2004 – Arjen Robben – PSV EindhovenAlex Ferguson was a big admirer of young Dutch winger Arjen Robben as he tore the Eredivisie apart for PSV Eindhoven, where he had previously purchased Jaap Stam and Ruud Van Nistelrooy from. The next player expected to switch Eindhoven for Manchester was Robben, but Chelsea came in and stole him away and he was an immediate success. While not quite the player he is for Bayern today, Robben was a big player for Chelsea, and Fergie would surely have loved to have had him at Old Trafford.2005 – John Obi Mikel – Lyn FotballThis is one that Fergie was probably very happy to wash his hands of as in one of the messiest transfer deals in recent history, Mikel had agreed to join United and even posed with the shirt, but Chelsea swooped and lured him to London instead. Rumours of kidnapping and brainwashing had been thrown about, and Chelsea in the end had to pay Manchester United around Â£16m in compensation which still makes United fans smile to this day, as Mikel was a bit crap and never held down a first team place.2005 – Michael Essien – LyonManchester United had the chance to sign Michael Essien as a youngster on trial, but after passing on the opportunity the club were willing to pay for their mistake and fork out to bring Essien to Old Trafford after dominant performances for Lyon in the Champions League. Instead, Chelsea again lured the player to England’s capital city by stumping up a huge fee at the time of Â£24.4m.2006 – Michael Ballack – Bayern MunichChelsea really turned heads in the summer of 2006 when they agreed deals for international superstar Michael Ballack and the German was an important player for the Blues as they won two league titles and three FA Cups with him in the side. Ballack later revealed that he turned down Manchester United as the club wasn’t performing well in Europe.2012 – Eden Hazard â€“ LilleÂ Â One of the more ridiculous transfer sagas in recent memory, the tug-of-war between Chelsea and Manchester United was so close that Hazard announced a date that he would publicly announce his new destination, LeBron James style. A French TV show secured an exclusive interview with Hazard where he confirmed the colour he would be wearing next season was blue. Hazard was last year voted PFA Player Of The Year, and has emerged as one of the best talents in Europe. A case of what might have been for United fans.2015 – Pedro – BarcelonaOn August 18th 2015, it seemed a matter of time before Pedro was a Manchester United player. Personal terms were apparently agreed, it was just a matter of time before a fee was agreed. The following day, Pedro was flying to London for a Chelsea medical. We’ve since heard that Van Gaal was having second thoughts about Pedro, and that Cesc Fabregas’ wife told Pedro’s wife how great London was after Mourinho reacted to Chelsea’s 0-3 defeat to Manchester City, but what actually transpired is not yet clear.Chelsea have gotten stronger in a position of questionable weakness, and have again taken a player from under Manchester United’s nose in the process. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Chelsea coach Antonio Conte and indeed Blues faithful felt â€œbetrayedâ€ by Romelu Lukaku after the Everton forward opted to join Manchester United over Chelsea.Â Conte and Lukaku have been in regular contact this summer and the Italians feels â€œbetrayedâ€ that the striker rebuffed a return to Chelsea in favour of a link-up with Jose Mourinho.Below are some of Manchester United transfer targets Chelsea hijacked in the past.Manchester United fans were left confused by the news that Barcelona winger Pedro will be signing for Chelsea, after it seemed for the past month that deal to bring the Spaniard to Old Trafford was imminent.
Nigerian Breweries Plc, makers of Star Lager Beer, has announced the launch of the Star Lager Millionaires Promo, a national consumer exercise designed to reward football fans and lovers of Nigeriaâ€™s premium beer brand. The mega promo, expected to be the companyâ€™s biggest ever, is billed to give out over N400 million naira in cashÂ between June 15 andÂ August 15, 2018.Speaking on the Millionaires Promo, which is part of Star Lagerâ€™s â€˜Nigeria United We Shineâ€™ campaign which commenced a few weeks ago, Mr. Olayinka Bakare, Portfolio Manager National Premium, Nigerian Breweries Plc, declared:â€œSince 1949 when the first Star bottle was produced, the brand has always been about celebrating the unity of Nigeria, rewarding and enabling the passion of Nigerians, and supporting the team we love no matter what. It is because of this common desire for success and love for the country that we have launched the Star Lager Millionaires Promo across the entire country.â€ Thousands of consumers from across the country are expected to win instant airtime, plus whooping cash prizes of N1 million, N2 million, N5 million and the mega dream cash of N10 million naira. These are in addition to millions of free drinks and other items up for grabs.The announcement of Starâ€™s Millionaires Promo also comes on the heels of its launch of special edition bottles, which were released in honour of Nigeriaâ€™s national football team, the Super Eagles, who are currently in Russia for the World Cup. The promo winners are expected to look under the crown corks and see a winning code that is redeemed via a USSD code of *566*20# which can be dialed on any network from all mobile phones.Since its partnership with the Nigerian Football Federation was unveiled earlier in the year, Star Lager, the official beer of the Super Eagles, has been engaging fans in a number of activations and events, including the Star Fan Parks known for fusing music, party and live viewing experience that were held in multiple cities during the teamâ€™s preparations.Also, the recently opened Super Eagles Dome in Lagos has been hosting fans to memorable nights of football, music and fun with special appearances and analysis by Super Eagles legends, and performances from top entertainers such as Ice Prince, MI, Small Doctor, DJ Neptune, DJ Big N and many others.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Living in the North End with her bulldog, Truman, Royle is also the author of the cookbook “Bullied Into Cooking,” a charitable book that raised funds for an anti-bullying campaign for the Boston Public School System, and then “Dare To Taste” after that her second publication. For dinner, Table continues to expand the sitting times and offerings. Through the winter, there is an 8:15pm seating on Thursdays and Fridays, plus Saturdays at 6:00pm and 8:15pm. TABLE is now open with its family-style dining twist brought to Boston’s North End by local celebrity chef, Jennifer Royle. With 32 seats, guests arrive at scheduled time and find a place at the long, wooden tables in a completely renovated space at 445 Hanover Street. “Brunch has been a surprise hit,” says Chef Royle. Right now, we’re packing the house at an 11:00 am sitting for brunch on both Saturdays and Sundays. The feast begins with appetizers such as gourmet flatbreads or grilled octopus and entrees that run the gambit from eggplant terrine to panzetta. And, of course, leave room for desserts such as riccotta zeppole and apple cinnamon fried dough.*Advertisement* Chef Jen Royle prepares bruch flatbreads in the kitchen at Table. “The group atmosphere provides an element of camaraderie, even among strangers,” said guests at the opening Sunday brunch. Frittatas and breakfast flatbreads led to plates of chicken & waffles with cinnamon butter on top. Locals have been flocking to the Table for weekend brunch. Table is currently operating without a liquor license, a testament to the demand for Chef Royle’s home-style cooking. Still, she is hoping to add wine and beer when a license becomes available. Royle made her name in catering through her company, Dare to Taste. With the new space, she still intends to use the space for private parties such as rehearsal dinners, corporate events, bridal and baby showers and birthday celebrations. At one point, that was the primary plan for Table. Then came the requirements and cost to install a commercial kitchen, venting and bathroom facilities. At that point, Royle felt the need to introduce public restaurant seatings as well. A longtime North Ender, you may recall seeing Jen on ABC’s ”The Taste” TV show where she brought her exuberant personality to the finals. Before that, she was a sports reporter for over a decade until she pursued her cooking passion. Table is located at 445 Hanover Street in Boston’s North End. See sample menus at www.tableboston.com. Call 857-250-4286 or check OpenTable for reservations and the latest schedule. Breakfast flatbread with bacon and runny egg