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World Cup-winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer stands as the only barrier to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi extending their six-year domination of FIFAs player of the year award on Monday.Germanys Neuer is the latest third man on the shortlist trying to break the free-scoring superstars grip on footballs highest individual honour.Ronaldo edged Messi for the 2008 and 2013 prizes, and was runner-up in three of his great rivals four straight wins from 2009-12.No goalie has won since FIFA created its award in 1991, though the Germany and Bayern Munich No. 1s all-around skill and game awareness made him a standout in 2014.He has in recent years shaped how goalkeepers play like no one before him, Germany coach Joachim Loew told Bild daily this week.Still, despite leading Germany to World Cup victory, Neuer is seen as the outsider for the award because Ronaldo and Messi set more scoring records last year.Ronaldo got 61 goals for Real Madrid and Portugal, and his record tally of 17 in a Champions League season helped his club win a 10th European title.Messi set the career scoring records in the Champions League and Spains La Liga in November, just as national team captains and coaches and selected journalists were filling their Ballon dOr ballots.However, Messis teams won no trophies: Argentina lost the World Cup final, after its captain failed to score in four knockout rounds, while Barcelona was beaten by Atletico Madrid in the Champions League quarterfinals and for the Spanish title.Even Messis Golden Ball award for best player in Brazil surprised FIFA President Sepp Blatter.Neuer supporters include veteran coach Ottmar Hitzfeld, whose Switzerland team exited in the last-16 round after Messi created an extra-time goal for Angel Di Maria.Hes the prototype of a modern goalkeeper, and its about time that kind of player was selected for the award, the German coach said in an interview published by FIFA.The FIFA Ballon dOr, which merged with the original award presented since 1956 by France Football magazine, is the main honour in a lavish annual ceremony in Zurich.A Germany goalkeeper won the womens honour last year though Nadine Angerer is not nominated to defend her title on Monday.Five-time winner Marta of Brazil, United States forward Abby Wambach, who won the 2012 award, and Germany midfielder Nadine Kessler are on the shortlist.The contest brings Marta and Wambach to Zurich when both are supporting a discrimination lawsuit filed in Canada for FIFA allowing that country to stage the 2015 Womens World Cup on artificial turf pitches.In the mens coaching award, Loew is a strong contender against the two club coaches from Madrid: Italian Carlo Ancelotti for Real and Atleticos Diego Simeone from Argentina.The coaching award for womens football is contested between two men Ralf Kellermann of Champions League winner Wolfsburg and Norio Sasaki, coach of Japans Asian Cup winner and one woman, Maren Meinert, who guided Germany to win the Under-20 World Cup.Womens football can strike a notable win in the Puskas Award for most beautiful goal.Ireland forward Stephanie Roches goal in an amateur domestic league match for Peamount United is shortlisted for the fan-voted prize against World Cup goals by James Rodriguez for Colombia against Uruguay and Robin van Persie for the Netherlands against Spain.Roche has been supported by a heavy voting campaign in her home country to beat her star rivals.Blatter will make his first public appearance and speech at the ceremony since his FIFA executive committee colleague Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan declared on Tuesday as a candidate for the presidential election in May.The longtime FIFA chief will also make a personal presidential award and present a fair play prize. Lorenzo Insigne Jersey . Jason Zucker and Matt Cooke also scored for Minnesota, which has won five of six. Kuemper made five saves in the first, nine in the second, and nine in the third. The rookies best save came with 2:17 left in the third period when he denied former Wild forward Matt Cullen from just outside of the crease on the right side. Alessio Cerci Jersey .The Hamilton Tiger-Cat defensive back always has the required receipt. But he also walks around with a tangle of metal screws, rods and plates after breaking his neck in 2006 playing high school football in Louisiana. http://www.italysoccerauthority.com/federico-marchetti-italy-jersey/. Left back Layvin Kurzawa put Monaco ahead in the 36th minute with a low shot after being set up by midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia, sweeping the ball in after running onto Kondogbias cross from the left. Claudio Marchisio Jersey . -- Floridas smothering defence returned to form just in time for the third-ranked Gators to keep their winning streak going. Ciro Immobile Jersey . -- Michael Frazier II scored 21 points, Dorian Finney-Smith added 11 and No.With the NBA season fast approaching, we asked TSN NBA experts Jack Armstrong, Josh Lewenberg and Duane Watson a few burning questions about the year ahead.Today we ask, will the Toronto Raptors make the playoffs and should that even be the goal? Lewenbergs take: Whether theyre willing to admit it or not and they wont Playoffs are absolutely the goal this season assuming the roster stays, more or less, as is. The team is smartly tempering expectations this fall after recklessly throwing around the P-word a year ago. However, the unspoken reality is this; as long as theyre paying top dollar for this group hovering just below the tax and as long as theres legitimate playoff-caliber talent on the roster, which there is, they will be expected to break the franchises five-year postseason drought. Anything less would amount to another disappointing season. Of course its not that simple, with the Raptors it rarely is. If the team gets off to another slow start and/or if its opportunistic new GM decides the time is right to pull the trigger, this roster could change in a hurry, and so too could the goal. Assuming Ujiri stays the course, and assuming good health (both generous assumptions), a postseason berth is attainable in the top-heavy Eastern Conference. Barring injuries, the Easts top five (Miami, Chicago, Indiana, Brooklyn, New York) should be untouchable but 37-41 wins a realistic expectation for the Raps should keep them in the mix for the six-to-eight seeds with Detroit, Cleveland, Atlanta and now Washington. Watsons take: Every teams goal should be to improve and compete for a championship. Despite their poor start last year, they were in the hunt for a playoff spot, with their strong finish. With a full training camp to build more chemistry, and teams getting a head start on tanking (Celtics and 76ers), the Raptors prospects are even brighter. Will they be fodder for the top team in the conference? Likely, but those are growth steps they have to take to get better; a losing franchise doesnt get better with more losses. Masai Ujiri, is evaluating what pieces will be part of the future and will make the necessary moves needed to improve the team. Hes proven he can finesse crafty deals in his favour in the past, with the Nene, Carmelo Anthony and Andrea Bargnani trades, and can do it again. Jacks take: I think the Raptors have as good a chance of making the Playoffs in slots 6-8 as any of the other Eastern Conference Teams beyond Miami, Brooklyn, Chicago, Indiana & New York. The goal every year is to win and they owe it to their wonderful/loyal fan base, season ticket holders, sponsors and, most importantly, to themselves to lay it on the line and put their best foot forward. There is so much discussion about tanking and getting a top draft pick in a deep class - I understand where some fans are coming from - but there are no guarantees in anything. After five seasons with no Playoffs, I know Im tired of watching other teams in mid-April and beyond. Youve got to be in it to win it. Jacks keys to the Raptors making the Playoffs: Good Health: The Raptors musst keep the top-8 guys healthy.dddddddddddd Backup Point Guard Play: Someone has to emerge here and Ive yet to see any sign of steady backup play here yet. Kyle Lowry might end up being like a baseball pitcher who has to throw 200+ innings in a season. If that is the case, so be it. Id rather a guy burn out any day. Improved 3-point shooting and 3-point defending: It goes both ways. The Raptors just need to be respectable shooting from distance and just as important: they must limit the clean looks and number of threes from their opponents. Defensive Identity: Dwane Casey can coach/teach X&O Defense with great success. I have faith it that. The key is for this team to be consistent with its effort and attention to detail in this category and limit the silly fouls that give up easy points. Be fundamentally sound. Aggressive yet smart. Sophomores: Jonas Valanciunas and Terence Ross have to make that next step in their games. There is a major investment in these guys and the talent is there. They need to produce with consistency. Heavy Minutes for the Starters: Every chance I get Im playing my starters in all the prime moments of every game. Its kind of like double shifting your stars in Hockey. The key is Game Night and Winning. If that means 40+ minutes for your starters some nights and giving them down time on practice days, so be it. Guys love the games and hate practices anyway. Players 6-15 on the roster have to be doing something very good to stay on the floor for an extended time. At the very least 2-3 starters should always be on the floor with the reserves to maintain a high level. People criticize Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau for over-using his prime guys. I love it. Less is more in my book. If youre tired, too bad, rest in the spring time. I love what Dwane Casey did in the last three weeks of the season last year, he loaded up his better players with increased minutes. For this team to be a playoff team, the starters have to play longer. Situational Basketball: Lots of games will come down to the fourth Quarter and the final three minutes. The Raps struggled in this area for a variety of reasons last season. This has to become a strength. Dwane Casey and his staff have spent good time on this and I think this area will improve this season. Having Rudy Gay in the defining moments of a game for a whole season will help. The little details have to be executed well. Winning Early in the Season: Every game early is big. The Raptors need to get off to a good start. They need to develop a winning cushion of being a few games above .500 rather than below. Last Years 4-19 struggle to open the year cant happen. Ask Jays fans: Lousy Spring and youve dug yourself a big hole vs. the Red Sox start--look where they ended up. Im not sure how good the Toronto Maple Leafs really are, but theyve already developed the cushion and thats huge. Believe me--you win early and the referees look at you differently and you start getting the benefit of the doubt unlike last year when every defining call went against them. You make your own breaks. In the words of Al Davis, Just Win Baby. Easier said than done. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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