10 months agoREVEALED: Mourinho thought Man Utd sack summit was about transfers

first_imgREVEALED: Mourinho thought Man Utd sack summit was about transfersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJose Mourinho didn’t see the sack call coming at Manchester United last week.The Sunday Times says Mourinho believed his meeting with Ed Woodward last Tuesday was to discuss transfer strategy but instead he was sacked as Manchester United manager, it has been claimed.The former United boss went into the scheduled Tuesday morning meeting with the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward still hoping to talk about potential January transfer targets.Mourinho knew his reign was coming to an end within hours of losing to Liverpool last Sunday. But the timing of his sacking caused surprise, according to the report. In addition, at least one player regularly selected by Mourinho called Woodward in the aftermath of United’s 3-1 defeat at Liverpool last Sunday “and told him Jose should leave”.Mourinho was sacked on Tuesday after two-and-a-half years with the club but the decision came as a shock to the Portuguese. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoRoma striker Edin Dzeko: 4-2 scoreline not good enough

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Roma striker Edin Dzeko: 4-2 scoreline not good enoughby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma striker Edin Dzeko says they should do better after their 4-2 defeat of Sassuolo.Roma were 4-0 ahead after just 33 minutes with Dzeko, Bryan Cristante, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Justin Kluivert on target.“We should’ve done better in the second half, but the important thing was to get the victory and continue our improvement,” Dzeko told Roma TV.“After going 4-0 up, the Coach told us not to rest on our laurels or lose momentum, but we did anyway. It was a bit of a struggle in the second half.“When it’s 4-0, you have to let the ball do the work. If you keep possession, then Sassuolo have to run around after us. We wanted to go vertical a bit too quickly and the Coach didn’t like that.“It was a spectacular first half and we need to build on that. We also hope the second half mistakes are not repeated. We believe in the approach that the Coach has taken.” last_img read more

25 days agoShrinks & scouts: Liverpool chief Moore lifts lid on new recruitment team

first_imgShrinks & scouts: Liverpool chief Moore lifts lid on new recruitment teamby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool chief Peter Moore has detailed how they’ve built up their recruitment team.Moore, speaking at the World Football Summit in Madrid, gave an in-depth analysis on how the club has combined data and analysis with traditional scouting.“There is a merging of data and the experienced eye – the analogue and digital coming together,” Moore told those in attendance at the summit.“We use applied science and technology to analyse players to create the best chance to win. From an analogue way, we look at the player and assess what they are about, both on and off the pitch. And we apply science.“We have four PhDs who are part of our club and we have a director of sports science, who is also a PhD and they look at data.“It is that combination, that amalgamation of an experienced eye – of looking at an athlete – combined with data, with psychological outputs, to see the person as a good player for Liverpool and also a good human being in the locker room.“Being a good person that happens to be a good football player is what you need to be for Liverpool Football Club. When I look at our squad, knowing most of the players, they fit that bill.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

3 days agoMan Utd hero Evra slams ‘weak’ Arsenal: They’ve always been babies

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd hero Evra slams ‘weak’ Arsenal: They’ve always been babiesby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United left back Patrice Evra did not hold back in his assessment of Arsenal and their players.The United legend was on Sky Sports as a guest pundit, analysing the Gunners’ clash against Sheffield United on Monday.Arsenal lost the game 1-0 and put in a limp display against the newly promoted side.Speaking about Arsenal and the game, Evra said: “First of all I’m really happy for Sheffield.”They deserved the win but I’m not surprised by Arsenal and I told you that before the game, make sure they don’t fall in the trap.”I used to call them my babies 10 years ago and they’re still, when I look at them, my babies and that’s the truth.”I’m not being disrespectful when I say that, it’s just the feeling I got with this team.”They look pretty, they look good but they don’t look like a winning team. They’re just here like playing good football.”When I looked at Arsenal, I was so happy to play against Arsenal because I knew I was going to win.”Even when Robin van Persie came and the first day I shake his hand and I said: ‘Welcome to a man club’.”At the beginning he was like upset but after one month he said ‘you’re completely right Patrice’ and that’s my feeling.”[Matteo] Guendouzi is the best in midfield but he is a player who was playing in the second league in France and he was even not like playing regularly, and he’s the best player on this team.”I know some are fuming when they see [Granit] Xhaka is the captain of Arsenal.’I respect them, like [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang, [Alexandre] Lacazette, but you can see if those guys don’t score goals, they are in trouble and nothing’s changed.”I am like ‘where is Arsene? Where is Wenger?’ because it’s the same.” last_img read more

Weah expecting to play as a No. 9 with Celtic

first_imgTimothy Weah says he has “so much more to give” as he begins his loan move with Celtic, where he will be deployed differently than he has been with club or country.The U.S. national team forward joined the Scottish side from Paris Saint-Germain on Monday in pursuit of first-team minutes.Weah, the son of legend George Weah, has largely been deployed as a wide player with both PSG and the U.S. national team but, under Brendan Rodgers, the forward is expecting to be played centrally. 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 coach told me he just wants to see me playing my game, helping the team by making runs into spaces and stretching the game,” Weah said, according to the Scotsman.“He’s looking to play me as a nine and I can’t wait. I’m so excited to be here. I feel like the coach has a great plan for me and I think he’ll help me develop as a man.“The little bit of experience I have will benefit me but I feel that by being here, learning from all the other guys and the coaching staff, combined with hard work and dedication, then I’ll be able to give the fans what they want.”The 18-year-old said he is “so excited” about the move to Celtic, a place where he’ll be able to continue his development and impose himself more than he would have been able to at PSG.Weah scored two goals in six first-team appearances for the Ligue 1 champions, but, after a strong start to the season, found playing time hard to come by under Thomas Tuchel.”I went there knowing I had to put the work in to get where I wanted to be,” Weah told BBC Scotland.”A few years later, I am playing alongside Neymar and [Kylian] Mbappe. It is an awesome feeling, but I know that is not even half the work done. I have so much more to give and improve on.”It is really hard to impose yourself with such great players in front of you. I feel like being at Celtic now is the place for me.”My father has played at Celtic before. He has told me it is really intense and it is good to grow as a footballer by playing for this club.”Weah said he “received “a lot of offers” to go on loan this winter, but Celtic was the one that stood out for him.The forward met with the squad met in Dubai on Tuesday as he began his stay with the club.Celtic return to action after their winter break with a Scottish Cup fourth-round tie against Airdrieonians on 19 January, and Weah is already looking forward to getting going with his new club.”It is a wonderful moment for me, and such a blessing with such a great coach like Brendan Rodgers to lead me in the right direction,” he told BBC.”He and rest of the coaching staff are going to build me and form me into a really good player, and my team-mates are going to help me mature.”last_img read more

‘Forrest to Liverpool for £8m is laughable’

first_imgTalk of James Forrest being lured to Liverpool from Celtic in an £8 million ($10m) deal has been branded “laughable” by Bhoys legend John Hartson.The Anfield ranks are already well stocked with creative attacking talent, but it has been suggested Jurgen Klopp would be open to bringing in another option.Admiring glances are said to have been cast in the direction of Parkhead and a player currently working under former Reds boss Brendan Rodgers. 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? Forrest, who is a product of Celtic’s academy system and a Scotland international, is the man reported to have caught Liverpool’s eye, but Premier League suitors have been told the 27-year-old winger will be going nowhere for the figures being mooted.Ex-Hoops striker Hartson told the Evening Times: “I have to say that I laughed when I saw the figures quoted for James Forrest this weekend.“£8m? That might get you his big toe.“Aside from the fact that the lad himself has signed a long-term deal with Celtic, the club he has been with since primary school, the money quoted for him is laughable.“We are not talking about a pup at 16 or 17. We are talking about a boy who has scored goals at international and Champions League level and who has blossomed into a winger who guarantees double-figure goals.“So spare me the £8m chat. If – and it is a big if – there was anyone looking at Forrest then they would need to triple that number just to get Celtic interested.“The days of English clubs coming in and getting players for pennies are long gone. Peter Lawwell isn’t the type to let players slip out of the club without getting their market value and in Brendan Rodgers you have a guy who knows exactly what a player is worth.“So you can forget anyone coming in for Forrest or any other player and taking them away for a song.”Forrest has made more than 300 appearances for Celtic and remains on course to top the personal-best goal return of 17 he managed last season.Hartson added: “There is a suggestion that Forrest will go on to become the most decorated Celtic player of the modern era and that will mean a lot to him too.“But right now it is little more than chat.“If Liverpool or anyone else want him then they will have to have very deep pockets.”Forrest committed to a new four-year contract with Celtic in September 2018, with that deal intended to keep him in Glasgow for the foreseeable future. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Mane: Next year we go for the PL & UCL double!

first_imgSadio Mane has called on Liverpool to win the Premier League and Champions League in 2019-20 following the club’s European victory against Tottenham on Saturday. Jurgen Klopp’s side missed out on becoming English champions by just one point this year, despite amassing an impressive 97 points over the course of the season. But they made amends for last year’s disappointment in Kiev when they finished runners-up to Real Madrid in the Champions League, beating Spurs 2-0 to bring the trophy back to Liverpool for the sixth time. 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? “I think it’s the start of something special, like everybody mentioned, because last year we were close and this season we won it,” Mane said after the memorable night in Madrid.”So, next year [we go] for the league and Champions League. We know it will not be easy but we are Liverpool, we are strong, we will do everything and we still have a young team. We will keep learning and working hard to get more trophies.”Asked if the win felt extra rewarding after last year’s final defeat, Mane said: “I think so. I think last year was not easy. It was really, really hard but that’s football.”That makes people love football. We have learned a lot this year, so we’re just really happy.”The lessons we learned came in many ways, in many things. We’ve got more experience and at the same time we’re used to playing this type of game. It made it easier today.”Liverpool’s players and staff showed plenty of emotion after the final whistle.Jordan Henderson was seen crying and hugging his dad, who revealed the Reds’ captain had promised him as a 10-year-old he would play in a Champions League final.”To be honest I think the dream became true,” Mane continued. “I don’t even know how happy I am, I could not believe until now.”I think I’m still dreaming! But at the end of the day I won, so very happy, very proud.”I don’t have the words to describe how happy I am. Of course, it’s one of the best [nights of my life].”It was not easy, it was a long way, but at the end of the day we did it together so really happy and really proud.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Lukaku responds to ‘slow’ jibes with Twitter video

first_imgRomelu Lukaku isn’t short of pace, and he has the data to prove it.A lack of mobility is one of the issues that fans have held against the Manchester United striker during his time in the Premier League, but he has taken to Twitter to prove his doubters wrong.He posted a video showing the results of a speed test from United’s training, with the Belgian clocking the second highest speed of the session – and there were other surprises as well. 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? Diogo Dalot was at the head of the pack with a top speed of 36.43kph, with Lukaku just behind him on 36.25kph.Tahith Chong, Marcus Rashford and new signing Daniel James, renowned for his explosive pace, rounded off the top five.There may be some eyebrows raised at the order further down the list. Chris Smalling, for example, registered a higher top speed than forward Anthony Martial, while his fellow centre-back Victor Lindelof beat Paul Pogba.Luke Shaw was the slowest of the players shown in the video, his 31.03kph sprint leaving him behind the likes of Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata and Scott McTominay. Mata at least enjoyed the video, tweeting: “Thanks for finally showing the world that I’m quicker than Luke Shaw bro.”Lack of pace 🏃🏿‍♂️😂 https://t.co/bdfVGBuOHC pic.twitter.com/XDEfaye4wU— R.Lukaku Bolingoli9 (@RomeluLukaku9) August 2, 2019There is one small caveat, with the training session having taken place way back on July 10. That was three days before United’s 2-0 win over Perth Glory in the first game of pre-season, with players still working their way back to full match fitness.Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been focusing hard on improving United’s fitness in pre-season, having expressed concerns about his squad’s inability to keep up with the high-intensity game he is looking to implement at Old Trafford.Lukaku was one of the players to struggle under Solskjaer, and now seems set for the exit door with Serie A pair Juventus and Inter vying for his signature.He scored two in his first two games under the Norwegian, but only added four more goals – in braces against Crystal Palace and Southampton – in the rest of the season.He is being offered as a makeweight as United attempt to bring in Paulo Dybala from Juventus, having already agreed a record-breaking fee for Leicester centre-back Harry Maguire. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Who is UEFA Super Cup referee Stephanie Frappart?

first_imgThe 2019 UEFA Super Cup between Liverpool and Chelsea is guaranteed to be an historic occasion before a ball is even kicked.That’s because it will be the first time a female referee runs the rule over a major UEFA men’s showpiece event.UEFA confirmed the news at the beginning of August, revealing that Stephanie Frappart would be the chief official for the game between the two Premier League sides. 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? It is a decision that has been welcomed by both Jurgen Klopp and Frank Lampard, with the Chelsea boss describing it as “a step in the right direction”.Ahead of the match, Goal brings you everything you need to know about Frappart as well as her predominantly female team of assistants.Who is Stephanie Frappart?Stephanie Frappart is a French football referee who has been on the FIFA international list of referees since 2009.She has been described by UEFA’s chief refereeing officer Roberto Rosetti as “one of the best female referees, not just in Europe, but across the world.”Hailing from the north of France near Paris, Frappart, who recently refereed the 2019 Women’s World Cup final between the United States and the Netherlands, has already officiated a number of men’s games.In 2014, she became the first woman to referee a match in Ligue 2, France’s second tier of professional football, and five years later she made more history by graduating to Ligue 1 in a game between Amiens and Strasbourg.”I feel a lot of pride,” Frappart said after that game, which took place in April 2019. “I can say that I have the qualities to officiate in Ligue 1.”I realise that this match has gone down in history. There was a lot of expectation, but I took it as any other game. I showed that I have the skills and the ability to be there.”Stephanie Frappart refereeShe will continue to referee Ligue 1 games in the 2019-20 season and believes that the experience at that level will help when toting the whistle in the Super Cup.”I’m now popular all over the world,” she said. “But I was also appointed in Ligue 1, so I know the feelings and emotions and how to manage them and how to train for [the occasion].”This is not my first appointment.”When announcing the news that Frappart would take charge of the Super Cup game between Liverpool and Chelsea, UEFA president Aleksandr Ceferin expressed his hope that it would inspire women.”As an organisation, we place the utmost importance on the development of women’s football in all areas,” said Ceferin.”I hope the skill and devotion that Stephanie has shown throughout her career to reach this level will provide inspiration to millions of girls and women around Europe and show them there should be no barriers in order to reach one’s dream.”UEFA has also used the historic occasion to amplify issues of sexism in the sport by inviting two female referees from Italy – Annalisa Moccia and Giulia Nicastro – to the game.Mocchia and Nicastro were both subjected to sexist abuse from a television commentator and a player when officiating a domestic game.Who will assist Stephanie Frappart in the UEFA Super Cup?Frappart will be assisted by two other female officials – Manuela Nicolosi and Michelle O’Neill – as well as Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir.Nicolosi, who is from Italy, and O’Neill, from Ireland, have both worked with Frappart before, serving as assistant referees for the Women’s World Cup final in 2019.Nicolosi has been a FIFA-listed assistant referee since 2010 and O’Neill has been on the international list as an assistant since 2011.”It’s pretty nice to inspire young girls, to open up the pathways for kids coming up. That’s pretty special,” said O’Neill of the occasion.”But this is not our first time on the big stage. I am one of the first Irish officials in a World Cup final, man or woman, so I already know how to react to all the emotions and keep focus on the task on hand.”Manuela Nicolosi Stephanie Frappart Michelle O'Neill referee Women's World Cup final 2019Have other female referees officiated men’s matches?Female referees have taken charge of other elite level men’s football games, but it is a relatively new development in the sport.While Frappart is the first women to referee a major men’s UEFA match, she is not the first female to take charge of a men’s UEFA game.Swiss referee Nicole Petignat was the first, having refereed three UEFA Cup qualifiers between 2004 and 2009.Bibiana Steinhaus became the first female referee in Bundesliga history when she ran the rule over a game between Werder Bremen and Hertha Berlin in 2017. 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The Preseason Coaches’ Poll Comes Out Today

first_imgA screenshot of the Coaches' Poll.We’ve been awash in big college football news over the last day, with the drama out of Ohio State. Today also marks a big moment in the build-up to the season: the release of the preseason Coaches Poll.USA Today announced that the first poll of the year is coming out today. It is set to drop at noon.As of now, it is unclear who will be No. 1. Defending national champion Alabama is a fair bet though.The preseason Amway Coaches Poll will be released in just a few hours. https://t.co/QuAr90RwBX pic.twitter.com/sMVxPCCIYz— USA TODAY Sports (@usatodaysports) August 2, 2018The preseason Coaches Poll will have to hold us over for more than a month.In its release about the upcoming poll, USA Today revealed that the first regular-season poll will not be out until September 4.The final regular season poll comes out on December 2, following the conference championship games.As one would expect, Alabama swept the first place votes after winning the College Football Playoff national championship at the end of last season. Runner-up Georgia finished No. 2, followed by fellow playoff teams Oklahoma and Clemson.Ohio State and Wisconsin, the top two teams in the Big Ten, which missed out on the Playoff thanks to two SEC teams making the field, finished fifth and sixth.UCF, an undefeated team out of the AAC that finished the season with a big bowl win over Auburn, ended at No. 7 in the Coaches Poll.[USA Today]last_img read more