first_imgReal Madrid ‘We stand up for Zidane’ – Ramos defends under-fire Madrid boss Sacha Pisani 11:01 1/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Zinedine Zidane Real Madrid Getty Images Real Madrid Zinédine Zidane Sergio Ramos Leganés Real Madrid v Leganés Copa del Rey The Madrid boss is facing an uncertain future, but one of the club’s star men insisted the team are united behind the Frenchman Sergio Ramos said he is not a fan of changes as the Real Madrid captain leapt to the defence of head coach Zinedine Zidane after the club’s season went from bad to worse on Wednesday.Madrid’s campaign hit a new low midweek, sensationally upstaged by Leganes 2-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu and 2-2 on away goals in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.The result heaped further misery on Zidane, who is facing an uncertain future with Madrid 19 points adrift of runaway leaders and rivals Barcelona in La Liga. 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 “I’m not a big fan of changes,” Ramos said post-match.”We are the first ones to stand up for Zidane.”Leganes became the first team in Copa history to knock out Spanish and European champions Madrid at the Bernabeu after losing at home in the first leg .Madrid are still alive in the Champions League, preparing for a last-16 tie against French giants Paris Saint-Germain.”To fall in the Copa del Rey is a failure,” Spain international centre-back Ramos added.FT: #RealMadrid 1-2 @CDLeganes ( @Benzema 47′; Eraso 31′, Gabriel 55′) (2-2 agg, Real Madrid lose on away goals) #RMCopa pic.twitter.com/34miM6pwbn — Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) January 24, 2018 “These are tough times, but we must be as united as possible and not throw the rest of the season away.”You have to learn from bad moments. We are all responsible and we hope that this serves some use in the future. We still have the Champions League.”The task in the Champions League became even harder on Wednesday night when PSG boss Unai Emery announced that he expects to have  Kylian Mbappe back in time to take on Madrid .last_img read more

first_imgTransfers Real Sociedad signs Mexico center back Moreno from Roma Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 06:23 2/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Hector Moreno Roma Getty Transfers Real Sociedad Roma Mexico A surefire starter for El Tri, Moreno had played in just six matches since joining the Serie A side in the summer Mexico center back Hector Moreno may find playing time before the World Cup after all.After a summer move to Roma saw Moreno earn just 317 minutes in six matches across all competitions, the defender made a deadline-day move to Real Sociedad on Wednesday.The La Liga side brings in Moreno on a permanent deal until 2021, taking him nearly up to the subsequent World Cup. 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 Sociedad paid a €6 million transfer fee, according to news releases from both clubs.”Real Sociedad and AS Roma have arrived at an agreement for the transfer of Hector Moreno to the Txuri-Urdin club for a quantity of 6 million euros,” the Sociedad news release said. “La Real, at the same time, has achieved an agreement with the player until June 30, 2021. The Mexican defender will arrive to San Sebastian tomorrow.”The 30-year-old is a surefire starter for Juan Carlos Osorio’s Mexico national team and had been one of the most important players with his previous club PSV but was unable to push his way into the picture at Roma, either in his preferred center back position or at left back.Where he plays with La Real remains to be seen. The club moved to bring in Moreno just days after losing Inigo Martinez, who mostly played as a center back but also lined up at left back this season, to Atlhetic.Sociedad could use a boost, currently sitting 15th in La Liga and on a four-match losing streak in league play. The club has won just once since the start of December.Even the chance at getting more minutes will excite Moreno, and Osorio will be pleased that two of his best defenders made moves in the winter transfer window. Just days before Moreno’s move, Miguel Layun made a similar switch, going from inactivity with Porto to making the bench with Sevilla in Wednesday’s Copa del Rey match.last_img read more

first_imgUEFA Champions League ‘Bale made them look like d****!’ – Neville mocks Liverpool with his own ‘Allez’ chant Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 20:13 5/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(15) Gary Neville Jurgen Klopp Getty/Goal UEFA Champions League Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid Liverpool Manchester United The Manchester United legend took great pleasure in seeing the Reds suffer Champions League final heartache at the hands of Real Madrid Manchester United legend Gary Neville wasted little time in mocking Liverpool in the wake of their Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid , with one of the Reds’ favourite chants turned against them.As a former Red Devil, Neville was never going to be throwing his support behind former rivals when Jurgen Klopp’s side took to the field in Kiev.He had made no secret of that fact in the build-up to the game and was quick to revel in Madrid’s success after two goals from Gareth Bale and a couple of horrendous mistakes from Loris Karius handed the crown to the Spanish giants. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Neville has had to contend with plenty of banter from Liverpool supporters on social media down the years, so he snapped up the opportunity to fire some back as the Blancos toasted a 3-1 victory and a 13th European Cup triumph.The ex-England international had been called out by famous Reds fan DJ Spoony prior to the continental clash in Ukraine, with the United icon warned that gloating messages and videos could be heading in his direction.It was, however, to be Neville who had the last laugh as he offered his own unique take on Liverpool’s “Allez, Allez, Allez” song.As promised mateThey thought they’d conquered EuropeCelebrating sixThank You Gareth BaleMade them look like D@@@@The Twenty Sixth of MayAlways in our heartUnited won the TrebleThe scousers fell apartAllez Allez Allez https://t.co/R4no0NUBKf — Gary Neville (@GNev2) May 26, 2018 The original words to that tune are: “We’ve conquered all of Europe.“We’re never gonna stop.“From Paris down to Turkey.“We’ve won the f*cking lot.“Bob Paisley and Bill Shankley.“The fields of Anfield Road.“We are loyal supporters.“And we come from Liverpool.“Allez, Allez, Allez.”Neville’s version of that chant unsurprisingly drew a mixed response on social media, with United supporters delighting in his actions – particularly the highlighting of United’s 1999 Treble-winning heroics – while Liverpool followers were left less than impressed. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

first_imgWorld Cup Lemar: I’ll play anywhere for France & we’re determined to go far at World Cup Sabrina Belalmi Last updated 1 year ago 15:55 6/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Thomas Lemar France Getty Images World Cup France v Australia France Australia Thomas Lemar The new Atletico Madrid signing is not bothered about where he is deployed, insisting he just wants to help Les Bleus go far in Russia Thomas Lemar says he will play anywhere for France as Les Bleus set off on their quest for World Cup glory.Didier Deschamps’ men face Australia on Saturday, in the match that will kick off their tournament.Lemar has been in the news recently, as it was confirmed Atletico Madrid had agreed a deal with Monaco worth around £52 million (€60m/$69m) to sign him, but his focus is solely on the tournament for now. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Indeed, the 22-year-old was included in Deschamps’ squad over Manchester United winger Anthony Martial, after scoring three goals and providing 10 assists last season.While primarily a left winger, Lemar admits he is willing to play anywhere for his country as they attempt to better their second-placed finish at the 2016 European Championship.Asked by Goal about where he would want to play, either through the middle or on the flank, he replied: “Frankly, it doesn’t matter.”Whether that’s on the left or in the centre, I’ll adapt according to the system and the game plan of the coach.”I grew up playing in the middle but then, as I said, at professional level you have to adapt.”Lemar is confident of France’s chances in the tournament and hopes Les Bleus can go as far as possible in the tournament.”[Who would we want to] Avoid? I don’t know. If we pass the group stages, all teams will be complicated and hard to beat. We will try to go as far as possible.”If Lemar possessed a magic wand that could eliminate one team from the competition, the 22-year-old would pick Brazil, one of the other favourites to lift the World Cup trophy.”They are strong collectively and individually, they’re a very beautiful team,” he added.France were beaten in the final of Euro 2016 by Portugal, but Lemar is sure they can handle the pressure of being one of the favourites in Russia.”You can’t feel pressure. We know our qualities,” he said. “As I said, it’s up to us to balance things out and focus to go as far as possible.”last_img read more

first_imgIn the 18’s Boys competition, QSST started off Day 2 strongly, with a comprehensive 18-1 win over 5th seed ACT, with 15th seed Northern Territory winning in similar style against North Queensland Tropical Cyclones. NSWCHS were on the receiving end of an upset in their match against the 10th seeded Suns, losing 11-1. They made up for their heavy loss later in the day by defeating the 3rd seeded Cobras, 10-3. NSWCCC, seeded 6th, easily overcame last year’s winner Sydney Mets by 3 touchdowns, the end score being 6-3. Mets bounced back in their final game of the day, beating the Eagles 7-4. 16th seed North Queensland were a surprise package in their match against the higher ranked Sharks, winning 15-5. Local hopes the Northern Eagles played out a 3-3 draw against South Queensland in their opening game of the day in the 18’s Girls division. Despite being seeded 14th, the Eagles then pushed NSWCCC all the way, going down by 1 touchdown. NSWCHS easily disposed of Scorpions 11-1. Mets and the Sunshine Coast fought out a 1-1 draw in their first game of Day 2. The Sharks were too good for the Suns in their encounter, winning 6-2. Northern Territory caused an upset against the Scorpions, winning 7-6. In a clash of the NSW High Schools, NSWCHS were too strong for their NSWCIS counterparts, winning 10-1 in their final match of the day. The Sharks also had a win in their final match of the day, beating Central Queensland 8-1.  The Hornets challenged the Cobras, ending in a 3-3 draw. NSWCCC beat Western Tigers 10-4 in the final match of the day.After a winless day yesterday, the Northern Eagles 20’s Boys team lost their first game of the day against Victoria by one try. They also couldn’t manage a win in their 2nd game, losing to the Cyclones 9-3. In a high scoring affair, the 2nd ranked Suns were beaten by the 3rd ranked Sharks, 11-10. ACT pushed the Mets all the way in their encounter, losing by one try, despite being seeded 4 places lower. The Hornets were too good for Victoria in their 3pm clash, winning 12-6. The 8th ranked Scorpions pushed the 4th placed Cobras in their final match of the day, losing by 2 touchdowns. In the 20’s girls, 2nd seed Cobras defeated the 6th seed Mets 7-5 in a close game. SQBD and the Rebels also played a tight match, with the Sharks winning 5-3.The Sharks weren’t so lucky in their second game of the day however, going down to the Cobras by 3 tries. Sunshine Coast and Sydney Rebels were also hard to separate, with the Rebels eventually taking the match 6-4. Top ranked Southern Suns proved they were competition heavyweights, too strong for the 4th placed Northern Eagles in their final match of the day, winning 9-0. Western Tigers were also victorious in their last match of the day, beating the Cyclones 4-1. In the final match of the day, the Hornets beat Victoria 13-1.For Day 2 footage, go to:http://www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=865last_img read more

first_imgThe Local Sporting Champions program is an Australian Government initiative designed to provide financial assistance for young people aged 12-18 towards the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing, coaching or officiating at an official National Sporting Organisation (NSO) endorsed state or national sporting championships or a School Sport Australia national championships.The Local Sporting Champions program is designed to support young people participating in state and national level sporting competitions as either an athlete, coach, umpire or referee.To be eligible for a Local Sporting Champions grant, young people must meet the following criteria:be between 12 and 18 years of age at the time of the nominated sporting championship;be participating as an athlete, coach, umpire or referee in an official state or national level sporting championships, endorsed by the relevant Australian Sports Commission recognised National Sporting Organisation (NSO) or national school sport championships endorsed by School Sport Australia;be required to travel greater than 250km (including return trip) to participate in the nominated championship;be an Australian citizen;not be the recipient of another Local Sporting Champions grant, whether as an individual or a member of a team, during the current financial year;not have received funding from other government sources for the nominated championship;not be participating in a professional competition that involves prize money;have submitted a completed application form prior to the championship commencing.Grants of $500 will be available for successful individual applicants, and $3000 for successful team applications. For more information or to apply for a Local Sporting Champions grant, please click on the following link: http://www.ausport.gov.au/participating/schools_and_juniors/juniors/get_involved/local_sporting_championslast_img read more

first_imgPSG hire Zahavi to go for Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueyeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSuper agent Pini Zahavi is getting involved in PSG’s pursuit of Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye.PSG management are in the market for a new midfield signing next month – and Gueye fits the bill.Paris United says the French giants are employing Zahavi to act as the middle man in negotiations.Everton boss Marco Silva is reluctant to lose Gueye and the club is under no pressure to sell.However, there is hope Zahavi can work his magic and convince Everton to part with the midfielder in January. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

first_imgWolves face stiff competition to land Pepeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves face stiff competition to land former Real Madrid defender Pepe.The Portugal defender is a free agent after being released from his contract at Besiktas last month.AS says Wolves are keen to bring Pepe to England, but they’re not alone.Monaco and Olympique Lyon from France, Al Gharafa Sports Club from Qatar and Al Ittihad from Saudi Arabia are also in contact with Pepe’s agent, Jorge Mendes.For his part, Pepe favours continuing his career in Europe. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Cardiff boss Warnock upbeat despite FA Cup shockby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City are out of the FA Cup after a dismal defeat to Gillingham.Elliott List smashed home a late winner as League One strugglers Gillingham produced an FA Cup third round shock by dumping out Cardiff with a 1-0 win.Cardiff boss Neil Warnock said, “I know we made a lot of changes, but I thought we played well. I’ve got no complaints about the attitude.”You need a bit of luck in the cup and we had so many chances, but it looked like nobody wanted to score. I’ve never seen so many chances.”The rub of the green hasn’t gone with us today, but good luck to them (Gillingham) I hope they get a good draw.”The FA Cup is all about taking your opportunites. I’m hoping we saw them for the league games.” last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say INSIDER: Real Madrid players plea with board to buy Lewandowskiby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid senior players have approached president Florentino Perez about making a big name centre-forward signing this month.Currently sitting outside the top four, Real are struggling for goals this season.And Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda has revealed the senior leadership group have urged Florentino to buy a new striker.”The squad says they have to sign a 9. (Karim) Benzema has a problem, neither feels nor suffers. He is flat. That’s why the hard core of the locker room has asked for a striker who scores many goals,” Inda told El Chiringuito. “The most veteran players have suggested to the board the signing of (Robert) Lewandowski.”Asked about the Bayern Munich striker’s age, Inda added: “In his day, Real Madrid signed (Ruud) Van Nistelrooy at 31 years of age and he gave an exceptional performance.” last_img read more

first_imgMan Utd legend Keane: Solskjaer will be disgustedby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Roy Keane says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have been “disgusted” by his players in defeat at West Ham.Keane, who played alongside Solskjaer at Manchester United, reckons he would have been livid.”Listen, I’ve known Ole a long time, one of the nicest lads you’ll ever meet, and I can tell just by his eyes he’s fuming,” said Keane on Sky Sports.”I think he’s disgusted. Like any manager he’s going to come out and try and defend his team, but he talks about characters and leaders: the proof is in the pudding.”Managers can back their players all they want, but it’s what they do on the pitch when the referee blows that whistle and we didn’t see that today.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Tottenham boss Pochettino: We must be men to get through thisby Ansser Sadiq23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino wants his side to bounce back from one of their toughest moments.Spurs suffered an embarrassing 7-2 defeat in the Champions League group stages against Bayern Munich at home.Last season’s finalists were dealt a harsh lesson by the clinical German champions. And Pochettino says they must recover like men.When asked if it was one of his toughest challenges to bounce back from such a result, he told reporters: “But I told you many weeks, months ago that it was going to be a tough season. “For me after the Champions League final it was a chapter closed and now the club is in a period that it needs to open another chapter and design a project for the medium and long term. It’s like I always told you, not because of this defeat is going to change my opinion.”This type of situation happens and you need to show your quality like a man first, before facing it like a professional, because this type of situation is when you need to put your quality and how you are strong like a person to face this type of situation then afterwards comes the professional side. “But now we need to be men and face this problem and stand all together and bounce back and change those feelings.” last_img read more

first_imgTagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher enjoying Charlton loanby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher is enjoying his loan with Charlton Athletic.Gallagher has been an ever-present in Charlton Athletic’s midfield this season in the Championship.He told chelseafc.com: “It’s obviously a big step up but having a good season last year really helped me be ready to join a team in the Championship, both physically and with my confidence. I felt I was ready for the season and have got off to a good start so hopefully I can carry that on.”At Chelsea, we’re used to having the ball most of the game but at Charlton it’s not like that as much. There is a lot more work off the ball so it’s tougher during games. In the majority of matches, the opposition has more of the ball than us so a lot of my work is off the ball. “When I get on it I have to make sure I look after it and do something with it. The Charlton team have players that are really good at that which is why we’ve done so well in the first 11 games.” last_img read more

first_imgWatford lose pair for clash with Tottenhamby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford have lost Etienne Capoue and Sebastian Prodl for Saturday’s clash with Tottenham Hotspur.The pair join Troy Deeney and Isaac Success in the treatment room.”We have Etienne Capoue, Troy Deeney, Prodl and Success, all of them they are out,” said the head coach.”We have no idea [how long Capoue will be out for], but it’s not too much I think.”We’ll try to get a good solution for the problems, this is our only choice. Once we know that they can’t play, we need to take other solutions, I have other players who can play.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

first_imgAn Arkansas player leaves the sideline.Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema is a pretty constant source of controversy, and Saturday’s game against Alabama was no exception. During a scuffle between Tide lineman Cam Robinson and Arkansas defensive end Hjalte Froholdt, Bielema stepped onto the field, and appeared to act as if he had been pushed by Robinson, who was then penalized. Bielema’s little dance after the play supported that notion. SEC commissioner Greg Sankey released a statement about the play. He says that the flag did not have to do with Bielema’s involvement, and it does not sounds like there will be any further action taken.Statement from SEC commissioner Greg Sankey on Bret Bielema/Alabama play. pic.twitter.com/F3HRbBR87P— Jon Solomon (@JonSolomonCBS) October 13, 2015Arkansas has a bye this weekend. The Razorbacks host Auburn on October 24.last_img read more

first_imgEden Hazard has implored supporters to behave when London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham meet in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final on Tuesday.Chelsea fans have come under increased scrutiny this season following a number of high-profile incidents, including alleged racist abuse of Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling last month.That was followed by a situation at a Europa League match in Hungary, when a section of Chelsea supporters were accused of anti-Jewish chants, reportedly focusing on Spurs. 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 two clubs face each other at Wembley on Tuesday and there is expected to be a heightened security presence, with officers reported to be specifically listening out for “hate crime”.Hazard took a lead in urging travelling Chelsea fans to act with respect.Spurs up next… #MondayMotivation pic.twitter.com/lsiwzCeg4l— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 7, 2019″Just watch the game and enjoy the game. For sure after the game one team will win and one team will lose. Try to be fair,” the Belgium international said.”I like all fans, Spurs also have good away fans. I think it is a good game to play and I hope both fans will enjoy the game.”Of course [I hope all fans show respect]. These kind of fans [who join in abusive chants] are not fans of football, for me.”When we are players, we are examples. The fans are also examples. I want Chelsea fans to be the best in the world. I don’t want to see a bad image of the Chelsea fans, of course. In football in general, not just Chelsea fans, in Italy we saw a lot of things.”I want these things to disappear. It’s hard because football is a big world, but if we are all together step-by-step, players, managers, journalists, then we can do something. I want people to remember the game.”last_img read more

first_imgJose Mourinho believes today’s coaches need to have a club structure that will ease their burden in dealing with this current generation of players, who are different than their predecessors. The Portuguese manager was sacked after two and a half seasons at Manchester United with the club floundering in their top-four challenge.Mourinho’s tenure at Old Trafford saw him engage in public clashes with his charges, with the most notable involving Paul Pogba. 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 manager resorted to dropping Pogba in the final weeks of his time at the club – the midfielder did not feature at all in the 3-1 loss to Liverpool, which was Mourinho’s final game.And speaking as an analyst on beIN Sports , Mourinho explained that the game has changed where it can no longer just fall on a singular manager figure to handle all discipline with the club’s players.“Nowadays, a coach needs a structure and the support of clubs to manage his staff,” Mourinho said. “It is increasingly difficult to have direct relationships with players.“Each club must have a representative who communicates with the players, like that it will be more organised. The coach should just train, not the one who preserves the discipline.”The Red Devils are reportedly keen to bring in a sporting director or director of football in the aftermath of Mourinho’s sacking.And the Portuguese believes that a clear hierarchy at the club is required in order to handle a more modern generation of players who hold a greater sway than the previous.“The club without the structure, which creates a situation where the player is not anymore in a situation of a direct relation with the manager, but instead a relation with the structure,” Mourinho added.“A club must have an owner or president, a CEO or director executive, a sports director or football director, and then the manager. And this is a structure that can cope with all the modernity that football brings us.“For me the club must be very well organised to cope with these type of situations. Where the manager is only the manager and not the man that is trying keep the discipline and trying to get the players.”Mourinho spoke on the notion of player power growing, and thinks that the days of Sir Alex Ferguson’s mantra of “club before the player” has gone by the wayside.“Ferguson said after Beckham’s departure that the day when a player becomes more important than the club, he must be sold,” Mourinho said. “Today, that no longer exists. There is no longer this balance.”I repeat it needs a structure to protect the coach, because it’s not for the coach to preserve the order and the discipline.”Anthony Martial Paul Pogba Manchester United 2018-19However, the manager also made certain to point out that his development does not make the current crop of players better or worse than the older generation.He believes it is just different – and does not think it extends to just footballers, but everyone in the younger generation.“Everything I was saying – it was not like ‘your generation was perfect and the new generation is not perfect,’” Mourinho added. “It’s just the way it is.“When I was a kid, if my father told me to go buy a newspaper, I go immediately and the only thing I ask him is if I can keep the change.“If today, I tell my son to go and buy the newspaper, he tells me, ‘why?’”“It’s a generational change and I don’t think it’s fair to say one was good and that those professionals were all top and the next generation are all bad boys with a difficult situation to manage. It is not true at all.“You have to share the leadership. It can no longer be unidirectional. You need the structure.“And when I was speaking before, I was not speaking about my experience with Manchester United, at all. I’m speaking in general.”However, despite the negative moments that have been the focus around Mourinho this season, the manager noted that he still has a good relationship with many of his former player – though he thinks that is less popular to cover.“Today, Wesley Sneijder came here (at Doha) to greet me,” Mourinho said. “But this is not the kind of news we love!”“We only like bad news and polemics. This is what we put forward above all else. We don’t emphasize the good relations between players and coaches.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgJack O’Connell is preparing for life in the Premier League with Sheffield United, but admits that he would find a move to Liverpool “hard to turn down”.There has been no suggestion that the Reds are looking at the 25-year-old defender, but he is clinging to a transfer dream.As a Merseyside native, O’Connell is a lifelong Liverpool supporter. 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? He has forged a successful career away from his roots, with top-tier football delivered during a productive spell at Bramall Lane, but O’Connell has made no secret of where his allegiances lie.A man who has been with the Blades since 2016 told Sky Sports as he counts down to the days to the 2019-20 campaign: “All my family are Liverpool fans so we couldn’t wait to find out when we played Liverpool and to face them on New Year’s Day will be a special moment for me and my family.“I’m a massive Liverpool fan and went to the Champions League final in Madrid – but couldn’t really enjoy the game because I ended up analysing them as opposition next season.“I’m guessing staying up is the main priority [for Sheffield United] but seeing Jordan Henderson lift the trophy gave me goosebumps, and I’d love it to be me one day.“Obviously I am happy at Sheffield United. I’ve just signed a new contract and I’ve never thought about leaving, but my dream as a kid was to play for Liverpool and if they ever come knocking, although unlikely, it would be hard to turn them down.”As well as harbouring domestic ambitions, O’Connell would also like to push himself into international contention with England at some stage.He has represented his country at U-19 level in the past, while girlfriend Alex Greenwood is currently chasing down glory at the Women’s World Cup in France.“I see a lot of fans talk about me playing for England but for me I’m just looking forward to testing myself at the highest level and proving myself against the top players,” added O’Connell.Sheffield United, who are back in the Premier League after a 12-year absence, are set to open the new season with a trip to Bournemouth on August 10. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

first_imgMorocco snatched a late 1-0 Africa Cup of Nations win after substitute Itamunua Keimuine undid Namibia’s stout defensive efforts with a calamitous 89th-minute own goal.Head coach Herve Renard is chasing a third triumph in the continental showpiece, having prevailed with the Ivory Coast in 2015 – three years after guiding an unfancied Zambia to glory.But a Morocco side boasting plenty of technical ability and attacking talent struggled to break down a Namibia outfit ranked 113th in the world. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Dire Dawa City striker Keimuine was sent on to chase a famous win for his side but, having fouled Sofiane Boufal on the right flank, he inexplicably powered a header from the same player’s free-kick into the turf and in.Earlier in the contest, Namibia goalkeeper Lloyd Kazapua gathered a low drive from Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech at the second attempt as Morocco failed to turn control of possession into regular clear chances before half-time.Nordin Amrabat skipped away from Riaan Hanamub down the Namibia left early the second period, with Ryan Nyambe making a vital clearance as Youssef En-Nesyri sought to convert.The score is still – in the 70th minuteAre we gonna see someone celebrate? #TotalAFCON2019 #MARNAM pic.twitter.com/AU9FF2sP6s— CAF (@CAF_Online) June 23, 2019Boufal came on for central midfielder Mehdi Bourabia as Renard looked to force the issue.Kazapua readjusted well to save with his boot from Ziyech – the playmaker’s shot at the end of a 72nd-minute run having taken what looked like being a decisive deflection.Boufal curled wide 12 minutes from time but Kazapua, having come through an apparent bout of cramp, was left with no chance when Keimuine erred horribly.last_img read more

first_imgManchester United have been handed a clash with local rivals Manchester City in their first ever Women’s Super League fixture.Casey Stoney’s side won the Women’s Championship at the first time of asking last term, finishing nine points clear of second-placed Tottenham to earn a place in the top tier.United has already made great strides forward despite only being formed a year ago and they are now set to experience a first Manchester Derby on September 8. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare City finished second in the Super League back in May, with seven points separating them and eventual champions Arsenal.Nick Cushing’s side only lost one game all year, but five draws ultimately saw them miss out on silverware.United, meanwhile, won 18 of their 20 fixtures in the Championship, under the tutelage of former England international Stoney.They will be expected to compete at the top end of the Super League table after an impressive debut campaign, but Arsenal will start as favourites to retain their crown.The Gunners will open their 2019-20 season at home to West Ham, while arch-rivals Spurs travel to Chelsea after joining United in promotion from the Championship.Other notable opening weekend fixtures include Birmingham City’s clash with Everton, Reading’s trip to Liverpool and Brighton versus Bristol City.The women’s game has been thrust into the limelight this summer at the 2019 World Cup in France, which has seen England reach the semi-finals.United duo Alex Greenwood and Abbie McManus have played starring roles alongside City’s Jill Scott, Ellen White and Steph Houghton, but they will be pitted against each other later in the year.Should England beat the USA on Tuesday, they will earn a place in the final against either the Netherlands or Sweden on July 7.The players will then have limited time off before returning home and beginning preparations for next season, which promises to be the biggest yet for women’s football at club level.last_img read more