One last challenge: Ribery joins Fiorentina

first_img0Shares0000New challenge: Former Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery joins Serie A club Fiorentina © AFP/File / Christof STACHEMILAN, Italy, Aug 21 – French winger Franck Ribery said he was relishing one last challenge as the former Bayern Munich legend rubber-stamped a two-year deal on Wednesday to play for Serie A club Fiorentina.The former French international left Bayern Munich as a free agent last May after 12 seasons during which he earned the nickname ‘Kaiser Franck’ as the most titled Bundesliga player ever with nine titles among his 23 club trophies. At the twilight of his career, the 36-year-old wants to continue playing elite football and agreed a two-year deal worth four million euros ($4.4 million) a year plus bonuses with the Tuscan club.“Franck Ribery is ours! Welcome legend!” the US-owned club confirmed with photos of Ribery wearing their purple colours and holding a Fiorentina scarf.After saying that he was “ready for a new challenge” on Instagram, both Ribery and his wife Wahiba posted photos on social media Wednesday morning on board a private jet.Ribery was greeted at the airport by Giancarlo Antognoni, a 1982 World Cup winner and Fiorentina legend, who is part of club management.Addressing hundreds of fans, the French player said that former Bayern teammate Luca Toni, who also played for Fiorentina, had convinced him to move to Italy.“I’m happy, I’m here with my family,” said Ribery.“I talked for a week with Fiorentina. I also spoke with Luca Toni. He told me that Fiorentina is a great club and the city is beautiful.“And I also like Italian and I speak it a bit even though I have to improve.”– ‘A leader’ –Ribery previously played for Turkish club Galatasary and French clubs Marseille, Brest and Metz.The veteran could have opted to end his career with big money deals in China or the Middle East and reportedly turned down an offer from Los Angeles Galaxy.“For me it was crucial that I sign a contract for two years,” Ribery told Sky Sports in Germany.“Another important factor is to be able to have my family with me. I am very happy to be able to play high level football for another two years.”Despite finishing 16th in Serie A last season Fiorentina, remain an historic and ambitious club.Ribery’s signing is the first big name for new club owner, Italian-American media magnate Rocco Commisso.“Tomorrow we will present him to the whole city, we will open the Artemio Franchi stadium so that everyone can greet him, and we expect a full stadium, as the champion deserves,” said Joe Barone, Commisso’s representative in Italy.Ribery’s experience should be an asset to the youthful and ambitious team with emerging talent including Federico Chiesa, Dusan Vlahovic and Nikola Milenkovic.“Franck is a leader,” Toni told Gazzetta dello Sport.“Those who do not know him may associate hims with certain behaviour.“But in the locker room, he is friendly and he will help young people.“Chiesa, for example, who is undoubtedly potentially the strongest Italian and who will learn with Franck the importance of sacrifices.“In training, Ribery guides everyone. And on the pitch, he goes to war,” added the former Italy striker.Ribery could play his first game for Fiorentina, whose only Serie A titles were back in 1956 and 1969, on Saturday against last year’s runners-up Napoli.0Shares0000(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

DD LOCAL: GLENTIES COMMUNITY NEWS

first_imgSympathy:Sincere sympathy is extended to Maureen Quinn and family, Glen Tavern, Greenans, Glenties on the death on Monday 25th August 2013 of Maureen’s brother, Patsy Breslin, formerly of Mullanmore, Glenties. His Remains were brought to St. Connell’s Church, Glenties on Wednesday evening. Fr. Denis Quinn P.P. Falcarragh, assisted by other Priests concelebrated Requiem Mass on Thursday and burial took place afterwards in the New Graveyard; Glenties; sympathy also to all other relatives and friends. Three brothers, John Joe, Jim and Foncie predeceased Patsy.Sincere sympathy is extended to Isobel Mc Loone, Mill Road, Glenties on the death of her brother Neil Greene, Annagry, who was buried on Sunday last. Bingo:The winners at the Bingo in the Community Centre, Glenties on Tuesday 7th August were – € 25 Winners – Terence Breslin, Mrs McGettigan, Roisin Harkin and Lisa Coughlan; € 50 Winners – Sadie Sweeney, Willie Mc Nelis, Jimmy Quinn, Bella Boyle, Maria Boyle, Melissa Browne, Rosaleen Melly, Dim Melly, Majella Boyle, Bridie Gallagher and Renee Mulhern. € 60 Winner – Shane McGuire; €100 Winners – Charlie McBrearty, Elisha Mc Carlin, Amalia Mc Taggart, Annie Boyle, Eileen Breslin, Teresa Molloy, Ann Quinn, Bernie Fitzpatrick and Mary Gazley; € 300 Winner – Sarah Gallagher.The Glenties Harvest Fair Cycle Challenge:The Glenties Harvest Fair Cycle Challenge (30k, 60k or120k), takes place on Sunday 8th September from the Comprehensive School. Registration is from 9.00 a.m. with the challenge starting at 10.00 a.m. Glenties Community Playgroup / Afterschool:Glenties Community Playgroup / Afterschool will re – open on Monday 2nd September. If you wish to enrol your child / children for the coming term please contact Bridie on 087 757 0857 as there are still spaces available in the Pre – school and Afterschool. Playschool opens 5 days 9 a.m.- 12.30 p.m. Free Playschool Year – If your child was born between 2nd February 2009 and 30th June 2010 your child can access five 3 hour sessions.Afterschool opens from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. – on a Thursday art and crafts and Friday a wide variety of planned activities indoors and outdoors. There is a pick–up service from Scoil Mhuire at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. There are also discounts available to families in receipt of benefits / low income / community employment schemes, if you need any further information contact Bridie on 087 757 0857 or 9551907.Annie Behan Memorial Fun Run:The Family of Annie Behan would like to thank everyone who took part in, helped out in any way, or provided sponsorship for, The Annie Behan Memorial Fun Run. The amount collected for the Donegal Hospice was €1,700.00. DD LOCAL: GLENTIES COMMUNITY NEWS was last modified: September 6th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DD LOCAL: GLENTIES COMMUNITY NEWSlast_img read more