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U.S. FCC chairman plans fast-track repeal of net neutrality: sources

WASHINGTON ( ) – The chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission is moving quickly to replace the Obama administration’s landmark net neutrality rules and wants internet service providers to voluntarily agree to maintain an open internet, three sources briefed on the meeting said Thursday.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican appointed by President Donald Trump, met on Tuesday with major telecommunications trade groups to discuss his preliminary plan to reverse the rules, the sources said.

The FCC declined to comment but Pai previously said he is committed to ensuring an open internet but feels net neutrality was a mistake.

The rules approved by the FCC under Democratic President Barack Obama in early 2015 prohibited broadband providers from giving or selling access to speedy internet, essentially a “fast lane”, to certain internet services over others. As part of that change, the FCC reclassified internet service providers much like utilities.

Pai wants to overturn that reclassification, but wants internet providers to voluntarily agree to not obstruct or slow consumer access to web content, two officials said late Tuesday.

The officials briefed on the meeting said Pai suggested companies commit in writing to open internet principles and including them in their terms of service, which would make them binding.

It is unclear if regulators could legally compel internet providers to adopt open internet principles without existing net neutrality rules.

As part of that move, the Federal Trade Commission would assume oversight of ensuring compliance.

Three sources said Pai plans to unveil his proposal to overturn the rules as early as late April and it could face an initial vote in May or June.

Internet providers like AT&T Inc, Verizon Communications Inc and Comcast Corp have argued net neutrality rules would make it harder to manage internet traffic and investment in additional capacity less likely. Websites worry that without the rules they might lose access to customers.

AT&T and major trade groups sued the FCC in 2015 over the net neutrality rules.

Democrats and privacy advocates say net neutrality is crucial to keeping the internet open.

Pai in December predicted that net neutrality’s days were numbered. He told in February he believes “in a free and open internet and the only question is what regulatory framework best secures that.”

Pai and congressional Republicans have moved quickly to dismantle Obama-era telecommunications rules.

Trump on Monday signed a repeal of Obama-上海夜生活论坛era broadband privacy rules a victory for internet service providers and a blow to privacy advocates.

Politico Pro reported some details of the meeting with trade groups on Thursday.

Highlights: The Trump presidency on April 13 at 9:30 P.M. EDT/0130 GMT on Friday

( ) – Highlights for U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration on Thursday:

AFGHANISTAN

The United States drops a massive GBU-43 bomb, the largest non-nuclear bomb it has ever used in combat, in Afghanistan against a series of caves used by Islamic State militants, the Pentagon says.

NORTH KOREA

Trump says Pyongyang is a problem that “will be taken care of” amid speculation that North Korea is on the verge of a sixth nuclear test.

Military force cannot resolve tension over North Korea, China warns, while an influential Chinese newspaper urges Pyongyang to halt its nuclear program in exchange for Beijing’s protection.

The Trump administration is focusing its North Korea strategy on tougher economic sanctions, possibly including intercepting cargo ships and punishing Chinese banks doing business with Pyongyang, U.S. officials say.

RUSSIA

Trump says “things will work out fine” between the United States and Russia, a day after declaring U.S.-Russian relations may be at an all-time low.

FEDERAL RESERVE

Trump signals he could be moving closer to the mainstream on monetary policy, saying he has not ruled out reappointment of Janet Yellen as Federal Reserve chair as he considers his choices for the U.S. central bank. [nL1N1HL14B]

ABORTION

Trump signs a resolution that will allow U.S. states to restrict how federal funds for contraception and reproductive health are spent, a move cheered by anti-abortion campaigners.

DEUTSCHE BANK

Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen presses Deutsche Bank to release information about issues including Trump’s debt and any bank meetings with Trump administration officials, saying he has “great concern” about possible conflicts of interest.

EXPORT-IMPORT BANK

Trump’s office says he plans to revive the hobbled Export-Import Bank of the United States, a victory for American manufacturers such as Boeing Co and General Electric Co that have overseas customers that use the agency’s government-backed loans to purchase their products.

FINANCIAL REGULATION

Top Wall Street bankers say they are having positive discussions about financial regulation in Washington, and downplay the idea U.S. policymakers may force their institutions to split up.

TRADE WITH JAPAN

The United States is pushing for trade to be a key issue in top-level economic talks with Japan, a source says, an unwelcome development for Tokyo, which is seeking to fend off U.S. pressure to reduce the bilateral trade imbalance.

IMMIGRATION

Trump’s administration has focused on one group of illegal immigrants more than others: women with children, according to eight Department of Homeland Security officials interv上海夜生活论坛iewed by about agency planning.

Democratic voter-intimidation cases falter in three U.S. states

WASHINGTON ( ) – Democrats fell short in three U.S. states on Monday in their legal battle to impose tighter restrictions on supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump who plan to monitor Election Day voting for signs of fraud.

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to reimpose new rules on partisan poll watchers in Ohio after an appeals court struck them down, while U.S. judges in Pennsylvania and North Carolina declined Democrats’ request to impose new rules that Democrats had sought.

Voter intimidation is prohibited under U.S. law, but Democrats worry that Trump’s warnings of a “rigged” election in his battle against Democrat Hillary Clinton might inspire supporters to 上海夜生活论坛harass minority voters and create Election Day chaos in big cities as they search for signs of vote manipulation.

Numerous studies have found that U.S. voter fraud is exceedingly rare.

Democrats have asked U.S. courts in six battleground states to impose greater restrictions on partisan poll watchers, arguing that the Trump campaign, state Republican parties and Republican operative Roger Stone are encouraging supporters to intimidate minority voters.

Trump’s campaign and Republican parties in the various states say their poll watchers are trained to bring evidence of any problems to the party and not confront voters directly.

“This was an attempt to intimidate Republican people engaging in lawful activity,” North Carolina Republican Party executive director Dallas Woodhouse told .

Stone says those working for his planned “exit poll” will be trained to use neutral, non-threatening language.

One day before the election, Democrats so far have failed to win any of their legal efforts.

A U.S. judge denied the Democrats’ case in Arizona on Friday. Monday’s rulings in North Carolina and Pennsylvania give Democrats little time for appeals, while the Supreme Court’s Monday ruling put to rest the case filed in Ohio.

The Supreme Court order, which only covers the Ohio case, included no noted dissents from the eight justices. Liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote a brief statement noting that “Ohio law proscribes voter intimidation” and citing the relevant law.

U.S. judges in Michigan and Nevada have yet to issue opinions.

Democrats have waged a separate legal battle against the Republican National Committee, arguing in court that the RNC should be prevented from supporting the Trump campaign’s poll-watching effort. A U.S. judge in New Jersey denied that motion on Saturday.

Oil rebounds as Trump says letter revives China trade hopes

HOUSTON ( ) – Brent oil futures settled slightly higher on Thursday, rebounding from a drop after U.S. President Donald Trump revived investor hopes that the United States might not raise tariffs on Chinese imports, a step that could hit economic growth and crimp oil demand.

The trade dispute between the world’s two biggest economies and a sharp drop in global equity markets has hit oil prices, outweighing geopolitical tensions and supply cuts that have lowered global supplies from Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.

Brent settled 2 cents higher at $70.39 a barrel, rebounding from a session low of $69.40 a barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures settled down 42 cents at $61.70 per barrel.

Prices bounced off session lows after Trump said he received a “beautiful letter” from Chinese President Xi Jinping. Trump quoted the letter as saying: “Let’s work together let’s see if we can get something done.”

The letter fed investor hopes Washington and Beijing might clinch a trade deal, said Bob Yawger, director of energy futures at Mizuho in New York.

The trade row has dragged economic growth in Asia and a breakdown in Sino-American negotiations could call global crude demand forecasts into question, said John Kilduff, a partner at Again Capital Management LLC.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration expects global oil demand to rise by 1.4 million barrels per day (bpd) this year.

“It’s why OPEC is being a bit stingy with barrels,” Kilduff said, referring to output cuts by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies including Russia. “They don’t want to step into that situation if the trade talks go off the rails.”

OPEC’s top producer Saudi Arabia has been reluctant to add barrels to global supply because it fears a price crash, even as the organization is unsure of global supplies for the second half of the year, OPEC sources said.

U.S. sanctions on Venezuela and Iran, and threats to oil supplies in Nigeria in Libya have supported oil prices, mitigating the impact of the trade dispute, analysts said. Brent and WTI have risen more than 30 percent so far this year.

“The supply uncertainty is what’s holding the (U.S. oil) market above $60 a barrel,” said Phillip Streible, senior market strategist at RJO Futures in Chicago. “The demand uncertainty is what has it in the red today. But we’re holding pretty good.”

Earlier this week, data showing a surprise drop in U.S. crude inventories also buoyed prices.

The U.S. tariffs on $200 b上海夜生活论坛illion of Chinese goods would rise to 25 percent without a deal on Friday. China has threatened to retaliate, triggering a flight to safety among investors.

(Graphic: U.S. crude inventories, weekly changes since 2017 – tmsnrt.rs/2XfuQqn)

Billionaire Schwartz makes $2.6 billion bet on Canada’s WestJet Airlines

( ) – Billionaire Gerry Schwartz pounced on Canada’s WestJet Airlines on Monday as his private equity firm Onex Corp offered to buy the struggling airline for C$3.5 billion ($2.6 billion), betting it can turn around its recent decline by taking the company private.

The surprise offer for C$31 a share, a 67% premium to their closing price on Friday, sparked a surge in WestJet shares, which closed up 60% at $29.61. If completed, it would be the biggest private equity deal ever for an airline, according to Refinitiv data.

If Onex obtains shareholder and regulatory approvals, the deal would help Schwartz get his hands on an airline two decades after he missed out on buying Air Canada, WestJet’s bigger rival. Air Canada shares rose more than 5%.

WestJet shares, which touched a record high of C$34.95 in December 2014, have recently been trading at almost half that level. The airline has reported declining net profit for each of the last three years, hurt by rising fuel costs, pressure on ticket prices and other issues.

Even before the global grounding of Boeing’s 737 MAX jets in March, WestJet’s earnings had slipped as it worked to contain costs as its workforce unionized and was spending money on bold growth plans to expand international travel, introduce first class cabins and launch a budget carrier called Swoop.

Up to Friday’s close, WestJet shares had fallen 5.5% in the last 12 months while Air Canada shares gained 58%. American rival United Continental Holdings, the company that owns United Airlines, rose 28% in the same period.

“The ‘why now?’ is valuation,” said AltaCorp Capital analyst Chris Murray.

Onex, founded in 1984 by Schwartz who started out at Bear Stearns & Co in the 1970s, approached WestJet’s board in March. Neither Schwartz, nor any other Onex executive was available to comment.

WestJet Chief Executive Ed Sims said on BNN that the deal will allow the company to execute on its long-term growth strategy without the constraints of quarterly scrutiny. It is “a reaffirmation that the path we’re on is actually a path towards long-term profitability irrespective上海夜生活网 of the sort of headwinds that you refer to that we saw regularly in 2018.”

LONG HISTORY

With about $31 billion of assets under management, Onex is not new to investing in the aerospace industry. It bought Spirit AeroSystems from Boeing Co in 2005 and exited its investment in 2014 after making $3.2 billion.

Under Schwartz, who remains CEO, Onex tried to buy Air Canada in 1999 and merge it with now defunct Canadian Airlines, but that attempt failed. Onex shares closed up 4% in a broadly lower market.

Air Canada Chief Executive Calin Rovinescu declined to comment on the Onex deal, telling “it’s business as usual,” on the sidelines of the Air Transport Action Group conference in Montreal.

The Onex bid follows a deal last week where low-cost Latin American airline Viva Air received a $50 million investment from U.S. capital fund Cartesian Capital Group that it will direct toward expansion.

And the parent company of Montreal-based Air Transat has said it is in talks with more than one party regarding a potential transaction, although it is not yet clear what group might buy it.

Onex could “ultimately look” to also acquire Transat to “complement WestJet’s offering,” wrote Desjardins analyst Benoit Poirier in a note to clients. Transat AT stock was up 4 percent in afternoon trading.

The WestJet purchase will be led by Onex Partners, Onex’s private equity platform focused on larger investments. The airline’s board has urged shareholders to vote in favor.

The deal is subject to a number of conditions, including court and shareholder approval and receipt of certain regulatory approvals, including under the Canada Transportation Act.

In Ottawa, Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau said at first glance the proposed takeover looked fairly standard in terms of an acquisition.

“I am not going to prejudge until I see the details whether there are any regulatory obstacles – at first glance it doesn’t seem to be anything special,” he told reporters.

NO CHANGE TO ‘COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE’

Alberta’s Premier said on Monday that WestJet and Onex have assured him the carrier’s headquarters will remain in Calgary after the deal.

Chris Rauenbusch, president of the union local representing WestJet flight attendants, said he supports the deal after being informed by company executives that it would not lead to any layoffs among the carrier’s 14,000 employees, while permitting the continuation of its growth strategy.

“We do not believe this transaction dramatically alters the competitive landscape, at least negatively,” Canaccord Genuity analyst Doug Taylor said.

A spokesman for Delta Air Lines said the proposed transaction does not impact plans to implement a U.S-Canada trans-border joint venture with WestJet.

The deal, which has a value of $5 billion including debt, is expected to close in the latter part of this year or early next year.

CIBC Capital Markets and BofA Merrill Lynch were the financial advisers to WestJet, while Barclays, Morgan Stanley and RBC Capital Markets advised Onex.

Wall Street weekahead: U.S. funds focus on media stocks, banks to find value as mid-caps rally

NEW YORK ( ) – The S&P 400 Mid-Cap index has surged to its best start to a year since 1991, both rewarding fund managers and forcing them to work harder to seek out bargains in a group that is now the most expensive part of the U.S. market based on their historical averages.

The rally in mid-cap stocks – companies with a market valuation between $2 billion and $10 billion – has come during a broad rally in global stock markets as investors price in a resolution in the trade talks between the United States and China and fewer interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve.

Mid-caps are up 14 percent for the year to date and sport an average price-to-earnings ratio of 16.9 times forward earnings, for their highest valuation premiums to small-cap stocks since 2017, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch research.

Yet fund managers from Janus Henderson, Hotchkis & Wiley, and Fairpointe Capital are among those who are still finding values by concentrating on financial, energy and media stocks and eschewing the high-priced real estate investment trusts and utility companies that make up nearly a fifth of the benchmark index.

“The window for the big bargain bin was the fourth quarter and that was about it,” said Kevin Preloger, a portfolio manager of the $3.3 billion Janus Henderson Mid Cap Value fund. “We’re looking for companies that have good balance sheets and good cash flow, but the tough part is reasonable valuations.”

Preloger’s fund i上海夜生活网s finding them in financial companies such as M&T Bank Corp and Hartford Financial Services Group Inc that are increasing their stock buybacks at the same time they have been beating analysts’ earnings expectations. Shares of M&T, for instance, are up 20.8 percent since the start of the year and trade at a forward price-to-earnings ratio of 11.8.

“Financials are the cheapest sector in the space, and their earnings are also growing,” Preloger said.

Stanley Majcher, a portfolio manager of the $1.4 billion Hotchkis & Wiley Mid-Cap Value fund, is buying into overlooked financial and energy stocks because he considers them less risky than utility companies or REITs with higher valuations.

“Energy is very out of favor and there’s a perception that it’s a risky business because oil prices are likely to be low for a long period of time because of the market share war between OPEC and the U.S.,” he said. “But we see low volatility of demand and more discipline on the supply side.”

Among its largest holdings, Majcher’s fund has several energy companies, including Whiting Petroleum Corp, Kosmos Energy Ltd and Ophir Energy PLC, according to Morningstar data, with mixed results for the year to date. Shares of Whiting are up 12.4 percent year-to-date, while shares of Ophir are up nearly 53 percent over the same time.

Thyra Zerhusen, a portfolio manager of the $2.6 billion AMG Managers Fairpointe Mid Cap fund, said her fund is finding opportunities in media stocks such as broadcast company Tegna Inc, which was spun off of Gannett Co, magazine and local broadcasting company Meredith Corp, and New York Times Co, all of which should see a significant boost in revenues from the 2020 presidential and congressional elections, she said.

“With everybody running for president, the political advertising goes to these smaller market stations. Newspapers are almost non-existent now,” except for the New York Times, which continues to grow its digital subscriptions, she said.

She is also adding opportunistic positions in companies such as Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corp, which completed its merger with the transportation unit of General Electric Co on Feb. 25. Shares of the company are up 2.9 percent year-to-date, and remain 35 percent below where they were trading six months ago.

“We’re trying to add stocks where there may be a short-term problem hitting the share price but the long-term outlook looks okay,” she said.

Canada mulls setting rules for crypto platforms

( ) – Canadian regulators are looking to create new rules for crypto trading platforms, months after the death of the founder of digital platform Quadriga CX that led to about C$180 million ($135 million) in frozen cryptocurrencies.

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) said bit.ly/2Fffz2V on Thursday they are considering a set of tailored regulatory requirements to address the “novel features and risks” of crypto platforms.

“We must adapt to innovation, and provide clarity to the market about how regulatory requirements might best be tailored and applied to these unique business models, while maintaining investor protection,” IIROC Chief Executive Officer Andrew Kriegler said in a statement.

The Quadriga situation highlighted a regulatory vacuum for the cryptocurrency industry in Canada and raised questions about上海夜网 who would be held accountable for any potential losses. The cryptocurrencies have been frozen in Quadriga’s user accounts since its founder Gerald Cotten, the only person with the password to gain access, died suddenly in December.

Canada’s biggest securities regulator, the Ontario Securities Commission, said in February it was looking into the platform given the “potential harm to Ontario investors”.

Preview: RB Leipzig – Hamburger SV

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

Hamburger will definitely look for the win, in order to have a good start under their new manager, Bernd Hollerbach.

RB Leipzig have been highly-inconsistent since the start of the new season, falling short of the high expectations they set up last year. Their disappointing 2-1 loss to Freiburg last weekend simply came to show the problems in the team, who have won just one out of their last six Bundesliga games ( W1, D2, L3 ).

Hamburger, however, are not in a bright spot either. They are deep in the relegation zone with just 15 points after 19 games. They have lost their last four Bundesliga games.

Hamburger’s last win came in November. Only bottom-placed Cologne have lost more league games than Hamburg so far (12).

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Missing players:

Hamburger: Ekdal A. (上海夜生活论坛ankle injury), Muller N.(knee injury).

Under question:

RB Leipzig: Coltorti F.(Muscle Injury), Forsberg E.(Injury), Halstenberg M.(Hand Injury), Keita N.(Thigh Injury).

Hamburger: Hunt A.(Injury), Thoelke B.(Injury).

Zidane annoyed by Kepa’s situation

Zinedine Zidane, the Real Madrid head coach, spoke about his side’s failed transfer talks with Kepa Arrizabalaga as the young Spaniard decided to sign a new contract with Athletic Bilbao instead of moving to Madrid.

The Frenchman coach said that he is “annoyed” by the rumours saying that he won some kind of an internal battle and he decided not to sign this young and talented keeper. Arrizabalaga admitted that he was annoyed as well by the long negotiations and he decided to sign a new deal with his current club which will end in 2025.上海夜生活

The French coach spoke about this transfer saga as he said, according to ESPN: “In June any player can come to Madrid, if the club’s strategy is to change something, along with the coach. But my idea and that of the club too as we are all together here was to not change many things. I get annoyed when I hear comments saying I have won [an internal battle]. The important thing for me is to protect my squad, the players here are those who concern me. But I have nothing against Kepa or any other player.”Top 5 Real Madrid players who are succeeding on a loan Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – We need to talk about the Top 5 Real Madrid players who are currently succeeding away from the club and are currently on a…

He continued by adding that Ronaldo’s reaction after his facial injury was understandable: “Cristiano wanted to know whether the cut was very deep or not. I am saying exactly what he told us in the dressing room. The doctors stitched it up and today he was back. If he is training with us, with his eye like this [swollen] it shows how important it is for him to be on the pitch.”

In the end, Zinedine Zidane claimed that he is happy that he can rely on Isco: “Isco will always have an important role here, whether I am coach or not. I have always shown my confidence in him, he can be a decisive player. That will not change. He did not get any time [before Christmas] against Barcelona, although that was not the plan. Isco can play in many positions, in a 4-3-3 he can play up front, as he has done before, or in midfield. So there is no problem.”

Gerrard’s remarkable managerial record

The Liverpool legend recently returned to the club as a coach in the youth formations and his record as a manager is more than impressive.

The Reds icon Steven Gerrard ended his career in the MLS before returning to Anfield in a different position from what most fans are used to seeing him. Steve G took on a coaching role in the youth system of the club in February 2017, trying to inspire and help youngsters develop and hopefully advance to the first team of Liverpool.

Even though Gerrard is relatively new to the profession, his record as a manager is quite impressive. After 21 games with the Under 18 formations, the Reds have topped the U18 Premier League, finished first in their U19 UEFA Youth League Group and lost just one game ever since his arrival.

Speaking to the club’s website ab上海夜生活论坛out the team he is leading, Gerrard revealed:Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers relishing Liverpool return Andrew Smyth – Brendan Rodgers is relishing Leicester City’s trip to his old club Liverpool, whom he described as a “privilege” to work for during his three-year stint.

“Credit to the lads, they have created an atmosphere and a spirit in the group where they are hard to beat, and the reaction and response to going a goal down was superb.

“They showed unbelievable character to come back, not just to equalise but to go on and win it in the way we did, the players deserve every single bit of credit.

“I thought my performance today was poor and I got certain things wrong as the game went on but the players bailed me out and I thought they were superb.”

Preview: Austria Vienna – AEK Athens

The last round of games in Europa League (EL) Group D sees a straight shootout between Austria Vienna (third) and AEK Athens (second) to see who will progress to the next phase as the second-placed team. For Vienna, nothing but a win will suffice which will give them the edge on AEK due a superior head-to-head, while AEK only need to avoid defeat.

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

Both sides come into this game on the back of contrasting fortunes. Vienna are on a quite miserable run, winning just three games out of their last fourteen in all competitions and losing nine (two draws). The second most successful club (to Rapid) in the Austrian game find themselves in a mid-table position in their home league, a whopping 18 points off Salzburg in top spot.

AEK are in much better health and find themselves top of the Greek Super League after going on a run on five unbeaten games in the league and nine in all competitions. Striker Marko Livaja has scored five goals in his last four league games in that time and also notched two in the 2-2 draw between the sides on matchday two, including the last minute equalizer.

Vienna have lost both of their home ties in this year’s EL, and face a side in AEK who have so far gained more points on the road than at home (four as opposed to three). Indeed, Vienna are winless in their last seven European home games (D2, L5) and have one solitary victory to their name in 15 EL/UEFA Cup group games at home! AEK are yet to taste defeat in their last seven European games, drawing the last four, but have only scored in one away game in their last five EL away days!Solskjaer “very pleased” after another failure to win George Patchias – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he was “very pleased,” even though United failed to win yet again.It is now ten games on the road since…

With AEK just needing a point and already managing to cancel out group winners AC Milan twice among their four draws, this might turn out to be a hard night for Vienna against a disciplined Greek defence. However, Vienna captain Raphael Holzhauser was upbeat ahead of the game, saying: “It’s time for a home win, there is no better way.” Only time will tell if his confidence was justified.

Missing players

Austria Vienna: R. Almer (knee injury), A. Grunwald (injury), F. Klein (injury), C. Martschinko (knee injury), H. Westermann (knee injury), A. Borkovic (doubtful),上海夜生活 V. Demaku (doubtful)

AEK Athens: J. Johansson (knee injury), P. Mantalos (knee injury), U. Cosic (doubtful), K. Lamropoulos (doubtful), A. Traustason (doubtful), A. Vlachomitros (doubtful).

Neymar’s bonus for Ballon d’Or

PSG have promised to reward Neymar in case the Brazilian manages to win the Ballon d’Or trophy.

The record transfer of Neymar from Barcelona to PSG continues to impress with the numbers included in the deal. The Parisians paid the €222m release clause in the Brazilian’s contract and offered him wages of around €100k per day (€36,8m/year), making him the most expensive and the best paid player in the world.

In addition to that, Neymar also has a clause in his contract that will see him earn a bonus of €3m every time he manages to win the Ballon d’Or trophy, according to Le Parisien.

Since 2008, the Ballon d’Or award has only been won by Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. The Argentinian took the trophy home 5 times, while the Portuguese is still one behind his rival. However, Ronaldo has big chances of equalling Messi’s number of trophies this year.Report: Icardi opens PSG account in 0-1 win over Gala George Patchias – Mauro Icardi opened上海夜网 his goal-scoring account for PSG in a 0-1 away victory over Galatasaray.While Thomas Tuchel has begun to integrate Mauro Icardi into…

Even though Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are again the favourites for the award this year, Neymar also has a chance. He has been included on the 30-men shortlist for the FIFA gala that will take place in December and that will announce the winner.

26 years have passed since the last time a player from the French league won the Ballon d’Or. In 1991, Jean-Pierre Papin was awarded the trophy. That year, Papin helped Olympique Marseille reach the Champions League final, where they eventually lost to Red Star Belgrade, 3-5 at penalties.

Muller continues the attacks on Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti has left Bayern Munich after multiple players complained about his methods.

After the appointing of Jupp Heynckes, some of Bayern’s players are still hitting out at their former manager. Most recently, Thomas Muller stated that he is certain the arrival of Heynckes will bring a revival in the team’s playing style.

The German midfielder was, along with Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben, decisive for the departure of Carlo Ancelotti, after the 3-0 defeat to PSG in Champions League.Report: Ancelotti’s Napoli held by Genk George Patchias – Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli side was held to a scoreless draw by Belgian side Genk.This game was billed as a goal fest for the Italian…

Immediately after the appointing of Heynckes, one of the first reactions of Muller was: “Finally we will have good training sessions again”, hinting at the low quality of trainings under Ancelotti.

Speaking about the managerial change, Thomas Muller said: “Now we have no excuses. A change of manager always brings energy and we, the players, have to give everything. Both Jupp Heynckes and his staff came with a lot of energy to trainings from the beginning.” 

Bayern’s first match 上海夜网with Heynckes on the bench is to be played on Saturday, 15:30. The Bavarians will host Freiburg at Allianz Arena. Bayern are currently second in the standings, with 14 points after 7 rounds, five less than Bundesliga leaders, Borussia Dortmund.

Bellerin: Arsenal silenced doubters

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin claims the Gunners have silenced their critics when they defeated Tottenham in the north London derby at Emirates

Thanks to the goals of Alexis Sanchez and Shkodran Mustafi, Arsenal are now within one point of their local rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League.

Not only the result, but the manner the Gunners showed in their victory is what silenced the naysayers, according to Bellerin.

“There’s always a lot of talk but I think it was one of those games where we showed what we could do. We shut some mouth as well,” Bellerin told Arsenal’s official website.

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“There are people who talk a lot and now, after watching that game at home, they’ll be thinking that these guys have a chance.”

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“That’s what we’re trying to do. Sometimes, for different reasons, we haven’t been able to do it, but this is how we set the bar and show what potential we have,” Bellerin said.

“That’s what we’ve got to work hard to do every single week, week in, week out.”

This was the first north London derby defeat of Mauricio Pochettino’s side and it resulted in Spurs now being 11 points behind league leaders Manchester City.

“It’s a low, it’s a big hit for us,” Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen told the club’s official website.

Defender Ben Davies added: “We know we can do so much better than that. When their goal came it was a bit of a sucker-punch and to concede another before half-time was a bit sloppy and killed us. We were confident in ourselves.”

Arsenal will get a chance to take over Tottenham in the next fixture of the English top-flight, but the Gunners will need to do their best if they want to defeat Burnley, who are in great form currently.

Griezmann: “I don’t regret staying in Madrid”

Antoine Griezmann has been struggling to perform properly this season so far but when asked whether he regrets not leaving Atletico or not, he insisted that he is still happy in Madrid and not thinking about leaving this winter.

The Frenchman has been constantly linked with a move away from Diego Simeone’s side, who are 10 points off La Liga leaders Barcelona and are on the brink of exiting the Champions League at the group stages, according to Sky Sports. Barcelona and Manchester United are said to be heavily interested in signing the Frenchman but the situation still remains unclear.

The former Real Sociedad player spoke about his situation as he said: “I do not regret having stayed at Atletico. It was my choice, I am happy with my choice, even though I have gone seven games without scoring. I will score again soon. In addition, Diego Costa and Vitolo will come, so we’ll try to keep the team high enough. These two reinforcements will do us good. An exit agreement? I did not speak about that with the president.”Joao Felix keeps making history with Atletico Madrid Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – After yet another stellar performance with Atletico Madrid, Joao Felix made history after scoring his first goal vs Lokomotiv.Atletico Madrid had a complicated visit…

He also made a comment on the rumours connecting him with Manchester United: “I didn’t express myself very well. It’s like the other day, with the game “Yes or No”, when they asked me: ‘Would you like to play with Mbappe and Neymar?’ I answered yes but that does not mean that I want to go to PSG.”

In the end, Antoine Griezmann added: “I’m happy with all my performances with the national team but with only two or three Atletico matches. I have to improve and find my best form. It depends on me, how I train and work. There are games where I 上海夜生活don’t even get one shot on target and that’s my problem. I have to work to take the team to the top.”

Preview: Arsenal – Crvena Zvezda

Arsenal sit top of Group H with 9 points after winning all 3 of their opening games and will qualify for the first knockout round if they avoid defeat in this match.

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

Arsene Wenger will rest all of the players who featured in the 2-1 win at home to Swansea in the Premier League on Saturday and is expected to stick with the youthful team used throughout the competition so far.

The Gunners have scored at least 1 goal in 16 of their last 17 European matches and their last goalless draw was 29 games ago a上海夜生活论坛gainst Besiktas in the Champions League in August 2014.

There have been at least 4 goals in 2 of Arsenal’s last 3 EL matches, while there have been less than 3 goals in 7 of Crvena Zvezda’s last 9 games in the competition.Five things we learned from Man United’s draw vs Arsenal Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – After a new Premier League match between Man United and Arsenal, we have to look at the five things we learned from this draw.Man…

Crvena Zvezda have lost just 2 of their last 12 EL matches, with 1 of those defeats coming at home to Arsenal in the reverse fixture a fortnight ago, winning 6 and drawing 4 their other 10 games.

Missing players

Arsenal: S. Cazorla (Achilles tendon injury), S. Kolasinac (hip injury), D. Welbeck (muscle injury), K. Bielik (doubtful), C. Chambers (doubtful), A. Lacazette (doubtful), S. Mustafi (doubtful), D. Ospina (doubtful), M. Ozil (doubtful), A. Sanchez (doubtful).

Crvena Zvezda: B. Jovicic (injury), M. Rodic (red card), N. Milijas (doubtful), Ricardinho (doubtful).

Hodgson knows that just the spirit is not enough

It’s going to be a very difficult task to save Crystal Palace and everybody knows it – and their coach, Ryan Hodgson, is sure that his team will need much more than just the spirit as they have to show also a quality.

Just four points after ten games – what a terrible record for Hodgson’s side. The experienced Englishman improved the results of his side after his arrival but it’s not enough as his Crystal Palace are about to face Tottenham this weekend and it’s going to be really difficult – the Spurs beat Real Madrid this week and they are in a good shape.

Hodgson spoke about his team’s attitude before the upcoming match as he said, according to Sky Sports: “I’ve not seen any signs of a lack of fighting spirit even from the moment I was appointed, and I don’t think from what I have seen from the training sessions that there is any lack of desire on the part of the players to give their absolute all to help the club get out of the situation it finds itself in.”Wijnaldu上海夜生活m looking to repeat Champions League success Nedim Maric – Liverpool are the reigning winners of the Champions League. However, this isn’t stopping them for aiming to get the glory once again.After a perfect…

But he knows that it’s not enough and they have to improve a lot in other aspects: “But unfortunately fighting spirit alone is not enough. You have got to play some good football along the way, you have got to defend well and you have got to attack well. They are the things that the players, in my opinion at least, are trying to do in their everyday training sessions.”

The former Liverpool coach also praised Wilfried Zaha for his contribution after coming back from injury: “The players that get singled out are at the business end of the field, the goalkeepers at one end and the centre-forwards at the other. The goal scorers are always going to be the ones that people talk about and I’m more than happy to do that. Since Wilf Zaha has been in back in training and back playing for us he has added something to our team. He has given us another dimension, another possibility.”

Frustrated Sanchez lashes out at the press

The Chilean was having none of it following  a huge blow on his country’s chances to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Alexis Sanchez was highly upset with journalists following Chile’s 1-0 defeat to Bolivia in South America’s qualifiers for the World Cup.

The Arsenal player has had a horrible summer after his desired move to Manchester City fell apart and now Chile has suffered to defeats, which significantly lowers their chances of making it to Russia next year. The 28-year-old took it to social media to express his frustration with the situation.

“And there comes the time when you get tired,” he said on Instagram.

“You get tired when you are criticised with or without reason, you get tired when people want to see you defeated.Antonio Conte determined to find Alexis Sanchez’s brilliance Andrew Smyth – Antonio Conte is on a mission to help Alexis Sanchez rediscover his old brilliance, and promised the Inter Milan loanee more game time.

“You get tired to tell yourself ‘I will get up again’ after crying about a defeat, and you get tired telling the world and the people that are with you that everything is okay.

“And the worst thing is, no one ever realises how that makes you feel… I have Chile’s number 7 and it is a huge responsib上海夜生活网ility, that’s why it is a shame that journalists and bad people criticise without knowing.”

Matip warns Premier League defenders

The full-back is 上海夜生活网happy he would not have to face Liverpool’s latest signing Mohamed Salah.

The Egypt international will leave defenders in despair during his first season in England, according to Joël Matip.

The former Chelsea and Roma winger, joined Liverpool last month for a fee of €50 million. The 25-year-old adds to an attacking group of players like Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firminho, Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane. A number of players that Matip is glad not to play against.

Speaking to Omnisport, the defender praised Salah.

“Salah already played in England. He has high skills at dribbling, tempo and finishing and he makes defenders despair.Jurgen Klopp rates Pep Guardiola as his greatest rival Andrew Smyth – Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp revealed that his Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola is the best manager that he’s ever coached against.

There is so much quality in attack, the right pace and it will be hard for our opponents to stop them.”

Joël Matip also elaborated on his stay at Liverpool and the philosophy Jürgen Klopp is trying to establish in their ranks.

“From every player [Klopp wants] fast counter-pressing with direct attacks, but also a clean and structured build-up with specific position-play.

But of course, if we lose the ball, the first step is towards the ball and not back to defend at our box.We are defending very high. It begins with the strikers, who madly run [at] the opponent, putting in many meters and giving their all.

It is hard to describe [Klopp’s aura]. He is very affable and direct, even when it is about issues, he is straight but cordial. If you do something wrong he clearly tells you to do better but he stays affable.”

Claudio Ranieri might become the next manager of Nantes if French Football Federation approves the deal

French FF rule prevents clubs from appointing managers aged over 65Written by – Nikolay Nikolov, June 13, 2017.

Claudio Ranieri has agreed on a deal which can bring him back to football for the first time since he was sacked by Leicester City. However, the deal might not be approved by the French Football Federation due to his age.

The Italian is set to become the next manager of Ligue 1 club Nantes, who are awaiting a confirmation of the deal.

A rule states, that clubs cannot appoint managers who are over the age of 65, which is exactly the age that Ranieri turned in October last year.

Nantes president Waldemar Kita was confident that the deal will go through and expressed his interest in the experience that the Italian has.Kane: Spurs out of excuses after shock Carabao Cup exit Andrew Smyth – Harry Kane concedes that Tottenham only have themselves to blame following a shock Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Colchester United.

‘The league agrees, I believe that only the FFF is delaying the appointment a little, I do not know why.

‘What we are interested in is the experience of Ranieri as a footballer and coach, since we know that he has coached the biggest teams in Europe.’

Ranieri won the Premier League in his first season as a manager of Leicester City in 2015-16. However, he was sacked in February 2017 after series of disappointing results that left Leicester in relegation danger.

Ranieri’s experience includes managing Fiorentina, Valencia, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Juventus, Monaco and the Greece national team.

Now, he wan上海夜生活网ts to return to the French Ligue 1. Appointment of over 65 aged managers has been done before when Lens were allowed to appoint veteran coach Guy Roux.