The most emotional season of Juan Carlos Garrido

first_imgDoing so was a relief, because directing a historical like Wydad is not within the reach of anyone. “The pressure is absolute. Wydad is Real Madrid or Barcelona of Morocco and when we arrived they had three games without winning. The loss of confidence was enormous, but we managed to recover the players and start with good results,” recalls Garrido, whose Past, he confesses, it has not taken its toll: “I directed Raja, who is his greatest rival, but I feel the respect of both hobbies. The confrontation between Raja and Wydad is, in terms of environment, one of the most attractive games in the world. I have lived derbies in Buenos Aires, in Istanbul, in Seville … They can be just as passionate, but not superior“At this time, Juan Carlos Garrido should be finishing one of the most important games of his career on the bench. Instead it counts the hours left to return to normal. He does it in Casablanca and alone: ​​”I stayed here because I believed that if I went to Spain, I would not be able to return with my team. I am making the sacrifice of not being with my family because I value being close to my players, I understand that at some point everything will return to normal. “The Valencian unveils May 5 as the deadline set by the CAF to decide on the future of African competitions.” Hopefully in the next few days everything will evolve positively. I hope to remember these days because it is the season in which I conquered the Champions of Africa“sentence. Just 10 days after terminating his contract with Étoile du Sahel, Juan Carlos Garrido was presented with the opportunity to return to Morocco, where he had already successfully directed Raja. There, in Casablanca, he won a Cup and a CAF Confederation Cup –He is the only European coach who has managed to win it twice.– so it was “impossible” to say ‘no’ to Wydad: “It is a country I have experience with. I had already had offers and it was clear that, sooner or later, I was going to return. Wydad is a great club that he’s always fighting to win titles. It’s the place I want to be. ” Garrido signed and the first thing he did with the ‘red devils’ was to eliminate Étoile du Sahel, his previous team, from the Champions League quarterfinals. At these hours, Juan Carlos Garrido (Valencia, 1969) should be finishing one of the most important games of his career on the bench. The Spanish coach, at the controls of the historic Moroccan Wydad Athletic Club since last February, would have received one of his former teams, the Egyptian Al Ahly, in the first leg of the semifinals of the African Champions. “The coronavirus crisis has robbed me of the possibility of enjoying a historical environment”Garrido regrets since his confinement in Casablanca.Until African football decided to stop because of the coronavirus, Juan Carlos Garrido’s season followed a script full of emotions typical of the best stories. It all started last November, when the Valencian took the reins of one of the most successful clubs in Tunisian football: Étoile du Sahel. His journey there lasted only three months. “I made the mistake of not informing myself and I found a club full of problems, especially economic. The situation was unpleasant from the first day. The players did not charge and stopped training as a protest“recalls Garrido, who, however, managed to squeeze the team and reach the Champions League quarterfinals after finishing the group stage leader. Juan Carlos Garrido, Wydad coach Juan Carlos Garrido, Wydad coachcenter_img “Wydad is Real Madrid or Barcelona of Morocco. The pressure is absolute” In the first round of the maximum continental competition, Etoile du Sahel was framed in the same group as Al Ahly, the team that Garrido led to win two titles –the Egyptian Super Cup and the CAF Confederation Cup, equivalent to the Europa League in Africa– in the 2014/15 season. “They were favorites, but in the first leg we managed to beat them 1-0. It was nice because of the unexpected and served the squad to realize that everything could change. On the return we lost, but Returning to Cairo was very special to me. I have fond memories of my time there“recalls Garrido, for whom the future had another surprise in store. “I hope to remember these days because it is the season in which I conquered the Champions of Africa”last_img read more

StarCraft 2 Battlecruiser build condensed to 2 minutes in timelapse

first_imgIf you were one of the lucky 3,000 people to get your hands on the limited edition StarCraft 2 Battlecruiser offered by Mega Bloks at BlizzCon this year, you know how long it took to put that sucker together. There have been reports that it takes anywhere from three to six hours to build  the 1,738 piece cruiser kit. Unfortunately, there is a guy out there that has us all beat. He built his model in just under two minutes.Of course we jest, as we are talking about a time-lapse video taken by sargonas7, a SC2 enthusiast who was lucky enough to acquire the Battlecruiser. The build took him six and a half hours total, during which he had used a Nikon D7000 to capture an image every 3 seconds, and you can watch the whole build below.  For you avid SC2 players out there, there is an audio treat at the end of the video that I know you will enjoy.An important thing to note is that this model is not made out of Lego, even though it looks like it. The Mega Blok brand has worked hard to secure the rights of several franchises, this being one of them. Announced during BlizzCon, the full line of StarCraft model kits will be available to the general public by 2013. Whether or not this means the company will be staggering the release of different vehicles starting in 2012 and completing the set in 2013, or waiting a full year before release is unknown, but we hope that it’s the former.If you simply cannot wait that long to get your hands on the Battlecruiser, it’s going for about $205 right now on eBay. Happy hunting!via Joystiqlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Saturday 17 October

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Saturday 17 October 2015 will see the reopening of Amanjena, Morocco, after a three month enhancement project of the public areas and guest pavilions and the addition of a new two-bedroom ‘Maison Jardin’.In addition, two new restaurants have been introduced; The Japanese Restaurant with its convivial sushi bar and robata grill serving informal izakaya-style cuisine, and The Mediterranean Restaurant with a varied menu tracing culinary traditions from Morocco, Sicily, the South of France and Spain’s historic Al-Andalus region.Two new lounges are situated on either side of the reception pavilion, one serving afternoon tea and the other post-prandial cigars and shisha. Each lounge features its own fireplace and custom made furniture designed by architect and interior designer Reda Amalou, who has overseen all the design.Looking ahead, plans will include the development of 17 new Aman Residences which will be available for off-plan purchase and all of which will have views of the Atlas Mountains.Those wishing to invest in the Aman serviced villas will have the opportunity to contribute towards their design and layout alongside Reda Amalou who will personally oversee the construction.Measuring 1800m2 in size and with the capacity to house up to six bedrooms, all villas will be adjacent to the hotel whilst maintaining high levels of privacy.There will be options for clients to personalise their villas to include a private spa with hammam, gym, yoga and Pilates studio and either rooftop or ground floor swimming pool.Aman have also announced the following updates:Opening: Amanera, Dominican RepublicAmanera, scheduled to debut in the Dominican Republic, will open on Monday 23 November 2015. Amanera will become the first golf-integrated Aman and offer extensive dining, spa and recreational facilities.The launch of Amanera will precede that of Amanemu, scheduled to debut in the first quarter of 2016. A hot spring resort, Amanemu, located in Ise Shima National Park, will be the collection’s second resort in Japan, following on from Aman Tokyo which opened in December 2014.Aman unveils new websiteAman has unveiled a new website, accessible across all platforms and devices, which offers a mix of imagery, video and texts to showcase each resort and its setting.“Reflecting the gentle evolution of the brand and in keeping with our philosophy of inspiring guests with insightful journeys, the website is a window on the Aman lifestyle.” CEO of Aman, Olivier Jolivet says.“Providing a lust for far-away places and the desire for discovery, the image led website will, no doubt, be a catalyst to a journey like no other offering the restorative power of time, space and privacy”.Aman Private Jet Journeys: China and IndonesiaAman has announced the launch of Aman Private Jet Journeys. Guests will travel aboard private jets on journeys curated to incorporate the most exclusive excursions at each Aman and adding a personal touch, each trip will be hosted by one of Aman’s General Managers.The debut journey will take place on 5 March 2016, and for six nights will see just 12 guests embarking on an expedition between the three Aman destinations in China.Making pit-stops at some of the country’s monuments and natural attractions guests will travel to Beijing and stay at Aman Summer Palace, then on to the recently opened Amandayan in Lijiang and will conclude at Amanfayun in Hangzhou.The second voyage will explore Aman icons in Indonesia from 9 to 16 April, commencing in Bali, then onto Amanjiwo in Central Java and finally, to Amanwana, a wilderness hideaway on Moyo Island.A sailing expedition aboard Aman’s traditional Indonesian Phinisi coastal cruisers Amandira or Amanikan to the volcanic isles of Komodo National Park is also a highlight of this  journey.Aman Venice appoints Creative Culinary ConsultantThis September, Chef Davide Oldani has joined the team at Aman Venice as Creative Culinary Consultant. The award-winning creator of Cucina POP, a contemporary philosophy on cuisine, and the author of seven culinary books, Oldani brings his personal interpretation of Italian gastronomy to the kitchens of Aman Venice alongside Chef Akio Fujita and Sous Chef Riccardo Aliceto.Oldani’s creations include mackerel ‘in saor’ and raspberry vinegar chickpea tart, Saffron risotto, caramelized onions with hot and cold Grana Padano, spaghetti with Monte Veronese cheese and oysters with sabayon and marrow. Sweet dishes on offer include a white tiramisu and apple compote with thyme-scented ice cream.“It is a great privilege to bring my experience to Venice and make my debut in this city at Aman Venice, a symbol of elegance and sophistication. It is this elegance that complements my way of thinking about cuisine and which lends itself to the perfect partnership”, says Chef Oldani who has enhanced the existing culinary offering by adding ten dishes to the menu.Amangani: USATo celebrate the milestone 50th anniversary of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Amangani will offer its guests the exclusive use of Foil Skis; handmade, elegant performance skis by family-owned Foil. Originating from Northern Italy, each Foil ski offers a completely different skiing experience.Amangani guests will have access to the use of the Riserva (slalom) and the Classico (allmountain) skis in the comfort of the Amangani Ski Lounge at the base of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and will be amongst the first in the US to experience these handcrafted skis.The resort will also host a series of Italian-inspired evenings throughout the season featuring wine and cheese tastings for skiers to enjoy after a day on the slopes.The skis will debut at Amangani on 28 December 2015 and will be available throughout the winter season.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more