Football Training Centre in Zenica to be expanded

first_imgBosnia and Herzegovina’s Football Training Centre is located on Kamberovića Plain (another name of the site is Crkvičko Brdo) in Zenica. It currently covers an area of 30,000 m². Two football pitches measuring 105×68 m have already been built on this site, one with natural grass and the other with artificial turf, as well as one covered pitch with tent construction and artificial turf measuring 20×40 meters.The facility on this location also has a grandstand and hotel facilities. The grandstand has a capacity of 1500 seats. Within the facility, there are 24 double rooms, a kitchen with a restaurant, seminar and meeting room, 2 large and 4 smaller dressing rooms, a medical room, an anti-doping room, a fitness room, a room with 12 baths for water massage, a laundry room, a storage room and other rooms.The Training Centre is registered with UEFA as a category 2 stadium, with official matches being played by the U-21 team, the women’s “A” national team and all other national teams’ lower-age categories.The Training Centre started operating in the spring of 2014 and has been increasing capacity utilization every year. It is used for gatherings of all the FF BH national teams, for holding seminars, coach education, as well as for playing official and training matches.In 2018, the capacity utilization of the Centre was 79%, and in 2019 it is planned 82%.These are the current limits, because, due to limited accommodation and only two large pitches, it is not possible to achieve maximum (100%) utilization of this facility.Since December 2018, the FF BH has been leading activities on the project of expanding the Training Centre in Zenica, together with the City of Zenica.A session of the City Council of the City of Zenica was held yesterday, with the decision on determining the public interest for expanding the capacity of the Training Centre of the Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Zenica. This created the preconditions for the preparation of project documentation for expanding the Training Centre.The FF BH Executive Board has already made the appropriate decisions that foresee the sources of funding for the project of expanding and, after drafting the project documentation, will be able to submit applications to UEFA and FIFA.The extension of TC Zenica would include two new football pitches of standard dimensions 68.0×105.0 meters, both with natural grass.Accommodation will also be expanded.The length of the new building is 32.70 m, its width is 16.90 m, and the floor is B + GF + 2 + M. The new building will be located in the continuation of the existing one, in the area where the parking lot is currently located.In the basement of the building there will be a swimming pool with fitness room, sauna, diagnostic centre, pool equipment area and storage.last_img read more

Dustin Byfuglien: Five potential landing spots for the now former Winnipeg Jets defenseman

first_imgWashington CapitalsThe Capitals have been led by Norris Trophy candidate John Carlson this season. The 30-year-old blueliner has posted 75 points but the rest of the defensemen have combined for 77.Byfuglien could plug right in and be a high-scoring defenseman, with Washington having the second-highest scoring offense, averaging 3.42 goals-for-per-game. He would also improve the Capitals defense, which ranks 18th in the league allowing 3.07 GA/G.Defensemen Radko Gudas, trade-deadline acquisition Brenden Dillon and Jonas Siegenthaler are all set to become free agents this offseason. According to TSN’s Frank Seravalli, Byfuglien sacrificed the remaining $14 million on his contract, which was set to expire after next season. The NHL confirmed to The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun that Byfuglien will not be able to sign with a team for the 2019-20 season, should it resume.And as obvious as it may be, but I checked again anyway, the NHL confirms Byfuglien can’t sign with a team for the rest of this season (if there is one). Earliest he can sign is for next season. https://t.co/H7rzmxdQ1p— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) April 17, 2020It’s still unclear whether Byfuglien will lace up the skates again, but he is surely a wanted commodity for many teams should he decide to play next season. The three-time All-Star has tallied 525 points in 869 career games with the Chicago Blackhawks and Atlanta/Winnipeg.Here are five possible destinations for Byfuglien.Toronto Maple LeafsLike previous years, Toronto’s defense was an area of concern all season long. Injuries plagued the Leafs’ blue line, and the team was tied for the sixth-worst defense in the league this season (3.17 goals-against-per-game).The Maple Leafs have three defensemen set to become free agents in Tyson Barrie, Cody Ceci and Travis Dermott, which should clear up some cap space. According to CapFriendly, the Maple Leafs are currently slated to have $7 million to work with.MORE: NHL free agency 2020: List of best available playersByfuglien would provide an offensively productive, puck-moving defenseman on the blue line, especially if Barrie departs this offseason. With a full season off, he would probably also come at a relatively low cost for the cap-strained Leafs.Florida PanthersSimilar to the Maple Leafs, the Panthers have had a leaky defense this season, ranking tied-for-third in GA/G (3.25). Despite that, the Panthers were right on the playoff bubble before the season paused.Panthers defensemen Mark Pysyk and MacKenzie Weegar are set to become free agents after the season. Byfuglien could replace Pysyk as one of Florida’s right-handed defenseman while also adding a physical presence. The Panthers ranked 27th in hits per game (18.1) this season while Byfuglien has tallied at least 200 hits four times in his career.Buffalo SabresBuffalo could be an interesting landing spot for the Sabres should they decide not to re-sign restricted free agent Brandon Montour. The 26-year-old defenseman scored 18 points in 54 games in 2019-20.After strong starts to begin each of the last two seasons, the Sabres faded out of playoff contention by January and have not made the playoffs since 2011. Buffalo’s defense ranks the 10th-worst in the league allowing 3.12 goals against.The Sabres need help on the back end and could be one of the most aggressive teams in the offseason as they will have $36 million in cap space, per CapFriendly. NHL free agency 2020: Complete list of all 31 teams UFA, RFA playersNashville PredatorsThe Predators clawed back into a playoff spot under new head coach John Hynes before the season was paused. What has defined the Predators in recent years has been their defense, but this season they have taken a step backward.In the two previous years, Nashville had the league’s stingiest defense allowing just 2.54 GA/G; this season, they’re 21st (3.10).Nashville is set to have three defensemen become free agents in Yannick Weber, Dan Hamhuis and Korbinian Holzer. Byfuglien would give them two solid defensive pairings with Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis and Mattias Ekholm. The Dustin Byfuglien saga came to a conclusion Friday as the defenseman agreed to mutually terminate his contract with the Winnipeg Jets.Byfuglien was suspended in September after he failed to report to training camp while mulling retirement. The 35-year-old then underwent ankle surgery in October, putting his NHL future in limbo.last_img read more

Wenger admits timing of Arsenal exit was out of his hands

first_imgWenger announced on Friday he would be stepping down a year before the end of his contract after another failure to sustain a Premier League title challenge.The club, in sixth place in the league, are desperate to win the Europa League as a way back into the Champions League next season.Wenger, speaking to the press ahead of Thursday’s semi-final first leg against Atletico Madrid, made it clear he had not been in charge of his destiny.“The timing was not really my decision,” said the Arsenal boss, who added that he did not envisage retiring from the game.“At the moment I do my job, keep my routine and focus on what I have to do every day,” added the Frenchman, who is targeting his first European trophy.“At the moment I work like ever. You are never sure you do the right thing, but life is interesting because you have to deal with different situations. People want to know what the future is about, for me that is completely normal.“I honestly don’t know what I will do. Will I take a little rest? I will continue to work, that is for sure. At the moment I’m not ready to commit to anything else.”Wenger said he would have no say as to who succeeds him but spoke highly of former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique.“I don’t want to influence the next manager, but of course I have a high opinion of Luis Enrique.”Wenger, who revealed former rival Alex Ferguson called him on Tuesday, said he wanted a Hollywood-style ending for the players more than for himself.“Is there a perfect goodbye? I don’t know. I just want to do as well as I can,” said Wenger. “This group of players deserve something special and I want to do it for them, to achieve something with them.“My biggest satisfaction would be to be successful with the players we have.”Wenger will go into his final European home game as Arsenal boss with the boost of having Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere and Petr Cech available.The trio missed the weekend win over West Ham with minor problems but all trained on Wednesday.Wenger is also hopeful that Henrikh Mkhitaryan could recover from a knee injury to feature in the second leg in Madrid next week but Mohamed Elneny is out for the rest of the season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger attends a training session ahead of the Europa League semi-final against Atletico Madrid© AFP Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 25 – Arsene Wenger admitted Wednesday that the timing of his departure from Arsenal after more than two decades as manager was not his call.The 68-year-old Frenchman — who guided the Gunners to two domestic doubles and masterminded the 2004 “Invincibles”, as well as winning a record seven FA Cups — will hand over the reins to a new manager after this season.last_img read more