TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Ajax keeper Onana: De Jong and De Ligt ready for Barcelonaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAjax goalkeeper Andre Onana has again talked up teammates Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt moving to Barcelona.Onana made the move in the opposite direction three years ago.He told Sport: “I see them ready to play on any team: they are young players, but they are very talented, very hungry, and they want to eat the world. “I think that, especially at Barça, they will be very good. I have already spoken several times with them because I have already been there and I know how people work there.”They ask me how things are there and I, more or less, am telling you what I told them.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp: Shaqiri yet to replace Coutinho for one reasonby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Xherdan Shaqiri must improve on his defensive game to be considered as a replacement for Philippe Coutinho.Coutinho left an offensive void in midfield when he left for Barcelona in January. Shaqiri has filled that this season since arriving from Stoke, scoring six goals from 15 league appearances.But Klopp does not believe he will have replaced Coutinho until he works on the defensive aspects of playing in midfield.”We did have to find a position for (Shaqiri),” Klopp told Gary Neville on Sky Sports. “That’s a pretty good one, we tried it in a 4-3-3, he can’t play there yet as a half-space midfielder. “You don’t want to force a player into a position, you want to show his strengths, not where he isn’t good. Xherdan’s main quality is obviously offensive – creating, shooting, finishes, being between the lines – and in a half-space position, there is a lot of defensive work. “He can do that and he gets better day by day and maybe one day, he could play it like Phil could play it in the last half year he was here.”
Ex-Man City captain Vincent Kompany to be honoured by FWAby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is set to be honoured with the Tribute Award by the Football Writers’ Association (FWA).The 33-year-old, now player-manager of Anderlecht, will receive the award at The Savoy Hotel in London on Sunday, January 19.The FWA has decided to give the award to Kompany for ‘not just for his outstanding contribution to English football’, but also ‘for his charity work, not least via Tackle4MCR, a co-operation with the Mayor of Manchester’s office to tackle homelessness in the city’. The FWA have also acknowledged the MBA which he obtained in Manchester while balancing his playing career with studies, and he is also a FIFA ambassador for the SOS Children charity. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Barcelona coach Valverde: Real Madrid clash won’t be movedby Carlos Volcano8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde feels that the upcoming Clasico against Real Madrid will go ahead as scheduled on October 26.The current unrest in Catalonia has sparked concerns over whether the match can take place at the Camp Nou, with rescheduling the fixture to a later date now looking a possibility as the two clubs have refused to move the game to Madrid. “It is scheduled for October 26 and I have no doubt that it will go ahead without problems, respecting the opponents and everyone else involved,” said Valverde.”I do not know what decision the [Spanish Football] Federation will take. We will do whatever is decided.”Valverde referred to a similar scenario two years ago to back up why he feels that the game can still be held as first planned.”There are nine days left until the match and there is [currently] too much talk,” he stated.”The same was said about October 1 [the date of the 2017 Catalan referendum] and a week later we played at the Wanda [Metropolitano] where everyone expected a dramatic event and it ended up being a great game where people expressed themselves without a problem.”There is room to manoeuvre. If the match were tomorrow then perhaps [it wouldn’t go ahead], but there are still nine days to go.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Cardale Jones Wants Everyone To Know The Real Score Of The NCAA Football Game He Played vs. Kid In A Hospital
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 06: Quarterback Cardale Jones #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes smiles on the field during warm ups before playing against the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 6, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)A couple days before the national championship game, some of Ohio State’s players visited a Columbus hospital to meet with sick children. Buckeye quarterback Cardale Jones spent part of his time in the hospital playing the EA Sports NCAA Football video game against one of the kids. Ohio State wide receivers coach Zack Smith live tweeted the contest, which resulted in a blowout victory for the future champion QB. People have been getting the final score of that game wrong, though, and Jones is here to correct everyone. It was 98-35 in favor of Jones, not 91-35. Man I wish everyone stop saying I beat a kid in the hospital 91-35…. It was 98-35, had 91 with 1:26 left in the 4th pic.twitter.com/TAJxefv5A4— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) February 10, 2015Don’t ever shortchange Cardale Jones.
A Ligue 1 game between Marseille and Lille was halted for 38 minutes on Friday after a firecracker was thrown on to the pitch at Stade Velodrome.Lille led 1-0 when the incident occurred early in the second half, the object exploding close to Marseille players Jordan Amavi and Kevin Strootman.Referee Amaury Delerue took the players off the field and there was a lengthy delay before they re-emerged to restart the match. 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? A chaotic game was preceded by Marseille supporters protesting against the club’s ownership, fans displaying a banner that called for coach Rudi Garcia to be sacked.But they could have taken the lead in the third minute, Nemanja Radonjic denied his first goal for Marseille by a VAR review that found an offside in the build-up.More VAR drama led to the opening goal at the end of the first half, Delerue initially awarding a corner when Marseille captain Luiz Gustavo dived in on Mehmet Zeki Celik.The official pointed to the spot after consulting VAR and Nicolas Pepe stroked home the spot-kick, sending goalkeeper Steve Mandanda the wrong way.Friday’s game will be remembered for the long stoppage caused by a firecracker exploding at the feet of Amavi and Strootman, however.À quelle minute de jeu le match reprendra ? Est-ce que le chrono tourne toujours ? Est-ce que l’on aura 25 minutes de temps additionnel ? Nous aussi, on se pose ces questions et on vous tient au courant de l’évolution des choses #OMLOSC 0-1— LOSC (@losclive) January 25, 2019Lille’s Twitter account poked fun at the confusion, posting: “What minute of play will the game resume? Is the clock still running? Will we have 25 minutes of extra time? We also ask ourselves these questions and we will keep you informed.”When the players re-emerged a frantic atmosphere was not helped by Florian Thauvin being dismissed for a horrible kick out at Youssouf Kone, the former Newcastle United winger re-entering the field to argue with Delerue’s decision.Lille used their man advantage to control the game, but the introduction of Mario Balotelli for his debut breathed life into Marseille.The Italy striker went close with a half-volley in the second minute of added time, but Lille countered rapidly with Jonathan Ikone setting up Pepe for his 15th Ligue 1 goal of the season.Balotelli still had time to open his account for his new club, brilliantly heading in a Strootman corner, but the match ended with more unrest as Marseille fans got on to the pitch at the final whistle.Victory for Lille moves Paris Saint-Germain’s closest challengers within 10 points of top spot, although the runaway league leaders have three games in hand on top of their large lead.
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane couldn’t wait for last season to end. Now he can’t wait for the new campaign to begin.Just over two weeks after seeing Liverpool succeed them as European champions, los Blancos have already finalised transfers for five players, for a grand total of €315 million.Eden Hazard’s arrival has obviously generated the most headlines. 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? Ten years after Zidane first recommended the former Lille winger to club president Florentino Perez in his role as an unofficial adviser, the Belgian has finally arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu, from Chelsea – and at a cost of €100m.Despite Karim Benzema’s fine form in an otherwise dreadful season for Madrid, an additional €70m has been spent on a centre-forward, Serbian sensation Luka Jovic, who is coming off the back of a prolific campaign at Eintracht Frankfurt.And let us not forget that Real reached an agreement with Santos last year for teenage sensation Rodrygo, who will complete his €45m move to the Spanish capital this summer.The Brazilian is still only 18 and could easily be sent out on loan but it is also worth remembering that compatriot and fellow forward Vinicius was also expected to spend last season with Real Madrid Castilla.Instead, Vinicius proved one of the revelations of Real’s dismal 2018-19 campaign before injury checked his progress, as well as denying him a chance to make his Selecao debut in the spring.Madrid will, thus, be privately hoping that Rodrygo – along with €2m Castilla signing Takefusa Kubo – can make just as instantaneous an impact in Spain and reinvigorate an attack that looked tired and predictable last term.The 13-time European champions have also addressed their issues at the back, though.Real may have persuaded club captain Sergio Ramos to reject a lucrative move to China but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t planning for the future, as the €50m acquisition of Porto’s versatile centre-back Eder Militao underlines.In addition, Marcelo didn’t just lose his status as the world’s best left-back last season, he also regularly lost his starting berth to Sergio Reguilon.As a result, Madrid splashed €48m on Lyon’s Ferland Mendy, the fantastically fast and offensively-minded Frenchman who has been described as “The Kylian Mbappe of full-backs”.With all of this in mind, Zidane’s revamped Real look set to thrill fans of attacking football.However, they represent a terrifying proposition for all of their rivals, many of whom have not moved nearly as quickly in the summer transfer market.Even Barcelona, who wrapped up a €75m deal for Ajax ace Frenkie de Jong in January, have lost some momentum, with their move for the midfielder’s team-mate, Matthijs de Ligt, having stalled amid fierce competition from elsewhere.What’s more, the Blaugrana are still searching in vain for a worthy replacement for the brilliant but ageing Uruguayan centre-forward, Luis Suarez.Still, Barca could yet pull off a major coup by landing Antoine Griezmann, the fickle France forward who, a year after riling the Catalans by publicly rejecting a move to Camp Nou, is now interested in joining the Catalans again.Elsewhere, newly crowned European champions Liverpool are not expected to make any major moves in 2019, having gone all out to address their defensive issues last season with big-money deals for centre-half Virgil van Dijk and goalkeeper Alisson.Beaten finalists Tottenham should at least sign their first player since January 2018 but how much cash Mauricio Pochettino will have to spend remains as uncertain as his future in north London.Bitter rivals Arsenal certainly don’t have much money in the kitty and while Chelsea’s coffers have been bolstered by the sale of Hazard, the Blues still have a transfer ban hanging over them, meaning it’s just as well they snapped up Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund in January.Speaking of which, the American has already been replaced at Signal Iduna Park, which has seen plenty of activity in recent weeks, with BVB signing two wingers in Thorgan Hazard and Julian Brandt, as well as full-back Nico Schulz – all for approximately €75m.Unsurprisingly, Dortmund have still been outspent by the side that pipped them to last season’s Bundesliga title, Bayern Munich, who have already bolstered their defence with two of France’s World Cup winners, Lucas Hernandez (€80m) and Benjamin Pavard (€30m), though questions remain over the strength of their attack.The Abu Dhabi-backed Premier League champions Manchester City are expected to splash the cash once again, as they attempt to turn their domestic dominance into long overdue European success.Pep Guardiola’s side won the English treble last season but are looking to sign a replacement for departed captain Vincent Kompany, a right-back (probably Joao Cancelo of Juventus) and an heir to Fernandinho’s throne (Atletico Madrid’s Rodri). However, like Chelsea, they are also under investigation from the authorities for alleged financial wrongdoing – and could face a Champions League ban in the future.Juventus should also be busy in the transfer market. Like City, they are obsessed with winning the Champions League and with a new coach in Maurizio Sarri will be desperate to make the world-class signings required to propel Cristiano Ronaldo to another European title.The Portuguese has already urged De Ligt to move to Turin, while it is also believed that he is trying to persuade former Real team-mates Marcelo and James Rodriguez to join him in Turin. Paul Pogba is also a player they are working on bringing back to Piedmont. However, the team in pole position for the Frenchman is – yes, you’ve guessed it – Real Madrid!The team Pogba is desperate to leave, Manchester United, have had another rather unremarkable start to the summer transfer season, bringing in only young Welsh winger Daniel James from Swansea. United will have plenty of money to spend, as usual, but with the club in sporting disarray the chances of bringing in big-name stars seem unlikely.As ever, the summer transfer market brings with it a cloud of uncertainty.Madrid, though, have already cut through that by getting a huge amount of their business done early.Indeed, the rest of Europe has already been warned: Real want their Champions League crown back, and they’re already assembling a squad capable of reclaiming it.
England will look build on the momentum gained from a flawless group stage when they take on Cameroon in Valenciennes in the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup.The Lionesses beat 2011 winners Japan on Tuesday to secure top spot in Group D with a 100% record. Cameroon, meanwhile, reached the knockout stages courtesy of a stoppage-time winner from Ajara Nchout against New Zealand. 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? That ensured Alain Djeumfa’s side finished third in Group E and qualified as one of the best third-placed sides by virtue of having scored one goal more than Group F’s third-placed Chile. Game England women vs Cameroon women Date Sunday, June 23 Time 4.30pm BST / 11:30am ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day 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 Fox Sports 1 fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be broadcast on BBC One. It can be streamed from BBC iPlayer or the BBC Sport app. UK TV channel Online stream BBC One BBC iPlayer / BBC Sport app Squads & Team News Position England women squad Goalkeepers Bardsley, Telford, Earps Defenders McManus, Greenwood, Stokes, Williamson, Bronze, Bright, Daly, Houghton Midfielders Moore, Scott, Walsh, Staniforth, Carney Forwards Stanway, Mead, White, Kirby, Taylor, Parris, Duggan Confirmed England starting XI: Bardsley; Bronze, Houghton, Bright, Greenwood; Walsh, Scott, Kirby; Parris, Duggan, White. Position Cameroon women squad Goalkeepers Ngo Ndom, Ongmaham, Mambingo. Defenders Manie, Awona, Ejangue, Meffometou, Leuko, Johnson, Sonkeng. Midfielders Fudjio, Ngo Mbeleck, Yango, Ngo Ndoumbouk, Abena, Meyong. Forwards Ngono Mani, Enganamouit, Aboudi Onguene, Abam, Nchout, Akaba, Takounda. Confirmed Cameroon starting XI: Ndom; Ejangue, Awona, Johnson, Leuko; Yango, Feudjio, Abam, Onguene, Ajara; Enganamouit.Betting & Match Odds England are heavy favourites for this game and priced at 1/8 with bet365 . Cameroon can be backed at 16/1, while a draw is available at 15/2.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview England forward Georgia Stanway has backed manager Phil Neville’s selection policy and believes it has given the team the best chance of reaching the latter stages of the World Cup.Neville has not been afraid to rotate his squad as he plots a long stay in France, with no other manager at the tournament making more than the 12 changes he has made so far.That policy has certainly raised eyebrows but has proven to be a masterstroke, with England breezing through the group stages with three wins from three.In doing so they became just the second England team to win all their World Cup group games, the first being Ron Greenwood’s men’s side at the 1982 tournament.”Phil has the trust of everybody,” said Stanway. “Almost everyone has had the opportunity to get out on the pitch, there are some who haven’t had that yet but I am most certain that they’ll get their opportunity at some point and that shows the depth within our team.”Whenever someone scores the whole bench leap up and everyone is celebrating together because we are one, whether you’re playing or not that is just the bond that we have within our team.”Neville may seek to freshen up his side again against Cameroon as, despite their group stage win, they are in the tougher side of the draw with the possibility of hosts France or holders the United States to come if they reach the semi-finals. The team selection is already likely to have been decided, with the Lionesses boss preferring to tell the players of his team days rather than hours before kick-off.That policy has been praised by Stanway, who feels it has contributed to the strong team spirit amongst the squad.“It gives you a few days to relax to settle into it, there’s nothing worse than being told hours before kick-off and getting worked up about it, thinking that you’re not prepared so it’s nicer to know in advance,” added the Manchester City forward. “I think as girls it can take longer to get over disappointment so you have a night to sleep on it and you’re fresher in the morning.”Though the two sides have never met at the Women’s World Cup the clash does evoke memories of Italia 90, when Bobby Robson’s England side beat the Indomitable Lions 4-2 after extra-time to reach the semi-finals.The winners of Sunday’s game will face Norway in the quarter-finals in Le Havre after their penalty shootout win over Australia on Saturday.
LUBBOCK, TX – NOVEMBER 12: A general view of play between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Jones AT&T Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Lubbock, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)We’re approaching the fifth weekend of the 2018 college football season. It should be a good one.The fifth weekend of the season is highlighted by a couple of premier matchups, including Ohio State at Penn State and Stanford at Notre Dame.There were several upsets during Week 4. Will that be the case in Week 5?One major upset is being predicted by a couple of ESPN analysts in this week’s top picks.Two ESPN analysts, Ivan Maisel and Mitch Sherman, are picking No. 12 West Virginia to go down this weekend.West Virginia, the No. 12 team in the country, is set to travel to Lubbock, Texas to take on Kliff Kingsbury’s Red Raiders.Kickoff for that game is set for 12 p.m. E.T. on ESPN2.You can view ESPN’s full picks here.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Week 8 of the college football season is coming up in a few days. There are several pivotal games on the schedule.We have a major rivalry in the Big Ten (Michigan-Michigan State), two Pac-12 showdowns (Washington-Colorado and Oregon-Washington State) and a battle of undefeated ACC teams (Clemson-NC State). These are just some of the important matchups this weekend.OddsShark’s computer has released its predictions for Week 8.Here’s what it is saying for the biggest games. You can view all of OddsShark’s predictions here.