Month: October 2019
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Roma wing-back Florenzi: Champions League qualification our goalby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma wing-back Alessandro Florenzi says their target is Champions League qualification.Florenzi admits trophies are on the agenda.He said, “The Coppa Italia could be a very important objective for Roma. We mustn’t take dreams out of our minds.“Even if we know Serie A is impossible, we have another objective, which is the Champions League.“I’m not saying it’s a utopia, but it would really be a dream to retrace what we did last season and improve on it, even if it won’t be easy.“I don’t think we lack malice. Sometimes we haven’t been clinical enough. I’m not just talking about the strikers but rather everyone, myself included.“We’re lacking a bit in this regard, similar to how we’re lacking in desire to not concede goals.“I’m not just talking about the defenders but rather the whole team. These are things that we had last season and we have to find them again.”
Arsenal whiz Bukayo Saka hopes to make Europa League his competitionby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal whiz Bukayo Saka hopes to make the Europa League his competition.Saka scored in their 3-0 win at Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday night.He said: “There will be a lot of opportunities in the Europa League. That’s how I made my debut last season and I hope I can continue to get more and more opportunities and keep progressing so I can maybe one day play in the Premier League and start playing for Arsenal’s first team.”I feel like I’ve been with the first team a lot this season, I’ve been training with them a lot, I know the players, they know me and I don’t think it was too different for me because I train with them every day.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Silva insists West Ham was turning point for Evertonby Ansser Sadiq7 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton manager Marco Silva believes that his team experienced a turning point against West Ham United.The Blues boss believes their gritty 2-0 win at Goodison Park over the Hammers will see them revive their season.The Toffees were in the relegation zone before that game, but are now looking to get back into the top half of the table.”We performed so well, we showed that quality, that pride in ourselves to play the level we played,” Silva told reporters.”Of course we have to build from that. It was a turning point for us. It does not mean we will win all the matches from now until the end of the season of course but we have to play in that way, always to win, always with that pride in ourselves.”We have to play with that pace, with that desire to win the game, and play with freedom like we did even if that pressure was there.”
Ohio State sophomore Joey Bosa was a huge part of the Buckeyes’ national championship run this past year. He’s also one of the most popular players on the team – both in the locker room and with the fan base. The combination has apparently led to at least one Buckeyes supporter naming his new puppy after the defensive end.Kit Hartsfield, an Ohio State fan who actually played some ball at Austin Peay, tweeted out a photo of his incredibly cute new pet. He named him “Bosa”, and tweeted a photo at the player himself. Bosa retweeted the photo.Meet Bosa @jbbigbear pic.twitter.com/aDQSPQ0k3v— Kit Hartsfield (@khartsfield2) February 23, 2015This past June, we wrote an article about the baby name “Braxton” seeing a 300% increase from 2011 to 2013. Perhaps “Bosa” will the the equivalent when it comes to naming pets.
ANN ARBOR, MI – APRIL 04: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines listens in on an offensive huddle during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 4, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Shut it down, everyone. The informal contest to see who would come up with the best college football-themed take on Drake’s Views From The 6 cover might be over just a few days in. After Jay Harbaugh put together a pretty good effort featuring his father, Ohio State mascot Brutus Buckeye posted his own version…and yeah, this is pretty mean if you’re a Michigan fan..@BleacherReport ** #VIEWS fro TSUN. **#GoBucks pic.twitter.com/u91EmgEIg0— Brutus Buckeye (@Brutus_Buckeye) April 26, 2016 Considering the score of last year’s game at Michigan Stadium, he probably could’ve left the Parental Advisory sticker in place. It was pretty appropriate.[Bleacher Report]
Much of the build-up to the game between Tottenham and Manchester United at Wembley on Sunday has been focused on Mauricio Pochettino. The Spurs manager is reckoned to be the heavy favourite to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer once his short-term deal expires this summer.Spurs fans have been pretty vocal over what they perceive to be disrespect in the tones in which their manager is being discussed. It’s been portrayed in many circles as a matter of formality that Pochettino would up sticks and move to Old Trafford. But it’s not so simple these days.This is not the Manchester United of 20 top-flight titles. This is not the Manchester United of three Champions League finals in four seasons between 2008 and 2011. This is a very different Manchester United, where history is the biggest selling point and the lay of the land does not necessarily lend itself to the empire building that Pochettino would need to thrive. 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? Make no mistake and do not let the recent run of results fool you. There may be harmony in the squad at present – as evidenced by a pleasant training camp in Dubai – but there is still wild dysfunction about Manchester United.The sacking of Jose Mourinho merely papers over the cracks, and the good start experienced by Solskjaer should not be mistaken for a revival or for the new normal. United have such a way to travel before they can legitimately call themselves a top club again that it is tough to know where to start.They can rip it up and start again but that will take decades. No one is going to get that kind of time. So, what they need to do is embrace the chaos, move quickly from one era to the next and discard the coaches who cannot keep up. And that is not the type of chaos that would suit the talents of Pochettino. His progression at Spurs has been gradual. He has mixed some of the talents already at the club with some newcomers in the market while also bringing through plenty of young talent to boot.He has had the space, the time and the right environment to do that. What he is achieving right now is the culmination of Spurs doing things properly.United have had plenty of managers since Pochetttino arrived in north London. Each one has left behind a hotchpotch of signings and the squad is lacking any sort of collective identity. There is simply no guarantee that Pochettino would not end up like David Moyes, Louis van Gaal or Mourinho and be discarded as soon as results start to go skew-whiff.That does not happen at Spurs, not that Pochettino has had to endure many nightmare runs of results. But he has built up enough credit with the chairman Daniel Levy over the years that his position is secure for the long-term.These are testing times for Tottenham with a lack of transfer activity in the summer and continued fan discontent surrounding the impending move back from Wembley to the new White Hart Lane. Through it all results have been consistent and performances of a high level.There have been thrilling individual displays from the likes of Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-min, Dele Alli and, of course, the captain Harry Kane. And that is the team that Pochettino has created with his own two hands. Spurs are going places; right now they appear to be a far better long-term bet than United.The only downside at the moment is the contract situation of a few of their stars, not least Eriksen. If Spurs could somehow convince the Dane to commit his future to the club and to the new stadium then all would be well. Without that signature, there is the sense that Spurs are ready to be picked off – yet again.United is no place for Pochettino right now; there is simply no way he could replicate his project there and all he could do is damage his reputation, albeit with a very handsome payoff.What United need is a manager who can thrive despite the drama all around him. What they need is a manager who can roll his sleeves up on day one, make improvements to the players already on the books and set them out in such a way that they can climb the league table quickly.What they need is a man with a track record of delivering at top clubs with difficult structures that require a politician’s disposition and a thick skin. They need a man who can get in, get trophies and get out.Because Manchester United are that kind of club now. There will be no legacy builder. There will be managers coming in for short-term spells and what will define the success of their reigns will be the number of trophies they win.They need Antonio Conte.Conte has proven at Chelsea that he has what it takes to succeed in the grind of the Premier League. He instilled a remarkable consistency and discipline in the Chelsea squad. It may not have suited everyone at the time – fallouts with David Luiz and Diego Costa were particularly ugly – but it scarcely mattered. He made Chelsea champions in his first season in charge.Conte picked up the pieces of Mourinho’s third-season botch and made the club as good as new. And, crucially, he is available.Conte, after his successes with Juventus and Chelsea, has earned the right to be fussy. He turned down Real Madrid earlier this season as he did not feel like taking over from Julen Lopetegui mid-season. He needs time to plan his own project, and considering the trouble Santiago Solari is currently experiencing it can be said he dodged a bullet.He will, however, be ready for his next challenge next summer, once the fug of the dispute with Chelsea has settled. And he will be coming to the market with a super club in mind. He would be interested in what United have to say, just like he would be interested in Real at the right time, or Bayern Munich. But it is United who would suit him down to the ground.The players that were good enough and hungry enough would stay. The rest would be frozen out. A couple of key additions would be identified. United would quickly have a recognisable style of play and would stick to it. They would be hard to beat and would be well-matched to the challenges of Manchester City or Liverpool.That is why United and Pochettino should stay well away from each other. The job suits Conte and Conte suits the job. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
After Egypt’s shock last-16 elimination by South Africa at the Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday night, Mohamed Salah took to Twitter to thank his nation’s “loyal fans” for their support.The forward also made a promise: “We will learn from the mistakes that we made.”One sincerely hopes that Salah meant addressing the mistakes Egypt made off the field, as well as on it. Article continues below 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 The tournament has been an unmitigated disaster for the host nation and their star player, who scored twice but struggled overall to influence games, most notably of all in the tame 1-0 loss to South Africa in Cairo.That defeat resulted in Salah and his team-mates being booed off the field. It was a dreadfully anti-climactic end to a campaign that, as the now former Egypt boss Javier Aguirre pointed out, could well have put the winger in pole position in the race for this year’s Ballon d’Or.Having helped Liverpool conquer Europe with the opening goal in the 2-0 victory over Tottenham in the Champions League final – a year after being cruelly forced out of the tournament decider with a shoulder problem – it was hoped that he could replicate that tale of redemption by leading his nation to a first AFCON title since 2010.After rushing his return from injury to represent Egypt at the 2018 World Cup, Salah was, understandably, a shadow of his usual scintillating self in Russia as The Pharaohs crashed out in the first round without registering a single point.Even more frustratingly, he came under fire after accepting honorary Chechen citizenship from the region’s controversial leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, who has a dubious human rights record.In addition, there was a bitter argument with the Egyptian Football Association, whom Salah blamed for the “many disturbances at the team’s camp during our participation at the World Cup in Russia”.The 27-year-old winger alleged that he regularly had to deal with Egyptian officials and celebrities coming to his room wanting to talk.Given his disdain for unwanted attention, Salah could, therefore, have been expected to have better handled the sexual harassment controversy that completely overshadowed his country’s attempt to win the AFCON on home soil this summer.Ahead of Egypt’s second group fixture, against DR Congo, Amr Warda was expelled from the squad after Merhan Keller, a British-Egyptian model, shared screenshots of lewd and aggressive messages allegedly sent by the midfielder to her and other women.However, rather than accept the Egyptian FA’s decision, which was taken “to maintain the state of discipline, commitment and concentration” in the squad, several senior players, including Salah, instead challenged it.The net result was Warda – after apologising for his actions – was allowed to rejoin the panel for Egypt’s final group game, and the last-16 meeting with South Africa.Salah’s support had been crucial.”Women must be treated with the utmost respect,” he wrote online. “‘No’ means ‘no’. Those things are and must remain sacred.”I also believe that many who make mistakes can change for the better and shouldn’t be sent straight to the guillotine, which is the easiest way out.”We need to believe in second chances… we need to guide and educate. Shunning is not the answer.”But neither was overturning the EFA’s perfectly legitimate decision to expel a serial offender.According to Portuguese newspaper Record, Warda’s loan spell at Feirense in 2017 was terminated after he allegedly harassed the wives of two team-mates just days after arriving at the club. Thus, Warda had already long since received a second chance.To outsiders, then, it looked like Salah and his team-mates had essentially prioritised their Africa Cup of Nations campaign over taking a stand in support of harassed women.In addition, Keller, who is taking legal action against Warda, subsequently claimed that she has received “thousands” of abusive messages after Salah’s tweets.”This person (Salah) is God in Egypt. Literally,” she told The Daily Mirror. “He is one of the most recognised figures in the world. This has pushed people to harass me even more.”You have no idea the amount of hate messages, threats and stuff that I am getting. I cannot go to my country right now if I want to visit my family. People will attack me in the streets.”You know what he has done, so the fact that he (Salah) is still siding with him (Warda) is really, really painful.”Salah’s stance wasn’t only offensive, either. It was downright bizarre, given that he had championed women’s rights in an interview with Time magazine in April.”I think we need to change the way we treat women in our culture,” he said. “It’s not optional.”The inclusion of Warda shouldn’t have been optional either, though. Being team-mates or friends shouldn’t be a factor when it comes to determining someone’s suitability to representing the national team.Rightly or wrongly, some footballers are considered role models. And it is a responsibility that Salah takes very seriously. He has spoken in the past of the “pressure” that comes with the job.”To be the first Egyptian in [this] situation and no one has done this before,” he said, “it’s something different.”And not at all easy. For the most part, though, Salah has conducted himself with commendable class and done his nation proud.A man of compassion, he has done an incredible job – particularly in England – in helping break down social, cultural and religious barriers and in promoting unity and harmony. Indeed, there are few more likeable or influential figures in the game today.However, he erred badly in supporting Warda’s reinstatement after just one game in exile.Warda’s actions haven’t just called his own character into question, they’ve also cast Salah and his colleagues in a most unfavourable light.We can only hope that they soon realise that they made a mistake. And then learn from it. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
AUBURN, AL – OCTOBER 07: Shea Patterson #20 of the Mississippi Rebels looks to pass against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Barring something unexpected, Shea Patterson will be Michigan’s starting quarterback this season. What he does beyond that will be interesting to follow.It seems that Patterson might have some options at his disposal. According to the Dallas Morning News ‘ Evan Grant, Patterson has signed a 2019 contract to play for the Texas Rangers after he completes his eligibility at Michigan.The Rangers drafted Patterson in the 39th round this year. He has not played college baseball.Martin Perez will pitch Thursday for Round Rock…. Jax Biggers No. 9 pick has signed… 39th round pick Shea Patterson has signed a 2019 contract to play after he completes his football eligibility at Michigan— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) July 3, 2018Patterson’s main focus has always clearly been football. He could be a first-round pick in next year’s NFL Draft if he has a strong junior season at Michigan.His future should be in football. This is just likely him hedging his bets.Patterson transferred to Michigan from Ole Miss during the winter. Due to the sanctions surrounding the Rebel program, he was granted immediate eligibility at Michigan this coming season.He will compete with redshirt sophomore Brandon Peters, redshirt freshman Dylan McCaffrey and true freshman Joe Milton to be Michigan’s starting QB this fall.Michigan opens its 2018 season at Notre Dame on Sept. 1.
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Ohio State’s football program is ready for Michigan.The Buckeyes have officially begun their Rivalry Week festivities, as they’re displaying inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center this morning.Ohio State, as it always does during Michigan Week, is blaring a very appropriate song inside its walls.LL Cool J’s “It’s Time For War” is playing at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center this morning, which means it’s Michigan week here at Ohio State.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) November 19, 2018Check it out:it’s time for war https://t.co/q5OtbZgGl6— Tony Gerdeman (@TonyGerdeman) November 19, 2018Ohio State and Michigan are set to kick off at noon E.T.The game will be on FOX.
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 08: Acting head coach Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on before the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ohio Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Ohio State’s football program has landed some big recruiting news on Christmas Day.The Buckeyes have landed a commitment from one of the top wide receivers in the country.Gee Scott Jr., a four-star wide receiver out of Washington, has committed to Ryan Day and Co.The top prospect chose the Buckeyes over Wisconsin and Washington, among other programs.Scott announced his commitment on Twitter.“A dream come true. I am 100% Committed…” he announced.A dream come true.I am 100% Committed… https://t.co/JlGFZKuKrM— Gee Scott Jr. (@geescottjr) December 25, 2018Ohio State is building one of the top recruiting classes in the country for 2020.The Buckeyes now have six commitments, five of which are four-star prospects, with one being a five-star recruit.You can view Ohio State’s full 2020 class here.