KAUNAS (Euroleague). In the Euroleague home debut for Sarunas Jasikevicius as head coach, Zalgiris Kaunas put its defense on parade to down mighty Olympiacos Piraeus 75-55 and seize its first victory in Top 16 Group F. The 20-point margin was Zalgiris’s biggest victory ever against the Reds, who matched their fourth-lowest point total in the Euroleague this century. Zalgiris is now 1-3 in Group F and Olympiacos fell to 2-2 and a five-way tie for second place. Zalgiris gave Olympiacos, the Euroleague’s best defense this season, a taste of its own medicine by limiting the Reds to a single field goal for almost 15 minutes on either side of halftime then holding them scoreless for the first 5 minutes of the fourth quarter. Paulius Jankunas led the winners with 18 points. Ian Vougioukas followed with 13 points, while Renaldas Seibutis and Edgaras Ulanovas had 11 each. Olympiacos had just one double-digit scorer, Darius Johnson-Odom with 11 points in 11 minutes, while being held to 38% two-point and 20% three-point shooting. The Reds struggled at the free throw line through the first three quarters, too, impeding their comeback attempts. Conversely, Zalgiris went 21 for 22 on foul shots.Reds rebound from slow startLukas Lekavicius, making his first start of the season, got fouled on a three-pointer and downed all of his free throws for a 3-0 Zalgiris lead. Ioannis Papapetrou matched that with his team’s first shot. Jankunas rolled in a hook shot before Siebutis, too, got and made 3 free throws for an 8-3 scoreboard. Vassilis Spanoulis threaded the needle to Georgios Printezis for a layup. After Lekavicius made a one-hander in the lane, Printezis was back with a three-pointer, and when Nikola Milutinov put back a miss, Olympiacos had a 10-10 tie. After a timeout, Spanoulis did the honors of giving Olympiacos its first lead with a clean, foul-line jumper. Jankunas evened the score with free throws, but Spanoulis drove strong to take back the lead. Ulanovas hit 1 of 2 at the line, as did Othello Hunter. And when Vougioukas tipped in his own miss, Hunter matched him at the other end with a spectacular dunk off an offensive rebound. Brock Motum’s free throws evened the score again, but 1 of 2 from the line by Spanoulis put the visitors in front, 17-18, after 10 minutes.Zalgiris defense shuts down OlympiacosDaniel Hackett dropped an elbow jumper and Hunter a jump hook from the paint as Olympiacos upped its lead to start the second quarter. Vougioukas restarted the Zalgiris offense with a hook shot, but Hackett matched it with a fall-back jumper at 19-24. A lull then ended with Motum feeding Vougioukas for a dunk and the accompanying free throw to make it 22-24. Next, Martynas Pocius put his head down, drove baseline and tied the score. Then Ulanovas tipped a rebound to Jankunas who put Zalgiris back in front, 26-24. Olympiacos continued missing open shots until a free throw by Spanoulis ended a more than five-minute scoring drought, but Jankunas answered with a runaway dunk. When Printezis did the same, Ulanovas bettered him with a three-point play started by a tough hook shot as Zalgiris’s lead moved to 31-27. Missed free throws by Hunter gave Zalgiris a final chance to extend the lead, and Pocius made that happen by feeding Motum for an easy layup. As such, the hosts stormed into halftime ahead by 33-27 after holding Olympiacos to just 3 free throws over the last 7:25 of the second quarter.Vougioukas, Zalgiris stretch advantageMilutinov tipped in an Olympiacos miss to end his team’s eight-minute stretch without a field goal. But Ulanovas responded from long range and Jankunas backed down for a fadeaway jumper and a 38-29 Zalgiris advantage. Lekavicius drove the lane, pivoted and banked in a layup for the first double-digit lead, 40-29, forcing an Olympiacos timeout. Hunter made 1 of 2 free throws but otherwise Olympiacos couldn’t buy points as Spanoulis missed an open triple, making the visitors 2 for 15 from downtown until then. Hackett missed 1 of 2 free throws, as well, to make it 40-31. Ulanovas downed a pretty hook shot before Hunter flushed another miss. Motum scored on a feed from Vougioukas that turned into a three-point play at 45-33. But after futility for much of the game until then, Olympiacos suddenly got a pair of three-pointers to fall from D.J. Strawberry and Vangelis Mantzaris. Vougioukas kept scoring with a couple inside baskets and Olympiacos kept splitting free throws, but was able to pull within 49-42. Motum made 2 of 2 for Zalgiris before Johnson-Odom kept Olympaicos strong from the arc. Olivier Hanlan then got his first points on free throws to finish the third quarter with Zalgiris holding onto a 53-45 edge.Seibutis makes sure!Two scoreless minutes to open the fourth quarter were broken by Mantas Kalnietis, in his last game with Zalgiris, feeding Jankunas in a crowd for a layup and a new double-digit edge, 55-45. The Zalgiris defense continued to dominate as Jankunas hit from the baseline to make it 57-45, matching the game’s high lead until then. But the hosts were not done. Seibutis took a pass from Jankunas and turned it into an acrobatic reverse-and-free throw at 60-45. Hackett got 2 points back at the foul line, ending his team’s five-minute scoring drought, but Kalnietis hit a fall-down runner in the paint and Vougioukas downed a hook shot as the lead climbed to 64-47 with 3 minutes left. The best was yet to come for the Kaunas crowd, however, as Seibutis struck from the corner with a triple good for a 20-point advantage, 67-47. Seibutis would be back with a final turnaround swish in the final minute to give keep the Zalgiris fans on their feet all the way to the finish of a victory that will be remembered in Kaunas for a long, long time!TweetPinShare0 Shares
Transfers Who is Fernando Felicevich? Alexis Sanchez’s super agent who brokered Man Utd transfer Ronan Murphy Last updated 1 year ago 04:25 1/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Transfers A. Sánchez Manchester United Arsenal Manchester City Premier League The Argentine ex-rugby player represents some of Chile’s biggest names, and made a pretty penny from his client’s move away from Arsenal Alexis Sanchez’s move to Manchester has been a long and drawn out one, with the Chile international initially set to leave Arsenal for Manchester City in the summer, and then again in January before a late offer from Manchester United put the Red Devils at the top of the queue.Behind the scenes, one man worked to make it all happen, looking for the best possible deal for his client – and himself. Super agent Fernando Felicevich is Alexis’s agent, having helped secure him moves to Barcelona and Arsenal after taking him from Chile to Udinese.Unlike Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes or Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s representative Mino Raiola, Felicevich is not as well known worldwide. Goal brings you everything you need to know about the man who Forbes ranked as the sixth most powerful football agent in the world in 2017. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player When did Felicevich become an agent?we are gunners !!! #SanchezSigns pic.twitter.com/pJOFXxBypk— Fernando Felicevich (@ffelicevich) July 13, 2014Felicevich was not always a football agent, actually not getting into the business until he was 33 years old. A former rugby player in Argentina, he studied an MBA in advertising in Paris, and moved to Chile in 2002 to join the McCann Erikson advertising agency.While in Chile, he met old friend Pablo Lenci, who suggested he move out of advertising and into sports. Thanks to his work for Alexis and other young South American players, Felicevich became known as a shrewd businessman but also a warm, helpful agent, which helped him gain bigger and better clients.Felicevich’s approach means that he does not charge his clients for advice or assistance when he is working for them, instead taking a percentage of the transfer fees whenever his players move clubs. As a result, he stood to make more than £10 million from the sale of Alexis. Where did he meet Alexis?Celebrating !!! #FACupWinners2015 pic.twitter.com/l4YPpePipT— Fernando Felicevich (@ffelicevich) May 30, 2015Felicevich represented a number of domestic players in South America, including Arturo Norambuena, who was a team-mate of then 15-year-old Alexis Sanchez at Cobreloa. The agent travelled to Alexis’s hometown of Tocopilla to meet the teenager’s mother, where he became close with the Sanchez family. As a result, Felicevich was hired as the forward’s agent, and helped broker a deal for Alexis to join Udinese in 2006.As he was still a teenager, he was seen as one for the future by the Italian club, and Felicevich helped Sanchez secure a loan move to Colo Colo to continue his professional development in his native Chile. Another loan followed, with Alexis joining River Plate the following season before he broke into the Udinese first team in 2008.His breakthrough season came in 2010-11 when he scored 12 Serie A goals and was named the most promising young player in the world by FIFA.com, ahead of Gareth Bale and Neymar. After this, Felicevich masterminded a move to La Liga giants Barcelona, with Pep Guardiola spending €26m (£23m) to make him the club’s first Chilean player. Although Alexis’s time at Barcelona was inconsistent, he was still very much in demand, and Arsenal paid £31.7m for his services in 2014, with Felicevich bringing his client to the Premier League.Who are Felicevich’s clients?Through his friendship and working partnership with Sanchez, Felicevich was introduced to numerous other Chile internationals, and now represents some of the country’s biggest names. Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal and Bayer Leverkusen’s Charles Aranguiz are two of his clients based in Germany, while he also takes care of business for former Manchester United striker Angelo Henriquez and Besiktas midfielder Gary Medel.Felicevich helped bring Claudio Bravo to Manchester City from Barcelona in 2016. He still represents numerous players in Chile, including Colo Colo’s Claudio Baeza and Cesar Fuentes of Universidad Catolica. Player Club Alexis Sanchez Manchester United Arturo Vidal Bayern Munich Charles Aranguiz Bayer Leverkusen Gary Medel Besiktas Claudio Bravo Manchester City Angelo Henriquez Atlas Felipe Gutierrez Real Betis Eugenio Mena Bahia Fabian Orellana Eibar Cristobal Jorquera Bursaspor Claudio Baeza Colo Colo Alvaro Ramos Club Leon Cesar Fuentes Universidad Catolica Emiliano Vecchio Santos Rodrigo Millar Monarcas Morelia Christopher Toselli Atlas Sebastian Martinez Huachipato Sebastian Toro Palestino Cristian Gutierrez Huachipato Francisco Sierralta Parma How much is Felicevich worth? Vamos Chile carajoooo #2 pic.twitter.com/g9MGjDKVGZ— Fernando Felicevich (@ffelicevich) June 27, 2016Felicevich was ranked at number 35 on Forbes’ list of the most powerful agents in sport in 2017, with annual earnings of £13.5m. He has offices in Argentina and Peru, and has plans to expand into Brazil in the near future.Forbes called him “the king of South American soccer”, with only five other football agents ahead of him in their annual list. They also estimate his total contract value at £134.3m. The top spot on their 2017 list was shared by baseball agent Scott Boras and football’s Constantin Dumitrascu, who represents the likes of Edinson Cavani, Philippe Coutinho and N’Golo Kante.