Antic’s milestone: only he directed Real Madrid, Atlético and Barcelona

first_imgRadomir Antic’s career in LaLiga was extensive and with all kinds of results, but in it the Serbian achieved something that no one else has got Until now: having trained the three greats of Spanish football, Real Madrid, Atlético and Barcelona. And with Ramón Mendoza, Jesús Gil and Joan Gaspart as bosses. There is nothing … None of these was his first bench in Spain, but premiered at Zaragoza. After two years in the Aragonese capital, Madrid called him in the spring of 1991 to lead the team to replace Di Stéfano. There something also unexpected happened for a technician: he was fired … when the team was leading. “They kicked me out because of the pressure, because they said we were not playing well. Mendoza made the decision,” he recalled in a recent interview with AS. Then he was three years at Real Oviedo and The opportunity came at Atlético. Jesús Gil recruited him after the scare of the previous year, 94-95, in which the rojiblancos fought to avoid relegation to Segunda until the last day. And the Serbian worked a miracle, with the signings of Molina, Santi, Roberto, Penev and, above all, a hitherto unknown Pantic, the team achieved the League Double, which had not been won since 1974, and the Cup. The team surprised by its mastery of the set piece, with Milinko as absolute leader, and a lethal counterattack. Antic completed three seasons and would still return in the next two to try to straighten out the Sacchi and Ranieri projects.center_img Too was called to the rescue at Barça, in 2002-03. He caught the team at the start of the second lap 15th three points down, with Puyol, Xavi, De Boer, Mendieta, Riquelme, Kluivert, Saviola … in the team. The azulgrana climbed the table to finish sneaking sixth, with a ticket to UEFA. Laporta’s arrival removed him from the bench despite having fulfilled the task.last_img read more

Huge longnecked dinosaurs once tromped Scotland

first_imgAbout 170 million years ago, huge, long-necked dinosaurs called sauropods left hundreds of footprints on the floor of a shallow saltwater lagoon on a warm island in the midlatitudes. Now preserved in ancient layers of limestone and sandstone that are exposed only during low tide (and considerably farther north of where they were originally made, thanks to the gradual migration of Earth’s tectonic plates), the fossilized tracks are the first ever found made by these creatures in Scotland. The site provides new information about the region’s sauropods, which were previously known only from fragments of a tail bone, a leg bone, and a few bits of teeth—scraps so small that researchers couldn’t assign the fossils to a particular species or even estimate its size. With the new tracks, however, Scotland’s sauropods are beginning to come into focus. Impressions left by a large claw on the innermost toe on the dinosaur’s front foot (the analog of the human thumb) indicate that the still-unknown species was located near the base of the sauropod family tree, and the sizes of the footprints—in some cases 70 centimeters across—suggest that the behemoths grew to reach 15 meters in length and weighed up to 10 metric tons, the researchers report online today in the Scottish Journal of Geology. (That’s small for sauropods; in later eras, some dinosaurs in the group stretched almost twice as long and weighed six times as much.) The footprints were apparently made in water deep enough to have remained submerged even at low tide, which raises the question of what the dinosaurs were doing in waters that deep. Although the Jurassic beasts could have been foraging for shallow-water vegetation, they may have been avoiding predators or maybe even cooling their bodies with a dip in the surf.last_img read more