By FRANCO PANIZO
An unknown number of people have been trapped as a result of part of FC Twente's Grolsch Veste Stadium collapsing on them on Thursday.
The stadium was undergoing renovation on Thursday morning when the roof of a stand caved in, trapping people under the rubble. A large number of police, fire services and ambulances arrived to help out, but initial reports suggest there may be casualties.
A spokesman for the Dutch club said that not many details were available at the moment, though he did think it was likely that the cause of the collapse was related to the construction work at the stadium. Twente was expanding Grolsch Veste to a 32,000-seat stadium.
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In his pre-season debut with Puebla FC, DaMarcus Beasley netted the winner in a 1-0 victory over Monterrey. Beasley, who started the friendly match, headed home a cross in the 85th minute. He also drew a penalty in the first half, but his teammate missed the ensuing spot kick.
You can see (part of) Beasley's goal here.
BROWN SIGNS WITH SUNDERLAND
Wes Brown has found a new team, transferring from Manchester United to Sunderland for a reported $1.59 million. Brown signed a four year deal with Sunderland, making him the seventh summer signing for manager Steve Bruce. Brown made 361 appearances for Manchester United during his 15 years as a professional.
NAPOLI JOIN RACE FOR SANCHEZ
Napoli has apparently joined the race for in-demand Udinese winger Alexis Sanchez. According to Udinese owner, Giampaolo Pozzo, Napoli has made an 'imporant offer' for the Chile international, but he said that the two clubs and player must all agree to any potential move. Napoli, which will play in the Champions League this season, joins Manchester United, Manchester City, Inter Milan, Barcelona and Chelsea as clubs looking to sign Sanchez.
What do you think of FC Twente's stadium roof collapsing? Do you see Beasley reviving his career at Puebla?
Share your thoughts below.
What do I think of the roof collapse? It’s awesome!
What an unbelievably dumb question.
They’re making fun of the question at the end…
Wow can’t believe some people are making jokes about a terrible situation, show some respect the article said there could be casualties.My thoughts and prayers go out to the ones who have loved ones who are trapped under or have people who died there.
Glad to hear that Beasley is playing. I hope he has a real impact on the team.
I’m a Man City fan, but Sanchez would be great for Napoli. I’d love to see them challenge Milan and Inter at the top.
And best of luck to Beasley in Mexico. I’d love to see him back with the U.S. team.
That’s crazy that part of the roof collapsed. I hope the people who are trapped are rescued soon.
Lavezzi. That was yesterday’s news.
Props for making some humor out of a really stupid question.
He made the world cup squad over Sasha and a few other attacking midfielders…in addition, he made the team while nursing a thigh injury. He has been out of form and I argue that he is still the best left sided winger in our player pool. Give me DMB over Rogers, Sasha and Bedoya(even though I like Bedoyas’ game)
Saying his story is one of “wasted potential” is more than a little harsh. If you look at his international career he is just outside of the top 10 in caps and 7th in goals in USMNT history and still active. If you look at his club career, the picture is not quite as rosy but still he had an 8 year run at the start of his career where he was an integral part of very good Fire teams and at PSV. While the ensuing 4 years (Man City/Rangers/HSV96) have been a bit rough, he still made 46 top flight appearances.
While he is clearly not the player he once was if he does nothing else in his career, he still has been class. Then again he’s only 29…
In Madre-Mexico, you don’t kick the ground….the ground kick you.
Good thing he’s playing in a lower-tier league.
Maybe now he’ll regain some ounce of form.
I blame Gooch. Rumor has it, he literally held up that side of the stadium with his barehands.
Twente shouldn’t have let the loan expire…
Looks like Lavezzi, Cavani, or Hamsik might be on their way out if Napoli are courting Sanchez. However, I would love to see those four play together.
A less physical league will suit Beasley well, but I think his story is ultimately going to be one of wasted potential. He looked well on his way at PSV but failed to match that first season. Oh well, good luck to him in Mexico.
“They call me Mr. Glass….”
holy sh*t makes me feel old to know that Wes Brown has been around for 15 years!
That field DaMarcus Beasley was playing on looks like painted concrete. On surfaces like that I give him about 4 games before he is back on the IR. That should be about enough games for the USMNT fans to start thinking he is back in form and would be a great edition to the roster for our September friendlies.
Welcome back to North America Mr Brittle.
What do I think of FC Twente’s stadium roof collapsing?
I think it’s bad, sad thing.
Maybe playing in Mexico will hone Beasly to have a better touch on the ball and become a better player….
If Napoli can grab Sanchez that would be an absolute coup and a sign that the “glory days” are back for a once proud club.
Da Beas is back! Good for him.