Month: October 2019

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