The Special One, Old Big ‘Ed, Bald Eagle and other memorable football nicknames

first_img Klopp made his humble declaration in response to a question that referred to Mourinho’s first press conference as Chelsea boss in 2004, where the Portuguese famously said: “Please don’t call me arrogant, but I’m European champion and I think I’m a special one.” He did indeed have a Champions League title on his CV at that point with Porto, and has subsequently proved pretty special by securing various pieces of silverware, including three Premier League crowns with Chelsea and the European trophy another time with Inter Milan. BRIAN CLOUGH – OLD BIG ‘ED Another man you could say had some confidence in his own ability. We’ll let Clough explain himself: “I wouldn’t say I was the best manager in the business. But I was in the top one.” CLAUDIO RANIERI – THE TINKERMAN Mourinho’s predecessor as Blues boss has a somewhat less-glamorous sobriquet, relating to his habit of rotating the Chelsea team. The Italian seems almost determined to fight against it in his current role as Leicester manager, notably making very few adjustments to his line-up so far. New Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has swiftly ensured he will be referred to by a certain nickname during his time in the job after the German declared himself the “Normal One” at his official unveiling at Anfield on Friday morning. TERRY VENABLES – EL TEL Venables became known as ‘El Tel’ during a three-year spell in charge of Barcelona in the 1980s, but the nickname followed him home when he returned to these shores to manage Tottenham and later while leading England to the semi-finals of Euro ’96. LOUIS VAN GAAL – THE IRON TULIP A quite dignified-sounding nickname, although not one the Manchester United boss thinks is accurate any more it seems. The Dutchman said shortly after taking the United job: “I do not like (the nickname) because I am not like that. A tulip is beautiful but iron is saying something about my personality that is wrong – I am fair to everyone. I have now more patience because that is not my best virtue.” BIG RON (ATKINSON)/SAM (ALLARDYCE)/PHIL (SCOLARI)/JACK (CHARLTON)/ECK (ALEX McLEISH) All men, like Van Gaal, with large personalities and considerable physical presence who are generally not to be messed with are bestowed this handle. Although Scolari does look quite cuddly at times. JIM SMITH – THE BALD EAGLE Along similar lines. A stern-looking figure. With very little hair. ARSENE WENGER – THE PROFESSOR Many would argue the Frenchman has the look of an academic – he has always come across as a studious character – and he has certainly taught the English game a thing or two about quality football since becoming Arsenal boss in 1996. MANUEL PELLEGRINI – THE ENGINEER This one has a literal context – Manchester City’s Chilean manager does have an actual engineering qualification. But he is also regarded as someone who knows how to build at a football club. And while he has had plenty of tools and resources available to in his current post, it is hard to argue he has done anything other than a fine job of constructing a title-winning side. Here, Press Association Sport looks at other football managers who have become forever associated with an alternative moniker. JOSE MOURINHO – THE SPECIAL ONE Press Associationlast_img read more

Women of Troy look to finish year undefeated

first_imgThe women’s water polo team looks to put a cap on its undefeated regular season when they host Cal in their final home game Friday. USC is 20-0 this season including 5-0 in MPSF play. Cal is 19-7 and 1-3 in conference play.During the season, USC has outscored their opponents 253-85. The team leads the MPSF in both offense and defense scoring an average of 12.65 goals per game while only allowing 4.25.No. 6 Cal’s most recent game was a 13-5 loss at the hands of No. 3 Stanford last week. USC has already beaten Cal twice this season, once in a 12-6 victory in the UC Irvine Invitational and again 6-5 in Berkeley. The focus for the Women of Troy will be on stopping the Golden Bears’ top goal-scorer sophomore Carla Carrega who has scored 53 times this season.There are two possible goaltenders for the Golden Bears. One is junior Madeline Trabucco and the other is freshman Madison Tagg who are both averaging 5.6 saves per game.On the offensive, USC is led by junior driver Stephania Haralabidis who has scored 50 goals to date which puts her at No. 8 on the career goals scored list with 172. Two other Trojans have scored more than 30 goals this season — junior driver Ioanna Haralabidis and junior 2-meter Brigitta Games with 33 and 32 goals, respectively.In the cage is freshman Amanda Longan who has appeared in 40 periods and is averaging 9.9 saves. She is joined by sophomore All-American goalie Victória Chamorro who is averaging 6.9 saves through her 32 periods of work.Friday’s game will not only mark the end of the regular season, but also the end of a career for the three seniors on the team. Goalie Alegra Hueso, driver Melissa Bergesen and driver Nicola Welch will be honored before the game begins.Looking ahead, regardless of Friday’s outcome, USC has already clinched the top-seed in the MPSF tournament which is set to begin for the Women of Troy on April 30.last_img read more