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‘We ought to try more’: how to pronounce footballers’ names

What the papers say - Thu, 09/30/2021 - 11:54

Are you mispronouncing Bruno Fernandes, Gianluigi Buffon and Wojciech Szczesny’s names? You’re not alone

By Euan Burns for The Set Pieces

International tournaments expose us to new players, teams and styles of football. Euro 2020 gave us the chance to watch North Macedonia and Finland on such a grand stage for the first time. Although, what can be exciting for football fans, can be challenging for commentators, who have to master new pronunciations. Derek Rae, the voice of the Fifa video games, believes broadcasters do not always pass the test.

As ESPN’s lead Bundesliga commentator and a speaker of five languages, Rae prides himself on his pronunciations of player names. “We’d all want our names to be pronounced correctly if we lived in a different culture,” he says. “If people make that effort for you, it’s a huge sign of respect. It’s respect for a language and a culture. I realise not everyone is a linguist and not everyone can do that, but we ought to be trying more than we are.”

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Ronaldo only needs 'one chance' says Solskjær after late Manchester United winner – video

What the papers say - Thu, 09/30/2021 - 09:39

Ole Gunnar Solskjær hailed a 'massive moment' for Manchester United after Cristiano Ronaldo’s 95th-minute strike snatched a win against Villarreal and eased the pressure on the manager following a run of three defeats in four matches. Ronaldo was making a record-breaking 178th appearance in the competition and - in fitting style - grabbed a late winner for his side. 'That's just what he's done throughout his career.' said Solskjær. 'When he gets that one chance, it's a goal.'

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‘We got lucky’: Solskjær grateful to Ronaldo for Manchester United’s winner

What the papers say - Wed, 09/29/2021 - 23:52
  • Victory over Villarreal halts mini-crisis at Old Trafford
  • Ronaldo decisive on day he broke Champions League record

Ole Gunnar Solskjær hailed a “massive moment” for Manchester United after Cristiano Ronaldo’s 95th-minute strike snatched a win against Villarreal and eased the pressure on the manager following a run of three defeats in four matches.

The victory was United’s first in Group F and places them third, a point behind Atalanta, but had seemed unlikely due to a slipshod performance in which Unai Emery’s side took the lead through Paco Alcácer’s second-half goal. Alex Telles equalised soon after and Ronaldo pounced in the dying moments to delight the packed home support and arrest United’s mini-slump.

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Ronaldo’s winner fuels Solskjær myth but success seems as far away as ever | Jonathan Wilson

What the papers say - Wed, 09/29/2021 - 23:04

Manchester United’s Champions League win against Villarreal was ill-deserved – the team are too open and will be punished for it

How much time does love buy you? That Manchester United fans want Ole Gunnar Solskjær to succeed is understandable. It’s not just that he scored vital goals, it’s that he embodied a golden age. Who would not want a returning hero to restore the club to glory? But wishful thinking will not organise a midfield.

The win will part the clouds a little. Solskjær has survived another mini-crisis, but each one leaves him slightly weaker. And this one comes with Cristiano Ronaldo. It may not be fair, given Ronaldo is 36 and, for all his goalscoring ability, increasingly an anachronism, but his signing has increased the pressure on the manager.

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Manchester United 2-1 Villarreal: Champions League – as it happened

What the papers say - Wed, 09/29/2021 - 22:27

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a 95th-minute winner to complete Manchester United’s comeback at Old Trafford

4 min: Villarreal have hardly touched the ball yet. The Old Trafford faithful are giving it plenty. Some pantomime catcalls for Alberto Moreno, formerly of Liverpool. Great atmosphere.

2 min: Telles has a little look down the left. He can’t find anyone in the middle with his cross. Then Lindelof tries to release Sancho with a long pass, but the ball squirts through to Rulli in the Villarreal goal. Finally Ronaldo considers shooting, but shifts the ball left to Fernandes instead. Fernandes - United’s captain for the night in Harry Maguire’s absence - hoicks over from the edge of the box.

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Cristiano Ronaldo rescues Manchester United late on to see off Villarreal

What the papers say - Wed, 09/29/2021 - 22:08

What a finish, and guess who: Cristiano Ronaldo bundled home a breathless 95th-minute winner and maybe jump-started Manchester United’s season. With Atalanta beating Young Boys to lead Group F, Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s team are now up and running with three points.

Ronaldo’s box-office intervention should not fool anyone, though, as United were again what they currently are: dazed in defence and dizzy in attack, lacking composure where it matters. This should be of deep concern to Solskjær. His side resemble a kick-and-chase schoolboy proposition which can be found out at any moment.

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Gerónimo Rulli: ‘I never thought about United, De Gea – I hit it with all my soul’

What the papers say - Wed, 09/29/2021 - 08:00

Villarreal’s penalty shootout hero is thrilled to face Ronaldo tonight on his first trip to Manchester despite a spell with City

“‘Gero, don’t screw it up. Just stick it in.’” Gerónimo Rulli puts himself back on the spot and smiles. “And that’s what happened,” he says. All that and it came to this, to him. One shot that would be for ever. Well, two: the penalty he would take and the penalty he would face. It was 10-10 in an extraordinary shootout at the end of the Europa League meeting with Manchester United in May, the first final Villarreal had played, this team from the town of just 50,577, and history was calling him. So was the referee.

“I was walking away when he said: ‘Goalie, your turn,’” Rulli recalls. “‘Me? Are you sure?’ I’d lost count. ‘Are you sure there’s no one left?’ From the moment I took the ball, the key was not to think. In a shootout for a goalkeeper there’s a lot of time alone to think, for pressure to build. Your teammates are scoring all of their penalties, the responsibility grows, and then they depend solely on you. And that’s lovely.”

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