About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp hits out critics of Robertson: Way of the worldby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has hit out critics of Andrew Robertson.The German believes that if there is any criticism of his defender, then it is because of “the world out there” and not his quality.Klopp is adamant any abuse his defender has been forced to endure is totally misplaced: “The criticism has nothing to do with the expectation. It is to do with the world out there.“He has played well for weeks and months and then you take it for granted. If there is one game less than another, you start asking what has happened to Andy Robertson. Nothing.“It’s completely normal. The game before he was maybe the best player on the pitch.”Robertson has been criticised over the past week for his form with Scotland and in the Champions League.
Man Utd plan January move for Tottenham ace Christian Eriksenby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are planning a January move for Tottenham ace Christian Eriksen.Goal says United are weighing up the possibility of renewing their interest in Eriksen when the transfer window reopens.The Denmark midfielder has made no secret of his intention to leave Spurs, and was strongly linked with a switch to Manchester United or Real Madrid in the summer.But a move failed to materialise and Eriksen, whose contract expires next summer, was forced to stay put until January.However, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains interested in Eriksen in his desperate bid to bolster his midfield ranks.United weighed up a £70million summer swoop for Eriksen but dropped their interest due to the midfielder’s willingness to join Madrid. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Bournemouth boss Howe hints King to stay in wing role: That’s why we signed him!by Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEddie Howe has hinted he will continue to use centre-forward Joshua King on the wing.The Norway international has been used out wide to accomodate Dominic Solanke in the Cherries’ past four Premier League games. And Howe has revealed it was King’s performances as a winger for Blackburn in 2013 that lead to him joining the south coast club.Howe told the Daily Echo: “One of the reasons we signed him (King) was his performance against us for Blackburn playing left-wing, when he gave us a torrid afternoon here a few years ago.”That’s when he rose to prominence in my thoughts and I kept track of his career.”I’ve always known Josh can play there and play very well.”I know Josh will always consider himself a central player, it was us who played him there (centrally) on a regular basis.”But it’s nice to be able to tinker the team and players to have versatility. It’s benefitted the team, that change.”Asked whether he felt he could keep the 27-year-old happy playing him out wide, Howe replied: “As long as he’s feeling he’s getting the ball and contributing to the team in a positive way, I don’t think he’ll have a problem.”He had a goal disallowed against Southampton, he scored against West Ham.”As long as he’s feeling he has a chance to score, then any player with that mentality will be happy.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 23: The Penn State Nittany Lion prepares to usher the Blue Band onto the field as the Lion celebrated his 100th birthday in front of a home coming crowd of 108,062 as the Iowa Hawkeyes defeated Penn State 6-4 during NCAA football at Beaver Stadium on October 23, 2004 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Penn State defensive tackle Anthony Zettel is a large (6-foot-4, 278 pounds) man. He’s plenty strong too. After all, you don’t earn first team All-Big Ten honors in the trenches by being weak, and you definitely can’t tackle trees to the ground with your bare hands without some serious strength.Yes, that’s right, Zettel brought a tree down with a perfect form tackle. It was captured on video by his teammate Jordan Dudas, and it is a pretty ridiculous sight. If we had to guess, that tree was definitely loose before Zettel sacked it. Still, to a.) be moved to attempt that in the first place and b.) be physically willing and able to do it is impressive enough. Big Ten linemen, quarterbacks and running backs should beware Zettel next fall.
LSU Texas A&M DrillJohn Chavis was LSU’s defense coordinator from 2009-14. Now, he’s at Texas A&M. The 58-year-old coach, unsurprisingly, has brought one of the defensive drills he used with the Tigers to College Station, Texas. In the drill, called the “Gauntlet,” a player has to make his way through several opponents before knocking down a tackling dummy. An LSU fan has created a video that shows a pretty big difference in physicality between the Tigers and the Aggies. So Chavis tried to bring the Gauntlet drill with him to A&M… And it didn’t really have the same effect pic.twitter.com/ZjboBMzbN7— The LSU Logo (@LSU_Logo) August 20, 2015It doesn’t even look like you’re watching the same drill. Now, it’s important to consider that one clip is not an entire representation of a team’s defense, but Texas A&M probably does have a long way to go before reaching the status LSU’s defense did under Chavis. [SDS]
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 1: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on from the sidelines during the second quarter of the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game against the South Carolina Gamecocks on January 1, 2018 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)The #JimHarbaughJerseyWatch satellite camp rolls through Baltimore today, and Harbaugh, a big time baseball fan, went with a pretty strong choice for his jersey today. The Michigan head coach is wearing a Cal Ripken Jr. jersey at today’s camp at Patterson Park.Jim Harbaugh goes with the Cal Ripken jersey at a satellite camp today in Baltimore. pic.twitter.com/GuBd95bDtd— Jon Solomon (@JonSolomonCBS) June 6, 2016Yesterday, Harbaugh wore an Allen Iverson jersey near the legendary point guard’s hometown in Virginia, Hank Aaron’s jersey in Atlanta, and a Willie Taggart USF jersey during a South Florida camp with his former assistant. We’re pretty excited to see the other jerseys he breaks out on this camp tour.MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:Predicting The Next 5 CFP Fields5 Reasons Jim Harbaugh Is Great For College FootballCollege Football’s 8 “Blue Bloods”
Philippe Coutinho scored a brace as Brazil opened the Copa America with a 3-0 win over Bolivia in Sao Paulo.After an underwhelming first half at Estadio do Morumbi, Coutinho scored twice within eight minutes of the restart to put Brazil in control on Friday.A VAR check and handball led Coutinho to the penalty spot and the Barcelona star made no mistake in the 50th minute before making it 2-0 three minutes later after capping a sweeping move. 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? Everton came off the bench and scored the goal of the night with a blistering effort from outside the area in the 84th minute as the Selecao – who have won the Copa on each of the previous four occasions they have hosted in 1919, 1922, 1949 and 1989 – made a winning start in Group A.GOOOOOOOOOL DO BRASIL! Mais um gol de Philippe Coutinho, agora de cabeça!!2 x 0 | #JogaBola #BRAxBOL pic.twitter.com/sHeGi03rzs— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) June 15, 2019Playing without superstar Neymar after he was ruled out of the tournament with an ankle injury, 2018 World Cup quarter-finalists Brazil dominated but struggled to create any real clear-cut chances.Thiago Silva saw a header flash wide of the post and Casemiro came close with an audacious effort for Brazil, who had 77 per cent of the possession in the opening 45 minutes.The half-time whistle was met by a chorus of boos around the stadium amid a subdued atmosphere as Brazil failed to impress against Bolivia – a nation in which they had won nine and drawn two of the past 11 games on home soil, scoring 46 goals and conceding just four times.But a VAR check helped ease some of the tension and pressure with the ground after Adrian Jusino was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the penalty area.Coutinho successfully converted the spot-kick before he completed a quick-fire double after latching on to Roberto Firmino’s cross at the back post.The result was never in doubt from that point as Brazil turned the boos into cheers in the south-west of Sao Paulo, where substitute Everton scored a stunning long-range goal with six minutes remaining. What does it mean? Brazil up and running with 100th winSeeking a ninth Copa title and first since 2007, Tite’s Brazil got the job done in Friday’s curtain-raiser. It was not perfect but the Selecao managed to claim their 100th Copa victory.Coutinho takes centre stageThe Barcelona attacker struggled at Camp Nou in 2018-19, leading to speculation of a possible return to the Premier League via Chelsea or Manchester United. Coutinho, however, stepped up when Brazil needed him most with his first international brace since scoring a hat-trick against Haiti at the Copa America Centenario.Improvement needed by BrazilIf the half-time boos were any indication, Brazil did not meet expectations prior to the break. Richarlison and Roberto Firmino were virtually non-existent in the first half, while Coutinho and David Neres struggled to make an impact. The Selecao did beat Bolivia but they will be punished against better opposition if they do not improve.What’s next?Brazil will look to make it two wins from two against Venezuela on Tuesday, while Bolivia face Peru on the same day. read more
Luis Enrique has stepped down from his position as Spain head coach, with his assistant Robert Moreno taking over on a permanent basis.Former assistant coach Moreno oversaw Spain’s past three matches after Luis Enrique was granted leave following a family emergency in March and will remain in charge until the end of Euro 2020.Moreno and the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) were keen to see the former Barcelona boss return for the next international break in September. 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? However, it was confirmed on Wednesday that Moreno will take on the job on a full-time basis in the latest coaching change for La Roja.”Luis Enrique has informed us that he will not continue as coach. I have to thank him, he has behaved with the RFEF in a ’10’ manner, we do not have the slightest rebuke. Our doors will always be open to him,” said RFEF president Luis Rubiales.”The decision of the RFEF is to trust Robert Moreno as the coach. He will continue on the same duration of the contract that was already signed. He will be in charge of taking us to Euro 2020 and of doing a good job if we qualify.”Moreno said: “I want to thank you [the RFEF] for placing your trust in us. It’s a bittersweet day.”I didn’t expect to be the head coach this way. We are going to try to continue the high-level work that Luis started.”And Luis Enrique also released a statement concerning his departure, stating: “As the reasons preventing me from carrying out my duties as national team coach since March continue today, I’ve decided to step down. “I’d like to thank the staff and players for their professionalism. Not forgetting the media for your discretion and respect.”Spain sacked Julen Lopetegui on the eve of last year’s World Cup after he agreed a deal with Real Madrid, before Luis Enrique came in for Fernando Hierro following an underwhelming tournament in Russia.The three-time European champions finished second behind England in their Nations League group but have since won their opening four Euro 2020 qualifiers.And their next set of qualification fixtures in Group F are scheduled for September 5 and 8, where they will face Romania and Faroe Islands respectively.
Alberto Moreno has paid tribute to Liverpool and their supporters following his release, thanking them for allowing him to play “a smal part” in the club’s storied history.The former Sevilla man, who spent five seasons with the Reds, was released by the club following their Champions League success last month, in which he was an unused substitute.The 26-year-old has struggled for game-time in 2018-19, with Andrew Robertson preferred in his position, though he did feature in both the Premier League and Europe for Jurgen Klopp’s men. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare With limited chances however, the Spaniard has now bid farewell to Anfield as he looks to head to pastures new.“Hi Reds,” he began in a lengthy post in both English and Spanish written on his Twitter feed.“Life goes in cycles, and mine at my beloved Liverpool FC has drawn to an end.”Upon reaching this point, I would like to thank the entire Liverpool family: my dear teammates, with whom I have shared five marvellous years and who I will forever think of a family, and of course, the owners, directors, coaching staff, doctos, physios, kitmen, and each and every person at the club.“Thank you for making me a better footballer and, above all, a better person; for helping me fulfil one of my childhood dreams by winning the Champions League and, in doing so, to become a small part of the history of this great club.“My gratitude too to the city, which embraced me as one of its own from day one and which will live on in my memory whenever I look at my son, Alberto Jr., a Liverpudlian himself.”Finally, a very special thank you to the club’s superb fans, who always supported me. I wish you all at Liverpool FC the greatest successes. Wherever life takes me from here, I will always carry you in my heart and forever be a fan.Moreno concluded with a proud “You’ll never walk alone!” as he signed off for the last time with the Reds.Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
The Court of Arbitration for Sport has rejected the Palestine Football Association president’s appeal against a 12-month ban for “inciting hatred and violence” against Lionel Messi.Ahead of Argentina’s scheduled pre-World Cup friendly against Israel in June 2018, Jibril Rajoub spoke out about the match amid the conflict and political tension between Israelis and Palestinians.The match was due to take place in Teddy Stadium, Jerusalem, a ground built on land said to have belonged to a Palestinian village before its destruction in 1948. 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? Rajoub urged fans to target Messi and incited them to burn shirts bearing the Barcelona star’s name.He said: “He’s a big symbol so we are going to target him personally and we call on all to burn his picture and his shirt and to abandon him.”We still hope that Messi will not come.”The match was ultimately cancelled.The Israel embassy took decisive action, saying in a statement at the time: “The Israeli embassy is sad to announce the suspension of the match between the Israel and Argentina national teams scheduled for Saturday June 9, as a warm-up for the Russia World Cup.“The threats and provocations directed at Lionel Messi, which logically aroused the solidarity of his colleagues and fear of playing the friendly, are no strangers to the daily life of Israel’s civilian population whose sporting stars, to put it simply, have been on numerous occasions the targets of violence and attacks.”The friendship between Argentina and Israel, which will soon celebrate its 70th anniversary, is not about a football match. The democratic country and plural state (composed of Jews, Muslims and Christians), will always eagerly await the chance to receive one of the stars of Argentine sport.”FIFA received a complaint from the Israeli Football Association and Rajoub was given a 12-month ban from all matches at any level until August 23, 2019, while also being fined 20,000 Swiss francs (€18,056).His appeal to FIFA was rejected in September, two months before he raised the case with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).Rajoub has again been unsuccessful in fighting the punishment, with the CAS panel adjudging him to have “failed to establish that any procedural violations were committed in the proceedings before the FIFA disciplinary committee… that could justify the annulment of such decisions”.CAS, in its statement, added: “Accordingly, the CAS panel dismissed the appeal and confirmed FIFA appeal committee decision of 24 September 2018.”