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"If you did not have unions you wouldn’t have this jobless problem in the western world," said Akbar Al Baker. "It is caused by unions making companies and institutions uncompetitive and bringing them to a position of not being efficient.
"If you go and ask the politicians in most of the countries in the western world they would love to have the system we have: where the workers have rights through the law, but they do not have rights through striking and undermining
- Eurosport | Pitchside Europe – Fri, Oct 25, 2013 21:24 BST
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Celtic are the only British club to be named in the top 10 of the greatest supports in world football, according to a respected French football magazine.
So Foot says only Boca Juniors of Argentina and Germany's Borussia Dortmund are ahead of the Glasgow club's fans, who are renowned throughout Europe for their passionate support, sense of fair play and respect for opposition clubs during their travels around Europe in the Champions League.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter described Celtic's supporters as "marvellous" after visiting Celtic Park to award them the FIFA fair play award for theirRead More »from Celtic only British club inside top 10 of world football’s greatest supports
The segment in Harry Hill's TV Burp where the host plucks two obscure characters from our television screens and screams "fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight" has perhaps become an overused reference point in recent years.
Rather than Ronaldo launching a custard pie into the face of Messi, or Messi smashing Ronaldo over the head with an oversized mallet though, this would be aRead More »from Who’s best: Messi or Ronaldo?
- Eurosport | Pitchside Europe – Fri, Oct 25, 2013 07:44 BST
The 167th La Liga 'Clasico' between Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Nou Camp on Saturday could be the ideal stage for Gareth Bale and Neymar to show they are worth a combined price tag of almost £135 million.
Or, as is more likely, one of the most intense rivalries in football and a match watched by hundreds of millions around the world will again showcase the peerless talents of Barca's Argentine World Player of the Year Lionel Messi and Real's Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo.
However, fans in Britain will have to be content with 75 minutes of fun and frolics - archaic scheduling lawsRead More »from European Match of the Weekend: Barcelona v Real Madrid aka the Clasico
Gus Poyet's reign as Sunderland manager got off to the worst possible start as his demoralised side were put to the sword by Swansea last weekend. The pressure on the Uruguayan to make an immediate impact due to the club's desperate position will only intensify in his first home game in charge, and it's fair to say that the result in this Sunday's Tyne-Wear derby could make or break the Black Cats’ season.
They host a Newcastle side that have problems of their own, particularly at the back, with captain Fabricio Coloccini sidelined and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa suspended having seen red last time out.Read More »from Midfield enforcers hold key to derby showdown
- Eurosport | Pitchside Europe – Thu, Oct 24, 2013 13:36 BST
John Terry has been in superb form for Chelsea this season - but is he currently the best performing English centre-back in the Premier League?
Terry boasts the joint second best defensive record in terms of Performance Score in the Premier League this season (319 points).
At present he is keeping Gary Cahill out of the Chelsea team, a player who has become one of England's two starting defenders along with Phil Jagielka.
The Chelsea skipper was in typically good form with his display against Cardiff at the weeken - a game that barring a David Luiz error, Chelsea would have kept a clean sheetRead More »from The stats which prove Terry is England’s best centre-back
- Eurosport | Pitchside Europe – Thu, Oct 24, 2013 13:06 BST
New Manchester United manager David Moyes was so keen to study top football teams that he drove himself around France in a hire car during the 1998 World Cup, sleeping in the vehicle when cash was tight.
Such determination helped Moyes to establish himself as one of the top managers in the English Premier League. He took charge of champions United in June, facing the daunting challenge of replacing Alex Ferguson, the most successful manager in the history of English football.
Moyes and his fellow Scot Ferguson give insights into their methods and motivation in a new book that combinesRead More »from Why Mourinho flies economy: Today’s greatest managers give away secrets in new book
As us scribes can confirm, making mistakes in public is not much fun. Dr Felix Brych was reminded of that last Friday when he allowed a so-called 'phantom goal' to stand in the Bundesliga match between Hoffenheim and Bayer Leverkusen.
You will have seen it by now. With 20 minutes remaining and visitors Leverkusen leading 1-0, Stefan Kiessling headed narrowly wide from a corner. The Leverkusen striker held his head in his hands after coming so close but the ball snuck into the goal via a hole in the side-netting.
Situated on the far side of the action, the majority of the players assumed it wasRead More »from ‘Phantom goal’ debate rumbles on in Germany
- Eurosport | Pitchside Europe – Thu, Oct 24, 2013 11:30 BST
1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the most electrifying man in football
Tired debates over the world’s best footballer will always divide along the Messi-Ronaldo faultline, and for good reason. The respective records of the two are incomparable in the modern era and stand up to the best of all time.
But let's face it: the saintly Messi is a bore, and there is little to admire in Ronaldo’s humourless,Read More »from Five things we learned from the third Champions League matchday
GOOD LAD - With a match-winning brace for Man City at CSKA Moscow, Sergio Aguero has undoubtedly earned his pat on the head.
WOOF, WOOF - Galatasaray goalscorer Felipe Melo one-ups Aguero in the canine stakes.
I AM ZLATAN - And Zlatan capped his 36-minute hat-trick for PSG at Anderlecht with this absolute screamer.
CLASSY OPENER - Cristiano Ronaldo was also on song for Real Madrid against Juventus. And to think, either him or Ibrahimovic will sit out the World Cup in Brazil.
LEAVE THAT TO THE STARS, SERGIO - Mr. Ramos has qualified for Brazil with Spain. Perhaps he'll bring these failed tekkersRead More »from Wednesday’s Champions League games in pictures
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