Genoa 1 x 2 Milan

  1 x 2 


Com Kaka entre os titulares e Robinho no banco, o Milan venceu o Genoa por 2 a 1, fora de casa, e conquistou a terceira vitória consecutiva. O primeiro gol saiu aos 20 minutos, quando Kaká tocou de primeira para Taarabt, que conduziu a bola e chutou para as redes. No segundo tempo, aos 11, Honda recebeu passe de Taarabt, driblou Marchese e tocou por do goleiro para ampliar o marcador. O Genoa descontou e diminuiu a vantagem milanesa aos 20, quando Marco Motta aproveitou um cruzamento e bateu no ângulo esquerdo.

Com o resultado, o Milan chega aos 45 pontos e sobe para a 10ª posição do Campeonato Italiano. O Genoa permanece com 39 pontos, na 13ª colocação.

Juventus 2 x 0 Livorno

2 x 0 


Para proteger sua vantagem na liderança do Campeonato Italiano, a Juventus tinha de voltar a vencer. E conseguiu, nesta segunda-feira, ao bater o Livorno por 2 a 0, em Turim, se recuperando do revés que havia sofrido contra o Napoli. O time de Antonio Conte jogava de modo pressionado pelo triunfo na véspera da Roma, que aparecia apenas a cinco pontos de diferença. Agora são oito novamente.

Disposta a conseguir o resultado positivo dentro de casa, a Juve iniciou a partida pressionando os visitantes. Aos 8 minutos do primeiro tempo, Carlos Tevez recebeu na frente do goleiro e bateu, mas o Francesco Bardi fez a defesa. No rebote, o atacante argentino tentou cabecear, mas não conseguiu finalizar com sucesso.

Após outras boas jogadas de perigo, o gol dos anfitriões saiu aos 37 da etapa inicial. Fernando Llorente recebeu de Tevez na grande área, protegeu, girou sobre a marcação e finalizou com convicção, sem chances para o arqueiro adversário. Um minuto depois, a Velha Senhora ampliou o marcador, novamente, com o centroavante espanhol. Andrea Pirlo cruzou a bola com precisão e o atacante cabeceou com firmeza para o fundo das redes.

Na volta dos vestiários, houve um jogo franco, tendo os dois times chegado ao campo de ataque com perigo. A defesa da Juventus, porém, manteve a tranquilidade e não deixou o Livorno reagir de modo apropriado.

Com o resultado, a Juventus, que visita a Udinese na próxima segunda-feira, chegou aos 84 pontos, contra 76 da Roma. O Livorno permanece com os 25 pontos e se mantém na 18ª colocação na tabela de classificação, lutando contra o rebaixamento.

Daniel De Silva of Perth Glory set for rich move to AS Roma

April 7, 2014 – 10:59PM

Dominic Bossi

Sports reporter

Heading to the Italian capital: Daniel De Silva.

Heading to the Italian capital: Daniel De Silva. Photo: Getty Images

Perth Glory are set to smash the Australian football transfer record with the impending sale of 17-year-old Daniel De Silva to Italian giants AS Roma that could land the West Australian club up to $2.5 million in transfer fees.

The youngster is on the cusp of sealing a move to the Italian capital that could potentially be worth almost double the previous transfer record set by Rostyn Griffiths’ $1.3 million move from Central Coast Mariners to Guangzhou R&F in 2012.

Sources told Fairfax Media that Perth Glory are in the final stages of negotiations with Roma for the sale of De Silva, which could be confirmed this week. It’s understood De Silva has agreed to personal terms with the Serie A title contenders and the two clubs are formalising minor details relating to various clauses in the deal.

Perth Glory will likely receive more than $500,000 immediately as part of the deal and could stand to earn up to five times that figure depending on certain clauses such as appearances, performances and on-sale fees. As De Silva is only 17, he will remain in the A-League with Perth Glory for the remainder of this season and next before moving after his 18th birthday in March to commence his career under the guidance of Roma coach Rudi Garcia. It is not yet known if he will then train with Roma’s youth or senior team.

De Silva became the youngest ever player to sign for Perth Glory when he joined a month before his 16th birthday last year after failing to seal a move to Everton due to visa complications. He captured the attention of several European clubs with a well taken goal and a man-of-the-match performance in Australia’s 1-1 draw with Colombia during the under-17 FIFA World Cup in Turkey last year. Italian club Catania were understood to have come close to signing him last year but his family rejected the offer.

Meanwhile, ANZ Stadium could host an A-League Sydney derby for the first time after Football Federation of Australia confirmed its intentions of hosting a potential finals clash between Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers at the city’s largest venue.

Western Sydney have sealed their passage to the finals while the Sky Blues are on the cusp of securing a top-six finish. Both teams could face-off in a sudden death as early as next weekend.

There are still no assurances for final standings between second and sixth positions on the ladder and the scheduling for the opening round of the finals series remains wide open. Should the Wanderers slip from second to third and Sydney retain sixth position, the two clubs will meet.

“The  … finals series are the premium matches on the calendar and we would like to play the games in the best stadiums to give as many people as possible the chance to experience the unique atmosphere,” De Bohun said. “We have the option of playing at ANZ Stadium but the finals series is a very complex picture.”

Source  : The Sydney Morning Herald

World Cup travellers warned: expect long queues, flight delays at Brazil’s unfinished airports

April 8, 2014 – 8:55AM

Workers are pictured during renovation and expansion works at Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport in Brasilia March 27, 2014.

Workers completing renovation and expansion works at Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport. Photo: Reuters

Infrastructure experts say that Brazil has run out of time to meet its promise to fully expand and renovate airports that will serve hundreds of thousands of fans pouring into the country for the World Cup that starts in just two months.

Improvements are ready at only two of the 13 major airports that will be used in the tournament.

Around the nation, the sounds of jet engines blend with the noise of drills, jackhammers and bulldozers. Construction workers carrying power tools walk alongside passengers toting their luggage.

A worker is pictured during renovation and expansion works at Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport in Brasilia March 27, 2014.

A worker walks through the airport in Brasilia. Photo: Reuters

Most analysts say they don’t expect total chaos when the Cup begins June 12. But they say fans should brace for unfinished construction work, long check-in lines, and last-minute gate changes and flight delays – all already too common in the country’s airports. There will be crowded boarding areas, difficulties claiming baggage, few food-court options and woeful transportation.

Don’t expect to find trains or subway lines to and from the city. Expensive taxis will be the only option most of the time, and long hours in traffic will be the norm on the way to hotels.

The government civil aviation department acknowledges delays, though it insists that “Brazilian airports will be ready” for World Cup tourists.

“The problems seen in some airports will not keep visitors from being welcomed with quality,” the department said in a statement.

Still, government reports show that of the improvement projects that are still underway, more than half of them had less than 50 per cent of the work finished.

Only the airports in the northeastern cities of Natal and Recife are considered fully ready for the World Cup.

“They say the work will be finished, but a lot of it will just be last-minute solutions to hide what isn’t ready,” said Adriano Pires, a top infrastructure analyst.

“The level of comfort will be far from ideal. Brazil had time to get the airports ready, but it took too long to start. From what people will see at the airports, Brazil’s image won’t be a very good one.”

Omar Daniel Martins Netto, a civil aviation and airport consultant based in the southern Brazilian city of Curitiba, agreed.

“This is what happens in a country where lack of planning is normal, everything is late,” he said.

Brazil’s outdated airports were a problem long before the country was awarded the World Cup in 2007. Former Brazilian soccer federation president Ricardo Teixeira used to say that Brazil had three main problems to solve before the World Cup: “Airports, airports and airports.”

Upgrading airports was a key promise the government made in its winning bid, and it estimates that nearly US$2.7 billion ($A2.91bn) in public and private money will be invested in the major airports used in the World Cup.

The government expects 600,000 foreign visitors and 3 million Brazilian tourists during the month-long tournament. International fans have bought more than 1.5 million tickets for soccer’s showcase event.

Airports are especially important for the tournament in Brazil because the country has no viable rail system and nearly all the travel between the distant venues must be by air.

“In no other World Cup has aviation played such a vital role, owing to the large number of host cities, the large distances between them and the lack of transport options,” Tony Tyler, CEO of the International Air Transport Association, said recently in Sao Paulo.

“The 12 host cities are responsible for 75 per cent of all passenger transportation in Brazil, so you can understand that accommodating the additional traffic with the minimum inconvenience is a major undertaking.”

Brazilian airlines say they will be ready to serve the increased World Cup demand. The Brazilian association of airline companies (ABEAR) says additional flights will be offered and airport operations will be improved.

Experts agree that the most crucial work, at least, will be finished.

“I don’t think there will be chaos,” said Gesner Oliveira, a professor at the Fundacao Getulio Vargas in Sao Paulo. “It won’t be perfect. Probably there will be some uncomfortable situations because there won’t be time to test everything, but it will all be manageable.”

Brazil’s state-run agency that oversees most of the nation’s airports, Infraero, said that of the 15 improvement projects that are still underway, eight were less than 50 per cent completed by February. It said many of those improvements are not essential for World Cup fans, however, and the projects were already expected to be finished after the tournament.

In the southern city of Curitiba, the agency said upgrades such as expanded boarding areas, better access roads and enhanced food courts won’t be ready until March 2016. In nearby Porto Alegre, the full expansion of the passenger terminal, which includes the addition of new boarding bridges, is expected to be ready by January 2016.

Brazil’s civil aviation authority said work is also behind schedule in the three privatized airports in Sao Paulo, Brasilia and Campinas, which together handle 30 percent of Brazil’s passenger traffic.

“We are constantly monitoring and demanding that they pick up the pace,” said Marcelo Guaranys, the authority’s director-president.

What may help the airports cope: Many Brazilians will avoid travel during the competition. The aviation authority said only 10 per cent of air tickets available to the 12 host cities had been sold by January.

“I don’t expect chaos because everybody is afraid of flying during the World Cup. Nobody is planning to travel; nobody wants to go through the confusion of the airports,” Netto said.

“No one is organising events or scheduling meetings during the tournament. There won’t be any tourism done by Brazilians, just the travel related to the World Cup.”


Source :The Sydney Morning Herald

Boeing reveals first 787-9 in Air New Zealand livery

Boeing reveals first 787-9 in Air New Zealand livery

‘s first 787-9 for Air New Zealand has broken cover, clad in stunning ‘all black’ livery as befits the flagship of the Kiwi carrier’s Dreamliner fleet.

Most of its nine siblings will carry the more standard white-and-blacktreatment seen below.

But as slick as that livery is, we think you’ll agree that this bold black beauty is even more eye-catching.

Here’s a photo gallery of the Boing 787-9’s first outing in its new stripe, courtesy of a Seattle-based and slightly sodden Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgrenat


AirNZ bullish on the Boeing 787-9

The clock is now ticking on final flight tests ahead of the 787-9s handover to worldwide launch customer Air New Zealand in July.

Air NZ will roster the advanced passenger jet onto its Auckland-Perth route commencing October 15.

Flights between Auckland and Shanghai, as well as Auckland-Tokyo and Christchurch-Tokyo, will follow after the airline’s second and third 787-9s are delivered in September and October.

However, the airline’s first 787-9 will also appear on trans-Tasman flights from Auckland to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane prior to its official Auckland-Perth inaugural.


The Boeing 787-9 is a ‘stretched’ version of the original 787-8 Dreamliner designed to carry more passengers over longer distances.

Air New Zealand played host to Boeing’s 787-9 test aircraft in January this year as the next-gen jetliner underwent extensive testing, including a week spent basking (or should that be baking?) and then flying under the Australian outback’s sizzling summer sun.

If you’re curious about what the inside of these special test aircraft looks like, check out the exclusive Australian Business Traveller gallery of Boeing’s 787-9 Dreamliner ZB002.


Inside Air New Zealand’s Boeing 787-9

Each of Air New Zealand’s Boeing 787-9s will see a three-classconfiguration of 18 seats in business class, 21 in premium economy and 263 in economy.

We’ve put together this quick video clip to showcase the seats.

The pointy end of Air NZ’s Boeing 787-9 will see 18 of the familiar Business Premier seats already seen on the airline’s flagshipBoeing 777s.

The lie-flat business class seats are arranged in a 1-1-1 herringbone layout so that every passenger has direct aisle access.

The seat is fitted with a ‘memory foam’ mattress, duvet and two full size pillows.

Less familiar are the Premium Economy seats, with Air NZ choosing a more standard ‘off the shelf’ design instead of its Spaceseat (show below).

AirNZ's Spaceseat has been dropped from the Boeing 787

The 787-9’s premium economy seats have been sourced from US seat designer Zodiac, with Air New Zealand calling them “a customised seat best described as Business-lite.”

Arranged in a 2-3-2 configuration, the seats have a 41” pitch and 5” wide armrest, with a generous 9″ recline, integrated leg rest and extendablefoot support.

There are 21 premium economy seats in this stand-alone cabin, which also has its own dedicated bathroom facilities.


The bulk of Air New Zealand’s Boeing 787-9 is given over to two economy cabins with all seating in a 3-3-3 layout.

This includes 14 Skycouch rows of three seats where the legrests and armrests flip all the way up to convert into a ‘sofa-like’ flat surface.

The Skycouch rows have a 33″ pitch compared to the 31-32″ of standard economy seats.


The rest of the economy cabin will be fitted with a standard economy seat from Zodiac but customised to Air New Zealand’s specifications including a slimline seat back for more space, sculpted upholstering and a more flexible headrest.



Source : Australian Business Traveller

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