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Peruvian Armed Forces Complete Haiti Training

first_img“A year away from your family, your country, and your habits means the selection must be extremely rigorous,” Capt. Guevara stated. “We are looking for men and women between 20 and 40 years of age who are strong physically and psychologically, and have a solid family support structure. There are important factors to avoid discipline problems or avoid the person being adversely affected by the long period out of the country.” Peru also is involved in the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire, the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the UN Mission in South Sudan, the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei, and the UN – African Union Mission in Darfur. Under the command of Army Major José Luis Ñavincopa Acosta, the Chanka Infantry Command’s Second Battalion has received continuous instruction in UN peacekeeping doctrine and practices in the field. The service members were familiarized with the code of conduct and discipline, human rights, international humanitarian law, the Conventions on the Rights of the Child and the Rights of Women, gender-related topics, and international protocols. Rigorous selection process MINUSTAH, which was established in 2004, is present in Haiti at the request of the local government. From a security point of view, the mission has been a success, especially against the gangs operating freely in the capital of Port-au-Prince and in the areas of Belair, Cité Soleil, and Cité Militaire, Diálogo reported in May 2014. “All of these actions spread the reputation of the Armed Forces,” Capt. Guevara said. “[We want to] improve our knowledge of the right to life and human rights, and also implement all of the knowledge we have acquired abroad in complicated and difficult situations in our country’s missions to provide a better tomorrow for our youth.” Peru’s Army, Air Force, and Navy determined which of their service members were best suited physically, psychologically, and behaviorally to participate in the training, while CECOPAZ ensured all candidates were at the center voluntarily. The yearlong missions have gotten progressively more difficult. Additionally, the Chanka Infantry Command’s Second Battalion performed rigorous physical training so they can control disturbances, distribute humanitarian aid, monitor mobilizations, perform daytime and nighttime urban combat, carry out patrols on land and water, establish stationary and mobile checkpoints, and participate in helicopter transportation operations. “The exercises and demonstrations were conducted in an urbanized area that’s built to be very similar to urban areas in Haiti,” Capt. Guevara said. “There is an enormous desert in that area, where we created a series of daytime and nighttime situations to allow leaders of these units and their personnel to resolve certain difficult and dangerous situations, in accordance with United Nations guidelines.” The officers, non-commissioned officers, and warrant officers, who include 10 females across the service branches, trained from February 12th to March 19th in northern Lima. “This is the 25th contingent deployed to Haiti, and the second one in the joint Peruvian-Uruguayan effort,” Captain Gaetano Guevara, CECOPAZ’s director, told Diálogo. “That effort will optimize our units and make them more professional.” “Being a Blue Helmet is a passion and a vocation,” Capt. Guevara explained. “A Blue Helmet has no nationality, and understands that human tragedies must be overcome. Sadly, UN missions involve heartbreaking situations that we try to repair.” Throughout its history, Peru has had a great participation in peacekeeping missions throughout the world, including ones coordinated by the UN. Peru has been supporting MINUSTAH since 2004. And for the first time, on June 3rd, CECOPAZ will begin training Peruvian National Police officers to participate in MINUSTAH alongside UN police. The Peruvian Military members will participate in a joint battalion with Uruguay, which has deployed 260 service members to MINUSTAH. The countries signed a memorandum of understanding in February 2015 to constitute a joint peacekeeping force made up of members of each nation’s Armed Forces. By Dialogo April 28, 2016 Haiti requested MINUSTAH The Chanka Infantry Command’s Second Battalion’s farewell ceremony was at the Army Headquarters’ Bolognesi Plaza on April 7th. It was attended by Defense Minister Jakke Valakivi, Admiral Jorge Ricardo Moscoso Flores, who is the Armed Forces Joint Chiefs of Staff, Naval Commander Edmundo Deville, Army Commander Luis Ramos, and other officers. According to CECOPAZ, the center has trained approximately 8,000 Peruvian men and women, including 7,000 who have been deployed on peace missions, in its 12 years of operation. However, some service members ultimately choose not to participate in a peace mission upon completing training. This past January marked Peru’s first involvement with the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), as the Andean nation deployed a 205-member Engineering Battalion with expertise in airport to the continent. Peru will remain in MINUSCA for 10 years, during which time its Military personnel will be relieved annually, according to an Armed Forces Joint Command press release dated January 5th. “The principle task for Peruvian Blue Helmets in Haiti is to support the police in maintaining order in the country,” Capt. Guevara stated. “We will be attending an election in Haiti, and we hope that the Peruvian company’s support will be important for maintaining order in this new stage for the country.” More than 160 Peruvian Military members completed a preparatory course so they can participate in the United Nations (UN) Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). The Chanka Infantry Command’s Second Battalion – made up of 109 members of the Army, 34 from the Navy, and 19 from the Air Force – completed its training at the Peacekeeping Operations Training Center (CECOPAZ) in the district of Ancón and departed for the Caribbean island on April 23rd-24th. last_img read more

Brown v. Board of Education was about opportunity

first_imgwas about opportunity Charlie Crist Attorney General Fifty years ago the United States Supreme Court issued a landmark decision that remains as significant today as it was in 1954. This momentous decision almost single-handedly rocketed the civil rights movement through a fast-track decade of events that went from Topeka schools, to Montgomery and Tallahassee bus stops, to Greensboro lunch counters, to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.Violence, jail cells and worse were sometimes a sad part of the journey. Finally, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and the Voting Rights Act one year later. The nation was in the process of changing forever. What was the catalyst?In 1950, young Linda Brown walked with her father, the Rev. Oliver Brown, to Sumner Elementary School near her home in Topeka, Kansas. Linda and other black children were refused admission to all-white schools and were required to continue attending an all-black school much further away. The school board’s refusal to admit the students triggered more than three years of litigation that ultimately resulted in the now-famous Brown v. Board of Education decision on May 17, 1954. Rev. Brown was the lead plaintiff.In 1954, many states — including Florida — were still mandating segregated schools. A half-century earlier, the Supreme Court had established the concept of “separate but equal” in a case involving rail coach accommodations. permitting legal segregation, “separate but equal” was used to support the segregation of public schools. In the Brown case, however, Chief Justice Earl Warren declared for a unanimous court: “Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.”What did the Rev. Brown want for his children and for others who could not attend the school of their choice? Earlier this year, Cheryl Brown Henderson, Linda’s younger sister, told a group of students from the University of Michigan that the true goals were far more profound than simply the location of a school:“ Brown v. Board was never just about sitting next to white children—it was about sharing the same resources they had access to. Education was the down payment on freedom. Education is the down payment on opportunity.”Despite the landmark ruling, the down payment was not made right away. Here in Florida, Virgil Hawkins wished to attend the University of Florida law school, and applied for admission in 1949. Though already in his 40s, he met the academic qualifications, but was denied admission solely because of his race. Hawkins, an African-American, was informed that he was welcome to attend the Florida A&M Law School, established in 1951 for black students.The Florida Supreme Court rejected Hawkins’ case in 1952, closing the door on his attempt to integrate the all-white institution in Gainesville—until Brown v. Board of Education changed the landscape. Just one week after the Brown decision, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated Florida’s ruling against Hawkins. On October 19, 1955, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that Florida’s public schools, including colleges, had to align with federal law and dismantle segregation.The Florida decision allowed a transition period, or gradual implementation of the new mandate. There were no dissenters to the primary concept of putting an end to segregation, but two justices argued for immediate integration. They held a minority view, which led to foot-dragging in Florida.1958, Virgil Hawkins was still on the outside looking in—but he struck a bargain. He agreed to withdraw his application in exchange for a court order that ultimately desegregated Florida’s public universities. Virgil Hawkins eventually obtained his law degree from what is now the New England School of Law in 1965 and became a member of The Florida Bar in 1976. He passed away in 1988, but not before leaving a lasting imprint on our state.Fifty years after Brown v. Board of Education, we remember those who were at the forefront then, including the justices of the Supreme Court and a future justice, Thurgood Marshall, who argued the case for the plaintiffs. We must also not forget the role of the Florida Supreme Court and the courageous actions of a great governor, LeRoy Collins, who demonstrated unparalleled leadership in this volatile era of our state’s history.Most of all, we must always remember Oliver and Linda Brown and Virgil Hawkins—three real people who were far more than statistics. They were the faces of change and the agents of opportunity. Brown v. Board of Education was about opportunity Brown v. Board of Educationcenter_img June 1, 2004 Regular Newslast_img read more

Legislators across the state rally around child care during day of action

first_imgJOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, additional assembly members and senators across the state joined together Thursday to rally behind the child care industry. Lupardo was joined locally by representatives of the Family Enrichment Network and local child care centers. To support childcare across the state, the federal government included $162 million as part of CARES act funding. When the Pandemic forced everything to close back in March, child care centers took a big hit as most of their income is produced through parent payments. CARES Act II funding, supported grants to programs for reopening or expand capacity. This resulted in 25 percent of child care programs and 30 percent of school-aged child care centers to close.center_img Part one of this funding supported the operating costs and the purchase of health and safety supplies. “When these parent payments went away, programs had reduced or no income back in march. Child care programs that have remained open or since reopened have increased health and safety standards to follow, extra cleaning and sanitizing they have to do. The supplies are hard to come by and have added extra costs to the already tight budgets of programs.” said Jennifer Perney from the Family Enrichment Network. The advocacy across the state follows an Aug. 4 letter to the governor from state legislators on both sides of the aisle, calling for the release of CARES act funding. CARES Act I funds have been fully spent, but tens of millions of dollars in CARES Act II have yet to be allocated.last_img read more

Thornton outruns Aikey in epic Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational

first_imgBOONE, Iowa (Sept. 12) – The seventh time was a charm as Ricky Thornton Jr. put another check on his IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s bucket list Saturday night.  Ricky Thornton Jr. checked off another Modified bucket list win when he topped the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. At lest is IMCA President Brett Root, at right Fast Shafts’ Pat Fagen. (Photo by Nick Woolley) He becomes the fifth driver to complete the Super Nationals Modified triple crown, having previously won both the main event and the Harris Auto Racing Race of Champions.  Much accomplished at Boone Speedway himself, Aikey took off again and led Thornton and defending race winner Joel Rust into traffic by midway. Aikey rocketed from sixth starting to the front on the initial green flag, following the high side of the track and scored ahead of Mitchell Hunt and Thornton, who’d started 10th, following the only caution of the contest on lap two.  Nineteenth starting Jason Wolla, 16th starting Tim Ward and Ethan Dotson rounded out the top five. Now the two-time and defending Late Model champion, he’s already qualified for Sunday’s Modified and Stock Car main events.center_img Feature results – 1. Ricky Thornton Jr., Adel; 2. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls; 3. Jason Wolla, Ray, N.D.; 4. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz.; 5. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 6. Todd Shute, Norwalk; 7. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 8. Chris Elliott, Abilene, Texas; 9. Joel Rust, Grundy Center; 10. Mitchell Hunt, Kent City, Mich.; 11. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 12. Tom Berry, Des Moines; 13. Jay Noteboom, Hinton; 14. A.J. Ward, Ionia, Mich.; 15. Clay Money, Penokee, Kan.; 16. Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M.; 17. Brandon Beckendorf, Danube, Minn.; 18. David Goode Jr., Copperas Cove, Texas; 19. Steven Bowers Jr., Topeka, Kan.; 20. Chris Abelson, Sioux City; 21. Tanner Black, Otis, Kan.; 22. Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; 23. Jeff Larson, Freeport, Ill.; 24. William Gould, Calera, Okla.; 25. Kyle Brown, Madrid; 26. Trever Sloan, Lake Odessa, Mich.; 27. Jesse Sobbing, Malvern; 28. Kelsie Foley, Tucson, Ariz.; 29. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa. Making his career seventh start in the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational, Thornton chased down Jeff Aikey in traffic, leading the last eight times around the track in taking a fast-paced IMCA Modified feature.  Twenty-eight drivers were elected to the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational field, which was filled by the top driver in national point standings and the top driver in 40-point feature wins competing at Super Nationals. The win paid $1,675. Thornton previously posted a race career best third place finish in 2016 and was already a candidate for next year’s Invitational. Thornton cut into Aikey’s lead and finally slipped past when the leader was slowed by a lapped car, then sped to the checkers. last_img read more

Kidd pays tribute to Mancini

first_img The Italian was relieved of his duties at the Etihad Stadium last Monday after a disappointing campaign. Kidd, the assistant manager, was put in interim charge for the final two games of the Barclays Premier League season and next week’s tour of the United States. There has been little comment from the club since the statement announcing Mancini’s departure but Kidd, in the programme notes for the last league match against Norwich, said: “Roberto and his team have achieved so much here and have provided trophies and some of the most memorable moments this club and the supporters have ever seen.” Mancini, who took charge in December 2009, won the FA Cup in 2011 and topped that by winning the title last year. Kidd said: “Naturally, the events of last week have been widely reported and debated. “I know all at the club and all of you, the fans, are grateful for the success that he and his team helped to bring about and we all wish him the very best for what will no doubt continue to be a successful career. Now, however, it’s important that we look forward both to this game and towards an exciting summer and new season ahead.” There was a further pictorial tribute to the departed manager in the programme with images of the defining moments of his reign under the header ‘The Mancini Years’. A caption read: “Thank you to Roberto Mancini and his team from all at Manchester City Football Club.” Former City manager Kevin Keegan had earlier expressed his surprise at the timing of Mancini’s sacking. Keegan, who managed City between 2001 and 2005, admitted the club had failed to build on the success of winning the Premier League but said that was not entirely Mancini’s fault. A year to the day that City won a thrilling final day game against QPR to pip rivals Manchester United to the title, Mancini was told his services were no longer required. Keegan told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek programme: “(It’s) surprising if you look at the length of time, but if you look at what’s happening in football now (it’s) not surprising at all. It was a season where they (the club and the manager) didn’t build on the last season. They didn’t make any progress and, in fact, they took a step backwards.” Manchester City caretaker boss Brian Kidd has paid tribute to sacked manager Roberto Mancini.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Long snapper Matt Keller finds consistency for Syracuse in freshman season

first_imgThe job of a long snapper is to never be noticed, Matt Keller says.But when he first got to Syracuse in the spring, Keller made a point of standing out.The coaches measured and judged as he snapped through tire holes. They looked as he fired it to punter Riley Dixon. They timed how quickly his throws reached their target and judged the perfection of their trajectory.It was the same things they’d seen just months before when the Orange recruited him. It was    for his ability that they wanted to put a scholarship toward a position that often doesn’t garner one that early in the process.“We’re a school that’s willing to put a scholarship in a long snapper out of high school,” SU special teams coordinator Tim Daoust said. “We saw him as the best.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textKeller was the top-rated long snapper in the country coming out of Penn Manor (Pennsylvania) High School. Only about 20 percent of FBS colleges offer long snappers scholarships out of high school, and Keller became a target for Syracuse with incumbent starter Sam Rodgers’ inevitable graduation.In training camp, he won the starting job over senior walk-on Keith Mitsuuchi, and has started the season without a major mistake to his name.If you think about it, It’s just a snap. It really just is. It’s the same motion. But there’s a lot of different things that, once you get to the college level, that are looked at more.Matt KellerIn high school, Keller played on every side of the ball. On offense, he was the center. On defense, he was set at the line. But his meal ticket has always been special teams, and it’s been his consistency and quick throws at long snapper giving him the chance to play.He lamented players that “just long snapped” in high school. “You could definitely do more,” he thought to himself. But even he knew his size — 5-foot-11 and 217 pounds — wasn’t going to put him on any Division I offensive line. By the time he was a sophomore in high school he was attending Kohl’s Professional Camp, a highly rated, special-teams-oriented program.His coach at Kohl’s, Kevin Garvoille, said he often sees snappers come in and have a great camp only to fall off the next one. Some snappers hit the .75-second snap mark that college coaches search for, but miss miserably with their accuracy. With Keller, there was consistency with everything.The only fear Garvoille had was that Keller’s speed would hold him back. Running up in shield or spread punt coverage might be a challenge, and it might deter colleges. But even that aspect of his game improved as he got more experience at the position.He proved through a combination of his accuracy and snap velocity to be one of the top, and then the top snapper in his class. He really earned everything on his own.Kevin GarvoilleKeller was looked at by a number of schools, and traveled to participate in their camps. Video evidence wasn’t enough for many coaches. They wanted him in person to see if he was worth the scholarship.He still hadn’t finished all of his camps when he got his offer from Syracuse. There were still other potential opportunities, but this one was in front of him already, and was too good for Keller to pass up.When he first started training in the spring, he admitted to having a little “twitch.” It was something the Syracuse coaching staff worked on and eventually fixed. He came to Syracuse to start, and it’s what he’s done since Day 1, winning the job out of training camp.He’s the butt of many jokes with Mitsuuchi. Every time the team does some sort of competition, everyone else makes sure those two go head-to-head. At Fort Drum, teammates paired up to Pugil fight — a 20-second competition where two hit each other with cushioned poles — and the team encircled around them screaming for Keller to face his backup.He’s in a position where he never wants to be noticed. But for all the right reasons, Keller just hasn’t done a good job of keeping it that way.“You don’t want to set yourself apart,” Keller said. “You want to set yourself apart from other snappers and be more consistent. You don’t want to be known for the guy that blows a snap. Comments Published on September 23, 2015 at 9:25 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Seniors Paige Stoner and Iliass Aouani break school records as outdoor season kicks off

first_imgSyracuse kicked off their outdoor season competing across three meets this weekend, highlighted by seniors Paige Stoner and Iliass Aouani’s school record performances in the 10k.At the Stanford Invitational, competing against professional and collegiate runners, Stoner (32:07.36) beat the 10k record previously held by Margo Malone on her way to a fourth place finish overall, and second among collegiate runners.In the men’s 10k, Aouani (28:25.36) broke Martin Hehir’s record by two seconds on his way to a ninth place finish. In the men’s 5k, Aidan Tooker placed sixth with a personal best time of 13:48.55. Freshman Michael Phillips (14:20.65) made his outdoor debut in the 5k, finishing 20th. In the women’s 5k Rachel Bonner placed sixth with a time of 16:05.68.Elsewhere at the Raleigh Relays, Dominic Hockenbury (29:48.05) finished seventh in the men’s 10k. In the women’s 10k, Madeleine Davison placed fourth, crossing the finish line with a time of 35:28.23.In the men’s 5k, freshman Matthew Scrape (14:06.21) finished 17th. Nathan Henderson (14:15.40), Noah Beveridge (14:15.92) and Simon Smith (14:16.01) placed 43rd, 44th and 45th, respectively.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAt the Florida relays, Matt Moore was the standout performer, finishing 10th in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.12 seconds. Richard Floyd (14.24) and Andrew Aguilera (14.86) placed 16th and 37th, respectively.In the women’s 100-meter hurdles, Aviana Goode finished with a time of 13.99 seconds, good for 27th. Freshman Alexis Crosby marked her outdoor debut with a 32nd placed finish in the 400-meter dash, crossing the finish line in 55.00 seconds.The outdoor season continues for the Orange next Friday at the Sam Howell Invitational in Princeton, New Jersey. Comments Published on March 30, 2019 at 2:50 pm Contact Alex: athamer@syr.edu | @alexhamer8 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Rangers Set to Make Nigeria Proud, Says George

first_img“When I look at the array of star players in our fold, I cannot but walk tall as we are sure to make a very good representation for our country. I don’t want to be seen as too confident but we hope to put our acts together and challenge for trophies on all front. Management has done very well in bringing players from other top sides in the land which makes every player to be at his best at all times,” the skillful forward observed.The Flying Antelopes are currently in a closed camp at Nanka, Orumba-South LGA, Anambra State to adequately prepare for the first leg, first round, CAF Confederations Cup match with A.S Pelican of Lambarene, Gabon at the Stade Jean Koumou that is 150 kilometers from the capital city, Libreville.Rangers exited the same competition last season at the group stage after a ten match unbeaten run and is set for a repeat, starting with the continental first timers from Gabon.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram CAF CONFED CUPRangers International F.C’ attacking sensation, Ifeanyi George has assured the club’ numerous fans of quality representation in the fast approaching Total/CAF Confederation cup 2019/2020 first round encounter with Gabonese side, A.S Pelican.According to Media Officer of Rangers FC, Norbet Okolie, the former Enyimba gladiator said that with the quality of players the management was able to recruit into the club, he was sure the club will make a good representation in all competitions it is participating.last_img read more

Abelson Info: Could the Eleven Sports crisis benefit bookmakers?

first_img Submit Eleven Sports appoints Luis Vicente as new CEO December 13, 2019 Only four months into multi-year deals to broadcast Italian Serie A, Spanish La Liga, Swedish Allsvenskan and Dutch Eredivisie football, and before deals to show the Chinese Super League and UFC have even started, widespread reports suggest Eleven Sports may be forced to pull the plug on its UK gamble.Back in August, while collating TV coverage data for its Televised and Streamed Sports (TSS) product, Abelson Info predicted a rocky road for Eleven Sports disruptive attempt to break into the UK market. In what now appears a prophetic summary, Jeevan Jeyaratnam said: “If Eleven Sports are to succeed in the UK market, it must secure a platform distribution deal, it is simply not acceptable (yet) to be an unknown provider relying on apps for streaming. “There is a chance that this experiment will backfire and BT Sport or Sky will end up picking the pieces up for a knockdown rate, it may be a waiting game tactic from them, both knowing their EPL & Champions League coverage is important enough to maintain market share.”Abelson’s TSS Product owner, Brad Gonsalves, suggested the messages emanating from the Eleven Sports camp differ from those reported by the national newspapers: “Only last week Eleven Sports announced a ‘Watch Together’ feature, aimed at increasing social interactions with the streaming service. With the new feature not yet even trialled, the headlines this week suggest that it will never make it to the audience. “Eleven Sports is either incredibly confident, or incredibly naïve, when it signed the rights deals for Serie A and La Liga, outbidding experienced UK operators Sky Sports and BT Sport. The comprehension that either BT or Sky would welcome an Eleven Sports channel on their platform, after losing out on the rights deals was misplaced, and the failure to do so seems to have harmed any chance it had of making the impact it needed. With a reported subscriber base of just 50,000 (Daily Telegraph) in the UK and Ireland, the numbers simply don’t add up. “One of the major complications Eleven Sports has faced is the extreme latency in their feeds. Watching a game while betting on another screen was quickly rendered pointless as bookmaker feeds were minutes ahead. I think losing this segment of the marketplace meant the enterprise was doomed.”The Guardian report that the beleaguered streaming service are preparing to hand back the TV rights element of its deals, leaving them with streaming privileges only. A move that is almost certain to sink the enterprise in the UK & Ireland. Gonsalves added: “As predicted back in August, the big TV companies have held their nerve and look set to benefit in the second half of the season, with cut-price deals with the federations, who must rue their greed in the first instance. The situation for bookmakers, who may have witnessed a decline in interest in Italian and Spanish football, now appears positive. A likely renegotiation of TV rights would see the big games back on TV, sans lag, and once again, viable betting propositions.” Belgian Pro League selects bwin as its new betting partner August 4, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Eleven Sports scores Belgian domestic football rights deal March 19, 2020 Share Sharelast_img read more

Bayern face up to CSKA the Guardiola way

first_imgNo team has successfully defended the UEFA Champions League title but Josep Guardiola is warming to the challenge ahead of FC Bayern München’s Group D curtain-raiser at home to PFC CSKA Moskva on Tuesday.The 42-year-old coach is too savvy to fall victim to complacency having learned the hard way against the Russian outfit during his playing days with FC Barcelona. His counterpart Leonid Slutski, meanwhile, promised that his team – shorn of playmaker Alan Dzagoev – would “give everything” to make life difficult for a Bayern side comprised of “extraordinary players”.BayernJosep Guardiola, coachI like the Champions League – it is a very important competition, but also very difficult. So many teams are in contention to win it this year. I am proud to undertake this challenge with my new team. CSKA are a very strong side at this stage of the year. They have lots of good players who are physically quite strong.When I evaluate my opponents I don’t concentrate on individuals but the team as a whole. The most important thing is to see how they work as a team, how they play in defence. I remember a game in 1992 against CSKA. We [Barcelona] played very well and lost [3-2 at home in a 4-3 aggregate defeat]. We didn’t know how to counteract their game, handle their counterattacks, and we had won the European Cup the year before.Bayern won everything playing extraordinary football last season. This season we have done well, mostly in the second halves of games. I know the team very well. The players always try to do exactly what I want them to do. If they don’t do what I want, it’s my fault. We stand together and the players want to play my type of football.Weekend resultSaturday: Bayern 2-0 Hannover 96 (Mandžukić 51, Ribéry 64)Neuer; Rafinha, Van Buyten, J Boateng (Dante 68), Alaba, Lahm, Kroos (Kirchhoff), Robben, Müller, Ribéry (Shaqiri 80), Mandžukić. • In a dominant performance, a Mario Mandžukić tap-in and Franck Ribéry rebound settled matters. Bayern have only conceded twice in five Bundesliga games and have the best defensive record in the league.Team newsGuardiola is hopeful that Bastian Schweinsteiger will recover from an ankle injury but he is without Thiago Alcántara (ankle), Javi Martínez (groin) and Mario Götze (ankle).CSKALeonid Slutski, coachThe Bayern team today is very different to that of last season. With the new coach they have fresh ideas and strategies. However, the players remain the same and they are some of the best in the world. You just have to look at how impressive they were in the Super Cup against Chelsea.It’s disappointing to be without Dzagoev but we must be flexible in these situations. It will be tough, playing against one of the best teams in the world, but we will give everything. They are a team of extraordinary players who like to play attacking football and it’s only a matter of time before they adapt to Guardiola’s philosophy.Weekend resultSaturday: CSKA 1-0 FC Rostov (Bazelyuk 70)Akinfeev; Schennikov, Ignashevich, V Berezutski, Nababkin; Wernbloom, Dzagoev (Cauņa 79), Honda, Tošić (Zuber 46); Vitinho (Bazelyuk 69), Musa. • Konstantin Bazelyuk marked his league debut with a goal that extended CSKA’s winning streak to four games. It was the 20-year-old’s fourth goal in three games having struck three for Russia U21s during the international break.Team newsDzagoev and Zoran Tošić will play no part in Munich after picking up injuries against Rostov. Rasmus Elm, Mário Fernandes, Mark González and Seydou Doumbia are other absentees.Match fact• CSKA’s previous two visits to Germany came in the UEFA Champions League group stage and each time they lost – 3-2 at Hamburger SV in 2006/07 and 3-1 to VfL Wolfsburg in 2009/10, when Dzagoev scored their goal – although they did win both Moscow meetings.last_img read more