Tottenham starlet makes Bundesliga move

first_img Ismail Azzaoui Wolfsburg have signed attacking starlet Ismail Azzaoui from Tottenham for an undisclosed fee.Less than 24 hours after selling Kevin De Bruyne to Manchester City for £54m, the Bundesliga club swooped to bring in another Belgian in Azzaoui.The 17-year-old had been at Spurs since the summer of 2014 and was understood to be rated highly by the coaching staff at White Hart Lane.But Azzaoui, a Belgium youth international, leaves the north London club without having made a first team appearance.“We’ve been following Azzaoui’s progress for a long time now,” said Wolfsburg’s director of sport Klaus Allofs on his club’s website.“He’s a young player with plenty of potential who we expect to break into our first-team in the mid-term.“We will get a more precise and complete picture of his current level over the next few weeks and will then decide which of our teams [first team or reserves] he will begin playing in.” 1last_img read more

Baines says Stones has support of Everton dressing room despite Chelsea saga

first_img1 John Stones with Phil Jagielka Everton defender John Stones has the complete support of the dressing room after his failed move to Chelsea, according to Leighton Baines.Chelsea repeatedly bid for the Barnsley defender in the summer window and Stones attempted to force the switch by handing in a transfer request, which was rejected.0Some sections of the Everton crowd were upset by how the England centre-half handled the situation, but left-back Baine says his reputation inside the Toffees dressing room is unharmed.“It has been relentless, particularly for John,” Baines said “Seeing him first-hand on a daily basis, it’s been difficult for him to deal with. He’s still a young lad.“It’s dragged on for such a long time and he’ll be happy now to see the end of it.“John knows how to play football – he’s being doing it all his life – he hasn’t had to cope with situations like this before.“It’s John who has to pick himself up now, dust himself down and move forward, and we’ve supported him all the way through it as a club and inside the dressing room.”last_img read more

Which Chelsea legend said it is his ‘dream’ to manage at Stamford Bridge?

first_img Which Chelsea legend said it is his ‘dream’ to manage at Stamford Bridge? 1 Gianfranco Zola admits he would love to return to Chelsea as manager – but the Stamford Bridge legend has backed the struggling champions to recover. Chelsea host Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League on Wednesday after Saturday’s damaging 3-1 defeat to Liverpool left them 15th in the Barclays Premier League and piled the pressure on boss Jose Mourinho.Zola, who made 312 appearances and scored 80 goals for Chelsea after signing from Parma in 1996, is currently manager of Al Arabi in Qatar.But the former Watford and West Ham boss, who has stated his desire to become manager at the Bridge before, still wants to return to west London.“My dream, let us say my ambition, is to be Chelsea manager some day in the future,” he told“However, I realise that I need to improve as a manager if I want to get there. And I am working hard to achieve my goal. Qatar is helping me a lot in this regard.”Chelsea have struggled this season and Mourinho has denied a player revolt, with John Terry insisting the dressing room is behind the manager, and Zola expects them to bounce back after one win in their last eight games.“The club has it in them to turn around their fortunes. A good result in the Champions League game against Kiev followed by a couple of league wins will do the trick,” said Zola, who played for Chelsea between 1996 and 2003.“There is no one compelling reason for the poor start to the season. The poor form of key offensive players Eden Hazard and Diego Costa has not helped. Defensively as well the team dropped the standards set last year. So the players have lost confidence as a group and this has led to poor results.”last_img read more

CONFIRMED: Wayne Rooney out of Europa League tie with knee injury

first_img Wayne Rooney 1 Wayne Rooney has suffered a knee injury, Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has confirmed. The Dutchman refused to confirm the time-frame on his captain’s absence, although it is understood that he will be out for up to six weeks.His absence will deal United a heavy blow in their pursuit of a top-four finish in the Premier League.Reports emerged on Wednesday afternoon suggesting the forward was facing up to two months on the sidelines after being omitted from the squad to face Midtjylland in the Europa League.Van Gaal said in his pre-match press conference: “We have 13 players injured and Wayne is one of them.“It’s difficult to say but he’s injured in the game versus Sunderland and has a knee problem. We have to wait and see how long that takes. I cannot say.“He scores a lot of goals so he is very important for us. We know that but we have to cope with that.“Certainly in 2016, he has scored and that’s why we had a good run in matches until Sunderland. But we have to cope with that. Everybody can be injured and also the captain can be injured.”If Rooney is facing a sustained period on the sidelines, it will be a significant setback both to his club and country.United are currently fifth in the Premier League, six points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City with 12 rounds of top-flight fixtures to go.And Van Gaal, whose position has been under increasing scrutiny, admitted after Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Sunderland that winning the Europa League was looking the most viable route into the Champions League for his side.Meanwhile, England have a double-header of international friendlies next month against Germany and Holland as they continue their preparations for this summer’s Euro 2016 finals.Three Lions head coach Roy Hodgson said on Saturday that skipper Rooney – England’s all-time record goalscorer – will be ”a player we need to depend upon” at the tournament in France.Rooney has netted three times in four appearances for England this season, and is United’s top scorer this term with 14 goals in all competitions.Matteo Darmian (dislocated shoulder), Marouane Fellaini (muscle fatigue) and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (illness) are also unavailable for United on Thursday.center_img More on Rooney from the boss: “You can never say [how long he could be out for]. He has a knee problem so we must wait and see.” #MUTV #mufc— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 17, 2016last_img read more

Cash-strapped Bolton Wanderers sell Euxton training base

first_imgBolton have confirmed the sale of their Euxton training base.The Sky Bet Championship club confirmed the news in a statement on Friday morning in which they said “another north west football club” is the buyer. That club is thought to be Wigan.The old ROF Chorley Sports Ground has been Bolton’s home for more than 15 years.The statement read: “Bolton Wanderers can announce that the club has concluded a deal to sell its Euxton training ground.“The facility will now be solely owned by Huron Properties, with another north west football club set to be based at the Euxton site from this coming summer.“In the period leading up to Easter, the Bolton Wanderers first team and backroom staff will begin a process to relocate permanently to a combination of both the club’s Lostock training ground and Macron Stadium.”Bolton are in financial difficulties with £185million worth of debt, although owner Eddie Davies is willing to write that off as part of any takeover of the club.An announcement over new owners could be made very soon, according to reports.Three separate parties are understood to be in the running to take over the cash-strapped club and BBC Radio Manchester has claimed a decision may be made before Saturday’s home league game against QPR.Billionaire investment banker Roger Tamraz has emerged as the latest party keen to take control at the Macron Stadium, while the Sports Shield consortium, fronted by former striker Dean Holdsworth, and Bolton Wanderers Supporters Trust have also held talks with the club.Bolton are scheduled to appear in the High Court again on Monday after being served with a winding-up order over an unpaid tax bill of £2.2million.The club avoided moves to have the club wound up immediately in the High Court last month when they were given a five-week extension until February 22 to find a rescue scheme.Bolton, who revealed their staff were not paid on time in January, are currently bottom of the Championship table, seven points adrift of safety. Bolton are currently bottom of the Championship 1last_img read more

Eagles delight well-behaved crowd at Nokia Theatre opening

first_img So, for example, when those dueling guitars take off during “Hotel California,” the chance to watch the fretwork of Joe Walsh in tandem with Nashville’s always-dependable hired hand Steuart Smith was much appreciated. The Eagles were so good, in fact, that they managed to wipe away any lingering memory of the Dixie Chicks, who opened the night with a lengthy, self-absorbed set that was a whole lot of nothing. It probably shouldn’t have been surprising that singer Natalie Maines couldn’t bring herself to utter a word about the new theater they’d been invited to open, but it was. A prestigious gig in anybody’s book, but Maines acted like the night was nothing special, as if she was just shopping for linen at Bed, Bath & Beyond. No class. If you can snag some seats, do catch the Eagles, who return to the Nokia for five more shows over the next week or so. The Dixie Chicks, on the other hand, should be returned to the farm at the earliest opportunity. [email protected] (818) 713-3676160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. Other things have changed, too. The audience at the Nokia was older and well-heeled, and they had to be in order to cough up the kind of cash the band was asking for tickets. It wasn’t a rowdy bunch. Although lines at the theater’s concession stands resembled the bumper-to-bumper freeway traffic getting down there, most were buying bottled water instead of booze, and the venue itself is proudly a no-smoking environment inside and out. There were some kinks to be ironed out by Nokia’s management, if they can. For one, there’s no place to mingle or just hang out in the multi-leveled lobby areas because those smallish spaces are so congested with masses of people waiting in slow-moving lines to buy water. The idea, apparently, is to get people to their seats, which is where they should probably remain, until they can get home and drink all the water they want. Parking, however, was a breeze. Once you got off the freeway (it took 1 1/2 hours to get from Sherman Oaks to 9th Street on Thursday), it was surprisingly smooth sailing all around Staples Center (even though there was a Clippers game happening at the same time) and there was an abundance of parking both on and off the site. Once inside and the music started, it became clear a lot of work went into the place. Along with a punchy sound design that made you not only feel the bass but allowed you to hear all the band’s dozen players (a horn section was added for a couple of numbers), the video screens offered well-directed close-ups of the soloists. Hate them if you must because they have more money than Jesus, Moses and Buddha combined, but there’s no denying the Eagles are a helluva live band – and the ideal way to test the waters at the opening night of downtown’s Nokia Theatre. The quintessential Los Angeles combo sounded simply great Thursday in the first demonstration of the Nokia’s sound and video design, and even those in the farthest seats were able to appreciate all that was happening on the venue’s big stage. The Eagles, of course, don’t hit bum notes and their polish, along with classy songs that retain their original strength, was a delight to behold in the 7,100-seat hall. Opening with four numbers from their forthcoming double album, the group led by Don Henley and Glenn Frey could do no wrong in a 20-song set that took in such peak moments as “Lyin’ Eyes,” “One of These Nights” and “Hotel California,” which was an awesome thing to behold, even for someone who has spent a lifetime switching the dashboard dial at the mere hint of the line, “On a dark desert highway…” Looking fit, if not particularly amused, Frey, Henley and the enigmatic Timothy B. Schmit delivered the million-dollar harmonies that decades ago helped lift the music industry into it’s most lucrative period. That was a long time ago; these days, the Eagles are putting out their self-produced new record on their own label. last_img read more

Daily Iraqi deaths at lowest level

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Saturday’s decline in deaths was in line with a sharp drop in September of both Iraqi civilian and U.S. military fatalities. The four dead included three death squad victims found in Baghdad and the bodyguard of the Kirkuk police commander who was killed in a roadside bombing. By The Associated Press BAGHDAD – The civilian death toll in Iraq fell to its lowest level in recent memory Saturday, with only four people killed or found dead nationwide, according to reports from police, morgue officials and credible witnesses. Saturday marked the beginning of the Eid al-Fitr feast for Shiites, the three-day capstone closing out the Ramadan month of fasting. Sunnis began celebrating the holiday today. The daily number of civilians killed, not including those on days when there were massive casualties from car bombs, had climbed above 100 at the end of last year and the beginning of 2007. last_img read more


first_imgLATE payments to cash-strapped small farmers are pushing them over the edge, a Co Donegal senator has warned.Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Agriculture Brian Ó Domhnaill has called on the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to ensure that all of the outstanding payments under the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme (DAS) are processed and paid in full to farmers within the next two weeks. Senator Ó Domhnaill has described as ‘completely unacceptable’ the ongoing delays in issuing Disadvantaged Areas payments, coming on the heels of the protracted delays in processing Agri-Environment Options Scheme payments this year.The Donegal Senator told “Thousands of farmers were waiting months for AEOS payments this year due to what was described as ‘technical difficulties’ at the Department of Agriculture.“Now we have more technical problems caused by the digitisation of maps for the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme. The result is that nearly half way through October, there are still 25,000 farmers waiting for their DAS payments.”The Senator said the delays and problems are causing very real concerns about a possible knock-on effect on future payments.  The Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney must issue a guarantee to farmers that other schemes will not be plagued by similar unacceptable delays, he insisted. The Gortahork man added: “I am also calling on Minister Coveney to fully outline details of when he expects all of the outstanding payments under DAS to be issued. I cannot understand how the introduction of a new mapping system could still be causing such lengthy delays. It has become a real worry for thousands of farmers who were already experiencing financial difficulties.”DONEGAL FARMERS ‘SUFFER’ AS PAYMENTS ARE DELAYED – SENATOR was last modified: October 11th, 2011 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:Donegal farmersgortahorkSenator Brian O’Domhnailllast_img read more


first_imgPatrick is getting used to winning awards for his new salon!Patrick Gildea Hairdressing team triumphed in the National JCI Friendly Business Awards in Cork. Unsurprisingly the impressive salon and highly talented team have been acknowledged yet again for their salons client experience after only weeks since scooping the JCI regional award.Following the glamorous awards ceremony on Friday night Patrick expressed his delight at their success in the awards. The main salon floor in Patrick Gildea’s new hairdressing studio at the Riverside Retail Park.“We are absolutely thrilled to accept this National Award from the JCI, our client experience is something that we focus on improving every day and our salon interior and layout along with a talented team helps us to achieve this,” he said.Patrick’s vision for the customer was a salon focused on creating a truly unique hairdressing experience unrivalled in the North West, accompanied with affordable prices with an experience that is within everyone’s reach.Designed from an empty shell this salon has left nothing to chance with high ceilings to create a beautiful sense of space and a massive importance put on natural light from large glass windows, exquisite decor, amazing atmosphere, optional quiet room and a private room- the whole experience says sophistication.Commenting on their success Patrick added “ We as a team genuinely love coming to work every day and are delighted that our vision has been acknowledged by succeeding in this National award, we look forward to continuously enhance our customer experience through our determination in delivering excellent customer service every day”. A simple glance in the shop front of this luxurious yet welcoming salon highlights exactly why Patrick Gildea Hairdressing was successful in this award category. There is no other hairdressing establishment that provides such a beautiful environment for their customers and staff. It’s hard to believe that this space was once an empty shell it’s certainly not empty now…it’s absolutely buzzing and rightly so.For full information on all services check out GILDEA HAIRDRESSING SCOOPS NATIONAL AWARD was last modified: October 5th, 2014 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:awardletterkennyPatrick Gildea Hairdressing Salonlast_img read more

Every Premier League trophy presentation pictured – Leicester to join legends?

first_img 15. United marched on in 2008 – The Red Devils beat Chelsea to top spot and defeated them again in the Champions League final for a memorable trophy double. 23 23 5. Eric Cantona lifted the Premiership trophy for United in 1997 – In less than six full seasons in English football, Cantona won the title five times – four with Man United and once with Leeds (in the final season of the old Division One). He was captain of the 1997 champions in his final season before retiring. 8. United cantered to the title in 2000 – Fresh from their treble glory, Man United were unstoppable as they won the Premiership by a margin of 18 points in 2000. 23 23 21. City were crowned champions in 2014 – Liverpool seemed set to be crowned surprise champions as they led the league with just three games to go, but they stumbled and City kept their nerve to win the trophy again. 23 23 4. Manchester United grabbed the trophy back in 1996 – Newcastle United were 12 points clear in January, but United reeled them in to win the league again, adding the FA Cup in May. 9. The Red Devils claimed the first Premier League hat-trick in 2001 – United won the league with ease again. Who could stop them making it an unprecedented four in a row? 23 23 7. Manchester United ruled in 1999 – Not only did United pip Arsenal to the Premiership in 1999, they also won the FA Cup and Champions League. 13. The Blues successfully defended the trophy in 2006 – Another dominant season for Chelsea, easing to the title ahead of Manchester United, it seemed like they would go on to dominate in the years to come. This was also the last season in which the division was known as the Premiership, reverting to the Premier League. 23 2. United retained the trophy in 1994 – Now sponsored by Carling and rebranded the FA Carling Premiership, United won the title with ease, en route to claiming their first ever league and FA Cup double. 23 11. Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ lifted the trophy in 2004 – The only unbeaten season in the Premier League era, the Gunners went 38 games without loss to memorably win the title. 23 23 14. Man United were back for more Premier League glory in 2007 – Four years after last lifting the trophy, United were back on top with Ronaldo and Rooney coming of age to edge ahead of Chelsea when it counted. 6. Arsenal were champions in 1998 – The Gunners claimed their first Premiership title, under the management of Arsene Wenger, going on to claim the league and FA Cup double. 19. Manchester City lifted the trophy in dramatic style in 2012 – The most dramatic climax to a Premier League season, as big spending City needed to score twice in added time on the final day of the season to be crowned champions at local rivals United’s expense. Goals from Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero sealed a never-to-be-forgotten success. 12. Chelsea made their mark in 2005 – Jose Mourinho was in charge as Russian owner Roman Abramovich’s big spending helped bring the trophy to Stamford Bridge, ending a 50-year wait for Chelsea’s second top flight title. The champions finished the campaign with a record 95 points, suffering just one defeat and conceding a measly 15 goals. 20. Sir Alex Ferguson bowed out as United won the trophy yet again in 2013 – Title number 20 for United, and the last of Sir Alex Ferguson’s 13 Premier League trophies before he retired. The great Scot went out in a blaze of glory, thanks largely to the goals of big money signing Robin van Persie. 16. United achieved another hat-trick of titles in 2009 – Ronaldo’s final season in red, as Man United drew level with Liverpool’s all-time record of 18 top flight titles. 9. Arsenal interrupted United’s run of success in 2002 – Including a run of 13 successive wins, Arsenal wrapped up the title with victory at Old Trafford, to make it a league and FA Cup double. 23 10. United won it again in 2003 – After another titanic tussle with Arsenal, Man United claimed the trophy again. 23 23 23 17. Chelsea topped the pile in 2010 – The Blues thwarted United’s hopes of winning four in a row, as Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti led them to the club’s first league and FA Cup double. They also became the first club to score over 100 goals in the Premier League era. It looks very much like Leicester City will be crowned Premier League champions thanks to a remarkable campaign which sees them needing just one victory to guarantee top spot.The Foxes have three games remaining and lead second-place Tottenham Hotspur by seven points, as they bid to win the league for the first time in their history.Leicester first played in the top flight in 1908/09, when English football’s top division was governed by the Football League.In 1929 they finished runners up in Division One, just a point behind champions The Wednesday, but have mostly yo-yoed between the top two divisions since.Before this season, Leicester’s best top flight finish since 1929 had been seventh place in 1976, under the management of Jimmy Bloomfield.Now Italian manager Claudio Ranieri is carving his name into Foxes folklore, as Leicester aim to become the 24th different club to be crowned English champions.They will also become just the sixth club to claim the Premier League trophy, since the top flight was reorganised in 1992.Take a look at every Premier League trophy presentation, through the years, in our slideshow above. 23 23 18. Man United were back on top in 2011 – United’s record 19th top flight title, taking them clear of Liverpool. 1. Manchester United claimed the first Premier League crown in 1993 – to see fantastic photos of Premier League trophy presentations from down the years, click the arrow above, right – After 104 years of the Football League governing English football’s top division, the 1992/93 season marked the first staging of the FA Premier League, replacing the First Division as the – pun intended – premier competition. With it came a new trophy for the champions of England, lifted first by Manchester United, as the Red Devils ended a wait of 26 years since their last top flight success. 22. Chelsea were celebrating again in 2015 – Jose Mourinho was back at the Bridge to guide Chelsea to another title. 23 23 23 23 23 3. Blackburn Rovers were 1995 Premiership champions – When United won the first Premier League crown in 1993, Rovers were in their first season back among the elite, having claimed promotion to the top flight via the play-offs. Two years later, under the management of Kenny Dalglish, bankrolled by wealthy supporter-chairman Jack Walker, and boasting the firepower of Alan Shearer and British record signing Chris Sutton, Blackburn became champions for the first time in 81 years. last_img read more