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Alen Stajcic’s departure from the Mariners confirmed



Coach Alen Stajcic wants a “new challenge” after confirming his departure from the Central Coast Mariners.

As reported on Wednesday, Stajcic, and his assistant Nahuel Arrarte, have left the Gosford-based club after lifting them from the wooden spoon to a third-placed finish on the A-League ladder.

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“After a long period of discussions and reflections I have decided that I want a new challenge and to go in a new direction in my coaching journey,” former Matildas coach Stajcic said.

“I came to the club in 2019 when it had just one win in 22 matches and when I was also at a crossroads in my career.

“I came here with enormous goodwill and today I leave with a lifetime of bonds, friendships and memories.

“I will be forever grateful. I believe I have repaid that faith and trust placed in me and I believe the club is in a much better position now than it was at that time.”

Alen Stajcic has parted ways with the Central Coast Mariners. Picture: AAP Image/Darren Pateman
Alen Stajcic has parted ways with the Central Coast Mariners. Picture: AAP Image/Darren PatemanSource: AAP

Mariners CEO Shaun Mielekamp praised Stajcic and Arrarte for their contribution to the club.

“On behalf of everyone at the club I would like to thank Alen and Nahuel for their tremendous contribution to the club, that has resulted in delivering an outstanding season,” Mielekamp said.

“We wish them all the best in the future as they look to take on their next challenges.

“Alen and Nahuel came to the club to help restore pride and credibility.

I am confident that the legacy that Alen and Nahuel leave the club will remain with us going forward.”

“The focus is now to ensure the club continues to move forward and build upon the success of this season, and we are well progressed in setting up the structures for next season and once things are finalised we will make announcements accordingly.”

Stajcic, who was understood to be frustrated with a lack of financial support from Mariners chairman and owner Mike Charlesworth to improve the Central Coast squad for next season, has already been linked to the vacant Western United coaching job.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Coca-Cola stunt, hypocrisy, football news 2021



Cristiano Ronaldo’s infamous Coca-Cola stunt made headlines this week, but the footballer has since copped backlash after footage resurfaced of him advertising unhealthy products in the past.

Ahead of Portugal’s Euro 2020 opener against Hungary, Ronaldo decided a pair of glass Coca-Cola bottles didn’t belong on the table in front of him during a press conference.

After removing the drinks from the table and placing them out of sight, the 36-year-old produced a bottle of water, holding it up and saying: “Drink water.”

The Athletic reported Coca-Cola’s shares dipped 1.6 per cent in value following Ronaldo’s cheeky stunt, a market value drop of approximately $AUD5.2 billion.

Coca-Cola issued a statement in response to Ronaldo’s antics, saying “everyone is entitled to their drink preferences” and everyone has different “tastes and needs”.

However, the Portuguese superstar has been accused of hypocrisy after footage and photos emerged of his involvement in old Coca-Cola commercials.

Ahead of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Ronaldo featured in an advertising campaign endorsing the drink company.

The Juventus forward also filmed a Middle Eastern advertisement for KFC in 2013, during which he enjoys a bucket of fried chicken.

Former teammate Ryan Giggs revealed Ronaldo once arrived at Manchester United training with Coke bottle in hand, and subsequently copped a spray from the midfielder.

England great Wayne Rooney has also declared Ronaldo gorged on Big Macs to gain weight ahead of Manchester United matches.

Last year, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner revealed his son sometimes “drinks coke and eats crisps”, much to his irritation.

Paul Pogba imitated Ronaldo’s stunt following France’s 1-0 victory over Germany, removing a bottle of Heineken from the table during his post-match press conference.

Portugal will next face Germany on Sunday morning at 2am AEST.

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Christian Eriksen doctor Jens Kleinefeld on ‘moving moment’ Denmark star came back to life, Euro 2020



The doctor who treated Denmark’s Christian Eriksen has spoken to German media about the “moving moment” he brought the midfielder back to life after he collapsed during his country’s opening Euro 2020 game.

An electric shock was administered to the 29-year-old after a few minutes of heart massage, German doctor Jens Kleinefeld told the Funke media group in an interview published Thursday.

“About 30 seconds later, the player opened his eyes and I could talk to him directly,” Kleinefeld said.

“That was a very moving moment, because in such medical emergencies in everyday life, the chances of success are much lower.”

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Kleinefeld said he looked at the Inter Milan midfielder and asked him, “Well, are you back with us?” Eriksen answered, “Yes, I am back with you” and, “Damn, I’m only 29 years old,” the doctor said.

“That’s when I knew the brain wasn’t damaged and he had fully returned,” he said.

Eriksen responded successfully to commands and was fully conscious in the stadium, Kleinefeld said, but it took time to equip him with all the monitors required for safe transport to hospital.

Electric shock treatment usually has a high success rate in healthy professional athletes compared to normal patients with pre-existing conditions, he said.

“I was 99 per cent sure in the stadium that he would arrive at the hospital and remain stable,” he said.

In a scene that shocked the sporting world and beyond, Eriksen suddenly collapsed on the field in the 43rd minute of Denmark’s Group B game on Saturday against Finland in Copenhagen.

Medical personnel administered CPR as he lay motionless on the field for about 15 minutes before being carried off the pitch and rushed to hospital.

He was later confirmed to have suffered a cardiac arrest.fec/mw

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