Tim Weah- President’s son with big football boots to fill

first_imgHe admits his father is on a “pedestal”, but he hasn’t let the pressure affect a burgeoning career for Paris Saint-Germain and the United States, co-host of the World Cup in 2026, when he will be 26.After standing out at junior level, American-born Weah netted his first senior international goal in May, and got off the mark for PSG — where his father starred in the 1990s — this month against Bayern Munich.“When I’m out there, it’s just me and the ball and my teammates and that’s all I really care about,” he said, after catching the eye in Saturday’s 5-1 pre-season defeat to Arsenal in Singapore.“The name on my back, I don’t really see it, it’s the fans that are seeing it. So no pressure, I just try to play my game.”– ‘Complete banger’ –Early indications are good for the centre-forward, who is strong and skillful, fast, astute, and has an eye for goal — and his father’s knack for the spectacular.Tim Weah’s father, George, was sworn as Liberia’s president in January © AFP/File / ISSOUF SANOGOWhile he hasn’t dribbled from his own penalty box to score, as his father famously did against Verona in 1996, Weah did hit a screamer during his hat-trick against Paraguay at last year’s Under-17 World Cup, a goal he accurately describes as a “complete banger”.On Saturday, Weah twice came close to scoring for a youthful PSG side, and earned the penalty that brought their only goal when he drew a foul from Sead Kolasinac.But he says he is happy to bide his time and wait for opportunities at star-studded PSG, where he can learn from the fearsome strike force of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani.“With this type of player, I just learn maturity, just be comfortable on the ball and be yourself out there, because no one can take that from you,” Weah said.“I watch these players all the time. At the World Cup I was watching them and I took some stuff from their games as far as being confident, being skillful (is concerned).”Beyond his own development, there is another goal in sight for Weah, a proud American who wants to use the skills he learns in Paris to bring his country success.“Being from America, I play with a lot of heart, that’s one thing that we Americans have and that’s what I try to do and give out there on the pitch every day,” he said.As his career surges, Weah said he is getting “great advice” from both his father and his mother. But he stresses that any achievements on the pitch are all his own.“I still watch his videos, I try to take something from it but the game that you guys see out there is all me,” he said.“That’s all the stuff that I’ve worked on over the years. I’m almost there but I’ve got to keep pushing, I’ve got to keep working hard and we’ll see where this season takes me.”0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Timothy Weah, son of Liberian president and football legend George, scored his first goal for Paris Saint-Germain against Bayern Munich © AFP / Jure MakovecSINGAPORE, Singapore, Jul 29 – It isn’t easy when your father is footballing royalty — and the president of Liberia to boot. But for 18-year-old Tim Weah, son of the legendary player-turned-politician George, having a famous name on his shirt isn’t proving a hindrance.Weah wasn’t even born during his father’s playing career, which included the 1995 Ballon d’Or and one of the greatest goals in history, for AC Milan — which he now watches on YouTube.last_img read more

Antique-road show, sale

first_imgDUBLIN, Ind. – Long before railroads linked the nation, stagecoaches and wagons hauling settlers bumped their way west along the first U.S. interstate highway – some 700 miles of what was initially little more than a dirt road. The National Road, or U.S. 40, turns 200 this year, and residents along its east-west course hope to lure tourists with small-town charm, festivals and historical sites such as brick inns that once catered to road-weary travelers. The bicentennial events include the Historic National Road Yard Sale, an everything-must-go sale spread out along 824 miles of the road’s modern course, from Maryland to Illinois. Carol Stewart, president of the Franklinton Historical Society in Columbus, Ohio, said people are delving into attics and basements to find items for the sale, which ends today. Today, weathered stone mile-markers still dot the old National Road, which ran from Cumberland, Md., through Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and Indiana to Vandalia, Ill. It was later lengthened, paved and renamed U.S. 40, but was eclipsed in the 1960s by Interstate 70, a parallel superhighway. Stung by the closure of motels and diners along what for many was their Main Street, dozens of towns turned to festivals and events such as the yard sale – now in its third year – for extra cash. In Dublin, about 40 miles east of Indianapolis, cars lined the road’s grassy edges this week as shoppers scanned tables loaded with children’s clothing, Depression-era glassware, toys and boxes filled with a hodgepodge of old tools, postcards and brass doorknobs. In front of one home, 90-year-old Darlene Darter sat at a card table manning a cash box as her daughter, Soozi Worley, organized merchandise on tables she had set up under a shade tree. Darter, who’s lived in the town of 700 since 1937, recalled U.S. 40’s glory days before Interstate 70 siphoned away much of the traffic in Dublin, which is in a section of U.S. 40 often called Antique Alley. “This used to be a busy place – just filled with cars going along, back and forth. And whenever there’s a wreck on I-70 and the police redirect the traffic, it’s bumper to bumper again,” she said. In Centerville, Ind., 20 miles to the east, the road is lined with quaint brick row houses listed on the National Register of Historic Places that were built in the 1820s and 1830s with connecting archways. The town of 2,400 residents, founded in 1814, also boasts the only surviving original log courthouse from the days of the Northwest Territory.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“My daughter cleaned out her closets and said, `Mark it cheap enough so that it doesn’t come back.’ So we’re going to have lots of things for a quarter,” she said. But Stewart, who documents the history of Franklinton – a staging point for American troops during the War of 1812 – hopes bargain-hunters also take away an appreciation of the road’s rich history. The National Road, the first federally financed interstate, helped open the land west of the Appalachians to settlers and commerce. President Thomas Jefferson commissioned it on March 29, 1806, although it took decades to finish. A difficult but passable route through dense woods and across rivers and prairies, it sparked trade with the vast expanse of the nation’s midsection, then called the Northwest Territory, said Bill Withuhn, curator of transportation history at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. “If you’re going to have people go out there and settle the wilderness, you need a commercial artery to connect the settled area with the new frontier. That’s what the road was all about,” he said. last_img