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Zidane is no longer ‘the aligner’


first_imgIt has been a malicious and habitual cantinela with Zidane, that of what is an alignment coach. A mere player manager, with schematic and almost robotic plans. But if something is showing this Zizou after his three Champions, is that perhaps that glamor covered the tactical virtues of Marseille. In Jeddah and in the 1-3 coral Valencia, he finished rounding his color palette: he modified his 4-4-2 with which he was feeling so comfortable to pull a 4-5-1 that minimized the absence of Benzema . A coach resource.“How will you place them on the field?” A Saudi journalist asked when the white eleven was announced for the semi-final of the Super Cup. TAnto midfielder caught by surprise. But it is based in part on what has been learned. Zidane borrowed the Ancelotti Christmas Tree, the scheme that led Carletto to win his second Champions League, in 2007. A system that is rather a 4-3-2-1 (drawn on the paper is shaped like a spruce, hence the name of ‘Christmas Tree’ that occurred to the Italian). * Data updated as of January 9, 2020 Zidane arrived in Madrid with an obvious corset: the BBC. “It’s untouchable,” he said (or had to say) every press conference. Benzema was and is immovable, Cristiano was the cannon and as soon as Bale faltered, cracks were opened for his idea of ​​a football with more packaging. There are the Cardiff and Kiev finals.That plan, the 4-4-2 with a recovered Isco, surprised Tuchel in the PSG soccer dance at the Bernabéu in 2-2 and this evolution towards the overpopulation of midfielders seen in Saudi Arabia also seems to have caught Celades off guard, as much as the coach said that not after the game: “It was a possibility we contemplated.”Before Valencia, the sometimes misleading statistics of possession was telling. Madrid had the ball 61.6% of the time. There was also ball hunger. He stole 21 more than the Valencianists. Zizou deactivated Parejo in a simple but effective way: making him run after Kroos, Modric and Isco. The Croatian and the Malaga, almost second points. Not even a harmless Jovic torpedoed the plan.A symphonic Madrid where Zidane, to whom there are still those who assume little tactical libretto and who has overcome the opposite of not having his desired Pogba, wrote a score that can lead him to win this new Super Cup. And who knows what else.center_img Spain Supercuplast_img read more


Bottle throwing at Arnett under probe


first_imgIndiscipline reared it’s ugly head among spectators once again at Arnett Gardens Football Club’s Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex on Sunday night, after the team’s 2-2 draw and 4-3 aggregate defeat to Montego Bay United in their second-leg Red Stripe Premier League semi-final.The scene was reminiscent of Arnett Gardens’ loss to Waterhouse in the 2013-14 semi-final, when after battling to a 3-3 draw in the first-leg, Arnett Gardens lost the second-leg at home 1-0, following which supporters took out their frustration on the away team and match officials.Kashief Brown’s extra-time winner spurred some patrons into throwing bottles and other objects in the vicinity the MoBay United team and officials, as well as match officials.However, Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA) general manager, Andrew Price, says an investigation will to be carried out into the incident and the facts ascertained before any action, if any, will be taken against Arnett Gardens Football Club. He noted that this is a serious offence and if found guilty Arnett could face heavy sanctions.In the 2013-14 season, RSPL semi-final elimination did not go down well with the Arnett home fans, who took out their anger and disappointment on the match officials by throwing missiles and verbal threats. Officials and other important figures had to be escorted from the venue under heavy security. Gun shots were also heard during the melee.SIX-MATCH PROBATIONFor that incident, the Trench Town-based club was fined $200.000 and placed on a six-match probation.If found guilty again, Price warned Arnett could face great punishment, but insists that the facts will determine their next move.”We will have to get the report. The referee and the match coordinator will have to submit their reports. But like in any Premier League we will have to get the facts and deal with the situation after. Action (for missile throwing) would be taken against any club. But you are innocent until proven guilty and the facts will have to come to the committee and be proven. It wouldn’t be prudent of me to make any comment at this time,” he explained.”It’s a situation where you expect certain level of maturity. We will wait until we get documents from the match official, commissary and coordinator. Anything else we will deal with it as the facts are presented and it will be dealt with in the appropriate manner,” he said.last_img read more


Champs beaten in St Mary 35 overs cricket


first_imgTop End crushed defending champions Boscobel by 206 runs in the opening match of the St Mary Cricket Association LP Martin’s Funeral Home 35 overs competition at Boscobel on Sunday.Batting first, Top End chalked up an impressive 295 all out, with Delroy Stone making a stroke-filled 95. When Boscobel batted they were skittled out for a paltry 89, with no batsman offering resistance to D. Clarke, who picked up five for 20.Over at Galina, highly touted Jack’s River were made to fight all the way before defeating Galina by 17 runs. Taking first knock, Jack’s River were bowled out for 179, with skipper Orane Farr, 44, and T. Daley, 54, being the main run-getters against J. Brown, 3-20 and D. Brown, 2-30.Galina were restricted to 162 for five, with R. Gordon, 61 and D. Brown, 29, the top batsmen against D. Walker, 2-21.Over at Wilderness, the home team were trounced by 113 runs by Sandals/Beaches resorts. The hotel men took first strike and rattled up 195 all out, thanks to Delroy Patterson, 47, and Samuel McIntosh, 36.Wilderness were bundled out for 83, with Marlon Thompson taking 5-20.last_img read more


PVL: Molde powers UP past Perpetual Help


first_imgTrump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team LATEST STORIES Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced UP coach Godfrey Okumu said he liked what he saw from his players especially in the third set where they responded from a spirited fightback by Perpetual Help.“The team showed they’re able to take pressure even though, sometimes they’re in a hurry,” said Okumu. “Hopefully, we learn how to slow it down.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“But that’s how we train. We train under pressure for us to be able to adjust during the game.”The Lady Maroons played minus their team captain Tots Carlos, who is recovering from a shin injury. Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines steamrolled University of Perpetual Help, 25-10, 25-12, 25-23, to open its campaign in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Isa Molde led the Lady Maroons’ dominating debut with 14 points, eight coming off kills, while Marian Buitre added seven points.ADVERTISEMENT Tokyo 2020 organizers say venue delays won’t hit test events MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs UP, however, didn’t need Carlos on Saturday with Molde showing the way and getting ample help from the others.Jowie Versoza scored even points for the Lady Altas, who reeled to their third straight loss in as many stints.Perpetual Help struggled on the offensive end with only seven excellent sets.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more


Heavyweights Regal Masters take on up setters HS Masters


first_imgOnly four teams are standing in the Ink Plus, Crown Mining Supplies and Elegance Jewellery and Pawn Shop softball tournament, and this number will be further trimmed to two after today’s semifinals at the Everest Cricket Club ground.Opening bowler Parsram Persaud (left) and opening batsman Mahesh Chunilall could give Regal Masters the start they needThe match of the day will begin at 10:00h when powerhouse Regal Masters will step up against HS Masters, who may be described as the dark horses.Earlier in this tournament, HS Masters stunned the well decorated Regal Masters with a 5-wicket victory off the last ball, while Regal turned the tables a few weeks ago to set up today’s battle in a mouthwatering final.For HS Masters, Danny Mohamram and Samuel Kingston are the men to look at with the bat, while Manoj Arjune and Hanoman Singh could be lethal with the ball.In green and yellow are the likes of Eric Thomas, Eoin Abel, Parsram Persaud, Mahendra Hardyal, Mohendra Arjune, Fazleen Mohamed, Saheed Mohamed and Mahesh Chunilall, who are all match winners.Meanwhile, semifinal number two will be at 13:00h and will see RR Masters challenging the fancied Wellman Masters.With Wayne Jones, Lakeram “Mike” Singh, Lloyd Ruplall, Nandram Samlall and Greg DeFranca in their line up; Wellman will be heavy favourites, but will need to be aware of the form of RR Masters, who narrowly beat Parika Masters in the quarter finals last week also at Everest.Parika Masters made an even 100 from 19.2 overs with S. Devanand scoring 23, while Raymond Harper picked up 3/23 bowling for RR Masters, who replied with 101 for 9 off 19.5 overs, to win by two wickets with just one ball to spare.Peter Persaud showed his temperament with a patient unbeaten 25.The final is set for Sunday September 9 at Everest, where live commentary, live music and other entertainment await the softball cricket enthusiasts.The tournament is organised by the Georgetown Softball Cricket League Inc (GSCL) and is being used are preparation for the second edition of the Prime Minister’s T20 Softball Cup, set for October 19 to 21 with an influx of teams from North America competing against the locals for lots of exciting prizes and bragging rights.last_img read more


DD BOOKS: ENDURANCE, THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE AND TIMES OF EMIL ZÁTOPEK


first_imgDD BOOKS: Endurance: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Emil Zátopek by Rick Broadbent published by Wisden Sports Writing (Hardback) €22.50.This is an excellent biography by The Times former athletics correspondent Rick Broadbent.It is thoroughly researched and a brilliant insight into the life of Emil Zátopek – a story that goes beyond his Olympic Gold medals. In the summer of 1952 Emil Zatopek became the king of the running world with an unprecedented distance treble at the Olympic Games in Helsinki.Together with his wife Dana, who won another gold medal in the javelin, they were the embodiment of sporting romance.Born on the same day, they were champions on the same day too.Yet in 1968 this affable but eccentric Czech solider was betrayed by his Communist paymasters and cast out into wilderness. Hidden from world view, monitored by the secret police and forced to live in a caravan in mining country, he became the invisible hero.‘Endurance’ is the first biography to document the remarkable rise, fall and rehabilitation of a man voted the ‘greatest runner of all time’ by ‘Runner’s World’ in 2013.From a lowly factory worker, “the Czech Locomotive” became a global hero.The biography looks at Zátopek’s time living under the Communist regime as well as his running achievements.From the rank of lieutenant colonel to being exiled and forced to work as a manual labourer in uranium mines, this is a fascinating and uplifting read of a great sporting hero. Due to extensive access to those involved, including Dana herself, the award-winning author has written a vivid history involving blood and guns and a love that sustained the cruellest twists of fate.DD BOOKS: ENDURANCE, THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE AND TIMES OF EMIL ZÁTOPEK was last modified: June 22nd, 2016 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)Tags:Endurance: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Emil ZátopekRick Broadbentlast_img read more


GAA NEWS: MALIN FACE TERMON AND ST MICHAELS THIS WEEKEND IN ALL-COUNTY DIVISION ONE


first_imgMENS FOOTBALLDue to Donegal’s participation in the Ulster Championship on Sunday, our senior and reserves had a weekend off. At the time of going to press, it looks likely that we will be involved in a double round of fixtures this coming weekend, a trip to Termon on Friday evening, followed by a journey to Dunfanaghy to take on St Michaels on Bank Holiday Monday. More details will be posted on the club social media accounts in the coming days.UNDERAGEU6 Boys & U6 Girls: Within the Club we cater for all children from 5 years onwards. Some of the benefits in our coaching to a child at this early stage include balance, coordination, movement, and ball work. Each week, we aim to encourage our young members to learn basic teamwork skills and allow them to learn about Gaelic in a fun filled environment. To join in U6 Boys training takes place at 10am each Sunday, while U6 Girls takes place each Saturday from 11:10 to 12:15. Just bring a bottle of water, €2 & outdoor clothing.Well done to our under 8 boys and girls who played Moville at the weekend. On Saturday both squads will travel to take on Burt.Our U10 Boys panel are due to host Moville this Tuesday at 6:30pm. While our under 10 girls will be involved in a small U10 Girls Blitz this Saturday in Connolly Park. Good Luck to the all involved. Training for the under 10 girls age group takes place on Saturdays from 11:10 to 12:15, all welcome.U12 Boys: Well Done to the U12 Boys panel which won defeated Carndonagh last week at home. The team will now travel to Moville this Tuesday at 6:30pm. This is part of the U12 Go Game Maurice Mc Menamin Memorial Cup. Good luck to the team in their upcoming match.Congratulations to our U12 Girls who also recorded a fine victory over Carn last Wednesday. There next match is away to Moville. UNDERAGE QUIZAnnouncing our final school quiz of the year! Open to each of our local schools, we will be testing the young people of the area on their Malin GAA knowledge. With a great prizes up for grab we will be encouraging everyone to take part. As it’s the last quiz of the school year, here’s a little clue to one of the answers. What Malin Senior player wears a Donegal Cap during senior club matches?? Good Luck to everyone taking part & we will announce the winners over the next few weeks.SPORTS DAYThe Annual Club Sports Day will be held this coming Sunday in Connolly Park. There will be races for all age groups and the usual side shows, not forgetting our now legendary ‘lamb racing’. Events get underway at 2.00 with something for all the family. Proceeds of the event will go to the Donegal Cancer Bus. As part of the entertainment this year we will be running a “Country Queen” Competition. Local businesses will put forward a “lovely girl” to represent them with each girl being put through a couple of fun tasks on the day to test their Country Queen eligibility. This will be rounded off with the winner being announced upstairs that night in the Clubhouse where there will also be live music to entertain everyone. Sure it’s a bit of craic – who wouldn’t want to be Malin GAA’s first ever Country Queen.COUNTY MATTERSCongratulations to the Donegal senior and minor squads who both got their Ulster championship campaigns off to winning starts by beating Derry in Celtic Park on Sunday. Both sides will return to action in mid June when they take on either Antrim or Fermanagh. Sunday was also a day to remember for underage member Tiernan Mc Intyre who was in action during the half time interval in the senior game on Sunday.CUL CAMPThe club Cul Camp will be held on the week commencing 14th of July. The 5 day camp is open to children between the age of 5 and 13. During the first week of June, Maria will pay a visit to each school in the coming weeks armed with the registration forms, On the final day of the camp, members of the Donegal football panel will be in attendance. The annual camp is regularly one of biggest and best attended GAA Camps in the entire county.REFEREES COURSEThere will be a Level 2 referee course for anyone interested in Ladies football on June 9th. There will also be a course on the GO Games rules proposed for June 23rd. Both courses are organised by the Donegal Ladies board. For more information, contact Christina on 086 1980399 CLUB SHOPThe Malin GAA club shop will be open in the clubhouse on Saturdays from 12-2 and on Sundays from 11-15 to 2-00. There are a large selection of club merchandise in stock, which can be purchased on the day. A list of other club gear, hoodies, rain jackets, shorts, socks, hats, scarves, kit bags etc are also available to order. The Malin half zipped training tops sponsored by Mark Monagle of 4Mark Construction are also available to order and are proving very popular. Club vouchers are now also available and would make an ideal birthday present, or for any occasion. For more details, contact Susan on 07493 70638.LOTTOThere was no winner of this weeks lotto jackpot, sequence drawn was 6-1-4-5-3-7-2 €50 winner was Annie Hunter, Malin Head and the winner of the 20 euro sellers prize was Seamus Doherty PM. Next weeks jackpot is €650 and as always we would like to thank the local community for their continued support of our weekly lotto draw. Envelopes are just €2 or 3 for €5 euro and are available in most pubs and shops in the area or alternatively from our band of young eager sellers.CLUB NOTESAny items for the notes should be forwarded to Martin on 0861585880 or Christina on 0861980399 or alternatively send an email to the club email address pro.malin.donegal@gaa.ie at no later than 9 o clock on the Sunday evening.GAA NEWS: MALIN FACE TERMON AND ST MICHAELS THIS WEEKEND IN ALL-COUNTY DIVISION ONE was last modified: May 26th, 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) Tags:GAAMalinNoticesSportlast_img read more


Emery’s response when asked if Arsenal will complete any more signings


first_img NEW ERA smart causal Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 2 REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? “Today, we are okay. Maybe we can bring in one if there’s a very good possibility for them to help us, but the club has done a great job of signing new players and I am happy.“We signed the players who we needed. We will only sign a player in the next month if he’s a big opportunity.” possible standings How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Lucas Torreira was confirmed as an Arsenal player earlier this week Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January 2 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED center_img What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas targets Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Unai Emery has ruled out Arsenal signing any more players this summer, unless it is a ‘big opportunity’ for the Gunners.Emery, who was named the north London club’s new manager earlier this summer, has been busy improving the squad he inherited from Arsene Wenger. Emery spoke to the media on Thursday England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won getty silverware However, the Spaniard himself has downplayed such suggestions by admitting Arsenal have done all the business they needed to. This does not mean the Gunners will not complete another signing, but they will only be looking to bring in a new player if it’s a ‘big opportunity’ for Emery.Speaking to the media on Thursday, Emery said: “Normally, in my career the big clubs don’t close the (door) or the moment to sign a new player. Latest Arsenal news LATEST Deals have already been wrapped up for goalkeeper Bernd Leno, defenders Stephan Lichtsteiner and Sokratis Papastathopoulos, as well as midfielders Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi.All of that quartet are expected to start the season as part of Emery’s first-team, aside from Guendouzi who has been bought as one for the future.If rumours are to be believed Arsenal’s business is not yet done, with wingers Cristian Pavon, of Boca Juniors, and PSV Eindhoven’s Hirving Lozano linked to the Gunners with Emery reportedly keen on adding a new wide player to freshen up the north Londoners’ attack. gameday cracker Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade last_img read more


QPR v Leeds United: match preview, team news, facts and figures


first_imgClint Hill faces a late fitness testKick-off: 3pm, Saturday 28 November 2015Referee: Peter Bankes (Merseyside)BetVictor.com preview: QPR’s relegation odds cut – but they should beat LeedsMatch in a nutshell: QPR aim to break a six-hour goal drought against Steve Evans’ Leeds.Five key battles: Including Matty Phillips v Charlie TaylorInjuries and suspensionsQPRRuled out: Jamie Mackie (hamstring), Armand Traore (calf)Fitness tests: Charlie Austin (calf), Clint Hill (knee)Suspended: Leroy FerLEEDS UNITEDRuled out: Ross Turnbull (broken ankle).Fitness tests: Charlie Taylor (illness), Sol Bamba (toe)Suspended: Gaetano Berardi Possible line-upsQPR: Green; Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Konchesky; Phillips, Sandro, Faurlin, Yun; Luongo; Emmanuel-Thomas. Subs from: Smithies, Hill, Angella, Tozser, Henry, Doughty, Hoilett, Petrasso, Austin, Blackwood, Polter, Grego-Cox.Leeds: Silvestri; Wootton, Bellusci, Cooper, Taylor; Dallas, Cook, Bridcutt, Mowatt; Antenucci, Wood. Subs from: Grimes, Peacock-Farrell, Byram, Bamba, Adeyemi, Murphy, Erwin, Botaka, Doukara. Vital statisticsForm guide – last five league matchesQPR total: L D L L W (4 points)Home: D W D W D (9 points)Leeds total: L W W L D (7 points)Away: W D D L W (8 points)Top scorers – all competitionsQPR: Austin 7; Emmanuel-Thomas 5; Chery 4, Phillips 4; Onuoha 2; Fer 1, Hill 1, Hoilett 1, Polter 1.Leeds United: Wood 6; Antenucci 5; Mowatt 2; Adeyemi 1, Cook 1, Cooper 1, Taylor 1.Last five meetings1 March 2014: QPR 1 Leeds 131 August 2013: Leeds 0 QPR 17 May 2011: QPR 1 Leeds 218 December 2010: Leeds 2 QPR 020 February 2007: Leeds 0 QPR 0QPR 1 win, Leeds 2 wins, 2 draws Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


‘Nicer’ Ryanair propelled to the top


first_imgSix Boeing 737s will transfer to Malta Air. Photo: Ryanair. Nobody in Europe could miss the news release sent out by Ryanair last week. “Ryanair, Europe’s favorite airline, today (August 25) welcomed confirmation from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) that it remains the world’s favorite airline after IATA’s latest World Airline Transport Statistics showed Ryanair once again carried more international customers than any other airline,” it said.The low-fare carrier last year became the first airline in the world to carry more than 100 million international customers in one year. This is significantly more than longer established airlines such as Air France, British Airways and SAS, which just celebrated its 70th anniversary, or Qantas in Australia.Ryanair was set up the Ryan family in 1985. Its first route was a daily service on a 15-seater Embraer Bandeirante turboprop aircraft, operating from Waterford in the southeast of Ireland to London Gatwick. Ryanair’s first cabin crew recruits had to be less than 5ft 2ins tall in order to be able to operate in the tiny cabin of the aircraft.  It carried just 5,000 passengers that year.In 1986,  Ryanair obtained permission from the regulatory authorities in Ireland to challenge the British Airways and Aer Lingus’ high fare duopoly on the Dublin to London Luton airport. Services were launched with two 46-seater turboprop BAE748 aircraft.With two routes in operation, Ryanair carried 82,000 passengers in its first full year in operation. It acquired its first jet aircraft by leasing three BAC1-11 aircraft from the Romanian state airline, Tarom. The aircraft arrived on a full wet lease, with Tarom providing all the pilots and engineers to enable Ryanair to operate the aircraft.With the arrival of these jet aircraft, Ryanair increased its network with 15 scheduled routes from Dublin to Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow and Cardiff, and opens up new routes from Luton to Cork, Shannon, Galway, Waterford and Knock in the West of Ireland.By 1990, Ryanair carried 745,000 passengers but financially the airline did not perform well.  After three years of rapid growth in aircraft, routes and intense price competition with Aer Lingus and British Airways, Ryanair had accumulated large losses and was forced to go through a substantial restructuring.The Ryan family recapitalized the airline, appointed new management including current chief executive Michael O’Leary and decided to copy the Southwest Airlines low fares model, while at the same time take advantage of the liberalization of intra-European Union (EU) aviation.The DNA of the re-launched Ryanair was low fares, a single aircraft type, quick aircraft turnaround times at airports and a rigorous de-bundling approach to ancillary services – in other words, all extras had to be paid for, including checked-in luggage, printing of boarding passes at the airport, drinks and meals.In the past few years, Ryanair has softened its hard-line, often consumer unfriendly behavior and embarked on what it calls “Always Getting Better” (AGB) customer improvement program.Under this AGB initiative, Ryanair now has a generous – often more generous than so called full service carriers cabin bag allowance – offering  two free carry-on bags of which one up to 10kg and reduced penalties for failing to print out boarding passes.It introduced allocated seating and started flying into primary hubs such as Rome Fiumicino and Brussels, moving away from “secondary” airports. It also introduced new uniforms and is rolling out new aircraft interiors featuring slimline seats, more leg room, coat hooks, LED lighting and less of the bright yellow branding.The strategy of being “nice” is paying off, big time. Dublin-based Ryanair is now Europe’s largest airline in passenger numbers operating more than 350 Boeing 737-800s on more than 1,800 daily flights from 84 bases, connecting over 200 destinations in 33 countries. It has a further 315 Boeing 737s on order.The Irish low-fare carrier also leads IATA’s top five of airlines carrying the most passengers on international routes. Four of the five airlines in this league table are European, while three of the five airlines in the IATA top five of system-wide passengers (domestic and international) are from the U.S. IATA each year compiles the World Air Transport Statistics (WATS), the yearbook of the airline industry’s performance.The 60th edition was released recently. It reveals that world’s airlines carried 3.6 billion passengers on scheduled services in 2015 —the equivalent of 48% of the Earth’s population.Airlines in the Asia-Pacific region once again carried the largest number of passengers.  The regional ranking (based on total passengers carried on scheduled services by airlines registered in that region) is:1. Asia-Pacific 34% market share (1.2 billion passengers, an increase of 10% compared to the region’s passengers in 2014)2. Europe 26.2% market share (935.5 million passengers, up 6.7% over 2014)3. North America 24.8% market share (883.2 million, up 5.2% over 2014)4. Latin America 7.5% market share (267.6 million, up 4.7%)5. Middle East 5.3% market share (188.2 million, an increase of 8.1%)6. Africa 2.2% market share (79.5 million, up 1.8% over 2014).The top five airlines ranked by total scheduled passengers carried (domestic and international) were:1. American Airlines including operations of US Airways: 146.5 million2. Southwest Airlines: 144.6 million3. Delta Air Lines: 138.8 million4. China Southern Airline: 109.3 million5. Ryanair: 101.4 millionThe top five airlines ranked by total scheduled passengers carried on international routes were:1: Ryanair: 101.4 million2. EasyJet: 62.6 million3. Emirates: 51.03 million4. Lufthansa: 46.9 million5. British Airways: 36.9 millionlast_img read more