On April 20, 2013, José Mourinho debuted a 21-year-old young midfielder with the Real Madrid first team. It was against Betis, on day 32 of LaLiga Santander. Before, he had already debuted with Castilla, with whom he had played the initial stretch of the season. Since then, seven years of success have passed and Casemiro wanted to remember it on his Twitter account. The Brazilian midfielder published an image of his early years in the world of soccer, when he played for Moreira Sport. In addition, it has added the following text: “Who was going to tell this boy that he was going to debut with Real Madrid. Seven years already …“The hastagh Hala Madrid added to this message.Since then, he has worn the first team elastic a total of 229 times, he has scored a total of 22 goals and has distributed 17 assists. Beyond statistics, the Brazilian midfielder has been the protagonist in the golden age of Champions. He has four on his record, one League, a Cup of the King, three Mundialitos, two Super cups from Spain, two of Europe and still many years ahead.
In the second period, both teams looked impressive in what would turn out to be an incredibly close game. Just under twelve minutes into the frame, Connor Bowie scored an unassisted goal to get his thirteenth of the season to give the Trackers a 2-1 lead. In the third period, Craig-Steele then fired in his second of the game on a drop pass from Joel Bourgeois just 28 seconds after the puck dropped. Keenan Halverson got the second assist on the Trackers’ third goal as the initial playmaker. The Trackers looked sharp, but later in the third South Side started to increase their pressure. Brandon Clark made a series of phenomenal saves late in the frame as Edmonton pulled their goaltender for the extra attacker. Despite being shorthanded in a sense, the Trackers managed to shut the door and get the win 3-1.Head coach David Johnston says that despite the initial nerves of playing in front of such a large crowd, the team put in an excellent effort for the entire game. “That’s two back-to-back weekends, probably our best two sixty minute efforts of the year. Like I said to the guys here post-game, this is a tough time of year to stay focused. It’s a real grind time for elite hockey, with the work that they’ve done up to this point and with the distraction of Christmas a short time away. It’s a really tough time of year to keep your players focused and our kids have just done an exceptional job of staying focused. We were just a real good team today.”Advertisement The Trackers are back in action next week for a pair of makeup games against the Whitecourt Wolverines. The Trackers take to the ice next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., and again at 4:30 Wednesday afternoon. Both games will be streamed live on the Trackers’ Ustream page: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nebctrackers. Joel Bourgeois gets some encouragement from the crowd. Photo by Chris Newton – Advertisement -South Side struck first near the midway mark of the first period with a garbage goal. The Trackers however managed to get a bit of a garbage goal of their own three seconds later. Aiden Craig-Steele put the puck into the back of the net after Cooper Beamish made the initial shot to even the score at one apiece. Photo by Tracy Hammond. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast BC/Yukon Trackers got another game in the win column in front of a packed house at the North Peace Arena this afternoon.Hundreds of students from North Peace Secondary and other area schools got the afternoon off their last day of school before Christmas holidays to see their fellow students take to the ice against the Edmonton South Side Athletic Club. Both teams looked a bit nervous early in the game, as nearly all of them had never played in front of such a large crowd before. Captain Joel Bourgeois explained after the game that, “It’s just unreal, I’ve never experienced anything like it, and it just gives everybody a lot of energy.” Connor Bowie scoring the game winning goal in the Trackers’ noon game last year. Photo by Tracy Hammond Aiden Craig-Steele scoring a goal. Photo by Tracy Hammond Brandon Clark takes a quick breather in the third period. Photo by Tracy Hammond File photo by Tracy Hammond. Photo by Chris Newton
6 6 6 6. Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City) – City parted with another eye-watering fee to secure the services of the Argentine defender and Manuel Pellegrini will be hoping he has finally identified the long-term centre-back partner for Vincent Kompany. Only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo received more than Otamendis seven Man of the Match awards in La Liga last season. He may, however, have to fill in at right-back for the league leaders at Palace if Bacary Sagna is sidelined through injury. 5. Michail Antonio (West Ham) – Widely regarded as the best player in the Championship, Antonio snubbed offers from other second tier sides to pursue his Premier League dream. Along with fellow new recruit Victor Moses, he will be expected to inject some pace into the West Ham attack. Can he help the Hammers transfer their stunning away form into a first home win of the season against Newcastle on Monday night? The Premier League returns this weekend after the first international break of the season and, with Manchester United v Liverpool live on talkSPORT on Saturday, it’s fair to say it’s back with a bang.A caveat to this weekend’s set of fixtures will be the prospected debuts of several new signings following the trials and tribulations of transfer deadline day.Premier League clubs splashed out nearly £900m between them during the summer window and a handful of the heftier purchases are in line for their top flight bows over the next few days.But which new signing are you most excited about and who will make the biggest impact? 1. Anthony Martial (Manchester United) – No pressure, kid. The most expensive teenager in history could make his United debut this weekend in traditionally their biggest fixture of the season Liverpool at home. Could Louis van Gaal be tempted to throw him into the mix straight away? Even the Dutchman admitted earlier this week that the astronomical fee Monaco received for his services was ridiculous. Good luck to him. 6 4. Heung-Min Son (Tottenham) – The latest South East Asian import to the Premier League will be hoping to be more Ji-Sung Park than Shinji Kagawa. He was brilliant for Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga, with the physical demands of the German top flight perhaps a good indicator he should settle well in England. Spurs go to lowly Sunderland on Sunday still looking for their first win of the season. 6 3. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – The most expensive Premier League import of the summer has gone from £18m Chelsea misfit to £54m world-beater in the space of 18 months. Quite a transformation for a man Jose Mourinho shunted for temperamental reasons. The Belgian has a point to prove to more than a few people, and he can make a start during a tricky away fixture at Crystal Palace. 6 2. Virgin van Dijk (Southampton) – This is an intriguing one. Long earmarked as the finest player in the SPL with Celtic, the Dutch centre-back must now make the sizeable step up to Premier League football. A trip to West Brom is a relatively low key introduction for the tall defender but if he can strike up an instant understanding with captain Jose Fonte, Saints might be onto a winning formula.