Telematic meeting of the first team of Barcelona

first_imgQuique Setién convened this Tuesday afternoon via telematics an important group of FC Barcelona staff members to make an assessment of the experiences in the first thirty days of confinement and make pineapple, especially considering that the Alarm State could foreseeably extend until mid-May. For about 40 minutes, the technicians and players were able to talk relaxedly about their situation and contribute their grain of sand to make confinement more bearable. With Leo Messi at the helm, the other three captains, Sergio Busquets, Gerard Piqué and Sergi Roberto were also present at the telematic meeting. Other players who participated in the meeting were Antoine Griezmann, Junior Firpo, Luis Suárez, Arturo Vidal, Ivan Rakitic, Clement Lenglet, Nelson Semedo, Ansu Fati, Samuel Umtiti, Jordi Alba, Martin Braithwaite and Frenkie de Jong, the latter two outside of Barcelona, ​​one in Madrid and one from Amsterdam.On the part of the staff, apart from Quique Setién, were the second, Eder Sarabia, the goalkeeping coaches, Ramón de la Fuente and Jon Pascua, the physical trainers, Fran Soto, Edu Pons, Antonio Gómez, the third coach, Joan Barbarà, and the club’s delegate, Carles Naval. The idea of ​​Setién, who has weekly communication with many of his players to find out their status during confinement, is to expand this type of initiative and hold more informal meetings of this type, which he considers vital to keep his players active and encourage pineapple in the grouplast_img read more

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Víctor Santamaría: “Robin changed the way of counting soccer”

first_imgWhen did you start working with Michael?From the time he joined Canal + in 1991 until I retired from soccer, which Mediapro started doing, three, four years ago.What was working for you that caught Robinson’s attention the most?First, it was super punctual. The English paradigm. It’s not a joke (laughs). If we took the plane or the train at 12:00, he was there at 10:00. He was terrified of being late. His relationship with us, the technicians, was super fluid. I was always attentive to what he said. He commented looking at the monitor a lot and he helped us a lot with the repetitions and frames. Always respectful and polite, with dialogue.Robinson one of the ‘Seal Plus’ banners.It is about to explain the influence that that time had, that of the first Canal +, with Michael, Alfredo (Relaño), in the way of counting football. Valdano said it: it is something that lasts to this day. The orientation of what was the national sports treatment was changed. And it was that group of people catalyzed by Robin who began to approach it differently. “What is football? Like life. Well, life counts and you will count football,” he always said.How? (Smiles) He was a storyteller, literal, story teller, stories. And he put it in our heads. We went to the fields without anything prepared beforehand, we took the images and, from these, we told the story. That prompted Michael. I remember his phrase always. Pictures, pictures, pictures. You turned the camera and you also talked about soccer. That was the key. All very honest and with a blessed ignorance. We were very young too (laughs).Did you understand him at first when he spoke?Robin has always spoken better than he seems, huh (laughs). And he was self-taught, he boasted of it, that he had not given a Spanish class.There is something striking and common in all who knew him: when they talk about him they always do it with a smile on their lips.It is that Michael was a constant anecdote, a producer of professional anecdotes. He had fun and had a great time, like a good Irish medium. It spoke everything. It was rare to see him pissed off. When he got angry at work, he was very obsessive, he went into the loop. He was very perfectionist.Did you last see him …?One month ago. He went up to Report, to some meetings, already with his own, but like when I met him. Joking on his cancer, it seemed like he had nothing. We said goodbye and he should have eaten with him, but we were leaving him, we were leaving him …How much will soccer miss you?It’s going to be a stick … A generation of kids has grown up with it. It’s not just how he told it, it’s how the goat saw it …, tremendous. The best that I saw.last_img read more

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“Everything was agreed between Celta and Smolov; the club helped with the flight”

first_imgWhen on April 5 the news broke that the battering ram was in the Russian capital, Celta indicated that he was going to fine Smolov by applying “the internal regime” for having traveled without authorization, a permit that the celestial club had to grant The league. That same day the footballer spoke from Moscow, claiming “to be very grateful to Celta for his support and clarifying that” at all times I informed the club of my steps. “ Waiting for that Fedor Smolov return to Vigo, since Russia they deny the version of the Celtic on the go without the striker’s permission to his country. In an interview published by Sport express, the Russian journalist Nobel Arustamyan He claims that the Vigo club gave the green light for the point to break the confinement and even collaborated to fly it in a private plane to Moscow.“Celta could not speak otherwise in public: the Galicians had to show solidarity with other Spanish teams. I had to say like they said, criticize the attacker“, explains Arustamyan, before revealing that there is a pact between the Celtic leaders and the soccer player:”Smolov did not escape, the club learned of his departure and helped with the flight. Celta reacted appropriately to this. Officially, everyone can say anything, but internally everything was agreed“ Smolov, 30, alluded to “personal issues” to leave Vigo temporarily. Days after arriving in Russia, his fiancée Maria Yumasheva, granddaughter of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin, celebrated her eighteenth birthday.TransferArustamyan and Smolov know each other. During this period of confinement, the journalist organized a meeting on social media with the footballer Alexander Kokorin and one of the guests in that live talk was the Celta player.His country’s press has speculated in recent weeks about the possibility of Kokorin and Smolov playing together next season at Lokomotiv Moscow. Arustamyan dismisses it and points out that at A Sede they want to take ownership of the battering ram, transferred by the Lokomotiv until June 30: “It has good prospects of staying in Spain. Celta continues with the dialogue to buy it. This conversation is real between the heads of the clubs, in Vigo they are interested in keeping Fedor “.The Russian international loan does not include a purchase option. Since his arrival in LaLiga, Smolov has become the undisputed starter for Óscar García. He has scored a goal, against Real Madrid, in the six games he has played as a light blue.last_img read more

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Stoichkov: “The same would have been achieved with or without Guardiola”

first_img“They have been Thierry Henry, Deco, Ronaldinho, Márquez, Puyol or Valdés. There have been some gamers that Pep needed to take away, however Iniesta and Pedro entered, gave Messi extra time and the workforce was already full“added Stoichkov, who received 5 league titles with Barcelona, ​​along with the European Cup, in his two phases on the membership.The previous Bulgarian soccer participant additionally referred to the younger Mourinho from Barça: “He was a really sensible boy. He inspected every thing from coaching and warm-up workout routines to the work we did with the ball, at all times with a paper and a pen, at all times writing issues. “ Hristo Stoichkov has made some statements, which is collected by ‘Mirror’, during which he acknowledged that “Barcelona was already cooked” when Pep Guardiola grew to become the membership’s coach in 2008. “Pep’s work was simple, he knew the infrastructure of the quarry properly. Frank Rijkaard made the squad that Pep inherited. Messi and different younger folks had already debuted with Rijkaard and the same spectacular issues would have been achieved with or without Pep,” he defined. the bulgarian.last_img read more

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Phoenix partnership excites Doyen

first_imgSimon Oliveira, the managing director of leading entertainment and sporting agency Doyen Global, says its partnership with local football academy Phoenix will help it make the next step in transforming the academy into a world-class institution.Oliveira, who spoke via Skype at the press launch to announce plans by Phoenix to build a state-of-the-art football academy – based on the model of French club Lille – on 14 acres of land in Trelawny at the Spanish Court Hotel yesterday, told the gathering that they were very excited about the partnership.incredibly fortunate”We are all very excited about the new partnership. We have a great partner in Craig (Butler). Now we are looking forward to the academy and growing into something good. This is incredibly fortunate, not just for the community. It’s a standard-bearer, which will shine a light on how things should be done and taught anywhere in the world, so we are very excited at Doyen about going the distance,” he stated.”Craig has partnered with Doyen Global for years, and we have stayed with the process until it became a reality. What we have done to professional sport in Europe is bring superior guidance to players and managers in the right way, and our partnership with Craig and the academy is a next stage, and we are proud of this,” he added.Butler is confident that the internationally renown agency, which has managed the affairs of Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Alvaro Morata, David Beckham, and Novak Djokovic, among others, will help them make that next step.”Doyen has the experience, and at this time, to be able to partner with Doyen and its partners is helping us make the next step. We have a minimum of 20 elite players, and I myself cannot give them all that they need in terms of management, so we have Doyen,” he added.last_img read more

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Jamaica needs strong MVP

first_imgWest Indies cricket is now more a source of sadness and depression than the vehicle of inspiration and pride it once was for the Caribbean and the Jamaican people. The Sunshine Girls have fallen short of expectations in their most recent outings, which, in itself, is quite disappointing. The unpredictability of the Reggae Boyz make them a risky emotional investment going into the next round of World Cup Qualifying. The only major sport that continues to deliver emphatically and consistently for Jamaica at the highest level is track and field. Beijing 2015 is still fresh in our minds. Jamaica finished an impressive second in the standings with 12 medals, including seven gold, two silver, and three bronze. Of those 12 medals won in Beijing, Maximum Velocity and Speed (MVP) Track Club athletes had a part to play in winning seven, including four gold, one silver, and two bronze. The importance of the Stephen Francis-led MVP to the overall success of the Jamaican track and field programme cannot be overstated. It is, therefore, of national importance that MVP continues to be strong and successful in turning out and maintaining top-class athletes. The recent trend of top athletes leaving the MVP track club is now becoming worrying. Michael Frater, Melaine Walker, Asafa Powell, and Sherone Simpson left previously and are being followed now by Kaliese Spencer, Christine Day, Natasha Morrison, and more. Not only have they all walked away, but they all seem to have come out with the same acrimonious complaints aimed at head coach, Francis. From the outside looking in and simply analysing the complaints of the athletes leaving the club, one common thread seems to be Francis’ dictatorial style, as well as his club regulations. National 400-metre champion Christine Day recently summed it up, saying coach Francis wanted her – after a decade at the club – to revert to being the same person she was at 18 or 19 when she first came into the club. She quite rightly opined that was impossible, because she will never be a teenager again. Francis is a dedicated student of the sport of track and field. He is totally consumed by his craft, which is why he is so good at what he does. Like all of us, coach Francis has weaknesses. I think the weakness relevant to this unfolding situation is his people skills. Coach Francis needs to first realise and then accept that his style and method of dealing with a desperate, hungry, subservient teenager cannot be the same in dealing with an established athlete with an international profile, reputation, and status and some money in the bank. The natural human reaction to the perception of that kind of behaviour is to exercise the choice to walk away. The fact that athletes the calibre of Spencer and Day have now actually walked away, is a function of them now being in a position to walk away. If we extricate the egos from this situation and even assume that Francis and MVP will produce adequate replacements for the athletes who left, that is not necessarily the best possible outcome to this scenario. It would be to the benefit of MVP, the athletes involved, and indeed to Jamaica if these quality athletes were able to remain at MVP and continue their development in addition to, and not at the expense of, the new stars who will emerge. The question is, will these egos ever be extricated? One suggestion I’ve heard is that the other principals of MVP should totally assume the area of communication with the athletes within their ranks, and indeed with the public at large, and that Francis should stick exclusively to coaching. Great theory, but will that ever happen? I would not bet on it.last_img read more

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Workmanlike win for St George’s

first_img Today’s games St Mary’s College vs Norman Manley Ascot vs Denham Town Papine vs Kingston College St Catherine vs Ardenne Haile Selassie vs Jonathan Grant Pembroke Hall vs Meadowbrook Hydel vs St Jago Calabar vs Campion College Bridgeport vs Cumberland (Home teams are named first and all games start at 3:30 p.m.) St George’s College started the new ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup football competition with a hard-fought victory against Tivoli Gardens High at the Edward Seaga Complex yesterday. The 20-time champions had to work hard for the three points in the Group A clash. Last year’s top goalscorer in the Manning Cup, Alex Marshall, put the Light Blues ahead in the 45th minute and captain Dominic James added the other goal in the 74th minute. Marshall, with his pace and skill, tormented the Tivoli back-line. Tivoli’s goalkeeper, Ricardo Brown, made some fine saves to prevent St George’s from winning by a wider margin. Tivoli had their good moments but failed to trouble St George’s College custodian John Wilson. Marshall, who was away in the summer on trial at St Pauli FC in Germany, says it was a hard game, but the important thing is the three points earned. “I was not at 100 per cent, so I am going back to training to work harder. It is always good to start a competition with a win and we are thankful for the result”, Marshall told The Gleaner. “It’s a team sport, so although I’m targeted, we play to help each other,” the 18 year-old shared. St George’s College assistant coach, Marcel Gayle described the victory as “a workmanlike performance.” “We were pushed to the limit by the Tivoli team today, but it was important to start on a winning note,” Gayle said. On the other hand, Tommy Ricketts, coach of Tivoli High, blamed faulty finishing for his team’s second consecutive defeat from two games.last_img read more

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Phoenix trial begins for NBA players accused of assault

first_imgThe Morris brothers are accused of helping three other people beat 36-year-old Erik Hood on Jan. 24, 2015.Hood told Phoenix police that he was repeatedly punched and kicked while sustaining a fractured nose, abrasions and a large bump on his head.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogHood is an acquaintance of the Morris brothers and reportedly had a falling-out with them in 2010.The 6-foot-9 Morris twins became teammates in 2013 when Marcus was traded to the Suns. View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A costly, catty dispute finally settled A costly, catty dispute finally settled Break new ground Marcus was traded to the Boston Celtics in July 2017, and Markieff is now with the Washington Wizards.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’center_img It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Forward Markieff Morris #5 of the Washington Wizards celebrates during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on April 28, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images/AFPPHOENIX — A trial will begin for NBA players Marcus and Markieff Morris, who allegedly assaulted a man outside a Phoenix recreation center two years ago.Maricopa County Superior Court officials announced the trial’s upcoming jury selection will start Wednesday morning.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Winning start UAAP: Tamaraws trounce Warriors for first win MOST READlast_img read more

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NBA: Kenyon Martin apologizes to Jeremy Lin for ‘racial remark’ about his hair

first_imgMos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up His choice of new hairstyle caught the ire of retired NBA forward Kenyon Martin who accused the Harvard graduate of “wanting to be black.” MOST READ Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lin quipped back with a reverent response, claiming he did it out of respect for the black culture and also pointed out Martin’s tattoo bearing Chinese characters.In a video uploaded by TMZ, the 14-year NBA veteran apologized to Lin, but claimed his new hairdo still looked ridiculous.He also explained that his comments were supposed to be light-hearted, but was eventually blown out of proportion by some netizens.“This was never meant to be racial. It was thought of as what would’ve been done in our locker room,” Martin said in a separate report from Sports Illustrated. “It would’ve been jokes. We would’ve been making jokes.”The one-time NBA All-Star added that Lin is a grown man who could style his hair whichever he pleased.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin is perhaps best known for two things: his daredevil drives to the hoop and his penchant for rocking multiple hairstyles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe 29-year-old Asian-American point guard recently unveiled his boldest choice yet—a set of bushy dreadlocks, which is most often sported by African-American athletes.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img DAY6 is for everybody “He has the right to rock any hairstyle he wants. It got out of control. It wasn’t meant to be anything more than banter,” he explained.“Jeremy is an athlete and I would hope he understood that this was in fun and not to offend and as long as he’s not offended that’s all that matters. I wish him well.”Martin added that he already reached out to Lin personally, but continues to receive negative comments from people online.“People were sending messages to my son. Like, no. Say whatever to me and about me. I have thick skin. I know what my intentions were,” Martin said. “But then those are the things that are coming across. You n**ga this. Your n**ga that.”Aside from his Player’s Tribune piece about cultural appropriation, Lin also detailed the matter further to Brooklyn Nets reporter Anthony Puccio.  Khristian Ibarrola /raJeremy Lin spoke extensively about Kenyon Martin’s comments after the game: pic.twitter.com/JaDH1Du8V0— Anthony Puccio (@APOOCH) October 6, 2017 View comments Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson NBA: Warriors to repeat as champs, LeBron to win MVP, GM survey says Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next How to help the Taal evacueeslast_img read more

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Porzingis hits tiebreaking 3, Knicks beat Hornets

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments Porzingis scored 28 points, including a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:48 remaining, and New York beat the Charlotte Hornets 118-113 on Tuesday night for its third straight victory.The Eastern Conference player of the week was held below 30 for only the third time in 10 games this season, but he delivered when it mattered, scoring seven points in the final 2:32.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThat gave him 300 points through 10 games, two more than Bernard King had to open 1984-85.“The sweetest thing for us, the best thing for us, would be to make the playoffs. This means nothing,” Porzingis said. “If we can keep winning and I’ll keep doing what I have to do, then the real reward will come.” “Too many mistakes down the stretch,” Walker said. “We made some really bad mental mistakes at the end and they capitalized. This is stuff we’ve got to learn from. We’ve got to be better with our execution.”The Hornets were 7 of 9 from 3-point range in the first quarter and led 41-32. They increased the lead to 69-58 at halftime even with the Knicks hitting 61 percent of their shots in the first 24 minutes.TIP-INSHornets: Howard was listed as probable before the game with a sprained right foot, though coach Steve Clifford didn’t seem concerned that Howard would have to sit. … Walker snapped out a shooting slump by going 8 for 16 from the field. He was 8 for 27 during the Hornets’ losses to San Antonio and Minnesota.Knicks: The Knicks (6-4) are over .500 after 10 games for the first time since the 2012-13 season, when they won the Atlantic Division title. … Enes Kanter scored 14 points.COMEBACK KIDSThe Knicks have come from at least 15 points down in back-to-back games for the first time since Dec. 18 and 20 against Utah and Charlotte.STRENGTH OF SCHEDULEThe Hornets have not only had a tough schedule to open the season, but they had to play it short-handed. Nicolas Batum has missed all 11 games with a sprained left elbow, while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has missed five. Charlotte has played Houston, Minnesota, San Antonio and Memphis, some of the strongest teams in the Western Conference.“With the schedule that we’ve played, if you would have told me no Nic, really no MKG, missing Cody (Zeller) for a number of games, that we’d be 5-5 with this sked, I’d be fine with it,” Clifford said before the game. “We have a good team. This is by far the most talented team we’ve had since I’ve been there, and you can’t play without two starters. Not at the wing position or anywhere else.” Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img UP NEXTHornets: Visit Boston on Friday.Knicks: Visit Orlando on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Legendary FEU volleyball coach Kid Santos passes way Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Doug McDermott added a season-high 20 points off the bench and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 19 for the Knicks, who have won six of seven after an 0-3 start. New York shot 60 percent from the field to catch up and eventually pass Charlotte.Asked what has keyed the Knicks’ turnaround, McDermott said: “Just unselfish play and having a guy like KP who is playing the best basketball in the NBA, borderline.”Kemba Walker, Dwight Howard and rookie Malik Monk each had 21 points in the Hornets’ third straight loss.The Knicks, who erased a 19-point deficit against Indiana in their last game, were down 15 in this one before mounting a charge in the fourth quarter with Porzingis on the bench. They cut it to four with about 7 minutes left, but Howard converted a follow shot and Walker banked in a 3-pointer to push the lead back to 109-100 with 5:34 to play.New York answered with four 3-pointers in a 14-2 run, with Porzingis’ clutch shot from straightaway making it 114-111. His drive to the basket with 11 seconds remaining made it 116-113, and Monk missed a 3-pointer before Walker lost the ball out of bounds on the sideline.ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks hangs on the rim after dunking the ball in the second quarter against the Charlotte Hornets during their game at Madison Square Garden on November 7, 2017 in New York City. ages/AFPNEW YORK — No Knicks player has ever started a season like Kristaps Porzingis.He won’t celebrate now, since he only cares about the finish.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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