Pogba prioritises trophies over pretty football

first_imgManchester United Pogba prioritises Man Utd trophies over pretty football Chris Burton 22:41 5/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Paul Pogba Manchester United 21042018 Getty Manchester United Paul Pogba Premier League The France international is determined to get his hands on Premier League and Champions League crowns and is not overly concerned how he gets there Paul Pogba is prepared to prioritise trophies over eye-catching football at Manchester United , with the Frenchman determined to taste Premier League and Champions League glory.The Red Devils have once again faced accusations of being overly cautious in 2017-18 , with Jose Mourinho’s methods considered to stand in stark contrast to those deployed elsewhere.While the Portuguese has built his reputation on being difficult to break down and collecting wins by any means possible, the likes of Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola have flourished while favouring a more attacking approach at Liverpool and Manchester City. 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 Pogba, though, refuses to buy into the belief that success must be secured in style, with the all-action midfielder happy to grind out results if that ultimately leads to him getting his hands on the grandest of prizes.He told BBC Sport : “It would be nice to win the Champions League and the Premier League. Very nice.“For a team, you want to win titles, you play to win. You can play the best football and it’s true, we want to play and enjoy football but if you don’t win a title – it’s good for the eyes, it’s good for the eyes – but you don’t win anything.”Pogba can collect more silverware with United on Saturday when the Red Devils face Chelsea in the FA Cup final .He will also be chasing down international success with France this summer, with Les Bleus among the favourites to go all the way at World Cup 2018 .“I’m confident with the French squad, with the players that we have. I’m sure we can do something in this World Cup but I don’t want to be over-confident,” said Pogba.“We have a nice team but the World Cup is in your head too, it’s not just technique. It’s team spirit, it’s more mental than technique. We have to be careful with this.“I’m confident in myself. I want the ball, I want to play, I want to win.”Paul Pogba Manchester United winning all that mattersThat confidence in his own ability has allowed Pogba to continue turning a deaf ear to those quick to write him off , with his form having been questioned throughout the 2017-18 campaign.On ignoring the haters, the flamboyant 25-year-old said: “My philosophy? What’s the worst that could happen? If you have the chance, do it. Never regret your choice. Do it 100 per cent.“I have the chance to make my love, my job. What more can you ask?“You can’t be the same with everybody, you can’t trust everybody. You can have things with agents, with friends who say: ‘You’ve changed’, but the most important thing is to think about the people you make happy and who look up to you.“We say this in France: ‘If people don’t change, they’re stupid’. Do something else. Don’t eat the same food all the time. We love pasta but if you eat pasta for a year you become crazy.“I changed to become more mature. I changed when I moved to England. You have to help yourself and believe in yourself. You have to train, work hard and become a professional player for the first team.”last_img read more

Conte content with Chelsea’s efforts

first_imgChelsea Conte content with Chelsea’s efforts despite title surrender Ben Spratt 22:06 5/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AntonioConte - cropped Getty Images Chelsea FA Cup Antonio Conte Chelsea v Manchester United Manchester United The Blues have failed in their defence of the Premier League title crown, but their manager says his side have worked hard and owe fans nothing Antonio Conte says Chelsea do not owe their supporters in the FA Cup final, despite a poor Premier League title defence, instead claiming his side have worked harder this season than last.Chelsea meekly surrendered their crown to Manchester City and could not even qualify for the Champions League, ending the league season with a dismal 3-0 defeat at Newcastle United.But Conte does not believe that has been due to a lack of effort, and would consider a cup final win against Manchester United a fine end to the season without needing to consider repaying the fans. 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 “To finish the season with the possibility to play at Wembley, play the final for the second time in a row, is a great achievement,” he told a news conference.”I don’t know [if Chelsea owe the fans]. I can tell you that this season we have worked harder than last season – I’m sure about this. That’s enough for myself.”Conte was in typically guarded form when it came to discussion of his future, insisting his focus is solely on Saturday’s match.He repeated: “I can tell you that this will be my last match in this season – for me and for my players – and then I have a contract and I am committed to the club.”We must be focused on the game. This game is very important after a difficult season, to finish the season with a trophy. We are focused on this target, to try to do everything to win the game.”And the Chelsea boss would not offer an assessment of his side’s season either, saying it is not for him to decide if silverware would rescue the campaign.”For me? For me, I don’t like to speak about ‘I’, I like to speak about ‘we’, about ‘us’,” Conte said.”It’s important to think together about our season, about last season when we won the league, about this season and the possibility to win another trophy. For sure, it would be a great achievement for the team, for the players, for the club, for ours fans.”In my career, I have played another cup final in Italy, in my first season with Juventus, and we lost. Last season we lost against Arsenal. But I repeat: we win and lose together – I don’t win and I don’t lose.”last_img read more

El Tri’s Araujo to miss World Cup

first_imgMexico Araujo leaves Mexico camp, will miss World Cup Jon Arnold @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 03:38 5/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Nestor Araujo Mexico Kevin Jairaj Mexico World Cup The center back suffered a knee injury in March and is still feeling the effects, keeping him out of El Tri’s squad for Russia Nestor Araujo has left the Mexico national team camp and will miss the World Cup due to a knee injury, the Mexican federation announced Wednesday.Araujo reported to Mexico City on Monday and underwent tests to see if he could recover in time for Mexico’s World Cup opener against Germany on June 17. Unfortunately for the Santos Laguna center back, he wont be able to take part, returning to his club to recuperate.”The directors of the national teams inform that, after performing the pertinent studies on player Nestor Araujo, by common agreement and in constant communication with Club Santos Laguna it has been determined the player is out of the Mexico national team camp after showing tendonitis,” a statement read. “Nestor Araujo will return to his club and it will be the medical staff of Santos Laguna which will determine the steps to follow for recovery.” 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 The 26-year-old was injured in El Tri’s most recent match, a March friendly against Croatia. The situation looked bleak, with the player taken to a nearby hospital before the match had ended. Yet there seemed to be some hope after he underwent a successful operation upon returning to Mexico.While Araujo returned to training with his club, Santos Laguna, he still felt pain in the knee and didn’t appear in any matchday squads as the team won the Liga MX title. During the celebrations, Araujo admitted he still didn’t feel at 100 percent and said he would speak with manager Juan Carlos Osorio on Monday.Osorio had hoped to name his final 23-man squad earlier this month but ended up naming 28 players because of concerns about injuries Araujo and other El Tri players are carrying.Andres Guardado and Diego Reyes are the two other major concerns, with Guardado undergoing a procedure last week on a nerve in his right leg and Reyes nursing a right hamstring problem.Araujo’s absence likely will result in a World Cup roster spot for a center back who wouldn’t have gone otherwise. Tigres’ Hugo Ayala or 20-year-old America defender Edson Alvarez look most likely to fill the spot.Oswaldo Alanis, a left-footed center back, could also be called upon, as Araujo generally lines up on the left for Santos Laguna though he isn’t left footed. The newly signed Getafe man could provide depth for Hector Moreno and Miguel Lauyn on the left side of defense.last_img read more

Argentina vs Haiti: Live stream & match preview

first_imgArgentina Argentina vs Haiti: TV channel, live stream, team news & match preview Goal Last updated 1 year ago 01:31 5/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(11) Lionel Messi Argentina 2017 Getty Argentina Lionel Messi Haiti Argentina v Haiti Friendlies The Albiceleste get their final World Cup preparations under way with Lionel Messi having joined up with the squad over the weekend Argentina will prepare for their World Cup campaign with a friendly match against Haiti at La Bombonera in Buenos Aires.Lionel Messi’s side were set to face Nicaragua in a friendly, but the game was called off due to safety concerns and the team will now face Haiti.It is a last preparation ahead of the finals in Russia, with the competition viewed to be Messi’s final and best chance to finally lift the trophy. 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 Goal brings you all you need to know ahead of the friendly clash between the two sides including team news, squad predictions and TV information. Game Argentina vs Haiti Date Tuesday, May 29 Time 12am BST/7pm ET Stream (US only) fuboTV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch Lionel Messi ArgentinaWatch Argentina vs Haiti live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser.Squads & Team News Position Argentina players Goalkeepers Armani, Caballero, Guzman Defenders Ansaldi, Fazio, Mercado, Otamendi, Rojo, Tagliafico Midfielders Acuna, Banega, Biglia, Di Maria, Lanzini, Lo Celso, Mascherano, Meza, Salvio Forwards Aguero, Dybala, Higuain, Messi, Pavon Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero’s World Cup participation has been ruled out due to a knee injury, and though he was back-up keeper for the Red Devils he was first-choice for Argentina and his exclusion will be a big blow.Potential starting XI: Caballero; Ansaldi, Otamendi, Fazio, Tagliafico; Mascherano, Lo Celso; Lanzini, Messi, Di María; Higuaín Position Haiti players Goalkeepers Duverger, Placide Defenders Arcus, Jean-Baptiste, Christian, Geffrard, Jerome  Midfielders Ade, Alceus, Cantave, Cheuvreuil, Etienne, Herivaux, Labissiere, Sabat, Sanon, Thuriere  Forwards Nazon Potential starting XI: Duverger; Carlens, Adé, Christian Junior, Vorbe; Alceus, Herivaux; Saba, Cantave, Sprangers; NazonBetting & Match Odds A victory for Argentina is available for 1/20 on dabblebet, while a draw is between the two sides is offered at 10/1 and a Haiti upset is up for 25/1.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for this weeks’ international friendly matches. Game Preview Gonzalo Higuain ArgentinaArgentina’s friendly against Haiti will see them bid farewell to their home fans in Buenos Aires, and Jorge Sampaoli will be eager to get his preparations for Russia under way as quickly as he can by deciding on certain formations and tactics.It will be a surprise if Messi is included in the line-up or plays a massive part in the friendly as the Barcelona forward will no doubt want to be rested ahead of Russia, but it gives a chance for him to pay respects to his home fans and rejuvenate his team ahead of what could be his last chance of lifting the World Cup.At 30, the Argentine is heading into his twilight years as a footballer, and though he has lifted practically every club trophy under the sun with Barcelona, he has yet to win any major silverware with his national side – coming close in 2014 when he reached the final but ultimately suffered heartbreak against Germany.An emphatic win against Haiti will likely lift spirits ahead of the tournament, especially with the Albiceleste’s supporters.Argentina’s first World Cup game is against Iceland on June 16th in Moscow – a fixture which will see one of the most famed and stories sides in football come up against a national team who have yet to even appear in a World Cup.last_img read more

Australia Claims All Three Trans Tasman Divisions

first_imgAustralia has claimed a 3-0 division win at the 2014 Super Trans Tasman Series after the Australian Women’s Open team defeated New Zealand 6-4 in the third and deciding match. NZ wins final Mixed matchNew Zealand has claimed the final Mixed Open match in the dying seconds, with Australia claiming the series 2-1. Australia led 5-4 with minutes remaining before two quick touchdowns in the final minute, the second of which was scored as the siren sounded, saw New Zealand take the game 6-5. It was a low scoring first half with New Zealand’s Tina Ashworth opening the accounts for her side five minutes in. Two touchdowns, to Kristy Brennan and Scott Bundy, gave Australia a 2-1 lead at the half-time break before Mortimer scored her second touchdown of the game. Clayton Ngawharau and Kristy Brennan traded touchdowns, with Australia holding a 5-4 lead with six minutes remaining before New Zealand scored twice in the closing stages of the game to run away with the game. Congratulations to Australia on their 2-1 series win. Game highlights – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJi3fmFG4QM Australia Claims Women’s Open SeriesAustralia has claimed a 3-0 division win at the 2014 Super Trans Tasman Series after the Australian Women’s Open team defeated New Zealand 6-4 in the third and deciding match.The Australians claimed the series 2-1 after winning the first match and going down in game two.Australia scored three touchdowns before New Zealand was able to get on the board and took at 4-1 lead into half-time.Both sides exchanged touchdowns in the second half but it was the one scored by Australian captain Louise Winchester that sealed the win for Australia and gave the teams a 3-0 series whitewash. Game highlights – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpzV-_gVJtg  Australia clean sweeps the Men’s divisionThe Australian Men’s Open team has capped off an impressive weekend with a 10-6 win over New Zealand in game three to the series. After going down to New Zealand 2-1 in New Zealand last year, the team finished this series undefeated, winning 3-0. New Zealand opened the scoring first through Ned Walters but in the next set Australian winger, Matthew Prowse tied the scores up.Sam Brisby made it 2-1 before a show-and-go from Matt Tope put Australia up by two.Australia scored four of the next six touchdowns to lead 7-3 at the break.Both teams exchanged touchdowns in the second half and the score was 9-7 before Dylan Hennessey, who had another superb series, was rewarded with a touchdown as the siren sounded to make it 10-7.Game highlights – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzR3SoBIgLc2014 Trans Tasman ResultsGame One Mixed Open – AUS 10 defeated NZ 2 Women’s Open – AUS 8 defeated NZ 6 Men’s Open – AUS 10 defeated NZ 6Game Two Mixed Open – AUS 9 defeated NZ 6 Women’s Open – NZ 6 defeated AUS 4 Men’s Open – AUS 7 defeated NZ 4Game Three Mixed Open – NZ 6 defeated AUS 5 Women’s Open – AUS 6 defeated NZ 4 Men’s Open – AUS 10 defeated NZ 7Related LinksAUS wins Trans Tasmanlast_img read more

Dominant Australian display sets the scene for the Trans Tasman

first_img@Eden_RichardsA very talented New Zealand Men’s Open side defeated the Japanee Men’s Open team 11-6.New Zealand’s Josh Quinn and Ash Robinson both scored hat-tricks, starring in what was an ideal warm-up for the Trans Tasman Series starting on Friday.New Zealand will now turn their focus to Australia after the Aussies had another excellent day to finish the International Series against Japan unbeaten.Coming off a big win on Wednesday, the Australian Women’s Open side opened up Australia’s Day Two campaign by recording a comfortable 20-2 win.The gap in class was evident from the outset as Australia jumped to a 10-2 lead at half-time.More of the same followed in the second stanza as the Aussies put on another ten unanswered touchdowns to assert their dominance.Hat-tricks to Patricia Michaelopolous, Jessica McCall, Hannah Dyball and Samantha Rodgers capped off a number of outstanding individual performances.But the result wasn’t of too much concern to Japan after their unexpected victory over New Zealand earlier in the day.The Australian Men’s Open side also had a comprehensive win over the Japanese, winning 15-3.Australia were pushed all the way in their Day One match, notching a 7-3 win, but Day Two was a different story, with the Aussies putting on a second-half blitz to win by 12 touchdowns.Four touchdowns to Shaun Francis and Cormac Hoch highlighted the Australian’s supremacy as the side found some great form before the Trans Tasman Series.Jayden Benbo, Mick Singh and James Blackwood all made their Men’s Open debuts for Australia in the big win, stepping away from Mixed Open duties for the night.Their Australian Mixed Open side will open the Trans Tasman Series on Friday at 5.00pm when they run out against New Zealand, with Women’s Open and Men’s Open matches to follow.Before that, Japan will take on a Qld Invitational Team in both the Men’s Open and Women’s Open divisions.It promises to be another high quality day of touch football on the Sunshine Coast, with Australia desperate to make a statement against their biggest rival.International Series Day TwoWomen’s OpenJapan 6 (Kuraishi, Endo, Kishi, Imai, Ogawa, Parslow touchdowns) defeated New Zealand 5 (Engler 2, Johnston, Hotham, Mohi touchdowns)Australia 20 (Michaelopolous 3, Dyball 3, Rodgers 3, McCall 3, Peattie 2, Watego, Crowe, Upton, Campbell, Sargent, Sue See touchdowns) defeated Japan 2 (Imai, Goulding touchdowns)Men’s OpenNew Zealand 11 (Quinn 3, Robinson 3, Rhind-Rogers 2, Cavanagh 2, Soutar-Finch touchdowns) defeated Japan 6 (Kawaguchi 2, Kaji, Hori, Hamada, Nakamichi touchdowns)Australia 15 (Francis 4, Hoch 4, Marshall King 3, Norman, Moylan, Barton, Bundy touchdowns)  defeated Japan 3 (Kaji, Kanabe, Nakamichi touchdowns)Related LinksInternational Serieslast_img read more

10 months agoTottenham blow as Son named in South Korea’s Asian Cup squad

first_imgTottenham blow as Son named in South Korea’s Asian Cup squadby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHeung min-Son will likely miss a month of football for Tottenham after he was called for South Korea’s Asian Cup squad.It is terrible timing for Son and Spurs, with the winger recently finding his scoring boots, scoring in last night’s EFL Cup quarter-final win over Arsenal.The 27-year-old will join up with his international teammates after playing Manchester United on January 13.If South Korea make it into the final, Son could miss Premier League games against Fulham, Watford and Newcastle, as well as the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final against Chelsea. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoBarcelona coach Valverde: I expect big 2019 from Dembele

first_imgBarcelona coach Valverde: I expect big 2019 from Dembeleby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde is expecting big things from Ousmane Dembele in 2019.Valverde insists he’s counting on the France attacker, despite his disciplinary woes this season.”Dembélé? He plays, he scores these days, and we hope he can continue to make the right decisions,” said Valverde. “We expect a lot from him for the coming year.”Dembele scored in victory over Celta Vigo on Saturday. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoLiverpool boss Klopp expects long ball battle against Sheffield Utd

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp expects long ball battle against Sheffield Utdby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp expects a long ball battle against Sheffield United.The Blades host Liverpool today.Klopp said, “Everybody is responsible for everything. Easy as that. When the other team has the ball I don’t see any reason why you should not defend. If you over-play then you can chase the guy from behind!“Hopefully we have the ball a lot, then we have to do something with it. We will play against a compact formation but they don’t only defend. The goalkeeper is pretty long with his goal-kicks so it is pretty clear where the challenges will be, second balls near our box. We have to be ready for these fights in football, have the right level of aggression. It’s not only about football. It’s a complex job to do, but it’s not the first time we play a team like this.” last_img read more

18 days agoSolskjaer tells Man Utd flops: You’re going to get me sacked

first_imgSolskjaer tells Man Utd flops: You’re going to get me sackedby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told his players they’re going to get him sacked.The Sun says he even warned them the axe could fall on him if they get thumped at home to Liverpool straight after the international break.United have had their worst start to a season in 30 years and a 1-0 defeat at Newcastle on Sunday left them just two points above the relegation zone.After the match Solskjaer ripped into the players and for the second week running branded their performance “embarrassing”.Then he warned them his job is now on the line despite a public vote of confidence from Ed Woodward a fortnight ago when the club’s financial results were released.In a no-nonsense message, Solskjaer also told the players their own futures were on the line as a new boss would not necessarily back them like he has. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 days ago​Cartoon time for Man City academy

first_img​Cartoon time for Man City academyby Ian Ferris10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City are teaming up with a group of media companies on a new animated series set inside the Premier League club’s training academy, according to Variety, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The US entertainment news outlet reports that the series, named Sky Blue Academy, will comprise 26 episodes centred around a group of boys and girls living and playing soccer at City’s training base, adding that the show could be up and running by early 2022.Variety said the show is a collaboration between the club, Singapore-based media firm August Media Holdings, Filipino company Synergy88 Entertainment and Spain’s Minoria Absoluta.The series will not feature the likes of Pep Guardiola or Raheem Sterling, according to Variety, due to complexities around image rights and how the turnover of players and staff could impact the time taken to create animations.Variety’s report added that August Rights, the distribution arm of August Media, will oversee international sales for the show, while there are also plans for a licensing and merchandise program for the series.”We are getting together with Manchester City to create a show inspired by their academy,” Jyotirmoy Saha, August Media’s founder and chief executive, told Variety. “We are creating a show where football stitches these friends together. It’s about relationships, how you play as a team, and the fun they have living together.” TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Martial: Solskjaer lets me express myself

first_imgAnthony Martial hailed the positive impact Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had on his game at Manchester United, praising the caretaker manager for allowing him to express himself.United have won all six fixtures since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho and have played with an attacking freedom that was rarely evident during the Portuguese’s tenure.Martial has scored once and made one assist since Solskjaer’s arrival, netting in the 5-1 demolition of Cardiff City in the Norwegian’s first game. 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? And he believes Solskjaer has had a big influence on him, telling Norway’s TV2 : “It is great for me to work with a manager who was attacking even when he was playing, just like me.”He comes with good advice, especially suggestions for positioning in front of goal and the actual finishing. There he helped me a lot.”The best advice I have received from him until now is that I have to play to my strengths. Don’t put pressure on myself. He says I have to express myself on the pitch. It is very nice to be able to get such advice from Solskjaer.”Recalling Solskjaer’s message to the players on a recent warm-weather training trip to Dubai, Martial added: “He talked a lot different when we were in Dubai. He told us about the tricks he picked up as a player and how lucky we are to be part of Manchester United.”We all know that he was great when he was a player. So we listen when he tells us something.”As well as inspiring better performances from Martial, Solskjaer has brought better form out of Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford, who both combined for the goal in the 1-0 win over Tottenham on Sunday. The 45-year-old has also invited his former United team-mate Giuseppe Rossi to train at Carrington while he looks for a new club, and Rossi also came out in support of Solskjaer’s impact earlier this week. Although he has not yet improved United’s league position, the Norwegian has bridged an eight-point gap to fifth-placed Arsenal. And with the Gunners taking on Chelsea this weekend, the Red Devils could deliver a blow to their rivals if they beat Brighton on Saturday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Report: Portugal 1 Netherlands 0

first_imgPortugal secured Nations League glory on Sunday as Goncalo Guedes’ second-half strike earned a 1-0 victory over Netherlands at the Estadio do Dragao.The host nation had been touted as favourites ahead of the inaugural Finals and they lived up to that billing in Porto, adding more major silverware to their European Championship triumph three years ago.Cristiano Ronaldo had netted a hat-trick in the 3-1 semi-final win over Switzerland but he was kept relatively quiet on this occasion by Virgil van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt. 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? Instead it was left to Guedes to settle matters, exchanging passes with Bernardo Silva and smashing home from the edge of the box, although Jasper Cillessen may feel he could have done better.Saiam da frente do Guedes #PORxNED | 1-0 | #TodosPortugal #NationsLeague #UNL pic.twitter.com/nlnJHzeam1 — Portugal (@selecaoportugal) June 9, 2019 Cillessen, winning his 50th cap, was the busier goalkeeper in the opening half-hour, although he was only called upon to make a trio of routine saves – twice from Bruno Fernandes long-range efforts either side of gathering Jose Fonte’s header.Fernandes remained a threat, curling narrowly over from the edge of the box as the hosts continued to look likeliest to score as the interval approached.Netherlands were sharper after the break and Rui Patricio got down smartly to thwart Georginio Wijnaldum, but on the hour Portugal had the goal their play deserved.Guedes found Silva, who returned the ball with a nicely disguised pass, and the Valencia man rifled into the bottom-right corner via the left hand of Cillessen.Patricio saved impressively from Memphis Depay’s header as Netherlands sought a swift response but the closest they came was Marten de Roon firing over from 20 yards as Portugal held on to lift another major international trophy. What does it mean? More success for Santos Portugal’s Euro 2016 success was built upon the foundation of a solid defensive base, but their Nations League semi-final win over Switzerland was a thoroughly entertaining affair and Fernando Santos’ side were a far superior attacking force against Netherlands.Ronaldo picks his battles Portugal’s talisman started off in a central role but, as the game wore on, he could be seen drifting out to the left with greater frequency. Perhaps frustrated by being so well shackled by De Ligt and Van Dijk, the Juventus star left a hole that Silva and Guedes surged into for the winner.Bernardo with the assist. Guedes with the finishA deserved lead? #NationsLeague pic.twitter.com/Bs52K2YjeP — UEFA Nations League (@UEFAEURO) June 9, 2019 Oranje lacking penetration In Van Dijk and De Ligt, Netherlands have a centre-back pairing that is the envy of world football. But their starting front three of Ryan Babel, Steven Bergwijn and Depay were largely ineffective on this occasion. Ronald Koeman will be praying his forwards can match the standards set by his imperious backline.Key Opta Facts- Portugal have won two of the last four competitive international tournaments they have appeared in, with their previous triumph coming at Euro 2016.- Portugal are the first European nation to host and win a final of a major competition since France beat Brazil 3-0 in the final of the 1998 World Cup.- Netherlands have lost four of their last five finals in major international tournaments (three in the World Cup, once in the Nations League).- Netherlands remain winless against Portugal when playing them in Portugal, drawing two and losing four of their six such meetings.- Goncalo Guedes has been directly involved in five goals in his last eight appearances for Portugal (three goals and two assists).What’s next? Portugal return to Euro 2020 qualifying with a trip to Serbia in September, when Netherlands will face a crunch clash against rivals Germany. read morelast_img read more

‘Nobody forced Neymar to sign!’ – PSG chief responds to exit reports

first_imgAmid the renewed speculation surrounding Neymar’s future, Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is eager to point out that “nobody forced him to sign here”.Exit talk has surrounded the Brazil international ever since he arrived in the French capital.A record-breaking €222 million (£200m/$262m) transfer took him to Parc des Princes in the summer of 2017, but many saw that move as a stepping stone. 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 suggestion was that Neymar wanted to escape the shadow of Lionel Messi at Barcelona and become a talismanic figure in his own right.Such a standing has been enjoyed at PSG, but rumours regarding another switch are never far away.The most recent gossip claims that Neymar is actively seeking a transfer after two years in Paris.Real Madrid are once again being mooted as a potential destination, along with Premier League giants Manchester United.PSG have offered no indication that they are looking to sell, amid recent claims from all concerned that no parting of ways will be made, but the Ligue 1 champions will not prevent unhappy stars from leaving.That is the stance being taken by Al-Khelaifi.He has stopped short of addressing the Neymar speculation directly, but has sought to shed some light on the situation.“I want players willing to give everything to defend the honour of the jersey and to join the club project,” Al-Khelaifi told France Football.“Those who do not want that, or do not understand, we will meet and we will talk to each other. “There are of course contracts to be respected, but the priority now is total membership of our project.“Nobody forced him to sign here. Nobody pushed him. He came knowingly to join a project.”Neymar PSG Paris Saint-Germain 2018-19Neymar is tied to terms with PSG until 2022.It would take another sizeable offer to free him from that deal, but Al-Khelaifi has suggested that he will seek to move any player on that does not buy into his vision.He has said of potential departures: “The players are going to have to assume their responsibilities even more than before.“It has to be completely different. They will have to do more, work more… They are not here to have fun.“And if they don’t agree with this point of view, the doors are open. Ciao!“I no longer want to have superstar behaviour.”last_img read more

Van Dijk: Chelsea still quality without Hazard

first_imgVirgil van Dijk expects to face a different Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup to the Eden Hazard-inspired side that troubled Liverpool last season.Hazard scored a thrilling winner when the Blues prevailed 2-1 in an EFL Cup tie at Anfield in September and opened the scoring in a 1-1 Premier League draw three days later.The star winger has since left for Real Madrid and his former club slumped to a 4-0 defeat at Manchester United in Frank Lampard’s first competitive match in charge. 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? Netherlands defender Van Dijk denied Hazard’s exit would mean Liverpool are set for an easier route to victory in this evening’s encounter in Istanbul.”[Hazard] is a quality player and he was important to them but I think they have plenty of quality players,” Van Dijk told reporters.”I think they play a little bit different than they did last year.”We will analyse them and then we will be prepared.”Nothing that happened last season will have any impact on what is going to happen. It is going to be a new game.The defender was, however, focused on his own side ahead of the match.The Reds picked up three points in their league opener with Norwich, and van Dijk is hoping the club can improve with every game, regardless of the competition.”They have a new situation at the club there but we want to do better than we did last year and we will see.”Liverpool head into the match without first-choice goalkeeper Alisson, who injured his calf against the newly-promoted side.New signing Adrian will step into the starting XI and Van Dijk believes the former West Ham goalkeeper is ready for the occasion.”I think he played many big games in his career so I don’t think he is going to be nervous or anything,” the centre-back said.”It is just that he has to do his job with us and hopefully we can win the trophy in the end.”Adrian entered the 4-1 victory over Norwich just before half-time after Alisson’s injury, but looks set to start against Chelsea tonight, with verteran goalkeeper Andy Lonergan expected to act as back-up.The former Preston and Leeds shot-stopper looks set to join Klopp’s side on a short-term contract, having played for the European champions during pre-season.last_img read more

Oklahoma Coach Lincoln Riley Takes Strong Stance On Zach Smith Situation At Ohio State

first_imgUrban Meyer shaking hands with Lincoln Riley after a game.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 09: Head coach Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners shakes hands with head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes after the Sooners defeated the Buckeyes 31-16 at Ohio Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)If you’re a head coach at the FBS level of college football, you’re going to be asked about the Zach Smith situation at Ohio State. Considering it has Urban Meyer’s status up in the air, it is understandable.We’ve heard from a few different big name coaches. No one wants to go out on a huge limb, for understandable reasons.Now, Lincoln Riley, whose Sooners beat Meyer’s Buckeyes last season, has addressed the situation.He didn’t bring up Meyer specifically, but drew a clear line in the sand: if anything like the Smith situation goes on within the Sooners staff, that coach is gone.Lincoln Riley: The Zach Smith situation at Ohio State is a good reminder for his staff. If anything happens like that at Oklahoma, “you won’t work here.” #Sooners— Jason Kersey (@jasonkersey) August 10, 2018Lincoln Riley is entering his second season as head coach of the Sooners.He took over the job after Bob Stoops’ abrupt retirement last spring. Things couldn’t have gone much better.The 34-year old head coach led Oklahoma to a Big 12 Championship, and a berth in the College Football Playoff, where the team lost a classic game to eventual runner-up Georgia at the Rose Bowl.Baker Mayfield had one of the best seasons we’ve ever seen for a college quarterback and won the Heisman under Riley’s tutelage.Of course, Oklahoma football has not been free of controversy. Ahead of the 2014 season, Stoops made the decision to keep running back Joe Mixon on the team after video surfaced of him punching a female OU student in the face at a restaurant. He wound up sitting out that year, before being reinstated the following year as a redshirt freshman.Riley was the offensive coordinator at ECU when Stoops made that decision. He joined Stoops’ staff in January 2015.last_img read more

Former Star College WR Accused Of Giving 5-Star Recruit Money

first_imgGeneral view of Michigan Stadium during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 1, 2016 at Michigan Stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – APRIL 01: General view of Michigan Stadium during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 1, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)A former top recruit’s father’s testimony over the past week has rocked the college basketball world. Brian Bowen Sr., father of former five-star recruit Brian Bowen, has revealed several major college basketball programs allegedly offered money to his son.Bowen eventually signed with Louisville, but was ruled ineligible by the NCAA.On Tuesday, Bowen Sr. testified that he received money from a former Michigan wide receiver. According to Kyle Rowland, Bowen said he received $5,000 from Tai Streets for his son to play for Streets’ AAU team.Here’s more from Rowland.According to @DanWetzel, Brian Bowen Sr. testified Tuesday that he received $5,000 from former Michigan WR Tai Streets. Brian Bowen II played for Meanstreets, an AAU team founded by Streets, at the time of the payment.— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) October 9, 2018Streets was a standout wide receiver for the Wolverines and was seen as one of the top draft picks in the 1999 NFL draft. However, Streets ruptured his Achilles tendon before the draft in a pickup basketball game and fell to the sixth round.The former Michigan star has now been accused of paying a recruit for his abilities – albeit on the AAU court.We’re likely to hear more of these stories as Bowen continues his testimony.last_img read more

Punishment Revealed For Alabama Player Who Punched Opponent

first_imgalabama player caught punching an opponentLast weekend, an Alabama football star was caught by ESPN’s cameras throwing multiple punches at a Missouri lineman while he was on the ground after a play. Somehow, the Crimson Tide standout wasn’t ejected from the contest – though he did receive a penalty.Raekwon Davis, a junior All-SEC defensive lineman for Nick Saban’s team, was penalized for some after-the-play misconduct.In the wake of the incident, Nick Saban said he would take playing time away from the star lineman, though did not specify how much time Davis would miss.Just before kickoff of the Crimson Tide’s game against Tennessee, it was revealed that Davis will sit for the first half.Alabama DL Raekwon Davis is warming up with the second team defensive line. LaBryan Ray and Phidarian Mathis have been with the starters. Nick Saban said Monday that Davis’ playing time should be affected by his actions against Missouri.— Ben Jones (@BW_Jones) October 20, 2018The star lineman won’t be able to play for the first 30 minutes, though Alabama’s defense should be just fine without him. Tennessee’s offense has struggled for the majority of the season and a match-up against the Crimson Tide won’t change that.Alabama and Tennessee can be found on CBS.last_img read more

Kangana Ranaut meets PM Narendra Modi at India Today Conclave 2019. See pics

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 3, 2019UPDATED: March 4, 2019 09:10 IST Kangana Ranaut met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the India Today Conclave 2019. (Photo: Sushant Mehta)The India Today Conclave 2019 in Delhi saw the biggest names from the world of politics, business, sports and entertainment under one roof. The two-day event ended with a bang, with an address by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Kangana Ranaut, who was also one of the speakers at the India Today Conclave 2019, met PM Narendra Modi at the event. The priceless pictures are going viral on the internet. Take a look for yourself:Met @PMOIndia with #KanganaRanaut post my session with Kangana at the #IndiaTodayConclave2019 #LetsCoclave19 #ModiAtConclave19 pic.twitter.com/oNt9ELc2Rm Sushant Mehta (@Sushant_IToday) March 2, 2019Private meet-and-greet with PM Modi minutes before his riveting session with our editor in chief Mr Aroon Purie #LetsCoclave19 #ModiAtConclave19 pic.twitter.com/z4hxWyhveK Sushant Mehta (@Sushant_IToday) March 3, 2019Earlier, Kangana had backed PM Narendra Modi and said that he deserved to come to power again. “He is the most deserving candidate. It’s not because of his mummy and papa that he has reached this position. This should not be taken away from him. He deserves this place and he has earned it by sheer hard work. There is no conflict, doubt about his credibility as the prime minister,” she said at an event last year.At the India Today Conclave 2019, PM Narendra Modi spoke about his tenure in office and said that when he became prime minister, he did not know how to go about things. “When I came to Delhi in 2014, I didn’t know many things. I didn’t know how a Central government is run. Neither was I from a known family where they will say, ‘Six people of this family ruled, so he will too,'” he said.advertisement”I could have fitted snugly into the old system, but I did not,” he added.The prime minister urged the Opposition to find faults with his government’s work and policies, but told them to not oppose matters concerning national security.”I am surprised that when the whole country is standing shoulder-to-shoulder with armed forces, some people suspect our forces. These people have moved from being critical of Modi to criticising their own country. You might as well be strengthening people like Masood Azhar and Hafiz Saeed,” he said.ALSO READ | Kangana Ranaut on Pulwama attack: I wanted to go to the border, snatch a gun and do the deedALSO WATCH | Kangana Ranaut tears into Hrithik Roshan and talks feminism at Conclave 2019Get 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 Kangana RanautFollow Narendra Modi Kangana Ranaut meets PM Narendra Modi at India Today Conclave 2019. See picsKangana Ranaut and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were both speakers at the India Today Conclave 2019 in Delhi.advertisementlast_img read more

Jawa, The Forever Bike: Here is a coffee table book worth having

first_img Next Rahul Ghosh New DelhiApril 5, 2019UPDATED: April 8, 2019 18:24 IST Jawa, The Forever Bike has been authored by Adil Jal Darukhanawala.HIGHLIGHTSJawa, The Forever Bike encompasses the entire life of the Jawa brand all the way to its resurrection in India.Chapter 24 takes you through the last days of the Mysore factory and gives you a glimpse of the factory floor.The book is available on request for purchase.So most of you must be wondering what the book! But let me tell you one thing. The charm of holding a coffee table book has no comparison to reading one on a fancy tablet. That’s where Adil Jal Darukhanawala’s latest creation titled ‘Jawa, The Forever Bike’ comes in.The author if you might not be aware has in the past created a plethora of books on motor vehicles and each one of them is nothing short of being a collector’s item. This one though can be hailed as the Bible for the lovers of the Jawa brand. The book encompasses the entire life of the Jawa brand all the way to its resurrection in India. Jawa, The Forever Bike: Back cover of the book.The chapter wise tale takes you through all stages of Jawa. Right from describing and writing about each and every model to how Jawa created a ruckus in the world of motorsport in the past. The author has also brought in a third dimension by introducing the human element here when he gets talking to those who raced these bikes in the past! What a story it is!To me though Chapter 24 is the most special and an emotional one at that! The chapter takes you through the last days of the Mysore factory and gives you a glimpse of the factory floor. Pictures of bikes which we never saw on Indian roads standing there gathering dust and some really rare specimens of special project bikes. What a story. Last but not the least; we do have a proper look at the new range of Jawa bikes.advertisementThe book is available on request for purchase and you can write into info@adiljal.com to get your copy. Take our word and write in.ALSO READ | Volvo Cars India registers 25% sales growth to 2,687 units in Financial Year 2018-19ALSO READ | Jeep Compass Sport Plus sale starts, new variant priced at Rs 15.99 lakhALSO READ | TVS Radeon crosses 1 lakh sales milestone since launch in August 2018Get 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 Posted byVarun Singh Tags :Follow new bookFollow New book launchFollow Jawa bookFollow Jawa book launchFollow New Jawa book Jawa, The Forever Bike: Here is a coffee table book worth havingThe chapter wise tale takes you through all stages of Jawa. Right from describing and writing about each and every model to how Jawa created a ruckus in the world of motorsport in the past.advertisementlast_img read more