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first_imgNewcastle United is about to become the last club to change hands in the Premier League. Its current owner, Mike Ashley, will soon cease to be so as to give its place to the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia (PIF, for its acronym in English).This change of ownership, according to the Daily Mail, It will make Newcastle the richest club in England, well above Manchester City, building on the wealth of the owners of Premier League teams. In fact, according to the data handled by the British newspaper, Sheikh Mansour, the Sheikh of the City, seems a normal citizen compared to the organization that will come to own Newcastle.And is that the PIF controls assets with an estimated value of € 368 billion, well above the estimated wealth of Mansour, which is still close to the not inconsiderable 27 billion euros.Mansour is estimated to have spent about € 1.8 billion since joining the club in 2008. A number that has resulted in four Premier League titles, four League Cups and two FA Cups. It is true that the jackpot, the Champions, continues to resist them, although most accept since City is among the European elite and that any year can be done with the ‘orejona’.Newcastle now has every chance of becoming the new City, given the investment potential of its new owners., although due to the Financial Fair Play, the reconversion process will be long and its effects could take years to appreciate.The end of Mansour’s hegemonyThe acquisition of the club by the PIF not only could it lead “Las Urracas” to the elite of English football, but also will end the reign of the Manchester City sheik, unquestionable since he arrived at the Etihad Stadium box. This will be corroborated by a list that Daily Mail has also published, which breaks down the capital of the owners of the twenty clubs that this season are active in the Premier League.This list is already chaired by the new leader, Newcastle, located at the top well above the greatest fortune so far, that of the citizens. In third place the owner of the Chelsea, Roman Abramovich. Somewhat more laggards remain Arsenal, Wolverhampton, Aston Villa or Leicester. 16BournemouthMaxim Demin1,035 17Sheffield UnitedAbdullah bin Musa’ed228 oneNewcastlePublic Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia368,000 8TottenhamJoe Lewis4,486 19BurnleyMike Garlick71 10SouthamptonGao Jisheng3,566 12LiverpoolJohn William Henry2,416 7LeicesterAiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha5,291 However, having more purchasing power does not guarantee you are the best. Stan Kroenke’s Arsenal is fourth in this peculiar classification, but since moving to its new stadium it has not achieved great achievements. The newly promoted Aston Villa occupying the sixth place in the list of richest owners, is in relegation positions.The other side of the coin also teaches us that not everything is money. Sheffield United, a newly promoted whose owner is among the poorest in the Premier, is having a spectacular campaign. March seventh and with serious options to bid for European positions. Liverpool, twelfth in the list, is making a military step of its season and, except miracle, it will win the league, something that it did not do for thirty years.THE FORTUNES OF THE PREMIER CLUB OWNERS 18WatfordGino Pozzo107 9Manchester UnitedGlazer family4,141 elevenCrystal PalaceJoshua Harris3,106 twoManchester CitySheikh Mansour26,457 3ChelseaRoman Abramovich11,043 CLUBOWNERCAPITAL (MILLIONS OF EUROS) 5WolverhamptonGuo Guangchang5,981 fifteenBrightonTony Bloom1,495 4ArsenalStan Kroenke7,822 13West hamDavid Sullivan and David Gold1,841 6Aston VillaNassef Sawiris5,751 14EvertonFarhad Moshiri1,725 twentyNorwichDelia Smith and Michael Wynn-Jones26last_img read more

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first_imgShortly before the winter of 98, his return to Porto was planned, after going to play there with Real Madrid. “We came to play a Champions League match in Porto and speaking with President Pinto da Costa he asked me if I wanted to return. I did not look back. There were people at Real Madrid who told me not to go out, that we were going to be champions of Europe, as then happened, but I left because I could not reject the offer of Porto. I was in time to win the League five times, “he said.The Portuguese played just 17 games for Real Madrid throughout his brief journey as a white player. In Porto, he added many more titles to his achievements in addition to the League with Real Madrid: six Portuguese Leagues, five Cups, one UEFA Cup and three national Super Cups.Nowadays, Carlos Secretary is coach of the US Creteil-Lusitanos of the French Championnat National, equivalent to the Second Spanish B. Before the stoppage due to coronavirus, the Parisian club occupied half of the table with 35 points, 13 of the head and 11 of the promotion slots. “All of this happened after the Euro Cup in England. My representative called me to go to Lisbon because we had to make a contract with a club but I did not know what it was and suddenly saw that it was Real Madrid. When I was going to sign for them, Vítor Baía called me and told me about Barcelona. Bobby Robson was there and he wanted me to go too. But I had already committed to Real Madrid. Maybe it would have been better for my career to have gone to Barça, because there I had the support of my teammates but, that day, I was already signing for Real and I couldn’t reject it. Things did not go well, but we ended up winning LaLiga. The following year, after leaving in winter, Real Madrid was champion of Europe “, he assured the one who was a white winger in the TV program ‘FC Porto em casa’. Carlos Secretary was one of Fabio Capello’s requests to Lorenzo Sanz for Real Madrid. The Italian wanted to reform the squad with a reinforcement on the right side and looked at the Portuguese, then a Porto player and starter in the Portuguese team.The Secretary’s journey was not as successful as they expected and now, the former madridista admits in an interview in his country that Vitor Baía tried to take him to Barça and that in perspective, he may have chosen poorly and should have been inclined to dress in blaugrana.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Real Mallorca announced last week the signing of a new sports director, Pablo Ortells, that comes from Villarreal with his assistant Sergio Moya, and who will join the Vermilion discipline from May 2, replacing Javier Recio, who, however, will remain on the Balearic club’s technical organization chart.When the position was still recognized in his definition as ‘technical secretary’, Two figures have marked the evolution of Mallorca since the 1990s: Pepe Bonet, former player of the club and his assistant in office, Nando Pons. Bonet left the practice of soccer for the offices in 1992 and with his successes and errors he was the man who signed players of the caliber of Stankovic, Marcelino, Olaizola, Galca and many more than later, together with the appearance of the company Bahía Producciones, created the Mallorca of the late nineties that remained for 16 consecutive seasons in the First Division. Other players who signed from his extensive list were Luque or Diego Tristán. Bonet remains until 2005 in which his assistant Nando Pons takes over who also forms a competitive team in the second stage of Gregorio Manzano as a coach with the signing of Arango as one of the most outstanding and the presidency of Vicente Grande, as well as after Mateo Alemany.Pons is in office until 2011, with Lorenzo Serra Ferrer as the club’s owner, sports vice president and consequently sports director below. Serra left the sports management in 2014 and a former soccer player, the exporter Toni Prats, came into office, to whom he once gave the alternative in Mallorca and then had him as coach in his time at Betis.But Prats step is brief and four months later he leaves the club to be replaced in 2014 by another illustrious, Miguel Ángel Nadal, that even three years earlier he was forced in 2011 to coach the team in a league match (Osasuna-2-Mallorca-2) after the departure of Michael Laudrup, who was an assistant on the bench and acted as interim until the arrival of Joaquín Caparrós. But Nadal also does not cover much time in sports management and barely reaches two years in office between 2014 and 2016.The last tenant of the sports management is Javier Recio, who arrives in the summer of 2016, with the team in second, experiences the descent to Second B and then the two consecutive promotions until he returns to the First Division. Now, Recio will continue working in the vermilion entity but with Ortells in command of the operations.last_img read more

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first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:”We can run with the fastest of them, we can play hard with the toughest of them, and still outscore the best of them,” warns hot Montego Bay United (MBU) striker Owayne Gordon, following another two goal blast that extended MBU’s lead atop the Red Stripe Premier League to five points.MBU registered a 2-0 win on Thursday night over Tivoli Gardens in a rescheduled fixture at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.The double gives Gordon four goals in two consecutive matches and thirteen in all for the season, just one goal behind out-of-action teammate Dino Williams (14) at the top of the goalscoring chart. Williams, who was spotted at Thursday’s match has inked a deal to play in the US for the remainder of the season.Gordon opened the scoring for MBU in the 32nd minute from a direct long kick from goalkeeper Jacomeno Barrett.The ball took one bounce and Gordon used his speed to get by two defenders before employing a majestic chip over the advancing Davin Watkins in goal for Tivoli.His second was a superb effort from a free kick right on the edge of the penalty area in the 81st minute of play to seal victory for the title chasers, who now move five points clear of champions Arnett Gardens FC (49 pts) to be on 54 pts.The leaders were tasting victory for a fourth consecutive time in five matches and Gordon believes it will only get better from here.”The team is playing really well at the moment and with me scoring the goals, I think we are on our way to another title.”I am a confident player and right now I am feeling good. I hope my goals will take us to the Premiership title and that is all I want,” reasoned Gordon, who is emerging as MBU’s top goal getter in the absence of Williams.He enjoyed a good outing, but had to dig deep as the game became a physical affair. Both teams had their players flying into crunching tackles and both ended with 10 players after referee Danion Parchment issued red cards for dangerous tackles.MBU defender John Barrett was sent off with a straight red in the 45th minute, while Tivoli suffered the same fate in the 88th minute, when Romaine Breakenridge committed a second bookable offence.Tivoli remain just above the bottom two (Rivoli 22 pts and Waterhouse FC 21 pts). They have 29 points with the defeat that snapped their two-game mini-streak.last_img read more

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first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): No room has been found for all-rounders Shaquana Quintyne and Shemaine Campbelle in a 13-member West Indies Women’s squad announced on Saturday for the one-day international (ODI) series against Pakistan starting later this month. The 19-year-old Quintyne, who captained Barbados to the regional 50-overs tournament in August, is one of five players failing to make the final cut, along with Campbelle, Chedean Nation, Karishma Ramharack and Vanessa Watts. Selectors had called up 18 players to the ongoing camp in St Lucia, which began last month. A leg-spinner and a capable right-handed batter, Quintyne has taken 26 wickets in 29 ODIs and 31 wickets from 33 Twenty20s, but has not suited up for West Indies in nearly a year. During the regional tournament, however, she was good enough to average 46, while taking four wickets. The 22-year-old Campbelle, meanwhile, is a seasoned campaigner, having played 61 ODIs and 68 T20s, since making her debut six years ago. She has a century – 105 against Sri Lanka two years ago – and has taken 21 wickets with her medium pace. The squad, which is led by new captain Stafanie Taylor, includes former skipper Merissa Aguilleira along with twins, Kycia and Kyshona Knight. The players will remain in camp, which started earlier this month in St Lucia, before facing Pakistan in the first of four day/night ODIs next Friday at the Beausejour Cricket Stadium. West Indies will also take on the Pakistanis in three T20s in Grenada, starting October 29. SQUAD: Stafanie Taylor (captain), Shakera Selman (vice-captain), Merissa Aguilleira, Shamilia Connell, Britney Cooper, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Stacy-Ann King, Kycia Knight, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Tremayne Smartt.last_img read more

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first_imgDefending FLOW Super Cup champions Jamaica College (JC) will get their title defence under way against Vere Technical in a jam-packed opening weekend, spanning three venues and eight games.JC, which earlier this week suffered a penalty shoot-out loss to Wolmer’s Boys in the ISSA-FLOW Walker Cup competition, will be looking to ensure that they take better care of one of the three titles that they won last season along with the Manning Cup and Olivier Shield competitions, and will face a motivated Vere Technical at the National Stadium tomorrow at 6 p.m.That game will be preceded by Walker Cup semi-finalists St Jago’s showdown with St Elizabeth’s Lacovia High.DaCosta Cup champions Clarendon College were eliminated on penalties by last year’s beaten FLOW Super Cup finalists Holy Trinity in the first round of the competition and they will be desperate to have a bigger impact in the competition this year, when they play Hydel in the first of three games at Sabina Park at 2 p.m.Also at Sabina Park, Walker Cup finalists Wolmer’s Boys – semi-finalists last year – will play Port Antonio High at 4 p.m. with St George’s College, who also booked their spot in the Walker Cup final, will take their first stride in the tournament when they play Petersfield in the curtain-closer at 6 p.m.At Catherine Hall in Montego Bay, Glenmuir High will play Kingston College in the first of three games with a 2 p.m. kick-off, with St Elizabeth Technical facing Charlie Smith at 4 p.m. and local team St James High welcoming Excelsior High at 6 p.m.contested by 16 teamsThe second instalment of the FLOW Super Cup is being contested by 16 teams – eight each from the Manning and daCosta Cup competitions, with a $1-million jackpot and a new Italian-crafted trophy awaiting the eventual winners.Each team will get $25,000 for contesting the first round, and an additional $50,000 for advancing to the quarter-finals, with the four semi-finalists each set to receive another $100,000.Each finalist will be paid $200,000, with the winners pocketing a further $625,000 for a total cash prize of $1 million.The draw for this year’s FLOW Super Cup took place at the Creative Production and Training Centre yesterday.last_img read more

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first_imgJamaica’s Under-20 female footballers missed out on qualifying for the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Under-20 women championships despite slamming regional rivals, Trinidad and Tobago 6-1 in their final Group A game yesterday.The young Reggae Girlz needed group winners Canada to beat hosts Honduras by at least four clear goals to go through as second place qualifiers, as only the top two teams from the two groups advance to the last four.However, that game between Canada and Honduras ended 2-0 win for the Canadians and as a result the Hondurans secured second place from the group with four points, the same as Jamaica, but with a better goal difference than the Reggae Girlz.Oshay Nelson-Lawes netted a tournament equalling record for the most goals scored in a single match after finding the net four times in the Reggae Girlz’s victory. Khadija Shaw and Chanel Hudson-Marks got the other goals for Jamaica. Tsaianne Leander scored Trinidad’s lone goal.Canada ended the group with maximum nine points, while Trinidad and Tobago finished at the bottom without a point. The top three teams from the CONCACAF championship will qualify for the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup.- L.S.last_img read more

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first_imgPaul Palmer Jr will lead the Jamaica Scorpions four-day team for the final two matches of the WICB Professional League.The 24-year-old opener was dropped during the Scorpions? last two matches against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force and Barbados Pride at Sabina Park following a poor run of form with the bat.No official reason has been given for Palmer?s return. In his absence, the team was led by John Campbell, who is now the vice-captain. In 12 outings this season, Palmer has only passed 50 on one occasion.The recalled skipper is one of three new faces to the Scorpions 13-man squad for matches away to the Windward Islands Volcanoes and title-contenders Guyana Jaguars.The others are Jermaine Blackwood, who missed the last fixture against Barbados due to a minor shoulder injury, and uncapped wicketkeeper Aldaine Thomas.REPLACEMENTSThe trio has replaced young batsmen Brandon King; Trevon Griffith, who was 12th man in the last match; and wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton.Jamaica, boasting a record of five losses and three wins, are fourth in the six-team tournament on 63 points.Guyana, 125, lead the standings, with Barbados, 106, and Trinidad, 74, rounding off the top three.Jamaica Scorpions squad: Paul Palmer Jr (captain), John Campbell (vice-captain), Shacaya Thomas, Kirk Edwards, André McCarthy, Devon Thomas, Jermaine Blackwood, Aldaine Thomas, Nikita Miller, Damion Jacobs, Jason Dawes, Nicholson Gordon, Gavon Brown.last_img read more

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first_imgThe 2016 renewal of the Jamaica National Building Society (JN) Foundation Heroes in Action Run/Walk will take place on Sunday in Falmouth, Trelawny.Usain Bolt, who, through the Usain Bolt Foundation, was a partner of the inaugural staging of the event in 2015, has again thrown his weight behind the event.”I am a solid supporter of initiatives that benefit and empower the people of my hometown, and I am particularly pleased that this event has at its heart causes that support organisations that work to protect our children and provide needed services in Trelawny,” Bolt said recently.This year, the event, which has been divided into a 4K Fun Run/Walk and an 8K Run, hopes to raise funds for the Victim Services Division of Trelawny and provide additional funds to last year’s refurbishment project at the Granville Place of Safety for Girls, which is also based in the parish.HELPING WITH INTERVENTIONFunds raised will enable the Victim Services Division to acquire materials to support play therapy and art therapy, as well as the design and delivery of group-therapy interventions, benefitting young people in the parish. The completion of a multipurpose resource centre for wards at the Granville Place of Safety for Girls will also be supported.The run is being organised with technical support from the team at Running Events Limited and will take runners on a course through the streets of the historic town of Falmouth.The 8K is designed to target sprint enthusiasts with a strong desire for competition, while the 4K Fun Run will be geared at engaging families and individuals, with various challenge stations, along with a historical aspect to educate participants about Falmouth while en route.last_img read more

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