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Jose Mourinho watches Galatasaray before Real Madrid game

Mourinho spies on Galatasaray as Madrid's European opponents put on show

By
Lee Bryan

PUBLISHED:

16:30 GMT, 17 March 2013

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UPDATED:

06:00 GMT, 18 March 2013

Jose Mourinho hopped on a plane just hours after his Real Madrid side thrashed Mallorca to check out his side's Champions League quarter-final opponents Galatasaray.

Mourinho, who is looking to win the competition for the third time with his third different club, made the dash to to see the Turkish giants take on Kayserispor.

And he will have been impressed with what he saw as the visitors ran out 3-1 winners thanks to a brace from Champions League top scorer Burak Yilmaz and a strike from Wesley Sneijder.

Real Madrid's coach Jose Mourinho holds a bunch of flowers

Real Madrid's coach Jose Mourinho holds a bunch of flowers

Welcome gift: Jose Mourinho arrives in Turkey before watching Galatasaray beat Kayserispor

Jamie Oliver to do Manchester City match food

City unveil latest recipe for success… getting Jamie Oliver to do the cooking!

By
Paul Collins

PUBLISHED:

15:53 GMT, 10 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:16 GMT, 10 January 2013


What a turkey: TV chef Jamie Oliver

What a turkey: TV chef Jamie Oliver

Manchester City have been linked with every star player around the world but a celebrity chef has become their latest big-name signing.

TV chef Jamie Oliver has signed a five-year deal with the club to provide matchday food for supporters at the Etihad Stadium.

The 37-year-old, whose 30-minute meals are known to take about 90 minutes to prepare, will provide food for all public concession stands, as well as the hospitality areas and the City Square fan zone.

The deal will begin for the start of next season — so it’s good old pies, pasties and pints until then.

Tom Glick, chief commercial and operating officer, told the Manchester Evening News: 'It is our ambition to create a world-class customer experience for everybody who visits the Etihad Stadium. We are looking forward to working with these two leading brands as we continue to develop our stadium to achieve this aim.'

Nigel Harris, managing director of Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feasts added: 'Fabulous Feasts has proven over the last couple of years that we can deliver world class food on a grand scale.

'Our passion for providing tasty food to the public is second to none and so we’re enormously excited to be working with Manchester City to offer what we believe will be the best stadium catering in the Premier League.

'We’ve been in discussions with the club for many months and we now have a dedicated team in place to ensure that the hospitality at the Etihad Stadium is truly something special.'

Tucking in: City fans' options are about to soar at the Etihad Stadium

Tucking in: City fans' options are about to soar at the Etihad Stadium

Hungry for more City are defending their Premier League crown this season

Hungry for more City are defending their Premier League crown this season

Meanwhile, Gareth Barry is determined to ensure that Arsenal are shocked by more than just Mario Balotelli’s new hairstyle this weekend as Manchester City aim for a first league win at the Gunners since 1975.

'I wasn’t aware it had been so long,' the England midfielder told. 'Football is like that sometimes but 37 years is extraordinary. Records like that are rare but are there to be broken.

'We have to go to the Emirates, play as well as we know we are capable of and see if we can put an end to our poor run of league results on their ground.'

Tony Book was in charge when City secured a 3-2 triumph at Highbury in 1975. They did win a League Cup quarter-final at the Emirates last season but have not actually scored a league goal at Arsenal since DaMarcus Beasley’s effort in the 3-1 defeat in 2007.

Bogey team: City have not won at Arsenal since 1975

Bogey team: City have not won at Arsenal since 1975

Arsenal impressed at the Etihad Stadium earlier this season when they were unfortunate to find themselves held to a 1-1 draw.

'They surprised me just how good they were that day,' said Barry.
'They will be disappointed they’ve not played as well as that more often this season.

'We know there is a need for us to keep winning games because seven points (to leaders Manchester United) is not a small gap and we can’t allow that to increase.

'But sometimes the pressure can actually flip around to the team in front and the one chasing can go into games more relaxed.

'We’re not going to let it overly worry us at this point.'

Jamie Oliver

Alfred N"Diaye joins Sunderland

Sunderland complete first signing of window as N'Diaye joins for 3m from Bursaspor

By
Adam Shergold

PUBLISHED:

15:29 GMT, 9 January 2013

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UPDATED:

15:37 GMT, 9 January 2013

Sunderland have completed the signing of midfielder Alfred N'Diaye from Turkish side Bursaspor for 3m.

As revealed by Sportmail earlier this week, the 22-year-old has today signed a three-and-a-half year deal at the Stadium of Light after completing a medical and agreeing personal terms.

He is Martin O'Neill's first signing of the January transfer window.

New face: Alfred N'Diaye has joined Sunderland for 3m from Turkish side Bursaspor

New face: Alfred N'Diaye has joined Sunderland for 3m from Turkish side Bursaspor

N'Diaye started his career with Nancy
four years ago and moved to Turkey at the start of last season after
more than 60 appearances in the French top division.

O’Neill,
who is desperate for midfield cover for injured captain Lee Cattermole,
launched a bid for the ball-winning midfielder at the opening of the
transfer window.

Powerhouse: N'Diaye (left) passed a medical on Wearside today and could make his debut against West Ham this weekend

Powerhouse: N'Diaye (left) passed a medical on Wearside today and could make his debut against West Ham this weekend

He told his club's website: 'Alfred is a strong, powerful young player and as such can offer us more strength in depth.

'He will give us options and I'm delighted that we have been able to bring him to the club.'

N'Diaye could go straight into the squad for Saturday's home game with West Ham if he receives international clearance in time.

Manchester United showing interest in Fernando Muslera

United showing interest in Muslera (to replace De Gea)

By
Simon Jones

PUBLISHED:

22:34 GMT, 7 January 2013

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UPDATED:

22:34 GMT, 7 January 2013

Manchester United are showing interest in Galatasaray goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.

Reports in Turkey claim a 14million offer has been made but it is understood no bid has gone in yet.

Sportsmail revealed last month that United want Stoke City’s Asmir Begovic while Liverpool’s Pepe Reina had also been discussed.

Target: Muslera could be Old Trafford bound

Target: Muslera could be Old Trafford bound

Muslera, 26, is a Uruguay international. He impressed during his side’s 1-0 win over United in the Champions League group stage.

United’s David de Gea could yet be sold to Real Madrid in the summer.

Football club Christmas parties from the past

From tinsel and turkey to fancy dress… the changing face of football's Xmas parties (and, yes, it used to be a bit more civilised…)

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12:50 GMT, 6 December 2012

It's that time of the year again – frosty mornings, Christmas carols on the radio, glitter and tinsel around the house and High Street shopping hell as you try and find a gift Auntie Gertrude and Uncle Bob might actually like.

And despite it being one of the busiest periods in the football calendar, the players always seem to find time for a Christmas bash – cue photos of superstars looking embarrassed in ridiculous fancy dress or a little worse for wear after stumbling out a nightspot at 3am.

Just this week, we've had West Ham's Andy Carroll accused of assaulting a photographer on the club's festive jaunt to Dublin and Harry Redknapp cancelling QPR's planned party because they just don't deserve it.

Sir Alex Ferguson always reserves the right to ban Manchester United's festivities at the eleventh hour, while Andre Villas-Boas is the anti-Scrooge – he said Tottenham's players should have two or even three nights out this December.

We've certainly come a long way since the players sat round the table for turkey and sprouts with the club directors, as our stroll down a snow-flecked memory lane shows.


Not-so-lively affair: The Tottenham Hotspur Christmas dinner in 1960

Not-so-lively affair: No flaming sambucas or dance-offs at the Tottenham Hotspur Christmas dinner in 1960, just a chat about the club's fortunes with the chairman and board of directors over turkey and two servings of sprouts. The picture at the top is of the 1921 Cup winning side and maybe it inspired the team – they won it in 1961

Bite! Dave Dunmore of West Ham FC bites turkey drumstick held by team mate John Bond in 1960

Plenty of bite! Dave Dunmore of West Ham United tears off a piece of turkey leg kindly stuffed into his mouth by teammate John Bond at their Christmas bash in 1960

Right old knees up: Tottenham Hotspur footballers throw their annual Christmas party at the canteen at White Hart Lane

Right old knees up: The Tottenham vintage of 1962 sing and dance along to Knees Up Mother Brown in what appears to be the back room of a pub, but is actually the White Hart Lane canteen. Pictured are (left to right): Tony Marchi (with fake moustache), Terry Dyson, John Hollowbread, Jimmy Greaves, Dave McKay, John White, Freddie Brown and either a WAG or the canteen's dinner lady

Another mince pie Jimmy Greaves (left) with Tony Marchi (centre) and Terry Dyson (right) enjoy Christmas fayre at the Tottenham Hotspurs annual Christmas party

Greavesy the saint: In a sight that would make a modern club dietician wince, Jimmy Greaves offers a tray laden with mince pies and Christmas pudding to Tony Marchi (centre) and Terry Dyson (right) at the 1962 bash. It had been a good year for Spurs as they retained the FA Cup with a 3-1 win over Burnley

Crystal Palace Football Club christmas party at the Savoy Hotel.

Whole new ball game: The 1966 Crystal Palace team partake in some after dinner entertainment at the Savoy Hotel, as manager Bert Head watches on (bottom left)

Bobby Charlton, former England and Manchester United Footballer, with wife Norma and daughters Suzanne and Andrea, preparing for Christmas

Family Christmas: In the days when photographers and journalists were invited into players' homes, Manchester United and England star Bobby Charlton is pictured with wife Norma asking daughters Suzanne and Andrea what they would like for Christmas 1968. It had been a great year for Charlton, as United won the European Cup

Fulham FC players, playing instruments at their Christmas party.

A team in tune: Fulham's players grab their instruments and take to the stage for an impromptu performance at their 1968 party. Performing Live, it's Les Barrett on clarinet, John Dempsey on drums, Johnny Haynes on the maracas and Johnny /12/06/article-2243862-165C2632000005DC-821_964x775.jpg” width=”964″ height=”775″ alt=”Right at home: George Best, dressed in a Santa outfit, posing with five lovelies at a 1969 film premiere ” class=”blkBorder” />

Santa baby: George Best couldn't look more relaxed as he poses with five lovelies in Santa outfits at a 1969 charity film premiere. Awkwardly, the girl behind him was his former girlfriend Eva Haraldsted, who had been chosen to play the part of 'Mummy Christmas' at the event

Manchester City player Mike Summerbee and Beauty Queen Jenny McAdam entertain children at a Christmas party at Manchester's Odeon cinema

What I want for Christmas… Manchester City legend Mike Summerbee and Beauty Queen Jenny McAdam entertain three young children at a 1969 Christmas party at the Odeon Cinema in Manchester

John Bond, manager of Manchester City FC, with John Benson (assistant manager) and John Sainty (coach) posing with cooked turkey and wearing paper party hats, 1980

What a beautiful bird! It's Christmas 1980 and Manchester City's coaching staff have been hard at work in the kitchen rustling up a turkey dinner for the players. Manager John Bond grasps the tray through a tea towel, while assistant John Benson (left) and coach John Sainty (right) prepare to carve

Ho ho ho! Kenny Dalglish at a children's party with his children Paul and Kelly in 1980

Ho ho ho! Liverpool's Kenny Dalglish and his children meet Father Christmas in 1980 – Kelly can't wait to rip into her present, but Paul doesn't look so sure

Hello Sailor! Sampdoria's Christmas card from 1994

Hello sailor! This very non-festive, but still hilarious, scene was on the front of Sampdoria's club Christmas card in 1994. If you look very closely at the back row, you can pick out future England manager Sven Goran Eriksson and next to him, David Platt

Leather messiah: Ian Wright arrives at Arsenal's 1997 Christmas party

Hat's my boy: David Beckham leaves the 2001 Manchester United Christmas party

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On the march: Manchester United players taking a stroll around the city centre on their Christmas night out in 2002 after leaving Mulligans Irish Pub. (Left to right) Luke Chadwick (who looks a bit worse for wear), Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, John O'Shea, David May, Rio Ferdinand and Wes Brown

Good form: Lee Bowyer dressed as a jockey at the club's 2007 Christmas party

West Ham midfielder Nolberto Solano, dressed as a cricket player, attends the football club's Christmas party at the Kingly Club in central London.

Good form: The West Ham party in 2007 had a sports theme and delivered some cracking costumes, including Lee Bowyer in his jockey silks and Peruvian Nolberto Solano wondering why on earth he came as a cricketer… or indeed, what cricket actually is

You shall go to the ball! Frank Lampard in a fetching outfit arriving at Chelsea's fancy dress Christmas party in 2007

You shall go to the ball! Frank Lampard is some fetching attire as he arrives at Chelsea's Christmas fancy dress party at Stamford Bridge in December 2007

You shall go to the ball! Frank Lampard in a fetching outfit arriving at Chelsea's fancy dress Christmas party in 2007

Captain, Leader, Superhero John Terry in his Mr Incredible costume driving to the Chelsea party in 2007

A few too many... Tottenham's Giovani Dos Santos needs some assistance as he leaves the Taman Gang Club in Marble Arch

A few too many, Gio Tottenham's Giovani Dos Santos is dragged into a taxi by bouncers after throwing up outside Taman Gang Club in Marble Arch on the club's 2008 do

Spotty and dotty: Manchester City's players outside the Piccolino restaurant on their Christmas night out in 2010

Spotty and dotty: Manchester City's players outside the Piccolino restaurant on their Christmas night out in 2010

Manchester City players go out in London in fancy dress last year

Man City madness: The players hit London town in fancy dress last year

Costume capers: The Manchester City squad went even further when they hit the town in London last year, wearing a variety of fancy dress outfits

Manchester City players go out in London in fancy dress last year

Manchester City players go out in London in fancy dress last year

Peter Schmeichel says Galatasary clash could be

Schmeichel: Galatasaray clash could give United players same career boost it gave us

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UPDATED:

20:54 GMT, 19 November 2012

Peter Schmeichel believes Tuesday night’s Champions League encounter with Galatasaray could turn out to be just as significant a staging post in the careers of some Manchester United players as that infamous ‘Welcome to Hell’ game 19 years ago.

Schmeichel has been carrying out an ambassadorial role for United in Istanbul, attending the launch of a new partnership with Denizbank, their 11th sponsorship deal of the current financial year.

The numbers who later turned out to see the former Denmark keeper make an appearance elsewhere in the city underline the passion for football in Turkey, which was so evident in 1993.

Test of nerve: Danny Welbeck is among the squad who may be given a rough time in Turkey

Test of nerve: Danny Welbeck is among the squad who may be given a rough time in Turkey

Instead of Ryan Giggs and Roy Keane, it will be the likes of Nick Powell and Danny Welbeck having their eyes opened by the sheer fanaticism of the home supporters.

And, as on that previous visit, Schmeichel feels it is an essential part of their education.

'Those games in 1993 were the foundation for what we managed to do in the Champions League later on,' said Schmeichel.

'It was a point we could go back to. You could look at that and say this is what we did wrong and we never want to do that again.

'The manager didn’t have to tell us anything. It was something we had been through and we could deal with it of our own accord.'

And for Schmeichel, proof the lessons had been learned came three years later, when United headed back to Turkey to face Fenerbahce and, as a group, secured their first away win in the elite competition.

'It took us years to get into playing the right way in Europe,' he said.

'We had been hit so many times on the counter attack and were wondering how do we get from that point to the next. Between the Galatasaray game and the Fenerbahce one we went through some kind of education.

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Forged by fire: Peter Schmeichel (right) was part of the team that learned from the match

New boys: Alexander Buttner (left), with Robin van Persie have not been selected for the trip

New boys: Alexander Buttner (left), with Robin van Persie have not been selected for the trip

UNITED SQUAD

Sam Johnstone, Anders Lindegaard; Rafael, Alexander Buttner, Phil Jones, Tom Thorpe, Marnick Vermijl, Scott Wootton; Michael Carrick, Davide Petrucci, Larnell Cole, Tom Cleverley, Darren Fletcher, Anderson, Nick Powell, Ashley Young, Ryan Tunnicliffe; Javier Hernandez, Joshua King, Danny Welbeck, Federico Macheda.

Though the atmosphere at Galatasaray’s new Turk Telecom Arena is not quite as intimidating as the one whipped up at the old Ali Sami Yen Stadium, it is still likely to be pretty ferocious.

What United would hope not to be contending with are baton wielding police at the final whistle, one of whom gave Bryan Robson a vicious whack amid chaotic scenes following Eric Cantona’s dismissal.

'It is boring and insulting to call it hostile,' said Schmeichel.

'It was different but at no point was I fearful for my life or my safety – apart from the police at the end of the game.

'Normally you just have an atmosphere. But these guys were singing when we arrived on the team coach two hours before kick-off. They were singing when we came out to inspect the pitch and they were singing when I came out alone to do my warm-up. They were still singing at the final whistle. It went on for hours and hours.

Welcome to hell: United are greeted with hostile banners back in 1993

Welcome to hell: United are greeted with hostile banners back in 1993

'When you look back it was just brilliant. It is the kind of atmosphere you would like to play in every time you play.'

The night was scarred by a goalless draw that condemned United to an unexpected elimination, which probably did not help Cantona’s mood.

'The referee was partly guilty because he could have managed the game better,' said Schmeichel.

'He should have calmed things down. But he didn’t. That is why the atmosphere got to the point it did.

'We were okay with it. We didn’t start anything. We had lost and just wanted to get out of there.

'Suddenly you had riot police in the tunnel. It was so weird.'

Learning curve: Could Javier Hernandez pick up a thing or two

Learning curve: Could Javier Hernandez pick up a thing or two

Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova WTA Championships final

Revenge is sweet for Serena as Sharapova crumbles in WTA Championships final

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UPDATED:

17:41 GMT, 28 October 2012

Serena Williams continued her good run of form over Maria Sharapova to beat the Russian in straight sets and win the final of the WTA Championships in Istanbul.

Williams has now won 10 of the 12 meetings between two of the biggest names on the women's tour and has now avenged her 2004 defeat to Sharapova in the final of the same tournament by taking a 6-4 6-3 win.

Sealed with a kiss: Serena Williams celebrates her win over Maria Sharapova

Sealed with a kiss: Serena Williams celebrates her win over Maria Sharapova

Serena Williams holds the trophy after winning the final of the WTA Championships

The 31-year-old American also lost in the Wimbledon final showdown with Sharapova in the same year but never looked in trouble as she won inside an hour and a half in Turkey.

The success saw Williams win her third WTA Championships title and was her seventh title of a highly successful 2012.

Stretch: Sharapova had little answer to Williams in the final in Istanbul

Stretch: Sharapova had little answer to Williams in the final in Istanbul

There was better news for Russia in the double's tournament as qualifiers Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova completed a weekend of upsets to beat the second seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka.

FA chairman David Bernstein has met Michel Platini to discuss Euro 2020 final

Bernstein meets Platini to FA put Wembley in frame for Euro 2020 final

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UPDATED:

21:05 GMT, 13 October 2012

Football Association chairman David Bernstein has met Michel Platini to launch the FA’s bid for Wembley to become the Euro 2020 Championship final venue.

The meeting took place at Wembley, with the pair also discussing the radical ‘Finals Week’ idea hatched by UEFA president Platini, where Euro 2020 would be hosted across 12 different countries, with the semi-finals and final played in one city.

Final chance: FA Chairman David Bernstein wants Wembley to host the Euro 2020 final

Final chance: FA Chairman David Bernstein wants Wembley to host the Euro 2020 final

The ambitious concept will be put to delegates in December ahead of a vote.

Turkey had been favourites to host the whole tournament but their bid has been affected by a desire to take the 2020 Olympics to Istanbul.

Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland have formally declared an interest in hosting Euro 2020, while Spain have not yet decided whether to compete for the right to host Finals Week.

An FA spokesman said: ‘We’re not making any comment on this matter at this time.’

Justin Rose beats Lee Westwood in Turkish Airlines World Golf Final

Rose almost 1m richer after one-shot victory over Westwood in Turkey

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UPDATED:

10:05 GMT, 12 October 2012

Justin Rose beat Ryder Cup team-mate Lee Westwood for the second time in three days to win the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final and the 935,000 prize.

Rose had got the better of Westwood in the group stages at Antalya Golf Club before beating 14-time major winner Tiger Woods in the semi-finals.

Westwood had shot a 64 in his final group game and then a stunning round of 61 a few hours later in his semi-final win over former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, but was unable to reproduce such devastating scoring and had to settle for 'just' 1million US Dollars (623,000) as runner-up.

Turkey shoot: Rose claimed the top prize after beating Westwood in Antalya

Turkey shoot: Rose claimed the top prize after beating Westwood in Antalya

Turkish Airlines World Golf Final

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Rose never trailed in the match after
holing from 25ft for birdie on the first, but saw a two-shot lead cut
in half on the 16th when he surprisingly missed from three feet for
birdie after Westwood had holed from three times the distance.

However, Rose responded superbly with
a long-range birdie two on the 17th to give himself some breathing
space on the last, which proved welcome after Westwood made birdie to
complete a 67 and lose by just one shot.

Second best: Westwood missed out on the big prize by a single shot

Second best: Westwood missed out on the big prize by a single shot

Roy Keane ready to snub Turkish club Kasimpas and take charge at Blackburn

Keane ready to snub Turkish club Kasimpas and take over at Blackburn

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UPDATED:

06:21 GMT, 3 October 2012

Roy Keane has delayed taking the hot seat at Turkish club Kasimpasa amid interest in the Blackburn job.

The 41-year-old arrived in Istanbul on Monday for talks over a 1.4million-a-year contract.

On his way: Roy Keane arrives in Turkey for Kasimpassa talks

On his way: Roy Keane arrives in Turkey for Kasimpassa talks

But Keane has yet to put pen to paper as he is interested in succeeding Steve Kean at Ewood Park, reports the Daily Mirror.

Keane, who has had spells in charge
at Sunderland and Ipswich but is now a TV pundit, fits the profile of
the big-name manager that Blackburn owners Venky’s are looking for to
win back the fans and secure a return to the Premier League.

But Keane faces competition from former Ewood Park favourites Alan Shearer and Tim Sherwood.

Blackburn’s director of football Shebby Singh said: 'There’s a lot of interest. And we will not be rushed into a decision.'

Roy Keane arrives at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey