Ox: Liverpool were the only option for me

first_imgTransfers Oxlade-Chamberlain claims Liverpool were ‘only option’, with Chelsea never in the frame Last updated 2 years ago 15:46 8/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain England Getty Transfers Liverpool Premier League Arsenal Chelsea The England international attracted interest from the Blues as he prepared to leave Arsenal, but he insists Anfield was always his preferred choice Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says Liverpool were “the only option” for him as he prepared to leave Arsenal on transfer deadline day.With his contract at Emirates Stadium expiring, the England international was among those to make a high-profile move as the summer window wound down.Liverpool 3/1 to beat Man City Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 A £35 million deal took him to Anfield, with Jurgen Klopp fending off interest from Premier League rivals in order to get an agreement pushed through.Reigning champions Chelsea were among those eager to land the versatile 24-year-old, but Oxlade-Chamberlain claims he only had one destination in mind once the decision was taken to open a new chapter in his career.He told Sky Sports: “The first thing was the tough decision to leave Arsenal.“That was the only thing that was really tough for me and the deliberation but Liverpool was the only option for me in terms of where I thought I would be playing.”The team and the feel of the whole football club in general just sat right with me.“I think there are really exciting things to come here and especially with this manager so I felt it was right for me to push to be a part of that. I’m delighted that I finally got the opportunity to.”Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainOxlade-Chamberlain has arrived at Anfield on the back of a six-year stint at Arsenal.He admits that a change of scenery will take some getting used to, but he is also looking forward to starting a new challenge on Merseyside.”It’s very exciting but obviously a bit surreal at the same time,” he added.“When you’re at one club for so many years, you become accustomed to that so any change is a bit weird and odd and difficult at first but looking forward, it’s something that really excites me for sure.”Oxlade-Chamberlain will be hoping to make his Liverpool debut on Saturday in a crunch clash with fellow Premier League title hopefuls Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

PSG ‘destroyed the market’

first_imgTransfers Neymar to PSG has ‘destroyed the market’ – Elber Matthew Scott Last updated 2 years ago 17:27 20/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Neymar PSG Lyon Ligue 1 17092017 Gettyimages Transfers PSG Barcelona Ligue 1 Primera División Neymar Ousmane Dembélé Kylian Mbappé With €222 million spent on the Brazilian and another astronomical sum to pay for Kylian Mbappe, PSG have wrecked the market, says Giovane Elber Former Bayern Munich striker Giovane Elber says Paris Saint-Germain “destroyed the whole market” with their €222 million signing of Neymar.PSG stunned the footballing world in activating the buy-out clause in Neymar’s contract to more than double the world record for a transfer fee.Bayern 5/2 to beat PSG Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 The Parisians are also set to shell out around €180m for Kylian Mbappe when a loan move from Monaco becomes permanent next season, with eyebrows raised over PSG’s cooperation with Financial Fair Play regulations, while UEFA have also confirmed they are looking into the deals.Elber, who also played for Ligue 1 side Lyon in his career, believes that clubs in the Bundesliga now cannot keep up with the likes of PSG, who he accuses of distorting the market.”There is no [Bundesliga] club that would say ‘Yes, we pay 100 or 200 million euros’. I don’t think any player is worth such a large amount,” Elber told DAZN . “Neymar is a superb player but I think PSG has destroyed the whole market right now by paying these amounts. “Not only for Neymar but also Mbappe. 200 million euros if they buy him that is unhealthy for football.”The Bundesliga was not without its own transfer controversy in recent months, with Ousmane Dembele leaving Borussia Dortmund to join Barcelona in a club-record deal worth more than €100m.France attacker Dembele went on strike at Dortmund to force through the move, a dangerous precedent in the eyes of Elber.”If a player wants to leave his club, a contract has no worth anymore,” the former Brazil striker said. “He just rips the contract up and leaves.”Dembele has shown that at Dortmund. No training, I want to leave. That’s not good. Towards the fans that’s not okay, too.”Players lose the love they normally should show on the pitch. For me, football has never been a job. I had fun playing and it was even better to earn money doing that.”Today that has changed. Of course, players are having fun too and they want to win titles and matches but it’s different and that’s a pity.”last_img read more

Ramos and Ronaldo will avoid PSG penalty spat

first_imgReal Madrid ‘Cristiano takes the penalties’ – Ramos and Ronaldo will avoid Neymar-Cavani incident Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 22:33 10/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sergio Ramos Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Getty Real Madrid PSG Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo Sergio Ramos Ligue 1 Primera División The Real Madrid skipper says there is no chance of the Blancos enduring a similar on-field spat as PSG as their plans are clearly laid out pre-match Sergio Ramos is confident Real Madrid can avoid a Neymar-Edinson Cavani penalty spat as he and Cristiano Ronaldo have spot-kick rights.If the Blancos have their talismanic Portuguese forward on the field, then he will step up from 12 yards when required.Madrid -1 v Getafe – 4/6 with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. In his absence, then the responsibility will fall to club captain Ramos.That plan is laid out before any given game, allowing Real to steer clear of the kind of on-field bickering which recently saw Paris Saint-Germain’s high-profile frontmen make unwelcome headlines.Ramos told France Football on the situation at Santiago Bernabeu: “Cristiano takes the penalties and if he is not there, I take them.“There is a third person designated before each game. It’s the best way to avoid problems, to have everything agreed and pay attention to the small details.”On September 17, PSG took in a Ligue 1 home date with Lyon. They were to collect a 2-0 victory, but the contest was marred by clashes between Neymar and Cavani.Neymar Cavani penalty PSGThe Brazilian took control of a second-half free-kick, with the assistance of countryman Dani Alves, before being waved aside as his Uruguayan colleague missed a penalty.PSG have attempted to play down the incident, but questions are being asked of the squad harmony at Parc des Princes.While confident that no such sparring will occur in the Spanish capital, Ramos believes that events in France will also sort themselves out eventually.He added: “With regards to Neymar and Cavani, two big players, I am sure that will arrive at an agreement.”Neymar, Cavani, Ronaldo and Ramos have all been included on the 30-man shortlist for the 2017 Ballon d’Or.Ronaldo is the current holder of that award and has taken the prize in three of the last four years.Eternal rival Lionel Messi swept to four successive awards prior to that, with the Barcelona forward currently boasting five wins to Ronaldo’s four.Breaking that duopoly is the challenge facing the likes of Cavani and Ramos, with the latter in the running to become the first defender to claim the trophy since Italy’s World Cup-winning captain Fabio Cannavaro in 2006.last_img read more

Guardiola hoping for ‘special’ Silva stay

first_imgManchester City Guardiola tells ‘special’ Silva he can stay at Man City for as long as he wants Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 20:19 10/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) David Silva Manchester City Getty Images Manchester City Guardiola Premier League The Spain international is already in talks regarding an extension to his contract, and his manager hopes he will stick around for many years to come David Silva is a “special” talent who can stay at Manchester City for as long as he wants, says Pep Guardiola.The 31-year-old midfielder is into his eighth season at the Etihad Stadium, having signed from Valencia for £25 million in 2010.He has helped to land two Premier League titles, two League Cups and an FA Cup triumph during his time in England – taking in over 300 appearances, scoring 51 goals and providing countless assists. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. City are already in talks regarding a possible extension to his contract, and Guardiola is hoping to see the World Cup winner stick around for many years to come.He said of Silva and efforts to tie him down to fresh terms: “His reputation throughout the world – they know how good he is.“His team-mates give him a lot of credit, the media and the fans.“He’s a special player who I like a lot, a competitor, a fighter, a winner, he’s got the quality to keep the ball.Pep Guardiola David Silva Manchester City special stay“We spoke about him many times, you have to be so happy because we have him.“He loves to be here because he’s part of the history – Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero. He’s one of the guys who have given this club the important step.“I think we’d like him to stay until he decides.”Silva is already tied to City until 2019, having committed to a five-year deal in 2014.Work is being done to extend that agreement by a further 12 months, by which time the Spain international will be 34.Man City -2 10/11 v StokeAge does not appear to be an issue for Silva, though, with his game about creativity and guile, rather than pace and power which can fade down the years.He has been a regular again for City this season, helping Guardiola’s side to make an unbeaten start to the 2017-18 campaign across all competitions.last_img read more

Agent eyes Neymar money for De Bruyne

first_imgManchester City De Bruyne agent eyes Neymar, Mbappe-style wages for Manchester City star Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 02:16 10/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) KevinDeBruyne - cropped Getty Images Manchester City Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City v Napoli Napoli Premier League UEFA Champions League The Belgium international midfielder’s representative has suggested that his client is worth as much in wages as star turns at Paris Saint-Germain Kevin De Bruyne’s agent claims he will use Neymar and Kylian Mbappe as benchmarks when negotiating a new contract for the Manchester City midfielder.De Bruyne has been in superb form for Pep Guardiola’s side over recent weeks, scoring the winning goal against Premier League champions Chelsea at the end of last month before turning in a virtuoso display during Saturday’s 7-2 demolition of Stoke City.De Bruyne 17/10 to score v Napoli Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. The 26-year-old Belgium international told reporters in September that he expected talks to take place soon and that he was keen to extend a deal that still has three seasons to run after the current campaign.City are understood to be paying De Bruyne in the region of £115,000 per week at present, but his representative Patrick De Koster believes the astronomical contracts handed to PSG duo Neymar and Mbappe this year provide relevant guidance for his client’s value.Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City agent contract Neymar MbappeThe Brazil superstar reportedly earns in the region of €600,000 weekly at the Parc des Princes and, after Guardiola batted away comparisons between his current star man and Lionel Messi before Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Napoli, De Koster is inclined to see De Bruyne in the same company.”In the coming months, I’ll meet with City to figure out how to improve and extend his contract,” he said, as quoted by The Sun.”His salary? I cannot say. But if you think what Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are being paid, you can picture.”Speaking after the 5-0 Premier League win over Crystal Palace last month, De Bruyne said: “I am very happy at City. Everything is going well for me.”I have no reason to go anywhere else. The project City have is superb, so it’s best for me.”last_img read more

Messi to miss Argentina v Nigeria

first_imgLionel Messi Messi to miss Nigeria clash after withdrawing from Argentina squad Tom Webber Last updated 2 years ago 00:16 11/12/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) LionelMessi - cropped Getty Images Lionel Messi Argentina Russia v Argentina Friendlies Argentina v Nigeria Leganés v Barcelona Nigeria Barcelona Primera División The captain has decided not to play Argentina’s second game of this international window after helping them down World Cup hosts Russia on Saturday Lionel Messi will miss Argentina’s friendly against Nigeria on Tuesday after withdrawing from the team to return to Barcelona.Captain Messi played the full 90 minutes of Argentina’s 1-0 victory over Russia on Saturday, playing a role in Sergio Aguero’s late winner in Moscow.16/5 for Argentina and Nigeria draw 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 However, the 30-year-old will not travel to Krasnodar with the rest of Jorge Sampaoli’s squad, with the team’s official Twitter account announcing he would return to Spain.It was stated that Messi’s departure from the Argentina camp is not related to injury.[SELECCIÓN MAYOR] Lionel Messi fue desafectado y no estará en Krasnodar ante Nigeria. Viaja tras la victoria ante Rusia rumbo a Barcelona. pic.twitter.com/MgR6OHlvGR— Selección Argentina (@Argentina) November 11, 2017Speaking to TyC Sports after the match, he called on his team-mates to continue working hard ahead of next year’s World Cup. He said: “It’s complicated, we always said that.”The reality is that there is not much time and that’s why we have to make the most of it when we’re together.”The second half was tough. They pushed up and went looking for us. We have to keep going to strengthen what we have been doing, reinforcing the system the coach wants.”Messi tops the Argentina scoring charts and he praised Aguero, who became the all-time leading goalscorer for Manchester City this month, for drawing level with Hernan Crespo in third with his 35th senior international strike.”It’s important. He came from making a record with City and now he has done it here,” he added.last_img read more

‘World-class Kane up there with Ronaldo & Suarez’

first_imgGoal 50 World-class Kane up there with Ronaldo and Suarez, says Vialli Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 23:00 11/17/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Harry Kane Tottenham 30092017 Getty Goal 50 Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Harry Kane Opinion The Chelsea legend has broken across club rival lines to praise the in-form Tottenham and England striker Gianluca Vialli has hailed Harry Kane as “one of the best strikers in the world”, claiming the Tottenham hotshot is on the same level as Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez.The former Chelsea striker and manager has been hugely impressed with the way in which the England international has developed over the past year, with the 24-year-old having scored 29 times in just 30 games as Spurs finished second in the Premier League last season, as well as helping his country qualify for the World Cup.Kane 16/5 FGS in NLD  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 Kane’s sensational goalscoring form saw him finish a career-high 17th place in this year’s Goal 50 and Vialli believes that there is even better to come from a player now being linked with Real Madrid.”Harry Kane is becoming one of the best strikers in the world,” the legendary No.9 told Goal. “It is unbelievable, he is strong, he is technical, he is a goalscorer and he is scoring in the Premier League, Champions League and at international level with England.”I don’t know whether if Harry Kane gets injured that it would be over for England but it might be a big problem because at the moment he is the centre-forward. He is the guy that everyone knows in the team can come out with the end product and the goals you need in order to win things.Harry Kane GFX“He is also someone who works hard for the side. It would be difficult to find someone capable of replacing him. I think Harry Kane at the moment is a world-class player, probably together with Robert Lewandowski, Suarez, Cristiano, Higuain, and perhaps Icardi.”He is definitely one of the top five centre-forwards in the world at the moment and I think soon he will be in the top three.”Vialli was a striker for Sampdoria, Juventus, Chelsea and Italy and he now works as a pundit for Sky Sport Italia, as well as being involved in the world of football finance with Tifosy in London.last_img read more

Man City team news & likely line-up

first_imgManchester City Man City Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Leicester City Sam Lee Last updated 1 year ago 15:22 11/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Leroy Sane Sergio Aguero Manchester City Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Raheem Sterling Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero Guardiola Leicester City v Manchester City Leicester City Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at the King Power Stadium on Saturday afternoon Manchester City head into Saturday’s clash with Leicester City looking to continue their superb start to the Premier League season.Already eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table, Pep Guardiola’s side travel to the King Power Stadium in blistering form, with some even predicting they could go the season unbeaten.Leicester, meanwhile, have shown improvements since Claude Puel replaced Craig Shakespeare last month, and have given a number of the top-six sides a run for their money already this campaign. 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 And after crushing City in the same fixture last season, they will be confident of causing an upset.MAN CITY INJURIES Sergio Aguero is set to be assessed by City’s medical staff having collapsed at half-time during Argentina’s clash with Nigeria, but the hope is he will be fit.Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph both pulled out of the England squad ahead of their friendlies with Germany and Brazil, but it is thought neither injury is serious and both should be in contention.Benjamin Mendy remains out with an ACL injury, but Vincent Kompany may well return to the matchday squad having recovered from his most recent calf problem.Raheem Sterling Manchester CityMAN CITY SUSPENSIONS Nicolas Otamendi misses out having picked up his fifth booking of the season against Arsenal, but Leicester have no disciplinary issues to contend with.MAN CITY POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP Aguero’s illness may mean he is forced into a place among the substitutes, with Sterling and Leroy Sane flanking Gabriel Jesus up front.With Kompany still working his way back to fitness, Eliaquim Mangala could partner John Stones in central defence for his first Premier League start of the season.Manchester City XILEICESTER CITY TEAM NEWS Jamie Vardy Riyad Mahrez Leicester CityHaving missed out against Stoke City, full-back Ben Chilwell was forced to withdraw from the England Under-21 squad through injury and is a doubt for Claude Puel’s third match in charge.Robert Huth and Matty James remain on the sidelines, but the Foxes are hopeful they will have an otherwise clean bill of health as their players return from the international break.OPTA MATCH FACTS Leicester have won two of their last three Premier League meetings with Manchester City (L1), including a 4-2 win in this exact fixture last campaign, in which Jamie Vardy scored to date his only Premier League hat-trick. The Foxes have lost their last eight Premier League games against sides who started the day top of the table, conceding at least two goals each time. Their last win against the league leaders came in January 1998 versus Manchester United at Old Trafford. Man City’s haul of 31 points with a goal difference of +31 is the best ever start after 11 games to a Premier League season. The Citizens themselves are the only side in Premier League history to have recorded 34 points from 12 games, doing so in 2011-12. Manchester City boast the two leading players for combined goals and assists this season – Sergio Aguero (8 goals, 3 assists) and Leroy Sane (6 goals, 5 assists). They also have the top two assisters in the division (David Silva 7, Kevin De Bruyne 6). Man City are bidding to become only the second team to win their first six away games to a PremierLeague campaign, after Chelsea in 2008-09 (won their first eight).TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME Kick off is 15:00 GMT with the game not being shown live in the UK. Highlights will be shown on Match of the Day on BBC One at 22:20. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Rhian Brewster: England U17’s natural finisher on the fast-track at Liverpool

first_img“Rhian is a goalscorer but he is more than that. He is a fantastic character. The feeling is pride and satisfaction in the way we did it.”Brewster attended Chadwell primary school and Chadwell Heath Academy in Romford. He played for the Shield football academy before joining Chelsea as a seven-year-old under the guidance of Michael Beale, who is in his second stint at Liverpool’s academy following a brief spell as the assistant manager of São Paulo in Brazil.Beale, now Liverpool’s head of coaching for the foundation phase (the youngest new arrivals), remains a close friend of the Brewster family although it is John Barnes who unwittingly played an instrumental role in the striker’s move to Anfield. Rhian’s father, Ian, is an obsessive Liverpool fan and Barnes was his hero, ensuring there was no doubt in his mind where his son should go when he decided to leave Chelsea at the age of 14. Twenty years after leaving, Barnes is still providing assists for Liverpool. Share on Twitter England Meet the England players who have reached the under-17 World Cup final “I didn’t see a pathway to become a first-team player at Chelsea,” Brewster has said, mirroring Dominic Solanke’s decision to swap Stamford Bridge for Anfield this summer.Ian Brewster said: “When he was at Chelsea, I didn’t see anybody get through right to the top level. I asked Rhian: ‘If you got £10,000 at Chelsea or £5,000 at, let’s say, Watford but played in front of big crowds, which would you choose?’ He said ‘Watford’ straight away. That told me he wanted to play football at the highest level, no matter where. He’s loving Liverpool and everyone loves him there. People say he’s always smiling when he’s playing. That’s because I used to say to him to go and enjoy himself. Win, lose or draw, he’s done me proud, his family and friends proud and the country proud.”Brewster was 16 when he caught Klopp’s attention during an academy training session. He was immediately invited to train with the first team and scored a hat-trick in a behind‑closed‑doors friendly against Accrington Stanley last November in front of the Liverpool manager. “I got a ‘well done’ from the boss, which was amazing,” he said. “My confidence was sky-high.”An appearance as an unused substitute followed against Crystal Palace in the Premier League in April – he might have got on but for a 2-1 Liverpool defeat – and he featured in an end-of-season friendly in Australia before a foot injury delayed further senior appearances in the summer. Delayed being the operative word. Brewster has confidently handled the step up from Liverpool’s Under-18s to the Under-23s this season while also impressing for Gerrard’s team in the Uefa Youth League. “He’ll finish the season with big numbers,” the former Liverpool captain has predicted.A rare disappointment for Brewster came in the Under-17 European Championship final in May when he missed a penalty in the shootout defeat by Spain. The World Cup final offers England an opportunity to avenge that loss. For the Liverpool striker, for Manchester City’s Phil Foden and hopefully several more, there may be much more to follow.• This article was amended on 27 October 2017 to correct the name of Chadwell primary school from Chadwell Heath primary school, as an earlier version said. Share on Facebook Was this helpful? England in U17 World Cup final after Rhian Brewster hat-trick sinks Brazil Full nameRhian Joel Brewster Play Video Liverpool Share on LinkedIn Born1 April 2000, London Hide ClubLiverpool, but he started at Chelsea before leaving in 2014 Read more Share via Email They were the goals of a natural finisher and no surprise to anyone at Liverpool’s academy. The background to Rhian Brewster’s World Cup semi-final hat‑trick for England Under-17s against Brazil, however, brought extra satisfaction and encouragement to those charged with realising the striker’s potential for Jürgen Klopp.Liverpool tailor individual training programmes for their “talent group” – the academy prospects who are judged to have taken the next step and who travel weekly from Kirkby to Melwood for training sessions with the first-team development coach, Pep Lijnders. Brewster, the London-born forward whose two consecutive hat-tricks have swept England into Saturday’s under-17s World Cup final against Spain in Kolkata, has been on the fast-track since Klopp arrived at Anfield. Profile So, who is Rhian Brewster? center_img Why did he leave Chelsea?In his own words: ‘I was [there] from the age of seven to 14 but then I told them I wanted to look at my options because I didn’t see a pathway to become a first-team player there. There were a few clubs interested but once I knew Liverpool were one of them it was an easy choice’ A combination of the two explains why Klopp, Lijnders, Steven Gerrard, the academy director, Alex Inglethorpe, and many others at Liverpool are convinced they have another genuine article coming through. Not that any public proclamations will be forthcoming from Anfield, where there is patience to accompany promise such as Ben Woodburn, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Brewster.Steve Cooper, the England Under-17s manager and former Liverpool academy coach, said: “It is an amazing achievement to score a hat-trick in a quarter-final and a semi-final.“I am not normally one to talk about individuals but to do that needs a special mention. There is no doubt about that. He deserves it and the team deserves it. If you see the way Rhian speaks to the rest of the players in the dressing room about the service he is getting then it says a lot about him. And it is not just his goals but the effort he is putting in for the team. We want to win the ball back as quick as we can and we want to press and that starts with your No9. Topics Show Has he played for Liverpool’s first team?No. Brewster was moved up from the under-18s to the under-23 side earlier this year and was on the substitutes’ bench for the 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace at Anfield in April. He did play in a pre-season game in Australia in July, a 3-0 win over Sydney FC What does Jürgen Klopp say?’I’ve followed him for more than a year. He’s a wonderfully skilled boy, real striker, good finisher, fantastic work ethic. He’s in a very good way, he’s a very good boy’ England beat Brazil to reach Under-17 World Cup final – video highlights Jürgen Klopp features 1:05 Share on WhatsApp The 17-year-old striker’s training programme has included working with Steve McManaman. The former Liverpool and Real Madrid player is not a full-time coach at the academy but delivers specific sessions for the club’s young wingers and forwards. With Brewster’s encouragement the pair have worked on anticipating a variety of crosses and losing his marker early to find the space to finish. His first and third goals against Brazil in particular, therefore, when Brewster peeled away from defenders to convert crosses from Callum Hudson-Odoi and Emile Smith Rowe respectively, were reward for the teenager’s dedication on the training ground as well as his instinctive eye for goal. Read more Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Share on Messenger Thank you for your feedback.last_img read more

Come on, England! The nation (and economy) depend on you

first_imgAbove all, keep it reasonable. Leave the fake blood to the rugby union guys.Alan WoodleyNorthampton• John Ashdown describes Portuguese footballer Pepe as “the Mozart of shithousery” (Report, 5 July). Does this make Mozart the Messi of music?John DohertyVienna, Austria• The World Cup is a lifeline for struggling UK retailers. It’s no secret that one-off events such as the World Cup, royal weddings or even a sunny bank holiday can have a huge effect on retail sales – with this May seeing the strongest growth in four years, and John Lewis reporting a 140% increase in TV sales on the day of the opening ceremony. What’s less obvious is that, the longer England stay in the competition, the better it is for the economy – with evidence stretching back to 1966 and even further. With the recession still biting, and the effects of Brexit yet to be truly felt, struggling retailers can’t rely on the traditional, outdated approach of using events such as the Christmas season to put them in the black. One-off events such as the World Cup – whether people are spending their money on replica kits, barbecue sets, food and drink or even a trip to Ikea in preparation for the match against Sweden – will be essential in helping businesses make it through a very challenging time.It might seem unfair to place even more pressure on the shoulders of Southgate, Kane, Pickford et al, but where the economy is concerned, they really are carrying the weight of a nation on their shoulders.Mark HindsCEO, Polymatica• You report on the upsurge in sales of beer etc as “a buoyant mood sweeps the UK” should read “as it sweeps England”, because this Scot doubts whether Scotland, or come to that Wales and Northern Ireland, will be rejoicing – unless England lose.Ian ArnottPeterborough• While it is heartening to read (Report, 3 July) that six of the World Cup squad are Yorkshire born, it has to be reluctantly admitted that, back home, the best football is played on the other side of the Pennines.Geoffrey RiderRipon, North Yorkshire• Time to boycott the World Cup (Couple may have been exposed to nerve agent, 5 July)?Toby WoodPeterborough• Saga Noren has finally done it. Now it is time for England to cross The Bridge.Jan WiczkowskiManchester • Join the debate – email guardian.letters@theguardian.com• Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit gu.com/letters Topics World Cup Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Sweden England Share on Twitter Retail industry Europe World Cup 2018center_img letters Share on Facebook Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger As a patriotic UK citizen, Labour supporter and resident of a north Midlands town hollowed out by deindustrialisation, I agree with much of what Larry Elliott observes (Labour: you need to win hearts and minds in our low-wage towns, 5 July). However, the reason I would find it difficult to drape an England flag from my bedroom window or fly one on my car is because of our confused national identity. It is not because I’m disturbed by displays of patriotism during World Cups. It wasn’t a problem for me in 1966. Then the schisms in and between our nations of the UK and their causes had not been exploited, inadequately addressed or ignored as they now have been by successive governments.Andrew MilroyChesterfield, Derbyshire• Well played England! But if we are to win the World Cup it is clear that we need to up our level of “shithousery” or “grassrolling”, as I believe the latest outburst of histrionic cheating has been dubbed (Play-acting is a stain on this brilliant World Cup, 5 July). Of course, with the omnipresent VAR cameras it is becoming increasingly difficult to get away with, so I would give our lads three tips: Always clutch that part of your body that would be painful if the hypothetical contact had indeed been made with it (that’s where Rivaldo famously went wrong); do not overdo the rolling in agony. Neymar has been timed as rolling for 14 minutes during this tournament and he has only played four matches; once the award has been made in your favour, continue to look in pain and limp on the correct leg. Read more World Cup 2018: complete guide to all 736 players Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Dominant Manchester City show how vast the gulf has become with United

first_imgShare on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp In prospect, six weeks ago, in that golden age when Manchester United did not have a permanent manager, the derby looked like being the biggest obstacle between Manchester City and retaining the league title. History, perhaps, will continue to view it as such: it is a derby, it is United; how could it not have been a night of furious passions and impossible tension? And yet in the moment, once the initial United surge was over – there was, at least, some sort of reaction to Sunday’s humiliation at Everton – the overwhelming sense was of how vast the gulf between the sides has become.That is 11 league wins in a row now for City, a run of absurd consistency. United battled, at least until going behind, but as Roy Keane pointed out, that should be a prerequisite. The presence of a bit of fight, though, served only to highlight the difference in quality, a disparity highlighted by the way United set out with three central defenders shielded by three deep-lying midfielders – and nobody accused Ole Gunnar Solskjær of needless ideological negativity; breaking the game up was just the best way of trying to get something out of the game. Twitter Pep Guardiola has a tendency to dismiss what came at City before the Sheikh Mansour takeover, which may be a little unfair on Frank Swift and Alec Herd, on Colin Bell and Tony Book, but is equally understandable.Whether or not he becomes the first City manager to retain the league title, whether he makes it four championships in six years, City are a different club now.They are what happens when you take vast sums of money – and let’s for now ignore concerns about the source and whether that money has been spent within Uefa regulations – and use it to overhaul the entire infrastructure and ethos of a club. Long before he arrived, City had been built on Guardiola principles.This sort of consistency, this implacable pursuit of the title, is what a holistic approach, every department following the same basic philosophy to the same goal, can bring.United’s patched up mish-mash of a squad, their skipping between managers of different types and different approaches, their leaking roof, is what happens when decisions are being made by people with little football expertise, appointing famous names almost at random in the hope of stumbling on a messiah, while doing nothing to upgrade the infrastructure.Solskjær might get the whole squad to sit down and watch the X-Files with a bottle of Two Dogs while worrying about the millennium bug but reliving the 90s will not get beyond United’s basic lack of long-term planning. Topics Reuse this content Facebook The difference between the clubs is summed up by the fact that City have had five title-winning managers but have won the league only five times, while United have had only three title-winning managers but have won it 20 times. The United way is of all-powerful leaders who bring great success but whose reigns are followed by long periods in the wilderness (respectively 41 years, 26 years and six years so far); the City way is of persistent inconsistency. Share on LinkedIn Read more Share on Twitter Taking the players to the former training ground at The Cliff generated some sort of response, but it was not enough. The danger is that Solskjær concludes he is not being nostalgic enough. So what next? A round of golf with Alex Stepney at Davyhulme? Get Bryan Robson to take the lads on an all-day bender at Pat Crerand’s pub? When Solskjær began speaking of the values of old, it seemed a clever rhetorical tool. Get the old spirit back, remind the players of the privilege of playing for such a club, re-forge the bonds with disaffected fans and try to heal the rift between the Mourinho loyalists and those who were actually watching what was going on. But that should have been a tool that allowed him to make radical change under the guise of restoring the glorious past. The worry now is that Solskjær actually believes all this guff and thinks all that is required for United’s return to the top is the reimposition of Fergusonian values.His refusal to use Ferguson’s car-park space is, frankly, a little weird. It feels a worryingly small step from here to finding Ferguson in a rocking chair in the spare bedroom. Supply your own joke about taxidermy and spending his days arranging stuffed corpses of once proud beasts.And while Solskjær attempts to reconjure 1999, the history that is actually being replayed is that of 30 years earlier and the chaos into which the club lapsed after the retirement of Matt Busby. City, meanwhile, seem successfully to be breaking free from their past. Nobody talks any more of Cityitis, the disease diagnosed by the former manager Joe Royle. Share on Facebookcenter_img The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. PFA Team of the Year: Manchester United’s Paul Pogba a shock inclusion Read more Share via Email Manchester City striker Sergio Agüero holds off Victor Lindelöf and Fred. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Afp/Getty Images City show the way, show what planned investment can achieve – and that is why, for now, for the first time since perhaps the 1930s it is they who are definitively the dominant force in Manchester. 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England set to ring changes and rest Jos Buttler for third Pakistan ODI

first_imgTopics … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. news Share on LinkedIn The expectation is Joe Denly may take the place of Buttler at a ground that is now so small that Eoin Morgan is reluctant to play more than one specialist spinner – Bristol used to be one of the largest grounds in the country until the developers set to work.Morgan may opt for an extra bowler, which makes sense on several levels. Much is often made about the depth of England’s batting but this applies only if those players are in some sort of form. One of the goals over the next fortnight must be to ensure Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes and Archer have some batting time.Jason Roy is bound to play. So, too, is Morgan, who will become England’s most capped ODI cricketer. Roy made 87 at Southampton, which would satisfy most batsmen, but he was hardly ecstatic about that innings. “OK is the right word,” he said. “I was not quite myself. There was certainly a bit of rustiness there.”Still, 87 is not a bad return when a little short of form. Even better, the back spasms have disappeared. “The back actually feels way better than before,” Roy said. “I should have had the injection earlier. There are absolutely no worries at all now.”There was one shot at Southampton, an extra cover drive off Faheem Ashraf that went for six, that was a mini-turning point, which is often the way. One shot can transform a batsman’s confidence. Roy was asked whether he had ever hit a ball more sweetly. “No. That’s as good as it gets. Sorry, lads. I’ve played that shot before and maybe got out a couple of times. I guess it was just instinct. I was struggling a little bit and then it was nice to get one out of the sweet spot and I felt good from there.” Cricket Support The Guardian Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Pakistan cricket team Share on Twitter Read morecenter_img England continue to shuffle their pack during preparations for the World Cup, which have gone well for all but Alex Hales. The team have been tested in all three of their international games but have won them all. Now they are in Bristol, a venue that offers mixed memories. The precise composition of the XI for the third ODI against Pakistan is unclear but one thing is certain: the squad will not be winding down at the Mbargo nightclub afterwards.Jofra Archer and Adil Rashid are almost certain to be missing – neither practised on Monday – and it is likely Jos Buttler will be keeping his powder dry, which would enable Jonny Bairstow to have an outing with the gloves. It is hard to keep track but, though Bairstow is now reinstated as the Test keeper, he is the reserve in the ODI squad. Since you’re here… The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email. Jos Buttler’s consistency and carnage alarms England’s World Cup rivals Roy is looking to capitalise in Bristol but, like most of the England team, he is wary of looking too far ahead. The armchair strategists wonder whether he could have an impact on the Ashes series. He would like to but said: “My focus is on tomorrow and the rest of this series so that I’m in the right state mentally and physically. The weight of runs will come hopefully and, if the [Ashes] call comes, then brilliant.”England are confident Jimmy Anderson has not sustained any long-term damage after limping out of Lancashire’s Royal London Cup defeat by Hampshire on Sunday. The paceman is “a little sore” after being struck on the knee by a straight drive. Share on Facebook England cricket team Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Religious freedom push must be matched with hate speech protection, LGBTQI advocates say

first_imgShare on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Rugby union Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Equality Australia’s director of legal advocacy, Lee Carnie, also raised concern that proposed new laws could override existing state legislation aimed at protecting minority groups against vilification.“If you have those two concurrent processes going [at a state and federal level] you could potentially have both jurisdictions finding there had been mistreatment or neither, but because there isn’t consistency … they could reach different conclusions on where the line should be drawn,” Carnie told Guardian Australia.“The answer to dealing with that national inconsistency that would arise if the Australian government passes indirect discrimination provisions is to also make sure that amendments to the sex discrimination act are passed that protect LBTQI+ people from vilification and hate speech.”Carnie said that the remedy would be to introduce protections similar to the contentious Section 18C that exists within the Racial Discrimination Act, which the government unsuccessfully attempted to water down in the previous parliament.Equality Australia is calling on the government to release the bill, saying the attorney general’s proposed measure to legislate against “indirect” discrimination could prevent employers providing a safe workplace for all people.“Anti-discrimination laws should be a shield, not a sword. It sounds like the government’s proposal would prevent employers from being able to protect their businesses from the damaging public actions of employees.”The Nationals MP, Barnaby Joyce, told Guardian Australia that he wanted the government’s legislation to ensure that someone’s religious views should only be considered by an employer if they were relevant to the job. A government push to prevent “indirect” religious discrimination needs to be matched with new federal protections against hate speech and vilification, LGBTQI advocacy group Equality Australia says.The attorney general, Christian Porter, has begun a series of workshops with MPs on the government’s proposed religious discrimination bill, which is due to be introduced to parliament sometime this year.But amid calls from conservative MPs for a religious freedom bill rather than just a “defensive” bill that protects against discrimination, LGBTQI advocates are warning of “panic” among minority groups of the potential for the bill to do harm. Support The Guardian Since you’re here… LGBT rights Australian politics Read more Christian Porter Religious discrimination bill will safeguard people of faith, says attorney general Australian politics: subscribe by email Israel Folau Share via Email Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Barnaby Joyce Share on Facebook Read more Reuse this content He accused Rugby Australia of opening a “can of worms” after it sacked its star player Israel Folau for widely condemned comments on social media in which he paraphrased a Bible passage saying “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters” would go to hell unless they repented.“If you want to blame someone for this, blame Rugby Australia – they opened the can of worms and now the worms are all over the place and somehow we have to stick the worms back in the can,” he said.“Rugby Australia saying that someone may take offence about another person’s view on who goes to heaven or hell would say that they … know there is a heaven and hell and they have got knowledge of how to get to heaven or hell, and I would have thought that would be a little outside their pay grade.”Earlier he told ABC radio that he believed companies could not sack someone for their “annoying” views.“You’ve got people who are a pain in the arse and they’re in every office, but we can’t just go around sacking them because they’re annoying,” he said.Sign up to receive the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Topics Joyce is one of a group of conservative MPs who say the government needs to do more to protect religious expression, along with the New South Wales senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, who has launched a petition calling for a religious freedom bill.Porter has said he is opposed to such “declaratory” rights bills.Conservative thinktank the Institute of Public Affairs is also critical of the federal government’s attempt to legislate to protect religious freedoms, saying no new legislation is warranted.“The government should not legislate for the Folau case. Bad laws cannot be fixed by imposing more bad laws. It is not ‘conservative’ to legislate for freedom,” the IPA executive director, John Roskam, said.Labor has said it is prepared to work with the government on a religious discrimination bill, welcoming comments from the prime minister, Scott Morrison, that the issue should not be “politicised”. newslast_img read more

Carabao Cup final XIs: Ramsey starts, Sterling out

first_imgArsenal v Manchester City Arsenal vs Man City team news: Ramsey starts as Sterling misses out through injury Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:40 2/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Montage Guardiola Wenger goal Arsenal v Manchester City League Cup Manchester City Arsenal Arsene Wenger is looking to win the trophy for the first time, while Pep Guardiola is seeking to break his silverware duck in England Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has been passed fit for the Carabao Cup final but Raheem Sterling misses out through injury for Manchester City.Ramsey, 27, has been named in the startling line-up for the Gunners but Sterling, 23, has not been included in City’s squad due to a hamstring problem.Gabriel Jesus has been named amongst the substitutes for Pep Guardiola’s side alongside Ederson with Claudio Bravo starting in goal. 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 David Ospina starts between the sticks for Arsenal, who are lining up in a back three for the Wembley showpiece, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang features up top for the Gunners.Kevin De Bruyne is expected to feature from the right-hand side for City due to Sterling’s absence, while Danilo gets the nod at left-back ahead of Oleksandr Zinchenko.Arsenal, on the other hand, have named an experienced bench featuring the likes of Petr Cech and Per Mertesacker.It’s the first time that Jack Wilshere and Ramsey will play together for 154 competitive Arsenal games.Arsenal XI: Ospina; Bellerin, Chambers, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Xhaka, Wilshere; Ramsey, Ozil, Aubameyang. Subs: Cech, Mertesacker, Kolasinac, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Iwobi, Welbeck.Man City XI: Bravo; Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Danilo; Fernandinho, Silva, Gundogan; De Bruyne, Aguero, Sane. Subs: Ederson, Stones, Laporte, Bernardo, Zinchenko, Foden, Jesus.last_img read more

Lukaku joins Premier League’s 100-goal club

first_imgRomelu Lukaku Man Utd striker Lukaku joins Premier League’s 100-goal club Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 22:09 3/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Romelu Lukaku Manchester United Getty Romelu Lukaku Manchester United Manchester United v Swansea City Swansea City Premier League The Belgium international striker needed less than five minutes to open the scoring for the Red Devils against Swansea and become a top-tier centurion Romelu Lukaku has become the 28th player to record 100 Premier League by netting an early effort for Manchester United against Swansea.The Belgium international striker needed less than five minutes to open the scoring his latest outing and earn himself a standing in an elite club.In becoming a top-flight centurion, Lukaku has become the first Belgian to reach that milestone and the youngest foreign player in Premier League history to hit the mark. 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 His efforts have been spread between West Brom, Everton and United.He never managed a Premier League goal for Chelsea, having seen game time limited during a frustrating spell with the Blues.Lukaku was, however, to prove his worth with the Baggies in 2012-13, netting 17 times during a productive loan spell.Another 15 followed at Everton the following year, before they made that move permanent and were rewarded with another 53 strikes across three campaigns.United then invested £75 million in Lukaku during the summer transfer window of 2017 and have seen him hit the target 15 times in the Premier League, and on 26 occasions across all competitions. Welcome to the #PL club, @RomeluLukaku9! #MUNSWA @ManUtd pic.twitter.com/fJRg4tvzLD— Premier League (@premierleague) March 31, 2018Only four players have made it to 100 Premier League goals at a younger age than Lukaku, and they are all iconic figures of the English game.5 – Romelu Lukaku is the fifth youngest player to score 100 Premier League goals.Michael Owen (23y 134d)Robbie Fowler (23y 283d)Wayne Rooney (24y 100d)Harry Kane (24y 191d)Romelu Lukaku (24y 322d)Flourish. https://t.co/s47U4jwMl5— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 31, 2018United will be hoping that there are many more to come from their talismanic No.9, with Lukaku having shown that he is capable of leading the line for an elite club.He has endured the odd dip in form this season but has delivered when it matters and can now begin working his way towards the next 100 efforts of a remarkable club career.last_img read more

Napoli chief hints Sarri will leave

first_imgChelsea ‘Time has run out’ – Napoli chief drops hint over Chelsea target Sarri’s future Stephen Creek Last updated 1 year ago 06:30 5/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) mauriziosarri-cropped Getty Images Chelsea Napoli Serie A Premier League The 59-year-old has been lined up as a potential replacement for Antonio Conte and now looks set to depart Serie A this summer Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis hit out at coach Maurizio Sarri for failing to clarify his future, saying: “Time has run out.”Sarri’s side beat Crotone 2-1 in their final Serie A game of a season in which they finished second after having topped the table earlier in the campaign.Such an impressive campaign has led Chelsea to consider Sarri as a possible replacement for Antonio Conte, who is still expected to depart Stamford Bridge despite the Blues ending the season by winning the FA Cup on Saturday. 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 It was understood that Sarri would be remaining with the Serie A outfit, however, following positive talks ahead of the Crotone clash, but De Laurentiis has now suggested that might not be case.When asked whether Sarri would remain at the club, De Laurentiis told Kiss Kiss Radio: “Ask him. He has always sent me back to his agent [Alessandro] Pellegrini, who never gave me an answer.”Time has run out, there is no date. We have dealt with this problem anyway, we have to go on without fear and without ‘if’.””I have to take responsibility,” he added. “I’m not saying he’ll leave. There is a release clause, we’ll see what will happen.”Sarri’s post-match comments had an air of finality about them, but he stopped short of giving a clear indication about where he will be next season.”In life, everything comes to an end,” he told reporters. “Sometimes it’s better to finish stories while they are good.”When I arrived, the team had finished 24 points off the top. Now, we are four points behind.”We have not reached the target, but the journey has been fantastic. Tomorrow I will talk to my family before anyone else.””The [club] president needs a response quickly,” he added, before hinting that Chelsea could be among his preferred destinations by saying: “I don’t think I could go to another Italian team immediately.”The memory of Napoli would be too strong.”last_img read more

Deschamps hits out at Rabiot for ‘huge mistake’

first_imgFrance ‘He’s made a huge mistake!’ – Deschamps slams Rabiot for France snub Russell Greaves 23:36 5/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Adrien Rabiot France Getty Images France PSG World Cup The Paris Saint-Germain has refused to take his place among France’s standbys for the World Cup and could yet be left out of further squads Adrien Rabiot has made a “huge mistake” in asking to be removed from the standby list for France’s World Cup squad, according to coach Didier Deschamps.The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder, who has six caps, was overlooked for the main 23-man selection , with Sevilla’s Steven N’Zonzi preferred instead.Rabiot – who previously demonstrated a reluctance to adopt a more deep-lying role for his country – was included among Les Bleus’ group of first reserves for the tournament in Russia, but the 23-year-old made a request in writing to be de-selected. 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 Speaking at a media conference on Wednesday, shortly after the French Football Federation had expressed its surprise and disappointment at the move, Deschamps shed further light on the situation.”It was not a letter sent, it was an email that arrived Monday late afternoon,” he said. “I became aware of its content. Of course, Adrien signed it.”I called him to have a confirmation that it was he who had sent this email. He did not answer me. I got confirmation from my manager. In the process, I warned my president of the content. I also warned the president of PSG because he is a PSG player.”I was surprised of course. I can understand the disappointment, the immense disappointment, but to take such a position … we are talking about a young player who for a while was in the French group. He excludes himself from the team. “I dare to hope that through some decisions like this it will allow him to mature, to reflect. I am convinced that he made a huge mistake in taking such a position. “He refuses his status as a reservist, to follow a program, and if there was a problem of being called as a substitute. It is his decision he assumes.”France are considered among the favourites to win the World Cup and must first negotiate a group that pits them against Australia, Peru and Denmark.last_img read more

Madrid have become a monster, says Liverpool coach

first_imgLiverpool Real Madrid have become a results monster, says Liverpool assistant Krawietz Robin Bairner 23:53 5/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sergio Ramos Real Madrid Champions League trophy Getty Images Liverpool UEFA Champions League Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid One of Jurgen Klopp’s right-hand men believes that the Reds will need to play the game of their lives to win the Champions League Liverpool assistant coach Peter Krawietz has warned the Reds’ players ahead of the Champions League final that Real Madrid have become a “monster” when it comes to getting results.The two teams face off on Saturday in Kiev, with the Spanish side chasing a third successive European title.Although Madrid only finished third in La Liga this term, Krawietz has pointed out that no team in recent years has specialised in European competition like Los Blancos, who have won three of the last four crowns. 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 “In recent years they have become a results monster in the Champions League and have an insane experience,” he told SPOX. “If you go through their final squads of the last two years, they have only exchanged one position in 2017 compared to the previous year and would theoretically be in a position to set up the same team again this year as in the last final. “Meanwhile, they have the next generation with players like Marco Asensio or Lucas Vasquez in the hindquarters, all of which are incredibly good and already very experienced. “Real are simply extremely experienced; they know each other blind, have incredible footballing qualities and experience in abundance. “We want to and must play the game of our lives to meet this challenge.”Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has won only one of his previous five cup finals, but Krawietz denies that there is any curse upon the former Dortmund boss.“We did not suffer a total failure in any of the lost finals,” he said. “Besides we haven’t lost all the finals, we’ve also won one. “If you add in the German Supercup, which resembles a final, then we’re up to three victories “Ultimately, each final always tells its own story. “The only commonality I can see is that we hardly ever went to a final as a favourite, but always fought our way there through above-average performances.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

WAGGA’S WINNING WAYS DOMINATE NSW JUNIOR STATE CUP

first_imgThe town of Wagga is celebrating an historic first after being crowned Club champions for the first time in the 12 year history of the  annual New South Wales Touch Association Junior State Cup that was played at the Thomas Dalton Reserve, Wollongong over the weekend.A record 286 Teams, 300 referees, and over 5000 spectators descended on the picturesque Illawarra region to participate in the nation’s largest Touch football tournament.Teams from 49 different affiliates competed in age groups from Under 10 – Under 18 in Boys and Girls divisions in a non-stop weekend of fast and furious action featuring the brightest and best of New South Wales junior Touch football talent.For the first time in recent memory the weather Gods answered the prayers of the New South Wales touch community and turned on perfect weather for the showcase event. Wagga capped a stellar 12 months of junior development with six appearances in the ten contested Junior State Cup divisional finals. The Country affiliate claimed three divisional wins in the Vassallo Cup (12 Years Girls), The Zabielo Cup (12 Years Boys), and the Wall Cup (16 years boys) and finished runner-up in the Taylor Cup (14 Years Girls) the Toohey Cup, (16 Years Girls), and the Rose Cup (18 Years Girls).Wagga has had a record number of junior registrations in 2006 and their industrious grassroot level and representative team development structures have been rewarded with success on the Junior State Cup stage in 2007 with stunning results across the board. Traditional junior touch powerhouse Penrith also consolidated their impressive Junior State Cup record, snaffling three divisional titles in 2007. The “foot of the mountains” affiliate collected the Mc Call Cup (10 Years Boys), the Yiangou Cup, (14 Years Boys), and the Galea Cup (18 Years Boys) in a prosperous weekend for the area.Winning finals is one measure of success, but when affiliates such as Bankstown increase their team nominations from one year to the next from 4 to 10 for the annual event, and this is the norm, rather than the exception, it represents a greater victory for the game in terms of expansion across the board. New South Wales Touch Association Operations Manager Mr. Rob Summers was thrilled with all aspects of the tournament and heaped praise on Woolongong Touch Association and the competing affiliates.“It’s just a great tournament. The growth of this event reflects the strength of the sport in junior registrations and junior development in each competing affiliate. The tournament itself went off without a hitch, and the Woolongong Touch Association has to take a lot of credit for that. They work tirelessly and cohesively with the NSW staff to make the event the great success that it is.” Mr. Summers said.Members of Australia’s victorious World Cup teams proudly paraded the Federation of International Touch World Cup Trophy on the weekend and posed for photographs and signed memorabilia for budding young players keen to one day follow in the footsteps of their touch football heroes.For now though, the future superstars of our game will take their 2007 Junior State Cup XII experience (and maybe a touch of sunburn) with them and file it away until next year when affiliates, players, coaches, referees, tournament staff, and spectators do it all again at Australia’s biggest and most successful Touch tournament.The thirteenth New South Wales Junior State Cup will be hosted by the Wollongong Touch Association on the 16-17 February 2008.2007 New South Wales Junior State Cup Results:McCall Cup-10 Years Boys Penrith def Parramatta Tirado Cup-10 Years Girls Newcastle City def Manly Zabielo Cup-12 Years Boys Wagga def Peakhurst 12 Years Boys (Plate) Eastern Suburbs def Peninsula Vassallo Cup-12 Years Girls Wagga def Newcastle City 12 Years Girls (Plate) Port Macquarie def Parramatta Yiangou Cup-14 Years Boys Penrith def Wollongong 14 Years Boys (Plate) Bowral def Balmain Taylor Cup-14 Years Girls Parkes def Wagga 14 Years Girls (Plate) Milton Ulladulla def Wollongong Wall Cup –16 Years Boys Wagga def Manly Warringah 16 Years Boys (Plate) Wollongong def Peninsula Toohey Cup-16 Years Girls Wollongong def Wagga 16 Years Girls (Plate) Taree def Newcastle City Galea Cup-18 Years Boys Penrith def Western Suburbs 18 Years Boys (Plate) Parramatta def Dubbo Rose Cup-18 Years Girls Central Coast def Wagga 18 Years Girls (Plate) Griffith def Cronulla Sutherland For all information about the event including results and fixtures, please view the link at 2007 NSW Junior State Cup Websitelast_img read more