Sport in Europe

Top names missing as Arsenal begin tour

Arsenal left London last night for their tour of Asia, but some of the team's biggest names, including want-away striker Robin van Persie, have been left behind in the British capital.

Sunday, 22 July, 2012, 12:00am

Saffron can spice up TT finale

Peri Peri Saffron has given the impression of a horse looking for more ground and the four-year-old gets it and with a much-needed low draw in the opening leg of the season-ending Triple Trio at Sha Tin on Sunday.

Peter Ho Leung has shown patience with his four-year-old and has picked out an ideal Class Four over 1,400m, where he will jump from gate two.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Talking Turkey on the Iberian question

Euro 2012 moments do not come more surreal than when sat drenched from rain in a small kebab eatery in Kharkov, the former Soviet capital of Ukraine, discussing with two Turkish customers and fellow football fans the state of the shish offerings and whether the Portuguese can win their Iberian derby and then defeat likely opponents Germany, on Sunday.

28 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

A Polish wedding turns into a wake

Half of the happy couple's relatives had slipped away from a wedding reception to crash the small Warsaw bar to cheer on Polska. 'Wszystko jest mozliwe,' said one suited guest without introduction. 'That means 'anything is possible' in Polish,' said Milcotaj as all sorts of weird things were happening across town - the Greeks were beating the mighty Russians.

18 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

The fun art of fine dining

Managerial and operational staff The Cafe Deco Group

Working for a large company allows employees to have lateral exposure and keep learning new skills. Opportunities for career advancement are also higher.

16 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Spanish lesson can't dampen Irish spirit

They muttered the maths, doing the sums with the digits on their hands as they tried to get their heads around the group C numbers game.

'Better that Italy win against Croatia, actually,' said one hopeful fan in Irish green during the long walk through the Baltic drizzle to the ground.

16 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

All of the goals which took the teams to Euro 2012

Group A


Qualify automatically as host nation


Top scorer

Kyriakos Papadopoulos


Roman Pavlyuchenko

Czech Republic

Michal Kadlec

Group B


Klaas-Jan Huntelaar


7 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

A vintage caper

It doesn't look very far on the map. Even the distance from Auckland - 300 kilometres and a bit - doesn't sound too extreme. But I haven't accounted for the winding nature of New Zealand's 'main' roads. Nor the mists, the hills, the urge to stop at every turn to gaze at the landscapes.

25 May 2012 - 12:00am

Filling Dalglish's shoes a big job

Liverpool legend Ronnie Whelan has warned the team's American owners that Kenny Dalglish's replacement as manager must have the record and reputation to command instant respect or the club risk a repeat of the Roy Hodgson fiasco.

20 May 2012 - 12:00am

Radiomarelli will relish longer trip and dirt

Radiomarelli continued to progress with another gutsy performance in a competitive Class Three over 1,400m at Sha Tin last Saturday and looks ready to score next time out.

The Sean Woods-trained gelding arrived off a mark of 69 following a good maiden win in a 16-runner event at Windsor, a second, a third and a fifth from four straight course efforts in Britain as a juvenile.

24 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Red Devils in driving seat and will be hard to shift

If Alex Ferguson is able to guide Manchester United to their 20th English league title this season, it would surely be the Scotsman's greatest domestic trophy. It is hard to believe the Red Devils have returned to the top of the table with 10 games remaining.

17 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Meddling in managerial matters is a loser's game

If you put your trust in someone, just leave them alone to let them do their job. Whether it's in business or in the English Premier League, micromanagement rarely gets the best out of anyone.

3 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Whyte has the arsenal to blow rivals away

After scraping home as co-winner of the Jockey Challenge on Wednesday night, Douglas Whyte has the firepower to blow rivals away today, with the shortest-priced favourite on the card among his nine rides.

11 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Kezman gets sky-high approval rating

Not even chief executive hopeful Henry Tang Ying-yen could steal the limelight from Mateja Kezman at the Nikon Asian Challenge Cup - though Tang will hope his campaign meets with more success than the striker did last night.

27 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Brazilian bolsters South China's title fight

Joao Emir Porto Pereira has only been in Hong Kong for about two weeks, so it is safe to say he will not know the rituals to ensure good luck in a new lunar year. Certainly his fortune deserted him after an auspicious beginning on Monday.

25 Jan 2012 - 12:00am