FS Stars release five, sign Tchilimbou from AC Leopards

first_imgTransfers Free State Stars release five players, sign Harris Tchilimbou from AC Leopards Ernest Makhaya 15:55 1/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Luc Eymael, Free State Stars Backpagepix Transfers PSL Free State Stars Ea Lla Koto have bolstered their attacking department with the signing of Tchilimbou, while they have freed up their foreign space in the process Free State Stars have confirmed the signing of Congolese playmaker Harris Tchilimbou from AC Leopards, while no less than five players have been allowed to leave the club either permanently or on loan. Danny Venter has already joined Golden Arrows, while Allen Nono was released from his contract. Mumuni Abubakar, Sello Japhta and goalkeeper Oliver Kwizera have all been loaned out for the remainder of the current campaign, the club revealed.  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 Abubakar, who first arrived in the country in 2013 to join Mamelodi Sundowns, will spend the second half of the season at National First Division (NFD) side Richards Bay FC, while former Orlando Pirates midfielder Japhtha will head to the Eastern Cape to join Umtata Bucks alongside Kwizera. Here’s the club’s statement on the movements:Free State Stars can confirm the departures of five players while the only arrival thus far has been Republic of Congo international playmaker Harris Tchilimbou from AC Leopards.Long-serving winger Danny Venter has joined Golden Arrows and Gabonese striker Allen Nono has been released from the club as the two permanent exits, while Mumuni Abubakar, Sello Japhta and Olivier Kwizera have left on six-month loan deals.Abubakar, 24, made three appearances in the Premiership this season since his arrival from Black Leopards but make the switch to Richards Bay FC in order to earn more regular first team football.Kwizera, the 22-year-old Rwanda international goalkeeper has joined Umtata Bucks after recently recovering from a serious knee injury and playmaker Sello Japhta joins him at the National First Division side – as they look to help the team avoid relegation.New signings will be announced within the coming days.last_img read more

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Ronaldo nominated for Laureus award

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo Ronaldo and Real Madrid both nominated for prestigious Laureus awards Peter Thompson Last updated 1 year ago 23:55 1/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) cristiano ronaldo - cropped Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Primera División The Portuguese is up for World Sportsman of the Year and faces competition from Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Lewis Hamilton, Mo Farah and Chris Froome Cristiano Ronaldo has been nominated for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award and Real Madrid are in contention for the Team of the Year gong.Ronaldo claimed the Ballon d’Or for a fifth time last month and is among the six nominees for the prestigious Laureus award, which he has never won.Madrid could also be recognised for a stellar 2017 at a ceremony in Monaco on February 27 after winning the Champions League, La Liga and the FIFA Club World Cup. 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 Prolific forward Ronaldo faces competition from Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Lewis Hamilton, Mo Farah and Chris Froome.Ladies & Gentlemen, your 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards Nominees!Well done to all of you and see you in Monaco! #Laureus18 pic.twitter.com/MXwcwQwgvI— Laureus (@LaureusSport) January 16, 2018Federer, also nominated for the Comeback of the Year category, was crowned Australian Open and Wimbledon champion, while Nadal won a 10th French Open title and the US Open.Hamilton claimed a fourth Formula One title, while Froome became only the third man to win the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana in the same year.Farah took gold in the 10,000 metres and 5,000m silver at the IAAF World Championships on home soil in his final year as a track athlete.The great Serena Williams is among the nominees for World Sportswoman of the Year after winning the Australian Open while pregnant.Garbine Muguruza is also in the running following her maiden Wimbledon triumph, while athletes Allyson Felix and Caster Semenya are among the contenders following a ballot by the world’s sports media.American duo Katie Ledecky and Mikaela Shiffrin also made the list, reward for their remarkable swimming and skiing exploits respectively.The France Davis Cup team, Golden State Warriors, New England Patriots, Mercedes and New Zealand’s America’s Cup winners are the other contenders for the Team of the Year award.last_img read more

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Landon who? Leon rolling without Donovan

first_imgLiga MX Landon Donovan who? Club Leon attack firing on all cylinders ahead of Cruz Azul contest Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 06:37 1/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Landon Donovan Leon Gustavo Becerra Liga MX León Cruz Azul v León Cruz Azul Though a star attacking reinforcement is coming, the back line will determine if the club can continue its hot start Landon Donovan is walking through that door.Club Leon’s announcement late Friday that the American legend would join the club earned headlines in the United States, Mexico, the United Kingdom and all around the world. A day later, the team’s attackers followed up with a different statement: Donovan may be coming, but we don’t need him.Leon put three past Toluca in a victory that made the team two for two, one of just a pair of clubs in Liga MX to win their first two matches so far. This weekend, it’s another meeting with an undefeated team when Leon travels to meet Cruz Azul in Mexico City. 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 There doesn’t seem to be any animosity toward Leon bringing in Donovan, and both sides know he won’t come in and take anyone’s starting spot . The club would be in trouble if it was relying on a 35-year-old coming out of retirement to provide the goals, but thankfully for fans in El Bajio, Leon is already plenty strong up front. The attacking quartet of Mauro Boselli, Elias Hernandez, Luis Montes and Andres Andrade each have a goal apiece in the young season, with right back Fernando Navarro adding the fifth. In many ways, they’re picking up where they left off last tournament. Leon’s 27 regular-season goals trailed only finalists Monterrey and Tigres, and Boselli’s 11 tied him atop the scoring charts.The addition of Giles Barnes, who after playing with Orlando City in MLS last season will be ready to see the field well before Donovan, and the further integration of Chilean forward Alvaro Ramos gives depth to the Leon attack. All of it has functioned well since Gustavo Diaz took over as manager midway through the last tournament and oversaw a transition from the bottom of the league to a playoff berth. Leon was eliminated in the first round by eventual champion Tigres.Diaz, a 43-year-old former defender, must be pleased at how his attackers get at teams. After playing a high-pressing style with previous manager Javier Torrente, Diaz involved attackers in defending in a different way. Rather than pressure the ball relentlessly, the wingers are asked to come back into the midfield more often to stop opposing attacks. He also acceded to playing on the counterattack more often. Leon’s first goal Sunday came from a counter with Boselli holding up the ball with his back to the goal, opening space for Hernandez to find a lane on the right.   #NoTeLoPierdas GL de Elías Hernández @clubleonfc 1-0 @TolucaFC #Jornada2 #Clausura2018 #LIGABancomerMX   #SienteTuLiga   #AbrazadosPorElFutbol pic.twitter.com/Ixg1M02CF8 — LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) January 14, 2018 Though the offseason signings have focused on the attack, Diaz will be more concerned with reinforcing the back. Though Navarro gives him the flexibility to move pieces around in his defense (the goal came when Navarro had moved to the left side to help detain Toluca playmaker Rubens Sambueza), the manager has a decent back four. It’s the first time in recent memory you can say that about Leon, but still the team has conceded in both matches played so far. While Alexander Mejia has taken pressure off some of the defenders and William Yarbrough continues to excel at stopping tough shots, the defense still stands out as the weak point of the team. The counters will come, and if recent history is any indication, the goals will too. Does that matter if Leon can’t stop other teams from scoring?Cruz Azul should provide a test Saturday. La Maquina started rolling in the second half against Chivas, scoring three goals after the break en route to the first win of the Pedro Caixinha era. With winter signings Walter Montoya and Carlos “Gullit” Pena settling in, there could be more goals to come from the Mexico City side. After a drab draw in the first home match of the season, the team’s fans will want to see a more inspiring performance – something more like the second half against Chivas than the two scoreless 45 minutes against Tijuana.How Diaz game plans for the test will reveal plenty about his philosophy and how he intends to align a team that should have no trouble scoring, especially with Barnes and Donovan set to arrive, but one that must tighten up at the back if it’s going to stay in the top positions of the league all season and challenge for its first title since the bicampenato of 2013-14.last_img read more

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Conte hopes for Christensen return against West Brom

first_imgChelsea Conte hoping ‘important’ Christensen can return against West Brom Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent 06:30 2/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Andreas Christensen Chelsea Getty Images Chelsea Premier League Antonio Conte David Luiz West Bromwich Albion The Blues boss has praised his young defender while shrugging off any suggestions that David Luiz was unfit last week Antonio Conte has backed Andreas Christensen, who looks likely to return to the side against West Bromwich Albion on Monday after David Luiz struggled against Watford. Luiz was out for two weeks after picking up an ankle injury in training, and looked off the pace in his return against the Hornets after losing the ball on 19 occasions and only winning 22 per cent of his duels. Meanwhile, Chelsea have been missing Christensen as they conceded seven goals in less than two games after he left the January 31 loss to Bournemouth with a hamstring injury.  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 Conte admitted that the 21-year-old Denmark international has become a key player.   “For sure, he’s an important player for us. He’s an important player,” Conte said to journalists at a news conference at Cobham Training Ground. “It’s right to look at the stats, but we have to take the stats in the right way.”But, for sure, Christensen is an important player for us. He’s playing a fantastic season. Christensen didn’t train today with us. Honestly, I hope to count on him for the game against West Brom because he’s an important player for us.“I don’t know. It happened in the last two games. I don’t know why. But it happened. We didn’t concede many goals in the past when Christensen played.”Meanwhile, Chelsea appear to have moved on from Luiz after the Brazil international’s return and star performances helped them win the title last season. Conte thinks that Luiz’s poor display against Watford wasn’t due to a lack of fitness as he aims to avert a crisis with a win on Monday.“He will be in contention, but I don’t know [if he will start the game].” Conte said of Luiz. “Yes, he was fit. 100 per cent.” 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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Why is Motagua’s CCL match in Texas?

first_imgChampions League Why is FC Motagua’s CONCACAF Champions League match vs. Club Tijuana taking place in Texas? Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 22:49 2/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Motagua Champions League Motagua Motagua v Tijuana Tijuana South Texas wasn’t Motagua’s first choice when it had to seek an alternate venue, but Las Aguilas Azules are making the most of their temporary home There are plenty of places that make sense for a Honduran team to host a CONCACAF Champions League match when it can’t do so in its home country. Olimpia is taking the short flight to Costa Rica’s national stadium. Motagua, on the other hand, started its trip to Edinburg, Texas, on Monday ahead of a match the club will be hosting 1,600 miles from its normal home venue, the Estadio Tiburcio Carias Andino.The South Texas city, with its population of nearly 90,000 residents, isn’t on the international map for hosting big soccer matches. It’s not a hub for Honduran immigrants like Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Miami or Houston. So how did HEB Park, home of the USL’s Rio Grande Valley Toros, end up serving as the site for Wednesday’s CONCACAF Champions League round of 16 match?AdChoices广告”You’re fascinated, and so are we, believe it or not,” Toros president Bert Garcia told Goal after the match was announced. 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 The CONCACAF Council announced Jan. 29 that it approved moves for CCL matches set to take place in Honduras “due to the political and social situation that has affected the country in recent months.”It turns out Edinburg wasn’t the first choice. Motagua started looking in some of the usual places, but with a late kickoff scheduled for the match, tentative plans to host the game in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, fell through. Events taking place at the venue being considered can’t start at 9 p.m. local time.A contact put Motagua president Pedro Atala and the club in touch with the Toros. The Texas team had put in a bid to potentially host the match and ended up with Wednesday’s game at its venue. The fit was right not only because of the venue but because of the team’s plans to make the best of a bad situation.Violent protests broke out in the aftermath of November’s presidential elections in Honduras which eventually saw incumbent Juan Orlando Hernandez’s sworn in as president of the country after more than a month of uncertainty. During that period, a playoff match in San Pedro Sula had to be suspended. Since then, the Honduran league has resumed, though protests continue in the streets of many Honduran cities.”Really, I’m not 100 percent in agreement because we never officially asked to play the game in the United States,” Atala told Goal of CONCACAF’s decision. “In November of last year we sent a letter asking if we could play in the United States in case we couldn’t play in Honduras. It was an exploratory note. CONCACAF answered us that they were going to analyze the case, and eventually because of some problems we had here after the elections they canceled a pair of matches. But from there the tournament has continued in its normal way without any problem.”Still, with an increased level of uncertainty surrounding the security situation in Honduras, CONCACAF ruled not only the round of 16 matches but also any potential quarterfinals Motagua or Olimpia qualify for will take place at alternate venues.Motagua is going to settle in and try to get as comfortable as possible. HEB Park will become Motagua’s home not only for Wednesday’s match but also for the following days. To stay in rhythm but avoid extraneous travel, the team will play a friendly Saturday before heading to Houston and flying from Texas to San Diego on Sunday. “Well, the first thing also is the weather, which is important. We know that this part of the U.S. isn’t very cold and Edinburg won’t have too much heat either. It should be an accessible climate for our players,” Atala said. “Beyond that, we know there are a lot of Hondurans in the Houston area and we’re sure they’re going to go to the stadium. It’s going to be $15-$30 and we think there are going to be a lot of Hondurans. It’s small, a few more than 9,000 people. And there also will be a lot of Mexican-Americans who are going to support Tijuana.”Playing in a city so close to the U.S-Mexico border, albeit far from Tijuana, does seem to invite the possibility that Las Aguilas Azules will be playing in front of a hostile crowd despite it being a home match. Garcia said he could promise use of his facilities and friendly welcome off the field but wasn’t sure who the local community will root for Wednesday.”Us Texans, especially in South Texas, we’re known for our hospitality,” the Toros president said. “I’m not sure necessarily how many fans I can provide for them during the game or at the game, but what I can tell them is that they’ll be treated well, they’ll feel safe, they’ll have facilities I hope they can say are unlike anything they’ve been playing in – even though they’re a top-caliber team.”South Texans know how to throw a party, so hopefully they feel that way.”What really would give the visitors from Tegucigalpa something to celebrate would be a victory. Motagua has been in six domestic finals over the last eight tournaments and come away with three titles. Yet internationally, it’s been a struggle to break through. It lost all six group matches in the 2011-12 tournament. Things went much better in the 2015-16 incarnation, with Motagua drawing with America 1-1 and earning a pair of wins over Nicaraguan side Walter Ferretti. That wasn’t enough to qualify, though, and Atala is eyeing a first-ever win over a Mexican team.”It would be historic,” he said. “We’ve never achieved it, even when playing at home. Now we’re playing two matches away. But we’re hoping a lot of Hondurans come from Houston, from McAllen, where there are a lot of Hondurans, and we can feel at home and get a positive result to travel with a favorable score to Tijuana.”last_img read more

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Higuain in, Sampaoli ponders Tevez

first_imgArgentina Higuain back in favour as Sampaoli ponders Tevez recall Dom Farrell 04:20 3/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) GonzaloHiguain - cropped Getty Images Argentina World Cup Paulo Dybala Spain v Argentina Spain Argentina v Italy Italy Friendlies Paulo Dybala and Mauro Icardi should not worry over World Cup selection, says Argentina’s coach, who is also considering the Boca star Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli praised Gonzalo Higuain for winning him round after the Juventus striker was named in the squad to face Italy and Spain later this month.Attacking spots in the Albiceleste side alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero will be fiercely contested ahead of the 2018 World Cup, with Higuain’s club-mate Paulo Dybala and Inter captain Mauro Icardi left out on this occasion.Higuain is set to be back in national colours for the first time since June, although the 30-year-old is currently sidelined with an ankle complaint. 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 “As far as Higuain goes, I’ve seen him mature and he’s convinced me,” Sampaoli told reporters.”We need footballers who, if we call them, will guarantee us a good World Cup.”Dybala, [Atalanta playmaker Alejandro] Gomez and Icardi are players we know very well.  We want to see others to make comparisons. These two matches won’t be decisive for anyone.”Dybala is an extremely valuable player. He’s coming off [a hamstring] injury and I thought it would be best to evaluate him with his club and not in this squad.” Jorge Sampaoli: “No vamos a jugar por los puntos, sino para encontrar avances colectivos que nos den seguridad. Vamos a tener rivales que son fuertes arriba”. pic.twitter.com/lGfnOqXYwM— Selección Argentina (@Argentina) March 1, 2018Sampaoli believes 80 per cent of his World Cup squad is decided, although he stated selecting the remaining spots is “more complicated”.The former Chile and Sevilla coach will add domestically based players to his 22-man squad for the next friendlies over the coming days, with all eyes on a pair of familiar faces at Boca Juniors.Ex-Real Madrid midfielder Fernando Gago has impressed the national team boss as he battles to return from cruciate knee ligament surgery, while Carlos Tevez has three goals in five appearances since returning from his Chinese Super League sojourn.”Due to his characteristics – which I know very well – and according to his current form and his history, he can be evaluated, although we are very close to the World Cup process,” Sampaoli said of Tevez.On Gago, whose claims are bolstered by less ferocious competition in holding midfield, Sampaoli added: “I was at Boca’s training and I was with Fernando watching him train, working on his recovery, with a huge desire for the World Cup.””I saw in Fernando, a very respected player, and, with the enthusiasm he is having, he will surely make me analyse him after his recovery, because he deserves it.”last_img read more

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‘Madrid had all the f*cking luck!’ – Klopp sings with fans

first_imgUEFA Champions League ‘Madrid had all the f*cking luck!’ – Klopp filmed singing with Liverpool fans after Champions League loss Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 21:22 5/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) Jurgen Klopp Liverpool 2017-18 Getty Images UEFA Champions League Real Madrid v Liverpool Jürgen Klopp Real Madrid Liverpool Videos The Reds boss saw his side endure European heartache in Kiev, but his spirits remained high as he joined supporters toasting the club’s achievements Jurgen Klopp does not appear to have taken Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat to heart, with the German joining Reds fans singing “Madrid had all the fucking luck” in the wake of a disappointing evening in Kiev.The Premier League outfit headed into a meeting with the Liga giants in buoyant mood and believing that they could end Real Madrid’s dominance of European football over recent years.They were, however, to lose 44-goal talisman Mohamed Salah to an untimely injury inside half-an-hour , before two costly errors from Loris Karius allowed the Blancos to take control of the tie. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Liverpool were left to lick their wounds as a result, with a Sadio Mane effort proving to be little consolation on the night.Klopp appeared to be in high spirits the morning after another crushing final defeat in his managerial career – the sixth he has suffered to date – with the 50-year-old joining Reds fans in a song about their loss to Madrid.They sang, with Klopp getting involved: “We saw the European Cup, Madrid had all the fucking luck, we’ll just keep on being cool, and bring it back to Liverpool!”Madrid fans will likely argue that they made their own luck, with Karim Benzema pressuring Karius before seeing the ball rolled onto his foot for the opener.Jurgen Klopp at 6am this morning. What a man. 🔴 pic.twitter.com/lrm22OVzRr — Oliver Bond (@Oliver__Bond) May 27, 2018 Gareth Bale, who netted a stunning overhead kick  shortly after stepping off the bench, also got plenty of dip and swerve on a speculative late effort which slipped through the grasp of Liverpool’s unfortunate goalkeeper.The Reds will hope that there are further opportunities to right their wrongs in the future, with Klopp and Co. now able to start their planning for 2018-19.last_img read more

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On The Pulse – October

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10 months agoPSG eyeing Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina

first_imgPSG eyeing Southampton midfielder Mario Leminaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG are eyeing Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina.The Sun says Lemina is on PSG’s wishlist for January.The French champions have put the Gabon international high on a five-man shortlist and are ready to test Ralph Hasenhuttl with a £30million bid.PSG are also looking at Ajax’s Frenkie De Jong as a new central midfielder but competition for the Dutchman means they have drawn up alternatives.Lemina is high on PSG’s list on their budget, as they look to comply with Financial Fair Play rules.Saints will still DOUBLE the fee they paid Juventus for him at the start of last season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoChelsea defender David Luiz open to Benfica return

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea defender David Luiz open to Benfica returnby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender David Luiz is being linked with a return to Benfica.The Mirror says Luiz is ready to return to Portuguese giants Benfica – if he fails to land a new contract at Chelsea.The Brazilian centre-back is a free agent in the summer and the Blues are yet to offer the 31-year-old an extension to stay at Stamford Bridge.Reports in his homeland claim that Luiz is now in talks with Benfica, the Lisbon-based club he spent four years with before joining Chelsea for the first time in a £20million deal in 2011.Palmeiras are interested in taking Luiz back to Brazil, with former Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari urging the club to do a deal. last_img read more

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a month agoBournemouth winger Fraser surprised over Everton snub

first_imgBournemouth winger Fraser surprised over Everton snubby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth winger Ryan Fraser admits he was surprised to be dropped from the starting line-up in Sunday’s win over Everton. Fraser came off the bench to score in the 3-1 victory at Vitality Stadium.Asked if he was surprised at being left out, Fraser said: “I just get on with it to be honest, it’s football.”You just try and keep your attitude right and try and bounce back. If I’ve done that then I’ve done that, if I haven’t then I’ll try again.”It’s not me that picks the team. It’s his decision to make.”You’re obviously disappointed not to play the game and I didn’t expect it, but at the same time it happens and I’m a big boy, so I get on with it and just try and take it the right way.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoJuventus coach Sarri pleased to see off Brescia

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus coach Sarri pleased to see off Bresciaby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus coach Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with victory over Brescia.Alfredo Donnarumma put the Rondinelle in front, but an own goal and a Miralem Pjanic volley turned the game around.Sarri said, “We improved a great deal in our passing and had more control of the game, but we need to improve in our defending. I saw steps forward in the way we created chances too, as there were basically three goal-line clearances and it wasn’t easy after going behind within four minutes in a passionate atmosphere.”He also stated: “At the start of the season, Douglas Costa was the one making the difference and I wanted to make the most of that form. Paulo Dybala was doing well recently, so it was right to use him tonight.“With the trequartista, Aaron Ramsey is best suited to the role right now, while there’s also Rabiot. In some games, I am convinced Dybala can also help us out as a trequartista, although I prefer him a few metres further forward.“Dybala showed a lot of quality, did well in combining at pace with Ramsey, he went off with a slight knock and we’ll see how he’s doing.“Matthijs De Ligt is growing, we need a little patience. He is very young, came from a very different style of football at Ajax. He is phenomenal, but not ready yet. Don’t forget Kalidou Koulibaly struggled a little in the first few months of Serie A with Napoli too.“We’ve lost a charismatic player in defence like Giorgio Chiellini, then Mattia De Sciglio and today Danilo. At times we are vulnerable in defence as a team and not just because of the defenders. I want to see the goal we conceded tonight, but I don’t think it was entirely the fault of the back four.” last_img read more

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a month agoArsenal fullback Bellerin in doubt to face Man Utd

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal fullback Bellerin in doubt to face Man Utdby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery does not want to risk the fitness of Hector Bellerin.The Gunners right back is a part of the first team again, as he completed a return from a nine month absence against Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup.Despite impressing in the game, Emery does not think that Bellerin is ready to start their crucial Premier League game at Manchester United on Monday.Speaking about the circumstances, Emery said to the club’s official website: “I think no [he can’t play 90 minutes against Manchester United next]. Maybe in his mind yes, but we need to listen to the doctor and the doctor wants to do it progressively. Really tonight is the first day and the first minutes, and we are going to maybe share some minutes with the under-23s.”It depends how he’s feeling, but in his mind he’s feeling very well and I think the first minutes tonight were amazing for him. We are going to use him with Ainsley and Calum Chambers to help us in this position. “The most important things about Hector are his attitude and experience. He’s wishing to help us.” last_img read more

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24 days agoAlbertini hopes former Barcelona teammate Puyol will make return

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Albertini hopes former Barcelona teammate Puyol will make returnby Carlos Volcano24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveDemetrio Albertini hopes former Barcelona teammate Carles Puyol will return to the club.Puyol announced last week that he had turned down the sporting director’s job at Barca.But Albertini told Mundo Deportivo: “I don’t know where or when, but for Puyi I hope he is learning to be a good leader for Barça. He is a reference of Barcelona. The day he returns to Barça we will be by his side to celebrate it.”The former Italy midfielder also commented on Frenkie de Jong’s arrival.”The quality change of my time is now clear. We had a position marked and today the midfielders are versatile. De Jong has a lot of quality and I am sure he will succeed at Barça.” last_img read more

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7 days ago​Watford boss Flores lauds Tottenham counterpart Pochettino

first_img​Watford boss Flores lauds Tottenham counterpart Pochettinoby Ansser Sadiq7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Quique Sanchez Flores only has positive things to say about his opposite number at Tottenham.With the two sides set to face off in the Premier League, Sanchez Flores admitted his admiration for Mauricio Pochettino.While the latter is under pressure at Spurs this season, most in the game associate him with being responsible for elevating the club to one that is regularly finishing in the top four positions of the Premier League.”I love him, he is the best coach in the Premier League in the last four years, this is my opinion,” the Watford boss said about Pochettino to reporters.”When I was (last) at Watford I thought he was the best coach in the way he moved the team and the way the team played.”Of course now it is a difficult moment for him and for the team, but for me he is the best coach in the last four years in the Premier League.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a day agoBournemouth boss Howe: Surman exemplary

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe: Surman exemplaryby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe is full of praise for Andrew Surman.This season, Surman has been forced to settle for a place on the bench this campaign with Jefferson Lerma, Philip Billing and Lewis Cook commanding the starting central midfield berths in the Premier League. “I think if you asked any player who is not playing as regularly as they would want to, it is mentally a challenge,” Howe told the Daily Echo.“I think if you get that mental challenge right, if you understand the situation and concentrate then on your training performances and how you conduct yourself around the pitch and wait for your opportunity, then when it comes you’ll be in a position to take it.“I think Andrew has been exemplary in that respect. He’s been a really good role model for everyone else to look at and how you handle yourself when you’re not in the team.” last_img read more

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Ohio State Releases Short Hype Video For Wisconsin Game

first_imgohio state's new head coach ryan dayCOLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 08: Acting head coach Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on before the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ohio Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)No. 2 Ohio State takes its show on the road this weekend to face No. 8 Wisconsin.The Buckeyes dropped a short hype video on Twitter today. Also, it looks like they are urging Ohio State fans to vote and help them win ESPN’s Hype Video Showdown.You have to click on the tweet (not the link) below in order to view the video. It should start up right away.#BuckeyeNation! Help us win the @ESPNCFB Hype Video Showdown by retweeting or clicking the #BeatWisco button below! https://t.co/xeXXXdh9kA— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) October 11, 2016Ohio State and Wisconsin will kick off at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday night at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison. The game is on ABC, and ESPN’s College GameDay will be there in the morning. The environment should be second-to-none.Wisconsin handed an undefeated OSU team its first loss of the season back in 2003 and 2010. Will history repeat itself this week? Or will the Buckeyes take care of business?last_img read more

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Havertz can win Ballon d’Or – Matthaus

first_imgBayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz can one day win the Ballon d’Or, according to German legend Lothar Matthaus.Havertz, who turned 20 in June, had a remarkable 2018-19 season in central midfield for Leverkusen, scoring 20 goals in 45 games.He finished second in the Bundesliga player of the season awards, just behind Dortmund’s Marco Reus, 10 years his senior. 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? His consistent performances helped Leverkusen to secure qualification for the Champions League, offering Havertz the platform to show him immense talent to a wider audience.Matthaus, who won FIFA’s World Player of the Year in 1991, believes that Havertz can win similar titles throughout his own career.The most-capped German player of all time with 150 caps, including appearances at five separate World Cups, Matthaus has been so impressed by Havertz in his formative years.“He has set the bar very high,” the 1990 World Cup winner told kicker. “For me, he was the player of the season, and if Havertz can maintain this high level, with that lightness, cleverness, presence on the pitch and scoring goals, then he could eventually become my successor as a world footballer of the year.”Havertz’s breakthrough season has already alerted Europe’s top clubs, but he is expected to remain at the BayArena for the forthcoming season.“He can play in the Champions League, and then he will probably make the move to a very big club,” Matthaus predicted.“He has shown what he is capable of.”Further praise for the midfielder has come from his team-mate Lukas Hradecky, who stands between the posts for Leverkusen.Hradecky says that despite Havertz’s tender years, his prowess and skill means that players are honoured to be on the same pitch as him.“Guys here are just happy to play with him,” the goalkeeper said to kicker.“They want to come to play with him. This elegance, tranquillity, and sense of space usually only happens to players when they are 28-years-old.”Havertz has already smashed a number of records, becoming the club’s youngest ever league debutant in 2016, and set a new record for the youngest player to play 50 games in the Bundesliga.last_img read more

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Colin Cowherd Compares USC’s Program To Michigan’s Under Final Year Of Brady Hoke

first_imgJT Daniels before a game for USC.LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Jt Daniels #18 of the USC Trojans warms up for the game against the UNLV Rebels at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)USC is struggling against Arizona State on Saturday – a week after falling to Utah and suffering its third loss of the season. If the Trojans don’t turn things around, they’re going to have a 4-4 record heading into the final third of the year.FOX Sports radio host Colin Cowherd, who is dialed in with the Los Angeles sports scene, isn’t liking what he’s seeing. He took to Twitter on Saturday to make an interesting comparison.Cowherd says that USC, right now under Clay Helton, reminds him of the final year of the Brady Hoke era at Michigan. He implied that Helton is a “nice guy” he is over his head coaching a great program.Some USC fans seem to agree with him on Twitter.USC has become a warm weather version of Michigan in the final year of Brady Hoke. A nice guy coaching a great program, that is simply over his head.— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) October 27, 2018Helton was named the interim head coach in 2015 after Steve Sarkisian’s firing and later had the interim title removed. In 2016 and 2017, he led the program to 10-win seasons.That said, USC hasn’t been a national title contender since he took over. This year they certainly aren’t headed in the right direction.It remains to be seen if USC will look to make a change after this season. It seems like Cowherd could be calling for just that.last_img read more

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ESPN’s Latest Prediction For The Alabama-LSU Game

first_imgLSU gets ready to snap the ball against Alabama.TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 04: The LSU Tigers offense faces the Alabama Crimson Tide defense at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 4, 2017 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama and LSU are about 12 hours away from kickoff in what could be college football’s biggest game of the year, as the No. 1 Crimson Tide and the No.  4 Tigers are set to meet at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.ESPN’s College GameDay is live from Baton Rouge this morning. CBS will be televising the game in primetime at 8 p.m. E.T. We can’t wait.Alabama, of course, has looked as dominant as ever so far this season. The Crimson Tide have been so good that Heisman Trophy favorite Tua Tagovailoa hasn’t had to play in the fourth quarter. Seriously.LSU, meanwhile, has reeled off some really impressive wins under Coach O. The Tigers upset Georgia earlier this season and have rallied from a tough loss to Florida.Ohio State transfer Joe Burrow has helped steady an LSU offense that had struggled in previous seasons. The Tigers’ defense has been one of the country’s best, too.Tonight, Alabama and LSU will meet at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La. Can LSU pull off the upset? ESPN doesn’t think so.The Worldwide Leader’s computer has updated its prediction for the game. It’s liking the Crimson Tide.ESPN is giving No. 1 Alabama a 78.4 percent chance to win today’s game, giving No. 4 LSU just a 21.6 percent chance of pulling off the upset at home.Alabama and LSU are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. The game will be on CBS.last_img read more

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