London’s Wembley stadium to host climax of Euro 2020

first_imgBy Martyn HermanUEFA president Michel Platini’s vision of a European Championship spread across the continent came to fruition on Friday as London’s Wembley Stadium was chosen to host the climax of Euro 2020 with 12 other cities joining the party.The 90,000-seater Wembley, rebuilt from 2003 to 2007 and venue of the 2011 and 2013 Champions League finals, will stage both semi-finals and the final of the 60th anniversary tournament dubbed a “Euro for Europe”.It will be the first time in the competition’s history when a tournament will be hosted by more than two countries.Wembley got the nod over Munich’s Allianz Arena, the other stadium initially bidding for semi-finals and final hosting rights. Munich had to make do with being one of 12 cities awarded one of the standard packages, comprising three group matches and a knockout round tie.The home of Bayern Munich will host a quarter-final, along with the Baku Olympic Stadium in Azerbaijan, Rome’s Olympic Stadium and the Zenit Arena in St Petersburg, Russia.Last 16 ties will take place in Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Bucharest, Dublin, Bilbao, Budapest, Brussels and Glasgow.Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium along with bids from Stockholm, Skopje, Jerusalem, Sofia and Minsk were all rejected.The vote for Wembley comes as a welcome tonic for the Football Association after its failed bids to host the 2006 and 2018 World Cup finals but FA chairman Greg Dyke denied any deal had been done with their German counterparts, the DFB.“There is no deal,” Dyke told reporters at the ceremony in Geneva. “Other than we will not bid (to stage) Euro 2024 because it would be a waste of time because we wouldn’t get it.”Dyke, however, hinted that England would support a German bid to host the 2024 tournament.DFB president Wolfgang Niersbach, whose federation are believed to have pulled out from trying to host final and semi-final games with an eye on a 2024 bid, said: “I am very satisfied and happy that we could convince UEFA with our bid and have in 2020, after 32 years, European championship games again in Germany.”England has hosted only one major tournament since the 1966 World Cup, the much-praised Euro 96, the final of which between Germany and the Czech Republic was played at the former Wembley.“It’s nice to win one,” Dyke said. “Wembley is a great stadium and we are delighted to be hosting the finals of this tournament. Wembley has been completely rebuilt since 96 and it’s now a beautiful stadium.“I would also like to say what a good idea this is when you sit and watch all these capital cities across Europe, what a good idea to play a tournament across all those, so congratulations to UEFA.”“This bidding process was open to more than 50 UEFA countries so for Wembley to be ultimately recognised in this way is testament to a lot of hard work behind the scenes,” Dyke added on the FA website.“It will be a great honour to be part of what will surely be a superb celebration of 60 years of the European Championship.”Dublin’s inclusion in the tournament coincides with the Football Association of Ireland’s 100th anniversary.“This one off opportunity to host part of the European finals at our home stadium will provide a major boost for Irish football and the country as a whole,” FAI chief John Delaney said in a statement.There was relief too for Russia, given the current conflict near its border with Ukraine.“I want to congratulate all supporters of Russian Football,” Russian Minister for Sport Vitaly Mutko said.“Of course, there was a chance that because of the current political situation, the powers would refuse to let us host matches at Euro 2020. But we are really happy that the world of sport and politics are kept separate.”The choice of Rome’s Olympic Stadium for a quarter-final match, follows on from Thursday’s UEFA announcement that Milan’s San Siro would be the venue for the 2016 Champions League final.Football Federation president Carlo Tavecchio said it showed the country is making strides after years battling problems with hooliganism and crumbling stadia.“From a sporting perspective our intention is to consolidate the international dimension of Italian football, contribute to the renewal of our stadiums and support the growth of the football movement, in particular at grass roots level,” he said.No French cities will be used although France is hosting the next finals in 2016.last_img read more

Sevilla will report Man United to Uefa amid ticket war

first_imgSevilla will report Manchester United to European football governing body Uefa for not offering their fans enough tickets for the Champions League last 16 second leg at Old Trafford, the Spanish club said in a statement Wednesday.The two clubs have been engaged in a price war over tickets which escalated when Unitedinformed their travelling supporters their first leg tickets to the Spanish match would be subsidised by charging Sevilla fans more for the second leg.Sevilla are charging United fans between £89 and £133 to watch the game at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Feb 21, which the English club considered excessive.In an email to ticket holders for that game, United explained they would be refunding them £35, which is the difference between the £89 ticket price and the £54 price Liverpool supporters were charged by Sevilla during the group stage of the competition.Sevilla responded by saying they would subsidise their own supporters’ tickets to the Old Trafford match and complain to the European football governing body about their fans’ allocation of 2,995, which they say is 4.1 percent of the stadium’s capacity.Champions League rules dictate that home sides make 5 per cent of the seats available to visiting supporters.“Sevilla will subsidise the tickets of the fans who go to Manchester by the same amount the prices rise, so they will not pay more than the €60 established (by United) in the first place,” read Sevilla’s statement.“On top of that we will make Uefa aware that five percent of the stadium is not being made available (to our fans) and the unilateral price rise – after the official request for tickets (from Sevilla) – as well as asking them to verify that Sevilla fans do not pay a penny more than British fans for similar tickets, as per the competition regulations.”A Manchester United spokesman told Reuters: “We are aware of the regulations regarding equal pricing for home and away fans and we will comply.“We welcome Uefa’s willingness to discuss these issues.”last_img read more

Red Bull chief confident of keeping Ricciardo

first_img0Shares0000Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Red Bull Racing prepares to drive in the garage before qualifying for the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on October 21, 2017 in Austin, Texas © GETTY IMAGES/AFP/File / Mark ThompsonAUSTIN, United States, Oct 22 – Red Bull team chief Christian Horner on Saturday made clear that he is determined to retain Australian Daniel Ricciardo alongside Max Verstappen beyond 2018.One day after the team confirmed Verstappen, 20, had signed a new three-year deal to run until 2020, Horner stressed that Red Bull had no intention of giving Ricciardo a supporting role. He also rejected suggestions that Ricciardo would gain from a switch to join Mercedes or Ferrari in a bid to win the world championship.The Australian said on Friday that he was in no hurry to decide his future –- his contract runs to the end of 2018 -– but would relish a chance to race with three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.Horner, however, said he was confident that Ricciardo will stay with Red Bull providing they can build a competitive race-winning car.“Time will tell,” said Horner. “Daniel is very happy within the team. If we can provide a competitive car, then I’ve got every confidence that he will be here in the future.“He would have the same issues with those teams (Ferrari and Mercedes) and I think Red Bull fits well his personality. The way that we operate he sees he has very equal treatment and that he’s not performing a supporting role.“The way we operate here is that we give both drivers absolute opportunity. Within the other teams, he would be performing very much a supporting role.”Horner added: “There’s more than 12 months left on Daniel’s contract so we’ve got a little bit of time, but at the right moment we’ll sit down and talk about the future.“The clear intent is to ensure that we keep Daniel in the car past the end of 2018.“That’s absolutely our goal — to retain both drivers. For me, it’s the best driver line-up that we’ve had, I think it’s probably the best driver line-up on the grid and we’re obviously very keen to retain that.”Ricciardo had fuelled rumours of a possible move earlier on Saturday when he said he had always wanted to race with Hamilton or two-time champion Fernando Alonso.“Alonso’s getting towards the tail of his career so Lewis, at the moment, is more desirable for me to go up against,” he said. “So I would like that.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Van Gaal backs Man United midweek friendlies plan

first_img1 Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal supports the club’s plan to play a series of midweek exhibition matches oversees from the New Year,Red Devils managing director Richard Arnold confirmed earlier this week that United are discussing the possibility of playing glamour friendlies abroad at the start of 2015, to fill the void left by their failure to qualify for European football.The matches, which could take place in the Middle East, would provide Van Gaal’s team with some kind of action during the weeks when their rivals are in Champions League action.And it could, in theory, help the 20-times English champions recover some of the money they have lost by failing to qualify for Europe’s biggest club competition last term.Van Gaal raised concerns about United’s lengthy travelling during their pre-season tour of the United States, but he has no concerns about taking the squad away next year.“I agree with that idea,” the United manager said.“We [Arnold and Van Gaal] have spoken last week with each other and also [executive vice-chairman] Ed Woodward, so I fully agree.“I’m used to playing midweeks but I have said in the first three months of the season we have to wait because it’s difficult enough for the players to adapt and adjust to the new play organisation and style and they shall honour that also but we shall play midweeks.“It’s good because I like to play games against high-level opponents.” Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal last_img read more

Birmingham set to ward off interest by extending manager’s contract

first_img1 Manager Gary Rowett has revealed he is in contract talks with Birmingham to extend his deal.The 41-year-old is currently on a 12-month rolling contract at St Andrew’s but the club are looking to tie him down. QPR and Fulham both wanted Rowett as their new manager after he has taken Blues from the Championship relegation zone to the play-offs in just over a year after joining from Burton.“We have been talking to the club for five or six weeks about potentially solidifying that relationship going forward for me and my staff,” Rowett told the club’s official website.“The club have recognised where we were 12 months ago and we have kind of shown our value.“Two or three weeks ago it was a case of having lost Cotts (David Cotterill) and Clayton (Donaldson). One of my big concerns then was how are we going to kick on now?“What the club have actually done is show me that we’re going to at least try and be competitive moving forward and I think that’s important and I’m thankful for them for trying to do that.“That certainly hasn’t been done because of the speculation.” The 41-year-old is currently on a 12-month rolling contract at St Andrew’s last_img read more

HEARTACHE FOR BUNCRANA SCHOOLBOYS AS THEY LOSE ON PENALTIES IN FINAL

first_imgScoil Mhuire, Buncrana 0 De La Salle, Wicklow 0 (De La Salle won 8-7 on penalties)DE LA Salle, Wicklow secured the Umbro FAIS Junior Boys’ title against Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana in yesterday’s final at Oriel Park but only after a sudden-death penalty shoot-out.The champions enjoyed the bulk of chances but the more they squandered, the more Scoil Mhuire grew in confidence. The Donegal school had a chance to clinch the trophy during sudden death of the penalty shoot-out only for goalkeeper Andy Murphy to block Daniel Doherty’s attempt and Cian Verney converted the decisive spot-kick for De La Salle.SCOIL MHUIRE : Harry Doherty, Batty Barber, Ryan Doherty, Peter Doherty, Bruce Waldron, Ryan Curren, Ryan Varma, Daragh O’Connor, Peter McLaughlin, Mark Timlin, Daniel Doherty.DE LA SALLE : Andrew Murphy, Luke Earls, John Crowe, Bryan Doyle, Karl Earls, Nathan Fagan (Cian Verney 64 mins), Simon Bouchier (Luke Byrne 84 mins), Adam Cox, Mark O’Sullivan, James Kavanagh, Dylan Orr.HEARTACHE FOR BUNCRANA SCHOOLBOYS AS THEY LOSE ON PENALTIES IN FINAL was last modified: March 24th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

Best of Instagram

first_imgNo question, Disney memories last a lifetime. My first memory of Walt Disney World was around age 5 when my parents, who had been very firm about me NEVER talking to strangers tried to get me to go off with Tweedledee and Tweedledum for a picture, who were two of the strangest strangers I had ever seen!What’s your favorite…or not so favorite… Disney memory? Let me know in the comments.Should this post inspire you to give our Instagram page a follow, I’ll leave the link right here: http://www.instagram.com/touringplans. Share This!Looking for a bit of sunshine for your Monday? These pictures are sure to bring a smile to your face.If you’re new to this series, we post highlights from our Instagram page, along with a top comment or photo featuring YOU, our subscriber.Enjoy!February 24, 2019February 25, 2019February 26, 2019March 1, 2019March 2, 2019March 3, 2019Top Follower of the Week!This week, I couldn’t choose–there were two awesome comments I had to share.last_img

Open Data: Standardizing Agreements to Enable Easier Data Sharing and Collaboration

first_imgIn order to address the need, Microsoft has proposed three draft data sharing agreements that could cover different scenarios. Andersen wrote in the blog post that Microsoft is “looking to do for data what open source did for code.” There are an abundant number of open source licenses to choose from to support the public sharing and collaboration of software code. These licenses include Apache, BSD, GNU, MIT, Mozilla and others. That’s not the case though when it comes to public sharing of data. Erich Andersen, Microsoft’s corporate vice president and chief IP counsel, wrote in a blog on LinkedIn that “much of the potential that can be realized through data sharing remains untapped – in part because the tools for collaboration are often immature or non-existent. Organizations that wish to share data often have to confront the reality of having to spend months or even years negotiating and drawing up contracts to govern data sharing arrangements, for example, which can be a time consuming, expensive and laborious process.”center_img Constellation Research Inc. analyst Ray Wang said that “the challenge today is that we have not defined property rights around data and so these agreements are a good first step towards helping organizations work with each other on this data. Over time, benchmarking data will be less important and derived data and data derivatives will be where the value is.”last_img read more

Transport and logistics – as fast as broadband?

first_imgThe emergence of technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT), autonomous cars, and drones will vastly improve the the transport and logistics industry, according to research and advisory firm Lux Research.“IoT is at the stage of a dial-up modem in the evolution of the Net, but as it evolves, intermodal and intelligent technologies will create a hypermodal system that moves not just goods, but supply, demand, and means of production,” said Lux research vice president, Mark Bünger.See Also: Hack a car in Michigan, get a life sentence?A lot of the inefficiencies in the transport and logistics market will be fixed, according to Bünger, through the implementation of smart technologies and analytics, reducing the amount of time, energy, labor, and capital spent on moving products.Lux provides three examples of how emerging technologies could play a big part in improving the transport and logistics industry:Last-mile delivery efficiencyWhen you purchase a product on Amazon, all of the journey it spends in a truck, usually only stopping at depots to change drivers. In the future, Amazon and Google have both shown an interest in using drones for the last-mile delivery to reduce the amount of failures to deliver (customer out, not answering door) and lower human resources costs.It isn’t just Amazon and Google attempting to use drones for delivery, Uber has also launched a courier service where businesses can send products through a third-party, potentially reducing the costs of hiring local drivers and improving delivery speeds.See Also: How Amazon’s drone superhighway would workIn Switzerland and Singapore, postal drone tests are underway. If the tests are successful, it may lead to a rapid change in the postal service and allow customers to receive packages at times suitable for them.The dawn of distributed manufacturingHuge factories that craft hundreds of thousands of products every few hours are a thing of the past, according to Lux, and will be replaced by small, mobile factories that use flexible equipment, such as 3D printers and CNC machines, to craft products quickly.The new pop-up factories will use a wide variety of transportation to get the product to the consumer, with autonomous cars, drones, and futuristic services like the Hyperloop all potential commercial carriers.Smart containers are forefront of logisticsA lot of things can go wrong during the trip from the factory floor to the customer’s house. Smart containers ensure that the company knows the products condition, using the cloud to send timely updates. GE and Maersk are both working on smart containers.For food and drink or medical businesses, installing temperature and refrigeration modules may reduce the amount of spoiled products. IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Tags:#Amazon#drones#featured#Google#Hyperloop#Internet of Things#IoT#logistics#Lux Research#Maersk#self-driving cars#top#transport#Uber Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… Related Posts center_img For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… David Currylast_img read more