Marko Mitrovic insists no regrets over time with Chelseaby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMarko Mitrovic has no regrets over his time with Chelsea.The Swedish striker joined the Blues as a 16 year-old from Malmo and spent five years with the giants before moving onto Brescia.He recalled to Fotbollskanalen: “It was a wonderful period. I scored a lot of goals during my years there and won the FA Youth Cup with the team. It was real elite football, the training sessions were top-notch. “Every session with players like Drogba, Terry and Lampard taught me a lot.”I had a good relationship with coach Carlo Ancelotti, won the reserve league and the FA Youth Cup, and thought I would reach the A team.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Atletico Madrid boss Simeone supports VAR after Real Valladolid stalemateby Carlos Volcano19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone says he supports VAR after their 0-0 draw with Real Valladolid.The Argentine claimed that some teams used to never have penalties called against them at home and that VAR has made things fairer.”Thomas wanted to touch it and the player put a leg in front, but the truth is I didn’t really see it,” he said after the draw of the Sandro penalty incident.”I have no doubt that VAR is a help.”Obviously there are times when it favours you or when it doesn’t, but there used to be stadiums where you wouldn’t get a penalty.”Now, with VAR, we have the possibility to understand all instances that were penalties.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Le Tissier insists Southampton can win trophy this seasonby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton legend Matt Le Tissier insists they can win a trophy this season. To progress in the Carabao Cup, they will have to overcome current holders Manchester City in the next round.But with the FA Cup also up for grabs Le Tissier believes Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side should be targeting a trophy, as well as improvement in the Premier League.“I think we’re realistic enough to know that we’re not going to win the Premier League,” he told the Daily Echo.“But we got to the final of the League Cup a couple of seasons ago and just lost out narrowly to Manchester United.“So there’s no reason why we can’t win a trophy this season.”
Twitter/@CanesFootballTo say that Miami is off to a fast start in recruiting is a massive understatement. The U already has 20 commits for its 2016 class, six for the class of 2017, and three for 2018. Perhaps most impressively, all 29 players from from Florida, with most of them coming from the Miami area. Al Golden and his staff will apparently barnstorm the state over the next three weeks in recruiting, and put together a very impressive map of the 29 current commits.Tomorrow. Day 1 of 3 straight weeks in the F-L-A!!! #Swag16, #Squad17 & #Storm18, we are coming for !!! pic.twitter.com/8Nqv9DrnFV— Hurricanes Football (@CanesFootball) May 4, 2015Miami currently has the No. 2 ranked classes in each of the next three years. Al Golden is probably coaching for his job this fault, but coming out of the gates like this on the recruiting trail won’t hurt his status either.
Mohamed Salah put last season’s final heartbreak behind him by setting up a 2-0 win over Tottenham in Madrid and a sixth Champions League triumph for Liverpool.Egypt star Salah was infamously injured in a challenge with Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos before the Reds subsided to a 3-1 defeat in Kiev 12 months ago but grabbed the opener in a largely forgettable contest at the Wanda Metropolitano.The Premier League Golden Boot winner dispatched a second-minute penalty after Moussa Sissoko was penalised for handball. 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? Liverpool and their Premier League counterparts played in fits and starts thereafter, with Spurs enjoying their most consistent spell of pressure before substitute Divock Origi added to his semi-final brace against Barcelona by drilling clinically into the bottom-right corner three minutes from time.01:48 – Mohamed Salah’s opener for Liverpool is the second fastest goal in a Champions League final, only behind Paolo Maldni (00:50) for AC Milan versus Liverpool in 2005. Blocks. #UCLfinal pic.twitter.com/xymH4g79DG— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 1, 2019After a moment’s appreciation was observed for the late Jose Antonio Reyes the game began in dramatic fashion.Sissoko errantly brought his arm away from his body and, under the current interpretations of the handball rule, was always likely to be punished once struck by Sadio Mane’s chipped cross.Salah emphatically drilled the spot kick past Hugo Lloris.Trent Alexander-Arnold sent a low drive whistling wide in the 18th minute and the Liverpool defender made a vital intervention as Son Heung-min threatened to go through on goal shortly afterwards.Lloris tipped over from the Reds’ other full-back, Andy Robertson, as a scrappy first-half yielded no further goals.Alexander-Arnold intervened to thwart Son once more after the break, with Klopp’s decision to send on Origi and James Milner suggesting a focus upon containment.But Milner almost gave the Reds breathing space when he drove narrowly wide from 18 yards in the 69th minute.Spurs’ semi-final hero Lucas Moura scuffed a shot too close to fellow Brazilian Alisson, who did well to repel Christian Eriksen’s rasping free-kick.It fell to Origi to make sure for Liverpool and he made no mistake with a sweetly struck left-footed effort after Tottenham failed to clear a corner and Joel Matip nudged the ball into his path. #SixTimes pic.twitter.com/jVvGdhvZXZ— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 1, 2019What does it mean? Liverpool cap historic season by ending Klopp’s final woesAfter six consecutive losses in major finals, Jurgen Klopp has his hands on silverware once more. Although this was not the contest to set pulses racing that many expected, few will begrudge the affable German and his fabulous team this success after a 97-point haul was not enough for Premier League glory.The scale of Mauricio Pochettino’s achievement in getting Tottenham to this showpiece should be similarly appreciated, although attention will now turn towards his future after some mixed messages from the Argentine in that regard.Record-breaking Alexander-Arnold displays poise of a veteranThe 20-year-old England right-back became the youngest player to start consecutive Champions League finals. Although there was nothing as eye-catching as the quick-thinking corner that helped to down Barcelona, Alexander-Arnold snuffed out two of Tottenham’s most dangerous moments with exemplary defending and was a persistent threat when he raided forward.Ailing Alli falls short as Spurs’ frontline fail to fireTottenham steadied themselves impressively after a nightmare start but their much-vaunted attacking quartet failed to build upon that foundation. Son’s touch was frequently loose and a lack of ammunition from Eriksen meant questions over Harry Kane’s match sharpness never received a clear answer either way. Dele Alli, so impressive in the quarter-final and semi-final triumphs was the worst of an underwhelming bunch – a tame 73rd-minute chip into Alisson’s palms and subsequently misjudged header from Kieran Trippier’s cross encapsulating his performance.Key Opta Facts:- Liverpool have won their sixth Champions League/European Cup trophy – twice as many as any other English team has won (Man Utd, three).- Jurgen Klopp is the fourth Liverpool manager to win the Champions League/European Cup, after Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan and Rafael Benitez.- Klopp is the fifth German boss to win the Champions League/European Cup, after Dettmar Cramer, Jupp Heynckes, Ottmar Hitzfeld and Udo Lattek but he is only the second German to win the trophy with a non-German side (also Heynckes, with Real Madrid).- Mauricio Pochettino has lost both of his major finals as Tottenham boss, also losing the EFL Cup final versus Chelsea in 2015. – Tottenham appeared in their first ever European Cup/Champions League final, becoming the eighth different English side to do so. Indeed, the last six first-time finalists have ended up on the losing side (Spurs 2019, Chelsea 2008, Arsenal 2006, Monaco 2004, Bayer Leverkusen 2002 and Valencia 2000).- Mohamed Salah’s opener for Liverpool was the second fastest goal in a Champions League final, only behind Paolo Maldini (00:50) for AC Milan versus Liverpool in 2005.What’s nextA well-earned rest will have to wait for the 10 Liverpool and Spurs players who have Nations League Finals commitments in Portugal next week. Jurgen Klopp’s men will contend the Community Shield against treble-winners Manchester City at Wembley in August. read more
Wolves had an incredible first full season back in the Premier League following their promotion from the Championship, securing a seventh-placed finish and beating the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal along the wayNuno Espirito Santo will be expected to push on this upcoming season having secured Raul Jimenez’s £30 million signing from Benfica on a permanent basis. He also secured Europa League football for the club, marking the first time that Wolves will participate in European competition since 1981.They kick off their league campaign with a trip to Leicester City before hosting Manchester United in their first home match at Molineux a week later. 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? Their final home game of the campaign sees them host Crystal Palace on the penultimate weekend before visiting Chelsea on the closing day.Wolves’ full 2019-20 Premier League fixture list can be found below.Wolves Premier League 2019-20 fixtures Date Time Match 10/08/2019 15:00 Leicester City v Wolverhampton 17/08/2019 15:00 Wolverhampton v Manchester United 24/08/2019 15:00 Wolverhampton v Burnley 31/08/2019 15:00 Everton v Wolverhampton 14/09/2019 15:00 Wolverhampton v Chelsea 21/09/2019 15:00 Crystal Palace v Wolverhampton 28/09/2019 15:00 Wolverhampton v Watford 05/10/2019 15:00 Manchester City v Wolverhampton 19/10/2019 15:00 Wolverhampton v Southampton 26/10/2019 15:00 Newcastle United v Wolverhampton 02/11/2019 15:00 Arsenal v Wolverhampton 09/11/2019 15:00 Wolverhampton v Aston Villa 23/11/2019 15:00 A.F.C. Bournemouth v Wolverhampton 30/11/2019 15:00 Wolverhampton v Sheffield United 03/12/2019 19:45 Wolverhampton v West Ham United 07/12/2019 15:00 Brighton v Wolverhampton 14/12/2019 15:00 Wolverhampton v Tottenham Hotspur 21/12/2019 15:00 Norwich City v Wolverhampton 26/12/2019 15:00 Wolverhampton v Manchester City 28/12/2019 15:00 Liverpool v Wolverhampton 01/01/2020 15:00 Watford v Wolverhampton 11/01/2020 15:00 Wolverhampton v Newcastle United 18/01/2020 15:00 Southampton v Wolverhampton 21/01/2020 19:45 Wolverhampton v Liverpool 01/02/2020 15:00 Manchester United v Wolverhampton 08/02/2020 15:00 Wolverhampton v Leicester City 22/02/2020 15:00 Wolverhampton v Norwich City 29/02/2020 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur v Wolverhampton 07/03/2020 15:00 Wolverhampton v Brighton 14/03/2020 15:00 West Ham United v Wolverhampton 21/03/2020 15:00 Wolverhampton v A.F.C. Bournemouth 04/04/2020 15:00 Aston Villa v Wolverhampton 11/04/2020 15:00 Wolverhampton v Arsenal 18/04/2020 15:00 Sheffield United v Wolverhampton 25/04/2020 15:00 Wolverhampton v Everton 02/05/2020 15:00 Burnley v Wolverhampton 09/05/2020 15:00 Wolverhampton v Crystal Palace 17/05/2020 15:00 Chelsea v Wolverhampton Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Gareth Bale has been included in Real Madrid’s squad for their friendly against Roma on Sunday, despite uncertainty over the forward’s future at the Santiago Bernabeu.The Wales international was on the verge of leaving the club this summer in a lucrative £1 million-a-week switch to Jiangsu Suning, but the move broke down and it remains unclear where he will play this season.Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has made no secret of his desire to see the 30-year-old move on and his pronouncements on the matter drew stinging criticism from the player’s agent. 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? With a bitter stand-off ensuing, Bale was subsequently omitted from a number of Real Madrid squads this pre-season.He has featured in just two of Los Blancos’ six warm-up friendly matches thus far – against Arsenal and Atletico Madrid in July.However, his inclusion in Zidane’s 20-man squad for the club’s final pre-season fixture ahead of their La Liga opener could potentially signal a change of circumstances, with a stay in the Spanish capital still a possibility.Bale joins Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Karim Benzema among the forwards for the Roma game, and faces plenty of competition for a place in the team.📝 Our 20-man squad for tonight’s match against @ASRomaEN ! #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/MM1rAA2SGA — Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) August 11, 2019 Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Casemiro and Isco have been included in a strong squad, as have Marcelo and Raphael Varane.Keylor Navas and Thibaut Courtois, meanwhile, will continue to fight it out for the number one jersey.James Rodriguez, who has been linked with Napoli and Atletico Madrid is out, however, as is forward Mariano Diaz after losing his number seven shirt to Hazard.Club captain Sergio Ramos, meanwile, is also absent, while goalkeeper Andriy Lunin remains in Madrid.Real Madrid take on Roma at Stadio Olimpico in their last pre-season friendly, with kick-off scheduled for 7pm BST (2pm ET).They will then turn their attentions towards Celta Vigo, who host them on August 17 in their opening La Liga match of the 2019-20 campaign.Real Madrid squad for Roma friendlyGoalkeepers: Navas, Courtois, FuidiasDefenders: Carvajal, Militao, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, OdriozolaMidfielders: Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Valverde, IscoForwards: Hazard, Benzema, Bale, Vazquez, Jovic, Vinicius Jr.
LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 07: A cheerleader for the Wisconsin Badgers celebrates a score against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)It might be tough for the college football bowl games to match the craziness of yesterday. But four of the Power 5 conferences will be represented in three bowl games today.The marquee matchup will surely be the Pinstripe Bowl, which pits two of the most prominent programs – Wisconsin and Miami – against each other for just the sixth time ever.Later on, Vanderbilt will be the SEC’s first representative this bowl season with a game against the Big 12’s Baylor in the Texas Bowl.Here is the three-game schedule coming up Thursday afternoon and night:Walk-On’s Independence Bowl: Temple vs. Duke at 1:30 PM ET on ESPNNew Era Pinstripe Bowl: Wisconsin vs. Miami (FL) at 5:15 PM ET on ESPNAcademy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl: Baylor vs. Vanderbilt at 9:00 PM ET on ESPNAll three games promise to be enticing matches from programs hoping to send their seniors out with a bang and take things up a notch next year.And we haven’t even gotten to the College Football Playoff yet…Stay tuned.
CLEVELAND, OH – DECEMBER 13: Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns warms up prior to the game against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 13, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)Earlier this week, the CFL announced Johnny Manziel had been kicked out of the league. According to a release from the league, Manziel “contravened the agreement which made him eligible to play in the league.”The CFL went on to inform its teams that the league will not register a future contract for the former college football star. With his apparent banishment from the CFL, Manziel will have to look at other options if he wants to continue his football career.The Alliance of American Football and XFL are two avenues he could explore. According to a report from USA Today, AAF chairman Tom Dundon said the league reached out to Manziel’s camp.Dundon said the league offered Manziel an opportunity to work out for teams. According to Dundon, the San Antonio Commanders own Manziel’s rights due to the league’s college allocation system. However, all eight teams would be invited to a potential workout for the former Texas A&M star.“Right now, it’s a decision of the GMs, and they can decide what they want to do,” Dundon told USA TODAY Sports.“If talent-wise this is close, the negative of him is that there is drama with him and you are trying to win games and build a team. The positive is that he brings in fans and attention.”Manziel played in eight games for the Montreal Alouettes, completing over 64-percent of his passes for the team. He racked up nearly 1,300 yards through the air, but had a subpar touchdown-to-interception ratio of 5-to-7.Now we’ll have to wait and see if he chooses to play football.
COLLEGE STATION, TX – NOVEMBER 24: Patrick Lewis #61 of the Texas A&M Aggies prepares to snap the ball against the Texas Longhorns in the second half of a game at Kyle Field on November 24, 2011 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)Since the Texas-Texas A&M series stopped being played in 2011 with the Aggies’ move to the SEC, people across the state have been pining to see them play again. That desire has even extended to statewide politicians, who have tried to mandate the series into law.According to The Texas Tribune via CBS 19, a bill that made it out of the Texas House Higher Education Committee gained no ground in the full House. Per the report, state representative Lyle Larson declined to ask for a hearing on the bill – effectively killing it.But Larson explained that the “true intention” of the bill wasn’t to mandate a law, but rather to get the schools to engage in talks over resuming the series. Larson added that he has been in contact with administrators of both Texas and Texas A&M, and declared that conversations between the two are “very active.”“The conversations that are happening are very active,” said Larson, who noted he’s been in contact with administrators at both UT and A&M.From 1915 to 2011, the two sides faced each other regularly. Since their first meeting in 1894, Texas and Texas A&M have faced off 118 times.A bill to reinstate a Texas A&M and UT football game never gained ground this #txlege.https://t.co/0SoQCutWNl— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) May 7, 2019The Longhorns own the all-time series lead with a 76-37-5 record against the Aggies.If Larson is correct and the two schools are speaking to each other consistently, then we may eventually have a surprise series renewal at some point in the future.The two schools have plenty of open dates for non-conference opponents in 2022 and beyond.Never say never…[The Texas Tribune]