Constitutional reform– PM says to be implemented before next electionsThe interim report submitted to Cabinet by the Steering Committee on Constitutional Reform (SCCR) has recommended reduction in the powers assigned to the presidency, according to Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo.Prime MinisterMoses NagamootooNagamootoo, who has responsibility for governance matters, told the media recently that the interim report looked at a number of issues including the need to reduce some of the powers allotted to the President, the need for more geographical representation in parliament, among others.He explained that the report contains a long list of areas that should be considered in the constitutional reform process but it will eventually come down to priorities.“The interim report is a good document but it goes into some areas that are very detailed in terms of what ought to be changed in the constitution, not what must be changed,” he explained.In disclosing some of the contents of the report, Nagamootoo said it contained, “what we said during the campaign, that we are going to tame some of the (presidential) powers, we are going to look also at the geographic system and whether you have enough representation in parliament in terms of geographic constituencies.”He added, “They have gone into some details on how to change the nature of our parliamentary democracy and how to balance the powers, with the power of the judiciary with that of the legislative.”While not identifying which specific areas should be targeted as a matter of priority, he said it is critical that changes to the constitution occur before General and Regional Elections 2020.“You want these constitutional reforms to be completed before another elections,” the Prime Minister stated.In a recent interview with the Government Information Agency (GINA), Nagamootoo posited that constitutional reform paves the way for a new consultative, democratic and inclusive political culture in Guyana.A six-member steering committee on constitutional reform was established by the Prime Minister in August 2015 with prominent attorney Nigel Hughes as the convener who had presented the interim report on January 2.The final report should have been presented at the end of March, however, as a result of the sudden death of one of the most experienced professionals on the subject, Haslyn Parris, the report has been deferred.Nonetheless, the Prime Minister advised that he was assured by Hughes that the report will be submitted shortly. “He will be able to deliver the final report on the recommendations on how to proceed with constitutional reform in Guyana.”When the final report is received, the Prime Minister said he will further advise on the next step.It is expected that a constitutional reform commission will come on stream and it is this committee which will effect the changes to the Constitution.Government promised that they will have consultations with civil society and the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) before making any constitutional reforms.
The five family members, including three children, who last Thursday suffered what a doctor described as ‘suffocation due to heat’ in their Zeon Town, ELWA community home, have thankfully survived their ordeal.They are Sabastine Saye, his wife, Joyce Bartuah and their three children, Erica, 5, Eric, 5, and Patience Saye, 15.Doctor Rufus Tall, head of the Sunrise Clinic in the ELWA Community, where the victims received treatment, told the Daily Observer via mobile phone that the family suffered a major suffocation due to heat in the room.The heat was produced from an unattended coal pot in their room while they were asleep, said the doctor, who further explained that charcoal has some dangerous chemicals that could cause unconsciousness, if not handled properly.When the Daily Observer visited the victims early Monday morning, the wife (Joyce) said that the tragedy started on her twin children, Erica and Eric.According to her, she went outside to prepare her cassava gravy soup, which is part of her daily routine to sustain the family. She said she was on her way back to the room, when one of the twins started to shout, “Mama see, Mama see,” but when she looked around she couldn’t find anything, but the child kept yelling at her to see.Joyce said it was then that she began to call for help and then she lapsed into unconsciousness, and then her husband and her big daughter followed.Joyce said her family is grateful to their neighbors who helped to take them to the clinic. She said they are presently staying with a relative in the same community.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Arsene Wenger has handed George Dobson his first professional contract Arsenal youngster George Dobson has signed his first professional contract with the Premier League club.Dobson, 17, has been a regular for the Gunners’ under-18 and under-19 sides, making several appearances in the Uefa Youth League this season.The defender also made his debut for Arsenal under-21s back in September in the 2-1 defeat to Newcastle.Comfortable at centre-back or in the defensive midfield role, Arsenal’s youth coaches are said to have high hopes for Dobson.“Everyone at Arsenal would like to congratulate George on his first professional contract. We look forward to his continued progression with the club,” a statement on the club’s website read. 1
When Portugal international Bruma crossed to the far post, Lookman, 20, nudged the ball onto the woodwork and French striker Jean-Kevin Augustin tapped home the rebound.Having scored on his Bundesliga debut three weeks ago, Lookman played well before being replaced by Danish forward Yussuf Poulsen for the last half hour.With Lookman on the Leipzig bench, Cologne roared back with two goals in the final 20 minutes.“If you play like we did in the second half then you don’t deserve to take a point,” moaned Leipzig midfielder Marcel Sabitzer.Vincent Koziello, Cologne’s new signing from French league side Nice in January, smashed home a left-footed shot on 70 minutes to claim his first Bundesliga goal.Then substitute midfielder Leonardo Bittencourt, who has just recovered from a groin injury, fired home at the back post seven minutes later.The defeat leaves Leipzig sixth while Cologne remain eight points from safety with 10 games left.“In the Bundesliga, you can’t just play well for 45 minutes,” fumed Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuettl.“You can’t play football much better than we did in the first half, but after the break, it was as if the plug had been pulled — there was nothing left.”– Bentaleb’s sweet return –Earlier, Schalke climbed from sixth to third as Nabil Bentaleb scored on his comeback to seal their 2-0 victory at 10-man Bayer Leverkusen.It was a sweet return for the ex-Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, who was dropped from Schalke’s squad a fortnight ago and told to improve his attitude.Bentaleb’s penalty just before the final whistle capped a deserved win for Schalke who had taken the lead with just 11 minutes gone in Leverkusen.Guido Burgstaller flicked the ball over a defender and fired into the bottom left corner of the net from 15 yards.“We said clearly that we want to perform well and we succeeded in doing that,” said Schalke’s director of sport Christian Heidel.However, Heidel revealed win was overshadowed by injuries to two Schalke fans, one of whom fell down stairs and is “in critical condition”, after suffering a head trauma.Schalke will be without Burgstaller for their next league game at Hertha Berlin after he picked up a first-half booking — his fifth yellow card of the season.Leverkusen had defensive midfielder Dominik Kohr sent off for a second yellow card after 38 minutes.Schalke poured forward and sealed the win thanks to a Leverkusen mistake.Teenage Greece defender Panagiotis Retsos sent Swiss striker Breel Embolo tumbling in the area and when referee Daniel Siebert pointed to the spot, Bentaleb, a second-half replacement, drilled home the penalty on 89 minutes.“We played very well and created a lot of chances in the first half,” said Schalke coach Domenico Tedesco.“We counter attacked well after the break and I am happy to go home with the three points.”Schalke are level with second-placed Borussia Dortmund on 40 points — a massive 20 behind runaway league leaders Bayern Munich.The Bavarian giants were held to a goalless draw at home to Hertha Berlin on Saturday, the first time they had failed to score a league goal at the Allianz Arena since May 2015.Despite outshooting Hertha 19-5 — Bayern could not break through, which cost them two possible records.Top-scorer Robert Lewandowski, who had 10 shots on goal, missed the out-right record of scoring in 12 consecutive home league games.Jupp Heynckes also missed the chance to become the first Bayern coach to claim 15 straight wins in all competitions.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Young English midfielder Ademola Lookman’s starring performance couldn’t save Leipzig from defeat © AFP / ROBERT MICHAELBERLIN, Germany, Feb 25 – Ademola Lookman created a goal but RB Leipzig squandered the chance to go second in the Bundesliga on Sunday after crashing to a 2-1 defeat at home to bottom side Cologne.Lookman, an England Under-21 winger on loan from Everton, shone during his 59 minutes, hitting the post in the move that led to the opening goal on five minutes at Leipzig’s Red Bull Arena.
Harry Redknapp has confirmed he has held talks with Dan Ashworth as the Football Association step up their search for a new England manager.FA technical director Ashworth is part of a three-man panel, along with Martin Glenn and David Gill, tasked with selecting Roy Hodgson’s successor.Redknapp, tipped as a potential candidate for the role, does not expect to have any involvement in the new set-up, but he has been sought out for his opinion.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Tottenham, QPR and West Ham boss said: “I did have a meeting with Dan Ashworth.“We had a coffee and a chat. It was generally about football. I enjoyed it. I had a good meeting with him, it was interesting.”Sam Allardyce is the current frontrunner to succeed Hodgson, who quit after overseeing a disastrous Euro 2016 campaign.The Sunderland boss left the club’s pre-season training camp in Austria earlier this week to hold talks over the job.Redknapp had pushed Glenn Hoddle forward for a second spell as Three Lions boss last month, but he believes Big Sam would be a good choice by the FA if he does get it.“I was in Glenn’s camp… but I will be delighted if Sam gets it,” he insisted.“Sam is a good man. He has plenty of knowledge, he will have plenty of enthusiasm for the job, so I will have no problems if Sam gets the job.“I want an English manager, that is important to me. I want to see one of the English boys get it.“It will be interesting if Sam gets the job who they put alongside him. I am sure they will want to bring in a young guy as a manager for the future. That seems to be the plan. It will be interesting who they select, if Sam gets the job, to work with him.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FRIDAY Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY Grand opening of the Santa Clarita Community Center, 10 a.m. at 22421 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 255-4939. Celebrating Diversity story time, 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Newhall branch of the Italian Catholic Federation will meet for dinner and socializing, 6:30 p.m. at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church hall, 23233 W. Lyons Ave., Newhall. Cost: $5. Call Lorraine at (661) 284-1923. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY Live animal program, 2-3 p.m. at the Valencia Library, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 259-8942. Junior Rangers will meet, 2-4 p.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Photo Workshop on the preservation of photographs and the care and storage of photographs, 2 p.m. at the Saugus Train Station at Heritage Junction, 24101 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call Pat Saletore at (661) 254-2517. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. Music jam session, 2 p.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Local musicians welcome. Call (661) 252-6885. MONDAY SCV Historical Society Board of Directors meeting, 6:30 p.m. at Heritage Junction, 24101 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY Lions Club will meet, 7:15 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-8677. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463. Boating safety class, titled “Basic and Advanced Coastal Navigation,” 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, 23233 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 268-0143. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Mobile Solutions Van from the Braille Institute will be available for the visually impaired, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call John Taylor at (661) 259-9444, Ext. 125. Community Mixer to kick off the annual Arthritis Walk, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Valencia Acura, 23955 Creekside Road, Valencia. The event is scheduled for April 30. Call Terri Soto at (818) 995-7378. Winter pajama story time, 6:30 p.m. at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 251-2720. Santa Clarita chapter of the Los Angeles Opera League will meet, 7 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Service Center, 24271 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call Olga Joseau at (661) 297-3086. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. at the Sierra Hills clubhouse, 28616 Kenroy Ave., Canyon Country. Call Desiree Nascimento at (800) 858-4749, Ext. 114. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Dual Diagnosis Group for those who are chemically dependent and affected by mental illness, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at St. Francis Counseling Center, 25050 Avenue Kearny, Suite 101, Valencia. Call (661) 294-2880. SCV Underwater Hockey group will play, 8-9 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center, 20850 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Cost: $3. Call Ben Jarvis at (661) 510-2665. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. THURSDAY Children’s Bureau will hold an information meeting for those interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents, 6:30-8 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 27265 Luther Drive, Canyon Country. Call (661) 272-9996 or visit www.all4kids.org. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org for location. To submit an event for the Daily News calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355.
SANTA CLARITA – Come August, Golden Valley High School will enter its third year and begin competing in the powerful Foothill League, minus several athletes who transferred to other local schools with established – and winning – sports programs. The following year, West Ranch High School in Stevenson Ranch will join this league that consistently produces top teams in sports ranging from football to tennis. But in a community where youth sports are so competitive that 6-year-olds play on all-star travel teams, the Santa Clarita Valley’s two new high schools’ athletic programs can expect to struggle as players look at their available options through transfer policies. “First years are difficult,” said Brian Stiman, athletic director at Valencia High, where he retired last year after 10 years as head football coach. “It definitely starts in youth sports,” Stiman said. “Athletics has a huge emphasis in this valley, on family life. Kids start playing competitive sports in elementary school. In high schools it’s a big thing.” Jamie Faulconer, a Saugus father of five, three of whom are in youth sports, says he sees parents priming their children to “get noticed” at 9 and 10 years old. “Some of these parents are paying $200 a week for their kids to take lessons for pitching, batting, fielding. They have mental coaching,” Faulconer said. “It’s crazy at this level. So many kids get burned out. It’s hard to sustain that high intensity level from 8 to 18 and look for a college scholarship. It’s over the top.” Last year, Faulconer coached his son and other 5- and 6-year-old baseball players in the William S. Hart PONY League, then had so much fun with the kids he agreed to coach a post-season tournament team that traveled to play other league all-stars. “We were pretty low-key, we were teaching kids who wanted to play how to play,” Faulconer said. “But there were teams out there that were hard-core.” It’s that kind of play that makes for top athletes who play at local high schools. Golden Valley head baseball coach Michael Bunch said he’s humbled by the talent his Grizzlies will face next year in the Foothill League. “It’s tough when you’re around these programs, there are some very talented teams,” Bunch said. “They’re as good as any (community college) program.” Already Golden Valley has lost four football players to Canyon and Hart high schools – two perennial powerhouses who faced each other in this year’s Southern Section Division II final that ended with Canyon winning the title. And when the spring semester started last month, five baseball players had left – some of them among the eight players who were dropped from the program because they failed to meet the required 2.0, or “C,” grade-point average, Bunch said. That’s not to say Golden Valley sports programs aren’t finding some successes this year, playing a freelance varsity schedule before joining the league. It appears the girls’ basketball team will make the CIF Division III playoffs having won most of its games. Boys soccer did well, too, as did the swim team, said Joel Nelson, the assistant principal and athletic administrator. “We stand by the fact that kids in our area should go to our school,” Nelson said. “As we approach going to the Foothill League – we’re excited about that – but we have to make sure we can compete.” “It’s definitely challenging,” Bunch added. Valencia High’s Stiman has managed to see his young team to two CIF championship games. Valencia fielded its first varsity squad in 1996, the inaugural season ending with a dismal 2-8 record. “We were kind of crippled by circumstance at that time – not just myself, but all of Valencia High because at the time they opened up Valencia High School they also had started open enrollment. It crippled us in terms of athletics.” Stiman said one player – star Manual White – made Valencia a stand-out over its first decade. White has since graduated from University of California, Los Angeles, and gone on to play in the NFL, but Stiman lauds White’s determination to play ball at his home school and set an example to players who sought transfers to established programs. “Our first varsity season was in ’96; we got to the championship game in ’99,” Stiman said. “I was asked how we made it there so quickly for a brand-new program. I said ‘Manual White.’ I could have said ‘Hey, I worked hard, coached all these kids up.’ But the reality there was that Manual White thought the school was right for him. He chose to go to Valencia over other schools. He could have gone to Hart. Those are extremely good programs and they have been for a long, long time. “His parents stood their ground and once he arrived, he was well-known. Kids said, ‘Hey, if he’s going there, why shouldn’t I?’ He paved the way. By his actions he spoke volumes.” Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “It will be difficult for Golden Valley to step up after losing quality athletes, then have to experience the first year in the Foothill League, which is arguably one of the best leagues in the state. That’s a tall order.” Joining a fledgling program is a gamble for promising athletes, whose parents often worry their kids won’t get the exposure needed to attract college-scholarship offers, Stiman said. With tuition and room and board hovering around $15,000 a year at California public universities and private institutions costing upward of $40,000 a year, parents are looking for the program that will best help their kids secure college funding. And up against sports programs at more- established schools – Hart, Canyon, Saugus and Valencia – the unknown can be a risk. “I think there are two sides, and I can understand both sides,” Stiman said. “What comes into play is the lure of the almighty college scholarship – that I think in the Santa Clarita Valley is the driving force for parents. But in reality, if you’re a quality athlete they will find you. I really believe that.” The region is small-town in some respects. Kids grow up together on competitive football, baseball, softball, basketball, soccer and swim teams that have bulging enrollments and waiting lists. And they learn to play hard as each just-for-fun sport turns hard-core, usually by age 10.
AS the war of attrition in Tralee saw Donegal’s men come up short against a very aggressive Kerry side, the county’s ladies were putting on a show in Ballyshannon in their top of the table clash with Clare.Donegal saw off the visitors in the Lidl National Division Two clash by 4-11 to 2-7.Yvonne McMonagle scored a hat-trick of goals and Geraldine McLaughlin added another as Donegal made it five wins from five outings. The win ended Clare’s previously unbeaten record.Donegal manager Micheal Naughton was delighted after the game.There were also victories for Westmeath, Sligo and Cavan in Division 2Elsewhere today the County U16 League Development team shocked favourites Cavan with a superb win in Killybegs. Killybegs player Susi White put in a real captain’s performance and hit some stunning points as she led Donegal to a 3-06 to 2-05 victory.There were also notable performances from Amy Laverty (Mac Cumhaills) and Clare Doherty (St Eunan’s).Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 1Tyrone 0-1 Dublin 3-18Kerry 2-6 Mayo 2-8Armagh 3-7 Galway 1-19Cork 5-16 Monaghan 1-3Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 2 Westmeath 4-14 Meath 3-12Donegal 4-11 Clare 2-7Sligo 1-13 Kildare 1-9Laois 0-12 Cavan 0-16Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 3Wexford 3-7 Waterford 1-17Leitrim 7-9 Offaly 4-10Roscommon 3-15 Fermanagh 2-2Down 2-11 Tipperary 8-16Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 4 Wicklow 6-18 Derry 0-1Antrim 1-11 Louth 2-3Carlow 0-3 Longford 8-21YVONNE THE STAR OF THE SHOW AS DONEGAL LADIES SEE OFF CLARE was last modified: March 7th, 2016 by John2Share 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:CavanClaredonegalLadiesSusi White
Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 2 smart causal targets Buffon won nine titles with Juve, including seven on the bounce 2 There was huge interest in the 40-year-old just like there has been throughout his career where he established himself as one of the best in his position.In 2001 Juventus made him the most expensive goalkeeper in the world when they paid Parma £32million for him, but he was a wanted man on the rest of Europe, too.Arsenal, who he faces in a high-profile pre-season friendly in Singapore, were one of the many clubs interested.“From what I know, there have been three serious times when English clubs made an approach for me,” he revealed in 2017.“Two of them were when I was a young player at Parma, and I know Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger asked about me – and then, when Manchester City was taken over, I know they approached Juventus.” What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Arsenal news possible standings Gianluigi Buffon is busy getting ready for a new season, but for the first time in 17 years, it is not in Italy.The goalkeeper joined Paris Saint-Germain from Juventus in the summer, bringing an end to a trophy-laden career. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LATEST REVEALED Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REVEALED NEW ERA However, he didn’t want to give up the medals he had grown accustomed to winning in Turin. In total he won nine league titles and even stayed with Juve when they were relegated to Serie B in 2006.“There are many reasons why none of the deals happened. Even though the Premier League is a special league, I have always wanted to stay loyal to Juventus.“I have always been very successful here. I would not have changed anything.”Buffon, though, eventually decided to seek pastures new in 2018 and in May announced he was leaving the club, with PSG completing the signing in July. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? gameday cracker BIG PRESENTS UP TOP silverware Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Buffon, 40, moved to PSG from Juventus in the summer
Following the news of Joe Cole’s decision to retire from playing football, talkSPORT.com looks at who from the so called ‘golden generation’ is still playing.Cole was among a crop of outstanding individuals of which the nation rested their tournament hopes on between 2002 and 2006, but he and England ultimately came up short each time and never progressed beyond the quarter-finals. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions England’s ‘Golden Generation’ at the 2006 World Cup While success on the international stage eluded them, many from that team flourished with their respective clubs and continued to prosper in their chosen fields post-retirement.Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard have made the effortless transition into club management while Gary Neville has earned the reputation as a knowledgeable and respected pundit with Sky Sports.However, not everyone from the Sven-Goran Eriksson era is yet to hang up their boots. Record scorer for both the Three Lions and Manchester United, Wayne Rooney now turns out for MLS side DC United, where he has impressed with a series of tireless performances to lead them to the play-offs.And it was Rooney who recently said some of his former international team-mates can’t come to terms with the progress being made by the current national side. MONEY Wayne Rooney will win his 120th cap on Thursday 3 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Also across the pond, Ashley Cole, considered by many at the time to be the best left back in the world, is a regular for LA Galaxy, whom he joined from Roma in 2016.Now 37, the former Arsenal and Chelsea defender amassed 107 caps for England, playing in five major tournaments. Getty REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 3 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Gary Neville is a respected pundit for Sky Sports ADVICE Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 3 BEST OF Latest Football News no dice Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury huge blow Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade