Giggs eyes promotion after win over Ireland

first_imgWales boss Ryan Giggs challenged his players to win their Nations League group after seeing them edge past the Republic of Ireland without star men Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey.Giggs’ men sit at the top of League B’s Group Four after completing a double over Ireland with a 1-0 victory at the Aviva Stadium courtesy of Harry Wilson’s fine free-kick.They entertain Denmark next month already having assured a place in pot two for the Euro 2020 draw and knowing another three points will put them into an unassailable position.Giggs said: “We set out in this Nations League to win the group and then see where it took us, and that’s good that we can do it with one game to go.“Now the next thing is to look to win it. It won’t be easy – we have got Denmark at home – but Cardiff City Stadium will be bouncing, we’re guaranteed for that, and I’m really looking forward to the challenge now.”A game of sparse quality was won by one of the few moments of inspiration when Harry Wilson took full advantage of Harry Arter’s rash 58th-minute challenge on Connor Roberts to curl home a superb free-kick.Giggs, who handed first starts to teenagers Matthew Smith and Tyler Roberts in Dublin, was significantly happier with Wilson’s contribution in Dublin than the one Derby’s on-loan winger made in scoring in his club’s Carabao Cup win over Manchester United last month.He said: “Harry, magnificent free-kick. I thought about fining him for scoring at Old Trafford, but I won’t be fining him tonight.“It’s not easy when you’re missing quality players like that, and there have been results which have not gone our way without Gareth and Aaron, so it was a chance for the players to come in and prove that that’s not the case going forward and they did that tonight.“We played some really good stuff, but the thing I’m most proud about is that clean sheet, that will to defend and put their bodies on the line.”If Giggs was jubilant as he headed back across the Irish Sea, opposite number Martin O’Neill found himself increasingly embattled after a run of five competitive games without a win and only nine goals in 13 matches.Asked if he questioned himself – there were boos on the final whistle – he replied: “Do you know what? I am not so sure that I have ever not asked questions about myself.“I think I do. I think I did that as a player and I certainly do that as a manager.“If you are asking about responsibility for it, I take responsibility for every kick that is made on that field by us. That is my job. That will not change.“And in terms of questioning, there is no question. I do question everything that happens on the field. I look back again to see what we may have been able to do a little bit better and hopefully that improvement continues.“But in terms of questioning myself as a professional, both as a player and as a manager, I’ve always done it, genuinely always done it.”last_img read more

Bastian Schweinsteiger: A look at his stellar career

first_imgFactbox on Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, who announced his retirement from international football on Friday.  (Also read: Bastian Schweinsteiger retires from international football)Born August 1, 1984 in Kolbermoor, Bavaria.Makes international debut in June 2004 in a 2-0 defeat by Hungary in Kaiserslautern.Endures a disappointing debut in a major tournament, as Germany are eliminated in the group stage of Euro 2004.Stars for Germany as Juergen Klinsmann’s side reach the 2006 World Cup semi-finals on home soil, but lose to eventual winners Italy after extra time.Scores twice in a 3-1 World Cup playoff win over Portugal to help Germany finish third in Stuttgart.Suffers more disappointment as Germany lose 1-0 to Spain in the Euro 2008 final.Loses out to Spain again in 2010 World Cup in South Africa, as Carles Puyol’s header secures a 1-0 victory in the semi-final.Germany are eliminated by Italy in the last four of Euro 2012.Schweinsteiger ends his long wait for a major international trophy two years later in Brazil, after Germany beat Argentina 1-0 in the World Cup final.Following the international retirement of Bayern team-mate Philipp Lahm, Schweinsteiger takes over as Germany captain.Joins Premier League side Manchester United after spending 13 seasons with German champions Bayern Munich, where he made 500 appearances, winning eight Bundesliga titles and the 2013 Champions League crown.Has an injury disrupted first season with United, but was selected by Germany manager Joachim Loew for the 2016 European Championship, his seventh major tournament.Played five games in Euro 2016 as Germany reach the semi-finals where they lose 2-0 to hosts France.advertisementAnnounces retirement from international football, after making 120 appearances for his country, with a record of 81 wins and 20 defeats. He scored 24 goals for Germany.last_img read more

Air Pacific officially rebranded to Fiji Airways

first_imgFiji Airways’ Sydney changeover event to host travel industry. Air Pacific has officially re-branded to Fiji Airways, with new elements being rolled out internationally.Fiji’s national airline will celebrate the changeover event by launching Fiji Airways’ new crew uniforms, branded ticket offices, check-in counters, airport lounge facilities and new website.Fiji Airways will use Sydney to host the Australian travel industry for the reveal of new cabin crew uniform with Fiji’s international model Phillipa Steele, Fijian dancers and ceremonies, a performance from Fijian pop-star Paulini, food and drinks and celebrity guests.The airline will also offer new in-flight experiences, with new A330 aircrafts and rebranded 737s.“The 27th of June marks both the end of Air Pacific and the beginning of Fiji Airways,” Fiji Airways acting chief executive Aubrey Swift said.“The changeover represents an exciting future for the airline that is rooted in our more than 60-year history and service to the people of Fiji as the nation’s flying ambassador.”Source = ETB News: P.T.last_img read more