Showing posts with label England. Show all posts
Showing posts with label England. Show all posts

Thursday, 16 November 2017

10 things that have happened since Arsenal last won the league

The words that define Arsenal at this point of time are “mentally very jaded” and, if Arsène Wenger chose them with reference to his players , the truth is that phrase is applicable at Arsenal Football Club with a significantly broader brush. The dictionary definition of jaded feels piercingly critical: dulled or satiated by overindulgence; worn out or wearied; dissipated. The Gunners have not lifted a piece of silverware since their triumph in the competition back in 2005 and are desperate not to see their run extend to a decade.

Here are 10 things which have happened since Wenger and his players last won a trophy.

1.  The Global recession

The Lehmann brothers were famously jailed for the crime in what will probably go down as one of the biggest lies of the century. Back in 2009, Wenger being an expert in finance and economics did not hold back from having his say.

"It looks like football has not been hit by a recession but that is only due to exceptional circumstances, I still think that we will have to become more reasonable in the game, even if you have exceptional circumstances like Real Madrid and Man City.” Well, it really didn’t turn out that way and clubs are still breaking transfer records to this day. Arsenal are not one of those clubs!

2.  Breaking Bad aired and completed

There are very few people who wouldn’t recognize this brilliant work of art by Vince Gilligan. The series got rave reviews and was followed by several around the world. At one point, the show was rated as the highest ever in IMDB.

The actor who played Walter White,  Bryan Cranston won an Emmy award for his depiction of the protagonist. The show lasted for 5 seasons and ran from 2008 to 2013. This was the period Arsenal were supposedly in debt and were paying off their Stadium loans. Two things remained constant in these 6 years. Jesse kept saying B**** and Arsenal finished 4th.

3.  Juventus were relegated, regained promotion and won Serie A

Juventus have actually won Serie A 5 times since they regained promotion to the top tier of Italian football. The Calciopoli was a big scandal that took place in 2006.

Several big name Italian clubs were caught for match fixing and using biased referees during games.  Of the clubs that were involved Juventus were hit the hardest. Having won the title that year they were instantly condemned to Serie B and stripped of their title.But the club bounced back the very next season. It took them some time to recapture the league but once they achieved it they haven’t let go, and will probably continue to do so with the kind of team they are building.

4. Same-sex marriage made legal

The world made a huge step towards progress and humanity when the United States declared that same-sex marriages will be legal. It was a big step in human rights and it was celebrated with great fervor and panache.

All around the world, the occasion was celebrated and since then other countries have followed suit. Of Course, India still haven’t made that stride forward as of yet but everything takes time and the country will eventually get there. But unfortunately, while the world have moved forward, Arsenal have remained stationary. They might have managed to finish in the Champions League places but that’s not enough for a club of their stature.

5. MS Dhoni made his debut in Tests and retired from Tests

MS Dhoni is an icon and considered a hero by many Indian cricket fans. The man has achieved a lot in his time as captain of India and is still one of the country’s best batsman at the age of 35. Dhoni made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in 2005.

He became captain of the Test team in 2008 against Australia taking over from Anil Kumble. Under his leadership, India achieved new heights and climbed to the top of the ICC test rankings, something that had not been done before. Dhoni's captaincy and leadership are things the Gunners have lacked ever since the captain that won them the Premier League in 2004 moved on. Indeed, Patrick Vieira was one of a kind and a great of the Premier League and Arsenal could really do with someone of his personality.

6. Barack Obama was elected President of USA twice.

Barack Obama created American history by becoming the first ever black president. He took over during a period when the country was in recession and several citizens were either homeless or without a job.

His first term was very successful and his good work earned him a second term of presidency. The most notable achievement of the President was ridding the world of Osama Bin Laden. Obama’s second term had not been too successful but any leader would know that sacrifice is a part of the job.
Now he is coming to the end of his term and a new president will be elected next year. Hopefully, Donald Trump won’t be the one that eventually takes over.

7. Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi finally went off the air

So in case you’re wondering when the show ended it has been 8 years since it went off the air. This was no doubt one of the most iconic shows in Indian television, and also one of the most frustrating at times.

The show aired 1833 episodes in it’s eight years. It garnered a massive fan following and earned the highest TRP in the country in it’s last year of airing. The show has spawned a new set of aspiring directors trying to recreate it’s success. The show has also lead to several jokes and memes about Indian drama series because of it's longevity and intensity of dramatized scenes.

8. Twitter came into existence

Facebook might have been the breakthrough that elevated the popularity of social media but twitter has no doubt done it’s part. It gives us the ability to follow celebrities and learn what they are doing each and every day.

It’s also a great way to express your thoughts in a condensed fashion and one-liners have become aplenty since the platform has a word limit on a tweet. It is a unique tool that several organizations have taken advantage off. Arsenal are one of the most followed football clubs on twitter but unfortunately their digital media success has not been replicated on the pitch.

9. Paul Scholes won the Premier League retired, came back and won it again

Paul Scholes is one of the finest midfielders to have ever graced the Premier League. His skill and passing ability was almost unmatched, and he received praise from every corner of the footballing world.

Even Xavi Hernandez who is considered one of the greatest midfielders of all time paid homage to the Manchester United man. Scholes won everything with the Red Devils and retired in 2011. But with Sir Alex short of midfield options he asked the legend to come back for one last hurrah. He obliged and helped the club win one more title before he finally decided to hang up his boots.

10. The iPhone was invented

Apple have done something, not many in the history of technology have done before. They have managed to create their own niche market and differentiate themselves from every other technology maker. The company is regarded as the most innovative of the current generation and have taken great strides in the field of computers and smartphones. Steve Jobs’ last great invention before his passing was the iPhone

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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Switzerland 0-2 England: Danny Welbeck grabs stylish double to ease pressure on Roy Hodgson in first Euro 2016 qualifier

    Raheem Sterling provided the assist and the Arsenal striker finished with aplomb
    Welbeck then added a second deep into injury time to wrap up the points
    Roy Hodgson's side off to winning start in Euro 2016 qualifying campaign
    Fabian Delph made his full England debut but was booked in the first half
    Joe Hart was forced into a smart save from Haris Seferovic
    Wayne Rooney had his curing effort palmed away by Yann Sommer
    Phil Jones denied before the break when Sommer saved his header
    Jack Wilshere fired across goal and inches wide seconds after the break
    Seferovic sent a volley goalwards but Hart tipped the ball over
    Gary Cahill made a goalline clearance to deny Josip Drmic
    James Milner came off the bench to win his 50th cap for England

And that’s more like it. Roy Hodgson got the win, the performance, and the breathing space he will need, if England are to put the trauma of the World Cup behind them at last.

After a week that threatened to turn drama into crisis, England finally delivered in what many believe will be the toughest match of their European Championship qualifying campaign.

Given the generosity of UEFA’s process, if it wasn’t a statement of the utmost complacency, it would be possible to suggest that with Danny Welbeck’s two goals, England can already start checking out training camps in France.
His second, deep into the five minutes of injury time, was more conventional. By now, Switzerland were wide open pressing for an equaliser and Sterling found substitute Rickie Lambert in an unlikely heap of space down the middle. He unselfishly played in Welbeck with only goalkeeper Yann Sommer to beat and Arsene Wenger’s new signing finished like an Arsenal striker to the manor born: one of the good ones, obviously.

Not that it was ever easy for England. It is never going to be until Hodgson can forge a back four as confidence-inspiring as that of — whisper it — the golden generation. Still, Joe Hart was outstanding, on the night as commanding as any predecessor, while the highest compliment that can be paid to Gary Cahill is that he made an intervention to prevent a certain goal that put one in mind of another Chelsea defender, who no longer wishes to be considered on nights like these.

Yes, there are flaws. Jack Wilshere was diligent, unselfish and dynamic going forward, playing as the bottom point of a midfield diamond — but he is not a natural in the holding position and an elite European team would have exploited that. Leighton Baines is yet to convince at left-back and Phil Jones continues to give the impression there is not a plate intact in his house, yet Hodgson would no doubt counter that this is a young, inexperienced team and finding its way after an unpleasant reverse in Brazil.

Source DailyMail

Danny Welbeck scored just before the hour mark to put England in front
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Thursday, 3 July 2014

Exclusive: U.S., UK officials prepare inspection order for all F-35s

A F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is seen at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Maryland January 20, 2012.
U.S. and British military officials are working on a joint directive to require mandatory inspections of engines on all Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets, after an Air Force F-35A caught fire at a Florida air base last week, said sources familiar with the situation. That incident was the latest to hit the Pentagon's costliest weapons program, the $398.6 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and came as the plane was preparing for its international debut at two air shows in Britain. The incident involved the third stage of the F135 engine built by Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp, for all three models of the new warplane, the sources said. "The engine ripped through the top of the plane," one said. Details are still being finalized, but the inspections could take about 90 minutes, according to one of the sources, who was not authorized to speak publicly. The incident will prevent a planned F-35 "fly by" at the July 4 naming ceremony of Britain's new aircraft carrier. It has stalled the departure of the planes that were to participate in the UK shows, but the U.S. Marine Corps said it was still planning to send four jets across the Atlantic. "We are on track to participate in the air shows," said Marine Corps Captain Richard Ulsh. The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) kicks off on July 11 followed by the Farnborough International Air Show starting on July 14. Four Marine Corps F-35 B-model jets remain in southern Maryland waiting to leave for Britain. A fifth jet, owned by Britain, is still in Florida. Strict UK liability laws mean British authorities need additional information before granting flight clearances. If something went wrong, the individual officer who approved the flight could be sued personally, the sources said. Pratt & Whitney declined comment on any finding of the ongoing investigation into the fire at the Florida air base. Company spokesman Matthew Bates said the company was participating in the investigation. One of the sources said the engine involved - and about six feet of debris found on the runway around the jet - were shipped to Pratt's West Palm Beach facility on Tuesday for a more detailed inspection. Early indications pointed to a possible quality problem with one part of the engine, but that finding must still be further corroborated, said one of the sources.
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Saturday, 31 May 2014

British tourist missing in Malaysian jungle

Kuala Lumpur, May 31 (AFP) Malaysian police today were looking for a British man who went missing when hiking in the jungle on a popular resort island four days ago.

Gareth Huntley, 34, did not return Tuesday from a waterfall trek on the island of Tioman off Malaysia's east coast.

A group of 10 policemen were combing the jungle today to look for the tourist, said district police chief Johari Jahaya.

"We are still searching for him.
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Monday, 26 May 2014

Mark Lawrenson on England: So far, so good for Roy Hodgson's men ahead of the World Cup

Source Mirror
Pulling in the same direction: England are in good shape, says Lawro

 Larwo weighs on England's World Cup preperations - and with Suarez struggling, Gerrard in the spotlight and no cliques in the camp, he likes what he sees Pulling in the same direction: England are in good shape, says Lawro Whisper it quietly, but everything is falling into place nicely for England ahead of the World Cup. Luis Suarez’s knee operation may not prevent him from going to the tournament with Uruguay, but there is a world of difference between being injury-free and match-fit – as Fernando Torres found out four years ago in South Africa. And I was pleased to see Steven Gerrard joining the pundits’ union at the Champions League final – a positive sign that England psychiatrist Steve Peters is making his presence felt in a positive way. Why should the England captain hide himself away for a month before the World Cup? It’s a sign that Roy Hodgson has cultivated a sensible, relaxed atmosphere within the camp where Fabio Capello managed to run a five-star boot camp in 2010. There is no hint of any cliques, no battle for supremacy between players who believe one is more deserving of the captaincy than the other, no sniping about the manager’s tactics. Hey, but there’s always Friday night’s friendly send-off against Peru for something to go wrong...

VALE DO LOBO, ALGARVE, PORTUGAL - MAY 21: Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerard (r) relax during a training session at the England pre-World Cup Training Camp at the Vale Do Lobo Resort on May 21, 2014 in Vale Do Lobo, Algarve, Portugal. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Cautious England put faith in Rooney and youth

England's Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the World Cup Group H qualification soccer match between England and Poland at Wembley stadium in London. (AP Photo) -
After chastening experiences at the last two World Cups, England go to the finals in Brazil with a new wave of youth supporting Wayne Rooney.

But there is much more caution around this squad than for the 'Golden Generation' that went to the 2006 World Cup in Germany and lost on penalties to Portugal in the last eight.

Four years later, things had regressed further as a side coached by Fabio Capello struggled through a straightforward group before crashing 4-1 to Germany in the last 16.

England's 1966 World Cup success frames the country's perception of its place in the global pecking order, and Football Association chairman Greg Dyke had to backtrack after suggesting last September that the team stood no chance of winning in Brazil.

Manager Roy Hodgson, who succeeded Capello shortly before Euro 2012 - where England reached the quarter-finals - has been obliged to toe a line between pragmatism and cheery optimism.

"We won't fear anybody and in the same way we will respect everybody. The players will be desperate to do well," he said.

"We all know the result everybody wants and that's to repeat 1966. We all know that's not going to be easy, but it's great to be there trying to do it."

Hodgson has named a 23 man squad, with seven players on standby if any of those named are injured prior to the June 2 deadline, with veterans Rooney, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard included.

But it is also marked by the arrival of teenagers Luke Shaw and Raheem Sterling and 20-year-old Ross Barkley.

Only six players have previous World Cup experience. Out have gone the likes of Ashley Cole and Rio Ferdinand, rocks of the defence over the past decade.

England qualified as the unbeaten winners of UEFA qualifying Group H, but they were given a reality check in November when losses to Chile and Germany at Wembley saw them register back-to-back home defeats for the first time in 36 years.

December's World Cup draw only served to further dampen expectations. England were paired with Italy and Uruguay, both of whom are currently above them in the Fifa rankings, and Costa Rica, prompting 'Group of Death' headlines in British tabloids.

Hodgson has been eager to improve England's control of possession - a historic weakness - but pace in forward areas remains their key asset.

They were dominated in possession terms by both Chile and Germany, while Hodgson suggested after a 0-0 draw in Ukraine last September that England would abandon attempts to play out from the back against teams who press high up the pitch.

England's most recent friendly, a 1-0 win over Denmark in March, saw Hodgson attempt to harness the momentum generated by Liverpool's impressive domestic form.

His starting XI contained no fewer than five Liverpool players, although the positional fluidity characteristic of Brendan Rodgers's side was not apparent.

Hodgson can nonetheless draw solace from the fact that his two key players, Gerrard and Rooney, are in top form.

A prolific campaign with Liverpool has seen Daniel Sturridge emerge as the clear choice to partner Rooney, while goalkeeper Joe Hart has overcome a mid-season wobble that momentarily cost him his place in the Manchester City team.

In defence, Phil Jagielka and Gary Cahill have established themselves as Hodgson's first-choice centre-back pairing.

In midfield Arsenal's Jack Wilshere has recovered from the hairline foot fracture he suffered against Denmark, while the emergence of young midfielders such as Adam Lallana, Barkley and Sterling has softened the absence through injury of Theo Walcott.
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