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Red-hot Ronaldo sends Man Utd six points clear of Chelsea

Cristiano Ronaldo presented Sir Alex Ferguson with a perfect birthday present on Saturday by ensuring that Manchester United will enter the New Year with a six-point lead over title rivals Chelsea.

Ronaldo extended his recent scoring run with a second-half double as United overcame Reading 3-2 at Old Trafford on a day that saw Chelsea drop points for a second consecutive game with a 2-2 draw at home to Fulham.

Ronaldo's third consecutive double, which ensured that Ferguson will be able to celebrate his 65th birthday on Sunday in style, came after Ibrahima Sonka had cancelled out Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's 33rd-minute opener.

Leroy Lita claimed a late consolation strike for the visitors but they were unable to match their Boxing Day achievement, when they held Chelsea to a 2-2 draw.

At Stamford Bridge, Chelsea were left frustrated as American defender Carlos Bocanegra snatched a late equaliser for Fulham, the eighth goal the champions have conceded in four matches.

Chelsea had fallen behind to a rare goal from German fullback Moritz Volz in the 16th minute but got back on level terms when Frank Lampard's shot was deflected in by young Fulham defender Liam Rosenior ten minutes before the break.

A Chelsea victory looked inevitable when Didier Drogba headed in his 20th goal of the season just after the hour mark only for Bocanegra to ruin Jose Mourinho's New Year celebrations.

Elsewhere Bolton moved up to third place with a 3-2 home win over fellow high-fliers Portsmouth courtesy of another shock defeat for Arsenal, who were beaten 1-0 by Sheffield United.

Christian Nade's first Premiership goal, four minutes before half-time, was enough to fire the Blades to a win that leaves them five points clear of the relegation zone.

Matt Taylor had given Portsmouth a second-minute lead at Bolton. But the home side hit back with first-half goals from Abdoulaye Faye and Ivan Campo before Nicolas Anelka, with his eighth goal in seven matches, put the match beyond the reach of the visitors, for whom Andy Cole notched a late consolation effort.

Liverpool also finished 2006 on a high, climbing back into fourth place after puncturing Tottenham's 12-match winning run at home with a hard-fought 1-0 win at White Hart Lane.

Luis Garcia's first-half strike made the difference, the Spanish midfielder finishing from close range after a Steven Gerrard shot was deflected into his path.

At the bottom, Charlton gave their survival chances a huge boost with a 2-1 win over ten-man Aston Villa, while West Ham's hopes of escaping the drop zone were crushed by a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Manchester City.

Charlton's first victory under new manager Alan Pardew was secured by a Byran Hughes's last-minute winner after Darren Bent had cancelled out a first-half penalty from Gareth Barry, who was sent off for a professional foul just after Charlton's equaliser.

West Ham went down to DaMarcus Beasley's 83rd minute goal for City, who finish the year in the top half of the table.

Middlesbrough are now the closest side to the relegation zone -- three points above West Ham -- following a 2-1 defeat by Blackburn at Ewood Park.

South African striker Benni McCarthy nodded in Blackburn's winner after Aiyegbeni Yakubu, with a second-half penalty, had cancelled out Shabani Nonda's early opener for the home side.

Lagos-born teenager Victor Anichebe opened his Premiership goalscoring account with a pair of poacher's strikes in Everton's 3-0 win over Newcastle.

A memorable day for Anichebe was mirrored by the misery of Newcastle's Nigerian star Obafemi Martins, who spurned the chance to put his side on level terms by blasting a first-half penalty over the bar. Phil Neville's first league goal since November 2002 completed a convincing win for Everton.

Bottom side Watford's clash with Wigan was abandoned because of a water-logged pitch with the two sides tied at 1-1.

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Saturday, December 30, 2006

 

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Sunday, December 24, 2006

 

Mourinho vows Chelsea will catch United

Jose Mourinho warned Manchester United that Chelsea will come good in the second half of the season after admitting his team were "lucky" to claim a 3-2 win at Wigan.

Arjen Robben's injury-time winner secured victory for the reigning champions after two goals from Emile Heskey had cancelled out first-half strikes by Frank Lampard and Salomon Kalou.

The Dutch international's goal ensured that second-placed Chelsea go into their home clash against Reading on Tuesday just two points behind United at the top of the table.

Mourinho insists it will be his team who will be alone at the summit come the end of the season in May.

"I have no idea if I promised that Chelsea would be top of the league at Christmas," he said after United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had chided him for the comment after the leaders' 3-0 win away to Aston Villa earlier Saturday.

"But the difference is just two points.

"Man Utd are top after having no injuries, no suspensions and no referees like the one we had at Tottenham. It has all been good for them.

"But we have still got the points, even though we don't have the best goalkeeper in the world, we have no John Terry, no Joe Cole.

"We have had suspensions, red cards and bad decisions against us, but we are just two points behind.

"In the second half of the season, let's see where we end up.

"Last season, United had their problems with injuries to (Ryan) Giggs, (Paul) Scholes, (Wayne) Rooney and they were 13, 14, 15 points behind us at Christmas. They came back in the second part of the season, but the gap was too big for them, but our gap is just two points."

Wigan were hugely unlucky to lose the game after clawing themselves level and Mourinho criticised his players for their failure to wrap up victory sooner.

"We don't deserve to win the points. When you have an easy game, you should kill it off, but we let Wigan come back into it," said the Chelsea boss.

"At 2-0, it should have been easy because we were in complete control, but we gave them a chance and they attacked dynamically and deserved to score.

"We scored in the last minute, but we could have lost a big, big chance in what should have been an easy game."

Robben's late winner was the second time in successive seasons that Chelsea have scored an injury-time goal to win at the JJB Stadium and dejected Wigan manager Paul Jewell admitted he was devastated to lose.

"We showed great character to come back into the game," said Jewell. "At 2-0 down, I would have taken a 3-2 defeat, but having come back it is so frustrating to lose.

"We looked edgy in the first-half, but we scored at the right time and got ourselves back into it.

"That's the second time that Chelsea have beaten us with a late goal, though, and the same has happened to us against United and Arsenal.

"Great teams do that, but I don't want people to say that we have been unlucky because unlucky teams get relegated.

"We now go to Old Trafford on Boxing Day (December 26), but it's a great stadium to go to and I would rather go there than anywhere else, so don't feel sorry for me."

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Saturday, December 23, 2006

 

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United set to be unchanged for Villa clash

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is set to keep faith with the side surprisingly beaten by West Ham when the Premiership leaders travel to Aston Villa on Saturday.

United's defeat by the Hammers means they are just two points ahead of second-placed reigning champions Chelsea heading into the busy Christmas holiday period of matches.

Patrice Evra (calf) remains doubtful, while Alan Smith is still not being considered as he battles for full fitness.

Villa midfielder Gavin McCann is also battling to be fit having been unable to train since suffering a hamstring injury against Bolton last weekend. Youngster Craig Gardner stands by as a replacement.

Chelsea captain John Terry is doubtful for the match at Wigan with a back injury, with Khalid Boulahrouz ready to stand in.

Goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini is still struggling with a muscle injury, so Hilario could continue while midfielder Joe Cole is out with a broken foot.
Wigan are without Henri Camara, who faces six weeks out with a knee injury, and Lee McCulloch, who starts a three-match ban.

Rafael Benitez, manager of third-placed Liverpool, may name an unchanged line-up for the home match with bottom-of-the-table Watford after his side's unexpected rest following the postponement, due to fog, of their League Cup tie against Arsenal in midweek.

Left-sided duo Fabio Aurelio and Stephen Warnock both played for the reserves on Wednesday and could come into contention.

Watford defender James Chambers faces up to six weeks on the sidelines with a gashed ankle.

On-loan Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster is unlikely to recover from a knee injury in time to play, while defender Clarke Carlisle (thigh) and forward Marlon King (knee) remain long-term casualties.

Arsenal (fourth) are without full-back Emmanuel Eboue (ankle) at home to Blackburn -- Justin Hoyte is his probable replacement, as fit-again Lauren won't be rushed back.

Midfielders Mathieu Flamini and Tomas Rosicky are in the squad but William Gallas (thigh), captain Thierry Henry (sciatic nerve) and Freddie Ljungberg (hamstring) are out.

Blackburn's top scorer and South Africa international Benni McCarthy is suspended.

Meanwhile strugglers Charlton have several injury concerns ahead of their match away to Middlesbrough. Darren Ambrose (knee), Dennis Rommedahl (foot), Hermann Hreidarsson (Achilles) and Radostin Kishishev (calf) face fitness tests, while winger Jerome Thomas (virus) is another doubt.

Elsewhere, Kanu is set to keep his place in high-flyers Portsmouth's attack for the visit of Sheffield United despite showing signs of a knee injury in the 2-2 draw at Arsenal, one of the striker's former clubs, last week.

Benjani Mwaruwari (hamstring) and Lomana Lualua (thigh) are out until January but Andy Cole is fit again after an Achilles injury.
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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

 

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Stunning late Drogba strike keeps Chelsea's title bid alive

Didier Drogba smashed a spectacular 87th minute winner as Chelsea twice came from behind to keep their title hopes alive with a 3-2 win over Everton at Goodison Park.

Chelsea, five points behind Premiership leaders Manchester United at the start of the day, looked to be heading for a devastating defeat when Joseph Yobo headed the hosts into a 2-1 lead in the 64 minute.

But a stunning late rally saw Mourinho's side draw level through Frank Lampard in the 82nd minute before Drogba's 35-yard cracker - his 16th of the season - sealed the points.

Despite crashing out of the Champions League semi-final at Anfield in 2005, Merseyside has been a happy hunting ground for Mourinho's men in terms of points. Indeed, Chelsea had pocketed 10 points out of 12 from four previous league visits to the county under Mourinho, the only blip coming in the corresponding fixture at Goodison Park last season when they held to a 1-1 draw.

Chelsea were without influential captain John Terry who was ruled out with a back problem while Ukraine striker Andriy Shevchenko started on the bench after finding the net just three times in the Premiership since moving from Italy.

Shevchenko is not the only striker to have suffered this season. Everton's former England marksman James Beattie has also struggled for form and goals and was left out as Moyes handed 18-year-old Nigerian Victor Anichebe his first league start.

Despite his tender years, Anichebe played with the confidence of an experienced top-flight striker as he posed Chelsea's usually solid defence constant problems.

Mourinho's side started slowly and looked a shadow of the side chasing a third league title.

They produced a disjointed performance in a first half in which they failed to test Everton keeper Tim Howard. Mourinho appeared more interested in arguing with the match officials than bridging the gap at the summit.

The former Porto boss had to be restrained by the fourth official when Andy Johnson went down in the box in the 17th minute following a challenge from Khalid Boulahrouz. Mourinho was convinced the Everton striker had dived although television replays suggested there had been slight contact.

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Sunday, December 17, 2006

 

Red revival gathers pace as Gunners held by Pompey


Liverpool's recent revival gathered pace on Saturday as Rafael Benitez's side overcame Charlton to climb to third in the Premiership table. A 3-0 lunchtime win at the Valley ensured Liverpool were able to leapfrog Arsenal and Portsmouth, who held the Gunners to a 2-2 draw at the Emirates Stadium.

Pompey had looked set to mark Sol Campbell's return to north London with a famous victory when Matt Taylor produced yet another stunning goal two minutes after the restart to add to a first-half strike from former Tottenham defender Noe Paramot.

But the game was turned on its head in the space of two minutes around the hour following the introduction of Emmanuel Adebayor.

The Togolese striker scored Arsenal's first goal and it was his break down the right that led to Gilberto Silva's equaliser.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was banished to the stand at half-time in the match for protesting to referee Steve Bennett over the free-kick that led to Portsmouth's opener.

"I complained for the free-kick because I didn't feel it was a free-kick but I didn't use any bad language," Wenger explained afterwards. "It didn't disturb me too much and I don't expect to be banned. Do you want me sent to jail?"

Liverpool had earlier claimed a third straight league win for the first time this season with an impressive performance at struggling Charlton.
The visitors, who have now put together a run of six consecutive clean sheets, were always in command and generated a string of chances in the wake of Xabi Alonso's early penalty.

But it was not until the final eight minutes of the match that Charlton were killed off.

Craig Bellamy claimed the 50th Premiership goal of his career with a well-taken volleyed goal before Steven Gerrard wrapped up a win that delighted Benitez.

"We made a lot of chances and we could have scored maybe two or three more goals," the Liverpool manager said. "In some games now we have the balance between defending properly and creating chances."

Goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen was the hero of Bolton's 1-0 win at Aston Villa. The Finn produced three super second-half saves to ensure his side snatched an unlikely win courtesy of Gary Speed's penalty with quarter of an hour left.

Obafemi Martins claimed a double for the second successive weekend to fire an improving Newcastle side to a 2-1 win over bottom side Watford.

The Nigerian striker gave the Magpies a 49th-minute lead and then hammered in Damien Duff's cutback to claim the winner with five minutes left after Hameur Bouazza had equalised for Watford.

Wins for Blackburn and Sheffield United piled the pressure on to West Ham, who will remain in the relegation zone even if they can beat Premiership leaders Manchester United at Upton Park on Sunday.

Sheffield United are now seven points clear of the drop zone after Rob Hulse claimed his fifth goal of the season to fire them to a 1-0 win at Wigan.

Neil Warnock's side have taken ten points from their last four matches.
Blackburn are six points clear of West Ham thanks to a 2-1 win at high-flying Premiership newcomers Reading, former Arsenal winger David Bentley firing the winner six minutes from the end.

James Harper had given Reading a first-half lead but Blackburn got back on level terms midway through the second period when South African striker Benni McCarthy, who had had three earlier efforts ruled off for offside, finally produced a goal that was allowed to stand.

Second-placed Chelsea are also in action on Sunday with Jose Mourinho's side travelling to Everton.

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Saturday, December 16, 2006

 

Liverpool Stand in Barca's Way

FC Barcelona have been paired with Liverpool FC following today's UEFA Champions League first knockout round draw in a meeting of the last two trophy winners.

Camp Nou return
The holders and Spanish champions will welcome the five-time European champions to Camp Nou for the first leg of the tie before making the return trip to Anfield. In another eye-catching fixture, European football's most successful club, Real Madrid CF, who have lifted the trophy nine times, face FC Bayern München, German champions and winners of the European Champion Clubs' Cup on four occasions, the last in 2001. The matches will be played over two legs on 20/21 February and 6/7 March.

Mourinho reunion
Elsewhere, FC Porto have been drawn against English title-holders Chelsea FC, managed by their former coach José Mourinho, who led the Portuguese standard-bearers to their second continental crown in 2004. Celtic FC, Britain's first kings of Europe in 1967 who have progressed beyond the UEFA Champions League group stage for the first time, will encounter AC Milan, who have claimed the trophy six times. French champions Olympique Lyonnais, losing quarter-finalists in the last three seasons, tackle AS Roma, finalists in 1984 yet knockout phase debutants. Meanwhile, FC Internazionale Milano, twice tournament supremos in the 1960s, will travel to Valencia CF, finalists in 2000 and 2001, for their first leg.

Arsenal task
The Netherlands' finest, PSV Eindhoven, who collected the European Cup in 1988, will take on last year's runners-up Arsenal FC – the teams were also drawn together in the 2002/03 and 2004/05 group stages. Finally, LOSC Lille Métropole, in their third UEFA Champions League campaign, are the opposition for Manchester United, European champions in 1968 and 1999, who finished behind the French side in last term's group stage.

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In the ceremony conducted at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, the eight winners of the group stage pools were paired with teams that finished second. No clubs from the same association could be pitted together, while sides that met in the group stage were also kept apart. This year's final will be staged in Athens on 23 May 2007.

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Celtic FC (SCO) v AC Milan (ITA)

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AS Roma (ITA) v Olympique Lyonnais (FRA)

FC Barcelona v Liverpool FC (ENG)

Real Madrid CF (ESP) v FC Bayern München (GER)

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Thursday, December 14, 2006

 

Chelsea Keeps Pressure on United.

Drogba keeps Chelsea hot on United's heels

Didier Drogba showed Chelsea will not give up the Premiership title without a fight as his late goal clinched a 1-0 win against Newcastle on Wednesday.

Jose Mourinho's side are now five points behind leaders Manchester United and should have renewed belief they can overhaul Sir Alex Ferguson's side after this hard-fought victory.

Chelsea can heap more pressure on United if they win at Everton on Sunday as their match takes place before Ferguson's team visit West Ham later the same day.

The champions were well below their best for long periods against resilient Newcastle and had to wait until 16 minutes from full-time before Drogba finally made the breakthrough at Stamford Bridge.

It took a fine combination from two men Mourinho had left on the bench to win the match as Andriy Shevchenko set up Drogba for his 15th goal this season.

Shevchenko has endured a miserable time since his 30 million pounds pre-season move from AC Milan and it was hard to avoid the suspicion that Mourinho had finally lost patience with the Ukraine striker when his name appeared among the substitutes.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had described Shevchenko as a broken-down Ferrari earlier this week but the forward was running smoothly enough during his cameo appearance.

Salomon Kalou created an early chance for Shaun Wright-Phillips with a flick from Geremi's throw, but the Chelsea winger completely miscued his shot from no more than six yards.

Kalou looked determined to seize his chance and the Ivory Coast forward's surging run past three defenders set up Frank Lampard for a long range strike.

Newcastle have been ravaged by an injury crisis that left them without 13 senior players for the trip to London, but Glenn Roeder's threadbare side almost snatched the lead in the 16th minute.

Obafemi Martins hassled Ricardo Carvalho into conceding a corner and James Milner's delivery was headed onto the crossbar by French midfielder Antoine Sibierski.

Newcastle's Giuseppe Rossi is on-loan from Manchester United and the tiny striker almost did his Old Trafford team-mates a huge favour with a fierce effort that was just off-target in the 35th minute.

Chelsea were uncharacteristically subdued and it took 40 minutes before Shay Given was forced to make a save, and even then the Newcastle captain easily held Lampard's shot.

Mourinho rang the changes at half-time, with Claude Makelele and Drogba introduced as he tried to shake his team out of their lethargy.
The substiutions nearly reaped an instant reward as Drogba flashed a header wide from Arjen Robben's cross.

Given had to use his legs to alertly block Robben's low inswinging free-kick on the hour, but that was a rare sight of goal for the champions.
With the gap to United in danger of widening to a formidable margain, Mourinho's last throw of the dice was to send on Shevchenko with 25 minutes to go.

His gamble paid off in spectacular fashion as Shevchenko helped Chelsea end Newcastle's defiant rearguard action in the 74th minute.

Robben picked out Shevchenko's run into the penalty area and the Ukrainian's cross was perfectly-weighted for Drogba to turn past Given from close range.

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Alan Curbishley Accepts To Rescue Hammers

Alan Curbishley was Wednesday handed the job of saving West Ham from relegation -- a task which starts in daunting fashion with the visit of Premiership leaders Manchester United this weekend.

Six months after ending his 15-year relationship with Charlton, Curbishley returned to management as the successor to Alan Pardew at the club where he began his playing career three decades ago.

Pardew was sacked on Monday after presiding over a run of five defeats in six matches which has left the club languishing in the relegation zone.

Announcing the appointment, West Ham's Icelandic chairman, Eggert Magnusson, described Curbishley as a "manager with a proven track record and a real love for this club.

"He did a fantastic job at Charlton, and I know how highly regarded he is throughout the football world."

Curbishley will link up again with two of his assistants from his time at Charlton -- former West Ham goalkeeper Mervyn Day, who will fill the same role at Upton Park, and Keith Peacock, who is already part of the backroom staff at the club.

Curbishley, who was brought up close to the ground, said he hoped to have a greater impact as a manager than he managed in five years as a player.

"If you had said to me when I was a 16-year-old joining as an apprentice that one day I would be back as the manager, I would have thought it was impossible," he said.
"I'm deeply, deeply delighted and looking forward to the challenge.

"I never really fulfilled my potential here as a player and I would like to think I'll do a little bit better as a manager."

Curbishley went on to make it clear that, while his first task is avoiding the drop, he would regard himself as a failure if that was the limit of his achievement.

"With the fan base it has, this club has to be at the opposite end of the table, although first we have got to get out of the position we are in and make sure we can look forward to the summer."

Magnusson is the public face of the Icelandic consortium which took control of West Ham earlier this month at a cost of 85 million pounds.

Having invested so heavily, the new owners were alarmed at the spectre of relegation, which would mean West Ham missing out on the significant increase in television revenues which is due to kick in for Premiership clubs next season.

Curbishley was quickly identified as the best available candidate to ensure survival on the strength of his record at Charlton, where he succeeded in transforming one of London's smaller clubs into an established Premiership force.

The 49-year-old quit the Valley at the end of last season, a decision that was widely interpreted as being linked to his frustration at not having been seriously considered for the vacancy as England manager.

Charlton's subsequent slump in form has served to enhance Curbishley's reputation while he has been out of the game and he had no hesitation in responding positively to Magnusson's approach. "It was just something that clicked straight away."

One of Curbishley's first tasks will be to take a decision on the future of Argentinian pair duo Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano, whose arrival is widely credited with having undermined Pardew's authority at West Ham and contributed to the loss of form that led to his sacking.

There is also uncertainty over the future of unsettled club captain Nigel Reo-Coker, although Curbishley insisted that every player would be starting with a clean sheet under his management.

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History of SAP

In 1972, five systems analysts began working nights and weekends to create standard software with realtime data processing. Twenty-five years later their vision is a reality: SAP is the world’s market and technology leader in business application software.

On April 1, 1972 five former IBM employees founded SAP as Systemanalyse und Programmentwicklung (“Systems Analysis and Program Development”) in Mannheim, Germany. Their vision was to develop and market standard enterprise software which would integrate all business processes. The idea came to them through their work as systems consultants for IBM when they noticed that client after client was developing the same, or very similar, computer programs. The second part of their vision was that data should be processed interactively in realtime, and the computer screen should become the focal point of data processing.

From a start-up software vendor to global market leader Over the course of twenty-five years, their vision has transformed SAP from a small regional enterprise into a world-class international company. Today, the SAP Group is the global market leader in enterprise resource planning software, and has subsidiaries, affiliates and branch offices in nearly every industrial nation in the world. Important milestones in the company's corporate history include its conversion to a GmbH (a closely-held corporation) in 1977, the opening of the company's headquarters in Walldorf, and its conversion into a publicly-held corporation whose shares are listed on several stock markets.

By changing its structure to a publicly-held corporation, SAP significantly strengthened its capital base and laid the foundations for its employees to enjoy more of a share in the company's success. In the end, it is SAP’s employees – currently more than 9,000 of them - whose know-how, motivation and performance have nurtured the company’s progress. And it is their commitment and innovative drive which will pace the company’s future success and keep it ahead of the competition.
Over one million R/3 users Products have played the central role in SAP's success story. In this area, two milestones stand out: first, the development and 1979 market release of the R/2 software system for mainframes, and, second, the R/3 client/server software system introduced in 1992. Since its debut, the R/3 System use has grown explosively and now accounts for the lion's share of SAP product sales. At present, more than one million end users around the world work with the R/3 System.

The development of SAP products has continually benefited from major advances in the hardware sector. Back in 1972, the limited storage capacity of computers posed one of the biggest challenges. In those days, mainframes only had 500 kilobytes of storage capacity. Slow data input and output meant that only partial applications with a limited data volume were feasible. It was against this technological background that SAP signed its first customer, the German ICI subsidiary in Östringen.
With the successful implementation of its initial project, SAP had nine employees and, at the end of its first fiscal year, posted a profit on revenues of DM 620,000. In the second year of operation, two local businesses – the tobacco and cigarette manufacturer Roth-Händle and the pharmaceutical company Knoll - selected the newly developed SAP Financial Accounting (RF) System. This system quickly earned a reputation as an excellent standard package and installations expanded to 40 customers. But product development did not slow on this success, and a second standard product, the Materials Management (RM) System, with modules for purchasing, inventory management and invoice verification, soon followed. The benefits of SAP's integration philosophy showed through, with data from Materials Management flowing straight into Financial Accounting.

SAP moves to Walldorf In its fifth year of operations, SAP became a GmbH (a closely-held corporation) and took on a new name: Systeme, Anwendungen, Produkte in der Datenverarbeitung ("Systems, Applications, Products in Data Processing"). Revenues were now close to DM 4 million, and the number of employees had grown to 25. In 1977, SAP moved its offices and headquarters to Walldorf. In the same year, it signed its first two foreign customers, two companies from Austria. Just one year later, the customer base had grown to 100 and the number of employees stood at 50. SAP had also introduced another central module of the SAP System – Asset Accounting (RA). At the same time, through the development of a French version of the accounting module, SAP made additional steps toward the international markets.

By the end of the 1970s, new generations of powerful computers provided the framework for a comprehensive software system, and a major step in the development of SAP software - the R/2 System – was taken in 1978. In the same year, as sales headed toward the DM 10 million milestone, SAP began operation of its own computer center in Walldorf which, when completed in 1980, united development teams under one roof. That year SAP’s software became even more attractive with the addition of order history to the product range. At the end of 1980, 50 of the 100 largest industrial companies in Germany were SAP customers.

R/2 System goes international SAP’s close relationships with customers led to continuous enhancements in the existing program modules, while important new additions were made, such as the Cost Accounting (RK) System. The R/2 System was now ready for the international market. New computers with drastically improved price/performance ratios helped expand the customer base, and SAP raised its profile still further by appearing at the Systems trade fair in Munich - the company's first-ever presence at an industry trade show.

In 1982, SAP celebrated its tenth anniversary, with sales soaring 48% to over DM 24 million. By the end of the year, 236 companies in Germany, Austria and Switzerland were working with the SAP standard programs. Sales continued to climb in the following year, increasing by 45%.
In 1984 SAP took additional steps into the international arena with the founding of SAP (International) AG in Switzerland, whose focus was to increase sales of the R/2 System in international markets. Development teams began work on two new applications, Personnel Management and Plant Maintenance, while the Production Planning and Control System was installed at its first pilot customers.

1985 was characterized by further expansion. The Walldorf headquarters had grown to 10,000 square meters of space, while at the Swiss subsidiary a new headquarters was occupied. SAP systems were now in use in most European countries, and SAP began to penetrate markets outside Europe - with customers in South Africa, Kuwait, Trinidad, Canada and the US.

The DM 100 million sales mark exceeded SAP continued to pursue international growth with the founding in 1986 of SAP’s Austrian subsidiary SAP Österreich Ges.m.b.H. in Vienna. At the parent company, SAP GmbH, the capital stock was increased from DM 500,000 to DM 5 million. The largest single hardware investment to date was made in Walldorf with the installation of an IBM mainframe costing DM 7 million. The year's sales topped DM 100 million, and SAP exhibited at CeBIT, the world's largest IT trade fair, for the first time.

The 15th year of the company's history was again characterized by powerful growth. Branch offices were opened in Munich and Hamburg, and subsidiaries established in four European countries - the Netherlands, France, Spain and the UK. Staff grew to 750, and sales more than doubled to DM 245 million, with 850 companies now using SAP's software systems. In 1987, SAP announced its strategy for a new generation of software, and the R/3 System was born.

SAP goes public SAP continued to grow in 1988 with the international sales network strengthened by the establishment of subsidiaries in Denmark, Sweden, Italy and the US. Other events included: the founding of SAP Consulting GmbH as a joint project between SAP and the consulting firm Arthur Andersen; the opening of an International Training Center in Walldorf; and the welcoming of Dow Chemical as SAP’s 1,000th customer. However, the most significant events of the year were the increase of SAP’s capital stock from DM 5 million to DM 60 million, the subsequent conversion of SAP GmbH into a stock corporation, SAP AG, and the flotation of SAP shares on the stock market. SAP shares were quoted on the securities exchanges in Frankfurt and Stuttgart.

During the next year, 1989, SAP shares began trading on the Zurich stock exchange. SAP expanded its alliance and strategic cooperation approaches by taking a majority investment in TOS GmbH in Freiberg. Through the "International User Conference" in Lausanne, Switzerland, and the first "SAPPHIRE" user conference in North America, SAP demonstrated its solid commitment to direct international customer contact. This crucial commitment was to become more and more important to SAP’s success in the coming years.

Over 1,000 employees SAP (International) soon grew to twelve subsidiaries, including Canada, Singapore and Australia. SAP's growing profile in 1989 was evidenced by a number of events: the large number of participants attending the first Annual Stockholders' Meeting, the strong employee growth to more than 1,000, and the expansion of the customer base. Recognizing this success manager magazin named SAP "Company of the Year" – a distinction SAP would receive twice more in the next few years.

In 1990, SAP's capital stock was expanded to DM 85 million with the issue of preference shares. SAP strengthened its commitment to small- and medium-sized businesses by an investment in the software company Steeb and the acquisition of software vendor CAS. In the same year, SAP and Siemens Nixdorf founded SRS GmbH in Dresden, gaining a firm foothold in the East German market. Sales grew strongly to over DM 500 million, and the number of staff grew to 1,700.

SAP develops Russian R/2 version Strong growth continued unabated in 1991. The acquisition of Steeb GmbH was completed and its activities were merged with CAS to form STEEB-CAS GmbH, creating a high-caliber software company with an attractive product offering for the small- and medium-sized company market. With SAP’s Eastern European business developing quickly, SAP collaborated with a local Russian software company to develop an R/2 version in Russian. The first Japanese installation of SAP software was successfully completed. At the end of the fiscal year, the SAP Group boasted 2,225 customers in 31 countries and sales of more than DM 700 million – an increase of over 40 percent. The company had more than 2,500 employees.

In its twentieth year, SAP opened a new Development and Sales Center in Walldorf. The two-year project cost roughly DM 140 million and represented the company's largest single investment to date. In preparation for additional development, SAP’s share capital was expanded by DM 15 million to DM 100 million through the issue of 300,000 preference shares. SAP was now firmly established as a global company, with South Africa, Malaysia and Japan the newest additions to its 15 subsidiary companies. By 1992, almost half of the DM 831 million in product revenues were being generated outside Germany, and the availability of the software in 14 different languages was adding significantly to its attractiveness.

Shipment of the client/server system R/3 With the R/3 System release in mid-1992, SAP began to penetrate the mid-size market, and into branches and subsidiaries of large companies. The release of the R/3 client/server system was the most significant event in SAP’s history and started a record of growth that even SAP’s most optimistic planners had not predicted.

SAP took top position among German software vendors in 1993. On an international scale, the company moved to 7th place among software companies, establishing a clear lead in the global business applications software market. Sales surpassed the important DM 1 billion mark for the first time in 1993, and the global customer base stood at 3,500 companies. SAP made an investment in iXOS Software GmbH with the aim of developing and marketing graphical user interfaces and optical archiving of documents.

New development center in Foster City, California Releases 2.0 and 2.1 provided R/3 users with even more functionality. With the R/3 System already running on six hardware platforms, SAP and Microsoft signed an agreement to port R/3 to Windows NT. Other events included: the founding of SAP’s 18th subsidiary in the Czech Republic, the establishment by SAP America of a development center in Foster City in Silicon Valley, California, and the introduction by SAP Japan of a Kanji version of R/3.

1994 was yet another record-breaking year with sales jumping 66% to over DM 1.8 billion. By the end of the year, SAP employed more than 5,000 staff worldwide, and 200 of the more than 4,000 customers were using the R/3 System in production operation. A Swiss customer was the first customer to go live with R/3 on Microsoft’s Windows NT – a mere four months after the platform became available. Since its rollout in 1992, R/3 had now been installed more than 1,000 times. SAP development received ISO 9000 certification, and R/3 Release 2.2 was completed on schedule and included a wide range of enhancements in Logistics. SAP continued to expand its sales organization and strategic alliances. In Germany, SAP acquired a 52% stake in DACOS Software GmbH with the aim of developing an integrated software solution for the retail industry. The 19th subsidiary opened in Mexico City.
The Annual Stockholders' Meeting agreed to a DM 400 million capital increase out of retained earnings, bringing total capital to DM 500 million. The resulting 1:4 stock split was positively received by the market and led to a significant increase in stock price levels.

Microsoft chooses R/3 More than 6,000 companies of all sizes were among SAP customers in 1995, some two-thirds of which solved their IT tasks using the R/3 System. During the year Microsoft joined IBM as an R/3 customer from the high-tech sector.

In 1995, R/3 became the largest source of overall revenues, with a DM 1.7 billion share of total sales of DM 2.7 billion. Growth prospects were strengthened still further with the new R/3 Release 3.0, a functional and technical milestone in R/3 development. With this version the important areas of production planning and control were now comprehensively covered. Another technical addition was the availability of R/3 on the widely used IBM AS/400 platform.

The indirect sales channel concept was introduced in Germany, with SAP forming partnerships with value-added resellers so as to better support small- and medium-sized businesses. A new Service and Support Center opened in Walldorf with room for some 750 employees. SAP now employed more than 7,000 staff.

Global profile: SAP represented in 40 countries In 1995, SAP further increased its international activities with new subsidiaries formed in China, Argentina, Brazil, Korea, Poland, Russia and Thailand. SAP was now represented in over 40 countries by subsidiaries, branch offices or partner companies. An industry solution for the process industry (eg., chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food and beverage industry, and semiconductors) was announced in the US.

With 1,400 stockholders and guests, the number of attendees to the 1995 Annual Stockholders' Meeting was more than triple the 1994 figure, and the ASM approved changing the par value of SAP shares from DM 50 to DM 5. Shortly thereafter SAP entered the German stock index (DAX). Both events had a positive effect on share prices.

Sales reach DM 3.7 billion in SAP's anniversary year SAP's success continued into its 25th year of operations, with sales exceeding DM 3.7 billion. Over the course of its 25-year history, SAP showed that business processes can be modeled in a standard way across and within industry sectors. When the IT industry developed a flexible and cost-effective client/server architecture, SAP provided its customers with the right product at the right time - the R/3 client/server system.

R/3 becomes Internet-enabled The success of R/3 has propelled SAP to the top of the global software market. IT is undergoing yet another revolution with the advent of the Internet, and SAP is again there with a solution: the latest version of R/3 provides the first comprehensive, Internet-enabled business application package. Release 4.0, which is already in development, further increases the attractiveness of the R/3 System by making it more user-friendly. Small and mid-sized businesses should especially welcome this development. The R/3 System is here to stay, and users can look forward to its continuing enhancement.

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Essien's stunner rescues Chelsea

Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien hit a stunning late equaliser to salvage a 1-1 draw against Arsenal on Sunday. Jose Mourinho's side looked set for their first home league defeat in 52 matches when Mathieu Flamini put Arsenal in front late on. But Essien rescued Chelsea with a blistering long range strike with just six minutes remaining.

However, it is Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson who will have been more satisfied by the outcome than either manager at Stamford Bridge.

United are now eight points ahead of second-placed Chelsea and the reigning champions have just one game in hand, against Newcastle on Wednesday.

But Mourinho had the following warning to the Old Trafford boss.
"Ferguson, I think he must be happy now as we dropped two points but if he thinks it's over he's in trouble!"

He praised his side's feisty reaction after Flamini had put the Gunners ahead.

"After their goal we had a great emotional reaction. Losing at home with minutes to go, it was an incredible reaction. Essien's goal was unbelievable."

Chelsea kicked-off trailing in Manchester United's slipstream after their title rivals extended their unbeaten run to 12 matches on Saturday.
So the onus was on Mourinho's men to take the game to Arsenal and Michael Ballack did just that as he flashed a powerful drive just wide in the 15th minute.

With William Gallas ruled out of a return to his former club with a thigh injury and fellow centre-back Kolo Toure suspended, Wenger was forced to pair the relatively inexperienced Philippe Senderos and Johan Djourou at the heart of his defence.

Chelsea were quick to try and take advantage of that perceived weak spot and Frank Lampard nearly punished sloppy defending in the 17th minute.

Drogba flicked on Geremi's long throw and, as Arsenal's back four dithered, Lampard drove a shot into the turf that cannoned off a post before being scrambled clear.

Thierry Henry's absence through injury left Arsenal toothless up front and Robin van Persie had their only worthwhile attempt of the first half when his long range shot skimmed narrowly past a post.

The most intriguing sub-plot of the day was how Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole would fare against the club he left so bitterly in August.

Cole spent eight years with Arsenal before falling out with the club's directors over their failure to meet his contract demands.

The England star's decision to turn his back on Arsenal still rankles with Gunners fans, who waved bunches of fake English pound notes with Cole's face printed on and taunted him throughout the match.

To their obvious delight Cole was booked midway through the first half for a rash lunge on Aleksandr Hleb.

In such a fiercely fought contest genuine chances were always likely to be at a premium and Essien squandered one of the few opportunities of the opening 45 minutes.

Geremi surged into the penalty area and, when his cross was only half-cleared by Senderos, Essien could only scuff his shot over the bar from no more than 12 yards out.

Lehmann almost gifted Chelsea a goal just before the break when he fumbled Lampard's corner and Essien fired in a shot that forced Fabregas to clear off the line.

Mourinho was visibly frustrated by Chelsea's failure to breakdown Arsenal's youthful defence and he sent on wingers Arjen Robben and Shaun Wright-Phillips in an attempt to breathe new life into his increasingly moribund attack.

In fact Senderos created Chelsea's next chance for them with a careless pass that was intercepted by Robben. The Dutch winger raced into the area, but Lehmann blocked his shot and Gilberto Silva hooked the rebound to safety.

Chelsea had made all the running without making the decisive breakthrough and Flamini made them pay in the 77th minute.

Van Persie sprayed a pass wide to Hleb, who whipped in a low cross to Flamini. The French midfielder was unmarked and fired a low first-time shot past Hilario.

But Chelsea refused to accept defeat and Essien rescued a point for the champions in the 84th minute with a ferocious strike that gave Lehmann no chance.

They could even have won it in stoppage time but Essien's shot cannoned off the bar and then Lampard hit the post with virtually the last kick of the game.

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United Step On Title Accelerator

Manchester United's drive to reclaim the Premiership title accelerated on Saturday as Sir Alex Ferguson's side pulled nine points clear of Chelsea at the top of the Premiership.

Chelsea have played two games less than their rivals but United's 3-1 win over local rivals Manchester City added to the pressure on the champions to take maximum points from their meeting with Arsenal on Sunday.

United, now unbeaten in 12 league matches, had been in control of the derby after first-half goals from Wayne Rooney and Louis Saha.

But they looked weary and vulnerable after Hatem Trabelsi pulled one back for City before Cristiano Ronaldo finally made the points safe with six minutes left.

"We can relax now and watch the game tomorrow and we'll be supporting the Gunners, which doesn't happen often," Ferguson said afterwards.

"I look forward to watching it and hopefully we will be in an even better position by Monday morning."

Steven Gerrard had a second-half penalty saved but managed to score from the rebound to send Liverpool on their way to a 4-0 win over Fulham at Anfield that was watched by representatives of Dubai International Capital, the would-be new owners of the club.

Jamie Carragher, who had last scored in 1999, got the second before late strikes from Luis Garcia and Chilean Mark Gonzalez completed an ultimately comfortable win.

Matthew Taylor scored from inside the centre circle as Portsmouth returned to third place with a 2-0 win over Everton.

Nigerian forward Nwankwo Kanu added a superb volleyed second mid-way through the first half as Harry Redknapp's side chalked up their sixth win out of nine matches at their Fratton Park fortress.

Bolton returned to winning ways by beating West Ham 4-0 on the day that midfielder Gary Speed became the first player to make 500 appearances in the Premiership.

A brace from Kevin Davies and fine finishes from El Hadji Diouf and Nicolas Anelka left West Ham mired in deep trouble.

A double from Nigerian striker Obafemi Martins helped Newcastle pull further away from the drop zone with a 3-1 win over ten-man Blackburn.
Martins and Steven Taylor had put Newcastle two goals up by the time Blackburn's Swiss defender Stephane Henchoz was given a straight red card for fouling Martins when he had a clear run at goal.

Morten Gamst Pedersen pulled one back for Rovers just after the break but Martins added his second in the final minute.

Aiyegbeni Yakubu's close-range finish salvaged a point for Middlesbrough at home to Wigan, who had taken the lead through Henri Camara's first-half penalty and were frustrated by a superb display from Boro goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.

Charlton's hopes of going on a relegation-beating run after defeating Blackburn in midweek were crushed by Tottenham, who thrashed their London rivals 5-1 at White Hart Lane with the help of two goals from their Bulgarian forward Dimitar Berbatov.

Jermain Defoe, Teemu Tainio and Steed Malbranque also got on the scoresheet and Spurs even provided Charlton's only strike in the form of an own goal by Michael Dawson.

Watford remained at the bottom of the table, five points adrift of the last survival spot, after a goalless draw with Reading, the only one of the Premiership newcomers not to be embroiled in the relegation battle.

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Thursday, December 07, 2006

 

Five alive as British Clubs dominate Champions League


British hopes of triumphing in Europe's premier club competition were flying high on Wednesday after an unprecedented five clubs qualified for the lucrative knockout phase of the Champions League. Manchester United survived an early scare at Old Trafford to send ambitious Benfica packing 3-1 and into the UEFA Cup, while Arsenal played out a 0-0 draw with another Portuguese side, FC Porto, to join them in the last 16.

English champions Chelsea had qualified with room to spare, as had Liverpool and Scottish champions Celtic, who were comprehensively defeated 3-1 at FC Copenhagen as the Danes fought to restore some viking pride.

All four English Premiership clubs topped their respective groups, meaning the cross-Premiership clashes will be avoided at least until the quarter-finals.

Only Celtic, who finished second in group F behind Manchester United, failed to avoid that relative setback which means the Scottish champions will play the first leg of the knockout phase at home.

But just how long any of the five Brits survive is another matter.

The likes of nine-times European champions Real Madrid, two-time champions Barcelona and six-times champions AC Milan are all in the hat for the December 15 draw.

United manager Alex Ferguson was buoyed by his team's performance on the night, and hopes the two-time winners can go one better than last year's beaten finalists Arsenal.

"There's lot of quality there in the last 16 now - five British teams - and it's absolutely fantastic," said Ferguson. "One of the British teams can win it, hopefully it's us."

From the five British teams still involved have come eight victories in the competition.

Liverpool were the last British club to win the continental crown when they won it for a fifth time in 2005, while Celtic became the first British club to be champions of Europe, in 1967.

Neither Arsenal nor Chelsea have won the European crown while United have won it twice.

Compare that to records elsewhere on the continent though and the Europeans' track record shines through.

Three Spanish sides have made the weight for the last 16, with defending and 1992 champions Barcelona squeezing in at the last minute with a 2-0 win over Werder Bremen at the Nou Camp on Tuesday.

Nine-times European champions Real Madrid, who were already qualified after finishing second in group E behind French champions Lyon, finished their group campaign with a 2-2 draw away to Dynamo Kiev with a brace from Ronaldo putting the cherry on the cake.

Valencia, the UEFA Cup winners in 2004, have yet to win the Champions League but qualified with ease from a relatively easy group D with four wins from six matches.

The Champions League would not be complete without the Italians. Some of their top clubs, including six-time European champions AC Milan, became embroiled in a match-fixing scandal last season but still the football-mad 'Azzurri' went on to win the World Cup.

On Wednesday AC Milan fell 2-0 at home to Lille, allowing the French side to join the last 16 party for the first time.

It was a great performance from one of France's solid league clubs, and one which their manager, Claude Puel, was only to happy to shout about.

"We showed a lot of maturity, a lot of know-how," said Puel, who has been to the semi-finals of the competition both as a player and as an assistant coach at his former club, Monaco.

"We stayed calm and didn't give any opportunities to Milan, and I think in the end they were lucky we didn't score even more."

AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti admitted they had played badly, but promised a re-invigorated approach to the competition once key players return from injury.

"We'll now wait to see what the draw gives us and, in February, we will welcome back a few key players who have been injured."

AC Milan, like the other group winners, will have the advantage of an away tie first in the next round while two-time winners Inter Milan, who finished second in group B behind Bayern Munich, will play at home first.

Roma, like Lille, joined the last 16 for the first time when they beat Valencia 1-0 on Tuesday to finish second in group D.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who has just celebrated 10 years working with the Gunners, joined his old foe, Ferguson, in applauding the influence of the Premiership on the competition.

"That shows how much the Premiership has improved," Wenger told Sky Sports.

Arsenal, who are only just getting over their defeat in last year's final, could face Barcelona in the next round, in a rematch of last year's final.

The other clubs to qualify were 1988 winners PSV Eindhoven, four-time winners Bayern Munich and two-time winners FC Porto.


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Worlds apart, but United and Lille in same boat

As far as football reputations go, a world of difference exists between Manchester United and French side Lille.

But United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will have to forget past glories and current spending power and share the same, anxious feelings as his Lille counterpart Claude Puel on Wednesday night.
Both clubs are among the four that are bidding for a place in the final 16 of the Champions League, and both have their backs to the wall.

While Lille tough it out against already-qualified AC Milan in a rather tricky group H, United's task is comparatively simple.

After their shock 1-0 defeat to Celtic a fortnight ago, Ferguson's Premiership leaders now need at least a draw against Benfica at Old Trafford to avoid disastrously failing to make the last 16 for the second year in a row.

Adding a psychological edge to the task is the fact that it was Benfica who eliminated United at this stage last year.

Benfica coach Fernando Santos, having seen his side beat cross city rivals Sporting Lisbon 2-0 on Friday, has got his troops fired up for a match which they must win to have any chance of qualifying.

"The match against Manchester United is a real final for us. We believe victory is possible and trust we will also have a bit of luck," said Santos.

"Qualifying is very open because United are not as strong in recent weeks as they have been."
Benfica's Italian striker Fabrizio Miccoli, who scored twice in the 3-1 win over FC Copenhagen but was an injury doubt, has recovered in time.

Ferguson should have available most of the team who have opened up a six-point Premiership lead over second placed Chelsea.

However even the enticement of ending Chelsea's two-year domestic reign will leave a sour taste if United exit Europe's premier club competition before it really gets started.

Ferguson has plenty of experience dealing with such challenges, and in the face of disaster the fiery Scot has kept his instructions plain and simple.

"This is a game you can't trifle with. It's too important for us. If we get chances we have to take them, but I think we've got a chance," he said.

Lille's bid to join fellow French side Lyon, the confirmed winners of group E, into the knockout phase for the first time is more complicated, especially as they will have to do without their talented 'keeper, Tony Sylva.

The Senegalese international broke his finger in the 3-1 league win away at Nancy on Sunday, leaving Puel with the hope that his number two, Gregory Malicki, can help silence the San Siro stadium, which will see the return of Brazilian forward Kaka to Carlo Ancelotti's injury-hit side.
"We're going to have to do without Tony but Gregory Malicki will step up to the plate," said Puel, who at least in one respect can afford to lord it over Ferguson.

As a player he was part of the Monaco team which lost a Champions League semi-final in 1994 - to AC Milan.

He was then the assistant coach at Monaco when they made it to the semi-finals again, in 1998, when Juventus sent them packing back to the Principality.

Elsewhere Wednesday Arsenal will face FC Porto away in a clash which could eliminate either side from the compeition.

Both sides are level on 10 points at the top of group G, with CSKA Moskow two points behind in third.

While Arsenal and Porto could play to a draw and both qualify, a victory for either - coupled with a CSKA victory over already eliminated SV Hamburg - could spell disaster for the losing side in the Portuguese city.

In group E Lyon will host Steaua Bucharest without the injured Florent Malouda, who is suspended.

With only bragging rights left in the group, Real Madrid will face Dynamo in Kiev knowing that whatever the score they will still finish second to Lyon.

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Patni is looking for BE – Freshers from 2006 pass out Batch only.

Patni is looking for BE – Freshers from 2006 pass out Batch only.

Eligibility criteria for the above are:
1) BE _ Electronics/ Electronics and Telecom ONLY

2) Year of passing- 2006 ONLY 55% aggregate in BE / & 55% in 10th and 12th Standard.

3) There should not be any gap in education.

4) Not more than 24 years of age as on 1st October 2006.

5) Readiness to sign 2 Years Service agreement.

6) Readiness to work on any Platform - (Mainframe/JAVA/Oracle/etc).

7) Readiness to work on any Project.

8) Readiness to work at any Patni Location - Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Gandhinagar, Noida, Hyderabad & Bangalore

If you meet the above criteria and are interested to begin your career with Patni Computer Systems Ltd you are requested to e-mail us your updated resume on vikram.udeshi@patni.com with the following subject line latest by December 7, 2006.

You can also pass on the message to your friends who meet the above criteria. Candidates who have already applied for the above requirement, please do not apply again, this is to avoid confusion.

Subject: Name/Qualification/Branch/Location/year of passing

For example:
Vikram/BE/Electronics/Mumbai/2006

Drive Details:
Date: December 17, 2006 (Sunday) Mumbai. Only short listed students would be informed about the venue and time of the interview.

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Reliance Communications Recruiting Freshers

Job Description

Reliance Communications, the pioneers of the telecom revolution in India, has major plans to take this revolution to its next evolutionary orbit. If you are a bright and fresh First class MCA graduate , we invite you to join this exciting venture. Your academic achievement will be a major factor in the selection process.On selection you will be put through a unique, rigorous, comprehensive and enriching training program to equip you with skills necessary to operate and maintain the state of art telecom network.Besides providing a rewarding career in telecom industry, we also offer you best in class compensation.Currently opportunities exist only in Mumbai.

About Company

Reliance Infocomm With over 18 million subscribers, Reliance Infocomm is India’s largest private information and communication service provider today and growing at a very fast clip-adding a million subscribers each in the last three months. Our 80,000 route km of optical fibre pan-India, digital network is peerless both in terms of reach and capacity supporting almost endless voice, data and video. Globally, through subsidiary FLAG Telecom we own over 100,000 km of optical fibre, more than any other Indian company does. We are the flagship company of Reliance-Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADAG), One of India’s largest business conglomerates with major interests in financial services, energy, infrastructure and entertainment, besides telecom.

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Riparian Technologies Pvt. Ltd.:-Soft Trainee (Freshers)

Company: Riparian Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

Location: Hyderabad / Secunderabad, Pune

No. of Vacancies: Unspecified


Experience Required: 0-1 yr

Field: IT

Salary: As per the company norm

Date of Issue: 12/5/2006

Closing Date: Till Vacancy Not Filled


Description

Riparian Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

Company Profile We Riparian Technologies Pvt. Ltd., is an IT Services company located at Pune. , which is headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.Our employees are engaged in assignments with Fortune 2000 companies in USA, as well as in leading IT services firms in India. We cater to a variety of skills ranging from Advanced New Technologies (wireless, Java, .Net, Data warehousing etc.) to Legacy technologies (Mainframes, AS/400, Client Server systems).

Designation Soft Trainee (Paid Training Program) Experience 0 - 1 years
Industry Type Software Services Functional Area IT Software
Keyword TRAINING IN .NET , Software Testing , J2EE , SAP ABAP Location Hyderabad / Secunderabad, Pune
Remuneration Placement Assistence to eligible Candidate Education UG - Any Graduate - Any Specialization
PG - Post Graduation Not Required


Job Description

Riparian Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

Opportunity for graduates to jump-start their professional IT Career with Riparian Technologies Pvt ltd


Looking to start your IT career in SAP/ Software Testing/J2EE/. NET

In order to meet an increased demand for high-caliber IT professionals for our global clientele, we are looking for GRADUATES/ POST-GRADUATES to join us as trainees. Selected candidates will undergo an intensive 2-month initial Training Program on self basis payment. Post successful completion of Training; Candidates will be either allocated to in-house/client projects or assisted with placements. Our commitment is to create high-caliber IT professionals.


WHO SHOULD APPLY:


This program is suitable for people who aspire to build a career in IT software field and do not have a guiding light to steer them in the right direction.


This program is suitable for :

Graduates (Engg or Technology)
Post Graduates (MBA/MTech)
Science Grad with MCA
Commerce Grad with MCA
In addition all those who wish to undergo a top-notch intense IT induction program (devised and run by industry professionals with years of Global IT experience); those who aim to understand, experience, learn and implement the various key skills (technology and soft) that are keys to success in this field.



WHY SHOULD YOU APPLY: The program is developed to give Participant's knowledge and skills to take first steps towards successful IT Software Development career. Selected candidates with be inducted as trainees in Riparian technologies. Participants will go through an intense Well-rounded program covering various facets of an IT career, ranging from Technological areas as well as Non - Technology areas (Communication skills, Interviewing skills, Interpersonal skills, Best Practices and Processes) Participants will be inducted into one of the following technology streams based on Expertise, aptitude and choice : -S/W Testing. NET-J2EE-ERP (SAP ABAP)* Candidates will undergo live project execution at the end of the program.

HOW SHOULD YOU APPLY:
Application Process Please call 65218606 (HYD) / 020-30220204/05 (Pune) to set an appointment with a counselor for details Logistics Details-2/3 month program (4 hours)-50% classroom-50% lab sessions Information Sessions We encourage you to visit us during the information sessions, which we are holding for new candidates on From 11:00am to 6:00pm
Training Program for Java and .Net

Technical Training
Soft Skills Training / Communication Skills
Live Project
Real time project Orientation
Post training test
Select best candidates
Placement Assistance

Training Program for SAP - ABAP

Technical Training
Soft Skills Training / Communication Skills
Simulation Project
Real time project Orientation
Post training test
Select best candidates
Placement Assistance
Contact Information

Hyderabad:

Riparian Technologies Pvt.Ltd.20,

Ajay Chambers, Above ICICI Bank,

Habsiguda, Hyderabad - 500 007.

Contact Person : A.S.LakshmiPh. 040-65218606



Pune:

C-101/15, Pune IT Park34,

Aundh Road, Bhau Patil Marg

Pune - 411 020 India

Contact Person : Manisha Arora

Ph. 020-30220204/05

Desired Profile
This program is suitable for Graduates or Post Graduates in :
Engg or Technology
Management
Computer Applications

With
Basis knowledge in Software Programming
Good Communication Skills

Reference
TRAINING - 102906

Contact Information
Name Mr. Sujay(HYD) , Manisha (PUNE) Telephone 91-020-30220204/05
Fax :30220200

Website
http://www.ripariantech.com
Address C-101/15, Pune IT Park
34 Aundh Road
Bhau Patil Marg
Pune - Maharashtra ,INDIA 411020


Email
marora@ripariantech.com, or
slakshmi@ripariantech.com

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Monday, December 04, 2006

 

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Sunday, December 03, 2006

 

Manchester United show title class to pull six points clear of Chelsea

Man U Puts 6 points pressure on Chelsea

Sir Alex Ferguson's belief that Manchester United can reclaim the Premiership title has been bolstered after his side emerged victorious from a scrap with Middlesbrough to pull six points clear of Chelsea. "Consistency is what wins championships and we have got that at the moment," Ferguson said after watching his side claim a 2-1 victory that ensured they avoided the fate of Chelsea, who lost at the Riverside in August.

"It was a very important result for us because Middlesbrough is not an easy place to come, they have shown that in the past," the United manager added.

"But the lads have shown great resolution and we have got a good result."

Chelsea, who did not play this weekend, could find themselves nine points behind the leaders by the time they kick off against Arsenal on December 10, if United can overcome Manchester City 24 hours earlier.

Elsewhere, Arsenal moved up to third and gave their frustrated fans a much-needed tonic with a convincing 3-0 win over north London rivals Tottenham.

Liverpool registered a first away win this season with a 4-0 win at Wigan while Sheffield United escaped from the relegation zone by beating bottom side Charlton 2-1.

Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher was United's match-winner, heading in from close range two minutes after Boro sub James Morrison had cancelled out Louis Saha's first-half penalty.

Emmanuel Adebayor's early strike and two penalties from stand-in captain Gilberto Silva allowed Arsenal to make light of the absence of injured skipper Thierry Henry with a 3-0 win over Spurs. The 152nd north London derby was a match the Gunners could not afford to lose after successive defeats at Bolton and Fulham.
"We were under a lot of mental pressure," acknowledged manager Arsene Wenger afterwards, "but the team responded well." With Portsmouth drawing 2-2 with Aston Villa and Bolton losing 1-0 at Reading, the win sent Arsenal into two crucial matches on high and in third place.
Wenger's men travel to Porto on Wednesday needing a point to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League, four days before their showdown with Chelsea. Spurs boss Martin Jol bemoaned what he regarded as a missed opportunity after watching Steed Malbranque squander a glorious early chance to give his side the lead.

"We saw that Thierry Henry was not playing and we knew Arsenal had lost recent games," said the Dutchman. "We sensed this was an opportunity, so we are disappointed."

Liverpool's dismal run on the road ended with a 4-0 demolition of Wigan. Craig Bellamy's early double was followed by a Dirk Kuyt strike and an own goal by Wigan forward Lee McCulloch inside the first 35 minutes. Reds boss Rafa Benitez is hopeful that Bellamy's performance is a sign of things to come from the Welsh striker, who was cleared of assault charges in a Cardiff court on Wednesday. "I think he knew he needed to show people he is a good player and maybe his mind is clear now and it's easier for him," Benitez said.

Bolton's push for Champions League football suffered a setback with Kevin Doyle the hero for Reading once again. A 33rd-minute strike was the Ireland striker's eighth league goal of the season.

At Fratton Park, a deflected strike from Colombia's Juan Pablo Angel earned Aston Villa a point eight minutes from time. The equaliser came just two minutes after Matt Taylor had claimed his second goal of the afternoon, from the spot, to put Portsmouth ahead. Gareth Barry had given Villa the lead with a first-half penalty.

Blackburn's African connection helped them overcome Fulham 2-0, with Congolese striker Shabani Nonda and South Africa's Benni McCarthy both on the mark at Ewood Park.

Club captain Chris Morgan and veteran winger Keith Gillespie scored second-half goals for Sheffield United as Neil Warnock's side came from behind to claim a precious win over Charlton.
Ireland midfielder Andy Reid's 17th-minute strike had given the visitors hope of a first win under new boss Les Reed but they ultimately succumbed to their tenth defeat of the season.

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