Former Romanian international, Real Madrid and Barcelona attacking midfielder, Gheorghe Hagi doubles as the founder and coach of Viitorul Constanta football club. The club is particularly known for promoting young players from their academy, which brought about their nickname; “Hagi’s Kids”.
Gheorghe Hagi’s Viitorul had their first major achievement in 2017, when they became the first club in their county to win the national title. They play their home matches in blue and black kits at the Stadionul Viitorul, situated a few kilometers north of the city of Constanta.
“What happened wasn’t planned but it happened due to hard work,” says Hagi, when interviewed after his team finished first in the Romania Liga I. “Winning the league wasn’t our aim; it came as a surprise, because we only wanted to stay up. Meanwhile, we aren’t an accident. My career as a football player was great too and I’m very happy with what I achieved.This is the second partand my mission now is to assist others achieve their dreams”
By the time he was ready to start Viitorul, which translates as “Future”, Hagi had a blueprint for player production written down on paper and the finishing touches came from a visit to five leading Dutch academies. The fact that Romania league are not among the top best leagues has been Gheorghe Hagi’s concern since his playing career. By the time he began Viitorulin 2009, the Romania football was on the dying lane.
The domestic game was robbed, corrupt and helpless in the hands of incompetents and opportunists; the likes of Steaua Bucharest were giants by name only. Hagi himself had struggled in a succession of short-lived managerial roles with the national side, Steaua, Politehnica Timisoara, Bursaspor and another of his old clubs, Galatasaray.
Bath rugby team signs on Lions and Wales center player Jamie Roberts of Harlequins. This 31 year old player is expected to bring fresh talent to the team as he has been with the Lions on several tours including tours in Australia and South Africa. He is a centre player with the most caps under his belt. He would be joining to play for the Bath rugby team from Harlequins in the upcoming summer months.
This player has been taken on with a two year contract and the option remains to extend it for a third year as well. He would be joining players like Jackson Willison from Worcester Warriors, Victor Delmas of Colomiers prop and Ruaridh McConnochie from the England 7s team. These are the new recruits who would be joining the Bath rugby team and play for the new season 2018-19. Continue reading
The day the Grand Slam game was held between Ireland and England it was a treat for the fans of both sides, but more for the Ireland fans who were on a high after being the winners of the Six Nations tournament. There were several treats in store for the Ireland fans in more ways than one. For instance, Aer Lingus had special treats in store for fans that used the airline to fly to London for the Grand Slam game. They gave a complementary jersey to every Irish fan who was on the flight from Dublin to London for the game.
The game was scheduled at Twickenham stadium on St Patrick’s Day which was on a weekend. Many fans were flying in to support Ireland at the stadium for the Grand Slam and the airline took the opportunity to offer the Irish fans a jersey that they could wear to the stadium to support their nation. That was not the only way the airline celebrated the near certain win of their country. They even decorated their planes, not only for St Patrick’s Day but also on occasion of the rugby event. Continue reading
The bosses of Rugby Australia have planned to meet with the star Wallabies player Israel Folau after the comment he made on social media earlier this week saying that gay people would be sent to “HELL”.
Folau, who is a devout Christian, posted this comment while replying to a question onone ofhis posts on Instagram asking: “what was god’s [sic] plan for gay people??” On this Folau replied: “HELL… Unless they turn to God, regretting their sin.” Continue reading
Jonny Wilkinson is a name that is still referred and new talents compared with which shows the legacy that he left behind during his playing days. His last notable achievement is still highlighted on many rugby forums even today when he lifted the Webb Ellis cup for his team in Newcastle. He also helped England gain glory 14 years back when they won the Rugby World Cup against Australia. There have been moments such as the goal that he dropped in the last few seconds of extra time that was given which are highlights of the illustrious career he has had that spanned three decades.
With domestic honors that he gained with Newcastle Falcons as well as with French team Toulon, the heroics that he showcased in 2003 even earned him the title of Sports Personality of the Year in 2003 and he obtained the CBE reward after he retired from the games in 2015 which commemorated his service to the rugby union. All this points to an exciting and fulfilling career, he has had on the field and hence, his decision to work on charity instead of being part of the game is certainly unique. Continue reading
Bayern Munich president UliHoeness opines that the inflated transfer market is dangerous for football.
The market has seen a drastic upturn of recent as rich clubs pay expensive release clauses to get top rated players.
Recently, state-backed Paris St Germain paid a world record fee of €222 million for Brazilian forward Neymar Jr. The deal doubled the previous record held by Paul Pogba for €100 million. Neymar’s move triggered Barca’ spending of €145 million in a deal to land Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund as replacement. Then more recently, Monaco reportedly agreed to a €180 million deal with PSG for French youngster KylianMbappe.
Hoeness is very displeased that clubs are paying this much for the players as he provides his own maximum valuations.
“In my opinion, there is no player in the world worth €100 million. I do not want to buy a player for €100 million even if I had the money. That would be too much of a waste of money,”Hoeness, who has served a prison term for tax evasion, said. Continue reading
Germany international Per Mertesacker played only one full match for Premier League side Arsenal and still ended the season lifting a trophy in the mould of the oldest of them you had find in England – the FA Cup.
In a season the Gunners
truly had a lot going for them as early as the 11th
match day fixture where they thumped three unreplied goals into Thibaut Courtois’ net as they handed Antonio Conte one of his heaviest defeat as a coach.
Ironically, that prompted the Italian to reshap the Blues into a 3-5-2 formation that served him throughout his time in charge of Juventus and to a lesser extent the Azzuri national side of the wine-loving nation of Italy.
That tweak will later propel Chelsea to eleven straightpremier league wins and in the process ensure they opened up a gap that the rest of the league struggled to close down till the final match day with Totttenham Hotspur coming closest but still ending up 7 points below the top spot.
Arsenal though ended up so close to their yearly-chased darling – the fourth spot – as Jurgen Klopp’s Red Army made sure to condemn them to fifth place by defeating Middlesborough and ensuring the North Londoners won’t be in the Champions League for the first time in 21 years. Continue reading
Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich slipped as they played a 2-2 draw against Mainz at home.
They were lucky to come back from behind to get the result against their lowly opponents. They are still the likely winners of the league but the gap is now nine points ahead of RB Leipzig’s clash with Schalke.
BojanKrkic, who is on loan from the Premier League, opened scoring as early as the second minute. Daniel Brosinski scored a penalty before halftime but goals from ArjenRobeen and ThiagoAlcantararestored parity, leaving both sides to share the spoils.
The result follows after their loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter final. Injuries stopped the team from presenting a full squad, then errors and dismissals forced their defeat to Madrid. They remain in pole position to retain the Bundesliga though.
In other games, Marco Reus inspired a 3-2 victory for Dortmund over the rivals Monchengladbach. Replay shows Reus was wrongly awarded the spot kick in the 10th minute which he converted. The hosts equalized through Lars Stindl. They went ahead courtesy of Marcel Schmelzer’s own goal but striker Pierre-EmerickAubameyang came on to equalize before Raphael Guerreirosnatched victory for the visitors. The result lifts Thomas Tuchel’s team to third place. Continue reading
Premier League heavyweights Arsenal might lose one of their star players Mesut Ozil to German giants Bayern Munich, according to reports.
The Gunners have not been able to convince the German to renew his contract with the club with 18 months left. They could as well lose him to Bayern as Ozil remains far from agreeing to a new deal with the North London side.
Ozil has given the excuse of waiting for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to agree to an extension with the club before he decides his future. With a string of failure to lift the Premier League, there are speculations that Wenger might resign his role at the club at the end of the season. The manager would decide on his future at the end of the season. With the campaign not exactly going smoothly, Wenger could leave for a change so Ozil is waiting until then to decide. Continue reading
Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, and Javi Martinez all missed Bayern Munich’s Thursday training session due to physical discomfort and could miss this weekend encounter against Darmstadt.
It has been confirmed that the club will do without the trio in this weekend’s Bundesliga trip to Darmstadt after they missed the training session due to minor injury setback.
Robben, Ribery, and Martinez were all training alone in the performance centre, with the Dutchman and Frenchman working on specific programmes as a result of slight muscle injuries, while the former Athletic Bilbao man was concentrating on recovery training.
The 32-year-old Dutch man, Robben has been sidelined by a series of injuries in the first half of this season, and he has only made just nine Bundesliga appearances in 2016-17. The prolific striker already has five goals, three assists, and twenty-two shots to his name so far in the league this season. Continue reading