Wenger distances Arsenal from Malcom move

first_imgTransfers Wenger distances Arsenal from £40m Malcom move Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 17:50 1/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Malcom Bordeaux Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Tottenham Hotspur Manchester United Bordeaux Premier League Ligue 1 The Brazilian forward is among those reported to be a January transfer target for the Gunners, but their manager says no approach has been made Arsene Wenger has sought to distance Arsenal from reports suggesting that a £40 million move for Bordeaux forward Malcom is imminent.Goal revealed earlier this week that the Gunners are preparing to step up their efforts to land the talented 20-year-old as they ready themselves for life without Alexis Sanchez.With the Chile international on the brink of departing Emirates Stadium for Manchester – with City and United both keen – Arsenal are eager to bring in a long-term replacement. 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 Malcom has been mooted as a possible contender to fill that role, but Wenger insists no move has been made for the highly-rated Brazilian.”He is a good player but nothing is happening,” the Frenchman told a news conference on Friday.”We are not on that case at the moment.”Malcom has also been linked with Arsenal’s arch-rivals Tottenham, while United are said to be closely monitoring a developing situation.Arsene Wenger ArsenalThe Gunners have held an interest in the youngster in the summer, but have been put off by Bordeaux’s demands.Interest could be rekindled, though, if the price is right, with Wenger conceding that he is continuing to scour the market for suitable additions.He added when pressed on whether Arsenal supporters should expect movement during the winter window: “I don’t rule it out – at the back, in midfield or up front. We are in the market and we are active.”But I don’t want to give news that I cannot confirm. Things change very quickly.”At present, most of the transfer activity in north London has focused on outgoings.While Sanchez continues to edge his way towards the exits, Francis Coquelin has departed for Valencia , uncertainty continues to shroud the future of Mesut Ozil and Everton have admitted to holding an interest in Theo Walcott .Konstantinos Mavropanos is the only player to have been brought in, with the 20-year-old Greek defender considered to be one for the future rather than the present .last_img read more

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Wenger suggests money motivated Alexis exit

first_imgTransfers ‘It is his last big contract’ – Wenger suggests Sanchez is joining Manchester United for money Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 08:09 1/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(33) Alexis Sanchez Getty/Goal Transfers Manchester United Arsenal v Crystal Palace Arsenal Premier League A. Sánchez Arsène Wenger Wenger believes that the Chilean’s desire for a big pay-off meant there was no chance of keeping him at the Emirates Stadium Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has claimed they had “no chance” of keeping Alexis Sanchez and suggested the forward is chasing money by joining Manchester United.The 29-year-old is expected to finalise his move to Old Trafford in the next 48 hours after apparently undergoing a medical on Sunday, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading to the Gunners in a straight swap deal.Reports in England have said Sanchez could earn as much as £450,000 a week at United as part of a salary package that even Manchester City refused to match, despite their long-standing interest in the player. 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 Wenger says he “cannot understand” the decision of a player to leave the Emirates Stadium but believes the money on offer ultimately proved too tempting for the Chile international, who was in the last six months of his Gunners deal.”I cannot understand anybody wanting to leave Arsenal. But, in 30 years of doing transfers, you learn a lot about human beings,” Wenger said.”As a professional, it was perhaps his last contract at the top level and an important contract. After that, I accept that because we accepted that we would let him go. After that, we analyse the pros and the cons.”We did what we tried to do and went as far as we could. Even Manchester City moved out of it in the end. That tells you we had no chance to give him a contract.”We have tried to find the best possible solution and the best possible solution is that we lose a world class player – I don’t deny that at all – but we did not lose him without getting somebody after. The future will tell if it was the right decision or not.85 – Since his debut in August 2014, only Harry Kane (108) & Sergio Agüero (100) have had a hand in more Premier League goals than Alexis Sánchez (85 – 60 goals, 25 assists). Omitted. #BOUARS pic.twitter.com/zVma0TtF5r — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 14, 2018 “It is not that we are only losing a player, we are gaining a player as well. And we are still active in the transfer market and trying to bring players in.”Wenger also admitted the uncertainty over Sanchez’s future has taken its toll on the rest of the squad this season.”There are periods when the atmosphere is less enjoyable than others,” he said. “It is the lack of clarity. It is not losing players – teams are used to losing players. But it is the fact that you have uncertainty in the group – that they don’t know if he will be here or not.”Once it is clear, the team gets used to it.”Never give up !!!   pic.twitter.com/aKG6gNCpTV — Alexandre Lacazette (@LacazetteAlex) January 20, 2018 With Mkhitaryan arriving and a pursuit of Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in progress, Arsenal could end the transfer window in a strong position despite the loss of Sanchez.Questions have been raised about how Aubameyang will fit into the side alongside record signing Alexandre Lacazette, but Wenger appears to have no such concerns.”How do I fit them in? I just play the good players. They can always play together,” he said.last_img read more

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‘Cristiano Ronaldo is my inspiration’ – Brazil starlet

first_imgNxGn ‘Cristiano Ronaldo is my inspiration’ – Brazil’s NxGn star Lincoln Raisa Simplicio Last updated 1 year ago 20:00 3/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Lincoln Flamengo Bangu Carioca Taca Guanabara 24012018 Gilvan de Souza/Flamengo/Divulgação NxGn Flamengo Vasco da Gama The Vasco ace was included in Goal’s NxGn list of the best teenagers in world football and he is determined to emulate one of the game’s greats Flamengo starlet Lincoln is setting his sights high, citing five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo as his inspiration.The 17-year-old Brazilian was this week included in Goal’s annual NxGn list of the 50 best Under-19 talents in world football.And he says that the Real Madrid attacker’s determination and mental strength is the perfect example for any young player hoping to make their way to the top of world football. 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 “My main reference is Cristiano Ronaldo,” Lincoln told Goal.“Besides his unquestionable quality, he is a winner who works very hard and always wants more. So, I have him as an example, not only as a player, but as a person as well.”Lincoln NxGnThe teenage forward, who hit his first senior goal in January of this year, has been thrust into the limelight after starring for Brazil at youth level.“Everything is going really well and I’m very happy with it all,” he says. “I’m very still young and have a lot of work to do. This is just the beginning of my career and I know that I have a long way to go.“I am trying to absorb as much as I can in training and get as much advice as possible from the more experienced players.”My only focus is on putting in the hard work that will enable me to sustain my early success.”Lincoln has emerged from the ‘2000 generation’ – spearheaded by Vinicius Junior (who finished third in this year’s NxGn) – which has been heralded as Brazil’s most promising group of youngsters in years.He is one of many bright prospects from the side that claimed the South American Under-17 Football Championship last year.Paulinho Vasco da Gama 23072017This exciting band of potential superstars also includes prodigious Vasco forward Paulinho, who was also selected in Goal’s NxGn top 50.“I am very happy to be with Vasco and to be part of the U20 national team,” Paulinho told Goal.“This is the result of a lot of hard work and dedication. At 17, no one can really expect to be here.”My future will depend on what I do today. I’m working to ensure I sustain a good period in my career and will do everything I can to achieve my goals.”last_img read more

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Report: Tunisia 0 Spain 1

first_imgTunisia 0 Spain 1: Aspas seals late win for unimpressive Spaniards Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 04:40 6/10/18 aspas-cropped Getty Images Iago Aspas scored the winner late on in Krasnodar as Spain just about did enough to beat a well-drilled Tunisia ahead of the World Cup. Spain produced a disappointing showing in their final World Cup preparation friendly, needing a late Iago Aspas strike to secure a 1-0 win over Tunisia on Saturday.Julen Lopetegui’s men go into the finals in Russia as one of the tournament favourites, yet they showed little evidence of their qualification form in Krasnodar, appearing toothless in attack before Aspas’ fierce 84th-minute effort.Although Spain’s knack for keeping the ball still seems in good health, they did not do a great deal with it in a particularly unimpressive first-half display. 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 Tunisia looked a far greater threat in the final third, but their finishing left a lot to be desired – Ferjani Sassi and Naim Sliti particularly culpable with bad misses.Spain had a little more control in the second half and managed to carve out a few chances, David Silva and Diego Costa going close.Tunisia nevertheless looked to have done enough to claim a commendable draw, but Aspas drilled home after Costa showed good awareness to pick him out, meaning Spain head into the World Cup in winning form and unbeaten since Euro 2016.9 – Iago Aspas has been involved in nine goasl in his ten games for Spain (five goals & four assists), all of them in the second half. Prince pic.twitter.com/pJ50cYKgHS— OptaJose (@OptaJose) June 9, 2018For all of their possession, Spain showed precious little going forward during the early stages, with Tunisia looking much brighter.The underdogs had to rely on a Spain error for their first chance, as Thiago Alcantara’s pass across the defence was cut out by Anice Badri and he managed to tee up Sassi in the middle of the area. Fortunately for Spain, the Al-Nassr midfielder’s first-time effort was tame and straight at David de Gea.Spain appeared to have been roused as they went close twice in quick succession in the 22nd minute – Rodrigo Moreno glancing a header wide before Sergio Ramos’ 30-yard drive flew just over.That was hardly the start of an extended period of pressure, however, as Spain were lucky to not fall behind just after the half-hour mark.Badri again caused problems on the left, crossing into the danger zone for Sliti, who inexplicably failed to hit the target from six yards.Spain tightened up at the back upon the restart and eventually crafted a decent chance just before the hour, as Silva met Ramos’ deep cross and fired wide from a tight angle.Costa was introduced from the bench soon after and he quickly looked to make an impact, shooting from the edge of the box and forcing Aymen Mathlouthi into a fairly comfortable save.Spain stepped things up towards the end and were rewarded for their efforts as Costa – who initially appeared to have wasted the opportunity – broke into the box and opted to tee up Aspas instead of going for goal himself, the Celta Vigo star duly blasting in left-footed.Yet it was not a performance that will worry Portugal ahead of their World Cup opener on Friday. read morelast_img read more

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Official release of ‘Our Value Proposition’ research

first_imgThe value proposition of membership is central to our Strategic Plan and achieving objectives. The research has been focused on the following two areas: Download your copy of the Value Proposition summary now to discover what participants value most about our game, what affiliates think about TFA and State Bodies and what affiliates think about fees and a standardised model to delivery.Touch Football Value Proposition SummaryBelow are some recent affiliate and competition successes in 2016. These are living examples that demonstrate the positive path we are already on towards affiliate and competition growth. Based on the learnings from these successes and the valuable research we now have, future affiliate competition improvement and growth is going to be achieved.ACT: Developments and Improvements to Women’s CompetitionIn 2016, TFACT conducted a simple yet effective survey approach to find out more about the barriers and impacts on why female competition participation was in decline.  The survey revealed results that focused on impacts such as location, scheduling and formatting. TFACT responded to this, implemented changes based on participant feedback and now have an additional 18 Women’s teams participating in Season 2 2016 Competitions in Deakin and Southwell Park Competitions.VIC: Pakenham Rugby League Club – Touch Football CompetitionAs a joint venture between Touch Football Victoria (TFV), NRL and VIC Health, in its first year the partnership has generated Touch Football participation for Pakenham Rugby League Club. This has resulted in wider community participation in the non-contact form of the sport for Rugby League members. This initiative has also supported Robinvale Rugby League Club to establish a Touch Football competition in Victoria.We can’t wait to see the further development and growth of the NRL and TFV partnership in 2017 and beyond!SA: Onkaparinga AffiliationIn August 2016, Onkaparinga joined the TFSA affiliate network, becoming the 2nd largest affiliate in South Australia. In Season 2 2016, Onkaparinga has grown in participation, conducted referee training and development and positively embraced TFA affiliate management process.The growth achieved clearly demonstrates the result of adopting TFA’s affiliate servicing approaches. Further growth is inevitable for this affiliate in 2017 and beyond given how successful Season 2 2016 has been.TAS: Southern Touch GrowthAs the largest affiliate in Tasmania, Southern Touch engaged in TFA’s Competition Benchmarking Analysis. This process has been conducted through TFA’s centrally managed competition network since 2015. Southern Touch is one of the first affiliates to work with TFA to conduct a Competition Benchmark Report. In Season 2 2016, key areas were identified for improvement and for the first time in over 10 years there has been an increase in adult team numbers!This is a great example of how an affiliate has proactively worked with TFA in a collaborative way to achieve competition improvement and growth. Well done Southern Touch! A great outcome.QLD: Ipswich Super 8sIn early 2016, Ipswich Touch Football conducted the ‘Ipswich Super 8s’. This is the first time the 5-week competition has been offered with teams being competiting in double headers each week. This involved teams from Gold Coast, Brisbane and Toowoomba.The concept was successful due to early release and organisation of nominations (3 – 5 months prior to competition commencement), well developed marketing material and a the offering of a different participation experience at the affiliate level.WA: Perth BrothersThe Perth Brother affiliate in Western Australia has created an awesome community based approach to developing Touch Football participation. Through subtle innovation and effective positioning of the competition on Saturday mornings, this  ‘whole of community’ fomat has seen the competition grow from 20 teams in 2015 to 35 teams in 2016.Touch Football competitions that are positioned as family oriented, social and community based are exactly what the value proposition research is telling us. The weekend offering is also a key recommendation of the research.NSW: Parramatta Eels and West Tigers MOUsIn 2016 NSWTA entered into two significant partnerships by signing MOU’s with NRL Clubs Parramatta Eels and West Tigers.   These are direct and collaborative approaches towards future affiliate growth for Western Suburbs, Balmain, Hills Hornets and Parramatta Touch Football.  By providing a ‘place on the field for everyone’ in one of Rugby League’s heartlands in NSW, the opportunities for NRL Clubs to conduct Touch Football is a major opportunity for the sport in 2017 and beyond.NT: Junior Competition EstablishmentDarwin and Palmerston Competitions both conducted their first ever junior competitions in Season 2 2016.  A targeted approach to conducting these competitions within school term periods, the use of individual registrations (with recommended price points) and positive engagement through TFA’s Sporting Schools Programs have contributed to this result.This creates significant opportunities for future junior participation growth within the NT and is an example of a range of junior competitions being created throughout the national network. Over the last 18 months, Touch Football Australia (TFA) has undertaken a significant body of research, analysis and investigation towards knowing ‘What is the Value Proposition’ for our sport for participants. TFA will be implementing a number of affiliate servicing and competition strategy approaches ongoing to ensure we support and lead the way to growing our sport into the future and ensuring a positive player/official experience. We have recently developed strategies with national managers to provide immediate and ongoing support. Please see TFA national managers to contact details below for more information:Participation – Mathew TannerMathew.tanner@touchfootball.com.auCompetitions- Miles WilsonMiles.wilson@touchfootball.com.auJuniors – Anthony JenningsAnthony.jennings@touchfootball.com.au The value proposition research provides understanding of attitudes, opinions and perspectives on how Touch Football is experienced by players and delivered by affiliates. What is the value proposition for playersand what is the optimal customer experience? What is the value proposition for providers and how should this be commercialised?last_img read more

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10 months ago​Chinese Super League fact finds on La Liga visit

first_img​Chinese Super League fact finds on La Liga visitby Ian Ferris10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFifteen Chinese football clubs have completed a fact-finding mission to Spain to learn more about LaLiga, reports SportBusiness.Chinese Super League vice-president Yan Peixue told the Xinhua news agency that the clubs visited various LaLiga clubs, including Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid and Getafe, and observed matchday management, as well as broadcast coverage operations.”LaLiga is a long-established competition, and its history is unmatched, but we can learn a lot from its business organisation, including the creation of a business environment between clubs,” Yan said.”In 2004, the average CSL crowd size was 10,600. That figure now stands at 24,068. Next year, we have set ourselves the goal of continuing to close the gap between the CSL and other major championships.”LaLiga’s head of international development, Óscar Mayo, added: “Through our experience in Spain and abroad, we can offer advice on competition, safety, pitch maintenance and more, and at the same time, learn from the best practices of clubs in different countries.”LaLiga’s vice-general manager for China, Zhang Le, said that the fact-finding visit represented a “mutual learning process”, with the Spanish body also holding ambitions of expanding its footprint across Asia. TagsSpanish Football NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoMaradona again critical of Barcelona captain Messi leadership ability

first_imgMaradona again critical of Barcelona captain Messi leadership abilityby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDiego Maradona has again questioned the leadership ability of Barcelona captain Leo Messi.For Maradona, Messi is a great player but he isn’t a great leader.”I love Messi with all my heart,” he told Ole. “They want to make him a leader but he isn’t able to do that because he’s going to be in his sporting world and with his family.”Messi succeeded Andres Iniesta as Barca captain last summer. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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9 months agoCapello: Higuan wants to play for Sarri at Chelsea

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Capello: Higuan wants to play for Sarri at Chelseaby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer AC Milan coach Fabio Capello believes Gonzalo Higuain wants to leave for Chelsea.On-loan from Juventus, Higuain is eager to move to London and work again with his former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri.“I got the best out of him at Real Madrid,” Capello, who coached the striker at Real Madrid, told Radio Anch’io Sport.“I think he was burdened by that penalty miss against Juventus. I’ve seen him play too far away from goal.“I hope that for Milan’s sake, he can overcome his mental block and score lots of goals between now and the end of the season. Higuain’s quality isn’t up for discussion.“What would I tell him? I remember when I joined Juventus and Trezeguet wanted to leave. I told him to stay because he was important to me.“My feeling, though, is that Higuain wants to go and play under a Coach who knows his qualities and can enhance them.” last_img read more

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a month agoMan City veteran David Silva in talks with Inter Miami

first_imgMan City veteran David Silva in talks with Inter Miamiby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City veteran David Silva is in talks with Inter Miami.The Independent says Silva, who will leave the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season after a decade in Manchester, is being lined up by David Beckham in order to tap into and engage south Florida’s large Hispanic community.Beckham is desperate to get the local population on board as he looks to build the team from scratch, and hopes that a world-renowned Spanish-speaking star such as Silva would fit the bill.Silva was part of the Spain squads that won the European Championships in 2008, the World Cup in 2010 and the European Championships again in 2012, while the former Valencia star is known around the world for his achievements in English football with City.He will walk away from the Citizens when his contract expires in the summer, although should he move to Miami he would miss the first three months of the 2020 MLS season, which begins in March. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Former Clemson Defensive End Ebenezer Ogundeko Arrested For Assault, Tweets That He “Hates Cops”

first_imgThis off-season has not gone well for former Clemson defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko. The former blue chip recruit was dismissed from the ACC program after being charged with a count of financial transaction fraud in May. Ogundeko had since announced his transfer to FCS program Tennessee State, but now that may be up in the air. TigerNet reports that Ogundeko was arrested on Friday in connection to an assault at an off-campus party.Former Clemson defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko was arrested July 24th for an incident that took place in March, the embattled New York native’s second arrest since late May.Ogundeko was arrested last Friday after an investigation into an alleged mob assault at an off-campus party.…Friday’s arrest stemmed from an incident that took place March 27 at The Pier at Clemson apartments, and he was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center on Friday morning and released later that day on a personal recognizance bond of $1,092.50. The (Seneca) Journal reported Ogundeko’s arrest in its Tuesday edition.Ogundeko is not taking things in stride, based on a recent tweet, which he deleted after about an hour.ebenezer ogundeko hates cops tweetThis is very bad for Ogundeko, whose promising football career looks to be in serious jeopardy now. [TigerNet]last_img read more

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Neymar’s father launches impassioned defence of his son

first_imgNeymar’s father has hit out at the rough treatment his son has received on and off the field after the Paris Saint-Germain star’s latest injury setback.The Brazil forward limped out of Wednesday’s Coupe de France win over Strasbourg after a strong challenge from Moataz Zemzemi.It was later confirmed that Neymar, who appeared upset as he left the pitch, had suffered a “painful recurrence” of the foot issue that sidelined him for almost three months last year. 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 former Barcelona forward was often been criticised for going to ground too easily, with Pele having claimed that the 26-year-old’s apparent theatrics have become difficult to defend.And in a lengthy Instagram post, Neymar Santos Sr has now hit out at those who suggested his son was guilty of inciting players to injure him.He recounted Colombia defender Juan Zuniga’s challenge that left Neymar with a fractured bone in his back, ruling him out of the 2014 World Cup semi-finals, and added of the most recent global showpiece in Russia: “A stomp on his ankle [from Mexico’s Miguel Layun] when he was out of the game. “It was said that there was nothing and that, on the contrary, he simulated. He had VAR, he had the whole world watching, but anyway, he was considered ‘guilty’.”Neymar Santos Sr also cited the Strasbourg incident to strengthen his case and said whenever his son falls, he is considered a diver and met with harsh treatment. He added: “Can we not dribble? We do not have the right to have talent? He gets carried away! “He believes that some in the press purposely insist on these facts to sell issues. “As always, life goes on, football too, and service geeks, who call themselves football experts, will continue to hold polls asking if ‘Neymar deserves to be sanctioned’.”And in concluding his tirade, he warned: “Be ready because, as always, he will come back stronger!”PSG are back in Ligue 1 action against Rennes on Sunday, with Neymar missing out and now seemingly a doubt for the Champions League last 16 meeting with Manchester United on February 12.last_img read more

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From Parris, with love! Stylish England see off Scotland

first_imgEngland turned on the style in their Women’s World Cup opener against Scotland, with manager Phil Neville proven correct after his headline-grabbing rebuttal of a French joiurnalist prior to his side’s 2-1 win in Nice.Having gone into the game with doubts over their label as title contenders following a shock 1-0 defeat to New Zealand, Neville’s side set the record straight with a slick, confident and attacking display that restricted their opponents to very little.The French journalist who, in Saturday’s pre-match press conference, labelled the English style of play as “based on fighting, impact, intensity” will have been disappointed with what he saw on show at the Allianz Riviera. 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? Neville, on the other hand, will go home with a smug smile on his face – not just because England have beaten their nearest rivals, but because he told that reporter he would see different tonight.”I think your image is wrong to be honest,” he responded frankly. “I don’t want to be insulting to anyone. I think our league is better than the French league, I think our style of football is really good, I don’t think it is all about kick and rush, and hopefully you’ll see that tomorrow night.”If he was watching, he will have seen just that. Scotland started the better of the two sides, pressing high and unsettling an England defence of whom questions have been raised.Phil Neville England 2019But the momentum of this game swung into England’s favour in controversial circumstances, with VAR, inevitably, at the centre.Fran Kirby’s cross struck the outstretched arm of Nicola Docherty and, despite no appeals from those in white, the referee would point to the spot after re-watching the incident.Nikita Parris struck emphatically from 12 yards in what proved to be a hammer blow for Scotland.Their energetic, high-pressing game degraded into a cautious, defensive style which did not allow neither Kim Little or Erin Cuthbert to get onto the ball and influence the game back into their favour.England were more than comfortable, knocking the ball around with confidence – particular in one instance playing out from the back, where Lucy Bronze, Steph Houghton and Parris made a mockery of their opponents, the latter especially with an exquisite turn and nutmeg on her marker, Docherty.Parris and Bronze linked up brilliantly down the right and were simply too hot to handle – offering France a glimpse of what is to come, not only for the rest of this summer, but next season, when both will be playing for Lyon.It was their link-up that provided Ellen White with her first chance of the evening, Parris sending a teasing cross into the near post for the striker to strike first time, only to be denied by a stunning save from Lee Alexander.Alexander would come to Scotland’s rescue again – just minutes after the offside flag denied the overly-keen White a goal – as she saved well from Beth Mead’s low strike.Ellen White England 2019But England would get their second before half time, with Rachel Corsie dragged out of position to challenge Kirby for the ball, allowing it to fall nicely for White, who had all the time in the world to produce a composed finish.Scotland came out in the second half more like they had in the first half, with positivity about them but, more importantly, with Little getting more involved.After an offside flag denied Mead just 30 seconds after the restart, Little was able to lead a second half resurgence, linking up particularly well with the lively Claire Emslie, who would force a couple of saves, albeit comfortable ones, out of Karen Bardsley.And it was Manchester City winger Emslie who got Scotland back into the game with a powerful finish after Lisa Evans’ perfect through ball setting up an exciting final 10 minutes at the Allianz Riviera.But their fight-back fell short in the end, with England defending well, despite the goal and an injury to centre-back Millie Bright threatening to unsettle them.Waistcoat on the manager, England fans singing ‘it’s coming home’ and an impressive win with exciting football – France brought back fond memories of last summer’s World Cup in Russia for fans of this evening’s victors.There’s a long way to go yet if England want to go one better than Gareth Southgate’s men, who finished fourth just less than 12 months ago.But, in what Neville described as ‘the most difficult’ game of the tournament, the Lionesses certainly made a great start – while that French perception of English football is bound to change sooner, rather than later.last_img read more

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Mbappe hints at interest in future MLS move

first_imgKylian Mbappe has hinted that he could one day follow several European greats and make the move to Major League Soccer.Mbappe has been linked with a transfer away from Paris Saint-Germain this summer, and while the US is a potential destination, the France international has said it will be some time before he can even think of a move to MLS.Speculation has once again started to build surrounding the future of the French forward, with interest from all around Europe, most notably Real Madrid. 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 20-year-old cast doubt on his future in Paris earlier this year by claiming he had reached a turning point in his career, despite winning the league title and the Ligue 1 Player of the Year award in 2018-19He admitted his search for more responsibility could come either at PSG or further afield, but the club’s president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has refuted any claims of Mbappe leaving the French champions this summer.And while he may once again stay put for another year, the World Cup winner has suggested that he could follow many European greats in making the switch to MLS further down the line.”We don’t know what happens in football,” Mbappe told ESPN . “Now in the USA, a lot of great players come after their careers in Europe, like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Andrea Pirlo, great players.”The 20-year-old undoubtedly has a long way to go in order to emulate the endless success of such European greats, but with a World Cup title already to his name and an astonishing club career to date, he is certainly on the right path.He also boasts three successive Ligue 1 titles, the first with Monaco before winning it twice with current club PSG, and picked up the Best Young Player Award at the 2018 World Cup.The forward finished the season as Ligue 1’s top scorer with 33 goals as PSG claimed their eighth league title, outscoring team-mates Edinson Cavani and Neymar in the process.And Mbappe has suggested that any possible move to MLS would have to come much later in his career.He added: “You don’t know what can happen, maybe when I’m a little older I can think about this.”last_img read more

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PSG vow to take action as Neymar fails to show up for pre-season

first_imgParis Saint-Germain have vowed to take action after Neymar failed to report to pre-season training, the club announced on Monday, though the player’s father claims the Parisian side were made aware of the delay a year ago.The Ligue 1 champions said they had previously reached an agreement on where and when Neymar would report to training, and the Brazil star failed to arrive while not receiving authorisation for his absence.As a result the 27-year-old star, who missed the Copa America with Brazil due to injury, faces a rebuke and possible disciplinary action from PSG, who, in a statement, “deplores this situation”. 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 An official note reads: “This Monday, July 8, Neymar da Silva Santos Junior was summoned for the resumption of activities of the professional group of Paris Saint-Germain.”Paris Saint-Germain found that the player Neymar Jr did not show up at the agreed time and place, without having been authorized by the Club in advance.”Paris Saint-Germain deplores this situation and will take the appropriate measures resulting from it.”Hours later, Neymar Sr. spoke to Fox Brazil, stating that the club knew a year ago that he would not return until July 15 due to commitments with his foundation, Instituto Neymar.”The reason [for the delay] is known,” he said. “It was scheduled a year ago, with Instituto Neymar, and we couldn’t change it. He will be there on 15th [of July]. Simple as that, no big deal. PSG is aware and participate in Instituto Neymar activities.”The drama is the latest in a tumultuous summer for the Brazil star as talk of a possible exit from the Ligue 1 champions has grown louder.In June, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi had choice words for Neymar, declaring “nobody forced him to sign” with the club for a world-record €222 million (£200m/$262m) fee in 2017.Al-Khelaifi added that he wanted “players willing to give everything to defend the honour of the jersey and to join the club project”, further fueling talk Neymar could be headed for a summer exit after the PSG president had declared  “nothing and nobody is bigger than the club” in May.Neymar PSGNeymar, who remains signed through to 2022, has been heavily linked with a La Liga return, either with Real Madrid or a reunion with Barcelona, with Goal previously reporting he remains a top target for the Catalan club.However, when asked about the Neymar situation last week during the presentation of new signing Frenkie de Jong, Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu appeared to admit defeat in the club’s attempts to re-sign the attacker, citing a PSG’s reluctance to sell despite the player’s desire to leave.”We know that [Neymar] wants to leave PSG, we know that, but we also know PSG do not want him to go. There is no way,” Bartomeu said at a press conference July 5.When healthy, Neymar’s two seasons have been productive as he has scored 34 goals and added 20 assists in 37 Ligue 1 games for the club.But injuries have been an issue, with a broken foot in both seasons causing him to miss extended time, including the second leg of the Champions League last-16 against Real Madrid in 2018 and the entire tie in the same round against Manchester United in 2019.PSG went on to lose both ties, continuing European struggles that have dampened domestic dominance that has seen the club capture six of the past seven Ligue 1 titles.Neymar recovered from injury in time for the Copa America, but a subsequent ankle injury sidelined him for the tournament, as Brazil went on to break a 12-year drought in competition, defeating Peru on Sunday to claim the title in his absence.last_img read more

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‘There’s no telling how good Pulisic can be’

first_imgFormer U.S. national team defender Jonathan Spector has backed compatriot Christian Pulisic to continue his rise, with the young winger now having the opportunity to make a genuine impact at Chelsea following Eden Hazard’s departure.Pulisic signed for Chelsea in January for £58 million ($74m) before re-joining Borussia Dortmund on loan for the remainder of the 2018-19 campaign.This summer, he helped guide the USMNT to the final of the Gold Cup, where they fell 1-0 to Mexico. 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 Pulisic’s focus now finally turn towards Chelsea, as he heads to the club in the wake of Hazard’s massive summer transfer to Real Madrid.While Pulisic himself has said that he does not see himself as a Hazard replacement, former Manchester United, West Ham and Birmingham City defender Spector says the winger can become exactly that if he continues to develop. “I don’t think he’s quite at that level just yet and there’s no shame in that, Hazard is a brilliant player! But he definitely has the potential if he continues to grow and improve,” Spector said speaking exclusively to AmericanGambler.com.”But with Hazard leaving it gives him an opportunity, as he needs to play games, especially at that age and at that stage of development. Being a 20-year-old playing for Chelsea is no small feat, so hopefully, he will get that opportunity and there is no telling how good he could be.”He added: “At 20 years of age, he’s a very, very good player. Incredibly talented, he’s got a great first touch and he just glides past players. From what I’ve seen both in the U.S. and in Germany, he’s a great outlet, so when teams are under pressure you can give him the ball on the wing or in the middle of the pitch and he’s able to get out of trouble.”He’s very similar to Hazard, but I wouldn’t put him at the same level just yet, and I’m apprehensive to make that comparison as he’s only 20 years of age but he has that ability as a player and if he continues to develop, he’s on the path to becoming the best American player that has ever come through.”With Pulisic growing into his leadership role with the U.S., the team is currently undergoing a shift as a group of young players begin to make up the foundation.Weston McKennie is seen as one of those players, having captained the U.S. in the Gold Cup finale against Mexico, and Spector says the Schalke midfielder can reach the same heights as Pulisic with a little bit more consistency.”He isn’t a utility player but he has played all over the pitch for Schalke in a number of different positions and it would be good to see him lock down a position,” Spector said. “I was similar, where I played all across the back four and even as a defensive midfielder, and it’s difficult when you’re getting moved around. It gives you opportunities to play but I think ultimately he wants to lock down a position and play in one position regularly.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Video Of This College Football Fan Is Going Viral

first_imgA general view of a goal post.SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 27: A general view is seen during the College Football Sydney Cup match between Stanford University (Stanford Cardinal) and Rice University (Rice Owls) at Allianz Stadium on August 27, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)College football’s 2018 campaign officially kicked off on Saturday, as a couple of contests took place in “Week 0” before the full slate of games next weekend.New Mexico State and Wyoming was one of those contests.NMSU entered the 2018 season with decent expectations, but the first contest of the season was a disappointing one.Wyoming won the game in fairly easy fashion, 29-7.One New Mexico State fan was particularly upset during the game. A video of his ranting went viral on social media.NMSU fan off to a fast start. CFB IS BACK pic.twitter.com/98jWtFv67G— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) August 26, 2018College football is indeed back.The 2018 season really gets underway in the coming week. Week 1 features several notable games, including Notre Dame-Michigan, Alabama-Louisville and Miami-LSU, among others.We can’t wait.last_img read more

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Brian Kelly Provides Update On QB Brandon Wimbush

first_imgBrandon Wimbush passing the ball for Notre Dame.CHESTNUT HILL, MA – SEPTEMBER 16: Brandon Wimbush #7 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish looks to pass during the first half against the Boston College Eagles at Alumni Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)With Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book slated not to play against FSU this weekend, the QB duties will fall to Brandon Wimbush.On Thursday, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly addressed the status of the senior QB slated to start.Kelly spoke glowingly about Wimbush, complimenting him for improving his mechanics and balance. He used the word “championship quality” to describe his QBs reps as well.“The QB that is taking reps of us is a guy you would say of championship quality,” Kelly said.Brian Kelly says Brandon Wimbush has improved his balance throwing the football and has fine-tuned his mechanics. “The QB that is taking reps of us is a guy you would say of championship quality.”— Irish Illustrated (@timprister) November 8, 2018Wimbush was Notre Dame’s starter in 2017, but lost his starting job to Ian Book prior to the start of the season.In 2017, he had 1,870 passing yards, 804 rushing yards, 16 passing TDs, 14 rushing TDs, and six INTs.Wimbush led the Fighting Irish to 9-3 record as a starter (he missed one game), including a win over LSU in the Citrus Bowl, though it was Book that came in and wound up being the key quarterback in that one.Notre Dame is undefeated, but may still need to win out to have a shot at the College Football Playoff.last_img read more

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Penn State Fans Will Love The Eagles Jersey Number Miles Sanders Chose

first_imgpenn state running back miles sandersSTATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 13: Miles Sanders #24 of the Penn State Nittany Lions rushes for 78 yards against Joe Bachie #35 of the Michigan State Spartans and Khari Willis #27 of the Michigan State Spartans on October 13, 2018 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)For the second-straight year, Penn State has produced a top talent at running back. We’ve already seen how explosive of a player Saquon Barkley can be in the NFL, and now it’s time to see if Miles Sanders can follow in his footsteps.Although Sanders had huge shoes to fill this past season with the Nittany Lions, he did an excellent job making a name for himself. In his first season of full action, the versatile tailback had 1,274 rushing yards and nine touchdowns.Despite having years of experience as a starter, Sanders saw his stock rise tremendously in the months leading up to the NFL Draft. The Philadelphia Eagles ultimately took him in the second round with the No. 53 overall pick.With camp underway for this year’s rookie class, Sanders has made his decision on which jersey number to wear. Sanders has chosen No. 26 for his rookie season in the City of Brotherly Love.He’ll now share the same number as Barkley, who won Offensive Rookie of the Year with the New York Giants.Number Alert: Miles Sanders = 2️⃣6️⃣💪#WeAre | #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/jE2kqUJOOT— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) May 9, 2019Sanders wore No. 24 while at Penn State.Philadelphia also took Penn State defensive tackle Shareef Miller in the fourth round. He’ll wear No. 76 for the Eagles this season.We’ll see how these two members of the Nittany Lions perform at the next level soon enough.last_img read more

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Vegas Sportsbook Rejected Huge Bet On Kansas Football

first_imgKansas fans tearing down the goal post after the football team wins.Fans of the Kansas Jayhawks tear down the goal post following a win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas on November 5, 2005. Kansas won 40-15. (Photo by G. N. Lowrance/Getty Images)Kansas football has largely been a laughingstock for the last few years. But the addition of Les Miles as head coach could change things very dramatically, very quickly.If nothing else, sports bettors are certainly feeling confident in Miles’ ability to turn the program around.According to Action Network’s Darren Rovell, a bettor at the Mirage sportsbook in Las Vegas recently tried to make a huge bet on Kansas. Per the report, the bettor wanted to place $40,000 on Kansas’ win total in 2019. However, it’s unknown whether the bet was over or under.Nevertheless, the bet was ultimately rejected because the sports book didn’t want to take the action.A bettor walked up to the counter at the Mirage sportsbook in Vegas yesterday and said he wanted to put $40,000 on Kansas football’s season total of 3 wins 😳 Not known whether he wanted over or under because book didn’t want to take his action, said @scottatmirage.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 18, 2019The Jayhawks football team has not won more than three games in a season since 2009. In that span, they’ve won a grand total of six games against their Big 12 rivals.Given their schedule, winning three games may be tough. They can probably beat Indiana State and Coastal Carolina, but beyond that things get dicey.They have to play Boston College on the road in Week 3 before starting their in-conference slate.Les Miles will really need to pull off one of his best coaching jobs if he wants to reach more than three wins with this Jayhawks team.last_img read more

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Australian Open: Angelique Kerber beats Beatriz Haddad Maia in battle of left-handers

first_imgAustralian Open: Angelique Kerber beats Beatriz Haddad Maia in battle of left-handersAngelique Kerber defeated Brazilian qualifier Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-2 6-3 in the second round of the Australian Open.advertisement Reuters MelbourneJanuary 16, 2019UPDATED: January 16, 2019 16:14 IST Angelique Kerber will face Australian wildcard Kimberly Birrell in the third round (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAngelique Kerber comfortably beat Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-2 6-3 in the second round of the Australian OpenKerber had won the Australian Open in 2016 when she beat Serena Williams in the finalThe former world No.1 has so far won three Grand SlamsSecond seeded German Angelique Kerber easily won the battle of left-handers against big-hitting Brazilian qualifier Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-2 6-3 to stroll into the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday.The Wimbledon champion broke the 22-year-old Haddad Maia twice in the opening set and converted her first set point when the Brazilian sent a forehand wide for her 29th unforced error in the set.Kerber, a triple Grand Slam champion who won in Melbourne in 2016, faced just one breakpoint in the match in the second set and converted her first opportunity in the eighth game to go 5-3 up and serve for the set.Leaping into the 3R.@AngeliqueKerber def. Haddad Maia 6-2 6-3 to set up a clash vs Aussie Kim Birrell. #AusOpen #GameSetMatch pic.twitter.com/9qphHDwSTe#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 16, 2019The to victory #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/g6Icp6y3RD#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 16, 2019″This court is so special for me.”@AngeliqueKerber #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/gzlHjcFytP#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 16, 2019In the third round the former world number one will meet Australian wildcard Kimberly Birrell, who earlier ousted 29th seeded Donna Vekic 6-4 4-6 6-1.Also Watch: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 byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Angelique KerberFollow Beatriz Haddad MaiaFollow Australian Open Nextlast_img read more

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