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Howard Kendall Remembered

Immagine The most successful manager in the history of Everton Football Club. One of the esteemed triumvirate immortalised forever as the Holy Trinity – Kendall, Harvey, Ball.

He won the league championship as a player in 1969/70, as a manager in 1984/85 and 1986/87 and masterminded the most celebrated moment in the history of the Club when Everton defeated Rapid Vienna in the European Cup Winners Cup final in 1985 having put together a team that was in the words of Hans Krankl, the Rapid Vienna striker, “possibly the best side in the whole of Europe”.

That his sudden passing this morning has evoked such widespread and genuine sadness, a pervasive feeling of someone essential having slipped from our midst, is only one measure of the impact that Howard had on a club whose team became known as the School of Science under Harry Catterick in the 1960s and early 70s.

“He was a great manager to play for,” Graeme Sharp, one of Everton’s…

Liga e Premier, weekend di gol d'autore

Cristiano Ronaldo è il miglior marcatore nella storia del Real Madrid, superato Raul: 324 gol ma in appena 310 partite, contro le 741 dell'ex capitano. E' successo al 30' della partita vinta 3-0 contro il Levante. 
E il sorpasso non poteva che accadere in un weekend da ricordare.  Non solo per la sua quarta Scarpa d'Oro, ma perché, neanche a farlo apposta, secondo lo stesso Raul Gonzalez Blanco "era questo il momento giusto per ritirarsi". E perché nei top campionati europei i grandi attaccanti hanno fatto a gara a chi segnava di più e con più classe. 
Non solo CR7 ma anche il suo ex compagno Rooney, che al Goodison Park non segnava dal 2007.  E che invece proprio su quel campo, di fronte ai suoi ex tifosi, è diventato con 188 gol il secondo miglior marcatore nella storia della Premier: superato l'ex United Andy Cole. Davanti, a 260, c'è solo Alan Shearer. Doppio dispiacere per l'Everton nel giorno in cui i Toffemeen hanno perso il loro allenator…

ROLF ALDAG - The Alchemist

Over five seasons, former domestique Rolf Aldag turned Highroad into one of the most successful teams that cycling has ever seen. Now he is doing the same at Etixx-Quick Step. Just what is his secret?

WRITER: Daniel Friebe - Procycling, June 2015

Even in the branch of show business we call professional sport, under the glare of the spotlight, there are those who bask and those who shield their eyes. To witness this in action, we need only recall a scene from the 2003 Tour de France, the ninth of the 10 in which Rolf Aldag competed. In our mental photograph, we see the winner of stage 7 to Morzine, Richard Virenque, sweeping through the finish line with his right arm and index finger thrust heavenward in selfcongratulation, then the Frenchman pulling on the yellow jersey to a hysterical ovation moments later. Then, in the next frame, we see Aldag as he discovers that, with Virenque in yellow and him lying second in the king of the mountains classification, behind the Frenchman, he will …