Ahmedabad – The Manchester of India

Does Ahmedabad require the nickname ‘The Manchester of India’ any longer? Because apart from this rightful claim, it’s also a city that has the potential to grow further and further and become a mega-city because it’s already a metro and after Delhi, Calcutta, Bombay, Madras and Bangalore comes Ahmedabad in size, population, impact, location, among others.

India’s best MBA institute is in Ahmedabad which conducts one of the toughest entrance exams in the academic world of not just India but across the globe.

Mudra has its advertising institute. Vikram Sarabhai Space centre is here. The city is throbbing with life, exuberance, vivacity and brio.

The Telegraph of Calcutta called it ‘India’s culinary city’ in its food survey of 2002. It’s indeed a city of foodies. If you’re a vegetarian, you’ve a wide spread of vegetarian delights to choose from. Rajasthani, Gujarati, Marwari, Punjabi and other states’ signal dishes as well as typical ones can be easily available.

Non-vegetarians also have a mind-blowing array of cuisine to choose from. The climate is wonderful. City has tradition and trendiness juxtaposed beautifully.

Gujarati people love cricket. Ahmedabad’s Sardar Patel Cricket stadium has the capacity to accommodate over 50 thousand spectators. Sabarmati river runs through the city.

Ahmedabad (official capital: Gandhinagar) has a famous university known as Gujarat Vidyapeeth.

Being very close to Bombay, the significance of Ahmedabad assumes greater proportions. One British traveller who visited the city in 2002 wrote in The Spectator (London) that Ahmedabad was far greater than Manchester in terms of fabrics, fashion, fun and freedom.

In short, Ahmedabad has emerged as an important economic and industrial hub in India. It’s the second largest producer of cotton in the country.

The ‘first-look richness’ of the city decides the wealthy status of Gujarat state. City is dotted with cloth mills. Arvind Mills is one such significant name on the canvas of city’s fabric scenario.

Morarji Desai once said, the very mention of the Pin Code 380007 brings the image of Ahmedabad before our eyes. Yes, its Pin Code is its identity and vice versa.

Despite a few riots taking place in Ahmedabad, it’s still a city where people love to live in a peaceful co-existence. And this is the mark of a city and its liveliness. A visit to western India is incomplete without seeing Ahmedabad. Though Bombay still has an unbeatable charm, Ahmedabad doesn’t lag behind in any sense.

To sum it up, ‘Ahmedabad is the undisputed cotton king/ It’s also a city, suitable to a commoner and king’ (read in an Indian Airlines’ flight magazine in 2006). So very true…

Lastly, India’s billiard and snooker legend Geet Sethi lives in Ahmedabad.

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Barclays Premiership FAQ – How Does the English Football Premier League Work?

The Premier League is the creme del la creme of English football and England’s largest football league. Twenty teams play in the the Premiership. A total of 38 games are played of which 19 are played at home and 19 away. Each team players the others twice with the season starting in August and running until May the following year. A system of promotion to and relegation from the Premier League works to decide which teams stay in and, which are out. Sponsored by Barclays Bank, the English Premiership is formally known as the Barclays Premier League. If top two teams are level pegging on points the winner is decided by goal difference and the title is handed to the team with the largest goal difference.

Promotion – automatic promotion and the play offs

The teams in first and second place in the Championship league are automatically promoted to the Premiership. A play off round decides who gets promoted from the third to sixth team. The football teams who finish 3, 4, 5, and 6th battle it out to see who goes up. The 3rd and 4th team play each other and the 5th and 6th teams get a match. The winners of these games then play each other to decide who is promoted.

How does the points system work?

If a team wins a Premiership game it is awarded 3 points and 1 for a draw. A loss results in zero points. Teams that win more get more points and move higher in the league compared to other teams. Top teams, those most likely to win, must also be mindful of the number of goals scored. If the teams draw at the top, the winner is decided by goal difference and then total goals scored.

Relegation

Teams finishing in the last three places are automatically demoted to the Football League Championship. There are no ‘play offs’ to see who goes down unless the bottom two draw on points. The play off match is played at a neutral venue.

Qualification to other competitions

The UEFA Champions League is the equivalent of the English Premiership but for the whole of Europe. Qualification rules for getting a place in the UEFA Champions League change during the 2009 – 2010 season. The top three teams get to play championship football opposed to the top two before the changes. These three teams go straight into the group stage. The fourth and last team to get to play Championship football starts in the play off rounds. To progress from the play offs to the group stage this team must win a two stage knockout tie.

Another three teams can play European football as a result of getting placed fifth, sixth and seventh in the Premier League. In this instance it is the UEFA Europa League, which used to known as the UEFA Cup. Fifth place receives automatic promotion. The sixth and seventh teams chances of getting to play in the Europa League depend on a system of ranking using special UEFA Coefficients.

So, why does the Scottish Premier League split into two at the end of the season?

The Scottish Premier League is different. There are 12 teams in the Scottish Premier League. The teams play each other 3 times to see who stays in the top half of teams. Another 5 games are played amongst the top half to decide who gets some European football action. Three places are allotted for European football. First and second placed teams go forth to play in the European Champions League and the third placed team is entered into the UEFA cup.

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Gifts That Relive the Glorious Moments of the Club

Are you a great fan of Chelsea football club? Do you desire to own something authentic related to the club? Relive the proud history of Chelsea football club and own genuine gifts by considering the Chelsea Football Gifts. The gifts come with the certificate of originality.

The Chelsea football gifts are a collection of Chelsea Football Books, Chelsea Signed Memorabilia, Chelsea Framed Photos and Montages, and Chelsea Framed Stadium Photos. Chelsea Football Newspaper Book is a collection of interesting facts from the early 20th century to the recent bygone matches. This gift depicts the events and incidents that have brought glory to the club. The newspaper memorabilia is bound in a beautiful burgundy leatherette binder gold embossed with option to engrave the recipient’s name. The newspaper book let the readers have a vivid insight of all the historically significant incidents. The reports are written by persons who have witnessed by persons and not by individuals looking back in time. It also covers the top stories and vital matches of the club. This is a precious collection of Chelsea Football Gifts.

Chelsea signed memorabilia offers you some of the rare and genuine items. The items include shirts, photos and montages of the legendary players. This category of Chelsea Football Gifts are worthy because they are personally autographed by the celebrated players. The collection is presented in attractive frames and free from watermarks. They are exclusive and are limited in edition. For example: Chelsea Squad Signed Photo

The collection of Chelsea football gifts is an effort to reminiscence the golden moments. Chelsea Football club is a renowned professional football club that have won FA Cup, the League Cup and UEFA Cup Winner’s cup. The Chelsea football gifts commemorate the players who have dedicated their lives in bringing glory to the club. Thus, for any Chelsea football nut this unique collection is worthwhile.

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Cristiano Ronaldo – The Cherry on Top

Since very little, Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, started to show great talent for football, which made him relate from his youth on to professional football in Portugal, joining the Clube Desportivo Nacional, where he began his formation and development as player and where had the opportunity to stand out on his country.

With the needed abilities to play soccer well developed, Ronaldo continued advancing and in until 2001 he united to Sporting Lisboa, one of the most important teams on Portugal’s First Division, where with the support of his partners and the coaching and medical staff achieved to sharp his style and raise his game level. Thanks to the work done on his career, Cristiano Ronaldo, gets his official debut on October 2001 as a professional footballer at the Portugal’ Superliga with 17 years old. His impressive plays made him shine to convert himself in a regular player on the field for Sporting that on the same year won the league championship.

For 2003, the talent of the #7 ‘Red Devil’ was already being seen out of the borders of Portugal, an evidence of it was the great impression it cause on Manchester United at a friendly encounter for the Euro Cup. After calling the attention of Sir Alex Ferguson, he immediately started the negotiations with the Portuguese star, to include him in the British team. Ronaldo started with Manchester replacing David Beckham, who at the time transferred to Real Madrid.

On his first period with at England, Cristiano Ronaldo showed one more time his football talents guiding his team to a victory on the FA Cup. The huge progress shown by the player on the British club, made him worthy of the title for Best Young Footballer at a world level, obtaining the FIFPro 2005 and 2006. Another success on 2005 was scoring the 1000 goal for the Manchester United on the Premier League.

Besides owning a big load of personal distinctions at an international level, this Red Devil has as well several achievements at a team level that United has attain thanks to Ronaldo’s assistance; this important titles include Carling Cup, Community Shield, FA Premier League and the last UEFA Champions League edition.

As member of Portugal’s national team (with which debuted on 2003), the young man of 23 years old has also demonstrated to be an important figure for, after Euro 2004 in which Portugal ended up as runner-up. For the World Cup 2006 even though his country could not make it further the semifinals, remaining on the fourth place, the performance of the Portuguese was supreme.

The speed, ability, commitment and skills in Ronaldo are characteristics that many players and clubs whish to have, the best example right now is Real Madrid that expects to incorporate him on their lines. The Spaniards was not able to signed him due to the renovation of the succulent contract between the Red Devils and the star, that decided to stay with the squad that had been giving him so many triumphs and saw him grow in his little but successful career.

All the effort made by Ronaldo along this year, recently made him laudable of the Ballon d’Or 2008, prize turns him into the Best Footballer of the Year and places him above other great players, such as Lionel Messi, Fernando Torres and even Kaká, who won the trophy last year.

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Central Line Stations With Tourist Attractions and Shopping Activities

The Central Line, the red line on London Underground maps, runs across central London.

The line starts from Epping in the north-east and terminates at a) Ealing Broadway in the west and b) West Ruislip in the north-west. The Central line covers a distance of 74km (46 miles) and serves 49 tube stations.

Listed below are some of the 49 tube stations that most tourists are likely to use when they visit London.

Stratford station is the stop where the Olympic Village (London Olympics 2012) is located. You need to change here for the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and stop at Pudding Mill Lane (1 stop from Stratford station) where the Olympic Stadium is located.

Liverpool Street station is one of the main railway stations in London. This is the station where visitors take the train to Stanstead Airport.

Other attractions near Liverpool Street station include the Gherkin Building, Toynbee Hall and the Whitechapel Art Gallery.

Bank station is close to several tourist attractions including Mansion House (the official residence of the Lord Mayor of the City of London), the Bank of England, The Royal Exchange, Leadenhall Market and the Lloyd’s Building.

Lloyds Building is the home of the insurance institution, Lloyds of London, the world’s leading insurance market.

St Paul’s station is a short walk to St Paul’s Cathedral, the second largest cathedral in the world after St Peter’s Cathedral in Rome.

Other tourist attractions near St Paul’s station include the Museum of London, Millennium Pedestrian Bridge, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the Tate Modern. From the Tate Modern you can take a relaxing walk along the river bank and enjoy the wonderful sights and sounds of London.

Near Chancery Lane station are the Inns of Court, the Royal Courts of Justice, the Yeomanry Museum and the London Silver Vaults (the home to the world’s largest retail collection of fine antique silver).

Stop at Holborn station for Lincoln’s Inn, the British Museum, Sir John Soane’s Museum, The Hunterian Museum, the London School of Economics and the Royal College of Surgeons.

During the year Law students are required to dine «in Hall» of Lincoln’s Inn a certain number of times before they qualify to be «called to the Bar».

You get off at Tottenham Court Road station if you are visiting the British Museum, the Dominion Theatre and the Central YMCA. Most of the West End theatres and London Chinatown are located in the south of Tottenham Court Road station.

Tottenham Court Road shops are renowned for the sale of electrical goods like televisions and computers.

Oxford Circus station is the centre of the busiest shopping district in London. This is where Oxford Street (running in east-west direction) meets Regent Street (running in north-south direction). Both Oxford Street and Regent Street are very busy shopping streets and that is why most people prefer to stop at Oxford Circus when they come to the West End to shop.

Bond Street station is one stop west of Oxford Street station. Shops in Bond Street stock elegant and expensive designer clothes and accessories. Celebrities from all over the world are often seen shopping in Bond Street.

New Bond Street and South Moulton Street, both streets renowned for elegant and expensive jewellery and watches, are only a short distance away from Bond Street station.

Selfridges Department Store is just a couple of minutes walk from the station.

Marble Arch station is located at the west end of Oxford Street. Opposite Marble Arch station is Park Lane, famous for its 5 star hotels such as the Dorchester Hotel, InterContinental Hotel and Hilton Park Lane. If you walk halfway down Park Lane, you will see the Animal in War Memorial. This memorial is to commemorate the contributions made by animals that serve alongside troops during the war.

Hyde Park is located to the west of Marble Arch station and the Speakers Corner is only less than 5 minutes walk away.

Lancaster Gate station is where you get off if you are visiting the Hyde Park Italian Gardens, the Serpentine, Diana, Princess of Wales Fountain and the Bayswater Road Artists Gallery.

Queensway station is the stop if you are visiting Kensington Palace. You can also start your «Diana, Princess of Wales, Memorial Walk» from Kensington Gardens across the station. This is a 7 mile walk across 4 Royal Parks, 3 Royal Palaces and several popular London landmarks. You just follow the Diana Memorial Walk plaques that are embedded along the route.

Fashionable Notting Hill Gate is renowned for the Notting Hill Gate Carnival. This event is held here annually during the August Bank Holiday and is organised by the Caribbean community. This is a very popular event and each year hundreds of thousands of people converge here to join in the celebrations.

Portobello Road Market is also internationally known and is busiest on Saturdays.

Holland Park is a lovely park with its famous Orangery, Kyoto Garden and open air theatre.

Holland House, originally known as Cope Castle, is now a ruin, having been destroyed by bombs during World War II.

Next to Shepherd’s Bush station is the Westfield Shopping Centre with more than 300 shops under one roof and is currently the largest urban shopping complex in Europe.

White City station. Here you can visit the BBC Television Centre and join its tours. Nearby is Loftus Road Stadium, home of Queens Park Rangers Football Club and the London Wasps Rugby Club.

Apart from Stratford station (zone 3) and Holland Park, Shepherd’s Bush and White City stations (zone 2), all the other Central line stations listed above are in zone 1. So if you are not planning to visit these stations, you only need to buy a 1-day Travelcard for zone 1. That will give you unlimited travel for a day in zone 1 by bus as well as by tube.

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Fallen Heroes in the Annals of Nigeria Football History

Professional football as a competitive sport has had its unfair share of tragedies over the years. It is both entertaining and dangerous especially on the field of play. The Nigerian sporting family witnessed one of the most horrific football tragedies on the 23rd of December 2008, when nine female amateur footballers and two coaches were burnt beyond recognition in an auto crash on their way from Jos, Plateau state.

The tears of sorrow had hardly dried up, when 15 members of an amateur side, F.C Jimeta from Adamawa state, Nigeria, died in another auto crash on the 26th of January 2009. Twelve of the dead were players, while the remaining three were trainers.

The tragedy that took place on the 26th of January 2009 had hardly subsided when another devastating incident occurred on the 21st of February 2009. In a single swoop, 13 Football supporters of Nigeria Premier League side Ocean Boys F.C of Yenegoa were killed by persons suspected to be cultist, on their way to attending a premier league match involving their team and Bayelsa United at the Ughelli Township Stadium in Delta State, Nigeria.

Nigerian footballers have also had their fair share of tragedies on and off the field of play. Below is a list of some of the players who have braved all odds to bring joy to football loving Nigerians but later succumbed to the cold hand of death.

  • Samuel Okwaraji

Nigeria enterprising midfielder Samuel Tochukwuma Okwaraji slumped and died on August 12, 1989 during a World Cup qualifying match between Nigeria and Angola. He died of a heart related ailment.

  • Amir Angwe

Amir Angwe died on the field of play while starring for Julius Berger F.C on October 29th 1995. It was later discovered that he died of a heart attack.

  • George Igenewari

The younger brother to Nigerian former international- George Finidi was slain by the bullet of rival supporters during an F.A Cup match involving his club- Rangers F.C and Stationary Stores of Lagos in 1995.

  • Tunde Charity

He was a member of the Flying Eagles team that participated in the 1989 U-20 World Championship held in Saudi Arabia. He died of a head injury sustained in the playing field while featuring for Bendel Insurance F.C in a league match in 1997.

  • Boniface Danjuma

This Plateau united player died on August 12, 2006 after he slumped and was confirmed dead 13 minutes into the second half of his team tie with city rival JUTH of Jos at Nassarawa stadium, Keffi.

  • Orobosa Adun

He was the first choice goalkeeper of Warri Wolves F.C of Warri Delta State. Slumped and died on May 26th 2009 during training as a result of injury sustained when he was attacked by thugs of Rangers international of Enugu.

La Liga Rules for Non-European Players

La Liga or La Liga BBVA is the top-level professional club football competition in Spain. It is considered one of the most popular as well as competitive domestic leagues throughout the world, with English Premier League, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1 being other most viewed national leagues. Just like every football league in the world, La Liga is also guided by specific rules as prepared by the Spanish football authority in alignment with the FIFA guidelines. Let us now take a closer look at the La Liga rules for the non-EU players.

Rules for Non-European Players in La Liga

According to the rules in La Liga, a club playing in the top division Spanish football league is not allowed to recruit more than three non-EU players. The same figure is 2 for the second division football clubs (LigaAdelate). The clubs in the Segunda Division B are not allowed to recruit any non-EU player. The clubs relegated to the second or third division are, however, permitted to retain the non-EU players until their contracts expire.

According to a decision adopted by the Spanish Federation, the teams playing in La Liga and the second division football in the country should make an optimum use of the rules and construct their squads with the foreign payers as many as permissible by the authority.

Citizenship for Foreign Players

As per La Liga rules, the players can claim citizenship of Spain from their native lands. A non-European player can apply for Spanish citizenship. However, he must play for five years in Spain in order to be eligible for Spain citizenship. Furthermore, the players arriving from Caribbean, African and the Pacific counties (commonly referred to as ACP countries) are not included in the non-EU category due to the Kolpak Ruling.

Arsenal

From La Liga, we will head our way towards English Premier League side Arsenal. Fondly called as the Gunners, they are one of the most successful Premier League sides in England. Currently managed by Arsene Wenger, Arsenal have their own home ground at the Emirates Stadium. They have produced some of the big names in the world football and attracted several top-tier players to London.

Achievements by Arsenal

Arsenal has a good number of silverware in their collection. The club has won Premier League titles 13 times. They won their last Premier League title in 2004 and currently lead the league table to make it 14 in their profile. They have won FA Cup 12 times in their history and lifted FA Community Shield.

Arsenal honors are not limited to only achievements within domestic field but also extended to international level. They have won UEFA Champions League as well as former UEFA Europa League (Former UEFA Cup). They are also the winner of FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup. In 1994, Arsenal wrapped up UEFA Cup Winners Cup.

Arsenal has several stars on their board. They brought German International Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid on a club record deal in summer of 2013.

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