10 months agoSampdoria coach Giampaolo: Quagliarella just like Ronaldo

first_imgAbout 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.” last_img

10 months agoMan City rival Man Utd for Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic

first_imgMan 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 saylast_img

10 months agoKenyon seeks new investors to rescue Newcastle takeover

first_imgKenyon 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 saylast_img

9 months agoArsenal, Man Utd and Tottenham all tracking Guingamp star Marcus Thuram

first_imgArsenal, 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 saylast_img read more

16 days agoSchmeichel slams Liverpool ace Shaqiri for ‘behaving like a child’

first_imgSchmeichel 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 saylast_img read more

4 days agoIvan Campo has advice for Takefusa Kubo over Mallorca battles

first_imgIvan 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 saylast_img read more

Report: Newcastle 3 Cardiff 0

first_imgFabian 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 morelast_img read more

FFA outlines plans for second tier

first_imgFootball 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.last_img read more

Bradford City vs Liverpool: Team news & preview

first_imgLiverpool 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 Andrew Halliday FA Cup Chelsea v Bradford 240115Stephen 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 weblast_img read more

Liverpool have a taste for trophies – Oxlade-Chamberlain

first_imgAlex 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 weblast_img read more