Man Utd to Bayern – our guide to Bundesliga club to support based on Prem team

first_imgTHE BUNDESLIGA is primed for it’s second weekend of live action since returning from coronavirus suspension.English fans trying to decide which German team to adopt to satisfy their footy cravings can stop scratching their heads.5 Premier League fans will be cheering on Bundesliga sides this weekendAnd some Premier League supporters should find picking a Bundesliga club quite simple…Here at SunSport we’ve compiled this handy guide on who to follow – and tweet #adoptagerman to get involved on social media!BAYERN MUNICHLeague position: 1st Boss: Hansi FlickWhich Prem club would they be: MAN UTD. Biggest club in Germany and the one everyone else loves to hate.Why you should support them: Bayern have won seven titles in a row and a staggering 29 in total. Very rarely will you go home and kick the cat.BORUSSIA DORTMUNDLeague position: 2nd Boss: Lucien FavreWhich Prem club would they be: LIVERPOOL. Jurgen Klopp was boss, they sing You’ll Never Walk Alone…it’s a match made in heaven.Why you should support them: The Yellow Wall is the eighth wonder of the world. Capable of intimidating opponents and throwing confetti in perfect unison.RB LEIPZIGLeague position: 3rd Boss: Julian NagelsmannWhich Prem club would they be: MAN CITY. Gung-ho and wealthy. But City are liked by other fans, Leipzig are not.Why you should support them: They make Pep Guardiola look conservative. Three at the back, one vaguely defensive midfielder, everyone else bombs forward.5BORUSSIA MONCHENGLADBACHLeague position: 4th Boss: Marco RoseWhich Prem club would they be: ARSENAL. Big club, very successful in the 70s, can’t quite replicate their past glories.Why you should support them: Their sense of humour. When a Scottish pub called them ‘A German Team’ after giving up trying to spell their name, the club changed its Twitter tag to match.BAYER LEVERKUSENLeague position: 5th Boss: Peter BoszWhich Prem club would they be: CHELSEA. Exciting young talent, a regular top-four challenger and a mainstay in Europe.Why you should support them: The original works team. Gone from pharmaceutical XI to Champions League. Their Twitter account (@bayer04_en) is the best in Germany.SCHALKELeague position: 6th Boss: David WagnerWhich Prem club would they be: SPURS. Massive club, state-of-the-art stadium, haven’t won much recently.Why you should support them: Their ground is sponsored by a brewery and boasts a three-mile beer pipeline that pumps Pilsner to more than 100 bars.WOLFSBURGLeague position: 7th Boss: Oliver GlasnerWhich Prem club would they be: WOLVES. Clue is in the name. Both have plenty of bite and a European pedigree.Why you should support them: Backed by Volkswagen, who own the world’s biggest car plant next door, they are reliable, practical and capable of overtaking more illustrious models.5 Bayern are Germany’s biggest and most successful clubCredit: Getty Images – GettyFREIBURGLeague position: 8th Boss: Christian StreichWhich Prem club would they be: BURNLEY. Defying the odds season after season with team spirit and a cult figure as coach.Why you should support them: Their old-school stadium may not look much but the Black Forest background makes it the most picturesque in Germany. Shame they’re moving next season.HOFFENHEIMLeague position: 9th Boss: Alfred SchreuderWhich Prem club would they be: LEICESTER. Ruffled the feathers of the top-four hierarchy, albeit with significant investment.Why you should support them: If you play Football Manager, then they’re right up your street. Take a fifth division village side in 2000 to the Champions League…with the help of a lorry load of cash.COLOGNELeague position: 10th Boss: Markus GisdolWhich Prem club would they be: NEWCASTLE. Iconic stadium, crazy fanbase and a team capable of imploding at any minute.Why you should support them: Their mascot is a live goat called Hennes. Former striker Lukas Podolski loves the city so much he owns a kebab house there.UNION BERLINLeague position: 11th Boss: Urs FischerWhich Prem club would they be: SHEFF UTD. Promoted last May and the surprise package of this season’s Bundesliga.Why you should support them: What with the Cold War and a rivalry with the Stasi-backed BFC Dynamo, they haven’t had it easy. Their current stadium was actually rebuilt by their fans.5 Borussia Dortmund’s Yellow Wall is one of the most iconic stands in EuropeCredit: Getty Images – GettyEINTRACHT FRANKFURTLeague position: 12th Boss: Adi HutterWhich Prem club would they be: EVERTON. Should be higher in the table but always more likely to win a cup than a title.Why you should support them: The president Peter Fischer is almost as passionate as the fans. Once accused of inciting a pyrotechnic show by proclaiming: “The stadium must burn today.”HERTHA BERLINLeague position: 13th Boss: Bruno LabbadiaWhich Prem club would they be: WEST HAM. Big-city team playing in an Olympic Stadium, often accused of under-achieving.Why you should support them: They are never ever boring. Jurgen Klinsmann shocked the club in February by announcing his resignation as manager in a Facebook post.AUGSBURGLeague position: 14th Boss: Heiko HerrlichWhich Prem club would they be: BRIGHTON/WATFORD. Established as a top-flight club but always with one eye over their shoulder.Why you should support them: Despite living in the shadow of Munich, they are still burning brightly in the Bundesliga…partly due to the psychedelic lights that adorn their stadium.5 Schalke are one of Germany’s best-supported clubsCredit: Getty Images – GettyMAINZLeague position: 15th   Boss: Achim BeierlorzerWhich Prem club would they be: CRYSTAL PALACE. Likeable underdogs. The only difference is Mainz’s ground sits in a cornfield, Palace is a little more built up.Why you should support them: The club where Jurgen Klopp played and then cut his impressive teeth as a manager. Klopp won promotion to the top flight and is loved almost as much as their carnival season.FORTUNA DUSSELDORFLeague position: 16th   Boss: Uwe RoslerWhich Prem club would they be: SOUTHAMPTON. Enjoyed their most successful spell in the 70s when they were winning domestic cup competitions.Why you should support them: One of the oldest clubs in Germany and the setting for TV’s Auf Wiedersehen Pet. Also the home of 80s band Kraftwerk, who based their hit The Model on the city’s fashion industry.WERDER BREMENLeague position: 17th  Boss: Florian KohfeldtWhich Prem club would they be: ASTON VILLA. Countless trophies in the past. For a club of their size and stature, they should be nowhere near a relegation battle.Why you should support them: Every goal is greeted with an enthusiastic rendition of The Proclaimers’ 500 miles that puts most wedding parties to shame. The only ground in Germany you can reach by boat.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’PicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidPADERBORNLeague position: 18th Boss: Steffen BaumgartWhich Prem club would they be: NORWICH/BOURNEMOUTH. A combination of the two. The size of Bournemouth coupled with the survival chances of Norwich.Why you should support them: They need all the help they can get. Promoted last year as surprise runners-up and a real yo-yo club. They have been in five different divisions in six years.last_img read more

Mining symposium focuses on creating safer environment for miners

first_imgThe Natural Resources Ministry on Thursday collaborated with the Australian High Commission to facilitate an Australia Alumni Mining Symposium which was held under the theme “Towards a Green Development Strategy, Ensuring Decent Work Environments for Artisanal and Small-scale Miners (ASM).”The two-day symposium, aimed at creating a safer environment for miners through improved safety practices, developing the capacity of miners through training and sharing international practices in the areas of exploration and prospecting, gold recovery, alternative technologies to mercury, improved livelihoods, and environmental management.It is also expected to create solutions and good policies, so as to ensure that those individuals who work in mining activities are operating under decent working conditions.Stakeholders were involved in discussions on the process that is being undertaken to market Guyana’s gold resources, and business considerations when investing in artisanal mining. Additionally, approaches will be explored which can enable miners to apply geological data to locate economically viable deposits, and alternatives that can be used in the place of mercury, which is known to damage the health of miners after exposure for some time.To commence the day’s discussions, the Alumni Coordinator of the University ofAlumni Coordinator of the University of Western Australia, Muza GondweWestern Australia, Muza Gondwe, explained that miners contribute significantly to the local communities, and therefore commented on the needs of these miners to efficiently produce high yields.“This issue (revolves) around exploration and providing ASM miners with the capacity and tools, skills, and knowledge to efficiently find gold; and in doing so, reduce the damage to the environment, improve health and safety, increase recovery, increase profitability, and improve livelihoods,” she said.The remarks of Australian High Commissioner John Pilbeam were read by a representative, who explained that this was an enterprise which had been in the making for many months, and is important to the overall growth of the industry.“Mining seminars are a dime a dozen, but what I wanted to see was a symposium that looked at mining and development (while) zeroing in on the little guy and gal. Small scale miners are the key contributors to Guyana’s economy. They account for almost 70 percent of the gold that the Government buys”, the statement detailed.It was related that there is seldom participation from women at mining camps in Guyana, but that is one of the situations which should be modified.The forum will conclude today.last_img read more

Unregistered drugs a widespread issue – GA-F&DD

first_img…department to take legal action against defaultersThe Government Analyst Food and Drug Department (GA-F&DD) will be moving against those suppliers who would have supplied institutions in the public health care system with unregistered drugs.According to the GA-F&DD Director, Marlon Cole, the department has received complaints from patients who have received unregistered drugs, and those complaints indicate that this is a widespread problem.“We have environmental officers in all the regions who are appointed Food and Drug Inspectors and carry out our mandate on our behalf. We have regional coverage there. We have persons that would go to the Customs Department and refer entries we would have an interest in. So we have some protection at ports,” he explained.Cole further explained that inspections are carried out at storage bonds and places where these drugs are distributed by the department’s own city inspectors. And then, of course, he noted the mechanisms in place for consumers to lodge complaints…for instance, in the case of wrong labelling.“We will be taking legal action against some importers who are knowingly and deliberately releasing and distributing unregistered drugs into the national health care system. We have been receiving complaints about drugs that are not safe and efficacious after they’ve been used, and we are heavily dependent on those reports emanating out of the health care system,” he explained.“In addition, we would be embarking on our pharmaceutical vigilance system in addition to doing some surveys,” Cole explained. “But the problem with unregistered drugs is widespread, and we’re tackling it in the same way we’re dealing with food.”DrugsLast year, the Public Health Ministry introduced a new system for procuring of drugs and medical supplies, with the aim of enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of the drug supply chain in the country.This was accompanied by several changes in the bidding documents, which were intended to create a more level playing field among competitors. Following the massive shortage of drugs in the country, the then Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton, admitted that the change in the procurement system is probably the likely cause for the drug shortages being experienced.Previously, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence had said that, in 2016 and 2017, several firms were awarded contracts to supply pharmaceuticals to the health sector, but failed to deliver.The International Pharmaceutical Agency (IPA) was one of those companies that failed to supply all of the drugs it was expected to deliver, because it was not qualified to import some specialised pharmaceuticals.In January 2016, IPA was awarded two contracts to supply the GPHC with pharmaceuticals and medical supplies. On one of the contracts — for $36.5 million — the company delivered only 80 per cent of the pharmaceuticals, because it was not qualified to supply the remainder.The remaining 20 per cent of drugs consisted of narcotics, including morphine, which required special certification for importation. It is understood that in order for a firm to import narcotics-type pharmaceuticals, it must be registered in order to be granted a licence.But the company was not registered to import those categories of drugs, and was therefore denied a licence by the GA-FDD.It has been argued that pre-qualification (a practice from which Government has moved away) could have prevented a company that is not registered to provide specialised drugs from getting the contract.last_img read more

Students not up to grade

first_imgTo help reach their goal of 90 percent proficiency among incoming freshmen, CSU and state education officials have developed proficiency exams that are given to high school juniors to test their skills in English and math. The so-called Early Assessment Program is still too new to determine whether it is working, Jones said. “We have some preliminary information showing some early signs that there are significant increases in proficiency, but it’s still too early,” Jones said. At Cal State Northridge, one of the largest CSU campuses – with some 34,500 students – the number of incoming freshmen who needed remedial math edged up slightly last fall to 57 percent, while those who needed help with English lingered at nearly 40 percent. “Why the percentage has increased is not really clear,” said Michael Neubauer, director for the Developmental Mathematics Program at CSUN. “We’re trying all kinds of immediate things, such as offering a remediate course in the summer before students start classes,” he said. “We have the capacity to teach as many students as want to take it, but students don’t often come in.” The glut of students stuck at remedial levels is having a direct impact on the work force in California, which is facing shortages in the health care, manufacturing and even building and construction industries. “Without literacy skills coming out of the high school system, you are challenged in a number of ways, including access to higher education,” said Bruce Stenslie, deputy director for the California Workforce Association. Instructors are trying to help students apply math and English skills to specific interests. “What we’re trying to do is find ways to make sure that we’re giving them the bridge to these careers,” Stenslie said. “It’s a lot easier for me to figure out geometry if you show me why I need those figures to build something.” The CSU study also found that students who are unable to achieve proficiency within one year, and who are thus dismissed from the university, are unlikely to go to community colleges to seek additional help. From 2000 to 2003, an estimated 10 percent to 13 percent of students returned to CSUs one year after being ousted. The board is expected to discuss the effectiveness of the dismissal policy at today’s meeting. Meanwhile, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is scheduled to attend a Career Technical Education summit today to discuss how California can attain a competitive global work force. Schwarzenegger has increased funding for technical education by 18 percent and has proposed $52 million for technical education programs. This includes $32 million in new funding to reform technical instruction in high schools and community colleges. (818) 713-3664 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The report is expected to be presented today to the CSU system board of trustees, which has reviewed similar studies since 1996. The trustees had hoped to have just 10 percent of students in remediation by this fall. The study also found that 68 percent of the freshmen who received remedial help when they entered a CSU in 2001 had either graduated or were still enrolled by 2006. That compares with 69 percent of freshmen who entered the university at the same time but didn’t need remedial classes. “That means we’re doing a good job in providing remedial classes to these students,” Jones said. Researchers found that students were more likely to struggle with reading comprehension than with writing or math, Jones said. NORTHRIDGE – Despite efforts at local, state and federal levels to improve achievement, more than one-third of the students who enrolled last fall at California State University campuses needed remedial help in math, while nearly half needed help in English, a study released Monday says. Some 37 percent of students who entered as freshmen in fall 2006 were not proficient in math, while 45 percent fell short in English. The study also found that while the student population grew by 19 percent from 1998 to 2006, the need for remedial classes was up 24 percent during the same period. “What is disappointing is those from the graduating (high school) classes who don’t need remedial classes has leveled off,” said Allison Jones, vice chancellor for academic affairs for the CSU system. “The students are not demonstrating the level of proficiency that we would like.” last_img read more

Some of the largest employers in Ventura County

first_imgNaval Base Ventura County, 311 Main Road, Point Mugu, (805) 982-2193; a United States Navy base employing 14,457 people, including civilians and military personnel. Amgen, at 1 Amgen Center Drive, Thousand Oaks, (805) 447-1000; one of the world’s largest biotechnology companies employing 8,270 people in Thousand Oaks alone. Wellpoint Inc., 1 Wellpoint Way, Thousand Oaks, (805) 557-6655; one of America’s largest health insurers, employing 3,748 in Ventura County. Verizon, 112 Lake View Canyon Road, Westlake Village, (805) 372-6000; telecommunications company employing about 1,900 people in Ventura County. Community Memorial Hospital, 147 N. Brent St., Ventura, (805) 652-5011. The hospital employs 1,700 people. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Jordin Sparks flies to ‘Idol’ victory

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TV’s highest-rated show opened with Sparks and Lewis dueting on the Beatles song, “I Saw You Standing There.” It opens with the line “Well, she was just 17,” a nice fit for the 17-year-old champ. Some poolside chatter centered on judge Simon Cowell, who announced he would be leaving the show in four years once his contract was up after the 10th season. Fellow judges Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson had no comment. The consistently popular “American Idol,” a copy of the British “Pop Idol,” is a ratings and revenue bonanza. Athough its 25 million average weekly viewers declined recently, Fox won its third consecutive season among viewers ages 18-49 when the season ended Wednesday. Wednesday’s extravaganza included guest spots from Motown star Smokey Robinson, “Idol” first-season winner Kelly Clarkson, Gladys Knight, fifth-season winner Taylor Hicks, Tony Bennett, fourth-season winner Carrie Underwood, Bebe and Cece Winans, Bette Midler and hip-hopper Doug E. Fresh. Green Day performed John Lennon’s acerbic “Working Class Hero,” a song whose message of anti-consumerism surely sailed over the heads of most in the audience. And in the most touching segment, four of the five previous “Idols” – third-season winner Fantasia couldn’t make it because she’s appearing on Broadway in “The Color Purple” – did numbers from the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album, released 40 years ago this summer. – Fred Shuster Jordin Sparks, 17, an amateur singer from Arizona, was crowned Wednesday on “American Idol” after the record-breaking TV talent contest came to a finale at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Sparks, who auditioned in Seattle for the sixth season of the show, had no formal music training and now gets a record contract and a place in the showbiz spotlight, joining five previous “Idols.” Sparks, the daughter of former pro-football player Phillipi Sparks, outsang hip-hop-inspired runner-up Blake Lewis in the competition that drew a record 74 million votes. “Mom, Dad, I love you,” Sparks said tearfully after a bear hug from Lewis. last_img read more


first_imgLike most newly-married brides, Carmel Colhoun should today be enjoying all the trappings of a luxurious honeymoon.The Donegal woman should be perhaps relaxing on a sun-lounger beside a pool in the Maldives or dining in a private beach hut in Tahiti.Instead she’ll spend the second day of her newly-married life in the Lower Cusack Stand at Croke Park for today’s All-Ireland football final between her native Donegal and Mayo. That’s because the GAA-mad fan has a canny knack for predicting at least one half of All-Ireland final pairings.So when herself and fiancee David Brindle sat down last year to choose a date for their wedding, Carmel already had her mind made up that a honeymoon was out of the question.“We knew roughly when we wanted to get married but I told David that I sensed Donegal would make it to the final.“I’m a big GAA fan and unless my voice is hoarse or my hands are red from clapping after a game, I feel it has not been worth it. “I told him that we would have to postpone a honeymoon until after late September and he agreed.“I’m just so glad my hunch turned out to be true,” she said.However, up until Thursday last Carmel’s plan was in danger of backfiring spectacularly.It was only then that a friend from Co Kildare came to the couple’s rescue with much-coveted tickets for today’s game.David and Carmel first met in December 2008 and got engaged two years later to the day. They take it in turns every second week driving the 400 mile round trip between Carmel’s home in Castlefinn and David’s home in Tipperary Town.“If I had a penny for the number of times people say to me “it’s a long way to Tipperary”, I’d be a rich woman.“I tell them that if David wasn’t worth it then I wouldn’t be doing it.“All I can say is thank god for free Vodafone to Vodafone calls because we end up chatting for two hours every night,” said Carmel. Being a huge fan and the week that is in it, nothing less than at least a small tip in the direction of the Donegal GAA team would have been expected of Carmel.And she didn’t disappoint.The couple’s colour scheme for their reception at the Radisson SAS Hotel in Letterkenny was green and gold while the guest tables were named after each one of the Donegal team players including Michael Murphy and Karl Lacey.Taking pride of place in the centre of the room was the Anglo Celt Cup which Donegal won for a second year in a row to be crowned Ulster Champions.The couple’s cake also had teddy bears wearing both a Donegal jersey and a Tipperary jersey in honour of David’s homeplace.The couple will settle into married life in the coming weeks but a honeymoon has been arranged.In November they will jet to Australia with the highlight being a trip to see the Melbourne Cup.Coming from Tipperary, David was brought up on a diet of hurling and horses.“We are really looking forward to the honeymoon but there’s the small matter of the All-Ireland final first.“I can’t believe we have the tickets now because I was getting a little bit worried. They are so hard to come by,” said Carmel.All they need now is to see Donegal captain Michael Murphy raise the Sam Maguire cup above his head later this afternoon.Now that would be the perfect start to their married life.BRIDE CANCELLED HONEYMOON BECAUSE SHE KNEW DONEGAL WERE DESTINED FOR FINAL was last modified: September 22nd, 2012 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:cancelledCarmel ColhounDavid Brindleweddinglast_img read more

WATCH: Surgeons stop operation to celebrate Chile’s Confederations Cup win

first_imgSome people think football is a matter of life and death.And surgeons in Chile did little to dampen that theory after halting an operation to celebrate their nation’s Confederations Cup semi-final win over Portugal on penalties.Watching on a big screen, the surgical team found themselves with their eyes fixed on the action rather than their patient on a hospital bed.The team of medics can be seen dancing with glee as their patient appears to be unconscious.Chilean medical services have reacted furiously to the footage and branded the situation as ‘very serious.’last_img read more

Chelsea set to complete free signing of former England No.1

first_img Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland After six years at Upton Park he moved across London to QPR for a further four seasons.He left Loftus Road in 2016 to spend a year a Leeds before heading to Huddersfield 12 months ago. REVEALED Green began his career with Norwich City and made over 200 appearances for the Canaries before the Hammers brought him to the capital in 2006.After impressing in the East End as the club valiantly battled relegation, he was called up to the England squad by Fabio Capello.At the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, he was picked ahead of David James as the first-choice glovesman, but made an absolutely dreadful mistake to allow Clint Dempsey to equalise during the Three Lions’ first group game. LIVING THE DREAM LATEST targets 2 The former West Ham United and Queens Park Rangers shot-stopper was considering hanging up his gloves.According to The Sun, after receiving a call from the Blues, the offer proved too good to run down.Eduardo and Jamal Blackman have headed out on loan so he will purely be used as cover for Thibaut Courtois and Willy Caballero.The 2018 World Cup Golden Glove winner is set to remain as No.1 at Stamford Bridge, despite reports suggesting a move to Real Madrid could be on the cards. Green allows Dempsey’s shot to cross the line in South Africa Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti IN DEMAND The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Green was at Huddersfield Town last season, after spells with Leeds and QPR before Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade RANKED Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Latest Transfer News Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Rob Green is set to sign for Chelsea in a stunning move.The 38-year-old, who spent last season on the bench at Huddersfield Town, is heading back to London to provide cover at Stamford Bridge. targets Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ moving on 2last_img read more

Warriors earn first win of the season, beat Pelicans 134-123

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceClick here if you’re having trouble viewing the slideshow on your mobile device.NEW ORLEANS — Warriors forward Draymond Green faked a dribble handoff at the top of the arc to Stephen Curry, then darted past New Orleans Pelicans center Jahlil Okafor for an open layup. And 11 seconds into their third game, the Warriors had their first lead of the season, and one they would not give up in route to their first win of the …last_img read more