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It is cheaper to buy than rent in some Gold Coast suburbs

first_imgThis apartment at 14/154 Musgrave Ave, Southport, is listed for rent at $430 per week.“There’s good rental return on it so it’s a good investment,” Mr Brown said.“But I’m going to live in it for a few years first.”Buyers agent Tony Coughran, of Gold Coast Property Advisors, said the key to making long term savings was to make sure mortgage repayments were affordable.“As long as you get into the market at an affordable and comfortable level, you can’t go wrong,” Mr Coughran said.“As the rents go up and the mortgage repayments stay the same, it’s bridging that gap.“Don’t look back in 20 years time and say, ‘I should’ve, could’ve, would’ve’ while our prices are tangible and affordable.” This apartment at 32103/9 Lawson St, Southport, is listed for $429,000. This home at 9 Learning St, Coomera is listed for rent at $430 per week.He said people who only planned to live on the Coast for a short time were better off renting, as well as those in a tight financial position.“If they were an investor, it’s a different scenario altogether,” Mr Newlands said.“They do need to be able to show that they have an income to show they can manage that mortgage.”While there were plenty of variables, he said in many cases it was cheaper to buy, especially with interest rates low.Eddy Brown recently bought a property at Mermaid Waters and plans to rent it out for more than his weekly mortgage repayment.He is paying $350 a week on the $387,000 property, which he said was rented out for $390 about a year ago. This home at 14 Cassia Drive, Coomera, is listed on the market for $429,000 to $469,000.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agocenter_img It’s tough finding affordable rental properties on the Gold Coast.REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson said demand for rental properties was outstripping supply, which was leading to the increase.“The rental demand has come from people migrating here, (there’s) plenty of construction work here too,” he said.Mr Henderson said stamp duty increases and more stringent requirements from banks were driving investors away, further restricting the supply of rental properties.“All of that has led to a tightening of investors getting into the market,” Mr Henderson said.REIQ’s latest Market Monitor has the Coast rental vacancy at just 1.1 per cent.Mr Henderson said buyers were better off making a purchase as soon as they could.“The sooner you do it, the better it is for your long-term financial situation,” he said.“But it depends specifically on what type of area you’re looking at.”REIQ director John Newlands said location was just one of the factors prospective buyers needed to consider before taking the plunge. It’s cheaper to rent than buy in some of the Gold Coast’s suburbs.LOW interest rates and a shortage of rental properties has made it cheaper to buy than to rent in many Gold Coast suburbs.CoreLogic data shows the median rent on the Coast is $499 while the median property value is $533,950 (units and houses).A weekly repayment on a mortgage of this value is $453, based on a 3.5 per cent interest rate and a 20 per cent deposit, a saving of $46 per week on the rental cost.last_img read more

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ABP draws on neuromarketing to ‘revolutionise’ member communications

first_img“Everything is changing in pensions, so we want members to be aware about it, recognise whether they need to take action, and what to do.”Besides changes in pension rules made by regulators, there are a number of legal practicalities which members should be reminded of, said Vonken.For example, in the Netherlands, when two people move in together, they need to nominate their partner as their pension beneficiary by agreeing a living-together contract and registering the partner in the pension plan. Otherwise, the partner will not have a claim on any benefits if the member dies.Similarly, when people change jobs and, consequently, their pension fund, they can choose to transfer the accrued value at their previous pension fund to their new pension fund.The work was carried out by a research agency with 40 volunteers, a relatively high number for neurological research.Volunteers were placed in a scanner and given 118 statements about pensions, each together with a picture.Individual statements were shown only for a brief time, to focus on the individual’s subconscious reaction.The scan showed which parts of the brain showed activity while assimilating which piece of information. Positive emotional reactions included desire, expectation and trust, while negative responses included fear, anger and disgust.The research found that people will only take action (read information, nominate someone or become a subscriber to the newsletter, say) when the balance of emotions is positive and when people perceive the stimuli they see as appealing.“In general,” Vonken said, “the results showed that, in their communications with members, pension funds have to focus on positive associations with pensions.“For instance, rather than warn how important saving for a pension is, we should emphasise how people who save can enjoy their pension later on.”The concept of pensions as a whole was perceived negatively by the research subjects.However, the fact there is a uniform pension overview (UPO) – an annual statement of expected retirement income and death benefits, which all Dutch pension funds send to members in standardised form – was perceived favourably.ABP says this may be because it is personally applicable, uniform and regular.People find information about their own pension relevant, said Vonken, but sometimes they need extra motivation to actually do something about it.The extra motivation can be based on positive associations with pensions and retirement and the right wording and imaging.The research also highlighted the effects on people’s subconscious of intrinsic motivation – such as feeling good about being well prepared for the future right now by subscribing to the newsletter – and extrinsic motivation – for instance, inducements such as offering the chance to win an iPad to members who subscribe to the newsletter of their pension fund.The results showed that the right intrinsic motivation was as effective as extrinsic motivation because it gave people a sense of wellbeing.Extrinsic motivations are also likely to wear off over time.And, according to Vonken, a lot of small changes can make a big difference.For instance, the subject line in an email newsletter can increase the number of people who read it and go to the pension fund’s website, thus getting informed.“ABP and the pension fund industry believe it’s their job to make people more aware of their finances,” said Vonken.“We can help them become aware of it and support them with information, as a result of which they might take the necessary actions to make sure they are well prepared for their retirement.”ABP’s marketing and communications teams are now being trained to convert the research results into practical improvements to their campaigns.Besides the substance of information, the presentation and layout of documents can also play a role, especially in terms of making the UPO more relevant to members.ABP is currently working on this aspect of the research as well. Dutch pension fund ABP has carried out specially commissioned neuromarketing research to make its communications to members more effective.Neuromarketing is the study of how people react subconsciously and emotionally to external stimuli, such as written information or pictures, by monitoring brain activity.It also measures emotional responses, so can be a useful tool in giving advertising or marketing messages more impact.Joyce Vonken, marketing intelligence specialist at ABP’s administration agency APG, said: “Around 95% of decisions people make are made subconsciously. We wanted to know how pension fund communication influences people’s subconscious emotions and associations, how effective the communication is and how we can improve it.last_img read more

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Largest Dutch schemes improve funding but remain wary of cuts

first_imgThe five largest Dutch pension funds saw their funding improve by two to three percentage points during the first quarter, due in part to a slight rise in interest rates.Most schemes, however, warned against “too much optimism” and indicated that new headwinds may still force them to cut pension rights. With a quarterly return of 2%, the €389bn civil service scheme ABP reported the best performance. Its funding rose 2.3 percentage points to 94%.Corien Wortmann-Kool, ABP’s chair, emphasised that the scheme’s coverage ratio was still way below 110%, the level at which pension funds are allowed to start granting some indexation. “Inflation compensation will barely be on the cards in the next five years,” she said.According to Wortmann, the possibility of a rights discount will remain if the funding level drops again.ABP also warned that a cancellation of the European Central Bank’s quantitative easing programme and low interest rate policy could negatively affect both equity and fixed income markets, in particular if the process were to go faster than expected.The €187bn healthcare scheme PFZW made a 0.5% profit during the past three months, after a 0.7% loss on its interest and currency hedge. Its funding rose to 92.3%. PFZW attributed its investment result in part to emerging markets debt, which produced 5.4%.Peter Borgdorff, the scheme’s director, also said that further recovery was necessary.PMT, the €68bn pension fund for the metalworking and mechanical engineering sector, reported a quarterly result of 0.9%, citing “more than average” returns on high yield (2.7%) and equity (5.4%).It said it had divested from emerging markets equity after strong performance, as its equity allocation would otherwise have exceeded its strategic bandwidth of 35%. The proceeds were invested in its liabilit-matching portfolio.PMT closed the first quarter with a coverage ratio of 94.8%.The investments of PME, the €45bn scheme for the metal and electro-technical engineering sector, returned 1.3%. The scheme saw its funding rise to 93.9%.Eric Uijen, executive trustee, noted that coverage had to improve to 104.3% at 2019-end in order to prevent rights cuts.With a funding of 107.8%, BpfBouw, the €54bn pension fund for the building industry, is still in the best financial position of the five largest schemes.It returned 1.2%, largely thanks to profits on equity (6.3%) and property (2.7%), with Dutch residential and retail portfolios performing best.last_img read more

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Dare County Beach Nourishment Projects on Display Today

first_imgThe Town of Kill Devil Hills will today, July 26, hold a public meeting on the ongoing beach nourishment projects in the County of Dare.According to the town, the public update meeting on the northern Dare beach nourishment projects is set to start at 1:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room at the Administration Building, 102 Town Hall Drive, off Colington Road.Officials from Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, APTIM coastal engineering firm, and state and local representatives will be present to provide general updates on the project schedule and progression.GLDD was awarded the $38 million Dare County Beach Nourishment Project back in 2016. During the works, approximately 4 million cubic yards of sand will be dredged and pumped on shore to replenish the coast in towns of Duck, Kitty Hawk, and Kill Devil Hills.The company has already completed the Duck portion of the project, which started in May 2017, and is putting finishing touches in the town of Kill Devil Hills.GLDD is planning to complete the entire project by this fall.last_img read more

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More Time for San Jacinto River Bidders

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, officials have extended the advertisement for bid invitations for emergency dredging near the West Fork of the San Jacinto River with bidders now having until June 12, 2018.The Corps contracting officers posted the announcement amendment on May 24, 2018 at Federal Business Opportunities website.“Many contractors submitted questions and a decision was made to allow more time for interested parties to finalize and refine their bid based on our responses,” said Jeff Neill, USACE Galveston District Contracting Chief.Neill also said that the bids will be opened on June 12, 2018 at 2:00 p.m., local time.“In an effort to help bidders with their queries, we coordinated approval of the extension with officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Texas Division of Emergency Management, Harris County Flood Control District and the City of Houston,” said Alicia Rea, a USACE Galveston District  Emergency Management Specialist.Prior to the extension, Rea said that the opening was previously scheduled for May 29, 2018.“This is an important dredging project and we want to answer bidders’ questions and allow them reasonable time  to understand the scope of this emergency operation that will work to help mitigate flood risks,” said Rea.last_img read more

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The Latest: Purdue announces pay cuts in athletics

first_imgThe announcement comes a day after Bills coach Sean McDermott described the lack of league-wide uniformity regarding the presence of spectators at NFL games as being “ridiculous” after AFC East rival Miami announced it would allow up to 13,000 fans into its stadium.___The San Francisco 49ers will play their season opener without fans in attendance because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The team said Tuesday after consulting with local officials that the Sept. 13 game against Arizona at Levi’s Stadium will be played without spectators.The team said it would work with state and county officials to determine whether it will be safe to allow fans to attend games later this season. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Purdue has announced football coach Jeff Brhom, basketball coaches Matt Painter and Sharon Versyp and athletic director Mike Bobinski have voluntarily taken a 20% pay cut and agreed to give up money from incentives, effective Sept. 1. The Buffalo Bills will play their first two home games without fans present, while not ruling out the possibility of allowing some into the stadium before season’s end.The Bills announced the decision on their Twitter account Tuesday following discussions with state and county health officials. The team said it is still attempting to establish policies and procedures “that hopefully permit fans later this season.”State guidelines remain unchanged since June, when New York approved the resumption of pro sports but without spectators present.The Bills have offered season ticket holders the option of refunds or pushing that money to next year. Those who keep money in their account would be eligible to be included in a lottery should fans be allowed.Buffalo opens the season on Sept. 13 hosting the New York Jets, and then hosts the Los Angeles Rams two weeks later. North Carolina says the rest of its winter and spring sports teams may resume activities Wednesday after a recent pause amid the coronavirus pandemic.The school announced over the weekend that football, men’s and women’s basketball, and other fall sports were cleared to resume workouts as of Sunday. But they said all other sports remained on hold for the time being.The school lifted that hold Tuesday afternoon.Last week the school had paused activities amid rising numbers of coronavirus cases on campus, including in student housing and a fraternity. Those cases had led the school to cancel in-person undergraduate classes in favor of remote instruction.___ Athletic department officials are projecting they could face a budget shortfall in excess of $50 million.As a result, the Boilermakers other head coaches and assistant coaches will voluntarily take 15% pay cuts, while other staff members are facing reductions in force, reduced work schedules, furloughs or salary cuts ranging from 5% to 50%.In addition to the salary cuts, Brohm, Painter, Versyp and Bobinski have agreed to donate $1 million to the school’s More Than A Game on Sept. 9 as part of the school’s day of giving campaign.Purdue is one of the few in the Football Bowl Subdivision that does not receive money from taxpayers, the school’s general fund or student fees and it is trying to make up at least some of the projected losses through donations.___ USA Diving has announced it will hold next year’s Olympic Team Trials from June 6-13 in Indianapolis.The trials were initially set for June 14-21, 2020 in Indy but were rescheduled when the Tokyo Olympics were postponed by the COVID-19 pandemic.The Indiana University Natatorium has hosted the Olympic Trials six times since 1984, most recently in 2016. USA Diving headquarters also are located in Indy.A full competition schedule can be found on USA Diving’s website.___ Vanderbilt is getting its top tackler back after Dimitri Moore changed his mind about opting out of this season.Moore posted on Instagram on Tuesday that he decided to opt out of the upcoming season after his grandfather died of COVID-19. The senior from Cedar Hill, Texas, wrote that he has done more research and talked with doctors and medical personnel since that decision. Moore says he is returning to the Vanderbilt football program, a decision he made on his own.The linebacker says he trusts and has confidence in Vanderbilt’s testing abilities and safety protocols.Vanderbilt canceled football practice last Friday and has yet to return after what the university called “a small number” of positive COVID-19 test results in the program. The football players who tested positive were put in isolation.___ ___The Minnesota Vikings will play at least their first two home games without fans in attendance.With current Minnesota Department of Health guidelines specifying an indoor venue capacity of 250 people, officials from the Vikings, the state, U.S. Bank Stadium, the NFL and the city of Minneapolis were unable to establish a prudent way to open the gates to the public for now.The Vikings will host Green Bay on Sept. 13 and Tennessee on Sept. 27 with the 66,000 seats empty. Over the ensuing five weeks, Minnesota plays at home only once, on Oct. 18 against Atlanta.In a statement, the Vikings said: “We have sought to balance the opportunity to provide fan access with the responsibility to adhere to public health and medical guidance in order to maintain the health and safety of fans, players, staff members and the broader community. Ultimately, public health is our top priority.” ___The Turkish soccer federation says a limited number of spectators will be allowed into stadiums to watch games as of October as it relaxes coronavirus restrictions.The federation says stadiums around the country would operate at a maximum of 30% capacity.The spectators would have their temperatures taken before being admitted. They would be required to wear masks and keep to social distancing rules.The decision comes despite an uptick in in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country. Daily infections have jumped to more than 1,000 since Aug. 4 to reach levels previously recorded in June.center_img NFC North rivals Green Bay and Detroit have announced their first two home games will be played without fans. Chicago also will start the season without spectators but has not specified for how many games.___Tennessee will be selling tickets for approximately 25% of the seats at Neyland Stadium for this season.The stadium has a capacity of 102,455, counting everybody in the building, which could mean around 25,000 fansThe Volunteers’ first home game is Oct. 3 against Missouri and university officials say restrictions could change during the season based on statewide virus data and recommendations from public health officials. Tennessee asked fans statewide to wear masks in public. Associated Press The Latest: Purdue announces pay cuts in athletics Athletic director Phillip Fulmer says he empathizes with the thousands of fans who won’t get to go to games in Neyland this fall. Fulmer says the circumstances are beyond the control of Tennessee officials and they will do their best to create the safest environment both inside and outside the stadium.Current students and active donors to the Tennessee Fund with season tickets get top priority for tickets and season tickets will be offered based on annual amount given and the order to the Tennessee Fund.The original prices for season tickets will not change with Tennessee set to host five Southeastern Conference opponents for the first time since 1959.Students can start requesting tickets issued on a game-by-game basis Sept. 23.___ Masks will be required on Oklahoma’s campus on football game days and tailgating will be prohibited during the football season in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.The school made the announcements in a news release on Tuesday.The mask requirement includes all campus buildings and outdoor areas, athletics facilities, parking areas, outside the stadium, gate entry, concourse, stadium seating bowl and the club/loge areas. The masks may be removed temporarily for eating and drinking while in the stadium seating bowl, or in common areas of clubs, suites and loges.Although the school has no authority over off-campus tailgates, it encourages people to wear face masks in public and to avoid congregating in large groups that impede social distancing.___ August 25, 2020 More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

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Boeheim’s Army pulls out 92-91 OT win in heated matchup with 20th & Olney

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — As 20th & Olney’s Steven Smith walked off the court shortly after being ejected, he gestured toward Eric Devendorf, seemingly asking for the Boeheim’s Army guard to meet him elsewhere.Moments earlier, Devendorf and Smith exchanged heated words and had to be separated after a fight for a loose ball led to a confrontation under the basket. It was their second altercation of the game and they were each assessed a second technical, resulting in their ejections.“(Eric’s) a hotheaded type of guy,” Boeheim’s Army head coach Lawrence Moten said of the moment. “He loves the game. He plays with a lot of passion.”It was the culmination of an evening that saw emotions consistently run high. And when the final buzzer sounded, it was Boeheim’s Army that won a back-and-forth affair, topping 20th & Olney 92-91 in overtime in the third round of The Basketball Tournament at the Gallagher Center in Philadelphia.Long before Devendorf and Smith were tossed, 20th & Olney took a 59-49 lead early in the second half when Smith connected on a smooth baby hook from the left block. With the La Salle-based team holding all momentum, it appeared as if things were about to spiral out of control for Boeheim’s Army.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut beginning with Demetris Nichols’ 3-point play on the ensuing possession, Boeheim’s Army responded with a 17-7 run. And with the score even at 66-66 at the nine-minute mark, Boeheim’s Army forward Terrence Roberts cleaned up a missed Devendorf layup attempt and slammed home the putback.As he ran to the other end, Roberts yelled to himself and urged the Syracuse fans in attendance to get louder.“Being able to come back like that, everyone just did their part,” Roberts said.Roberts’ dunk catapulted Boeheim’s Army to a 79-70 lead with five and a half minutes left. That’s when Devendorf and Smith had their first conflict.As Smith elevated for a dunk on a breakaway, Devendorf caught him from behind and blocked his shot before being whistled for a foul. Devendorf said something in Smith’s ear, which led to the big man getting in Devendorf’s face. That forced the officials to assess them both technical fouls.Shortly thereafter, 20th & Olney went on a run of its own and eventually forced overtime. With Devendorf ejected, Boeheim’s Army fell behind 91-90 in the final minute of the four-minute period.The former La Salle crop had both the lead and possession with roughly 45 seconds on the clock, but Baye Moussa Keita saved Boeheim’s Army by blocking a shot with 14 seconds left. Willie Deane collected the ball and swung it up the floor to Olu Famutimi. Famutimi drove to the rim and drew a foul, earning himself two free throws.“I just had to focus in,” he said. “I knew I had to make both of them.”He did make both, and Syracuse had fought back to take a 92-91 lead. Keita then forced another turnover on 20th & Olney’s final possession. When the clock hit triple zeros, Keita and his teammates ran toward half court, where they embraced, while Moten raised his arms and held them in the air.When the team left the court a few minutes later, Moten found Steve Smith’s father in the hallway of the Gallagher Center. The two discussed the confrontations between Devendorf and Smith and came to an understanding, Moten said.“There’s no animosity or anything,” Moten said. “… You’re playing for one million dollars. There’s going to be tension.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on July 19, 2015 at 9:49 pm Contact Michael: mdburk01@syr.edulast_img read more

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AFCON 2019: Ghana line up friendlies against Namibia and South Africa

first_img Source: Footy Ghana Two high-profile preparatory games against Namibia and South Africa have been firmed up for the Black Stars ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals.The Ghana FA Normalization reached the agreements for both games to be played during the team’s training camp in the United Arab Emirates.Footy-Ghana.com sources say the games have been tentatively set to be played on June 6 and 9.There are also considerations for one more game against a local side during the Dubai training camp.Head coach Kwasi Appiah is expected to announce his provisional squad next week.The Black Stars will be heading for the UAE on June 1 where they will hold a comprehensive three-week camping before making a short trip into Egypt for the Afcon.Ghana, who will be seeking to end a 37-year wait for a Nations Cup trophy, are in Group F where they are billed to face defending champions Cameroon, Benin and Guinea-Bissau.last_img read more

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Player exodus to Congo worries Ghanaian fans

first_imgIt is not often that you hear of a country’s football fans being worried at the prospect of their own players heading to a foreign country to advance their careers.But Ghanaian fans are concerned after five of their top players transferred to Democratic Republic of Congo giants TP Mazembe.Defenders Daniel Nii Adjei, Yaw Frimpong, Richard Kissi Boateng midfielder Gladson Awako and forward Solomon Asante all moved at the start of the season.“People think that maybe it’s a sign of how the Ghanaian football league has fallen that we can have Ghanaian players going to play in Congo,” said BBC Sport’s Michael Oti Adjei.It may sound like a harsh verdict by Ghanaian fans. But maybe they have a valid fear that other African clubs are overtaking the likes of Ghana’s Accra Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko. “People are divided in opinion. Some think that those players are not in Congo for sporting reasons, but for money,” added Oti Adjei. “However, clubs in Ghana don’t pay players that well so who wouldn’t want to leave when a foreign club is offering you more money?” In a sporting context, Ghana and war-torn Congo are miles apart in their football – they are separated by 63 places on the April Fifa rankings.While Ghana’s Black Stars have twice been to the World Cup since 2006, with many of their players playing in Europe’s elite leagues, Congo has qualified for the competition only once, in 1974 when they were called Zaire.In that appearance they set an unwanted record as they feel to the heaviest defeat in at a World Cup finals – a 9-0 hammering by Yugoslavia.Yet four-time African champions TP Mazembe, the first African team to play in the finals of the World club championships in 2010, are in a healthier state than most clubs in Ghana. Based in the mineral-rich Katanga province, the club has their own stadium, two aeroplanes, a gymnasium and clinic. They are bankrolled by one of Africa’s top businessmen, Moise Katumbi, who is also governor of the region.The Ghanaian players know that their move to Congo has divided opinion back home but they are loving the Congolese adventure.Defender Richard Kissi Boateng told BBC Sport: “Joining TP Mazembe was the right move. As you can see, they have a lot of influence on African football.“In life you have to progress. We joined them so that we can make a name in African football before moving on. “Everything is fantastic here. The supporters are always behind the team and even the facilities are top class compared to other foreign clubs.”Boateng, 24, is a member of the Black Stars and played his club football for Liberty Professionals, Berekum Chelsea of Ghana and Libya’s Al-Ittihad before joining Mazembe.And he thinks football in Congo is advanced compared to the standard in Ghana. “We came here to play football and improve. I experienced five years playing with Liberty, moved to Libya and came back to Ghana,” he said.“Sometimes you need to step ahead and go and face challenges somewhere. “There are a lot of big players at TP from big countries. To judge yourself as a big player, you have to mingle with the best on the continent.”Mazembe have players from Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Ivory Coast, Uganda, Tanzania, Senegal and in the last two years, the club has even recruited from Zimbabwe, Brazil and Cameroon.“I am not here because of the money. In life, if you don’t face challenges, you can’t judge yourself against anything,” Boateng continued.And he revealed that Mazembe’s record of twice representing Africa at the World club championship was a contributing factor in his decision to join them.“Some of the big players in Europe have never played at that level,” he said. Boateng’s story is similar to striker Solomon Asante, who is also a member of the Black Stars and he says that “playing with very good players with different nationalities gives me an opportunity to work very hard”.But he also admitted: “In football, money plays part but a club has also to be good. So yes, money played a part in my move.”last_img read more

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MLS champ Atlanta United wants ‘exciting football’ from new boss amid Marcelo Bielsa links

first_img“We now have an amazing fanbase in Atlanta, a stadium that’s the best in the world, a training ground that’s one of the top ones in the whole of North America. From that perspective, we’re in a much better position in terms of looking for the new coach.”He added: “The reality is that we’re in a situation that is slightly different to 2 1/2 years ago, when we hired Tata, in that we are firmly on the map.”That name recognition is a factor, but it’s not something that’s going to be an absolute must-have.” Atlanta United president Darren Eales says it is imperative that the club appoint a new coach who plays “exciting, attractive football” amid links to Marcelo Bielsa. Tata Martino guided Atlanta to the MLS Cup title in 2018 but is departing, with several high-profile candidates reportedly in the running.  And Bielsa, the Leeds United boss, has been suggested as a potential replacement for his fellow Argentinian having inspired a generation of coaches — including Martino and Mauricio Pochettino — as well as drawing huge praise from Pep Guardiola. Eales would not comment on any alleged interest in Bielsa while he remains in the Leeds job, but acknowledged that any new Atlanta United coach will have to entertain the team’s fans at opulent Mercedes-Benz Stadium. “I may have missed something, but I thought [Bielsa] was at Leeds,” Eales told Omnisport. “I would say that Marcelo Bielsa is incredible. “I had Mauricio Pochettino when I was at Tottenham and that Newell’s Old Boys tree that’s come from Bielsa is pretty incredible. He’s got a lot of people and a lot of coaches who have been inspired by him. “The reality is we’ve got a style of play in Atlanta where we score the most goals in the league, we were title-winners this year and we play an exciting, attractive style. “I think it’s important that the coach who comes in has a similar pedigree of playing that way. That, for us, is the most important thing.” El profe. El Tata.He just had to hammer that Golden Spike one last time pic.twitter.com/XOPJsgyDJ0— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) December 10, 2018Boca Juniors coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto and former Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli have also been mentioned, and Eales believes Atlanta United is recruiting from a position of strength. “Tata has been fantastic as our first head coach,” Eales said. “He won a title in our second season but also played an attractive style of football. “The exciting thing for us is that, when we hired Tata, we had no stadium, no training ground and no players. It was literally a blank sheet of paper. last_img read more

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