Month: October 2019

Month: October 2019

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Valencia coach Marcelino: Will sacking me make a difference?by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveValencia coach Marcelino was relieved to overcome Huesca.Marcelino went into the game under pressure.”Is it always the coach’s problem at Valencia in recent years?” he asked reporters, in what could be perceived as a challenge to their line of questioning.”The change of coach always changed things on the pitch?”The club will make the decisions it deems appropriate if it considers that the work of the coaching staff is not adequate, and we will accept it.”We are the same in victory and defeat, the team is not broken, it may have doubts, but it isn’t broken.”The reaction of wanting to keep going until after the ninety minutes is what it is.”If you decide to dispense with the coaching staff you should not differentiate because of a goal in injury time or not.” last_img read more


Month: October 2019

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri: We need balance in January transfer windowby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMaurizio Sarri has admitted Chelsea will need to cull their squad in January, and hinted about the position of any new arrivals.The Blues suffered a shock defeat to Leicester City at home on Saturday.Cesc Fabregas made a rare appearance in the Premier League as a substitute and Sarri suggested this was because of the excessive size of his squad.”At the moment we are too many. We have 28 players and it’s impossible to use all of them. I think 25 is the right number,” the Italian said.”We have a lot of offensive midfielders and we have only [N’Golo] Kante as a defensive midfielder, so it’s not easy now for the midfield to have the right balance.” last_img read more


Month: October 2019

first_imgChelsea put breaks on Zappacosta’s move to Lazioby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have stalled Davide Zappacosta’s move to Lazio.The fullback has agreed personal terms with the Romans about a return to Italy.But Sportitalia says Chelsea are holding up the move.That is because they do not want to let him leave on loan with an option to buy, preferring something more definitive.Negotiations will continue and the Aquile are confident of striking a deal during the January transfer window. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


Month: October 2019

first_imgEngland FC – Shaping up for Euro 2020by Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the love- the following is a sponsored articleEngland has loads of exciting football action coming up with the Euro 2020 qualifiers around the corner!Gareth Southgate is leading the team through an important year of Euro 2020 qualifiers. Thanks to a string of positive results, the nation believes ‘it’s coming home’ once again. The Three Lions enjoyed great success in 2018. They outplayed almost all of their opponents and reached the World Cup semi-finals.England have made it four wins from four in the European Qualifiers so far. But has Gareth Southgate really identified his best team? The answer might be yes following their latest results. But he still needs to solve the selection dilemmas before next summer’s tournament.The coach has labelled England’s free-scoring frontline as one of the most exciting in world football. However, their struggles in defence lately have shown there are still questions to answer elsewhere in the side.Jordan Pickford undoubtedly has the number 1 spot in the team. With a wealth of full-back options, the centre-back remains a headache for the coach. Michael Keane and Harry Maguire were largely untroubled in England’s last game against Bulgaria. But Southgate will be concerned that Kosovo, a team that is not too strong, was able to cause them so many problems at St Mary’s.Kosovo scored the first goal due to Keane’s misplaced pass. As for Maguire, he was guilty for their third goal, kicking Vedat Muriqi in the box after he failed to clear the ball. The return of John Stones might give Southgate some reassurance about the backline.The Three Lions used the same midfield three against both Bulgaria and Kosovo. Ross Barkley, Jordan Henderson and Declan Rice started both games and proved that they are up for the task. But there are many debates over England’s best midfield.Rice is having a great season so far with West Ham. The player has shown similar promise in many of his early appearances for England. But he tends to lose many balls in build-up play. Southgate does not have many replacements for the holding role either. Harry Winks can possibly count himself unlucky not to have even made it off for the last two games.The passing ability of Harry Winks can give England the kind of control they so often lack against top flight teams. Barkley and Henderson’s places are also the subject of scrutiny, especially with creative players such as James Maddison and Mason Mount.England has an all-star attack! Yes, they really do! They are currently well-stocked in attack with talents, such as Marcus Rashford, Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling. In the last two games, England were deadly in the final third. When Jadon Sancho came on to replace Rashford, he scored his first two international goals. Kane and Sterling’s places are surely guaranteed. But Sancho and Rashford have provided serious competition and make it hard for Southgate to make his team selection.Who would make your best England side for the opener at Euro 2020? Until then, why not practice your footballing skills with MagicalVegas.com. The site brings to you the likes of Supreme Football, Football Star and Football Scratch to name a few. Ready to kick off for some real entertainment? TagsSponsoredAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


Month: October 2019

first_imgKentucky male cheerleader appears to obstruct Ocatvius Ellis.Kentucky didn’t have a ton of trouble with Cincinnati Saturday afternoon, as the Wildcats cruised to a 12-point victory to become the first 36-0 team in history. But there was a bit of a controversial moment early in the second half, when a male cheerleader for the school appeared to impede Bearcats star Octavius Ellis from returning to the court. The cheerleader appears to hold onto Ellis as he tries to make his way back to the floor. Judge for yourself. No, it didn’t realistically matter when it comes to the outcome of the game. But it’s still a bit odd.[Lost Lettermen]last_img read more


Month: October 2019

first_imgThe 2015 NCAA Tournament Bracket.It was only a matter of time. After Ohio State lost to Arizona Saturday afternoon, there are officially no perfect brackets left in the world. ESPN’s lone user with a perfect bracket after the second round wound up nailing his first 38 games before dropping a contest. He gave an interview with the Worldwide Leader Saturday afternoon, and revealed that he had no rhyme or reason to the picks he made.11.57 million brackets were entered in ESPN’s Tournament Challenge. After Arizona’s win over Ohio State, ZERO perfect brackets remain.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 21, 2015As we’ve noted before, there is no known person to have ever put together a perfect bracket in March Madness history. The odds, which are something in the neighborhood of 1 in 9 quintillion, suggest that it will never happen in our lifetime either.There’s always next year, right?last_img read more


Month: October 2019

first_imgLike an orchestral conductor, Chelsea playmaker Jorginho doesn’t get much time in the limelight when things are going well but he’s the first to be singled out whenever those around him deliver a flat performance.Last weekend’s 2-0 loss at Arsenal certainly featured plenty of bum notes and, come full-time, the finger of blame was pointed squarely at the man that runs the show.“How many assists has he got this season? Around 2000 passes, no assists,” Rio Ferdinand sniped in his analysis on BT Sport. 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? “He’s not a great defender. Once again, in a game like this against a big team, he gets overrun in midfield.“He can’t run, so, he doesn’t give you anything defensively, and he doesn’t give you anything at the other end of the pitch.”Ferdinand was merely voicing the mounting suspicion among many Premier League pundits that Jorginho brings nothing other than sideways passes to this Chelsea team. However, the Italy international’s role is grossly misunderstood and undervalued. Firstly, Jorginho is fundamental to Maurizio Sarri’s gameplan.Indeed, it was fitting that the pair were presented to the media at the same press conference last summer, after Chelsea had successfully hijacked Manchester City’s deal with Napoli for the Brazil-born midfielder.With Jorginho pulling the strings in the middle of the park, Sarri’s Partenopei had become one of the best sides in Europe to watch, with their quick, high pressing and possession-orientated style of football.Unfortunately, after a bright start to the season, Chelsea have become ponderous and predictable on the ball, with many fans now of the opinion that the fault lies with Jorginho, who personifies Sarri’s philosophy.The numbers certainly don’t do anything to challenge the idea that he is all possession, no penetration. Jorginho tops the Premier League pass charts (2077) but he has yet to create a goal. Jorginho was praised by fans for his retention of the ball during Chelsea’s 16-game undefeated start to the 2018-19 campaign; now, those same supporters are castigating him for not doing anything with it. Indeed, he was even booed by certain sections of the Stamford Bridge crowd after playing a succession of wayward passes in the unconvincing win over Newcastle last Saturday week.N'Golo Kante Jorginho Huddersfield Chelsea 08112018Part of the frustration stems from the fact that Jorginho’s positioning in the centre of Sarri’s preferred midfield three has resulted in N’Golo Kante being pushed out wide.When Chelsea were winning games, the use of the world’s best defensive midfielder on the right-hand side was tolerated by sceptical supporters. However, doubts first surfaced after Jorginho was nullified and Kante left looking lost in the Blues’ first league defeat of the season, a comprehensive 3-1 loss at Tottenham in November that prompted many pundits to claim that the Frenchman’s many attributes were being wasted. That evening at Wembley, Spurs ran amok in behind Jorginho, who found himself unable to cope with the physicality and pace of his opponents. Not for the first time, either.Jorginho has been repeatedly targeted as a potential weak link in recent months, with Unai Emery the latest coach to disrupt the 27-year-old by putting Aaron Ramsey on him at the Emirates last weekend.A clear blueprint of how to shut down Chelsea has emerged and most teams have the ability to replicate it.Of course, Jorginho was occasionally man-marked at Napoli. The difference was that he was playing in a finely-tuned team accustomed to playing the one-touch football that allows players to constantly evade opponents. Indeed, the dynamic midfielder Radja Nainggolan has previously described Jorginho as his toughest rival.“He always plays in tight situations and passes very close to him,” the Belgian explained. “It’s very hard follow him and stop his plays. You get tired cause he moves the ball very fast but doesn’t even move himself.“You need a lot of energy to keep up with him and stop him. It can be hard sometimes.”In England, though, it is proving increasingly easy to shut the static Jorginho down. Why?Maurizio Sarri and Jorginho NapoliFatigue could well be a factor, given he has started 22 of Chelsea’s 23 Premier League games so far. But then, he has little chance of a rest, given Cesc Fabregas has departed for Monaco and a replacement has yet to be found.“After 20 minutes, Jorginho lost a lot of balls. It is unusual I think,” Sarri said after his side’s 2-1 win over Newcastle. “So I think that he was in trouble, maybe he was tired, I don’t know.“If Fabregas was on the bench, I think that in the second half then Fabregas would be on the pitch instead of Jorginho.”Playing as a central midfielder in our team is not easy, we need to try and try and try in training with him.“The player who plays in that position usually touches the ball about 120-130 times and so I think that we need a specialist there. I think that Jorginho is able to do it.”He can certainly dictate the pace of a game, albeit too slowly for some people. But, in truth, while it might be fashionable to make Jorginho the scapegoat for Chelsea’s struggles right now, he is merely doing what is – and always has been – asked of him.The real fault lies with Sarri and the club’s transfer policy.Sarri quote GFXMateo Kovacic, for example, is meant to offer far more of an attacking threat than Jorginho yet the Croat has proven frustratingly toothless and seemingly incapable of performing the role that Marek Hamsik carried out for Sarri at the San Paolo.And it’s not as if there aren’t issues elsewhere. Chelsea are unbalanced going forward because, whereas Marcos Alonso pushes forward at every opportunity, the overly cautious Cesar Azpilicueta prefers to sit back.The ‘false nine’ experiment has been a qualified success but it means taking Eden Hazard out of his natural habitat on the left wing, where he is both happiest and most effective.That switch was obviously necessitated by the well-documented struggles of Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata in front of goal, while wingers Willian and Pedro aren’t contributing enough offensively either.Evidently, Chelsea’s woes can’t be attributed solely to Jorginho. It’s just that as the focal point of ‘Sarriball’, his weaknesses are the most glaringly obvious when the team is struggling.Chelsea are trying to sign a replacement for Fabregas in Zenit’s Leandro Paredes but while his arrival would ease the burden on Jorginho, the Argentina international wouldn’t solve all of Chelsea’s issues.Ferdinand is wrong about Jorginho. He is not there to provide assists. That wasn’t his role in a wonderful Napoli side that racked up a club-record 91 points in Serie A last season. His job is to retain possession and then get the ball to others so that they can make something happen in the final third.The problem is that Chelsea have problems in every area of the field. Many players still look confused by Sarri’s system and the Italian always said that it would take at least a year for them to adapt.Jorginho may be the poster boy of ‘Sarriball’ but he’s not the man behind it. Therefore, he shouldn’t be blamed for its present failings. He definitely needs to improve but, at the end of the day, he’s just doing his job. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more


Month: October 2019

first_imgBarack Obama’s love of sport was abundantly evident during his tenure as President of the United States.A relatively sprightly 47 years old when he assumed office in 2009, Obama was frequently captured playing basketball at the White House and he hosted various teams at Washington D.C. during his eight years as leader.It’s no secret that the former Illinois senator follows the Chicago Bears in NFL (though he also has a soft spot for the Pittsburgh Steelers) and supports the Chicago White Sox in baseball, but his allegiance when it comes to soccer is somewhat of a mystery. 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? He is a supporter of the U.S. men’s and women’s national teams, of course, and took breaks from diplomatic business to tune in to a number of their games at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.But club-wise it remains unclear which team he cheers for.Given Obama’s affinity for Chicago-based sporting outfits, it would not be unreasonable to assume that he might support Major League Soccer club Chicago Fire, but there have been no public expressions to confirm the hypothesis.During his campaign for the presidency in 2008, the Daily Telegraph reported that Obama was a fan of West Ham after it emerged that he had attended a Hammers game while on a trip to London in 2003.West Ham even invited him to one of their games following his election, but the story of his support for the club was subsequently dismissed as speculation.Barack Obama football soccerHe is an admirer of Argentina star Lionel Messi and clearly pays attention to the Barcelona star’s exploits, using his World Cup woes with the Albiceleste as an analogy while on a visit to Colombia in 2019.However, that interest doesn’t necessarily translate to support for Barca.As the former head of state for the US, Obama had all sorts of encounters with different football teams and he has had plenty of teams vying for his attention.Gifts such as personalised and signed jerseys have been presented to the 44th President of the United States, while others – like West Ham – have invited him to watch their games.Others have taken to social media in their attempts to lure Obama to their side.In 2017 it emerged that German club Darmstadt 84 were the only European club Obama followed on Twitter, sparking a frenzy of speculation as to why that was the case.Dear @BarackObama, since we are apparently already the only European soccer club you follow on Twitter: See you at our stadium? 😉 #sv98 pic.twitter.com/iThQpILKTF— SV Darmstadt 98 (@sv98) February 15, 2017Darmstadt, who now play in 2. Bundesliga, are not exactly powerhouses of European football, so the fact that USMNT player Terrence Boyd played for them (he has since moved on) was held up as one potential reason.So, Darmstadt, naturally, sent Boyd out to bat for them.”Dear Barack Obama, we’ve heard that we’re the only European soccer club you follow on Twitter. It’s a huge honour for us at Darmstadt 98,” the striker declared in a video shared on Twitter.”Now that you’ve got a little more time for yourself, we’d like to invite you to a Lilien game at the Bollenfalltor. We’ve got a fitting jersey for you as well, so see you at the Bollen!”Unless Obama showed up in south-west Germany in secret, the Terrence Boyd charm offensive doesn’t appear to have worked, unfortunately.So, for now, Obama’s confirmed soccer teams remain the USMNT and USWNT, as well as whatever teams his daughters Malia and Sasha are playing for!last_img read more


Month: October 2019

first_imgU.S. women’s national team manager Jill Ellis will step down as head coach following the completion of the team’s World Cup victory tour in October, U.S. Soccer has annnounced.Earlier this month Ellis coached the USWNT to their second straight World Cup title, becoming only the second person to win two World Cups as a manager“The opportunity to coach this team and work with these amazing women has been the honor of a lifetime,” Ellis said in a statement. 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? “I want to thank and praise them for their commitment and passion to not only win championships but also raise the profile of this sport globally while being an inspiration to those who will follow them.”Ellis took over the program in 2014 and one year later, she led the USWNT to the 2015 World Cup championship in Canada, the team’s first world title since 1999.She will depart after the USWNT won its second straight World Cup this summer in France, defeating the Netherlands 2-0 in the final to clinch the title. With the win in France, Ellis joined Vittorio Pozzo as the only two coaches to win multiple men’s or women’s World Cups, with Pozzo pulling off the feat with Italy in 1934 and 1938.“The U.S. Soccer Federation and the sport in general owes Jill a debt of gratitude,” U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro said. “Jill was always extremely passionate about this team, analytical, tremendously focused and not afraid to make tough decisions while giving her players the freedom to play to their strengths.”She helped raise the bar for women’s soccer in the USA and the world, and given the history of this program, the level of success she achieved is even more remarkable.”USWNT Women's World Cup 2019Ellis leaves with an overall record of 102-7-18 as USWNT manager, having coached the most games of any USWNT head coach in program history.U.S. Soccer said Ellis, 52, will remain for at least the next year in an ambassador role, which will include representing the federation at various events and speaking engagements.Though the World Cup only ended earlier this month, the search for a new manager will have to be a priority with the Olympics set to take place next summer in Tokyo.U.S. Soccer is nearing the hiring of a USWNT general manager, who will oversee the search for a new head coach. The USWNT will kick off their victory tour on Saturday with a game against Ireland at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.last_img read more


Month: October 2019

first_imgHead Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks to the media during the College Football Playoff National Championship Media Day.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 6: Head Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks to the media during the College Football Playoff National Championship Media Day at Philips Arena on January 6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Alabama announced both a contract extension and a raise for Nick Saban last week – increasing his salary to $7.5 million this season, with further increases of $400,000  per year until 2025. If Saban were to stick around for the length of the contract, he’d make approximately $75 million.Saban, now the sport’s highest-paid coach, is clearly a rich man. But ESPN’s Paul Finebaum doesn’t think he’s rich enough – at least when it comes to what he generates for the school.Finebaum joined Get Up on Monday morning to talk about the new Saban deal – suggesting that he should be paid way more money than he currently makes.Finebaum says that Saban should be making more like $50 million per year – comparing him to a Fortune 500 CEO. Brad Crawford of 247 Sports transcribed Finebaum’s bit on the network:“I think it’s outrageous he’s making only $75 million,” Finebaum said during Monday’s appearance on Get Up!, ESPN’s new morning show. “Nick Saban is worth more than that. What he has done at the University of Alabama in transforming a once great program that was dormant when he took over to the singular best program in the country … If you put Nick Saban down the street on Wall Street and he was leading a Fortune 500 company with the same success on the New York Stock Exchange, he would be making over $50 million a year.“Look around at what corporate executives are making. He’s better than those people and there are no scandals associated with him. I don’t think it’s outrageous at all to say he should be making more than $50 million a year. Would that set a bad example in college athletics? What difference does it make. He’s worth more than that.”Finebaum is going a little overboard, but his point is well taken. Alabama’s football program posted a profit of $45.96 million last year – but the athletic department’s overall profit was just $15.7 million.So yes, Saban could be paid a lot more, but $50 million is a stretch.Regardless, Saban doesn’t appear to be letting up any time soon. Alabama won last year’s national title in dramatic fashion over Georgia and they’re a lock to be the No. 1 ranked team in the country heading into this coming season.last_img read more