Gerrard: Liverpool will miss Coutinho

first_imgPhilippe Coutinho Gerrard: Liverpool will miss ‘wonderful footballer’ Coutinho Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 07:24 1/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Philippe Coutinho Liverpool 26122017 PAUL ELLIS/Getty Images Philippe Coutinho Liverpool Barcelona Primera División The former England captain knows the Brazilian’s move to Barcelona is a blow but believes the Reds will bounce back Steven Gerrard accepts Liverpool will miss “wonderful footballer” Philippe Coutinho after the Brazilian formally completed his dream move to Barcelona on Monday.Liverpool were able to repel a series of offers for Coutinho in August, but the Premier League side allowed the playmaker to make the move to Camp Nou and become Barca’s most expensive signing after the January transfer window opened.Coutinho reportedly paid around £10 million of his own money to help push through a deal reported to be worth up to £142 million, setting a record for a transfer involving a British club. 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 And Gerrard, who played with Coutinho towards the end of his own Anfield playing career, believes it will be difficult to replace the 25-year-old, who scored 41 Premier League goals for Liverpool.”I’m still digesting it as a Liverpool fan,” Gerrard, now an academy coach at the club, told BT Sport.”I’m not surprised by it. I know Liverpool have done everything they can to keep him and they fought very hard to keep him until the summer.”But when a kid’s got a dream, a South American, that he wants to play for Barcelona and he thinks this is the only opportunity he’s going to get, then it’s very difficult to stop it.”There’s no doubt about it, Liverpool will miss him. He’s a wonderful footballer, a great person and to be fair to him he hasn’t downed tools at all. I respect his decision and wish him all the best.”A very special moment for @Phil_Coutinho!#CoutinhoDay pic.twitter.com/itbMJ2zNQ4— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 8, 2018Jurgen Klopp’s side have been linked with players including Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez and Monaco’s France international Thomas Lemar to fill the void left by Coutinho, and Gerrard backed his club to spend the money wisely.”Liverpool will go on,” Gerrard added. “They’ve got big money for him and I’m sure they’ll replace him with the right people.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Robben: Still fit, still sharp, still determined

first_imgArjen Robben Robben remains fit, sharp and determined… even at 34 Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent 17:30 1/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Arjen Robben Bayern Munich Getty Bayern München Bayern München v Hoffenheim Hoffenheim Bundesliga Opinion It’ll soon be time for Bayern to decide on a new contract for arguably their greatest-ever signing and he is showing no signs of slowing down Bayern Munich have taken a lot from Hoffenheim lately. Last summer they snatched – as they usually do – two of the best players from a domestic rival. Niklas Sule was a big-money arrival at centre-back and Sebastian Rudy was drafted in on a free for the midfield. In winter they went back again for Julian Nagelsmann’s expert goalscorer Sandro Wagner.Bayern chip away at the armoury of their Bundesliga cohorts in the transfer market and it’s no wonder that result’s like Saturday’s 5-2 battering of Hoffenheim occur with such practices in place.To their opponents this time around however, Bayern were generous enough to offer something – or more accurately someone – in return. Serge Gnabry is a Bayern player-in-waiting. He was signed last summer after a breakout season at Werder Bremen. The ex-Arsenal man was shipped immediately to Hoffenheim as it was reckoned he could do with another season learning the ropes before making the big jump to the Allianz Arena. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Bayern will have liked what they saw from Gnabry as a direct opponent on Saturday. He won an early penalty with his clever movement and strength off Joshua Kimmich early on – even if he ended up missing the spot kick himself. Then he capitalised on a weak Jerome Boateng clearance to drive a fast ball into Sven Ulreich’s goal.That made it 2-0 to Hoffenheim and Bayern supporters might well have been considering the addition of Nagelsmann as coach for next season along with all of these Hoffenheim players that are coming their way.It couldn’t last though and once Robert Lewandowski poked in for 2-1 there was an air of inevitability about the Bayern comeback.It was one of those dull Bavarian days where the particular grey shade of the Arena is hard to pick out against the low-hanging cloud. It takes something pretty special to lift the fog.Arjen Robben provided two assists out of the five goals scored. Two deep corners found the heads of Boateng and Arturo Vidal respectively as wave after wave of Bayern pressure told.Manuel Neuer wasn’t playing – still injured – and so the captain’s armband was passed to the Dutch winger.He led not so much from the front but from the side as is his wont; you don’t need me to tell you he ran at his defender lots and tried to cut in and shoot from his left foot.He is very much the elder statesman in this Bayern team that is seemingly getting younger by the day around him. Signings like Sule, Rudy and Gnabry are taking the average age of the Bayern team right down leaving Robben, Boateng and David Alaba as the only three faces present from the start on Saturday who were Champions League winners in 2013.There is no doubt that Bayern’s transfer policy is designed to Benjamin Button-ify the squad. The issue here is that Robben is showing steadfast defiance at the thought of being replaced by Gnabry or by anybody else.Jupp Heynckes Arjen Robben Bayern Munich“I think no player can give anything away,” Bayern goalkeeper Tom Starke said when asked if Robben would take his leave and allow Gnabry his time to shine. “He’s one of the most professional players I’ve ever played with – with the preparation before training, before games, and during the training sessions. His age is 34 but he is in shape like 24.“He wants success in every single game, in every single situation for the whole season. He wants to play.”He didn’t appear too happy to be replaced on 77 minutes by Rafinha even with the game already won. For certain he was the first Bayern player changed and out of the stadium on the day. Robben may well have been celebrating his 34th birthday this week but don’t think for a second he was rushing out the door to go partying.“He’s really straight,” said Starke. “Also he’s a family guy with three cute kids and he doesn’t need to go out or to hang around.”It’s not unusual for those covering Bayern to see a big home win and the expectation to follow that all the players would leave in high spirits. On Saturday it was Thomas Muller and the beaming Wagner leading in that respect.Bayern MunichSebastian Rudy Arjen Robben David Alaba Kingsley Coman Bayern MunichBut even if his team wins 4-0, 5-0, 6-0, Robben is likely to be the one player to fixate on one part of the performance – his own or collectively – that could be improved. Then he sets about rectifying it.That’s despite the fact that he’s got countless titles including the Champions League in his back pocket and despite the fact that he’s been playing professional football for all 18 years of this century so far.Most players his age are long past their best or already on the after-dinner circuit. But Robben is out there – fitter than he was at 24 if balder – trying to get better and trying to win.It’ll soon be time for Bayern to decide on offering Robben a new contract. His current deal ends at the end of this season when he and his great partner Franck Ribery will be free agents. At this stage it looks more likely that Robben will get the deal and Ribery might not.So will he stay? “First, I hope so,” said Starke. “And also I think so.”And if he does, don’t expect Robben to settle for a walk-on part. There are goals to score, trophies to win, games to dominate no matter who is coming up behind.last_img read more

Man City end Mahrez pursuit

first_imgTransfers Man City end Mahrez pursuit after Leicester refuse to lower asking price Sam Lee 01:47 2/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Riyad Mahrez, Leicester City Getty Transfers Manchester City Guardiola Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Raheem Sterling Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero Riyad Mahrez Leicester City Premier League The Premier League leaders had been willing to pay up to £65 million for the Algerian, but the Foxes stuck to their guns by demanding as much as £95m Manchester City have ended their interest in Riyad Mahrez after failing to reach a deal with Leicester City.Goal understands City were prepared to pay up to £65 million for Mahrez, but the Foxes were holding out for as much as £95m.Despite hours of talks throughout Tuesday and Wednesday the two clubs have been unable to find common ground, and City sources stress that they have ended their interest. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Premier League leaders had always known they would need Mahrez to force the issue if they were to sign him before Wednesday’s deadline.The Algerian handed in a transfer request on Tuesday but that has not proven to be enough to push Leicester into selling one of their star men.Only a dramatic U-turn would see the deal go through now, although that would require either City to pay well above their valuation, or Leicester to sell for well below theirs.Mahrez joined Leicester from Ligue 2 side Le Havre in 2014, and went on to play a vital role in the Foxes’ shock Premier League victory in 2015-16. That triumph catapulted the Algeria international to fame, and also attracted attention from some of Europe’s biggest clubs. While the likes of N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater have moved on, however, Leicester have managed to retain Mahrez for the last two season, despite fielding bids from the likes of Roma and now the Premier League table-toppers.last_img read more

‘Christensen as good as £75m man Van Dijk’

first_imgChelsea Christensen a £75m asset for Chelsea? Lampard says defender is as good as Van Dijk Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 17:02 2/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Andreas Christensen Virgil van Dijk Split Getty/Goal Chelsea Premier League The highly-rated Denmark international centre-half has has made his breakthrough with the Blues this season, and continues to earn widespread praise Andreas Christensen is as good as Liverpool’s £75 million centre-half Virgil van Dijk and has saved Chelsea “an awful lot of money” in the transfer market, says Frank Lampard.The 21-year-old entered the 2017-18 campaign with just three senior appearances for the Blues under his belt – having spent the last two seasons on loan in Germany at Borussia Monchengladbach.AdChoices广告His obvious potential had been noted in the Bundesliga, with Antonio Conte prepared to give him a chance at Stamford Bridge as David Luiz saw a dip in form drop him out of favour. 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 Christensen has gone on to take in 30 outings for Chelsea in a breakthrough year and is now considered to be one of the finest defenders in European football.Blues legend Lampard told the Evening Standard of the talented Denmark international: “Even if Van Dijk had come in, the player Christensen is, he’d have handled anything.“You put a team around those players even at his age. He wouldn’t have had a problem whoever they signed.“I trained with him a fair bit when I was still there. We were all very aware of his abilities. “He came over to join in senior sessions when he was 16 and was very impressive.“Some young players were not ready for the increase in speed of the game, to make decisions and choices on the ball when they were invited to join in.“But even at that young age you could see he had composure and an awareness about him that made him fit straight in.”Lampard added on a man who penned a new contract in January which is set to keep him in west London until at least the summer of 2022: “At his age and with the talent he’s got, he is worth an awful lot of money.“Chelsea have signed him to a long-term contract so you can put whatever figure you want on it. But they are never going to sell him. He is not going anywhere.“It’s very important that he’s back fit again for these big games because he is a key player and this is crunch time of the season.”last_img read more

‘Ronaldo can play at the top as long as he wants’

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo Ronaldo can play at elite level for as long as he wants – Fernandes Sacha Pisani 19:05 3/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) CristianoRonaldo-cropped Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo Lokomotiv Moskva v Spartak Moskva Real Madrid v Getafe Real Madrid Portugal Primera División World Cup Lokomotiv Moskva Premier League The attacker may have turned 33 last month, but he shows few signs of slowing down, something his countryman puts down to his mentality Real Madrid and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo can continue playing at the highest level for as long as he wants, insists countryman Manuel Fernandes.Ronaldo celebrated his 33rd birthday in February but the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is still going strong for club and country.He has scored 14 La Liga goals and 28 across all competitions for Madrid in a relatively modest season by his own exceptional standards but netted twice in Madrid’s 3-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie last month. 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 Indeed, he has started 2018 better than any other calendar year with Los Blancos and now the former Manchester United forward will look to help Madrid complete the job at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday as Madrid seek to win the competition for the third season in a row.And Lokomotiv Moscow star Fernandes told Omnisport: “Cristiano is special because of his strong winning mentality.”He is very aware of what needs to be done in order to achieve his goals.”Obviously, he takes care of himself and that’s another main reason for his success. A true model of professionalism and constant superiority.”Keeping up his physical condition and wanting to achieve more, he can play at the highest level until he wants to.” Aside from a potential Champions League three-peat, Portugal’s captain, all-time leading scorer and most capped player will also be targeting World Cup glory.Ronaldo helped Portugal triumph at Euro 2016, and Fernando Santos’ men now head to Russia in June with heightened expectations.The European champions will come up against neighbours Spain, Morocco and Iran in Group B and Portugal’s hopes are set to rest heavily on Ronaldo.”Spain are one of the strongest candidates to win the cup,” World Cup hopeful Fernandes – who has 11 caps for Portugal – said.”It is true that the initial clash with them will be extremely difficult, but I’m sure they think the same when they consider their first match in the World Cup is against the European Champions.”We will be focused on that initial match, but also must consider how difficult the games against Morocco and Iran will be. Morocco has players featuring in the best European leagues and Iran has had an impressive qualification phase and has been preparing exclusively for this competition for over a year now. It’s a World Cup level group, one of the strongest.””Cristiano as always will be in his best form but if you ask him, I’m sure he will say the team’s form and belief will be the decisive factors.”last_img read more

How Guardiola is aiming to right rare wrong

first_imgGuardiola The Guardiola wrong Man City can right to set up derby title party Chris Burton 20:02 3/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pep Guardiola Manchester City Getty Images Guardiola Everton v Manchester City Everton Manchester City Premier League There are not many sides that can claim to have outsmarted the Catalan coach down the years, and one more Premier League foe could fall this weekend So dominant have Manchester City been in 2017-18 that their campaign has now become little more than a box-ticking exercise.The Carabao Cup has already been wrapped up, providing Pep Guardiola with his first piece of silverware in English football, and there is the promise of more to come at home and abroad.Just six points are required to secure the Premier League title, with only the rescheduling of a meeting with Brighton having prevented City from getting over that particular line before the end of March. 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 could, however, be argued that the Seagulls have done Guardiola’s side a favour, as the crown can now be captured in the most special of circumstances.If everything goes to plan, a title party will be held at the Etihad Stadium on April 7.Who are due to be the visitors that day? None other than arch-rivals Manchester United.Back in 2012, a Vincent Kompany header in a 1-0 derby victory over the Red Devils carried City to within touching distance of the title, but they still required the most dramatic of finishes on the final day from Sergio Aguero to get the job done.This time around, there may be no need for waiting.Victory over Everton on Saturday evening will leave City on the brink and have them poised to welcome their neighbours to Eastlands ready to prove just how noisy they can be.It is, however, a meeting with the Toffees which presents the next box to be ticked – particularly for Guardiola.There are not too many sides that can claim to have been a thorn in the Catalan’s side down the years, but the men from Merseyside have proved to be a tough nut to crack.Of the 20 teams currently competing in the English top tier, Guardiola has tasted victory over 19 – including City.The one anomaly on that list? Everton. Opponent P W D L Arsenal 14 8 3 3 Chelsea 9 3 3 3 Man Utd 8 5 2 1 Leicester 5 4 0 1 West Brom 5 5 0 0 C Palace 5 4 1 0 Burnley 5 4 1 0 Liverpool 4 1 1 2 Man City 4 2 0 2 Stoke 4 3 1 0 Bournemouth 4 4 0 0 West Ham 4 4 0 0 Watford 4 4 0 0 Swansea 4 4 0 0 Southampton 3 2 1 0 Huddersfield 3 2 1 0 Tottenham 3 1 1 1 Everton 3 0 2 1 Newcastle 2 2 0 0 Brighton 1 1 0 0 Since arriving in Manchester back in the summer of 2016, Guardiola has faced the Toffees on three occasions.He has just two points to show for his efforts, with a 4-0 mauling at Goodison Park in January 2017 representing the heaviest league defeat of a distinguished coaching career which has seen him sweep aside all comers at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.That domestic dominance is now being replicated with City, with a 16-point lead at the top of the table making a mockery of the Premier League’s supposed standing as the most competitive elite division in Europe.Guardiola is, however, a proud man and one who will be fully aware of his record against Everton.Conquering England is now a formality, a matter of when not if, but the man at the helm will still want to do things with the swagger and style which has become his calling card – and that means unsticking the Toffees.Were City to emerge victorious this weekend, then their manager would have a full set of Premier League scalps to go with those previously collected in the Bundesliga and La Liga.Pep Guardiola 49 Premier League winsSuccess would also see the Blues become only the third team – after Chelsea in 2005-06 and United in 2010-11 – to be able to boast wins over all of the other sides in the division across a single season.That would be another nice box to tick.Guardiola is also only one victory short of 50 in the Premier League – from 68 games to date – and could become the second-quickest to a half-century behind old adversary Jose Mourinho, who achieved the feat in 63 outings.Everton are all that stands in his way.The 47-year-old branded a battling 1-1 draw with the Toffees back in August, which was achieved with 10 men following the dismissal of Kyle Walker, to be “one of the proudest days of my life”, but a new high may be reached this weekend.Guardiola has not experienced too many wrongs over the course of his career to date, but he is now in a position to right one of them and ensure that the derby title dream lives on for City.last_img read more

Local Sporting Champions Grant

first_img27 January 2011 Apply now for a Local Sporting Champions Grant Do you know a Local Sporting Champion?Are you, or do you know, a dedicated young athlete, coach or official participating in a state or national sporting championships? Are you aged 12-18 years old travelling further than 250km return for a state or national championships?If yes, then you or your team could be eligible for a Local Sporting Champions grant to help meet costs such as uniforms, travel, accommodation and equipment.Grants of $500 per individual and $3,000 per team are available for young people participating in a nominated National Sporting Organisation-endorsed state or national sporting championships or a School Sport Australia national championship.This program is an Australian Government initiative managed by the Australian Sports Commission and supports 7,000 young people each year.The grants are designed to help athletes, coaches and officials achieve their sporting goals and are distributed across all 150 federal electorates of the national parliament.Applications are open, so apply now!Applications must be submitted prior to the commencement of the nominated championships.For further information, including application forms and eligibility criteria, go to: http://www.ausport.gov.au/championslast_img read more

10 months agoREVEALED: Man Utd have edge on Chelsea in Eder Militao battle

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Man Utd have edge on Chelsea in Eder Militao battleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United enjoy an edge on Chelsea in any shootout for Porto defender Eder Militao.UOL Esporte says Militao’s release clause stands at €50m (£45m) and the player’s agent Kia Joorabchian will try to ensure United meet that valuation next month.The 20-year-old was watched by United scouts recently as Porto ran out 4-1 winners over Portimonense.But Militao is also being chased by Everton and Chelsea.However, the Blues would have to overcome differences with Joorabchian and Militao’s other representatives Giuliano Bertolucci and Jorge Ulisses to secure a deal.United boss Jose Mourinho also boasts close links with Porto after their previous success together. last_img read more

10 months agoBarcelona coach Valverde confirms Munir leaving

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona coach Valverde confirms Munir leavingby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has confirmed Munir El Haddadi is leaving.The 54-year-old tactician has clarified that both the Blaugrana and the Spanish-Moroccan have decided to part ways.”Munir has made a decision and the club has also taken it,” he told a press conference on Wednesday.”We want a solution as soon as possible, if possible during this market.”I have nothing against Munir, as he has played and trained well and I don’t have much more to say about it.” last_img

12 days agoArgentina coach Scaloni reveals injury for Man City striker Aguero

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Argentina coach Scaloni reveals injury for Man City striker Agueroby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been carrying a calf injury and has not been in full training.The problem was revealed by his Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni, who left him out of the national squad for the current international break.Scaloni did not reveal the nature of the injury, but he hinted that it is nothing serious by saying he expected Aguero to join up with Argentina for the next international fortnight, which is next month. He said, “(Lionel) Messi is not here due to suspension. “Sergio Aguero is not here because he’s been carrying a problem and has not been training 100 per cent with his club. Surely both will be here next month.” last_img read more

Scaloni: Pressure on Argentina is like a war

first_imgArgentina coach Lionel Scaloni said the pressure on his players made it feel like they were at war after a 2-0 win over Qatar earned them a place in the Copa America quarter-finals.Goals from Lautaro Martinez and Sergio Aguero ensured the Albiceleste avoided a potential banana skin on a night when defeat would have sent them crashing out of the competition at the first hurdle.Victory teed up a quarter-final clash with Group A runners-up Venezuela and Scaloni admitted the result was a welcome one after a gruelling start to the competition. 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? Argentina’s performances will have to improve if they are looking to lift their first Copa America trophy since 1993, with early displays meaning that an exit from the competition in the group stages was not out of the realms of possibility.90 ‘FIM DO JOGO0-2Baixe o App Oficial da #CopaAmerica e nao perca nenhum detalhe: https://t.co/mYYF6r9PXt pic.twitter.com/Hx88gWVo6c — Copa America (@CopaAmerica) June 23, 2019 “We have things to improve but we are satisfied,” said Scaloni at his post-match press conference.”We needed a game like that to gain confidence.”Especially in the second half, we played without fear.”We will have to adjust some things against other types of opponents.”Scaloni came under fire after his players lost to Colombia and drew with Paraguay in their opening games of the competition and failed to play with the confidence and urgency on display against Qatar.He dismissed the impact of that criticism on him personally however, saying: “I never think of myself. I always think of the national team.”I would like the message to be different, to be balanced at the end of the tournament. Everything surrounding the national team should be more balanced.”Sometimes, these guys go out to play a soccer game and they seem to go out and play a war. With the pressure on them sometimes it is difficult to play.”The message should be that while playing in the Copa America we are all on the same side.”Argentina have only won silverware twice since 1993, with both of those being gold medals at the Olympic Games in 2004 and 2008, while they came closest in recent history at the 2014 World Cup when they lost to Germany in the final.last_img read more

Solskjaer: I won’t ‘spoon feed’ Sanchez this season

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer has said he will not “spoon feed” Alexis Sanchez as the Chilean looks to get his Manchester United career back on track. Sanchez has mostly disappointed since joining United from Arsenal in January 2018, coming over in a swap deal that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan move in the other direction.The 30-year-old has scored just five total goals in 45 appearances for United, including only one goal in the Premier League last season.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Sanchez has been linked with an exit from Old Trafford this summer, but his massive salary of £500,000 per week will make any transfer difficult. Solskjaer, though, didn’t reveal much when asked if he was planning on having Sanchez at Old Trafford this season, saying: “At the moment, yes I am.”The manager was then asked if he thought it was possible for Sanchez to get back to his best, and he again demurred. “I will have to help, but you can’t spoon feed them,”  Solskjaer said. “They’ve got to come in and grab their chances.”Alexis is quality and he showed it in Copa America. Then he got his injury. I don’t think it’s too bad so I’m hoping he will be available for maybe Kristiansund [on July 30] or AC Milan [four days later] so he will at least get some football before the season starts.”After scoring two goals in the tournament’s first five games, Sanchez suffered a hamstring injury in Chile’s 2-1 defeat to Argentina in the Copa America third-place playoff earlier this month. Sanchez is not the only player who may depart Old Trafford this summer, with Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku among a host of other names to be linked with an exit from the club. Solskjaer said he wanted to give Pogba a “new challenge” with United after the France star spoke out about his desire to leave last month.Lukaku has been linked with a move to Inter and though Solskjaer didn’t deny the potential sale, he insisted that United would need a backup plan for it to happen. “If we sell players we will have to replace them,” Solskjaer said. The manager also made clear that there were no easy fixes to be found in the transfer market. “I know it’s hard getting players in and over the line,” he said.”We’ve been doing our jobs. We’ve been finding, identifying players. Scouting them. But they have got clubs.”It took time with Aaron (Wan-Bissaka), it took time with Dan (Daniel James), but they got it over the line. It’s not like we’re going to sign 10 players. It can’t be a quick fix.”As I’ve said to you, we’re working on one or two and we’re still hoping but I also understand that the market has changed. Prices have soared.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Maryland 4-Star Sophomore Football Player Has Died

first_imgA general view of Maryland's football stadium.COLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 03: A general view of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Maryland Terrapins game at Byrd Stadium on November 3, 2012 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)Tragedy has struck the Maryland football program. Offensive lineman Jordan McNair, who was hospitalized following a recent team workout, has passed away.McNair was listed as being in “critical but stable” condition after being hospitalized.  According to a GoFundMe page established by his family, McNair was airlifted to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland.He underwent a liver transplant and was “fighting for his life.” Specific details regarding what medical event McNair suffered have been scarce.Maryland has yet to release a statement, but McNair’s high school football coach confirmed his passing on Twitter.The world lost a great person today. We will never forget the impact that @TheRealJMcNair had in our lives. RIP Jordan ?. Please keep the Wilson/McNair family in your hearts ♥️ tonight. pic.twitter.com/mP6RUOBzji— Hakeem Sule (@McDCoachSule) June 13, 2018As news of McNair’s death circulated on social media, friends and teammates paid their respects.Rest In Peace Jordan McNair ??? Gone To Soon— DJ Moore? (@idjmoore) June 13, 2018Rest easy big fella. You’re in a better place now may you watch over me and protect me I love you brother❤️— Pj Mustipher (@KingPJ55) June 13, 2018Man I’m speechless! I’m broken into pieces! Never thought this day will happen. You will continue to be with me at all time, I love you forever?!!!. I will continue to talk to you everyday I can see it too!. Fly high and GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU?? pic.twitter.com/GHSzkhjRsF— Eric Burrell (@EricBurrell_) June 13, 2018Lost for words and heartbroken, didn’t see this coming…I lost a teammate today and all I can do is pray and continue to talk to you everyday ????this only gonna make us stronger and another reason to go even harder for you bro..RIP to my guy Jordan ? pic.twitter.com/qgXY637mxh— JLeake (@ny_king20) June 13, 2018This one hurt…. RIP big Jordan ??— Stanley Hubbard III (@__stvnchizze__) June 13, 2018Lord, words cannot explain anything right now. Thank you for allowing me to know a great friend, teammate and a man who was truly a brother. Watch over us all Jordan and rest in peace, Love you forever. ?❤️— Kasim Hill (@Khillqb11) June 13, 2018Rest In Peace Jordan! ??❤️✊?— Boy Dawg (@bigeazy95) June 13, 2018McNair was a four-star recruit in the class of 2017 out of Owings Mills (Md.) McDonogh School. He chose the Terrapins over Alabama, Auburn, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and others.Our thoughts and prayers are with McNair’s family and friends, and the entire Maryland football team.Rest in peace, Jordan.last_img read more

New Injury Update For Michigan State RB LJ Scott

first_imgA closeup of a Michigan State football helmet.EAST LANSING, MI – SEPTEMBER 29: A Michigan State helmet sits on the sideline during a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Spartan Stadium on September 29, 2012 in East Lansing, Michigan. Ohio State won the game 17-16. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)The landscape of the Big Ten will gain clarity this afternoon, when the Ohio State Buckeyes face the Michigan State Spartans. Considering that weather conditions could favor the team that has more success on the ground, the status of LJ Scott is crucial for Mark Dantonio’s squad.Last weekend, the senior tailback was out of action against Maryland. Although the Spartans were still victorious, defeating the Buckeyes is easily the tougher task.Injuries have hurt Scott’s season, causing him to miss five games. During his time in the field, the versatile running back has 180 rushing yards and 95 receiving yards.While Connor Heyward and La’Darius Jefferson are serviceable options, it appears Scott is trending toward playing today. Spartans reporter Chris Solari tweeted out that Michigan State’s running back was dressed, which bodes well for his chances of being active.LJ Scott is dressed for MSU.— Chris Solari (@chrissolari) November 10, 2018In 2017, the Spartans lost by 45 points on the road to the Buckeyes. With Scott likely in the lineup for this showdown, Michigan State will be ready for revenge.Ohio State and Michigan State will kick off at Noon ET.The game will be on FOX.last_img read more

Mel Kiper Mentions Top College Coach For Browns Job

first_imgMel Kiper gives analysis on ESPN.The Cleveland Browns are in search of a new head coach after GM John Dorsey fired Hue Jackson earlier this season. Jackson won just three games during his two and a half seasons in charge of the Browns and the organization decided to make a change.So what’s next for Cleveland? With a young star rookie quarterback and a solid roster to play with, the Browns could be looking for an offensive mind to keep pace with the Sean McVay’s of the NFL.Dorsey might have to turn to the college ranks in order to find what he’s looking for.NFL draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. has just the guy: Lincoln Riley. That’s right, the current head coach of the Oklahoma Sooners.@MelKiperESPN is spot on this would be the perfect time for Lincoln Riley to leave the #Sooners for the #Browns @ESPNDari— Joe cardoso (@JoeCardoso301) November 17, 2018Riley’s name has popped up for a few NFL head coaching vacancies, and even one job that isn’t open yet – the Dallas Cowboys.Although Riley said he doesn’t want to leave Oklahoma at this time, this might actually be the perfect time to leave and make the jump to the professional level.last_img read more

Former Star RB Recruit “Intends” To Transfer

first_imgFans cheer on the Texas Longhorns against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 5: Fans cheer on the Texas Longhorns against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks on September 5, 2009 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)The past 24 hours have been rough for Texas Longhorns fans everywhere. Four-star athlete recruit Peyton Powell de-committed from Tom Herman and company just a few days after taking an official visit to Baylor.Not long after, a former top running back recruit reportedly “intends” to transfer from the program. According to Texas insider Anwar Richardson, sophomore running back Toneil Carter plans to leave the Longhorns after the 2018 season.Here’s more from Richardson.Recently learned Texas sophomore running back Toneil Carter intends to transfer. Carter already informed the staff, and his name appeared in the national transfer database on November 28. Finishes with 252 rushing yards and three rushing TDs, six receptions for 31 yards and a TD pic.twitter.com/Eky1mOvXsM— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) December 14, 2018Carter finished the 2017 season with just over 250 yards rushing on 53 carries – three of which went for touchdowns. He ended the 2018 season buried on the depth chart and didn’t receive a carry.He was the No. 10 running back recruit in the 2017 class. Initially, Carter was committed to Georgia, but the return of Sony Michel and Nick Chubb caused him to decommit from the Bulldogs.According to the Texas football roster, Carter is no longer on the team, which appears to confirm Richardson’s report that Carter intends to transfer from the program.last_img read more

Legal Update For Nebraska Star RB Maurice Washington

first_imgnebraska running back maurice washington runs against minnesotaLINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 20: Running back Maurice Washington #28 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers stretches for an extra yards against defensive lineman Winston DeLattiboudere #46 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the first half at Memorial Stadium on October 20, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska running back Maurice Washington is going to wait a bit longer to get some of his legal proceedings underway. On of his key court dates is now set to be pushed back.According to the Lincoln Journal Star, Washington’s plea hearing has been moved back to July 25 due to a “pending discovery request.” The plea hearing will take place only days before the Huskers open their preseason camp.Washington is facing felony charges in California stemming from an explicit video that he allegedly sent to an ex-girlfriend. He was charged with the felonies back in February of this year.As a freshman, Washington rushed for 455 yards and three touchdowns with a 5.9 yard/carry average. He also contributed an extra 24 receptions for 221 yards and a touchdown. He was poised for an increased role in 2019, but his legal issues now put those plans in jeopardy, especially if the NCAA drops the hammer on him.To make matters worse, earlier this month it was revealed that he had been cited for possessing drug paraphernalia.It may be months, or even the entire season, before all of Washington’s legal problems are completely resolved. But we don’t yet know what head coach Scott Frost will do if all of his issues remain unresolved at the start of the season.last_img read more

Ohio State Senior Captain Reportedly Dealing With High-Ankle Sprain

first_imgOhio State players holding their helmets before a game.ARLINGTON, TX – JANUARY 12: Ohio State Buckeyes players hold their helmets on the sideline during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)You never want to have one of your key players get hurt during training camp, but preseason injuries affect even the best college football teams.Ohio State is expecting big things from senior defensive end Jonathon Cooper this season, so much so that Cooper was recently named one of the team’s captains.However, the 6-foot-4, 257-pound veteran is reportedly dealing with what looks to be a high-ankle sprain, according to Lettermen Row’s Tim May. May adds that Cooper “might have undergone” a procedure to help facilitate healing.It’s unclear if this injury will cost Cooper any games. Ohio State opens up a week from Saturday. Hearing @OhioStateFB DE and newly elected captain @JonathonCooper7 dealing with lower leg ailment – probably “high ankle” sprain – and might have undergone procedure to enhance healing. OSU has not confirmed. I have not heard that he necessarily will miss game(s) because of it.— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) August 20, 2019As a first-time starter last season, Cooper set career-highs in total tackles (25), tackles for loss (6.5) and sacks (2.5). His production is expected to increase this fall as he takes on an even bigger role.For his career, Cooper has 46 tackles (10.5 for loss) and 5.5 sacks in 33 games.It will be worth monitoring his health moving forward before OSU’s first game on August 31.last_img read more