December, 2019 Archive

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‘Rooney and Carrick did voice their concerns to me’, Man United manager admits

first_img1 Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick Louis van Gaal admits Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick approached him earlier this season because they were worried the atmosphere in the Manchester United dressing room was “flat”.Reports this week suggested some United players were unhappy with Van Gaal’s methods but the United manager denied his relationship with his players was poor.However, he did concede United’s captain and vice-captain aired their worries with him.Van Gaal said: “Rooney and Michael Carrick came to me and said: ‘The dressing room is flat.’”Van Gaal welcomed the feedback from his players and insisted he has a good relationship with them.“I think I have a superb relationship with my players. Maybe you have to consider how many players are coming to the manager to say something.“In my career as a manager, I didn’t have so many who come to say something about the atmosphere in the dressing room or the way we train, or something like that.“But it is very positive that they are coming to you and that they trust you.”Van Gaal seemed irked that the dialogue between him and his players had been viewed as a mutiny.To emphasise his point, he raised his voice in the press conference, mimicking the song the fans sing about him.He added: “The fans are shouting every week ‘Louis van Gaal’s army! Louis van Gaal’s army!’ They are very satisfied with Louis van Gaal and the players are also satisfied with me.”With the number of incomings and outgoings at the club this summer, Van Gaal always felt there would be a couple of bumps in the road when it came to his players adapting to his management style.“I can say only that I have a very good relationship with my players, but it is logical now that only nine are left from the initial group,” the former Barcelona manager said.“The others I have bought will not say I am a lousy manager.”last_img read more

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Video: Superb bicycle kick in USA university match

first_imgCheck out this quality goal from North Carolina State University’s ‘Wolfpack’ soccer team.Losing 1-0 against the University of Notre Dame [Indiana], a crafty chip into the area is met with a brilliantly improvised shot from forward Zach Knudson – a goal many are calling the American college league’s goal of the year!Check out the sweet strike in the video above!last_img

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‘Lancaster must stay’ says All Blacks hero because ‘England players weren’t good enough’

first_img Stuart Lancaster and Chris Robshaw 1 Former New Zealand coach Graham Henry believes England should stick with Stuart Lancaster and has delivered a damning assessment of the host nation’s failure at the Rugby World Cup.Henry, a World Cup winner with the All Blacks in 2011, hopes the Rugby Football Union sticks with head coach Lancaster despite England being eliminated from the tournament in the group stages following defeats to Wales and Australia.Henry, who also coached Wales and the British and Irish Lions, has also rejected any suggestion he could become England coach should Lancaster be shown the door.Asked if he thought Lancaster should remain in the job, he told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek programme: “I hope he does. I haven’t got a crystal ball but I hope he does.“I think we too often burn our coaches because that’s public opinion and media opinion and you have to start all over again.”Henry, who was retained as All Blacks coach in the aftermath of their quarter-final defeat to France at the 2007 World Cup, added: “Stuart Lancaster is obviously a good man and he has produced a rugby side which has got good values and a good culture from a situation which wasn’t so good so he’s done some positive things.“I think continuity of people is absolutely critical if you want to do something special. They know what they need to do to get better.“If Stuart Lancaster has got the ability it’s a no-brainer to me.”Henry, who ruled himself out of any involvement with England if the RFU decided on change, was forthright in his assessment of the host nation’s failure at the current World Cup.“The disappointing thing for England is they haven’t got the personnel to compete at the top level of the game,” he said.“Quite frankly the group of players that were selected for England for this Rugby World Cup were not good enough to do the job.”last_img read more

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Chelsea and Man City have £14m bids rejected for 18-year-old Serie A wonderkid

first_img Bologna wonderkid Amadou Diawara Chelsea and Manchester City have both had £14m bids for teen sensation Amadou Diawara rejected, according to reports in Italy.The Bologna midfielder has been one of the stars of Serie A this season after making his debut and clubs across Europe are scrambling for his signature.Both Chelsea and Manchester City have scouted the Guinean on several occasions, as have La Liga giants Real Madrid.However, according to Corriere di Bologna, Chelsea and City have had their approaches rebuffed.Bologna are aware their talented youngster’s value is only likely to go up and want to hold onto him for as long as possible.As a result, after rejecting offers from Chelsea and City, Bologna are now expected to open contract talks with Diawara in the near future. 1last_img read more

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Transfer Rumours and Boxing Day Gossip – Saturday, December 26

first_imgThese are the best of the rumours in the Boxing Day papers…Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, 28, will be offered a new £80,000-a-week contract to keep him at the Foxes amid interest from Chelsea. (Mirror) Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has agreed to relax the strict regime that has proved so unpopular among his players. (Daily Mail) The Old Trafford side are lining up a £10m January transfer bid for Mainz’s Japanese international striker Yoshinori Muto, 23. (Mirror) Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink believes he can sort out temperamental striker Diego Costa, 27, because he too once showed frustration at his manager in his younger days. (Express) Former Manchester United striker and now Stoke manager Mark Hughes has questioned whether his old club’s current players have the leadership skills needed to lift them out of their current crisis. (Telegraph) Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is set to make a £33m bid for Sevilla midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak, 25, in the January transfer window. (Sun) Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed he had a heart-to-heart with striker Christian Benteke in a bid to kick-start the 25-year-old’s career at Anfield. (Liverpool Echo) West Brom manager Tony Pulis has urged striker Saido Berahino, 22, to get back on track by doing the thing he does best – scoring goals. (Star) Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, 27, is set to get a new five-year deal, worth about £60,000 a week. (Sun) Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes captain Vincent Kompany’s injury problems are behind him and the 29-year-old can lead them to the Premier League title. (Manchester Evening News) Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta, 33, will be offered a role on the club’s coaching staff when he retires. (Daily Mail) Roy Hodgson has tipped Gary Neville to succeed him as England manager at some point in the future. (Star) 1 Transfer Rumours and Boxing Day Gossip – Saturday, December 26 last_img read more

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Liverpool still tipped to finish OUTSIDE the top four – Coral Daily Download –

first_imgSimon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman says Liverpool are still odds-against at 6/4 to finish in the top four despite making it back-to-back wins in the Premier League by beating Sunderland 1-0 on Wednesday night.The Blacks Cat, meanwhile, are 1/8 to be relegated, with their latest loss leaving them seven points adrift of safety.Clare also looks ahead to the second Test between South Africa and England in Cape Town and reveals the tourists are 5/4 favourites to win the match and go 2-0 up in the series.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

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Speculators drawn to DMZ

first_imgYIGIL, South Korea – “There are now three people who are interested in buying this land,” said Lee Heung-bok, a real estate agent, standing atop a hill and waving with his left hand at some 57 acres of pristine river and green mountains inhabited by wild black boars. “One person is interested in building a golf course,” he added. “Not right now, of course, but sometime in the future.” “A golf course will take more than 10 years,” said the potential buyer, Park Jae-yong, standing next to Lee and holding a newspaper over his head against the midday sun’s glare. “Right now, even if we build a golf course, nobody would be able to come in here anyway.” Yigil is a farming village by the demilitarized zone dividing South Korea from North Korea. It lies inside what is called the Civilian Control Zone, an area extending some 10 miles south of the DMZ and restricted to residents and soldiers. Others must get passes to enter the zone, where the military has restricted construction to low-lying buildings. Lee, the real estate agent, said some speculators were also buying land inside the 2.5-mile-wide DMZ itself, paying the equivalent of $1,300 an acre to the title holders. “It’s so cheap,” Lee said. “But it’s a recent phenomenon. There is the expectation that one day there will be reunification.” The site of one of the Korean War’s fiercest battles, much of Chorwon was a no man’s land until the government sent 150 war veterans here in 1967, telling them that if they de-mined the land, they could keep some of it. “We just did the work with shovels,” said Yoo Chul-hoon, 70, one of the original 150 and a resident of Daema, a village a few miles west of here. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityBarricades flank the zone’s main roads, built in such a way that they can be made to collapse and slow down invading North Korean tanks. Hanging on barbed wire alongside many forested areas are red and orange triangular signs warning about land mines. Yigil lies so close to North Korea that a tunnel leading from the North to the South, dug by North Korean soldiers, was discovered nearby in 1975. Despite all that, warming ties between South and North Korea have been drawing speculators such as Park to Yigil and other villages here in the middle of the peninsula. In the past three years, prices have risen so much that agents and locals here say even areas with land mines have doubled or tripled in value. Land next to the DMZ may fetch only $9,200 per acre – cheap by the standards of South Korea’s real estate bubble – but it could not even be given away a few years ago, real estate agents say. Prices could rise further after the summit meeting between leaders of the two Koreas. Interest in land just south of the DMZ increased after the first such meeting in 2000, as the threat of war diminished and South Korea adopted a policy of engaging the North economically and politically. Agents and officials here say buyers considering land for country houses or other developments are looking outside the Civilian Control Zone. Land inside the zone, where building is still restricted by the military, is drawing speculators. “Some have bought land-mined areas for a cheap price, de-mined them and resold them for a profit,” said Kim Young-sun, a real estate specialist at Chorwon County, which includes Yigil as well as other villages in and outside the zone. last_img read more

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Iran wants the case closed on nuclear activities

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe United States and key European nations as well as Canada, Australia and Japan contend Iran’s cooperation has been spotty and insist it must obey a Security Council order to suspend enrichment. In comments outside a meeting of the IAEA’s 35-nation board, chief Iranian delegate Ali Asghar Soltanieh portrayed Washington as standing alone in saying Tehran has not met its commitments. He said the Americans should “come out of … isolation” and recognize Iran is cooperating with the IAEA. VIENNA, Austria – A senior Iranian envoy called Thursday for the U.N. Security Council to close the file on his country’s nuclear activities, saying Iran is close to dispelling fears about its intentions that have prompted sanctions. But the U.S. said Tehran only wants to “distract the world” while moving closer to being able to make atomic bombs. Washington and its allies suggested further U.N. penalties might be in the offing unless Iran suspends uranium enrichment and complies with other Security Council demands. Coming as the board of the U.N. nuclear watchdog convened to discuss the Iranian program, the conflicting statements reflected the chasm between the views of Iran and the West on what Tehran needs to do to escape further U.N. punishment. The Islamic Republic asserts it is fully cooperating with the International Atomic Energy Agency’s investigation, and says once that is finished Iran will have met all obligations regarding its nuclear program. 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

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BEST WISHES TO JIM McGUINNESS AND THE DONEGAL TEAM – FROM EVERYONE AT FOY’S

first_imgLiam & Ann Foy, Foy’s Letterkenny, Herdsmans Retail Park & Main Street Ballybofey  would like to wish Jim and the Donegal Team every success for All Ireland Final.Liam and Ann have paid €100 for this advertisement with all of that money going to the Players Fund of the county team.All monies from adverts supporting the Donegal squad go directly to the team.  BEST WISHES TO JIM McGUINNESS AND THE DONEGAL TEAM – FROM EVERYONE AT FOY’S was last modified: September 10th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:BEST WISHES TO JIM McGUINNESS AND THE DONEGAL TEAM – FROM EVERYONE AT FOY’Slast_img read more

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England youth goalkeeper signs new Arsenal contract

first_img Ryan Huddart has signed a new professional contract with Arsenal Arsenal have confirmed that England youth goalkeeper Ryan Huddart has penned a new deal.The 19-year-old is yet to make his senior bow for the Gunners but was included in two of Arsene Wenger’s squads for the Champions League last term.And now the north London club have handed the England Under-16 international fresh professional terms.The Margate-born keeper is a regular in the club’s Under-21 side but could now be set for a loan move away. 1last_img read more

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