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Goalkeeper who survived Chapecoense plane tragedy returns to training – despite only having one leg

Date Posted,November 17, 2017

One of the surviving players of the Chapecoense plane tragedy has returned to training – despite only having one leg.

Goalkeeper Jackson Follmann is one of only three team-mates left alive following the crash in Colombia in which 71 of the 77 people on last November’s flight were killed.

Follman has become an inspirational figure in Brazil after battling back from having his leg removed.

And his latest brave step on the road to recovery can be seen in this Chapecoense team video which shows him training again with his old club.

Aftermath of the plane crash which killed Chapecoense players (Image: Reuters)
Jackson Follmann stands up with artificial leg (Image: Golders/@jacksonfollmann_))
Jackson Follmann jumps for a high ball (Image: Golders/ChapeTV)

The emotional keeper said: “With only one leg, I am going further than with two, and it is a big emotion.

“I am glad to come back to the pitch and remember the times that went away so fast. The memories are big, but it is good. I think I am heading in the right direction.”

And after going through some intensive training drills at the Arena Conda stadium, he joked: “If I work a bit more, I think I can make a proper comeback!”

Follman has a prosthesis in place of his amputated right leg, but that has not stopped him fulfilling his dream of returning to the football pitch.

Goalkeeper Jackson Follmann, who survived when the plane carrying Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense crashed, carries the Copa Sudamericana trophy
Goalkeeper Jackson Follmann, who survived when the plane carrying Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense crashed, carries the Copa Sudamericana trophy (Image: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters)
Jackson Follmann makes a save as he returns in training for Chapecoense (Image: Golders/ChapeTV)

His brave reaction to the tragedy has made him a cult hero in Brazil, along with the other survivors including club colleagues Alan Rushel and Helio Neto, as well as a journalist and two crew members.

“The leg amputation only took off my leg, nothing else,” he told local media. “I challenge myself every day and I see that the difficulty is only in the head.

“I value the simple things of life, things that are unseen in the normal day – the simple fact of going to the bathroom and kissing people who I love.

Survivors of the plane crash in Colombia that killed most of the Chapecoense football team (Image: Buda Mendes)
Brazilian Chapecoense pose before a Libertadores Cup football match in Maracaibo (Image: AFP/Getty Images)

“I was in a wheelchair for a while and that was difficult. My dream was to be fine, walk, hug. I really appreciate this training session.

“I feel like I won the day, the week, the month. I am a proud physically disabled person and coming back to practice sport is a pleasure.”

The tragedy took place on November 2016 in Colombia, when the Chapecoense team was travelling to face Atletico Nacional for the Sudamericana Cup.

PSG ‘deny claim Neymar has a £199m release clause in his contract’

Date Posted,November 17, 2017

Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly denied the claim Neymar has a £199million release clause in his contract.

Contrary reports surfaced this week amid the suggestion the Brazilian had become unmotivated to play for the Ligue 1 giants.

Neymar missed PSG’s 5-0 win over Angers when he linked up with the Brazil squad for friendlies against Japan and England.

It was claimed that he was feeling frustrated by both the lack of competition in France and amount of fans present inside stadiums.

Neymar has been linked with a move to Real Madrid (Image: REUTERS)

Real Madrid then began their charm offensive of the player, as a number of first team stars came forward to heap praise on the Brazilian.

Casemiro told COPE ahead of Brazil’s friendly with England: “He’s a star. He knows what he’s doing. He’s a great player and he’ll always be welcome at Real Madrid. I hope he comes, but he’s happy at his club.”

The Brazilian is reportedly unhappy at Paris Saint-Germain (Image: Getty Images Europe)

While Sergio Ramos told Cadena Ser: “I like to have the best and Neymar is one of them. I consider him to be a different player that makes a difference so, if it depended on me, if he came in December we have had a good time.

“Maybe it was easier for him to go to PSG instead of directly to Real Madrid. I think he’s one of the best in the world, but football goes around a lot and it’s very personal decisions.”

Sergio Ramos recently heaped praise on the former Barcelona man (Image: AFP)

As speculation the former Barcelona man could be considering a move to Los Blancos began to snowball, reports emerged regarding his current contract.

It was claimed Neymar has a £199million release clause in place – identical to the one in his Barcelona contract that was triggered by PSG.

Neymar joined PSG for a world record-breaking £199milion (Image: AFP)

But a report in Le Parisien, who claim to have information from a source within the club, states there is no such release clause in place.

This means that if Real Madrid were to lodge a bid, it would have to be accepted by PSG before they could offer the Brazilian a contract.

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Why Mourinho doesn’t care if United break club record against Newcastle

Date Posted,November 17, 2017

Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United can set a new club record tomorrow if they avoid defeat against Newcastle.

Mourinho’s side have gone 37 games unbeaten at Old Trafford in all competitions, equalling the record set by Sir Alex Ferguson’s side between December 1998 and April 2000.

If United do not lose to Rafa Benitez’s side, they will set a new club run of 38 games without defeat, although Mourinho said he had no interest in creating a new record.

“We don’t play for records and, if we concede a goal but we score at least two, I’m happy,” said Mourinho.

“We defend as a team, we try to defend as a team and our numbers show exactly that collective effort, but the objective is to win matches at home, the objective is not to not concede goals.

Mourinho just wants the three points (Image: Getty)
Avoiding defeat would break a record set by Fergie’s great side (Image: Getty)

“Of course, if you don’t concede, you’re closer to winning matches, but that’s not an obsession for us.

“The record means absolutely nothing for us.

“We lost the last match we need points, I know the way Newcastle plays and the way Benitez prepares his teams, so we need to get back the points we need.”

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Liverpool boss Klopp ready to play the ‘bad guy’ and hold back fit-again Lallana

Date Posted,November 17, 2017

Jurgen Klopp has revealed he is ready to play the “bad guy” to ensure he has Adam Lallana available for the rest of the campaign.

The Reds boss admitted his Liverpool star is chomping at the bit to get back in action, after returning to full training following a three month lay off with a ruptured thigh muscle.

But even though Lallana is likely to be in the squad for the visit of Southampton, his manager insisted there is NO chance of him starting the game.

“He is a fantastic player but we want to have him for the season. This is the moment the player wants to be back immediately and I have to be the bad guy and say ‘Not today, maybe tomorrow’,” Klopp explained.

Lallana is back in full training (Image: Getty Images)
Jordan Henderson with Lallana in Liverpool training (Image: Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

“Obviously that is not too nice but I do it for him and for the club. We will see, it depends how the other players are. We will use him for sure but bringing him for 90 minutes is not a good idea and will not happen.

“What he is doing is so different to the other players: he is the ‘jumper’. He loves to do that and of course it is very important for us and will be again and I am already looking forward to when we can use it again.

“But he is also a fantastic football player and he showed that in the first (training) session.

“Unfortunately I was not involved but when I came in they were all really excited about it: ‘OK, Adam was pretty good’ so I know about it and it is good for the player.”

The former Southampton star is fit again (Image: Liverpool FC/Getty)

Klopp revealed that Lallana isn’t the only one at the Reds’ Melwood training ground who is back to fighting fitness…after insisted he himself feels “really good”, after a minor health scare in the week.

And he joked, after returning to take training in the past two days following a visit to the hospital for precautionary checks on a minor complaint:

“I feel really good, and actually I am 50 now so maybe I need to get used to it…I am not sure. It is twice now I have been in a British hospital!

“It was not that serious. I am not ill. I am not sure if you are happy about it, but I am. It is good news.”

Klopp will have a full squad to choose from for the visit of Southampton, bar Nathaniel Clyne, who had an operation on his back in the week, and will be out for three more months.

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Crouch alerts Southgate he is on World Cup standby but reveals perks of no international football

Date Posted,November 17, 2017

Peter Crouch has reiterated he is still available for England ahead of next summer’s World Cup, but the Stoke City star acknowledges there are some perks to not being involved during international breaks right now.

With seven years to the day since his last appearance for the Three Lions, Crouch could be forgiven for giving up hope of a recall at 36 years old.

And while he still harbours hope of a shock return to the international game, Crouch is using the break to enjoy his other passion in life: music.

“It was a nightmare sitting at home watching England on TV when I still want to play for my country,” Crouch wrote in his Mail column. “I may be 36 but I’ve never retired from international football—Gareth, you know my number!

Crouch is still scoring in the Premier League at 36 (Image: Action Images via Reuters)
Peter Crouch rises above Brent Sancho to score during the FIFA 2006 World Cup Group B match between England and Trinidad and Tobago on June 15, 2006
The Stoke forward has a great record for the Three Lions (Image: Ben Radford/Getty)
Crouch attended the U2 gig in Leicester Square (Image: PA)

“But now I have discovered there are at least some perks to being a washed-up international. Last Saturday I saw U2 play an intimate gig at Trafalgar Square. It’s the first time I’ve seen them live, so I’m glad that’s one I can tick off the list.

“I also saw Liam Gallagher at Bethnal Green Working Men’s club. I never thought I’d get to see Wonderwall played live again in my lifetime, so being four rows from the front was an experience — even if it wasn’t for the people behind me!”

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