Dubai World Cup 2015 – highlights

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Hokko Tarumae,last year’s champion African Story, and perhaps pick of the bunch California Chrome were the three horses poised for victory in Dubai. African Story looked to become the first horse to defend the title and red hot favourite California Chrome was raring to go.

However it was underdog, Prince Bishop ridden by William Buick that won the Dubai World Cup at the glittering Meydan Racehorse on March 28th.

Prince Bishop wasn’t one of the favourites and at 8 years old it was now or never for him, all in or nothing and boy did he deliver.

Hokko Tarumae got off to a blistering start with African Story and California Chrome fast away. However, it was Prince Bishop against all odds on the outside that won the 20th edition of the Dubai World Cup. With 250 metres to go Prince Bishop took the lead and won the race with California Chrome finishing second.

What a race – we can’t wait for next year’s one !



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Ronaldo on the scoresheet but Suarez seals El Clasico

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El Clásico is on everyone’s sporting calender, neutrals and fans alike. Their last encounter at the Santiago Bernabeau saw Real Madrid victorious in a 3 – 1 home win. This one was held at the Camp Nou and Barcelona edged it 2 – 1 courtesy of a sublime finish by Luis Suarez.

El Clásico’s are too close to call a near 50/50, which is why playing at home is one of the only advantages both teams can utilise. With the La Liga race heating up Barcelona pulled 4 points clear of Real Madrid after the Clásico.

10 matches to go, 10 finals, it is important to remember that in context El Clásico’s are all but two fixtures in the season. Although the magnitude and rivalry of the match gives the winner added confidence and momentum, there is still a lot of football to be played …

 

 

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Road to the Champions League Final… Berlin Awaits!

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Olympiastadion: Host 2015 Champions League Final

With the quarter finals less than a month away the road to the final is starting to take shape, Berlin awaits…

Atletico Madrid face Real Madrid in a repeat of last year’s final . This is perhaps the hardest match of the round to predict, as a Madrid derby with so much at stake and Atletico looking to atone for last year’s loss, anything can happen.

Juventus come up against Monaco as favourites however they should be weary. Monaco have been the dark horses of the tournament thus far ousting Arsenal in the last round with an impressive performance away from home, nonetheless Juventus should fancy their chances.

PSG and FC Barcelona face off in the quarterfinals but with a front three of Suarez, Neymar, and Messi, Barcelona are favourites to progress. Likewise, Bayern and Porto come face to face but the German champions are poised to make the semis.

This is where it gets interesting …

If Juventus and Atletico face each other in the semis it would be a mouth watering tactical battle with both teams playing similar football. However, if Real Madrid go through against Atletico they should have the impetus make it to the final in an effort to retain the champions league, however this is easier said than done.

Bayern and FC Barcelona are favourites to progress and should they play each other in the Semi – finals, I would rather flip a coin that call this one.

The road to Berlin is within sight for Europe’s top teams – however football is unpredictable and anything can happen. Perhaps an El Clásico final awaits? or will Pep Guardiola lead Bayern to the final?

 

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Ireland retain title in dramatic finale to 6 Nations

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Wales, England, and Ireland were neck and neck on points going into the final round of the 6 Nations. 221 points were scored in the three matches they played, in what was one of the most dramatic days since its inception in 1883.

Wales demolished Italy 61 – 20 in Rome putting all the pressure on Ireland, however they responded with a massive 40 -10 victory over Scotland. This left Wales out of contention for the title with England needing to beat France by 26 points to win the Championship. England fell agonizingly close beating Scotland 55-35 – just a single try would have seen them champions.

It was Ireland’s day as they retained the 6 Nations title on points difference in an extraordinary finale to the competition.  Wales and England narrowly missed out on a matter of points difference, and, with the Rugby World Cup approaching this year there is still plenty of jaw dropping excitement still to come!

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Formula 1 season off to a flying start !

Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel of Germany races ahead of Mercedes Formula One driver Rosberg of Germany and Red Bull Formula One driver Webber of Australia during the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix on Yas Island

Hamilton finished top with Rosberg second as Mercedes are hungry for dominance in 2015. Vettel’s first race for Ferrari saw him finish third just 30 seconds off the pace behind the front two.

This is set to be a great Formula 1 season after an exciting start at the Australian Grand Prix. Recently news broke out that the German GP was cut from the F1 schedule due to financial reasons. This is the first time that Germany hasn’t hosted a F1 race since 1960 and will be sorely missed for fans across Europe and Germany. With the German GP cut, it leaves just 19 races on the schedule – the Championship is Hamilton’s to lose – there is still a lot of racing to go.

Next up is the Malaysian Grand Prix from 28 – 29th March. Last year’s race saw Hamilton finish first in a one – two finish for Mercedes with Rosberg second. Will history repeat itself or will Vettel and the rest challenge Mercedes’ dominance…?

 

 

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Half-time for the Six Nations – how it’s going so far…

Round 1:

England started off their campaign with a solid performance away from home beating Wales 21–16; while it was a great job done for Ireland as they blew away Italy 26–3 in Rome. France hosted Scotland at the Stade de France earning a hard fought 15–8 win.

Round 2:

It was make or break for Scotland and Wales if they had any hopes of winning the championship this year. Wales sealed a 26–23 win kick starting their campaign and all but ending Scotland’s.

Ford’s consistent kicking and Jonathan Joseph’s impressive performance saw England beat Italy 47–17 in what remains the biggest win to date. Ireland saw off France in a tightly contested 18–11 home win in Dublin. Sexton was man of the moment as his return proved decisive, netting 5 penalties. England and Ireland made it two wins in two and were favourites heading into the third round.

Round 3:

Italy sealed a dramatic 22–19 win over Scotland claiming their first win of the campaign. Meanwhile, Wales’ resurgence continued beating France 20–13, making it two away wins in a row & 4 consecutive wins against the French. In what was the tie of the round, Ireland beat England 19–9 marking their 10th successive win and puts them as firm favourites for the 6 Nations title. Just two away fixtures against Wales and Scotland stand between them and completing a Grand Slam.

Two rounds remain in what is set to be a thrilling finale to the 6 Nations 2015.

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Finally caught up on sleep.. our review of Superbowl 49

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Superbowl 49 was to prove a historic one. It was defending champions the Seattle Seahawks versus three time winning New England Patriots.

The Seahawks were looking to make it back to back Superbowl crowns after their first title in 2014. The Patriots have lifted the trophy three times but haven’t in over a decade and were looking to make amends. The stage was set in Glendale Arizona where nearly 115 million viewers in America tuned in to witness what would turn out to be an unforgettable finale to the season.

The Patriots ended up coming from behind to beat the Seahawks 28 – 24. No team in NFL history has ever come back from a 10 deficit in the last quarter to win the Superbowl, this is exactly what the Patriots did. From 24 -10 down in the fourth quarter, Brady picked the Seahawks apart to win his third Superbowl MVP and the Patriots fourth title.

Get in touch for packages for Superbowl 50 – already dubbed the ‘Golden Superbowl’,  marking half a century of adrenaline filled excitement. Our clients had a great time this year at the official NFL headquarters – the luxurious Hyatt Regency in downtown Phoenix – join us for what is set to be an even more dramatic one next year.

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Ireland host England at the Aviva

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The Republic of Ireland are set to take on England in a friendly at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

The teams met at Wembley in May 2013, and there was an agreement for a return game in Dublin. The friendly will be England’s first visit to the Aviva Stadium. Last year’s fixture in London ended in a 1-1 stalemate, Shane Long headed in an early goal but was cancelled out by Frank Lampard later on.

Ireland’s previous result at Wembley was positive and they will look to build on that performance. Both teams are locked in qualification campaigns for Euro 2016 where England sit first in Group E and Ireland level on points for second place in Group D.

Although a friendly, this fixture is crucial because a win for Ireland would give them the added confidence and moral for the rest of their Euro qualifying campaign. The match is on June 7th 2015 in Dublin, join us and  don’t miss out on this one!

Three Lions take on the Swiss at Wembley

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England sit first in Group E and are looking to continue their promising EURO 2016 qualifying campaign after four wins in four. Their next opponent are the Swiss in what is set to be a tightly contested tie. Switzerland are 12th in the FIFA world rankings and England 13th highlighting the smallest of differences between the two teams.

The reverse fixture in Switzerland last year saw England seal an impressive 2–0 win away from home. Playing at Wembley in front of a home crowd should give England the added incentive, however Switzerland will look to improve from their last encounter.

With the group winners and runners up facing direct qualification, both England and Switzerland will fancy their chances. Remember the date September 8th 2015, join us and let us see who emerges victorious.

El Clásico — In a league of its own

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It’s Real Madrid CF versus FC Barcelona, it’s where time stands still and the world watches the spectacle that is ‘El Clásico’.

A showcase of the worlds best players at the biggest stage sets this rivalry apart. Featuring arguably the two greatest players of this generation — 4 time Ballon d’Or winner and genius that is Lionel Messi, as well as 3 time Ballon d’Or winner and the phenomenon that is Cristiano Ronaldo are set to battle it out. The last decade has seen Spain conquer European and World football. To put this into context, the starting line up of the 2010 World Cup winning team consisted of 10/11 footballers that played for either side which is truly remarkable.

Their last fixture saw Real Madrid come from behind to beat Barcelona 3–1 at the Santiago Bernabeu. This however is their last encounter of the season and the winner could go on to win La Liga.

The biggest club football fixture in the world is fast approaching on March, 22nd, 2015 at the Camp Nou. Neutrals prepare yourselves , fans brace yourselves, a rivalry like no other, El Clásico is in a league of its own. Join us and let’s see who takes this one!