Adding to Mourinho’s frustration, the goal stemmed from a free-kick awarded for a needless dive by United defender Chris Smalling.But Mourinho could have no complaints about second placed United’s second defeat in their last three league games.This was an unimaginative performance lacking drive and desire and leaves them 16 points behind leaders Manchester City.United couldn’t match the aggression of a Newcastle team fighting for survival and there were wild celebrations at full-time as the hosts moved out of the relegation zone.Mourinho must have feared the worst early on.United arrived with seven clean sheets in their last eight games, but proved to be surprisingly vulnerable.After only five minutes, David De Gea made an excellent save from Jonjo Shelvey after Dwight Gayle’s free-kick rebounded to the midfielder off the United wall.Ayoze Perez drove a shot narrowly wide from the edge of the area and a superb clearance from Smalling snuffed out another Newcastle threat as United struggled to retain possession.It all added up to a hugely encouraging start for Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez, who gave a debut to Slovak goalkeeper Martin Dubravka following his arrival on loan last month.In his first half-hour of Premier League football, Dubravka was only required to make two routine clearances from the edge of his area.At the other end, De Gea had made another save from Kenedy by the time the visitors finally tested Dubravka as he turned away a 32nd minute shot from Jesse Lingard.– Clumsy challenge –Pogba was ineffectual as United lost at Newcastle to slip back towards their fellow top-four hopefulsFour minutes later Dubravka showed why Benitez was so eager to sign him.Anthony Martial appeared certain to score when Nemanja Matic’s measured pass sent him clear, but the keeper narrowed the angle and kicked away the shot.United might have gone in behind if referee Craig Pawson had not rejected justifiable penalty claims when Gayle went down under a clumsy challenge from Smalling in the 40th minute.Benitez’s furious reaction on the touchline mixed anger with disbelief.The Spaniard was more impressed by Pawson’s judgement eight minutes into the second-half when the official decided – correctly – that Romelu Lukaku had pushed a defender as he rose to head past Dubravka.Lukaku, like the majority of his teammates, had been anonymous.One exception was Alexis Sanchez and he almost put them ahead in the 57th minute when he rounded Dubravka before his goal-bound shot was blocked by Florian Lejeune.Mourinho was already preparing to send on substitutes Michael Carrick and Juan Mata in place of the ineffectual Paul Pogba and Lingard when his side went behind from a free-kick awarded for Smalling’s dive.The defender was cautioned and further punishment was to follow when Shelvey delivered the free-kick.Lejeune headed it towards goal, Gayle touched it back into the path of Ritchie and he stroked his shot inside the post from 10 yards.It proved to be enough to earn Newcastle three invaluable points, but only after two goalline clearances from Gayle denied Martial in the closing moments.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Matt Ritchie and the Newcastle fans were elated after he scored the only goal of the game against Manchester United © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYNEWCASTLE, United Kingdom, Feb 11 – Jose Mourinho is still waiting to win a Premier League game at Newcastle after Matt Ritchie’s goal sentenced Manchester United to a shock 1-0 defeat on Sunday.This was Mourinho’s seventh attempt to steer a team to victory on Tyneside and the United manager was destined for more misery at St James’ Park thanks Ritchie’s second-half goal.
0Shares0000Morocco’s Aziz Bouhaddouz scored an injury-time own goal to hand Iran a 1-0 World Cup winSAINT PETERSBURG, Russia, June 15 – Iran’s players stormed the pitch at full-time as if they had won the World Cup rather than just their opening match after an own goal from Morocco’s Aziz Bouhaddouz gifted them a dramatic 1-0 victory on Friday.Wasteful finishing looked to have consigned this compelling contest at the Saint Petersburg Stadium to a goalless draw but Bouhaddouz’s mistake in injury-time means Iran emerge as the early challengers to Spain and Portugal in Group B. Iran coach Carlos Queiroz, once of Real Madrid and Manchester United, insisted the chaos that has engulfed Spain this week offered no boost to these teams’ chances, but this victory certainly cranks the pressure up a notch.When Bouhaddouz nodded in at the near post, Iran’s substitutes could not resist rushing onto the field and when the final whistle blew moments later they were sprinting over again in delight.Morocco should at least take heart from a blistering first half an hour, during which their zip and zest deemed them virtually unplayable. But Hakim Ziyach, Ayoub El Kaabi and Mehdi Benatia all failed to capitalise.Instead, Iran showed the same grit that had frustrated Argentina for 91 minutes four years ago but while Lionel Messi was the difference that day, this time it was their turn to snatch a last-gasp winner.Iran have now won their second World Cup match everTheir build-up had not been smooth. Nike had blocked the players’ supply of boots four days previous while further back, friendlies against Greece and Kosovo were cancelled.It gave Queiroz good reason for positioning his team as the group’s outsiders but both teams had cause for optimism after his side strolled through 18 games of Asian qualifying without defeat while Morocco were unbeaten too, with the added coup of not conceding a single goal.Morocco’s fans, at a World Cup for the first time in 20 years, belted out their own national anthem and then applauded Iran’s, the 67,000-seater arena a sea of red and white, and buzzing with the hum of vuvuzelas in a throwback to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.The only shame was the large number of empty seats at kick-off, with many supporters still queueing to get through security 15 minutes before kick-off.Morcco started brilliantly, hounding Iran’s every touch and swarming forward with such ferocity that on the line, Queiroz spent most of the opening 20 minutes urging his players to pause, and take a breath.The only surprise was Morocco were not ahead as Ziyach kicked the air from a well-worked corner, El Kaabi sliced wide and a penalty-box scramble saw shots from Younes Belhanda and Benatia blocked.The onslaught finally eased after half an hour and by the interval Iran had not only survived but finished the stronger, Sardar Azmoun, the ‘Iranian Messi’, spurning a one-on-one after a scintillating break.Perhaps tired from the first period or, more likely, reminded of their defensive duties during the interval, both teams were more cagey after the restart.They each made substitutions as the game drifted past the hour and the closest it had come to a winner was when a fizzing Ziyach drive had to be tipped around the post by Ali Beiranvand.Queiroz and his opposite number Herve Renard were involved in a touchline scuffle, that was quickly resolved, before the real drama arrived moments later.Bouhaddouz could not see what was behind him when a whipped free-kick came in from the left and he panicked, diving to the ball and heading it inside his own near post.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
1 Deportivo La Coruna striker Florin Andone Watford have joined Fiorentina, Espanyol and Sporting Lisbon in the chase for Deportivo La Coruna striker Florin Andone.The Romanian netted 12 times for Deportivo this season, also providing three assists, as the Spanish side avoided relegation from LaLiga.Andone’s displays have not gone unnoticed and he has been attracting interest from Fiorentina, Sporting Lisbon and Espanyol.Now another club have joined the chase as, according El Desmarque, Premier League side Watford are keen on the striker.The Hornets have gone as far as asking about his contractual situation at Deportivo, also gauging Andone’s plans for his future.Deportivo are not keen to sell for anything less than £17m, but even that is much lower than the striker’s release clause, which is thought be closer to the £26m mark.
Lewis Hamilton and Neymar courtside After playing alongside Lionel Messi you would think Neymar would be used to being astonished on a daily basis.This time, however, it was another sporting superstar leaving the Barcelona winger amazed – LeBron James.Neymar and fellow sports megastar Lewis Hamilton were both courtside to see James’ Cleveland Cavaliers take on Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors in game two of the NBA Finals.And it was a magnificent dunk from James that left Neymar and Hamilton suitably impressed with the spectacle.Check out the video below to see the Brazilian’s reaction. LeBron throws it down in transition. @neymarjr approves! #PhantomCam pic.twitter.com/obvZfCogU8— NBA (@NBA) June 5, 2017//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js 1
19 Mark Hughes – Bayern Munich (loan: 1987-88) – After a disappointing season in Barcelona the Welsh striker spent a season on-loan in Bavaria where he managed to grab seven goals in 23 appearances. While at Bayern, Hughes famously played two competitive games in one day first for Wales against Czechoslovakia before being driven across the border to come on as a substitute for his club side. After his loan spell in Germany ended Alex Ferguson brought the now-Stoke boss back to Manchester United where he enjoyed great success. 19 Michael Mancienne – Hamburger SV (2011-14) – Another Englishman to make the move to Hamburg, Mancienne didnt quite enjoy the same level of success as Keegan. After three successive loan spells with Wolverhampton Wanderers it became clear Mancienne wasnt going to be granted opportunities at parent club Chelsea so he took the option to join the Bundesliga side in 2011. After making 49 league appearances in three years, as Hamburg struggled in the top flight, Mancienne returned to England in 2014 by joining Nottingham Forest. Brian O’Neil – Wolfsburg (1998-2000) – The Scotland midfielder joined the Bundesliga club after one season playing for Aberdeen and proved to be a popular figure during his time at the club. ONeil helped Wolfsburg to UEFA Cup qualification for the first time in their history before leaving for Derby County in November 2000. Oliver Burke – RB Leipzig (2016-present) – The 20-year-old Scot moved from Nottingham Forest to last seasons Bundesliga surprise package in last summer’s transfer window for £13million. Despite the club performing miracles in their debut top tier campaign finishing second to Bayern Munich on a personal level Burke would have liked to play more often. With five league starts and 20 substitute appearances under his belt the young midfielder will want to step up and Sheffield Wednesday are keen on bringing him back to England. However, RB Leipzig want to keep Burke around and consider him to be more of a project for the future rather than a player for the present. 19 Scott Booth – Borussia Dortmund (1997-99) – After several happy years playing up front for hometown team Aberdeen, Booth made the move to Dortmund in 1997. However, the Scot didnt enjoy much success in yellow and was soon loaned out to FC Utrecht and Vitesse Arnhem. After his loan spells he left Dortmund permanently for FC Twente in 1999 before returning to Aberdeen in 2003. Booth is currently working as the head coach of Glasgow City one of Scotlands most successful womens teams. 19 Kevin Keegan – Hamburger SV (1977-80) – After becoming a star at Liverpool, Keegan also proved to be a hit in his three years at Hamburg. The Englishman was named European Footballer of the Year in 1978 and 1979 and he proved inspirational as Hamburg won the Bundesliga title in 1979. Keegan then moved on to Southampton in 1980 but is still fondly remembered by Hamburg fans. Owen Hargreaves – Bayern Munich (2000-2007) – The Canadian-born midfielder moved to Bayern as a 16-year-old and after progressing through the youth ranks helped the side to four league titles and the 2001 Champions League. The England international spent several years as a first team regular before Manchester United spent £17million to bring him to the Premier League in 2007. Paul Lambert – Borussia Dortmund (1996-97) – Though Lamberts time in Dortmund was brief it was highly successful and the Scot is fondly remembered for the part he played in the clubs 1997 Champions League triumph. Deployed in defensive midfield Lambert managed to nullify Juventus star man Zinedine Zidane in the final as Dortmund won 3-1 to claim their only Champions League title. Lambert left in November 1997 for Celtic where he stayed until 2005. 19 19 19 19 19 Dave Watson – Werder Bremen (1979) – Watson left Manchester City for Werder Bremen in 1979 and his time was certainly eventful but not successful. After being sent off in his second game for the club, for pushing 1860 Munichs Hermann Bitz, Watson was handed an eight-week ban by the German FA. He was fined by the club and later refused to travel to a game against Schalke due to injury before subsequently turning up to play for England. Perhaps unsurprisingly it wasnt long before the defender returned to England joining Southampton in October 1979. West Ham United youngster Reece Oxford is on the verge of completing a season-long loan move to Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach.The 18-year-old will hope to further develop in Germany and he is due to become the latest British export to the league.Tottenham full-back Kyle Walker is also heavily linked with a transfer to Bayern Munich as manager Carlo Ancelotti looks for a replacement following the retirement of Philipp Lahm.But how have other British players fared playing in the German top flight?Scroll through the gallery above to see the contributions made by past British Bundesliga footballers. 19 19 19 Wayne Thomas – Bayer Uerdingen (1983-85), Hannover 96 (1985-87) – The Welsh midfielder spent most of his career in Germany and featured in the Bundesliga for Uerdingen and Hannover 96. Thomas came on as an 82nd minute substitute for Uerdingen in the 1985 German Cup final as they beat Bayern Munich 2-1. A majority of Thomas playing time was spent with teams in the German second tier. Peter Hobday – Hannover 96 (1986-88), Eintracht Frankfurt (1988-90), Arminia Bielefield (1994-97) – The London born midfielder left Gillingham in 1979 to play out the vast majority of his career in Germany. While in the country he featured in the Bundesliga for the likes of Hannover, Eintracht Frankfurt and Arminia Bielefield. 19 19 19 Murdo MacLeod – Borussia Dortmund (1987-90) – MacLeod moved from Celtic to Dortmund in June 1987 and stayed at the Bundesliga club for three years. The Scottish midfielder managed to win the German Cup and German Super Cup in his time before leaving for Hibernian in 1990. 19 Dean Thomas – Fortuna Dusseldorf (1983-1988) – Thomas signed for Fortuna from Wimbledon in 1983 and stayed until 1988 with the club suffering relegation from the Bundesliga in 1987. After leaving Thomas had spells with Northampton Town, Notts County before heading into management. Alan McInally – Bayern Munich (1989-93) – The Scottish striker signed for the German giants from Aston Villa and stayed in Bavaria for four years. His Bayern career began with a bang as the club won the title in his first campaign but his last two years at the club were blighted by injury problems. He then left for Kilmarnock in 1993 before retiring a year later. 19 Reece Oxford is set to join Borussia Monchengladbach – click the arrow above, right, to see how other Brits faired in the Bundesliga Mark Farrington – Hertha BSC (1990-91) – The former Norwich and Cardiff forward made the move to Germany after a spell playing for Fortuna Sittard in the Netherlands. Unfortunately Farringtons time playing in the German capital wasnt too fruitful. After a handful of appearances he soon returned to Holland to play with Feyenoord briefly before coming back to England and signing with Brighton. Vincent Mennie – 1. FC Köln (1983-86) – The Scottish midfielder was born in Germany and played for Cologne for three years without fully establishing himself. He soon moved on to play for the likes of Dundee, Falkirk and Forfar Athletic. Tony Woodcock – 1. FC Köln (1979-82, 1986-88) – After winning the European Cup with Nottingham Forest, Woodcock was soon on his way to Germany in a £600,000 deal. The England international scored 28 goals in 81 appearances for Koln before being transferred to Arsenal. He proved to be a hit in North London but returned to Germany for a second spell after being told he was no longer needed under Gunners boss George Graham. 19 19 Mark McGhee – Hamburger SV (1984-85) – After proving himself as a vital component up front in Alex Fergusons highly successful Aberdeen team McGhee departed Scotland for Germany in the summer of 1984. However, the strikers time in Hamburg was blighted by injuries and he failed to make much of an impact. After 16 months the now-Scotland assistant boss came back to his home country to play for Celtic.
Donegal goalkeeping legend Packie Bonner is to pen his memoirs.Packie BonnerIn what promises to be a best-seller, the big Keadue man is to give a fascinating insight into life at both Celtic and the Republic of Ireland.Bonner, who signed for the Scottish giants in 1978, played a record 641 times for the team. Packie revealed “I felt the time was right to record some of my memories from that wonderful time, as well as looking back on my career as a whole.”Bonner, now 55, played under manager Jack Charlton and will always be remember for the part he played in Italia ’90.GOALKEEPING LEGEND PACKIE TO PEN BOOK TELLING ALL was last modified: June 22nd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bookdonegalKeaduememoirsPackie Bonner
THE HSE failed to respond to a bid to save the Donegal-Dublin hospital bus.The service finally ended yesterday.But donegaldaily.com can now reveal that Marleys Coach Hire which had the contract for the service offered to cut its costs in HALF in a last minute bid to save the service. It was charging €100,000-a-year – but said that after talking with patients and relatives, it would cut that fee to €50,000 a year.This has now been confirmed by bus operator Francis Marley.“Patients paid €12.50 for each journey and offered to pay more and we looked at our costs and made the offer to the HSE last week but we never got a response,” he said.There is considerable anger at the HSE decision which means patients will now have to use public buses and then use taxis to get to hospitals once they are in Dublin. REVEALED: HSE FAILED TO RESPOND TO BID TO SAVE HOSPITAL BUS was last modified: July 28th, 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:REVEALED: HSE FAILED TO RESPOND TO BID TO SAVE HOSPITAL BUS
SANTA CLARA — Richard Sherman and Odell Beckham Jr. opened the season as strong contenders for Comeback Player of the Year.They have indeed returned at an elite level from lower-leg injuries. But their efforts have done little to rescue the 49ers (2-7) and New York Giants (1-7) entering Monday night’s game.“I never really imagined being in a comeback-player-of-the-year race, but if I get a chance to win it, I’ll take it,” Beckham told Giants-based media Friday.Beckham noted that’s not his …
27 September 2004Marketing South Africa has gone big abroad. The International Marketing Council of SA (IMC) has placed full-page advertisements in leading global business magazines such as Fortune and The Economist.The adverts, part of a campaign by the IMC to raise awareness of the country abroad, began earlier this month when 10 South African-branded taxis took to the streets of London.The IMC is a public-private partnership tasked by the government marketing South Africa through the creation and promotion of a unified brand image for the country.The IMC’s new print adverts target potential investors, citing the performance of the SA economy and the rising number of multinational firms setting up base in SA. “If this page was developing as fast as our economy, it would be a billboard”View the advert (enlarged) “350 days of sunshine could be just what your business needs”View the advert (enlarged) South Africa, please, taxi driverMore on the IMC’s taxi campaignBranding mission to USThe IMC’s latest overseas campaign follows an unprecedented South African investor mission to the US, organised by the IMC and the US Commercial Service in June.IMC chairperson Wendy Luhabe led the South African delegation of 40 high-level business and government leaders, which included African Rainbow Minerals deputy chairman Rick Mennell and New Africa Investments Limited CEO Saki Macozoma, among others.Delegates met about 2 000 counterparts during meetings that included investor conferences in Chicago, Atlanta and New York. They also met with US talk show host Oprah Winfrey and editors from Forbes magazine, among others.IMC CEO Yvonne Johnston said that visits of this scale to market South Africa had not been undertaken before.Johnston said the idea for the visit was to have a band of “brand ambassadors” that spoke with one voice on business issues. “The scale made it powerful,” she said, adding that similar ventures to other of South Africa’s top trading partner countries could be undertaken.Representatives in US, UKThe IMC has posted representatives to the US and UK, and is also recruiting a representative for Japan, to identify opportunities to improve the climate in those countries for trade, tourism and investment in South Africa.Part of this involves changing perceptions about SA abroad. To do this, the IMC relies on South African businesses operating overseas to help.John Battersby, UK country manager for the IMC, has been focusing on “the big six in London – Anglo American, De Beers, Dimension Data, Investec, Old Mutual and SABMiller.“I’m talking to these six companies through their CEOs to try to explore and encourage opportunities for joint marketing of SA”, Battersby told Business Day, “so instead of companies going off and doing solo marketing of their own brands, we can get two or three CEOs on one platform, talking to an audience about South African issues like black economic empowerment.”Battersby told Business Day that a conference in London in March, hosted by Investec and Old Mutual, broke new ground in reassuring investors about the investment climate in South Africa.He says that UK investors are just as concerned about the countries where a company operates as they are about the company itself. Economic and currency stability, rule of law, labour and empowerment are issues they want to know more about.SA needs to market itself more: IICPresident Thabo Mbeki’s International Investment Council, at its last meeting in Cape Town in June, warned that SA should step up efforts to market the country if it wanted to compete with other economies for foreign investment.Among the foreign council members attending the meeting were Martin Kolhaussen of Commerzbank, Jurgen Schremp of DaimlerChrysler, Frank Savage of Savage Holdings, Tan Sri Marican of Petronas, Niall Fitzgerald of Unilever, and Tony O’Reilly of Independent News Group.Mbeki, briefing the media after the meeting, said there was an imbalance between the perceptions and the reality of South Africa among some abroad.Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa said that council members had, during the meeting, expressed the view that the conditions for a higher growth rate had been established in South Africa – but that this would require raising the rate of investment, both domestic and foreign.Bearing in mind that SA was competing with other economies for foreign direct investment, the council felt it was imperative that South Africa should effectively market its comparative advantages – communicating consistently about the country’s economic progress and success stories – while addressing those areas where competing countries did better than itself.SouthAfrica.info reporter