Release for WH - Louis van Gaal mural
William Hill’s 25,000 tulips welcome to Louis van Gaal
MANCHESTER: WEDNESDAY JULY, 16 - William Hill yesterday celebrated the arrival of the latest world star to the Premier League - Louis Van Gaal - by commissioning a huge mural of his image made out of thousands of tulips.
A team of expert florists got to work at 6am to produce the stunning attraction, made from a staggering 25,000 red, white and purple flowers shipped in from van Gaal’s native Holland.
The glorious 18ft by 12ft portrait of the Dutchman’s face could be seen at the city’s Cathedral Gardens from lunchtime on Wednesday – just after the 62-year-old was scheduled to take his first training session.
United’s title odds were slashed from 8/1 to 6/1 following van Gaal’s appointment. After guiding Holland to third place in the World Cup – along with United striker Robin van Persie – those odds were trimmed further to 5/1.
Rivals and reigning champions Manchester City remain favourites at 7/4.
William Hill spokesman, Jem Maidment, said: “Van Gaal is one of the great characters in world football – his arrival merely confirms the Premier League is the place to be, even if England’s national side continue to disappoint us all!
“Van Gaal’s club record is outstanding, he has just had a fantastic World Cup with the Oranje, and his no nonsense-style is sure to further enrich the world’s greatest league.”
The highly successful Dutch manager has 19 major honours under his belt and replaces David Moyes.
July sporting review
Fans and players cannot rest on their laurels, however, as international obligations quickly transform in to domestic duties. Newly crowned Premier League champions Manchester City take on local rivals Manchester United and the surprise package of last season, Liverpool, in the International Champions Cup. Meanwhile, Arsenal host a stellar cast in the annual Emirates Cup.
Like London buses, you wait a century for a Tour de France winner, and then two come in succession! The famous race gets under way in Yorkshire on 5th July, with the UK hoping to make it a hat trick of wins. Sir Bradley Wiggins may be absent, but Chris Froome will be determined to defend the hallowed yellow jersey.
Can Andy Murray clinch his second Wimbledon title in a row? This is one of the big questions of the summer. We shall find out when a fantastic fortnight of tennis reaches a climax on Sunday 6th July at England’s most famous postcode: SW19.
The 143rd British Open Golf Championship gets under way amongst the rolling sand dunes of the Royal Liverpool Golf Club. Tee off is on Sunday 13th July. The build-up continues to another nail-biting finale a week later when we shall discover whether Tiger Woods, Rory Mcilroy or Justin Rose can wrestle the famous Claret Jug from Phil Mickelson's sturdy grip .
The Sport of Kings comes in to its own in the sunlit English countryside this month. Ascot hosts the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, with Her Royal Highness an active onlooker. Glorious Goodwood hosts five spectacular days of first-class flat racing set against the outstanding backdrop of the Sussex countryside.
July hears Formula 1 revving up the decibels with the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on the 6th July. The roaring cavalcade motors to Hockenheim a fortnight later for the German Grand Prix and then thunders in to Hungary on the 27th July.
Oh we do like to be beside the seaside for World Matchplay Darts starting 19th July. The elegant setting of the Winter Gardens in sunny Blackpool will reverberate with a raucous crowd. Expect the Clockwork Orange to be in full voice for Michael van Gerwen’s challenge, while Phil 'The Power' Taylor will be a hot favourite with the fans as usual.
July reaches a fiery finale at the Manchester Arena with Dereck 'Del Boy' Chisora lined up to challenge Tyson Fury. Both fighters will be even more desperate to triumph as the winner gets a crack at the WBO Heavyweight Championship.
Spanish rider Marc Marquez will likely take pole position 13 July when he lines up at the grid of the German MotoGP. The super swift Spaniard is aiming for a record ninth successive victory and seems unstoppable.
Sunderland Greyhound Stadium is the venue 5th and 6th of July for the eagerly anticipated semi-final heats of the William Hill Classic and Grand Prix.
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12 JUNE, 2014 - WilliamHill.com are delighted to confirm former England manager Glenn Hoddle as their official World Cup blogger in Rio.
The Spurs legend was the last Englishman to lead his country to the World Cup finals and will be based in Brazil during the tournament as part of ITV’s expert panel.
In a distinguished international career he earned 53 caps for his country, playing at both the 1982 and 1986 World Cups.
His exclusive column – City of Hod – appears on both Williamhill.com and its BetNation microsite, which launched this week.
“With my experience, knowledge and passion I look forward to giving genuine insights into the pressures of being England manager – dubbed, The Impossible Job – and maybe help William Hill’s punters win some money along the way.
“I am absolutely delighted to be working with William Hill on this, not least because they are an official England supporter,” said Hoddle, who was recently appointed on the special FA Commission looking into the future of the game in England.
“Hoddle is at the absolute thick of the action – he will be based in Rio for the tournament and knows everyone and everything you need to know,” said Jem Maidment, Head of Public Relations, William Hill Online.
“In addition, he has managed the Three Lions at a World Cup and is now on the FA Commission. He is a deep thinker and recognised as an outstanding coach and pundit – we are thrilled to have him on board.”
Hoddle joins the likes of Robbie Savage and James Richardson on William Hill’s World Cup roster.
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