Jamie Carragher picks Leicester’s title winners over Sir Alex Ferguson’s Man Utd and Arsenal’s Invincibles

first_imgJamie Carragher picks Leicester’s title winners over Sir Alex Ferguson’s Man Utd and Arsenal’s Invincibles Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 1 May 2020 7:10 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link389Shares Wenger’s side went a whole season without losing a game (Picture: Getty)‘There are persuasive counter-arguments for fans of Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea to claim their best sides are the genuine game-changers in English football, making them the greatest of champions. I sympathise with that view because of their distinguishing features.‘The achievement of Sir Alex Ferguson’s 1999 treble winners was unprecedented. Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal ‘Invincibles’ achieved what no club had managed since Preston North End in 1889, going unbeaten for an entire league season. ‘When Roman Abramovich and Jose Mourinho got together in 2004-05, the power dynamic of the English game shifted forever, United forced to react to the financial powerhouse at Stamford Bridge, allied to the tactical cunning and brilliance of the Chelsea team that emerged inspired by John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘Although the United team of ‘99 is remembered more fondly, I consider Ferguson’s title and Champions League winners in 2008 his best team. ‘That followed a rebuilding process during which United had to respond to a formidable new rival. Those trophies must have given Ferguson as much professional satisfaction as any he won. ‘Liverpool’s title win [this season] will not be tarnished if it is confirmed in a printed statement rather than on the field of play, but circumstances beyond the club’s control will certainly affect how it is remembered by future generations. ‘But even if they had proceeded in a normal season and made it to the points century, that story could not not be as dramatic or romantic as Claudio Ranieri’s title win in 2016. Leicester will remain as the greatest title winners.’MORE: Gary Neville reveals why Robert Pires and Thierry Henry wound up Sir Alex FergusonMORE: Frank Leboeuf picks between Man Utd’s treble winners and Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’AdvertisementAdvertisementFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Vardy helped fire the Foxes to the Premier League (Credits: Getty)Jamie Carragher says Leicester City’s title win in 2016 is the greatest ever achievement in Premier League history, above any of Sir Alex Ferguson’s league triumphs with Manchester United and Arsenal’s Invincibles.Claudio Ranieri’s team shocked the world, defying odds of 5000-1 to claim the club’s first and only ever top-flight league title in their 136-year history.Despite Ferguson’s Red Devils remaining the only ever side to win the domestic treble in 1999, and Arsene Wenger’s Invincibles Arsenal going a whole league campaign without losing a single game, Carragher thinks the Foxes’ achievement trumps them all.AdvertisementAdvertisementIn a column for The Telegraph, he wrote: ‘Leicester City’s 2016 title stands alone as the greatest achievement, certainly in the Premier League era. ADVERTISEMENT‘At a time when money talks at the top, and the top six have such a financial advantage over everyone else, Leicester’s win was such a shock and an anomaly I am not sure how it can be beaten.‘Of all the Premier League wins, Leicester’s is the only one no-one could have predicted. You would have to go back to Nottingham Forest in 1978 to find a club that so rapidly emerged from being recently promoted to champions. Advertisementlast_img read more

Near new home with man cave and space for family

first_imgThe main bedroom has built-in make-up space.“The set-back position of this home offers peace and privacy,” Ms Hempenstall said.“There is simply nothing to do on this stunning home, but to move in and start enjoying the good life.“A stunning home for her and awesome shed for him, perfectly positioned in the heart of leafy Tanah Merah.”The home is a short stroll from the Hyperdome and public transport, and is close to schools. The living areas open to the outdoor entertaining space.“The stylish kitchen boasts quality, stainless-steel appliances including double ovens, Caesarstone benchtops and a butler’s pantry,” Ms Hempenstall said. “A separate media room is located downstairs with an adjacent powder room, while upstairs, you will discover the third living area — the ideal kids’ TV room or playroom.”More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The outdoor area and three-bay shed.Also upstairs, the master bedroom has a make-up area, walk-in robe, split-system airconditioning and an ensuite with dual basins.The remaining bedrooms are all spacious.The home has a double lockup garage and second driveway that leads to a three-bay barn shed. A one-year-old, two-storey home by an award-winning builder is new to the market in Tanah Merah. Belle Property Cornubia marketing agent Kati Hempenstall said the near new property at 32B Tanah Merah Ave, built by Hallmark Homes, was a perfect alternative to building.“The mood of this home is casual elegance, where entertaining in style comes with ease and convenience,” Ms Hempenstall said. The main living hub is on the ground floor with an open-plan living room, dining area and kitchen leading to the covered outdoor entertaining area. last_img read more

Manchester City’s ban from European football overturned

first_imgBy Simon EvansMANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Manchester City’s two-year suspension from European football was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Monday, allowing the club to compete in next season’s elite Champions League competition.CAS ruled that City did not breach Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules by disguising equity funding as sponsorship. Sport’s highest court also reduced a fine for failing to cooperate with UEFA to 10 million euros from 30 million euros.“Most of the alleged breaches reported by the (UEFA) Adjudicatory Chamber of the CFCB (Club Financial Control Body)were either not established or time-barred,” CAS said in a statement. European soccer’s governing body UEFA ruled in February that City had committed serious FFP breaches and failed to cooperate with its investigation.Missing out on the Champions League would have cost City, who have denied any wrongdoing, as much as 100 million pounds in prize money and broadcast revenue, as well as matchday and other revenues. The FFP regulations are designed to stop clubs running up big losses through spending on players. They also ensure sponsorship deals are based on their real market value and are genuine commercial agreements — and not ways for owners to pump cash into a club to get around the rules.CAS said its full legal ruling, with details of the case and the decision, would be published in the coming days.“Whilst Manchester City and its legal advisors are yet to review the full ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the Club welcomes the implications of today’s ruling as a validation of the Club’s position and the body of evidence that it was able to present,” City said in a statement here “The Club wishes to thank the panel members for their diligence and the due process that they administered,” the Premier League club added.UEFA had said City had committed “serious breaches” of the FFP rule in information submitted to them between 2012 and 2016.However, Article 37 of UEFA’s own procedural rules covering the CFCB states that “Prosecution is barred after five years for all breaches of the UEFA Club Licensing and FFP Rules”. UEFA said it remained committed to FFP.“UEFA notes that the CAS panel found that there was insufficient conclusive evidence to uphold all of the CFCB’s conclusions in this specific case and that many of the alleged breaches were time-barred due to the 5 year time period foreseen in the UEFA regulations. “Over the last few years, Financial Fair Play has played a significant role in protecting clubs and helping them become financially sustainable and UEFA and ECA (European Club Association) remain committed to its principles.”The decision led Javier Tebas, president of the Spanish league and long-standing critic of City, to question the role of CAS in such decisions.“We have to reassess whether the CAS is the appropriate body to which to appeal institutional decisions in football. Switzerland is a country with a great history of arbitration, the CAS is not up to standard,” he told reporters.last_img read more

Dino Babers’ 1st in-season press conference: James Pierre doesn’t qualify, young 1st-teamers and 3 a.m. movies

first_img Published on August 29, 2016 at 12:40 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Related Stories Syracuse football depth chart: Week 1 vs. ColgateTHE SPREAD: From Texas to Syracuse, Dino Babers brings the Baylor-style offenseSyracuse football roster updates: Trey Dunkelberger back to TE, Scoop Bradshaw to WR and moreSyracuse football training camp blog: Devin Butler switches numbers, Kenneth Ruff catches passes again and moreSyracuse football quarterback Zack Mahoney earns scholarship It’s four days from Dino Babers’ debut as Syracuse head coach, when the Orange kicks off against Colgate in the Carrier Dome at 7 p.m. Babers held his first game-week press conference at SU Monday morning in the Iocolano-Petty Football Wing Auditorium. Here are three things he said.James Pierre didn’t qualify with the NCAASyracuse defensive back signee James Pierre failed to qualify and will not join the team this season, Babers said Monday. The head coach has expressed frustration in recent weeks with the length of time it’s taken for Syracuse to find out about Pierre’s arrival.The Orange is already thin in the secondary after training camp injuries to redshirt senior Wayne Morgan, redshirt sophomore Rodney Williams and freshmen Evan Foster and Devon Clarke. Pierre could have helped an already beleaguered unit.On the depth chart released Monday morning, redshirt junior Corey Winfield and redshirt sophomore Cordell Hudson are listed as the first-team cornerbacks, with junior Antwan Cordy and sophomore Kielan Whitner manning the two safety spots.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPraise for young first-teamers Coleman and ConwayFreshman defensive end Kendall Coleman is the only true freshman who made the first team ahead of Friday’s season-opener. He’ll line up opposite redshirt sophomore Chris Slayton after a knee injury presumably shifted redshirt freshman Jake Pickard to the second team.“I’ve seen a couple of freshmen in 31 years that’s impressed me enough to be someone that’s going to get as many reps as Kendall Coleman’s gonna get,” Babers said. “He does not speak much, but all he does is let his play speak for him. He has made a huge impression on me.”Sophomore Cody Conway will take over for departed redshirt senior Ivan Foy on Eric Dungey’s blind side after he beat out Michael Lasker for the left tackle spot in camp. Conway is one of three sophomore starters on offense along with Dungey and running back Dontae Strickland.“He showed the ability to do exactly what we were asking him to do,” Babers said of Conway. “The things that we ask offensive linemen to do shows up on tape when you watch Cody Conway.”Watching movies at 3:30 in the morningSleep hasn’t been coming often to Babers as he approaches his debut as a Power 5 head coach. A proclaimed movie buff, Babers has instead used the early hours of the morning in recent days to watch films such as “Road house” and “Kill the Messenger.”“Not much sleep,” Babers said with a grin. “I’ve been catching all the early shows.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

England’s title hopes are dashed

first_img13 Aug 2015 England’s title hopes are dashed England’s hopes of regaining the Men’s Home Internationals title were dashed today when they lost a desperately close match with Scotland. The European champions beat England 8-7 and must be favourites to win the Raymond Trophy, having taken four points from the two matches played so far. Tomorrow they will meet Ireland, the hosts at Royal Portrush and defending champions, who beat Wales today and have three points so far in the series. England, who halved yesterday with Ireland for one point, will play Wales, who have yet to score. The championship is supported by Fairstone Financial Management. In today’s match England trailed 3-2 after the morning foursomes, gaining their points from two halved matches and one late win, provided by Ashton Turner and Jamie Bower, who battled back to win on the 18th. England challenged strongly for the singles points but fell agonisingly short. The session was intensely close with only one game decided – in Scotland’s favour – by a large margin. Of the others, one match was decided on the 16th, four on the 17th and four on the 18th. England’s singles wins were recorded by Ashley Chesters (image © Leaderboard Photography), Jimmy Mullen, Dan Brown, Alfie Plant and Sean Towndrow. The deciding match involved Lancashire’s Paul Kinnear who battled hard but finally bowed out to Connor Syme on the 17th. Team captain Terry Casey commented: “Sadly we again underperformed in the foursomes and this time it caught up with us. We were outplayed in a few matches and let at least one winning position slip. When our last pair snatched an unlikely, but timely win, we had at least given ourselves a chance. “Our position this afternoon was a lot better and we came out strongly, but the Scots were never likely to make it easy and although we were up in a number of matches we couldn’t quite get away, Many matches went to the last hole and it was really exciting and with one more win we could still have won overall, but it wasn’t to be.” Click here for full scoreslast_img read more