View Comments Julianne Hough, Aaron Tveit & Vanessa Hudgens We know you’re eager to catch Aaron Tveit, Julianne Hough, Vanessa Hudgens and more hand jive on TV, but when Grease: Live airs on Fox on January 31, you’ll have the option to catch them on not one, but two screens.The show will also stream a backstage glimpse exclusively on Facebook Live, hosted by Mario Lopez (who plays Vince Fontaine) and Jeannie Klisiewicz (The Ellen DeGeneres Show). So while people are hand jiving and dancing on hot rods, you’ll also see your favorite T-Birds and Pink Ladies behind the scenes as they travel from soundstage to soundstage.Fox will also allow fans in 17 markets to stream the broadcast live online and via the network’s mobile app. For more information, click here.In addition to Tveit as Danny, Hough as Sandy and Hudgens as Rizzo, the cast includes Keke Palmer as Marty, Carly Rae Jepsen as Frenchy, Carlos PenaVega as Kenickie and Boyz II Men as the Teen Angel(s).
Dzeko dazzled in his side’s win at Newcastle in their season opener last weekend, after which boss Manuel Pellegrini made no secret of the player’s importance to the team. After agreeing a deal which will keep him at the Etihad Stadium until at least 2018, Dzeko said it had never crossed his mind to angle for a big-money move elsewhere. Dzeko told City’s official website: “I’m really happy here at City – it’s a second home to me so it was an easy decision to stay for the long-term. “I knew from the beginning when I started here that I wanted to stay for a long time – I can’t see any place better than here. “I’m settled perfectly to life here, I know my team-mates, the club, the team, very well and I feel like I can improve even more. “Over the last three-and-a-half years we’ve made history together but I feel like we are only at the start of something really special. “There are still so many objectives and goals that I want to reach from my career in the game and I believe I am in the perfect place to achieve them all.” The 28-year-old Dzeko has made a big impression at City since his £27million move from Wolfsburg in January 2011. He has scored 66 goals for City and none more vital than the equaliser against QPR on the last day of the 2011/12 season which paved the way for Sergio Aguero to make history with an injury-time title-winning goal. Despite a disappointing World Cup campaign with Bosnia, Dzeko scored the winner in the final group game against Iran. And he got City’s season up and running on Sunday with a superb back-heel to set up the opener for David Silva at St James’ Park. Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko has capped a dream start to the new Barclays Premier League season by signing a new four-year contract with the club. Press Association
THERE was a new name in the mix for FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup qualification earlier this year, as Guyana reached the latter stages of a lengthy CONCACAF campaign.Although a member of CONCACAF, Guyana is situated at the northern end of the South American mainland and is the only English-speaking nation on the continental landmass.Guyana’s football pedigree at international level has, in truth, been modest since gaining independence in 1966. Progressing to the penultimate stage of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil qualifying remains a standout achievement.But it is in women’s football where Guyanese investment over the past few years is starting to yield tangible rewards. The national side – the Lady Jags – qualified for the eight-nation 2010 CONCACAF Women’s Championship to provide an early insight into their potential.Guyana’s female footballers celebrate during their CONCACAF U-20 Championship campaign. (Photo compliments: CONCACAF)More recently, the U-20 side won an unprecedented six straight matches en route to the quarter-finals of the continental championship, falling just one step short of what would normally be the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup qualification round. Their charge was ended only by a strong Haiti side and their free-scoring forward Melchie Dumornay, with the Caribbean nation impressing in their maiden U-20 Women’s World Cup appearance at France 2018.The start of Guyana’s progression dates back some four years with the arrival of current Technical Director Ian Greenwood, and the national roll-out of a female-targeted grassroots campaign. Soon after came Guyana Football Federation’s (GFF) first Women’s Development Officer, Tricia Munroe, such appointment being a central part of a national football development strategy.2018 proved to be even more significant with a women’s national league held and the international senior women’s programme re-launched. The nation also hosted matches in qualifiers for the CONCACAF Women’s Championship.“This success is no accident,” Greenwood told FIFA.com about the U-20 team’s achievements. “It is clear evidence that the GFF’s national football philosophy and robust youth development strategy are producing top-class performers and coaches. The GFF ATC (Academy Training Centres) programme is regarded by FIFA/CONCACAF as a model of best practice for a youth development structure within the Caribbean region.“We have a national playing and coaching philosophy, which is implemented across all national teams, combined with an age-specific coaching curriculum.Coach education has reached new heights since 2016 with a record number of licensed coaches and instructors in Guyana. This new workforce of talented grassroots coaches is continually unearthing and nurturing new female talent.“Through Guyanese migration, we have a unique situation, which means we have a large talent pool abroad to select from, based in Canada, USA and the UK. These players significantly strengthen the group due to playing in stronger leagues.”Harnessing latent talent in a modest population of some 800 000 remains a challenge for the nation’s football leadership.“The country remains relatively underdeveloped, infrastructurally, resulting in most football venues having very little or no changing room or washroom facilities readily available for female players,” GFF president Wayne Forde told FIFA.com.“This has severely impacted the growth and development of the game at club and community level. However, despite these fundamental challenges, the female game remains most popular throughout our hinterland regions and is played spiritedly, year-round, by our indigenous tribes, where countless talented national team players have been discovered over the years.”There are more opportunities ahead for a clearly ambitious GFF. Guyana have qualified for this year’s CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship where three tickets to India will be up for grabs.“The recent performance of the U-20 women’s team was a watershed moment for the country, signalling to the powerhouses of CONCACAF that Guyana had arrived,” Greenwood added. “They represented the spirit of the Golden Arrowhead (Guyana’s National Flag) with heart, determination and self-belief throughout the competition.“The success of the team really caught the imagination of the general public in Guyana, which was fantastic for the football brand in a nation better known for its cricket. The team’s performances inspired a lot of young girls to get involved in football and showcased what we can do with the right approach.“We believe that the gap between the traditional big nations and the smaller nations is closing within our confederation.“We have key ambitions to move up the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking and our flagship goals are attaining FIFA top-60 ranking, CONCACAF top-10 ranking, CFU top-5 ranking, senior team Olympic qualification in 2024, and the ultimate target of World Cup qualification in 2027.”(FIFA.COM)