10 months agoMourinho confidant slams Woodward over Man Utd contract management

first_imgMourinho confidant slams Woodward over Man Utd contract managementby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEladio Parames has launched an attack on Manchester United chief Ed Woodward after the dismissal of Jose Mourinho.Parames is close to Mourinho and been a long time confidant.”Here are two concrete examples of the fantastic work going on at Manchester United,” Parames wrote for Record.”If (Marouane) Fellaini, who was at the end of his contract, had been renewed in proper time, he would not cost half of what he costs today.”Mister Ed (Woodward) made him the third best-paid player in the entire squad.”And the same is happening with (David) De Gea, whose contract could already have been renewed a year or two ago.”But now, as his deal is at the end, if they want to continue with him they will have to pay a fortune.”What beautiful management this is.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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9 months agoBarcelona winger Malcom wanted by Tottenham

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Barcelona winger Malcom wanted by Tottenhamby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona winger Malcom is a target for Tottenham.The Daily Star says Spurs are short of firepower with Heung-Min Son joining up with South Korea at the Asian Cup yesterday.He will miss Tottenham’s next five matches if his country goes all the way to the final.Spurs are currently scouring the market for reinforcements up front and are ready to revive their interest in Nou Camp outcast Malcom.The Brazilian, who can play anywhere in a front three, was on their radar last summer before he joined Barca from Bordeaux.But his £36.5m transfer has not worked out and the Spanish giants are willing to let him go this month. last_img read more

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18 days ago​Liverpool attacker Shaqiri explains changes from Bayern Munich days

first_img​Liverpool attacker Shaqiri explains changes from Bayern Munich daysby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri has spoken about how he’s changed since his days at Bayern Munich.The Swiss star failed to make the grade at Bayern as a youngster.He eventually moved to Stoke City in the Premier League. Their relegation prompted a cut price move to Liverpool last summer.”Over the years I have become calmer and more patient,” he told Schweizer Illustrierte.”I would probably last longer in Munich today and waited for my chance. I know that I have to give myself more time for my career steps now.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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13 days agoSolskjaer hands Man Utd board six man shopping list

first_imgSolskjaer hands Man Utd board six man shopping listby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have handed the board a six man shopping list.The Daily Mail says so far, they have relied on the eyes and ears of Solskjaer, Mike Phelan, veteran scout Jim Lawlor and his recruitment staff.They have given transfer chiefs Ed Woodward and Matt Judge the names of half-a-dozen targets but United would prefer to wait until the summer to make big signings having had their fingers burned on Alexis Sanchez in the January 2018 transfer window.On that occasion, the club backed Jose Mourinho by giving Sanchez record wages to gazzump Manchester City but the move turned into a disaster with the Chilean scoring just five goals for his £42million salary before joining Inter Milan on loan.They are also reluctant to rip up their plans and change targets in January as a knee-jerk reaction to them becoming available. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Klopp: I would have paid to lead Man City by four points

first_imgJurgen Klopp says he “would have paid money” to be four points clear of Manchester City in the Premier League after two games against the champions this season.City ran out 2-1 winners in their meeting at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday, moving them back to within four points of the leaders and inflicting a league defeat on the Reds for the first time this season.Defeat saw Liverpool ultimately pass up the chance to go 10 clear of City, something that, in the eyes of many, would have effectively ended the hosts’ title hopes. 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? As it was, Leroy Sane’s 72nd-minute winner blew the title race open once again, as the German clinched victory after Roberto Firmino had cancelled out Sergio Aguero’s emphatic opener.Nevertheless, Klopp did not want to focus on the negative, adamant he never thought it possible to be clear of City after playing their two regulated Premier League fixtures.”If someone had told me after both games against Man City that we were four points clear, I would have paid money for it, you cannot believe,” Klopp told reporters.”We are still in a pretty good position so it’s all fine for us. Not in the moment, it feels really bad, but it’s only the moment.”Time to regroup, move on and prepare for the next game. Up the Reds.#WeAreLiverpool pic.twitter.com/TyCTPX7Fcr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 3, 2019″I didn’t think it would be possible. Football is like this. If we win this [match] and are 10 points ahead and from that point win no games, then nothing happens. It’s really important we take it game by game.”If we would have won the title five times in the last 10 years, we would say; ‘100 percent [we’ll win it]’. But we don’t have experience in it, so why act like someone who wins all the time?”We never won it as a team so we want to finish the season as good as possible, and that’s alright, we can, we’re still in a good position.”It is all fine for us. Not in the moment, it feels really bad, but it is only a moment. Then we have an opportunity to work on it.”Liverpool looked sharper in midfielder after Fabinho had replaced James Milner in the 57th minute, though Klopp did not feel the Brazilian suited the system he wanted to start the match with.”System wise it wasn’t a real alternative in the beginning and we adapted well after we changed, only because Gini [Georginio Wijnaldum] played really well on the left wing, or half left wing, if you like,” Klopp said.”Hendo [Jordan Henderson] was really impressive, and offensively I think we already had more moments [than City] in the game [before Fabinho came on], that’s what we showed the boys at half-time.”Immediately [after half-time] we were a major threat for them. We came through, passed through, the chance of Sadio [Mane] was great.”There were others moments when we took the ball and accelerated, not immediately passing, because if you can outplay the counter-press every team in the world struggles, even City.”We had these moments and sometimes the cross wasn’t good enough, or the pass – that happens. It’s not about two players [Fabinho and Milner].”You have to constantly work for momentum. That was the game today. There were a lot of really wild moments, a lot of rusty moments. It was really intense for both teams – they won, we lost, that’s how it is sometimes.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Koscielny hails Arsenal’s fighting spirit

first_imgArsenal captain Laurent Koscielny revelled in winning a Premier League six-pointer against rivals Chelsea at Emirates Stadium.Koscielny completed the scoring in a rousing 2-0 win with his first goal since suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon last May.But the truly impressive element of a victory that brought the Gunners to within three points of their opponents in the final Champions League qualification spot was tireless collective effort – something the former France defender welcomed seven days on from a lacklustre defeat at West Ham 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? “Today we needed to win. We did a mistake last week and it was a game of six points,” Koscielny told BT Sport.”If we lose, it would be nine points; if we win just three points. We are still in the race for the top four.”It was important, the commitment was amazing from all the boys. We talked a lot and we showed on the pitch which way we want to go together.”It is good to play like this. We want to fight for each other.”When we talk about a clean sheets it is not just about the defenders. We showed everyone working together; the strikers work and help the rest of the team. Then at the back it is easier to win the challenges.”It is good for our head – we can keep this [mentality] for the rest of the season.”Alexandre Lacazette scored a superb 14th-minute opener for Arsenal, deftly engineering space in the box to beat Kepa Arrizabalaga at his near post.”This is what the coach asked us to do in the dressing room – [press] from in front. We worked, we fought all the game,” he told BT Sport.”We are now three points to Chelsea so we are still in the race and we will fight until the end.”Koscielny’s goal – an attempted header than spun in off his shoulder – was not so easy on the eye but every bit as valuable.”I did my work in the gym,” he joked.”We know a free-kick or a corner is always important in modern football, the small details. I’m happy to score.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Messi & Barcelona to star in eFootball PES 2020

first_imgBarcelona and Konami have renewed their global partnership agreement for the Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) franchise through 2023.The announcement of the extended agreement coincides with the unveiling of one of Konami’s biggest annual releases, rebranded as eFootball PES 2020Lionel Messi will adorn the front cover, following in the footsteps of team-mates Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho who appeared on the previous two editions. 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? Furthermore, Konami will be releasing a special Barcelona edition of the game at the club’s shop at Camp Nou. Fans can also vote to decide on the cover.The renewed arrangement also sees Konami become the club’s official esports soccer video gaming partner, with collaborations planned at future events.In April, Barcelona ventured further into the esports market by signing a team to compete in the Rocket League. It already had a team in eFootball.Pro, a PES league developed by Konami and Gerard Pique.As well as teaming up for the release of eFootball PES 2020, Konami branding will appear on the inside and outside of Camp Nou, with the company having access to the Spanish league champions’ players for promotional purposes.Josep Pont, the commercial lead on the Barcelona board, said: “Our relationship began three years ago and this new agreement as global partners is testament to our shared journey, with clear commitment to the quest for excellence and to such common values as effort, teamwork and respect.”It also reinforces our commitment to connecting with fans all around through the esports universe.”Jonas Lygaard, senior director brand and business development of Konami, added: “FC Barcelona has been a loyal and a trusted partner for our company for the last three years and we are thrilled to have them by our side as we launch our most ambitious title yet in the PES series – eFootball PES 2020.”FC Barcelona shares our own ambition for eFootball and together, we shall take sport to new heights.”last_img read more

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Former Ohio State Football Star Appears To Call Out The Coaches

first_imgTwo Ohio State football helmetsNEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Ohio State is trying to battle back and beat Penn State in Happy Valley. If they can’t get a big defensive stop, it won’t matter.Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley has run wild, making plays all night, particularly with his legs. The Buckeyes have been hard-pressed to stop him, and he’s a major reason Penn State is ahead 26-21.Ohio State fans are frustrated with what is going on, and so is former Buckeye star Ryan Shazier. It appears that Shazier called out the coaching staff on Twitter following a touchdown that put PSU up 26-14We not putting the players in position to succeed!! Smh— Ryan Shazier (@RyanShazier) September 30, 2018Now, Shazier might not have been singling out the defense, though that is his area of expertise.Chris Brown of Smart Football had his own criticism about OSU’s linebacking corps–and how they are coached.Also I remain continually puzzled by what Ohio State’s linebackers are taught to read— Chris B. Brown (@smartfootball) September 30, 2018Despite all of this, Ohio State still has a shot to win the game. It needs to get the ball back and score though.Check out the final minutes of this one on ABC.last_img read more

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A New Favorite Has Emerged For The Country’s No. 2 RB

first_imgFans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin' Cajuns at Tiger Stadium.BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)The recent announcement by RB John Emery that he’d be decommitting from Georgia may quickly change the balance of power in the SEC’s 2019 recruiting cycle.247Sports writer Shea Dixon noted that the big blow for Georgia could be a huge gain for rival LSU.Per Dixon’s report, Emery visited LSU when they played the Bulldogs earlier this month.Emery, whom 247Sports gave a five-star rating and ranked as the No. 2 RB in the entire 2019 recruiting class, hails from the state of Louisiana, which would make the Tigers a natural landing spot.BREAKING: Louisiana 5-star RB John Emery has decommitted from Georgia less than three months after getting on board with the Bulldogs.This is huge news for #LSU and their push for a second RB. https://t.co/viVx8jJa4D pic.twitter.com/Q6bNR6DVZR— Shea Dixon (@Sheadixon) October 25, 2018LSU already has the commitment of four-star rated Tyrion Davis, also a Louisiana resident.Should they secure Emery as well, LSU would conceivably have the best pair of RBs in the SEC.The Tigers’ current starting RB, Nick Brossette, is a senior. His backup, sophomore Clyde Edwards-Hellaire, is currently on the injury report, but is averaging 5.0 yards per carry on the season.last_img read more

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Photo: QB Jalen Hurts Spotted On Major Transfer Visit

first_imgalabama quarterback jalen hurts at the sec championship gameATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on in the second half against the Georgia Bulldogs during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Jalen Hurts, who’s set to transfer out of Alabama’s football program, is taking his first major visit this evening.The Crimson Tide dual-threat quarterback is visiting Maryland and former Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley.Hurts is taking in Maryland basketball’s big home game against Indiana tonight.Photos of Hurts in attendance have surfaced on social media.Jalen Hurts and Mike Locksley pic.twitter.com/7cLXQlk4Vj— Emily Giambalvo (@EmilyGiam) January 11, 2019Alabama QB Jalen Hurts, who has his name in the transfer portal, is here at the Indiana-Maryland game. pic.twitter.com/BkjSH2K4TB— Jeff Rabjohns (@JeffRabjohns) January 11, 2019Jalen Hurts here at the Maryland basketball game with Head Coach Mike Locksley @TheLeftBench pic.twitter.com/Wxsyr7IDGX— Lil Sebastian (@noah_gross27) January 11, 2019Maryland’s 247Sports’ site had more details on Hurts’ interest in the Terps:The 6-foot-2, 218-pound Houston native shares a strong relationship with new Maryland coach Mike Locksley, who spent the past three seasons alongside him in Tuscaloosa. Also reportedly considering Miami, TCU and Oklahoma, Hurts’ impending decision is the biggest storyline of the offseason in college football; whoever signs him will get an immediately eligible quarterback known for his bulldozing running ability and his 27-2 record as a starter.Hurts is expected to decide on his next stop quickly, in order to enroll at his new school in time for the start of the second semester, Jan. 28 if he chooses Maryland. He and Locksley share a familial relationship, a source told IMS.“He’s super comfortable around [Locksley]. He’s like a second father to him,” the source said.Maryland and Indiana are set to tip off at 7 p.m. E.T.The game will be on FS1.last_img read more

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