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Arsenal team news: Alexis and Ozil missing

first_imgArsenal Arsenal team news: No Alexis or Ozil at Bournemouth Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 20:31 1/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alexis Sanchez 31122017 Getty Images Arsenal Premier League AFC Bournemouth v Arsenal AFC Bournemouth The Gunners face the Cherries without a win in four games across all competitions, with the absence of key men doing Arsene Wenger few favours Alexis Sanchez has been left out of Arsenal’s matchday squad for a meeting with Bournemouth amid mounting transfer talk, while Mesut Ozil is also missing.The German playmaker is absent through injury, but Jack Wilshere has shaken off a knock picked up in a Carabao Cup clash with Chelsea to make Arsene Wenger’s starting XI.Alex Iwobi is also included again despite struggling at Stamford Bridge in midweek. 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 Arsenal team: Cech, Chambers, Holding, Mustafi, Bellerín, Maitland-Niles, Wilshere, Xhaka, Iwobi, Welbeck, Lacazette.Subs: Ospina, Kolasinac, Mertesacker, Elneny, Ramsey, Walcott, Nketiah.Bournemouth team: Begovic, Francis, Steve Cook, Ake, Adam Smith, Lewis Cook, Gosling, Daniels, Ibe, Fraser, Callum Wilson.Subs: Boruc, Simpson, Surman, Arter, Pugh, Mousset, Afobe.Arsenal v Bournemouth 140118While without the services of two creative influences, Wenger is able to welcome back a couple of other senior stars.Sead Kolasinac is back on the bench, alongside Wales international midfielder Aaron Ramsey.They may be required to play a part at some stage, as the Gunners seek to snap a four-match winless run.Momentum needs to be found from somewhere, with Arsenal currently sat sixth in the Premier League table – five points adrift of the Premier League places. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more


Spain striker Villa determined to go to World Cup

first_imgSpain New York City FC striker Villa determined to earn place in Spain’s World Cup squad Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 01:44 1/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) David Villa Getty Images Spain World Cup Russia Costa Rica Friendlies Despite only making one appearance for La Roja since the 2014 World Cup, the forward is targeting a spot in their squad for Russia 2018 David Villa is determined to go to the World Cup as part of the Spain squad, having ended a three-year wait for an international cap in 2017.New York City FC striker Villa had not been selected since the 2014 World Cup when Spain coach Julen Lopetegui called him up for September’s double-header of qualifiers against Liechtenstein and Italy.Injury restricted Villa to a single minute of action across the two matches, while Lopetegui has plenty of attacking options for his squad, with Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata and Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa among them. 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 But Villa, who went to the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cups with Spain, believes he can force his way into Lopetegui’s plans.”I know that Lopetegui is watching me and that I’m one of the attacking candidates,” Villa told Efe.”In the end, he will decide which players are best and I’d be delighted to be part of the squad.”What I will do is play well and train hard at the highest level to get the best out of myself.”Can’t wait to play in front of all our @NYCFC fans again!!!  #nycfc #mls #TeamVos @NYCFCEspanol— David Villa (@Guaje7Villa) January 12, 2018Villa scored five goals in his last five appearances in 2017, although NYCFC did not make it to the MLS Cup final after the club fell to the Columbus Crew in the Eastern Conference semifinals.And the 36-year-old accepts an injury suffered during the September international break was a blow to his World Cup selection hopes.”Injuries always seem to come at a bad time but it was even more so in that case,” Villa said.”The reaction of people was very nice though. It was a nice experience, even though it ended badly with the injury.”Former Barcelona forward Villa has made 98 appearances and has scored 59 times for his country, five of which came as Spain triumphed at the 2010 tournament in South Africa.last_img read more


Pochettino denies Malcom rumours

first_imgTransfers Pochettino plays down Malcom talk after seeing Arsenal exit transfer race Jamie Smith 15:41 1/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Malcom AFP Transfers Tottenham Hotspur Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur Southampton Premier League Harry Kane Bordeaux Ligue 1 The Bordeaux winger is a reported transfer target for Tottenham, but the Spurs head coach has refused to confirm the club’s interest in the Brazilian Mauricio Pochettino has played down reports Tottenham are interested in signing Bordeaux’s in-demand Malcom after seeing north London rivals Arsenal distance themselves from a deal.The winger is a reported target for Spurs, having hit seven goals in Ligue 1 this season, with Pochettino yet to make a signing in the January transfer window.But despite Spurs struggling for creativity in Christian Eriksen’s absence during Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Southampton, the Argentine coach has denied a move for the Brazilian is imminent. 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 “That is a rumour and I don’t want to speak about it,” Pochettino told Sky Sports when asked about 20-year-old Malcom. “I am happy with our squad. We are open to quality players, but it is difficult in this transfer window.”Harry Kane’s 99th Premier League goal cancelled out a Davinson Sanchez own-goal as Spurs struggled for cohesion at a sodden St Mary’s, losing ground in the race for Champions League qualification.But after Kane missed a last-minute opportunity to snatch all three points, Pochettino said his side had done enough to win the game.”I think it was an even game and a difficult game to play,” Pochettino added. “The pitch was in a difficult condition. It was tough. A battle. It was fair, the result.”We struggled to play. It was in possession, we made mistakes which allowed them to play. To win the game we should do better and play better. It wasn’t great.”We tried to be more aggressive in our offensive phase and to link better Kane and [Dele] Alli behind. This allowed us to be more aggressive in transition and use our full-backs going forward. We had a massive chance with Harry Kane at the end to win the game.”We still have the possibility to fight [for the top four]. Southampton are in a relegation battle so it is not easy, they fight to survive. Every ball, they were aggressive. But it was our mistake to not win the game.”Southampton are in the relegation zone, without a win in their last 10 Premier League matches, but Mauricio Pellegrino was buoyed by his team’s performance.”I think we are on the right path,” Pellegrino told Sky Sports. “In the last four games we responded really well. Obviously this is the attitude we need to show in the next game [at home to Brighton and Hove Albion] – it’s massive for us.”We knew this. In the second half they played with a diamond, one between the line and two strikers, they were dangerous. But we had space in wide areas and we had a couple of chances. They are an amazing team with great players. Most of the time we defended well.”We have to be confident but we are not in the best moment so players might not want to take risks, this is part of football.”For me every single game is an opportunity to improve. We have improved a lot and we have to continue in this way. In three or four weeks time everything can change. We have to be optimistic but we will continue to improve.”last_img read more


Alexis opens Utd account in win over Huddersfield

first_imgManchester United 2 Huddersfield Town 0: Sanchez scores in successful home debut Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 00:55 2/4/18 sanchez-cropped Getty Images Manchester United new boy Alexis Sanchez scored the second goal, his first for the club, in a routine 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town. Alexis Sanchez scored his first Manchester United goal as they bounced back from defeat to Tottenham by cruising to a straightforward 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town.Jose Mourinho caused a stir by dropping Paul Pogba – who was hauled off in the 2-0 loss at Spurs – for Huddersfield’s visit and, while his absence was notable in midfield, United rarely looked like dropping points at Old Trafford.The hosts were dominant throughout the first half and should have been given a penalty when Scott McTominay – Pogba’s replacement – was barged into by Terence Kongolo. 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 Clear-cut chances were something of a rarity before the break, however, as United’s play suffered because of a lack of width caused by Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Sanchez – making his home debut – all wanting to occupy central positions.When United did alter their system in order to exploit the flanks, the breakthrough eventually arrived – Mata crossing to Lukaku for a neat, near-post finish in the 55th— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 3, 2018Sanchez then wrapped things up 22 minutes from time, tucking home after his initial penalty was saved to get off the mark for United, who cut Manchester City’s emphatic lead to 13 points following the latter’s 1-1 draw with Burnley.Following a minute’s silence to mark the upcoming 60th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster on Tuesday, United started brightly, creating two chances inside 10 minutes.Lingard crafted the first, darting through the middle and tearing past two defenders before shooting left-footed at Jonas Lossl from the edge of the area.And Chris Smalling wasted the second, heading into Lossl’s arms with the goal at his mercy.United were unlucky not to win a penalty in the 20th minute as Kongolo clattered into McTominay in an aerial clash and completely missed the ball.Huddersfield had another escape soon after – Lossl pushing away Sanchez’s fierce 20-yard drive after the Chilean brilliantly made space for himself.United had to wait until the early stages of the second half for their next clear chance, as Sanchez reached Lukaku’s knock-on and saw his effort blocked by Tommy Smith.However, Huddersfield’s resistance was finally brought to an end just before the hour.Love it! #MUFC— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 3, 2018Mata curled a fine cross in towards the near post from the left flank and Lukaku nipped in front of his marker to divert home.Pogba was introduced from the bench for Lingard in the 65th minute and United’s second goal soon followed.Sanchez won a penalty following a clumsy challenge just inside the area by substitute Michael Hefele and, although his spot-kick was saved by Lossl, the rebound came straight back to the former Arsenal star and he swept it home with minimal fuss.Proceedings petered out from there, as Mourinho’s side comfortably held on to take all three points. Key Opta Stats:- Huddersfield are the 20th consecutive team to lose on their first Premier League visit to Old Trafford, since Derby County won there 3-2 in 1996-97.- This was the 15th clean sheet United have kept in the Premier League this season, more than any other side.- Sanchez is the first player to score against the same club for two different Premier League sides in the same season since Patrick van Aanholt did so against Middlesbrough last season (for Crystal Palace and Sunderland). read morelast_img read more


Mahrez denies striking on return to Leicester

first_imgTransfers Mahrez denies going on strike after return to Leicester training Goal Last updated 1 year ago 00:48 2/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Riyad Mahrez Leicester City Getty Images Transfers Manchester City Manchester City v Leicester City Leicester City Premier League The Foxes winger is in contention to face Manchester City on Saturday after his move to the Etihad Stadium fell through on deadline day Riyad Mahrez has returned to Leicester City training following his failed move to Manchester City, the club have confirmed. The Algeria international emerged as a late target for Pep Guardiola’s side during the January transfer window as the Premier League leaders looked to replace the injured Leroy Sane. A transfer collapsed, however, as City were unable to agree a fee with Leicester. 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 Reports suggested that Mahrez would be ostracised by the Leicester first team upon his arrival to training, following suggestions that his behaviour had upset his team-mates.Leicester have revealed that he has now re-joined the group, however, and insist he remains a key part of Claude Puel’s squad.”Riyad remains a greatly valued member of Claude Puel’s squad and is focused, together with his team-mates, on achieving further success with Leicester City,” a statement reads on the club’s official website.Following Mahrez handing Leicester a transfer request in view of forcing through a move to City, it was suggested that the 26-year-old would go on strike should a transfer fail to transpire. Those accusations have been denied by the player, however, in a statement released ahead of Leicester’s showdown with City on Saturday.”Over the past ten days many people claiming to be my friend have spoken about me and things they know nothing about,” Mahrez said in a statement.”Off the back of that many people and journalists have made assumptions without properly checking the story, so I would like to clarify that all those so-called assumptions of why I was absent are completely untrue.”Myself nor my advisors have ever made any statements about that so all presumptions made are totally without foundation. Leicester City were always aware of my whereabouts and had knowledge of my thinking either directly or via my advisors.”I have been a part of the Leicester City team that has achieved much success including promotion to the Premier League and being champions of the League.Riyad Mahrez, Leicester City“My goals have always been the same and I have always given my full 100 per cent when I play for the club, the fans and my team-mates. Those goals remain the same today and in the future and when I am asked to be a part of the Leicester team, rest assured I will continue to give my all.”Guardiola has long been interested in securing a deal for Mahrez, though the fall-out from January’s situation may have ended that.And, while City will host Leicester on Saturday evening, Mahrez will play no part in the fixture. “I think Riyad will be not available for the Saturday game against Manchester City,” Puel told reporters at his pre-match news conference. “I hope he can get his head right and come back with us and work hard. The best way is to come back and enjoy his football. “Riyad is a magnificent player. He loves football, he loves his relationship with his team-mates, he enjoys his football. I think he needs to come back, to play and touch the ball. “He loves his football, it is important he comes back.”last_img read more


‘England’s attack can be best in the world’

first_imgWorld Cup ‘England’s attack can be best in the world’ – Kane, Rashford & Sterling excite Jenas Chris Burton 23:01 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Harry Kane England 2017-18 Getty Images World Cup England Tunisia v England Tunisia Harry Kane Raheem Sterling Marcus Rashford The Three Lions are ready to open their World Cup 2018 campaign, with a former international backing some fearsome frontmen to provide the spark England’s attack can be “the best in the world”, says Jermaine Jenas, with Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling boasting the potential to trouble the best defences on the planet.Gareth Southgate will be placing his trust in those attacking stars at Russia 2018, with the Three Lions looking for inspiration from somewhere following a succession of forgettable showings at recent major tournaments.Tunisia are the first side in their sights, with a positive start being sought by a team who feel they can spring a surprise by going deep into the competition. 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 Jenas believes striking spark could carry England far, with there no limit to what Kane and Co can achieve if they “click” and replicate the form on an international stage which has made them superstar performers at club level in the Premier League.A man who earned 21 caps in his playing days told the Daily Mirror: “At the minute, everyone is obsessed with saying England’s midfield has a lack of creativity. But there are a lot of teams you can go through who are not as strong as they used to be, ­missing a few key figures, or their ­defence is a bit shaky.“I tend to want to look at the ­positives with England, and that is our forward line.“It can be the best in the world if we click and find the right channels to provide Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and co.“So we can dare to dream.“We can expect a positive ­competition. This England team can produce a World Cup we can watch, cheer and be proud of the team for once.”Jenas also believes that the uncertainty surrounding Southgate’s starting XI can be considered a good thing, with there still places up for grabs following a tactical tweak to a 3-5-2 formation.The former Tottenham and Newcastle midfielder added: “The competition for places in this England squad can only be good for everybody. I like that everyone has to be ready. Everyone is on their toes.“Some might argue Southgate should have a rigid first XI bedded down by now. But if you are at a World Cup and fear you won’t get a chance, that’s a problem.”last_img read more



first_imgWith the Youth World Cup (YWC) just nine months away, preparations are in full swing with the announcement of acceptances to the 20 years YWC squad this week. The YWC is being held at Quad Park, Kawana from January 19-23, 2005 and Australia will have a team in all six divisions of the competition – Mens, Womens and Mixed 20 years and 18 years. All six teams will meet in Kawana for a two-day training camp before moving on to the YWC. While the 20 years squad has been announced, the final teams will be decided after a training camp on August 15 in Sydney. The complete story and squad names are at the Team Profiles – Junior Teamslast_img


Trans Tasman Tour Diary – 23 Jan

first_imgGive us a rundown of your day.My day started off well as Kez, Dean & Mock allowed us a bit of a sleep in. I then had brekky with the girls in one of our rooms. A bit after brekky, Bear and I went and got coffee together and had a bit of a walk to loosen the legs.We then had our team meeting where we watched the video of our first game against the Kiwi’s, then had a team chat to sort out a few things we needed to fix up for tonights game (game 2). After lunch with the girls, Bear and I met our cousins and auntie at a coffee for a quick catch up.I am now just about to get myself prepared and ready for our final team meeting before heading to the fields for game 2. We are ready to go.Did you bring anything with you to make it feel more like home?Yeah. I always like to bring some things away with me to remind me of home. Just a few special items that mean a lot to me as well as some cards, letters and special messages from special friends and family and the most important people in my life.Leading Australia for the first time, explain what was going through your head before the first game?I was feeling nervous before the first game but I usually am nervous before any game I play. But this game held a few more nerves as I just wanted to make sure we were all ready to go. I felt, and still do, a huge sense of pride about leading Australia and my team for the first time. It was a very humbling experience and even though it was overwhelming, my nerves were settled as the main thing going through my head before the game, was making sure the rest of the girls were ok, especially the new young ones making their debut for the Australian Women’s Open. After the retirement of key players, how have your new players gelled into the team?I could not be any prouder of the new girls in our team. They are all in their own special way, skilful and talented players, but I have been most impressed with the way they have handled themselves and the positive respectful attitude they have towards the past, the present and the future of the Australian Women’s Open team. Like me, I know all past players would be very proud of them all.Touch Football Australia would like to thank Louise for answering some questions to give the Touch Football community back home an update of what has been happening on the Tour.last_img read more


Cherry and Good Named Ron Hanson Medallists

first_imgCherry and Good were given the flag bearers honours on Thursday night at the Australian Jersey Presentation at Eastlake Football Club. Earlier in the night both Cherry and Good were named captains of their respective 20’s Girls and 20’s Boys teams, while Sarah Peattie was named captain of the 18’s Girls team and Oscar Sanft the captain of the 18’s Boys team. The two flag bearers first represented Australia in the 18’s division at the 2009 Youth Trans Tasman event in Auckland, and both stepped up to represent Australia in the 2010 Open Trans Tasman Series again in Auckland in January 2010. Cherry and Good both said they were humbled and honoured by the accolade and can’t wait to take on New Zealand in the three game series starting tomorrow at Viking Park. “It’s a great honour not just to represent the 20’s Girls but to represent you all. It’s an amazing experience and I am very humbled by this award,” Cherry said. “We’re all here for the one thing, we’re all here to play for Australia so for us two to lead a wonderful group of young people is very humbling and we’ll make sure we do the best for you tomorrow and Saturday and Sunday,” Good said. Australian Men’s Open coach and one of the head coaches for the Youth Trans Tasman Series, Tony Trad, hosted the evening and spoke about the honour of representing Australia. “Getting your Australian shirt for the first time is just a wonderful occasion and there are many players who are getting it for their first time. Even those who aren’t getting theirs for the first time, each and every time is special because it’s just something that you can’t take for granted. You work so hard to be here. It’s a wonderful achievement and it’s an honour that’s not bestowed on everybody,” Trad said.last_img read more


NTL day one wrap-up

first_imgSocial MediaFacebook – – (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2013)Instagram – search for ‘Touch Football Australia’YouTube – Football Australia will be live streaming matches on their YouTube page.Related LinksNTL day one wrap-up You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League in the following By BEN HARRISThe 2013 X-Blades National Touch League got off to a frantic start at the BCU International Stadium in Coffs Harbour today.More than 100 teams across 14 divisions tapped off their campaign to be crowned national touch football champions.As New South Wales and Queensland sides lead the Elite Eight Series in the men’s and women’s opens divisions, it’s the same scenario in the other divisions at the tournament.In the mixed opens, five teams won all of their matches today.Sydney Rebels, South Queensland Sharks, Defence Warriors, ACT Pirates and Brisbane City Cobras each picked up three wins.In the development division, the T League, Hunter Western Hornets are on top in the men’s competition.They are two points in front of four other teams heading into day two of competition.Sydney Rebels lead in Pool A of the women’s competition while there is a three-way battle between Sunshine Coast Pineapples, Brisbane City Cobras and Sydney Scorpions for top spot in Pool B.The women’s 27s have the Sydney Scorpions and the Brisbane City Cobras out in front.In the men’s 30s, ACT Pirates are the team to beat after picking up three wins from their three games today.Hot on their heels though are the Pineapples, Cobras and the Warriors.The Pirates are also doing well in the women’s 35s, they share the lead with the North Queensland Tropical Cyclones.Both teams have a comfortable lead over the other three teams in the division.The South Queensland Sharks and Cobras have hit the front in the men’s 40s, narrowly in front of the Tropical Cyclones and the Warriors.Sydney Scorpions lead in the women’s 40s following their two wins today.The Scorpions lead in the men’s 45s alongside the Sharks on eight points.The Southern Suns have been very consistent in their three matches. They bagged day one honours in the division and want to continue their performances tomorrow.Pirates, Sydney Mets and Tropical Cyclones are four points behind the Suns.Scorpions and Pineapples lead in the men’s 55s.While it’s very tight in the seniors mixed with the Sydney Rebels and Victoria leading the charge but the Scorpions are within striking distance.Tomorrow’s matches get underway at 8am.last_img read more


2017 National Touch League Draw

first_imgPlease find attached the draw for the 2017 National Touch League, to be held at C.ex Coffs International Stadium from Wednesday, 8 March and Saturday, 11 March 2017.To view the draw and the latest NTL update, please click on the attachment below or visit the NTL website.Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2017 National Touch League:Website – – – #NTL2017 #NTLXXIInstagram – – Files170224_2017_ntl_draft_draw__external__v2-0_01-pdfRelated LinksNTl Drawlast_img


Aila Pera

first_imgAila has been instrumental in setting up two affiliates this year. She has been on board with the Raptors from the day they became affiliated. No job has been too big, or too small for Aila – from writing out terms and conditions to creating marketing flyers. Aila has also taken on the role of Touch Coordinator at another affiliate to ensure their success, all the while studying and working. Aila works tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that two separate communities are exposed to touch footy and playing this great game. Aila’s enthusiasm and attitude is a breath of fresh air and her skill set is invaluable to the Raptors. Aila’s passion and commitment to touch football is outstanding. She is not afraid to give anything a go!last_img


10 months agoBrighton boss Hughton: Alonso should’ve seen red

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton boss Hughton: Alonso should’ve seen redby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Chris Hughton was frustrated with Marcos Alonso escaping dismissal during Chelsea’s victory on Sunday.Alonso received a yellow card for tugging back Solly March in the closing stages, when the winger looked to be racing through on goal, and Hughton felt the Spaniard was lucky to remain on the pitch.“Having seen it again, I think some referees would have given it, but I can see the doubt in it.“But there’s no doubt that Alonso should have been on a yellow card anyway. He pulled back Anthony Knockaert, which is always a yellow card.“With that being a yellow card, the second incident should have been a sending off. Those are my thoughts at the moment.” last_img read more


10 months agoNapoli boss Ancelotti: Meret key to beating SPAL

first_imgNapoli boss Ancelotti: Meret key to beating SPALby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli boss Carlo Ancelotti hailed the performance of Alex Meret for victory over SPAL.The Azzurri won thanks to a goal from Raul Albiol.Ancelotti said, “We couldn’t kill off the game and so we suffered in those last few minutes, because SPAL put all of their efforts into getting the draw. We are not surprised about Meret’s quality because we see it every day in training.”He is a great talent, even if he hasn’t always been lucky. Today he showed what he can do. He truly is a special goalkeeper.”He added: “Tonight we lacked precision in our passes, even when we had the space for them. Later we were denied that space, and we should have played possession more purposefully, not just for the sake of it.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


10 months agoSilva says no Everton excuses for Leicester defeat

first_imgSilva says no Everton excuses for Leicester defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva says there were no excuses for defeat to Leicester City.The Foxes won 1-0 at Goodison Park thanks to Jamie Vardy’s winner.“I felt we were too nervous and anxious, and there is no reason,” said Silva.“Of course, we are playing a lot of games in a row and we have no time to prepare, but it’s not an excuse when you miss some simple things.“When you play in this way, with easy mistakes, the bad things come to you and that’s what happened with the goal we conceded. We gave them the chance to do what they came to do.“After that, if you were anxious or nervous, you will be more so. After that, we didn’t play with enough quality to change the score.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


a month agoNewcastle scouts impressed by Hellas Verona defender Koray Gunter

first_imgNewcastle scouts impressed by Hellas Verona defender Koray Gunterby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveGenoa defender Koray Gunter is interesting Newcastle United.Calciomercato says Newcastle are willing to pay £9m in January to bring Gunter to England.Currently on loan at Hellas Verona from Genoa, it is claimed that Newcastle officials were at Tuesday’s clash with Udinese and were impressed with the defender in the 0-0 draw.However, the Evening Chronicle says a January move would surely seem unlikely, given how well-stocked Newcastle are with centre-backs. They have Jamaal Lascelles, Fabian Schar, Federico Fernandez and Ciaran Clark, while Florian Lejeune is also closing in on a return to fitness. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


Video: Michigan Blocked 3 UCF Kicks In The 1st Quarter

first_imgUCF lining up for a field goal against MichiganTwitter/@the2ndsaulterThree Michigan blocked kicks helped the Wolverines jump out to a big lead early against UCF.Jim Harbaugh’s squad probably doesn’t need a huge effort in all three phases of the game to beat UCF, which finished without a win last year and is easing into former Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost’s new system. It is getting one, however.Michigan jumped out to a 24-0 lead in the first quarter, led by some impressive throws by quarterback Wilton Speight, and a phenomenal effort on special teams.In the first quarter, the Wolverines have blocked a Knights field goal and two punts. Video of the third Michigan blocked kicks, a 50-yard attempt by Matthew Wright, is available below.Great FG block by Michigan!#MichiganFootball— Nathan S. (@the2ndsaulter) September 10, 2016The first deflected punt went just 13 yards, the second wound up going 27 yards, and the field goal, blocked by defensive end Chris Wormley, was advanced 10 yards by the Wolverines.UCF managed to get off its third punt attempt and Caleb Houston had a 47 yard kick, but on the Knights’ following possession, Chase Winovich had a big strip sack of Justin Holman, recovered by Maurice Hurst. After that, a 49-yard punt by Houston was returned 35 yards by Jabrill Peppers, to the Michigan 12 yard line. Jake Butt caught a touchdown pass from Speight three plays later to push the lead to 31-0, after the extra point.On the bright side for the Knights, they just scored on an impressive 87-yard end around by Adrian Killins to make it 31-7. Still, it looks like this is going to be a long day in The Big House.Michigan is 1-0 after beating Hawaii last week. 2-0 looks pretty inevitable as of this point. UCF is also 1-0, after a Week 1 win over FCS squad South Carolina State, 38-0. The Knights will face another Big Ten squad next weekend, albeit a far more beatable one, when Maryland heads to Orlando.last_img read more


What is tapping up in football?

first_imgFrom the outside, the journey for a player signing for a club seems pretty straightforward. However, it’s often anything but.In reality, transfers involve a lot of discussions and behind-the-scenes movement, despite official ruling stating that transfers can only dealt with once clubs have official consent for the player to speak to other clubs.Agents and players all play roles in what is termed ‘tapping up’ – the unofficial method for targeting players – and it is all a grey area in the football industry. But what exactly is tapping up, and how does it work? Goal takes a look. Article continues below 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? What is tapping up?In football, ‘tapping up’ describes the event when an attempt is made to persuade a player under contract with a team to join another team, without the official consent of the current team.Typically, this kind of approach is made through a player’s agent behind the scenes, but other methods of tapping up – such as coaches or players publicly expressing their admiration for the targeted in player through the media – are more common and a brazen method.It’s hard not to think that ‘tapping up’ happens more often than we truly realise.For example, players playing for different clubs but the same national team could discuss potential transfer moves in an off-the-record capacity – with the most infamous example being Xavi’s recruit of then-Spain national team-mate Cesc Fabregas from Arsenal to Barcelona.It is forbidden to tap up players professionally, but it is not illegal.What are the rules against tapping up?The Premier League states the official definition is: “Subject to Rule T.7, a contract player, either by himself or by any person on his behalf, shall not either directly or indirectly make any such approach as is referred to in Rule T.5 without having obtained the prior written consent of his club.”In short, a player is only able to contact another club to try and agree a transfer if they have the written consent of their current club first.As long as the player has the written consent of the club, they are able to agree personal terms, even if no official fee has yet been confirmed.The rules are straightforward, but that doesn’t stop them from being broken with almost no consequences in most cases. In fact, as one former agent – who goes unnamed – told the Mirror: “No transfer happens without an element of tapping-up.Virgil van Dijk, Southampton“What usually happens is that an agent goes to the club, says his player wants to leave, asks how much it will take to get him out and then relays the information to the club that wants to buy him.“What is much more unusual is for a manager or club to become quite so directly involved without some sort of sign or indication that a player might be available.“There’s also a lot of tapping-up which goes on between players. A rumour appears in the press, the player asks if he’s up for it, they say yes and the deal is underway.”Are there punishments for tapping up in football?In 2017, Liverpool were found guilty of tapping up a young player who was registered with Stoke City, which led to a £100,000 fine and a two-year ban from signing academy players from English league clubs.The month after, Man City received the same suspension as well as a £300,000 fine for similar actions.There doesn’t seem, however, to be a monetary punishment for senior clubs, nor a desire one. Stoke City chairman Peter Coates stated that it simply would be a waste of time if there were more hunger to get Premier League member clubs to implement harsher punishments with tapping up.“I’m not sure there would be much traction because there are other things,” he told the Guardian. “It’s like me wanting to try to do a better job on regulating agents – and I don’t find that easy to get any traction. I wish we could regulate them better. And I don’t think we try hard enough.”“And I’m not against people trying to do something about it. I’m just very cynical about it changing. I just think that’s how it is. And when it happens against us at senior level, I never complain because we know ‘everyone’s at it’ type of thing. You could almost say it’s part of the fabric [of the game].”What are some of the most infamous examples of tapping up?Barcelona are a side who have been accused of tapping up a number of their targets. Prior to Fabregas joining Barcelona in 2011, Xavi stated: “I spoke to Cesc in Ibiza and he said he was suffering, because he really wants to come. It’s what he most wants, he’s done everything he can to come and wants Arsenal to let him go.”The Catalan club also appeared to have tapped up Luis Suarez in 2014 while the Uruguay international was at Liverpool, with president Josep Maria Bartomeu saying: “When we approached Suarez, it was before the World Cup. We told him that he was the right age. He had the experience.“He was playing incredibly well at Liverpool and it was the right time for him to come to our club, to Barcelona.Luis Suarez Barcelona 2018-19“And we have the advantage – his agent is Pep Guardiola’s brother. He’s from Barca in his heart, also, so everything was perfect and created the perfect atmosphere that Luis Suarez accepted.”Liverpool approached Virgil van Dijk in the summer of 2017 without the consent of Southampton, which resulted in a very public fallout. In this case, however, the move didn’t go through for another year, and Liverpool apologised and weren’t punished.Recently, one of the most high-profile cases of tapping up has involved Barcelona once again in their successful pursuit of Antoine Griezmann. Atletico Madrid hit out at Barcelona, expressing how they felt that the Spanish champions had spoken to Griezmann before they had official permission to do so.They said: “Through this statement, Atletico Madrid wishes to express its strongest disapproval of the behaviour of both, especially FC Barcelona, for prompting the player to break his contractual relationship with Atletico Madrid at a time of the season when the club was involved in the Champions League tie against Juventus, as well as the league title race against Barcelona.”This is something that we believe violates the protected periods of negotiation with players and alters the basic rules of integrity in any sporting competition, as well as causing enormous damage to our club and its millions of fans.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more


The Tennessee-West Virginia Game Is Now Being Delayed

first_imgA Tennessee player holding up his helmet before a game.KNOXVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 7: A Tennessee Volunteer holds up his helmet in the team huddle before the NCAA football game against the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders at Neyland Stadium on September 7, 2002 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Tennessee won 26-3. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)It’s been a day full of weather delays in the college football world. Tennessee and West Virginia are now joining the list.The Volunteers and the Mountaineers, playing in Charlotte, are in a weather delay due to storms. Lightning has been spotted in the area. This means at least a 30-minute delay until the skies clear.West Virginia is currently leading Tennessee, 23-17, at halftime.Halftime in Charlotte.#BelkKickoff // #PoweredByTheT— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) September 1, 2018The Athletic’s David Ubben estimates that the game could resume at 5:45 p.m. E.T., but that seems ambitious.“Tennessee-WVU is scheduled to resume at 5:45 ET. But more lightning would obviously push that back. My guess is 5:45 is ambitious, to say the least,” he tweets.Tennessee-WVU is scheduled to resume at 5:45 ET. But more lightning would obviously push that back. My guess is 5:45 is ambitious, to say the least.— David Ubben (@davidubben) September 1, 2018The game, hosted by the Belk Bowl, tweeted the following update:“WE HAVE GONE INTO A WEATHER DELAY DUE TO LIGHTNING IN THE AREA. WE KNEW THIS GAME WAS TOO ELECTRIC. GET IT?”WE HAVE GONE INTO A WEATHER DELAY DUE TO LIGHTNING IN THE AREA.WE KNEW THIS GAME WAS TOO ELECTRIC.GET IT?— BELK COLLEGE KICKOFF (@belkbowl) September 1, 2018West Virginia is up, 13-7, at halftime. The game is being played on CBS.Stay tuned for more Tennessee-West Virginia weather delay updates. This could be a while, unfortunately.last_img read more


6 Schools Named Contenders For Clemson QB Transfer Kelly Bryant

first_imgKelly Bryant throwing the football in warmups.CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers warms up before the start of the Tigers’ football game against the Furman Paladins at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)Former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant is starting to consider some schools on the transfer market. A major visit has reportedly been scheduled.247Sports reported on Wednesday night that Bryant will be visiting North Carolina.Clemson quarterback transfer Kelly Bryant is expected to visit North Carolina this weekend, sources confirmed to Inside Carolina. The Tar Heels host Virginia Tech on Saturday night at Kenan Stadium.According to sources, the UNC staff has been in contact with Bryant since he decided to leave Clemson a couple weeks ago and subsequently received his release.Bryant has one year of eligibility remaining — for the 2019 college football season. North Carolina has a home game against Clemson on its 2019 schedule.North Carolina isn’t the only school being mentioned for Bryant.OddsShark named the following six schools contenders:Penn State +200Florida State +300NC State +300Virginia Tech +400Michigan +400Michigan State +500What school will Kelly Bryant play for next?Penn State +200Florida State +300NC State +300Virginia Tech +400Michigan +400Michigan State +500Field -200Odds via @betmybookie— OddsShark (@OddsShark) October 11, 2018What’s your pick?last_img read more