‘I’d loved to have played with him!’ – Which goal machine was Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler talking about?

first_img1 Sport Magazine sat down with Robbie Fowler for a one-on-one recently – but just who would ‘God’ hate to get stuck in a lift with?This interview appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad app here, and follow on twitter @sportmagukWho was the best footballer you played alongside in your career?“Probably Steven Gerrard – but another who I loved playing with, because my understanding with him was superb, was Steve McManaman. I don’t think Steve gets the accolades that he deserves. He was a phenomenal player. He’s the most successful British player to play abroad, with all he won with Real Madrid.”What about if you could pick a modern-day footballer to play alongside?“I actually played in a testimonial with Luis Suarez for about ten minutes – and obviously I wasn’t good enough to keep up with him on my ageing legs, but I could see that he was a class player. I’d love to have played with him, Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi. It’s ridiculous how good the three of them are.”What’s your favourite career goal?“I’ll give you a goal probably not many people would remember. In 2001, Liverpool won a lot of trophies, but also we needed to win our last league game against Charlton to qualify fornext season’s Champions League. I scored an overhead kick in that game, at Charlton’s ground. It wasn’t the greatest goal in the world, but it just meant so much because it was the first goal and it really calmed us all down. We went on to win 4-0. So that means a lot to me, even though it was just a basic goal.”Sure, just a basic overhead kick, Robbie. Sport has scored a hatful of them…“It wasn’t one of those spectacular overhead kicks where both feet were in the air! It just fell to me from a corner and I manipulated my body to get into position. Not the conventional overhead kick, if that makes sense.”It does. Have you ever been starstruck?“Yeah, I was on a plane once and got sat next to Sean Connery. I was talking to him and I was just delighted that he knew who I was! There I am: talking to James Bond on a plane. Actually, one of my regrets is probably not getting a picture with him. He was superb.”Who’s your favourite sports person to watch who isn’t a footballer?“I used to love watching Tiger Woods, but – for what he’s achieved in his career – it has to be AP McCoy. There are many good jockeys, so for him to be the top jockey for 20 years – no one will ever get near that. Think of all the injuries he’s had, too. He’s probably fallen and broken every bone in his body. Then he just got back up and did it all again.”Which sport puts you to sleep?“A long day of Test cricket might, but I love the one-dayers and the Twenty20s. Even the Tests can be really exciting when there’s a lot to play for. I can watch any sport at all, to be honest.”They’re making a film of your life: who ideally plays Robbie Fowler?“I’m thinking Tom Cruise! I’m not sure if he’d be any good at footy though, to be fair.”If you were stuck in a lift with an ex-teammate, who’d be the best and who’d be the toughest to handle?“Jamie Carragher as the tough one. A great lad, but sometimes his, erm… habits aren’t what they should be. I’ll leave it at that! To be stuck with? Steve McManaman. I could spend many a day chatting with him.” Robbie Fowler last_img read more

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Kolo Toure: Liverpool players now have belief they can salvage games under Jurgen Klopp

first_img Jurgen Klopp and Kolo Toure Liverpool defender Kolo Toure believes a recent improvement in the mindset within the squad means they now refuse to accept lost causes.Joe Allen’s 90th-minute equaliser in the 3-3 draw at home to Premier League leaders Arsenal salvaged something which was more valuable than a point – and that was belief.A week previously they stoutly defended a 1-0 lead in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final at Stoke and even the scratch side put out against Exeter in the FA Cup displayed character as they twice came from behind to secure a replay.Early in Jurgen Klopp’s reign the German had complained about the players mentality not being able to respond to late setbacks.“We concede one goal and it felt like the end of the world,” he said after Southampton’s 86th-minute equaliser in October, while “Eighty-two minutes – game over” was his response when Crystal Palace scored a winner eight minutes from time a fortnight later.Perhaps the adversity of an extended injury list has galvanised the remaining fit players or maybe the penny has finally dropped in terms of the extent of the commitment Klopp demands for his players but the result against Arsenal showed they no longer accept the inevitable.“There has been a big improvement recently [in our mental strength] and that’s very important when you’re at a big club. You can’t ever give up,” said Toure, whose whole-hearted effort is appreciated by fans.“When you refuse to lose games, you often find yourself winning them.“It’s always important that if you don’t win, you don’t lose.“We showed character and resilience and we didn’t give up until the end of the game.“It’s very important that we keep things going at home. We played against a good team in Arsenal who are top of the league, and it’s good that we haven’t lost to them.” 1last_img read more

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Gary Neville’s most painful football moments after Barcelona defeat

first_img 5 5 When Jerome Thomas and Graham Dorrans put him into retirement, January 1, 2011 – After spending the first half – in Neville’s words – “making Jerome Thomas look like Ronaldo”, the defender spent the break in the toilet realising his football career was over. He survived 25 minutes of the second half before being dragged off with his legs unable to carry him any longer. He also did well to avoid a red card and penalty for a terrible tackle on Graham Dorrans. 5 5 Neville to Robinson and … oh dear – October 11, 2006 – If ever there was a moment that could sum up the farce of the Euro 2008 qualification stages under Steve McClaren’s tenure, this was it. England travelled to Croatia, fresh from a dire 0-0 draw with minnows Macedonia at Wembley and fell 2-0 in Zargreb. Neville gave a simple backpass to Paul Robinson – or so it seemed. The ball bobbled over the goalkeeper’s boot and trickled into the net with Neville’s head in his hands. Gary Neville’s career has been more ups than downs with eight Premier League titles, three FA Cups and two Champions League trophies in his career.Upon retiring, he then went and conquered the world of punditry (and the logistics of the SkyPad) by becoming the face of Sky Sports’ football coverage.However, on Wednesday night he experienced “the most painful night” of his career when his Valencia side were humiliated 7-0 at the hands of Barcelona at the Camp Nou.But what other low points has Neville experienced in his football career? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the arrow above, right, to see the Manchester United legend’s worst moments in football.Will things improve on Sunday when Valencia travel to Real Betis? The moment when he ‘fed the Goat’ – November 9, 2002 – Neville had never been as popular at Maine Road than he was that afternoon. He was awful in Manchester City’s 3-1 win, gifting Shaun Goater a goal on 26 minutes to make it 2-1. From then on, every one of his touches was greeted with a cheer until he was hauled off by a furious Sir Alex Ferguson. Curse of the metatarsal strikes – April 24, 2002 – A mere three weeks after close friend David Beckham’s famous metatarsal injury, Neville suffered the same fate as Manchester United were held to a 2-2 draw with Bayer Leverkusen. While Beckham recovered in time for the 2002 World Cup, Neville was not so fortunate and spent nearly three months out. Barcelona 7 (seven)-0 Valencia – February 5, 2016 (Click the arrow, right, to see Neville’s other footballing lowlights…) – Neville’s nightmare start to football management, where he is yet to win a Liga game as Valencia boss got worse when Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez bagged all seven goals between them in the Copa del Rey. What is worse for Neville and Valencia is that the game was only the first leg and there is more pain to come at the hands of the holders. Before that, though, he has the chance to put things right when his side travel to Betis on Sunday. 5last_img read more

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Hahn shelves gang-tax proposal

first_imgMinutes after the City Council voted Tuesday to put a telephone users’ tax on the February ballot, Councilwoman Janice Hahn pulled her proposal for a $40 a year parcel tax to fund gang-prevention programs. Despite championing the anti-gang tax for months, Hahn said the telephone tax – worth about $270 million a year – is more important to pass sooner than her proposed tax for intervention programs. She’s now aiming to put the anti-gang tax on the November 2008 ballot. “I still believe that now is the best time to put the gang-prevention measure on the ballot, but putting it on the ballot with the communications measure would hurt them both. It is in the best interest of the city to delay the gang measure,” Hahn said. (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Hahn’s proposal would levy a $40-a-year tax on every parcel in the city to raise $30 million annually for gang-prevention, job-training and afters-chool programs. Hahn had City Council support for the measure, but Controller Laura Chick had opposed putting the proposal on the ballot before she completes an analysis of existing gang-prevention programs. “November was always, to me, a much more reasonable timeline,” said Chick, whose report is expected to look at ways to measure the success of the city’s gang-prevention and intervention programs. “We need to figure out what we need to do differently and then we need to put that in place. Then we can say to the public we know how to do this right now.” kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com last_img read more

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LAPD: May Day discipline on its way

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Six months after the violent May Day confrontation between LAPD officers and hundreds of immigration protesters, internal affairs investigators told a skeptical Police Commission today they have identified most of the officers who used excessive force that day and expect to start discipline proceedings by next year. Deputy Chief Mike Perez, who is overseeing the internal investigation, would not reveal how many officers or supervisors have been singled out for discipline but said 48 officers have been interviewed. “We have a good idea of which officers used force,” he said. “Our problem is matching officers who used force with complaints.” More than 300 complaints were filed over officer behavior that day, including 27 from members of the media. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“Since there was nothing distinctive about the officers that day – all the officers pretty much look the same to the public – citizens have only been able to aid in identification of a few officers,” Perez said. But after more than 6,000 hours of investigations and several hearings, commissioners voiced frustration, saying there should be enough evidence to discipline officers involved in the high-profile beatings captured on tape. “It seems like the overall investigation is complex,” Commissioner Shelley Freeman said. But “some of them strike me as no-brainers frankly, and I am wondering why we wouldn’t prioritize some of the simple ones.” For more on this story, read Wednesday’s Daily News. last_img read more

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Torrance executive Lentz behind Toyota’s wheel

first_imgToyota also appointed Dian Ogilvie, 64, to senior vice president and secretary of Toyota Motor North America in New York. She is Toyota Motor Sales senior vice president, general counsel and chief environmental officer. Both promotions take effect immediately, the company said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Toyota promoted company veteran Jim Lentz to president of its U.S. sales, marketing and distribution operations Tuesday. Lentz, 52, who joined Toyota in 1982 and has worked in the auto industry for 29 years, had been executive vice president at Torrance-based Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. The promotion comes after a series of high-profile defections from the company, including the stunning departure of Jim Press, 61, the former head of Toyota’s North American operations, who left in September to become president and vice chairman of Chrysler LLC. Press’ promotion as the first non-Japanese board member at Toyota had been approved with fanfare just three months earlier. Press was president of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. until his promotion to lead the company’s North American operations. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Lentz’s promotion fills a vacant position, the company said. “Jim Lentz is especially well-qualified to lead TMS into the future as it marks 50 years in America,” Toyota Motor Sales Chairman Yuki Funo said in a statement. “His experience spans all major operational areas, and he has an outstanding sense of what our customers, dealers and associates expect.” In addition to Press, Jim Farley, a 17-year veteran and group vice president and general manager of Toyota’s Lexus luxury division in the U.S., left to join Ford Motor Co. as group vice president of global marketing and communications. Deborah Wahl Meyer jumped to Chrysler to become vice president and chief marketing officer. Meyer, 44, had spent the past six years at Toyota, most recently as vice president of marketing for Lexus. Lentz has served in many positions with Toyota including merchandising, distribution, field operations and sales administration. He also was responsible for the launch of Scion, Toyota’s new, funky brand designed to appeal to young buyers. last_img read more

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Around Whittier

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsDetectives arrested Steward Tuesday on suspicion of burglary. They later served a search warrant at his La Mirada home and found two of missing dogs. Task force to meet Saturday WHITTIER – The Hispanic Outreach Taskforce will hold its regularly scheduled meeting from 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday in conference Room F of Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, 12401 E. Washington Blvd. For information call Mary Romero at (562)789-0550. Babes in Toyland makes a SPLASH! LA MIRADA – SPLASH!, the La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center, will host the annual Babes in Toyland event for the city of La Mirada from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Parents and children, age 3-10, will have crafts, games, snacks and lots of holiday fun. Santa Claus will be at the event to take photos with the children. Registration fee is $12. Two sessions are offered: 10 a.m. to noon or 1-3 p.m. Parent participation is required. The event will be held in conjunction with the annual Santa’s Workshop and Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Available for sale will be decorating accessories, toys, jewelry, stocking stuffers and other items for holiday shopping. For information, contact the Community Services Department at (562) 943-7277. Steak dinner benefits veterans SANTA FE SPRINGS – A steak dinner will be offered from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday at VFW Post 3752, 11912 Rivera Road in Santa Fe Springs. Dinner costs $6.95 and includes steak, potatoes, vegetables and salad. Entertainment from a Kenny Rogers impersonator will follow dinner, beginning at 8 p.m. All proceeds benefit veterans. For information or to buy tickets, call (562) 698-9059. Labor law seminar offered A labor law seminar will be offered from 8:30-11:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the Radisson Whittier Hotel. Paul Fleck from Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo will host the seminar, which will focus on wages, leaves of absence and discrimination issues. Seating is limited. Cost to attend is $50 for Santa Fe Springs Chamber of Commerce members, $75 for non-members. For information or to register, call (562) 944-1616 or visit www.sfschamber.com and click on the “Events” link. Chamber hosts holiday mixer LA MIRADA – The La Mirada Chamber of Commerce and Imperial Medical Plaza will host the Annual Holiday Kick-Off Mixer at 5 p.m. today at Imperial Medical Plaza, 15651 E. Imperial Highway. The mixer is free and will include food and drinks, prizes, and holiday music. For reservations and information, call the chamber office at (562) 902-1970 or e-mail assistant@lmchamber.org. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORWALK – A Shih Tzu who was among 26 puppies filched from a La Mirada pet store was turned over to authorities Wednesday. A Whittier woman saw news reports about a suspect being arrested for two burglaries at Puppy Love, 14766 Beach Blvd. She told deputies the suspect, Walter Steward of La Mirada, gave her the Shih Tzu shortly after the Nov. 7 burglary, according to Sgt. Steve Mills. Another 10 puppies were stolen from the same pet shop on Nov. 23. Mills said the woman is an acquaintance of Steward. The woman brought the puppy to the station on Wednesday. It was positively identified by the pet store owner as being one of the stolen puppies, he said. last_img read more

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FA Cup quarter-finals: THREE matches live on talkSPORT – all the details here!

first_img FA Cup quarter-finals: THREE matches live on talkSPORT 1 The quarter-finals of the FA Cup are here and talkSPORT has it covered!We are bringing you THREE live commentaries throughout the weekend, starting on Saturday evening as Everton take on Chelsea at Goodison Park, with a visit to Wembley at stake.We then have BACK-TO-BACK commentries on Sunday, kicking off with holders Arsenal at home to Watford at 1:30pm, and followed by another huge test for Manchester United, as they face in-form West Ham at Old Trafford.Our last eight coverage began with Crystal Palace’s 2-0 win at Reading on Friday night – you can recap all the action here.See below for our list of live commentary matches and click the links to follow all the action online!Saturday, 17:30 – Everton v ChelseaSunday, 13:30 – Arsenal v WatfordSunday, 16:00 – Manchester United v West Ham UnitedThen after an action-packed few days of football, we resume on Wednesday as we bring you live coverage of Barcelona v Arsenal in the Champions League – Full details here!last_img read more

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Napoli and Villarreal to rival Arsenal for Juventus starlet

first_img Daniele Rugani is ready to leave Turin this summer 1 Napoli and Villarreal have joined Arsenal in the race for Juventus starlet Daniele Rugani.The 21-year-old is ready to leave Turin this summer as he wants to cement a spot in someone’s first team.Juventus are unable to guarantee the centre-back regular football and as such clubs are circling.Arsenal are particularly keen on Rugani but, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, they face competition from Napoli and Villarreal.?Both clubs have been scouting the defender and are now ready to step up their pursuits with formal offers.Juventus are still hopeful of keeping Rugani, though, and will not sell unless a club submits an outstanding proposal.last_img read more

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Liverpool goalkeeper Adam Bogdan joins Wigan on loan

first_img Liverpool goalkeeper Adam Bogdan Wigan have signed Liverpool goalkeeper Adam Bogdan on a season-long loan.The 28-year-old Hungary international is surplus to requirements at Anfield after the arrival of Germany goalkeeper Loris Karius, together with the emergence of Wales international Danny Ward who overtook him in the pecking order towards the end of last season.Bogdan joined up with the Latics squad for Wednesday’s friendly at Macclesfield after undergoing a medical.“When we found out Adam was available, it was a move I really wanted to push through,” manager Gary Caldwell told wiganlatics.co.uk.“He has great experience and will add immense competition for both Jussi Jaaskelainen and Lee Nicholls, which is what you need to drive the club forwards.“He obviously knows Jussi from his time at Bolton, he knows the area, the training ground is familiar to him and I’m sure he will be a great addition to the squad.” 1last_img read more

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