Spurs fans face travel hell for Leipzig tie with no direct flights to east Germany

first_imgTOTTENHAM fans were probably chuffed to bits to get RB Leipzig in the Champions League last 16 but their journey to Germany will be far from simple.Fans may no longer have to suffer the days of Europa League trips to far-flung corners of the continent and yet this tie is also not ideal travel-wise.2 Tottenham fans face a logistical nightmare trying to get to Leipzig for the Champions League last-16 clashThere are no direct flights from London airports to the eastern German city, requiring either an additional plane or train journey.This has created a conundrum for those hoping to watch the second leg after the sides were drawn together on Monday.Skyscanner recommends catching the 12.15pm flight from Heathrow on the day of the game, Tuesday March 10.Travelling via Dusseldorf over three hours, passengers land in Leipzig at 4.45pm – in time for the 9pm kick-off at Red Bull Arena, and can fly back the same way for £248.For the cheaper £158, a return via Cologne can be sorted that leaves at 5.35pm on the Wednesday and takes just over four hours.Such a lack of direct flights might compel supporters to fly into the nearby cities of Berlin or Dresden and complete their journey via train.2 The impressive Red Bull Arena, built for the 2006 World Cup, will await Spurs fans – if they can get thereCredit: Getty – ContributorSeveral flights from England land in the German capital every day and cost around £99 return, at time of writing.A train hop over to Leipzig will take less than 90 minutes, in addition to the one hour 50 minute flight and the connection to the train station.That will set you back around £20 per journey with a coach at just under £10 – but taking two-and-a-half hours.The historic city of Dresden is even closer, taking just over an hour on the train for the same price.latest champions league newsREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’CITY SITUATIONChampions Lg & Europa Lg to be played in ONE host city from quarters onwardREDS TEST2005 Champions League final quiz – How well do you remember Istanbul 15 years on?CRYING SHAMEPoch couldn’t stop crying after CL final as he talks for first time since axeEUR JOKINGCity, Chelsea & Man U’s dreams in jeopardy as govt impose quarantine on arrivalsRevealedLUK RAN OUTLukaku says he will NEVER forgive Chelsea flop AVB for 2012 Champ League axeRevealedRUSSIAN ROULETTEMan Utd’s 2008 Champions League Moscow heroes and where they are nowBut while flying over on the day of the game is an option costing as little as £80 on current rates, there are no direct returns to London until Thursday.In any case, unless the club lay on their own charter flights, travelling supporters will need to wait until the Wednesday to return.Finally, completing the journey from Tottenham to Leipzig via car will take at least ten hours but will take fans on a sightseeing tour through scenic locales such as Gent, Antwerp and Dortmund. Tottenham coach Jose Mourinho says everyone has the same chances in the first knockout round of the Champions Leaguelast_img read more

Upamecano ‘dreaming’ of Prem transfer and won’t sign new RB Leipzig deal

first_imgDAYOT UPAMECANO is dreaming of a move to the Premier League, according to reports.The defender has been heavily linked with a summer move away from RB Leipzig amid interest from Tottenham and Arsenal.1 Dayot Upamecano is dreaming of a move to the Premier League, according to reports in GermanyCredit: Getty Images – GettyAccording to German newspaper Bild, the 21-year-old views the English top-flight as his “dream destination”.The France Under-21 star has just 18 months left to run on his contract with the Bundesliga side.And the source states that he has rejected the club’s attempts to tie him down with a new deal.He has played for the German side since he moved from Red Bull Salzburg for £9million in 2017.ARSENAL NEWS LIVE: Follow for all the latest on the GunnersAnd he will be available for £50million when his release clause activates in the summer.Arsenal are long-term admirers of the 21-year-old, but were priced out of a move for him in the January transfer window.And reports from Germany claimed the club had a £50million bid rejected for him in the summer.The Gunners are expected to reignite their interest in him this summer, but face competition from a number of Europe’s biggest clubs. LATEST ARSENAL NEWSLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesCONT ME OUTArsenal’s Lacazette ‘not interested’ in joining Inter as Martinez’s replacementGossipINTERESTED PARTEYArsenal ‘most interested’ in Thomas Partey but coronavirus delays talksGUNNER GOLuiz ‘has to go’, Saliba ‘a concern’ and Mustafi not at right ‘level’, says KeownAT YOUR BOC AND CALLTorreira reveals ‘dream and desire’ to one day play for Boca JuniorsWRIGHTY’S OUTRAGEIan Wright says video of George Floyd’s death in US left him ‘drained’HOMECOMINGDavid Luiz confirms Benfica talks with Arsenal contract set to expire in JuneGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plansPAIN IN THE ASSEArsenal lose out on starlet Aouchiche as he takes Saint-Etienne medicalLEW BEAUTYTeenage winger George Lewis, 19, signs Arsenal contract after successful trialTottenham boss Jose Mourinho ran the rule over Upamecano during Leipzig’s 0-0 draw with Bayern Munich over the weekend.Spurs could find themselves needing defensive reinforcements as Jan Vertonghen’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season.Manchester City, Barcelona and Bayern Munich have also been linked to the Bundesliga star.The Arsenal squad trek through the desert on camels during Dubai training camplast_img read more

Is Son Heung-min exempt from South Korea military service?

first_imgMOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’Why has he gone to do military service now?SPURS revealed that the forward is heading back to South Korea due to ‘personal reasons’.He had already gone into a voluntary two week self-isolation after returning from his homeland back in February in a bid to halt the worldwide spread of coronavirus.But as revealed by SunSport, Son is actually heading to Korea to do his military service.With the football season on hold, Son has decided to head home to do four week’s national service during the outbreak – despite being exempt.4When might he return?FOOTBALL right down through the English pyramid is currently on hold due to the ongoing pandemic, with the Premier League not expected to return until May at the very earliest.With South Koreans expected to serve 21 months, it has not yet been confirmed how long Son will be spending away from North London.He is currently recovering from a fractured arm but provided a positive update earlier this week.The Tottenham star said: “It’s already more than four weeks after surgery now and I’m doing very, very well and working hard to be ready to come back.” SON HEUNG-MIN has emerged as one of the Premier League’s brightest young stars.The South Korean forward was an integral part of the Spurs side which reached the Champions League final last season – and is a huge sporting icon back home.4 Son has scored fifteen or more goals for Spurs in the last four seasonsCredit: EPABut under Korean law, all South Korean men have to complete at least 21 months of national service before they are 28 years old.Is Son Heung-min exempt from South Korea military service?THERE are some ways in which a Korean footballer can become exempt from having to fulfil their military obligations. Gold medallists or those achieving incredible sporting achievements can see athletes avoid their stint.For example the 2002 World Cup squad, which included future Man Utd midfielder Park Ji-sung, were awarded exemptions after reaching the semi-finals of the tournament.4 Son’s gold medal in the 2018 Asian Games gave him an exemption from military serviceCredit: Getty – ContributorSon, who is currently 27 years old, captained his country at the 2018 Asian Games as he and his team-mates went for the gold medal.The South Korean was in incredible form throughout the competition, assisting both extra-time goals in the final against Japan to secure the title.That meant that Son – along with the 19 other players in the squad – were all exempt from mandatory military service.4 The Tottenham striker was one of three over-23 players allowed in the squadCredit: ReutersBack in 2014, South Korea beat their neighbours North Korea to take gold in the same competition.But Son was not included in the squad as then club Bayer Leverkusen had exercised their right to refuse his release.Conscription in South Korea has been in force since 1957 and is mandatory for all men aged between 18 and 28.The length of service varies depending on personal circumstance, while all entrants are required to undergo a physical exam to see if they are fit to serve.last_img read more

Smith undecided where Origin legend will end

first_imgAnd as the Queensland skipper prepares to reach that milestone tonight Petero Civoniceva says it is a feat unlikely to ever be repeated.A debutant in Game Three of the 2003 series, Smith’s run of featuring in 39 of the past 40 Origin matches played was interrupted only by an elbow injury that prevented him from playing in the opening game of the 2010 series.Given that Johnathan Thurston will step down from representative football at the end of the year with a maximum of 38 games for Queensland and Jarryd Hayne has the most appearances of active New South Wales players with 20, only Greg Inglis (30) and Darius Boyd (26) could conceivably match Smith’s achievement in the next five years.Civoniceva, who played 33 matches for Queensland, believes it will be a long time before we see any other player reach such a number and paid tribute to Smith’s longevity in becoming the first to 40.”You could tell from day one that he had this huge future in the game,” Civoniceva told NRL.com.”He was a bit of a freak in terms of his fitness and in being calm under pressure and all those champion qualities that he possesses.”You can’t play in the middle without some level of toughness but not just physically also mentally.”We’ve seen the way he can control a game and the way he can slow things down and that overall resilience that he possesses, that’s what’s most impressive.”He just seems to be able to play at a different speed to everyone else, seeing things differently and reading the game like no other.”I think it’s going to be a long while before we see a champion of his calibre come through again.”You’re talking about someone starting at quite a young age and then being able to be consistent enough to retain their position for over a decade; that’s a big expectation to put on a player.”When you break down the number of games he’s played in club, state and national rep honours and you compare that to the average player and the fact that he has been captain at all those levels as well, it’s pretty amazing what he’s been able to achieve.”When new records of longevity are being established it is only natural to look forward to where they may potentially end.If the Storm skipper completes his 15th Origin series this year he will have 42 games to his name along with the 50 Tests he has played for his country and 346 games in the NRL, with Darren Lockyer’s mark for all-time premiership appearances on track to fall in Round 25.Smith’s performances at all levels give no indication of a player who is eyeing off the end and with a year still to run on his contract with Melbourne the soon-to-be 34-year-old says a decision on his representative future won’t be made until after the World Cup at the end of the year.”At this stage I feel really good, both physically and mentally,” Smith said.”I love playing representative football. I’ll have a clearer picture at the end of the year about what I want to do… I’m contracted to Melbourne so I’m playing again.”I’m 35 next year. There’s a lot of footy if you are playing all the rep stuff.”I’m not saying (I’ll stand down) and I am really keen to play on. But I think I’ll have a clearer idea at the end of the season. It’s a big year, close to 40 matches.”He need only look around this week in camp to know that the make-up of the Queensland team is undergoing a generational change.Smith will captain Queensland for the 19th time on Wednesday night without the likes of Thurston, Greg Inglis and Matt Scott by his side and with Cooper Cronk’s playing future undecided it could be a dramatically different-looking Maroons line-up in 12 months’ time.Despite the generational change Smith says he doesn’t feel any extra pressure to play on if he doesn’t believe he can continue to compete in the game’s toughest arenas.”None of us know how long we’ve got left, really,” said Smith, who will take on the goal-kicking duties in Thurston’s absence.”Only Johnathan has put an end date on it. Cooper’s future is up in the air as well. Next year there could be half the side gone and we’ve got a new team.”I don’t feel any pressure to stay around and help those guys through. I like to think in my past 39 matches I’ve put the team in a good position to move forward.”Every player knows when it’s time to finish. I’m yet to make that decision.”Even after 39 Origin matches for Queensland and six man-of-the-match awards Smith says there will be still butterflies in the stomach when he boards the bus to make the trip into Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday evening but that once the whistle goes game No.40 will be just like all the ones that have preceded it.”When you walk out of the hotel and get onto the bus, you get a bit nervous and everyone is going mad waving out of their car windows. But once we get to the ground, it is business as usual,” he said.”I’m not sitting here and patting myself on the back but I do understand it’s a fairly significant milestone.”I remember Petero Civoniceva telling me after 10 games that I could be the first bloke to play 40 Origins. I just laughed and shook my head and said, ‘Nobody will ever do that’.”It’s a really nice achievement to have. Without playing it down, I’m very proud of being able to play that amount of games. My family are proud as well.”Let’s just hope I can go out and play well.”last_img read more

Chiefs up against history

first_imgBy flying into New Zealand from South Africa, as they will on Tuesday morning, then winning a playoff match, they will have ended a 12-game losing streak for teams in such situations, that stretches back almost 20 years.Travelling teams have struggled in the playoffs full stop, winning just 23 per cent of matches, but when they have to fly across the Indian Ocean, and then across the Tasman, that figure falls to 13 per cent.Across the years, 18 teams have found themselves in those circumstances, with 16 losing and just two winning – in games where they were at home against opponents who had made the same trip.First, in 1996, there were the Blues, who beat the Sharks in Durban in the final round of the regular season, then returned home to beat Northern Transvaal in the semifinals.And then in 1998, there were the Crusaders, who beat the Sharks in Durban to end the round robin, then again in Christchurch in the semifinals.Since then, 12 teams have faced the arduous journey – eight from South Africa, two from Australia, and two from New Zealand – and none have triumphed.Going the other way, from New Zealand to South Africa, teams have won four times out of 11, a tally the Hurricanes will be trying to add to when they take on the Lions in Johannesburg in the early hours of Sunday morning (NZ time).Two of those wins came this year and last, when good Chiefs teams were forced to travel to play average Stormers teams, thanks to the convoluted conference format. The others came in 2011, when the Crusaders beat the Stormers, during their impressive run to the final in that earthquake-affected season; and in 1999, when the Highlanders beat the Stormers to set up the party at Tony Brown’s place, which they then lost to the Crusaders.The itinerary the Highlanders had then, from New Zealand to South Africa and back, is the hardest possible – at least until the Jaguares or the Sunwolves make the playoffs – and it’s one the Chiefs are familiar with, having done it last year, when they returned home victorious from Cape Town then lost meekly to the Hurricanes. Photo by: Getty Images (Liam Messam and the Chiefs are up against history as they try to stay alive in Super Rugby).last_img read more

Games Relay begins journey in Autonomous Republic of Bougainville

first_imgBy Quintina NaimeThe Relay takes the long drive down the island of Bougainville to Buin today.The Relay arrived at Buka airport to a traditional welcome with ladies washing the feet of all new arrivals into their province, to the great sounds of one of their large bamboo bands.Oil Search Ambassador Francis Kabano handed over the Baton to representatives from the newly elected House of Representatives.The Relay then headed around the island of Buka, with its first stop being the chamber at the House of Representatives where the Vice President, Patrick Nisira spoke of celebrating this gift of the Baton arrival as a symbol of unity.From there the baton sped across the island over new roads under construction and through cocoa and coconut plantations.The baton was then taken on a Relay around town with the games sponsors and community members taking part to run the baton past the business district, the coconut oil mill and the market and banana boat wharves.A canoe ride out along the busy and fast tidal Buka Passage to beautiful peaceful Sahano Island, the former centre of administration for the province finished the day.last_img read more

New Year’s resolutions: how to carry them out without losing motivation within a few weeks

first_imgImage: iStock With each new year that comes in we always try to find new goals and objectives to meet. Some of them, among the most common, are getting fit, quitting smoking, learning a new language or planning a great trip with our partner or friends. Unfortunately, in many cases these purposes fall in a broken bag within a few weeks. But, is there a trick to fulfill them and not be hell? Setting short-term goals will make us see progress much betterDon’t get obsessed with stumbling blocks, but learn from themcenter_img Some of the mentioned goals, the most popular, are frankly simple to accomplish. It is about creating small habits in our day to day, because we must remember that it is not a sprint, but a background race. Even with that data and it is worth remembering from time to time, the trick to achieve our goals at the beginning of the year is simpler than you can imagine.As highlighted by SciShow, to make the purposes more bearable we just have to think about specific goals with a specific date. That is to say, ‘I am going to propose to lose 10 kg of weight by May 17’. Why do it this way and not throughout the year? The reason is very simple. If we choose this method it will be much easier to see our progress. Another factor that influences is to create feasible purpose within reason. Short-term dates are perfect to see changes and progress along the way. Do not forget that you do not have to obsess over obstacles in progress. Learn from them and use them to achieve that motivational thrust that we all need from time to time.last_img read more

Floro met up with the Getafe doctor who helped save him

first_imgThe stands exploded in a stir that alerted the doctors of both teams. Lam (Lega) and Oyola (Geta) left the benches, forgot about the game and became important. There was a life to save. They flew in a blink until they reached Floro’s seat. He was assisted, revived and maintained until Rafa, a doctor from Samur, practiced CPR with which he returned from death. Floro went in critical condition to the Severo Ochoa hospital in Leganés, where they completed the task. They stabilized him and kept him healthy. Shortly after the club paid tribute.Today, in the outskirts of Butarque Floro’s blue eyes looked for Oyola to thank him for that. And assisted by Ace, they met again when the blue team member was about to enter the stadium. “Thank you doctor,” Floro muttered excitedly with his eyes fixed on the doctor. And there it was Oyola’s smile that came alive. Florencio Hernández (Floro for his friends, who are many) is 56 years old and has two blue eyes that sparkle life. In the last Leganés – Getafe played in Butarque he was close to losing it. That night of December 7, 2018, his cucumber heart, cracked by inherited genetic problems, shot up. It was not the excitement of the game, but a rogue arrhythmia that almost killed him. First the pulsations fired up to 280 beats per minute. Then he stopped. His brother José, also affected by the same problems, was the first to alert what happened. Sitting next to him, he shouted in a desperate howl. The worst was feared.last_img read more

Barça sold Abel Ruiz for € 8M and buy it back will cost 40

first_imgThe canterano of Barcelona He has not had minutes with the first team and has only been summoned in the Copa del Rey match against Ibiza. With Barça B he has played 1,106 minutes distributed in 19 matches in Second B in which he has scored three goals and has given two assists. Barcelona gave Abel Ruiz to Sporting de Braga until June, the month in which the Portuguese club will pay eight million euros for the striker. According to “El Larguero”, if the Catalans want to buy back the player in two seasons they will have to pay 40 million euros. The output of Abel Ruiz It was announced on January 31, the day of the closing of the market, hours before Barça announced the agreement with Braga so that Trincao is a Barca player in June in exchange for 31 million euros.last_img read more

Bale left Valdebebas at 10:30: he suffers from gastroenteritis

first_imgIn the rest there was no news, since the other two players who were not with the group were Asensio and Mariano. The Balearic continues to make progress in recovering from the serious knee injury he suffered last summer. It is already in the final stretch. The striker, meanwhile, has been dragging an injury for several weeks but has preferred not to issue a medical report. In any case, he is a footballer who does not enter into Zidane’s plans (he is still in the club because he refused to leave). Real Madrid continues to prepare this Saturday’s meeting at Ciutat against Levante (9:00 p.m., Movistar LaLiga) and the great novelty of the day was the absence of Bale and Jovic, both because of gastroenteritisThe Welsh footballer arrived in Valdebebas first thing, as usual. However, he left the white training facilities in his vehicle at 10:30 am. The club, on its website, clarified that it suffers from gastroenteritis. On Tuesday he had not exercised with the group. It was the doctors in Madrid who told the Welsh and the Serbian to go home so they wouldn’t spread the rest of their companions. Madrid will face the match against Levante with no margin of error after the stumble against Celta at the Bernabéu last day (2-2), although Zizou will also have his mind on the crucial week that Madrid will face: On February 26 he received the City at the Bernabéu and on March 1 the Barcelona, ​​also at home. Two matches that will mark the white options in both the League and Champions. Therefore, the eleven presented to Levante could include news thinking about the distribution of minutes to the most loaded players.last_img read more