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Joey Barton criticised by Paris Saint-Germain for ladyboy tweets aimed at Thiago Silva

PSG blast Marseille's Barton for 'ladyboy' tweets aimed at Brazilian defender Silva

By
James Cann, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

20:13 GMT, 3 April 2013

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UPDATED:

20:13 GMT, 3 April 2013

Paris Saint-Germain have criticised Joey Barton after the Marseille midfielder used social networking website Twitter to liken Thiago Silva to an 'overweight ladyboy'.

In a series of tweets published through his official account, the on-loan QPR player questioned whether Brazilian defender Silva was 'pre-op or post-op' and demanded an explanation why the 28-year-old had mentioned him in his pre-match press conference ahead of last night's Champions League quarter-final with Barcelona.

The Ligue 1 leaders tonight expressed their unhappiness with Barton's 'unacceptable remarks' and threatened to “take action” against the former England international.

Immense: Thiago Silva (right) played against Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday

Immense: Thiago Silva (right) played against Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday

A statement published on psg.fr read: 'In the last few hours, on social networks, unacceptable remarks have been made by Olympique Marseille player Joey Barton against Paris St Germain player Thiago Silva.

'These attacks are serious and go beyond mere verbal jousting. The directors of the club, the players and the coaching staff are supportive of Thiago Silva and cannot accept such statements.

'They reaffirm their unwavering commitment to the values of respect that should govern our sport.

'Thiago Silva and Paris St Germain reserve the right to take any action they deem necessary.'

PSG have taken issue with a series of tweets against the player which began to appear on Barton's account from yesterday afternoon.

Barton originally tweeted: 'Thiago Silva. That the same p**** thats been injured all season. Another over rated Brazilian. Sort your hamstrings out FatBoy…'

Blast: PSG have criticised the Marseille midfielder (right) for his tweets about their defender

Blast: PSG have criticised the Marseille midfielder (right) for his tweets about their defender

Joey Barton

Thiago Silva

Leap: Barton (left) demanded to know why Silva was discussing him in his pre-match press conference

The Liverpudlian was responding negatively to comments from Silva ahead of last night's game at the Parc des Princes, which finished 2-2 ahead of next week's second leg at the Nou Camp.

He continued tweeting during the game, adding: 'Have to take back what I said about Thiago Silva being over rated today. Been immense tonight. Still looks like a overweight ladyboy though!

'2 questions for Thiago Silva. Firstly, Why are YOU talking about ME, in your press conference before PSG v Barca Very strange.

'Secondly, Are you Pre-Op or Post-Op #transsexual #thiagosaladyboy

'Baffles me, which way he's going. Is he a man changing to a woman or a woman changing to a man Can't work it out.'

Inflammatory: Barton took to Twitter to slate the PSG defender

Inflammatory: Barton took to Twitter to slate the PSG defender

Speaking to L'Equipe on Monday, Silva had said: 'There is a Marseille player, I cannot remember his name, an Englishman, who has said bad things about Neymar and Brazilian football, and also about (David) Beckham and (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic.

'Because no one is talking about him, it seems it is fun for him to criticise great players for people to know he exists.'

PSG 2 Barcelona 2 – match report: Lionel Messi and Dani Alves goals canceled out by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Blaise Matuidi

PSG 2 Barcelona 2: Late Matuidi goal gives French side hope as Messi and Co are held in Paris

PUBLISHED:

20:43 GMT, 2 April 2013

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UPDATED:

21:16 GMT, 2 April 2013

Barcelona scored two away goals but were twice pegged back in a dramatic Champions League quarter-final first leg at the Parc des Princes.

Lionel Messi gave Barca a half-time lead, a goal owing much to Dani Alves' vision, before departing with a hamstring injury at the interval.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic controversially equalised against his former club and though Xavi's late penalty looked to have ensured a first-leg lead for Barca, Blaise Matuidi made it 2-2 with a deflected last kick of the match.

On target - again: Lionel Messi opened the scoring for Barcelona

On target – again: Lionel Messi opened the scoring for Barcelona

MATCH FACTS

PSG: Sirigu, Jallet, Alex, Thiago Silva, Maxwell, Beckham (Verratti 70), Matuidi, Lucas Moura, Pastore (Gameiro 76), Ibrahimovic, Lavezzi (Menez 66).

Subs not used: Douchez, Sakho, Chantome, Van Der Wiel.

Booked: Matuidi, Beckham, Ibrahimovic, Sirigu.

Goals: Ibrahimovic 79, Matuidi 90.

Barcelona: Valdes, Dani Alves, Pique, Mascherano (Bartra 84), Jordi Alba, Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta, Sanchez, Messi (Fabregas 46), Villa (Tello 81).

Subs not used: Pinto, Thiago, Montoya, Song.

Booked: Pique, Jordi Alba, Mascherano, Dani Alves.

Goals: Messi 38, Xavi 89 pen.

Attendance: 45,000

Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Ergolding)

The first chance fell to PSG with less than five minutes played. Ezequiel Lavezzi cut inside, sending Gerard Pique sliding the wrong way, and Barca midfielder Sergio Busquets stuck out a foot to stab the ball against the frame of his own goal.

Alex climbed highest to meet David Beckham's corner but headed well wide, and Victor Valdes then dived to save Javier Pastore's low drive and had to scramble to recover the loose ball ahead of the onrushing Alex.

It added up to an opening 15 minutes of Parisian dominance, though Andres Iniesta soon curled just wide at the other end.

PSG pressed again and when Pique flattened Ibrahimovic just outside the 'D' and was booked, Valdes had to push the Swede's fierce low free-kick around the post.

Ibrahimovic dragged a shot wide after a driving run from Lucas Moura but Barca began to make better use of their possession, with Alexis Sanchez's shot deflected wide before Messi opened the scoring eight minutes before half-time.

Alves curled a staggering pass into the box with the outside of his right foot and Messi ran on to the ball and fired first time inside the far post.

Easy does it: Messi runs off in celebration after making it 1-0

Easy does it: Messi runs off in celebration after making it 1-0

Celebration time: Messi celebrates with Daniel Alves and Xavi Hernandez after his goal against PSG

Celebration time: Messi celebrates with Daniel Alves and Xavi Hernandez after his goal against PSG

The Argentinian curled another effort millimetres over the bar but appeared to tweak his right hamstring in the process and was a passenger as half-time approached.

He was replaced by Cesc Fabregas upon the restart, and a Barca statement released during the second half confirmed he will undergo tests tomorrow to determine the extent of his injury.

Matuidi, impressive defensively in the first half, showed up in attack but was blocked off by Javier Mascherano as he pursued his own heavy touch into the penalty area, though no foul was given. Pique then prevented the all-action Matuidi from reaching Ibrahimovic's pass.

Not going to plan: Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Beckham look dejected as Barcelona celebrate

Not going to plan: Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Beckham look dejected as Barcelona celebrate

Beckham

David Beckham heads the ball

Getting stuck in: Beckham started for PSG and played for 70minutes before being replaced by Marco Verratti

Stars of the show: Messi is tracked by Beckham

Stars of the show: Messi is tracked by Beckham

Battle for the ball: Messi holds off the challenge of Beckham

Battle for the ball: Messi holds off the challenge of Beckham

Going in for the tackle: Beckham brings down Cesc Fabregas

Going in for the tackle: Beckham brings down Cesc Fabregas

In the book: Beckham is shown a yellow card by Referee Wolfgang Stark

In the book: Beckham is shown a yellow card by Referee Wolfgang Stark

The imperious Thiago Silva's clearance
denied Barca a second goal and Sanchez could not connect properly with
Fabregas' deep cross, shooting weakly at Sirigu.

Matuidi was booked for fouling Iniesta, ruling him out of the return leg, before Lavezzi was replaced by Jeremy Menez.

Alves
went close to a goal of his own when he curled a free-kick just wide
before Mascherano chopped down Menez to also earn himself a ban.

Take Zlat! Ibrahimovic makes it 1-1 with close range finish

Take Zlat! Ibrahimovic makes it 1-1 with close range finish

Eyes on the ball: Ibrahimovic made it 1-1 with his goal

Eyes on the ball: Ibrahimovic made it 1-1 with his goal

Menez's free-kick was deflected behind
and the resulting corner caused chaos. Jordi Alba and Mascherano
collided and were both prone in the six-yard box, playing three PSG
players onside as the half-cleared set-piece was returned into the box,
and Valdes was forced into a point-blank save from Ibrahimovic's shinned
effort.

Barca had to defend the next corner
with nine men and the controversy continued even after the pair
returned, Thiago Silva heading Menez's free-kick against the post before
the rebound was jabbed home by an offside Ibrahimovic.

Going down: Alexis Sanchez falls under the challenge of PSG goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu

Going down: Alexis Sanchez falls under the challenge of PSG goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu

Spot on: Xavi scores his side's second goal from the penalty spot

Spot on: Xavi scores his side's second goal from the penalty spot

Substitute
Kevin Gameiro was almost sent through by Ibrahimovic's flick-on, only
for the bounce to deceive the diminutive France international.

With a minute remaining, though, a penalty handed Barca the advantage in the tie once more.

Last kick of the game: Blaise Matuidi scores his side's second equalising goal late on

Last kick of the game: Blaise Matuidi scores his side's second equalising goal late on

Happy ending: Matuidi celebrates his goal late goal

Happy ending: Matuidi celebrates his goal late goal

Sirigu was booked for pulling down Sanchez and Xavi sent the keeper the wrong way from the spot.
Ibrahimovic
lashed another effort into Valdes' net but this time was correctly
flagged offside – but there was still late drama to come.

Ibrahimovic nodded the ball back and
Matuidi's shot was squeezed between the legs of substitute Marc Bartra,
wrong-footing Valdes and levelling the scores.

Paris Saint-Germain 1 Valencia 1 (aggregate 3-2): Ezequiel Lavezzi scores

PSG 1 Valencia 1 (agg 3-2): Beckham celebrates from the bench as Lavezzi secures progression to the last eight

PUBLISHED:

21:37 GMT, 6 March 2013

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UPDATED:

10:18 GMT, 7 March 2013

David Beckham led the celebrations as Paris Saint-Germain slugged rather than sashayed their way through to the Champions League quarter-finals after drawing with Valencia at the Parc des Princes.

It took the jolt of a fine Valencia goal from Jonas early in the second half to rouse the home side, and Ezequiel Lavezzi's equaliser secured a draw on the night and a narrow aggregate win.

It was Lavezzi's second goal of the tie after he and Javier Pastore scored in Spain three weeks ago. PSG were in full control at the Mestalla until a dramatic injury-time period saw Adil Rami pull a goal back and Zlatan Ibrahimovic sent off, making tonight's second leg increasingly complicated on two counts.

Just about: Ezequiel Lavezzi bundled home the equaliser before receiving a yellow card for removing his shirt

Just about: Ezequiel Lavezzi bundled home the equaliser before receiving a yellow card for removing his shirt

Just about: Ezequiel Lavezzi bundled home the equaliser before receiving a yellow card for removing his shirt

Nice tats: Lavezzi showed off his tattoos, including Jesus and compatriot Diego Maradona

Nice tats: Lavezzi showed off his tattoos, including Jesus and compatriot Diego Maradona

MATCH FACTS

Paris Saint-Germain: Sirigu, Thiago Silva, Alex, Maxwell, Matuidi, Chantome, Jallet (Van der Wiel 27), Motta (Gameiro 58), Lucas (Sakho 83) Moura, Lavezzi, Pastore

Subs not used: Douchez, Camara, Armand, Beckham

Goal: Lavezzi 66

Booked: Lavezzi

Valencia: Guaita, Cissokho, Barragan, Ruiz, Mathieu, Albelda (Banega 46), Feghouli (Piatti 63), Parejo, Facundo Costa, Jonas (Valdez 76), Soldado

Subs not used: Diego Alves, Joao Pereira, Guardado, Canales

Booked: Ruiz, Albelda, Soldado, Parejo

Goal: Jonas 55

Referee: Milorad Mazic

Ibrahimovic was given a two-match ban
by UEFA, and the Sweden striker was certainly missed on the field for
this return leg as he watched from the stands. Without him, the home
side were toothless in the first half.

They certainly did not appear a side capable of reaching the Wembley final on May 25, but on they go.

Those looking for romance forged at
home in the story of Parisian resurgence might prefer to overlook the
fact it has been funded by overseas money, since the 2011 takeover by
the Qatar Investment Authority.

Their budget is more Champions League
than Ligue 1, and the personnel brought to the Parc des Princes over
the last two years reflects it.

The sudden wealth means tangible
success in Europe is a requisite, so winning in Spain three weeks ago
was not the achievement it might have been considered before the
takeover and more another step in the plan for growth.

PSG are unbeaten in
their last 23 European home matches now but they were clinging on at
the end as Valencia sought the goal that would have forced extra-time.

Overjoyed: David Beckham celebrates Lavezzi's equaliser from the sidelines

Overjoyed: David Beckham celebrates Lavezzi's equaliser from the sidelines

Pick that one out: Jonas rifled Valencia into the lead in the second half

Pick that one out: Jonas rifled Valencia into the lead in the second half

Game on: Jonas celebrates his stunning goal after half-time to bring Valencia back into the tie

Game on: Jonas celebrates his stunning goal after half-time to bring Valencia back into the tie

Twisting: Lucas (left) turns away from his marker Jeremy Mathieu

Twisting: Lucas (left) turns away from his marker Jeremy Mathieu

With Ibrahimovic and Marco Verratti
suspended, and winger Jeremy Menez injured, manager Carlo Ancelotti –
who won the Champions League in 2003 and 2007 with AC Milan – had a
weakened hand before kick-off.

Lucas started alongside Lavezzi in attack.

There was no room in the starting XI
for Beckham, squeezed out of central midfield by Thiago Motta and
Blaise Matuidi. The former England captain was primed on the bench but
stayed there.

PSG fans might have been wary that
their expensively-assembled team are prone to aberrations, such as their
league defeat to Reims at the weekend.

Jonas almost got in behind the home defence in the eighth minute but a foot in by Christophe Jallet denied him.

Valencia had a further chance when
Jonas linked up with strike partner Roberto Soldado. Salvatore Sirigu
smothered his low 15-yard shot.

Ouch: Blaise Matuidi lies on the turf after taking a hefty challenge

Ouch: Blaise Matuidi lies on the turf after taking a hefty challenge

Putting the boot in: Lucas Moura (right) swings in a cross

Putting the boot in: Lucas Moura (right) swings in a cross

Jonas sent a 20-yard shot bobbling wide, and Tino Costa cracked an ambitious effort several yards off target.

Sirigu palmed away a stinging 20-yard drive from Jonas just before the break, but it was a ball he might have caught.

From the corner that followed, Costa
struck the ball so sweetly it was missed by everyone in blue and red,
and also his team-mates as it swerved wide of the far post.

Limbering up: Beckham stretches ahead of Paris Saint-Germain's match

Limbering up: Beckham stretches ahead of Paris Saint-Germain's match

Eyes on the prize: The former England captain performs some kick-ups ahead of the game

Eyes on the prize: The former England captain performs some kick-ups ahead of the game

Waiting in the wings: Beckham warms up ahead of the clash with Valencia

Waiting in the wings: Beckham warms up ahead of the clash with Valencia

Benched: Beckham started the match on the sidelines

Benched: Beckham started the match on the sidelines

Ever Banega stepped out in place of Albelda for the second half, an attacking move by Valencia.
Jonas made the breakthrough in the 55th minute with a crashing 25-yard drive inside the left post.

Valencia had more zip about their
game, but PSG were level 11 minutes later though and it was Lavezzi who
woke the home crowd from an understandable stupor. Kevin Gameiro, on in
place of Thiago Motta, bustled through a couple of challenges before the
ball rolled kindly for his team-mate.

Vicente Guaita repelled Lavezzi's
15-yard blast but could then do nothing to prevent him tucking the ball
over the line with his knee.

Clement Chantome's 25-yard swipe drew a solid save from Guaita, with PSG on top for perhaps the first time in the match.

Valencia poured pressure on the Paris
goal in the closing minutes but they struggled to get in behind as their
campaign reached its end.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic hits out after being told he is too aggressive

Angry Ibrahimovic hits out at detractors after being told he is too aggressive

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00:45 GMT, 21 December 2012

A stubborn Zlatan Ibrahimovic has
insisted he will not change the way he plays despite criticism
suggesting he is too aggressive.

The Sweden and Paris Saint-Germain
striker has been called before the French FA after appearing to stamp on
the head of Lyon rival Dejan Lovren.

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Ouch: Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been accused of stamping on Lyon's Dejan Lovren

Ouch: Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been accused of stamping on Lyon's Dejan Lovren

Zlat in a hat: Ibrahimovic (right) vies with French defender Zoumana Camara during a training session

Zlat in a hat: Ibrahimovic (right) vies with French defender Zoumana Camara during a training session

Although the referee did not spot the
incident it enraged Lyon's president Jan-Michel Aulas, who believes the
volatile striker did it deliberately.

But Ibrahimovic told BeInSPort: 'I
want a lot in the field when I play. I may look aggressive, it is the
way to feel alive, because if I relax on the field you will not see me
playing.

'When I am angry in the field I play
better – according to me. And if people say I'm aggressive it stimulates
me because I will be even more aggressive. People say I shout I will
shout even more. Because it stimulates me.

'It doesn't mean that I will relax or something because I won wherever I came and I know how it is to win and I will continue.

'I came here to win and I will
continue to be the way I am, because the way I am, I had in ten years a
fantastic career. So people telling me now to change… no! I will tell
people what to do.'

You won't like him when he's angry: Ibrahimovic is prone to outbursts of violence

You won't like him when he's angry: Ibrahimovic is prone to outbursts of violence

As well as trying to deal with the
headstrong striker, PSG must also try and cope with Brazilian defender
Thiago Silva, who signed for around 34million in the summer, wanting to
go back to AC Milan.

'I miss Milan a lot, to tell the
truth. No one can deny that I miss Milan, the club will surely always be
in my heart because they gave me so much,' he told Sky Sport 24.

'I would like to return, certainly.
Milan are a great team, the most successful in the world. I played there
for three years and I do not know the future, but, if there is the
chance to return again, I would definitely go back.'

Hoping for home: Thiago Silva said he would love to go back to AC Milan

Hoping for home: Thiago Silva said he would love to go back to AC Milan

Silva continued: 'It is better now,
but, to be honest at the start, it was a bit difficult for me. French
football is strong and at times very challenging to play. It is not as
easy as everyone thinks.

'Robinho and Pato to return to Brazil
The club are going through a difficult period, this year was always
going to be different from the past.

'I am not sure if Robinho is unhappy.
But, in my opinion he is not as happy as he was in the first year that
he joined the club. He had an immense desire to win.

'As for Pato, I would advise him that a
change of scenery may be required. It is difficult to say what is right
for another person, but, again I do not think that he is happy there
anymore. He may have to return to Brazil.'

Watch video of Zlatan's 'stamp'

Lionel Messi with son Thiago in Barcelona

A message to defenders across the world… Mini Messi is coming to get you

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UPDATED:

11:33 GMT, 13 December 2012

These pictures should melt the hearts of most people around the world – but they will send a chill down the spine of every young defender around the world.

Lionel Messi took his new baby boy Thiago on his first public stroll around the streets of Barcelona with his girlfriend Antonella. If Thiago's goalscoring form is anything like his father's, then the Messi dynasty is in safe hands.

The Barcelona talisman increased his record tally of goals scored in a calendar year to 88, after netting twice against FC Cordoba to secure a 2-0 win in the first leg of the Copa Del Rey tie.

Sealed with a kiss: The Barcelona star parades his new baby with girlfriend Antonella

Sealed with a kiss: The Barcelona star parades his new baby with girlfriend Antonella

The Argentina striker equalled and surpassed Muller's 1972 record of 85 goals in Sunday's 2-1 victory over Real Betis when he scored another brace. But he doesn't seem content with beating the great German hitman, as he marched on with another two goals last night.

When Thiago was first born, Manchester City striker and fellow Argentine star Sergio Aguero gave Messi a miniature iconic Blue and White-striped Argentina shirt for his then two-week-old son.

Aguero pledged to buy the kit for Messi's baby boy, as he tweeted a picture of the two friends holding up the kit accompanied with: 'Promesa cumplida!!/Promise kept!! #ThiagoMessi10'

Leo Messi

Leo Messi

Baby love: Messi took his new baby boy Thiago on his first public stroll around the streets of Barcelona

Promise kept: Sergio Aguero (right) bought his international team-mate Lionel Messi an Argentina kit for his two-week-old son

Promise kept: Sergio Aguero (right) bought his international team-mate Lionel Messi an Argentina kit for his two-week-old son

Aguero gave Thiago a No 10 shirt – the same number his father wears for both club and country.

Despite not being able to walk yet – let alone run – baby Thiago has already been made a member of Newell's Old Boys' supporters club, after an agreement was reached between the Argentina club and the infant's grandfather, Jorge.

Messi played at Newell's at youth level before making the trip to Barcelona, aged 13.

Sweethearts: The Argentina star and Antonella first met as children but only begun dating in 2009rgentina star eclipsed Gerd Muller's goalscoring record earlier this month

Sweethearts: The Argentina star and Antonella first met as children but only begun dating in 2009

How do you fold this again: Messi has to contend with every new father's nightmare... collapsing the buggy

Thiago, who was born on November 2, was issued with an official club membership card last week and will receive a kit from Newell's.

Messi was born in the Argentine city of Rosario, located 200 miles north west of Buenos Aires and remains a fan of Newell's, his hometown team.

At the double: Messi scored twice in Barcelona's win over Cordoba last night

At the double: Messi scored twice in Barcelona's win over Cordoba last night

Hannah Miley beats Ye Shiwen to gold in 400m medley at World Short-Course Championships and Lowe wins bronze

Miley beats Olympic champion Ye to win gold and Lowe bags bronze at World Short-Course Championships

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21:11 GMT, 12 December 2012

Hannah Miley held off Olympic champion Ye Shiwen to claim Great Britain's first gold medal of the World Short-Course Championships when she won the 400 metres individual medley in Istanbul.

Ye was at the centre of the biggest controversy in the pool at the 2012 Olympics as her freestyle leg en route to victory in the eight-length event almost defied belief.

In London the Chinese teenager was just three hundredths of a second slower over the final 100m than Ryan Lochte, winner of the men's race.
Indeed her last 50m was faster than four in the men's final, including Lochte and Thiago Pereira, the gold and silver medallists.

Earlier Jemma Lowe won Britain's first medal at the event by finishing third in the 200
metres butterfly.

Take that: Miley (left) held off a late rally from Chinese sensation Ye Shiwen

Take that: Miley (left) held off a late rally from Chinese sensation Ye Shiwen

Miley, fifth in London, had qualified fastest into the final, but predicted it would be a different race come the final, claiming the Chinese teenager was 'playing' in the heats.

Fourth after the butterfly and backstroke legs, Miley then produced a superb breaststroke to turn first going into the freestyle, 2.04 seconds ahead of Ye.

However, as expected, Ye came back and on her final 25m of 28.14 secs, the only sub 29-second last length in the field, she reeled Miley in.

The Scot, though, was breathing to her right where she could see her rival, whom she held off by 0.19s to win in a new championship record of four minutes 23.14 seconds, the fastest ever in a textile suit, bettering her own mark from the European Championship last month.

Hanging on: Miley turned into the freestyle leg 2.04 seconds ahead of Ye and held on to win by 0.19 seconds

Hanging on: Miley turned into the freestyle leg 2.04 seconds ahead of Ye and held on to win by 0.19 seconds

The 23-year-old 'was hanging on for dear life' and admitted the achievement had significance for both her and her father and coach Patrick, vindicating their approach after the Olympics.

Miley said: 'A lot of top athletes aren't here so for me I see it as an opportunity and any opportunity I see I try and take it.

'So for me I was aiming for it to be a confidence booster for both myself and my dad and what we are doing this season.

'Not only were we trying to chase placings, but also to do a really good time which I was really happy with.

'But the main thing is long-course (50m) swimming so I am really happy with what I've done, but for me I am not going to be happy with it until I can prove I can do it long course as well.

'Hindsight is a great thing and lots of people have cliches and I was genuinely was happy with that swim, but for me I probably wouldn't be the athlete I am standing here today doing those times if the Olympics hadn't have happened.'

Golden girl: Miley (centre) poses with her gold medal in Istanbul

Golden girl: Miley (centre) poses with her gold medal in Istanbul

Lowe secured Britain's first medal in Istanbul as she won bronze in the 200m butterfly.

The 22-year-old swam from lane one after qualifying seventh, meaning she had no idea of how the expected leaders were faring.

However, that had little bearing on the Swansea ITC swimmer who touched in two minutes 3.19 seconds. It was also a national record for Lowe, who lowered her own 2010 mark, the Briton leading after 150m before being overtaken by Hungarian Katinka Hosszu and 2012 Olympic champion Jiao Liuyang.

All smiles: Jemma Lowe (right) picked up the bronze in the 200m butterfly

All smiles: Jemma Lowe (right) picked up the bronze in the 200m butterfly

Lowe said: 'I'm really pleased with that. I didn't know what to expect after this morning when I was in that slow heat by myself and I just scraped into the final.

'Because I have won a medal previously at world short course I was really determined to get up there, so I just gave it my very best tonight and I can't believe how it worked out.'

There was no such satisfaction for Michael Jamieson, the Olympic 200m breaststroke silver medallist.

The Glaswegian was thoroughly frustrated, despite setting a new personal best of 58.56s in the 100m breaststroke.

He said: 'It's the same old story on the 100 – I just can't keep up with the bigger guys.

Powerhouse: Lowe put in a solid performance to pick up Britain's first medals

Powerhouse: Lowe put in a solid performance to pick up Britain's first medals

'It's frustrating – it's the fastest I have ever been but I am getting to the stage with the 200m that if I am ever going to improve then my 100 needs to come down.'

That was in contrast to Georgia Davies, another Swansea ITC swimmer, who set a personal best of 57.41s to qualify third for the 100m backstroke final.

Lizzie Simmonds was 10th in 58.34s, although her focus is on the 200m since her move to Bath ITC.

Manchester City monitoring Paris St Germain defender Mamadou Sakho

City turn to PSG defender Sakho as the consider shipping out Lescott in January

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UPDATED:

22:25 GMT, 11 December 2012

Manchester City are monitoring developments with Paris St Germain defender Mamadou Sakho.

The 22-year-old, who has been pushed out by the arrival of Thiago Silva and his partnership with Alex, is keen to gain more game time.

Working together Mamadou Sakho has been pushed out by the arrival of Thiago

Working together Mamadou Sakho has been pushed out by the arrival of Thiago

The powerful defender has a bleak future in the French capital despite his standing as a fans favourite having been born in the city and come through the ranks at the club since the age of six.

In August, Sakho was told he was able to leave the club but dug in and has gone on to make 10 starts this season.

The France international's agents began offering him around Europe and received interest from England, Italian giants AC Milan and French outfit Lille.

Arsenal have long admired Sakho but need to off-load fringe defenders Sebastien Squillaci and Johan Djourou before they can make a move.

City may consider an offer should they offload Joleon Lescott next month.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic misses ball completely attempting his propeller kick as Paris St Germain crash out of French Cup

Zlat's all gone wrong! Ibrahimovic misses ball completely attempting his propeller kick as PSG crash out of French Cup

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16:48 GMT, 28 November 2012

Zlatan Ibrahimovic came crashing down to earth last night – missing the ball completely as he attempted to re-enact his famous propeller kick.

The Swede scored four goals against England in an international friendly earlier this month. The fourth, an overhead kick, was hailed as the greatest goal many commentators had ever seen.

But the 31-year-old could not recreate the magic last night in a French cup game.

Faulty propeller: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (top) fails miserably attempting to recreate his spectacular goal against England in St Etienne last night

Faulty propeller: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (top) fails miserably attempting to recreate his spectacular goal against England in St Etienne last night

The enigmatic Paris St Germain striker tried his luck in the League Cup quarter-final defeat to St Etienne, but he was left with egg on his face following an embarrassing air shot.

The attentions of the St Etienne defender was surely influential in Ibrahimovic's miss, no doubt providing a lesson to England's defenders that they should have got much tighter to the 31-year-old.

England lost 4-2 to Sweden despite taking a 2-1 lead in Stockholm after goals from Danny Welbeck and a debut strike from Steven Caulker.

Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Top) kicks the ball during the French L1 League Cup football match between Saint Etienne and Paris, on November 27, 2012

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores a wonder goal against England to score his fourth goal of the night and make it 4-2 to Sweden in this friendly

Shaping up to be a carbon copy: It all started so well last night for Ibra (left) and it seemed he was going to perform an exact replica of his wonder-goal against England earlier this month (right)

Uh oh: But it all goes horribly wrong when Ibra misses the ball completely as he comes under pressure from St Etienne's Cesar Alonso during last night's French League Cup quarter-final

Uh oh: But it all goes horribly wrong when Ibra misses the ball completely as he comes under pressure from St Etienne's Cesar Alonso during last night's French League Cup quarter-final

Ibrahimovic may have fluffed his party trick, but it was PSG's Brazilian captain Thiago Silva who was most culpable for his side's cup exit.

Silva missed the crucial spot-kick in a 5-3 penalty shootout defeat, after neither side could make the breakthrough in 120 minutes of football.

Crash landing: The ball falls harmlessly towards the turf with Ibrahimovic flailing in the cup tie that PSG went on to lose on penalties

Crash landing: The ball falls harmlessly towards the turf with Ibrahimovic flailing in the cup tie that PSG went on to lose on penalties

Swede dream: Artist Paul Trevillion, the master of movement, captures Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrating his showstopping goal

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Swede dream: Artist Paul Trevillion, the master of movement, captures Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrating his showstopping goal

Swede dream: Artist Paul Trevillion, the master of movement, captures Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrating his showstopping goal (left) and illustrates how the striker did it (right) in an exclusive commission for Sportsmail

Now, judge for yourselves…

VIDEO 1: First Ibra's PSG air-shot in the French League Cup last night…

VIDEO 2: THAT wondrous strike against England that left us all purring…

VIDEO BONUS: Zlatan was even up to his fancy tricks during the warm-up…

Carlo Ancelotti ready for Champions League

PSG ready to take Europe by storm as Ancelotti's super-rich team prepare for Dynamo clash

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UPDATED:

17:59 GMT, 17 September 2012

Super-rich Paris Saint-Germain’s bid to become a European force gets underway on Tuesday as they take on Dynamo Kiev, and Carlo Ancelotti believes his side have turned the corner after a slow start to their campaign.

Armed with bank-breaking new acquisitions Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva, the French side were only able to draw their first three games of the season, but have won their last two.

‘We're getting better and I think we're ready for the Champions League now,’ Ancelotti said.

Ready lads Zlatan Ibrahimovic (left) and Carlo Ancelotti (right) are hoping PSG can win their group

Ready lads Zlatan Ibrahimovic (left) and Carlo Ancelotti (right) are hoping PSG can win their group

Ready lads Zlatan Ibrahimovic (left) and Carlo Ancelotti (right) are hoping PSG can win their group

‘The team is beginning to take shape.’

With nearly 130million spent on new players this season, including Swedish hitman Ibrahimovic, PSG will be expected to win a Group A that features Porto and Dinamo Zagreb.

The Croatian side host Porto on Tuesday.

Brazil defender Silva, who joined PSG from AC Milan along with Ibrahimovic, is expected to make his long-awaited debut at centre-back. He will likely play alongside countryman Alex, after France centre-half Mamadou Sakho was ruled out with a thigh injury.

‘I'm very disappointed not to play tomorrow,’ Sakho said. ‘It meant so much to me, but I felt a small pain in my thigh the last time I played and, along with the medical staff, we decided not to take any risks.’

Former Barcelona striker Ibrahimovic has started well since moving to the French capital, and scored during PSG’s 2-0 win over Toulouse on Friday – his fifth league goal of the campaign.

But Ancelotti is ready for the challenge Europe’s big boys can pose, and is hoping his robust defence can help his side secure qualification.

Tough task: PSG's expensive team will be hoping to beat Dynamo Kiev first

Tough task: PSG's expensive team will be hoping to beat Dynamo Kiev first

‘In four matches, we have conceded only one goal, and that was from a set piece situation,’ Ancelotti said.

Much is expected of PSG this season, who sit in third place in the league, but Ibrahimovic thinks the club must take a firmer grip at home before it can think about taking on the best in Europe.

PSG is already six points behind French leaders Marseille, who have won all five of its matches despite selling key players, rather than recruiting superstars.

‘When you dominate in your own country, then you can think about exporting that to Europe,’ Ibrahimovic said Monday in an interview with sports daily L'Equipe.

With so much money spent, PSG's fans are desperate to reap the rewards, and they jeered the players after home draws against Lorient and Bordeaux.

‘We must always remember that a draw is the equivalent of a defeat at PSG now,” said Brazilian winger Nene, PSG's top scorer last season with 21 league goals.

PSG last played in the Champions League eight years ago, where it went out in the group stage after losing at home to Chelsea and CSKA Moscow.

Star man: Ibrahimovic signed for PSG in the summer

Star man: Ibrahimovic signed for PSG in the summer

Star man: Ibrahimovic signed for PSG in the summer

Dynamo, who are also third in the Ukrainian league, won 3-1 on Friday against Karpaty, with midfielder Nico Kranjcar scoring twice to take his tally to four goals since joining from Tottenham.

There is some history between the two sides, of course. PSG were beaten by Dynamo in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup three years ago.

Yet things are a little different now for the French side since then. With more than 210million being invested in the transfer market since their Qatari owners took over, PSG should be looking to take the game to Dynamo.

Although PSG are strong favourites, Dynamo defender Taras Mykhalyk says his team is in a ‘fighting mood’ and should take inspiration from Ukraine's 1-1 draw away to England last week.

‘Ukraine took the ball at Wembley and started to dominate in ball control,” he said.

'We mustn't be afraid when we take the pitch to play in Paris.’

Meanwhile, Dinamo Zagreb will hope for better fortune than in last year's Champions League – although it could hardly do worse.

Dinamo lost all its matches in the group stage, conceding a Champions League record of 22 goals – including seven in an embarrassing home thrashing by Lyon.

Stuttering start: Paris Saint-Germain drew their first three games of the season

Stuttering start: Paris Saint-Germain drew their first three games of the season

‘We are outsiders, but we will do our best not to lose,’ Dinamo coach Ante Cacic said.

Domagoj Vida and Portuguese defender Tonel are likely to lead the defense, while summer signing Duje Cop is favored to start in attack instead of Fatos Beciraj.

Dinamo is top of the league and dropped points for only the second time this season when it drew 0-0 at home to Osijek on Friday.

The draw also put an end to a formidable run of 11 consecutive wins, with Brazilian Sammir chipping in with eight goals from midfield during that spell.

Porto's attack, meanwhile, is not the same since Hulk left to join Zenit St. Petersburg two weeks ago, despite the club insisting that he would stay.

Porto may also be a bit rusty, seeing as it last played on Sept. 1, when Hulk scored his final goal for the club.

Marco Verratti – Italy"s new Andrea Pirlo?

Oh no! Looks like the Italians have found themselves another Pirlo

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UPDATED:

00:04 GMT, 15 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Having been spared another date with Andrea Pirlo, the architect of England’s Euro 2012 demise, Roy Hodgson is set instead to encounter the teenager hailed as his natural successor.

Marco Verratti, 19, has been compared to Pirlo since Zdenek Zeman used his technique and vision as Pescara’s defensive playmaker. He made his debut for Pescara at 16 and, last weekend, played his first competitive game for Paris Saint-Germain after a 10million move on the same day Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva swapped Milan for the French capital.

Watch out: The talented Marco Verratti (right) at Italy training and in PSG colours (below)

Watch out: The talented Marco Verratti (right) at Italy training and in PSG colours (below)

Veratti in PSG colours

Within Italian football, the move did not go unnoticed, setting off another bout of soul-searching over the drain of young talent.

‘It is a shame we could not keep him in Italy,’ said national coach Cesare Prandelli. ‘Perhaps we should have been a bit quicker to recognise his talent and stop him from ending up abroad. He is very skilful and a strong personality.’

There is concern that Verratti will not be able to polish his skills as the pivot in Carlo Ancelotti’s 4-3-3 formation at PSG, and may be forced wide or, worse still, out of the team. He started against Lorient on Sunday but was replaced with his side losing 2-0 as Ibrahimovic scored twice to salvage a draw.

Italian football has long been accused of having little faith in youth. The academy system has been under scrutiny, technicians such as Gianfranco Zola doubting whether the nation is creating the right type of footballers.

‘In the past, Italy produced good players from the streets,’ Zola told Sportsmail in February. ‘The academies are good but they can’t give you that extra quality and tend to choose young players who are more physical and tactical and sacrifice players who don’t have the physique.

‘I wouldn’t have made it if they were choosing back then by the criteria they use today. I was so little…’

Prandelli wants to forge a young team for Brazil 2014 around Mario Balotelli, who has an eye infection. Twelve uncapped players have been selected for this friendly against England at the Stade de Suisse; the 22-man squad has an average age of 24. ‘The idea is to plan the next two years by finding out which young players have what it takes,’ said Prandelli.