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‘He changed the game’ – Ronald de Boer pays tribute to Johan Cruyff on talkSPORT

first_imgJohan Cruyff was a ‘superstar’ who changed the game of football, former Netherlands international Ronald de Boer has told talkSPORT.Cruyff, arguably the best player of his generation and a visionary coach, passed away on Thursday at the age of 68 after a battle with lung cancer.A three-time Ballon d’Or winner, he won a host of major honours with the likes of Ajax and Barcelona during his lengthy playing career and was the standout star of the Netherlands team which pioneered ‘total football’.He went on to become a hugely successful coach and is credited with shaping Barcelona’s enduring football philosophy.De Boer was among those directly influenced by Cruyff having made his professional debut under him at Ajax, and he says his fellow countryman’s legacy will live on forever.“He changed the game and you still see it in the Ajax philosophy and especially in the Barcelona philosophy,” said De Boer, who won 67 caps for the Netherlands and, like Cruyff, represented both Ajax and Barcelona.“He had a huge impact on me. He was the manager of the first team [at Ajax] and he took me as a year 17-year-old boy to a home game and I made my debut under him. I scored on my debut so it was a very special moment. “I remember two days later he picked me up by my arm and said, ‘listen, a lot of people will have an interest now in you. Some have good interest, some have bad interest. For example, shoe brands will want to have something with you. Don’t think about money now, just play your football. Play on the shoes you like, don’t choose because somebody gives you a little bit of money. It is not important in this moment’. That little bit of advice shows how he was like as a person.“He was a very humble person. He was a superstar. He made time for everybody else and that also makes him special.”last_img read more

Man City’s amazing starting line up with Leroy Sane: champions in the making?

first_img Attacking midfield: Kevin De Bruyne – David Silva is going to have to do a lot to get into this Man City team. Belgian star De Bruyne has the potential to be world-class and, truth be told, if he hadn’t been injured earlier this year, it’s quite likely City would have won the Premier League title and not Leicester City. He should pick up a role behind the striker rather than out wide. 11 Centre-back: Vincent Kompany – The injury-prone captain will miss the start of the season but will be back, hopefully, in September or October. If he can remain fit, he could become a colossus under Guardiola and teach John Stones a thing or two. 11 Centre-back: John Stones – Pep Guardiola has already admitted he’s keen on the ball-playing starlet. Now the Leroy Sane deal has gone through it’s likely the club’s attentions will go on completing a deal for the Everton man. 11 Central midfield: Ilkay Gundogan – Having witnessed his abilities first-hand in the Bundesliga, Guardiola has snaffled up the Borussia Dortmund star. He could be a big hit in the Premier League but won’t be available for another four weeks due to a dislocated kneecap. 11 Central midfield: Fabian Delph – Already a keen student under Guardiola, the English midfielder isn’t assured of a starting role but could sneak into the starting line up thanks to the fact he’s left-footed. This means the midfield will be more balanced and more to Pep’s liking. 11 Central midfield: Fernandinho – Likely to remain a key component of Man City’s midfield, the versatile Brazil star has a bit of everything in his locker, which will no doubt delight Guardiola. He should be a starter. 11 Left-wing: Nolito – It seems like Raheem Sterling will need to wait for his chance under Guardiola. The Spaniard signed his compatriot from Celta Vigo and it’s likely he will start for the time being. 11 Goalkeeper: Joe Hart – Click the right arrow above to see how Manchester City could look once the season is in full swing… – He might have had a dodgy Euro 2016 with England but it seems, for the time being, he will be given a chance to prove himself at the Etihad. 11 11 11 Centre-back: Nicolas Otamendi – Just like most centre-backs at Man City, Otamendi didn’t have a great start but he’s very steadily improving. The Argentine is ahead of Eliaquim Mangala in the pecking order and may to begin excel now he’s fully settled. 11 Manchester City have completed a deal to sign Schalke star Leroy Sane as they look to win back the Premier League title.By signing the German winger, Pep Guardiola strengthen his already impressive attacking options and it won’t be a surprise to see them challenging at the summit in the top-flight.The Spanish boss’ tactical versatility means we can expect plenty of variation in his team selection, which showed in a pre-season friendly as he set his side out in a 3-5-2 formation.So, with Sane signed and this formation clearly in Guardiola’s mind, we’ve taken a look at how his team could look once the season has started, all his players are fit, and the last transfers have been finalised.Click the right arrow above to see how Manchester City could line up… Right-wing: Leroy Sane – New boy Sane will likely depose Jesus Navas as City’s natural right-sided star, Kevin De Bruyne also featured here under Manuel Pellegrini but we reckon Guardiola has other plans for him. Striker: Sergio Aguero – This should come as no surprise to anyone. Mind you, Kelechi Iheanacho has a big future and will be pushing Aguero all the way for first-team football.last_img read more


first_imgRamelton man Conrad Logan has picked up a Scottish Cup winner’s medal after Hibernian sensationally lifted the title today by beating favourites Rangers.Logan, who only recently joined the Scottish side after being made a free agent by Leicster, was chosen by Hibs boss Alan Stubbs to start.Former Celtic star Anthony Stokes was the hero for Hibs as he scored twice and terrorised the Rangers defence throughout. Hibs led 1-0 – before Rangers evened things up.The Glasgow side then went ahead – but Stokes levelled.And in a sensational finish Hibs captain David Gray headed home the winner in the dying embers of the game.It ends a 114-year wait for Hibernian for a Scottish Cup win. And a Donegal man is part of that sensational piece of football history.BREAKING SPORTS NEWS: DONEGAL MAN CONRAD WINS SCOTTISH CUP WITH SUPER HIBS WIN OVER RANGERS was last modified: May 21st, 2016 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:hibernianRangerslast_img read more

Conte ‘to replace Mourinho and reunite with Juventus chief’ at Man United

first_imgAntonio Conte is being linked with a shock return to English football – to take the Manchester United job.Conte, the Italian, left Chelsea at the end of last season after two years in charge during which time he won the Premier League and FA Cup. gameday cracker revealed Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Most read in Premier League Maurizio Sarri replaced Conte after Chelsea’s disappointing 2017/18 campaign Zinedine Zidane has been installed as the favourite to replace Mourinho, and talks have reportedly already been held between United chiefs and the former Real Madrid boss, but Corriere dello Sport say Conte could be the next man sitting in the Old Trafford hot seat.The Italian paper claims United could move for Conte and Beppe Marotta in a double swoop with both men available. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won tense latest 2 whoops Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? SORRY Conte and Marotta enjoyed great success while working together Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City silverware predicted How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings changes He has yet to take a new job but has emerged as a target of United’s, who could axe Jose Mourinho after the club’s shocking start to the season.The Red Devils have won just three of their opening seven Premier League matches this term, and currently sit 10th in the table. Reports say Mourinho could lose his job if United fail to beat Valencia in the Champions League on Tuesday night and Newcastle next weekend. Marotta, the Juventus general manager, announced his surprise departure from the Serie A champions last week and is being linked with a position at Old Trafford.And, with Conte also linked with United, it would be a reuniting of the two men who enjoyed great success with Juventus between 2011-14, when Conte coached the Serie A club. REVEALED Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion 2 Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL Independent TD Thomas Pringle has insisted the Government is afraid to take on the banks – and produced some ‘startling evidence’ to prove it.Deputy Pringle was responding to the latest proposals for dealing with mortgage debt.“The plan is not a plan it is basically a rehash of the existing so called solutions,” said the Killybegs politician. “Once again the government give control to the banks, just like the insolvency legislation where plans can only happen if the bank agrees.”And he told Donegal Daily: “Only 25 of 94,000 people in mortgage distress have been able to avail of the mortgage to rent scheme so far, one of the lauded solutions that has been around for 18 months now.“Do we really expect that the banks will now ramp up this solution?“This government is afraid to use any ‘stick’ when dealing with the banks and unless they do the crisis will only drag on stifling the economy and people’s futures.”  GOVERNMENT AFRAID TO TAKE ON THE BANKS, SAYS TD PRINGLE was last modified: March 16th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GOVERNMENT AFRAID TO TAKE ON THE BANKSmortgage debitSAYS TD PRINGLElast_img read more

Tory woman Niamh chosen to represent Donegal at Rose of Tralee

first_imgA young woman from Tory Island has been crowned this year’s Donegal Rose of Tralee.Niamh Ní Dhubhgáin will represent the county at the Rose of Tralee International Festival later this year.Niamh, who was sponsored by the Shandon Hotel and Spa, was last night chosen from a host of other stunning young women as the winner. One of the first to congratulate Niamh was last year’s winner Amy Callaghan from Glenswilly.Tory woman Niamh chosen to represent Donegal at Rose of Tralee was last modified: April 25th, 2018 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:donegalRse fo TraleeTory Islandlast_img read more

Severe weather warning for Donegal as Storm Gareth approaches

first_imgWeather forecasters have issued a Status Orange alert for Donegal tomorrow ahead of Storm Gareth.Those in the north west should batten down the hatches due to a high risk of damaging wind gusts, heavy rain and coastal flooding when the storm passes over Ireland during Tuesday afternoon and night.A status orange wind alert will be in place for Donegal from 12noon Tuesday until 9am on Wednesday morning. Gusts of up to 130km/hr have been forecast for the region. There is also the risk of coastal flooding due to high seas.A lower level yellow wind warning is in place nationally until 12noon on Wednesday.The cold and stormy conditions will also bring a risk of hail and thunder, warn forecasters.High levels of rainfall has also led to a flood warning for Donegal tonight. There is a risk of rainfall accumulations of around 25mm, with the worst expected between 6pm Monday and 6am Tuesday. The rest of the week is set to continue to be wet, windy and cold.Some sunshine in the east for a time today but cloud will continue to thicken and rain will move in across western coastal counties this afternoon. Rain will extend eastwards to all areas this evening. Highest temperatures ranging 6 to 10 degrees in strengthening southerly winds.— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) March 11, 2019Severe weather warning for Donegal as Storm Gareth approaches was last modified: March 14th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:storm garethWarningweatherwindlast_img read more

Photos: Top 10 moments from Oakland Raiders 17-10 win over Cincinnati Bengals

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.The Oakland Raiders pulled out a 17-10 win over Cincinnati Bengals at the Coliseum in Oakland, bringing their record to 6-4, tied with the Kansas City Chiefs for first place in the AFC West. The Raiders take on the New York Jets next Sunday at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.Raiders quarterback Derek Carr completed 25 of 29 passes for 292 yards, had a 3-yard TD run and a 3-yard rush for a touchdown with one …last_img

Insect Wing Photocopied for Good

first_imgBiomimetics is the new science of imitating nature – but why not save a step, and just copy the design directly?  That’s what Aussie and British researchers did.  They wanted a self-cleaning surface that could repel moisture and dust, so they made a template of an insect wing.  And why not?  “Insects are incredible nanotechnologists,” reported Science Daily.  Their wings are self-cleaning, frictionless and super-water-repellant.    Insect wings have these properties due to their properties at the scale of billionths of a meter.  “For instance, some wings are superhydrophobic, due to a clever combination of natural chemistry and their detailed structure at the nanoscopic scale,” the article said.  “This means that the wing cannot become wet, the tiniest droplet of water is instantly repelled.  Likewise, other insect wing surfaces are almost frictionless, so that any tiny dust particles that might stick are sloughed away with minimal force.”  That’s a dream surface for many human applications.  Instead of having to invent a surface by imitation, the research team is developing a way to use the wing as a natural template to cast a polymer surface that duplicates the exact structure of the wing onto silicone gel.  “One of the advantages of this approach is that no prior ‘design’ of the surface of the material is needed and so the team can exploit the enormous diversity of surface types from different insects and so produce materials with specific characteristics.”    Evolution was only mentioned once in the opening paragraph: “The surfaces of many insect wings have evolved properties materials scientists only dream of for their creations.”  Evolution and creation sometimes make strange bedfellows.Next time you see a tiny little gnat flying around, take a better look at it.  Would you have thought that its wings have such amazing properties that top researchers want to copy it?  Who trained those little insects to be “incredible nanotechnologists”?    Good grief, evolution has nothing to do with it.  This is design from beginning to end.  It’s design in the tiniest of flying creatures that is so good, materials scientists “dream of their creations.”  Humans create; so does their Creator.  Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but plagiarism is copying some other Designer’s work without giving credit.Program Note: this is the 600th entry in Creation-Evolution Headlines tagged with “Amazing Facts.”  Follow the Chain Links back through the past 9 years and you will find a wealth of incredible facts about design in nature.  That’s plenty of material to leave Charlie perpetually sick, wondering how his hopeless little speculation will ever explain them.  He gets sicker listening to the joyful sound of Christians across town singing with more and more gusto, Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of Creation.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Sunrisers Hyderabad sign big-name sponsors for IPL Season 10

first_img× SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL IPL 2017 sh cricket Published on April 03, 2017 Defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad have unveiled a line-up of big name sponsors, as the squad gears up to defend its title in the landmark 10th season of the cash-rich league.Ultratech, Jio, Astral Bondtite, Canara Bank, Nerolac, Kurl On, Sun Direct and Red FM have all signed on as partners for the season.Gillette, Apollo Hospitals, UB, Tyka and Motul Oil have also partnered with the franchise.K Shanmugam, Sunrisers Hyderabad CEO said,”Together with our sponsors we look forward to embarking on what promises to be an exciting, and hopefully in our case, a triumphant, history-making journey ahead.”David Warner continues as captain backed up by star players Yuvraj Singh, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Kane Williamson, Moises Henriques and Ben Cutting.Ben Laughlin and Chris Jordan are among the new picks this season who are equally talented and show great promise.Afghan players, Rashid Khan and Mohammed Nabi will make their IPL debuts. Tom Moody and Muttiah Muralitharan will continue as coaches with VVS Laxman staying on as mentor. COMMENT sh marketing COMMENTSlast_img read more