Borussia Dortmund Sign Axel Witsel In €20m Deal

first_imgGerman Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund have completed the transfer of Belgian midfielder Axel Witsel from Tianjin Quanjian.Witsel, 29, has signed a four-year contract at the Signa Iduna Park until 2022 after joining from the Chinese Super League outfit in a deal worth €20m.The former Zenit St. Petersburg star helped Tianjin to a third-place finish last season but the club is in ninth position on the league table this season after 16 games.He was part of the Belgium squad that finished in third place at the recently concluded FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.On his move, Witsel said: “After the World Cup, it was my goal to move from China back to Europe.”“I’m totally happy and also proud to be allowed to play for BVB soon.“After our first conversation, I did not have to think twice, because for me Borussia Dortmund is one of the best clubs on the continent. Honestly, I can not wait to run around in front of 81,000 people.” He concluded.BVB Sporting director Michael Zorc added: “We have been very interested in signing Axel Witsel for many months and are very happy that he has chosen Borussia Dortmund.”“Axel is a player with a great deal of international experience who has all the skills to shape BVB’s central midfield: tactical understanding, tackling power, speed, creativity and mentality.” Zorc concluded. Relatedlast_img read more

Straw poll: Who will you vote for Wellington mayor?

first_imgFollow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down city resident · 41 weeks ago Time for New outlook and faces. Report Reply 0 replies · active 41 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Straw poll: Who will you vote for Wellington mayor? Tom Henning Noah Rinehart Jim Valentine View Results Editor’s note: This poll is obviously unscientific and for curiosity purposes only. Use this information at your own peril. Vote for real at the Sumner County Clerk’s office for advanced voting or at the polls next Tuesday.  Loading …last_img read more

Boss lauds sick Ozil’s amazing recovery

first_img0Shares0000Mesut Ozil (L) teed up first-half goals for Theo Walcott (C) and Olivier Giroud (R) at the Emirates Stadium as Arsenal secured a 2-1 win over Manchester City. PHOTO/AFPLONDON, December 22- Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger heralded Mesut Ozil after the German playmaker rose from his sickbed to inspire his team to victory over Premier League title rivals Manchester City.Ozil teed up first-half goals for Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud at the Emirates Stadium on Monday as Arsenal secured a 2-1 win that left them four points above City and two points below leaders Leicester City. Ozil, 27, now has 15 assists for the campaign — just three fewer than Cesc Fabregas’s league-leading tally from last season — and Wenger revealed afterwards that he had spent most of the previous week in bed.“He had a chest infection for the week and he was in bed, basically,” Wenger said.“He had only one training session yesterday. So for a guy who could not prepare well, he has done extremely well physically.”Despite Ozil’s role in the build-up, Walcott’s goal was primarily his own work, the England forward cutting inside his man from the left and curling a glorious right-foot shot inside the right-hand post from 20 yards.But the assist for Giroud’s goal, in first-half stoppage time, was vintage Ozil, the former Real Madrid man sliding a pass into the path of the Arsenal centre-forward, who drilled a low shot between Joe Hart’s legs.“At the end of the day you need one guy who gives the ball to the one who scores the goal,” Wenger told his post-game press conference.“In our team, most of the time, Ozil is this player. The guys who make you win. And he is that.”Wenger also revealed that striker Alexis Sanchez has sustained a setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury that is likely to keep him out of action for three weeks.City threatened to snatch an improbable point when Yaya Toure languidly stroked a left-foot shot into Petr Cech’s top-right corner with eight minutes to play, but by then the damage had already been done.With captain Vincent Kompany still absent due to a calf injury, City looked vulnerable at centre-back, where Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolas Otamendi once again toiled.– ‘Ready to fight’ –Arsenal’s Per Mertesacker (C) and Manchester City’s Yaya Toure during their Premier League match at Emirates Stadium on December 21, 2015. PHOTO/AFPCity have kept one clean sheet in the nine league games Kompany has missed, compared to seven in the eight games he has played, and manager Manuel Pellegrini admitted that his side are “conceding too many goals”.There was also tacit acknowledgement that City, who have already lost five times this season, will struggle to mount a sustained title challenge without Kompany in their ranks.“We hope that Vincent will return back soon,” Pellegrini said.“So with Vincent returning to the team, with David (Silva) and Sergio (Aguero) playing normally every week, I suppose we are going to continue being an important team in the fight for the title.”Confirmation that Pep Guardiola is to leave Bayern Munich has only heightened speculation that Pellegrini’s days at the Etihad Stadium are numbered, but he said that he had no trouble dealing with the rumours.“No, it’s no difficult,” he said. “It’s very easy. You must be concentrated and focused on your work.“I understand that we must improve, especially in the games that we are playing away. But we’ll continue being involved in all the competitions. They’re important points, but not decisive points.”While Wenger was wary of declaring his team title favourites, he acknowledged that victory over City will galvanise conviction that Arsenal can end their 12-year wait for the Premier League title.“It’s too early to say to win the league, but it strengthens our belief that we have our word to say,” he said.“You realise that you earn your right to win these games. For us it’s important we realise that. We have to be ready to fight like that in every single game.“What’s interesting in my side is there’s a real life in the team, a real togetherness and great solidarity. So let’s take care of that.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Halikos to build artificial island

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Halikos Group, a well-known Northern Territory developer founded and directed by Greek Australian John Halikos, this week won the praise of NT Chief Minister Adam Giles for his proposal to build an artificial island in Darwin Harbour. Mr Giles on ABC local radio described the proposal to build the Halikos Island as “visionary”, but he also stated that there is a long way to go before the proposal is approved.The developer has a five year crown lease on an area of seabed offshore from the Darwin suburb of Nightcliff, so that he can study the suitability of the seabed and the feasibility of an island development.“What I am happy about is that people are prepared to take risks and have a vision about the way they would like to see development or change in the Northern Territory,” Mr Giles said.The way the Northern Territory government has handled the proposal has come under scrutiny this week after revelations that Halikos Group had donated $100,000 to the governing Country Liberal Party (CLP) and $90,000 to the NT Labor Party in 2012/13.The founder and director of the group John Halikos also made a personal $50,000 donation to the CLP.Mr Giles defended his government’s decision to grant the company special development proposal status.Environmentalists and local residents in Darwin recently protested against the proposal to build the island. Source: ABClast_img read more