What’s in a name? According to the FA, plenty.
Hull City owner Assem Allam has failed in his attempt to rename the club to “Hull Tigers” after the Football Association rejected the proposal.
The decision follows the unanimous recommendation by the FA’s membership committee, who voted last month.
Hull’s proposed name change, according to Allam, was to include the nickname in order to better market the club around the world.
Allam, as well as the club itself, have hinted on many occasions that if the name change was rejected, he would pull out of club ownership. Prior to the vote, Allam’s son Ehab wrote an open letter to the FA which stated his family “had put in £74m to the club and had nothing left to give.”
His threats were supported when the club issued the findings of its own informal poll done of supporters to find support for the name change. The club poll offered supporters the following choices, word for word:
- “Yes to Hull Tigers with the Allam family continuing to lead the club”
- “No to Hull Tigers”
The inclusion of Allam’s ownership status in the first option was seen by many as a threat, as well as a manipulation of the results to play off supporter loyalty. The findings, according to the club’s release, resulted in 2,565 voting for the change and 2,517 against it.
The club issued a statement to say they will not be commenting on the decision…which seems oddly similar to a comment. Oh well.
The United States takes on Costa Rica in a friendly tonight at Red Bull Arena, as the USMNT must put the Mexico match behind them and focus on the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
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The biggest inclusion in tonight’s starting XI is that of Tim Howard in goal, marking his return to the national side after taking a self-imposed sabbatical. It will be Howard’s first appearance for the USMNT since his legendary performance against Belgium in the 2014 World Cup.
Klinsmann has chosen to go with a 4-4-2 tonight, and Geoff Cameron remains the only starter in the back-line from the Mexico match. He’ll partner with Michael Orozco in the center of defense, with Brad Evans and Tim Ream on the outsides.
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In the midfield, Klinsmann has put some speed on the wings through the likes of DeAndre Yedlin and recent call-up Brek Shea. Danny Williams joins Jermaine Jones as the central midfielders.
Up top, Jozy Altidore will play alongside Gyasi Zardes, who returns to his more comfortable position as forward.
Cristiano Ronaldo has added another trophy to the collection, winning his fourth Golden Boot as Europe’s top scorer for the 2014-15 season.
The award accounts for goals in league play only, which means the Champions League and domestic tournaments are not included. In La Liga, Ronaldo scored 48 goals in 35 appearances.
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Ronaldo first won the award after the 2007-08 season with Manchester United, and has now added three more with Real Madrid in 2010-11, 2013-14, and 2014-15.
With his fourth win, Ronaldo moves ahead of Lionel Messi as the only player to win the award four times. Messi has won three, while eight players have won two.
Below is a post from Ronaldo’s Facebook page reflecting on the award:
What a special moment in my professional life!
Winning four Golden Boots is a privilege for me and I’ll keep challenging myself because I want to do better every time and I want to keep chasing for more records.
I have to thank everyone in Real Madrid that made this possible and we want to keep winning more titles and more trophies. Thank you everyone.
Ronaldo alone scored more goals in La Liga play last season than 14 clubs did, which shows how prolific his season was. The only player to score more than 48 league goals in a European season was Messi, who scored 50 in 2011-12.
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While it was a successful year for Ronaldo personally, it was a very disappointing campaign for Real Madrid, who fired manager Carlo Ancelotti after finishing the season without a trophy.