Goretzka chose Bayern over England & Spain

first_imgTransfers Goretzka chose Bayern over England, Spain and Italy – Heynckes Ryan Benson 04:29 1/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) leon goretzka - cropped Bongarts Transfers Bayern München Schalke 04 Bundesliga Werder Bremen Robert Lewandowski The Bundesliga leaders beat a number of clubs from outside Germany to the signing of the Schalke midfielder, according to their delighted manager Leon Goretzka rejected interest from the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A in order to join Bayern Munich, head coach Jupp Heynckes has said.The Bundesliga champions announced on Friday that a deal has been reached to sign the midfielder when his Schalke contract expires after the end of the season.Goretzka had been linked with the likes of Liverpool, Barcelona and Juventus before agreeing to a four-year deal at the Allianz Arena. 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 Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge described the move as good news for the Bundesliga and Heynckes is also delighted to see a young Germany international stay on home turf.”I talked to [assistant coach] Peter Hermann, who worked with Leon Goretzka at Schalke, about him,” he told a news conference. “He said Leon has a very good character. In the Bundesliga and at the Confederations Cup, he showed very good performances.”I assume he will give everything for Schalke until June 30 and that he wants to be in the Champions League with his club.”For the Bundesliga, it’s very good and very important for a Germany international to stay in Germany. There were competitors from England, Italy and Spain. But, in the end, he decided to sign for Bayern.”He is a very young player. With him, the process of rejuvenation goes on at Bayern. That’s something very positive. New players bring new impulses. You know as well as I what skills he has.”Bayern take on Werder Bremen on Sunday looking to at least maintain their 13-point lead at the top of the table.Heynckes confirmed striker Robert Lewandowski is set to return from a knee injury but defenders David Alaba and Mats Hummels will miss out due to illness.”Robert Lewandowski has made a good impression in training. He says he is hardly in any pain any more. He is available again,” said Heynckes.”Mats had a bad cold and then a fever. He has been back on the pitch doing light fitness work, but he will not be risked against Bremen.”David Alaba has a gastrointestinal infection, so he didn’t train and is being kept away from the team.”last_img read more

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The worst footballing debuts of all time

first_imgJonathan Woodgate Woodgate, Ibrahimovic & the worst debuts ever Goal 17:00 2/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Jonathan Woodgate Real Madrid Getty Images Zlatan Ibrahimović With a host of January signings set to make their bows this weekend, Goal looks back at those who endured debuts to forget in years gone by…last_img

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‘Hazard can take Ronaldo’s Ballon d’Or’

first_imgEden Hazard If Hazard wants, he can win the Ballon d’Or – Fabregas Robin Bairner 19:18 2/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Eden Hazard Chelsea Getty Eden Hazard Chelsea Watford v Chelsea Watford Premier League The Spain midfielder believes his club-mate is capable of inheriting Cristiano Ronaldo’s crown as the world’s greatest player Cesc Fabregas has talked up the potential of Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard, touting him as a potential Ballon d’Or winner.Football’s biggest individual honour has been scooped by either Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi for each of the last 10 years, yet the Spain midfielder believes that his Belgian cohort is capable of inheriting the prize one day.He did, however, suggest that the 27-year-old, who continues to be linked with Real Madrid and Manchester City , will have to show greater focus if he wants to hit those heights. 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 “With Eden, if he wants to win the Ballon d’Or it’s up to him,” he told Sky Sports . “He is a player who can do one on one, he can get possession of the ball, he can pass and has great ability with the ball.“I’ve played football for a long time and played with top, top players and he has all the quality, I know what he can do.”I have told him that it’s up to him, I like to be honest. In my opinion, he has the quality.”Without the ball he’s very difficult to bring down and get the ball off him. When he is on top of his game he’s up there with the very best.”Chelsea tackle Watford in the Premier League on Monday night, with the pressure on the Blues after a poor sequence of results that has seen manager Antonio Conte’s job come under question.Hazard, who has eight goals and two assists in 21 Premier League outings this season, is one of the players that the coach will hope to be on form as they seek to leapfrog Liverpool and into third place.last_img read more

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Transfer latest: PSG to make Morata move

first_imgTransfers Transfer news & rumours: PSG to make Morata move Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:33 2/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Alvaro Morata Chelsea Bournemouth Getty Images Transfers Premier League Primera División Bundesliga Ligue 1 Serie A Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond PSG eye MorataParis Saint-Germain may move for Chelsea attacker Alvaro Morata in the summer, according to Paris United.They see the Spain international as a strong back-up option for Edinson Cavani, although Roma’s Patrik Schick is their first-choice. PSG wanted the Czech last summer but may have to fork out €60 million for him.De Gea to force Real Madrid moveDavid de Gea Manchester UnitedDavid De Gea is trying to force a move to Real Madrid from Manchester United, according to Don Balon. 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 Real are desperate to sign a goalkeeper this summer and De Gea is pressuring his agent to make a move happen.The 27-year-old, who was born in Madrid, is keen to return to Spain and does not want to miss out on the opportunity again, having seen a previous transfer thwarted by a mix-up on deadline day in 2015.Arsenal watching ZivkovicAndrija Zivkovic BenficaArsenal watched Benfica’s Andrija Zivkovic produce an impressive performance against Rio Ave on Saturday, according to O Jogo . Zivkovic is a long-term target for the Gunners and the Serbian, who normally plays as a winger, shone in central midfield against Rio Ave.The 21-year-old has been watched on numerous occasions by Arsenal, while Manchester United also had a scout at the weekend’s fixture.Kluivert turns down Man Utd moveJustin Kluivert AjaxAjax youngster Justin Kluivert has rejected the possibility of a move to Manchester United, according to quotes in Metro.Reports suggested that United were willing to pay £10 million to sign the son of legendary Barcelona star Patrick.”I have heard the rumours but I haven’t spoken to Mourinho,” said Kluivert. “A move to Manchester United wouldn’t make sense, for now.”Mourinho: Man Utd won’t buy a striker this summerJose Mourinho Manchester UnitedJose Mourinho says Manchester United won’t buy a striker this summer after purchasing Alexis Sanchez in January.“It’s bad for you because you like to have things to write and things to speculate especially in the summer, but I don’t want attacking players so don’t speak about attacking players coming here because nobody is coming here,” he said.“Juan Mata, Lukaku, Rashford, Martial, Alexis … I don’t want attacking players so for speculation in the summer you have to go to other areas, but for attacking players I am really happy.”Read the full story on Goal!’Mahrez deserves better than Leicester’Riyad Mahrez Leicester CityRiyad Mahrez deserves better than Leicester City, according to Algeria’s coach Rabah Madjer.Mahrez was the subject of a £65 million bid from Manchester City on transfer dedline day in January, but the Foxes demanded £95m and the deal subsequently fell through.”Mahrez currently deserves better than Leicester,” he told Goal. “But we must not forget that it was Leicester who put him on the right track.”Read the full story on Goal!Conte open to new Chelsea contractAntonio ConteChelsea manager Antonio Conte is open to signing a new contract at the club.The Blues boss has been linked with an exit from Stamford Bridge but he says that he would be open to staying beyond this season, though he would like the club to back him in public.“I must be honest, when there are these type of rumours or speculation after the first game of the season against Burnley, maybe I’d like the club to prepare a statement for me, to say they trust me in my work and my job,” Conte told reporters at Cobham Training Ground. Read the full story on Goal!Seedorf to take over at DeportivoClarence Seedorf The Best FIFA Football Awards 09012017Clarence Seedorf is set to become Deportivo La Coruna’s new manager, according to Marca.The Dutchman, who previously managed AC Milan, is set to replace Cristobal Parralo, who has sacked after a 5-0 defeat to Real Sociedad.Seedorf will be confirmed as manager on Monday.Rashford could leave Man UtdMarcus Rashford Manchester UnitedMarcus Rashford could leave Manchester United this summer, due to Jose Mourinho’s transfer plans, according to the Daily Express.Mourinho is nearing a deal to sign Justin Kluivert from Ajax, with the youngster set to be given the chance to shine in England after making a name for himself in the Netherlands.And his signing could force Rashford to look for first-team football away from Old Trafford, with his chances already limited by the signing of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal.Benzema headed to ArsenalKarim Benzema, Real MadridKarim Benzema is already house hunting in London ahead of a summer move to Arsenal, according to Don Balon . The Madrid forward will be part of a clearout this summer as Los Blancos look to land a new set of attacking talent, and the French foward is set to join up with the Gunners. Kovacic wanted by numerous European clubsMateo Kovacic Real MadridMateo Kovacic is wanted by Manchester United, Tottenham, Inter and Juventus, according to AS.The midfielder has struggled with injury this season and has made just seven appearances.However, Real are keen to retain the Croatia international, and have thus far rebuffed all enquiries. 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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GAME DEVELOPMENT OFFICERS NEEDED FOR VICTORIA

first_imgTouch Victoria and Touch Football Australia are pleased to announce that two full-time Game Development Officer positions have now been established in Victoria . These positions will be located in Melbourne and the successful applicants will be employed as part of Touch Football Australia ‘s unitary model. Closing date for applications is 5pm, 12th August 2005. Please take the time to review the Position Description at www.victouch.com.au Applications will need to be submitted to Miles Davine, his contact details can also be found at Touch Victoria’s website.last_img read more

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One Voice. One Team. One Sport – Respect and Conduct at Touch Football Events

first_imgOn the eve of the 2016 Harvey Norman National Youth Championships, TFA CEO, Colm Maguire has distributed a timely reminder to players competing at the event and across the wider Touch Football community. Aligned to the Play by the Rules framework and TFA Code of Conduct, the communique serves as an important signal to participants to ensure that officials are afforded due respect at our national events and outlining the commensurate behaviours expected of players.Maguire said it was through his own observations at different events the express need to impress on participants the strong position on expectations.“Our referees are participants in our national events in their own right and are there to do the important job of officiating to the best of their ability,” he said.  “Given the environment and the nature of the way we participate in a closed setting, they are constantly in a position where they can be interacted with or given what would loosely be termed ‘feedback’.“It is my view that this constant judgement or questioning is not something I believe is a positive environment for the referees; nor is it a positive behaviour for our coaches.“Any change needs to start somewhere and I can think of no better place than ensuring our youth and states competing this coming week are clearly aware of what is and isn’t deemed acceptable,” he added. â€œThey can then also assist to help drive the attitude shift and indeed be our advocates of change.The message to all participants outlines that no referee should be open to ongoing engagement or constant feedback; particularly from Coaches on the sideline or during the game. Moreover, the only engagement or interaction with officials is post-game and must be in a positive/constructive and informative manner – not judgemental. Any other communication by the playing group is through the captain only, as per the rules of the game.Maguire added: “In order to make lasting change and foster a conducive environment of respect for the pivotal role our referee group plays, we need to start by communicating expectations…and then demonstrating and living them at the national and indeed every level.”Related LinksOne Teamlast_img read more

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10 months ago​Sarri insists Chelsea not title contenders

first_img​Sarri insists Chelsea not title contendersby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMaurizio Sarri does not believe his side are title contenders this season.The Blues are too far behind Liverpool and Manchester City in his view.The table sees Chelsea in 4th place with 37 points, which puts them eight and seven points behind those two clubs respectively.And Sarri does not see such a gap as being recoverable, given the form of those teams.”No, I have never seen Chelsea as title contenders for the PL [this season],” said Sarri in his press conference. “There are two teams ahead of us.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoMan Utd midfielder Pogba tribute to Koulibaly

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd midfielder Pogba tribute to Koulibalyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Paul Pogba offered support to Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly during victory over Bournemouth.Pogba wore a special band around his right wrist with ‘Honour’ printed on it during the Premier League fixture on Sunday.The special message was in tribute to Koulibaly who was subjected to racist abuse as Napoli were beaten by Inter Milan on Boxing Day.”Well done guys beautiful way to finish the year,” he started the post. “+ honour handband for @kkoulibaly26 . 2019 say NO to racism. @manchesterunited #mufc .” last_img read more

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10 months agoChelsea striker Abraham sweating on FIFA ruling over Wolves move

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea striker Abraham sweating on FIFA ruling over Wolves moveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves’ swoop for Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham could be blocked by FIFA.The Sun says the 21-year-old is trying to establish if Fifa recognise his August appearance for Chelsea in Premier League 2 against Derby as a competitive match, which would rule out a January move.Players are not allowed to feature for three teams in a season and Abraham was loaned to Aston Villa after his Under-23 match.Hatem Ben Arfa had his registration delayed at Nice four years ago in a similar case.He joined the French club from Hull but Fifa ruled his one appearance for Newcastle Under-21s as an official match.The France midfielder had to wait until the following season before making his debut for the new club.Wolves are prepared to take him on a permanent deal to boost Nuno Espirito Santo’s attack. last_img read more

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10 months agoChelsea no.2 Zola warns Hudson-Odoi must maintain ‘good attitude’

first_imgChelsea no.2 Zola warns Hudson-Odoi must maintain ‘good attitude’by Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea assistant Gianfranco Zola has warned Callum Hudson-Odoi to maintain a “good attitude” despite earning limited minutes this season.Hudson-Odoi, 18, has been the subject of two rejected bids from Bayern Munich this month.The England U21 international has 18 months remaining on his contract and Zola says the club are hopeful he will remain at Stamford Bridge to continue his development.”It’s about patience. I believe he has a bright future with us, but he will have to learn that right now for him it’s important to get better and better every day,” Zola said.”I know Bayern is very interested in him, but we’re interested in him as well. For 18 years old, he’s got a lot of potential”I know he hasn’t played probably as much as he wanted, but this is down to the quality of the players in front of him. I’ve already told the player: it’s not a waste of time. It’s a time you can get better.”You have to understand the journey’s not finished. He’s at an age where it’s very important to keep a good attitude. It’s not important playing straight away, playing 20 games, it’s important to develop.”Asked if he had spoken Hudson-Odoi about the offers, Zola said: “Mainly with him we speak about tactical or technical questions. I haven’t been very direct; this is the first time I’ve been direct with him about the contract. I understand he has requests. He’s done very well. At the same time we believe he can have a bright future.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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9 months agoFather tells Barcelona Neymar desperate for return

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Father tells Barcelona Neymar desperate for returnby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG star Neymar is desperate to return to Barcelona this summer, it has been revealed.Mundo Deportivo says Neymar’s father agent, Neymar Snr, has been in regular talks with the Catalans. Indeed, it’s suggested he has met as many as FIVE TIMES with Barca officials in recent times.Neymar Snr is said to have relayed to Barca that his son “made a mistake by signing for PSG” and he “is disappointed and really sorry” to have walked out on the Blaugrana.Neymar also feels let down by PSG, where there “is a lack of a sporting project”.Barca are now actively exploring the prospect of re-signing Neymar at the end of the season. last_img read more

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Michigan Tight End Jake Butt Posts Emotional Message On Twitter After Injury

first_imgMichigan tight end Jake Butt looking off into the distance.Screencap/VimeoMichigan tight end Jake Butt defended his choice to play in the Orange Bowl.In an era where elite college athletes are skipping bowl games to stay healthy for the NFL Draft, Michigan’s star tight end, Jake Butt, defended his choice to play in the Orange Bowl.Butt suffered a knee injury in the first half of Michigan’s game against Florida State. Butt laid on the ground in immense pain, but, eventually walked off the field on his own power. Yet, the star tight end said it “never once crossed” his mind to sit out of the team’s bowl game.The senior took to Twitter to thank Michigan fans for his four years with the team and defend his choice to play.Xtremely proud of the way these guys competed 2nite. Left it all out there! Its been a great 4 years @ this univ & I wouldnt change anything— jake butt (@JBooty_88) December 31, 2016Thank you for all of the prayers and well wishes. God has a plan for me and I know through him I can overcome anything !— jake butt (@JBooty_88) December 31, 2016never once crossed my mind to sit this game out and I would never change that mindset. I play this game bc I love it, my teammates, coaches— jake butt (@JBooty_88) December 31, 2016Before the injury, Butt was projected to be one of the first tight ends selected in the 2017 NFL Draft. Let’s hope Butt’s injury isn’t severe enough to impact his draft status.last_img read more

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Brave Bermuda sends Concacaf giants a message

first_imgIt was the 54th minute when we all felt those old floodgates might swing open.Costa Rica had come out of the halftime locker room with a 1-0 lead and all the momentum, and less than 10 minutes into the second half, Elias Aguilar tried his luck with a low shot from the corner of the box. The Ticos went up 2-0, and it looked like Bermuda was toast. A typical Gold Cup blowout – a 3-0 or 4-0 loss – looked to be in the cards.But Bermuda stubbornly held the floodgates closed. They never opened. Despite a weary-looking squad working in heat that Costa Rica manager Gustavo Matosas called “infernal” (the heat index was over 100 at kickoff), the islanders held tough. In fact, with Nahki Wells’ penalty five minutes after Hernandez’s goal, the game closed with Bermuda’s first-ever Gold Cup point feeling far more likely than a Costa Rica romp. 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? A 2-1 final sent Costa Rica through to the knockout stage of the tournament ahead of next week’s final matchday in group play, but the performance was a statement for Kyle Lightbourne’s Gombey Warriors.This is a British territory with a population of 70,000 – making it 100,000 people shy of reaching the total of the Dallas suburb in which they were playing. Bermuda’s shock qualification to the Gold Cup was historic. The cherry on top would be an inaugural Gold Cup win, something that now feels achievable with a dead rubber against Nicaragua coming up on the final matchday of the tournament for the now-eliminated Bermuda.”We obviously would like to finish the tournament with some sort of result. Nicaragua is a decent team. On their day, they could be very dangerous,” coach Kyle Lightbourne said after the match. “We have to build for the Nations League because we’re in a tough group with Mexico and Panama.”But I think those teams, when they come to Bermuda: Be prepared for battle. Especially when they come to Bermuda. Be prepared for battle. We’re going to battle.”Bermuda fansThursday’s showing left little doubt of that. Bermuda’s population is tiny, but unlike many Caribbean countries that rely on English-born players representing their country through heritage, the bulk of players in the roster were born on the island. Who knows what adds the extra fight Bermuda showed in the final half-hour of their loss Thursday, but they were getting a boost from somewhere.That’s not to say this is a story of passion over performance. Bermuda has talent as well, and players who are in rhythm for professional teams. Wells scored seven goals in the English Championship last season. Towering center back and captain Dante Leverock is critical for Irish club Sligo Rovers. Reggie Lambe was a regular starter for League Two’s Cambridge United. But local-based players like right back Donte Brangman and goalkeeper Dale Eve flashed skills as well.”Extremely proud of my country, my team and the players that aren’t in the best environments, for example, not professional environments who are some of the best players for us in the tournament so far,” Wells said after the match. “I can just say I’m extremely proud of my teammates, people who worked very hard for this occasion who stood up and were our best players.”Obviously disappointed, but it’s a learning curve. It’s new for me, new for our teammates and it’s something we can build on when we compete against some very good nations.”Donte Brangman Bermuda Allan Cruz Costa RicaBermuda has exceeded expectations, but that learning curve has, at times, still looked steep. Wells was in early but pushed his chance well wide of the goal instead of slotting home what would’ve been a stunning goal in the first five minutes. Lambe missed a golden chance in the first half after a deflected Wells effort fell to his feet.  The team’s lack of depth makes it hard to put together full 90-minute performances. In the opener against Haiti, Leverock headed in the match’s first goal just before the first half. Haiti tweaked its attack and ultimately emerged with the 2-1 win. Still, Bermuda is a team getting plenty of respect from other managers in the group.”It’s a team that didn’t surprise me because Bermuda doesn’t play football poorly,” Matosas said. “They play really well, and if you look against Haiti, it’s the same. The other day in Costa Rica they played really well.”The challenge now is to keep playing well, to get an historic win over Nicaragua and to keep getting better. Lightbourne knows his team likely will be relegated from Nations League A. Mexico and Panama were at the 2018 World Cup. Their footballing culture is much more developed, their pool to draw from much deeper. But Lightbourne is ready to set his team up to make life difficult on El Tri, Los Caneleros, and, he hopes, other Concacaf giants in the years to come.”It’s an opportunity for us as an association to grow,” he said of the Gold Cup. “That was the main point of us making it this far. You always worry that a team like Costa Rica can blow you away in 20 minutes,” he said. “But we managed the game in the right way, learned from the other night against Haiti. We learned.”I’m proud of my team. I think people around the world will take notice of some of the Bermuda players, and – you know – small little country, but big hearts.”last_img read more

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Casillas reports for Porto duty two months after heart attack

first_imgIker Casillas reported for pre-season duty for Porto on Monday just two months on from a heart attack, although his future remains unclear.The 38-year-old suffered a myocardial infarction in training on May 1 and underwent emergency surgery before returning home five days later.The former Real Madrid captain was pictured arriving at Porto’s training ground on Monday as the Primeira Liga side began preparations for 2019-20. 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 The Spain great posted a tweet of his arrival, saying: “Back to work. Day one.”Vuelta al trabajo. Primer día.  @FCPorto pic.twitter.com/7NkmLRTfwz— Iker Casillas (@IkerCasillas) July 1, 2019Porto’s players are expected to undergo routine medical tests before the full pre-season training programme gets underway.Casillas’ future is still uncertain, although he insisted last month there was no truth to rumours he has already decided to retire and assume a role on Porto’s board of directors.The Spanish shot-stopper has spent the last four years of his career in Portugal, winning one Primeira Liga title.His illustrious 16-year spell at Santiago Bernabeu came to an end in 2015, with Keylor Navas taking up the number one jersey for the Blancos after his departure.Casillas won 19 trophies with Madrid in total, including five La Liga titles and three European Cups.At an international level, he also shone for Spain, winning two European Championships and the World Cup, while also earning a record-breaking 167 caps.Porto kick off their pre-season campaign with a fixture against English outfit Fulham on July 16, before facing Real Betis three days later.last_img read more

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Ibrahimovic: MLS playoff system is s***

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic is not a fan of the MLS playoffs as the LA Galaxy captain labelled the system “s***”.Unlike Europe, where Ibrahimovic has played for the likes of Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, Inter, AC Milan and Juventus, MLS uses a playoff system to crown a champion.The top seven teams from the Western and Eastern Conferences – which consist of 12 teams in each division – progress to the postseason. 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? This year presents the first year of a new single-elimination playoff format with the top seed in each conference earning a bye to the second round while the other six teams in each conference battle for their spots in the conference semifinals. In addition, the playoffs will be completed earlier this season, as the MLS campaign will finish in November rather than in early December like years past.Ibrahimovic, however, does not like the postseason system after voicing his disapproval following Thursday’s training session.”I think the system is s***,” Ibrahimovic told reporters in Los Angeles. “How can you learn mentality if you only have to reach the playoffs?””You just need to win the play-offs, and that’s it. The results in each game are important, but here, if you come in seventh place, you make the playoffs and win, you are champion,” the 37-year-old added.”For me, the mentality is every day, training the way you train is the way you play a game, and with the MLS system, how do you create that mentality to be in your toes 24 hours?It’s very difficult.”The Galaxy, who missed the playoffs last season in Ibrahimovic’s debut campaign, are fifth in the Western Conference and 15 points adrift of the league-leaders, rivals Los Angeles FC.Ibrahimovic – an All-Star this season – has scored 16 goals in 18 appearances for the Galaxy this year after scoring 22 goals in 27 matches in his first MLS season.The Galaxy will face D.C. United in their next match before facing the Seattle Sounders and FC Dallas. After that, it’s a clash with LAFC, who are on pace to break a number of MLS records this campaign.last_img read more

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Nick Saban Comments On The Urban Meyer Situation At Ohio State

first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide congratulates head coach Urban Meyer of the Florida Gators.ATLANTA – DECEMBER 06: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide congratulates head coach Urban Meyer of the Florida Gators after the Gators 31-20 win in the SEC Championship on December 6, 2008 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Nick Saban is widely considered the top coach in college football. There may be a bit more debate over who is No. 2, but the most common answer would probably be Urban Meyer.With the drama surrounding Meyer’s job and Ohio State, naturally other coaches in the country are being asked about the situation.Meyer was placed on administrative leave last night, hours after the initial Brett McMurphy report that indicates that he was aware of the 2015 domestic violence allegations against assistant Zach Smith.Dan Mullen, a former Meyer assistant at Florida, where he recently took over as head coach, said he texted his former boss after the news came down.Now, Saban has weighed in.Nick Saban reiterated the Alabama football program’s belief in “treating people the right way” when asked about Urban Meyer.From 247Sports’ Charlie Potter:Nick Saban on Urban Meyer: “We have tremendous respect for treating people, male or female, the right way. I really don’t know enough about it to make a comment … and I’m sure Ohio State will do a fantastic job of investigating and doing what they need to do to make it right.”— Charlie Potter (@Charlie_Potter) August 2, 2018That is about what you’d expect to get out of Saban. He was never going to rip Meyer or Ohio State or reveal much more than that about the ongoing situation.The two legendary coaches faced off in the 2014 College Football Playoff. Meyer’s Buckeyes upset Alabama in the semifinal, en route to capturing a national championship.While Meyer was at Florida, the two coaches split back-to-back SEC title game match-ups, with Meyer’s Gators winning in 2008, and Saban’s Tide returning the favor in 2009. Both of those teams went on to capture national titles.last_img read more

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Ohio State Trustee Updates Status Of Urban Meyer Decision

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer wearing an Ohio State jacket.GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 31: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on against the Clemson Tigers during the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)As we await the Urban Meyer verdict at Ohio State, reporters are camped out on campus waiting for a decision to come in and a press conference to be called.We don’t have a time for a decision yet. We do have a very brief comment from one high-profile Ohio State trustee on the matter though.CBS Sports college basketball analyst Clark Kellogg attended Ohio State from 1979-82. He now serves on the Board of Trustees, a position he’s maintained since 2010.A reporter from 105.7 The Zone in Columbus spotted Kellogg and asked for an update. He said “progress is being made.”Video of Clark Kellogg’s update on the Urban Meyer investigation decision:Clark Kellogg says progress is being made… pic.twitter.com/01bGof0iOz— 105.7 The Zone (@1057TheZone) August 22, 2018We could find out a big update on Meyer’s status at any moment.Early in the process, it seemed like there was a very real chance that the school would move on from him. As time has passed, that seems less likely.Now, the major question is probably whether Ohio State considers this administrative leave “time served” and reinstates Meyer, or if he will serve a multi-game suspension.The Buckeyes start their season at home against Oregon State on Sept. 1. From there, the team hosts Rutgers, and travels down to Texas for a neutral site game against TCU, which is the first huge test for the team.Ohio State enters the season as a top five team, and is considered the favorite in the Big Ten and among the favorites to make the College Football Playoff.last_img read more

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Kelly Bryant’s Top Priority For Transfer Is Clear

first_imgKelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after his team scores a touchdown against the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium.COLUMBIA, SC – NOVEMBER 25: Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after his team scores a touchdown against the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The Kelly Bryant transfer race will come to an end in a few weeks. On December 4, he will make a choice between his six finalists.Bryant is weighing his options between Arkansas, Auburn, Miami, Mississippi State, Missouri, and North Carolina.The Razorbacks have been floated as a potential favorite for Bryant. The team is coached by former Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris, who was heavily involved in Bryant’s recruitment before leaving to take over SMU.It does seem like every team of the six has a good argument for being his choice though.Kelly Bryant recently did an extensive interview with 247Sports‘ Keith Neibuhr, and one factor in the quarterback’s decision came up over and over.Bryant was asked about the most important things, and his first was the obvious necessity that his graduate credits will transfer, as well as trust and comfort with his new coaches.Beyond that, he clearly wants to play for a program that will groom and develop him for the NFL.247Sports: When it comes to making your upcoming decision, how high up your wish list for a school is a coaching staff’s ability to develop you?Bryant: “It’s definitely important. One of the main things that I’m looking for in making this decision. I feel like my best ball is still ahead of me. I’m not a finished product. I still have so much to learn and I’m eager to learn. I’m not satisfied by the type of player I am right now.”With Auburn, he mentioned Malzahn’s history of improving quarterbacks. Neibuhr mentions that former Auburn superstar Cam Newton is one of Bryant’s “childhood idols.” Mark Richt’s history going back to Georgia brought up similar comments.With UNC, Bryant discussed former No. 2 pick Mitch Trubisky. Ditto with Missouri and current quarterback Drew Lock, who could be one of the first quarterbacks taken this year. Bryant likes the work that assistant Derek Dooley has done with Lock, and his time in the NFL.Obviously there is more that goes into it, especially since each of these schools will find ways to tout their ability to develop NFL talent. Clearly Bryant sees this choice as the one that vaults him to the next level of his football career, and it does feel like that will end up being a decisive factor.[247Sports]last_img read more

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