Simon Clare joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to look ahead to Monday night’s Euro qualifiers.
Wojciech Szczesny 1 Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini is not concerned by Wojciech Szczesny’s desire to return to Arsenal.The Polish international is currently on loan at the Italian club but recently expressed his wish to return to the Gunners next season and compete with Petr Cech for the No 1 Jersey.Roma want to sign Szczesny on a permanent deal but Sabatini insists they have a plan in place if the 25-year-old returns to England.“We are working on it and would like to keep Szczesny, but knowing Arsenal it will be difficult to achieve that,” said Sabatini.“In any case, Roma are already covered in that role for next season. Who did we get? I will never tell you that!”
10 10 10 10 10 10 10 Old Trafford hosted David Beckham’s ‘Match for Children’ on Saturday afternoon, which saw Great Britain and Ireland, managed by Sir Alex Ferguson, defeat a star-studded Rest of the World side 3-1.Icons Ronaldinho, Luis Figo and Robert Pires took to the pitch, but all eyes were fixed on the commanding performances of Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Phil Neville and Nicky Butt, with the quartet reminding supporters of the glory days at United.MANCHESTER UNITED FANS ASK ‘CAN WE PLEASE BRING BECKHAM, GIGGS AND SCHOLES BACK?’Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see a selection of the best images from the exciting UNICEF clash in Manchester. 10 10 Click the arrow above to see more images from Old Trafford! 10
Bournemouth have confirmed the signing of Wolverhampton Wanderers and ex-Arsenal striker Benik Afobe, for an undisclosed fee.Reports elsewhere suggest the Cherries are paying a club record £12m for a player who left the Emirates Stadium 12 months ago for a fee rumoured to be just £2m.It is also being reported that Arsenal stand to collect a portion of the fee paid by Bournemouth, as a result of a sell-on clause agreed when Afobe was sold to Wolves last January. New Bournemouth signing Benik Afobe playing for Wolves 1
Joint 6. Everton won seven consecutive Premier League matches between March and April 2014 – Roberto Martinez oversaw a stunning seven match winning run for Everton in spring 2014, which took the club from seventh to fourth in the table. Sadly for fans of the Toffees, Everton then lost three of their next four matches to finish fifth. 8 Joint 6. Newcastle United won seven consecutive Premier League matches between September and October 1996 – Two decades ago Newcastle came agonisingly close to winning the Premier League title, but their best winning streak in the division actually came the following season. With Alan Shearer alongside Les Ferdinand in attack, the Magpies blew away the opposition early on in the 1996/97 campaign, including a 5-0 thrashing of champions Man United to make it seven wins in a row. Unfortunately for Newcastle fans, they won just one of their next nine matches, Kevin Keegan quit in January and they had to settle for a runners up place behind Man United again. 1. Arsenal won 14 consecutive Premier League matches between February and August 2002 – In top spot it’s Arsenal’s 2002 champions, who reeled off 13 wins in succession to storm to the title, taking their run to 14 victories in a row with opening day success in the following campaign. This run was part of a 30-game unbeaten streak in the Premier League which laid the foundations for the famous unbeaten season in 2003/04, and a record 49-game unbeaten run in the Premier League. At time of writing, Red Star Belgrade are on a run of 19 consecutive victories in the Serbian league, but how does that compare to the best runs in European club football?Here are the best winning streaks…1. Benfica won 29 games in a row in the Portuguese league between 1971-19732. Dinamo Zagreb won 28 games in a row in the Croatian league between 2006 and 20073. Celtic won 25 games in a row in the Scottish league between 2003 and 2004=. Dinamo Tirana won 25 games in a row in the Albanian league between 1951 and 19525. Malmo won 23 games in a row in the Swedish league between 1949 and 19506. PSV Eindhoven won 22 games in a row in the Dutch league between 1987 and 19887. Bayern Munich won 19 games in a row in the German league between 2013 and 2014 8 8 8. Tottenham Hotspur won six consecutive Premier League matches between October and December 2011 – find out which seven clubs can boast longer winning streaks in the Premier League era, just click the arrow above – Olympiakos’ 17-game winning streak in the Greek league came to an end last night with a draw against Platanias the first time the Greek champions have dropped points since last May. In Serbia, meanwhile, Red Star Belgrade are on a run of 19 consecutive victories, as they eye up the longest winning streak of all-time in European domestic football (more information on that record can be found below). But how do the Premier League’s finest compare? England’s top division is a much more competitive affair than the Greek and Serbian leagues, and we’ve rounded up the top eight clubs ranked by winning streaks in the modern Premier League era. We start with Spurs, whose glorious team of Bale, Modric and Van der Vaart chalked up half a dozen Premier League victories on the spin in 2011. Joint 3. Liverpool won 11 consecutive Premier League matches between February and April 2014 – It seems a long time ago now, but in spring 2014 while their near neighbours Everton were winning seven on the spin Liverpool were charging towards the Premier League title, courtesy of a fantastic 11-game winning run. The Reds went from fourth to first, but no Kopite will need reminding that the run of wins wasn’t enough to see them over the line. 8 8 Joint 3. Chelsea won 11 consecutive Premier League matches between April and September 2009 – Chelsea’s 11 wins in a row spanned the 2008/09 season and the following campaign, with five wins in a row closing out the campaign under Guus Hiddink’s first spell as interim manager, then a further six victories to kick-start a double-winning season under Carlo Ancelotti. 8 Joint 3. Manchester City won 11 consecutive Premier League matches between April and September 2015 – City’s best winning run in the Premier League spans two seasons the 2014/15 campaign and the start of the present season. While their six-match winning run last spring saw them finish runners up to Chelsea, five wins on the bounce in August and September 2015 helped get their title challenge off to a great start, although it remains to be seen if those 15 points will help them claim the title. 2. Manchester United won 12 consecutive Premier League matches between March and August 2000 – The Red Devils were completely dominant in the Premier League at the start of the millennium, and they ended the 1999/2000 season with 11 straight wins, including four victories after the title had been claimed. That gave them top spot by an astonishing 18 points ahead of runners up Arsenal, and they started the next season with another win to get the ball rolling for a third title in a row. While a draw in their second match of the 2000/01 season ended United’s winning streak, they still ended up clinching the Premier League title with five games to spare. 8 8
1 Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard is concerned the Blues are lacking ‘real personalities’ and has described their current Premier League position as ‘ridiculous’.Under the leadership of interim manager Guus Hiddink, Chelsea have put a poor start to the season behind them.They remain in the Champions League and the FA Cup, while Saturday’s win at Southampton lifted them to 11th in England’s top flight.Former England international Lampard, however, who played more than 400 games for the club between 2001 and 2014, sees John Terry as the last of the influential characters at Stamford Bridge.He told the Mail on Sunday: “I do worry about where the real personalities of the team are. To be a big team, you have to have big personalities.“I don’t want to sound like I am harking back to the days of me and John (Terry) and Ashley Cole and Petr Cech and Didier Drogba, but I do see a team now where John is the last mainstay of that identity.“Maybe Chelsea are looking for a more beautiful way now. The club has been trying to push it down that route with the players they have recruited over the last four or five years.“The problem is if you fall in the middle, somewhere between tough and beautiful. It’s nice football at times but it’s not that nice and it’s not really winning games. It’s not beautiful, beautiful stuff.“They need to buy two or three big players. Because being 11th in the Premier League is ridiculous for Chelsea.” Frank Lampard has been left worried by Chelsea and their position in the Premier League
“Have some patience. Things take time. There will be a process and we’ll work through that, and it will lead us where it leads us,” General Manager Brian Cashman said. “My speculation is I’m not going to have anything to report in the next couple of days.” Few players were at Yankee Stadium, a day after their season-ending 6-4 loss to Cleveland, the third straight year New York was eliminated in the first round. But folks everywhere chimed in and backed Torre, from rival AL managers Terry Francona and Eric Wedge to presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Chien-Ming Wang, Doug Mientkiewicz, Andy Phillips and Jose Molina were among the Yankees who showed up at the ballpark and packed their gear for the long winter. Don Mattingly, mentioned as a possible replacement along with Joe Girardi and Tony La Russa, said succeeding Torre would be difficult, akin to following John Wooden. Steinbrenner said last weekend he didn’t think he’d bring Torre back unless New York rallied to win the first-round series. The 77-year-old owner has not spoken publicly since the Game 4 defeat. From news services The wait is on for Joe Torre and his Yankees players, a fiercely loyal bunch. Nearly everyone in New York wanted to know Tuesday whether owner George Steinbrenner will keep his longtime manager or let him go after 12 straight playoff appearances. No answers yet. His spokesman, Howard Rubenstein, released a statement Tuesday that said Steinbrenner was heading back home to Tampa, Fla., and would have no comment “at this time.” ETC.: Alex Rodriguez is ready to cash in. Again. Agent Scott Boras hinted that A-Rod will opt out of the final three seasons of his contract with the Yankees and seek a new deal in the free-agent market that will lock him up through his pursuit of Barry Bonds’ home-run record. Boras negotiated Rodriguez’s record $252 million, 10-year agreement with the Texas Rangers before the 2001 season, a contract the Yankees took over when they acquired A-Rod before the 2004 season. Around the leagues Diamondbacks: Manager Bob Melvin will stick with the same rotation in the NL Championship Series that he used – or planned to use – in the division series against the Cubs. After ace Brandon Webb goes in Game 1 against Colorado on Thursday night, Arizona will start lefty Doug Davis in Game 2 Friday. Right-hander Livan Hernandez will be the Game 3 starter on Sunday night, followed by rookie right-hander Micah Owings in Game 4 on Monday. … Buying a ticket should be no problem for anyone who wants to attend the first two games of the NLCS. About 8,000 seats remain available for Thursday and Friday, Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall said. Red Sox: Two days after helping the Red Sox finish off the Angels in the first round, Curt Schilling was tabbed to start the second game of the best-of-7 series against Cleveland’s Fausto Carmona. Josh Beckett will start the opener on Friday night against C.C. Sabathia. Daisuke Matsuzaka, who pitched the second game in the first round, will start Game 3 against Jake Westbrook. Tigers: The team decided Ivan Rodriguez was worth another $13 million. The Tigers exercised an option on the All-Star catcher’s contract, retaining him for a fifth season at a hefty price. Phillies: Manager Charlie Manuel agreed to a two-year contract with a club option for 2010, keeping around the folksy manager who led the franchise to its first NL East title since 1993. Astros: Longtime radio announcer Milo Hamilton was recovering in a Houston hospital after having a heart attack over the weekend. The 80-year-old Hamilton underwent an angioplasty, had a stent put in and was doing well, the team said.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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A protracted strike by Hollywood writers would have a $380 million impact on the Los Angeles economy, far less than some early estimates of $1 billion, a UCLA economist reported today. UCLA Anderson Forecast economist Jerry Nickelsburg said initial estimates of the strike’s impact were “grossly inflated.” He said the walkout would have a roughly $380 million economic impact, even if the strike were to last through the end of March — roughly as long as the 1988 WGA strike. “Virtually everywhere in the media, in City Hall and in Sacramento, this greater than $1 billion economic impact is taken as fact,” Nickelsburg said. “But what is behind it and how much faith can we put in this number? Is there a serious public issue for the Los Angeles economy worthy of governmental intervention? “As it turns out, a close examination of the economic dynamics of the 2007 WGA strike suggests a much more modest and transitory impact on the Los Angeles economy,” he said. “The impact, even if the strike runs as long as the record 1988 strike, will be about one-third or less of the currently accepted $1 billion estimate.” Representatives for the WGA and television and film producers were negotiating for a fourth consecutive day today in hopes of ending the strike, which began Nov. 5. The union is pushing for writers to be paid for work distributed via the Internet, video iPods, cellphones and other new media.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsCharlotte St. Martin, executive director of the league, called the deal “a good compromise that serves our industry.” “What is most important is that Broadway’s lights will once again be shining brightly with a diversity of productions that will delight all theatergoers during this holiday time,” she said. NEW YORK – Broadway stagehands and theater producers reached a tentative agreement Wednesday night to end a strike and almost immediately return to the stage most of the two dozen plays and musicals that have been shut down for more than two weeks. The settlement came after two days of marathon, all-night sessions and months of negotiation between Local 1 and the League of American Theatres and Producers. The walkout, which began Nov. 10, has cost the city and theaters millions of dollars in lost income. Bruce Cohen, a spokesman for the union, confirmed the agreement ending the 19-day work stoppage. “We’re glad there’s a deal, and everyone should go back to work and the public should go see a Broadway show,” Cohen said. Most shows were expected to resume performances today, the league said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Around seventy businesses in Donegal have been busy networking at the Doing Business in Donegal event in the Mount Errigal this morning.Crowds have flocked to the event since the doors opened at 12 noon, the networking event lasts until 5pm and admission is FREE!The showcase organised by the Donegal Local Enterprise Office has gifts, candy, crafts and lots more besides and there has been a real buzz at the venue all morning even before the doors opened to the public Michael Tunney, Head of Local Enterprise told Donegal Daily, “The businesses who are exhibiting is representative of many of the small and medium local enterprises that exist in Donegal.“There are 70 stands with food, gifts, sweets, crafts, books etc on sale, but there are also be services too like photography, marketing, graphic design, PR, health and fitness and more.“Other stands will be of interest to those looking for services for house and home and will feature such areas as construction, insulation, showers, gates and stairs.With only weeks to go now until Christmas, today’s showcase could be the place to find that perfect gift. But more than simply a Christmas gift fair it also has an extensive range of commercial services on offer to members of the public or indeed to other businesses who can pop along any time until 5pm. PICTURE SPECIAL FROM THE BRILLIANT ‘DOING BUSINESS IN DONEGAL’ NETWORKING EVENT was last modified: November 28th, 2014 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:BusinessFeaturesLEOLocal Enterprisenewspicture special