Tottenham’s match against Liverpool on 17 October just became very interesting now Spurs have snapped up Heung-Min Son.The 23-year-old has moved from Bayer Leverkusen, signing a deal until 2020, with the club believed to have shelled out around £22m.However, during Leverkusen’s match against Hannover in March 2014, Son was flattened by his then team-mate Emre Can when the duo collided after exchanging passes.Can does not appear to help the stricken forward, though there have been no reports of any bad blood between the pair, who only played together for a season as Liverpool took the Germany midfielder to the Premier League a few months after the incident.FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HEUNG-MIN SON
Adnan Januzaj 1 Adnan Januzaj is reportedly set for a loan move to Borussia Dortmund as Manchester United get set to offlaod another attacking player.With Robin van Persie, Radamal Falcao, Angel di Maria and Nani all having left this summer, and Javier Hernanndez on the verge of joining Bayer Leverkusen, it leaves the Red Devils desperately short in attack,.And the fans are not happy…
1 Mesut Ozil Fenerbahce are lining up a summer offer for Arsenal star Mesut Ozil, according to his agent Dr Erkut Sogut.Ozil had a mixed first season at Arsenal following his £42.5m move from Real Madrid two years ago but is considered a vital member of Arsene Wenger’s team.But the Germany international, who is of Turkish descent, is a lifelong Fenerbahce fan and has always said he would like to play for the club one day.And now, according to quotes attributed to his agent in Turkish news outlet Vatan, the Super Lig club could make their move as early as this summer.Sogut said: “Fenerbahce want Mesut but it all depends on what Arsenal want and it is hard to figure out what they will decide until the end of the season.“If he does end up leaving Arsenal, Fenerbahce would be a serious option.”Ozil has made 77 appearances for Arsenal, scoring 12 goals, and has helped the club to back-to-back FA Cups since his arrival.
1 Jurgen Klopp Jurgen Klopp is relishing the challenge of leading Liverpool and has vowed to instil a playing philosophy that is ‘very emotional, very fast and very strong’.The former Borussia Dortmund boss was confirmed as Brendan Rodgers’ successor on Thursday night, signing a three-year contract along with assistants Zeijko Buvac and Peter Krawietz.“I am very excited by the challenge we face and eager to start the job and begin implementing our ideas and ways of working with this team,” the German told the club’s official website.“This is a talented group of players and there is still much to compete for this season.”Klopp was known for introducing an exciting, attractive brand of football at Dortmund, and he is promising more of the same at Anfield.“Winning is important but so is how you win and how you play the game,” he said.“I believe in a playing philosophy that is very emotional, very fast and very strong. My teams must play at full throttle and take it to the limit every single game.“It is important to have a playing philosophy that reflects your own mentality, reflects the club and gives you a clear direction to follow. Tactical of course, but tactical with a big heart.“Liverpool has extraordinary supporters and Anfield is a world renowned home, with an incredible atmosphere. I want to build a great relationship with these supporters and give them memories to cherish. I hope we can feed off each other’s energy and that we take this journey together.”Klopp’s standing in the game is high after his impressive seven-year spell at Dortmund, during which he won the Bundesliga twice.His signing is understandably seen as a major coup for the club, with chairman Tom Werner stating: “In Jürgen Klopp we have appointed a world-class manager with a proven track record of winning and someone who has the personality and charisma to reignite this football club and take the team forward.“When an opportunity presents itself to acquire one of the most sought-after leaders in the game, it is something you have to pursue decisively and we are delighted he has accepted our invitation.“He possesses all the qualities we are looking for in a manager – he is a strong, inspirational leader, who has a clear philosophy of high energy, attacking football. Critically, he is also a winner and someone who can connect with and enthuse our supporters“It is our job now to support Jürgen every step of the way and help him achieve his full potential at this great football club.“He is enthusiastic about the squad of players and wants the team to fight to achieve success this season and beyond. His attitude is infectious and we believe it will lift the entire club.”Klopp will take over a Liverpool side currently 10th in the Premier League after securing just one victory in their last six league games – although they are just three points off the top four and only six behind leaders Manchester City.His first game at the helm will be away from home, at Tottenham next Saturday, and his first appearance in the Anfield dugout comes five days later when the Reds face Rubin Kazan in the Europa League.
Under-pressure Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho 1 Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has the full backing of his players despite the Blues’ nightmare start to the season, insists midfielder Cesc Fabregas.Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Stoke was Chelsea’s seventh league loss in their opening 12 games of the season, with the defending champions heading into the international break 16th in the standings.The result left Mourinho’s future looking more uncertain than ever, but the Portuguese, who was unable to attend Saturday’s contest due to a one-match stadium ban, retains the trust of his squad, according to Fabregas.“I don’t think Mourinho will be sacked,” the 28-year-old told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope. “The coach trusts us and we trust him.“We all have to work together to come out of this bad spell.“The level of play at Chelsea does not correspond with the results, but I’m certain that we will improve.“I feel good and I trust this group.”Earlier this month, Fabregas denied reports that he was organising a “mini-revolt” at Chelsea and reiterated he was happy to work under Mourinho.“I don’t know where that came from,” the Spain international said. “Someone invented a story saying that I was leaking information from the changing room.“I have dignity and I had to defend myself.“My relationship with Mourinho is good, as always.”
The teams are in for Sunday’s London derby 1 The teams are in for Sunday’s London derby clash between Tottenham and West Ham at White Hart Lane. It’s Mauricio Pochettino’s fifth-placed Spurs against Slaven Bilic’s sixth-placed Hammers and both sides are looking to return to winning ways after drawing last time out – Spurs v Arsenal and West Ham v Everton. Andros Townsend is back in the Tottenham squad after a fallout with the backroom staff, taking his place on the bench. Eric Lamela is suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season, so South Korean star Heung-min Son takes his place in the starting line-up. Diafra Sakho is fit again for the claret and blue side and he replaces star man Dimitri Payet, who is out with an ankle injury. Check out the full team line-ups for Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United below!Tottenham: Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen,Rose; Dier, Alli; Son, Dembele Eriksen; Kane. Subs: Mason, Vorm, Trippier, Townsend, Onomah, Carroll, Davies.West Ham: Adrian; Jenkinson, Tomkins, Reid, Cresswell; Kouyate, Noble; Moses, Lanzini, Sakho; Carroll. Subs: Song, Zarate, Ogbonna, Jelavic, Antonio, Spiegel, Oxford.
Tom Rennie is joined by the former Liverpool midfielder David Thompson to talk about one of the biggest games in the Premier League calendar as Liverpool host Manchester United at Anfield.We’ll be asking why these two giants of the English game are battling this one out in mid-table, what Jurgen Klopp has brought to Liverpool and whether Manchester United fans need to get over themselves!Elsewhere, talkSPORT host Alan Brazil chooses his three to watch this weekend & Nichols Lim from Red Card Sports Radio Singapore plays the Predictor Game ‘Tom against the World’.
Christian Benteke is not liked by some Liverpool fans but he does have his supporters 1 Christian Benteke has endured a difficult start to life at Liverpool.The Reds paid Aston Villa £32m for him in the summer, but he has failed to find the consistency that made him so deadly in front of goal at Villa Park.In Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat to West Ham in the FA Cup, Benteke bore the brunt of criticism, but he does still have some supporters among the Anfield faithful.FANS FUME: ‘IMAGINE PAYING £77 TO WATCH BENTEKE’Have a look at some of the tweets from those who believe the Belgium international simply needs time.VIDEO: GOALS FROM WEST HAM 2-1 LIVERPOOL
Perhaps most frustrating, especially to supporters of Measure D in November 2001, the Carson community still has little direct say in school management, curriculum or funding. Those are among the reasons two groups next fall plan to open charter high schools, which give them more autonomy than traditional schools. “I certainly think the citizens of Carson missed an opportunity to create their school district and determine the quality of their education,” said Carolyn Harris, the measure’s chief proponent. “Carson missed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” Some parents agree. Gayle Konig, a parent who supported Measure D, said she felt so strongly about keeping her children out of Carson schools that she only applied for jobs in Torrance, where she could enroll them under special permits. “We had kids going to Torrance schools because the schools are so bad (in Carson),” Konig said. “That seems to be the biggest problem with LAUSD, they don’t want to think about the kids first.” Both of her boys graduated from Torrance High School. Konig said “the power of the union” thwarted Measure D just as it has thwarted other attempts at reform. Indeed, United Teachers Los Angeles outspent initiative backers 25 to 1 to defeat Measure D, which would have pulled 21,000 students into the new district. In mobilizing its members, along with police and other local unions, UTLA claimed a new district in Carson would imperil salaries and benefits because it would not be bound by the union contract with Los Angeles Unified once it expired. UTLA President A.J. Duffy, then a Westside area union chair and Palms Middle School teacher, acknowledges he played an active role in defeating the measure with former UTLA President Day Higuchi. “There were a couple of reasons why we opposed the breakup, which really had nothing to do with the efficiency or lack of efficiency of the schools,” Duffy said. “For Carson, the breakaway to us meant more bureaucracy, not less bureaucracy.” Mike Mitoma, the former Carson mayor who launched the breakaway move with Harris, bristles at that notion. The plan, he said, was to set up a small district office with “no fancy buildings.” Mitoma said little has changed since 2001. Test scores have risen slowly in sixth through 12th grades, while elementary schools improved more steadily. In 2001, only one of 12 elementary schools scored above 700 on the state’s 200-to-1,000 performance index. Today, only one school is below that mark at 699. However, none of the three middle schools or Carson High met that bar. In addition, Mitoma said, the dropout rate is worsening. For the Class of 2001, 63 percent of the 853 students who started their freshman year at Carson High made it to 12th grade. In 2006, the percentage was only 47 percent. Overcrowding also has persisted at Carson High, from an average of 28.2 students per class in 2000-01 to 31.5 students in 2005-06. Former school board member Mike Lansing said that’s all about to change. The LAUSD is using millions of dollars in bond revenue to pay for upgrades to Carson schools, from new technology already in the classrooms to the new high school planned for Carson students on Long Beach land. None of that would have been possible had Carson seceded, he said. “This new high school wouldn’t have been built and they wouldn’t have gotten the modernization projects that are planned for the next six, seven years,” Lansing said. Breakaway supporters, however, say a Carson Unified School District would have received state per-pupil funds, property tax revenue and local fees charged to developers to offset the crowding brought by families in new housing developments. With a wave of development planned for Carson in 2001, Mitoma anticipated millions of dollars in developer fees that instead were sent to district headquarters. Then, as now, local communities say not enough of the LAUSD resources filter down to school sites. Superintendent David Brewer has said less than 60 cents of every state dollar reaches school sites. “We were going to provide the principals with a budget to run their schools,” Mitoma said. “Exactly what everybody’s talking about now is what we would have implemented. The money to the classroom would have been substantially higher.” With powerful forces lined up against it, however, Measure D was crushed at the polls. Nearly three of every four voters opposed it. Observers say Carson’s failure is a lesson for other communities that want more local control over funding, hiring decisions and curriculum at their public schools. “I look at that failure as bringing to light all the lessons one has to take into account if someone wants to break up the 700-square-mile LAUSD,” said David Abel, chairman of New Schools Better Neighborhoods, an independent master planner. “Those lessons suggest that the barriers to do that are many.” Indeed, creating a separate Carson school district would be nearly impossible today. Following the 2001 vote, state law was changed on school breakaway bids. In 2001, only residents within the proposed Carson school district decided the fate of the measure. Today, a school secession would be decided by voters in the entire Los Angeles Unified School District. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Paul Clinton STAFF WRITER Six years ago today Carson voters decided not to take a leap of faith. As unhappy as many were with the Los Angeles Unified School District, residents nevertheless rejected a bid to carve out their own independent school system. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre It was an overwhelming victory for the district’s teachers union, which spent almost $500,000 to ensure Carson would not be the first city since Torrance in 1948 to defect from the massive LAUSD. Six years later, much has changed. And little has changed. A reform-minded Los Angeles mayor has put his imprint on the school board and is about to take over some low-performing district schools, though none is in Carson. A new superintendent has vowed to partner with the mayor to stem the district’s high dropout rate, though there is evidence that more Carson kids than ever are not staying in high school. And the district has embarked on a massive school building program, though no new schools or classroom additions have been built in Carson yet. A new high school is on the boards for 2011.
Even when his shop closes, O’Donnell plans to stay connected. “I’m going to go to his house,” O’Donnell said with a straight face. “I will follow him in my car.” Last reprieve The meet would have shut down more than a year ago if Simms had not allowed vendors to stay while he got all the approvals necessary to develop the land, said Simms’ lawyer, Ben Reznik. Simms declined to be interviewed for this story. “The market conditions are now such that it made economic sense to redevelop it,” Reznik said. Despite a sluggish housing market, there is demand for apartments, he added. For almost three years, Simms has fought to bulldoze the meet and build 438 condos. In April, the Los Angeles City Council agreed he could set aside 42 apartments as lower-rent instead of the 109 the city wanted. Councilman Dennis Zine, who represents the area and voted for the compromise, said he wanted to preserve the space. “I didn’t have any choice,” Zine said. “We in government can’t restrict private transfer of land for development that fits the criteria.” Glenn Malkin, who leases the property to vendors on a month-to-month basis, is searching for a new location for the meet. But he and his partners – Ron Wolfe and Stuart Siegel, mayor of Hidden Hills – have so far been unsuccessful. “In the west San Fernando Valley, there is just not enough acreage for our use,” Malkin said. “We need a tremendous amount of parking.” The meet now occupies 6.5 acres. If lingerie seller Voorhees is disappointed in having to close her shop, jeweler Leigh is downright ticked off. “I hope they really need the 438 apartments,” Leigh said from behind a sparkling glass case. “They are putting 400 vendors out of business.” Priced to sell For 17 years, Leigh has sold diamond and gold jewelry as proprietor of Estate Jewelry Guild at booth J-18. He has two employees and a reputation for prices just above wholesale, according to one longtime customer. Leigh has two months to find a new space or risk losing his entire income. He is looking for a new store with two other jewelers at the meet and hopes to stay in Woodland Hills or Warner Center. But finding a new place with as much foot traffic – Leigh says 5,000 potential customers pass his booth each weekend – will be difficult outside of a mall. And Leigh cannot afford mall rents, which he estimates would run $20,000 for the same space. He now pays $1,000. Smaller booths rent for about $400 a month. Moving to an open-air meet is impossible for Leigh because of security reasons, he said. Relocating to a meet in Panorama City is not viable either, because he needs clients who can pay $3,300 for diamond-encrusted watches. Chance to relocate Leigh and all the other vendors were given a chance to relocate to meets in Panorama City or Pomona, said Aurelio Navarro, manager of the swap meet. But only about 20 have taken it. Maybe that’s because they, like Navarro, are still skeptical that the Valley swap meet is really closing down. After 15 years of working at the meet, he’s heard a lot rumors. “Everybody has their own theories,” Navarro said from his tiny office above the meet warehouse. Maria Vasquez and her husband, Augustine, can hardly believe it themselves. The couple from Sylmar, both in their 60s, have been shopping at the meet every month for longer than they can remember. “It’s one of the last places you can shop around for different things,” Augustine said. One time, the Vasquezes bought a lamp made of salt that was said to absorb odors and naturally purify the air. The other day, Maria said she found gem-studded hair clips that had been marked down from $4.50 each to $1. She said she plans to put them in her granddaughters’ Christmas stockings. “We don’t care for the mall,” Maria said. “It’s the same thing all the time.” [email protected] 818-713-3735160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WOODLAND HILLS – For 23 years, Francine Voorhees has sold silk nighties and lingerie from booth N-13 at the Valley Indoor Swap Meet in Canoga Park. But the final days of her creme-color shop called Le Boudoir are numbered. After decades as a San Fernando Valley landmark, the property’s owner, Ronald Simms, has opted not to renew a 20-year lease on the site and instead is selling the land to a developer. Now, the last day in business for Voorhees and nearly 400 other vendors at the Variel Avenue swap meet will be Dec. 30. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “I’m devastated,” said the 62-year-old Voorhees. “I absolutely love this job. You meet such wonderful people.” Voorhees is retired and has other sources of income, so she isn’t too worried about the financial impact of closing. But losing the meet – which is open Fridays through Sundays – means severing her connections with longtime customers and other vendors. Customers and vendors alike use words such as “community” and “family” to describe the connection between those who inhabit the meet, which has been around since 1983. It is the longest-running indoor swap meet in the city of Los Angeles. Ellen O’Donnell of Sherman Oaks has been going to jeweler Richard Leigh for seven years and has brought countless friends to him. She bought a six-carat diamond pav ring for $3,300 that would have retailed for $8,000 and a $4,000 diamond watch that would have sold for $11,000 elsewhere from him, she said.