Sampdoria manager Giampaolo departs amidst Milan rumours

first_imgMarco Giampaolo has moved a step closer to becoming AC Milan’s new head coach after leaving Serie A rivals Sampdoria.The 51-year-old has been heavily linked with the vacancy at San Siro following Gennaro Gattuso’s departure last month.Giampaolo joined Sampdoria in 2016 from Empoli and guided them to 11th, 10th and ninth-place finishes respectively during his three seasons at the club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? He had been contracted until June 2020, but the club confirmed on Saturday that he has left the Stadio Luigi Ferraris along with his backroom staff.Giampaolo told the club’s official website: “I thank the president and everyone at Sampdoria for three incredible seasons.“I had a good time in Genoa, and we had a good time together.”My thanks to all the managers, collaborators, employees and players of the club. You remain in my heart like all Sampdoria fans.”Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero went on to add: “We thank Marco for the three seasons with us.“We grew up together, we enjoyed a lot of satisfaction and now we wish him good luck for the continuation of his career.”📄 #Sampdoria say thank you and farewell to Marco #Giampaolo after mutual agreement to end contract ➡️— Sampdoria English (@sampdoria_en) June 15, 2019If Giampaolo does join Milan, he will link-up with legendary defender Paolo Maldini and Zvonimir Boban, who were named as the club’s new technical director and chief football officer respectively on Friday.I Rossoneri have been on the lookout for a new man at the helm after Gattuso announced his departure following the club’s failure to qualify for 2019/20 UEFA Champions League as they finished fifth.Giampaolo will have the tough task of leading Milan back to their glory days on his hands, with the red and black half of the San Siro not seeing success in the league since winning the Scudetto in 2011.The Italian spent one season with Empoli prior to joining Sampdoria, taking the club to a 10th-place finish in Serie A.He is set to become Milan’s eighth manager in just over five years and will hope to avoid becoming the latest casualty in the merry go-round, with only Vincenzo Montella winning silverware in 2016 in the form of the Italian Super Cup.last_img read more

Iran Open to Baku-Anzali Line Revival

first_imgzoom Anzali Trade-Industrial Free ZoneIran is ready to re-establish the Baku-Anzali shipping line to improve its ties with Azerbaijan.  Reza Mansour, head of the Anzali Trade-Industrial Free Zone Organization said re-launching the shipping line could strengthen the ties between the two countries, tourism especially, Fars News Agency reports.Azerbaijan’s investors were also encouraged by Mansour to invest in Anzali Free Zone, which is luring in Azerbaijani businessmen by offering various tax breaks for investors in the zone. Mansour also said that there is no limit on ownership ratio for investors from Azerbaijan.“The possibility of 100 percent foreign ownership is the zone’s advantage for investors,” Mansour said.Mansour went on to say that the investors in the zone would not have to pay any tax and duties on imported raw materials and machinery intended for the factories within the zone.Anzali Free Zone lies in the Southern part of the Caspian Sea, consisting of trade and commercial, tourism and services, and industrial sections. World Maritime News Staff; September 22, 2014last_img read more

UN envoy convenes talks on former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia name issue

Since 1999, Matthew Nimetz has been holding talks with the two sides and proposed compromise names in his capacity as the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for the talks.UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters that the purpose of the meeting was to give the parties an opportunity to present – to Mr. Nimetz and to each other – the respective positions of their governments regarding the differences between them.The meeting also sought to ascertain whether there are areas that should be explored further and “to determine the next steps in the process with the overall goal of reaching a speedy resolution to the name issue,” he added. The Interim Accord of 13 September 1995, which was brokered by the UN, details the difference between the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Greece on the name issue. It also obliges the two countries to continue negotiations under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General to try to reach agreement. 9 February 2011The United Nations envoy tasked with mediating talks between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in the dispute over the latter’s name today wrapped up two days of discussions in New York with representatives from both sides. read more