2620-2622 Virginia Drive, Hope Island.Of the two top sales on the Coast, one was a “secret home” at Hope Island that changed hands in July.A Vietnamese businessman bought the waterfront residence at 2620-2622 Virginia Drive in an off-market deal through Wendy and Warren Hickey from Hope Island Resort Realty.“We weren’t allowed to take any photos until after it had sold,” Ms Hickey said.“It is really hard to sell a secret but a home with this calibre attracts a lot of wealthy attention.Spanning across three blocks, the entrance to the 3,227sq m property is grand with a double gated entry, porte-cochere and sweeping staircase.But the sale was $8.5 million shy of last year’s mammoth $25 million sale of former Billabong executive Scott Perrin’s Mermaid Beach mansion. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours ago201-205 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters.Monaco St at Broadbeach Waters was also touted as a millionaire’s playground earlier this year with two sales around the $9 million mark.It is understood No. 201-205 changed hands in a cash sale.The deal involving a Taiwanese buyer was negotiated by Christopher Jones and Lisa Halpin of Savills Residential Gold Coast, who declined to confirm the contract price. 75-77 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters, $9 million Tidemark sold for $25 million in 2016.The record residential sale for the Gold Coast still stands at $27 million – it was chalked up in 2008 when BreakFree founder Tony Smith sold an uncompleted mansion in Hedges Ave to later-failed internet whiz Daniel Tzvetkoff. 187-191 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach, $16.5 million 41 The Promenade, Surfers ParadiseArguably one of the best riverfront addresses on the Gold Coast, this grand hotel-like residence at Isle of Capri has it all.But, it’s the double main river block with views from Main Beach to Broadbeach and right down the mouth of the river that captured the attention of the property’s new owner.Property records reveal the owner to be Kool Kids founder Bruce Coulson, who also purchased the block next door for $6.5 million. 11 Southern Cross Drive, Surfers Paradise, $6.95 million 187-191 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach.Also trading hands for $16.5 million this year was Melbourne Cup winner and real estate identity David Henderson’s luxury Mermaid Beach mansion that sold in August.The Albatross Ave property first hit the market in 2016 with a $19.75 million price tag. It was designed by architect Paul Uhlmann and spans across three beachfront blocks giving it a commanding street presence. 61 Jefferson Lane, Palm Beach.One of only two beachfront properties to make the top 10 Gold Coast sales list, this stunning four-level beach house, where no expense has been spared, sold for $5.9 million.Records show the residence was linked to Claybar Pty Ltd and the late Ian Barclay, a prominent Master Builder who worked on projects including stage two of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, the Brisbane Airport domestic terminal and the Houghton Highway Bridge at Redcliffe. 2620-2622 Virginia Drive, Hope Island was one of the biggest sales on the Coast in 2017.THEY’RE jaw-dropping, have out-of-this-world features and sell for millions of dollars.The top 10 Gold Coast property sales of 2017 included an array of waterfront residences from Hope Island to Palm Beach.But there was one noticable absence – despite the city being known for its high-rises there were no apartment sales in the top 10.The Coast’s mega mansions dominated the list with two selling for $16.5 million each to tie for the top spot. 187-191 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach.While the 30m of beach frontage is one of its best assets, the mansion also comes with a lift, basement for seven cars, sauna, cocktail bar and a gym.“It was listed for $19.75 million last year but as soon as we adjusted the price to $16.995 million we had a frenzy of buyers and they were all qualified buyers with genuine offers,” agent Luke Henderson said. 201-205 Monaco Street Broadbeach Waters, $9.5 million 19-21 Queen Anne Court, Sovereign Islands..This mega-mansion was on the market for two years before it finally sold for $6.5 million.Sprawled across a double block, the home has a heavy European influence with lion statues, gold leaf trimmings, pillars and fountains. 25 Southern Cross Drive, Surfers Paradise, $6 million 75-77 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters Glenn and Victoria Hargraves, part owners of directory and online search company Local Search, bought the property and planned to make the move from Mermaid beach.The pair said the home sparked their interest with its architecture, northerly aspect, skyline views and land size. 14 Admiralty Drive, Paradise Waters, $7.7 million 2620-2622 Virginia Drive, Hope Island.The Gold Coast trumped Brisbane, with an Ascot home which sold for $8.8 million coming in as the capital city’s biggest sale.While millions of dollars behind Sydney’s top sale – a Double Bay mansion that sold for a cool $71 million – the Gold Coast was hot on the heels of Melbourne with Victoria’s largest sale coming in at $16.8 million for a Toorak house.So which properties made up the Gold Coast’s top sales for 2017? CoreLogic has complied the tops sales from across the Coast. Take a look: 2620-2622 Virginia Drive, Hope Island, $16.5 million 14 Admiralty Drive, Paradise WatersA Gold Coast buyer continued the rush for big-ticket homes by paying $7.7 million for this mansion in one of the premier riverfront streets at Paradise Waters.The price achieved for 14 Admiralty Drive is believed to be the second highest on record for the street. 41 The Promenade, Surfers Paradise, $6.95 million 25 Southern, Cross Drive, Surfers Paradise.THE “very best views of Surfers Paradise” captivated the buyer of this stunning five-bedroom mansion.Located on exclusive Cronin Island, the house sold for a cool $6 million via expressions of interest. 61 Jefferson Lane, Palm Beach, $5.9 million 11 Southern Cross Drive, Surfers Paradise.Renowend architect Bayden Goddard was responsible for the design of this stunning six- edroom Cronin Island home, which offers flawless timber and custom marble finishes across four levels of luxury.Selling for $6.95 million to a Chinese buyer, the residence is one of only 34 homes on the small triangular pocket off Chevron Island. 19-21 Queen Anne Court, Sovereign Islands, $6.5 million
Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr was among the 30,150 spectators that witnessed the Bundesliga clash between Hoffenheim and Bayern Munich at the PreZero Arena sometime in February. His mission was to persuade German-born Nigerian teenage sensation, Joshua Zirkzee, to look at the direction of Nigeria as against the Netherlands-the country of his birth. With the Bayern Munich striker’s recent revelation that his dream is to play for the Netherlands, Nigeria may have been dealt a deadly blowWhen Bayern Munich teenage sensation Joshua Zirkzee went the distance on his full German Bundesliga debut, Rohr was definitely impressed by what he saw of Nigerian eligible, most especially when Bayern Munich number 35 scored just 15 minutes into his debut.Although he was born in a European country, the teenage sensation is eligible to turn out for the Super Eagles on the international scene, but Nigeria has been dealt a blow in their chase for Zirkzee with the Bayern Munich striker revealing his dream to play for the Netherlands. Zirkzee born to Nigeria parents in the Netherlands attracted interest from the three-time African champions after finding his way into Bayern Munich’s first-team this season.Despite playing for the Dutch youth teams, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and Super Eagles coach have reportedly approached the Bayern Munich forward over his international future.Following the postponement of the European Championship to 2021, Zirkzee now fancies his chances of playing for the Dutch national team.When asked about playing for the Netherlands in the competition, he told VTBL; “No, I’m not really working on that yet. I’m not a regular based player here, so I don’t think I should think about it then, but I have also seen how fast things can go, so of course, it is very secretly in the back of your mind.“Oranje is a dream and as a young footballer I think it makes sense to dream about it.”The 18-year-old made his Bayern Munich debut in a Champions League match against Tottenham back in December, and he has scored three goals in five Bundesliga outings since then.He is hoping to cap his maiden campaign in the first-team with silverware.“Certainly, that is the first step,” he added.“But we also really want to win the Champions League, the whole club longs for that. Even though we first have to see how it will all end. We all hope that we can go again soon, to start.”Zirkzee, scorer of three goals in four Bundesliga games this season, led the Bavarians’ attack in the absence of the club’s leading scorer Robert Lewandowski.Giving reasons for selecting 18-year-old Zirkzee ahead of Lewandowski against Hoffenheim, Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick said: “Things worked really well in the Chelsea game, (in the Champions League) so I wanted to change things as little as possible in the team,” Flick was quoted as saying.“By doing that, the understanding between the players and automations are still there. Joshua’s trained well, and he’s showed in training that he’s got good quality and is a good finisher.“He can hold the ball up well and has the physicality to do so, which is important when things are tight up top. So that was our thinking, to make a like-for-like replacement for Lewandowski. It was good.”Meanwhile, Netherlands legend Willem van Hanegem is convinced that the Bayern Munich super kid deserves to be promoted to the Dutch senior squad and has urged Dutch coach Ronald Koeman to invite the striker for the upcoming international friendlies against United States and Spain.“I hope that Ronald Koeman will really summon that boy for the upcoming international matches against the United States and Spain, (which was called off as result of Coronavirus pandemic)”“I saw at Bayern how Thomas Müller gets to work with him. He plays with Zirkzee, makes him really grow. Zirkzee is only 18, but already deserves a chance at the Oranje. I think it will be soon with him.”The 18-year-old Zirkzee became provisionally cap-tied to the Netherlands when he made an appearance off the bench in a European U-17 Championship qualifier against Hungary in October 2017, and has also been capped at U-15, U-16, U-18 and U-19 levels.Without Lewandowski, there were concerns that Bayern Munich would struggle without their main source of goals, but they had no reason to worry. Academy player Zirkzee looked right at home.Just 120 seconds in and the teenager’s instinctive touch set Bayern on their way to their first goal. Five minutes later, his blocked shot led to Bayern’s second. It wasn’t long after that the teenager making his starting Bundesliga debut scored one of his own. Like much of his so far young career at Bayern, Zirkzee didn’t need any time at all to make his impact.Bayern needed just a quarter of an hour to silence any concerns. Flick’s side were as ruthless as they have been all season, pressing and pushing for more in a manner that Bayern haven’t really done since the Pep Guardiola years. This was a demonstration of power, a reminder of who the real sheriff in Bundesliga town is, and a young Dutchman was at the heart of it.At 1.93m, Zirkzee is a bigger figure than Lewandowski. He used that strength to hold off Sebastian Rudy before turning the former Bayern and Germany midfielder around. Keeping his composure, the 18-year-old simply waited for the space to open up in the box. When it did, he didn’t hesitate to use his weaker foot to apply the necessary finish.Bayern’s hosts played their part, but Bayern also did more than accept the invitation. They took the vibe to another level. Philippe Coutinho went from looking down and out to scoring two goals, while Thiago continued to conduct proceedings with his usual mastery. Bayern were so relentless that they scored one minute after the restart and even at the arrival of the hour mark, they looked desperate for more.The Dutchman never forced the issue because he didn’t need to. He was in rhythm with Bayern’s beat. His touch and feel for the ball looked like those of a more experienced player. Zirkzee ran, he passed, he slipped in and out of the channels, he even delivered a crunching tackle on the edge of the box he was attacking. He was everywhere.After scoring the winner against Freiburg with his first touch off the bench on his debut in December, Zirkzee needed just three minutes to break the deadlock against Wolfsburg three days later. In Sinsheim, the teenager needed a quarter of an hour to prove that he is at home at this level.Just a day after Bayern Munich celebrated their 120th birthday, the real gift for Bayern wasn’t another rousing performance but the long-awaited unleashing of an academy talent in a position they so desperately need depth in.Meanwhile, Bayern Munich have commenced training in small groups with the club following the German government’s guidance on Coronavirus precautions.Zirkzee is in a group of four with Alphonso Davies, David Alaba and Robert Lewandowski, and he reveals how Hans-Dieter Flick’s side makes the most of their time at Sabener Strasse.“We train in separate groups of four, maximum five people. Group 1 must be at the club by 10 am and start when group two has to change. We are now also using the changing rooms of the second team, so actually you always change alone,” he said.“Every day, we actually follow a course in which everything is included. Technique, condition, finishing, everything is discussed.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
West Indies won the toss and sent New Zealand in to bat in the second One-Day International (ODI) of the three-match series at Hagley Oval on Saturday.Chris Gayle, who has struggled with an undisclosed illness in recent days, has been replaced by Kyle Hope, while Sheldon Cottrell has come in for the injured Kesrick Williams, in the two changes to the Windies XI.New Zealand, meanwhile, have replaced the rested duo of captain Kane Williamson and Tim Southee, with Neil Broom and Matt Henry.TEAMS:NEW ZEALAND – Tom Latham (captain), George Worker, Colin Munro, Neil Broom, Ross Taylor, T Latham, Henry Nicholls, Todd Astle, Doug Bracewell, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.WINDIES – Jason Holder (captain), Kyle Hope, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Mohammed, Rovman Powell, Ashley Nurse, Ronsford Beaton, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel.
The team will, then, to travel to Brazil. “Opponent is known, he is a participant of the World Championship. This will be another good test for us. The result is not in the foreground, but above all, we want to keep the level of the game that we have. In addition, we want to try to save some of the options for Brazil. I hope that audience will be satisfied as well,” said the team captain Emir Spahić. Before the tomorrow match with Mexico, the football team of Bosnia and Herzegovina has performed training at the stadium of the University of Illinois. A game with the best Central American selection will be complete the main part of the preparations in the United States of America. (Source: Radiosarajevo.ba)
Joao Carlos Teixeira [right] in action for Liverpool Joao Teixeira is set to leave Liverpool to join Fiorentina in the summer, claim reports in Italy.The Portuguese signed for the Merseyside club from Sporting Lisbon in 2012 but has grown frustrated by his lack of opportunities at Anfield.Having spent time on loan at Brentford and Brighton since his arrival at Liverpool, the 23-year-old was aiming to nail down a regular place in the club’s starting XI this term.But Teixeira has made just seven appearances under Jurgen Klopp and now, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, contact has been made between his representatives and Fiorentina.Teixeira’s contract at Anfield expires in the summer and there has been no sign of any renewal offer from Liverpool, who are prepared to lose the playmaker on a free. 1