Juventus chief Fabio Paratici named Sporting Director of the Yearby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus sports chief Fabio Paratici has collected an award at the Globe Soccer Awards.Paratici was named Best Sporting Director of the Year in Dubai.“I am very happy and it is a great honour to receive this award. I would like to thank the club and my staff,” said Paratici on the stage.“Juventus are a great club with an incredible history and I am happy and proud to work for this club.“I think Juventus are experiencing one of the best moments of its history. We’ve won so many titles in recent years, built a competitive squad and added Cristiano Ronaldo, so we must continue along this path.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Klopp snappy with Italian, English reporters after Liverpool defeatby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was snappy with questions from both English and Italian reporters after their Champions League defeat at Napoli.Klopp admits he was unimpressed by claims that Napoli were superior and fresher.He rapped: “Tonight the questions are really a challenge, to be honest. I think the guy from Sky Italia asked me or told me Napoli was much better than us. I didn’t see that game, so I don’t know exactly where he was when the game happened. But now you say we were tired. Who had the cramps? Who was on the ground? Liverpool players or Napoli players? “After the 2-0 they looked fresher than us, after the 1-0 they looked fresher than us – that’s normal. You have a boost. But there was no fresher team on the pitch. There was no physical problem apart from the normal physical problems in a game like this, which is very intense [because] both teams fight hard and all that stuff. It’s not a physical problem tonight. We have to finish the situations off. “How everybody is in life, you need positive moments and you can run forever. We didn’t have really positive moments tonight. They obviously got the second air, so they could go again. That’s normal, but that was not the reason.”
REVEALED: Spurs were keen to keep new Napoli hero Llorenteby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham were prepared to hand Fernando Llorente a new deal this season – but delays allowed Napoli to snap him up, it has been revealed.Llorente already has three goals with Napoli and is fast proving a transfer coup.Gazzetta dello Sport says Llorente, having seen his contract expire, was informed by Spurs that a new deal would be tabled before the start of the season.But having learned it would be on reduced terms, the veteran started shopping himself around and was soon convinced after a series of phone calls with Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti.With the Azzurri offering €5m-a-year and Spurs dithering, Llorente was persuaded to move to Naples.The former Juventus striker has made an instant impact and is already being celebrated across the national press. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lawrenson can’t see Sheffield Utd stopping Liverpoolby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Mark Lawrenson can’t see Sheffield United stopping the Reds.The Blades host Liverpool today.Writing in his weekly BBC Sport predictions column on, Lawro claimed United would be hard pushed to pick up the three points against the Reds, and stated: “The Blades got a great win over Everton at Goodison Park last time out, but it is asking a lot for them to beat Liverpool too.Offering his opinion on how the Blades could trouble the Reds at the back, the former Liverpool man contended: “I like Chris Wilder’s team a lot, but I don’t really see them causing the Reds many problems – apart from at set-pieces – or keeping them quiet at the other end.”
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say WATCH: Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi’s brilliant brace for England U21sby Ansser Sadiq9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCallum Hudson-Odoi scored two brilliant goals in England U21’s 5-1 win over Austria on Tuesday.The Chelsea winger converted a difficult volley to open to scoring for Aidy Boothroyd’s side.His second goal was a display of sublime speed and dribbling as he travelled more than half of the pitch before dispatching the ball into the top-corner. Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah collected the match ball after scoring the game’s other three goals.Hudson-Odoi with a great volley. @btsportfootballpic.twitter.com/At5TMN0wZW— Paree (@ACParee) October 15, 2019Watch HUDSON ODOI goal and retweet pic.twitter.com/z4YJWKrljG— Chelsea4Ever (@wadja_roland) October 15, 2019
Liverpool manager Klopp confirms Salah back for Genk; TAA, Matip outby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Mohamed Salah will return to action against Genk on Wednesday.However, Joel Matip and Trent Alexander-Arnold (illness) will miss the trip to Belgium.Klopp told the club’s website: “It’s absolutely good to have him (Salah) back.”The squad is cool, it’s a good squad, everything is OK, but that’s all.”He added: “Trent is ill and Joel is not ready.”It is just a little thing which usually settles in the two weeks [Matip] had; it did, but then it came up after the United game and so now we just have to make sure this time it settles finally, that’s all. It is not a massive injury, it’s just a bit annoying for him and he cannot do it [face Genk].”Trent got ill overnight; hopefully he can recover quickly, but for tomorrow there was no chance.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
UNLV’s men’s basketball team will honor its former coach, Jerry Tarkanian, with a commemorative patch on their jerseys the remainder of this season. Tarkanian, who coached the Rebels from 1973-92, winning the national championship in 1990, passed away Wednesday morning at the age of 84. UNLV (14-10, 5-6 MWC) will sport a black “TARK” patch, paying tribute to their former coach known to many as “Tark the Shark.” #UNLVmbb will wear patches that look like this the rest of the season pic.twitter.com/NE9lWzsqbR— Taylor Bern (@TaylorBern) February 11, 2015Tarkanian was one of the greatest coaches college basketball has ever seen, recording 729 wins across all divisions. UNLV is set to face Air Force in Colorado on Saturday.
NCAA.It appears we’re only a short time away from learning what kind of trouble North Carolina’s athletic department is in with the NCAA. According to InsideCarolina.com, the Tar Heels have received their Notice of Allegations from the NCAA, but won’t be releasing the details of the report until a later date. The NCAA re-opened its 2011 investigation into North Carolina’s athletic department in 2014. BREAKING: #UNC Notice of Allegations has arrived from NCAA. Story: http://t.co/tlCYi18qKg pic.twitter.com/e5YOogQb30— InsideCarolina (@InsideCarolina) May 22, 2015It’s probably time to start crossing your fingers and hoping for the best, North Carolina fans.
YouTube/SyracuseThe Syracuse Orange were hit by the NCAA with some rough sanctions this past offseason, but unlike last year, in 2015-2016, the team will be eligible for the NCAA Tournament. Of course, they’ll need to post a better record than 18-13 to make it happen.Friday, ahead of the team’s first game of the season, Syracuse released a hype video titled #CuseMode. It features highlights of the team’s preseason games this year. Check it out:Syracuse returns a number of key contributors from last year’s squad – including Trevor Cooney, Michael Gbinije, Kaleb Joseph and Tyler Roberson. It’ll be interesting to see if they can compete in the ultra-competitive ACC.
The logo on Michigan’s football jerseys isn’t the only thing that’s changing regarding the Wolverines’ look heading into the 2016 season.Jim Harbaugh’s team also has different helmets.Michigan will still be sporting its “iconic” winged helmets, but they’re a bit different. The Wolverines’ helmets are now of the “matte” variety.The program’s equipment staff tweeted out a couple hi-res pictures of the helmets with the caption, “Still Iconic.” @HailEquipment @HailEquipmentWhat do you think, Michigan fans?More Photos Of The Wolverines’ New Uniforms Below
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not believe Sunday’s Premier League showdown between Manchester United and Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham is an audition for the Old Trafford job. Pochettino is regarded as the number one candidate for the United role at the end of the season, while caretaker manager Solskjaer is also in the mix. Solskjaer has led United to five successive wins since replacing Jose Mourinho last month – the Norwegian favourite bringing entertaining football back to the Theatre of Dreams. 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? However, Solskjaer – on loan from Molde – is set for his toughest test in charge of the side and insisted the blockbuster clash is not about him or counterpart Pochettino. “No. It’s not about me at all,” Solskjaer told reporters when asked if the match was an audition for the permanent job. “It should always be about the players, because it’s not about me. It’s not about him. “We don’t kick a ball at all. They kick a ball. Of course, we might make a decision here or there, but it’s down to the players to perform and I’m sure my boys are ready.”Manchester United are sixth in the Premier League, 10 points adrift of third-placed Tottenham, after 21 matches, with Solskjaer having already admitted that his side had to have victory to stand any chance of catching Spurs in the league table.Essential reading ahead of Sunday’s big game! #MUFC — Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 12, 2019 A goal from Harry Kane and two from Lucas Moura saw Tottenham take a 3-0 over the Old Trafford outfit in their first league meeting this season while Jose Mourinho was still in charge. But United have looked a very different side under Solskjaer, rolling up 16 goals over his five matches at the helm while surrendering just three. A win on Sunday would move the club back to within six points of the top four, fourth placed Chelsea having taken a 2-1 win over Newcastle on Saturday and would pull them level on points with Arsenal who sit fifth. Following Sunday’s match United will not be back in action until Premier League match next Saturday against Brighton.
Gabriel Jesus scored a brace as Manchester City beat 10-man Wolves 3-0 at home to cut Liverpool’s lead at the top of the Premier League back to four points.Jesus followed his five goals in two cup games last week with a first-half double as City recorded a fifth straight win in all competitions at the Etihad Stadium on Monday.Wolves had Willy Boly sent off in between Jesus’ goals, the centre-back dismissed for a lunge on Bernardo Silva although he got some of the ball, with Nuno Espirito Santo’s side well beaten. 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? Conor Coady’s late own goal completed the scoring on a particularly special occasion for David Silva, whose 267th Premier League game for City moves him above Joe Hart into top spot in the club’s appearance list for the competition.@21LVA – Our record @premierleague appearance-maker! #mancity pic.twitter.com/X5tMvXeB6H— Manchester City (@ManCity) January 14, 2019City led inside 10 minutes as Jesus continued his hot streak with his sixth goal of 2019.Aymeric Laporte sent Leroy Sane sprinting in behind Matt Doherty and the rapid winger delivered a low left-wing cross that Jesus slid in to meet at the back post.Wolves’ task was made greater in the 19th minute when Boly, who scored with his hand when the reverse fixture was drawn 1-1, saw red for a heavy challenge on Bernardo Silva.And it was 2-0 before the break, Jesus doubling the City lead by sending Rui Patricio the wrong way from the penalty spot after Raheem Sterling was brought down by Ryan Bennett.City had to wait for their third goal, substitute Kevin De Bruyne seeing his wicked ball into the box take a slight deflection off Wolves captain Coady with 12 minutes to go, but the message to leaders Liverpool was clear.12 goals in his last eight games at the Etihad for @gabrieljesus33.Home comforts 2-0 #MCIWOL #mancity pic.twitter.com/f9hEsVQSbJ— Manchester City (@ManCity) January 14, 2019What does it mean? City keeping pace with RedsThe gap is back down to four points but could be stretched to seven by Liverpool before City take to the field again. Crystal Palace at home on Saturday should be another victory for the Reds but the title race has a long way to go. Meanwhile, Wolves are 11th and should survive fairly comfortably.Jesus stays in form with Aguero benchedAfter his four-goal haul against Burton Albion in the EFL Cup semi-final last week, Jesus hit another two goals to show his confidence levels are now high after a poor run of form. He also shook off a sickening collision with the post. Pep Guardiola will have a big decision to make in attack once Sergio Aguero, who replaced Jesus from the bench, is fully recovered from illness.Boly gives Wolves a mountain a climbWolves were clinging on even before Boly uncharacteristically decided to lunge in on Bernardo Silva. The defender got a piece of the ball but referee Craig Pawson deemed him to have used excessive force. City fans may feel karma struck after Boly’s handball goal back in August.Key Opta facts- Manchester City have lost just one of their last 15 Premier League games at the Etihad (W13 D1 L1), a 2-3 defeat against Crystal Palace in December.- Wolves have lost eight of their last nine top-flight games played on Monday (W1), including all four such games in the Premier League.- Man City are unbeaten in their last 35 Premier League games at the Etihad against promoted sides (W31 D4), since a 0-2 defeat against Reading back in February 2007.- Manchester City have lost none of the 20 Premier League games in which Gabriel Jesus has scored (W19 D1), winning each of the last 17. – Gabriel Jesus has scored 12 goals in his last eight appearances for Man City in all competitions at the Etihad Stadium. 23 – Since the start of last season, Leroy Sane has provided 23 Premier League assists, five more than any other player in that period. Vision. pic.twitter.com/KSpW9Vm0E6— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 14, 2019What’s next?Wolves host Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday, with City seeking to extend their winning run when they make the short trip to managerless Huddersfield Town a day later. read more
Olivier Giroud has aired his “frustration” at life on the bench at Chelsea, with the World Cup winner admitting his situation is already “difficult” as speculation suggests Gonzalo Higuain could be about to join him at Stamford Bridge.Goal has revealed that the Blues are closing in on a deal with Juventus which will see them land a top striking target during the January transfer window.Maurizio Sarri is moving to bring in a player he has previously worked with at Napoli as he has been left far from convinced by France international Giroud and Spanish frontman Morata – who is edging towards the exits and a possible switch to Atletico Madrid. 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? Any agreement for Higuain would likely further limit Giroud’s game time for Chelsea, with Eden Hazard already been preferred as a false nine on several occasions, and the 32-year-old concedes his situation is far from ideal.He told ESPN FC: “It’s not me who decides the team, making the starting XI, but obviously every single player wants to play every single game.“As a competitor obviously I can’t be happy to stay on the bench, but I keep that frustration with me and try to transform it to positive energy to work hard in training.“It’s true that every time I play from the start I try to bring something to the team, to play my part. But in these 14 games I started maybe only half of them, so it’s a bit difficult to be consistent in this case. You need to play a few games in a row to be competitive, so that’s what’s a bit difficult in this last month.”Giroud, who joined Chelsea from Arsenal in January 2018, added: “The first six months [at Chelsea] were very good for me. I needed to leave Arsenal because of the fact that Arsene Wenger wanted to play with a different kind of striker. My time was over in Arsenal and I was really pleased to sign in a big club like Chelsea.“I settled really well – it’s like I was part of this Chelsea team for a long time. I felt very good, with a good understanding with the players. We won the FA Cup and I played a few games, and then I had the opportunity to go to the World Cup. It was very good for me.“Then after, when I came back late from the World Cup, it was a bit different because the new manager came and you have to start again, prove to him that you are ready to play in this team. It has been a little bit difficult for me to be honest, this last month, but I will keep fighting to play in this team.”Giroud’s next outing for Chelsea could come against Arsenal on Saturday, with there a determination on his part to be involved in a crunch London derby with vital points on the line in an ongoing battle for top-four finishes.He said: “It’s going to be a special moment for me, the first time I’ll be back at the Emirates since I moved to Chelsea, so I’m looking forward to this game.“We need the win to keep them away from us. There’s an opportunity to put them nine points behind us, but in a personal way it’s going to be a special moment.”Arsenal will be under the guidance of Unai Emery this weekend, having parted company with Arsene Wenger last summer after 22 years of stability, and Giroud believes good times beckon for the Gunners if they keep faith with a new regime.He added: “It’s a new adventure for them with a new coach.“I think Emery has settled well in the club, the players like him, the way they are training, his philosophy of the game. I spoke with some of them and they are quite happy, but you don’t forget what Arsene Wenger achieved in this club.“He basically built this club – if you take the different teams that used to train under Wenger, there were some unbelievable teams. We need to be patient with Emery and I think he will do very well at Arsenal. I’m not sure they’re better than before [yet], but one thing for sure is they’ve got a nice future.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Mohamed Salah waited at the penalty spot. He had just been knocked to the ground by Sokratis Papastathopoulos to win a penalty for Liverpool against Arsenal. But rather than stroke home his 14th goal of the season to take the lead in the Premier League top scorer chart, the Egyptian forward handed the ball to team-mate Roberto Firmino, who bagged his hat-trick.In the month since, Salah has added another three goals, Sadio Mane three and Firmino two as Liverpool’s attack continue to be one of the most potent in Europe, finishing each other’s chances to help the Reds close in on their first ever Premier League title.The trident have the perfect chemistry, creating goals for each other, with each happy to unselfishly lay the ball off to one of the other two rather than take all the glory for themselves. Salah is the Premier League’s top scorer with 16 goals, with Mane sixth and Firmino just one goal off the top 10, with 42 of Liverpool’s 56 goals scored by one of the trio. 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? Liverpool’s triple threat have played a total of 96 games between them to get to this figure. They have just two more goals than Eintracht Frankfurt’s forward line, who have managed their tally in far fewer matches (74). In total, Liverpool’s players have combined for 42 goals and 15 assists, less than Frankfurt’s 58 goal contributions (40 goals and 18 assists). Like Salah, Luka Jovic currently holds the lead in the top scorer race in his league, with 14 goals in 18 Bundesliga games this season .One of Frankfurt’s forwards is also challenging to be the top assister, with Sebastien Haller just behind Jadon Sancho on eight assists in the Bundesliga. In a total of 28 games across all competitions, the Frenchman has racked up 14 goals and 11 assists – almost as impressive a combined total as Salah’s 19 goals and eight assists in 2018-19. Haller has reached his mark in less games, meaning that he is involved in a goal in 89 per cent of games compared to Salah’s 82 per cent.In Jurgen Klopp’s system, Firmino is much more than a centre forward. The Brazilian presses defenders, cuts off passing lanes, breaks up play and drops deep to build the attack. Similarly, World Cup finalist Ante Rebic performs more than just a goalscoring role for Adi Hutter’s Eintracht Frankfurt. Injury meant the start of his season was delayed, but the Croatian has been excellent at breaking defensive lines, using his pace and skill to unlock the opposition and bring Haller and Jovic into play.When Frankfurt quickly get the ball forward, there is always an anticipation that it will end up in the net. That happened repeatedly in October when they put seven past Fortuna Dusseldorf, with 21-year-old Jovic becoming the youngest player to score five goals in a single Bundesliga match.”There are players who need relatively few scoring chances,” Hutter told the Bundesliga’s official website. “Luka Jovic, for example, scores four times out of every five chances because he’s a poacher and, when he’s in the box, he knows where the goal is. You always have to be careful with superlatives. But for me he has the potential to become a world-class striker.”Haller is not worried about being labelled “world class.” He just wants to score goals and help his team-mates score goals, especially in Europe where Frankfurt won all six games in their Europa League group against Lazio, Marseille and Apollon Limassol.”I have no interest in being the centre of attention. I do not care if there is a star and who that is. I do not want to be a star,” he told the FAZ. “I like my peace away from the place. And when I’m in the field, I want to score goals. Everyone knows that the most important thing is to work well as a team. We have all developed a winning mentality together.”Rebic has been linked with clubs such as Manchester United and Bayern Munich, Jovic has gotten attention from Barcelona, while Haller has had to play down talk of a move to the Premier League. The 24-year-old is enjoying life in Frankfurt, especially with his attacking team-mates, but he knows he might not last forever.”The three of us are doing very well in Frankfurt, we and the whole team have a lot of fun together. It’s an enjoyable time,” he admitted. “Nobody knows what’s going to happen in the football business. Luka and Ante have certainly gotten the attention of other clubs. If an offer were so good for them that they had to leave because of it, everyone here would be happy for them.”As of now, the trio remain together. Much to the dismay of Germany and Europe’s best defences, they’re scoring and assisting at a rate that betters even Liverpool’s. They are all younger than Liverpool’s trident too. Their best could still be yet to come. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 1: Nick Bosa #97 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after recovering a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter against the Oregon State Beavers at Ohio Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Ohio State freshman defensive end Nick Bosa looked a lot like his brother Joey on Saturday when he recorded his first career sack.Towards the end of Ohio State’s blowout victory over Bowling Green, Buckeyes freshman defensive end Nick Bosa recorded his first career sack.One game. One sack.@nbsmallerbear is on pace to shatter big bro @jbbigbear’s @OhioStateFB career total. https://t.co/J3CeCrpQcQ— Ohio State on BTN (@OhioStateOnBTN) September 3, 2016Not bad work. He’s only got 25 more to go to catch his brother.Nick Bosa did not do his brother Joey’s trademark “shrug” celebration immediately following the play. However, he apparently broke it out as he came off the field.Nick Bosa, in his debut, records his first career sack. Initially, no shrug. It came later on near the sideline. #OhioState— Kevin Stankiewicz (@kevin_stank) September 3, 2016It’s been all Buckeyes today. They lead 70-10 with six minutes left.
Mexico’s perfect record under Gerardo Martino continued with an entertaining 3-2 win over Ecuador in Texas on Sunday.Ecuador had twice come from behind at AT&T Stadium, goals from Angel Mena and Ayrton Preciado cancelling out efforts from Jonathan dos Santos and Luis Montes.But Mexico found a late winner in their final game before the CONCACAF Gold Cup, Luis Rodriguez’s 77th-minute volley settling the encounter. 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? Ecuador were almost gifted a dream start, Mexico defender Rodriguez clearing a ball into his own post after goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa pushed away a cross from the right.But that would be one of Ecuador’s only chances in the first half as Mexico dominated.Orbelin Pineda forced a save from Maximo Banguera after being played in by Dos Santos in the 18th minute, before later seeing a shot deflected wide.Mexico continued to build into the encounter, Montes shooting over from range before Dos Santos’ second international goal.The LA Galaxy midfielder ran at the Ecuador defence before curling a beautiful effort from 25 yards into the bottom corner.#2T MEX 1-0 ECU¡Vuelve a rodar el en Arlington, Texas!¡A seguir en de más goles, equipo!¡Venga! #MEXTOUR | #FMFporNuestroFútbol pic.twitter.com/FmEvpjPRJa— Selección Nacional (@miseleccionmx) June 10, 2019While Mexico went into the break ahead, their advantage disappeared just two minutes into the second half.Mena, introduced at half-time, saw a 25-yard free-kick deflect off the wall, wrong-footing Ochoa and finding the back of the net.Mexico restored their lead just after the hour-mark through Montes, who produced a moment of magic with a free-kick of his own.After a clumsy handball led to the free-kick being awarded, Montes curled a strike over the wall and into the top corner from just outside the area.However, Mexico’s lead lasted just three minutes before Preciado headed in a Mena corner for his first international goal to bring Ecuador level once more.The winner came through Rodriguez, who volleyed in Jesus Gallardo’s delivery at the back post with his maiden strike at international level.¡La sonrisa del !#MEXTOUR | #FMFporNuestroFútbol pic.twitter.com/ODXLcCkmSL— Selección Nacional (@miseleccionmx) June 10, 2019What does it mean? Mexico show why they are Gold Cup favouritesThis win made it four from four for Martino since he took charge of Mexico in January. The victory over Ecuador added to wins against Chile, Paraguay and Venezuela, showing why Mexico go into the Gold Cup as favourites.Dos Santos finds goal-scoring form for MexicoIt took Dos Santos 40 games to score his first international goal, but his effort against Ecuador marked his second in as many Mexico outings. It was a fine strike from distance, adding another element to Mexico that Martino will surely find useful in the future.More injury woes for MexicoJust days after Edson Alvarez was hurt against Venezuela, there was another injury worry for Mexico. Hector Moreno came off in the first half with a suspected muscle injury, adding another unwanted concern for Martino.What’s next?Mexico begin their Gold Cup campaign against Cuba on Saturday, while Ecuador face Uruguay in their Copa America opener on June 16. read more
Barcelona star Lionel Messi tried his best to steal the show but a poor overall performance from Argentina has seen Brazil triumph 2-0 in their Copa America semi-final. Brazil opened the scoring in the 19th minute via Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus with Messi doing his best to get his nation back in the contest.Having admitted to struggling so far this Copa America , the Barcelona man looked back to his best in Belo Horizonte but his teammates failed to stand up next to him. 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 Argentina’s best chance of the first-half came after a great run from the 32-year-old with Sergio Aguero ultimately having his shot blocked at the far post rather than squaring the ball for his captain.In the second-half, Messi would then hit the woodwork before passing the rebound across the face of goal with no blue and white shirt there to tap it home. Brazil’s second goal then came on the counter after a promising attack from Messi with the Argentine captain once again unable to inspire his nation to silverware and football fans around the world sympathising with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner. Messi is literally playing holding midfield, attacking midfield and striker all in one go.It’s quite literally Brazil vs Messi #CopaAmerica — Rambo (@RamboFYI) July 3, 2019 Messi is dribbling multiple Brazilians every time he touches the ball and just………..nothing happens afterwards. #CopaAmerica — Luis Paez-Pumar (@lppny) July 3, 2019 Messi will never win anything wit this squad, damn man— ETC!ETC! (@IAMETC) July 3, 2019 See Aguero. Messi has done all the good work, just lay it back as you are shooting from a tight angle anyway. Smh.Messi has responded well. Looks like he’s up for this one, very much interested. He knows it’s now or never. #CopaAmerica — Ediye (@iamOkon) July 3, 2019 Messi playing for Argentina is like 90 minutes of last minute basketball plays to win the game.— Seán Sheehan (@SeanSheehanBA) July 3, 2019 Messi almost scores all on his own, Brazil murders Argentina on the counter. Rinse, repeat.— Jason Davis (@davisjsn) July 3, 2019 Brazil’s just toying with Argentina. Too many missed chances and I feel bad for Messi. He’s deserved better from his homeland.— Evan Barnes (@evan_b) July 3, 2019 Another year, another heartbreak…💔What’s next for Lionel Messi and Argentina? 🇦🇷 pic.twitter.com/sQy9deEZ7c— Goal (@goal) July 3, 2019Against Brazil, Messi created a game-high four chances and boasted the best passing accuracy in the final third. The 32-year-old has always struggled to pick up silverware with Argentina having only won the 2005 U-20 World Cup and a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics with his nation. He infamously retired from international duty after losing the Copa America final in 2016 on penalties to Chile and may regret his decision to come back having now suffered more heartbreak.
Manchester City have avoided a transfer ban after FIFA found the Premier League club guilty of falling foul of regulations regarding the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18.Instead, football’s governing body has fined the Abu Dhabi-owned side CHF 370,000 (£315,000/$380,000), which may come as a surprise to some after Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Chelsea were banned from signing new players as punishment for similar offences.Chelsea are currently serving a transfer ban for breaching article 19 of the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players in the case of 29 minors, and the club was unable to sign players this summer as part of a one-year punishment. 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? Barcelona, meanwhile, served a ban in 2014 while Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid were also hit with punishments for the same offence. City have no such complications to deal with, however, with a statement on FIFA’s official website stating: “The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned English club Manchester City FC for breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18. “Manchester City FC was found to have breached, amongst others, article 19 of the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players.“The Disciplinary Committee took into account the fact that Manchester City FC accepted its responsibility and sanctioned the club with a fine of CHF 370,000.“The protection of minors is a key element in FIFA’s overall regulatory framework relating to the transfer of players, and the effective enforcement of these rules is paramount, as has also been confirmed on various occasions by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.“The decision issued by the Disciplinary Committee was notified today.Manchester City had also vehemently denied reports that the club was facing a ban from the Champions League as the result of the investigation.UEFA had launched a formal investigation in March 2019 following allegations made by Der Spiegel, which were in turn based on information obtained from whistleblower organisation Football Leaks.The reigning Premier League champions, who have won the league each of the last two seasons with historic point hauls, opened their domestic campaign this past weekend with a 5-0 battering of West Ham.Also Community Shield winners following a victory over Liverpool, Manchester City will face Tottenham on Saturday in their next Premier League match.
Chelsea youngsters including Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount are “not ready” to playing a starring role in Frank Lampard’s starting XI, according to ex-Blues forward Tony Cascarino.The Stamford Bridge outfit lost their first Premier League outing of the new season 4-0 against Manchester United at Old Trafford last weekend, before suffering more disappointment in the UEFA Super Cup final.Lampard’s side held Liverpool to a 2-2 draw after extra time in Istanbul on Wednesday night, but ultimately missed out on the trophy after a 5-4 penalty shootout defeat. 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? Abraham missed the decisive spot-kick in his second consecutive appearance for the Blues since returning to the club after a loan spell at Aston Villa.Mount was also introduced as a substitute after an encouraging display against United on Sunday, but Cascarino would rather see Lampard opt for experience over youth in the coming weeks.In his column for The Times, the 56-year-old insists that Chelsea’s tough start to the 2019-20 campaign proves that the “kids” need more time to develop.Cascarino said: “The younger elements of the Chelsea team are not ready and last night proved that. Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham can play their part under Frank Lampard this season but when facing the best teams you need not only talent but experience.”Chelsea looked more threatening, effective and composed against Liverpool than they did against Manchester United and that is a startling comment.”They were beaten 4-0 by an inconsistent United and last night they were, at times, better than the European champions. Olivier Giroud should be leading the line, Pedro is such a clever little player and their midfield had far better balance.”Everyone is excited about Lampard giving kids a chance, but they ignore the established stars they’ve still got.”Cascarino saved praise for N’Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic, with the former putting in a great shift in midfield against the Reds on his return from injury and the latter making his first competitive start for the Blues.The ex-Chelsea forward said Kante’s display put Jorginho “in the shade”, while also insisting that Pulisic could eventually develop into a player capable of matching Eden Hazard’s exploits at Stamford Bridge.Next up for Lampard’s men is a huge home clash against Leicester on Sunday, who drew their first game of the season at home to Wolves last weekend.A trip to Norwich follows for Chelsea six days later as the Premier League fixture list starts to get into full swing. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 03: Ohio State Buckeyes helmets sit in the endzone prior to the Discover Orange Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Maryland’s football program is in need of a new head coach after the school reversed course and decided to fire D.J. Durkin today.This is likely going to be a head coaching search that doesn’t wrap up anytime soon, but names are starting to surface.Alabama assistant coach Mike Locksley has been named one of the top potential candidates and a couple of Ohio State assistants have emerged, too.Yahoo! Sports has named Ohio State offensive coordinator Ryan Day and defensive coordinator Greg Schiano possible options.From the report:Ryan Day, Ohio State – His 3-0 interim stint was the final résumé boost he needed. He’s a Chip Kelly disciple with deep East Coast roots from stints at Boston College and Temple. In a down year without much movement, could he do better?Greg Schiano, Ohio State DC – His miraculous tenure at Rutgers gives him credibility in the region and the head coaching experience to handle the task. Would the ghosts of Tennessee follow him here? Or would his local reputation outweigh any potential bad publicity?What’s your prediction for Maryland’s hire?You can view the full list here.