TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Xavi: Ajax pair De Jong and De Ligt have Barcelona DNAby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona legend Xavi is convinced by the quality of Ajax pair Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt.Xavi admits he can see both players succeeding at Barca.He stated: “I like them very much, they’d be very good for Barça. “They do not lose the ball, they play well, they already have the Barça DNA by coming from Ajax, which was always a good school for us. “And they are young.”
TagsSerie A NewsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Cardiff boss Neil Warnock furious with ‘ridiculous’ loan limitationsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock has launched a furious attack on the Premier League’s loan rules.Top-flight sides are not allowed to have more than two players on loan from Premier League or EFL clubs.And Warnock raged: It’s just such a ridiculous rule. “I agree that you can’t have more than one from a club but what’s to stop having three loan players in the squad and giving them the opportunity to play the Premier League.“In clubs like ourselves which haven’t got a lot of money, it’s an opportunity to give them.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sheringham: Solskjaer wants Man Utd job fulltimeby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTeddy Sheringham says former Manchester United teammate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants the permanent job.The pair spent some time together on Sunday for United’s win at Tottenham.Sheringham told TalkSPORT: “Ole is definitely asking the question, isn’t he? He obviously wants the job.“He’s loving every minute but you can tell he’s not being overawed by anything, he’s getting results and he’s getting the team flowing in full.“He’s really brought a breath of fresh air back to Manchester United recently and long may it continue.”“He’s getting the results, he’s in the hotseat at the moment, he’s got the chance. Who knows what’s going on above him, he can’t do anything about that.“All he needs to do is keep getting results and it speaks for itself, the players are obviously loving him, loving what he’s doing and how he wants them to play.“They’re playing with a smile on their faces and they’re getting results, what more could you want?”
As if having a record-setting 12 players selected in the 2016 NFL Draft wasn’t enough of a recruiting pitch for Ohio State, head coach Urban Meyer will also be able to use the staggering amount of money these rookies will sign for. The 10 players selected in the first three rounds will sign for a combined $120 million all on their own. OSU posted this cool graphic to Twitter Tuesday morning to share this fact. The numbers speak for themselves.Being a #Buckeye will take you to the next level.#DevelopedHere pic.twitter.com/EJUXYJtbSD— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) May 3, 2016Both Alabama and Florida State successfully use this idea on the recruiting trail, too, pointing out how much money recent draftees have made in the NFL. The Buckeyes now have the best pitch in college football.
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed a move for Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke is off following reports suggesting the deal has collapsed.Chairman Steve Parish said the Eagles were keen on the 21-year-old over the weekend, with Huddersfield Town, Brighton and Hove Albion, Fulham and Rangers also interested.But with the England international destined for Selhurst Park, Palace have pulled out of the deal due to Solanke suffering from a muscle problem.The former Chelsea youngster has not played a single minute for Liverpool this season and Hodgson says the club have opted against taking a risk on the forward. 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? “Unfortunately it is a club decision,” he told the media after the 2-0 win over Wolves.”It turns out there were complications and the club decided it wasn’t the right moment to do it.”He had made his mind up in our favour, but it didn’t work out. But you accept these things as a manager.”The ex-England boss added to BBC Sport: “The club has taken the decision to move on and we will work with what we have.”Hodgson was speaking after Palace pulled six points clear of the relegation zone with late win at Molineux over Wolves.Jordan Ayew, who was said to be under pressure in anticipation of Solanke’s arrival, scored his first of the season before Luka Milivojevic completed the win via a stoppage time penalty.On Ghana international Ayew’s first top flight goal since last April, Hodgson added: “When you are a forward you do need goals, and he has had to wait for that.”If anyone deserved that goal tonight, it was him. He worked hard and defended well.”We have modified our line up at times, but we have that flexibility to play with one, two or three up front.”Occasionally, he gets sacrificed in those moments, but it was good to bring him back in tonight.”Palace return to the pitch on Saturday for an FA Cup clash against Grimsby Town and will be back in Premier League action against Watford on January 12.
Burnley striker Chris Wood says his side do not fear Manchester City as they prepare to take on Pep Guardiola’s free-scoring side in the FA Cup.After losing back-to-back league games over Christmas the Premier League champions have bounced back in fine style, winning seven successive matches in all competitions.That includes a 7-0 victory in the FA Cup third round against Rotherham and a 10-0 aggregate win over Burton in the EFL Cup semi-final. 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? Guardiola’s side have scored 28 goals on that run – only two less than Burnley have managed in all competitions all season.Despite City’s imperious form Wood, who has three goals in his last five matches, insists the Clarets head to Etihad Stadium confident of pulling off a shock victory.“There’s never a free hit in these games. There’s always a chance, it’s the cup, they’ll make changes, we’ll make a few changes but we’ll go out there to win the game,” Wood told the Burnley Express.“We know they’re a quality side and they can do that to anybody. They can do it to a Premier League side, score six or seven past them.“It doesn’t matter that they’ve scored so many goals, we’ve just got to try and nullify their strengths and capitalise on their weaknesses.”Burnley were among a number of Premier League sides who rested key players in the third round, with manager Sean Dyche making eight changes to the side for their 1-0 win over Barnsley.Wood denies that the FA Cup has been diminished as a result, insisting that the team will be desperate to win regardless of the side picked by Dyche.“You have to relish these games,” added the New Zealand international. “These are the ties you want to play in. They’re the best games in the world and they’re what you dream of as a kid. You have to relish them, enjoy them and have fun. We’ll see where that gets us.“It’s always good and you always want to keep the dream going. A few of the boys have been to the final but never won it. Hopefully one day a few of us boys can get there with this team, which would be lovely.”
Ahead of tonight’s huge Big Ten contest, ESPN analyst Mark May picked Nebraska to beat Ohio State in overtime.Mark May, ESPN college football analyst and professional Ohio State troll, was at it again on Saturday night, “predicting” that the Cornhuskers would take down the Buckeyes in overtime, on the road.Well, after 30 minutes of football, Ohio State leads 31-3. The game certainly isn’t over, but it isn’t looking good for May’s prediction.Ohio State fans, predictably, are having some fun trolling May. It isn’t the first time.@mark_may: “Nebraska took Wisconsin to overtime last week and lost. This week they take OSU to overtime and win.” #wrong pic.twitter.com/m2QwJSSCSu— Matt Brubaker (@MattBru3) November 6, 2016It doesn’t matter who @OhioState plays, @mark_may would always chose the other team to win. Don’t worry, the feeling is mutual. #gobucks— Courtney Burton (@cburt92) November 6, 2016Mark May so salty. pic.twitter.com/Gx9jtqjP1M— ❌irror Lake Ju❌p (@mirrorlakejump) November 6, 2016Mark May picked against Ohio State, only up 31-3 at half Well done @mark_may . Good thing you pick record doesn’t impact your job status— Lucas Fulmer (@lucasfulmer) November 6, 2016I wonder how come Mark May isn’t opening his stupid fat face and throwing shade on @OhioStateFB tonight? I hate him. I really do. #NCAAFB— Daniel E. Dobish (@danieledobish) November 6, 2016It looks like it physically pains Mark May to say the Buckeyes are doing well tonight #NEBvsOSU— Taylor Nesbit (@tay_nez) November 6, 2016I wonder how come Mark May isn’t opening his stupid fat face and throwing shade on @OhioStateFB tonight? I hate him. I really do. #NCAAFB— Daniel E. Dobish (@danieledobish) November 6, 2016What does Mark May gotta say now?— Frank Fitz (@forthrightfitz) November 6, 2016Mark May should be banned from this halftime show after that Nebraska pick. pic.twitter.com/UeK1nahOno— Tyler Stover (@TStove7) November 6, 2016Hey @mark_may is the Buckeyes still going to lose in overtime to Nebraska?! #Buckeyes— Tyler Grogg (@CallMeTGrogg) November 6, 2016@mark_may everytime you talk about OSU on ESPN pic.twitter.com/aggbws5ySf— #Quinning (@RileyPQuinn) November 6, 2016The Buckeyes look to be in good shape. May will have to grin and bear it yet again.
England manager Gareth Southgate labelled a section of the country’s supporters an “embarrassment” after trouble during the Nations League Finals.Southgate’s team suffered a 3-1 extra-time loss to the Netherlands in a semi-final in Guimaraes on Thursday with some England fans causing problems on the streets since their arrival in Portugal.Riot police charged fans on Wednesday night after bottles were thrown in a designated fan zone at Porto’s Praca da Liberdade, where Portugal supporters gathered to watch their team’s 3-1 win over Switzerland. 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? Although further large-scale violence was avoided, there were also clashes involving England fans and police around night spots on Rua da Fabrica and Rua de Candido dos Reis, which are adjacent to Praca da Liberdade in the city centre.Ahead of the tournament, the FA had launched a campaign named ‘Don’t be That Idiot’ to deter anti-social behaviour. While the majority of the 20,000 fans who have travelled to Portugal avoided trouble, the actions of those who have disturbed the peace were condemned by the governing body,Speaking after his side’s defeat, Southgate also slammed the element of fans misbehaving.”I haven’t seen it, I’m aware of it. The saddest thing for me is we have thousands upon thousands come and support us brilliantly and have the ability to enjoy themselves without causing offence or causing problems,” he said.”But we have a group who are an embarrassment. As an Englishman, they aren’t supporters of the team, they reflect so poorly on us as a country.“It was an absolute rollercoaster, as so many of the big nights with @England are.”Gareth Southgate has been speaking to @itvfootball after the #ThreeLions were beaten by the Netherlands: pic.twitter.com/DW1H4DyBRA— England (@England) June 6, 2019″We don’t associate ourselves with them at all.”England will face Switzerland in a third-place play-off in Guimaraes on Sunday afternoon.The Netherlands, meanwhile, will take on Portugal in the showpiece event later that day, with the first winner of the inaugural Nations League competition set to be crowned.
Juan Foyth sustained a ‘very painful’ ankle injury as Tottenham topped Bayern Munich on penalties to claim the Audi Cup, coach Mauricio Pochettino has said.The 21-year-old was taken off on a stretcher during the second half of Wednesday’s pre-season clash at the Allianz Arena, where Spurs triumphed 6-5 on penalties after Bayern battled back from 2-0 down.Foyth, who is usually a centre-half, has been featuring at right-back, with Spurs yet to replace Kieran Trippier after his move to La Liga side Atletico Madrid. 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? Pochettino is now awaiting an update on the Argentina international with the start of the Premier League season less than two weeks away as Tottenham host newly-promoted Aston Villa to open their campaign.”I need to talk with the doctor now,” Pochettino told a post-match news conference.”He twisted his ankle but at the moment I cannot update. I saw when he was leaving the pitch and he said to me his ankle was very painful. “For sure we will get an update in the next few hours or the next few days.” Their opponents Bayern also suffered their own injury issues with Kingsley Coman hobbling off shortly after his second-half introduction – in addition to Serge Gnabry already being absent because of a problem picked up in the recent match against Fenerbahce.France international Coman has had terrible luck with fitness throughout his career, while Bayern are yet to replace departed wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.Coman has been tipped to step up in the absence of the veteran attacking duo and Kovac does not think the knock he took is serious.”It does not seem too bad,” Kovac said to German broadcaster ZDF. “It was just a kick.”Reports in Germany, meanwhile, claim Bayern have submitted an official offer to Manchester City for Germany winger Leroy Sane – while also presenting personal terms to the 23-year-old.The German champions begin their season with Saturday’s DFL-Supercup against Borussia Dortmund before an opening round DFB-Pokal Cup match away at Energie Cottbus on August 12.Bayern’s Bundesliga title defence will commence at the Allianz Arena on August 16 as they host Hertha Berlin. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Thousands of people crammed into the O2 Arena in London to sit in front of the spectacular FIFA eWorld Cup 2019 stage where one FIFA 19 player would make history and become World Champion.The 32 best players in the world competed over three gruelling days, where some were able to step up to the occasion and others crumbled under the pressure. There were three clear favourites coming into the tournament but in the end, none were able to come close to Werder Bremen’s Mohammed “MoAuba” Harkous, who lifted the trophy and took home a staggering $250,000 in prize money as well as tickets to the Best FIFA Football Awards in Milan later this year.It was an extraordinary tournament with some of the best matches of FIFA 19 fans have seen all year – so relive the biggest moments of the FIFA eWorld Cup with these highlights. 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? MoAuba become the first-ever German World ChampionWalking onto the stage for the grand final against last year’s World Champion, Rogue’s Mossad “MSDossary” Aldossary, MoAuba couldn’t contain his smile. The pressure was off, he had already done the unthinkable by defeating FC Basel’s Nicolas “Nicolas99fc” Villalba, PlayStation’s top seed prior to the tournament, and this was another match nobody expected him to win. The German even had time to joke: “I don’t know what this controller is” as he prepared to play on his weaker console, the Xbox One, against MSDossary.Speaking to Goal after the game, MoAuba confirmed he didn’t feel any pressure before the final: “I had the craziest game of my life against Nicolas. I had just won $100k and I was the PlayStation champion, so when I played MSDossary I had nothing to lose – he’s the best player in the world by far. I didn’t expect I could beat Stefano Pinna, Nicolas99fc and MSDossary all in one tournament, it’s crazy for me.”Watching the final, you wouldn’t have guessed this was a mismatch on paper. MSDossary did dominate the first 10 minutes on his strongest console but MoAuba was able to hold on and eventually found the first goal early on. MSDossary equalised shortly after, however, and the tense first leg finished 1-1 which was a brilliant result for MoAuba to take onto the PlayStation 4 leg.Before that game, while MSDossary was setting up in his chair, MoAuba walked to the front of the stage and crouched down to have a word team-mate Michael “MegaBit” Bittner and his girlfriend, who offered him words of encouragement. Whatever they said, it worked – you could see that MoAuba was feeling comfortable. Early on, the ball rolled to one of his players outside the box and, rather than try to find a killer pass, he flicked the ball into the air and attempted a spectacular scissorkick. The confidence was oozing out of the German and within 23 minutes he found himself 2-0 up in the second leg, making it 3-1 on aggregate. You could feel the momentum shifting, so reigning FIFA eWorld Cup champion MSDossary was forced to pause to compose himself and change his tactics. The Saudi Arabian switched to 4-4-2, the formation that won his coach, Spencer “Gorilla” Ealing the FIFA Interactive World Cup in 2017.But it didn’t work, MSDossary failed to register a shot in the first half and his woes continued into the second, with a rare mistake as he chipped the ball while going for a driven shot. It turns out MSDossary is human after all. The 2018 world champion grabbed one back and looked certain to equalise but Mo decisively charged his keeper out of the box in a genius move reminiscent of his fellow countryman, Manuel Neuer. For perhaps the first time in his career, MSDossary was shaken. A last-minute slide tackle from behind gave away a free-kick and clearly showed MSDossary’s frustration. He knew his chance was gone and he would not become the first-ever back-to-back FIFA World Champion as MoAuba became the first German champ with a 3-2 aggregate win.Penalties heartbreak for Nicolas99fcBefore getting into the grand final, MoAuba had to survive one of the wildest games of FIFA you will ever witness. Again, this was a match that few would have given MoAuba a chance despite the fact that he is an accomplished player himself.Yet, MoAuba took the game to the favourite with a wonderful attacking display. The German was unshaken when he conceded in the first 10 minutes and replied with an instant goal, curling a finesse shot from outside the box into the top corner while his player had his back to goal – a technique that had been extremely strong in the first few months of FIFA 19. From there, MoAuba was in the zone and scored another two within the fast half, leaving the commentators stunned. Brandon Smith described it as the best 45 minutes of football he had ever seen from the German.But MoAuba didn’t stop there either, he was on fire. He was uncharacteristically resolute at the back and repeatedly cut Nicolas99fc’s defence open with gorgeous through balls. The German found himself 5-2 up on aggregate but then his luck changed. His defender headed a corner out of his goalkeeper’s hands, straight into the path of one of Nicolas’ players to make it 5-3 on aggregate. With just one minute and extra time remaining, Nicolas99fc managed to slip into the box and score yet another. He needed just one more goal to force extra time in the PlayStation final, in which winner would be guaranteed $100k in prizes instead of $25k. That was when disaster struck for MoAuba. One of his defenders went down injured while trying to hold possession and his return pass bounced off of the injured player into one of Nicolas99fc’s forwards. The crowd gasped as the shot was saved but then erupted moments later as Nicolas99fc equalised from the resulting corner, the final score was 5-5.MoAuba admitted at that point, he thought it was over: “I thought I had won. I was 5-2 up but he scored such a lucky goal to equalise that I thought EA didn’t want me to win. My coach woke me up because I felt like I was out and I managed to secure my spot on penalties, which was not an easy 30 mins as he was so motivated.” During the penalties, you could feel the immense pressure these two players were under as the first four were saved. However, it was MoAuba who came out on top and instantly the German collapsed onto the wall next to him in tears in what was, until the final, the biggest moment of his career.F2Tekkz group stage shockBefore MoAuba lifted the trophy, there had already been a major shock in the group stages which rocked the FIFA community. Donovan “F2Tekkz” Hunt, the world number one who had dominated FIFA 19 for the entire year, fell apart at the final hurdle. The Englishman had an appalling showing and was shockingly eliminated in the group stages following a 6-5 defeat to Megabit.Understandably, the 18-year-old was devastated and didn’t show up for the final day of the tournament. This was his first-ever FIFA eWorld Cup and was the dead favourite to win the entire thing considering his consistency throughout the year. However, it’s still very, very early into the Englishman’s career and you can be sure that he will have many more opportunities to reach a FIFA eWorld Cup final in the years to come.Rafsou pushes MSDossary to the limitIn the Xbox final, Team Vitality’s Fouad “Rafsou” Fares was almost able to cause a major upset against MSDossary himself. The game finished 6-0 in MSDossary’s favour when these two met in the group stages but Rafsou made sure that wouldn’t happen again with an early goal. From there, the Frenchman continued his attacking onslaught which kept MSDossary pinned in his own box for the majority of the first half. MSDossary was able to fight back with a late equaliser but a defiant Rafsou then replied with another goal himself after a lovely flurry of skills in the corner opened up space in the middle.However, MSDossary showed why he was undefeated in the tournament at that point as the Saudi Arabian battled back to win the game 4-3 on aggregate and secure his place in his second consecutive FIFA eWorld Cup final. Though he didn’t win the tournament this time, there’s no doubt that MSDossary is one of the greatest FIFA competitors ever.Tass still has itWhile one Englishman in Tekkz struggled in the group stages, another shone as FaZe Clan’s Tassal “Tass” Rushan surprisingly finished joint top in Group A following fantastic results including a 4-3 win over Tekkz, a 9-6 win over Ébio “Ebinho” Bernardes and an outrageous 6-1 win over Megabit.However, Tass was left fuming after he crashed out of the tournament in the quarter-finals after losing 1-0 to Rogue’s Nawid “GoalMachine” Zoorzai. Tass accused the Canadian of timewasting as GoalMachine kept possession for the majority of the game, not wanting to take risks. GoalMachine fought back on social media by showing that Tass didn’t have a single shot across the two legs. It’s fair to say, things could get heated if these two meet again in a FIFA 20 tournament.