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Stats that matter: Round 4

first_imgMixed results for milestone menAndrew McCullough became the youngest player to reach 200 games and celebrated the milestone with a try in his side’s 13-12 win over the Raiders. Daly Cherry-Evans set up five tries in his 150th match while Brett Morris could only watch on as his side was thrashed in his 200th game. Warriors veteran Simon Mannering became his side’s most-capped player when he ran out for the 262nd time, but that’s where the joy ended as the New Zealanders were humbled by the red-hot Dragons. Awesome foursome keen to rewrite historyOnly two teams are unbeaten after the first four rounds, with the Roosters starting 4-0 for the first time since 1996, while the Storm were last in this position back in 2013. Interestingly, both sides were bundled out of the finals in straight sets that year despite starting with lengthy winning streaks.  Panthers freeze out their opposition The frozen Oaks were flowing at Pepper Stadium after the Panthers thrashed the Knights 40-0 on Friday night. It was the first time they’d held a team scoreless at the venue since Round 5, 1999 when they beat the Eels 13-0. However, they did beat the Titans 40-0 at home in Round 2, 2015, although that match was played in Bathurst. Canterbury’s dog of a day Had Dylan Walker slotted his 80th-minute conversion, the Sea Eagles would have equalled their biggest win over the Bulldogs. Instead, they fell two points short of the record set back in 1954 (45-7) courtesy of four tries and nine goals to Ron Rowles. It was also the third time Manly had held the Bulldogs scoreless (18-0 in 1988 and 26-0 in 1995). While it was a day to forget at his old stomping ground, Des Hasler’s worst loss as Bulldogs coach remains the 38-0 defeat at the hands of the Roosters when Sonny Bill Williams scored a double against his former side back in 2013. Second-half records salute We revealed last week that the Storm had conceded just 28 second-half points in their past seven matches, and their defensive nous was on show again on Sunday with Melbourne holding the Tigers scoreless in the second stanza. It’s the third time in four games this year that the Storm have stonewalled their opponents in the second half, and worryingly for the Tigers, it’s the third match in a row they’ve failed to score after half-time. Bellamy joins coaching eliteMelbourne’s win over the Tigers saw Craig Bellamy become just the fifth coach to record 250 victories in the NRL, joining Wayne Bennett, Tim Sheens, Brian Smith and Bob Fulton. It’s an incredible achievement with Bellamy taking just 372 games to get there courtesy of a 67.2 per cent winning record as coach. Sunday’s win also saw Cameron Smith join Darren Lockyer on 237 wins, with the Storm skipper a chance to break the record against Penrith this weekend. Widdop joins illustrious companyDragons skipper Gareth Widdop became just the third player from the merger club to register 500 points in the NRL. Jamie Soward sits comfortably on top with 977 points, while Mark Riddell scored 517 for the Red V. Weekend forecastWho would have tipped the Dragons to be the competition’s best attacking side after the first four rounds? The Red V are the only team to have reached 100 points, and they’ll look to extend their good start against the NRL’s worst defensive side, the Tigers, on Sunday afternoon. Many people are tipping the Storm to slip up in the coming weeks, but don’t expect that to happen on Saturday against Penrith. The Storm have won 16 of the past 17 meetings between the sides, with the last three games producing a 96-16 aggregate score.last_img read more


Peruvians hope not to wait 36 years for next World Cup trip

first_imgPeruvian players applaud after winning 2-0 during the group C match between Australia and Peru, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)SOCHI, Russia — Singing and dancing fans arrived in droves from South America after three decades of waiting to see the red and white of Peru play again in soccer’s biggest tournament.What Peru delivered for the tens of thousands who followed every move of the team in Russia was optimism they won’t have to wait another 36 years to see Peruvians play in the World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees There were signs Peru was coming out of a swoon that included a last place finish in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying for the 2010 tournament. Peru finished third during the 2015 Copa America in Chile, and a year later at the Copa America Centenario played in the United States, the Peruvians pulled off a 1-0 upset of Brazil to win their group before falling to Colombia on penalties in the quarterfinals. In World Cup qualifying, the Peruvians played to a 1-1 draw with Colombia on the final day while Chile lost to Brazil, earning Peru a spot in the intercontinental playoff against New Zealand. Peru ousted New Zealand 2-0 over two games.Peru’s lineup is also filled with youth. Take away captain Paolo Guerrero, who is 34, and the rest of Peru’s starters against Australia were under 30. Several players on its World Cup roster were under 25, including 22-year-old midfielder Renato Tapia, who started two matches. Peruvians are also venturing more outside South America in club play. Among its starters against Australia, four play in Mexico, three in Europe and one in the U.S.“It definitely benefits us to know different leagues and to gain experience as well as reward and titles in other competitions,” Carillo said. “I think that our players who play in Mexico are doing great things also. We need to go abroad and not stay within the bounds of Peruvian football.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments “We’re going back home not with a sense of revenge but with a slight sense of frustration that we’re going back home with less than we deserved,” Peru striker Andre Carrillo said through a translator. “I think we showed that we have a very high level of football, and we leave with that feeling.”Peru closed out its World Cup by beating Australia 2-0 on Tuesday, its first win in the tournament since beating Iran 4-1 in 1978. Even though Peru was eliminated before its final group match, the impression it left on the tournament was obvious. Peru lost to Denmark and France by matching 1-0 scores while creating numerous chances to come away with either a draw or victory. Even Denmark coach Age Hareide noted after the Danes advanced to the knockout round that Peru had played the best of any of the four teams in Group C.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownCompliments mean little as the Peruvians head home. But the style and quality of their play created optimism that they are no longer pushovers among their South American foes and that they could be back at the World Cup in four years.“I think we’re improving. I think we can rise to the challenge,” Peru coach Ricardo Gareca said. “Obviously there is a long way ahead of us and we need to continue to improve, but I think we are a team that can continue to grow over time. That is my final conclusion. I can repeat we went in with greater expectations. However, if we look at how we played, I think that Peru emerges from the World Cup with its head high.” Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Serena Williams at No. 25 in post-pregnancy Wimbledon return Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownlast_img read more


Upbeat Timbe wants more work from Tusker

first_imgThe Ugandan tactician was forced to build up an almost entirely new team after inheriting a shell of a squad at Ruaraka, most first team players having left at the close of last season“With a well built side you come and polish from where you find but here I have had to start with new players. For them, they don’t understand my philosophy and they have to be trained into that philosophy,” Timbe told Capital Sport.Tusker FC defender Eugene Asike heads the ball away under pressure from Gor Mahia’s Eliud Loukwam during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on February 28, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe adds; “At times it takes long and also at times depends on the quality of the players you have. But I am happy they are picking up and showing some good football. If they get to my philosophy well, we will be okay.”Four games on, the team has amassed five points from one win and two draws having lost their opening tie away to Chemelil Sugar.Timbe talked at length of imprinting his philosophy of building play from the back whish he says the team is yet to fully grasp, but remains optimistic with more training they will be able to play perfectly well.Tusker FC team photo/Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBUUHe was disappointed in part with the tactical implementation against Gor Mahia on Wednesday, a match that ended 0-0 in Machakos but he was contend with the single point picked.“There are times we should have built up play well, but I am happy with what we got. I have added a point; it is a marathon and a step is better than nothing. We will find a way to sharpen to be in a better position,” the coach noted.The brewers switch their attention to Ulinzi Stars who they face on Sunday at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru with Timbe looking for an improved performance from his charges.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tusker FC Head Coach Sam Timbe.NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 1- Tusker FC boss Sam Timbe is impressed by the improvement his side has recorded since their first Kenyan Premier League match of the season and remains optimistic they will perform better than they did last season.However, he has asked his charges to increase their input both on the training ground and on match days as they look to firm up and challenge for a respectable finish this season.last_img read more


Allardyce hopes to convince Song to snub Liverpool and make permanent West Ham move

first_img1 Sam Allardyce is desperate to keep Alex Song at West Ham but says the decision rests firmly with the player and they may have to wait until the end of the season.Song has been a revelation for the east London club since arriving on a season-long loan from Barcelona and has played a major role in the team pushing for a European spot.The former Arsenal midfielder is unlikely to make a return to the Nou Camp, but there will be no shortage of clubs wanting to sign him on a permanent basis, with Liverpool among those said to be monitoring his situation.Allardyce is hoping that the club’s move into the Olympic Stadium next year and a successful end to the season could persuade Song to pledge his long-term future to West Ham.He said: “It depends on whether Alex wants to stay. We want him to stay and I certainly want him to stay. But that lies with the financial side and the chairman with the negotiations.“Whether that is financially feasible is another matter and if other clubs of a greater size entice him away. It will depend on if he feels comfortable enough to further his career at West Ham based on what we have done this year“Performing the way we have done this year will of course help and if we can finish it off. There are many factors that have to be covered but if you ask me if I want him to stay – of course I do.” Alex Song in action for West Ham [right] last_img read more


Everton starlet hands club major boost

first_img Kieran Dowell 1 Everton starlet Kieran Dowell has signed professional terms with the Premier League side.Roberto Martinez has seen enough of the 17-year-old midfielder playing in the club’s under-21 side to offer him his first senior contract, keeping him at the club until 2017.He said: “It’s what I have wanted to do ever since I joined the club, so it’s great to be able to finally say I’m a professional footballer for Everton.“I’ve been here since I was seven. I was with a few different clubs before that but then I got the opportunity to join Everton and I’ve enjoyed everything about it all the way through the age groups.“All the coaches have been brilliant with me, I’ve been on some great trips and there are always opportunities.”The left-footed teenager made his first-team debut in the club’s Europa League match with FC Krasnodar back in December but he knows he has to maintain his work ethic to progress.“Roberto Martinez has been great, too,” Dowell said. “He has congratulated me and he’s told me to just keep going and to work even harder.”last_img read more



first_imgPresentation Night.A big well done to Laurence Hegarty on the success of our club presentation night last Friday night. It was a fantastic night and great fun. Well done to all who picked up medals on the night. A special congratulations and thanks to Grainne McCarron who was awarded club person of the year on Friday night. Grainne has been a major influence in our club over the last number of years and has worked tirelessly on behalf of Buncrana GAA.Higher Education Football Competition.Last weekend University of Ulster, Jordanstown hosted the Higher Education GAA competitions. Buncrana had representation at all levels, Corn Na Mc Leinn, Trench Cup and Sigerson Cup. Four of our senior footballers made it through to the semi final and final stages weekend in what is trade mark competition for 3rd level GAA. We congratulate Kevin Tracey, Peter McLaughlin, John Campbell and Caolan McGonagle on such a fantastic achievement.Club Membership Club membership is now due. You can renew your membership online making it easy to do. If you wish to renew please contact the club.National Draw Winners!Many thanks to everyone who support the club in the GAA national draw. We had two winners so far from the club. Paul Green won €500 (2nd prize) and Margaret McAteer was the winner of 100 (8th prize) in the draw at county stage. Further draws take place for the national draw in March. Maybe we’ll have more winners!Club LottoLotto numbers this week were 6, 14, 21, 22. There were no winners. Next week the jackpot will be €1,150.Recycling Bin Buncrana GAA has a recycle bin at The Scarvey. Anyone who wishes to place old clothes, shoes, curtains, towels etc… can do so. This helps raise funds for the club. Open for anyone to use.Anyone who may have information on GAA in the Buncrana area around 1916 is asked to contact the club. May be of interest to some of our local Historians!Bord Na nOgAny children not yet registered please make contact with coaches. All players must be members and registered with Buncrana GAA. GRAINNE MCCARRON NAMED BUNCRANA GAA CLUB PERSON OF THE YEAR was last modified: February 23rd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:buncranaGAASportlast_img read more


Leeds United starlet signs new three-year deal

first_img Leeds United starlet Ryan Edmondson has signed a new deal. 2 “The lads have really bought into his philosophy and what he wants us to do and try.“It took some getting used to – we were running three and four sessions a day for five or weeks over the summer – but now you can see in training the performances levels have gone up and the fitness levels are really high.“The lads are saying it’s the fittest they’ve ever felt, so long may that continue.” The teenage striker was snapped up from York City last year and made a significant impact at his new club, breaking into the first team at the end of last season.He has remained in the first team plans this summer and is now expected to be a regular in Marcelo Bielsa’s squad this season.The Whites got their campaign off the perfect start with a 3-1 win over Championship title favourites Stoke City.And captain Liam Cooper has told talkSPORT he’s excited about what lays ahead for the team. Things have started well for Leeds United under Marcelo Bielsa. Leeds United have tied the future of starlet Ryan Edmondson, pinning him down to a new long-term deal.Edmondson, 17, has signed a three-year contract, committing his future to the Elland Road club until June 2021. 2last_img read more


Club’s with top stadiums in Europe, including Liverpool, Everton and Real Madrid

first_imgHome to West Ham United, this may seem a controversial inclusion as the London Stadium – formerly the Olympic Stadium – has been criticised for not being suited to football. It was renovated extensively after the 2012 London Olympic Games, with retractable seating installed over the athletics track and a new roof put in place to cover all seats. The result is that there is a greater distance between the stands and playing area than has traditionally been the case at an English football ground. But the view from most parts of the stadium is perfectly fine, and it represents a huge upgrade for West Ham on their old, albeit beloved, Upton Park ground. The floodlights in the new stadium alone are absolutely magnificent, and don’t believe the naysayers – this is an impressive stadium – just maybe not the perfect football stadium. 15. Celtic Park, Glasgow This stadium makes our top 30 thanks to its stunning location and ingenuity. With a capacity of just 18,523, it’s not relatively compact, and it’s not exactly a cauldron as tenant club Monaco don’t draw particularly passionate crowds, but to fit a ground into this location makes for a spectacular stadium. So little room was there to build it in 1985, that most of the facilities are located underneath the stadium, including the car park. The biggest club ground in English football, Old Trafford has, unlike most British stadiums, developed over the years with a coherent plan. While most English football grounds were built with four different, unrelated plans on each side of the pitch, by the early 1990s Old Trafford – originally constructed in 1909 – was completed as an all-enclosed stadium with an all-seater capacity of 44,000. By 2007, further development had taken the capacity to over 76,000, although this has dropped slightly since. Only the South Stand remains single-tiered, due to restrictions caused by an adjacent train line. Sir Bobby Charlton called it ‘The Theatre of Dreams’ and it’s definitely one of European football’s most iconic venues. Opened in 2012 as a replacement for the Rasunda Stadium (which hosted the 1958 World Cup final), the Friends Arena boasts a retractable roof and is located just north of Stockholm city centre. It plays host to the Swedish national team and Allsvenskan club AIK. It also staged the 2017 Europa League final, between Manchester United and Ajax. 18. Olympiastadion, Berlin 2. San Siro, Milan 31 BEST OF 28. Stade Louis II, Monaco 31 31 12. Allianz Arena, Munich 31 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? The new Estadio da Luz – aka the Stadium of Light – holds 65,647 and was built in time to host the Euro 2004 final. Home to Benfica, it also hosted the 2014 Champions League final. While impressive and modern, it doesn’t have the aura that surrounded the club’s old Stadium of Light, which once held around 135,000 fans and was the largest stadium in Europe in the 1980s and early ’90s. It also looks rather similar to Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium. 31 huge blow 29. Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow 31 When Italy hosted the 1990 World Cup it was lauded at the time for its array of modern stadiums, including the brand new Stadio delle Alpi in Turin, into which Juventus moved. But despite playing host to some of the finest Juventus teams ever, the delle Alpi was a horrendous arena, especially thanks to an athletics track that was never used for a major meet, but served to separate football fans from the pitch. So, in 2009 the 69,000-capacity stadium was demolished and on the same site the Juventus Stadium was built, which has since become known as the Allianz Stadium due to sponsorship reasons. Having learned the lessons of the delle Alpi, Juve’s new ground is a much more intimate affair, holding just 41,475 fans, and is all the better for it. The stadium hosted the 2014 Europa League final and has been a roaring success for the Old Lady of Italian football. REVEALED Originally built in 1923, Cologne’s stadium – also know as the Müngersdorfer Stadion – used to be blighted by that old athletics track problem, but that was cured when it was renovated for the 2006 World Cup. In its place was constructed a fantastic football ground, with towering stands putting 50,000 fans close to the pitch. And it’s got standing sections, too. 22. St James’ Park, Newcastle 31 Originally a vast concrete bowl, Ibrox once held over 118,000 fans, but was redeveloped completely in the late 1970s, following a disaster in 1971 in which 66 fans lost their lives. Only the old, Archibald Leitch-designed main stand remained (complete with familiar criss-cross balcony) and as a listed structure, it was cleverly modernised with a new roof and extra tier in the late 1990s. The end result is a 51,000-capacity football ground that combines modernity with tradition and atmosphere. 31 Due to a number of issues, Spurs’ new ground has been delayed since the planned opening date of September 15.The pitch has now been laid and the famous Golden Cockerel installed, and an event held last week showed just how the stadium will look on a matchday.However, Spurs have confirmed they will play all their matches for the remainder of 2018 at Wembley, and they’ve also agreed a deal to use the national stadium for the rest of the season if required.Nonetheless, the north Londoners remain confident they will be playing at their new stadium before the end of 2018/19. The old Welsh National Stadium was demolished (save for a small section connected to a neighbouring rugby ground) in the 1990s to make way for the magnificent Millennium Stadium, also known as the Principality due to sponsorship. Completed in 1999, it is known primarily as the home of Welsh rugby, but has proven to be a superb football stadium, too. With its steep three-tier stands on three sides, it is interestingly broken up by a two-tiered North Stand at one end (where the the only surviving part of the old National Stadium backs on to, and helps support, the Cardiff Arms Park club ground behind). Its 74,500 capacity is impressive considering the city centre location, right next to the River Taff, and there is a retractable roof to keep the elements out when necessary. The stadium has hosted six FA Cup finals and various other English league contests, thanks to the closure of Wembley Stadium between 2001 and 2007, and also held the 2017 Champions League final between Real Madrid and Juventus. Better known as ‘De Kuip’ (‘The Tub’), this historic, atmospheric stadium has been around since 1937. It was extensively renovated in 1994, with the stylish roof added, and has hosted 10 European club finals, including the 1982 European Cup final, as well as the final of Euro 2000. The Allianz Arena is a funny one. Arguably the most iconic of the 21st century’s new European football stadiums, it literally stands as a beacon – its innovative stadium facade lighting up at night to make it visible for miles. But then it is miles away from anywhere, barely in Munich at all. Bayern moved to the Allianz Arena from the city’s Olympic Stadium, which suffered from the running track problem, and there is no doubt their new ground boasts far better sight lines. But while the outside is lit up, inside every seat is grey, making for a rather uniform, dull picture. In fact, take away the light show and it’s just another out of town arena. Impressive, but not enough to make its way into the top 10. 24. London Stadium, London Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 23. Parken, Copenhagen Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 31 3. Wembley Stadium, London 11. RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne 31 10. Old Trafford, Manchester 31 Some people may be surprised to see Goodison included on this list, but while it is undoubtedly dated, that is also its strength. Modern football fans may demand plush seats, but with brand new stadiums often come a complete lack of soul. Goodison could never be accused of lacking character, nestled snugly among streets of terraced houses and with a church between the corner of the main stand and Gwladys Street end. Two sides of the stadium were designed by the famed football ground architect Archibald Leitch – a man responsible for many of the most famous grounds in British football – identifiable by his trademark balcony trusses. Everton are understandably keen to move with the times and modernise their home ground, but for the diehard Bluenoses, the prospect of moving to a brand new stadium – leaving the area to that lot from across Stanley Park – fills them with dread. Just how do you rate a football stadium? Is it based on size? It is atmosphere? Facilities? History? Or something more.Regardless of your criteria, most people seem to accept Tottenham’s new – heavily delayed – stadium will be one of the best in the world. 4. Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid Home to Hertha Berlin, this is the only stadium on our list with an athletics track, because athletics tracks are never good news for football grounds. But this stadium has a memorable appearance, featuring an open-end that dramatically frames a bell tower in the park outside the stadium, as well as marking where the 1936 Olympic torch was positioned, and housing a tunnel that formed a dramatic entrance for marathon competitors at the Games. The 1936 Olympics were tainted by their Nazi associations, but fortunately this stadium stands as a monument to much more. After being renovated and given a new roof, it hosted the 2006 World Cup final and was the venue for Barcelona’s 2015 Champions League triumph. Oh, and Usain Bolt set the world 100m and 200m sprint records on the track, which is distinctively blue, so we can just about forgive its presence. has rated the 30 best stadiums on the continent, and you can see the full ranking, from 30th to first, below… 27. Friends Arena, Stockholm 20. Sukru Saracoglu, Istanbul Second only to the Camp Nou in terms of European football stadium capacity, 90,000-seater Wembley is the largest of Europe’s new wave of modern grounds. The old Wembley was possibly the most iconic stadium in the world, but had seen better days when it was closed in 2000. While the new Wembley – which opened in 2007 – may not yet be able to boast the same amount of memorable moments, it is undeniably a magnificent arena. There’s not a bad seat in the house and the arch makes it visible for miles around London. Perhaps the only gripes are that the location, on the site of the old stadium, is not the most convenient part of London to get to – as Spurs fans will tell you every week they have to traipse from the east to the west of the capital. Furthermore, the corporate seating is a reminder of modern football’s tendency to put cash before atmosphere. Still, it’s already hosted two excellent Champions League finals, in 2011 and 2013, and will stage the Euro 2020 final. 14. Allianz Stadium, Turin 8. Mestalla, Valencia 31 The largest football stadium in Scotland, with a capacity of 60,411, Celtic Park was transformed in the 1990s from an oval ground with vast terracing to the all-seater stadium it is today. Only the Main Stand remains from the old design, and it is dwarfed by the new stands which form a continuous loop on three sides of the stadium. But this oddity gives the ground a certain charm, as well as a link to the club’s historic past. Overall, Celtic did a great job of modernising their stadium, especially considering the North Stand is squeezed into a tight space, with a cemetery behind. Celtic Park has certainly risen to the occasion on some memorable European nights since. Marseille’s fans have a reputation for being among the most vociferous in Europe and now they have a stadium to match their reputation. Renovated for Euro 2016, it now holds 67,000 and features a truly stunning roof. 31 It has a number of excellent features, including a huge single-tier stand, tailored acoustics and a cheese room and microbrewery.When it finally opens, Spurs’ ground looks set to become one of the best regarded around.However, it is not yet open – and won’t be until the new year – so who currently holds the crown for having the best stadium in Europe? 25. Stadion Feijenoord, Rotterdam 31 Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ center_img 31 no dice shining Opened in 1923, the Mestalla now seats 55,000 fans in its distinctively steeply banked stands. Valencia began construction on a new stadium in 2007, but due to financial issues it has yet to be completed. When you look at the current ground, which is an awesome spectacle when full, you have to wonder why they bothered. And look, it’s got a bat on the seats! Built in the 1950s, the Luzhniki hosted the 1980 Olympic Games and Manchester United’s 2008 Champions League final defeat of Chelsea. It has staged CKSA Moscow, Torpedo Moscow and Spartak Moscow matches, and underwent major renovations ahead of the 2018 World Cup – with the final held at the Moscow ground. The stands have been brought as close as possible to the football pitch and modified, meaning their incline is lower-pitched. Crowd capacity has been raised from 78,000 to 81,000 as well, while the arena’s roof can be turned into a giant video screen. The stadium’s darkest hour came in 1982, when 66 people died in a stampede at a Spartak Moscow UEFA Cup game. 31 With 85,454 seats, the Bernabeu is slightly smaller in capacity than the Camp Nou, but at present it’s much more pleasant on the eye. Extensively renovated for the 1982 World Cup, like the Camp Nou over the years it has grown ever higher, with more tiers added. Unlike Barca’s stadium, the Bernabeu benefits from a roof on all sides and, like the club’s name, feels that little bit more regal. 9. Ibrox, Rangers Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 31 7. Anfield, Liverpool Opened in 2001 and currently better known by its sponsored name (its former title was Arena AufSchalke), Schalke’s new home was, unlike Arsenal’s, a vast improvement on their old place, the Parkstadion, which was a hideous concrete bowl. By contrast, the Veltins-Arena is a more intimate affair, despite boasting a capacity of 62,271. And look, it’s got terracing! Yes, brand new German stadiums were built with safe standing, which makes it even more appealing. And then there is the retractable roof and pitch, which can slide outside in just four hours, to allow the grass to grow in more natural conditions and prevent it from being damaged when concerts are held inside the stadium. ADVICE 26. Estadio da Luz, Lisbon RANKED 31 Latest Football News 31 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 31 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Along with the Bernabeu and Camp Nou, Milan’s San Siro is a stadium that seems to evoke everything that is grand about European football in the past half century or so. Like a lot of Italian stadiums, there is no doubt that the San Siro is ageing and lacks many of the comforts that come as standard with brand new stadiums. Yet still it remains a marvel. From outside, the distinctive ramps and columns, along with that girder roof (added along with the third tier for the 1990 World Cup), make it look like something that’s just landed from outer space. Inside, its imposing, steep stands – holding over 81,000 fans – are breathtaking. The San Siro hosted the 1990 World Cup opening ceremony and has staged four European Cup finals, including the 2016 Champions League final. 31 Tottenham’s ground is looking superb Constructed in the early 1990s on the site of the historic Idrætsparken stadium, which itself was built in 1911, the Parken is home to FC Copenhagen and the Danish national team. With its traditional four separate stands, it’s what you might call a ‘proper football ground’, although the new ‘Superbest stand’ – built in 2007 to replace the ‘D end’, which was originally the old stadium’s main stand – has spoilt the Parken somewhat, reducing the capacity from just over 42,000 to 38,000, in order to incorporate corporate boxes. Arsenal fans have mixed memories of Parken, having seen their club win the 1994 Cup Winners’ Cup final there, but lose the 2000 UEFA Cup showpiece. 31 The largest football stadium in Europe, Camp Nou has played host to some of the finest teams in the history of the beautiful game. Built in 1957, it expanded for the 1982 World Cup, eventually becoming a three-tiered arena at one point capable of holding 122,000 fans, until standing places were removed. Its present capacity is 99,354 all-seated, but this is planned to increase to over 100,000 as the club intend to modernise the stadium completely, addressing the lack of roof on three sides of the stadium and, frankly, unattractive external appearance. For all its reputation, outside the Camp Nou resembles an ugly concrete car park, which seems hardly befitting of the club’s glamorous reputation. 31 6. Stade Velodrome, Marseille 31 17. Emirates Stadium, London 31 31 30. Stamford Bridge, London 31 1. Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund When will Tottenham’s new stadium open? 31 Built in 1876 as an athletics stadium, Chelsea were founded in 1905 to give the ground a tenant when it was converted to a football stadium. In the 1990s the Bridge underwent a complete makeover, being converted from a vast concrete bowl with terracing, to the compact 41,798-capacity all-seater it is today. Situated slap bang in the middle of a prized area of west London, Stamford Bridge is hemmed in by two train lines and a main road, giving it a unique metropolitan feel. Plans have been made, then put on hold, to convert Chelsea’s home into an ultra-modern arena. 13. Principality Stadium, Cardiff With a capacity of 59,186, Lyon’s impressive new stadium – which, without sponsorship, is called Parc Olympique Lyonnais – was only opened in January 2016 and hosted matches at Euro 2016, including a semi-final. It looks impressive inside and out. In top spot, it’s the home of Borussia Dortmund. Built for the 1974 World Cup, up until the late 1990s it was a relatively unremarkable stadium, with a capacity that hovered around the 50,000 mark. Then, following Dortmund’s 1997 Champions League success, the Westfalenstadion – as it’s traditionally known – began a process of expansion that led to its capacity increasing to 81,359, including the development of the South Stand terrace. Known as the ‘Yellow Wall’, this bank is the largest terrace in European football, holding 24,454 fans. The standing places can be converted to seats for international and European matches, reducing the stadium’s overall capacity to 65,829. Dortmund are now able to boast a superb stadium that marries modernity with fan values and, from being an unsung stadium outside of the Ruhr, the Westfalenstadion is now celebrated around the world as a symbol of the passion football inspires among fans. 19. Goodison Park, Liverpool 5. Camp Nou, Barcelona REVEALED 16. Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen 31 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 31 21. Groupama Stadium, Lyon When Anfield opened in 1884 it was home to Everton, but for most of its history it’s been Liverpool’s stadium. The club spent years looking for a new location to build a brand new stadium, but the current owners have decided to renovate the Reds’ one and only home. While it may not be as large a stadium as Old Trafford, partly due to it being hemmed in by terraced houses and roads, on big occasions Anfield retains an intimacy that is the envy of most of Europe. This reputation stems largely from the Kop, arguably the most famous ‘end’ in world football. Formerly a huge terrace, all-seater regulations led to the old Kop’s demolition in 1994 and replacement with a new structure. Fortunately, Liverpool rebuilt the Kop as a single-tier stand, holding 12,390 fans but looking all the more imposing as one, unified mass of fans. Recent improvements and renovations have taken the max capacity past the 54,000 mark. Frankly, we preferred Arsenal’s old Highbury Stadium for character, but the Emirates Stadium helped set the standard for new arenas in English football. Opened in 2006, it holds 60,000 fans, all in comparative luxury with padded seating. Its middle, corporate tier is famed for filling up late and emptying early, as pampered Gooners indulge in slap up meals before dashing off back to the home counties. But hats off to Arsenal for managing to move around the corner, building a massive new stadium in a heavily-built up part of north London, just a stone’s throw from their old ground. Rather that than moving miles away to, say, Plumstead. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REPLY 31 Originally opened in 1908, Fenerbahce’s stadium has undergone extensive rebuilding along similar lines to Borussia Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion, with each stand completely replaced in a renovation that finished in 2006. The result is a modern, but traditional-looking ground that holds just over 50,000 fans. It’s effectively a new stadium, but one that boasts much more history and character than the new home of their fierce rivals, Galatasaray, who moved into the Turk Telekom arena in 2011. Unlike the latter stadium and Istanbul’s other large ground, the unloved Ataturk (scene of the 2005 Champions League final), the Sukru Saracoglu is located in the beating heart of Istanbul, rather than stuck on the outskirts. Newcastle United’s home ground changed almost beyond recognition between 1993 and 2000, going from a ground with ageing terraces and a capacity just above 30,000, to a modern 52,000-all seater stadium. That development was extremely lop-sided, with the Main Stand and Leazes End towering above the Gallowgate End and, particularly, the East Stand, behind which stands a row of Georgian terraced houses that restrict any expansion to the stadium on that side. MONEY last_img read more



first_imgMarina and Colm now live in Co GalwayA NEW TG4 series on Russia and their views of Irish culture has its roots in its own love story – between a Russian TV producer and her Donegal partner.Russian Marina Levitina is the producer of Radharc na Rúise / A View of Russia, a new four-part documentary series which will be broadcast on TG4 starting Thursday, February 28th at 9.30pm, and continuing for four Thursdays (with repeats on Fridays at 11.30pm).The series focuses on the ordinary Russian people, their lives after the transition from communism to capitalism, and the surprising similarities they have with the Irish. One of the Russian characters is a Moscow school principal who loves Tory Island; he has met the King of Tory and has a photograph of himself with the king on his desk… He said that it was amazing for him to meet a leader who is so close to his people.Another character has founded an Irish Republican themed bar and changed his Russian name to “Sean O’Brien” to reflect his love for Ireland, even though he has never been here… A young Russian woman, who also has never been to Ireland, has photographs of Padraig Pearse and Michael Collins on her bedroom wall and holds them among her personal heroes.“I am Russian myself, and have lived in Galway for the past eight years, having married an Irishman. My husband is a Donegal man Colm Hogan, and we have produced the series together,” said Marina who lectures at Trinity and NUIG.In this series Irish presenter Feargus Denman, who has lived in Russia in the past and is a fluent Russian as well as a native Irish speaker, meets ordinary Russians in their apartments and dachas, and gives us an intimate insight into their lives, while exploring what we have in common. Said Marina: “Such an insight has been previously unavailable to the Irish audience. Each of the four episodes is a window for the Irish audience into the life of several engaging Russian characters, including a single mother of two twin girls living on the 22nd floor of a Moscow hi-rise; a successful Russian businessman who has become disillusioned with Russia’s newly found wealth, abandoned his career and started a rock band to express his views; a contemporary painter who stood up to a Soviet leader; a bright young woman educator deeply passionate about Ireland and its future; and a school principal who believes in the importance of cultural exchange for the new generation.“Many of these people have never been to Ireland, they have discovered Irish culture within Russia.”Fergus DenmanRussia’s quick transition from the communal values of the Soviet times to capitalism and affluence, as well as the Russians’ love for music and literature and their keen sense of humour are among the themes and mutual Irish-Russian affinities dealt with in the series.Through immediate and entertaining cultural dialogue, the series provides a fresh look at Ireland through Russian eyes, and a thought-provoking look into the Russian people’s lives, under the backdrop of stunning scenery of Moscow, St Petersburg, and the Russian countryside.“We learn about Russia, but we also learn about ourselves,” added Marina. FROM RUSSIA TO DONEGAL WITH LOVE: NEW TG4 SERIES HAS HEARTWARMING TRUE STORY BEHIND IT was last modified: February 24th, 2013 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:FROM RUSSIA TO DONEGAL WITH LOVE: NEW TG4 SERIES HAS HEARTWARMING TRUE STORY BEHIND ITlast_img read more



first_imgESB crews say they hope to restore power to 164 homes in Gortlee, Letterkenny, by 5.30pm.The power failure follows cuts to other homes in Killybegs and Letterkenny earlier today.Those faults have been repaired.  GORTLEE POWER CUTS: ESB CREWS FIXING FAULT was last modified: February 15th, 2014 by John2Share 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)last_img read more