World Cup Mbappe, Dembele and the best young players heading to the World Cup Goal Last updated 2 years ago 18:00 10/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gettyimages World Cup Kylian Mbappé Germany Switzerland Brazil Portugal Egypt England Nigeria France Belgium Italy Denmark Marcus Rashford Ousmane Dembélé From Marcus Rashford to Ramadan Sobhi, Goal takes a look at the finest players of promise potentially heading to Russia next summer We now know the majority of World Cup participants.England have booked their spot in Russia, and will be joined by the likes of Brazil, Argentina, Spain and Panama. The USA, and Christian Pulisic, will amazingly be missing, after they fell to a disastrous 2-1 defeat to Trinidad & Tobago in their final qualification match.France 11/2 to win World Cup Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland could still qualify, but they will have to navigate a play-off against one of the seeded teams: Italy, Croatia, Denmark and Switzerland. Sweden and Greece are also in the play-offs.Now that things are taking shape, Goal takes a look at the best young players, who will be aged 21 and under next summer, heading to the World Cup.KYLIAN MBAPPE | FRANCE | 18The boy who would be king – no teenager is as hyped in world football as Kylian Mbappe. PSG have agreed to pay over €100 million to sign the 18-year-old next summer following his initial loan move from Monaco, and he has already lit up Parc des Princes, forming a fearsome partnership with Neymar and showing his frightening potential in his side’s 3-0 demolition of Bayern Munich. Maybe the best prospect heading to Brazil, Mbappe has a very real chance of firing France to glory.MARCUS RASHFORD | ENGLAND | 19Perhaps the best teenager playing in England, Marcus Rashford possesses lightning pace, crisp technique and a clinical eye for goal. Jose Mourinho is hardly known for promoting youth, but Rashford has been too good to ignore at Manchester United and is likely to be key to England’s hopes of progressing beyond the quarter-final stage in Russia.GABRIEL JESUS | BRAZIL | 20Gabriel Jesus has an indefinable star quality. A brilliantly talented footballer, who has already surpassed Robinho as the best attacking Brazilian to play for Manchester City, Jesus scores all types of goals, and is humble to boot. He has claimed that his form for City will decide whether he goes to Russia, as he is yet to rely on reputation alone; it is a safe bet that he will be on the plane, and on the pitch, as Brazil aim to win a sixth World Cup. OUSMANE DEMBELE | FRANCE | 20Neymar’s replacement at Barcelona, Ousmane Dembele sealed a dream move from Borussia Dortmund and then promptly ruptured a tendon, leading to surgery and a predicted layoff of up to three months. Dembele, though, is a precociously talented winger, and fans would do well to remember his name as France prepare for action next summer. Dembele was involved in 32 goals in 50 games during his time in Germany, and will be out to prove that he can step into the Brazilian’s shoes over the remainder of the campaign and in Russia.GIANLUIGI DONNARUMMA | ITALY | 18The natural heir to Gianluigi Buffon, Gianluigi Donnarumma is the best goalkeeper to emerge on the continent since his fabled predecessor. Donnarumma is a freak of nature, making his debut for AC Milan at the age of 16, and has already racked up 84 appearances, along with four caps for Italy. Though Buffon will surely play in goal in Russia if the Azzurri navigate a play-off encounter, Donnarumma is the best No.2 in world football — and he’s just 18.WILFRED NDIDI | NIGERIA | 20Once Leicester City lost N’Golo Kante to Chelsea they needed to find a replacement, and the double title winner’s successor, Wilfred Ndidi, is forging his own path in the shadow of the Frenchman. A truly athletic midfielder, Ndidi has won 12 caps for Nigeria, and is already first choice in his position for Craig Shakespeare’s side. Better for his experience in the Premier League, and improving apace, Ndidi will be central to Nigeria’s hopes in Russia.YOURI TIELEMANS | BELGIUM | 20Monaco may have lost the youthful brilliance of Kylian Mbappe in the summer, but they also acquired the youthful brilliance of Belgium’s exceptional midfielder Youri Tielemans for a fee of €25 million. A star in his native country, Tielemans made 185 appearances for Anderlecht, scoring 35 goals and providing 31 assists before seeking a new challenge in the principality. Tielemans is the next big thing out of a country that has already produced the likes of Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne, and he will be lining up alongside the two Premier League stars when the Red Devils aim to finally deliver on their remarkable potential this summer.KASPER DOLBERG | DENMARK | 20Just 20, Kasper Dolberg has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs after a season that saw him truly emerge on the European stage. Brilliant for Ajax as the Eredivisie club reached the Europa League final, Dolberg scored 23 goals in 48 appearances in all competitions last time out, and has also won four caps for Denmark, scoring in a 3-1 win over Kazakhstan. With the guile of Christian Eriksen behind him, Dolberg could be in the running for the World Cup Golden Boot next summer if Denmark progress into the knockout rounds, such is his unerring eye for goal.RENATO SANCHES | PORTUGAL | 20Now with Swansea City, it is testament to Renato Sanches’ character that he chose to move to Wales on loan from Bayern Munich, and it may well seal his inclusion in Portugal’s squad in Russia. An almost guaranteed starter with the Premier League outfit, Sanches — a prodigiously talented midfielder with power and subtlety — already has 13 caps to his name, and is likely to meet up with the squad in the summer stronger for his experience in England.RAMADAN SOBHI | EGYPT | 20Some have predicted that the audaciously talented Ramadan Sobhi will one day win the Ballon d’Or. Known for his tricks and flicks, Sobhi has famously stood on the ball he has been playing with twice in his career, and though he has yet to thrive in the Premier League with Stoke, he is lionized in Egypt, where he is well on his way to becoming a legend. He has already won 20 caps for his country, and Mido, the former Tottenham striker, once labeled him “the best talent in North Africa”.BENJAMIN HENRICHS | GERMANY | 20It is no easy feat to break into the Germany squad at the age of 20. Benjamin Henrichs, the Bayer Leverkusen right-back, has done just that, and has a superb chance of making his way onto the plane to Russia as a result. Henrichs has played over 50 times for Leverkusen, and has three caps for Joachim Low’s senior side – with two coming in the Confederations Cup. Indeed, in both games, against Cameroon and Mexico, Henrichs provided an assist, and he played at right midfield against the South Americans to prove his invaluable versatility.BREEL EMBOLO | SWITZERLAND | 20Switzerland must negotiate a play-off to reach the finals in Russia, and Schalke’s Breel Embolo is all set to burst onto the international scene if they do. Blighted by injuries in recent years, Embolo is still just 20, and is itching to unleash the talent that he so regularly showed with FC Basel. In his homeland Embolo scored 31 goals in 94 appearances prior to a move to Germany, where he has played just 14 times. He has, however, been involved in five goals and has also won 19 caps for his country — bet on him to add to that number in Russia.
Transfers Wenger doubts Sanchez to Man City deal in January Harry West Last updated 2 years ago 21:15 11/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Arsenal A. Sánchez Arsène Wenger Manchester City v Arsenal Manchester City Premier League The Premier League leaders could come back in for the Chilean during the winter transfer window but the Gunners boss believes the Chilean will stay Arsene Wenger believes Alexis Sanchez will remain at Arsenal in January as speculation begins to mount over proposed renewed interest from Manchester City.The Chile international looked set for a reunion with Pep Guardiola during the previous transfer window, but the Gunners’ failure to land Thomas Lemar from Monaco reportedly persuaded Wenger to keep hold of his prized asset.Sanchez 13/8 to score v Man City 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 Arsenal run the risk of losing Sanchez for free at the end of 2017-18 with his contract due to expire, prompting many to suggest the club could cash in if City return with another bid in the new year. Ahead of the teams’ Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, Wenger refuted suggestions Sanchez would be lacking the desire to perform and expressed his belief the forward would stay with the club beyond the January window.”You say everybody thinks City will come in for Alexis – I am part of everybody and I don’t think he will go,” Wenger said.”Do City need him? They have to decide that. But we need him here.Just 2️ days to go until #MCFCvAFC(And probably our favourite @_OlivierGiroud_ celebration of all time ) pic.twitter.com/r6l8r8NN2Q— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) November 3, 2017″I expect him to be motivated against City but that is always the case. One thing you cannot fault in Alexis Sanchez is his motivation. When he plays for Chile, he plays with passion that is in South America.”It’s the same for [previous club] Barcelona and Arsenal. He is happy when he is on the pitch and that is all he wants.”Was he close to joining City? No. But at the end of the day, close or not does not matter. It does not have any influence. What is important is that, when you are somewhere and you have the opportunity to give your best, that is what you must do.”When asked if he thought Sanchez would sign a fresh Arsenal deal, Wenger avoided the subject, replying: “Before Sunday, certainly not.”
Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur Leicester vs Tottenham: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Declan Payne 21:00 11/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Leicester City Tottenham Hotspur Mauricio Pochettino’s side won 6-1 in this fixture last season and will want to see the goals flowing at the King Power Stadium again Tottenham have the chance to move temporarily into third place and put the pressure on when they travel to Leicester, who have only one win from their last five league matches.Both sides come into the match after 1-1 draws in their last fixtures – Leicester against West Ham and Tottenham against West Brom – and are both after three points for vastly different reasons.Nothing less than a spectacular run of form will give Tottenham the chance to contest the Premier League title this season, while the Foxes can move six points away from the relegation zone with a win on Tuesday night. 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 Game Leicester vs Tottenham Date Tuesday, November 28 Time 19:45 GMT / 14:45 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM In the UK, the match will not be available to watch live on television or by stream. UK TV channel Online stream None None In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on NBCSN and by stream via NBC Sports Gold service. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN NBC Sports Gold SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Leicester players Goalkeepers Schmeichel, Hamer, Jakupovic Defenders Simpson, Chilwell, Morgan, Huth, Maguire, Dragovic, Benalouane, Knight Midfielders Gray, King, Albrighton, Amartey, Iborra, Ndidi, Mahrez, Choudhury Forwards Iheanacho, Vardy, Musa, Slimani, Okazaki, Ulloa Leicester’s squad remains unchanged from Friday’s clash with West Ham. Central defender Robert Hurt and midfielder Matty James remain unavailable through injury.Kelechi Iheanacho, Shinji Okazaki and Andy King are options for Leicester manager Claude Puel, who is unlikely to make a raft of changes from the side which drew with West Ham.Potential starting XI: Schmeichel; Simpson, Maguire, Morgan, Fuchs; Gray, Iborra, Ndidi, Albrighton, Okazaki; Vardy Position Tottenham players Goalkeepers Lloris, Vorm, Gazzaniga Defenders Trippier, Rose, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Foyth, Aurier, Davies, Walker-Peters Midfielders N’Koudou, Dier, Sissoko, Dembele, Dele, Eriksen, Winks, Lamela Forwards Son, Kane, Llorente There’s excitement around the potential return of midfielder Erik Lamela, with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino saying he may be in line for his first appearance since October last year.Danny Rose will return to the side after his public dissatisfaction with being left out of the squad which faced West Brom at the weekend, while Harry Winks is a doubt as he struggles to shake off illness. Toby Alderweireld (hamstring) and Victor Wanyama (knee) remain sidelined.Potential starting XI: Lloris; Trippier, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Dier, Rose; Eriksen, Alli, Dembele; Kane, SonBETTING & MATCH ODDS Leicester are outsiders to claim just their third home win of the campaign, according to dabblebet, who are offering 15/4 for a Foxes win. Tottenham are favourites for this one at 3/4, while a draw is currently at 14/5.Click here to view dabblebet’s full selection of available match markets. GAME PREVIEW Tottenham will play their second of four matches in 11 days when they travel to the King Power Stadium, and need to find goals if they’re to record their eighth league win of the season.It took a late Harry Kane goal to rescue a point against West Brom at the weekend, and Mauricio Pochettino will be fully aware how important a clinical, regulation victory will be in building important momentum into a packed festive period.Spurs have struggled to live up to the heights of last season’s second-place finish so far this season and goals haven’t flowed – Kane’s nine account for 42% of his side’s league goals this season.Son Heung-min’s contribution to the side hasn’t gone unnoticed, but with only the four goals in all competitions, the South Korea international will need to chip in a little more in the coming weeks.Since Claude Puel’s appointment last month, Leicester have picked up a win and two draws, with one loss in between. It’s vital the 2016 Premier League champions begin to kick on as they enter a busy period of their own.It’s important, too, that Leicester show they can mix it with the big boys. They host both Manchester clubs and travel to Liverpool before the New Year and so Tuesday night is a good opportunity to lay down a marker. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Formula One 2017 About an hour’s drive from where I live, in the coastal hinterlands of South Carolina, lies the city of Savannah, Georgia. And every so often I’ll cross the border for a taste of the big city.On one such excursion a few months back, while walking through a neighborhood on the fringe of Savannah’s tourist district, I found myself doubling back to examine a historical marker for something called the American Grand Prize. What’s its connection to Sunday’s United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas? Well, it’s the granddaddy, an early milepost on the way to Formula One as we know it today. Share on Facebook The grand prize seemed here to stay. Repeat successes in ’10 and ’11 – with banking in some turns! – soon had other cities lining up to steal the grand prize away from Savannah. So it hopscotched on to New York’s Long Island, to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and to Santa Monica, California, drawing throngs at every stop. But then just as the grand prize race was well on its way to sweeping the nation and laying a foundation for Formula One to become America’s premier racing series, maybe even its national pastime, World War I broke out. And this complicated transatlantic travel for the grand prize’s mostly European competitors. For a few decades the Indianapolis 500 feigned for the dropped baton, but a narrowing focus on oval circuits made it into an entirely different style of racing and a bespoke series. And then of course Nascar improved on that template on the way to becoming America most popular sport besides football in this millennium.Just think for a moment of the racing world we might’ve inhabited if the heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne had rescheduled his trip to Sarajevo. Maybe Savannah isn’t Nascar country; it’s an F1 mecca to rival Monaco. Maybe the enduring images of Richard Petty or Dale Earnhardt Sr are of their wheel-to-wheel battles with Jackie Stewart or Ayrton Senna. Maybe the baseball playoffs, the NBA tip-off and the NFL regular season are all afterthoughts this weekend because Lewis Hamilton has a shot to clinch a second world championship on adopted home soil. (In 2015, he celebrated title No3 with a Union Jack over his shoulders and American flag under his cap bill.) Read more Formula One Pinterest Sportblog Share on Twitter Hamilton deserves credit for addressing issue whether or not he takes a knee Share on Messenger US sports Facebook Share via Email Nascar Savannah, as it happens, is the birthplace of Grand Prix racing in America. The inaugural GP – held on Thanksgiving Day, 1908 – predates prohibition, which gave rise to Nascar, by 12 years. For the course, organizers cropped out a 25.3-mile swath around the city and hired prison workers to resurface its streets with oiled gravel. Among the bigwigs who descended on Savannah that Thursday were no less than president-elect William H Taft (maybe the US president least associated with speed until the Washington Nationals reimagined him as a keen mascot racer, and even then his stay in the Majors was brief) as well as Horace Dodge, Henry Ford and the head of Firestone tires – who overnighted at the city jail when he couldn’t get a hotel room anywhere in town.The final spectator count ran well north of 250,000, a single-day draw neither baseball or college football could approach then or now. To ease the congestion, grandstands were erected on both sides of a single boulevard. When the checkered flag flew, a Frenchman named Louis Wagner flew past in a Fiat, 58 seconds ahead of a mostly foreign pack. In that triumphant moment, grand prize racing seemed as if it had arrived, too. Taft thought it was the future of sports in America. There’s no lack of native angles into the conversation, either. Besides Liberty, whose leadership will surely be second-guessed at every turn, you have machining magnate Gene Haas two years into an expensive F1 pilot program, running his own team out of a shop based in Charlotte – the heart of Nascar country. Farther up the standings there’s the racing team of Red Bull, the official drink of young-minded Americans with a thirst for live action and personalities; on that score Red Bull’s drivers Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Belgium’s Max Verstappen more than satisfy. For those looking for something a bit stronger there’s Fernando Alonso, a real mensch. Earlier this week the Spaniard signed an extension to remain with his team of the last three seasons, McLaren, in spite of said team’s inability to put him in equipment commensurate with his credentials as a two-time world champion. The new deal, which likely never happens if McLaren doesn’t first abandon a star-crossed technical collaboration with Honda to partner instead with Renault, probably elicited as much celebration in Woking as Indianapolis. His maiden appearance in last May’s Indy 500, which saw him lead 27 laps led before a mechanical failure doomed him to a 24th-place finish, left throngs of stateside race fans wanting more. And given McLaren chief Zak Brown’s stated commitment to maintaining a presence at the 500 there’s little reason to think Alonso, who blew off Monaco to race at Indy, would leave them hanging.The potential for crossover, after all, is what makes racing great. It harks to a simpler time, when the sport was freewheeling and revving with potential. Certainly that’s how F1 looked in its infancy on these shores on Thanksgiving in 1908. Granted, things didn’t work out as envisioned. And yet the park sign I saw in Savannah, easy enough to miss while admiring all the dapper homes and Spanish-moss covered oaks trees, doesn’t strike me as a blatant reminder of that. In retrospect, it seems more like a sign that those better days could still circle back around. Since you’re here… Twitter These are the kinds of thoughts you imagine flying around the inboxes at Liberty Media. Their $8bn acquisition of F1 in January has given rise to fresh questions about the series’ intentions in America. Where Bernie Ecclestone, F1’s old boss, did not hide his contempt for America – “a big island,” he once called it – Chase Carey, F1’s new boss, wants to put a race in New York or Miami in the next five years. Before you laugh consider that Formula E – F1’s smaller, electric-only powered cousin – has already ticked both those boxes. (Meanwhile, Austin’s race organizers hope to remain on the schedule; a potential second US date and the recently rebooted Mexican Grand Prix, which has given local F1 patrons less reason to travel north for their fix, greatly threaten those prospects.)What’s more, earlier this month F1 announced that it would be shifting its US television rights deal from NBC Sports – an arrangement that Liberty CEO Greg Maffei memorably dismissed as a “popcorn fart” – to ESPN, the self-styled worldwide leader in sports. This not only figures to help efforts to raise the sport’s profile in America. It could also do for F1 what it did for European soccer: grow it from a niche watch into the kind of major television happening that gets people talking around the water cooler on Monday. Especially if the ratings for all sports, not least the NFL and Nascar, stay in freefall. features Louis Wagner driving a Fiat in 1908 at the Coppa Fiorio motor race in Bologna, Italy. Photograph: National Motor Museum/Heritage Images/Getty Images Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp Oliver Turvey rounds a turn at the Formula E New York City ePrix in Brooklyn, NY during July 2017. Photograph: Kevin Hagen/Getty Images Share on LinkedIn Twitter Reuse this content Read more Facebook Motor sport Share on Pinterest Topics … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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An influential Russian bureaucrat has been elected the head of the world chess governing body after a brutal election campaign that saw accusations of Kremlin meddling and vote-rigging.Arkady Dvorkovich, former Russian deputy prime minister for six years and close associate of the prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, won a vote in Batumi, Georgia, after the British grandmaster Nigel Short dropped out of the race and pushed his support in the Russian’s favour.The win anointed FIDE’s first new president in more than 20 years, after the eccentric Russian millionaire Kirsan Ilyumzhinov was ousted. He had been sanctioned by the United States for his close relations with dictators, including Syria’s Bashar al-Assad. Chess insiders claim the sport has been plagued by corrupt dealings that have limited its growth.Dvorkovich, in a short speech following his 103 to 78 victory, promised “a professional, efficient and transparent institution,” according to chess.com. He largely ran on a technocratic campaign, citing a tradition of elite chess in his family as the source of his interest in the post.But the presidency did appear a small fry ambition for a Kremlin lieutenant who had managed Russia’s economy and chaired the organising committee for Russia’s hosting of the 2018 World Cup.His opponent, acting FIDE president Georgios Makropoulos, had accused Dvorkovich of using Russia’s diplomatic power to mount a campaign to take control of the sport.Vladimir Putin encouraged the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, in a private meeting to persuade his chess officials to vote for Dvorkovich, according to a letter from the Israeli foreign minister seen by the Guardian.Other European chess officials told the Guardian about meetings with diplomatic officials to support Dvorkovich’s campaign. Dvorkovich had said that the lobbying efforts did not violate FIDE rules.Each country’s federation is given one vote in FIDE elections. Dvorkovich’s camp had made accusations that the current chess leadership could use its administrative resources to curry votes.The wildcard in the election was Nigel Short, a chess grandmaster who ran on an anti-corruption campaign but had riled many in the sport. Among his incendiary quotes was a remark that men were “hardwired” to play chess, as opposed to women.Nonetheless, Short had attracted significant levels of support. But in a surprise move on the final day, he withdrew from the election and threw his support behind Dvorkovich’s campaign.“You’re being milked by a very poor administration. It’s ‘Makroeconomics,’” Short said, according to Chess.com. He then dropped out of the race. Share on Messenger Who will be king? Three-way battle for control rocks international chess Share on Pinterest Europe Since you’re here… Russia Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp Topics Share on Facebook Share via Email news Read more Chess Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Reuse this content
Unai Emery Pinterest Scott Dann: ‘My son saw the marks and asked if I’d been bitten by a shark’ Twitter comment Share on WhatsApp Pinterest One of the criticisms of Emery when he succeeded Wenger was that he was a great coach but not a good man-manager. That stemmed from his perceived inability to deal with the big personalities at Paris Saint-Germain. But he has shown that he is not afraid to take on big names in the dressing room, as seen by his substitutions of Mesut Özil and Aubameyang at Crystal Palace. Both players were underperforming and Emery made it clear to them, as well as the rest of the squad, that he will not accept mediocre performances, no matter the reputations involved. That mentality may be part of the reason Arsenal are getting good results.There is also a great ruthlessness about Arsenal now, with much of that stemming from the partnership Alexandre Lacazette has formed with Aubameyang. Under Wenger, Lacazette looked like he was affected by Aubameyang’s arrival, whereas now he is thriving alongside the former Borussia Dortmund striker. They are very much a duo, on and off the pitch, and that too is credit to the environment Emery has allowed to blossom.Saying all that, these remain early days in the new man’s reign and they have faced very few tests, with defeats coming in the two that have come their way: against Manchester City and Chelsea. That is what makes Saturday’s game against Liverpool so important. It is another game against a top‑six rival and if Arsenal are serious about competing for a Champions League place, and possibly the title, they need to make a statement against Jürgen Klopp’s side. Women’s Super League Women’s football Share on LinkedIn Arsenal Joe Montemurro’s Arsenal have scored 31 goals in six WSL games. Photograph: David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images Share via Email Topics Read more Sportblog Arsenal Women Having lived in London for a long time I have a lot of friends who are Arsenal fans and, like many of them, I was critical of the club during the final years of Arsène Wenger’s reign as manager. Everything seemed to have gone stale and there was a desperate need for change, which finally arrived in the shape of Unai Emery. Watching on, it’s been interesting to see the immediate, positive impact he has had.The Carabao Cup win against Blackpool on Wednesday made it 13 games unbeaten for Arsenal. Emery has had a big impact and it’s clear the team are performing in a more deliberate manner now. They are also showing more grit while at times displaying the total football that we saw at their peak under Wenger. The best example of that has been the third goal in the 3-1 win over Leicester, scored by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and which came at the end of a beautiful, free-flowing team move from defence to attack. Facebook Facebook The treatment of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, left, and Mesut Özil has shown that Unai Emery is not afraid to take on big-name players. Photograph: David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images Staying in north London, I was fascinated by the debate Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville had about Spurs on Monday Night Football. It centred on whether the club are showing enough ambition to win the Premier League and I very much came down on Carragher’s side, which is that they are not.As I wrote in my first column, Tottenham are a club competing for trophies but never actually winning any and it’s hard to see that changing while they continue to deny Mauricio Pochettino the financial support he needs to compete with the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool.Spurs have a net spend figure of £29m since Pochettino arrived four and a half years ago, compared with £518m for City and £183m for Liverpool. They did not sign a single player during the summer transfer window and, overall, that is simply not good enough for a club of their size and potential.I understand there are financial restraints resulting from the costs involved in building a new stadium but Tottenham, and Daniel Levy in particular, have to make a decision: plan for the future or take advantage of the club possessing arguably the best manager and group of players in their history by living in the here and now.What’s for sure is that it’s not going to get any easier for Tottenham to win the title and if they are not careful they could find themselves trying to do so without Pochettino. The good news is that the core of the squad are on long-term deals including Dele Alli, who just signed a new contract, but players of his calibre will want to win trophies.Pochettino has been linked with the vacancy at Real Madrid and most people could not blame him if he decides sooner rather than later that the time has come to make a change. Arguably, he has a better chance of winning major titles in Madrid than he does at Spurs. Share on Messenger Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest While Arsenal’s men are striving for the top, their women are already there. Joe Montemurro’s side lead the Super League after a blistering start, winning six out of six and scoring an incredible 31 goals. They look unstoppable.Juventus played Arsenal in pre-season and there were a few raised eyebrows after we lost 5-0. But, honestly, we couldn’t get near them, with no one impressing more than Vivianne Miedema. She scored a hat-trick, putting away every chance that came her way, and has continued that form in the WSL.Miedema is the division’s top scorer with 11, and having last season looked like someone who was not on the same page as her teammates, as well as not always looking fully fit, she is thriving and hitting the high levels she reached for the Netherlands at Euro 2017.She is not the only one impressing for Arsenal. Jordan Nobbs looks unstoppable after some injury problems over the past season, while at the back Leah Williamson continues to be a steady influence and is deservedly getting regular England call-ups.Montemurro has the balance just right and after he signed a new contract I’ll be shocked if he does not guide Arsenal to qualification for the Champions League at the very least this season. They face stern competition from Manchester City and Chelsea but they look as strong, if not stronger, than both of those. Share on Twitter Reuse this content
news Share on Twitter Human rights Hanoi hosting the Vietnam Grand Prix fits the bill for F1’s owners During 2017 Formula One told human rights groups that “journalists and other commentators who wish to use the occasion of the [Bahrain] Grand Prix event to express their opinions peacefully will be able to do so without reprisal.”However, human rights groups say that this standard was not applied in the case of Yusef. They also say her ill-treatment is continuing in jail and that she was badly beaten in September as a reprisal for her case being raised in the British parliament. Since then she has also not been able to see her family.Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, the director of Bird, told the Guardian: “Formula One is in a position of power; failure to act means they are complicit to Najah’s suffering. Formula One must leverage the full weight of their authority to ensure their abusive business partner releases Najah immediately and unconditionally. If that requires cancelling the Bahrain Grand Prix in 2019, then so be it.”However the Bahrain government maintains Yusuf was jailed for “promoting and encouraging people to overthrow the political and social systems” between 2010 and 2017. And Fahad al-Binali, the first secretary at Bahrain’s ministry of foreign affairs, told the Guardian his country took allegations about Yusuf’s case and her ill-treatment seriously.“Najah Ahmed Yusuf’s complaint was submitted to the [Bahrain] independent ombudsman,” he said. “After investigating the complaint of alleged mistreatment, the case was referred to the Special Investigations Unit (SIU).“Najah Ahmed Yusuf’s conviction is a matter for Bahrain’s courts. All individuals in the Kingdom are guaranteed fair and equal treatment within the criminal justice system, with the right to legal representation at every stage and the opportunity to appeal court rulings through multiple channels.“In regard to peaceful protest, the rights to freedom of opinion and expression and to peaceful assembly are protected by Bahrain’s constitution. The government continues to uphold this right robustly and no one is detained for expressing their political views.” Share on LinkedIn Read more Support The Guardian Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Middle East and North Africa Share on Pinterest Formula One Topics The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Share on WhatsApp In the court judgment against her it was noted that she had written “No to Formula races on occupied Bahraini land” and claimed that F1 coming to her country was “nothing more than a way for the [ruling] al-Khalifa family to whitewash their criminal record and gross human rights violations”. She also called for a “Freedom for the Formula Detainees” march to put the spotlight on protestors jailed for criticising the Bahrain Grand Prix.A week later Yusef was arrested. During her interrogation she claims she was beaten with shoes, groped and sexually assaulted. She also alleges that she was repeatedly asked: “How many times have boys ridden you?” before her questioner threatened to “ride” her several times. There was no lawyer present and Yusef says she was subsequently coerced into signing a pre-prepared confession which led to her being jailed in June.Human rights groups say they first alerted F1 to Yusuf’s plight in March. However they insist it was only after a letter from the Liberal Democrat peer Lord Scriven last week – followed up by another one from the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (Bird) – that F1 chiefs acknowledged their concerns about the Bahraini court’s judgment against Ms Yusuf.“We are concerned by the citation in the court judgment of Ms Yusuf’s comment opposing the staging of the 2017 Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix,” Sacha Woodward Hill, general counsel for F1, told Scriven and Bird. “And we have raised our concerns with our counterparts in Bahrain, as part of our ongoing enquiries.“Formula One is committed to respecting internationally recognised human rights in its operations globally. As part of our commitment we expect that commentators who may wish to use the occasion of a Formula One grand prix event to express opinions peacefully will be able to do so without punitive action, before, during or after the event.”The Bahrain Grand Prix has had a troubled past, with the race being cancelled in 2011 after human rights protests in the country while in 2012 the race went ahead despite tens of thousands of anti-government protesters flooding a major highway to demand it was cancelled. It remains a flashpoint in the country. Formula One chiefs have admitted for the first time that they are “concerned” that an activist who protested against the Bahrain Grand Prix on Facebook was jailed for three years by the country’s authorities.F1 has traditionally been reluctant to intervene on politics and human rights cases but has made a rare exception in the case of Najah Ahmed Yusuf, who claims she was beaten, sexually abused and imprisoned following a series of posts in April 2017 that were critical of the race and the regime. Bahrain Share via Email Motor sport Since you’re here… Share on Messenger Read more Giles Richards Reuse this content
Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Read more Reuse this content Topics Support The Guardian England rugby union team Share on LinkedIn Ireland thrash Samoa to ease into last eight despite Bundee Aki red card “As with all players you have to ensure they are fully fit and ready to play Test match rugby,” said Borthwick. “We’re working towards when the team is announced and those players are working towards that progression and are looking really good. Our medical team is superb so they’ll be in very good shape.”England opened the training session in the scorching heat to hundreds of local residents as well as a few Wales fans, who took the opportunity to drape their national flag in plain sight of their historic rivals.“I saw the Welsh flag,” Mako said. “It was nice of them to come to support us training.” Japan ready to think big after hard years keeping up with Eddie Jones Read more Share on Messenger Rugby World Cup Neither Vunipola nor Jack Nowell, who has a hamstring injury, were involved in what was a full-tilt session as England’s players released their frustrations at being unable to play.The cancellation means England have topped their pool and provided Wales overcome Uruguay on Sunday, Jones’s side will meet Australia in the last eight.Mako Vunipola is also expected to make his first start since May, having returned from the hamstring injury he re-injured in a brief appearance off the bench against Ireland in August.Mako said: “Billy is good. He trained a bit today. He did a bit of hopping yesterday and today he did a bit more. Maybe a bit of running.“He’s in good spirits and confident he’ll be available for selection, which is good for him. He’s done all his bits with icing and he’s under good care with the physios.”Steve Borthwick, the assistant England coach, also delivered a positive bulletin on Billy Vunipola, saying the player will be given every chance to prove his fitness at Wednesday’s decisive training session before Jones names his side on Thursday to face the Wallabies. Rugby union Share on Twitter Share on Facebook The Observer Share via Email Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Billy Vunipola is confident of being fit for England’s World Cup quarter-final next Saturday despite suffering a twisted ankle against Argentina seven. Vunipola would not have been risked by Eddie Jones had their match against France gone ahead but while he was unable to take a full part in a high-octane training session in Miyazaki on Saturday, the No 8 is optimistic he will feature in England’s first World Cup knock-out match since 2011. Rugby World Cup 2019 news
Transfers Alexis gone and Ozil yet to sign – Arsenal warned they are being ‘left behind’ in contract farce Chris Burton 23:32 1/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Premier League Mesut Özil Arsène Wenger David Seaman fears there could be more exit pain to come for the Gunners, with several players approaching free agency this summer and in 2019 Arsenal’s inability to tie key men to contract extensions has seen them “left behind” by rivals, says David Seaman, with there more exit pain to come.The Gunners have already seen Alexis Sanchez slip through the net after opting to run down his deal, with the Chilean making it clear that he saw his future elsewhere.That loss was countered by the arrival of Henrikh Mkhitaryan in a swap deal with Manchester United, but uncertainty continues to shroud several other players. 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 Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere are yet to commit to terms past the end of the current campaign, while the likes of Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey, Olivier Giroud, Nacho Monreal and Danny Welbeck are all due to hit free agency in the summer of 2019.Legendary goalkeeper Seaman told talkSPORT on the contract mess in north London: “It’s important for the club to stabilise this sort of thing. It gets even worst next year.“The sad part is we’ve lost a quality player in Alexis Sanchez, and we don’t need that to carry on.“We want to get these guys signed up, get that all sorted out and then try and move on.“We do need to move one because we’re getting a little bit left behind.”Arsenal’s contract struggles stand in stark contrast to the successes enjoyed at Premier League rivals.North London neighbours Tottenham have experienced little trouble in tying the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Hugo Lloris and Christian Eriksen to fresh terms, while Manchester City have recently announced new deals for Kevin De Bruyne and Fernandinho.Wenger must now prove that he can do likewise, with it vital that another Sanchez saga is avoided and that stability and continuity are established at the Emirates.
World Cup England reveal new World Cup 2018 kits Ryan Kelly 01:13 2/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup England Friendlies Gareth Southgate’s men will don a new look heading into this summer’s tournament in Russia, with Nike unveiling a new design England’s new kits for the 2018 World Cup in Russia have been revealed as the Three Lions gear up for this summer’s tournament in Russia.The traditional home and away colours of white and red are preserved, but Nike have gone for a change of design, moving away from the two-tone style of the last edition in the ‘2018 England Collection’.The home kit is all white, with a blue Nike swoosh on the right-hand side of the chest, with the England badge on the left. A thin red line is present on the collar and it looks like red numbers will be in operation too. 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 2018 England Collection. Available next month from https://t.co/GgR7DxkaZ9 . pic.twitter.com/az695cYCod — England (@England) February 7, 2018 The away kit, meanwhile, is one tone of red too, with a white Nike swoosh and numbers, but there is no white on the collar to mirror the home design.Both shirts feature a unique St George’s cross design on the front, a subtle nod to the country’s national flag.The fresh kits will get their first outing in the World Cup warm-up friendly against the Netherlands, which takes place on March 23.The Three Lions host Italy four days later on March 27, so it is likely that both kits will be rolled out.How much does the new England kit cost? pic.twitter.com/TB9cARatuH — England (@England) February 7, 2018 England fans will have to wait a few more weeks to get their hands on the new kits, which will be available to buy from March 2018 on the official FA website’s store .It is not yet known how much the new jerseys will cost, but the previous editions were generally priced at £60 and the kids version £48.However, fear not if you are still keen on the 2017 collection, because they are now available at a discounted rate.
18’s GirlsAustralia has held out a tough New Zealand 18’s Girls team, taking the opening match of the series 5-4 today. New Zealand proved that they were going to be tough to beat from the outset, scoring a touchdown in the opening set of the game to take an early 1-0 lead. It looked as though New Zealand would further extend their in the seventh minute, but their touchdown was disallowed. Mistakes from Australia early in the match saw New Zealand dominate the first half of the poening term, but Australia soon found their rhythm. The Australians levelled the game up at 1-all in the 12th minute, when Chloe Crotty scored on the wing off an overlap. The Australians took the lead for the first time in the game in the 17th minute, when a great acting half run from Madison Regan saw captain Laura Peattie score to take a 2-1 lead. Australian vice-captain Yasmin Meakes scored on the far wing shortly before half-time to extend Australia’s lead to two and take a 3-1 lead into half-time. New Zealand were quick to hit back after half-time, with Jess Mahar using her speed to score in the second minute of the game to bring them back to 3-2, before Crotty scored her second on the wing for Australia in the next set, with the visitors taking a 4-2 lead. Breannan Singman extended Australia’s lead just after the midway mark of the half, to take a 5-3 lead. New Zealand then scored two quick touchdowns, to get back to a one touchdown deficit with minutes remaining, but were unable to continue their comeback, with Australia claiming the game 5-4. Stay tuned to the TFA YouTube channel for highlights from the match – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus 18’s BoysThe second match of the day was keenly fought from the opening whistle with the 2011 Champions New Zealand trying to keep hold of the only title won by the Kiwis in the last tournament.Australia started in the best possible way with a touchdown out wide on their first set. Jason Norford benefitted from some smart lead-up play and made no mistake in crossing over.It wasn’t an immediate response form New Zealand but after a few minutes of finding their way, Ethan Hunt got the home team on the scoreboard in an emphatic fashion, diving over in the middle.Touchdowns to each team then followed with neither being able to gain any ascendancy. Isaac Walker scored a nice touchdown in the middle for NZ to go 3-2 up.The play of the half then belonged to Mackenzie Haugh who ran down an Australian intercept and dived for the saving touch with just 1 metre before the Touchdown would have been made by Theo Majid.Jason Norford, Majid and James Western then piled on three touchdowns for Australia to turn the game on its head. Western and Majid’s were worthy of a highlight real and in a flash New Zealand were on the back foot going into the halftime break.Australia stretched its lead to 6-3 early in the second half but the Kiwis stayed in it with one of their own. Australia’s Jackson Luke then took an intercept to give his team a 3-touchdown buffer again. Both teams then traded Touchdowns once moreBoth teams then traded Touchdowns once moreIt was then New Zealand’s turn to go on a run of Touchdowns with Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi and William Raea scoring to make it 7-8.A final Touchdown to Australia was enough to seal the match 9-7 but New Zealand showed enough this afternoon to suggest that this series will be tightly fought. 20’s GirlsThe Australians made it onto the scoreboard early in the game, when Catherine Sargent scored in the third minute to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. Both team’s defence held strong for the next 10 minutes, with the game going from end to end, before Rebecca Mounsey scored on the wing for Australia to take a 2-0 lead with six minutes remaining in the half. A beautiful long ball from co-captain Rachel Beck in the 18th minute saw Tracy Hill score on the wing, before New Zealand scored their first touchdown of the match in the next set, then Australia scored their fourth of the match to take a 4-1 lead into half-time. Australia extended their lead to three just after the break, when Melissa Peters scored of the tap-off move in the first set to take a 5-1 advantage. They were back on the scoreboard shortly after when Toni Wells scored in the second minute of the half to take a 6-1 lead. Maddie Studdon made it 7-1 at the midway mark of the first half, before Chloe Williamson scored New Zealand’s first touchdown of the half with just under five minutes remaining. Peters hit back to claim her second touchdown of the game in the next set, to take a six touchdown lead and the win, 8-2. 20’s BoysThe marquee event for the day was the Under 21 Men’s match; both teams had plenty of experience to match their youthful exuberance and it was Australia who took the challenge to New Zealand with an opening onslaught of three Touchdowns.Wesley Sefuiva, Scott Bundy and Simon Lang were all at the end of some good lead-up play and made no mistake in their execution. With the platform laid by Australia, New Zealand were forced to play catch-up and eventually got one back through Tyson Johnson.New Zealand were soon back on attack and looking for a second score when Cohan Guerra anticipated the kiwi pass to the millimetre, intercepted and then with a freakish show of speed, streaked away to score.With the score 4-1 at halftime, the kiwis had a mountain to climb and Henry Tuatea took the first couple of steps with a touchdown in the middle of the park to keep his team in it.From thereon in though, it was all the green and gold. Oscar Sanft was first to score and not long after Wesley Sefuiva provided a nice inside ball to Matthew Goodrope to further extend the lead. Adam Pryde also got into the act and by full-time a dominant Austrlia had racked up 10 touchdowns to go out big winners and provide New Zealand with a lot of questions to answer leading into Game 2 tomorrow.ResultsDay One Results18’s GirlsAustralia 5 defeated New Zealand 418’s BoysAustralia 9 defeated New Zealand 720’s GirlsAustralia 8 defeated New Zealand 220’s BoysAustralia 10 defeated New Zealand 2Related LinksDay One Results
Touch Football Australia has been undertaking a review of Sport Education courses and resources and is pleased to provide further update with regard to the process for release and trialling the updated Foundation Coach Course and Level 1 Referee Course.As part of this trial process, the educating and updating of Presenters with the new course material and requirements is vital. This will be undertaken through a targeted approach which will include the following steps:1. TFA and state offices to identify and target relevant level course presenters and communicate directly requirements listed below.2. Course Presenters to register to update their accreditation as per Course Presenter updating Registration process as outlined in the TFA Sport Education Guidelines3. Course Presenters are required to complete relevant ASC General Principles Course (coaching or officiating) http://learning.ausport.gov.au/ and provide certificate to complete currency update process to email@example.com. Course Presenters are required to attend and complete webinar workshop to be updated on the changes to the materials and course processes. To register to attend the webinar please select the link from the list below for your preferred date.The following webinar options will be held throughout September/early October to update Course Presenters. Further dates or potential face to face opportunities will be provided in due course. Foundation Coach Course http://events.redbackconferencing.com.au/5942e7 Foundation Coach Course http://events.redbackconferencing.com.au/dd97b7 Registration Link Thursday 3rd October – 7pm AEST Level 1 Referee Course Monday 30th September – 7pm AEST http://events.redbackconferencing.com.au/3d07e6 Thursday 26th September – 7pm AEST http://events.redbackconferencing.com.au/9a3e1b Date & Time Presenter Update Tuesday 24th September – 8pm AEST Level 1 Referee Course For more information, please click on the attached memo.Related Filescoach_and_referee_course_presenter_update_-_webinar_registration-pdfRelated LinksSport Education
In a thrilling day of finals play, The Cathedral College won the 9/10 Girls division in a 6-5 win against Helensvale State High, scoring that sixth try within the last 20 seconds of play. The Player of the Final award went to Olivia Jenkins.Coombabah State High School completely smashed it in the 9/10 Boys Final, with an 18-6 win against Iona College. Player of the Final was Harridon Wilson.In the 7/8 Girls Final, Helensvale State High defeated All Hallows’ 9-6 after dominating the competition for the whole tournament. Skylar Adams took Player of Final.Cavendish Road State High School took the 7/8 Boys Final, with a 9-6 win against Cleveland District State High. Player of the Final was awarded to Hayden Wong.
Bayern Munich chief Salhamidzic casts fresh doubt on future of Chelsea, Spurs target Hummelsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich sports chief Hasan Salhamidzic has cast doubt on the future of Mats Hummels.The Germany defender has been linked with Chelsea and Tottenham in the last 24 hours.And Salihamidzic was less than definitive when asked if Hummels was happy at the club.He also stopped short of saying that the ex-Dortmund defender would be staying in January.When asked about Hummels on Wednesday night, Salhamidzic said: “He wanted to talk to me and to Kalle [Karl-Heinz Rummenigge]. I told him my point and he’s got his.”But I think we’ve come to a common denominator. I’m not going to disclose the details of the conversation.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Solskjaer excited to lead Man Utd at Old Trafford for first timeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits it will be a special moment when he leads the team against Huddersfield at Old Trafford tomorrow.Solskjaer’s managerial stint is off to a fabulous start with the 5-1 victory at Cardiff City last weekend.He said, “Of course, you try to keep your emotions in check. I’m there to do a job, I’ve got to be focused. It’s not easy, I don’t think it will be easy but I’m looking forward to it. I think the boys are looking forward to playing at Old Trafford. That’s the key. We should be looking forward to playing there. I was sat next to Rene Meulensteen as a coach in a Reserves-team game there once, and I was there with Cardiff, but, of course, it will be special.”You can never set the bar too high. They [the players] are setting the standards. The players that play for this club, they’ve got high standards to live up to and, Saturday, it was not like they’ve outperformed themselves because you cannot outperform yourself. We want to look at this game, evaluate and look at a few clips. We can be better, we can understand each other better, so it will be good.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Crystal Palace invite prospective purchasersby Ian Ferris21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace have been put up for sale as part of a deal that would value the Premier League club at UK£210 million (US$258 million),according to City AM, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The business newspaper claims to have seen a document intended for prospective buyers offering to facilitate the purchase of at least 75 per cent and up to 90 per cent of the club for either a single buyer or consortium.The document, which was apparently drawn up by Zenith Global Capital Partners rather than Palace themselves, reportedly says the club would be sold-debt free and have a projected valuation of UK£525 million (US$645 million) by year three and UK£700 million (US$860 million) by year five.It has been widely reported this year that Palace’s American owners, Joshua Harris and David Blitzer, are looking to sell their stake in the club just three years after investing in the team.However, City AM’s report added that Steve Parish, Palace’s long-serving chairman and minority owner, is open to remaining at the club but would be willing to dilute his 18 per cent stake. TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Ex-Stoke boss Rowett, Cahill in Millwall frameby Ansser Sadiq15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Stoke City, Birmingham and Derby County boss Gary Rowett is on the shortlist to replace Neil Harris at Millwall.Harris left the post earlier this week with the Lions towards the bottom of the Championship.Sky Sports says former Everton and Millwall striker Tim Cahill is also in contention.The South-East London club are keen to appoint a new manager before their next fixture against Brentford on October 19.
Arsenal target Kieran Tierney is already “a lot better” than Nacho Monreal, says Kevin Gallacher, with the Celtic defender boasting the potential to be “a bargain” for the Gunners.The Gunners are said to have identified the Scotland international left-back as a top target for the summer transfer window.An opening bid of around £15 million ($19m) has received short shrift, with that offer branded an “embarrassment” and “pittance” for a player of Tierney’s undoubted ability. 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? It has been suggested that a second approach is being readied at Emirates Stadium, with Unai Emery seeking to bring in players that will improve his side in the present and continue to develop in the future.Former Scotland star Gallacher believes Tierney meets those criteria, telling The Herald: “Kieran can definitely cope with a move to Arsenal.“He is a quality player. A team like Arsenal play football. I think it will suit Kieran and the way he plays – he is an attacking full-back. That is a strength of his.“At the moment, they have got Monreal playing full-back. I think Kieran is a lot better than him.“Arsenal scouts have obviously been watching him very closely over a period of time and their analysts have looked at different aspects of his play. They clearly believe he will fit in to the system that they play.“If Kieran goes down there, stays patient and grasps his opportunity with both hands when he gets it then the sky is the limit for him.“He isn’t stupid. He will have seen what Andy Robertson did at Liverpool. If he takes a leaf out of Andy’s book he will do well.”Arsenal are facing up to another season without Champions League football, having finished fifth in the Premier League last season and lost in the Europa League final, but Gallacher sees signs of progress in north London.A man who tasted title glory in England with Blackburn added: “I saw a fair bit of them last season and thought their style did change a little bit.“They weren’t trying to walk the ball into the net as much. They were trying different strategies to attack and get that ball into the final third.“But the players they have got are phenomenal. They have a fantastic squad, they just have to believe in each other and take it to the next level. I think you will see an improvement next season.“Emery has been in there for a season, he understands the club, he understands the players and their qualities. All he needs is strength in depth and more consistency to get the team further up the table. He will know that and will be trying to bridge the gap.“They have been in the top five for England for the last 25 years and are more than capable of staying there. It is a big ask for Arsenal to get the players who can help them do that. But I think Kieran Tierney would be a bargain.”