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Canes thrash Crusaders in pre-season hit out

first_imgJonah Lowe bagged a hat-trick as the visitors ran in seven tries to four in ideal conditions, with both teams using a host of different players.None of the All Blacks in both squads were available for the contest.It left Crusaders coach Scott Robertson to blood 18 players who are yet to experience Super Rugby, while Northampton-bound Hurricanes mentor Chris Boyd also surveyed his depth.There were no apparent serious injuries suffered.The next assignment for both teams is next week’s Brisbane 10s tournament.Meanwhile the Highlanders have thumped the NSW Waratahs 55-29 in Queenstown.The home team hit back to lead 33-10 by the end of the second third, scoring four tries in that period.They led 50-10 at one stage in the final term, but NSW rallied and finished with five tries.last_img

Felipe warns of the derby: “An error can be fatal”

first_img“Since I arrived here, I think Atlético is a family, not only within the club, but also with its fans. If we are all together, we are on the right track”, added the central, which will start in the derby this Saturday at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.If you want to see the Madrid derby live here you can check the available tickets:Real Madrid – Atlético de Madrid (Santiago Bernabéu). 01.02.2020 – 16.00h. Brazil’s Felipe Monteiro, defender of Atlético de Madrid, focused on Thursday “not to concede goals” as a key aspect of this Saturday’s derby against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium, of which he pointed out that “a small mistake can be fatal”, apart from stressing that his team has to “take advantage of every second” and its “opportunities”. “I think that, above all, we should not concede goals, because that way we will be closer to victory. And Score goals and take advantage of the occasions we have, because it is not easy. We know that each match has its differences. And a small mistake can be fatal. You have to take advantage of every second and the opportunities, because in a game like this you can’t make mistakes, “he valued the rojiblanco club media.last_img read more

WNBA: Gray’s shot lifts Sparks past Lynx in finals rematch

first_imgCarpio 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. With Rome title, Nadal back on track entering French Open China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 29: Chelsea Gray #12 of the Los Angeles Sparks is fouled by Maya Moore #23 of the Minnesota Lynx during the second half of Game Three of WNBA Finals at Staples Center September 29, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFPMINNEAPOLIS — There was no better way for the WNBA to open its 22nd season than with another intense matchup between the Los Angeles Sparks and the Minnesota Lynx.After the Lynx received their championship rings and raised a fourth banner in the arena, Chelsea Gray and the Sparks gave them their parting shot.ADVERTISEMENT Gray had 18 points, including a double-clutch off-balance in the lane at the buzzer that gave the short-handed Sparks a 77-76 victory over the Lynx on Sunday in a dramatic rematch of last year’s finals.“Chelsea is the game-winner queen,” said Odyssey Sims, who led the Sparks with 21 points. “I don’t know how she squeezed up and flipped it in. I still don’t believe. I don’t even know how, but it was amazing.”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 crownLindsay Whalen had 10 of her 17 points in the fourth quarter, including a pair of free throws with 5.8 seconds left, to lead the Lynx back from a deficit that reached 10 points late in the third period. Gray then took the ball after a timeout at the left wing, used a spin dribble to evade Seimone Augustus and reached the paint in time for the final heave.“I’m very proud of this team right now,” Gray said. “We kind of set the tone for the season.” LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons filmcenter_img Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding The Sparks-Lynx title pairing was made possible in 2016 when the WNBA switched to a conference-less postseason format, and the Sparks won on Minnesota’s home court that year. Last fall, the Lynx avenged that crushing loss by beating Los Angeles at Williams Arena, where Whalen played her college games, while Target Center was being renovated.Over the previous two years, the Sparks and Lynx split their 16 matchups, with five wins apiece in the playoffs and three victories each in the regular season. This was the first time the Lynx lost a season opener since 2011, the year of their first title. They had won 23 straight regular-season games in May.Nneka Ogwumike added 19 points and nine rebounds and Essence Carson had 10 points for the Sparks, who shot only 3 for 18 from 3-point range but still outscored the Lynx 25-11 in the third quarter.Whalen and 2017 league MVP Sylvia Fowles, who had 15 points and 12 rebounds, led the resurgence for the Lynx.They were riled up when Fowles was whistled for an offensive foul in the post, with an agitated Whalen giving official Tiffany Bird an earful. A few minutes later, after Fowles cut the lead to 59-53 with a layup, Sparks newcomer Cappie Pondexter got into a shouting match with Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve during the break in action. They were each given a technical foul, as were Whalen and Sims.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ogwumike knocked down a 3-pointer for a 71-68 lead with 3:08 remaining, and she turned a turnover by Rebekkah Brunson into a layup in transition and a five-point edge with 2:08 to play. The Lynx had a staggering 24 turnovers that turned into 23 points for the Sparks, more than in any game last season.Fowles hit two foul shots with 56 seconds left to bring the Lynx to 73-72, but Sims answered with a long jumper. Whalen came back with a pair of free throws, and Fowles grabbed the rebound of a missed 3 by Sims on the other end to set up two more foul shots for Whalen.That still left enough time for the Sparks to answer.“We just didn’t come out ready to go, which is disappointing and what we’ll have to clean up,” said Whalen, the newly minted head coach at her alma mater, Minnesota, who has begun her 15th season in the league.Brunson pitched in 15 points, but Maya Moore had just 11 points on 4-for-14 shooting for the Lynx. Augustus had just six points.“We had so many players out there that had no idea what they were doing for whatever reason. Maybe they were tired. No idea,” Reeve said.The Sparks couldn’t have expected much more production without star Candace Parker, who didn’t take the trip because of what was announced as a back injury. Russian center Maria Vadeeva, a key offseason acquisition, has not joined the team yet. Jantel Lavender, another important veteran, has not finished with her overseas club yet, either.“We love Candace. She’s a heck of a player, one of the best in the league, but I just kind of focus on the people that are here,” Sparks coach Brian Agler said. “That’s all we do.” Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

Filipino netizens divided on Alphonse Areola’s World Cup win

first_imgMOST READ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team On Facebook, some netizens reacted positively to Alphonse’s win:Elizabeth Gaerlan-Davis said, “Congratulations!!!Because of you I began to watch football/ soccer. Congratulations. I told my husband that France will win because you’re in it. Representing Filipinos. Of course it’s a team effort and for those who are complaining they can’t do what you’re doing. Thanks for a great Sunday. Awesome! Cheers from Vegas, Nevada!Sunshine Smith-Tioco wrote, “He is equally proud to represent both the Philippines (where his parents and family came from) and France (the country that nurtured his skills, gave him a break and believed in his talent). Stop with the crab mentality! #burn Congratulations, Alphonse!!!Ramon Sr Areola, a Facebook user who shares the athlete’s surname, Congrats Alphonse and with the whole French Team. VIVE LA FRANCE!!! Daming bitter dito. Hindi nakakatulong yong mga negative comments ninyo laban kay Alphonse Areola.Just be proud with him!!! Don’t speculate too much. Why not try to reach him or his parents to gather more infos.ADVERTISEMENT Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Resurgent Pacquiao wants second crack at Mayweather Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:56Boris Johnson ‘humbled’ after majority win, says Parliament ‘must change’02:46Fighting jihadism in the Sahel: Life inside the military camps02:14Carpio 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 Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Born to Filipino parents in Paris, Alphonse has already won two World Cup championships for France: the 2013 U-20 (Under 20 years old) World Cup, and Sunday’s 2018 World Cup championship.READ: PH pride: World Cup champion France’s goalkeeper is FilipinoFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Alphonse, one of France’s soccer national team’s three goalkeepers, posted a photo of him holding the World Cup trophy and he captioned it: “KEEP CALM! The World Cup is here! CHAMPION DU MONDE!”Filipinos had mixed reactions to Alphonse’s post about his team’s win, officially France’s second World Cup title in history. The country won its first World Cup exactly 20 years ago in 1998 when the international football tournament was held in France. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Baka wala siyang dalang Phil Flag, simple as that. Huwag masyadong bigyan ng negativo ang di niya pagwagayway ng ating bandila.Kilala ko siya!!! At never niyang ipinagkailang pure Filipino blood siya. Atsaka tuwing may interview siya ng media ay lagi niyang sinasabing Filipino siya. Very humble na bata yan. Nababasa niya lahat na mga commento sa kanya kaya kung pwede ay Tulungan na lang natin siya sa pamamagitan ng pagbati sa kanya at huwag ng bigyan ng mga negatibo ang kakulangan niya. Atsaka di siya Pulitiko o artista na kailangang silipin ang mga munting pagkakamali niya.Kung si Wesley So elite player ng Chess ngayon pero tuwing maglaro siya ( not a team) ay hindi ang Pilipinas ang dinadala niya. Samantalang ang nagpalaki sa kanya ay Pilipinas?”X Irene Azcueta asked, “Why can’t some of us be happy for this young man.. he is of Filipino heritage but his a french man as well… be proud of him because his not just representing himself but the entire Filipino culture/heritage. Just be happy. #positivevibes”Mary Jane Hiller said, “Ang Daming Bitter. Clearly you cannot please everybody. He is 2nd Goaler. A Filipino Race playing for FRANCE. So why should he bring Philippine flag Haller! Common sense lang naman di ba? Magalit kayo kung winagayway nya ang flag ng France but he didn’t so why complain? You guys are not being reasonable. Life must go on.”Some netizens were not very pleased about Alphonse’s win:One Facebook, Tim Uliman said, “Alphonse Areola some fans are mad at you because you are not proud of your Filipino heritage as a world cup champion you should’ve bring a little Philippine flag with you in the winners podium while having the champion trophy…and wave it if you are proud of it…they are furious on you…”On Twitter, Moyyst said, “Filipino by blood. French by Birth. Birth place is thicker than Blood Alphonse?”Some also commented on his participation in the World Cup. Thug Magnificent said, “Staying calm that’s all you did during this tournament I didn’t see you start a game.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES PHOTO from Alphonse Areola’s official Facebook pageAlphonse Areola is officially the first Filipino to win a World Cup championship.However, Filipinos have diverse sentiments on the achievement as Alphonse did not accomplish it carrying a Filipino flag but a French one.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

ROUND 3: Pacquiao ends round strong with solid punches to Broner’s head

first_imgPhilippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Broner is able to use his right straight but the most he can do is graze Pacquiao’s forehead.Pacquaio then connects with a left straight to Broner’s forehead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBroner tries to connect with another right straight but he hits Pacquiao’s guard and then receives a straight left to the face.Pacquiao then lands a couple to Broner’s head in the final seven seconds of the round. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ LATEST STORIES 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Manny Pacquiao, right, throws a left to Adrien Broner during the WBA welterweight title boxing match Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Las Vegas. APMANILA, Philippines—Manny Pacquiao again connects early in the round with Adrien Broner still using that jab to create distance.Pacquiao’s jab manages to shorten the distance as he pins Broner to the ropes only for the American to go for a clinch stopping the champion’s offense.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ROUND 2: Pacquiao still the aggressor, Broner connects with a couple Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

Anna Regina Fire Station hosts community outreach

first_imgScores of persons living in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) were on Friday exposed to information about fire and prevention methods, as the Anna Regina Fire Station hosted a community outreach in the vicinity of the market.Participants visiting the booths at the community outreachThe outreach offered valuable information about fire prevention and public safety. During the exercise, officers distributed pamphlets and brochures to the public.Three food hampers were distributed and an interfaith service held in commemoration of the Week.According to head of the Fire Station, Clive Mc Donald, the activity was observed under the theme, “Fire safety: a collective responsibility for the preservation of life and property”.Mc Donald informed that the Week is observed due to the World Worst conflagration which occurred in the United States on 9 October, 1871. During that fire, 250 persons died, 17,430 buildings destroyed and 100,000 persons were homeless.He also noted that Fire Prevention was observed for one day in the past but was changed to one week in 1922 by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).Other activities planned include visits to Secondary Schools throughout the Essequibo Coast and an inter-faith community interaction with residents. The fire station will be opened to visits from schools and the general public during the week.last_img read more

Police, Marketers Clash

first_imgStreet vendors at Red Light who became defiant early yesterday clashed with the Liberia National Police (LNP) riot squad, backed by the Paynesville City Police (PCP) in an attempt to remove (vendors) them from the newly paved street.The vendors at Red Light have continued to defy all actions by police officers to keep them off the main thoroughfare.It all started early yesterday when dozens of LNP and PCP officers stormed the area and started breaking down makeshift market stalls constructed close to the main road.The officers demolished the market stalls and drove away street vendors. They promised to continue the exercise in the next one month to give way to pedestrians and moving vehicles.The exercise began at the police depot in the heart of Red Light and extended to the famous Ma Kebbeh Gas Station, opposite the National Transit Authority (NTA) parking station.While LNP officers were destroying the market stalls, verbal skirmishes were observed between police officers and the sellers.Drivers who were earlier happy for the police action to provide space for their vehicles to move, were themselves affected as some their vehicles that were in violation of traffic rules got arrested and towed to the SKD parking point.A cross-section of folks that often carry on business transactions in the market expressed delight for the police actions to remove “ruthless and lawless street vendors.”They expressed the hope that actions instituted against street vendors who are ‘stubborn and defiant’ will be contained and not allowed to resurface.“In recent months,” one police officer remarked, “lawlessness and disorderly conduct at Red Light have become common.”One driver, Roland B. Farkollie welcomed the police action, which he described as timely.Private vehicle owner Morgan Philips noted that the action to break down market stalls on the street was best thing that police could do about the perennial situation. Pedestrian Mary B. Kortee expressed thanks to the LNP and the PCP for breaking down market stalls that continue to create hindrance to the free-flow of traffic.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fired Enmore sugar workers feel betrayed by GAWU’s leadership

first_imgGAWU severance civil suit…accuse Union of not representing their best interest …call for new leadership The decision by the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) to mount a legal challenge against the Guyana Sugar Corporation’s (GuySuCo) 50 per cent severance payment to several categories of sugar workers is not sitting well with several former employees, who feel their union is improperly representing their causes. As such, the disgruntled workers are of the view that new leadership is needed as they feel they are being neglected.Rampersaud PrashadGuyana Times met with several former workers who were attached to the East Demerara (Enmore) Estate on Friday. They related that the Union acted “too rash” when it opted to pursue court action. They believe GAWU should have waited at least six months to see if Government would pay the balance. According to the workers, GAWU is now acting when the Union should have taken a firm position from the inception of talks about closing the sugar estates.Ravi PersaudFormer Enmore Field Secretary, Rampersaud Prashad, told this publication that since workers got severance, GAWU has held only one meeting with them. He accused the Union of not looking into their interests.“This decision which was made here was a one-man decision by Komal Chand. It’s time for him to go and rest, he’s too old; give Seepaul Narine a chance. We worried about this action in court. GAWU doesn’t have resources like before – where will they find the money to pay lawyers,” Prashad expressed on Friday.“This matter might get delayed and if you send this to the High Court, then you gone Appeal Court and no decision not come out, you have to go to the Caribbean Court (of Justice) so it will be long and drawn out,” the former worker and past Union representative noted.GAWU President Komal ChandLegal documents of GAWU’s civil suit released on Wednesday showed 4283 workers were attached to the Skeldon, Rose Hall and the East Demerara Sugar Estates; these workers are calling for their full severance payments. Earlier this year, sugar workers whose severance packages were $500,000 or less were paid in full under a supplementary budgetary provision of $1.931 billion in an effort to provide severance packages to the fired workers. However, workers earning more than that specified amount were paid half of their severance and do date, Government still owes workers the money which is at the centre of the civil suit.In response, former employees said on Friday that they fear their money would be stalled for several months or even years once the court calls up the case for hearing. Lusignan, East Coast Demerara resident and former estate employee, “Muslin” said he was displeased with receiving half-severance pay. He said his last few years of service saw fewer payments than previous times and observed that his calculation was unfair. The man, who assists in looking after his grandchildren, says GAWU was wrong to pursue the court action.“GAWU should [have] never carry Government to court but Government said in six months, abbe would get the next set of money. No sugar worker didn’t know anything. Komal [Chand] supposed to be fired for this what he do; he never say he would take the matter to court; that’s wrong what he do,” the 53-year-old grandfather of three observed.He expressed much distress over not getting work due to his age. He added that he feels neglected by both Government and his union.Another former worker, Ravi Singh, who received all of his termination benefits added that with Government’s move to capitalise on the oil and gas sector, ex-sugar workers should be given some priority to work in the new industry as they were displaced.Noting he is facing challenges sending his four children to school, he too chimed in saying the Union should have waited before taking the matter to court, adding that the action was a bad decision. When questioned about union leadership, he echoed the call for a new GAWU leader.“I think it’s time for him to step down and given somebody else a chance but frankly speaking, I think [the court case] is politics. Everything has a process and you should wait your turn. Look what happened at Wales, that’s a perfect example because when you taking somebody to court, you have to wait until its finished and God knows when that will finish,” Singh pointed out.Former employee “Prescott” also told this publication that he is not doing as well as he had anticipated. Another worker said GAWU is now waking up from its slumber.“They now waking up. GAWU shoulda take a strong stance from the beginning. This what they now doing gon put the severance in limbo,” the former sugar worker stated.In the legal documents, it was outlined that the dismissed workers were to receive their redundancy allowance/severance payment no later than December 29, 2017, which was in keeping with the letter of Section 21 of the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act (TESPA). The legal team is led by Attorney Anil Nandlall.The attorneys are seeking an order from the court to direct the Respondents – GuySuCo and the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) – their officers, servants and agents, to “pay forthwith to the said four thousand, two hundred and eighty employees of GuySuCo and members of the Applicant, all severance or redundancy payments or allowances due, owing and payable under the provisions of TESPA. They are also seeking costs. The matter comes up for hearing on July 20, at 13:45h, before Justice Fidella Corbin-Lincoln at the High Court. Apart from Nandlall, Manoj Narayan, Sasha S Mahadeo-Narayan, Rajendra Jaigobin and Anuradha Deodasingh are all representing the applicants in this case.The issue of 50 per cent severance came in a presidential address to the National Assembly read by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo at the January 10, 2018, sitting of the National Assembly. The coalition Government closed all, but the Albion, Blairmont and Uitvlugt estates which were not in keeping with a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the industry that recommended no closures. However, Government has long held out that the “reorganising” of the sugar industry was necessary since billions of taxpayers’ dollars have been expended to aid the ailing sector.last_img read more

UPDATE – Budnick spotted in Wonowon Friday

first_img– Advertisement -UPDATE – After tips from the public, the RCMP were able to arrest Sean Budnick.  For more information, click here. The woman was confined and beaten in a Fort St. John residence for several hours on Feb. 4, then was taken in the car on the Alaska Highway towards Charlie Lake.As the car began to turn onto the 271 Road, witnesses say the woman jumped out of the car and the driver tried to back up over her.Police say they do not know whether Budnick is in Fort St. John or if he has left the area.Anyone with information about Budnick’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Fort St. John RCMP detachment at 250-787-8140 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.Advertisement The Fort St. John RCMP need your help to identifying a vehicle that may have assisted Sean Budnick in leaving the Wonowon area.The RCMP received information early Friday morning indicating that Budnick was in the Wonowon area at approximately 7a.m. Members immediately attended and learned Budnick had departed the area prior to the arrival of the RCMP.Police need your help to identify a vehicle that may have assisted Budnick in leaving the Wonowon area. The vehicle appears to be a light coloured GMC or Chevrolet SUV. Police wish to speak with the driver of the vehicle, who they believe may have information that could advance the investigation. The 42 year-old is charged with a total of five offences, including attempted murder and forcible confinement after an incident involving his ex-girlfriend.  Earlier this week the RCMP issued a Canada wide warrant for his arrest.Advertisement Photo:  A new photo, on the right, was released of Budnick taken February 11, 2011 Photo:  RCMP want to talk to the driver of this vehicle which was in Wonowon Friday morning – RCMP release.last_img read more

France and Arsenal great Vieira takes over as Nice coach

first_img0Shares0000French former France, Inter Milan and Arsenal star Patrick Vieira gave his first press conference as Nice manager on Monday © AFP / YANN COATSALIOUNICE, France, Jun 11 – After more than 20 years away, former Arsenal and France star Patrick Vieira, is returning to Ligue 1 to take the reins at Nice where he was unveiled as manager on Monday.“I’m very happy to return to France, which I left at the age of 19 or 20,” Vieira told a press conference. “Returning to Ligue 1 was honestly always an objective, but I wanted to do so in the best circumstances and I think that’s the case.” Vieira, 41, arrives after a stint at MLS outfit New York City FC. He has signed a three-year contract and replaces Lucien Favre who is moving to Borussia Dortmund.Nice released a statement describing the 1998 World Cup winner as a “monument of French football”, whose dynamism and charisma had made him the obvious choice.Vieira said he had several conversations with the club’s sporting director Julien Fournier and the president Jean-Pierre Rivere“I was seduced by the project but above all by the men carrying it out,” Vieira said. “When I look at the squad, I was very eager, it’s very encouraging. I think there’s everything here that it takes to succeed.”The former midfield dynamo started his playing career at Cannes but left in 1995 for a brief spell AC Milan before becoming the rock on which Arsenal built a decade of glory, starring for the Gunners from 1996-2005.After winning three Premier League titles and three FA Cups with Arsenal, he joined Juventus for a season as the club topped Serie A but were stripped of the title and then had four years with Inter Milan each of which ended with a Serie A crown.“My career as a player no longer counts, it’s part of my past,” Vieira said. “I know the sacrifices necessary to progress and I hope, of course, to help the young players express their talent and that I can guide them.”– ‘Win their trust’ –Vieira played 107 times for France and was part of the squads that won the World Cup and Euro 2000.“As for my honours with clubs or with Les Bleus, that will give me the confidence of the players for three months,” he said. “After that I need to win their trust and be clear what I want from them.”Vieira retired as a player in 2011 and moved into coaching taking charge of the under-19 and under-21 Manchester City teams before coaching New York, which shares its owner with City.He leaves New York second in the MLS Eastern Conference after Friday’s draw with Atlanta.“I’ve come to know myself and my personality over the last three, four years on the coach’s bench,” Vieira said. “I’ve learned from all of my former coaches.”In a statement announcing the hiring, the Riveira club had said they were “looking for a coach with the ability to continue to play flowing football, bring on young players and take the risk of having them evolve while bringing a winning spirit to the table. That coach is Patrick Vieira.”Vieira, a powerful, battling midfielder with a deft touch on the ball, expressed a similar vision.“I want a team that pushes forward creatively, in which the players express their qualities,” Vieira said. “Nice has set the bar pretty high in recent years in terms of beautiful football.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more