Gudmundsson: Iceland not afraid of Messi

first_imgAlbert Gudmundsson Gudmundsson: Iceland not afraid of Messi Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent 22:56 6/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) iceland Euros 06222016 Shaun Botteril Iceland Lionel Messi Argentina PSV Nigeria World Cup The PSV forward has explained his national team’s success and thinks they can upset yet more big names at the 2018 World Cup Iceland’s first game in a major tournament saw them hold Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal to a 0-0 draw at Euro 2016, and they will be hoping for a similar result on Saturday when they face Lionel Messi’s Argentina .Ronaldo slammed Iceland’s ‘small mentality’ after the match in France but they went on to reach the quarter finals, famously defeating Roy Hodgson’s England in the knockout stages.Their population of 334,252 makes Iceland the smallest country ever to qualify for a World Cup, but they have been springing surprises for almost half a decade. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Even coming up against the iconic Messi, perhaps facing his last chance to taste international glory on the grandest stage of them all, does not faze PSV’s Albert Gudmundsson, the youngest player in Iceland’s squad, and he believes that he and his team-mates have the ability to successfully nullify the Barcelona star, having taken a keen interest in the Catalan side.Indeed, the La Liga giants used to have Eidur Gudjohnsen, arguably the greatest Icelandic player of all time, on their books.”Of course, I am happy to be part of this,” he told Goal. “It hadn’t been easy for us. Our first ever game in the Euros for our national team was against Cristiano Ronaldo. The first game ever for us in the World Cup is now against Messi. So yeah, it has something to do with our attitude and how we go into the games.”We know we don’t have the same names but we go into them with eleven against eleven. We work our asses off for each other and then most of the time we get some results back for it.”I liked watching Barcelona. It played a role that Gudjohnson played there but I also liked to watch Messi, a lot. It was Messi and then the whole Barcelona team. If one stands out then it is Messi. I love the way he plays and we are going to play against him.”I should know about how he is going to move over the pitch as I have watched him since he was a teenager. I think maybe afterwards you could think like that [about the excitement of facing Messi] but during the game that’s not what you think about and it is eleven opponents and your ten team-mates.”You just try to get all three points and a minimum of one point, do your best and then after maybe you can feel what you have achieved then. I see it as teamwork. If we look at when Messi has the ball we have one defender on him and then another one close to them. It is going to be hard to take the ball off him.”You obviously may look at going two versus one with him when he’s on the ball. If we look at the games that Chelsea won against Barcelona, like the semi-finals, Chelsea defended really well. Playing 4-4-2, good defending, looking to keep a clean sheet then they only needed one chance to win the game.”The PSV forward had trials at Arsenal and Liverpool, but chose to go to the Netherlands in search of more game time.Cristiano Ronaldo vs IcelandThe Arsenal supporter counts Thierry Henry as one of his heroes, but, despite his criticism of Iceland, he retains an admiration for Ronaldo, whom he believes is Messi’s equal.”It is hard to compare these players. They are different and I am a huge fan of Ronaldo’s too. I love Ronaldo’s work rate and attitude,” he added. “Many people say he is arrogant but I think it is just that winning mentality that he has. For Messi, I love how easily he plays football. Everything looks so easy for him and I love his skills.”Gudmundsson has a family that has played a huge role in the history of the sport in his home country.His great grandfather, also called Albert Gudmundsson, played for both Arsenal and AC Milan. He was the first ever professional Icelandic footballer and the second ever foreign player to line up for the Gunners.His father and mother both played for Iceland, while his grandfather Ingi Bjorn Albertsson, is the second all-time top scorer in the nordic nation’s first division with 126 goals, and he is determined to carve out his own path, admitting that he dreams of playing in Spain or England.”Ever since I was young, I always dreamed of playing in La Liga or the Premier League. So yes, I would love to go there and play for one of the top clubs there,” he continued. “I want to keep on the road we are going on at Iceland, we want to qualify for as many Euros and World Cups as we can.Albert Gudmundsson quote GFX“I think that it is a lot of small things that add up to one big thing [for Iceland]. For example, guys from bigger countries may have better footballers, from better teams who are playing in better leagues. At Iceland, we are fewer and most of us are really good close friends. In many national teams maybe you don’t know the other guys names.”Everybody knows everybody. We are really good friends. We are ready to jump in front of trains for each other. We are going to aim to get out of our group. Our goal is to get to the next round. I think it doesn’t matter who we play against, we have always got a chance. At the Euros, we also played both England and Portugal.”We played good teams and we got one or three points in every game. I think the World Cup will be tough for us and not easy. Just like the Euros weren’t easy but I think we can get the results in every game that we play. It doesn’t matter if we play Denmark or Brazil. We keep the same work rate and same discipline.”That’s why we can get points. We have good football players but what makes us great is how we work for each other.”Iceland invested heavily in the sport at the turn of the century, using all weather pitches and large indoor football halls to combat the cold temperatures. Their domestic league remains semi-professional, but the country has 5,000 Uefa B License coaches, who help stars on their path to clubs around Europe.One such beneficiary has been Gylfi Sigurdsson, who is Iceland’s current star turn. Indeed, the midfielder has enjoyed an excellent career in England, playing for Tottenham and Everton, though injury concerns have plagued his preparations for the tournament.Nevertheless, Gudmundsson believes the 28-year-old could be a difference maker in Russia.”He is special. People underestimate him, because he is the best player in our team with his freekicks, passes, corners and shooting ability. They are next level but also take a look at his stats, how much does he run in every game? It is rare that you see your best player also working the hardest in a team. That’s why he contributes so much for us.”last_img read more

Norval Morriseaus family speaks out about controversial Toronto artist

first_img(Editors Note: APTN National News has decided not to use the real name of the artist because she has concerns over her safety.)Willow Fiddler APTN National NewsThe family of Norval Morriseau is speaking out about a planned exhibition of paintings by Amanda PL that bears a striking resemblance to the late artists work.“We promised our father that we would try to carry on his legacy and if this thing opens up to, if non-natives start painting like my dad the meaning of his artwork is going to be lost,” said Eugene Morrisseau, one of Norval Morrisseau’s seven children.Eugene Morrisseau is also an accomplished artist. (Eugene Morrisseau is one of Norval’s seven children and is an accomplished painter in his own right. Photos Willow Fiddler/APTN)He said the family doesn’t like her style of painting.“Seeing this lady portray exactly like my dads artwork is almost like, I didn’t like it and as if shes copying,” he said.Side by side images of Amanda PL’s work and that of Norval Morriseau’s made the rounds on social media prompting claims of plagiarism… and support.Senator Murray Sinclair said Amanda PL’s work (signed Amanda PL) “clearly appreciates and is inspired by Norval Morrisseau and I for one applaud her for directing her talent that way.”But Eugene Morriseau isn’t so sure Amanda PL knows the deeply spiritual teachings in his father’s work.And this worries him“Even ten years from now that her work is probably going to hang up somewhere and my dad’s artwork will be hanging right next it and people aren’t even going to know what it means,” said Eugene Morrisseau.He said the teachings that Anishinabe artists depict are thousands of years old; passed along through generations.“Oh they’re going to tell stories, Ahchoogahnoog eh, that’s where I used to go to listen to these stories through my grandparents,” he said. “Through the Elders, this is what this means when you pass on, put it on canvas this is how you tell the story.”Morrisseau said you can’t just pick up what he knows from the internet or books.Amanda PL told APTN in an email she was taught the untold history of Canada by an Anishinabe teacher during her studies in Thunder Bay.“As an artist, I do have an ethical and social responsibility to respect, acknowledge, and adhere to laws, protocols, rights and freedoms of indigenous artists and communities,” she said.But when asked about criticism, particularly by Morriseau’s children, that her work compromises Morriseau’s legacy Amanda PL said she doesn’t see it that way.“I don’t engage with critics. critics work is to critique, artist work is to paint, write, compose, and share their creations,” she wrote. “Whether people or critics like it or not, it isn’t for me to decide.”That’s not good enough for the family.“We don’t want that door open and if she does, somebody else is going to do it then all stories and all the storytelling, they’re not going to be there no more, it’s going to be meaningless,” said Eugene Morrisseau.An exhibit of Amanda PL’s Morrisseau-esque work at the Visions Gallery in Toronto was cancelled amid the bad publicity.Senator Sinclair sad it’s the gallery owners who deserve criticism for throwing her under the bus.Amanda PL said she won’t reconsider her style of art. <>last_img read more

Residents of tent city in BC packing up but where will they

first_imgKathleen MartensAPTN NewsFrom the road it looks like a refugee camp.Nylon tents and makeshift shelters flatten the grass in Regina Park, where about 120 homeless people live in a small tent city in the District of Saanich.A hand-printed sign says the park, which overlooks the Trans-Canada Highway, has been seized for “breach of Territorial Law.”That’s a nod to the way settlers cleared Canada, says camp spokeswoman Chrissy Brett.“Indigenous, homeless people face systemic, colonial, white-washed hate in displacement from governments, from municipalities, from the province and the federal government,” she says.(Chrissy Brett is a spokesperson for the tent city residents. Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTN) William Billie and his 19-year-old son, Trevor, are from the Nam’gis First Nation further north on Vancouver Island and live in a tent facing the busy road.They say people in passing cars shout insults at them.“One day I heard a person say, ‘Oh, look it. You Native people are making Victoria look bad’,” says Billie.“Some trucker drivers lay on the horn,” says Brett.“At 3 in the morning that’s not a supportive honk.”Ordered to Leave Despite the problems the vibe remained upbeat Monday as they faced a court-ordered deadline to vacate the park by 7 p.m. Tuesday.Some people were busy packing up but others planned to defy the injunction.“We run smoothly and with our own laws,” says Charles Walkus of the community they call Camp Namegans, which means ‘we are one.’Brett says they were invited to shelter here on unceded Coast Salish territory.“We are trying to support people the government failed,” she says, reciting a litany of reasons people find themselves on the street.“Some people were ‘reno-victed’, lost their jobs, don’t have money for a deposit, don’t feel safe in homeless shelters, are day labourers, or don’t want to be separated as couples.”(Tent city in Saanich, B.C. Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTN) Workers with various social organizations could be seen in the park Monday trying to help.But Brett says employees with the big ones – municipal and provincial housing and social welfare agencies – don’t make house calls.“Some of us refer to those organizations as ‘poverty pimps’ because their outreach services require people to go in to them if you want services,” she says.“If you have services and you’re an outreach service why do I have to go to your office when your (clients) are on the street, they are here, they are in parks.” This camp is one of about half a dozen tent cities in B.C, where mortgages and rent are among the highest in Canada.Homeless people want the right to live legally in a park when housing isn’t available to them, says Brett.She says Camp Namegans gives people the freedom to leave and apply for services – even look for housing – while their tent and belongings are protected.“This is a stable place where people have a roof over their heads. They don’t have to worry about their things being ransacked by other homeless people or parks (staff) or police (officers).”It also gives people a chance to stay in one place and maybe dry out or come off drugs, she adds.No Serious CrimesBrett, a Nuxalk woman and the camp founder, says contrary to what some politicians and police officers say the camp is violence and fatal-overdose free.“This is way safer than government-run programs that are out there because we treat people with humanity, kindness and compassion,” she says.Sgt. Andy Stuart, with the Saanich police community engagement division, has been coming regularly to check in with residents.He says he’s reviewed the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to help him “recognize past harms” while working “with today’s problems.”“What’s happened in the past doesn’t fit very well with the current laws of Canada and municipal bylaws,” says Stuart.(Sgt. Andy Stuart of the Saanich Police Service. Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTN) Brett says that shows how these camps are educating public officials about homelessness.And Indigenous issues.“They have a choice in how they deal with us,” she says. “We’ve been here since May and they need our co-operation and compliance.”Earlier this summer, Brett was charged with assault and obstruction of justice after blasting an air horn when firefighters were responding to an emergency in camp.She says she was using it as a teachable moment.“They arrested me but he was going to throw away what he said was garbage. Those were somebody’s belongings.”Still, police say homeowners near the camp are reporting an increase in property crime. And the Saanich Police Service has identified a street gang member in camp they are concerned about.Brett says simply he is homeless like the rest of them.Stay in One Place Billie says living in this tent city with his son has been a gift.“This has been like a home,” he says of his three months in the park where someone gave him a single mattress to sleep on.“I don’t have to take down my tent and pack my suitcase and drag it all around everywhere, every day.”(William Billie stands outside his tent covered in signatures. Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTN)last_img read more