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Pirlo: Lifting World Cup is unrivaled

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first_imgWorld Cup Trophy Tour 2018 VIDEO: Nothing compares to lifting the World Cup – Pirlo Goal 06:33 1/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Coca-Cola WC Trophy Tour 3 Coca-Cola/Goal World Cup Trophy Tour 2018 World Cup Goal joined the Italy star at the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola, where he revealed how it felt to lift football’s greatest prize World Cup-winner Andrea Pirlo says nothing will ever compare to the moment he lifted the World Cup trophy.The legendary former Italy international helped his nation to their fourth world title in 2006, netting in the penalty-shootout that saw the Azzurri overcome France in the final.And speaking at the launch of the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola, Pirlo said the feeling of lifting the biggest prize in football is unrivalled. 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’s the best thing that can happen to a player,” he told Goal. “Being able to play at the World Cup is already the best, but then to raise the trophy to the sky is a dream.”Pirlo joined fellow former world champion Sir Geoff Hurst to provide the trophy a fitting send-off as it began its journey around the globe.The tour will take in 91 cities and visit more than 50 countries over six continents.For more information on the Trophy Tour head to the official FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour Instagram or Facebook pagelast_img read more

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Cafu: Madrid? Neymar at PSG to win CL

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first_imgNeymar Cafu: Real Madrid? Neymar is at PSG to win Champions League Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 10:31 2/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neymar-cropped Getty Images Neymar PSG PSG v Olympique Marseille Ligue 1 PSG v Real Madrid Real Madrid UEFA Champions League The Brazilian legend was asked about the 26-year-old’s future at Paris Saint-Germain amid growing speculation linking him to Los Blancos Brazilian legend Cafu refused to be drawn on whether he thinks Neymar should leave Paris Saint-Germain for Real Madrid, though he insisted the star forward is in the French capital to win the Champions League.Neymar, who suffered a fractured foot against Marseille in Le Classique on Sunday, moved to Ligue 1 giants PSG in a world-record €222 million deal in August, but the 26-year-old Brazil international has already been linked to Madrid.The former Barcelona player continues to be at the centre of growing speculation amid talk of a sensational switch to the European and Spanish champions. 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 La Liga titleholders Madrid lead PSG 3-1 after the first leg of the blockbuster Champions League last-16 tie.Speaking at the Laureus Sports Awards, Cafu was asked if he would tell Neymar to move to the Santiago Bernabeu and the ex-AC Milan full-back said: “That’s Neymar’s decision. I can’t decide for Neymar, or give him advice on such a situation.”He’s just left Barcelona to go to PSG. He knows very well how important he is to world football, but at the end of the day it’s his decision. I can’t give advice to him in a situation like this.Cafu added: “There are different moments in your life. Only Neymar knows what’s happening. We can only speculate about it, according to what we read in the newspapers. It’s up to Neymar, together with his staff, to take a decision.”He’ll know what’s better for him, if it is to stay at PSG or to go to Real Madrid, or Barcelona, or Brazil, I don’t know. Whatever he decides, it will be respected because of what he stands for in football, in international level.””A high-class player can play any place in the world,” the 47-year-old and two-time World Cup winner continued. “No matter the league. It has to do with professionalism and responsibility of the player to want to develop himself and play.”Nowadays, it’s clear that Ligue 1, that didn’t use to be so watched around the world, is being watched and talked about. The proof is that here today we talked more about Ligue 1 than about other leagues. So, a big star in a league that didn’t have this visibility makes it to be more known worldwide. “Neymar is doing this and his aim, no doubt, was Champions League, because PSG didn’t have the opportunity to win it yet. With Neymar, they can do it.”last_img read more

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Bayern reveal Allianz Arena revamp

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first_imgBayern München Bayern Munich reveal Allianz Arena makeover plans Jamie Smith 01:22 3/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Allianz Arena Bayern Munich Barcelona Champions League 12052015 Getty Images Bayern München Bundesliga Bayern München v Borussia Dortmund After 1860 Munich moved out of the stadium, Die Roten’s home is to get a makeover to reflect their sole residency Bayern Munich have revealed plans for their Allianz Arena home to undergo a significant makeover.The stadium has been home to Bayern since it was opened in 2005, but the Bundesliga leaders shared the stadium with 1860 Munich until 2017.It’s been a long time coming, but we’ll finally have #FCBayern colors at the #AllianzArena !What do you think of the new look?   #MiaSanMia pic.twitter.com/4Dzah7mFaL — FC Bayern US (@FCBayernUS) March 29, 2018 With 1860 Munich having relocated to former home Grunwalder Stadion following their relegation to Germany’s third-tier, Bayern now have the 75,000-capacity stadium to themselves. 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 Bayern will take advantage by replacing the seats to make the Allianz more personal, with the club’s motto ‘mia san mia’ – which translates as ‘we are who we are’ – to feature prominently.The new design will also see the Bayern badge and the club’s name adorn the seats, with the work to be completed at the end of the season. Bayern will be crowned Bundesliga champions for the sixth season in a row this weekend if they win against rivals Borussia Dortmund and second-placed Schalke fail to beat Freiburg.last_img read more

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I’m ready for big move, says Premier League target Boilesen

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first_imgTransfers I’m ready to move back to the big time, says Premier League target Boilesen Robin Bairner 00:00 5/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Nicolai Boilesen Denmark Getty Images Transfers Peru v Denmark Denmark Peru World Cup The 26-year-old defender has seen his career stall in recent years but is set to make Denmark’s squad for the World Cup and is in optimistic mood Copenhagen defender Nicolai Boilesen is optimistic that he will be back playing in one of Europe’s biggest leagues come the start of the season.The 26-year-old broke into the professional game at Ajax, but after falling out of favour with the Eredivisie giants due to his refusal to sign a new contract, resulting in a year frozen out of the game, he has bounced back in his native country.Such has been the quality of his return, he has been called into the extended Denmark panel for the World Cup and is expected to be named in the final squad after operating as both a left-back and a centre-back this season. Article continues below 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 Furthermore, there have been reports that clubs in France and England have taken note of his form, and while that is something that pleases him, his focus is currently on the immediate future.“I have heard a bit about interest from different clubs from both Ligue 1 and Premier League,” he confirmed to Goal. “I also saw stories about Galatasaray in media, but to be honest, I have no idea if it is just a very vague interest or something more substantial.“It is always flattering, when you hear about interest from big clubs and the biggest leagues. But I am not the best source for these transfer stories, since I don’t hear anything until it is 100 per cent concrete. It is all with my agent. “My only focus is football – and right now it is all about finishing the season well with Copenhagen and then the World Cup.”In the longer term, though, he is seeking a move.“No doubt my ambition is to get back to the bigger leagues in Europe,” he admitted. “I don’t know whether it will be this summer or later, but I went through my football education in Ajax and with the Denmark team, and I feel that I belong in that international level.“I am back at my best, which I believe is proved by the fact that I was back in the Denmark national team for the internationals in March against Panama and Chile. I was a regular before my ‘Ajax punishment’ with one year in the deep freezer for not extending my contract, and I have missed the national team like crazy. There is nothing bigger in football than representing your country.Nicolai Boilesen CopenhagenPersonally, he sees the season as a success, having played more than 40 times for Copenhagen, who made good progress in Europe. “I am 26 now and enjoying being 100% fit. I got the taste of top-level football in the Europa League, where we lost to a top-class team like Atletico Madrid in the knockout rounds,” he said. “They were really, really good, and after facing them I was sure, that they would go on to win the trophy – as they did in great style.“For Copenhagen the season has been a sort of a transition phase and the results a bit disappointing. I don’t want to sound arrogant, but it feels strange not to win any titles, not only for this club but also for me personally. I have been used to a winning feeling; with Ajax I won four league titles and then last season I won the double with Copehagen.”Looking forward, he is confident Denmark can perform well at the World Cup, where they will face France, Peru and Australia in the group stages.“I believe that the Denmark squad has a great potential in Russia, and we definitely have the quality of players to advance from the group. Then it’s the knockout stage, and anything can happen,” he said. “Our current team is unbeaten for 13 games in a row, and that is a national record for 110 years of the national team. It has never happened before, and that shows the winning mentality of this team.”last_img read more

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State League Wrap

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first_imgVT LEAGUERESULTSWOMEN’S – ROUND FIVEMelbourne City Lions 6 def Bayside Vipers 4Casey Cougars 7 def Western Dodgers 5Uni Blues 3 def Northern Falcons 2WOMEN’S – ROUND SIXMelbourne City Lions 5 def Uni Blues 1Casey Cougars 4 def by Bayside Vipers 7Northern Falcons 5 def Western Dodgers 3WOMEN’S – ROUND SEVENBayside Vipers 13 def Northern Falcons 2Melbourne City Lions 14 def Casey Cougars 5Western Dodgers 3 def by Uni Blues 4 SA MIXED STATE LEAGUEROUND TWO RESULTSPREMIER DIVISIONEastern Stingrays 6 def Defence Eagles 1South West Wolves 5 def Northern Vipers 4Scorpions – byeB DIVISIONCentral Scorpions 5 def Eastern Stingrays 4Northern Vipers 10 def South West Wolves 2 The Eastern Stingrays sit on top of the Premier Division table following their 6-1 win over the Defence Eagles in round two. In the other game, the South West Wolves were one touchdown winners over the Northern Vipers, 5-4, while the Central Scorpions had the bye. The Stingrays are unbeaten after their two games so far in the competition while the Scorpions sit in second place on the ladder, with one win and the bye. The Wolves are placed third with their one win and one loss so far, while the Vipers and Eagles are yet to register a win in the competition. In the B division, the Scorpions are the only unbeaten team after the first two rounds, following their 5-4 win over the Stingrays. In the other match, the Vipers recorded their first win of the season, with their 10-2 win over the Wolves. The Scorpions are on eight points on the ladder following their strong start to the season, while the Vipers and the Stingrays sit in second and third place respectively after their one win and one loss each. The Wolves are yet to record a win in the competition. In round three Premier Division games, the Wolves will play the Scorpions, while the Stingrays will face the Vipers. Both games will be played at 7.20, while the Eagles have the bye in round three. In the B Division, the Scorpions will play the Wolves in a top versus bottom of the ladder clash, while the Stingrays will play the Vipers. The B Division games will commence at 6.30pm. For more information, please visit the Touch Football South Australia website:www.touchsa.com.au VT LeagueRounds five, six and seven were played in both the Men’s and Women’s divisions at Casey Fields last weekend, with the favourites beginning to emerge close to the midway of the competition. In the Women’s round five games, the Melbourne City Lions were two touchdown winners over fellow ladder leaders Bayside Vipers, 6-4, while the Casey Cougars were also two touchdown winners over the Western Dodgers. The Uni Blues just edged out the Northern Falcons, winning 3-2. In the Women’s round six games, the Lions continued their winning ways, beating the Blues by four touchdowns, while the Vipers were too good for the Cougars, as were the Falcons over the Dodgers. There were some big scores in the final round of the day in the Women’s competition, with the Vipers 11 touchdown winners over the Falcons, 13-2, while the Lions were nine touchdown winners over the Cougars, to take their third win of the day. The Blues were also winners in round seven, with their 4-3 win over the Dodgers. After seven rounds the Lions sit on top of the Women’s ladder, with seven wins from their seven games, followed by the Vipers with six wins. In the Men’s division, round five provided a tight round of matches, with the Dodgers and the Vipers both two touchdown winners over the Falcons and the Lions respectively. In the other match, the Blues were three touchdown winners over the Cougars, winning 6-3. In the second round of the day, the Vipers proved that they are a force to be reckoned with in 2009, with their 12 touchdown win over the Falcons, 16-4. The Dodgers and the Blues were both one touchdown winners in round six, with their respective wins over the Cougars and the Lions. In the final round of the day, the Vipers were one touchdown winners over the Dodgers, as were the Lions over the Cougars, while the Blues were too good for the Falcons, winning 10-6. After seven rounds, the Vipers sit on top of the ladder of the Men’s division, undefeated so far in the competition. This weekend’s games will be held at Albert Park on Friday, 23 October, with the Men’s round eight games commencing at 6.30pm. In round eight, the Blues will play the Dodgers, the Lions will face the Falcons and the Vipers will play the Cougars.The Women’s round eight games commence at 7.20pm and will see the Falcons face the Lions, Dodgers will play the Vipers and the Cougars will battle it out against the Blues. The Men’s round nine games will see the Vipers take on the Blues, the Cougars up against the Falcons and the Dodgers will play the Lions. The final round of the night sees the Women’s round nine games at 9.00pm, with the Cougars to play the Falcons, the Blues against the Vipers and the Lions taking on the Dodgers. For more information, please visit the VT League website:www.vtleague.com.au MEN’S – ROUND FIVEWestern Dodgers 5 def Northern Falcons 3Bayside Vipers 7 def Melbourne City Lions 5Casey Cougars 3 def by Uni Blues 6MEN’S – ROUND SIXCasey Cougars 7 def by Western Dodgers 8Bayside Vipers 16 def Northern Falcons 4Uni Blues 7 def Melbourne City Lions 6MEN’S – ROUND SEVENNorthern Falcons 6 def by Uni Blues 10Western Dodgers 7 def by Bayside Vipers 8Melbourne City Lions 9 def Casey Cougars 8last_img read more

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Finalists decided in Elite Eight

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first_imgBy BEN HARRISQueensland Chiefs and New South Wales Mets will be the favourites for the Elite Eight titles in the women’s and men’s opens divisions after finishing on top of the ladder in their respective divisions.Tomorrow is finals day across all divisions at the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League in Coffs Harbour.After seven rounds of the Elite Eight Series, the top four were decided.The women’s opens have the Chiefs, Mets, NSW Country Mavericks and the NSW Scorpions.The men’s finalists are Mets, Queensland Country Outlaws, Mavericks and Scorpions.The defending men’s premiers, Scorpions, snuck into the top four with a thrilling 2-1 victory over the Queensland South Stingrays in the final round.The match was an early finals match as whoever won the game qualified for the semis.It sets up a mouth-watering clash tomorrow between the two teams that have contested the last two men’s opens finals at the NTLs.The Scorpions won both encounters but with the Mets undefeated, the Michael Moussa-coached side have all the momentum.In another huge clash, the Outlaws take on the Mavericks in the battle of country supremacy.The Outlaws got up in their preliminary round match on Thursday.If NSW Country are to win the title they will have to do so without the services of Dylan Hennessy.The playmaker injured his left shoulder in a match on Thursday and he will be out for at least six weeks.But the match will also see two of the game’s smartest minds up against each other between Outlaws coach Patrick Grehan and his old sparring partner Mark Boland of the Mavericks.The last time the two mentors met was at last year’s State of Origin series where Grehan achieved a 2-1 victory.In the women’s semi-finals, the Chiefs meet the Scorpions and the Mets take on the Mavericks.The Mavericks will head into their semi-final clash on a high after defeating the Mets 7-4 today.However, the defending champions did not play Australian captain Louise Winchester for the match.Meanwhile the Chiefs went through the competition undefeated after two comfortable wins today.They are the team to beat as they have a host of champions and speedsters at their disposal.The Scorpions have been improving with every game during this tournament and on their day, could produce an upset.The women’s semi-finals begin at 9.50am tomorrow followed by the men’s at 10.45am.The women’s final is at 3.30pm and the men’s is at 4.40pm.   You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news, results and information from the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2013)Instagram – search for ‘Touch Football Australia’YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausTouch Football Australia will be streaming matches live on their YouTube page.Related LinksElite Eight day threelast_img read more

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10 months agoInter Milan agree to meet terms demanded by Arsenal midfielder Ramsey

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan agree to meet terms demanded by Arsenal midfielder Ramseyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan are close to a deal with Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey.La Repubblica says Inter met Ramsey’s agent on Wednesday, where an agreement was reached in principle for the Welshman to arrive on July 1.It’s suggested Ramsey, 27, is demanding €6-7m a season – and the Nerazzurri are prepared to meet the demand, given the urgency to invest.A deal for January hasn’t been ruled out with coach Luciano Spalletti eager to work with Ramsey immediately.AC Milan, whose CEO is ex-Arsenal man Ivan Gazidis, is also interested in Ramsey. last_img

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10 months agoLeicester ponder contract offer to Bohemians forward Ali Reghba

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first_img Van Persie a fan of Arsenal whiz Martinelli Promoted5 decades agoNext Tech Hong Kong: New WiFi Booster Stops Expensive Internet Promoted5 decades ago8fit Skip the Gym, Do This 10-Minute Workout Instead Leicester ponder contract offer to Bohemians forward Ali Reghbaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBohemians forward Ali Reghba is interesting Leicester City.The Irish Independent says Leicester are mulling over a contract offer for Reghba after he came under the spotlight for the Foxes last night.The Ireland U19 cap is in demand after a successful season where he made his Premier Division debut for Bohs and also helped the Gypsies win the U19 league title.Championship sides Middlesbrough and Brentford have had Reghba on trial but Leicester are very keen on the forward and he was involved in an U23 game away to Brighton last night, starting the game on the bench.As the 18-year-old is out of contract with Bohs, the Phibsboro club will only be entitled to compensation if he does move abroad, with former club Shelbourne also due compensation. De Visser: I told Chelsea – do not lose Hudson-Odoi Promoted5 decades ago8fit How to Burn 300+ Calories in 10 minutes? Try this workout Promoted5 decades agoBabbel Teach yourself Spanish using the ’15 min a day’ rule Have your say Watford boss Sanchez Flores a fan of Howe’s Bournemouth Promoted5 decades agoU.S Green Card – Free Check Can you get a US Green Card? Check now Promoted5 decades agoNext Tech How to Stop Dog Barking in Seconds? Redknapp slams Pochettino Spurs exit claims RECOMMENDED FOR YOU TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the love Wilder: Time for Sheffield Utd, West Ham fans to move on Recommended by WATCH: Pepe wins three points for Arsenal with stunning free-kick doublelast_img read more

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10 months agoMan Utd defender Lindelof: We’re having fun

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd defender Lindelof: We’re having funby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Victor Lindelof admits the players are having “fun” after victory over Bournemouth.The Swede was again impressive for yesterday’s win.He said, “We scored four more goals, conceded one but I think we played well today and showed the crowd what we can do on the pitch. It was a fun day for us.”On two-goal Paul Pogba, Lindelof said he has really started to show his qualities in the last few fixtures.”I said it many times he’s an amazing footballer and in the last few games he’s really showed his qualities,” Lindelof said.”He’s been scoring goals and making assists so I’m really happy for him.”He has a bit of a free position on the left to find the good spaces so I think he’s enjoying that position and as you can see he’s doing great.” last_img read more

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10 months agoHull name asking price for Tottenham target Bowen

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Hull name asking price for Tottenham target Bowenby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHull City are reportedly not willing to allow Jarrod Bowen to leave for less than £20m.Tottenham Hotspur are leading a host of clubs in the Premier League and Championship who are pursuing the talented winger.According to Sky Sports, Hull have set their price for the 22-year-old and are not willing to go any lower.Burnley and Leeds United are two clubs who have scouted Bowen in recent weeks.Bowen only recently signed a new three-and-a-half year deal with Hull. last_img

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9 months agoMan Utd midfielder Herrera hails Solskjaer tactics for Spurs win

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first_imgMan Utd midfielder Herrera hails Solskjaer tactics for Spurs winby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Ander Herrera hailed manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tactics for their win at Tottenham.Marcus Rashford scored the only goal to earn an important 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League, by latching onto a magnificent long ball from the talismanic Paul Pogba in midfield. “The manager told us that at the beginning of the game it would be difficult to make short passes,” Herrera explained. “He told us that it would be easier for us to switch the play and to look – almost without looking – to the other side of the pitch to switch the ball, because that is where we were going to find spaces.“We scored like that, so thank you to the game plan as well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoReal Madrid have Jan plans for Tottenham midfielder Eriksen

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid have Jan plans for Tottenham midfielder Eriksenby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are pushing Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen to sign a pre-contract in January.And the Mirror says Real are then ready to follow up with a move for Mauricio Pochettino.Tottenham midfielder Eriksen is into the final year of his contract and has rejected a new deal worth £200,000-a-week as he waits for Real Madrid to make their move.But Real Madrid are ready to wait until January, get Eriksen signed up and then get him for free next summer.That will only add to Pochettino’s frustrations because the current uncertainty over the Denmark midfielder’s future will drag on.The Spanish giants have also made Pochettino their No.1 target to replace Zinedine Zidane with the Real Madrid boss already under pressure despite their solid start in La Liga. last_img read more

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21 days agoWolves captain Conor Coady: We must build on Besiktas Europa League win

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first_imgWolves captain Conor Coady: We must build on Besiktas Europa League winby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves captain Conor Coady says they must make the most of their Europa League win at Besiktas.Coady says Wolves must build on the famous win and try to go as far as possible in the Europa League.He said: “I was saying to (sporting director) Kevin Thelwell in the changing room; the distance that this club has come in the last few years is amazing.“To beat Besiktas 1-0 in the Europa League (a team) who are usually in the Champions League is what dreams are made of.“But we need to use this as a springboard to set us forward because we do not just want to be a number in this competition, we want to try and go as far as possible.”But honest skipper Coady believes improvements can still be made.He said: “I think it is always important coming to a place like this that you do stay organised and solid, now we have done that I think it gives us a base for big Willy (Boly) to keep his cool in the box and put the ball in the back of the net!“It was a good night but a lot of improvement to do.“We can play better. We did not keep the ball as well as we should have or create as much as we could have. The feeling at the end to win a game like that was brilliant.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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New York Post Under Scrutiny For Ridiculous Article Title

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first_imgNew York Post article says Johnny Manziel receiver admits to randomly killing jogger.new york post title johnny manzielIt’s become common practice for online publications to beef up article titles in an attempt to lure in readers. What you’ll see below is a little beyond the realm of what’s considered acceptable, however.Monday, reports surfaced that former Texas A&M wide receiver Thomas Johnson – who played for the Aggies for one year – had admitted to murdering a man in Dallas on a jogging trail. Tuesday morning, the New York Post went with a very questionable title for its version of the story.I mean, come on @nypost. pic.twitter.com/DEsvuU9DyU— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) October 13, 2015Johnny Manziel, obviously, has nothing to do with the story.So far, the publication hasn’t backed down and changed its title. But it hasn’t been getting a very favorable response on social media.last_img read more

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Report: Leonard Fournette’s Family May Have Broken NCAA Rules

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first_imgLeonard Fournette talks during an interview.YouTube/LSU Tiger TV YouTube/LSU Tiger TVYouTube/LSU Tiger TVLSU sophomore running back Leonard Fournette is the leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy this year, given the fact that he’s rushed for 1,352 yards and 15 touchdowns in just seven games. But according to USA TODAY, his family could be in a bit of trouble with the NCAA regarding a website that was launched back ahead of the 2014 season.According to the publication, a website dedicated to “BUGA Nation” – which stands for “Being United Generates Attitude” – was launched with the intent to sell tee shirts and hats to the public. Fournette “helped develop” the acronym. Here’s more:Paul Price, described by Fournette’s mother as the family’s manager, made payments of about $10,000 to build a website and produce the merchandise to be sold, the owners of three companies involved told USA TODAY Sports. The owners said they gave Price and the Fournettes more than $20,000 in discounts because they expected strong sales driven by the star running back’s popularity. Even with the discounts, one of the business owners said he has yet to be paid in full.The website launched the week of LSU’s 2014 season opener, but the business went no further — sales of T-shirts and hats were stopped within 24 hours after the NCAA learned of its existence, according to Lory Fournette.Clearly, the issue here is that players and their families are not allowed to profit off of an athlete’s likeness, image or name.Will this lead to NCAA issues for LSU and Fournette? At this point, it’s hard to say. You can read the entire article over at USA TODAY.last_img read more

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Here’s A “Composite” College Football Preseason Top 25 Poll

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first_imgESPN CFBESPN CFBA college football writer from Bleacher Report has compiled a “composite” preseason top 25 poll that incorporates rankings from multiple outlets. Justin Ferguson of BR has a composite preseason top 25 poll that has incorporated the preseason top 25 polls from the following outlets:Bleacher Report, ESPN, Athlon Sports, FOX, Phil Steele, Sports Illustrated, Sporting News, USA TODAY and Yahoo!The CFB preseason composite Top 25 has been updated to include @philsteele042‘s rankings: https://t.co/KGCErAEi1j pic.twitter.com/WcgxPYlj99— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonBR) June 28, 2016Here’s his composite preseason top 25 poll:AlabamaClemsonFlorida StateOklahomaMichiganLSU Ohio StateNotre DameTennesseeStanfordBaylorHoustonMichigan StateOle MissTCUWashingtonIowa USCLouisvilleGeorgiaOregonNorth CarolinaOklahoma StateUCLAMiamiYou can view his full spreadsheet, which shows you every outlet’s preseason top 25 poll, here.last_img read more

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Liverpool history: Titles, managers, top players & trophies

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first_imgLiverpool are one of the most successful sides in England, with Jurgen Klopp hopefully returning the club to its former glory days after securing a sixth Champions League trophy in June 2019.Klopp seems to have been tasked with rebuilding the Reds into a dominant force in Europe, but time will tell if they will be able to capitalise on their 2018-19 success and continue to lift silverware in years to come.With Liverpool providing a decent challenge for the title this year, Goal takes a look at the club’s history, their most influential and important players, and how many trophies they have won. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare How many league titles have Liverpool won? Liverpool have won the top-flight title on 18 occasions, but have not won the league since it was rebranded as the Premier League in 1992.The last time the Reds won the league – then branded as the First Division – was in 1990 season. Eleven of the First Division wins came during the club’s most illustrious period of the 1970s and 80s, under the management of Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan and Kenny Dalglish.The Merseysiders have come close to winning the Premier League most notably on three occasions. Under Rafael Benitez in the 2008-09 season, Liverpool finished four points behind champions Manchester United despite beating the Mancunian side both home and away.They came close again five years later when Brendan Rodgers lead Liverpool again to a second-placed finish after dominating most of the season as title challengers, though eventually finishing two points adrift of Manchester City after a disastrous collapse towards the end of their campaign.In 2018-19, Liverpool narrowly finished second to Manchester City despite losing just one game all season.Who are memorable Liverpool managers? Liverpool Dalglish Moran EvansFrom R to L: Evans, Dalglish, Moran Bill Shankly’s reign as manager starting from 1959 began a 15-year spell that brought three league titles, two FA Cups and a first European Cup back to Anfield. Shankly is hailed for turning Liverpool into a modern club great, and is known for his establishment of the Anfield Boot Room.When Shankly retired in 1974, he was replaced by his assistant Paisley (the first cycle of the Boot Room), and during the next nine years, Paisley was hugely successful – winning six league titles and three European Cups to earn his status as the club’s most successful coach.Shankly was replaced by his assistant Joe Fagan to continue with the Boot Room tradition in 1983, winning the League, European Cup and League Cup treble in his first season.The likes of iconic player-manager Kenny Dalglish took over from Fagan and was followed by Ronnie Moran, Graeme Souness and Roy Evans.Gerard Houllier won the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup treble in 2001 before he was replaced by Rafael Benitez in 2004, who won the Champions League in his first season in charge. He was then succeeded by Roy Hodgson, brief whose tenure at Anfield was a failure, and spent the opening stages of the 2010-11 season in the relegation zone.Who are Liverpool’s most famous players? Dalglish, known for his contributions as player and manager as well as club ambassador, remains popular with Liverpool supporters to this day. Having scored 169 goals in 502 appearances for the Reds, the Scot sits seventh in the club’s all-time top-scorers list. He has also clinched six First Division titles and three European Cups, making him one of the most decorated and celebrated Liverpool players in history.Former striker Ian Rush has also lodged himself permanently into Liverpool folklore alongside the likes of Alan Hansen and Graeme Souness, who were part of the great Liverpool side in the 1980s. He tops Liverpool’s all-time goal-scorers list, followed by Roger Hunt, Gordon Hodgson and Billy Liddell.Steven Gerrard remains a favourite amongst modern Reds supporters, a born and bred Liverpool fan who stayed at Anfield for the entirety of his footballing career in England. Having broken through the Liverpool academy, Gerrard became the club’s youngest captain at aged 23 and is still hailed as one of England’s most prolific and talented midfielders.Unlike a handful of former Liverpool greats such as Michael Owen, Jamie Carragher and Steve McManaman who supported Everton in childhood, Gerrard grew up a boyhood Liverpool supporter. Gerrard, however, has never lifted a Premier League title.Steven Gerrard Burnley Premier LeagueGerrard has been hailed for his ability as captain to rescue Liverpool from scruff-of-the-neck situations. A skipper who preferred to lead his team by example, his memorable long-range volleys against the likes of Olympiakos and West Ham in crucial moments of knockout competitions were pivotal moments in the club’s success in winning the tournament. His role in the 2005 Champions League final where he scored the first goal against AC Milan to mark the comeback from 3-0 down is one of Gerrard’s greatest moments in a Liverpool shirt.John Barnes and John Aldridge were also formidable players during their time at Liverpool during the late ’80s and early ’90s, both of whom were recruited by Dalglish.In the modern Premier League era, Owen was a revered Kop favourite at Anfield though his reputation amongst Liverpool fans seemed to deteriorate following his controversial transfer to Manchester United in 2009. Alongside the likes of Jamie Redknapp and Robbie Fowler, Owen scored 158 goals for the Reds in 297 appearances and is the only player to have won the Ballon d’Or since 2000.Strikers such as Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez were popular during their years at Anfield before they left for Chelsea and Barcelona, respectively.What trophies have Liverpool won? Jurgen Klopp Liverpool Champions League Winner 06/01/19Liverpool are one of the most successful clubs in England alongside Manchester United. They have won the most Champions League clubs than any other English side, winning their sixth trophy in June 2019 following after defeating Tottenham 2-0 in the final in Madrid, 14 years after they last won the competition.In addition to their 18 top-flight titles, they have won the League Cup a record eight times, last winning the trophy in 2012 after beating Cardiff City through penalty shootout. It is the last trophy that Liverpool have won.The Reds have won the FA Cup on six occasions and were last tournament victors in 2006 against West Ham, where Gerrard scored a memorable long-range strike in stoppage time at 3-2 to send the game into penalties.They have also won three UEFA Super Cups and 15 Community Shields, and one Football League Super Cup. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Valverde: Griezmann needs to get more involved

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first_imgBarcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde says Antoine Griezmann has to come into play more following his underwhelming league bow for the La Liga champions.The 28-year-old made his first La Liga appearance for Barca, who suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Athletic Bilbao in their opening fixture on Friday.A €120 million (£109.5m/$133m) signing from Atletico Madrid, all eyes were on Griezmann, but he struggled to make an impact in absence of captain Lionel Messi, while Luis Suarez’s first-half injury left him isolated. 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? “If he’s near the area, he is decisive and moves well, but you have to dominate the game for that to happen,” Valverde told reporters.”Putting him on the left side, we know that you are going to focus on the goal, but we have a side and players that can hold the game.”Of course, he is aware that we all expect a lot from many players and he has to look to get more into the game.”Suarez left San Mames just after the half-hour mark due to an apparent calf injury away to Athletic.The Uruguayan veteran had to be substituted moments after hitting the post, which would have given two-time reigning champions Barca the lead.Valverde added: “He has a muscular problem and we have to wait for the tests. In the second half, when we were around Athletic’s area, we missed him.”Barca eventually succumbed to Athletic, who triumphed thanks to veteran Aritz Aduriz’s stunning overhead kick in the 89th minute.The 38-year-old made an immediate impact off the bench, meeting Ander Capa’s cross in sensational fashion to seal all three points.”With Aduriz, any ball in the air is a danger and he got his goal,” former Athletic boss Valverde said.”That move is dominant, and he’s scored similar goals. When I saw him line it up… I wasn’t surprised with the execution at all.”Barcelona will have the chance to make amends in their second league match as they host Real Betis at Camp Nou on August 25.While Athletic will be hoping to continue their early season momentum in a August 24 road trip to Getafe.last_img read more

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2 Big-Name Coaches Are On The Verge Of Getting Fired

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first_imgA general view of Texas Tech's football stadium.LUBBOCK, TX -NOVEMBER 22: A general view of the football field and fans at Jones SBC Stadium during the game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Tech Red Raiders on November 22, 2003 in Lubbock, Texas. The Sooners won 56-25. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Two big-name college football head coaches appear to be on the verge of getting fired at the end of the 2018 regular season.USC head coach Clay Helton and Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury both appear to be in their final days leading their respective programs.The Trojans lost to UCLA on Saturday, bringing the Helton-led program below .500 on the season. USC appears to be in line for a 5-7 finish with Notre Dame this weekend.The Red Raiders, meanwhile, were dominated by Kansas State on Saturday, and are now 5-6 on the season, too.We’ve already had a couple of major firings this season and it seems like these two head coaches could be next.If Texas Tech makes a move on Kingsbury, which seems like a stronger possibility than 48 hours ago, the candidate pool will probably look similar— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) November 19, 2018Wow. USC is 5-6.USC should never be 5-6.You have to fire Clay Helton.— Ari Alexander (@AriA1exander) November 18, 2018Stay tuned.last_img read more

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NFL Player’s Brother Announces Decommitment From Missouri

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first_imgA general view of Missouri's football field.COLUMBIA , MO – SEPTEMBER 5: A general view of at Memorial Stadium during a game between the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks and Missouri Tigers in the third quarter on September 5, 2015 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)A wide receiver recruit announced his decommitment from Missouri on Wednesday morning. Charles Njoku, the younger brother of Cleveland Browns star David Njoku, revealed his re-opening his recruitment.Njoku committed to the Tigers in late July, but appears to have changed his mind. The three-star wide receiver recruit form New Jersey committed to Missouri over offers from Purdue, Rutgers and Syracuse.Miami is seen as the leader in the clubhouse to land Njoku – though he’s yet to receive an offer from Mark Richt. He’d be living in his brother’s footsteps after David Njoku starred for the Hurricanes before heading to the NFL.“After a long talk with my family I have come to a decision to de-commit from the University of Missouri. There’s not love lost from the university of Missouri. Please respect my decision,” Njoku wrote on Twitter.pic.twitter.com/wvZyJOHIYf— CΗλΓLΣS ΝJΘΚU (@Charles_Njoku3) November 21, 2018Njoku is the No. 75 WR recruit in the nation, though a few recruiting experts think he might switch to tight end – again following in the footsteps of his brother.Stay tuned.last_img read more

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