Boateng hails ‘brilliant’ Pep and ‘beautiful’ Man City

first_imgJérôme Boateng Boateng hails ‘brilliant’ Guardiola and ‘beautiful’ Manchester City Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 16:00 2/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Bayern München Guardiola Manchester City v West Bromwich Albion Burnley v Manchester City Mainz 05 v Bayern München Bayern München v Beşiktaş Basel v Manchester City Mainz 05 West Bromwich Albion Manchester City Burnley Beşiktaş Basel Premier League Bundesliga UEFA Champions League The World Cup winner played under Guardiola for three years at Bayern and believes the Spaniard has taken his former club to new levels Jerome Boateng has hailed Pep Guardiola as “brilliant” and described Manchester City’s football this season as “beautiful”.Boateng worked together with the Catalan for three seasons at Bayern Munich, winning three German league titles and two doubles between 2014 and 2016.City are 15 points clear in the Premier League and remain on course for a quadruple with a Carabao Cup final against Arsenal looming later this month, and the Germany international puts that down to the coach. 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 “He’s brilliant,” the World Cup winner told Goal. “For me, tactically, he is the best.“This season City bought a lot of good players. They have a lot of money.“Now you see more that it’s his team. They play very good football. It’s beautiful to watch.”The 29-year-old played one season at City, the 2010-11 campaign, before moving to Bayern, where he became a treble winner in 2013. City could well rival the Bundesliga giants for the Champions League this season with the Germans safely into the draw for the last 16, where they will face Besiktas over two legs.The European landscape is crowded with top quality sides – such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain – but Boateng believes Bundesliga teams should be doing a lot better on the continental stage.Bayern were the only German side to make it out of the group stage, with Hoffenheim falling at the qualifiers and RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund both finishing third in their respective groups. Pleasure to interview world champ @jeromeboateng video and quotes on @goalglobal soon #fcbayern #miasanmiaA post shared by Peter Staunton (@peterstauntongoal) on Jan 28, 2018 at 3:14am PST“Obviously, we want to go as far as we can,” Boateng said. “As a country, I think Germany can do better – much better – international wise.“The last years before were better but now there are tough leagues. The English League, the Spanish, Italian, they have good teams but at the end of the day we have a very strong squad and we will try to win it.“Of course it will not be easy.”Bayern suffered a catastrophic 3-0 loss to PSG in the group stage which ultimately cost Carlo Ancelotti his job as coach before gaining revenge on the last matchday on home soil in December.“There were different players on the pitch but at home we play always better,” Boateng said of the two games. “In Paris, we didn’t play well. We didn’t follow the game plan too well that Mr Ancelotti gave us.“But it’s a new situation now and we are very happy and positive at the moment,” said Boateng, who also hailed the impact of returning coach Jupp Heynckes.“You see how comfortable the team is,” he said. “He has great experience, he’s like a father figure for our team and everybody follows him. You see it in our games we play way better than before.”last_img read more

Del Bosque: England have not developed tactically

first_imgWorld Cup ‘England have not developed tactically’ – Former Spain manager Del Bosque Ben Spratt Last updated 1 year ago 19:44 6/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) World Cup England Portugal v Spain Tunisia v England Spain The World Cup and European Championship winner believes the Three Lions’ lack of success at international level is not due to a lack of quality World Cup-winning coach Vicente del Bosque believes a lack of tactical team development could be the root cause of England’s problems at international level.Spain, like England, struggled to convert their obvious talent into results on the biggest stage until Luis Aragones guided his country to glory at Euro 2008, with Del Bosque then winning both the World Cup and the next European Championships after taking over in charge of the national team.And the former Real Madrid boss does not feel England’s issue is a lack of talent, leading him to suggest they follow Spain’s example and find a style that gets the best out of their players. 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 “I see England as a country where the players have big feelings for their shirt,” Del Bosque told Omnisport.”I am sure it is very emotional for them to play with the national team, but they haven’t done anything and you cannot say they have bad players. They have had good players.”I don’t know but maybe they haven’t developed tactically as other countries have done.”[Spain] have been always a country with good sport individuals but now we do work really good collectively. That’s an improvement for our country compared with other countries, who do not.”Spain start their bid for glory at this year’s World Cup with a huge clash with European champions Portugal on June 15, while England go up against Tunisia in their opening fixture three days later.last_img read more

New Zidane? Man Utd’s €100m target Milinkovic-Savic

first_imgTransfers Who is Sergej Milinkovic-Savic? The €100m Man Utd target compared to Zidane Mark Doyle Deputy Features Editor Last updated 1 year ago 06:00 6/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Sergej Milinkovic-Savic Lazio Getty Images Transfers World Cup Lazio Manchester United Serie A Premier League Costa Rica v Serbia Serbia Costa Rica Real Madrid Primera División Paul Pogba Zinédine Zidane Yaya Touré Opinion Serbia sacked their coach in order to ensure their star midfielder’s participation in this summer’s World Cup – now the pressure is on to deliver Before Wednesday’s sensational developments at the Spain camp in Krasnodar, the most surprising coaching decision taken by one of the nations involved in this summer’s World Cup had been Serbia sacking Slavoljub Muslin last October.The 64-year-old had led the country to top spot in UEFA Group D, ahead of Republic of Ireland and Wales, yet three weeks after sealing their spot in Russia with a 1-0 win over Georgia in Belgrade, Muslin was relieved of his duties.Why? Because he refused to pick Serbia’s biggest star, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move The midfielder had garnered a reputation as one of the most talented young players on the planet by inspiring Serbia to victory at both the European Under-19 Championship, in 2013, and the Under-20 World Cup two years later. Then, after moving to Lazio in 2015, he justified the hype with a string of dynamic displays.Yet Mulsin could find no place for him in his Serbia side, feeling that Milinkovic-Savic did not have the requisite skills to play in a midfield two in his preferred 3-4-3 formation.”The coach is the one that selects players and if he gets a good result, he is right,” Muslin argued. “We qualified for the World Cup without him, didn’t we? Also, Dusan Tadic, who played in his position, had four goals and eight assists! So, it made sense to play Tadic and Adem Ljajic in midfield. “Would I have called Sergej up for the World Cup? Theoretically, yes. I have nothing against the lad; he is great player.”But no one has a guaranteed place in the squad.”Unfortunately for Muslin, Serbian Football Association (FSS) chief Slavisa Kokeza didn’t agree. Kokeza was dissatisfied with the country’s performances on the road to Russia and, according to Muslin, he was told to “change the way we play and change some players”. The message was clear: he had to pick Milinkovic-Savic.Muslin SerbiaOf course, it was easy to understand why Kokeza felt the Lazio ace warranted inclusion. By last summer, he was being linked with a move to one of Europe’s elite and now, after a spectacular season featuring 14 goals and eight assists in all competitions, he is arguably the most in-demand player in world football.Muslin’s response to Milinkovic-Savic’s fine form? “He’s playing well for Lazio – so what? [Karim] Benzema is a key striker at Real Madrid and has won three Champions Leagues in a row and he is not in the French national team, yet France don’t play badly because of that.”Indeed, the suggestion has always been that while Muslin rated Milinkovic-Savic as a player, he was unconvinced by his versatility and, more interestingly, his character.While still in charge of Serbia last October, he explained, “With me as a coach, a player has to have three qualities to get in the team: skill; he has to fit in the team as a player; and he has to fit in the team as person.”As far as Muslin was concerned, Milinkovic-Savic never ticked all three boxes. And, it must be said, Muslin is not the only figure in football to have taken a dislike to the 23-year-old.Milinkovic-Savic Serbia Caps PSMilinkovic-Savic was literally about to sign for Fiorentina on July 25, 2015 when the Serbian broke down in tears, confessing, “I’m sorry but I can’t. I really can’t.”Viola sporting director Daniele Prade was as annoyed as he was astounded. He refused to try to change the Genk midfielder’s mind. “We don’t beg anyone to come here,” Prade declared. “Sergej asked us to hold off on doing the medical so that he could speak with his girlfriend and then decide.”But, for us, that wasn’t on. If he has issues outside of football to resolve, then we’re going to take a step back and say, ‘Enough’.”In hindsight, perhaps the Viola should have been a little more patient and understanding – and not just because Milinkovic-Savic, almost inevitably, opened his Serie A account against Fiorentina, in January 2016. Prade’s hard-line response to his 11th-hour breakdown was perhaps justified but it wasn’t particularly shrewd, as it ultimately paved the way for Lazio to sign the Serbian the very next day for €9 million and the Viola’s loss has proved the Biancocelesti’s gain.That gain could be about to get a whole lot bigger.World Cup Group E PSLazio are set to demand at least €100m for their most valuable asset – and they could get it too, with Juventus interested and Manchester United particularly keen to take him to Old Trafford this summer.The cost could be prohibitive for the Bianconeri but they are desperate to upgrade their midfield with a genuine world-class talent and Milinkovic-Savic’s father, Nikola, believes “Juventus is the perfect team” for his son.As for the man himself, he has made no secret of his admiration for Jose Mourinho – “He is the best manager in the world!” – and he looks a perfect fit for the Portuguese, given he is as physically imposing as he is technically gifted.His father Nikoka is a former professional footballer, while his mother Milana played basketball – and it is also worth noting that his brother Vanja plays for Torino as a goalkeeper.He has long been a prodigious talent, too. His agent, former Chelsea striker Mateja Kezman, decided to sign him up after watching just 10 minutes of Milinkovic-Savic in action during a training session with Vojvodina’s youth team.Hernan Crespo is also in no doubt that the Spain-born starlet would excel in England. “Milinkovic-Savic is a great player,” the Argentine told Goal. “He is a player that plays everywhere. He is very physical. “If he went to the Premier League next season, he would be great. He plays very well as a physical midfielder and he gets into the box almost effortlessly. “I think he is ready to play for any club in Europe. I don’t talk about money but he is very strong.”Indeed, he has even been compared with France and Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane.”That comparison can only flatter me,” Milinkovic-Savic told “However, I see myself more as a Yaya Toure.”But I can see myself as a future playmaker. That is how I like to play most, and my last season in Lazio has proved it.”At this summer’s World Cup, he now has the chance to prove himself worth the €100m fee that Lazio are demanding.Doing so would also vindicate Kokeza’s decision to pick him to carry Serbia’s hopes in Russia – rather than Muslin.last_img read more

Southgate to unleash his bold new England

first_imgWorld Cup Southgate keen to unleash his bold new England on World Cup stage Dom Farrell 03:30 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Gareth Southgate Getty World Cup England Tunisia v England Tunisia The failures of recent years can be a lesson at Russia 2018, with the man in charge of the Three Lions enthused by his buoyant and youthful squad Gareth Southgate has long believed England can play technically proficient, possession football on the biggest stage – now they must prove it in their World Cup opener against Tunisia on Monday.Former Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and England centre-back Southgate was parachuted into the national team job following Sam Allardyce’s ignominious sacking in 2016, despite having not held a senior coaching position since being sacked by Boro on the other side of relegation in 2009.But the 47-year-old honed his craft and methodology under the employ of the Football Association and a stint in charge of England Under-21s positioned him to pick up the pieces after Allardyce fell foul of a newspaper sting. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Southgate has brought an England team to Russia more certain and defined in their style of play than any in recent memory, having settled upon a flexible 3-1-4-2 formation.Nevertheless, Monday’s assignment in Volgograd remains the acid test.”The players have really embraced it. I think they like playing possession football,” Southgate told a pre-match news conference.”That’s the way they play with their clubs, although there are tactical nuances between each coach.”They have a hunger to press and win the ball back. They want to play brave football and be a bold and attacking team.”That’s the way I want us to play and that’s the reason I joined the FA as Under-21 coach – I believed young English players could show something different.”There was a perception across the world and a perception of English football. I thought it was possible to change that.”I’ve seen without youth teams that’s started to happen and now we’re looking to convert that into the senior team.”England failuresThe relatively low initial expectations and building enthusiasm around Southgate’s youthful squad stands in stark contrast to the star names from earlier this century, who failed to match weighty demands from Three Lions supporters.”I think the history can help us in terms of understanding what we can improve upon and what we can do better. You learn lessons from the past,” Southgate said.”This team shouldn’t be burdened with it because they’re a fresh group. Most of them have very few international caps so the future is all ahead of them.”They’ve got to be thinking about what is possible. The players of the past and the opportunities of the past are gone.”This team is looking at things in a different way, trying to play in a different way. We have better technical players than we’ve had in the past coming through our academies.”There is a real enthusiasm and they’re looking forward to getting going.”last_img read more

Eriksson backs ‘new generation’ of England stars at World Cup

first_imgWorld Cup Eriksson backs ‘new generation’ of England stars to shine at World Cup Naim Beneddra 16:00 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) England Costa Rica 2018 Getty World Cup England Tunisia v England Tunisia The former Three Lions boss believes that Gareth Southgate’s youthful squad has every chance of a strong finish in Russia this summer Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has backed Gareth Southgate’s ‘new generation’ of stars to have a strong showing at the World Cup.The Three Lions open their campaign against Tunisia on Monday, having qualified for the finals in Russia by topping qualification Group F. England completed their preparations for the tournament with a 2-1 friendly victory over Nigeria at Wembley and a 2-0 win over Costa Rica at Elland Road. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move And Eriksson believes in the pool of talent representing the country in Russia this summer.”I think that they have a good team,” Eriksson told Goal . “They have a lot of young and talented players, a new generation.”If they’re not too tired and if there are no injuries, they can have a good World Cup. I hope so, and I think so.”Eriksson took charge of the England national team at three major tournaments across his five-year spell as manager, being eliminated at the quarter-final stage in both the 2002 and 2006 World Cups and also the 2004 European Championship.His appointment as national team manager came after successful spells in Italy with Roma and Lazio and was followed by stints in charge of Manchester City, Leicester City and the Mexico national team.Being in charge of England, though, remains the 70-year-old’s most treasured time in his illustrious coaching career.”England was the biggest coaching job that I had,” Eriksson continued. “You know, in England, the football is connected to all the things in a incredible way. I’m very proud to have been there.”We had some success. But, today, there is a new team, a new staff. I’m still supporter of England, and hopefully they will do a good World Cup.”The 2006 World Cup saw England enter the finals as one of the favourites to lift the trophy in Germany, with the likes of David Beckham, Michael Owen, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard at the peak of their powers.And while Eriksson believes that his side should have progressed further than the last eight, he stopped short of labelling the squad as the best the country has ever seen.”We had a good team,” Eriksson said. “There is no doubt about that. But is it the strongest team? I don’t know.”In the UK, the people said that we should’ve won the World Cup, but two years later, when I was gone, they didn’t qualify for the Euros. So, I don’t know how the people look at that. But, yes, in 2006 we had a good team.”I thought we would go further, and not only me – all of the players and the whole group thought we would do better than the quarter-finals. We didn’t do it. We lost in the penalty shootout against Portugal.Carragher, David Beckham, Sven-Goran Eriksson, Lampard, Crouch_EnglandRonaldinho’s long-range effort eliminated England in the quarter-finals of the 2002 tournament in Japan and Korea, despite Owen giving Eriksson’s side the lead in the first half.Rivaldo had levelled the game for the Selecao before Ronaldinho embarrassed David Seaman in the England goal with a strike from 40 yards out, dumping the Three Lions out of the competition.Eriksson and his England team then met Portugal at the same stage in the 2006 finals but were again stopped from reaching the last four, this time on penalties following a 0-0 draw in Gelsenkirchen.The game is remembered for a red card given to Wayne Rooney for a stamp on Ricardo Carvalho and the resulting confrontation between the then-Manchester United forward and his club-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.Despite his frustrations on the world stage and the Portugal defeat eventually leading to his dismissal, Eriksson is proud to have been England’s first foreign coach and sees no reason to dwell on his side’s finishes in major tournaments.”If you could play all these games once again you maybe could change something,” Eriksson said. “But you can’t go on in life thinking like that.”I think that we could have done better, but we were not bad. We reached twice quarter-finals. We lost against Brazil, who won after the world champion title.”My worst moment was in 2006, in Germany, without any doubt! The defeat in the knockout phase of the World Cup 2006 against Portugal.”That was unexpected and that was also my last game with the English national team. It was not a happy day.”last_img read more

TAS to Host SSA National Championships

first_imgProspect Park in Launceston will be the venue for the 2008 School Sport Australia National Touch Championships hosted by Touch Football Tasmania.In excess of 300 participants from all States and Territories will contest the ONLY truly National competition in the sport, from Monday 20th – Friday 24th October in 12 & Under and 15 & Under divisions.Trials are set to commence in Hobart on Sunday 18th May for Tasmanian teams being selected to represent in their home state, in boys and girls for both age divisions. For more information visit the Touch Football Tasmania websitelast_img

TFA Technical Surveys

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) would like to invite members to participate in some new Technical Surveys.TFA has put together three Technical Surveys – one on each of the Coach, Referee and Selector areas, in order to obtain information from members. We have a number technical initiatives in our 2008-2010 Strategic Plan and we are looking for feedback to help us best achieve our goals in these areas. Below are links to the surveys:Selector Survey: Survey: Coach Survey:

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Vale Bob Sfeir

first_imgOn behalf of the Touch Football community, Touch Football Australia wishes to extend its condolences to the family of Bob Sfeir, who passed away on Tuesday. Bob Sfeir was the father of Australian Men’s Open assistant coach and Australian Men’s 20’s coach, Paul Sfeir and was also involved in Touch Football himself for many years. Rest in peace – Bob SfeirRelated LinksVale Bob Sfeirlast_img

Put a Spring in your Step – Play Touch Football!

first_imgRegistrations into new season Touch Football competitions are now open! The Spring/Summer months are just around the corner and what better way to get into shape with your friends than to register and participate in the several touch football competitions offered right around the country.Touch Football Australia has set the strategic target of one million participants in the sport by 2020; excitement is building across the country with participation growth evident particularly across junior competitions.Tune in to TFA/NRL’s new season television commercial, highlighting the key attributes of the sport: family, friends and fun and inclusive opportunities for all participants young and old…and all at a location near you!Touch Football is one of Australia’s leading community sports and according to Australian Sports Commission’s recent AusPlay research, Touch Football is the most affordable/best value for money sport.“As we know Touch Football is a very inclusive, diverse and social sport; catering for both genders, a wide variety of ages, abilities and communities with an extensive national footprint,” Acting TFA CEO, Garry Foran said.“We are encouraging all juniors and seniors along with community groups and other sports including Rugby League players coming out of Winter competitions, to dust off their boots and participate in the many fun, social and inclusive Touch Football competitions and programs on offer over the 2017-18 Spring/Summer period.”Visit and (and state websites) on registration and location competition information and contacts. Using the locator button, simply enter your postcode to find your closest touch football affiliate and you and your teammates are on your way to a season of fun, fitness and re-connecting/meeting new friends.So, get your mates and team together – put a spring in your step and register now to play touch football!New Touch Football Season Activation Television Commercial (TVC)National Junior Touch Football Promotion VideoJoin the conversation and follow the TFA and State/Affiliate social media channels on the latest campaign information new season promotions.last_img read more

9 months agoSarri tells Chelsea: I need a Cesc replacement

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sarri tells Chelsea: I need a Cesc replacementby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has told club chiefs they need a midfield signing after victory over Newcastle.With Cesc Fabregas having left the club yesterday, Sarri hopes we will be able to bring in a replacement for the midfielder.He said, “As you have seen today, Jorginho was in trouble and on the bench there wasn’t a player for that position, so I need a player for that position, I need another option for Jorginho.”The club knows very well my opinion. I need a player there so it depends on the club’s decision, I can’t do anything more.” last_img

a month agoEx-Juventus chief Moggi: Sarri always makes excuses

first_imgEx-Juventus chief Moggi: Sarri always makes excusesby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Juventus director Luciano Moggi has slammed coach Maurizio Sarri.Sarri blamed the Florence heat for their 0-0 draw at Fiorentina.”He has the habit of always looking for excuses. He does it everywhere he goes,” Moggi told Radio Punto Nuovo.“It’s bad for football and Conte was right to answer him that way. I’ve always thought that to change the game, it’s necessary to change the players, which he didn’t do.“Juventus have great champions who can win a game at any moment, but their game won’t change.“Allegri left because an era had ended and because they wanted to change a style of play that everyone attacked.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoMourinho admits he deserved Man Utd axe: But I’m not enjoying this

first_imgMourinho admits he deserved Man Utd axe: But I’m not enjoying thisby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJose Mourinho says he deserved to be sacked as Manchester United manager.But speaking after United’s 2-0 loss to West Ham United on Sunday, the Portuguese insists he did not enjoy watching the club struggle under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.”I’m not the right person to answer it,” Mourinho said on Sky Sports when asked about United’s problems.”They are far behind. It’s difficult for me to answer. I was there for two seasons where I could feel lots of positive things and I could feel the direction to go in, then obviously the third season was not good enough.”I was sacked, I probably deserved to be sacked because I was responsible as the manager, but the sad reality is that they are worse than before.”And for me that is a sad thing. Maybe people think I’m enjoying the situation but I’m not enjoying it at all.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

25 days agoCleverley calls on fans to ‘stick with’ struggling Watford

first_imgCleverley calls on fans to ‘stick with’ struggling Watfordby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTom Cleverley wants everyone associated with Watford to stay patient as they attempt to climb out of a hole.The Hornets have yet to win a game all season, while they only have two points from their first seven league games.It puts them rock bottom, four points off safety. But Cleverley does not want a knee jerk reaction from players, fans or management.”Stick with us,” he said to reporters when asked what he would like to tell fans.”It’s not a work rate issue, hopefully they can see that. Maybe at times, there’s been a lack of quality and maybe a lack of intensity defensively but stick with us, we’ll keep putting the work in and we’re working for our performances to improve.”As players, we just have to be accountable for our own performances, take responsibility and work as hard as we possibly can until it gets better.”We’re a team with two points out of seven, low on confidence, it’s not clicked. “The new signings have both started today and maybe we need a little bit of time to bed in, but you’ve just got to be accountable for yourself and that’s what I’m going to do until we’re out of this little lull we’re in.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

PSG ‘200 per cent’ positive Mbappe will stay this summer

first_imgKylian Mbappe may be generating more talk of a possible move to Paris Saint-Germain, but Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is “200 per cent” sure that the striker is staying put.Speculation has started to build again around one of the most highly-rated talents in world football.At just 20 years of age, Mbappe has already achieved plenty and offered the promise of a lot more to come. 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? He is a three-time Ligue 1 title winner with PSG and world champion with France, with his exploits in those triumphs seeing him complete a meteoric rise to the very top of the game.The likes of Real Madrid are forever in the market for players with such ability and reputation, with the Galactico recruitment policy still very much in place under Florentino Perez.Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Ferland Mendy have already been snapped up by the Blancos this summer, but there could be further spending to come.There were calls from supporters during Hazard’s official unveiling at the Santiago Bernabeu for an approach for Mbappe to be made.PSG, though, have no intention of parting with a prized asset that they have invested considerable funds and faith in.Al-Khelaifi told France Football when asked for an update on Mbappe’s future: “He wants to be more involved in our project, to grow with the team and the club. “But I explained to him that what he wants, he does not need to ask for. We must go and hit those targets and sometimes even tear them away. “We do not wait, we lead. As he is very intelligent, I am sure he understood.“Will he still be at PSG next year? I am not 100% sure but 200%! I will not let go of this player.”While the French champions are confident of keeping Mbappe on their books, it remains to be seen whether Neymar will be retained alongside him.He is another generating transfer talk in the summer window, with Real Madrid also said to be keen on the Brazil international.Al-Khelaifi has admitted that he will look to move on any player that does not buy into the PSG project, but they have Neymar tied to a long-term contract and have made no decision on his future as yet.last_img read more

Spurs star Winks won’t get complacent

first_imgTottenham midfielder Harry Winks is not getting complacent in his bid to become a regular Premier League starter in the 2019-20 season.The 23-year-old made 17 top-flight starts last term as he battled hip and groin injuries during somewhat of a stop-start campaign.But Winks’ quality was on full display in June’s Champions League final, impressing in an ultimately disappointing outing for Tottenham as Liverpool ran out 2-0 winners.  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 Winks described his season as “probably my best” in Tottenham colours but knows the importance of keeping level-headed.“I had a relatively injury-free season last year until the end and I played a lot of matches, started a lot of matches and it was incredible, probably my best season so far at the club,” he told Tottenham’s official website.”I feel I’ve become an important player now and I couldn’t ask for more. Now I need to work as hard as I can to stay in there.”After a productive 2018/19, @HarryWinks wants to keep pushing on. #COYS ⚪️ #THFC— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) June 30, 2019″I feel I’ve become an important player now and I couldn’t ask for more.” After making his 100th appearance in a Tottenham shirt at the opening game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Winks knows of the hard work and determination that is required to continue playing week in, week out. Playing 41 times in all competitions last season, Winks built up a strong reputation in the side but he is aware that having one good season doesn’t merit a starting jersey. He added: “If you’d asked me three or four years ago if I wanted to be in this position now I would have snapped your hand off, but the most important thing now is not to get carried away, to work as hard as I can and try to stay in there and maintain that position because there are so many top players here.”Staying in is the hardest. It’s fantastic to get there but staying there is tough with so many top-quality players at the club, all wanting to start.”Tottenham have not made a signing since Lucas Moura in January 2018 but have been linked with moves for Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele and Leeds United winger Jack Clarke.The north London side open their 2019-2020 Premier League campaign at home to promoted Aston Villa before making the trip to champions Manchester City the following weekend.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Dabo Swinney Has Addressed The Cleveland Browns Job

first_imgDabo Swinney speaks on the sideline.ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 22: Head Coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers calls a play against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on September 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Clemson football head coach Dabo Swinney was, somewhat surprisingly, named a potential candidate for the Cleveland Browns job, which opened up this week with Hue Jackson’s firing.Yahoo! Sports NFL insider Charles Robinson listed Swinney as one of three potential candidates for the job.“Listening to some people around the NFL who know Swinney, I’m convinced he will eventually take a shot at the next level of football. His backers in the league – some of whom suggested Monday the Browns would be wise to take a big swing for him – have thought about his candidacy down to a granular level. From the potential coaching support staff that Swinney could have lined up quickly, to executives who would be willing to work with him and Dorsey, to how his offense could be tailored to maximize Baker’s growth in the NFL. That’s a lot of thought on a guy who doesn’t instantly jump to the top of most Browns coaching lists,” he wrote.Swinney, though, doesn’t appear to be interested in the job.“Oh man, no. I’m happy right where I’m at,” Swinney told reporters after practice this week. “Y’all have been around here forever, and it’s November. It’s almost November. It’s November tomorrow. About every November there’s always some type of either I’m getting a job or somebody on my staff’s getting a job or whatever. And so that just kind of comes with the territory. Y’all know me. I’ve always said the same thing every year, any time it comes up. I don’t think you can ever say never. I mean are you never going to go work for USA Today? Are you never going to work for Sports Illustrated? You can’t say never.”Swinney was then asked if coaching in the NFL was something he might be interested in.“Who knows? I live in the now and I never say never to anything just because you have no idea,” Swinney said. “Who’s to say five years from now, these people may be ready for me to get on a boat on the moat and ride out of here. Who knows what the dynamic… Shoot, they may just do away with college football and I need somewhere to work. Who knows? All I can tell you is I love my job and I love Clemson. And y’all can look at my track record, I’ve only been at two places. I’ve never been a guy that’s really worried about the next job. I’ve just always tried to be great where I am.”“I know those questions… sometimes there’s been jobs that have been offered to me that nobody knows, and that’s great because that’s how I operate to this day. And that’s awesome. But then you get stuff like this where people will throw your name out for things. I get it’s fun to speculate and people don’t mean any ill will, but my complete focus is on Clemson, and I hope I’m here for a long, long, long, long, long time.“I think it’s cold in Cleveland too isn’t it? Like really cool. I hate the cold. Ironically I did go to Cleveland in May. It’s actually a pretty place. I had never been there. The facility is in a neighborhood. I had never been. It was actually cool. I went up to a Cavs game. We went up to the Cavs-Raptors. I’ve got some friends up there on that staff. We went up to the facility. It’s actually a really cool place. It was a neat city right there on Lake Eerie and all of that. It was neat to be able to see that. I’m sure they’ll do a great job in getting the right guy in there.”Swinney does have it pretty great with where he’s at right now, of course. Clemson is one of the top three programs in the country and the Tigers appear to be in line for another College Football Playoff appearance.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Former 4-Star Recruit Dismissed From Oklahoma Football Program

first_imgAn Oklahoma cheerleader running with an OU flag.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 10 : An Oklahoma Sooners RUF/NEK waves a flag after a touchdown against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks September 10, 2016 at Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Warhawks 59-17. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images) *** local caption ***A former top junior college recruit has been dismissed from the Oklahoma Sooners football program. According to a release from the school, offensive lineman Tramonda Moore has been released from the team for “violating team rules.”Moore joined the team in 2017 after spending time at the junior college level. The talented recruit was the No. 4 overall player in the 2018 junior college class and the No. 1 offensive tackle recruit according to 247Sports’ Composite rankings.Now the Oklahoma City native will look for another team.Junior offensive tackle Tramonda Moore has been dismissed from the OU program for violation of team rules. #Sooners.— (@SoonerScoop) November 14, 2018Moore was a part of the third season of popular Netflix show Last Chance U.last_img read more

Kirby Smart Updates Status Of Freshman Luke Ford

first_imgFans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 29: Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels at Sanford Stadium on September 29, 2007 in Athens, Georgia. Georgia won 45 – 17. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)Transfer rumors are swirling for a Georgia four-star freshman, though the Bulldogs claim he’ll soon be back with the team.This morning, it was reported that former All-American recruit Luke Ford was not with Georgia at the start of bowl practice.“Georgia freshman TE Luke Ford, who had one catch in 10 games this season, was back home in Illinois this weekend while the Bulldogs began bowl practice. Indications were he had decided to leave UGA, though no confirmation from Ford or the team yet, and minds can always change,” Seth Emerson tweeted.Georgia freshman TE Luke Ford, who had one catch in 10 games this season, was back home in Illinois this weekend while the Bulldogs began bowl practice. Indications were he had decided to leave UGA, though no confirmation from Ford or the team yet, and minds can always change.— Seth Emerson (@SethWEmerson) December 17, 2018It’s unusual for a player to be away from the team in anticipation of a bowl game, though it appears that Ford will be back after Christmas.“I’ve received confirmation from a family source that Georgia freshman tight end Luke Ford is not with the team. He’s expected to return to Athens on Dec. 26,” another Georgia reporter tweeted.I’ve received confirmation from a family source that Georgia freshman tight end Luke Ford is not with the team. He’s expected to return to Athens on Dec. 26.— Brandon Sudge (@brandonsudge) December 17, 2018Georgia head coach Kirby Smart then said later this morning that Ford will return after Christmas.Tight end Luke Ford remains in Illinois, but will return to Athens after Christmas and be with the team for the bowl game, coach Kirby Smart said.— Marc Weiszer (@marcweiszer) December 17, 2018Ford was the No. 1 tight end in the country coming out of high school.His departure would be a major loss for Georgia, though it appears that he’ll be back soon.last_img read more

Man Arrested After Allegedly Threatening To Kill Tyler Trent’s Mother At His Funeral

first_imgTyler Trent asks Purdue football fans to do the "Kinnick Wave" during game against Iowa.According to multiple reports, a man in Florida has been arrested after allegedly making threats against the mother of Purdue superfan Tyler Trent, who passed away last week after a courageous battle with cancer. The man – John Matthew Pinkham – reportedly threatened to kill Trent’s mother at his upcoming funeral this week.According to IndyStar, Pinkham allegedly posted death threats on Facebook under a fake account. He was arrested in Deltona, Florida.Here’s more:Pinkham is accused of using an alias, Julie Homan, to make multiple posts. Volusia County investigators said the threats included:“Cant wait till I can choke the life out of you” … “funerals coming and I will appear like the reaper”“just wait until yall hear what I do at his funeral..i promise I will make headlines..i will kill his mother.. just watch I will be talked about forever..this is no idol threat.”Trent’s story was incredibly inspirational during this past college football season. The Purdue superfan correctly predicted the Boilermakers’ upset over Ohio State. He also inspired millions who are battling cancer themselves.The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office posted a mugshot of Pinkham.New mug shot after #deltona man booked into jail today by @VolusiaSheriff. John Pinkham accused of making threats to kill mother of Purdue Superfan & cancer activist @theTylerTrent who died last week. Pinkham allegedly used alias on @facebook threatening to kill mom at funeral.— claire metz (@clairemetzwesh) January 8, 2019It’s unclear if the man has any connection to the Trent family.Trent’s funeral is set for Tuesday afternoon in Indianapolis. There will be a candlelight vigil on Wednesday at Purdue.last_img read more