AP7 eyes diversification with EM, small cap equities

first_imgSweden’s default premium pension fund AP7 plans to add emerging markets and small cap investments into its giant equities portfolio to increase diversification.In an interview with IPE, Ingrid Albinsson, CIO of the SEK370bn (€39.2bn) pension fund, said: “What will try to do going forward is to get some more diversification into the equities portfolio. “We haven’t decided exactly how and when, but we will try to get more emerging markets and we will try to get bit more small cap exposure into the portfolio.”Unlike the other large AP national pension funds in the Swedish system, AP7 is not a buffer fund to back up the state pension. It instead runs the default option within the Premium Pension System (PPM). The PPM is the part of the state pension that allows individuals freedom to choose their own investment providers and funds.  “Because we have a lot of large caps and medium-sized stocks in the portfolio, we think we would be able to get some diversification by adding small caps as well, but at the end of the day, you always have to look to see whether the practice is as the same as the theory,” Albinsson said.The pension fund’s inhouse investment team will look into the reality of implementing this diversification strategy.AP7 is also to consider the use of risk factors, Albinsson said: “It is something that could diversify the portfolio more [but] we haven’t decided exactly when and how we will do this.”The CIO added: “The aim of the diversification exercise is to create a more efficient portfolio, which will create more value for the risk we take.“When the pension product was first created, there was a lot of simplification, but in the meantime, markets have changed, techniques have changed — and we have changed. It is possible now to develop our product by diversifying our portfolio and getting more efficiency.”The organisation’s overall investments have remained largely unchanged over the past few years in terms of their asset allocation.AP7 runs two funds which act as building blocks for its Såfa default premium pension product — an SEK257bn equities fund and an SEK112bn bond fund.Proposals to reform the PPM currently under consideration in Sweden could result in AP7’s assets under management more than doubling in a few years’ time.Under the new plan, the consultation for which closed this month, individual PPM savers would be required to re-evaluate their fund choice every seven years, with their savings being transferred to AP7 if they fail to express a choice.If the ideas become law, the resulting extra business will serve to make AP7 more efficient, Albinsson said: “Economies of scale really do matter in the financial sector. It’s a clear advantage if you really have size.”At the moment AP7 has a staff of 25, based in the Swedish capital, Stockholm. Albinsson said the company would “probably” look to hire more staff if its asset base was to double in size.However, the balance of in-house and outsourced asset management was unlikely to change, she said. Some 30% of AP7’s assets are managed in-house, and 70% outside.“We think it’s appropriate for us to have that, because we have a lot of beta in the portfolio, so that is best outsourced in order to get the economies of scale,” Albinsson said.AP7 was an early institutional mover in sustainable investment, and has used the twin tools of engagement as well as stock exclusions for longer than most of its investor peers. It was working on bringing in ‘green mandates’, Albinsson said, as the pension fund continued with its plan to move into the clean tech area which it started a few years ago.“At the same time, we’re not in a hurry to do this, because to get value out of this kind of investment, it takes time. We have been having a very active discussion, with targets of increasing our exposure especially in climate investments, but for us its more of a gradual increase,” Albinsson said.last_img read more

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Compenswiss tenders real estate mandate worth €50-100m via IPE Quest

first_imgCompenswiss, the manager of Switzerland’s social security funds, has turned to IPE Quest to search for a core European real estate fund.According to search QN-2555, Compenswiss is looking to award a €50m-100m mandate as part of a bid to diversify its global real estate portfolio.It wants to invest in in high-grade real estate across Europe via an open-ended pooled fund with a multi-sector/country strategy.The fund should have maximum leverage of 50%. Compenswiss said it was not interested in listed REITs. A third IPE Quest from a Swiss pension investor is for an FX hedging mandate of around CHF1.5bn (€1.33bn).According to QN-2556, the successful applicant would be responsible for implementing a passive foreign exchange overlay on exposure to currencies other than the US dollar, euro and sterling. The list currently comprises the Australian, Canadian, Danish, Hong Kong, Israeli, Japanese, Norwegian, New Zealand, Swedish and Singapore currencies, and should be hedged to Swiss francs.The unnamed pension fund hedged the main currencies in-house, it said, and the winner of the mandate was expected to use the same infrastructure. The deadline for applications is 9 August at 5pm UK time.Nordic insurer seeks China A-sharesFinally, according to QN-2557, an unnamed Nordic insurer wants to allocate to China A-shares via a UCITS-compliant pooled vehicle domiciled in Luxembourg or Ireland. It specified that a segregated mandate was not of interest.The mandate is for a unit-linked platform, so there is no size for the initial investment.The benchmark will be MSCI China A index. A tracking error of at least 3% is expected, but no more than 10%.Applicants should have at least $3bn in assets under management as a firm and $20m for the asset class. The deadline to apply is 1 August at 5pm UK time.The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest, Discovery, or Innovation tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email jayna.vishram@ipe-quest.com. Interested parties should apply by 22 July at 5pm UK time.Large Swiss scheme targets global real estateA “large” but otherwise unidentified Swiss pension fund is looking to allocate CHF200m (€89m), with potential for further growth, to global real estate equity via unlisted funds.Search QN-2554 stated that the style should be core or core-plus. The pension fund wants a veto right on individual investments. Applicants should have at least $7bn (€6bn) in assets under management as a firm, and $3bn in the asset class. The deadline is 7 August at 5pm UK time.€1.3bn FX-hedging contract up for grabslast_img read more

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Alex Iwobi gets return date from injury

first_img Loading… The Nigeria international was substituted in the 11th minute of Everton’s goalless draw against Arsenal at the Goodison park after picking up a hamstring injury and has not featured since then.Speaking ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash against West Ham United in Thursday’s press conference, Ancelotti disclosed that the Eagles forward is closer to a return.Everton Boss Ancelotti sets Alex Iwobi Return Date – https://t.co/wsmcOUymLH pic.twitter.com/8NE5CYGswh— FootballLiveNG (@footballliveCH) January 17, 2020Read Also: Ancelotti set to hand Nigerian youngster EPL debut“Alex Iwobi will not be ready for the match. I think next week he will be able to train with us,” Ancelotti told Everton TV [as quoted on royal blue mersey].FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has hinted that recuperating winger Alex Iwobi is set to return from injury that has kept him out of actions for weeks.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted ContentTop 10 Must-Know Facts About Ivanka Trump7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth10 Of The Best Places Around The World To Go Stargazing11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The Worldlast_img read more

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Davies close to Spurs move

first_img Press Association Both Swansea and Spurs are currently on a pre-season tour in America, which has been to Tottenham’s advantage in conducting negotiations. Davies played 45 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Chivas Guadalajara on Wednesday and was due to play in Swansea’s final tour fixture against Minnesota United on Saturday before the squad flies home. Garry Monk wants to use any deal with Tottenham to engineer a return for midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, who scored seven goals in 18 league appearances during a five-month loan spell at the Liberty Stadium in 2012. The club are unlikely to pursue Sigurdsson as a stand-alone transfer, however, should Davies’ move to White Hart Lane fall through. When contacted on Saturday, Swansea were unavailable for comment. Swansea full-back Ben Davies is set to undergo a medical with Tottenham, Press Association Sport understands.center_img Davies has been at the centre of an apparent transfer tug-of-war between Spurs and Liverpool, with both clubs seeing the 21-year-old as a long-term solution to their problems at left-back. The Wales defender was expected to choose Champions League football at Anfield and a reunion with former Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers but Tottenham have moved quickly since having a bid accepted earlier this week. last_img read more

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FIFA World Cup 2018 -NCN inks deal with DIRECTV for Official Broadcast Rights

first_imgThe National Communications Network (NCN) on Monday inked a deal with DIRECTV, to become the official Broadcast rights holder for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, set for Russia, from June 14 – July 15.Lennox Cornette, NCN’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and Bernard Pantin, DIRECTV’s Caribbean and Latin America Director, placed their ‘John Hancock’ on the document to solidify the deal at NCN’s Homestretch Avenue studios.At the signing, which was broadcast live on NCN’s Channel 11, Cornette said the 2018 World Cup, the world’s largest sporting event (behind the Olympic Games), will be viewed by more Guyanese than ever before, with the company (NCN) expanding their reach to the hinterland and other outlying regions.According to Cornette, the investment is a testimony to NCN truly being Guyana’s largest broadcasting company, and affording all Guyanese the right to proper programming and the world’s biggest events.Meanwhile, Pantin said regional broadcasters, over the years, have been weary of pirated events and have been reluctant to invest. However, this time around, he added DIRECTV has ensured that those rights holders will be protected and lauded NCN for the deal.Pantin pointed out that with the FIFA World Cup being one of the events the world over is excited for, Guyanese, will for the first time, be guaranteed seeing the 32-team tournament in its entirety.Next year’s tournament will be the 21st FIFA World Cup. The tournament , which will be hosted by Russia will be the first World Cup held in Europe since 2006; all but one of the stadium venues are in European Russia, west of the Ural Mountains to keep travel time manageable.Of the 32 teams, 20 will be making back-to-back appearances following the last edition of the tournament in 2014, including defending champions Germany, while Iceland and Panama will both be making their first appearances at a FIFA World Cup.A total of 64 matches will be played in 12 venues located in 11 cities. The final will take place on July 15 in Moscow at the Luzhniki Stadium.last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-SCHEDULESteelers ride Big Ben, Snell to victoryEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger (RAWTH’-lihs-bur-gur) looked like his former self on Monday after missing the final 14 games of last season following elbow surgery. Associated Press Buy the Mets, buy the Mets, step right up and buy the MetsNEW YORK (AP) — Billionaire hedge fund manager Steve Cohen has agreed to buy the New York Mets from the Wilpon and Katz families, a deal that’s subject to the approval of Major League Baseball owners. Cohen also entered negotiations to buy the Mets last year, but the deal fell apart in February. Sportico reported Cohen will own 95% of the team, with the rest staying with the Wilpon and Katz families. The deal reportedly values the franchise at about $2.4 billion.Former major league star Alex Rodriguez and fiancee Jennifer Lopez also attempted to buy the team, but they dropped out of the bidding last month.Fred Wilpon purchased a piece of the Mets 1980 as part of an investment group headed by Nelson Doubleday. Wilpon and Saul Katz bought out Doubleday in 2002. Elsewhere around the majors:— Adam Engel delivered a tiebreaking pinch-hit single in the eighth inning to lead the White Sox to their ninth win in 10 games, 3-1 over the Twins. Tim Anderson had three hits, including an RBI single that capped the scoring. The outcome allowed the Pale Hose to open a two-game lead over the Twins in the AL Central.— Jorge Ona’s (OHN’-yuhz) tiebreaking, RBI double sparked a five-run seventh as the Padres knocked off Los Angeles, 7-2 to get within 1 1/2 games of the NL West-leading Dodgers. The Padres also scored in the seventh on a pair of fielder’s choices and an RBI grounder en route to their eighth win in a row. Winning pitcher Dinelson Lamet (dih-NEHL’-suhn lah-MEHT’) struck out 11 while limiting the Dodgers to a run and three hits over seven innings. — DJ Stewart, Ryan Mountcastle and Jose Iglesias all homered while the Orioles erupted for nine runs in the third inning of a 14-1 drubbing of the Braves. Pat Valaika also homered and Jorge Lopez allowed a run and five hits over seven innings for Baltimore. Lopez blanked Atlanta until Freddie Freeman homered in the sixth.— Pablo Lopez allowed one run in seven innings with the help of flashy defense by right fielder Matt Joyce, pitching the Marlins to a 6-2 win over the Phillies. Lopez allowed only three hits and retired his final 13 batters to help the Marlins beat the Phils for the fifth time in the just-concluded seven-game series. Jesus Aguilar put the Marlins ahead with a two-run double in the third inning before Miguel Rojas and Starling Marte homered off David Phelps. September 15, 2020 Derby horse retired by injuryARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Honor A.P. has been retired because of an injury suffered while completing a fourth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby this month.The 3-year-old colt will stand at stud for next year’s breeding season at Lane’s End Farm in Versailles, Kentucky.Honor A.P. had two wins in six career starts and earnings of $532,200, according to Equibase. Roethlisberger threw for three touchdowns as the Pittsburgh Steelers opened their schedule with a 26-16 win over the New York Giants. The Giants led 10-3 until Roethlisberger hit JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Washington for scores in the second quarter.It remained 16-10 when Daniel Jones engineered a 19-play drive that got the Giants near the goal line. But Bud Dupree deflected the final pass of the drive, allowing Cam Heyward to come up with the interception.Bennie Snell rushed for 113 yards on 19 carries, his first 100-yard performance in his second NFL season. He received the bulk of the carries while James Connor battled an injury.The Steelers also bottled up Saquon (SAY’-kwahn) Barkley, who was held to six yards on 15 carries. Jones threw for 279 yards and a touchdown but was picked off twice for the Giants. Anton Khudobin (hoo-DOH’-bihn) had 34 saves to help the Stars close out the Western Conference final in five games.NHL-FLAMES-WARDWard named coach of FlamesCALGARY, Alberta (AP) — The Calgary Flames have removed the “interim” tag from Geoff Ward’s job and made him the NHL club’s head coach. Ward was promoted from associate coach Nov. 29. Calgary was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs in six games by the Dallas Stars.MLB-SCHEDULE Lewis leads Mariner comebackUNDATED (AP) — Kyle Lewis showed the Oakland Athletics why he’s being touted as an AL Rookie of the Year candidate.Lewis belted a two-run homer and walked with the bases loaded in the sixth inning to help the Mariners top Oakland, 6-5 in the opener of a doubleheader. The center fielder ended the game with a .293 average, 10 home runs and 27 RBIs.Seattle trailed 5-0 after home runs by Sean Murphy and Marcus Semien off Marco Gonzales. Tim Lopes’ third double of the game drove in Phillip Ervin with two outs, tying it at 5 in the sixth. The A’s easily earned a split as Mike Minor picked up his first victory of the year with a two-hitter in a 9-0 rout of Seattle. Jake Lamb homered in his first game since Oakland acquired him from Arizona earlier in the day. Mark Canha (KAN’-ah) added a two-run homer and three RBIs to the win. NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFSStars finish off KnightsEDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Dallas Stars have advanced to the Stanley Cup final for the first time in 20 years.The Stars erased a two-goal deficit in the last half of the third period before Denis Gurianov (goor-ee-AH’-nahf) scored on a one-timer during a power play 3:36 into overtime to give the Stars a 3-2 triumph over Vegas. The Stars are 5-0 in overtime this postseason. They also won 3-2 in Game 3 against Vegas, when Alexander Radulov scored 31 seconds into OT. Reilly Smith scored just 15 seconds into the third period to put the Golden Knights ahead, 2-0. The lead held until Jamie Benn scored for the first time in 11 games, beating Robin Lehner (LEH’-nur) midway through the third. Rookie Joel Kiviranta (yool kih-vah-RAHN’-tah) tied it on a power play with 3:47 remaining in regulation. GOLF-US OPEN-HORSFIELDHorsfield out of Open after positive testMAMARONECK, N.Y. (AP) — Sam Horsfield of England is the second player in as many days to withdraw from the U.S. Open because of a positive result from a coronavirus test. Horsfield had a negative result Thursday from a pre-travel test. Upon landing in New York, he tested positive without having symptoms.TENNIS-FRENCH OPEN — Colts starting running back Marlon Mack will miss the rest of this season after rupturing his right Achilles tendon. Mack suffered the injury on a 3-yard catch midway through the second quarter Sunday. — The Titans have placed starting cornerback Adoree Jackson on injured reserve and replaced him by signing corner Tye Smith to the active roster from the practice squad. ackson was added to the injury report Friday after being limited by a knee issue. — The Browns have switched kickers after one game, waiving Austin Seibert and signing Cody Parkey. Seibert missed an extra point and field goal in Sunday’s 38-6 loss at Baltimore. — Jets running back Le’Veon Bell could miss a few weeks after injuring his left hamstring in the team’s season-opening loss at Buffalo. Coach Adam Gase says Monday he doesn’t want to put a timetable on Bell’s return, but says it could take some time because it’s a soft-tissue injury. — The Jaguars placed starting safety Jarrod Wilson on injured reserve with a left hamstring injury. He’s expected to miss at least a month. Tired of waiting: Ohio State stars opt out, move on to draftCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State stars Shaun Wade and Wyatt Davis got tired of waiting for a decision on the football season and chose to opt out and begin preparing for the NFL draft. Wade was a preseason All-American cornerback and Davis is an offensive guard. Both are likely to be first-round picks in the 2021 draft. All eyes will now be on quarterback Justin Fields, who could be one of the top picks in the 2021 draft regardless of whether he plays another down of football for the Buckeyes.HORSE RACING-HONOR A.P. Murray gets wild card for ParisPARIS (AP) — Andy Murray has received a wild card into the French Open. The former No. 1 was the only non-Frenchman to be given a free pass into the men’s main draw of the grand slam which starts in 13 days. Murray was also awarded a wild card into the U.S. Open after pelvic and shin injuries, and went two rounds. Tsvetana Pironkova (sveh-TAH’-nah pih-RAHN’-koh-vah) of Bulgaria and Eugenie Bouchard of Canada were the only non-Frenchwomen to receive wild cards. COLLEGE FOOTBALL-OHIO STATE DEPARTURES — Keston Hiura’s (HEER’-uhz) sacrifice fly in the eighth inning gave the Brewers a 2-1 decision over the Cardinals in Game 1 of their twinbill. St. Louis took the lead in the eighth, but Ryan Braun laced an RBI double that also put the winning run on third.— Game 2 in Milwaukee also went extra innings before Paul DeJong’s (deh-YUHNGZ’) RBI single in the top of the ninth gave the Cardinals a 3-2 victory and a split of the doubleheader. Tyler O’Neill and Brad Miller also provided run-scoring singles for the Redbirds.— The Reds took Game 1 of their doubleheader by beating the Pirates, 3-1 on rookie Tyler Stephenson’s two-run, walk-off home run in the seventh inning. Trevor Bauer led 1-0 and retired 14 straight batters before Colin Moran led off the seventh with his eighth homer. Bauer was trying for his third seven-inning shutout of the pandemic-shortened season.— Cincinnati completed a sweep as Mike Moustakas (moos-TAH’-kahs) slammed a three-run homer in a 9-4 win over the Bucs. Brian Goodwin and Joey Votto (VAH’-toh) also homered for the Reds.MLB-NEWS NFL-NEWSNFL reminds team about mask requirementsUNDATED (AP) — The NFL is reminding team personnel on the sidelines about the rules for wearing face coverings. There were several games Sunday in which team members other than players were not using them. Troy Vincent oversees the league’s football operations. He sent a memo to the 32 clubs on Monday saying teams “must remain vigilant” about following protocols set not only by the league, union and clubs, but by state and local governments. Otherwise, he says, the season could be “at risk.”Elsewhere in the NFL:last_img read more

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Premier League fixtures

first_imgWalter Mazzarri’s side have recorded back-to-back victories since the September international break, beating Manchester United and West Ham.Burnley will be aiming to bounce back from their 3-0 defeat at Leicester last time out. This will be the first top-flight fixture between the sides.last_img

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Daytona 500 2019: NASCAR reportedly not planning changes despite lackluster Speedweeks races

first_imgThe action wasn’t exactly back and forth at Daytona’s Speedweeks, but NASCAR isn’t planning on making any changes to increase excitement for Sunday’s race.There were a total of 10 lead changes across 179 laps this week at The Clash and two Daytona Duels on Thursday, but it will be tough for NASCAR to do anything significant to alter the single-file racing that was featured across the runs, according to NBC Sports. Richard Petty was blunt when asked if he thought qualifying was entertaining at Daytona this week.“No, I don’t,” he said.Since last year’s Daytona 500, races at restrictor-plate tracks haven’t featured as much non-stop action as years past. That was only compounded at Thursday’s duels as 38 of 40 drivers had already qualified for Sunday’s race.But, Tony Stewart had a different opinion while also trying to put the Thursday races into a different context.“The worst thing you want to do is put yourself in a bad position to have to bring a backup car,” Stewart, owner of Stewart-Hass Racing said. “Guys are a lot more careful. But we saw guys like Chase Elliott (and) Daniel Suarez that were trying moves by themselves (in the qualifying races). That’s something you typically don’t see a lot of, where guys can move and pass by themselves. “I thought that was encouraging to see you’re not having to rely necessarily on a whole pack of cars to help you move through the field.” Roger Penske was similarly optimistic about the possibility of increased action Sunday.“The racing will be certainly better on race day than maybe you saw (Thursday) night,” he said. “Cars are trying to get up last night to the front and draft. From a show perspective, I think you’re going to have a blanket over the cars that can win.”The Daytona 500 can be seen at 2:30 p.m. ET Sunday on Fox.last_img read more

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Cranes line-up Ivory Coast in Afcon build-up

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Uganda Cranes on training grounds.[photo via @OfficialFUFA]Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda Cranes will face Ivory Coast in an International friendly match in the United Arab Emirates on June 15th.The two teams will use the match to prepare for the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).Head coach Sebastien Desabre made the announcement on Monday at the Kabira Country Club in Kampala.“We have already secured the friendly against Ivory Coast and we are now working on having another friendly match on June 9th that we shall announce later,” added the coach.Desabre made it clear that his team will camp in the UAE for three weeks before flying to Egypt on June 17th. The coach said they need to prepare well for the Afcon because the objective is to qualify for the knock out stage.“We shall take every game as it comes and we are already scouting around the other teams we shall face in the group like Zimbabwe, DR Congo and hosts Egypt,” he added. The coach made it clear that although he is aware the group is tough, he knows each of the teams in the group so well. “We need to prepare well for our opening match against DR Congo because the first game means a lot,” he added.He made it clear that with good preparations his team has the quality to beat any team. Desabre made it clear that although he had summoned Maroons FC player Brian Majwega to the squad, the Uganda FA advised him to drop the player for previous disciplinary issues.The 2019 Afcon which will for the first time attract 24 teams will take place June 21st to July 19th. Besides Uganda, the other teams from the Council for East and Central African Football Associations (Cecafa) that will feature in the Afcon include; Kenya, Tanzania and Burundi.*****URNShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Fali: “I would love to retire in Cádiz, until they don’t kick me out I’m not leaving”

first_imgWhy did you choose to live in the capital?Everyone said they lived in Jerez and I thought ‘something Cadiz will have that nobody wants to go’ (laughs), but when I arrived, I said ‘I have to live here’. I live in front of the stadium.Living so close to Carranza, does it motivate you?Clear! I go to the stadium supermarket and tell my wife, above is Carranza!Did you speak with Perea and Romera before signing for Cádiz (did the 2017-18 season coincide at Barça B)?Yes, I talked to them and they told me it was spectacular. Roberto Perera and Manuel Vizcaíno also called me and I said ‘let’s try it’.Is the dressing room a family as shown?I have been in changing rooms and we have been partners, but here we are all a family, from Juan Marchante (utillero) to the president. It is the key to our success.How did you live the arrival of your friend Choco Lozano?When his name came out I talked to him and said come to Cádiz! We have a very good relationship and for me it was a joy to come.Who has been the player that has surprised you most in the locker room?Everybody. They immediately put you in the group. I didn’t know Cala and everyone was telling me, watch out for Cala! (jokes). On top of that I had it as a roommate and I thought ooo, you’ll see this one that is going to mess me up! But what’s up, it’s spectacular. Playing by your side is lucky. He has won UEFA …What do you think of José Mari?José Mari is one of the best midfielders in the category. He tricked me, you see him skinny but he hits some hosts … He is a player who gives us a lot of life in the field.How is your relationship with Álvaro Cervera?Mr. speaks little, but I am grateful. Part of my renovation is for him. In the first training I did a filtered pass and he said no, that here inside not, here outside. It makes you watch football in a way that gives results. The teams that even when they play badly win are the ones that will be up.What did you feel the first time in Carranza?The first game was against Osasuna and two hours before I see a lot of people out the window, we were fifth and the leader was coming and I said my mother! I got nervous and started stretching because it smelled like I was going to play. When I entered Carranza and saw 20,000 people, who had never played with so much public, I thought: ‘Like the mess they will kill me (laughs)’.It has a character very similar to that of Cadiz.Yes, that’s why they have welcomed me so well (laughs). I think the fans see the delivery of players like Garrido, like me, who leave our soul, and value it. In the first press conference here I said ‘I come to burst it, not on vacation’.What is your secret to recovering so soon from injuries?Each injury is different. When I had a broken foot, I was scared, I couldn’t even support it, but in the end they told me it was a fissure, so I told Alvarito (Sánchez-Ferragut, physiotherapist) ‘we’re going to give him a shot that I’m racing for’ . He told me it was impossible, but in the end I got it. The game was on Friday and I decided to do double sessions to be able to be available, because if the coach doesn’t see you up by a hundred, he doesn’t put you, and I wanted to play. Cervera doesn’t ask if you’re okay, he watches you and decides. When I saw myself on the board as a headline, I thought: ‘This master is a titan!’ And the truth is that I was fine, my foot didn’t hurt.Always willing to serve everyone.I am so. If they stop me in the street, I talk to them, I have no problem. They are the same people as me. I care about the opinion of the fans. My neighbor is now my friend, on the day of the game against Osasuna he said ‘hey, pisha, you are the Fali, aren’t you?’. And I said ‘if we win, we have a beer’. From there, he is my friend. Happy with the renovation until 2024?For me it is a very beautiful thing, so take advantage of these years and especially this, that we have the best.Are you comfortable in Cádiz?Yes, and very happy with the city. I live in Cádiz and my family is happy to be here, they live very well. The city is spectacular. And how does your family have to be stopped in the street?My wife says: ‘Honey, you are important. You for everyone! ‘ She is delighted in Cádiz. People are crazy. One day we went to have an ice cream and did not want to give one to my daughter because she had misbehaved, and the ice cream girl arrived and gave her an ice cream. I’m not used to giving things to the girl. The people here are very humble, very like me. It seems that I was born here.Would you like to retire in Cádiz?The president stung and has renewed me four years, now to see if I can get him four more years (laughs). I would love to retire here. If you tell me to renew eight years, I sign. I’m very comfortable here, until they kick me out I’m not leaving.Dreams to fulfill?Upload to First. If we ascend, I tattoo the shield of Cádiz. I am able to pull myself off the bus, I trust that the fans take me! (jokes).He did not have an easy life, but he is proud of his gypsy roots.I am very proud to come from the family that I come from, so humble. It has cost me a lot of work, but that effort and the bad thing that I have had has made me mentally very strong. My wife sometimes tells me: ‘You said you weren’t going to get it and look!’ My family told me ‘How are you going to play football! For what you charge come with us to scrap or to the market’. But I wanted to try.Has football left you friends?In the Hurricane I met Tariq Spezie and I continue talking to him. El Choco is more than a friend, and David Costas and Alberto Perea too. Surely I forget someone.How does your father live his success?In a playoff with the Hurricane it was very hot and when the game ended I saw an ambulance, it was my father. He gave him an anxiety attack so I said: ‘You don’t come anymore!’ If he comes to Carranza, I feel stiff. He asked me when GolTV was broadcasting the next game and I said: ‘I think they don’t televise us anymore.’ Also, with what we suffer …There are not many gypsy players, what is the reason?Our life is difficult, we get married soon and priorities change. I married 16 years old and I was in Levante B. In the morning I worked in the scrap metal and in the afternoon I trained. I married 16 years old and I was already 30 years old. People tell me that I am very old. Of course, with all that I have suffered … For me it is a pride to see Antoñín (Málaga) and Joaquín Fernández (Valladolid). Few gypsy players leave, but the one that comes out is good.What do you think of the malaguista Antoñín?We got a great header. It is very heavy (he jokes). He has a lot of nerve and is a good striker, he still has to learn because he is very young, but a hole is being made. I also follow Joaquin, it is a pride that there are more and more gypsies in football.What would you say to gypsy children who have the dream of dedicating themselves to football?That all work has its reward. They have to continue, that the parents support them, that they do not immediately tell them to leave it and that, although economic efforts must be made, they will be encouraged.Would you like to be a reference for the gypsy people?Of course. When I go to my neighborhood, parents say to their children: ‘See? He has arrived, so you can too. ‘ Everyone wants them to be like me, and that’s good, because at least they are going to support them.Have you heard carnival?-I heard Daddy Cadi and laughed a lot. This year they go from gypsies. I don’t understand Carnival, but I laugh. When I entered the Falla to record the renewal video I hallucinated. I want to go to a session. I would like to participate in a cameo, but I want to talk (jokes).Tell us about your experience at Barcelona B.It was a very good experience, I learned a lot. The coach (Gerard López) was like my father. Valverde liked the delivery of the youth players and gave me the opportunity to train with the first team. In addition, I met a referent like Busquets thanks to his father (Carlos Busquets). My legs were shaking like when my wife was going to give birth.He came for Pantic’s injury, to stayFali arrived in Cádiz on loan from Nàstic de Tarragona to cover the loss due to Pantic’s long-term injury in the final stretch of last season. What seemed an urgent arrival became such a resounding success that the entity chaired by Manuel Vizcaíno paid the clause to the Tarragona club, about 250,000 euros.last_img read more

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