10 months agoRobertson on Liverpool pal Shaqiri: He’s seizing his chance

first_imgRobertson on Liverpool pal Shaqiri: He’s seizing his chanceby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndrew Robertson is delighted for Liverpool pal Xherdan Shaqiri after his brace for Sunday’s win over Manchester United.At £13million, Shaqiri was not a big-money signing like Naby Keita, Fabinho or keeper Alisson.Robertson said: “He’s seizing his chance — and good on him.“You can use it to your advantage because you might go under the radar a wee bit because there might not be as big a deal made about your signing. That gives you time to get your feet under the table and Shaq has hit the ground running.” About the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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10 months agoMan City attacker Kevin de Bruyne: Injuries not caused by fatigue

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City attacker Kevin de Bruyne: Injuries not caused by fatigueby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City attacker Kevin de Bruyne insists his injury problems have nothing to do with burnout.De Bruyne has made just five appearances for City this season after suffering two separate knee ligament injuries – one in each knee – since August.Pep Guardiola suggested that the enforced spell on the sidelines may have done De Bruyne some good, though the player himself had his doubts on that.”Maybe, but I’m not sure I agree with that,” De Bruyne said. “I played the most of anyone last year, in the whole world. And I played the World Cup without a problem.”I think the most important thing is having a summer break. If you have that you can feel OK but there is always a time in someone’s career where you feel a bit less.”But I felt all right, it was just a shame that when I came back after one week I was out for two-and-a-half months. I was happy to come back and worked really hard but after three games it happened again. So I think it’s part of your career and in the end it’s just the way it is.” last_img read more

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a month agoWest Ham striker Sebastien Haller: Man Utd good measure for us

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham striker Sebastien Haller: Man Utd good measure for usby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham striker Sebastien Haller is delighted with the start of his Premier League career.The Frenchman is looking forward to testing himself against one of the Premier League’s biggest clubs, Manchester United, when they visit London Stadium on Sunday afternoon.Haller told whufc.com: “Of course, it’s a big club. Everyone who plays football, when you were young, you watched Champions League games and teams like Manchester United.“It’s a big team, but it’s part of the game and part of the job to perform against those teams and it’s also a good test for us because we need to know to what we can do against them. It’s a good measure.“You don’t have to think about them too much so you just have to prepare for them like you prepare for the other teams because it’s still three points. The points are not worth more because it’s Man U, but it’s a good test.“In our minds, it’s something nice to perform against those teams, so we’re looking forward to it.” last_img read more

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a month agoEx-VSK teammate: Man Utd defender Lindelof a monster at 15

first_imgEx-VSK teammate: Man Utd defender Lindelof a monster at 15by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveDjurgardens IF defender Marcus Danielsson has spoken of playing with Victor Lindelof.Danielsson was with the Manchester United defender at Vasteras SK nine years ago, where Lindelof was playing first team football at the age of 15. Now Djurgardens captain, Danielsson admits joining Vasteras helped him rediscover his love for the game after a tough spell with Helsingborgs. And he says a teenage Lindelof played a role in him enjoying the sport again.He told the Lundh podcast on the Fotbollskanalen: “We had a very young team, where Vigge and also some other players came up in the A-team and were very good. We had a lot of fun together. We hung out side by side.”We had a very successful 2010 where we went up in the Superette. It was a great fun time.”Nine years on, Lindelof is now a World Cup veteran, a Manchester United player and firmly established in manager Ole Gunnar Solsjaer’s plans. Indeed, the Sweden international penned a new deal with United last week to 2024.Despite his former teammate’s great career success, Danielsson admits he could not foresee that Lindelof would achieve all that he has.”Well, not as it has become. But I still saw that he had something extra. He was a physical monster already as a 15-year-old. He was confident with the ball and good with both feet, he had the aerial game and a mind that made him love to train hard and was very serious.”Lindelof would leave Vasteras for Benfica in 2012, just as Danielsson departed for GIF Sundsvall.”It is great fun to see the development he has had and where he is today. It’s fantastic,” concluded Danielsson.- updated September 23 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Crying Piccolo Girl Has A Name, Seems To Be Taking Her Newfound Fame In Stride

first_imgJay Wright pointing.SAN ANTONIO, TX – APRIL 02: Head coach Jay Wright of the Villanova Wildcats reacts against the Michigan Wolverines in the second half during the 2018 NCAA Men’s Final Four National Championship game at the Alamodome on April 2, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. The Villanova Wildcats defeated the Michigan Wolverines 79-62. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Saturday night, Villanova, the No. 1 seed in the East region of the NCAA Tournament, unexpectedly fell to No. 8 seed NC State in dramatic fashion. But somehow, the story of the game wasn’t the Wolfpack’s upset win. It was the reaction of one member of Villanova’s band to the result. A female piccolo player was caught on camera crying while performing her duties as the game ended. Video of the incident went viral, of course.After the game, the piccolo player, Roxanne Chalifoux, had the perfect response on Twitter. Along with the below tweet, she favorited dozens of tweets she’d been sent in the wake of her new fame.Villanova wildcat till I die, through the smiles and the tears— Roxanne Chalifoux (@roxiechalifoxie) March 22, 2015Here’s video of Chalifoux fighting back the years, if you haven’t seen it yet.Props to Chalifoux for handling the situation with class. It’s not easy to become an overnight Internet sensation and keep your cool.last_img read more

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ESPN’s Danny Kanell Releases Controversial Top 4

first_imgDanny Kanell's ESPN top four college football teams.danny kanell espn top fourThe official College Football Playoff rankings don’t come out until Tuesday night, but per usual, analysts around the country are giving fans a look at what they believe are the four most deserving teams in the country. ESPN’s Danny Kanell released his foursome Sunday, and it features a bit of controversy.Kanell’s foursome includes Ohio State, Clemson, Baylor and Alabama – in that order. The Buckeyes, despite playing a lesser opponent than the Tigers, would move up two spots and overtake the top slot, if it were up to him. His inclusion of Baylor – and not Oklahoma State – is also turning heads.Top 4 teams according to @dannykanell » pic.twitter.com/7lZtZO64yv— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) November 8, 2015It’s a safe bet that Clemson, Ohio State and Alabama keep their spots in the official rankings Tuesday. Who will get the fourth nod? It’ll likely come down to Notre Dame, Baylor, Oklahoma State and Stanford.last_img read more

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Notre Dame’s ‘Shamrock Series’ Uniforms Aren’t Getting Great Reviews

first_imgA closeup of Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly.LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 24: Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly looks on during the game against the USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 24, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)Thursday night, Notre Dame officially unveiled the uniforms the team will wear for its ‘Shamrock Series’ contest against Navy this November. It doesn’t look like Fighting Irish fans are thrilled with how they turned out.The new digs, which feature green jerseys, gold pants and gold helmets, pay homage to the slogan “God. Country. Notre Dame.” while also having a military feel. Fans don’t seem to like the color scheme – and they’re letting Under Armour know about it.A CLOSER LOOK: The HelmetThe #ShamrockSeries helmet is hand-painted illustration of motif above Basilica doorway. pic.twitter.com/BRTmbol9nP— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) July 22, 2016You’ve seen the #ShamrockSeries uniform — now take a closer look at the details. pic.twitter.com/9CNsD9M5wm— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) July 22, 2016The Shamrock Series unis are hideous— JT (@The_VikingJesus) July 22, 2016ND I love y’all but those Shamrock Series uniforms are HIDEOUS. Love the sentiment, hate the execution.— Erin (@claddagh41) July 22, 2016My dog pooped out some new ND unis #ShamrockSeries— CAMP GORE (@CAMPGORE) July 22, 2016Shamrock Series 2016 unis look like they’re made from Ed Hardy factory seconds.— Ben Crystal (@Bennettruth) July 22, 2016Let’s just say that I won’t be buying a shamrock series jersey thus year https://t.co/1ovvFEmEfX— Louis (@louis_mannello) July 22, 2016Those Shamrock Series uniforms are ugly af— Andrew Shepherd (@ashepherd226) July 22, 2016Shamrock series jerseys are straight this year— Matt Donovan (@matt10donovan) July 22, 2016We’re the blue and gold. Not the brown, faint green and mustard yellow. #Barf #ShamrockSeries https://t.co/dlO5v1FKxK— Lawrence Dockery (@ldock93) July 22, 2016Boy, those #ShamrockSeries series unis are about the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen a college football team wear— Sam Myers (@basementball) July 22, 2016Good Lord those are some ugly unis. Probably the second worst, after the 2012 ones we wore against Miami. #ShamrockSeries— Lawrence Dockery (@ldock93) July 22, 2016@NDFootball @UAFootball These are absolute trash, Shamrock Series is supposed to have cool uniforms wtf is this— Graham (@G_ra_ham) July 22, 2016What do you think? Are Notre Dame fans just being uptight or could Under Armour have done better?last_img read more

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Southampton boss Hasenhuttl: I’ve sent spies!

first_imgSouthampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has admitted to sending ‘spies’ to rival teams’ training sessions during his time in Germany.The Saints boss was quizzed on the topic in the aftermath of Leeds United gaffer Marcelo Bielsa having admitted to sending one of his own to a closed training session ahead of his side’s clash with Derby County on Friday.The Argentine said he had a ‘different viewpoint’ when Rams boss Frank Lampard told him that he hasn’t respected the rules of fair play, but the FA are investigating the incident regardless. 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? Southampton’s next clash sees them face Derby in the FA Cup on Wednesday and boss Hasenhuttl was quizzed on his opinion of the matter, and whether he had ever sent people to spy on opponents in the past.“Yeah, it’s normal in Germany,” the Austrian said. “We could because it was open to the public.“You send the guys there and you could see who was training, who wasn’t, and if there was a new coach you could see what he was doing from the beginning.“But it was open to the public so everyone could do it. I wasn’t standing there myself, but I did send spies there. ‘Spies’ if you want, or just normal visitors.“In Germany it’s a little bit easier because they love public training sessions, so it’s not a problem to spy on such training sessions.“But there are still a few training sessions that are without the public and there it also happens that sometimes you have to pick someone out of the woods behind the pitch!“But it’s good I think that in England they’re signalling that it’s unsporting and unfair, and it won’t happen in the future if the fine is high.“People will see that it doesn’t make any sense to take that risk.“I also have had sessions that were spied on by other clubs and so I think that if they’re sending a signal that it’s unfair and unsporting then it’s something I can agree with, absolutely.”With a spot in the fourth round of the FA Cup at stake, Southampton host Derby at St. Mary’s stadium on Wednesday, with kick-off taking place at 7:45pm UK time.last_img read more

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‘Miedema can be as good as USWNT legend Wambach’

first_imgFormer Arsenal defender Faye White believes Vivianne Miedema can be one of the greatest strikers ever – backing her to reach the level of USWNT legend Abby Wambach.Miedema scored 22 goals and provided 11 assists in just 20 FA Women’s Super League games for the Gunners this season, as they lifted the title for the first time since 2012.She has carried that form into the Women’s World Cup too, scoring a double against Cameroon to surpass Manon Melis as the Netherlands all-time top-scorer – taking her tally to 60 goals on her 77th cap, all at 22 years old. 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 has been some year for the striker and so it is no surprise to see her earn such high praise from White, who won 31 trophies in her 17 years with Arsenal.Speaking at a William Hill World Cup event, White said: “She’s such a good player. I do think she’ll go on to be one of the greats.“You look at her goalscoring record for the country and Arsenal now, it’s ridiculous.“I’m sure she will go on to be one of the great strikers, on the level of Wambach, hitting records and all sorts. She’s a special player.”Wambach currently holds the record for most international goals ever, having netted 184 times in 256 caps for the United States between 2001 and 2015.She is being chased down by Canada’s Christine Sinclair, who is just two behind the record after scoring in her nation’s 2-1 defeat to the Oranje which secured top spot for Miedema’s side.Considering Wambach had only one goal to her name at 22 and five when she turned 23, to suggest the Arsenal striker can chase down her record is not an excessive prediction.Vivianne Miedema Jill Roord Netherlands World Cup“She’s not quick, but the amount of time she makes and her ability to deceive defenders and get a shot in from like half a yard… Or sometimes you think how’s she got that out with three defenders around her and still put it in the back of the net? And that’s happening, week in, week out in the WSL for Arsenal,” White said.“I think she’s a very special player and someone of that calibre who can put away a header, can put away a long shot, can put away a ball running at players.“She’s got a bit of everything in her game.”Miedema helped lead the Netherlands to glory as they hosted the UEFA Women’s European Championships in 2017, scoring four times – including twice in the final.She also hit seven in qualification for this summer’s Women’s World Cup and, with two to her name in France, her contributions make the Dutch an outsider for another title.“The favourites would be the USA, again, and France,” White, who won 90 caps for England, said.“I don’t think England are favourites, purely because we haven’t got the history and the performances, although we’ve got the win, haven’t been emphatic.“We do have the ability, don’t get me wrong, but at the moment England wouldn’t be favourites.Faye White William Hill“The other one I would pick out on the other side of the draw would be the Netherlands,” she continued.“Just because of the way the draw is, they could go all the way to the final and with their experience of the Euros and the team that they have as well.”The Oranje face England’s Group D opponents Japan on Tuesday in the last 16, with Italy or China awaiting the winner in the last eight.#England Women are 6/1 with William Hill to win the Women’s World Cuplast_img read more

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Liverpool-linked Fekir completes transfer to Real Betis

first_imgFrance international Nabil Fekir has completed his move from Lyon to Real Betis, the Liga club have announced.Fekir, who nearly completed a move to Liverpool a year ago, has signed on with Betis on a four-year deal, making the move for a reported fee of around €20 million (£18m/$22m).Another €10m is rumoured to be possible in incentives, with Lyon receiving a 20 per cent sell-on clause. 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? Fekir’s younger brother, Yassin, also has joined Betis with Lyon said to be receiving a 50% sell-on clause.The 26-year-old playmaker had spent the entirety of his senior career with Lyon, breaking into the first-team squad in 2013.The 2014-15 season saw Fekir have his first strong year, scoring 13 goals and adding nine assists, but it was in the 2017-18 campaign where he burst onto the scene.Fekir scored 18 goals and added eight assists for Lyon, while chipping in another three goals and an assist in the Europa League that season.📣 OFFICIAL | #RealBetis sign Nabil Fekir 📝🤝Welcome, @NabilFekir! 🧞‍♂️🤤➡ https://t.co/ImcCvzYBJr pic.twitter.com/75YkDdgBjL— Real Betis Balompié (@RealBetis_en) July 22, 2019His strong campaign earned him a place at the 2018 World Cup for France, as he made six substitute appearances for Les Bleus as they went on to win their second-ever title.However, Fekir was allegedly on the verge of a big money move to Liverpool, with the Anfield outfit rumoured to be ready to pay around €60m for the playmaker and the player’s former agent, Jean-Pierre Bernes, claiming he even posed for photos in a Liverpool shirt.But the deal failed to materialise, with reports suggesting the Premier League club took issue with Fekir’s medical. Further reports claimed he also had the interest of clubs such as Real Madrid and Chelsea. But the player remained with Lyon last season, scoring nine goals and adding seven assists, as well as a further three goals and two assists in the Champions League.With Fekir only having a single season remaining on his contract and refusing to sign a new deal, Lyon were forced to cash in on the playmaker rather than lose him for free next summer.Fekir now joins a Betis side who finished 10th in La Liga last season, but only three points back from Espanyol in a Europa League qualifier spot.Betis will open their 2019-20 season at home against Valladolid on August 19.last_img read more

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