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Nagamootoo should accept that Govt has failed its electorate

By on January 17, 2020

first_imgDear Editor,It is now approaching the fourth year since the coalition Government assumed office and the Guyanese masses are astoundingly disappointed by the increasingly high levels of corruption which is being perpetrated by this Government whose campaign platform was based on the eradication of corruption by removing the previous PPP/C Government. Some were gullible enough to accept this even though a casual perusal would have exposed the fact to them that it is the same old PNC which dominates the APNU and you cannot expect a drastic transformation from the 28 years of thievery, mismanagement, and institutionalised corruption.I cannot help but recall Moses Nagamootoo’s startling ‘political theory’ which he revealed in January 2016 at Queens, New York. He said, “you should have a President for only one term or five years after which the leader should be changed since the ‘thieving’ starts in the second term”. He further added that “in 50 years, we have only changed Government twice…you have to think about changing Government as quickly as possible as you can, as periodically as you can, because thieving is a disease”.Now, it is ironic that Nagamootoo failed to recognise the endemic corruption which has engulfed his Government almost as soon as they took over the seats of Government. He was part of the Cabinet’s decision to pay themselves between 50-100 per cent wage increases supposedly to remove the temptation to be involved in “thievery” with his salary, perks and eventual pension greatly surpassing that of former President Bharrat Jagdeo. The masses were given an increased dose of the illusionary “good life”, our standard of living continues to plunge while more than 30,000 persons became jobless with many communities being transformed into ‘zombie zones’ overnight.While it may be that Nagamootoo was targeting a third term for Jagdeo and was referring to him, it cannot be so interpreted when he said that, “you have to think about changing Government as quickly as possible”.The coalition was already in Government, hence he must be taken to mean that if a Government does not perform well according to the expectations of the electorate then it must be changed. Therefore, this is exactly what the majority of the representatives did on December 21, 2018. This is what ‘Sovereignty of the people’ means. The Constitution, in Article 106 (6), provides for this – to remove a Government if it is corrupted and not performing to expectations by way of a “no-confidence motion”.In just four years, corruption has eaten away many of the economic gains made by the PPP/C Government. It must be recalled that our economy, under the PNC, was bankrupt and 95 per cent of our GDP went to pay debts. Today, our US reserve which the PPP/C Government has managed to accumulate over the years has fallen by over 50 per cent while the cost of living has spiralled with no solution in sight.It has been documented that the APNU/AFC Government has been involved in more corruption in its four-year tenure compared to the old PNC Government, beginning from the undisclosed cost of inauguration ceremonies of the President, the D’Urban Park ‘thievery’, the US$18 million signing bonus, the $30 billion GuySuCo bond, the GPHC single sourcing of $605 million in drugs, the Sussex Street ‘Condom’ bond, the Demerara Harbour Bridge feasibility study, the ‘rehabilitation’ of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, the blatant breaches of the procurement laws to facilitate bribery and ‘kickbacks’, the awarding of contracts to cronies like the awarding of the Corentyne Highway road slashing and cleaning, the rental of Broomes’ mansion, the Annette Ferguson affair and others too numerous to mention. It has also been one scandal after another, a media recently disclosed a number of these.Nagamootoo should now accede to the fact that his Government has failed the electorate who have now decided that a ‘change in Government’ is now vital and the ‘disease’ eradicated for the nation’s survival!Yours sincerely,Haseef Yusuflast_img read more

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Fairplex turns green for annual Irish fair

By on January 11, 2020

first_imgFinan and O’Shea make a point to attend the fair every year. “This is the best one in Southern California,” Finan said. The weather Saturday made the fair even better, she said, as the sun was shining and temperatures were pleasant. Last year, the weather was a tad cooler. “It’s a great day for the Irish,” Finan said. The Irish Fair offered something for just about everybody. POMONA – Music performed by the Dublin 4 was so good that it got Carol Finan of San Diego and Tom O’Shea of Encinitas to push away their lunch and dance an Irish reel. “It’s Irish aerobics,” Finan said. “It gets your heart going.” The couple were two of the many who attended the fifth annual Los Angeles County Irish Fair and Music Festival on Saturday at Fairplex. The event concludes today. As part of what some call an early St. Patrick’s Day celebration, people from throughout Southern California came to listen to storytellers, watch dance groups and appreciate several musicians. Robbie Hidalgo Jr., 8, of Simi Valley was trying his hand at archery in a grassy area near the grandstand. He aimed, pulled the bow’s cord with all his might and then let go. The arrow cut through the air and hit the target, but wasn’t fired hard enough to stick. “It was fun to do,” Robbie said. “I’d like to do it as a sport.” This was the Hidalgo family’s first visit to the fair. Robbie’s father, Robbie Hidalgo Sr., said he learned about it while searching on the Internet for fairs. “We’re fair junkies,” he said. A short time after the family of six arrived, they found a number of family-oriented activities such as the archery area, Robbie Hidalgo Sr. said. “This right here was great fun and something you don’t get to do often,” he said. Shoppers were also kept busy with the opportunity to purchase books, compact discs, jewelry, clothing, packaged food products and small bunches of potted shamrocks. For the more athletic-minded, the Los Angeles-based Scottish American Athletic Association had something different for visitors. Kilt-clad athletes demonstrated their strength and skill in various events such as the caber toss, which involves the tossing of a large wooden pole, similar to a telephone pole. m_rodriguez@dailybulletin.com (909) 483-9336160Want 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

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Ghana soccer boss suspended in corruption row – FIFA

By on January 10, 2020

first_img0Shares0000(The governing body of world football on Friday announced a 90-day suspension on the president of the Ghana Football Association, who has been at the centre of corruption claims © AFP/File / Carl DE SOUZAACCRA, Ghana, Jun 8 – The governing body of world football on Friday announced a 90-day suspension on the president of the Ghana Football Association, who has been at the centre of corruption claims.FIFA said its ethics committee had “provisionally banned” Kwesi Nyantakyi from “all football activities at both national and international level” with immediate effect. The suspension is pending an investigation into whether he had broken FIFA’s code of ethics, it added in a statement.Nyantakyi was this week accused in an undercover documentary of requesting $11 million from reporters posing as investors to secure government contracts.He also allegedly tried to profit personally from a $5 million-a-year, five-year sponsorship deal with the GFA.Ghana’s government on Thursday said the documentary had exposed “gross malfunctioning… characterised by widespread fraud, corruption and bribery” at the GFA.Steps were now being taken to dissolve the body, said information minister Mustapha Abdul-Hamid.The conduct of all GFA officials and the suspended head of the National Sports Authority was referred to police for further investigation and any “appropriate action”, he added.Football is Ghana’s national sport and the revelations have sent shockwaves through the country, just under a week before the start of the World Cup finals in Russia.Ghana’s senior men’s team, the Black Stars, failed to qualify.Before the last tournament in Brazil in 2014, Nyantakyi was accused of signing a $170,000-deal for Ghana to play in a friendly organised by match fixers.He denied signing any contract.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Man United star not humiliating, blasts Van Gaal

By on January 3, 2020

first_imgLouis van Gaal insists he did not intend to humiliate Radamel Falcao by dropping him to Manchester United’s Under-21 side.Twenty-four hours after failing to get off the bench for United’s FA Cup quarter-final against Arsenal on Monday, the out-of-form United striker turned out for the club’s second string.Falcao, who has scored just four goals since his deadline-day loan move from Monaco, drew another blank when he played 72 minutes of the Under-21 draw against Tottenham on Tuesday night.The United boss insisted he was not punishing the two-time Ballon d’Or nominee for his poor form by selecting him for the game.“That is one of the aspects that I let my players play in the second squad,” Van Gaal said.“It is not a humiliation. It is a professional attitude of the management, the club but especially also for the player.“Not only has Falcao played but also Valdes has played and Rafa has played.“Every player needs match rhythm. That is why we pay a lot for the players, so I think it’s normal that they play football also for us. That can be also in the second team.”That said, Van Gaal was not overly impressed with Falcao’s showing for the youth side.“Falcao did not play his best match in the second team but he has tried his utmost best. I cannot ask more from players.” Radamel Falcao 1last_img read more

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Borussia Dortmund to beat Arsenal and Liverpool to Portugal centre-back

By on December 29, 2019

first_img1 Raphael Guerreiro is set to join German giants Borussia Dortmund Arsenal and Liverpool have missed out to Borussia Dortmund in the race for Lorient defender Raphael Guerreiro, according to reports in France.The 22-year-old was one of the star performers in Ligue 1 last season and he is part of the Portugal squad taking part at this summer’s Euros.Arsenal and Liverpool have been weighing up a move for the left-back, while clubs in Spain were interested too.But, according to L’Equipe, Dortmund are on the verge of finalising a deal for Guerreiro.The German club will hand over around £10million for the Portugal international, with a 20% sell-on fee clause also part of the transfer.Guerreiro is now expected to undergo a medical in Paris today, with his national side allowing him special dispensation to do so.last_img read more

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Around Whittier

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first_imgMONTEBELLO – A robbery suspect who allegedly went on a shopping spree with stolen credit cards was in jail Wednesday, awaiting trial, police said. Montebello police officers, who were conducting surveillance on a suspected drug dealer Saturday, followed the man as he burglarized a local business, taking the business owner’s wallet, said Sgt. Brian Dragoo. The man, whose name was not released, then picked up a male and a female friend and the trio went shopping at two Target stores, using the stolen credit cards, Dragoo said. They racked up more than $1,000 in purchases, he added. Police then arrested all three, Dragoo said. Murder suspects’ hearing delayed WHITTIER – A preliminary hearing that had been scheduled for Wednesday for two teenage brothers charged with murder in the shooting death of a 15-year-old in Pico Rivera was postponed until next month. Joseph and Fernando Aranda, both 18, of Pico Rivera are charged in the death of Daniel Guerrero as the teen stood on a street with friends on March 4, 2005. Detectives said Guerrero was shot because he was associated with a rival gang. The brothers were ordered back to Whittier Court on Feb. 22 for a preliminary hearing setting. County worker gets probation, loses job LOS ANGELES – A former manager in the county’s Real Estate Division who withheld information about property she and her husband owned in Whittier and two other cities was sentenced Wednesday to three years’ probation. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Luros also ordered Cheryl Fuerth, 57, to perform 200 hours of community service. Fuerth also was required to resign her county job, which she did last month, in connection with her guilty plea to a misdemeanor count of failing to disclose an economic interest in real property. Nine other felony and misdemeanor charges were dismissed Wednesday by Luros as a result of the plea bargain. As a manager of lease acquisitions for the county, Fuerth was required to annually fill out a statement of economic interests and to disclose all residential, commercial or land interests in which she or her family members had an interest of $1,000 or more. Fuerth and her husband owned properties in Hermosa Beach, Long Beach and Whittier that she did not disclose, according to the District Attorney’s Office. Seniors can learn self-protection PICO RIVERA – Self-defense/personal safety classes will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. from Feb. 7 through Feb. 28 at the Pico Rivera Senior Center, 9200 Mines Ave. The free classes will focus on awareness and assertiveness, financial self-protection and self-defense techniques. For more information, call (562) 948-4844. Buying a home? Seminar can help LOS ANGELES – The dream of home ownership could move closer to becoming a reality for those who attend a special seminar on the home-buying process being put on by the Los Angeles County Community Development Commission this weekend. The free, eight-hour educational seminar runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Patriotic Hall, 1816 S. Figueroa St. Get all the essential facts on how to buy your first home, including how to get pre-qualified, what government assistance programs are available, the importance of budgeting and credit, how to look for a home and select a lender, and more. For more information, call (323) 890-7190. – From staff reports AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want 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

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Revealed! The best summer signing from every year of the Premier League

By on December 27, 2019

first_img Summer 2000: Gary McAllister, free from Coventry to Liverpool – Gary McAllister played less than 100 games for Liverpool, but his impact was huge. Gerard Houllier’s decision to sign the 35-year-old from Coventry surprised a few people – McAllister included – but by the end of the 2000/01 season, he had helped the club win the UEFA Cup, FA and League Cups, scoring in five consecutive games at the season’s climax. In 87 Liverpool matches, a number of moments stand out. He put in a man of the match display in the UEFA Cup final and capped the victory with a goal. The Scot hit a spectacular 45-yard free-kick winner against Everton, four minutes into stoppage time as Liverpool clinched a crucial derby win. Days after, McAllister’s goal against Barcelona clinched progress in a nail-biting European semi-final at Anfield. Steven Gerrard, 20 years old at the time of McAllister’s arrival, claimed he learned “bucketloads” from him, writing in his autobiography that he would run to the team bus in order to sit next to his veteran team-mate for away games. 25 Summer 2003: Cristiano Ronaldo, £12.24m from Sporting to Manchester United – Following the sale of David Beckham to Real Madrid for £25m, United were heavily linked with Ronaldinho – who was then playing at Paris Saint-Germain. However, following the Brazilian’s decision to join Barcelona instead, United looked like starting the new season without a number seven. That was until the reigning Premier League champions met Sporting in a pre-season friendly. The story goes that after impressing during Lisbon’s 3-1 victory, United’s star-studded ranks raved about the little-known 18-year-old, urging boss Sir Alex Ferguson to bring him to England. Ferguson had been aware of the precocious Portuguese, and after learning of interest from other clubs, swooped in with a £12.24m bid. And the rest is history. Summer 1994: Jurgen Klinsmann, £2m from Monaco to Tottenham Hotspur – There is a case for Chris Sutton being the signing of the summer in 1994, with the English striker joining Blackburn for a British record £5m and combining with Alan Shearer to help Rovers win the title that season. But Klinsmann not only outscored Sutton in 1994/95, his arrival in the Premier League also marked the beginning of the transformation of English football’s top flight into a global competition. The German had starred for his country at that summer’s World Cup, and his signing sent shockwaves through the English game, which was unaccustomed to snapping up world class talent from overseas. Spurs manager Ossie Ardiles (pictured above with Klinsmann) had signed for the club himself after winning the 1978 World Cup, but it was Klinsmann who inspired a trend for attracting top class non-British players. The Germany captain scored 30 goals in 50 games, won the Football Writers’ Player of the Year award and, after a spell with Bayern, returned to save Spurs from relegation in 1998. Summer 1998: Dwight Yorke, £12.6m from Aston Villa to Manchester United – A skilful forward for Aston Villa, Yorke was a 26-year-old entering the peak years of his career when Alex Ferguson snapped him up in August 1998. Yorke hit the ground running, forming a sensational partnership with Andy Cole, backed up by Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, scoring 29 goals in all competitions as a free-flowing United won a dramatic treble of Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League in 1998/99. He scored 23 goals the following season to help United defend their league title, and won a third Premier League in a row in 2000/01. The arrival of Ruud van Nistelrooy in 2001 spelled the beginning of the end of his Old Trafford career, but Yorke will always be remembered for his vital contribution to that treble success. 25 25 Summer 2010: David Silva, £24m from Valencia to Manchester City – “I will be happy if at the end we are in the Champions League – or if we win a trophy,” a 24-year-old Silva said when he arrived at the Etihad Stadium. Not only did City qualify for Europe’s elite tournament for the first time in the modern era, that season, but Silva helped the club claim the FA Cup – their first trophy since the 1970s. A year later, Silva was instrumental in City pipping Man United to the Premier League title, and his superb form helped them win the league and League Cup in 2013/14. The Spaniard has now played nearly 300 games for the club, becoming a bona fide City legend in the process. 25 25 Summer 2007: Gareth Bale, £7m from Southampton to Tottenham – When Spurs signed Gareth Bale from Southampton in May 2007, the 17-year-old was one of the most sought-after young talents in British football. His form with Southampton had Man United and Arsenal chasing his signature, with the Gunners viewing him as a replacement for Ashley Cole, while Sir Alex Ferguson tipped the young Welshman as the eventual successor to Ryan Giggs’ throne at Old Trafford. Despite their interest, it was Tottenham who pounced, unveiling Bale alongside new recruits Darren Bent and Younes Kaboul. The youngster’s performances and stature at the club grew after a tricky start, as he progressed from a promising left-back, to a barnstorming attacker. He helped fire Tottenham into the Champions League, announcing himself on the European stage with two memorable performances against Inter Milan, before scooping two PFA Players’ Player of the Year awards, then moving to Real Madrid for a world record fee. Summer 1995: Dennis Bergkamp, £7.5m from Internazionale to Arsenal – Signed by Bruce Rioch during his sole season in charge of Arsenal, Bergkamp went on to establish himself as one of the finest forwards in the Gunners’ history. After an unspectacular first season at Highbury, it was under Arsene Wenger’s management that Bergkamp really found his feet in North London. Countless moments live long in the memory, from the hat-trick against Leicester City to the magical turn and finish against Newcastle United, he wrote his name into Arsenal folklore. Patrick Vieira provided the power and Thierry Henry got the goals but it was the quiet Dutchman who was the brains behind the entire operation as the north Londoners emerged as the men to beat in England. Bergkamp was a member of the ‘Invincibles’ side and won a total of three Premier League titles, plus four FA Cups, during an 11-year spell at the club. 25 Summer 2008: Luka Modric, £16.5m from Dinamo Zagreb to Tottenham – A year after beating Arsenal to the signing of Gareth Bale, Tottenham were at it again, pipping their North London rivals to the signature of Croatian international Luka Modric. During his time in England, the diminutive playmaker demonstrated his versatility by playing in a variety of positions across midfield. His class, allied with the exciting attacking potential of Gareth Bale, and the skill of Rafael van der Vaart, enabled Spurs to challenge the established top four, playing some of the best football seen at White Hart Lane since the glory years of the 1960s and 1980s. The little magician has since become an integral part of Real Madrid’s team, following a £33m transfer to the Spanish capital in 2012. 25 Summer 2011: Sergio Aguero, £38m from Atletico Madrid to Manchester City – “Aguerrrrrrooooo!” The Argentine’s last gasp winner for Man City against QPR on the final day of his debut season with the club, sealed the most dramatic Premier League title victory of them all. Golden Boot winner in 2014-15, he fired City to the title again in 2013-14 and has scored 122 Premier League goals in just 181 games. Summer 1999: Thierry Henry, £11m from Juventus to Arsenal – Highly-rated but unable to make an impact during an eight month stay in Serie A after a move from Monaco, Arsene Wenger was happy to take a punt on a player he’d given a debut to at his former club. The outlay was worth every penny. Signed as the Gunners needed a replacement for Nicolas Anelka, the man who had struggled on the left wing in Turin was moved into a central role by Wenger. He ended his debut season with 17 Premier League goals, with the Gunners finishing second in the table behind Manchester United. In 2001/02 Henry took his displays up a notch, firing the Gunners to a Premier League and FA Cup double. His goalscoring continued and so did the silverware with another FA Cup the next season. Henry’s biggest achievement though, was his part in Arsenal’s unbeaten campaign in 2003/04, where he netted 30 Premier League strikes – 39 across all competitions – and was at his imperious best, gliding past defenders with ease. Oh, and he is Arsenal’s record scorer with 228 goals. 25 25 Summer 2013: Christian Eriksen, £11.5m from Ajax to Tottenham – Mesut Ozil was signed by Arsenal in the summer of 2013 and has proven to be an excellent, if sometimes controversial addition, but the size of his fee in comparison to that paid for Eriksen means the Dane just edges the German here. Signed with a small amount of the money received from Real Madrid for Gareth Bale, Eriksen has proved to be a bargain buy. He arrived at White Hart Lane as a talented 21-year-old, and has matured into a brilliantly creative midfielder. Eriksen’s influence has grown under the management of Mauricio Pochettino, as Spurs have gone from also-rans to consistently excellent. All that remains is for the Dane and his team-mates to convert that consistency into silverware. Summer 2012: Eden Hazard, £32m from Lille to Chelsea – When the Blues secured Hazard’s signature in 2012, they had to fight off fierce competition from Manchester United, who were then still managed by Sir Alex Ferguson, and intent on winning back the Premier League title. But Chelsea had an ace up their sleeve: they had just won the Champions League. “When they won the Champions League I told myself, ‘Why not Chelsea?'” The supremely talented Belgian won the Europa League in his first season at Stamford Bridge, and has since picked up two Premier League title winner’s medals, as well as the PFA Player of the Year award in 2015. He remains one of the best players in the division and a key asset for the West London club. Summer 2005: Edwin van der Sar, £2m from Fulham to Manchester United – Van der Sar’s arrival saw a reliable presence restored to United’s rearguard for the first time since Peter Schmeichel left in 1999. The defining moment of the Dutchman’s United career arrived in the 2008 Champions League final, when he reached to his right and clawed Nicolas Anelka’s penalty away to safety to claim the trophy at the expense of Chelsea. Several records tumbled during Van der Sar’s six-year stint in front of an adoring Stretford End. The shot stopper went 1,311 minutes without conceding a club goal during the 2008/09 season, breaking a Premier League milestone in the process. He also became the first non-British player to be active in England’s top tier after his 40th birthday as well as the first goalkeeper to keep 50 clean sheets in the Champions League. Summer 1997: Marc Overmars, £5.5m from Ajax to Arsenal – Having shone at the 1994 World Cup – where he won the Best Young Player award – Overmars also emerged as an important player in the Ajax side that won the Champions League in 1995. He was ruled out of Euro 96 through injury, but upon signing for Arsenal a year later he quickly established himself as a key component in the Gunners’ ranks; his electric pace proving to be a superb addition to the guile of compatriot Dennis Bergkamp. Overmars scored a total of 41 goals in 142 appearances for the north Londoners, the most important of which arrived at Old Trafford when he scored a crucial winner away to title rivals Manchester United that propelled the Gunners to a first title in the Premier League era. With the league in the bag, Overmars netted at Wembley in the 1998 FA Cup final victory to clinch the double. The Gunners cashed in by selling him to Barcelona for £25m in the summer of 2000. 25 The best Premier League signing in the summer of 1992 was Alan Shearer (£3.6m from Southampton to Blackburn) – click right to see the best signing every summer since – With the Premier League set to kick off for the first time in August 1992, ambitious Blackburn Rovers paid a British record £3.6m to sign 21-year-old England striker Alan Shearer from Southampton. The Geordie scored twice on his Rovers debut, at Crystal Palace, and hit 16 goals in 21 Premier League games before snapping his right anterior cruciate ligament on Boxing Day. Shearer scored 31, 34 and 31 Premier League goals in each of the next three seasons, firing Rovers to the title in 1994/95, before signing for his hometown club, Newcastle United, for a world record £15m in the summer of 1996. 25 Summer 2004: Didier Drogba, £24m from Marseille to Chelsea – Petr Cech arrived at Chelsea the same summer Drogba was signed by the club, which shows just how spectacular a success the Ivorian striker was to be ranked above his Czech former team-mate as the signing of the summer, 13 years ago. Drogba ended his first season at Stamford Bridge as a Premier League winner, a trophy he won another three times with the club, along with four FA Cups, three League Cups and the Champions League. In two spells at Chelsea, he scored 164 goals in 381 games and among those many strikes were some of the most important in the club’s history. His glancing header levelled things against Bayern in the 2012 Champions League final where Chelsea were 1-0 down with three minutes remaining to take the game into extra-time and it was his penalty in the shoot-out that won the Blues the trophy. In addition, and to the delight of the Stamford Bridge faithful, he was a constant menace to Arsenal, scoring 13 goals for Chelsea in 14 games against the Gunners. 25 It is 25 years since the inaugural Premier League campaign kicked off and, as we approach the 2017-18 season, we’re looking back at the best of all that’s gone before.Right now, top flight clubs are busy trying to strengthen ahead of the big kick off, but what have been the best summer signings over the past quarter of a century?We’ve got the answer in the gallery above.Agree? Disagree? Comment below! 25 25 25 25 Summer 2015: N’Golo Kante, £5.6m from Caen to Leicester City – When Kante was signed by Leicester City in the summer of 2015, he arrived as an unheralded acquisition. Two years later, he is regarded as the most influential Premier League player of the past two seasons. The French international was an absolutely vital part of perhaps the greatest sporting upset of them all, when rank outsiders Leicester City won the 2015-16 Premier League title. Summer 2006: Michael Carrick, £18m from Tottenham to Manchester United – “They must be off their head!” was Sir Alex Ferguson’s reaction when he heard Tottenham wanted £18m from Man United for Michael Carrick. But Fergie had been interested in signing the England man for some time, and as he put it, “if you want the player then you have to pay”. Carrick has gone on to star for United for over a decade, winning everything he could at club level, with his assured midfield performances helping the club to great success. Carrick’s honours list with the Red Devils’ includes five Premier League titles, the Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup, three League Cups and the Club World Cup. Summer 2001: Sol Campbell, free from Tottenham to Arsenal – Probably the most controversial transfer in the history of the Premier League, Campbell was a huge fan favourite at White Hart Lane when he made the decision to leave Tottenham and sign for arch rivals Arsenal, on a free transfer. It may have ruined his relationship with Spurs supporters, but what Campbell achieved with Arsenal certainly justified his decision from a professional point of view. In his first season at Highbury, Campbell won the Premiership and FA Cup double, claimed the FA Cup again in 2003, then played a key role in the Gunners’ historic unbeaten 2003/04 title-winning campaign. He won another FA Cup in 2005, and scored in Arsenal’s 2006 Champions League final defeat by Barcelona. The England centre-back signed for Portsmouth that summer, where he won another FA Cup in 2008. Summer 2009: Carlos Tevez, undisclosed fee paid to Media Sports Investments by Manchester City – Tevez was very popular at Man United during a successful two-year loan spell, but his controversial third-party ownership situation, whereby United paid Media Sports Investments a fee to register the player, meant the club were powerless to stop him joining City. Tevez was a key figure as United won the Premier League and Champions League in 2008, and the title again in 2009, with fans regularly chanting: ‘Fergie, sign him up’. Instead, he was signed by City, the first player to move directly from Old Trafford to the club since 1999. City celebrated his arrival publicly with a huge billboard reading: ‘Welcome to Manchester’ in a nod to the fans’ claim that their club is the only one in Manchester, given that Old Trafford lies outside the city boundaries. Sir Alex Ferguson wasn’t impressed: “a small club with a small mentality” he said at the time. But Tevez helped City win the 2011 FA Cup and 2012 Premier League title at United’s expense. 25 25 Summer 1993: Roy Keane, £3.75m from Nottingham Forest to Manchester United – Fresh from winning their first league title in 26 years, Man United proved they weren’t about to rest on their laurels, breaking the British transfer record to bring Roy Keane to Old Trafford. The combative Irishman was just 22 years old, and despite suffering relegation with Nottingham Forest the previous season, was already regarded as one of the biggest talents in the Premier League. He didn’t disappoint, forming a formidable midfield partnership with Paul Ince to help United win their first ever double, in his first season. Keane went on to win seven titles, four FA Cups and the Champions League with the Red Devils, though he missed the 1999 European Cup final through suspension, having inspired his team to semi-final victory. Summer 2002: Rio Ferdinand, £30m from Leeds United to Manchester United – Like Campbell, Rio Ferdinand was a top class centre-back signing. Unlike Campbell, he cost a huge transfer fee, but in 12 years at Old Trafford he proved to be worth every penny. Following a hugely impressive tournament at the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea, Ferdinand was a wanted man, and cash-strapped Leeds were in no position to hold on to him. United made them an offer they could not refuse and within the space of five days Ferdinand was a Red Devil. The defender had a dream debut season, making 28 league appearances as United won the 2002/03 Premier League title. The 2006/07 and 2007/08 seasons were arguably Ferdinand’s greatest in a United shirt. Having formed a formidable partnership with Nemanja Vidic – the duo provided the backbone for back-to-back Premier League title successes. Meanwhile, the 2007/08 campaign was extra special for the defender as he made 11 appearances for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side en route to winning the Champions League, where he was captain against Chelsea in the final. Summer 1996: Patrick Vieira, £3.5m from AC Milan to Arsenal – A year after bringing Bergkamp from the city of Milan, Arsenal signed another future Gunners legend from Italy, though, unlike his Dutch team-mate, Patrick Vieira was a relatively unknown player to English fans when he arrived in North London. In nine years at the club, Vieira played 406 times and scored 33 goals, inherinting the captain’s armband from Tony Adams in 2002. He won three Premier League titles and the FA Cup four times, leaving a hole that has never quite been filled in the midfield when he joined Juventus in 2005 for £13.75m. 25 25 25 25 Summer 2014: Diego Costa, £32m from Atletico Madrid to Chelsea – A controversial figure wherever he goes, there can be no doubt Diego Costa has been a success at Stamford Bridge. With 52 Premier League goals in 89 games, the Spanish international was key to the Blues winning league titles in 2015 and 2017. 25 25 25 Summer 2016: N’Golo Kante, £32m from Leicester to Chelsea – If Kante was influential for surprise package Leicester, the same was true at Premier League giants Chelsea, where his sensational form merited another league title winner’s medal, plus PFA Player of the Year and Football Writer’s Player of the Year awards. No pressure in 2017-18, then!last_img read more

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Kepa vs Alisson vs Leno – which keeper has been the best summer signing so far?

By on December 26, 2019

first_img Clean sheets revealed An unprecedented amount of money was spent on goalkeepers in the Premier League in the summer latest Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update His level of importance will rise if he can continue to impress though.Alisson is vital to Liverpool, however. Despite his tendency to commit sloppy mistakes, his presence has restored some order from the dark days of Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius being the No.1.Liverpool’s defence appears to be more relaxed with Alisson behind them too.VERDICTIt’s clear the stats look better on Kepa but these do not always paint a full picture of how he’s performed. These stats certainly suggest Kepa is performing the best. He has kept one more clean sheet than Alisson and has played the same number of games as the Reds stopper.Kepa has also conceded fewer goals than Alisson. Leno only has three clean sheets to his name but has played fewer games.However, if the German is to keep going at the same rate then his clean sheet rate and goals conceded rate will be worse than both Kepa and Alisson’s. 5 Goals conceded Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Alisson’s arrival has not put an end to the mistakes in Liverpool’s goalmouth Has Alisson improved Liverpool?IMPORTANCE TO TEAMKepa was a very important recruit following the departure of Thibaut Courtois but to label him as one of Chelsea’s key players would be a stretch.Should Kepa ever get injured, the Blues have Willy Caballero ready to step in. Losing the likes of Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho or Cesar Azpilicueta would be much more of a concern for Maurizio Sarri.Leno arguably has similar importance to the Gunners fold as Kepa has too. He was needed to gradually replace an ageing Petr Cech but Leno’s absence would not be a disaster for Arsenal. BEST OF Kepa:          9 in 16 gamesAlisson:          8 in 16 gamesLeno:              3 in 9 games He also conceded an embarrassing goal during the Reds’ 2-1 win away to Leicester in September. Fortunately for him, it did not cost his side any points. tense The summer transfer window saw three of the so-called ‘Big Six’ Premier League teams splash out big money on new goalkeepers.Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal spent a combined total of £157.9million on bringing Kepa Arrizabalaga, Alisson Becker and Bernd Leno to England. Kepa:          9Alisson:          10Leno:              8 scrap Alisson’s all-round game makes him the most important keeper gameday cracker Alisson’s £67m transfer to Merseyside in July was a record fee for a glovesman, only for that to be surpassed a matter of weeks later when Kepa completed his move to Stamford Bridge for a whopping £71.6m.Meanwhile, Leno joined Arsenal for the cheapest price of £19.3m – still a sizeable amount for a goalkeeper.So how have the trio performed at their respective clubs?talkSPORT has gathered the evidence to see whether Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal have acquired duds or studs.STATS The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade LATEST MISTAKESWhen a goalkeeper makes a mistake, it’s likely to directly lead to a goal. Therefore, an ability to not make any errors is the mark of a great keeper.Again, Kepa comes out on top with only one slight mistake so far – letting Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s long-range shot squirm under his hands during Chelsea’s 3-2 victory over Arsenal.Leno has only made one small error which led to James Milner striking a loose ball home during the Gunners’ 1-1 draw at home to Liverpool earlier this month.The error count does not look too kindly on Alisson, however, with mistakes against Arsenal and Red Star Belgrade leading to goals. 5 5 Most Read in Football Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Kepa has made fewer mistakes and has the best stats Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Leno came on for Cech during Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Watford at the end of September RANKED He has more clean sheets than Alisson but as Chelsea are playing in the Europa League and Liverpool are playing in the Champions League, Alisson has generally played against a higher standard of opponent so far.Alisson has made more mistakes than the three keepers but it’s clear there is more of a reliance on him at Liverpool than there is for Kepa and Leno at Chelsea and Arsenal respectively.We’ll have a better idea of how much Leno copes when he faces more top teams later in the campaign but it seems Kepa has generally been the better keeper but Alisson is more important to his team’s set-up than the other two. 5 5last_img read more

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Short and sweet

By on December 25, 2019

first_img “This team has always played the Yankees pretty good,” Cabrera said. “There’s nothing I could tell them they haven’t done before.” Cabrera, a Gold Glove-caliber shortstop who owns his own clothing line and is part-owner of a professional team in his native Colombia, had been quiet in this series, going 1 for 7 before his critical at-bat in the seventh inning Wednesday. The inning began when Rivera hit a high bouncer to shortstop Derek Jeter. Rivera stumbled coming out of the batter’s box, then dived head-first into the first-base bag to beat the throw for an infield single. Steve Finley sacrificed pinch-runner Jeff DaVanon to second, and when the throw to first by Yankees pitcher Chien-Ming Wang was wide, Finley was safe as well. Adam Kennedy moved the runners to second and third with a sacrifice bunt, but Wang got Chone Figgins on a popup to shallow center. Up stepped Cabrera, who lined Wang’s first pitch, a 95-mph fastball up in the strike zone, to center field to score the go-ahead runs. “Sinkerball pitchers like this guy, when they’re getting tired they start leaving the ball up,” Cabrera said. “In the at-bat with Figgins, everything was up, up, up. He looked like he was getting tired, so I looked for something up, and he left it right in the middle and high.” The Angels trailed 2-1 entering the bottom of the sixth when Yankees starter Wang got yet another ground ball. Of the 15 outs through five innings, 11 came on groundballs. But Cabrera’s chopper to third leading off the sixth was different. The ball tipped off the end of third baseman Alex Rodriguez’s glove for an error, and the Angels cashed in on it when Molina singled to center with two outs, driving in Cabrera from second and tying the game at 2. “All I was trying to do is stay in the middle of the field,” said Molina, who is 3 for 8 with two homers in the series. “All we needed was a single. This is how we’ve done it all year. This is not a surprise for us.” Back-to-back doubles by Matsui and Robinson Cano gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead in the second inning, and Jason Giambi’s double was the key hit in the fifth, leading to another run and 2-0 lead. Figgins, though, saved a run with a spectacular back-handed grab of Matsui’s hard grounder near the line at third. He threw in the dirt to Erstad and first, but the Gold Glove first baseman dug it out to keep the Angels close. Rivera’s homer leading off the cut the Angels’ deficit to 2-1, setting the stage for their late-inning rally and sending the series back East deadlocked at one game each. Joe Haakenson, (626) 962-8811 joe.haakenson@sgvn.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Bengie Molina’s solo homer in the eighth upped the Angels’ lead, giving Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez some breathing room in the ninth. Rodriguez gave up a towering home run to Jorge Posada but got the final three outs to save the Angels’ victory, tying the best-of-five series at one game apiece. Game 3 is scheduled for Friday at Yankee Stadium. ANAHEIM – Orlando Cabrera is both substance and style, is as quick with his wit as he is with his bat, and Wednesday night in a game the Angels had to have, gave the New York Yankees a little reminder of their biggest playoff collapse ever. Cabrera’s two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the seventh snapped a tie and was the difference in the Angels’ 5-3 win in Game 2 of the American League Division Series in front of 45,150 at Angel Stadium. center_img “It was a big situation for us,” Molina said. “No way we want to go down 0-2 going to New York. I’ve been here a long time. Guys here don’t like to lose. We know how to bounce back, this is how we play. All we need to do is keep playing our game.” Their game is pitching and defense, and they got it Wednesday. Angels starter John Lackey gave up two runs and five hits in 5 innings and got the usual boost from the bullpen. Scot Shields got a big out to end the sixth, and Kelvim Escobar threw two scoreless innings to get the victory and set up the ninth for Rodriguez, who earned his first postseason save. The Angels made the most of their seven hits, including a solo homer by Juan Rivera that got the Angels on the scoreboard in the fifth inning, and used two sacrifice bunts in the decisive two-run seventh. “You have to look at the personnel you have,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said about his team’s offensive philosophy. “If we were six or seven deep with guys that have potential to hit 20 home runs (per season), we probably have a different style of baseball in place on the field. We don’t have that. So the only way for us really to balance the books a little bit on scoring enough runs is to get aggressive on the basepaths and maybe push the envelope a little bit.” Cabrera hit .379 for the Red Sox in last season’s American League Championship Series, a big part of Boston’s comeback from an 0-3 deficit on their way to the World Series title. But he said he wasn’t about to offer advice to teammates on how to beat the Yankees. last_img read more

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Brazil won the World Cup for the third time: 1970

By on December 22, 2019

first_imgThe 1970 FIFA World Cup was the ninth FIFA World Cup held from 31 May to 21 June in Mexico, it was the first World Cup tournament staged in North America, and the first held outside Europe and South America.A total of 75 teams entered the 1970 FIFA World Cup, and 73 were required to qualify. Due to rejected entries and withdrawals, 68 teams eventually participated in the qualifying stages, including eight for the first time.The 1970 World Cup held in MexicoGroup stage:Following the opening ceremony host nation Mexico faced the Soviet Union; this was the last time until the 2006 World Cup that the host nation’s first match rather than the World Cup holders’ began the tournament. Both this opening match of Group 1 and many others during the competition kicked off at noon for the benefit of European television schedules, meaning play under the midday sun. The match produced a goalless draw, prompting some media to predict the entire tournament would be played at the slow tempo that featured in this game given the conditions involved. Following the half-time interval Anatoliy Puzach became the first substitute to be used in FIFA World Cup history as the Soviets made use of the new competition rule. Both teams won their remaining two games to progress from the group at the expense of Belgium and World Cup debutants El Salvador.When they begin the competition, Belgians Red Devils clinch their First ever win in a World Cup Finals Tournament, when they beat the Salvadorians (3-0).Group 2 was the lowest-scoring of the groups with only six goals in its six matches as Uruguay, reigning South America champions and Italy, the reigning European champions, edged past Sweden and Israel. Sweden would have progressed if they had produced a two-goal victory against Uruguay in their final game, but it was not until the final minute that they scored the only goal of the game. Hours before the game FIFA elected to replace the scheduled referee after bribery rumours – later dismissed by FIFA – arose in Mexico. The 1–0 result meant Uruguay advanced, to be joined by Italy after they avoided defeat in the group finale against Israel.Owing to the lack of a seeding system, Group 3 allowed the reigning World Cup holders England to be paired together with the two-time former champion Brazil, considered by many the pre-tournament favorites for the trophy. England’s preparations were hampered by the arrest of their captain Bobby Moore in Colombia for allegedly stealing a bracelet from a jeweler’s shop; the charges were later dropped. The attitude of their manager Alf Ramsey and the English media in general was perceived by many locals as unfriendly and xenophobic toward Mexico’s hosting of the competition, which meant the English team received a largely hostile response during the competition.With both having won their opening games – against Czechoslovakia and Romania, respectively. – Brazil met England in the group’s most famed match.  Although Gordon Banks in the English goal denied Pele from close range with a reflex save that Pelé himself cited as the greatest of his career, a second half goal from Jairzinho won the match for Brazil after England squandered several excellent opportunities to equalize. Both teams then won their final group games to progress to the knockout stage.Play in Group 4 began with Bulgaria taking a two-goal lead against Peru, but a second half comeback gave the South Americans a 3–2 victory. Morocco, the first African World Cup representatives since 1934, also began strongly by taking the lead against the 1966 runners-up West Germany, but the Germans came back to win 2–1. West Germany also went behind against Bulgaria in their second match, but a Gerd Muller hat-trick helped them recover and win 5–2; the eventual Golden Boot Winner Müller hit another hat-trick – the only hat-tricks of the entire tournament – to win the group against Peru.Knockout stage:Mexico and the Soviet Union had finished tied at the top of Group 1 on both points and goal difference, meaning that the drawing of lots was required to rank them. On 12 June the draw ranked the Soviets as group winners, meaning that they would face Uruguay in the large Estadi Azteca, while the host nation were paired against Italy in the smaller Toluca venue. Mexican officials unsuccessfully appealed to FIFA to stage their game in the capital to avoid traffic problems. The hosts took the lead against Italy with a Jose Luis Gonzalez goal, but his teammate Javier Guzman equalized with an own goal before half-time. Italy then dominated the second half to progress to the semi-finals with a 4–1 win. The Soviet Union were also eliminated in their quarter-final when a Victor Esparrago header three minutes from the end of extra-time sent Uruguay through. The Soviets believed that during the Uruguay attack a ball had crossed touchline and stopped playing while their opponents continued playing and scored.The all-South America tie in Guadalajara was the highest-scoring of the four quarter-finals as Brazil recorded a 4–2 triumph over Peru. A rematch of the previous World Cup between England and West Germany took place in Leon, in which the reigning champions entered a two-goal lead. Franz Beckenbaur halved the deficit when his low shot beat England’s second choice goalkeeper Peter Bonneti, playing after Gordon Banks suffered food poisoning the day before. Eight minutes from time an Uwe Seeler header levelled the score. At 2-2, however, Hurst had a legitimate goal ruled out for offside. An extra-time goal from Gerd Muller brought (West) Germany’s first-ever competitive victory over England. The national embarrassment of losing against Germany is believed to have played a significant role in the surprise defeat of Harold Wilson’s government in the United Kingdom general election, 1970 four days later.All four of the semi-finalists were former world champions with the line-up guaranteeing a European versus South American final. In the all-South American tie, controversially switched from the capital to the lower altitude of Guadalajara. Brazil came from behind to defeat Uruguay 3–1 and earn the right to contest their fourth World Cup Final. Two Brazilian goals in the final fifteen minutes decided a match that had been evenly-matched until that point. The all-European meeting between Italy and West Germany produced a match regarded by many as one of the greatest World Cup games of all time. Having led from the eighth minute through Roberto Boninsegna’s strike, Italy were pegged back in injury time when sweeper Karl-Heinz Schnellinger scored his only international goal. Extra-time brought five more goals as the lead swung between the two sides until Gianni Rivera gave the Azzurri a decisive 4–3 lead. The match subsequently became known as the “Game of the Century”, and today has a monument outside the Estadio Azteca to commemorate it. West Germany went on to defeat Uruguay 1–0 in the third-place match.Italy and Brazil line up for the World Cup final in 1970In the final, Brazil opened the scoring when Pele headed in a cross from Rivelino in the 18th minute, but Roberto Boninsegna equalized for Italy after a series of blunders in the Brazilian defence. The match remained level until the 66th minute when a powerful shot from Gerson restored the Brazilians’ lead. Further goals from Jairzinho and Carlos Alberto rewarded Brazil’s attacking play and secured a 4–1 victory and a record third World Cup triumph, which earned them the right to permanently keep the Jules Rimet Trophy.With ten goals, Gerd Müller is the top scorer in the tournament. In total, 95 goals were scored by 55 different players, with only one of them credited as own goal.Gerd Muller was the top scorer at Mexico 70Commentslast_img read more

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