first_imgCosta Rica 3 Northern Ireland 0: Campbell shines in comfortable win Rob Lancaster Last updated 1 year ago 03:04 6/4/18 Joel Campbell - cropped Getty Images Joel Campbell was influential as Costa Rica warmed up for the World Cup with an impressive display against Northern Ireland. Costa Rica enjoyed a winning send-off ahead of the World Cup as they eased to a 3-0 triumph over Northern Ireland on home soil.Despite the absence of the talismanic Bryan Ruiz, who was an unused substitute, Oscar Ramirez’s side impressed in a friendly fixture played out in the midday sun in San Jose.Johan Venegas’ stooping header from inside the six-yard box gave the hosts – surprise quarter-finalists four years ago in Brazil – a deserved 30th-minute lead. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal’s Joel Campbell added a second straight after the interval, sending a low, left-footed shot through goalkeeper Trevor Carson, before his corner allowed substitute Francisco Calvo to head home in the 66th minute.While Costa Rica – who will expect tougher tests against England and Belgium before the tournament – dazzled, Northern Ireland melted under pressure in the stiflingly hot conditions.The heavy defeat on the road comes after a 0-0 draw with Panama, meaning Michael O’Neill’s squad return home from the short tour of Central America having failed to register a goal during the — Northern Ireland (@NorthernIreland) June 3, 2018 The visitors barely troubled Keylor Navas, back in action for the first time since winning the Champions League for a third straight year, during his 35 minutes on the pitch.The Real Madrid goalkeeper was nearly caught out by an early lob from Liam Boyce that drifted wide before he was replaced by back-up Leonel Moreira.Costa Rica opened the scoring not long after a drinks break had temporarily halted proceedings, Giancarlo Gonzalez’s front-post flick-on at a corner setting up Venegas to head home from close range.Northern Ireland had been warned about the home side’s set-piece threat earlier in the half too, Carson fortunate to see Oscar Duarte nod over after failing to reach an in-swinging corner.The Motherwell goalkeeper produced a smart save low to his right to deny Venegas a second before the break, only to allow Campbell’s effort to sneak under his body less than two minutes into the second half.The forward – who spent the 2017-18 season on loan in LaLiga with Real Betis – then set up Calvo to round out the scoring, the half-time replacement easily losing his marker to convert from a corner.last_img read more

first_imgEngland ‘We have to be ruthless’ – Alli rallies England ahead of World Cup opener Josh Challies 19:23 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alli cropped Getty Images England World Cup Tunisia v England Tunisia The Tottenham star believes that the Three Lions can go all the way at Russia 2018 – but they can’t afford to let their opponents off the hook Dele Alli has called on England to be “ruthless” at the World Cup as they prepare for their Group G opener against Tunisia on Monday.The Three Lions flopped in Brazil four years ago, where they were eliminated in the group stages, before being knocked out in a dismal last-16 defeat to Iceland at Euro 2016.However, there is a cautious optimism about the squad manager Gareth Southgate has moulded for Russia with a young team desperate to showcase their talent on the global stage. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move And Tottenham midfielder Alli, a key component of Southgate’s team, called on England to show a killer instinct.”We know we have to be ruthless. It’s international football. You are not going to get too many chances, so when they do come you have to be ruthless and put it in the back of the net,” Alli told The Evening Standard.”We are going to have to be patient. Tunisia defend very well, so if we do have a lot of possession we have to make sure we are not forcing it. We have to stick together as a team.”England have not won a knockout game at the World Cup since 2006, a narrow round-of-16 win against Ecuador, but are tipped to progress out of Group G where they are expected to tussle with Belgium for top spot.While expectations for England’s campaign are perhaps lower than in previous tournaments, Alli insists the squad believes they have the capability to go all the way.”I don’t think we can put a limit on what is possible for this tournament. We don’t want to say we can only get to the quarters or semi-finals,” the 22-year-old added.”We believe we can go all the way. We have to. There is no point coming here and believing anything else.”England follow up their opener with a clash against tournament minnows Panama on Sunday, before finishing their group fixtures against Belgium.last_img read more

first_imgSome people may be aware that the position of Game Development Manager in the Northern Territory is currently being advertised on the TFA website.While the opportunity is there for a Touch enthusiast to take up the post, it is unfortunately time to wish Joe Bonson a fond farewell as he leaves the position he has held for 5 years.Joe is heading off to take up work for Active After School Communities and we thought this would be a great opportunity to thank Joe for all the work he has done for our sport.Over his 5 years in the job, Joe has worked tirelessly to develop the sport of Touch Footy in the NT with an emphasis on juniors. He has conducted leadership programs in schools and at remote indigenous communities through the NT.He has also lead the way in conducting and establishing skill sessions in schools and remote communities, organising coaching courses for all NT communities and helped School Sport NT with their tournaments, skill sessions and technical support.Joe organised junior training camps in regions and communities throughout NT, as well as conducting talent identification on the players that attended. This work culminated in Joe’s management of the annual Elite Junior Training Camp, for NT players aged 13-18.On top of all of that, he has also been the driving force behind the AusTouch program in the NT, a program designed to introduce children to the sport of Touch Footy.If you’ve been considering putting in an application for the position of Game Development Manager in NT, Joe has not only enjoyed but also loved the Elite Training Camps and also the ISP Community Visits that see him working with the NT junior players.He is also quick to point out that the people he has met and the friends he has made, are highlights of his time in the role and he will certainly not be a stranger to the Touch world, staying involved through these friends as well as his children who also enjoy the world of Touch.All of the staff at Touch Football Australia and the NT branch especially, would like to say thanks heaps Joe for all of your hard work and effort and we wish you all the best.If you’re interested in finding out more about the vacant Game Development Officer role in the Northern Territory, please see the following story: GAME DEVELOPMENT OFFICER- NT POSITIONlast_img read more

first_imgMan City midfielder Fernandinho warns Liverpool: Don’t dare blink chaps!by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Fernandinho has fired a title warning at Premier League leaders Liverpool.Fernandinho believes the victory on Thursday has set up an intriguing race.”Four points is going to be interesting for the rest of the season for both teams,” Fernandinho said. “They are still leaders and they have a lot of games to play. It is not easy to stay at the top because the pressure is so high. You have to win every game so we will see what happens.”We have a point to prove every game. You cannot blink. You get punished, all the games are high tension, so you have to be careful all the time.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer: Pochettino linked with Man Utd for reasonby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer accepts Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino could take his job.The Spurs boss is still favourite for the Old Trafford hot seat which Solskjaer covets so much.And Solskjaer admitted: “He’s done a very good job. The speculation is there for a reason because he’s done well.”But it’s not my job to rate different managers my focus is on me and my team.”Solskjaer is doing a great job right now to change the boards focus and encourage them to stick with one of their own come May.Ahead of facing Spurs on Sunday, Solskjaer said: “We have had tests, Newcastle away is a test and first game how everyone reacted is a test.”The first home game with the crowd is a test, every single game you get tested, but this is against top top side if we want to go closer and get past them we need a good performance and a good result.” last_img read more

first_imgMan City attacker De Bruyne dismisses Liverpool lead: What happened last season?by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City attacker Kevin de Bruyne has fired a warning at early Premier League leaders Liverpool.The champions are already five points off Jurgen Klopp’s team after Saturday’s 3-2 loss to Norwich.But City were seven points off Liverpool after 20 games last season.De Bruyne said: “We can still win with the same points at the end of this season. You don’t need to win by 15 points as it is the Premier League. It happened once.“It is so tough and you want to finish first – it does not matter how you do it.“Last season, we were seven points behind. It happens. Of course we want to win every game but it is difficult.“Nobody was shouting or angry with each other. Everyone makes mistakes. It gets magnified when you lose but you make mistakes when you win. People are down but you pick them up as a team and then we go to Wednesday as Shakhtar is important.“You take the defeat, you learn from your mistakes and go to the next one.”There’s no point dwelling on it or blaming other people. Here, 14 people played and the team did not do well enough. Then we go on to Wednesday and then Saturday – and then Tuesday. There is no point crying about what happened.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Man City midfielder Gundogan: None of us watching Liverpoolby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has admitted no one in the squad is watching Liverpool or assessing the league table.City have endured a sub par start to the season, while the Reds are a perfect 8 for 8 in the league.It means City are already adrift of first position in the league, a fact Gundogan does not appreciate.The Citizens were beaten 2-0 at home by Wolves on Sunday.”When you are in front and top of the table, it feels great to look at it,” Gundogan told BBC Sport. “Now it is tougher to look at it, there is quite a gap already and none of us are watching the table now.”We will get opportunities in the upcoming months but at the moment it is something we have to accept and live with.” last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Howe tips Bournemouth fullback Kelly for big futureby Freddie Taylor15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEddie Howe believes that Bournemouth full back Lloyd Kelly is primed to have a great future in the game.The 21-year-old arrived at the club from Bristol City in the summer.He got his first squad appearance in the 1-0 defeat to Arsenal last weekend.And Howe believes that Kelly is definitely a star in the making.The boss told the Daily Echo: “He will have learned from Sunday with the speed and the intensity of the Premier League – it’s a ruthless division.”It’s a different feeling when you are involved and watching the game from the bench. You feel the game a little bit more than when you are watching it from a different view point.”It was great for him to be involved. He is a player we really, really rate and think he has a great future ahead of him.” last_img read more

first_imgWolves boss Nuno delighted with attitude of Adama Traoreby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is delighted with the attitude of Adama Traore.Traore scored twice in the shock win over Manchester City and Santo expects the winger to become a more influential player for Wolves going forward.”He’s doing well since last season, trying always to progress and be better,” Santo said.”He’s a hard-working boy and that’s what he has to do – stick with his responsibilities, improve himself on a daily basis and hopefully he will become better.”He can be better than he is now. You never know [how good a player can be]. There is no defined level.”He is a good player, a very good player, that’s why we brought him from Middlesbrough knowing he has things that we didn’t have and [knowing] he could help complete our team and make ours a more balanced and competitive squad.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgIsaiah McKenzie embraces his coach on the sideline.Isaiah McKenzie GeorgiaIt’s Father’s Day, so the college football social media world is full of tweets and Instagram posts from players and coaches to their dads. It’s great to see. One post from Isaiah McKenzie really stood out. The Georgia wide receiver thanked Bulldogs’ coach Mark Richt for being a father-like figure for him in a heartfelt Instagram post. College football can be pretty awesome sometimes. This is one of those times.last_img

first_imgParis Saint-Germain’s Coupe de la Ligue dominance came to a dramatic end as Marcus Thuram overcame one penalty miss to convert another at the death in Guingamp’s eventful 2-1 away triumph.Having squandered a chance to put the Ligue 1 strugglers ahead from the spot, Thuram later held his nerve to convert the winner from the spot in the 93rd minute.PSG, the tournament’s champions in each of the previous five campaigns, had earlier gone ahead in the 62nd minute, Neymar breaking the deadlock just over a minute after Thuram’s initial miss. 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? But a second Guingamp spot-kick was dispatched by substitute Yeni N’Gbakoto with nine minutes left and Thomas Tuchel’s men were then sensationally dumped out by Thuram’s decisive strike in the final moments.1 – Guingamp are the first team to defeat Paris in domestic cup competitions since Montpellier in January 2014 (2-1 in the last 32 of the Coupe de France). Earthquake.— OptaJean (@OptaJean) January 9, 2019The first half of Wednesday’s quarter-final provided little indication as to the see-sawing events that followed as Guingamp’s deep defence encountered few scares outside of the inventive, looped volley from Kylian Mbappe that shaved the post in the third minute.Thomas Tuchel turned to Marco Verratti and Edinson Cavani at half-time and his moves almost paid immediate dividends, the latter heading Neymar’s cross straight at Karl-Johan Johnsson.The decisive period in the match appeared to come when Thomas Meunier – making amends for the trip on Ludovic Blas that sent Thuram to the spot – crossed superbly for Neymar to head in and compound the Guingamp forward’s miss that had seen him fire over from 12 yards.But Cavani’s lazy connection with Moussa Diaby’s low delivery prevented the hosts from going two ahead and PSG were their own enemies once more in the 81st minute, Juan Bernat’s tangle with Marcus Coco allowing N’Gbakoto to restore parity by sending Alphonse Areola the wrong way.Thuram then surprisingly stepped up to complete both an incredible comeback and his own personal redemption, dusting himself off after being fouled by Thilo Kehrer and condemning PSG to just their second competitive loss of the season, Areola getting an arm to his effort but unable to keep it out. What does it mean? PSG must correct courseA month is time enough for the French champions to restore order before the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with a revitalised Manchester United and recent weeks suggest they might need all of it.PSG drew twice against inferior opposition in December, were not entirely convincing in overcoming minnows Pontivy GSI in the Coupe de France at the weekend and, here, were vulnerable to worrying lapses in concentration that must be eradicated sooner rather than later.40% – Thilo Kehrer has conceded 4 of PSG’ 10 penalties in all comps this season. Howler.— OptaJean (@OptaJean) January 9, 2019Kerbrat comes to the foreAn unexpected result called for an unlikely hero and Christophe Kerbrat played the part for Guingamp.The 32-year-old was a rock in defence for Jocelyn Gourvennec’s side, contributing 10 clearances and five interceptions to help quell PSG’s star-studded attack.Questions over CavaniSpeculation surrounds the future of Chelsea-linked Cavani and the Uruguay striker seemed a man of muddled thoughts at Parc des Princes.He passed up two fine opportunities after appearing off the bench at half-time, the second a miscued finish that should have confirmed PSG’s progression to the semi-finals.What’s next?The pressure will be on PSG to rebound in a Ligue 1 venture to relegation-threatened Amiens on Saturday, the same day as a suddenly upbeat Guingamp host Saint-Etienne.  read morelast_img read more

first_imgDavid Beckham has offered a starry-eyed response to meeting Kylian Mbappe and getting to hold the Paris Saint-Germain forward’s World Cup medal.A PSG performer of the past has been mingling with one of the present during a visit to the French capital.Beckham sat down for breakfast with Mbappe on Friday and got a glimpse of one of the few major prizes to have passed him by during an illustrious playing career. 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 former England captain enjoyed title and domestic cup success in England, Spain, America and France while turning out for Manchester United, Real Madrid, the LA Galaxy and PSG.International honours eluded him, though, despite forming part of a so-called ‘Golden Generation’ for the Three Lions.Beckham has, however, had his hands on a World Cup winners’ medal, with Mbappe having collected the most sought-after of mementos in Russia last summer.“What a huge pleasure to meet a World Cup winner, great player but more importantly a great person,” Beckham said in a post on his official Instagram account.“I always love being back in Paris one of my favourite places in the world and it got even better this morning .“And I got to hold Kylian’s World Cup medal my kids might be slightly jealous sorry boys.”Mbappe starred for France at the 2018 World Cup, with his efforts at just 19 years of age helping Les Bleus to secure a second global crown.He became the youngest player from his country to score at football’s showpiece event, while the last of his four goals – which came in a 4-2 triumph over Croatia – saw him become just the second teenager after Brazilian legend Pele to find the target in a final.With his confidence soaring, the inaugural winner of the Kopa Trophy handed out to the best young player on the planet has added another 18 strikes to his impressive tally in just 22 outings for PSG this season.Mbappe is now a role model to many and a man being tipped to reach the very top of the game, but he is also still a football fan and was as delighted as Beckham to take in a star-studded meal this week.He posted on social media: “Breakfast with the legend. It was an honour to meet you, you are an inspiration for all of us.”Beckham made 14 appearances for PSG during the 2012-13 season, helping them to the Ligue 1 title.He took the decision to hang up his boots at the end of that campaign, with an iconic figure heading into retirement at the age of 38.last_img read more

first_imgTalk of a takeover of Newcastle United takeover has once again dominated Tyneside, with reports of owner Mike Ashley to sell the club before the end of the season.Ashley, who bought the club in 2007, has been criticised by fans and figures in football for a lack of investment in the transfer market and not backing manager Rafael Benitez in strengthening the squad, and recently gave an interview revealing that talks for a takeover were ‘at a more advanced stage than they have ever been’.Walsall-born Sports Direct owner Ashley put Newcastle up for sale in October 2017, and negotiations with potential buyers broke down after Ashley stated that he was only keen on selling the club to the ‘right buyer’. 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? Newcastle fans have been unhappy with the ownership situation of their club and have protested Ashley by staying out of their seats during certain games to express their anger over his 11-year reign.So how much is Ashley worth, what other business endeavours does he own, and who could potentially purchase Newcastle? Goal takes a look.How much is Mike Ashley worth?Ashley’s net worth is said to be a reported to be £2.21 billion ($2.9b) according to Forbes. Speaking to Sky Sports in 2018, Ashley claimed that he could not compete with the likes of Manchester City as it was a situation of a ‘wealthy individual taking on the equivalent of countries’.He said: “I’ve put my £250 million into the football club. There’s no more from me. Now the club has to generate its own money.“If someone said to me I am wealthy – OK, in theory I am a billionaire, even maybe a multi-billionaire – but in reality my wealth is all in Sports Direct shares that, as I said the other week, are the same as wallpaper. I don’t have that cash in the bank, so I don’t have that ability to write a cheque for £200m.”I don’t have it, it’s very simple, it’s not there. I would have to sell the Sports Direct shares to fund that.”People outside of football looking in and the way sometimes it’s portrayed is that those sort of wealth terms are in the bank. They’re not and I have to make it clear, I am nowhere near wealthy enough in football now to compete with the likes of Man City and et cetera – not just Man City – where basically it is a wealthy individual taking on what is the equivalent of countries. I cannot and I will not.”The implication that Magpies fans or even manager Rafael Benitez had ever requested the budget in the region that Ashley was suggesting has angered many, as well as leading them to question how the Sports Direct tycoons compared to other Premier League owners.Pundit Richard Keys was slammed by Newcastle fans and the general football community by suggesting that manager Benitez invest his own money to buy the club after the Spaniard lamented the club’s limited funds.Well said @rioferdy5 👏👏. If Rafa loves Newcastle as he says – spend some of his own money. He’s got enough. Management is about teamwork – why should it always be Ashley? Buy it. It’s still for sale. They’re in the bottom 3 & Rafa is responsible. He picks the team.— Richard Keys (@richardajkeys) January 13, 2019What other businesses does Mike Ashley own? Mike Ashley NewcastleAshley, who is also chairman of sports retail company Sports Direct, took over as CEO in September 2016 following the resignation of former long-time CEO Dave Forsey.He had founded Sports Direct in 1982 when he was just 18, and the company has since expanded to 700 stores across the country and owns other brands such as Everlast. The company went public in 2007, with Ashley earning $1.8b from the IPO – that same year, he bought Sir John Hall’s 41.6 per cent stake in Newcastle United at £1 per share, for a total cost of £55,342,223. As of June 2007, Ashley owned a 77.06% stake in Newcastle United.Just a year later, Ashley attempted to sell Newcastle after citing heavy debts, and in 2011, further angered fans after temporarily renaming the home ground to Sports Direct Arena from St James’ Park.He then drew more criticism for buying a stake in Rangers FC, due to concerns regarding conflicts of interest.Ashley is also understood to own stakes in both JD Sports as well as Blacks Leisure Group, who own outdoor retailer Millets. He also has ownership stakes in brands such as Agent Provocateur, which he paid around a reported £25m to rescue from bankruptcy in 2017.Sports Direct have garnered an infamous reputation for their poor treatment of staff, with a report in 2013 alleging that 90% of staff were on zero-hours contracts. A Channel 4 documentary labelled the Shirebrook-based distribution centre a ‘sweatshop’, and a later investigation led by the Guardian discovered that the company had fined staff for clocking in late, did not reward overtime hours, and forced staff to wait unpaid for security checks at the end of shifts.Who could buy Newcastle from Mike Ashley? Talks of a takeover of Newcastle dominated news headlines once again following Ashley’s dramatic intervention in December 2018, after he stated to Sky News of his intentions to sell the club before the end of the January transfer window.It is understood that his interview was not planned, but it has added more drama in a shaky takeover process that was, for the most part, being taken care of away from the public eye – as even those in senior positions at the club were unaware that the process was as advanced as Ashley had claimed on television.Scepticism and doubt are the main feelings among Newcastle supporters who are eager to see their club away from the hands of Ashley, but the interview came after the same owner told his squad in recent months that a change of ownership was unlikely this season.According to the Chronicle, there are several interested parties in purchasing Newcastle whose interest are ranging from fleeting to serious.Former Chelsea and Manchester United Chief Executive Peter Kenyon is reported to be one of the front-runners to buy the club, and his interest has never been downplayed by senior Newcastle officials. Doubts, however, remain about how he will be able to raise funds for the purchase, though it is known that a portion of the funds will come from figures with links to New York-based Rockefeller Capital Management along with other investors in the United States.Kenyon’s purchase would mean that ownership would fall to several figures rather than one sole rich person.The Telegraph has previously reported that a Turkish consortium is a leading favourite to take over the club, though little information is known about that – with several groups having signed non-disclosure agreements, speaking about their interest would be tough.Amanda Staveley.Businesswoman Amanda Staveley (pictured above) had a high-profile pursuit of the Magpies last year which dominated the first half of the season, as she attempted to raise the funds to broker a deal for the club.The chase ended, however, when Ashley (through a spokesman) had accused her of wasting time. She then told the Times in an interview that she was serious about the offer, made three bids and remained an interested party – but the negotiations broke down and she is no longer in talks to buy the club.Staveley’s high-profile pursuit of Newcastle last year dominated the first half of the season as she sought to raise the funds to broker a deal for Newcastle.It ended in acrimony when Ashley – through a spokesman – accused her of wasting time and she subsequently told the Times she was serious, had made three bids and remained interested. But she is not in negotiations and is no longer interested in United.Arthur Blank, owner of Atlanta Falcons, was reported to have an interest in investing in Newcastle but the claim was denied by a club spokesman last month. They stated that Blank’s interest would only be limited to that of Atlanta United, the club of Newcastle transfer target Miguel Almiron. 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first_imgThe time is now for Neymar to make a decision over his future with Paris Saint-Germain, says former Barcelona defender Juliano Belletti.The Brazilian, who has spent two seasons with the Ligue 1 outfit since his world-record transfer from the Blaugrana in 2017, has reportedly been made available for a move should the club receive a suitable offer.Both former home Barca and key La Liga rivals Real Madrid have been linked with the forward, and Belletti, who played for the Catalan club between 2004 and 2007, has acknowledged that the Olympic gold medallist faces a major call over his next steps. 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? “A lot has been said about Neymar. I know hardly anything about this,” the 43-year-old stated.”For him, it is the moment to decide. He has to be very calm with his family to take the best decision.”Upon his arrival at PSG, having claimed a Champions League title and two domestic crowns in Spain, Neymar was widely tipped to spearhead the French outfit’s challenge for European glory.However, such success has failed to materialise, with consecutive round-of-16 knockouts in 2018 and 2019 against Madrid and Manchester United curtailing their hopes of continental success.PSG’s inability to challenge for such silverware has contributed to a difficult mood at the club that has seen Neymar reportedly clash with team-mates, leading to speculation that he will depart this transfer window.Speaking on whether he would prefer a return to Camp Nou for the Selecao star or for Barca to make a move for outgoing Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann, Belletti admitted that his fellow countryman was his personal pick.”I am Brazilian and I have played during all my life with the best Brazilian players of my generation: Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos, Rivaldo,” he added.”So, imagine, I am more about these kind of things.”A return to Catalonia could see Neymar link up with international compatriot Philippe Coutinho, who has struggled since making a big-money move from Liverpool, though Belletti believes his poor performances boil down to a lack of self-belief.”When he gets more confidence, he will do much better,” he added.last_img read more

first_imgGuro Reiten is counting on Norway’s central defensive partnership of Maria Thorisdottir and Maren Mjelde to thwart “world-class” Fran Kirby, as they prepare to face England in the Women’s World Cup quarter-final.Thorisdottir and Mjelde know Kirby very well as the trio play together in England with Chelsea – a club that Reiten herself will join after this summer’s tournament.And after the pair kept Sam Kerr quiet in their penalty shootout win over Australia, the 24-year-old says they are the best defensive pairing in the world. 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 don’t think [anyone is better],” the midfielder said.“They are so good [at] protecting our goal – [in] this game, [in] the last game against South Korea, they were amazing.“They are the reason we keep the ball away. They are amazing.”Thorisdottir shone further light on their partnership and praised her captain, calling her “one of the best in the world”.“She’s a great leader,” she continued. “She’s calm, she’s just a really good person and a really good football player.“Me and Maren know each other really well so we don’t always have to communicate with words.“I can just look at her and we get eye contact and we know what we mean so that’s a really good relationship. I think we fit each other really well.”Their next task is an England side who beat Cameroon, with VAR controversy overshadowing a performance in which they scored three great goals.Steph Houghton’s arrowed strike from an indirect free-kick, Ellen White’s clinical finish and Alex Greenwood’s powerful effort from a well-worked free-kick saw off the African nation and, despite the Lionesses not being at their best, showed their quality.Mjelde Ji ThorisdottirKirby herself hasn’t been at her best either, but Reiten is waiting for that to change.Asked whether her future club-mate is world-class, the forward said: “Yes she is. [I’m] just waiting for her to do something great – hopefully not against us!”Thorisdottir agreed, saying: “I think Fran is a really good player. She does a lot that no one sees.“She’s not always the one that scores goals, but she’s the one that plays the assists, maybe the second assists. She works so hard.“She’s a really good player that can maybe be like a ‘ghost’ sometimes, but I think she’s a really good player. You never know with her, she can do whatever.”The 26-year-old revealed that she has spoke to Kirby during the tournament too, saying they have exchanged messages.“[We just say] good luck and we support each other,” she said. “But if we’re going to play against [England], we’re enemies.“We know about them and that’s a good thing, but they know about us as well.“England are a good team, but we are as well.“We’re going for a medal so we have to go out and win the quarter-final.”Norway take on England on Thursday 27 June, with kick-off 20:00 BST at the Stade Oceane in Le Havre.last_img read more

first_imgPaul Pogba continues to generate exit talk at Manchester United, but Red Devils legend Bryan Robson says he would have the Frenchman in his side “all the time”.There has never been any doubting the ability of a World Cup-winning midfielder.Questions have, however, been asked of his attitude and consistency throughout his three-year spell back at Old Trafford. 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? Indeed, Pogba admitted back in June that it may be time to look for a new challenge amid speculation over his future.United, though, have no intention of parting with a prized asset being heavily linked with Real Madrid and Juventus.Robson believes that is the right stance to take, but concedes that the talented 26-year-old needs to focus more on his football in the present than the actions of his agent and a potential future elsewhere.The former Red Devils captain told reporters of Pogba in his role as a club ambassador: “He’d be in my team all the time.“One thing fans should realise is sometimes agents get involved and say things that don’t come from the player.“Players should concentrate on their own careers and make their own decisions rather than rely on agents.“It’s your career – you do what you think is right.“He’s a great player. He should concentrate on that. He’s contracted to Manchester United and he should concentrate on playing for Manchester United.”Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester United 2018-19While Pogba remains on United’s books for now, the club are looking to bring in fresh faces alongside him.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted to being in the market for “one or two” additions, with Robson hoping to see more deals pushed over the line to complement those already completed for Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.The ex-England international added: “With the squad and the players we’ve got we must do better than last season. “We’ve bought two new players, young lads with great potential.“When I was at the Player of the Year awards you could see the disappointment of the lads. I’m really confident they can do better this year with the squad we’ve got.“I was a manager and you know you can always improve. Add one or two players to the squad and we could be up there challenging this season. “I’m really positive and confident. I would like to see one or two new signings and then we can compete with the best.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgA general view of the Ohio State Buckeyes football field.COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 24: The Ohio State Marching Band performs the Script Ohio before the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Ohio State fans may be focused on the upcoming 2018 season, but this week, the team’s staff has apparently been hard at work securing commitments for future seasons. In the past week alone, Ohio State has gotten commitments from a handful of big-time players for the 2019 and 2020 classes.Friday, Ohio State got news that four-star safety Jordan Battle, who had 26 offers, had officially chosen the Buckeyes. Battle, a class of 2019 player, took to Twitter to make his announcement.As noted, Battle is just one of the top players that Ohio State has secured this week. Back on June 24, Ohio State landed four-star pro-style quarterback Dwan Mathis out of Oak Park, Michigan.Wednesday, Ohio State landed four-star safety Lejond Cavazos, out of Bradenton, Florida, for its 2020 class.And perhaps the biggest of all – the Buckeyes landed five-star offensive tackle Paris Johnson Jr. out of Cincinnati, Ohio for its 2020 class on Thursday.I’m Staying Home!! #GoBucks #Committed— Paris Johnson Jr. (@ParisJohnsonJr) June 29, 2018Happy birthday ma ?❤️ @CoachHarriott @OSUCoachMeyer— VII ™️ (@jordantofly100) June 29, 2018Battle’s announcement, pushed Ohio State’s class to No. 1 in the Big Ten for 2019, per 247 Sports. The Buckeyes have the fifth-best class overall as well.Ohio State also has the second-best recruiting class for this season, the 2018 campaign. Needless to say, it looks like they’re going to keep reloading year in and year out moving forward.last_img read more

first_imgColorado State's football stadium.We’re well into the college football season and so far we’ve seen our fair share of upsets. We got another one on Saturday afternoon when an FCS program took down an FBS team.Illinois State didn’t care that Colorado State was at home and is a higher-tier program. The Redbirds went into Fort Collins and dominated the Rams.Illinois State walked out with a 35-19 win after heading into the game as a four-point underdog. The Rams were outscored 35-13 over the final three quarters of play after opening with the game’s first touchdown.Colorado State entered the game with just one win on the season, though that win came against an SEC program in Arkansas. Maybe that says more about the Razorbacks than it does the Rams.REDBIRDS WIN!!!Illinois State for the second time in a row defeats a FBS opponent!#FearTheFCS— Illinois State FB (@RedbirdFB) September 22, 2018Illinois State remains undefeated on the season, while Colorado State falls to 1-4. The Rams have struggled to put up points against quality opponents and those struggles continued on Saturday afternoon.last_img read more

first_imgHead coach Art Briles of the Baylor Bears looks on during their game against the UCF Knights in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Art Briles of the Baylor Bears looks on during their game against the UCF Knights in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Art Briles’ son, Kendal Briles, has been linked to several other jobs so far this season. The young offensive coordinator appears to be on the verge of taking one.A report surfaced late on Monday night, saying Kendal Briles will be leaving Houston for a major role in the is reporting that Briles is leaving the Cougars for Florida State.“Breaking: Three sources tell  that Kendal Briles is leaving Houston for Florida State,” they report.Breaking: Three sources tell that Kendal Briles is leaving Houston for Florida State. #GoCoogs— (@gocoogs1) December 11, 2018Kendal Briles, 36, was in his first season as Houston’s offensive coordinator. He previously coached at FAU and Baylor.Stay tuned for an official announcement.last_img read more

first_imgA general view of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.LOS ANGELES – NOVEMBER 11: General view of action as the Oregon Ducks take on the USC Trojans on November 11, 2006 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. The Trojans defeated the Ducks 35-10. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Earlier this week, former five-star recruit Bru McCoy made headlines when he reportedly entered the transfer portal suggesting he was making a move away from the Trojans. McCoy signed with Clay Helton and company during the Early Signing Period and enrolled to USC for the spring semester.Just two weeks later, McCoy has now entered the transfer portal and is seeking a move away from the Trojans football program. So why is he seeking a move?Well, former USC offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury left the program to be the new head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. McCoy reportedly signed with the Trojans to be a part of Kingsbury’s offense.The former five-star recruit took a significant step in his attempt to transfer. USC reportedly released McCoy from his National Letter of Intent.I’m told by 247Sports’ @GregBiggins that USC released Bru McCoy from his NLI but since he had enrolled must seek waiver to get eligible immediately. Another byproduct of early signing day.— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) January 25, 2019Despite being released from his NLI, McCoy now faces his biggest hurdle in a potential transfer. He must receive a waiver from the NCAA in order to gain eligibility for the 2019 season.The 6-foot-2, 205-pound McCoy is the No. 1 athlete and No. 9 overall player in the 2019 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.He chose USC over Texas and the Longhorns are now viewed as his primary choice. Stay tuned.last_img read more