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Sheikh’s Manchester City exploded with Robinho

first_imgNIGEL RODDIS & nbsp; (REUTERS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>NIGEL RODDIS (REUTERS) On September 1, 2008 Manchester changed forever when Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al-Nahyan became the top shareholder of Manchester City with the Abu Dhabi United Group for Development and Investment in exchange for 250 million euros. The older brother of United (founded in 1894) wanted to start discussing the hegemony of red devils in the city and in English football and also, immediately.The same day, left and right hand signing offers began to come from the blue side of Manchester. The sheikh wanted to give a blow of effect wearing one of the great soccer players of the moment.One of those who received it was Real Madrid and for Robinho, then a white star who had been trying to force Chelsea out all summer. Just one day before leaving, he summoned the press and explained the reasons for his rebellion. “It was not once, nor twice, nor three times that my representative and my father went to the club to renovate and the club was not very interested in my permanence either. I have nothing against Cristiano, but I have my pride. Now as the club has not managed to sign it seems that they are not interested in me leaving, but my intention is to leave, “he let loose as a direct missile to Real Madrid and also to a Bernd Schuster (” He is not my father, he is my coach “) who promised to recover 10 for the cause.Thus, an hour and a half before closing, young Robson saw how his wishes came true but, not him as he expected. Manchester City put 40 million euros on the table, in cash, and took the Brazilian, whose agent Wagner Ribeiro tried until late that Chelsea match the offer. Those in London did not, the Brazilian was already skyblue. A brief and ruinous idyllThe first galactic of the City of Abu Dhabi did not come out much less as expected. The Brazilian said he would become “the best in the world” but stayed away. In their first season, 14 Premier League goals left a good taste but failed to meet the expectations of what was the second most expensive signing of the summer of 2008 after Dimitar Berbatov, whereby United rose to 45 million euros. Only one in his debut against Chelsea (defeat by 1-3) went to one of the great teams that dominated then. His best match in the Premier came in October with his hat trick at Stoke and in the Europa League he barely remembers a goal for Twente.center_img If within the field he shone halfway, he did it more outside, where the parties condemned him in the eyes of Mark Hughes, who disapproved of his nightlife. “I liked Manchester, the City, the restaurants … but let’s not forget the discos. I had a party image. And yes, I liked the party, “he told Daily Mail in 2017 where he also said that he put more effort into watching Brazilian soccer players (Jô, Elano …) more than the English, like Joe Hart, Micah Richards or Wright-Phillips. In its second season, the decline. An ankle injury left him out eleven games and since the arrival of Mancini disappeared from the starting team. Five matches at his command until on January 28, 2010, just three days after his birthday, he was assigned to Santos.53 games (over € 800,000 / game), 16 goals (2.6 million per goal) and zero titles was the balance of the first big signing of the not so new owner.last_img read more

ENERGY EXPERT SAYS BUILDING MORE WIND FARMS IS ‘MADNESS’

first_imgTurbines are a waste of money, says expertONE OF Europe’s leading energy specialists has told the MacGill Summer School in Glenties that building more wind turbines around Ireland is ‘madness’.Dr Tony White, who has 35 years experience in international power markets and the low carbon economy was in Glenties this afternoon.Ireland aims to generate 40pc of all its electricity by 2020 from renewable sources, and Dr White says we are going about this the wrong way by following an ‘all wind’ approach. He says: “Attainment of the 40pc target will require another 200 wind farms, 700km of new transmission line and hundreds of new towers to carry these lines. These transmission reinforcements alone will cost up to €3.9bn, according to Eirgrid.”Dr White argues the same targets could be reached for one tenth of the cost by converting Moneypoint power station in Co Clare to biomass.He says this option would not just save billions of euros but would not put at risk Ireland’s world famous tourism and bloodstock industries.“We wouldn’t need to pepper the countryside with industrial scale wind turbines and transmission towers,” he says. Some of these turbines are 169 metres in height – almost three times taller that the Liberty Hall building in Dublin. Or one sixth the height of Ireland’s tallest mountain, Carrantuohill.Dr White also says that replacing dirty coal at Moneypoint with sustainable biomass is far more effective at lowering emissions than building additional wind turbines.And biomass will impose lower costs on consumers, something to be welcomed in a country with very high electricity prices.He says: “Customers are already suffering from amongst the highest power prices in Europe and it is surely madness to carry on and build yet more wind when there is a cheaper alternative.”Dr Tony White is a director of BW Energy, was lead analyst for the top ranked energy team at investment bank, James Capel, which advised the UK Government on privatising the power sector. As Head of Citigroup’s pan-European power team, he oversaw market liberalisation in other European markets. He was the UK National Grid’s Group Head of Strategy in the 1990s.Sustainable biomass is made from branches, tops of trees and other low grade product that is often left to rot, as well as sawdust and chips.ENERGY EXPERT SAYS BUILDING MORE WIND FARMS IS ‘MADNESS’ was last modified: July 22nd, 2015 by John2Share 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:biomassdonegalGlentiesPowerSUMMER SCHOOLtony whiteTURBINESwind farmslast_img read more