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Boyz brace for chilly South Korea battle

first_imgSEOUL, South Korea (CMC):Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz went through the final practice session yesterday as they put the finishing touches on their preparation for their international friendly against South Korea here today.The contest is expected to be a tough one for the Caribbean side, with South Korea ranked 53rd in the latest FIFA rankings, and Jamaica ranked four spots below.Also, South Korea have been in imperious form in their World Cup Qualifying (WCQ) campaign and currently sit on top of the standings in the second round of the Asian zone, with four wins from as many games. They are preparing to face bottom-placed Myanmar in their next qualifier next month.troubled startJamaica, meanwhile, had a troubled start to their World Cup qualifying campaign in the CONCACAF zone, going down 3-2 to Nicaragua in the first leg before scrambling a 2-0 win in the away leg in Managua, in order to reach the fourth round.Since their arrival here last weekend, the Jamaicans have battled wintry weather in practice, and temperatures are forecast to plunge to around 158C around game time, slated for 8 p.m. (6 a.m. Jamaica time).Jamaica have been boosted by the inclusion of strikers Giles Barnes of the Houston Dynamo and Darren Mattocks of Vancouver Whitecaps, both of whom were part of the successful squad at the CONCACAF Gold Cup in July.Mattocks has been in superb form, scoring in Jamaica’s last four encounters – both WCQ games against Nicaragua last month, and against Mexico and the United States in the preceding CONCACAF Gold Cup final and semi-final.The Reggae Boyz, the highest-positioned Caribbean side in the FIFA rankings, will use the South Korea game as final preparation for their campaign in the World Cup qualifying fourth round.They have been installed in Group B alongside Costa Rica, Panama and Haiti, and begin their campaign on November 13 against Panama at home in Kingston.JAMAICA SQUAD: Rosario Harriott, Lee Williamson, Simon Dawkins, AndrÈ Clennon, Allan Ottey, Michael Seaton, Deshorn Brown, Shaun Cummings, Jermaine Woozencroft, Ryan Thompson, Adrian Mariappa, Hughan Gray, Joel Grant, AndrÈ Blake, Lance Laing, Giles Barnes, Darren Mattocks, Upston Edwards, Errol Stevens, Ricardo Morris.last_img read more

Buffon would like to stay a second season at PSG

first_imgAt PSG, he has split goalkeeping duties with Alphonse Areola, who was part of the France squad that won the World Cup last summer.“If Alphonse and the club want it, I would stay another season here, but for the moment, it’s important to stay focused on the objective, the match in Lyon, then Bordeaux and after that Manchester,” Buffon said.Runaway Ligue 1 leaders PSG visit third-placed Lyon on Sunday and take on Manchester United in the last 16 of the Champions League on February 12 and March 6.“As to my contract for the next season, we have plenty of time to think about it,” said Buffon, at a press conference he gave with Areola on Saturday.– ‘Not completely satisfied’ –Meanwhile, coach Thomas Tuchel said Saturday he was “not completely satisfied” with the club’s dealings in the January transfer window but that he “wasn’t angry.”Tuchel had asked for two players to increase his defensive options, but the club only landed one.“Angry, no, no,” the German said. “The winter transfer window is so complicated. Who wants to lose a player?“There are very few possibilities in the winter transfer window. The challenge is putting together a team during the summer.”“If you need to do a lot of deals in the winter, you will probably be disappointed,” Tuchel added.At Christmas, he asked for “a second (Marco) Verratti and a second Marquinhos” but PSG only bought Argentine midfielder Leandro Paredes for an estimated 47 million euros ($54m) from Zenit Saint Petersburg, while Everton turned down PSG bids for Idrissa Gueye.PSG have lost Neymar with injury until early April and midfielder Adrien Rabiot remains at the club after the transfer window but has expressed his desire to leave.“If you ask if I’m satisfied with Paredes, I say clearly yes,” Tuchel said. “He has the quality and personality to play for PSG,” he said. “He has a good vision of the game. He can accelerate play. He can make a lot of passes.”Tuchel denied reports that his relationship with sporting director Antero Henrique had deteriorated.“Our relationship during the transfer window is always very, very close, I have my opinion, he has his own,” said the German. “We have to do the best for the club.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gianluigi Buffon would like a second season at Paris Saint-Germain © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Feb 2 – Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon said on Saturday that he wants “to stay another season” at Paris Saint-Germain.The 41-year-old, who played 176 times for Italy and won the World Cup in 2006, arrived as a free agent from Juventus last summer on a one-year contract with an option for a second.last_img read more