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Chile can prove they’re best in the world – Vidal

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first_imgAlexis Sanchez’s early strike for Chile was cancelled out by Lars Stindl when the teams met in Kazan ten days ago.Chile are looking for their third international trophy in three years after winning both the 2015 and 2016 Copa America titles — beating Argentina in the final on penalties on both occasions.Having knocked Euro 2016 winners Portugal out of the Confed Cup in Wednesday’s semi-final, Vidal says beating Germany’s young guns will prove Chile are the best.“We have proven our value, we have beaten Argentina and Portugal, the European champions,” said Vidal.“If we win tomorrow, we will prove we are the best team in the world.“We have reached this final with our spirit and attitude — this is a waiting room for the World Cup — and if we win tomorrow, that will show where we are.“We still have to qualify for the World Cup, but we have a lot of energy and want to prove ourselves.”Chile showed their penalty shoot-out pedigree again in the Kazan semi, as goalkeeper Claudio Bravo saved all three Portugal spot-kicks after it finished goalless after extra-time.Despite Bravo’s heroics, Germany head coach Joachim Loew says he has no fear of a shoot-out — understandable given Germany’s record of having not lost on spot-kicks at a major tournament since 1976.While Chile played 120 minutes in their semi-final, Germany will be slightly fresher having beaten Mexico 4-1 in normal time on Thursday.Sanchez scored after just six minutes in the group-stage clash and Germany captain Julian Draxler says his team need to be more focused.“We need to be 100 percent for the full 90 minutes,” said Draxler.“We have grown over the tournament and need to really go into the one-on-ones, one of Chile’s strengths, but getting the trophy would be the best reward.”Germany were 2-0 up after just eight minutes of their semi-final against Mexico and Loew wants another bright start.“It will be very important to control the match early on,” said Loew.“Chile will try to build up as much pressure as possible, as they have done so far, so we need to see that we are able to liberate ourselves and create space.“They are very good at moving the ball fast, so I hope we have the agility and speed we showed against Mexico.”A German is set to finish as the tournament’s top scorer with Leon Goretzka and Timo Werner both on three goals, while Stindl has netted twice.Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi says Loew’s side – the youngest Confed Cup squad with an average age of just over 24 – have proven youth is no obstacle to success.“They have a set of players with a lot of experience, despite being very young,” said Pizzi, using Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich, 22, and 25-year-old Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi as examples.“(Joshua) Kimmich is a central pillar at one of the best teams in the world.“Mustafi was part of the 2014 World Cup winning team and plays in the Premier League, it makes them a formidable opponent.“We are ready to face them on that level and will try to make sure our work-rate is higher than theirs.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chile’s Arturo Vidal delivers a press conference at Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg, on July 1, 2017 © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVSAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jul 1 – Midfielder Arturo Vidal says Chile can prove they are the world’s best team, and throw down a marker for next year’s World Cup, by beating Germany in Sunday’s Confederations Cup final.Copa America champions Chile take on World Cup holders Germany in St Petersburg with the teams having already drawn 1-1 in the group stages.last_img read more

Nadal hails best season, incredible era

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first_imgSHARE Rafael Nadal of Spain holds the trophy after defeating Kevin Anderson of South Africa.   –  Reuters × Published on COMMENT Rafael Nadal of Spain holds the trophy after defeating Kevin Anderson of South Africa.   –  Reuters September 11, 2017 RELATED SHARE SHARE EMAILcenter_img Sunday’s win was the latest chapter in an epic story of domination by the sport’s superstars. Nadal wins record-breaking 10th French Open Nadal hails ‘unbelievable’ climb back to No.1 COMMENTS tennis US Open: Rafael Nadal wins 16th Grand Slam title Rafael Nadal described the year 2017 as “one of the best of his career” on Sunday after winning a third US Open and 16th Grand Slam.World number one Nadal defeated South Africa’s world number 32 Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 in a brutally one-sided final during which he did not face a break point. Nadal also claimed an unprecedented 10th French Open in June after finishing runner-up to Roger Federer at the Australian Open. “In terms of results, this has been one of the best seasons of my career, of course,” Nadal admitted of a year in which he won at least two Slams for the fourth time in his career.Had he gotten the better of Gilles Muller at Wimbledon, where he lost the final set of his fourth-round clash 15-13, the year might have been even more memorable. “I have been winning titles, playing three finals of Grand Slams, so that’s a lot. That’s so difficult. The other slam that I was not in the final, I lost the match 15-13 in the fifth to be in the quarterfinals. “So was very competitive year for me. And on clay, I won almost every match. Of course is an emotional season because I have been through tough moments in terms of injuries.”Nadal’s win on Sunday was the latest chapter in an epic story of domination by the sport’s superstars.From Wimbledon in 2003, an incredible 53 of 58 Slams have now been claimed by just five men — Federer (19), Nadal (16), Novak Djokovic (12) and Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka with three apiece.Only Andy Roddick, Gaston Gaudio, Marat Safin, Juan Martin del Potro and Marin Cilic have broken the spell. “We are in an era that is not nice to say, because I’m part of it, but we are in an era that some players make incredible things in this sport,” said Nadal. “It’s difficult to win a lot of titles. We should be very happy. Probably even Roger and me and Novak, much more than we ever dreamed.”To hammer home their enduring appeal and dominance, Federer and Nadal shared the four Slams in 2017 — Federer winning the Australian Open before capturing a record eighth Wimbledon.Federer’s mark no big dealDespite his success, catching the 19 majors of Federer is not particularly high on Nadal’s list of priorities. “I really never thought much about that. I just do my way. He does his way. Let’s see when we finish,” he said.“I have 16. So three is big difference. I really don’t think much about these kind of things. Well done for Roger that he is having an amazing season, too, and well done for me because I’m having a great season, too. Tennis is not all about the Grand Slams, so there are tournaments to come and I’m excited about this last part of the season.”It’s all a far cry from the end of last year when Nadal was ranked at nine in the world and Federer was 16.It was also a 2016 season that saw the injury—hobbled Nadal lose in the first round at the Australian Open, withdraw after two rounds of the French with a wrist problem, skip Wimbledon and exit the US Open in the last 16. However, in 2017, Federer and Nadal have won five titles apiece and on Monday they will be back at number one and two in the world for the first time since 2011.“I was surprised in January. Now I am not that much surprised,” said Nadal. “There are things that probably Roger and me share — that is passion for what we are doing, passion for tennis, passion for the competition and the spirit of improvement all the time.”last_img read more

Theres No Place Like Home for Homeowners

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first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News November 10, 2016 553 Views Share Over the past 30 years, U.S. homeowners have been moving around less and less. A sweeping look by CoreLogic at homeowner migration patterns across the country shows homeowner mobility has been declining steadily over the past three decades.According to the report, the median length of time between recorded purchase and subsequent sale of a home was 6.6 years in 2015. That’s compared to 4.4 years in 1985. The trend is similar to U.S. Census data that shows 5 percent of owner-occupied households moved between 2014 and 2015, as opposed to 9 percent between 1987 and 1988.Even among homeowners who do move, 61 percent stayed within the same metro in 2015. These movers were more likely to trade up in homes and they paid a median price difference of $61,000 more for their subsequent home over the selling price of their prior home. At the same time, the number of those moving out of state fell to 24.6 percent and were at 15-year lows last year. These movers paid roughly the same price as what they sold for.Of the homeowners moving out of state, more of them sold in high-appreciation, high-cost areas and bought in lower appreciation, more affordable areas. California had the largest number of emigrants in 2015, CoreLogic reported. The median sell price for these movers was $495,000, compared with a subsequent moved-to purchase price of $315,000 in other states.“Although the California transplants moved to less expensive homes, the median home was priced in the 77th percentile of homes in the new metro area, a 15-percentage-point increase over the prior California residence,” the report stated.New Jersey had highest ratio of owners moving out compared to owners moving in (2.64), followed by California (2.53), Illinois (1.79), Virginia (1.37), Colorado (1.18) and Pennsylvania (1.12).Texas led states where more people were moving to than from, a ratio of 0.95. Florida (0.92), Arizona (0.75) and North Carolina (0.72) were close behind.Some of the implications of declining household mobility, CoreLogic reported, include lower sales levels and tighter inventories. It may also have a negative impact on the home improvement sector.According to Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies’ 2015 report Emerging Trends in the Remodeling Market, “households tend to spend more on improvements both when they are putting their homes on the market and during the first several years after purchase.”On the flip side, CoreLogic reported, when homeowners live in their homes longer, they have more time to build up equity, which, all things being equal, lowers the risk of default.center_img Homeownership Mobility 2016-11-10 ScottMorgan1 There’s No Place Like Home for Homeownerslast_img read more