Leipzig manager inspired by Guardiola

first_imgRB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann has revealed how Pep Guardiola has inspired his impressive early coaching career.At just 28, Nagelsmann became the Bundesliga’s youngest ever coach when he was handed the reins of Hoffenheim in 2016. Now into his first season in charge of RB Leipzig, the now 32-year-old is looking to navigate the Champions League for the first time and won his first match in the competition 2-1 over Benfica. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Ahead of a home match against Lyon, Nagelsmann identified the large role Guardiola has played in shaping his managerial philosophy and also praised PSG boss Thomas Tuchel. “My model is Pep Guardiola from Barcelona,” Nagelsmann told France Football. “I have always watched his work, and in particular how his team is projecting itself forward in a fraction of a second after the recovery of the ball.”He made his mark at that time [with Barcelona], worthy of Johan Cruyff, and few teams managed to master the possession game by playing so high.”Guardiola inspired me a lot, like Thomas Tuchel too, whom I had as a coach in Augsburg.”He is a very demanding person who leaves nothing to chance. He is a perfectionist. What he achieves at PSG deserves respect. The way he manages Neymar is impressive and coaching PSG, it’s not easy.”Having quickly made his name in the Bundesliga and now testing himself on Europe’s biggest stage, Nagelsmann stressed he has no intentions of managing anywhere other than his homeland anytime soon. “I can see my whole career in Germany, because I love this fervour around matches – these beautiful stadiums are always full,” he said.  “I don’t feel the need to go abroad, but I don’t exclude anything.”Having played football at youth level before transitioning to coaching at a young age, the German believes he’s able to relate intimately with his players. “I’m a real person, I don’t change, my players see that I’m competent and that I’ll always do my best to make them progress,” he said.”Enthusiasm in my daily work is always important, players notice that my heart still functions sometimes as if I were a player. Showing my emotions after a goal or at the final whistle is contagious to them.”last_img read more

Our Favorite Motorcycle Gear to Keep Us Safe When Riding

first_img Editors’ Recommendations 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know 12 Best Travel Backpacks to Take With You on the Road Saint/FacebookSaint/FacebookAn old adage of motorcycling states: “It’s not a matter of if you’ll hit the pavement, rather it’s a matter of when.” Most would assume it’s an old wives’ tale, spun to elicit fear in those considering taking up motorcycling. The problem? That adage is true.It’s the waiting, however, that can really do damage, as riders can go years before they have an accident. These gaps between what feels like complete safety and hitting skull to pavement has the tendency to lull even seasoned riders into a false sense of security and relax their riding gear commitment from Master Chief to “Sup brah! Like my board shorts and BMW S1000RR?”For myself, it took nearly 12 years before I had an accident. During that time, I had instances of stupidity. I wore T-shirts, a pair of ratty Chuck Tayilors, and regular jeans on occasion. Luckily, on the day I went down, I had my helmet, gloves, jacket, and boots. They took the brunt of the hit. I walked away relatively unscathed. But the quarter-inch deep gashes along my helmet and the state of my jacket were both sobering.My experience, however, isn’t meant to instill fear in any would-be riders. It’s more to illustrate that having the right gear — and using the right gear — is tantamount to your wide-open dreams of cruising along the Pacific Coast Highway at sunrise or  heading out for a weekend cruise around your city. To better prepare you, here’s some of our favorite motorcycle gear to keep you safe as can be when out and about.Shoei X-Fourteen – $732I’ve entrusted my noggin to many helmet companies throughout my riding experience, but when I went down, I was wearing my old Shoei. It was almost 10 years old, slightly smelled, the padding had worn down slightly, and the visor had the habit of sometimes getting stuck, an issue that arose after a long session in so very disgusting mud and muck.Old as it was, it still saved my life. That’s why, after I healed, I grabbed another Shoei, specifically the brand’s top-of-the-line X-Fourteen. Four years on, it’s my favorite helmet I have. It’s quiet, provides excellent visibility, looks great, and, most importantly, is one of the safest helmets on the market.See ItSaint Unbreakable Sherling Jacket – $500Unbreakable is in the name and it’s just that: unbreakable. The jacket material is Saint’s proprietary fabric. Now in its sixth generation, this textile is 16-times stronger than steel, according to the company.  It’s armored in key impact zones — shoulders, elbows, back — and can stand up to nearly anything you throw at it.Yet, unlike the flashy MotoGP-inspired leathers you see on most riders on a Sunday afternoon, Saint’s jacket is meant to be both a well-made jacket ready for any occasion and armor when things go rubber-side up. The sherling collar is removable, but to us, it’s part of Saint’s charm.See ItAlpinestars Oscar Robinson Leather Gloves – $90There are few names that transcend motorcycle culture as, nine-times-out-of-10, it is a very exclusive club. Alpinestars is the tenth instance. The brand is known outside the sect of two wheels and for good reason: the company makes some of the best equipment and clothes on the planet.What many have not heard of is Alpinestars’ Oscar collection. Recently debuted, this lineup gear is Alpinestars’ way of heading upscale without sacrificing safety. Fit with EVA foam padding along the palm, and reinforced plating on the knuckles, the Robinson leather are some of the best around.See ItAlpinestars Oscar Charlie Denim Pants – $260I’m sticking with Alpinestars pants because they remain, in my opinion, the industry standard. I’ve owned a pair of Alpinestars jeans since I started riding. They’re comfortable, reinforced with armor and heavy denim materials, and still look like jeans when walking down the street.You’ll find CE-Certified armor on the knees as well as reinforcement on your posterior in case you slide across the pavement. I’ve done it — it isn’t fun — and you’ll be thankful that Alpinestars was thinking of your butt.See ItRokker Company Urban Racer – $444When I wrote about the most stylish motorcycle boots, I included Rokker’s Urban Racers in the list. I stand by that pick and reiterate it here. The Swiss company is best-known for its denim, but the Urban Racers prove that the company can also make a boot that will look good and keep your ankle and foot safe.The boot is waterproof, but breathable, and features a shock-absorbent insole and heavy-duty rubber outsole to keep its contents  safe if things don’t go the right way when travelling down the highway or through a canyon road. They are the perfect piece to finish off your everyday riding gear.See ItStay safe out there. The Best Rums for Mixing to Turn Any Night Into Island Night How to Pack a Dopp Kit (aka Toiletry Bag) for When You Won’t be Sleeping at Home The Best Men’s Work Pants for Getting Down to Businesslast_img read more

Fred. Olsen Offers Tempting Incentives on 2019 Brabant European River Cruises

first_img29th May 2018 – Fred. Olsen is building upon the success of its river cruise ship Brabant’s first season with an expanded programme of 33 departures in 2019, from April to November, with durations between five and 25 nights. To encourage guests to try a Brabant river cruise, Fred. Olsen has launched two tempting incentives, on all new bookings made up to 2nd July 2018 inclusive. Guests can benefit from a Free Tour for every port day on 2019 Brabant river cruises or No Single Supplementon selected room grades across Brabant’s 2019 cruise programme (offers are not combinable). Justin Stanton, Sales and Marketing Director for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:“Guests can rest assured that each and every Brabant river cruise is underpinned by the usual high standards, award-winning customer service and understated elegance that they have come to expect of Fred. Olsen’s ocean-going offer. “The programme is carefully designed so that guests can appreciate fully the beauty of the Danube, Rhine, Main and Moselle rivers. Every itinerary includes daytime scenic cruising, presenting gorgeous landscapes, all passing effortlessly before you. When docked alongside, our Destination Team will ensure that you are able to make the most out of your day, whether you book one of our excellent shore tours or choose to go it alone. “Brabant may be small, carrying only 156 guests, but we are proud to have developed a very special, very British product, helping to create new memories for our guests across the spectacular waterways of Europe.” Fred. Olsen’s river cruise itineraries on board Brabant for 2019 include: Düsseldorf, Germany to Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Düsseldorf to Nuremberg, Germany; Nuremberg to Budapest, Hungary; Budapest to Hirsova (Bucharest), Romania; Düsseldorf to Basel, Switzerland; and Hirsova (Bucharest) to Düsseldorf. Fred. Olsen’s two new incentives will apply to the following sample Brabant river cruises in 2019: – Five-night R1901 ‘Springtime Dutch Discovery’ fly-cruise, departing from Amsterdam, The Netherlands on 4th April 2019. Fly-cruise prices start from £999 per person (cruise-only from £699 per person). Discover Amsterdam’s world-famous attractions, such as the Rijksmuseum and Anne Frank House; or opt to view tulips in full seasonal bloom on a tour to the legendary Keukenhof Gardens. Enjoy scenic cruising across the Ijsselmeer, sail by the picturesque cities of Zutphen and Zwolle via the Ijssel River, and see the imposing Pannderden Fort, as ‘Brabant’ transits the Pannerden Canal. Visit a string of towns and cities steeped in history and authentic culture, including Nijmegen – The Netherlands’ oldest city – and Kampen, home to one of the country’s best–preserved historic centres.For further information: See ‘Springtime Dutch Discovery’ – Seven-night R1912 ‘Scenic Gems of the German Landscape’ fly-cruise, departing from Düsseldorf, Germany on 20th June 2019.  Fly-cruise prices start from £1,499 per person, including return flights (cruise-only from £1,199 per person). From magnificent architectural wonders and historical attractions, to some of Germany’s very best areas of scenic beauty, the list of glorious sights to discover – both ashore and from aboard Brabant – are seemingly endless. Prepare to be enchanted by the fairytale fortresses, spires, vineyards and unspoilt countryside of the Middle Rhine and Lower Moselle valleys, as well as Cologne’s incredible cathedral; the arresting sight of Hotel Dreesen; towering Reichsburg Castle in Cochem; the Siebengebirge Mountains; and much more. There are also chances to explore historic Strasbourg and sparkling Lucerne – on tour from Breisach – for an authentic taste of France and Switzerland.For further information: See ‘Scenic Gems of the German Landscape’ – Seven-night R1915 ‘Scenic Delights of the Moselle Valley’ fly-cruise, departing from Basel, Switzerland on 11th July 2019.  Fly-cruise prices start from £1,599 per person, including return flights (cruise-only from £1,299 per person). Experience river cruising with an extra special twist on a romantic journey, filled with picturesque vineyards and gorgeous countryside scenery, resplendent castles, historic wine-making towns and much more. Look out for the hillside fortresses and forests of the enchanting Middle Rhine Valley from the comfort of Brabant’s decks, and enjoy a journey through the most scenic areas of the Moselle Valley, including the size-restricted route to Bernkastel-Kues. Two of Europe’s most spectacular cathedrals await discovery, in Strasbourg and Cologne – as well as Koblenz’s ancient Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, and the imposing Reichsburg Castle, towering over charming Cochem.For further information: See ‘Scenic Delights of the Moselle Valley’ Built in 2006, 110-metre-long Brabant is a stylish and comfortable river cruise boat, and has everything that guests will need to make their holiday a memorable one: from bright and spacious public areas, to well-equipped bedrooms and ample deck space, from which to enjoy the superb views. With just four decks – Haydn Deck 1, Strauss Deck 2, Mozart Deck 3 and Sun Deck 4 – and fewer than 80 rooms and suites, staffed by 40 crew members, Brabant has the intimate and friendly feel that Fred. Olsen’s guests know and love. Fred. Olsen guests – who are predominantly British – will feel at home on board Brabant, with English spoken throughout and all transactions conducted in Pounds Sterling. The British taste will also be reflected in the cuisine, customer service and shore tours on offer. Brabant’s classic design is smaller than many river boats, so guests will enjoy the usual hallmarks of Fred. Olsen’s ‘closer’ approach to cruising. In keeping with Fred. Olsen’s ocean-going fleet, this smaller-scaled vessel has the style, atmosphere and elegance of a country house hotel. Cherry wood interiors and contemporary colours combine to make guests feel relaxed from the moment that they step on board. Juliette balconies with panoramic windows are a feature of many of the rooms, so that guests can enjoy expansive views of Europe’s most impressive waterways. As with its ocean cruises, Fred. Olsen’s unique ‘Enjoyment Promise’ will also apply to its river sailings. Peace of mind and relaxation start from the moment that guests choose a Brabant holiday: if guests book at least 12 weeks in advance, on cruises of five nights or more, and find that the cruise is not for them within 24 hours of sailing, they just need to let Reception know on board and Fred. Olsen promises to arrange and pay for their flight back to the UK from the next port and repay the cost of their cruise. For further information on Fred. Olsen’s ‘European River Cruising’ programme, visit the website atwww.fredolsencruises.com/travel-agent-centre, or call the Trade Support Team on 01473 746164.last_img read more