Embed from Getty ImagesQPR boss Ian Holloway labelled Steve Bruce a “world class manager” who should be in charge of England – but could not resist a sly dig at Aston Villa fans following his side’s defeat.Bruce’s Villa did the double over Rangers thanks to two 1-0 wins, both earned by £15m striker Jonathan Kodjia.But while Holloway conceded the Ivorian was the difference between the clubs in both games, he also lavished praise on Bruce for the way he has revitalised Villa.“Steve for me is a world class manager,” Holloway said.“People might laugh at that but you don’t get four promotions at this level if you’re not as good as he is.“I actually wanted him for England when he was out of work.“They (Villa) have got the right man in charge. I think he’s fantastic, they’re lucky to have him.“There were a few grumbles because everybody wanted to spank me out of sight. But you won, well done.”Holloway attracted criticism from Villa supporters when, while working as a television pundit, he predicted their team would struggle this season.But the Rangers boss insisted he had simply poured scorn on Villa owner Tony Xia’s promise to turn the newly relegated side into “the top club in Europe” in five to 10 years.“I said how difficult it was, with how badly they came down, to actually be in the top two clubs in Europe. And if I’m a bad pundit for saying that, then shoot me,” he said.“I’m not a pundit, I’m a football manager. I don’t get paid as much as all the others because I don’t deserve it and I don’t get to buy the players that everybody else does.“But I do alright with them – so, bothered.” Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material 8 June 2009 With days to go before kickoff of the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup, South Africa is gearing up to show the world its first-class infrastructure, big-event organisational know-how, African warmth and hospitality, and outright passion for soccer. Fifa’s “Festival of Continental Champions” might never be same again! As the national squads of Italy, Spain, Brazil, Egypt and the US start arriving from Monday – Iraq and New Zealand are already in the country – ticket sales for the two-week, eight-nation, 16-match footballing feast are expected to accelerate, with around 70% of available tickets already snapped up. According to The Times, over 5 000 policemen and a further 3 000 private security guards will be deployed in the four host cities of Johannesburg, Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Rustenburg, with four joint operational centres already working 24-hour shifts. At airports, stadiums and key areas in each city, fans will be directed and assisted by a 4 000-strong team of volunteers, backed up an additional 2 260 ushers and stewards, The Times reports. Edward Griffiths, former chief executive of SA Rugby, told The Times that while the Confederations Cup had always been a “bridesmaid event” to the World Cup, South Africa “could reinvent this tournament over the next few weeks – the passion, the infrastructure, the spirit are that remarkable.” And then there are the superstars who’ll be strutting their stuff on South Africa’s pitches – the likes of Kaka, Robinho, Fernando Torres, Cesc Fabregas, Fabio Cannavaro and Daniele De Rossi, to name a few. European champions Spain, multiple World Cup winners Brazil and current champions Italy are bringing mostly full-strength squads – and not only to test local conditions ahead of the 2010 World Cup. The Confederations Cup may have had relatively humble beginnings, but it has become one of Fifa’s most important events, as can be seen from the prize money at stake – US$17.6-million in total. One of the matches expected to set the tournament alight is the meeting between Italy and Brazil in Pretoria on 21 June. It will take place at the 50 000-seater Loftus Versfeld Stadium, where extensive work has gone into ensuring that the pitch will be of top international quality. To make extra sure that everything runs smoothly, the city of Tshwane/Pretoria has conducted a number of tests on the stadium and its surrounding infrastructure over the last few weeks. “We have had a number of dry runs testing both the stadium and the surrounding areas, with our ‘park and walk’ and ‘park and ride’ facilities being used for the Super 14 rugby semi-final and final as well as for the PSL fixture between Santos and Kaizer Chiefs,” says Tshwane/Pretoria 2010 coordinator Godfrey Nkwane. Similar test runs have been held at Johannesburg’s Coca Cola Park Stadium, which will welcome over 60 000 football fans on Sunday for the tournament’s opening ceremony and opening match, between hosts South Africa and Asian champions Iraq. As much as the Confederations Cup will test the ability of the country’s national team, Bafana Bafana, to hold their own against the best in the world, it will test South Africa’s hosting abilities ahead of the 2010 World Cup. And for Paul Bannister, acting chief executive of the International Marketing Council of South Africa, this is where the everyday actions of ordinary South Africans will suddenly take on an added significance. “It is ordinary South Africans who are pulling off the image we need for 2010 – they have emerged as our major asset,” Bannister told The Times. According to Bannister, four American Confederations Cup fans were stranded on a city street in Cape Town last week after their luggage was lost at the airport. One local citizen stopped to offer support and advice; another drove them to the Waterfront. “That’s the kind of thing I believe will be happening on South African streets for the next three weeks, and next year as well,” Bannister told The Times. “The nature of our people will define our competitive difference over the next 13 months.”SAinfo reporter
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Support The Guardian You wonder though, how those Brexit-voting Europe supporters in the crowd squared their support for these two causes. You guess some might resort to the moronic recourse of saying sport and politics should be kept separate. As if sport was not influenced by government policy, as if it existed in abstraction from issues of economics, class, and race. It’s not politics that should be kept out of sport but politicians. “Congratulations to TeamEurope on a stunning victory” tweeted Theresa May on Sunday, a message that did for irony as Henry Kissinger’s peace prize had done for satire. European fans with bug heads of Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Sergio García and Ian Poulter. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian Ryder Cup 2018: Guardian writers select their standout moments Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. The 1st hole of the Albatros course at Le Golf National runs 420 yards, down around a dogleg curve that turns away from the large pond you have to cross with your second shot to reach the small, sloping green. It looks tricky to play any time but during the Ryder Cup it was ridiculously tough, what with the packed grandstand behind the tee, the busy galleries either side, and the enormous elephant in the middle of the fairway. Curtis Strange once said golf doesn’t shout, it whispers. Sometimes it doesn’t speak at all. And in Paris last week there was one topic no one wanted to take on, the same one a lot of us cannot stop talking about. comment Thomas Bjørn and the story of Europe’s Ryder Cup success No doubt May knows the story of the Ryder Cup is one of Britain’s pig-headed insistence on going it alone, failing horribly, and, in the end, being rescued by opening up to a partnership with continental Europe. For the first 50 years, it was a contest between Britain and Ireland on the one side and the USA on the other. Before the second world war, the British and Irish won two matches out of five, after it they managed to win one out of 17. Until, at last, the USA grew bored with it all. In 1979 Tom Weiskopf pulled out of their team so he could go hunting for bighorns in the Canadian Rockies. The sheep, Weiskopf thought, were better sport. The Ryder Cup, he said, was “Lions against Christians.” Share on Pinterest Golf In an act of spectacular cognitive dissonance, tens of thousands of British fans travelled to France to dress up in blue-and-yellow hats and scarves and scream and roar and sing support for a Europe team representing a community that, to extrapolate, just under 52% of them had recently voted to get the hell away from. And given the demographics of the average golf club clientele, that estimate is likely to be a couple of clubs short of the green. According to YouGov, the average British golf fan is unusually likely to be a right-wing man who has an interest in, among other things, BMWs, business and finance, Jeremy Clarkson and Roy Chubby Brown.Of course the Ryder Cup team represent Europe rather than the Union, although it so happens every man who has ever played for the team has come from a full member state. But there is the letter and then there is the spirit, which was laid out by Thomas Bjørn in his speech at the opening ceremony. “Europe can at times be a fragmented place but when it comes to the Ryder Cup it’s different, when it comes to the Ryder Cup, Europe stands as one,” Bjørn said. “This is the week more than ever that that flag represents the boundary of this great continent.” Bjørn lives in England and has an English girlfriend. He must have known how it sounded.Bjørn is also far too canny to get into a row about it right before the tournament. Later that evening, he managed to reiterate his comments, “I’m a proud European,” while also walking back from them, “but that doesn’t mean I believe in the European Union or not. I’m not addressing the people of the United Kingdom in any way, shape or form.” The English golfers also refused to touch the issue with a flagstick. “Sorry,” said Paul Casey, his sense of irony sheathed in his golf bag alongside his three wood, “I haven’t thought about it.” He had a good excuse. “I’ve got some matches to play the next couple of days.” Since you’re here… Facebook Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Ryder Cup 2018 Jack Nicklaus spent a lot of time in the mid-1970s trying to persuade the British PGA to allow Europeans on to their team. The British, led by Lord Derby, the president of the PGA, would not budge. They were so wedded to the idea they could go it alone they changed the format instead, and still lost by five.Eventually, Nicklaus realised he had to force the point. The match, he said, was turning into a non-event. “The Americans are quite happy to treat this match as a goodwill gesture, a get-together, a bit of fun,” Nicklaus explained, “But here in Britain it’s treated differently. The people here seem to want a serious, knock-em down match. If that’s what’s wanted, there has to be a stronger opposition. Something has to be done to make it more of a match for the Americans.”Something was. The British team were finally opened to European players. In 1979, Seve Ballesteros and Antonio Garrido were on it. And six years later, they finally won one, for the first time in 28 years, with a team containing four Spaniards and a German. Since then, they have won 12 out of the past 17, and Ballesteros, who played in eight Ryder Cups and then captained Europe in 1997, has become such an influential figure that last week the team kept his old golf bag in their locker room, with a badge above it saying “He’s the reason why we are here today”.You can see why, with a story like that, some people might prefer to kid themselves that sport and politics are best kept apart. Else it might seem too much like a parable they don’t want to hear. Topics Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp US sports Read more Share via Email Ryder Cup Pinterest Share on Messenger Read more Share on Facebook Twitter Reuse this content