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Posted by: Canaryboy - 05-04-2016, 03:10 PM - Forum: Movies, Music and TV - No Replies

Anyone seen this (over 30 years old now)?

One of Arnie's better films

The full movie is on Daily Motion, well worth watching if you have not seen it

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  Chelsea appoint Conte
Posted by: Redblood - 04-04-2016, 03:37 PM - Forum: Premier League - Replies (1)

Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Antonio Conte as First Team Head Coach.

Conte, who is currently the manager of the Italy national side, has signed a three-year contract. He will begin work in London following his country’s participation in this summer’s Euro 2016 tournament.

The 46-year-old said: ‘I am very excited about the prospect of working at Chelsea Football Club. I am proud to be the coach of the national team of my country and only a role as attractive as manager of Chelsea could follow that.

'I am looking forward to meeting everyone at the club and the day-to-day challenge of competing in the Premier League.

'Chelsea and English football are watched wherever you go, the fans are passionate and my ambition is to have more success to follow the victories I enjoyed in Italy.

'I am happy we have made the announcement now so everything is clear and we can end the speculation. I will continue to focus on my job with the Italian national team and will reserve speaking about Chelsea again until after the Euros.’

Conte will be the fifth Italian to manage Chelsea, following on from Gianluca Vialli, Claudio Ranieri, Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Di Matteo. In common with the first three of those names, he was formerly at Juventus, in his case as both a player and a manager.

Having played more than 400 games for the Italian giants, Conte’s three years in charge of the team between 2011 and 2014 yielded three straight Serie A titles - Juventus’s first league championships in eight years and their first three-in-a-row since the early 1930s. They had finished seventh the two seasons prior to Conte.

The Bianconeri also won two Italian Super Cups with him in charge. Andrea Pirlo, Paul Pogba, Carlos Tevez and Arturo Vidal were among his signings during a spell so productive he was named Serie A Coach of the Year in all three seasons there.

Chelsea Director Marina Granovskaia said: ‘We are very pleased to have recruited one of the most highly regarded managers in world football and we are equally pleased to do so before the end of the current season. This aids our future planning.

‘I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Guus Hiddink, who has done a great job since he joined us in December.’

Chelsea Chairman Bruce Buck added: ‘Antonio Conte has a record of consistent success in his career as a manager and as a player. We look forward to welcoming him to Stamford Bridge and are confident he will find all he needs to maintain that high standard of achievement.’

Conte began his managerial career in the Italian lower divisions at Arezzo and Bari, winning promotion to the top flight with the latter, and was briefly employed by Atalanta before he further enhanced his reputation by guiding Siena into Serie A.

That was the cue for Juventus to come calling for their former player, as did the Italy national team three years later when they handed him control of the Azzurri in 2014. He had played 20 times for his country including a semi-final appearance in the 1994 World Cup and a quarter-final of Euro 2000.

Under Conte’s management, Italy qualified for this summer’s Euro 2016 finals undefeated in their 10 games. They will play Belgium, Republic of Ireland and Sweden in the group stage in France.

Conte’s coaching has been characterised by tactical flexibility and he achieved the remarkable feat of an unbeaten league season at Juventus, becoming only the third Serie A team to do so. Impressively, that was in his first season in charge (2011/12) and in 2013/14 the ‘Old Lady’ recorded an all-time Serie A record of 102 points.
In the 2012/13 campaign, Conte’s side played Chelsea in the Champions League group stage, drawing 2-2 at Stamford Bridge and winning 3-0 in Turin. They went on to the quarter-finals where they lost to eventual winners Bayern Munich.

In his three years as manager, Juventus lost only two home league games, contributing greatly to their new stadium being considered such a success.

As a player, Conte was a versatile, energetic box-to-box midfielder. He was a Champions League winner as part of the side Vialli captained to a final win over Ajax in 1996. He played in two other finals of that competition and in a convincing win over Borussia Dortmund in the 1993 UEFA Cup final.

He was also a five-time Serie A winner in his 13 seasons as an integral member of the Juve squad. He played for just two clubs having begun his career with his home-town team Lecce in southern Italy.

We look forward to welcoming our new First Team Head Coach to Stamford Bridge this summer.


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  Phone upgrade
Posted by: Redblood - 01-04-2016, 01:35 PM - Forum: General Chat - Replies (6)

I am eligible for an upgrade tomorrow but I am undecided on what to have. Do I go for the following

Samsung Galaxy 7
iPhone 6/6s

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  San Siro - Milan
Posted by: Redblood - 29-03-2016, 01:46 PM - Forum: Grounds Guide - Replies (2)

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Key facts

Clubs: AC Milan and FC Internazionale | Opening: 1926 | Capacity: 80,018 seats

History and description

The construction of Stadio San Siro was a project of former AC Milan president Piero Pirelli. In the first two decades of the 20th century, Milan had already occupied various grounds and by the early 1920s played at a ground at the Viale Lombardia.

Though a perfectly fine ground, it soon turned out to be too small for the club’s growing number of fans, and therefore architect Stacchini, also responsible for Milan’s central station, was hired to design a complete new stadium.

Stadio San Siro officially opened on the 19th of September 1926 with a friendly between Milan and Inter (3-6). The stadium initially consisted of four separate stands and could hold 35,000 spectators.

San Siro was first owned by AC Milan, but was sold to the city of Milan in 1935, who were soon forced too enlarge the stadium due to the club’s increasing popularity.

Plans were made for a massive stadium for 150,000 spectators, but were in the end significantly scaled down. The redeveloped San Siro opened in 1939, and consisted of one fully enclosed tier.

Until 1945, Milan had been the sole occupant of San Siro, but were then joined by Inter, who had before played at the Arena Civica.

San Siro got further expanded in 1955 when a second tier got built on top of the first one, which resulted in a capacity of about 85,000 places.

In the following decades, San Siro hosted two European Cup finals: the first in 1965 between Inter and Benfica (1-0), and the second in 1970 between Feyenoord and Celtic (2-1).

The stadium had earlier gotten ignored as a playing venue for the 1968 European Championships, but did get selected for Euro 1980. At the same time it got officially renamed Stadio Guiseppe Meazza, in honour of the ex-player of both Inter and Milan.

During the 1980 European championships, San Siro hosted three first round group matches.

Soon after, Italy got awarded the 1990 World Cup, and it became clear that San Siro was in need of a major upgrade. The option of building a new stadium was contemplated, but architects Ragazzi, Hoffer, and Finzi instead chose for an ambitious redevelopment plan.

Works included the construction of a third tier, a roof that would cover all seats, and eleven cylindrical concrete towers around the stadium to support the extra tier and roof structure. The resulting capacity was 85,700 seats.

During the World Cup, San Siro hosted the opening match between Argentina and Cameroon (0-1), three further group matches, a round of 16 match, and the quarter-final between Germany FR and Czechoslovakia (1-0).

The stadium got further refurbished in later years, and capacity reduced slightly due to UEFA safety requirements. In 2001, it hosted the Champions League final between Bayern München and Valencia (1-1).

In early 2012, Inter announced the intention to build a new club-owned stadium, which they hope to move into in 2016. Further details remain sparse though. Milan are likely to stay at San Siro.

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  West Ham to increase capacity
Posted by: Carravetta - 24-03-2016, 05:09 PM - Forum: Premier League - Replies (2)

In conjunction with the London Legacy Development Corporation, Newham Council and Stadium operators LS185, West Ham United are delighted to announce that the former Olympic Stadium will now boast a capacity of 60,000 for Hammers matchdays.
The move will see the release of 6,000 additional seats, so that even more West Ham fans will be able to enjoy the team’s debut season on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The Club announced late last year that the number of people registered on the Season Ticket Priority List five times exceeded the number of seasonal seats available. In the months since, the West Ham Board have been working closely with their stadium partners on how to accommodate the maximum number of Hammers fans.
This new higher capacity will bolster footfall to the site, with West Ham’s presence bringing 1.5 million visitors to the park each year.
With the Club’s transition to Stratford proving an overwhelming success so far, West Ham United Vice-Chairman Karren Brady said she was thrilled that thousands more loyal Hammers fans would have the opportunity to take their place in West Ham history.
“Today’s announcement is further evidence of the upward trajectory of this Club,” the Vice-Chairman said. “We are on course for what could be our most successful Premier League performance ever and our ambitions to finish in the top six and break into Europe are very much within reach.
“West Ham fans are famous the world over for their wonderful support. They have demonstrated this once again at matches this season and in the way that they have embraced the move to the new ground. We are delighted to be able to reward that magnificent support by releasing additional Season Tickets and bring even more visitors to the Park to enjoy all that it has to offer.
“The 2016/17 season looks bright for the team, the Club and our fans. Not only will we have one of the world’s greatest new stadiums, but now it will be one of the very largest in the world’s most-watched league – a Stadium with both the quality and the capacity to match our ambitions.”
David Edmonds, Chairman of E20, added: “It is fantastic to see such a high demand for West Ham United tickets as it shows how eager people are to watch football at the Stadium. By meeting this demand the use of the venue will be maximised, increasing its revenue and the return to the taxpayer. It will also give more people the opportunity to enjoy Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’s beautiful parklands, historic waterways and unrivalled sports facilities.”
Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, said: “The Stadium is an iconic venue and it is fantastic that even more people will be able see football in such a high quality setting. Our investment in the Stadium was all about giving as many Newham residents as possible the chance to see top class sport in the borough. This announcement further supports that commitment.”  
Linda Lennon CBE, Chief Executive LS185, Operators of the Stadium said: “We are delighted to have worked with West Ham United to deliver this extra capacity. 60,000 fans will provide a great atmosphere and it is a superb way to begin the new season in this iconic venue.”  
West Ham fans hoping to secure a Season Ticket for the new Stadium can still join the Priority List. Anyone who does not get a Season Ticket for the 2016/17 Season will be transferred to a waiting list and notified as and when seats become available.


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  UEFA in talks with clubs over 2018 Champions League changes
Posted by: Redblood - 24-03-2016, 04:08 PM - Forum: UEFA Champions League - Replies (1)

UEFA is in talks with clubs to change the format of the Champions League from 2018.

One of the proposals under discussion is an expanded knockout round followed by a group stage made up of eight teams in two groups.

If the proposal were to be adopted there would be more games between the so-called 'big clubs'. Each team in the group stage would be guaranteed a total of 14 matches home and away.

The format would also allow more clubs from Europe's biggest leagues to qualify for the competition. AC Milan, who have won the European Cup seven times, have not played in the Champions League since 2014 and current Premier League champions Chelsea are likely to miss out next season.

A new format is being discussed to head off the threat of a breakaway Super League. Some of Europe's leading clubs, represented by the European Clubs' Association, want a new format to increase revenues and make the competition more exciting.

No changes can be made until the 2018-19 season due to TV and marketing rights to the competition, which are sold in three-year cycles. The 2015-16 season is the first year of a three-year period.

The process for selling the next set of rights will start at the end of this year and any new format would need to be agreed by then.

A UEFA spokesman said: "UEFA is in constant contact with all stakeholders, including the clubs, on all football matters.

"Therefore, any plans to evolve the format of our club competitions would be coordinated and negotiated together with them.

"There are currently no concrete proposals on the table since we are at the beginning of a new cycle of our club competitions."


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  Johan Cruyff has died
Posted by: Redblood - 24-03-2016, 02:20 PM - Forum: General Football - Replies (2)

Dutch legend Johan Cruyff has died after a long battle with lung cancer at the age of 68.

A statement from his family read: "On March 24 2016 Johan Cruyff (68) died peacefully in Barcelona, surrounded by his family after a hard fought battle with cancer.

"It's with great sadness that we ask you to respect the family's privacy during their time of grief."

A three-time winner of the Ballon d'Or, he revealed he had been diagnosed with the illness in October last year.

As a player he won three consecutive European Cups with Ajax and seven Dutch league titles, before moving to Barcelona.

He coached Ajax from 1985 to 1988, and then, just as in his playing career, Cruyff was lured away by Barcelona and he led them to their first European Cup victory in 1992. He also guided Barca to the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1989, and won four consecutive La Liga titles from 1990-91 to 1993-94.

He was the figurehead of the great Dutch team - the most famous exponents of 'Total Football' - which reached the World Cup final in 1974, where they lost to West Germany.

Regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, he invented the 'Cruyff turn', a simultaneous lightning-fast drag back and 180-degree turn.


R.I.P. to one of the all time greats

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  NFL Thread
Posted by: Redblood - 23-03-2016, 04:57 PM - Forum: Other Sports - Replies (9)

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All NFL discussion in here (Superbowl can get a separate thread)

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  Sky Q
Posted by: Redblood - 23-03-2016, 01:46 PM - Forum: Movies, Music and TV - Replies (12)

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I am thinking of upgrading my Sky package to the brand new Sky Q Silver package this summer. Has anyone else got Sky and thinking of upgrading?

The reviews for it on the Internet look very positive

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  Carrow Road - Norwich
Posted by: Canaryboy - 23-03-2016, 01:37 PM - Forum: Grounds Guide - Replies (2)

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Key facts

Club: Norwich City FC | Opening: 1935 | Capacity: 27,010 seats

History and description

Carrow Road was built in just 82 days during the summer of 1935. In the years before, Norwich played at a ground called “The Nest”, but it had limited capacity and suddenly failed to meet FA safety requirements.

Norwich quickly found a new site though, and in the weeks before the new season built a new stadium. Carrow Road opened on the 31st of August 1935 with a league match between Norwich and West Ham (4-3).

The stadium initially consisted of one covered seating stand and open terraces on earth banking on the other three sides. The ground could hold about 38,000 spectators.

Few changes were made to the stadium until in the 1960s several smaller improvements were made that mainly consisted of increased cover.

Carrow Road recorded its highest attendance in 1963 when 43,984 fans visited an FA Cup match between Norwich and Leicester City.

In the early 1980s, two out of four stands were rebuilt, but due to safety measures and increased seating capacity the overall capacity of the stadium slowly got reduced to about 28,000.

In the early 1990s, Carrow Road got converted into an all-seater, which involved the construction of new stand called The Barclay.

About a decade later, In 2003, the South Stand got replaced by a new stand called the Jarrold Stand. This stand got further extended in 2005 by linking the stand to the Peterborough Stand.

In recent years, Norwich City have tentatively considered further expanding Carrow Road, but have decided that an expansion will only be feasible after the club has played at least three seasons in the Premier League.

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