Ravena says NLEX ‘can’t panic’ amid slide

first_imgDave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations It wasn’t the kind of start the Road Warriors had envisioned especially after coming off a semifinals run in the Philippine Cup.And although the Road Warriors have been in a heap, rookie Kiefer Ravena said they shouldn’t be in panic but rather they should start playing with a sense of urgency.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We can’t panic, we just have to work through this maybe what we should have is a sense of urgency more than panic,” said Ravena in Filipino after a 116-94 loss to GlobalPort Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“If you panic you won’t know what you’re supposed to do. We still have to be in control, we still have to be on top of our minds and think of the things we did when we won our first game, last conference, the things we did when we got to the semifinals.” NLEX’ 22-point loss against the Batang Pier was its worst this conference, eclipsing the 123-103 setback it suffered at the hands of Columbian in its opening game.Ravena said the Road Warriors have been trying to do too much instead of just letting the game come to them.“I guess we’re trying too hard, we’re not having fun,” said Ravena. “We want to do so much and end up staying away from our system.”ADVERTISEMENT Getting cut, playing in ABL motivated Javelona to get PBA call-up MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 LATEST STORIES NLEX has been in a rough patch in the early part of the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup having lost four of its first five games.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Spidey ensnares even more bucks

first_imgThe worldwide web spun by “Spider-Man 3” has reached $382 million – a box office opening record that is $7 million higher than originally estimated, according to final figures released by Sony Pictures Entertainment on Monday. That total includes a historic domestic opening of $151 million while revenue from overseas added up to $231 million. In addition to the U.S. record, opening weekend bests were achieved in 28 other countries including Canada, Japan, South Korea, China, Italy, Mexico and Brazil. Directed by Sam Raimi, “Spider-Man 3” is the third film in a blockbuster movie franchise launched in 2002 that stars Tobey Maguire in the title role. “We couldn’t be more overwhelmed or elated by the global reception to this movie,” Sony Pictures Vice Chairman Jeff Blake said in a statement. “`Spider-Man 3′ builds on the first two films and satisfies the extraordinary expectations of fans everywhere. This was truly a massive achievement not only for Sony Pictures, but the film industry as a whole.” The $382 million total shattered the previous record of $303 million set two years ago by the worldwide launch of “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.” “There have been other movies opening (simultaneously) like `Revenge of the Sith,’ `The Da Vinci Code’ and `Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ but this is on a completely different scale,” said box office analyst Paul Dergarabedian, president of Media By Numbers. “Talk about the world getting behind something.” greg.hernandez@dailynews.com (818) 713-3758 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

African players ‘not respected’ in Ballon d’Or vote- Eto’o

first_img“Western media dominate our media in Africa, so they definitely have an influence. People prefer to see a Lionel Messi goal,” Eto’o, 38, told AFP during a visit to Paris last month.The former Barcelona star, once a teammate of Messi, believes that “African players are not respected” and are “not always properly appreciated”.He recently hung up his boots after a glorious career in which he won the UEFA Champions League three times and the Africa Cup of Nations twice.He never won the prize for the world’s best player, although he insists he has no regrets.“No, because I won so many trophies, I made so many dreams and for me that is the equivalent of winning the Ballon d’Or. However, I do feel for my younger brothers who came along after my generation.”– Voting closes Friday –There are five African players on the 30-man shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’Or, with the winner to be announced at a ceremony in Paris on December 2.The 180 journalists who will vote for the successor to Luka Modric as winner have until this Friday to do so.Among the nominees are Senegal’s Sadio Mane and Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, both of whom starred in the Liverpool side that won last season’s Champions League.Liverpool’s Senegalese star Sadio Mane is one of the nominees to win this year’s Ballon d’Or © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFBoth finished just outside the top three in FIFA’s The Best awards in September, as Messi pipped Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo to the prize.Eto’o attended that awards ceremony in Milan and, when stopped on the red carpet and asked who he thought would win, he cited the names of Mane and Salah. A video clip of the brief interview went viral.“That was an opportunity for Africa to see a Sadio Mane or a Mohamed Salah on the podium, and why not win it. They both had wonderful seasons and it wouldn’t have shocked anyone had they won,” Eto’o said.The captains and coaches of all 54 African national teams voted, but by no means all of them gave their votes to Salah or to Mane, who reached the Africa Cup of Nations final with Senegal.“Why is there this hate between us Africans? Why the misplaced jealousy? If we don’t appreciate one another, others are not going to do it for us,” Eto’o said.“It’s a shame. If all Africans voted for other Africans, we would have had several awards for the best player.”– Premier League stars –After winning the Cup of Nations with Algeria, Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez has also been nominated, as has Napoli and Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly, and Arsenal and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.“Africa needs to show how strong it is. We are lucky to have these good players, who scored more than ten goals in the Champions League — we had the top three scorers in the English league (Mane, Salah, Aubameyang) but somehow these young guys don’t have our support,” Eto’o added.Arsenal’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is one of five African players on the 30-man shortlist © AFP/File / Ian KINGTON“I want to accompany them as much as I can, defend them, protect them, because one day it will be their turn to pass on the torch.“That is what we Africans have not always understood, at all levels, and that is why we are still trailing behind.”Prior to last year, Ronaldo and Messi had won 10 consecutive Ballon d’Or awards between them.Both are nominated again this year, so would Eto’o be pleased to see Messi, his former Barcelona teammate, win it once more?“He is the best player of all time. I was lucky enough to see him come through and to have had a good relationship with him. When I give my opinion on Leo even he tells me I am not objective.“Everything Messi does…he is a footballing god. I’d be happy for him to win it again.”0Shares0000(Visited 46 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Samuel Eto’o is hoping this will be the year an African player wins the Ballon d’Or for just the second time © AFP / BERTRAND GUAYPARIS, France, Nov 7 – African players still do not get the recognition they deserve, Cameroon legend Samuel Eto’o told AFP in an exclusive interview, as he hopes that this will finally be the year another player from the continent wins the Ballon d’Or.George Weah, the former Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan striker who is now the president of Liberia, won the Ballon d’Or in 1995 but remains the only African player ever to have claimed the award.last_img read more

‘He’s been incredible’ – Wayne Rooney hails £36m man’s start to Man United career

first_img Anthony Martial 1 Wayne Rooney admits he has been stunned by Anthony Martial’s start at Manchester United.The 19-year-old Frenchman, a surprise £36m signing from Monaco in the summer, is quickly becoming the new darling of Old Trafford.He has already netted four goals for United this season and was outstanding in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Sunderland.“He’s been incredible,” Rooney told MUTV after the game.“He’s a 19-year-old lad who doesn’t speak English and has moved over from France with a young family, so we have to understand that.“He’ll be a big player for us throughout the season and in the future, but we need to let him enjoy his football, and I’m sure he’ll bring magic moments for us.”Rooney had Martial to thank for breaking his Premier League goal drought, the Frenchman providing his captain with an easy finish against against Sunderland.It was the England man’s first league goal in 12 games, but he played down its significance.“I wasn’t worried,” said Rooney. “It’s my fifth goal of the season for United and I’ve scored for England, so it was just all about getting off the mark in the league.“Hopefully, everyone will ­concentrate on me playing my football now and I’ll enjoy it.”last_img read more

Chelsea defender a £15m target for Borussia Monchengladbach

first_img1 Borussia Monchengladbach are ready to offer Chelsea £15m for Andreas Christensen.The 20-year-old spent last season on loan at the German club and he impressed during his 37 appearances.The centre-back is highly thought of by the coaching staff at Chelsea and he is seen as a star of the future.But the Blues maybe tempted to cash in on the Denmark international as, according to Bild, Gladbach are ready to pay £15m to land him.The German side have money to spend this summer after selling club captain Granit Xhaka to Arsenal in a deal worth £30m. Andreas Christensen spent last season on loan at the German club last_img

MISSING HIKER FOUND SAFE AND WELL

first_imgA hiker who had been missing for a short time on Mt Errigal has been found safe and well.Man went missing on ErrigalThe man got separated from his party earlier this morning and a rescue call was put out.Members of the Donegal Mountain Rescue Team were tasked to the area. However, by the time they go there the man had been found safe and well. MISSING HIKER FOUND SAFE AND WELL was last modified: August 26th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:donegal mountain rescue teamhikerMt Errigalsafelast_img read more

HOLY COW – THE GOOD WEATHER IS TO LAST MOOO-ST OF THE WEEK!

first_imgCows have a rest on the beach at St John’s Point today. Picture by Patrick Glidea.Donegal basked in glorious sunshine today – but the Donegal Fire Service warned of a sting in the tail.The good news form Met Eireann is that the good weather spell is set to last until at least Thursday.But, as a number of gorse fires broke out in West Donegal, people have been warned to take care during the dry spell. Even the cows at St John’s Point came down to the beach today to get some sea breeze.Beaches across Donegal were busy as an unusual spell of fine April weather looks to settle in.A glut of visitors from across the border made sure the cash registers continued to ring as the strength of sterling proves a huge draw.Motorists have been urged to slow down as the volume of traffic on Donegal’s roads increases with school holidays continuing until the weekend. Donegal’s fire service was also busy with gorse fires breaking out in the Loughanure area this afternoon.A number of fire tenders from the Dungloe area were forced to put out fire in thick vegetation.Firemen were forced to douse a number of areas to prevent the fires spreading too close to homes with oil tanks.The fire service has now issued a warning asking people to be careful when burning during this dry spell. HOLY COW – THE GOOD WEATHER IS TO LAST MOOO-ST OF THE WEEK! was last modified: April 7th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:donegalforecastMet Eireannsunweatherlast_img read more

SOCIAL WELFARE INSPECTOR SAID HE FEARED FOR HIS LIFE AT TAXI DRIVER’S HOME

first_imgA social welfare inspector said he feared for his life when he called to the home of a taxi driver.James McGinley, 35 Cashel Ard contested an assault charge when he appeared at Letterkenny District Court yesterday.Inspector Morgan Mooney said he was assigned to the special investigation unit of the Department of Social Protection and was carrying out surveillance at Cashel Park, Letterkenny on September 25. The inspector called to 48 year old Mr McGinley’s home shortly after 3pm.The accused opened the door and Mr Mooney asked to speak to occupant after having identified himself.“As I proceeded to go in a man I now know to be Mr McGinley pushed me out and said I had no such business in his house,” he said.Mr. Morgan said it was the first time he was physically assaulted during the course of his work but that on other occasions he had been the subject of verbal abuse.“I felt threatened. He pushed me away with menace. I was in fear. I was static,” he said. The inspector later said that he was in fear for his life.James McGinley told the court that Mr. Morgan did not identify himself at the door.He said that as he walked in he hit him with his belly and that he then put his hands up and told him to leave.“He bumped me with his belly. I said get out, I don’t know who you are,” he said adding that he did not show any identification until he was leaving.He said that he put his two hands up towards Mr. Morgan’s shoulders after he had come in to the house “like a bully.”Judge Paul Kelly said he would apply the Probation Act if McGinley paid €250 to the Irish Wheelchair Association.The case was adjourned at until May 20.SOCIAL WELFARE INSPECTOR SAID HE FEARED FOR HIS LIFE AT TAXI DRIVER’S HOME was last modified: April 16th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:courtdonegalJudge Paul KellyletterkennyMorgan MooneySocial Welfare Inspectorlast_img read more

GAA NEWS: MALIN LAUNCH GAA EASTER CAMP WHICH STARTS ON WEDNESDAY

first_imgMalin GAA News:ALL COUNTY LEAGUE DIVISION 1Malin were away to St Michael’s on Monday (please check result and report on facebook – too late for paper as already out to print). Malin seniors and reserves will be playing away next Sunday against Kilcar at 1.30pm and 3.00pm. All support welcome.EASTER CAMPMalin GAA Easter camp will run from Wednesday 8th to Friday 10th of April for all under players aged 5-13 (boys and girls) from 10.00 -2.00 every day. Cost of camp is €30 per child, €25 per second child and €20 for third and subsequent children please contact Danny Lafferty on 0868988180 or Maria McLaughlin on 0877763679 and see Facebook for more information. If you haven’t registered you can do so on Wednesday morning at 9.30. Every child will recieve an O’Neills football and an Easter Egg. UNDERAGEThe under 12 match against Muff was cancelled last week but the hopeflly will get their season started this week away on Tuesday against Muff. The under 16’s match against Carndonagh was also off on Friday but they are playing against Muff on Friday 10th of April at home at 6.30.STRICTLY COME DANCINGThe strictly come dancing night held in aid of our underage teams on Sunday was a great success and the winners on the night saw Dessie McColgan and Terese McCallion scoop the judges prize while the audience vote went to William McLaughin and Susan Byrne. The club would like to thank all our dancers who put in a huge effort over the last number of weeks so thank you to Barny Doherty and George Houten, Susan Byrne and William Quigley, Veronica Harkin and Joey McLaughlin, Catriona Doherty and Dan McDaid, Maura Monagle and Danny McColgan, Caroline McLaughlin and Mickey Douglas, Tomas McLaughlin and Aisling Orr, Winnie Deery and Noel McLaughlin (R), Pat McLaughlin and Susan McLaughlin, Seamus McLaughlin and Elaine Byrne, Emma McDaid and Noel Connolly, John Doherty and Marian Collins, Tina O’Donnell and Tony McColgan and Therese McCallion and Dessie McColgan. The club would also like to thank all the event organisers Linda McColgan, Danny Lafferty, Margaret Raymond, Maria McLaughlin and Sean McLaughlin– who put in a massive amount of work, dance teachers Josie Doherty (T),Catriona Gallagher, Breege and John Gill and Finvola Lyons, the main sponsers Canny and Doherty Supervalu, John Deery, Boston and Matthew, Danny and Paul Martin McDiad, Boston and the numerous other sponsers and anyone who helped in any way for what was a very successful and enjoyable night for the club.TRAINING SCHEDULEU6 team training every Sunday from 10.00 – 11.15 U8 team training every Saturday from 3.00 – 4.15U10 team training every Sunday from 11.30 – 1.00U12 team training every Saturday from 4.30 – 6.00 and Tuesday from 5.45 – 7.00U14 team training every Saturday from 9.30 – 11.00 and Tuesday from 5.30 – 7.00 U16 team training every Monday from 4.30 – 6.30 and Friday 4.30 – 6.30Senior and Reserve team training every Tuesday and Friday from 7.30 – 9.00UNDERAGE/SENIOR GIRLS TRAININGU6,U8 and U10 girls team training every Saturday from 11.00 – 12.30U14 and U16 girls training every Wednesday from 5.15-6.15Senior Ladies training every Tuesday and Thursaday from 7.30-8.30 indoorGAA NEWS: MALIN LAUNCH GAA EASTER CAMP WHICH STARTS ON WEDNESDAY was last modified: April 6th, 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:GAAMalinNoticesSportlast_img read more

WTF? The most bizarre transfers and career decisions in football

first_img 19 Lombardo played in a very good Sampdoria team, winning the title in 1991 and finishing runners-up to Barcelona in the 1992 European Cup final. However, after struggling to find his feet at Juventus, Lombardo flew the nest to join Palace in 1997. Soon, his talents saw him crowned the Bald Eagle as he lit up Selhurst Park before becoming player-manager.12. Ballon d’Or winner Kevin Keegan moves to Southampton It was surprising enough when Davids, a former Inter, Ajax and Juventus midfielder, came out of retirement after two years to play for Crystal Palace in 2010. That lasted for seven games. Then it emerged he was managing Sunday League club Brixton United before, at the age of 37, he became head coach of League Two club Barnet in 2012. He also played for the club but resigned in 2014.6. Tommy Lawton at Notts County Getty smart causal 19 The move did not work out 19 Veteran goalkeeper Scott Carson is set to sign on loan for Premier League champions Manchester City.The 33-year-old, who is surplus to requirements at Championship club Derby, will be City’s third-choice goalkeeper behind Ederson and Claudio Bravo. Even Caulker, who was on loan at Southampton from QPR, was surprised by the move. “It came as a bit of a shock as I’d had a bit of a frustrating time at Southampton and not had any game time,” he told the Liverpool Echo, explaining he couldn’t turn the move down. The defender joined in the 2016 January transfer window as cover, but played just four games with the deal being cut short when he entered into rehab following a string of off field problems. In an interview with the Guardian in June 2017, Caulker revealed he has battled with depression for most of his career.17. Ruud Gullit joins Chelsea, who were mediocre at best ALTERED possible standings 19 Getty Getty Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade gameday 1. Johnston pitches up in the ‘wrong’ part of Glasgow – Mo Johnston eventually won over Rangers fans impact 19 19 Getty Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Allan Simonsen spent just one season at Charlton Clough didn’t hide his contempt for Leeds’ style under Don Revie, so it was a shock when he took the manager’s job at Elland Road in 1974 after his spell at Brighton and Derby. Despite his criticism of Leeds, the move was a no-brainer for Clough given they were league champions, but his stint only lasted 44 days before he was sacked.9. Ron Saunders leaves Aston Villa right before European glory for rivals Birmingham! Ruud Gullit was a marquee signing for Chelsea Getty 19 Getty Thomas Gravesen was a no-nonsense midfielder Brian Clough did not last long at Leeds How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? 19 19 19 19 Getty Getty Getty Gravesen was a tough midfielder who found favour at Everton under the management of David Moyes. Madrid, meanwhile, perhaps mindful of the mistake they made in selling unsung defensive midfielder Claude Makelele to Chelsea while stockpiling ‘Galacticos’, signed Gravesen in 2005. The Bernabeu crowd, used to watching Zinedine Zidane, Figo and Ronaldo, weren’t particularly impressed with the Danish hard nut’s style of play, and he was nearly sold before Christmas and after he got stuck in to team-mate Robinho during a training session, the writing was on the wall. Gravesen was sold to Celtic in 2006 and wasn’t much better. For bizarre Real deals, see also Julien Faubert.3. Dale Jennings: Tranmere to Bayern Roberto Mancini’s transfer came out of nowhere Kevin Keegan rejected Juventus and Barcelona to join Southampton Getty Steven Caulker barely featured for Liverpool 19 Having lit up League One when he broke into the Tranmere first team in the 2010/11 season, tricky winger Jennings signed for Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich at the age of 18. They club even sent Dietmar Hamann to his house to persuade him to join; the former Liverpool player having recommended him. Jennings knew he’d find it tough to break into the first-team, and was placed with Bayern’s second string, but injuries right from the start saw his progress stutter. “I had a year left on my contract and I had to think ‘am I really going to get in this team?’ Once my girlfriend was pregnant I knew it was time to come back,” he later said. Jennings played for Barnsley and MK Dons on his return but the 24-year-old is now without a club.2. Juventus swoop for Boro reject Ronnie O’Brien Football news Keegan left Liverpool for German club Hamburg in 1977, and during his three seasons in the Bundesliga he won two European Footballer of the Year awards and appeared in the 1980 European Cup final. He could have had his pick of clubs, but the likes of Juventus and Barcelona were snubbed in favour of Lawrie McMenemy’s Southampton, who had been promoted to the First Division in 1978. It was a great piece of business from the Saints.11. Bebe arrives at Manchester United 19 Carson, a former Liverpool and Charlton stopper, lost his Rams starting place to Kelle Roos last season and was not in the matchday squad for their 2019/20 opening-day win over Huddersfield on Monday.The surprising move follows the news that Wayne Rooney will take up a player-coach role at Derby in January.Below, talkSPORT.com looks at other bizarre transfers and career moves of players and managers throughout history. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Getty NEW ERA Getty Ravanelli won the Champions League in May 1996, scoring in the final as Juventus beat Ajax on penalties. By July he was playing for Middlesbrough, a club that had won promotion to the top-flight a year earlier. During his one full Premier League season, Ravanelli scored 31 goals in all competitions and helped Bryan Robson’s side to the finals of the FA Cup and League Cup. Sadly though, Boro were relegated and lost both finals and he moved on to Marseille.14. Roberto Mancini at Leicester City Villa were on course to win the European Cup when Saunders left in February 1982 to take over at rivals Birmingham. During his time at the helm, Saunders won two League Cups and is also the man who guided Villa to their first league title in 71 years when the club became First Division champions in 1981. It was a glorious period for the club, but disagreements with the board saw him resign and leave Tony Barton to lead the club to victory in the European Cup final. Birmingham, meanwhile, were relegated two years later.8. Claudio Caniggia at Dundee In the 1980s there were not many better players than Diego Maradona, so it was quite a surprise when Napoli, a team who avoided relegation from Serie A by a point, signed him from Barcelona in 1984. His time in Spain had been short, but memorable as it was littered with genius, controversy and injury. He scored 45 goals in 73 games, won the 1983 Spanish Cup and his brilliance was acknowledged by Real Madrid fans at the Bernabeu during one game. However, his stay ended on a sour note when he was involved in a mass brawl with Athletic Bilbao players in the 1984 Spanish Cup final. In Italy, though, he helped win the club’s only two league titles, while he also won the UEFA Cup and Italian Cup.15. Champions League winner Fabrizio Ravanelli swaps Juve for Boro The move was very controversial Mo Johnston eventually won over Rangers fans Getty Forget Bendtner at Juve. Having played alongside the likes of Damien Duff and Robbie Keane for Republic of Ireland’s youth teams, O’Brien seemed set for a decent future, but he was released by Middlesbrough in 1999 at the age of 20. No bother for the Irishman, though, as Serie A giants Juventus swooped. Sadly, despite being on their books for three years, he rarely played with the exception of three Intertoto Cup matches. O’Brien was sent out on four loan spells before being released in 2002. He moved to America afterwards and last played for San Jose Earthquakes in 2008.2. Wayne Rooney swaps America for Derby Fabrizio Ravanelli suffered relegation with Middlesbrough A number of jaws dropped when Dundee manager Ivano Bonetti brought international Caniggia to the club in 2000. After all, here was a man who had shared the pitch with Diego Maradona at the 1990 World Cup and the 33-year-old had his eyes on winning a place in the squad for the 2002 edition in Japan and Korea. In his debut against Aberdeen, Caniggia came off the bench to score in a 2-0 win at Pittodrie and later moved to Rangers.7. Edgar Davids joins Barnet 19 19 Edgar Davids spent two years at Barnet 19 Tommy Lawton was a household name 19 19 County have been involved in their share of bizarre deals in recent years – Eriksson and Campbell etc – but this takes some beating. Lawton was a goal king, who had scored 22 times in 23 England appearances along with 34 goals in 38 games for Everton, as they won the First Division title in 1939 before he moved to Chelsea in 1945. There he scored 35 times in 53 games, but moved to Notts County in the Third Division South next. The club paid £20,000 in November 1947 for the 28-year-old Lawton 28 who dropped down two divisions to link up with his friend and manager Arthur Stollery.5. When Allan Simonsen swapped Barca for Charlton! Thirteen years before Leicester pulled off their Esteban Cambiasso coup, the club shocked everyone when they managed to sign Roberto Mancini from Lazio on a month’s loan in January. Before that he spent 15 years at Sampdoria and won the title, four Italian Cups and the Cup Winners Cup. When he won the competition again, this time with Lazio, in 1999 he counted Alessandro Nesta, Pavel Nedved and Christian Vieri as team-mates. Colleagues at Filbert Street, meanwhile, included Andy Impey, Steve Guppy and Ade Akinbiyi. Mancini left in February to become boss at Fiorentina.13. Attilio Lombardo flies into south London Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Who? That’s what most people said when the Red Devils announced a deal for unknown Portugal winger Bebe in 2010. He’d never even played for his previous club when Sir Alex Ferguson swooped, persuaded by Carlos Queiroz, and in the end he made just four Premier League appearances before leaving Old Trafford in 2014.10. Brian Clough takes over at the club he hates Simonsen was the European Player of the Year in 1977, a year he played and scored for Borussia Monchengladbach in the European Cup final defeat to Liverpool. He won the UEFA Cup with the German club in 1975 and 1979, and then sealed a move to the glamorous Barcelona. After winning the Cup Winners Cup there he swapped the Camp Nou for the Valley and joined Second Division Charlton for £300,000 in 1982. It was a disaster for the Londoners, who struggled to pay their star player and after nine goals in 17 games he headed back to his native Denmark while Charlton teetered on the brink of financial collapse.4. Thomas Gravesen the Galactico? silverware highlights In 1995 the Blues picked up the bargain of the summer as they landed Dutch hero Gullit, a two-time European Cup winner and recipient of the European Footballer of the Year award. Chelsea were nowhere near the glamorous side of today and after Gullit struggled to get going in a sweeper role, Glenn Hoddle moved him into midfield and he was soon flying. Before his arrival, signings included Scott Minto and Paul Furlong, but by the end of the decade it was the likes of Marcel Desailly and Gianfranco Zola joining.16. Diego Maradona moves to Napoli who plays? Rooney enjoyed a 13-year successful career with Manchester United, winning five Premier League titles, three FA Cups, a League Cup and a Champions League trophy. He moved back to boyhood club Everton in 2017 before joining MLS side DC United last summer. In news which came out of nowhere, Rooney’s move to Championship club Derby will be made official in January. The 33-year-old will be a player-coach on an initial 18-month deal.1. Mo Johnston pitches up in the ‘wrong’ part of Glasgow Getty How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Claudio Caniggia was international team-mates with Diego Maradona Getty 19 Ronnie O’Brien’s game time was limited at Juve possible xi 19 Bebe’s time with Manchester United was not a success Rooney will link up with Derby in January under manager Phillip Cocu 18. Steven Caulker makes a surprise switch to Liverpool Getty Attilio Lombardo was a player-manager at Selhurst Park England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Johnston’s arrival at Rangers in 1989 managed to anger fans on both sides of the Glasgow divide. Having scored 52 goals in three seasons at Celtic, Johnston spent two years at Nantes in France and was expected to don the green and white shirt on his return to the Scottish league. He was even pictured in the summer of 1989 wearing the Celtic shirt alongside Hoops boss Billy McNeill, and said: “There is no other British club I could play for apart from Celtic.” But nothing had been officially signed and Rangers manager Graeme Souness – no stranger to controversy – pounced and took Johnston to Ibrox, making him the club’s first major Catholic signing. Johnston slowly won over Gers fans, thanks to 31 goals in 76 games, plus wildly celebrating his goal in the Old Firm derby. How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Diego Maradona transformed Napoli into a title-winning side last_img read more