Ilicic, 32 years old and in his first absolute campaign in the Champions League, had failed to score any goals in the group stage, but he raised his voice in this phase of direct elimination, in which he sank Valencia with a goal in the first leg, played in San Siro, and with a strong poker this Tuesday in Mestalla.The Slovenian midfielder, who at the beginning of his career stood out for his enormous talent but lacked continuity, he is living the best moment of his sporting life and was decisive for the great 4-3 victory achieved in the field of Valencia, after 4-1 of the first leg of San Siro. Atalanta’s number 27 started 2020 bluntly and already has 14 goals, one more than Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus Turin forward, and two more than the Norwegian Erling Braut Haaland, who at 19 is breaking records with the German Borussia Dortmund. The records of Ciro Immobile, which marked 11 goals in 2020 with Lazio (27 totals in Serie A) and those of Argentine Lionel Messi, who signed 9 with Barcelona, and the Polish Robert Lewandowski, who also put in 9 with Bayern.He only needed ten games to sign these 14 goals and reached 21 total goals in this outstanding season: he entered 15 in Serie A, being the top gunner of Atalanta, and one in the Italian Cup in addition to the five in the European Cup.With his poker at Mestalla he became the first player capable of scoring four goals away from home in the phase of direct elimination of the Champions League and joined the restricted group of players who scored 4 goals in Europe.Already part of a group that includes the Hungarian legend of Real Madrid Ferenc Puskas, author of a poker in the final of the 1960 European Cup won against Frankfurt, the Argentine Alfredo Di Stéfano, Messi, the Swedish Zlatan Ibrahimovic or the Ukrainian Andriy ShevchenkoDreams Ilicic and dreams of Atalanta, which this year disputes the first Champions League in its history and has already put its name among the eight best clubs in the continent, wanting to continue surprising for quality of play, organization and results.Ilicic: “Atalanta is no longer a surprise”Slovenian Josip Ilicic, who signed a poker this Tuesday to Valencia in Mestalla (4-3) to send Atalanta to the quarterfinals of the Champions League, considered his team “already it’s no surprise “and promised” to compete until the end “, whoever the next rival. “The Atalanta is no longer a surprise, we have been doing great things, our goal is to show that we deserve to be where we are. We do not want to stop, we want to continue growing”, Ilicic said at the end of Mestalla’s game, in statements to ‘Sky Sport’.“The important thing is to have fun, it is not easy to reach these levels. It is a long road that we are doing in recent years, “he added. Asked about which rival he wants in the quarterfinals, Ilicic said his team has no favorites and stressed that “the goal is compete, nothing more. “And downplayed poker signed on Tuesday, as its only goal is to get as far as possible in this competition. “The most important thing is the team. A player without a team is not going to any side. Hopefully next time the ‘Papu’ wins (the Argentine Alejandro Gomez), “he said. Slovenian Josip Ilicic led Atalanta to the quarterfinals of the Champions League on Tuesday with a strong poker to decide 4-3 at Valencia in Mestalla and already scored 14 goals in this 2020, which makes him the top scorer so far this year in the five major European leagues ahead of the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo and the Norwegian Erling Braut Haaland.
Iker Casillas – Casillas’ powers are undoubtedly waning but he could prove a tidy alternative for Louis Van Gaal. Many believe the Real Madrid legend could be used as a makeweight in any deal to lure De Gea to the Bernabeu, although he has publicly expressed his desire to finish his career in Spain. Samir Handanovic – Continue to find out which 22-year-old is turning heads in Italy – Slovenian goalkeeper Handanovic is the stand-out player for his national side and has a reputation as one of the finest penalty stoppers in the world. At one stage last season, the 30-year-old saved six spot kicks in a row for current club Inter Milan. The picture above is not actually Samir Handanovic, but we got so bored of comments on this article from one person, complaining about the picture we had previously used, that we decided to publish a photo of Samir out of Corrie instead. With reports emerging on Saturday that Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has his heart set on a move to Real Madrid, the Red Devils will have a real task replacing him if he does depart.The Spanish giants allegedly launched ‘Operation De Gea’ in their bid to lure the shot-stopper, whose stellar performances this season were recognised by being shortlisted for both the PFA Player and Young Player of the Year awards, back to his home city this summer.Real have identified De Gea as their prime target to replace long-term goalkeeper Iker Casillas; the man the United stopper has displaced at international level in recent months.A hefty price tag would be required to prize De Gea away from Old Trafford, but if a deal did go through Louis Van Gaal could muster a contingency plan by moving for a first class replacement immediately.Here are seven realistic options for the Red Devils to pursue… Asmir Begovic – Click right to see which Serie A keeper is attracting interest from the Premier League – The fact that Real Madrid are reportedly in talks with Begovic is perhaps testament to how highly rated the Bosnian is. Mark Hughes laughed off the possibility of one of Stoke City’s prize assets leaving the Britannia but, with Begovic stalling talks over a contract extension, his future remains in doubt. He has seven clean sheets this season and even registered a goal for the Potters last term. Victor Valdes – Click right to see which Premier League stalwart has been left warming the bench this season – United snapped up Victor Valdes on a free in January after the Spaniard left Barcelona last summer, but the 33-year-old has failed to make an appearance under Louis Van Gaal due to De Gea’s imperious form. If De Gea did vacate Old Trafford, United have a ready-made replacement at their disposal. Valdes made nearly 400 appearances for the Catlans during their hugely proficient era of dominance under Pep Guardiola. 7 7 7 Hugo Lloris – Continue to find out which current United player could seamlessly fill De Gea’s boots – France No.1 Lloris’ reputation has grown in recent years and, along with De Gea and Thibaut Courtois, is regarded as one of the finest goalkeepers in the Premier League. His leadership qualities are another added bonus, having captained both Spurs and France this season, and he has been linked with both United and PSG this campaign. 7 7 Mattia Perin – Click right to see which highly-rated French star is being linked with a move to Old Trafford – At just 22 years old, Perin is a relatively fresh face on the scene but his performances for Genoa this season has turned the heads of many managers across Europe, not least Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool. With seven clean sheets in Serie A, Perin has been instrumental to Genoa’s surprise push for European qualification this campaign. Petr Cech – Continue to see which keeper offers the opportunity of a straight swap with De Gea – Petr Cech is undeniably one of the finest goalkeepers to ever grace the Premier League but he has had to play second fiddle at Chelsea this season due to the performances of Thibaut Courtois. The Czech international was one of Jose Mourinho’s first signings back in his first tenure in 2004, and the fact he sits just four clean sheets behind David James’ Premier League record might encourage the 33-year-old to stay in England. 7 7
Fannie Mae Home Sales Housing Market 2016-08-18 Seth Welborn Share in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News The yo-yo that was the U.S. housing market in Q2 will likely remain an uneven piece of the economy for the rest of the year, according to Fannie Mae’s August Economic and Housing Outlook.Home sales performed well during the second quarter; in June, both new and existing-home sales rose to post-crisis highs. Year-to-date in 2016 through the end of Q2, new and existing-home sales were up by 11 percent and 5 percent from the same period in 2016. According to Fannie Mae, however, with pending home sales (contract signings of existing homes) remaining flat in June and purchase mortgage applications leveling out, leading indicators suggest a near-term pullback in home sales.“Housing market fundamentals remain a mixed bag,” said Fannie Mae Chief Economist Doug Duncan. “During the second quarter of 2016, both new and existing-home sales rose to expansion highs, while single-family starts pulled back, remaining historically low for an expansion.”Duncan added that tight inventory from a lack of new construction continues to create affordability challenges, particularly at the lower end of the market, where first-time buyers are getting squeezed out by competition for houses.On top of this, the national homeownership rate in Q2 dropped to below 63 percent, though Duncan said there are tentative signs of older Millennials moving toward homeownership. The low interest rate his helping in that regard; the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rate has been below 4 percent for the last 8 months and is expected to remain near record lows through the end of the fourth quarter, even if the Federal Reserve raises the federal funds target rate later in the year.“We expect homebuyers will benefit from improving job and wage growth, more favorable lending standards, and continued low mortgage rates through the rest of the year,” he said.Overall, Duncan expects economic growth to rebound in the second half, keeping the full-year growth outlook at 1.8 percent. A “stellar July jobs report suggests consumers may benefit from near-term improvement in personal incomes and a strengthening hiring trend,” the report stated. “This, in turn, will likely support a more sustainable pace of inventory accumulation and help soothe concerns over the health of businesses, which have faced lackluster profits and productivity and have pulled back on capital expenditures.”While Duncan called Q2’s growth “a disappointment,” inventory investment should balance out.“Credit expansion, combined with improving labor market conditions and strengthening household balance sheets, should continue to support consumers, who will likely be the primary driver of growth again in the second half of the year,” Duncan said, adding that “although much of the financial volatility from Brexit has subsided, long-term Treasury yields continue to face downward pressure and we expect them to remain low for some time.” Uneven Housing Fundamentals Create Cloudy Forecast August 18, 2016 515 Views