first_imgDONEGALDAILY.COM has smashed another incredible record – thanks to you, our readers.The county’s No1 source for news had more than 1.5 MILLION Page Views in January as more and more people enjoy getting the very latest news and sport at their fingertips.In fact 1,523,551 pages were viewed by more than 177,000 unique users last month, according to Google, the internet giant which monitors our site. Our readers have increased by more than 25% since the start of November, said Google.Up to 30,000 people log onto Donegal’s biggest news source each day, the statistics show.Statistics from our own dedicated servers show an incredible 13 million hits on the site in the past four weeks.Said Editor Stephen Maguire: “Our site is there to serve the people of Co Donegal and people from Co Donegal around the world and it is certainly doing that. “We try our best to reflect what’s happening in the county when it’s happening. Our readers are loyal supporters and we are very grateful to them.“As the site has grown, so has our coverage of every aspect of community life in the county. We would encourage everyone to keep getting in touch, whether it’s to highlight as issue or community or sporting event, of just to let other readers know about an issue.“Today I want to say 1.5 million ‘thank yous’ to our readers.”Follow us on us on THANK YOU! DONEGALDAILY.COM SMASHES 1.5 MILLION PAGE VIEWS BARRIER! was last modified: February 1st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:1.5 million page views per monthdonegaldaily.comnew recordlast_img read more

Ibrahimovic, Makelele and Vermaelen: When Real and Barca get transfers wrong

first_img When Barcelona bought Alexander Hleb – Arsenal got £11.8m for Hleb in 2008, but the attacker later admitted he made a mistake leaving. In his first season in north London the club reached the 2006 Champions League final and he played 85 minutes of the game. They lost to Barca, the club Hleb ‘won’ it with a few years later. “I remember [2006] a lot more than the final that I actually won with Barcelona in 2009. I didn’t play,” he lamented. He was loaned to Stuttgart after just one season and eventually left Barcelona in 2012. Real Madrid signing Julien Faubert wasn’t good business – Alfredo Di Stefano’s face in 2009 says it all. Real Madrid took him on loan from West Ham when a deal for Wigan’s Antonio Valencia fell through. Faubert played twice and later turned out for Kilmarnock, Elaz??spor and Bordeaux. 13 Even Barcelona and Real Madrid sometimes get it wrong in the transfer market.For every Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez, there’s Royston Drenthe and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Here, talkSPORT looks at a few occasions of regretful decisions in recent seasons beginning with Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Barcelona.READ MORE:Figo to Real Madrid and the most controversial transfers in footballWhen Barcelona hijacked Real Madrid’s transfer for super star Barcelona signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic was definitely not money well spent – This isn’t to say the Man United striker is rubbish, but at Barcelona Ibrahimovic proved to be an expensive mistake even if he did score some spectacular goals. He lasted for one season before he was moved on in 2010, first on loan at Milan before the deal was made permanent. The club paid Inter £40m and also gave the Italian side Samuel Eto’o as part of the transfer, but Ibrahimovic couldn’t settle and adapt at Barcelona because he wasn’t the focal point of the attack. In 2009, that was Lionel Messi’s role. Ibrahimovic was – is – a great player, but a total waste of money for the Catalan giants. Barcelona buying Thomas Vermaelen – Vermaelen cost Barcelona £15m in 2014, but he spent most of the time injured and only made his debut on the final day of his first season. In total he appeared 21 times for the club and was loaned to Roma at the start of the 2016/17 season. 13 When Real Madrid signed Thomas Gravesen – Gritty Danish midfielder Gravesen was an unlikely January signing in 2005, but by summer 2006 he had been sold to Celtic. He was a popular figure, though not because of his contributions on the pitch – then a training ground fight with Robinho seemed to seal his fate. When Barcelona bought Dmytro Chygrynskiy – It took £18m for Barcelona to convince Shakhtar to sell Chygrynskiy in 2009 and he lasted for one season before he was sold back to the Ukrainian side. Pep Guardiola appeared to see something in him, but the fans didn’t take to him and Pique and Puyol’s places in the starting line-up were safe. 13 13 13 13 Real Madrid signing Jonathan Woodgate – If he was fit then it would probably have been different for Woodgate, who was a very good defender. Real paid Newcastle £13m for him in August 2004 but injury meant he didn’t make his debut until September 2005, when he scored an own goal and was sent off. He joined Middlesbrough on loan in 2006, but injuries plagued him for the rest of his career. 13 Barca and Real both got it wrong with Javier Saviola – Saviola joined Barcelona from River Plate in 2001 for a reported £15m but failed to live up to his potential where he was sent on loan to Monaco and Sevilla. “I’m not singling anyone out, but I’m leaving with a bitter taste,” he said when he left in 2007 having refused a new contract. He then joined Real and wasn’t much better. 13 13 Real Madrid getting rid of Claude Makelele – Florentino Perez said Real Madrid would not miss Makelele after he was sold to Chelsea for £16m in 2003. The midfielder feels he wasn’t valued by the club board because he didn’t sell shirts like some of the bigger names arriving at the club, though many fans and players feel it was a mistake letting him go. He was there when Real won the 2002 Champions League and Liga titles in 2001 and 2003, something they didn’t win again until 2007. “He was probably the most important player in the Real Madrid team,” Steve McManaman said. 13 When Barcelona sold Samuel Eto’o – As mentioned, Barcelona got rid of Eto’o who repaid them by knocking them out of the Champions League, en route to claiming a treble. Inter were laughing all the way to the bank, with a host of trophies to boot. 13 13 When Barcelona signed Alex Song – Song was a £15m flop who signed in 2012 and Arsenal were once again laughing at Barcelona. He was sent on loan to West Ham in 2014 and 2015 before club and player agreed to terminate his contract in 2016. 13 Royston Drenthe at Real Madrid? – Real Madrid made their move for Drenthe in 2007. He had been the player of the tournament at the 2007 U21 European Championship, but failed to make a lasting impact in Spain. He later had forgettable spells at Reading, Sheffield Wednesday, as well as easy to pronounce Alania Vladikavkaz, Kayseri Erciyesspor and Baniyas. When Real paid all that money for Kaka – It was tempting to include Nicolas Anelka, who cost £23m and left after one season with a pitiful scoring record (though he did pick up a Champions League winner’s medal), but Real spent £56m on Kaka. His best days had been spent at Milan and the Brazilian was blighted by injury during his four years at the Bernabeu where, for the money spent (briefly a world record fee) he was pretty invisible.last_img read more