10 months agoWoodward steps up Man Utd director of football search after Mourinho dismissal

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Woodward steps up Man Utd director of football search after Mourinho dismissalby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are determined to find a Director of Football.United recognise the method of having the manager controlling every aspect of the footballing structure is not sustainable.And they want to find someone who can act as a liaison between the boss and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.The Evening Standard suggests that after parting with Jose Mourinho, United will search for a caretaker boss and a Director of Football.Candidates include the likes of Andrea Berta and Paul Mitchell. last_img

10 months agoTottenham boss Pochettino proud to reach another Cup semifinal

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino proud to reach another Cup semifinalby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is proud to have led the club into another Cup semifinal.Spurs will meet Chelsea in the final four of the Carabao Cup after victory over Arsenal last night.Pochettino said, “It’s an important thing to be in the semi-final. It’s our fifth season and (we’ve been in) four semi-finals. “Remember, we played the final against Chelsea (League Cup, 2015), another semi-final against Chelsea at Wembley in the FA Cup (2017) and Manchester United in the FA Cup (2018). We are close. “The effort is massive and the most important thing is to be there, competing and trying and one day maybe we will get the reward we deserve.” last_img read more

10 months ago​Chelsea target Koulibaly close to signing Napoli contract

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Chelsea target Koulibaly close to signing Napoli contractby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli are close to securing their star centre-back to a new contract.Tuttomercatoweb reports that Kalidou Koulibaly will be signing a new deal that will give him a wage of €6 million per year.And the most important story is that his deal will not have a release clause.Koulibaly is wanted by both Manchester United and Chelsea.But his club are adamant he will stay, insisting they would even reject bids close to 100 million. last_img

10 months agoInter Milan offered Bayern Munich veteran Arjen Robben

first_imgInter Milan offered Bayern Munich veteran Arjen Robbenby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan have been offered Bayern Munich veteran Arjen Robben.Off contract in June, Robben has announced he is leaving Bayern at the end of the season.The Dutch midfielder has opened the door to a return to PSV Eindhoven, however FcInterNews.it says agents have also offered him to Inter.While now 34, Inter management have welcomed the approach and are actively discussing adding Robben to the squad next season.Though Inter are keen to drive down the average age of their squad, they’re willing to make an exception for Robben. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

10 months agoFriend admits Morata WANTS to leave Chelsea

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Friend admits Morata WANTS to leave Chelseaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlvaro Morata WANTS to leave Chelsea this month.Speaking on Cadena Cope, a member of the striker’s camp revealed the Spaniard has decided to leave Stamford Bridge in January.PSG, Bayern Munich and Atlético Madrid are all being linked with Morata.However, Sevilla are regarded as favourites to land the centre-forward – with a loan arrangement already being discussed.Both Sevilla coach and sports chief Joaquin Caparros have confirmed their interest. last_img

Cardale Jones Addresses “Fans” Who Were Trashing Him On Twitter

first_imgCardale Jones pumping up the crowd before the game.Cardale JonesOhio State quarterback Cardale Jones hasn’t played up to his potential this season, and many Buckeyes fans have been vocal about their desire for head coach Urban Meyer to make a change at the position. Unfortunately, far too many are expressing their opinions the wrong way.Following Ohio State’s narrow victory over Indiana this past Saturday night, Jones celebrated the team’s win on Twitter. Some of the responses he got were beyond offensive. Tuesday, he addressed the “fans” who decided to trash him online. He clarified that they’re “haters”, not fans.@CJ12_ I’m sorry for all of the idiotic responses you get from so called “fans”— Chad Proud (@cproud13) October 6, 2015 RT: *haters https://t.co/H6bcaErCe5— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) October 6, 2015 Rome wasn’t built in a day— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) October 6, 2015 Jones will get another chance to silence the haters Saturday against Maryland.last_img read more

Villarreal vs Real Madrid: Isco benched as Casemiro returns

first_imgReal Madrid take to the field for the first time since becoming FIFA Club World Cup winners once again before Christmas as they tackle Villarreal in La Liga.Bolstered by winning the trophy for a third year in succession, the Bernabeu club are attempting to close an eight-point gap to leaders Barcelona in what is a game in hand caused by their participation in the Abu Dhabi-based tournament.They face a Villarreal side that has had a disappointing start to the season and is in the relegation zone, having won only 15 points from 16 matches. 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? Game Villarreal v Real Madrid Date Thursday, December 3 Time 8:30pm GMT/ 3:30pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports fubo TV (7-day free trial) IIn the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be streamed via Eleven Sports 1. UK TV channel Online stream N/A Eleven Sports 1 Squads & Team News Position Villarreal players Goalkeepers Asenjo, Fernandez Defenders Laylun, Alvaro, Mori, Ruiz, Costa Midfielders Caseres, Fornals, Trigueros, Pedraza, Cazorla, Raba, Morlanes, Chukwueze, Fuego Forwards Gerard, Bacca, Ekambi Mario Gaspar is banned for the hosts, who are also deprived of key midfielder Bruno Soriano, who has spent the last 18 months laid up. Miguel Layun comes into the defence.Villarreal starting XI: Asenjo; Layun, Alvaro, Victor Ruiz, Costa; Cazorla, Javi Fuego, Caseres, Fornals; Gerard, Chukwueze. Position Real Madrid players Goalkeepers Casilla, Courtois, Navas Defenders Ramos, Carvajal, Nacho, Varane, Marcelo, Reguilon, Odriozola Midfielders Kroos, Modric, Valverde, Casemiro, Isco, Ceballos Forwards Benzema, Bale, Lucas Vazquez, Vinicius Jr. Real Madrid are still without Marco Asensio while Marcos Llorente will also miss out . Mariano Diaz, who travelled to the Club World Cup, will not take part in this clash due to a back injury forecast to keep him out for 10 days.Real Madrid starting XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Vazquez, Benzema, Bale.Betting & Match Odds Real Madrid are 3/4 favourites with bet365 . The draw can be backed at 3/1, while Villarreal are 16/5 outsiders.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Bale Club World Cup Real Madrid Kashima AntlersSantiago Solari has warned his Real Madrid side that they must start 2019 with a bang when they travel to face Villarreal in La Liga action on Thursday.The Club World Cup winners have had a couple of weeks off to prepare themselves for this encounter but January promises to be a taxing month, with Copa del Rey fixtures thrown in with five league matches, in which no slips can be accommodated after Los Blancos lost five of their first 16 games of the campaign.“They are a solid team and we must go into the match with energy and aggression,” Solari said on Wednesday.Meanwhile, the coach is not eyeing the January transfer window as an opportunity to make dramatic changes to his squad.That means that no exit is forecast for Isco, who has struggled for minutes under the new coach.“All of the players are part of this squad,” the Argentine affirmed. “Isco? He is a great player and he’ll keep making us happy.”Like Madrid, Villarreal also made a change in the dugout in the first half of the season, with Luis Garcia replacing Javier Calleja a couple of matches before Christmas.Although he guided them through in the Europa League with a 2-0 win over Spartak Moscow, they were held 2-2 against struggling Huesca in La Liga. On both occasions Villarreal finished with 10 men, and if they are to stand any chance of an upset on Thursday, they surely cannot afford such ill discipline.last_img read more

‘Top four wouldn’t be enough for Pochettino at Utd’

first_imgMauricio Pochettino would have to deliver more than merely a top-four finish if he took the reins at Manchester United, says Paul Scholes, with trophy challenges expected on multiple fronts.The Tottenham head coach continues to be linked with a potential summer move to Old Trafford.He has seen his claims to a permanent post with United talked up by many, despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer currently impressing in an interim role. 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? If Pochettino were to take the reins, then he has been warned that he would face considerably more pressure that he shoulders in north London.The Argentine has talked down the importance of silverware to Spurs of late, but Scholes says success would be demanded if he were to take on a new challenge in Manchester.The United legend told Radio 5 Live: “It’s a really difficult one.“As a player you want medals, you want trophies, you want to be winning stuff. I think as a club, and financially, Champions League is a little bit bigger I suppose.“It would be a disaster if clubs like United didn’t get into Champions League next season — I think they will do the way they’re going — but for Tottenham it’s massive as well.“I think Tottenham are at a point now where winning the FA Cup or the League Cup is much more important than being in the Champions League the year after.“He couldn’t say that [at United]. If he’s at United he’s got to go for everything. Being in the Champions League, in the top four places, isn’t good enough.“The only reason it would be good enough this season is because of the way the team have performed over the first half of the year. Winning the FA Cup will be good for United, it be a great achievement for Ole if he can do it, but if Pochettino comes in next season he has to try and win everything.“Okay the League Cup may be on the back burner, but he has to try and win trophies for Man United. That’s what the fans expect and the club expects.”Pochettino still has Spurs in the hunt for honours this season.A narrow 1-0 victory over Newcastle on Saturday has ensured that Tottenham remain in the Premier League title picture, while they also have a Champions League last-16 encounter with Borussia Dortmund to come. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Report: Brazil 3 Bolivia 0

first_imgPhilippe Coutinho scored a brace as Brazil opened the Copa America with a 3-0 win over Bolivia in Sao Paulo.After an underwhelming first half at Estadio do Morumbi, Coutinho scored twice within eight minutes of the restart to put Brazil in control on Friday.A VAR check and handball led Coutinho to the penalty spot and the Barcelona star made no mistake in the 50th minute before making it 2-0 three minutes later after capping a sweeping move. 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? Everton came off the bench and scored the goal of the night with a blistering effort from outside the area in the 84th minute as the Selecao – who have won the Copa on each of the previous four occasions they have hosted in 1919, 1922, 1949 and 1989 – made a winning start in Group A.GOOOOOOOOOL DO BRASIL! Mais um gol de Philippe Coutinho, agora de cabeça!!2 x 0  | #JogaBola #BRAxBOL pic.twitter.com/sHeGi03rzs— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) June 15, 2019Playing without superstar Neymar after he was ruled out of the tournament with an ankle injury, 2018 World Cup quarter-finalists Brazil dominated but struggled to create any real clear-cut chances.Thiago Silva saw a header flash wide of the post and Casemiro came close with an audacious effort for Brazil, who had 77 per cent of the possession in the opening 45 minutes.The half-time whistle was met by a chorus of boos around the stadium amid a subdued atmosphere as Brazil failed to impress against Bolivia – a nation in which they had won nine and drawn two of the past 11 games on home soil, scoring 46 goals and conceding just four times.But a VAR check helped ease some of the tension and pressure with the ground after Adrian Jusino was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the penalty area.Coutinho successfully converted the spot-kick before he completed a quick-fire double after latching on to Roberto Firmino’s cross at the back post.The result was never in doubt from that point as Brazil turned the boos into cheers in the south-west of Sao Paulo, where substitute Everton scored a stunning long-range goal with six minutes remaining. What does it mean? Brazil up and running with 100th winSeeking a ninth Copa title and first since 2007, Tite’s Brazil got the job done in Friday’s curtain-raiser. It was not perfect but the Selecao managed to claim their 100th Copa victory.Coutinho takes centre stageThe Barcelona attacker struggled at Camp Nou in 2018-19, leading to speculation of a possible return to the Premier League via Chelsea or Manchester United. Coutinho, however, stepped up when Brazil needed him most with his first international brace since scoring a hat-trick against Haiti at the Copa America Centenario.Improvement needed by BrazilIf the half-time boos were any indication, Brazil did not meet expectations prior to the break. Richarlison and Roberto Firmino were virtually non-existent in the first half, while Coutinho and David Neres struggled to make an impact. The Selecao did beat Bolivia but they will be punished against better opposition if they do not improve.What’s next?Brazil will look to make it two wins from two against Venezuela on Tuesday, while Bolivia face Peru on the same day. read morelast_img read more

The Spun’s 2019 College Football Staff Picks: Week 4

first_imgGeorgia and Notre Dame players line up for a snap in 2017. They will have their rematch in College Football Week 4.SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 09: Lamont Gaillard #53 of the Georgia Bulldogs gets ready to snap the ball during a game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium on September 9, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. Georgia won 20-19. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)College Football Week 4 is here, and with it, a lot of in-conference, Power Five vs. Power Five match-ups. After a few weekends of relatively light schedules, that is very welcome.Week 3 provided some major trouble spots for our whole staff, especially with the ACC’s struggles. We all took Boston College, NC State, and Georgia Tech, which were the major upsets in that league, as well as Illinois’ loss to Eastern Michigan, Colorado to Air Force, and Michigan State to Arizona State.This week brings some huge ranked games. No. 11 Michigan travels to No. 13 Wisconsin, a real opportunity for both programs to prove themselves as true Big Ten title contenders.No. 7 Notre Dame at No. 3 Georgia is the highlight of the late games, a rematch of a dramatic Georgia win in South Bend back in 2017. The SEC also pits No. 8 Auburn at No. 17 Texas A&M.There should be plenty of fun to be had on Saturday.Through three weeks of staff picks, we have an eight-pick difference between first and last place. Here is how the standings look so far:1. Stephen Driscoll: 126-26 T-2. Dan Lyons: 124-28 T-2. Matt Hladik: 124-28 T-2. Tzvi Machlin: 124-28 5. Alek Arend: 123-29 T-6. Andrew Holleran: 122-30 T-6. Andrew McCarty: 122-30 8. Chris Rosvoglou: 121-31 9. Matt Lombardi: 118-34Week 4 kicks off with two intriguing games involving ranked teams on Friday night. No. 10 Utah looks to assert itself as the Pac-12 South favorite with a trip to USC, while No. 20 Boise State hosts Air Force, which is coming off of a big win over Colorado.On Saturday, we have some sizable splits on Michigan State at Northwestern, Kentucky at Mississippi State, and Colorado at No. 24 Arizona State.Here are our picks for College Football Week 4:The Spun Week 4 Staff PicksEvery week, we pick each game involving Power Five and other Top 25 programs. Check back to see how the contest, which often comes down to the final slate of games, shakes out.last_img read more