Transfers Bayern Munich spending spree ruled out amid talk of €60m Bailey move Patric Ridge 22:55 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Transfers Bayern München Bundesliga The Bundesliga champions will not be splashing the cash on an elaborate squad overhaul in the close season, according to club president Uli Hoeness Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has ruled out the possibility of the Bundesliga champions spending big money in the transfer window.Jupp Heynckes’ fourth spell in charge of Bayern came to a disappointing end on Saturday, as Niko Kovac – who will take over at the Allianz Arena next month – masterminded a 3-1 victory for Eintracht Frankfurt in the DFB-Pokal final.That defeat leaves Bayern with just the Bundesliga title to their name this campaign but Hoeness, following comments from Joshua Kimmich regarding a “brutally disappointing season”, does not believe a squad overhaul is required. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “That’s totally stupid,” Hoeness said of Kimmich’s comments, ahead Bayern’s championship celebrations in Munich. “I’m not going to make a bad impression of this outstanding season.”We certainly will not make a 100 million transfer this year. We will more or less go into the season with the squad, let’s see what Niko does with it.”We need one or two players who will perform at their best in the important games – and not when we play against the weakest opponents.”For the players who do not, we will say that clearly they will be sold. I do not want to talk about names.”Leon Bailey is among the latest to have been linked with a big-money move to the Allianz Arena, with the Bayer Leverkusen winger reported to be the subject of €60 million (£53m/$71m) interest.Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has also been mooted as a possible target following a difficult debut season in England, but it appears unlikely that several marquee additions will be made.
Liverpool Liverpool youngster Alexander-Arnold not overwhelmed by facing Ronaldo Patric Ridge 00:57 5/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Liverpool UEFA Champions League Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid The Portugal star is this year’s top scorer in the competition, but he will not have things all his own way in the final Liverpool youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold insists that he is not intimidated by the prospect of marking Cristiano Ronaldo in the upcoming Champions League final.Alexander-Arnold seems certain to start for Liverpool against Real Madrid in Kiev on Saturday, as the Reds aim to end a 13-year wait for a European trophy.The full-back will likely be up against Madrid talisman Ronaldo, as Los Blancos hunt down a third successive Champions League triumph, but Alexander-Arnold insists he will focus on his own game, rather than the qualities of the opposition. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “I have trained for 13 years for these moments, these types of games,” he explained to the Telegraph. “You prepare yourself for it without even knowing. “That is the main thing, to keep striving, to focus on myself and make sure I get a good game. Then there is more chance of me not giving him [Ronaldo] too many chances to do what he does best.”Alexander-Arnold has become a key feature in Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side this term, capitalising on Nathaniel Clyne’s injury woes to take up the mantle as the club’s first-choice right-back.His superb form for the Reds in the Premier League and their run to the Champions League final has earned him a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad.However, the teenager says that it is only the speed in which he has risen to prominence that has surprised him, and not the fact he has made it to the international stage.”I have always thought ‘take a step at a time’,” Alexander-Arnold, who is yet to make his senior England debut, added.”Even though it is hard to say this, I have never felt overwhelmed in that situation.1575 – Only one current teenager (Tom Davies, 1901 mins) played more minutes in the Premier League this season than Trent Alexander-Arnold (1575). Progression. #ThreeLions pic.twitter.com/jhsuiBjSw3— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 16 May 2018″Every situation has been a goal and a dream so I have thought about it many times and nothing has really been a surprise.”Even though the timing has been a surprise – I never felt right now I would be going to a World Cup – I always dreamed I would be going at some point.”I have thought things over in my mind millions of times growing up. Every situation that has happened I have imagined.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
WTF What is Roman Abramovich’s net worth & how much does the Chelsea owner earn? Goal 18:20 5/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty WTF Chelsea Premier League The Russian has been at the helm of one of the Premier League’s biggest clubs for over 15 years, investing his considerable wealth The likes of Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti and Antonio Conte can rightly claim credit for Chelsea’s success over the course of the past decade and a half, but the truth is that one man is behind it all: Roman Abramovich.An enigmatic character, Abramovich’s billions have been the chief reason for the Blues’ rise from outsiders to perennial challengers, as the London outfit transformed into one of the biggest clubs in England.In the early days of his investment into the club, the Russian was a regular spectator at Stamford Bridge and, despite becoming less visible at games in recent years, he remains tightly involved in the background, acting as a guiding force. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now But Chelsea is not his only business interest and he has shown himself to have an interest in a diversity of industries. However, he has come under scrutiny recently as he attempts to renew his UK visa.When it comes to high-earning football club owners there is always plenty of intrigue, so Goal takes a look at Abramovich’s net worth, what businesses he has, the luxury yachts and more.How much does Abramovich earn? It is difficult to say exactly how much Abramovich earns a year, with reports online suggesting that he has earned billions in recent years through his various business interests.If true, that means he could be earning millions of dollars a month or, to put it into a different perspective, hundreds every minute. What businesses does Abramovich have? Amassing the sort of incredible wealth that Abramovich has requires a lot of business acumen and he has turned his hand to a wide variety of industries, famously transforming himself from a modest rubber duck salesman into one of the most recognisable oil barons in the world following the break up of the Soviet Union.Of course, he is best known in the public’s imagination as the enigmatic billionaire owner of Premier League club Chelsea, having taken over the Stamford Bridge outfit from Ken Bates in the summer of 2003. He has pumped billions into the club during his 15 years at the helm and that investment has helped them to win 17 trophies in that time, including five league titles as well as the Champions League.However, the chief source of his wealth nowadays is the mining industry, where he has major interests in a number of companies. The 51-year-old is the owner of the steel-making company Evraz, as well as owning stakes in Norilsk Nickel, which is the second largest nickel producing company in the world.What is Abramovich’s net worth? According to the world renowned American business magazine Forbes, Abramovich’s net worth in May 2018 was $11.6 billion, which works out at roughly £8.6bn or €9.8bn. That makes him the 11th richest Russian in the world and the 140th richest person in the entire world.The net worth figure tends to fluctuate, but it is roughly the same according to other sources, with the Sunday Times Rich List 2018 indicating that Abramovich’s net worth stood at £9.3bn ($12.4bn/€10.5bn).While that sort of wealth is undoubtedly eyewatering, it is interesting to note that it is actually much lower than it had been. A decade earlier, in 2008, the Russian’s net worth, per Forbes, was a remarkable $23.5bn (around €15.4bn or £11.8bn based on historical exchange rates), which was the most the businessman has ever been worth.Why is there a problem with Abramovich’s UK visa?In May 2018 it emerged that Abramovich was experiencing difficulties with the British government regarding his application for a new visa.Some initial reports appeared to suggest that he had been denied a renewal, but subsequent reports established that his application was actually still under consideration.The Financial Times has reported that the Russian’s ‘investor visa’ is thought to have expired in April and, according to the paper, his application for renewal is subject to “extra procedural checks” because he is applying from Russia, rather than the UK.Such checks are likely look closely into the sources of an applicant’s wealth.As a result of the UK government’s desire to conduct more thorough checks on such applications, it follows that there will be natural delays, but it is not clear how long it will take.Of course, to put things into context, the entire scenario is occurring during a time of heightened diplomatic tensions between the British and Russian governments.Abramovich’s yacht: how much was it & how big is it?Billionaires tend to be known for their extravagance and Abramovich is no different, despite his ostensibly muted demeanour.One of his biggest indulgences is the luxury yacht Eclipse, which, at 162.5 metres in length, is the world’s second largest privately owned yacht.Abramovich is thought to have paid $500m for the vessel in 2010 and, back then it was the largest yacht in the world. It has since been surpassed by the Azzam.As you’d imagine, the Eclipse is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, including swimming pools, guest cabins, hot tubs and helicopter pads, with a crew of around 70 on board.For security purposes, it also has a missile detection system, a submarine and is also said to be kitted out with an ‘anti-paparazzi’ photo shield system.Abramovic has developed a love of luxury yachts and has owned a number of smaller vessels in the past.
England England’s Lord of the Flies: Kane reveals insect infestation after Tunisia victory Jamie Smith 06:34 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images England World Cup Tunisia v England Tunisia Harry Kane England players had more to cope with than some aggressive Tunisia defending, as their captain and match-winner revealed England hero Harry Kane said he and his team-mates had flies in their mouths during a last-gasp World Cup victory over Tunisia.Kane headed a 91st-minute winner to follow his opening goal as Gareth Southgate’s side edged to a 2-1 Group G success in Volgograd.Much of the pre-match attention had been on the large increase in temperatures expected at the stadium, compared to England’s base in Repino. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move And Kane confirmed England players had found it tough to cope with certain aspects of the atmosphere despite his own personal heroics.Asked about the flies in Volgograd, man of the match Kane said: “There were a lot more than we thought.”We got told before that there was going to be a lot of flies and when we went out for the warm-up there were more than we thought. We had a lot of bug spray on and that was important.”We had some of them in our eyes and some of them in our mouth. It’s just part of dealing with whatever comes your way and the team coped with it well.”Moscow shops have been selling Russian dolls branded with Kane’s image, but the Tottenham forward joked he is unimpressed with his likeness on the merchandise.What a feeling to score a winner for @England at the @FIFAWorldCup. Loved it! No less than we deserved. #ThreeLions #ENG #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/Pq93wOKHAd— Harry Kane (@HKane) June 18, 2018″I’ll have to get myself one of those Russian dolls,” he said.”I’ve seen a couple of them and they make me look a bit chubby if I’m totally honest with you.”
The Blues Dinner recognised NSWTA best Affiliates, Regions, Administrators, Players, Juniors, Volunteers, Referees, Coaches and Selectors. Gary Brickell was awarded the prestigious Rod Wise Medal for Volunteer of the Year for his tireless efforts as a referee and administrator of the Wollongong Touch Association of which he has been involved for over twenty-five years. The Canterbury club had much to celebrate with members Gary Sonda (Men’s Player of the Year), Peter Forrester (Coach of the Year), and the Winchester sisters (Joint Female Players of the Year) claiming awards on the night.NSWTA also inducted four individuals to their Hall of Fame – Gabrielle Rose, Katrina Toohey, Gary Mournehis, and Judy Malcolm. A full list of winners is below: Affiliate of the Year State winner:Wallsend TASix regional winners:SunsAlbion Park TA RebelsEast’s TA MetsLower Blue Mountains TA ScorpionsRyde Eastwood TA HornetsWallsend TA EaglesGlen Innes TA Administrator of the Year John Ryan (Easts TA) and Elijah Van Der Kwast (UNSW TA)Region of the Year Mets Rod Wise Medal- Volunteer of the Year Gary Brickell (Wollongong TA) Coach of the Year Peter Forrester (Canterbury TA) Selector of the Year Bob Monkley (Yass TA)Male Player of the Year Gary Sonda (Canterbury TA) Female Player of the Year Clare Winchester and Louise Winchester (Canterbury TA) Junior Male Player of the Year Ben Moylan (Penrith TA) Junior Female Player of the Year Nicky Albury (Wests TA) and Amy Regal (Wollongong TA) For further information, go to the new NSWTA website – www.nswtouch.com.au
ELIMINATORNatasha went into the eliminator 2.5 seconds behind and beat her competitor.Thanks to Touch Football Victoria for providing the article content. Victorian Touch Football representative Natasha Haines put her touch football skills to good use by claiming the 2008 Gladiator crown. In the final game “Eliminator”, Natasha overcame a 2.5 second deficit to claim victory over her New South Wales competitor.Touch Football Australia would like to congratulate Natasha on her achievement and the resulting promotion of our sport.Below is some information about the show:Natasha talks about Touch Football: “I have played a lot of sports and touch is a sport that is a highly competitive, high intensity sport and you need fitness to survive. Touch is unlike any other sport where you need to be fresh and explosive on the field to make an impact…then quickly sub off for a rest. It has a very quick turnaround between subs.Touch is a highly social game, many friends and families play the sport across all levels. It enables you to play in a same sex team and/or mixed team.”Final Review:Game 1 – GAUNTLETNatasha could not dodge past the Gladiators and didn’t score.Game 2 HANG TOUGH Natasha stayed up on the rings long enough to collect 5 points.Game 3 SUMO BALL Natasha failed to out sumo Amazon and failed to score.Game 4 PYRAMID Olympia proved too strong for Natasha and she scored no points.
This interview is the fourth in a seven part series taken during the 2010 Masters Trans Tasman Test Series held in Townsville from Friday, 11 to Sunday, 13 June. In this interview we speak with Garry Sonda.To view the video please follow the link http://www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=865 or locate ‘MyTouch TV’ on the Touch Football Australia homepage www.austouch.com.au