‘One of the best worst games I’ve ever seen!’ – Twitter reacts to Liverpool’s crazy 5-4 win at Norwich

first_img Jurgen Klopp What an utterly ludicrious game.Both defences left more than a little to be desired, but Liverpool’s miraculous 5-4 win at Norwich really was pure entertainment.Goals from Roberto Firmino, twice, Jordan Henderson, James Milner and substitute Adam Lallana in the dying seconds were enough to spark wild celebrations from the visitors at the final whistle.That was after Dieumerci Mbokani, Steven Naismith, Wes Hoolahan and Sebastian Bassong looked to have earned the Canaries at least a point, if not all three after establishing a 3-1 lead at one stage.The internet, understandably, went crazy at the result and some of the best reactions are below: 1center_img [View the story “Twitter reacts to Liverpool’s mental win at Norwich” on Storify]last_img

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BUSINESS: LET THE TAX CLINIC GET ALL YOUR PAYE AFFAIRS IN ORDER

first_imgThe Tax ClinicOne of Donegal’s most respected and reputable financial advice centres is helping hundreds of people across Donegal to get their tax affairs in order.For many years The Tax Clinic, which is based in both Letterkenny and Killybegs, has been helping people across Donegal to understand the tax system – and to make the most from it!Mabel McHugh from The Tax Clinic.Quite simply, The Tax Clinic take the pain out of dealing with the Irish tax system. The Revenue Commissioners are now regarded as one of the most sophisticated and efficient public bodies in Ireland. There information technology (I.T.) infrastructure is the envy of many.Last year the Revenue confirmed that they now have over 50 organisations of which they can source information from such as the banks, credit unions, department of agriculture, the department of social welfare, private residential tenancies board, H.S.E to name but a few.In 2014 the Revenue conducted 41,368 PAYE compliance checks that yielded nearly €22 million and this figure is set to increase in 2015. In conjunction with setting up a PAYE compliance section in each tax district they also issued a detailed document called “ The Compliance Code for Pay as You Earn (PAYE) taxpayers.Compliance Code for PAYE Taxpayers This code was developed by Revenue to set out a clear and consistent approach to checks carried out on PAYE tax payers.For most PAYE tax payers the correct amount of tax will have been deducted from their earnings during the year by their employer.In some instances, underpayment of tax may arise as a result of the following;–          Tax credits, allowances & reliefs granted that the taxpayer was not entitled to.–          A change in the taxpayers personal circumstances meaning that certain tax credits, reliefs & allowances no longer apply. –          Loss of entitlement to exemption from tax or reduced rate USC.In order to ensure that the correct tax is collected and to prevent any build-up of tax arrears, it is essential that taxpayers keep Revenue informed with as much up-to-date information as possible about his or her earnings/income.Tax defaults may be corrected by the taxpayer in any of the following ways:–          Declare that an innocent error has been made. –          Make a self-correction of the error.–          Make a “Qualifying Disclosure”.Revenue intervention can take the form of either:–          An aspect query.–          A profile interview.–          An audit or investigation.Why would I have been selected for a PAYE compliance check?·         The Revenue may have obtained third party information regarding additional non-paye income such as payments from the Department of Agriculture, Rental Income etc.·         You have had a gain subject to Capital Gains Tax during the year, an example would be property/land or shares sold.·         You may be in receipt of a foreign pension.·         The Revenue have recently contacted 60,000 PAYE taxpayers and requested that they complete a Form 12 income tax return.What income types are assessable under a Form 12?·         Income from a trade or profession·         Farming Income·         Income as a Musician·         Rental Income·         Dividend Income·         Foreign Incomes – Foreign Pensions, Foreign Rental Income.When should I complete and return my Form 12?Typically, you will need to complete your Form 12 by October 31st in the year following the tax year of assessment. i.e. for 2014 taxes, the Form 12 must be submitted by 31st October 2015.What should I do now?If you have received a Form 12 do not ignore it.  You must complete the form honestly ensuring that you declare your income from all sources.  In some circumstances it may be beneficial to seek professional advice.We at THE TAX CLINIC are experienced in dealing with all forms of Revenue Intervention and the completion and filing of Tax Returns.To find out more log onto www.thetaxclinic.ie or call into either the High Road Letterkenny or Main Street Killybegs.Or Telephone: Letterkenny: 074 91 60550 or Killybegs: 074 97 32055BUSINESS: LET THE TAX CLINIC GET ALL YOUR PAYE AFFAIRS IN ORDER was last modified: September 25th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:The Tax Cliniclast_img read more

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VIDEO: Liverpool reject Mario Balotelli scores AGAIN for Ligue 1 leaders Nice

first_img1 The striker bagged his side’s second goal against Nantes It is safe to say that Mario Balotelli is in his element in the south of France.The free transfer signing from Liverpool scored his side’s second goal against Nantes on the half hour mark after Wylan Cyprien opened the scoring for the hosts – his sixth league goal this season.Nice are set to go six points clear of second placed Paris Saint-Germain at the top of Ligue 1.Balotelli ran clear of the Nantes defence after a lovely lobbed through ball allowed the Italian the freedom of the opposition’s half.And the controversial striker made no mistake as he calmly slotted the ball past the Nantes goalkeeper with an outside of the foot finish.Check out Balotelli’s goal below…last_img

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Star Wars: Galactic Nights Returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in May

first_imgStar Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks ShowDuring Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, you’ll see and hear and feel the music, magic and characters from the Saga as they light up the night complete with state-of-the-art projection effects, lasers, pyrotechnics and more. Prior to the fireworks, there will be an exclusive interactive pre-show on the main stage. The show will debut new saga elements for the first time during Star Wars: Galactic Nights.Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far AwayStar Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away gives Guests the chance to see characters like Kylo Ren, Chewbacca and BB-8 recreate some of the Saga’s most famous scenes—right before your eyes! The show, which takes place in front of the Chinese Theater includes clips featuring standout moments from the Saga, as well as character appearances onstage from Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Kylo Ren and many more. The show will debut new saga elements for the first time during Star Wars: Galactic Nights.Jedi TrainingSmall ones will have the ability to o test their abilities during Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple. During the show, they will learn how to use the Force and their lightsabers to face the evil forces of the Dark Side. AttractionsAttractions available throughout the Star Wars: Galactic Nights event include:Star Tours – The Adventures Continue – Be on the lookout for Star Wars Character encounters taking place in-and-around Star ToursStar Wars Launch BayStar Wars: Path of the JediThe Twilight Zone Tower of TerrorToy Story Mania!Muppet*Vision 3DWalt Disney Presents Star Wars: Galactic Nights will last from 7:00 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are available for $124 per child and $129 per adult (plus tax). Tickets will be on sale soon. Share This!©DisneyDisney is bringing back Star Wars: Galactic Nights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios as a way to celebrate Solo: A Star Wars Story! This one night only event will take place on Sunday, May 27.This event is the ultimate one for a Star Wars fan.  This family-friendly invites Guests to celebrate the beloved Star Wars franchise. Guests are invited to dress as their favorite character, as well as experience fun and exclusive Star Wars activities and events.Here’s what you can expect to experience at the Star Wars: Galactic Nights event:Rebel BaseThe Rebel Base will serve as the Star Wars: Galactic Nights event hub. Here, Guests will find a DJ dance party, as well as being the home for ongoing event information, hosted shows, interactive moments and more!Star Wars: Galactic Destinations ProjectionsThese exclusive projections will transform The Hollywood Tower Hotel. They will be visible on the Sunset Boulevard area of the park. Watch as the facade of the Hollywood Tower Hotel transforms via projection technology to showcase familiar locations from across the galaxy. Favorite film moments, special effects, lighting, and of course the stellar Star Wars cinematic score supports each galactic location moment all night long.  Star Wars: Galactic Nights Character OpportunitiesDuring the Star Wars: Galactic Nights event, you will also be able to come face to face with some of your favorite Star Wars characters. Experiences will include:Stormtroopers on Patrol: As you board your shuttle at Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, you may come face-to-face with Imperial Stormtroopers patrolling the embarkation ramps in pursuit of a Rebel spy.Imperial March: Make way for Darth Vader as he leads a battalion of Stormtroopers down Hollywood Boulevard during a dramatic Imperial March to the event stageMarch of the First Order:  Captain Phasma will lead her squad of Stormtroopers up Hollywood Boulevard.Imperial Stormtrooper March with Darth Vader: Vader will lead Stormtroopers up Hollywood Boulevard.AWR Trooper Sightings: Spy these black armor-clad operatives scanning for rebels in the Animation Courtyard.Characters at Star Wars Launch Bay: Guests will be able to meet BB-8, Chewbacca, Kylo Ren, and Darth Vader.Photo OpportunitiesStep into iconic Star Wars scenes throughout Disney’s Hollywood Studios where you will discover 3-dimensional photo opportunities throughout the park. You will be able to act out your very own mini-scene or capture a heartfelt message and post your moment on social media during the event.Guests will also be able to pose in front of Star Wars-themed backdrops depicting popular scenes from the entire Star Wars Saga.Galactic Tasting SamplerTaste your way around the galaxy with specialty food and beverage offerings created for Galactic Nights. These bites and beverages are inspired by the stories and iconic characters of Star Wars.last_img read more

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Zuma speech in UK Parliament

first_imgDuring his state visit to the UK, JacobZuma shows Queen Elizabeth II a uniquechessboard made by South Africancrafters.(Image: The Presidency)MEDIA CONTACTS• Vincent MagwenyaPresidential spokesperson+27 72 715 0024RELATED ARTICLES• SA to strengthen ties with Britain• State of the Nation 2010• Zuma welcomes world at Davos• Jacob Zuma on World Aids Day• Medium-term budget: full textSouth African President Jacob Zuma is currently on a state visit to the UK. This is the full text of his keynote address to British parliamentarians at the Palace of Westminster in London on 4 March 2010. I feel greatly privileged to address members of Parliament during our State visit to the United Kingdom.This special honour speaks to the extent and the warmth of the relations between our two peoples.Our visit provides a valuable opportunity for South Africa and the United Kingdom to deepen bilateral relations and advance common positions on the broader challenge of building a peaceful, stable and more equitable world.It is heartening that in a space of just 16 years, the relations between South Africa and the UK have grown so dramatically in almost every area, from the economy to diplomacy, from education to sport.One of the main drivers of these relations has been the South Africa-United Kingdom Bilateral Forum, established in 1997, which has yielded significant results.Total trade between the UK and South Africa has increased tremendously, by 173% between 1998 and 2008. The UK is our South Africa’s largest foreign investor, as well as highest international patron of our tourism industry.This picture is the same in almost every sphere of interaction. This is a sure sign of confidence in our relationship, and the value that we attach to our partnership.With you indulgence, distinguished guests, I wish to quote some excerpts from the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee’s “Inquiry into South Africa” published in 2004.It said: “…given what we have seen and heard during this inquiry, we feel confident to conclude that the relationship is indeed a special one.“The cooperation that we witnessed at all levels of government; the very significant flows of trade, investment and tourism between the two nations; the shared values and aspirations, on both a continental and global scale; the large diasporas of expatriates in both countries; and perhaps even the shared admiration for the talents of sporting heroes such as David Beckham.“All of these point to a mature, honest and many-layered understanding, with both nations able to work together in a spirit of equality and mutual trust, and a relationship that is well able to weather the ‘turbulence’ of occasional disagreements.”That is as true today as it was six years’ ago.This special relationship is made visible in Parliament Square, where statues of two South African leaders are to be found among the statues of British Prime Ministers, dating back to the 19th century.I am referring to the democratic South Africa’s first president, Nelson Mandela, and General Jan Smuts, one of the co-founders of the League of Nations.Fifty years ago, President Mandela and the late ANC President, Oliver Tambo, joked that one day their statues might be in Parliament Square. Little did they realise how prophetic that idea was.There is much in the history of our two countries that brings us together.The challenges and opportunities of the future strongly encourage us to remain together in pursuit of common goals and shared interests.In just two decades, South Africa has been able to make a decisive break with a past characterised by racial discrimination and conflict.We are one nation, diverse in language, culture and history. Since the dawn of democracy we have worked hard to establish a common nationhood.We have always understood that this cannot be achieved by symbolic gestures alone. Instead, this common nationhood can be realised only through the political, social and economic empowerment of all South Africans.It can only be realised once we have overcome the inequalities that continue to separate blacks from whites, women from men, urban dwellers from rural.That is why, for the past 16 years, we have adopted economic and social policies that both tackle the legacy of apartheid and ensure a sustainable and prosperous future for all.We can point to many successes. We have achieved a level of macroeconomic stability and sustained a pace of growth not seen in South Africa for many years.Until the onset of the global economic crisis, we had managed to accelerate the pace of job creation, and had even achieved a budget surplus.Our social policies have also made a big impact on the lives of the poor. Our social grants programme has expanded rapidly, providing an income to the poorest and most vulnerable. The provision of nearly 3 million subsidised homes to the poor, together with mass water and electrification programmes, have visibly improved many people’s lives.Thanks to our economic policies, a sound regulatory environment, and a massive investment in infrastructure, the prospects for our economic recovery are promising.The challenge we face is not only to ensure that growth is accelerated and sustained, but also to ensure that it leads to greater employment creation.We have brought along to the United Kingdom, 216 businesspeople representing various sectors. This indicates our interest to take our economic relations forward, as we are determined to improve investments and the creation of decent jobs.South Africa provides an excellent destination for investments in all sectors, from manufacturing, agriculture, tourism to mining and others.Some United Kingdom potential investors have enquired about our policy on the ownership of mineral resources.Let me use this opportunity to state that South African law does not provide for the nationalisation of mineral resources, and there is no discussion within government about the nationalisation of mines.Our Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act gives effect to the notion of State custodianship of mineral rights.The law recognises the mineral wealth as a national asset, a common heritage that belongs to all in South Africa and pronounces the State as the custodian thereof.Lord Speaker we are also pleased that our policy of Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) has not been identified by UK companies that have invested in South Africa as a barrier to doing business.This means that UK companies are fully aware of the strategic importance of ensuring that the ownership and management of the South African economy should be broadened, especially to ensure that the participation of black people, women, youth and people with disabilities.We have established a Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment Council to advise government on the implementation of this policy.Lord Speaker, for us to achieve the economic growth we envisage and create decent jobs, we need to address the challenge of skills development.We have therefore put education at the centre of our priorities for the five years of this administration. We are putting in place measures to improve the quality of our education outcomes, and to expand the skills base of our workforce.We should mention at this point, the support that the British government has provided over the years to the development of our education sector. It is but one of the areas of assistance for which we remain truly grateful.It demonstrates to us the clear determination of the United Kingdom to invest in the long-term development of the South African people.Ladies and Gentlemen,A similar determination is evident in the UK’s commitment to assisting Africa in meeting the challenges it faces. In recent years, the UK government has consistently championed Africa’s cause in multilateral institutions and in forums like the G8.Its direct assistance to African countries is significant, and has done much to help the continent towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.The UK’s commitment to reach and maintain the aid target of 0.7 percent of GDP is an impressive example to other developed countries. As we welcome this commitment of assistance, we also acknowledge that we Africans must bear primary responsibility for the fortunes of our continent.The people of Africa are determined to act in concert to address the common and separate challenges we face. We remain convinced that the unity of the African continent is its greatest strength. Yet, in our history it has often proved elusive.That is why we are firmly committed to strengthening the African Union and its organs, and to establish them as the primary vehicles for the advancement of peace, security, democracy, growth and development on the continent.There is much cause for hope. Twenty years ago there were said to be just eight democratically elected governments in Africa. Today, there are 32. In the last ten years, economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa has increased from an average of 2.4 percent to an average in 2008 of 5.5%.Even as the global economic crisis took hold, African economies have continued to grow. While there is certainly much reason to be optimistic about Africa’s future, we must recognise that its problems are many and its challenges substantial.Conflicts continue in many parts of the continent, undermining efforts at development, and leaving millions of people in conditions of misery and destitution.Many democracies are fragile, governance weak, and human rights all too frequently violated. Many economies, particularly those heavily dependent on commodity exports, are vulnerable to even the slightest drop in world demand.Though its earth is rich, Africa’s people are poor. To change this – to ensure that Africa’s people benefit from its wealth – we need to develop the continent’s infrastructure and invest in its industry.We need to foster regional integration, as a first step to continental integration. Africans must trade with each other, share skills with each other, access each other’s markets, and invest in each other’s economies.We need to improve governance, tackle corruption, align standards and regulations, and ensure the consistent application of the rule of law.Ladies and Gentlemen,The support of the United Kingdom to efforts to consolidate peace and democracy in Africa cannot be understated.South Africa and the United Kingdom share a common desire for the peaceful resolution of conflict and the achievement of the right of all peoples to self-determination.A country where, I believe, we share such a determination is in Zimbabwe.It is a determination, I believe, that is shared by all the leaders and parties in Zimbabwe itself.Those of us who share this view, should welcome the progress represented by the Global Political Agreement and by the work already done by the Inclusive Government.But we should understand that obstacles still remain.We should also understand that the political and economic reality of Zimbabwe requires an inclusive solution.Though some may suggest otherwise, there is no lasting solution in Zimbabwe that excludes Zanu-PF, just as there is no solution that excludes the MDC.That is why, as South Africa, as the Southern African Development Community, and as the African Union, we have expended great effort to ensure that the parties in Zimbabwe reach agreement on the most critical issues facing the country.South Africa is greatly affected by the crisis in Zimbabwe. The influx of economic refugees from Zimbabwe places a significant strain on our capacity and resources.That is why we have consistently sought to follow the path that holds out the greatest prospect of success.The people of Zimbabwe must determine their own future. That is why all parties within the country, on the continent, and in the broader international community, must do what they can to ensure the attainment of conditions for free and fair elections.Ladies and gentlemen;South Africa and the United Kingdom share a firm determination to respond boldly and decisively to the challenge of climate change.It is a matter on which we have engaged on numerous occasions and in many forums, and on which we share many common positions.We went to the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit hoping that the leaders of the world would agree on an ambitious, legally-binding agreement. From an African perspective, such an agreement is critical. Though we do not bear responsibility for climate change, we are among the regions of the world most vulnerable to its effects.We need to agree on emission reduction targets that are in line with what is required to constrain increases in global temperatures. We must acknowledge that developing countries require substantial financial assistance to compensate for the effects of climate change, and to develop their capacity to reduce their own emissions.The Copenhagen Accord is a step in the right direction, but there is a great deal more that needs to be done. As we prepare for next climate change summit, in Mexico in December, we must intensify efforts to find agreement on these extremely complex matters.We are hopeful that, as the United Kingdom and South Africa, we can do much to advance the effort towards such an agreement. There are a number of international matters on which we can, should and do cooperate. One of our international policy priorities is to strive for significant reform in global governance, particularly in respect of multilateral financial institutions.There is a need to broaden Africa’s representation in the IMF and World Bank. In forums like the G20 we remain fervent critics of protectionism, strong advocates of reform, and committed proponents of a greater voice for countries of the South.Ladies and Gentlemen,In a few months time, South Africa will be hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup.Our preparations are almost complete. The progress we have made, we have not made entirely on our own. We have received assistance, guidance and support from other countries.Our stadiums have been completed. Our airports and transport links have been upgraded. Ticketing, transport and other logistical arrangements are in place. We have also heightened preparations around safety and security to ensure that fans, tourists and indeed our own citizens are able to enjoy themselves unhindered.The people of South Africa are preparing to welcome the world to our shores.We look forward, in particular, to welcoming football fans from this country. We have worked hard to make the tournament succeed. We will continue working non-stop to ensure that everything goes according to plan.Honourable members, ours is a partnership that we continue to value, and which we shall continue to nurture, confident that it will endure and prosper for many years to come.Let me thank you for your continued support of our country and Africa.I thank you.last_img read more

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Kevin Pietersen omission helped England, says Andrew Strauss

first_imgThe England and Wales Cricket Board’s decision to exclude maverick batsman Kevin Pietersen from selection has benefitted the team, director of cricket Andrew Strauss has told BBC.England’s record run-scorer in all formats, Pietersen was sacked after a 5-0 whitewash in the 2013-14 Ashes series and was told in May by former captain Strauss that he would not be considered for an international recall.The team has simply “moved on”, said Strauss, who had a frosty relationship with the fellow South Africa-born Pietersen.Also read: Handscomb, Hastings to join Australia ODI side in England “The danger at that time was that particular issue would overshadow everything that happened on the pitch over the course of the summer,” Strauss said.”What I was trying to do was provide clarity going forward so everyone knew where they stood.”I think the team has moved on and the team is in a pretty good place. Some of those young guys have established themselves and that’s what we will be focusing on taking England forward,” he added.England won the Ashes 3-2 but trail 2-0 in the five-match one-day series going into Tuesday’s third ODI at Old Trafford.last_img read more

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SPORT-ISL-COACH 2 LAST

first_imgHabas said: “We have made some sound changes to the last Habas said: “We have made some sound changes to the last season. I think we have the best team now. I want to see what is in store for us this season and waiting for the competition to commence. After that I can tell about different formats and the status of the ISL League.” On fielding an attacking eleven in the match, the Coach said: “For me it is not important whether the player in the first eleven or the bench is good. With all the confidence that I have in my mind I feel that we have the best players and strong squad for the competitions. Now, we have to get the competitive team and give hundred per cent to win matches.” “It is all about winning games and if we are down we need to equalize the score. I want my players to be disciplined and give entertaining football,” he said. On Indian football players future, he said: “Indian footballers can do better in next few years. May be some players can go join European teams. As for my assessment of the league, I have played in many leagues including this one. I think the league is great and I enjoy the tournament.” Meanwhile, the Portugal world cup star and marquee player of ATK, Helder Postiga said: “I come from Portugal. Playing here is a challenge for me. I wanted to try few new things in football and this is the best opportunity for me. “Pre season training is always important as you have foreign and Indian players in the team and so that they get to know ones strength and gel well and to get to know what is ones style and ideas. In preseason you can make assessments since you do not get much time during the competitions.” PTI RE ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

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Lionel Messi wins Ballon d’Or for record fifth time

first_imgLionel Messi reclaimed the FIFA Ballon d’Or award for the world player of the year on Monday from his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo who had walked off with the award for the previous two years.The Barcelona and Argentina forward took 41.33 percent of the votes followed by the Portuguese and Real Madrid forward (27.76 percent), with Brazil and Barcelona forward Neymar third (7.86 per cent).”It is a very special moment for me to be back here on this stage, winning again another Ballon dOr after being there in the audience watching Cristiano win,” said Messi as he accepted the award at the end of a drawn-out 90-minute ceremony.”It’s incredible this is my fifth.”Barcelona’s Luis Enrique was voted coach of the year while United States World Cup winner Carli Lloyd, who scored a hat-trick in the final against Japan, was named women’s player of the year.Initially started as the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 1991, it became known as the Ballon d’Or after merging with France Football’s European footballer of the year award in 2010.The award, shared exclusively between Messi and Real Madrid’s Ronaldo since Brazilian Kaka won in 2007, has been heavily promoted by FIFA and was broadcast to 190 countries with 1,100 guests including players and coaches attending the ceremony.But it is not everyone’s cup of tea and some critics, such as Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger, say it is not appropriate in a team sport.”I’m a big enemy of the Ballon dOr. Who will win it? You know as well as I do that its certainly Messi who will win it. I think so. Overall I’m not a big fan of that,” the Frenchman said earlier on Monday.advertisementThe breakdown presented by FIFA also revealed tactical voting among the 165 national team coaches, 162 national team captains and 171 media representatives who cast votes.Messi, eligible to vote as Argentina captain, named Barcelona team mates Luis Suarez, Neymar and Andres Iniesta as his top three. Portugal captain Ronaldo choose three Real Madrid team-mates – Karim Benzema, James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale.Belgium captain Vincent Kompany opted for his compatriots Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne as his top two. More surprisingly, Spain captain Iker Casillas – the former Real Madrid goalkeeper who now plays for Portuguese club Porto – was among those who did not vote. Despite a red carpet and plenty of glitz, the event had a low-key air of predictability about it and was held against the backdrop of FIFA going through the worst corruption crisis since it was founded in 1904.The sport is facing criminal investigations in both Switzerland and the United States, where some leading FIFA officials are among 41 individuals and sports entities who have been indicted on corruption charges. Outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter, normally a central figure in the ceremony, was not involved after being banned for eight years by the Ethics Committee in December and there was no President’s Award, usually given out by Blatter for outstanding services to the game.Past recipients have included Pele, former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, the Haiti national team, Queen Rania of Jordan and South African anti-apartheid activist and veteran cleric, Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Acting president Issa Hayatou played a low-key role, reading a brief speech before the start and appearing on stage when the awards for best player and women’s player were presented.Ronaldo said the players did not want to discuss FIFA’s problems.”We avoid answering this kind of question,” he told a press conference before the ceremony.”We are professional football players, we compete every week, every day, we train and we just focus on that. These things happen not just in football but in life, and the best thing would be no corruption anywhere.”last_img read more

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Jurgen Klopp drops truth bombshell over Coutinho transfer stories

first_imgAdvertisementSince Phil Coutinho’s nightmare matches in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals against Liverpool and the Copa del Rey finals, the Brazilian has been touted to leave the club at the first possible opportunity. While a lot of that has been newspaper rumours, Coutinho’s ex boss Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool clears the air.Speaking of the Liverpool – Coutinho transfer links , Klopp said :“In general, Phil Coutinho helps each team in the world, still, 100% but it’s not about that,” Klopp told ESPN FC.“I like Phil, I think he’s a fantastic footballer and all that stuff, but it would be a big, big, big, big, big, big, big, big-money signing and it’s not our year for that.“It’s just not possible. As I said, having him would make each team better, us included, but I really hope that he finds his luck at Barcelona.“Or maybe he found it there. We have contact, but not that close contact that I know exactly how he is doing, but the rest is only newspaper talk and stuff like that.“If everything was true what newspapers write about me, wow! If it’s similar to what they write about me, I would say he’s completely happy at Barcelona and wants to sign a new six-year contract or whatever.”Coutinho has been in superb form since the start of Copa America which he helped Brazil lift and Barcelona will hope a new season brings about new motivation in their player.Advertisementlast_img read more

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