WAGS of Saudi Pro League football stars steal the show as Al-Hilal FC wins top title

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The partners of Al-Hilal midfield Nicolás Milesi and forward Ezequiel Cerutti arrive at the King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh during the Al-Hilal and Al-Fateh match.
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The partner of Ezequiel Cerutti.
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Nicolas Milesi's wife and child.
Updated 15 April 2018
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WAGS of Saudi Pro League football stars steal the show as Al-Hilal FC wins top title

  • Saudi government in January enabled women to attend football matches

RIYADH: The wives and girlfriends of the Al-Hilal players added some glamor to the occasion when the Riyadh giants won the Saudi Pro League title.

The fiancèe of star midfield Nicolás Milesi and the wife of big-money forward Ezequiel Cerutti were among the crowd of 23,000 at the King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh as Al-Hilal beat Al-Fateh 4-1.  

Dressed conservatively, they were benefiting from the ruling issued by the Saudi government in January that enabled women to attend football matches for the first time.

Milesi, the 25-year-old Uruguayan, has been at Al-Hilal since 2016 while Cerutti, his countryman, joined the club in January in a £4 million move from San Lorenzo.  

The South American pair were both part of the side who clinched the Saudi Pro League title for the club for the 15th time on a night of big celebrations in the capital city.

Omar Khribin, was the hero for Al-Hilal, scoring a hat-trick. 


All-star Mary Poppins sequel flies into view

Updated 18 September 2018
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All-star Mary Poppins sequel flies into view

  • The movie includes mixed live-action and animation scenes that are reminiscent of those that were cutting edge in the mid-1960s
  • “Mary Poppins Returns” is set for a pre-Christmas release in Britain and the United States

A view across the grimy rooftops of London? A nanny descending to earth with a flying umbrella? Dick Van Dyke? All are present and correct in the trailer for the “Mary Poppins” reboot that was released on Tuesday.
Julie Andrews, who won the 1965 Best Actress Oscar for her performance in the original, is replaced in “Mary Poppins Returns” by Emily Blunt as the unconventional governess who arrives as if by magic to heal a family in need of love.
In the sequel, it is 1932 and the boy, Michael Banks, has grown up and, helped by his sister Jane, is bringing up children of his own, in the absence of their mother.
The trailer gives few other clues to the plot of the musical, but showcases a stellar cast of British acting talent, including Ben Whishaw, Colin Firth and Julie Walters.
Meryl Streep also features, as does Dick Van Dyke who played the chimney sweep Bert with the so-bad-it’s-good cockney accent in the original. Now 92, the trailer shows him as lithe as ever, dancing on a table.
The Bert character — Jack in this film — is played by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the rapper and composer who created the acclaimed musical “Hamilton.”
The movie includes mixed live-action and animation scenes that are reminiscent of those that were cutting edge in the mid-1960s but have a retro-charm now.
The original movie was based on the children’s books by P.L. Travers who famously objected to Walt Disney’s embellishments to her stories. It was a huge success and became a classic.
“Mary Poppins Returns” is set for a pre-Christmas release in Britain and the United States.