The World Cup’s Finest with Vermantia’s Peter Woodfine

first_img Share Related Articles IMG Arena nets major media extension with Brazil’s Liga Nacional de Basquete August 19, 2020 StumbleUpon Brazil appoints agencies to accelerate Sports Betting launch August 21, 2020 Share Submit Belgian Pro League live betting streaming deal for Stats Perform August 21, 2020 In The World Cup’s Finest we ask various individuals to delve into their own personal history of football’s quadrennial showpiece extravaganza, selecting a number of favourites as well as revealing what is their very first World Cup memory.Peter Woodfine, Business Development Director at Vermantia, is the latest to join the growing ranks of The World Cup’s Finest alumni, as he discusses Maradona breaking young hearts, “probably the best midfielder in world football” in 1990 and an “epic battle” in 1998.First World Cup memory The Hand of God, Mexico 1986. Sketchy memories of Mexico ’86 as I was only 8 years old, but I certainly remember the Panini sticker album and the large poster I had my in bedroom at the time – I also seem to remember the Gillette logo being a dominant figure on the poster so I guess they must have been major sponsor. Being the first World Cup I had ever seen, I think I presumed that England would win it (oh how that was to change), so I was as shocked as anyone, if not more so, by the Hand of God! Maradona was indeed phenomenal in that tournament, but its only in later years that you basically learn that he pretty much won the World Cup on his own!Favourite World CupTournamentItalia ‘90. Greatest England side in my memory (although Euro ’96 squad came close). The tournament had everything, it’s always best when hosted by a strong footballing nation, a good run from Italy which added to the atmosphere, and Schillaci winning the Golden Boot too! England had a genuine world class player in several positions: Gazza, Waddle, Beardsley, Lineker, Platt, Walker, Barnes…. Rather than dwell on the penalties, a more bizarre memory that sticks in the mind is the Cameroon Witch Doctor who predicted the final score. Which until Lineker’s equalizing penalty was almost the result!TeamBrazil, 2002. Ronaldo (the original!), Rivaldo, Ronaldinho + Kaka all in the same team… enough said.Player Paul Gascoigne. In 1990, probably the best midfielder in world football. Gazza had a turn of pace back then, before his knee injury in the following years FA Cup final. To See an England player going toe to toe with the best in the world was truly a joy to watch.Goal David Platt (England v Belgium, 1990). Looked for all the world that England were destined for penalties and ultimately progress no further than 4 years previous. Great technique from Platt, beautifully flighted free kick from Gascoigne, and at pretty well the final kick of the game!GameHolland v Argentina, 1998. Epic battle of the highest quality.. Bergkamp’s winner! Unbelievable first touch and finish – truly world class. Who knows what might have happened had the Dutch progressed to the semi-finals.KitBrazil, 1998. Typical Nike kit of the 90’s but stylish in the traditional blue and yellow. After that, the kits started move away from the traditional formats and ultimately became the skin-tight jerseys that we see now. Remember the supporting classic Nike ad at the airport? Brilliant.last_img read more

NFL playoff bracket: Divisional matchups, TV schedule for AFC, NFC games

first_imgAFCSeedTeamRecordClinched1.Baltimore Ravens14-2No. 1 seed; division2.Kansas City Chiefs12-4No. 2 seed; division3.New England Patriots12-4No. 3 seed; division4.Houston Texans10-6No. 4 seed; division5.Buffalo Bills10-6No. 5 seed6.Tennessee Titans9-7No. 6 seedNFCSeedTeamRecordClinched1.San Francisco 49ers13-3No. 1 seed; division2.Green Bay Packers13-3No. 2 seed; division3.New Orleans Saints13-3No. 3 seed; division4.Philadelphia Eagles9-7No. 4 seed; division5.Seattle Seahawks​11-5No. 5 seed6.Minnesota Vikings10-6No. 6 seed 1. San Francisco 49ers vs. 6. Minnesota VikingsLike the top-seeded Ravens in the AFC, the top-seeded 49ers in the NFC likely were shocked to end up with a game against the Vikings in the divisional round. San Francisco should know not to take Minnesota lightly. The same physical, run-oriented approach that allowed the Vikings to upset the Saints on the road will be useful against a 49ers defense that’s stronger against the pass than it is against the run.2. Green Bay Packers vs. 5. Seattle SeahawksThis is a juicy divisional-round matchup between two high-profile teams. (It also means we could have an all-NFC West or an all-NFC North championship game.) The football world gets another glorious week of Marshawn Lynch playing running back for the Seahawks. That’s an ideal scenario for everybody but Packers fans, as Green Bay has struggled to stop the run all season, and Seattle has been a strong rushing team no matter who’s in the backfield. Good thing the home team will have that Aaron Rodgers guy.NFL divisional playoff TV scheduleThe four NFL divisional playoff games are split between three networks, with CBS scheduled to broadcast a game Saturday and Sunday. ESPN, which presented the Texans’ wild-card win over the Bills, doesn’t carry a divisional round game.Unlike in years past, when the Sunday divisional playoff games kicked off in early time windows that resembled those of the regular season, this year’s Sunday divisional playoff game start times are the same as those for the AFC and NFC championship games.Below is the full NFL divisional round playoff schedule for 2020, complete with TV channels and live stream links.Saturday, Jan. 11 (Getty Images) (Getty Images) MatchupStart timeTV channelLive streamVikings at 49ers4:35 p.m. ETNBCYahoo!Titans at Ravens8:15 p.m. ETCBSYahoo!Sunday, Jan. 12MatchupStart timeTV channelLive streamTexans at Chiefs3:05 p.m. ETCBSYahoo!Seahawks at Packers6:40 p.m. ETFoxYahoo!MORE: Watch every NFL playoff game on DAZN (Canada only)NFL playoff bracket 2020 The NFL playoff bracket for the divisional round was finalized when the Seahawks beat the Eagles last week to close the wild-card round, which featured nothing but wildly entertaining games to kick off the 2020 NFL playoffs.Tthe Vikings pulled off a massive upset over the Saints in New Orleans to advance to the divisional round, where they will play the top-seeded 49ers in San Francisco. Yet Minnesota’s win might not be considered the biggest stunner of the playoffs thus far. (SN Illustration) MORE NFL PLAYOFFS:Complete TV schedule, results | Picks & predictionsThe Titans not only upset the Patriots on the road and guaranteed a new team will win the Super Bowl this year, but they very well might have ended Tom Brady’s tenure in New England. Tennessee now will travel to Baltimore for the divisional round.The other divisional playoff game in the AFC features the Texans and the Chiefs. On the strength of Deshaun Watson’s magical play, Houston won an overtime thriller over Buffalo in the wild-card round. It heads to Kansas City for Round 2.NFL divisional playoff matchupsAFC 1. Baltimore Ravens vs. 6. Tennessee TitansLike everybody else, the Ravens likely did not expect to draw the Titans in the divisional round, because it required Tennessee’s shocking upset win in New England in the wild-card round. After frustrating Tom Brady, a stingy Titans defense draws the soon-to-be MVP in Lamar Jackson, who presents very different, tougher challenges. Baltimore opened as a 10-point home favorite over Tennessee.2. Kansas City Chiefs vs. 4. Houston TexansThe Texans beat the Bills in the wild-card round to create a rematch of their Week 6 regular season game against the Chiefs in Kansas City. Houston won that game 31-24 on the strength of 2018 passing yards from Deshaun Watson and 116 rushing yards from Carlos Hyde. Kansas City’s defense, though, has made big strides since that meeting. Which is why the Chiefs opened as eight-point home favorites for the divisional round.NFClast_img read more

Man charged for restraining another over alleged theft

first_imgA 33-year-old businessman was on Monday charged and released on bail for restraining a man who allegedly stole money from his mother.George SmithGeorge Smith, of “A” 95 East La Penitence, Georgetown, appeared before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts and denied the charge which stated that on December 22, 2019, at Hadfield Street, Georgetown, he prevented Andy Gibson from going about his business.The Prosecutor informed the court that on December 22, 2019, Smith accused the Virtual Complainant of stealing money from his mother and proceeded to arrest the man.The court heard that Smith took the man to the station; however, he was arrested for wrongfully restraining the victim.The Magistrate released Smith on $40,000 bail. The case will continue on January 27, 2020.last_img read more