Isaiah Papali’i to lead NZ Warriors in pre-season NRL Nines campaign

first_imgThe 21-year-old has been named skipper for the side which also included fellow first-grade regulars Blake Green, Ken Maumalo, Agnatius Paasi and Leeson Ah Mau.Papali’i made his debut for the club as an 18-year-old in 2018, clocking up 48 NRL games since, while also being capped by Toa Samoa and the Kiwis. The squad also features a host of exciting talent including under-20 players Paul Turner, Rocco Berry, Edward Kosi and hooker Temple Kalepo. Other familiar names selected for the pre-season tournament are Chanel Harris-Tavita, Adam Keighran, Sam Lisone and Leivaha Pulu.The Warriors campaign begins against Newcastle on Friday night.Meanwhile, North Queensland have unveiled Jason Taumalolo as skipper, but have resisted the temptation to unleash prized recruit Valentine Holmes.Star back-rower Taumalolo will lead a squad that will feature five players making their debut for the NRL club – Kiwi international Esan Marsters, Connelly Lemuelu, Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, Michael Bell and Reece Robson.But fans will have to wait to see Holmes in Cowboys colours for the first time after the former Cronulla flyer’s name was missing from their Nines list.North Queensland will still have plenty of firepower with Marsters, Kyle Feldt, Josh McGuire, Coen Hess, Jake Clifford, Jake Granville and Scott Drinkwater included in a strong squad.Gold Coast have also confirmed their Nines squad, including the likes of Jai Arrow, Ash Taylor, AJ Brimson, Tyrone Peachey, Bryce Cartwright and Anthony Don.New Titans coach Justin Holbrook said the Nines was a chance for players to push for selection for next month’s NRL season opener.”There’s always an element of interest in the Nines. Who(ever) does well definitely stakes a good claim for round one,” he said.”They’ll always be young players at every club that really stand out, make the coaches go ‘well jeez he’s really in contention’.”If he was already in contention he could force his way into the side.”The Warriors were drawn in a pool with the Knights, Sydney Roosters and Penrith Panthers.Warriors NRL Nines squad: Leeson Ah Mau, Rocco Berry, Jackson Frei, Blake Green, Chanel Harris-Tavita, Temple Kalepo, Adam Keighran, Edward Kosi, Sam Lisone, Ken Maumalo, Taane Milne, Agnatius Paasi, Isaiah Papali’i (captain), Hayze Perham, Leivaha Pulu, Selesitino Ravutaumada, Jamayne Taunoa-Brown, Paul Turnerlast_img read more

Russell stars for Sydney Thunder

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC): West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell made an emphatic start to his Big Bash campaign, snatching three wickets to help fire Sydney Thunder to a convincing 36-run victory over Sydney Sixers in the opening game yesterday. With Sixers chasing 159 for victory at the Sydney Showground Stadium, pacer Russell claimed three for 13 in a brilliant four-over spell to limit their scoring and reduce them to 122 all out off 19.5 overs. Opener Michael Lumb struck 34 from 27 deliveries, with four fours, but he was only one of four players in double figures and the only one to pass 14. Medium pacer Shane Watson claimed three for 13 from two overs. Sixers looked to be getting off to a good start when Lumb posted 28 off 21 balls with Brad Haddin, who made 13. However, Haddin, looking to play an attacking stroke, was bowled middle stump by a full-length delivery from Russell, with the third ball of his first over. In his next over – the sixth of the innings – Russell bowled captain Nic Maddinson for seven with the score on 37 for two; and the innings never really recovered. Earlier, captain Mike Hussey struck an unbeaten 80 off 59 deliveries, with five fours and four sixes as Thunder made 158 for four after opting to bat first. He put on 72 for the fourth wicket with Ben Rohrer, whose 30 came from 20 balls. Russell finished unbeaten on four off five deliveries.last_img read more

San Beda sweeps Lyceum for 21st NCAA championship

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. SAN BEDA 92 – Bolick 18, Tankoua 17, Potts 15, Mocon 14, Soberano 11, Abuda 5, Bahio 5, Presbitero 3, Doliguez 2, Noah 2, Tongco 0, Adamos 0.LYCEUM 82 – Perez 22, Nzeusseu 15, Marcelino JC 12, Ayaay 7, Caduyac 6, Santos 6, Tansingco 5, Marcelino JV 4, Pretta 2, Serrano 2, Ibanez 1, Baltazar 0.Quarters: 17-22, 41-47, 65-66, 92-82.POST-GAME INTERVIEW Clark Sunset Marathon set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next San Beda continued its dynasty as it annexed its 10th title in 12 years and 21st overall championship in men’s basketball.“(Lyceum) really wanted to win this game but (the San Beda players) were so excited. I’m happy that we’re able to settle down in the second half. Credit to my boys,” said coach Boyet Fernandez, who returned to the San Beda lair this season to win his third title with the school.Season MVP CJ Perez gave it his all in the decider, pouring 22 points, five assists, four rebounds, three steals, and a block, but Lyceum unfortunately suffered its first back-to-back losses this season at the wrong time and end its 18-0 season with a runner-up finish.Mike Nzeusseu got 15 markers, 15 boards, and two blocks, while Rookie of the Year Jaycee Marcelino had 12 points, four rebounds, three dimes, and two steals in the Pirates loss.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ NCAA Season 93 champions. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRobert Bolick threw Lyceum’s perfect season in the trash, leading San Beda’s 92-82 Game 2 triumph that completed the sweep of the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball Finals and the Red Lions’ back-to-back title romp.Bolick proved to be the hero the Red Lions needed, firing seven points in the final 5:01, none bigger than his dagger three with 50 seconds remaining to push his side to a comfortable 89-82 lead.ADVERTISEMENT He finished with 18 points, nine coming in the payoff period, together with six assists and five rebounds as he celebrated the victory like Lebron James in front of 14,693 in attendance.“Lyceum did a good job. If we could just give two championships, Lyceum and us should be the champions,” said Bolick.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneFinals MVP Donald Tankoua registered another monstrous double-double of 17 markers and 17 boards, while Davon Potts finished off his collegiate career with 15 points and five rebounds.Javee Mocon bucked another off-shooting night to drop 14 markers, six boards, and three dimes while AC Soberano went 3-of-7 from three including one from the left corner with 1:22 left to put San Beda up, 86-82.last_img read more

‘Team Liberia’ Denied Entry into China

first_imgThe People’s Republic of China (PRC) has denied Team Liberia entry into China to participate in the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympics as part of preventive measures against the deadly Ebola virus outbreak in Liberia, the Liberia National Olympics Committee has said.LNOC president Philipbert Brown told the Daily Observer Thursday that he had been informed by Youth and Sports Minister Eugene Nagbe that “Chinese President Xi Jinping called President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to explain the Chinese government’s decision.”Mr. Brown said: “Minister Nagbe also said the Chinese government expressed regret for the action and promised to [re]pay our expenses.”The LNOC boss indicated that International Olympic Committee also extended its regret over the inconvenience.He added that as of yesterday, Team Liberia is currently in Accra, Ghana heading back home.Team Liberia comprised of a five-man delegation of athletes Tracy Chayee, 16 and Momolu Sambai, 17, and their coaches, and is headed by the LNOC’s Assistant Secretary General Frederick Pratt. The team departed Liberia last Monday.China (PR) has sent a medical donation valued at US$1.7 million to the Liberian government to fight the Ebola scourge in the country. The donation, already in the country, includes personal protective equipment, hospital curtains, sanitizers, disinfectants and patient monitoring equipment.Team Liberia would have participated in the 400m hurdles (Ms. Chayee) and 50m freestyle swimming event, (Sambai). This is the second Liberian delegation to suffer denial from participating in a sports event since the outbreak of the Ebola virus in the country.The Liberia Handball Association was recently prevented from participating in a handball competition in Lome, Togo.Meanwhile, LNOC President Brown regretted sending off Team Liberia in the wake of the Ebola outbreak.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Why is Govt offended when questions are asked of them?

first_imgDear Editor,Some media houses are busy questioning the PPP/C’s presidential candidate on the authenticity of his qualifications. They have every right to ask him questions, to which he provided them with answers.Now, I have noticed that there is a drought whenever questions are to be asked on the Government side. I therefore take this opportunity to ask a “few” questions of the Government. These questions are all listed below:1. The Finance Minister recently announced that the economy grew by 4.1per cent, is this an honest statement, or another falsification of the figures? I make that assertion based on his projections for a previous year, which were later downgraded to half of that amount. Could someone give us a clear answer on this one?2. The Minister of Finance recently sourced money from The Islamic Bank to build 3 mini-hydro projects. Is he subscribing to the theory that 3 is better than one?3. Did Minister Cathy Hughes declare her financial dealings with her own company, Video-mega?4. Sole-sourcing to Minister Patterson’s husband to build houses for the Government? Is this legal?5. Where is the President of Guyana, and who is really in charge of the ship of state?6. Why only now do we see a battery of ministers on meet-the-people tours? What have they been doing for four (4) years?7. The health sector is in a deplorable state, with malfunctioning equipment, shortage of drugs and maternal deaths, among others. Could the minister shed some light on this?8. The Rice Industry is in a terrible state. Where is the Agriculture Minister on this?9. What is the position of the squatters in Parliament on that dual citizenship breach?10. Monies for GECOM. They are claiming that they need more money to conduct elections, but house-to-house registration, which is a costlier exercise, is already underway. What is this Government really saying?11. What has become of the US$18 million ExxonMobil bonus?12. The four-lane highway to Belfield, what progress has been made thus far?13. The four-lane highway to the Timehri Airport, please grant us an update14. The renovation of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri; this project has been going on for six years now. Is there no completion date set?These are questions and more questions which deserve answers. Do not just ask questions of the Opposition, we have been given a daily dose of that. I am now asking questions of the Government, to which we deserve legitimate answers.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

How would you like your name on the Enerplex?

first_imgHow would you like your name on the Enerplex?The City of Fort St. John has started the Enerplex naming rights process. The city is looking to associate a corporate name with the facility. This is Director of Community Services Sarah Cockerill. [asset|aid=1166|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=46aaab4f8aade4fc7291f0d0cfca78df-Sarah – 1_1_Pub.mp3]As for the cost of putting your name on the Enerplex, the City has some ideas but they are looking for companies to put forward proposals on how the Enerplex will benefit their company and the community. [asset|aid=1167|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=46aaab4f8aade4fc7291f0d0cfca78df-Sarah – 2_1_Pub.mp3]- Advertisement -The City is encouraging companies to keep the Enerplex name but they are open to any proposed name. Construction of the facility is still on schedule and should be completed by July. The facility will be open to the general public beginning in the fall of this year.For more details on the naming process download the attached request for proposalsAdvertisementlast_img read more

Tim Weah- President’s son with big football boots to fill

first_imgHe admits his father is on a “pedestal”, but he hasn’t let the pressure affect a burgeoning career for Paris Saint-Germain and the United States, co-host of the World Cup in 2026, when he will be 26.After standing out at junior level, American-born Weah netted his first senior international goal in May, and got off the mark for PSG — where his father starred in the 1990s — this month against Bayern Munich.“When I’m out there, it’s just me and the ball and my teammates and that’s all I really care about,” he said, after catching the eye in Saturday’s 5-1 pre-season defeat to Arsenal in Singapore.“The name on my back, I don’t really see it, it’s the fans that are seeing it. So no pressure, I just try to play my game.”– ‘Complete banger’ –Early indications are good for the centre-forward, who is strong and skillful, fast, astute, and has an eye for goal — and his father’s knack for the spectacular.Tim Weah’s father, George, was sworn as Liberia’s president in January © AFP/File / ISSOUF SANOGOWhile he hasn’t dribbled from his own penalty box to score, as his father famously did against Verona in 1996, Weah did hit a screamer during his hat-trick against Paraguay at last year’s Under-17 World Cup, a goal he accurately describes as a “complete banger”.On Saturday, Weah twice came close to scoring for a youthful PSG side, and earned the penalty that brought their only goal when he drew a foul from Sead Kolasinac.But he says he is happy to bide his time and wait for opportunities at star-studded PSG, where he can learn from the fearsome strike force of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani.“With this type of player, I just learn maturity, just be comfortable on the ball and be yourself out there, because no one can take that from you,” Weah said.“I watch these players all the time. At the World Cup I was watching them and I took some stuff from their games as far as being confident, being skillful (is concerned).”Beyond his own development, there is another goal in sight for Weah, a proud American who wants to use the skills he learns in Paris to bring his country success.“Being from America, I play with a lot of heart, that’s one thing that we Americans have and that’s what I try to do and give out there on the pitch every day,” he said.As his career surges, Weah said he is getting “great advice” from both his father and his mother. But he stresses that any achievements on the pitch are all his own.“I still watch his videos, I try to take something from it but the game that you guys see out there is all me,” he said.“That’s all the stuff that I’ve worked on over the years. I’m almost there but I’ve got to keep pushing, I’ve got to keep working hard and we’ll see where this season takes me.”0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Timothy Weah, son of Liberian president and football legend George, scored his first goal for Paris Saint-Germain against Bayern Munich © AFP / Jure MakovecSINGAPORE, Singapore, Jul 29 – It isn’t easy when your father is footballing royalty — and the president of Liberia to boot. But for 18-year-old Tim Weah, son of the legendary player-turned-politician George, having a famous name on his shirt isn’t proving a hindrance.Weah wasn’t even born during his father’s playing career, which included the 1995 Ballon d’Or and one of the greatest goals in history, for AC Milan — which he now watches on YouTube.last_img read more

Teacher contract conflict deepens

first_imgNORWALK – It used to be that when the school year started, the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District already had a new contract with its teachers association. But those days appear to be gone. In the 2004-05 school year, there was no agreement until December 2004. In this school year, the two sides remain at odds nearly six months after school started. The two sides apparently are close to impasse, a situation in which a mediator would be sent to work with both sides. Another bargaining session is scheduled for Friday. The Teachers Association of La Mirada has held rallies at school board meetings in November and December. Teachers are again expected to be out in force at Monday’s meeting. There also are plans to picket at their schools before and after work. The argument is over money. The teachers want a 4 percent pay raise, with 3.5percent retroactive from September through July. The district has offered 3percent. Superintendent Ginger Shattuck said the district can’t afford the raises the teachers want. Gerald Gandolfo, association president, said the district has enough money. While some blame one or the other side, others say the growing divide between the two is a result of changing circumstances. “Events are the driving forces rather than the personalities,” La Mirada Councilman Hal Malkin said. “You have certain conditions – the financial side – which is driving the split between the teachers and administration,” Malkin said. “It’s driving a wedge between them.” Malkin was referring to declining enrollment, decreasing state aid and increasing health insurance costs. Still, there are differences in the way the teachers and administrators negotiate – something both sides concede. “The one thing that has changed is the dynamics of the association itself,” Gandolfo said. “You had Dick Reuther,” he said, referring to the former executive director who is no longer alive. “I use the term warlord in a positive way. He would sit down with the superintendent and hammer out a deal.” But after Reuther retired, the process became more democratic, Gandolfo said. “The process has gone from one-on-one to having the president involved in the bargaining and now you have a bargaining committee,” he said. Shattuck agrees the process has become more adversarial and blames it in part because the district has less money. The district has lost about 1,000 students during the last two years and that’s about $6.2million in revenue, she said. Although the district saves some money by hiring fewer teachers, other costs – such as school administrators, utilities, custodians and other maintenance – continue, she said. Thus, the district can’t afford raises that are as large as in the past, Shattuck said. “We have to make over $3million in cuts to give the 3percent,” she said. “I don’t like this kind of negotiations,” she said. “I think the employees deserve as much of a raise as they can get. But my responsibility is to help keep this district fiscally solvent, not just for this year but into the foreseeable future.” But Gandolfo said the teachers have helped the district by taking low pay raises in the past three years. “We took 0percent two years ago \, 2percent which was below \ last year, and we’re asking for below COLA this year,” he said. Teachers also have agreed to increased class sizes by one student in the fourth through 12th grades, he said. “We can’t continue to carry the burden of the impact on the budget,” Gandolfo said. Gandolfo said the district will get more money in the future – with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proposing a 5percent increase in 2006-07 and a 4 percent increase the following year. “There’s lots of money,” he said. But Shattuck said that even with more money coming from the state, declining enrollment means the district still will get less. “We could give the salary increase with no problem this year,” she said. “We would be taking it from our reserves and when it’s gone, it’s gone. We don’t get it replenished.” Shattuck and Maureen Saul, assistant superintendent of business services, must sign a statement that the district will be fiscally solvent over the next three years in order to give a pay raise. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want 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

Most shocking signings from every year since first Premier League season

first_img 2001/02: WTF? Sol Campbell swaps Tottenham for Arsenal – Campbell is one of the brightest young talents to have come through the youth ranks at Tottenham and fans loved him. That respect disappeared as soon as he left the club for nothing and signed for north London rivals Arsenal in 2001, where he became part of the ‘Invincibles’ side that won the Premier League title at White Hart Lane. Ouch. Football news 27 West Ham man reportedly crashes car into woman’s front garden on Christmas Day 27 27 too good Dominant Liverpool extend lead at top of Premier League with mauling of Leicester 1994/95: Man United sign Andy Cole from Newcastle – His goals (68 in 85 games) had turned him into a hero among Newcastle fans and they were devastated when it was revealed Cole had been sold to Man United for £7m in January (£6m plus £1m-rated Keith Gillespie). It brought about the memorable image of manager Kevin Keegan explaining the decision to irate Newcastle fans on the steps of St James’ Park. In the same season, Tottenham surprised everyone by moving for 1990 World Cup winner Jurgen Klinsmann. 2010/11: Liverpool pay £35m for Andy Carroll – Fernando Torres’ move south to Chelsea stunned a lot of people, but what about his replacement? Carroll had scored 11 Premier League goals in the first half of the 2010/11 – his first fully fledged campaign in the top flight following a prolific Championship season – and £35m appeared to be an astronomical fee, despite Liverpool having pocketed £50 from the sale of Torres. Carroll failed to live up to the fee, with injuries blighting his time at Anfield, before he was loaned and then sold to West Ham. 27 2014/15: Inter and Argentine hero Esteban Cambiasso joins Leicester – He had won the treble with Jose Mourinho’s Inter in 2010, but the 34-year-old Cambiasso was lured by Premier League football in 2014. He joined Leicester and it turned out to be an inspired signing as the midfielder fought tooth and nail to keep the Foxes in the top-flight, despite it looking against the odds at Christmas. In his one and only season in the East Midlands, Cambiasso won the club’s Player of the Year award. They avoided relegation and the midfielder cites it as one of his great achievements. REVIEW Why Real Madrid outcast Gareth Bale’s potential transfer to China could be dead response Leeds fail to take advantage of West Brom draw, Charlton end barren winless run 2000/01: Nick Barmby makes Everton fans cry – Everton were shocked when Barmby rejected a lucrative new contract to keep him at Goodison in the summer of 2000 because he wanted to play for Liverpool. Everton chairman Bill Kenwright had previously pleaded Barmby’s case with England manager Kevin Keegan in an attempt to get his player more international recognition and was stunned when told of Barmby’s preference. “It was hearing he had used six of the worst words in the English language as far as Everton fans are concerned: ‘I want to play for Liverpool,’” he said. He was the first player to swap blue for red since Dave Hickson in 1959 and when the Everton fans gave him stick at Anfield in the October Merseyside derby, he popped up with a goal and celebrated wildly, as Liverpool won 3-1. 2013/14: Kim Kallstrom… lol – Arsenal had been linked with a mega money transfer for Julian Draxler, but in the 2014 January transfer window, injury-hit Kallstrom was the only arrival. It was a half season loan and he picked up an injury straight away. 2012/13: Arsenal sell Robin van Persie to Man United to help them win the league – “Arsene knew the boy wanted to leave. He knew he wanted to join us. That made it a bit easier but not in terms of trying to reduce the fee,” Fergie said in 2012, adding that Wenger and Arsenal got a great deal for the 29-year-old, who left for £24m. To the horror of all Gooners, the striker’s goals helped secure the Premier League title in Ferguson’s final year as manager. 27 Leicester vs Liverpool live: Commentary and team news for Boxing Day blockbuster 2007/08: Jermain Defoe leaves Tottenham for Portsmouth – Defoe was unable to hold down a regular place in the Tottenham team and was sold to Portsmouth in 2008. He was 25 and, although the club won the FA Cup in 2008, it seemed like he was dropping down a level. But the initial move in January was a success as he scored eight goals in 12 Premier League games and eventually earned a move back to Tottenham in 2009. 1995/96: Chelsea signed Dutch master Ruud Gullit – In 1995 Chelsea were not the glamorous side they are today, but they picked up the bargain of the summer when they landed Dutch hero Gullit, a former world Player of the Year. At the age of 33, he struggled to get going in a sweeper role but, once Glenn Hoddle moved him into midfield, he was flying. Gullit became the player/manager in 1996 and almost instantly Stamford Bridge was injected with glamour. 27 27 27 2009/10: City welcome Carlos Tevez to Manchester – Tevez was very popular at Man United during a successful two-year loan spell where he won the Champions League in 2008, with fans regularly chanting: ‘Fergie, sign him up’. A year later, though, he was a Man City player – the first to move directly to the club since Terry Cooke in 1999 – and City supporters carried on the chant just to rub it in. The club, meanwhile, celebrated publicly with a huge billboard reading: ‘Welcome to Manchester’ in a nod to the fans’ claim that their club is the only one in Manchester given that Old Trafford lies outside the city boundaries. Sir Alex Ferguson wasn’t impressed: “a small club with a small mentality” he said at the time. round-up 2004/05: Alan Smith LOVES Leeds and will never join Man United, right? – The boyhood Leeds fan once claimed he would never join Man United and was in tears when his beloved Whites were relegated in 2004. Still, following the drop the club were forced to accept a £7m bid from their hated rivals and Smith wasn’t too popular with some supporters, although the player probably wouldn’t have chosen Old Trafford if it had been up to him. Leeds legend Peter Lorimer has since revealed that, of the interested clubs, Man United were the only ones prepared to pay the transfer fee in full, rather than spread out payments. “Leeds fans didn’t want him to go there but as far as the club is concerned, Alan Smith going there probably saved us from going into administration or liquidation a lot earlier than we did,” he said. 27 27 27 2016/17: Liverpool signed 39-year-old goalkeeper Alex Manninger – Manninger was a member of Arsenal’s double winning side in 1998, but when he arrived at Anfield it came as a surprise to those fans who remembered his previous spell in the Premier League, not least because most thought he was probably retired. Prior to his move, Manninger had been playing for German club Augsburg. This followed spells in Italy and Spain where he played for Siena, Juventus and Espanyol. He did end up retiring at the end of the 2016/17 season. Some thought Lee Grant to Man United was a strange one, but not compared to this. Green didn’t make a single appearance for Huddersfield during the previous campaign, so this naturally took a few people by surprise. The 38-year-old’s last competitive match came in the Championship with Leeds United, having not played in the top flight since QPR were relegated in 2015. “You are thinking about your career and where you want to go and then you get a phone call like this, and it is a short conversation,” he said. gameday 1998/99: Chelsea sign football superstar Marcel Desailly – Chelsea paid Milan £4.6m for the very classy Desailly, who had won the European Cup twice, the World Cup and was one of the best defensive players in world football in the 1990s. The addition of Desailly added to the sense that Chelsea – who ended a 26-year major trophy drought in 1997 – were on their way up, as manager Gianluca Vialli also added highly rated Albert Ferrer (from Barcelona) and Pierluigi Casiraghi (from Lazio) to an increasingly cosmopolitan squad. Desailly went on to win the 2000 FA Cup, but perhaps more importantly helped with the development of a talented young Blue named John Terry. 27 27 27center_img 2005/06: Liverpool take Robbie Fowler back to Anfield – This took everyone by surprise in 2005. It was, to Liverpool fans, the return of ‘God’ after more than four years away. He had scored 154 goals in 330 appearances between 1993 and 2001, but left without saying a proper goodbye when deemed surplus to requirements by former boss Gerard Houllier. So when the club needed a striker in January 2006 and Houllier’s successor Rafa Benitez decided to bring back Fowler, it was a dream come true for both the player and the Kop. Though past his best, Fowler performed admirably and in his second spell he scored 12 goals in 39 games (most as a sub) and helped the Reds to the Champions League final in 2007. ruthless revealed 27 super gran 27 1999/00: Anelka stuns Gooners by asking to leave Arsenal – There was disbelief among Arsenal fans when, after just two seasons at Arsenal, Nicolas Anelka wanted to leave the club that had given him his big break as a 17-year-old. Signed for £500,000 from PSG, a key member of the double-winning team in 1998, he left in 1999 as the PFA Young Player of the Year, but believed better things lay ahead with European heavyweights Real Madrid, who he joined for a whopping £23m. 1993/94: Arsenal sell Anders Limpar – Limpar’s obvious skill endeared him to Gooners as soon as he arrived in 1990, but despite his talent, George Graham got rid of him because, in his opinion, the notoriously limited Eddie McGoldrick (also known sarcastically as ‘Eddie McBaggio’, after the gifted Roberto Baggio) was better. It meant Limpar was sold to Everton for £1.7m in March 1994. He won the FA Cup a year later with the Toffees having missed out on doing a domestic cup double in 1993 with the Gunners. 27 1996/97: Southampton are conned into bringing Ali Dia to the south coast – “He joined in the five-a-side on the Friday morning, and was introduced to us as a trialist,” Matt Le Tissier said. “I remember at the time thinking: ‘He’s not very good. He’s probably not going to make it.” In 1996, despite his poor show in training, someone claiming to be George Weah’s cousin managed to blag his way on to the Southampton first team bench under manager Graeme Souness. He came on during a match against Leeds in November, but was so bad he was replaced in the same game and managed a grand total of 53 minutes. Crazy! 2015/16: Yohan Cabaye leaves Paris Saint-Germain for Crystal Palace – After playing for minted PSG, who paid Newcastle £19m for his services in January 2014, not many people would have guessed Cabaye’s next club would be Crystal Palace. The Eagles landed the midfielder for £10m in July 2015 and, like their capture of Lombardo, it signalled a new era when the Premier League’s supposedly lesser lights were capable of making waves in the transfer market. 2003/04: Man United surprise and underwhelm at the same time with Bellion capture – Man United were defending their Premier League title and in the summer bought Sunderland striker David Bellion, who was known for his pace and, well, that was about it. The Red Devils inexplicably swooped for the young Frenchman back in 2003 and across three years he failed to make any real impact at Old Trafford. Fortunately for Red Devils fans, Alex Ferguson made another signing in the summer of 2003, by the name of Cristiano Ronaldo. The stats behind Xhaka’s underrated performance as he shines in Arteta’s debut sad to see 2006/07: West Ham got Tevez AND Mascherano? – Somehow, in 2006, the Hammers stunned world football by landing two of Argentina’s hottest young talents for undisclosed fees. They struggled to settle, although in the end Tevez would be the inspiration for their Premier League survival. It turned out a third party owned the players’ registrations and Mascherano ended up moving to Liverpool while Tevez joined Manchester United at the end of the campaign. Liverpool rip Leicester apart – What happened in the Premier League on Boxing Day? 2011/12: Spurs need quality to get back in the Champions League so they signed Ryan Nelsen – Blackburn cancelled Nelsen’s contract in January 2012 because he had rarely played as a result of a knee injury. Meanwhile, Tottenham were aiming to get back into the Champions League and needed to strengthen their squad, so it came as a surprise and disappointment to the White Hart Lane faithful when the club’s response was to sign the 34-year-old. Spurs lost Sebastien Bassong to Wolves and Nelsen’s arrival as his replacement did not bode well. This was a month in which Tottenham also signed 33-year-old Louis Saha for free. Both Nelsen and Saha were released at the end of the season, and Spurs missed out on the Champions League. 27 Shearer had a message for Man United fans chanting at him during Newcastle clash 27 27 27 Fans arrested at Peterborough vs Doncaster match for alleged racism 27 27 shock scenes 27 27 2008/09: Man City land Robinho and things have never been the same since – On the final day of the summer transfer window in 2008, the Blues were bought by mega wealthy Sheikh Mansour’s Abu Dhabi United group and subsequently shocked the Premier League by signing Robinho, who was close to a switch to Chelsea. “I just laughed, really, because it was all out for Berbatov and then they seemed to be bidding for everybody,” City player Richard Dunne said in reference to suddenly rich City trying to hijack the Red Devils’ deadline day signing of the Bulgarian striker, before turning their attention to Robinho. He also added that while people laughed or criticised Robinho for the move it was a sign of things to come. “Everyone will want to play for City in three or four years,” he said. Martial bags brace as Man United punish Newcastle’s slack defending 2002/03: Man United buy Leeds’ Rio Ferdinand for £30m – The most shocking thing was the player’s suit upon his unveiling as Britain’s most expensive player. Ferdinand had been excellent at the 2002 World Cup and when it emerged Leeds were suffering from crippling debts, Man United took full advantage and bought the defender from their rivals for £30m. “A transfer like this has to be difficult,” Alex Ferguson said. “Leeds are a big club and our fiercest rivals, and he had four years left on his contract.” The deal made the 23-year-old Britain’s costliest player. Meanwhile, Man United hero Peter Schmeichel left Aston Villa to join Man City in the summer of 2002. 27 1992/93 season: Man United sign Eric Cantona from Leeds – The moral of this transfer tale is that it never hurts to ask. When Leeds attempted to sign Man United full-back Denis Irwin in November 1992 they were rebuffed, only for the Red Devils to counter with a speculative offer for mercurial Frenchman Cantona, who’d won the title with the Yorkshire club earlier that year. Leeds boss Howard Wilkinson agreed to the £1.2m deal and Sir Alex Ferguson got his man. Cantona’s status as a hero among Leeds fans understandably disappeared, but a lot of anger was aimed at Wilkinson for letting him go for so little. In 1992 the Premier League was introduced and in those years since, there have been some truly magnificent signings.Some have shocked us and others have caught people by surprise just like the transfers below. 2016/17: Swansea sign Renato Sanches on loan from Bayern – This was a coup for the Welsh club. Saches joined Bayern from Benfica in a €35m deal in May 2016 then was part of Portugal’s victorious European Champions. He was definitely considered one of football’s brightest prospects and it was a result of manager Paul Clement’s contacts that he managed to secure the 20-year-old. “He is a player I know well, having worked with him for six months at Bayern Munich,” Clement told the club’s website. 27 1997/98: Eagles make swoop for Atilio Lombardo – Lombardo was well known to football fans around Europe thanks to his spell at Sampdoria, at a time when Serie A was the best in the world. His arrival at Palace showed the Premier League’s growing financial strength, as clubs further down the table began to turn their attention to world class talent. With Samp he won the league, two Coppa Italias and reached the 1992 European Cup final, before moving to Juventus, but after struggling to find his feet in Turin, he flew the nest to join newly promoted Palace in 1997. His appearance saw him crowned ‘the Bald Eagle’ as he lit up Selhurst Park, before becoming player-manager. last_img read more

Manchester City ‘agree £46m fee’ for long-term Serie A target

IN DEMAND The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Jorginho has eight caps for Italy, having chosen to play for them over the land of his birth, Brazil targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January RANKED LATEST 1 TOP WORK Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade City have chased Jorginho all summer and reportedly agreed a contract with the 26-year-old earlier this month, but the clubs appeared far apart on a transfer fee.But now CalcioNapoli24 report that City director of football Txiki Begiristain came to an agreement with counterpart Cristiano Giuntoli which is far below Napoli’s initial £55m asking price, but the bonuses involved should settle the difference.Jorginho made 160 appearances in his four years at the Stadio San Paolo, and will likely take Fernandinho’s place in the starting lineup as City’s holding midfielder.Ilkay Gundogan’s status in the squad could also be challenged by Jorginho’s arrival, and despite rubbishing claims he is set to join Barcelona, he could be on his way before long. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ moving on Manchester City finally agreed a fee with Napoli for Italian midfielder Jorginho on Monday morning, according to reports.The deal is set to cost the Premier League champions £46million up front with a string of bonuses attached. three-way race REVEALED Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland targets LATEST TRANSFER NEWS ON TALKSPORT.COM Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer LIVING THE DREAM Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing read more