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Jose Mourinho ‘regrets becoming Spurs manager’ claims Arsenal legend Merson

first_imgAnd Merson believes he can already see similarities in his behaviour towards the end of that spell.He added: “Things seem different now. It’s starting again, isn’t it? All the issues he had at United. He’s having them at Spurs now.”I don’t think it will work for him there. That Southampton game was like an end-of-his-Old-Trafford-reign performance.”2 Merson believes it will not end well for him at TottenhamCredit: Getty – ContributorDanny Rose talks about Jose Mourinho not giving him a chance at Tottenham after Newcastle loan escape JOSE MOURINHO already regrets taking the Tottenham job and hasn’t improved them at all, according to Arsenal legend Paul Merson.The Portuguese boss was appointed just 12-hours after Mauricio Pochettino was axed towards the end of November.2 Jose Mourinho looks like a man full of regret claims MersonCredit: AFP or licensorsHe has guided his side to ten wins in 19 appearances and has closed the gap on fourth-place Chelsea to just four points.Recent wins over Manchester City and Southampton have given the club a welcome boost but Merson remains far from convinced over Mourinho’s impact.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow all the latest news on TottenhamWriting for the Daily Star, he said: “I said when he went there it would give them a lift and there would be a charm offensive – and he was all smiles for a while.”But everyone knew it wouldn’t last, didn’t they? He’s gone back to being Grumpy Mourinho again. And I don’t see how he’s improved them at all. Not one bit.”He looks like he’s thinking: ‘What have I done coming here?’ You don’t see him high-fiving ball boys now do you?”Mourinho is only there to get them into the top four. I can’t see Daniel Levy wanting to win the FA Cup but not get back into the Champions League.”But it’s not really working, is it? Chelsea are in the driving seat to finish fourth and I can’t see Spurs catching them right now.”They are a very lucky football team at the moment because they’ve been ripped to shreds in their last two matches but still managed to win.”Mourinho was out of work for 11 months after leaving his ill-fated role as Manchester United boss.MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at Ladbrokesmost read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidslast_img read more

Atletico would beat Barcelona if we had Messi, says Simeone

first_img0Shares0000Curve ball: Lionel Messi scores the only goal as Barcelona beat Atletico 1-0 © AFP / LLUIS GENEBARCELONA, Spain, Mar 4 – Diego Simeone has claimed if Lionel Messi played for Atletico Madrid, his side would have beaten Barcelona on Sunday.But instead, it is Barca with one hand on the La Liga title after Messi’s sensational free-kick earned them a deserved 1-0 victory at the Camp Nou. Atletico arrived on the back of eight consecutive wins but Barcelona halted the surge and instead restored their own lead at the top to eight points, with 11 games left to play.Messi proved the difference again, his bending first-half strike worthy of winning any contest and taking his career tally to an astonishing 600 goals, 539 for Barca and 61 for Argentina.“If we remove the shirt of Messi and we put the one of the Atletico Madrid on him, Atletico wins 1-0,” Simeone said afterwards.When his remark was put to Ernesto Valverde, Barcelona’s coach said: “Messi is a player like no other in the world. I do not know what would have happened and I do not want to imagine it.”It was Messi’s third consecutive match in which he has scored with a free-kick, after he slid one under the wall against Girona and then planted another into the top corner against Las Palmas.The only blot on a dominant Barcelona performance was an injury to Andres Iniesta, who had to be substituted after 34 minutes with what the club later confirmed was a strain in the back of his thigh.Iniesta now has 10 days to recover before the Champions League second leg against Chelsea.“Andres is an unrivalled player, like Messi, he is very difficult to replace,” Valverde said.“Let’s see the damage. We hope it is not too much.”The build-up to this contest, labelled ‘the Grand Final’ by sections of the Spanish press, was driven by talk of a Barcelona dip following three draws in five league games, with the in-form Atletico primed to move within two points of their rivals.But Simeone’s strategy of absorb and counter failed to pay off here and, in the end, the visitors might easily have been beaten by a more emphatic scoreline.Atletico striker Antoine Griezmann, meanwhile, who came in with seven goals in two games, was largely anonymous.Valverde made a statement of attacking intent by plumping for the more creative Philippe Countinho over Paulinho but his team took a while to find their rhythm.Even Messi hit the wall with one poor free-kick and then sent a cross-field switch straight into the advertising boards.The Argentinian shook his head but soon recovered, moments later escaping a cage of four Atletico defenders before driving a shot straight at Jan Oblak.For all Atletico’s discipline and defensive rigour, one mistake in the 26th minute was all it needed. Thomas Partey clipped the back of Messi’s foot 25 yards out and the forward whipped the free-kick beyond the scrambling Oblak and into the top corner.The rest of the half was a picture of Barca dominance, interrupted only by the injured Iniesta being replaced by Andre Gomes and a handful of minor skirmishes, the most noteworthy of which saw Messi hack down Filipe Luis and earn a yellow card.Luis Suarez thought he had scored a second after half-volleying through Oblak’s legs but was flagged offside, before Jose Gimenez applied a crucial block to deflect a Messi shot over.There was one nervy moment for the hosts five minutes from time as Diego Costa headed down for Kevin Gameiro to slam home. Costa, however, had strayed offside and Barca held on for what will surely prove a crucial three points.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘Ade’ on the mark as Gor beat Vegetarianos in CAF Champions League

first_imgGor missed a penalty in the 27th minute after midfielder Humphrey Mieno squandered the chance.Omondi repaid the faith shown in him by head coach Dylan Kerr, scoring the opener in his first start since returning to the club while new signing Guikan showed what is expected of him with a thunderbolt barely 30 seconds after coming on.In the least, any kind of draw for K’Ogalo in the return leg in Equatorial Guinea will sail them through to the first round of the continental competition.Gor Mahia midfielder Humprey Miano against Leonne Vegetarianos’ Oje Rafael. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor would have been 2-0 up by half time, but Mieno saw a 27th minute penalty saved by Vegetarianos keeper Manuel Pasunga who turned the ball behind for a corner diving low to his left.It wasn’t a vintage Gor Mahia first half performance as the reigning Kenyan champions put out to a slow start, though they were commanding in possession. Gor were not as fast as they have been known to be in transition.Their first chance of the game came through in the fifth minute when Meddie Kagere’s shot on the half turn from a Geoffrey Walusimbi low cross from the left went straight to the keeper.Four minutes later, Omondi had his first effort at goal, lifting a shot from the edge of the box too high.The hosts came closest in the 15th minute when Vegetarianos skipper Asterio Ondeyi cleared the ball off the line with Shakava advancing in for a header after Wellington Ochieng had flicked on Francis Kahata’s freekick at the near post.Gor Mahia’s Kevin Omondi in action against Leones Vegetarianos’ Jesus Tomasosngong during the first leg of the 2018 CAF Champions League played at the Machakos Stadium on 10th February 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYABut four minutes later and Gor were away in celebration when Omondi slapped the ball home from inside the box.Kagere floated in the ball from the left finding Kahata at the far post, the midfielder nodding the ball down for Omondi to fire home low beating the helpless Pasunga.It should have been 2-0 in the 27th minute when Mieno stepped up after Omondi was brought down inside the box, but he couldn’t do enough from 12 yards out to score his first competitive goal for K’Ogalo.The visitors struggled to create any meaningful chances with Boniface Oluoch reduced to wasting proceedings from the comfort of his 18-yard area.Pedro Mitogo Ondo and Jesus Tomas Nsogo on either wing were attempting to open up the Gor Mahia defense with some runs, but their efforts came to nothing as Walusimbi and Ochieng manning either fullback were astute.Ten minutes to half time, Omondi had another go at goal, this time his effort on the half volley going wide after a little flick got him off his defender.-Second half-Gor Mahia’s Kevin Omondi (LEFT) , Godfrey Walusimbi against Leonne Vegetarianos’ Mosso Ngueme during the first leg of the 2018 CAF Champions League played at the Machakos Stadium on 10th February 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYASix minutes into the second half, Joash Onyango had a chance to make it 2-0 but his header unmarked inside the box from an Odhiambo freekick went over.In the 55th minute, Gor came even closer when Kahata tapped a cut back cross from Kagere but the keeper saved. He attempted to go back for the rebound but the shot stopper was quicker off his feet to pick the spills.But Gor were away 2-0 on the hour mark and in superb fashion.Gor Mahia fans rallying behind their team. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThe board was lifted up by the fourth official, Odhiambo coming out after an unusual afternoon off and in came Guikan. The Ivorian’s first order of business was to pick up a throw-in from Wellington Ochieng and with two touches to free himself off his markers fired a left foot bullet into the net.It was Gor’s game to lose now as they became more comfortable and goalscorer Omondi was later withdrawn for Samuel Onyango.Guikan almost doubled his tally with another ferocious shot after picking up a long ball at the edge of the box but the Vegeteranios keeper tipped it over for a corner.Gor continued to dominate but could not add on to their tally with Kagere coming close off a glancing header from Francis Kahata’s cross.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Leones Vegetarianos’ Mitogo Pedro against Gor Mahia’s Kevin Omondi during the first leg of the 2018 CAF Champions League played at the Machakos Stadium on 10th February 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAMACHAKOS, Kenya, Feb 10 – Kevin ‘Ade’ Omondi scored his first goal since returning to Gor Mahia as the record 16-time Kenyan Premier League champions beat Leones Vegetarianos of Equatorial Guinea 2-0 in the first leg of CAF Champions League hosted at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Saturday.Ade found the opener in the 19th minute to see the hosts lead 1-0 at the break before super sub Ephraim Giukan netted the second in the 60th minute with his first touch after coming on for George ‘Black Berry’ Odhiambo.last_img read more

Cavani double dumps Portugal out of W Cup

first_imgCavani had already put Uruguay in front early on, only for Pepe to head Portugal level in the 55th minute in a thrilling contest that was not the battle of attrition many predicted.Pepe’s goal was the first time the South Americans’ defence had been breached in this tournament, but they stood firm after that and are beginning to look like genuine contenders moving into the latter stages in Russia.The only downside for Oscar Tabarez’s side was the sight of Cavani limping off late on, raising a question mark over his fitness for next week’s last eight showdown with the French in Nizhny Novgorod.Meanwhile, European champions Portugal go home, as Ronaldo and Lionel Messi bow out of the competition on the same day.In contrast, Uruguay march on with arguably the best defence in international football and one of the best strike pairings anywhere.Suarez and Cavani combined brilliantly for the seventh-minute opener on Russia’s Black Sea coast.Cavani picked out Suarez on the left with a cross-field ball, before continuing his run into the penalty area and meeting the Barcelona striker’s return delivery at the back post, the ball smacking off his face and flying in.– Pepe breaches Uruguay defence –Pepe rises to score against Uruguay during their last 16 match. PHOTO/FIFASuarez almost doubled the lead from a free-kick midway through the first half that forced a good save from Rui Patricio.Meanwhile, Ronaldo did not touch the ball once in the opposition area in the first period. But with Uruguay sitting back, Portugal did equalise 10 minutes into the second half.A corner was played short to Raphael Guerreiro, and his cross from the left was headed home from close range by Pepe, rising high above Diego Godin in the area.After nearly five and a half hours of football, it was the first goal Uruguay had let in at this World Cup — indeed it was the first they had conceded in 2018.But their response to that was magnificent as they went quickly retook the lead, Rodrigo Bentancur teeing up Cavani for a magnificent first-time curling strike into the far corner on his right foot.Portugal coach Fernando Santos threw up his hands in disgust, realising that coming from behind a second time against this Uruguay defence was going to be a tall order.Goalkeeper Fernando Muslera did almost gift them another equaliser, dropping a high ball at the feet of Bernardo Silva, but the Manchester City man could only volley over.Portugal’s Bernado Silva tries to go past Uruguay left back Laxalt during their World Cup Round of 16 game. PHOTO/IAAFCavani then had to be helped off by Ronaldo before watching the rest of the game from the dugout with ice on a calf injury.His side held out, and if he recovers, Cavani can now look forward to coming up against his Paris Saint-Germain strike partner Kylian Mbappe, so impressive for France against Argentina.But Mbappe is unlikely to find the Uruguayan defence so accommodating.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Edinson Cavani celebrates his sublime double against Portugal in the World Cup last 16. PHOTO/FIFASOCHI, Russia, Jun 30 – Edinson Cavani scored twice as Uruguay shattered Cristiano Ronaldo’s World Cup dream with a 2-1 victory over Portugal here Saturday.Paris Saint-Germain striker Cavani curled home a superb 62nd-minute winner to settle a thrilling second round duel in Sochi which sends Uruguay into a quarter-final against France next Friday.last_img read more

USC NOTEBOOK Carroll explains how losses can happen

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But who would buy it even at that cut-rate price? Even at the Eugene Airport on Sunday morning, fans speculated how many would show up at the Coliseum for Saturday’s game against Oregon State with the Trojans reeling. “It’s different,” USC coach Pete Carroll said Sunday. “We haven’t been in this situation for a long time. It doesn’t change anything. You don’t do anything different. You coach like crazy.” And you start making excuses. Carroll said again USC had been restricted offensively as it weaned quarterback Mark Sanchez the past three games. By Scott Wolf STAFF WRITER For an idea of what two losses before Halloween means to USC, the Trojans are poking fun at themselves now. One player joked after the loss to Oregon that the offensive playbook was “available on the Internet for $9.95.” “It does affect your play calling,” Carroll said. He did not mention USC lost to a Stanford team that had a quarterback making his first career start. Ironically, Carroll brought up the Stanford game when he said Sunday he wished he played Sanchez against Stanford after John David Booty broke his finger. “We made a mistake with John, not knowing the situation,” Carroll said. “I wish I could have assessed that better at the time. Maybe we would have put Mark in and played it closer to the vest.” So Sanchez needed to play against Stanford, but he hurt the play calling against Oregon? That’s the logic following two losses for USC (6-2, 3-2). And after winning five straight Pacific-10 Conference titles, Carroll is suddenly forced to talk up the other teams. “We were talking as a staff today about how many good defensive schemes there are in this conference and skill guys who can make plays,” Carroll said. “Everybody is getting everybody (in the Pac-10). We have to come back with some resolve. A lot of stuff is happening out there.” In past years, it would be hard to imagine USC complaining about officiating, but Carroll brought up several points of frustration Sunday. “Who gets penalties the least?” Carroll said. “It’s always the guys who play us.” USC committed six penalties for 80 yards, while Oregon had one penalty for 5 yards. Carroll complained there were no holding calls against the Ducks’ offensive line. “They could have called four or five holding penalties (for grabbing nose guard Sedrick Ellis),” Carroll said. He also complained about a holding penalty on offensive tackle Drew Radovich that nullified tailback Joe McKnight’s 64-yard touchdown run. “It’s a flash of a grasp and he let go,” Carroll said. Another sore point was the limited use of tailback Stafon Johnson. Although still bothered by a sprained foot, Carroll regretted Johnson did not get more carries against Oregon. He finished with 9 yards in three carries. “He doesn’t feel 100 percent. I was disappointed he didn’t get involved more,” Carroll said. “That happens when you rotate guys.” Injury report Offensive tackle Sam Baker underwent an MRI on Sunday on his sore hip and hamstring. “He’s back where he was a couple weeks ago,” Carroll said. Baker is questionable this week. Linebacker Kaluka Maiava (sprained thumb) and wide receiver Brad Walker (sprained ankle) suffered minor injuries. Carroll complained about USC’s lack of interceptions. USC ranks 96th in the nation with six interceptions and two of those were by defensive end Kyle Moore. “We’re playing really good pass defense but not getting the ball,” Carroll said. “The only issue I can add is not hitting the quarterback enough. We still have 21 sacks. But this group has played the same the past two years (with few interceptions).” Bernard may miss USC game When Oregon State travels to Los Angeles to try and reverse a 48-year road losing streak to USC, it may have to do it without its best offensive player. Yvenson Bernard ran for 62 yards and a touchdown in the first half of Oregon State’s 23-6 victory over Stanford Saturday, but he went out with a shoulder injury and never returned. Coach Mike Riley feared the injury was serious and that the iron-tough 5-foot-9, 201-pound tailback could miss time. “I’m just guessing but he seems doubtful to me,” Riley said. Bernard, a senior, has rushed for 101.8 yards a game this season and is Oregon State’s third all-time leading rusher. The Associated Press contributed to this story.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Retiring Judge tells Donegal’s boy racers: ‘Stop!’

first_imgIn a parting message to Donegal, retiring Circuit Court Judge John O’Hagan has warned boy racers in the county: ‘Stop’.Judge O’Hagan was sitting at Letterkenny Circuit Court for the final time today. Judge O’Hagan has been a Circuit Court Judge for the Northern Territory for the last 11 years.The County Louth native, originally called to the bench in 1998, presided over cases at Letterkenny Courthouse today for the last time today and took some time to thank various people and to reflect.Among the cases to have come before Judge O’Hagan during his time in Donegal was the horrific road traffic accident in Clonmany in July, 2010 that resulted in the death of eight people – the single biggest loss of life from a car crash in the history of the State.Hugh Friel, Eamonn McDaid, James McEleney, Mark McLaughlin, Paul Doherty, PJ McLaughlin, Ciaran Sweeney and Damien McLaughlin all died as a result of the crash.“The Gardai and the emergency services have had most awful experiences,” Judge O’Hagan said.“The Clonmany crash…I always think about how that affected the emergency services who came on that scene. It must have been awful. I am sure many of them required counselling.“The emergency services have a horrible job and they have a very difficult task.”Judge O’Hagan told members of the media present in court that he wanted to get a strong message out.He said: “I am sick to the death of body racers, young men out killing themselves in cars. I hope they get the message. We need to get a strong message out there: Stop!“The behaviour is not on. It may achieve something or not, but hopefully it will.”Judge O’Hagan paid tribute to the Gardai, adding: “They have a difficult job. You could be the most heinous criminal in the country, but when you get burgled, the first thing you do is to ring the guards and you’d expect them to come and look after you like any other citizen. People don’t like uniforms, but they are necessary.“Prison officers are the same. I see young men going to prison for the first time – country boys from Donegal who have never seen the inside of a prison before and are thrown into a restrictive environment – and the orison officers are terrific. They coach the guy along and make it as easy as possible.”Retiring Judge tells Donegal’s boy racers: ‘Stop!’ was last modified: July 1st, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:clonmanyCLONMANY CRASHJUdge John O’HaganletterkennyLetterkenny Circuit Courtlast_img read more

HEARTS BIGOT QUIZZED BY COPS AFTER PUNCHING CELTIC MANAGER NEIL LENNON

first_imgA HEARTS fan is being quizzed by Scots cops today after punching Celtic manager Neil Lennon during the SPL clash against Hearts at Tynecastle in Edinburgh last night.The incident occurred just as Celtic’s Gary Hooper had put Hoops two goals up on the homeside.Before the game could restart a bigot jumped from the Hearts section of the main stand and ran towards Lennon, landing a punch before he was wrestled to the ground. There were cheers from a section of the Hearts fans.The thug was handcuffed and dragged away by stewards and cops.Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan issued a statement, saying: “Clearly this kind of behaviour from supporters is wholly unacceptable.“The safety of players, club officials and match officials is paramount on or around the field of play, and this clear breach of security is a matter I will be discussing with SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster tomorrow.” Co Armagh man Lennon has been in the headlines regularly this season.In January a package addressed to him containing bullets was intercepted at a sorting office in Country Antrim.In March, the club confirmed Lennon was under 24-hour security surveillance after a suspicious package was intercepted at a Royal Mail sorting office in Saltcoats, Ayrshire.On 19 April it emerged that Royal Mail intercepted a total of two “viable” parcel bombs addressed to Lennon.HEARTS BIGOT QUIZZED BY COPS AFTER PUNCHING CELTIC MANAGER NEIL LENNON was last modified: May 12th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

Mackie ‘to be offered up to £2m-a-year to join Blackburn’

first_imgQPR could avoid paying a fee for Junior Hoilett, with Blackburn ready to offer Jamie Mackie up to £2m a year – making him the highest-paid player in the Championship – to go to Ewood Park in exchange, the Daily Mirror claim.Linked with move to Rovers.Hoilett looks set to reject Newcastle and Borussia Monchengladbach in favour of a lucrative deal at Rangers, said to be worth £50,000-a-week.The Canadian is out of contract but, at 22, cannot move on a free transfer, so Rovers will be entitled to compensation unless they accept an offer.And it is suggested that although Mackie is not overly keen to leave Loftus Road, the cash on offer at Blackburn may persuade him to go there.The Daily Mail say Rangers are trying to secure a work permit for Hoilett before completing his signing, while The Sun claim the club are interested in Getafe right-back Miguel Torres.Meanwhile, Chelsea have been told by Wigan that they can have Victor Moses for £10m, according to the MirrorIt is claimed the Latics want a straightforward fee for the forward and are not interested in an exchange deal involving Josh McEachran.The Mirror also report that Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo is closing in on the £7m signing of Marseille’s Spain Under-21 right-back Cesar Azpilicueta.The Mail say Jose Bosingwa, recently released by the Blues, has been made an offer by Anzhi Makhachkala and that Fulham and West Ham have made offers for Newcastle target Douglas.Newcastle reportedly had a bid for the FC Twente defender rejected last week and now apparently face competition for his signature, with Chelsea and Tottenham also said to be tracking him.This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Crabs celebrate the Fourth in style

first_imgThe Humboldt Crabs celebrated the Fourth by extending their winning streak to eight straight with a 9-2 victory over the Solano Mudcats at the Arcata Ball Park on Wednesday.The win also secured a third consecutive series sweep for the Crabs, who are 7-0 since returning from a tough 2-3 road trip in mid June.“We have a full squad here now and the guys are getting to know each other better, and we’re (the coaches) getting to know them better,” manager Robin Guiver said. “So we’re coming …last_img read more

Festival of poetry and art, wine farms and music

first_imgExpected to inspire poets to new generative processes, the second annual festival has an enviable literary line-up of South African and international poets. They will gather to write and talk among the vineyards of Spier Wine Estate in Stellenbosch. (Image: www.spier.co.za)• Sandile MagidigidiGuest Relations SupervisorSpier Wine Farm+27 21 809 1913sandilem@spier.co.zaMelissa Jane CookWine is bottled poetry, Dionysus said, and his words come to mind around the Dancing in Other Words / Die Dansende Digtersfees International Poetry Festival.Expected to inspire poets to new generative processes, the second annual festival has an enviable literary line-up of South African and international poets. They will gather to write and talk among the vineyards of Spier Wine Estate in Stellenbosch.The festival will take place in May, when the poets will explore poetry’s age-old function as “the dreaming vein in the body of society”. Established in 1692, Spier is one of the oldest wine farms in South Africa, and is renowned for its commitment to the arts. Dancing in Other Words is a vibrant engagement of words for lovers of literature and lyricism. Connecting flags and festival, translators and professors, food and fire, violins and mime, this word-fest is curated by the distinguished South African writer and artist, Breyten Breytenbach. He will bring together poets from around the world to combine literary debate with poetry readings.The mix of global voices will include those whose lives and work exemplify fierce critique of societies as varied as Morocco, Chad and China. On the programme are Homero Aridjis, the Mexican poet novelist, environmental activist and diplomat; Moroccan poet and playwright Abdellatif Laâbi; Chinese writer Duo Duo, one of the celebrated Misty poets; Ukrainian-American poet and translator Ilya Kaminsky; Dutch poet Hans van de Waarsenburg; and Chadian-French poet and novelist, Nimrod.Local luminaries participating include Henning Pieterse, Mxolisi Nyezwa and Ingrid de Kok, as well as the festival’s musical director, Neo Muyanga, composer and musician. “This is the second year of the festival, and we are delighted to continue in our commitment to honour masters of the written word, providing a platform through which artistic communities can be nourished and stimulated,” says Spier chief executive Andrew Milne.The poets will spend the beginning of the week together, travelling, conversing and translating. Their journey will culminate in the public festival at Spier on 9 and 10 May. During the festival, the poets will take part in themed conversations each afternoon, exploring issues such as the betrayals inherent in translation, as well as hold master classes. In the evenings, there will be readings accompanied by musical performances inspired by the poets’ work. These will be developed by Muyanga.Dancing in Other Words is a collaboration between Spier and the Pirogue Collective, of which Breytenbach is a founding member. It forms part of the wine estate’s approach to host leading artists and thought leaders in debate, dialogue and expression.ParticipantsHomero Aridjis: One of Latin America’s foremost literary figures, this Mexican poet and novelist served as the president of PEN International, the literature and freedom of expression group, for six years and is now its president emeritus. A passionate environmentalist, he is also a former Mexican ambassador to Switzerland and Netherlands. PEN International is a non-political organisation which holds special consultative status at the UN and associate status at UnescoIlya Kaminsky: A Ukrainian-American poet, critic and translator who lost most of his hearing at the age of four, Kaminsky teaches English and comparative literature at San Diego State University in the United States.Abdellatif Laâbi: One of the most prolific and critically acclaimed contemporary North African writers, this Moroccan poet, playwright and essayist received the Prix Goncourt for Poetry for his collected works in 2009. A French literary prize, Prix Goncourt is one of the most important in France. It was created in 1903 and winners are chosen by the Académie Goncourt, a literary society of 10 members.Duo Duo: A contemporary Chinese poet, Duo Duo is perhaps the best known of the celebrated Misty Poets who practised what came to be called “obscure poetry” in reaction to the Cultural Revolution, the brutal oppression of China run by Mao from 1966 until his death in 1976. Having lived abroad since 1989, Duo Duo returned to China in 2004, where he is now a professor at Hainan University.Hans van den Waarsenburg: A political poet, Van de Waarsenburg is founder of The Maastricht International Poetry Nights and is an author at Azul Press.Nimrod: Born in 1959 in Chad, Nimrod is a poet, novelist and essayist who now lives in France, where he teaches philosophy at the University of Picardie Jules Verne.Ingrid de Kok: De Kok’s poetry is taught at more than 30 universities in South Africa and abroad. She has written five volumes of poetry, and was appointed a Fellow of the University of Cape Town in 2007.Mxolisi Nyezwa: The founder and editor of Kotaz, the English/Xhosa cultural magazine, Nyezwa teaches at Rhodes University.Henning Pieterse: Pieterse’s debut volume of poetry received two of the most prestigious South African literary prizes – the Eugène Marais and the Ingrid Jonker prizes. Pieterse is also a professor and director of the unit for creative writing in the department of Afrikaans at the University of Pretoria.Breyten Breytenbach: Festival curator Breytenbach is an outspoken human rights activist, poet, novelist and visual artist, and one of South Africa’s most renowned international literary figures.last_img read more

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