Istanbul hopes to host new, ‘historic’ Champions League final

first_img‘Improve the image’ In the meantime, the TFF, seeking to convey a “business as usual” message, announced that the Turkish league would restart on June 12, despite opposition from players and coaches.For Turkey hosting the Champions League final is of economic and touristic importance, which goes beyond sport.While tourism — an essential dynamo of economic growth in Turkey — has been severely dented by the coronavirus crisis with the suspension of international flights, hosting such a prestigious sporting event would be a welcome boost.”Turkey has a PR problem in general so hosting major events successfully is pretty much always a boost for the country’s image and gives the opportunity to promote tourism in Istanbul and beyond,” said Sarigul.For Erden, of the group of Fenerbahce supporters Vamos Bien, the government wants to “use” the Champions League final to “improve its image” while “people are worried by the pandemic and the economic problems”.Bodan, of ultrAslan, believes that if the health situation deteriorates again, “the competition will have to be cancelled”.But in this case, “the 2021 final should be played in Istanbul”, he adds. “It is our right.” In the meantime, Turkish fans are eagerly waiting, hoping that the Istanbul final will be played.Atakan Bodan, a member of the ultrAslan, Istanbul giants Galatasaray’s main fan group, feels the suspension of the top football leagues has “robbed him of joy in his life”.”I’m holding out with the Bundesliga and a few matches in the Belarusian championship, [but] I want the Champions League to resume,” he said.”It would of course be a source of pride to host a new final in Istanbul,” Bodan said. “[Istanbul] is a city of football, we are passionate.” Topics :  ‘Ready’All football fans remember the 2005 Champions League final in Istanbul and Liverpool’s stunning comeback and penalty shoot-out victory over AC Milan after trailing 3-0 by half-time. The final of the 2020 edition was set to be held on Saturday at the same venue, the Ataturk Olympic Stadium.Today, the uncertainty reigns not only over the date of a possible resumption of the Champions League, suspended during the last 16, but also on the rest of the competition as speculation abounds whether will it return as normal, if there will be no return legs, or even if a “Final four” tournament will be staged.”Whatever the scenario — final or mini-tournament — we are ready,” said the TFF, highlighting Turkey’s infrastructure and record against the pandemic.Ankara claims to have brought “under control” the fatal virus which, according to official figures, has caused about 4,500 deaths among some 160,000 confirmed cases in the country.In terms of infrastructure, Istanbul, a major tourist destination, has a large hotel fleet.And in addition to the Ataturk Stadium, the city can make available the home grounds of Galatasaray, Fenerbahce and Besiktas, which hosted the UEFA Super Cup clinched by Liverpool against Chelsea last August.”I would not expect any problems in terms of the logistics … The main concern for me is whether fans would be able to come,” noted Emre Sarigul, co-founder of the specialized website Turkish Football.”It is difficult to talk with certainty about anything regarding football right now because of how quickly the health situation can deteriorate,” he said. Fifteen years after the “Miracle of Istanbul” that cemented Steven Gerrard’s status as a Liverpool legend, the Turkish metropolis was supposed to host its second Champions League final on Saturday. But that was before the coronavirus pandemic wreaked worldwide havoc.On March 23, UEFA suspended Champions League matches until further notice as Europe’s football competitions were hit hard by the virus.Although no date has been announced for the resumption of games, the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) hopes the final will be played in August — the month when Istanbul is usually sunk into the hot and humid summer torpor.last_img read more

Honey Badger’s enormous mancave hits the market

first_imgTwo types of pool available and perfect for groups.The dream home has solar hot water, five water tanks, unmetered drinking bore water, a security system, chicken pen and compost bins, as well as a grassed area that’s almost as big as a football field.The “mancave” is a 15m by 12m powered shed that had a three-door entrance to a workshop, walled office and toilet. The property’s large dam is edged on one side by another firepit area and deck, plus the home has an enormous entertainment area off the dining room that has its own woodstove and wall mounted television to watch the Wallabies beat New Zealand. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Nice stairs for a team photo. Now this is a mancave. The dam at the end of the property has its own deck and firepit.The Honey Badger grew up in Logan in Brisbane’s south as a track, swimming and rugby whiz, and spent formative years on an acreage property bought by his father at 61-73 Rundalua Road, Chambers Flat. Cummins senior had bought the land in June 1998 for $80,000 and then had an enormous six bedroom, three bathroom, nine car space home built in 2000.Everything is larger than life in this home — the dining room is more like a banquet hall 9.7m by 5m, while the formal living room was a “monstrous 9m by 4.4m”.The 1.3ha property, which goes to auction at 11am on Saturday March 3, is listed through Barry Collins of Harcourts – Calamvale.It has a dual entrance, concrete inground saltwater pool with a rotating umbrella, as well as a spa and waterfall, gazebo, barbecue area and firepit. Everything in this home is done on a large scale.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours ago Nick ‘Honey Badger’ Cummins is back in town as the face of this weekend’s Brisbane Global Rugby 10s.AUSSIE cult figure, the Honey Badger, aka Nick Cummins, is back for the Brisbane Global Rugby 10s tournament and to say goodbye to the home he grew up in — a sprawling property complete with a fishing dam and giant mancave for boys’ toys.Cummins is back after stints offshore after shocking rugby fans by asking for early release from Australian Rugby in 2014. The release was granted on compassionate grounds as Cummins was making the move to more lucrative commercial contracts offshore to help his family, including his father Mark who was seriously ill. A large umbrella by the pool can be rotated.last_img read more