South Florida hospitals and long-term-care facilities this week will begin to receive coronavirus tests that will provide results in just five to 13 minutes.The tests, which health officials are referring to as a “game-changer,” will be available at some hospitals in our region on Monday. As more of the tests are made, they should also become available at drive-thru testing sites.Cleveland Clinic Florida, Memorial Healthcare and Broward Health are among the South Florida hospital systems to have the tests already.“Those tests will be prioritized to caregivers, to inpatients and to nursing home patients to ensure they are virus-free before they go back to a nursing home,” says Cleveland Clinic CEO Wael Barsoum.Meanwhile, Cleveland Clinic will continue to conduct traditional testing at its four drive-thru sites, where it will still take an average of two or three days to get results.The hospitals bought the tests directly from Abbott Laboratories, a global health care manufacturer.On Friday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he has asked that some of the rapid tests Abbot is producing also be sold to nursing homes and adult living facilities throughout the state.“They could be used on staff and at least to do some spot checks of residents to see if this virus is penetrating any of their facilities,” DeSantis said. “Many of you know there is a crush on medical supplies and these tests are in demand. We will get whatever we can get for the state. We are working to see if some of those can be applied in a way that can directly protect senior citizens.”Abbott says it is producing 50,000 tests a day and will them ship daily to more customers in more places, with plans to increase manufacturing to eventually produce 2 million tests a month by June.In addition, Baptist Health South Florida has has developed a test in house to get results in 24 hours. “Rapid turnaround time for testing is particularly important with cancer patients,” said Dr. Guenther Koehne, deputy director at Baptist Health’s Miami Cancer Institute.
Low’s side stunned by Mexico as World Cup defence starts with defeatMoscow, June 17: Mexico created the first upset of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, overcoming defending champions Germany 1-0 in a frenetic Group F game at the Luzhniki Stadium here on Sunday.Forward Hirving Lozano’s 35th-minute goal proved to make the difference in a match played at a very high tempo as four-time champions Germany began their title defence on a disastrous note.The game opened up at a breathtaking pace, with both Germany and Mexico playing an open game, going on an all-out attack. German striker Timo Werner had the first chance of the match but his drive from a tight angle from the right went wide of the left post.Ranked 14 places below than the world No.1 Germany, Mexico took the European powerhouse head on, playing a quick counter-attacking game.Germany captain and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was called into action to block a long-range effort from midfielder Hector Herrera in the ninth minute and five minutes later, forced to keep away a header from Mexican centre-back Hector Moreno off a corner in the 14th minute.Germany responded through long-range efforts from Toni Kroos and Werner around 20-minute mark.Mexico continued to threaten Neuer’s goal as Miguel Layun fired one over the cross-bar in the 25th minute. The Porto midfielder tested Neuer again but the Bayern Munich captain blocked a shot coming at his chest height.The Latin Americans were rewarded with the 1-0 lead when a German attack broke down, leading to a quick counter-attack spearheaded by Javier Hernandez. Just over the halfway line, the West Ham United striker spotted Lozano at the left between opponent central defenders Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng. PSV Eindhoven forward Lozano raced into the box before employing a right footed drive which beat Neuer at the bottom left corner.Germany were quick to respond, with a 30-yard free-kick from Kroos greeting Guillermo Ochoa’s gloves before hitting the cross-bar in the 38th minute.Mexico could have ended the first half with a 2-0 lead had Carlos Vela’s left-footed shot from the centre of the box not gone wide of the left post.In the second half, Germany showed their intent to push for an equaliser but had to remain alert to avoid any counter-attack.However, left-back Marvin Plattenhardt was at fault when he moved ahead and Javier once again raced ahead for a counter-attack. With Boateng closing down on him, he attempted a poor side-pass to Vela, in a big relief to the Europeans.After this chance, Mexico were quick to put in defender Edson Alvarez, substituting Vela.Seeing Mexico intent on going for defensive depth, Germany decided to shift gear, replacing midfielder Sami Khedira with creative forward Marco Reus in the 59th minute.Later, Germany pinned Mexico inside their box, creating one chance after another. Joshua Kimmich, and Werner were guilty of heading corners off target, while Julian Draxler saw a curling attempt at goal deflected behind for a corner.Later, Mexico sought another defensive cover, replacing midfielder and captain Andres Guardado with Rafael Marquez, while forward Raul Jimenez replaced Lozano.Mexico waited for their counter-attack and twice Layun had the opportunity to give his side a cushion goal. But his shots were not on target, even failing to test Neuer in the 80th minute mark.With times running out, a desperate Germany coach Joachim Loew decided to substitute left-back Plattenhardt with striker Mario Gomez, moving the team’s formation to a 3-2-1-4. Werner made way for Julian Brandt.However, Mexico, with determination, defended their slender one-goal lead to secure a crucial win. IANS
(REUTERS) – Former England captain David Beckham, who won two Major League Soccer titles with the Los Angeles Galaxy, was among the first-time candidates named on the ballot for the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame yesterday.The 42-year-old former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder played six seasons in MLS, all of them for the Galaxy, and helped his team to win championships in the last two of those seasons, 2011 and 2012.His arrival in Los Angeles in 2007 put MLS on the map and brought a level of legitimacy and visibility that otherwise may have taken the North American league decades to reach.Beckham, who is currently trying to get his proposed MLS franchise off the ground in Miami, met the Hall of Fame’s eligibility criteria given his seasons in MLS, during which he scored 18 goals in 98 games.The voting pool includes past and present men’s and women’s U.S. national team coaches, active MLS and National Women’s Soccer League management, U.S. Soccer leadership, Hall of Famers and media members.The National Soccer Hall of Fame closed its Oneonta, New York, location in 2010 with a new facility in Texas expected to open next year.
MANCHESTER, England (CMC) – Unpredictable West Indies face the improbable task of whitewashing favourites England in their five-match One-Day International series starting here today, as they chase a quickly dissipating dream of direct qualification for the 2019 World Cup.The Caribbean side’s recent poor form has seen them plunge to number nine in the ICC ODI rankings, with only hosts England and the remaining top seven sides by the September 30 cut-off date later this month, gaining automatic berths at the showpiece in England.What makes a whitewash even more difficult for the Windies is the fact they have not beaten England in a one-day series in 10 years and are without a series success over a top-six side in the ICC rankings in five years.They have won just three of their last 20 ODIs and even struggled against minnows Bangladesh in a three-match series in the Caribbean in June, managing only a 1-1 draw.While stressing that a clean sweep of the hosts was not an impossibility however, captain Jason Holder was also under no illusions about the massive challenge before his squad, pointing out the need to play at their best in order to get the results needed.“It’s not going to be an easy task but it’s not impossible. I think that win there in Durham from the T20 team has given the side a boost,” the all-rounder told a media conference here yesterday ahead of the day/night affair at Old Trafford.“A few of the guys are overlapping into this one series so hopefully these guys can ride on the back of that game and hopefully bring it (momentum) into this series.“We’ve got to take it one game at a time. I think we need to win 5-0 to qualify which wouldn’t be easy but as I said before it wouldn’t be impossible as well.“I’ve stressed in the dressing room (the need for) consistency. I think if we are consistent with our performances and basically our processes, I think we will give ourselves a really good chance of winning the series.”West Indies have been boosted by the return of the experienced Jamaican pair of Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels, after Cricket West Indies freed them for selection by temporarily shelving the controversial eligibility rule.The embattled side now have at their disposal two players with 456 ODIs between them and Holder hopes their presence can help garner the results required.“We’re just hoping that these guys can put in some really good performances,” he noted.“Chris looked really good in the T20 game and he’s been carrying some form in our T20 tournament back home so hopefully that can translate into this one-day series and he can get us off to a really good start with his partner Evin Lewis.”Samuels’ first appearance in an ODI in nearly a year is expected to take on special significance as he is likely to renew his heated rivalry with England all-rounder Ben Stokes.The pair clashed during a Test series in the Caribbean two years ago and then again at last year’s Twenty20 World Cup in India, potentially setting the stage for even more fireworks over the next two weeks.And even though Holder said Samuels was free to express himself, he said of greater worth was his contribution to team results.“Marlon is one competitive guy and he likes a good competition. Whether that (feud with Stokes) is something beneficial to him, he would have to decide that. I can’t really sit here and tell you,” Holder said.“Whatever Marlon needs to do to get himself fired up I’m quite happy for him to do it, once it is within the spirit of the game and he doesn’t go too overboard.“But Marlon has been a really good player for us over the years especially in one day cricket and hopefully he can bring that stability in the middle order for us and bat deep into the innings, and put us in a really great position and give our bowlers something to work with.”The younger brigade including the likes of rising Test star Shai Hope, his older brother Kyle Hope, Lewis and Kesrick Williams, will also be expected to carry much of the burden for the Windies performances.And though there was heavy importance on the series, Holder stressed he would not be shackling his players.“Obviously player management comes in and just giving players the licence and freedom to play their roles as best as they possibly can,” he said.“That’s one part of it. The rest is ideally down to them to execute so I try to give everybody the leeway to execute their games so hopefully our guys can come in and put on a really good show in this series.”The contest bowls off at 12:30hrs (07:30hrs Eastern Caribbean time).SQUADS:ENGLAND – Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Jake Ball, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes.WEST INDIES – Jason Holder (captain), Jason Mohammed (vice-captain), Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Miguel Cummins, Chris Gayle, Kyle Hope, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Kesrick Williams.
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC) – Fast bowling icon Michael Holding has not held out much hope for the implementation of some of the major recommendations arising from the recent Wehby Governance Report.The 66-year-old, now a well-respected international television analyst, said while he was happy with the review of the governance of West Indies cricket, he was worried the Cricket West Indies (CWI) board of directors would be reticent about adopting the proposals, especially those which threatened their own existence.Holding argued that if directors had the success of West Indies cricket at heart, they would be motivated to put the development of the game before their own well-being.“I have absolutely no problem with the recommendations that are coming from these committees,” Holding said during an interview on i95FM Radio here.“I’ve seen them on so many occasions but my question always is: are they going to be taken on board? Are the board members going to vote for some of [themselves] to stay home?“I doubt it very much because a lot of those people in my opinion are not there to help West Indies cricket; there are there because they think it’s a big deal to be a part of the West Indies cricket board. “If you’re not offering anything, if the board is not functioning as well as it should, you should be able to look at yourself and say ‘listen, we need to change this’. Even if I am one of the people that have to stay home, if this is going to produce something better [that should be the approach].“That’s what they should be there for, to look at things that will produce something better, not to be worried about whether I won’t go to the next meeting or if I won’t be part of the board. “But every time these recommendations come forward I get the impression that’s what people are thinking.”An independent task force, headed by Jamaican businessman Don Wehby, was charged by Cricket West Indies with reviewing the governance structure of the regional body, and recently put forward several proposals aimed at “improving the governance of CWI”.Among the recommendations was a significant downsising of the current CWI board of directors from 18 to 12, and the inclusion of at least two women.In another potential blow to the CWI bureaucracy, the task force also proposed the reduction in the number of CWI committees from 12 to five.The outspoken Holding questioned the rationale of having two directors from each territorial board, pointing out the system did not allow for proper representation to take place.“You have a ridiculous situation – you have two people coming from a region and there’s an issue on which to vote at the board level,” Holding pointed out.“Now if you’re representing Jamaica or Barbados or Trinidad or anywhere, you are supposed to be taking a mandate from the people in your country. You are not supposed to be going in there with your own impressions and your own thoughts and your own thinking about this thing.“Both members are supposed to go to that board meeting and vote for what the mandate is from their board and I know on many occasions you have people that will go to a meeting to vote on an issue and one will vote ‘A’ and one will vote ‘B’. How does that make sense?”CWI president Ricky Skerritt said last week the Wehby Report was currently in the hands of directors and hoped it could be approved and implemented.
GREGORY DIXON/Herald photoWhen the Wisconsin Badgers face off against an in-state opponent, regardless of the sport, it always seems to bring out the best in everybody as they try to prove their team is the best in the state.As the University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team prepares to take on UW-Milwaukee(3-3-0) Friday night at the McClimon Soccer Complex, they are working hard in hopes of securing a victory over their in-state foe.”UW-Milwaukee is definitely a big rival for us,” junior forward Taylor Walsh said. “It is always a big goal of ours to be the best team in our state.”Coming into Friday’s game against the Panthers, the Badgers (3-2-1) hope to carry over the success they had on the road last weekend against Northern Arizona. Last Sunday, Wisconsin ended the Lumberjacks’ five-game unbeaten streak and handed them their first loss of the season. In addition, the Badgers’ lone goal, scored by junior forward Tricia Krombach in the eighth minute, snapped the 513:13 shutout streak of NAU goalkeeper Elizabeth Winkelblech. “It put our team in the mentality that we can overcome obstacles that are set in our way,” Krombach said. “The fact that we can come in and show them what a Big Ten powerhouse can be like is really good for our team.”In addition to beating Northern Arizona, the Badgers fought hard and played strong against a tough Brigham Young team despite losing 1-0. Like NAU, the Cougars of BYU came into the matchup undefeated, allowing zero goals in four previous games.The Cougar defense continued its strong play as the Badgers managed only two shots on goal from sophomores Whitney Owusu and Stephanie Krombach. Although they didn’t come away with a victory against the Cougars, the match was not a total loss for the team.”We actually played really well against [BYU] and gave them a good challenge,” forward Stephanie Krombach said. “Even when we lost to BYU it still [made] our team better and brought us closer to the next level.”Further, the road trip as a whole showed marked improvement from the Badgers’ previous road trip Aug. 25-Sept. 2. On that trip, the Badgers battled Vanderbilt to a scoreless tie and lost 3-1 to the Georgia Bulldogs. Additionally, UW was outshot 46-13 by their opponents from the SEC.For Wisconsin, improvement has come day-to-day and week-to-week as they continue to develop as a team. Much of the Badgers’ continued improvement can be credited to a desire to learn and a great coach who has a lot to offer.”[They are] so willing to learn and put forth the effort and battle for stuff,” head coach Paula Wilkins said. “I see growth in them in every practice and every game.””It is more of a learning atmosphere; Paula has a lot to teach, and she teaches us new things every day,” Walsh said. “It is my fourth year, and I think I have learned more this year than I ever have.”As Wisconsin prepares for Friday’s game against UW-Milwaukee, they are working on a few things in practice that they believe will help them continue to improve as a team.”We want to be able to keep possession a little bit more, work on our shape in the back and to solidify some stuff that we want to do pressure-wise defensively,” Wilkins said. “We are [also] focusing on being able to get the ball and numbers in the offensive third.”Regarding the game against the Panthers, the Badgers will be looking for a strong team effort as they hope to come away with the victory.”Everybody kind of just needs to step it up this Friday,” Walsh said. “I hope everyone [has an impact],” Coach Wilkins added. “I think Taylor is always a major threat up front, Krista [Liskevych] and Marissa Sarkesian have come through in the midfield and become a little more dangerous, and obviously Tricia [Krombach] has added an assist and a goal, so hopefully that will continue.”
Maybe they were out all night playing craps in the casinos.Or maybe they each had five midterms last week and couldn’t practice at all.Perhaps they all had man-crushes on Davidson’s Stephen Curry, or maybe theywere afraid of possibly facing Kansas.All these crazy ideas were circling in my head as I walkedaround downtown Detroit Friday night in utter disbelief, looking for thenearest blackjack table at which I could feed my newfound depression.I just couldn’t figure it out. How did that just happen? Howdid the Badgers just get embarrassed by a team from the Southern Conference? Idrove eight hours for that?The matchup seemed perfect. Michael Flowers — the bestshutdown defender I’ve ever witnessed in person — was going to frustrate Curry,much like he did with Michigan State sharpshooter Drew Neitzel, and the Badgerswere going to coast into the Elite 8. I was sure of it.As I continued my meander through Motown, it finally hit me:The better team won Friday night. Davidson was no lucky Cinderella team,either. I’m convinced the Wildcats would beat the Badgers eight times out of 10.And the way they played Friday night, they would have beaten any team in thecountry.Yup, I said it: Any. Team. UNC, UCLA and Memphis included.Oh, and Neitzel doesn’t even belong in the same sentence asCurry. The hype is real; the kid can flat-out play. It’s a joke that zero ACCschools offered him a scholarship out of high school. He has yet to shave, buthe still played like His Airness himself Friday night. Babyface was simplyunstoppable.I’m not sure if the Badgers didn’t believe Curry was as goodas advertised or what, but they looked completely unprepared to at leastattempt to slow him down (let alone play any sort of organized offense in thesecond half, but that’s a completely separate issue). Curry ran off double andtriple screens, no one hedged to remotely help Flowers recover, and the son offormer NBA guard Dell dropped 33, while the second-half score read: Curry 22,Wisconsin 20.When the fat lady finally sang, Davidson head coach BobMcKillop subbed Curry out of the game, to which he received a well-deservedstanding ovation from the Wildcat faithful.The two-inch Badger fan standing on my left shoulder waspouting and crying, but his counterpart on my right — the objective basketballfan — was standing and clapping along with the fans who made the free trip fromNorth Carolina. It was the most dominant basketball performance I’ve ever seenlive. I just stood there, arms folded, in complete awe.There’s no way around it. Friday night sucked. The Badgersplayed with no heart, they were humiliated on national television, and now allthe chants of “overrated” still ringing in my head seem justified.The final chapter of a storybook season ended on a noteBadger Nation can only hope to one day forget. But let’s not forget one thing: Itwas still that, a storybook season.Last fall, the expectations surrounding Bo’s bunch weremediocre at best. They lost Kammron Taylor and Alando Tucker to graduation. The2007-08 season could never measure up to the ’06-07 squad, right?Wrong. It did. And then some.Prior to Friday, a supposed team made up of a disappointingformer McDonald’s All-American, a kid from South Dakota who can’t jump orshoot, an undersized power forward, another near-seven-footer who can barelyget out of his own way, an inexperienced point guard, a kid from Iowa who cando nothing but shoot 3-pointers and a defensive specialist with a below-averagejump shot proved the naysayers wrong.They gelled, they improved, they matured, they improvedagain, and they began to believe in both themselves and in Bo Ryan’s winningways.And then, all of a sudden, they were outright Big TenChamps. And then they won the conference tournament. And then they were in theSweet 16, a feat even the No. 1 nationally ranked Badgers of ’06-07 couldn’taccomplish.In October, had someone told you that come March, all threeof those things would be on this Badger team’s r?sum?, wouldn’t you havelaughed?Me too.All four of their losses were against tournament teams; theylost to one Big Ten team (Purdue) all season, and they beat Texas on the road.All year they were too slow and not talented enough. Fridaynight it finally came back to bite them.But since their Jan. 2 upset over the Longhorns, this Badgerteam played with heart and found ways to win. It wasn’t always pretty (i.e.,Brian Butch’s bank three in Bloomington), but they kept miraculously gettingthe job done somehow.On paper, this team was probably a tournament bubble team atbest. But Ryan transformed a roster full of nice ball players into top 10winners, something most coaches could never dream of doing.Yeah, the word “Davidson” will always leave a sour taste inall Badger fans’ mouths. Had the Badgers played well, maybe it would have been OK.Had Curry hit a miracle buzzer-beater in a well-played game, then we would beleft to shake our heads and applaud.But that didn’t happen. Wisconsin looked like a JV teamFriday. There are no ifs, ands or buts about it.Nonetheless, they did the unthinkable this season. They willforever be 2007-08 Big Ten Champs. And no one can ever take that from them.?Derek is a sophomore majoring in economics. Was theBadgers’ season a bust? Send him your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Related Stories LOST IN THE MOMENT: Familiar poor shooting dooms Orange 61-56 in Final Four loss to MichiganGallery: Syracuse takes on Michigan in the Final Four in AtlantaSubdued Marshall Street crowds require little police involvementSyracuse community reacts, reflects on SU’s fall to Michigan in the Final Four Published on April 7, 2013 at 4:09 am ATLANTA — In a way it made sense for their careers to end like this, draped in disappointment and missed shots with fulfillment a few points beyond their reach. They are simultaneously historic and humbled, at once the winningest duo in school history and one that never managed to win a tournament.Brandon Triche and James Southerland, two seniors whose careers came to an end Saturday with Syracuse’s 61-56 loss to Michigan, put forth four years of good not great, of hard work but with no hardware to show for it. The most successful stretch in Syracuse history came to an end with a less-than-stellar effort from two players that always hovered at less than spectacular.“As a senior, you know this is your last chance,” assistant coach Adrian Autry said. “You want to try to take advantage and seize opportunities. I think as a freshman and sophomore you think you’re invincible.”And Saturday inside the Georgia Dome, where Syracuse had a chance to return to the national championship game for the first time in 10 years, the seniors who won more than anyone else were outplayed by a freshman who is experiencing winning — and the starting lineup — for the first time.Mitch McGary, a 6-foot-10-inch forward not yet old enough to drink, handled the limelight with ease while displaying the poise and maturity expected from his counterparts. He scored 10 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out a career-high six assists while leading the Wolverines to an 11-point halftime lead that Autry said created “an uphill battle all game.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd for the players who won so many times in their career, that final hill was a bit too steep.Winning had been steady in Triche and Southerland’s reign, but little else ever was. Triche, who started every game he ever played for Syracuse, began as a point guard, moved to shooting guard and this year drifted somewhere between the two. And Southerland, a sweet-shooting forward with oodles of athletic ability, endured a rollercoaster career that included academic ineligibility, a stint in Jim Boeheim’s doghouse and 3-point shooting that was beautiful at times and brick-filled at others.Twice the two players were part of teams seeded No. 1 in both the Big East and NCAA Tournaments. Twice they came up without a trophy.Triche never morphed into the assassin that Boeheim thought he could be — in 2012 Boeheim said Triche didn’t realize how good he was — and failed to fill the go-to role that Dion Waiters craved a season ago. And Southerland, who set the Big East tournament record for most 3-pointers, did little to expand his offensive repertoire besides the predictable — and on Saturday easily guardable — catch-and-shoot from beyond the arc.Though they combined for 16 points against Michigan, Southerland was held scoreless for the first 38 minutes and Triche fouled out as his team attempted to make a comeback in the waning moments.The former missed his first seven shots including wide-open looks from beyond the arc. The latter passed up open opportunities in the lane and attempted only nine shots. When he was finally aggressive — and Syracuse trailed by two with fewer than 30 seconds remaining — he picked up a charge that sealed the game and ended his college career.“I was surprised (at how they played),” forward C.J. Fair said. “Definitely looking at James, he missed some 3s that he normally makes 100 percent of the time. Of course when you depend on that player to make those shots it kind of hurts. You get frustrated because you know he can make that.”But for four years what Triche and Southerland could do and what they did do have been two different worlds. They sat at the podium after the final buzzer sounded and said they came out flat in the biggest game of their lives. The energy was low. They weren’t as active as they normally are on defense.All things that are disheartening for Syracuse fans who see the potential and not the results, the glimpses but never the consistency.Meanwhile, a Michigan freshman seized the moment that Triche and Southerland could not. McGary picked the 2-3 zone apart out of the high post in the first half, making intelligent decisions that required him to read and react to a defense that stymied Indiana a week and a half ago.McGary tripled his season-high in assists by catching at the elbows and either kicking out to shooters or finding cutters down low. He looked like a player in his seventh year, not a player making his seventh start.“He’s a terrific player as a freshman,” Triche said. “I give him all the praise, just being able to come into the tournament and dominate. He really dominated.”At one point he even grabbed a long rebound and led a fast break himself, his 250-pound frame gliding across midcourt before leaving a perfect no-look pass to Tim Hardaway Jr. for a layup.What McGary has done in one year, Triche and Southerland failed to do in four. They were senior leaders who, at the season’s most pivotal point, could not take the lead.It left them one game shy of rewriting a misleading legacy. They’ve won more games than anyone else, but they have no hardware to show for it.And Syracuse’s historic duo left humbled once again.Michael Cohen is a staff writer at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at email@example.com; or on Twitter at @Michael_Cohen13. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Yassine Bounou [Girona/Morocco]Girona goalkeeper Yassine Bounou, known as â€˜Bono,â€™ is one of four LaLiga players in the Morocco squad for the tournament. The former Atletico Madrid youth teamer kept nine clean sheets for Girona during 2017/18, the first ever top flight season for both him and his club. He will battle for a starting place in Russia with Munir El Kajaoui of LaLiga 1l2l3 team Numancia.Gabriel Mercado [Sevilla/Argentina]Sevilla right-back Gabriel Mercadoâ€™s aggressive style of play will be on show in Russia, with the 31-year-old having played in nine of Argentinaâ€™s qualifiers for the tournament, scoring twice. Mercado is well versed in the expectations of playing for national coach Jorge Sampaoli, with the pair having been together at the Sanchez Pizjuan during the 2016/17 season.Oscar Duarte [Espanyol/Costa Rica]Espanyol center-back Oscar Duarte played in Costa Ricaâ€™s first four games at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, scoring in the surprise group victory over Uruguay, before missing their quarter-final exit to the Netherlands through suspension. Having recovered from a thigh injury which saw him miss the end of the LaLiga season with his club, he should start again for his country this summer.Antonio Rukavina [Villarreal/Serbia]Villarreal full-back Antonio Rukavina, 34, has been a Serbia international for over a decade now and is closing in on a half century of senior caps. The one-time Real Valladolid player started nine of his countryâ€™s 10 games in qualifying – helping the Balkan side finish top of a group also including Gareth Baleâ€™s Wales, Austria and the Republic of Ireland.Oghenekaro Etebo [Las Palmas/Nigeria]Nigerian midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo was one of the bright spots of Las Palmas’ 2017/18 LaLiga campaign, arriving during the January transfer window and playing 14 games between then and the seasonâ€™s end. The 22-year-old has one goal in 12 games for the Super Eagles and has impressed with his physical approach and use of the ball in friendlies ahead of this summerâ€™s tournament.Jefferson Lerma [Levante/Colombia]One of the stand-out young players in LaLiga during 2017/1, the Levante midfielder was especially impressive during his sideâ€™s dramatic late escape from relegation trouble. Although he only made his full international debut last October, the 23-year-old is already a key part of Cafeteros coach Jose Pekermanâ€™s plans.Adnan Januzaj [Real Sociedad/Belgium]An excellent first season in LaLiga with Real Sociedad secured a place for winger Adnan Januzaj in the squad of tournament dark-horses Belgium. After playing just one minute of qualifying when at previous clubs Manchester United and Sunderland, three goals and five assists in 28 LaLiga games for the side from San Sebastian changed the mind of Red Devils national coach Roberto Martinez.Takashi Inui [Real Betis/Japan]Japanese international Takashi Inui is going to his first World Cup finals this summer. Inui scored 11 goals and gave 10 assists in 89 LaLiga games for Eibar, before joining Real Betis this summer ahead of the 2018/19 season. The 29-year-old has shown a liking for the big stage by twice scoring in LaLiga against Barcelona; a big-game temperament always goes down well at the World Cup.Ismael Diaz [Deportivo La CoruÃ±a/Panama]Young Deportivo La CoruÃ±a forward Ismael Diaz is heading to the finals with World Cup debutants Panama. The 20-year-old has already scored twice in 11 senior caps for his country, and recovered from a knee injury to make the final squad. Diaz netted six goals in 12 games for Deporâ€™s youth team in Spainâ€™s third tier this season, and will likely feature for their senior side in LaLiga 1l2l3 next year.John Guidetti [Alaves/Sweden]Alaves striker John Guidetti’s arrival at the Basque club last January helped the team to climb up the table away from relegation danger, with his 17 appearances bringing three goals, three assists and infectious enthusiasm. Ex-Celta player Guidetti played five times for Sweden in World Cup qualifying, having featured in all three of his countryâ€™s games at the Euro 2016 finals in France.Maxi Gomez [Celta Vigo/Uruguay]Young Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez’s first season in European football yielded a hugely impressive 18 goals and five assists in 36 games. That secured the 21-year-old a senior Uruguay debut last October, and now a place on the plane to Russia. Likely to understudy Barcelonaâ€™s Luis Suarez in the opening games, Gomez has the potential to become a real international star.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram LaLiga clubs are sending an impressive number of players, with many countries from around the globe, to this summerâ€™s World Cup in Russia.Top LaLiga stars such as Lionel Messi of Barcelona and Argentina, Atletico Madrid and France star Antoine Griezmann, and Real Madrid and Portugal hero Cristiano Ronaldo will all be hopeful of winning the World Cup trophy this summer.However, with many more under the radar players drawn from LaLiga set to shine with a breakout tournament performance hereâ€™s an XI of World Cup 2018 players to watch out for from 11 different LaLiga clubs and nations.
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