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first_imgBarcelona Coutinho included in Barcelona squad for the first time Goal 03:44 1/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Coutinho presentation Barcelona Getty Barcelona Copa del Rey Barcelona v Espanyol Espanyol The playmaker has been included in a 19-man list as the Blaugrana attempt to recover a one-goal Copa deficit, while Yerry Mina is also in the squad Philippe Coutinho is in line to make his Barcelona debut after Ernesto Valverde included him in a Blaugrana squad for the first time. Coutinho sealed a move worth a reported £142 million at the start of January, calling time on an impressive spell at Liverpool. The Brazilian, however, arrived at Camp Nou with a minor injury which has frustrated his chances of making his Barca bow.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Now fit and training regularly, Coutinho has a great chance of seeing first-team action in Thursday’s Copa del Rey quarter-final clash against Espanyol. The squad list released by the Catalans on Wednesday includes the playmaker for the first time, and also notes the No. 14 shirt he has inherited from the outgoing Javier Mascherano. Colombia international Yerry Mina, signed from Palmeiras this month, could also make his Barca debut in a must-win clash at Camp Nou. Mina is drafted in for Thomas Vermaelen, who suffered a fresh injury setback with a hamstring issue that will see him confined to the sidelines for two weeks. All eyes will be on Coutinho, however, as the ex-Liverpool man prepares for the chance to play alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez for the first time. [CONVOCATORIA] Barça – Espanyol de #CopaBarça #ForçaBarça @movistarlikes #BarçaMovistar pic.twitter.com/4ndtggoqyg— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_es) 24 de enero de 2018Valverde has picked a full-strength squad for the Copa clash, where Barca currently trail after a 1-0 first-leg defeat to their city rivals. The Blaugrana are the defending champions in the competition and winners of the last three editions, having also made the final in seven of the last 10 seasons.last_img read more


first_imgManchester United The contrast was so evident – Ferdinand lauds Kane while slamming Lukaku Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 13:46 2/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(10) Romelu Lukaku, Harry Kane Getty Manchester United Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United Premier League Harry Kane Romelu Lukaku Rio Ferdinand heaped praise on Harry Kane – the former Manchester United star particularly pleased with the 24-year-old’s link-up play. Rio Ferdinand described Harry Kane as a “real No. 9,” highlighting the contrast between the Tottenham star and Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku.Kane was not among the goalscorers but the Tottenham frontman proved to be a handful in Wednesday’s 2-0 win over United at Wembley.The England international was instrumental in Christian Eriksen’s opener after just 11 seconds in London before United defender Phil Jones turned the ball into his own net prior to half-time, while Lukaku struggled to make an impact up front for Jose Mourinho’s men. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Ferdinand heaped praise on leading Premier League scorer Kane, with the former United centre-back particularly pleased with the 24-year-old’s link-up play.”I think Kane showed today why he’s the best striker in the league and one of the most potent in Europe because he’s bullied United’s centre halves,” Ferdinand told BT Sport. “He totally dominated them physically and brought other people into play. The contrast between him and Lukaku today was so evident it was unbelievable from up here where we watched it.”The ball going into him, sticking, holding centre halves off and bringing others into the game. That’s a real No. 9. That’s what you want to see a No. 9 do.”Kane tops the Premier League charts with 21 goals, 10 more than United’s Lukaku.Former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp added: “There’s no comparison. He’s on a different level to Lukaku.”United remain second in the table after 25 matches but Tottenham – fifth in the standings – moved within five points of the Red Devils.last_img read more


first_imgWellington Phoenix v Perth Glory A-League Review: Perth ‘Panenka’ punished, 10-man Adelaide rescue late draw Ryan Benson 19:53 2/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) phoenix-cropped Getty Images Wellington Phoenix v Perth Glory Wellington Phoenix Perth Glory A-League An entertaining day of A-League action saw Perth Glory lose at the death, while Adelaide United battled back against the odds to get a draw. Diego Castro’s ‘Panenka’ penalty failure late on for Perth Glory was punished by Wellington Phoenix as they secured a 2-1 win in stoppage time, while fellow strugglers Central Coast Mariners were denied by 10-man Adelaide United in a thrilling 2-2 draw.The Spaniard had previously pulled Glory level in the first half, scoring a stunning free-kick to cancel out Sarpeet Singh’s sumptuous 20-yard strike on his first start for Phoenix.AdChoices广告But his error ultimately cost Glory points at the end, as Castro stepped up to take a penalty he had won and attempted a chip, which goalkeeper Tandi Velaphi read and easily saved. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And Phoenix took full advantage at the end – Roy Krishna’s low cross diverted in by Glory defender Shane Lowry, allowing the hosts to close to within two points of their visitors.Phoenix take the points in the Distance Derby. pic.twitter.com/kPozKNDBtf— Perth Glory FC (@PerthGloryFC) February 17, 2018Adelaide produced a fine comeback against the odds at home to the Mariners, who took an early lead through Andrew Hoole’s seventh-minute free-kick.Things then went from bad to worse 11 minutes later when Ersan Gulum received his marching orders for nudging over Trent Buhagiar while through on goal. The former Turkey international sarcastically applauded in the face of the referee’s assistant and eventually had to be pushed away by his coach Marco Kurz.The game seemed to be put completely beyond United in the 53rd minute, as Ryan Strain headed past his own goalkeeper, but they were far from finished.Jordan Elsey found the bottom-right corner with a fine header just after the hour mark and George Blackwood levelled seven minutes from time, sending an emphatic half-volley in off the crossbar after Storm Roux had inexplicably failed to cut out a cross from the brilliant Daniel Adlung.Further chances fell to both sides in the closing stages, but they had to settle for a share of the spoils.What a second half!  Against the odds the boys battle back to earn a point. #AUFC #ADLvCCM pic.twitter.com/mGQnlLXl0N— Adelaide United FC (@AdelaideUnited) February 17, 2018last_img read more


first_imgMexico Mexico launches English-language social media channels, announces May friendly against Wales Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 07:25 2/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Raul Jimenez Poland Mexico Mexico World Cup The team now will communicate with fans in English as well as Spanish, with a match in the U.S. taking place in late May The Mexico national team rolled out its English-language social media accounts Thursday, a long-awaited move in the U.S. market where El Tri are one of the most popular teams.In addition to its Spanish-language presence, Mexico now will tweet in English at @MiSeleccionMXEN and post on Facebook as “Mexico’s national team” with the same tag as the Twitter handle.El Tri also confirmed they will take on Wales on May 28 at the Rose Bowl in the Los Angeles area part of the team’s preparations for the World Cup in Russia. With the contest against Wales announced, Mexico’s itinerary in the buildup to the tournament is set. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Well, basically there are more than 40 million fans of the Mexican national team in the United States. We practically have two territories — Mexico and the United States — because of the amount of fans we have in both countries,” Guillermo Cantu, the general secretary of the Mexican federation, said at a news conference Thursday. “We could call it our second home.”For us, it’s really important to come and have games here. Of course, as I said, we have to ‘start speaking English.’ That’s why I have this shirt,” Cantu continued, holding up a Mexico jersey with the Twitter handle on the back, “to start engagement in English. For us, it’s really important to have a partner in [Soccer United Marketing] in this venture we started 16 years ago and has grown in all aspects over time.”The match against Wales gives Mexico a game against top-20 opposition, according to the FIFA rankings, and will likely feature the roster manager Juan Carlos Osorio intends to take to Russia.”It will basically the team that will represent Mexico in the World Cup. We will try to give the chance to players depending on how they finish their seasons and how they come to their camp,” Osorio said in a news release.El Tri return home to Mexico City for a send-off match match against Scotland on June 2 in the Estadio Azteca. Mexico then travels to face Denmark on June 9 before landing in Moscow ahead of the tournament-opening game against Germany on June 17.last_img read more


first_imgSweden Ibrahimovic points finger at Swedish media over World Cup snub Ryan Benson 20:29 6/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) zlatan ibra-cropped Getty Images Sweden World Cup MLS Germany v Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović Sweden coach Janne Andersson resisted taking the striker to Russia and the LA Galaxy star thinks the media is to blame Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes the Swedish media are responsible for his World Cup omission.Ibrahimovic retired from international football after Sweden’s underwhelming Euro 2016 campaign, when they were eliminated at the group stage.Since then, the fiery striker has continued to impress in front of goal with Manchester United and now LA Galaxy and he appeared to be eager on a return to the Sweden team for the World Cup, hinting several times that he would play in Russia. 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 Coach Janne Andersson then shut the door on Ibrahimovic in April, saying in an interview: “If you rejected the team, I do not think you should come back.”But Sweden’s record goal-scorer thinks media coverage back home has counted against him more than his retirement.Speaking to reporters, Ibrahimovic said: “I think it’s the biggest party in football, playing the World Cup.”All the best players are there. Zlatan is not there, so… He should be there, but he’s not there.”The media says they [Sweden’s team] are better without me, so that’s why I believe in them.”This is the Swedish media mentality. I don’t have a typical Swedish name. I’m not the typical Swedish attitude, behaviour and that, but still I have the [goal-scoring] record in the national team.”Still I won what I won; still I played in Ajax, Juventus, Inter, Barcelona, [AC] Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and now LA Galaxy.”So, if you don’t know how to do it collectively, why did you play in the biggest teams in the world, and you won? So, I know how to win, trust me. And I do it good.”Sweden have been drawn into Group F alongside Germany, Mexico and South Korea.last_img read more


first_imgTransfers Will Real Madrid target Lewandowski leave Bayern Munich this summer? Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 15:00 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Robert Lewandowski Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Poland v Senegal Bayern München v PSG Eintracht Frankfurt v Bayern München Bayern München Eintracht Frankfurt PSG Poland Senegal World Cup International Champions Cup Super Cup Opinion The Poland captain insists his mind is on the job at the World Cup but there is considerable uncertainty over where he’ll be playing his club football It’s a matter of public record that Robert Lewandowski intends to leave Bayern Munich. His agent, Pini Zahavi, said as much in an interview with Sport Bild at the end of May.“[Robert] feels that he needs a change and a new challenge in his career,” the Israeli said.”Robert’s motives are not money or a specific club, because almost all the top clubs would like to have the best striker in the world in their ranks. 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 “Everybody in the club leadership of FC Bayern has had a great playing career. They should understand his situation.”That declaration cannot have gone down well in the corridors of power at the club, where they pride themselves on their ability to steadfastly refuse all offers for players they do not wish to leave.There would appear to be a standoff. With Zahavi – and by extension Lewandowski – talking about the need for new challenges, Bayern are in an awkward situation.Do they accede to Lewandowski’s requests and be left with a hole to fill? Or do they instead demand he stays put for the terms of his contract. Neither is particularly desirable and it appears nothing will be resolved until after the World Cup.Lewandowski was noncommittal on his future at a pre-tournament Poland press conference last week, insisting that his attentions lay entirely on Russia.“The answer is simple, my manager deals with these matters,” he said. “I want to focus on what is most important to me, how to prepare for the World Cup.“At the moment I am not thinking about my club future, my manager is the one to do it.”This way I have a free mind to think about how to best prepare for the World Cup so the team can perform their best.”Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich top scorer awardHis immediate objective is to help Poland out of their group and in turn become the first Pole to be top scorer at the World Cup since Grzegorz Lato in 1974.The country’s all-time top scorer, Lewandowski scored three goals in two pre-tournament friendlies and is coming off the back of another solid goalscoring season at Bayern.There were 39 in 44 games for Bayern. No one else got close to matching that tally. There was another Bundesliga title – a fourth in succession since joining on a free transfer from Borussia Dortmund – but disappointment in both the DFB Pokal and the Champions League.Defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in the cup final stung but the loss in the Champions League semi-finals to Real Madrid ensured the season as a whole would be considered underwhelming.Lewandowski’s efforts in both games earned him plenty of criticism with his inability to convert basic chances in the most important game of the season one of the key reasons Bayern failed.It led to talk of whether or not Bayern would be better off without him and, instead, with money to reinvest in the team.Robert Lewandowski Bayern Sergio Ramos Real MadridClub CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge rubbished suggestions back in the spring when Lewandowski dumped his long-term representative Cezary Kucharski for Zahavi that €200m would be enough to secure his services. That stance endures.”I said weeks ago that I am taking bets on Lewandowski staying and I am still taking them today,” Rummenigge told the press earlier this month.”In the past, we had a player that [Real Madrid president Florentino Perez] was highly interested in. But we closed the door on that, and from this episode, I know that he would be open about it. It wouldn’t interest us anyway even if he did ask about Lewandowski. We as a club made a firm decision and that still applies.”Bayern, publicly, maintain that Lewandowski is going nowhere but that is at odds with the player’s wishes.And while Lewandowski and Zahavi have made their wishes known, there are a number of factors complicating an exit.Aside from the fact that Bayern do not intend to sell, the number of destinations that could give Lewandowski what he needs is exceedingly small.Zinedine Zidane – when in charge of Real Madrid – demonstrated persistent faith in Karim Benzema up front. He was not necessarily looking for a 30-goal striker. Instead he preferred a facilitator to his other scorers like Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.But the situation might change now that Zidane has departed. It’s well known that president Florentino Perez is an admirer of Lewandowski – ever since he ripped them apart in the Champions League in 2013 – and it remains to be seen to what extent new coach Julen Lopetegui will exert control over transfers.Robert Lewandowski Poland 2018In any case, it has been reported that Lewandowski’s performances against Real this season left the club in two minds over whether or not an expensive transfer would be worth it.There was a meeting between Real and Bayern’s top brass over dinner during the semi-finals but attendees maintain that the striker was not a topic of conversation.Lewandowski turns 30 in August; time is of the essence if he is to realise his dream of one more big move even if he himself believes he will have five more years at the top level.Chelsea, too, are credited with long-standing interest. Complicating the picture at Stamford Bridge is the presence of Alvaro Morata. A buyer for the Spanish misfit must surely be found before any bid for Lewandowski could be furnished.Lewandowski had a grumpy season in Bavaria ever since the summer when he declared in an unauthorised interview that Bayern would continue to slip behind Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid so long as they refused to cross the €100m mark in transfers.He had signed a contract in December 2016 but Neymar’s move to PSG shifted the paradigm in terms of what top stars could expect to earn.He had already criticised his team-mates for failing to help him become the top scorer the season before and was embroiled in a high-profile row with Mats Hummels in the spring.Despite those troubles, Bayern intend to hold him to the terms of his contract to 2021.last_img read more


first_imgThe 2009 New South Wales State Cup saw Hennessey’s Hornsby Lions take out the Men’s Open title, and six weeks later he was part of the Australian Men’s Open side that defeated New Zealand in Auckland in the 2010 Trans Tasman Series.March saw Hennessey’s Sydney Scorpions side win the 2010 X-Blades National Touch League final for the first time in 10 years, while earlier this month Hennessey led the Hornsby Vawdon Cup Men’s Premier League side to the title over the Penrith Panthers, where he was named Player of the Final. And last weekend he stepped out in the red, white and green of the Wanneroo Lions, being a key factor in their 2010 WA Be Active State Championships Men’s Open’s title.2010 was the second year that Hennessey has played in the WA State Championships, something that he enjoyed being a part of. “Chance Bunce and I were playing in a side last year and he moved over here for Rugby and we could have one import per team, so he just rang me up and said he was starting a new side so if I wanted to come over and help the boys I could, so I said yes.”Hennessey was instrumental in Wanneroo’s title win at the WA State Championships, having a hand in the majority of the Lions touchdowns in their grand final win over the Southern Stars, which they won 10-8. He was impressed with the talent he witnessed at the event this year, and says he has definitely seen an improvement since last year’s championships. “This year it was heaps better, last year we were playing and our team wasn’t that good and we were still going pretty good against all of the sides. ““This year everyone’s trying really hard and it’s heaps better and they are learning from going to National Touch League’s or I’m not sure if they are getting videos, but they are learning,” he said. As well as playing in the tournament, Hennessey was also able to help the players in his team, sharing some of his experience and knowledge. “I’ve called a few of them aside and told them a few things, I think they’ve taken it in and hopefully they are getting something out of me being here.”Hennessey got the chance to meet the team from Ramingining, East Arnhem Land, on Sunday, something that both parties got a real benefit from. “It was unreal, a few of them they struggle with their English but they were telling me how they got over here and they’ve only been playing for three months. It’s unreal, they are the nicest blokes,” Hennessey said.  To see all of the results, news and highlights of the 2010 Be Active WA State Championships, please visit the following website:www.statechamps.com.aulast_img read more


first_imgSydney’s premier Touch Football competition will be decided this Saturday, 3 November with the grand finals of the 2012 Vawdon Cup being held at the Canterbury Velodrome and Waterworth Park complex. In the Men’s Premier League division, the undefeated Penrith Panthers will take on the Parramatta Eels at 5.20pm. The Panthers have been led by their captain, Nicholas Good, who is one of their leading touchdown scorers for the season and an Australian Men’s Open representative, alongside fellow Australian representatives Ben Moylan and Scott Buckley and New Zealand Mixed Open representative, Mohi Aupouri. The Eels also have a wealth of past and present Australian representatives with the likes of Daniel Barton, Dylan Thompson and Jamie Stowe leading their campaign. The Eels had to defeat last year’s Vawdon Cup and State Cup champions, the Eastern Suburbs Roosters, to progress through to this weekend’s final. Last time these two met, the Panthers prevailed 6–4 winners, and with the final consisting of the two top placed teams it is sure to be close again.The Women’s Premier League division will see the Eastern Suburbs Roosters take on the undefeated Wollongong Devils at 4.25pm. The Devils are looking for their third Vawdon Cup victory in a row and last time these two met the Devils came away with a narrow 4–2 victory. With Australian representative talent such as Jess McCall and Bianca Mounsey in the Wollongong side as well as plenty of impressive youth players, the Devils will be determined to take out a hat trick of titles in 2012. Easts will be looking to their experienced players including Australian Women’s Open stalwart, Kristy Judd as well as Kristin Boss and Megan Campbell and exciting young talent Ashleigh Quinlan and Maddison Studdon to step up in the final. It will be a case of East meets West when the Roosters take on the Magpies in the Mixed Premier League division Grand Final at 3.30pm, as the undefeated Roosters look to build on their recent dominance in this division.Easts have a very talented side and the experience of players including Manu Wakely, Christian Frost, Matthew Wigg and Shannon Warren will hold them in good stead. With Wests having the division’s two leading touchdown scorers in Rohit Prasad who is also the Australian Mixed Open captain and Sayed Mouawad, as well as current Australian Senior Mixed players Hayley McDonald and Karen Short, the final is sure to be highly contested. Last time these two teams met Easts came away with the bragging rights, winning by three touchdowns.The Hornsby Lions will take on the Wollongong Devils in the Men’s Division One final in a repeat of last year’s Vawdon Cup and State Cup finals, while the Central Coast Dolphins will meet the Northern Suburb Bears in the Women’s Division One final, with both games to be played at 3.30pm.In Division Two, Easts will take on Wests in the Men’s also to be played at 3.30pm, while the Hills Hornets will go up against the Liverpool Lightning in the Women’s division at 5.20pm. Penrith will take on the Ryde Eastwood Hawks in the Men’s Division Three final at 4.25pm.The Vawdon Cup Finals will be played at the following times:3.30pm – Mixed Premier League, Men’s Division One, Women’s Division One, Men’s Division Two4.25pm – Women’s Premier League, Men’s Division Three5.20pm – Men’s Premier League, Women’s Division TwoStay tuned to www.austouch.com.au and www.nswtouch.com.au across the weekend for all of the latest news and results from the 2012 Vawdon Cup Finals. Also be sure to like and follow Touch Football Australia’s and New South Wales Touch Association’s social media pages to keep up-to-date:Touch Football AustraliaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausInstagram – search for ‘Touch Football Australia’New South Wales Touch AssociationFacebook – www.facebook.com/nswtouchTwitter – www.twitter.com/nsw_touch YouTube – www.youtube.com/nswta For more previews for all divisions, please visit – www.nswtouch.com.au. Related LinksVawdon Cup Finalslast_img read more


first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) has continued to review and subsequently updated the TFA Affiliate Regulations to comply with the TFA Constitution, related policies and best practice governing processes. It is a requirement under the TFA Constitution that all member states, affiliate entities and other linked bodies formally agree and comply to the TFA Affiliate Regulations – January 2015 version of these regulations. These Regulations will take effect from Sunday, 1 March 2015. There are various ways associations or other entities can officially affiliate, become aligned and or be recognised by TFA. The Affiliation Process ensures compliance as the official recognition of an Association (Competition) by, registering to, maintaining, or cancelling from the formal structure of Touch Football within Australia. The Affiliation Obligations have been developed to provide an overview of the process for an Association, while the Touch Football Australia Inc. Affiliate Regulations detail the specific requirements. Highlighted changes to the TFA Affiliate Regulations include: » Participation Framework – Affiliate Classification » Affiliate Obligations » Touch Football Australia Inc. Affiliate Regulations » Attachments (including ANX Forms, Practical Checklists, Affiliate Compliance Criteria) For all aspects of sport operation to occur with regard to policies and specifics, there must be a clear correlation between TFA and our member. This is provided in an agreement and/or recognition in constitutions by both parties. Members must regularly comply with membership renewal of Touch Football Australia (and associated State and Regional bodies) in accordance with Clause 14 and the procedures prescribed by the Board from time to time in these Regulations. Touch Football Australia continue to work with both the New South Wales and Queensland Touch Association’s to implement aligned processes consistent with the objectives above. For more information or to view the TFA Affiliate Regulations, please click on the attachments below. Related Filesmemorandum_-_affiliate_regulations_2015_update-pdfaffiliate_regulations_jan_2015-pdfRelated LinksTFA Affiliate Regulationslast_img read more


first_imgThe Wests Tigers have caused a boil-over in the first round of the Men’s NRL Touch Premiership defeating the Parramatta Eels 7-4 in convincing fashion.As it was with the Womens game the Men took some time to hit their stride and it was Dylan Hennessey who was first to make his mark on ANZ Stadium with a trademark long-ball to Luke Mansour for the Eels to go 1-0 up.The Tigers settled into the match the better and looked to level the score up through veteran Steve Roberts but a desperate touch on the line denied him and the Tigers from their opening try. They weren’t to be denied two minutes later as they kept pressuring the Eels line and with back to back tries to James Blackwood and Rob Nakhla they found themselves in front.Alex Nicholls levelled it up shortly after sending the two sides to the break at 2 apiece, a score line the Parramatta side would have gladly taken.Jake Grech gave the visitors a 3-2 lead in the first set after the resumption; a lead the Tigers would not give up.Australian Mens captain Nick Good dived over between defenders to take them out to 4-2 but the lead was quickly cut back to one with Dylan Hennessey scoring five minutes into the second half. The Eels however couldn’t quite stay in touch with the more experienced Tigers side and it was experience that paid off at the other end with Steve Roberts this time getting the nod from referee Rob Bowen as he stretched out to score.The Tigers extended the lead to 7-3 through Aussie Mixed captain, Cameron Nicholls and Scott Buckley who miraculously recovered from a calf injury picked up through the week to take his place in the side.Jed Ibbotson capped off the scoring when he crossed late in the game for the Eels but the night belonged to the Tigers who fired a shot across the bow of the rest of the competition with a dominant performance and a 7-4 opening round victory.last_img read more


first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton midfielder Will Smallbone thrilled with new dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton midfielder Will Smallbone has signed a new contract.The 18 year-old has penned terms to 2021.“It’s amazing, I’ve been at the club now for quite a while so it feels good to first be offered a contract and then to get it signed,” he said, “it’s a dream come true.”“It’s a really proud moment for my family; I remember I got the call after the Manchester United game and Craig Fleming told me that they were looking to offer me a new contract. I told my mum straight away and she was just so proud.”Smallbone added: “Hopefully with the new manager coming in, if I keep playing well then I can catch the eye and try make my debut with the first team as soon as I can.” last_img read more


first_imgReal Madrid president Florentino delighted with kids after winning LaLiga Promises titleby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid president Florentino Perez was delighted for their junior players after winning a first LaLiga Promises title in 16 years.Real defeated Inter Milan in the final.”We won the [Sergio] Ramos way,” Florentino said to El Transistor.”They have honoured Real Madrid’s spirit of never giving up.”In addition, the president publicly promised that the youths will get the recognition they deserve and be paraded at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu to show off the title. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img


first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Neville shocked by Alexis’ Man Utd demiseby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville is shocked by Alexis Sanchez’s failure at Manchester United.The Chilean joined from Arsenal to become the club’s highest paid player but managed only five goals in 45 games. He left to join Inter Milan on loan for the rest of this season as he was considered surplus to requirements at Old Trafford. Neville told Sky Sports: “No-one could have foreseen the disaster that was about to happen with Alexis Sanchez.”I don’t know what happened to him. That wasn’t the Alexis Sanchez that played at Arsenal.”He wasn’t old when United signed him. He’d been proven.”He added: “We knew United would get only a couple of years out of him, I know his wages were massive.”But my point is, no-one could have foreseen how bad he would be for the club.” last_img read more


first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Arsenal boss Emery: What I told Smith Rowe after substitution…by Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery has revealed his words to Emile Smith Rowe after his substitution against Eintracht Frankfurt.The youngster was taken off despite a decent performance in the 3-0 win.And Emery revealed his words to the youngster, and how he believes Smith Rowe can improve in the coming weeks and months.He said to the club’s official website: “With him, we need to do more work with him on the pitch and outside. “Last year, he started well with us and played some matches. After, he left he on loan to Germany and then when he came back he was injured. “He played some matches with the under-23s, so today was big challenge for him. It was a big opportunity but also we needed to protect him. “He worked very well and I was very happy with him. I told him that.” last_img read more


first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd chief Woodward: I don’t buy the players hereby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward insists he doesn’t sign players.Woodward has been criticised by fans over the last few years as they believe he has too much power when it comes to bringing new players to Old Trafford.He told fanzine United We Stand: “The decisions related to recruitment are all taken by football experts. My involvement is signing off the money.”The manager has a veto on a player – we would never sign a player the manager wouldn’t want because he wouldn’t play him. But we also feel the recruitment department, the football experts, should have a veto too.”I don’t get involved in recruitment like people think I do. There’s a myth that I look at YouTube and choose players. I don’t. Having an eye for players is an art. I have no interest in doing that.”I just want to have a disciplined process because if you are spending a lot of money on a player you have to make sure you get more right than wrong.”Where I get involved is that I have to sign off the money, yet when you have target one, two or three from your process I feel fine going after the No 1 target and, if it’s not to be him, then number two or three.” last_img read more


first_imgIt’s hard not to feel sympathy for Alvaro Morata. He is immensely talented and is trying so hard to make a success of his Chelsea career but it is just not happening for him, with Wednesday night’s stalemate with Southampton just the latest in a long line of frustrating outings for the Spanish striker.It is now 18 months since he joined the Blues from Real Madrid for £58 million (plus add-ons) and he is running out of chances to prove his worth.As ever with Morata, there were positive moments against Southampton, with a delightful dribble in the 17th minute probably the highlight. But despite going close on numerous occasions, he failed to score and it was clear long before the end of this dour 0-0 draw that the fans’ patience is wearing thin. 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’s not that he played badly. He even managed to stick the ball in the net in the 71st minute but his strike was ruled out by the most marginal of offside calls. That decision perfectly summed up his misfortune right now.But Morata can hardly claim that his struggles are purely down to bad luck. Indeed, he was played in on goal by Ruben Loftus-Cheek with 12 minutes of normal time remaining against Southampton, after a brilliant counter-attack sparked by the seemingly outbound Cesc Fabregas, who is in talks with Monaco, but Morata’s shot was nowhere near strong enough to beat the young Southampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn.This latest blank means that Morata has now gone five games without a goal. In fairness, seven goals in 22 games this season isn’t terrible but, at the same time, it isn’t a record worthy of a striker leading the line at a ‘Big Six’ Premier League club either.Alvaro Morata Chelsea SouthamptonLuckily for Chelsea, such is the genius of Eden Hazard that he has regularly been able to make up for the fact that Chelsea are not in possession of a prolific centre-forward but the lack of a reliable goalscorer is holding the Blues back.Indeed, they have now failed to score in successive home league matches for the first time since 2012. Essentially, the absence of a world-class No.9 means that Chelsea regularly fail to win games that they dominate. Furthermore, great strikers are also able to nick wins on bad days and Morata simply does not have the requisite mental strength to step up when those around him are toiling, with even manager Maurizio Sarri moved to openly discuss the 26-year-old’s “fragility” earlier this season.Despit this draw, Chelsea are still fourth and reasonably placed to secure a return to the Champions League but it is easy to understand why they are being linked with the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, the prolific Argentine forward who previously worked under Sarri at Napoli.The gap on Arsenal is back down to three points and the squad is coming under increasing strain, with Willian going off injured against Southampton, joining Pedro and Olivier Giroud on the sidelines.Consequently, Wednesday was another chance for Morata to stake a claim for a regular starting berth. Once again, he failed to take it. Unfortunately, his entire Chelsea career to date has been a sorry tale of missed opportunities.Very interesting stat on Morata from @OptaJoe: “Alvaro Morata has recorded 1.9 offsides per 90 this season, the most of any player to have played at least 90 minutes.” #CFC #CHESOU— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) January 2, 2019 Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more


first_imgAxel Witsel’s first-half strike saw Borussia Dortmund restore their six-point advantage at the Bundesliga summit with a 1-0 victory over RB Leipzig. In their first match after the mid-season break, leaders Dortmund responded to Bayern Munich’s 3-1 win over Hoffenheim on Friday with a battling win over fourth-placed Leipzig. Belgium international Witsel drilled a shot in off the underside of the crossbar in the 19th minute, and that proved enough for Lucien Favre’s side to triumph in the injury-enforced absence of Marco Reus.  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? Timo Werner and Marcel Sabitzer were unable to pounce on opportunities to equalise and Dortmund – who introduced Christian Pulisic in the 76th minute for his first appearance since signing for Chelsea – could pull nine points clear with their next match against Hannover coming 24 hours before Bayern face Stuttgart. Dayot Upamecano and Ibrahima Konate did well to keep Mario Gotze and Maximilian Philipp at bay respectively in the opening 15 minutes, but Leipzig’s defence was soon undone. Raphael Guerreiro’s corner was flicked on by Lukasz Piszczek and Witsel, who also scored in the reverse fixture earlier this season, took a touch before firing home with assistance from the frame of the goal.200 – Lukas #Piszczek will today start a #Bundesliga game as captain for Borussia Dortmund for the first time – making his 200th appearance in Dortmund’s starting XI in the Bundesliga. Honour. @BlackYellow #RBLBVB pic.twitter.com/yJjtDnGQfx— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) January 19, 2019Abdou Diallo headed narrowly wide before half-time and Philipp was denied by a great save from Peter Gulacsi eight minutes into the second period.At the other end, Roman Burki slipped as Thomas Delaney passed back to him and the goalkeeper sent the ball straight to Werner. He lunged in with a tackle that dispossessed the Leipzig striker, who felt he had been fouled, and Yussuf Poulsen was unable to get an effort away on the follow-up.Burki looked far more assured when he kept out Sabitzer, before substitute Paco Alcacer saw his 90th-minute effort bounce down off the bar and stay out.Matheus Cunha headed narrowly wide in stoppage time as Leipzig’s unbeaten home Bundesliga run ended after a club-record 10 matches. read morelast_img read more


first_imgRoma have appointed Paulo Fonseca as their new coach, with the Portuguese signing a two-year deal with the Serie A outfit that includes the option for a third.The 46-year-old, who Goal revealed to be in the running last week, inherits the reins from Claudio Ranieri, who had seen out the 2018-19 campaign at Stadio Olimpico in an interim post.Fonseca has spent the vast majority of his coaching career to date in Portugal, taking in spells at the likes of Porto and Braga. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The last three years have, however, delivered a productive stint in Ukraine with Shakhtar Donetsk.He is now taking on a new challenge, with Roma president Jim Pallotta saying of his appointment on the club’s official website: “We are pleased to welcome Paulo Fonseca to the club.”Paulo is a young and ambitious coach with international experience, a winning mentality and is known for his brave and offensive idea of ​​football that will excite our fans.”From the first time I spoke to him he immediately expressed his desire to come to Rome and his enthusiasm in accepting a new challenge, starting to work with our players to set up a team that the fans can feel proud of.”Fonseca added on his arrival in the Italian capital: “I am very happy to have been appointed as the new coach of AS Roma and I would like to thank the entire leadership of the club for the opportunity given to me. “I am enthusiastic and motivated by the challenge that awaits us and I look forward to moving to Rome, meeting our fans and starting work. “I believe that together we will be able to create something special.”Fonseca was a defender in his playing days, taking in over 100 appearances in the Portuguese top flight.He hung up his boots in 2005 and made an immediate transition into coaching.Over the course of his management career to date, he has tasted domestic cup success in Portugal and Ukraine while also guiding Shakhtar to three successive league titles.last_img read more


first_imgPlayers in MLS have an unusual issue that they are ready to do battle with the league over – they are unhappy with the travel rules that are currently in place.Regulations laid down by MLS mean that teams are not allowed to charter flights for any more than four legs of journeys over the season. This means that there are effectively two matches they can travel privately for, as the inbound and outbound flights each count as one leg – a paltry number given the travelling commitments for teams over a season that will stretch to at least 34 matches.This reliance on commercial flights might have cost the Montreal Impact earlier this season when they faced the New England Revolution away from home. A disastrous travel experience meant they arrived in Foxborough just hours before the game. 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 “Honestly it’s a joke,” said Montreal goalkeeper Evan Bush, the club’s MLS Players Association representative. “You can talk to anybody from the administration to the players and the coaches, the way that the last 24 hours happened should never have happened. The powers that be know how we feel about it.“It became a player safety issue. It’s not just a matter of inconvenience for us. We’re lucky that we didn’t have guys get injured today because of the way their bodies were treated the last 24 hours.”The Impact tried to have the game rescheduled but the club was knocked back by the league.“The people that can make the decisions didn’t want to change anything. I won’t point fingers necessarily, but something needs to be done,” Bush said. “The Players Association is aware of it. I understand that there are certain things that they can’t do. But when it comes to player safety, when it comes to the assets of the league – and the players are the assets of the league – they need to do better.”Evan Bush Montreal ImpactThe Philadelphia Union’s Alejandro Bedoya, who has experience of playing European football with Rangers in Scotland and Nantes in France as well as Orebro and Helsingborgs in Sweden, also made his voice heard recently after a match in Canada.“Should’ve flown out of Vancouver last night after early kickoff. Instead, we wake up at 4:45 am, spend all day in airports (connect in Toronto) & on airplanes w/ no legroom cross country, and just finally landed back in Philly. What a great recovery day!” he grumbled on Twitter.When asked about his Tweet, he told reporters: “For me, it’s just so frustrating. This is not a Philly issue, this is a league-wide issue. I’m speaking on behalf of all the players in the league. I put that out there and I got messages from players on all different teams laughing with me and telling me I’m so right.”It is an issue being treated in an increasingly serious manner, as Bob Foose, the executive director of the MLS Player Association explained to The Guardian: “There isn’t a single player in MLS who doesn’t think the league should do better when it comes to charter flights and travel.“We view charter flights the same way that we view top-level training facilities, which are not typically a CBA issue. If the league truly aspire to become a league of choice, it must eliminate most, if not all, commercial flights for players.”Cost is one of the main headaches considered by the MLS with regards charter flights and private jets, although the league, who also see the restriction on charter flights as levelling the playing field, has tried to mitigate the burden of travel in its own way.“Look at what we have done with our schedule so that when people travel across the country we try and have them play more than one game so that the travel is minimised as a result of that,” Mark Abbott, the president of the MLS, has said. “You now play more games against your regional rivals or clubs in your conference which also minimises travel.”Players argue, though, that allowing more charter flights would be an investment in the product as they would be in better condition to play road matches than they are at present, when they may need to make connections or even a layover.From the League’s perspective, though, there is a trade-off between the expense of flights and wages it can afford to pay its players.“The question is what’s the right balance between investment in player compensation and investment in charter travel?” Abbott added.With the collective bargaining agreement set to be negotiated in 2020, this is set to be a hot topic and it is expected that the chains on charter flights will be loosened somewhat.As such, if you’re sat next to Zlatan Ibrahimovic on his way back from a match with the LA Galaxy in economy, make the most of it. Time is likely running out on such a practice.last_img read more


first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has identified Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as one of “four new players” he will be able to choose from next season.The 25-year-old missed an entire year of action with a knee ligament injury sustained in April 2018.He featured twice in the closing stages of the 2018-19 campaign and was an unused substitute in the Champions League final victory against Tottenham. 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 Last season also proved to be a frustrating one for Rhian Brewster, who like Oxlade-Chamberlain spent the campaign recovering from a long-term injury, while Adam Lallana and Joe Gomez struggled with problems of their own.But with a full pre-season programme scheduled for all four players, Klopp is expecting far more competition for places next term without having to splash the cash.”If Ox can stay fit – new player for us,” he told Liverpool’s official website.”Rhian the same – he is a really big talent. We’re really looking forward to seeing him in training and all that stuff. It will be an important role for us; we planned an important role for him. So, new player.”Joe Gomez is pretty much a new player. Adam Lallana, new player. After a lot of problems last year, if these boys can really stay fit then that’s completely different to last year for the team because there is real quality. That’s cool.”The majority of the European champions’ players reported back to Melwood on Saturday for the start of pre-season training.Liverpool have seven friendly fixtures scheduled between now and their Community Shield showdown with Premier League champions Manchester City on August 4, starting with a trip to local rivals Tranmere Rovers on Thursday and Bradford City three days later.New number who dis pic.twitter.com/3rYAxsKXr3— Alex Ox-Chamberlain (@Alex_OxChambo) June 7, 2019″Hopefully we can use the time to give these players the time because it’s been a while since they had competitive games,” Klopp said. “We start pretty intensely with Tranmere, who were promoted.”After a few days’ training, playing that game against a League One team is a challenge. Then Bradford and then we really go for it.”You play these games not only for doing something in these 90 minutes, you want to see a few things: improvement, desire and all that stuff.”We have to be ready early. We start the league on Friday night against Norwich – we have to be ready and that’s not the only game we prepare for, of course.”Liverpool have made only one signing during the close season, with Sepp van den Berg joining from PEC Zwolle in a deal that could be worth up to £4.4million. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more