Arsenal team news & likely line-up vs Bournemouth

first_imgArsenal Arsenal Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Bournemouth Chris Wheatley Last updated 1 year ago 16:30 1/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alexis Sanchez Arsenal Getty Images Arsenal AFC Bournemouth v Arsenal AFC Bournemouth Premier League Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Vitality Stadium on Sunday Arsenal travel to face Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday, hoping to record their first victory of 2018. The Gunners were knocked out of the FA Cup third round to Nottingham Forest last week and now face the prospect of Alexis Sanchez leaving the club this month, with Manchester City and Manchester United circling.Wenger’s side won comfortably in the reverse fixture at Emirates Stadium in September and the Frenchman will be fully aware of the task at hand following last season’s 3-3 draw on the south coast.”There’s a massive importance for these kinds of games, of course. We have been distracted a little bit by the cups, but now we have to come back to the Premier League. It’s a very, very big game,” Wenger said.Wenger will serve the final match of his three-match touchline ban on Sunday.ARSENAL INJURIES Jack Wilshere’s ankle injury sustained during the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Chelsea isn’t as bad as first feared, but Mesut Ozil faces a late fitness test on a troublesome knee injury.Laurent Koscielny, Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal are all ruled out but should be fit by next week, while Olivier Giroud is two weeks from a return to fitness.”From Wednesday night, we had of course Jack, who was injured,” said Wenger. 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 “We had very good news yesterday morning. I saw him walking normally and his scan was good. He’s not out of the game on Sunday yet, so that is positive news. We’ll have Ramsey back in the squad. We have an uncertainty over Ozil, who will have a test earliest tomorrow. That at the moment is a bit 50-50. All the other players will still be out for Bournemouth.”Spanish midfield maestro Santi Cazorla remains a long-term absentee with an Achilles injury.Mesut Ozil ArsenalARSENAL SUSPENSIONS Arsenal have no players suspended for this game.ARSENAL POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UPWenger is missing several first-team players for Sunday’s game and will almost certainly continue with Ainsley Maitland-Niles at left-back.Jack Wilshere faces a late fitness test over an ankle injury sustained at Stamford Bridge, and if he’s passed fit then his central midfield partnership with Granit Xhaka will continue.Wantaway forward Alexis Sanchez was named on the substitutes bench against Chelsea but Wenger may decide to bring him back for this one, while either Alex Iwobi or Danny Welbeck will support Alexandre Lacazette in attack.Arsenal XIBOURNEMOUTH TEAM NEWS Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is without Jermain Defoe for the game against Arsenal after the forward fractured his right ankle in the Carabao Cup quarter-final at Chelsea last month.Joshua King is out with a hamstring injury while winger Ryan Fraser also looks set to miss the game with the same issue.The Cherries are unbeaten in their last three top-flight games and will surely take confidence from last season’s enthralling 3-3 draw between the two sides.Callum Wilson is the club’s top scorer with six goals to his name so far this season.Eddie Howe BournemouthBEST OPTA MATCH FACTS Bournemouth haven’t won any of their six games in all competitions against Arsenal (D1 L5), conceding at least twice in every match. Arsenal fought from 3-0 down to earn a point in this exact fixture last season, the only time they’ve ever come back from such a deficit in the Premier League. The Cherries have conceded in each of their last nine Premier League games – only Stoke (12) are on a longer current run coming into this matchday. Bournemouth won their last home league match, against Everton. They’ve not won back-to-back Premier League games at the Vitality Stadium since March 2017. Arsenal have conceded four penalty goals in their last three games in all competitions – the two conceded in the Premier League have cost them a total of four points, while they also conceded two against Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup to help see them eliminated from the competition. The last time Arsenal drew three consecutive Premier League games was in September 2014; while they’ve not drawn three in a row when scoring the first goal since December 2008. Alexandre Lacazette hasn’t scored in any of his last seven Premier League games; it’s his longest run without a goal in league competition since a run of 10 between February and May 2013. TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME The match is being televised on Sky Sports in the UK, while in the United States, Bournemouth vs. Arsenal can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .last_img read more

Arsenal January transfer news LIVE

first_imgTransfers Arsenal January transfer news LIVE: Injury could stop Evans move Last updated 1 year ago 22:00 1/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Arsenal Premier League Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Gunners as the January transfer window heats up Pardew: Injury could stop Evans moveWest Brom boss Alan Pardew has suggested a hamstring injury suffered by Jonny Evans in Saturday’s FA Cup win over Liverpool could scupper a January move for the Northern Ireland defender.Pardew revealed on Friday that the club have received approaches for the 30-year-old but that none had met the Baggies’ valuation of the player, who has 18 months left on his contract.Read his full comments on Goal. 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 Pellegri explains Monaco movePietro Pellegri MonacoItalian wonderkid Pietro Pellegri has explained that Monaco’s famous talent for youth development persuaded him to choose the club over a host of top European sides.Monaco completed the signing of 16-year-old Pellegri from Genoa for a reported fee of €25 million on Saturday.The forward, who was linked with Serie A champions Juventus as well as Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United, has agreed a long-term deal at Stade Louis II.Read the full story on Goal right here! Arsenal & Chelsea scout Rochdale teenagerRochdale manager Keith HillArsenal and Chelsea have both made enquiries about signing Rochdale’s teenage midfielder Daniel Adshead, reports ESPN .The 16-year-old has made seven appearances for Dale this season after making his first-team debut for the League One club back in September.He has been scouted regularly by Arsenal and Chelsea, who are now preparing to step up their interest as Rochdale manager Keith Hill attempts to hold on to Adshead.Gibbs-White agrees Wolves dealMorgan Gibbs-White, WolvesWolves teenager Morgan Gibbs-White has agreed a professional contract with the Championship leaders, reports The Sun .Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham all showed interest in Gibbs-White, who impressed for England at the Under 17 World Cup last year.However, the midfielder has decided to commit his future to Wolves and stay at Molineux, rather than push for a move to the Premier League.Juve move for Arsenal target CarrascoYannick Carrasco, Atletico Madrid, 17/18Juventus have opened talks for Arsenal target Ferreira Carrasco according to Sky Sports Italia (via  CalcioMercato ). The Belgian has a €100 million release clause in his contract with Atletico Madrid, and the Serie A side are desperate to replace the recently injured Juan Cuadrado. Burnley eye Holding loanRob Holding ArsenalBurnley are keen on signing Arsenal defender Rob Holding on a loan deal until the end of the season, according to  The Sun on Sunday .Clarets boss Sean Dyche wants to add more competition for first-choice centre-backs Ben Mee and James Tarkowski, and sees Holding as the ideal alternative.The Gunners will only consider letting Holding leave, though, if they can secure a move for West Brom’s Jonny Evans.Arsenal told to pay up for AubameyangPierre-Emerick AubameyangBorussia Dortmund have told Arsenal to pay up for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this month, according to the Daily Star .The Gunners are interested in signing the Gabon international but have thus far refused to meet Dortmund’s £55m valuation.A £45m bid was rejected by the German club, who are determined to play hardball as they attempt to retain their key man.Mourinho: Alexis was cheap!Alexis Sanchez Manchester UnitedJose Mourinho has insisted that Alexis Sanchez was a “cheap” signing for Manchester United, despite his astronomical wages.”He was cheap, wasn’t he?” said Mourinho. “A free transfer! He was free. For that price, he is fantastic. I think everyone thinks the same in this country.”You can read his full comments here. Dortmund issue Aubameyang warningPierre-Emerick AubameyangDortmund have told Arsenal that they will not easily be parted with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Speaking to Sky Sports, Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said: “We have our position, just as last summer when Barcelona tried to sign him. We are willing to work on a transfer if certain criteria are met.”Arsenal have tried several times but we have refused everything up until now. Either our demands will be fulfilled and there will be a transfer, or they won’t be and Auba plays for Dortmund until the summer.Read the full story on Goal Arsenal agree terms with BenzemaKarim Benzema, Real Madrid Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has agreed personal terms with Arsenal for a summer move, reports Diario Gol .  The France striker’s transfer to London is still up in the air, however, with Madrid demanding €60m for the 30-year-old and Arsenal only prepared to pay €40m.last_img read more

Pique: It’s Barca or nothing for me!

first_imgPiqué ‘It’s Barcelona or nothing’ – Pique wants lifelong stay Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 00:50 1/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() gerard pique - cropped Getty Images Barcelona Espanyol Primera División The 30-year-old centre-back signed a new deal with the Catalan club and plans to remain there until the end of his playing days Gerard Pique says he did not consider leaving Barcelona before signing his new contract, insisting it’s the Camp Nou club “or nothing” for him.The centre-back committed a new deal this month that will see him tied to Barca until 2022, when he will be 35, and he has every intention of retiring at the club.”I always had the feeling I was going to stay and I never considered another option. I hope to stay for life,” he said at a press conference. 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 “Obviously I thought about my family and my kids, who don’t want to move. I hope to keep being competitive until I retire, and I hope that’s here. It’s Barca or nothing.”Despite enjoying a superb season for the LaLiga leaders, Pique says he still plans to call time on his international career after the World Cup in Russia.”The most logical thing is to leave after the World Cup,” he said. “There are stages in life in which you have to bring things to a close because of motivation.”The national team has given me a lot but it’s the normal thing to leave the national team when the World Cup ends.”The 30-year-old was caught up in another controversy recently when he caused a row with local rivals Espanyol following their Copa del Rey quarter-final win.Speaking after the 2-0 second-leg victory last Thursday, which ensured a 2-1 aggregate triumph, Pique referred to Barca’s neighbours as “Espanyol de Cornella”, implying they should no longer be considered a Barcelona club since their move to the Catalan municipality of Cornella de Llobregat.Espanyol asked the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) to investigate the remarks, accusing Pique of using “a clearly derogatory tone”, but the centre-back is not taking his words back.”I don’t regret it and I don’t think I’ll talk about this topic,” he said. “I’m here for the career I’ve had at Barca and I want to enjoy it. “I’m going to play on Saturday or Sunday and I’ll give you headlines in the mixed zone, if you like.”Pique went on to use the example of basketball side Juventud de Badalona to support his comments, adding: “Juventud played this weekend at the Palau [the arena in Badalona]. They are Juventud de Badalona. Espanyol are from Cornella, that’s a no-brainer.”The Spain international is no stranger to controversy, but he believes he has mellowed somewhat this season when it comes to antagonising fierce rivals Real Madrid.”You will not see a word against Madrid, nor have I spoken about Madrid this season,” he said. “Sometimes you’re more involved in controversy and at other times you’re disconnected. I don’t know. We’ll see.”To analyse it well, you’d have to be in both places. When things go well here, they’re not going well there. We’re going to enjoy it until the end of the season and we’ll see if we can win titles.”last_img read more

West Ham sack head of recruitment over racism reports

first_imgWest Ham United West Ham sack head of recruitment following alleged criticism of African players Goal 02:51 2/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy West Ham Getty Images West Ham United Premier League The Hammers released a club statement on Friday evening announcing the departure of Tony Henry following an investigation West Ham have sacked head of recruitment Tony Henry following allegations he sent messages to an agent saying the club did not want to sign African players.The Hammers released a club statement on Friday evening announcing the departure of Henry following a “full and thorough” investigation.British newspaper The Daily Mail claimed to have seen emails from Henry speaking disparagingly about players from Africa, recalling difficulties the club had with Senegalese striker Diafra Sakho. 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 It was reported that Henry had said African players “cause mayhem” when not selected in the team.Sakho was sold to Rennes in January, ending a tough time at London Stadium affected by injury.It was announced on Thursday that Henry had been suspended but West Ham have now terminated his contract following an investigation.The club statement reads: “West Ham United have today terminated the contract of Director of Player Recruitment, Tony Henry, with immediate effect following his unacceptable comments that were widely reported in the press.  “Our action follows a full and thorough investigation. “West Ham United will not tolerate any type of discrimination. “The West Ham United family is an inclusive one where, regardless of gender, age, ability, race, religion or sexual orientation, everybody feels welcome and included.”The Football Association (FA) confirmed it is investigating the reports surrounding Henry on Thursday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Sunderland suspend Gibson

first_imgChampionship Sunderland suspend Gibson after drink-driving charge Ryan Benson 19:45 18/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy gibson-cropped Getty Images Championship Sunderland The former Manchester United midfielder was charged with “driving with excess alcohol” after his involvement in a road traffic accident Championship strugglers Sunderland have announced that they have suspended midfielder Darron Gibson after he was charged for “driving with excess alcohol” on Saturday.Gibson, who came through the ranks at Manchester United and also played for Everton, was involved in a road traffic accident and later charged for being under the influence.The Republic of Ireland international had only recently been allowed back on the road following a 20-month driving ban for hitting a cyclist while driving, also with “excess alcohol” in his system on that occasion. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Gibson, 30, has played 15 times in the Championship this season, but is unlikely to feature again soon as Sunderland have opted to suspend him and investigate.Club statement regarding Darron Gibson— Sunderland AFC  (@SunderlandAFC) March 18, 2018Club chief executive Martin Blain said: “We expect the highest standard of behaviour from our players and should any individual fall short of those standards then robust action must be taken.”last_img read more

Report: South Korea 2 Honduras 0

first_imgSouth Korea 2 Honduras 0: Son and Moon shine in comfortable win Guy Atkinson 21:01 5/28/18 Son Heung-min - cropped Getty Images Son Heung-min and Moon Seon-min were on target as South Korea brushed aside Honduras in the first of their World Cup warm-ups. South Korea warmed up for the World Cup with a 2-0 win over Honduras at the Daegu Stadium on Monday.After a dominant but scoreless first half, the hosts finally found a breakthrough just past the hour when talismanic forward Son Heung-min lashed home a left-footed strike from 25 yards.That was followed 12 minutes later by a cool close-range finish from substitute Moon Seon-min after impressive work down the left by Hwang Hee-chan. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Earlier, Shin Tae-yong’s side could twice have taken the lead in the space of three first-half minutes. First, Lee Seung-woo’s right-footed effort flashed wide before Tottenham forward Son’s clipped effort over the onrushing Donis Escober dribbled agonisingly past the near post.Son’s stunning strike then gave them the lead they so richly deserved before Moon ensured the scoreline more accurately reflected their dominance.South Korea now face further friendlies against Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bolivia and Senegal before their Group F campaign kicks off against Sweden on June 18 in Nizhny Novgorod.last_img read more

England vs Costa Rica: TV, stream & preview

first_imgEngland v Costa Rica England vs Costa Rica: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 14:05 6/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Harry Kane England 2017-18 Getty Images England v Costa Rica England Costa Rica Friendlies The Three Lions will hope to arrive in Russia clutching a convincing victory under their belts as they prepare for a send-off in Leeds England conclude their World Cup warm-up schedule when they face off against fellow World Cup-bound side Costa Rica at Elland Road in Leeds.Gareth Southgate’s side come into the game on the back of a 2-1 victory over Nigeria and they will be looking for a similar result as they look to arrive in Russia on a high.The win over Nigeria stretched the Three Lions’ unbeaten run to nine games, a streak that also includes draws against Brazil, Germany and Italy, as well as a win over the Netherlands. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Los Ticos also come into the game full of confidence, having defeated Northern Ireland 3-0 in San Jose over the weekend, and they have one final friendly to go – against Belgium – before embarking on their own World Cup odyssey. Game England vs Costa Rica Date Thursday, June 7 Time 8:00pm BST / 3:00pm ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream FOX Sports 1 fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on ITV or streamed live online using the ITV Player. UK TV channel Online stream ITV ITV Player Squads & Team News Position England players Goalkeepers Pickford, Pope, Butland Defenders Walker, Rose, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Cahill, Jones, Delph, Young, Alexander-Arnold Midfielders Dier, Lingard, Henderson, Alli, Loftus-Cheek Forwards Kane, Sterling, Vardy, Welbeck, Rashford Having played Jordan Pickford for the entirety of the game against Nigeria, Southgate has indicated that Jack Butland will play against Costa Rica.With a fully fit squad to choose from, there is likely to be experimentation elsewhere on the pitch as the Three Lions boss figures out the best approach for Russia.Potential England XI: Butland; Walker, Stones, Maguire; Rose, Alexander-Arnold, Dier, Henderson, Alli; Sterling, Kane. Position Costa Rica players Goalkeepers Navas, Pemberton, Moreira Defenders Acosta, Gonzalez, Smith, Duarte, Oviedo, Calvo, Gamboa, Waston, Matarrita Midfielders Borges, Bolanos, Colindres, Wallace, Azofeifa, Tejeda, Guzman Forwards Campbell, Ruiz, Venegas, Urena Costa Rica’s squad for the World Cup was confirmed on June 4 and there are plenty of talented figures within Oscar Ramirez’s 23-man panel, including Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas.Navas was taken off after just 35 minutes in the win over Northern Ireland, but should be fit to feature against England. Otherwise, Leonel Moreira could get the nod.In attack, Arsenal winger Joel Campbell offers a potent threat alongside captain Bryan Ruiz.Potential Costa Rica XI: Navas; Acosta, Gonzalez, Duarte; Oviedo, Gamboa, Guzman, Borges, Campbell, Colindres; Ruiz. Betting & Match Odds England are 4/11 favourites to win the match according to dabblebet, with Costa Rica commanding odds of 15/2. A draw between the teams is a 10/3 bet.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Raheem Sterling England 2018England’s clash against Costa Rica is the last chance for Southgate to run the rule over his squad ahead of their opening World Cup game against Tunisia, which takes place 11 days later.Naturally enough, the strutiny has begun to intensify on his panel, with the controversy over Raheem Sterling’s tattoo and Danny Rose’s concerns over racism already taking the focus away from what’s happening on the pitch, so the Three Lions boss will have to work hard to ensure the players keep their eyes on the prize.And, with places in the starting XI still ostensibly up for grabs they will have to remain tuned in for the visit of Costa Rica, who are sure to provide a suitably stern test before things get serious.Los Ticos made light work of Michael O’Neill’s workmanlike Northern Ireland in their last outing and also claimed victory over Scotland back in March, so they appear to be well matched with England, but their form has been erratic, with defeats to Spain, Hungary and Tunisia also blotting their recent record.The result of the game will ultimately pale into insigificance come June 18 in Volgograd and the chief concern for Southgate will be for his players to come through the exercise unscathed, but primed for battle.last_img read more

World Cup 2018 opening ceremony details

first_imgWorld Cup World Cup opening ceremony: When is it, who is performing & all you need to know about Moscow event Goal Last updated 1 year ago 21:00 6/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Luzhniki Stadium Getty World Cup Ahead of the opening ceremony to kick off this summer’s tournament in Russia, Goal takes a look at who will perform and where it will be held With the World Cup set to begin imminently on June 14, there is still the matter of the opening ceremony to take place. These ceremonies, which typically precede the opening fixture, are opportunities for the host country to show off their culture and traditions in the form of dancers and performers, and also feature big-name headline acts.Goal takes a look at who will be performing at this year’s ceremony in Russia and more.When will the World Cup 2018 opening ceremony take place? This year’s opening ceremony ahead of the finals in Russia will be held on Thursday June 14 at 3:30pm BST (10:30am EST), 30 minutes before the opening match of the tournament between Russia and Saudi Arabia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move This is far closer to kick-off than is traditional, so the organisers will be hoping there’s no technical hitches in the opening ceremony that delay the start of the tournament proper.Where will the World Cup 2018 opening ceremony be held? Luzhniki StadiumThe ceremony will take place at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow – the national stadium of Russia – which is also where the final of the tournament will be held. It is the largest stadium in Russia with a seating capacity of 80,000 and has hosted a myriad of global events.It was the venue of a recent friendly game between home nation Russia and Brazil, where the South American team won 3-0 The stadium is also home to the Russian national team.The likes of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Michael Jackson, Madonna and Metallica have all performed at the Luzhniki Stadium. The stadium was also the venue for the 2008 Champions League final, where Manchester United beat Chelsea in a penalty shootout.Who will perform at the Russia 2018 opening ceremony?Bizarrely, UK pop star Robbie Williams will be performing at the opening ceremony, which is being curated by Russia’s Channel One, as well as renowned soprano Aida Garifullina.“I’m so happy and excited to be going back to Russia for such a unique performance,” says Williams, who’s probably best-known for his songs around the turn of the millennium such as Angels and Rock DJ. “I’ve done a lot in my career, and opening the FIFA World Cup to 80,000 football fans in the stadium and many millions all over the world is a boyhood dream.”Ronaldo, hero for Brazil at the 2002 World Cup, will also feature in World Cup 2018 opening ceremony representing “the football glory that all players will be hoping to achieve on Russian soil” according to FIFA.”Of course it is also an emotional one for the hosts,” he told FIFA’s official website. “After so much hard work, suddenly the whole world is gathered in your backyard to celebrate their love for football. I felt that in Brazil four years ago and I am now happy to share this excitement with the Russians as well.”In addition to the ceremony taking place at the Luzhniki Stadium, there will be another concert occurring at the Red Square in Moscow where stars such as Placido Dominguez and Juan Diego Flores will perform.Who are previous World Cup opening ceremony performers?Shakira and Pitbull were the two headliners for the last opening ceremony held in Brazil, performing the tournament’s official song “We Are One (Ole Ola)”. Dancers and performers also featured, with homages tributes to Brazilian culture and heritage.Before the start of the 2010 World Cup held at the Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, performers included Thandiswa Mazwai, Timothy Moloi, Hugh Masekela, Khaled, Femi Kuti, Osibisa, R. Kelly, TKZee, Hip Hop Pantsula and the Soweto Gospel Choir.To kick off the 2006 finals in Germany, a Bavarian band dressed in lederhosen performed.last_img read more

X-Blades ‘Speed’ Promotion

first_imgTouch Football Australia’s official footwear supplier, X-Blades, has another great deal for the Touch Football community.Pre-order any of the new lightweight Speed range – the Legend Speed, Sniper Speed or Sniper Speed ST before Friday, 20 September for delivery in early October, and you will receive a free Blades gym sack and free delivery. For 2013 X-Blades National Youth Championships participants, X-Blades will be at next week’s event, so be sure to check out their fantastic range there and pre-order your new Speed boots!To pre-order your pair of boots from the Speed range, please visit the following X-Blades is also running a ‘design your own boot’ competition in the lead up to the Rugby League World Cup in the UK, with the chance to design your own boot or win tickets to the event. For more information, please watch the video below:Stay tuned to for more great deals from X-Blades. Related Files14_legend_speed-outstep-jpg14_sniper_speed_st-outstep-jpg14_sniper_speed-outstep-jpgRelated LinksX-Blades Promotionlast_img read more

Mixed Fortunes

first_imgAustralia draws first blood in the Trans-Tasman Mixed Open series. In cool conditions at Trusts Arena in Auckland it was the Australian Mixed Open team that signalled the Australian’s intent for this year’s Trans Tasman Series following their emphatic World Cup victory in 2015.New Zealand though to their credit were very strong and brave in defeat: victory clutched away from them in the dying seconds of the match.The match was significant for Elin Mortimer the day after celebrating her birthday notching a hat-trick along with Leah Opie-Lukins enjoying a memorable Trans-Tasman return with three touchdowns to her name as well.  â€œIt was a real arm wrestle to be honest,” Australia’s Assistant Coach, Justin Creighton said post-match. “We came out expecting it be a grind and it was even more-so than we thought. A couple of big moments we needed to win and we didn’t – and that put us under pressure.“We were very happy in the box and felt that if we go through it with our composure and if we keep calm and stick to our processes we would get there in the end.“NZ played a very clever and smart style of game and exploited a few areas we didn’t even know we had so we will work on these. Katherine Stevens in defence and James Blackwood were really strong too as well, but all the guys did great and particularly those on debut tonight.” Dean Springfield opened Australia’s account very early in the opening stanza and set the tone for the Australians scoring within the first minute following a nice sweep play.Elin Mortimer on the left flank danced with the sideline and was the next to score but a quick reply by Danyon Morgan-Puterangi within the next set brought New Zealand right back into the match.Opie-Lukins crossed-out wide at the seventh minute for Australia with Morgan-Puterangi going over for his double early in the match. Mortimer crossed for an early brace at the 15th minute mark, the recipient of another good long ball out wide.The Kiwis’ Mark Hodson scored following great lead-up work again by their number six, Mackenzie Haugh bringing the score to 4-3 and then Sammi Stanton on the cusp of half-time brought the score level to go into the break with the scores all locked-up.Te Tuhi Muir-Tuuta opened the scoring for New Zealand in the first half and Leah Opie-Lukins crossed again out wide on the stroke of half-time taking both teams to the sheds with five in the bank.Within thirty seconds though the Kiwis moved in front for the second time in the match only to see Trent Touma squeezing his first try in near the right corner post to lock the score up again 6-all.New Zealand captain Wiremu Takerei crossed then Katherine Stevens from Australia following some great phase play by Springfield and Lang. Zara Nicholas followed up soon-after with a great touchdown as well.Then a late sweep to the right corner brought Dylan Thompson delivered Opie-Lukins her hat trick.New Zealand wasn’t going away though with Rauwhero scoring wide-out from a brilliant 25m left to right pass just one in arrears.  Te Tuhi Muir-Tuuta scored his double with a minute left to lock-up with scores again.Elin Mortimer scored her hat-trick within the last 30 seconds avoiding the dreaded drop-off and putting the exclamation mark on a very exciting match.Australia can now breathe a sigh of relief and look to wrap up their series in Game Two tomorrow.FINAL SCORE: Australia 10 (Mortimer 3, Opie-Lukins 3, Springfield, Touma, Nicholas, Stevens) defeated New Zealand 9) Muir-Tuuta 2, Morgan-Puterangi 2, Takerei, Stanton, Hodson, Robinson-Bartlett, Rauwhero)Related LinksMixed match reportlast_img read more

a month agoBurnley boss Dyche: Hendrick has much to offer

first_imgBurnley boss Dyche: Hendrick has much to offerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSean Dyche is pleased with the impact of Burnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick.The Burnley boss saw Hendrick’s late goal hand them a 1-1 draw at Brighton last time out. “I just think he can affect the game in so many different ways,” Dyche said of his midfielder.“Probably the biggest thing I’ve spoken to him about is scoring goals – adding to that side of the game.“He’s a big lad, he can head it, he can strike it as you’ve seen. He did very well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoKlopp fumes over penalty as Liverpool fall in Napoli – again

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Klopp fumes over penalty as Liverpool fall in Napoli – againby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp was unhappy with the refereeing in Liverpool’s 2-0 loss to Napoli in the Champions League on Tuesday night.The game looked destined from a draw until Andy Robertson fouled Jose Callejon in the box after 81 minutes. Replays showed Callejon initiated the contact to Robertson’s outstretched leg, but nonetheless, Lorenzo Insigne stepped dutifully to fire home Napoli’s first of the game.An uncharacteristic error from Virgil van Dijk then allowed Fernando Llorente to score his first goal for Napoli to double their advantage. Speaking after the game, Klopp was adamant Robertson should not have been penalised for the challenge with Callejon.He told BT Sport: “It should hurt because there were opportunities for us. It was an open game with a lot of counter attacks, but we didn’t finish them off and that is a problem.”In the second half it was a wild game, they were running and we were running.”I don’t think it’s a penalty. What can I say, for me, it is clear and obvious no penalty. He jumps before any contact, we can’t change that.”We played a lot of good football but didn’t finish it off. We controlled moments but had not enough chances in the end. We made decisions that were not right and have to accept the result. It was very often the final ball that was not right.”Napoli defeated Liverpool 1-0 at the San Paolo Stadium in the Champions League group stages last season. last_img read more

a month agoMan Utd manager Solskjaer fears the worst for Rashford injury

first_imgMan Utd manager Solskjaer fears the worst for Rashford injuryby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer is worried Marcus Rashford could be sidelined after injuring his groin in Sunday’s 2-0 loss to West Ham United.The England international was substituted after 60 minutes when he suffered a muscle injury.”We have got to scan him tomorrow,” Solskjaer said after the match.”He felt his groin. So he will probably be out for a little while. I can update you later when I know a little more.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoVitesse coach Slutsky: Today’s footballers should be grateful to Abramovich

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Vitesse coach Slutsky: Today’s footballers should be grateful to Abramovichby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveVitesse Arnhem coach Leonid Slutsky says today’s footballers across Europe should be grateful to Roman Abramovich.Slutsky, who is close to the Russian billionaire, argues football’s wage explosion would not have happened without Abramovich buying Chelsea.He stated: “Abramovich is a revolutionary in world football.”All the young players of our time should say thanks to Roman Abramovich, who, by joining football, raised the salary level several times. “Now you will not surprise anyone with huge salaries, but Abramovich started everything.”Abramovich has owned Chelsea since the summer of 2003. last_img read more

4 days agoSead Kolasinac says Arsenal plans on track

first_imgSead Kolasinac says Arsenal plans on trackby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSead Kolasinac says Arsenal’s plans this season are on track.Arsenal can return to third in the table with victory at Sheffield United tonight.“The Premier League isn’t called the hardest league in the world for nothing,” said Gunners defender Kolasinac. “It [the race for the top-four] is pretty wide open. For example, Manchester City lost to Wolves before the international break. But we are just going to focus on ourselves and try to work hard to win every game. Who knows what will happen at the end of the season? “We are still at the beginning now, but we hope to finish in the top four.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: FSU RB’s Working Out With Wet Footballs To Prepare For Potential Downpour Saturday

first_imgFSU players and coaches at practice.FSU FootballsFlorida State travels to Wake Forest this Saturday, and the game could be affected by the path of Hurricane Joaquin. At the very least, heavy rain could fall during the contest, and the Seminoles are preparing for the inclement conditions. Here’s a video courtesy of FSU beat writer Safid Deen showing the Seminole running backs working with wet footballs in anticipation of a downpour on Saturday. The balls get a quick dunk in a bucket of water before being used in the drill.FSU’s running backs working with wet footballs in preparation for Saturday’s game at Wake Forest. #Noles— Safid Deen (@Safid_Deen) October 1, 2015Can’t leave any stone unturned when getting ready to play.last_img read more

Texas Football Featured At No. 34 In Sports Illustrated’s 100 Greatest Sports Moments List

first_imgTexas players run out of the locker room on game day.chris daniels father upset with texasOn January 4, 2006, in one of college football’s most prestigious venues, Vince Young and the Texas Longhorns made sports history. UT’s national championship upset of Pete Carroll’s dynastic USC Trojans has been selected as the No. 34 best moment in sports history by Sports Illustrated. SI, on the epic win for the Longhorns:DATE / Jan 4, 2006 LOCATION / Rose Bowl | Pasadena, Calif.MOMENT / The 2006 BCS Championship featured a pair of unbeaten powerhouses, but in the end, it was Texas and QB Vince Young who stood tallest. Young, who accounted for a record 467 yards of offense, rushed in the game-winning score with 19 seconds remaining to lift the Longhorns over the USC Trojans 41-38. IMPACT / Players from this instant classic dominated the NFL draft, with four of them going in the top 10 (Young went No. 3). An NCAA investigation would eventually conclude USC’s Reggie Bush received illegal benefits while at the school, causing the Trojan to vacate their 12 wins from that season.Texas is one of eight college football moments included in SI’s Top 100 list. Only “The Play” from the 1982 Cal-Stanford game edges it out from the sport. We can’t argue with that. Vince Young’s performance was unforgettable.For the full list, click here.[Sports Illustrated]More: The 10 CFB Teams That Could Go Undefeated In 2016 >>>last_img read more

The 64 Most Annoying People In Sports Media: Clay Travis Region

first_imgThe 64 Most Annoying People in sports media bracket.The 2016 NCAA Tournament field was unveiled Sunday night, meaning that for the next three days, college basketball fans will be spending their time filling out brackets. We here at College Spun have a different kind of challenge for you, however. We want you to help us determine the most annoying person in sports media. We’ve gone ahead and nominated 64 different candidates.A few of the nominees – like Barstool Sports, Saturday Down South and SB Nation – are actually entities, rather than people. But you get the gist. We’ve also put ourselves on here, just in case you think that we’re actually the most annoying.Let’s get started. You can vote on the Clay Travis region below:The 64 Most Annoying People In Sports MediaThe 64 Most AnnoyingVote On The Clay Travis Region Below1. Clay Travis vs. 16. Jim RomeClay TravisRome isn’t burning anymore, but Clay’s hot takes do enough melting for this entire field. More Annoying: Clay Travis vs. Jim Rome?2. Dick Vitale vs. 15. Jim NantzDicky VImpossible to fall asleep when Vitale is on the broadcast. Impossible not to when it’s Nantz. More Annoying: Dick Vitale or Jim Nantz?3. Doug Gottlieb vs. 14. Ron JaworskiGottliebSyracuse fans, among others, can’t stand Gottlieb. Jaws’ shtick is played out too. More Annoying: Doug Gottlieb or Ron Jaworski?4. Keith Olbermann vs. 13. Chris ChaseKeith Olbermann Chris ChaseOlbermann can’t figure out how to play nice in the sandbox. Chase is infamous for going against the grain.  More Annoying: Keith Olbermann or Chris Chase?5. Erin Andrews vs. 12. Lee Corsoerin andrewsSome think Andrews looks annoyed all the time. Some don’t like Corso’s shenanigans each Saturday. More Annoying: Erin Andrews or Lee Corso?6. Kirk Herbstreit vs. 11. SB Nation’s Twitter MafiaKirk HerbstreitHerbstreit gets it from basically every fan base, regardless of which teams he picks. Spencer Hall, Ryan Nanni, Jason Kirk and Rodger Sherman are basically all the same person. More Annoying: Kirk Herbstreit or SB Nation’s Twitter Mafia?7. Max Kellerman vs. 10. Barstool Sports GuysKellerman BarstoolWe’re still not sure how Kellerman weaseled his way back onto ESPN. And you either love or hate Barstool. More Annoying: Max Kellerman or Barstool Sports?8. Rick Reilly vs. 9. Todd McShayRick ReillyReilly had it first on Twitter, we’re told. McShay’s back-and-forth with Kiper could be its own category. More Annoying: Rick Reilly or Todd McShay?Vote On The Stephen A. Smith Region Here >>>last_img read more

Arsenal forced to change team bus amid Blackpool fan protest

first_imgSeveral Blackpool supporters blocked Arsenal’s bus from leaving the team hotel in an effort to postpone Saturday’s FA Cup tie. The Gunners were forced to change to a new bus as Blackpool supporters continue to protest the club’s owner Owen Oyston.One Blackpool fan climbed on top of the coach, while several others stood in its way in an effort to prevent the bus from leaving the hotel and heading to Bloomfield Road.  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? Blackpool fans currently stopping the Arsenal team bus from leaving their hotel to get to Bloomfield Road for this evenings FA Cup tie #protests— Ged Mills (@GedMills) January 5, 2019Blackpool supporters saw the high-profile FA Cup showdown as an opportunity to have their protests against Oyston given a bigger platform, with the game broadcast on national television.Protests are expected outside of Bloomfield Road ahead of the game as Tangerines supporters voice their opposition to Oyston’s ownership. Inside the ground, however, it should be a more subdued environment with Blackpool having sold less than 3,000 tickets to the FA Cup match. The small number of home supporters is nothing new for the League One side, whose average attendance is less than 4,000 this season as fans continue to stay away due to their opposition to Oyston’s ownership.Police were aware of the potential for protests before the game, with particular attention paid to pitch invaders. “Anybody entering the field of play without permission will be committing criminal offences and will be dealt with appropriately,” a Lancashire Police statement published ahead of the match read. Blackpool fan group, The Muckers, said: “We are calling on all Blackpool fans to make their feelings known towards the owners in a non-violent but direct way.”We will be present and encourage people not to enter the pitch, which we would condemn.”Arsenal have sold out their allocation of 5,300 tickets, meaning the away side will likely have more supporters at Saturday’s match, which kicks off at 5:30pm local time.last_img read more

LA Galaxy facing a designated player dilemma

first_imgWhen Guillermo Barros Schelotto was introduced as the LA Galaxy’s new coach, one of the things he said he was looking forward to was working with the team’s star players. He proceeded to name the team’s four designated players, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Giovani dos Santos, Jonathan dos Santos and Romain Alessandrini.What went ignored is the reality that the Galaxy can’t keep all four players. When the Galaxy signed Ibrahimovic to a new contract, making him an official designated player — the label that allows the club to pay him well over the league’s maximum salary — it gave LA four players on DP contracts, one more than the league allows under its current rules. Now the Galaxy must figure out what to do.  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? None of the team’s DPs earn a salary that would allow the club to buy down their contract and turn them from a designated player into a TAM (targeted allocation money) player, so the Galaxy have no choice but to unload one of their marquee names, via sale, trade or contract buyout. “There’s actually interest from abroad for some of them, so we’ll discuss it first and foremost with the players and see if that is something they would entertain,” Galaxy general manager Dennis te Kloese told Goal. “Second of all, there is also the possibility of restructuring the contracts or do something. We’ll take full advantage of the possibilities. “It’s not so easy obviously, but we’ll have to look into every possibility.” Transferring out one of their DPs would be an ideal scenario. It would not only alleviate the logjam but would also generate allocation money the team could use to improve a roster that needs some additions to address needs in the team’s defense. Sources tell Goal that the Galaxy have already been approached with a transfer bid from abroad for Giovani dos Santos, but the Mexican midfielder turned down the opportunity. Dennis te Kloese quote GFXThe older of the Dos Santos brothers has endured a largely disappointing tenure with the Galaxy, and the arrival of Ibrahimovic has made him a much less influential figure with the team. Selling him is an ideal scenario, but the Galaxy could also choose to buy out his contract. “We have to see where he’s at with his head and what he wants,” Te Kloese said of Giovani. “Last season there was a while he got injured and things got frustrating. He’s a talented player, I don’t think there’s any doubt about that, but before we can give a definite answer on his future we have to see where he comes from. “In the end Juan Carlos Osorio called him to the World Cup and he actually played. Now we’ll have to see what his idea is and how he matches up to our coaching staff and our coaching staff’s idea of playing style. Before knocking on the door with MLS on what to do about contracts and everything else we’ll have to figure out first in a professional and personal way where they stand.” The Galaxy will need to manage the Dos Santos situation carefully because of the presence of his brother Jonathan, who was originally drawn to the Galaxy by the idea of playing alongside his brother. If the Galaxy do decide to unload Gio it could unsettle Jonathan, leaving the club in a place where it has a decision to make on both brothers.   Selling Jonathan dos Santos wouldn’t be much of a problem considering the quality he can still provide. Offloading both brothers might seem like a drastic option, but it would turn the Galaxy’s DP glut into a vacancy, leaving room for Te Kloese and Schelotto to hit the international market and use their cache to bring in a new star player to complement Ibrahimovic and build the team around. There is no immediate rush to make a move. The Galaxy have until the start of the season in March to address their surplus of designated players, and as much as one or both of the Dos Santos brothers could be unloaded, the Galaxy could also look to sell Alessandrini or trade him within MLS. Whatever the club decides to do, it won’t be established until Schelotto has had time with his new team and both he and Te Kloese have spoken with the Galaxy’s designated players to get a sense of what they want to do. Dennis te Kloese GFX“The first and foremost thing is we need to speak to these guys and see where they are in their mindset,” Te Kloese said. “To be honest, the team hasn’t been good for the past few years. I’d like to have our coach sit with them and see how committed they are going forward. Where they see themselves and where they stand. And now with the coach coming in also he’ll have an idea where we can change certain things. “I think it will be important when they come together so Guillermo and his staff can assess and evaluate. To be honest, I think there is a need for sure in certain areas, and it will need some creative handling.” Selling or buying out Giovani dos Santos seems like the obvious solution, but Te Kloese doesn’t see things being so simple. “It’s easy to judge, but it’s better to sit down with them and we have a little bit of time to do that,” Te Kloese told Goal. “We don’t want to hurt their possibilities, but they also have to understand that we have a clear idea where we want to go and we’ll make the best decision for everybody.”last_img read more