10 months agoReal Madrid coach Solari: January signings? C’mon guys…

first_imgReal Madrid coach Solari: January signings? C’mon guys…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari has pleaded with the media to allow his players to celebrate their Club World Cup triumph.After their 4-1 final win over Al Ain, Solari was immediately asked about his transfer plans for January.”Recruits this winter? What I’m saying is that we deserve to breathe a bit, we have earned this title with a lot of merit and we must enjoy it,” said the Argentine.”The only thing I’m sure of is that this team deserves this trophy. “For now, the sequel is a deserved holiday.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoEverton loanee Vlasic slams Allardyce: It wasn’t football

first_imgEverton loanee Vlasic slams Allardyce: It wasn’t footballby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNikola Vlasic has said that Everton played terrible football under Sam Allardyce.The winger has admitted the players were even scared of the home supporters, as they knew that no one was happy with the way they were playing.Vlasic thinks that it has improved under Marco Silva, even though Everton are below the 8th place where they finished last season under Allardyce.”Everything changed after Koeman left. The football played by Big Sam was awful, if it could even be called football,” Vlasic told Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti.”In such football I do not have a place. The football team was terrified by everything, the fans mostly. This season, Marco Silva plays different, much nicer football, but has not got results.”It is true that Everton did not make an expected breakthrough but at least fans now look at the normal football in which the guys, through their actions, are trying to score and win.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoWest Ham boss Pellegrini coy over season target

first_imgWest Ham boss Pellegrini coy over season targetby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is coy over their season target.Skipper Mark Noble says they should be going for the top six.Pellegrini said, “I never say what our team target is for the season. I think though, that if pundits have those feelings, maybe it is because the team is showing in games, we are able to do that. “Our duty as a team is not to hear what happens, it is to play every game and demonstrate we are able to do it. “We know we have a very strong team to play and we have a good test against Manchester United and we will try to beat them. That would be the only way to arrive in the top six position, by demonstrating in every game we can do exactly that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

21 days ago​Liverpool boss Klopp lauds Leicester counterpart Rodgers

first_imgTagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​Liverpool boss Klopp lauds Leicester counterpart Rodgersby Ian Ferris21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been speaking of the return to Anfield of former Reds boss Brendan Rodgers with Leicester.”He is doing really well – and to be honest, I am not surprised about that. I knew when I came here that he was not the reason that things did not work out. Since then he has done an incredible job at Celtic and now at Leicester.”A lot of players were in before him and are still there, but [he has made] good signings as well, really good signings, and a brilliant team. What they do is really good.”I don’t have to say that because I think everybody knows it in the moment when you watch the Leicester games, it is just exciting, they are fresh, they are good. Just good.”They defend well, play football and especially [their] counter-attacks are pretty threatening. The reception will be good, from my side and from the supporters as well, but still it is not a friendly game and that’s what we want to make sure. We are there to perform as well and hopefully that’s what we will do.” last_img read more

6 days agoRoyalty to attend Man Utd v Liverpool clash

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Royalty to attend Man Utd v Liverpool clashby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorwegian King Harald V will be at Old Trafford tomorrow.While a fan of Tottenham, King Harald will attend Manchester United’s clash with Liverpool to support Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Harald was delighted when the Norwegian was named manager of United last season.”It’s impressive. Really,” stated Harald. “I hope with all my heart that he succeeds.” last_img read more

Japan vs Qatar: TV, stream & preview

first_imgThe 2019 Asian Cup will come to a head on Friday when first-time finalists Qatar prepare to face off against four-time champions and front-runners Japan.Japan have been the team to beat this tournament following the early exits of South Korea and Australia, having clinched the top spot of Group F in a straightforward manner with wins over Turkmenistan, Oman and Uzbekistan, before beating Saudi Arabia, Vietnam and Iran in the knockout stages.Qatar emerged as an unlikely powerhouse after knocking out favourites South Korea in the quarter-finals, and will head into the final backed by the momentum of their 4-0 semi-final victory over hosts United Arab Emirates. 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? Game Japan vs Qatar Date Friday, February 1 Time 2pm GMT / 9am ET Stream (US) DAZN (one month free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live with DAZN (one month free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream Univision NOW DAZN (one month free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on BT Sport 2 and livestreamed on BT Sport Live. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position Japan players Goalkeepers Gonda, Higashiguchi, Schmidt Defenders Nagatomo, Yoshida, Sakai, Makino, Tomiyasu, Shiotani, Miura, Muroya, Sasaki Midfielders Haraguchi, Inui, Shibasaki, Endo, Aoyama, Minamino, Ito, Doan Forwards Osako, Muto, Kitagawa With holding midfielder Wataru Endo injured, Al Ain defender Tsukasa Shiotani could be set for a return to the XI following his only start against Uzbekistan in the group stages.Kawasaki Frontale midfielder Hidemasa Morita is also unavailable to feature.Potential Japan XI: Gonda; Sakai, Yoshida, Tomayasi, Nagatomo; Haraguchi, Shiotani; Minamino, Doan, Shibasaki; Osako. Position Qatar players Goalkeepers Al Sheeb, Hassan, Al-Bakri Defenders Ro-Ro, Hassan, Salman, Ismail, Al-Muhaza, Al-Rawi, Al-Ali, Madibo Midfielders Fatehi, Hatem, Mohammed, Boudiaf, Al-Hajri, Khoukhi, Moustafa, Afif Forwards Alaaeldin, Al-Haydos, Afif, Ali The eligibility of Qatar players Almoez Ali, 22 and Iraqi-born defender Bassam Al Rawi, 21 have been questioned ahead of the final – with Ali having scored his record-equalling eighth goal of the tournament.Potential Qatar XI: Al Sheeb; Ro-Ro, Khoukhi, Salman, Hassan; Boudiaf, Afif, Madibo, Al-Hajri; Al Haydos, Ali.Betting & Match Odds Japan are priced at odds of winning 23/20 according to bet 365, while a draw is available at 2/1. A win for Qatar is priced at 3/1.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Qatar Asian Cu 2019Japan are on course to win a record-extending fifth continental title as they take on Qatar at Zayed Sports City following their 3-0 victory over fellow favourites Iran in the semi-finals.Head coach Hajime Moriyasu is set to become the first manager to win the tournament as both head coach and player, having been part of the Samurai Blues’ title-winning 1992 team.Thirty-year-old Tsukasa Shiotani was drafted in for the injured Morita and scored the winner during the 2-1 group stage victory over Uzbekistan, and could be in line to be included in the XI for the final.“If the manager picks me, I’ll be ready to do my best,” Shiotani said in the lead-up to the game. “It’s not every day you get to play in an Asian Cup final. I want to enjoy it.”Debut finalists Qatar have reached their first continental final in their nation’s history, with a win over neighbours UAE following an impressive 1-0 quarter-final victory over tournament favourites South Korea.Hasan Al Haydos and Hamid Ismaeil scored late on for Qatar during the politically-charged semi, and have won all six of their matches and are yet to concede a single goal – becoming the first nation to ever do so at the Asian Cup.Qatari players were pelted with plastic bottles and shoes by furious local fans during their 4-0 semi-final thrashing of UAE.The protests stemmed from a history of political and economic boycotts of Qatar, which the UAE had launched alongside Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt in 2017 – with the four countries accusing Qatar of supporting terrorism, which it denies.The tensions has also meant that almost no Qatari fans or media have been present in the UAE to report on their run to a first continental final.”We have already realised a dream that the whole country had,” said striker Almoez Ali, who equalled Ali Daei’s record of eight goals in a single Asian Cup against the hosts on Tuesday.”We will need patience in the final but if we are patient, we have a chance of being champions.”last_img read more

Transfer LIVE: Man Utd told Rice won’t be sold this summer

‘Lukaku’s time in England is over’

first_imgRomelu Lukaku’s “time in England is over”, according to Andy van der Meyde, with the Manchester United striker being tipped to form an “unbelievable” strike partnership with Mauro Icardi at Inter.Speculation regarding a move away from Old Trafford for the Belgium international is starting to intensify.Initial rumours have seemingly taken on more substance, with the 26-year-old now expected to take on a new challenge. 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? Lukaku has openly admitted in the past that he would welcome the opportunity to test himself in Serie A at some stage.That wish may be granted in the summer of 2019, with former Inter star Van der Meyde hinting that reported interest from San Siro may deliver a big-money deal.He told FCInterNews: “I’ll tell you what I think, not what he told me in front of the cameras. For that, I refer you to the episode [of my show] that will be broadcast in a few weeks.“I think this time in England is over and he can move to another like Serie A.“On the other hand, Romelu’s message to one of your [Italian] TV stations in which he praised [Antonio] Conte by claiming that he is the best manager in the world, makes it clear.“But to avoid specific problems, again this is just my personal opinion.”Icardi Inter JuventusInter already have a star frontman on their books in the form of Argentina international Icardi.He has been linked with a move of his own, with Van der Meyde admitting that a long-runner saga has become an unwelcome distraction.The Dutchman said of Icardi: “I think he is a very good player and he was a good captain. So the situation is a bit bleak.“But this is football. The players come and go. The team is more important than the single athlete.”While fearing that Icardi could be offloaded in the current window, Van der Meyde hopes that his services are retained and used alongside Lukaku.He added: “They could be a pair of deadly strikers. Unbelievable. Do you know how many goals they could score?”Inter are expected to bring in a number of fresh faces now that they have Conte at the helm, with the club eager to force their way back into contention for major honours and end Juventus’ dominance of Italian football.last_img read more

Elliott watches Liverpool friendly as Reds move finalised

first_imgFulham wonderkid Harvey Elliott was in attendace for an easy friendly victory for Liverpool on Thursday as he closes on what would be a dream move to Anfield.The Champions League holders raised few eyebrows at Prenton Park in a dominant 6-0 defeat of Tranmere Rovers to kick off pre-season preparations. Nathaniel Clyne opened the scoring after just six minutes and Rhian Brewster hit a double to effectively end the game as a contest before half time, before Curtis Jones and Divock Origi further widened the margin in the second half.  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 Steven Gerrard’s cousin Bobby Duncan rounded off the rout with the sixth goal of the evening to mark a perfect start to pre-season for Jurgen Klopp’s men. And in the stands at Prenton Park was Elliott, who Goal can confirm will soon be signing terms on a move to Liverpool. In May, Elliott became the youngest player in Premier League history when he came on for already relegated Fulham against Wolves aged 16 years and 30 days. While he will not be able to sign professional terms until his 17th birthday in April 2020, he is nevertheless free to pen a youth contract with Liverpool after his deal with Fulham expired. He is expected to complete his move in the coming days, with Fulham set to receive a significant compensation package for the player. The signing represents a coup for Liverpool, who had to beat off interest from a host of rival clubs in order to land the teenager. Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain were all linked with Elliott, whose support of the Reds seems to have been key in his decision. He certainly comes with the highest of recommendations from his former club. “He’s been a sensation since he joined in training a few months ago,” Fulham captain Tom Cairney said. “He doesn’t look out of place and does some bits of magic that everyone says ‘wow’.”His attitude and his belief in himself at such a young age is frightening. He’s got a great football brain, an eye for goal and is a very entertaining player.”Elliott would be Liverpool’s second signing of the summer window, after swooping for PEC Zwolle’s 17-year-old defender Sepp van de Berg at the end of June. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

‘No more McDonald’s!’ – Ledezma out to emulate Pulisic

first_imgWhen Christian Pulisic left the United States to join Borussia Dortmund at the tender age of 16, he was by no means the first young American to try his luck abroad.However, there is no denying that the success of the Chelsea winger has led to a bit of a trend.In fact, the USA team that made it to the quarter-finals at the Under-20 World Cup back in June relied heavily on players plying their trade in Europe, with expats such as Timothy Weah, Sebastian Soto and Alex Mendez the standout performers. 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? Another member of that talented squad who has already made the jump to Europe is gifted midfielder Richard Ledezma.The 18-year-old joined Eredivisie giants PSV at the start of 2019 and, even though an injury initially slowed him down somewhat, he is now slowly but surely getting used to his new surroundings.“It wasn’t that difficult to make the move to Netherlands,” Ledezma told Goal and Voetbalzone.  “I’ve been away from my family for almost two, three years, playing with Real Salt Lake in Utah. So we were living in dorms and I don’t think it’s much harder.” That’s not to say nothing’s changed at all for the youngster, though, as he’s had to accept a change to his diet. “When I arrived, I was a little chubby – they called me fatty!” 😂#USMNT youth international Richard Ledezma tells us about Christian Pulisic’s Fortnite advice, and Ruud van Nistelrooy tells us about PSV’s next promising talent 🔥 pic.twitter.com/xclNXTg8zs— Goal (@goal) July 22, 2019“PSV help me with my nutrition, with my food and how I eat. It’s the quantity of food you eat, I guess,” he added. “Because I came a little chubby, when I got here, I guess. They all called me ‘fatty’ and stuff, so I was like, cool, you know? So no more McDonald’s!” Having spent the first six months of his PSV career with the Under-19 team, he worked closely with legendary striker Ruud van Nistelrooy and the former Manchester United ace is impressed with Ledezma’s potential. “He’s making a difference in midfield with very quick-thinking passes, movement, can score a goal, play people in, he’s creating chances for the whole team,” the PSV U-19 coach stated. “So a very promising talent, I was really happy to work with him for now.” Ledezma himself, meanwhile, agrees with Van Nistelrooy’s assessment of his biggest strengths. “I play as a No.10 or No.8, although I can also play the No.6 role. But I’m more flashy as a player, so I like going forward more,” the USA U-20 star said.  “I like to assist, to create goals. I’m not about scoring goals, but about assists, you know, that’s my thing.” Richie Ledezma USA PSVWith that in mind, it’s no surprise that Ledezma idolises former Barcelona superstar Andres Iniesta, as well as his aforementioned compatriot Pulisic.  “Role-models? Iniesta… He’s a big player obviously. I know it’s hard to compare, but I think I could do it one day. You have to aim high,” he added. “Pulisic is an inspiration too. I played Fortnite with him once, the video game. It was nice talking to him, giving me a little advice. I look up to him, he’s the number one when it comes to Americans playing soccer in Europe.” But whereas Pulisic has already earned himself a big-money move to Chelsea after making over 100 appearances for BVB, Ledezma still very much has his work cut out to prove himself in the European game. His contract with PSV is due to expire at the end of the 2019-20 campaign and he’s well aware of the importance of the season ahead, with the Eindhoven side having a unilateral option to extend his deal by two years. “My ambition here at PSV is to convince the club to trigger that option. So hopefully I get those two extra years and move up to the first team quickly. And then just experience first-team minutes. “My ideal route would be to get those two extra years, but to be playing with the first team and some games with Jong PSV obviously. And hopefully move higher and higher. “[I would] play in the first team for a few years and then maybe move to Spain.  “Real Madrid are my favourite club in the world, but I don’t necessarily see myself playing there…”last_img read more