a month agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer explains Tuanzebe Cup captaincy

first_imgMan Utd boss Solskjaer explains Tuanzebe Cup captaincyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained handing Axel Tuanzebe the captaincy for their Carabao Cup shootout win over Rochdale.Fans reacted with surprise when the 21-year-old defender was named captain ahead of the returning Paul Pogba.Speaking to talkSPORT Solskjaer said: “Axel is a captain in the making, he’s a leader- why not give it to young kids? “We know we can give it to Sergio (Romero) and we can give it to Paul, that’s no problem and they’ve been captains before.”But it was Axel today and how does he handle it? He was absolutely fine, he enjoyed it.”It’s just a way of telling him that we trust him.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoChelsea boss Lampard slams FIFA for ‘wrong, strange’ Leeds choice

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard slams FIFA for ‘wrong, strange’ Leeds choiceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard has slammed FIFA’s decision to award Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds United their Fair Play award on Monday.Bielsa and his players were awarded the Fair Play Award for allowing Aston Villa to score against them in April.Renowned coach Bielsa, currently in his second season at Leeds and in English football, caused something of a stir in January when he admitted to having watched all of United’s opponents train.The club was fined £200,000 as a result – a penalty Bielsa paid out of his own pocket – and the 64-year-old was the subject of some derision as a result.Lampard, in charge of Derby last season, said: “I don’t think it’s right, to be straight.“It’s strange. Everyone had the same reaction. There was a lot of news about “SpyGate,” at the time, quite rightly so, and it got dealt with in the right way – and when you go and give an award for fair play in the same year, it’s strange.“I don’t know who votes for it. Everyone knows what happened with ‘Spygate’ – it is well documented. The rules changed because of it and they were fined.“I felt it was improper, to get a fair play award off the back of that. I thought it was irony at first.“It was a dead rubber against Villa. The game had slowed down to the point of the ball going out, and it was quite right they gave Villa the opportunity to score.“It was quite right to level out the balance of what had happened. That was that. But it was a strange decision for them to win.” last_img read more

17 days agoPablo Machin delighted taking charge of Espanyol

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Pablo Machin delighted taking charge of Espanyolby Carlos Volcano17 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePablo Machin is delighted taking charge of Espanyol.The former Girona coach succeeds David Gallego, who was sacked yesterday.Machin said at his presentation: “Thank you for the confidence shown and for the love that I am already feeling in these hours and I will surely be reciprocal with the fans. “I come to a historic club, at a time that is what it is. I have a great hope, but also a responsibility to leave it in the place it deserves.”It is an exciting year, we are in three competitions, although never leaving aside LaLiga.”What I can promise is maximum involvement, I will require the technical staff and the environment to do the same. I know for success we need that.” last_img read more

7 days agoLiverpool, Chelsea eyeing Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook

first_imgLiverpool, Chelsea eyeing Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cookby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool and Chelsea are eyeing Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook.The 22-year-old returned to action last month having been sidelined since December with knee-ligament damage.The Daily Mail says Liverpool and Chelsea have identified the former Leeds star as a target, should he prove his form and fitness this season.They’re both said to be in the market for the best of emerging English talent and Cook’s high energy style in the middle of the park is thought to be the attraction.He has even been likened to Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson given his running, passing ability and leadership qualities. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Georgia Football: Malcolm Mitchell’s Latest Trick Catch Video Is Unbelievably Impressive

first_imgGeorgia's Malcolm Mitchell performs trick catches at practice.IG/money_mitch26 There may be better wide receivers in the country, but no one makes trick catch videos like Georgia’s Malcolm Mitchell. The Bulldog pass catcher’s first videos showed him catching passes from his back, in an attempt to one-up New York Giants star Odell Beckham Jr. Today, he put out a video that blows it out of the water. He catches balls from his back while laying on a table, he catches a pass between his legs, and he even juggles two other football’s while catching a third from a JUGS machine. You need to watch this.If these skills translate to the field at all, Georgia’s going to be a must-watch team in 2015. With Nick Chubb in the backfield, they probably already are.last_img read more

Celtic tie teenage sensation Dembele to pro deal

first_imgTeenage sensation Karamoko Dembele has signed a professional contract with Celtic that ties him to the Scottish champions until 2021.Dembele has progressed through the youth ranks at Celtic at an alarming rate , playing for their Under-20 side in 2016 at just 13.The 15-year-old’s rise has seen him linked with Chelsea and Manchester City but he will begin his professional career at Celtic, with Brendan Rodgers expecting him to be challenging for a first-team place soon. 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? “My goal is to play for the first team,” Dembele told the club’s official website. “As soon as I can, I’m going to try to get into the first team, 100 per cent.”In the reserves, every training session, every game – it’s all to prove myself to the manager that I can play in the first team.”He added: “I’d like to say thank you to everyone, and I’d like to thank everyone for everything they’ve done for me.”I’d also like to thank everyone for the training I’ve received, the discipline I’ve been taught, and the advice I’ve been given all the way.”Getting attention at a young age has been hard. You need to be strong mentally, you need to stay grounded, and you just need to get on with everything that you do on a daily basis.”Seeing players come through the academy and into the first team gives you hope, because you know they’ve taken the same path.”That means you’ve got a chance to make it into the first team if you work hard and give it your all.”last_img read more

Valverde ‘not frustrated’ by De Jong & Vela wait

first_imgBarcelona’s links to Frenkie de Jong and Carlos Vela were brushed aside by head coach Ernesto Valverde, who insisted he was not frustrated while waiting for signings.Highly rated Ajax midfielder De Jong is a target for Barca and Manchester City, as revealed by Goal, although Paris Saint-Germain are believed to have stolen ahead in their pursuit of the 21-year-old.Compared to one of the most sought-after young talents in the world, Los Angeles FC’s former Arsenal and Real Sociedad forward Vela would represent a more left-field solution to Valverde’s desire for extra cover in attack. 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? “I insist on the same answers – he’s a great player who is on another team,” the Blaugrana boss said when De Jong was brought up at his news conference prior to Sunday’s La Liga match against Leganes.”If I start talking about what’s going on in the press, it’s not going to go away. I’m not going to comment on this. All the respect to De Jong and Ajax.”A reporter from Vela’s native Mexico raised the subject of his future and Valverde apologetically chose to be similarly evasive.Valverde said: “He’s a great player. He’s played in our league but we don’t normally talk about players from other clubs.”A lot is said about every name that comes up. I can understand, being Mexican, why you are interested but he plays for another club.”On his search for a centre forward, Valverde added: “No, I’m not frustrated. I know the club is working on possibilities but we’ll wait and see. It’s not as easy as it might appear.”We’ll see if something can be done and if not we’ll carry on with the players that we’ve got. It’s not something that we’re thinking about all the time but if a name comes up and we can sign him, it’s a possibility.”Malcom Barcelona Copa de Rey 31102018Any new recruit will hope to fare better than former Bordeaux winger Malcom.The 21-year-old has been restricted to 10 appearances in all competitions since spurning Roma to move to Camp Nou during the close season, with speculation linking him to Tottenham and a €50 million (£45m/$57m)  bid from the Chinese Super League revealed by Goal over recent days.”Of course he wants to play games and score gaols and that is what I want from him,” Valverde said.”He is a player who has a place here at the club. He’s a part of the squad like any other player. He’s got certain qualities that we want to see on the pitch”He is a great player, we want to see him be a decisive player.”last_img read more

Fantasy football: Quadruple-chasing City in fine fettle

first_imgPep Guardiola has rather understandably written off Manchester City’s chances of winning the quadruple as “fantasy” but after their 5-0 FA Cup demolition of Burnley on Saturday, the Blues’ ongoing presence in all four competitions is going to play a major part in their chances of success this season.Liverpool are already out of this particular tournament and Jurgen Klopp’s side will have the opportunity to go further ahead in the Premier League while City are busy disputing the Carabao Cup final.There is also the prospect of March’s Manchester derby being pushed back until April or even later, given a potential fixture pile-up. How City handle all of these games will make or break them, and their campaign. 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 could certainly spell fatigue further down the line and City fans might even be hoping Liverpool beat Bayern Munich so that the Reds cannot concentrate fully on the Premier League title from March on.However, right now, supporters, players and managers would all rather be in these competitions than out of them and, in that respect, City are in an enviable position.They will face Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final next month, not long after a presentable-looking Champions League tie with Bundesliga strugglers Schalke.With Arsenal and Liverpool out of the FA Cup, City can also keep their fingers crossed for a comfortable fifth-round draw.If they are distractions from the Premier League, they are certainly welcome ones, and with a squad as deep as this, there should be every confidence that they can stay in the fight for a few more weeks or even months yet.That is how they have got this far, of course. A mixture of young hopefuls and experienced squad players earned them a place in the Carabao Cup final, yet in the FA Cup Guardiola has consistently gone strong.On Saturday at the Etihad, City’s substitutes had scored 51 goals between them in all competitions this season.Manchester City celebrate vs Burnley, FA CupOver the two FA Cup games to date, Sergio Aguero, Leroy Sane and David Silva have not started but Ederson, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi, Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus all have, and with Bernardo Silva and the always influential Fernandinho thrown into the mix on Saturday, it shows that Guardiola would rather win this trophy than sit at home and rest up for a Premier League game.There may be weak spots in some areas of the squad, namely at the base of midfield and at left-back, but when you consider that three of City’s left-sided defenders missed out on Saturday’s squad and they could still call upon Danilo, it is hard to make that case too strongly.Fernandinho, however, is as close as it comes to irreplaceable in this team and his fitness in the coming months will also prove crucial, so he will have to be managed carefully. As happened at Huddersfield last Sunday, the Brazilian was substituted as soon as City went 3-0 up. Anyway, what sense in looking too far ahead? This article could have been written a year ago, with City ready for a Carabao Cup final, ready to play Basel in Europe and drawn against Wigan in the FA Cup.They lost at Wigan, of course, and as soon as Basel were beaten, they faced up to the reality of facing a proper challenge, eventually losing to Liverpool in the Champions League, after a combination of the Reds’ accuracy and the refs’ inaccuracies.So, for now, all they can do is focus on the challenge at hand.”We are able to try to win tomorrow, that’s all I can assure you,” Guardiola said on Friday when asked about the prospect of winning the quadruple. “The other is fantasy.”The Catalan was impressively restrained in his response to a topic that has quickly resurfaced now City are winning again. After all, less than a month ago he was asked whether he should change his entire footballing philosophy on the back of two defeats, at home to Crystal Palace and away to Leicester.Those dark days seem a long way off now. After losing at Leicester, City have won eight out of eight in all competitions, scoring 33 goals and conceding just twice, and not since the statement victory over Liverpool on January 3.If that keep up anything like that form, it could be a very special season indeed.But there is a long way to go yet. City are still in all four competitions. For now, though, everything else really is fantasy. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Watch Nebraska Fans Congratulate The Huskers After The Northwestern Win

first_imgNebraska football players walking onto the field.Nebraska football/TwitterNebraska fans came out in full force to the Cornhuskers matchup against Northwestern.Just in case your were wondering who has the best fans in the world, Nebraska has the answer. Unsurprisingly, it’s Nebraska. After the Cornhuskers dominated the Wildcats on Saturday, their loyal fanbase stuck around post-game to see their players into the locker room.The best fans in the nation.#GBR pic.twitter.com/cnUOiUNRA8— Nebraska Huskers (@Huskers) September 25, 2016Although the game was played at Ryan Field, it may as well have been a home game for the Cornhuskers. They felt comfortable from the opening whistle en route to a 24-13 win over a tough Northwestern team.Nebraska entered the contest as the No. 20 team in the country, and after improving to 4-0, should climb in the rankings. The Cornhuskers get three very winnable games in the coming weeks, which could set up a battle of undefeated teams when they travel to Madison to take on the Wisconsin Badgers in Week 8.Best fans in the nation? It certainly seemed that way Saturday night.last_img read more

PSG announce Bulka signing from Chelsea

first_imgLigue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain have announced the signing of goalkeeper Marcin Bulka on a two-year deal from Chelsea. The Poland youth international arrives in the French capital on a free transfer, and has put pen to paper on a deal that will see him remain at the club until the end of June 2021.Bulka arrived in west London in the summer of 2016 after beginning his career in his home country with FCB Escola Varsovia. 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 During his time in England the 19-year-old, who originally hails from Plock in central Poland, won the 2017 and 2018 championships for Chelsea’s Under-18 side.He also made four UEFA Youth League appearances with their U-19 team during the 2017-18 campaign, and went on to reach the final of the European competition.After signing on the dotted line, Bulka said: “I am really pleased and honoured to join Paris Saint-Germain today. “Not only is this club a great reference in France and Europe, but it is also renowned for allowing many young players to express their potential in recent years. “After my experience in England, I will do my best to continue my progress here with a fantastic squad and especially with top level goalkeepers. I can’t wait to join training next Monday!”In a statement posted on PSG’s official website, a club spokesperson added: “The club welcomes Marcin and wishes him every success as a Paris Saint-Germain player.”The teenager will look to jostle for positon against a whole host of goalkeepers currently on the books at the Parc de Princes, with French stoppers Alphonse Areola, Sebastien Cibois and Remy Descamps already at the club, along with German international Kevin Trapp.Described as tall, agile and quick, Bulka featured frequently in 2017-18 season for Chelsea’s reserves and made his development squad debut at Stamford Bridge. He also became a regular in the Checkatrade Trophy squad that reached the semi-finals before he commenced pre-season training with the first-team in July 2018.Speaking to TVP Sport late last month, Bulka revealed his reasoning for leaving the English capital, saying: “I informed the club that I would not sign a new contact (which expired on June 30).“I left Chelsea not only because of (Chelsea goalkeeper) Kepa, but there were also several other aspects that we talked about after the preparations for the season last year and which were not met.”last_img read more