Klopp loving competition within Liverpool squadby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is loving the competition within his squad.The German says his players are fighting tooth and nail in training in order to impress him.Speaking before Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Napoli, Klopp said he had plenty of players available for selection.He said: “And the competition in this team is really big, yes. If that line-up is not performing, they are really there. As an example, Shaq [Xherdan Shaqiri] is brought in in that position where he has been training for a couple of weeks now. He is so creative. He is a real option.”If you have one good game and another good game, the dynamic changes. Dejan Lovren is not in the squad and I have no explanation for that other than two centre-halves on the bench is probably not necessary. Naby Keita is coming, everyone knows that. “When Ox [Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain] played really well at Southampton, for the all others it was ‘ooh’, but you should see training. They all want to make sure, ‘I am ready, you can use me’. “This is a really big club with competition between friends. It is not I have to kill him to play, it is really for the team. That is what the boys did so far and as long as we have that we will go for everything. Then we have to see what we get because we have really good opponents and that is the problem.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Southampton winger Stuart Armstrong earns Scotland callby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton winger Stuart Armstrong has replaced Oli McBurnie in the latest Scotland squad.Sheffield United striker McBurnie has withdrawn due to injury.Scotland travel to face Russia in a Euro 2020 qualifier on Thursday, before hosting San Marino at Hampden Park three days later.The Tartan Army must beat Russia to keep their hopes of qualification alive. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
David Moyes open to returning to Evertonby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveDavid Moyes is open to returning to Everton as manager.Struggling boss Marco Silva is coming under increasing pressure at Goodison Park.Moyes, who left Everton for Manchester United in 2013 after 11 years at Goodison Park, is now the bookies’ favourite to succeed Silva, should the Portuguese get the sack.The Mirror says Moyes wants a return to the Premier League, after turning down the offer of jobs in the Championship and League One in recent weeks.Moyes, who lasted just 10 months at United, is currently out of work after leaving West Ham in 2018, after six months in charge.But the 56-year-old, who also managed Real Sociedad and Sunderland post-United, is now the heavy favourite to become the next Toffees boss – for the second time. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@HailStateFBMississippi State football hosted a “ladies clinic” today, where Bulldog fans had a chance to go through drills and get coached up by the staff. Based on the many Instagram and Twitter posts we’ve seen, it looks like everyone had a great time. The day’s big winner, however, has to be Mary, the fan who has won the 60+ year old 40 yard dash seven years in a row. Mary doesn’t just edge out the competition either, she crushes everyone.VIDEO: For the seventh straight year, Mary wins the 60+ age group 40-yard dash at the Ladies Clinic #HailState pic.twitter.com/WioGhGCTNp— MSU Football (@HailStateFB) July 18, 2015We’re seriously impressed. Mary can fly.
Paying £58 million (€64m/$73m) for a player who has made just one Bundesliga start over the past three months might seem like a remarkable decision, but that is exactly what Chelsea have done by splashing the cash on Borussia Dortmund attacker Christian Pulisic.The 20-year-old had long been linked with a transfer to Stamford Bridge and BVB announced on Wednesday that he will join Chelsea at the end of the 2018-19 campaign, spending the remainder of this season on loan at the Bundesliga leaders as they challenge for both the German title and Champions League glory.Initially, Dortmund demanded £70 million ($89m) for Pulisic, but Chelsea eventually successfully drove down the asking price, with the winger’s contract in Germany due to expire in June 2020. 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? On top of his contract situation, there is also the fact that the USMNT international is no longer a key protagonist in BVB’s renaissance, though, as Pulisic slipped down the pecking order due to the fantastic form of teenage sensation Jadon Sancho.Pulisic had been struggling to get Bundesliga starts at Dortmund in recent months amid the ongoing uncertainty over his long-term future at the club and a move to Chelsea appears to make sense for everybody involved.Certainly, with Eden Hazard once again flirting with a move to Real Madrid, and both Pedro and Willian now in their thirties, the Blues could do with adding an exciting young winger to their squad.After all, this is a club that does not offer more than one-year extensions to players over 30 and then there’s the issue of Callum Hudson-Odoi appearing keen on a move to Bayern Munich.Pulisic is not the only player Chelsea have considered signing to rejuvenate their ageing attack – Lyon attacking midfielder Nabil Fekir, Barcelona bad boy Ousmane Dembele and Everton’s versatile forward Richarlison have all been scouted – but the USMNT star was the most viable target.As for Pulisic himself, he has always dreamed of a move to the Premier League.Speaking ahead of his country’s November friendly against England at Wembley, he stated, “England and the Premier League, it is a league where lots of kids dream of playing, so there is no reason why maybe one day I won’t play here.”Certainly, he should have little trouble settling in, particularly at Stamford Bridge.As an attacker schooled at Signal Iduna Park – initially under Thomas Tuchel and now Lucien Favre – he should have little trouble understanding what Blues boss Maurizio Sarri demands from his wingers.The Italian is a fan of small, skilful forwards who press the ball intelligently – Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne both excelled under Sarri’s guidance at Napoli – meaning he would fit seamlessly into the Chelsea line-up.Sarri takes huge pride in his ability to improve his players and that should help this transfer work as Pulisic aims to make a name for himself in the Premier League next season.Pulisic is still young but he will be charged with improving his end product, having only netted three times in 20 games for club and country this term.His talent is there for all to see, though, and given his age, it’s easy to understand why both Sarri and Chelsea were keen on the American attacker and eventually opted to meet Dortmund’s demands.
Joachim Andersen has hinted that he could be open to leaving Sampdoria this summer after a successful two-year stint with the Serie A outfit, and confirmed that his agent is in discussions with several clubs.Arsenal and Tottenham have been closely associated with a move for the talented 23-year-old over the transfer period, while there have also been reports that the Denmark Under-21 international could be bound for Ligue 1 side Lyon.Having established himself as a first-team regular in Italy, where his reputation as a technical centre-back has blossomed, he believes he needs to assess his options before deciding upon his next steps. 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 could be time for me to further my career,” he told Goal. “I have loved my time in Sampdoria – the fans, the president, the staff, the players, the city – but maybe it’s time to move on to develop further.“There are a number of interested clubs from Europe’s biggest leagues who are discussing with my agent and I’ll be making a decision shortly together with my family and my agent.”The former Twente star, however, spoke of the importance that Samp are amply rewarded for the way they have helped his career grow since he moved there in 2017.“It’s very important to me that Sampdoria can also benefit from an eventual transfer. It’s not all about me,” he said. “I have so much to thank this great club for. Without Sampdoria, I wouldn’t have had the opportunities I have had to this point.”He would not be drawn on his future destination but did underline his ambition to play at the very top level – and his confidence that he can do so.“I have dreams of playing in the biggest clubs in the world and the biggest leagues in the world – I’m lucky enough to already be playing in one of them,” he said. “I think I have a pretty broad football education and I don’t see why I shouldn’t be able to adopt to most leagues – but I’m not saying it would be easy.”Andersen believes that playing in Italy and discovering a new style of football has benefited him immensely.“I have learned a lot,” he said of his Serie A experience. “I grew up in Denmark and Holland playing with a lot of possession. When I came to Italy, I learned a new part of the defending game, which added a new layer to my football education. But most importantly I haven’t forgotten how to play ball. That means I’m still comfortable in possession while I have developed as a defender.“My position is good and of course I’m pretty tall [193cm], which gives me an advantage in the air. I’m not going to tell you what I had to work on – let the strikers see if they can find out themselves!”He reserved praise for Samp coach Marco Giampaolo, who is expected to take over at AC Milan in the coming days.“He’s played a big role in my development,” the Dane confirmed. “He is known as one of the best coaches in Italy when it comes to defensive organisation. I have learned a lot from him and he has made me a more complete footballer.”There has been some disappointment this summer for Andersen, however, as he missed the opportunity to play at the Under-21 European Championship due to injury.“The U21 Euros was one of my big goals this season, so it is insanely annoying that I can’t participate,” he said. “It was my last opportunity to play with the boys in the U21 team, so it’s hard to say goodbye to them without having the opportunity to play the in the tournament.“Of course, I would have loved to play, but instead of being 80 percent fit, I can now purposefully and thoughtfully build up for the next season without risking my rehabilitation. That way, I can concentrate on returning stronger and better.”
The Goal NxGn 2019 team is this week’s Featured Squad Battle in FIFA 19’s Ultimate Team mode and features players who appeared in the NxGn list in March this year.To have been included in the list, players needed to be aged 18 or younger as of the turn of the year.FIFA fans can earn up to 1,800 Squad Battle points by beating the NxGn 2019 team which is available until Monday July 8. Here’s who you’ll be up against and how they made team. 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 Attackers On the right side of a front three is NxGn 2019 winner Jadon Sancho , whose standout season with Borussia Dortmund saw him named the best player in the NxGn 2019 list.Sancho was also rewarded with a frightening 96-rated Team of the Season card in FIFA Ultimate Team, complete with 98 pace, 95 shooting and 97 passing.On the opposite wing is Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior . The Brazilian’s second-place finish in the NxGn list and 92-rated Future Stars card means Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi, who placed third in the list, is sitting on the bench.Juventus’ 72-rated Moise Kean plays as a lone striker. While the trio lack chemistry, the team has plenty of pace on the wings and Kean’s 72-rated card performs well, even though it’s only a silver.Midfielders In the centre of midfield are Brescia’s Sandro Tonali and Wolves’ Morgan Gibbs-White . Tonali made the NxGn list after getting his first call-up for the Italy national team and slots into the Squad Battle squad as the only defensive midfielder and the only player offering a link to fellow Serie A player Kean.Gibbs-White played 31 matches for Wolves last season and slots into the Squad Battle team providing chemistry links to fellow Premier League players elsewhere in the line-up.On the left side of midfield is Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies who was ranked No.6 on the NxGn list following his £17m ($22m) transfer from the Vancouver Whitecaps. Davies’ Future Stars card is packed with pace and has a lethal 92 shot power.Taking up the right side of midfield is Manchester City’s Phil Foden , who was ranked at No.4 on the NxGn list. While his 88-rated Future Stars card has him positioned as a CAM, by playing on the right side he provides chemistry links for Jadon Sancho in attack and Eric Garcia in defence.Defenders and Goalkeeper Making up a three-man defence are Ozan Kabak, who left Stuttgart to join Schalke on Sunday, Chelsea’s Ethan Ampadu and Manchester City’s Eric Garcia .Kabak was ranked at 40th in the NxGn list and impressed for Galatasaray at the start of the 2018-19 season before moving to Stuttgart for €11m (£9.5m/$12.5m) in January, and then on again to Schalke for next season. Kabak provides chemistry links for Davies in midfield and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Christian Fruchtl , who propped up NxGn 2019 at No.50.Ampadu and Garcia placed at 14th and 15th spots respectively in the NxGn list and fit into the NxGn 2019 Squad Battle team by providing chemistry links with Gibbs-White and Foden in front of them. While Ampadu’s Ultimate Scream card has 99 pace and 99 physical stats, its 63 defensive rating means the goalkeeper will likely be busy.
Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says Pep Guardiola should not be so quick to dismiss the German side’s hopes of signing Leroy Sane from Manchester City.The Bavarian outfit have been open about their desire to bring the 23-year-old winger back to the Bundesliga ahead of the new season.Rummenigge declared in May that the German champions would “try” to sign Sane this summer after Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery left. 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? City are trying to convince the ex-Schalke star to sign a new contract, however, and Guardiola suggested this week that there had been no approach from his former side.He told reporters: “For a long time [Bayern] talk about their interest but Leroy is our player and hopefully he can stay next season and next season and next season.”But Rummenigge says Bayern’s hopes of bringing Sane to the Allianz Arena are not over yet, as he suggested there may be more going on than Guardiola knows.”I don’t know if Pep knows what’s going on in his club. No idea. Let’s wait,” he told Bild.”If there is something to announce, then we will do that, but it’s not that far.”While Guardiola has said repeatedly that he hopes Sane stays in England, he implied this week that the player would be allowed to leave if he wants, saying: “It is his decision, it’s the same as what happened with [Jadon] Sancho. We want him, we are giving everything, but in the end, if he doesn’t want, what can you do? Nothing.”City are reportedly demanding at least £90 million ($112m) for Sane, while his wage demands are said to be excessive by Bayern’s standards.In June, Bayern president Uli Hoeness admitted that a deal is probably too expensive for his side, telling Kicker: “You have to be a bit sceptical. It’s unlikely that it will work. It’s about sums, they’re insane.”Sane, who has two years left on his contract at City, made 47 appearances and scored 16 times in all competitions as Guardiola’s side won the domestic treble last season.
EVANSTON, IL – SEPTEMBER 29: A general view of Ryan Field as the Northwestern Wildcats take on the Indiana Hoosiers on September 29, 2012 in Evanston, Illinois. Northwestern defeated Indiana 44-29. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)On Saturday afternoon, No. 20 Wisconsin walked into Evanston, Illinois as a four-point favorite. Four hours later, the team walked out with its third loss of the season after Northwestern dominated the Badgers.The Wildcats now own a significant hold in the Big Ten West – which will get even stronger if Penn State takes care of Iowa later this afternoon. Northwestern owned both sides of the ball en route to a 31-17 win.After the game was over, the Northwestern faithful did what any program who just took down a top-25 program would do – they rushed the field.Unlike the team’s win over Wisconsin, the field rush was less than impressive.Take a look.Lol Northwestern is rushing the field. pic.twitter.com/DKfj0T4pIk— Evan Flood (@Evan_Flood) October 27, 2018Sure, winning a game against a rival while said rival is ranked in the AP and Coaches’ Polls is great, but if you’re going to rush the field, at least cover a significant portion of it.Next up for Northwestern is a home game against Notre Dame. We’d expect to see a better field rush if the Wildcats can take down the Fighting Irish.
Last night, the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season were unveiled. While the focus was on the top four and those immediately behind them, some teams lurking just beyond still have a shot at the playoff.One of those teams is Ohio State. The Buckeyes’ lone loss was an ugly one at Purdue, but they still essentially control their own destiny. If Ohio State wins out–beating Michigan and Michigan State in the process–and wins the Big Ten title game, they will be 12-1 and almost guaranteed to make the playoff.During last night’s playoff show on ESPN, David Pollack cautioned viewers to keep an eye on the Buckeyes.“Ohio State to me has some things to fix, but they have the talent to me to be a team that could rise up and beat Michigan,” Pollack said. “They have plenty of opportunities. They’ve been there before. This is a team, with their talent level, that should be there at the end of the season.”Interestingly, while Pollack is touting Ohio State’s playoff chances, he wrote them off for the national championship two weeks ago when news broke that star defensive end Nick Bosa would miss the rest of the season.I thought Ohio State cld possibly win a National Championship with Bosa, without I don’t see it happening. Best player in the Country.— David Pollack (@davidpollack47) October 16, 2018Coming off a bye, Ohio State will host Nebraska this weekend. Kickoff is set for noon ET on FOX.After taking on the Cornhuskers, Ohio State will play Michigan State, Maryland and Michigan to end the season.[ 247 Sports ]