Slovan Bratislava knocks out Barça in the Recopa final

first_imgThe 60s marked a revolution in European football. I know consolidated the great competitions international and clubs As the Celtic de Stein, United by Charlton and Best, Benfica by Eusebio, Inter by Helenio Herrera or Madrid yé-yé they set the pace towards the modernity of football. The matches of the FIFA selection and the fame of the Golden Balls they made the stars of the time have a dimension practically unknown until then. However, there was still the essence of old football mid-century and that renewed Europe in which the British, Italian and Spanish teams shone had their nEmesis in Eastern teams: strong, fast, accustomed to cold, fearsome. In that Barcelona squad featured historical players like Sadurní, Eladio, Fusté, Zaldua, Mendoça and Chus Pereda, among others, and above them shone the figure of a very young Carles Rexach. Along the way, the azulgranas had knocked down the Lyn Oslo and the Colonia and appeared in Basel, where the final was played, as clear favorites. An unknown Czechoslovak team awaited them there, the Slovan Bratislava, who had left behind Porto, Torino and the Scottish Dumferline.To everyone’s surprises, the Slovan was far superior in the final. There was no agonized comeback, and it didn’t take miracles or heroics of any kind to beat a team that was theoretically superior on paper. The first half ended 3-1 for Czechoslovaks with goals Cvetler, Hrivnak and Capkovic for the whole of Bratislava and a Both of Zaldua for Barça. Rexach made up the result in the second part but the Recopa ended up in the Slovan museum, which is the only club in the former Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic and Slovakia) that has an international title.Years later, seven members of that Slovan they continued to make history for Czechoslovak football with the achievement of the Eurocup in 1976, story that we will tell in another chapter of this series, but they never managed to take the Slovan again so far, not even close. The decline of football eastern has devastated a club that 41 years later aspires to qualify for the group stage of the Champions League after passing several previous rounds. Barcelona ended the decade how it started: missing a European final. In 1961 he ran into the Benfica in the first European Cup that did not end up in the windows of Madrid. The Portuguese had Eusebius in the grass and Bela Guttman on the bench, two true soccer legends, and the result was 3-2 for the lisboetas. No one was surprised by that. What was unexpected was that the culé set fell A few years later, in 1969, in the Cup Winners’ Cup final against Slovan Bratislava (3-2). A year earlier, Barça had won the Cup final against Real Madrid, the league champion, and shortly before, in 1966, they lifted the Fair Cup. Without a doubt, the Barca was one of the great teams of the time, although it took years without conquering the Spanish league.last_img read more

Beleaguered Word Cup gets dreary opener: Russia-Saudi Arabia

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson NU Pep Squad shoots for 5th straight crown The United States is missing from soccer’s top event for the first time since 1986 and four-time champion Italy will be watching from afar for the first time since 1958.Germany remains the favorite. Its depth was clear when an experimental squad won the Confederations Cup in Russia in July. Germany opens against Mexico in its quest to become the first country to win back-to-back World Cup titles since Brazil in 1962. The Germans then face Sweden and South Korea in Group F.“We got opponents that are not unknown to us,” Germany captain Manuel Neuer said. “That’s what I like best, when we know what to expect.”Germany is hoping to be based in Sochi along with Brazil. The only five-time world champion does not intend to move its training camp despite a schedule that has none of its games in the Black Sea resort. The Selecao, beaten 7-1 at home by Germany in the 2014 semifinals, were drawn in Group E with Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia.“Despite the distances, there are quick ways to get there,” Brazil coach Tite said.ADVERTISEMENT Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, Brazilian soccer legend Pele, center, and Argentinian soccer legend Diego Armando Maradona pose for a photo prior to the 2018 soccer World Cup draw in the Kremlin in Moscow, Friday Dec. 1, 2017. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)MOSCOW — A World Cup shrouded in corruption controversies and struggling to attract sponsors could have the dreariest of starts on the field: a meeting of the lowest-ranked teams in the 32-team field.Host Russia and Saudi Arabia play June 14 at Moscow in an opener lacking global appeal, but things pick up the next day when 2010 champion Spain and defending European champion Portugal meet in Sochi.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene England, eliminated in the group stage three years ago, was drawn into Group G along with newcomer Panama, Tunisia and Belgium. Gareth Southgate’s first World Cup game as a coach will be a repeat of his first as a player — Southgate made his World Cup debut in England’s 2-0 win over Tunisia in 1998.“We’ve been good at writing off teams and then getting beaten by them,” Southgate said.Roberto Martinez also will be making his World Cup debut. But the Belgium coach knows England well after spending two decades there as a coach and player.“It is going to be one of those games with no secrets,” said Martinez, a former Everton manager. “We have 25 players in the British game. That brings that understanding. That brings that competitive level.”Peru, the last of the 32 teams to qualify for Russia, is in Group C with 1998 champion France, Australia and Denmark.“It could have been worse,” France coach Didier Deschamps said.The only group without a former World Cup champion is H — Poland, Senegal, Colombia and Japan.The Russians have been placed with the winners of the first World Cup — Uruguay — in Group A along with Egypt and Uruguay. At No. 65, Russia is the lowest-ranked team at the tournament, with Saudi Arabia only two places higher.“I’ve never seen them,” Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov said.The ceremony was opened by Russian President Vladimir Putin, one day short of the seventh anniversary of the FIFA executive committee vote that awarded the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar — the subject of bribe allegations against soccer executives brought up nearly daily in New York during a corruption trial against top soccer officials. Putin urged fans to visit and enjoy his “big and multifaceted” country, a rallying cry that comes amid concerns about racism and hooliganism. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set “We will do everything to make it a major sporting festival,” Putin said, anticipating a World Cup of “friendship and fair play, values that do not change with time.”The Olympic doping scandal surrounding Russia hung over the final countdown to the draw. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, head of the local World Cup organizing committee, defended himself against accusations he helped orchestrate state-sponsored doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.“Nowadays everyone is trying to make some kind of axis of evil out of us, just because we’re a great sporting power,” Mutko said.The International Olympic Committee executive board will decide on Tuesday whether to ban Russia from the upcoming Pyeongchang Olympics.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img View comments Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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It is the defending European champion and has a squad filled with top players.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkNone more so than Cristiano Ronaldo, who recently joined Argentina’s Lionel Messi as the only five-time winners of FIFA’s player of the year award. Messi’s quest for his first World Cup title begins the following day when Argentina takes on Iceland — at 334,000 the least-populous country to qualify for the World Cup.Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson already knows what he must tell his team: “Watch out for No. 10.”last_img read more

The ‘good life’ is a figment of imagination

first_imgDear Editor,The Auditor General’s 2017 Report continues to demonstrate that the Coalition Government is not ‘fit and proper’ to govern this country and the ‘good life’ is a figment of the Finance Minister’s imagination.In every department of Government, the gross mismanagement and the blatant and downright thievery of public funds have gone entirely out of control. The tentacles of corruption have completely engulfed this nation and there is now an urgency like never before to be freed from this strangulation.The Audit Report is replete with examples of these. One would expect that the Guyana Defense Force (GDF) and the Ministry of Public Security would exhibit a high level of accountability, but unfortunately this was not the case.In 2017, the budgetary allocation for the procurement of goods and services for the Guyana Defense Force (GDF) was revised to $4.366 billion with a total of $4.361 being expended. However, the Audit Report flagged many instances where assets bought could not be located, for instance, an Ultra Sound Cleaner machine purchased for $608,000 could not have been located for physical verification at the time of the audit. Then in the current expenditure, there are some insanely high figures which are hardly believable. For instance, $569.949 million was expended on fuel and lubricants for Senior Officers and it was seen that one motor car actually consumed $3.07 million in fuel, amounting to $256,242 per month! In addition, the Stores Regulations were severely breached, while a huge quantity of assets cannot be given physical forms and numerous expense vouchers cannot be traced.What is also alarming, is the fact that many contractors were actually given the capital investment financing to provide the items contracted and yet failed to make timely delivery of the items. For instance, the sum of $64.734 million was awarded by the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) to a supplier for 3 Stallion 4×4 Truck Troop Carrier. The agreement was signed on 27th October, 2017, and the supplier was immediately paid $45.314 million. This is 70 per cent of the contract cost! Therefore, it is seen that this is a clear case of financing. But lo and behold! The delivery which was supposed to be in 3 months, was yet to be done 10 months after!The Ministry of Public Security is a mirror image of what took place in the Guyana Defense Force (GDF). For instance, there was an overpayment of staff who severed employment, of which $1,123 million is still to be recovered along with deductions of $889,691. Another case of financing the supplier is the procurement of drugs and medical supplies for the Guyana Forensic Services Laboratory. Another case is the award of a contract to purchase one multi-purpose Fire Rescue boat. This was sole-sourced for $307.457 million and the contractor was paid $131.354 million or 43 per cent of the contract price. After 10 months, this capital item is still to be delivered. Also, the sum of $16.947 million was awarded and fully paid to the supplier, but materials valued $10,818 million is still to be received. Then there is overpayment for maintenance work, overpayment for capital works, breaches of the Stores Regulations and missing log books for vehicles.The above scenarios reflect what is happening in all the Government departments at the Regional and Central Government levels. The tsunami of corruption has inundated and paralysed the economy. Therefore, we as Guyanese need to question ourselves: Whither are we going as a Nation? The Budget gets bigger each year, but what is trickled down to the average person continues to be less with each passing year. Will it be too much to ask that this government give back the cash grants to students? Or the subsidies to the pensioners? Or a living wage increase to all Guyanese including the sugar workers? Or to reduce the numerous taxes? Or the removal of VAT on water and electricity? Or an increase in the old age pension and the public assistance? Or to create investments and job opportunities for our young people? I do not think so! Everyone needs to have a taste of the ‘good life’!Monies to ease the sufferings of the masses can be found if proper budgetary allocation and control is done and there is proper accountability and financial management. It is evident that if the corruption is reduced, then more monies can be made available. The excesses can be trimmed to give a taste of the ‘good life’ to the downtrodden of our society. The Auditor General’s Report has unearthed so many areas where value for money is lost, hence the solution is not bigger budgetary allocations to these Government entities. In fact, these can be cut to facilitate fiscal space and spending in vitally important areas.I am sure the ‘good life’ has not even begun for the masses so the theme of this year’s budget is now a platitude!Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC CouncillorRegion 6last_img read more

Mohammed, “Another Comforter after Jesus Christ”?

first_imgSheikh AwalClaims Visiting Sheik who says Christians should be tolerant of Muslims; Boko Haram and ISIS are not representation of IslamA US-based Islamic preacher, motivational speaker and prolific writer, Sheik Ahmed Mohammed Awal, has said that in spite of Islam being the fastest growing religion in the world, misconceptions and misunderstandings have caused the religion to be secondary, violence oriented, and always at the back seat.The Islamic preacher said the prophet Mohammed and Jesus Christ are both prophets of God, and that Mohammed is the comforter Jesus Christ mentioned in John 14:15–18, a claim that Christians worldwide would refute.“If you love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray for the Father, and He will give you another Comforter, to be with you forever, the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him; but you know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you,” he quoted John 14: 15-18, a verse Christians worldwide know to be in reference to the Holy Spirit of God.The Sheik spoke to thousands of Muslims at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia on Sunday, July 9, which marked the Liberian Muslim community’s first international Islamic Outreach Program, called Dawah, under the theme: “Peace, Reconciliation, and Religious Tolerance.”Partial view of the crowd at the ATS who came to listen to Sheik Ahmed Mohammed AwalThe Sheik is in the country as a guest of several Islamic organizations, including the Al Noor Committee, the Liberia Muslim Women Network, the Muslim United to Invite Scholars and the Sisters in Islam, among others.Sheik Awal claimed that the original text of the Holy Bible, which was written in Hebrew, mentioned the name of the prophet Mohammed, but the English versions called him the “unlettered prophet,” citing Isaiah 29:12: “And when they give the book to one who cannot read, saying, “Read this,” he says, “I cannot read.”He stressed that Islam is a religion of peace, “and the way Muslims pray, prostrate and stand, were copied from the prophets, including Jesus Christ.” He said Abraham, Moses, and Joshua of the “Old Testament in the Holy Bible” prostrated to pray to God.He quoted Genesis 17:3; Deuteronomy 4:30 and Joshua 4:15 as some of the many scriptures where prophets prostrated in prayer to God. The Sheik further argued that even Jesus Christ prostrated to pray, as indicated in Matthew 26:39 and Mark 14:35.The Sheik frowned on the statement that Muslims worship the black stone in Mecca, which used to house over 360 gods.Sheik Awal said the pilgrimage to Mecca to worship is scripturally sound, quoting Isaiah 21:13, which said: “The oracle about Arabia. In the thickets of Arabia, you must spend the night, O caravans of Dedanites.”The black stone is a rock set into the eastern corner of the Kaaba, the ancient building located in the center of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, he said.Meanwhile, the Sheik said Boko Haram and ISIS are not a representation of Islam because the Quran strictly prohibits the killing of another man.He challenged Muslim and Christian leaders in the country to lead the process of national peace, reconciliation and religious tolerance among Liberians. He explained that religious leaders who command hundreds of worshipers at their places of worship have critical roles in ensuring the maintenance of lasting peace in Liberia.Sheik Awal also wants the introduction of a regular interfaith dialogue in Liberia to enable people from various faiths understand the religions of others as a means of erasing the misconceptions and misinformation that are responsible for the problems in the country.“We in America normally open our mosques under a theme called the ‘Open House’ where people of the Christian, Jewish and even atheists come in to read and understand the Islamic religion. Do not shut the door of your mosques to them, it also belongs to them,” he noted.Sheik Awal also admonished Liberians to see the 14-year civil conflict in the country as a wake-up call for them to cultivate the doctrine of peace and reconciliation in their hearts.In order to ensure lasting peace and reconciliation in the country, he urged Liberians to ensure the provision of quality education to the youth to shift their minds from hatred to love for their fellow Liberians.Meanwhile, five persons publicly converted to Islam on Sunday after the Sheik’s presentation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Brazil’s Miranda silences Argentina with last-gasp winner

first_imgThe lapse spoiled an otherwise strong defensive performance from Argentina, who contained Brazil for long periods.He may be 34, but Miranda, whose career has also seen him play in France and Spain, says he is far from done in the yellow shirt of Brazil.“Despite my age I’ve been able to show that I’m in good physical shape and, of course, I want to keep playing for the national team because I still have a lot to show in this jersey,” he said.With Neymar to the fore, Brazil exerted late pressure and could have scored in the few minutes before Miranda struck. Neymar in action against the Argentines © AFPCasemiro came close with a 25-yard free-kick manufactured by Neymar that flew past goalkeeper Sergio Romero’s left post. Then Nicolas Otamendi stuck out a boot to deflect a diverted shot from Richarlison in the last minute.Argentina’s best chance came during a period of pressure around the hour mark, when Leandro Paredes hit a swerving, dipping drive that had Brazil keeper Alisson beaten.But while Brazil named a strong team including Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus, Philippe Coutinho of Barcelona and Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino alongside Neymar in attack, Argentina were without a host of top stars, including Lionel Messi.“It’s always difficult, but our team is better than theirs because we’ve had the same foundations for many years while they’re in the process of a drastic renovation,” Brazil’s full-back Felipe Luis told TV Globo.Missing from the Argentina line-up were also Manchester City’s in-form forward Sergio Aguero, Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria and AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain.Messi has sat out Argentina’s last four matches, all friendlies, since the country’s disappointing last-16 elimination from the World Cup in Russia.A local fan at the King Abdullah Sport City Stadium in Jeddah © AFPHe is believed to have asked for some time off from international duty ahead of next year’s Copa America in Brazil.It was the 105th time the South American arch-rivals have faced each other in an official match, with Brazil marginally ahead on 41 wins to 38, with 26 draws.The two sides last met in June 2017 in a friendly in Australia, won 1-0 by Argentina, but Brazil romped to a 3-0 success in their last competitive fixture, a World Cup qualifier in November 2016.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Local fans from Saudi Arabia ham it up during the Brazil Argentina game © AFPJeddah, Saudi Arabia, Oct 16 – Brazil snatched a dramatic 1-0 win over Argentina with an injury-time header from Miranda in their friendly match in front of a sell-out crowd in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.The Inter Milan centre-back was left all alone to thump in a 93rd-minute effort from Neymar’s corner when the match between the fierce South American rivals seemed destined for a stalemate.last_img read more

Enron investors pin hopes on court

first_imgMuch of corporate America has jumped into the court fight, arguing that shareholders in companies that commit securities fraud should not be allowed to sue banks, accountants, law firms and suppliers that allegedly participated in the fraud. Allowing investors to file class-action lawsuits in such cases would “threaten the safety and soundness of individual financial institutions and the nation’s banking system,” a coalition of business groups, including the American Bankers Association, said in court papers. Firms and corporations that enabled companies such as Enron to defraud stockholders should now have to pay, lawyers for the investors say. “The banks orchestrated the fraud; they weren’t sideline viewers,” said Patrick Coughlin, the lead lawyer for Enron shareholders. “So when the question comes up about who should be on the hook for Enron, it’s the banks.” Meir Feder, a New York lawyer who defends companies in securities cases, said “everybody understands that the Enron shareholders are victims here, but there’s a reason that Congress and the Supreme Court haven’t allowed people to sue third parties.” LAWSUIT: Justices weigh a fraud case that could be a last chance for compensation. By Pete Yost THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – The hopes of Enron investors are riding on a Supreme Court case that may be the last chance at compensation for their losses from the scandal-ridden energy company’s collapse. He added, “In the real world, for every third party who actually had a role in a fraud, you’re going to get lots of suits against other third parties who really didn’t.” When the Supreme Court hears arguments on the issue Tuesday, Enron investors will be on the sidelines. The court is dealing with a suit by Stoneridge Investment Partners against Motorola Inc. and Scientific-Atlanta Inc., which Cisco Systems Inc. now owns. Only eight of the nine justices will participate. Justice Stephen Breyer has withdrawn from the case; he gave no reason, but financial disclosure documents state he owned Cisco stock. Chief Justice John Roberts, who did not participate in the court’s decision to take the suit, has come back into it. The Stoneridge case has strong parallels to the one pursued by Enron shareholders, which the high court has left alone. The Enron suit was up for consideration June 21 at one of the justices’ regularly scheduled private conferences, but the court has neither accepted nor rejected it. “It’s easier to decide a legal issue in a noncharged atmosphere, which may have been what the justices had in mind by not taking on Enron,” Coughlin said. Stoneridge accused Motorola and Scientific-Atlanta of engaging in sham transactions with a cable television company, Charter Communications Inc. The alleged motive was to inflate Charter’s revenue by $17 million, help meet Wall Street expectations and avoid a drop in the company’s stock price. Because of a number of deals including the ones involving Motorola and Scientific-Atlanta, Charter eventually restated its financial statements, reducing revenue by $292 million from 2000-2002. In addition, four former Charter executives pleaded guilty in the matter after the Justice Department investigated the deals. Stoneridge’s efforts to recoup investment losses from Motorola and Scientific-Atlanta were turned back by lower courts, which said that the allegations were nothing more than claims that the two companies aided and abetted the fraud by Charter.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Former West Ham star training with League Two team

first_imgKevin Nolan is training with League Two side Leyton Orient following his departure from West Ham.The midfielder left the Hammers by mutual consent at the end of August after being told by manager Slaven Bilic he could not be guaranteed first-team football.Nolan subsequently told talkSPORT he is planning to remain in London and the 33-year-old has now linked up with West Ham’s near neighbours for an indefinite period as he weighs up his next move.“It is great to have such a model professional in Kevin at the club, and I am more than happy for Kevin to come in and train with the squad,” Orient manager Ian Hendon, who has inspired his side to first place and five wins from their opening six league fixtures this season, told the club’s official website.“It is good for our players to be training with a vastly experienced and talented Premier League midfielder.” 1 Kevin Nolan last_img read more

CONFIRMED! Tottenham starlet Alex Pritchard joins Norwich on four-year deal

first_imgNorwich have announced the signing of young winger Alex Pritchard from Tottenham for an undisclosed fee.The 23-year-old has penned a four-year contract with the Canaries, having reportedly turned down an £8m move to Championship rivals Brighton.Free-kick specialist Pritchard was highly-rated at Spurs but failed to break into Mauricio Pochettino’s first team and spent the last four seasons away from the club on loan.Academy graduate Pritchard made just two Premier League appearances for Spurs, but proved his class during a productive spell at Brentford two years ago.After spells at Peterborough and Swindon in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons, Pritchard excelled for the Bees during the 2014-15 campaign, scoring 12 goals in 47 appearances on their run to the play-offs.His performances for the Championship side saw him named Brentford’s Players’ Player of the Year and also earned himself a place in the division’s Team of the Year.On his permanent switch to Carrow Road, Pritchard told the club’s official website: “I’m ready to come here, fight for my place and hopefully play well. “I feel I need to go out and prove myself again in football. I’m 23 now so it’s about time I had my own path really. “I’ve had a full pre-season and with our first game at the weekend I’m looking forward to hopefully bedding myself in quickly.”Reflecting on adding the former England Under-21 international to his squad, manager Alex Neil added: “Alex is an exciting player who is capable of both scoring and creating goals.“He is proven at this level having excelled at Brentford two seasons ago, and adds to our attacking options. I’m really looking forward to working with him on a day-to-day basis.” Neil has also added a goalkeeper to his ranks, handing former Portsmouth player Paul Jones a two-year deal at Carrow Road, following the departures of Declan Rudd and Jake Kean. 1 Alex Pritchard spent last season on loan at West Brom but only managed two appearances last_img read more

Emery will focus on Europa League as path to Champions League, talkSPORT told

first_img 2 Arsene Wenger did take the competition relatively seriously, especially in the latter stages when it was clear Arsenal would not be securing Champions League qualification through their league position.In the end, the north Londoners were knocked out at the semi-final stage by eventual champions Atletico Madrid, which means they remain in the Europa League for the second successive season.After seeing Arsenal drawn against Sporting of Portugal, Azerbaijani side Qarabag and Ukraine’s Vorskla in the group stage of this year’s competition, Groves told talkSPORT he expects Emery to show the same kind of focus on the Europa League as Wenger did last term.“I said exactly the same thing last season,” Groves said on Jim White on talkSPORT.“I thought it was our pathway into the Champions League, and Arsene Wenger took it more seriously after the group stages; getting into the last 32 and last 16 he started playing stronger sides. 2 Unai Emery is likely to focus on the Europa League as he plots Arsenal’s return to Champions League football.This is the opinion of Perry Groves, the former Arsenal forward, who also believes Emery was hired by the club due to his record in Europe’s secondary cup competition.The Gunners are aiming to return to continental football’s top table having not been represented there last season for the first time since 1998, with a sixth place finish in the Premier League forcing them to take part in the Europa League. Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Arsenal made it to the Europa League semi-finals before being knocked out by Atletico Madrid Emery has an exceptional record in the Europa League “Unai Emery will probably do exactly the same thing.“You would, without being too disrespectful to the other teams, expect Arsenal to win the group.“And then it’s how seriously Emery takes it.”Emery won three successive Europa Leagues while in charge of Sevilla, between 2014 and 2016, and though he has found the Champions League hard going, Emery has something of a magic touch in the lesser competition, and Groves believes he was hired by Arsenal partly off the back of this superb record.“I think that’s one of the reasons he got the job,” he continued, “because of that track record in the Europa League. Latest Europa League news “It’s another avenue to get yourself in [to the Champions League].” on target last_img read more


first_imgThere’s only one George Hook and last night the unmistakable broadcaster gave Donegal the thumbs up!The Newstalk presenter brought his Right Hook show to St Eunan’s GAA Clubhouse in Letterkenny and he didn’t disappoint.The big man revealed how he thought Donegal was a long way away from Dublin but that he was delighted he had made the journey. He revealed how he had left his wife, the lovely Ingrid, relaxing in the grounds of Rathmullan House Hotel.Hook entertained the crowds which included many familiar faces including Pauric McDaid, Paddy Mullen, Gabriel Flood and Frankie Doherty.He also gave Donegal South West TD Thomas Pringle a good grilling and also gave the thumbs-up to!Hook also dedicated the last hour of his afternoon show to a debate on Sunday’s big game between Donegal and Dublin. His guests Oisin McConville and Ciaran Whelan gave their opinions on why they thought the finlaists to face Kerry would come from the capital or the hills.McConville plumped for his fellow Ulstermen while former midfielder Whelan thought the Dubs would shade it.The craic went on until late last night when the club held a special preview night which also featured Joe Brolly and Declan Bonner.EndsGEORGE GETS HIS HOOKS INTO DONEGAL WITH A SPECIAL BIG MATCH BROADCAST was last modified: August 26th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:George HookNewstalkThe Right Hooklast_img read more