The Super Cup gives another chance to Simeone against Barça

first_imgSticking to the tournament in liza this week in Saudi Arabia, Simeone and the azulgrana already saw their faces in another Super Cup of Spain, with the classic round trip format. It was in 2014 and the two matches ended in a draw: 1-1 at Calderón (Villa and Neymar) and 0-0 at Camp Nou. Barça took home the trophy.The league is where the differences become very evident, although Atlético more than compensates that one of the draws that have scratched Barça served to win the 2014 League at the Camp Nou. But it has not added not a triumph in the 16 games disputed in nine different seasons and before five Barca technicians (Guardiola, Vilanova, Martino, Luis Enrique and Valverde). In addition to that 1-1 (Godín’s head goal) that earned a title, the rojiblancos have taken four other draws and have lost eleven games, the last one a little over a month ago in the Metropolitan. Messi undid the 0-0 with a goal in the 86th minute. In the Cup, Barça has eliminated Atleti twice of Simeone: in the quarters of the 14-15, double Barça victory (1-0 and 2-3, the one of the boot of Arda thrown towards the line judge), and the semifinals of the 16-17, 1-2 at Calderón and 1-1 at Camp Nou, with Gameiro missing a penalty. So, this afternoon, Cholo faces the 23rd attempt to beat Barça …Cholo beat Athletic and Madrid in neutral field outside SpainThis Spanish Super Cup that is played outside the borders is a novelty, but for Atlético del Cholo it is not measured against a compatriot team on neutral ground abroad. In fact it will be the fifth time it happens, although the first time the winner does not take a title. In 2012, the rojiblancos beat Athletic (3-0) in Bucharest in the final of the Europa League. In the following even years he returned to play finals. In 2014 and 2016, of Champions against Real Madrid, that of Lisbon lost it in extra time and that of Milan, in penalties. Against the whites he repeated in Tallinn in 2018, in this case for the European Super Cup, and then they won the Cholo, 4-2 also in extra time. The team that is resisting Simeone as coach of Atlético is Barça. The Cholo has not won neither in League nor in Cup, nor in Supercopa. Since 2012 they have succeeded 22 clashes In the national competition and the best that the rojiblanco team has drawn has been eight draws. The rest, fourteen defeats. In Champions it has had better luck, with two victories del Atleti – both in Calderón – in four games and two Barça eliminations in the quarterfinals.last_img read more

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We Have Luv For The Arcimoto FUV

first_imgSource: Electric Vehicle News Arcimoto To Launch FUV Hub Rental Location In San Diego Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on November 26, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News If you drive it, you will too.I am just a little disappointed. I’m piloting a prototype from Arcimoto around a bend of a quiet residential Tallahassee street and the experience is not what I had secretly been hoping for. It’s not the fault of the three-wheeler. It’s me. I had wanted it to mimic a different kind of machine, one from my youth, but the all-electric FUV (Fun Utility Vehicle) is its own thing. Luckily, its unique charms silenced any disquiet in my head and soon won over my heart.More about Arcimoto 10 photoscenter_img Growing up on Canada’s east coast, I spent as much time as I possibly could on the back of the family’s trusty Polaris snowmobile. Every moment brought me unrivaled joy. Bombing down the frozen Petitcodiac river or carving my way through snow-laden spruce while open to the elements, it imbued me with an incredible feeling of freedom. Motorcycle enthusiasts say similar things of their riding experience. This 3-wheeled EV, with its sides equally as open, captures much of that same awesome feeling.I’ve been watching the progress over Arcimoto for some years now, so when the invitation to actually drive their pre-production machine arose, I jumped at it. A few days later and I’m in a parking lot of Cascades Park in Florida’s capital getting a bit of pre-flight instruction from company communications specialist, Jonathan Miller. He and a small team are en route to a big soccer conference in Miami, making stops along the way to show off the FUV to order holders and other interested parties.The controls are pretty simple and about what you’d expect. Quite similar to a motorcycle, it sports a twist throttle on the right handlebar, along with a forward-neutral-reverse gear selector switch. What one would typically take for a front-brake lever actually actuates the regenerative braking, which is quite strong. It can come to almost a complete stop using regen alone, or just be used to supplement the right-side foot brake. In practice, the foot pedal only came into play at stop signs.The left handlebar is home to the turn signals, horn, and light controls. The center console, which will be somewhat different in the final production version, has switchgear for the handlebar grip and seat warmers, the windshield wiper and parking brake.Rolling slowly on the throttle was a revelation. From a standstill, it eases softly into motion, belying the power that remains with further wrist twisting. The twin AC motors powering the front wheels sing the electric song of my people, increasing steadily in their pitch, syncing with the easy-to-read digital speedometer.The first slow turn reveals an ample amount of steering boost. Progressive, it makes easy work of low-speed maneuvers but firms up as the pace quickens. Later, I would drive the 2nd FUV the team has unloaded from the trailer which was an earlier build. That one had no steering assist and the difference was dramatic.Unfortunately, our route kept us on streets with 35 mile-an-hour speed limits, so I was unable to get a real sense of the machine’s manners at higher speeds. At this lower, in-town pace, everything feels plenty planted. Unlike riding a snowmobile or motorcycle, there is no need to lean into the turns. In this respect, it’s quite car-like.At these lower speeds, acceleration was impressive enough. It felt like you’d have no problem getting the jump on most cars at a traffic light. Although the initial hit isn’t too hard — it’s not engineered for the drag strip, after all — it pulls like an extremely motivated mule as momentum builds. Reading reports of other test drives, it seems people are even more impressed by its giddyup at higher speeds. The official 0-to-60 miles-per-hour figure is 7.5 seconds.Constrained by time, my turn hustling the FUV around the test route ended too soon. The team needed to hit the highway early in the afternoon and there were a number of prospective buyers also eagerly awaiting a turn. One lady had driven over four hours just for her chance to see the FUV in person and take a short test drive.I hung around to get an idea of what kind of crowd might be interested in this particular electric trike and found the mix to be quite eclectic. One retired couple thought it might be ideal for getting around their property; a young, professional husband and wife saw it as a replacement for one of their cars. Most were quite enthusiastic — more so after their drives.If all goes according to plan, plenty more people will have an even better opportunity to try this Fun Utility Vehicle for themselves. The company is pursuing a business model that would see the trikes available as rental vehicles at vacation destinations. The hope is that their experience would be positive enough for them to consider picking one up for their personal use back home. Arcimoto has already opened its first rental center in Eugene, Oregon. Its next location should be open soon in the San Diego, California area.This writer would certainly be quite happy to get some more FUV love. Already I’m daydreaming about the future possibility of renting one to explore the Florida Keys, a locale I think would be perfect for a rental center. Even without being able to legally reach it 80-mph top speed (the maximum limit there is 55 mph.), its open cabin allows you to fully embrace the entirety of the experience.The production version of the FUV should be revealed soon. We expect it to be pretty much the same, though with a couple more lights integrated into the fascia and more overall refinement. Then, the job of building and satisfying a few thousand existing orders begins.With its strong accent on the “Fun” part of its acronym, this three-wheeler should pull in plenty of buyers. It’s truly unlike anything else on the road today and definitely gets peoples attention as you pass them on the road. The base version starts at $11,900, and there are a number of options to help tailor it to your needs.Super-efficient, it comes with a 12-kWh battery said to offer 70 miles of range, but can be upgraded to a 130-mile pack. There are also optional enclosures (doors, basically), a storage box for the back, as well as bolt-on brackets to accommodate surfboard, bicycles, or golf bags. Arcimoto continues to accept refundable $100 deposits for pre-orders on its website. Meet The All Electric Arcimoto FUV Arcimoto Kicks Off Production Of Pilot Run Of Electric FUVlast_img read more

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