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