27 Oct
2019

Newcastle seal Barreca loan from Monaco

first_imgNewcastle United have completed their first piece of January transfer business with a deadline day loan deal for Monaco left-back Antonio Barreca, on a six-month contract.The former Italy youth international arrives at St James’ Park from Ligue 1 on a temporary basis, with a view to a permanent deal in the summer if his stint meets expectations.The 23-year-old only joined Monaco last summer but the French outfit has suffered a tumultuous 2018-19 campaign that has seen them both hire and fire Thierry Henry as head coach. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Speaking to the club’s NUTV channel following his arrival, Barreca expressed his excitement at linking up with the Magpies, admitting the lure of the club’s legacy and the Premier League was too good to pass up.“I am very happy to be here,” he stated. “I have accepted this challenge with a great deal of enthusiasm and I can’t wait to start.“I know that Newcastle is a big and historic club. I know that the people here really love football and that the fans are really behind the team.“I think that the Premier League is the best league, so for me, this is further motivation to do well.”Newcastle United are pleased to confirm that defender Antonio Barreca has joined the club on loan for the rest of the season, with an option to buy, from @AS_Monaco.Full story: https://t.co/ly3BJbHdUZ #NUFC pic.twitter.com/afB0RPiOCL— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 31, 2019Barreca’s arrival is the first official arrival at the club this January, though the signing of Atlanta United star and Paraguay international Miguel Almiron is also expected to be confirmed later today.Commenting on his latest acquisition, manager Rafa Benitez, who has previously expressed his frustration at the lack of transfer action on Tyneside, added: “The left-back/left-wing-back position is one we’ve been looking to strengthen for a while.“He’s an Italy under-21 international who we know has quality, good delivery and is good going forward. He has the attributes, he has the quality and he has the characteristics that we look for.“Now we must see how quickly he can adapt, but we will try to help him and if he can give us more competition in this area, and more quality in the final third with his deliveries, the only thing I can see is a positive.”Newcastle, who delivered a shock victory over champions Manchester City on Tuesday, travel to face Tottenham at Wembley this weekend.last_img read more

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22 Sep
2019

Catchup Wednesday 3 midweek longreads

first_img2. Returning from warTom Woods fought in the Iraq War, but on his return he fought another battle. Grappling with alcoholism, and struggling with life without war, he and his wife Candy found their relationship at risk. A journalist and photographer from the LA Times followed their lives for 18 months to see how things progressed. (LA Times)Approximately 33 minutes reading time – 6663 wordsShe knew he drank too much, but she also knew he had experienced terrible things during his 14 months in Baghdad in 2007 and 2008. As part of the “surge,” the 1-4 Cavalry patrolled bomb-laden roads and went door-to-door hunting insurgents. She understood only a little of what he’d seen.3. Abuse survivorsMark Vincent Healy writes about the hurdles that survivors of child sexual abuse face when seeking justice. He tells Opinion & Insight that they are not met with understanding or sympathy in Irish courts, and that survivors of clerical abuse, for example, are at risk if they remain silent and at risk if they break silence. (TheJournal.ie)Approximately 4 minutes reading time – 846 wordsSo many re-traumatised by the very procedures of their redress are suffering premature death and suicide. Is there justice in exposing such survivors to the high risks of suicide or attempted suicide as evidenced from such tragic cases? It is time to end the silence and abject failures to relieve those suffering life-long distress from clerical child sexual abuse.Want some more longreads? Then check out Sitdown Sunday> IT’S MIDWAY THROUGH the week and you want to get up to speed on the latest news topics and catch up on opinions and insights.We’re here to help you do just that, with our three midweek longreads:1. Pinochet’s powerCarmen Quintana was just 18 years old when she was set on fire during an anti-government protest in Chile. It was during the first of two days of nationwide strikes against Augusto Pinochet, and saw Carmen seriously injured by his police force. She tells the BBC what happened next. This weeks marks 40 years since his military coup. (BBC)Approximately 7 minutes reading time – 1449 words “They grabbed Rodrigo first and threw him to the ground, kicking him. They put me up against the wall and searched me. I could see Rodrigo lying there, bleeding. They said to me, ‘What were you doing, where were you going?’ I said, ‘Going to the university, to study.’ They swore at me and hit me with the butt of their machine guns. I began to cry.”last_img read more

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