TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Neville: Solskjaer signing right players for Man Utdby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville supports manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s approach to the transfer market.Neville feels focusing on the long-term is the right approach.He told TV2: “Ole does everything to make the club stay where it belongs instead of recruiting players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Radamel Falcao, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Marcos Rojo (sic), who have all come and gone.”They have to recruit players for the next five or ten years as Manchester City did Sergio Agüero, David Silva, Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta, Kevin De Bruyne and Fernandinho.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Guivarc’h hails France matchwinner Giroudby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrench World Cup winner Stéphane Guivarc’h praised matchwinner Olivier Giroud yesterday.The Chelsea striker hit the only goal of their Euros qualifying win over Iceland.And ex-Newcastle forward said: “He plays little in England. 17 minutes last month and yet he gives (France coach Didier) Deschamps the confidence that he gives him. “He was great in fighting spirit and had the talent to turn the penalty. “Congratulations to him.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal, Everton chasing Athletic Bilbao defender Unai Nunezby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePremier League interest is growing in Athletic Bilbao defender Unai Nunez.Marca says Arsenal and Everton are keen on the 22-year-old Spaniard.The Gunners have already sent scouts to Athletic matches several times to watch Nunez this season.His contract with Bilbao runs to 2022. The deal includes in the amount of €30m.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea striker Abraham: Ajax clash massive, massiveby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Tammy Abraham has declared their Champions League clash with Ajax as “massive, massive”.Abraham insists they’re capable of winning in Amsterdam.He said, “We know it’s a massive game for us. “Massive, massive. Ajax are like us, they have a lot of young players who like to keep the ball and play good football. Off the ball as well they like to win it back quickly.”We know it’s not going to be easy, but I believe in myself and my team that we can hopefully get a result there.”We got ourselves back on track in Lille. It’s not an easy place to go to, we dug deep and got that win. Who says we can’t do the same at Ajax?”
minnesota frogger tcuThe Big Ten just released its prime-time schedule on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC for the 2015 season. The Minnesota Golden Gophers will host a pair of night games, including their season opener against TCU on Thursday, Sept. 3. Minnesota promoted its prime-time contest against the Horned Frogs with this humorous graphic based on the classic 1980s arcade game, Frogger. Round One. Primetime on @ESPN. pic.twitter.com/0e4k11ixHC— Minnesota Football (@GopherFootball) April 23, 2015Pretty cool, and Minnesota didn’t stop there. For their Halloween night game against Michigan, they used a Gopher in a Jason mask from the Friday the 13th movie series.Happy Halloween, #Gophers. Primetime on @ABCNetwork, @ESPN or ESPN2. pic.twitter.com/5AMcXj3EHM— Minnesota Football (@GopherFootball) April 23, 2015Nice touch again, but perhaps a Mike Myers mask from the old Halloween movies would have been better.
Jonathan Williams missed the 2015 season at Arkansas, but the former Razorback star did not go undrafted as a result. Williams went in the fifth round to the Buffalo Bills, and at today’s NFLPA Rookie Premiere, we got our first look at Williams in his full Bills uniform. Williams was an immensely popular Razorback. The Bills will definitely have a few more fans down in The Natural State, especially if Williams carves out a significant role with the team.
YouTube/Colin CowherdColin Cowherd spent the entire 2015 season mocking the undefeated Iowa Hawkeyes. This year, he’s starting to clown Nebraska along those same lines.Cowherd was brutal towards the Hawkeyes as they ran through the regular season undefeated, before losing to Michigan State and Stanford in the Big Ten Championship and Rose Bowl, respectively. He ripped the program’s weak non-conference scheduling, and in November, called Iowa a “‘C’ student who got an ‘A’ on a test,” a “fraud,” and often said Iowa’s undefeated record was the college football equivalent of having a fake I.D.Even after the season, Cowherd trolled Iowa when the Hawkeyes only had one player drafted.Iowa has lost a few times already this year, so Cowherd needs a new target, and on Wednesday he found it: the Nebraska Cornhuskers. He framed his argument, comparing Nebraska fans to Iowa fans at this point last year, complaining about a lack of respect despite an undefeated record. He gives Nebraska a bit more credit for the schedule, but ultimately says that this year’s Huskers are the same thing as last year’s Hawkeyes.Colin Cowherd is clearly trying to rile up those same Nebraska fans. Of course, this comes ahead of the Huskers’ biggest game of the year thus far. No. 7 Nebraska travels to No. 11 Wisconsin, which is 5-2, but has two close losses to Michigan and Ohio State, and is extremely battle tested. The winner will take the mantle of Big Ten West favorite. If Nebraska pulls it out at Camp Randall, it will be hard to argue that they aren’t legit, considering how good Wisconsin has looked this year.Wisconsin-Nebraska is set for a 7:00 p.m. ET kick-off. The game will be broadcast on ESPN. Wisconsin opened as a 7.5-point favorite at home, and that line has moved farther in the Badgers favor thus far, according to OddsShark.
Jurgen Klopp accepted he would be judged on trophies despite insisting he will never forget Liverpool’s “brilliant season”.Liverpool have a chance to win their first piece of silverware under Klopp when they face Tottenham in the Champions League final in Madrid on Saturday.Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino defended Klopp, saying the German should not be judged for losing two Champions League deciders. 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? While he agreed with Pochettino, Klopp said he knew why he would be judged based on trophies.”I think Poch is right but that’s not important,” he said, via The Guardian.”The thing is, you – the outside world – it is your right to judge us by what we win and what we don’t win.”Look back in 20 years and nobody will talk about our brilliant season unless another team comes close to 97 points but for me, as a person, it will stay forever.”That is probably what Poch is like as well but the outside world is like this and we have to accept that. To judge a coach by what he is winning is a silly thing because we all have different circumstances. We all have different teams, different clubs. We have to fight with or against different things.””Whatever you had in the past, it helps, but you need to be ready for this game.”It’s been a memorable season but we need YOU one last time. pic.twitter.com/rrzGfcXl7t— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 31, 2019Klopp has already lost three finals since taking charge of Liverpool in October 2015, including last year’s European decider.But the former Borussia Dortmund boss said there was more to judge coaches on than just silverware.”Coaches, most of us, judge each other not on trophies. And not because most of us don’t win but because we know about the job,” Klopp said.”I don’t say [Manchester City manager] Pep Guardiola is the best – which is what I really think – because he constantly wins the league he’s in.”It’s because of the football they play and the things he’s doing.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
It was not pretty, nor particularly convincing at times, but Brazil will take it – and so will Philippe Coutinho. With a little help from the struggling Barcelona star and a welcome hand from VAR, the Copa America hosts overcame the loss of Neymar and sealed a 3-0 victory over Bolivia that on another day could have finished with a result far less favourable to the South American giants. The Selecao caused the first stir of the Copa America as they walked out decked in white, a nod to their original colours that were all but jettisoned in the wake of the 1950 World Cup ‘Maracanazo’ at the hands of Uruguay in favour of the now more familiar yellow. By the time the whistle blew for the end of the first half, though, the overall mood was rather grey. Bolivia have proved tricky opening game opposition for more than a few nations in the Copa and so they proved again, ceding control of the ball and inviting their illustrious rivals to try and break them down. 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? By and large Tite’s men fell short. There were a few interesting incursions into Bolivian territory, mostly inspired by the lively Richarlison, and no end of possession, corners and snatched chances. Overall, though, their approaches on goal were stilted and predictable, giving the Verde plenty of time to regroup and repel. Bolivia goalkeeper Carlos Lampe had little reason to feel threatened over the first 45 minutes and was barely called into action despite the intense home pressure. Brazil were reduced to seeing Fernandinho take speculative efforts from well outside the area, hardly the sign of a well-drilled attacking unit. The end of the half was greeted by a hail of boos and jeers from a frustrated Morumbi crowd which had spent much of the game in stony silence, furious at the lack of spark and invention shown by the pedestrian Selecao. It did not take long for those in Sao Paulo to find their voice after the restart. A matter of minutes into the second half Bolivia found themselves cursing VAR when referee Nestor Pitana turned to the technology – present for the first time at a Copa – to investigate a marginal handball. The Argentine pointed to the spot and up stepped Coutinho, giving Lampe no chance with a fine hit to the keeper’s right-hand side to give Brazil a lead that looked unlikely to arrive through open play. That advantage established, the rest of the game was a stroll. Barely 120 seconds had passed before Coutinho found himself celebrating again, nodding home a free header teed up perfectly by former Liverpool team-mate Roberto Firmino, the first time Bolivia had been really exposed by the hosts and favourites. It was the perfect response from Coutinho, who endured a disappointing term with Barca and was not even certain of a starting spot at the Copa before Neymar’s ankle injury and the subsequent tactical reshuffle ended any doubts over his selection. He would doubtlessly benefit from the presence of another passer in the Brazil midfield, rather than the staid defensive combination of Casemiro and Fernandinho, to aid him in his creative endeavours; but the much-derided playmaker nevertheless stood up when the Selecao needed a hero and sent them through a tricky first Group A match with three points. Brazil, meanwhile, will hope certain pre-competition nerves have been banished for good following this underwhelming introduction to the Copa. Certainly, they will need to show more against Venezuela and Peru, both more accomplished sides than their rival on Friday. The only real moment of dazzling individual skill came late on, from the boot of late substitute Everton, who let fly with a wonderful long-range shot to put the game out of reach at 3-0. But the show is on the road for the hosts, who proved that the absence of Neymar is not an insurmountable obstacle. With Coutinho finding his feet, and the proper application of VAR, the Selecao dug themselves out of a hole and can now look forward to hopefully more impressive displays to come.
Liverpool midfielder Herbie Kane is expected to complete a loan move to the Championship this week.Hull City, Brentford and Charlton Athletic are all keen on signing the 20-year-old, who enjoyed a standout campaign at Doncaster Rovers in League One last term.Millwall and Luton Town have also expressed an interest in the former Bristol City youngster, who has been training and playing with Liverpool’s under-23 side for the past 10 days. 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? Kane is yet to make a senior appearance for the Reds, but played 49 times for Doncaster last season, scoring seven times as Grant McCann’s side reached the play-off semi-finals, where they were beaten by Charlton.McCann has since moved on to Hull, and hopes to use his existing relationship with Liverpool, and with Kane, to secure a season-long deal. The Tigers have also enquired about the availability of Ben Woodburn.Kane was scheduled to be part of the under-23 team that travelled to Scotland to face The Spartans FC in Edinburgh on Monday evening, but it remains to be seen whether that will be the case. He played 90 minutes last Wednesday as Neil Critchley’s side drew 0-0 with Crewe at Kirkby.Liverpool are set to give both Harry Wilson and Ryan Kent the chance to shine on the club’s three-game tour of the USA. The Reds depart for South Bend, Indiana on Wednesday and the young wingers are both expected to be in the travelling party. Both featured in the win over Tranmere on Thursday night and in Sunday’s 3-1 win against Bradford.Both players will have suitors, both loan and permanent, but with numbers depleted, particularly in attacking areas, Jurgen Klopp is keen to give them further opportunities. Bobby Duncan, the top scorer for Barry Lewtas’ under-18s side last season, has featured in both friendlies so far and will be hoping to make the cut for the US tour, though the returns of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson, Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum mean Klopp’s squad should have a more senior look to it.Liverpool are still yet to discover the full extent of the knee injury sustained by Paul Glatzel against Tranmere, amid fears the 18-year-old could face a lengthy spell on the sidelines, while young goalkeeper Vitezslav Jaros has been ruled out for the rest of the Reds’ pre-season campaign after damaging ligaments in his elbow during a training session at Melwood. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web