Transfers Athletic Bilbao is my home – Kepa explains Real Madrid rejection Jamie Smith 01:13 1/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Athletic Club v Real Madrid Athletic Club Primera División The goalkeeper rejected the reported advances of Zinedine Zidane’s men to stay in Bilbao, signing a seven-and-a-half-year contract Kepa Arrizabalaga believes staying at Athletic Bilbao amid reported links to Real Madrid is the right decision as the club is his “home”.The goalkeeper was rumoured to be close to joining Madrid only to agree a seven-and-a-half-year contract on Tuesday.Kepa’s new deal includes a release clause that was set at €80 million, up from the figure of €20m in his previous contract. 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 And the 23-year-old says ignoring speculation he was set to join Madrid to stay at Athletic is the correct move for this stage in his career.”I am very happy to continue in what I consider my home,” Kepa said. “I have been here for almost 15 years, I joined when I was nine.”It is a very important moment. for me and for my career, I am happy that after a long negotiation everything has come to fruition. Since I was little I’ve been an Athletic fan and always will be.”Those who are close to me or more know me know that I am a person who likes to analyse everything before making a decision. I have taken my time and I want to thank the club that respected it to make my decision.”There have been proposals but I considered that the best thing for me was to remain at Athletic for a long time.”Speaking to the press on Tuesday, Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane refuted claims he won an internal “battle” over the club’s supposed pursuit of Kepa.”I said the other day that if the strategy of the club wants it, then all players can come in June,” Zidane told a news conference. “But my idea for the club – and we’re working together – is not to change things at the moment and that’s all.”
Liga MX Liga MX Goals of the Week: The best from Jornada 4 of the Clausura Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 04:53 1/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Rocio Vazquez Liga MX Toluca Morelia v Querétaro Tijuana v Puebla Lobos BUAP v Pumas Tigres UANL v Pachuca León v Necaxa América v Atlas Guadalajara v Monterrey Toluca v Cruz Azul Veracruz v Santos Laguna Lobos BUAP León Guadalajara Cruz Azul Puebla Pachuca Veracruz Tijuana Morelia Necaxa Monterrey Querétaro Pumas Tigres UANL América Atlas Santos Laguna Andre-Pierre Gignac’s winner for Tigres and a stunner from Dieter Villalpando are included but fall short of the best goal honor in Round 4 There were 22 goals in Liga MX Jornada 4’s nine matches and every game saw at least one goal. It’s a bit of a relief for fans after Jornada 3 brought four scoreless draws. This weekend, things were back to normal in Liga MX, with Tigres’ thrilling 3-2 win over Pachuca leading the way for scoring aficionados and Necaxa’s shock 4-0 smashing of Leon bringing excitement for fans who don’t support La Fiera.Each week, Goal runs through the top three goals in Liga MX, giving points for style, scenario and swagger. Honorable mention this week goes to Monterrey’s Aviles Hurtado for a top-class goal against Chivas and America’s Bruno Valdez for his header against Atlas.Below are the Liga MX goals that topped even those efforts this weekend: 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 3. Andre-Pierre Gignac (Tigres) – 3-2 v. Pachuca#NoTeLoPierdasG⚽⚽⚽LAAAAAZO de André Pierre Gignac@TigresOficial 3-2 @Tuzos #Jornada4 #Clausura2018 #LIGABancomerMX⚽ #SienteTuLiga ⚽ #AbrazadosPorElFutbol pic.twitter.com/371pi3grgW— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) January 28, 2018Goal’s Liga MX Goal of the Week committee feared an ethical quandary during Tigres’ win over Pumas on Saturday. Eduardo Vargas scored a lovely goal from a back-heel but was clearly offside. Should the goal be included in our prestigious list? Would you, the reader, ever return to trust us again if we put a goal that would’ve been invalidated were there VAR or other technology in Mexico? It was a gorgeous play, and it was a goal. But the ethics of it all.Luckily for us, and for Tigres fans, Andre-Pierre Gignac made the question go away with his even better goal. This one, scored just two minutes after Pacuca drew level, gets just the slightest redirection from Gignac’s plant foot. Did the Frenchman mean it? He definitely wasn’t sure it would go in but as soon as it crosses the line he’s off to celebrate like it was just what he had planned the whole time.2. Dieter Villalpando (Necaxa) – 4-0 v. Leon#NoTeLoPierdasG⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽LAAAAAAAAAAZO de Dieter Villalpando 😮😮😮😮@clubleonfc 0-4 @ClubNecaxa #Jornada4 #Clausura2018 @LIGABancomerMX⚽ #SienteTuLiga ⚽ #AbrazadosPorElFutbol pic.twitter.com/lbDxejmq7G— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) January 28, 2018This goal won’t be punished for coming at the end of a four-goal rout by Necaxa. In fact, maybe it’s all the more impressive that Villalpando and his team were up three goals to begin with. Leon’s spirit may have been broken, but it’s hard to imagine any defender or goalkeeper William Yarbrough being able to stop this rocket from the Mexico City native.It’s just his fifth career Liga MX goal, but a lack of opportunities for Villalpando always has been a bit puzzling for a player who often puts good things together when he is on the field. This goal had to have gotten manager Nacho Ambriz’s attention.1. Pablo Barrientos (Toluca) – 1-0 v. Cruz Azul#NoTeLoPierdas G⚽⚽⚽L de @TolucaFC Pablo Barrientos anota un verdadero Golazo y pone el 1-0 sobre @Cruz_Azul_FC en la #Jornada4 #Clausura2018 #LigaBancomerMX⚽ #SienteTuLiga ⚽ #AbrazadosPorElFutbol pic.twitter.com/ARHC7pPlg1— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) January 28, 2018Barrientos picks out the exact place where Cruz Azul goalkeeper Jesus Corona will have absolutely no chance to get a hand on it with the shot kissing the underside of the crossbar and going in for Toluca’s only goal of Sunday’s 1-1 draw.The other thing I love about this goal is that Barrientos is standing around doing absolutely nothing on the set piece. Then, because of a strange effort to keep the play alive after the set piece goes long, it’s suddenly right there for him. The Argentine takes one touch to line it up and then lashes home the goal. From there, he’s off to celebrate the first-half lead and now can celebrate winning Goal’s Goal of the Week crown.
Romelu Lukaku Lukaku suggests Premier League follows NBA with All-Star Game Jamie Smith 06:47 2/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Romelu Lukaku Premier League Manchester United v Chelsea Manchester United Basketball has an All-Star Game where NBA rivals team up and something similar could work in the Premier League, says Romelu Lukaku. Romelu Lukaku has told the Premier League to consider launching an All-Star Game, following in the footsteps of the NBA.Manchester United striker Lukaku suggested a special one-off match could see a North team take on a South XI.Lukaku, who has hit 22 goals in all competitions since joining United from Everton, would be a contender to feature for a potential North side. 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 The Belgium international’s idea would see United players team up with Manchester City stars, while Liverpool and Everton men could also be on the same side.Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham stars would be among the players expected to line up for the South side in a Premier League All-Star game.”Here’s an idea for you guys,” Lukaku wrote on Twitter. “The NBA has All-Star Game!”Don’t you guys think we should organise one in the Premier League. The north vs the south!”And the fans vote… what do you guys think? @premierleague @FA”Here’s an idea for you guys… the nba has all-star game! Don’t you guys think we should organise one in the @premierleague.. The north vs the south! And the fans vote… what do you guys think? @premierleague @FA— R.Lukaku Bolingoli9 (@RomeluLukaku9) February 26, 2018While Lukaku’s idea may appear far-fetched, a “game 39” added to the regular season to bring the Premier League to foreign shores has previously been suggested.In the NBA, a vote comprising current players, fans and media decides the teams who will face off in an annual contest.A similar concept exists in the United States’ Major League Soccer, with a midseason All-Star team selected by a comnination of fan vote, coaches selection and commissioner picks. The side then plays a friendly against a high-profile European opponent. Last season, the MLS All-Stars faced off against Real Madrid. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Hoffenheim Real Madrid’s Nagelsmann interest ‘logical’ Alex Fisher 17:39 6/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bongarts Hoffenheim Bundesliga Real Madrid Primera División Hoffenheim’s former assistant, Alfred Schreuder, is not surprised that the European giants are interested in securing the manager’s signature Julian Nagelsmann would be a logical choice as Real Madrid’s next head coach, according to former assistant Alfred Schreuder.The 30-year-old head coach has been heavily linked with a host of jobs across Europe after turning Hoffenheim into top-four regulars in the Bundesliga.Nagelsmann’s achievements reportedly led to Arsenal, Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund all showing an interest, with Madrid the latest side said to be linked following Zinedine Zidane’s departure. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Reports have suggested an approach has been rejected, but Schreuder believes Nagelsmann would be a good choice for the European champions.”I’m not surprised that Real asked,” Schreuder told Bild. “All the top clubs in Europe know what he does and keep an eye on him. That’s only logical for me.”He would be 100 per cent be able to deal with [Madrid’s superstars]. If he speaks and explains something, they immediately feel that he is a special trainer. That he knows [what he is doing] and is a winner.”Julian is the best, I’ve never seen someone that has so much quality.”
Touch Football Australia (TFA) has recently reviewed and updated the TFA Member Protection Policy, in line with Australian Sports Commission standards. It is a requirement by TFA that all State, Regional, and Affiliate entities formally adopt the TFA Member Protection Policy – June 2012 version of this policy, under the TFA constitution.For more information please click on the attachments.Related Filesmember_protection_policy_release_memorandum-pdfmember_protection_policy_june_2012-pdfRelated LinksMember Protection
Touch Football Australia today announced the launch of its newly revamped and re-designed website to the membership and wider public. The streamlined site developed in conjunction with technology partners, Sports Technology Group (STG) offers users quick and easy access to essential information on the sport and a number of enhanced and new features. The new website goes live today, Wednesday 5 July 2017 and is located at the same URL address, transitioning from the previous site: https://www.touchfootball.com.au.According to Acting CEO’s Tim Arnold and Garry Foran, the new and improved site provides a welcome change and improvement to the online platform and a new level of service and content delivery to members and the broader touch football community.“It features easier navigation on where to play touch football and find key TFA resources, junior and schools information, publications and services,” Arnold said. “It also features a streamlined video and image gallery, refreshed domestic and international news and events carousel and relevant sport and commercial partner information.“The new website has a clean, uncluttered design, improved functionality and richer, refreshed content; all focused and aligned to TFA’s strategic targets of one million participants and exposures by 2020 and ensuring quality experiences for participants,” Arnold added.“The cleaner lines and look, social images and navigation of the site provides for our members and extended audiences the latest information and content. But as a far better reflection and representation of the sport and in a more structured, user-friendly and mobile ready format.”Foran praised the work of the staff who have led the project, stating “it’s been a whole of TFA team effort – we are excited about the evolution of the site to what it is today, with the various State website upgrades to follow in coming months. This all follows the extensive member and wider user feedback and capturing the latest in online technology and design and contemporary approaches,” he said.TFA’s new website will be updated on a regular basis with news of events, activations, milestones and latest information, all aligned and integrated with TFA communication channels. Come and join the touch football conversation and stay connected with our new social news hub, digital channels and member stories from across the country.The new and improved TFA TV platform is now also bigger and better with the option of switching easily between videos and the photo gallery – submit your own and on the site you go!Log on and visit us now at www.touchfootball.com.au – we hope you enjoy the experience and welcome ongoing feedback. Check out the video as a guide through the new features and sign up to the TFA Newsletter!
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Sampdoria coach Giampaolo: Quagliarella just like Ronaldoby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSampdoria coach Marco Giampaolo is delighted to be counting on Fabio Quagliarella.For Giampaolo, Quagliarella can be compared with Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo.”You could compare him to Ronaldo,” Giampaolo said. “He has a very high shot percentage, he always scores… and then of course he’s already worn that [Juventus] shirt. “I prefer to call him our Quagliarella though.”
Man City rival Man Utd for Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovicby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City are rivaling Manchester United for Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic.Corriere dello Sport says United remain keen on the youngster, despite the dismissal Jose Mourinho. However, they now face competition from City.The 21-year-old centre-back had already been the subject of a rumoured €40m bid from Atletico Madrid over the summer.Now offers for Milenkovic from both Manchester clubs are being readied in the region of €50m.Milenkovic was purchased from Partizan Belgrade in the summer of 2017 for just €5.1m. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Kenyon seeks new investors to rescue Newcastle takeoverby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePeter Kenyon is seeking new investors to rescue his takeover of Newcastle United.The ex-Manchester United and Chelsea chief executive is still searching for the £300m needed to complete his purchase of the Toon, reports The Sun.Kenyon is so anxious he is now offering a minimum buy-in of just £1million.Even then, the British businessman would only be able to pay Toon owner Mike Ashley in instalments staggered over the rest of the year.But Kenyon is buoyed by Ashley viewing him as the “best fit” to buy the club. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Arsenal, Man Utd and Tottenham all tracking Guingamp star Marcus Thuramby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe son of France World Cup winner is being watched by Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham.They’re all on the trail of striker Marcus Thuram – the son of French World Cup winner Lilian, says The Sun.The Guingamp star has hit 10 goals in 17 games this season to catch the eyes of the Premier League trio.Thuram scored the winner as his club shocked holders Paris Saint-Germain, beating them 2-1 in the French League Cup last week.The 21-year-old has won rave reviews this season, despite Brittany-based minnows Guingamp propping up Ligue 1.And the Gunners, Spurs and United all reportedly sent scouts to check on him against Saint-Etienne on Saturday. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Schmeichel slams Liverpool ace Shaqiri for ‘behaving like a child’by Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePeter Schmeichel says Xherdan Shaqiri “behaved like a child” over the Switzerland captaincy row.Liverpool ace Shaqiri reportedly missed Switzerland’s last two Euro2020 qualifiers because he was annoyed over Granit XhakaThe Arsenal midfielder was open to discussing it with Shaqiri, who has been criticised by Schmeichel.”I liked the words of Granit Xhaka in the context of Shaqiri’s absence,” the Manchester United legend said.”I read that the captain question played a role in Shaqiri’s thinking.”Although this has been denied in the meantime, nevertheless I found it strong that Xhaka said: ‘If Shaqiri wants to have the captain’s armband, he should take it.'”Xhaka showed that he wants to be a leader even without ties – and gave the pressure to Shaqiri. That was brilliant of him. In contrast to Shaqiri, who behaved like a child.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Ivan Campo has advice for Takefusa Kubo over Mallorca battlesby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveIvan Campo says Takefusa Kubo needs to step things up at Real Mallorca.Like the Japanese teen, Campo played for both Mallorca and Real Madrid.He told Marca: “He is not at his best level, but it is normal because he is a very young boy who has to get used to it. He has no experience in our country at this football level and must be patient. “He must learn to move. He is a great player but he still has a lot to learn and room for improvement. If in Madrid they said that it is best that they should be transferred to a LaLiga team rather than stay in Castilla, for example, they saw it very clearly. I think it’s a good idea to be in Mallorca, although things are not going perfect for now.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Fabian Schar was Newcastle United’s surprise hero as his double earned a 3-0 home win over Cardiff City and moved Rafael Benitez’s men out of the Premier League bottom three.Defender Schar, in the team as Rafael Benitez’s only change from last week’s loss to Chelsea, had not scored since November 2017 while playing for Deportivo La Coruna, but produced a crucial double on Saturday.He netted in both halves and Ayoze Perez put the icing on the cake in stoppage-time, meaning Newcastle move back out of the drop zone after dropping into it last weekend.They are replaced in the relegation places by a poor Cardiff side who did not even register a shot on target until the 72nd minute.@fabianschaer at the double! @NUFC #NEWCAR pic.twitter.com/dXUgf2J7Is— Premier League (@premierleague) January 19, 2019Newcastle made the stronger start, with Perez’s header impressively tipped over by Neil Etheridge, before the forward had a penalty claim turned down for handball against Joe Bennett. 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 breakthrough arrived after 24 minutes, and it was not a goal you would expect from a centre-back. Schar collected a pass from Isaac Hayden 40 yards from goal, beat Cardiff debutant Oumar Niasse, ran completely unchallenged into the box and stroked a cool left-footed effort into the far corner from 12 yards.Victor Camarasa unleashed a powerful strike that had Martin Dubravka briefly worried before flying over, but the visitors did not muster a first-half shot on target.Perez was foiled by Etheridge again early in the second period, the goalkeeper saving at close range as the Spaniard stayed on his feet despite coming under heavy pressure from Bennett.But Newcastle were not to be denied in the 63rd minute, Schar converting from inside the six-yard box after latching on to a headed flick on from defensive colleague Jamaal Lascelles, who had met Matt Ritchie’s corner.Schar even had a chance for a hat-trick, heading narrowly wide from another Ritchie delivery shortly before making a key interception at the other end.Bruno Ecuele Manga’s header ensured Dubravka was finally tested for the first time, but Cardiff never threatened a comeback and Perez tapped in three minutes into added time after superb work from Salomon Rondon to set him up.FULL-TIME Newcastle 3-0 CardiffFabian Schar scores twice and Ayoze Perez adds a third to lift @NUFC out of the bottom 3 and above their visitors #NEWCAR pic.twitter.com/qHjaDBuKzy— Premier League (@premierleague) January 19, 2019What does it mean? Vital home boost for NewcastleAs well as moving out of the relegation zone, a home win was vital for Newcastle’s morale after a tough campaign at St James’ Park. They had only two wins and seven goals from 11 home league games coming into the match, but Benitez will hope this can change the momentum in their battle against the drop.Cardiff had only lost once in four games coming into the match, keeping three clean sheets, but an abject display at both ends of the pitch sees them seeking answers once again, with only one win from 11 matches on the road.Supreme Schar lifts Newcastle moodSchar’s two goals were very different – with his second more scrappy than the excellent first – but he will not care. He also helped Newcastle to a valuable clean sheet, registering five clearances.Not good from NiasseNiasse did not have the Cardiff debut he would have hoped for.While he was not signed for his defensive qualities, he failed to track Schar for the opener, and at the other end he did not register a shot or create a chance for his team-mates before being replaced by Bobby Reid after Newcastle’s second goal. He only touched the ball once in Newcastle’s box.Key Opta Facts- Newcastle have won their last 10 home league games against Cardiff – only against Bolton have they had a longer run in their history (11 between 1898 and 1914).- Newcastle scored three goals in a Premier League game for the first time this season, last doing so against Chelsea on the final day of the 2017-18 campaign.- Cardiff have failed to score in a league-high 11 different Premier League games this season.- Schar became the first defender to score twice in a Premier League for Newcastle since Philippe Albert against Manchester City in February 1996.What’s next?Newcastle are on FA Cup duty next Saturday with a home tie against Watford, before a daunting home clash against Manchester City on January 29, which is the same day as Cardiff return to action with an away top-flight game against Arsenal – not an ideal fixture as they look to provide an answer to this poor performance. read more
Football Federation Australia (FFA) has outlined plans for a national second division below the A-League, which would potentially come into effect in 2021-22.A-League sides do not face relegation in the existing format but could in future after FFA released details of its plan to work towards a second tier.Its aim is to form a league that would be “financially sustainable and provide professional pathways for more Australian players”. 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? FFA director Remo Nogarotto acknowledged the introduction of promotion and relegation would have to be discussed, although it could prove a contentious issue.”If a second-tier competition in the purest form is the objective – one that not only opens up a new pathway for talented footballers but also differentiates our game from other football codes – then a system of promotion and relegation should be considered over the longer term,” he said.A committee comprised of the FFA chairman Chris Nikou, two member federations, two representatives of the Association of Australian Football Clubs, one from Professional Footballers Australia and one from an A-League club will be established and report back to the FFA board by the end of November.
Liverpool will crank up their pre-season preparations another notch on Sunday afternoon with a trip to League Two side Bradford City, in a match which will raise money towards the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation.The foundation was set up by former Liverpool and Bradford defender Stephen Darby following his own MND (Motor Neuron Disease) diagnosis last year. Darby, the husband of England women captain Steph Houghton, came through the youth setup at Liverpool and made more than 200 appearances for Bradford in a five-year spell.With both clubs less than a month away from the start of their respective seasons, it will be another chance to work up fitness and integrate squad players into the first-team fold in front of an expected sell-out crowd at Valley Parade. 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? Game Bradford City vs Liverpool Date Sunday, July 14 Time 3pm BST / 10am ET Stream (US) B/R Live TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be streamed via Bleacher Report Live. US TV channel Online stream N/A Bleacher Report Live In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be broadcast on LFCTV and can be streamed via LFCTV GO. UK TV channel Online stream LFCTV LFCTV GO Team News Gary Bowyer’s Bradford have had a productive pre-season campaign so far, with friendly wins over Guiseley and Brighouse Town and ten new signings confirmed since the end of the 2018-19 season – when they finished bottom of League One.The Brighouse win featured two different elevens for each half and no fewer than 14 trialists, but Bradford are likely to return to a more familiar line-up in front of a capacity crowd against the European champions.Liverpool will be looking to give game time to as many players as possible having seen 23 different players take to the field at Tranmere.There is one boost with the news that defender Dejan Lovren comes back into the squad after returning to Melwood for training on Tuesday. Andy Robertson is unlikely to feature after undergoing a minor procedure on an infected bite on his hand.There will be another chance for teenager Rhian Brewster to impress after he thrust himself into the first-team picture with two goals at Prenton Park.Betting & Match Odds Liverpool are 1/6 favourites to win this match with bet365. Bradford can be backed at 11/1, while a draw is available at 6/1.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Stephen Darby was an integral part of one of Bradford’s greatest ever teams, the side which reached the 2013 League Cup final before being promoted from League Two in the same season while he also played in the famous FA Cup win at Chelsea two years later.Still only 30, he was forced to retire from the game last year after receiving the crushing news of his MND diagnosis. He set up the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation with close friend Chris Rimmer, and was boosted earlier this month by the announcement of an official partnership between the Foundation and Bradford City.A sell-out crowd is expected for this game, an achievement that Bantams manager Gary Bowyer says speaks volumes about the affection in which Darby is held.“We are really looking forward to Sunday,” he told the club’s website. It is for an unbelievable cause and we are delighted to be hosting Liverpool. The players are understandably excited about the occasion – in front of a 24,000-plus crowd.“The fact this fixture sold out in a matter of weeks tells you a great deal. It is an appreciation and a measure of the impact Stephen had on the Bradford City fanbase.“He displayed the qualities in a Bradford shirt that we are looking to bring in now. I feel we have done. The fact the supporters are turning out in their droves doesn’t surprise me at all.”Liverpool showed their admiration for Darby on Twitter, with a video showing the squad chanting his name after James Milner was nominated for the #StephenDarbyBaby challenge. They also hoped to raise some awareness for the #DistanceForDarbs day, where participants will walk the 65km from Valley Parade to Anfield to raise awareness for the foundation.After being nominated for the #StephenDarbyBaby challenge, @JamesMilner called in some backing singers, in support of @Distance_Darbs – @darbyrimmermnd. 🎤Our nomination is everyone attending our game vs @officialbantams tomorrow. Over to you… 🔴 #DistanceForDarbs pic.twitter.com/xCNysyWLRh— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 13, 2019Jurgen Klopp told Liverpool’s website: “It was a rare moment when awareness on social media can make sense, I would say! That’s why we did it and it was good fun.“Football is only a game, but sometimes we can do some especially good things – and in this case, for Stephen Darby, which is very, very important. We know that and hopefully it will help.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says Liverpool have a “taste of winning” and are determined to add to their Champions League crown now that they know “what’s required” to land major silverware.Jurgen Klopp ended a seven-year barren spell for the Reds in 2018-19 as he guided them to European glory.A UEFA Super Cup triumph has already been added to the roll of honour this season, having suffered a penalty shootout defeat to Manchester City in the Community Shield. 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? Liverpool still have Premier League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Club World Cup quests to come, with Oxlade-Chamberlain determined to get his hands on more medals.The England international told the Reds’ official website: “We’ve had a taste of winning [a trophy] and we knew what it took to get there.”It was nowhere near easy. I think it’s going to get harder and harder.”We know what it’s going to take, there are going to be moments that test us and maybe new tests this year that we didn’t face last year.”We had to dig in, the boys dug in all last year through difficult moments, where you’re expected to win and still go out and win. We know there’s going to be tests and we know that’s what’s required.”Oxlade-Chamberlain, who made his return to action towards the end of last season following a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a serious knee injury, believes all of the pieces are coming together at Anfield for sustained success to be enjoyed.The 26-year-old midfielder added: “Mentally, this group of players is top drawer. The manager is one of the most mentally persistent managers out there, for sure, he keeps us going.”We know what the demands are on each other. And I think that has grown in the team, there are more and more leaders coming out of this side – not just Hendo, Millie, Virg. Everyone is starting to take responsibility for what they need to do on and off the ball.”It’s a team that’s really going in the right direction. But it’s early in the season; we’ve got to keep our feet on the ground, keep plugging away and keep churning out results.”Liverpool have taken maximum points from their two Premier League games in 2019-20 and will be looking to make it three wins from three when they play host to an Arsenal side on Saturday that has also been faultless so far. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Meanwhile, Miller kicked off his college football career with Michigan and then with UMass. He’ll join former Michigan gymnast Stacey Ervin who signed to the WWE Performance Center last year.“Miller, 26, was a speedy tight end/wide receiver who played at the University of Michigan (where he was a member of the 2011 Sugar Bowl Championship team) and, later, the University of Massachusetts,” the WWE said in the statement. “After college, he joined the Saarland Hurricanes in the German Football League. Standing 6-foot-3 and weighing 220 pounds, Miller, like Palmer, impressed WWE scouts at last June’s tryout in Orlando.”The pair join Bill Goldberg and Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson as former football players to take their talents to the ring. NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 09: WWE Championship Belt presented during the Beyond Sport United 2016 at Barclays Center on August 9, 2016 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)Two former college football players are finally going pro: in wrestling. The WWE released a statement welcoming 12 new recruits for training at the league’s training facility in Orlando, Florida.Former Syracuse offensive lineman Omari Palmer and former Michigan wide receiver Ricardo Miller are headed from the gridiron to the ring. Here’s the official announcement from the WWE.“Twenty-four-year-old Palmer is a 6-foot-3, 350-pounder who was a member of the Syracuse Orangemen’s offensive line,” the WWE said in a statement. “Originally from Coram, N.Y., Palmer also played basketball and lacrosse, as well as wrestled, in high school. The imposing big man attended a WWE Performance Center tryout in June 2018.”Palmer made 24 career starts for the Orange before missing the majority of his senior year due to injury.
The redshirt sophomore was the No. 1 player from the state of Iowa in the Class of 2017. Per 247Sports, he was the No. 181 overall prospect in the country and the No. 29 wide receiver.Martin’s decision to transfer doesn’t necessarily mean that he’ll be seeing the field in 2019 though.Per HawkCentral, Iowa is still awaiting word from the NCAA on their request for a transfer waiver.Given that the NCAA has been somewhat inconsistent with their decision-making on granting waivers, Martin’s 2019 season is almost entirely up in the air.[HawkCentral] ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 28: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts to a roughing the kicker call against his team during the first quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)The NCAA transfer portal has been a boon to some teams and a nightmare for others. But after losing former four-star wide receiver Oliver Martin to Big Ten rival Iowa via the transfer portal, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh could not contain his surprise.Speaking at Big Ten Media Days via HawkCentral, Harbaugh called it “a surprise” to see that Martin decided to transfer despite a strong spring.“He really had a heck of a spring and was at the top of our depth chart coming out of spring ball. He was doing very well in school… That was a surprise.”Michigan has lost ten players to the NCAA transfer portal, with several other players still in there waiting. Of those ten departures, five of them have gone to rival Big Ten programs.Harbaugh’s loss is Iowa’s gain though.
India Today Magazine New Delhi January 26, 2019 ISSUE DATE: February 4, 2019UPDATED: January 27, 2019 08:06 IST The Mood of the Nation poll was conducted by Karvy Insights Limited from December 28, 2018 to January 8, 2019.Who does India want as its next prime minister? Is India’s mood in favour of Narendra Modi? Or is a change in the country’s political order in the offing? Soon, the country will hold general elections that will provide definite answers to these questions.But before that, India Today brings youWho does India want as its next prime minister? Is India’s mood in favour of Narendra Modi? Or is a change in the country’s political order in the offing? Soon, the country will hold general elections that will provide definite answers to these questions.But before that, India Today brings you the Mood of the Nation poll, an extensive country-wide survey that aims to gauge the nation’s, well, mood. The Mood of the Nation poll was conducted by Karvy Insights Limited from December 28, 2018 to January 8, 2019.The survey was carried out across 97 parliamentary constituencies in 194 assembly constituencies in 19 states. A total of 12,166 interviews were conducted in Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.69 per cent of these interviews were in rural areas while the remaining 31 per cent were carried out in urban areas. An additional 1,103 interviews were carried out in 20 Lok Sabha constituencies in the politically important state of Uttar Pradesh, which sends the most number of parliamentarians to the Lok Sabha.So, what is the nation’s mood? Here are the complete findings of the India Today-Karvy Insights Mood of the Nation January 2019 poll.1. Mood of the Nation poll: If elections were held today, what would be PM Modi’s fate?2. Mood of the Nation poll: Will UPA storm back to power if elections are held today?3. Mood of the Nation poll: How will UPA fare with help from Didi, Bua and Bhatija?4. Mood of the Nation poll: If not Modi, who would be next PM of India?advertisement5. Mood of the Nation poll: Who can fill Narendra Modi’s place as PM from the BJP or the Sangh Parivar?6. Mood of the Nation poll: How has Narendra Modi’s performance been as PM?7. Mood of the Nation poll: From taking risks to sabka vikas, what voters think of PM Modi’s style of functioning8. Mood of the Nation poll: How satisfied are voters with the overall performance of the Modi government?9. Kya hua tera vaada: Only 33% Indians believe Modi’s Achhe Din have come for them, finds MOTN poll10. Mood of the Nation poll: 35 per cent say Narendra Modi helped Reliance Defence get Rafale deal11. Mood of the Nation poll: Amit Shah’s popularity as BJP president dips12. Didi jaisi koi nahi: Mamata most popular CM 4th time in a row, finds Mood of the Nation survey13. Modinomics losing favour with India, finds Mood of the Nation poll14. 46% feel black money has returned in form of new currency notes: MOTN poll15. Mood of the Nation Poll: Did demonetisation cause more pain or gain?16. Rahul Gandhi only PM choice from Congress, finds Mood of the Nation poll17. Mood of the Nation poll: 55% believe Rahul Gandhi can revive Congress’s fortunes in 201918. 53% feel mahagathbandhan will say yes to Rahul Gandhi as PM: MOTN poll19. Shiv bhakt Rahul foiling BJP’s Hindutva politics, finds Mood of the Nation poll20. 46 per cent feel govt not doing enough to create jobs: Mood of the Nation poll21. India gives thumbs up to farm loan waivers, 68% think it will solve farmer distress: Mood of the Nation poll22. CBI vs CBI row boosted people’s trust in agency, say 41% polled Indians: Mood of the Nation poll23. Mood of the Nation poll: RBI vs Modi govt compromised central bank’s autonomy, feel 43% polled Indians24. Bhai, bhai, bhai: Salman Khan is India’s Hero No. 1, says Mood of the Nation poll25. Deepika Padukone is Bollywood’s queen after Padmaavat: Mood of the Nation poll26. India bleeds blue for sportperson of the year Virat Kohli, finds Mood of the Nation poll27. No country for minorities in India, finds Mood of the Nation poll29. Equality over faith: India bats for women’s rights on Sabarimala, triple talaq in Mood of the Nation poll30. Where is the love: 62 per cent Indians say same-sex marriages not accepted, finds Mood of the Nation poll31. Mood of the Nation poll verdict on India-Pakistan relations: Where there’s terror, there’s no talks32. Mood of the Nation poll: What does India think about the availability of clean water, electricity?33. Home is where the heart is: Rajnath Singh best minister in Modi cabinet, finds Mood of the Nation pollWATCH | Mood of the Nation poll: India heading for a fractured mandateYou’ve reached your article limitSign in to keep reading India TodaySign inSign up NOW to get:Premium content on Aaj Tak HD ChannelUnrestricted access to India Today magazine contentGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byDev Goswami Mood of the Nation January 2019: Complete findingsFrom politics and governance to cinema and sports, the extensive India Today-Karvy Insights Mood of the Nation survey gauges the country’s pulse on a range of issues. The poll was conducted across 19 states and comes just months before the crucial Lok Sabha election.advertisement Next