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first_imgJamaica Volleyball Association (JAVA) president Rudolph Speid said although not much is known about the other competing teams, the Under-17s who will represent in the fifth Carzova Caribbean Youth is the best-ever-prepared-national youth team, and he expects a good performance. The championship takes place at G.C. Foster College from today through to Sunday. The other competing nations include Haiti, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago. “The preparation has been fairly good. It is the best-prepared youth team we have ever had, based on the period of preparation. We picked the team over four months now, after we went across the island and picked the best players,” Speid noted. “We have been preparing at G.C. Foster for about three months, and we have organised a camp at G.C. Foster for the last three weeks, so they are there every day. We have had weekend camps about six weeks before that, so we have prepared the team as best as we could, and it’s the best-prepared volleyball team we’ve ever had,” he commented. He also reasoned that based on history, they expect a good challenge from Trinidad and Tobago. “We are not sure what the competition is like. Usually, in youth tournaments, you don’t really know the ability of the other teams. Trinidad and Tobago has very good youth teams, but we are not sure about Haiti and Barbados’ quality. But we are hoping that what we have done is enough,” he continued. Victory for the Jamaicans at this tournament would advance them to the NORCECA Championships. However, the world tournament is Speid’s real aim. “It would mean a lot to Jamaica (to make world championship) because we are trying to popularise the sport. We want more kids to understand that volleyball is a sport that can make you travel the world, get scholarships and earn a living,” he stated. He also promises smooth running of the championships. “The organisation of the tournament has gone smooth as silk. Jackie Cowan is probably the best person at organising tournaments, and she is our tournament director, and we expect a smooth running through the tournament,” he added. Trinidad and Tobago face Haiti in the opening game at 3 p.m., while Jamaica take on Barbados in the second game at 5 p.m.last_img read more

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first_imgFlashback: In August 2018, President George M. Weah (right) commissioned Cllr. Joseph Nagbe as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia. Senator Teahjay said he “warned President Weah about Nagbe.”Allegations by Sinoe County Senator Jojlu Milton Teahjay that Associate Justice Joseph Nagbe campaigned for Cllr. Augustine Chea of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), winner of November 20, 2018, Senatorial By-election in Sinoe County, are indeed serious, according to observers, and could provide grounds for impeachment if Senator Teahjay can prove beyond reasonable doubt, that Justice Nagbe did engage in active politics, which is prohibited both by law and by Judicial Canons.However, questions abound whether Senator Teahjay can establish the veracity of his claims and, if he does, whether Chief Justice Korkpor will muster the courage to preside over impeachment proceedings of a colleague, not being intimidated by the fact that Nagbe is said to bear close ties to President Weah dating from their boyhood days in Sasstown, Grnad Kru, County. The other question is whether, amidst all this rigmarole and the political pressures to which observers say it is being subjected, can the Supreme Court Bench emerge from this imbroglio with its credibility intact.Judicial Canon 39 under the caption Penalty for Violation states that “The penalty for violation of any provision of the Judicial Canon shall be a fine, suspension, impeachment and/or prosecution in a court of law according to the gravity of the violation.”Also, Cannon 37 under the caption “Partisan Politics”, states that, “While a judge is entitled to entertain his personal view of political questions, and while it is not required to surrender his rights or opinion as a citizen, it is inevitable that suspicion of being warped by political bias will attach to a judge who becomes an active member of a political party and a promoter of its interest as against another especially those of our judges of the highest courts who by constitutional command, are empowered to review and determine electoral issues under the multi-party system introduced by the 1986 Constitution.”It continues: “A judge should not appear at political meetings and indicate support of candidates for political office (nor should he permit his wife or her husband to give political teas.).Recently, Senator Teahjay, speaking as Chief Fund Raiser and Installer of elected officials of the Juarzon United Citizens Association (JUCA), alleged that he saw Justice Nagbe campaigning for CDC ‘s senatorial candidate, Chea. Senator Teahjay, however, did not provide proof of his allegations against Justice Nagbe. Further, it remains unclear if Justice Nagbe did engage in political campaigning prior to or after his nomination to the Supreme Court Bench.But Senator Teahjay, who appeared irate, declared: “How can a judge who was seen campaigning for a political candidate preside over electoral matters at the Supreme Court level? But let it be known, we will end it up at ECOWAS Court in Abuja, Nigeria.”Teahjay’s assertion came in the wake of announcements by defeated candidate Othello Nagbe, challenging the results of the elections which he said was marred by fraud and irregularities although the NEC had yet to establish the facts.Othello Nagbe’s challenge to the election’s result was subsequently announced by the chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Cllr. Jerome Korkoya.He said the decision of the NEC Board of Commissioners (BOC) to declare Augustine S. Chea winner, who obtained the highest votes of 5,839 out of the total of 16,598 votes cast, was based on the results in keeping with Section 2.9 (g) of the New Elections Law of Liberia but declared however, that winner Chea will only be certificated after the disposition of the complaint filed by the CLP which is currently under investigation.According to the Chairman Korkoya, the Coalition for Liberia Progress (CLP) filed a 13-count complaint of electoral fraud and irregularities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_img“Data and research on the linkages between land and corruption is now available and I am personally looking forward to hearing from participants presenting their findings,” said Laag.… With better land governanceAs a rich continent with vast agricultural and land resources, Africa should be able to feed all her people without any problems, Benjamin Laag, Counsellor for Economic Cooperation at the Germany Embassy in Abidjan, said in remarks at the ongoing 2019 Conference on Land Policy in Africa (CLPA2019).Laag said due to technological improvements in agriculture, as well as in geospatial sciences and other relevant land sectors, the tools were available to implement policies to ensure fair and sustainable land policies are enacted and implemented in every country on the continent.“Almost every person on the continent has been affected by corruption and very often the distribution and registration of agricultural and urban land is the reason for it,” he said.He emphasized the importance of good land governance as well as effective land administration and sustainable land management for the African continent which spends over US$35 billion annually importing food from the West.He indicated that the German government has supported Africa’s efforts to address land corruption in its bilateral and global programs on land and has also supported transparency initiatives such as the Land Matrix and Land Portal, as well as financing Transparency International’s program on Land and Corruption in Africa.“Data and research on the linkages between land and corruption is now available and I am personally looking forward to hearing from participants presenting their findings,” said Laag.“Addressing land corruption is an important but sensitive topic and this conference has the courage to talk about it,” he added.“We need African solutions to African challenges. And in this regard, Germany appreciates the huge effort that the AU is making through the African Land Policy Center and other AU institutions, to promote and implement the AU agenda on land,” he said.The conference is being attended by land experts and officials, representatives of civil society, traditional leaders, UN agencies and related organizations.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgFAIRBORN, Ohio – DaShaun Wood scored 27 points and Will Graham hit four free throws in the last 12 seconds to lead Wright State past No. 19 Butler, 60-55, on Tuesday night for the Horizon League postseason title and its second trip to the NCAA tournament. Butler still holds out hopeof receiving an at-large bid to its seventh trip to the NCAA tournament. With the score tied at 52 and 1:25 left, Butler’s A.J. Graves drove to the basket, but Wood blocked the shot from behind. Then at the other end, Wood curled off a pick and hit a 3-pointer from the right wing with 1:06 left for a 55-52 lead. Brandon Crone, who led the Bulldogs with 18 points, scored inside off the inbounds pass to cut the lead to a point as hundreds of Wright State students crammed around the floor in expectation of a celebration. Freshman Vaughn Duggins was fouled and hit one shot in the double bonus to make it 56-54 with 31 seconds remaining. Crone made the second of two foul shots with 11.6 seconds left to again narrow the gap to one point. Before the ball could be inbounded, Graham was fouled. A 66-percent free-throw shooter, he made them both for a 58-55 lead. North Texas 83, Arkansas State 75 Calvin Watson hit six 3-pointers and scored 24 points to help the Mean Green get to their first NCAA tournament since 1988 with a victory in the Sun Belt Conference tournament championship. At Oral Roberts 71, Oakland, Mich. 67 Ken Tutt banked in a jumper with 31.6 seconds left to win the Mid-Continent Conference tournament title and automatic NCAA tournament bid for the second straight year. Caleb Green scored 28 points to become the Mid-Con’s career scoring leader, and Tutt had 20 points for the top-seeded Golden Eagles (23-10). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The Bulldogs have lost six of their last seven games at Wright State’s Nutter Center – ending a five-game skid with Saturday night’s 67-66 overtime win over Loyola of Chicago. Wood helped turn the tide after Butler (27-6) had scrambled back from an eight-point deficit to take the lead in the final minutes. last_img read more

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first_imgA photo of the vehicle fire on 114a avenue – Submitted by Tamara FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Fire Department was busy Sunday night responding to two different vehicle fires at almost the same time.Just before 10 p.m., crews were called to a vehicle fire on 114a avenue near 100 street. Eyewitnesses say a small explosion was heard after the fire started. The fire quickly spread to a nearby parked car.At almost the same time, the Fort St. John Fire Department was also called to a vehicle fire at an apartment building on 86 street near the Best Western Hotel. A photo of the second fire shows the vehicle was located in the parking lot of an apartment building near 86 street and 85 avenue.- Advertisement –Vehicle fire on 86 street Sunday night – Submitted by JenniferAt this time there is no official confirmation that both incidents are connected.Our staff will reach out to the authorities in the morning to learn more about what happened. If you have any photos or video you’d like to share, email news@moosefm.caAdvertisementlast_img read more

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first_img“It is a muscular injury. Normally it will be some weeks out for him. But we have other players and we can find a performance and rotate players,” Arsenal manager Unai Emery told BT Sport.Emery, whose side beat Napoli 3-0 on aggregate to set up a last-four clash with Valencia, said he didn’t know whether Ramsey would play again this season.Ramsey, out of contract with Arsenal in June, will end an 11-year association with the Gunners after agreeing a deal with Juve reportedly worth £400,000 ($515,000) per week over four seasons.Reduced to a bit-part player under Emery, Ramsey’s recent form — he has three goals in his last seven starts — had helped him regain a regular spot in the Arsenal side.The 28-year-old, set to follow in the footsteps of countrymen John Charles and Ian Rush by switching England for Turin, had struck the opening goal in last week’s 2-0 win over Napoli.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000All over? Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey suffers a suspected hamstring injury © AFP / Andreas SOLARONAPLES, Italy, Apr 18 – Aaron Ramsey could have played his last game for Arsenal ahead of his summer move to Juventus after limping off injured in their Europa League quarter-final, second leg tie at Napoli on Thursday.The Welsh midfielder looked to have picked up a hamstring injury half an hour into the 1-0 win at the Stadio San Paolo after a high tackle on Napoli’s Piotr Zielinski.last_img read more

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first_imgA huge summer splurge on transfer fees is likely after Premier League spending fell last year, in part due to a short window for clubs to complete their business between the end of the World Cup and a new transfer deadline, which fell before the season began.The Premier League’s transfer deadline will again come before most of the rest of Europe, on August 8, meaning clubs cannot afford to waste time.The window for domestic deals opens on Thursday. International transfers can be completed from June 11.AFP Sports looks at where each of the top six are set to strengthen.Manchester CityThe champions may have claimed a remarkable 198 points over two title-winning campaigns, but Pep Guardiola promised they will come back stronger next season and are likely to invest heavily for a variety of reasons.Manchester City are reportedly targeting Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri © AFP/File / GABRIEL BOUYSA potential transfer ban due to a FIFA investigation over the recruitment of foreign minors and third-party ownership means this may be City’s last chance to sign players for at least 18 months.City could also face a season’s ban from the Champions League by UEFA over financial fair play irregularities. If imposed, the sanction would likely be enforced for the 2020/21 campaign, giving City another chance next season to win the competition for the first time.Atletico Madrid’s Rodri, who has a 70-million-euro ($78-million) buyout clause, has reportedly been targeted as the long-term replacement for 34-year-old Fernandinho in the holding midfield role.A centre-back is also thought to be a priority, with City among clubs chasing Ajax wonderkid Matthijs de Ligt. Nicolas Otamendi and, perhaps, captain Vincent Kompany could depart.LiverpoolJurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are not expected to be big spenders in the transfer window © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLiverpool were the biggest Premier League spenders by a distance last summer and their £170-million ($219-million) investment was richly rewarded with the third-highest Premier League points tally ever and a return to the Champions League final.No such splurge is expected at Anfield this summer as Klopp fine-tunes to dislodge City.Alberto Moreno and Daniel Sturridge are set to leave on free transfers and cover is needed for Andy Robertson at left-back and up front as a back-up for Roberto Firmino.TottenhamTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has worked wonders to get his side to the Champions League final and back into the competition next season despite not signing a single player since January 2018.Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino has not signed a single player since January 2018 © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISThe Argentine, though, has been putting pressure on the famously frugal Tottenham board to back him this summer now the club have moved into their new 62,000-capacity home, which cost more than £1 billion and has slowed Spurs’ spending in recent seasons.Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon is a target as competition for Danny Rose at left-back, while the club needs a more potent back-up to Harry Kane than Fernando Llorente.The club has also been linked with a number of midfielders, including Barcelona’s Andre Gomes, Youri Tielemans, who shone on loan at Leicester from Monaco, and Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish.But they could be replacements for Christian Eriksen who is out of contract in 2020 like another key player Toby Alderweireld.ChelseaChelsea may not be able to do any business at all as they are currently banned from signing players for the next two windows by FIFA.Eden Hazard could be on his way from Chelsea to Real Madrid © dpa/AFP/File / Uwe AnspachThe club plan to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and hope to have the ban suspended until the judgement.Eden Hazard finally looks set to land his dream move to Real Madrid, leaving the Blues without their best player in recent seasons.Christian Pulisic was signed in January to fill that void and will arrive from Borussia Dortmund, but Chelsea may be forced to rely on talented youngsters currently out on loan.ArsenalArsenal’s summer business will depend largely on whether they beat Chelsea in the Europa League final to seal a return to the Champions League.Aaron Ramsey waves goodbye to Arsenal fans © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKAn ageing defence that conceded 51 goals in the Premier League cost the Gunners a top-four finish and reinforcements are needed across the whole backline.The departure of Aaron Ramsey also leaves a big hole in midfield.Manchester UnitedUnited face by far the biggest rebuilding job after a disastrous season. They fail to qualify for the Champions League and finish as close to the relegation zone as to City in the league.Could Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly be on his way to Manchester United? © AFP/File / Andreas SOLAROOle Gunnar Solskjaer has promised big changes but much will depend on how many players on big contracts United can get rid of to free up funds.Paul Pogba could be sold to Real Madrid, while Romelu Lukaku has attracted interest from Serie A.A centre-back remains the priority, with Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly the prime target, but the Senegalese is likely to cost a world-record fee for a defender.Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho has been linked with a return to England, but would cost more than £100 million.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola lifts the Premier League trophy © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, May 16 – Manchester City have not yet held their victory parade after edging Liverpool in a thrilling Premier League title race but already they are plotting for next season.The champions are not alone.last_img read more

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first_imgA young Donegal entrepreneur has received national recognition in Australia for his superb start-up business. Ronan O’Shea originally from Donegal Town, moved to Melbourne in 2009 after completing his degree at DIT.  Ronan graduated from DIT with a First Class Honours degree in Environmental Planning and Management.The ambitious entrepreneur wasted no time to seize a gap in the market and started his own business called CS Town Planning Services.While many start-up businesses fail without significant investment, O’Shea’s company grew steadily without any financial assistance.After a couple of years the company cemented its status in the locality and became a huge success. O’Shea’s success didn’t go unnoticed and a fortnight ago he received a Young Achievers Award in Victoria State for his outstanding business skills.Ronan’s father is well-known GAA figure John Joe O’Shea who has Donegal GAA teams at various different levels over the years.For more information on Ronan’s company and the award he received click on the links below.Services – http://www.csqtownplanning.com.au/Information about Ronan’s company and award – http://www.awardsaustralia.com/young-achiever-awards/vic/current-winners/DONEGAL BUSINESSMAN WINS PRESTIGIOUS AWARD DOWN UNDER! was last modified: May 7th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AustraliaawardBusinessDonegal TownFeaturesnewsRonan O’Shealast_img read more

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant In recent months, Villaraigosa has cited the expected budget shortfall for decisions ranging from rejecting some city unions’ salary demands to continuing to send the city’s trash to Sunshine Canyon Landfill. While the budget’s structural deficit – the difference between revenue and spending – is currently estimated at $270 million to $295 million, the Mayor’s Office projects that it could grow to $450 million by 2010. The surge would be fueled mainly by increasing pension and health care costs, while pending legislative and legal actions could drastically reduce the city’s revenue from utility taxes and communications franchises. City Councilman Dennis Zine added that rising prices for construction materials has tacked millions of dollars onto the cost of many projects. This week, for example, officials said the cost of new police headquarters will jump to more than $340 million – a $37 million increase. “Every time we … get into a program, we budget one (thing), and we end up with multiple times what it’s scheduled to be,” Zine said. Villaraigosa said budget totals escalated after more than 1,000 city positions were added in the 2002 fiscal year budget. Right after its adoption, the situation was dramatically changed by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the lingering damage of the technology collapse, state government raids on local funds and skyrocketing costs for health care, workers’ compensation and employee pensions. There also was a $110 million price tag for the Rampart police corruption scandal and resulting federal court consent decree. Critics on Wednesday, however, seized on the fact that, despite the troubles, city government has been able to turn in a balanced budget for each fiscal year through the current one. “This city has predicted deficits and banked massive surpluses for 10 years running, and they will do so again,” said Robert Aquino, executive director of the Engineers and Architects Association, an employee union that has been agitating for a contract equal to a lucrative deal approved last year for Department of Water and Power workers. But Villaraigosa said there is no surplus, just the appearance of fiscal health achieved through budgetary gimmicks. “Even though we’ve been operating at a deficit, we’ve created the fiction that in fact we have a balanced budget,” he said. The mayor accused past city officials of using short-term revenue sources, such as borrowed money and the sale of city-owned properties, to prop up the annual budget. Villaraigosa repeatedly referred to his “inherited” deficit, even though he spent two years on the City Council before becoming mayor. Former Mayor James Hahn could not be reached for comment. Jack Kyser, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, compared past city budgeting practices to those that led to the state’s economic crisis. “It’s been: Let’s see how we can paper it over this year and not look at the longer-range situation,” Kyser said. Villaraigosa said he would not rely on such practices to make it appear the budget is sound. In one concrete step, he said he will stop the practice of taking what city officials call a “supplemental transfer” of money from the DWP. Each year the DWP sends 5 percent of gross water revenues and 7 percent of gross power revenues – $185 million combined for fiscal 2006 – to the city’s general fund. But from 2003 to 2006, city officials used a legal loophole to take an extra $104 million, which, according to Villaraigosa, masked a structural deficit and put pressure on the utility to raise rates. Jim Alger, president of the Northridge West Neighborhood Council and a vocal advocate for DWP ratepayers, called the mayor’s move a step in the right direction. “There’s an argument to be made for the annual transfer, but the supplemental transfer you never can make a good argument for,” Alger said. Villaraigosa said that before making cuts in municipal services that will directly affect residents, he will see how much can be saved through increased efficiency. The mayor has asked every general manager to find overlapping and ineffective programs to be trimmed, and he has begun implementing some fiscal recommendations from Controller Laura Chick’s audits. Villaraigosa cited his recent move, inspired by Chick, to use $5 million of an underutilized $21 million recreation and parks fund to pay for part of the costly renovation of city pools, including pools in Canoga Park and Northridge. The mayor might be able to balance the budget with such incremental steps, but only if revenues stay strong and officials hold the line on personnel costs, said Councilman Bernard Parks. “All of these pieces are things that are doable, but they’re tough decisions, and every time you squeeze the balloon, it pops out somewhere else,” said Parks, who chairs the council’s budget committee. An example of the challenge was on clear display at City Hall on Wednesday, when almost a dozen employees of the Information Technology Agency did not show up for work in a purported attempt to draw attention to a contract dispute by stymieing the City Council meeting. Information Technology General Manager Thera Bradshaw said the employees will be asked to explain their absences, while City Clerk Frank Martinez said the council meeting was not affected. Aquino, whose Engineers and Architects Association represents many workers in the agency, said there was no official labor action. “If members are not showing up, it’s because members are unhappy with being treated the way they’re treated,” he said. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 dan.laidman@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Facing a budget deficit that has ballooned to nearly $300 million, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa vowed Wednesday to eliminate the massive shortfall in five years even if it means slashing public services, hiking fees or laying off city workers. In his first extensive comments on the coming year’s budget, set for release in April, the mayor said he hopes to avoid such drastic measures by finding efficiencies and slowing government growth. But he acknowledged that that might be hard to achieve in city government’s $5.98 billion operating budget. “We’re looking at a crisis here in the city if we continue spending the way we have in the past and (do) not make some tough decisions,” Villaraigosa said. Villaraigosa was short on specifics, saying details will emerge in the coming weeks as this year’s revenues come in and the budget proposal takes shape. last_img read more

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first_img 1. Everyone loves Gianluigi Buffon – Click the right arrow above to see why we want Juventus to win the Champions League… – The veteran goalkeeper is nearing his 40th birthday, but is still at the top of his game. Gigi’s longevity is frightening, and in the semi-final first leg against Monaco he pulled off a number of top reflex saves to deny his opponents. The Champions League is the one trophy Buffon is missing and it would be a crime if he fell short again. 5. No one wants to see Real Madrid win again – We’re all for celebrating the achievements of top football teams but, come on, do we really have to see Los Blancos land Ol’ Big Ears again. We think two in three years is enough – especially as in both of those years they weren’t even the best team in Spain! Let someone else experience the glory. Juventus are deserving recipients in their stead. 10 After the first legs of the Champions League semi-finals, it’s fair to say we look on course for a Real Madrid v Juventus final.It would see the most frequent winner of the competition play the team who has lost the most finals, and a lot of people are getting behind the Italian side already.And here at talkSPORT, we’ve got plent of love of the Old Lady and want to see them emerge victrious in Wales this June.Want to know why? Click the right arrow above to see 10 reasons everyone should get behind Juventus in the Champions League… 10 10 2. They haven’t won it since 1996 – Yep, that’s right, it’s been 21 years since the club from Turin last lifted Ol’ Big Ears. That team, which beat Ajax on penalties, had a strikeforce of Gianluca Vialli, Alessandro del Piero, and Fabrizio Ravanelli, while in midfield had Didier Deschamps, Paulo Sousa, and current Chelsea boss Antonio Conte. 10 6. John Charles – With the final being held in Wales this year, it would seem fitting if Juventus were the winners of the Champions League. In 1957, the Turin outfit signed Swansea born striker Charles for a British record £65,000 and he went on to be a huge success. Top scorer in his first Serie A season, he won three titles with Juve, scoring 108 league goals in 155 league games across four seasons. Adored by the club’s supporters, and labelled ‘Il Gigante Buono’ (The Gentle Giant), he was voted their best-ever foreign player in 1997, and winning the Champions League in his homeland seems rather appropriate. 8. It would be proof Italian football is getting back to its best – This season, the likes of Juventus, Napoli, Roma, and Lazio, as well as many others have thrilled in Serie A. After some tough years following the Calciopoli scandal, Italian football is finally attracting elite stars again – and holding onto them. This has resulted in some brilliant matches, and seeing Juventus claim victory in the Champions League would, you hope, see this trend continue. Which is great for all concerned. 10 10 4. Massimiliano Allegri deserves to win trophy – The 49-year-old has worked his way up to the top as a coach, starting at Aglianese in Serie C2, before helping Sassuolo to their first promotion to Serie B. From there, he gave Cagliari their best finish in Serie A since 1995 in 2008/09 – winning him the coach of the year award ahead of Jose Mourinho. While, with AC Milan in 2011, he won them a first Scudetto since 2004 and now he’s made this Juventus side all-conquering. His tactical tweaks are impressive and winning the Champions League would perfectly cap his time in Turin. 7. Cristiano Ronaldo’s won enough, too – There is no doubt he’s one of the greatest footballers ever to grace the planet. The Portuguese star deserves a lot of credit for the incredible career he’s shaped for himself. But we’re not sure we can stand to see him dancing around with the Champions League one more time. The Portuguese was a peripheral figure in last year’s final, barely having a kick against a brilliant Atletico Madrid side, yet hogged the glory as he scored the winning penalty in the shoot-out. If he never wins another trophy – which he will – CR7 will have won the lot anyway! 10 10 3. They are the Champions League’s unluckiest loser – Rather astonishingly, Juventus have lost the most finals in the competition’s history, suffering defeat on six occasions, with four of those since their 1996 triumph. Their most recent was a 3-1 loss to Barcelona, which was Andrea Pirlo’s last game for the club. 10. They have the best BBC in football – Forget Bale, Benzema, and Cristiano. On Wednesday night, despite Juventus mainly playing with a back four this campaign, Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, and Giorgio Chiellini teamed up again to deny free-scoring Monaco. The trio have been a fixture in Italian football for some time and with Benzema misfiring and Bale injury hit, they’re proving they are still the best BBC around. 9. It may be their last trophy before the squad is broken up – All great teams come to an end. This Juventus side have already seen departures with Andrea Pirlo, Paul Pogba, Alvaro Morata, Arturo Vidal, and Carlos Tevez leaving in the last two years, and, despite big money additions, it’s likely they will lose more players this summer with Bonucci among those who could leave. This squad deserves the highest accolade in European football before it begins to be dismantled. 10 10last_img read more