Coach slams ‘silly’ match winner Balotelli

first_img“Mario needs to stop taking his shirt off after scoring a goal. Picking up silly bookings is not a good idea in a tournament as difficult as this one,” said Prandelli, having already castigated Balotelli for his sending off in the recent World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic.But as regards the performance, sparked by a sumptuous opening free-kick goal from evergreen cap centurion Andrea Pirlo, Prandelli pronounced himself satisfied with the Italians having shrugged off a limp warm-up draw against Haiti.“It was a very tactical match but we dominated it for the most part. Mexico were trying to get into it on the counter-attack when we made mistakes. But we stopped them from finding their game and dictating the place. That’s what we tried to do and we managed it,” said Prandelli.“Mexico came up against a very solid Italian team.”Italy now head for Recife in the north to meet a Japan side beaten by Brazil in their opening game and coached by fellow Italian Alberto Zaccheroni as they look to keep pace with the Brazilians before their final pool showdown.“He (Zaccheroni) knows us well and how we do things,” said Prandelli. “I know Alberto and we will have to be alert to anything. We are already concentrating on that next match.”Mexico coach Jose Manuel de la Torre said Italy had to thank their “individual” moments of brilliance for their win.“That was what made the difference,” said de la Torre in noting the majestic showing and free-kick finish of Pirlo.“We came up against a very well-organised team with very good players, but it was their individual brilliance which proved the difference between us.“We have a few things we need to work on and now we will focus on the next match against Brazil,” in Fortaleza, de la Torre concluded.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, June 17- Italy coach Cesare Prandelli tore a strip off tearaway striker Mario Balotelli despite the controversial star grabbing the winner in the 2-1 Confederations Cup victory over Mexico at the Maracana.Balotelli sealed the win 12 minutes from time with a fine, muscular finish, but Prandelli was furious after the Milan striker was booked for stripping off his shirt in celebration.last_img read more

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Rotary Clubs raising money to help eliminate polio this weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Both Rotary Clubs in Fort St. John are going to be teaming up to help raise money in the fight towards eradicating a disease that is often assumed to no longer be a problem.Rotary Club of Fort St. John President-elect Raven Pruden said that this Satruday, both his Club and the Sunrise Rotary Club will be bringing world-renown polio survivor Ramesh Ferris to speak at the Lido Theatre about his experiences contracting the disease. Poliomyelitis is an infectious disease caused by the polio virus that causes permanent paralysis in 1 out of 200 cases.Though the first vaccine against the virus was developed in the 1950’s, and Canada last recorded a case of polio in 1978, there were 42 cases of polio recorded in 2016 in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria. The World Health Organization has set a goal of completely eradicating cases of polio infection by 2018.- Advertisement -Pruden said that this weekend’s event will feature Ferris speaking about his experiences, and helping to bring awareness to the fact that the disease has not been completely eradicated the way other deadly diseases such as smallpox have been. The event is by donation, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the End Polio Now campaign. Pruden said that those funds raised will be matched by the federal government and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.The Fort St. John Interact Club is also going to be helping raise money for the End Polio Now campaign on Sunday with a hot drink sale at Save on Foods. The fundraiser is taking place from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, with each drink set to cost one dollar or by donation.End Polio Now is taking place on Saturday at the Lido Theatre. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the presentation beginning at 7:30. Admission is by donation.Advertisementlast_img read more

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MASTERMIND JACK’S SPECIALIST SUBJECT – BEING CAUGHT OUT BY HIS FAMILY!

first_imgJack and his proud familyHe may be Junior Mastermind but you can always trust your family to get one up on you!Young Jack Meenan, 11, was the toast of Castlefin and Co Donegal when he scooped the award on TV3 on Sunday night.But he certainly wasn’t ready for the surprise his granny Olive Byrne arranged at the family’s shop in Liscooley yesterday afternoon. Brains to Byrne! Jack with granny Olive and grandad Pete ByrneJack had enjoyed a great day at St Mary’s National School in Castlefin and received a hero’s welcome from his classmates who spent the whole day watching the show and celebrating Jack’s success.Jack was speechless (and a little red in the face!) when he arrived at the shop to see the poster.And if that couldn’t be topped, he was then interviewed by Rick O’Shea on 2fm this afternoon (rick won the celebrity mastermind earlier in the year)Jack’s dad Derek says he is just thrilled by all the good wishes and is certainly enjoying his moment in the spotlight. “There is such a feeling of goodwill in the local community and county wide, it just couldn’t be a better time to be from Donegal,” said Derek who is helping Jack to celebrate along with mum Edel and younger brother Michael, 7.MASTERMIND JACK’S SPECIALIST SUBJECT – BEING CAUGHT OUT BY HIS FAMILY! was last modified: December 11th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:castlefinfamilyJack MeenanLiscooleyMastermindlast_img read more

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