969 – ‘It’s a small step for a man but a giant leap for mankind’ – would contextually be ringing true when India U17 team take to the field at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru stadium on Friday, October 6th, against USA in their FIFA U17 World Cup opener. For 21 members of the Indian squad, it will be a small but significant step in their careers but for an expectant nation which has never fielded a team in a football World Cup, it will be a giant leap towards realising its dream of competing in the senior World Cup. However, looking past the significance of the momentous occasion, India have a daunting task of pitting their wits against the USA for 90 minutes in their Group A opener. In a group containing Colombia and Ghana as well, Luis Norton de Matos and his boys certainly are the underdogs but will be hoping to put up a creditable show.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Miracles are not expected of the side but a competitive display will be one of Norton de Matos’ primary aims. Against USA, one of the regulars in this competition, it could be a tough night for the colts but the side will be hopeful of giving the Americans a run for their money. India U17 trainingHaving taken over the side only earlier this year, Norton de Matos has made some changes, bringing in some physicality in key positions. India’s first priority on Friday will be to ensure their defensive organisation is perfect against a side which is very strong offensively. But India have been dealt a blow even before the tournament has begun, with full-back Boris Singh unavailable due to a suspension he picked up in the final 2016 AFC U16 Championship group game against Saudi Arabia. But with Jeakson Singh anchoring the midfield and Anwar Ali leading the defence, India will be looking to ensure they do not concede any goals early on at least. However, it does not mean India are toothless in attack. Striker Aniket Jadhav has the pace to burn aplenty and will be a key cog in India’s counterattacks. However, India’s biggest chance of scoring against the Americans might well in a set-piece. With tall defenders like Namit Deshpande and Ali and a skilled free-kick taker in Sanjeev Stalin, Norton de Matos would want to make such situations count against a seasoned team like USA.USA U-17USA, on the other hand, will have designs of making it out of the group stages and emphasis will be on notching a big win against India, perceived to be the weakest team in the group. Under John Hackworth, who already has led the team in the 2005 and 2007 U17 World Cups, the team has been playing an attacking brand of 4-3-3 with emphasis on their front three players, namely Josh Sargent, Ayo Akinola and Timothy Weah. Josh Sargent, especially, has been touted as one of the best prospects in the tournament and keeping him quiet will be quite a task for the Indian defenders. But, the team is suspect defensively, given that both centre-backs, James Sands and Chris Durkin, are playing out of position. Sands is more of a right back or a defensive midfielder while Durkin is also a defensive midfielder. Clearly, USA are not without chinks in their armour but still outplaying them might be a herculean task for the Indians. It must be noted that USA had trounced India 4-0 last year at the All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) Youth Cup in Goa.But, Friday is all about the fact that an Indian team is playing the World Cup for the first time ever. The need of the hour is to savour the moment and worry about the results later. Kickoff is at 8 PM IST.  read morelast_img read more

Who is Gotze’s partner Ann-Kathrin Brommel?

first_imgBorussia Dortmund Who is Ann-Kathrin Brommel? Mario Gotze’s long-term partner profiled Goal 00:31 2/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mario Gotze, Ann-Kathrin Brommel Getty Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga WTF It’s been a tough few years for the Germany international, but he hasn’t had to go through it alone Mario Gotze’s career went into a bit of a tailspin after having failed to make the grade at Bayern Munich following his transfer from Borussia Dortmund.The German World Cup winner’s myopathy diagnosis in 2017 meant he has had to undergo extensive treatment to make it back on to the pitch with BVB, to whom he returned in 2016.But he hasn’t had to go through it alone, as his partner Ann-Kathrin Brommel has been by his side throughout the ordeal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But just who is this lady that makes up one half of one of Germany’s most famous power couples?Who is Ann-Kathrin Brommel?Ann-Kathrin Brommel is a German model born on December 6, 1989 in Emmerich am Rhein. Brommel has two brothers, Sebastian and Nils.As a child she took lessons in singing, ballet and piano before beginning her modelling career at the age of 16.In 2010, Brommel released a music single entitled ‘This Is Me’ under the stage name Trina B and followed up with a second single, ‘Body Language’ in 2011. One year later she participated in the seventh season of Germany’s Next Top Model, where she made it into the top 50.Brommel has also done some voice acting, providing the German dialogue for the female sloth character, Francine, in Ice Age: Collision Course, voiced in English by American actress Melissa Rauch.Like a lot of models, Brommel is an outspoken activist against the use of fur and took part in a 2017 PETA campaign for animal rights.Additionally, Brommel is a supporter of amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS research.Who has Ann-Kathrin Brommel modelled for?Brommel is represented by Metro Models GmbH, a Swiss model management company founded in 2010.Throughout her career she has performed glamours shoots for GQ and FHM magazines and modelled for lingerie brand Lascana, while big brands such as Dior and Cluse watches frequently make appearances on her social media streams.In 2014, Brommel was part of an advertising campaign for Ax body spray (Lynx in the UK) during the World Cup and posed for Lambertz chocolate company’s 2015 calendar.How long has Ann-Kathrin Brommel been with Mario Gotze?Brommel has been in a relationship with Gotze since July 2012, with the former having said in 2014 that she and her partner were still very young but she would love someday to get married.Her wish will soon come true, it seems, with Gotze having proposed in June 2017.The date of their wedding is unknown, but Brommel very recently admitted to scouting around Hamburg for wedding dresses.Where can I find Ann-Kathrin Brommel online?Official website: http://annkathrinvida.de/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/annkathrinvida/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BroemmelAnnkathrin/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzP52id98_8NAJ-8ISPqynQlast_img read more