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Didier Drogba to make Galatasaray home debut in front of loudest fans in world

Better bring your earplugs, Didier! Gala fans named loudest in world as Drogba prepares to make home debut against Schalke

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12:59 GMT, 18 February 2013

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UPDATED:

13:48 GMT, 18 February 2013

Didier Drogba can expect a thunderous reception when he makes his home debut for Galatasaray on Wednesday after the Turkish fans were named the loudest in the world.

Drogba, who scored five minutes into his first appearance for the club on Friday, is expected to feature in the Champions League last-16 clash against Schalke.

And the striker can expect the full backing of the home crowd at the Turk Telekon Arena who recorded a sound level of 131 decibels at a recent derby match – louder than standing 50m away from a military jet taking off.

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Main man: Didier Drogba celebrates scoring on his debut and will hope to do the same in front of his home fans

Main man: Didier Drogba celebrates scoring on his debut and will hope to do the same in front of his home fans

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Meanwhile, Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua will take their battle against Drogba's move to Galatasaray to football's governing body FIFA this week.

The Ivory Coast striker left the club in acrimonious circumstances last month, with Shanghai saying he had breached his contract.

'We now have evidence which we believe will give Shenhua a 99 per cent chance of winning a lawsuit at FIFA,' a lawyer acting for the club told the Sina web portal.

The anonymous source from 'Shenhua's legal team' said papers would be submitted to the sport's governing body on Wednesday.

The report said Shenhua will provide evidence that Drogba breached his contract and that Galatasaray had violated FIFA rules by luring a player away from his current club.

Star man: Drogba left Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua to join Galatasaray

Star man: Drogba left Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua to join Galatasaray

Chinese media previously reported Drogba had asked FIFA to nullify his contract after the club defaulted on payments following a shareholder dispute dating back to September. The striker signed an 18-month, 9million deal with the Istanbul side.

Drogba — a Champions League winner with Chelsea last season — had signed a two-and-a-half year deal with Shanghai in June last year on a reported salary of $200,000-a-week.

Drogba's exit from Shanghai followed that of former Chelsea team-mate Nicolas Anelka, who joined Italian giants Juventus on loan.

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Footballer John Terry spotted browsing the shelves at a London spy shop

Feeling paranoid, JT Chelsea skipper browses surveillance gear at spy shopDefender visits specialist surveillance shop Spymaster in London
Products include night goggles, bulletproof jackets and secret cameras

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13:13 GMT, 7 November 2012

Security is likely to be pretty tight at the sprawling mansion that is home to multi-millionaire footballer John Terry and his family.

But it seems the Chelsea defender is taking extra precautions these days, as he was spotted browsing the covert cameras and bugging devices on offer in a London spy shop.

Gadgets on sale at the Spymaster range from night-vision goggles and bullet-proof leather jackets, to a tiny video camera concealed in a box of tissues.

Paranoid Footballer John Terry browsing the gadgets at Spymaster in London

Paranoid Footballer John Terry browsing the gadgets at the Spymaster shop in London

Terry, 31, was said to have asked staff for a demonstration of some of the products on sale during his visit to the shop.

On its website Spymaster is described as the city's best-equipped spy shop 'providing for all your surveillance, counter-surveillance, personal protection and related security needs'.

It says Spymaster offers a 'discreet and confidential service'.

Alongside the document scanners and spy phones, the store also stocks Luminox watches, which are worn by military groups including the U.S. Airforce and the Navy SEALS.

Should he have been in the mood to indulge his inner James Bond further, Terry could have also picked up a handheld bug detector or a document scanner.

Coca Cola can with camera

Spy pen

Gadgets: Spymaster sells cameras and recording devices concealed within everyday items

'Discreet and confidential': Spymaster stocks covert cameras, bulletproof jackets and bugging devices

'Discreet and confidential': Spymaster stocks covert cameras, bulletproof jackets and bugging devices

Day job: The footballer in action for Chelsea against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Ukraine last month

Day job: The footballer in action for Chelsea against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Ukraine last month

Amy Williams" and Josh Lewsey an item

Golden girl Amy's new love is rugby World Cup hero Lewsey

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21:12 GMT, 7 July 2012

Secret's out: Williams and Lewsey were seen in public

Secret's out: Williams and Lewsey
were seen in public

Olympic golden girl Amy Williams has fallen in love with England Rugby World Cup star Josh Lewsey.

The couple were seen in public for the first time at a champagne reception at the RAC Club in Pall Mall after keeping their romance under wraps for the past year.

Williams, 29, who won a gold medal in
the skeleton bob at the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010, announced
her retirement from her perilous sport two months ago.

Lewsey, who starred for England when
they defeated Australia in Sydney to win the 2003 World Cup, was
divorced last year from his wife Vanessa, whose brother, Major Russell
Lewis, was awarded the Military Cross for bravery in Afghanistan.

Lewsey, 35, who played for England 55
times, lives in London where he is a trader at investment group Citi,
while Williams has a home in Bath, where she grew up.

Williams had been reluctant to make
her relationship with Lewsey public to respect his wishes. She only
referred to her new partner as a 'mystery man'.

But their secret was revealed when
Lewsey accompanied his girlfriend to a motor racing function in central
London 10 days ago, where Williams took the stage at the RAC Club to
share the spotlight with British Formula One stars Jenson Button and
Lewis Hamilton.

New love: Josh Lewsey

New love: Josh Lewsey

Lewsey kissed Amy after she had acquitted herself with style in a mock racing car under the tuition of Button.

Neither Lewsey nor Williams wished to
comment but a friend said: 'Amy wants to take things slowly until Josh
feels ready but the fact he was with her showed a willingness on his
part to be with her for the first time at a public event.'

The two sports stars met at Bath University's gym.

Euro 2012: Ian Ladyman"s diary: Russians protected by guards in hotel

Ian Ladyman's Euro diary: Red army protects Russians in Warsaw hotel

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21:30 GMT, 13 June 2012

The Russian team staying in Warsaw’s Radisson Blu hotel were protected by armed guards with full military gear on each floor after Tuesday’s draw with Poland. On Wednesday, UEFA condemned violence between fans of the two teams that marred the occasion.

Gun show: Heavily armed Polish police

Gun show: Heavily armed Polish police

Room with a view

The BBC may have kept their TV presenters back in Salford to save cash but good to see Radio 5 Live’s Nicky Campbell and George Riley keeping it real above Kiev’s iconic Independence Square this week. The view from their studio in the Kozatskiy Hotel is truly stunning.

Language Barrier

Meanwhile, Lviv’s mayor Andriy Sadovyi has demanded his city’s fan zone broadcasts matches in Ukrainian, saying it was ‘unacceptable’ for commentary to be in Russian. Many people in the country still primarily speak Russian, a throwback to the Soviet Union days.

Fan zone: Supporters will be pleased with this offering

Fan zone: Supporters will be pleased with this offering

In the zone

England fans travelling to lovely Kiev without tickets for Friday’s game need not worry. The fan zone runs for half a mile along Khreschatyk Street and — holding 100,000 people — is the biggest I’ve seen. I don’t know what happens if you need the loo, though.

Nice to see you

Few players have been missed more at Euro 2012 than France left back Eric Abidal, recovering after a liver transplant two months ago. But the French Football Federation have invited him to next week’s Group D game against Sweden as guest of honour. Nice touch.

Guest: Eric Abidal has been invited to the tournament

Guest: Eric Abidal has been invited to the tournament

Thumbs up for

My travelling partner out here, The Times’ rakish Manchester man James Ducker. On occasion it has been a bit like having a wife in tow. The difference being that he hasn’t shouted at me yet and doesn’t mind paying for dinner occasionally.

Arsenal flop Park targeted by Belgian outfit Anderlecht

Arsenal flop Park targeted by Belgian side Anderlecht

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22:28 GMT, 16 March 2012

Anderlecht want Arsenal striker Park Chu-young, who was demoted to the reserves after scoring one goal in six appearances.

Arsenal are expected to listen to offers for the striker in the summer with Fulham and Monaco also interested.

Out of favour: Arsenal striker Park

Out of favour: Arsenal striker Park

Park has had his compulsory military service in South Korea delayed for 10 years.

The South Korea's Military Manpower Administration said on Friday that Park's 10-year residency visa from Monaco means he can put off his service until 2022.

In loan deals, West Ham have signed Portsmouth keeper Stephen Henderson,.

Wigan defender Rob Kiernan has joined Accrington and Leicester's Franck Moussa has signed for Chesterfield.

Arsenal striker Park Chu-Young has military service delayed for ten years

Park life! Chu-Young allowed to delay military service for 10-years

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10:14 GMT, 16 March 2012

Arsenal striker Park Chu-Young has had his compulsory military service in South Korea delayed for 10 years.

The South Korea's Military Manpower Administration said on Friday that Park's 10-year residency visa from Monaco means he can put off his service until 2022.

Out of service: Park Chu-Young will not have to do military service in South Korea for ten years

Out of service: Park Chu-Young will not have to do military service in South Korea for ten years

The 26-year-old was expected to begin his service either this year or next year. All able-bodied South Korean men are required to serve two to three years in the military.

Super Bowl 2012: New York Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes eyes New England Patriots scalp

Tynes sizes up second Super Bowl ring as Giants kicker eyes Patriots scalp once more

New York Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes took delivery of a personalised Scotland shirt this week, but is hoping to be sized up for another Super Bowl winners ring.

The Scottish-born kicker is aiming for his second Super Bowl title with the Giants, having been part of the team that stunned the New England Patriots in Arizona four years ago.

Can he kick it: Tynes practises before Super Bowl XLVI

Can he kick it: Tynes practises before Super Bowl XLVI

They will face the Patriots in a re-match in Indianapolis, finding themselves once again the underdogs, but the pressure is off for a man who has already achieved more than he ever dreamed of growing up.

'I really am trying to (enjoy it) because the last time, I told my wife, the last one was a blur,' the Greenock-born Tynes said.

'Let's really enjoy this one. I am 33 now and hope to play a lot longer, you never know when you are going to get back here. I am taking in everything. I have taken a lot more pictures since I have been here and kind of got the feel for the street last night.

'I walked around and felt the pulse of the city. It is exciting. Last time I didn't really get to do any of that.'

Tynes, who moved to the States aged 11 when military service took his father to Florida, was a late bloomer in American football, having initially been put off by the violence of the sport until he discovered he could be a specialist kicker and remain largely out of the fray.

Put your shirt on it: Tynes poses with his personalised Scotland kit

Put your shirt on it: Tynes poses with his personalised Scotland kit

He said: 'I didn't like this game
that I am playing on Sunday (at first) because it was tackling and
physical, and finally my senior year at school I realised I could kick a
ball and they had a position that required kicking a ball, and that was
something I was pretty good at it and here I am. It has been pretty
fun.'

Tynes is one of
only three Britons to have a Super Bowl ring, with Giants team-mate Osi
Umenyiora also on the list along with former Patriots back-up kicker
Scott McCready, although the latter never actually played in the
showpiece game.

Magic moment: Tynes sends the Giants into their second Super Bowl in five years with a 31-yard field goal against the 49ers

Magic moment: Tynes sends the Giants into their second Super Bowl in five years with a 31-yard field goal against the 49ers

Lawrence Tynes sizes up second Super Bowl ring as New York Giants kicker eyes New England Patriots scalp again

Tynes sizes up second Super Bowl ring as Giants kicker eyes Patriots scalp once more

New York Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes took delivery of a personalised Scotland shirt this week, but is hoping to be sized up for another Super Bowl winners ring.

The Scottish-born kicker is aiming for his second Super Bowl title with the Giants, having been part of the team that stunned the New England Patriots in Arizona four years ago.

Can he kick it: Tynes practises before Super Bowl XLVI

Can he kick it: Tynes practises before Super Bowl XLVI

They will face the Patriots in a re-match in Indianapolis, finding themselves once again the underdogs, but the pressure is off for a man who has already achieved more than he ever dreamed of growing up.

'I really am trying to (enjoy it) because the last time, I told my wife, the last one was a blur,' the Greenock-born Tynes said.

'Let's really enjoy this one. I am 33 now and hope to play a lot longer, you never know when you are going to get back here. I am taking in everything. I have taken a lot more pictures since I have been here and kind of got the feel for the street last night.

'I walked around and felt the pulse of the city. It is exciting. Last time I didn't really get to do any of that.'

Tynes, who moved to the States aged 11 when military service took his father to Florida, was a late bloomer in American football, having initially been put off by the violence of the sport until he discovered he could be a specialist kicker and remain largely out of the fray.

Put your shirt on it: Tynes poses with his personalised Scotland kit

Put your shirt on it: Tynes poses with his personalised Scotland kit

He said: 'I didn't like this game
that I am playing on Sunday (at first) because it was tackling and
physical, and finally my senior year at school I realised I could kick a
ball and they had a position that required kicking a ball, and that was
something I was pretty good at it and here I am. It has been pretty
fun.'

Tynes is one of
only three Britons to have a Super Bowl ring, with Giants team-mate Osi
Umenyiora also on the list along with former Patriots back-up kicker
Scott McCready, although the latter never actually played in the
showpiece game.

Magic moment: Tynes sends the Giants into their second Super Bowl in five years with a 31-yard field goal against the 49ers

Magic moment: Tynes sends the Giants into their second Super Bowl in five years with a 31-yard field goal against the 49ers

Manchester City try to free Israeli midfielder Nir Biton from national service

Manchester City try to free talented Israeli midfielder from national service


Addition: Roberto Mancini wants to add the Israeli to his squad

Addition: Roberto Mancini wants to add the Israeli to his squad

Roberto Mancini is ready to bolster his depleted Manchester City midfield by hauling a 20-year old Israeli prospect out of national service.

Nir Biton, who currently combines military duties with his full-time career at FC Ashdod, created such a favourable impression during a week-long trial with City that his agent is about to begin talks to secure his release from a mandatory stint with the Israel Defence Forces.

The 6ft 4in midfielder, considered the next Yaya Toure, for his size and box-to-box dynamism, has returned to Israel but is expected back at City soon, provided delicate discussions with the military authorities can be successfully completed.

‘Nir is only due to finish his IDF service later this year, but we are ready to begin negotiations about that,’ said agent Dudu Dahan. ‘We will speak with the IDF, so that Nir will be able to leave for Manchester in the next two weeks. This is a great opportunity for him.’

Biton is one of Israel’s emerging prospects, after forcing his way into the national team and scoring six goals in 57 appearances for Ashdod.

After taking part in practice games alongside senior players like Mario Balotelli during his week at their Carrington training base, he is eager to strengthen an injury-hit City squad that has been further weakened by Toure’s involvement in the African Cup of Nations.

After touching down at Ben-Gurion Airport, near the Israeli city of Lod, on Wednesday, Biton said: ‘Spending a week with the City players and staff was an experience of the highest possible level.

Missing: Yaya Toure is one of a number of missing players at Man City

Missing: Yaya Toure is one of a number of missing players at Man City

‘City are a world-class club, and they hosted me perfectly. They made me feel like a part of Manchester City. From day one, I focused on trying to impress the coaching staff. I was a little excited at the start, but I think it went well overall. It really was an amazing experience.’

Marseille and Rennes are also believed to have expressed an interest in Biton, but City are expected to wrap up a low-cost deal for him, possibly on loan to begin with.

‘We did not go to Carrington for a holiday,’ stressed Dahan. ‘We took this trial very seriously, and I think Nir did his job the best way possible.

'In his final training session, I spoke to the coaching staff, and they told me they were interested in him. We are now very positive about the future.

‘I don’t want to give too many details away, but I am very happy we received this news. Other clubs are interested in him right now. They are very respectable clubs in Europe, but our preference is City, in light of the amazing treatment he was given and the way he blended in with some of the best players in the world.’

London 2012: Military will not lose annual leave – Philip Hammond

London 2012 military will not lose annual leave, insists defence secretary

Military personnel returning from Afghanistan will not lose their leave in order to protect the London 2012 Games, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has pledged.

The Ministry of Defence confirmed last week that 13,500 military personnel, more than the 10,000 that were deployed to Afghanistan, will be part of the 23,700 security force for the Games.

Service: 13,500 military personnel will be part of the 23,700 security force for the Games

Service: 13,500 military personnel will be part of the 23,700 security force for the Games

Answering questions in the Commons, Mr Hammond said: “Some of those returning from Afghanistan may at some point be involved in Olympic duties, but no-one will lose their post-operational leave.

Neil Wilson

“Post-operational leave has to be scheduled anyway, and it will be scheduled around the requirements of the Olympic task.”

The deployment across all military services includes 3,500, rising to a peak of 7,500, who will provide venue security.

Around 5,000 servicemen and women will support the police and other civil authorities, providing specialist capabilities such as bomb disposal and dog teams.

Another 1,000 will provide logistical support. There will also be a 1,000-strong unarmed contingency force for deployment in the event of an “Olympics-related civil emergency”.

The overall 23,700-strong security force will include a mix of military, private security guards and at least 3,000 unpaid London 2012 volunteers who will be used at the start of the security process.