Why it’ll be a cracking good Easter at Castle Grove!

first_imgThe team at Castle Grove Country House, Letterkenny, give us an eggcellent preview of their upcoming special events this Easter: Easter at Castle Grove Country HouseThere’s just no mistaking it – spring is in the air! Slowly rising temperatures and that lovely stretch in the evening give us a wonderful sense of rejuvenation.Easter is coming! It’s one of our favourite times of year at Castle Grove. Outside the air is full of possibility and regrowth is everywhere. Easing ourselves into the year, Easter offers us a chance to regroup to reconnect with family and friends many of whom, we might not have seen since Christmas! Castle Grove is the perfect setting to kick back, relax and reflect on the first three months of the year.  We’ve planned a weekend full of great food and fun activities to make it a memorable time for the whole family.Easter Lunch  (Bookings Required)Easter Sunday we’ll be laying on our traditional Easter lunch from 12 noon – 5pm. Castle Grove’s Kitchen will be preparing a menu filled to bursting with fresh vegetables, succulent meats and delicious sauces that are sure to satisfy every pallet. Easter Sunday Lunch €29.50 Adults and €15.00 per Child.Easter flowers at Castle GroveThe Easter Bunny Has Lost His Eggs!  – Complimentary Egg Hunt for Kids on Sunday with Lunch Booking!That brings us on to the most EGGSCITING event of the weekend – the Easter Egg Hunt! There will be not one but TWO egg hunts on Sunday afternoon. The first will be held in the Castle Grove gardens at 2 pm and the second at 4pm. The hunt is always hugely popular with children (Big and Small) who have loads of fun in the Castle Grove grounds, with additional Children’s activities planned for the day.There will be a very special guest on the day to help find those eggs – none other than the Easter Bunny himself. Who’s that hopping about Castle Grove?Relax and Renew with Afternoon TeaSaturday and Monday see us setting out our exquisite Easter Afternoon Tea each day from 12 –4 which you are free to enjoy in one of our comforting drawing rooms. Filled with tasty savoury snacks and delicious sweet treats, and rounded off with a cup of hot soothing tea €20 or ice-cold bubbly Prosecco €26, there’s no experience quite like it.  As all of our afternoon tea treats and snacks are freshly prepared for your enjoyment, please do be advised that advanced booking is essential.Easter at Castle Grove Country HouseSpecial Spring Break OffersFancy making a Break for it this Easter? Call Karoline or any of the team at Reception on 0749151118 for special rates on One, Two or Three Night Stays.Get in Touch to Book NowSo, what are you waiting for? Call now to book your place at Castle Grove this Easter! It’s a hugely popular time so advance booking for any of our Easter events is essential. On booking, please do let us know how many children you will be bringing for the hunt. We look forward to welcoming you to Castle Grove this Easter. Booking can be made at any Castle Grove event by calling 0749151118 or by messaging us on Facebook or Instagram or by emailing on [email protected] Easter flowers at Castle GroveWhy it’ll be a cracking good Easter at Castle Grove! was last modified: April 11th, 2019 by Castle GroveShare 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)Tags:castle Grove country houseEasterEaster egg hunteventsfoodWhat’s on?last_img read more

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Supporting SA’s sport stars

first_imgMinister Fikile Mbalula urges SouthAfricans to support national teams.The South African Department of Sports and Recreation recently launched the Ekhaya initiative to ensure that the country’s athletes stay in “homes away from home” when abroad for international competitions.The campaign is two-pronged: securing hospitality services for athletes and their families is the priority, but the drive has also been designed to enhance South Africa’s reputation as a desirable destination for business investment and tourism.Brand South Africa has partnered with the department to promote Ekhaya and use it to strengthen the country’s brand.“Ekhaya is a platform … which drives South Africa’s role and position as an emerging market of choice,” said Iggy Sathekge, director of stakeholder relations at Brand South Africa.“The platform will be used to showcase South African sectors and companies which amplify our support argument for the country as an attractive investment destination,” added Sathekge.Ekhaya promises to keep local athletes focused on bringing home gold medals, while also uplifting the economy through job-creation, said the department.Plans are to implement the campaign during the upcoming Rugby World Cup in New Zealand and the All Africa Games in Mozambique – the next major competitions in which South African teams will participate.Magnificent FridaysThe launch event, held at Freedom Park in Pretoria on 29 July 2011, was also used to reinforce Magnificent Fridays, a countrywide campaign used to drum up support for all the country’s national sport teams.The campaign is now sharply focused on the Springboks, as the team counts down the days until the Rugby World Cup.Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula urged citizens to support the campaign by wearing the national rugby team’s jersey every Friday.“Wear that jersey every Friday – we want to express to (captain) John Smit that they have the unwavering, unshaken support and that they must play and make us proud,” Mbalula said.Play your Part firmly behind SpringboksThe Brand South Africa’s Play your Part initiative is also being used to strengthen the Springbok campaign.Play your Part is a well-established national drive aiming to inspire South Africans to initiate developmental projects.“Brand South Africa has partnered with (the Department of Sports and Recreation) to mobilise support for the Rugby World Cup and the All Africa Games anchored around the Magnificent Fridays campaign. We encourage all South Africans to Play their Part in this regard,” said Sathekge.“We are encouraging all South Africans to wear sporting gear every Friday during the games to show their support for the national teams,” he added.The Andrew Mlangeni jacketMbalula also unveiled the Andrew Mlangeni jacket at the Ekhaya launch. It’s a green blazer that Mbalula will give to South African sports legends as a token of honour during the 2011 South African Sports Awards.The jacket of recognition is named after one South Africa’s anti-apartheid icons.Mlangeni was one of the longest serving political prisoners on Robben Island, spending 26 years there after being found guilty in the Rivonia trial.Although now a senior citizen, Mlangeni remains active in sport.“Andrew Mlangeni was an avid golf enthusiast. It has always been his passion, even now in his 80-something years of age, he still plays golf,” said Mbalula.last_img read more

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Tweet Costs Soccer Player Nearly $16,000 in Fines

first_imgRelated Posts “Free speech” is one of those things that can cost you. For professional soccer player Ryan Babel, that price is nearly $16,000. Babel was recently fined by the soccer league’s regulatory committee over a tweet, reports the BBC, and warned not to do it again. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of someone being fined over the contents of their tweets and certainly not the harshest punishment, but it’s a reminder that 140 characters can get you in some legitimate trouble.“Social network sites like Twitter must be regarded as being in the public domain,” Football Association chairman Roger Burden told the BBC. “All participants need to be aware, in the same way as if making a public statement in other forms of media, that any comments would be transmitted to a wider audience. It is their responsibility to ensure only appropriate comments are used.”Babel’s tweet called one referee’s call into question and linked to a doctored picture showing the referee in their opponent’s uniform. “And they call him one of the best referees. That’s a joke,” Babel tweeted.When Twitter CEO Dick Costolo spoke recently at the Consumer Electronics Show, one innovative use of Twitter he cited was how professional athletes are taking their trash talking to the microblogging service. It appears that this sort of trash talking will come with a heavy fine for soccer players.An English man similarly learned the impact of a tweet last May when he broadcast his frustrations over a canceled flight out on Twitter, saying “Crap! Robin Hood Airport is closed. You’ve got a week and a bit to get your shit together otherwise I’m blowing the airport sky high!” He lost his job, ended up with a criminal record and was fined $1,500.Of course, none of this compares to the November story of a Chinese woman who was sent to a “re-education camp” for tweeting an inflammatory message. (Read Curt Hopkin’s story, “The Shortest Route to Prison? 140 Characters” for the full outrage and list of other imprisoned Twitterati.) Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#news#NYT#twitter#web center_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos mike melanson A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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Russia pulls basketball World Cup bid, blames negative image

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Russia’s doping scandals across various sports have caused it to be stripped of numerous Olympic medals, though Kirilenko didn’t directly link the decision to doping scandals.That leaves ruling body FIBA with two joint bids for the tournament, one from Argentina and Uruguay, the other from the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTurkey was also a bidder but dropped out Tuesday, saying it wanted to focus on developing basketball at home. Read Next Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Andrei Kirilenko. AP FILE PHOTOMOSCOW — Russia has withdrawn a bid to host the 2023 basketball World Cup, saying that international criticism of the country’s athletes was to blame for the decision.Russian Basketball Federation president and former NBA All-Star Andrei Kirilenko says the bid was pulled “taking into account the negative attitude of the world sports community to Russian athletes and our country’s sport in general.”ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Olympic gymnastics ex-doctor pleads guilty to sex charges View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortlast_img read more

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La Salle’s Mbala leading Cameroon’s bid in Fiba Afrobasket

first_imgView comments Mbala is leading the way for Cameroon, which advanced to the quarterfinals. The 6-foot-7  Mbala is averaging 18.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game.In his last outing, Mbala posted 16 points and 15 rebounds in an 81-77 victory over Rwanda.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe 22-year-old Mbala and the rest of the team face a tall order in the quarterfinals as they take on reigning champion Nigeria on Thursday. Slaughter shrugs off matchup with Fajardo: ‘It’s team-on-team’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo from Fiba.comBen Mbala may have missed La Salle’s win over Far Eastern University on Sunday, but the reigning UAAP MVP is still flexing his muscles in a different basketball stage.The 22-year-old Mbala is leading his home country Cameroon in the 2017 Fiba Afrobasket in Tunisia.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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a month agoKlopp insists he’s not thinking about Liverpool winning run

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Klopp insists he’s not thinking about Liverpool winning runby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists he’s not thinking about their stunning winning run.The Reds’ have now won 15 Premier League matches in a row as they prepare to face Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Saturday but he insists that is not a factor for them.He said, “We don’t think about it. The only moment when I think about it is in the press conference. Nobody mentions it, we don’t think about it and it’s just about the next game.“Thank God we lost from time to time in the Champions League and other cup competitions so we still know how it feels, because that is really important.“We want to go to Sheffield and make their life as uncomfortable as possible. Maybe we are considered a top team but we don’t want to behave like a top team. Playing, if possible, yes but fighting like a proper challenger.“I don’t see any reason why there should be any advantage for Sheffield apart from playing in their own stadium. Is it allowed that they will fight more than us? No. Is it allowed that they will run more than us? No. Is it allowed that they do more? No.“We have to be spot on. That is the plan. We tried to make sure with how we planned the week that the boys will be ready for the game. Really looking forward to it.” last_img read more

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Jeffrey Gurian Jumps Around Just For Laughs 2017 Part 1 Jim Carrey

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement ***I ran into Daniel Tirado who did the festival in French. He did a 7 minute spot and got a standing ovation on two shows back to back. He was born in Montreal and moved to New York seven years ago. Then moved back to Montreal. He’s fluent in French, Spanish and English.***Later, we hung out in the bar with Colin Jost and Michael Che. Colin did Goddamn Comedy Jam and he did the song Last Nite by the Strokes. They were trying to convince him to do it and he wasn’t sure he wanted to do it, and he  made up his mind to do it.  The band learned the song in one morning. They got a text and worked on the song all day and he said they got it perfectly.***I ran into Chris Laker, who did the Access show with Mike Birbiglia and also Boast Rattle. He opened for Mike. He travels with him on the road, and also with his girlfriend Jacqueline Novak. She was in New Faces last year, and introduced him to Mike Birbiglia and now they all go on the road together.***Very late at night, Kevin Hart came in and held court in the lobby surrounded by security.  I saw security first and figured Kevin’s got to be in there and he was…with Russell Peters and Bryan Callen and they were very strict about who came in.  Tony Rock came by with Sherrod Small to say what’s up, but he was basically hanging with Russell and Bryan. I went over to say hi- they let me in- it was very cool. They were drinking Hennessy. Lil Rel came by as well and then Saranne Rothberg from Comedy Cures was there with LeA Robinson– granddaughter of Sylvia Robinson who is starring in a new show called the First Family of Hip Hop on Bravo. I stayed till 4am. When I left, Kevin’s party was still going strong.*** I did a great interview with W. Kamau Bell about CNN’s History of Comedy and Mark Herzogwho produces the show. I reminded Kamau that he’s presenting the Breakout Comedian of the Year to Ali Wong tomorrow. He said he’s glad I reminded him because he has to write material for it. ***I had a long meaningful conversation with Barry Katz who is such a humble guy considering all the things he has accomplished.  And JoAnn Grigioni joined us. She just left Comedy Central after 18 years- she’s going to Netflix. And she told me that she’s going to be creating comedy specials for Netflix and that it’s so weird to leave, but she felt she had to do that- it was the right time.***And tonight I went to the Jim Carrey event- with the cast of Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here. Jim told the best stories how he was 15, his first time on stage at Yuk Yuks. His parents bought him a polyester suit and he imitated people on The Carol Burnett Show. He said he bombed so bad he never performed again for two years, and then came back to that same Yuk Yuks and killed it. He referenced Jeffrey Ross twice- that he really likes Jeffrey Ross and he told the audience to go see him performing with Dave Attell. He told the audience how sharp Jeffrey and Attell are together, and he said when you pick on each other like that and performing, you’re really showing love.He made a lot of crazy faces, did a lot of his physical humor. He told a story about a young Sam Kinison who before he was known, came over to Jim one night and asked him to stay and watch him at the Comedy Store. He was going on at 2 am and Jim agreed to stay. He said he wound up with tears running down his face, but didn’t say if they were tears of laughter or whether Sam made him cry. He went up to him afterward and told him that he was going to be a big star and Sam couldn’t believe that he was saying that to him. Many years later, Jim was standing with his first wife Melissa in the parking lot and making plans to hang out together and Sam Kinison approached and say, “hey we haven’t partied for awhile, why don’t we go party?”. Jim decided to stay with his girlfriend who would become his wife. He was very hesitant, but he turned Sam down and Sam said to him, “Good luck with your compromise,” and then he split.  And Jim said that he and his gf had the most horrible evening after that- they didn’t even know what to say to each other- it was very awkward.On the panel with Jim was Michael Angorano, Erik Griffin, Ari Graynor, Andrew Santino and RJ Cyler.  They came out in the wrong order. Dave Itzkof from the NY Times was the moderator. He introduced Michael and Erik came out and Dave said, “Well, I guess I lost control of the show already.” And every name he introduced- a different actor came out.Jim Carrey also told a great story of having a set that was so bad one night that he lost the Tonight Show. He had already been booked- he was having a showcase and his manager invited heavyweights and of all nights, he had a bad set and the next night got a call that he lost the Tonight Show. HE said he had to really shift his thinking, so it wouldn’t destroy him. Sometime afterward, he got his own show on NBC and wound up getting the Carson show because of that and got to sit on the couch with Johnny.  Jim was very thoughtful and insightful the entire evening.FOR PART 2 – CLICK HEREJeffrey Gurian is a writer and comedian in New York who loves to Jump Around. Follow his regular column on The Interro Bang , to find out what’s happening in comedy, and who Jeffrey Gurian ran into this week in and around New York. This week Jeffrey headed north and covered the scene at Just for Laughs in Montreal! Advertisement Experience JFL2017 thru Jeffrey Gurian:  My JFL experience started at LaGuardia- as it always does.  I flew up with the APA guys, Marcus Levy and Andrew Russell, and also Rick Glassman from the NBC show Undateable, who happened to be in New York, and he flew up with his parents.  Rick just finished reshooting a new show called A Futile & Stupid Gesture on Netflix. It’s a biopic about the origins of the National Lampoon. He plays Harold Ramis. It’s directed by David Wain and he plays opposite Will Forte. They just finished the reshoots a month ago. Ryan Ling was there who shoots all those shows for MTV– Girl Code, Guy Code, and he says that as of this week, Girl Code will premiere on Snapchat. Carly Aquilino is in it, Matteo Lane, Jenny Zigrino, Emily Lin, Ashley Barnhill, Rae Sanniand Monroe Martin. He has another show called Vidiots which has been in 16 countries, but not America until now. It’s like a live action Beavis and Butt-Head– comedians on a couch making commentary on music videos. Nimesh Patel is in it, and Jared Freid, and Andrew Schulz, Carly Aquilino, Annie Lederman, Derek Gaines. MTV International picked it up right away, he said, as soon as he told them about it.  He has another new series coming out on VH1 in November that he can’t tell me about yet. But it’s got NY and LA comics in it.When I got here, the first thing I did was go to the David Spade Gala, and ran into Rick Glassmanagain. I saw Marina Franklin and Gina Brillon at the Delta Hotel, where I’m staying. Godfrey did a great set on the David Spade Gala, but he had technical troubles. The lights went crazy flashing like strobe lights when he was on stage. He blamed it on racism. It was very funny. Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Juventus expected Cristiano Ronaldo in low form

first_imgInside information from the Juventus camp talks about the real reason behind Cristiano Ronaldo’s lack of goals during his first ever Serie A season.Yes, it’s already been three matches with Cristiano Ronaldo not scoring any goals on his first ever Serie A season playing for Juventus. But there is a whole reasoning behind all that logic that we all have been wondering about and maybe some of you readers have already figured out by now, the Portuguese forward has a whole plan in motion that will allow him to become an even more important footballer in football history, if that’s even possible… We can already trace the past seasons he’s been playing for Real Madrid in the last nine years to see what he’s been about in regards to his physical condition, there is no denying that Cristiano Ronaldo has gradually changed the way in which he prepares for every single season due to his advanced age for a well-established football player like himself. We tend to forget that under all those muscles and talent to play the beautiful sport, we have a normal human being who has just as many preoccupations as any other person would have.? Check out the full video of today’s ⚪️⚫️ training session only on #JuventusTV ➡️ https://t.co/7FXJsnqlm9#ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/QNiVuOsldu— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 5, 2018Due to his legendary stature, we might think that Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t have that same aging process that any other athlete would manifest during his or her career but Ronaldo is flesh and bone just like everybody else. So as time has gone by for a top performance athlete like himself, Cristiano Ronaldo has understood that he needs to modify many of the physical care methods he used growing up as a professional in order to get a better efficiency of every performance. As time went by at Real Madrid, everybody started noticing how Cristiano Ronaldo suddenly stopped doing the same dribbles as he did when he was younger and how his speed diminished in time. The Cristiano Ronaldo we knew during his years as a Red Devils were passed behind him and the man understood that perfectly, he knew that in order to stay in the elite he would have to start looking at new methods that would need to modify many of his traditions as a high-performance athlete.⚽️?? @Cristiano | https://t.co/G9LhZJLa6u ? #CR7JUVE #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/1BOTCVXTva— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 8, 2018Zidane’s influence on Ronaldo’s change of heart.At Real Madrid Ronaldo was able to understand that past his 30, he would have to prepare for the rest of the season un a different manner. Cristiano’s performance level difference started to manifest just a year before French manager Zinedine Zidane arrived as the manager of the club, as a proper football legend himself, ‘Zizou’ was able to get through to Ronaldo about his physical care routine and managed to get the very best out of him during his last three seasons at Real Madrid. At Juventus now as the most important transfer in the last decade, Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t produced the results people expect from him exactly but the Juventus staff knows exactly why this is. Turns out that there is a specific plan to get the very best of Cristiano Ronaldo during the most important stages of the season when the titles are in line. This pretty much exactly as the final years the Portuguese forward had at Real Madrid.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.? Watch the best of Juve’s training during the international break ? featuring a Bucket Challenge! ⚽️?? https://t.co/8iZ5bhkzPZ ⏯ https://t.co/AY2EQaAf82#FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/fPex2j8ZEZ— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 8, 2018We had the chance to speak directly to one of the staff members at the Italian club who tend to Cristiano Ronaldo every day since he arrived, they speak about the very same program he learned during his time at Real Madrid: “Cristiano Ronaldo himself has taken this type of preparation a step further because he has studied the evolution of his body with the Real Madrid experts and he has learned to adapt his working schedule. As the years have gone by for Cristiano, he has learned to control himself more given that he no longer has the same energy from the first days. He has considered that trying to get in shape from the very start of the season could eventually backfire and even carry some risks due to the whole fatigue probability and injury danger, would increase during the most decisive part of the season in spring. This is the main reason why he has modified his preparation plans for every season a little more lately.” said the source from inside Juventus.A recap of Thursday’s session at JTC ?⚪️⚫️?? https://t.co/aOiAKRp5X5?? https://t.co/HCfOFBrCRA #FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/OkwCkW09i7— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 6, 2018How long will Cristiano Ronaldo take to get to his best form in Serie A? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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McManaman I was surprised Real Madrid didnt replace Ronaldo

first_imgFormer Real Madrid midfielder Steve McManaman admits that their failure to sign a top-class replacement for Ronaldo came as a shock to himLos Blancos lost their all-time top scorer in the summer to Juventus in a €112m deal and have since struggled greatly in his absence.Without Ronaldo, Real have lost five of their last seven games with only four goals scored in the process following Sunday’s humiliating 5-1 thrashing to Barcelona.Speaking on his former club, McManaman cannot understand why Real didn’t sign a replacement for Ronaldo and fears they are suffering the consequences.“Everybody was surprised, weren’t they?” McManaman told Reuters.“They took a long, long time to bring in new signings. They didn’t bring anyone to replace Cristiano.“It was a big shock for everybody. Whether they could buy somebody of his quality I don’t know. The fact that they didn’t bring anybody in and they did slow business in the centre-forward area, it surprised everybody.”David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.McManaman had previously urged his old club to sign either Paris Saint-Germain stars Neymar or Kylian Mbappe to replace Ronaldo.Now the former England international feels it imperative that Real recruit in the January transfer window for some fresh faces after sticking with the same stars for a long time now.“They probably need to refresh the team a bit more, to be very honest. They have kept the majority of the same team for the last couple of years,” said McManaman.“If you look at the age group of the Real Madrid players now, four or five of them are in the 30s. It’s probably the time to start refreshing it and bring in more players and try and replicate the success.“They have got a hard job on their hands. They are not playing well, the manager is under pressure and the team as well. They need to do something and need to do it quickly.”McManaman made 158 appearances for Real across all competitions between 1999 to 2003 and won the Champions League twice at the club.last_img read more

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