More Togel poker rooms going smoke-free

For more than a decade, nonsmoker Sylvia Reiter has played poker through a cloud of cigarette smoke at Palace Station’s poker room.

 

Reiter, whose husband and two sons work in Strip casinos, is used to smoky surroundings. Starting this month, things have been very different for Reiter during her regular poker game. Last week she sat cheek and jowl with other players in a smoke-free room — the only nonsmoking gambling area in the casino.

 

“I think it’s wonderful,” said Reiter, a regular casino visitor since 1961 who has lived in Las Vegas for the past 16 years. “Even the smokers I play with are happy about it.”

 

Palace Station, along with Station Casinos Inc. sister properties Santa Fe Station and Texas Station, this year started following a trend that began in earnest in 2001 when poker rooms at the Mirage and Bellagio resorts banned smoking.

 

Since then, nearly every major Togel hari ini poker room on the Strip has quietly gone smoke-free. Others including the Flamingo, Gold Coast and Aladdin have followed suit in recent months.

 

A few poker rooms like those at the Luxor and Sahara went smokeless when they decided to expand. In another sign that nonsmoking rooms aren’t hurting business, others such as the Bellagio and Bally’s are expanding already smoke-free rooms.

 

Signature properties Wynn Las Vegas, MGM Grand and Caesars Palace also are expected to open new poker rooms in the coming months that will be smoke-free.

 

It’s a trend that Weldon Russell says will spread off-Strip to include big and small casinos alike in the coming years.

 

“Other poker rooms will eventually go smokeless,” said Russell, corporate director of bingo, keno and poker for Station Casinos.

 

Several factors are contributing to the smoke-free trend.

 

Many poker players who flock to the Strip are from states such as California that have banned smoking in public areas, casino operators say.

 

“Personally, I thought it would never happen,” Mirage Director of Poker Operations Donna Harris said of smoke-free poker rooms. “But with players being from California and California’s restrictive laws, people had become accustomed to it.”

 

Customers who think this step will lead to entire smoke-free casinos or casinos with large nonsmoking areas will be disappointed: Operators say that won’t happen in the foreseeable future because a significant number of gamblers and other casino patrons still smoke and like it that way.

 

Operators say poker rooms are a different animal because they tend to be small spaces that are enclosed from the rest of the casino to keep out noise.

 

With the explosion of televised poker tournaments and online poker rooms, casino poker rooms in Las Vegas are bursting at the seams. Poker rooms that averaged a few full tables on weekends a year ago now have waiting lists of more than an hour long. Women and younger players are getting pointers from television and the Internet and joining games that historically have been dominated by older men.

 

More players means more smokers interspersed in the mix, making the air unbearable even for die-hard smokers.

 

“The rooms are too small and you can’t get rid of the smoke,” Russell said. “On a Friday night you could cut the air with a knife.”

 

Some smokers have resisted the trend.

 

Reiter said a fellow player told everyone that he would “never come back to this place” after Palace Station went smoke-free. “Needless to say, he came back the next day and has been here ever since,” she said.

 

Palace Station poker room manager Gary DeWitt said he was ready to fight the trend a year ago “probably because I’m a smoker myself.”

 

DeWitt, scanning a full poker room on a Tuesday afternoon, said the move has been good for business.

 

“This time I’m 100 percent for it,” he said. “The time was right.”

 

For players who still want to smoke, it’s a short jaunt to the casino floor, where smoking is allowed. Dealers save seats for players so they can eat, drink, smoke and take bathroom breaks during marathon sessions.

 

Reiter typically plays for eight to nine hours at a stretch while her husband works the swing shift. A friend she gambles with “smokes like a chimney” but has learned to live with the nonsmoking policy.

 

“She told me, ‘I won’t quit but I’ll smoke less,’ ” she said.

 

Russell said the move to smoke-free rooms has boosted business for Station Casinos, which still allows smoking at its Boulder Station and Sunset Station poker rooms as well as poker tables in the main casino at Fiesta Rancho and Fiesta Henderson. The two other poker rooms will probably go smoke-free because the experiment has worked so far, he said.

 

“We gained more customers than we lost if we lost any,” he said.

 

Santa Fe in January became the first Station property to offer a smoke-free poker room. Smokers and nonsmokers flocked to the casino to see the results and then requested smoke-free rooms at Texas Station and Palace Station, which adopted the policy this month, Russell said.

 

“They didn’t realize how smoky it really was” until they saw a nonsmoking room, he said. “A lot of smokers don’t realize how bad it can get.”

 

Harris said the Mirage and Bellagio went smoke-free at the same time so as not to pick up the other property’s smokers.

 

The properties lost some hard-core smokers to locals casinos that still allow smoking “but much fewer than we anticipated,” she said.

 

Whether smoke-free rooms have helped business is hard to determine because the popularity of poker has increased gambling volume exponentially, she said.

 

Bellagio, considered the most luxurious poker room on the Strip, will be adding 10 more tables by the end of April to meet demand. Sister property MGM Grand will open a new nonsmoking room with 25 tables by early April.

 

The nonsmoking policy has its perks, Harris said.

 

Players are gambling longer and “aren’t walking out of here smelling like smoke,” she said. The policy also means “no dirty ashtrays or burn holes” on the tables.

 

For Garrett Okahara, playing poker always meant being able to smoke.

 

“I’ve always believed that smoking, drinking and gambling go hand in hand,” said Okahara, director of poker operations at the Orleans. “But now we live in a more health-conscious society.”

 

Okahara, a smoker and poker player, grew up in Las Vegas and dealt games at the Primm casinos before managing the Orleans poker room, Las Vegas’ largest at 35 tables. The Orleans’ room is virtually smoke-free because it permits smoking only during the graveyard shift between 3 a.m. and 9 a.m.

 

“I don’t necessarily agree with it but it seems like a majority of people would rather have a nonsmoking room,” Okahara said. “We live in a more health-conscious society.”

 

These days, a majority of players appear to be nonsmokers, though some of the newer and younger poker players smoke, he said.

 

Russell said the nonsmoking trend will continue in part because of a dwindling number of poker rooms that still allow smoking.

 

People who still want to smoke will end up congregating at those places, making the air even worse for players, he said.

 

“They’ll eventually go nonsmoking or they will go out of business,” he said.

 

 

 

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The Germans defend Luca Toni: It’s the Qq Poker Online Italians’ fault!

 

 

Luca Toni spent the whole European Championship without netting a goal, but his German fans know that it was down to the Italian’s negative tactics.

“What did the Italians do to Toni? He doesn’t score, he suffers and complains. Luckily, he shaved that dreadful moustache,” wrote Bild Zeitung in defence of the Bundesliga’s top scorer. “Here at Bayern he receives accurate passes from Ribery and Klose, while for his country he has to retreat in order to receive the ball, which come to him Qq Poker Online high and wide,” added the top-selling daily.

 

Munich Abendzeitung laid the blame on coach Roberto Donadoni. “Teams like Italy that sit and wait for penalties are few and far between.”

Frankfurter Allgemeine revealed an exchange of text messages between Toni and Klose. The Italian complained to his pal about his “best friend” having betrayed him. Klose asked if he could be of any help. Toni replied, “I mean the ball. It’s my best friend and now we are not at the best of terms.”

 

Spain and Portugal agree on joint bid for the 2018 WC

 

It is common knowledge that the 2014 World Cup will be played in Brazil, but where will it go next? The bids for the following tournament are being prepared and an irresistible bid is being made by neighbours Spain and Portugal. “If Spain hands its bid for the 2018 World Cup, it will be in alliance with Portugal,” said the Spanish FA president, Ángel María Villar.

Speaking for Antena 1, the Spanish soccer leader called the idea on the joint bid “brilliant,” praising Portugal as a “excellent partner, who fulfils all the conditions for a joint act.”

The elaboration of the “brilliant” idea is to follow, because it will have to be approved by both countries’ governments.

 

Joao Havelange clams two World Cups were fixed

 

Former FIFA president, Brazilian Joao Havelange, sensationally told the Brazilian media that the 1966 and 1974 World Cups, won by hosts England and West Germany, were fixed. Havelange, who took up office only in 1974, said the referees directly influenced the outcomes of the two tournaments. “In three games Brazil played in 1966, seven out of nine referees and linesmen were British, and two Germans, all part of the effort to help England and Germany reach the finals, as the English Sir Stanley Rous (then FIFA’s president) wanted. “The same thing happened 1974 in Germany. Our game against Holland was refereed by a German (Tschentscher) and we lost, while Germany won the Cup (against Holland). Although we had the best team in the world, the same that won the 1970 Cup in Mexico, it was planned beforehand that the home countries should win the titles.

 

Rummenigge furious at Real Madrid: Let United tell them ‘no’!

 

Bayern’s Executive Committee chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge rose against Real Madrid for their unlawful interference with Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

Rummenigge, who is also the chairman of the European Clubs Association, an organization that replaced the infamous elitist G-14, wholeheartedly supports Manchester United in their conflict with Real, who brainwashed Ronaldo into pushing for a transfer to Santiago Bernabeu.

“The regulations are clear and Manchester United have a clear contract with the player for the next four years. Apart from this, I know Alex Ferguson very well and I know that his refusal is to be taken seriously,” said the German.

“The player and Real Madrid can reach any sort of agreement, but it’s United who have the last word and if they refuse the offer, there is nothing left to discuss.”

Madrid’s president Ramón Calderón indicated that he would be ready to play 85-90 million euros for the Portuguese wizard, while Real’s coach Bernd Schuster said that even one hundred million euros would not be too much for such a classy footballer.

 

Marcello Lippi: I am very, very happy

 

The new-old Italian national team coach, Marcello Lippi, has declared himself overjoyed with his return to the position he abandoned in July 2006.

“I am very, very, very happy. And very motivated. See you next week,” said Lippi to Gazzetta dello Sport.

These were his first words after being re-named coach two years after winning the ultimate prize in soccer – the World Cup. Ever since, he has been unemployed. The Italian football federation (FIGC) announced they would make an official presentation next week.

 

Beckenbauer slams Podolski: Why don’t you play so well at Bayern?

 

Lukas Podolski, the in-form German striker, has continued to baffle his employers at Bayern, where the international delivers only occasionally. One of those who would like to see the brighter side of Podolski a bit more often is Bayern Munich’s president, Franz Beckenbauer.

“Whenever I hear Podolski complaining about the lack of opportunities and trust by the coaching staff, say that nobody is stopping him from doing just as well here as he does for the national team. With such a form he would certainly be in the starting eleven,” wrote Beckenbauer in his column in Bild.

“When playing for Bayern, he is frequently inert, while at the Euros his body language says ‘pass me the ball, here I am.’ Podolski and Schweinsteiger have played so well as we have not seen them play at club level since 2006,” concluded the Kaiser.

“Poldi”, a naturalized Pole, came to Bayern two years ago and has yet to win a starting place, unlike in the national team, where he has been a regular since 2004.

 

 

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2010 Super Togel Hongkong Cup kicks off J. League campaign

 

 

Just as it was last season, the traditional season opening Fuji Xerox Super Cup will be contested by two J. League sides that have plenty of experience standing on the winner’s podium.

 

Kashima Antlers and Gamba Osaka will go head-to-head for the second consecutive year in the Super Cup, with Kashima looking for a repeat of their dominant 3-0 win last season.

 

Oswaldo de Oliveira’s all-conquering side have won three J. League titles in a row, but the wily Brazilian tactician has brushed aside suggestions that his team will lack motivation in 2010.

 

The Ibaraki giants have strengthened their squad with the additions of former Kyoto Sanga stopper Lee Jung-Soo and burly Brazilian full-back Gilton from Albirex Niigata, and the pair are expected to slot straight into the side to face Gamba.

 

The Osakans ended last season by lifting the Emperor’s Togel Hongkong Cup trophy at the National Stadium in Tokyo, and Akira Nishino’s experienced outfit will hope to taste similar success on another brisk afternoon in the capital.

 

The Kansai side will have to do it the hard way, with Satoshi Yamaguchi, Tomokazu Myojin and Sota Nakazawa all struggling with injury following Gamba’s bruising 0-0 draw away at K-League giants Suwon Bluewings in the Asian Champions League in midweek.

 

Kashima were also active in the Champions League in midweek, but they had an easier time of things at home to Chinese side Changchun Yatai, where a goal from Koji Nakata separated the two sides.

 

Former FC Basel man Nakata adds plenty of experience to Kashima’s star-studded squad, but the undoubted jewel in the crown is scheming playmaker Mitsuo Ogasawara.

 

The veteran midfielder looked unstoppable on his way to being crowned the 2009 J. League Player Of The Year, and Kashima’s mercurial captain will be desperate to showcase his talent in this marquee Super Cup match-up.

 

It may be considered little more than a glorified friendly by some, but with upwards of 35,000 fans expected to pile into the National Stadium to watch two of Japan’s most successful clubs do battle, there could be fireworks on show as the new J. League campaign kicks off.

 

With signings of this calibre it is evident that Sanchez’s dream does not stop at merely wining the Copa Libertadores but doing it in style.

 

As it turned out Corinthians were less than inspiring in their Copa Libertadores opener this week as they came from behind to beat Uruguayan minnows Racing Club at home. A capacity Pacaembu was rocked when the visitors took the lead in the first minute through Martin Cauteruccio.

 

Corinthians responded 10 minutes later when clever play from Ronaldo and Tcheco created an opening for Elias to stroke the ball home and level the scores.

 

Elias is generally known for his work in the engine room but it was he who popped again with what turned out to be the game’s winning goal 20 minutes from time.

 

With three points in the bag Corinthians have taken an early lead in Group 1 of the Copa Libertadores. Another huge step has been taken on the road to glory for Sanchez and his centurions.

 

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The Return of Captain Golden Qq Online Balls

 

 

It is possibly the biggest shock in English football this year, perhaps even topping this season’s FA Cup shocks or England’s national sides failure to qualify from what looked like a do-able group. But when Fabio Capello took over the reigns as England’s head coach he told everyone he would do things his way, from the tatics down to picking a new captain after appearing disappointed with the job John Terry had done under Steve McClaren’s stewardship. Today his announcement to give David Beckham the armband he reluctantly released nearly two years ago is the biggest indication yet that Capello is a man of his own will and way. It may be a fairly meaningless friendly in the grand scheme of things but do not underestimate how much this will mean to Beckham, who had tears in his eyes when he stepped down Qq Online after England’s failure at the last World Cup.

 

Some had suggested he was pushed by then new head coach Steve McClaren who was looking to make a statement when taking over the side and they might not be far from the truth. Everyone knows McClaren was an unpopular pick who was seen as a number two rather than in charge. McClaren’s decision to drop Beckham was supposed to be a sign that no one was safe from this new age. But when McClaren back-tracked and recalled Beckham for England’s qualifier against Estonia it was a sign of weakness that could not be repaired and became just one of many nails McClaren’s coffin in the end.

 

Many sympathised with Beckham when he stepped down, it had been a poor World Cup for most of the England squad, although reaching the quarter finals was a decent enough effort for any realist who understands football. Those fools who believe England still has a god given right to win every tournament they are involved in it was seen as another epic failure and Beckham was made a scapegoat. His emotional speech in relinquishing the captaincy was meet with a large round of applause by those in the room in respect for all he had done for his country.

 

Whilst his achievements must be put into context, that ‘goal’ against Greece was seven years ago, his desire to keep going has obviously impressed Capello because after achieving his 101st cap against USA last week he is still in the squad and is still providing those pinpoint freekicks and passes that no doubt give England an extra edge on the international scene. Beckham is now 33 and you imagine that his time on the international scene is going to come to an end sooner rather than later. My only hope is Capello hasn’t picked Beckham as captain just to draw some Hollywood glamour to a game which everyone knows England are only playing to gain the vote from CONCAF for their 2018 World Cup bid, which will be pointless if America launches their own bid as that vote will go to the way of our Colonial cousins.

 

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So this takes us to Sunday night’s friendly in the Caribbean which will no doubt be a snooze fest which England will win by the odd goal with no remarkable performances from anyone, including Beckham himself. Some believe that Beckham is only being kept on to pass on his knowledge to those youngsters coming through England’s ranks such as David Bentley, who is tipped to take over from Beckham when he eventually retires. But there has to be the age old question over why Bentley isn’t being given a chance to gain more experience in one of these meaningless friendly’s. But again it’s a chance for Capello to see first hand how Beckham handles the role of being captain so as to make a decision over who will become a permanent captain before the World Cup qualifiers start up in September. I for one am happy to see Beckham back wearing the armband because he is one of only a few who demonstrates any passion when playing for their country.

 

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Aplikasi Judi Online24Jam Terpercaya 2021 Levski Sofia top European defences

 

 

There is no doubt now: the best soccer is played in countries where attack rules over defence. Only one club from the top-leagues – Chelsea – feature among the best defending teams in a list ruled by Bulgarian, Czech, Ukrainian, Romanian and Serbian squads.

By far the best defence this season is that of Levski Sofia, who have conceded just 7 goals in 26 games, 0.27 goals per game. The Bulgarian leaders also head the best goals difference chart with an amazing 79-7 (+72!) ratio.

 

Team Goals/games Per game

 

  1. Levski 7/26 0,27
  2. CSKA Sofija 11/26 0,42
  3. Sporting Lisbon 15/28 0,54

4.-5. Slovan Liberec 15/26 0,58

Shakhtiar Donetsk 15/26 0,58

  1. Salzburg 19/32 0,59
  2. Dinamo Bucharest 18/30 0,60
  3. Vojvodina Novi Sad 18/29 0,62
  4. Chelsea 23/63 0,63

10.-11. Hajduk Split 20/31 0,64

Porto 18/28 0,64

 

 

Joey Barton could leave England, and he should

 

Manchester City’s Joey Barton may be Aplikasi Judi Online24Jam Terpercaya 2021 offloaded to a foreign club in the summer as a consequence of the series of incidents perpetrated by the one-time capped midfielder. It is just as well and perhaps Barton should search a country without an extradition treaty with the UK.

His teammate Ousmane Dabo is considering pressing charges against Barton for causing him severe injuries to his eye, nose and lip during an altercation at City’s training ground last week.

“I thought it was over and when I wanted to turn away he hit me with a terrible punch that knocked me out. He acted like a coward, it wasn’t a fair fight.”

Dabo’s left eye has been taped closed and he has swellings and facial marks following hospital treatment.

“When I woke up this morning I looked at myself in the mirror with my face all swollen up and I looked like the Elephant Man,” he told The Sun.

City suspended Barton, an experienced troublemaker who has been fined a couple of times over incidents like putting out a cigar in a teammate Jamie Tandy’s eye during the 2004 Christmas party or fighting with a teenage Everton fan in Bangkok and then with his teammate Richard Dunne who tried to intervene. Last march he was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a taxi driver.

According to Barton’s agent, there are plenty of teams interested in his client, whose price is set at 5.5 million pounds, not including insurance policies for his future teammates.

 

 

No double for Inter Milan

 

Roma hope to clinch its first trophy in its fourth successive Cup final against Inter Milan. Francesco Totti’s team thrashed the reigning champions, a resounding 6-2, edging closer to their eight Italian Cup, and first since 1991.

In the return leg next Wednesday Inter hope to repeat their own performance against the same rival in last summer’s Supercup, when they overturned a 0-3 deficit with four second half goals. Since 2005 Inter and Roma have met in two Coppa Italia finals and in a Supercup, with Inter winning every time. Inter’s coach Roberto Mancini holds the nickname of “King of Cups” having won six Italian Cups as a player and other four coaching Fiorentina, Lazio and Inter.

 

Sevilla: a treble or a collapse?

 

After Chelsea and Manchester United dropped out of the race for a treble, Sevilla is the only European team that retains the possibility of winning three trophies. In spite of losing 2-3 to Real Madrid in last Sunday’s big match in Madrid, Sevilla is within four points of a faltering Barcelona at the top of the league, while in both cups they have reached the finals. In the UEFA Cup, Juande Ramos’s team will defend the trophy against Espanyol on May 16th in Glasgow, while in the Spanish Cup they will meet Getafe on June 23th at Santiago Bernabeu. The remaining schedule for Sevilla is gruesome, as the Andalusians will have to play two games a week until the end of May.

 

Eto’o closer to leaving Barcelona

 

Samuel Eto’o has only a 40% chance of staying in Barcelona and just as much for joining Milan, claim the Italian daily Gazzetta dello Sport. The same source believe that Arsenal have the remaining 20% of snatching the Cameroonian striker.

Although his playing contribution is doubtlessly enormous, Eto’o has become a liability in the dressing room after making several enemies. Barca, who is reportedly attempting to sign Thierry Henry and the Brazilian Alfonso Alves from Heerenveen, may be willing to sell Eto’o dear, although at a lower price than the 150 million euros, the amount of the player’s buy-out clause. After recovering from knee injury, Eto’o has been scoring at the rate of a goal every 102 minutes and shares second place among Barcelona’s scorers this season with a total of 12 goals, behind Ronaldinho with 20.

 

For Deschamps, Juve’s title dream is a “utopia”

 

Juventus are on their way to the Italian Division 1, but they are not going to win the league right away, says their coach Didier Deschamps.

“I’m an ambitious person, but it is important not to lose a sense of reality. Much will be down to next summer’s reinforcements, but for now I think that dreaming of an immediate scudetto is a utopia,” said the Frenchman.

As far as Inter’s championship win, Deschamps has been fair:

“Good for them, they won fair and square, but we’ll meet next season.”

Inter are the team that were awarded Juventus’s 2006 title after the exposure that Juve’s directors had maintained illegal contacts with match referees.

 

Nantes go down after 44 years

 

One of the French greats, Nantes Atlantique, have been mathematically relegated with two games to go in spite of beating Bordeaux away 1-0. Wins by Nice and Valenciennes have made it certain that the Canaries could not be saved, alongside Sedan, level on 36 points.

 

Nantes have won eight championships, the last time in 2001, just before Lyon’s six-year winning run. One of the traditional French powerhouses, Nantes have had a chaotic season, having used four coaches and continuously shuffling the starting lineup. Not even the legendary keeper Fabien Barthez, brought as a saviour in December, could help extricate the team from their plight. In fact, with his erratic behaviour and less-than-convincing displays, the former World and European champion contributed to Nantes’s downfall.

 

Dinamo Zagreb break all records

 

Dinamo Zagreb have retained the Croatian title ahead of Hajduk Split in a season marked by several new records which will be tremendously difficult to break in the future.

Coached by Josip Kuze until the 13th round and by Branko Ivankovic since the end of October, the Zagreb Lions have registered 28 wins in 31 matches played so far, including 18 consecutive wins, all of them under Ivankovic’s guidance.

 

If they collect four or more points in the remaining two games, Dinamo will also establish a new record regarding the percentage of points won, which currently stands at 90.9% and has been held by the same team since the 1996/97 season.

The team’s top player, the naturalized Brazilian Eduardo da Silva, has scored 29 goals, equaling Goran Vlaovic’s mark from 14 seasons ago.

How high Dinamo’s standards are is reflected by the fact that the board of directors dismissed Kuze despite losing only a single league game in the first 13 rounds.

 

 

 

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Klinsmann forced out by Data Hk Bayern’s past

 

 

As we approach the climax to the season with sides across Europe beginning to know where they are going to end up it always comes as a shock to see a manager depart with such little time remaining. Especially when that manager is former German international Jurgen Klinsmann and his tenure at his current club has only been eight months. The former Tottenham striker upset the football odds by being forced to leave Germany’s biggest club Bayern Munich following their 1-0 defeat to Schalke despite being only three points off top spot with five games to go.

 

The situation all seems a little odd, looking on from the outside, when you consider that the season isn’t over and to make a change this late on might not have the desired impact. Bayern’s owners crave success, the fans crave it and most German football fans expect it when you consider how many Bundesliga titles and European Cups the club has won. The record breaking total of 21 league titles will certainly place pressure on whoever is in charge but you get the impression that Bayern’s on the field form was used as an excuse to sack the former German national coach.

 

Defeat at the weekend was only their seventh loss this season and in what is an incredibly tight Bundesliga that still leaves them in third spot, three points off the top. The real reason for the sacking of Klinsmann appears to be the disapproval over his training methods and the way he handles the players. The 44-year-old is known to be Data Hk heavily influenced by the training methods he observed of athletes in America, especially the way they psychologically prepared before an event.

 

Unfortunately for Klinsmann the methods he brought to the club don’t appear to have sat well with the board and it has been reported that Bayern president Franz Beckenbauer disagreed with the way the manager was training the players. Those of you who know your history will already be aware that Beckenbauer had two spells as manager himself. It seems then that the two German legends clashed when it came to the methods being used off the pitch and when push came to shove there was only going to be one winner.

 

Klinsmann’s sacking is a timely reminder that the manager doesn’t always have complete control over matters on the pitch, a certain Jose Mourinho will tell you all about that. Klinsmann has paid the price for trying something different and despite Beckenbauer being a national legend perhaps he should have taken a step back and seen how the season finished before dropping the axe on a promising young manager in a difficult job.

 

 

 

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Korea Squeeze Into Judi Online Quarters

 

 

It wasn’t pretty but South Korea scraped into the last eight of the Asian Cup with a 1-0 win over Indonesia in Jakarta. Saudi Arabia gave a big helping hand as they thrashed Bahrain 4-0 in the Sumatran city of Palembang.

 

The atmosphere in the Korean camp after the game was one of relief, not surprising when one considers that the team were bottom of Group D when Australian referee Mark Shield blew his whistle to signal the start of proceedings. One point from the previous two games had left Korea needing to win and hoping that the other result wasn’t a draw.

 

In the Korean camp prior to kick-off, there was a general expectation that the West Asian clash probably would end all-square. There was no bitterness just an awareness that such a thing could happen and it was Korea’s fault for putting themselves in the situation.

 

The Saudis were having none of it and, on a dry Palembang pitch, made sure that their West Asian neighbours were heading back home. The scoreline was harsh on Bahrain who had a number of good chances before the game got away from them midway through the second half.

 

90,000 fans packed in the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium didn’t care. It is sad that the special atmosphere created in the arena will not be experienced again in this Asian Cup. The chances of more than 5,000 turning up for what looks to be a fairly unglamorous quarter-final between the Saudis and Uzbekistan are about the same Judi Online as seeing a good word about the Indonesian FA printed in the nation’s media.

 

Like the previous game against Saudi Arabia, the president and his wife were in attendance and this time there were a good number of soldiers to go with the legions of security.. The Premier League may be the most popular in the world but their yellow-bib wearing spotty stewards aren’t a patch on Indonesia’s machine gun-toting, gum-chewing, mean-looking crowd control cadets.

 

Indonesian stewards

 

The Korean embassy had warned fans not to wander around in the colours of the Taeguk Warriors but, except the tearing down of a banner proclaiming friendship between Indonesia and Korea, I saw few problems. Even at the end of a game that saw the team defeated by the narrowest of margins when a draw would have seen them through, the disappointed fans applauded both teams off the pitch.

 

Goodbye Indonesia

 

“A hell of an atmosphere wasn’t it?” coach Pim Verbeek said to me after the game.

 

The Dutchman was hoarse obviously from shouting at his players in frustration. Korea had good chances to kill the game, especially in the second half, and really should have added to Kim Jung-woo’s 34th minute winner.

 

Korea’s wastefulness led to a final period that was tenser than it needed to be but the visitors deserved the win to set up a fourth successive Asian Cup quarter-final with Iran in Kuala Lumpur. It is 2-1 to Iran who took the lead in the mini-series with a thrilling 4-3 win in the Chinese city of Jinan three summers ago.

 

Korea will not be too sorry to leave Jakarta and its poor training pitches – there will be no such problems in Malaysia. Team Melli will pose a few however and the Taeguk Warriors will need to improve if KL is not merely to be a stop-off on their way back to Seoul.

 

The team’s interpreter told me that they “will definitely be back” in Jakarta for the final on July 29. That remains to be seen. A victory over Iran will see a semi against Iraq or Vietnam and suddenly Korea are dreaming of continental glory.

 

‘Tis a funny old game.

 

 

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English Premiership Soccer Betting and  Keluaran Sgp

 

 

 

Charlton Athletic could find themselves in further relegation worry this weekend while Bonfire Night should see away wins for both Arsenal and Chelsea writes David Walker.

 

Fulham vs Everton

Two sides enjoying an extended spell in the top 10 but it could be Fulham who edge closer to a place in Europe this Saturday. Chris Coleman’s side boast a 100% record against Everton at Craven Cottage since they joined the Premiership in 2001/02. Fulham have scored nine goals in these encounters with Everton finding the net just once. Fulham have won this match 2-0 on three occasions so correct scores fans could opt for that, or play it safe and bank on under 2.5 goals.

Walker’s Word

1×2: Fulham @ 8/5 (UK Betting)

AH: Fulham level ball @ evens (Bet365)

OU: Under 2.5 goals @ 8/13 (VCBet)

 

Bolton Wanderers vs Wigan Athletic

If Bolton are to realistically challenge Manchester United and Chelsea at the top of the Premiership they need to win home games like this one. Prior to beating Fulham at Craven Cottage last week, Wigan lost three out of four on the road and that is the kind of form Wanderers need to remind them about.

Walker’s Word

1×2: Bolton @ 5/6 (UK Betting)

AH: Bolton – ½ @ 19/20 (Bet365)

OU: Under 2.5 goals @ 8/13 (VCBet)

 

Charlton Athletic vs Manchester City

Poor old Charlton, already three points adrift of safety and they face a bogey side in Manchester City this weekend. The Addicks have not beaten City in their last four Keluaran Sgp attempts, losing twice and drawing 2-2 twice. They have not won since 2000/01 when they hammered the Blues 4-0 but have since suffered a 3-0 reverse and last season, a 5-2 humiliation on their own turf. Stuart Pearce’s side won their first match in four attempts against Middlesbrough on Monday and will fancy their chances at The Valley.

Walker’s Word

1×2: City @ 15/8 (VCBet)

AH: City + ¼ @ 33/40 (Bet365)

OU: Over 2.5 goals @ 5/4 (Bet365)

 

Liverpool vs Reading

Liverpool are clicking into gear at last after beating Bordeaux 3-0 in midweek and destroying unbeaten Aston Villa 3-1 at the weekend. They face Reading at Anfield for the second time in as many weeks, after beating them 4-3 in the Carling Cup and another home win is likely.

Walker’s Word

1×2: Liverpool @ 1/3 (Betfred)

AH: Liverpool – 1 ¼ @ 33/40 (Bet365)

OU: Over 2.5 goals @ 5/6 (VCBet)

 

Manchester United vs Portsmouth

While United have dropped points at Fratton Park on two of their last three visits, at Old Trafford they are much more solid, winning all three encounters since Pompey’s promotion in the 2003/04 campaign. United were humbled in Denmark against FC Copenhagen in the week and will want to get back to winning ways immediately. Portmsouth may boast the meanest defence in the league but United in full flow is a frightening prospect.

Walker’s Word

1×2: United @ 2/7 (Ladbrokes)

AH: United – 1 ½ @ 21/20 (Bet365)

OU: Over 3.5 goals @ 2/1 (Betfred)

 

Watford vs Middlesbrough

Two teams in the lower reaches of the division but Watford could be made to wait further to record their first league win of the season. The Hornets have proven to be tough to beat, grinding out six draws in 10 matches but Middlesbrough could extend their stay in the bottom three with a win at Vicarage Road.

Walker’s Word

1×2: Middlesbrough @ 15/8 (UK Betting)

AH: Middlesbrough level ball @ 43/40 (Bet365)

OU: Under 2.5 goals @ 8/13 (VCBet)

 

Newcastle United vs Sheffield United

Newcastle need to win this match if they are to avoid slipping into the bottom three but the club’s minor injury crisis could hold the key to this game. The Blades have reported a feud between Claude Davis and Ade Akinbiyi has been resolved which should boost morale but it is Newcastle that could pick up a season-boosting three points.

Walker’s Word

1×2: Newcastle @ 8/11 (UK Betting)

AH: Newcastle – ¾ @ 39/40 (Bet365)

OU: Over 2.5 goals @ 6/5 (VCBet)

 

Sunday 5 November

 

West Ham United vs Arsenal

Arsenal have a poor record at Upton Park, winning just one of their last five Premiership visits and showed they couldn’t hit a barn door against Spartak Moscow in the week, squandering 20 clear chances. However, the Hammers have been dreadful this season and will find the Gunners a much sterner test than Blackburn, who they beat last Sunday.

Walker’s Word

1×2: Arsenal @ 8/13 (Coral)

AH: Arsenal – ¾ @ ¾ (Bet365)

OU: Over 2.5 goals @ 10/11 (VCBet)

 

Aston Villa vs Blackburn Rovers

Villa’s unbeaten record was taken away from them last weekend by a rampant Liverpool but Martin O’Neill will see this match as a means of returning to winning ways. Mid table Blackburn have lost their last two in the league while the Villains have won this encounter by a 1-0 scoreline in the last two meetings at Villa Park.

Walker’s Word

1×2: Aston Villa @ 11/10 (Betfred)

AH: Villa – ½ @ evens (Bet365)

OU: Under 2.5 goals @ 8/13 (VCBet)

 

Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea

Chelsea have won the last three meetings at White Hart Lane by two 2-0 and one 1-0 scorelines. Another victory for Jose Mourinho’s side and another bet on the Under 2.5 goals market is the call.

Walker’s Word

1×2: Chelsea @ 8/11 (Ladbrokes)

AH: Chelsea – ¾ @ evens (Bet365)

OU: Under 2.5 goals @ 4/6 (VCBet)…

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Leandro’s exit could be felt further Agen Togel afield

 

 

 

 

Adam Griffiths is hardly the biggest name in Australian football.

 

He wasn’t the most high-profile star at his A-League club. He’s not even the most recognisable player in his family.

 

But the twin brother to Joel and older brother of Ryan made headlines this month when he swapped A-League club Gold Coast United for Saudi side Al-Shabab after just one game.

 

Gold Coast pocketed a cool $A650,000 for the transaction, but the ramifications of the move were perhaps not fully understood in Australia.

 

Al-Shabab’s decision to poach the no-frills defender signalled a willingness for Gulf clubs to look Down Under for their football stars.

 

Now that Gamba Osaka’s star striker Leandro is set to leave Agen Togel Japan in a 1 billion yen move with Qatari side Al-Sadd, it could spell trouble for both J. League clubs and those further afield.

 

When former Nagoya Grampus striker Davi cashed in his yen for the Gulf just as compatriots Baré and Magno Alves had done before him, respected J. League columnist Jeremy Walker wrote, “let them go.”

 

Walker argued that there were plenty more Brazilians to go around the J. League in the future.

 

But there are only so many Australian-born, locally-produced defenders of the calibre of Adam Griffiths to go around.

 

As influential Australian writer Jesse Fink has pointed out, an inadvertent effect of the AFC’s new “3+1” rule could be the plundering of more frugal leagues by those from the oil-rich Gulf states.

 

In Emerson, Baré and now Leandro, Gulf clubs have demonstrated a fondness for bustling strikers who provide a physical presence in front of goal.

 

That’s precisely the category that current A-League top scorer Shane Smeltz falls under.

 

Gold Coast United officials may claim that Smeltz is not for sale “at any price,” but these are the same officials who found an offer for Adam Griffiths too good to refuse.

 

Smeltz will lead the line for New Zealand in their upcoming World Cup qualifying playoff against either Saudi Arabia or Bahrain in October.

 

What price a Smeltz move to the Gulf states on the back of that World Cup showdown?

 

Back in Osaka, Gamba will downgrade from star striker Leandro to the slightly less exotic Cho Jae-Jin.

 

A Korean for a Brazilian – it’s a common trade in the J. League these days.

 

And Australian officials may also find that the departure of Adam Griffiths was a mere precursor of things to come, with the first trickle through the floodgates potentially yielding a torrent.…