Month: October 2019

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Fabinho: Alisson best goalkeeper in Englandby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFabinho says Liverpool teammate Alisson is the Premier League’s best goalkeeper.The Brazilian’s gaffe allowed Jesse Lingard to equalise during Liverpool’s 3-1 victory over the Red Devils on Sunday.But Fabinho has stuck by his compatriot.”When we entered the locker room, we even talked, but I did not even focus on that,” he added. “[Alisson] came to comment, but I said “no, bro, let it go”.”These plays will always happen. And what are we going to talk about Alisson? He was very important in our qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League, days before.”Without a doubt, he is the best goalkeeper of the English League. There is a lot of confidence.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino: I know Beckham’s a fanby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has revealed David Beckham is a fan of his team.Beckham told Pochettino he wished he was playing for Spurs after watching them demolish Crystal Palace 4-0. “I was talking with Beckham after the game and he said he wished he still played and that he played for Tottenham because this stadium is amazing,” said Pochettino in quotes reported by The Sun.”We haven’t played many games here and it’s important to make this our house.“With time we will be at home here and then it will become very difficult for opponents to win here.” last_img read more

first_imgWillian enjoying Chelsea veteran roleby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea winger Willian is enjoying his different role within the squad this season.The Brazilian is now one of the senior members of the team, given the youth injection from manager Frank Lampard this summer.And Willian is happy to pass on his knowledge to the youngsters. But he insists that he has a lot to offer on the pitch as well. More than anything, he is happy at the club.”I enjoy it a lot,” he said to the club’s website.”I enjoy myself, I enjoy it with my team-mates and I have pleasure to play with them and this is what I want – to have pleasure, play, enjoy myself on the pitch and get the results.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgSolskjaer expects attacking boost from injured Man Utd starsby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer expects Manchester United to improve when their attacking players return from injury.Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba were both absent as United lost 1-0 to Newcastle United at St. James’ Park on Sunday.Speaking after the game, Solskjaer lamented about his lack of attacking options.He said: “[The lack of chances] is symptomatic of where we are at at the moment. “We’re working hard, we stick together as a team but we don’t create. “You can say, as you started, that we have loads of injuries and loads of players away and there are some attacking players away of course. “We hope and expect them to come back firing on all cylinders.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgQuadree henderson runs with the football during the Military Bowl.The Military Bowl is off to a rousing start on ESPN. Pitt’ freshman wide receiver Quadree Henderson took the opening kickoff at the goal line and jetted 100 yards for a touchdown, giving his team the early lead against Navy. Speed kills. Pitt starts the #MilitaryBowl with a 100-yd kick return for a TD. https://t.co/y7lkwyaK5S— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) December 28, 2015The touchdown is Henderson’s first kickoff return TD and the second for the Panthers this season. Navy has already tied the score, so it seems like Henderson’s touchdown will be the first of many scores in this contest.last_img read more

first_imgMichigan football players run under the "Go Blue" banner before a home game.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 13: Quarterback Devin Gardner #98 of the Michigan Wolverines leads the team onto the field prior to the start of the game against the Miami University Redhawks at Michigan Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. the Wolverines defeated the Redhawks 34-10. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Michigan officially becomes a Nike school next month. The Wolverines, previously with adidas, signed a $173 million deal with The Swoosh earlier this year than runs through 2027. The contract begins on Aug. 1. As part of the deal, Michigan’s football program will be wearing the Jordan logo. All of the Wolverines’ gear – jerseys, pants, sideline apparel, etc. – will have the Jumpman logo. Today, we got a sneak peek at some of Michigan’s new gear, including a color, “Amarillo,” that Nike specially developed for the Wolverines. Michigan will be the only college program to wear this shade of yellow. Here’s a look, from ESPN’s Darren Rovell. Nike will go back to the more traditional yellow for Michigan. Here’s a comparison of adidas yellow vs Nike pic.twitter.com/KTQHQPXKMp— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 20, 2016MLive.com’s Nick Baumgardner says that the “Amarillo” sweatshirt with the Jumpman logo on one shoulder and the Block M on the other will be Jim Harbaugh’s official sideline shirt. This (but in blue and w/ a thin M) is Jim Harbaugh’s new coaching shirt. He designed it. pic.twitter.com/8ID6UFE44K— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) July 20, 2016You can view more details of Michigan’s new gear here.last_img read more

first_imgA promo for the College Football Playoff on ESPN.How much money can the four College Football Playoff coaches make with a win today?Making it to the College Football Playoff is hard. Only four teams can make the playoff in a given year, out of more than 120 schools. So, what do you get for making it this far?Well, if you’re one of the coaches of the four playoff teams–Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Wisconsin–you’re in for a great payday. Each college coach has bonuses written into his contract, and well, making the CFP pays pretty well.Bonuses for wins today in CFP semis:Dabo Swinney: $500KChris Petersen: $450KNick Saban, Urban Meyer: $100K eachhttps://t.co/mbpFKesvUZ— Steve Berkowitz (@ByBerkowitz) December 31, 2016These bonuses are telling of the college football landscape. Urban Meyer and Nick Saban are expected to make it this far, thus the smaller bonus. Both Dabo Swinney and, especially, Chris Petersen are up for huge bonuses due to their somewhat surprising seasons.All four coaches are paid extremely well, so a bonus is only the icing on the cake. Well, that, and a win, of course.last_img read more

first_imgAs Romania’s No.10 was mobbed by delirious team-mates, chants of ‘Hagi! Hagi! Hagi!’ rang out around the Stadio Dino Manuzzi in Cesena.For football fans of a certain vintage, the nostalgia was almost overwhelming.Exactly 25 years after Gheorghe Hagi lit up the World Cup in the United States, his son Ianis is now doing likewise as part of a wonderful Romania team at the European Under-21 Championship in Italy. 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 attacker has already netted twice, opening his account in a 4-1 rout of Croatia in San Marino before striking again in the 4-2 upset of a heavily fancied England side in Cesena.Both goals came courtesy of his left foot; comparisons with his father were inevitable.Ianis, though, is just as strong with his right, as he underlined with an outrageous pass from deep inside his own half for George Puscas in the 0-0 draw with France that secured Romania top spot in a group that they had been expected to prop up.Romania and their supporters have been the feel-good story of the tournament.With all due respect to the senior squads that reached the last 16 of the 1998 World Cup and the quarter-finals of Euro 2000, the Under-21s have captured the imagination of the Romanian public like no other side since Hagi Senior, Gheorghe Popescu, Dan Petrescu, Florin Raducioiu and Ilie Dumitrescu became national heroes in 1994.Ianis Hagi RomaniaMirel Radoi’s boys had an estimated 10,000 fans cheering them on against France in Cesena on Monday night.There could be even more present for Thursday evening’s semi-final showdown with reigning champions Germany at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara in Bologna.Gheorghe will certainly be there, anyway. He has attended every game so far, which is not in the least bit surprising.He has been his son’s biggest supporter since Ianis first started kicking a ball as a toddler in Istanbul, during his father’s spell at Galatasaray. Maybe one day @IanisHagi10 #hagi #Galatasaray pic.twitter.com/AsDz3ABv3i — FIRAT (@the_FIRATT) June 21, 2019  When Ianis signed for Fiorentina in July 2016, at just 17 years of age, Gheorghe said it was merely the first step on the path to superstardom.”I am sure that Ianis will have a great career,” Hagi Senior told Goal. “He’s an ideal No.10. I hope that he can become better than I was.”Ianis, though, barely got a chance to show what he could do, afforded just two Serie A appearances in 18 months at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.After re-signing Ianis for Viitorul Constanta – a club founded, owned and managed by Gheorghe, with an excellent reputation for developing young players – the former Real Madrid and Barcelona trequartista launched a stinging tirade against Fiorentina.”The sporting director [Pantaleo Corvino] does everything,” he fumed in February of last year.”It’s worse than in Romania than during the dictatorship of the general [Nicolae Ceausescu, between 1967 and 1989].”I have produced as many players as he boasts about.”Fiorentina has a budget of €100 million and they’re in 11th place with [former coach Stefano] Poli.”In Florence, everyone was curious to see Ianis play. He did great things with the Primavera but they didn’t let him grow.”Fiorentina has lost a great player that one day will be able to compete for the Ballon d’Or.” Gel babanın ayak izlerini takip et… #Hagi pic.twitter.com/NBMgDqiEse — Gala Boy (@galaboy10) June 25, 2019  Gheorghe could obviously be accused of bias when it comes to appraising his son’s potential but Ianis is undoubtedly a young man blessed with great talent.As well as being two-footed, he is intelligent, has great vision and is mentally strong. Not once has he struggled with the expectations that always come with having a famous father.”Carrying the surname Hagi on your jersey certainly brings with it a certain pressure,” Ianis told Goal.”But I was born with this pressure. So, it’s not something that creates problems for me any longer.”He has made that abundantly clear in Italy, where he is now belatedly making a name for himself after his trying time in Florence – and attracting interest from the likes of Sevilla in the process (sporting director Monchi previously considered signing him for Roma).Former Viola coach Pioli never had any doubts about Ianis’ technique; it was more a question of physique.Gheorghe, unsurprisingly, always found such concerns ridiculous, arguing that his son’s game – like his own – is based on brains rather than brawn.Ianis, though, didn’t need his father to teach him that particular lesson, though. He learned it from watching basketball star Steph Curry.Ianis considers Gheorghe his “mentor” – he speaks with his father before every game he plays, picking up “the tricks of the trade”, as he puts it – but is the Golden State Warriors guard that he identifies as his “role model”.”I really like him because he’s managed to make it in the NBA even though nobody believed in him because he was small,” Ianis told Goal.”Through his hard work and dedication, he managed to become one of the strongest players in the world.”He now hopes to do likewise. Or, at the very least, prove himself a great player in his own right.last_img read more

first_imgFrank Lampard has spoken with Callum Hudson-Odoi to try to keep him at Chelsea and a deal is now believed to be close as the youngster has increasingly become convinced that his dreams can be realized at Stamford Bridge.Chelsea have been trying to convince Hudson-Odoi to sign a new five-year deal for over a year since his pre-season breakthrough under Maurizio Sarri’s early time at the club.However, the chances to play were slim in the first six months leading to disillusionment over his future and Bayern Munich quickly emerged as front runners from a group of elite clubs. 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 Bayern made several bids up to £35 million ($44 million) but they were all refused, even after Hudson-Odoi personally handed in a transfer request to Blues director Marina Granovskaia at the end of the January transfer window.Sarri played Hudson-Odoi for four Premier League games in a row after he made his England debut before his league debut. This softened his stance on leaving with a year left to run on his contract but the appointment of Lampard has boosted him, along with other academy stars.The new contract will likely be worth around £100,000-per-week and it will end Bayern’s hopes of signing the 18-year-old, who has long been a primary transfer target.Hudson-Odoi remains behind at Cobham Training Centre getting treatment for his Achilles tendon rupture that he suffered in April with the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who is set to sign a new deal himself worth around £120,000-a-week, while Antonio Rudiger and Reece James also recover from injuries.Last season’s loanee at Derby County Mason Mount will be offered a new deal by Chelsea too but talks are not yet as advanced as they are for both Loftus-Cheek and Hudson-Odoi.Marcin Bulka, meanwhile, is joining Paris Saint-Germain after similarly breaking through in pre-season last summer with the Blues. Unlike Hudson-Odoi, he has left the club after his contract expired but had a pre-contract agreement with the French champions since May.He will be unveiled as a PSG player tomorrow and he will sign a deal until 2021, alongside former Ajax star Mitchel Bakker.last_img read more

first_imgChristian Pulisic has been backed to light up the Premier League at Chelsea.Thomas Delaney, Pulisic’s former team-mate at Borussia Dortmund, believes the American will bring an “X-Factor” to England following his £58million ($71m/€63m) switch to Stamford Bridge.Pulisic is set to make his competitive debut for Chelsea at Manchester United on Sunday, and has been impressive for Frank Lampard’s side during pre-season. 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? And speaking exclusively to Goal, Dortmund midfielder Delaney says the “amazing” 20-year-old can make a big impact on English football.“Yeah, I’m pretty sure he will be a success,” Delaney said. “He’s got big shoes to fill in terms of Eden Hazard, of course, but as far as I know him, he’s a hungry player with a high level, and it seems like he has the support from the manager and the club, which every player needs. “This guy can pull things out of the hat at any time, which is always a great skill to have. I think the Premier League will enjoy him.”Pulisic’s move to Chelsea was set up back in January, with the Bundesliga runners-up moving swiftly and decisively to reinvest and reshape their squad. Dortmund have signed attacking talents such as Julian Brandt and Thorgan Hazard, while strengthening their defence with the likes of Nico Schulz, Achraf Hakimi and the returning Mats Hummels. They started their season with a 2-0 win over Bayern Munich in the German Super Cup, and Delaney believes they can be stronger despite Pulisic’s departure.Thomas Delaney Christian Pulisic 2019“Christian is an amazing player and he did well for us,” he said. “He had a difficult last half-year I think, because he’d already signed for Chelsea. We will miss him, because he has that X-factor. I don’t know too many players that can get away from three defenders like him.“But we have a wider squad now, with some big quality and the hope now is that we are able to cope when players are out, and still have that quality in the team.”Delaney is particularly enthused by the return of Hummels, a double Bundesliga winner with Dortmund under Jurgen Klopp, who was brought back from Bayern in the summer.“Just the presence alone is something big,” he said. “I have played against him many times, and his expression is just that of a winner. He wears himself very, very well on the pitch, and that’s contagious, it spreads to the other players. “And in terms of his qualities as a footballer, we don’t need to say anything about that. He’s a very good signing for us.”Delaney added: “When we hit our top level, we play very decent football. But we want to be more stable. The people want to see offensive football, of course, and we enjoy playing that way, but last season we had some problems with keeping clean sheets. “We didn’t let in many goals, but if you want to be champions then you have to be very sharp in that department. In that regard, Mats is a big signing.”Mats Hummels Borussia Dortmund 2019Dortmund get their league season underway next Saturday with a home game against Augsburg, and will be looking to go one better than last season, when they led the table for much of the season only to be overhauled by Bayern in the latter stages. Delaney, too, believes they can improve in Europe too. Dortmund were beaten by Tottenham in the last 16 of the Champions League.“We weren’t happy with what we did in Europe last year,” he said. “We lost it all in 20 minutes in London, really. We want to take the next step this season and keep competing in the Bundesliga as well, that’s the target. “The new players have been very good. Most of them have already played in the Bundesliga before, of course, so they know us and we know them, which is always beneficial. “A lot of people know how we want to play football, the style we have, and we have signed some top players. They have all settled in well and we’ve enjoyed welcoming them into the squad.“We want to improve. Of course it’s nice to play every game, but we need that competition. We need new energy in the team, new skills, because we want to improve on last season. We did good last season, but not good enough.”last_img read more