Touzani vs Barcelona youth star Xavi Simons

first_imgVideos Touzani takes on Barcelona youth star Xavi Simons Goal Last updated 1 year ago 20:30 2/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Xavi Simons Soufiane Touzani Touzani TV Videos Barcelona Primera División The YouTube star went to Barcelona to test the 14-year-old’s skills Xavi Simons’ excellent performances in Barcelona’s youth system have seen him touted as a future star at just 14 years old.The Dutch youngster’s excellent technique, footwork and goalscoring ability have drawn a huge amount of attention, prompting freestyle star Soufiane Touzani to find out what all the fuss is about.The YouTube star met up with Simons to find out more about him and test his skills on the Johan Cruyff Court in Barcelona. 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 Watch the second part of the interview below!Check out Touzani TV to see the freestyle star take on the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Kevin De Bruyne, Lieke Martens and many more.last_img read more

‘Suarez-esque Firmino will never be sold’

first_imgLiverpool ‘Suarez-esque Firmino will never be sold’ – Liverpool forward hailed by Carragher Chris Burton 18:49 2/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Roberto Firmino Liverpool Getty Images Liverpool Luis Suárez Premier League The former Reds defender believes the Brazilian epitomises Jurgen Klopp’s philosophy, with his work rate similar to that of another Anfield icon Roberto Firmino brings Luis Suarez-esque qualities to Liverpool and will never be replaced by Jurgen Klopp, says Jamie Carragher.Eyebrows were raised when the Reds invested £29 million in a forward who has never been prolific back in the summer of 2015.The Brazil international was signed by Brendan Rodgers, but has flourished under the guidance of his successor. 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 Firmino is considered to fit the Klopp mould perfectly, with his willingness to work hard for the good of the collective cause making him as important to Liverpool as Suarez was and the likes of Harry Kane are to Premier League rivals.Former Reds defender Carragher told Sky Sports’ MNF Extra: “Firmino has been a revelation this season.”I actually think he is one of the most underrated players in the Premier League. He has always been Liverpool’s number one striker but what he has been adding is the goals.“He can actually match up to the other strikers now goals-wise and still bring all the other stuff that he brings.”Even without the goals, I don’t think Klopp would ever look to replace Firmino.”If Harry Kane gets 40 goals and Firmino gets 20, he would still be one of – if not the first – name on the team sheet because of what he does off the ball. Klopp appreciates all of the extra things that Firmino brings to this Liverpool team that nobody else can.”There is something about South American players. They just seem to be able to keep going. Klopp said recently that Firmino has one rest day after a game and then he’s back on it in training and that’s exactly how Luis Suarez was. He never wanted a rest even in training. That is just how some people’s bodies are – they seem to be able to deal with anything.”Roberto Firmino Luis Suarez qualities Jamie CarragherFirmino has netted 19 times across all competitions this season, leaving him just three efforts short of a personal best recorded at Hoffenheim back in 2012-13.He has also recorded eight assists, and it is that combination of qualities which Carragher believes will continue to benefit the Reds – particularly those who work alongside the 26-year-old, such as Mohamed Salah.”Without a doubt, Firmino is helping Salah too,” Carragher added.“He is very clever with his passing and his movement drags people out of position as well.”He comes towards the ball and that opens up the space for Salah to make that penetrating diagonal run in behind that space between the full-back and the centre-back. It is a great combination for Liverpool.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

‘Salah, Mane and Firmino are unbelievable’

first_imgLiverpool Salah, Mane and Firmino earn ‘unbelievable’ praise from Liverpool colleague Can Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 22:03 2/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Liverpool celebrate Mane Firmino Can Salah Liverpool Premier League Mohamed Salah Sadio Mané The Reds’ fearsome attacking unit has been in dazzling form of late, with impressed team-mates at Anfield among those quick to sing their praises Plaudits continue to rain down on Liverpool’s front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, with Emre Can the latest to hail their “unbelievable” talents.The Reds have been full of goals this season, with their collective tally across all competitions passing 100 during a Premier League meeting with West Ham.A fearsome attacking unit has contributed 66 efforts towards that century, with Salah leading the way with 31 during a remarkable debut campaign at Anfield. 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 Firmino, meanwhile, has 22 goals to his name and Mane 13, with the in-form trio all on the scoresheet once again in a crushing 4-1 victory over the Hammers.Can told Liverpool’s official website after another star showing: “It’s amazing. The front three can score in every game at any minute. It’s unbelievable how good they are. They did it again.”We are always happy if they can score and we win.”Germany international Can actually opened the scoring against West Ham, with the 24-year-old nodding home from a well-rehearsed set-piece.”I’m happy that I could score because we trained it and I scored like that,” she added.”It’s always good when you train something and score like that. I’m happy, of course, when I can score and help the team.”It remains to be seen how much longer Can will be around to aid the Liverpool cause, as he heads towards the end of his contract and free agency, but for now he remains fully committed to the cause.“It’s a really important [time of the season],” said a man being heavily linked with a summer move to Juventus.“The next game is next week against Newcastle at home again – and we want to win that as well. We have to look from game to game and our aim is to win every game.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Donnarumma wants revenge against Juventus

first_imgMilan Milan hero Donnarumma ready to ‘take revenge’ on Juventus in Coppa Italia final Sacha Pisani 14:02 3/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Gianluigi Donnarumma Milan Getty Images Milan Lazio Lazio v Milan Coppa Italia Juve outlasted his side after extra time in the 2016 Coppa Italia final and it lives long in the goalkeeper’s memory Gianluigi Donnarumma said he is out for revenge against Juventus after helping AC Milan reach the Coppa Italia final.Milan goalkeeper Donnarumma saved two penalties as the Rossoneri overcame Lazio 5-4 in a dramatic shoot-out after the two-legged semi-final ended goalless on Wednesday.The reward for Milan is a showdown with Serie A champions Juve – a repeat of the 2016 decider at Stadio Olimpico in Rome. 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 Juve outlasted their Italian rivals after extra time thanks to Alvaro Morata’s 110th-minute winner and the match has stuck in Donnarumma’s memory.”We have more experience now than we did two years ago,” Donnarumma told Milan TV .”I still can’t get over that final and we’ll try to take revenge.”The result – sealed by Alessio Romagnoli’s penalty – extended Milan’s undefeated streak across all competitions to 13 matches under head coach Gennaro Gattuso ahead of Sunday’s derby against city rivals Inter.”The credit goes to the whole team for a great performance, as we worked really hard to reach the final and deserved this,” Donnarumma said.”We are a wonderful group. We’re so united, the opposition find it really difficult to break us down. The coach made us become a real team, we are always together. As the coach says, fatigue doesn’t exist, it’s all in the mind.”Milan will have to quickly turn their attention back to Serie A play, with a crucial match against Inter on Sunday. Despite Gattuso’s side sitting seventh in the league, city rivals Inter are just seven points clear in fourth place heading into Sunday’s Milan derby.last_img read more

Kimmich slams Germany’s mentality in Mexico loss

first_imgGermany ‘Quality is not enough’ – Kimmich slams Germany’s mentality in Mexico loss Guy Atkinson 17:58 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Joshua Kimmich - cropped Getty Images Germany World Cup Germany v Sweden Sweden Germany v Mexico Mexico The right-back has lamented the number of mistakes that his side made as they suffered a poor start to the defence of their World Cup title Joshua Kimmich has questioned Germany’s mentality after their shock 1-0 defeat to Mexico on Sunday.The reigning champions were second best to El Tri throughout and were duly punished by Hirving Lozano’s superb goal midway through the first half.Germany had won just one of their six pre-World Cup friendlies after qualifying with a 100 per cent record and Kimmich believes a lack of intensity in those games contributed to their lacklustre performance against the Central Americans. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move He said: “The mentality when facing a match of this level also counts, quality is not enough. We lacked that too, so many mistakes were made.”Removing Saudi Arabia we have not won the last six games. You cannot compare the friendlies, in which the opponent does not press you as much as a qualifying round or a World Cup.”The coach [Joachim Low] is right when he said that we lost a lot of balls. Mexico did well on the counter-attack, especially – they caught us several times.”Kimmich, however, was indirectly criticised by team-mate Mats Hummels in the game’s aftermath, with the veteran defender complaining that only he and Jerome Boateng were defending.Germany will be hoping to get their campaign back on track when they face Sweden at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on Saturday.last_img read more

NRL-TFA Partnership CEO Letter/Communities Together flyer

first_imgRelated Filescommunities_together_nrl-tfa_strategic_alliance-pdftfa_nrl_partnership_ceo_letter_130913-pdfRelated LinksNRL-TFA Partnership As you are aware, Touch Football Australia (TFA) and the National Rugby League (NRL) have formed a strategic alliance with the intention to create the largest sporting community in Australia. See below the NRL-TFA Partnership CEO Letter and Communities Together flyer. The purpose of these documents is to help forge closer links between both Rugby League and Touch Football communities and specifically, assist in facilitating introductions to stakeholders of respective sports at the local affiliate/club level.This approach is ultimately designed to boost recruitment and participation at the local level and ensure greater clarity around the purpose, direction and opportunities the partnership affords both sports.To view the documents, please click on the following attachments. last_img read more

10 months agoAlonso urges Hudson-Odoi to stick with Chelsea

first_imgAlonso urges Hudson-Odoi to stick with Chelseaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMarcos Alonso has urged Callum Hudson-Odoi to stick with Chelsea and ignore Bayern Munich.Although Bayern are regarded as one of the heavyweights of European football, Alonso feels Chelsea can match them if Hudson-Odoi is prepared to be patient and wait for his chance.”He is a good player, but he is very young,” he said. “He needs to have patience and to be hungry and fight for a place in this team.”That is all he needs to do, he has all the conditions to be a great player, now it is up to him to fight for a place here or try to find more minutes somewhere else.”Bayern Munich? We are Chelsea, another great team, the Premier League is the most competitive league in the world, I don’t know why someone would go to Bayern Munich.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

23 days agoArsenal keeper Martinez leaving out dream after Argentina call-up

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal keeper Martinez leaving out dream after Argentina call-upby Freddie Taylor23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEmiliano Martinez says it is a dream come true to earn a call-up to the Argentina national team.The goalkeeper has been competing with Bernd Leno for the number one jersey this season.He will now take part in Argentina’s games with Colombia and Ecuador.”It’s a dream come true,” Martinez said. “As a young kid, I always wanted to play for the national team. We’ve got two big games to play now, preparing for the Copa America next year.”I’m more than ready to play for the national team now. I’m getting more minutes so my confidence is really high right now. I’m delighted with the call-up.”Since I signed for this club, my goal was always to be the No 1. I’ve been here for almost 10 years and I came as a young boy, now I’m a grown man.”I’ve been on some good loans and bad loans, but at the end of the day my work ethic and commitment has always been focused on being the No 1 for Arsenal and Argentina. That’s the dream. I said to my dad that I’m going to do it and I won’t stop until I’m No 1 for Argentina.”If you want to be No 1 at Arsenal, you have to believe in yourself no matter what. I believe in my talent and I believe in my work. I have been lucky to have really good goalkeeper coaches. Gerry Peyton really helped me, and Sal and Javi have taken me to another level to be honest. I’m grateful but my goals are much higher than that.” last_img read more

14 days agoBarcelona sensation Carlos Perez: They compare me with Pedro

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona sensation Carlos Perez: They compare me with Pedroby Carlos Volcano14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCarlos Perez is delighted with his breakthrough at Barcelona.The winger has been a big revelation this season and admits he had lucrative offers to leave Barca at 16.Perez told Radio Catalunya: “There are people who are guided more by money, I respect all decisions, but I always say that I want to succeed here. “Money always arrives and for me being here is the most important thing and not leaving for €1.5m at 16 years of age. “My dream is to succeed here.”He added: “They have told me that I look like Pedro, they have also compared me to (Arjen) Robben. I would sign to have Pedro’s career.” last_img read more

WATCH: Fabregas bids tearful farewell to English football

first_imgChelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas bid a tearful farewell to the Stamford Bridge crowd on Saturday as he closes in on a move to Monaco. The 31-year-old started against Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup third-round tie, wearing the captain’s armband for the Blues. Fabregas had the perfect opportunity to sign off with a goal, but he saw a 30th-minute penalty saved by Forest goalkeeper Luke Steele.  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? Nevertheless, Alvaro Morata scored a brace to give Chelsea an advantage heading into the game’s closing stages. With Chelsea up 2-0 late in the game, Fabregas was given a chance to say farewell to the Blues faithful as he was subbed off by manager Maurizio Sarri. Fabregas embraced team-mate David Luiz before taking his time exiting the pitch, applauding the Stamford Bridge crowd. An emotional farewell for Cesc Fabregas 👋😢pic.twitter.com/zR0cRNaywy— Goal (@goal) January 5, 2019The Spaniard was seen holding back tears as he made his way to the bench for the last five minutes of Chelsea’s victory. The emotion Fabregas displayed seemed to confirm his impending move to Monaco, which Goal reported was nearing on Tuesday. Fabregas saw his playing time diminish this season, as Sarri prefers to use Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic ahead of the Spaniard in his system. After moving from Barcelona in 2014, Fabregas has spent four and a half seasons with the Blues, winning two league titles, one FA Cup and one League Cup. He will join a Monaco side managed by his former Arsenal team-mate Thierry Henry. The principality side is in the midst of a difficult season, sitting second from bottom in Ligue 1.last_img read more

Stoke sack Rowett

first_imgStoke City have sacked manager Gary Rowett after just eight months in charge.Rowett left Derby County to take over at the bet365 Stadium in May, with Stoke having been relegated from the Premier League.However, things have not gone as planned for the 44-year-old, and the Potters have failed to win any of their last four games. 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 final straw for Rowett came following the disappointing 1-1 draw with League One side Shrewsbury Town on Saturday.Stoke were only saved from a humiliating exit by a 78th-minute Peter Crouch goal.The club have stated they intend to appoint Rowett’s replacement ‘as swiftly as possible’ but have placed Rory Delap, Kevin Russell and Andy Quy in charge of first-team affairs in the interim.A club statement read: “Stoke City have terminated the contract of manager Gary Rowett.”Members of his immediate coaching staff have also left the bet365 Stadium.”The club would like to thank Gary and his staff for their efforts over the past eight months.”It has been a subpar showing from Stoke for much of this season, and they immediately struggled adjusting to their first campaign back in the Championship for a decade, taking just two points from their first four games.Yet results improved through October and November, leading to renewed hope at the Bet365. A disappointing December and early January, however, has seen the former Birmingham City receive the sack.Stoke sit 14th in the Championship, eight points adrift of the play-off places and 14 away from a spot in the top two.The Potters were one of the pre-season favourites to gain promotion, and with established names such as Jack Butland, Joe Allen and Ryan Shawcross many have been shocked by the extent of their troubles this campaign.Next up for a Rowett-less Stoke is a trip to Griffin Park to face Brentford on Saturday, before they host Shrewsbury in the FA Cup replay three days later.As for Rowett, he is left looking his fourth managerial job in as many years. His first senior coaching position came with Burton Albion in 2012, before moving to manage Birmingham.He helped steer the Blues as high as seventh in the table before being sacked in December 2016. A few months later he took up the reigns at Derby. He managed the East Midlands club for 14 months and left after a Play-Off semi-final defeat to Fulham in May 2018.last_img read more

Conte aware of Inter fans’ apprehension

first_imgAntonio Conte accepts some Inter fans might object to his appointment as coach due to his Juventus background but he insists he is the right man to lead them because he shares their “fearlessness”.Following Thursday’s announcement of Luciano Spalletti’s dismissal, the hiring of Conte looked a formality after prolonged speculation.Inter confirmed Conte’s arrival on Friday, with the ex-Italy, Juve and Chelsea coach signing a three-year contract at San Siro. 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? Despite Conte’s successful track record, some Inter fans are less than enthusiastic due to the 49-year-old’s strong ties to bitter rivals Juve, whom he represented for 13 years as a player and later coached to three Scudetti.But Inter released a video shortly after the announcement in which Conte explains why he is a good fit for a “club that’s not for everyone”.I’m here, Inter. # WelcomeAntonio #ForzaInter #FCIM #NotForEveryone pic.twitter.com/aIprrGciUD — Inter (@Inter_en) May 31, 2019 “Finally, it’s time to get back to it,” he began, referencing his season away from coaching. “I have many reasons to do so, perhaps even too many and just as many challenges are ahead of me.”But I can’t wait. A club that’s not for everyone, with its fans who will be wondering, why me exactly?”Because we share the same ambitions, fearlessness, hunger and determination. Now it’s my turn. I’m here, Inter.”Conte’s main priority will be turning Inter into a title-winning side again, having not claimed the Serie A crown since 2009-10.The Nerrazurri finished fourth in the top flight this season, 21 points behind eventual champions Juventus, who have now won eight successive league crowns.Major changes are expected at San Siro this summer, with the transfer window now open and a number of high profile stars have been linked with an Inter transfer since Conte emerged as the frontrunner to succeed Spalletti.last_img read more

Clarke: Scotland won’t change overnight

first_imgSteve Clarke believes there were plenty of positives for Scotland to take after Oliver Burke’s late winner against Cyrpus.In his first game as Scotland boss since replacing Alex McLeish in May, Clarke’s team looked to be heading for a lacklustre draw, with Ioannis Kousoulos’ 87th-minute header having cancelled out a stunning strike from Andrew Robertson.But substitute Burke came to the rescue two minutes later to lift Scotland onto six points in Euro 2020 qualifying Group I. 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? Group favourites and leaders Belgium are up next for Clarke’s side, who sit third, level on points with Russia after three games played.And though he acknowledged that Scotland’s play – which was at times sluggish and toothless – will not change until he has had more time with the team, Clarke is feeling buoyant ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Belgium.”The way we showed character to bounce back gives us good hope for the future,” he told Sky Sports.”I’ve only had seven training sessions, so it won’t change overnight. I’ve given the lads a lot of information and I think some of them have taken it on too literally.”It was a game we couldn’t afford to lose and we handled that pressure.”I thought we did okay. At 1-0, I thought we were comfortable but we switched off from a set play. It would have been easy to feel sorry for ourselves but the players showed great resilience and that’s a good sign.”I’m confident we have a group players who will certainly make it a difficult night for Belgium. A lot of things to be pleased about and a lot of things to work on.”Meanwhile winning scorer Burke was delighted to be the one to secure a vital three points for his side.”It was made for me to make an impact, coming on,” he said. “Conceding so late, it drove us on in search of the second goal and I think we deserved it.”last_img read more

Dier ruled out of Tottenham’s Asia tour

first_imgEric Dier has been ruled out of Tottenham’s pre-season tour to Singapore and Shanghai having undergone an operation on an unspecified injury. The England international featured in the Three Lions’ penalty shoot-out win over Switzerland in the Nations League third-place play-off on June 9, and had been hoping to play a full part in Tottenham’s preparations for the 2019-20 season. But the club have confirmed that, while the procedure to correct Dier’s injury was successful, the 25-year-old midfielder will not travel with the rest of Mauricio Pochettino’s squad when they visit Singapore and Shanghai for matches against Juventus and Manchester United.  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? Dier has been troubled by a groin injury in recent months, and he started just 18 of Tottenham’s 38 Premier League matches in 2018-19. Prior to last season, he started at least 30 league matches in each of the previous three seasons, and Pochettino will hope he returns to full fitness ahead of Tottenham’s Premier League opener against Aston Villa on August 10. A statement on the club’s official website said: “Eric Dier has undergone a medical procedure to correct an issue detected during medical assessments on the first day of pre-season training. “Following the successful procedure Eric will now undertake a short period of rehabilitation. He will therefore not travel on the club’s pre-season tour to Singapore and Shanghai.” Prior to the start of the new league campaign Spurs will also take part in the Audi Cup, where they will take on Real Madrid in a semi-final clash at the Allianz Arena in Munich on July 30.  The club will also take on Inter in London as part of the International Champions Cup on August 4.  Spurs finished fourth in the Premier League last season, finishing the season behind champions Manchester City, runners up Liverpool and third-place Chelsea, but inside the Champions League places yet again.  Dier was also part of the side that made a run all the way to the Champions League final last season, losing out to Liverpool 2-0 in the showpiece.  The midfielder did not start the final, but did come to replace a struggling Moussa Sissoko in the 74th minute. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Arsenal in talks for Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos

first_imgArsenal are in talks with Real Madrid over a move for Dani Ceballos.There has been significant interest in the attacking midfielder from Premier League clubs this summer, with Tottenham long thought to be his most likely destination.But Arsenal are pushing to get a deal done for the 22-year-old and talks are progressing over a season-long loan. 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? Gunners boss Unai Emery is a fan of Ceballos, who wants to get out of Madrid to secure regular first-team football.The Spanish giants have yet to fully agree to the move, but it is believed manager Zinedine Zidane will not prevent the Spain international from leaving the Santiago Bernabeu.Should Zidane give the green light for Ceballos to complete the transfer, it should be finalised relatively quickly – with Arsenal keen to wrap up a deal.The potential move coincides with comments from Arsenal director Josh Kroenke – the son of owner Stan Kroenke – telling fans to be excited about what could come before the close of the transfer window next month.“I would say ‘be excited’,” Kroenke told Arsenal.com. “There are a few things that I know our group are working on, and a few things we hopefully have on the doorstep. “Nothing is ever a done deal until it’s a done deal, obviously, but we know we have key areas we want to address in our squad, both now and in the future. “Our entire football operations staff have a great grasp on that and I’ve encouraged them to be as expressive as possible.”Ceballos joined Real Madrid for £15 million ($19m) in 2017 from Real Betis, but has struggled to nail down a regular starting spot at the Bernabeu.The Spanish outfit are reluctant to lose him on a permanent basis, however, which is why a loan move to the Emirates looks the likely outcome from the talks between the two clubs.Arsenal would have to pay a loan fee to take him for the season, while also covering his wages – which are thought to be around £2.7m ($3.3m) a year.Dani Ceballos Real Madrid 2018-19Meanwhile, the Gunners are expected to return to Celtic with a third bid for left-back Kieran Tierney.The Scottish champions have knocked back two offers for the defender so far, with the latest being rejected over the weekend.The offer totalled £25m ($31m), which is understood to be Celtic’s asking price, but it included a number of instalments and add-ons which were deemed unacceptable.There is confidence at Arsenal that they will eventually get their man, but Hoops boss Neil Lennon has warned that Celtic will not be bullied by the Premier League side.”We can’t do anything about what clubs do in England,” he said.”£50m for Wan-Bissaka is a lot of money and we feel that Kieran is a far more experienced and rounded full-back at this juncture in his career.”He’s an asset for us and we do have a value for the player and we rate the player very highly.”So, disrespectful is the wrong word, but we’re certainly not going to be pushed over in any negotiations and we’re in a very strong position with regards to a number of our assets in the team.”The club’s valuation of Kieran has not been met and until then we don’t have a discussion.”last_img read more

A Major Non-Conference College Football Series Has Been Scheduled

first_imgBoise State plays Oregon in a bowl game.LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 16: Quarterback Brett Rypien #4 of the Boise State Broncos throws against the Oregon Ducks during the first half of the Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium on December 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Boise State won 38-28. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)Marquee non-conference matchups are part of what makes college football awesome. Getting to watch teams prove themselves in matchups we don’t typically see is always fun.Boise State and Oregon announced the scheduling of a three-game series today. The two programs have played three times before.The three future games are scheduled for 2024-2026. The 2024 and 2026 meetings will be at Oregon, while Boise will host the 2025 contest.Boise State and Oregon announce a three-game series. Two in Eugene (2024, 2026) and one in Boise (2025).— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) August 9, 2018Boise State announces a 3-game football series with Oregon. Dates:Sept. 24, 2024 (Eugene, Ore.)Sept. 13, 2025 (Boise, Idaho)Sept. 5, 2026 (Eugene, Ore.)— B.J. Rains (@BJRains) August 9, 2018Back in May, we named Boise State-Oregon as a game we’d like to see become a yearly rivalry. It goes to say we are pretty happy to see these Northwest powers play each other.Boise State has captured all three previous matchups against Oregon, most recently last year’s Las Vegas Bowl, which they won 38-28.In 2008, the Broncos won a 37-32 thriller in Eugene. The following year, Boise State was victorious at home in a game most famous for LeGarrette Blount’s infamous post-game punch.This series should be an entertaining one.last_img read more

Georgia Fans Will Love This Comment From Safety J.R. Reed

first_imgFans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 29: Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels at Sanford Stadium on September 29, 2007 in Athens, Georgia. Georgia won 45 – 17. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)Perhaps the Georgia Bulldogs needed that loss against Florida last month because they are finally playing fantastic football. In arguably their best performance of the season, the SEC titans decimated Kentucky on the road.Georgia’s defense was tremendous from the beginning of the game, holding Kentucky to just 17 points.The biggest key to the game was to neutralize Benny Snell Jr. of the Wildcats. Although he still had 72 rushing yards and a touchdown, that production is below his standards.J.R. Reed of the Bulldogs revealed that the defense was focused on keeping Snell in check. In addition, he also gave his respect to one of the best players in the history of the program, Herschel Walker.Bulldog safety J.R. Reed on the job the defense did against Benny Snell: “We understood that Benny Snell was maybe the next Herschel Walker or something like that. We wanted to go out and prove that there’s only one Herschel.”— Anthony Dasher (@AnthonyDasher1) November 5, 2018Walker will always be an icon for this program, especially considering the success he had in the NFL.If Georgia can maintain this exact mentality through the remainder of the season, maybe the Bulldogs will run the table.The SEC East champions have to move forward to their showdown with Auburn, as they try to make back-to-back trips to the College Football Playoff.last_img read more

Ohio State Player Has A Message For Michigan Star After Win

first_imgjim harbaugh talks to his players before the ohio state gameCOLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 24: Head Coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines watches his team warm up before a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)An Ohio State football player had a message for the Michigan running back who “guaranteed” a win over the Buckeyes today.Michigan’s star running back, Karan Higdon, “guaranteed” a win over the Buckeyes earlier in the week.To be fair to Higdon, he was basically pressured into it by the reporter who asked the question, but he didn’t back down.Ohio State players are having some fun with him after the game.Check out what Ohio State defensive lineman Tyreke Smith tweeted after the contest:“Guaranteed win” ?— Tyreke Smith™ (@T_23_baller) November 24, 2018Well played, Tyreke.Ohio State is set to play Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday night.last_img read more

Dabo Swinney Getting Crushed For New Comment On Players Skipping Bowls

first_imgDabo Swinney speaks on the sideline.ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 22: Head Coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers calls a play against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on September 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney is facing some major criticism for a new comment on players skipping bowl games.Swinney explained that he is not in favor of people living their lives in fear.“You have different influences. Everybody kind of lives their life in fear. Anybody can get hurt in any game. Why play your senior year at all?”“I personally don’t live my live that way — wrap yourself in bubble wrap. You can get hurt doing anything.”Dabo on skipping bowls: “You have different influences. Everybody kind of lives their life in fear. Anybody can get hurt in any game. Why play your senior year at all?”I personally don’t live my live that way — wrap yourself in bubble wrap. You can get hurt doing anything.”— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) December 18, 2018Unsurprisingly, this comment is not going over well. While Swinney’s comments might have some legitimacy, they ring pretty hollow when they come from a man who’s making more than $6 million a season.The best argument for paying college football players is Dabo Swinney’s existence.— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) December 18, 2018Pretty easy to say when you’re cashing $7.5 million checks until 2024 regardless of health or professional competence https://t.co/JqH5z1VBp5— Luke Zimmermann (@lukezim) December 18, 2018″let them eat cake,” said dabo swinney from the throne made out of his thirty five million dollar buyout https://t.co/ekeCrfthLE— The Smoking Musket (@smokingmusket) December 18, 2018Dabo Swinney makes $6.2m this year. https://t.co/9jcU5LaU1V— Ken Carman (@KenCarman) December 18, 2018The problem with people like Dabo Swinney is that they absolutely believe the bullshit they spout.— Red Cup Rebellion dot com website (@RedCupRebellion) December 18, 2018Clemson is set to play in a major bowl game this year. The Tigers are taking on Notre Dame in the College Football Playoff at the Orange Bowl.Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on ESPN.last_img read more

The Jets Reportedly Met With A Major College Head Coach

first_imgA New York Jets helmet sitting on the field.FLORHAM PARK, NJ – AUGUST 07: A New York Jets helmet at NY Jets Practice Facility on August 7, 2011 in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)The New York Jets are searching high and low for their next head coach, and may be looking to raid the college ranks for their man.According to NFL insider Jason La Canfora, the Jets have met with Baylor head coach Matt Rhule to discuss the head coaching vacancy.Rhule is coming off his second year as head coach of the Bears.He led the team to a 7-6 record in 2018 that included a thrilling win over Vanderbilt in the Texas Bowl.The Jets have in fact already discussed their head coaching vacancy with Baylor’s Matt Rhule. A native New Yorker with an impressive resume, including NFL coaching experience.— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 7, 2019Prior to his time with Baylor, Rhule spent four seasons as head coach of the Temple Owls.Before that, Rhule served as assistant offensive line coach for the New York Giants in 2012.Rhule has several connections to the Jets even now.He is a native-New Yorker, hailing from New York City, and coached Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson during his time at TempleThe Jets fired head coach Todd Bowles after finishing the season 4-12. It was their third straight season with 11 or more losses under Bowles.last_img read more