Lukaku debut excites Martinez

first_img “Romelu is the type of striker that influences everyone around him because of the gaps he creates. Other players around him become a threat,” Martinez said. “The goal is everything that typifies him – the character and desire to want to be successful. That’s why he will be such a big asset. “He’s a very intelligent footballer and I want him to continue enjoying his football because his potential is incredible.” Lukaku was knocked out briefly in the act of scoring after clashing heads with Joey O’Brien but Martinez – who confirmed he cannot be recalled by Chelsea – dispelled any concerns over his health. “For a second we were worried, but after 10-15 seconds he was fine,” he said. Everton equalised twice through the dead-ball skills of Baines, who beat Jussi Jaaskelainen twice with free-kicks. “We are well aware of the quality Leighton has. The first free-kick shows that,” Martinez said. “Where he takes his quality to the next level is by scoring with a completely different type of free-kick. That’s what makes him special. “Many players around the world are good at free-kicks, but he’s able to do it a second time. Leighton places the ball wherever he wants at that distance. I think he’s unique.” West Ham boss Sam Allardyce identified Lukaku as the difference between the teams, but also felt that Mark Noble’s red card was a turning point. Shortly after firing West Ham ahead with a penalty, Noble was sent off for hauling down Ross Barkley, giving Baines the chance to drill home his second free-kick. “Right up until Mark Noble getting sent off I thought the players were great. We played against a very good side and we matched them,” Allardyce said. “But we found a different Everton side once Lukaku came on – he made a huge difference to them. “We had to make sure we controlled that situation, which was Everton getting more and more in the attacking mould because playing off him was more difficult for us to cope with. “It is frustrating as we are disappointed to have lost it. It’s easy for me to say Mark Noble played the ball, but I think he did.” Press Association Everton manager Roberto Martinez backed Romelu Lukaku to take Goodison by storm after watching the Belgium striker inspire a 3-2 Barclays Premier League victory over West Ham. Leighton Baines may have struck twice with two brilliant free-kicks in the second half, but it was the half-time arrival of debutant Lukaku that transformed Everton into match-winners. The 20-year-old, on loan from Chelsea until the end of the season, nodded home the 84th-minute winner but his overall contribution was just as crucial. last_img read more

Badminton Legend Rudy Hartono Kurniawan

first_imgRudy Hartono Kurniawan (born- 18th August 1949) is a former Indonesian badminton star who won the men’s singles title at the prestigious All-England Championship eight times, seven times consecutively (1968–1974)and at World Championship in 1980 on his only attempt at this title. He is one of the most famous players in the history of the sport and is considered to be one of the greatest badminton players of all time.Hartono joined the National Training Center in 1965 in order to help his national team in the upcoming Thomas Cup. As a member of the 1966-1967 Thomas Cup squad, he won all of his matches, but Indonesia was beaten by Malaysia in a highly controversial final in which play was suspended due to the unruly crowd.A year later, at his first try at the All England Championships, the 18-year-old Indonesian became the youngest ever champion of the tournament, beating Tan Aik Huang from Malaysia who had been the winner two years earlier. From then on, Hartono dominated the event like very few had before, winning eight titles in all, from 1968 to 1976. His eight titles at the All England earned Hartono a mention in the Guinness Book of Records. At the height of his dominance in men’s singles in 1971, when playing six matches to win the All England singles crown, he only had 39 points scored against him. It was in 1975 making his first attempt at breaking the record of eight titles, he lost his first-ever match at the All England. Playing tentatively in one of the most exciting and memorable finals, he lost to Svend Pri of Denmark in straight sets. Finally in 1976, playing against his fellow countrymen Liem Swie King, Hartono achieved his record-breaking eighth All England men’s singles title.Hartono defeated Svend Pri in the finals of the 1972 Munich Games in which badminton was presented as a demonstration sport. Hartono was active in the Thomas Cup competition and played for his country at the event from 1967 to 1982. 1970, 1973, 1976 and 1979 Thomas Cup were resounding successes for Hartono and his team, with Indonesia sweeping four straight titles.Rudy became involved with the Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI), holding different positions such as Chairman of Development Affairs until 2006. He is currently a member of PBSI’s Board of Honour. Hartono also played an active role within the Badminton World Federation (BWF). He was a member of the Council in 1985-1986, and later from 1994 to 2009. Hartono’s image and reputation led the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to appoint him as a Goodwill Ambassador for Indonesia.Also Read: Well deserved legend: Joe Root on Stokes winning BBC award Also Watch: Anti-CAA protests: AASU and Artistes Society of Assam jointly conducts protest meeting in Sualkuchilast_img read more