Valdes sacked as Barcelona U19s coach

first_imgBarcelona have sacked Juvenil A head coach Victor Valdes with immediate effect, amid rumours of a bust-up with Patrick Kluivert behind the scenes.Valdes returned to Camp Nou to take charge of the U19s back in July, five years after ending his time at the club as a player.The 37-year-old rose through the La Masia ranks before earning legendary status at the club during a trophy-laden 12-year spell in the senior team, winning six La Liga titles and three European Cups. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career He was expected to oversee the development of Barca’s next generation of stars, but his coaching stint has been cut short prematurely.Widespread reports have suggested that Valdes and the club’s director of youth, Kluivert, do not see eye to eye, with friction between the pair reaching boiling point over the last week.Valdes did not appear on the sidelines during Barca U19’s 2-1 win at Gimnastic de Tarragona on Saturday and he has been officially dismissed on Monday morning.Barcelona have released a statement on their website, which reads: “FC Barcelona has told Víctor Valdes that he is no longer the coach of Juvenil A and belonging to the Club. “Artiga Franc, until now coach of Juvenil B and in the Masia since 2010, becomes the coach of Juvenil A.”📝 [ÙLTIMA HORA] Víctor Valdés deixa de ser l’entrenador del Juvenil A. Franc Artiga, fins ara entrenador del Juvenil B, ocuparà el seu càrrec.👉— FC Barcelona – Masia (@FCBmasia) October 7, 2019Goal understands that Kluivert was not the only man to take umbrage with Valdes during his 80 days at the helm, with several club officials angered by his approach on and off the training field.More eyebrows were raised when the former Spain goalkeeper insisted on using a 4-4-2 formation, which goes against Barcelona’s strict 4-3-3 model at youth level.Valdes worked closely with teenage sensation Ansu Fati before he made his senior breakthrough at the start of the season, insisting he can become an “elite player” if he continues to apply himself.Fati, 16, has netted twice in six appearances for Barca this season, becoming the club’s youngest ever La Liga goalscorer in the process.last_img read more

What is Thierry Henry’s net worth & salary?

first_imgThierry Henry is one of the most recognisable faces in world football having won the highest honours in the game during a career with Arsenal, Barcelona and France.The former striker lifted a World Cup and European Championship with Les Bleus, Premier League titles with the Gunners and the Champions League with Barca, becoming one of the most marketable players in the game in the process.His playing ability ensured that he became one of the highest earners in the Premier League, while his off-field appeal allowed him to front numerous advertisement campaigns as he secured plenty of lucrative endorsement deals. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Henry’s playing days are over, but the Frenchman’s appeal endures as he embarks on a coaching career. Goal takes a look at how much he is worth. What is Thierry Henry’s net worth? How much does Thierry Henry earn? What sponsorship deals does Thierry Henry have? What charity work does Thierry Henry do? How many social media followers does Thierry Henry have?What is Thierry Henry’s net worth? During the peak of his playing career, Henry was the ninth most commercially valuable footballer in the world, with the likes of Ronaldinho and David Beckham at the top end of the spectrum.His status as one of the most marketable stars meant that he earned a significant sum during his playing days, which he would have invested, but he continues to draw in lucrative contracts since hanging up his boots.His exact net worth remains unclear, but website The Richest estimates that it stands at around $60m or £47m.How much does Thierry Henry earn? Henry’s contract with Monaco prior to his departure from the club was reported to be worth anywhere between €4m (£3.5m/$4.1m) and €7m (£6.2m/$8m) a year.According to Nice-Matin, the former Arsenal star’s salary with Monaco worked out at €350,000 (£310k/$400k) a month, which would mean that he would have been earning roughly the same as Leonardo Jardim. Given Henry’s relative inexperience in management, that figure seems more likely than the higher fees reported.Prior to becoming Monaco boss, Henry had served as Roberto Martinez’s assistant, but he did not take home a salary, opting to donate it to charity instead.He also worked as a pundit and analyst for Sky Sports and was earning a reported £4 million ($5.1m) a year in his role with the broadcaster before taking up the full-time coaching role at Stade Louis II.What sponsorship deals does Thierry Henry have?Henry had a number of sponsorship deals with different sportswear manufacturers during his playing career.He was a prominent member of Nike’s roster during the early stages of his career and appeared in a number of commercials, including the famous ‘Secret Tournament’ production alongside the likes of Ronaldo, Luis Figo and Ronaldinho.Thierry Henry MonacoThat deal came to an end following the 2006 World Cup and Henry subsequently came to an agreement with Reebok, for whom he appeared in their “I Am What I Am” advertisement campaign along with figures such as rapper 50 Cent, skateboarder Steve Williams and actor Lucy Liu.Towards the end of his playing career, Henry linked up with German sportswear giants Puma.The passion of football fans is an amazing part of our game.It’s great to be back with @Renault_UK as they bring you the #PremierLeague season in partnership with Sky Sports.We are #withyoualltheway through every moment, bring on the season! #VaVaVoom is back!— Thierry Henry (@ThierryHenry) August 9, 2018As well as sportswear brands, Henry also found himself working with French automobile manufacturer Renault during his career and was the face of their advertisement campaigns for the Renault Clio in the early 2000s, in which he uttered the memorable phrase, “Hey Bobby! What’s the French for ‘Va va voom’?”He recently began working with Renault again in 2018, helping to promote their partnership with Sky Sports for the network’s Premier League coverage.During his playing days, Henry also had endorsement deals with Pepsi, Gillette, Gatorade, EA Sports (as part of their FIFA video game series) and Konami (for Pro Evolution Soccer).In the lead up to the 2014 World Cup, he was a part of a glittering ensemble of football stars used to promote Beats By Dre in their ‘The Game Before the Game’ commercial, which featured Neymar and Luis Suarez.What charity work does Thierry Henry do? The former Arsenal star has been a regular partner of the Prince’s Trust, appearing at a number of award ceremonies over the years to present awards.Henry is also a keen supporter of the Special Olympics, providing funding for projects through the One4All Foundation.In addition, he has helped to arrange and played in a number of charity football games, with the likes of the Mecenet Cardiac Charity and the Children of the World among the beneficiaries.Thierry Henry Prince CharlesHe has been an ambassador for UNICEF and the anti-racism campaign ‘Stand Up, Speak Up’.Interestingly, the Frenchman also donated his salary for his former role as Belgium assistant manager – reported to be worth €50,000 (£44k/$57k) a year – to charity.How many social media followers does Thierry Henry have? Henry is active on social media, particularly through the channels of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.At the time of writing, he had over 8 million followers on Facebook, which is by far his most popular platform in terms of following. His Twitter and Instagram pages each have around 2 million followers.As well as using the pages to promote his sponsorship partners, Henry uses them to provide a glimpse into what things are like behind the scenes in his life.Awesome game @NYKnicks at MSG, and great game @JoakimNoah – always fantastic to see you  – thank you @NBA— Thierry Henry (@ThierryHenry) January 28, 2017He is an avid traveller and regularly makes trips to see NFL and NBA matches.He has also used social media to promote the work he has done with Sky Sports as a pundit and analyst, including interviews with current stars.last_img read more

Best Western Rewards® Named Top Loyalty Program by US News World Report

first_imgBest Western® Hotels & Resorts’ Loyalty Program Earns Number Five Spot in List of Best Hotel Rewards Programs PHOENIX, Arizona (August 6, 2019) – Best Western Hotels & Resorts (BWHR) celebrates the continued success of its industry-leading loyalty program, Best Western Rewards (BWR®), which has earned a top five ranking in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hotel Rewards Programs list. This marks the seventh consecutive year that BWR has received this coveted recognition, honoring the tremendous value it brings to the program’s members. “It is an honor to see BWR recognized by U.S. News & World Report for the seventh year,” said Dorothy Dowling, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Best Western Hotels & Resorts. “We are committed to providing travelers with a rich rewards program that delivers real value. As part of this commitment we are constantly evolving the program, offering new redemption options and superior benefits to our members. We are proud to see that these enhancements are delivering the perks that today’s travelers are looking for.” This recognition is the latest example of BWHR’s revamped BWR program, which has earned its position as a leading innovator in the industry. BWR’s tagline – Go.Get.Rewarded.® – demonstrates BWHR’s commitment to delivering an exceptional customer experience through a simplified, meaningful and rapid rewards program. As part of the program’s ongoing refresh, BWR members can enjoy more benefits than ever, including: Top-Ranked, Rich Rewards BWHR is committed to providing travelers with one of the richest rewards programs in the industry, with enhanced point earning opportunities and perks. BWHR is the only major hotel chain to offer a loyalty program whose rewards points do not expire due to account inactivity, and members can now earn gift cards redeemable with popular shopping, entertainment, gas, and airline partners. BWR members earn points with each stay that can be redeemed for free nights at any Best Western-branded hotel worldwide, with no blackout dates. Members also have access to special rates of up to 10 percent off every night. Instant Enrollment, Instant Rewards As part of the BWR refresh, members are given instant rewards and gratification on every stay. Additionally, the Status Match…No Catch® program allows members to instantly have their status matched with other hotel loyalty programs upon enrollment. Elite Members, Elite Rewards In addition to enjoying the perks and benefits of BWR, elite members also receive elite rewards. Upon arrival elite members are given a choice of a “Thank You” gift or bonus points. A digital membership card enables BWR members to easily access their membership number, point balance, current tier level and exclusive deals and offers. These new benefits let travelers maximize their stays across all Best Western brands. BWR has emerged as an award-winning powerhouse in recent years, and this seventh consecutive recognition byU.S. News & World Report is a welcomed addition to the brand’s award-winning track record. U.S. News & World Report identifies the top hotel rewards programs each year using a methodology that weighs five components: network size, property diversity, geographic coverage, added benefits and ease of earning a free night. In total, 15 of the most prominent hotel loyalty programs were evaluated for the 2019-20 rankings. This year’s full list can be found at For more information or to become a BWR member, please visit For more information on Best Western Hotels & Resorts, please visit  About Best Western® Hotels & Resorts: Best Western Hotels & Resorts headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, is a privately held hotel brand with a global network of approximately 4,500 hotels in nearly 100 countries and territories worldwide‡. Best Western offers 16 hotel brands to suit the needs of developers and guests in every market. Best Western branded hotels include Best Western®, Best Western Plus®, Best Western Premier®, Executive Residency by Best Western®, Vīb®, GLō®, Aiden®, Sadie®, BW Premier Collection®, and BW Signature Collection®. Through recent acquisition, Best Western now also offers WorldHotels® Luxury, WorldHotels Elite and WorldHotels Distinctive brands. Completing its portfolio, Best Western offers SureStay®, SureStay Plus®, and SureStay Collection® franchises**. Now celebrating more than 70 years of hospitality, Best Western provides its hoteliers with global operational, sales and marketing support, and award-winning online and mobile booking capabilities. Best Western continues to set industry records regarding awards and accolades, including 66 percent of the brand’s North American hotels earning a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award in 2018, Business Travel News® ranking Best Western Plus and Best Western number one in upper-midscale and midscale hotel brands respectively for two consecutive years, and Fast Company honoring Best Western Hotels & Resorts with a spot in the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in the Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality category. Best Western has also won 10 consecutive AAA®/CAA® Lodging Partner of the Year awards, recognizing the brand’s commitment to providing exceptional service and great value to AAA/CAA’s nearly 60 million members in the U.S. and Canada. Best Western-branded hotels were top ranked in breakfast (food and beverage category) in the J.D. Power 2018 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study – ranking first for midscale; and second for upper midscale. Nearly 40 million travelers are members of the brand’s award-winning loyalty program Best Western Rewards®, one of the few programs in which members earn points that never expire and can be redeemed at any Best Western-branded hotel worldwide. Best Western’s partnerships with AAA/CAA and Google® Street View provide travelers with exciting ways to interact with the brand. Through its partnership with Google Street View, Best Western is the first major company of its size and scale to launch a virtual reality experience for customers, setting a new industry standard and reinventing how guests view hotels.last_img read more

Joint opposition Parliamentarians protest in Colombo

He also said the Government is taking revenge on members of the former regime and is interfering in the judiciary. (Colombo Gazette) Joint opposition Parliamentarians staged a protest in Colombo against the Government today.Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa said that the Government has failed to keep to the promises it gave the public.