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Interview: “Long Gone By” Director Andrew Morgan and Star Erica Muñoz

first_imgWe had the opportunity to chat with filmmaker Andrew Morgan and star Erica Muñoz about “Long Gone By,” a very timely and emotional drama.Long Gone By, a film by Andrew Morgan (The True Cost) and starring Erica Muñoz (Broadway’s RENT), debuts at the HBO New York Latino Film Festival.Andrew Morgan via Shark Party Media,PremiumBeat: Andrew, your mission statement as an artist affirms that you are a “filmmaker focused on telling stories for a better tomorrow.” What does that mean to you?Andrew Morgan: I’m constantly struck by how the stories we believe, and the ones we tell, shape the world around us in very real and direct ways. One of the things I love most about film is that it can open a space for us to think and feel more deeply. It gives us the opportunity to encounter things we thought we understood, in a whole new way. For me, that opens up an extraordinary opportunity to create things that challenge, inspire, and invite us all to be a part of the unfinished work of our world.PB: Long Gone By, premiering at the New York Latino Film Festival, explores universal themes, but also is incredibly of the moment. Given your mandate as a filmmaker, how does this project fit in with your worldview? What is your aim and hope for the project?AM: I have been looking for an excuse to work with Erica for some time now. She is a dear friend, a brilliant actor, and someone I always knew could carry a film. At the time, we were both involved in some documentary storytelling with immigrant families and began to talk about story ideas set against the backdrop of these unthinkable situations. I hope that the film we made brings viewers face to face with the human struggle facing immigrants in this country, in a way that invites a more thoughtful, human-centered conversation moving forward.PB: You chose to shoot the film in Warsaw, Indiana. Was there a particular aesthetic about Warsaw that informed the narrative or was it financially and logistically a smart choice for production? Or both?AM: I wanted to set the story in a very Normal Rockwell-like town but a few decades later, with the paint peeling on a particular version of the America we’ve seen on screen for so long now. And, on the practical side, we received incredible support from the community there, which made it possible to tell this story on such a small budget.Erica Muñoz via Shark Party Media.PB: Erica, not only are you the star of Long Gone By, you are also associate producer. Clearly, you have a profound emotional investment in the subject. How did your involvement come about?Erica Muñoz: I was working with Andrew on a docu-series focused on telling untold stories about America. Andrew has this incredible way of pulling away the layers of a story until the humanity of the subjects are revealed. We were working on a few stories about the immigrant community and we were both so moved. Migrant workers in the central valley, a mother forced to take sanctuary in a church to not be separated from her three young children, a young dreamer trying to go to medical school against unfathomable odds. It was all so overwhelming. Andrew took the seed of an idea and his wife and producing partner, Emily, just hit the ground running. Despite having accessibility to better-known actors, he asked me and never auditioned another actor for the role. I’m the daughter of immigrants, so playing this role comes with a tremendous amount of gratitude and, yes, emotional investment.Long Gone By via Untold.PB: Erica, you’ve chosen a beautiful scene from the film for your actor’s reel, where your daughter is begging you to simply give in, move, and start over. Your silence is heartbreaking. In a look, you conveyed all your hopes and dreams for your daughter, as well as the hard life lived to know more than her. What is your way in to such a layered, complex character? And, how did you and Andrew work together to get such a raw, honest performance?EM: When I became a mother, it cracked my heart open. Emily is also a mother and our shared love for our children is always front of mind. Thinking of the love you feel for them. The hopes you have for them. The dreams, the fears, the anxiety of motherhood made the experience very palpable for me. Andrew knows me. He knows my children. He’s close friends with my husband. We have a synergy as artists that I’ve not experienced before. More than that, he is so full of compassion and respect for the process that he knew exactly when to pull back and exactly when to lean in. I think, overall, it’s the total trust he had in me, and reverence for Ana’s story, that helped me to get there.Long Gone By via Untold.PB: For both of you: We are such a polarized nation at the moment. Storytelling has the ability to show the viewer what they could be if they wanted, what they’d like to be if they dared, and who they really are. Do you think Long Gone By plays into that narrative?AM: What a beautiful question. I love the way you picked those specific words. We must return to a place of greater moral imagination in this country. A place of greater curiosity and compassion. With so much at stake, we cannot afford to ignore the experience of our fellow human beings. This story came from a desire to do just that, and I hope with all my heart that, in some small way, it helps.EM: I read a story the other day about a group of neighbors that circled around a van that was holding an undocumented immigrant and his son, in order to protect them from deportation by ICE. That story was moving for me but also really telling. It reminded me that when we humanize the people at the center of these headlines, it becomes harder and harder to demonize them. It’s my sincere hope that our film does that.Cover image via Long Gone By.Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out.Industry Insights: Hulu’s Das Boot Composer Matthias WeberIndustry Insights: Cinematographer Adrian Peng CorreiaIndustry Insights: The Horror Scores of The Newton BrothersVFX Master Michael Conelly Talks AR and VR TechnologyIndustry Interview: Emmy-Nominated Composer Dominik Scherrerlast_img read more

MLC polls: BJP, Sena win two seats each; NCP retains one

first_imgThe Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party won two seats each while the Nationalist Congress Party won just one in the results of five out of six Maharashtra Council seats which were declared on Thursday.The six seats had gone to the polls on Monday, but counting for the Osmanabad-Beed-Latur seat has been kept pending owing to a court order. In Nashik, Sena’s Narendra Darade defeated NCP’s Shivaji Sahane. Mr. Darade thanked NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal for helping him secure victory. He said, “All parties have helped me to get to 400 votes. Naturally, everyone has helped me.” Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray had inquired about Mr. Bhujbal’s medical condition following his release on bail earlier this month. Mr. Bhujbal’s son, Pankaj, had met the Sena president at his residence, Matoshree, in Mumbai. Mr. Bhujbal, a former Shiv Sainik, had thanked the Sena for the party’s support during his ‘trial by fire’. In Raigad-Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg, all parties including the BJP, Narayan Rane’s Maharashtra Swabhiman Paksha, and the Peasants and Workers Party extended support to NCP candidate Aniket Tatkare, the son of former minister Sunil Tatkare, against the Sena’s Rajiv Sable. Mr. Thackeray alluded to allegations of Sunil Tatkare’s involvement in the irrigation scam. He said, “Now all those who united to defeat us should unitedly start probing the irrigation scam.”Congress suffered embarrassment in Amaravati and Parbhani-Hingoli, thanks to infighting and backstabbing by the NCP. In Amaravati, its candidate Anil Madhogaria won 17 votes while the BJP’s Pravin Pote won 458 votes. Narrow defeats In Parbhani-Hingoli, the NCP seems to have voted in favour of the Sena. Congress candidate Suresh Deshmukh lost to Viplov Bajoria of the Sena by 35 votes. NCP State chief Jayant Patil said, “I and Congress chief Ashok Chavan were in touch on this seat. We tried our best.” In Wardha-Chandrapur-Gadchiroli, Congress’s Indrakumar Saraf lost to BJP’s Ramdas Ambatkar by 37 votes.last_img read more

Assam Islamic seminary tightens admission rules

first_imgA 121-year-old Islamic seminary in southern Assam has made its admission rules stricter in a bid to stop criticism of harbouring illegal immigrants and fundamentalists.The Darul Uloom Banskandi in Cachar district, situated about 13 km from district headquarters Silchar, issued a notice on Thursday making it compulsory for students seeking admission to submit their legacy data along with the application form.Legacy data are a set of documentary evidence which establish that the family of a citizen of India has been living in Assam from before 1971. This is a requirement of the National Register of Citizens of 1951 being updated in the State with March 24, 1971, as the cut-off date. In other words, people who entered Assam after the cut-off date would be marked illegal immigrants and deported.“Students will have to submit their legacy data that establish members of their family have been living in India before 1971. They will also have to submit proof of permanent residence and voter’s identity card in the case of those who have attained the age of voting (18 years),” Hamid Ahmed, the rector of the seminary, said.last_img read more

80 people facing 412 charges as Hamilton police seize drugs and guns

first_imgHAMILTON – Police in Hamilton say 80 people are facing charges in a drug trafficking and firearms investigation.They say the operation — dubbed Project Phoenix — began in July and saw 44 search warrants executed across Hamilton.Investigators say 79 adults and a youth — all from the Hamilton area — are facing a total of 412 charges.They say officers seized cocaine, fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana — including 378 plants from an outdoor grow operation — and other street drugs during the investigation.Police also seized several weapons, including handguns, shotguns, rifles, brass knuckles and illegal knives.They say the investigation continues.last_img

BC Elementary Schools can improve their grades regardless of location or challenges

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – The Annual Ranking of B.C. Elementary Schools was released by the Fraser Institute.This tool is an easy way for parents to compare the academic performance of the province’s schools. The report card ranks 955 public and independent elementary schools based on 10 academic indicators derived from the provincewide Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) results.“The report card offers parents information they can’t easily get anywhere else, about how their child’s school performs over time and compares to other schools in B.C.,” said Angela MacLeod, a senior policy analyst at the Fraser Institute. These are the rankings for schools in the North and South Peace Region;  43/955 – JS Clark, Fort. Nelson  43/955 – Hudson’s Hope, Hudson’s Hope  95/955 – C.M. Finch, FSJ  95/955 – Clearview. FSJ  106/955 – Bert Ambrose, FSJ  129/955 – Upper Pine, Rose Prairie  134/955 – Alwin Hollan, FSJ  195/955 – Baldonnel, Baldonnel  261/955 – Crescent Park, DC  261/955 – Pouce Coupe, Pouce Coupe  285/955 – Little Prairie, Chetwynd  285/955 – Taylor, Taylor  311/955 – Robert Ogilvie, FSJ  311/955 – Notre Dame, DC  333/955 – Tumbler Ridge, Tumbler Ridge  353/955 – Christian Life, FSJ  452/955 – Charlie Lake, Charlie Lake  452/955 – Central Arts, FSJ  452/955 – Canalta, DC  512/955 – Prespatou, Prespatou  655/955 – Frank Ross, DC  694/ 955 – Don Titus, Chetwynd  771/955 – Duncan Cran, FSJ  789/955 – Tremblay, DC  825/955 – Windrem, Chetwynd  862/955 – Peace Christian, ChetwyndThe Fraser Institute shares the data suggests every school is capable of improvement regardless of type, location and student characteristics.The example provided by the ranking, ‘Armstrong Elementary in the city of Armstrong is the province’s fastest-improving school, climbing from a score of 1.9 (out of 10) in 2014 to 6.1 in 2018.  And Armstrong’s Grade 4 students showed significant improvement in reading, writing and math.’ and over the same time period, Maria Montessori in Victoria improved from 7.3 to 9.5—despite having a 20.1 percent special needs population.“We often hear excuses in B.C. that schools can’t improve student performance because of the communities and students they serve, but the evidence suggests otherwise,” MacLeod said.For the complete results on all ranked schools and to compare; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Decision day in Alberta Voters head to polls in provincial election

first_imgEDMONTON A.B. – Voters are heading to the polls in the Alberta election today and advance turnouts suggest it could be busy at the ballot boxes.Almost 700,000 people voted early in malls, airports, recreation centres, public buildings and even an Ikea store. That was well ahead of the 235,000 who came out early in the 2015 election that saw Rachel Notley’s NDP deliver a surprise knockout blow to the 44-year run of the Progressive Conservatives.This time around, the Progressive Conservatives are no more. On the political fringes are the Alberta Party and the Liberals, each of which elected one candidate to the legislature in 2015.The Alberta Party, led by former Edmonton mayor Stephen Mandel, is running a full slate of candidates. It’s promising to be the safe centrist middle ground by combining the economic conservatism of the UCP with the social progressivism of the NDP.The Liberals, led by lawyer David Khan, are running on a similar platform with one significant exception, a provincial sales tax.History will be made no matter what.Notley will either be the first Alberta NDP premier to win re-election or the first leader in the province to fail to win a renewed mandate on the first try.Since its creation in 1905, Alberta has elected multi-term dynasties: the Liberals (1905-1921), the United Farmers of Alberta (1921-1935), the Social Credit (1935-1971) and the Progressive Conservatives from 1971 to 2015. The PCs merged with another right-centre party, the Wildrose, to create the new United Conservatives under former federal cabinet minister Jason Kenney.The four-week campaign focused on personal attacks and on Alberta’s fragile economy, which has been struggling for several years with sluggish oil prices and unemployment levels above seven per cent in Calgary and Edmonton.Kenney has argued that Notley’s government has made a bad situation worse with higher taxes, more regulations and increases in minimum wage.Notley, in turn, has said Kenney’s plan to freeze spending and pursue more private-care options in health care will have a profound impact on students in the classroom and on patients waiting for care.The campaign also featured Alberta’s relationship with Ottawa, specifically Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.Notley said her success working with Trudeau or picking her fights with him as necessary is what led to progress on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to the B.C. coast. She expects construction to begin this year.center_img She said Kenney’s promise to challenge Trudeau in court on everything from the federal carbon tax to proposed energy industry rule changes is cynical, self-defeating shadow-boxing given the collaborative realities of political decision-making.Kenney has campaigned on the “Trudeau-Notley alliance” that he says has turned Alberta into a doormat for Trudeau and other oil industry foes with no more than a faint and as yet unrealized promise of one pipeline expansion to the coast.Notley has also tried to make Kenney’s character an issue. A number of his candidates have either quit or apologized for past comments that were anti-LGBTQ, anti-Islamic or sympathetic to white nationalism.Kenney has called the attacks a “fear-and-smear” red herring to distract from the NDP’s economic track record of multibillion-dollar budget deficits and soaring debt.last_img read more

The Rangers Needed Better CPU Assistance

For most of the first period at Madison Square Garden on Monday night, the newly renovated scoreboard above center ice displayed only the time remaining and a 0-0 score — not shots on goal, face-off percentage or the other data that it normally tracks.I thought this might be a ploy by New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault. In Games 1 and 2 of the series — both comeback wins by the Los Angeles Kings — the Kings’ peripheral stats were more impressive than the Rangers’ (the Kings led the Rangers 87-65 in shots on goal, for example). Indeed, Los Angeles has a well-deserved reputation as a stat-savvy team that focuses on metrics related to puck possession and scoring opportunities, which can better predict game results than goals scored and allowed.No #fancystats for you, LA Kings! No moral victory on the strength of Zone Start Adjusted Corsi! You’ll have to win this hockey game the old-fashioned way: by scoring more goals than the other team!The stats clicked back on to the MSG scoreboard late in the first period. Soon after, the Kings scored, and they went on to beat the Rangers 3-0.But it was the Rangers who had more scoring opportunities. They had 32 shots on goal, compared with 15 for LA. Counting missed shots and blocked shots, their edge was 59-33.It can be tempting, if you have a passing familiarity with advanced hockey metrics, to take solace when outcomes like these occur or to curse your favorite team’s bad luck. How often does a team lose despite outshooting its opponent by a 2-1 margin, for instance?Actually, teams lose often. In playoff games since 1988, teams that took about two-thirds of the shots in a game (somewhere between 65 and 70 percent) won only 62 percent of the time. The chart below generalizes this data based on logistic regression and estimates how often teams win a game based on the number of shots they take.Much of this is simply a reflection of the fact that goals scored and allowed are a noisy statistic. A lucky deflection or two for the Kings, a great save or two by Jonathan Quick, and all those extra shots often go for naught.But another reason is that play changes once a team finds itself trailing. The shot count was even at 4-4 when the Kings scored with one second left in the first period. The Rangers piled on shots only once they trailed.The chart below shows how often a team shoots based on the game score. The data is based on playoff games since 2012. It includes blocked shots and missed shots, as well as shots on goal (these are called Corsi events in #fancystats terms) in 5-on-5 play.Teams down by one goal are shooting about 25 percent more often than their opponents at even strength. Teams down by two or more goals are shooting about 40 percent more often.Are those extra shots translating into goals? Actually, yes. In cases when it trails by two goals or more, a team scores about 2.4 goals per 60 minutes of ice time at even strength, compared with 1.8 goals for the leading team.So, at least in the playoffs, there’s been some tendency for the trailing team to recover (despite that it should be the slightly weaker team on average for having fallen behind). It’s like a mild version of the CPU Assistance that allowed the computer to make spectacular comebacks in games such as NBA Jam just when you thought you had everything wrapped up.It isn’t clear whether this represents rational behavior on the part of the leading team. It would be one thing if it were stalling just to get the game over with, reducing shots and scoring for both teams. But it’s actually allowing its opponents more shots and more goals — at the same time it’s taking fewer of its own.One possible explanation is the avoidance of penalties (to the extent they can be averted through more passive play). In playoff games since 2012, teams are scoring 6.3 goals per 60 minutes on the power play — nearly three times their rate at even strength. Shorthanded teams score 0.8 shorthanded goals per 60 minutes. Those long-term averages didn’t help the Rangers on Monday night, who went scoreless in six power play opportunities. read more

Ohio State womens soccer draws rival No 24 Michigan 22

Then-freshman Nichelle Prince (7) avoids a defender during a game against Pittsburgh Aug. 28, 2013. OSU won 2-0.Credit: Lantern file photoWith time running out, the Ohio State women’s soccer team made a big play at the end of regulation to tie with No. 24 Michigan.There wasn’t a lot of action in the first half as neither team was able to get much going. Both sides were unable to convert on opportunities as the match entered halftime scoreless.The Wolverines held an 8-4 lead in shots and 3-1 lead in shots on goal for the first half.Sophomore forward Nichelle Prince gave the Buckeyes a chance to take the lead in the 63rd minute but freshman goalkeeper Megan Hinz made a diving save to keep the score tied.Sophomore forward Nicky Waldeck gave the Wolverines the lead in the 70th minute with a header off a corner kick from freshman forward Taylor Timko.OSU responded with a header from senior midfielder Ellyn Gruber off a cross from senior forward Kayla Varner in the 75th minute to tie the game.With two minutes remaining, Varner had a chance to give the Buckeyes the lead with a header but the shot was saved by Hinz to keep the game tied.In the final minute, freshman forward Danielle Hogarth gave the Wolverines the lead with a header off a cross from sophomore midfielder Anna Soccorsi.Just a few seconds later, sophomore defender Nicole Miyashiro tied the game again off an assist from freshman forward Sammy Edwards. The late goal was the last of regulation, sending the game into overtime with the score tied, 2-2.Michigan ended regulation with a 22-18 lead in shots while both teams managed seven shots on goal.Redshirt-freshman midfielder Ani Sarkisian gave Michigan a shot in the 93rd minute but redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Megan Geldernick was there to make the save.Both teams were unable to score and so the game was sent into a second overtime.Both teams struggled for chances in the second overtime, but sophomore midfielder Jessica Heifetz had a chance to give the Wolverines the win in the 107th minute but Geldernick was able to make another save for OSU.The rest of overtime played out and the game ended in a 2-2 draw.OSU moved to 5-8-3 overall and 2-5-3 in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes also handed Michigan (11-4-1, 7-2-1) its first draw of the season.Up next, the Buckeyes are scheduled to face Iowa on Friday at 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium and Nebraska on Sunday at 1 p.m. read more

Football Where does Ohio State go from here

Urban Meyer watches a Buckeye offensive possession from the sideline in the third quarter of the Ohio State-Iowa game on Nov. 4. Ohio State lost 24-55. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State will not win a national championship this season. It will not even reach the College Football Playoff.The Buckeyes’ second loss of the season, a 55-24 blowout to Iowa Saturday, made sure of that.As far as many Ohio State fans are concerned, the 2017 campaign is effectively over. Quarterback J.T. Barrett’s Buckeye career will end in a meaningless bowl game, and the rest of the team will begin to look to next season.So what’s next for Ohio State?Head coach Urban Meyer said Monday that keeping the Buckeyes motivated with few remaining game in their schedule is something he has not considered too much.“That’s something we work on not today, that’s something we’ve been working on all year,” Meyer said. “And you try to get a close team that cares about each other and plays really hard. It’s not going to be some speech I give to the team. So it’s a process. It’s a journey that we’re on. And there’s still plenty of things, great things ahead.”Though players and coaches will say the Big Ten is still theirs to take — and they’re not wrong — that is not what Ohio State sought to accomplish when it began the year. Players, coaches, media and fans all set the expectation level for the Buckeyes to win a championship. Despite the fact Meyer has won just one Big Ten title in his six-year tenure at Ohio State, winning the Big Ten is tertiary to reaching the playoffs and winning a title. If Ohio State wins the remainder of its three regular season games — against Michigan State, Illinois and Michigan — then it will travel to Indianapolis to presumably square off against the Wisconsin Badgers, who are one win from clinching the Big Ten West title.For Meyer, the matchup against Michigan State is as far as he is looking ahead. Just as it has for a large part of Meyer’s career in Columbus, the road to the Big Ten title game runs through that matchup.“You still look at the standings and Ohio State and Michigan State are [first and second] in the Big Ten East,” Meyer said. “And everybody knows this game for the last, what’s our sixth year of playing them or something, usually it’s just a prizefight. So the tougher team usually wins. And we’ve got to understand what we’re going to play against.”Even if Ohio State runs the table and captures Meyer’s second Big Ten championship, this season is lost for many.And this year defines the end of an era. The core group of players that led Ohio State to a national championship, two playoff appearances, a Big Ten title and another bowl game win will exit Ohio Stadium for the final time against Illinois, leaving the Buckeyes with a plethora of position battles heading into the next season. With so many potentially drastic changes coming to Ohio State’s roster and the struggles this veteran team has faced thus far this season, it is fair to wonder whether Ohio State will be back in the mix next season. How will the team fare with a new quarterback under center and an offensive line replacing its two top linemen protecting him? What about a defensive line that could potentially lose four starters?Those asking the questions might not want to admit it, but next season could prove less fruitful than this campaign. It is going to be a young team replacing key contributors all over the field, and a learning curve will await. Those disappointed by the results in 2017 could be disappointed by 2018. Perhaps the difference in expectation levels will lessen the blow of a down year for the Buckeyes. Knowing that the team is younger could make a title-less season easier to stomach.The Buckeyes entered the 2017 season as the favorite to win the Big Ten and among those listed as most likely to win the national championship. That they will not achieve the latter is a devastating blow and the former would be only a mere consolation prize. Though it is still early, the Buckeyes do not appear to be in a position to be named the early favorite to win the Big Ten or national championship next year.To many outside the program, the season is over. To those inside the program, the season is still alive and well. There will be no talk of the 2018 season until the clock in that meaningless bowl game ticks down to zero.“Where is the program headed?” Meyer asked. “That’s kind of deep. We’re playing Michigan State this week. We gotta really practice well and fix the turnover issue on offense and play a little better on defense. Kicking was much better.” read more

Gio Simeones wants to avoid nepotism in Argentina

first_imgGio Simeone is still going to work hard in order to become an Atletico Madrid player someday, but he wants to avoid nepotism in Argentina.The sentiment that awakens Atletico Madrid in some players is simply inevitable sometimes, Argentina international Gio Simeone is the best example of this because he doesn’t care that his father doesn’t want to coach him there for now.Any professional football player who has the characteristic fighting spirit that any Atletico Madrid player historically has, would have the dream of someday playing for the Colchoneros regardless of the circumstances.The oldest of Diego Simeone’s sons heard what his father had to say about the possibility of coaching him someday in the Spanish club, but he doesn’t seem to care about the response.Giovanni Simeone has the dream of playing for Atletico Madrid in the future because he is a true fan of the institution, he doesn’t care if his father is still the manager of the squad when he reaches a level that is good enough for the club to pursue him.The trades that this striker has are very similar to what the club has always wanted in their best players, which makes the possibility even greater for him in the near future.All Gio has to do is keep working hard, and hope that he can get that call soon.”ME ENCANTARÍA VER A MI PAPÁ ACÁ””SIEMPRE ME DICE QUE NO ES EL MOMENTO”#CentralFOX | Giovanni Simeone opinó sobre la situación de su padre como posible entrenador de la Selección Argentina. pic.twitter.com/90fIWMnYzm— FOX Sports Argentina (@FOXSportsArg) October 14, 2018The eldest of Simeone’s kids granted an interview with Fox Sports, where he discussed his father again and the upcoming friendly match between Argentina and Brazil on Tuesday.“Atletico Madrid is something that has been practically taught to us, it’s inside me and my dad, but I never had the chance of being coached by him.”“My old man has never talked to me about this possibility. The fact that people keep talking about this means that I’m still growing.”“Playing for Atletico Madrid someday would be truly amazing for me, an incredible achievement. As an Argentina player, I would love to see my dad as the manager here, but he keeps saying that it’s not the right time yet.”Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“Every single person from Argentina would like having him here because he is a great manager, one of the best in the world,” said Gio during the interview.Gran partido de todo el equipo! #VamosArgentina 🇦🇷👊🏼⚽️ pic.twitter.com/gAmMBkBE4Z— Giovanni Simeone (@simeonegiovanni) October 11, 2018Giovanni is getting ready to represent his country on his very first Classic match between Argentina and Brazil, he didn’t play much against Saudi Arabia last week but he could get more minutes for this match and he hopes he can live up to the family name.Getting a great participation in matches like this one, are what can assure him a permanent spot in the squad, something that he aims for before his father gets the job as the manager.Gio Simeone is very aware of nepotism, which is something that both he and his father are always trying to avoid.“If I keep getting called-up and I keep having minutes with this group, the possibility of us crossing paths here becomes greater. Things would be obviously different if I was never called-up and he calls me right after he gets the job,” he added.“What I aim for is to win a spot here before he gets the position, so I’m fighting against the clock. I’ve been preparing for this possibility this year, but I honestly didn’t expect a call-up this soon.”“My grandfather gave me a very useful advice. He told me that one minute in the national team is the equivalent of sixty minutes in a club. This means that I will give my very best in every minute I get a chance to play for Argentina.”“I’ve been in Europe for only two years, so if I already had this chance, is because I can still give a lot more than even I expected,” he concluded.Preparando el partido de mañana 💪🏼⚽️🇦🇷 #VamosArgentina pic.twitter.com/t8qKVDtbUC— Giovanni Simeone (@simeonegiovanni) October 10, 2018How well do you think Giovanni Simeone would do with his father as the manager? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more