Transfers Zlatan, Pogba and Mourinho’s top 20 transfers of all time Ronan Murphy 00:30 1/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(10) Getty Transfers Manchester United Porto Real Madrid Chelsea Internazionale Premier League Serie A Primera División Primeira Liga José Mourinho Opinion List Jose Mourinho has managed some of Europe’s biggest clubs including Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United. But who are his best ever signings?
Manchester City ‘Mahrez is a Leicester player’ – Pep gives up chase as Man City’s transfer window ends Goal Last updated 1 year ago 06:55 2/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Manchester City Premier League Riyad Mahrez Manchester City v West Bromwich Albion Everton v Leicester City Everton Leicester City West Bromwich Albion The Foxes put their foot down in the face of hard bargaining from the Etihad Stadium, and they will retain their star for at least another six months Pep Guardiola affirmed that Manchester City’s involvement in the transfer window had come to an end as he conceded defeat in the chase for Riyad Mahrez. Leicester City’s intransigence in negotiating a sale for their star player finally prevailed on Wednesday, leading City to pull out of negotiations. The Premier League leaders had filed a bid worth £60 million for the playmaker, who even handed in an official transfer request; but it was not enough to move the Foxes, who Goal understands were holding out for a fee upwards of £95m. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player City’s withdrawal from talks means ex-Athletic defender Aymeric Laporte is the only new face at the Etihad Stadium following the January window, but Pep refused to be too downbeat over the failure to land his man. “Mahrez is a Leicester player. I don’t talk about it too much,” he explained to reporters after City dispatched West Bromwich Albion 3-0 on Wednesday.”The transfer window is over so the guys who are here will finish the season.”Mahrez might be staying put, albeit rather reluctantly, for the rest of the season, but he was a notable absentee as Leicester were downed 2-1 in their midweek Premier League outing away to Everton. Manager Claude Puel, however, hopes that the Algeria international will put his disappointment behind him and continue to play a starring role for the Foxes. “We will see with Riyad – perhaps there is some disappointment – but today we had to focus on the game,” Puel explained to Sky Sports.”It’s always a difficult situation but I hope Riyad can come back quickly with a smile, happy to play for us.”City now sit 15 points clear at the Premier League summit after their win was accompanied by defeat for arch-rivals Manchester United, while defeat for Leicester sees the club drop to eighth behind Burnley. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
UEFA Champions League Firmino looking to help fill Coutinho void for Liverpool Allen Ramsey Last updated 1 year ago 09:08 2/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) UEFA Champions League Porto v Liverpool Porto Liverpool Philippe Coutinho Videos The Brazilian striker knows the loss of his countryman to Barcelona was a blow, but believes he can help fill the creative gap Roberto Firmino wants to help fill the creative gap that was left in Liverpool’s side by the departure of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona. Coutinho left the Reds for the Spanish giants in January in a €160 million deal , leaving a void in the midfield for Jurgen Klopp’s side. But countryman Firmino is looking to help fill that space, believing that he can help other Liverpool stars, like Mohamed Salah, pour in the goals despite the loss of the 25-year-old. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Firmino himself has been in fine form of late, with four goals in his last six outings and 20 goals in his last 36 appearances for the Reds. Liverpool face a tough last 16 tie in the form of Portuguese side Porto in the Champions League on Wednesday, and Firmino is looking forward to the added load on his shoulders ahead of the European clash. “Coutinho is a great player and of course when he left that put a greater responsibility on everyone else to perform without him,” Firmino told a press conference.”It is our job to deal with greater responsibility and I think we have done that so far.”I’m going to do what I can to help [Salah] score goals and to help all the team. I also want to help myself to make a good season.”I don’t know if Porto are going to be afraid but we are going to make their life difficult and make them suffer.”While Firmino has taken on a starring role for Liverpool in recent weeks, manager Jurgen Klopp doesn’t believe his Brazilian star is doing anything he hasn’t done in the past, only that he is not being overshadowed by his former team-mate. “When I came in I said immediately that I was happy Roberto was here,” Klopp told reporters.”I don’t think he has stepped up recently but maybe it is more obvious because his situations are not overshadowed by Phil Coutinho’s situations. That’s how it is.”He’s a very important player and he doesn’t always have to be the standout player. As often as he can be, that’s good.”Is he underrated? I don’t think so, not anymore. I don’t know what other people think about Roberto Firmino. But people with a football brain judge him right.”Liverpool and Porto will play the first leg of their round of 16 tie on Wednesday at Estadio do Dragao, with the return leg set for March 6 at Anfield.
UEFA Champions League Zidane refutes Real Madrid’s favourites tag in Champions League final Jack Davies 03:02 5/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images UEFA Champions League Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid Liverpool Zinédine Zidane While the bookmakers may put the Blancos top of the betting against Liverpool, a man looking for a hat-trick of European triumphs is not interested Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane has argued his side are not favourites for Saturday’s Champions League final against Liverpool.Madrid have won the last two finals and are heavily fancied to make it three titles in a row in Kiev.However, Zidane is reluctant to recognise the fact that many are tipping his side for another win, instead insisting the teams begin the match on a level footing. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “People say a lot of things. We know it’s not that way,” he said. “A final is a final. We are not favourites, Liverpool are not favourites.”What we have to do is play a great game. Favourites? In the dressing room, that’s not what we believe.”Zidane is also keen to ensure a third straight final appearance does not lead to complacency in his players, urging them to savour every moment of the dominance in European competition.”We’re just enjoying this moment, enjoying the preparation, enjoying the fact we’re in another final,” he continued. “We’ve already lived many things and perhaps we will live through more of these amazing things or maybe it will never happen again, so we have to make the most of it.”We are humans and us humans are fuelled on emotion and that makes things more beautiful in life.”Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp described Zidane’s tactics as a “good kind of chaos” earlier in the day and Zidane acknowledged those comments in his own assessment of how Saturday’s match will pan out.”Football is very simple. There are two teams and you have to understand the way that you can do damage to the other team and control the damage that the other team can do to you,” he said.”So, with your own philosophy of the way you play… we’ve had chaotic moments, tomorrow we’ll have more.”But you have to minimise those moments, keep things tight, but there will be moments when you have to dig deep.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
United States Youthful USMNT squad’s final exam will be a brutal one as full-strength France awaits Ives Galarcep 04:18 6/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Dan Mullan United States France v United States France Friendlies The third of the U.S. national team’s three pre-World Cup friendlies sees the Americans taking on a stacked French side in its final World Cup tuneup Since the current U.S. national team was thrown together with a collection of youngsters still finding their feet as professionals, let alone internationals, we have heard about the tests being thrown their way.First there was a Bolivia B team, in a home game that could be best described as a cushy pop quiz . Then came a trip overseas, to take on a more mature Republic of Ireland squad in a mid-term exam that showed the young Americans just how much they have to learn .That loss to Ireland provided a dose of reality, which should ensure the U.S. team has its eyes wide open heading into Saturday’s friendly against France, a powerhouse and World Cup contender boasting some of the best players in the world. The French will deploy their strongest possible squad in their final pre-World Cup tuneup, which is going to force the USMNT to either step up to the challenge or risk being annihilated. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “We know that we’re not preparing for a tournament, but at the same time these are invaluable experiences for a group of players that is just starting to come together,” U.S. midfielder Wil Trapp said. “It’s their last game before the World Cup so we know that the energy, the excitement from them, the quality, should be high and we’re prepared for it, we’re excited for it.”It’ll be difficult, but these are the games you want to play in.”The lackluster showing against Ireland shouldn’t necessarily be used to measure how the Americans will respond against the French. Since this run of friendlies was announced, the France match has been seen as the showcase, the one most players were circling on the calendar. It isn’t a stretch to think some U.S. players overlooked Ireland, but there are no surprises on Saturday. They will be taking on the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante, which is the type of challenge that should bring the best out of a brash crop of young American talents.”One thing I’ll tell you about this group is they don’t get intimidated,” U.S. caretaker coach Dave Sarachan said. “When we played Portugal in November with a similar younger team, FIFA had them third in the world, and they played without fear. This group is going to do the same.”Once we step on the field this group will compete.”The USMNT will once again be without its best player — Christian Pulisic — who went on vacation and skipped the team’s European-based friendlies. His absence, coupled with the injury to Kenny Saief and the inability to secure releases of some MLS-based midfielders, has left this U.S. team facing a playmaker drought. Sarachan turned to Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams as a central tandem in front of Trapp, a partnership that yielded very little in the way of chances created.The good news is that central midfield trio will have to be much more focused on defending and trying to slow down France’s vaunted attack, which plays to the strengths of McKennie and Adams, though the U.S. as a group still needs to do a better job of keeping the ball and moving it around.”I think we were a little bit afraid to play when there was some pressure on us,” U.S. defender Tim Parker said. “I think we just have to work on getting in good spots for one another when we have the ball. This way it makes it easier for the next guy.”From an individual standpoint, Saturday’s friendly should tell us quite a bit about several youngsters. Tim Weah plays for Paris Saint-German and has expressed his excitement about facing the French. The 18-year-old winger has impressed in the team’s recent friendlies, but finding success against France’s defense will be an entirely different kind of challenge.McKennie will have his opportunity to face off against Champions League caliber competition as he prepares to fight for a regular role in Schalke’s looming Champions League campaign, while Adams is expected to make a move to a top European league in the near future, and going up against the likes of Griezmann and Kante should only help raise his profile.Defensively, the center back tandem of Matt Miazga and Cameron Carter-VIckers had some shaky moments against Ireland, but will find a significantly more difficult challenge on Saturday. That’s assuming Sarachan doesn’t break up the pairing to give a start to Parker, who was impressive off the bench against Ireland.Whichever defense Sarachan settles on will need to play much better than the unit that faced Ireland. As much as the Americans are a long shot to knock off Les Bleus, the only chance they have of avoiding being overrun is if the team’s defensive shape and commitment is excellent.”We just want to make the game tough for them,” Parker said. “I think we want to put on a good showing for ourselves, but obviously not make it easy for them.”
Friday June 22, 2007: Alice Springs Grand Finals Touch West web-site: www.touchwest.com.auNORTHERN TERRITORY (NT)Play: #4Gove Touch Wet Season Grand FinalsGove Touch began its season in March with nine men’s teams and seven women’s teams. Towards the end of the season both the men and women’s competitions were split into two divisions – Men’s A, Men’s B and Women’s A, Women’s B. The finals were held on Friday June 15, 2007, at the Gove Touch Fields.Men’s A: Kamasutra def Who U Men’s B: Delta Reef def GIS Women’s A: Leo’s Tigers def Big Mamma’sWomen’s B: Exterminators def Lookers Kelly Roos was awarded ‘Best and Fairest’ in the women’s category while Daniel Bromot was the ‘Best and Fairest’ of the men’s division. The Gove Touch Dry season Mixed Competition starts in August, 2007.Other events: In the A-grade mixed final, Nagle College and Roulette Cinema were locked at 5-5 at the end of regular time. The youngsters from Nagle (Bairnsdale) won in a drop off to secure the title. The Mixed B final was won by Sale’s local heroes, Top Draw Krills.The Touch Football Victoria web-site:www.victouch.com.auAUSTRALIAN CAPTIAL TERRITORY (ACT) PLAY: #6ACT Primary Schools ChampionshipsThis Friday June 22, 2007, the best ACT junior Touch Footballers will take the field for the ACT Primary Schools Championships. Teams representing the seven Canberra regions will compete in Boys and Girls Divisions. The tournament will be run by ACT Touch Game Development Trainees Adam Raptis and Tim Arnold who are undertaking internships with ACT Touch as part of the their studies at the University of Canberra.ACT Game Development Officer, Chris Tarlinton is expecting a strong showing from all teams as each region has undertaken trials to select the best players for the Championships. The ACT selectors will be casting their eyes over the talent with a view to selecting the ACT Under-12s representative sides for the National Primary Championships in Melbourne in October.The action gets underway from 9am at the Deakin Playing Fields.Other events:ACT Touch continues to work with the ACT Government and other ACT sporting bodies to plan and manage the drought issues currently threatening to close ovals in Canberra region.The ACT Touch Association web-site: www.acttouch.com.auThat’s it for this week’s edition of A Set of Six.Be sure to check out all the latest news in Touch Football this week by going to each State’s web-site for further information. Sale Association held its Winter Grand Finals. Thursday June 21, 2007: Darwin Touch Mixed Grand Finals The Touch Football Northern Territory web-site: www.touchnt.com.au VICTORIA (VIC)Play: #5Victorian Junior Teams primed for Queensland Junior State CupThe Victorian Under-12, 15, and 18 representative teams are putting in final preparations for the Queensland Junior State Cup tournament on the Sunshine Coast from July 5 – 8, 2007.The Victorian teams that are travelling north for the tournament are looking forward to broadening their exposure to the game of Touch Football. It’s the start of a new three- year program aimed at developing and strengthening the skills and talent of junior Touch players based in Victoria as well as exposing them to a new level of competition. The five teams will be managed by TFA Victoria Game Development officer Carly Goodrich, and a panel of experienced coaches.These coaches include Miles Davine, Mick Carter, Leah Percy, Hamish McLean and John Katal.It will also be the first ever appearance of Victoria in the under-12 age group in any Touch Football competition in Australia – a positive milestone in the development of Touch in Victoria. Other events: Game Development Officer Glen Richardson is currently visiting Weipa presenting Referee and Coaching Courses Friday June 22, 2007: Darwin Touch Men’s and Women’s Grand Finals Touch Football Australia brings you this rapid fire “Set of Six” news ‘plays’ from around the Country. TFA’s Media Scholarship Holder Henry Holland and TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks will bring you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s A Set of Six – volume 7. QUEENSLAND (QLD) Play: #1 Queensland Touch and Sporting Wheelies WorkshopsOn Tuesday June 19, 2007, Queensland Touch took part in the first of two ‘No Limits Sports Expos’. The workshops are run conjunction with Lifestream and the Sporting Wheelies – organisations that work with disabled children in sport. The aim of the expos is to assess students from special education units and schools for suitability to participate in mainstream sport. Skills are tested through drills such as catching, passing and scoring. The participants’ motor skills are monitored, as is their ability to learn the rules of the game. Tuesday’s expo was held for 12 schools and units from the Sunshine Coast. 90 children were tested with approximately 80% judged as suitable for mainstream sport. On Thursday June 21, 2007, the second expo will be held for seven schools and units in the Logan and Beenleigh regions. 75 kids are expected to participate. Other events: Touch Football Queensland web-site: www.qldtouch.com.auSOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA) Play: #2 Botanics Touch Club Winter Competition The Botanics Touch Club winter competition will be played at Campbelltown Memorial Oval on the corner of Darley and Lower N.E. Roads, Campbelltown, commencing June 18, 2007.The competition format will be 2 x 25min games per team per week over the course of six weeks with all finals to be conducted on the seventh week.The competition dates are as follows:June 18, 25 July 2, 9, 16, 23 Finals July 30.Games will be played at 6.30pm, 7pm, 7.30pm, 8pm and 8.30pm if required.Other events:During the SAPSASA championships over 80 children were invited to the Under-12 State Trials to run on June 23 – 24, 2007, at the Citytouch Grounds in Eastwood. Announcement of the coaches will occur this week.Touch Football South Australia web-site: www.touchsa.com.auWESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA) Play: # 3Training camp for WA Under-18 PlayersOn the weekend 23 – 24 June, 2007, the first of two training camps will take place for all junior Metropolitan Touch Football players interested in taking part in the Under-18 National Championships, in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, from 17 – 20 September, 2007.The camp is part of an open selection process and will be conducted at the Northern Districts Touch Association in Doubleview, Perth. 30 – 40 players are expected at the camp, which will be supervised by Toby Hohapata (WA Under-18 Boys’ Coach), Russell Moeahu (WA Under-18 Boys’ Manager), Shelley Matcham (WA Under-18 Girls’ Coach and current Australian Women’s Open representative), Nelly Hokianga (WA Under-18 Girls’ Assistant Coach) and Connie Jackaman (WA Under-18 Girls’ Manager).The players will be educated on fitness, nutrition, and recovery, as well as participating in general ball skill drills and game play. Last year WA wasn’t able to field teams in the Under-18 National Championships. This year, a boys and girls team will contest the championships and is expected to make their presence felt. Sharron Wong, Jenaya Quan and Blane Edwards are all National Youth Squad members and will lead the sides strongly. The training camp will be the first opportunity for players from the south to stake their claim to represent their State. On the weekend of June 2 – 3, 2007, players from the Northwest region got the opportunity to impress at a junior development camp in Broome. The second and final Metropolitan camp will be held in July and will include invited players from the Northwest region.Other events: WA State teams continue to train for the upcoming Barbarians Cup on 13 – 14 July, 2007. Sunday June 24, 2007: 74 teams to compete in the last leg of the Delfin TRI-Series, the Junior Sharks Cup
NRL clubs and players have shown their support for our Australian teams over in New Zealand for the Trans Tasman series. The players have sent in their messages to wish our teams the best of luck and show they are right behind the Aussie teams. We thank you all for your messages of support and would love to keep the coming, be sure to do so via our social media channels. Hereâ€™s what all the guys had to say.Valentine Holmes â€“ Cronulla SharksGood luck to all the Australian touch teams travelling over to New Zealand. Good luck and all the best and hopefully you will bring back the trophy. Matt Moylan â€“ Penrith PanthersI just wanted to wish you all the best and good luck in the Trans Tasman.Blake Austin â€“ Canberra Raiders Best of luck to the Australian Menâ€™s, Womenâ€™s and Mixed Touch Football teams in the up and coming Trans Tasman series.Sam Williams â€“ Canberra Raiders Just want to wish the Menâ€™s, Womenâ€™s and Mixed teams all the best at the Trans Tasman series. All the best and enjoy.Matt Ballin â€“ Wests TigersOn behalf of the club we would like to wish you all the best of luck in your touch games over there. I hope you get the kiwis and bring home the trophy. Good luck guys!William Zillman (Gold Coast Titans)Just wanted to say congratulations to Jayden and Peter for making the Australian Menâ€™s Touch Football team and Ashleigh and Marikki for making the Australian Womenâ€™s Touch Football team. Best of luck to all the participants. Ashley Taylor â€“ Gold Coast TitansGood luck to all the teams taking on the Kiwis this weekend at the Trans Tasman Series.Tyrone Roberts â€“ Gold Coast TitansIt is an honour to represent your country. We are right behind you – do us proud.Ryan James â€“ Gold Coast TitansJust wanted to say congratulations to Adam, Michael and Paige for making the Australian mixed Touch Football team. Good luck when you play.Cameron Cullen â€“ Gold Coast TitansGood luck to Nick, Lizzie and Cam. Good luck on your captaincy debuts.Andrew Hill â€“ NRL On behalf of all of us here at the NRL and the Australian Rugby League, I offer my congratulations to all the players and staff on your section. It is indeed an absolute honour to represent not only your sport but also Australia. As you take the field, the Kangaroos and the Jillaroos are coming into camp as we also prepare to take on the Kiwis the following weekend. Finally I look forward to joining you in Auckland and cheering you all on as we take battle on the field against the Kiwis. Weâ€™ll be keeping you up-to-date with all of the latest news, information and results from the 2016 Trans Tasman series on our website and social media channels, so you wonâ€™t miss any of the action:Website: www.touchfootball.com.au Facebook: www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter: www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus Instagram: www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia YouTube: www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Snapchat â€“ search for â€˜TFAofficialâ€™Be sure to use the hashtags #transtasman2016, #oneteam and #teamaustralia across all of our social media platforms.Be sure to send in your message of support for your teams on our social media channels.To watch Touch New Zealand’s live streaming, please click here. Related LinksMessages of Support
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Napoli president De Laurentiis: Mourinho wanted to buy Koulibaly for £95Mby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed Jose Mourinho wanted to sign Kalidou Koulibaly for Manchester United.De Laurentiis says his side rejected a £95m bid from United for Koulibaly earlier this month.He told Corriere del Mezzogirono: “Mourinho wanted him, we rejected £95 million.“But now it’s impossible that he leaves Napoli.”Indeed, Koulibaly penned a new deal to 2023 with Napoli this week.
Roma coach Fonseca happy with goalscorer Dzeko for Sassuolo winby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma coach Paulo Fonseca was delighted with Edin Dzeko for the win over Sassuolo.Dzeko struck in the 4-2 victory.Fonseca said, “I spoke to Edin Dzeko a great deal during pre-season. He is a very important player. He scored a goal today, could’ve had more, but he is an excellent forward.“We changed a few things this evening. Pellegrini played as a trequartista. With Jordan Veretout and Mkhitaryan, we’ve got a better capacity for maintaining possession. Everyone played well today.“I tell everyone to press high and that is an important element. It worked well this evening. That does mean running some risks, but the high press is important and, when done well, actually gives you fewer risks in defence.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Real Madrid coach Zidane: When we lose I’m out and in when we winby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says he can handle the sack talk swirling around him.Pressure has eased on the Frenchman after victory at Sevilla on Sunday.And ahead of their meeting with Osasuna, Zidane shrugged: “When we lose I am out and in when we win.”Beyond the game we did, what stands out is that we played as a team from minute one to the end. “To win the game tomorrow, we need the same. There is no easy game. We have to continue along this line.”He added: “Tomorrow there is a game and what happens happens. We have to make a great game tomorrow, with the same intensity and the same desire. It is what interests me.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace boss Hodgson hails ‘enormously valuable’ Milivojevic after Norwich winby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson was delighted with their 2-0 defeat of Norwich City.Palace captain Luka Milivojevic scored a first-half penalty on his 100th appearance for the club before Andros Townsend sealed the win for Hodgson’s side.”When you see the five minutes go up on the board it was a bit of a deja vu situation. Norwich are a good team with good, quality players and they came back into in the first half which made our one goal lead look fragile,” said Hodgson.”The second goal was coming but we couldn’t produce the last pass or last shot and it was nice when it eventually came.”On captain Milivojevic, he added: “He’s enormously valuable, that’s why he’s captain of the team. He’s been a massive influence on and off the field, particularly on the field, with the way he plays and his understanding of the game.”
It’s certainly a strange old world, football.It’s a world where trivial issues can be amplified, given prime-time prominence and endless air-time, while other, more serious matters are left alone, brushed under the carpet, to be kept there until someone is brave enough to shine a light.Witness, for example, the ‘Spygate’ scandal at Leeds United last week; the story of Marcelo Bielsa instructing a member of staff to covertly observe a Derby County training session. The reaction to that bordered on the hysterical, with talk of ‘moral codes’ and quaint notions of ‘respect’ between clubs and managers. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The point missed by the likes of Martin Keown, Jermaine Jenas and Stuart Pearce, all of whom voiced predictably strong, indignant opinions on the matter, is football’s fiercely-competitive nature, the fact that any advantage, be it financial, tactical, physical or psychological will be sought by its participants.Observing rivals’ training sessions is not new, nor it is a breach of the sport’s ethics, certainly no more than, say, a player texting a friend at another club to find out their likely starting XI. Believe me, they both happen regularly.The issue of diving is another which is guaranteed to bring football’s moral arbiters to the table, and they’ve been queuing up of late to have their say on the latest ‘storm’. At the eye of it stands – or falls, if you prefer – Mohamed Salah.It is one of those curious statistical quirks that since Boxing Day, Liverpool have been awarded four penalties in four Premier League games, with Salah responsible for three of those. Prior to that, the Reds had been awarded just one spot-kick in their opening 18 league matches. Salah, of course, won that one too, against Saturday’s opponents, Crystal Palace.Last weekend’s penalty proved decisive, settling a tense encounter with Brighton at the AmEx Stadium.Afterwards, with little else to discuss after another clean sheet and an 18th league win of the campaign for the league leaders, the debate centred on the Egyptian, and whether he was in danger of ‘making a name for himself’. And not the good kind. “I think he’ll have to be careful,” said Andy Gray, the former Everton striker and one-time Sky Sports commentator. “I’m a little concerned how easily Mo Salah is going to ground these days, especially in the penalty area.”Richard Keys, his partner in crime at Sky and now BeIN Sports, agreed, adding “I think he’s getting into the habit of making the most of challenges.At the AmEx, the Brighton supporters booed Salah until the final whistle, chanting “1-0 to the referee” as Liverpool sealed the three points.Their ire really should have been directed towards their own player, Pascal Gross, whose naivety and lack of defensive instinct proved so costly.Gross, just as Mamadou Sakho, Paul Dummett and Sokratis Papastathopolous did earlier in the campaign, paid the price for allowing Salah to get behind them, reacting in a panic by making contact with the forward. In this day and age, it’s a game not worth playing.And that, really, is the rub.Pundits such as Gray and Keys – or ESPN’s Craig Burley, who labelled Salah “pathetic” after he tumbled against Newcastle on Boxing Day – belong to a different era, to a sport with different rules.They criticise Salah – or Harry Kane, or Raheem Sterling, or Jamie Vardy, or Wilfried Zaha – because they don’t understand the way the sport has evolved, and is continuing to do so. They see things in black and white, with nothing in between. Funnily enough, there seems to be none of the same outrage when, let’s say, a defender facing his own goal ‘waits for contact’ from an attacker in order to win a cheap free-kick and relieve the pressure on his side, or when a full-back tells the referee he got the ball when the world can see he did anything but.In both cases, the aim is the same; to force the officials into a decision, to gain an advantage for their side. We can take it further, too. Compare, if you will, the reaction to a ‘simulation’ incident to that of a potential red-card tackle.Which damages the game more, a player going to ground when having his shirt pulled in the penalty area, or a 13-stone defender flying, studs showing, into another player’s ankle, shin or knee?Witness how those same pundits, brought up in a world where ‘leaving a bit’ on an opponent was to be applauded – encouraged even – make allowances for such challenges. ‘Part of the game’ they’ll say; aggression is to be admired, but winning your side a ‘soft’ penalty is not, even if the aim of both is the same.This is not a Liverpool moan, although the Reds do currently have a player, Joe Gomez, sidelined after a ‘ball-winning’ challenge from Burnley’s Ben Mee last month. “A fantastic tackle,” Sean Dyche called it. Presumably, the Clarets boss would be equally impressed if it was his player on the receiving end?Rather, this is a debate which cuts to the core of football in this country.Going to ground under a foul – and Gross’ challenge on Salah was a foul, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise – can ‘earn you a reputation’, yet endangering the safety of an opponent can be excused, accepted.“You can’t take tackles out of the game,” Mee said. His views will be echoed across the sport, no doubt.And yet we have seen rule changes designed to do exactly that. The ‘tackle from behind’ was outlawed in the 1990s, with rules tightened further before the 1998 World Cup. It was a sensible decision, even if it made life tougher for defenders, who were forced to modify their game, to stay on their feet more, to be less reckless as a result.In this correspondent’s view, the same sort of clampdown is needed on challenges which ‘take the ball’ but at such force that the follow-through puts the opponent at risk.We know the type, and it would be nice to see managers, players and pundits begin to accept that tackles which break bones, rupture ligaments and split shins are as much ‘part of the game’ as terrace racism, crumbling stadia and the Cup Winners’ Cup.The game has changed, the rules have changed, and it is time attitudes changed.As for Salah, his job is simple; to keep doing what he’s doing. And if defenders refuse to learn the lessons of Sakho and Dummett, Sokratis and Gross, then more fool them… Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Twitter/@jeffrey_moore7One Georgia fan got a little more excited than most with his Dawgs’ win over Missouri, and it earned him a hospital trip.Late Saturday night, Georgia fan Jeff Moore posted a video of his friend celebrating Jacob Eason’s late touchdown pass, which proved to be the game-winner in UGA’s 28-27 win at Faurot Field. That celebration involved throwing a cooler across the room for no apparent reason, and crashing through a window. He was very happy.Everyone please look at what I have to deal with on a daily basis.Go dawgs? pic.twitter.com/lj9CXKO3Nr— Jeff Moore (@jeffrey_moore7) September 18, 2016The anonymous friend suffered a really nasty gash on his bicep from going through said glass door.Be forewarned, it is pretty gross looking, so don’t scroll down if you are squeamish.@jeffrey_moore7 …we’re at the hospital now pic.twitter.com/IE3cYlBCZT— Jeff Moore (@jeffrey_moore7) September 18, 2016UGA Football Live followed up with Moore, who brought his friend to the hospital to get stitches.Just spoke with @DINARDO15, the turnt #UGA fan from last night: “All stitched up and ready for Oxford,” he said. pic.twitter.com/wLwePUNay8— UGA Football Live (@UGAfootballLive) September 18, 2016That is all well and good, but the guys still have a broken window. They’ve launched a GoFundMe to try and collect funds to repair it.May be a long shot, but anything helps.I’m raising money for UGA Fan Window Replacement Click here: https://t.co/PksJj7g79d via @gofundme— Jeff Moore (@jeffrey_moore7) September 19, 2016From the campaign:I’m sure you’ve all seen the video of my roommate smashing through our window after that awesome SEC road win…. Although he has agreed to pay for it, we’d appreciate all the help we can get.So far, they’ve only raised $5, but we figure there’ll be a few other Georgia fans who want to help some passionate Dawgs out.[Deadspin]
Watford have announced the signing of Craig Dawson, who joins the Premier League side after spending the last nine seasons with West Brom.Dawson has agreed a four-year deal with Watford, who paid the Championship outfit a reported £5.5 million ($7m).The 29-year-old, who can feature at both centre-back or right-back, joined the Baggies back in the summer of 2011, signing from Rochdale in League One. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Aside from a half season loan with Bolton Wanderers in 2012-13, Dawson would spend the next nine campaigns with the Baggies, becoming a regular starter with the club during the 2014-15 Premier League season.He remained with West Brom following their drop from the top flight in the 2017-18 campaign, starting 42 games in the Championship this previous season as the club finished fourth to qualify for the play-offs.Dawson started both play-off semi-final legs for the Baggies, and scored in a 1-0 victory in the second leg against Aston Villa, only for West Brom to fall in the tie on penalties to the eventual play-off winners. With a quick promotion to the Premier League denied, Dawson has instead received his return to the top-flight via a transfer to Watford, where as he adds further Premier League experience to Javi Gracia’s side, having prevously featured in over 150 games in the division.In total, Dawson completes his tenure with West Brom having made 225 appearances for the club, during which he netted 15 goals. Welcome to the family, Craig pic.twitter.com/gER0AdDWNQ— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) July 1, 2019The former England Under-21 international becomes the beaten FA Cup finalists’ first signing ahead of the 2019-20 season.Heurelho Gomes penned a one-year contract extension last week, the veteran goalkeeper reversing his previously announced intention to retire.The Hornets will be aiming to improve on season where they picked up 50 points and finished in 11th place, but narrowly missed out on a top-half of the table by a couple of points.
Everton have confirmed the capture of highly rated Juventus teenager Moise Kean in a deal worth an initial €27.5 million (£25m/$31m)The deal could grow to become worth up to €30m (£27m/$33m) with add-ons, with Kean set to earn €3m (£2.75m/$3.3m) a year on Merseyside across a five-year contract.Kean, who has been capped three times by his country, scored six goals in 13 Serie A appearances last term. Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “I am very proud and honoured to wear the Everton shirt. I will give my best to this team,” the Toffees’ latest signing told evertontv .“I was convinced to sign because Everton is a club looking to the future and so am I. I know about the size of the Club. It has big ambition and I will work very hard to help us fulfil what we want to achieve.“I am used to winning and I want to bring this winning attitude to the team. I hope I will be very good on the field and bring the fans joy.”Marco Silva’s side will be looking to improve upon an eighth-place finish in the Premier League last season and identified the young Italian as a shrewd addition to a club looking to make forward strides.“A striker was one of our priority signings this summer,” Silva said in the wake of Kean’s signing.“Moise is strong, fast, with many good qualities as a striker and he is just 19 years old. He has talent and he is ready to work, ready to improve our squad and gives us different solutions.“Of course he was at a big club, now he’s come to another big club and is ready to fight for this challenge and to give everything to Everton Football Club.”Kean becomes the club’s fifth summer signing following the arrivals of former Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl, Idrissa Gueye’s replacement Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Fabian Delph and Andre Gomes after he made his loan move from Barcelona permanent.Ademola Lookman and Nikola Vlasic joined Gueye in leaving the club this summer, the pair joining RB Leipzig and CSKA Moscow, respectively.Everton’s Premier League campaign begins on August 10 with a trip to Crystal Palace.
ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 17: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Wolverines 27-23. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)We’re still a few months away from the 2018 college football season, so #offseasoncontent is at its peak right now. Thursday morning, ESPN radio host Braden Gall stirred the pot by releasing his personal rankings for coaches in the Big Ten, ACC, SEC and Big 12. It’s the Big Ten rankings that have some upset.Gall went with Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer at No. 1 – which is hard to debate. But he went with Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh at No. 2, which many are taking exception to. He has Harbaugh ranked ahead of both Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio and Penn State head coach James Franklin.Barrett Sallee, for one, is a bit miffed. He thinks Harbaugh should be ranked a few spots behind where Gall has him.Nebraska’s Scott Frost, Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald and Wisconsin’s Paul Chryst come next on the list.My B1G Coach ’18 Ranks:1. Urbs2. Harbaugh3. Dantonio4. Franklin5. Frost6. Fitz7. Chryst8. Ferentz9. Brohm10. Fleck11. Durkin12. Ash13. Allen14. Lovie— Braden Gall (@BradenGall) June 21, 2018Harbaugh over Dantonio and Franklin is insane. https://t.co/e2WAhMxqzr— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) June 21, 2018You could make a reasonable argument that Harbaugh over Chryst is insane. I’m not sure I’d personally make it. But it could be made.— Aaron Torres (@Aaron_Torres) June 21, 2018Gall defended his stance a bit, noting that it isn’t just what the coaches have accomplished in the Big Ten that matters. He notes that Harbaugh took the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl.Just in Big Ten isn’t all that matters. Harbaugh going to a Super Bowl, rebuilding Stanford counts. H2H with Franklin: beat him by 40, then got crushed.— Braden Gall (@BradenGall) June 21, 2018For the Harbaugh vs. Franklin debate…You don’t get to scream “what has he won?” about Franklin’s B1G title when Harbaugh beat him by 40 that year.— Braden Gall (@BradenGall) June 21, 2018If you’re interested in Gall’s rankings for the ACC, Big 12 and SEC, you can find them below.My Big 12 Coach ’18 ranks:1. Patterson2. Snyder3. Riley4. Gundy5. Herman6. Campbell7. Holgo8. Rhule9. Kingsbury10. Beatty— Braden Gall (@BradenGall) June 21, 2018My ACC Coach ’18 ranks:1. Dabo2. Richt3. Fuente4. Petrino5. Cutt6. Taggart7. Clawson8. Johnson9. Mendenhall10. Fedora11. Doeren12. Addazio13. Narduzzi14. Babers— Braden Gall (@BradenGall) June 21, 2018My SEC Coach ’18 Ranks:1. Saban2. Mullen3. Gus4. Smart5. Jimbo6. Muschamp7. Stoops8. Morris9. Morehead10. Odom11. Mason12. O13. Pruitt14. Luke— Braden Gall (@BradenGall) June 21, 2018College football fans, what do you think of Gall’s rankings?
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 6: Head Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks to the media during the College Football Playoff National Championship Media Day at Philips Arena on January 6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Alabama has been the most-dominant team in college football for the entire 2018 regular season. The Crimson Tide are having some major trouble today, taking on Georgia at the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta.It’s Georgia 21, Alabama 7 late in the second quarter.Is everything OK with the Crimson Tide?Of course, it’s early…“Reminder: Georgia led Alabama 20-7 in this same building 326 days ago. Lost 26-23 in OT,” tweeted Yahoo! Sports’ Pat Forde.Reminder: Georgia led Alabama 20-7 in this same building 326 days ago. Lost 26-23 in OT.— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) December 1, 2018Of course, that’s not something Georgia fans want to hear right now.Regardless, the Bulldogs are making one heck of a case for the College Football Playoff.Georgia, even if it loses this game, could end up sneaking into the top four when the final rankings come out on Sunday afternoon.Alabama and Georgia are playing on CBS.
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 22: Head Coach Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners watches warm ups before the game against the Army Black Knights at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Black Knights 28-21 in overtime. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Jalen Hurts didn’t transfer to Oklahoma to ride the bench. The former Alabama star expects to be the Sooners starter come Week 1, after leaving behind the program at which he had so much success.He won’t just be handed the job though. Right now, he is technically in a quarterback battle with Tanner Mordecai.Oklahoma also brings in the nation’s No. 1 2019 quarterback in Spencer Rattler. He won’t be in Norman until the summer though, so it would be asking a ton for him to win the job as a true freshman, given the competition.To his credit, Mordecai isn’t backing down, and says he plans to compete with Hurts until Lincoln Riley makes a decision.Lincoln Riley also insists that Oklahoma football is having a true quarterback battle.Whether or not Hurts is being treated as the presumptive starter, Riley says the competition remains open.From OU Daily:Through nine practices, Riley says that Hurts and Mordecai have been competing well and pushing each other. He also denied that the battle was just for show.“Yeah, it’s a competition, like there’s always been here,” Riley said. “We’ve always had competitions, we will always have competitions. This is a very real one.”Mordecai was a highly-regarded recruit, and has more experience in Riley’s offense, which is an advantage. Hurts is as battle-tested as they come, and by all accounts, is an outstanding teammate and leader, dating back to his handling of the QB situation with Tua Tagovailoa in Tuscaloosa last year.Whomever wins the job won’t have the easiest draw in Week 1. The Sooners host Dana Holgorsen’s Houston Cougars on August 31.[OU Daily]
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer celebrates winning the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Urban Meyer has consistently said that he doesn’t know if he’ll coach again and I think I believe him when he says it. The former Ohio State head coach appears to be enjoying work as a TV analyst for FOX and he’s staying relatively busy working for the Buckeyes’ athletic department.At 55 years old, though, is Meyer really going to be happy staying away from the sideline for the next 20-plus years of his life?When people say they doubt it, I also believe them.Even Meyer has admitted, in an interview with cleveland.com, that it’s possible he could make a return. He misses the “fight” of coaching football. “I’ve been in a fight for 33 years, and now you’re not in that fight,” Meyer told Cleveland.com. “So how do you fulfill that fight? And I feel that every morning. Every morning. It’s all about a win and a loss for 33 years. I mean every day was. Not just you’re getting ready for a game. No, no, no, no.“You’re recruiting every day. You’re going against Alabama and Clemson every day, The Team Up North every day. Now you’re not. That’s the number one void, is you’re not in a fight.”It’s unlikely that Meyer will find that fight in anything else. So, the question is – will a good enough opportunity present itself to Meyer, like one did at Ohio State after he stepped away from Florida?Well, let’s check in on how things are going at USC…Winds of change starting to swirl for the USC Trojans? https://t.co/p5F9Daj2m1 pic.twitter.com/IeQObPo5Vw— 247Sports (@247Sports) September 16, 2019Clay Helton is on college football’s hottest seat following USC’s loss to BYU on Saturday. The Trojans’ head coach entered the year on the hot seat and it’s only gotten hotter following the departure of athletic director Lynn Swann and the loss to the Cougars.USC is one of the few college football jobs Meyer would probably consider coming back for. He’s already spending time in Los Angeles doing work for FOX (with two former USC stars in Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush). And the Trojans, despite being down for a while, possess what Meyer needs to make a run at College Football Playoff. The Pac-12 is winnable and Meyer can recruit the kind of players he needs to Southern California.Maybe it won’t happen, and maybe Meyer will stay retired for good, but few storylines in college football will get more attention over the next couple of months than USC’s potential pursuit of the three-time national champion.
Press Trust of India SylhetJanuary 17, 2019UPDATED: January 17, 2019 14:25 IST David Warner is serving a 12-month ban for his role in the infamous ball-tampering scandal last year (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDavid Warner picked up an elbow injury during his ongoing stint with Sylhet SixersWarner will be returning to Australia next Monday to have his injury assessedThe former Australia vice-captain’s 12-month ban for ball-tampering ends on March 28Australian opener David Warner, who is working towards a return to international cricket after serving a ball-tampering ban, has picked up an elbow injury during his ongoing stint with the Bangladesh Premier League.Warner will leave the tournament early to have his injury assessed, joining his former skipper Steve Smith in the injured list.”While the extent of the injury remains unknown, Warner will continue to play for the Sylhet Sixers before he departs, meaning he will feature in matches on the 18th and 19th,” Cricket Australia’s official website ‘cricket.com.au’ said in its report.Smith, who is also serving a 12-month ban for his role in the infamous ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last year, has already undergone a surgery on his right elbow after returning home and is expected to be out of action for at least six weeks.Warner will be returning to Australia next Monday to have his injury assessed.Both Smith and Warner’s 12-month bans end on March 28 and the duo was expected to feature in Australia’s last two matches of the five ODIs against Pakistan in the UAE.Warner looked close to his best in the BPL, scoring two half-centuries in five innings, including a whirlwind unbeaten 61 on Wednesday night.He even batted right-handed in Wednesday’s BPL match for Sylhet Sixers against Mashrafe Mortaza-led Rangpur Riders in Sylhet.After batting with his usual left-handed stance for 32 balls, Warner took guard as a right-handed batsman, helping raise quite a few eyebrows. The Australia opener then smashed Riders’ part-time off-spinner Chris Gayle for a six in the first ball after the switch.advertisementWarner made room for himself and lofted Gayle straight over the bowler’s head and over the ropes, sending the crowd and social media into a tizzy. Warner didn’t stop there as he paddle-swept the next ball to a boundary. He also played a reverse sweep and collected another boundary in the last ball of the 19th over.Warner finished with an unbeaten 61 off 36 balls – 47 off 33 with a left-hander’s guard and 14 off 3 with a right-hander’s. The Australia star’s whirlwind knock helped the Sixers post 187 for 5 on the board.He had struggled in his first BPL outing against Steve Smith-led Comilla Victorians but hit form with a 47-ball 59 in the second game and captained the Sixers to a five-run win over Chittagong Vikings on January 9.Nonetheless, Warner-led Sixers are at the last spot on the seven-team table with just one win from four matches.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow David WarnerFollow Sylhet SixersFollow Bangladesh Premier LeagueFollow BPL 2019 Why David Warner is returning early from Bangladesh Premier LeagueDavid Warner looked close to his best in the BPL, scoring two half-centuries in five innings, including a whirlwind unbeaten 61 on Wednesday night.advertisement