Transfers January transfer news & rumours: Real Madrid plot £500m summer raid Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:10 1/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Transfers Premier League Serie A Ligue 1 Bundesliga Primera División Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond as we head into the winter window Real Madrid plot £500m summer raidReal Madrid are planning an astonishing £500 million summer raid on the Premier League, according to the Daily Mail. The Spanish club have their eyes on two main attacking targets, each of whom would draw a world-record £200m fee: Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Tottenham’s Harry Kane. In addition, the Blancos would also shell out £100m for Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea. 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 Dortmund issue Aubameyang warningDortmund have told Arsenal that they will not easily be parted with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Speaking to Sky Sports, Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said: “We have our position, just as last summer when Barcelona tried to sign him. We are willing to work on a transfer if certain criteria are met.”Arsenal have tried several times but we have refused everything up until now. Either our demands will be fulfilled and there will be a transfer, or they won’t be and Auba plays for Dortmund until the summer.Read the full story on GoalFour summer signings for Man Utd?Manchester United could be in the market for up to four players in the summer transfer window, claims Paul Ince.The former Red Devils midfielder believes additions will be essential, with it possible that reinforcements will be required at left-back, right-back, in goal and up front.Read the full story on Goal.Laporte undergoes Man City medicalAthletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte has undergone a medical at Manchester City on Saturday as he closes on a move to England, claims Marca.The Premier League leaders are poised to land the French centre-half in a €65 million deal.Lampard backs Chelsea move for DzekoFrank Lampard has endorsed Chelsea’s decision to move for Edin Dzeko, believing he offers the “something different” that they need.The Blues have been linked with the likes of Andy Carroll and Peter Crouch, but Lampard is of the opinion that it’s Dzeko that represents the best piece of business.Real the full story right here on Goal!Ronaldo reveals future plansCristiano Ronaldo has revealed he has no plans to leave Real Madrid amid talk of transfer interest from Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.Real’s struggles in 2017-18 have highlighted the need for a freshening up of the ranks, with it suggested that Ronaldo could be a victim of that process.But Ronaldo has pledged his future to the Blancos – read the full quotes right here on Goal!Man Utd open Jorginho talksRepresentatives of Napoli midfielder Jorginho have opened talks with Manchester United regarding a possible transfer, reports Rai Sport.The Brazil-born Italy international is among those being considered by the Red Devils as they prepare to part with Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick.Klopp has long list of targetsJurgen Klopp is not expecting further movement at Liverpool during the January transfer window, but he has targets identified across the globe.The Reds boss has said: “We are constantly looking, my iPad is full of players from all over the world. That’s what we do.”Read the fully story on Goal.Celtic push for Musonda loanChelsea forward Charly Musonda has the choice of a number of clubs during the January window, with Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic among those pushing hard to secure his services on an 18-month loan deal.The Scottish Premiership champions have been long-time admirers of the promising winger, having tried and failed to sign him last summer, and are looking to step up their efforts to bring him on board.Read the full story on Goal.Arsenal & Man City set Evans deadlineArsenal, Manchester City and any other suitors of West Brom defender Jonny Evans have been set a deadline in which to get a deal done.The Baggies are reported to be looking for around £27 million for the Northern Ireland international, but will not sanction a late sale.Read the full story on Goal.Chelsea could pull the plug on Dzeko Chelsea have made progress in talks over a transfer for Roma duo Edin Dzeko and Emerson Palmieri, but will move on if a deal isn’t reached by the end of the weekend, reports The Telegraph . The Blues have agreed to a contract with Emerson but have yet to come to terms with Dzeko, whose demands are complicating the deal.If Chelsea fail to land Dzeko, they’ll move on to other striker targets like Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud, Stoke City’s Peter Crouch and Burnley’s Ashley Barnes.West Brom want at least £27m for EvansWest Brom are demanding Arsenal pay at least £27m for centre-back Jonny Evans, according to The Sun . The Gunners have been in talks with the Baggies for two weeks over a move for the 30-year-old, with Arsene Wenger’s side currently offering £25m for the Northern Ireland defender. Spurs near £21.9m Lucas dealTottenham are close to finalising a £21.9m deal to sign Paris Saint-Germain attacker Lucas Moura, reports RMC Sport . The 25-year-old had been subject to interest from Manchester United and Arsenal earlier in the month, but Spurs are set to win the race for the PSG man’s services.Mourinho: Sanchez can do what Rashford can’tJose Mourinho has suggested that Alexis Sanchez’s experience and maturity allows him to do what “nervous” Marcus Rashford cannot following his successful debut in Manchester United’s 4-0 FA Cup win over Yeovil Town.”His choice for the second goal is the kind of choice that a player like Marcus is still too nervous to make that kind of decision. He will bring us this extra maturity.”Read the full story right here on Goal!Auba to feature for DortmundWith speculation about his future swirling, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is set to feature for Borussia Dortmund against Freiburg on Saturday.Arsenal have been in talks with Dortmund over a transfer for the striker, but manager Arsene Wenger has claimed a deal is “not close”.Read the full story on Goal! Neymar to Real ‘possible’ – RobinhoNeymar leaving Paris Saint-Germain for Real Madrid is “a possibility”, according to fellow Brazilian and former Blancos star Robinho.Amid mounting speculation suggesting that a man who was involved in a €222 million deal last summer could be about to make another big-money switch, Goal recently revealed that PSG have vowed to open the exit door if Champions League glory is secured in 2018 .Robinho is the latest to have his say on the potential transfer – read the full story right here on Goal!Real to go after PochettinoReal Madrid have made contact with Tottenham over a summer move for manager Mauricio Pochettino, according to the Daily Mail. With Zinedine Zidane under pressure, the Blancos have begun making plans for potential replacements. Pochettino is reportedly tempted by the idea of managing the La Liga giants. Luiz to stay because he thinks Conte will goChelsea defender David Luiz won’t seek a January exit from the club because he is convinced that manager Antonio Conte will leave in the summer, according to Daily Star. Arsenal had been linked with the 30-year-old, who had a bust-up with Conte earlier in the season and has seen little playing time in recent months. But the Brazilian has now decided to take his chances with winning his spot back next season under Conte’s potential successor. Everton and Arsenal in for BrozovicEverton and Arsenal are keen on Inter midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, reports Football Italia. The Croatia international is not part of manager Luciano Spalletti’s plans, and the Premier League sides could enter a bidding war for the 25-year-old’s services. Arsenal agree terms with BenzemaReal Madrid striker Karim Benzema has agreed personal terms with Arsenal for a summer move, reports Diario Gol . The France striker’s transfer to London is still up in the air, however, with Madrid demanding €60m for the 30-year-old and Arsenal only prepared to pay €40m.Klopp says Reds likely won’t add moreLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said it was unlikely the Reds will make further signings in January.The club continue to be linked with a host of players after selling Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for €160m, but the German boss says the Reds are likely done spending in January.Read the full story on Goal! West Ham want Deeney if Sturridge falls throughWest Ham will make a move for Watford striker Troy Deeney if they are unable to sign Daniel Sturridge from Liverpool, reports The Sun . The Hammers have lined up the 29-year-old as an alternative if a deal for Sturridge – reported to be a loan with a £25m purchase obligation in the summer – doesn’t materialise. City agree Laporte dealManchester City have agreed a £57m deal for Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte, according to The Guardian. The fee would be a club record for Pep Guardiola’s side, who see the 23-year-old as a crucial reinforcement in a defence that has dealt with injury issues all season.Klopp can’t make Sturridge any promisesLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he can’t promise wantaway striker Daniel Sturridge more playing time if he does end up staying on Merseyside.With his minutes dwindling, the 28-year-old has been linked with a move away from Anfield in January. Inter, Roma and Sevilla have been mooted as potential destinations.Read the full story on Goal!Musonda set for Celtic loanChelsea attacker Charly Musonda is close to making an 18-month loan move to Celtic, according to the Daily Mail. The Blues are willing to let the 21-year-old move to Scotland on loan in the hopes he secures regular first-team minutes. Pellegri set for €25m Monaco moveGenoa teenager Pietro Pellegri is set for a medical at Monaco ahead of a €25m move, reports Gianluca Di Marzio . The 16-year-old striker has broken through to the first team at Genoa this season, generating reported interest from the likes of Arsenal, Juventus, Manchester United, Chelsea and PSG.Juventus bid on Darmian Juventus have made an offer to sign Matteo Darmian in a 12-month loan deal starting at the beginning of 2018-19 with a £19.25m obligation to buy, reports The Sun. Manchester United, however, are not interested in a loan deal and want to sell the full-back for £26.5m.Beijing Guoan dismiss Nainggolan links Chinese Super League club Beijing Guoan say they are not interested in signing Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan, despite reports linking the 29-year-old to the club. “We have never approached Roma and Nainggolan has never appeared in our head coach’s lists of transfer targets,” the club’s general manager Li Ming told Chinese reporters.Read the full story on Goal!
Transfers Red Bulls sign Argentine playmaker Kaku as designated player Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 Last updated 1 year ago 02:18 2/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Cris Bouroncle/Getty Transfers New York RB MLS The former Argentina youth international has joined Jesse Marsch’s side from Club Atletico Huracan The New York Red Bulls have signed Argentine playmaker Alejandro “Kaku” Romero Gamarra from Club Atletico Huracan, the MLS side announced Friday.A former Argentina youth international, Gamarra joins the Red Bulls as the first young designated player in club history. Huracan announced in December that New York had paid a $6.25 million transfer fee for the 23-year-old, with the Argentine side set to receive 20 percent of any future sale.Gamarra has recorded eight goals and 13 assists in 95 matches since debuting for Huracan in 2015. 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 “When we identified Kaku, he quickly became our top offseason target,” Red Bulls sporting director Denis Hamlett said in a news release. “He fits the profile of the player we are looking for: highly skilled, creative and hard-working. During our discussions, we realized that we are adding a good player and great young man to our team. We look forward to seeing him continue to grow as part of the New York Red Bulls.”Gamarra has represented Argentina through the Under-20 level, making three appearances at the 2015 U-20 World Cup.He has been brought in to fill the creative void left by playmaker Sacha Kljestan, who was sent to Orlando City in a trade last month. Orlando also acquired $150,000 in allocation money from New York in the deal, which saw the Red Bulls add forward Carlos Rivas and defender Tommy Redding.Kljestan recorded 17 goals and league-best 53 assists over the past three seasons with New York, leaving Gamarra with sizable shoes to fill.”Kaku is a very exciting player and a great person,” Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch said. “He is a creative, dynamic attacker who can change the game by scoring and setting up teammates. He has an excellent grasp of the game and I think he will thrive in our style of play. He is ecstatic to be joining us and we can’t wait to get to work.”The Red Bulls open their 2018 campaign with a trip to face Honduran Olimpia in the CONCACAF Champions League round of 16 on Thursday before hosting the return leg March 1.New York kicks off in MLS play against the Portland Timbers on March 10 at Red Bull Arena.
Posted on December 7, 2010November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)As many of our readers are likely aware, two sets of estimates of maternal mortality ratios were published this year, by the United Nations (UN) and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). After publication of each, the MHTF gathered responses from experts in the field to the released estimates from the UN and IHME.Now that some of the dust has settled on the debate, experts are taking a step back from the actual estimates themselves to focus more on how the estimates were developed and how to improve global health estimates moving forward. To that end, PLosMed has published a series of papers on the topic, “Can we Count on Global Health Estimates?”The editors note:We commissioned articles from several experts to provide insights and opinion on what the estimates mean for global health, how their generation can be improved, and how to move forward with better data, measurement, and coordination. Representing very different institutional and political orientations, the experts nevertheless agree that the debate about health estimates highlights the relative importance of “the global” and “the local.” For example, each commentator emphasizes the importance of improving the quantity and quality of individual health data and of improving the role of local experts at the country level. This suggests that contentiousness about health indicator estimates operates too much at the level of the global and political, and not enough at levels where real data are generated and interpreted.The five papers included in the series offer an excellent continuation of the debate surrounding maternal mortality estimates and offer ways to move forward in increasing the reliability and accuracy of public health estimates.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Queensland Touch State Cup Grand Final Times for all divisions are as follows:9.20am – Men’s 30s11.20am – Men’s 50s12.20pm – Women’s 20s, Women’s 30s 1.20pm – Men’s 20s2.20pm- Mixed 3.20pm – Men’s, Women’s Open A full wrap up and results will be provided after the completion of today’s finals series. Day One of the Queensland Touch State Cup commenced Saturday 2 December 2006 with some high quality clashes on offer in the eight contested divisions at the Quad Park Corporation, Nicklan Way, and Kawana.Round games commenced at 9.00am and concluded at 8.00pm with over 1000 players, coaches, referees, and spectators converging on the Quad Park fields on a perfect Sunshine Coast day to enjoy the action and excitement of the 2006 State Cup.In the Premier Men’s Open Division short priced favorites Kawana had the hometown fans in raptures after producing commanding displays in their Pool 2 games today.The Kawana outfit, led by 2007 Australian World Cup representatives Ben Roberts, and brothers Chris and Ash Farrow recorded big wins over Gladstone (15-0) Red Hot Welding (12-2) and Noosa (9-2).The Kawana combination look on track to defend their State Cup crown after rocketing to the top of their pool and booking an automatic entry to the semi-final stage of the tournament tomorrow.Pool 1 was closely contested with Brisbane, Toowoomba, and Mackay dueling for top spot in the other side of the draw. Brisbane drew with Mackay 5-5, and had a narrow 7-6 victory over Toowoomba to wrap up a direct birth into the semi-finals.Toowoomba and Mackay produced a thrilling 7-7 draw and have advanced to the quarter- finals tomorrow.Gladstone will take on Toowoomba, and Mackay will confront Noosa in the quarter- final stage of the competition.The Brisbane side, brimming with big names, is building momentum and it would not surprise to see a high quality State Cup final featuring the Metropolitan side against the defending champions from Kawana. In Women’s Open action, Pool 1 was dominated by Redcliffe Colts. The Colts girls produced a perfect day for three wins from three games to book a direct semi-final berth.In other Pool B results, Griffith Sharks lost a tough clash with Colts first up, but rebounded to play solidly for the rest of the day. One round game is to be played on Day 2, with Sharks advancing to the quarterfinals along with the Victorian Women’s Team who have produced some spirited efforts during the day.In Pool B Crushers and Country Club United (CCU) head the pool after three wins from three games today.Sunday’s ESUS “Match of the Round” first up at 8.30 am on Field One between the two sides will decide top spot in the Pool.Local Sunshine Coast affiliate Kawana is likely to secure the other quarterfinal position on offer in the Women’s Open division.In a highly entertaining Mixed Open division, Rebels have remained undefeated in Pool A and Figjam have a clean sheet as well in Pool B.Quarter final action will feature Rebels up against a willing Maleny combination, Uni taking on the visiting Thursday Island combination, The Australian Open Mixed Team playing Coomera, and Figjam will do battle with Redcliffe to secure semi-final berths.In Men’s 20s action, with three of five rounds completed, Chalkies have got off to a flyer, notching three wins from three starts.Toowoomba, Young Guns, Redcliffe, and Redlands are still in the hunt and will be looking to put their best foot forward on Day 2 to clinch semi-final spots.In the Women’s 20s section, four of six rounds have been completed.Colts are the stand out performers in this division with a perfect four from four record on Day 1.Noosa, Logan, and Crushers battled well throughout the day and will be looking to bridge the gap on Day 2 between themselves and the well credentialed Colts outfit who look in fine form coming into the business end of the tournament.The Senior Men’s and Women’s sections have been combined across relevant age divisions. The Men’s 30s final will feature Kawana and Red Hot Welding.In Men’s 40s Semi-final action Ipswich will play the Sunshine Coast, whilst Coomera will confront Maleny to wrap up a State Cup Grand final appearance.In the Men’s 50s final Toowoomba will take on Redcliffe.In the Senior Women’s competition, Kawana 30s, Golden Girls, and Brothers will clash battle it out for a finals spot today.The State Cup actions swings back into gear on Sunday 3 December 2006 at 8.30am with round games, quarterfinal, semi-final, and Grand Final action providing a feast for Touch Football fans.
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Touch Football Australia (TFA) celebrates the contribution of Indigenous Australians to the Touch Football community, as part of the 2013 NAIDOC Week. Monday, 7 July until Sunday, 14 July marks NAIDOC Week in 2013, with NAIDOC Week celebrations held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The Touch Football community was actively involved with the 2013 NAIDOC Week, with Touch Football ACT running its 11th annual NAIDOC Touch Football event on Wednesday, with 24 teams taking part in the event, while many organisations across Australia took to sporting fields to play Touch Football as part of NAIDOC Week festivities. The Australian Sports Commission were the winners on the day, with a 7-4 win over Defence in the final. Touch Football Australia would like to thank all participants and officials for ensuring a successful event befitting the NAIDOC Week celebrations. Related LinksNAIDOC Week
Napoli icon Diego Maradona due to be released from hospitalby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli icon Diego Maradona was due to be released from hospital last night after a health scare.Ole reports Maradona was taken to Clinica Olivios hospital in Buenos Aires on Friday evening after a routine checkup showed his stomach was bleeding.Maradona has just taken charge of Dorados.And in a positive development, Ole has followed up that he was due to be sent home before the day was out. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
COLUMBUS, OH – MARCH 22: A general view of Under Armour shoes during a game between the Maryland Terrapins and the West Virginia Mountaineers during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament on March 22, 2015 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Under Armour released new uniforms for seven of its men’s basketball programs Thursday afternoon. The brand unveiled HeatGear ArmourVent uniforms for Maryland, South Carolina, Temple, Seton Hall, Southern Illinois, Northwestern and St. John’s. Check them out: The all-new HeatGear ArmourVent uniforms. Engineered with the most innovative mesh ever made. http://t.co/ckZHvI3bM3 pic.twitter.com/hcCYqthfgs— Under Armour Hoops (@UAbasketball) January 22, 2015Thoughts on the uniforms, fans of the respective programs? Under Armour seems to be taking its basketball game up a notch.
BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans wait outside of Tiger Stadium to watch the football team arrive 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)It’s been less than a week that new Alabama defensive backs coach Mel Tucker has been on the job. But it looks like he’s already become the victim of a rival team’s fan base having a little bit of fun on Twitter. Tucker joined the social media network on January 27, and sent out a few pro-Crimson Tide tweets in the days that followed. But over the past 18 hours, his account has tweeted out a number of pro-LSU messages instead. Clearly, someone with an affinity for the Tigers has taken over his account. Tucker may want to change up his password in the near future. Alabama’s recruits are probably a bit confused at the moment.
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 05: The Iowa Hawkeyes take the field in front of their fans against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the FedEx Orange Bowl at Land Shark Stadium on January 5, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Iowa won 24-14. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)We have an extremely tight one at Lucas Oil Stadium tonight, but if things hold, Iowa will be conference champs. After the Hawkeyes and Michigan State Spartans traded five field goals through the first three quarters, C.J. Beathard aired it out, connecting with Tevaun Smith on a deep pass for an 85 yard touchdown..@LucasOilStadium just erupted. Why? Because @HawkeyeFootball just took the lead on this *long* TD. https://t.co/AdE6L3P3p2— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) December 6, 2015Iowa leads 13-9 with 13:51 remaining in the game. You’re up, Connor Cook.
Jose Mourinho’s biographer Manuel Pereira says that the manager’s issues with Paul Pogba came down to the Portuguese’s desire to control his players.The manger had highly-publicised issues with the French midfielder, who has been unleashed under new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.A known extrovert who enjoys social media, Pogba never truly flourished under Mourinho before the manager departed the club midway through the season. 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? Pereira, who also said Mourinho was too demanding for some players, added the strain was caused by Mourinho’s desire to control his players, a tendency that doesn’t work as well in modern football.”He is certainly not someone who controls the privacy of his players. That is not his right. When it comes to football, he likes to have full control,” Pereira told Goal and Spox.”Mourinho quickly becomes suspicious of players who do not reach their maximum in training and games. This can happen once, twice or three times, but not regularly. He does not want them fooling around, but disciplined and playing football. That’s what they’re paid for.”If a player gives 100 per cent, Mourinho has no problem with him. Then there is nothing to control. But when Mourinho feels it is not the case and the player feels he has to do less, it becomes difficult.”Most clubs today believe in the professionalism of their players, that they pay attention to themselves and their diet and in the middle of the season do not drink alcohol or go to parties.”However, the example of Ousmane Dembele shows well that there are still a few players who struggle with it. At Real Madrid, for example, every player had to be available for a caregiver at midnight in the past. Such rules are inconceivable today. It is even more important for a coach to have someone to represent him on the pitch.”Pereira went on to say that a lack of leadership at United was another issue that plagued the relationship.Mourinho had a number of respected veterans at each of his prior clubs, but Pereira says that was not the case during his time with the Red Devils.”Exactly. A respect person who communicates the ideas of the trainer to the rest of the team. You could say: A coach among the players,” he said.”Mourinho always had that before his time in Manchester. For example, Xabi Alonso at Real Madrid, Frank Lampard at Chelsea or Javier Zanetti at Inter Milan. It is always difficult to lead and coordinate a group of 25 men, especially if you are a demanding person like Mourinho. Only a few coaches can do that.”I remember when Diego Simeone almost always set up Tiago in his early years at Atletico Madrid. Tiago was not a footballer from another planet, but an incredibly strong player, a good communicator who internalised and passed on Simeone’s ideas and ways of thinking. Later, Gabi took over this role, today it’s Diego Godin.”At Manchester I don’t see such a leader anymore. There is no Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs or Rio Ferdinand anymore. With such leaders in the team Mourinho would have had it easier.”Pereira also said that Santiago Solari will be feeling pressure at Real Madrid with Mourinho now available while adding that he would expect the manager to jump to a new role in the summer. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
If this is January, can you imagine how Anfield will be come April and May?Sloppy in the snow, Liverpool’s Premier League title charge suffered a dent here. Rarely has a five-point lead at the top of the table felt like such a disappointment.It isn’t disappointing, of course, but after Manchester City’s slip-up at Newcastle on Tuesday, this was the hottest ticket in town. The door was open for Jurgen Klopp’s men to take full advantage. A seven-point margin awaited. 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? For the first time all season, they fluffed their lines. For the first time all season, they dropped points against a team they would have expected to overcome.Leicester City had beaten both City and Chelsea already this term, and Claude Puel’s counter-attacking Foxes can add another noteworthy result to their collection after this. Indeed, had the visitors shown a tad more quality in the final third, they’d have taken all three points.As for Liverpool, they must reflect on a missed opportunity, a night when the weather was bad and their performance was worse. Nervy, sluggish and wasteful, this was a display which belonged to a different era. Klopp will hope his side do not live to rue it.”We take what we get,” said Klopp afterwards. “And tonight it’s a point. It’s more than we had before the game, and that’s fine. Am I overly-happy? No, because we wanted to win the game of course.”It all looked so rosy for the Reds when Sadio Mane fired them ahead after just two minutes, but like City the night before, they were unable to turn a fast start into a comfortable evening.On a pitch slowed by the snow, sloppiness invaded their play. From Alisson in goal to Mohamed Salah up front, Liverpool just didn’t find their feet. Harry Maguire’s equaliser, plundered from close range right on half-time, felt almost inevitable.”The snow is actually not a problem, the problem is when it stays on the pitch and that was the case,” said Klopp, not entirely convincingly. “The ball didn’t roll really, and when you have the ball for 70-80 per cent of the time, then it makes life really uncomfortable.”Anfield had expected a procession, but it got an ordeal. Leicester had chances to win it after the break, whereas Liverpool failed to rouse the kind of finale we have come to expect.”To break down a side who defend like Leicester did tonight, you have to accelerate, you have to speed up in decisive areas,” Klopp admitted. “Sometimes we didn’t do it, I don’t know exactly why, and sometimes we couldn’t do it.”As a result, Kasper Schmeichel was underworked, though the home side are entitled to ask why referee Martin Atkinson failed to award a penalty when Ricardo Pereira clipped Naby Keita in the box. “I don’t know what he was thinking in this moment,” said Klopp. “You have to ask him.”Welcome to a title race, you could say. Liverpool have been close to perfect in the league so far, but exceptional levels are difficult to sustain.City, let off the hook after their aberration on Tyneside, can ramp up the pressure by beating Arsenal before Klopp takes his team to West Ham on Monday night.Liverpool will at least have James Milner back for that one, and perhaps Trent Alexander-Arnold too. Jordan Henderson filled in at right-back here, and did an admirable job all things considered, but his side lacked control and presence in midfield and were troubled by Demarai Gray and Co. on the break, particularly in the second half. The captain, and surely Fabinho too, will start in their natural positions in London.The upshot, of course, is that as disappointing as it felt, Liverpool still extended their advantage in the title race. They drew and City lost. They still hold all the cards, though recent games suggest we are in for more nervy afternoons and evenings between now and May.At the end, the Kop sang ‘Liverpool, Liverpool’ in an act of support and defiance. Their team are still very much in the driving seat, but it could have been so much better. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Liverpool chairman Tom Werner has insisted the club’s owners, Fenway Sports Group (FSG), are not seeking to sell the Champions League finalists.The Reds will compete for what would be the first piece of silverware of the Jurgen Klopp era when they face Tottenham on Saturday in Madrid.Klopp has recently been linked with Serie A champions Juventus – rumours he dismissed as “bullsh*t” – with Werner also rejecting suggestions the German could leave Merseyside. 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? And the Liverpool chairman believes the burgeoning partnership between FSG and Klopp will continue for many years to come.“We don’t really want to discuss his situation publicly, especially so close to the final,” Werner told the Liverpool Echo of Klopp’s Anfield future.“But I think you know that we think the world of him. “We have already extended his contract once. All I can say is that it’s obviously important that he stays for as long as he likes. We believe that he’s committed to Liverpool.“Our philosophy is rooted in the belief that when there is an atmosphere where people are empowered to work together as a team, great things can happen. “Obviously, it starts with Jurgen and his outstanding leadership. That’s critical to everything that we’ve achieved this year.”On claims FSG are seeking a buyer, Werner added: “Every time those rumours come up we bat them down. I hope people now know that we are focused on continuing the progress of this club.”We have no intention of selling. We have reached a position where I think the club is in the best shape it’s been for a very long time. “We have always said that our desire is to win silverware and we’re hungry to touch that trophy in Madrid.”Liverpool missed out on the Premier League title despite setting a club-record points total, with Manchester City retaining their crown ahead of the Reds.However, City are currently under investigation over potential Financial Fair Play breaches – accusation that the club strongly deny.“One of the reasons why we were pleased to become involved with Liverpool was that we believed in the importance of Financial Fair Play rules,” Werner said.“I don’t know very much about what’s going on with the (City) investigations, but all I can say is that we are strong advocates of the rules.“We expect all the clubs in the league and all the clubs in Europe to comply. If they don’t comply then there should be punishments.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Aymeric Laporte has insisted he is ready to fight for his starting spot at Manchester City irrespective of the club’s transfer activity before the start of the 2019-20 campaign.The French defender joined up with Pep Guardiola’s squad in January 2018, after completing a £57 million ($71m) switch from Athletic Bilbao.The 25-year-old has since gone on to appear in 64 matches for City across all competitions, helping the club earn back to back Premier League titles along with two Carabo Cups and the FA Cup. 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? There has been some suggestion that Guardiola will try to bring in a new centre-back during the current transfer window, after Vincent Kompany’s decision to rejoin Anderlecht back in May.The Spanish boss is not certain a deal will be pushed over the line before the August 8 deadline, but Laporte is not worried either way.He is fully focused on nailing down a starting role at the Etihad Stadium again next term, but also concedes that the final decision will be out his hands.”Hopefully it can be the same this year. I’m here to start. I’m going to work for that,” Laporte told Sky Sports.”I don’t know [if the club will buy]. Ask Pep what he wants. I think the three of us [Laporte, John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi] are putting ourselves forward to play every game, but we don’t decide. The club decides for us.”Guardiola has only managed to bring in Spanish midfielder Rodri from Atletico Madrid and full-back Angelino from PSV so far this summer, but City continue to be linked with a number of high profile names.Leicester’s Harry Maguire has been mooted as a potential target, while ex-Barcelona and Juventus star Dani Alves has been tipped to reunite with Guardiola in Manchester after leaving Paris Saint Germain.City have been focusing on pre-season duties in the meantime, most recently suffering a penalty shootout defeat to Wolves in the Premier League Asia Trophy final on Saturday.Next up for the Citizens is a clash with Hong Kong-based club Kitchee on Wednesday, before a showdown against Yokohama three days later as their tour of the far east continues.Guardiola’s side will then begin to prepare for a Community Shield tie against Liverpool on August 4, which precludes their 2019-20 season opener against West Ham.
CORVALLIS, OR – SEPTEMBER 09: A general view the satdium during the game between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Oregon State Beavers at Reser Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Corvallis, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)Oregon State has lost every Pac-12 game its played so far this season. If the Beavers lose again to Cal on Saturday, at least they will do so in style.Oregon State has unveiled a modified throwback helmet for this weekend’s game against the Bears. It hearkens back to the team’s logo and style from the 1970s.Check it out.@BeaverFootball with a semi-throwback this weekend. Early 70s had grey facemask, no stripe and logo had “Beavers” underneath it. This version has black facemask, white/orange/white stripe and no “Beavers”.#CFB2018HelmetWatch#SeasonTotal138@UNISWAG @UniWatch @SimplyMoono pic.twitter.com/kEHUkkRsMs— Blaise D’Sylva (@wtfcoach) October 18, 2018The helmet is just part of the ensemble though. The Beavers will also wear retro-style uniforms for the game. Like with the helmet, an old-school looking Benny the Beaver is heavily featured.Here are some pictures of the Oregon State unis for Saturday.Retro Benny.Retro lettering.Retro colors. Old school never looked so good. More: https://t.co/3udc41XuNV #GoBeavs pic.twitter.com/BCIpDOpigm— Go Beavs (@BeaverAthletics) October 8, 2018Oregon State faces Cal at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday. The game will be broadcast on Pac-12 Network.The Beavers’ only win this season is against Southern Utah. They’re facing a Cal team that is in a tailspin though, as the Bears have lost three straight, including a 37-7 beatdown against UCLA last weekend.
EVANSTON, IL – OCTOBER 17: Head coach Kirk Ferentz of the Iowa Hawkeyes walks off the field after their win over Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field on October 17, 2015 in Evanston, Illinois. Iowa Hawkeyes won 40-10. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)On Friday afternoon, the Iowa Hawkeyes faced off against the Nebraska Cornhuskers in a battle of Big Ten rivals. Iowa raced out to an early lead, but Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez led the Huskers to two fourth-quarter touchdowns to knot the game at 28.The Hawkeyes used a walk-off field goal to get the 31-28 win and move to 8-4 on the season.After the game, head coach Kirk Ferentz stopped by the sideline reporter for a postgame interview. Ferentz had some blood coming from his mouth.When asked about it, Ferentz said he “just headbutted [quarterback Nate] Stanley.Check it out.Iowa’s celebration was so intense, head coach Kirk Ferentz ended up with a bit of a cut.He still seems happy though. pic.twitter.com/nd81FDGNe1— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) November 23, 2018We’re sure Ferentz isn’t worried about a little spilled blood after getting his eighth win of the season. The win triggers a $500,000 bonus for the head coach as his team is going bowling yet again.Hawkeyes fans will now wait to see who they’re playing in a few weeks. Stay tuned.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – JANUARY 08: A detail of the official National Football League NFL logo is seen painted on the turf as the New York Giants host the Atlanta Falcons during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at MetLife Stadium on January 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)The end of the college football regular seasons brings change. Coaching staffs change frequently during this period, while rosters also undergo significant change as players reach the end of their eligibility or declare for the upcoming NFL draft.The latter affected Florida Atlantic’s roster this week. Star wide receiver Jovon Durante announced his intentions to leave Lane Kiffin and company and head to the NFL after a solid season.The former West Virginia Mountaineer took to Twitter to reveal his decision. Here’s his announcement.Stage 3 of this great journey ??‼️ all I need is support and watch me take off ✈️✈️ thank you @WVUfootball and @FAU_Football pic.twitter.com/3iJdXl0ehi— Jovon Durante (@_field_general) December 5, 2018Durante racked up 65 receptions for 873 yards and five touchdowns during the 2018 season.
ATLANTA, GA – NOVEMBER 28: A general view of Bobby Dodd Stadium during the game between the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Georgia Bulldogs on November 28, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Georgia Tech is still in the market for a new head coach after Paul Johnson’s retirement. Their search may be ending soon though.According to Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel, the Yellow Jackets have zeroed in on Temple head coach Geoff Collins, who spent today meeting with Georgia Tech officials.Per Thamel, things could become official as soon as tonight.Source: Temple’s Geoff Collins has emerged as the leading candidate at Georgia Tech. No offer has been made yet. But he was in Atlanta on Thursday, met with Tech officials and they’ve indicated he’s the favorite. A deal could happen as soon as tonight.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 6, 2018The 47-year-old Collins is a Conyers, Ga. native and he’s worked at Georgia Tech before. Collins was an grad assistant with the Ramblin’ Wreck from 1999-2001 and served as the program’s recruiting coordinator in 2006.Collins served as the defensive coordinator at FIU, Mississippi State and Florida before taking the top job at Temple in 2017. He is 15-10 in two seasons in Philly.Collins’ Owls team went 8-4 this season and qualified for the program’s fourth-straight bowl game. They will face Duke in the Independence Bowl on December 27.Georgia Tech, meanwhile, went 7-5 in 2018 and will face Minnesota in the Quick Lane Bowl on December 26.
“In June, we’re talking about the Iron Bowl?” Finebaum said. “I don’t really hear anybody talking about that. The LSU game has been promoted as the biggest game on Alabama’s schedule since 2011. That game doesn’t measure up. We hype that game every year. We get a pretty similar result.”In fairness to Auburn, they did win the Iron Bowl in 2017, but since Saban took over, the Tigers are just 4-8 against their in-state rivals.As for LSU, they haven’t beaten Alabama since 2011, and haven’t come particularly close to doing so since 2014.Maybe Finebaum has a point here. TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 24: Jamel Dean #12 of the Auburn Tigers nearly intercepts this pass intended for Jerry Jeudy #4 of the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)It is no secret that Alabama has dominated the SEC for the most part under Nick Saban. The Crimson Tide have been the top program in the league over the last 10 seasons.According to ESPN’s Paul Finebaum, that has meant bad news for ‘Bama’s rivals. In fact, the longtime SEC media personality isn’t sure the Crimson Tide even have peers that come close to them right now.Speaking with Mark Heim and Lee Shirvanian on “The Opening Kickoff” on WNSP-FM 105.5 yesterday, Finebaum said the two biggest games for Alabama this season are not currently on the schedule. They are Georgia in the SEC title game and Clemson in the national title game.Additionally, Finebaum said Georgia is the closest thing Alabama has to an in-conference rival right now because the Crimson Tide have left everyone else “in the dust,” including traditional rivals Auburn and LSU.
LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 04: Footballs used by the Northwestern Wildcats before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on November 4, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)As football programs around the country prepare for an important recruiting weekend, three-star quarterback Rishard Densmore has trimmed his college list down to six teams.While Densmore currently plays quarterback in high school, most scouting reports list him as an athlete due to his ability to play wide receiver and running back. It is unclear where he’ll end up playing at the next level.The Alabama native is the No. 101 athlete in the 2020 recruiting class, per 247Sports. He has scholarship offers from 14 schools but will only consider six of them.Densmore revealed his updated list on social media, saying “I want to thank the man above for these opportunities.” The final six teams in the hunt for Densmore are Georgia Southern, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Tennessee and Tulane.Here is Densmore’s announcement from his Twitter account:I want to thank the man above for these opportunities 🙏🏾🃏#Top 6️⃣@__CoachMaye @CoachFagan_5 @Yellowhammer247 @ChadSimmons_ @DatDude70 pic.twitter.com/wHe3yMmu2p— Sh2️⃣wtime 💰🦍 (@RishardDensmor1) June 22, 2019Densmore spoke highly of Tennessee during his visit in the fall, and an opportunity to play in SEC is quite appealing. Nonetheless, with how Scott Frost has recruited as of late, Nebraska should be a contender in the sweepstakes for the three-star athlete.Frost is more than capable of developing Densmore under center. After all, he’s done a marvelous job helping dual-threat quarterbacks such as McKenzie Milton and Adrian Martinez.The current expectation is that Densmore’s commitment will occur in August.The clock is officially ticking for all six schools trying to add Densmore to their 2020 class.