Kid in Josh Stewart shirt dances like a maniac

first_imgRap music at football games: ruining the reputations of dancing white people since camera phones were invented.And the immortal GIF:via Josh StewartIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Conte charged with misconduct

first_imgChelsea Conte charged with misconduct after dismissal against Swansea Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 02:49 12/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Antonio Conte, Chelsea Clive Rose Chelsea Premier League Chelsea v Swansea City Swansea City Antonio Conte The Chelsea boss is facing an FA charge in the wake of his sending-off in Wednesday’s game at Stamford Bridge Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association after his dismissal in Wednesday’s match with Swansea City.The former Italy head coach was sent from the dugout by referee Neil Swarbrick in the 43rd minute of the champions’ 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge.He has been given until 18:00 GMT on December 5 to respond to the charge. 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 Conte reacted furiously to the decision not to give his side a corner during the first half of the game and shouted in the face of fourth official Lee Mason, as well as Swarbrick.The 48-year-old, who apologised after the match for his behaviour, also explained he had been frustrated by what he considered to be time-wasting tactics from the visitors.”During the game, in the first half, I saw that Swansea were wasting time,” he said. “I said this a few times to the fourth official. “At the same time, I didn’t see something change in the first half. I was frustrated for this situation. I tried to tell again, but then the referee took this decision.”I repeat: I apologise for this. I was frustrated. For sure I made a mistake. During the game I suffer. With my players I suffer. It’s a pity.”They are wasting time. I was a bit animated. I said this and I shout this. It was not the first time. I think for this reason the fourth official lost his patience. But I repeat, the fault was mine, not the fourth official’s. I apologise for this. I was frustrated.”Antonio Rudiger’s goal 10 minutes into the second half secured the win for Chelsea and kept them third in the Premier League table, 11 points behind leaders Manchester City. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Liverpool deny telling Barcelona Philippe Coutinho could go for €200m

first_img Would-be runaways need to re-find feet after being stood up by suitors Liverpool Barcelona When Barcelona presented Dembélé last week, Fernández said that he hoped to make “one more signing, maybe two”, but none arrived. Although they chased other options in the final days, the principal target was Coutinho. Barcelona found Liverpool unwilling to sell – until, they claim, the final minutes. Liverpool maintain that they never entertained a sale and that Barcelona knew that.Barcelona were also trying to secure the signature of Ángel Di María from Paris Saint Germain. Late on Friday night, Barcelona pulled out of all negotiations and brought the market to a close.“We were working last night on the chance of making a signing but it was not possible,” Fernández said.Soler, asked to elaborate on Coutinho, said: “I am not going to explain the negotiations that took place but I will say what the situation was at the end: the €200m Liverpool said [he could go for]. Logically, we did not accept that. We want to thank the player for making an effort – because he did make a big effort – to come here. He showed that he wanted to come. But in the end it is over now and we can’t say any more than that.“We could have signed two players for €270m each – and we could have – but then we would have to resign for being irresponsible. We’re not going to be drawn into that game.”Coutinho, in his first competitive game of the season, scored for Brazil after coming on as a substitute in Thursday’s World Cup qualifier against Ecuador. However, Barcelona’s sporting director Albert Soler claimed: “Yesterday at the last minute, after weeks of offers and conversations, Liverpool put a price on a player that we wanted. A price of €200m and we decided not to do it. This club will not enter into this new way of understanding football. This club belongs to its members and we will not act irresponsibly. Our priority are always sporting matters, but we have to manage our finances and there are limits that you cannot go beyond.”Soler appeared alongside the director of football, Robert Fernández, to justify a transfer window that began with the departure of Neymar for €222m and that many consider to have been disastrous for Barcelona, with pressure growing for the resignation of the president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, and his board.They bemoaned a shift in an “inflated market” in which they paid €105m plus a further €40m in add-ons for Ousmane Dembélé from Borussia Dortmund, and when it came to Coutinho they accused Liverpool of finally setting a price they refused to meet. That claim, too, now comes under question.Liverpool released a statement on 11 August declaring that their “definitive stance” was that Coutinho was not for sale and insisting that he would “remain a member of Liverpool Football Club when the summer window closes”. That message remained steadfast thereafter but Barcelona did not give up and continued to brief that they could sign him, even though it would take a huge fee – which they expected to be in the region of €150m.In the final days of the market, sources at Barcelona believed that once Liverpool had signed replacements the path would be clear to close a deal for Coutinho, who had made little secret of his desire to go and remained in contact with Barcelona. If that hope was genuine, it ultimately proved unfounded. Topics Read more Share via Email The Fiver: the Guardian’s take on the world of football Read more news Share on Pinterestcenter_img Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Liverpool have denied Barcelona’s claims that they were prepared to sell Philippe Coutinho on Spain’s transfer deadline day for €200m (£183m).The Catalan club had had three bids swiftly rejected for the Brazil midfielder and Liverpool had repeatedly insisted that he was not for sale but, with the 25-year-old handing in a transfer request and not training with his team-mates, citing a back injury, the Catalan club continued to express their optimism that a deal could be done. Within hours of the window closing with no agreement being reached, Barcelona said they had walked away after Liverpool placed a €200m price on him – but that claim has been dismissed as false by the Anfield club.Barcelona did not say who they spoke to, or where, and sources say that they did attempt to make direct contact with Liverpool’s owner, FSG, on Friday (Spain’s transfer window closed a day after that of the Premier League). However, that approach was knocked back.Liverpool insist that their position never changed: Coutinho was not for sale for any price at any time, right to the end of the window. The Anfield club maintain that no valuation nor opportunity was offered and that Barcelona were repeatedly made aware throughout the summer that they would not sell. Transfer window Share on WhatsApp The Observer Amy Lawrence Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Paris Saint-Germain’s £400m strike force put five past struggling Metz

first_imgLast placed Metz had threatened a shock at Stade Saint-Symphorien by equalising through Emmanuel Rivière, who passed up an open net at 1-1. But they were then comprehensively outclassed after Benoit Assou-Ekotto was harshly dismissed for a physical challenge on Mbappé. Once the red card opened the door, PSG barged through it with verve and skill.The away side’s opener came when Cavani latched on to Neymar’s exquisite 31st-minute pass, delivered nonchalantly with the outside of the boot, and rounded the goalkeeper, Eiji Kawashima. It was Metz who scored next, as PSG opened up far too easily to the prompting of Mathieu Dossevi, who held off Meunier and picked out Riviere.After the sending-off of Assou-Ekotto for what was a strong but seemingly well-judged challenge, it was Mbappé who scored the second as he scooped the ball into the box and then met the subsequent clearance with a devastating strike from a yard outside the area.All was one-way traffic from that point onwards, with Cavani clattering the crossbar before Neymar fired home a flat, curling effort from 30 yards.Cavani’s second was less of a picture, a messy but effective finish after Yuri Berchiche’s cross, and Lucas Moura came off the bench to add the gloss after his initial attempt came off the post. Share via Email Ligue 1 Paris Saint-Germain Share on Messenger Kylian Mbappé, Neymar and Edinson Cavani flexed their muscles as Paris Saint-Germain romped to victory over 10-man Metz in Ligue 1 on Friday night – their first outing since putting together the most expensive forward line in the history of football.Mbappé, who will cost PSG £166m next summer, marked his first appearance with a bullet finish from the edge of the area, while £200m man Neymar scored his fourth in four games with a wonderful swerving effort and Cavani – a relative snip at £55m four years ago – grabbed two. Metz The Fiver: the Guardian’s take on the world of football European club football Share on Facebookcenter_img match reports Topics Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

first_img15Huddersfield29-2530 features Read more 11Everton29-1634 4) Benítez spells out the difference for his Newcastle teamNewcastle fans endured the familiar regret of what Rafael Benítez could have delivered this season with reasonable investment in his squad. “A Championship team with a Premier League manager,” was Steven Gerrard’s description. Seven of Newcastle’s starting lineup played in the Championship last season – but a collection of modest talent restricted Jürgen Klopp’s flying team to three shots on target. Newcastle had two, but could not profit. “Three shots on target, I was surprised,” Benítez said. “We wanted to be strong in defence and create more in counterattack. We couldn’t do it, why? Because we have a very good team in front of us. We got into some good positions and we were running full pace but still we couldn’t beat them. When you pay money you pay money not just because of their technical ability. It’s the quality, the decisions and the physicality. Everything that is the difference between teams.” Andy Hunter• Match report: Liverpool 2-0 Newcastle United• Oxlade-Chamberlain hits out at Henry’s ‘stupid’ comments5) Allardyce leaves his fate in hands of his playersSam Allardyce believes he is powerless to stop the Everton fans from barracking him, arguing it is only his players who can alter the views of the unhappy supporters about their increasingly unpopular manager. “The only people who can change the fans on what they think and what they say are the players,” the Everton manager said. “They have to go out and perform to a level and win matches and bring everybody back onside.” Supporters targeted Allardyce after he substituted Cenk Tosun and Gylfi Sigurdsson at Turf Moor but he is confident he can cope with the abuse. “I’ve been around long enough to know it comes your way sometimes. You have to be big enough to ride it out. It’s not nice, it’s not what you want to hear, but you’ve got to accept the responsibility when you’re the No 1. You take the good, the bad and the ugly with it.” Richard Jolly• Match report: Burnley 2-1 Everton Arsenal Brighton players swarm around Lewis Dunk after the defender opened the scoring against Arsenal. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian Pinterest 3Man Utd283359 Twitter Share on Pinterest 4Tottenham Hotspur293158 Facebook Twitter 18Crystal Palace28-1827 Read more 7) Mahrez plays waiting game to perfectionRiyad Mahrez is the best player outside the Premier League’s current top five clubs and it will be no surprise if Manchester City, along with others, try to prise him away from Leicester again in the summer. Admirers must be impressed by how he has regained form after digesting the disappointment of being denied a move in January. His continued fine performances – including his wonderful stoppage-time equaliser against Bournemouth on Saturday – mean if and when he leaves the club where he made his name, it will be on good terms. “It was a difficult situation … but I was very pleased with the way the fans have been with me throughout this – I thank them all,” Mahrez said after the match on Saturday. “While I am here, I will keep giving everything for this club.” That is how to ensure a happy ending for everyone. Paul Doyle• Match report: Leicester City 1-1 Bournemouth8) Lambert gets his best players to give Stoke a chanceA glance at the Premier League table and Stoke City, indeed, remain in the mire, but one defeat in six matches since Mark Hughes was sacked and Paul Lambert’s arrival and three draws in succession suggests they have other plans. Their failure to win matches – one victory since Christmas – might ultimately be their undoing and if the spirit Lambert has garnered is not enough, then they will not go quietly, at least. Jack Butland made some classy stops at St Mary’s, while Joe Allen’s cute passing and Xherdan Shaqiri’s quick thinking may yet just dig them out of their malaise. The biggest plus point, compared with Southampton, for example, is that their star players have not gone into hiding in the circumstances but rather come to the fore. “We have got players that can turn the game on a switch,” Lambert said. Ben Fisher• Match report: Southampton 0-0 Stoke City Alan Pardew limps on with West Brom out of credible alternatives 19Stoke29-2627 16Newcastle29-1329 PosTeamPGDPts Share on Facebook Topics Pinterest 17Southampton29-1228 20West Brom29-2120 6Arsenal291145 5Chelsea292453 2) Wenger not only one to blame for Arsenal’s problemsThe frantic search for blame is a key part of the football experience, but in most situations there’s plenty to go round and no need to be sparing; though Arsène Wenger is Arsenal’s lightning rod and with good reason, the malaise is far from all his fault. David Dein and pals failed to predict television money outstripping bums on seats as football’s major source of revenue, likewise an elite club’s ability to sponsor everything and partner with anything; Stan Kroenke isn’t as interested in a winning team as he is a profitable business, part of the reason Wenger has been retained so much longer than made sense; and a succession of talented players have shrunk and failed. Which is to say that the sooner Wenger leaves the better for everyone, him included – but plenty of others have failed in bringing us to this miserable point. Daniel Harris• Match report: Brighton 2-1 Arsenal• Wenger insists he is ‘still the right man for the job’ at Arsenal• Dominic Fifield: Abject Arsenal wilt again to darken Wenger’s legacy3) Tottenham have strength in depth to beat JuventusSon Heung-min scored his 15th goal of the season on Saturday and his 10th in the league. He gave a man‑of-the-match performance, not just for his goals but his attacking thrust. The South Korean is in good form but, as Spurs approach the biggest match of their season so far, against Juventus on Wednesday, he is not alone. Dele Alli, the subject of so much finger-wagging, laid on a superlative assist against Huddersfield. Christian Eriksen was quieter but still slid a single pass 40 yards through a crowd of half a dozen players. Érik Lamela and Lucas Moura got minutes from the bench, with the recruit from Paris Saint-Germain catching the eye once more. In many home games at Wembley, breaking through the opposition’s defensive line has proved hard for Spurs. But now they have greater attacking options than before and are firing. Can they make the difference in midweek? Paul MacInnes• Match report: Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Huddersfield Town• The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos 9Watford29-836 12AFC Bournemouth29-1033center_img Share on Messenger Marcus Rashford’s progress praised by Manchester United’s José Mourinho Share on WhatsApp 14West Ham29-1830 Facebook 13Swansea29-1730 10Brighton29-1034 9) Moyes not looking too far ahead for safetyDavid Moyes had already admitted that West Ham’s next two matches, at home against Burnley and Southampton, could define their season, when it was put to him that the widely held view outside of the club is that a team with their attacking talent will be “fine” and survive without too many problems. “I’d like the message to be that ‘we’ll be fine’, but the truth of the matter is that we’re not,” Moyes said after a chastening defeat against Swansea. A couple of wins and a couple of draws could be enough for West Ham, yet the pressure will be on if they fail to perform in the next two matches, because they still have to play both Manchester clubs at home as well as Arsenal and Chelsea away. The main problem is not hard to identify: with 54 goals conceded, West Ham have the joint‑worst defensive record in the league. This was the fifth time this season they let in four goals. Stuart James• Match report: Swansea City 4-1 West Ham United10) Richarlison needs a breather from first-team actionHaving arrived at Watford in August, Richarlison took the Premier League by storm, scoring five times in 12 appearances and generally impressing with his skill and strength. That now feels like a long time ago. The 20-year-old’s last goal came in November and this win against West Bromwich Albion made it five out of five league games under Javi Gracia that the Brazilian has been substituted. He reacted angrily to the decision and it is clear a situation is developing between player and manager, although the latter said: “I don’t think about the reaction of the players. I think only about the team.” Richarlison did catch the eye against West Brom with an acrobatic strike that flashed just wide, but overall he struggled to make an impact and it may be best if the forward is afforded a break. Away from the spotlight, Richarlison may just rediscover his early-season mojo. Sachin Nakrani• Match report: Watford 1-0 West Bromwich Albion• Pardew limps on with West Brom out of credible alternatives Brighton & Hove Albion Bournemouth Sign up for The Fiver and get our daily email on the world of football 6) Hughton fires Brighton to verge of survivalBrighton are almost there. The daunting nature of their run-in, with seven of their last 10 games against current members of the top eight, had been a source of unease, but a splendid upturn in form has hoisted them into the top half of a congested division. The manner in which they dismantled Arsenal in the opening half-hour here was a measure of their qualities. Glenn Murray has eight goals in 10 games and, while he has never been quick, mustered the most sprints in the in-game statistics. Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy are rugged defenders and spread panic at set pieces. Moreover, there is a balance and organisation to this team which will surely see them clear of trouble. That stems from their manager. “This group are working so hard, giving themselves every chance,” said Chris Hughton. He will not rest easy just yet but, on this evidence, cause for celebration is close. Dominic Fifield• Match report: Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 Arsenal Premier League 1) Lack of Chelsea ambition reflects poorly on ConteThere is something striking about watching the defending champions cede their title to their successors, and this was a particularly mournful way to go about it. The last time a title-winning Chelsea team visited the side that was destined to succeed them they lost 2-1 to Leicester in December 2015 and promptly sacked their manager. This display is unlikely to accelerate Antonio Conte’s apparently inevitable summer departure, but a performance so stripped of ambition and attacking quality certainly reflected poorly on him. “My tactic was: don’t concede space between the lines,” he said. “If you concede space at Manchester City you risk losing with many goals down.” Aggressively stripping the team of the personnel and instructions necessary to effectively attack hardly affected Chelsea’s chances of avoiding defeat, it simply limited their losing margin. What Conte failed to see is that for a team of Chelsea’s recent history, ambition and resources an emphatic thrashing is not the only form of humiliation. Simon Burnton• Match report: Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea• Conte hits back at comments by Jamie Redknapp and Gary Neville• Barney Ronay: Hazard woe as Chelsea’s false nine toils at City• FA chief adamant Guardiola’s yellow ribbon is political symbol Share on Twitter 1Man City296378 Reuse this content Leader Davide Astori is fondly remembered as Serie A falls quiet Leicester City Lucas Moura (right) has impressed since joining Tottenham from PSG. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA Ten talking points from the weekend football 2Liverpool293560 8Leicester29-137 Everton 7Burnley29-240 Read more Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Burnleylast_img read more

Chess: Magnus Carlsen returns to form with bright start in Stavanger

first_imgChess Share on Twitter Magnus Carlsen has got off to a flying start at Stavanger this week, as the world champion won in rounds one and three of the Altibox elite tournament while the other 13 games were all halved. Following Thursday’s rest day, Carlsen already led the field by a full point going into the three weekend rounds. He consolidated his lead with a routine two-hour, 33-move draw against Hikaru Nakamura of the US in round four. Games can be viewed free and live with grandmaster and computer commentaries at and on the official site, starting at 3.30pm.China’s world No 4, Ding Liren, broke a hip on the rest day when the 25-year-old fell off his bike making a turn at high speed. Ding had surgery on Friday morning and his fourth-round game was postponed. A decision will be taken at the end of the day on whether he will withdraw and his three played games are cancelled. Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest … 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. Support The Guardian Chess: St Louis may bid for Fabiano Caruana versus Magnus Carlsen match Reuse this content Leonard Barden on chess Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… Read more Magnus Carlsen Carlsen’s opening surge has raised his Fide world rating to 2851, his highest for 18 months. His lead over his nearest rival a year ago was just 6.4 points – or one game – away from losing top spot. Now it is up to 40. Vintage Magnus is back.The Norwegian naturally likes to score on home soil, but although he won Altibox 2016 he was down the field in two of the past three years. So Carlsen looked ready for the fight, starting with the opening blitz event which decides which five players will receive an extra white in the tournament proper. Last year he used up too much energy there, so this time he coasted along with several draws. All went well until his pawn endgame with Levon Aronian in the penultimate blitz round.A white pawn pair at f3 and h3 faced a black trio at g5, h5 and g7, with both kings distant. Aronian tried g5-g4 and was rewarded by the horrific blunder h3xg4? h5-h4 and queens. Carlsen still qualified for the extra white and a first round pairing in the tournament proper against his title challenger, Fabiano Caruana. This went smoothly for the champion, whose pawn sacrifice created an enduring initiative and too many defensive problems for the American GM.Carlsen apart, the early draw epidemic at Stavanger repeats some other recent elite events. Agreed draws are forbidden, but the rule is easily bypassed via move repetition or wholesale exchanges if both sides want it. Part of the problem may be that the players are all friendly acquaintances so that there are few offboard tensions. In round two, all five games were drawn in two and a half hours, which one observer noted is less time than it takes for a Saturday afternoon county match.Long ago at another classic event, Avro 1938 in the Netherlands, it was different. Alexander Alekhine and José Raúl Capablanca were not on speaking terms, and Alekhine walked out of his Cuban rival’s 50th birthday party. The Americans Reuben Fine and Samuel Reshevsky loathed each other. The younger GMs Mikhail Botvinnik, Paul Keres, Fine and Reshevsky all thought that they were better than the three world champions Alekhine, Capablanca and Max Euwe.This mix of strong personalities led to a memorable tournament with Fine’s 5.5/6 start, an all-time classic game Botvinnik v Capablanca, and Keres finally winning on tie-break from Fine. His prize at the end from the sponsoring Avro radio company was backing for a world title challenge, but Alekhine kept him waiting for nearly an hour and then secretly met his preferred opponent Botvinnik in his room. Avro is still widely remembered where many current elite tournaments are not.In round three, Carlsen avoided the main line of the Berlin 3…Nf6 with its early queen exchange. He has played the system in the game before, and his novelty was 14 Nd2 in place of 14 Nc3 used in a postal game.Aronian immediately went wrong with 14…Bg5? (better c6 to eliminate the d5 pawn) which Carlsen later called “terrible”. White got a dominating position with the rook lift 20 Re3! and Aronian then lost the thread by 21…Ne8? (better Rc8), shuffling his knight between e8 and g7, and missing the last chance 27…Qf6 after which the attack was clean and simple, leaving Black two pawns down with a helpless king. Share on Facebook Read more Share via Email Share on LinkedIn news Chess: Fabiano Caruana keeps pressure on Magnus Carlsen with elite wins Magnus Carlsen v Levon Aronian1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 Nf6 4 O-O Nxe4 5 Re1 Nd6 6 Nxe5 Be7 7 Bf1 Nxe5 8 Rxe5 O-O 9 d4 Bf6 10 Re1 Nf5 11 d5 Re8 12 Rxe8+ Qxe8 13 Qd3 d6 14 Nd2 Bg5? 15 Nf3 Bxc1 16 Rxc1 Bd7 17 Re1 Qd8 18 Qc4 g6 19 h3 Ng7 20 Re3! a5 21 a4 Ne8? 22 Qd4 Ng7 23 g4 c6 24 c4 Ne8 25 Qf4 Kg7 26 Rb3 Rb8 27 Ng5 Nf6? 28 Rf3 h6 29 Ne4 Nxe4 30 Qxf7+! Kh8 31 Qxg6 1-03569 1 Bf8 c6 (Bxc5+ 2 Bxc5 mate) 2 Re8! Bxc5+ 3 Re3 mate. Topicslast_img read more

Fernando Llorente hits hat-trick as Spurs steamroller Tranmere

first_img Spurs 23 Eriksen 8 Harris Share on Pinterest 9 Mullin 10 Kane Match stats Share on Facebook 20 Alli 11 Jennings 6 Tranmere Off target 5 Spurs 2 Tranmere On target 12 Spurs (s 79′) Goal attempts Fouls Possession 6 Monthe Tranmere Share on Messenger 47 Marsh 2 Buxton 12 McCullough 14 Caprice TOT71TRN29% 24 Bakayogo 16 Ellis 21 Foyth Share via Email 28 Banks (s 58′) 6 Sanchez TOT TRN 4 Sutton 52 Skipp 20 Stockton (s 83′) Son had a great chance to open the scoring after eight minutes when he raced clear through the middle to take advantage of a deflection from a defender that fell into his path. He had only Scott Davies to beat but shot early and unconvincingly, allowing the goalkeeper to save with his legs. Davies made a rather better save a few minutes later when Connor Jennings lingered too long on the ball in his own half, inviting Juan Foyth to dispossess him with a crunching tackle. The ball again broke kindly for Son, who this time slipped Lucas Moura in to his left, only for the goalkeeper to leave his line quickly to smother the low shot.Spurs did not have their very best team with Kane joined on the bench by Moussa Sissoko, Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld. They were in control of the game nonetheless and almost took the lead on the half-hour when Llorente volleyed narrowly over from a corner. Manny Monthe rose to meet a Liam Ridehalgh corner at the other end shortly afterwards, obliging Paulo Gazzaniga to make his first save of the game to prevent the header creeping under the crossbar.Just when Rovers must have been thinking they might reach half-time unscathed Aurier put Spurs ahead with an unstoppable screamer from 30 yards out. Aurier had merely been standing in the centre of the pitch to provide notional cover at a Tottenham corner when a series of half-clearances by Tranmere sent the ball his way. He was a long way out but his first-time shot had power and accuracy and arrowed unerringly into Davies’ top-left corner.There was very little chance for Tranmere to do anything to save the game as Tottenham increased their lead almost immediately after the break. Son made one of his irresistible charges to the goalline and might well have shot had not the angle been so narrow. Instead he looked up and picked out Llorente perfectly and the Spanish striker tucked away one of the easier goals of his Spurs career from the six-yard line.Tranmere did have an opportunity to pull a goal back when the ball broke to Harvey Gilmour a few yards out, though with the goal at his mercy the midfielder put his shot over the bar. Lucas nearly added a third for the visitors when he skipped neatly around Stephen McNulty but tripped himself up in the process of rounding the goalkeeper.It hardly mattered – Spurs were still four goals up before the hour mark. First Son set up Aurier for his second goal of the evening, a less spectacular effort than the first with the ball only just evading the Tranmere defenders’ efforts to stop it on the line, then Son popped up in space on the left and beat Davies with a low shot rolled into the far corner. When the South Korean was substituted a few minutes later he left the field to applause from all sides of the ground.Two close-range finishes in quick succession from Llorente were harsh on Tranmere, as was the sight of Kane taking the field at 6-0 to replace him and lifting a shot over Davies 10 minutes from time. Ollie Banks had a shot saved and Jake Caprice might have done better with a shooting opportunity but Tranmere were rarely far enough upfield to seek consolation. They were too busy trying to keep the score in single figures. Substitutes Share on Twittercenter_img 18 Llorente 33 Davies 5 McNulty Substitutes 53 Eyoma 24 Aurier 32 Passant Share on LinkedIn 16 Walker-Peters Share on WhatsApp 6 4 match reports Lineups Tottenham Hotspur 22 Gilmour (s 75′) 17 Sissoko 13 Vorm A hat-trick from Fernando Llorente and two goals from Serge Aurier, the first a thumping drive from distance that Harry Kane could hardly have bettered, saw Tottenham into the FA Cup fourth round at the expense of Tranmere Rovers. The League Two side managed to live with their illustrious opponents for most of the first half but were outclassed after the interval, with Son Heung-min pulling the strings. Kane even took the field with the score at 6-0 and managed to add a seventh before the end, taking his tally for the season to 19 and bringing Spurs a 33rd goal in 33 days as well as their biggest away win ever in the FA Cup.“Maybe we are different to everyone else, we always like to be positive,” Mauricio Pochettino said. “I don’t think it was a risk at all to send Harry on for a few minutes. Strikers like to score goals and he got one. We take all the competitions we are in seriously and I also think you need to show respect to the supporters when you are away from home. Some of the people who paid money to see the game probably did so in the hope they might see Harry Kane in action.” Corners 7 Son (s 65′) Tranmere Topics FA Cup 5 5 10 Norwood 1 Davies 71 29 27 Lucas Moura 22 Gazzaniga 3 Ridehalgh Tranmere Rovers 0-7 Tottenham Hotspur: FA Cup third round – as it happened Read more 4 Alderweireld Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Vincent Kompany testimonial draws legends and legions to support homelessness charity

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Manchester City expect long Aymeric Laporte absence after knee surgery Homelessness Most of the 51,602 present were of a City persuasion, though plenty on the pitch were recently retired Reds, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs among them. As Kompany said, if you are trying to tackle the problem of homelessness in a city you need everyone to be working together, and in donating the entire proceeds of his testimonial match to Manchester’s A Bed Every Night charity the new player-manager of Anderlecht stood up, as always, to be counted.Perhaps that is a slight exaggeration, for while Stephen Ireland, Craig Bellamy and Shaun Wright-Phillips could be found chugging around the greensward at slightly reduced pace, Kompany surprised precisely no one by crying off late with a hamstring injury. Share via Email Read more The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. “I’m glad to have the United players here, we can’t do this properly without the red side being involved,” he said. “Even though I am presently playing in a different country Manchester will always be special for me. My missus is a Manc and so are my kids. We were looking for an opportunity to give something back when [Manchester Mayor] Andy Burnham came along. We are happy to help. As footballers we are just normal members of society, most of us come from nothing, but we are lucky to have a bigger platform to speak up.”Burnham paid tribute to Kompany, revealing that he has already raised £300,000 for the homeless through their Tackle4MCR homeless charity. “I can’t praise Vincent enough, I’ve seen first-hand how committed he is,” Burnham said. “Just days after he scored that fantastic goal against Leicester he gave up his time to visit the charity in Ardwick. He may be from Brussels but Vincent is as Mancunian as they come and understands better than most that in 2019 no one should have to spend a night on the streets.” Pinterest “I don’t feel English but I definitely feel Manc,” Vincent Kompany said on launching his charity testimonial. At the Etihad it felt as if the whole of Manchester was returning the affection for a player whose determination to do right by his adopted city matches his fiercely competitive attitude in 11 years as a leader by example.The special song supporters sing for Kompany is based on Simon and Garfunkel’s Mrs Robinson, complete with second line: “City loves you more than you will know.” Not any longer, perhaps, and maybe not just City. Pep Guardiola, notionally managing the City Legends side, said: “When I came to the club everyone had already told me about Vincent but it was only through working with him that I began to realise the magnitude of his contribution. He was a leader in the dressing room and an inspiration on the field. For a decade he was the soul of the football club.” Facebook Twitter Share on Messenger Vincent Kompany Roberto Martínez, handling the Premier League All Stars for the night as they were denied victory late on by an equalising goal from the former City striker Benjani Mwaruwari, said Kompany was an old-fashioned team player who would never accept defeat. “He’s got the leadership and skill to do whatever it takes to achieve success,” Kompany’s national team manager with Belgium said. “I think his goal against Leicester last season proved that.”Kompany’s own view on leadership is that it simply evolves from captaincy. “A good captain is someone who cares more about the team than himself and, if you can add in experience, that’s what makes a good leader too,” he suggested. According to Mark Hughes, the manager who signed Kompany for City, his leadership qualities were evident when he arrived as a 22 year old midfielder from Hamburg. And if you ask Kevin de Bruyne, he is not finished yet. “Vinny is a very smart and passionate man,” City’s Belgian midfielder said. “He’s got a lot more to do and to achieve in his career and I think he will be just as amazing at Anderlecht. I’ve told him to keep a place in his team for me in a year or seven, when I’m finished here.” Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Manchester Manchester City Greater Manchester Homeless man left for dead given own home in Manchester Topics Share on Twitter Reuse this content Pinterest “It’s typical me,” he said, “but one of the things I now know about testimonials is that it makes life a lot easier if you go for people who have finished playing. Thankfully it’s a celebration game, I don’t actually need to be on the pitch. It’s for an unbelievable cause too, so I don’t think my missing out is the most important thing, and it’s how City fans know me anyway. I’ve had to deal with a lot of injuries and absences in my career, the irony of me missing my own testimonial won’t be lost on anyone.”That brought a laugh as Kompany addressed his audience before kick-off, and the former captain was moved in return by a rousing rendition of Here’s To You, Vincent Kompany, before Martin Petrov opened the scoring in the second minute when David Silva found a surprising amount of space behind Gary Neville. The crowd possibly enjoyed that most of all, and gentle booing followed Neville round the pitch until the Sky Sports pundit also tweaked his hamstring, though Kompany had already anticipated that. Share on Facebook Twitter Read more Facebook Jamie Carragher and Ryan Giggs were among the Premier League All-Stars XI. Photograph: Phil Oldham/BPI/Shutterstock featureslast_img read more

TFA Board Announcement

first_imgAfter over seven years as the Chair of Touch Football Australia (TFA), Mike Rush recently indicated to his fellow Board Members that he has decided to step down as Chair due to family and work commitments.  The Board has elected Anita Hagarty as the Chair with a view to working through its next strategic cycle.Ms Hagarty has the full support of the TFA Board and will be looking to engage with all stakeholders in the near future.Mr Rush has overseen a period of renewal and indeed success for the sport and will look to focus on providing ongoing strategic advice to the Board as a continuing Director in the casual vacancy created through Anita moving into the Chair role.   Mr Rush said that he looks forward to working with the Board to support Ms Hagarty in her new role. “The sport continues to operate in a challenging environment. I remain very proud of the team at TFA and what it achieves and would like to thank the members and stakeholders for their support of the organisation in recent years and their support for the Board and me as Chair.  I look forward to working with the rest of the Board to support Anita in her new role,” Mr Rush said. Anita Hagarty becomes the first female Chair of the organisation and said that she is humbled and proud to take on the role. “I am looking forward to building on the fantastic work of the Board as well as building strong relationships with all of our partners, members and fellow Board members in order to progress the sport forward,” she said.  TFA Chief Executive Officer, Colm Maguire thanked Mike for his contribution as Chair and welcomed Anita in her new role.  “The Board and the sport are extremely grateful of the contribution of Mike Rush as Chair and are grateful to have his continuing support as a Director on the Board,” Maguire said.“We all look forward to working with and supporting Anita in the role of Chair.  Anita is not only a dedicated member of the Board but is truly invested in seeing the sport achieve great things through collaboration and unity.  We look forward to building upon and consolidating the strong relationships we enjoy with our members to ensure the future success of the sport.”  Related Filestfa_board_announcement_02-07-2015_01-pdfRelated LinksTFA Board Announcementlast_img read more

a month agoUkraine coach Andriy Shevchenko: Do I regret Chelsea move?

first_imgUkraine coach Andriy Shevchenko: Do I regret Chelsea move?by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveUkraine coach Andriy Shevchenko has no regrets over his time with Chelsea.For many, Shevchenko flopped as a Blue.But he told “Was the transfer to Chelsea a mistake? In no case. I’m not even going to discuss this topic. “I do not tidy up the past. You see, this is a normal life process. “Everything goes as it should have happened, so it happened.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

22 days agoTottenham worried Harry Kane could angle for summer exit

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham worried Harry Kane could angle for summer exitby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham are concerned Harry Kane could angle for a summer exit away from the club.Kane’s frustrations have come to the boil after a string of disappointing results in all competitions to begin the campaign.Spurs have been beaten by Leicester and Newcastle already in the Premier League as well as a humiliating exit to League Two Colchester in the Carabao Cup.They squandered a two-goal lead to draw their opening Champions League match at Olympiakos before further embarrassment as they shipped seven at home for the first time in their history against Bayern Munich on Tuesday.And that has led to the club fearing he is losing patience in north London, report The Times.Kane’s future could also come into sharper focus if Mauricio Pochettino leaves the club with the Argentine continuously linked with Real Madrid and Manchester United. last_img read more

3 days agoWolves scout Lyngby youngster Frederik Winther

first_imgWolves scout Lyngby youngster Frederik Wintherby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLyngby youngster Frederik Winther is being watched by Wolves.Ekstra Bladet says Wolves had a scout posted to watch the 18 year-old in action against Brondby.The talented defender has impressed with Lyngby this season.A January move for Winther is being considered by Wolves, though they’ll face competition.RB Leipzig and Salzburg are also watching the teen. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Young Tar Heels Fan Mimics UNC’s Starters In Ridiculously Cute Pregame Ritual

first_imgClose-up view of North Carolina player's sneakers.GREENVILLE, SC – MARCH 17: A detailed shot of shoes worn by a North Carolina Tar Heels player are seen in the first half against the Texas Southern Tigers during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 17, 2017 in Greenville, South Carolina. The North Carolina Tar Heels won 103-64. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)North Carolina basketball fans are among some of the most passionate in the sport. Tuesday night, we got a look at perhaps the most dedicated Tar Heels supporter of all. A woman named Amy Howe Hoots posted a Facebook video of (presumably) her son’s pregame ritual for UNC home games. The young man, mimicking North Carolina’s starting five, rips off his warmup shirt to reveal a game jersey after listening to the national anthem. It’s fantastic – check it out: Post by Amy Howe Hoots.If this kid is any good at basketball, we’re pretty sure we know where he’ll wind up playing in college.[Barstool U]last_img read more

Clemson Football: Video: Watch Dabo Swinney Hit The Whip On A Boat With His Players

first_imgHead coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers reacts after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers reacts after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)It looks like Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney is having some fun before the grind of training camp starts in a couple of weeks.Clemson wide receiver Ray Ray McCloud posted a video of Swinney enjoying a beautiful day on the water with some of his players. K.C. and The Sunshine Band is playing in the background, and wait, is that Dabo hitting the whip?!It is indeed. Stay until the very end for it. How we do on the lake #cu19 #whipdance @ClemsonFB— LT Yo.Dùrtty™ (@RMIII_34) July 16, 2015Dabo is a college football treasure.last_img read more

Video: ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith Says Jim Harbaugh “Not Even In Same Sentence As Nick Saban”

first_imgStephen A. Smith speaks to Syracuse.While college football fans around the country grab their popcorn and wait for the latest Jim Harbaugh jab thrown in the direction of Nick Saban – or vice versa – ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith decided to chime in on the discussion, and he wasn’t pulling any punches. Tuesday morning during ESPN’s First Take, Smith let it fly, pointing out that, in terms of winning, one of these coaches isn’t even in the same discussion as the other. First Take posted the video to YouTube. Harbaugh’s college football coaching career is just getting started, but he does have quite a bit of winning to do if he wants to catch up to Saban. MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:Predicting The Next 5 CFP Fields5 Reasons Jim Harbaugh Is Great For College FootballCollege Football’s 8 “Blue Bloods”last_img read more

Report: Hungary 1 Wales 0

first_img Wales return home with nothing from trips to Croatia and Hungary and must pick themselves up for a mammoth effort to qualify when their campaign recommences against Azerbaijan at home in September. Mate Patkai dealt Wales’ Euro 2020 qualification hopes a huge blow with a late winner for Hungary as Ryan Giggs’ men lost 1-0 in Budapest, just three days after suffering a narrow defeat in Croatia.Patkai’s strike compounded a torrid evening for Gareth Bale after he missed Wales’ best opportunity of the game when Tom Lawrence’s cross landed at his feet 12 yards from goal, the Real Madrid forward firing tamely at Hungary goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi.Giggs deployed Dan James as a lone striker in the first-half in Budapest and the 21-year-old outshone Bale with his incisive runs, but neither man could force a breakthrough before Patkai pounced on a loose ball after Jamie Lawrence and Ben Davies were outmuscled by Adam Szalai at a high ball. 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? The result leaves Wales second bottom in Group E with three points from three matches, while Hungary are top, three points clear of Slovakia, having won three of their opening four matches.Wales lacked caution early on and were split apart by Balazs Dzsudzsak’s throughball before Filip Holender slid in and missed Szalai’s cross by a whisker.James came to life after 24 minutes, weaving his way down the left flank before squaring to Tom Lawrence, who shot tamely at Gulacsi, and Wales improved thereafter.Hungary found chances harder to come by in the second half but Dominik Szoboszlai gave Wales a scare when he chested the ball down just inside the box and sent a rocket of a shot narrowly over the crossbar.The moment was ripe for Bale to put Wales on course for a precious win when Tom Lawrence’s low cross found him unmarked in the middle of the box but he scuffed his shot into the grateful Gulasci’s hands.Wayne Hennessey had to be alert when substitute Laszlo Kleinheisler thumped a dipping 25-yard drive towards goal, the Wales keeper diving to his left to parry it clear before Allen volleyed a Botond Barath header off the line.Hungary landed a sucker punch 10 minutes from time, Szalai controlling a cross from the left and feeding Patkai, whose shot went in off Ben Davies to leave Giggs’ men empty handed at the end of a gruelling night at Groupama Arena.FT | 1-0 󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 | #HUNWALIt’s all over in Budapest as #Hungary beat #Wales to go top of #EURO2020 qualifying Group E. #TheRedWall #YWalGoch— Wales :flag-wales: (@Cymru) June 11, 2019What does it mean? Giggs under pressureSzalai too strongThe physical battle between Jamie Lawrence and Adam Szalai was a crucial one and the Hoffenheim striker came up trumps, shrugging off his marker before Patkai’s winner.Bale bereftAfter a frustrating season at Madrid, Bale looks a long way short of his best form and was barely involved apart from his glaring miss.What’s next?Wales will hope for better when they face strugglers Azerbaijan, while Hungary have a friendly against Montenegro before playing Slovakia at home. read morelast_img read more

King Arthur! Barca star is now essential to VAR-haunted Brazil

first_imgAlmost exactly 12 months ago, a 21-year-old midfield hopeful by the name of Arthur was watching Brazil struggle through to the World Cup knock-out stages wondering if his upcoming move from Gremio to Barcelona would prove a success, or if he would fade under the step up in class and expectations.There are now no doubts over his ability to shine at the top level at Camp Nou. And despite his team stuttering to a 0-0 draw with tenacious Venezuela, there is similarly no question that he is the man around whom Brazil can build their plans for the next decade in the middle of the pitch.Arthur sat out the Selecao’s first test of the Copa America through injury and his absence was keenly felt. Deprived of his razor-sharp passing, Brazil toiled and failed to impress before finally accelerating in the second half to beat Group A whipping boys Bolivia 3-0. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? On Tuesday, however, the Barcelona midfielder showed no ill-effect from that horror tackle suffered in a 7-0 friendly walkover against Honduras, controlling the tempo for his side against a resolute, uncompromising Venezuela team.And while the result for the home side was again rather underwhelming, Arthur for one showed that he has to be the first name on the team-sheet for coach Tite should Brazil hope to end their 12-year Copa drought and take this title in front of their own fans.Inspired in goal by the impeccable Wuilker Farinez, Venezuela were never likely to be easy rivals. So it proved as Brazil huffed and puffed but failed to knock down the reinforced concrete door built in front of the net by the Vinotinto, happy to sit back and absorb intense pressure while waiting to break through the evergreen Salomon Rondon.Arthur placed himself at the forefront of Brazil’s fruitless effort to break down the resistance. The 22-year-old was ubiquitous as a passing option and continually drove his side forward, pitching in with a handful of exquisite balls to keep the Vinotinto pegged back throughout.He was the top passer on the home side, completing over 93 per cent of his attempts and repeating that near-flawless figure in the opposition half, for a total of more than 100 successful passes. The comparison with the more withdrawn Fernandinho from Friday’s opener could not be more pronounced: with Arthur there was a real urgency in the middle and Venezuela had little option but to hold on for dear life.Arthur Yangel Herrera Brazil Venezuela Copa America 2019Arthur Darwin Machis Brazil Venezuela Copa America 2019If those exertions did not end in goals for the Selecao, it was largely the fault of those further ahead. David Neres cut a frustrating figure throughout, failing to replicate Neymar’s class on the left side of attack and flashing into the side-netting early on to waste a sublime pass from none other than Arthur.Philippe Coutinho, Brazil’s two-goal hero against Bolivia, was only an intermittent presence, while Roberto Firmino failed to make his presence in the area count and rarely looked dangerous. Extra zip in attack was provided off the bench through Gabriel Jesus, the Manchester City man finding the net in a move eventually called back rightly for offside in consultation with VAR. Coutinho also fell foul of VAR late on after an outstanding individual action by Everton, a disappointment that cannot hide the fact that for all their pressure, Brazil mustered exactly zero shots on target in the entire second half.Those failings in precision in front of goal must be addressed by Brazil should they have real hopes of lifting this Copa, with Uruguay and Colombia both making early statements of their own intent with victories over Ecuador and Argentina respectively.The core of the team, however, is there for Tite. His Copa debut may not have ended with the desired result, but a commanding performance across the pitch leaves no doubt that Arthur is essential to the Selecao’s plans. It is now up to the coach to build his line-up around this imperious midfield dynamo, as Brazil prepare for a Group A top of the table clash against Peru that promises to be far more open than these disappointing first two outings.last_img read more

No rush for Conte over Lukaku move

first_imgInter coach Antonio Conte has stated that he remains confident in the club’s ability to conduct business as speculation continues to swirl over a move for Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku.The Serie A club have reportedly seen a €60m (£54m) bid for the Belgium international knocked back by the Red Devils, but their boss remains hopeful of bringing the forward to San Siro.The Nerazzurri have already made several eye-catching signings during the off-season, recruiting Valentino Lazaro, Nicolo Barella and Matteo Politano to their squad. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? But, speaking after his side’s pre-season penalty shoot-out victory against Paris Saint-Germain in Macau, the former Chelsea manager has reaffirmed his belief that Inter’s hierarchy will deliver, whoever they add in the final weeks of the transfer window.”As I’ve always said, we’re talking about a player [Lukaku] who isn’t ours,” Conte told media when addressing the rumours surrounding the striker. “Therefore, it’s not right to talk about him because that would show a lack of respect towards the player and the club.”Lukaku is a United player, we know that the transfer market is ongoing and the club is working to try and complete the squad, including both incomings and outgoings.”As I’ve always said, I have a lot of confidence in the club. The most important thing for me at the moment is to stress that I’m happy with how my players are working.”We’re working to create something solid. It’s inevitable that we’ll then go on to complete the squad, but the important thing is that those who arrive integrate well and possess the mentality that this group of lads have.”In the absence of Lukaku’s prospective arrival, Samuele Longo benefited for the Italian outfit, netting in the 94th minute against PSG to take his side to their ultimate shoot-out victory. The 27-year-old, who has only two competitive appearances in eight years on the books at Inter, has spent time on loan with nine different clubs, but earned the praises of his coach for his efforts. “We’re talking about a player who has a decent career behind him,” Conte added.”He was in Spain, where he played for Espanyol. He then played in a number of leagues and was successful in Serie B.”He’s taking part in this tour with us and has joined up with the group. We’re talking about a really good footballer.”He’s made an excellent impression and is putting in a lot of effort. I’m very happy for him because he’s had a long time out with injury and now he’s ready to play.”last_img read more

Klopp hints Liverpool wanted Coutinho back

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hinted that the club were interested in re-signing Philippe Coutinho, but couldn’t afford to bring the Brazilian back to Anfield.Coutinho joined Bayern Munich on-loan for the 2019-20 campaign on Monday with the Bundesliga champions having the option to make the move permanent for €120 million (£110m/$133m) at the end of the season.As part of the deal Bayern have paid an €8.5m loan fee and agreed to take on the 27-year-old’s full salary. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The forward struggled to live up to expectations at Barca following his €160 million (£147m/$178m) move from Liverpool in January 2018. As a result the club were actively looking to sell the Brazilian during the summer transfer window.He had been suggested as a potential makeweight in a deal to take Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain back to Camp Nou. Former club Liverpool were also linked with a move for the former Inter man but a deal never materialised.Now it appears the Reds were offered the chance to bring the player back to Anfield, but they didn’t have the finances to complete the deal.”It sounds a bit strange, but we could not afford it, we have already spent the cash that we got for him,” Klopp told Goal and Spox.The German also revealed that he did not want to sell Coutinho 19 months ago but Barca’s offer proved too good to turn down.“We were reluctant to hand him over, but Barcelona forced us with money, so to speak,” he added.”The move makes sense for both sides. He’s a super player and a great boy. He is a world-class footballer who can change games in the right environment.”Klopp reinvested the money received from the Coutinho deal in goalkeeper Alisson Becker for £67m ($81.3m) from Roma and Virgil van Dijk for £75m ($91m) from Southampton.Both players proved instrumental in Liverpool’s Champions League triumph last season as well as their 97-point effort in the Premier League which saw them narrowly miss out on the title.Klopp was quiet in the transfer this summer though, with goalkeeper Adrian the only senior player to arrive at the club, and doing so on a free transfer. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more