Month: November 2019



Emery: PSG will take it step by step

first_imgUEFA Champions League Emery: PSG want to take it step by step in Europe Rob Lancaster Last updated 2 years ago 05:37 12/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Unai Emery_PSG_cropped Getty Images UEFA Champions League PSG Celtic v PSG Celtic The Ligue 1 side will be without injured duo Angel Di Maria and Javier Pastore for their Group B opener at Celtic Park Unai Emery is refusing to get carried away by Paris Saint-Germain’s chances in this season’s Champions League, despite the additions of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.The big-spending Ligue 1 giants — who suffered a remarkable collapse against Barcelona in the last 16 of the previous campaign — travel to Celtic for their Group B opener on Tuesday.Le Parisiens 9/1 to win 3-1 Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing PSG will be expected to qualify from a pool that also includes Anderlecht and Bayern Munich, though the pressure is on this year to do more than just reach the knockout stages.While he acknowledged he has a squad capable of going far in the competition, Emery’s only focus right now is finding a way to silence a raucous home crowd at Celtic Park.PSG players get a look at the Celtic Park pitch. It’s a real beauty, @celticfc! Should be a good one tomorrow!! #LETSDREAM #CELPSG— PSG English (@PSG_English) September 11, 2017″We want to take it step by step. We start with a lot of motivation and responsibility, and we have great players, a great team,” Emery said during a news conference.”We want to keep moving forward. The goal for me is to evolve step by step. “All teams deserve to be there. This Celtic is a great team.”They are used to winning, have many international players and are used to playing high intensity matches. They also play with great intensity at home.” PSG will be without injured duo Angel Di Maria and Javier Pastore as they take on a Celtic side who held Manchester City to a thrilling 3-3 draw at home last year.last_img read more

Guardiola: titles key to City stay

first_imgGuardiola ‘Everybody expects that’ – Guardiola admits he must win titles to survive at City Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 06:35 29/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Guardiola - Cropped Getty Images Guardiola Manchester City Chelsea v Manchester City Premier League The former Barcelona boss concedes he will not be afforded a long stay at City if the club does not begin to win trophies Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola accepts the pressure is on to deliver silverware this season if he is to keep his job at the Premier League heavyweights.City have enjoyed a flying start to the season in their bid to build on the titles won in 2011-12 and 2013-14, top of the table ahead of neighbours Manchester United on goal difference.Man City 9/1 to win Champions League Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. But after failing to land a trophy in his first season in England after arriving from German champions Bayern Munich, expectations are high on Guardiola to deliver this time around.And the former Barcelona boss is clear on what it will take to remain in charge.”I cannot deny it is to win titles. Everybody expects that,” Guardiola told BBC’s Gary Lineker on The Premier League Show.”We are going to be judged on how many titles we win. [Without that], we will be a failure. We know that. “I do not know what is going to happen in the future. I am so happy to be here. But it will depend on the success we have.”At big clubs like Manchester City, if you do not win you cannot stay.” A brilliant Guardiola anecdote and record-breaking Gareth Barry make our Things We Love list this week. #mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 28, 2017Guardiola’s hopes of leading City to glory are boosted by a lethal attack which has already notched four more goals than any other Premier League side.The Spaniard believes his side’s improved quality in the front third is what separates them from the team that finished third last season.”If you ask me the difference, the feeling is wherever we go we are going to score. That is our feeling right now,” he said.”In the past, last season, we did not have that. We created a lot, but we did not score goals and that is so tough.”last_img read more

Werner still has Man United dream

first_imgTransfers Manchester United fan Werner still dreams of move Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 17:01 10/21/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Manchester United Timo Werner Manchester United/Getty Images Transfers Manchester United RB Leipzig v Stuttgart RB Leipzig Premier League Bundesliga Liverpool and Barcelona have been linked with the striker but it is Jose Mourinho’s side who retain a special place in the striker’s heart RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner admits he still harbours a dream of playing for Manchester United, the team he supported as a youngster.The Germany international has taken the Bundesliga by storm since joining Leipzig from Stuttgart in 2016 and has already scored five goals in six appearances this season.Liverpool and Barcelona are among the clubs to have been most heavily linked with a bid for Werner but the lure of Old Trafford still seems strongest for the 21-year-old, who grew up watching years of success under Sir Alex Ferguson. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “As a young boy, you always dream of the big club you’d like to play for,” he told Sky .Timo Werner RB Leipzig“It used to be Manchester United under Alex Ferguson, who always won. A young boy is always a fan of those who win.”You can’t just drop something like that. When it’s going well, you dream of playing somewhere else.”In the shorter term, Werner is confident Leipzig can challenge for silverware this season, with Raplh Hasenhuttl’s side just three points behind league leaders Borussia Dortmund despite the added commitment of Champions League football.Leipzig/Leipzig HT/T 6/5 v Stuttgart “We want to win some trophies,” he said. “I don’t know if this will happen with RB but the chances are good this year that we can get a trophy.”last_img read more

Lovren could face Maribor despite death threat scare

first_imgLiverpool Lovren could return for Liverpool despite death threat scare, says Klopp Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 00:28 11/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Dejan Lovren Liverpool Getty Liverpool Jürgen Klopp Philippe Coutinho Sadio Mané Liverpool v Maribor Maribor UEFA Champions League The defender was the target of a threatening message aimed at his family, with his manager pledging to speak with him about the issue before Wednesday Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hopes to have Philippe Coutinho and Dejan Lovren available for Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Maribor.An adductor problem kept Coutinho out of the 3-0 Premier League win over Huddersfield Town on Saturday, while Lovren was forced to withdraw from the starting XI moments before kick-off due to a thigh concern.The centre-back was heavily criticised for his performance in the 4-1 loss to Tottenham and revealed on Instagram his family had been the target of a death threat in recent days , prompting suggestions he could be rested for Maribor’s visit to Anfield. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But Klopp, who will speak to Lovren about the message aimed at his family, hopes to have both in the squad for a key game in Group E, provided they can come through training on Wednesday unscathed.”I am not 100 per cent sure. They are both much better but whether they will be ready, I don’t know at this moment,” Klopp told a news conference.”We have to see. We have a [training] session at 5pm and we will see who will be involved. I hope for both.”If they will not train, especially in Dejan’s case, that does not mean he cannot play. In Dejan’s case if he could train tonight [Tuesday] and tomorrow, that would be enough.Dejan Lovren“We have a few little things, Alberto [Moreno] had a cramp, Joe [Gomez] felt [something] a little bit. So we were really careful in the last few days.”If a player is playing, then he must be at 100 per cent. I will speak to the medical department. I don’t think about rotation, I think about a 100 per cent spot-on team.””I don’t think about rotation. I think about having a 100 per cent spot on team.”Watch live and free: — Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 31, 2017 Klopp also confirmed Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana are making good progress in their recovery from injury, although he does not expect either to return this week.Mane has been out with a hamstring injury since the beginning of the month and England midfielder Lallana has yet to play this season after injuring his thigh in August.”It looks good. Sadio had this morning a clearing session before he returns to training,” he said. “Now he’s not in the squad so [Wednesday] is a down day, then on Thursday he should be in training.”Adam will be part of team training in the international break. Both of them are in a good way, but not good enough to involve them tomorrow or at West Ham.”Liverpool recorded an emphatic 7-0 win over Maribor in the reverse fixture and another win this week would put them in a strong position to qualify for the last 16.But Klopp insists he will not take anything for granted, despite the easy nature of their meeting in Slovenia.”I have had too many football games in my life to feel relaxed before a game like this. If we win it 1-0, I’m fine. We want three points, a clean sheet and a better position,” he added. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Kane or Neymar? Stars give My Goal 50 picks

first_imgGoal 50 Kane, De Bruyne or Ronaldo? Sports stars and celebrities give My Goal 50 picks Goal Last updated 2 years ago 22:45 11/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neymar Paris Saint-Germain Getty Goal 50 Videos PSG Arsenal Manchester City Premier League Ligue 1 Kevin De Bruyne Neymar Harry Kane Ahead of Tuesday’s Goal’s annual award for the best players of the past year, we’ve asked some big names to give their top five picks LEON OSMANFormer @Everton midfielder, Leon Osman has three Premier League players in his Goal 50 top five. Who would make your list? #MyGoal50— Goal (@goal) November 8, 2017HARRY AIKINES-ARYEETEYTeam GB sprinter Harry Aikines-Aryeetey has picked a @ManUtd striker in his Goal 50 top five, but it isn’t who you’d think. Let us know who would make your Goal 50 top five. #MyGoal50— Goal (@goal) November 8, 2017AL FORAN (AL PACINO)Would you argue with Al Pacino’s (@ImpressionistAL) choices for the five best players in the world? #MyGoal50 ⚽️🔥— Goal (@goal) November 9, 2017HUGH WIZZYThe 2017 #Goal50 is revealed tomorrow. But who does sports journalist and YouTuber @hughwizzy think should make the list? #MyGoal50— Goal (@goal) November 13, 2017ITALIAN FOOTBALL TVWe’ve let the guys at @IFTVofficial give us their views on who should be at the top of the Goal 50 this year. Who do you think should make the list? #MyGoal50— Goal (@goal) November 8, 2017RAPHAEL HONIGSTEINLook out @FCBayernEN fans! It’s time for German football expert @honigstein to give us his #MyGoal50. Who do you think should be on the list?@FCBayernUS— Goal (@goal) November 13, 2017RUSEVWho does #WWE Superstar @RusevBUL think should be at the top of the #Goal50? And would you argue with him? #MyGoal50 #RusevCrush— Goal (@goal) November 12, 2017ADEBAYO AKINFENWATime for #Beastmode as @daRealAkinfenwa gives us his Goal 50 top five. Who would be in your #MyGoal50?— Goal (@goal) November 12, 2017WILFRIED ZAHAHow easy is it to pick the five best players in the world? @wilfriedzaha proves it’s harder than you think. #MyGoal50. #CrystalPalace #CPFC #Football— Goal (@goal) November 11, 2017ARJUN KAPOOR#Bollywood star and @FCPuneCity co-owner @arjunk26 tells us who is on his #MyGoal50 list. It’s good news for @ChelseaFC fans!— Goal (@goal) November 13, 2017last_img read more

Sergio Ramos misses Madrid’s trip to APOEL

first_imgReal Madrid Sergio Ramos sits out Real Madrid trip to APOEL Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 18:51 11/20/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sergio Ramos - cropped Getty Images Real Madrid UEFA Champions League Zinédine Zidane Sergio Ramos Gareth Bale APOEL v Real Madrid APOEL The skipper’s broken nose means he will not take part in Los Blancos’ UCL clash, while Gareth Bale and Keylor Navas remain sidelined Real Madrid will travel for Tuesday’s Champions League match at APOEL without Sergio Ramos after their captain suffered a broken nose during the Madrid derby.Ramos’ injury was confirmed after Saturday’s goalless draw against Atletico at the Wanda Metropolitano.Real 4/5 to beat Apoel to nil Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Although Madrid or boss Zinedine Zidane did not disclose how long they expected Ramos to be absent, the 31-year-old did not feature in the European champions’ 20-man travelling party for the game in Cyprus.Once again, there was no place for Gareth Bale or Keylor Navas.This is our 20-man squad for Tuesday’s Champions League match against @apoelfcofficial.#RMUCL | #HalaMadrid— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) November 20, 2017Bale is recovering from his latest injury setback, a groin strain suffered earlier this month, while Costa Rica goalkeeper Navas is back in training following an abductor tear but not yet deemed ready for action.Madrid are looking for a return to winning ways in the Champions League after taking a solitary point from back-to-back encounters with Tottenham in Group H, although a draw would be enough to seal a place in the knockout stages in the event of Borussia Dortmund failing to beat Spurs at Signal Iduna Park.Zidane’s men have only won one of their past four games in all competitions.last_img read more

Unsworth ‘sorry’ for dismal Everton display

first_imgPremier League Unsworth apologises for ‘unacceptable’ Everton display Russell Greaves Last updated 1 year ago 01:22 11/27/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) DavidUnsworthCropped Getty Images Premier League Everton Southampton v Everton Southampton Everton were limp and lifeless in the 4-1 loss to Southampton, prompting caretaker manager David Unsworth to say sorry to the fans. David Unsworth issued an apology to Everton’s fans after Sunday’s woeful 4-1 Premier League loss at Southampton.The Toffees were thrashed 5-1 by Atalanta in the Europa League on Thursday and a bad week got worse at St Mary’s Stadium, where Gylfi Sigurdsson’s stunning equaliser provided a rare bright spot for the visitors.West Ham 11/5 v Everton Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Charlie Austin’s double and a goal apiece from Dusan Tadic and Steven Davis ensured Everton’s winless run on the road in the top flight was extended to 15 games.With his temporary spell at the helm failing to yield a turnaround following Ronald Koeman’s poor start to the campaign, Unsworth could do little else but apologise to— Everton (@Everton) November 26, 2017He said: “[I am] Absolutely gutted. The second-half performance from all our team was unacceptable. I’m sorry for all the Everton fans who came down here and all the ones who were watching as well.”We can’t keep performing like this, it’s just not good enough.”We are in a tough moment and we have a massive week ahead of us.”Next up is Wednesday’s huge clash with a West Ham side who occupy the final relegation spot, but sit just two points behind the Merseysiders.Everton may go into that game with two key players absent after Leighton Baines and Michael Keane were forced off injured on the south coast.”Leighton said he felt his calf,” added Unsworth. “We’ll assess him but it doesn’t look good for Wednesday. Michael Keane is different but I need to find out the latest on him.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Eddie Jones tells England to be ruthless against Italy or face the axe

first_imgMuch the same applies to England’s pack, whom Jones acknowledges still have a way to go in terms of consistency. In the absence of Billy Vunipola there was never much prospect of England going in without a big blindside presence and Courtney Lawes and Sam Simmonds, in particular, will now be expected to deliver the yardage gains and bruising intent that shape games at this level. “We’re in this tournament to win it,” said Jones. “We want to set the tone early, run through them, create space, smash them at the clean-out, get on the front foot. And when they get the ball they’ll see this white line of jerseys coming at them. They’ll have nowhere to go. We want to be brutal and absolutely ruthless and that’s the team to do it.”Dylan Hartley, the captain, is also demanding England flex their muscles. “That’s ‘Rugby 101.’ You need to be physical, and clinical. We’re challenging ourselves not to have ebbs and flows, or choosing when to dip in and dip out. We want constant intensity from the guys.”England can certainly call on more experience than seemed likely at one stage, with 689 caps in their starting XV, and have never lost to Italy either home or away. But this is the Six Nations and Italy will be telling themselves their hat-trick-chasing visitors are not totally invincible.In addition to Te’o, Jack Nowell, Mike Brown and Chris Robshaw are also only just back from injury, with Nowell’s availability on the bench surprising even Jones: “Seven days ago he was going back to Exeter to eat pasties, now he’s going to Rome where they eat pasta.” France’s Matthieu Jalibert will end long wait for a teenage No 10 Share on Twitter Reuse this content Back when Eddie Jones rose early to watch Six Nations games in his native Australia one thing always caught his eye. The matches tended to be played at a slower pace than in the southern hemisphere but their physicality and set-piece intensity struck him every time. Now he is coaching England those first impressions remain unaltered and woe betide any of his players who are insufficiently “brutal” and “ruthless” from the first whistle in Rome’s Stadio Olimpico.It is the bluntest of manifestos, with the choice of the forceful Ben Te’o at outside-centre against the Azzurri ahead of Jonathan Joseph further reinforcing the point. As far as Jones is concerned the chief prerequisite of Test selection is a collective willingness to run straighter and harder than the other mob. Defend with a similarly full-on mindset and, as proven over the past two years, winning games of rugby – and championship titles – suddenly becomes a whole lot easier.Never mind that Te’o has not played for his club Worcester since mid-October and has made only one previous start for England. Jones saw enough during a no-holds-barred training session last Friday in Portugal to trust his fitness and will be sorely disappointed if the 31-year-old meanders back into the fray. “None of these blokes can think past the next game because they don’t know whether they’re going to be in the team. If he [eases himself in] there won’t be a Wales. He’ll be back eating Worcester sauce. He’s got to put his best foot forward because if he cruises he won’t be there for a while.” Read more Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Italy’s Sebastian Negri: from fleeing Zimbabwe to Six Nations debut Six Nations England rugby union team Read more Topics Share via Email Rugby union news Eddie Jones Since you’re here… Six Nations 2018 Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Add in the unavailability of Vunipola, Elliot Daly, Nathan Hughes, Joe Marler and James Haskell and their depth is also being tested. If Mako Vunipola were to tweak something in the warmup, for example, the next man off the rank is Alec Hepburn, the shaggy-haired Exeter loosehead about to enter his first seething Six Nations cauldron. The 25-year-old Hepburn – who shares a house with his team-mate Harry Williams, grew up playing Aussie Rules football in Perth and also once played junior rugby at Henley alongside Italy’s fly-half Tommaso Allan – was a member of the England Under-20 side who won the junior World Cup in 2013 but Italy are not known for gently greeting callow Test props.In private, however, the Azzurri remain more wary of England’s pack than any other side in the Six Nations, with the former France hooker Marc dal Maso the latest consultant sighted in Bagshot this week. They also cannot rely on the same “fox” strategy that threw their opponents off the scent at Twickenham last year. The laws have now been tweaked, ruling out any repeat of the tactic of not contesting rucks and thus removing the offside line.Ironically one of the England players most affected was Te’o. “We played him against Italy last year and ‘the fox’ got him big time,” said Jones, subsequently impressed by Teo’s strong showing for the Lions opposite Sonny Bill Williams. “He wants to go fox-hunting this week. If there are no foxes out there, he might have a chance. He’ll add a different dimension at 13 for us. We want him to hit the line hard, that’s what he’s good at.”It is worth remembering, even so, that Italy were 10-5 up at half-time last year and trailed 17-15 with 10 minutes to go. England’s last two visits to Rome have been blow-outs but O’Shea has made them fitter and Alessandro Zanni’s 100th cap offers further motivation. The hosts may not fold in the final quarter so readily this time but have exceeded 20 points just once in this fixture(in 2001 when they conceded 80 themselves). Expect England to take a direct Roman road to a try bonus point. Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApplast_img read more

Football transfer rumours: Luis Suárez to leave Barcelona for PSG?

first_imgFootball features The word from Barcelona is that the club will make space for Antoine Griezmann this summer by selling Luis Suárez. Brendan Rodgers and Steven Gerrard are believed to be preparing their pitches right now, each texting the Uruguayan striker photos of their Luis Suárez tattoos and promising him that he won’t miss the Barcelona-Real Madrid derbies once he experiences the joys of El Glasigo. Sadly, Suárez in an Old Firm clash is a treat we are never likely to witness because Paris Saint-German can offer both him and Barça more lolly. But that doesn’t mean Rodgers and Gerrard can’t keep arguing over who Suárez loves most.Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney is enjoying that spectacle so much that he is said to have no interest in leaving for Bournemouth, who will put that theory to the test by submitting a £20m offer. Read more Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Topics Share on LinkedIncenter_img Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Share on Twitter Meanwhile, if Suárez does move to Paris, then he could hook up with his compatriot Edinson Cavani, who insists he is staying in the French capital despite claims he was intent on leaving this summer for Chelsea or anywhere else. “My future is here, of course,” said Cavani, fuelling speculation that Neymar is off to Real Madrid. Atlético Madrid, meanwhile, are focusing on luring Sergio Agüero back from Manchester City. And City sense they are close to striking a deal for Napoli’s Jorginho. By contrast, and contrary to reports this week in France, Nabil Fekir’s father has said no deal has been done between his son and Liverpool. Other reports in France, meanwhile, claim Liverpool have their hearts set on Bordeaux’s Brazilian forward Malcom, who is also being wooed by Manchester United and Tottenham. Juventus want to take Álvaro Morata away from Chelsea on a season-long loan. Everton are planning to rejuvenate their defence by prising Jamaal Lascelles away from Newcastle, a move that could push Rafael Benítez to the end of his tether. Having seen the state of the Premier League, Wolves are preparing for a European campaign in 2019-20. They plan to bolster their squad by bringing in striker André Silva from Milan and the goalkeeper Rui Patricio from Sporting Lisbon and are willing to outbid Napoli for the latter. If they fail in that they may move for PSG goalkeeper Kevin Trapp. Hurrahs in Italy suggest that Internazionale have beaten Liverpool, Spurs and everyone else to the signature of Stefan de Vrij, the centre-back whose contract with Lazio expires in a month. Gareth Southgate is planning to include two uncapped youngsters in his England World Cup squad: Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold and Dortmund’s 18-year-old winger Jadon Sancho. Finally, Fulham, Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday all hope to find the sweet spot of Sunderland’s George Honeyman. José Mourinho keen to bring Ajax’s Justin Kluivert to Manchester United Rumour mill Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Milan reach agreement to sign Krzysztof Piatek from Genoa for €35m

first_imgSerie A Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Piatek, who will sign a five-year deal, will replace Gonzalo Higuaín at Milan with the Argentinian striker set to complete a move to Chelsea this week. Higuaín has been left out of Milan’s game against Genoa on Monday with his manager saying that the 31-year-old “was not mentally ready” to play the game.Gennaro Gattuso added that Higuaín had pruduced “one of the worst training sessions” the manager had seen and had decided to leave him out after that. “All this talk is not easy for him,” he added. Piatek, too, will not be available as he is suspended.Milan and Genoa are expected to iron out the last details of the transfer on Tuesday with the Pole then travelling to Milan for the medical. Higuaín is also set to have his medical at Chelsea early this week before his loan move to Maurizio Sarri’s side.Higuaín’s arrival in west London means that Álvaro Morata will be free to join Atlético Madrid this week too. Share on Facebook Share via Email Share on Pinterest Genoa Transfer windowcenter_img Milan have reached a deal with Genoa to sign the Polish striker Krzysztof Piatek for €35m (£30.9m) plus add-ons. The 23-year-old has been a sensation at Genoa this season, scoring 13 goals in 19 Serie A games so far, after arriving from KS Cracovia in the summer. Milan Transfer window January 2019 – every deal from Europe’s top five leagues Read more news Share on WhatsApp Topics Reuse this contentlast_img read more

The boxing dentist: a fighter who breaks and remakes teeth for a living

first_imgReuse this content Twitter Share on Messenger Boxing Since you’re here… Facebook Share via Email Support The Guardian The world champion who survived boxing and thrived in Hollywood Boxer and dental surgeon Dr Arthif Daniel occupies two parallel professional environments: the calm clinical atmosphere of his surgeries in Runcorn and Manchester during the week and the frenetic and brutal world of boxing across Europe at the weekends.There are times when both worlds complement one another perfectly. “As a dentist, you are commonly dealing with patients who feel anxious and scared, and you never want them to feel like that. I never mention my boxing in the surgery, but sometimes a patient will have looked me up on Google and, once they find out I’m a professional fighter, it calms them and puts them at ease. I’m not sure why, but being a professional boxer as well as their dentist just seems to be the best ice-breaker possible.”Daniel, a super-welterweight, has fought 18 times as a professional, winning 15 bouts and losing three. The man nicknamed “Dr Hitman” had an unconventional route to the sport. Born and raised in London with a father and grandfather who adored Muhammad Ali, Daniel studied boxing and biology with equal zeal. “I was always fairly academic at school and did well. I worked hard and I enjoyed the sciences particularly, especially biology. I suppose I was always going to go down the medical path in some way. Boxing intrigued me from a young age because there was so much thinking behind it, just in the same way I’d watch those old Bruce Lee films where he tries to work out an opponent’s different styles. It was the same in boxing. You’re always thinking a few moves ahead and I loved that aspect of the sport.” Behind the lines Daniel has also become friends with world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, accompanying him to Belfast last summer for his pre-planned confrontation with Tyson Fury. “Similarly to Floyd, what you see on camera with Deontay is often very different to what you see behind closed doors. He’s an exceptionally giving person who is completely dedicated to his family and providing the best possible life for them. Going to Belfast, a proper fight city, it was amazing to see the reaction to people with him, he was mobbed by the fans and even had a go at Irish dancing. He just loves giving back to fans who support boxing.”Daniel’s professional debut took place far from the flashing cameras and bright lights that follow his friends Wilder and Mayweather. He made his professional debut in Hull five years ago against experienced journeyman Dee Mitchell, winning on points. His professional career has continued in tandem with demanding dental clinics, which he juggles with a detailed timetable that runs to the minute. Last year, he gave a presentation on dental health and safety in boxing at the World Boxing Council’s annual convention in Kiev.Fellow pros often use Daniel’s skills in the surgery and he has offered to repair any of his opponents’ teeth he damages in the ring for free. “I said I’d fix my opponent’s teeth if I damaged them in the ring as I’d feel morally obliged to do that. It’s funny – a patient heard I’d said that and jokingly offered to go into the ring with me and let me knock his teeth out so I could put in some lovely new implants for him. Obviously, I wasn’t going to take him up on that offer. In my last fight, in Spain, my opponent had his mouthguard out and I told the referee as I didn’t want to hit him without it. The crowd started cheering at the sportsmanship, but I was never going to take advantage like that.” Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Daniel the dentist. Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on Twitter features As a teenager, Daniel trained at various amateur boxing clubs in London, including Northolt, Lynn and Miguel’s gym in Brixton. He trained hard and sparred with a range of amateur and professional fighters, but never had an amateur contest. He wasn’t allowed to compete as he had a beard, which he wore for religious reasons. His parents encouraged his academic pursuits and he attained a place at King’s College London to study dentistry. While at university, he taught boxing at the sports club for fun and, after graduating as a dentist, decided to explore the world of professional boxing.Daniel built a strong friendship with former British heavyweight champion Danny Williams, who put him in touch with legendary trainer and former world light heavyweight champion Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, who changed the young dentist’s life. Under Muhammad’s instruction, Daniel attended the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas.“I went to three camps with Floyd, for his fights with Canelo Álvarez, Andre Berto and the first Maidana fight. I’m a relatively confident person; I don’t get scared too easily and I just managed to connect with all of the fighters there and feel really at home. But, at the end of the day, it’s an incredibly competitive environment. When you spar, everyone is watching you and it goes for five-minute rounds. Sometimes, if Floyd wants it, there’s no clock. You trained hard, but you also laughed hard.”Daniel’s natural warmth sets his patients at ease in the surgery and it also helped him become friends with Mayweather. While at the gym, he saw a side of the fighter that has rarely been captured on camera. “The Floyd Mayweather I got to know was a gentle and caring guy, just a very giving and loyal person. For example, every year at the gym he would invite kids from all over Las Vegas and Nevada and have schoolbags filled with books arranged by their year group. He also went out of his way to help me with feedback as a fighter.” Read more Pinterest Topics The Glaswegian BMX rider whose redemptive story has hit Hollywood Share on WhatsApp Read more Daniel enjoys the balance of his career. Dentistry allows him to change a patient’s life by giving them confidence they never had and boxing gives him a surge of adrenaline every time he ducks under the ropes of a professional ring. He knows his career as a boxer will be brief and intends on squeezing every ounce of ability from his body and mind.“I’m 35 and I know that seems old as a boxer, but thanks to looking after myself with nutrition and being good, I honestly feel 25 with low mileage on the clock. I have this opportunity to push hard at something I am so passionate about and love doing. I’ve had incredible opportunities to fight and train abroad, building wonderful friendships that will stand the test of time. In terms of ambitions, I just want to give it everything I have, take one fight at a time and, when it’s all over in a few years, look back and think I gave it everything. Then I can have no regrets.”• This article is from Behind the Lines• Follow Jonathan Drennan on Twitterlast_img read more

Chicharito close to leaving West Ham for Besiktas

first_imgTransfers No Man Utd return for Chicharito as Besiktas close on €8.5m deal Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 04:49 1/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) Javier Hernandez West Ham Getty Images Transfers Beşiktaş West Ham United Premier League Javier Hernández The Mexico striker had been linked with a second stint at Old Trafford, but his next career move is to take him away from England and over to Turkey Javier Hernandez is close to leaving West Ham for Besiktas in an €8.5 million deal, Goal understands.The Mexico international only returned to English football in the summer of 2017, with the Hammers acquiring the former Manchester United striker from Bayer Leverkusen.They invested £16 million in a proven Premier League performer, and handed him a three-year contract. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player EMIRE Javier HernandezThat agreement is, however, set to be broken after just six months, with a switch to Turkey about to be made.A return to Old Trafford had been mooted for Hernandez, with Jose Mourinho in the market for support and competition to Romelu Lukaku.The 29-year-old will not be getting that opportunity, though, as Besiktas have leapt to the front of the transfer queue.The Turkish side’s chairman, Fikret Orman is in London and holding advanced talks with West Ham regarding Chicharito.With an agreement now close, the hard-working frontman will soon be in a position to open a new chapter in his career.It is understood that a contract worth €3.5m-a-year will be put to Hernandez, with Besiktas prepared to spend big in order to make a high-profile addition following the sale of Cenk Tosun to Everton.Hernadez is best known for his time with United, but he also spent a season on loan at La Liga giants Real Madrid while with the Red Devils and has been a regular source of goals wherever he has been.If he is to leave West Ham, then he will depart having netted four times in 20 appearances.last_img read more

Americans Abroad: Pulisic and players who could be on the move

first_imgTransfers Americans Abroad: Pulisic leads list of players who could be on the move Ben Valentine Last updated 1 year ago 00:00 5/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Christian Pulisic Borussia Dortmund Getty Images Transfers United States Borussia Dortmund Chelsea Vitesse Stuttgart Hamburger SV Stoke City Werder Bremen AFC Bournemouth Reading Manchester City 2. Bundesliga Bundesliga Eerste Divisie Premier League Liga MX The transfer season is nearly upon us and multiple Americans could have new homes for the 2018-19 season With the regular season done in most leagues and the summer fast approaching, it’s time to get ready for the most exciting part of the year.No, we’re not talking about the World Cup, which should be plenty fun as well. Instead, we’re talking the silly season – the summer transfer window.It is already open in England, and will be opening soon in other countries. The summer will bring rumors of new homes for players across the world, and Americans will be no exception. It will just be smoke for some of those playing abroad, but for others, there will be plenty of fire. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now One American who definitely will be playing elsewhere next season is Alfredo Morales, as the former Ingolstadt midfielder will return to the Bundesliga in 2018-19 with newly promoted Fortuna Dusseldorf.But what other Americans may be joining Morales in changing addresses this summer? Here’s a list of some who could well be on the move.last_img read more


first_imgThe Qld Junior State Cup will be held at Glasshouse from July 7-9. The divisions are boys and girls Under 11, 13, 15 and 17. Keep an eye on the Queensland website for all the nomination forms and conditions of entry. Touch SA has loads of big news this week…they are holding a level 1 coaching course throughout June/July. It’s a great opportunity to expand your basic knowledge and skills in coaching and to help those that you coach…if you’re interested check out all the info on Peter Topp is on annual leave until April 26th, in the interest of his email inbox please try to not send him too many emails, especially large ones, as he will be unable to answer them for several days. Touch SA’s best Open players battled it out over the weekend for the Mitchell Cup, with the Mariners taking both the Mens and Womens Open titles over the Rangers. For all the results and the SA Open Squads that were named following the competition, check out The 2006 NSW Affiliate Conference is being held this weekend, 22-23 April at the Bankstown Sports Club. To check out the program or for more information, visit the NSW Touch website. ACT Touch are looking for officials for their Under 18 National Championships sides, check out for more info. Keep tuned to the TFA website for a great story out of Touch SA….Game Development Officer Andy Crawford has just traveled Pitjantjatjara Lands (Pit Lands) in the North West of SA, for a week long development program. The Northern NSW Eagles and Hunter Western NSW Hornets are both holding upcoming annual general meetings. Check out the dates, times and venues at The Sporting Images photographs from the 2006 NTL are up on for viewing and purchase. Just go to the website and find the Touch section and scroll through the pictures. It’s a great opportunity to purchase a souvenir or perhaps a present for a family member, friend or coach. center_img Touch Football Queensland have announced their sides for the 2006 State of Origin competition, check out Welcome to another edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch, it’s the post Easter edition and after several days of bunking down with roast dinners and endless Easter eggs, we’re all back at work ready to go for another week…The Fox TV coverage on the National Touch League package has been well received, with countless compliments received in the office for the standard of the coverage, commentary and footage. Check out the TFA website later this week for a full story on the coverage. Touch SA are also running an Affiliate Training and Information day on Sunday August 27, from 10am-3pm. There is no cost to the affiliate and is open to all. The day will cover several different topics, for the full list check out the Touch SA website. The TFA tipping competition is heating up, with ‘Richo’ sitting on top of the NRL standings with ‘Smitya’ also on 29 points. Richo, if that’s you Glen Richardson Touch Football Queensland Development Officer, well…we’re after you. In the AFL competition ‘Mexican’ is holding a two point lead after round 3, but with their results going backwards each week a large group are on Mexican’s tail and next week’s tips look like they could provide some difficult choices. Dubbo is hosting the 2006 NSW Touch Country Championships on 27-28 May at Lady Cutler Reserve. For more information visit the NSW Touch website. In Victorian news, a chilly wind did nothing to discourage teams fighting for the prize money at the 2006 Victorian Country Knockout. For the full story, check out Remember, if you have any info for the weekly edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch please email read more

Play by the Rules

first_imgPlease find below the Play By The Rules poster and flyer.Play By The Rules PosterPlay By The Rules FlyerFor more information on Play By The Rules, please visit their website.To learn how to promote Play By The Rules: Click Here.Play By The Rules CoursesCourses to Create Safer Sporting EnvironmentsThe Australian Sports Commission in conjunction with Play By the Rules have developed two free courses that are available for all members. The complaint handling course is a four hour online course that provides a thorough step by step guide to resolving complaints.This course, with the Play By The Rules resources – are great sources of information to anyone who has responsibility for managing a complaint. Umpires, grounds people, presidents or administrators at any level in sport will gain some value from completing the seven interactive modules that can be accessed online.The Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO) Course, once a two day workshop, is now only four hours online with a three to four hour workshop available in every state. To learn more about the value of an MPIO to your club, state or national association and how to access the training to become an MPIO go to Play By The Ruleslast_img read more