“I don’t like Milner…and Van Dijk is arrogant” – Man United’s Andreas Pereira takes dig at Liverpool players in YouTube chat

first_imgManchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira has claimed that Virgil van Dijk and James Milner are the most arrogant players he has come across in the Premier League.The 24-year-old Brazil international called out the Liverpool duo on the Desimpedidos YouTube channel when asked about his most ‘cocky’ opponents.He referred to van Dijk and Milner – who both play for United’s arch-rivals Liverpool – as ‘marrento’s’ in Portuguese, which translates to ‘cocky’ or arrogant.’‘I don’t really like that guy, Milner,’ Pereira told Desimpedidos.‘And to tell you the truth, I don’t like that guy, the defender, van Dijk. [He is] Marrento, man. Even the way he plays is kind of arrogant.’ It comes just days after Chelsea boss Frank Lampard warned Liverpool not to get ‘too arrogant’ following a confrontation with Jurgen Klopp during his side’s 5-3 defeat at Anfield.United star Pereira went on to name his fellow countrymen David Luiz and Willian as his favourite opponents to come up against.‘David Luiz and Willian are the most “good” guys,’ he said before adding that it is always enjoyable to speak to them before stepping out on to the pitch to take them on.The United midfielder also named Thiago Silva, Marquinhos and Sergio Ramos as his top rated players.last_img read more

ANALYSIS: Berekum Chelsea’s story after 200 league games

first_imgName: Berekum Chelsea Football ClubEstablished: 2000Colours: BlueNickname: The BluesHome: Golden City Park.Look at the stat graphic above critically. Do you see a team that’s made progress, gone limp or just about broken even?Berekum Chelsea have just marked their 200th game since qualifying for the first time to the Ghana Premier League. They played Hearts of Lions on Sunday and drew 1-1.A relatively unknown side back in the day, they are based in the centre of the country and their entry into Ghana’s top flight took many by surprise – not least the club’s similar name to the London giants.This team came as Berekum Chelsea, changed their base to Bechem and hence became Bechem Chelsea, before reverting to the current name.Before the money From the hot conditions in the Upper West Region, Kwamax FC was formed. One of the key starters of the venture was Maxwell Konadu, current Black Stars assistant coach.”The aim was simply to harness the budding talents in the region,” he says.Financial hiccups and lack of support from the home fans forced a sale of the club. And Berekum Chelsea was birthed from the restructuring efforts of the new owners.After years of toiling in the lower leagues, a successful campaign in the 2008 Division One League fired them into the nation’s top flight. The team announced their arrival by finishing a respectable seventh, winning 11 and losing just 9 of the opening 30 league fixtures. League marchThe 2009/10 campaign looked promising in opening half for the then richest club in town, though they dropped two places on the league.The only consolation for the club was the experience the playing body gained.In the 2010/11 Premier League season, Nana Kwame’s lucrative monthly salaries and winning bonuses attracted the best in the local scene to the farming region. From Abdul Basit to Solomon Asante, Emmanuel Clottey (above) to Gladson Awako, the Ghanaian local player for once ignored the calls from Manhyia palace or the rainbow family.The Golden City Park became an El Dorado for local players, as players built their dreams at the Golden City Park. The team suddenly rose from just a division one club to serious league contenders in a matter of seasons. Emmanuel Clottey took the golden boot as the Berekum based side kept the trophy in the Brong Ahafo Region a year after rivals Aduana Stars did it a year earlier.It was the second time one region has defended the league title since Olympics and Hearts of Oak in 1973 and 1974 respectively.DeclineThe dream of Nana Kwame to lift the domestic trophy had been achieved. It became quickly clear that plans were not long-term.No official sponsorships were sought. No headline money-spinning brands scouted. Nothing. They relied on the heavy pockets of the owners. To imagine the same club facing bankruptcy now is quite stunning. HighsThey entered the league in the 2008/2009 season and have since managed to stay. Unlike many clubs who get relegated in their formative years at the top level, Chelsea stayed.They began their Premier League journey with a win beating old timers Liberty Professionals in a thrilling 3-2 victory. In 2011, after just three years they clinched the title on May 18 (above, pictured).A 1-0 win from an Emmanuel Clottey goal ensured the crown was delivered with three games to spare. It made yet another statement that the Ghanaian top flight was not the preserve of Hearts and Kotoko, especially after Aduana Stars won in the 2009/10 season.This success propelled Chelsea to get into the African Champions League, but they were undone in the group stages and have not been the same since. To date, the Blues are the last Ghanaian side to have reached this level in Africa.After 200 games, Chelsea have scored 199 goals but have conceded 171. They have bagged in 85 wins, 55 draws and 60 losses. Apart from the 2013/2014 season, their goals for have always exceeded or have been equal to that of goals against.And then they won the President’s Cup back to back in 2011 and 2012 (below, pictured with trophy). Those were truly heady days.StarsChelsea has positioned itself as a good side that can attract some of Ghana’s leading talents, mainly because of the money from CEO Emmanuel Kyeremeh. The likes of Black Stars winger Solomon Asante, Gladson Awako, Yaw Frimpong (all three now at TP Mazembe), Jackson Owusu (Asante Kotoko) and Emmanuel Clottey have all passed through the club.LowsThese days, things aren’t the same in Berekum. The boom went bust when the club was nearly rendered bankrupt. Kyeremeh eventually left the country and has taken a backseat in the running of the club. Gradually, the Berekum Blues are slipping into the shadows. They were a delightfully formidable side to watch in their day and fans would hope the glory days return soon, beginning with this weekend’s home game against Edubiase . –Follow Joy Sports news on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag on Facebook and Twitter is #JoySportslast_img read more

Oklahoma gives Lincoln Riley raise to $6M per year with extension through 2024

first_img“My family and I are very appreciative of the support the University of Oklahoma has shown,” Riley said. “This has been a great home for us. We’ve had a great start and we’re excited for many more great years in the future.”Home.#OUDNA pic.twitter.com/SsLxx7jQAi— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) January 30, 2019Riley, who made $4.8 million last year, will also receive an annual $700,000 stay bonus for each year he remains with the Sooners on top of $150,000 in annual bumps through the 2023 season, ESPN notes. Related News “We felt it important to extend and amend Lincoln’s contract at this time as we want him at the University of Oklahoma for a long time,” Oklahoma president James Gallogly said earlier this month when Riley agreed in principle to the new deal. “He is a great coach and role model for our student-athletes. His record of success speaks for itself. USC hires another former Texas Tech QB as offensive coordinator, report says QB Josh Jackson joins Virginia Tech exodus feeling ‘disrespected’center_img The Sooners are doing what it takes to keep coach Lincoln Riley.The University of Oklahoma regents agreed Wednesday to bump his 2019 salary to $6 million, which will make him the ninth-highest-paid coach in college football, according to USA Today’s database, and approved a contract extension through January 2024. “Lincoln is also the right representative for our university in such a high-profile position. I am proud to work with him and anxious to support him as he takes our program into the future.”Riley has led the Sooners to two College Football Playoff berths since taking over for Bob Stoops in 2017. He has complied a 24-4 overall record and produced two Heisman Trophy winners in Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray.last_img read more

Oklahoma’s Grant Calcaterra says he’s done with football, cites concussions

first_imgTo everybody who’s been a part of my football journey, Thank You.Philippians 1:6 pic.twitter.com/OmOlUsLiMV— Grant Calcaterra (@grcalcaterra) November 22, 2019Toward the end of his statement, Calcaterra said he plans to return to his native Southern California after his May graduation from OU to become a firefighter.”The impulsiveness, teamwork, leadership, camaraderie and, most importantly, being a part of something that is bigger than myself is all I want in a career,” he said. BENDER: Sizing up Oklahoma’s chances to leap Pac-12 champ in Playoff chaseCalcaterra, a first-team All-Big 12 performer for the Sooners in 2018, was limited to five games this year. His last appearance came against Kansas on Oct. 5. He caught five passes for 79 yards and no touchdowns in the 2019 season. The ninth-ranked Sooners (9-1, 6-1 Big 12) will play TCU in Norman on Saturday night. Oklahoma junior tight end Grant Calcaterra announced Thursday that he is ending his football career because of multiple concussions, the last being the one he suffered earlier this season.”Over a month ago, I received a concussion in practice,” he said, reading from a prepared statement. “What most of you may not know is that I’ve had my fair share of concussions in my career. I spent countless hours visiting with OU medical professionals and specialists around the country. Ultimately, we came to the conclusion that it would be best for me to step away from the game.”last_img read more

Colombia plane crash: What we know

first_imgThe survivors are being treated in hospital.The regional governor, Luis Perez, said it was a “miracle” they survived.Who were the victims? The plane was carrying club team Chapecoense Real to the first game of a two-leg final to decide the Copa Sudamericana, South America’s second-biggest club tournament.Based in the city of Chapeco in southern Brazil, the unsung team was having a Cinderella season after defying the odds to reach the Copa Sudamericana finals.The team’s goalkeeper Marcos Danilo Padilha, 31, died on the way to hospital after the crash, the civil aviation authority said.His last-minute save in the semi-final had sealed the team’s spot in the final.There were 20 Brazilian journalists among the dead.They included six employees from the Brazilian affiliate of Fox Sports television. One of them, Mario Sergio, was a well-known announcer and former Brazilian international football player. What was the plane’s history?The British Aerospace 146 airliner entered into operation in 1999, said a spokesman for the manufacturer.The four-engine jet had been used by two other airlines before being sold to Bolivian charter company LAMIA, which operated the flight.Britain’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch said it was sending investigators to Colombia along with representatives of the plane’s manufacturer BAE Systems to help with investigations.The same plane was used two weeks ago to fly the Argentine national football team — with superstar Lionel Messi on board — to San Juan, Argentina for a World Cup qualifying match, according to aviation specialist tracking sites.Share on: WhatsApp The same plane was used two weeks ago to fly the Argentine national football team — with Messi on board La Unión, Colombia | AFP | Here’s what we know — and don’t know — about flight LMI 2933, which crashed into the Colombian mountains Monday night with a Brazilian football team on board, killing 71 people. Six people survived.What happened? The charter flight from the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz reported “electrical failures” around 10:00 pm Monday (0300 GMT Tuesday).Soon after, the plane crashed just short of its destination, the Medellin international airport in northwestern Colombia.The plane broke apart on impact in the remote mountains of Cerro Gordo, leaving the shattered white fuselage plastered on a hillside.The plane’s two black boxes have been found. Officials did not immediately say how long it would take to analyze their contents.A Colombian military source told AFP the plane did not explode on impact, raising suspicions it had run out of fuel when it crashed.The mountainous terrain is very difficult to access, a local official said.Rescuers had to hike for more than half an hour to reach the site.How many died? Colombia’s disaster management agency said 71 people were killed.It lowered an initial death toll of 75 given by the civil aviation authority after it emerged that four people on the passenger manifest had not in fact boarded the plane.Six people survived: three players, two crew members and a journalist.last_img read more

Luis Muñoz and his renewal: “I am not going to leave the ship”

first_imgLuis Muñoz had words of praise for the sports director, Manolo Gaspar: “We are talking, in these circumstances they are difficult times because it is not known what will happen, if the League will end, if there will be ERTE, if not … Yes, it is true that I have maintained contacts with Manolo Gaspar, and very well with him. It is clear, sincere. I, Sub-23 step to have a professional record and that generates the problem, it is not known if LaLiga will allow it. What has to be solved is if the League continues or not, if it will end or not ”. Málaga and Luis Muñoz began talks months ago for the renewal of the youth squad, whose contract ends on June 30. The club and the player have shown, both in public and in private, a total willingness to continue hand in hand in the future.The man from Malaga has several proposals on the table, but he assures that his absolute priority is to continue at La Rosaleda. “There are teams that are interested in me, that want me to sign. But I spoke to Manolo and I told him that I am not going to leave the boat, that I wanted to wait to see the situation in which Málaga would be at the end of the League. I went from U23 to professional and it could happen to me like Iván Rodríguez and Mula and I would not like to be in that situation at all. If things were fixed, I would like to stay in Malaga“He said in an interview with Malaga today.last_img read more

$ Development < $ Underdevelopment

first_imgNot to confuse our readers, the meaning of our title is that development is less expensive than underdevelopment. In other words, underdevelopment is in fact more costly than development. Take the private sector, for example. Company X earned gross revenues of US$100,000 in the year ending December 31, 2014. This company is owned by Liberians who are not sitting around waiting for government jobs, but have taken the entrepreneurial risk to go into business. Cost of goods sold and services rendered amounted to US$90,000. That means Company X only realized profits of US$10,000 in 2014. Company X is very efficiently run; but one solitary cost item sucks its profit margin dry. Fuel, used to generate electricity. This accounts for US$30,000 of the company’s budget per annum. The country in which it operates does not produce electricity. Home and business owners use what they can afford – anything from candles to diesel. Had affordable electricity been available, Company X projects that it could be doing at least 20% more business, which means hiring more workers (creating more jobs) and widening its profit margins. Multiply that by 10,000 Liberian businesses, and this amounts to tangible economic growth that does not require the manipulation of the numbers. A Liberian banking official recently told the Daily Observer that his bank is presently caught between a rock and a hard place, as are most banks operating in the country. In order to compete in the banking sector, his bank wants to begin offering debit cards. However, the servers that will keep the system operational 24/7 will need to be powered 24/7. In the absence of affordable electricity, that would be a major expenditure that the bank may not be able to afford. In business, the logical thing to do would be to pass the cost on to the customer; but if said cost is too high, customers may opt for a competitor who offers the same service for less. So if Bank X charges customersUS$5 per debit card transaction while Bank Z charges US$4, customers may opt for Bank Z unless Bank X offers other services that offset the cost and appeal to customers, causing them to stay. This banking official said that even foreign based banks operating here in Liberia are feeling the pinch of high energy costs; but for them, high profit margins in other markets absorb the losses incurred in Liberia. Unfortunately for small and medium-sized Liberian businesses, they do not have the luxury of subsidiaries that can absorb losses. As such, SMEs and large corporations alike struggle despite their best efforts to stay afloat.It applies across the board. Bad roads (underdevelopment) make business and private cars much more expensive to maintain and own. Bad roads also make transportation much more difficult, hence expensive. Business owners then have to pass the cost on to customers and the price of food skyrockets. How does this relate to development? If an enabling environment is created to enable businesses to thrive, they will. If, due to the availability of affordable electricity, the cost of doing business is lower, the prices of goods and services, especially essentials such as food and water, will also be lower for consumers, who may then opt buy more. Businesses will themselves be empowered to expand and pay taxes into government coffers. In this way, development (affordable electricity) is less expensive and more profitable than underdevelopment for businesses, consumers and government alike.Underdevelopment becomes even more unprofitable for governments from a legacy standpoint and from a stability standpoint. An administration that leaves a country underdeveloped will be judged very harshly in the annals of history. Every cabinet minister and executive who worked in that administration will be judged accordingly. Stability-wise, it is no secret in underdeveloped nations that when the level of underdevelopment reaches the critical point where it threatens citizen’s ability to feed their families, the perception of corruption takes over and anger sets in. The rest is effectively what we call history.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Government treating discovery as national security threat

first_imgIllegal aircraftPresident David Granger has said Government is treating the discovery of the twin engine Beechcraft aircraft discovered in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) on Sunday as a matter of national security and would be determining the fate of the plane following the investigation.He said an investigation has been launched to determine whether the twin engineThe Beechcraft Kingair aircraftBeechcraft landed at the illegal airstrip as a sign of distress or for illegal reasons.“It is premature for me to what will happen to the plane. We don’t know if it is in distress or if it was involved in illegal activity but soon as that investigation is completed, the Minister of State will communicate that view. Right now, we are treating it as a public security issue rather than a question of distress. We know that people were running away and we know if they were wounded they would not have been running away, so let’s get to the facts first before we jump to conclusions,” the President said.Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum told this publication they are trying to verify the origin of the aircraft and whether any criminal records are associated with the identifying documents found on the aircraft.A history of the aircraft shows that it was owned by 11 companies in the past 27 years. The Beechcraft Kingair aircraft is currently registered to Banco Brandesco – one of Brazil’s third largest banks. However, an official from the Bank said thatThe aircraft’s registration historythey do not own any planes but it is registered to them since the owner may have acquired a loan to purchase it.A mining company named Riwa SA Incorporated Investments and participants operate the aircraft. No trace of narcotics were found on the plane but identification cards of Venezuelan and Brazilian origin were discovered on board.A multi-agency taskforce is still in the area conducting investigations. The aircraft is expected to be flown to the city following minor repairs.On Sunday, acting on information, a team from F Division (Interior locations) visited the area and discovered a 5400-foot long, 45-foot wide airstrip which appeared to have undergone recent repairs. This strip had been discovered and destroyed by the Guyana Defence Force only a few years ago. The aircraft landed while the ranks were making their way back to the airstrip. They reported that they saw some persons running into the bush.According the F Division Commander Ravindradat Budhram, having received information from an unnamed source that the airstrip was being used, investigating ranks visited the site and were leaving the area when they observed an aircraft circling some distance away. The aircraft landed while the ranks were making their way back to the airstrip. They reported that they saw some persons running from the aircraft. Following the discovery of the plane, an extensive search was mounted by a Joint Services team for the men and the search continues.Budhram noted that a search of the area unearthed three abandoned camps, in which canned food and other items were found. Additionally, 16 10-gallon containers, which are suspected to have contained aviation fuel, were also discovered. During the search of the aircraft, several pieces of communication equipment, including cellular phones, flashlights, a quantity of dried ration, medical supplies and an identification card were discovered.last_img read more

St. Anthony, Dago face off in football final

first_img0Shares0000Dagoretti were comfortable in their win, showing maturity and calmness to pick victory/TIMOTHY OLOBULUKISUMU, Kenya, Aug 2 – Rift Valley representatives St. Anthony’s Boys Kitale will face off with Nairobi’s Dagoretti High School in a mouthwatering National Secondary School Games national finals at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Saturday.Dagoretti beat last year’s losing finalists Olbolosat High School from Central Region 3-1 while the Solidarity Boys were forced to work extra hard before beatng debutants Ebwali, representing Vihiga, 6-5 on post match penalties. “It will be a tough final because St. Anthony’s is one of the strongest teams in this competition. But this time, we have a better team and offensively we have really improved. I am confident that we can tackle them well and win this trophy,” said Joseph Makokha, the Dagoretti High School coach.St. Anthony’s should have wrapped up the game in normal time had they converted a late penalty they were awarded.However, their keeper Dan Wamalwa proved to be savior, palming away Kelvin Owalla’s penalty in sudden death to send them through to the final and assure them of a ticket in the East Africa School Games set to be held in Arusha later this month.Dagoretti meanwhile were comfortable in their win, showing maturity and calmness to pick victory.They broke the deadlock just three minutes into the game when Paul Odhiambo made the most of a defensive error before picking up the ball inside the box and shooting past keeper Arnold Robert.Odhiambo thought he had grabbed his second of the morning when he tapped in from inside the six yard area but the goal was disallowed for offside.Even before the lanky forward could jog back from his celebrations that were killed by the second assistant referee’s flag, Olbolosat had turned the ball over and scored the equalizer.The ball was quickly swung to the right and a cross was cut back into the box which Adan Rashid tapped home comfortably beyond keeper Jospher Okello.Nonetheless, it took Ditchez just seven minutes to get their lead back. Midfielder Derrick Omondi picked up the ball at the edge of the box, set himself up with the first touch and blasted the ball into the net with the second.Dagoretti keeper Jospher made a decent save to keep his side in the game in the 37th minute when he blocked a point blank effort by Philip Leshan. Four minutes later, Ian Kiprotich had a chance for Olbolosat when he landed the ball unmarked at the edge of the box but his shot was over.The contention grew in the second half with Olbolosat pushing for an equalizer and Dagoretti looking to preserve their lead and also looking for a third to cushion them. They got that vital goal 15 minutes from time to kill off the game when Simon Omondi’s shot from distance beat the keeper.Meanwhile in the girls final, home side Nyakach Girls will take on Itigo Girls. Nyakach beat Arch Bishop Njenga 2-0 courtesy of a brace from Mercy Akoth while Itigo blasted Njambini 3-0.Harambee Starlets youngster Martha Amunyolete sealed the win with the third goal after Vicky Korir and Daisy Jerop had scored early in the second hal0Shares0000(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more