‘Money is no issue’ – Benfica president dreaming of Mourinho

first_imgBenfica president Luis Filipe Vieira insisted “money is no issue” as the Portuguese giants try to lure Jose Mourinho to Estadio da Luz.Mourinho is without a job after he was sacked by Premier League side Manchester United last month, ending his two-and-a-half-year tenure at Old Trafford.The Portuguese boss – who has been linked with Real Madrid and Inter – made a name for himself at Benfica’s rivals Porto, where he won the 2003-04 Champions League and two Primeira Liga titles before moving to Chelsea. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? However, Mourinho’s managerial career began at Benfica when he replaced Jupp Heynckes after the fourth week of the Primeira Liga before resigning just nine games later following a changed in the club’s presidency.Now, after axing head coach Rui Vitoria last week, Vieira is dreaming of bringing Mourinho to Benfica all these years later.”For now, Bruno Lage is the coach of Benfica,” Vieira told Portuguese broadcaster SIC. “There will be news next week.” When asked about Mourinho, Vieira said: “I am his friend. Who would not like to have Mourinho? [But] I have not talked to him.”If he says yes tomorrow, he’ll be here at the drop of a hat. Money is no issue for Benfica.Benfica are third in Portugal’s top flight, seven points adrift of leaders Porto after 16 rounds.The club are also set to begin play in the Europa League knockout stages as the Portuguese side is set to take on Galatasaray after finishing third behind Bayern Munich and Ajax in Champions League play.last_img read more

Nova Scotians Among Gemini Nominees

first_imgNOTE: A list of Nova Scotia nominees follows this release. Nova Scotia-based television productions have earned a total of 29 nominations for the upcoming 20th Annual Gemini Awards. Sex Traffic, a two-part miniseries produced by Chester-based Big Motion Pictures, leads with 14 nominations. The series tells the disturbing tale of two sisters who are sold into slavery and trafficked from eastern to western Europe. Produced as a co-production between Canada and the United Kingdom, Sex Traffic aired in both countries to critical acclaim. “Once again, Nova Scotia demonstrates that we are home to incredible talent and produce award-winning shows,” said Ernest Fage, Minister responsible for the Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation. “To be nominated by their peers is significant recognition of the creativity and passion of those who make film their life’s work.” Another 15 nominations were went to a variety of Nova Scotia-produced programs including the television series This Hour Has 22 Minutes, and Body of Knowledge, and the documentary Diet of Souls. The Trailer Park Boys Season 4, the Trailer Park Boys Christmas Special, POKO, Chef at Large, Street Cents, The Halifax Comedy Festival and the 2005 East Coast Music Awards also received nominations. “Nova Scotia productions continue to be recognized on the national stage not only for the quality of the productions but because the stories are compelling, humorous and informative — they continue to resonate with audiences across the country and around the world,” said Ann MacKenzie, chief executive officer of the Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation. The Gemini Awards are a presentation of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, a national, non-profit, professional association dedicated to promoting, recognizing and celebrating exceptional achievements in the Canadian film and television industries. The Gemini Awards will air on Global television on Nov. 19. The Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation is a provincial Crown corporation reporting to the minister of Economic Development. The corporation provides a wide range of programs and services to build the capacity and competitiveness of the province’s film, television and new media industries. The provincial film industry is the fourth largest in Canada, regularly exceeding $100 million in economic activity annually.last_img read more