Brandt deal to frustrate Liverpool & Barca

first_imgTransfers Liverpool and Barcelona target Brandt open to new Bayer Leverkusen contract Jamie Smith 19:15 1/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Julian Brandt Bongarts Transfers Liverpool Huddersfield Town v Liverpool Premier League Bayern München Bayer Leverkusen Bundesliga Barcelona Primera División The highly-rated Germany international winger has sparked plenty of transfer talk in recent months, but he is prepared to snub interest and stay put Julian Brandt is open to signing a new contract to commit his future to Bayer Leverkusen despite being linked to European giants including Barcelona, Liverpool and Bayern Munich. Brandt’s four league goals have contributed to a fine season for Leverkusen, who are second in the Bundesliga table after 20 matches, albeit 16 points behind champions Bayern.Germany international Brandt told Omnisport in October it was an “honour” to be linked with Barcelona, while Bayern hold a long-term interest in the 21-year-old. 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 But with Leverkusen on track to return to the Champions League after finishing in the bottom half of the Bundesliga last season, Brandt could remain at the BayArena.”It’s all possible,” Brandt told Kicker of a possible new contract.”The fact is that I feel comfortable here, I really enjoy playing in this team, but in the future, nothing has yet been decided.”No question, we are on a great path. What the coach [Heiko Herrlich] says, how we play, the squad: it’s all there and that’s a great foundation.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH

first_imgWelcome to the post State Cups/Aussie Cup edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch. It was a huge weekend and as a result it is a big edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch that you’ll find below… * It was a massive weekend as a huge number of teams gathered for the NSW State Cup, Queensland State Cup and Australia Cup. In NSW there were 36 teams in the Mixed Open along, a signal of our growing strength in the Mixed style of play and also the interest in playing Mixed rather than just Mens or Womens. * The Touch Football Australia Annual General Meeting has been set for the 11th February 2006. Keep an eye on the website today for all of the appropriate paperwork. * Attention NTL referees: The early bird discount for nomination for the 2005 NTL closes on Wednesday 14th December. To be eligible for the discount, simply enter your nomination by this date. Please note…you do not have to pay by this date, simply nominate! It’s a great deal. Referee gear order forms will be out within the next week. This will also include the levy payment section. The form will be a little different to usual, as we’ll be offering gear with both the new logo and the old logo. Gear with the old logo will be available at a reduced price for anyone keen to pick up a bargain. * Rain was certainly the talk of the weekend as teams braved less than ideal conditions for the 2005 NSW and Queensland State Cups and the Australia Cup. Thankfully for those in Queensland, the storm conditions from Thursday and Friday cleared beautifully for grand final day on Saturday and led to many ending up sun burnt rather than soaking wet. Congratulations to the Queensland Staff, who handled the difficult conditions beautifully and kept all teams informed of fields changes and game changes. It was great to see the Queensland State Cup back in action and the event will no doubt get even bigger and better as the years go on. Congratulations also to the teams from ACT, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and Northern Territory, who traveled to Queensland for the Australia Cup (held in conjunction with the State Cup). It certainly added another dimension to the competition and even further depth. * Thank you also to the Japanese teams who traveled to Queensland for the event. Japan sent over 2 Mixed teams, who took part in the round matches. They improved consistently through out the tournament and received expert guidance and assistance from several Queensland and Australian players and coaches at the event. The Japanese players weren’t daunted by the difficult conditions and seemed to love every minute of the event. They came to Kawana with an aim to further develop their knowledge, as well as the skills and experience of their players. Aiming for the 2007 World Cup, the Japanese were fantastic guests to have in town. * Vince McDonald has been appointed Business Manager for Touch Football Australia. Welcome onboard Vince! For the full story please see the following article: VINCE MCDONALD APPOINTED BUSINESS MANAGER * Each State Touch office, as well as the National office will be closed for a period of time over the Christmas break. Please see the following article for the closure dates for each office: CHRISTMAS OFFICE CLOSURES * Congratulations to TouchWest legend…At the Annual General Meeting of TouchWest on Saturday 26th November, the TouchWest Board unanimously supported the induction of a new TouchWest life member. Karon Boston has been involved in Touch Football in Western Australia for over 20 years, and in this time has contributed a great deal to the development of the sport at all levels in a variety of different functions. * Happy birthday to TFA’s Maree Curran for next Tuesday, December 13. Remember to drop her an email or give her a call, wishing her all the best. Have a great day Maree, we love you you’re not looking any older to us. * The National 18 Years Training Squad is rapidly approaching. The selected players have been returning their player profile forms…you can view these simply by holding your mouse over the `National Teams’ tab and then following the links through Junior Teams etc or by simply using the following link: 2006 AUSSIE 18’S SQUAD- PLAYER PROFILES Just click here and then enter Player Profiles to see all of the individual profiles. * The Southern Suns are the latest NTL permit to name their sides for the 2006 tournament. To see who was selected or just to check out your competition, use the following link: SUNS NTL SIDES * If you’re interested in entering a team for either the Yass or Cootamundra knockout in 2006, just check out the following site: YASS/COOTAMUNDRA KNOCKOUT * Remember, if you have any info for Sixty Seconds in Touch, or you have an event you would like added to the 2006 Calendar of Events on our website, just email the details to Rachel at media@austouch.com.au By Rachel Grantlast_img
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TFA Coaching Newsletter

first_imgThe latest TFA Coaching Newsletter is now available containing information about: – Coaching Philosophy– Coaching Assessment– Caffeine and HydrationThe articles are available from the “Newsletter” section of the National Coaches website – http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-728-0-0-0Thanks to Dennis Coffey for providing the article content.last_img

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Day 3 Games Suspended

first_imgLIVE UPDATES: 9:00am AEST Due to the weather in Coffs Harbour, all games on Day 3 of the Touch World Cup have been suspended. Tournament Control has advised that they are confident that games will go ahead tomorrow, Saturday 2nd May. A Tournament Panel is meeting today to decide on the structure of games for Day 4 and 5.Further information will be provided this afternoon about Day 4 and 5. Please check back for updates.Stay tuned to www.touchworldcup.com for updates.   Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the Australian teams at the 2015 Touch World Cup:Website – www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (#TWC2015)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia Related LinksDay 3 Games Suspendedlast_img read more

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Captain Interview – Cameron Nicholls

first_imgWe were lucky enough to catch up with Cameron Nicholls, newly appointed captain of the Australian Mixed Open side, at the recent Trans Tasman Training Camp. A very busy few days for the players, however we stole a couple of minutes to see how preparations are going, and also how it feels to be named captain of his country. The camp is over, how is the Mixed Team looking going into the Tour?The team is looking good. Camp went well, we are bonding together after a couple of weekends in a row together in training camps, so there is a good vibe going on in the team.There’s a few new faces in the team, how’s everyone feeling?It is exciting! Some of the girls I haven’t had the opportunity to play with before and some of the boys I have known for some time but have not been able to stand next to. Really exciting is the word that comes to mind first and foremost. Now it is just about moving forward with the bonds and understanding the different nuance with those new players. But the key word is exciting!Who are you looking forward to seeing out on the park? What do they add to the team?There really is a couple of smoking guns, if you will, and it’s certainly exciting with blokes like Ciaran Toner coming into the team, Kat Stevens and Paige Parker. They have been through the youth programs and now they are into the Open’s platform. It will bring a different element for our team, certainly a changing of the guard but should be a positive step forward.What do you think the toughest part is taking on the Kiwi’s on their home soil?They go to a different level. I experienced it personally in 2013 with a shattering loss to NZ so they find an extra level with this passion, determination and physicality. I cast my mind back to 2013 and we were just ambushed. By having some debutants and the changing of the guard we really have to address that and make sure we are all forewarned that that’s what you have to expect. We have been working on that a little bit and as I have said to the team, that feeling of losing to NZ you don’t ever want to know what it is like particularly on their home soil because it’s a long flight home.You’ve been named Captain of your country, what does that mean to you?Thinking when I started playing this game a long time ago as a youngster with my dad, I would have never thought I would get to this level. In our team, there’s various levels of leadership so someone has to have the ‘C’ next to their name, but it’s a combined and collaborative leadership approach. We’ll be keeping you up-to-date with all of the latest news, information and results from the series on our website and social media channels, so you won’t miss any of the action: It’s a massive honour for myself but I don’t take on the leadership role wholly and solely. It is something very special and I look forward to doing it with some of my closest friends leading this team hopefully to victory on NZ soil. center_img Facebook: www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter: www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram: www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube: www.youtube.com/touchfootballausSnapchat – search for ‘TFAofficial’Be sure to use the hashtags #transtasman2016, #oneteam and #teamaustralia across all of our social media platforms and send in your message of support for the teams on our social media channels as well.Related LinksCaptain Interviewlast_img read more

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2018 State of Origin results

first_imgState of Origin is one of the biggest rivalries in touch footy, and New South Wales and Queensland battled fiercely right up until the end, with the result in the balance until the final few games at Redcliffe’s Dolphin Oval.The two states were locked at five divisions all, with the Maroons needing to win three of the last four divisions to claim victory. Of those divisions, only the Queensland Women’s Open team was victorious, so the shield was returned to the Blues, who ended the series with an 8-6 overall series win.For full game results, click here.DIVISION RESULTSM55s: 2-1 NSWM50s: 3-0 NSWM45s: 3-0 NSWW40s: 3-0 QLDM40s: 3-0 NSWW35s: 2-1 NSWM35s: 3-0 QLDW30s: 2-1 QLDM30s: 2-1 QLDW20s: 2-1 NSWM20s: 3-0 QLDMixed Open: 2-1 NSWW Open: 2-1 QLDM Open: 2-1 NSWPLAYERS OF THE SERIESM55s: Joseph Lancuba (NSW)M50s: Mark Hearnden (NSW)M45s: Mark Leonard (NSW)W40s: Jodie Gair (QLD)M40s: Darren Reynoldson (NSW)W35s: Kylie Stewart (NSW)M35s: Aaron Jones (QLD)W30s: Kelly Kennedy (QLD)M30s: Michael Baartz (QLD)W20s: Brittney Clifford (NSW)M20s: Blake Moore (QLD)Mixed Open: Dylan Thompson (NSW)W Open: Paige Parker (QLD)M Open: Scott Buckley (NSW)last_img read more

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10 months agoKlopp: Liverpool an enjoyable city

first_imgKlopp: Liverpool an enjoyable cityby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he feels at home on Merseyside.Klopp is tied to the Reds until 2022.He told Sky Sports: “I enjoy everything apart from the weather! It should be winter but it’s still autumn until March probably, and everything else is really cool.”If you have the right people around you, you could pretty much live everywhere. Family isn’t a problem, our sons, our friends love it as well, Liverpool is an enjoyable city, and if you don’t have my face you can go out and have a lot of fun.”Everybody I know who has visited me in the past loves the city, loves the stadium, loves the club, so everything is good but I don’t think too much about it.”My life feels natural, more and more, and the better the language gets, the more and more for me you are with all the people around, all the traditions and it’s nice. It was a conscious decision to come here, and it has worked out well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer: FA Cup our best chance

first_imgMan Utd boss Solskjaer: FA Cup our best chanceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits the FA Cup is their best at a trophy this season.United are into the fourth round after victory over Reading.Before the tie, Solskjaer revealed he’s loved his brilliant start at the club after winning all four of his games. He told BT Sport: “It’s been a hectic couple of weeks but it’s been fantastic and now the FA Cup is a great competition to be in and you can win at the end as it is a trophy we can go for.”I’m going to enjoy it however long it is going to be. Five months, four months, three months – it doesn’t matter. I’m going to enjoy it for as long as I’m here. If you don’t enjoy being at Man United, you’re not going to enjoy working in football.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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9 months ago​Ward-Prowse thriving under tough Southampton boss Hasenhuttl

first_img​Ward-Prowse thriving under tough Southampton boss Hasenhuttlby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJames Ward-Prowse is loving life under new Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.While the German has not been easy on anyone in the squad, the upturn in results has shown his impact.He has got the Saints out of the drop zone for now. But there is still much work to be done. And Ward-Prowse is one of those who is pleased with the new boss’ methods.The 24-year-old said to the Daily Echo: “That’s been difficult, when a new manager comes in you want to impress and you want to be in his plans.”I travelled to Huddersfield and I was 19th man, that hit me quite hard.”I was thinking ‘What’s going on here?'”But, it’s never been in my nature to be like that (sulking) I’m the kind of person who cracks on and tries to prove them wrong, in training I try to keep my head down as a player and a person”Then two weeks later at Derby I was captain. That was a bit of a change around and I’ve been pleased with how I’ve kicked on for the last couple of weeks.”He was obviously impressed enough to keep me in there. There are so many ups and downs that you have to make sure you’re ready when the opportunity comes.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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3 days ago​Arsenal leading AC Milan for RB Leipzig defender Upamecano

first_img​Arsenal leading AC Milan for RB Leipzig defender Upamecanoby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are at the head of the queue to sign promising defender Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig.The French defender has excelled in the Bundesliga and was linked with a summer move to the Gunners.They opted to let him develop for another year before making their move.Calciomercatosays Arsenal will move for the 20-year-old in the coming summer transfer window.AC Milan are also interested, but would find it hard to match Arsenal’s offer from a financial perspective.Upamecano would be the Gunners’ main summer target, as they hope to improve the centre of their defence. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Photo: ACC Championship Ticket Features Dismissed Duke Guard Rasheed Sulaimon

first_imgRasheed Sulaimon on a ticket.Tonight, North Carolina and Notre Dame will meet at the Greensboro Coliseum to decide the 2015 ACC Tournament Championship. In an incredibly awkward occurrence, a ticket for fans attending tonight’s title tilt features a picture of dismissed Duke guard Rasheed Sulaimon.@darrenrovell @YahooForde Today’s ACC Championship ticket, Rasheed Sulaimon pic.twitter.com/MaM984JAZS— Bobby Cooper (@bmrcoop) March 14, 2015Sulaimon, of course, was kicked off the Blue Devil team in late-January and was reportedly accused of rape by two female Duke students. Not exactly the face you want representing your conference, though most likely the tickets were printed in advance. Still, it’s been a rough week for the ACC from a production standpoint.last_img read more

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Bilic confirmed as West Brom boss

first_imgSlaven Bilic has been appointed West Brom’s new head coach.The Croatian, who was in charge of West Ham in the Premier League from 2015 to 2017, has signed a two-year deal with the Baggies.West Brom missed out on promotion from the Championship after they lost on penalties to eventual winners Aston Villa in the play-offs semi-finals. 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? They sacked Darren Moore in March, with James Shan taking charge for the rest of the season. “I’m delighted with this opportunity of course,” Bilic told West Brom’s official website.”We want to improve, we want to improve on the pitch and Albion have convinced me they want to return to the Premier League.”Albion have a short-term project and a long project, and they do not clash.”They wanted me to lead them, to help improve them. They made it clear they wanted me to be the one to lead them in this and I didn’t think twice once they had spoken to me.”50-year-old Bilic, formerly a towering central defender who spent time with Everton and West Ham during his playing career, has had a varied managerial career to date.Starting out at boyhood club Hajduk Split, he moved onto the Croatia U21 job before leading the Croatian senior team for six years.He had further spells at Lokomotiv Moscow and Besiktas, before an initially promising spell at West Ham eventually turned sour.Most recently, he spent five months with Saudi Arabian side Al-Ittihad, but was sacked after managing just three wins from 15 games.While West Brom enjoyed a largely positive first season back in the second tier, Bilic will have some work to do in the transfer market following the departure of some key men and others’ futures up in the air.Dwight Gayle, Tosin Adarabioyo and Jacob Murphy are among the loan players to have returned to their parent clubs, while Salomon Rondon and Jay Rodriguez are expected to be leaving the club permanently this summer.Their departures could give Bilic a welcome boost in the transfer market, and Baggies fans will be hoping he puts any funds to good use having signed the likes of Dimitri Payet, Michail Antonio and Manuel Lanzini during his time at West Ham.last_img read more

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AFCON on US TV: How to watch Salah, Mane & Africa’s stars at 2019 finals

first_imgThe 32nd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations begins in Egypt on Friday June 21, with the host nation hoping to make up for the disappointment of their early exit from the World Cup last summer.Led by Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah, who travelled to Russia but was evidently not fit to participate, the Pharaohs are chasing their eighth title but face stern competition from the likes of Senegal, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Cameroon, who are the defending champions from the 2017 edition in Gabon. They face Zimbabwe in the tournament curtain raiser this weekend.The tournament, which has traditionally been played in January and February but has been moved to the European off-season to accommodate the schedules of the majority of its players, was initially scheduled to start six days earlier, however, due to the close proximity of the end of Ramadan, which finished on June 3, a decision was taken to move the tournament back. 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? It means the final of the competition will now be played in Cairo on July 19, eating significantly into the pre-season plans of many of Europe’s top clubs, where a majority of the key stars play their football.Nevertheless, this promises to be a unique showcase for the African game, which can claim the spotlight without too many other distractions. Kick-off times will be earlier in the day than those of the Copa America and Gold Cup, while the Women’s World Cup in France is nearing its concluding stages.As such, there is bound to be significant interest in the competition, which will be available to view in the US.beIN Sports is the network that has claimed the rights to the games and will be showing each live on beIN Sports USA. Live streams of the fixtures can be found on beIN Sports CONNECT, which requires a subscription and a broadband internet connection. Subscribers can access the games on computers, mobile devices and smart phones. It can be accessed via the beIN Sports website as well as via the iOS and Android apps.In the United States (US), the game can be watched 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.Coverage in Spanish language, meanwhile, can be accessed via Fanatiz USA, which is a digital platform that offers live streaming of games.last_img read more

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Lampard best equipped to succeed at Chelsea – Terry

first_imgFrank Lampard is “better equipped” than any other prospective candidate to succeed at Chelsea should the club hire him as manager, says former team-mate John Terry.The Derby County boss is in talks to to take over the vacant position at Stamford Bridge, reuniting with the club where he made his name as one of the best midfielders of his generation.Former Blues coach Maurizio Sarri was allowed to leave after just one year in order to take charge of Juventus in his home country, leaving the Premier League outfit looking for a replacement. 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? If Lampard were to take the reins, he would be expected to at the very least match the success enjoyed under Sarri, including a top four finish and a Europa League crown, while contending with a transfer embargo.Terry, who will feature in the top flight next season as assistant to Dean Smith with newly-promoted Aston Villa after they beat Derby in the Championship play-off final, feels that his old friend is the right man for the job, implying that the 41-year-old would thrive in the pressure that the position would bring.“After the season he has had with Derby and with Chelsea’s transfer ban in place, there is no-one better equipped than Frank to succeed at Chelsea,” the 38-year-old was quoted in the Daily Mail. “It is perfect timing for him and the club.“Frank was under pressure to succeed at Chelsea the day he arrived from West Ham and he never hid from that. He revelled in it and went on to become Chelsea’s greatest-ever player. He is just as exacting on himself now as a manager.The former defender added that he did not feel there would be backlash from fans in hiring Lampard, who has only his loan season with Derby under his belt in terms of experience.”I don’t believe there will be any trepidation from supporters,” he added. “They love him. [He] is a legend and now is the right time for him to come home.”He would welcome that responsibility to make Chelsea more competitive. He has the tactical knowledge, enthusiasm and will have the backing of the players and fans to prove what he can do.”The London outfit will hope to confirm their new manager within the coming weeks, particularly ahead of their pre-season trip to Asia, when they will face La Liga champions Barcelona. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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‘Arsenal’s £40m Zaha bid is a liberty’

first_imgArsenal have seen their £40 million ($51m) bid for Wilfried Zaha branded “a liberty” by former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan.The Gunners have made a move for the Ivory Coast international after several weeks of speculation .Zaha is said to have opened the door for a possible switch, with the 26-year-old winger eager to link up with the club he supported as a boy . Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Arsenal, though, are considered to have fallen well short of the mark required to lure a prized asset away from Selhurst Park.There has been talk of £100m ($126m) valuations for Zaha , with Jordan hitting out at those from Emirates Stadium for trying to do another deal on the cheap.He told talkSPORT : “This is a liberty.“As much as a £40m transfer becomes a liberty, this is a liberty.“You’ve got Arsenal trading on a currency of trying to create division between the player and the football club.“If you want to buy a player like Wilfried Zaha… if [Riyad] Mahrez can go to Manchester City for £60m, then Zaha can go for £60m to £80m to Arsenal.“If they can’t afford him, they can’t afford him.”Wilfried Zaha Crystal Palace ArsenalArsenal have already been warned that they may not have the funds to land Zaha, with there other areas of their squad considered to be in greater need of strengthening.Former Premier League striker Dean Saunders is another who feels the Gunners are a long way off the mark when it comes to the pursuit of a proven creative influence.He added to talkSPORT: “How can they throw in a £40m bid when Aaron Wan-Bissaka has just gone to Manchester United for £50m as a right-back?“Outside the top six, Zaha is probably the best player in the Premier League.“He’s got to be valued at miles more than that as a winger/striker/number 10, wherever he wants to play.“He goes past people for fun and he’s played great over the last couple of years. He’s got to be worth £100m.”Over the course of the last three seasons, Zaha has contributed 26 Premier League goals and the same number of assists to the Crystal Palace cause.last_img read more

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Fake anti-racism campaigns don’t work – Evra

first_imgPatrice Evra says anti-racism campaigns in football such as Kick It Out are “fake” and ineffective in tackling the issue.The former Manchester United, Juventus and France defender was on the receiving end of racist remarks from Luis Suarez in a famous incident during a clash between the Old Trafford side and Liverpool in October 2011. Racism remains a big issue throughout world football, as has been highlighted by several recent high-profile incidents in England and Italy, where Moise Kean and Kalidou Koulibaly have suffered racial abuse. 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? FIFA, UEFA and national associations frequently face criticism for their inability to deal with the problem and Evra believes the biggest campaigns have done very little to help.Evra told The Daily Mail: “When I first came to England in 2006, Didier Deschamps said: ‘You will see this country is so open, you can be on the street, people can have yellow hair and red hair and nobody cares’.”And I saw so many different people with crazy stuff, crazy dress, and no one cares because you are free.”But when you are a football player, you are not allowed to have yellow hair. People are using this to create hate around that player even if he is performing well and I won’t accept that. The problem is in the English game. Black players aren’t abused when they walk on the street.”I love England. I have lived so many years in England. You can’t call the people in England racist. Italy is the same. But when they come in the stadium, they start to be like animals, acting like animals. That’s when they start to use everything for you to have a bad game.”Should I call them racists for that? I don’t know. There are different ways to hurt a player but I don’t know why you have to talk about his origin or colour. I don’t think it should be up to the players to fight it. It is the league. If the league keeps accepting it, one day something bad will happen.”The answer is not those official campaigns like Say No to Racism. I don’t want to wear the shirt Say No to Racism. They ask me to do those campaigns but I won’t because they are fake. The players don’t even know what it’s about. Some of them don’t even want to do it. So when I did that first Instagram video when I was dressed as a panda, it was because I wanted to affect kids. If you’re funny, you might reach more kids.”But don’t ask me to Say No to Racism like a robot because that won’t affect anyone. I am happy to do a campaign against racism but in my own way. Maybe I’m crazy but it is a good craziness.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Aduriz: I’ll help Athletic until my last day

first_imgAritz Aduriz said he will always be available to help Athletic Bilbao until the last day after his stunning bicycle kick downed Barcelona 1-0 in the La Liga opener.Aduriz plans to retire at season’s end but the 38-year-old Bilbao star showed he still has plenty of football left in the tank thanks to his unforgettable 89th-minute winner on Friday.The club great scored within a minute of his introduction via a spectacular overhead kick against the La Liga champions at San Mames. 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 Spanish striker, who played for the club three separate times throughout his career, has been with Athletic Bilbao since 2012 and has scored 172 goals in 391 games.He’s also featured for Real Valladolid, Mallorca and Valencia while earning 13 caps for Spain while making 13 appearances for the Basque County team.Aduriz’s goal saw him match a Lionel Messi scoring feat, having now scored in 15 consecutive seasons in Spain’s top flight, and the veteran striker revelled in the result.𝗗𝗼𝗻 𝗔𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘇 𝗔𝗱𝘂𝗿𝗶𝘇 𝗭𝘂𝗯𝗲𝗹𝗱𝗶𝗮 #AthleticBarça #AthleticClub   pic.twitter.com/ynTlM0ly9v — Athletic Club (@AthleticClub) August 16, 2019 “The team has been amazing,” Aduriz told reporters. “There is no better way to start than by adding three points against Barca. “I said I was going to be there to help Athletic until the last day and today I have been able to prove it.”The atmosphere of San Mames is always insurmountable, but it is true that today people have taken this game even more eagerly. “Athletic’s base is young people. You have to give them confidence and go slowly with them. They will help us a lot throughout the year.””Dedicated to my family and everyone who supports me,” Aduriz said of the goal. “These kind of things make football so beautiful.””Everything in life has a start and a finish. I’m grateful to be able to choose to end things where I’m happiest,” he continued. Y el gran protagonista de la noche, Aritz Aduriz: “Dije que iba a estar para ayudar al Athletic hasta el último día y hoy he podido demostrarlo”#AthleticBarça #AthleticClub   pic.twitter.com/vzLPzGDgja — Athletic Club (@AthleticClub) August 16, 2019 Inaki Williams, who signed a nine-year contract extension with Bilbao following links to Manchester United, added: “I am very happy for Adu. “It’s his last season and I want him to say goodbye with as many goals as possible.”Athletic Bilbao will face Getfe in their next match while Barcelona will look ahead to a clash with Real Betis.last_img read more

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A Huge Non-Conference Game Has Been Scheduled To Open 2020 Season

first_imgA panorama view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during a game.TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers on October 24, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama and USC opened up the 2016 season against each other in Arlington, Texas. They will be doing the same thing again in the near future.The Crimson Tide and Trojans will kick off the 2020 season in the AdvoCare Classic at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, according to FBSSchedules.com. The game will be played on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020.Per FBSSchedules, Alabama will receive $6 million for the game. That’s a hefty pay day.The last time these teams hooked up, the Crimson Tide thrashed USC 52-6 in the 2016 opener.Alabama to receive $6 million for 2020 game vs. USC in Arlington – https://t.co/RhuKfe6Ucz pic.twitter.com/WZY3haJtzc— FBSchedules.com (@FBSchedules) May 17, 2018Alabama, which recently added home-and-home series with Texas and Notre Dame, has made it a recent tradition to open up with a Power 5 opponent at a neutral site. In recent years, Nick Saban’s team has played USC, Florida State, Wisconsin, Michigan, West Virginia and Virginia Tech.The Tide will face Louisville in Orlando to open the 2018 season and Duke in Atlanta to start 2019. After playing USC in 2020, Alabama has a 2021 opener scheduled against Miami in Atlanta.USC will conclude a two-year series with Texas this season. The Trojans will play BYU in 2019, 2021 and 2023 in addition to their yearly rivalry game against Notre Dame.This year’s AdvoCare Classic will feature Miami and LSU. Next year’s matchup is Oregon vs. Auburn.last_img read more

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Ohio State vs. Michigan Is Now Officially For The Big Ten East

first_imgHead coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines talk on the field prior to their game.COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: (R-L) Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines talk on the field prior to their game at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)It wasn’t pretty, but the Ohio State Buckeyes escaped Maryland with a 52-51 win. The Terrapins gave Ohio State all it could handle, taking the team to overtime and nearly pulling of the upset.After scoring a touchdown to come within one point, Maryland went for two and the win. However, an awful pass went awry and the Buckeyes escaped with their 10th win of the season.With the win, Ohio State can now look forward to its game against Michigan in Columbus next weekend. The Buckeyes and Wolverines will play for a spot in the Big Ten title game and a potential spot in the College Football playoff.⚫️⚫️⚫️⚫️-⚫️Compete. #GoBucks #WinTheMoment pic.twitter.com/jNu0AKvMqB— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) November 17, 2018Will Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines finally find a way to win against Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes? We’ll find out next weekend.Ohio State and Michigan take the field next weekend for a 12:00 p.m. ET kickoff. The game will be broadcast on FOX.last_img read more

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Veteran College Football Coach Has Been Fired

first_imgA generic picture of three footballs next to a pylonAnother college football coach has been fired.Charlotte veteran head coach Brad Lambert, who had led the program since 2011, is being let go, according to a report by FootballScoop.From the report:Source tells FootballScoop the University has made the decision to part ways with head coach Brad Lambert.In six seasons as head coach (who started the program), Lambert won 21 games. In FCS competition their first two seasons the 49ers won 5 games both seasons; but as they transitioned to FBS things got more challenging. The last four seasons the team has won 2, 4, 1 and 4 games respectively. Lambert accepted the opportunity to begin the program in early 2011. He previously had served on Wake Forest’s staff for a decade, the final three seasons as defensive coordinator.Charlotte (4-7) closes their season at FAU Saturday. One source we spoke with believes he will coach their final game; but that decision was not final at that time.Lambert had previously served as an assistant coach at Wake Forest, Georgia and Marshall.Stay tuned for an official announcement.last_img read more

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