Styles finishes year on a high at WWE Clash of Champions

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ The Usos also survived an action-packed fatal-four-way match to keep their SmackDown Tag Team Championship after a superkick-and-splash combo on Chad Gable.The match also included The New Day, Rusev and Aiden English, and the duo of Gable and Shelton Benjamin.Dolph Ziggler also won his second United States Championship after pinning Baron Corbin in a triple threat match.The Showoff hit a Zig Zag on the defending champ, who had other challenger Bobby Roode in position for the End of Days.The Bludgeon Brothers dominated Breezango after Harper and Rowan nailed a double crucifix powerbomb on Fandango.In the kickoff show, Mojo Rawley put an end to the Hype Bros as he beat Zack Ryder with a running forearm to nab the win. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The Phenomenal One bucked the interference of the Singh Brothers and kicked out of a Khallas from the Modern Day Maharaja late in the match as he kept his grip on his title.Mahal attempted a Styles Clash on the champion, but Styles reversed it to a Calf Crusher to force the Indian challenger to tap out.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe victory capped off an amazing year for Styles, who proved his worth in the company as he churned out stellar matches night after night.Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn also saved their WWE careers after a controversial ending in their tag team match against Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura with SmackDown commissioner Shane McMahon and general manager Daniel Bryan serving as the special guest referees. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Read Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Orton had the match won after hitting Zayn with an RKO, but just before McMahon counted three, Owens pushed Bryan on him to stop the count.Confusion then ensued before the Underdog from the Underground rolled up the Viper. McMahon, however, stopped his count at two, which led to Bryan chiding his fellow executive and seemingly sent him to the back.Orton tried one more RKO on Zayn, but the latter reversed it to a rollup which led to Bryan making the fast count and giving the rebellious duo the victory.It also shed a light on the apparent friction between McMahon and Bryan with a lot of questions surfacing on the future of the SmackDown management team.In the night’s other matches, Charlotte retained her SmackDown Women’s Championship as she submitted Natalya with a Figure Eight in their lumberjack match.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense AJ Styles retained his WWE Championship at WWE Clash of Champions. Photo from WWE.com.Phenomenal.AJ Styles showed the heart of a champion as he fought through an injured rib and submitted Jinder Mahal to retain his WWE Championship at WWE Clash of Champions Monday (Manila time) in Boston.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina #KicksStalker: LeBron wears ‘equality’ shoes – 1 black, 1 white; speaks about Trump LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Liverpool 2-1 Ludogorets: Gerrard rescues Reds to secure winning start to Champions League return

first_img Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard celebrates his match-winning penalty in the Champions League A stoppage-time penalty from Steven Gerrard ensured the Reds kicked off their return to the Champions League with a winning start against plucky European minnows Ludogorets.It was far from plain sailing for the hosts at Anfield, as the Bulgarian champions proved worthy opponents in their first ever Champions League appearance.After a tight 80 minutes of football Mario Balotelli finally broke the deadlock, and opened his Liverpool account, with a neat half-volley to put the Reds in front.But the spirited visitors soon netted a shock equaliser when substitute Dani Abalo found the net in stoppage-time after a swift counter-attack.And just when it seemed Brendan Rodgers’ side had seen a dream start to their European campaign snatched away, Liverpool were awarded a penalty.It was goalkeeper Milan Borjan who took out Javier Manquillo in the box and captain Gerrard, as he has done on so many occasions,  kept his cool under pressure to sweep home from the spot and secure a fortunate three points for the five-time winners.A turgid opening half saw both teams create few scoring opportunities.In similar scenes to Saturday’s poor 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa, Liverpool saw the majority of the possession but had little end product, with Balotelli and Adam Lallana – playing more as a second striker than wide man – going closest for the hosts with a series of half-chances.Little is known of Bulgarian outfit Ludogorets, but they certainly impressed with an industrious performance on their debut at Europe’s top table.They restricted their hosts throughout the game, with the Reds growing increasingly frustrated as half-time approached.But Rodgers’ men did improve in that final spell before the break, with Lallana again going close again with perhaps Liverpool’s best chance – Jordan Henderson provided a good pass into the box but the former Southampton captain just couldn’t get the ball from out of his feet, with his scrappy effort easily blocked away.Liverpool continued their decent form after the restart as they produced two quick attacks leading to further half-chances for Philippe Coutinho and Henderson, while Lallana was felled in the box by a strong, but fair, shoulder barge after a well weighted headed knock down from Balotelli.Full-back Manquillo then wasted a great opportunity to put Liverpool in front, tapping his close-range effort over the bar after being put clean through by a brilliant Henderson pass.But despite the home side’s increasing confidence, the gutsy visitors still proved a threat, with Mignolet forced into action moments later as he parried away a thumping 30-yard effort from Ludogorets defender Junior Caicara.Striker Roman Bezjak then spurned another great chance for the travelling side, taking advantage of a mistake from Dejan Lovren and running clean through on goal, only to slice his one-on-one shot over the bar.With 20 minutes remaining Rodgers began to make changes, with Coutinho, after a poor performance in which he often gave away possession when looking for crafty passes that just weren’t there, replaced by Fabio Borini and Lucas coming on for Lallana.And while Borini made an immediate impact by going close with a powerful header, Liverpool almost went behind and were only saved by the woodwork as Bezjak hit the post with a low strike.The home side were shaken but were soon celebrating when Balotelli got the breakthough with his first Reds goal.The Italy international failed to really impress in two Premier League games for the Merseyside outfit since his £16million summer switch, and wasn’t too much better against the Bulgarian champions.But all it took was one moment of brilliance from the striker, as he shrugged off challenges from two defenders to find the net with a neat half-volley to give Liverpool the lead.They were instantly pegged back though, and the Reds’ poor back-four were undone by a clever through pass from Hamza Younes which frontman Abalo, who only came on the pitch minutes before, ran onto and finished well past Mignolet to send the minnows wild in added-time.The previously ecstatic Anfield crowd were silenced by what was a deserved goal for Ludogorets, but they were up on their feet again soon enough when Borjan, who was signed by the side just days ago amid a goalkeeping crisis, took out Manquillo in the area.The stage was set for Gerrard, the sole remaining member of Liverpool’s 2005 Champions League-winning squad, to rescue the Reds once again, and the skipper made no mistake as Liverpool were left to celebrate their nervy victory. 1last_img read more

Ex-Premier League star claims Klopp will be the new Liverpool boss

first_imgJurgen Klopp is set to replace Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool manager, according to former Premier League footballer Jan Aage Fjortoft.The Borussia Dortmund is a favourite with supporters to take over from the Northern Irishman who was sacked just hours after a 1-1 draw with Everton.And it now appears they could be about to get their man, with the former Middlesbrough striker, who is currently a television pundit in Norway and Germany, believing, through a German source, Klopp will take the job.Fjortoft tweeted: “Am told, by my Germann source, that Klopp will be the next manager of Liverpool Footbal Club.” [sic] 1 Jurgen Klopp last_img

Streaking Hart celebrates 50th

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventBurbank and Burroughs of Burbank are joining the Pacific League next fall. “We’re putting them through hard workouts this week, knowing that we’re going on spring break,” Neale said. “We’re definitely thinking in terms of what we’re going to do prepare for Burbank.” Purple Haze: Saugus coach Jim Klipfel refers to Hart’s swim program as “The Big Red Machine,” borrowing the nickname given to the 1972-76 Cincinnati Reds, who won four National League pennants and two World Series during a dominant five-year run. Before Valencia beat Hart two weeks ago, Klipfel was the only Foothill League girls’ coach who could claim a victory over Santa Clarita Valley’s elite team. His Centurions twice defeated the Indians in dual meets – the first time in 2003, snapping Hart’s league winning streak at 102 – and won the league finals in 2004. Klipfel on Wednesday might have witnessed the new emerging force in the league, known as “Purple Pool Power.” Valencia won all 11 events, grabbed the top two places in 10 of them and swept the first three spots in four races en route to a 132-38 victory over the Centurions, the Vikings’ second in a row over Saugus following 10 consecutive losses. “I have to give the credit to Valencia. They did a great job,” Klipfel said. “We just wanted to focus on getting as many (lifetime bests) as possible.” The victory kept Valencia (6-0, 3-0), in search of its first league title, in front of Hart (5-1, 2-1) and Saugus (3-3, 2-1). The Vikings’ remaining league meets are against Burroughs and Burbank, both winless in league. “When we beat Saugus last year, I honestly had no idea that was going to happen,” said Valencia coach Kathleen Perdisatt, whose team finished second last season. “This year, they’re just relaxed. I don’t think they come across as being cocky, and I definitely don’t want them to. This is a different situation for all of us, but they’re just out there having fun and enjoying themselves.” Valencia gave a stunning performance in the 100-yard freestyle, with Kasey Hartsock, Michelle Kroll, Kayla Worden and Stephanie Henderson taking the top four spots. “We’re playing with our depth a little bit and seeing where we’re going to maximize our efforts,” said Perdisatt, whose team received two individual victories from Hartsock, Jasmine Henderson and Kaitlyn Salovich. “That’s where Hart hurt us last year, because we couldn’t get that fourth swimmer in a lot of events.” Win-win situation: Finishing second never felt so good for Hart sophomore Rachael Krager. Although she was beaten by Canyon senior Roxy Camuso in the 200 freestyle Wednesday, Krager’s mark of 1 minute, 57.13 seconds was good enough to break the program record of 1:57.32, set last year by Molly Rogers, also against the Cowboys. Camuso, who won in 1:56.44, also captured the 100 free in 54.6 seconds to extend her streak of regular-season victories to 40. Camuso, who hasn’t lost a regular-season race since April 2002, relied on a strong surge in the final 50 yards to hold off Krager. “You’ve got to love the way Rachael competes. She’s a gunslinger,” Neale said. “Roxy saw Rachael turn with her and was able to find another gear, but Rachael never went away. She loves showdowns.” Krager won the 100 butterfly (1:01.24) and anchored the Indians’ 400 free relay team to victory in 3:57.44 to help Hart outscore Canyon by 22 points over the final three events to win 101-69. Relay the message: Valencia’s girls and Hart’s boys seek to defend their titles at today’s Santa Clarita Relays at the Aquatic Center. “There’s no pressure,” Perdisatt said. “(If we win) the only thing it means is I get to hang another plaque up in my garage. It’s just a fun meet, it’s loud, and it’s the first time where you get to see all the teams competing against each other.” Said Neale: “It’s going to be an exciting meet. I know our guys are going to have that loser-leave-town mentality.” erik.boal@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Hart High boys’ swim team turned 50 Wednesday, but winning hasn’t gotten old for the Indians. Their Foothill League dual-meet winning streak reached 50 with a 119-50 victory over Canyon at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center. The Indians haven’t lost a league encounter since March 1996, against Burbank. “I hadn’t really thought about (that), but now that’s going to make me nervous,” said Hart coach Steve Neale, whose team is scheduled to compete April 19 against Burbank. “But it’s something we can draw upon to get good performances from the kids.” Hart (5-1 overall, 3-0 Foothill) hoped to get a sneak preview of Burbank (8-0, 2-0) at today’s second annual Santa Clarita Relays, but the Bulldogs decided not to compete because they are on spring break. That should add more intrigue when the teams square off in their final dual meet as Foothill rivals. last_img read more

FORMER REPUBLIC OF IRELAND MANAGER DELIGHTED TO MEET LETTERKENNY ROVERS STALWART

first_imgFormer Republic of Ireland manager Jack Charlton was delighted when he bumped into Letterkenny Rovers clubman and BBC Radio Foyle Sports broadcaster Eric White.Charlton received a standing ovation from the Irish fans at today’s friendly at the Aviva Stadium between Ireland and England Irish fans still hold Charlton dearly in their hearts after he took Ireland to Euro 88, Italia 90 and USA 94.Charlton remains Ireland’s most successful ever international manager and will always be loved by the soccer fraternity here in Ireland.However, Charlton was delighted to meet the affable Letterkenny Rovers stalwart Eric White on his way back to his hotel.Charlton said, “I love Eric’s work with BBC Radio Foyle, and although he does change his Donegal accent slightly when he’s working, he’s still great at what he does and it was great to finally meet him. Eric who has followed Ireland for years through good times and bad was delighted to meet the great man himself and posted the picture above of himself with Jack on his Facebook timeline.Who knows you may yet see Charlton in the dug-out at Leckview for the new USL season in August.Charlton was never a fan of summer football so he may now opt for Rovers after the league’s decision to revert back to its winter format.FORMER REPUBLIC OF IRELAND MANAGER DELIGHTED TO MEET LETTERKENNY ROVERS STALWART was last modified: June 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:newsSportlast_img read more

KIERAN MCGEENEY – “DONEGAL NOT IN THE SAME BALL PARK AS DUBLIN AND KERRY IN TERMS OF ‘PHYSICALITY’

first_imgGAA: Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney has started the mind games ahead of Donegal’s Ulster SFC quarter-final meeting with Armagh on June 14th.Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney.The former All-Ireland winning captain scoffed at the suggestion that Donegal were the moist physical team around and said they’re not even in the same ball park as Dublin and Kerry in terms of physicality.Donegal narrowly defeated Armagh in a thrilling All-Ireland quarter-final last year at Croke Park. A late, late score from Patrick McBrearty ensured Donegal progressed in a game which was marred by a number of physical encounters – which included team doctor Kevin Moran being flung to the ground.Many expect Armagh to push Donegal all the way at the Athletic Grounds on Sunday week in what is being billed as a fascinating clash.McGeeney told The Irish Daily Star, “I would put Kerry and Dublin way above them (Donegal) in terms of physical contact.“The physicality, I think, is seen more in Ulster than in other provinces. “You look at it a different way but from a playing point of view I can categorically state they (Donegal) are not even in the same ball park.“In terms of actual physicality, you are on about bigger men and harder hitters.“In fairness, Mayo have stepped up to it the last couple of years in terms of the size of the men they have and the way they hit.” KIERAN MCGEENEY – “DONEGAL NOT IN THE SAME BALL PARK AS DUBLIN AND KERRY IN TERMS OF ‘PHYSICALITY’ was last modified: June 3rd, 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:armaghdonegalGAAKieran McGeeneynewsSportlast_img read more

South Africa’s competitiveness stable

first_img4 September 2013 South Africa dropped one place in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) latest Global Competitiveness Index, ranking 53rd out of 148 countries surveyed while placing second in Africa, second among the BRICS economies, and third overall for financial market development. Published on Wednesday, the annual Global Competitiveness Report was first released in 1979 and has since become a highly regarded measure of relative competitiveness among most of the world’s nations. Mauritius climbed nine places to 45th to rank as Africa’s competitiveness leader for the first time, followed by South Africa (53rd, down by 1), Rwanda (66th, up by 3), Botswana (74th, up by 5), Morocco (77th, down by 7), Seychelles (80th, down by 4), Tunisia (83rd, first survey), Namibia (90th, up by 2), Zambia (93rd, up by 9), Kenya (96th, up by 10), and Algeria (100th, up by 10). China, its ranking steady at 29th, continues to lead the BRICS group of influential emerging market economies, followed by South Africa at 53rd, Brazil (56th, down by 8) India (60th, down by 1) and Russia (64th, up by 3). Switzerland tops the overall rankings for the fifth year running, followed once more by Singapore and Finland, with Germany moving up two places into fourth overall, and the United States reversing a four-year slide by climbing two places to fifth. Sweden, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Japan and the United Kingdom complete the list of the top 10 most competitive economies.Strength of institutions, financial markets According to the report, South Africa does well on measures of the quality of its institutions (ranking 41st overall), including intellectual property protection (18th), property rights (20th), and the efficiency of its legal framework in challenging and settling disputes (13th and 12th, respectively). South Africa’s strong institutional framework is further supported by the high accountability of its private institutions, for which it ranks second in the world, and its financial market development, for which it ranks third. The report also credits the country with an efficient market for goods and services (28th), and for doing “reasonably well” in more complex areas such as business sophistication (35th) and innovation (39th).Euro woes affect SA’s fiscal indicators However, the report notes, South Africa’s strong ties to advanced economies, particularly in the euro zone, made the country more vulnerable to their economic slowdown and probably contributed to the deterioration of the country’s fiscal indicators, with its ranking in the macroeconomic environment dropping sharply from 69th to 95th. “Low scores for the diversion of public funds (99th), the perceived wastefulness of government spending (79th), and a more general lack of public trust in politicians (98th) remain worrisome, and security continues to be a major area of concern for doing business (at 109th).”Jobs, skills, health, education Job creation and skills development also pose “considerable challenges” for South Africa, the report finds. The country ranks a lowly 133rd for the health of its workforce, due in large part to the country’s high HIV/Aids prevalence, but also due to “poor health indicators more generally” – something the country’s National Health Insurance planning takes squarely into account. The report describes the country’s labour market efficiency (116th) as “poor”, ranking the country 147th for its hiring and firing practices, 144th for wage flexibility, and – not surprisingly, following a year of labour unrest in the mining industry – 148th for labour-employer relations. However, South Africa’s most serious challenge, the report finds – here echoing the country’s National Development Plan (NDP) – lies in the “very poor” quality its educational system (146th). “Raising educational standards and making the labour market more efficient will thus be critical in view of the country’s high unemployment rate of over 20 percent, with the rate of youth unemployment estimated at close to 50 percent,” the report states.Sub-Saharan Africa On sub-Saharan Africa more widely, the report notes the region’s impressive growth rate of close to 5 percent in 2012 (with similar projections for the next two years), attributing this in large part to strong investment, favourable commodity prices, and prudent macroeconomics. Despite this, the report finds, sub-Saharan Africa as a whole trails the rest of the world in competitiveness, “requiring efforts across many areas to place the region on a firmly sustainable growth and development path going forward”. In particular, the report singles out the region’s “profound infrastructure deficit” – a factor long emphasised by South African President Jacob Zuma – as a major constraint on growth. “In addition, sub-Saharan Africa overall continues to underperform significantly in providing health and basic education (only Mauritius and Seychelles rank in the upper half of the rankings),” the report states. “Higher education and training also need to be further developed.” According to the report, the region’s poor performance across all basic competitiveness measures stands in stark contrast to its relatively strong market efficiency (South Africa, Mauritius and Kenya rank in the top 20 percent for financial market development). Technological uptake also remains “weak” in the region, with only three economies (South Africa, Mauritius and Seychelles) featuring in the top half of the overall rankings for this measure. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Ag groups urge a closer look at steel trade

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Many agricultural groups are urging the U.S. Department of Commerce to consider the consequences to the rest of the U.S. economy and avoid igniting a trade war through new restrictions on steel or aluminum trade.In a letter to U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, the American Soybean Association (ASA), the National pork Producers Council along with several other agriculture organizations, expressed concerns regarding import restrictions under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962.“If the Section 232 investigations on steel and aluminum result in new trade barriers, the aftermath could be disastrous for the global trading system and for U.S. agriculture in particular,” the groups state in the letter. “U.S. agriculture is highly dependent on exports, which means it is particularly vulnerable to retaliation. Many countries that export steel to the United States are also large importers of U.S. agriculture products. The potential for retaliation from these trading partners is very real. Short of explicit retaliation, these countries may also stall efforts to resolve current trade issues if they believe they have been unfairly targeted over legitimately traded products.”The restrictions would be imposed as a national security measure, according to the Trump Administration, which has raised concerns about U.S. reliance on imported steel for defense systems. Agricultural groups are concerned that import tariffs on the metals could prompt retaliatory duties on U.S. exports, including agricultural products. The administration is expected to make a decision soon on whether to invoke a 1962 trade law that allows presidents to restrict imports that threaten national security.last_img read more

Viability of the SaaS Document Management Model

first_imgOur take is that Document Management deployed as SaaS is very viable.  But interestingly, a McKinsey report from earlier this year says not so. Last Friday’s Formtek blog was about ECM deployed as SaaS.  Since then I came across an interesting report by McKinsey/IDC that appeared in April at Software 2006 and follow-up blog discussions about McKinsey’s predictions about the future of SaaS.In particular, this chart from the report has generated a lot of comment:In the chart, there are nine areas of Application types that are predicted to have little SaaS adoption between now and 2008. Of interest here is that Documents and Records Management is one of those application areas.  We think that McKinsey doesn’t seem to have gotten it right here, but it may be a question of timing.  The potential for Document Management deployed as SaaS is huge, especially in the SME space.  But the number of players in the Document Management SaaS space is still very small and the available functionality via the services available today is still rudimentary.  The segment seems poised to grow.  Technology no longer is a limiting factor. One trend where Document Management SaaS growth is emerging is as an add-on module within already established SaaS applications.  For example, SugarCRM and Saleforce.com both offer Document Management add-ons to their base CRM products.  Pure-play Document Management and Records Management SaaS are likely to follow.last_img read more

Franz Beckenbauer wants Spain as Germany’s opponent in Euro quarters

first_imgGerman football legend Franz Beckenbauer has said he would prefer two-time defending champions Spain rather than Italy as his country’s opponent in the high-octane European Championship quarter-final.Germany booked their place in the last eight with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Slovakia at Lyon on Sunday. (Also read: Germany storm into quarter-final after crushing Slovakia 3-0)Their opponents in the quarter-finals will be the winner of the pre-quarterfinal clash between Spain and 2012 runners-up Italy, who knocked out Joachim Low’s side en route to that final four years ago.Despite criticism of a lack of star quality in Antonio Conte’s Italy squad, Beckenbauer would prefer to face the holders in the next stage. (EURO 2016 FULL COVERAGE)”Big compliments for that win against Slovakia. The quarter-final will be against Spain or Italy now. Spain is more flexible, but still I’d rather have them as opponents. Italy eliminated us too often without being the better team,” the two-time Ballon d’Or winner was quoted as saying by German newspaper Bild on Sunday.”Still, no matter who it is, we don’t need to be scared,” the Bayern Munich legend added.Hosts France have been tipped to challenge for a first title since Euro 2000, but Beckenbauer thought they looked “clumsy” when coming from behind to beat Republic of Ireland 2-1 in the last 16.”They had players who ran into each other several times. In a round-of-16 match at a European Championship, for a title candidate it looked clumsy,” Beckenbauer, who captained and coached West Germany to World Cup triumphs in 1974 and 1990, respectively, pointed out.advertisementlast_img read more