Ukraine 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 Vesti.ua: “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 say
TagsTransfersAbout 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.
Wolves 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 say
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]
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 pic.twitter.com/YrWEPUUa5h— LT Yo.Dùrtty™ (@RMIII_34) July 16, 2015Dabo is a college football treasure.
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”
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 pic.twitter.com/jqQUzi5Wol— 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 more
Almost 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.If 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.
Inter 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.”
Liverpool 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 web