Mourinho rues England’s poor Champions League start

first_imgBy Mike CollettJose Mourinho was delighted that Chelsea made a winning start to their Champions League campaign on Wednesday, but said he was not happy that Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal had all lost their opening matches in this season’s competition.Chelsea, who have made a poor start to the defence of their Premier League title winning only one of their opening five matches, cruised to a 4-0 win over Israeli champions Maccabi Tel Aviv at Stamford Bridge.They were the only one of the EPL’s four contenders to win after Manchester City were beaten 2-1 by Juventus and Manchester United lost 2-1 to PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday.Arsenal were also beaten 2-1 at Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday.“I think it is sad and bad and I am not happy about it,” said Mourinho. “I want Man City, Man United and Arsenal to lose in the Premier League but I don’t want them to lose in the Champions League.“It is not good for us. Season after season, it is difficult for English teams to be successful. At the start of the week if you can make 12 points (with all four winning) and you make only three, that is bad news.”Although the group stage has only just started, English clubs’ records in Europe’s top club competition in recent seasons has been patchy and could impact on how many teams get spots in the tournament.England, Spain and Germany currently have four clubs eligible according to the coefficients UEFA use to determine how many clubs a country is entitled to enter into the competition.There are five Spanish clubs this season as Sevilla entered as winners of last season’s Europa League.The top three clubs in the Premier League advance directly to the following season’s group stage, while the team finishing fourth enters the playoffs.No English club has won the Champions League since Chelsea in 2012, which was also the last season an English club reached the final.None reached the quarter-finals last season and the EPL’s right to four places could come under threat in two years time from Italy, their nearest challengers in the coefficient table, who currently provide three teams for the competition.last_img read more

Klopp to pick this attack for Stamford Bridge trip? Predicted Liverpool line up v Chelsea

first_imgLiverpool will travel to Stamford Bridge with the aim of making it two wins on the bounce under manager Jurgen Klopp.Victory for the Reds at Chelsea would pile even more pressure onto Blues boss Jose Mourinho, and the German has been handed an injury boost ahead of Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off.Christian Benteke, who missed the midweek League Cup win over Bournemouth, has been declared fit after a niggling knee problem kept him out of the Anfield win.His availability will please Liverpool fans, with Divock Origi being the only fit senior striker at the club.Roberto Firmino impressed against the Cherries, as did youngster Joao Teixeira, but the latter is unlikely to start.James Milner comes back from a one-match suspension and Simon Mignolet is likely to return in between the sticks after Adam Bogdan came in to keep a clean sheet against Eddie Howe’s side.Kolo Toure, who went off injured in the first half, is ruled out and Daniel Sturridge is not yet fit enough to return from a knee problem picked up in training.These sides met four times last season, producing three draws, with Chelsea winning at Anfield last November in the Premier League.Click the yellow arrow on the image above to see how we think Klopp’s Liverpool will line-up against out-of-form Chelsea, who are 15th.Read here: Five key battles at Stamford Bridge, including Christian Benteke against John TerryRead here: Will Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea continue to be the scourge of Liverpool?Mourinho v Klopp head-to-head: Who has the bragging rights ahead of Chelsea v Liverpool? 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 10. Philippe Coutinho (attacking midfield) 9. Christian Benteke (forward) 11 11 22. Simon Mignolet (goalkeeper) 18. Alberto Moreno (left-back) 23. Emre Can (midfield) 11. Roberto Firmino (attacking midfield) 7. James Milner (midfielder) 17. Mamadou Sakho (centre-back) 11 33. Jordon Ibe (midfield) 2. Nathaniel Clyne (right-back) – click the arrow above, right, to see the predicted Liverpool line up 11 37. Martin Skrtel (centre-back) – Skrtel is without a club after having his time at Atalanta cut dramatically shortlast_img read more

Premier League trio dealt blow in chase for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

first_imgManchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea have received a blow in their pursuit of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after his mum revealed her son hopes to join Real Madrid.All three Premier League clubs have been extensively linked with the Borussia Dortmund striker, who has scored 69 Bundesliga goals in 108 appearances since arriving from Saint Etienne in 2013.Real Madrid and Barcelona are also long-term admirers of the Gabon international, who is under contract in Germany until 2020.And now his mother, Margarita Crespo, has revealed that it is Real Madrid who her son dreams of playing for after making a promise to his grandfather.She told AS: “He promised his grandfather that he would play for Real Madrid and since he was a little boy he spoke about Madrid and never about Barcelona.“My family have always been Real Madrid and I would like to see him in white.“A move to Madrid would be lovely, but at the moment he is doing well at Dortmund and we will have to see what happens.” Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea look to be outsiders in the race for the Gabon international’s signature 1last_img read more

‘De Gea has better feet than Messi’ – reaction to United goalkeeper’s super save

first_img David De Gea keeps out Joel Matip’s effort in the Liverpool v Man United game 1 Do you think these Man United fans liked the save David De Gea made against Liverpool?The goalkeeper used his feet to keep out what looked like a certain Joel Matip goal at Anfield and he was a big reason the score remained 0-0.De Gea is among a list of 30 nominees for the Ballon d’Or award and he has kept seven clean sheets in the Premier League this season.Here’s what some fans thought about his actions.last_img

Aide recalls work ethic, humor

first_imgDETROIT – He ate cottage cheese with ketchup nearly every day for lunch, swam in the pool outside his White House study in all kinds of weather, and lived by the same work ethic as president that he was known for all of his life. President Ford was very much a man of routine, says Dorothy Downton, who joined his congressional staff in 1967 and was his personal secretary while he was vice president and president. “He was very methodical in his work habits. He would not be able to really relax until his work was done,” Downton, now the administrative assistant for The Associated Press in Detroit, said in an interview Wednesday. “He was a very strong individual, and as far as his own work was concerned a very strict individual. He had a very strong work ethic and he continued that, I’m sure, right up until the very end.” Ford combined his usually solitary lunch in his study with catching up on his mail and the news. “He would never just sit back and watch TV or relax. He was always reading something,” said Downton, 60. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d seeAnd at the end of the day, he went for a swim before dinner. “It did not matter if it was raining or snowing … He would take his daily swim, and the Secret Service would be right out there with him.” Ford, a congressman from Grand Rapids before becoming president, made the most of his time in the White House, Downton said. “I think he enjoyed being president. I think he did a very good job as president. He certainly used his common sense and his integrity stood him very well,” she said. He also kept his sense of humor, even in the politically tough times that surrounded his presidency. He framed some of the less-than-flattering editorial cartoons about himself and hung them in Downton’s office. “When he would come in to give me something or to ask me something, he would look at one and he would chuckle at it, and he would say `Dorothy, do you remember when that happened?’ and we would chuckle,” she said. “He really did enjoy that. He did not take himself that seriously that he could not laugh.” After Ford left office and moved to California, Downton remained his personal secretary for about four years before moving back to Michigan. They met again when he was in Ann Arbor in November 2004. “We had a lovely visit,” she said. “And even when I left that day, being the very gentleman that he was, he stood up and gave me a big hug. I said, `You don’t need to stand up, you can just sit right here and that’s just fine.’ He said, `No, no. … I’m going to stand up for such a nice lady.’ He just was a complete gentleman.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Saina clinches Indian GP badminton singles title

first_imgTop seed Saina Nehwal rallied from behind to beat Mew Choo Wong of Malaysia 20-22, 21-14, 21-12 and clinched the women’s singles title in the Yonex-Sunrise India Grand Prix badminton tournament in Chennai on Sunday.After dropping the keenly contested first game, Saina held the temperament and clawed her way back into the contest by pocketing the second game.In the deciding game, the second seed Malaysian often came up with deep returns and powerful smashes close to the back line. Wong score winners twice finding the vacant spots behind Saina, but it was short-lived as the world number six Indian was able to score points almost at will.Meanwhile, another Indian seventh seed RMV Gurusaidutt failed to cross the final hurdle and went down 13-21, 18-21 to unseeded Indonesian Yunus Alamsyah in the men’s singles summit clash.Both Saina and Alamsyah, who won his maiden major title, collected 7000 ranking points.”I was nervous at the beginning and committed too many errors. In the normal course, I should have won in two games, but this being my first tournament in two months, I was nervous. But in the second and third games, I played aggressively,” Saina said.Later in the evening, top seeded mixed doubles pair of V Diju and Jwala Gutta won the title by beating Singaporean combo of Chayut Triachart and Lei Yao 23-21, 20-22, 21-7.Top seed Malaysian combo of Mohd Fairuzizuan and Mohd Zarki won the men’s doubles crown by outplaying second seed Indian duo of Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas, while women’s doubles title went to top seeded pair of Lei Yao and Shinta Mulia Sari of Singapore, who beat Indians Ashwini Ponnappa and Jwala Gutta.advertisementlast_img read more

Nazareth, La Salle reach Rebisco semis unscathed

first_imgUniversity of Mindanao-Tagum ended up third in Pool A with a 3-2 record, including a 25-16, 25-19 triumph over Koronadal High.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nazareth School of National U and La Salle-Lipa pulled through with a pair of lopsided victories over their fellow fancied rivals to clinch the top seeding at the close of the 18-and-under Rebisco Volleyball League elimination round at Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Laguna last Friday.The Nazareth girls stepped up their title drive with a 25-15, 25-23 triumph over the Hope Christian High School side in Pool A while the Batangas-based La Salle squad stopped the host Holy Rosary College team, 25-14, 25-18, in Pool B.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay MOST READ Malditas save PH from shutout After bloody UAAP Finals opener, Baldwin says Game 2 ‘won’t be any different’ View comments ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Nazareth and La Salle-Lipa thus finished the elimination round with 5-0 cards while Hope and Holy Rosary settled for No. 2 with 4-1 records.The victories also set up Nazareth against Holy Rosary and La Salle-Lipa versus Hope in a pair of explosive crossover semifinal matches.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe winners will dispute the crown at 5 p.m. Sunday.In other results, Bacolod Tay Tung High School routed Angelicum Learning Center of Cagayan de Oro, 25-16, 25-17, to finish third in Pool B with a 3-2 slate while University of San Jose-Recoletos posted its second straight win after three losses, repulsing FEU-Diliman, 22-25, 25-20, 25-15. FEU wound up with a 1-4 slate while Angelicum dropped all its five matches. MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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first_imgan arrangement with PRNewswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same). – a Bright New Start-up that Lights up the Tech-Enabled Horizon MUMBAI, September 22, 2015/PRNewswire/ — With the Deluge of Internet-based Start-ups in India in the Last Year or so, the Time is now Ripe for the Consolidation Phase to Start This is where the contenders will be sifted out from the pretenders and also rans, and the deciding factors will primarily be the idea differentiator, robustness of the business model and plain-old-fashioned resilience. Amongst the latest crop of these portal-centered businesses, there are a few that clearly stand out, and leading this pack is [ ]. (Logo: ) is a concept borne out of young and creatively gifted entrepreneurs who have leveraged technology to create a niche in the unorganized furniture and home interior industry. It is aimed for perfection and by all means kept very simple in its day-to-day activities. Being available in different and specific categories along with professional customer support and ease of an online marketplace, has emerged as a one-stop solution for all the furniture and home interiors related consumer needs. Ujjwal Trikha, the founder of the company, is a successful entrepreneur in the technology-enabled space, and comes with a pedigree of having worked earlier as a Personal Assistant to Ms. Tina Ambani. A five-time National Champion in Karate and a national-level swimmer, Ujjwals sporting instincts seem to perfectly complement his business acumen and concept-building. While the concept of an online marketplace is not new in India, the rapid growth seen for portals such as, Flipkart and operating in a niche category with all the necessary domain expertise, is something very rare. Here, the FurnitureDekho team comes with a huge advantage – the team predominantly consists of formally trained interior designers. They have done extensive research in the field of furniture and home interiors, and appear to be well-versed with the current and past trends in this industry. With this as a knowledge base and the passion to provide superior service to consumers, this marketplace is completely equipped to sell new, used and even rent furniture. Having almost 200 different and specific categories such as flooring, bath fittings, lights, hospital furniture, lawn furniture, school furniture, along with professional customer support and ease of an online marketplace, has amassed 5000+ furniture sellers, makers and storefronts in a short span of six months.MORE PRN BMR BMRadvertisementlast_img read more

Sania Mirza meets UP CM, discuss tennis promotion

first_imgLucknow, Oct 20 (PTI) Tennis star Sania Mirza today met Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to discuss ways and means to promote tennis in the state.The tennis star who has recently climbed new heights in her career today met the Chief Minister and discussed about development of sports, especially tennis in the state, an official spokesman said.The Chief Minister, who was accompanied by his wife Dimple Yadav, apprised Sania that his government has taken several steps to promote sports and sportsmen in the state, he said.The state has several talented tennis players and the government is serious in providing better infrastructural facilities and training to them to hone up their skills, Yadav told Mirza.On the Chief Ministers request, the tennis star promised to help coach budding tennis players from the state, the spokesman said.Discussions were also held on opening a tennis academy either in Lucknow or Noida for promoting the sport, he added. PTI SAB SRYlast_img read more

Football hooligans: Firms, films & violence

first_imgWorld Cup Football hooligans: Firms, films & violence culture among supporters Ryan Kelly 21:36 2/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Football hooligan Euro 2016 Hungary Iceland Getty Images World Cup Premier League It is a culture that has spawned books, films and documentaries, but what exactly is it? Goal takes a look at the phenomenon Football is a sport that has a global appeal and it plays a prominent role in many societies across the world.Supporters of the game come from all walks of life and they find common ground in following their favourite teams, displaying their allegiance one way or another.While many are content to wear their club colours, sing club anthems or simply watch games, certain cultures among supporters veer gleefully towards violence and it is something that has been thoroughly explored in recent years. 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 These strands of football fan are commonly known as football hooligans, but what does that mean exactly?What is a football hooligan?A football hooligan is, essentially, a spectator at football events who engages in violence and all-round disorderly behaviour, generally described as ‘hooliganism’. They normally operate in gangs and tend to seek out conflict with groups who identify with the opposing team.Violence and destruction among football hooligans can sometimes break out inside stadiums during games, but, due to the unlawful nature of the acts, the gangs often attempt to stage skirmishes in discrete locations, so as to avoid detection by police.Hooligan gangs do not necessarily adhere to any sort of politics, but a large number do identify themselves with extremist ideologies, both on the right and left wings of the spectrum.The word ‘hooligan’ itself is of British origin and it is used to describe a young man who engages in noisy or violent behaviour, usually as part of a gang. There are a number of theories regarding its etymology and it is commonly associated with the Irish surname Hoolihan due to the similarity in pronunciation.Football hooligan firmsEngland Russia Euro 2016 fans hooligansFootball hooligans tend to form gangs in order to perpetrate acts of disorder and violence. These gangs adopt different monikers to establish a facade of notoriety and mark them out against their rivals. In the United Kingdom gangs of hooligans often use quasi-militaristic terms such as ‘firm’, ‘crew’ and ‘squad’ to describe themselves. The term ‘casuals’ is also used after a subculture emerged in the 1980s where gangs wore plain or designer clothes rather than club colours.Elsewhere across the globe, terms such as ‘Ultras’ and ‘Boys’ are widely used, while barra brava, literally meaning ‘wild bunch’, is used to describe hooligans or ultras in South America. Some groups allude to violence in their names (see Chelsea Headhunters), while others simply identify themselves according to the area of the stadium they occupy.As well as identifying themselves with specific clubs, hooligans sometimes come together during international games to fight with gangs supporting other countries. There were instances of this at Euro 2016 in France and there are fears that it could re-surface during the World Cup in Russia.Below is a list of some football hooligan groups across the world and the clubs they are linked with. Note that the list is not exhaustive. Club linked with Country Group (s) Arsenal England The Herd Burnley England Suicide Squad Chelsea England Headhunters Everton England County Road Cutters Leeds United England Leeds United Service Crew Liverpool England Runcorn Riot Squad, The Urchins Manchester United England Red Army, Men in Black Millwall England Bushwhackers Newcastle United England Newcastle Gremlins West Ham England Inter City Firm (ICF) PSG France Commando Pirate, Independants Lyon France Mezza Lyon Borussia Dortmund Germany Frontline, Northside Mainz Germany Mz-Army ’84 Ajax Netherlands A.F.C.A., F-Side Feyenoord Netherlands SCF, UDF PSV Eindhoven Netherlands Lighttown Madness Lech Poznan Poland Brygada Banici, Young Freaks ’98 Legia Warsaw Poland Teddy Boys ’95 Wisla Krakow Poland Sharks Benfica Portugal Diabos Vermelhos Porto Portugal Super Dragoes Sporting Portugal Sporting Casuals CSKA Moscow Russia Gallant Steeds Spartak Moscow Russia Gladiators Firm ’96 Celtic Scotland Celtic Soccer Crew, Style Mile Vandals Rangers Scotland Inter City Firm, Her Majesty’s Service Barcelona Spain Boixos Nois Real Madrid Spain Ultras Sur Dynamo Kiev Ukraine WBC (White Boys Club) Football hooligan filmsElijah Wood Charlie Hunnam Green StreetThe phenomenon of football hooliganism has been creatively explored in film, particularly in the 21st century.The 1989 film The Firm, featuring Gary Oldman, is considered to be one of the main forerunners of a genre of sports dramas that became increasingly popular in the 2000s.Some of the more well known films that followed include The Football Factory (2004), starring Danny Dyer, Green Street Hooligans (2005), which starred Elijah Wood and Cass (2008). Others include I.D. (1995), Awaydays (2009) and The Guvnors (2014).A number of the films from the genre have been positively received, earning a cult following, but in many cases they have been criticised for seeming to glorify hooliganism.Below is a selection of films based on or related to football hooliganism, which is by no means exhaustive. Year Film 1989 The Firm 1995 I.D. 2004 The Football Factory 2005 Green Street 2008 Cass 2009 Awaydays 2007 Rise of the Footsoldier 2012 St George’s Day 2014 Top Dog 2014 The Hooligan Factory Football hooliganism in the United KingdomEuro 2016 hooligan EnglandDuring the 1970s and 1980s, football hooliganism developed into a prominent issue in the United Kingdom to such an extent that it became widely referred to as ‘the English disease’ or ‘the British disease’.Firms, crews, squads and gangs regularly caused disturbances at games around the country, leading to the implementation of crowd segregation, as well as the erection of fences at stadiums in an effort to minimise clashes.In the mid-1980s, the British government, under Margaret Thatcher, established a ‘war cabinet’ to deal with the issue head on and it was one of the most talked-about topics in British society.In 1985, in the aftermath of the Heysel Stadium disaster that claimed 39 lives, UEFA banned English clubs from participating in their competitions for “an indeterminate period of time” and there was a lot of pressure on both football authorities and politicians to clamp down on the scourge of hooliganism.The ban was fully lifted for the 1991-92 season onward after steps had been taken to tackle the issue, with English clubs being excluded from European tournaments for five years – Liverpool served six.While the so-called ‘English disease’ has not been totally eradicated, the culture subsided significantly through the 1990s and 2000s. However, the topic has been regularly revisited since, in arts and entertainment, as can be seen in the preponderance of films depicting English football hooliganism referred to above. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more