SAD FACE: Luis Suarez (right) can’t hide his tears. Photo AFP by Paul Kennedy I’m going to start off with a bombshell. Get something off my chest I’ve been wanting to say for some time. Deep breath. Here we go… I like Luis Suarez. There, I’ve said it. Granted his best days are very nearly behind him, and as football players go he is about as trustworthy as a bored and restless serpent in the Garden of Eden, but there’s something about little Luis that I just kind of like. On the pitch he’s an animal. And a bitey one at that. But when he plays for your team, as Luis did at Liverpool from 2011 to 2014, he becomes your very own pantomime villain. Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz, to give him his full name, has not had the best of summers. In fact as a footballer, it’s probably been his worst. And the Uruguayan's downfall can all be traced back to one moment. It was in Barcelona, on the night the Catalans thrashed … [Read more...] about Instant karma’s gonna get you
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Viet Nam News By Nguyễn Mỹ Hà Sa Pa is not just a travel destination. Sa Pa is the seventh heaven that belongs on another planet but really does exist on earth. Explore the place at your peril. It will surely be rewarding, but exhausting at the same time. Sa Pa is a place to revive. It’s a place to really feel alive. We visited Sa Pa in summer, when the scorching sun of Hà Nội burnt was enough to seek out pastures new. When we finally get to inhale the cool refreshing air up in Sa Pa, it tasted so fresh. After 30 years of renovation and a huge number of tourists pouring in the country, Sa Pa has changed beyond anyone’s wildest imagination. Mountain view: Far behind those white clouds, is the rooftop of Indochina peninsula, Mt. Fansipan. — VNS Photo Mỹ Hà The town now has boomed on all levels. From five-star hotel project to homestay renovation or the town houses and shops of owners coming up from Hà … [Read more...] about Enjoying the true feelings of Sa Pa
MANCHESTER: Cristiano Ronaldo will always be fondly remembered at Old Trafford, but as the five-time Ballon d'Or winner rolls back into town this week, this former hero may be the last sight Manchester United want to see. Cristiano Ronaldo got a hero's welcome when he returned to Old Trafford with Real Madrid in 2013. (Photo: AFP/Pierre-Philippe Marcou) Ronaldo made his name in Manchester, scoring 118 goals, winning three Premier League titles and the first of his five Champions Leagues before a then world record move to Real Madrid. On Tuesday (Oct 23), he returns in the colours of Juventus, eager to let his football do the talking with the cloud of a rape accusation in the United States dating back to just before he made the move to Madrid in 2009 blighting his early days with the Italian giants. Ronaldo strongly denies the allegation and has been backed by his club, but it remains to be seen if the hero worship afforded to the Portuguese on his last visit to Old Trafford … [Read more...] about Return of a hungry Ronaldo worrying for Manchester United
Viet Nam News Paul Kennedy So due to time differences and the fact I wasn’t going to stay up until 4am to write this column, England will either be in the final of Sunday’s World Cup or not. I’m not going to stick my neck on the line and look foolish by predicting a winner, but I will say this… it will be either England or Croatia in the final. Setting aside winning or losing, this has been a remarkable, if not completely surprising, World Cup for my home nation. Yet despite equaling their best ever finish in 28 years, when they were knocked out in the semi-final on penalties by Germany at Italia 90, there still seems to be a group of ‘fans’ out there not happy. I’m not talking about the loyal supporters over in Moscow, or those who were no doubt crammed into a bia hơi earlier today cheering on those in white, I’m talking about the keyboard warriors, probably lacking in friends and general social skills, who sit in their … [Read more...] about To all you keyboard warriors, GET A LIFE!
Eden Hazard and a brilliant Belgian generation stand between France and a place in the World Cup final as the countries bring their historic rivalry to Tuesday's (Jul 10) first semi-final in Saint Petersburg. Eden Hazard (left) and Kylian Mbappe go head to head as neighbours Belgium and France meet in the World Cup semi-finals on Tuesday (Jul 10). (Photos: AFP/Odd Andersen, Franck Fife) Not since 1986 have Belgium made it this far at the World Cup, losing to a Diego Maradona-inspired Argentina in Mexico and then going down 4-2 to France in the third-place play-off, the last competitive meeting of the nations. In the years since, France have won one World Cup and one European Championship, and lost the 2006 World Cup final. Now, with Kylian Mbappe their new standard-bearer, they are dreaming of getting there again. Belgium disappeared from the forefront of the international scene for years before emerging once more with their current gifted crop. With Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and … [Read more...] about Hazard’s Belgium block France path as neighbours clash in World Cup semi