PlayStation and Xbox Consoles Enter an Epic Fight for $150 Billion Games Arena

first_imgThe two consoles, the first to be released by the two companies for seven years, are eagerly awaited; the Xbox will go on sale on Tuesday, and the PS5 two days later in core markets, costing about $300 (roughly Rs. 22,100) to $500 (roughly Rs. 36,900) apiece.The race to order the devices in advance actually began weeks ago, though blink and you might have missed it. Pre-orders of Sony’s PS5 sold out within minutes on many retail sites, for example, frustrating fans.Julian Mercado, 17, managed to reserve a PS5 from Walmart just minutes after pre-orders started on Sept. 16, knowing he’d be up against a legion of gamers.- Advertisement – The Japanese company’s deep bench of games and broader fan base, it has sold over 100 million PS4s, winning the battle of the previous generation, should see it retain its edge over it American archrival, according to industry experts.“People who own Xbox tend to buy the new Xbox, while people who own PlayStation tend to buy the new PlayStation,” said Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter.Yet the industry is changing and cloud gaming is on the rise, allowing games to be streamed without bulky hardware. This could curb console sales in coming years, analysts say, a shift that could benefit Microsoft.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Think Michelangelo vs Da Vinci. Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. Batman v Superman. Another epic rivalry is rejoined next week when Sony and Microsoft go head-to-head with the next generation of their blockbuster video-game consoles.Sony, whose PlayStation 5 (PS5) takes on Microsoft’s Xbox Series X and Series S, is widely viewed as being in pole position to capitalise on a pandemic-driven boom in consumer spending that has buoyed the $150 billion (roughly Rs. 1,100 crores) video game industry.- Advertisement – “It’s exactly like shopping on Black Friday,” said the high school student from Dallas, who has been playing video games with his dad since he was five. “You show up early, you walk away with something good. You show up too late, you’ll walk away with nothing.”Playing in a pandemicSony might have the edge, but the stakes are high for the Japanese company. Its gaming business is its biggest cash cow; in its fiscal 2019 the division, which includes hardware, software and services, brought in close to a quarter of its roughly $77 billion (roughly Rs. 568,700 crores) group sales and nearly 30 percent of its $7.9 billion (roughly Rs.58,300 crores) operating profit.Microsoft does not break out the results of gaming, though it’s a smaller part of its business than for Sony. It also does not disclose hardware sales but the current Xbox One is estimated by analysts to have sold 50 million units.For the other big hardware player, Japan’s Nintendo, sticking to consoles is paying off with it hiking forecasts last week following elevated demand for its Switch.The PS5 will retail at $499.99 (roughly Rs. 36,900) or $399.99 (roughly Rs. 29,500) for a digital-only version, while the Xbox Series X will sell for $499.99 (roughly Rs. 36,900) and the lower-spec Series S for $299.99 (roughly Rs. 22,100).About 5 million PS5s are forecast to be sold this year, versus 3.9 million of the new Xboxes, according to media research firm Ampere, with combined sales expected to be higher than the previous generation.“The pandemic is expected to transform the US holiday shopping season,” said Jason Benowitz, a senior portfolio manager at Roosevelt Investment Group. “Playing from home has become a way for some to safely socialise.”Sony’s games depth is supported by in-house studios behind exclusives such as Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales. By contrast the new Xbox, say games experts, will lack killer launch titles, with the latest in its flagship Halo series pushed back to next year as the pandemic hits development.Cloud gaming growth could hand the US software giant an advantage in coming years, though. Although both companies have moved to offer services, Microsoft has been more aggressive.Its Xbox Game Pass subscription service has grown rapidly; it offers more than 100 titles including brand-new games and has over 15 million users. Sony has been reluctant to make its hottest titles available on services like PlayStation Now, fearing this could cannibalise sales of big-budget games.‘Demand outstrips supply’The pandemic, while fuelling some demand, has also constrained Sony and Microsoft’s production, according to industry experts, who see shortages stretching into 2021.“Demand will outstrip supply so there’s going to be some people who won’t get a-hold of the console when they want to,” said Piers Harding-Rolls, director of Ampere’s games research.Sony has announced that retailers like Walmart, Best Buy and Target will sell the PS5 exclusively online when it launches on November 12, to prevent people from camping outside stores during a pandemic.Walmart stands to sell as much as $1.1 billion (roughly Rs. 8,100 crores) worth of new consoles by the end of January, according to Wedbush. It dominates the US market along with GameStop, each with a roughly 30 percent share, while sales of consoles at Target and Best Buy comprise about 15 percent apiece, the research firm said.Target said it was working closely with its vendors to secure enough inventory. Some shoppers who had reserved consoles told Reuters that Target had said they may receive them days after the launch date.Walmart said it would start selling the new consoles at launch but declined to comment on whether it would have enough stock to meet demand. Best Buy also declined to comment on whether it would be able to meet demand, while GameStop did not respond to requests for comment.For DeAnthony Thicklin, a casino attendant who reserved his PS5 on Target in September, the priority is to get their hands on a console on the launch day itself.The 25-year-old offered some advice.“Have all your card information set up so the only thing you have to do is click,” he said. “Don’t hesitate. Be quick.”© Thomson Reuters 2020Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.last_img read more

Hoornstra: MLB’s most visible draft feels like a missed opportunity

first_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter The draft is no exception. If you tuned in for the first time, you learned it’s shorter than any previous draft – a mere five rounds compared to the usual 40. (There’s nothing sacred about 40. The first draft, in 1965, lasted 26 rounds. In 1969, the draft lasted 90 rounds.) Ostensibly that’s because drafted players have no place to play; ordinarily they would report to a minor-league affiliate after signing a contract. There’s still some question among teams about where to send their new draftees. This is a more manageable problem when drafting five players instead of 40.The first five rounds naturally produce the best, and the most, future major leaguers. But if the absence of other sporting events made this year’s draft more compelling, other forces are acting in the opposite direction.For one, there hasn’t been a single NCAA baseball game since March 12. The road to the College World Series is littered with future stars, many of whom enjoy weeks on national television in May and June to preview their talents. Among the 21 four-year college players chosen in the first round in 2019, seven played in the College World Series.MLB wisely sought to capitalize on this by moving the 2020 draft from Secaucus to Omaha, the site of the College World Series. The draft was supposed to last 40 rounds, ending Friday. The College World Series was supposed to begin Saturday.Then the coronavirus happened. Therein lies a dark cloud hovering over the most visible draft in baseball history. About an hour before the Detroit Tigers were officially on the clock with the first pick, Rob Manfred sat down for questions. The commissioner was asked to address the immediate future of his league, which is embroiled in a public labor dispute between owners and players, over how and when to resume play amidst a global pandemic.“We’re going to play baseball in 2020,” Manfred said. “One hundred percent.”It was a rare moment of clarity. Everything else about the draft feels shrouded in mystery.MLB had previously proposed reducing the number of affiliated minor league teams under its umbrella. Now, some minor league teams are among the many American small businesses merely hoping to stay financially afloat while they’re forced to cancel games. Under the reported terms of MLB’s plan to eliminate 42 minor league teams, the 2021 draft would have been reduced to 20-25 rounds.The net effect is a paradox. After a dramatically shortened 2020 draft, it’s expected that more college baseball players than usual will return in 2021 to play as seniors. (Undrafted players are limited to a $20,000 signing bonus; this will likely lead more high school players to honor college commitments than usual, too.) That means the class of 2021 will be loaded with unprecedented talent. But if that draft lasts 20-25 rounds instead of 40, there will be fewer professional contracts and less money to go around.Related Articles In 2009, MLB moved its draft into a primetime television slot, and aired the first round live from the MLB Network studio in Secaucus, New Jersey. San Diego State pitcher Stephen Strasburg was the big name going into the draft. He and other first-round hopefuls were invited to attend the event in person. The thought was to mimic the more visible drafts in the NFL, NBA and NHL with the time-honored optics of the commissioner handing a young man a uniform. One problem: only one player bothered to attend. He was chosen 25th overall by the Angels, and this isn’t the first thing our grandchildren will hear when we tell them about Mike Trout.Wednesday, the draft moved back to ESPN for the first time since 2008. MLB Network also aired the event in a separate telecast with its own studio hosts. (Rounds 2-5, held Thursday, will air on MLB Network and ESPN2.) That’s given the 2020 draft a larger media platform than any of its predecessors – a necessary step toward approaching the spectacle of the NFL, NBA and NHL events.Of course, everything is weird right now, in sports and in society. When the NFL held its draft in April, commissioner Roger Goodell couldn’t hand over a single jersey because he was sitting in the basement of his home. The stripped-down event unsurprisingly shattered its previous record for television ratings. It was the closest thing to a live North American sporting event anyone had seen since the Covid-19 shutdown began.Little has changed in the last six weeks. In that regard, baseball couldn’t have picked a better time to hold a draft. The last two months have given us Zoom calls in which fans join players face to face. We’ve seen players square off against each other in their own “MLB The Show” league. We haven’t seen actual baseball games since spring training was postponed, but we’ve seen what the sport can produce with ample time to experiment. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire center_img Angels fail to take series in Oakland, lose in 10 innings Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone It all adds up to a missed opportunity for the league. The primetime slot on ESPN was only made possible by the absence of other sports, made possible by a virus that spread rapidly across the globe. No baseball executive could control those circumstances.The future of minor league baseball has never looked dimmer, and that is within MLB’s control. The draft class of 2020 faces an unprecedented economic landscape if there are fewer affiliated minor league teams a year fro now. If you could ignore that reality for a few hours Wednesday afternoon, the draft made for a pretty good respite.last_img read more

Bushmans Kloof puts community first

first_imgThe role the community has played in the success of the award-winning Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve has been highlighted at the reopening of the family village at the reserve recently.The family village of 126 people is made up of staff members and their familiesBushmans Kloof is a five-star luxury lodge about 200km from Cape Town. Committed to conservation, culture, and advancement of the community, its approach to tourism is being recognised worldwide as “an exemplary model for truly sustainable growth and development”, said Anita Mendiratta, a spokesperson for the resort.The family village of 126 people is made up of staff members and their families. With housing for 26 families, a library with high-speed internet access, and a crèche, it is “a clear expression of, and investment in, the future of tourism through the well being of those who work in the industry”, says Mendiratta.Stanley and Beatrice Tollman, chair of the Travel Corporation and president and founder of Red Carnation hotels, are behind the family village. Its reopening marked the 10th anniversary of the Tollman’s ownership.“At the heart of the initiative was their desire to provide a home for employees and their immediate family, creating a sense of community among the people of Bushmans Kloof, in addition to providing employees with a happy fulfilled work life with genuine career progression,” says Mendiratta.Helen Zille, the premier of the Western Cape who made the keynote address at the opening ceremony, said Bushmans Kloof Family Village was “a glimpse of what the new South Africa can be”.Joining the families and friends of Bushmans Kloof were other dignitaries, including Miller Matola, the chief executive of Brand South Africa; Lorna Scheepers, Clanwilliam’s executive mayor; Alan Winde, the MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism in the Western Cape; as well as special guests from Clanwilliam, the nearest town.The facilities at the family village are based on leading practices for community planning and development, Mendiratta says. The newly built community hall adds to the social space and “beautification of the village”.EXAMPLE OF SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITYThe family village has housing for 26 families, a library with high-speed internet access, and a crècheTaleb Rifai, secretary general of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, has paid tribute to the Tollman family as ordinary South Africans doing extraordinary things for all South Africans.“I am one of those who have the privilege of knowing the Tollmans and have come to admire their integrity and their commitment to tourism and its social responsibility,” Rifai said. He congratulated the Tollman’s for the successful “business and human story” in which they transformed Bushmans Kloof.“The tourism community is privileged to count on entrepreneurs like you, who daily transform tourism into new opportunities and new dreams for their clients, their employees and the communities that host them,” he said. “Bushmans Kloof Family Village, as an example of social responsibility in tourism. It is through initiatives such as this that we can make tourism a true force for the good of all.” Located in one of South Africa’s richest and most beautiful natural and historical environments, Bushmans Kloof has over 7 500 hectares of land nestled in a unique part of the magnificent Cape, which is home to three botanical biomes.Bushmans Kloof made it on to respected international magazine Condé Nast Traveler’s “gold list” for South Africa as one of the world’s best places to stay in 2014. It was rated by readers as the No 1 resort/safari camp in Africa and came third on the “top 100 hotels” in in 2013. in 2009, it won Condé Nast Traveler’s Wildlife Conservation award for integrating sustainable practices into every facet of its operation, with projects including a worm farm to generate compost, installation of solar panels, and the collaring and monitoring of the rare Caracal lynx.last_img read more

Digital storytelling shaping aspiring teachers

first_imgStudents of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology were given a task to share stories of their community, in order for them to identify with one another. These stories capture the challenges they have overcome and aims to shape them as aspiring teachers. A Professor and her colleague initiated a digital stories campaign so that trainee teachers could learner from each others’ lives and understand their learners’. (Image: Janet Condy via The Conversation) Janet CondyFive years ago, some 16 years since the end of apartheid rule in South Africa, I noticed that final year pre-service teachers in the faculty of education rarely mixed across racial lines. They avoided talking, integrating and working with each other.My institution, the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, attracts students from all of South Africa’s race groups. Once they graduate, our teachers work in schools that cater for all of these groups. But, nearly two decades since the country became a constitutional democracy, the “born-frees” seemed to be perpetuating the very racial divisions the anti-apartheid struggle had fought against.I wondered if we could find ways to connect across these divisions. Working with my colleague Daniela Gachago, the Digital Storytelling project was born in 2010.The realityLast year one of our faculty’s alumni shared an experience from the classroom that proved how valuable the project can be. Committed to giving back to the community, he’d chosen a school in a poor area for his first teaching post. There was a rubbish dump next door and through his classroom window he could see people scratching through the trash. He was surprised one day when one pupil, a little girl who’d been adopted, said:“Sir, you see that lady digging in the rubbish dump? She’s my mother!”The teacher understood immediately how important it was to listen to what this little girl had to say; that while her story of growing up in poverty might not be particularly unusual in the bigger picture, it was at the same time utterly unique to her – and it mattered. His response, and his willingness to hear her story, mattered just as much.At the beginning of 2015 our fourth-year education students created 76 stories. Students were provided with the skills and expertise to make a digital story about a social issue close to their hearts. They were divided into small groups, each with a peer facilitator – students from their own class who had undergone additional training.How the project workedWe used participatory learning activities, like having students engage in “story circles”, to help develop the trust needed to share the stories close to their hearts. We also employed a “pedagogy of discomfort” to challenge students to tell the stories that really mattered to them. The stories are all fewer than 500 words long; a brevity which makes them very powerful and which is amplified by the way they’re crafted with visuals and audio.Once made, stories were presented to other students, family and friends at a show day. Some students have given us permission to share their stories on Youtube.Watch the playlist videos of the students’ digital stories here:Lessons learned from this experienceAfter the public show day the students and I reflected on this six-week process. I got their permission to record this session and, drawing from their own words, I grouped some of their more significant comments into five themes:Respect:“When you look [at] someone like a coloured or a white person, you think that he or she doesn’t face the problems that you’re dealing with. And now we realise that we all have problems. Then we have to respect each other for that.”Being human:“Our overall topic [was] ‘what does it mean to be human?’. We’re all human… we all have our issues… so it makes us human.”There was a better connection between the students after this process:“I speak to people that I’ve never spoken to before. It’s actually opened me up a bit more… I have an emotional connection to them because… I related heavily to what they said … they will always be held in some form of amazement.”“My father died this morning… I could have stayed at home, cried or … but I wanted to be here because… it’s nicer to be here than to be alone.”They were able to identify and walk towards their biases:“This friend of mine, she will… say “I don’t like that person”. Then I would say, “Let’s move towards our bias”. It’s working because we get to know other people and we try to understand why the people are like that.”They know each other differently:“I’m more into the whole single story. So when… people say things… maybe look at it from another perspective, from another side and not just be focused in your own little…”“Just because we are from different backgrounds doesn’t mean that we don’t go through the same things… but these stories, you know, they’re common and we’re not actually that different.”The teachers of the futureWe all have stories: stories of hope and joy as well as those of pain and despair. These speak to ways in which our common humanity is divided by race and class, as well as by gender and other forms of social inequality. I believe that if we can find ways to share our stories perhaps we can find ways to rediscover ourselves and others as “being human”.Protests and debates at South African universities in recent weeks underscore just how crucial it is for students to feel heard, understood and valued in academic spaces and beyond.We hope that by sharing their stories our students – the teachers of tomorrow – will be better able to help their own pupils connect across racial divides and be more human.Janet Condy is an Associate Professor in Education at Cape Peninsula University of Technology.She receives funding from the National Research Foundation, Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Study as well as her own institution, the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.This story was originally published on The Conversaton’s webpage.last_img read more

Streamline Your Film or Video Project with an Assistant Editor

first_imgIn this post-production guide, we take a look at maximizing your investment in an assistant editor for your film or video project.For many editors, it can be hard to admit when they need help. However, if you’ve been editing long enough, you know just what you can accomplish in a day — and just how many sleepless nights you can string together — before you have to reach out for additional support.I came up as an assistant editor when I was first starting out, so I can tell you that there are people who can help. As long as they’re duly compensated, and you give them the means to advance their careers, an assistant editor can be a great investment — and a huge help when you’re truly bogged down on an edit.So here are some tips and tricks for streamlining your workflow with an assistant editor.1. Finding Assistant EditorsSpeaking from experience (on both ends of this professional relationship), I’ve found that it’s equally difficult to find work as an assistant editor as it is to find a good assistant editor when you’re looking for one.Your best bet is to connect with some sort of community or institution with a younger, eager pipeline of editors who are fresh enough to have the availability and hungry enough to find new projects to grow their careers.I’d recommend reaching out to nearby universities with film or RTVF programs — or connecting with local filmmaking communities, which might offer internships or job placement programs.2. Clear Project DescriptionWhen you do reach out to any of these resources (or post on job boards), it’s important to define your project and its scope. If your project is difficult to understand, no assistant editor will even know if they want to be involved.A good posting for an assistant editor should lay out what the project is and what the workload will entail — along with a schedule or timeline, what NLE or other platforms they need to use, and anything else you’ll need from them.3. Pay Them for Their WorkThis is the most important rule; ignore it at your own peril — and prepare for very few inquiries and poor results. You might even find yourself called out in film communities for exploiting young editors.Assistant editor rates vary pretty wildly across regions — and according to the individual job specifications. Even if you’re on the most bare-bones budget, try to find a way to compensate your assistant editors at a rate that would be fair to you. Don’t just leverage connections or “exposure” in exchange for actual compensation.4. Define Project Scope and EndingOnce you outline the project for your assistant editor, the most important piece of information to include is the scope of their role and when the work is due.The last thing an assistant editor wants to get dragged into is an endless project that delays their payment or keeps them from taking on new projects. Sadly, this happens far too often, and it’s often the assistant editors, PAs, and other minor stakeholders who suffer the most.5. Keep Communication OpenKeep a line of communication with your assistant editor open at all times. If they are just starting off, they may have more questions than you’re used to answering. If you’re truly hiring an assistant and not a co-editor, you should expect to give as much information, advice, and mentorship as it takes to get the job done.And remember — just because you know a project well (especially if it’s one you shot or have been involved with for some time), it doesn’t mean that the big picture is immediately clear to someone just joining the effort. Take some time, and pay things forward.Cover image via KORNBURUT WORADEE.For more freelance and video editing advice and resources, check out some of these articles.How to Organize a Feature Film Edit Like a ProWhat We Can Learn from Editing with the Coen BrothersThe Editor of Green Book Offers Insight into the Art of Balance6 Great Websites for Finding Video Editing Jobs5 Ways to Sharpen Your Film and Video Editing Perspectivelast_img read more

JJP gets State party status

first_imgThe Election Commission of India has granted the Jannayak Janta Party the status of a recognised State party and the symbol of “key” in Haryana, according to a letter sent by the EC to the party earlier this week.On Wednesday, the EC told the Haryana-based party, currently an unrecognised registered party, that it had met the conditions laid down for recognition of a State party in Haryana. The JJP, formed in December 2018 by a breakaway faction of the Indian National Lok Dal, won 10 seats in the recently-held Haryana Assembly elections and formed the government with the BJP.last_img read more

Selver Forbes chime in on NHIP Finances

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 1, 2016 – Independent Candidate O’Brien Forbes said calling for resignations in the aftermath of the NHIP financial situation is premature and political posturing.The All Island Candidate, who is running as an independent said even an attempt to fix things now would only seem reactionary and like a political gimmick; for Forbes the best move is and I quote, “a thorough audit of the NHIP books be carried for the benefit of the people. NHIP plays a vital role in the lives of our residents and it must remain an institution that is free of the dark shadows of corruption, political chicanery and maladministration.”Clarence Selver; a former Health Minister for the TCI and candidate for the all island race is also chiming in, he thanks Tamera Robinson, the NHIB Interim CEO, for her courage in delivering on the information to Cabinet.Selver called the PNP Government spin doctors in their comments in defense of themselves as the financial reality of a $6 million dollar deficit was last week exposed; Selver said he believes the intention was for the PNP Administration was to raise taxes on the people to pay for the mounting medical bills at the health plan.“This PNP government is saying that NHIP is experiencing financial problems because of increase demand for healthcare.  How come the managers, and the Minister of Health, and the Minister of Finance did not bother to look at the reports years ago, and identify the problems and address them, or did they take a policy position that it does not matter what is happening at NHIP, they would just continue to find the money by taxing the people.”Clarence Selver in a statement to Magnetic Media said there is no excuse for the unhealthy state of affairs and that there should be a breakdown on who is making the demands on health care and he chastised the Health Minister, Rufus Ewing for keeping the financial audit report of the Hospitals away from the House of Assembly and by extension away from the people of these islands.last_img read more

Man shot woman carjacked in Nassau

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 29, 2017 – Nassau – Police also need public help to catch some other shooters; one from an incident on Sunday night where two men, around 10:30pm shot a man standing outside his home on Lilly of the Valley Corner.    With handguns, the pair fled on foot; that man is stable at hospital.A woman was #carjacked by four armed men on the Go Slow Bend around 2am Sunday; taken was that Chevy SD and a cell phone.#MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#carjacked, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

EXCLUSIVE Fassis thoughts about Mexico and Argentina

first_imgInterview by Alejandro Ramirez, cameraman for Ronaldo.comPachuca’s vice-chairman Andres Fassi, spoke exclusively to Ronaldo.com about the similar process that Mexico and Argentina’s national teams have.With the first of two Mexico vs Argentina matches already in the can, Ronaldo.com had a presence in the Mario Alberto Kempes Stadium and had the chance to speak exclusively with Andres Fassi, Mexican Club Pachuca’s vice-chairman.During the short exchange we had with him, the board member revealed that he traveled to his country of origin to watch both national teams and agreed to talk to us about three specific topics related to both national teams.Naturally, being from Argentina, Fassi has a soft spot for his home country but he also feels a deep connection to Mexico as he’s lived in the country for a great part of his life.The most pressing questions we could ask him about were related to the future of both national teams, as well as the new manager for Mexico who is also from Argentina: Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino.Fassi was gracious enough to grant us a couple of minutes of his time outside of the stadium, where he painted us a hopeful picture of what lies in the future for Mexico in the next four years and what he thinks of Argentina’s recently ended process.Echenle un ojo al color del primer partido 🆚 🇦🇷El apoyo de nuestros Incondicionales no podía faltar. 🇲🇽🙋🏻‍♀🙋🏻‍♂#PasiónyOrgullo pic.twitter.com/b8CJYruVQX— Selección Nacional (@miseleccionmx) November 17, 2018The first matter of discussion was El Tri, where Fassi knows practically everybody and where he sends a few of his Pachuca players regularly.To those who may not know, Pachuca currently has the most prolific youth academy in the country and they have brought up players like Hirving Lozano, Erick Gutierrez, Hector Herrera, and many more who still play in Liga MX.“Very well, I think Mexico is right on the brink of having one of the best generations in Mexican football’s history,” said Fassi to Ronaldo.com.“I believe that it’s been long or maybe never, that a process like this where you have between 15 and 18 players between 18 and 23 years old of such a high level.”“We are really very close to having an incredible generation of players, even six or seven of them who are very young and are already playing in Europe which allows you to trust in a process while thinking on the Qatar 2022 World Cup at the same time.”“But Mexico also has six or seven players who are very experienced, people like Ochoa, Guardado, Herrera, these are players with a lot of experience that can be combined with the young talents and put together a competitive side.”“I personally see a very optimistic process for Mexico in the future, that will start in January 2019,” he added.La nota de la #MLS sobre lo que reporta @FerCevallosF de la llegada del Tata a @miseleccionmx 🇲🇽 https://t.co/GqrJETaTTI— Patrick Meehan Nader (@Pixterrey) November 17, 2018Raheem Sterling, EnglandTop 5 best players from the international break weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After a fresh international break just came to an end, we need to talk about the Top 5 best players during this whole weekend.We…When asked about the announcement of Gerardo Martino as the new manager for the Mexican National Team, Fassi didn’t sound too convinced but he still gave his impression on the now former DC United boss.“Frankly I didn’t know he was already confirmed but if you say so, I think Martino is a great manager because he is a great professional,” he continued.“When people ask me about his contractual situation, I always say I have no idea how it is but a manager with his personality would be very positive for Mexico.”“I know Martino very well as a person, as a professional and what he has generated both in football and with the trust that he bestows upon all the young talents.”“The process he has fills all the blanks that are needed for a manager to do well with Mexico.”#SelecciónMayor @nico_taglia fue el encargado de levantar la Copa Adidas 2018 luego del triunfo por 2-0 ante México. pic.twitter.com/TiNZZ5G7tN— Selección Argentina 🇦🇷 (@Argentina) November 17, 2018And lastly, we asked Fassi about the current situation with the Argentina National Team and he compared it with the same process that Mexico is going through.Where many players from an older generation just finished their tenure and a new wave with fresh blood is starting to step forward.“I believe Argentina is in a similar process compared to Mexico, where you have seven or eight players who are ending a very successful process that the major National Team has gone through over the last years,” said Fassi.“They reached the World Cup final in Brazil, they also reached the last two Copa America finals where they haven’t won the trophy but they have always remained on the limelight in every competition.”“I believe that today, it’s time that a younger structure and players who haven’t had more chances can also get their shot. I see two very similar processes between Argentina and Mexico and I feel very optimistic about both,” he concluded.Club Talleres de Cordoba president, Andres Fassi, believes former Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino would be a great manager for Mexico.Do you think this is a good next step for the ex-Blaugrana boss? pic.twitter.com/2gqDKQOMFc— Ronaldo.com (@ronaldocomint) November 19, 2018Do you agree with Andres Fassi, do Mexico and Argentina have a similar process with their National Teams? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Nemanja Matic suffers a longterm injury blow at Man United

first_imgCaretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Nemanja Matic is out of today’s clash with Liverpool in the Premier League and will likely be sidelined for “a couple of weeks”.The 30-year-old midfielder has featured in 12 of Solskjaer’s 13 games in charge of Manchester United and will surely be missed in their big clash with rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford.Taking Matic’s place in the midfield is Scott McTominay after the Serbian was forced to withdraw due to an injury he sustained in training during the week.“He [Matic] got injured during one of the training sessions a few days ago,” Solskjaer told MUTV.”We tried to get him fit for the game but it was not to be. He will probably be out for a couple of weeks, but we will manage without him.”We tried to get him fit for the game but it was not to be. He will probably be out for a couple of weeks, but we will manage without him.“Scott has played in these games before. He is an Academy kid who knows the importance of this game. He has got some of the same attributes that Nemanja has, so I am sure he will slot in there and do well.”Matic was signed from Chelsea in 2017 by Jose Mourinho and has been an ever-present figure in the United line-up ever since.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.But now Matic could be absent for United’s Premier League games against Crystal Palace and Southampton this week along with the return leg of their last-16 Champions League clash at Paris Saint-Germain on March 6, where Solskjaer’s side must overturn a 2-0 aggregate deficit.Although former assistant coach Rene Meulensteen recently spoke out against the Serbian by claiming that he’s too slow to be a decent midfield partner for Paul Pogba.Meanwhile, David de Gea has replaced Sergio Romero in goal for United’s game today against Liverpool.Team-Line UpsManchester United: De Gea, Young (captain), Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw, Herrera, McTominay, Pogba, Mata, Lukaku, Rashford.Subs: Romero, Bailly, Alexis, Lingard, A. Pereira, Fred, Dalot.Liverpool: Alisson, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Henderson (captain), Fabinho, Mane, Salah, Firmino.Subs: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Keita, Lallana, Shaqiri, Sturridge, Origi.last_img read more