‘Lewandowski to Liverpool – when’s Messi coming?’ United, Chelsea and Arsenal fans laugh at Liverpool rumours

first_img Robert Lewandowski and Jurgen Klopp 1 Liverpool fans are understandably excited about the arrival of Jurgen Klopp at Anfield, but could it be the start of something special on Merseyside?Already, rumours are doing the rounds that Klopp wants to reunite with Robert Lewandowski, the Polish striker who’s scored 11 goals in 16 games for Bayern Munich so far this season, and eight in five for Poland in 2015.He is undoubtedly the form forward in European football right now, so suggestions Klopp could lure him to Liverpool have further fuelled the optimism of Kopites.But for some fans of Liverpool’s rivals, that optimism is more akin to delusion.Take a look at some of the reaction to the Lewandowski to Liverpool rumours on social media…last_img read more

What’s the point of watching! Banned Mourinho may blank Chelsea’s clash with Stoke

first_img Jose Mourinho 1 Jose Mourinho says he may watch Chelsea’s clash with Stoke on a “street corner with my iPad” – or may not even bother at all.The Blues boss has been banned from attending Saturday’s game at the Britannia Stadium after admitting a Football Association misconduct charge relating to his behaviour at West Ham last month.Asked how he plans to view the match at his Friday press conference, Mourinho responded:  “You can imagine that it’s not easy. You can imagine how I feel. And I don’t want to speak a lot about it.“I have no plans. Maybe I sit in the street corner with my iPad.“Maybe I don’t even watch the game. What’s the point if I can’t make decisions?”Mourinho failed in an appeal against a separate sanction on Thursday, a suspended one-match stadium ban and £50,000 fines for comments made after the October 3 loss to Southampton.That stadium ban will only be imposed in the next 12 months if he contravenes FA rules governing media comments on match officials.Mourinho suggested he feels aggrieved at his current punishment and his relationship with the FA is fractious. But he is not planning to test it on Saturday.Mourinho reportedly flouted a UEFA-imposed stadium ban by hiding in a laundry skip during his first spell with Chelsea.He refused to confirm or deny the episode on Friday, but said he was not tempted to do something similar at Stoke.“No. No temptation,” Mourinho added.“I travel with them (the team). And I will be with them until the moment somebody stops me.“I have to get out (of the bus) before (it reaches the stadium).”last_img read more

What has Guus Hiddink done since he was last at Chelsea?

first_imgGuus Hiddink will become Chelsea interim manager for the second time in his career following the sacking of Jose Mourinho, having previously held the post in 2009.Mourinho was dismissed from his post on Thursday afternoon with Roman Abramovich turning to his old friend Hiddink once again.During his half a season in the Stamford Bridge hotseat, the Dutchman led the club to FA Cup victory and they came within a minute of reaching the Champions League final.Hiddink was lauded as a success at the Blues with the fans urging Roman Abramovich to sign him up permanently after only losing one game while in charge.But how has Hiddink done since his Stamford Bridge heroics?Click the arrow above, right, to see how his career has progressed – or regressed – since. Anzhi Makhachkala manager 2012-13 – Hiddink returned to Russia in 2012 for the newly rich Anzhi Makhachkala on an 18-month deal. After taking Anzhi to the Europa League quarter-finals for the first time, Hiddink announced his retirement at the end of the season. He reversed that decision but then unexpectedly resigned only two games into the new season, saying he left because he had completed his mission. 4 Netherlands manager 2014-15 – Hiddink’s most recent job was in charge of his own national side, where he replaced current Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal. He agreed to take charge of the Dutch until the 2016 European Championship with his assistant Danny Blind taking over from him after that. However, with the Netherlands on the brink of missing out of qualification, Hiddink was sacked and the Oranje will not be there in France next summer. 4 Turkey manager 2010-11 – Hiddink was a highly controversial character in the Turkish media during his time as the national coach there as he refused to live in the country and only visited intermittently. He was in charge for a sole qualifying campaign, which was an unsuccessful one as Turkey missed out on the European Championship and Hiddink promptly resigned. 4 4 Russia manager 2010 – Hiddink was Russia head coach between 2006 and 2010 but, due to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s close relationship with his country’s national set up, he was able to secure the Dutchman for the remainder of the 2009/10 season. However, his tenure at Russia ended poorly following his time in south west London, as he failed to take them to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa following a play-off defeat to Slovenia. last_img read more

WATCH! Liverpool new boy Marko Grujic’s best bits for Red Star Belgrade this season

first_imgMarko Grujic has become the first signing of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool reign after arriving in a £5m deal from Red Star Belgrade.The Serbian teenager, who will spend the remainder of the season on loan at Red Star before moving to Merseyside, has been described as a “big talent” by Klopp.He certainly appears to be that judging by this video of his best bits this season. Check it out above and let us know whether you think he is a good signing for Liverpool.last_img

Claudio Ranieri confirms record signing can leave Leicester in bid for first-team football

first_img Andrej Kramaric 1 Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri says Andrej Kramaric can leave the club in search of first-team football.The Croatian has made just two Premier League appearances this season and has been heavily linked with a move away.The striker moved to the King Power a year ago for a club-record fee of £9m but he has since struggled to impress.And now he could be off after Ranieri revealed he has held talks with the forward.“I suggest to him, today is much better [to go] because June there is the Euros,” said Ranieri.“If he stays with me I am very happy because he is a good player, a fantastic boy. But he doesn’t have too many chances to play and I suggest to him to go.”last_img read more

Revealed: clubs ranked by shots per game compared to goals scored in PL

first_img 18. Newcastle have had 10.4 shots per game and scored 26 goals – REVEALED: BEST AND WORST PASS SUCCESS RATES 19 20. West Brom have had an average 9.8 shots per game and have scored 23 goals in the 2015/16 Premier League season – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see where your club ranks – REVEALED: BEST AND WORST PASS SUCCESS RATES 19 19. Sunderland have had 10.3 shots per game and have scored 30 goals – REVEALED: BEST AND WORST PASS SUCCESS RATES 4. Arsenal have had 15 shots per game and scored 39 goals – REVEALED: BEST AND WORST PASS SUCCESS RATES 5. West Ham have had 13.9 shots per game and scored 38 goals – REVEALED: BEST AND WORST PASS SUCCESS RATES 19 19 3. Liverpool have had 16.3 shots per game and scored 32 goals – REVEALED: BEST AND WORST PASS SUCCESS RATES Who has the most lethal attack in the Premier League?Top scoring Premier League players:Jamie Vardy (Leicester): 18 goalsRomelu Lukaku (Everton): 16 goalsHarry Kane (Tottenham): 15 goalsSergio Aguero (Man City): 14 goalsOdion Ighalo (Watford): 14 goalsRiyad Mahrez (Leicester): 14 goalsHere, talkSPORT looks at the teams with the most shots per game and the goals they have scored this season.REVEALED: BEST AND WORST PASS SUCCESS RATESStats courtesy of WhoScored.com and correct as of 9 February, 2016. 19 Joint 15. Stoke (24 goals scored) and Aston Villa (20 goals scored) have had 10.8 shots per game – REVEALED: BEST AND WORST PASS SUCCESS RATES 9. Leicester have had 13.3 shots per game and scored 47 goals – REVEALED: BEST AND WORST PASS SUCCESS RATES 2. Tottenham have had 16.7 shots per game and scored 45 goals – REVEALED: BEST AND WORST PASS SUCCESS RATES 12. Swansea have had 11.8 shots per game and scored 24 goals – REVEALED: BEST AND WORST PASS SUCCESS RATES 11. Crystal Palace have had 12 shots per game and scored 26 goals – REVEALED: BEST AND WORST PASS SUCCESS RATES 7. Southampton have had 13.6 shots per game and scored 33 goals – REVEALED: BEST AND WORST PASS SUCCESS RATES 19 14. Watford have had 11.5 shots per game and scored 27 goals – REVEALED: BEST AND WORST PASS SUCCESS RATES 13. Man United have had 11.6 shots per game and scored 32 goals – REVEALED: BEST AND WORST PASS SUCCESS RATES 19 19 19 8. Everton have had 13.4 shots per game and scored 46 goals – REVEALED: BEST AND WORST PASS SUCCESS RATES 6. Chelsea have had 13.8 shots per game and scored 33 goals – REVEALED: BEST AND WORST PASS SUCCESS RATES 19 19 19 19 17. Norwich have had 10.7 shots per game and scored 28 goals – REVEALED: BEST AND WORST PASS SUCCESS RATES 19 19 19 19 19 10. Bournemouth have had 12.6 shots per game and scored 29 goals – REVEALED: BEST AND WORST PASS SUCCESS RATES 19 1. Man City have had 17.2 shots per game and scored 47 goals – REVEALED: BEST AND WORST PASS SUCCESS RATESlast_img read more

Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang turned down Newcastle move

first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed he snubbed an offer from Newcastle to join Borussia Dortmund.The Gabon international striker is now wanted by all of Europe’s top clubs after scoring 31 goals in 34 games this season.However when he moved to Dortmund in 2013, interest in Aubameyang was not particularly high and he only commanded a fee of around £10million.Saint-Étienne, though, were keen for the frontman to join Newcastle but he shunned them in favour of the Bundesliga.“I received an offer from Qatar of €10m per year. If I accepted, my family would be set up for life,” Aubameyang told L’Equipe.“We chose to stay at Saint-Etienne, where I got €70,000 per month, knowing that, given my qualities, I could earn money tomorrow.“The following season, Saint-Etienne wanted to send me to Newcastle.“We opted for Dortmund, finalist in the Champions League, because my father studied Klopp’s game, even though the pay was lower.” Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 1last_img read more

Changing of the gourd

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“The pumpkins get bigger every year, so you just really don’t know what other people are growing,” John Sach said. Sach, 63, said he began growing the pumpkin, affectionately named “Speedo” by his wife, on May 8. Sach said he has always grown vegetables at his Whittier home, where he has lived for 32 years. Growing giant pumpkins in the yard began four years ago, after the Sachs read about the hobby in a newspaper. This year, Sach said he uprooted the rest of the vegetable garden to make way for pumpkins, planting two separate vines, each in a 20-by-40-foot patch. A few months into growing, however, the pumpkin in one patch split. Several smaller gourds, each weighing 50 to 100 pounds, now grow on the empty space. At the height of growing season, Speedo gained 25 to 50 pounds each day, soaking up gallons of water, nutrients and a lot of potassium to encourage growth. Sach said he also fed the plant molasses, one of the tricks circulated on the Web devoted to growing gourds. “Everybody kind of shares information with everybody,” Sach said. “It’s not real secretive.” Seeds from winning pumpkins are traded between growers, Sach said, in the same spirit of cooperation. The seeds from which Speedo sprouted came from Ohio. In addition to seeds, chemicals, water and sunlight, the pumpkin needed constant attention during the growing season. “I’m really proud of John,” Vicki Sach said of her husband. “Hours and hours go into this, and some of the neighbors are interested. They like to come over and see the pumpkins.” The pumpkin rested on a foam pad, was shaded by umbrellas, watered and fed on an automatic system, with fans focused on the stem and roots of the plant. John Sach estimates the couple’s water bill went up $50 per month during the six-month growing season. At one point, Speedo’s stem began to rot, and John had to perform emergency surgery, cutting out the infected portion and spraying fungicide on the cut area. “It started to go bad, and John said it probably wouldn’t make it,” Vicki Sach said. “He said it was hopeless, but the decayed part healed.” The Sachs think the setback likely cost them a few hundred pounds, but Speedo is still the largest pumpkin they have grown in their four years in the sport. The Sachs’ past pumpkins, sporting names like Tiny, Porky and Pigly, have grown as large as 908 pounds. Their first pumpkin was classified as a squash at competition because of its greenish-gray color, and set a record for weight in that category in California at 828 pounds. The couple has seven grandchildren, who are always interested to see the pumpkins’ progress. Beth Saltikov, Vicki Sach’s daughter-in- law, said she and her husband, Marty, bring their three young children over to see the pumpkins. “It’s a family phenomenon,” Saltikov said. “Every time we come over, we just kind of come back to look at it.” Saltikov said she hopes the Sachs manage a win in Paso Robles on Saturday. The first-prize winner in the contest receives $6 per pound for their pumpkin, or $6,600 in the Sachs’ case, while second place wins $2,000 and third place takes home $1,000. Regardless of the outcome at the contest, the Sachs plan to bring Speedo home to carve into giant jack-o’-lantern for their grandkids. “When we get back, if the pumpkin is in good shape, we’ll carve it up,” Vicki Sach said. “Watching the grandchildren enjoy the pumpkin is the highlight for me.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: Giant pumpkin• Video: Giant pumpkin WHITTIER – Before Cinderella’s carriage turned back into a pumpkin at midnight, it might have been about the size of John and Vicki Sach’s gourd, recently plucked from the couple’s yard with a machine hoist. The Sachs estimate their pumpkin weighs about 1,100 pounds. Like Cinderella’s coach, the jack-o’-lantern-in-training is on its way to the ball, a one-day “Paso Robles Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off” in Paso Robles, where competitive pumpkin growers face off to find out who has grown the heaviest vegetable. Last year’s winner was about 700 pounds. last_img read more

Lawyer says Spears bid for custody of two young sons put on hold

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. Each parent will have a day with the boys this weekend, Kaplan said during a short news conference after the hearing. Gordon has previously said there was evidence that Spears is a “habitual, frequent and continuous” user of drugs and alcohol, withdrew approval for her to even visit the children after finding she had failed to comply with some conditions for shared custody. He later withdrew the ban and allowed her to visit Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1 – but only in the presence of a court-approved monitor. Hours earlier, Spears arrived at the courthouse eating cheese puffs in her white Mercedes-Benz convertible and giggled when asked by reporters outside the courtroom if she was nervous. She was escorted by sheriff’s deputies and wore a black print dress and cowgirl boots. Her brown hair was lightly streaked with blonde highlights and she carried a large handbag. A bid by Britney Spears for custody of her two young sons with Kevin Federline was put on hold Friday by a court commissioner after a three-hour closed hearing, a lawyer for Federline said. Lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan said Superior Court Commissioner Scott Gordon was expected to issue a written ruling by next Tuesday after hearing extensive testimony on a number of issues in the case. Spears did not comment after the hearing. But during an earlier break in the proceedings, she uttered an epithet at a reporter in the hallway who asked how the proceedings were going. Attorney Sorrell Trope, who represents Spears, said “something has changed, but I can’t say what.” He said Spears was pleased, but he declined further comment. Federline arrived a few minutes after Spears, wearing a gray pinstriped suit and an earring in his right ear. Both were under court order to attend the proceedings. They were asked to stand, raise their right hands and swear to tell the truth, which they did. A few moments later, Gordon closed the hearing to the media at the request of Trope, who was expected to argue that Spears had complied with court orders and should regain the shared custody she lost earlier this month. During a morning hearing, another lawyer for Spears won a motion to bar videotaping of deposition testimony in the case. Attorney Thomas Paine Dunlap argued that video of the depositions would almost certainly wind up on YouTube. He said his celebrity client had a right to be protected from that exposure. Gordon made his ruling on that matter despite his concern that Spears is constantly courting “inordinate amounts of media,” which he said runs counter to her expressed desire for privacy. “I’m not chastising her,” Gordon said. “She’s an adult. But what I’m saying is someone who is always going to places where there is an inordinate amount of media, it doesn’t square.” Dunlap countered that the pop star was not trying to create media attention. “If she goes to Starbucks, there’s media there. If she goes shopping, there’s media there,” he said. Kaplan said his client wanted the depositions to be videotaped to preserve the demeanor of witnesses who testify during the closed sessions. After the commissioner’s ruling, Kaplan asked that experts and other parties be allowed to be present to see how witnesses responded. Gordon said he would allow two people to observe the witnesses. In preparation for the day’s proceedings, a special metal detector was installed outside the courtroom. Officials confiscated cell phones from people arriving on the floor to prevent media, attorneys and spectators from taking pictures in the courtroom. The process caused a backup of lawyers who had to empty brief cases for inspection. Dunlap complained in court that he was being forced to do things he had never done before to get into a courtroom. Gordon responded dryly, “This may be the manufacture of your client.” Outside the courthouse, about 40 members of the media gathered several hours before the afternoon hearing. A half-dozen satellite TV broadcast trucks lined the busy, downtown street. Reporters and photographers snacked and chatted, trying to figure out which of the several courthouse entrances the celebrities might use. Larry Mays, 59, stood among the crowd wearing a banner reading, “Ask Jesus to Save You Now.” He said he routinely stakes out court proceedings involving celebrities. “The cameras help me get the message out,” he said. The previous court order by Gordon was tough and unambiguous. Spears was to undergo random drug and alcohol tests and meet weekly with a parenting coach who would report back to the court about her parenting skills. Spears and Federline also were prohibited from making derogatory remarks about each other in their children’s presence and from using “corporal punishment” to discipline them. Both parents also were ordered to complete the court’s “Parenting Without Conflict” class. The custody fight has played out on a public stage, with paparazzi and celebrity Web sites reporting on the former couple’s every move – including sightings of Spears driving with her sons and a monitor in Beverly Hills.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

An immigrant’s voyage from turmoil to deliverance

first_imgA foghorn blew three times, the engine rumbled and slowly the ship left the shore. With a lump in my throat, I watched my parents grow smaller and smaller and retreat into a distant mist. Tears welled up in my eyes. I didn’t know then, but 10 years would go by before I would see them again. The ship, General Langfitt, was far from a luxury liner. It was designed to transport as many troops as possible overseas during war. The ship had three levels of sleeping quarters filled with bunk beds. I slept in a lower bunk bed, three stories below deck next to a loud engine. When a bell rang it summoned us passengers to the dining area – a mess hall, really. Eating was done in turns since seating was limited. The mess hall had long wooden tables and benches anchored to the floor. Burly men, who wore soiled aprons, slapped the unappetizing food on metal plates. By then, General Langfitt had reached the treacherous English Channel. I was still waiting my turn, feeling queasy, when the ship suddenly pitched on its side. Seeing people walking on a 45-degree angle was too much for my stomach to take. I pushed my way through to the toilet, reaching it just in time. I had developed the worst case of seasickness. I made my way up on deck. General Langfitt wasn’t nearly the cruiser I had seen in movies. No passengers were lounging in elegant deck chairs. About 50 rickety seats were available for 2,000 passengers, and they were all occupied. Most of the time it was unsafe on deck. Heavy storms in the Atlantic tossed our ship about like a toy. Monstrous waves surged over the vessel. Black clouds exploded into heavy rain. All hatches had to be shut and bolted. We were at the mercy of the wild body of water. I was lying in my bunk bed alone and unattended, hoping to die. One night, unable to sleep and hungry, I spotted a couple of oranges alongside my bed. I thought I was hallucinating. But no, soon more followed. Big, juicy, colorful oranges. I didn’t care from where they came or to whom they belonged. I only knew nourishment was at hand. I just had to reach out. Trying to get one, I promptly fell out of bed. The oranges rolled away as the boat rocked. Unsteady on my feet, I followed them. The chase was on. I went up and down, wobbling, stumbling and crawling on hands and knees in pursuit of the elusive fruits. The oranges came to rest on one side of the big hall. Gleefully I thought I had them finally within reach. Suddenly, the floor rose perpendicular, and I was thrust down violently. The oranges, as if mocking me, merrily rolled into the men’s sleeping quarters and disappeared. I gave up. After 14 tormenting days, we reached New York. It was a glorious vision when the Statue of Liberty appeared out of the fog. I realized then why that monument meant so much to so many. Not only is it a symbol of freedom, but it also represents deliverance from turbulent sea voyages. Mina Wildfeuer is a 44-year Gardena resident and a stay-at-home mom.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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsWith my right arm raised, I swore yes or no to whatever applied. Meeting all requirements, I was declared eligible to be admitted to the United States in due time. At the time I lived in Hamburg, Germany, where I had earned a teaching credential. I worked as a substitute teacher for the time being. Meanwhile, President Eisenhower signed a bill into law granting special visas to displaced persons. I qualified for that status, being a refugee. That reduced my waiting to two years. When I finally received notice, I had to be ready in two weeks. I started to have second thoughts, realizing the enormousness of the step I was about to take. I was going to a strange country 7,000 miles away all by myself. I had to say goodbye to my parents, sisters and friends, not knowing when or if I would see them again. But I was still determined to go. The day of my departure arrived. Accompanied by my parents, I went to Bremerhaven, the port where I was to board a ship. Hordes of people, young and old, speaking a variety of languages, pushed their way up the gangplank. Few were left behind on the dock. Among them were my parents, who tearfully bade me farewell. Fifty years ago, I set foot in America – New York to be exact – for the first time. When I applied for immigration to the United States, I was told it might take about five years. I wasn’t deterred. Providing a required sponsor, I proceeded to fill out the necessary papers. Next, I endured endless physical tests and X-rays to be found in good health. My intentions about coming to the United States were also questioned: Was I willing to work and not be a burden to society? Was I free of any criminal tendencies? Was I a communist? Did I intend to overthrow the government? last_img read more