Edinson Cavani Cavani plots Copa Libertadores glory post-PSG Matthew Scott 17:44 2/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Christophe Simon PSG Ligue 1 CONMEBOL Libertadores After becoming Paris Saint-Germain’s record goalscorer last weekend, the Uruguayan striker has revealed he wants to conquer South America Edinson Cavani says he wants to win the Copa Libertadores with a Uruguayan club once his career with Paris Saint-Germain draws to a close.Uruguay striker Cavani scored his 157th PSG goal against Montpellier last weekend, taking him beyond Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the Ligue 1 giants all-time top goalscorer.Cavani left his homeland in January 2007, swapping Danubio for Palermo, before going on to represent Napoli and PSG in Europe. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Copa Libertadores has not been won by a Uruguayan side since Nacional’s triumph in 1988 – a piece of history Cavani hopes to rewrite.”I want to go back to Uruguay and win the Libertadores,” Cavani told Radio Sport890.”I can’t tell you the name of the club yet, but I’m a man of projects. So, if an important project comes along, then I really want the Libertadores and I like challenges.”I want a Uruguayan club to win it again.”
Championship Slavisa Jokanovic: The mastermind behind Fulham’s push for Premier League promotion Chris Wheatley Last updated 1 year ago 20:45 5/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Slavisa Jokanovic tells Goal’s @ChrisWheatley_ about the changes he’s made at Fulham as they aim for promotion to the top flight #FFC pic.twitter.com/jel4ZxMHqG— Goal (@goal) May 11, 2018 Championship Fulham Derby County v Fulham Derby County Premier League Jokanovic told Goal how the Cottagers have reaped the benefits of his changes as they aim for promotion to the top flight Slavisa Jokanovic is a purveyor of the finer details. When it comes to football management the 49-year-old has utilised years of experience managing in countries as far flung as Thailand to Israel, but it is Fulham where he’s now made a name for himself as one of Europe’s most talented managers.Jokanovic, an ex-Deportivo and Chelsea player renowned for his elegant displays in midfield, joined Fulham in December 2015 and managed to avoid relegation by eleven points. The following season saw him achieve his target of a top-six position while the current campaign could culminate in achieving the ultimate goal of promotion to the Premier League.The Serbian’s side saw off Derby in their Championship play-off semi-final and will now face either Aston Villa or Middlesbrough at Wembley on May 26. 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 Despite automatic promotion slipping out of their hands, Jokanovic guided his team to a 23-game unbeaten run which has drawn plaudits from afar due to the attractive football philosophy now taking centre stage at Craven Cottage.Speaking in an exclusive interview with Goal, the experienced manager revealed the different aspects he needed to change when he first arrived at Fulham, while also talking about reports linking him with a move to Chelsea. “I’m a very good observer and I had to check everything around myself,” Jokanovic told Goal. “In this short time we tried to push the club in a different direction and tried looking for improvements in different parts of the club. I started to push the board and they supported my ideas to improve the club.“All the styles have a final destination – to try and win the games. I want to win the games. We are in a good moment right now and from another side I believe our supporters are enjoying the way this was the team have changed.”Jokanovic oversaw vast changes off the pitch when he joined three years ago, including modernisation of player nutrition and recovery methods, while persuading the club’s billionaire U.S-based owner Shahid Khan to invest in the pitches in order to improve the quality of the training sessions.“If you want to play the football on the floor then I need better tools for my work. They [Fulham] interpreted me well, they understand my position and really quick after a few months we started this kind of new improvements.“The pitches weren’t in condition to try and find enough quality with what we wanted to do. The last two years we’ve been in perfect condition for our work. I believe we’re seeing the benefits of these improvements but can always do better.”Behind the scenes Jokanovic sings the praises of his support staff which features Marco Cesaraini, Jose Sambade, Stuart Gray, Alberto Escobar and Javier Pereira, the latter he describes as the “engineer of many things”. The group work closely together and the Serb uses his knowledge from a breadth of experiences abroad to focus on cultivating and signing domestic talent who already have a flavour of English football.“My life is connected with football. I was a player, now a manager. I try to use all my experience in my job,” he added.“Because I’m working in England, this is the only reason [why I favour domestic-based players]. If I’m working with Serbia, Israel or Thailand it’s about following the natural way. We are not on the level for bringing best players in the world. “We want to bring people in with a similar level whether they are English or foreign. If they are a similar level I prefer domestic players as they know what life is like here and they don’t need so much time for adaption. “This competition is really long with many games so you don’t have so much time to prepare and adapt. They must be ready for the challenge.”One player courting the attention of Europe’s biggest clubs is Ryan Sessegnon. The 17-year-old has scored 15 goals this season and won five EFL awards, prompting many to suggest the left-wing back warrants a call-up to the England squad for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.“He’s the best young player I’ve managed in my life,” beamed Jokanovic.“I’ve managed important players like [Stevan] Jovetic and [Adem] Ljajic in Partizan Belgrade but this man is really different. To play at this age he’s competing really hard at Championship level and shown fantastic quality.“He’s one of the best football ‘projects’ in England and the world. He has huge potential ahead of him and a healthy mentality. I believe he can arrive and become a top player.”Fulham scored 85 times last season – the second-highest tally achieved by the team in the last 58 years. Players including Tom Cairney and Aleksandar Mitrovic have lauded Jokanovic’s training methods and ability to get the best out of his players, an aspect of his managerial style that he remains deeply proud of.“I want to make people around me better and I must be satisfied if they feel improvement in themselves. I try to make improvements for people all around me. Sometimes we need patience, sometimes we need the time to trust each other and this is natural but the intention for both sides is always positive. I try to make them better and they make me better too.”Unsurprisingly, Jokanovic is quick to dismiss reports linking him with a move down the road to Chelsea. An unbeaten run inspired by the manager’s attack-minded philosophy has seen several clubs linked, but Fulham remains the only team in his mind right now.“This is nice for my wife to read the news and ask me about these kind of reports,” he joked.“I try to be focused on my job and try to do a good job and if I’m successful with Fulham in the future then some positive things can happen.”The ultimate goal of Premier League promotion is in Jovanovic’s sights and he portrays the same studious focus which has seen the Cottagers impress with their free-flowing football this season, but now it’s time to deliver the end product that he and his team have been working towards throughout a gruelling campaign. “The Championship is an exciting and quality competition, we know it exists at that level. We are strong and believe we can be successful. We’re going to push until the end.”
Posted on August 31, 2010June 21, 2017By: Lorraine Thompson, Winner, Ashoka’s Maternal Health Blogging ContestClick 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)On August 30 at 8:00am, the air was already hot and sticky as Ashoka’s Young Champions and Changemakers boarded an air-conditioned bus. After careening across Delhi’s bumpy streets, the young social entrepreneurs stepped into the bright light of downtown Delhi for their first day at the Global Maternal Health Conference (GMHC).In the morning they attended the Conference’s inaugural ceremonies. After lunch they absorbed new facts, figures and findings at special conference sessions. Later that evening, I caught up with two Young Champions and a Changemaker to ask a question:What was your most important takeaway from today’s GMHC sessions? How will it impact your work?Onikepe Owolabi“At the first presentation today, I was struck by the obstetric epidemiologist from Aberdeen (Wendy J. Graham from Immpact at the Univeristy of Aberdeen). She kept mentioning context of research. And it struck me that when we look at studies to influence what we do, we should always try to find out about the culture of the people there. And the other things was her idea of ‘failing forward’: learning to maximize our failures—to make them into successes and leverage them for future successes.”“In the afternoon, I attended a session on the social and economic impacts on maternal health. There was a young man who spoke about a qualitative study done in Nepal. Because of what I heard in the morning, I was a lot more open to qualitative research. Sometimes people think it’s not as scientific as quantitative data collection. He spoke about the cultural things that stopped women from accessing healthcare. He kind of sparked a thought in my heart—that culture is an integral part of people’s lives.”“I think the aim of our Young Champion projects should be to eliminate the harmful practices of culture. But maybe we will get women to access healthcare better if we can incorporate some good parts of culture. From my cultural context, many people use traditional birth attendants because they want the love, the prayers and the social support. So maybe if we could somehow incorporate those spiritual rituals into hospital birthing and institutional deliveries, women would be more open to using them—as against just insisting that they come to the hospital.”Seth Cochran“The partner I work with in Uganda uses these birth kits. She goes around to different women in the villages and shows them a little backpack filled with things that will make a pregnancy safer. Really basic stuff. Like soap to wash your hands. A razor to cut the cord—a sterile razor. A clean blanket.”“Originally I thought, it was a great idea. But it turns out it’s a pretty controversial idea. A lot of people worry that if you give a woman this kit of clean stuff, it’s going to tell her it’s okay to give birth at home. And that’s not what the institutional players want. They want the women having their babies in hospitals. Which I think is ideal—but in a lot of cases not realistic.”“Since the Women Deliver Conference, I’ve been thinking I need to better understand this discussion. So today I went to a session on birth kits. It was structured almost like a debate. Like, Here are some of the facts: What do you think?”“And it became very clear to me what I want to do. With these birth kits, there are all these possibilities, right? It doesn’t have to be a facility birth. If you manage it properly, not only can it make a woman want to go to the hospital, it can help the hospital more effectively treat her. It’s a packaged set of commodities—and the facility may be short of commodities.”At the hospital, they know, if they’ve been trained, how to receive this woman: The woman comes with a little package, they can immediately take every thing out, do the job quicker, more effectively, make sure everything’s there.”“Today the debate made it very clear in my mind that I’m going to do this as a fundamental part of my program. The specifics of how—I’m not quite sure about yet. But my mind was boiling with possibilities: You could sell these things. You could sell vouchers for additional care. You could give them vouchers for local transport—negotiate with taxis. It’s a physical good, a package that’s not only sellable to the woman in Africa—or donate-able—but it’s also saleable to the donating public. Because it’s tangible. And it’s low cost—probably less than $10 or $15.”Dr. Minal Singh“I liked meeting people from the same field, with a similar cause. The best part was I’m coming away with the feeling that I’m not alone—I’m not facing different values in the field of maternal health. The values are shared by people all over the world. So it gives me lots of inspiration to work with new energy when I get back.”“There are so many synergies. Though we had little time to connect with all the partners, I’m sure we have their contact details and their organization names. Thanks to the World Wide Web, we’ll be able to connect again. I can see much potential—people from whom I can learn and partner.”“In the afternoon I attended a session on the social and economic and cultural implications of maternal health. It was a very nice talk. And this is actually the problem we are facing—the gap in India between the rural and the urban and also the economic gap. So I hope this will help me implement better.”Lorraine Thompson is the winner of the Ashoka’s Maternal Health Blogging Contest and is live blogging for the Change Summit and the Global Maternal health Conference. Stay up to date with the conference happenings! Follow the Maternal Health Task Force and EngenderHealth on Twitter: @MHTF and @EngenderHealth. The conference hashtag is #GMHC2010.For more posts about the Global Maternal Health Conference, click here.For the live stream schedule, click here.Check back soon for the archived videos of the conference presentations. Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
For the Mens and Womens 40’s Division Northern Eagles, the 2004 NTL’s has so far been a successful tournament. Both teams remain serious competition contenders after the end of the round games today. The Womens 40s are definitely not strangers to victory. The side, which has consisted of the same core players for over 10 years, won the Inaugural Over 40’s division at the 2003 NTL’s after winning the Womens 35’s division in 2000. This year they won’t be letting threatening teams such as Sydney Scorpions or the Hunter Hornets stand in their way. “We have the talent to win, if we get it together at the right time,” says ex-Australian representative and Coffs Harbour local, Cate Simms. “At this level and age, it’s really who stays the fittest, wins.” They deny a home side advantage over the rest of the teams. “City sides train more often and play at a high standard more often than we get to”, says Cate. But the accolades are not why these women play the game. “There’s such close friendships in the seniors, there’s no egos here, we all just enjoy each others company, and like staying fit”, says Therese Spear, who also represented Australia, along with three other of their team mates. The Mens 40’s are also enjoying similar success at this year’s tournament, having lost only one game, despite having only trained together for the past three months. The only competition they had played together before coming to the 2004 NTL saw them win just one game….in the 35’s division though! Even though Sydney Scorpions are also their main threat, “realistically we’re looking at getting into the final,” says Australian World Cup representative, Steve Hancock. They are enjoying their time in Coffs Harbour and are quick to praise the tournament. “It’s great, the fields are always in great condition, good location as it’s only two hours from home, and the NTL’s is always a hard, quality tournament, where you get to play teams that you wouldn’t normally play”, says Steve. And, just like the women, they play for the friendships. “There’s a great social aspect of the tournament after the games, its great to catch up with players from years before.” says Steve. But unlike the women they believe that they do reap benefits of being the home side. “We only have to travel two hours, and travel usually makes it tough, we also get a good turnout of players and spectators because we’re closer, our costs are lower. Both teams agree that they love having NTL’s in Coffs Harbour as “it is an incredible facility and perfect for the game of touch, and it also generates a huge amount of money into the area”, says Cate. “Touch is an incredible sport to watch, not just at the Opens level, it’s a game for families and people of all ages to enjoy”. By Lisa Plummer pictures by www.sportingimages.com.au
The Touch Football Australia Australian Football League Tipping competition is back in full swing for season 2007.Existing members do not have to rejoin.New members can register and submit their tips by clicking onto the “TFA Tipping competition” logo on the left side of the home page and following the prompts.Good luck and happy tipping!
Fawkner Park winter competition cancelled due to council ground closure. TFA-Victoria is working on a new competition, stay tuned for details. Play: #2Selection of Junior State Teams confirmedFollowing the largest participant tournaments in the history of school touch in the State, the South Australian Junior State Teams have been announced. South Australian Under-12, 15, and 18 Years squads were selected. The 12s and 15s will compete at the School Sport Australia National Championships in Melbourne from 22 – 26 October while the 18s team will compete in the National 18 Years tournament in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, 17 – 20 September, 2007. The official player rosters will be announced in the coming fortnight. All of the coaches are looking forward to successful campaigns and helping add to the development of the sport at a junior level in South Australia.Touch Football South Australia web-site: www.touchsa.com.auWESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA) Play: # 3Position open to host 2008 Western Australia State ChampionshipsTouchWest is advertising for affiliates and parties who wish to express an interest in hosting the 2008 State Championships. The tournament is due to take place from Thursday February 28 until Sunday March 2, 2008.The Championships will be a three-day tournament with about 45 teams and 850 players and officials. The host will be required to provide six fields, warm-up space, referee facilities, and areas for tournament control, meeting, results, presentation, medical, etc. Lighting would also be beneficial. For a full list of requirements and other information contact Matt Bamford, WA Manager, Touch Football Australia. TouchWest will be accepting tenders until Friday July 13, 2007. Other events: On the June 17, 2007, a workshop was held for Western Australian affiliates regarding Sportzware Central, Sporting Pulse, and Competition Management.Touch West web-site: www.touchwest.com.auNORTHERN TERRITORY (NT)Play: #4Darwin Touch Grand FinalsDarwin Touch Competition had its grand finals last week, June 18 – 22, 2007. Monday night’s Men’s 35s final produced a grandstand finish. Humpty Doo won in a drop off, upsetting minor premier Bundy Bears. On Thursday, Mixed finals night, favourites Dream Team defeated Bundy Bears 8-6 in the Mixed Division 1 final. Jaguars won Mixed Division 2; Mad Dogs won Mixed Division 3; Cowboys won Mixed Division 4; and Nightcliff Turtles won Mixed Division 5. On Friday night the Bulls upset the minor premier scorpions 7-6 in a cracking Women’s Division 1 final. Rachel Willis was named Player of the Final. In the Women’s Division 2 the Giddy Ups claimed the premiership, whilst Frillies won the Division 3 title and The Gumby’s took home the division four title. In the Men’s Division 1, Bulls triumphed in another exciting game against Dream Team, running out 7-6 winners. David Riddle was named Player of the Final. Dogs won Men’s Division 2, while Elias Enterprises won Division 3.Other events:Alice Springs and Katherine both held grand finals. Check the Northern Territory Touch website for more details in the coming days. The Touch Football Northern Territory web-site: www.touchnt.com.au Play: #5AUSTRALIAN CAPTIAL TERRITORY (ACT) Courses planned for the upcoming monthsACT Touch will be conducting courses in three technical disciplines for interested parties throughout July and August, 2007.LEVEL ONE REFEREES COURSE The Level One course perfect for anyone interested in learning more about refereeing, getting fit, earning some money, or for a new challenge. It is also perfect for any players who want to feel a little more confident when it is their turn for duty.The course will be held at the ACT Touch Offices, Makin Place in Deakin on 3rd and 10th July 2007 and will commence each night at 6pm and finish between 8.30 and 9pm. LEVEL ONE SELECTORS COURSE The Level-One Selectors Course will be held over two evenings. Theoretical aspects will be covered on July 12 with a practical session held on July 18, 2007, at Premier League. The Course will be delivered by ACT Head Selector, Sandra Hughes. LEVEL TWO COACHING COURSE The Level Two Coaching Course will be conducted on the weekend of August 10 – 12, 2007. If you are interested in taking the next step in your coaching career, this is the course for you. The theory workbooks that are required for the course will be handed out well in advance of the course delivery to enable participants to prepare prior to the course. If you are interested in completing your Level Two accreditation, please register with ACT Touch ASAP to organize course materials to be sent out.If you are interested in finding out more or putting your name down to attend any of the courses please contact Chris Tarlinton at the ACT Touch office on 6212 2880 or firstname.lastname@example.org Other events: ACT Touch hosts Touch Football tournament as part of NAIDOC Week, July 8 – 15, 2007.The ACT Touch Association web-site: www.acttouch.com.auPlay # 6TASMANIA (TAS)Tasmanian representative trials in JulyTouch Football Tasmania already has its Under-18 teams in place and will begin the search for its remaining junior representative teams over the next couple of weekends.Trials for teams are as follows:Sunday July 1, 2007 – Wentworth Park, Hobart andSunday July 8, 2007 – Prospect Park, LauncestonUnder-12 Boys and Girls – 10.00amUnder-15 Boys and Girls – 11.00amOpen Men’s, Women’s and Mixed – 12.30pmTasmania is looking forward to the School Sport Australia National Championships being held in Melbourne from 22 – 26 October, 2007, and hopes that it is well supported by the growing number of junior players across the state.Other events:Tasmanian Open teams will participate at the Queensland State Championship in Toowoomba in October. It’s the first time in many years that a representative Mixed team has been available to players from the island state. Touch Football Tasmania is hoping that this creates some more interest amongst their elite group.That’s it for this week’s edition of A Set of Six.Be sure to check out all the latest news in Touch Football this week by going to each State’s web-site for further information. TFA-Victoria is advertising for a business and competitions coordinator. Applications close Friday July 6, 2007 Touch Football Australia brings you this rapid fire “Set of Six” news ‘plays’ from around the Country. TFA’s Media Scholarship Holder Henry Holland and TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks will bring you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s A Set of Six – volume 8. VICTORIA Play: #1 KooGa signs on as official uniform supplier to Victorian State TeamsKooGa will be the official supplier for the team uniforms for all Victorian State Teams until 2010. The Victorian teams will first appear in their new KooGa uniforms at the Queensland Junior State Cup from July 5, 2007.Other events: The Touch Football Victoria web-site:www.victouch.com.auSOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA)
The Federation of International Touch (FIT) World Cup begins today with all Australian teams in action.In the Opens division, both the Mens and Womens teams begin their title defence with two matches today, against Wales and Scotland while the Mixed team will face Switzerland. The Mens 30s will also take on Wales, and the Mixed 30s Scotland. In the Mens 35/40 division Australia’s 40s will face the host nation South Africa, followed by the 35s taking on France.Check the website regularly for results which will be updated daily.Day 1 Wednesday 17 January Note Stellenbosch is 9 hours behind Australian East Coast.9:00PM AEDST (12:00 PM) Men Australia vs Wales9:00PM AEDST (12:00 PM) Women Australia vs Wales10:50PM AEDST (1:50 PM) Mixed Australia vs Switzerland10:50PM AEDST (1:50 PM) Men 35/40 Australia 40 vs South Africa11:45PM AEDST (2:45 PM) Mens 30 Australia vs Wales11:45PM AEDST (2:45 PM) Men 35/40 Australia 35 vs France12:40AM AEDST (3:40 PM) Men Australia vs Scotland1:35AM AEDST (4:35 PM) Mixed 30 Australia vs Scotland2:30AM AEDST (5:30 PM) Women Australia vs Scotland
Touch Football Australia (TFA) is proud to be supporting Headspace Day today in support of National Mental Health Week.This national day of awareness is about ensuring every young person in Australia has access to youth friendly, mental health services no matter where they live. Led by headspace, the campaign is dedicated to improving the wellbeing of young Australians.Every year, a quarter of all young people in Australia will experience mental health issues. Yet even amongst those with severe mental health problems, only 50% receive professional help. Headspace offers a youth-friendly service that minimises the barriers young people experience when seeking access to professional help.Headspace has centres across Australia, in addition to numerous online resources. The purpose of Headspace Day is to increase awareness of the services and resources available to you people.To support headspace day, TFA will be sharing personal mental health tips on place cards, these will then be shared through our social media channels.The aim of this initiative is to help generate and share ideas so that young people can see the many different ways to maintain a healthy headspace.TFA encourages everyone to join with us in supporting this campaign and contributing to the conversation by filling out your own place card.“We whole hearted support HEADSPACE Day and the fantastic work that HEADSPACE does helping those suffering with mental health issues, especially youth. Within our sport we have 387,000 youth participants nationally, thankfully Headspace are there to support any who may be experiencing mental health issues.” Steve Mitchell, Touch Football Australia CEOPlace cards can be downloaded here, with suggestion’s to fill out your place card located hereTo find out more about headspace, click hereJoin us in the conversation to assist removing mental health barriers: @headspace_ausTouch Football Facebook: @TouchfootballaustraliaTouch Football Twitter: @touchfootyausTouch Football Instagram: @touchfootballaustraliaHashtag: #headspacedayIf you need someone to talk to contact headspace on 1800 650 890
Wolves boss Nuno delighted after defeat of Bournemouthby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRaul Jimenez was again on the scoresheet as Wolves defeated Bournemouth on Saturday.An early goal from Raul Jimenez and a late strike by substitute Ivan Cavaleiro handed Wolves the three points.Following wins against Chelsea and Newcastle in the past 10 days, it is the first time since March 1980 that Wanderers have recorded a trio of consecutive victories in the top division.Wolves boss Nuno stated afterwards, “The boys playing in this weather, in the rain, and how hard it was, I’m very proud of them today. They did a fantastic job because we have to adapt to the realities. We were versatile enough to realise that today was about defending and counter attacks – exploiting our talent to achieve what we achieved today, a deserved win.“The organisation, the shape and how compact we were. We didn’t allow too many situations to Bournemouth, who are a fantastic team and played very well. Always trying to help our team mates is what defending is all about. There were not many chances, it was very hard for both teams. They matched us in shape, it was a tough game. We are happy but credit to Bournemouth, it was very difficult.”On third win in a row, he added: “We achieved a third win, but it’s not over, we have to go again. Before we were in a bad moment, now we’re in a good moment and why is important to recognise. Their character, the way they commit themselves to the work on a daily basis and to the competition so well done.“I’m very proud of the work we do every day. The character took us out of the bad moment. The only secret is work, we have to work hard. We do the same things, we were committed and football is like this. It’s life, sometimes you have bad moments, sometimes you have good moment. Rising up, reacting and bouncing back is what I’m most proud of.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd boss Solskjaer pleased with 2-goal Pogbaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he was pleased with two-goal Paul Pogba for victory over Huddersfield.Pogba milked the Old Trafford support for his performance.Solskjaer said, “It was great to see him score two goals and he has created the goals last week at Cardiff, and now he scores them himself, so he will be even better for getting two lots of 90 minutes now and he will be fitter and fitter and improving with the team. “We looked tired towards the end and now it is important over the next two or three days that we recover and get ready for Bournemouth.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace striker Ayew delighted to be off mark for Wolves winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace striker Jordan Ayew was delighted to get his first goal for the club in victory over Wolves.The result was capped by a late penalty from Luka Milivojevic in a 2-0 win.Ayew said, “It’s a big win and good for our confidence after losing at home, it was important for us to bounce back and improve our league position so congratulations to all the lads.“I’m pleased for myself, my family, for our fans and my fans in Ghana and I would like to thank the coach for giving me the opportunity. I was waiting for this moment and now it has come at the start of the New Year means new things, positives and three points so it’s good.”The striker produced a fine touch to control Patrick van Aanholt’s shot on goal before making no mistake to beat Wolves ‘keeper Rui Patrício to break the deadlock. “It is important to be opportunist, making things happen and scoring goals, this is what I try and do and luckily today I was successful. I thank God and will just keep on working hard.”
Liverpool claim comeback win over RB Salzburg in UYLby Ansser Sadiq22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool were successful in the UEFA Youth League against RB Salzburg.Much like the senior side, the Reds’ youngsters took on the Austrian club in a tight contest.But Liverpool’s superior offensive capabilities allowed them to emerge with a 4-2 win in the game.Rhian Brewster was among the youngsters who was involved, and it was his penalty in injury time that put the icing on the cake for the Reds.They did experience some scares in the game, as they were 2-1 down with 12 minutes remaining.But they rallied and scored three late goals to seal the contest. About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford boss Sanchez Flores mixed emotions after draw with Tottenhamby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Quique Sanchez Flores had mixed emotions after their 1-1 draw with Tottenham.Abdoulaye Doucoure’s early goal had set the Hornets on their way to a first victory of the campaign and it increasingly looked like they would get it until controversy reigned four minutes from the end when Dele Alli’s equaliser was allowed to stand after a VAR review, despite the big screens initially showing ‘no goal’. Sanchez Flores said, “Sometimes we were defending a little bit deep but they have very good players. Sometimes when the central defenders could drive and get into positions close to box it was very difficult. But I thought the team was really safe and always with the possibility to create opportunities on the counter-attack.“I saw many teams playing against Tottenham when we were analysing in the week. Newcastle, how they won here, Southampton, how they played, and I think we played much better but we could just draw. Just draw sounds a little bit weird because they got the goal with four minutes left, but if we are realistic and thinking before the match, to draw here is a good result.”
badgers badgers badgers mushroom mushroomFriday morning, Wisconsin and Under Armour officially announced a 10-year contract worth $96 million. One of the apparel manufacturer’s biggest clients came up with a very cool way to welcome the Badgers to the family.Upon hearing the news, Notre Dame tweeted out a video of the famous viral “Badgers” clip with audio of House of Pain’s “Jump Around” – an ode to one of the best Wisconsin football traditions. Check it out:Welcome to #TeamUA, @UWBadgers. You know what to do… @UnderArmour pic.twitter.com/2SOcRLHzLG— The Fighting Irish (@FightingIrish) October 9, 2015Well played, Fighting Irish social media manager.
Martin Keown has criticised Arsenal’s transfer policy and suggested they must make a number of new signings in the next few transfer windows.The 52-year-old was speaking after the Gunners’ 5-1 mauling at the hands of Liverpool on Saturday evening.Arsenal actually took the lead at Anfield before the hosts’ unstoppable attacking trio of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah ensured Liverpool gained all three points. 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 Keown believes that the Gunners are a long way off competing on the same level as Liverpool.”He [Emery] is going to have to go out there to buy personnel to come in,” the former Gunners defender said on BT Sport . “They don’t defend as a unit, they don’t press the ball. There are a succession of things that need to be sorted out. “You could say players are not good enough, but they have to make a better fist of it than they currently are.”Liverpool are shopping in Harrods and Arsenal simply aren’t.“Every time they’re spending money it is £65 million for the goalkeeper, £75m for Van Dijk, it is £50m for a midfield player,” he added.Arsenal did make a number of signings last summer, including Stephan Lichtsteiner, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Lucas Torreira and Bernd Leno, but Keown feels they are not good enough to challenge at the top of the table.“Arsenal are spending £25m for a goalkeeper who doesn’t make the squad for the Germany national team in the summer, maybe that says it all,” he said.”Is [Emery] going to be the one buying the players from now on. How many of these signings are actually his? “We’ll have to wait and see. There is going to have to be a big change in the Arsenal group.”The transfer window opens again next week and it could give Emery the opportunity to add to his squad.Arsenal have been linked with a number of players including Nabil Fekir, Ever Banega and Gary Cahill.Before that they are next in action on January 1 as they host Fulham at the Emirates Stadium.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken of the confidence he has in his Manchester United players, insisting he is now going into every game expecting to claim a win.The Norwegian took charge of United on an interim basis back in December following the club’s decision to sack Jose Mourinho.He has made an impressive start to life at Old Trafford, winning all of his first four matches, with the club scoring 14 goals in the process. 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 latest of which was a 2-0 win over Newcastle United at St. James’ Park, goals from Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford proving the difference between the two sides.And Solskjaer believes confidence is growing within his squad and that they’re going into every match expecting to pick up the win.”Obviously when you come into a club like this you expect to win games,” he told reporters. “And when you win four, you expect to win the next one as well. I think we can win every single game.”Next up for United is a home meeting with Championship strugglers Reading in the FA Cup and Solskjaer is adamant it’s a competition that his side wants to win this season.He added: “We’re about winning trophies and the FA Cup final is such a fantastic one to play in, I played in 1999 at Wembley. I think that was the last one at Wembley.”Having watched so many FA Cup finals as a kid, to walk from the dressing room to the pitch was fantastic, I’ve seen it so many times in Norway. And that’s what we hope for, to get to the final, whatever competition you’re in, you want to win.”I’m not sure if you expect to win it, but that’s more or less what you do expect from a club like this and players we’ve got.”United last won the FA Cup back in 2016, when Jesse Lingard’s stunning extra-time strike helped them claim a narrow 2-1 win over Crystal Palace.They also contested the final in 2017-18, only to suffer defeat to Chelsea at Wembley courtesy of an Eden Hazard penalty. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
It was the morning of the Champions League final, and a picture message dropped into Jordan Henderson’s inbox.It showed his younger self, maybe 10 or 11 years of age, kissing a gold trophy.He was a dreamer back then, a football-mad Sunderland supporter with a passion for the game and a burning desire to win things. It was, he says, all he thought about. 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? Now, aged 28, he can reflect on the greatest night of his career. Liverpool captain, European Cup-winning captain. It doesn’t get much better, surely?“Yes, not bad!” he says, with typical understatement. “It was an amazing feeling, when the final whistle goes it’s an amazing feeling to know we have done it, and then to lift the trophy was a special feeling, one that we will never forget. “My dream as a kid was to win trophies. My best friend sent us a picture this morning of me kissing a trophy when I was about 10, so that gave me even more motivation. The trophy was gold, quite big and I’m kissing it. That gave us a lot of motivation.”You’ll have seen all the images by now. The teary-eyed hugs with Jurgen Klopp, those incredible pictures of the trophy lift. The one of Henderson on Liverpool’s flight back from Madrid, using the European Cup as a footrest. Those epic scenes as the Reds returned to Merseyside to be greeted by hundreds of thousands of eager supporters.Memories to last a lifetime, though perhaps the most poignant moment of all involved a simple embrace between a father and his son, an outpouring of pure emotion on a remarkable night. “My dad has been through a lot over the past few years,” says Henderson. “Not only with himself [his father, Brian, fought a successful battle with throat cancer in 2014] but with his family as well. “I am sure he will be so proud to see us win the game and win the Champions League. It will mean the world to him. I am just glad I can put a smile on his face.”Not just his dad’s face. Victory over Tottenham at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium confirms Liverpool’s status as Europe’s top dogs once more. Their sixth European Cup will have tasted as sweet as any, especially given the disappointment of losing in the final last season.“It’s nice to know we have come back from so many disappointments, and finally got over the line and won a big trophy,” Henderson agreed. “It is an amazing night and hopefully we can use this to win more in the future.”Henderson revealed he and his team-mates had been inspired by seeing videos of Liverpool’s supporters as they took over the bars and squares of Madrid. It was estimated that around 50,000 fans had made the trip to the Spanish capital.“The videos get sent to us, don’t worry!” smiled Henderson. “The fans have been incredible ever since I have come to the club, but this past couple of years they have travelled everywhere with us in Europe. It costs them a lot of money and tonight makes it all worth it.“I am so proud of this team and I am happy we can give something [to the fans], they give everything, and so have we. I am so happy we can take the trophy back for them.”Henderson, of course, becomes only the fifth man to captain Liverpool to a European Cup. The four who went before him – Emlyn Hughes, Phil Thompson, Graeme Souness and Steven Gerrard – are club legends. So has it sunk in yet that he will be forever there alongside them?“Probably it will be after I finish football, to be honest,” he said. “But there is still a long way to go. I am 28, I want to achieve a lot, keep improving as a player, I want the team to keep improving, I want to win more, that is all my focus is on now.“That’s the idea, we hope this can give us a lot of confidence. The big trophies, the big nights. I want to enjoy this moment but also when we come back for pre-season we will be focused on looking to the future.”Henderson had gathered Liverpool for a team meeting at Melwood ahead of the final, in which a number of senior players had their say. “I think we would have regretted if we didn’t have it,” he said. “I felt it was important to speak as a group before the final, it was an important conversation as a group. “A few of us said a few things. It was just about the game really, what we could experience in the game and how we could deal with them situations and obviously use the experiences that we had to use.“Hopefully it helped!”
Brazil were twice denied by the VAR as the Selecao were frustrated by Venezuela in a 0-0 draw at the Copa America.Boos and whistles could be heard at Arena Fonte Nova – just like there were in Sao Paulo last week – following Brazil’s scoreless performance in Salvador on Tuesday.Roberto Firmino had a goal ruled out for a foul in the first half, while Gabriel Jesus’ close-range effort and Philippe Coutinho’s late goal were ruled offside after VAR checks to cap a forgettable evening. 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 result left qualification up in the air, with hosts Brazil, Peru and Venezuela vying for the two last-16 spots.Brazil were booed at half-time of their eventual 3-0 win over Bolivia following a dour and scoreless first half. And the Selecao opened with real intent and intensity against Venezuela.Arthur – named in the starting XI at the expense of Fernandinho in the only change to the line-up – pulled the strings in midfield and he almost teed up David Neres but the Ajax star fired wide.Venezuela gave away possession cheaply minutes later and Richarlison almost capitalised as he forced Wuilker Farinez into a low diving save.While Brazil made a slick start, Venezuela fired a warning as star striker Salomon Rondon – the only member of the squad to have scored more than once in the competition – headed just wide of the post in the 19th minute.Brazil did find the back of the net via Firmino six minutes before half-time but it was ruled out for a foul on Mikel Villanueva as Tite’s men went into the break deadlocked again, drawing more boos.Jesus replaced Richarlison during the interval and the substitute thought he made an impact when he buried the ball home just past the hour mark, however, the Manchester City forward’s goal was ruled out for offside against Firmino following a VAR check.Groans grew around the stadium, while the Selecao were left frustrated at ground level with Venezuela continuing to hold firm against the eight-time champions, who thought they had snatched victory during the closing stages but Coutinho’s goal was ruled out by the VAR.2º TEMPO – 43 Minutos: Mais um gol anulado da #SeleçãoBrasileira! Finalização de Philippe Coutinho desviou em Firmino, que estava em posição de impedimento! 0 x 0 | #JogaBola #BRAxVEN #CopaAmérica— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) June 19, 2019What does it mean? Pressure mounting on Tite’s BrazilGroup A will go down to the final matchday and Brazil’s position is far from certain. Eliminated in the group phase in 2016, the Selecao are level on four points with Peru, while Venezuela – who have drawn their opening two games – can still make it through.Venezuela battle to precious pointWith 21 wins in 24 previous meetings in all competitions, Brazil were expected to heap further pain on Venezuela. However, Rafael Dudamel’s side had other ideas to keep their slim hopes of qualification alive.Brazil underwhelm againBrazil were one of the favourites to win the 2018 World Cup. Tite’s side, however, have hit a wall since exiting in the quarter-finals. Playing in the absence of injured star Neymar, a three-goal second half against lowly Bolivia papered over the cracks. And while Brazil produced an improved performance on Tuesday, the result raised further questions.Key Opta Facts:- Brazil have kept eight consecutive clean sheets at home in the Copa America, last conceding against Venezuela in 1989.- For the first time ever at a Copa America, Venezuela have not lost to the host nation. They had lost the previous 14 such games.- Brazil are unbeaten in their past 16 Copa America home games, winning nine and drawing seven.- Three of the four goals cancelled by the VAR at the 2019 Copa America have been scored by Venezuela’s opponents.What’s next?Brazil will wrap up proceedings in Group A with a clash against Peru in Sao Paulo on Saturday as Venezuela face Bolivia on the same day in Belo Horizonte. read more
BLACKSBURG, VA – SEPTEMBER 30: A general view of Lane Stadium prior to the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and Clemson Tigers on September 30, 2017 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)There’s a growing report making the rounds in the college football world today regarding one of the sport’s top quarterbacks. It’s not a good one.Josh Jackson, Virginia Tech’s starting quarterback, has reportedly/rumoredly been suspended indefinitely.The news was first reported by a college football writer named Mike McDaniel, who says Jackson has been suspended for an academic issue.Virginia Tech starting QB Josh Jackson has been suspended indefinitely pending an investigation into an academic issue, per sources.— Mike McDaniel (@MikeMcDanielCFB) June 7, 2018The sophomore quarterback threw for 2,743 yards and 19 touchdowns last season.McDaniel is apparently not the only one who has heard this.Rumor has been out there since last night. FWIW, VT has no official comments on rumors. Coaches are out of town right now. Not expecting any kind of imminent announcement. https://t.co/kyBdvEXvWb— Chris Coleman (@ChrisColemanTSL) June 7, 2018Hearing a few rumors that #Hokies QB Josh Jackson at bare minimum will be suspended. Once again, these are just rumors, not fact, or me reporting anything with certainty.— Andrew Wallace (@WallaceESPN) June 7, 2018Virginia Tech has yet to release an official comment on the subject. Stay tuned.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 22: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the game against the Western Carolina Catamounts at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Week 1 of the 2018 college football season is in the rearview. The opening weekend of the season was highlighted by Notre Dame’s win over Michigan, LSU thumping of Miami and Virginia Tech’s dominance of Florida State, among others.Who’s in line to make the College Football Playoff heading into Week 2?ESPN’s computer has updated its picks after Week 1.Here’s the explanation, from ESPN:“The Playoff Predictor provides every team’s chance to reach the Playoff in the preseason and each and every day of the college football season. It’s telling us not who would make the Playoff at the end of the day, but rather, who will get in on selection day. This isn’t some arbitrary formula based on the feeling of a few people in Bristol: it was created by studying the selection committee’s rankings during the season and on selection day each of the last four seasons.”The teams predicted to make it right now:Alabama – 65 percentClemson – 57 percentNotre Dame – 57 percentOklahoma – 45 percentThe next teams in line:Ohio State – 43 percentGeorgia – 27 percentAuburn – 24 percentWashington – 22 percentYou can view ESPN’s full projections here.