Advertisement Ian Wright and Alan Smith celebrate the success back in London (Picture: Getty Images)What are Arsenal’s best Europa and Champions League performances?Arsenal have finished as runners-up in the UEFA Cup and Champions League without ever getting their hands on either trophy.Arsene Wenger’s side lost on penalties in the final of the 2000 UEFA Cup to Galatasaray and were beaten 2-1 by Barcelona in the 2006 Champions League final.The Gunners were also runners-up in the 1980 Cup Winners’ Cup final, 1994 UEFA Super Cup and 1995 Cup Winners’ Cup.MORE: Maurizio Sarri says Chelsea star Eden Hazard is a ‘problem’ in trainingMORE: Eidur Gudjohnsen slams Chelsea players for ‘rubbish’ training session ahead of Europa League final What European trophies have Arsenal won and what is their best Europa League finish? Advertisement Comment Steve Bould and Paul Merson lift the UEFA Cup Winners Cup in 1994 (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal are looking to add the Europa League to their trophy cabinet on Wednesday night when they take on Chelsea in Baku, a triumph which would take them to three European titles.The Gunners may have never claimed the Champions or Europa League titles in the past, but they do have two European honours to their names – the 1970 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and the 1994 European Cup Winners’ Cup.Neither competition exists anymore but both were prestigious in their day and have been won by some of the biggest teams in Europe.What was the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup?Many consider this as the pre-cursor to the UEFA Cup, which was in-turn the pre-cursor to the Europa League, although UEFA would not agree as it was not a UEFA-sanctioned competition.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRunning from 1955-71, it had originally been based on friendly matches between clubs from cities which hosted trade fairs, but it developed into a tournament for runners-up across European leagues and then more spots were given to coutnries, much like the modern-day competitions.Arsenal finished fourth in Division One in 1969 and qualified for the 1969-70 tournament along with Liverpool, Southampton and Newcastle after the sides finished second, seventh and ninth respectively.These sides got spots in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup as no more than one club from a certain city could compete, so Everton (3rd), Chelsea (5th), Tottenham (6th) and West Ham (8th) missed out.The Gunners beat Glentoran, Sporting Lisbon, Rouen, Dinamo Bacau, Ajax and then Anderlecht in the final to lift the trophy under manager Bertie Mee.Two years later, in 1972, the competition became the UEFA Cup.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWhat was the European Cup Winners’ Cup?Easier to explain, this was for winners of European cup competitions, so Arsenal qualified for the 1994 Cup Winners’ Cup by winning the 1993 FA Cup.The tournament ran from 1960-1999 with English sides lifting the trophy more times than any other country (8).The Gunners beat Odense, Standard Liege (10-0 on aggregate!), Torino, Paris Saint-Germain and Parma in the final to record a famous triumph under George Graham in 1994. Phil HaighWednesday 29 May 2019 12:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link
Beaches in St. Lucie County and Fort Pierce were officially reopened Tuesday with some restrictions.The beaches will be open 7- days a week from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm for recreational activities as long as social distancing practices are being followed.Visitors will be allowed to walk, jog, fish, surf, swim, snorkel, kayak, and paddle board while maintaining a safe distance away from others not living in their same household.Other activities such as sunbathing, sitting on the beach, picnicking, camping, and playing volleyball, football, or Frisbee are prohibited. Visitors are also not allowed to have coolers, tents, blankets, umbrellas on the beach and are restricted from gathering in groups larger than ten.Beaches in Vero Beach, Indian River Shores, Golden Sands, Wabasso, Tracking Station, and Round Island, along with the east end of Beachcomber Lane, South Beach, Humiston Beach, Sexton Plaza Beach, Conn Beach, and Jaycee Beach also reopened on Tuesday according to our news partners at WPTV, and will follow the same guidelines.Palm Beach and Martin counties have opted to keep their public beaches closed, however, Palm Beach County will reopen community pools, tennis courts, basketball courts, parks, golf courses, and boat ramps on Wednesday.Social distancing practices will be mandated in all areas.
Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini are facing likely bans of around seven years when FIFA’s ethics judge delivers his verdict on Monday.Barring a major surprise, both FIFA president Blatter and UEFA president Platini are expected to be found guilty of ethics code breaches surrounding a £1.3million “disloyal payment” made to the Frenchman in 2011.German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert, the chairman of FIFA’s adjudicatory chamber, held disciplinary hearings for the pair last week and is due to announce his findings and any sanctions on Monday morning.Ethics investigators accept that proving corruption, which carries a lifetime ban, will be difficult – it was reported on Sunday that Blatter himself had claimed that those charges would be dropped.Investigators are very confident that other charges including conflict of interest, false accounting and non co-operation – or criticism of the ethics committee – will be proved. A file running to more than 50 pages was submitted by investigators.Sources with knowledge of the case say sanctions handed down to other FIFA officials previously provide an indication of the level of the bans faced by Platini and Blatter. In July, Harold Mayne-Nichols. the official who headed the inspection team for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, was banned from all football-related activity for seven years for conflict of interest and breach of confidentiality.Former FIFA vice-president Chung Mong-Joon from Korea was banned for six years in October for ethics code breaches that he said related to matters such as duty of disclosure, and confidentiality.Platini boycotted his hearing in Zurich on Friday in protest, claiming a decision already appeared to have been made. His lawyers attended, but it looks as though the Frenchman is already preparing to take the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.His slim hopes of running for the FIFA presidency on February 26 would be finally ended by any sort of a ban however. The provisional suspensions imposed on him and Blatter in October mean he has been unable to carry out any campaigning.Blatter is unlikely to go quietly either as he faces an end to his four decades at the top of FIFA. The 79-year-old has called a news conference for Monday morning in Zurich in the same building that used to house FIFA before it moved to its new headquarters in 2006. He has already claimed in media interviews that the ethics committee has no power to remove him as president. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports