Rogic klar för två nya år i Eskilstuna

Eskilstuna säkrade det allsvenska kontraktet i den sista omgången. Efter serieavslutningen har Felicia Rogic öppnat för att lämna klubben.

Hennes man, Filip Rogic, spelar i AIK vars damlag precis tagit steget upp till damallsvenskan. Men någon flytt dit, eller utomlands, är inte aktuell.

– Jag funderade lite. Till exempel om jag efter många år i damallsvenskan skulle prova något annat, alltså att spela utomlands. Men jag landade ändå i att jag ville stanna kvar och inte bo så långt ifrån Filip som fortsätter i AIK, säger hon till klubbens hemsida.

Kontraktet är skrivet på två år.

– En viktig bit i att bygga klart vår trupp är på plats, säger tränaren Magnus Karlsson.

Flick: “Champions sind da, wenn große Spiele anstehen”

Am Dienstag in der Champions League hatte Trainer Hansi Flick noch rotiert, seine Stars geschont, damit sie für das Duell gegen Leipzig – unter den aktuellen Umständen – so fit wie möglich sind. Nun stehen bis auf Corentin Tolisso, Alphonso Davies und Joshua Kimmich alle bereit.

Kitzelt seine Mannschaft vor dem Topspiel gegen Leipzig: Bayern-Trainer Hansi Flick.

Kitzelt seine Mannschaft vor dem Topspiel gegen Leipzig: Bayern-Trainer Hansi Flick. imago images

Der Bayern-Coach und sein Team sind gerüstet für das Spitzenspiel, das auf gewisse Weise auch einen freundschaftlichen Charakter hat.

In Topspielen der Bundesliga, in denen es um Tabellenplatz 1 ging, standen sich im vorigen Jahrzehnt meist der FC Bayern und Borussia Dortmund gegenüber. Seit zwei Jahren mischt sich auch RB Leipzig immer mal wieder ein. Wie im Februar, als es beim Duell zwischen dem FCB und RB ein 0:0 gab. Jetzt, an diesem Samstagabend, 18.30 Uhr (LIVE! bei kicker), ist es dieselbe Konstellation. Zwei Zähler trennen die beiden Klubs im Liga-Ranking.

Flick und Nagelsmann: Kuschelkurs statt Giftpfeile

Wo in der Vergangenheit häufig ein paar Giftpfeile von München in den Westen der Republik und retour flogen, fliegen nun Amor-Pfeile in den Osten Deutschlands und zurück an die Isar. Die Trainer gehen beinahe schon auf Kuschelkurs. Hohe Wertschätzung auf beiden Seiten – schließlich kennen sich Julian Nagelsmann und Hansi Flick noch aus Hoffenheimer Zeiten.

Schon davor, so sagt der FCB-Coach, habe er gewusst, welch’ großes Potenzial im Leipzig-Trainer steckt. Inzwischen sei er auch längst kein Talent mehr, sondern ein nachgewiesener Fachmann, der seine Mannschaft in der abgelaufenen Saison ins Halbfinale der Champions League geführt hatte. “Leipzig hat eine enorme Entwicklung gemacht”, lobt Flick: “Julian ist ein Top-Trainer. Seine Mannschaft spielt sehr variabel, mehrere Systeme, sie ändern auch die Grundordnung, setzen den Gegner gut unter Druck. Das sind Dinge, die mir von der Idee her, wie man Fußball spielen möchte, zusagt, die ich sehr schätze.”

Viel Harmonie im Vorfeld

Zuvor, bei der Pressekonferenz der Leipziger, hatte Nagelsmann all seine Wertschätzung gegenüber Flick betont. So viel Harmonie vor einem so wichtigen Spiel gibt es eher selten. Immerhin geht es um Big-Points im Meisterschaftskampf. Weshalb Bayerns Chef-Trainer sein Team nochmal explizit kitzelt. “Champions sind da, wenn große Spiele anstehen”, sagt er: “Ich erwarte von meiner Mannschaft, dass sie wesentlich besser spielt als in den letzten Spielen.” Zwar sei er mit der offensiven Ausbeute, 31 Tore in neun Partien, zufrieden, aber: Die Münchner ließen zu viel gegnerische Chancen zu. Das gefällt dem 55-Jährigen weniger.

Ich erwarte, dass meine Mannschaft wesentlich besser spielt als in den letzten Spielen.

Hansi Flick

Die jüngsten Top-Spiele, ob gegen Dortmund oder das Hinspiel gegen Atletico, gewannen die Bayern. Warum? Weil sie Mentalität, Wille, individuelle Klasse und Teamgeist hervorragend kombinieren. Das hebt sie momentan von der Konkurrenz ab. Denn auch, wenn es fußballerisch mal nicht so glänzt, wie man es in München gerne strahlen sehen würde, konnte sich Flick zumindest auf seine Ausnahmekönner verlassen.

Georg Holzner

”Så bra att vi hade kunnat ha två lag”

Hanna Öberg har sedan OS i Pyeongchang för snart tre år sedan, då hon slog till med ett individuellt guld och var del i det svenska stafettlag som tog silver, varit svenskt skidskyttes stora fixstjärna. 

Men förra säsongen presenterade sig också en annan skidskytt vid efternamn Öberg. 

Lillasyster Elvira Öberg gjorde då sin världscupdebut, och största framgången blev när hon tillsammans med bland andra Hanna Öberg kom trea i stafetten i Östersund i december förra året. 

Men i går, under världscuptävlingarna i finska Kontiolahti, kom den hittills största individuella framgången i karriären. 

Elvira Öberg stod för en imponerande åkning i sprinten, sköt fullt i det liggande skyttet men åkte på en bom i det stående. 

Hon var ändå med i fajten om tredjeplatsen och gick en kamp om tiden mot den norska storstjärnan Marte Olsbu Röiseland.

Men efter en urstark avslutning var Elvira Öberg snabbast i mål och tog sin första individuella pallplats i karriären.

– Det känns väldigt bra och jag är oerhört stolt över min prestation. Åkningen är det som gör att jag kan stå på pallen trots en en bom. Jag fick verkligen jobba med skyttet. Det har helt ärligt känts tungt på träningarna de senaste dagarna. Så jag är verkligen jättenöjd med hur jag kunde genomföra sprinten, säger Elvira Öberg.

”Sverige kunde ha haft två lag”

I morgon står damstafett på programmet i världscupen och efter de stora inledande svenska framgångarna är konkurrensen om platserna stenhård.

I distansloppet i lördags var fyra svenskor topp tio, Johanna Skottheim trea, Elvria Öberg fyra, Linn Persson femma, Hanna Öberg sjua. 

I söndags vann Hanna Öberg sprinten, Johanna Skottheim kom fyra. 

Och så nya svenska framgångar i gårdagens sprint med Hanna Öberg som etta och Elvira Öberg som trea.

– Jag hoppas att jag har visat att framfötterna tillräckligt för att få köra. Men det är en tuff konkurrens. Oavsett vilka det blir som åker så kommer det att bli en väldigt spännande stafett, säger Elvira Öberg och fortsätter:

– Så bra som Sverige är nu hade vi kunnat ha haft två lag som hade chansen på pallen.

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Grosjean describes 28-second escape from burning wreckage

Warning — this story contains details that some readers may find distressing

It took 28 seconds for Romain Grosjean to emerge from the flaming wreckage of his Haas Formula One car on Sunday night.

On impact with the crash barrier, Grosjean’s body was subjected to 53 times the force of gravity, which was enough to split the car in two and ignite the wreckage in a ball of flames.

Over the next 28 seconds, Grosjean faced death, accepted it and then instantly rejected it.

Sat on a video conference call in the F1 paddock five days later, Grosjean, whose worst injuries extend to burns on the back of his hands, was able to talk journalists through the incident.

Below is the remarkable story of those 28 seconds, the horror he faced and the quick thinking that saved his life.

Romain Grosjean:

“Let me relive those 28 seconds and bring you with me.

“For me, it wasn’t quite 28 seconds; it felt more like a minute 30, if I had to put a time on it.

“When the car came to a stop I opened my eyes and unclicked my seatbelt straight away.

“The thing I didn’t remember the next day is what I did with the steering wheel as I didn’t have the memory of taking it off and they said, ‘no, the steering wheel’s gone in between your legs, the column and everything broke and went down’. So I didn’t have to bother with the steering wheel.

“So I go to jump out and I feel like something is touching my head, so sit back down in the car. My first thought is I’m going to wait, I’m upside down against the wall so I’ll wait for someone else to come and helps me.

“I wasn’t stressed and not aware there was fire, but then I looked right and left and saw on the left there is a fire.

“So, OK, I don’t really have the time to wait here, next time I try to go up a bit more on the right, it doesn’t work, go on the left, doesn’t work, sit back down and I thought about Niki Lauda, his accident, thought it couldn’t end like this, it couldn’t be my last race, it couldn’t finish like this, no way. So I try again and I’m stuck and so I go back down.

“And then there’s the less pleasant moment where my body starts to relax, I’m in peace with myself and I’m going to die.

“I ask my question, is it going to burn my shoe or my foot or my hand is it going to be painful, where’s it going to start. And I mean, to me that looks like 2-3-4 seconds but I guess it was milliseconds at the time.

“Then I think about my kids, and I say no they cannot lose their dad today. So I don’t know why I did what I did but I decided to turn my helmet on the left hand side and to go up like this and try and twist my shoulder.

“That sort of works, but then I realise my foot is stuck in the car so I sit back down, pull as hard as I can on my left leg, the shoe stayed with my foot was but my foot came out of the shoe.

“Then I do it again and my shoulders are going through and by the time the shoulder was through I know I’m going to jump out, so I’ve got both hands on the fire at that time, I see my gloves, which are normally red, I see especially the left one changing colour and starting melting and going full black.

“I feel the pain my hands are in the fire but also I feel the relief that I am out of the car, and then I jump out, go on the barrier, feel Ian [Roberts, the FIA doctor] pulling on my overall so I know I am not on my own anymore and there is someone with me.

“I land and they touch on my back so I’m like, ‘Oh s—, I am a running fireball!’ The image that you know we’ve seen on the video the FIA shows us where they do a test, put someone on fire, and run around to show the overall was strong.

“Then I shake my hand as they’re very hot and painful, I removed the gloves straightaway as I’ve got this image that the skin is bubbling and melting and is going to stick to the gloves, so straight away I want to remove the gloves… the skin doesn’t go with it.

“Then Ian comes to see me and speaks to me and says, “sit down!’ and I gave him s—, I said, ‘talk to me normally please’, I guess he understood at that time that I was OK, I was normal.

“Then we sit and we are too close to the fire, I hear the guys with the extinguisher say the battery is on fire bring some other extinguishers, then we go into the medical car, sit down, they put some cold compress on my hand as I told them my hands are burning and my foot is broken.

“Then the pain really starts going very high, especially on the left foot, the hands were okay at the time but the left foot starts being very painful.

“Ian explains the ambulance is coming and they’re going to come with the bed and you’re going to be OK and we keep talking at the time. I say, ‘no now we walk to the ambulance, they say ‘no, no the bed is coming’, I say ‘no, no, no, I walk out of the car, and say we are walking’, ‘okay we’ll help you’.

“I guess on the medical side it wasn’t a perfect decision but they understood for me it was key there was footage of me walking towards the ambulance, so even though I walked out of the fire I needed to send another strong message that I was okay and I was going to walk towards the ambulance.

“Then every time I met anyone I said two burnt hands one broken foot, that’s all I could say to everyone I was meeting, just because I was scared obviously of my conditions and I wanted everyone who was coming and treating me to know that what my symptoms were.

“So I guess that is the full story of 28 seconds and then the rest, as you can imagine, it felt longer than 28 seconds with all the thoughts I had, it must have been milliseconds, but all the thoughts looked to me like 1-2-3 seconds.”

Bale's greatest goals, Messi's disastrous waxwork model

Gareth Bale reached a rather significant career milestone when scoring Tottenham’s first goal in their dramatic 3-3 Europa League draw against LASK Linz on Thursday evening.

JUMP TO: Messi’s disastrous waxwork model

Bale converted a penalty in first-half stoppage time to ensure Spurs went in at the break on a level footing. It was the 200th goal of his senior professional career for club and country.

“I wasn’t aware of it [being a landmark goal],” Bale told reporters after the game. “But it’s nice to get 200 goals in your career. It’s another milestone you can look back on in the future.”

It was Bale’s 57th goal for Tottenham, which he adds to 105 for Real Madrid, five for Southampton and 33 at international level for Wales.

Here’s a timely look back at some of the best of them…

SOUTHAMPTON

Good omens vs. Derby County

Bale’s first senior league goal was a sign of things to come as the 17-year-old Saints academy graduate stepped up to score this fine free kick in 2006.

TOTTENHAM

Sublime volley vs. Stoke City

Bale scored both goals in a 2-1 win over Stoke in 2010, the best being this brilliant volley back across the goal into the far top corner.

Virtuoso vs. Inter Milan

A brilliant individual performance that firmly hoisted Bale to the next level, with a hat trick against Inter at the San Siro in the 2010 Champions League group stage. All the goals were excellent, so we’ll let you pick your favourite.

Solo charge vs. Norwich

The Welshman netted another double in a 2-0 win over Norwich the following year; the second being a powerful solo run from the half-way line coupled with a dainty dink over the keeper.

Sumptuous stuff vs. West Brom

Like something straight out of the Arjen Robben playbook, Bale cuts inside onto his left foot and then buries one in the back of the Baggies net from the edge of the area.

Derby decider vs. West Ham

With the score locked at 2-2 in a tense London derby, Bale pinched a late winner for Spurs when he let fly from 30 yards in the 90th minute.

25-yard curler vs. Sunderland

Like the West Brom goal, only better.

REAL MADRID

Overhead magic vs. Liverpool

Bale helped to seal the 2018 Champions League final with a stunning overhead kick against Liverpool.

Hammer volley on the run vs. Dortmund

Incredibly, though, a poll on the UEFA.com website put this one against Dortmund as the best UCL goal of the 2017-18 season.

Wonder volley vs. Warsaw

In November 2016, Real Madrid surprisingly drew 3-3 with Legia Warsaw in the Champions League. It was even more surprising after Bale’s stunning volley came in the first minute.

Off the pitch vs. Barcelona

Marc Bartra still has nightmares about this effort from April 2014 as Bale ran off the pitch, still beating the Barcelona defender for pace, before slotting home in the Copa del Rey.

Running 70 yards vs. Rayo

He was still trying to impress the Real Madrid fans when he scored this solo effort in 2014 in a comfortable 5-0 home win over Rayo. Safe to assume they were.

WALES

Letting rip vs. Scotland

Bale rattles one in from distance in the 2014 World Cup qualifier at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Free-kick vs. Slovakia

Subtle shades of former Real teammate Cristiano Ronaldo as Bale picks out the bottom corner with a smart effort from distance.

Pertinent pearler vs. Republic of Ireland

Bale became the first Welshman to score 30 goals for his country with this wonderful strike against the Republic of Ireland.

Messi’s disastrous waxwork model

Lionel Messi is no stranger to having questionable statues made of him, with the Barcelona‘s star’s local wax museum becoming the latest place to offer their tribute.

To inaugurate the redevelopment and reopening of the Museu de Cera in the Catalan city, a model of Messi has been put on display, dressed in full Barca kit and with fingers pointing to the sky.

It’s perhaps fair to say that the sculptors haven’t been particularly kind to Messi, appearing to age the Argentine by at least five years with excess wrinkles and crow’s feet.

However, at least Messi can rest assured that his latest waxwork is a cut or two above the model put on display in New York back in 2015, which appeared to have been left next to a particularly warm radiator overnight.