SBC’s on the ball: La Liga, Vincent Kompany and a resignation in Russia

first_img Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Related Articles From sponsorship to the ever-expanding world of football media coverage, when it comes to the business of football, SBC has you covered. This edition looks at La Liga’s expansion plans, a resignation in Russia and new technology in England.____________________Marriner the man to debut innovative technology in English football Andre Marriner will take charge of the first match in English football that will a utilise video assistant referee (VAR), when he takes charge of the FA Cup 3rd round tie between Brighton and Crystal Palace on Monday night. Throughout the game, Neil Swarbrick and Peter Kirkup will be watching on screens, helping the ref with the big decisions of the game. All three officials have been carefully selected as the first to utilise the technology, with all three being members of the Select Group of elite match officials.  La Liga to revive plans for controversial 39th gameLa Liga could be about to replicate the Premier League’s idea of hosting a 39th game abroad, in an effort to expand the global appeal of Spanish football. The proposition was aimed at helping the Premier League fend off competition from the other European Leagues with regards to global popularity, however it proved to be extremely unpopular amongst English fans. Furthermore, the plans also proved unnecessary, with the English top flight naturally going onto become the most valued product amongst a worldwide audience. Nonetheless, many Premier League executives believe that in a bid to thwart England’s domination in foreign TV rights, La Liga may now plan to utilise a 39th game on foreign soil. City captain calls for reduced Premier League ticket pricesManchester City club captain  Vincent Kompany has called on Premier League clubs to place a cap on the price of match tickets as a method of attracting the “right people” back into football.Kompany has recently graduated with a Master of Business Administration from Manchester Business School and, during his research on maximising revenues from home advantage, he concluded ticket prices should be reduced for business reasons.Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, he said: “You get better home advantage depending on the atmosphere that you can create within your facilities, and that is linked to the people who enter your stadiums. “The Premier League is generating two or three times the revenue of the other top five leagues in Europe, so at what point do you realise that your revenues are that big as a TV product, and the revenue from match-day tickets is only getting smaller?Netflix rules itself out of Prem TV rights scrambleWhile tech giants such as Facebook and Amazon are vying to challenge traditional broadcasters for Premier League TV rights, Netflix has ruled itself out of the race. It was reported that the American streaming giant will instead be focusing its sports operation on original programming rather than live events. “We want to provide the best video storytelling across all genres, but it won’t encompass live sports broadcasting,” a Netflix executive told The Independent. Italian champions Juventus recently agreed to film a behind-the-scenes documentary with Netflix, which is said to be far more indicative of the type of content they will pursue.As the tender for the 2019-22 Premier League rights goes out this month, there is a genuine fear amongst traditional broadcasters that a number of big-spending tech firms will wrestle control from the likes of Sky and BT.It’s all too much for Mutko Vitaly Mutko, The Russian deputy prime minister who received a lifetime ban from the Olympics in December, has announced he is temporarily stepping down as the head of the Russia’s football union. Mutko’s Olympic ban relates to his alleged role in state sponsored doping in the country, however he has laid out his intention to appeal the ban with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.In a statement FIFA commented underlining that it: “Understands Mr Mutko’s decision which was also taken in the best interest of the World Cup next summer. FIFA thanks Mr Mutko for this responsible step and for the work carried out so far for the World Cup.”It adds that Mutko’s decision “will have no impact on the successful staging of the World Cup next summer, as FIFA, the Russian government, RFU [Russian Football Union] and the LOC continue their fruitful cooperation on the preparations for the World Cup according to plan.”Mutko’s resignation comes as FIFA is plagued with criticism over the way it has failed to pursue the question of whether the Russian FA covered up positive tests  within the Russian national football team. Craig Reedie, the president of the World Anti-Doping Agency, emphasised that his expectation that FIFA would pursue any allegations of corruption and act decisively.He stated: “We provided them with all the information we had at the time and told them they should be responsible for getting on with results management.” An emotional Manuel Burga acquitted Former president of Peru’s soccer federation, Manuel Burga was acquitted of a host of corruptions charges, that originated from the infamous FIFA bribery scandal that took place under the tenure of Sepp Blatter. Having watched on as Juan Ángel Napout, the former president of South American football’s governing body and José Maria Marin, the former president of Brazil’s football federation were both found guilty on counts of racketeering and wire fraud conspiracies, an emotional Burga broke down as the jury found him not guilty. Currently, the raids on the FIFA offices by the FBI have led to a total of 23 guilty pleas from former FIFA officials, with over 40 people and companies charged over potential corruption._________________The Betting industry’s relationship with Football and its wider stakeholders will be discussed at the ‘Betting on Football 2018’ (#bofcon2018) conference. Click on the below banner for more information… StumbleUpon Share Submit EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

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Robot may be “game changer” for crop growers, breeders

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A semiautonomous robot may soon be roaming agricultural fields gathering and transmitting real-time data about the growth and development of crops, information that crop breeders — and eventually farmers — can use to identify the genetic traits in plants likely to produce the greatest yields.A team of scientists from the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois is developing the robot in partnership with researchers from Cornell University and Signetron Inc.Inspired by the autonomous rovers used to search collapsed buildings and other dangerous environments, the agricultural robot is propelled on continuous tracks, or miniature tank treads, which enable it to navigate through dry or muddy fields. Researchers guide it using GPS and a laptop computer.Traveling between the crop rows, the robot uses hyperspectral, high-definition and thermal cameras, weather monitors and pulsed laser scanners to capture phenotypic information — such as the stem diameter, height and leaf area of each plant — and assess environmental conditions, such as the temperature and moisture content of the soil.The robot stores the data in its onboard computer and transmits it in real time to the grower’s computer. Scientists use the data to create a 3-D reconstruction of each plant, develop predictive models for the plant’s growth and development, and estimate the biomass yield for each plant and the entire plot.“Immediate access to the data is very important for crop breeders in the U.S.,” said Girish Chowdhary University of Illinois agricultural and biological engineering professor. “It’s very important for them to see and visualize the data. If the data are available to the breeder quickly, then they can make actionable decisions” that enhance production.Although the researchers currently are using the robot to assess fields of energy sorghum, a crop used in biofuel production, they say the robot would perform equally well with other tall-growing row crops such as corn and wheat, and possibly with soybeans before the plant canopy closes.The robot is a “game changer” for both crop scientists and farmers, automating the labor-intensive phenotyping processes of farming and crop development, said Stephen P. Long, the director of the project and the Gutgsell Endowed University Professor of Crop Sciences and Plant Biology at Illinois.“For producers, it’s going to accelerate the rate at which we can improve the genetic material. We can now select material much more rapidly and select many more plants as well, so we can eventually deliver to the farmer a far more productive bioenergy crop,” Long said.“One of the big advances of the last few years is that we can now determine the complete DNA blueprint of each plant. But how do we use that? What we need is to be able to describe a plant as it grows. You could do that perhaps with an army of people, but now the robot can do all of that for you. We can combine the phenotypic information about how the plant’s performing with the genetic blueprint and identify the combination of genes we need to get the best plant possible,” Long said.Chowdhary, whose research focus is field robotics, is modifying the robot’s current design to reduce its width so it can maneuver more easily between crop rows. He also plans to install a sensor system for detecting and avoiding obstacles.To reduce the production costs associated with the robot’s current metal and track construction, Chowdhary’s team is exploring the feasibility of producing some of the components via 3-D printing.“We are targeting a cost to the breeder of $5,000 to $10,000, which means we will have to get the manufacturing cost significantly below that,” Chowdhary said. “An agricultural robot that costs just $5,000 is a totally new concept. Agricultural equipment today typically costs hundreds of thousands of dollars. Bringing the cost of our robot below $5,000 will be in itself a significant achievement for our team.”Unlike the robots used in factories, agricultural robots must be weather resistant, Chowdary said. The underlying technologies — the algorithms, the mechanical design and the human-robot interaction devices that provide robustness — are useful in many other industries, including defense, surveillance and scientific exploration.The team expects to have a prototype built within two years and begin manufacturing thereafter, with the goal of having the robot on the market by 2021.The robot project is funded with a $3.1 million grant from the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture program, a unit within the U.S. Dept. of Energy.last_img read more

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast October 19, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dry again today. Clouds will push in over the state late this afternoon through tonight, starting just ahead of sunset in NW Ohio, and spreading southeast form there. In this type of cool air mass we find ourselves in does not take very much to wring out a bit of moisture, so we cant rule out a few scattered showers with these clouds this evening and overnight. In particular, there can be some heavier shower potential around the midnight hour in far southeast Ohio, where we can see a tenth or two. However, the best moisture stays south of the river. The clouds linger through Saturday, and we see a second threat of moisture later tomorrow afternoon, overnight and into very early Sunday.  The disturbance we have previously mentioned moving across the great lakes still is holding together in its push of moisture down into Indiana. From there, the action drifts east and southeast tomorrow, and it is enough to keep scattered showers in the forecast for Saturday late afternoon forward. The event will produce a few hundredths to .25” with coverage at 60% of Ohio. This will not be a lot of moisture but will create a bit of a pause in harvest progress. The map at right shows cumulative rain potential through Sunday morning. Fully dry weather is back for Sunday and goes through next Saturday. This will allow for another excellent surge in harvest. Temps will be normal to slightly below, but we should see good drying winds, and low relative humidity. Well organized rains arrive next Saturday and hold through Sunday. Combined rains will be .25”-1” over 90% of the state. This is the same system we have been watching for this time period for almost a week. It is coming and will end the month with some moisture. Behind that system, we go dry for Monday the 29th, and see that dry weather continues through the rest of the extended period, through at least Friday, November 2. Temps for that period should be normal to slightly above normal,last_img read more

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Energy Efficient Housing’s Uphill Battle in Japan

first_imgLike most musicians at the top of their game, West Coast five-string banjo master Bill Evans peppers his schedule with plenty of performance tours, including the occasional trip overseas. One of those engagements took him to Kobe, Japan, where he experienced firsthand both the thrill of playing to Japan’s extremely receptive bluegrass fans and the wintertime chill of a typical Japanese home.Bill, who was my long-suffering banjo teacher when I lived in the Bay Area, told me that upon returning to his hosts’ home after his performance, he decided to write a song inspired by his visit to Kobe. He added, however, that his musical creation was greatly facilitated by a decidedly nonmusical device – a spot-heating gadget on a patch of floor in the home, which, like many houses in Japan, lacked a central HVAC system.“The house was very cold … and my hosts instructed me to sit on a carpet placed in the middle of the living room floor,” Bill explained in an email. “These heated carpets can get you very warm very quickly. I pulled my banjo out and, sitting on the rug, I finished composing the tune.”The song turned out well (click here for a listen), and as he mulled possible titles, Bill considered using whatever exotic name the Japanese use for the heated carpet. It turns out, though, the name for the carpet is hot-to carpet-to. Perhaps the principal reason Bill went with “Kobe Blues.”A change of tune for Japan’s builders?Being called on the heated carpet was a unique experience for Bill. But it is a familiar one for the Japanese, whose homebuilders, as a recent Deutsche-Welle TV video feature points out, offer some beautiful and ingenious designs and fixtures, but tend to favor an extremely light touch when insulating residential exteriors and a “personal device” touch when conditioning interiors. Sitting on or near heat-broadcasting appliances – toilets and carpets, blanketed tables (kotatsu) whose undersides are equipped with heating elements, and kerosene burners – is, observes Toyko-based online magazine SNOW, a widely shared experience during the winter months.The encouraging news is that some sectors of the housing industry seem to have begun inching toward energy efficient construction, at least in principle. The Deutsche-Welle video, for example, focuses on the green-construction advocacy of Miwa Mori, an architect with Key Architects, in Kanagawa. One of Mori’s exemplary projects is a Japanese home built to Passivhaus standards.Too, the Japanese government recently began subsidizing the construction of well-insulated buildings, Deutsche-Welle notes in the video narrative, which also includes affirming comments by a representative of one of the leading industry groups, the Japan Federation of Housing Organizations. The representative, Takao Fujimura, tells the interviewer that “current laws are sufficient” to propel the industry toward greener construction and that “if the leading companies’ guidelines become the industry standard, we’ll improve our energy footprint even more.”Mori is skeptical of the JFHO party line, however. The market for well-insulated housing, she says, is still too small to motivate Japan’s big prefab-construction manufacturers to invest in better-insulated shells, roofs, and foundations. “It’s too expensive for them,” she says. “They want maximum profits. It will take a law to get them to change.”last_img read more

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TOUCH FOOTBALL AUSTRALIA CLINCHES STEEDEN DEAL

first_imgTouch Football Australia have confirmed a new three year deal with Steeden as the signatory ball supplier for the sport in a new arrangement that will benefit the game immensely from a marketing and operational perspective.The deal announced by Touch Football Australia Chief Executive Officer Kevin Thompson today, encompasses all States of Australia, with the exception of Western Australia who have existing arrangements with an alternate supplier.New South Wales Touch Association already have a long-term partnership with Steeden and the endorsement of the Steeden branded footballs by other States is viewed positively and gives the sport a united niche in the corporate sector.“Steeden were chosen after a competitive tender process and the scope of the new deal involving the majority of Touch Football playing States gives us an accepted official ball for the game that is of the highest quality.The  use of the “Classic Touch” ball will mean extensive and consistent Brand identification for our sport and Steeden. The unitary structure has allowed us to increase the sponsorship benefits for both parties” Mr. Thompson said. Steeden Football Brand Manager Scott Bradford, is excited by the renewal of the company’s partnership with Touch Football Australia.“It is a great step and a strengthening of ties, and with use of the Steeden “Classic Touch” ball as the official ball of the sport in most areas of Australia, it enables us to reach a wider audience. We are excited and delighted to consolidate our partnership with Touch Football Australia.” Mr. Bradford said.Steeden was founded in 1958 by Queenslander Ray Steeden.The company manufactured Football, cricket, and boxing products before becoming a World wide subsidiary in 1995 of Gray-Nicolls Sports.Steeden has been the official football of the Australian Rugby League since 1974, and holds exclusivity deals with the English Super League, the Queensland Rugby League, the New South Wales Rugby League, and the National Rugby League.Through continuous introduction of new innovative products and categories, the brand continues to go from strength to strength with a proven record of excellence in the production of sporting equipment. Steeden is working diligently with prominent Touch Football Australia technical officials on refining the product mix to ensure a harder wearing outer surface on their touch footballs.Steeden’s “Night Vision” ball with florescent orange paneling for improved visibility and a heavyweight skills ball specific to Touch Football, are just two of the initiatives Steeden and Touch Football Australia will be consolidating in the near future.Steeden will continue to supply Touch footballs to affiliated National tournaments and programs such as the National Touch League, The Austouch Program, and the National High Performance Program.Steeden Footballs can be ordered and purchased through the Touch Football Australia National office and supporting State offices around the nation.last_img read more

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Post Holdings buying Bob Evans Farms in 153B deal

first_imgST. LOUIS – Bob Evans Farms is being sold to Post in a deal worth about $1.53 billion, giving the cereal maker a stronger presence in the grocery store through Bob Evans’ valuable refrigerated sides business.Bob Evans makes things like refrigerated potato, pasta and frozen convenience food items under a number of brands other than Bob Evans, such as Owens, Country Creek and Pineland Farms. Bob Evans, founded in 1948, also has a foodservice business that sells products including sausage, sausage gravy, breakfast sandwiches and side dishes. It sold its restaurant chain to Golden Gate Capital in April.Packaged food makers have struggled as Americans increasingly seek out non-processed foods. In August Campbell Soup said that it expected sales to continue to decline over the next year partly because of that trend, but also because of access to ready-to-cook meal delivery services and the desire to put more fresh produce on the dinner plate.Post Holdings Inc. — whose cereals include Fruity Pebbles, Honey Bunches of Oats and others — will pay $77 per Bob Evans share, a 5.6 per cent premium to the company’s Monday closing price of $72.93.Once the transaction closes, the St. Louis company plans to combine its own refrigerated retail egg, potato and cheese business with Bob Evans. The refrigerated retail business will be led by Bob Evans President and CEO Mike Townsley.The boards of both companies have approved the sale, which is targeted to close in Post’s second quarter next year. Bob Evans’ shareholders must still sign off on the deal.Shares of Bob Evans Farms Inc. jumped nearly 6 per cent in Tuesday morning trading.last_img read more

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Four militants killed three Army jawans injured in Pulwama encounter

first_imgSrinagar: Four militants were killed while three Army jawans and a police personnel were injured in an encounter in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, police said. On a credible input about presence of militants in Lassipora area of south kashmir’s Pulwama district, security forces launched a cordon and search operation there this morning, a police spokesman said. He said during the searches, militants fired upon the search party of the forces. The fire was retaliated, leading to an encounter, the spokesman said. In the ensuing encounter, he said, four militants were killed and their bodies were retrieved from the site of the encounter. The identities and affiliations of the slain militants are being ascertained, the spokesman said. He said in the initial exchange of firing, three Army jawans and one policeman sustained injuries. The injured were hospitalised and are stated to be stable, he added. The spokesman said it was a clean operation and no collateral damage took place during the encounter. Incriminating material, including arms and ammunition, was recovered from the site of the encounter, he said.last_img read more

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Heat no bar 45 percent polling between 9 am and 1 pm

first_imgKolkata: There is something interesting to note if somebody delves deep into the voting percentage of Bengal in the sixth phase of elections on Sunday.Seven of the eight constituencies in the state recorded more than 80 percent voter turnout and interestingly, 45 percent of the total votes were cast from 9 am to 1 pm when the afternoon heat was almost unbearable with temperature shooting up over 35 degrees, coupled with the high humidity level causing profuse perspiration and discomfort. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe overall polling percentage in the state stood at a whopping 83.46 percent, which is far ahead of Haryana that ranked second with 70.31 percent and Madhya Pradesh at third that recorded a polling percentage of 65.25. Kanthi recorded 85.81 percent polling – the second highest in the state as well as in the country after Bishnupur. The figures of the Commission revealed that from 9 am to 1 pm, the East Midnapore constituency witnessed 45.9 percent voting. In the first two hours (7 am to 9am) Kanthi recorded 12.50 percent voting, which rose to 57.09 percent at 1 pm. More than half of the total votes in Kanthi were cast during these four hours. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayPurulia, which recorded a polling of only 16.92 percent in the first two hours, had a jump 39.68 percent taking the total percentage to 56.60 percent at 1 pm. This was an increase of 48.22 percent on the total polling in the constituency. The Jhargram seat recorded an increase of 46.51 percent and Tamluk had an increase of 46.55 percent of the total votes polled in the respective constituencies. Even Bankura with 78.50 percent – the lowest voting percentage among the eight constituencies in the state, witnessed a jump of 52.48 percent on the basis of the total number of votes cast in the constituency in these four hours. The district that had a voting percentage of only 11.62 percent in the first two hours of polling, recorded an increase of 41.2 percent taking the voter turnout to 52.82 percent in the next four hours. Bishnupur is the only constituency that had an increase of 33.95 percent in these four hours. The percentage calculated on the total number of votes polled revealed that this parliamentary constituency in Bankura had an increase of only 38.36 percent – the lowest increase among the eight constituencies. Interestingly, among the 59 constituencies that went to polls on Sunday, all the top spots were bagged by the eight LS seats in Bengal. Bishnupur topped with 87.36 percent, followed by Kanthi (85.81 percent), Jhargram (85.39 percent), Tamluk (85.32 percent) and Bankura (78.50 percent).last_img read more

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Mens basketball Ohio State opens season with Sunday exhibition against Wooster

C.J. Jackson (3), Jae’Sean Tate (1) and Keita Bates-Diop (back) will be three players head coach Chris Holtmann will count on in the 2017-18 season. Credit: Mason Swires | Former Assistant Photo EditorFor the first time in nearly eight months, Ohio State’s men’s basketball team will take the court as the new-look Buckeyes will take on Wooster in an exhibition at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Schottenstein Center.Uncertainty surrounding the team derives from a myriad of new faces, from the coaching staff to the transfers to the freshmen. Although fans might not know what to expect from the Buckeyes talent-wise, senior forward Jae’Sean Tate said those in attendance will witness an energetic team. “I think you guys are gonna like what you see — just the energy, the excitement,” Tate said Friday. “You’re gonna see a lot of guys just having fun out there.”Ohio State finished the 2016-17 season with a 17-15 record, including a disappointing 7-11 record within the Big Ten and a first-round Big Ten tournament loss to Rutgers. The Scarlet and Gray return a few players from last season, including Tate, redshirt senior guard Kam Williams and junior point guard C.J. Jackson. The Buckeyes also welcome back redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop, whose season ended early due to surgery on his left shin. Tate described Bates-Diop as the best all-around player on the team and said the opportunity to play with him was one of the biggest reasons he initially came to Ohio State. Bates-Diop returned to the court in last week’s closed scrimmage against Xavier and said it felt amazing to finally compete against another team again. The soft-spoken forward compared the 2017-18 team to last season’s team by emphasizing the increase in intensity.“Just comparative maybe — if you look at last year’s team — the passion, the consistent effort is out there all the time,” Bates-Diop said. “I hope you’ll see us just giving it our all — there’s nothing held back just for 40 minutes.”With the exhibition against Wooster on the horizon, Holtmann emphasized the necessity to play as a team.“I just want to see us share the ball and move the ball offensively. We’ve been working on that,” Holtmann said. “I want us to continue to understand how we expect to play offensively.”Holtmann has continually reiterated the importance of defense during the offseason. Last Sunday’s closed-door scrimmage against Xavier opened his eyes to certain issues.“Defensively, I want to see how committed we are on that end and how connected we are on that end,” Holtmann said. “I think we were good at times, in terms of being connected and committed last week [against Xavier], but we didn’t always execute real well — we fouled too much.”Holtmann wants the team to be “connected,” but what does that actually mean?“I think when you see a connected team, you see guys giving appropriate help defensively,” Holtmann said. “You see guys having an awareness of both their man and the ball, and a willingness to respond appropriately defensively. You see guys picking up a teammate when he takes a charge.”Offensively, Bates-Diop said he primarily wants to see unselfishness from the Buckeyes.“Moving the ball around — good ball movement — just good offense in general,” Bates-Diop said. “We work on that a lot, so we’d like to see that come to fruition Sunday.”Holtmann said he’s treating the scrimmage as another practice, but Tate envisions the game as the first chance for the team to make an impression.“Just being able to play together,” Tate said. “It’s a scrimmage — but when you can be able to play in front of all the fans in the Schott — there’s just no feeling like it. And we haven’t had that in a while. We haven’t had it at all with all the faces we have.” read more

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Mandzukic wants to stay at Juventus

first_imgAfter head coach Massimiliano Allegri announced that he will be remaining, Mario Mandzukic has reportedly announced that he now intends to remain at Juventus, reports Football-ItaliaThe Croatian forward is believed to have been frustrated with his role with the Bianconeri this season with Mandzukic having regularly featured out on the left flank of Juventus’ attacking line-up.In light of Allegri’s reported interest in taking charge at Arsenal for next season, Mandzukic became unsettled by the uncertainty of the boss’ future at Turin and began to question whether it was time for himself to move on.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.However, after winning a fourth successive domestic double this season, Allegri met with the Juventus board and confirmed that he intends to stay with them.Upon learning this, Mandzukic has now declared himself happy to remain at the club with the 32-year-old currently under contract until 2020.Mandzukic was signed by Allegri in June 2015 from Atletico Madrid in a €19m deal and he has since scored 34 goals in 127 appearances and has won seven trophies in his three years at the club.last_img read more

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