Liverpool January transfer news LIVE

first_imgTransfers Liverpool January transfer news LIVE: No change on Sturridge future Goal Last updated 1 year ago 01:23 1/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Liverpool Premier League Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Reds as the January transfer window heats up No change on Sturridge futureLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is not aware of any developments on a possible exit for Daniel Sturridge and says the striker could be in the squad to face West Brom on Saturday.The England international, who has made only five starts in the Premier League this season, has been linked with loan moves to Inter, Sevilla and West Ham this month.However, with just days remaining of the transfer window, Klopp says Sturridge is no nearer leaving the club and could be involved in the FA Cup fourth-round clash at Anfield. 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 Read the full story on Goal right here! Luan rubbishes Liverpool linkLuan GremioGremio star Luan has denied that Liverpool have made an offer for his services.Rumours this week have suggested that the Reds have entered into talks with the Brazilian club, as they prepare to trigger his £15.75 million release clause.However, the 24-year-old, who has also been heavily linked with Barcelona, has now rubbished such reports.Read the full story on Goal right here! Why Mahrez was at ArsenalRiyad Mahrez ArsenalRiyad Mahrez’s recent visit to Arsenal has sparked talk of an imminent transfer, but Leicester boss Claude Puel claims the winger was on a scouting mission.The Algeria international is generating plenty of speculation once again with the latest recruitment window open.Potential moves to Liverpool and Arsenal have been mooted for the 26-year-old , with his presence at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday fuelling rumours that he could be heading to north London.Read the full story on Goal right here! Liverpool & Spurs bids for Pastore rejectedJavier Pastore PSG Nantes Ligue 1 18112017Liverpool and Tottenham have seen approaches for Javier Pastore rebuffed by the Paris Saint-Germain player, reports  Gianluca Di Marzio .The Argentine will only consider offers from Italy, where he spent several years prior to joining PSG at Palermo. Inter have registered their interest, but PSG will only consider a permanent move.West Ham consider Sturridge loanDaniel SturridgeWest Ham United are considering a short-term move for Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, reports the Sun . Sturridge is not in Jurgen Klopp’s plans this season and is expected to leave Anfield in January. And while Italian pair Inter and Roma have been linked to the forward, West Ham are also interested in a loan signing as cover for the injured Andy Carroll.Coutinho makes Barcelona debutPhilippe Coutinho Andres Iniesta Barcelona Espanyol Copa del Rey Philippe Coutinho made his debut for Barcelona on Thursday, coming on in the 68th minute of Blaugrana’s Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg clash with Espanyol to replace Andres Iniesta. It was a sharp cameo for the Brazilian, that will leave the fans wanting more. Check out the full story right here! Liverpool lower Sturridge priceHD Daniel SturridgeLiverpool have lowered their asking price for striker Daniel Sturridge, who is being chased by Inter, reports sportitalia (via insidefutbol ).The report claims that Liverpool now want just €1 million for a loan fee, with a €20m option to buy.Liverpool set to sign Falkirk defenderJurgen Klopp Liverpool EvertonLiverpool are set to sign Falkirk defender Tony Gallacher, report the Scottish Sun .The 18-year-old has spent the week on trial at Anfield and Jurgen Klopp has sanctioned a bid worth £200,000, which Falkirk have accepted.Gallacher has won caps at three Scottish youth levels – Under-16, Under-17 and Under-18.Reds to miss out on Inter starletZinho Vanheusden InterLiverpool are set to miss out on Inter youngster Zinho Vanheusden, with the club set to loan the centre-back to Standard Liege, according to Sky Italia (via Inside Futbol ).The Serie A side are not ready to let the 18-year-old leave for good, preferring to loan him out and let him develop.last_img read more

Man Utd target Kluivert names the clubs he’d join

first_imgTransfers Kluivert name-drops Man Utd, Barcelona, Arsenal & more as Ajax star plots transfer move Goal Last updated 1 year ago 16:47 2/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Justin Kluivert Getty/Goal Transfers Manchester United Ajax Barcelona Arsenal Chelsea Eredivisie Premier League The 18-year-old continues to impress for the Amsterdam side but would be interested in a move to England or Spain in the near future Justin Kluivert has admitted he hopes to play for one of the Premier League’s top teams, while Barcelona and Real Madrid are also of appeal to the young striker.The 18-year-old has impressed for the Amsterdam side since since returning from a brief spell out of the starting XI this season, scoring six goals and setting up four in the Eredivisie.Manchester United have been reported to have an interest in the winger and although he aims to stay in his homeland for a while, he admits he would consider a move to some of the top sides in England. 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 “If you get a nice offer, you never know,” he told Helden . “England appeals to me: Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea or Manchester United are nice clubs where I can see myself playing in a few years.”And Kluivert, son of legendary Barcelona striker Patrick, is also not ruling out a move to Spain. He added: “Everywhere I go abroad they know my father, he often asked: ‘Come to Barcelona, I’ll give a tour of Camp Nou’.”I really wanted to go to Barcelona instead of Real Madrid. Barcelona is in my heart, but who am I to say no to Real Madrid?”Kluivert’s contract expires in June 2019 and talks have begun over a new deal with the capital club, but director of football Overmars says they have had to deal with approaches for him and a few of his highly-rated team-mates.”I am discussing his contract with his agent Mino Raiola and I still have good hope that we will reach an agreement,” Overmars told De Telegraaf .”There is a lot of interest for a lot of the boys. Clubs have reported for Hakim Ziyech, Andre Onana, Matthijs de Ligt, David Neres and Justin Kluivert.”Last year we showed what we can do in the Europa League, we’d prefer to experience another season like that and if we keep our current selection together, there is a good basis.”last_img read more

World Cup breakthrough tournament for Rashford – Rio

first_imgWorld Cup World Cup could be breakthrough tournament for Rashford, says Ferdinand Chris Wheatley Last updated 1 year ago 19:40 6/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Marcus RashfordEngland Getty World Cup England Marcus Rashford Manchester United Manchester City Premier League Videos The former England defender has backed the promising youngster to shine in Russia, while also having words of encouragement for John Stones Rio Ferdinand has tipped Marcus Rashford to shine for England during the World Cup and believes it could be a breakthrough tournament for the Manchester United attacker.Rashford is widely regarded as one of the most exciting youngsters around in the game, but he has struggled somewhat to consistently perform at the highest level.The 20-year-old found himself in and out of the team during England’s qualification campaign, but he impressed in Thursday’s 2-0 friendly win over Costa Rica. Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move The attacker scored the opener and looked lively throughout as Gareth Southgate’s men cruised to victory in their final warm-up game before taking off to Russia.It remains to be seen whether Rashford will start in England’s opener against Tunisia on June 18, but Ferdinand is optimistic he can make an impact in the upcoming weeks.”It could potentially be a breakthrough tournament for Rashford,” Ferdinand told Goal during the BBC media day.”I do not see him starting the first game for England, but I can see him having an impact at some point in the tournament. And I would love that to be the case, because he is a young kid who works hard on his game, is very switched on and very concentrated on improving himself as a footballer. And I think that deserves an element of luck and opportunity.”Rashford was not an undisputed starter at United in 2017-18, but Ferdinand is adamant Old Trafford remains the perfect place for the forward at this stage of his career.”Yes, Manchester United is still the right place for him,” the former defender continued.An impact in Russia this year will set Rashford and Stones up for great careers, says one former England starFerdinand is part of BBC’s punditry team that will provide extensive coverage of World Cup 2018 pic.twitter.com/PAD6Q1R4iA— Goal (@goal) June 8, 2018″I think United are a great breeding ground for young, precocious talent. And Rashford fits that bill perfectly.” Rashford is not the only England international who occasionally endured a difficult year, with John Stones losing his starting berth at Premier League winners Manchester City at some point.Nevertheless, Ferdinand still feels the centre-back has the potential to become one of the best in the world in his position.“Stones has the potential to become world class,” Ferdinand added. “I think he has the platform to get there at Manchester City. It would be great if he can have a fantastic World Cup to set him off on a run on that.”He has all of the fundamental basic things on the ball to be a great. It is about balancing that out with defensive responsibility, defensive nous, and creating or having that instinct as a defender. If he can get all that jigsaw put together, you have the foundations of a top player.”The BBC will provide extensive coverage of World Cup 2018 across TV, radio and online from June 14.last_img read more

Peer Educators, Myths, and World AIDS Day

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on December 22, 2010June 20, 2017By: Sara Al-Lamki, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Sara Al-Lamki, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.1 in 4 sex workers in Bali are suffering from HIV. And those are the ones that have already been tested, not the host of others that have not. That is quite a large percentage, but these women have been tested, and many are being treated. The real problem lies in the housewives and the newborns, whose diagnosed number is on the rise. These are the real victims as they are out of reach from the various innovative programs going on that target sex workers and ‘at risk’ groups. These women have contracted it from their partners without knowing, and only realize there’s anything wrong when they show late symptoms. This, of course, is a huge problem. YRS (my host organization) does counseling and testing of all STI’s and specifically educates all their clients on HIV prevention and testing. And though they treat and counsel hundreds of women, there are still the many that don’t come in to the clinic routinely. Enter the Peer Educator (PE).From the very beginning, the YRS centre was an educational one, and though all the staff partakes in outreach on a daily basis, there are still hundreds (even thousands!) of other women in and around the market that they cannot reach. For this purpose Dr. Sari recruited and trained 10 PEs to do further outreach work and become information posts at various areas of the market. These women were completely reproductively unaware prior to their post, but had a keen interest in health and the female form and were not coy or shy and so were able to spread the message. They consist of women from various market jobs, from vendor to laborer to guide, day and night.On this World AIDS Day, the PEs were given a focus group discussion by Dr. Ari from the Burnet Institute, to examine their level of knowledge not only of HIV/AIDS, but sexual health in general. It’s not easy to talk about these things with women in Indonesia, so to witness these women partaking animatedly in this discussion, offering their thoughts and understandings of sex and reproductive health, and laughing was refreshing and I couldn’t help but smile, and be proud of such a moment. The mammoth task of improving global maternal health seems a little smaller when I witness moments such as this one. One must also keep in mind the leaps and bounds these women have come—from not knowing to becoming PEs. And the confidence they gain by the everyday education, whatever their education level, pushes them to learn more and not be ashamed to say ‘I don’t know’ but refer to those that do.It’s worth remembering also the myths prevalent in these communities. Where the belief that fellatio by a transsexual man will remove any STI, and STIs only befall men with many partners, and that condoms cannot prevent HIV. It is not easy to get people willing to talk so freely and encourage safe sexual practice, especially when most women believe asking their husbands to use a condom is akin to pushing them into the arms (or legs) of sex workers! It is not an easy environment to promote certain practices, and harder still to get women from within the community to promote it.As part of increasing awareness, we folded over 800 red ribbons and split them up between the PEs. I followed one around the market to observe the way she did her work. She worked fast, weaving through the complicated lanes and calling out people by name, distributing brochures on HIV and Pap smears, and of course sticking the red ribbon on their chest. Speaking to a few of them after, I could see the pride in them as they talk about being PEs and teaching their friends about the various STIs. Not only is their existence promoting safe sexual practices and awareness, but it is also empowering these women that are often otherwise marginalized.Share this:last_img read more

NTL FORMS AVAILABLE FOR SELECTORS

first_imgThe ATA have extended the application deadline for selectors at the 2005 NTL. The closing date is now Tuesday January 25. Selectors will be notified by Tuesday February 1 in regards to whether they were successful or not. Please note that referees applications have now closed and applicants will be notified shortly of the outcome of their application. All forms can be downloaded by entering this story. REFEREES NOMINATION MEMO 2005 NTL REFEREES NOMINATION FORM 2005 NTL REFEREES GEAR ORDER FORM 2005 NTL SELECTORS NOMINATION MEMO 2005 NTL SELECTORS NOMINATION FORM 2005 NTL SELECTORS GEAR ORDER FORM 2005 NTL Any enquiries can be directed to Maree Curran at techsupport@austouch.com.aulast_img read more

Cowboys the lone rangers at the top of men’s table

first_imgRelated LinksE8 day one By @Eden_RichardsThe Queensland Cowboys have started their premiership defence in perfect style, finishing day one of the Men’s Elite Eight competition undefeated. Huge wins against the Alliance and the New South Wales Rebels set them up early on day one, before securing a perfect day of play with a tight win against the 2nd-placed New South Wales Mets. The Cowboys ended the Mets’ unbeaten run with a 6-5 win, but the team from New South Wales will know they can match it with the best after nearly securing an epic comeback victory. Cowboy Shaun Francis has been the star of the tournament so far, scoring 10 touchdowns – the same as the Rebels’ team total for the tournament. The Cowboys sit alone at the top of the leaderboard after the New South Wales Scorpions squandered a chance to join them late on day one. The Scorpions were defeated 4-1 by the New South Wales Country Mavericks, with the Mavericks jumping from 8th to 5th with their first win of the competition. The Scorpions had been lucky early in the day; recording two one-touchdown wins against the Queensland Titans and the Alliance. With these wins it has become clear that the Scorpions have the nerve to handle the pressure in tight situations and this will only work in their favour heading into day two. The Titans’ will be kicking themselves at losing to the Scorpions, with the 6-7 defeat their only loss of the tournament so far. They now sit 3rd, just above the Scorpions in 4th, but they will believe they should be higher.The Titans will now be ready to pounce on day two, with a Round 4 clash with the Cowboys set to have massive implications on the rest of the competition.  Win and the Titans could move into the top two, lose and they will more than likely fall out of the top four. One team that will be hoping for the latter is the Alliance who sit in 7th position. The Alliance went through the 2016 competition without winning a match, but they are already on the scoreboard after defeating the Rebels in Round 3. It leaves them one win behind the Titans and equal on two competition points with the 6th-placed Queensland Broncos. The Broncos struggled to put together a complete team performance in any of their three matches, and they were outclassed against the more-fancied Mets and Titans. The only win the Broncos managed on day one of competition came against the winless Rebels who have struggled in both the male and female categories of the Elite Eight. After conceding 27 touchdowns on day one, a huge turnaround will be needed if the Rebels are to mount a fight back and sneak into the finals. Day two of competition will start at 12:20PM on Thursday afternoon at Coffs Harbour. Keep up to date with the latest news and information on the NTL website and our social media channels. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYoutube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausSnapchat – tfaofficial last_img read more

10 months ago​Mourinho set to receive £24m pay-out from Man Utd

first_img​Mourinho set to receive £24m pay-out from Man Utdby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have to fork over a massive sum of money to part ways with manager Jose Mourinho.With the Portuguese boss losing his position on Tuesday, news of his payout soon came out as well.Per the Evening Standard, the total sum will be £24 million, which is the amount of money that was left on his contract.It is now the third manager United have sacked since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.They will hope to appoint someone as caretaker in the next 48 hours, followed by a permanent boss in the summer.Mourinho left United in 6th place in the Premier League, 11 points off the top four positions. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoREVEALED: Man Utd due Mourinho windfall if Real Madrid return made

first_imgREVEALED: Man Utd due Mourinho windfall if Real Madrid return madeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United will be due a tidy windfall should Jose Mourinho return to Real Madrid.The Sun says Real will be hit by a £10m bill from United if they make Jose Mourinho manager for a second time.Mourinho and his agent Jorge Mendes have negotiated the Portuguese boss’ £15m severance payment after he was sacked by the Old Trafford club before Christmas.As part of Mourinho’s departure deal from Chelsea in December 2015, compensation was due to the Stamford Bridge club if he joined another club within 12 months.If Mourinho joined a Premier League rival, the payment was to be £15m, with the fee set at £10m if the Portuguese joined a club in another league.And it is understood United chief Ed Woodward drafted a similar clause in Mourinho contracts and release agreement to ensure United would not catch a financial cold if the sacked boss walks into another job. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

21 days agoKieran Tierney: Arsenal deserve to be in the Champions League

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kieran Tierney: Arsenal deserve to be in the Champions Leagueby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveKieran Tierney was delighted to be part of Arsenal’s Europa League win over Standard Liege.Arsenal have not competed in the Champions League since 2015-16.Speaking after the win on Thursday, Tierney said: “The club is a massive club and deserve to be in the Champions League.”We know the ambitions of the club and the supporters and we’re all in it together and hopefully we can do that.”We’ve got the potential, we’ve got the ability.”Tierney is yet to feature in the league, but is staying positive as he looks to impress manager Unai Emery enough to earn himself a spot.”I’m just doing my best every day, I work hard, the manager trusts me and I’m giving 100 per cent,” he said. last_img read more

7 days agoMan Utd cop mixed injury news ahead of Liverpool clash

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd cop mixed injury news ahead of Liverpool clashby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are hoping for a fitness boost before Sunday’s visit of Liverpool.Star midfielder Paul Pogba is definitely out of the match with an ongoing ankle issue and David De Gea pulled up with a groin complaint on international duty that is likely to sideline him, says the Mirror.However Anthony Martial and Aaron Wan-Bissaka could return against Liverpool on Sunday, while Luke Shaw and Jesse Lingard have also stepped up their respective injury comebacks.But question marks hang over the likes of Phil Jones, Diogo Dalot and Mason Greenwood. last_img read more

Photos: A Lot Of Ohio State Fans Are Naming Their Cute Puppies After Buckeye RB Ezekiel Elliott

first_imgA closeup of Ezekiel Elliot with his helmet off during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Running back Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes sits on the sideline during the first quarter of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Buckeyes defeated the Fighting Irish 44-28. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)The most famous Ezekiel currently living in Ohio is the Buckeyes’ star running back, Ezekiel Elliott. There are plenty of other Ezekiels currently running around the Midwest, though, and not all of them are humans. Ezekiel, “Zeke” for short, has become a very popular dog name for Ohio State fans following the impressive performance of the Buckeye tailback during his program’s national title run this past season. Many Buckeye faithful have been tweeting pictures of their newly-named canines at Elliott. @EzekielElliott ZEKE getting bigger! All my Nikes bleed Scarlet & Gray! pic.twitter.com/ADI323KcUa— Josh Salapack (@OilOperator154) January 30, 2015@EzekielElliott our new puppy Zeke! Pretty sure he’ll love to hunt ducks! #BuckeyeNation pic.twitter.com/nDXv1MZqXQ— Q.J. McDowell (@joey_56) January 30, 2015“@MichaelFess55: Had to name this little guy Zeke after @EzekielElliott. #BuckeyeNation pic.twitter.com/a5CMtFO9gZ”— EzekielElliott#⃣1⃣5⃣ (@EzekielElliott) January 28, 2015@EzekielElliott my best friend got a new puppy and named it after you!! Meet Zeke the Shiba Inu! pic.twitter.com/HlT894SGpd— Stacy Marie (@StacySothard) January 25, 2015Hey @EzekielElliott we named our puppy zeke after you! Now bring us that ship!!! #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/CnoF4dxlfN— Nate Nealon (@NateNealon) January 3, 2015S/O to @EzekielElliott though. Absolutely killed it and you have the cutest puppy in the world named after you #Zeke pic.twitter.com/dQhq9YMxw8— Caitlin Curtis (@caitlincurtis12) January 2, 2015Winning a national championship is nice, but nothing is greater than having a bunch of cute puppies named after you.last_img read more

Video: Michigan TE Jake Butt Does His Best Odell Beckham Jr. Impression With Cool Catch Video

first_imgJake Butt of the Michigan Wolverines has some fun talking to Jabrill Peppers #5 during the Michigan Football Spring Game.ANN ARBOR, MI – APRIL 01: Jake Butt #15 of the Michigan Wolverines has some fun talking to Jabrill Peppers #5 during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 1, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan tight end Jake Butt is getting in on the Odell Beckham Jr. impression game. The New York Giants’ wide receiver posted a video of himself making some crazy catches while lying down earlier this week. Butt has attempted to replicate the video. It’s pretty impressive. A little work from today.. pic.twitter.com/jOmzgujgmg— jake butt (@JBooty_88) July 9, 2015Not bad, Jake.last_img read more

Barca set De Jong release clause at €400m

first_imgAfter beating Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City in the race to sign Frenkie de Jong, Barcelona are taking all necessary precautions to ensure they do not end up losing their incoming star for a cut price in the future.The Catalan side struck a deal with Ajax that sees a long transfer saga come to an end as 21-year-old midfielder De Jong will head to Camp Nou in the summer for an initial €75 million (£65m/$85m) which could rise to €86m (£75m/$98m) depending on performances.AdChoices广告Speculation surrounding the Netherlands international’s future had been circulating for over a year, with PSG, City and Barca all seemingly determined to land him. 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? But he will complete a “dream move” to the Spanish champions at the end of the season after assessing all of his options.”The fact that they were so serious about getting me and that I have a good chance of getting playing time made the decision a bit easier,” De Jong said. “It’s not like I’m going to Barcelona as a tourist to watch Messi in action. I am not going to say that I will bench Sergio Busquets or anything! But I think I have a good chance of getting plenty of minutes.”Just as De Jong is determined to make the best of his time in La Liga, though, his new club are hoping to prevent the young star from being lured away by one of his many suitors.Perhaps still feeling the sting of being forced into selling Neymar to PSG in 2016, Barca have handed De Jong a contract that will run for five years and Goal understands it comes complete with a €400m release clause.Indeed, only a few Blaugrana players have bigger release clauses than that. Lionel Messi’s is the biggest at €700m, while the likes of Gerard Pique, Busquets, Sergi Roberto and Samuel Umtiti have theirs set at €500m.De Jong will become the 20th Dutchman to represent La Liga giants Barca, and he admits he has long wanted to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Johan Cruyff and Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman.”I already watched Barcelona as a kid and then when I was a bit more aware of the game you had the Guardiola era with all their successes,” he said.”That turned me into an even bigger fan. I have always been a big fan of Messi, although I liked the entire team.”last_img read more

El Tri can’t give comeback kids Haiti an opening

first_imgMexico manager Tata Martino has watched the film. He’s analyzed Haiti’s strengths and weaknesses – as well as those of his own team.Martino’s calculus for Tuesday’s semifinal, however, is relatively simple. Give Haiti an opening, and it will take it. Les Grenadiers have trailed in three of their four Gold Cup matches. They’ve won all four, including a stunning come-from-behind victory against Canada in the quarterfinal, making the first semifinals for the first time in Gold Cup history.Mexico’s task is making sure there are no openings for Haiti to exploit. 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 “The first thing I have to say is Haiti is a tremendously effective team that has taken advantage of the chance the opponent has given them to get into the game,” Martino said at a news conference Monday. “Costa Rica allowed it, and they took advantage. They turned it around. Canada let them get into the game, with a mistake on a ball played back and later a penalty, and they took advantage. “So, it occurs to me that it’s an opponent against which you have to play the 90 minutes with a lot of intensity and attention because the smallest concession you give to the opponent they’re going to take advantage.”Focusing for a complete match hasn’t always been easy for Mexico. In friendly matches this season, El Tri have scored a minimum of three goals in each match. But their only clean sheet to this point in eight games during Martino’s tenure. That was against Cuba.Haiti is a team who can take advantage of a team’s errors. It’s not always apparent exactly where Haiti will attack from, with six different goalscorers during the tournament and no goal quite alike.”It’s a really powerful team. Honestly, they’re also a bit disorganized but with that disorganization, they can generate big chances,” Mexico defender Cesar Montes said Monday. “They came back in three games, and that’s a fact you have to keep in mind.”Keysher Fuller Costa Rica v Mexico 03302019The winning goal against Canada, a chaotic symphony of a counter-attack that started with a ball won in their own half, a long cross to spring the attack and a fantastic if fortunate finish, is an example of the type of goal Haiti could find against El Tri.While Martino’s initial reviews of his team have generally been positive in the first six months, the manager recognized his team is vulnerable in moments of transition. Some of it is, as the coach points out, simply down to playing style. Put the fullbacks as high up the field as he wants them, and there will be space. Other times, “We’ve got an attacking position with a lot of players, so we can take charge of the game,” Martino said. “While we do prepare well for the moments in which the opponent can pressure us or command the match, don’t forget the first goal in the Martinique game, we also prepare to go to the space and the reality is we play a lot of time in the opponent’s half with possession of the ball, putting a lot of players into the attack. What we have to do is slow down the quick exits the opponent makes. “With the way we play, there really aren’t that many chances teams create on us with counter-attacks, with how much time we spend in the opponent’s half. Even so, we have to analyze them, realize and fix the situations that were conceded in every one of the matches.”Martino’s side have dominated most matches in which he’s coached them. Even the contest against Costa Rica was controlled by El Tri. The Gold Cup finalist isn’t decided by who controls the game, though. Mexico will win the possession battle. It will have more talent on the field. But Martino rightly recognizes Haiti is a team who will take advantage of any error possible. Every team makes mistakes, but Mexico has had matches (including one against a French-speaking island eager for an upset, sound familiar?) in which it has made mistakes and been punished.A cleaner match is needed in the semifinal, even if Haiti isn’t as much of a traditional power in the region as the Ticos were in the last round. As it should be in the semifinal, there is little room for error.last_img read more

Newcastle target Joelinton leaving, Hoffenheim manager confirms

first_imgHoffenheim coach Alfred Schreuder has admitted that Joelinton is leaving the club amid reports he is close to completing a move to Newcastle.The Premier League side have been linked with the striker since the beginning of this year while RB Leipzig were also said to be interested.The Magpies are reportedly advancing on a €40 million (£36m/$45m) move for Joelinton, 22, which would set a new record transfer fee for the club. 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? Hoffenheim left the Brazilian out the squad for their friendly with Jahn Regensburg on Wednesday and confirmed that he was “in concrete negotiations with a club from the Premier League”.And Schreuder has now revealed that the star is on the way out, admitting he is sad to see his side lose a key player.”Of course it is a pity that he’s leaving,” he told Kicker. “It’s not my decision, that’s what the club does. “It’s always the same in football: when players leave, it also opens up room for other players, and of course it’s a shame he’s leaving, but it’s also a matter of philosophy.”The attacker joined Hoffenheim from Brazilian side Sport Receife in 2015 but was loaned to Rapid Vienna for two seasons, scoring 21 times in 79 games.He returned from Austria last summer went on to make 35 appearances for the German outfit in 2018-19, scoring 11 times and setting up a further nine as they finished 10th in the Bundesliga.Joelinton will be Newcastle’s first signing of the summer in what has been a busy close season for the St James’ Park side.They have already seen star attacker Ayoze Perez leave for £30m ($38m) to join Leicester City and striker Joselu depart for Spanish side Alaves, while Salomon Rondon’s loan from West Brom came to an end.Meawnhile, Newcastle have also undergone a change in manager, seeing Steve Bruce appointed to the role this week, replacing fan favourite Rafael Benitez, who left after guiding them to 13th in the English top-flight.last_img read more

Liverpool need to target Maddison – Carragher

first_imgLeicester’s midfield marvel James Maddison is the man to take Liverpool to the next level, Jamie Carragher believes.The talented playmaker continues to catch the eye for the Foxes and created 100 chances last season, more than any other player in the Premier League.Maddison has started where he left off this term, whipping in the corner for Wilfred Ndidi to head home in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. 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? Reds legend Carragher insists Maddison is the player Liverpool should look at to bolster their midfield ranks.“I think he is the one player outside of the top six who Liverpool should be looking at,” he said on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.“People have been talking about Coutinho coming back, but obviously that hasn’t happened as he’s gone to Bayern Munich, but if you’re looking in the Premier League, yes he will cost a lot of money, but he should be the one Liverpool are looking at if you’re going to that next step up.”Fellow pundit Gary Neville is another big fan of the attacking midfielder and even went as far as comparing him to two Premier League greats.“I think he’s outstanding,” he added. “No 10s aren’t as fashionable nowadays, it’s more about wide strikers who score the goals.“It used to be about the [Gianfranco] Zolas and [Eric] Cantonas, and he is a genuine creative player who will go on to play for England and be involved in the European Championship. I think he is fantastic.”The 22-year-old started his career at hometown club Coventry City before moving to Norwich in 2016.Maddison spent two seasons at Carrow Road, netting 16 goals in 53 matches in the Championship while also spending a spell on loan at Aberdeen.Having lit up the second tier, Maddison sealed a switch to Leicester and took to the Premier League with ease. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

When Ohio State Might Announce Its Urban Meyer Decision

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer clapping before an Ohio State football game.LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 14: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)The Urban Meyer investigation at Ohio State was supposed to wrap up on Sunday night. The Buckeyes announced on Friday that the investigation was going to finish on time. The school had previously said on Sunday, Aug. 5 that it would take two weeks.It’s unclear if the investigation did in fact wrap up on Sunday night, but we’ve yet to hear anything to the contrary.Now, we wait.When is an Urban Meyer decision coming? In a couple of days, probably.Ohio State’s Board of Trustees still needs to meet. Following protocol, a 24-hour notice needs to be given prior to any meeting. As of yet, no notice appears to have been given.So, Tuesday morning appears to be the earlier that a meeting could take place. It’s possible that we could get an official decision soon after that, but it could take longer.At this point, an official Urban Meyer decision could be expected for Wednesday or later.Ohio State reporter Kyle Lamb tweeted the following:What to expect: investigation should wrap up today. Formal report delivered likely tomorrow or Tuesday (will not include recommendations, just facts/findings). OSU Legal counsel will review. Once report is rec’d/rev’d, BOT will set up exec. session w/ 24 hour notice. (1/2)— Kyle S. Lamb (@kylamb8) August 19, 2018After notice is set up, the 20 trustees will discuss the case & report. They will consult with Drake and determine a course of action. Probably within 24 hours of the ES, they will announce their findings. I don’t anticipate a presser, but who knows with them. Guess: Wed. (2/2)— Kyle S. Lamb (@kylamb8) August 19, 2018Although Ohio State may well send out a press release in this case announcing Executive Session, if they don’t, you can follow anything posted at https://t.co/c4drqVnPut as their calendar of meetings is updated there.— Kyle S. Lamb (@kylamb8) August 19, 2018Ohio State’s football team, meanwhile, is less than two weeks away from opening its season. The Buckeyes begin the year on Sept. 1 against Oregon State. Ryan Day is leading the team in Urban Meyer’s absence.last_img read more

Everyone Thinks Alabama QB Jalen Hurts Will Transfer To This School

first_imgJalen Hurts of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after a touchdown against the Washington Huskies.ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 31: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after a touchdown against the Washington Huskies during the 2016 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome on December 31, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Alabama’s quarterback situation was settled on Saturday night, even if Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban is refusing to admit it publicly.Tua Tagovailoa started behind center for Alabama in its blowout win over Louisville in Orlando. The sophomore quarterback played extremely well. He made the kind of throws Crimson Tide fans (and the rest of the college football world) are drooling over.Jalen Hurts played, too, but there was an obvious drop-off in Alabama’s offensive potency when he was behind center compared to Tagovailoa.So, while Saban might not be publicly admitting that Tua is clearly his QB1, it would be shocking if that’s not the case moving forward.What does this mean for Hurts? Well, he’ll probably continue to get some playing time, and his running ability is still valuable for Alabama’s offense, but it doesn’t look like he’s going to be starting any games at quarterback.This means the Jalen Hurts transfer rumors are going to heat up like they did this summer. He’s set to graduate this year and that means he can transfer to another school in 2019 and play right away.What school might he transfer to? One is being named a lot – Texas.The Longhorns, after their second straight loss to Maryland, clearly need some help at the quarterback position. Hurts’ dual-threat ability could be special in Tom Herman’s offense.Texas fans are convinced it can happen.Jalen Hurts….Texas needs you young brotha— Ryan Mouton (@RMout29) September 2, 2018Jalen Hurts to Texas?— Chris Bennett (@chrisgb00) September 2, 2018I’m fascinated to see where Jalen Hurts transfers to next season. Maybe back to his home state of Texas. #RollTide— John C. Frémont (@SaturdaysInReno) September 2, 2018hey @JalenHurts I hear my texas longhorns are looking for a quarterback ?— matty b (@ohhmatty) September 2, 2018This is premature, of course, as any kind of decision from Hurts on his future is likely months away. He seems intent on sticking it out at Alabama this season (and probably winning a national championship).Still, stay tuned for Jalen Hurts transfer rumor season once the year is over.last_img read more

Photo Of Ohio State Football’s New Black Uniform Has Leaked

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer wearing a black Ohio State jacket.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 19: Head Coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes prior to the game Northern Illinois Huskies at Ohio Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images)Ohio State’s football program doesn’t have a game this weekend, as the Buckeyes are off following their surprising blowout loss to Purdue at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind.Urban Meyer and Co. will return to the gridiron next Saturday. Ohio State is set to host Nebraska at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.The Buckeyes will be returning to the field in style, too.Ohio State will be wearing special black uniforms for the game. The Buckeyes are calling for all of their home fans to wear black, as well.OSU insider Andrew Lind has photos of what the retail version of Ohio State’s new black uniform looks like.Check it out:First look the retail version of Ohio State’s black alternate jersey, which will be worn on Nov. 3 against Nebraska. pic.twitter.com/NEKLQO03Y8— Andrew Lind (@AndrewMLind) October 25, 2018Ohio State has worn black uniforms before, in 2015 against Penn State. These new black uniforms look extremely similar to the ones the Buckeyes sported in that game.the same as these ? pic.twitter.com/PHmSoRe6A7— Brandon (@bthollz) October 25, 2018These new uniforms are essentially the same, except for a new template.Ohio State and Nebraska are set to kick off at noon on FOX on Saturday, Nov. 3.last_img read more