‘Kane was too chubby for Arsenal!’

first_imgHarry Kane ‘Tottenham star Kane was too chubby for Arsenal!’ Chris Burton 22:39 2/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Harry Kane Getty Images Harry Kane Arsenal Tottenham Hotspur Juventus Premier League UEFA Champions League The Gunners have been left to rue their decision to part with a striker who has gone on to star for their fierce north London rivals Harry Kane was released by Arsenal for being “chubby”, Liam Brady has revealed, with the Gunners acknowledging that they were “wrong”.Kane, who is now starring for north London rivals Tottenham and set to captain England at the 2018 World Cup, was on the Gunners’ books at the age of eight.He was, however, to be shown the door, leaving him with a chip on his shoulder that made him all the more determined to prove his worth. 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 Two Golden Boots and more than 100 Premier League goals have seen him do just that, with a former Director of the Arsenal Youth Academy conceding that a poor judgement call was made on Kane in his younger years.Brady told Corriere della Sera: “He was chubby, not very athletic and we were wrong. “But even Tottenham loaned him three or four times to teams in the lower divisions. But with his determination, he is building a great career. And he deserves it.”Kane is now considered to be not just a leading light of the English top-flight, but a striker who enjoys a standing alongside the great and good of the global game.“That boy has a character that drives him to always improve,” added Brady.“After [Lionel] Messi, [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Robert] Lewandowski there is him. The numbers say it. And he’s only 24 years old.”Harry Kane Arsenal release chubby Liam BradyKane will be looking to cement such a standing in his next outing for Spurs, as he prepares to grace a Champions League stage once more.Serie A giants Juventus block Tottenham’s European path in the last 16, but former Bianconeri star Brady believes Mauricio Pochettino’s side should enter the contest with no fear.He said: “Juve are not favourites, it’s 50-50.“Tottenham are well organised, they have a good coach and three great forwards in [Christian] Eriksen, [Dele] Alli and Kane. You need to stop them in midfield to prevent those three from hurting you.“Does Juve’s attack convince me? Not completely, because I think we’ve already seen the best of [Gonzalo] Higuain. It’s hard for him to make the difference in Europe, he’s too static.”last_img read more

Report: Watford 1 Everton 0

first_imgWatford 1 Everton 0: Stunning Deeney finish moves hosts six clear of trouble Nicholas McGee Last updated 1 year ago 03:23 2/25/18 Deeney-Cropped Getty Images Watford put further breathing room between themselves and the relegation zone as Troy Deeney’s goal proved enough to beat Everton. Troy Deeney scored the only goal of the game with a rasping finish to move Watford six points clear of the Premier League relegation zone with 1-0 win over Everton.No team has conceded more top-flight home goals than the 26 Watford have shipped, and when Oumar Niasse inadvertently hit the woodwork in the first half, the Vicarage Road crowd would have been forgiven for expecting another difficult examination for their defence.But, in a game in which opportunities were extremely limited, Deeney took his with aplomb 11 minutes from time to light up an otherwise disappointing spectacle. 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 Jordan Pickford had previously produced a fine save to deny Kiko Femenia, who had seen the Everton goalkeeper’s clearance deflect off Deeney and into his path.However, he could do little to stop the Watford captain from settling the contest as the forward rifled a stunning finish into the top-right corner.Sam Allardyce’s visitors had no response as Javi Gracia claimed his second win as Watford manager, moving them on to 33 points and into the top 10, just one point and one place behind Everton.27 – Troy Deeney scored a goal from open play for the first time in his last 27 Premier League games (v West Brom April 2017). Thumped.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 24, 2018Everton had the best chance of the first half when Niasse saw his low cross deflected onto the base of the near post following a quick counter.From there chances proved few and far between in the opening 45 minutes, with the even nature of the contest reflecting the two teams’ relative proximity in the table.Sebastian Prodl and Michael Keane each wasted opportunities after the restart, both defenders heading off target at either end as the game became slightly more open.Deeney then forced Pickford into action, but his save from the Watford striker’s header was still relatively comfortable as defences continued to dominate.Cenk Tosun, still yet to score for Everton since his January move from Besiktas, was brought on for Niasse in the second half in an attempt from Allardyce to spark the game into life.But one of the chief creative presences on the pitch was then withdrawn as former Everton playmaker Gerard Deulofeu limped off after the hour.Wayne Rooney fired way over on the volley before Pickford had to dive to his left to deny substitute Femenia after Deeney had partially blocked his clearance.@T_Deeney we salute you!#WATEVE [1-0]Listen live https://t.co/MVTxcdM2TV pic.twitter.com/8KRThxgmVR— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) February 24, 2018Yet there was an unexpected twist as Stefano Okaka pulled the ball back for Deeney to turn and lash beyond the helpless Pickford, who prevented the scoreline from being more comfortable for the hosts with a fine save from Okaka.A remarkable late equaliser almost arrived deep in stoppage time as Pickford charged up for a corner and headed into the path of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, but the substitute could not scramble the ball in as Everton’s miserable away record extended to one win from 22 top-flight games.Key Opta Stats:- Watford kept a clean sheet at Vicarage Road for the first time in their last eight top-flight games.- They enjoyed only a third win over Everton in their last 25 meetings in all competitions (D3 L19).- After picking up 10 points in his first four Premier League games as Everton boss, Sam Allardyce has seen his side accrue just nine in the last 10.- Watford had to wait until the 55th-minute to register their first shot on target of the game, via a Troy Deeney effort (there had only been one before that from Everton). read morelast_img read more

Paris Saint-Germain 3 Marseille 0

first_imgParis Saint-Germain 3 Marseille 0: Neymar injured in easy Classique win Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 06:00 2/26/18 Neymar AFP Neymar was injured as Paris Saint-Germain moved 14 points clear in Ligue 1 thanks to a 3-0 Le Classique win over Marseille. Neymar was carried off on a stretcher as Kylian Mbappe became the youngest goalscorer in Le Classique history, with the teenager on target in an easy 3-0 Ligue 1 win for Paris Saint-Germain against rivals Marseille.PSG needed an injury-time free-kick from Edinson Cavani to claim a draw in the reverse fixture – in which Neymar was sent off – but there was no such drama at the Parc des Princes on Sunday until the Brazilian suffered a suspected ankle injury in the closing stages.Unai Emery’s men, who have won all 14 of their home league games this season, move 14 points clear at the top of Ligue 1 as a result of their victory, with Marseille remaining third. 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 Mbappe gave PSG an early lead, capitalising on left-back Jordan Amavi losing his footing to run on to a Dani Alves pass and slot in a well-taken finish.Rolando’s own goal doubled PSG’s lead 17 minutes later, the defender only able to turn Neymar’s effort past goalkeeper Yohann Pele with Cavani lurking behind him.Neymar was a doubt for the game due to illness but he set up Cavani for a brilliant third after half-time to ensure PSG have a hand on the Ligue 1 trophy with 11 games still to play.Marseille will have an immediate chance to earn revenge in Wednesday’s Coupe de France quarter-final, however, with Neymar’s participation in that tie questionable after he appeared to roll his right ankle.19 – @KMbappe has become the youngest goalscorer in a “Classique” played in Ligue 1 at 19 years, 2 months & 8 days, overtaking Samir Nasri (19 years, 2 months & 17 days on 10 September 2006). Wonderkid. pic.twitter.com/qJqWKJJeUa — OptaJean (@OptaJean) February 25, 2018 Marseille were in front twice in a 2-2 draw in Le Classique earlier in the season but PSG took the lead in the 10th minute.Alves played a throughball into the box for Mbappe, with a slip by Amavi allowing the teenager to collect the pass and send Pele the wrong way with a smart low shot.@KMbappe . 1-0 PSG. #PSGOM pic.twitter.com/dU31209Aek — PSG English (@PSG_English) February 25, 2018 Neymar got above Hiroki Sakai to head wide before Lucas Ocampos was fortunate only to be shown a yellow card for a bad late tackle on Alves.PSG were dominant and their second arrived after 26 minutes, Rolando scoring an own goal.Adrien Rabiot combined with Layvin Kurzawa on the left and although Neymar’s first-time shot was heading wide of the far post, Rolando had to try to clear with Cavani ready to tap in, but the defender could only divert the ball beyond Pele.Neymar bent a superb strike narrowly wide and Marseille coach Rudi Garcia hauled Ocampos off before the break, bringing on Morgan Sanson in a bid to give Marseille a foothold.PSG continued to control the match after the interval, though, with Cavani wrapping up the points after 55 minutes.Neymar’s dazzling run and cross created the opportunity for Cavani, who took a sublime first touch, held off and turned Rolando and smashed home an unstoppable finish to score in his third successive Classique appearance.Pure class from @ECavaniOfficial in PSG’s third goal   #PSGOM pic.twitter.com/I4yg79z1ai — PSG English (@PSG_English) February 25, 2018 Rolando almost made amends for his own goal, but Alphonse Areola turned his looping header around the post.With an eye on next month’s Champions League clash with Real Madrid, Emery was able to rest Mbappe and former Marseille midfielder Lassana Diarra.But there was bad news as Neymar damaged his ankle in an innocuous challenge with Bouna Sarr, the Brazilian tearful as he left the field on a stretcher. Key Opta Facts:- Paris Saint-Germain are unbeaten in their last 16 games against Marseille in all competitions (W13, D3). The last time Marseille were victorious was in November 2011.- Unai Emery’s side have only lost twice in their last 30 games in Ligue 1 (W25, D3): in December 2017 to Strasbourg (1-2) and January 2018 to Lyon (1-2).- PSG have won their last 18 home games in all comps, their longest run ever in their history. They have also triumphed in 14 successive league games at the Parc des Princes – their longest run in the top-flight.- There were 11 players booked on Sunday, only Lille v Lyon on February 21, 2016 has seen more (12 – 10 yellow cards and 2 red cards) over the last 10 seasons.- Kylian Mbappe is the youngest player to score in a game between Paris and Marseille in Ligue 1 (19 years, 2 months and 8 days), overtaking Samir Nasri (19 years, 2 months and 17 days on 10 September 2006).- Neymar has delivered 13 assists in Ligue 1 this season, his highest tally in a single season since his arrival in Europe. Only Kevin De Bruyne (14) has delivered more in the Top 5 European Leagues this season.  read morelast_img read more

Vialli eager for Conte to stay

first_imgChelsea Chelsea must think ‘three times’ before sacking Conte, says Vialli Joe Wright 17:03 5/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) antonio conte - cropped Getty Images Chelsea Premier League Chelsea v Manchester United FA Cup Antonio Conte The Blues legend insists that they must not rush into dismissing the Italian, despite an underwhelming season Former Chelsea player-manager Gianluca Vialli has urged the club not to make any rash decisions on the future of Antonio Conte.It has been speculated that Saturday’s FA Cup final against Manchester United could be Conte’s final match in charge of the Blues.A fifth-place finish in the Premier League, coupled with reported tension between Conte and the Chelsea hierarchy, has encouraged speculation that he will leave the club before next 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 Vialli, though, thinks both parties should think carefully before deciding on their futures.”If I was Antonio, I would think twice about leaving Chelsea,” he told Sky Sports News. “If I was Chelsea, I would think three times about letting Antonio go. It’s a good match and I hope it will continue.”I think he has done incredibly well last season, winning the championship [Premier League], which is always complicated in a competition which has six or seven clubs capable of winning. The competition is incredibly tough but he managed to do it in a great manner.”The season after you win the championship is always more complicated. The competition is hungrier and stronger, so I think he did everything possible this season.”They did extremely well in the Champions League until getting knocked out by, I would not say Barcelona but Lionel Messi. If he had been playing for Chelsea, it would have been 5-0 both times to Chelsea.”Getting to the final of the FA Cup is a massive achievement, so overall he is going great and I hope it continues.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Southgate: Sterling apologised for late England arrival

first_imgEngland Sterling apologised for late England arrival – Southgate Jamie Smith 10:03 6/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Raheem Sterling England Getty England Raheem Sterling England v Nigeria World Cup Friendlies The Man City man is in the headlines again after his national team boss said the forward apologised for his late arrival Gareth Southgate says Raheem Sterling apologised to England team-mates after reporting late to a World Cup training camp.Manchester City forward Sterling was due to arrive at the camp on Tuesday but was delayed due to a mix-up with his flights from Jamaica back to the United Kingdom.Sterling has been the subject of a tabloid controversy this week after he was pictured with a tattoo of an assault rifle on his right leg . 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 But Southgate is ready to move on from Sterling’s late arrival as England prepare for their first pre-World Cup friendly, against Nigeria at Wembley on Saturday.”In fairness to him, he wanted to apologise to the group, explained his commitment to the team, and it’s done,” Southgate told reporters.”Everybody moved on. That’s part of the long discussion we had when we went for a walk.”He was given off until the Tuesday night and he arrived on the Wednesday morning. So, he was late. That was dealt with. And we discussed it as a group and moved on.”There was a mix-up on flights and a connection. We haven’t hid anything on that. I think we said he was due to meet on Tuesday night but missed that.”We know the world we live in. Nothing stays private. So if those situations happen, they are going to be out there. There there is a requirement to answer questions on them, and the possibility they become a bigger issue than they might.”pic.twitter.com/KkzgmAaCcf — England (@England) June 1, 2018 Sterling is expected to be one of England’s key players in Russia and Southgate was unwilling to offer details on what punishment, if any, the attacker was given.”I had a discussion with the player, we come to an agreement. And then I have to say, he’s trained brilliantly all week,” Southgate said.”He’s so keen for this tournament to be a success for him and the team. There was nothing intentional in his lateness.”But, of course, I’d given him a bit of extra time so he understood why it was more important to get back earlier than he was able to.”last_img read more

National Office Closure

first_imgThe Office will re-open on Monday 4th January 2010.Touch Football Australia would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year, and look forward to working with you again in 2010.last_img

Australian Team Teaches Next Generation of Stars

first_imgThe students of Mudgee Public School received a real treat when they learnt a thing or two from the Australian Men’s Open team, learning some Touch Football skills from the best in the world. The children played several different games with the players as well having a bit of a sing-along and a dance off with the team before getting some autographs from their new favourite team. PE students from Mudgee High School were next to learn from the team, asking the team questions about how they prepare for games and factors affecting performance. Men’s Open captain, Steve Roberts and vice captain, Anthony Ziade also attended an assembly at St Matthews Catholic School on Friday morning, teaching the students about Touch Football and the Trans Tasman Test Series being played in the student’s hometown of Mudgee. They then visited their new friends at Mudgee Public School in the afternoon to speak at the school’s assembly. The Australian Mixed Open team also made some new fans, getting to know some of the students taking part in the Mid-Western Touch Football competition at the complex. To view some of the photos from the day, please visit the TFA Facebook page – traliawww.facebook.com/touchfootballausTo view highlights of the Men’s Open clinic, as well as discover some of the Australian Men’s Open hidden talents, please click on the following link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vR07mJb7wc&list=UUNA2662hsW_18Wok5HHiMeg&index=1&feature=plcplast_img read more

10 months ago​Liverpool boss Klopp has doubts over quality January transfer

first_img​Liverpool boss Klopp has doubts over quality January transferby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is not sure there is anything interesting in the transfer window for his club.While the Reds did sign Virgil Van Dijk last summer, midseason transfer business is historically challenging for top clubs.And Klopp does not feel there is a player available who would improve his side, even as they face a defensive injury crisis.”I would say no but I don’t know exactly what will happen until the transfer window closes,” he said in his press conference.”In the moment it looks that Joe and Joel will be back before the window closes so why should we do that?”Could we get somebody just for January with the quality we need? I am not sure that is possible.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoSouthampton goalkeeper Gunn delighted with debut clean sheet

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton goalkeeper Gunn delighted with debut clean sheetby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn was delighted with a clean sheet on his Premier League debut for their draw with Chelsea.Gunn made crucial saves from Eden Hazard, Alvaro Morata and Marcos Alonso en route to a welcome shutout – Saints’ first in 11 Premier League games.“I’m delighted,” he said, following the goalless draw. “Just to make my debut was a dream, and to get a clean sheet was a massive bonus – especially for the team, because we needed it.“In the last few games we’ve struggled a little bit – performances have been good but we haven’t quite got over the line, so to take this into the cup on Saturday and then into the league would be good.“It was a big game – some would say a free hit for a lesser team to come to a top-four team and try to get a result, but we’ve managed to do that tonight.” last_img read more

10 months agoDenis Suarez & Arsenal: Why he can be Emery’s best ever compromise

first_imgTagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Denis Suarez & Arsenal: Why he can be Emery’s best ever compromiseby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: Blocked. Ignored. Sold short. Unai Emery and Arsenal’s front office. On first flush, it does appear the manager is being forced into a compromise by the club’s transfer fixers.Ever Banega versus Denis Suarez. The spiky Sevilla attacker versus the sometimes Barcelona substitute. The here and now versus what could be. On the face of it, for this column, the choice would be easy: You go with the Argie.Banega is a player who knows Emery. Who has won things with him. And at 30, is one you could parachute into this Arsenal team and he’d make a difference. Energetic. Even nasty. He’s your typical Emery player. Is it any wonder the manager lobbied directors Sven Mislintat and Raul Sanllehi about bringing the playmaker to London last summer?Arsenal did make an attempt during the first week of the World Cup, but the word from Banega’s camp wasn’t exactly enthusiastic. Emery has since stayed in touch, however any thoughts of trying again were shot down by the higher ups before Christmas.At 30 – and for the price Sevilla were quoting – those with the keys to the biscuit tin felt their money could be better spent elsewhere. Hence the compromise: Suarez. A name first raised by Sanllehi – and one familiar to Emery.The Basque was still convinced about Banega. But eventually was talked around. Like the Argentine, Emery knows Suarez. The pair were together as Sevilla won the Europa League in 2015. And he is five years Banega’s junior.But unlike the Sevilla man, Suarez has struggled for minutes this season. The prospects of a positive, instant impact are slim. And he also isn’t the ideal midfield option Emery is seeking this month. The Arsenal manager wants a winger – with pace. But Suarez is no Gerard Deulofeu or Adam Traore – now with Watford and Wolves respectively. When the trio were together, coming through the La Masia academy, Suarez was seen as a ball carrying midfielder. A player groomed by management with an eye on succeeding Andres Iniesta.But he can play wide, as Emery stated when dropping Suarez’s name last week: “At left or right wing, perhaps one player can help us in this position. We will only sign players who give us quality.”He was playing as a left or right winger for Sevilla when he was with me.” It wasn’t so much you could sense resignation in Emery’s words, just that he knows there’s a lot of work needed to get Suarez to where he wants him to be. But he also knows – unlike Banega – Suarez wants to play for Arsenal. He wants to play for Emery. And he’s told Barca it’s the Gunners or bust with negotiations now well underway.A first Arsenal offer of a six-month loan with a €25m permanent option has been rejected. Barca are pushing for a straight sale – at €20m. For his part, Suarez has had his minders inform Arsenal he would prefer to cut ties with Barca immediately – but a loan arrangement isn’t a deal breaker. The two clubs, with former Barca powerbroker Sanllehi at the forefront, remain in negotiations today.Of course, just over a year ago Sanllehi was still with Barca as football director. And at the same time, Suarez was being talked up as the natural heir to Iniesta, now of Vissel Kobe in Japan. “He is the ideal replacement for Iniesta,” one front office source stated at the time.Spain coach and former Barca boss Luis Enrique went further.”He could be, why not?” replied Enrique to a question about Suarez matching Iniesta. “He is in the line of power to get closer to Andrés and I hope he gets there.”(But) Iniesta is Harry Potter and it is difficult to find another like that.”This is how highly they thought of Suarez at La Masia – and still do. But the club’s big spending transfer policy, coupled with coach Ernesto Valverde’s demands from his central midfielders, has seen Suarez sidelined. Now 25, Suarez is at a crossroads. But that ability which had him likened to Iniesta just a year ago is still there. He’s not Emery’s first choice – but Arsenal is his.And if Emery can get him playing as he did at Sevilla, then Denis Suarez could be the best compromise this manager has made. last_img read more

Ole Miss Football: Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell Is Back Making Leaping Catches Over Defenders

first_imgLaquon Treadwell makes a Great Catch at practice.Laquon Treadwell Great CatchOle Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell looks to be pretty far along in his recovery from the nasty leg injury he suffered last November. Treadwell is back to getting downfield and making leaping grabs over defenders, which he shows off in this video. #DunkCamA video posted by @successfulquon on Jun 18, 2015 at 11:52am PDT It’s unclear who the victim “Noonie” actually is, but he had no shot on this play. Ole Miss fans have to be excited to see the way Treadwell has looked after the unfortunate way his 2014 season ended.last_img

‘Arnautovic would be perfect for Man Utd’

Alexis-Mkhitaryan: The worst swap deal in history?

first_imgManchester United’s Twitter account published a tweet on Tuesday morning which marked the first anniversary of their signing of Alexis Sanchez. The general reaction from users demonstrated just how much of a disaster the Chilean has been at Old Trafford over the past 12 months.“Can’t wait for his debut” replied one fan. “When will he turn up to play?” wrote another. “Got to admit the best play (sic) he done for Utd was playing the piano” sniped a third critic.Indeed, the video which announced Sanchez’s arrival – in which he shows off his piano-playing skills – has arguably been the most memorable moment of his career at United so far. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The 30-year-old, who has long since lost his place in the first team, has scored just four goals and provided nine assists in 32 appearances for the Red Devils. All in all, the swap deal which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan head the other way to Arsenal has been the most underwhelming deal of its kind in years.United legend Andy Cole believes that Sanchez’s struggles are due to him being unable to adapt to a different style of play.”If you come from one club, they play one way, you go to another one, you’ve got to change as a player, you have to change,” he told the United We Stand podcast.”It’s been difficult for him to change. His work ethic, I believe, is exactly the same, yes he’ll give the ball away a little bit too much in trying to do things, to engulf the flame in himself, you know, because he wanted to do the best he could do.“He’ll want to score goals, to produce the pass that would bring him to life, or the team.”Meanwhile, Mkhitaryan’s contributions for Arsenal have been only slightly better than the Chilean, as he has scored five goals and made nine assists in the same number of appearances as Alexis.When Sanchez played against his former club last season he struggled to leave his mark on the game, while Mkhitaryan managed to net an equaliser before Marouane Fellaini scored a late winner.Similarly, when the two clubs faced each other at Old Trafford this term it was Sanchez who missed the game through injury and Mkhitaryan who could have won the game for Arsenal after squandering a gilt-edged opportunity in the second half.Alexis Sanchez Man Utd 2019The Armenian began his Arsenal career in superb style with three assists as the Gunners beat Everton 5-0, but his performances have been inconsistent under head coach Unai Emery with a recent broken metatarsal hampering his progress even further.“I would say it’s a bit too early to say something about it but I’m very pleased to be here and I’m trying my best,” said Mkhitaryan recently.“It wasn’t very easy at the start but I kept working every day and game after game, I’m trying to improve my game.“I would say everything is going well, I’m very happy at the moment and I hope to continue in the same way.”The problem for Mkhitaryan is that his lack of consistency means he will never be a key player under Emery. His best traits are unique and much sought-after; an ability to drift inside from wide positions to create chances and space for his fellow attackers. That quality is one reason why he is still playing regularly – although that could change sooner rather than later.Indeed, he could soon find his place under threat by the likely loan signing of Denis Suarez from Barcelona. The Spaniard has been targeted by his former coach Emery as a player who can compete with Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi on the flanks, a sign that it is a position where he feels the club currently lack depth.With Sanchez expected to return from a hamstring strain to start against Arsenal in the FA Cup clash this week, it could be a case of which of the two players is more motivated to prove their critics wrong.What is clear – one year on – is that neither club has benefitted from the swap deal. Finances aside – with Alexis earning an incredible £500,000 a week reportedly – neither player has benefitted, either. With both players recently hitting the age of 30, they need to start proving their worth ahead of the summer transfer window.last_img read more

Cameroon boss denies his players are bad role models

first_imgCameroon Women’s team head coach Alain Djeumfa has refused to criticise his players amidst controversy surrounding the Indominable Lionesses behaviour in their World Cup game against England.The Cameroon side reacted angrily to England’s second goal in a 3-0 win, scored by Ellen White. White was adjudged offside but VAR overturned that decision, prompting complaints from Djeumfa’s players and a meeting on the half way line before they’d take the ensuing kick-off.Early in the second period Cameroon thought they had scored, only to see Ajara Nchout’s effort marked off for a marginal offside, again by VAR. Some players were in tears and there was a lengthy delay as they argued on the touchline. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Despite widespread condemnation of their actions, Djeumfa insisted they’d acted properly.“I think that’s wrong, I think that’s your feeling,” he said at a press conference when asked if his team were bad role models.“Ultimately I think my players were examples, and occasionally when you are in a state of shock you can lose your cool. I don’t think the players refused and I think they showed professionalism.”Djeumfa was asked where he thought the game went wrong.He claimed that England’s first goal, scored from an indirect free-kick six yards out by Steph Houghton after a back-pass, was the catalyst for his players’ feelings, but again praised their efforts, while condemning the officials.“Once we conceded the opening goal from the indirect free-kick in the penalty area, which I thought was the wrong decision, I realised it was slipping away,” he continued“Then we had to make sure we didn’t concede another goal in the opening 20 minutes.“Unfortunately the officials wanted something else and from that moment on, the girls perhaps lost their temper.“We need to take our hats off, despite the refereeing mistakes, for the performances. Football is all about fair play and we showed fair play, that’s football.”The Cameroon boss believed his players may have had justification if they had stopped playing, but said it was his own cool head that allowed the game to continue.“We might have had a moment to walk off but thank God I was able to remain calm, because I know what I am like as a person,” he said.“Ultimately I was able to keep my cool. There was a lot of passion going on but I was able to keep calm.”last_img read more

Peacock-Farrell signs for Burnley

first_imgBurnley have moved quickly to bring in Tom Heaton’s replacement, signing Bailey Peacock-Farrell from Leeds United for an undisclosed fee.England international Heaton ended his six-year stay at Turf Moor on Thursday, joining newly promoted Aston Villa.Nick Pope – who missed much of last season through injury and then struggled to establish himself in the side ahead of Heaton and Joe Hart – is tipped to be Burnley’s first-choice goalkeeper for the new 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? But extra competition will come from Peacock-Farrell, who has signed a four-year deal with an option for a further season.The 22-year-old Northern Ireland international made his debut for Leeds in April 2016, but failed to become a regular at Elland Road until the second half of the 2017-18 campaign.Peacock-Farrell was first choice for much of Marcelo Bielsa’s first campaign in charge of the Championship club, though lost his place after Leeds signed Kiko Casilla from Real Madrid in January.“I’m really happy to be here,” Peacock-Farrell told Burnley’s official website. “A Premier League club is what you dream of when you are starting out in football.“There’s massive competition here, but it was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down. “The goalkeepers here are really good and two of them are England internationals. There’s something going on here that must be right.”Doubts remain over Hart’s future at Turf Moor. The former Manchester City and England star featured in Burnley’s first 19 league games last term, but failed to make a single appearance after a 5-1 defeat to Everton on Boxing Day.Heaton made exactly 200 appearances for the Clarets before departing for Villa Park yesterday, and didn’t miss a single league fixture for a total of three seasons between 2013 and 2016.Pope then took the gloves for the majority of the 2017-18 season, but suffered a dislocated shoulder in a Europa League clash with Aberdeen last summer – an injury that omitted him from team selection until the turn of the year.The club, however, rewarded the 27-year-old with a new four-year deal in May 2019, making him favourite to hold down a place in the starting XI this season.last_img read more

David Luiz skips Chelsea training as Arsenal consider bid

first_imgDavid Luiz has sensationally skipped Chelsea training on the penultimate day of the transfer window as Arsenal consider a move for the defender.The Brazil international was expected at the Blues’ Cobham training ground as normal on Wednesday ahead of Sunday’s Premier League opener against Manchester United.But Goal can confirm the former Paris Saint-Germain star didn’t train with the first-team, with the Gunners understood to be keen on bringing him to the Emirates Stadium. 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? No official bid has been placed yet, but with Arsenal running out of time to bolster their defence ahead of the transfer window closing for Premier League clubs at 5pm BST (12pm ET) on Thursday and considering Luiz’s actions, it would be surprising if negotiations were not opened.The Gunners have been in the market for a centre-back all summer and despite signing William Saliba, his loan move back to Saint-Etienne has seen them push to try to sign RB Leipzig’s £70 million-rated Dayot Upamecano and Juventus’ Daniele Rugani.Laurent Koscielny’s departure for Bordeaux has only hastened their need for reinforcements at the heart of their backline as Unai Emery looks to build on a fifth-placed finish last term.However, they are now set to turn their attentions towards David Luiz, with the club’s new technical director Edu understood to be close to the 32-year-old’s entourage.Luiz also has a close relationship with Arsenal boss Emery after working with him at PSG in between his two spells at Stamford Bridge.This development comes despite Luiz having only just signed a new two-year contract in May following protracted negotiations lasting several months.The deal was the first two-year contract to be offered to a player over the age of 30 since 2011 after a policy was implemented to restrict older players to one-year rolling agreements.In terms of how Luiz’s potential departure would leave Frank Lampard’s defensive options, it may scupper Fikayo Tomori’s prospective loan move to Everton, with the former Derby County loanee likely required to fill the gap left in the squad alongside Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma.Only Zouma played more minutes as a centre-back than Luiz during Lampard’s first pre-season in charge of the club, though the ex-Benfica star was left out of the starting line-up for the club’s final friendly of the summer against Borussia Monchengladbach.Additional reporting by Charles Watts.last_img read more

De Boer labels equal pay dispute ‘ridiculous’

first_imgFrank de Boer has labelled the equal pay debate as “ridiculous” following the Dutch federation’s commitment to level the pay for the country’s men’s and women’s national team players.De Boer represented the Netherlands from 1990 to 2004, earned 112 caps while scoring 13 goals for his country.He was a member of the Oranje’s 1994 and 1998 World Cup squads while helping the team reach the semi-final round in each of his three European Championship appearances. 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? The Dutch women’s team experienced their own taste of success this summer, making it all the way to the World Cup final before falling to the United States.In June, the Royal Dutch Federation passed a policy stating that women will receive annual raises through 2023, when their earnings with the national team will equal that of their male counterparts.But De Boer says he does not believe that system is fair as there remains a clear difference in revenue between the men’s and women’s teams.“I think for me, it’s ridiculous,” De Boer told the Guardian.“It’s the same like tennis. If there are watching, for the World Cup final, 500 million people or something like that, and 100 million for a women’s final, that’s a difference. So it’s not the same.”And of course they have to be paid what they deserve to [earn] and not less, just what they really deserve. If it’s just as popular as the men, they will get it, because the income and the advertising will go into that.”But it’s not like that, so why do they have to earn the same? I think it’s ridiculous. I don’t understand that.”The former Ajax and Barcelona star is currently managing Atlanta United in the United States, where an equal pay debate remains a talking point following this summer’s World Cup triumph.The USWNT have been vocal about their stance on the debate for several years, with U.S. Soccer recently hiring lobbyists to counter the equal pay argument.De Boer says he believes that the equal pay debate was spurred on by changes in other aspects of society that have nothing to do with sport.“I think it started because a woman [was] getting underpaid, especially at [managerial] positions,” he said.“They have to earn the same as a man. I think if you have a manager position for a bank or something, you have to earn the same what the men did because it’s not physically, just only here [points to head], so why do you have to earn less, because you’re doing the same job as a man?”I think that’s also dropped a little bit into the sports world, like tennis and soccer. But I think that’s still different.”last_img read more

Texas AD Chris Del Conte Was Reportedly Ejected During Team’s Game vs. Texas Tech (Update)

first_imgSam Ehlinger of Texas attempts to throw a passDALLAS, TX – OCTOBER 06: Sam Ehlinger #11 of the Texas Longhorns during the 2018 AT&T Red River Showdown at Cotton Bowl on October 6, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)It’s somewhat common to see players – or even coaches – ejected from college football games for either their play on the field or some kind of shenanigan on the sideline. But have you ever heard of an athletic director getting ejected?Well, now you have. According to Brian Davis of the Austin American-Statesman, Texas AD Chris Del Conte was booted from the team’s game vs. Texas Tech by the side judge.Details on scarce on why, but it appears to have happened late in the fourth quarter. Texas wound up winning the game 41-34 on a last-minute drive.Del Conte has been at Texas since December of 2017 – coming over from TCU.Texas AD Chris Del Conte was ejected from the game by a side judge. He was escorted off the field.— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) November 11, 2018Update: Del Conte has taken to Twitter to call the report a “false alarm.”Not so fast boys … false alarm https://t.co/TBE9jeuKgl— Chris Del Conte (@_delconte) November 11, 2018Here’s Del Conte’s explanation:Del Conte tells me he wasn’t ejected. People were yelling on Texas sideline. Ref thought it was him. CDC said, “I just started walking to the other side.” He sure happy about the win.— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) November 11, 2018We’ll update this post when more information is available.last_img read more

ESPN Names Iowa Football’s ‘Best Tradition’

first_img For Iowa football, ESPN went with the Iowa or Kinnick Wave as the Hawkeyes’ best tradition.It is hard to argue, given what it means and how quickly it has left its mark on college football.From ESPN’s Tom VanHaaren:Affectionately known as the Iowa Wave, the Hawkeyes’ best tradition started only during the 2017 season. The University of Iowa’s Stead Family Children’s Hospital overlooks Kinnick Stadium and has a viewing area where patients and their families can watch Iowa football games. During that 2017 season, fans started to turn away from the football field at the end of the first quarter and wave to the children in the hospital. It has grown so popular that the Iowa team and coaches, as well as the opposing team and coaches, are now turning and waving to the children during the game.Obviously, this is an amazing moment during games at Kinnick Stadium, but one of the things that really makes it special is the buy-in from opposing teams. During Iowa road games and bowl games hundreds of miles from Iowa City, we’ve seen rival fans join in with the Hawkeye fans to keep up the tradition.It may be just two seasons old, but it is hard to top that Hawkeye tradition.[ESPN] Iowa fans do the "Iowa Wave" at Kinnick Stadium.IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 08: Fans wave up to the children at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital during the 1st half of the match-up between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Iowa State Cyclones on September 8, 2018 at Kinnick Stadium, in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)Earlier today, ESPN published a feature about the best traditions for every Top 25 college football program. Iowa may not be the first program that comes to mind, but their tradition puts most others to shame.The Hawkeyes have long been a proud Big Ten team, and have plenty of traditions going for them. Their fans are about as on top of opposing teams as you get at Kinnick Stadium, which many opponents bring up.Iowa’s visitor locker room is also famously painted all pink. It is one of the best bits of trolling in college football, and dates back to early in Hayden Fry’s long tenure in Iowa City, which ran from 1979-98.The best Iowa tradition, though, is one of the newest ones.last_img read more

Kuldeep Yadav 1st Chinaman bowler to bag 5-wicket haul in Tests in Australia in 64 years

first_img Rohan Sen SydneyJanuary 6, 2019UPDATED: January 6, 2019 11:00 IST Kuldeep Yadav picked up his second five-wicket haul in Test cricket (@BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTS4th Test Day 4, brief scores: India 622 for 7d (Pujara 193, Pant 159*, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4/178) vs Australia (300; Harris 79, Kuldeep 5/99) & 6/0 (Harris 2*, Khawaja 4*)Kuldeep Yadav finished with five wickets for 99 runs as India bowled Australia out for 300Kuldeep became the second left-arm wrist spinner to bag a five-wicket haul in Australia4th Test, Day 4, brief scores: India 622 for 7 declared (Pujara 193, Pant 159 not out, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4 for 178) vs Australia (300 all out; Harris 79, Kuldeep 5 for 99) 6/0 (Harris 2*, Khawaja 4*), trail by 316 runs following on. (Full Scorecard)Kuldeep Yadav made his presence felt in the very first match that he got to play in the four-Test series as he picked up a five-wicket haul on Day 4 of the fourth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday.Kuldeep finished with five wickets for 99 runs as India bowled Australia out for 300 to take a 322-run first innings lead and enforce the follow-on in the process.It was Kuldeep’s second five-wicket haul in Test cricket after his first against the West Indies at Rajkot in October last year.Kuldeep’s performance brought an end to a 64-year wait as he became the second left-arm wrist spinner to bag a five-wicket haul in Australia after England’s Johnny Wardle, who took 5 for 79 against the hosts at the SCG in 1955. The 24-year-old is also the sixth Indian bowler to pick five wickets Down Under.Kuldeep Yadav’s first Test on Aussie soil and he collects a five-wicket haul!#AUSvIND | @Domaincomau pic.twitter.com/e29NWD6oyZcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 6, 2019Kuldeep started the carnage on Saturday when he got Usman Khawaja out in the first session on Day 3. He then removed Travis Head and Tim Paine on the same day before returning on Sunday to complete his five-for with the wickets of Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood, both batsmen getting out leg-before.advertisementKuldeep was backed up really well by Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja, both of whom finished with 2 wickets each while Jasprit Bumrah bagged one as India became the first team to enforce the follow-on against Australia in Australia since 1988.Interestingly, the last time India had enforced a follow-on in Australia was at this very ground in 1986 and that match ended in a draw.With a first series win in Australia all but confirmed, India got the four remaining Australia wickets in 21 overs after rain had delayed play for four hours on Sunday to have a lead of 322 runs after the first innings.After the rain delay it took India just six balls to strike with Shami removing Pat Cummins for 25 with a ball that kept low.Peter Handscomb added nine runs to his overnight score before he was bowled for 37 to become Bumrah’s first wicket of the match and reduce Australia to 257-8.Kuldeep (5-99) then trapped Nathan Lyon for no score.Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood shared an entertaining 42-run partnership for the last wicket to take Australia past 300 for just the second time this series, before Kuldeep got his fifth by having Hazlewood (21) out lbw in the 105th over.Also Read | Virat Kohli will be India’s best-ever captain if he keeps learning: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Kapil Dev turns 60: Celebrating the man who changed Indian cricket foreverFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Kuldeep YadavFollow five-wicket haulFollow India vs AustraliaFollow 4th TestFollow Day 4 Kuldeep Yadav 1st Chinaman bowler to bag 5-wicket haul in Tests in Australia in 64 years4th Test, Day 4, Brief scores: India 622 for 7 declared (Pujara 193, Pant 159 not out, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4 for 178) vs Australia (300 all out; Harris 79, Kuldeep 5 for 99) 6/0 (Harris 2*, Khawaja 4*), trail by 316 following on. Kuldeep Yadav’s five-wicket haul helped India bowl Australia out for 300 and enforce the follow-on in the fourth Test on Sundayadvertisementlast_img read more