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Nervous Dominoqq Pkv Barça put on a brave face

Here in Spain, the main Yuletide celebration is not Christmas Day but Los Reyes (the Kings), the Epiphany, the 6th of January or Twelfth Night, the date when the baby Jesus delivers presents to the good children of Iberia in the same way the three wise men from the east brought gifts to him.

 

Last night, Barcelona’s three kings, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez, mirrored the end of the festive season by uniting in perfect symmetry to cheer one of Suarez’s strikes. Barça downed a disappointing Atletico Madrid 3-1 to remain in second in La Liga, hot on the heels of their big city rivals.

 

With these three wise men up front, surely the blaugrana will catch Dominoqq Pkv los merengues, one point ahead with a game in hand.

 

Well, not necessarily. Leaving aside the off-field angst which saw Carlos Puyol and Antoni Zubizarreta given the heave-ho last week while talk of Messi falling out with Luis Enrique swirled around the Camp Nou, Barcelona are still not playing anything like champions.

 

Suarez appears to have found his scoring boots at long last but does not anything like the danger man he was at Liverpool, where at times he looked like he was the best striker in the world.

 

Neymar has not exploded onto the scene as billed, but is providing a useful addition to an attack carefully structured to make the most of Messi.

 

When Messi has space to run into, as he was granted last night by a somewhat overawed Atletico, he can still destroy defences, but how long will it be until his phenomenal scoring record starts to crack?

 

Despite a decisive win against one of their closest rivals, the crowd last night was far from enraptured, with more applauding than cheering. It was a somewhat ill-tempered affair with nine bookings, including Messi and Suarez, a couple of nearly melees and the odd sight of the Argentine pocket genius giving away a cheap penalty.

 

Deep down a sense of unease pervades the Camp Nou and may only disappear if Enrique loses his job, probably in the summer recess. The press think they are definitely on to something with him and Messi, a suspicion given succour by Enrique’s marked failure to applaud his number ten’s latest prizegiving ceremony on Sunday.

 

To add to their woes, this month the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the ban on Barcelona buying players until January 2016, leaving next summer’s long transfer window unopenable.

 

While their youth academy La Masia remains the stuff of legend for having produced six of Spain’s 2010 World Cup team as well as the lion’s share of Pep Guardiola’s golden generation, including the holy trinity of Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta, it alone is unlikely to be able to take the strain.

 

I watched their second eleven Barcelona B in action recently against fellow Liga Adelante (national second division) outfit Ponferradina. The blaugrana reserves had clearly been schooled in their seniors’ style, passing confidently and quickly in a 4-3-3 formation and maintaining circulation of the ball.

 

In 18 year-old striker Adama Traore they had a dangerous young marksman who I would be surprised not to see stepping up to La Liga. He has made one substitute appearance for Barcelona’s first team already and the trouble he caused the Ponferradina defence he could surely cause elsewhere.

 

Croatian midfielder Alen Halilovic, also 18, is another rising star who could well follow in the footsteps of fellow countrymen Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, who play their trade at Real and Barça respectively.

 

Their Spanish goalkeeper Adrian Ortolá and centre-backs Frank Bagnack (Cameroon) and Edgar Ié (Portugal) passed the ball out of defence on the deck at every opportunity. But being palpably short of experience with an average age of only 20, they played their way into trouble too many times when a ball into space or touch would have been the better option.

 

Twice Barça B led by two goals in Ponferrada but twice let their hosts come back to equalize, a crazy match finishing 4:4.

 

Right now, La Masia’s production line is nothing to get excited about, as Barça B dangle one point above the relegation zone of the Spanish second division.

 

Guardiola has left an enormously long shadow in Catalonia, having raised the bar so high he has sensibly ruled himself out of any return. “You won’t see a better Barça team than that one”, I opined to a city taxi driver on a recent trip as we talked football the length of my ride from hotel to railway station.

 

“Oh yes, that’s true,” he concurred with a sigh of regret.

 

But last night’s team contained seven of the side who started the 2011 Champions League final against Manchester United, so it is impossible not to compare Enrique’s Barcelona to Guardiola’s, and the latter’s is still a country mile ahead.

 

With the Messi-Enrique contratemps, a sense of failure already hangs over this season at Barcelona. But with three trophies still very much up for grabs, the pessimists should really take a back seat.

 

The acid test could come on the 24th of February when the UEFA Champions League resumes and Barça must travel to Manchester City.

 

The return leg on the 18th of March is swiftly followed by the clásico with Real, who won comfortably 3-1 at the Bernabeu last October.

 

 

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Pengeluaran HkBobby Baldwin

 

 

Jesse May was kind enough to send me this great snippet written about Doyle by Bobby Baldwin, president and CEO of Mirage Resorts Inc. It is a quote from the first printing of his 1979 book, Bobby Baldwin’s Winning Poker Secrets, about the first time he played in the WSOP against Doyle in May 1976:

 

… Before the first day of competition, I had lunch with Doyle Brunson, who, although he had never won this tournament, was considered by most to be the best no-limit player in the world.

 

“How do you think I’ll do?” I asked him.

 

“You’ll do OK,” Brunson said softly. Then as if inspired, he said, “How ’bout a friendly wager? Two thousand says I’ll last longer than you will.”

 

Worst bet I ever made. Doyle won the tournament.

 

Next year, Doyle greeted me as soon as I set foot in the Horseshoe Club. “Are we on?” he asked.

 

“On?”

 

He smiled broadly and, in his typically gentle manner, said, “Sure, for two thousand. We could make the same bet as last year.”

 

“No way!” I teased. “You’d have to spot me something like Pengeluaran Hk.”

 

“All right. I’ll give you two-to-one.”

 

Second-worst bet I ever made. Doyle won the championship again!

 

The next year, I said, “Don’t even ask, Doyle. I’m not betting you this year, so you’ll just have to scrape up two grand somewhere else.”

 

Worst laydown I ever made. I won the title!

 

“Texas Dolly”

Prior to our interview, I read a story about the press mistakenly reporting on “Texas Dolly” instead of “Texas Doyle,” which was his real nickname. I asked Doyle about it. “Yes, yes, it’s true,” he said. “Jimmy ‘the Greek’ Snyder is responsible for my nickname, in a roundabout way. He used to call me ‘Texas Doyle.’ One year when we were both at the World Series, he called me ‘Texas Doyle’; some reporters thought he said ‘Texas Dolly,’ and that’s how they reported it. I just shook my head and laughed. As you can see, the name stuck.”

 

Trump Board Game Out by Parker Brothers

 

NEW YORK – First the board room, now the board game. At his Fifth Avenue Tower on Wednesday, Donald Trump unveiled his newest business venture: a new Parker Brothers board game with high stakes dealmaking and dollar sums in the billions. Move over Mr. Monopoly.

 

Trump, the Game is played by up to four players bidding on real estate, buying big ticket items, such as islands and office buildings, and making billion-dollar business deals – just like The Donald does in real life.

 

There is, however, no gaming equivalent of bankruptcy, which has recently been a part of the Trump experience. On Aug. 9, Trump Hotel and Casino Resorts announced plans to file for Chapter 11 and to form a new corporate structure where Trump surrenders much of his control.

 

Of course, players can terminate their opponents using the two words – “You’re fired” – made famous on Trump’s reality TV show “The Apprentice.”

 

The Trump game “allows players to feel the power and make the deals,” said Mark Blecher, senior vice president of marketing at Hasbro Games (the parent company of Parker Brothers).

 

The game retails for $24.99.

 

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The Flowery Path: Why Europeans Play Poker

The precise origins of poker in the United States are hard to pin down. The all-American game was a mixture of French, German, and Persian card games that emerged from the New Orleans area in the form of draw poker around the first half of the 19th century, but no one can put a time or a date to it, nor can any individual from history claim to be the originator of the game.

In Europe, however, we can clearly state when and where the game of poker arrived on our shores, the most significant export from the New World since the potato. And we also know the name of the man who successfully introduced the game to a bunch of eager British aristocrats 132 years ago: an American soldier, diplomat, and lawyer by the name of Gen. Robert C. Schenck.

 

Schenck, born in Ohio in 1809, was an attorney who became a U.S. congressman in his 40s and then fought on the Union side during the American Civil War. The game of poker flourished during the War, and it is well documented that soldiers played a great deal of poker during this period. If he hadn’t already discovered the game, Schenck would surely have been a keen player by the end of active service.

 

If he ever skipped his deal, it is because Schenck suffered a severe injury to his right hand, requiring him to shake hands with his left for the rest of his life. Schenck sustained his injury in 1862 at the Second Battle of Bull Run, a murderous battle in which the Union side was crushed, just as they were in the First Battle of Bull Run. This suggests that Schenck’s skills were more political than military, and he swiftly returned to congress once the war was over. After several years of distinguished service, he was rewarded in 1870 with the prestigious post of U.S. Minister to Britain.

 

Contemporary records indicate that Schenck was a man of considerable social skills, able to work the room and charm the right people. He quickly became a popular figure at the Court of St James, according to Vanity Fair (19th-century London’s high-society magazine): “Despite lacking that grand air which is the result of tradition … he has been adopted by a certain influential section of society. Schenck is shrewd, energetic, full of hardy sense, the master of much acquired knowledge, provincial in tone, and a player in his time of many parts.”

 

Shrewd he most certainly was. He had arrived in London toward the end of a gambling binge that had begun with the economic boom that followed the Battle of Waterloo and did not go into decline until the late Victorians began to impose their set of values, which did not include gambling. Perhaps bored with the new morality, London society was ready for something new and a little exotic, and Schenck was the man to provide it.

 

Looking to seduce Great Britain to his favourite pastime, Schenck did what any sensible poker player would do and went straight for the easy money. He was attending a reception hosted by Her Majesty Queen Victoria, when he fell into conversation with a wealthy Duchess with a weakness for a flutter. According to writer W.J. Florence, Schenck wasted no time guiding her onto his favourite topic: “He described to her the beauties of poker is such a way that she became intensely interested, and begged him to write her out a set of rules and directions for playing the great American game.”

 

Schenck complied with the wishes of the Duchess, and in 1873 produced a pamphlet titled A Flowery Path to Wealth: The Game of Draw Poker as Taught to the English Aristocracy. Not only did this marvelously titled work provide the British with their first education in the game of poker, but it is also the earliest known situs poker guidebook published on either side of the Atlantic. As the founding textbook of the game, it does not add up to much, being simple in tone and stretching to just four pages, but for poker enthusiasts, The Flowery Path is a work of immense historical significance. It is now forgotten that the game was known in Britain as “schenck poker” for years afterward.

 

The publication of this pioneering work was to bring Schenck instant celebrity followed quickly by scandal and shame. He was so excited by the pamphlet’s success in London that he republished The Flowery Path in the United States, happily accepting the sponsorship of a new silver mining company that was allowed to put its name on the front cover. When the company proved to be entirely fraudulent, Schenck was severely embarrassed.

 

“He laid himself fairly open to criticism by embarking with a strange folly in a commercial speculation of a kind no Minister should adopt,” reported Vanity Fair, before adding in his defence that “the charges commonly made against him, that he is a professional writer on gambling, are too trivial and baseless to affect his reputation.”

 

Sadly, the affair was enough to bring the curtain down on Schenck’s diplomatic career, and he resigned soon thereafter to resume his private practice in Washington, DC. Schenck, who never returned to London, died in 1891. Many American writers and gamblers have helped popularise the game of poker among their limey cousins since the 19th century, with some significant success, but Robert C. Schenck has no rivals for the position as the father of British poker.…

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Bola88 Queens Any Good?

 

 

I had two interesting hands come up recently during the 2005 L.A. Poker Classic at Commerce Casino. I was initially seated at a star-studded table of players, including Layne Flack, Sam Grizzle, Erick Lindgren, and Phil Hellmuth. On the very first hand of the tournament, with the blinds at $25-$50 and everyone starting with $10,000 in chips, Sam opened the pot for $300 from middle position. I called from the button with pocket sixes and the big blind called, as well. The flop came J-10-9 rainbow and the big blind checked. Sam reached for some chips, fumbled them for a second, and then checked to me. I wasn’t quite sure what to make of Sam’s chip-fumbling display, but I didn’t like the flop, so I checked right behind him.

 

The 6diamonds came on the turn, giving me a set of sixes and putting a possible diamond flush draw on the board. The big blind checked again, and Sam instantly fired out $1,000, slightly overbetting the pot. Now, I was quite confused as to what Sam had, given that he had checked the big-action flop and then made such a big bet on a seemingly harmless turn card. I thought he could have flopped a straight with K-Q or 8-7 and slow-played the flop, so I wasn’t sure that my set of sixes was good, even though I had a huge hand. I also was concerned that he could have a bigger set, although I would have figured him to bet a hand as vunerable as a set on the J-10-9 flop. I also thought it was likely that he was trying to pick the pot up with a big draw like the Adiamonds Qdiamonds, or with even fewer outs since the flop had checked around. After a little bit of pondering, I decided that I would just call his Bola88 bet and see what came off on the river and, more importantly, how he would act. The big blind folded and the river was an offsuit deuce.

 

Sam quickly led at the pot again, this time for $1,500, about half the size of the pot but still a very sizable bet, inasmuch as $1,500 was about 20 percent of our remaining stack. I was still quite unsure of what Sam held at this point, and was also unsure of whether to call or raise with my hand. I figured that if I raised, Sam would obviously put me all in with K-Q and may put me all in or at least call with any bigger set or smaller straight like 8-7 or the less likely Q-8. I also thought that he would probably fold any marginal hand that he was betting, since the way I played it by waiting until the river to raise would look like I probably held a monster hand like K-Q for the nut straight. I finally decided to just call again, and to my surprise, he flipped over A-J and I won the pot.

 

I was surprised he had played A-J the way he did, giving a free card on the flop with a strong but very vulnerable hand, and then betting the hand so strongly on the turn and again on the river. I was happy with how I played this hand based on my logic, but I was still scratching my head about it for a while, wondering what would have happened if I had raised on the turn or the river. If I had raised on the turn, I’m not sure what Sam would have done. He could have folded, called, or even moved all in, in which case I may have been forced to fold, putting him on a straight or a bigger set. If I made it $3,000 on the river, Sam may have called, which would have earned me another $1,500 in chips, but I really don’t like this play, as I put him on either a bluff or a big hand (one probably bigger than mine). So, raising on the river seems like a poor choice, since he either folds a bluff or wins more with a stronger hand.

 

The other interesting hand occurred later on day one after I had been moved to a different table. The blinds were $150-$300 with $50 antes. John Myung, a very strong tournament professional, raised it to $1,100. I looked down on the button to see two black queens staring back at me. I had $17,000 in chips at the start of this hand, and he had me covered. I pondered reraising, but I figured he would fold most hands that would be in trouble against me (like eights, nines, A-Q, A-J, or A-10), and would perhaps reraise me with A-K, kings, or aces. If he reraised me, it would put me in a tough spot, since it would be tough to lay down a hand as big as queens in this spot. I decided to just call his raise, and the flop came 10-4-2 with two diamonds.

 

John made a strong lead, betting $2,400. At this point I did not have much of a read on him. I figured that my overpair was probably good, but that he may have aces or kings or have flopped a set. The board seemed pretty non-threatening, so I thought I could just call and see what he did on the turn. Maybe then I would have a better clue as to what he was holding. I called and a jack came on the turn.

 

Now, he bet $4,000 into the $8,000 pot, just half the pot size but still a very sizable bet, since it was well over a quarter of my remaining chips. I went into deep thought for several minutes. I replayed the action of the hand in my mind over and over again, trying to decipher what he had. I was pretty sure he hadn’t put me on a starting hand as big as pocket queens, since I had just called him preflop and on the flop. I thought he may be making a big bluff with A-K or A-Q, hoping I would fold an underpair like eights or nines, or even an A-10. I also thought he could be protecting a big hand like aces, kings, a set, or possibly A-J, with which he would have turned top pair. I debated my three options of calling, folding, or raising. I felt like I could just not fold the hand, since I thought there was a fairly good chance that it was good. I considered calling, but the turn seemed to have brought many more possible draws that he could have, and I definitely did not want to give a hand as weak as A-K a chance to win a huge pot if an ace, king, or queen rolled off. I also thought that if I just called and a blank came off, he would bet all or most of my chips on the river with any better hand than mine, and I would likely have to call since the pot had more than $16,000 in it and I had only $11,000 remaining. Just calling didn’t seem like it would save me many chips if he had me beat, and could cost me the pot if he was semibluffing the turn, so I finally determined that I had to raise. After much deliberation, I moved all in, figuring that if he called, he would likely have me beat. But I also thought that he may put me on a set and fold aces or kings, and also most draws, since he wouldn’t be getting the right price to draw. After I went all in, he thought for several minutes and I was really not sure if I wanted him to call or not. I figured that he either had aces, kings, or A-J and was debating whether or not I had flopped a set or was playing a big draw very aggressively. He finally called and I turned over my queens. To my delight, he said, “Queens are good,” and turned over A-J. The 9diamonds came on the river and I doubled through.

 

I talked to John after the hand and he said he was very impressed with how I played it. He believed that I had exhibited genuine weakness on the turn, which is why he put me on a draw and called with his A-J. I explained that he had the right read, that the weakness was genuine, as I really wasn’t sure whether I had the best hand or not. I guess this time I gave off a real tell about my hand and it worked out perfectly, getting him to call with the one hand against which I was in good shape. I hope that the next time a great player reads me so correctly, it works out as well for me.

 

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Amid the Togel embers

 

 

Germany 4:1 England

 

Forget the Lampard goal. That debate is for another day. What matters is the worst finals result from the inventors of the game.

 

England’s collapse to a competent, spirited but hardly exceptional German team was embarrassing, with some of the most amateur defending yet seen at a World Cup. That lone Anglo hoisting of the trophy sails farther away in the mind the longer the latest crop keeps falling short, and as the sixties celluloid grows grainier, then expectations will revise, rather like those of Uruguay, who have come to accept 1950 took place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. 1966 has been a millstone and a false totem in the English football psyche for too long.

 

The loss of Rio Ferdinand on the eve of the finals could well have been the straw which broke the camel’s back, the undermining of a defence which had previously been a reassurance. After three gentle tests, England’s back line cracked against a Togel quality vanguard. Ferdinand’s replacement Matthew Upson was at fault for Germany’s first two goals, and his jaw-dropping lack of telepathy with John Terry carved vast spaces open in which Mesut Ozil and pals ran amok.

 

Germany’s Polish-born strikers Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski were lethal on the rebound, but that was also down to horrendous positional play by retreating Englishmen. The first goal was a banal route one strike seen in schoolboy soccer, with two centre-backs committing the cardinal sin of letting a striker slip between them to toe-poke a punt past their goalie. Then there were about nine red shirts on the wrong side of the ball when Thomas Mueller broke away to score their third and close a chapter in the match in which England were dominant.

 

It was not all gloom as Fabio Capello’s men had begun smoothly while the Germans stood off and waited. For a spell at the end of the first half they were clearly on top, scoring twice but having the second goal wrongly disallowed. Yet over the 90, so much of England’s offering remained below par – Upson bafflingly picked ahead of Matthew Dawson or Ledley King, Glen Johnson out of position for two goals, an unfit and labouring Gareth Barry a pale shadow of the electric Owen Hargreaves in 2006, a midfield gifting acres of space away and an attack of Jermain Defoe and Wayne Rooney almost invisible.

 

Capello’s substitutions – Emile Heskey and Shaun Wright-Phillips, were as ineffective as his changes have been all tournament. Picking Scott Parker and Adam Johnson instead of Barry and Wright-Phillips could have made a difference, but it is too late to speculate now. All England can do is rebuild with youth and usher the so-called golden generation gently out the door after a decade of misadventure.

 

England are all played out again, Champions League winners unable to perform in other shirts. At times against Germany, England looked interested and ready to take the game by the scruff of the neck, and at others a sluggish and aging band of brothers knackered by another gruelling domestic season. Franz Beckenbauer was right – the extra games of England’s domestic calendar cannot have helped the national team, and they were stupid not to have won one of the easiest groups.

 

England’s near-perfect qualification campaign now looks devalued, with the double-demolition of the waning Croats and defeats of Andorra, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine far less impressive in the light of today’s tragedy.

 

The Three Lions never roared in South Africa, but this time is was not a common case of first-round nerves. The team was stuck in first gear from Rustenburg all the way to Bloemfontein.

 

What went wrong? The truth will out over the next few days and weeks, perhaps with the publication of a diary or two or a whispered snippet to a journalist. But the management team of Capello and Stuart Pearce clearly failed to organise their defence or motivate their charges. I have been trying to avoid WWII references, but was the boss’ struggling English and insistence on Italian-style discipline just a bridge too far?

 

The final scoreline is stark, though the stats show England came top on possession and shots and had an identical passing accuracy to Germany: It is goals that win games. While the Germans never had England on the rack and their goalkeeper Manuel Neuer often looked calamitous, the Mannschaft had a creative ace in Ozil that England lacked and had clearly done their counter-attacking homework to coolly exploit the glaring errors of their sub-standard foes.

 

Just as their opening mauling of Australia was followed by a defeat by Serbia, a quarter-final meeting with Argentina will provide a sterner test of German mettle than the English wooden spoon they tossed aside today.

 

England has been here before – a depressing elimination triggering frenzied soul-searching with no denouement. But it has come before in qualifying – Poland in 1973, Holland 1993, Croatia 2007. To lose this badly in the World Cup finals, and in a tournament England had a sniff of winning not too long ago, is devastating all round.

 

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Takeshi Okada Togel Hongkong names Japan’s World Cup squad

 

 

Takeshi Okada names Japan’s 2010 World Cup squad.

Takeshi Okada has named his 23-man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, with few surprises thrown in by the coach of the Samurai Blue.

 

Jubilo Iwata goalkeeper Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi was the biggest surprise, with the veteran shot-stopper recalled as Japan’s third choice goalkeeper despite missing several months of action through injury.

 

Kashima Antlers defender Daiki Iwamasa has earned a deserved call up, despite being consistently overlooked by Okada during his two-and-a-half year reign so far.

 

It’s up front where Japan look like light on options, with Togel Hongkong Nagoya Grampus striker Keiji Tamada, Albirex Niigata front man Kisho Yano and Vissel Kobe misfit Yoshito Okubo somewhat fortunate to hear their names called alongside Shimizu S-Pulse star Shinji Okazaki and up-and-coming Catania striker Takayuki Morimoto.

 

Morimoto was one of just four European-based players to earn a call-up, joining midfielders Makoto Hasebe of Wolfsburg, ageing Grenoble man Daisuke Matsui and rising star Keisuke Honda from CSKA Moscow.

 

23-man squad

 

Goalkeepers—Seigo Narazaki (Nagoya Grampus), Eiji Kawashima (Kawasaki Frontale), Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi (Jubilo Iwata)

 

Defenders—Yuji Nakazawa (Yokohama F. Marinos), Marcus Tulio Tanaka (Nagoya Grampus), Yuichi Komano (Jubilo Iwata), Daiki Iwamasa (Kashima Antlers), Yasuyuki Konno (FC Tokyo, Yuto Nagatomo (FC Tokyo), Atsuto Uchida (Kashima Antlers)

 

Midfielders—Shunsuke Nakamura (Yokohama F. Marinos), Junichi Inamoto (Kawasaki Frontale), Yasuhito Endo (Gamba Osaka), Kengo Nakamura (Kawasaki Frontale), Daisuke Matsui (Grenoble), Yuki Abe (Urawa Reds), Makoto Hasebe (Wolfsburg), Keisuke Honda (CSKA Moscow)

 

Forwards—Keiji Tamada (Nagoya Grampus), Yoshito Okubo (Vissel Kobe), Kisho Yano (Albirex Niigata), Shinji Okazaki (Shimizu S-Pulse), Takayuki Morimoto (Catania)

 

  1. League Results May 9-10 2010
  2. League Results May 9-10 2010.

Sunday 10 May

 

Montedio Yamagata 0 FC Tokyo 3

Vegalta Sendai 1 Nagoya Grampus 2

 

Saturday 9 May

 

Urawa Reds 2 Yokohama F Marinos 3

Shimizu S-Pulse 0, Albirex Niigata 2

Vissel Kobe 3, Jubilo Iwata 0

 

J.League Table

 

Shimizu S-Pulse P 11 Pts 24

Nagoya Grampus P 11 Pts 22

Kawasaki Frontale P 10 Pts 20

Urawa Reds P 11 Pts 19

Kashima Antlers P 10 Pts 18

 

Leading Scorers

 

Josh Kennedy, Nagoya Grampus 7

Renatinho, Kawasaki Frontale 6

Kazuma Watanabe, Yokohama F Marinos 6

Ryoichi Maeda, Jubilo Iwata 6

Shinji Kagawa, Cerezo Osaka 6

Chong Tese, Kawasaki Frontale 5

Shinji Okazaki, Shimizu S-Pulse 5

Shoki Hirai, Gamba Osaka 5

 

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Barry is best Togel Hongkong Player: Petrov

 

 

Gareth Barry, pivotal to the make-up of Martin O’Neill’s high-flying Aston Villa side, is proving to hold significant sway over events away from the football field.

 

Team-mates Stiliyan Petrov and Gabby Agbonlahor have both this week insisted their long term futures at the West Midlands club hang on whether Barry remains in claret and blue for a possible tilt at the Champions League next season.

 

Petrov has even made it clear he places a greater importance on the club keeping their best players than discussing his own contract extension ahead of a schedule which sees Villa face fourth-placed Chelsea and a tricky second leg Uefa Cup tie in Moscow in the space of the next week.

 

Despite a fluent display, Villa only managed to draw 1-1 in the first leg on Wednesday night.

 

The former Bulgaria national team captain, who rubbished suggestions he’s on the brink of agreeing a new £45,000-a-week deal, has blossomed in Villa’s midfield this season – after an indifferent beginning to his Premiership career when he rejoined O’Neill from Celtic in 2006.

 

But Petrov, 29, freely admits the peaks of his own Togel Hongkong individual form would have been far tougher to scale without Barry alongside him in Villa’s engine room.

 

Petrov considers his midfield partner England’s premier international player and even claimed the silky left-sided star has become the first name on manager Fabio Capello’s team sheet.

 

However, the tug-of-war transfer saga between Villa and Liverpool last summer means nothing is now certain for Barry’s team-mates when it comes to deciding their own futures.

 

What is certain, though, is that Barry remaining at Villa Park would have a major influence on which of O’Neill’s other leading lights might put pen to paper.

 

“He mentioned that if Villa show they can fight for the Champions League there would be no point moving. So far we’ve been showing that,” explained Petrov, whose current deal expires in 18 months time.

 

“We hope he will stay because he’s one of the best midfielders in the country and if you have him here you do your best to keep him.

 

“He’s one of the main men for Capello. Even with players like (Frank) Lampard and (Steven) Gerrard – very established names in the national team – I think Gareth is now the first name on the team sheet for Capello because of the way he’s been playing and the character he is.

 

“We try to make it hard for him to choose what he wants to do. We try to show we can challenge the big teams and give him what he wants.

 

“We will make the decision harder for him if we can stay in the top four. It’s up to us.

 

“The manager is trying to show everybody that he wants to build something big here. And one of the key things is keeping Gareth because he’s the most important player at this club.

 

“If you keep Gareth, the message is that we’re aiming for something big next year.”

 

In Japan, revolutions are run at a snail’s pace

 

If Ernesto “Che” Guevara was alive today, he would find Japan a maddening place to launch a revolution.

 

It’s not because he polarises opinion in The Land Of The Rising Sun. There’s no debate over whether he was a freedom fighter or blood-thirsty mercenary on the streets of Tokyo – most young Japanese are familiar with his face only because it adorns the tackiest of designer handbags in the capital’s upmarket boutiques.

 

No, old Che wouldn’t find a fervent hotbed of dissent threatening to tear apart the fabric of Japanese society. Conditions are not ripe for revolution here.

 

Instead what Che would find are tottering elected officials desperately clinging to power. A corrupt and lifeless Liberal Democratic Party guilty of the stilted thinking that sees the country creeping backwards while the rest of the world moves forward. And the occasional drunk finance minister.

 

It’s a bit like how the J. League is run. Plenty of posturing, lots of empty rhetoric, but in the end – no real change.

 

The “Asian berth” rule is a prime example. It caused a stir when it was announced, because it was supposed to revolutionise the Japanese game. Sceptics, however, wondered if the new rule was legislated solely to expand the J. League’s pipeline into the Korean Peninsula. So it has proved.

 

Far from opening doors to new talent, the Asian berth rule has simply seen the J. League pillage from their neighbours across the way. Clubs in both J1 and J2 have been busy adding to their collection of Korean stars. Omiya Ardija even plumped for a Korean coach – the widely respected Chang Woe-Ryong – while Gamba Osaka’s record-breaking deal for Jeonbuk striker Cho Jae-Jin was made under the auspices of the Asian berth rule.

 

But has anything really changed? Chang Woe-Ryong has already spent the vast majority of his coaching career in Japan. Cho Jae-Jin made his name at Shimizu S-Pulse. And before that, the likes of Hong Myung-Bo and Hwang Sun-Hong long ago proved to Japanese fans that Korean players are amongst the best in the region.

 

That’s scant consolation for the Iranian and Chinese stars hoping to test themselves in one of the toughest professional environments in Asian football – to say nothing of players from the less developed South-East Asian leagues. And what of Australia? Not one J. League club seems to have displayed a genuine interest in signing an Australian player.

 

If J. League clubs believe that they will have the last laugh thanks to such conservative recruitment policies, the joke is on them.

 

The Asian berth rule has revolutionised the Asian game. Leagues across the length and breadth of the vast Asian Football Confederation have decided to adopt the rule -and so has the AFC itself, with the rule set to take effect in the AFC Champions League this season. Moreover, the Asian berth rule has awoken two of the J. League’s direct rivals from a long, languid slumber.

 

Faced with the prospect of losing some of its stars, the K-League has reacted swiftly. In came the likes of Australian international Jade North and seasoned Japanese midfielder Masahiro Ohashi – signing on at Incheon United and Gangwon FC respectively. Similar signings appear on the horizon, with Asia’s oldest professional league set to replenish its stocks by luring personnel from its nearest neighbours.

 

After years of torment and turmoil, China’s Super League looks to be on the rise again – slowly, to be sure – but it’s gradually stirring.

 

The carrot of a revamped AFC Champions League and the pot of gold it heralds means that more Asian teams are determined to entice quality personnel to their shores. That has seen the likes of ex-Socceroo John Aloisi join Shanghai Shenhua on loan, while arguably the A-League’s most explosive talent in the form of Joel Griffiths has joined his brother Ryan at Beijing Guoan.

 

The danger for the J. League is that by the time it wakes up to the potential talent on its door-step, Korean and Chinese clubs will already have put the infrastructure and scouting networks into place to exploit it. Far from attracting the region’s best talent, the J. League could be stuck with making do with the same Brazilian and Korean imports it has always attracted.

 

The Asian berth rule hasn’t revolutionised Japanese football at all. Instead it has prompted more of the same. No lucrative TV deals have been signed, no exotic names have been enticed and no new relationships with foreign clubs have been arranged – as far as anyone in Japan can tell.

 

If Che Guevara visited Japan today, he would find the same suspicious conservatism and archaic bureaucracy in the J. League that blights the nation’s political landscape.

 

And he would discover that, in Japan, revolutions are run at a snail’s pace.

 

 

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Adelaide couldn’t Qq Online give a damn

 

 

New world clubs couldn’t care less if the Club World Cup is derided by Europe, or the rest of football’s established order.

 

That’s the message coming loud and clear from Aurelio Vidmar, a former Oceania player-of-the-year and current coach of Adelaide United following the A-League’s club’s fairytale final third of 2008.

 

Adelaide have been the A-League’s most Qq Online consistent performers in the three-and-a-half seasons since the competition’s inception and as such deserve the plaudits they’ve received for themselves and on behalf of the league in general.

 

However dubious their path to Fifa’s showpiece club competition, there is simply no precedent for predicting the advantages of competing in the Club World Cup on a league in its infancy.

 

Coming hot on the heels of an appearance in the AFC Champions League final simply confirms Australia’s burgeoning status in Asia, a confederation they only joined in 2006.

 

“The tournament has been a terrific vehicle for the promotion of our game back home and it has been a tremendous experience for our club,” Vidmar trumpeted after Adelaide pipped the African champions Al Ahly, of Egypt, in front of 35,154 fans at the Yokohama International Stadium.

 

Those comments hit the mark back home, right across the A-League.

 

The Reds might have had their dream tie against Manchester United scuppered by a slim loss to nemesis Gamba Osaka, the recently crowned Asian champions after a stunning final win over Vidmar’s side.

 

But Adelaide came through the tournament with a record of just that defeat in three matches after edging past New Zealanders Waitakere United in the opening game.

 

At home, they also remain top of the A-League table with a game in hand over closest rivals Queensland Roar and Melbourne Victory, and two on the Central Coast Mariners and Wellington Phoenix.

 

“By finishing fifth and with our experience in the Asian Champions League, it has really lifted the profile of the game in Australia and it hopefully gives a lot of confidence to the other A-League clubs that they can do well in the Asian Champions League to get to this point,” continued Vidmar.

 

“It has been a tremendous ride which hasn’t been easy but we’ve learnt a lot from playing these games and it certainly puts the club and the game on the map back home.

 

“When you win games at this level it lifts people’s eyebrows and awareness of what the football can and will be like in the future.”

 

Meanwhile back in Australia, a betting scandal has engulfed three of the league’s protagonists.

 

Former Australia captains Kevin Muscat and Craig Moore, and Scottish import Grant Brebner, have all been shamed after admitting placing bets on matches involving A-League sides.

 

Moore and Muscat received small fines and a public dressing down by Football Federation Australia (FFA) for gambling on the outcomes of matches they weren’t themselves involved in.

 

However, Brebner was handed a two-match ban as well as a fine for his remarkable decision to place a wager on his own team, Melbourne Victory, to lose to Thai side Chonburi FC in the Champions League group stage.

 

The only saving grace for the recovering gambling addict was he wasn’t actually selected in the Victory’s travelling party to Thailand because of a groin injury.

 

The 31-year-old former Manchester United trainee is a popular figure in Melbourne and recently inked a one-year extension with the club chasing a second A-League premiership in three seasons.

 

But what his team-mates will make of the Scot betting on them to fall flat against the Thai underdogs only time will tell.

 

Brebner said: “I apologise to my club, team-mates, our fans, my family and the FFA for my actions. I want to make sure everyone is aware that I haven’t involved anyone else.

 

“I understand and accept the consequences that come with my actions.”

 

You feel the personal cost might be rather more profound.

 

 

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What is Web Hosting?

 

 

Renting a home is a way to get a piece in real estate that you can live in. You can usually furnish this home with your personal furniture and memorabilia to make it feel yours.

 

Web hosting is the same as before, but you are paying for a place in what is known as a server, where your website’s data, content and information will reside. To claim this piece on the internet you will need to pay for hosting. You will have to pay more if you need more space or a larger website.

 

Web hosting provides a basic plot on which to build websites. Web hosting vs. website builder is a debate that will never be resolved. A website builder is useless without hosting services. How can you build if there’s no land or a server to build on?

 

What is a website builder?

 

You may have wondered “What is a web builder?”. It’s a tool that lets both beginners and professionals build websites without having to learn code. Pre-coded  dedicated server hosting platforms offer a wide range of themes and templates to choose from. These can be customized to meet your specific needs. These tools are easy to use and come with technical support and tutorials.

 

Website builders are accessible from any computer with internet access. Therefore, they can be considered to also host your website. These servers host websites regardless of when a website has been launched or finished. To return to the real estate analogy, website builder hosting is like having an acreage on which you slowly build. After the home is built, you can still “host” it on the land.

 

The right domain is the key to success. Eliteservermanagement.com offers a great opportunity to get your domain.

 

Types of web hosting

 

Web hosting is a broad term that refers to renting space on a server. There are many other types of web hosting. It is important to understand the differences between webhosting and website builders. These are the most common types of web hosting:

 

Shared Hosting

 

Hosting dedicated to your needs

 

Website Builder Hosting

 

Shared Hosting

 

The shared hosting model is similar to an apartment complex. Small businesses rent out apartments and share the resources. This hosting is the most popular and affordable, and it’s often the first hosting type that people use when they launch their websites. This hosting type is ideal for those who have small websites and less complex needs. Storage limitations can often apply and you may only be able to host one or two websites.

 

Hosting dedicated to your needs

 

Because it is a more personal type of hosting, dedicated hosting can be more costly. A dedicated host gives a person or company a private server. They do not share resources and they don’t allow any third parties to rent out or occupy their space. This allows you to customize the server and provides more traffic bandwidth. It also gives you greater security. Look into dedicated hosting if you are a larger business or have a website that receives a lot of traffic.

 

Website Builder Hosting

 

A website builder can be used with any of these hosting types. Keep in mind, however, that all Website Builders can be used with any of the hosting types mentioned above. It doesn’t matter if your business is large or small, you need a fast and simple way to create a functional, beautiful website. Website Builder is designed for this purpose. If you have a business that needs to handle high traffic and protect their data, then you might want to consider a dedicated server. Website Builder is a great tool for individuals and small businesses who don’t see a lot of traffic to their website. You can also use it to build your site and “host” it as you grow and change. Eliteservermanagement.com’s WebsiteBuilder is an easy-to-use tool that will help you build your website in no time.

 

Website Builder Hosting is your primary web hosting. It’s a smart idea to look into other options that offer more security and growth potential for your site.

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The Jewell of Pkv Denial

 

 

Here’s a question for all you deep thinkers. Can a fairytale really have a happy ending?

 

Imagine the classics today; Cinderella could never marry the prince, the problem of female binge drinking coupled with a march towards a 24 hour boozing culture simply wouldn’t allow her to leave the ball by midnight. Sleeping Beauty would be Pkv literally a 50/1 shot to get a decent kip with all the ASBO ridden teenagers roaming the streets, and if Jack is gullible enough to swap a cow for a handful of magic beans, he’d be well advised to steer clear of the betting exchanges.

 

I ask this question because Wigan’s charge to the Cup final is nothing short of a modern day fairytale, but like the examples above, a happy ending is highly unlikely. I would love to see Wigan win it, I’ve always been a fan of the underdog, although the wife usually needs convincing. The head must always rule the heart when punting though; Man U demolished Wigan 4-0 in the league, a reversal is unlikely. Get on United at 8/13 to win the match in 90 minutes.

 

Van Nistelrooy had the cheek to berate Harry Kewell for going down easily last week; he’ll be having a pop at Celine Dion next for having a long face. Van the man is a worthy favourite at 7/2 to open the scoring in the Cardiff showpiece; he’s 9/2 to bag a pair.

 

Gary Neville’s had a bad week, he’s been fined £5,000 by the FA for doing the Haka in front of devastated Liverpool supporters, and news has just broke that the police are struggling to find the identity of the burger throwing scally, although they’ve safely ruled out Wayne Rooney. It’s 12 games without a goal for Roon the loon, the big lad’s due, he’s available at 5/4 to score at any time.

 

Whatever the outcome on Sunday evening, Wigan’s charge to Cardiff has brought a little romance back to the Cup, and win or lose, the great sport of football will be the winner. Or to be more factual, football and Man Utd will be the winners, Wigan will lose heavily. A 3-0 win for United is available at 10/1, give it some thought.

 

Back to the Premiership, before the Barcelona match, Jose Mourinho compared the Chelsea pitch to an ugly scientist. I took offence to that, my wife looks a lot like Stephen Hawking. However, I’m not one to hold a grudge, especially as Jose’s boys will make me a few quid this weekend. Pompey have played Chelsea five times in the Premiership, the Champions have won either 2-0 or 3-0 every time. At 11/4 for either outcome to occur, my valueometer has just exploded.

 

Newcastle are like a new team since Graeme Souness left, unfortunately, still not a very good one. The stats show a dramatic improvement for the Toon since Souey was chopped, but there’s a question mark over the Villa and Southampton wins. Everton are the visitors to St James’ Park and their recent form is sensational; not for the first time, I’m playing away from home. Tuck in to the Toffees at 2/1.

 

Liverpool should be backed at 1/2 to see off Man City; as soon as Psycho handed Robbie Fowler to the Reds on a silver plate, sod’s law demanded that he’d break his goal scoring duck against the team that gave him away. By the way, don’t pass this on to Steve McClaren; he’ll probably bid £3 million for the duck.

 

How quickly things change. On a cold day two weeks ago, McClaren was an awful manager who couldn’t be trusted in the transfer market and a relegation battle was on the cards. Today, it’s a little bit warmer. Luckily for Boro, Albion are in an even worse state, McClaren’s men are the call at 7/4.

 

 

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