10 months agoBournemouth boss Howe: Super sub Hazard made difference

first_imgBournemouth boss Howe: Super sub Hazard made differenceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe accepted the class of Chelsea matchwinner Eden Hazard after their Carabao Cup quarterfinal defeat to Chelsea.Substitute Hazard struck in the 84th minute for Chelsea’s winner.Howe said, “Hazard always has a habit of scoring against us, he’s a quality player who made the difference tonight.”He’s a nice sub for them to bring on, we knew we were going to be tested but when you go against the best that’s the best way to judge yourselves.”Hazard has got such good feet in tight areas that can swing a game, but we should be pleased with the positives from our display.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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9 months agoBarcelona fullback Jordi Alba still frustrated over contract talks

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona fullback Jordi Alba still frustrated over contract talksby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona fullback Jordi Alba remains in the dark over new contract talks.The former Valencia man is keen on a renewal which will bring him in line with some of the club’s higher earners such as Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets and talks have been ongoing.However, speaking after his side’s win over Eibar, he offered some clarity on the latest developments.”Everything is still the same for me, I have a year left on my contract and I don’t know what the club thinks,” he explained.”I’m calm.”They have to see if they want to renew me and when they do want to renew me if that is the case.”I want to stay here as this is the club that I love and have always supported, but it depends on them.”For me, I can only control my own performance which I think has been good, but I don’t expect anything from anyone.” last_img read more

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18 days agoWolves winger ​Traore delighted hard work paying off after Man City brace

first_imgWolves winger ​Traore delighted hard work paying off after Man City braceby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves winger Adama Traore expressed his delight at helping his side to a 2-0 win over Man City away from home.Given their league position going into the game, few expected Wolves to put up a fight at the Etihad.However, Traore scores two goals through Raul Gimenez assists to give his side the points in the Premier League clash on Sunday.Speaking about the result and his contribution, Traore told the club website: “I’ve been working with the manager and with everyone, not only in the aspect of defending, which I know is an important thing with Nuno, but I have worked so hard in offensive things.”I know my speed and my dribbling, but I must have the end product, and I have to keep working on that. But I’m so happy to help the team, I think not only me, all the team worked so hard today and I’m so happy to keep winning and keep pushing.”The important thing is the spirit we have – we fight until the end.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Liverpool nemesis Vardy the PL’s best big-game striker

first_imgIf Liverpool are to maintain their strong position at the top of the Premier League this week, they will need to silence the man who has caused them more problems than most in recent years.Jamie Vardy arrives at Anfield on Wednesday evening seeking to extend a remarkable personal record against the Reds. The Leicester striker has scored in each of his last five appearances against Jurgen Klopp’s side, home and away.In fact, only two men, Andrew Cole and Thierry Henry, have scored more Premier League goals against Liverpool. Vardy has seven in eight appearances, and has scored seven of Leicester’s last 10 in the fixture. He can equal Henry’s tally with a goal in this game. 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 former England international was suspended when the sides met at the King Power Stadium back in September, a game Liverpool won 2-1. The 32-year-old will be back at Anfield, and will hope to cement his reputation as one of the best big-game forwards around.The evidence is compelling. Since the start of Leicester’s miraculous title-winning season of 2015-16, Vardy has played 40 league games against ‘big six’ clubs, scoring 26 goals. He scored at the Emirates, the Etihad, Anfield and Wembley last term, and he has already netted at both Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge this time around. He is, as they say, no respecter of reputations.His record compares to anyone. In the same period, for example, Harry Kane has scored 15 goals in 34 ‘big six’ league games, while Sergio Aguero has netted 13 times in 30. The likes of Romelu Lukaku fare even worse, while even the prolific Mohamed Salah couldn’t match Vardy’s total of 11 goals against the big boys last season. Salah managed seven, albeit in two games fewer.“I don’t know why [Vardy] has such a good record against us,” said Klopp when asked by Goal on Tuesday, though he joked the striker’s record should have “minus one goal”, referring to a strike at Anfield two seasons back which was put on a plate by Lucas Leiva.“Did he get an assist for that?” Klopp smiled. “I would have scored that goal!”Still, there is clear respect and admiration from the Liverpool boss, who recalled another Vardy strike against his side, an outrageous long-range volley at the King Power during Leicester’s title campaign in January 2016.“The best one he scored was that one,” he said. “He was just past the halfway line and he shot, right? Yeah, that was a good year for them!”Jamie Vardy Leicester City LiverpoolLiverpool head into this game with at least one defensive headache to deal with, though it might have been worse. Virgil van Dijk should shake off a recent bout of illness to start and Dejan Lovren is fit to return if needed, but Klopp has a decision to make at right-back with Trent Alexander-Arnold injured and James Milner suspended.Fabinho looks the likeliest option, though at his press conference on Tuesday, Klopp hinted, perhaps mischievously, that he may even look to change system, which would bring the teenager Rafa Camacho into the equation as a wing-back. A gamble, by anyone’s standards; the 18-year-old made his Premier League debut as a late substitute against Crystal Palace in Liverpool’s last fixture.Whoever is selected, though, will need to beware the threat of Vardy, whose relentless running gives Leicester a dimension many teams in the Premier League’s middle and lower reaches lack. Liverpool’s defence has been rock-solid in the league this season, but they had trouble with Wilfried Zaha last time out, and Vardy is similar enough in that he thrives on space in behind and counter-attacking opportunities. And, unlike Zaha perhaps, he has the work ethic to force mistakes even when things are not going his way.“It’s quality, the speed he has, the finishing skills he has,” Klopp said. “Jamie is a fantastic striker, one of the best in the league, and you can see that each fibre of his body is really ready for this decisive situation. He always waits for the balls over the shoulder. He’s involved more in defending than he maybe was in the past, but it doesn’t make him easier to defend to be honest.James Maddison Jamie Vardy Leicester City 01122018“He’s a massive threat, and he always was, but he’s not the only one in that team. [James] Maddison, wow, really, really good player, not only from set-pieces, he’s a fine footballer. [Demarai] Gray, [Ricardo] Pereira, [Marc] Albrighton….they’re just a lot of either experienced and well-tuned, or very skilful and quick players, and with [Ben] Chilwell on the left side, up and down, up and down. They’re a very dangerous opponent.”Manchester City’s shock defeat by Newcastle on Tuesday night gives Liverpool the chance to bring an end to a testing January by going seven points clear at the top of the table.And keeping Leicester’s main man quiet this evening will be high on their list of priorities, you can bet. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Mariano wants Real Madrid stay despite Monaco interest

first_imgWhile Real Madrid are continuing to offload players this week, one departure that is not expected is that of striker Mariano Diaz despite interest from Monaco, Goal has learned.Thursday brought confirmation midfielder Dani Ceballos has joined Arsenal on a season-long loan, while Jesus Vallejo is close to joining Wolves on a temporary deal, and reports continue to link Jorge Mendes with negotiating James Rodriguez’s exit to Napoli.It might be expected Mariano would follow, given he has not featured in either of the club’s first two pre-season matches, against Bayern Munich and Arsenal respectively. 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? His lack of appearances were a message of what to expect this season, where playing time is likely to be scarce behind Karim Benzema and new €60 million (£54m/$67m) signing Luka Jovic.Furthermore, as the Gareth Bale situation has shown, head coach Zinedine Zidane will not bend on using players who are not in his plans for the season.Yet, Mariano remains determined to stick his original plan for the summer which dates back to the end of the season – staying at Real Madrid.The 25-year-old striker believes he still can succeed at the club, even despite the Jovic signing and Madrid theoretically giving his No.7 shirt to big-money signing Eden Hazard, though the club have not asked Mariano to surrender his number.Injuries have been a major factor in Mariano’s struggles to establish himself at Madrid as he scored just three goals in 13 La Liga appearances last season.But he does not want those fitness issues, which he believes are behind him, to ruin his dream of success at the capital club, and feels he is closer to the form he showed with Lyon in 2017-18, when he scored 18 goals and added four assists with Lyon.And another Ligue 1 side, Monaco, have been interested in bringing the striker back to France, even before the recent issues in their attempted transfer of AC Milan’s Andre Silva.Indeed, Mariano has multiple suitors, as many clubs, including Real Betis, have inquired about his availability over recent months.But they have all found a player who wants to continue at Madrid and, at the current time, is unwilling to move on and end his second stint with Los Blancos.last_img read more

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FIFA eWorld Cup: MSDossary and NRaseck eyeing all Rogue final

first_imgIt has been an extremely busy year of FIFA esports, but the FIFA 19 season is approaching its end, culminating with the FIFA eWorld Cup.Two of the tournament favourites are reigning FIFA eWorld Cup champion Mossad “MSdossary” Aldossary and Xbox sixth seed Niklas “NRaseck” Raseck. They represent esports organisation Rogue Esports, which is co-owned by world-renowned DJ Steve Aoki and also has investment from pop-rock band Imagine Dragons.Goal caught up with the duo to find out how confident they are ahead of the tournament and how they feel about having to face each other in the group stages: 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? Both of you finished in the top 10 of the Xbox FIFA Global Series Rankings, how do you feel about how your seasons went overall?MSDossary: My season until now has been pretty good, I didn’t play that many FUT Champions Cups, I won two and I was in the Xbox final of another so I think I needed to finish in a good way, especially at the FIFA eWorld Cup.NRaseck: I feel like this season was pretty good, but last season was a little bit better. Last year there were only two FUT Champions Cups and I got to the final both times, but this year I only got to one FUT Champions Cup final. So I feel like this has been the second-best season of my career but it was still really good and I’m looking forward to the grand final.Niklas, you’ve been competing in FIFA for quite a few years now and you’re still looking for that first, major trophy. What would finally winning one mean to you?NRaseck: It would mean a lot to me. I’ve been to the grand final three times now, I’ve been close to winning a trophy so many times and never did. It’s the thing that’s missing for me right now and I hope I can do it at the FIFA eWorld Cup.Are you guys feeling confident ahead of the FIFA eWorld Cup?MSDossary: I know I usually win when tournaments are in the UK so that’s given me a lot of confidence, and hopefully I can do it.NRaseck: Of course I’m really confident going into the FIFA eWorld Cup. In the last tournament, the Xbox FIFA Global Series Play-Offs, I went to the semis and showed that I can be there in the top two. I think I played a really good tournament so of course I’m feeling really confident.Are there any players at the eWorld Cup that you’re hoping to face or excited to be matched-up with?MSDossary: I would definitely like to play one of my Rogue team-mates in the final so we could get more for the team. But I’m not scared of anyone, I will just see how things go.NRaseck: For me, a Rogue final would be great but I also want to play F2Tekkz and beat him. One of those two, either playing one of my team-mates in the final or playing Tekkz would be amazing, I need to get revenge for the Play-Offs.Speaking of an all Rogue final, yourselves and your team-mate Goal Machine are all in Group B of the FIFA eWorld Cup. How do you feel about having to face your team-mates so early on in the tournament?MSDossary: Maybe it benefits us, we might be able to help each other like warning them about something we notice with an opponent. Three of us can make it out, if we do that and are still winning then we could play in the final and that’s something we really want and I hope we can do it.NRaseck: I think it can be good because I’m confident all three of us can get out of groups and the good thing is we won’t play each other in the first knockout round. It’s bad we have to play against each other but at the same time I think it can help us go further in the tournament and I’m also confident all three of us can do that.MSdossaryYou say you want an all Rogue final but is there a friendly rivalry there? You two faced each other at the Xbox Play-Offs with Niklas coming out on top.Niklas: I almost don’t like to play against my team-mates because I don’t really feel a rivalry. They’re friends so you don’t like to play against them in a knockout match. But in the game you have to forget about that because it’ll distract you from playing your best. The Play-Offs were the first time I faced Mossad this year and I think it was a pretty even game, I just had luck on my side and won it.MSDossary: We’re just trying to help each other, we think Rogue is the best FIFA organisation right now so we just want to benefit them.All of your hard work this year now comes down to the final tournament of the year. How are you guys preparing for the FIFA eWorld Cup?MSDossary: I’m not really doing anything special, I try to analyse my opponents and try some new tactics just to make sure I reach the top level.NRaseck: It’s kind of the same for me, I’ll play a few games to keep my level and then I’ll try to analyse the game and see what I’m doing wrong. I know there’s still a lot of things that I can do better so I’ll try to improve on that so I can reach my top level.And finally, it’s been a very busy year. You’re both very experienced FIFA players but this has probably been the biggest season of competitive FIFA yet, what do you guys think of the FIFA 19 format with the rankings and having a lot more tournaments than in previous years?MSDossary: It’s always good to see this many tournaments, especially as a player as it helps you get more teams and organisations in the scene. It’s a busy year and it’s hard for players as every one or two weeks you’re going out to other countries for events but that’s how things should be. I’ve enjoyed this year and I hope I can finish it in a good way.NRaseck: I think competitive FIFA has made a really good step this year. This season has been all about finding the top 60 players per-console whereas last year qualifying for the FIFA eWorld Cup all came down to one tournament. It’s good to have a lot of tournaments, that’s what it should be like. It’s more stressful of course but I really like it.last_img read more

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Ozil reveals the secret behind his trademark ‘chop’ finish

first_imgIt’s two apiece at the Emirates after a scintillating comeback by Arsenal.Just three minutes ago Arsene Wenger’s side were trailing Liverpool 2-0 and had looked down and out after Mohamed Salah’s breakaway goal.But the hosts have turned the game on its head, first through an Alexis Sanchez header and then thanks to a Granit Xhaka thunderbolt. 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? A stadium that had been near silent, aside from 3,000 ecstatic Liverpool fans, was now rocking – and things were about to get even better.A neat combination between Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette set the German free and as Simon Mignolet came out to meet him, Arsenal’s playmaker lifted the ball over the keeper and into the net. Delirium!That goal, which was scored in 2017, has been watched time and time again by Arsenal fans during the past two years. And it’s a goal that needs to be watched more than once to truly understand the artistry behind the finish.Most would have opted for a dinked lob over the onrushing keeper, but not Ozil. Instead he chopped down on the ball as Mignolet rushed out to meet him, directing it into the ground so that it purposely bounced over the Belgium international and into the net.On first glance you would perhaps think that it was a fluke, a miskick even, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.That is made clear by the fact that the goal against Liverpool wasn’t a one-off, it was just one of several that Ozil has scored in recent years with that same trademark finish.We saw it again last season, against Bournemouth and most recently against Crystal Palace – we’ve even seen the 30-year-old take penalties in the same unique way on the training ground.And if you go back to Euro 2012, you will find Ozil outrageously using the technique to dissect two Denmark players to pick out his international team-mate Sami Khedira with a pass.The skill is so unique to the Arsenal man that it has now become known as ’the Ozil chop’.But what is the science behind it and why, when any normal footballer would try to just lift the ball over a keeper, does Arsenal’s creator in chief often buck the trend when he goes through one on one?DAZN spoke exclusively to the 30-year-old to find out.“As a player you always want to try and discover new things,” said Ozil. “So if I think of something new I want to try it on the pitch and see how it works.“It’s always been the case that I’ve scored goals like that in training, but in games I just shot normally.“But I’ve noticed that sometimes it’s easier for me to score this way because the goalkeeper has already come out at you and if you try a chip, maybe a recovering defender can reach the ball before it crosses the line.“So with this technique you kind of eliminate that because you hit the ball harder, it then travels faster and it’s harder to stop.”Ozil grew up honing his skills on the streets of Gelsenkirchen.He would play street football, usually against children who were far older and larger than he was. But his outrageous talent got him through and helped him bridge that physical gap.So was the ‘chop finish’ something he first thought of back then on the streets as a teenager?“If I’d tried that shot on the concrete I would have ended up breaking my knee,” he joked.“It would have been a lot harder then, but now you play on these amazing pitches it’s a lot easier.“I think the people like seeing it, my team-mates do in training as well. If I score a goal in training that way they all celebrate so I think it’s just a nice shot that people like.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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James Franklin Surprised A Penn State Walk-On With A Scholarship Today

first_imgPenn State walk-on Kyle Vasey is presented with a scholarship.One of the most underrated traditions in college football is coaches surprising walk-ons with scholarships. It never gets old.The ways coaches use to announce the surprise are getting more creative each year. The videos of walk-on athletes learning they’ve been put on scholarship are priceless.Penn State head coach James Franklin gave some good news to one of his walk-ons today, long snapper Kyle Vasey.At the end of a team workout, Franklin gathered his players together and informed them that Vasey was being put on scholarship.The heartfelt reaction can be seen below.That moment when 4 years of hard work pays off…! ?⚪️Congrats, @kfv1996!!!#WeAre pic.twitter.com/CKmxF0qygL— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) June 12, 2018Vasey is a rising senior from Lackawaxen, Pa. An Academic All-Big Ten selection, Vasey started all 13 games last season as a long snapper.When he takes the field this fall, he’ll do so as a scholarship athlete.Congrats Kyle!last_img read more

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Photos: The Fan Who Went Viral Last Saturday Is Back Today

first_imgA view of fans attending a Florida Gators football game.GAINESVILLE, FL – SEPTEMBER 2: University of Florida Gators fans watch the action during the game against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 2, 2006 in Gainesville, Florida. The Gators defeated the Eagles 34-7. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)A Florida fan went crazy viral in the stands during last week’s game. The Gators were taking on Dan Mullen’s former team, Mississippi State.A photo of the Florida fan – well, a photo of a couple of Florida fans – went crazy viral in the stands.Busted Coverage later identified the fan.Kelsie is the Florida Gators chomp fan who was being hit on by Crocodile Dundee during the Miss. State game https://t.co/aF0N3PESiu pic.twitter.com/RsTHpgM1LN— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) October 6, 2018Kelsie has more than 10,000 followers on Instagram and that’s a number that will likely be growing throughout the 2018 college football season.Kelsie is back rooting on the Gators today, too.She posted the following photo on her Instagram Story:Florida is on the verge of a major win today. The Gators are leading No. 5 LSU with 2 minutes to play. The game is on CBS.last_img read more

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ESPN Analyst Is Predicting A Huge Upset Today

first_imgKirk Herbstreit on the set of ESPN's College GameDayNEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)Week 12 of the 2018 college football season has arrived.There aren’t a ton of top 25 matchups on the schedule this week. What does this mean, usually, when it comes to the college football world? Upsets are coming.Right on cue: four ESPN reporters are picking one of the top teams in the country to fall.Four ESPN reporters have decided to pick No. 12 Syracuse to upset No. 3 Notre Dame in New York, as the game is being played at Yankee Stadium.This would be Notre Dame’s first defeat of the season. It would, in all likelihood, eliminate the Fighting Irish from College Football Playoff contention.Notre Dame and Syracuse are set to kick off at 2:30 p.m. E.T. on NBC.You can view all of ESPN’s picks here.last_img read more

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