Juve injury blow as Higuain limps off injured

first_imgTorino v Juventus Juventus injury blow as Higuain limps off injured Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 20:12 2/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Gonzalo Higuain Getty Images Torino v Juventus Juventus Serie A Torino The 30-year-old lasted less than 20 minutes if the derby match before he had to be replaced by Federico Bernardeschi, who went on to set up the opener Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain was taken off just 15 minutes into the derby clash with Torino after picking up an injury.The Argentina international landed heavily five minutes into Sunday’s match after hurdling goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu when trying to reach Miralem Pjanic’s throughball.The 30-year-old tried to continue after receiving treatment but eventually had to be replaced by Federico Bernardeschi, with it appearing that Higuain had hurt his ankle. 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 It will come as a concern for Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri ahead of a crucial run of fixtures in his side’s season.Juve take on Atalanta in Serie A next Sunday before the second leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final against the same opponents three days later.They then begin March with a trip to Lazio, four days before they take on Tottenham in the Champions League last 16, who hold the edge in the tie on away goals after a 2-2 draw in Turin.The loss of the Argentine, who scored both of his side’s goals against Spurs on Tuesday, was a big blow for the Serie A champions as they look to overtake Napoli at the top of the table.However, Bernardeschi proved to be a sound replacement for the former Real Madrid and Napoli star as he took on a pass from Alex Sandro and drove into the box to set the Brazilian up with the return pass and give his side the lead after 33 minutes.last_img read more

‘I wouldn’t be surprised if Neymar signed for Madrid’

first_imgTransfers Mendieta ‘wouldn’t be surprised’ if Neymar opted for Real Madrid move Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 05:51 6/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Real Madrid Antoine Griezmann Neymar PSG Ligue 1 Primera División Videos Luis Figo leaving Barcelona for Los Blancos was harder to take for fans than the Brazilian making the jump this summer, according to the Spaniard Neymar moving to Real Madrid would not come as a surprise to former Barcelona midfielder Gaizka Mendieta.The Brazil star has been linked with a switch to the Champions League winners since becoming the world’s most expensive player when he left Barca for Paris Saint-Germain in a €222 million (£198m/$262m) move last August.Neymar has labelled the speculation “nonsense” although Zinedine Zidane described the forward as “compatible” with Cristiano Ronaldo prior to his shock departure from Madrid .  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 While players rarely move from Barca to Madrid or vice versa, a La Liga return for Neymar would still be hugely controversial, Mendieta comparing the potential transfer with Luis Figo’s decision to swap Camp Nou for the Santiago Bernabeu in 2000. “I wouldn’t be surprised if Neymar signed for Real Madrid,” said Mendieta, who was speaking to Omnisport courtesy of Nissan, official UEFA Champions League sponsor.”He is the player who can see his next challenge going to Real Madrid and if that happened he would do everything possible to be there. I insist that I wouldn’t be surprised by that.”I think Figo’s signing for Real Madrid was harder for Barcelona supporters than Neymar could be. He was more important for Barcelona, he was the captain. Neymar went to PSG first.”We will see if he goes to Madrid, let’s see if Neymar arrived, let’s see Ronaldo being there. I can admit Neymar is a great player but seeing Figo signing for Real Madrid was a lot. I don’t know if we will see something like that in many many years.”Official Man of the Match Two-goal hero #UELfinal winner @AntoGriezmann    pic.twitter.com/pzHZyJwW0o — UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) May 17, 2018 Valencia great Mendieta represented Spain and Barca during a distinguished playing career and the 44-year-old suggested Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann, strongly linked with the Catalan giants, could be tempted to join Ernesto Valvede’s men.”It’s difficult to say something from outside. As you have said Barcelona seem to [want to] sign him but Atletico Madrid want him to stay,” Mendieta added. “He seems to be in the middle and he doesn’t know where to go.”I think it’s difficult to make those decisions when such a big team as Barcelona want you and Atletico Madrid too. It’s something like to be there at the right time and go. He will fit Barcelona for sure because he will play as Neymar did and Barcelona could play with three up front.”It will be a great team. Atletico Madrid could have a great loss with Griezmann leaving. Atletico Madrid are the team who most could lose with this transfer because at the end it’s a personal decision. He has to value everything, either he wants to change life or stay at Atletico Madrid.”It’s obvious he will be more important playing for Atletico Madrid than Barcelona. If he played for Barcelona he would have to be on the bench resting some matches because there are high level players. Playing for Atletico Madrid would be better for him because his team-mates are looking for him constantly, if he goes to Barcelona, players look first for [Lionel] Messi.”We have already seen other players signing for Barcelona and reaching another results and figures than they were used to on other teams because there is a really top level player making the difference as Lionel Messi is, even he is not selfish but it’s something you have to understand.”last_img read more

2007 VAWDON CUP ROUND SIX WRAP

first_imgRound Six of the 32nd Annual New South Wales Touch Association’s Vawdon Cup was played at the Tempe and Bankstown venues under threatening Sydney skies on Friday 24 August 2007.NSWTA Operations Manager Rob “Poppy” Summers phone was running hotter than the Bat phone in the middle of a crime spree in Gotham City as eager players phoned the NSWTA offices on Friday to confirm if fixtures would go ahead after a mostly wet and miserable week in Sydney.Some better weather Friday meant the all clear signal was eventually given for the Bankstown and Tempe venues and teams got down to business for what proved to be a very close and exciting round of games that has set the scene for some crunch encounters in coming weeks in the respective Premier Divisions. In Men’s Premier League action at Bankstown at 7.00pm the Parramatta Eels and the Penrith Panthers played out a highly competitive 5-5 draw in the traditional western derby that did not disappoint with both sides digging deep to claim a share of the premiership points.Parra got off to a flyer scoring in the opening set of six touches, before the Premiers hit back to even the ledger at 1-1.Penrith quickly snared their second touchdown to go 2-1 up mid way through the half and were looking to get on a roll when the complexion of the game changed to a more physical and spoiling tone that resulted in several forced substitutions and periods of time for members of both outfits. Against this backdrop, the Eels got the equalizer, and the boys went to the break all square at 2-2.Spectators thought about sending out some wheelchairs so that the boys could play “Murder ball” properly in the second stanza, but after a scented candle lit half time address, some anti-stress aromatherapy, and backrubs and positive affirmations all round, both teams hit the fields after the break in the mood to put the ill-tempered first half behind them and play some quality touch.The two highly competitive teams traded touchdowns for the entire second stanza with scores locked at 5-5 when the full-time hooter sounded to call a halt to proceedings. Veteran Shane Fredericksen made a welcome return to Vawdon Cup duty and Dean “Pumper” Wilbow and Troy Malcolm used their experience to guide the baby Eels around the park in another quality performance from the Parra boys.Penrith were best served by Chris “Rowdy’ Benfield, Adam Springfield, and Scott and Mitch Buckley who stood up under searching pressure from the Eels.Both teams, missing several key players, still produced a strong showing and can take a lot out of the game with both combinations still very much in contention for the finals series.In the 7.50pm clash at Tempe 2006 Vawdon Cup Grand Finalists Canterbury Bulldogs maintained their unbeaten record in season 2007 with a hard fought 5-3 victory over the Easts Roosters.The rampaging Dogs did not have it all their own way in the early exchanges, and by their own admission, were not as slick and sharp as they had been in previous weeks.To their credit, Easts got out of the blocks well with Manu Wakely working a “bounce” play close to the line for the Chooks to claim early bragging rights with a 1-0 lead.The Dogs were stung into action by the early strike from Easts and hit back with a vengeance with three unanswered touchdowns for a 3-1 lead going into the break.After half time the Dogs put the bite on the Roosters off the tap play with 2007 Australian World Cup Open Mixed tearaway Stevie Roberts putting on a pet play with Australian Men’s Open star Joel Willoughby to take the Doggies out to a 4-1 advantage.The Dogs then put on another touchdown, before Easts hit back late with a couple of touchdowns for a 5-3 decision at full-time.Bulldogs king pin Garry Sonda was in masterful form bringing his ‘A’ game to the fore when the Doggies needed it most. “GS7” opened his bag of tricks (and book of key note sledges) to conjure up numerous opportunities that his team finished off gratefully.Paul Forrester and Stuart Brierty also made solid contributions for the litter, whilst Jarrat Wood and Manu Wakely never stopped trying to lift the Roosters, who forced the Dogs into a grinding game that disrupted the Canterbury flow that had been so evident in the first 6 rounds of the competition.The Dogs will now go into Friday night’s blockbuster against Hornsby Lions ready to step up, with the lure of a victory ensuring them the coveted number One spot going into the split competition rounds in the run in to the semi-final series.In another thrilling game, 2006 NSW State Cup Champions Wests Magpies did just enough to repel the previously undefeated Hornsby Lions 6-5 at Bankstown at 8.40pm on Friday night.The damp surface at Bankstown did not deter the free flowing Magpies who came out full of running to post a 5-2 lead at half time.The Young Lions were under the pump from the opening whistle with West’s Eddie Farah and Michael Jacono doing the human plough thing through the shell shocked Lions middle who did well to peg back two touchdowns before the break.Half time couldn’t come quick enough for Lions Coach Terry Cooper who applied the defibrillator to Hornsby’s chances of getting back into the game with a plan that would ensure more expansion with the footy in hand and fleet of foot to make the most of the Lions undeniable advantage in the agility stakes in the second period. The prodigiously gifted Maurice Kennedy, along with the clever Dave Roberts cut a swathe through the Wests defenders to engineer an astonishing second half revival that saw the Lions rack up three unanswered touchdowns to put the contest on level terms at 5-5 with little time remaining.The “fat lady” had already left the stadium, reasoning a draw was an appropriate result, as West’s Michael Farhat produced the money play to secure his team the premiership points 6-5 with no time left on the clock.Former Westmead park touch player Mick Abood, who has had a meteoric rise in the ranks over the last twelve months, and Danny Hamilton contributed strongly to the Lions comeback, whilst Robert Nakhle and Daniel “The Raging Bull” Rushworth were again amongst Wests’ most potent performers.Hornsby were without key playmaker Dylan Hennessey and his exceptional footwork will be a welcome boost to the Lions as they take on the Dogs in the top of the table clash at Tempe this Friday night.In the late game at 9.30pm at Tempe the Sharkies got home 4-3 over Manly Sea Eagles in a game of contrasting styles as the heaven’s opened up and drenched the two teams who fought tooth and nail for the premiership points.Cronulla, with industrious rucking and stout defence, got away to a 2-0 lead in the first ten minutes of the game.Led strongly by Captain Robbie Brien, and Australian Mixed Open star Matthew Tope, the Shire boys looked to be well in control as they emerged from their half time huddle for the second half.Manly had other ideas, thanks to some great team touch and two scorching solo runs by lightning quick schoolboy star Travis Shaw who helped the Eagles annex a 3-2 lead mid-way through the second half.Cronulla steadied, then edged back into the contest, drawing level at 3-3 and the scene was set for a fight to the death for the last ten minutes of the game.In an old-fashioned arm wrestle, Cronulla’s Matthew Tope delivered on cue the ball that mattered to construct the game-breaking touchdown to give the Sharkies their second win in season 2007 and keep their semi-final aspirations flickering with the 4-3 result.Evergreen Manly stalwart Jamie Chan, young speed merchant Travis Shaw, and the dangerous Put Berryman were best for a spirited Manly side who caused plenty of havoc for the Sharkies defence with their Kiwi short style method of play.Robbie Brien, Matty Tope, and Glen Dewit led the way for a Sharkies team that responded well to a mid week training roast from coach Tony Trad who implored his troops to commit themselves fully by leaving it all out on the park to achieve their goals.In the Women’s Premier League the sold out match of the round between the competition’s big guns, 2006 Premiers Easts Roosters, and 2006 State Cup Champions the Canterbury Bulldogs, proved to be worthy of top billing despite torrential rain that saturated the arena 5 minutes into the contest.There was no love lost between the traditional rivals as the Dogs edged their way to a 2-1 result over the Roosters.Like prizefighters, the two heavyweights of Women’s Touch danced around each other searching for the knockout blow that never came in a scrappy first half that was littered with missed opportunities on both sides of the Velodrome.4 times Australian World Cup Queen Kristy Judd was prominent early for Easts, probing the Canterbury defence and creating a number of opportunities that were thwarted only by last gasp Doggies defence, led well by Aussie Mixed Open World Cup star Belinda Grech.Australian Women’s Open guns Louise and Claire Winchester, and Kelly “Wood duck” Woods were firing their own bullets, searching for a chink in the Easts defence that held firmly thanks to the efforts of Australian 20 Years Mixed squad member Megan Campbell, and Captain Melissa Pitfield.On resumption, the mercurial Louise “Squeeze” Winchester cut lose on the 5th touch on a short side snap to gift-wrap a touchdown for sister Claire and break the deadlock for a 1-0 lead.Kristy Judd and Giselle Martin tried hard to lift the Roosters in the next ten minutes and after going wider, Judd stretched and isolated the Dogs defence, then backed up on the inside to receive a pass to score and put the teams back on level terms at 1-1.Before the Roosters could breath a sigh of relief at getting back into the contest, the Doggies were back at their throats in the next set peppering the line with Belinda Grech, who was having a wow of a game, splitting Easts on the short side again to link with Kate Fitzsimmons who dotted down for the decisive 2-1 advantage.The Roosters tried hard to get the leveller, but the Dogs looked in control and played out their last two sets without error as time wound down and Canterbury claimed outright leadership of the competition in 2007.Belinda Grech, Kelly Woods, and Louise and Claire Winchester set up the Canterbury victory with resolute defence, commitment to driving, and intelligent direction in attack.East’s Kristy Judd was a constant threat to the Dogs defence, and along with Megan Campbell, did not deserve to be on a losing team.Easts were without Nadina Teskera, and injured playmaker Amanda Judd who is sure to make a big impression when she returns to the Tri-colours leading into the finals, but regardless the Roosters will be looking to get their game back on track when they meet Manly this Friday night at Tempe.At Bankstown the Wollongong Wolves recorded a comfortable 8-4 victory over fellow young guns the Penrith Panthers in the Disney Channel sponsored 7.50pm game.Wollongong were without Elana “Larnz” Vallack and injured National Youth squad members Nicole “Captain Sero” Beck and Amanda Skwarko who took on coaching duties for the night in fine style.The girls from the ‘Gong got out to a 2-0 lead early with their expansive ball movement and speed around the park causing the Panthers plenty of grief.To their credit the Panthers clawed their way back on level terms courtesy of touchdowns to 16 year-old debutant Tara “Pup” Boland, and Katrina Howley who iced a good team movement for a 2-2 scoreline after 13 minutes of play.The “Young Divas” were stung into action and quickly constructed two unanswered touchdowns for a 4-2 lead at the break.After oranges Wollongong led by Ash ‘Dobbie” Dobbins, the in-form Mel Mc Call, the gifted Amy Regal, Bianca Mounsey, and the silky handling skills of Rachel Beck took the game by the scruff of the neck to post three touchdowns to take the Wolves out to a 7-2 lead.Penrith stopped the rot with a touchdown to Haylee Henderson, but the ‘Gong girls got another one moments later for an 8-3 advantage. On the stroke of full time the gifted Rebecca “Muscles” Hannon, celebrating her 21st Birthday, threw a pinpoint long ball to giftwrap a present of her own, giving Tara Boland a double on debut.Despite the injury toll at the Gong, the win was a confidence boost leading into Friday night’s crucial battle for fourth spot on the ladder with Cronulla.Cronulla got home 6-5 against a highly competitive Manly Sea Eagles who pushed the more fancied Sharks combination all the way in the 8.40pm clash at Tempe.Manly bounced out of the barriers to race to a 3-0 lead in the early exchanges.Some controlled rucking and committed kill defence got the Cronulla camp back in the contest, hitting back with two touchdowns just before half time.At 3-2 to Manly, the game ebbed and flowed with the two teams trading touchdowns for the entire second half.Cronulla, led by calm and collected Captain Jo Nelson, edged their way in front in the final minutes of the game to secure the premiership points to keep themselves well and truly in the race for a semi-final berth.Manly’s Kylie Stewart, Rachel Burns, and Gloria and Edith Berryman played strongly in a great team effort that will steel them for a tough clash with Premiers Easts Friday.In the late game at Bankstown at 9.30pm Wests recorded a comfortable 7-2 verdict over the Central Coast Dolphins.Wests began brilliantly racing to a 4-1 lead at half time.Despite the lights going out at the Bankstown venue at half time delaying the start of the second half, the Magpies illuminated the gloom upon resumption, picking up from where they left off with some slashing touchdowns to totally dominate the Dolphins in the second half.Wests racked up 3 second stanza touchdowns to the Dolphins 1 in an emphatic display that firmly entrenches the Magpies in third spot on the ladder.Wests Queen Bee Stacey Lapham was running amok with four bursts from acting half resulting in touchdowns.The Magpies gifted duo Nicky Albery and Nicole Mc Hugh were outstanding for Wests, whilst Liz Penny weighed in for the Central Coast with a fine game capped off with a solo touchdown full of merit.Round seven of the 2007 Vawdon Cup continues Friday with games scheduled for Tempe and Bankstown.The inclement weather’s effect on the playing surface has forced a change of venue with all scheduled games for Parramatta now to be played at Bankstown.  The Men’s Premier League features the Western derby between Penrith and Wests at 7.50pm at Bankstown.Easts will tackle Manly at Tempe at 7.50m, whilst Cronulla will confront the Eels in a what promises to be an even contest at Bankstown at 8.40pm.The 9.30pm timeslot at Tempe is a late night thriller with the top of the table Bulldogs facing off against second placed Hornsby Lions, with the return of Dylan Hennessey sure to inspire the Lions boys against the in form Bulldogs and make the punters hedge their bets on a likely winner.In Women’s Premier League action, Penrith, wearing their Pink headbands to raise awareness and money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, take on a Western Suburbs team going better than Justine Henin’s backhand in the 7.00pm timeslot at Bankstown.Premiers Easts will look to bounce back from their last start defeat against a very willing Manly outfit that will not die wondering at Tempe at 7.00pm.In a game that has attracted enthusiastic money for both teams, the Wollongong Devils match up against the Cronulla Sharks at 7.50pm at Bankstown. These two teams are battling for fourth spot at the moment and this could prove to be a critical contest in the context of each team’s season.At Tempe at 8.40pm the top of the pops Doggies take on the Central Coast Dolphins in the final fixture to complete the seventh round of the 2007 Vawdon Cup.This week’s Blackest Cat for the Player of the Round in the Men’s Premier Division goes to Matty “the puppeteer” Tope who was Cronulla’s ambassador of Kwan, producing the big play on cue to secure the 4-3 victory over Manly on Friday night.This week’s “Go to Girl” for the Player of the Round in the Women’s Premier Division goes to the smiling assassin Belinda Grech for her pivotal short side snipping of the Easts defence in Friday night’s big game to give the Dogs the 2-1 win.At the end of this round teams will be divided into two playing groups depending on results and finishing order from all completed rounds.Teams 1-3-5-7 and 2-4-6-8 will play each other over the last three rounds of the competition before the semi-final series begins in earnest.Games will continue in the other Vawdon Cup divisions in Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed Division 1 & 2, and Men’s Seniors Masters at both the Bankstown and Tempe venues this Friday 31 August 2007.This week’s agility tip is from Dodgeball mentor Patches O’Houghlahan,“If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball”Many thanks to all coaches and players for their assistance in compiling the Round Six Wrap of the 2007 Vawdon Cup… Good luck to all teams Friday night.last_img read more

VT League Finals

first_imgThe second season of the VT League will conclude with a full day of finals to be played at the Port Melbourne Soccer Club on Saturday, 29 November 2008.The 2008 season has been a huge success for the VT League with the addition of two new franchises resulting in a highly competitive and exciting competition. The competition will culminate with the franchises vying for championship glory in a six team finals series, this Saturday.In the Men’s Open, 2007 Champions Casey Cougars 2007 will look to retain their crown. In a tight competition, Western and University Blues will also challenge for the title. Western have had a sensational debut season with only two losses from the 15 preliminary rounds.In the Women’s Open, some of Victoria’s finest will be on show including Leah Percy from the Melbourne City Lions. The Lions will be looking to go back to back but will face stiff competition from Casey Vipers. The Vipers have been in ominous attaching form and finished the regular season in first position scoring 113 touchdowns in the process.A Media Release is attached and further information can be found from www.vtleague.com.au Thanks to Nick Mooney for providing the article content.Related Filesvt_league_2008_finals_-_media_release-pdflast_img read more

18’s Boys go down in drop-off

first_imgThe 18’s Boys went terribly close to pulling off great win in the Youth Trans Tasman series.Down 3-1 at half-time, coach Kathy O’Brien must have given them a great talk as they came out a different team in the second half.Josh Wilkinson did two touchdown assists in a short period of time to level the scores and the whole side lifted after a wonderful no-look overhead ball from Matthew Moylan. Action went from end to end as teams traded blows and it was 6-6 after regulation time.Australia got the tap-off under International Drop-off rules and after waiting for New Zealand to return from their huddle, they had a good crack at the line with Matthew Moylan getting extremely close to scoring off the opening set.With a strong driving set from New Zealand, they went the length of the field to score and win a highly entertaining game.last_img read more

Tasmanian High Performance Weekend

first_imgTasmania’s 18’s Boys and Girls teams will learn from some of Australia’s best players this weekend when they take part in their High Performance camp in the lead up to the 2013 X-Blades National Youth Championships (NYC) next month. Australian Men’s Open representative, Nicholas Good and Australian Women’s Open representative, Ashleigh Quinlan will travel to Launceston to help in the Tasmanian team’s preparation for the NYC event. The weekend will take place at the Windsor Park precinct in Launceston and teams are hopeful of better weather this weekend after the postponement of the event earlier this month. It’s been a busy time for High Performance camps in Tasmania, with Australian representatives Dylan and Emily Hennessey and Australian Mixed Open coach, Micheal Lovett taking part in the 12’s and 15’s team’s weekend in late July. For more information and to keep up-to-date with all of the news from the weekend, please visit the Touch Football Tasmania website:www.tastouch.com.auYou can also follow Touch Football Tasmania on Facebook by clicking on the following link:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Touch-Football-Tasmania/209283589096471?fref=ts Related LinksTassie HP weekendlast_img read more

10 months agoSACKED! Jose Mourinho dumped by Man Utd

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say SACKED! Jose Mourinho dumped by Man Utdby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have announced the sacking of Jose Mourinho.He leaves the club with United in sixth position in the table after their worst start to a top-flight campaign since the Premier League’s inception in 1992.“Manchester United announces that manager Jose Mourinho has left the club with immediate effect.“The club would like to thank Jose for his work during his time at Manchester United and to wish him success in the future.“A new caretaker manager will be appointed until the end of the current season, while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new, full-time manager.”Michael Carrick will reportedly take training this week but it is not yet clear who will take charge of the team until the end of the season. last_img read more

10 months agoWolves fullback Jonny Otto wants Atletico Madrid future

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves fullback Jonny Otto wants Atletico Madrid futureby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves fullback Jonny Otto admits he sees his future at parent club Atletico Madrid.The Spaniard moved to Atletico back in the summer from Celta Vigo but was immediately sent out on a season-long loan to Wolves and has impressed in the first-half of the season.”It has been an incredible year and with many memories to save, but we have to live in the present, I want to continue growing as a footballer,” he said after helping Wolves to a famous win against Tottenham over the weekend.”No one from Atletico has told me anything about returning yet. I’ve seen the news from Lucas, but he’s still an Atleti player and he contributes a lot there.”I have my head here and I am working hard to arrive in the summer and try to stay.” last_img read more

9 months agoRoma chief Monchi: Di Francesco and I have discussed January strategy

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Roma chief Monchi: Di Francesco and I have discussed January strategyby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma chief Monchi says they’re keen to buy players who are better than what they have.Roma have yet to make any market moves two weeks into the January transfer window.“I won’t talk about players who don’t belong to Roma, but I want to make a little comment,” the sporting director told Rai Sport.“Yesterday I talked to the Coach. I talk to him every day and in fact, he said the same things that I said.“We’re looking for some players to raise our level but if we don’t find them, we’ll stay as we are.” last_img read more

a month agoNuno lauds Wolves spirit as Diogo Jota finds late equaliser against Crystal Palace

first_imgNuno lauds Wolves spirit as Diogo Jota finds late equaliser against Crystal Palaceby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNuno was delighted with Wolves’ fighting spirit in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace.Leandro Dendoncker’s own goal looked enough for Palace to seal a home victory. However, Diogo Jota popped up five minutes into stoppage time to rescue a point for the Midlands clubs.Speaking after the game, Nuno said: “Not about that (relief), nothing about that.”We had the spirit with one man down to keep working and keep fighting.”It says a lot about the spirit that we have.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoChris Casper Exclusive: Salford City’s long-term (& ambitious) plans

first_imgTagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorAndrew Maclean FollowShare the loveHave your say Chris Casper Exclusive: Salford City’s long-term (& ambitious) plansby Andrew Macleana month agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe sun was shining over the Peninsula Stadium on August 8 when Salford City made a historic step on a path laid down many years ago.It was the day the club played their first ever match in the Football League, resulting in a memorable 2-0 victory over Stevenage.Only one more win has followed in nine League Two games, but Salford City sporting director Chris Casper remains optimistic about the season ahead.He told tribalfootball.com: “We had a good start against Stevenage.”And we’ve had some opportunities in games, where going late into games we’ve conceded goals, so we could’ve had more points on the board. “We’re finding our feet and it’s a reasonable start.”Many will know the Salford City name due to their connection with Manchester United’s famed Class of 92′.In March 2014, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Gary and Phil Neville announced they had each bought a 10 per cent stake in the club, which is based in the working-class area of Salford, three miles from Manchester city centre. Singaporean billionaire Peter Lim – owner of Spanish giants Valencia – bought the remaining 50 per cent of shares six months later, with David Beckham purchasing ten per cent of that share earlier this year.Having been a member of the Class of 92′ himself, Casper says his former teammates take a vested interest in the Ammies despite their various commitments.”I communicate daily with Gary. Gary’s kind of the lead owner, so to speak. But I communicate to all our owners through our board meetings, our owners meetings etc. “They take a real active interest in the club as well. They’re very supportive and have a lot of experience, which you’ve got to utilise.”Four promotions in five years have kept Salford on an upward trajectory, with Gary Neville stating after their latest promotion that the Championship could be reached within 15 years. However, not everyone is a fan of their dramatic ascent.Dubbed the ‘Manchester City’ of the lower leagues due to their comparative wage bill, the club also had plans to convert a public park into a training facility vetoed after massive backlash from local residents.But simply buying their way up the leagues is not the grand plan, according to Casper.The 44-year-old insists the club will provide the same first-team opportunities to their young players as he and the Class of 92′ received at United, exemplified by the debut of academy graduate and Salford-native Alex Doyle against Cheltenham last Saturday.”We’ve had two promotions in two years and we want to be competitive in this league, that’s the thing. The goal is for the club to progress really, that’s the most important thing and to do it in the right way. “I wouldn’t want to say that we want to win promotion, everybody wants to challenge and do well in the league, that’s obvious, but for me personally on the behalf of the club, it is to continue to build and develop all aspects of the Football Club.”The Ladies team did very well last season, winning promotion and 2 other cup competitions, whilst the academy also had a fantastic year, which culminated in the first academy graduate to make his debut in the Football League last Saturday in Alex Doyle, who is a local Salford lad.”He epitomises everything we are about and that for me is a massive success for the club as well, so we are on our way to hitting our targets.”(Chris Casper – Photo courtesy of salfordcity.co.uk)Now in the fourth-tier of the English football pyramid, Salford are a desirable destination for Premier League clubs looking to loan out their young players, evident in the arrival of Leicester City defender Sam Hughes on transfer deadline day.With connections to various clubs through Casper and the Class of 92′, as well as manager Graham Alexander’s history with Burnley, there is certainly potential for Salford to establish a long-term connection with Premier League clubs.To do that though, Casper insists Salford must build respect and trust by showing their commitment to playing loanees.”I think it’s important you’ve got as many options as possible instead of cutting it down to one club. “We’ve got quite a few Premier League clubs within an hour of the local area and we’ve got to build a reputation of giving young players an opportunity, looking after them properly etc. It doesn’t happen overnight. “We’ve just taken a player from Leicester called Sam Hughes, he is 22-years-old and has come over for the season. “We approached Leicester, I know their sporting director John Rudkin. We had scouted the lad and identified him as a player who fitted our profile, so I talked to John and we recruited Sam last week. “Leicester are a real good Premier League club, obviously Manchester United and Manchester City aren’t far away, Liverpool and Everton, like I say it’s about building those relationships so the players coming in are getting the opportunity to play.”Staying close to home is not the only plan however, as Casper makes clear Salford are scouting not only in the United Kingdom, but the whole continent and beyond. This past summer Oscar Threkeld from Belgian club Waasland-Beveren and Australian defender Cameron Burgess from Scunthorpe United joined Alexander’s senior set-up, while 19-year-old defender Yianni Nicolaou, also from Australia, was signed to the youth team after a successful trial period.And Casper revealed former Melbourne City boss Warren Joyce, who joined as the club’s development coach this summer, played a role in Nicolaou.”Warren played a big part Yianni over and we’ve got to continue thinking outside the box with recruitment. “Everybody is normally fishing in the same pond in this country and at this level. There’s not many clubs that will go beyond this country but we’ve got to be that little bit different. There’s a massive market in Europe, there’s a massive market in Asia and there’s a massive market in Australia. “Obviously having the contacts that Warren’s got and has built up over the last few years we’ve got to utilise that, and obviously from our side with my experience and the owners and the contacts they’ve got. “We’re all in recruitment together. It’s not just one person’s specific job. We’ve all got to do it and utilise our contacts. “It’s just a matter of everybody being aware and being on the front foot in regards and thinking ‘Where can we get that next gem?’ ‘Where’s the untapped market?’ Looking in places that a lot of places that other clubs aren’t and getting that market advantage.”It came as a nice surprise to Casper when he received the offer to become Salford’s sporting director in 2017 after working for six years with the Premier League, where he helped develop new programs for youth academies across the country.Casper moved into the role after working in a variety of positions at professional clubs, including manager of Bury and Team Bath, youth-team coach at Bradford City and assistant manager at Grimsby Town. And he says this experience was vital to his appointment as an all-encompassing director at Moor Lane.”It kind of came out of the blue really. Gary approached me one Sunday to see if I’d be interested. I’d been working at the Premier League for over six years in the youth department. “We’d brought the Elite Player Performance Plan which kind of changed the way the academies operate in England now. “A big part of why I was recruited was to develop the academy because there was nothing here at the beginning, and the idea is to develop our young players and give them the opportunity that we had when we were at United. “Part of that was to utilise my knowledge and experience in working with the academies, places such as Liverpool and Man United, Sunderland, Newcastle, and obviously from an experience background having been a manager, a coach, a scout and a player, it was kind of ticking a lot of boxes.”After injury ended his promising career at the age of 24, Casper’s longest stint in management came at Bury, where he spent three years in the dugout and oversaw the young careers of Brighton midfielder Dale Stephens and QPR winger Marc Pugh.Asked if he missed the rigours of management, Casper replied: “A little bit. Especially working with individual players and seeing them develop. It’s a really enjoyable part of the job. “When I was at Bury we didn’t have a great deal of resources but the players who I kind of worked with in the youth team; Andy Parish, Nicky Adams, David Buchanan, Marc Pugh, Dale Stephens, they’ve all gone on to have four, five, six hundred games each which, for me, is a real enjoyable part of the game. “That’s what we want to do at Salford as well. It’s not just about spending the most money and trying to get the best players in. We want to develop the best players as well.”If they follow the Class of 92′ formula to a tee, you can bet your bottom dollar Salford City will continue their rise up the Football Leagues sooner rather than later. last_img read more

a month agoJuventus director Paratici: Whatever Mandzukic decides

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus director Paratici: Whatever Mandzukic decidesby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus director Fabio Paratici says they’ll support Mario Mandzukic no matter what he decides.The striker has stalled on a move to Qatar amid talk of interest from Manchester United and West Ham.Paratici said, “We are evaluating the situation with Mario, so is he, and he has to do it with all the time he needs. “Mario has been an excellent player for us and we owe him a great deal.“If he considers it right to leave and finds the solution he wants with terms everyone agrees with, then he can go, otherwise we’ll find another solution.” last_img read more

20 days agoFormer Arsenal boss Wenger confirms FIFA move

first_imgFormer Arsenal boss Wenger confirms FIFA moveby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he is considering taking up a technical role at FIFA.But he says it wouldn’t prevent him from making a return to management. The Frenchman has been out of work since May 2018, when his 22-year association with Arsenal came to an end. Wenger told beIN SPORTS: “I just want to share what I’ve learnt, and give it back to the game in a different way.”I’m not sure that I would stop coaching as well, because the devil is still in there. But I have to see, do I like it, and can I be efficient.”The 69-year-old went on to explain that the role would include informing players about potential options once they retire. He said: “Dealing with coaching efficiency. Dealing with after-career potential for players, to educate them to potential jobs for them after the career of a football player.”Because you forget the drama of a player is to get to the top of the world and at 34 years where a young man is bye bye over.”I think there is enough to do there to help the players come back and help to develop football.”As well to continue to improve the rules of the game. We can still move forward on that front. And always to be ahead of the evolution of society. That is absolutely vital.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

New Notre Dame Commit Devin Studstill Said Team’s Showtime Documentary Played Major Role In Decision

first_imgDevin Studstill commits to Notre Dame on the radio.Studstill made his choice on ESPN Radio.Notre Dame’s latest commitment, four-star safety Devin Studstill, had been considered a Fighting Irish lean for some time. After Studstill announced his choice this evening, he revealed an interesting factor in his decision to pledge to Notre Dame. According to Studstill, the program’s Showtime television documentary, “A Season With”, played a big role in swaying him to South Bend. #NotreDame DB commit Devin Studstill, on the impact of @ASeasonWith on his commitment: “What really turned me was the show.”— Mike Vorel (@mikevorel) December 15, 2015It seemed pretty obvious when Showtime announced its Notre Dame documentary that the exposure would be a boon to Fighting Irish recruiting. Seems like Studstill’s commitment is the first concrete example of that positive PR.last_img read more

Neymar knocks concern Brazil in Copa countdown

first_imgBrazil head coach Tite admits he is worried about the fitness of Neymar after the Paris Saint-Germain forward damaged the same metatarsal he broke last February.Neymar limped out of PSG’s Coupe de France victory over Strasbourg on Wednesday following a robust challenge from Moataz Zemzemi.Subsequent tests revealed the 26-year-old had suffered a “painful recurrence” of the foot problem that kept him out for almost three months in 2018. 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 extent of his latest injury remains uncertain, with Tite keeping his fingers crossed that his talisman will only be sidelined for a short period. “Yes [I’m worried about Neymar],” Tite told reporters at the Copa America draw, where hosts Brazil were placed in a group with Bolivia, Venezuela and Peru.”I followed the press, I know the comments, I have the same information, he needs three days to see the real diagnosis, meanwhile I hope he is okay.”We have a scheduled trip to have contact with the players in Europe, we will see three or four important games, Liverpool, PSG and Barcelona. “To have direct contact with the players, it’s part of my activity. I’m going to talk to some managers…and I’ll get in touch with Neymar and I hope everything is fine.”Vinicius Jr Real Madrid 2018-19While Neymar gives Tite concern, the form of Vinicius Junior will be pleasing for the Brazil boss.The teenager impressed again for Real Madrid in their 4-2 Copa del Rey win over Girona on Thursday, and Tite says the door is still open for the former Flamengo youngster to earn himself a place in Brazil’s Copa squad.He added: “We had 14 new players with us in our last six games that had never worn the Brazilian shirt. It is a time of transition and opportunity as well. “When I talk about opportunities, I like to repeat things. It is not a test. A test is for those who don’t have quality, opportunity is for those who have quality. “Vinicius is among those who may have an opportunity. Brazil is open until the final moment.”last_img read more

Chelsea search for Sarri successor with Lampard in the frame

first_imgChelsea are in talks with several candidates but Frank Lampard remains the leading contender to replace Maurizio Sarri as manager, Goal understands.Juventus are keen to complete a deal for Sarri, who wants to join the Serie A champions and, as reported by Goal, has already reached an agreement with the Italian club.In an interview with Vanity Fair, Sarri has claimed that the “call of home is strong”, hinting that a move to Juve isn’t far from completion. 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? He said: “For us Italians the call of home is strong. You feel that something is missing. It has been a heavy year. I begin to feel the weight of distant friends, elderly parents I rarely see, My loyalty to Naples? [Francesco] Totti was the last one-club man.”Sarri would be in line for a salary increase from €5.6 million per year to around €7m in Turin, while Chelsea are requesting £5m to buy out their manager from his contract.Blues director Marina Granovskaia now leads the search for Sarri’s successor on behalf of the club’s owner Roman Abramovich, a similar process she undertook last summer when Antonio Conte left Stamford Bridge.Derby County manager Lampard is the front runner and has long been sounded out by the club, while ex-Blues assistant manager Steve Holland, who was lined up as a caretaker manager in February when poor results left Sarri close to being sacked, is also in the frame.Former Paris Saint-Germain head coach Laurent Blanc remains of interest to Granovskaia, as he was the back-up option had the deal fallen through to take Sarri from Napoli to Stamford Bridge in 2018.Javi Gracia, meanwhile, is thought to be among the candidates to join Chelsea but he has, as yet, had no contact with the Europa League winners and is focused on Watford.Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo and Massimiliano Allegri have also been linked to the job but the departing Juventus boss is keen on taking a year out of the game and would need some serious convincing to join Chelsea.With Juve happy to pay the exit clause in Sarri’s contract, the Blues are not standing in the way of their manager, who wants to leave after winning his first major trophy in management with the 4-1 victory over Arsenal in Baku.Chelsea are seeking to appoint a manager who can further promote their academy as a transfer ban has halted deals into the club for the next two transfer windows.The Blues are, meanwhile, working on a deal to bring in Mateo Kovacic, who they can, despite the ban, sign permanently from Real Madrid due to the terms of his loan deal.They are also in talks to sell star man Eden Hazard to Real Madrid for around €120m (£106m/$135m).Additional reporting from Romeo Agrestilast_img read more

Rooney scores MLS Goal of the Season contender

first_imgWHAT. A. MOMENT. pic.twitter.com/KXfFV9NuEV— Major League Soccer (@MLS) August 13, 2018And then there was his stunning free kick against Toronto In October, which also helped his club to a win as they made a late push into the MLS playoffs. Pure class. @WayneRooney midweek magic. ✨#DCU | #DCvTOR 1-0 pic.twitter.com/zhYwM0JZTG— D.C. United (@dcunited) October 18, 2018It also isn’t the first time Rooney has struck from his own half. In November of 2017 he scored a similar goal for Everton as part of a stunning hat-trick against West Ham. ROONEY! FROM HIS OWN HALF! pic.twitter.com/1TwTF2ipvM— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) November 29, 2017The 33-year-old nearly doubled his tally in the 27th with another of his trademark free-kicks, only to see it palmed away at the last moment. If you thought Wayne Rooney was done when he made the jump to Major League Soccer, you might want to think again. Rooney has been a hit since moving from Everton to D.C. United last summer, and came up with another moment of magic on Wednesday night to give his side a lead against Orlando City. United came into the night sitting third in the Eastern Conference with Rooney having already netted seven times on the year, but his eighth of the season was a sure-fire goal of the season contender.  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? As his side looked to clear its lines, the ball fell kindly to the former Manchester United man well inside his own half. With a quick look up, Rooney spotted Orlando goalkeeper Brian Rowe drifting a bit too far off his line and decided to let fly. Rowe was left helpless as Rooney’s 70-yard laser found its way into the net to put his club out in front. Take a bow, @WayneRooney! You are ridiculous. 😱 pic.twitter.com/On1oDnp8dX— Major League Soccer (@MLS) June 27, 2019It was far from the first moment of magic from Rooney since making the jump to MLS, and it may not even be his best. Last August he produced one of the top plays of the season in MLS, racing to stop a breakaway with a sliding challenge and then picking out a teammate with a cross for a late winner. last_img read more

The Country’s No. 2 Kicker Has Announced His Commitment

first_imgAlabama fans cheer during a game.TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 21: Fans cheer as they celebrate in the final seconds of the Alabama Crimson Tide 45-7 win over the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama’s football program has had its fair share of kicking problems during the Nick Saban era. The Crimson Tide should be in good hands (legs, really) moving forward, though.The No. 2 kicker in the country announced this afternoon where he’ll be playing his college football. He’s heading to Tuscaloosa, Ala.Will Reichard, the No. 2 kicker in the 2019 class per 247Sports’ Composite Rankings, announced that he’s committed to Alabama.The top kicking prospect announced the news on Twitter.#Committed pic.twitter.com/iAqYfy11uo— Will Reichard (@WillReichard) May 23, 2018His kicking coach spoke to SEC Country about his decision. He spoke very highly of his prospect.“I feel like he is the most well-rounded kicker that we have put out in high school probably ever,” Chris Salier told SEC Country. “I love his makeup both mentally and physically. I think what he has gone through is a big part of that.”He continued:“If he was in the Class of 2017, 2018, 2019 or 2020, he would still be the No. 1 kicker in the country,” Sailer said. “He’s that good. If I brought him to any campus of where my current college starters are, they would be fearful of their job if Will came to compete. I will go a step further. I even believe you could put him in an NFL camp right now. He’s that good. He’s ready for the next level.”Alabama’s 2019 class is the No. 1 class in the country.last_img read more

Former 5-Star Recruit Trashes Major College Football Program

first_imgA general view of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 24: Clouds over the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum turn pink in color as the sun sets during the Oregon State Beavers and USC Trojans college football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 24, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)A former five-star recruit has taken to Twitter to trash a major college football program – specifically, the school he decided to transfer from.Kenny Bigelow, who transferred from USC to West Virginia, responded to a tweet from a former Trojans’ player.“Crazy how leaving that place brings more success than staying,” he said of USC.Crazy how leaving that place brings more success than staying— Kenny Bigelow (@_mcmxcv__) November 15, 2018Bigelow was one of the top recruits in the country coming out of high school in 2013. He was ranked the No. 9 overall recruit in the country by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.The defensive lineman was plagued by injuries during his time at USC and transferred to West Virginia this past offseason.USC is 5-5 this season, with head coach Clay Helton on the hot seat.last_img read more

5-Star LB Compares Georgia, Alabama

first_imgFive-star recruit Nakobe Dean makes a tackle.HudlAlabama and Georgia football finished as the two best college football programs in the country last year. While Georgia won’t get a chance at revenge after blowing its game against Alabama in the SEC Championship, some could probably argue that they’re close to that again in 2018.It is less difficult to argue that the Tide and the Dawgs are the two dominant forces in recruiting right now. Kirby Smart’s staff broke Alabama’s long streaks of No. 1 classes in 2018.This year, ‘Bama’s back on top at the moment, and will likely stay there come National Signing Day. Georgia has an awesome class once again as well, and sits at No. 2.The two programs are dueling it out for five-star linebacker Nakobe Dean, the No. 1 player at his position in the country, per 247Sports.The site has Dean as the No. 14 player in the country, and the top recruit out of Mississippi.Nakobe Dean recently spoke about his recruitment, and compared the approaches of Alabama and Georgia football.Speaking to reporters ahead of an Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game, this comparison by Dean should be pretty revealing.Via DawgNation:Alabama: “All the culture. The type of coaches they bring to the table and how will I feel and where I fit in at the university and how they will develop me on and off the field.”Georgia: “The same. The culture. It is just they have a similar culture as ‘Bama but it is a little different feel at Georgia. Little more of a ‘homey’ feel. It is business but it is a little less. It is business.”The moment also may have served as a relief to fans worried about Georgia losing prized quarterback recruit John Rhys Plumlee to in-state Ole Miss, which is also a candidate for Dean.And that’s the point where Plumlee rushed up to the side of Dean and tapped him.Plumlee, who will now operate on a new timeline with his recruiting, remains committed to Georgia.But he was bouncing up and down and smiling around Dean.“He coming,” Plumlee said not once but three times in succession and then went on his way.That doesn’t sound like someone ready to flip to play for the Rebels, but it could also be someone that doesn’t want to tip his hand. Either way, between Plumlee’s playfulness, and contact with top Georgia commit Nolan Smith, it is at least a decent sign for Georgia’s chances.[DawgNation]last_img read more