FIFA 18 Real Madrid career mode guide

first_imgeSports FIFA 18: How to get the best out of Real Madrid on career mode Ronan Murphy 00:16 1/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Cristiano Ronaldo FIFA 18 EA Sports eSports Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo Primera División Goal takes a look at how to get the best out of Los Blancos in career mode, offering tips and tricks to help you succeed at Santiago Bernabeu Real Madrid are one of the most supported clubs in the world and also one of the most popular clubs in FIFA 18’s Career Mode, as well as Online Seasons.As La Liga and Champions League holders, there is a lot of pressure on any Real Madrid manager to succeed in their first season and every season with the club. They have a great squad of players to begin with, but with many of their stars in the latter years of their careers, will need to ease in some young, fresh talent.Goal takes a look at how to get the best out of Real Madrid in career mode, offering tips and tricks to help you succeed at the Santiago Bernabeu. 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 Real Madrid: Best formation in FIFA 18FIFA 18 Real Madrid FormationZinedine Zidane has Real Madrid playing with a 4-4-2 diamond formation at the moment, which is replicated in FIFA 18 as a 4-1-2-1-2. This is a popular tactic for many players of FIFA Ultimate Team, but is not the most effective way of utilising Madrid’s best players.Gareth Bale is left on the bench by default, but his pace and high ratings across the board make him a brilliant attacker. To accommodate him in the starting XI, 4-3-3 or a variation of it is definitely the best approach, reuniting the BBC frontline.The one headache this will bring, however, is deciding which of the highly-rated midfielders to drop. Luka Modric and Toni Kroos have the highest current ability, but the Croatia international is 31-years-old, and thus has reached his potential.Casemiro, Isco and Mateo Kovacic are lower rated, but have the potential to become even better and are all in their mid-20s.Real Madrid: Best players in FIFA 18FIFA 18 Real Madrid CareerAs the cover star of FIFA 18, Ronaldo is the best player in the game. He has a current rating of 94, better than anyone else at Real Madrid, and one point ahead of rival Lionel Messi. His contract is until 2021, so he should be your team’s focal point until then or whenever he decides to retire in Career Mode.Sergio Ramos captains the side from centre-back with a 90 rating, and is 31-years-old, meaning he only has a few years left as well. Luckily, Los Blancos have a ready-made replacement in Jesus Vallejo. The 20-year-old starts off as a 78-rated CB, but with enough playing time, can reach 89 overall. He will slot in beside Raphael Varane, who is already excellent at the start of Career Mode, but develops even further to become one of the world’s best.Real Madrid’s squad has no obvious weaknesses, with some strong players even out on loan for the first season. James Rodriguez is at Bayern Munich until 2019, while right-winger Martin Odegaard and Federico Valverde are both away from the club until 2018 and have potential ratings of 86. Player Rating Potential Cristiano Ronaldo 94 94 Sergio Ramos 90 90 T. Kroos 90 90 L. Modric 89 89 G. Bale 89 89 Marcelo 87 87 Isco 86 90 K. Benzema 86 86 Varane 85 92 Casemiro 85 89 K. Navas 85 85 Marco Asensio 84 92 Carvajal 84 87 M. Kovacic 82 88 Lucas Vazquez 82 83 Nacho Fernandez 81 83 Kiko Casilla 80 80 Vallejo 78 89 Dani Ceballos 78 88 Marcos Llorente 78 86 Theo Hernandez 75 85 A. Hakimi 73 85 Oscar 68 81 Cristo Gonzalez 66 84 Alvaro Tejero 66 78 Moha Ramos 64 79 L. Zidane 64 73 F. Feuillassier 63 78 Real Madrid: Players to buy in FIFA 18Paulo Dybala FIFA 18Like in real-life, the long-term need of Real Madrid in FIFA 18 is to find a new striker. Karim Benzema is contracted until 2021, but has reached his peak rating of 86 overall. Ronaldo can be deployed as a striker too, but is on the wrong side of 30.Madrid have plenty of young talent in attack, but none are out-and-out strikers. Borja Mayoral is the best of what they have, but will only develop from a 78 rated striker into an 84 rated one – which is not high enough for a Champions League contender. Marco Asensio ends up being one of the best players in the game, but is an attacking central midfielder capable of playing on both wings, but does not have striker has a preferred position.There are plenty of brilliant strikers under 23 available in FIFA 18, including some which are useful in the squad straight away. Paulo Dybala, Harry Kane and Andrea Belotti should be available to a club of Real Madrid’s pulling power, while younger players like Kasper Dolberg, Lautaro Martinez and Jann-Fiete Arp are all players with great potential that can be eased into the first team.Goalkeeper is another area where improvements are needed in the medium- and long-term. Keylor Navas is a solid number one to begin with, but the club do not have a capable deputy or standout young stopper. Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa Arrizabalaga has been linked with Real in real life, and is also a suitable signing in FIFA 18. Sevilla’s Sergio Rico, Alban Lafont and Gianluigi Donnarumma are all excellent additions. Player Position Rating Potential G. Donnarumma GK 82 93 Sergio Rico GK 82 87 Arrizabalaga GK 81 87 Pau Lopez GK 81 86 A. Lafont GK 77 89 P. Dybala CAM, ST 88 93 H. Kane ST 87 90 A. Belotti ST 83 89 N. Fekir CAM, ST 83 87 T. Werner ST 83 87 Goncalo Guedes LM, LW, ST, RM 78 88 K. Dolberg ST 77 87 J. Arp ST 69 89last_img read more

Rooney tells Man Utd where to play Pogba

first_imgPaul Pogba Where to play Pogba? Rooney offers advice to Mourinho & Man Utd Dom Farrell 04:26 2/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Rooney-cropped Getty Images Paul Pogba Manchester United Manchester United v Huddersfield Town Premier League The Red Devils legend believes the £89 million Frenchman should be used on the left of a midfield three in order to recapture his Juventus form Manchester United should deploy Paul Pogba in a box-to-box midfield role to get the best out of the France star, according to former team-mate Wayne Rooney.Jose Mourinho dropped record signing Pogba to the bench for Saturday’s 2-0 Premier League win over Huddersfield Town following a poor showing in the previous defeat at Tottenham.The United boss praised Pogba’s reaction as a demonstration of his drive and professionalism but Rooney, who also found himself benched by the Portuguese tactician towards the end of his United career, believes a tactical tweak can unleash the 24-year-old’s best form. 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 “For me Paul Pogba is a classic box-to-box player. He can do a bit of everything really well,” Rooney told Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football programme.”If he has that freedom where he doesn’t have to think too much about his defensive role he can cause mayhem.”At Juventus he had [Andrea] Pirlo alongside him. With [Nemanja] Matic and another alongside him, on the left of a three in midfield, that will certainly get the best out of him.”Pogba has played 22 times for United in all competitions this season, scoring three goals and supplying 10 assists.last_img read more

Kolarov stunner sets Serbia off on winning start

first_imgCosta Rica 0 Serbia 1: Kolarov stunner seals points Patric Ridge Last updated 1 year ago 21:58 6/17/18 Kolarov - cropped Getty Images Serbia got their World Cup campaign off to a winning start as Aleksandar Kolarov’s sublime free-kick secured a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica. Aleksandar Kolarov’s sensational free-kick proved the difference as Serbia got their World Cup campaign off to a winning start with a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica in Group E.Serbia, under the tutelage of Mladen Krstajic for the first time in a competitive match, controlled much of Sunday’s clash at Samara Arena, but could not find a way through Costa Rica’s stubborn rearguard until Kolarov stepped just before the hour.Excellent throughout, Keylor Navas could do little to keep out the defender’s blistering effort, which curled over the wall and into the top corner. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move It was nothing less than Serbia deserved for a dominant display, although the best chance of the first half went to Costa Rica’s Giancarlo Gonzalez, who headed over from point-blank range.Serbia had gone close to prior to Kolarov’s thunderbolt, Aleksandar Mitrovic – a constant thorn in Costa Rica’s side – fluffing his lines when one-on-one with Navas early in the second half.Mitrovic wasted another chance to wrap up the points late on, but his profligacy did not prove costly as Serbia held on to seal the points.3 – The World Cup 2018 has already seen as many direct free kick goals as the World Cup 2014. Precise. pic.twitter.com/lSOlYeAIUs— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) June 17, 2018Both defences were tested in the opening moments – Mitrovic seeing an effort hooked off the line before Gonzalez headed straight at Vladimir Stojkovic at the other end.Gonzalez spurned another gilt-edged chance 10 minutes later, the Bologna defender heading over despite been unmarked at the back post.Marking his landmark 104th Serbia appearance, Branislav Ivanovic rolled back the years with a blistering run down the right soon after, but Navas did well to parry his cross away from Mitrovic.Sergej Milinkovic-Savic should have done better with a close-range effort 27 minutes in, only for the offside flag to spare the youngster’s blushes, before Kolarov drew the best out of Navas with a wicked free-kick.And Serbia were almost punished for their lack of penetration when Francisco Calvo dragged a strike wide as Costa Rica enjoyed a short spell of possession just before the break.Real Madrid goalkeeper Navas showed his quality again five minutes after the restart, racing out to deny Mitrovic, who should have done better from 10 yards out.Navas could do nothing to prevent Kolarov’s stunning opener, though – Kolarov showing his set-piece proficiency with a venomous, dipping strike that flew in the top-right corner.Oscar Ramirez introduced Arsenal’s Joel Campbell as Costa Rica chased an equaliser, and the forward had appeals for a penalty waved away when he went down under pressure from Dusko Tosic.Campbell was proving a nuisance, and only a last-ditch challenge from Nikola Milenkovic prevented Costa Rica’s substitute from getting in on goal.Filip Kostic and Mitrovic both wasted golden opportunities to extend Serbia’s advantage late on, the latter’s frustrating outing ending soon after as he was replaced.Serbia were not made to rue those misses, however, and – although a touchline skirmish between Nemanja Matic and a Costa Rica coach threatened to derail proceedings – stood firm to claim just their second victory from their last seven World Cup group stage matches. Key Opta Facts:- Serbia have won their opening game at a World Cup tournament for the first time since 1998, when they did so as Yugoslavia against Iran (1-0). – Costa Rica suffered their first defeat at the World Cup since 2006 (1-2 v Poland), ending a run of five games unbeaten in the competition (W2 D3).- Aleksandar Kolarov’s goal for Serbia was the third direct free-kick scored at this year’s World Cup (after Russia’s Aleksandr Golovin and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo), which is already as many as there were in the entire 2014 tournament in Brazil.- Los Ticos had two shots on target in the opening three minutes, then didn’t manage another until the 91st minute.- Aleksandar Kolarov’s strike was the first direct free-kick scored by a Serbia/Yugoslavia player at a World Cup tournament since 1998, when Sinisa Mihajlovic netted against Iran.  read morelast_img read more

a month agoArsenal academy chief Mertesacker: Edu has been set ambitious targets

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal academy chief Mertesacker: Edu has been set ambitious targetsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal academy chief Per Mertesacker says new sporting director Edu has been set ambitious targets.Mertesacker says that the brief for Edu, who played for the Gunners from 2001 to 2005, is very simple: Make Arsenal great again. He said: “Edu will make changes.”He has the power to change what he wants around the first team. He’s a very positive guy. First of all, he trusts me! We work very closely ­together, I think we can make a shift to being world-class again.“That’s the responsibility we have and the legacy that Arsene has left. By being so successful he set ­expectations.” last_img read more

25 days agoDe Bruyne misses Man City training ahead of Dinamo Zagreb clash

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say De Bruyne misses Man City training ahead of Dinamo Zagreb clashby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveKevin De Bruyne is in danger of missing Manchester City’s Champions League clash with Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday.The Belgian has been in emphatic form this season, having provided eight Premier League assists.But after limping off in Saturday’s win over Everton, De Bruyne was not present at training on Monday.He looks in doubt for Dinamo’s visit to the Etihad due a groin issue, according to reports.City will be looking to make it two from two in the competition after their opening game win over Shakhtar Donestk. last_img read more

LeBron James Congratulates Former Duke Guard Quinn Cook On Winning D-League Rookie Of The Year

first_imgQuinn Cook celebrates win over Utah.HOUSTON, TX – MARCH 27: Quinn Cook #2 of the Duke Blue Devils walks off the court after defeating the Utah Utes 63-57 during a South Regional Semifinal game of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at NRG Stadium on March 27, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Former Duke star Quinn Cook is yet to realize his NBA dreams, but he is making a big impact in the D-League. Cook, who plays for the Canton Charge, was named the D-League’s rookie of the year today after an impressive first professional season.Congrats to @QCook323 – our 2015-16 Rookie of the Year! He averaged 19.6 PPG & 5.4 APG for the @CantonCharge pic.twitter.com/0Ga4pNIqON— NBA D-League (@nbadleague) April 11, 2016Cook was congratulated by the leader of the Charge’s NBA affiliate, LeBron James, after the announcement was made.Congrats to the young boy @QCook323 on Rookie of the Year honors in the D-league! Keep going lil homie #StriveForGreatness— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 11, 2016Seeing a LeBron ‘congratulations’ tweet drop in your mentions has to be pretty amazing.last_img read more

Watch: 4-Star Jhamon Ausbon Announces Flip From LSU To Texas A&M With Twitter Video

first_imgJhamon Ausbon catches the ball as a recruit.Twitter/@TheJhamonAusbonJhamon Ausbon committed to LSU back in June, but now the four-star IMG Academy wide receiver is Texas A&M-bound.Ausbon announced his flip from the Tigers to their SEC West rival Aggies with a video posted to Twitter tonight.I am officially committed to Texas A&M! #gigem #YESSIR @CoachSumlin pic.twitter.com/TVC4hmvcTV— Hebrew (@TheJhamonAusbon) November 23, 2016As the song in the video alludes to, the move signals somewhat of a homecoming from Ausbon, who is originally from Texas. Before transferring to Bradenton, Fla. powerhouse IMG Academy from St. Thomas High School in Houston.247Sports ranks Ausbon No. 11 among class of 2017 wide receivers and No. 17 in the state of Florida. His decision comes after a visit to Texas A&M on October 7. He also holds offers from Auburn, Georgia, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and many others.He is the 24th player to join Texas A&M’s 2017 recruiting class. The group is currently ranked No. 9 in the nation, and No. 4 in the SEC after adding Ausbon to the mix. He is the fourth wide receiver in the class, joining Camron Buckley, Hezekiah Jones, and Roshauud Paul.last_img read more

Lopetegui was hand-picked by Monchi for Sevilla

first_imgNewly installed Sevilla head coach Julen Lopetegui was the first choice of sporting director Monchi, according to club chairman Jose Castro, who described the former Real Madrid boss as “the best coach for the Sevilla project”.Lopetegui’s arrival at Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan marked his return to football for the first time since his ill-fated spell as head coach of Real Madrid, where he was dismissed after just 10 La Liga matches with Los Blancos ninth in the table.Monchi, who helped Sevilla win 11 trophies including back-to-back Europa League titles during a hugely successful first spell as sporting director, returned to the club in March after spending two years at Roma. 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? Castro revealed that Lopetegui was the man Monchi wanted in charge of Sevilla as the club aims to improve on finishing sixth in La Liga in 2018-19.Castro told a news conference: “We’ve brought in the best sporting director, which is Monchi, and he says the best coach for the Sevilla project is Lopetegui.”He is the best coach for me as well.” Julen Lopetegui: ” #SevillaFC is a great team with huge demands… The academy has always produced solid players and we’ll be very alert to @CanteraSFC “. #WeareSevilla pic.twitter.com/vWrnHW0cij — Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) June 5, 2019 Lopetegui said his time away from the game had given him the opportunity to recharge as he pledged to work closely with Monchi to revive the club’s Champions League aspirations.He picked out midfielders Ever Banega and Pablo Sarabia as key members of the current squad, while acknowledging that the strength of Sevilla’s academy is a key asset.”I know what coming to Sevilla means,” said Lopetegui. “As an opponent I’ve been on the receiving end.”Now we need to work alongside Monchi, who is number one in his job. We’re going to have a fantastic squad I’m sure.”The Sevilla academy has always had answers. It has always contributed important and solid players consistently. We’ll be very alert to it, like we should be. If someone comes in it will be because they’re going to make us better, that is certain.”He added: “Sarabia and Banega are two excellent parts of the squad Monchi is trying to build.”last_img read more

Report: Venezuela 0 Argentina 2

first_imgLautaro Martinez and Giovani Lo Celso were on target for Argentina as they downed Venezuela 2-0 to set up a mouth-watering Copa America semi-final against hosts Brazil.Martinez’s instinctive 10th-minute finish was his sixth goal in 10 international appearances and due reward as Lionel Scaloni’s men made a rapid start.They faded during the second half but Lo Celso capitalised upon an error from Venezuela goalkeeper Wuilker Farinez to settle matters at the Maracana – the stadium where Argentina lost the 2014 World Cup final to Germany. 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? It means Lionel Messi’s ambitions of a first international title remain on track, with Argentina’s bitterest rivals now standing in his way.Martinez displayed his burgeoning understanding with Sergio Aguero in attack by playing in the Manchester City striker with a deft early pass – Farinez saving with his feet.The set-piece deliveries of Messi and Leandro Paredes were causing Venezuela problems and, after an unmarked German Pezzella should have opened the scoring, Martinez duly did.The Inter star converted a wonderful backheel from Aguero’s miscued shot and quickfire bookings for captain Tomas Rincon and fellow midfielder Yangel Herrera soon afterwards suggested Venezuela were losing their composure.Jhon Chancellor powered over a chance to equalise in the 40th minute, although Rafael Dudamel’s side needed a brilliant clearance from Roberto Rosales to prevent Martinez from turning in a second after slick interplay between Messi and Marcos Acuna.Martinez crashed against the back stanchion after Paredes unpicked Venezuela with a sumptuous 48th-minute pass.Dudamel boldly sent on winger Yeferson Soteldo for centre-back Luis Del Pino and Argentina were forced to absorb sustained pressure for the first time in the contest.Franco Armani saved sharply from Ronaldo Hernandez after Scaloni’s decision to withdraw Martinez and Acuna raised eyebrows.Farinez’s work at the other end contrasted horribly when he spilled Aguero’s 74th-minute shot to leave Lo Celso with a tap-in.9 – Argentina  won each of their last 9 Copa America games in which they scored the opening goal; the last time they failed to win was in 2015, against Paraguay  (2-2), and the last time they lost was in 1999 quarter-finals, against Brazil  (1-2). Derby?#CopaAmerica pic.twitter.com/pFHvMSpORV— OptaJavier (@OptaJavier) June 28, 2019What does it mean: Scaloni’s Argentina taking shape before showdown with old enemyScaloni’s sparse coaching credentials were pored over as Argentina staggered through the opening matches of their campaign. This was easily his team’s best performance of the tournament until his questionable second-half changes, with Paredes excelling in a midfield three where Acuna provided much-needed edge. La Albiceleste’s attacking prowess has never been in doubt but a shaky backline enjoyed greater protection and Armani handled soundly throughout.Martinez shows ruthless streak againAs he did in the vital group win over Qatar, Martinez gave Argentina an early lead – his supreme poaching instincts to the fore. More importantly, the 21-year-old appears entirely unhindered by the weight of expectation and failures that has sapped many of his compatriots over recent years.Messi short of brilliant bestIt was largely a game of personal frustration for Messi, who was well shackled by combative opponents. But his delight at Argentina’s progress was clear and it bodes well that a team so shambolic of late were able to prevail with their talisman short of the A-game he will surely need against Brazil.Key Opta Facts:- Argentina have beaten Venezuela in each of their six Copa America meetings, scoring 30 goals and conceding just three. – The last five times Argentina reached the semi-final stage of the Copa America, they also made it through to the final, but managed to win the title in only one of those tournaments (1993). – Argentina won each of their last 10 Copa America games in which they scored the opening goal; the last time they failed to win after scoring first was in 2015, against Paraguay (2-2), and the last time they lost was in 1999 quarter-finals, against Brazil (1-2). – Lionel Messi has now played 25 Copa America games; only six players have played more games in the competition’s history.- Against Venezuela, Angel Di Maria earned his 100th cap for Argentina, becoming only the sixth Argentine player to reach that landmark, after Javier Mascherano (147), Javier Zanetti (142), Messi (134), Roberto Ayala (115) and Diego Simeone (105). What’s next: The Copa clash the world wants to seeAs unlikely as it seemed when Argentina toyed with group-stage elimination, the two great rivals in South American football now have the chance to produce a clash for the ages in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday. Despite their shot-shy efforts against Paraguay, Brazil will be favourites. But are Argentina just about clicking at the right time? read morelast_img read more

Projecting the USMNT lineup versus Jamaica

first_imgGregg Berhalter has used the same starting lineup for three of the U.S. national team’s four Gold Cup matches, but the challenge of short rest and a dangerous opponent in Jamaica should lead to at least a modest shake-up in personnel. After Sunday’s 1-0 quarterfinal victory against Curacao, a match that ended with a win, but finished as a lackluster overall performance, Berhalter has some serious decisions to make. Once again, he must consider whether to stick with Gyasi Zardes as his lead striker or insert Jozy Altidore into the leading role he was expected to fill when the Gold Cup began. The case against Zardes was made stronger by his poor showing against Curacao, and the quick turnaround time from Sunday to Wednesday could give Berhalter the excuse to turn to Altidore, who didn’t play against Curacao, and has made just one start in the Gold Cup.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare GFX USMNT Projected XI 07032019Another player who  may have cost himself his starting spot after a poor showing against Curacao is Tyler Boyd. The New Zealand-born winger had been a pleasant surprise since making his USMNT debut in June following completing a one-time change of association with FIFA. He turned in strong performances against Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago, but struggled badly against Curacao, which could open the door for Jordan Morris to get the starting nod against Jamaica.Morris is no stranger to facing Jamaica in the Gold Cup, having scored the winning goal to defeat the Reggae Boyz in the 2017 Gold Cup final.Greetings from Nashville. Here are some thoughts on the #USMNT lineup options for Wednesday’s Gold Cup semifinal vs. Jamaica: pic.twitter.com/01o1bqtGyf— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) July 3, 2019Berhalter will also need to consider whether to keep the same defensive lineup in place. The quartet of Tim Ream, Aaron Long, Walker Zimmerman and Nick Lima has yet to concede a goal in the three matches they have started together, but Jamaica’s speed, led by Leon Bailey and Darren Mattocks, could lead Berhalter to make a change, with Matt Miazga a good candidate to step into the lineup for Zimmerman.The short turnaround time from Sunday’s quarterfinal to Wednesday night could also lead Berhalter to consider inserting Wil Trapp in place of Michael Bradley, who came into the Gold Cup having recently been sidelined by a hamstring injury. Berhalter could also decide Bradley’s experience and presence in the middle is too valuable to risk sitting him.last_img read more

Mount set for new Chelsea deal

first_imgMason Mount is set to be offered a new long-term contract at Chelsea with Frank Lampard keen to tie down a player who impressed under his stewardship at Derby County.England Under-21 international Mount spent the 2018-19 season playing under Lampard at Pride Park on loan, making 44 appearances, scoring 11 goals and providing six assists in all competitions.The 20-year-old’s current deal at Stamford Bridge expires in less than two years, but the appointment of Lampard has helped convince Mount that his long-term future is in west London. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Goal can confirm that talks have already begun regarding the terms of the deal despite Mount being on holiday after representing England the U21 European Championships in Italy in June.The presence of Lampard’s assistant manager Jody Morris, who worked with Mount when managing the Chelsea Under-18s squad, has also proven pivotal in convincing a player who joined the club at the age of eight.Joe Edwards, who also worked with Mount during his time in the club’s academy, is being promoted from his role as coach of the club’s Under-23s Development Squad to Lampard’s backroom team as the club begin to focus on bringing through their most talented youth products.Tying down homegrown talent is likely to form the basis of Chelsea’s off-field work over the summer with their FIFA-imposed transfer ban meaning strengthening their squad from the outside is not possible until the summer of 2020.Ruben Loftus-Cheek is set to sign a new £120,000-a-week deal with his boyhood club, with the announcement on that expected imminently.Ruben Loftus-Cheek Cardiff vs Chelsea Premier League 2018-19Chelsea are also keen to tie Callum Hudson-Odoi to a fresh five-year deal, with talks ongoing with the 18-year-old and his representatives.Confidence is growing inside the club that the England winger will remain in west London after they rejected Bayern Munich’s advances during the January transfer window.Should they fail to agree terms on a fresh contract for Hudson-Odoi, however, then he would be able to leave on a free transfer at the end of next season when his current deal comes to an end.Following the confirmation of Lampard’s appointment on Thursday, the ex-Blues midfielder will oversee the return of a number of his players for pre-season training on Friday before the squad fly out to Ireland for their first friendlies of the summer.They will take on Bohemians and St. Patrick’s Athletic before heading to Japan, Austria and Germany to complete their seven-match pre-season programme.They then begin their Premier League campaign against Manchester United at Old Trafford on August 11.last_img read more

Man City & Juventus confirm €65m Cancelo-Danilo swap

first_imgManchester City have completed the signing of full-back Joao Cancelo from Juventu,s with the Serie A champions receiving a transfer fee and Danilo as part of the deal.The Premier League title holders will send €28 million (£25.8/$31.4m) and the Brazilian defender to Juve for Cancelo, who moves to City after just one year in Turin.Cancelo moves to City on a six-year deal that will keep him at the Etihad Stadium until the summer of 2025, becoming City’s third signing of the summer after Spaniards Rodri and Angelino. 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? “City are a fantastic club, with a brilliant manager and I am delighted to be here,” Cancelo said in a press release.“Everything about them has impressed me, from the facilities, to their style of play.“I am always looking to develop my game and win trophies and I believe I can do that here, so now I’m really looking forward to the new season and testing myself in the Premier League.”And there he is! 😍 pic.twitter.com/n9Ez13Rm7X — Manchester City (@ManCity) August 7, 2019 The Portugal defender provided one goal and five assists in 34 games as Juve lifted an eighth consecutive Serie A title following a summer move from Valencia.He has previously featured for Benfica and Inter while he helped guide Portugal to the inaugural UEFA Nations League this summer.The total cost of Cancelo comes to €65m (£60m/$72.9m), with Juve acquiring Danilo at a value of €37m (£34.1/$41.5m).“Joao is a fine player and an excellent attacking full-back who will provide us with a real threat on the right-hand side,” said City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain.“We have been impressed with his progress and have no doubt he can continue to shine here in Manchester.“He fits the profile of player we want here at Manchester City. His best years are ahead of him, he’s technically proficient and has the physical attributes we desire.“I am delighted we have secured his signature.”Official⎮ @2DaniLuiz is Bianconero! ⚫️⚪️➡️ https://t.co/ldAa0f7SFO #WelcomeDanilo #LiveAhead pic.twitter.com/4HJOp3SDfI — JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) August 7, 2019 As for Juventus, Danilo has signed a five-year deal with the club until 2024 as he departs City after a two-season stint with the club.Prior to his time in England, Danilo featured for Real Madrid, Porto, Santos and Atletico Mineiro while also earning 23 total caps for Brazil.The full-back – who can play on either side of the defence – made a total of 21 appearances for City last season, but just 11 of those appearances came in the Premier League.last_img read more

Griezmann sells Lacazette from star-studded FM squad

first_imgAvid Football Manager fan Antoine Griezmann has revealed his latest virtual all-star Arsenal side – but there is no room for France team-mate Alexandre Lacazette.Griezmann has often posted updates on social media channels to show off his achievements in the popular game.The Barcelona forward, who only joined the Catalans last month, got Arsenal supporters excited in April when he uploaded a screenshot of his latest save as Gunners manager, with Lacazette spearheading his attack. 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? But Lacazette was nowhere to be seen in the 2023 squad, with the 28-year-old learning from Griezmann that he had been unceremoniously sold to Huddersfield Town for £23.5million.. @Arsenal 2023 pic.twitter.com/xBS5IhSm09— Antoine Griezmann (@AntoGriezmann) August 14, 2019Lacazette did at least enjoy huge success before his move northwards, having helped his side to Premier League, Champions League, Super Cup and League Cup triumphs.Portugal prodigy Joao Felix, who made the switch to Atletico Madrid in real life as a replacement for Griezmann, is the team’s No.10 despite the French superstar being able to play the role himself.2021 : @premierleague  @Carabao_Cup  @ChampionsLeague  SuperCup Europe  Mondial des Clubs2023 : Huddersfield 23.5 M — Antoine Griezmann (@AntoGriezmann) August 14, 2019Young Ajax talent Brian Brobbey has developed into the squad’s first choice centre-forward, while Dortmund gun Jadon Sancho and Portuguese whiz-kid Francisco Trincao take up the wing positions in the 4-2-3-1 formation.Griezmann’s fellow Barcelona signing Frenkie de Jong slots in at central midfield with Manchester United target Bruno Fernandes alongside.There are two Champions League winners in defence, in Liverpool’s Andy Robertson and Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane, with Juventus acquisition Matthijs De Ligt also at the back.The substitutes bench includes Chelsea goalkeeper Jamal Blackman, Porto left-back Alex Telles, Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves and Bournemouth centre-half Chris Mepham.Football Manager was first released as Championship Manager in 1992 but was rebranded as its current name in 2005 after developer Sports Interactive lost the naming rights.The latest version, Football Manager 2019, was released on November 2018 and is currently in stores, with the 2020 edition expected to come out in November of this year.last_img read more

Major Changes Could Be Coming To Big Ten Football In 2022

first_imgWisconsin's field during a game against Nebraska.MADISON, WI – NOVEMBER 15: A general view of play between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on November 15, 2014 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The Big Ten has been playing a 9-game conference schedule for a couple of years. The league opted to go to the 9-game schedule back in 2016. The move was believed to help the conference when it comes to making the College Football Playoff, as only four teams can make it.This might be changing. One of the Big Ten athletic directors hinted on Monday that the league might be going back to an 8-game schedule.Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos says that the strength of schedule has really had no bearing on the College Football Playoff for the Big Ten.Rivals.com’s Sean Callahan reported the news.“Moos hinted on his radio show tonight that there could be some other schedule news coming out for 2022. He said it had to do with the Big Ten not beating each other up so bad, because strength of schedule has had really no baring on the Big Ten for the CFP. Back to 8 league games?” he tweeted.Moos hinted on his radio show tonight that there could be some other schedule news coming out for 2022.He said it had to do with the Big Ten not beating each other up so bad, because strength of schedule has had really no baring on the Big Ten for the CFP. Back to 8 league games?— Sean Callahan (@Sean_Callahan) May 22, 2018The Big Ten has had a College Football Playoff team in three of the last four years. There was no Big Ten team in the 2017 playoff, but that had less to do with strength of schedule and more to do with the league’s champion, Ohio State, having two losses.Who knows what the college football landscape will look like by 2022, though.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Urban Meyer Will Be Allowed To Coach Practice For 2 Games He’s Suspended

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.COLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 12: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on during the second quarter against the Maryland Terrapins at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium on November 12, 2016 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, who has been on paid administrative leave for nearly three weeks, was officially suspended by the university on Wednesday for how he handled former wide receivers coach Zach Smith’s employment at the school. Details are starting to trickle out regarding the details of that suspension.Bill Rabinowitz of The Columbus Dispatch reports that Meyer’s suspension is a full suspension through the team’s first game – at home against Oregon State on September 1.After that, Meyer will be allowed to coach the team during the week but will be suspended two more games – at home against Rutgers and down in Arlington against TCU.Meyer will not be able to travel with the team for the TCU game.Let me clarify again. He is fully suspended through the Oregon State game. Then for the Rutgers and TCU games, he can direct practice during the week but not coach on Saturday.— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) August 23, 2018Meyer’s suspension was announced after a 12-hour deliberation by the school’s board of trustees on Wednesday. School AD Gene Smith was also suspended.Meyer, after issuing a statement, was asked questions by the media. One answer he gave a reporter is going viral.last_img read more

Michigan Fans Will Love What Shea Patterson Said About Jim Harbaugh

first_imgJim Harbaugh looks on from the sidelines.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 1: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on from the sidelines during the second quarter of the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game against the South Carolina Gamecocks on January 1, 2018 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)Michigan football is prepping for a pivotal year. The Wolverines are ranked in the top 15 and expected to contend for the Big Ten title.In his three seasons at Michigan, Jim Harbaugh has registered a pair of 10-win seasons but has never finished higher than third place in the Big Ten East. Harbaugh still has plenty of support at Michigan, but expectations are high as well.Perhaps the biggest key to success for Harbaugh’s team this year will be the play of new quarterback Shea Patterson. Patterson is immediately eligible after transferring in from Ole Miss, and Harbaugh named him the starter the other day.It looks like Patterson has plenty of confidence in his new head coach. Michigan fans will be very happy hearing what the junior signal caller said about Harbaugh today.Patterson called Harbaugh “the best coach” he’s ever been around.Shea Patterson on Jim Harbaugh: “He’s the best coach I’ve ever been around.”— angelique (@chengelis) August 23, 2018Patterson played for Hugh Freeze and Matt Luke at Ole Miss. Neither of those guys are as good as Harbaugh.Time will tell what the Harbaugh-Patterson partnership will turn into. Michigan begins its season on Sept. 1, and they will be challenged right out of the gate.The Wolverines open up at Notre Dame at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sept. 1.last_img read more

Kirk Herbstreit Releases His New College Football Rankings

first_imgKirk Herbstreit speaks on ESPN about college football.ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit updated his new top four rankings following Notre Dame’s win against Virginia Tech on Saturday night.Then, today, Herbie released his full new rankings, including a couple of other teams.Where does Herbstreit have teams heading into the seventh week of the year?Here’s his new top six:AlabamaOhio StateGeorgiaClemsonNotre DamePenn StateMy Top 4 after WEEK 61-@AlabamaFTBL 2-@OhioStateFB 3-@FootballUGA 4-@ClemsonFB Next 2@NDFootball @PennStateFball— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) October 7, 2018At this point in the season, Alabama, Ohio State and Clemson seem like safe bets to make the College Football Playoff. Of course, a lot can change over the season’s final two months, but those three teams really look like the best teams in their respective conferences. And, if they win out, they’ll be in.That fourth spot could be Notre Dame’s if the Fighting Irish finish undefeated. The projection models think that is likely, too. Notre Dame isn’t scheduled to play another ranked team.What’s your latest prediction?last_img read more

Tyler Trent’s Reaction To Purdue’s Last-Second Victory Over Iowa Was Awesome

first_imgTyler Trent's reaction to Purdue's win was great.Two weeks back, the college football world was introduced to Purdue superfan Tyler Trent, a young man who is courageously battling bone cancer. Saturday, he’s back – and he’s helped bring on another big upset.Trent, who called Purdue’s big victory over Ohio State two weeks ago, was back at Ross-Ade Stadium for Purdue’s game against No. 16 Iowa on Saturday. He even helped the crowd take part in the ‘Kinnick Wave’ – a tradition that Iowa started at Kinnick Stadium to help boost the spirits of children in the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital overlooking the stadium.This time around, it took a Spencer Evans field goal with eight seconds left to play to seal the victory, 38-36. After the final play of the contest, television cameras panned to Trent. To say he was happy would be an understatement.Here are a few photos of his huge smile:@theTylerTrent look! You’re on TV!!! Congrats! You’re a true inspiration to so many. ? pic.twitter.com/NbnVFY8mhV— MamaRudy (@MamaRudy3000) November 3, 2018Congratulations to @theTylerTrent and @BoilerFootball #BoilerUp #HAMMERDOWN pic.twitter.com/pLW1pdM6OZ— Michael Messerly (@cwsmayor) November 3, 2018Trent took to Twitter after the game to celebrate the victory. He posted a photo of the field, which had been stormed:Victory!!! So proud of @BoilerFootball! Proving once again what being a boilermaker is all about! #BoilerUp #onlythestrong pic.twitter.com/SMGTdpJzac— Tyler Trent (@theTylerTrent) November 3, 2018Props to Purdue for treating Trent like royalty this season. It’s been an awesome ride to witness.last_img read more

Ohio State Releases Epic Hype Video For Michigan State

first_imgOhio State players tackling Michigan State's RB.COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 21: LJ Scott #3 of the Michigan State Spartans plows forward for a first down in the fourth quarter as Darron Lee #43 of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Gareon Conley #8 of the Ohio State Buckeyes make the tackle at Ohio Stadium on November 21, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. Michigan State defeated Ohio State 17-14. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Ohio State travels to East Lansing this weekend to take on Michigan State. With one loss already, the Buckeyes have no room for error. They have to win out to have a chance at winning the Big Ten and reaching the College Football Playoff.Michigan State has won three of the last seven meetings against Ohio State, but none of those wins came at home. They won twice in Columbus and once in Indianapolis.The last time the Spartans beat OSU in East Lansing? It was 1999, and it was their second win in a row against the Buckeyes.As they do every week, Ohio State has put out a hype video for the game. This week’s is extra-juiced up, given the circumstances.Check it out:Ohio State and Michigan State will kick off Saturday at noon ET on FOX.The Buckeyes lead the all-time series between the two schools 31-15.last_img read more

Iowa State Announces Major Matt Campbell News

first_imgHead coach Matt Campbell of the Iowa State Cyclones looks toward the field of play before the Cyclones take on the TCU Horned Frogs.FORT WORTH, TX – SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Matt Campbell of the Iowa State Cyclones looks toward the field of play before the Cyclones take on the TCU Horned Frogs during the first half at Amon G. Carter Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)Iowa State’s Matt Campbell has won back-to-back Big 12 Coach of the Year awards, leading the Cyclones to consecutive bowl games and establishing himself as one of the hottest names in coaching in the process.While many pundits have suggested Campbell as a candidate for other jobs, Iowa State is doing its damnedest to keep him around. That includes giving him a contract extension on top of the new contract he signed after last season.Iowa State AD Jamie Pollard announced the extension on Twitter this afternoon. It runs through 2024 and provides a significant amount of additional money for Campbell to hire assistants.“Excited to share that @ISUMattCampbell has agreed to a contract extension through 2024 and we have provided him $1M in additional compensation for his assistant coaches,” Pollard wrote. “Official press release will issued later today.”Excited to share that @ISUMattCampbell has agreed to a contract extension through 2024 and we have provided him $1M in additional compensation for his assistant coaches. Official press release will issued later today.— Jamie Pollard (@IASTATEAD) December 9, 2018Does this mean Campbell will be in Ames for the next several years? No, he could eventually opt to leave at some point, but give credit where it’s due. The Cyclones are making it very hard for him to do so.Campbell is 18-18 in three seasons at ISU after a 35-15 mark at Toledo from 2011-2015.He will look to lead his program to its first nine-win season since 2000 when the Cyclones take on Washington State in the Alamo Bowl.That game is scheduled for December 28 in San Antonio.last_img read more